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Goodbye Purplebricks - name disappears in rebrand of Canada firm

The name of Purplebricks - which once claimed its business model was a global success - has now been removed in...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

OTM chief warns: We’re near the top of the market

OnTheMarket chief executive Jason Tebb is warning that we might be near the top of the market. His portal’s latest sentiment index...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Up! Up! Up!  Rightmove reports more buyers and more competition

Rightmove’s first housing market report of 2022 starts when last year’s ended - on a high.  The average price of property coming...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Super-rich buyers return to London as Covid subsides - Savills

London’s super-prime residential market has recorded its strongest year since 2013, according to high end agency Savills. In total, there were 522...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Modern Method of Auction firm celebrates big business year

The iamproperty group’s auction service, iamsold, says it’s raised over £804m in capital value from properties sold by the Modern Method...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency says it wants more women to take over branches

A franchise for two agency offices in west London has been acquired by property professionals Faith Cook and Georgia Everton-Wallach –...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax clampdown on second homes announced by government

Owners of second homes who abuse a tax loophole by claiming their often-empty properties are holiday lets will be forced to...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Foxtons sells off London sales agency it bought last year

Foxtons has this morning announced that it’s selling off the sales wing of a rival London agency that it bought just...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as industry giant dies aged 76

One of the founding partners of the well-known agency Slater, Hogg and Howison has died at the age of 76. It was...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - what customers REALLY think of estate agents

A new survey of people who have sold their home in the past six months has given a strong backing to...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - open APIs, not the plug and go that you may think

Do you have an 'open API'? We use 'X' who have an 'open API' so we would need you to integrate with...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Inflation wiping out house price growth in many areas - claim

Soaring inflation means that house price growth in much of the country is being wiped out, according to a leading housing...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Long-standing independent agency acquired by rival

Plymouth independent estate agency Alan Cummings & Co has been acquired by Julian Marks Estate Agents. With more than 16 staff and...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Vote! Vote! Vote!

Vote? Well, whether we have a change of Prime Minister or not, there’s an important vote today - for great charitable...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Wealth Tax proposed by former agency boss

A wealth tax on overseas owners of UK homes could raise £5 billion a year to help local people buy their...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Boomin’s Michael Bruce renews attack on big three portals

Boomin co-founder and chief executive Michael Bruce has returned to the attack on Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket with an open letter,...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Setback for house buying reform as top expert moves job

Estate Agent Today understands that the civil servant who has been at the heart of plans to reform the house buying...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing tech firm pledges dramatic time savings on transactions

The conveyancing technology firm Search Acumen has launched what it calls “an end-to-end solution” in a bid to abolish “antiquated” ways...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Appy Days For Agents - PropTech supplier launches new app

The ValPal Network has announced the release of its MovePal app on the Apple App and Google Play stores. The app is...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

 Owners miss massive potential income by keeping homes empty

New research shows an estimated £200 billion worth of property sat vacant across Britain’s housing market - up 2.1 per cent...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert - “more and more” cyber attacks on companies

A warning has gone out to estate agents that “more and more” reports are being filed about cyber attacks on agencies...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket reveals new PropTech tool for member agents

OnTheMarket agents are to have access to the prospecting tool SmartMail, produced by data firm Sprift. SmartMail is a canvassing and prospecting...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Major agency expects approaches from franchisees this year

Winkworth has told its shareholders that it expects approaches from prospective franchisees to open new branches this year. In a trading statement...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents’ New Year resolution must be to slash business costs

The objective of estate agents in 2022 must be to cut their business costs and employ technology to replace - and...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC changes cannot be ‘one size fits all’ - trade body

Propertymark is reiterating its view that energy efficiency and EPC changes being considered by government must take account of property age...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency set to celebrate 150th anniversary of trading

John D Wood - the lettings and estate agency now part of the Connells empire - is celebrating its 150th birthday...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Decompress and detach - Connells-owned agency backs garden design

The Connells-owned high end agency Hamptons is to sponsor what it calls a “garden sanctuary” at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidance to estate and letting agents

Propertymark, the main industry trade body, has this evening updated its guidance on Covid safety for estate and letting agents in...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Vendors’ profits soar - but not in London or if they sold a flat

Strong house price growth since the pandemic began has boosted seller gains with the typical vendor who bought two decades ago...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Crash Coming? Warning from veteran estate agency chief

A prominent agency chief is warning that record house prices could lead to a housing bust if lending gets out of...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

The Battle For Listings - key industry webinar tomorrow

It’s the last call for agents to sign up to a ‘Battle For Listings’ webinar to be held tomorrow (10am-11am) by reservations...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm to remain as headline sponsor for ESTAS 2022

Blockchain PropTech operator Coadjute is to continue as Headline Partner for The ESTAS for 2022 and 2023.  Coadjute - which took over...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New agency service to cater for record demand for park homes

A new agency service has been launched seeking to attract vendors of second-hand residential park homes.  Quickmove Properties has partnered with park industry...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New Normal means fewer house sales and less lending

Mortgage lenders serving the housing market are set for a quieter 2022 after the unprecedented levels of activity seen in 2021,...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Healthy Staff mean a Healthy Business

It’s often said that agency is a people business, and I can see no reason to disagree - agents dealing face-to-face...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC consulting on new Stamp Duty threat to property sales

A leading accountant is warning of a possible stamp duty change affecting residential property this year. HMRC is currently consulting on a...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Demand for homes still outstripping supply - for now

Another day, another house price index record. The latest, from the Halifax, shows that typical house prices increased by over £24,500 in...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tributes pour in for “formidable” estate agent who has died

A former senior partner of the Fenn Wright agency has died at the age of 82. Roger Dennis, who died on Boxing Day,...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Jail and restraining order for ‘cruel and manipulative’ agent

A former estate agent described by a judge as being “cruel and manipulative” has been jailed after attacking and attempting to...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New tax likely to fund additional cladding removal from low-rise flats

Leaseholders in lower-rise blocks of flats will not have to take out loans to remove dangerous cladding under new government rules...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New guidance on house moves for un-vaccinated buyers and tenants

The government is clamping down - at least a little - on unvaccinated buyers and tenants in some specific circumstances.  New guidelines...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Branch Windows: should agents sell the space for advertising?

Could estate and letting agents sell their branch office window space for third party advertising, above and beyond promoting the properties...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency rolls out nationwide - but with only 70 agents

A hybrid agency that charges no fees to vendors but instead relies on referral fees for income has officially rolled out...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

£1m-plus homes on the rise following house price boom

The housing market boom of 2021 has given rise to an increasing number of £1m-plus deals.  Government statistics analysed by mortgage firm...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents expect more upfront info and paperless processes - survey

A survey of agents suggests the majority believe the process of buying and selling residential properties will be fully digital or...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Japanese Knotweed training follows surge in cases against vendors

An extensive online training programme has been devised to help properly professionals identify and treat Japanese Knotweed. A programme of 15 videos...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - never too early in the year to fund-raise…

Welcome to 2022 and the first Agents Do Charity of the New Year. We’re all learning to live with Covid a little...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Godfather’ of estate agents says larger fees would improve service

If UK agents were paid higher fees they could perform a better service to the public. That’s the view of Mark Hayward,...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Savvy agents use PropTech because Covid’s here long-term - claim

A leading PropTech entrepreneur with a lengthy pedigree as an estate agent says agents should use more technology in a bid...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy a home for under £150,000? You’ll be lucky…

The number of locations where average house prices still stand at below £150,000 has shrunk by 28 per cent in recent...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Big surge in first time buyers - but it won’t last…

For the first time since before the global financial crisis of 2008, the number of first-time buyers is estimated to have...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Farewell as high profile agency chief retires at 66

Mark Newton, founder of the Newton Fallowell agency, is retiring. The news came from a statement from the Belvoir franchise giant which...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Covid race for space helps boost posh country house market

High-value properties were the top-performers in the country house market in 2021, according to an agency that majors in this sector.  In...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove claims new records for activity over Christmas

Rightmove claims its visits over the Christmas period were its busiest ever with what it calls ‘buyer demand’ up 23 per...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Should house prices and mortgage costs be based on EPC ratings?

A new survey suggests two thirds of current or potential home owners would accept the idea of a mortgage interest rate...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency is latest to offer Modern Method of Auction option

Hybrid agency eXp UK is the latest to include the Modern Method of Auction as a sales possibility for its remote...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Billionaires take advantage of prime London’s Covid price falls

Prime Central London’s attraction to multi-millionaire and billionaire buyers appears to have soared during the pandemic. High end agency Beauchamp Estates says...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Vast new head office holds 100 employees for expanding agency

A regional agency has this week opened a new 8,500 square feet office with a pledge to expand and employ 100...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

First figures of 2022 show housing market returning to normal

The latest figures for mortgage approvals show demand as being relatively unchanged - a development welcomed by agents. House purchase mortgage approvals...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Supply shortage to go on as planning stifles house building goals

Planning delays, labour shortages and the surging price of building materials are combining to sharply cut the number of new homes...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks denies sell-off rumour

Purplebricks has this morning said that a newspaper report over the weekend, claiming part of the business is to be sold...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Goodbye referral fees? Conveyancing expert’s anger over IT crisis

A conveyancer has contacted Estate Agent Today suggesting that the Simplify Group IT data crisis could be the death knell for the company...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Propertymark rejects claim its housing market data is inaccurate

Propertymark’s chief executive has rejected claims that his organisation’s housing market data inaccurately states the numbers of prospective buyers for each...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Popular and well known agent dies approaching landmark year

A well known westcountry estate agent has died just ahead of what would have been his 50th year with the same...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Omicron set to hit viewings and housing market in 2022

The surge in Omicron cases and possible future restrictions are set to hit the housing market in 2022 - and may...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC: UK government’s property taxes produce falling revenue

The UK is reported to have dropped down the league table of governments that secure vast amounts of income from property...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

It’s a record: House prices end 2021 on a high

House prices in the UK have ended the year of yet another record high. The Nationwide says annual house price growth increased...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Most buyers say choice of home is ‘love at first sight’

Almost exactly two thirds of buyers questioned by Savills say their choice of home to purchase was a case of ‘love...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand By - upsizers committing to move as agents return to work

As agents return to work after the Christmas break, here’s an insight into possible new instructions. A quarter of owners apparently think...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Wishing all our readers a Happy New Year

The team at Estate Agent Today and our publisher, Angels Media, wish all agents a very prosperous New Year.  Thank you for your...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Transactions to be easier and faster soon says conveyancing guru

Government regulation and reform of house buying should see the process made faster and easier in 2022, it’s been predicted. Lloyd Davies - managing...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodbye Gazumping - masterclass for agents next month

A webinar in mid-January will help agents get an edge on securing leads and ensuring transactions are not lost. That’s the claim...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Luckiest sellers of 2021 see price rises three times the average

Areas with the biggest house price growth of 2021 have seen the value of homes rise by three times the national...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Paws For Thought: Dogs key for many buyers, says agency

Dog facilities - even separate rooms for them - are now a major factor on the ‘want list’ for growing numbers...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency selling homes for free rolls out nationwide

The online agency Strike - which has a business model selling homes for free and relying on referral fees for revenue...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

British estate agent shot dead by former tenant

A British estate agent working in Florida has been shot dead while preparing to show a property. Sara Trost, 40, was from...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Portal targets ‘eager movers’ in bid to end stock supply shortage

Zoopla’s chief operating officer says the portal has made progress for agents in 2021 but recognises there’s more to do next...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Sellers flee London in record numbers as market elsewhere booms

This year, Londoners purchased 112,780 homes outside the capital, the highest number since 2007. New data, from Connells-owned agency Hamptons, shows that...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Peace breaks out between agents and conveyancers

A leading conveyancing expert says the traditional rivalry between his profession and estate agents has abated in 2021. Lloyd Davies - managing director and...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal warning that sales market still hurt by ground rent problem

House and apartment sales are still being hit by confusion and worry over ground rents on existing second-hand leasehold properties. This is...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Pandemic has helped industry take mental health seriously - claim

One of the founders and leading figures in the Agents Together industry charity says one silver lining of the pandemic has...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Angels on our Christmas video … and EAT is back next week

We’ve had a terrific display of agency and supplier videos running every weekday since late November - a wonderful lead-in to...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the Christmas Eve edition…

We’re here - it’s Christmas. And as agents clock off for a well earned break, they can do so with a...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Corporate agents too busy measuring targets to do real work - claim

The head of a hybrid agency has made a blistering attack on the corporate agent business model, accusing it of being...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Price rises again after New Year, says conveyancing service

A housing market forecast based on conveyancing instructions says average prices will dip this month. Average prices will fall by 1.1 per...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit changes keep Fine & Country branches busy in 2021

Fine & Country says it’s celebrating the launch of offices in 12 new locations across Spain this year. The brand says that...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Breakthrough in ground rents and leasehold controversy

A probe by the Competition and Markets Authority has led housebuilder Taylor Wimpey to make changes for the benefit of leaseholders.  Taylor...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Christmas Crackers! Kids solve Santa’s energy problem…

Hello, and with Christmas around the corner we have perhaps the most charming and well-produced festive video we’ve seen from an...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Expert’s shock warning: “Don’t buy until ‘price bubble’ bursts”

A property finance expert is telling buyers to sit on their hands and not commit to purchases - as he believes...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

High end agency reveals details of TV and multi-media ad campaign

Savills has announced a major new advertising campaign that will run across all media channels, breaking with a 60 second TV...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Vendors In The Money - Britain’s most expensive streets revealed

Halifax has revealed the UK’s most expensive streets in 2021 - and it’s no surprise that the very dearest examples are...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

29 buyers for each home on sale, according to Propertymark

The last Propertymark housing market snapshot for 2021, based on date from the end of November, finds that there is an...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin more innovative and forward thinking than rivals - claim

The chair of the strategic board of fledgling Boomin says most existing portals are merely operating like digital newspapers with listings,...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Seven Wonders of Christmas - our latest agency windows

Prospect Estate Agents in the south east of England have pulled out all the stops this festive season with a wonderful...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin takes on Rightmove with ad campaign from Boxing Day

Boomin is launching a new ad campaign from Boxing Day, December 26 - the date previously associated with record visits to...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

250,000 homes may be unmortgageable because of insulation - claim

A surveyors’ trade body claims as many as 250,000 homes could find themselves impossible to sell or secure a mortgage on...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Why do so few sellers go back to the agent they bought through?

Only one in eight sellers use the estate agent through which they purchased their home to begin with. That’s a staggering loss of...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

The property that sold for 214% above asking price

Top Scottish agency Galbraith says key parts of the country saw some buyers snapping up properties this year without even visiting...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage rate rises will normalise market next year - warning

UK house prices have reached an all time high - but 2022 will see a more normalised housing market thanks to...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Most self-employed worried about financing their futures

With the business model for self-employed agents hotly debated within the industry, new data has suggested that most freelance professionals are...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Wilde Stuff - agency's Christmas display commemorates famous author

We doff our caps to the brilliant folk at Haslams agency in Reading for their extremely attractive and clever Christmas decorations...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Group in talks to buy London agency snaps up ANOTHER top firm

The Lomond Group, reported over the weekend to be in talks to buy high-end London agency Chestertons, has this morning announced it’s...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing IT crash - company slammed for ‘wall of silence’

A consultancy specialising in data protection issues has sharply criticised the Simplify Group for its ongoing lack of communications over its...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer - Now is the perfect time to reassess your agency

Christmas - time for a much-needed rest for our industry after getting through a workload which reached almost unprecedented levels in...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Buyers take Covid tests before viewings - Agents support idea

Propertymark has come out in support of the Scottish government’s demand that buyers take lateral flow tests before viewings. The measure is...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned: Developer kicked out of Help To Buy because of Grenfell link

A company linked to the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower is being excluded from the government’s Help to Buy scheme, pending the outcome...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where house prices rose 31% in 2021

Rightmove has revealed the UK’s property hotspot of 2021 - where prices have risen 31 per cent in just a year. The...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Ski Slope, Roundabout and Snow - one agent’s Christmas video!

Welcome to Christmas week! We have a real cracker of a video for you today thanks to Jodene Schofield, a director at...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

£100m deal for famous London agency - 'talks underway'

Sky News reports that the little-known Lomond Group - backed by private equity money - is in exclusive talks to buy one...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Pay-what-we’re-worth conveyancing firm set up

A conveyancing company is asking clients to set their own fee - with some strings. Zen Move Solicitors is a year-old digital...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Winner! Leading agency named Employer of the Year 2021

An agency has won one of the most prestigious ‘gongs’ of the season - it’s been named Employer of the Year...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

No Impact: interest rate change not hurting housing market

The Bank of England has raised interest rates for the first time in more than three years, in response to surging...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should be trained - then tell the public how well-trained they are

The chief executive of Propertymark says agents should be trained - but it’s then vital they use their training as a...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - just eight more sleeps before the big day…

With barely more than a week before Christmas, we’re delighted to bring you more heartwarming stories from agents. Despite the difficulties of...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning: you MUST enter the Christmas spirit in this estate agency…

A big thank you for today’s fun entry goes to Madi Kerridge, sales and lettings negotiator at the Matthew Anthony agency...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency charges buyers not vendors - and it’s set to expand

A regional estate agency that markets homes without charging the vendor is set to expand next year. Midlands-based Chosen Home explains its...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Mortgages linked to EPC ratings set to soar in number

Around a quarter of mortgage lenders currently have ‘green’ products promoting improved EPCs - and the vast majority of the rest...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove computes strongest sellers’ markets in the UK

Rightmove has identified the UK’s strongest sellers’ market - and it’s in Easton, Bristol. Four of the top 10 sellers’ markets are...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Another strong market in 2022 says latest forecast

Demand will continue to outpace supply well into next year.  That’s the view of the Reallymoving House Price Forecast, based on an...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring price of first time buyer homes outstrip wages

The average first-time buyer’s home across Britain has increased in price by approaching £9,000 a year for the past decade. FTBs are...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

10-branch agency dresses up for Christmas

Hello and welcome to our latest fantastic festive display from an agency - this time, Dawsons. The agency’s senior partner Chris Hope...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Spot Checks on agents by Propertymark as ‘semi-regulator’

Propertymark conducts spot checks on agents to ensure they are compliant - but perhaps gives too little publicity to its role. The...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Marketing blitz from Zoopla to include TikTok - see the ads here

A massive multi-million pound marketing blitz by Zoopla starts on Monday. The portal says the campaign will capitalise on what it says...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Stop Property Fraudsters - new guide released

A new guide to help avoid property title fraud, where home ownership can be stolen, has been released by the Fraud...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer and Propertymark link for must-hear podcasts

Phil Spencer’s new series of Move iQ podcasts is to be sponsored by Propertymark. During the nine part series, Spencer will talk...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Boris in a slump? Things WILL get better…

Every year we at EAT are impressed by the pleasingly political festive cards sent out by the STANLEY Chelsea agency -...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage borrowing set to slow after record year

Lenders’ umbrella group UK Finance has given its housing and mortgage market forecasts for 2022 and 2023 together, plus a year-end report for 2021. It estimates...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency’s new hub integrates three previously-separate offices

Hertfordshire agency Sewell & Gardner has cut the ribbon on a refurbished and extended office, which will incorporate two previously-separate branches...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Why are so many agents moving their CRM to Lifesycle?

In this article, the team at Lifesycle outline why agents are increasingly turning to their CRM. Unless you have been living under...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Investigation opens into Purplebricks as agency hit by latest crisis

Propertymark is to probe Purplebricks over its lettings fiasco - and as the agency becomes a subject of ridicule in the...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Interview: Leading agent’s top PropTech tips…

One of the country’s leading estate agents has shared his top tips for using PropTech. Simon Bradbury is managing director at Thomas...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Regulation ‘may be tested in one part of the UK’

One part of the UK is to get a taste of the mandatory estate agent regulation that many want to see...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Share Crash - Purplebricks hits all-time low after deposit fiasco

Purplebricks’ share price has hit its lowest-ever level following the postponement of a trading statement after the company admitted a blunder...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Orange rebrand for two agencies at end of successful year

Midlands-based estate agency franchise Newton Fallowell, which is part of the Belvoir Group, has rebranded.  The new look is being rolled out...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Best Festive Video so far? A very witty, topical Christmas song…

Let no one say agents aren't imaginative, creative and entertaining - or at least no one can say that about Maxine...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks delays report to shareholders after latest legal crisis

Purplebricks is delaying release of its half-year figures which were scheduled to be given to shareholders tomorrow. This follows revelations in the Daily...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s beginning to look a lot like a normal housing market

Data out today from Rightmove shows the predictable seasonal effect of around 0.7 per cent knocked off the typical asking price. The...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Tragic mystery of the estate agent who was a perfect gentleman

A coroner says there is no explanation how an estate agent suffered a cut to his wrist, which led to his...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing IT crash exposes weaknesses in transaction process

EAT readers may have seen a piece in Friday’s property section of The Times about the long-running Simplify saga, which has...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

No possessions until New Year, mortgage lenders announce

Mortgage lenders have announced a voluntary moratorium on possessions from today, December 13, until Tuesday January 4.  A statement from the umbrella...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Brrrr! Frosty windows show agency is getting ready for Christmas

We have some beautiful agency branch windows to show at the start of this week. Many thanks to Faye Hamer from Choice...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Controversial football boss links with Bruce Brothers and Boomin

An England football manager who resigned after a newspaper sting is in a podcast series launched by Boomin and Purplebricks founders Michael and Kenny...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency that said High St offices were dead opens a High St office

An estate agency that three years ago launched saying that High Street offices were unnecessary has had a rethink - and...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Three quarters of agents work more than an eight-hour-day

Three quarters of estate agents work more than an eight hour day at least once a week - and over half...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents get great reviews and then what? Here's the answer...

One of the country’s leading experts in estate agency reviews has given advice to agents on how they can best use...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

What’s That Singing? Our latest Christmas celebration…

The company selling new homes in a London development has added a new twist to our celebration of Christmas 2021 -...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - just two weeks before Christmas…

Hello again and with just two weeks to go before the festivities begin, there’s a definite ramping up of fund-raising for...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks moves quickly to replace latest executive to quit

Purplebricks has appointed the former O2 marketer, Ian Cafferky, as its new Chief Marketing Officer. He will be replacing Ben Carter who...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax on ALL homes - government told to act

A new report wants the government to consider slapping Capital Gains Tax on profits made from appreciating house values for all...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

New OnTheMarket website ditches last trace of old portal

OnTheMarket has revamped its website in a bid to shed the final connections with the portal’s failed leadership and strategy of...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent lashes out against any relaxation of mortgage lending

An estate agency owner who is also a qualified independent mortgage adviser has hit out against the suggestion that lenders may...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Stock and appraisals plummet AGAIN according to RICS analysis

There’s been yet another month of declining property listings according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors market snapshot. Those responding...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Top agents honoured at RAN national conference and exhibition

The Relocation Agent Network has given awards to its winning agents, at a black tie dinner at its annual conference in...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Christmas Video - plenty of Santas in this agent’s window

We have a charming Christmas video for readers today, courtesy of Paul Higglesden of the Chatham agency Garratt Anderson & Partners. Thanks...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise may be put off despite another house price record

Increasing numbers of commentators are forecasting that the Bank of England will not, after all, raise the base rate next week. It...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Fraud - how agents can combat a growing threat

Property fraud is on the rise and early in 2022 agents will have an opportunity to attend a webinar featuring a...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

All agents should be offered flexible working from Day One - call

Estate agents, and indeed all professionals, should be offered the option of flexible working when they are appointed to the job. That’s...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Top agencies announce new senior appointments

Knight Frank has appointed David Lewis as head of rural sales for Devon and West Somerset. Lewis’s career in residential property began...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Modern Method of Auction specialist invites new trainees

Online auction specialist Iamsold has opened its training programme for applications for its January 2022 intake.  Jamie Cooke, managing director at iamsold,...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Local residents’ delight - this agency’s Christmas windows are here

There’s good news for people in Newbury, Berkshire - the Christmas windows at Hillier & Wilson estate agency have now been...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news as mortgage choice now highest for over 13 years

The product choice for buyers wanting mortgages is now the highest it has been since 2008 according to the independent service...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

No good wishes from Purplebricks for outgoing top executive

Purplebricks’ official statement on the departure of chief marketing officer Ben Carter merely says he’s leaving at the end of the...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove to work with buyers to reduce fall-through risk

Rightmove is to try to help potential buyers get their finances in order much earlier in the transaction process, to reduce...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Importance of agents’ own websites emphasised in new survey

A survey of sellers shows that 61 per cent of them visit the agent’s website before instructing them. According to respondents the...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Omicron throws housing market stability into doubt, agency admits

A leading agency has admitted that the uncertainty over the effects of the Omicron Covid variant has thrown forecasts for the...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Purr-fect Christmas decorations in this agency office!

Today we have photographs from another office that’s been persistent - or should that be puss-insistent - in celebrating the festive...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks marketing chief quits after little more than a year

Purplebricks chief marketing officer Ben Carter is quitting the company; he was appointed late last year. Carter tweeted this afternoon: “Some personal...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban Referral Fees For Agents - petition demands government action

A petition is being started, urging the government to ban the payment of referral fees to estate agents. It’s reported to have...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Divorcing couples may be charged for valuations - agent

An agent is considering charging divorcing couples because so many ask for valuations merely to calculate how they will split the...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid prompts well known industry trainer to suspend courses

Prominent industry trainer Adam Walker, who has seen around 150,000 people attend his courses over the past 33 years, is suspending...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ trade group meets in person this week

The Federation of Independent Agents is to hold its third ‘in person’ conference - called FIACON - this coming Friday in...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

RAN conference - interviews with the movers and shakers

Angels Media was the official media sponsor of the highly successful Relocation Agent Network’s conference on Friday, with Angels chief executive...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Christmas Agents - what’s behind door number 6 then?

Welcome to the new week - and we’re just 19 days from Christmas Day!  We continue our parade of photos and videos...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC set to clampdown on stamp duty dodgers

HM Revenue & Customs is consulting on how it can clamp down on property professionals and buyers who allegedly try to...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Hotspot premiums likely to be blamed for pricing out locals

New data from Rightmove has analysed millions of supply, demand and pricing data points across the property market, to assess activity...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s back - the agency showing its most expensive houses

The agency that last year was showcased in the one-off Channel 4 show Britain's Most Expensive Houses is now to star...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Top industry company will run New Homes Ombudsman

The Dispute Service has been selected to operate the New Homes Ombudsman scheme, following what has been called ”a fiercely competitive...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

A sign that Christmas is here - Santa’s Hat!

Decorating a branch isn’t the only way an agency can celebrate Christmas, as the ingenious folk at Stonefield Agents in Ayr...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a tribute to Stephen Brown

Hello and welcome to a very special edition of Agents Do Charity - a tribute to someone who has arguably done...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks defiant against threat of legal action

Purplebricks insists there is no basis for a class action legal case over its employment practices which may start this month. A pressure group, Contractors...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

House price rises similar to those before 2007 crash - Nationwide

Annual house price growth hit 10.0 per cent last month - and is now tracking close to the level seen before...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

RAN 2021! Conference and Awards tomorrow in Birmingham

Tomorrow sees the Relocation Agent Network’s first in-person conference since 2019.   The event, at the Metropole Hilton in Birmingham, will focus...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Record conveyancer training despite transaction frenzy and Covid

A record number of conveyancers have been trained in the last 18 months, despite the challenges of the pandemic and extended...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Christmas Countdown - what else but a snowman?

We’re already on December 2 - and what better way to celebrate the countdown to Christmas than by showing off a...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS names veteran ex-civil servant to lead independent review

RICS has appointed Lord Michael Bichard to lead a wide-ranging independent review into the governance and purpose of the institution. The review...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Masks: Agents should wear them even if public not in branch - call

Agents are being advised to wear face masks at work - even if no member of the public is present.  Paul Offley,...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Higher taxes will curb house price rises in 2022 - Rightmove

House prices will rise next year says Rightmove - but it warns that tax hikes will curb price rises, particularly later in...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech cuts home moving time by 50% and wins cash boost

Coadjute, the PropTech platform that aims to slash the length of property transactions, has announced a further £6m investment. Coadjute is a blockchain...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Yopa secures yet more investment as it reveals ‘reduced losses’

The investment arms of Savills and the Daily Mail General Trust have pumped more cash into online agency Yopa which has...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark blasts government as house building figures plummet

Propertymark has criticised the government over poor house building figures. New figures from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities show...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Day and night, this is a beautiful Christmas estate agency

We have a day and night version of today’s beautifully-decorated Christmas estate agent branch, courtesy of the good people at RH...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Reminder - Face masks legally required in all agents’ offices

Face masks are legally required in estate and letting agents from today according to new government guidance released overnight. The guidance makes...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing London agents make strategic acquisitions

Two London agencies have announced acquisitions as consolidation in the capital continues apace. Dexters has six new branches after the acquisition of...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC Hot Air? Most owners don’t even know their rating - survey

The government’s plan to put Energy Performance Certificates at the heart of its bid to reach Net Zero has hit a stumbling...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour changes shadow housing minister after just six months

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has promoted housing minister Lucy Powell to a more senior position after just six months. This leaves...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Unsustainable! Agents’ chief speaks out about lack of supply

The chief executive of Propertymark says the number of homes on sale has fallen to an average of just 21 per branch. “Figures from...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

How many animals can you spot in this estate agency?

Here’s a super way to get into the Christmas mood - checking the window displays at Diggins & Co, an agency...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove training for agents on how to win more instructions

Rightmove has launched its second modular training course for agents, a sale skills exercise with high profile trainer Josh Phegan. The course is...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks in new share collapse as Omicron spooks investors

Purplebricks share price collapsed by another 9.6 per cent on Friday. This means the agency has lost half of its share price...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Famous Foxtons veteran rejoins the agency after 16 years

Foxtons has this morning announced that former managing director Peter Rollings is rejoining the agency 16 years after his departure. Rollings was...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New build prices may soar to cover raft of energy efficiency moves

The price of new build homes could soar if developers are expected to pay for additional energy efficiency measures not necessarily...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

It's not Greenwash - another agency goes carbon neutral

An agency that operates across and around Bristol is the latest to declare its commitment to go carbon neutral. The associate director...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Amazing - One in every 16 homes has been sold this year

By the end of 2021, one in 16 homes will have changed hands, making it the busiest property market since 2007...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government must help agents meet AML obligations - expert

The perception of the housing market, especially in London, being awash with ‘dirty’ money is a problem that needs to be...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Christmas decorations on this office look just Fine (& Country)

With December just days away we’re receiving more videos and images to entertain the industry in the countdown to Christmas. Today’s is from...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Another agency switches to self-employed broker business model

A London agency has undergone what it calls a ‘genteel’ rebrand with a subtle change of name - but a major...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Want an online agency franchise? Then make me an offer, says boss

The Good Estate Agent, set up in 2010, is slashing its franchise fee - it claims the reductions are for Black...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

 Relocation Agent Network ponders global options for growth

Relocation Agent Network, the network of primarily independent agencies, says it’s looking at global options for growth thanks to its relationship...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Forget Help To Buy Equity Loan - welcome to Deposit Unlock

A housebuilding-led mortgage indemnity scheme called Deposit Unlock has now been launched nationally with 17 major developers taking part. Nationwide is the...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Buyers want agents to become eco-experts about their stock

A new survey by Leaders Romans Group shows a significant majority of buyers wanting homes to be more energy efficient -...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as wintry weather bites...

Well it’s about time isn’t it? We mean winter - it’s here at last, with white, wintry weather that gets us...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency closure blamed on online agents’ rock bottom fees

A long-standing estate agency with three major branches has shut after 27 years of trading - blaming online competition and ‘race...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Self-employed broker agency reveals plan for multiple franchisees

One of the first companies to promote the self-employed ‘broker’ business model has announced its first franchise agreement - and says...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency makes commitment to become carbon neutral

Buying agency Middleton Advisors has made a commitment to go carbon neutral - and its method may be a template for...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Pilot scheme announced to limit second home ownership

A pilot scheme has been announced to test ways of limiting second home ownership and reducing the impact additional properties have...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyer Crisis: finding a deposit seems harder than ever

High house prices relative to average earnings make raising a deposit a big barrier for first time buyers, a new study...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New build sales fail to live up to frenzy seen elsewhere in market

Data released by Zoopla suggests that demand for new builds outside London remains above the five year average, but has failed...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Corporate agents miss out on their kids growing up, says hybrid rival

The head of a small hybrid firm that describes traditional agencies with offices as “antiquated” says property professionals working for corporates...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove marketing boost to agents working in ‘happy’ locations

Rightmove claims to have found the happiest place in the UK - and it’s in Northumberland. The market town of Hexham has...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents in part of the UK advised to work from home again

Estate agents and other workers in Northern Ireland are being urged to work from home "where possible" in a bid to...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Property sales plummet - but there’s nothing to worry about…

There’s been a dramatic 48.4 per cent fall in the number of property sales between September and October, reflecting the end...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

 Interest rate hike won’t hurt housing market, lenders claim

Figures from the Building Societies Association show continued momentum in the housing market, with gross lending by building societies up 22...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Premier Properties' doorway decoration feels festive

We’re delighted to have received images of another agency’s fantastic - should that be Santa-stic? - Christmas decorations.  These images are from...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Cyber-Attack: Agents must learn from Simplify IT catastrophe

Agents must have a robust plan in place in case they are subjected to a ransomware cyber attack, says the Guild...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing IT Attack: gradual improvement reported by Simplify

The Simplify Group’s latest statement on the ongoing IT problem suggests a gradual improvement in services to agents and other clients. It...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin upgrades SmartVal pledging it makes “everything easier for agents”

Boomin has revealed an upgrade to its SmartVal feature, which tries to blend real-time online valuations with local expertise from member...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Politicians to set limits on second homes, with higher council taxes

It appears almost certain that there will be limits imposed on the number and location of second homes in Wales, following...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Will surge in Equity Release help or hinder housing market?

The equity release market is on course for a record year after customers took out £1.049 billion in property wealth in...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New transaction forms to be introduced in early 2022

Some 14 trade bodies in the estate agency, conveyancing, property management and surveying industries have jointly launched new upfront documents which...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Another London agency snapped up by firm on sale for £100m

Chestertons, which is itself currently on sale, has snapped up independent London Residential, a firm operating in the north west of...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Police probe conveyancing cyber-crash as it begins third week

The police have been called in to investigate the ongoing cyber-security incident which has led to many firms in the Simplify...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Too many homes built on at-risk floodplains, government told

The government should reset planning policy and scrap proposals for thousands of new homes in high-risk flood areas. The think-tank Localis, in...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Blighted! Hundreds of homes on scrapped HS2 route turn agents angry

The scaling back of HS2 in the north of England, contained in the government's new Integrated Rail Plan, means hundreds of homes...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Hybrid franchise agency opens ‘Not On The High Street’ office

A family franchise agency that prides itself on saving costs associated with traditional High Street premises has nonetheless opened a new office...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Treasury’s Stamp Duty take soars - so much for the holiday...

The Treasury has enjoyed a record period for stamp duty income. In England from April to October this year - so almost entirely...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

So here it is - We want your Office Christmas Decorations!

Yes we know it’s only November 22 but…we’ve already received our first image of an agency’s Christmas decorations. The festive countdown...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks apologises over conveyancing problem for customers

With the conveyancing crisis at the Simplify Group now approaching two weeks old, it appears Purplebricks has been the worst affected...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

International Men’s Day wins support of leading agency group

In support of International Men’s Day - today - LSL will celebrate what it calls “the positive value men bring to...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry chiefs to address Relocation Agent Network annual conference

The Relocation Agent Network has unveiled its speakers for its national conference and exhibition early next month. Called RAN Live! 2021 it...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents - you think on-boarding should be easier, a survey claims

A survey of 100 agents commissioned by industry supplier Landmark suggests most believe the current onboarding process is ripe for simplification.  Some...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

City may face vote to ban sale of new-builds as additional homes

There is pressure growing in Brighton for the city to hold a referendum giving residents the opportunity to ban new build...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - A firm foundation yet a mountain to climb…

Hello and welcome to the latest Agents Do Charity, your weekly opportunity to salute those in our industry doing so much...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing Crash - update on security and using other conveyancers

The conveyancing IT crash plaguing the Simplify Group of companies continues into its ninth day; however there is an update for...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock figures - UK agents earn less than most of Europe, US and Far East

A new league table of earnings by estate agents, based on basic salary and commission combined, suggests that UK agents earn...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

High speed broadband increasingly vital for buyers

A high-speed internet connection is the second most important factor for buyers after property size, a survey claims. And the study -...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Market to get tougher despite upbeat house price figures

The prospect of higher mortgage interest rates mean the housing market may get tougher soon despite another set of upbeat house...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Be open to new ideas to stop fall-throughs, agents urged

Agents are being urged to be more open to new methods of stopping deals falling through. HBB Solutions - a part exchange...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should use databases to cultivate future instructions

A PropTech platform is urging agents to keep in touch with clients on their databases to increase their chances of future...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry rivals unite to push estate agents to Go Green

Sustainable Agent, a new members-owned eco-scheme for agents and property management companies, has announced a tie-in with review and awards platform ESTAS. As...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: has PropTech reached its limits?

As we all know, the sector is constantly evolving and as we start to get to grips with the changes, another...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Woke or Wonderful? - new bid to bring diversity to property industry

A website called The Changing Face of Property has been launched to encourage young people planning their careers to consider our...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Some London vendors asking too much, says  agency

Cluttons has given its market snapshot for the sales market in central London - and it’s echoing the familiar story of...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Startling rise in foreign ownership of homes in England and Wales

Surprise figures released through Freedom of Information requests show that the number of homes in England and Wales with owners registered...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Stock and price data shows strength of market as year-end nears

The average asking price across the UK is now £43,000 higher than it was in late 2019 according to data and...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

EPCs are misleading and out of date - claim

Energy Performance Certificates are “misleading” indicators of zero carbon buildings and should no longer be used as official guides to help...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Celebrity reveals allAgents winners at ‘awards event of the year’

TV property celebrity Amanda Lamb has revealed the winners of the 2021 allAgents customer experience awards. They were announced at the awards’...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Big rise in agents contacted by HMRC over anti-money laundering

FCS Compliance has announced its latest anti-money laundering webinar tailored exclusively for Rightmove members.   Are you ready for an HMRC inspection is...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - shortlist for Propertymark Qualifications Awards

The Propertymark Qualifications Awards annual ceremony taking place early next month have revealed their shortlist. There is a total of nine Awards...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London recovery on hold as transactions show mixed messages

The latest LonRes market snapshot for prime London carries mixed messages in terms of transaction volumes.  Overall, for the month of October,...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Retro desks, basic brick walls, bowler hat lights - a modern agency office

An independent estate agency with an eye to fashion has launched a second office in the Home Counties, just nine months...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: This is why agents should Go Green

The push for greater sustainability, energy efficiency and generally being ‘green’ has existed in the agency world for several years -...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

 Property Jobs Today - who’s moving where in our industry

Hello and welcome to a new week - and even as Christmas approaches there remains plenty to report about people moving...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin launches new tech claiming to reduce fall-throughs

Boomin has launched a new tool - Chainmaker - which it claims cuts fall throughs and introduces agents to ‘hot buyers’. The software...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Net Zero carbon scheme launched for agents

A new membership scheme aiming to increase the industry’s energy efficiency credentials is being launched next year by allAgents. The Sustainable Agent...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Asking prices fall but Rightmove expects usual Boxing Day web-fest

The average asking price of homes coming to the market has dropped by over £2,000 in the past month - the...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

London Market - it’s not yet business as usual, says agency

The latest update on the prime central London market from agency Knight Frank warns that it’s still not business as usual,...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London market to see price rises again after years of falls

Savills has set out its annual house price forecast for prime London - and after years of price falls, the prediction...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing Crash: Mystery surrounds how and why it's ongoing

Conveyancing firms in the Simplify Group, hit by a massive systems crash for much of this week, say they are working...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive Rightmove ad campaign - here are the first pictures

Rightmove will launch its latest outdoor campaign on Monday, with advertisements in over 1,000 roadside and rail locations remaining in place...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

At least eight new offices to open in 2022, pledges franchise network

Franchise giant Winkworth says at least eight new offices will open next year, following an upbeat performance in 2021. In a trading...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency identifies plenty of price reductions even in today’s market

The market may be soaring in most of the country but there are still locations where significant numbers of properties sell...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency’s window is stunning show of respect for those who fell…

With Remembrance Sunday this weekend, the nation and our industry will remember those who fell. Yesterday on Estate Agent Today we featured one...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity… on the weekend we remember…

It’s Remembrance weekend, and on Sunday at least we fall silent to honour those who gave so much for many generations. When...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock warning - bad EPCs 'could reduce value of older homes'

A business analyst is warning that the growing emphasis on energy efficiency of homes could spell trouble for the value of...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Fears grow that agencies may have to pay new Economic Crimes Levy

Fears are growing that large estate agency groups may have to pay a mandatory levy towards the cost of anti-money laundering...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency owner jailed for “utterly despicable crime”

The owner of an estate agency in Sussex has been jailed for five years for what a judge has called “an...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

HM Land Registry to accept only digital updates from next year

HM Land Registry will accept only digital register update applications from November 2022. Most applications received currently are submitted as PDFs or...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Going Green: Demand grows for energy efficient homes, says RICS

There’s been a significant rise in buyer interest in the energy efficiency of properties - but so far it’s making no...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency marks Armistice Day with stunning window displays

Today is the 11th day of the 11th month - the traditional annual Armistice Day, commemorating the signing of the armistice...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

UK PropTech start-ups sought for international funding programme

The scheme behind two of this country’s most successful PropTech start-ups is marking what it calls a successful first year.  REACH UK...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing Crash - update on how to contact affected brands

There’s been an update this morning on the dramatic systems crash that has hit the conveyancing services operated by the Simplify...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Where do estate agents charge the highest commission?

A comparison website dealing with estate agency charges says commission varies hugely across 20 major cities of the UK.  GetAgent looked at...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket delivers record number of instant valuations

OnTheMarket says it delivered a record number of instant valuation enquiries last month, beating its previous best period in June of...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Social Network’ online platform announces PropTech collaboration

PropertyHeads, a platform describing itself as a social network for house buyers and sellers, has a new PropTech partnership. It’s linked with...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Out-of-London hotspots for 2022 revealed by two major agencies

Strutt & Parker has revealed where it believes the housing market will see the largest demand in 2022, outside of London. The...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the strongest buyers’ and sellers’ markets right now

Rightmove has revealed the strongest markets for sellers and buyers this autumn.  Grays in Essex has topped the list of the strongest...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Speed It Up! Experts join forces to call for quicker transaction process

Property experts have joined forces to call for faster and more secure transactions.  The PropTech and conveyancing voices have united in warning...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty could be changed to promote energy efficiency - top agency

A leading estate agency says the government may have to use stamp duty and council tax as incentives to persuade owners...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Livestreaming - is this the way to sell homes in future?

Auction House London says the Coronavirus pandemic has proved that the power of livestream sales far outweighs the impact of earlier online...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency reports sellers already preparing for Spring 2022 listing

Knight Frank says it’s already being contacted by prospective vendors wanting their homes to be listed for sale next spring. James Cleland,...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

House prices could grow up to 35% by 2025 says leading agency

A leading agency predicts that prime central London house prices, so long in the doldrums throughout the pandemic, will bounce back...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

’Tis the season to be careful with decorations if you’re selling

The challenge of selling a property that has been garishly decorated over the Christmas period is one many agents will be familiar...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price now under 7% of its all-time high

A torrid period for Purplebricks' share value means it opens stock market trading today with a price of just 33p.  This is less...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

'Forgotten' new stamp duty surcharge imposed on 5,500 sales

A stamp duty surcharge which has been labelled ‘forgotten’ because of its low profile has nonetheless bagged £45m for HM Treasury in...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

You guessed it - ANOTHER house price record as market stays hot

Annual house price growth increased to 8.1 per cent in October according to the Halifax.  The average UK property price is now...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate Worries - warning about inflation and base rate

The head of research at a leading agency is warning that although the housing market remains buoyant, there may be macro-economic...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

High Street Endorsement - agencies celebrate new branch openings

The concept of the High Street estate agency branch has been given an endorsement by two companies announcing new offices. Fine &...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin publishes figures - but only about what children like

Fledgling portal Boomin has published figures - but not the long-awaited ones about its users or agents.   Instead, it’s released data...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal Action against Purplebricks - “phenomenal” response by claimants

The leader of the organisation proposing a class action against Purplebricks says there’s been a “phenomenal” response to his request for...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

“Devastating lack of due diligence” slammed in property fraud case

A prominent law expert is claiming that a high profile case of property fraud, reported earlier this week, involved a “devastating...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements give “absolute certainty” to agents - claim

Reservation Agreements provide agents with absolute certainty that both sellers and buyers are being honest. “If they’re lying or… shall we say,...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Business boost for EweMove, Martin & Co and other TPFG brands

The Property Franchise Group, the agency industry’s largest franchise operation, has reported strong performance in recent months. Chief executive Gareth Samples has...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bottled It! Sigh of relief as Bank of England keeps base rate unchanged

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee has defied expectations by keeping base rate at its historic low of 0.1 per...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity as we head into a cold November

The clocks have fallen back, the nights are longer and the temperature has definitely dropped - winter is here and with...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price crashes after huge business slump

Purplebricks' share price tumbled a remarkable 34 per cent this morning when trading opened on the London Stock Exchange. The price crashed...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Charge! Six-fold rise in property details listing electric car points

There’s been a huge rise in references to electric car charging within property listings submitted to Rightmove. The number of homes listed...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Sacked: estate agent convicted of glassing attack in pub

A Connells senior negotiator has received a suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of wounding following an attack at a...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand by for a possible interest rate rise today

Analysts suggest there is a 50:50 chance of a base rate rise being announced by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Commonhold - does anyone really want it?

There’s been a very low expression of interest in Commonhold, despite the government pushing the new tenure as an alternative to...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Average home hits landmark figure as market stays red hot

The average price of a house in the UK has hit £250,000 for the first time as the  market shows no...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Going Going Gone! Agents say more buyers look to online auctions

Propertymark says more buyers are now looking at online auctions, making this a more viable route to sale than before. The latest...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC debt-chasing as thousands of property firms hit ‘financial distress’

Despite the roaring housing market, a new report says that no fewer than 70,500 real estate and property businesses are showing...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Reapit launches AgentPoint website service to UK market

Estate agency business platform Reapit is launching AgentPoint services in the UK - just seven months after it acquired AgentPoint in...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ record-breaking web traffic despite Google slump - claim

A property media analyst claims Purplebricks has record-breaking website traffic thanks to its “relentless” and vast budget marketing. “Whether you like to...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agents are poor relations of UK sales sector, research suggests

New research suggests estate agents earn some of the lowest basic salaries of all sales professions.  Nested, an online agency promoting the...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla reveals figures claiming success of new In-Search ads

Zoopla says its new In-Search ads have secured over 38m impressions since their launch.  ‘In-Search’ ads are hosted on Zoopla’s listings search...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Murdered MP’s legacy could include housing boost for constituents

Sir David Amess, murdered at a constituency surgery last month, may have an unexpected housing market legacy for his constituents. To commemorate...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Instantly benchmark your Estate Agency online

An online test that allows agents to immediately get a clear picture around three key areas of their business, and start to...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Fraud: A house is sold without owner’s knowledge

A BBC investigation has revealed that a man’s house was sold and his furnishings removed without his knowledge, in the latest...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents offered £300,000 in US-style shared fee deal for mansion

Agents are being offered a theoretical £300,000 if they introduce a buyer willing to pay £30m for a mansion on sale in...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Stock famine means agents must work harder at prospecting - PropTech chief

A PropTech chief says agents are now competing with each other for substantially less stock on the market - meaning their...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing logjam eases as smaller pipelines speed up moves

The average time for home-movers to get through the conveyancing process has dropped by 27 days since the summer, according to Rightmove.  The...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents flock to Modern Method of Auction in south of England - claim

New figures from the Iamproperty group, parent of the Iamsold specialist in the Modern Method of Auction, show that the service...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS’ latest top appointment has had 42 years as a Civil Servant

RICS has appointed a former civil servant with a 42-year career as its new audit committee chair. Mike Driver, currently president of...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Leading agency refunds all Covid salary cuts plus furlough funds

Knight Frank has reported a record pre-tax profit and has reimbursed staff who sacrificed some salaries during the pandemic. The agency - which has...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket cuts amount it pays for PropTech supplier

OnTheMarket has announced that it’s reducing the amount it’s paying for PropTech supplier Glanty. Glanty is best known for its lettings platform teclet,...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how agencies rank for SEO and Google searches

An online intelligence platform has started ranking agencies in terms of their SEO and Google searches. The platform - Industry Alerts, which...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rebranded agency pledges revenue of over £1m per branch

An estate agency group is rebranding and pledges that it will build on its current revenue averaging £1m per branch.  Property group...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

House price rises prompt HMRC to launch Inheritance Tax probes

Increasing house prices has encouraged HM Revenue and Customs to launch huge numbers of probes into Inheritance Tax payments. According to law...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

U-turn on housing market forecast by government advisers

Official forecasts suggest house prices will rise for five years at least, although at well below the rate of growth seen...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Cladding scandal petition reaches key 10,000 signature stage

A petition calling on the government to set up an independent enquiry into the cladding crisis has reached a key 10,000...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax Shock: 1% stamp duty rise was considered for Budget

It’s been revealed that the government did consider a stamp duty RISE which would have been announced in this week’s Budget. The...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agency expanding beyond London for first time

The Nested online agency, which recently revamped its business model to attract more self-employed agents, is expanding outside London for the...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Number of homes selling over asking price dips as market softens

The proportion of properties selling above asking price has dipped according to Propertymark - a likely sign the market is softening at...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency claims to have ‘solved industry’s staff shortage’

EweMove - the hybrid brand owned by The Property Franchise Group - says its operating model effectively solves a reported staff...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

More blood-curdling news (and no, we don’t mean the Budget)

So with only hours to go before Halloween, here are our final three entries from agents who've entered into the ......

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and don’t forget to sleep longer this weekend…

With a Budget, mild weather and the continuing uncertainty over the pandemic, you might be forgiven for forgetting that we get...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: Capital Gains Tax rules change kicked in at midnight

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget did not ignore Capital Gains Tax after all.   For those selling UK residential property the deadline to file...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent “lucky to be alive” after car smashes through branch window

An estate agent in a branch of Hunters says he’s lucky to be alive after a car containing an elderly couple...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons gives upbeat update on sales and lettings

Foxtons has given an upbeat trading update to shareholders this morning. It says so far this year sales revenue is a huge...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Cladding Tax on Developers - not everyone is in favour

There has been criticism of the new Residential Development Tax, levied to fund remedial work on dangerous cladding on high rise blocks. The tax...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

“It leaves a lot to be desired” - Propertymark’s Budget verdict

Agents trade body Propertymark has given its verdict on yesterday’s Budget with this statement - “Some good news but it leaves...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Portals hit out at lack of details over pledges for new homes

There’s been some cynicism amongst the industry in response to new homes promises made by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in yesterday’s Budget. Sunak...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget: Details of business rate changes and new development tax

The Budget has proven more generous than many expected - and with most property taxation left unchanged. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has made...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Recruitment crisis as agents move to better paid jobs

A recruitment expert says the estate agency industry has joined those sectors suffering from a shortage of staff. And in the case...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ fees fall but cost of moving home has soared this year

The average cost of buying and selling a home in England this year has soared from £6,877 before the end of...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech pilot scheme next month to make sales safer and faster

There’s been another step to make house sales more secure and speedier, with a pilot scheme starting next month. Five major identity...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s a scream! Another agency gets into the Halloween spirit

Many thanks (or should that be big fangs?) go to Alexis at west country agency Wilson Tominey for today’s images getting...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Success for online valuation tool for five years in a row

The ValPal Network has won the ESTAS’ Supplier Awards – Best in Sector: Online Valuation Tool prize for the fifth year...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agents’ market share rises - but only three brands really matter

A new survey by property consultancy TwentyCi shows that the market share of online and hybrid agents in the third quarter...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency still not a hot topic for most house buyers

New research shows that despite media attention and new government policies, better energy efficiency is not a key issue for the...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure builds for agents to be licensed with mandatory training

Pressure appears to be building for the recommendations of the Regulation of Property Agents working party finally to be implemented. It’s now...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

This year's transactions set to be their highest for 14 years

The housing market is on track to record its strongest year since 2007 for transactions and house price inflation says Zoopla.  The...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Space Race Over? Country house price growth slows

New figures from Knight Frank show that price growth in the high end country market moderated in the third quarter of...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency goes green through climate change tree campaign

Leeds estate agency Adair Paxton is enhancing its sustainability credentials and helping to tackle climate change by planting two trees for...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid - Make viewings safer now to avoid winter market mayhem

An agent is warning the government it must manage Covid and not simply react ‘too late and too little’. He’s suggesting some...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Better EPCs mean bigger sale prices, according to Rightmove

Rightmove says sellers who have upgraded their Energy Performance Certificate rating to a C - from a D, E or F -...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Fake conveyancers diverting purchase funds into fraudsters’ wallets

Buyers are being warned about scams conning people out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. The Law Society of England and Wales...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Roadshow back on tour for the first time in 18 months

The Guild of Property Professionals launches its Autumn/Winter 2021 Tour this week - the first time its members have met in person...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Britain’s latest staff shortage - too few auctioneers

Too few lorry drivers, hospitality staff and care home assistants - and now too few auctioneers, too. Propertymark says a surge in...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer tells agents their awards have never been more deserved

The largest live event in the property industry for two years took place last Friday - the ESTAS awards.  TV property expert...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC SDLT Refunds: Agents warned about ‘ambulance chasers’

A property specialist is warning about “modern day ambulance chasers” who try to convince buyers they have paid too much stamp duty.  “An increasing...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

House prices will still rise even after interest rate hike, says senior analyst

Business consultancy Hargreaves Lansdown is predicting house prices will still rise, even after a possible hike in interest rates later this year or...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: Rise in property fraud makes data checks vital

An alert has gone out to sales and lettings agents to be more diligent with their checking of data, and to...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

High end agency launches in murdered MP’s beloved new city

Southend on Sea, soon to be designated a city out of respect for murdered MP Sir David Amess, is to see...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Referral fees and sales and finance back-up offered to agents

A new service has been launched claiming to offer ‘a new supportive partnership opportunity’ for agents to earn referral fees. Cox &...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - it’s that Friday good works feeling…

Hello and welcome to the end of the week - an opportunity for you to catch up with charity news from...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Will more online agencies face class actions over self-employed pay?

The class action taken by former self-employed workers against two online agencies should be a warning to other firms breaking the...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons offers to sell part of the Tower of London

Foxtons has written to the ‘legal owner’ of part of the Tower of London, offering to value the property for a...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Another jump in house prices confirmed by government figures

House price inflation accelerated to 10.6 per cent in August, up from 8.5 per cent in July as buyers rushed to...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

1,100 expected at tomorrow’s ESTAS awards

Some 1,100 guests are expected to attend the ESTAS awards tomorrow - the first time agents, conveyancers and brokers will gather...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Cost of moving soars for second year in a row

Research by price comparison service MoneySuperMarket has itemised the additional fees incurred by people moving home. This year’s 12 per cent rise...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

We spook too soon - here are more Halloween properties

Adorning homes with a Halloween-inspired look is becoming increasingly popular giving people an opportunity to show off their creativity. Really? Well that’s...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks faces legal action from agents over holiday and pension pay

A claims firm wants to commence proceedings against online estate agency companies such as Purplebricks and Yopa. It's on behalf of thousands...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: are you meeting the expectations of modern consumers?

If there is one thing that modern consumers have come to expect, it’s convenience. As a nation, we’re driven by on-demand...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC ratings to become more important under Green reforms

The government has given more details of its bid to change the energy efficiency of existing and new homes to meet...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

UK's 'poshest estate agency' gets new name and new management

A business once called “the UK’s poshest estate agent” has revealed that it’s under new management. Bective - formerly called Bective Leslie...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Big Three Portals accused over inflated asking prices

A small property portal has accused Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket of listing properties with asking prices far in excess of market...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive leap in equity held by older home-owners

Over-65s saw their property wealth increase by £800 a month recently thanks to frenzied demand during the stamp duty holiday, an equity release...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

For Sale boards reinvented with modern marketing messages

A family-run agency has reinvented the For Sale board by removing all of the usual visual cues and traditional words -...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Google reviews ‘game changer’ announced by allAgents

allAgents has announced that Google reviews will be integrated onto its website. allAgents has called the move “a game changer within the...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency beats Mercedes, HSBC and O2 to major award

Knight Frank has beaten a string of prestigious household name companies to take the Overall Winner award at the 2021 Customer...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing Market: supply shortage for fifth month in a row

Another market snapshot has identified low supply as the chief characteristic of the sales landscape this autumn. Landmark Information Group’s latest Property...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents get freebie ski trip as firm shifts to work-from-home model

Spicerhaart - which is radically reshaping its structure to encourage hybrid operations and working from home as part of a new...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

The best CRMs tell agents what to do and when to do it - claim

PropTech and CRMs should be about far more than merely gathering data - they should be telling agents which prospects are...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate Rise coming - could it actually be good for house sales?

Rightmove is warning that it’s “highly likely” interest rates will rise in the near future. The portal believes this now seems inevitable...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest autumn leavers and movers

Hello and welcome to the latest PJT, your chance to catch up with who’s moving where in our industry. If you have...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent murdered after online house sale goes wrong in US

Media reports from the US state of Virginia say an 84-year-old man killed his estate agent after buying a property ‘sight...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells tells Gove he “must do more” to build new homes

A part of the Connells Group is telling the new Housing Secretary that he and his government “must do more” to...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

The Old Story - agents tell government to make it easier to downsize

There’s a rising number of over-65s but a short supply of suitable affordable properties for them, Propertymark has told government. The agents’...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing leaders pay tribute to murdered MP

Leading politicians operating in the housing industry have paid tribute to murdered backbencher Sir David Amess. Housing Secretary Michael Gove tweeted: “David...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Very few buyers care about energy efficiency, new study shows

Despite increasing public debate and media spotlight on energy efficiency, the issue appears relatively unimportant to seven out of eight buyers according to...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ photos ‘mislead buyers over true size of properties’ - claim 

A portal says many buyers feel disappointed when viewing a property becuase it is typically smaller than agents’ photographs suggest.  MoveStreets claims...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket to offer agency bosses free coaching from Property Academy

OnTheMarket has signed an exclusive commercial partnership with business coaching specialists, Property Academy.  OTM will provide full fee-paying customers with free access...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Werewolf runs rampant in London agency branch

Howl you doing? Yes, it’s just a fortnight until Halloween and time to wheel out unspeakably awful puns and the occasional...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Suzy Lamplugh suspect may be allowed home visits and day release

The convicted murderer and rapist John Cannan, who is the prime suspect in the still-unsolved murder of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh,...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s the return of the Viking…

We’re building up towards both Christmas and the Awards season right now, and that gives plenty of opportunities for fund raising,...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks shock as finance chief quits at short notice

Purplebricks has this morning announced that chief financial officer Andy Botha is quitting at the end of the month. In a terse...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Are agents’ fees falling because of increased competition?

An analysis of estate agencies in 21 major cities suggests a big rise in competing companies, prompting risks of fee wars between...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Covid crises may undo recent house price gains

Rising inflation triggered by the supply chain crisis following Brexit and the pandemic may undermine recent house price gains according to...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS Scandal: Establishment trio named as interim leadership team

The bid by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to re-establish itself as a trusted body continues with the naming of...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

What future for Propertymark? Chief to be quizzed by critic of NAEA

Propertymark’s chief executive - officially still in post on just an interim basis - is to face questions from a past...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Britain’s housing value soars 20% in five years - much of it in 2021

The total value of homes in Britain has risen 20 per cent - that’s £1.6 trillion – in the past five...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should be confident of fees they charge says data analyst

Estate agents who differentiate themselves from competitors should not be afraid of charging more - and should have confidence when doing...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Fall-throughs plummet but market crash possible, warns analyst

Remarkably, just 11 per cent of property sales fell through in the third quarter of this year as buyers raced to beat...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to conduct extra legal checks on buyers

Agents are being advised to go above and beyond the legal requirements for anti-money laundering requirements.  Paul Offley, compliance officer for The...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

London’s Changing Market: What’s hot and what’s not

One of the country’s leading buying agents has set out what’s hot and what’s not in London’s housing market as it...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent group says talented women lost to industry due to menopause

The Women In Property group claims talented females are being lost to the industry due to the menopause.  It says panic attacks,...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Most agents have faced unsafe incidents, according to survey

Some two thirds of agents and other property professionals who have worked alone have suffered an incident endangering their safety, according to...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Supply still trails demand in prime London, says leading agent

The  housing market is not immune from the supply shortage hitting the economy, according to Knight Frank - with London the...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket posts strong results as agents move to full-fee contracts

OnTheMarket figures for the first half of this year show stronger revenue and improved profits. Agency numbers have increased modestly since January...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agent says it’s not about money (but has bought a Jag)

An estate agent who has now gone self-employed after working on the staff of Connells and Spicerhaart says her move is...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC uses Rightmove and Zoopla to snoop on tax payments

It’s been revealed that HM Revenue & Customs scours the listings on both Rightmove and Zoopla to assess whether property investors...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

GDPR training course attracts 10,000 agents, says Rightmove

More than 10,000 certificates have been awarded to agents who have taken Rightmove’s first modular training. This is an accredited GDPR course...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News