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SDLT Bonanza! Mortgage enquiries and property portal visits soar

Evidence is pouring in that the stamp duty holiday introduced 48 hours ago has already produced huge levels of interest from...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime central London prices to fall this year despite recent boost

Savills has revised its market forecast for the enclaves of prime central London and now says prices will fall by 2.0...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Good news on mortgages - another rise in product choice

There’s been another increase in the number of mortgage products available to buyers and landlords - a sign of all aspects...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

NAEA Propertymark in PropTech deal to promote start-ups

NAEA Propertymark is partnering with a service called REACH UK, to promote selected PropTech start ups to agents who may need...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - no holiday for industry fund-raisers…

There are high hopes that the new stamp duty holiday will make an already busy market even busier - but not...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Branch closures announced as franchise agency links with building society

Six agency branches are being closed as a result of a partnership between franchise giant Belvoir and the Nottingham Building Society. Under...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty mayhem? Conveyancers may not cope, warn agents

An estate agency is warning that the likely rush of transactions when the new stamp duty holiday ends next spring will...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Is Rightmove the biggest winner from the stamp duty holiday?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak - and the agency industry - will no doubt be delighted to know that visits to Rightmove soared...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty holiday unlikely to be replicated in Scotland

It looks like the stamp duty holiday for England and Northern Ireland, already in effect following yesterday’s announcement, is unlikely to...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

RICS figures confirm short-term bounce but supply is very low

There’s more confirmation this morning that the housing market is enjoying a short-term bounce - and that’s before the effect of...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendors on HS2 route must accept offers at 85% of asking price

The latest guidance from the government on the next phase of the HS2 high-speed railway confirms the previous demand that vendors...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Prices and sales volumes both improving in London - agency

The number of offers agreed on homes priced below £1m since mid-May is a healthy 41 per cent higher than the...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty changes and Furlough Bonus scheme announced by Sunak

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced that there will be no stamp duty on homes selling for £500,000 or...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cuts WON’T help the market - a contrary view

An industry analyst is challenging the long-established agents’ view that reducing or temporarily scrapping stamp duty would help the market. On the...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Challenger portal offers agents free access to data on all UK homes

One of the many free-to-list portals now vying for attention is offering agents six months free access to a platform boasting...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents give better treatment to buyers with British accents - claim

A new study of British agents suggests that buyers with accents from most of the rest of the world receive less...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Software and portals destroyed the personal touch of agency

Have you ever wondered how industry-specific software and property portals have influenced the typical estate agency of today? A new book, which...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

First-ever transaction with chain using Reservation Agreements

A PropTech supplier claims that an agency has secured the first ever transaction where the complete chain used Reservation Agreements.  Harrison Residential,...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage enquiries surge as prices dip slightly in latest index

Mortgage enquiries in June surged to double the rate of the previous month according to the latest halifax house price index. Although...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty dithering could kill the market, warn angry agents

Agents have spoken out angrily against any uncertainty in the market caused by government leaks about future stamp duty changes. In recent...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost 90% of sales could have zero stamp duty says Zoopla

One of the possible stamp duty options floated by Chancellor Rishi Sunak could mean 89 per cent of sales would be...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

“What I hate about corporate agencies” - hybrid chief tells all

The chief executive of a hybrid agency in London has revealed why he deserted big corporates to create his own company. Rollo...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency losing over 50 jobs says its brand is “very much alive”

The Andrew Grant regional estate agency brand is “very much alive” despite the firm which bore the name losing 54 jobs...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies announce expansions despite Coronavirus crisis

Hunters has launched two additional franchise branches in Tower Bridge, London and Middleton, North Manchester, taking the company total to over...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents stay open in future local lockdowns but auction houses shut

Government guidelines regarding future Leicester-style local lockdowns suggest that branches can remain open and viewings can continue. However auction houses must shut. So...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty changes being considered by Sunak - but when?

Unnamed government sources quoted in many newspapers today suggest stamp duty reforms may be announced later this year. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is to...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: How can agents help sellers overcome unsettled buyer market?

The property market has been reopen for almost eight weeks now and during that time demand from prospective buyers has soared. Rightmove...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agencies shut branches as industry adapts to 'new normal'

There are various reports of estate agencies closing branches - or not reopening them after lockdown - as they reduce the...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Should ‘Master' bedroom be dropped from property descriptions?

The Black Lives Matter debate has reached the property industry with some agents dropping the term ‘Master bedroom’ from descriptions. The Times...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London-based hub agency triples in size during lockdown

A London agency says it’s seen over 30 new agents join its hub franchise operation during the lockdown, taking the total...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - latest movers into and across our industry

It’s a tough time for agents and our stories show a disturbingly high number of  branches closing - but there are...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Congratulations! ESTAS 2020 winners celebrate ‘virtual’ victories

The industry’s first virtual awards event has taken place with hundreds of agents participating courtesy of YouTube. Winners of the prestigious ESTAS...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

NAEA Propertymark chief executive to quit at the end of 2020

The chief executive of the National Association of Estate Agents, Mark Hayward, is to retire at the end of this year.  The...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency closes 23 branches and employs 'Partners' working from home

Haart - one of the brands owned by Spicerhaart, which laid off staff in the first hours of the pandemic -...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' latest TV advertising campaign starts today

Purplebricks is starting a new wave of TV advertisements today, continuing its theme from earlier this year as a sponsor of...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

How much do you earn? A personnel company wants to know

A personnel company wants agents to tell them how much they earn in another anonymous online survey. Rayner Personnel - which recently...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Younger buyers’ moving plans hit by mortgage changes - Zoopla

A survey of 2,000 prospective movers by Zoopla shows the vast majority still intent on buying - but younger purchasers’ plans...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and the fund-raising goes on virtually...

Hello and welcome to our latest ADC, with more evidence that fund-raising goes on even with communal activity at a premium...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Property licence plates’ launched - agents should use them says Propertymark

Propertymark is calling in the government for agents to be trained in the use of software operating the Unique Property Reference...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the top three trends in the housing market right now

With the UK housing market now largely open - there are still restrictions in some areas on home moves to occupied properties...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket bags another 500 branches with ‘welcome shares’

OnTheMarket says almost 500 branches have signed up in recent months, entitling their business owners to ‘welcome shares’. Of those branches signing...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cut would NOT help the market, claims tax specialist

A prominent tax specialist has suggested that stamp duty cuts would not help improve the housing market, despite many agents suggesting...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove campaign chief signs up to new free-to-list portal

The estate agency group spearheading the Say No To Rightmove campaign has signed its 36 branches up to new portal Homesearch. The...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents remain calm in the light of latest house price dip

Agents have remained calm in the light of Nationwide’s house price index which shows the first annual fall for eight years...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Code of Practice for Estate Agents set to change industry forever

A new estate agency Code of Practice is to be written by a group set up by the Royal Institution of Chartered...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Homesearch portal launches with two-week feedback period for agents

Homesearch, the long-awaited new free-to-list portal, launches today with a string of testimonials from supportive estate agents. The new portal announced at...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: another attempt at solving a problem that doesn't exist?

"New property website launches. Not immediately sure what it does differently, what its USP is or who will use it, but...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Leicester lockdown is warning to agents to abide by ‘new normal’

The return of non-essential businesses to lockdown in Leicester as a result of a localised spike in Coronavirus cases is a...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New-build market bouncing back quicker than second-hand market

Buyer demand for new-build property has bounced back 66 per cent in the six weeks since the resumption of the housing...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks critic launches “agent-friendly” PropTech platform

A former City analyst best known for his scathing criticisms of Purplebricks has launched a PropTech platform that he describes as...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Shareholder ‘mini-revolt’ over Countrywide’s top brass pay

There appears to have been a small shareholder rebellion at Countrywide’s annual general meeting over the company’s remuneration of senior management. No...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency regulation: still no government action, one year on

The recommendations to regulate and train the estate agency industry put forward a year ago remain on the Housing Secretary’s desk...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

220,000 London homes owned by Chinese: more to come, say agents

Government figures show the 218,975 properties within Greater London have Chinese owners - and two agents say there will be more...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks director stands down after two years

One of the key members of the Purplebricks board has stood down after two years. Andreas Wiele joined the Purplebricks board in...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 50 jobs lost as agency collapses into administration

Over 50 jobs have been lost as a result of a Midlands regional estate agency falling into administration. The Shropshire Star reports...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

£41,000 award for agent discriminated against because of pregnancy

An estate agent has been awarded over £41,000 by an employment tribunal - after her offer to settle for £10,000 was...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus made us abandon branches for hubs, says agency

A regional agency in the east of England says the Coronavirus lockdown working environment has made it rethink its structure -...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry guru reveals Britain's only truly 'different' agency brand

A brand and marketing strategic who also ran one of the country’s most successful lettings agencies for a decade has said...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as property industry titan dies suddenly

One of the highest profile and most widely respected figures in the British property industry has died suddenly. He was 72. Tony...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Boost for market as mortgage product choice picks up after virus

Mortgage product choices for buyers have increased to the highest level in three months according to new data. PropTech platform Mortgage Brain...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide loses 30% of income thanks to lockdown

Countrywide has released details of its trading performance, including the knock its income has received as a result of the housing...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Watch out Rightmove! 10,000 agents sign up to new rival portal

The challenger portal scheduled to launch in less than a week’s time on July 1 has secured the support of 10,000...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Management pay cuts and furlough returns revealed by high-end agency

Savills has revealed the measures it has taken to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus on its activities and balance sheet. The...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchise group revenue hit by 20% because of virus lockdown

Revenue for The Property Franchise Group was hit by 20 per cent cent thanks for the lockdown - but sales listings...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Boost as first time buyer sales rise rapidly after lockdown

Few figures for the housing market can be truly representative in the current circumstances but NAEA Propertymark’s latest snapshot is showing...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and there’s so much great work still going on…

Hello - Friday already so that means another Agents Do Charity, marking the wonderful work of our industry even in these...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove's new fees cut just kicks can down the road, say campaigners

The Say No To Rightmove campaign says the portal has merely kicked the fees can down the road, deferring a long-term...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom! Agency records highest ever number of offers accepted in a week

The post-lockdown surge in housing market activity has continued into its sixth week, as at least one agency’s indicators hit record...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Distressed agents may benefit from latest commercial eviction ban

Estate agents facing crippling running costs as the wider impacts of the Coronavirus crisis hit home may benefit, at least in...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital idea - high numbers still moving out of London says agency

An analysis of Countrywide branch data outside London has revealed that one in 10 applicants who registered to buy were from...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS 2020 are almost here - and they’re virtually here, too

Some weeks later than usual for understandable reasons, the ESTAS Awards 2020 are almost here - and for the first time...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide chief joins mentor team at Agents Together

Industry veteran Harry Hill, a former chairman of Countrywide and founder of Rightmove, has now become a mentor at the new...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

High-end agency reveals “shift towards digital” via management reshuffle

A raft of changes in the senior management of Strutt & Parker is being heralded as part of a “shift towards...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices to rise further over next three months - Zoopla

Zoopla predicts that the price strength that has been seen since the reopening of the housing market is likely to continue...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Jenrick scandal to be debated as “pigs in trough” allegations mount

Controversial Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is the subject of a harshly critical cartoon in The Times which depicts “pigs in the...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove shows how we really do like to be beside the seaside

In the latest of a recent flurry of consumer-facing research exercises by Rightmove, a league table of the most popular seaside...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove and OnTheMarket extend cut-price fees deals

Rightmove and OnTheMarket have announced that they are extending their cut-price fees deals, introduced because of Coronavirus. This morning Rightmove says: "We have...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

High Street agency veteran speaks up for hybrid business model

The new chief executive of The Property Franchise Group says he anticipates his company’s hybrid arm - EweMove - will go...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency spurred on by crisis to complete acquisition in weeks

A regional agency says the Coronavirus crisis was the opportunity for it to complete a takeover of a rival company in...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New branch aims to recruit by year-end despite market uncertainty

The latest branch of Fine & Country says it intends to expand both its premises and its workforce by the end...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New homes delivery to plummet by a third despite high demand

There’s been a big rise in demand for new-builds since the lockdown according to figures from Knight Frank - but the...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Live chat usage soars during lockdown and as restrictions eased

There was a big spike in the use of live chat across all agency sectors during lockdown - no doubt spurred...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as widely-respected property campaigner dies suddenly

The death has been announced of one of the country’s leading campaigners against the injustices of the leasehold system, Louie Burns. Burns...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ biggest critic warns over housing market uncertainty

The chief executive of a property information platform says now is a “dangerous time” to buy or sell homes because of...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove was warned for years to improve relationship with agents

The leader of the Say No To Rightmove campaign has revealed to Estate Agent Today that he has lobbied the portal...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New owners for agency that shut branches and created ‘hub’ structure

Midlands regional chain Andrew Grant, which last year closed some branches as it moved to a ‘hub’ structure, appears to have...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary Jenrick may be sacked shortly, says newspaper

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick - currently at the centre of a planning controversy - could be sacked in a September Cabinet reshuffle. The...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents allowed partial resumption of sales and moves in Wales

The Welsh housing market is back in business today - at least in part. Letting and estate agents can reopen their offices...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

One in six homeowners with mortgages now on payment break

One in six home owners with a mortgage across the UK are now on some form of payment holiday with lenders...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Video viewings don’t sell homes and already dying out - agent

Video tours, heralded as the next big thing just a few weeks ago, are being abandoned by buyers and dismissed as...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Successful property newspaper collapses after revenge hack

A successful property newspaper has collapsed after one of its former directors turned computer hacker and deliberately deleted over 5,000 files...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ker-ching!  Stamp duty refunds soar during Coronavirus crisis

A tax and legal specialist says there’s been a huge rise in stamp duty refund cases between March and June -...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Scottish surge - agents and movers resume work on June 29

It’s been confirmed by the Scottish Government that the housing market north of the border resumes for business - and house...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - carrying on despite Corona challenges…

With most fund-raising involving organised runs, treks or mudders, we know how difficult it is right now to do great work...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove really IS very good value for agents, insists ex-director

The former commercial director of Rightmove has made a strong defence of much of the company’s activities, including the charges it...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency launches share offer for investors after rapid growth

One of the leading ‘new breed’ of hybrids relying on self-employed agents is opening a share offer to investors in a...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals big winners from post-lockdown surge in demand

Rightmove has given a regional breakdown in where  buyer demand is strongest in the past two weeks. It’s perhaps no surprise that...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Market update: Three months before it's stable but signs are good

A market commentator says it will take up to three months before the housing market stabilises into the ‘new normal’ after...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rush to digitise house buying process triggered by virus - claim

A company promoting a Blockchain platform with promises to speed up the buying and selling process claims the pandemic has proved...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide CEO’s high praise for online agency’s success

A former chief executive of Countrywide has issued a string of extravagant claims about the lockdown success of the online agency...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Do we care that tech can now halve transaction times?

Tuesday mornings at 6am is usually my time to review all the latest PropTech news. This fires off ideas for my...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency aiming to rival Purplebricks announces regional expansion

A hybrid agency which set a target of rivalling Purplebricks when it launched has announced a recruitment drive and expansion in...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Sale price discounts diminish as market strengthens

Price discounts are diminishing as the housing market strengthens, according to data from Knight Frank. The average discount to the asking price...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Law catches up with Purplebricks - or at least one firm does

Purplebricks has instructed a new legal firm to support its sales and lettings activities. Business Insider reports that the commercial team at...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove campaign says 'list on Zoopla, support OTM'

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has set out strategy suggestions for independent agents facing steep portal bills. A 10-page document reveals...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost half of agency’s new recruits have no property experience

US-originated estate agency Keller Williams claims to be the fastest growing in the UK as a result of 29 agents joining...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks and Emoov founders call for radical stamp duty reform

Online sector veterans Russell Quirk and Kenny Bruce have used social media to call for a temporary scrapping of all stamp...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency live-streaming all instructions to cope with demand

An estate agency with a reputation for PropTech innovation says it now live-streams all instructions in a bid to operate more...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Want to list properties on Facebook Marketplace? Here’s how…

A free webinar is taking place this week to show how agents can list properties on Facebook Marketplace. The event, hosted by...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Another agency chief targeted by CMA for future disqualification

The Competition and Markets Authority - which yesterday announced it had disqualified two estate agency directors for their parts in a...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to report rivals breaking lockdown in still-closed market

The devolved government in Wales - where the housing market is still officially closed - has urged agents to report rivals...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Disgraced agency directors disqualified after price-fixing scandal

Two estate agency directors have been disqualified by the Competition and Markets Authority after taking part in an illegal price fixing...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Cashflow crisis likely for agents later this year - warning

Estate agents are likely to get through the next five to six months even if the market falls away - but...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rush hour! Agents agree huge sales volumes since market reopened

Data released this morning by Rightmove suggests that agents in England have agreed no fewer than 40,000 sales since the market...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Logbooks: working party to consider how they could work

A working party of property professionals is being set up to look at whether and how property logbooks could help speed...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Gurus lure another prominent agent for central London

The new YOUhome Property Gurus agency has announced another key hire to strengthen its central London activities.  The agency, set up by...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Second politician named in Jenrick ‘cash for favours’ controversy

Housing minister Chris Pincher has now been named in media investigations into allegations concerning his political boss, Robert Jenrick, and the...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket still aims to be top portal - and ponders next move on fees

OnTheMarket says it still aims to be the number one portal, but the acting chief executive has revealed a far more...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New estate agency markets only refurbished homes, with warranty

A start-up estate agency in London says it’s going to market only refurbished homes that will then be given a warranty...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Jenrick fails to show for key question as ‘cash for favours’ row grows

Beleaguered Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is under growing pressure to explain his part in a planning decision - now deemed illegal...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market reopens in another part of the United Kingdom

The housing market in Northern Ireland is resuming on Monday after its lockdown because of the Coronavirus crisis. Arlene Foster, first minister...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

First time buyers take four in 10 mortgages since market resumes

Today is one month since the government lifted restrictions on agents and the housing market - and since that time the...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with two VERY big donations…

Hello and welcome to Agents Do Charity, our weekly opportunity to salute suppliers and agents fund-raising for good causes. We appreciate how...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla fees cut ‘saves agents £30m’ with hundreds of new branches joining

Zoopla has upped the stakes in the war between rival websites with two major claims which implicitly challenge both Rightmove and...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

9,000 branches on paying contracts with OnTheMarket, portal says

OnTheMarket says in a trading statement this morning that as of May 31 only some 9,000 branches were on paying contracts...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual Viewings could mean work of five negotiators being done by three

Virtual viewings could transform estate agency so fundamentally that they might mean the work of five negotiators could in future be...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption scandal - eight insurers involved in test case

More details have been released about a test case being brought by the Financial Conduct Authority about the ongoing Business Interruption...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Market improving slowly after lockdown, latest RICS figures suggest

The latest sentiment snapshot produced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors confirms the trend that the market is still improving...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide branch faces police and HMRC threat after furlough allegation

The managing director of a Winkworth branch is threatening to report a senior member of a nearby Countrywide office to the...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent aged 27 sets up his own High Street operation

A 27 year old agent with a background working in London’s Canary Wharf has headed north to set up his own...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New top-end agency launches without any High Street presence

A new high end agency called The Country House Department is launching with an initial focus on Oxfordshire, Berkshire and The...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand and sales agreed both soaring - but may not last, warns Zoopla

There’s been a strong rebound in demand for homes and an “unprecedented” bounce in new sales agreed according to Zoopla. The portal...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Uncoupling: Agency says divorces will help housing market

An estate agency says the housing market could get a boost as a result of couples separating after the prolonged togetherness...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' founders reveal new project to re-enter the agency industry

The brothers who founded Purplebricks - Michael and Kenny Bruce - have returned to the agency industry for the first time...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ biggest challenges now are handling instructions in ‘new normal’

A survey of estate agents conducted through trade publications has revealed that market uncertainty and the handling of transactions within government...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Too few photos in listings is key concern of buyers and renters - survey

A survey of 2,750 buyers and tenants has revealed the aspects of online property listings which they find most annoying. The single...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Flats fall out of favour with buyers says latest Rightmove publicity

The latest in the recent surge of consumer information publicised by Rightmove suggests that demand for flats has fallen significantly as...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Summer house price falls on the way according to moving service

Typical house prices in England and Wales are set to fall over the rest of summer according to home moving service...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Spicerhaart MD bounces back with key industry Personnel role

Russell Jervis, who spent 33 years at Spicerhaart rising to managing director before quitting late last year, has re-emerged this morning...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Market set for long-term recovery despite short-term dips

The housing market is set for long-term recovery, despite dips in the road on the way.  That's the message from the latest house...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Death of revered estate agent after amazing 6,000 house sales

The death has been announced of Colin Lowman, a veteran south London estate agent who had a 64 year career in...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

National auctioneer seeks agency partners for new sales initiative

National property auctioneer Pugh & Co is launching an initiative to partner with estate agents across the UK. Via a new network...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Guild claims influx of new agency members during lockdown

The Guild of Property Professionals says “a remarkable number” of agencies has joined it during the lockdown. Some 27 agencies signed up...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

It really IS happening - more buyers now wanting homes out of London

A quarter of vendors and buyers contacted by a high-end agency say the lockdown and the Coronavirus crisis have made them...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extended for another two months

The government is extending the eviction ban for a further two months. A tweet early this evening from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of ignoring virus safety guidelines

An agent in the unusual position of operating across the England and Welsh border says many of his competitors appear to...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

LSL bring staff back off furlough as board takes one third pay cut

LSL Property Services has this morning released details of its response to the Coronavirus crisis. All members of its board have taken...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New Property Ombudsman is lifelong redress champion

The new Property Ombudsman taking over from October is Rebecca Marsh. She is currently Chief Ombudsman at the Legal Ombudsman and was...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket names the day for reporting accounts and members

OnTheMarket is to issue its annual figures next Thursday, June 11. The report only covers the portal company’s financial year which ended...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

EweMove, Martin & Co and other franchises using PropTech to reopen

The Property Franchise Group - parent company of six agency brands including EweMove and Martin & Co - says all of...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the first edition of summer 2020…

Now that it’s June it’s officially summer (as if we didn’t realise that from the sudden drop in temperatures). With good...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Slump in agents’ income revealed for first time in new figures

Agents’ declining income - the result of the lockdown and the collapse in transaction volumes - has been revealed for the...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Police ‘assess’ Housing Secretary’s planning row as PM steers clear

The Metropolitan Police says it’s “assessing” the controversial surrounding the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, and a planning decision over which he...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Anxious vendors demand virtual appraisals as first stage of sale process

An overwhelming 98 per cent of vendors questioned by Zoopla say they remain anxious about the Coronavirus and would prefer to...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 Rightmove to enhance online viewing features in roll-out to agents

Rightmove has contacted all member agents saying it has enhanced its automated online viewing feature first introduced in April. As part of...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

High-profile husband-and-wife agents move to rival company

Rupert and Annabel Wakley - both long-time stalwarts of Knight Frank’s country department - have moved over to the rival Jackson-Stops...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Jeeves! High-end agency will now help buyers find butlers

Knight Frank has merged two of its existing divisions to form a new Private Residence Consultancy team - and the new...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Delay property tax change until market revives, experts tell government

A taxation institute is urging the government to delay Capital Gains Tax changes relating to housing transactions until the virus crisis...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: On the offensive - why aren't you giving it all away for free?

I was asked a question by a German journalist yesterday. What is the biggest lesson German and European PropTech founders can...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Sales progression app now used by 1,000 agency branches

PropTech supplier mio says it now has over 1,000 agency branches using its sales progression platform - and it’s recruited Countrywide...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

More price uncertainty likely before market finds ‘post-Covid level’

Leading estate agents are warning that the sharp fall in house prices reported by the Nationwide may be just the first...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Downsizers should get stamp duty cuts just like first timers - call

Family houses are under-occupied and only incentives to downsize can help improve the housing market - with a stamp duty cut...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock as house prices show largest monthly fall in 11 years - Nationwide

UK house prices fell by 1.7 per cent in May, after taking account of seasonal effects – this is the largest...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s ‘head of innovation’ joins free-to-list online agency

The man who has been Rightmove’s head of innovation for the past five years has joined an online agency. Hannes Buhrmann has...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New sales and rental franchise seeks agents to set up national operation

A senior property lawyer is to set up a franchise agency which he describes as embracing the best of the High...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing fraud warning issued by leading consumer group

Consumers are not as worried as they should be about conveyancing fraud, putting them at risk of losing life-changing sums of...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shareholders invited to submit AGM questions

Troubled estate agency group Countrywide has invited shareholders to submit questions to the company ahead of its AGM later this month. Countrywide...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Still trusting Trustpilot? Joe Lycett shows how reviews can be gamed

Arguments over the alleged gaming of reviews by and for some estate agencies have waged ferociously in recent years, and now...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Over third of vendors expect price falls of 6% or possibly much more

A survey of sellers by a high-end agency suggests that around a third expect price falls of six per cent or...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks chief becomes MD of new ‘national agency brand’

A former Purplebricks chief has become managing director of an agency aiming to be a national brand. Jim Harris - a former training...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: first-time buyers - how can agents ease the pain?

A well-known saying in estate agency is that first-time buyers are the sellers of the future. If we believe this to...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - industry’s latest movers, shakers, appointments

Although the shake-out in the industry is ongoing - online agency Settled and established new-build agency Cushman & Wakefield have both...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Market share of Guild members 'now higher than during Boris Bounce'

The combined market share of agencies in the Guild of Property Professionals is now higher even than it was at the...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove data reveals areas with biggest surge in buyer leads

There has been a huge surge in demand in some regions of the UK according to new data from Rightmove.  The portal...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Give first time buyers a break, mortgage lenders tell government

Restrictions introduced a decade ago after the financial crisis are holding back many first time buyers from purchasing a home. That’s the...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove hits back at critics with highest-ever visitor numbers

Rightmove has enjoyed over six million visits to its portal in one day, for the first time ever. Three days ago -...

30 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Chief exec quits top agency and training guru takes helm

The well-known chief executive of Fine & Country, David Lindley, is standing down. An announcement from the agency came late this morning...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Say No To Rightmove to offer 'options for agents'

The Say No To Rightmove campaign is to release a set of options for member agents to consider if the portal...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency jobs lost as company pulls out of direct sales in the UK

Cushman & Wakefield has pulled out of direct sales of homes in the UK. The firm has closed its UK new homes department...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

What are your views on well-being and Corona recovery? New survey

A mystery group, believed to consist of high-level former agents and suppliers, is asking the industry for its feedback on current...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday could add £1,331 to a mortgage, owners warned

The financial services industry’s much-hyped mortgage holiday scheme, heavily endorsed by the government, could cost home owners hundreds of pounds in...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - singing it out for good causes

If it’s Friday it’s our regular round-up of fund-raising by and involving the property industry, and it’s remarkable how much is...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday - Zoopla shows how it could help the housing market

Zoopla’s head of research says a stamp duty holiday could encourage more home owners to move which in turn could help...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket’s new filter prioritises online viewing options

OnTheMarket has introduced a new filter that allows buyers to limit their searches to those properties with online viewing options. These can...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

“Don’t buy a new home before selling old one” tax experts tell buyers

A group representing 600 tax experts working in UK legal and accounting firms is warning buyers not to purchase a new...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary Jenrick in hot water again as he admits bias

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick - accused by some of breaking the lockdown some weeks ago - is now in more hot...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Members-only online property ‘club’ slashes prices by two-thirds

A digital ‘members-only club’ for property professionals around the world has slashed its prices nine months after launching. The Eighth Door is...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

'Furlough could wreck housing market' - warning to government

The government is jeopardising the success of the housing market relaunch through the inflexibility of the furlough scheme, claims a group...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Second Corona wave - agents given seven steps to prepare

NAEA Propertymark is advising agents to continue measures to allow them to operate if a second wave of Coronavirus hits later...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown has turbo-charged buyer demand - but it won’t last

Research from Zoopla suggests that demand from buyers across England surged 88 per cent shortly after the housing market reopened -...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London's largest lockdown deal is coup for high-end agency

High-end agency Beauchamp Estates is claiming to have bagged the capital’s biggest deal during the lockdown period - a mansion which...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

 Conveyancers told to put UP their fees just as housing market reopens

A specialist legal advisory service is urging conveyancers to use the reopening of the housing market as an opportunity to increase...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agents - the way forward for the industry?

Many of the leading advocates of the self-employed estate agent business model have talked about why many want new recruits with...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons sales commissions collapse by 61% during Coronavirus period

New figures released by Foxtons this morning show a collapse in commission income to the agency during the Coronavirus period. Sales commissions...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough changes: Agencies and suppliers must pay some wages

The Chancellor has revealed how he will wean businesses off the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - meaning that agencies and suppliers...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

RICS beefs up Anti-Money Laundering guide in light of Coronavirus

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has revised its Anti-Money Laundering guidance in the light of Coronavirus. It says the scale of...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday extension - new details released by FCA

The Financial Conduct Authority has published new draft guidance for lenders which will set out options available to their customers in the extended...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing ministers steer clear of Cummings row - until last evening

Housing Minister Chris Pincher and Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick stayed well clear of the Dominic Cummings row over the weekend -...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

20-point risk management protocol introduced by top agent

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Green Smileys, travel paths and IT help this agency stay safe

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency asks buyers on viewings to sign ‘no touching’ declaration

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent sends reassuring letting to sales and lettings clients

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark’s 29-point guide for offices, teams and activities

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Watchdog launches probe into fake and misleading online reviews

The Competition and Markets Authority has launched an investigation into fake and misleading online reviews. The announcement from the watchdog does not...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Independent agents' group links with soon-to-launch portal

The fast-growing trade group for independent estate agents has launched a partnership with the soon-to-launch Homesearch portal. Of the various free-to-list portals...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Life Without Rightmove - potential leavers to get marketing advice

The Say No To Rightmove campaign is to hold a seminar for agents who have already left the portal or are...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday extension welcomed despite ‘cliff edge’ worry

There’s been a cautious welcome for the extension to the current mortgage holiday scheme, due to run out for ‘early adopters’...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices to drop 12% before long term growth - latest prediction

Typical prices in the UK housing market will drop 12 per cent before long-term growth resumes in 2021 and beyond. That’s the...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove visits soar as portal use returns to pre-lockdown level

Rightmove says it enjoyed 5.3m visits on Tuesday of this week - up four per cent on the comparable day of...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

On Monday - how you have made branches safe and welcoming…

It’s a Bank Holiday weekend and if you’re taking time off we hope you and your families enjoy a well-earned break. We’ll...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the latest long weekend version…

It’s another Bank Holiday weekend and the first since lockdown was eased and the housing market returns - so perhaps a...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide wants damages from mystery buyer who pulled out of deal

Countrywide says it is pursuing the businessman who failed to complete on the purchase of the troubled agency’s commercial arm, Lambert...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

All Change! Agents should reform ‘before government intervenes’

The industry should continue to prepare for large-scale reforms such as mandatory agency training, the licensing of agents and a new...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

The stricter the lockdown ‘the faster housing market recovers’

An analysis of seven countries which underwent different forms of lockdown during the pandemic suggests the British and Italian housing markets...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Outsourced operator will qualify agents’ leads and follow-up marketing

Outsourced communications provider Moneypenny has launched a new facility called Client Services for agents resuming business. Moneypenny’s 80-strong team of receptionists can...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand plummets for ultra-expensive London homes, says agency

London estate agency Benham & Reeves says there’s been a sharp fall-off in demand for ultra-expensive homes in prime suburbs of...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Physical valuations now undertaken by most lenders in England

The Bank of Ireland UK is the latest mortgage lender to resume physical valuations of properties in England, subject of course...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove finance chief to step down next month

Rightmove has confirmed that its group finance director is to step down at the end of next month. Robyn Perriss is retiring...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

How is your office coping with safety and social distancing?

For the coming Bank Holiday on Monday, we’d like to show images of how agency offices have adapted to cope with...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket founder spills beans on fees, Rightmove and Springett

The founder of OnTheMarket has revealed why the portal floated on the stock market and why Ian Springett was the right...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Settled - people miss the point about failure

I recently read the news about Settled closing its doors. As of 6.29am on Tuesday morning, the article had been read by 8,642...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Two thirds of agents want to go self-employed and/or work from home

A survey of agents’ attitudes which two weeks ago showed a big majority of agents wanting to work as self employed...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says key market indicator already better than last year

The number of full property details viewed on Rightmove - a key indicator of market health - is already stronger than...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency promotion website changes claim after regulator intervenes

NetAnAgent, a website which offers consumers instant quotes from a selection of traditional and online agents, has changed some of its...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide explains softly-softly approach to re-opening branches

Countrywide has refuted claims that none of its branches have so far re-opened for business but has issued an explanation why...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

High profile London agent joins boutique property consultancy

The popular and well respected ex-Knight Frank partner Tom Tangney has joined Rose & Partners, a boutique property firm serving prime...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market reboot triggers surge in mortgage applications

A daily monitor of mortgage market activity has reported “significant volumes” of business across the sector, even over the weekend. Mortgage technology...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Highest-ever number of leads for agents claimed by two portals

The surge in consumer activity encouraged by the government's decision to reopen the property market last week led to two portals...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer’s Move iQ in new collaboration with the ESTAS

It’s been revealed that the home moving advice service set up by Phil Spencer is entering a collaboration with awards and...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Big Three portals accused of abusing agents’ data

A free to list portal has blasted Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket for using agents' data to boost their profits.  Christopher May, chief...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Insurance Claims: only two days left to submit details

The City regulator which is bringing a test case over insurance firms refusing to honour Business Interruption policies wants policyholders including...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove hints at massive changes in buyers’ priorities

Rightmove has suggested there may be massive changes underway in buyers’ priorities as the housing market resumes and the country begins...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agency owner makes it to Sunday Times Rich List

Veteran estate agency owner Paul Rooney has again featured as the most wealthy individual agency owner in the annual Sunday Times...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS awards go virtual - here’s the date when winners will be named

The biggest awards for the agency sector - The ESTAS - will now be a virtual event on Friday July 3,...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Another agency attracts hundreds of clients to ‘keep in touch’ webinar

Strutt & Parker is the latest agency to attract hundreds of prospective vendors and buyers to a ‘keep in touch’ webinar. Last...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove off the hook? Much-hyped new portal delays launch

Homesearch - the new property portal which describes itself as “the future of the property industry” - has delayed its launch. It was scheduled...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Unsafe to return to work: Most agents are worried, polls show

A series of polls taken by Estate Agent Today suggest substantial numbers of agents remain uncomfortable about returning to trading even...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Volume of portal listings carrying virtual viewings surges during pandemic

There’s been a very significant increase in the number of listings carrying virtual viewings, accelerating during the period of the Coronavirus crisis and...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coup for London agency selected to provide Bank of England data

High end London agency Beauchamp Estates has been selected to join the Bank of England’s advisory panel of companies and senior directors, and to...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PPE for estate agents being marketed by food packaging firm

A food packaging manufacturer is re-shaping its production line to make PPE equipment which it is selling to estate and letting...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a bumper out-of-lockdown edition…

As last Friday was the VE Day Anniversary bank holiday we have a bumper bundle of fund-raising activities to report on...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online estate agency ceases trading and customers refunded

The online estate agency Settled appears to have ceased trading with its customers refunded. It was launched in 2014 by former Google...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency in lockdown row reopens with staff temperature checks

The agency at the heart of a fierce row over staff safety in the lockdown says it's now insisting local managers...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty tax break MUST happen, surveyors tell government

A large majority of property professionals polled by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors say a stamp duty holiday would be...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says latest shareholder rebellion over bonuses is “satisfactory”

Foxtons - which has recently closed branches and furloughed staff - has described a shareholder rebellion over senior management bonuses and pay...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual viewings here to stay, government urges in new guidance

Guidance issued by the government explicitly advises agents, buyers and sellers that more activity should be done online if possible. “The process...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Apartment sold for £2.5m solely through virtual viewing

Although few expect virtual viewings to continue their popularity now that lockdown restrictions have been eased, there’s news this morning that...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Company gurus to advise agents on new strategies post-Covid

An estate agency is running a series of five webinars aimed at helping agent discover new business strategies for the post-Covid...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Sales centres reopen next week with deals already beating 2019

House builder Taylor Wimpey says its reopening show homes and sales centres next week, but for pre-booked appointments only. In a message...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market explodes into action on first morning after lockdown

There’s been a huge surge of public interest in the housing market again, just hours after the industry lockdown came to...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers and removers join agents on ‘Back To Work Day’

It’s back to work today for England’s estate agents and the housing market - but it’s the start of a new...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove thanks Zoopla and OnTheMarket for ‘market freedom’

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has taken the unusual step of thanking the other rival portals - Zoopla, OnTheMarket and...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Some agents still financially insecure despite furlough extension

The announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that he was extending the furlough scheme until the end of October appears...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Do only one-in-three agents really want to work as before?

The second part of a survey which has already thrown up shock results has been launched with an appeal for agents...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency warns of steeper price falls, but good news on transactions

A respected estate agency has revised downwards its price forecast for the housing market for the second time since the start...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

US agency to tell UK young people how to be rich and successful

The UK operation of the US-led estate agency Keller Williams is to hold two free online sessions tomorrow aimed at explaining...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents in England can return to work tomorrow!

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is expected to announce tomorrow that the housing market in England can resume with estate and letting...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: Furlough scheme now extended until end of October

The Chancellor has announced that the furlough scheme is to be extended until the end of October. He made the announcement in...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Back-To-Work guidance for agents expected this week

The chief executive of NAEA Propertymark says he expects specific government guidance later this week for estate agents to return to...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Don't give in to buyers wanting viewings, agents told

There’s been a surge in buyers wanting to view properties - but agents must sit on their hands and wait for...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Cleaners can enter homes now - so why can't estate agents?

Domestic cleaners can now re-enter private homes under new Coronavirus return-to-work guidelines - the very guidelines which appear to stop estate...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says Covid crisis could be catalyst for change in portals

The acting chief executive of OnTheMarket says the Coronavirus crisis could indirectly create a catalyst for change in the portals marketplace. Clive...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holidays could be extended to up to a year

The Financial Conduct Authority is reported to be considering offering homeowners up to 12 month’s mortgage holidays. Currently 1.2m mortgage payment holidays...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons shareholder rebellion expected at tomorrow’s AGM

There's widespread expectation that Foxtons’ senior management will face sharp criticism at the company’s Annual General Meeting today. The hottest issue at...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mental health warning to agents as lockdown eases

There’s a warning today to agency chiefs to keep in touch with their staff as lockdown eases across England in a...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm using “World War Three” hazard suits to visit properties

A PropTech firm says it’s using what it calls “World War Three-style” hazard suits when they visit premises to create virtual...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

First details emerge of how businesses will reopen after lockdown

First details of the government’s programme to allow businesses to reopen have begun to emerge - with little comfort for estate...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of breaking lockdown before new rules announced

Details being presented to Parliament today may include information on how agents can return to work in some sort of ‘new normal.’ A 50...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Fury over Rightmove’s post-lockdown advertising bonanza

There’s been an explosion of anger about Rightmove’s pledge to undertake its biggest-ever marketing campaign - while at the same time...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Poor communication the biggest cause of Ombudsman complaints

There’s been a substantial 20 per cent rise in formal complaints about agents taken up by The Property Ombudsman.  The figures refer...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

EweMove hoping to recruit Corona-converts to go hybrid

EweMove is this week hosting a webinar in a bid to win recruits to its hybrid model from agents who may...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Here To Help - initiative to give buyers and sellers confidence

The Agents Here To Help initiative, launched recently by Kristjan Byfield of The Depositary, is now developing fast and becoming a...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Official house price index suspended but Bank warns of 16% drop

The government has temporarily suspended its official house price index as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. In a long and far-reaching announcement...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

The perfect example of agency morale kept up at difficult times

  On Estate Agent Today this Bank Holiday weekend we’re celebrating the great work agents are doing to keep morale high and...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

How David Beckham and Guy Ritchie inspire one agency team…

In normal times, the Winkworth team based at their Notting Hill office in west London would head to the fashionable Walmer...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Good Game! Good Game!  Zoom helps agency re-live TV favourites

Over Easter we carried stories of good deeds done by agents and how firms were coping with working from home -...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

The inside track on lockdown from agency’s interiors experts

Fine & Country is one of those clever agencies employing interior designers to help stage properties, making them look their best...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

From morning huddles to international newsletters - more morale-boosters

Three more property players have been in touch to share what they're doing to help their staff during lockdown - there...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove launching biggest-ever marketing campaign - no news on fees

Rightmove says it’s to launch its biggest ever national marketing campaign in a bid to kick-start the market once lockdown eases. The...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Fury over agent breaching government rules on opening to public

There’s been a furious response to the agent who appears to have breached government rules by opening his branch to the...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Third of agents say some staff will permanently work from home

A third of agencies say at least some of their staff will be working from home permanently when the Coronavirus pandemic...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New plea to help self-employed agents missed by Corona schemes

NAEA Propertymark has made a series of demands on the government in the light of the Coronavirus crisis.  In a formal written...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New tool to make virtual valuations more accurate despite lockdown

An instant valuation service has launched a new tool aimed at helping agents prioritise leads through prospective vendors uploading photographs to...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Business rates boost for agencies as revaluation is deferred a year

Agencies, many of which campaigned vigorously to be included in the business rates holiday announced in March by the government, have...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Savills makes huge donation to regional charities fighting Coronavirus

Savills is donating over £800,000 to nominated charities across the UK. Following a commitment to Land Aid’s Covid-19 campaign for youth homelessness,...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tomorrow on Estate Agent Today - team spirits flying high...

Tomorrow, Bank Holiday Friday, we’re revealing what agents have been doing to maintain morale in their teams during lockdown. You’ve been generous...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

First agent reopens High Street branch to the public

An estate agent has reopened his High Street office to the public with social distancing and other safety measures in place. It’s...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove hits new milestone and counts down to ‘D-Day’

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has launched a countdown clock on its website to galvanise agents into remembering only 85...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 75% of agency branches will close within five years

“A lot of people have learned that they can work at home, or that there’s other methods of conducting their business......

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

First insight into buyers’ and sellers’ changing priorities post-virus

Savills has given the industry an insight into how buyers’ and sellers’ priorities may change as the industry returns to work...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Facial recognition aid launched to help compliance during virus

A PropTech firm has launched a new facial recognition feature to its existing digital anti-money-laundering platform. Due to the restrictions on travel...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London Labour council opposes 30% discount for first time buyers

A Labour council in London has come out against the government’s plan to offer 30 per cent discounts to first time...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks market share and revenue drop sharply - new analysis

The market share for all online agents fell sharply in the period up to the start of the pandemic according to new...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Let Sales Resume! Pressure piles on government from agents and suppliers

Three of the highest profile industry suppliers and house moving services have given government a four-step plan to restart the housing...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Shareholders say yes to Rightmove despite ongoing agency criticism

Rightmove’s shareholders appear to have been generally unmoved by the string of protests against the portal in recent weeks. At the portal’s...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage demand rises as market sees light at the end of the tunnel

The demand for mortgages in April was scarcely a quarter of what it was in March - but the figures show...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual Viewings here to stay even after lockdown - PropTech chief

Virtual viewings are here to stay and will continue long after lockdown eases according to the head of a PropTech group. Babek...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping leads engaged is subject of first Zoopla Skills Session

Zoopla is launching a series of Skills Sessions to support agents through the Coronavirus crisis.  The sessions are free to join and...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New-build buyers failing to complete on time ‘may risk legal action’

There could be a wave of legal disputes as off-plan buyers seek to get out of purchase deals after the lockdown...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide pleads to government to allow agents to return to work

Countrywide has added its weight to the campaign asking the government to allow agents to get back to work - and...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: How to become the go-to local agent as a new era begins

Since my last column in April, one could argue that very little has changed for agents in terms of the market...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove accused of 'sinister' changes to listings of agent who quit

Listings from an agent who ended his contract with Rightmove were not removed as he expected - instead, he is accusing...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Land Registry relaxes rules to allow property deals to continue

HM Land Registry is making it easier to verify individuals’ ID from today. In addition to conveyancers and chartered legal executives, verification...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Agents kicked out by Ombudsman for not paying awards

The Property Ombudsman has announced the expulsion of eight agencies, all for contravening TPO codes of practice. Most of the expulsions were...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says vast majority of buyers will go ahead after lockdown

A study by Rightmove suggests that 94 per cent of buyers and sellers currently in the market are determined to go...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Strong market recovery likely after lockdown, claims Nationwide

The housing market is likely to rebound relatively strongly after the Coronavirus lockdown eases, according to the Nationwide. House prices grew at...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing minister drawing up plans for agents to resume work

Housing minister Chris Pincher is drawing up guidelines which could allow agents to return to something like normal working in the near...

03 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New campaign wants controlled viewings, loans for buyers and SDLT holiday

NAEA Propertymark has today launched a campaign for the government to introduce what it calls a Property Sector Support Package. This would...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal: class actions begin to form

The scandal over Business Interruption Insurance policies is hotting up, with class actions being discussed against insurance firms and the Financial Conduct Authority announcing...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual Viewings Warning - agents should keep copies in case of dispute

The Property Ombudsman is advising agents to use virtual viewings only as a filtering process with offers being agreed only ‘subject...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New chief executive for Your Move and Reeds Rain parent company

LSL Property Services, parent company of Your Move and Reeds Rain, has named a new chief executive officer taking the helm...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Social distancing signs for agents through quick-off-the-mark supplier

The Kremer Signs company has unveiled a package of products for agents to use in the new era of social distancing.  These...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency goes hybrid during lockdown by joining online network

The online agency network love2move has won a new agency client despite the Coronavirus lockdown. Pinkerton - which covers the North Down,...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group and awards platform reveal new partnership

The Federation of Independent Agents and the ESTAS review and awards platform have formed what they call “a key partnership.” The FIA...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - fantastic help for communities during lockdown

If anyone told us six weeks ago that agents would still be doing such amazing work for their communities during lockdown...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide senior staff have pay cut as 78% of workforce furloughed

Countrywide’s senior staff earning over £45,000 per year have had their pay cut by a fifth while some 78 per cent...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove launches social media recruitment drive

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has started buying social media advertising space in a bid to recruit agents. In a ‘promoted’...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New ‘lockdown portal’ uses Google and Facebook to find buyers

The Haart estate agency chain has launched a portal called Off Market which it describes to sellers as being “a unique...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday essential to kick-start market, says top consumer body

A major consumer survey of existing home owners and potential movers has resulted in a plea to government to allow house...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

How have your teams kept up morale during lockdown?

Lockdown may be over soon - but who knows what a relaxation of the current restrictions will really mean for our...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘accused’ in national paper all abided by social distancing

The Mail Online is running a story on estate agents allegedly breaking the lockdown by conducting physical viewings in recent weeks...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance for removals could mean housing market back in action

The government of one part of the British Isles has produced guidelines for removal firms. Until now, house moving in an era...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove could be FREE to agents and still make money - claim

Rightmove, Zoopla and even OnTheMarket could make money even if they did not charge agents anything at all to list properties....

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendors may have to estimate CGT on sales under new rule

A property tax specialist is warning that sellers of buy to lets or holiday homes may have to estimate their own...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown Losses - three attempts to quantify cost of crisis to agents

Business consultancy TwentyCi is the latest to try to put a value on the potential losses to the property industry and...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New virtual valuation platform offered by major industry supplier

Industry supplier epropservices has created a new virtual valuation platform to help the industry operate during the lockdown and social distancing...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing search provider amends ad after watchdog intervenes

Conveyancing search provider Searchflow has amended its website after an intervention by the Advertising Standards Authority. A claim on the site stated:...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove to access government’s large-scale loan facility

Rightmove has announced that it’s eligible to access the government’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility - the major loan facility made available to some...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Plan revealed for agents to work safely when lockdown relaxes

A six-point guide is to be issued today to agents reopening offices when the government gives the go ahead, possibly in...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

2,000 vendors and buyers kept in touch via agency’s mass webinars

Savills has kept in touch with almost 2,000 of its vendors and prospective buyers through two mass webinars. Entitled ‘What COVID-19 means...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents to receive full legal packs for auction with no upfront costs

An online auction platform is offering agents full legal packs with no upfront cost in a bid to keep the housing...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket fails to impress with latest bid to win over agents

OnTheMarket’s share price dropped again yesterday, ending down 2.4 per cent. This was despite the portal announcing a share giveaway to encourage new agents...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Veteran agency boss steps up to be Property Franchise Group CEO

Gareth Samples has been confirmed as the new chief executive of The Property Franchise Group, stepping into the role on Thursday...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Forget house-building targets - new homes delivery takes 35% hit

There’s going to be a 35 per cent drop in the number of new homes delivered this year because of the...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

One agent’s fight for Business Interruption Insurance pay-out

Agents and in some cases their brokers continue to do battle with insurers in a bid to secure pay-outs on their...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket’s shares giveaway wants agents to drop Big Two portals

OnTheMarket says it has another 32 million shares to give away to agents signing full fee contracts with the challenger portal...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock survey shows only one-third of agents want to resume normal working

Only 33 per cent of agents want to return to working the same way as before the Coronavirus crisis, according to...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent reveals ‘After Lockdown’ safe way of selling homes

One of the few agents anywhere in the British Isles who has returned to something like normal working has revealed new...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

World first for agents with video reviews of suppliers on Kerfuffle

Kerfuffle is the first property-related review site in the world to offer agents the ability to post video reviews on supplier...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - key appointments made during lockdown

Hello and welcome to Property Jobs Today - our first for some weeks as the coverage has previously been dominated by...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Buckle up - Wave of law cases possible if off-plan buyers pull out

There’s a warning today that the housing market could face a wave of legal disputes if buyers of off-plan new builds...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove campaign slammed for ‘lack of long-term vision’

The Say No To Rightmove campaign, which expects to have some 3,000 offices signed up by the end of the month,...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday? Momentum builds as law firm joins the call

A property law firm is the latest to back a call for a stamp duty holiday to help kick-start the housing...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where estate agents are re-opening their offices this weekend

Estate agents in one small part of the British Isles are reopening their offices this weekend. Agents on the Channel Island of...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies still getting leads and completing deals despite lockdown

It may seem a long time since normal trading took place but many agencies are now finding they are picking up...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Reapit's PropTech deal aims to accelerate completions and cut fall-throughs

PropTech big names Reapit and ViewMyChain are joining up to try to accelerate transactions when the lockdown finally ends and the...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - lockdown love for fund-raising knows no bounds…

Hello - yes it’s Friday in case you lost track, and that means it’s Agents Do Charity day: and once again...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: higher insurance premiums likely despite row over losses

The company at the centre of a controversy over estate agents’ business interruption insurance says its core package does NOT cover...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual Viewing Masterclass: top tips from agent who sold home this way

A Fine & Country agent has just sold a home based on a video viewing, and is now sharing tips with...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

40 to 50 calls a day still coming in to The Property Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman’s office is still receiving 40 to 50 calls a day from the public, even though most transactions with...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London market may take until early 2021 to resume fully - agent

One of prime central London’s most respected estate agencies is warning that it could take until spring 2021 for the luxury...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Unsure if your agency can claim business support? This tool should help…

If there are agents still uncertain as to whether their company or themselves as individuals are claiming the maximum business support,...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Don’t kill Rightmove - it could be the agent’s friend, says industry stalwart

An industry stalwart has urged critics of Rightmove to fight for the portal to offer agents a fairer pricing system, not...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Let Us Open! Agency backs call for industry to lead UK out of lockdown

A regional agency has thrown its weight behind an independent report which says estate and lettings agents could lead the economy...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

High demand awaits agents after the lockdown, HMRC data suggests

House sales edged down only slightly in March compared with February according to HM revenue & Customs, despite the lockdown in...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: why the industry shouldn’t abandon best laid plans

We are all operating in peculiar times. Times of great upheaval. Our lives are both in a complete state of flux...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough: agencies must register by end of today for April 30 payout

Today is the final day that agencies can register with the government scheme offering furlough pay on April 30. The furlough programme...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property firms hit ‘critical distress’ level even before worst of virus

Property and construction are amongst the worst hit sectors for businesses in so-called ‘critical distress’ according to figures taken before the worst...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Five years before housing market recovers from Coronavirus - claim

The market could take five years to recover from the Coronavirus crisis after possible double-digit percentage price falls and fast-increasing repossessions.  That’s the...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 house sales to hit peak in September predicts leading agency

The peak of the 2020 sales market is likely to be September instead of the usual early summer - but that...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons AGM goes virtual with new management bonus scheme on agenda

Foxtons' Annual General Meeting next month is to be held virtually, meaning voting will be electronic. A feature of last year’s AGM...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Now is the time for agents to go up-market claims Fine & Country

Fine & Country says now is “a great time” for estate agents to go upmarket and become “the luxury agent” in...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to use lockdown to train on new sales toolkit

The National Association of Estate Agents is urging its members to use the lockdown as an opportunity to train on its...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on new-build holiday homes likely in another tourist hotspot

Another west country tourist hotspot looks set to ban any future new-build home being sold as a holiday or additional property. Bigbury...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Plea to government - Let Agents Get To Work Again!

The government is being urged to allow estate and lettings agents to return to work as soon as possible when the...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove in crisis: “No clear downside” to quitting, agents told

A new analysis of the simmering Rightmove crisis says there is now “no clear downside” stopping agents leaving. The Financial Times says that Rightmove’s...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Do furloughed agents want to stay in the industry? New survey

One of the industry’s top recruitment gurus wants to check the pulse of the industry - and that includes whether furloughed...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portals claim upsurge as cost-cutting agents join up

The OneDome and Nethouseprices websites claim to have seen a surge in agents joining in recent weeks as an alternative to...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for stamp duty holiday to reignite housing market

Rightmove and Knight Frank are today both calling for a series of government incentives to kick-start the market after the Coronavirus...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency chain rolls out video valuations to 45 offices

Winkworth is now offering free video valuations to clients who are considering a future house move. It’s created a bespoke virtual service...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

A close shave for Viewber chief as he raises £1,600 for the NHS

Ed Mead, co-founder of outsourced viewing service Viewber and a high profile agent for over 30 years, has had his closest...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove leader demands “no return to full tariff”

The leader of the Say No To Rightmove campaign says that agents are demanding that there is “no return to full...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons furloughs 750 staff and slashes pay for high earners

Foxtons says it’s furloughed 750 staff and asked high paid staff earning over £40,000 to take a 20 per cent pay...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks chief financial officer resigns

Purplebricks chief financial officer James Davies has resigned. His place has been taken by Andrew Botha, who has joined from the online...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove downgraded as bank warns of agency closures accelerating

Investment bank RBC Capital has downgraded its rating of Rightmove and is warning that the property market is entering a prolonged...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency using ‘Covid Clauses’ to keep transactions on course

An estate agency says it’s using so-called Covid Clauses in contracts to keep transactions on course. Knight Frank says it’s writing ‘Coronavirus...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Lights, Camera, Action! Agency runs a second series of its TV show

An estate agency that runs its own TV shows via YouTube has launched a second season featuring local companies, amenities and...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New government advice on Corona activities, and property management tips

Hello, this is the final Conquering Corona for the week as we continue to help agents with advice and guidance through...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity: lockdown fund-raising continues apace…

With a lengthy lockdown already behind us one might think that fund-raising was a step too far - but not for...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Good News: Estate agents’ offices will be first to reopen says newspaper

Estate agents’ offices will be in the first category of High Street premises to reopen when the lockdown finally ends, newspapers claim this...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Jobs At Risk: furlough scheme must be longer says industry chief

A high number of agents across the country have been furloughed in recent weeks and are now at risk of losing...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Kick-start your agency out of lockdown - key webinar this morning

Hello and welcome to Conquering Corona, our bid to help agents through the crisis. If you have appropriate advice to share with...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Major agency enhances online offer - and even includes games for the kids

Hunters has expanded its online offering to improve its service to both the sales and lettings sectors - and it’s even...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Searches: councils slammed as dangerous over face-to-face visits

A trade body has reported some council search departments to the government for refusing to provide email details and forcing search...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Love it or loathe it? Help To Buy to be beefed up after lockdown

The controversial Help To Buy scheme looks likely to be expanded in breadth and extended in duration to help kick-start the...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost 60 new branches sign up to ESTAS customer review platform

Three more agencies have signed up to the ESTAS customer review platform. The arrival of Newton Fallowell, Lovelle and Goodchilds - all...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket furloughs over 20% of staff and defers credit arrangements

OnTheMaket has this morning announced a raft of what it calls ‘mitigating measures’ to help it survive the Coronavirus crisis. These include...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Only half of Zoopla’s branches have taken up ‘free deal’ offers

Only half of the branches signed up to Zoopla have taken advantage of one or other of the discount offers made...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Some agents receiving government grants already, says Guild

Some estate agents are now receiving small business grants from the government, according to the Guild of Property Professionals. Guild chief executive...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

One in nine mortgages in the UK enjoying payment holidays

Over 1.2m mortgage payment holidays have been offered by lenders to customers impacted by the Coronavirus crisis - that’s equivalent to...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Hair today, gone tomorrow - close shave in a good cause for a familiar face

To many less fortunate on the follicle front, high profile industry supplier Ed Mead has enjoyed an infuriatingly good head of...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: a legal perspective, more webinars and a supplier offer

Hello, and welcome to Wednesday’s guidance and advice for agents and suppliers trying to find a way through the current crisis. If...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

There’s still a market - over £28m raised at online auction

Allsop has staged its first principal residential auction entirely online, and has raised £28m. Some 76 per cent of all lots offered...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency furloughs staff and cuts senior management salaries

Knight Frank is furloughing agents and other staff with the company topping up the taxpayers’ funding to ensure employees get 100...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

EXCLUSIVE - Agents' Cash Crisis: reduced income until autumn

The impact of the Coronavirus crisis is going to reduce agents' revenue into the third quarter finishing in late September warns a leading...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Scam and Fraud Alert: Sellers urged to check authenticity of ‘buyers’

Sellers are being warned to make strict checks before responding to advertisements apparently from prospective buyers.  The National Association of Property Buyers...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty holiday demanded by another industry body

Another body is calling for a stamp duty holiday to help resuscitate the housing market following the Coronavirus standstill. The Royal Institute...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices could drop 13% says consultancy

An economic consultancy predicts house prices will fall by a sixth as unemployment grows across Britain this year. The consultancy, Cebr, says...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Selling from home, BTL latest and tenant info - Conquering Corona

Hello - we hope you had as good an Easter as possible in these unusual circumstances, and welcome back to work. Now...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Remote ID verification software demanded by more agents

A PropTech firm is reporting a surge in demand for its remote ID verification software products during the virus lockdown. The software,...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency’s egg-cellant Easter help for local hospice fund-raising

A high-profile regional agency is “cracking on” with support for a hospice for children and young people that cannot raise funds during...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

NHS Heroes told: Use our agency car to get to work or do shopping

A branch of Northwood is offering its pool car to any NHS workers who need it during the Coronavirus crisis. The Fiat...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency urges help for poorest in its community during crisis

The John Bray agency based at Rock in Cornwall typically deals with some of the most expensive real estate in the...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agency giving the NHS £100 for each instruction

Independent agency Nicol & Co is donating £100 to the NHS for every new instruction signed up by April 21. The agency...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Giving is sharing our wonderful #IndustryActsofKindness

This Easter, and during the whole period of the Coronavirus crisis, Agents Giving is reminding everyone to use the hashtag #IndustryActsofKindness...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank’s offices: Fortnum baskets, children, TinTin (and dogs)

You wouldn’t expect anything other than very upscale home offices from an esteemed agency with a wonderful history - and that’s...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Dog tired of working from home say Winkworth, Stacks and CJ Hole

You know the old saying - a dog is an agent’s best friend?  Well that’s clearly true for this trio of agencies...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Top Brass - former RICS and NAEA chiefs reveal their home offices

Working from home is something of a leveller right now, applying to people in the capital and in the sticks, but...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Strutt & Parker: country views (of course) and winging it at home

You wouldn’t expect the good folk at Strutt & Parker to have anything less than a superlative set of home offices...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Cats and dogs for two Clarks and a Marks - more great home office pics

Independent agencies are the backbone of our industry so it’s great to be able to share images from three such experts...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government told: Housing market needs stamp duty holiday to recover

The government has been called upon by one of the industry’s most respected bodies to announce a stamp duty holiday to...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Fund-raising lifeline thrown to Countrywide, Purplebricks and others

New temporary rules have thrown a lifeline to troubled agencies like Countrywide and Purplebricks which may need to raise additional funds...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More mortgage lenders easing rules on automated valuations

A leading estate agency says it has observed that some banks previously opposed to accepting remote and desktop valuations have started...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Free offer to all agents during crisis - new Smart Viewing PropTech

Floorplan and photography supplier FocalAgent is making a free offer to every agent in the UK during the virus crisis -...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ PI Insurance and new tenancy issues - today’s Conquering Corona

Hello - we’re here to help on a daily basis, sharing information across the industry.  As ever, we’d love your input to...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New listings on portals plummet to under 10% of previous levels

One of the first analyses of portal listings since the start of the Coronavirus crisis shows that new listings have plummeted...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy Easter - this is what we’re doing tomorrow and Monday…

For many this coming Easter weekend will be the strangest ever - for agents and industry suppliers it will not be...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla extends ‘three months free’ offer to five: Is this enough for agents?

Zoopla has confirmed that it’s to extend its ‘three months free’ plan to five months of free portal usage for agents...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News