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LSL estate agency group warns transactions set to drop in 'soft' market

LSL Property Services has issued a warning that market conditions are softer than expected so far in 2018 and that transaction...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Agencies and sector 'facing significant financial distress'

The UK’s real estate sector, embracing estate agencies as well as other aspects of the property industry, has been facing “increased...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency defends fees, saying 98% of homes sell at ‘valuation price’

Online estate agency House Network claims that “the percentage of houses sold at the original valuation price is 98 per cent”.  The...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency bucks downbeat London market by opening new branch

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward is defying the glut of stories suggesting the London market is beset with difficulties and has launched...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

They're not quite over yet - final County ESTAS awards just announced

The final winners’ list for this year’s ESTAS Awards has just been published with the  ‘Best In County’ agents named -...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Leaseholds shouldn't drop below 80 years, warns legal expert

People living in leasehold properties should extend the remaining terms of their leases before they drop beneath 80 years, according to a...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Countywide 'encouraged by early progress' despite new income fall

Countrywide, the troubled agency group which today holds its annual general meeting, says it is “encouraged by the early progress that...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Transaction volumes now “a little scary” warns leading market analyst

Leading housing analyst Kate Faulkner says the current low transaction level is “a little scary” because with so few sellers, buyers...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

London homes now take 17 weeks to sell thanks to market over-supply

New figures from Hometrack show that a typical home in Greater London now takes 17 weeks to find a buyer -...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Selling my flat - community vs systems

I have total transparency. I love that.  I know how the portals are doing, I know how many people are clicking on...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Four agencies open new branches - including one in the Scandi-style...

Four estate agencies have opened new branches, either as a result of expansion or because of acquisitions. Homes4u has opened a futuristic...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage costs fall in first quarter of 2018, despite base rate worry

A new survey suggests that despite many lenders increasing their rates, most mainstream mortgages are down compared to the start of...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency industry faces worst staffing crisis for a generation

The estate agency sector “is experiencing the worst staff shortages in a generation at a point when the property market is...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

The Property Ombudsman waives joining fee for redress rival’s agents

The battle to become the single ombudsman service after the government rationalises the redress system across housing has taken an unexpected...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Unsolicited emails and letters - what do you need to know?

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency hit by penalties because it didn't produce waste disposal paperwork

An estate agency has been ordered to pay £841 to a council - because it failed to provide paperwork about its...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Study exposes how little first time buyers actually know about buying

A new study reveals precisely how little first time buyers apparently understand about the buying process.  In a survey of 500 people...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning issued about many years before leasehold reform becomes law

A leasehold reform campaigning group is warning that “it is likely to be many years” before promised leasehold reform becomes law. Leasehold...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

War of words goes on between Purplebricks and allAgents

The long running spat between review website allAgents and hybrid agency Purplebricks reignited over the weekend following a Facebook post. A Purplebricks...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov woos developers with online package to sell new homes

Hybrid agency Emoov is now offering a tailored sales package aimed at attracting developers listing and selling new homes. Rather than paying...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s on the move in our industry?

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, the regular Monday update on who’s moving where within our industry. Let us know what’s...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

London homes to be raffled by start-up entrepreneur for £5 a ticket

A flat in Brixton is being raffled for £5 a ticket by a start-up entrepreneur who claims this is just the...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency spills secrets about one of UK’s smallest and most exclusive markets

Scottish high-end agency Galbraith has revealed how one of the smallest and most exclusive property sectors in Britain - Scottish country...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Awards 2018 winners announced - here are the results...

The scores are in and the results announced for the 2018 ESTAS Awards - and the winner of the coveted Grand...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Searches ‘very rarely the cause of delays in transactions’ claims industry group

An umbrella body representing search organisations says searches “are very rarely the cause of delays” in transactions. The Council of Property Search...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: the 25 questions asked of its customers

The assessment by an investment consultancy that Purplebricks sells some 76 per cent of the homes it lists may have made...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Average viewings per sale soar to 19, says buying company

The average number of viewings received by properties before a sale is agreed has risen from 11 in 2015 to 19...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks finance chief quits to join US company

Purplebricks’ finance chief Matthew Farrow is reported to have left the company to join IT and cloud communications company Timico. Just over...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Future:PropTech hits 1,200 delegates with new speakers and launches announced

The Future: PropTech conference takes place in under a fortnight’s time on May 2 and over 1,200 delegates have now been...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the best-foot-forward-in-the-sun edition...

It’s London Marathon weekend and it’s set to be hot, hot, hot for those agents and other brave industry folk running...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents warn of two-tier market as London falls but rest of UK booms

Average house prices in the UK have increased 4.4 per cent in the year to February according to the latest official...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

High house prices and leasehold abuse are key worries for public - survey

Stubbornly high house prices and concerns over leasehold-related charges top the list of worries amongst the public about the housing market. That’s...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - ye very first olde housing bubble...

The Henley Business School is often identified with cutting edge forecasts - but now it has revealed the history of what...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Auction firm says first quarter sales show improvement on 2017

The UK’s largest property auctioneer says its first quarter’s sales figures for 2018 are ahead of those for the same period...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Big surge in equity release as more older owners choose not to downsize

There has been a big rise in activity in the equity release market based on data from the first quarter of...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

99.98% of Purplebricks shareholders back new investment programme

Purplebricks has issued a statement saying that 99.98 per cent of its shareholders have backed the new investment to expand its...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents’ qualifications will cut competition and increase fees - claim

Estate agent licensing will reduce competition, make buying and selling homes more expensive, and add another layer of red tape to...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Tepilo and Homewise revise online adverts after watchdog intervenes

Online estate agency Tepilo and over-60s ‘life plan’ property sales service Homewise have been rapped over the knuckles following complaints made...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Selling my flat part three - putting the onus on the individual

I’m writing this a week into my instruction decision. It has been a fascinating journey to date. As I discussed last week,...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Another regional agency chain rejoins ZPG, stays on Rightmove and OTM

Manning Stainton, one of the major estate agency chains operating across North Yorkshire, is to return to listing on ZPG. It will...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Surprise boost for housing market as mortgage volumes soar

Property purchases for buyers requiring mortgages reached 50,000 in February, the highest level for the month since 2007.  The data, from mortgage...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

HouseSimple becomes first online agency to completely scrap upfront fees

Online agency HouseSimple has become a completely No Sale No Fee agency - and is thought to be the only online...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: high-profile housing research guru leaves Countrywide

Estate Agent Today can reveal that one of the industry’s best known research experts, Johnny Morris, has left Countrywide.  Morris joined Hamptons...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Buying agent claims she was offered bribe to secure a higher offer on house

A central London buying agent says she was once offered a bribe by an estate agent to try to persuade a...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Legitimate interest for estate and letting agents

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trial for man accused of assaulting estate agent in office

A man who is accused of assaulting an estate agent is to face trial. The Bournemouth Daily Echo reports that Marc Skelton,...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Guild celebrates strong field for special ESTAS Awards category

The Guild of Property Professionals has given details of a strong field of potential winners in this week’s ESTAS awards.  This year...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks comes out fighting on behalf of all online and hybrid agencies

Purplebricks has returned to the fray after recent controversies with a claim that home owners saved themselves over £140m in commission...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove visits reach record highs - and so do asking prices

Prices of new-to-the-market property rose by a modest 0.4 per cent over the past month says Rightmove - but that’s enough...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s on the move within our industry?

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today - our regular Monday look at who’s moving where within our industry. You...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

“Red warning lights” for London and SE markets, warns website

A website that monitors house prices says “red warning lights are flashing as market conditions in London and the South East...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Row rumbles on over Raab’s comments about immigration and house prices

The government has published data related to a claim by housing minister Dominic Raab, who prompted controversy last week by suggesting...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains change could create “compliance nightmare” warns tax expert

A proposal by HMRC to speed up HMRC Capital Gains Tax payments for residential property sales could create a “compliance nightmare.” The...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Big rise in complaints to Property Redress Scheme ombudsman service

The Property Redress Scheme - one of the three government-approved redress schemes handling complaints about sales and lettings agents - has...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters says recent franchisees have ‘beaten the market’

Franchise giant Hunters says independent agencies which joined the firm in recent years have typically beaten the performance of the housing market. Chief...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage numbers dip but market ‘stronger than in late 2017’

The latest mortgage snapshot from e.surv has reinforced recent claims from other sources that London’s housing market remains the most difficult...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a marathon edition (and talking of marathons...)

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Agents Do Charity - it’s a bumper edition with plenty of fantastic fund-raising going...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Market gloom as demand falls for 12th month in a row - RICS

Demand is down for the 12th successive month according to the latest market survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. New...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

‘HMRC should work harder to get agents to abide by AML regulations’

A 15-month research project says HMRC should do more to engage estate agents in recognising the importance of complying with anti-money...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More backing for buying reforms from conveyancers and agents

The Conveyancing Association has backed the government’s calls for extensive reform of the buying and selling process, announced at the weekend. The...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Spring surge in listings looks larger than this time last year

There were 43 per cent more new properties listed for sale than in the same month last year according to online...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Market conditions rapidly improving according to Agency Express

Agency Express, which reported a muted housing market in February, says the pace picked up considerably last month. The board company, which...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks tells government to order agents to publish fees

Purplebricks has issued a provocative response to the government’s new measures to promote a more professional and transparent house buying process.  The...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Viewber passes 20,000 viewings mark and secures over £2m new funding

The outsourced viewing service Viewber says it has now conducted over 20,000 viewings on behalf of agents and has secured another...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Selling my flat part two - how did my valuations go?

To say I had a lot of reaction to last week's column about selling my flat would be an understatement. I've never...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

First time buyer numbers still 11% below pre-recession levels

The proportion of first time buyers in the market is still 11 per cent below the level seen before the 2008...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Reapit snaps up agency software supplier Pocket Size Media

One of the industry’s best-known software suppliers Reapit has announced that it’s acquired Pocket Size Media - a firm that provides...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

No toilet, no mains electricity, no floorplan - yet OIRO £300,000

As the spring market gets into full swing, here’s the traditional beach hut story - yet this time, it really does...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency directors are disqualified over cartels scandal

Two estate agency directors have been disqualified over a cartel scandal which resulted in five agencies being fined over £370,000 for...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of fall throughs in past quarter hits 10-year high

The number of house sales falling through pre-completion during the first quarter of 2018 reached its highest level for this time...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove in profit as Property Franchise Group reports strong figures

The Property Franchise Group has this morning reported strong figures for 2017 with news that its hybrid brand EweMove traded profitably...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers back government reforms of buying and selling processes

The conveyancing industry regulator has thrown its weight behind the government’s proposals to improve the buying and selling process.  Stephen Ward, director of strategy...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Can agents use 'soft opt-in'?

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Five multi-branch south of England agencies join OnTheMarket

A 15-branch agency group operating in parts of London and the Home Counties has joined OnTheMarket according to a statement from...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Surprise house price rise but Halifax and agents remain wary

The latest house price index figures from the Halifax gives just the spur the market may need as the spring sales...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

“At last!” - Industry embraces reform of buying and selling processes

Agents and representatives from other property sectors have reacted enthusiastically to proposals to professionalise the industry. As we reported yesterday, the government...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More details revealed on range of agency reform proposals

  More details have emerged of the government’s proposals to enhance estate agency regulation, regulate referral fees, offer guides for buyers and...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves around our industry...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, our regular Monday look at key moves inside our industry. Everyone mentioned here...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman to hold Rightmove webinar as redress race hots up

The Property Ombudsman, Katrine Sporle, is to hold a briefing on the government’s redress reform on Wednesday - five days before...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Everything you ever needed to know about The ESTAS 2018....

It’s under two weeks to The ESTAS 2018 held in London on Friday April 20. It’s the biggest and best bash in...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Reforms to house buying process and agents’ qualifications announced

The government has announced further measures which will, in its words, “professionalise” house buying and the estate agency business. In yet another Sunday...

08 April 2018

From: Breaking News

'Lack of clarity' concern over latest anti-money laundering rules

A technology company says that despite government attempts to eradicate money laundering in property transactions, agents and other industry professionals have been left...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New mortgage offers preferential rates on homes with best EPC ratings

Barclays is next week launching a so-called ‘green mortgage’ which links the loan to the Energy Performance Certificate rating of the...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Prices fall again in prime central London, admits Knight Frank

Average prices dropped another 1.1 per cent in prime central London in the year to March according to new figures released...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and your chance to watch other agents get muddy...

Welcome to another edition of Agents Do Charity, the weekly round-up of fund-raising from across our industry. With spring looking like it’s...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

First-ever mortgage with digital signature is lodged at Land Registry

The first-ever ‘digital mortgage’ deed has been lodged at HM Land Registry, for a property at Rotherhithe in London.  Coventry Building Society...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons calls time on new branches as emphasis shifts to IT and people

Foxtons says its long-term branch expansion programme is now “largely complete” and it is shifting its attention to using technology to...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency uses V-logger to promote property on social media

The online agency HouseSimple is to use a video blogger to stay in a property on sale and promote it via...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Guild launches AML facial recognition ID service for members

The Guild is offering member agents a service which will allow them to verify the legitimacy of their clients to conform...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant fall in number of homes bought via company structures

Statistics published for the Annual Tax for Enveloped Dwellings show that the government appears to be succeeding in its  bid to...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price up 50% in a month - is this the turn-around?

Has Countrywide finally convinced its investors that it is on the road to recovery? Back on March 8 the Countrywide share price...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Selling my flat - can I put my money where my mouth is?

It’s all very easy, talking and evangelising about the use of technology in the property market, but, now that I’m selling...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket claims 12m visits in March - double figure in February

OnTheMarket has this morning issued a statement claiming that its portal traffic reached circa 12m visits during March - more than...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove branch total now up to 122 following latest franchise deals

Hybrid agency EweMove says it has seen four portfolio acquisitions and 29 new areas ‘purchased’ by franchisees since June 2017, taking...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Average agency fine for AML non-compliance is £12,000

A survey suggests that the average fine incurred by estate agents for apparent non-compliance with anti-money laundering regulations is £11,842. Research by...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit transition period will help central London market - agency

A leading buying agency says the Brexit transition deal will help central London’s fragile sales market. Caspar Harvard-Walls, a partner in the...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide goes back into online - this time for its mortgage side

Countrywide is not quite finished with online experimentation yet, for today sees the launch of an online mortgage service, backed by...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to probe foreign-owned property as part of 'economic crime' inquiry

The Treasury Select Committee of MPs has announced an inquiry into ‘economic crime’ - including the possibility that overseas-owned UK homes could be...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Evidence and documentation of marketing consent

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent confirms index findings that growth turning negative in south east

A leading estate agent says his findings confirm those of the latest house price index in suggesting that prices are turning...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Maserati smashes into agency office at city crash hot-spot

A Maserati 3200 has ended up wedged into the front of a Fox and Sons estate agency office in central Brighton. The...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Buying agent says 'guide prices' confuse valuations and purchasers

As the Easter sales weekend kicks off, the head of a prominent buying agency says estate agents confuse the true valuation...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trouble ahead thanks to older home owners, lenders warn

Gross mortgage lending is set to reach its highest level since 2007 despite Brexit, says the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association. But its...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman scheme launches online training on CPRs for agents

The Property Ombudsman has launched an online training module which it describes as the first of its kind.  The interactive module -...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Chairman of major agency was trampled to death by his own horses

The chairman of Chancellors was trampled to death by his own horses after taking them out for a carriage driving exercise,...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Holiday home sales holding up according to estate agency's figures

Holiday home sales in one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations are holding up, despite stamp duty and the age...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Franchise model well-suited to challenging market, says leading agency

Winkworth, the agency which released its 2017 results this morning, says the franchise business model it supports is more resilient than others...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

US TV considering news programme on Russia-UK property links

A US TV company is considering making a news programme about Russian involvement in property transactions in the UK and particularly London. The...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is AI set to transform the world of property?

Last week, a story was published by CNBC about a couple who sold their home, for above the asking price, without...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech products linked through suppliers' new strategic partnership

Industry suppliers Landmark Information and The ValPal Network have entered what they call “a strategic relationship” to provide the firms’ respective...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Bright spark sets up agency to complement electrical business

The boss of an electrical company has set up a new estate and letting agency with the help of six-figure funding...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency display supplier offers 'acrylic scrappage' scheme

A company which creates interior displays for agency offices and other players in the property industry have introduced a so-called scrappage...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks begins search for lifetime relationship with customers

Purplebricks has given details of how it intends to use some of its new investment, and in particular is spelling out...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Another OnTheMarket founding agency returns to list on ZPG's two sites

ZPG has announced that it has signed a listings agreement with Chestertons, one of the estate agencies involved in the founding...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Do you need consent for direct marketing?

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

More London woe as annual house price growth hits seven-year low

House price growth in London has hit a seven year low according to Hometrack, with prices actually down across 42 per...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

NAEA says first time buyer stamp duty cut working - but more needed

The National Association of Estate Agents says the government’s first time buyer stamp duty incentive “seems to be having the desired...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge new investment announced for Purplebricks

Purplebricks has announced what it describes as “a strategic investment from Axel Springer, Europe’s leading digital publisher” - but this comes...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: another key Countrywide returnee as corporate rebuild continues

Countrywide’s attempt to rebuild its expertise pool following the Alison Platt era continues apace with the announcement today that John Hards...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov well ahead of Purplebricks in new assessment of online agencies

  An assessment of nine online agencies undertaken by a property website has seen Emoov come out on top after being analysed...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - key hires and latest moves in and across our industry....

Welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, our regular look at key moves inside our industry. Next week there’s no PJT as...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket share price slides again - but that might mean nothing

The share price of OnTheMarket slipped again on Friday - down around five per cent on the day and ending at...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent jailed after using client's details to take out £30,000 in loans

An estate agent has been jailed for 18 months after he took out £30,000 worth of loans in the name of...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

It's Purplebricks vs Jefferies at the Future:PropTech event in May

The Future:PropTech event on May 2 is now under six weeks away and more details have been released about speakers and...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove, ZPG, OnTheMarket - are they about to be eclipsed by Google?

A property technology analyst has floated the idea that portals could become eclipsed by powerful alternatives such as Google, triggered by...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

HMRC wins ruling over scheme claiming to cut stamp duty on homes

HM Revenue and Customs has won a key ruling concerning a tax avoidance scheme promoter which claimed to be able to...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

It could be you...ESTAS announces The Peoples Award nominations

The ESTAS has announced its final and, to many, its most prestigious shortlist for this year’s awards - a special category...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New branch for 250-year-old Home Counties estate agency

Essex and Suffolk-based estate agency and chartered surveying firm Fenn Wright is opening a new branch - its fourth in the...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - despite getting an hour's less sleep this weekend...

It’s spring at last! Although we’ve only just finished wiping the snow off our boots, it’s great news that the clocks...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: how many brands, branches and staff remain with Countrywide

Countrywide has revealed precisely how many brands, branches and staff it has following the extensive and multiple restructurings of recent years. In...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

CMA urges people to report unfair cartels that cheat customers

The Competition and Markets Authority, which is believed to be actively investigating estate agents’ alleged infringement of the Competitions Act, is...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Haart says housing market finally coming out of Brexit doldrums

The Haart agency group has given an upbeat picture of the housing market in its latest figures with instructions up 15...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Comparison website acquires online property forum

The comparison site Reallymoving, which allows users to get online quotes for conveyancers, surveyors and removal firms, has acquired the property...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Higher proportion of posh country estates now being sold off-market

A buying agent says a higher proportion of Britain’s rarified country estates market is now being sold off-market. Jess Simpson, an ex-Savills...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals the costs of Alison Platt's 'retail revolution'

Countrywide’s 132-page annual report, released today, has given details of the management and restructuring costs incurred by the company during its...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Connells accused of pressuring buyers over mortgages

A magazine claims its investigations into the sales tactics of Countrywide and Connells suggest the two agency are “harming consumers, stopping them from...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: share price falls while allAgents claims ad watchdog ‘victory’

Purplebricks’ share price dipped below the psychologically-important 300p mark yesterday - its lowest performance since spring last year. It’s the latest development...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp drop in transactions and small price dip points to 'soft' 2018 market

House prices started 2018 with a modest 0.3 per cent drop across the UK as a whole, including 0.5 per cent...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The value of smart technology and intelligent buildings

Smart sensors, and smart technology as a whole, are enjoying a period of accelerated innovation and adoption.  It’s my opinion that such...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Complaints about two agencies lead to advertising watchdog stepping in

An estate agency has been the subject of a complaint over website wording which appeared to suggest that it had a...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers advised: Never use online agents as they may under-sell your home

One of London’s leading estate agents is advising sellers to consider giving the negotiator who sells their property a bonus, and...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent escapes prison after 'glassing' man who rejected her advances

An estate agent who ‘glassed’ a man who rejected her advances in a pub has escaped a prison sentence. Sarah Brown, 27,...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Investigating your role as a data controller

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

London has almost 600 one-bed flats on sale at £1m or (well) above

London has 585 one bed flats on the market at £1m or more according to research by online agency HouseSimple.  HouseSimple says...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals dip but first time buyers are up slightly

Figures just released assessing February’s mortgage borrowing show that approvals are 1.25 per cent lower than in January, and are down...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Asking prices hit record highs in key sectors, says Rightmove

Average asking price of newly-marketed property have jumped 1.5 per cent - or over £4,500 - in the past month, says...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: only area of England and Wales with average home under £100k

Only one local authority in England and Wales has an average house price below £100,000 - while in every London borough...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves across our industry...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, our regular Monday look at key moves inside our industry. Everyone here simply...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

'First ever UK resi transaction undertaken through Blockchain' - claim

A Manchester-based property investment firm is claiming to be the first company in Britain to record an online exchange of a...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

It's a north-south market divide - but it's the north that's the strongest

House prices have taken a spring leap in the north of England as the market improves - but it’s a different...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove may have to extract more revenue from agents, claims analyst

One of the leading PropTech analysts says Rightmove’s huge success means that it has two difficult choices ahead if it is...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks under pressure after bank warns of slowing growth

Market analysts at Swiss bank UBS are warning that Purplebricks’ meteoric growth in the UK may be slowing. The bank has cut...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Top agent urges existing owners to be 'more accepting' of new homes

Estate agency Jackson-Stops says it has discovered precisely how many existing home owners understand the difficulties facing first time buyers in...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills reveals other PropTech investments as well as Yopa online agency

High-end international estate agency company Savills claims Yopa, in which it has invested substantial sums, is now the UK’s 10th largest...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - climbing, bidding, and most of all fund-raising...

So here’s another week’s great work being done by colleagues in our industry - and we’re very pleased to salute them. Everybody...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer launches new online advice service for buyers

TV property expert Phil Spencer is launching an online advice service for buyers and tenants, including offering guidance on the specific...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove identifies 10 fastest-moving local housing markets

Rightmove’s latest assessment of the housing market suggests that Newport in Gwent is the fastest moving area in Britain for vendors. A...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Boost for housing market with surge in number of first time buyers

The switchback of house price indices and other data on the state of the market has taken a turn for the...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills reveals its highly resilient UK residential performance in 2017

Savills has reported good figures for 2017 although most of its strongest performance was outside the world of residential property. In a...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Another agency wins award based on reviews by “real customers”

Andrews Property Group has won the Feefo Trusted Service award, which the agency describes as “an independent seal of excellence that...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Russian-owned property in UK appears to have escaped 'spy sanctions'

UK measures to retaliate against alleged Russian government-sponsored nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal have excluded any attempt to...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says another 1,000 agency branches listed in past five weeks

OnTheMarket says estate agencies with some 1,000 offices have joined the portal in the five weeks since it floated on the...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Asking prices and agents' commission more important than reviews to vendors

A survey by consumer body Which? suggests askng prices and agents' fees are the most significant factors considered by a vendor choosing an...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov has to amend fee info on website after ad watchdog intervenes

Online agency Emoov has amended its website following the intervention of the Advertising Standards Authority.  The authority says the agency’s site included...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New online tool promises real-time updates on conveyancing cases

Conveyancing services firm My Home Move has launched a portal which it claims gives users complete transparency checking their conveyancing progress.  eWay, which is...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: MIPIM Startup Competition - meet the finalists

Greetings from Cannes, where the sun is finally shining over MIPIM. I’m sure many of you are out here, too, and...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm ponders whether you could run an agency solely from a phone...

A PropTech firm claims its new tool gives people the option of running an entire agency...from a phone.  BestAgent, which has built...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG's comparison service set to sponsor ITV's Britain's Got Talent

ZPG’s comparison website uSwitch is to be the headline sponsor of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.  The company says it will use this...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

60,000 first time buyers have benefitted from stamp duty change - Hammond

  Chancellor Phillip Hammond claims over 60,000 first time buyers have already benefitted from the stamp duty relief he announced at his...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Surcharge for 'five day exchange and completion' is slammed as rip-off

A critic of the conveyancing process has accused a law firm’s charge of £95 for “exchange and completion within five working...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ UK CEO granted option to buy 100,000 shares in firm

The UK chief executive of Purplebricks, Lee Wainwright, has been granted an option to buy 100,000 shares in the firm. The purchase would...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Some London prices fall up to 15% despite rises in much of England and Wales

Average house prices rose 0.5 per cent in February, making it the biggest rise in five months according to the latest...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: The right to erasure and the right to be informed

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Hogarth on agency acquisition trail after London independent snapped up

Orchards of London, a four-office independent operating in the west of the capital, has been fully acquired by The Hogarth Property...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional portal revamps with pledge to promote estate agents' brands

A major revamp of Northern Ireland’s Propertynews portal has been unveiled with one of the targets being to enhance the visability...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Countrywide announces first major returnee to the fold

The long haul back for Countrywide appears to have begun with the first major name who left during the Alison Platt...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman seeks public views on problems with agents and wider industry

Ombudsman Services, which recently announced it was quitting its role as one of three approved redress schemes for estate and lettings...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the moves from across the industry

Welcome once again to Property Jobs Today, the notice-board for agents, suppliers and other property professionals moving within, out or in...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Two more interest rate rises likely this year, top economists predict

The Ernst & Young ITEM Club - a group of economists highly regarded by politicians and some sectors of the property...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent pleads not guilty to New Year's Day murder of wife

A Stratford estate agent accused of killing his wife on New Year’s Day has pleaded not guilty to a charge of...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's own broker cuts agency’s forecast for 2018 and 2019

Jefferies - the City consultancy which has in the past worked with Countrywide - has cuts its forecasts for the troubled...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agents most popular with sellers in strong markets, research shows

New research appears to show that Purplebricks, HouseSimple, Yopa and other prominent online agencies are most popular with vendors selling in...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Work-life balance increasingly important to agents, says recruitment firm

A survey by an industry recruitment consultancy indicates that work-life balance is increasingly important to agency job applicants, second in importance...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of homes for sale shoots up nearly 20 per cent in recent weeks

There has been a 19.9 per cent increase in new property listings, with some locations seeing as many as 80 per...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - books, sailing, and a lot of work for the homeless

Thanks very much to everyone getting in touch to publicise their efforts for good causes: we’re always delighted to help. Just let...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chairman admits company had been grossly mismanaged

In an exclusive and candid interview with Estate Agent Today, Countrywide chairman Peter Long has admitted that the company had been...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals 'Back To Basics' plan for 2018 and scraps online service

The troubled Countrywide group has this morning revealed its recovery plan to get - in its words - ‘back to basics’...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency accused of pressuring buyers to use in-house mortgage team

The magazine Mortgage Strategy says Countrywide is investigating reports that one of its estate agent branches pressured buyers to use in-house...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Prices dip slightly but transactions suggest a robust market

House prices in the UK have suffered their first quarterly fall in almost a year - but strong transaction totals suggest...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency's female franchisees mark International Women's Day

Franchise agency Winkworth is marking International Women’s Day - that’s today - by celebrating the achievements of its female franchisees and...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Cotswolds-based agency expands to second office - and plans more

A Cotswolds-based agency has expanded to a second office and says it has plans to develop further in the region. Move was...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Purplebricks “stunning growth” explained by top industry analyst

One of the world’s leading property technology analysts has compiled a major report on estate agents’ business models - an exercise...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New house price index claims superiority over rivals - even Land Registry

Investment consultancy London Central Portfolio has launched a new index which it claims uses “the most comprehensive data available” to assess...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Crimestoppers working with agents to deter ruthless conveyancing fraudsters

Crimestoppers is working with estate agencies and financial advisers as well as conveyancers in a bid to eliminate house buyers’ deposits...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Who would you vote for at the UKPA Awards?

The UK PropTech Awards are fast approaching. The window is open for applications and nominations and on May 2, the winners...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters is latest agency chain to list on Rightmove, ZPG and OnTheMarket

Franchise giant Hunters is the latest agency to list its sales and lettings properties on three portals, rather than two. The chain...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

LSL's agency brands reveal growth in past year despite market woe

LSL Property Services - parent company to 12 brands including Your Move, Reeds Rains and London’s Marsh & Parsons - has...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry first as new tool allows agents to amend instant valuations

The provider of an automated valuation system has introduced a new feature to allow agents to amend the valuation if there...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Six months before CMA update on agents' alleged Competitions Act breach

It is thought likely that there will be no new update on the investigation into agents’ alleged infringement of the Competitions...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Who should oversee your compliance?

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Senior agents say wider issues must be addressed in housing debate

An estate agent and former chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the government’s latest drive to build new...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency and Alice are the perfect advertisement for apprentices

Alice Hickmott is the perfect advertisement for apprentices in estate agency - especially as we are now in National Apprentice Week.  Essex...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents that HMRC is on the warpath over Anti-Money Laundering

A compliance specialist company is warning that as it believes relatively few estate agents fully understand their anti-money laundering obligations, firms...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Quicker conveyancing pledged as Land Registry puts council searches online

HM Land Registry has taken another step towards its aim to “make conveyancing simpler, faster and cheaper” for the general public. The...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest on moves within the industry...

Welcome once again to Property Jobs Today, the notice-board for agents, suppliers and other property professionals moving within, out or in...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Slashed asking prices on 'super-prime' houses highlighted by buying agency

High-profile buying agency Black Brick has highlighted the scale of reductions now being made by sellers of some trophy properties in...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

First time sellers must find average of £136,000 to move to their next home

A survey by Lloyds Bank has revealed that the average ‘first time seller’ requires very nearly £136,000 to bridge the gap...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Competition and Markets Authority opens investigation into estate agencies

The Competitions and Markets Authority is investigating a suspect infringement of the Competition Act 1998 by estate agents. Few details have been...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Portals and onliners 'force agents into innovation' says global advisory firm

A mergers and acquisitions specialist says traditional agencies have been pushed into becoming more innovative by the rise of portals and...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New ZPG figures suggest more agencies now listing on three portals

New figures released by ZPG suggest increasing numbers of agents are listing on three portals. Amongst the latest agencies to renew long...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove franchisee working from home takes over bricks-and-mortar branch

A EweMove branch operating from a franchisee’s home in Staffordshire has taken over the running of a bricks and mortar agency. EweMove’s...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Big chill hits housing market with unexpected drop in prices

House prices fell unexpectedly in February with the Nationwide Building Society reporting a drop of 0.3 per cent. This ended some analysts’...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Guild wins award based on customer reviews rated 4.5 and 5.0

The Guild of Property Professionals has won a major award from reviews platform Feefo. The Feefo Gold Service award is described by...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it's snow joke in this weather...

Collars up, gloves on, scarves pulled tight...it’s so cold you can hardly concentrate on work let alone anything else. But the...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - ESTAS 2018 shortlist, with record entries and record votes

The ESTAS Group has revealed the agencies, suppliers and other property companies shortlisted for its 2018 Estate & Letting Agent Awards. The...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agents' poor sales progression can improve through technology - claim

One of the country’s leading PropTech entrepreneurs has responded to recent criticism of online estate agencies and their allegedly-poor record of...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New tool eases burden of agents' anti-money laundering compliance

The National Association of Estate Agents says a new tool just launched will make it easier for agent members to comply...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

One agency's epic history - shooting at the enemy on the way to the office

One of the country’s oldest estate agencies is celebrating 250 years in business.  Essex and Suffolk agency Fenn Wright has roots back...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan steps up pressure to expose foreign ownership of UK properties

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is stepping up the pressure on government to speed up the delivery of a new public register...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Pressure increasing on controversial MIPIM conference to clean up its act

Organisers of the MIPIM conference - primarily for commercial property but with a growing residential presence - are under pressure to clean up...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons profits and sales drop - but much better figures from Connells

Foxtons has reported its 2017 figures to shareholders and the City this morning and as expected they show sharp falls in...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency told by ad watchdog that more complaints may trigger formal probe

London agency Portico has been warned that if there is a repeat of issues concerning its listings on portals, it may...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: In the age of technology, customer service is timeless

We think about technology all the time. At least, I do. And there’s nothing left in property that technology hasn’t touched...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

More expansion for Dexters brand via new homes deal with Stirling Ackroyd

London estate agency chain Dexters is expanding its brand once again thanks to a new partnership with Stirling Ackroyd New Homes.  Dexters...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Leaders expands mortgage side with new products and in-house academy

Leaders is expanding the mortgage side of its business with a raft of new products and services, as well as introducing...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

2018 sales market starts with a boom according to NAEA figures

The National Association of Estate Agents says the year has started with a boom as demand from prospective house-hunters increased by...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Report exposes online agents over very poor sales progression

A new report by the residential property team of a legal firm has found widespread criticism of online agents’ over their...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Exploring the requirements for personal data

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the cities where house prices are set to grow the fastest

New analysis by Hometrack shows that large regional cities like Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester look set for a 20 per cent...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency warns about effect of interest rate rise on household budgets

A 1.0 per cent interest rate rise would add £930 a year to the cost of servicing the average mortgage, according...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Analysts anticipate disappointing figures from Foxtons tomorrow

Industry and financial analysts are preparing for what may well be another round of difficult trading figures from London agency Foxtons. Tomorrow...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty still hitting prices and market sentiment, poll shows

Brexit uncertainty and weakening consumer demand are likely to hit house prices this year, according to a survey of 33 housing...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New industry body aims to simplify and modernise buying and selling

Representatives from estate and lettings agencies as well as professional organisations have formed The Home Buying And Selling Group with a...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Former NAEA chief in fierce press attack on “irresponsible agents”

A former president of the National Association of Estate Agents has attacked “irresponsible agents” for over-valuing asking prices in London in...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - agents and portal people on the move...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today. If you haven’t caught this feature before, it’s a regular Monday opportunity...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Sign of the eco-times: fully-recyclable For Sale and To Let boards

One of the industry’s largest sign makers has been spelling out its environmental credentials on the back of increased concern about...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove eyes the future with more commercial property activity

Rightmove says its commercial property side is “continuing to gain momentum” with 650,000 leads generated for customers in 2017. Perhaps with an...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Connells celebrates doubling of new homes and land activities

Land and investment deals achieved by Connells Group in 2017 will add a further 2,750 units to its new homes pipeline,...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket announces 243 new listings agreements in past 10 days

In an unexpected trading statement this morning, OnTheMarket says it has signed 243 new listing agreements within its first 10 days...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove: another massive leap in revenue thanks to agents' fees

Rightmove has reported another very large leap in revenue in 2017 and a modest rise in agency and new home customers...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Treasury set to rake in record CGT this year - with more to come

A forecast suggests HM Revenue & Customs will rake in no less than £8.8 billion in Capital Gains Tax in 2018...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Hometrack chief takes over ZPG property division as Mark Goddard quits

The managing director of property data consultancy Hometrack, Charlie Bryant, is to lead a reorganised property marketing, software and data division...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Strutt & Parker sold 2,291 properties worth £2.9 billion in 2017

In its first release of performance figures under the ownership of BNP Paribas, the UK agency Strutt & Parker says it...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

The very best day to market a home? That'll be March 17 then...

An online agency says it knows exactly when a home should be marketed in order to sell in the optimum timeframe.  And...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and they're riding, trekking and bidding...

Welcome to the latest Agents Do Charity - your opportunity to let the rest of the industry know exactly what great...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: London chain Dexters snaps up high-profile independent company

Estate Agent Today can reveal that one of London’s best known agency chains has acquired one of the capital’s leading independent...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - discounts on prime properties achieved by buying agency

The well-respected buying agency Black Brick has revealed the scale of discounts it secures on prime properties being sold for different...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome latest evidence of robust start to sales in 2018

Agents have welcomed more data suggesting the 2018 market is enjoying a robust start. Last week Rightmove reported a record number of...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts sets up six regional hubs to boost new homes offer

The fast-diversifying Humberts has set up regional hubs to handle its new homes and land division, in addition to taking on...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Result - former football star’s agency scores with second branch office

Royston & Lund, the Nottinghamshire estate agency set up by former Notts County player Gary Lund, is expanding with a second...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Strong trading update from Hunters, despite Norfolk troubles

National franchise giant Hunters has delivered a strong trading update, despite what it describes as 'challenging conditions'. Earlier this week, it was...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 'We’re no longer real estate' says world’s largest real estate firm

Co-Founder Gary Keller has declared that Keller Williams (KW) is, 'no longer a real estate company...we are a technology company No....

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

The ValPal Network launches products to make membership 'cost-positive'

A network of agents representing over 800 brands with over 4,000 branches has announced the launch of a host of new...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Digital-savvy movers favouring specialist conveyancers over local solicitors

Home movers are opting to use specialist conveyancers over local solicitors, according to new research. Conveyancing software firm InfoTrack says 43% of...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils aim to address housing crisis with home ownership register

Three councils are encouraging local residents to sign a new register which aims to bring more quality homes for sale to...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Ten-year fixed rates on the up as early interest rate rise looms

Over the last few weeks, mortgage lenders have started to adjust their pricing in anticipation of a further interest rate rise...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Taking the first steps towards compliance

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Over 20 jobs lost as Hunters' Norfolk franchise goes under

Administrators have confirmed that 21 jobs have been lost due to the collapse of Hunters' franchise in East Anglia. At a creditors'...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Free service allows agents to advertise listings 'before leaving appraisals'

A new PropTech platform is providing a service to help agents market their new listings instantly across portals and social media. BestAgent...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Irish online auction firm names the date for first UK sale

Online auction house BidX1 has launched its first UK online auction following its acquisition of London-based auctioneer Andrews & Robertson. This is...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Average property selling for £10,000 over asking price, says Scottish portal

Scottish portal s1homes.com has reported that the average property in Scotland sold for £10,000 higher than its asking price during the...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove's best-ever visitor total indicates strong start to 2018 market

Rightmove says it has enjoyed its highest ever monthly number of visitors - 141 million in January. They spent a total of...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Struggling housing market blamed for falling conveyancing workload

Conveyancing volumes shrunk by 12 per cent last year, the first annual drop in workloads since 2011 - and the struggling...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Share price bounce reverses OnTheMarket’s post-float losses

OnTheMarket’s share price starts the week at almost exactly the same level as it was floated after a significant bounce-back on...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Mobile thieves target London agency branch for smash and grab burglary

The Putney office of estate agency Century 21 has been targeted by two thieves, one on a moped the other in...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest news about agents on the move

Hello and welcome to the latest Property Jobs Today, our round-up each Monday of key job moves within estate and letting...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Consultation underway on first time buyer duty relief in Scotland

Scotland is considering giving first time buyers relief or exemption from Land and Buildings Transaction Tax - the replacement for stamp...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches surprise consultation on property redress

The government has launched a surprise consultation on the creation of a new redress system for customers of agents and others...

18 February 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket signs up 81 new listings agreements in first float week

OnTheMarket has told the City this morning that it has already signed up 81 new listing agreements by 5pm yesterday, completing...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agencies' market share has increased 58% in one year - claim

A lengthy analysis of the online agency sector, based on material supplied by an online agent, suggests that its market share...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency calls for EAT readers’ help after car crashes into office - twice

An estate agency has started a petition to get bollards erected outside its branch after two accidents, in each of which...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide agent flocks to senior role at EweMove hybrid agency

EweMove has made a senior hire in the shape of Chris Webb, formerly of Countrywide and Winkworth.  He now takes up the...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Online agencies the likely target for new investors in Pi Labs

One of the largest investment firms in the United States has taken a stake in the London-based venture capital firm Pi...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - running, cycling, painting and jet-washing...

Thanks once again for your contributions to this weekly round-up of agents’ good works; we love covering these stories which show...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket defiant after founding agency's high-profile return to Zoopla

OnTheMarket remains defiant despite the decision of Douglas & Gordon, one of its founder agencies, to list once again on Zoopla...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency platform claims it gets an average 98.6% of asking price

An online estate agency brand launched a year ago by a traditional high street agent to ward off competition has exceeded...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's earnings could be lower than expected, warns Jefferies

City broker Jefferies is warning that Countrywide’s earnings as calculated through the EBITDA measure could drop to as little as £50m -...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Yopa follows other online agencies with launch of No Sale, No Fee option

Yopa, the online agency with financial backing from Savills and LSL Property Services, is the latest online firm to launch a...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

First time buyers back to the market in a big way claims agent

The number of first-time buyers has increased 16 per cent in the past month and 10 per cent year on year...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket founding agency returns to Zoopla

One of the founding agencies behind OnTheMarket has returned to listing on Zoopla. A statement from ZPG, parent company of Zoopla and PrimeLocation,...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Advertising watchdog rules on another complaint about Purplebricks

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled on another complaint lodged about Purplebricks. Although the latest appears minor it adds to a lengthy list...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Agents don’t hate agents, so stop stirring the pot

And now, as if the friction between property and PropTech wasn’t difficult enough, estate agents are turning on estate agents.  We are...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

So much for a slowing market - house prices are up more than expected

Despite a string of property pundits suggesting the market is slowing down, new figures from the Office for National Statistics show...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Don't bend the rules - Uri Geller promotes lottery of new-build flat

Readers of a certain age may remember the spoon-bending eccentric Uri Geller, self-proclaimed friend of Michael Jackson and an almost permanent...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Winkworth opens two out-of-London branches with new franchisees

Franchise giant Winkworth, which opened seven new branches in 2017, has announced two new office openings this month.  They are at Banstead...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

TV ad campaign to emphasise online agency's 'full service' for sellers

House Network, which describes itself as the UK’s first online estate agency, is using TV advertising to promote a new "20-point...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks ads confront 'best price' issue and mock High Street rivals

Controversial new Purplebricks advertisements on social media mock traditional estate agents who “twiddle their thumbs” in offices and claim the hybrid...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property deals account for one-third of all money laundering alerts

Almost a third of all ‘Suspicious Activity Reports’ concerning possible anti-money laundering infringements and reported to the National Crime Agency have...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency claims prime central London market has bottomed out

The latest data from Knight Frank suggests that average prices in prime central London dropped 0.7 per cent in the year...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket share slide takes its market capitalisation to under £90m

OnTheMarket’s share price fell just over five per cent yesterday, continuing its troubled launch on to the London stock exchange. It...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Tepilo unaffected by Trinity Mirror's swoop on Northern & Shell

Tepilo has told Estate Agent Today that it will be unaffected by the sale of Northern & Shell Ventures’ publishing activities...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket said to have lost 19% of listings - and 10% share price

The bank Morgan Stanley says OnTheMarket’s listings have fallen 19 per cent in the past year. In a note to investors issued...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Bad news for Purplebricks? New analysis favours traditional agencies

Traditional solicitor estate agents north of the border have a higher success rate than any other estate agency model. The claim comes, perhaps...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - our weekly round-up of agents on the move...

Hello and welcome to Property Jobs Today; this is the latest of our weekly round-ups of key job moves within estate...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG claims record January traffic across digital platforms

ZPG has revealed that it had 58m visits to its property websites, Zoopla and Primelocation, last month. This is 10 per cent up...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Price falls spread from London to two other regions, says LSL

House price falls have been recorded in London, the South East and the North East according to data from LSL Property Services,...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Top London agent joins 'freelance' agency project

Estate Agent Today can exclusively reveal that well known London estate agent Patricia Farley has joined the new ‘freelance’ agency Harding...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

All eyes on Agents' Mutual as it floats on London stock market

All eyes are on Agents’ Mutual’s first day of trading on the London stock exchange - just over five years after...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Connells Group claims 22 per cent rise in new homes instructions

Connells Group - which includes Connells, Sequence and other brands - says it recorded over 9,000 new homes sales in 2017. This...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

40 per cent increase in new vendors coming to market, agency claims

There has been a 40 per cent increase in new vendors registering their properties for sale according to an online estate...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - just ahead of the half-term break...

Many agents are having a deserved break next week - well, as much of a break as looking after children and...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR - lawyer reveals latest changes that will affect property industry

The General Data Protection Regulation legislation coming into effect in the UK on May 25 has undergone some subtle changes which...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Market woe as RICS says buyer numbers, instructions and sales drifting down

The housing market has started 2018 as it ended 2017 according to the RICS, with new buyer enquiries, instructions and sales...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country opens another office in south east England

Fine & Country has now opened its latest office in the Kent town of Tunbridge Wells.  The firm says that strategically, this...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate 'minimum EPC' proposal again next month

MPs will next month debate a Bill which aims to have the energy efficiency of all UK homes brought up to...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Annual house price growth continues to slow according to the Halifax

Prices in the three months to the end of January were 2.2 per cent, indicating a further slowing from the previous...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual float to begin against backdrop of stock market jitters

Most listed agencies and portals suffered share price falls yesterday, creating a challenging landscape for Agents’ Mutual which launches on the London stock exchange...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister ‘does a Trump’ by accusing trade publications of fake news

Housing minister Dominic Raab took to Twitter to make a Trump-style criticism of trade magazine The Negotiator and its editor, the...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: There’s no better time than now to invest in VR

I had an interesting meeting last week with a VR company called Garou. Based in New York, they claim to have...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer says transaction problems down to others and not solicitors

A law firm says the problems with housing transactions lie not with issues like fall-throughs but with “people’s general lack of...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Very few estate agencies take on apprentices, figures suggest

Latest figures suggest there are only 1,850 apprentices employed in the entire property sector, suggesting an even smaller number in the...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

NAEA introduces bursaries to allow 10 new agents to attend conference

NAEA Propertymark is to introduce bursaries designed to support novice staff deemed to be showing exceptional potential to attend the association’s...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock as Ombudsman stops handling agency complaints - for now

One of the three government-approved redress schemes for estate and letting agents says it’s quitting the sector this year - but...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks row should trigger call for regulations of agents, says expert

Leading independent property expert Kate Faulkner says the current row regarding the accuracy of Purplebricks’ sales figures should be the trigger...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

For Sale By Owner site breaks cover in wake of Purplebricks rumpus

Former estate agent Nick Ferrand has gone public with a new website which says home owners decide when and to whom...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

allAgents and agency group CIELA reignite disputes with Purplebricks

The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents says Purplebricks is still not complying with a ruling made by the Advertising...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

2018 to be challenging for housing market says forecasting group

This year is going to be “challenging” for the housing market according to the influential Ernst & Young ITEM Club, a...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy is unsustainable without new homes, say councils

Right To Buy is unsustainable without local councils being given the right to set discounts for their areas and replacing every...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Pressure mounts on Purplebricks to release actual sales figures

Pressure continues to mount on Purplebricks to reveal its sales data after a weekend during which claims about its effectiveness continued...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks fees rise up to 33 per cent In Australia

Purplebricks has increased its charges in Australia by up to 33 per cent. The Australian Financial Review reports that the 33 per...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide amends credit facility with lenders to help turn business around

Countrywide has made a brief announcement to shareholders about amending its credit facility with lenders to help it turn the business...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Henry Pryor gives High Street agents 10-point guide to raise their game

Outspoken buying agent Henry Pryor has set out 10 points that he claims many traditional agents overlook when they debate the...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart acquisition shows commitment to bricks and mortar agencies

Spicerhaart, which describes itself as the UK’s largest independent estate agency group, has been on the acquisition trail again, showing its...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - news about agents on the move...

Hello and welcome to our latest Property Jobs Today; if you missed the launch last week, each Monday we will provide...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

BBC programme to investigate sales and advertising by online agencies

The BBC says it is to broadcast a special one-hour radio documentary this weekend investigating online estate agencies. The show will go...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks blames City consultancy for sharp share price fall

Purplebricks has this morning issued an unusual statement to the Stock Exchange blaming a City report for the sharp fall in the...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' new UK chief to face the industry for the first time

Purplebricks’ new UK chief executive officer, Lee Wainwright, is to address a major industry conference in May - his first address...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Increase in agents using GPS to protect against assaults and accidents

Data from a firm specialising in lone-worker protection suggests that there has been a 27 per cent increase in the number...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the cities with the largest price rises over the past 10 years

Lloyds Bank has revealed a league table of the cities which have seen the highest price growth over the past decade...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news - housing market shows unexpected New Year pick-up

Annual house price growth is now 3.2 per cent according to Nationwide - an unexpected rise from the 2.6 per cent recorded at...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and this week you've got a vote, too...

We seem to be getting more and more contact from agents and others in the industry who are doing great work...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks sells 51.6% of homes within 10 months, new analysis shows

An analysis of one month’s listings on Purplebricks by City consultancy Jefferies concludes that it sold 51.6 per cent of its...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: share price plunges again as some bonuses scrapped

Alison Platt may have been ousted but Countrywide appears not to be out of the woods yet as its share price...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Halifax and Nationwide price indices slammed as out of date by rival

House price indices provided each month by Halifax and the Nationwide have been branded as “misguiding” and “out of date” and...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ESTAS to accept Feefo reviews as part of agency awards process

The ESTAS Group has announced that it now accepts Feefo reviews as part of its agency awards process.  The ESTAS Group’s Estate...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

LSL diversifies from agency work with £5.4m mortgage firm acquisition

LSL Property Services is beefing up the mortgage arm of its activities.  It has acquired the mortgage adviser network Personal Touch in...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New 'quick buy' firm pledges guaranteed offer to sellers within 24 hours

A new ‘quick buy’ property company claims it will make an offer on any home within 24 hours of the vendor...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency using new 'freelance' business model attracts over 100 applicants

Harding Green, an agency with a business model based on freelance associates earning commission of up to 70 per cent, says...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Franchise Group upbeat after reversing most EweMove losses

The Property Franchise Group’s trading statement this morning reveals a huge 23 per cent rise in revenue for 2017 - £10.2m...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Proptech firms team up in bid to make conveyancing faster and easier

PropTech companies Gazeal and GetMeMoving have teamed up in a partnership which they claim goes some way to meeting the government’s...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

20% slump in demand for housing last month, reports NAEA

Demand for homes fell by 20 per cent year-on-year in December. There were 268 prospective home-owners registered per NAEA member branch, down...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: These are the UK events you have to attend

I have high expectations for this year’s PropTech events and property conferences.  Those that I attended in 2017 demonstrated a real step...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

First time buyers 'may be paying more because of stamp duty change'

The Mortgage Advice Bureau says early evidence suggests typical first time buyers are now spending more following the effective scrapping of stamp...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills amends auction website after complaint to watchdog over prices

Savills has amended its website concerning auctions after a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. The complainant challenged whether the listed guide...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

10% price cuts and transactions tumbling as agents prepare for tough market

Homes for sale in some parts of inner London are seeing price discounts of up to 10 per cent says Hometrack...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG reports 53m average monthly visits to websites and apps

ZPG says it anticipates a strong 2018 according to a trading statement ahead of the company’s annual general meeting today. The firm...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise starts to make an impact as mortgage costs increase

The costs of the majority of mainstream mortgages increased in the final three months of last year.  The news comes from mortgage...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency appeals against court 'commission' verdict favouring vendor

London estate agency Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward says is reported to be appealing against a court’s decision about commission payable by...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech intelligence group hails housing market's return to stability

The housing market has returned to stability with exchanges up one per cent year on year and the average house price...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual figures reveal 200 fewer branches now than last summer

Figures presented to the London Stock Exchange by Agents’ Mutual appear to show that it has 200 fewer branches now than...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - latest news about agents on the move

Hello and welcome to our first Property Jobs Today, a weekly round-up of key job moves within estate and letting agencies...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Analysts critical of OTM float as Springett shares ‘windfall’ drops

Analysts have given a frosty reception to the announcement by Agents’ Mutual that it is going to float shares priced at...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-London agency director takes a swipe at firms 'doing a Purplebricks'

A former director at London agency Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward has taken a swipe at agencies that have made knee-jerk changes...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Land Registry's digital conveyancing plans backed by government

The government has given its support to Land Registry proposals to increase the digitalisation of its services, with changes coming into...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firms Iceberg Digital and EyeSpy360 announce new deals

PropTech firm Iceberg Digital has revealed an expansion of its marketing deal with franchise agency giant Hunters.  This will involve local content...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual releases more details of stock exchange float proposal

Agents’ Mutual has released more details of its float on the stock market, which begins on February 9 with a placing priced...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Who should run Countrywide? What should they do? - our panel speaks out

The story of this week - the ousting of Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt - prompts two key questions. Firstly, who takes...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Stark warning that estate agencies could close in next 12 months

A partner at Carter Jonas says that the next 12 months could see stagnation in the market and as a result...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks won't succeed in the Big Apple, says UK arm of US agency

A senior figure at the UK arm of American agency Keller Williams has suggested that Purplebricks won’t succeed in the New...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - huge drop in home ownership levels amongst the under-45s

The latest release of data from the English Housing Survey reveals that the number of under-45s owning their own homes has...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Disruption in agency industry will push more sales to auctioneers - claim

Auction House says it has maintained its number one industry ranking, selling 3,485 lots last year – four per cent up...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with a new home, a food bank, and some Angels...

Oh we do love a busy Agents Do Charity page, and this week’s is busy indeed - thanks to everyone for...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons reports big drop in profits and revenue with sales down sharply

Foxtons has this morning given details of a sharp fall in both profits and revenue, wirth sales significantly falling away and...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares struggle as theory emerges on Platt departure

If Countrywide thought its fortunes would immediately improve following the departure of chief executive Alison Platt, it has to think again...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Groping’ Club Scandal - 10 of 21 tables were sponsored by property firms

The Financial Times has identified that 10 of the 21 tables at the notorious Presidents Club dinner last weekend were sponsored by...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Bad news for leaseholders as Appeal Court backs estate owners

Home owners seeking lease extensions may now have to pay more as a result of a controversial judgement handed down by...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's cruellest cut of all - no more fresh fruit at Oxford Street HQ

The chief executive may have left, the share price may still be languishing around 100p and only days ago the firm...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

IAM Sold claims title of UK's top independent resi auctioneer

IAM Sold says it is the largest independent residential auctioneer in the UK based on lots sold, for the second year...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Record entries for estate and letting agents' awards at ESTAS 2018

The ESTAS Group has announced record entries for its 2018 estate and letting agents awards.  The national award scheme - which recognises...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Platt will receive £675,000 pay-off despite Countrywide failure

The magazine Property Week is reporting that Countrywide’s former chief executive Alison Platt, who quit her post this morning, will receive...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New Countrywide head says power will pass back to the branches

Countrywide’s new management has taken immediate steps to try to stem the loss of market share by the troubled agency group,...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Platt goes - but Countrywide silent on size of her 'golden goodbye'

There was confirmation this morning, as expected, that Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt has quit - but so far there is no...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks expansion continues - it's to launch in New York

Purplebricks has this morning announced it’s to launch in New York. A statement to the London Stock Exchange this morning read: The...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Creating a tech corporate culture - and a view on Countrywide

There was an excellent article, published last week, based around an interview with Chandra Dhandapani, CBRE’s chief digital and technology officer.  The...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

First timers' stamp duty cuts won't help in London says ex-Rightmove chief

Rightmove’s former lettings chief Sam Mitchell has taken over as chief executive of online agency HouseSimple, which recently won another £20m...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions dip as credit agency gives pessimistic view of housing market

The number of transactions last year dropped to 1.22m - a minor 0.8 per cent drop on the year before and...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

London agent claims capital's prime market is on the turn at last

London’s prime central market is turning around at last according to the chief executive of Belgravia estate agency Henry & James. James...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Alison Platt leaving Countrywide, staff are told

It is being reported that staff at Countrywide have been told that embattled chief executive Alison Platt is leaving the agency...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide in turmoil as Platt’s departure  is possible 'within days'

Countrywide appears to be in turmoil with Sky News reports that board members are discussing trying to get rid of controversial...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Platt's legacy - Countrywide's recent torrid years

It is now an industry truism to say that Alison Platt has transformed Countrywide - but recent evidence, and now doubt...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons, Yopa and other agencies sign marketing deals with Zoopla

ZPG, which operates Zoopla and PrimeLocation as well as owning the Property Software Group, has signed more long-term marketing deals with a...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs tell government - stamp duty cut isn't really helping first time buyers

One of the most influential select committees in parliament has told the government that it needs to do more - much...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Down but not out - Haart's verdict on the national housing market

A set of figures produced by Haart suggests the market has had a difficult past 12 months - but the firm...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Advice Bureau enjoys good trading despite flat market

Mortgage Advice Bureau has batted off the flat housing market by reporting good figures for 2017. Revenue for the year increased by...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Alison Platt may be forced out of Countrywide soon, says Sky News

Sky News is this evening reporting that Alison Platt, the chief executive of the troubled Countrywide agency, may soon be leaving...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents fined hundreds of thousands but they're not made public, claims NAEA

Estate agents have been hit with six- and seven-figure fines under new anti-money laundering and anti-tax evasion regulations according to the...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: another senior Countrywide exec is leaving the company

Another member of Countrywide's top table is leaving the company. Kate Brown, Countrywide’s human resources chief with the responsibility for implementing what...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Confidential Countrywide memo warns of 'challenging reaction' to figures

The Countrywide chief executive, Alison Platt, is said to have warned staff that the reaction from the markets and shareholders to...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

'Secret' project aims to help traditional agents combat Purplebricks

A ‘secret’ proposal called Project UHA was put to a hand-picked group of agents on Friday with speculation suggesting it centres...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - new feature coming later this month

We’re delighted to announce that later this month there will be a regular feature each week called Property Jobs Today.  It will...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Top auction house to become part of mixed online/traditional service

Andrews & Robertson, one of the UK’s highest profile auction houses, has been taken over by Ireland’s BidX1 and is set...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price falls to lowest ever level

Shares in troubled agency group Countrywide have fallen to their lowest-ever level of 106.40p in trading this morning. Yesterday shares fell a...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks could have 15% market share by 2022 according to bank

US bank J P Morgan has predicted that Purplebricks, which it says now has around six per cent of advertised homes...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Connells shows Countrywide how to increase market share

Connells Group’s estate agency business increased its market share of new instructions in 2017 by almost four per cent, despite a...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

NAEA admits a sense of mistrust leads to problems in many transactions

New research from the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents reveals that no fewer than...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

108 days - the longest average time for a home to go under offer

  A new league table showing how long it takes homes to sell on average in different postcodes across England and Wales...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity: fund-raising and grant-giving for great causes

With the year in full swing we have some more heroic fund-raising and grant-giving stories to tell this week. Thanks so much...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: latest poor figures show 2017 agency income set to be 14% down

A trading statement from Countrywide this morning continues the decline shown by the agency group in recent years. It says total income...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty change hasn't boosted first time buyer demand - RICS

An overwhelming 86 per cent of RICS members questioned in a survey claim they have seen no increase in interest from...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

First time buyers 'typically purchase for £5,300 below asking price'

A poll of over 2,500 first time buyers suggests that on average they pay £5,300 less than the asking price -...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Winkworth doing well despite exposure to London and Brexit uncertainty

Franchise giant Winkworth has told its shareholders that its revenues for 2017 are likely to be less than five per cent...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - new feature coming later this month

We’re delighted to announce that later this month there will be a regular feature each week called Property Jobs Today.  It will...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Here we go again - another '£1m home' is offered as a raffle prize

As the £1m-plus housing market continues to struggle in most parts of the country, so the use of stunts and gimmicks...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

AllAgents names Purplebricks as 'worst rated agency for 2017'

The war between AllAgents review website and Purplebricks has continued with the site naming the hybrid agency the “worst rated one...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters to short-let homes that are For Sale but awaiting buyers

Hunters is partnering with a PropTech firm to allow homes on the market and still awaiting buyers to be short-let for...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Can agents improve fall-through rates with innovation?

Fall-through rates have long been a problem for the UK residential property market, the issue is nothing new. Today, however, the...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Rightmove veteran joins top table of Mayfair finance firm

A new Mayfair-based short-term property finance provider has been launched with Harry Hill, the Countrywide founder and ex-Rightmove chief executive, as...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

They are scum says estate agent after safe is stolen by thieves

An estate agent has offered a reward of £1,000 for information to help find a safe stolen from his premises during...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

House price growth continues to slow - and London suffers most again

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in the year to November average house prices in the UK increased...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Numbers moving 'at highest level since 2007' - except in London

The number of owners selling up and moving home is at its highest level since 2007 with one exception - London.  The...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide man's legal case could hit value of two million homes

The Court of Appeal is today expected to rule on a legal battle which may be critical in determining the value...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Footfall no longer on the High Street says agency after relocation

An estate agency that is moving from a high street to a business centre says it is relocation because footfall has...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills announces succession plan as group chief executive bows out

High end agency Savills has this morning revealed that Jeremy Helsby will retire as chief executive of the group at the...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks chairman wants business model applied to energy firm

Sky News is reporting that the non-executive chairman of Purplebricks, Paul Pindar, is set to invest a seven figure sum in...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive price falls in London distorts national picture, says agency

New figures from Your Move suggest that average house prices across England and Wales barely moved in 2017, increasing just 0.2...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News