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Purplebricks shares sink and Emoov dies: game over for online agencies?

Has the bell finally tolled for online agencies? Emoov’s collapse and an investor revolt over crowdfunding have left a large question...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov listings owner wants more agents to help sell them

The auction company that has acquired some 5,000 vendor listings from the failed Emoov and Tepilo agencies says it wants more agents...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills snaps up independent chain to expand London presence

Savills has snapped up an independent London estate agency in what is likely to be one of the last deals of...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Email sent to agents was professional attempt at deception

The HomeOwners Alliance says a hack on its IT infrastructure was “a professional attempt at deception” by people who uploaded 5,000...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Friday's festive flurry - more agency Christmas windows...

With only 10 days to go before Christmas, surely everyone’s decorations are up by now? It seems that way in the agency...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a huge it's-nearly-Christmas edition...

So this is (almost) it. Next week may be a quiet one for business as vendors and landlords alike begin to...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov and Tepilo listings 'bought by north of England high street agency'

A Newcastle-based property company says it has acquired the listings of Emoov and Tepilo. It has emailed and texted vendors to say...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents beware! Hack emails sent from HomeOwners Alliance address

Agents should be on the alert after what appears to be the hacking of the email account of the consumer group...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: huge revenue growth plus £100m for “relentless innovation”

Purplebricks says it has £100m net cash to exercise “relentless innovation” and benefit from an industry shake-out that will ”expose undercapitalised traditional...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov staff hardship appeal flops - only £30 raised in 36 hours

A crowdfunding bid to Emoov’s staff to win financial help over the Christmas period has flopped badly with a paltry £30...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

OTM offers shares to new members in return for five-year lock-ins

OnTheMarket had told its shareholders this morning that it now has over 12,000 branches listing and is offering share incentives to...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

£70,000 commission for some London estate agents, says website

Research by comparison website Netanagent claims the commission paid to estate agents in London could be over £70,000 depending on where...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Grottos and windows - more festive fun as Christmas gets closer…

The world may be going crazy outside but we’re delighted to tell you that in the estate agency industry it’s still...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing crisis as number of firms hit eight-year low

The number of active conveyancing firms handling property transactions in England and Wales has fallen to an eight year low.  A market...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Yet ANOTHER online agency wants £750,000 crowdfunding investment

Vesta, which describes itself as “the new online marketplace for buying and selling rental property” has launched a bid to raise...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

 Emoov investor row: Crowdcube pledges to update angry crowdfunders

It is now known that at least 32 formal complaints have been received by the crowdfunding platform that helped Emoov raise...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Good and bad news: house prices up in 2019, but not in central London

Estate agency Strutt & Parker says that despite Brexit and the economic and political uncertainty accompanying it, house prices in the...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: My predictions for 2019

It’s that time of year again where we start saying goodbye to 12 months of hard work and start looking forward...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Yule love these Christmas videos and pictures

Maybe it’s the Brexit Blues but something is making the industry excel itself this year when it comes to celebrating Christmas....

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks announces 'hotline' for stranded Emoov sellers

Purplebricks has launched an emergency hotline for customers of Emoov and Tepilo that are stranded by the agencies’ collapse. A statement this...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov administrators ‘want £100,000 for remaining vendor listings’

Estate Agent Today has been given details of responses made by administrators to an enquiry about the possible acquisition of some...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agencies bite the dust as property sector insolvencies rise

There’s been a four per cent rise in the number of estate agencies becoming insolvent according to a new report. In the...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Two Brexit blows to London market as uncertainty worsens

Two reports have suggested London’s residential market may be damaged by Brexit - both the past two and a half years...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tree-mendous! More Christmas agency office pictures...

Your terrific festive photographs keep on rolling in and we’re delighted to share them with the industry - and we’d like...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing market 'stuck in low gear for some months to come'

One of the country’s most influential bodies says house price rises over 2019 will be limited to around two per cent...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov: Legal action considered over crowdfunding, claims paper

The Times reports that crowdfunding investors are considering legal action following the collapse of Emoov. The investors in question appear to be some of...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM denounced as “corporate dinosaurs

The head of the portal PropertyMutual has accused Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket of being “corporate dinosaurs” and has called on agents...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry legend Peter Knight steps down as Agents Giving chairman

Peter Knight, co-founder and public face of Agents Giving, is stepping down as the charity’s chairman. He is to be succeeded by...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla trials Property Valuation Report concept ‘to win leads’

Zoopla claims a new Property Valuation Report being trialled in nine areas will win more leads for agents.  The PVR will use...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry movers and shakers

Two weeks to Christmas but no sign of our industry slowing down with more job moves announced in recent days.  Please let...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Christmas party this week? More decs to get you in the mood...

It’s the start of a new week and many agents may well be having their office parties this week - if...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

House price rises at their slowest for six years ahead of Christmas lull

House price rises are now the slowest they have been for six years according to the Halifax. Across the UK, property values...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit Bedlam: Rightmove and agency give housing market warnings

The chief executive of online agency HouseSimple says “sellers need to be prepared and willing to lower their expectations” in the current...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' success in the US is not assured says top analyst

A leading digital analyst says Purplebricks’ success in the US market is not assured and has expressed concern over whether it...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov boss named one of UK's '500 top tech influencers'

The chief executive of failed online agency Emoov has been named this week as one of the 500 top “tech influencers”...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Your Christmas offices - and today is all about the windows...

Hello again and welcome to the latest display of agents’ Christmas decorations. We’d love to share your windows, trees, lights and even...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla targets agency growth under new ex-Apple marketing boss

The ‘new broom’ owners of Zoopla have revealed that Gary Bramall is to be the firm’s new chief marketing officer charged with...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with a festive focus on the homeless...

It’s that time of the week again when we focus on the great work done by the industry, usually without much...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide pay chief quits after ‘Fat Cats' controversy

Countrywide, which was hit by a row over executive pay during the summer, is now on the look out for a...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov debacle ‘could mean the end of upfront fees’ says online agent

Purplebricks is understood to be pondering the best way to assist victims of the collapse of Emoov without committing money for...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Flips Flop: ‘Some new flats sold on for 25% below reservation prices’

Property analysts say ‘flippers’ - those who buy new homes and sell them quickly, hopefully for a profit - are losing...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Deck the halls and offices! Here's a Nutcracker, a bow and a wall of lights

Thanks so much for cheering us up in these challenging times with your terrific pictures of this year’s Christmas decorations.  We have...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

First time buyers have it easy if they have wealthy parents, says report

Young people whose parents have property wealth are now almost three times as likely to be homeowners by the age of...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks may be about to help out Emoov's stranded clients

A tweet from Purplebricks’ chief executive Michael Bruce suggests that the agency may be about to play a role in the Emoov...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Emoov halved its £100m valuation during crowdfunding pitch

Investment platform Crowdcube has told Estate Agent Today that defunct online estate agency Emoov revised down its company valuation from £104m...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Remaining listings on Emoov 'may be bought within days'

A statement by the administrators appointed by Emoov says there are prospective buyers for the listings on the online agency and...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price slips to lowest-ever level

Countrywide’s share price fell to its lowest-ever level yesterday - evidence that it’s not just online estate agencies that are having...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Professor names four issues agents need to be aware of

In his keynote speech at the recent Negotiator Conference, Professor Andrew Baum sparked debate throughout the property industry. Baum’s speech, which began...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

A cool Yule video, life-size Santa and festive ties - more office decs!

Hello and welcome to the Wednesday edition of your Christmas agency branch decorations - and what a festive lot you are.  Before...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned! Advert for 'park home' lodges deemed misleading

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement calling properties for sale ‘park homes’ when the buildings themselves could not be...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov was never going to find a buyer, says leading agency analyst

The demise of Emoov, Tepilo and lettings platform Urban raises question marks over the long-term viability of online agencies according to...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla scraps non-property ads on listings to boost focus on agents

With portal rivalry hotting up again, Zoopla has announced that with immediate effect it’s removing all non-property related adverts from all...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov boss and portal head in vicious Twitter spat before firm folds

The chief executive of Emoov and the founder of the new portal Rummage4Property had a dramatic spat on Twitter just hours...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Decs of the Day: Your latest Christmas office photos and videos

We’re delighted to say we’ve had a fantastic response to our call for pictures and videos of your decorated offices -...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing fraud on the rise as new transparency rules kick in

It’s been revealed that 37 regulated conveyancing firms have repelled attempted frauds in the past year. But 11 conveyancing firms have actually...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Fewer sales, supply static, first time buyers down - that was 2018

An end-of-year analysis from the National Association of Estate Agents shows the state of the industry - and it confirms just...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov finally appoints administrators - the full email to staff

Emoov has this afternoon appointed administrators as a result of not being able to secure a buyer - the move had...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New portal signs up Countrywide and 30 agencies ahead of 2019 launch

A new portal is launching next year with Countrywide and some 30 other estate agency groups signed up, as well as...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov: Rival agents try to poach vendors as public complaints mount

At least some calls from potential customers to Emoov are being cut off and rival estate agents are now plundering the...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla founder accelerates towards £30m used car idea

Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman - who sold the portal company for more than £2.2 billion to US private equity fund Silver...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the industry's key moves and appointments

Has no one told the industry that it’s December and things are supposed to be slowing down? This week’s Property Jobs...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

We're off! Your first office Christmas pictures are here...

December is here and we’re delighted to start our annual displays of agents’ Christmas windows, decorations and even those dodgy jumpers. Our...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Prices inch up but buyers still waiting for Brexit clarity

House prices showed an unexpected pre-Christmas boost last last month but worries about Brexit remain foremost for buyers according to the...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Good or bad? Help To Buy surge reignites debate about scheme

Figures released by the government over the weekend show that 14,867 Help To Buy equity loans were taken out in the...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock Emoov twist - Russell Quirk in talks to set up property PR firm

The circus surrounding the fate of online agency Emoov has taken an unexpected turn. Yesterday Sky News revealed that the company was...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit's housing silver lining (but only for overseas buyers, it seems...)

A high-end estate agency selling some of the country’s most expensive homes says the possible currency falls resulting from Brexit chaos...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Cut the crap: estate agency calls time on over-used industry buzzwords

Last year it was ‘disruptor’ and before that came ‘exclusive’ - now, according to one estate agency at least, the over-used...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

It's that time again... we want your Christmas decoration videos and pictures

It’s that time of year again - many offices will mark the start of December (that’s tomorrow) by putting up decorations....

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and  OMG it's December tomorrow...

With Christmas less than four weeks away (yes, really) the countdown to the festive season begins tomorrow when December begins. Charity...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov lining up administrators - report

Sky News says the online estate agency Emoov is preparing to call in administrators in a last-ditch attempt to salvage its...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov speculation mounts as chief executive ‘sets up new company’

More speculation has swirled around the future of Emoov as it appeared that company chief executive and founder Russell Quirk had...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

HIPs-style 'Home Owner Passport' launching to speed up conveyancing

A firm is launching a new Home Owner’s Passport this weekend in a bid to speed up conveyancing.  With characteristics reminiscent of the much-derided Home...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions to rise in 2019 says top agent (well, after Brexit is sorted)

One of the country’s top buying agents says he expects 2019 to be a much better year than 2018 as Brexit...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies snapped up by Winkworth and Savills

A long-standing independent agency on the south coast is to rebrand after being snapped up by a Winkworth franchisee. Humphreys & Orr,...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Offices converted to housing are denying affordable homes - claim

Communities have missed out on more than 10,000 affordable homes in the past three years as a result of government rules...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

The Hub Club - another agency shuts branches and opens central office

Yet another estate agency has announced that it’s shutting branches and opening a centralised hub. This time it’s Newman Property Experts, a...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks boss warns on dangers of borrowing more than one can afford...

The global chief executive of Purplebricks, Michael Bruce, has warned mortgage lenders against offering so-called ‘super-sized’ home loans to borrowers.  Bruce is...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' agony as buyer numbers plunge to six year low

Data from the National Association of Estate Agents suggests that the number of registered buyers per member branch has slumped to...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: New tech offerings require action from the high street

I’m spending a lot of time in airport terminals waiting for flights. They’re not the most comfortable of surroundings, but at...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Diversify or die - now an agent is selling a box in the Royal Albert Hall

High-end agency Harrods Estates is not content with selling homes in London’s infamous challenging market - now it’s marketing a box...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

 Landmark tax ruling could be good news for holiday home market

The holiday home market may still be struggling in the wake of the three per cent additional homes stamp duty surcharge...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

More branch closures likely if Brexit uncertainty goes on - forecast

The closure of Foxtons’ Park Lane office and five other branches in the capital are merely the start of things to come...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group beefs up mortgage side with £3.6m acquisition

Belvoir has this morning announced that it has acquired MAB Glos, part of the Mortgage Advice Bureau.  The £3.6m deal, done through...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

We're not bringing down Rightmove says website seeking investors

A platform that allows individual private sellers and landlords to list their properties alongside those from professional agents says it’s not...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

12-branch independent signs with OnTheMarket as portal returns to court

East Midlands estate and lettings agency Jackson Grundy has signed up to OnTheMarket. The firm, with its Northampton headquarters, has 10 sales...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit Shambles: No Deal impact on house prices to take centre stage

Newspapers are reporting that Brexit’s impact on house prices - especially if there is No Deal - are likely to take...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers take a reality check says agent after lending rises

Mainstream bank lending for house purchases grew by 3.6 per cent in October compared to the same month last year. However the...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket will be self-funding if 'free' agents start paying

OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett has told an agents’ conference of the strategy for his service - including a prediction that...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

'Co-Marketing' - two more agencies agree to list properties jointly

A sales and lettings agency specialising in waterside property along the Thames is linking up with a larger business to co-market...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial online auction firm generated £10.6m in fees for agents

The debate about online auction charges levied on buyers continues this morning with the release of figures showing that one company...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Congratulations - we reveal the Agents Giving Ball tickets winner!

It’s a great start to the week for Wesley Carney, a lettings negotiator at the wonderful Breckon & Breckon agency in...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Digital searches: Blackpool rocks as it becomes fourth location to go live

The town of Blackpool has become the fourth part of the UK to switch from council Local Land Charges to digital...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to the latest Property Jobs Today - the last one in November. Career moves tend to slow this time...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Future of Emoov in the balance

The future of online agency Emoov remains in the balance this weekend with talks continuing between the management and possible buyers. On...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Another agency shuts all its branches and joins the Hub club

Orchards of London is abandoning its current branch network and instead opening a single Hub from the middle of next month. Orchards,...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Only fittest will survive’ says agent making eighth acquisition of 2018

Yorkshire agency Linley & Simpson is on the acquisition trail yet again - and it’s revealed its eighth deal of the...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Propertymark brand has been a big success says NAEA

The introduction of the Propertymark brand as a ‘consumer friendly’ umbrella name for a series of trade bodies has been a...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Have a Ball with Agents Giving! - win two FREE tickets today

It’s Friday and what better way to kick off the weekend than winning two completely FREE tickets for the industry event...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s beginning to feel a lot like winter...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Agents Do Charity - it’s our weekly round-up of good work done by the industry. Everyone...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Major estate agent’ accused in house builder bribery claim

The Guardian is this morning reporting that “a major estate agent” has been accused of involvement in corruption with the house...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Branch closures - 135 fewer independent agency offices

New figures from the British Independent Retailers Association suggest that there are now 135 fewer independent estate agency branches than at...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auction buyers 'must pay stamp duty on reservation fee' shock

A consumer group which has already expressed alarm at some aspects of the so-called ‘Modern Method of Auction’ says it has...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

No Deal Brexit would see ‘buyers and sellers hit the brakes’ - top agent

The chief executive of Haart, Paul Smith, is warning that a No Deal exit from the EU could leave Britain with...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Would housing market improve if owners switched mortgages?

Shock figures out this morning show that a staggering £15.4 billion of annual interest is being paid by mortgage borrowers sitting...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Don't bank on 'prime' vendors cutting prices again, warns agent

A senior figure in the Knight Frank agency says those buyers who may be expecting Brexit-inspired bargains in the so-called ‘super...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property website allowing private sales claims to be valued at £10m

A website that lists private sale properties and calls itself “the all in one property marketplace” has valued itself on a...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial hub opens as Humberts goes high tech, high touch

Humberts’ revolution continues apace as it opens its first controversial hub in Dorset and accompanies it with a brand new vocabulary...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents advised: Don't head off ho-ho-home too early this Christmas

Estate and letting agents are being warned not to slow down too early in the run up to Christmas as it...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Gazumping - so is it declining or is it getting worse?

The latest research from online estate agency Emoov shows at least one silver lining to the current Brexit-hit housing market -...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent changes Rightmove listing after complaint to ad watchdog

An estate agency has had to alter a listing on Rightmove following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. Gravesend-based Waterman House...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Size Matters: Agents slammed for 'inconsistent, inaccurate' floorplans

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a new guide in a bid to end what it calls inconsistencies and...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

I'm A Purplebricks Boss - Get Me Out Of Here! Australian CEO quits

Purplebricks chief executive in Australia, Ryan Dinsdale, is quitting the firm after two and a half years. The influential Australian Financial Review...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Two FREE tickets to the Agents Giving Christmas Ball - you could be there!

We are delighted to have two completely FREE tickets available for the industry event of the season - the Charity Christmas...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

IAM Sold's associated firms rebrand in bid to woo more agents

Intelligent Services Group - parent company of online auction service IAM Sold - is rebranding around the IAM name. ISG and its...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: Why winter may be key for deciding its future

A leading buying agent says the first quarter of 2019 may be crucial in determining the future of the current stamp...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov sale ‘must be done in days - time is of the essence'

Time appears to be running short for the sale of troubled online agency Emoov. An Emoov insider has told Estate Agent Today...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Canny or downright desperate? Online agency slashes fee to just £1

Online agency Doorsteps is slashing its flat fee to just £1 with no commission charge - but for only 48 hours. The...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Asking prices fall over £5,200 in largest November drop since 2012

Rightmove is this morning reporting that the asking price of property coming to market has fallen 1.7 per cent in the...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves in and out of our industry

It’s not just the Cabinet and the government where jobs are in flux - there are plenty of moves to announce...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

High end agent says mansion prices may rise thanks to new homes plan

Every cloud has a silver lining, and a high end prime central London estate agent appears to have found one from...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Sales slump as fall-throughs and gazumping soar

New research shows 35 per cent of deals fall through within three weeks of a seller receiving an offer and a...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit Shambles: Housing minister Malthouse backs Theresa May

Housing minister Kit Malthouse appears to be backing Theresa May as Brexit chaos consumes the government. A request from Estate Agent Today...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Join Us! Call for “disillusioned” agents to become prime London entrepreneurs

A new prime London hybrid agency wants what it calls “disillusioned property professionals” to join the firm and take advantage of...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents missing vast referral fees for conveyancing, says PropTech firm

Estate agents are missing around half of the conveyancing referral opportunities they could take, according to a new report.  PropTech firm OneDome...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - for Children (and many others) In Need...

Amidst all the Brexit chaos let’s remember that it’s Children In Need day...always a time when Britons’ generosity raises the spirits,...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auctions ‘work for agents and vendors’ insists digital operator

An online auction platform which works with estate agents says this method of selling homes works, with four sales in one...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Former Knight Frank duo buy agency franchise in key city market

Winkworth’s Bath franchise has been acquired by new franchisees Lucy McIlroy and Matthew Leonard - the latter having been a partner...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy “important catalyst” for first time buyers - claim

A property comparison website has made a defence of the controversial Help To Buy initiative, claiming it “acts as an important...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New builds ‘rise in value far quicker than existing homes’

New build property values are rising at a much greater rate than existing property values according to a study by DJ Alexander. The...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Market slow across UK but London is worst hit region - again...

Price growth in the housing market is slow across the UK but London is again the most troubled region, seeing an...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyers warned: Don’t cut corners by trying DIY conveyancing

Hard-pressed buyers who try to minimise house moving costs by doing their own conveyancing have been warned of the disastrous consequences...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agencies’ sales conversion rates revealed by analyst

An estate agency analyst has shared with Estate Agent Today his findings on the current and recent conversion rates of online...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rival agency opens new London office within hours of Foxtons’ closures

London estate agency JOHNS&CO, which specialises in new homes, has opened its seventh office in the capital - the announcement came...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Agents - here’s why you need to differentiate more

I remember renting flats when I was a 25-year-old negotiator at Foxtons. Many of you will remember my love for the...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

“Sun is setting on the market” as supply soars and demand drops

The market is now over-supplied with homes to sell while at the same time demand is dipping and there are widespread...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Forget the south - Manchester is where capital appreciation is highest

A leading property consultancy has called out Manchester as the location which has seen the highest urban price growth of anywhere...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons confirms six branch closures - but says no more to come

Foxtons has this morning confirmed that it has now closed six branches. There was high-level publicity given to the closure of its...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov sale may force a change to online model, claims agency

An online agency launched by a traditional high street agent to ward off competition says the online business model might have...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

“Confident” OnTheMarket still signing agents ahead of appeal

OnTheMarket has issued an upbeat statement about the Court of Appeal setting a date to hear Connells-owned Gascoigne Halman's challenge to a ruling...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Automated valuation system generates over 100,000 leads in just one month

The ValPal Network, an automated valuation system, has for the first time provided over 100,000 leads to agents in just one...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency data confirms slowing market with some regional price falls

The latest Your Move house price data confirms what a wide range of indices have shown recently - slowing price growth and,...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

John Lewis guru to tell estate agents how customer service is done

The man responsible for defining John Lewis’ legendary customer service, and preserving its Never Knowingly Undersold pledge, is to address the...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Extraordinary £120m investment for agency that ‘breaks chains’ for sellers

It’s been reported that Nested, an estate agency launched two years ago, has received a massive £120m cash injection from venture capitalists. Nested, which...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Round two! OnTheMarket anti-competitive case goes back to court

Here we go again - the Court of Appeal is to hear Connells-owned Gascoigne Halman's challenge to a ruling that cleared...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Branch closures: 211 agency offices shut during first half of 2018

Shocking figures from the Local Data Company, a consultancy monitoring the health of High Streets, show that 211 estate agency offices...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - key industry moves and a ‘Rock Star Agent’ invitation

Hello and welcome to our latest edition of Property Jobs Today, a weekly run-through of the key job moves within our...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Children In Need this week - what’s YOUR agency doing?

It’s Children In Need in just a few days’ time on Friday, November 16 - it’s one of the biggest fund-raising...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Big bang, warp-speed change’ for conveyancers, claims PropTech firm

Conveyancers’ use of data and technology to speed through sales is on the cusp of a ‘big bang’ moment according to...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show ‘hidden’ conveyancing fees deter buyers

A digital conveyancing platform says a lack of transparency in the house moving process - particularly regarding legal costs - is...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agent blames Brexit, legal fees and stamp duty for supply slump

There was a drop in the number of new listings across the UK last month, suggesting that the usual autumn rush to...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - including one agency’s First World War fund-raising

Hello and welcome to another Agents Do Charity, our round-up of great work done by our industry to raise funds for...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning of down-valuation risk for London market

Coutts Private Bank is the latest institution to express its concern over London’s housing market. The latest Courts London Prime Property Index...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Typical asking price cut on a ‘doer-upper’ is 17% or  £40,000

Homes that require major structural work have asking prices which are on average £40,000 below the market norm, according to research...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency using hub-style Market Centres now has 130 UK agents

Keller Williams, the US agency which allows agents to work from hub-like ‘market centres’, says it now has 130 freelance agents in this...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New branches in Manchester and London as agencies defy market

A first-time agent who has previously owned a retail franchise and some buy to let units, has bought the Century 21 franchise...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Another government clampdown: will it hit second home sales?

A business rates tax break which benefits holiday home owners is to be reviewed by ministers, who have now launched a formal...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Countdown’s Rachel to host Guild of Property Professionals awards

“I’ll have a vowel please Rachel….then an award.” The puns are likely to be much in evidence in the New Year when...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

London house marketed for £25m but sells for ‘only’ £15m

A house in Mayfair that was sold for £19.175m in 2014 and put on the market this year at £25m has...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: where transactions are most buoyant since 2008

We’re used to recent stories about transaction dips and price stagnation as Brexit uncertainty and stamp duty take their toll on...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov troubles ‘do not mean the end for hybrid agents’

The high profile financial difficulties faced by Emoov and the recent fall in the share value of Purplebricks do not mean...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit impacting prime London as prices drop again - LonRes

The LonRes data consultancy that monitors transactions right across prime central London says Brexit is the single biggest factor impacting the...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks watch out - David Brent has become an estate agent!

He’s got a fax machine for PropTech, he’s got an answerphone so he’s open 24/7, and he’s got 2.5 per cent...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: It’s time for agents to adapt or die

This won’t be a long article. Just to the point and hopefully with a nice angle to it.  I get asked at...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov advert triggers another complaint to watchdog

The troubled Emoov hybrid estate agency, currently up for sale, has removed an advertisement after a complaint to a watchdog over...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions Trauma - Brits now move house every 19 years

New data from Barclays Mortgages suggests Britons are now likely to stay in their homes for almost 19 years between house...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks claims 20% revenue growth despite “online shake out”

Purplebricks says it has seen year-on-year revenue growth of about 20 per cent despite what its chairman calls “a challenging UK...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Reservation agreements back on the agenda thanks to former agent

A new company is claiming to reduce chain collapses during sales by creating a lockout agreement, also known as a reservation agreement. Property...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency recruiting new franchisees with no joining fee

An estate agency that’s been commended for its flexible working has launched a recruitment drive for franchisees who would keep 75...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

London agency with 17 branches signs up to OnTheMarket

London agency chain Portico has signed up to OnTheMarket.  The 17 branch firm, which handles both sales and lettings, has offices in...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit, negotiating and comedy set to dominate agents’ conference

A diverse cast-list has been announced for this year’s Relocation Agent Network national conference and exhibition to be staged in London...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov insider claims “insane” staff churn and “astounding” complaint levels

One of Emoov’s agents in the field has contacted Estate Agent Today to give an insight into how the agency has...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide staff given strategy document setting out three-year plan

Countrywide is to give each of its 10,000 staff a strategy document setting out where the company is planning to be...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Viewings slump 20% in three months in central London

Latest figures on the central London market from franchise giant Winkworth show that viewings dropped 20 per cent in the third...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry moves and appointments

The first signs of a seasonal slowdown are appearing according to some agents in touch with EAT, but there are still...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New 'Residential Agent Zone’ to feature at 2019 FUTURE PropTech

There’s to be the first-ever Residential Agent Zone at next year’s FUTURE PropTech event to be held on May 14. The zone will...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Portal claims it can help agents avoid some GDPR restrictions

The head of a controversial property portal says agents can by-pass some GDPR marketing restrictions by using his service’s social network. Ben Davis,...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-High Street pair launch hybrid agency to take on traditional rivals

Two former High Street agents say their new hybrid agency has enjoyed an impressive launch gathering 40 instructions in just four...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Raffles: just the ticket or a complete waste of time?

Raffles are in the news as a way of ‘selling’ homes, and not just because an Irish club has won a...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Market gloom from Savills: London, SE and Buy To Let downbeat for years

Savills has issued its forecast for the housing market for the next five years, and while it highlights some bright spots...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it's November already...

You don’t need EAT to remind you that Christmas is now just next month.  Many agents are gearing their fund-raising to that...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov sale price 'likely to be far below £100m merger cost'

Fresh details have emerged about the financial difficulties suffered by Emoov, its search for a buyer and its possible sale price. A...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov for sale, Purplebricks down, Hatched gone - what now for Online?

As scary Halloweens go, yesterday was quite a shocker for Britain’s online estate agency sector - and not in a good...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agencies combine marketing to ensure listings appear on 'big four' portals

Two local estate agencies are entering a strategic partnership to market properties together, allowing them to list the properties on the...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

We're off! First agency prediction for 2019 and it's (fairly) upbeat

It’s November so forecasts for next year are beginning to emerge from high-end agencies with research departments - and the first one...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Overseas buyers set to take advantage of stamp duty surcharge delay

Experts suggest that overseas buyers are likely to act quickly to take advantage of a delay in any stamp duty surcharge on...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

The ESTAS - no, not agents, this time it's the top conveyancers

Agents may sometimes have a tense relationship with conveyancers but admit it - when our legal colleagues are good, they are...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov goes up for sale - just months after merger

Sky News says Emoov is to be sold, just months after the controversial online agency merged with Sarah Beeny's Tepilo and the...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals progress on Back To Basics turnaround

Countrywide has given Estate Agent Today exclusive details of progress on its Back To Basics programme as it seeks to recover...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Online property auction firm hits back against “murky” accusation

A firm which links with agents to operate online auctions has hit back at a consumer group's allegations that this growing sector...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Is London's market recovery underway? Hometrack says yes - in parts

An early sign of a possible recovery in the London housing market may be appearing, according to data consultancy Hometrack.  It’s just...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

For today only - Rightmove ruined and it’s a nightmare selling Elm Street

You know the shiver you get when the portal reps call you out of the blue? That cold sweat in the...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents offer glasses not headsets for Virtual Reality viewing of properties

Estate agency and property consultancy JLL is offering a clip-on accessory which it claims can be put on to a mobile...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Transparency and control - two conflicting tech challenges

I am currently in the back of a taxi. The deadline for this piece is looming and I am desperate to...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents slammed for milking buyers for profits via online auctions

A consumer group says agents are securing increasing income from online auctions, but it warns that for buyers there are pitfalls...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Two hybrid agencies pledge to roll-out nationwide in next two years

A hybrid estate agency with ambitions to rival Purplebricks has revealed that it has significantly expanded its current footprint, with ambitions...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

32 years on, search underway for body of Suzy Lamplugh

Police have confirmed that a search is taking place at a property in the Midlands, in the hunt for the body...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Is that it? Industry downbeat after lacklustre Budget for housing

The agency industry has reacted in a broadly downbeat way at the relatively few housing-related proposals that were announced in yesterday’s...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: ages, incomes and purchase plans for buyers with mortgages

New figures from the Mortgage Advice Bureau give an insight into the changing demographics of home buyers and buy to let...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Priced Out: owning a home not a top priority for Millennials

Millennials aged 18 to 34 are putting plans for romance, children and even hobbies on ice as they make huge sacrifices...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty relief for first time buyers extended by Chancellor Hammond

Stamp duty relief for first time buyers of full-priced houses and apartments is to be extended to first time buyers of...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Havoc, Grim and Short Term - Property taxes under fire once again

It’s Budget day and the government is once again on the receiving end of a blast from one of the country’s...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

High-end agency opens new office with PropTech to the fore

Strutt & Parker is bucking the trend on High Street offices by opening a new one - and in this case,...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a bumper week for industry moves

Hello and welcome to a bumper edition of Property Jobs Today, your weekly insight into the key moves within our industry. Everyone...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents they have moral obligation to report suspicions

The government has told the estate agency industry that it has a “moral” obligation to report suspicions about potential money laundering. Figures...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fangs a lot! Sink your teeth into this batty agency Halloween video

It’s that time of year again, when a tall ominous figure scares us all with a slow deep voice threatening endless...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

'Significant financial distress' soars for agencies and property firms

An insolvency firm is warning that the real estate sector of the economy is showing a growing number of businesses defined...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Traditional agents’ commission just 1.1% and some charge even less

Traditional estate agent fees average just 1.1 per cent across the UK according to research from an agency comparison website -...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price slumps below 200p as slide continues

Purplebricks’ share price dipped below the psychologically-important 200p level yesterday as the hybrid agency’s longer-term slide continues. In the summer of 2017...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents 'missing out on thousands' by losing touch with past buyers

Fewer than 15 per cent of owners go on to sell their home with the same agency they bought it through,...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the-clocks-go-back-an-hour edition...

We all get an extra hour in bed this weekend, giving us more energy to fund-raise for good causes, right? That seems...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Down they go - nearly 40% of asking prices slashed by vendors

Zoopla says 38 per cent of properties on sale have had their asking prices slashed. That’s a five per cent rise since...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks boss scores with 'biggest football disruption for decades'

One of the founders of Purplebricks is on course to create what the BBC calls “one of the biggest game-changers in...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Simpler surveys - RICS wants to scrap three current survey options

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says it wants to simplify the system of surveys by scrapping the three current options...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents want Budget to help remedy slump in mortgage approvals

Mortgage approvals fell again in September - this means that every month of 2018 so far has seen a drop against...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage platform makes white label pitch for online agencies

A mortgage platform is making a pitch for online estate agencies to link with it and offer their customers “a customised...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge cash reward for estate agents who blow the whistle on price-fixing

The Competition and Markets Authority is stepping up its campaign to identify and prosecute companies behind cartels - and it’s offering...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are consumers abandoned by online and hybrid agents?

Not so long ago, the best estate agents were those who did the best work for their clients and therefore built...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Twitter Storm: complaints about house competition

A Twitter account dedicated to the private sale of a multi-million pound waterside home in Berkshire has prompted complaints to the...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Deal or No Deal? Housing market will improve post-Brexit says top agent

One of London’s most prominent buying agencies says post-Brexit the interest in buying in the capital will return - whether there...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

25 Not Out for top London agency that started with two branches

One of London’s best known estate agencies marks its 25th anniversary this month, having started with just two branches in one...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sales dip slightly says HMRC - but supply up according to NAEA

Data from HM Revenue & Customs shows some 98,400 homes were sold across the UK in September - that’s slightly lower...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sales plummet thanks to Brexit and taxes says investment guru

Transactions across England and Wales in September dropped 7.6 per cent year on year while Prime Central London now sees fewer than...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Coup for OnTheMarket as it signs Britain's biggest franchise agency

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that franchise giant Belvoir will list all of its 300-plus branches on the challenger portal.  This includes...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New online agency says it wants to expand across the UK

A new online agency says it is currently focussing on one large city but will expand to cover the whole of...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tragedy of estate agent’s death turns into the gift of life for others

An estate agent in London has received a posthumous honour as an organ donor. The Chiswick W4 Local news website says Jordan...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hired not fired! Apprentice estate agents come a step closer

A new junior estate agent apprenticeship standard has been launched with skills being offered for residential, commercial and auction sectors. Created by...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Action pledged on mobile homes - but government gives no timetable

The government says mobile home residents are to receive greater protection from dishonest site owners seeking to make a profit at...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Shock: Sole agency commission plunges 34% since 2011

New research by TheAdvisory consultancy, shared exclusively with Estate Agent Today, reveals exactly how fees have fallen for traditional agents in...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove: estate agents really p****d off says Emoov boss

Outspoken online estate agency chief Russell Quirk says the estate agency industry is “really p****d off” with Rightmove trying to ride...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hubs not branches the future, says agent who rejected easyProperty

An agent in the Guild is launching a ‘hub’ style operation from December 1 and says the concept of traditional estate...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Second EU Referendum would help housing market, claims agent

A London buying agent has called for a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership, suggesting that it would give more certainty...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Cash buyers plummet - they're now only 30% of the market

Cash used to be king in the housing market but new figures released today show that in the first half of...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - catch up with key moves within the industry

If it’s Monday it must be Property Jobs Today, your round up of the industry’s key moves. Are you changing jobs yourself?...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Bailiff’s notice in agency window signals another London branch closure

Another high profile estate agency office in London has closed - this time a branch of Winkworth.  The Richmond branch has been...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - is it as big a problem as we think?

Few things anger the industry more than the effect of stamp duty and other costs on property transactions (well, maybe Purplebricks...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Valuation tool earns £363m commission for agents in two years

Almost one in five online sales valuations generated by The ValPal Network over a two-year period resulted in a completion with...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

What's in a domain name? Your chance to own Property.co.uk

What may just be the UK’s ultimate property domain names have come up for sale - property.co.uk and realestate.co.uk. Both domains, which...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and there isn't a backstop in sight...

Bored with Brexit? Baffled by the backstop? Troubled by the transition period?  Well here’s a promise - there’s no mention of the...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ditching the High Street and launching 'The Hub' pays off for Humberts

The estate agency group Humberts, which narrowly avoided collapse early this year, now claims to have turned around its fortunes thanks...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Young online agency boss in the running for top entrepreneur award

Akshay Ruparelia, the young founder and head of the online agency Doorsteps, has been shortlisted for one of the most prestigious...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in overseas buyers ahead of latest stamp duty surcharge

A leading London estate agency is reporting a surge in overseas buyers sealing deals ahead of the government’s new stamp duty...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Taxi! New agency takes buyers for a ride (but in a good way)

A new estate agency has come up with a novel way of taking prospective purchasers around its patch - by using...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Market value of homes typically 59% higher than rebuild cost, claims insurer

An insurer claims there is a huge gulf between the cost of rebuilding a house and its market value because around...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

More market mayhem? Fall-Throughs rise as uncertainty grips buyers

The number of house sales falling through before completion is on the increase according to data collated by a home buying...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New portal claims to offer an alternative to part-exchange

A service which describes itself as an alternative to part exchange has been launched to facilitate sales to ‘corporate property buyers’. It’s...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Understand real estate robotics and we better understand tech

The last couple of weeks’ articles were penned very much for a specific agent readership, something I am trying to be...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news for first time buyers - terrible news for buy to let sector

Figures from the mortgage lenders’ umbrella group, UK Finance, suggest the government desire to see more first time buyers and fewer...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

'Slump City' house prices set to rebound, claims agency

A city’s housing market that suffered badly because of the collapse in North Sea oil prices is now likely to rebound...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Another estate agency snapped up by ex-Countrywide team

London agency Stirling Ackroyd has announced its third acquisition in the course of a year. It’s only 15 months ago that Stirling...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ridiculous moving day delays hit almost one-in-five buyers - claim

Just under one in five buyers in the past two years have suffered moving day delays, either because funds have been...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency drops traditional branch in favour of serviced office

An estate agency is moving from its traditional branch to new city centre serviced offices as it expands. East of Exe -...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyers 'taken for a ride' as new-build leasehold house prices soar

The cost of new-build leasehold properties has surged 16 times faster than freeholds according to research from property investment platform. The revelation...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy - will it continue? (and does it deserve to?)

Is Help To Buy going to remain in existence for much longer? Question marks over the scheme’s future are being raised through...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks has 70% of UK online market and confirms expansion

Purplebricks says its performance in the UK “is currently showing double-digit growth year-on-year in monthly instructions.” In a brief UK trading update...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency smashes crowdfund target - with two weeks to go

Doorsteps, the online agency founded by a teenager, has raised over £700,000 - that’s 175 per cent of its original £400,000 target,...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Whatever happened to the autumn price bounce? asks Rightmove

We’re sorry to be starting the week with more evidence of the housing market in the doldrums, but Rightmove’s latest index...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the industry's key moves in recent days

Hello and welcome to PJT, our weekly round up of key moves within the industry. Let us know what’s going on with...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Price cutting ‘the new norm’ as supply outstrips demand

Price cutting is becoming the new norm as the market adapts to reduced interest from buyers, according to property listings platform...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents want help for existing leaseholders as well as new ones

The National Association of Estate Agents has welcomed the government’s move to ensure most future new-build houses are sold as freehold...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to make new homes freehold with ground rents capped

The vast majority of new-build houses are to be sold as freehold with ground rents for new leases capped at £10...

14 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government unveils new body 'to raise agency standards'

The government has unveiled a new body which, it claims, will raise agency standards. There is a long-standing commitment from the government...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket 'not profitable until 2021, but share price could rise 35%'

One of the brokers working with OnTheMarket says the portal will not be profitable until 2021, but predicts that its target...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Queer kiss-in held outside agency branch by LGBT campaigners

Activists from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender movement are reported to have staged what they called a “queer kiss-in" outside...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit to blame for two-year pause on growth in prime markets - Savills

Savills is warning that heightened uncertainty around Brexit negotiations will delay recovery in the prime central London housing market for up...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Read all about it: Property supplement publisher up for sale

Johnston Press, the company which owns the i national newspaper and some 200 local titles - many with property supplements carrying...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and if it's Friday, it must be fund-raising...

Hello and welcome to another Agents Do Charity - your opportunity to salute those in our industry working hard for great...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov chief calls for radical 'blend' of online and traditional agency models

The chief executive of Emoov, Russell Quirk, has suggested that the unexpectedly low take up of online agents may mean that...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Carney are to blame for slowing house sales, claims RICS

The latest market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests the number of properties on estate agents’ books is now nearing...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket figures reveal staff growth and 'New & Exclusive' emphasis

OnTheMarket’s trading figures for the six months to the end of July show, as predicted, losses while the company is building...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - what buyers should have checked on a viewing but didn't

A new survey claims to have found the five issues that prospective buyers wish they had checked out ahead of purchase...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency sells home via first-ever Artificial Intelligence auctioneer

A platform which previously offered online private treaty exchanges says a sale of a home in the Republic of Ireland has...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Radio launches next month with Radio 2 presenter on team

A new internet and DAB radio station specialising on the subject of property will launch from purpose built studios next month. Property...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned advert highlights dangers of sales claims about rental yields

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement for a new development in London after complaints over claims about the yields...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price slumps to 18-month low - but why?

Purplebricks’ share price dropped yesterday to barely over 200p - its lowest level for some 18 months and reflecting a near...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says industry-leading technology allows it to close branches

Foxtons says its use of technology allows it to increase the reach of its branches - and claims this is behind...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: UK government backs blockchain - what next?

When Professor Andrew Baum’s PropTech 3.0 report was first published, a small event was held to celebrate the very first academic...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket to reveal first six months 'float' figures tomorrow

OnTheMarket plc, the company which operates the OTM portal, gives its first formal stock market figures tomorrow morning, for the six...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons shuts another office, relocating team to nearby branch

Estate Agent Today can reveal that Foxtons has closed another London agency office - this time at Barnes in the borough...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Referral fees: agents must be more transparent, government says

A government minister has told the estate agency industry that it must be more transparent over the issue of referral fees. In...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Virtual Viewings - Strutt & Parker is first national agency to provide them for buyers

Strutt & Parker is offering free Virtual Viewings to 1,000 new clients, and says it's the first national agency to offer such...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank hits out at foreign buyer tax after announcing profits boost

Knight Frank appears to have shrugged off the problems hitting the high end of the housing market, reporting a 14 per...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Young buyers face far more obstacles now than 20 years ago - report

Even the cheapest local homes are out of reach for at least 40 per cent of young adults according to a...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock as Foxtons announces closure of flagship Park Lane office

Foxtons is shutting its Park Lane office - the flagship of the agency in prime central London’s Mayfair. Estate Agent Today was...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

A new scandal? Investigation into estate agents likely to report in New Year

The Competitions and Markets Authority says the result of its latest probe into estate agencies’ possible infringement of the Competition Act...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Is it Brexit? Is it Corbyn? Agents ponder poor autumn market so far

One estate agent has described the latest price fall announced by the Halifax as “quite a retreat” for the housing market...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a new agency and plenty of other key moves...

Hello and welcome to a new working week, which means your chance to catch up on the key moves in our...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New agency's stamp duty question: Do we need another property tax

“Do we really need another tax?” - that’s the question from a new buying agency, querying why the government wants to...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Leasehold roadshow to throw spotlight on reforms

A series of leasehold roadshows beginning next month in Manchester aims to throw a spotlight on problems associated with the tenure,...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyer tax is just ‘bid to win over Brexiteers’ says property portal

The head of a leading Chinese property portal has taken the unusual step of commenting on a British tax policy -...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

House buying reform - should we all sell homes the Scottish way?

It seems a lifetime ago but in fact we’re approaching just the first anniversary since the government triggered its Call for...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency reports market-wide supply surge, led by London

The latest assessment of supply across the housing market undertaken by online agency HouseSimple claims that the number of new properties...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - independents and corporates, we salute you...

Hello and welcome to another weekly update on the industry’s good work - and a chance for us to show that...

05 October 2018

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Blame the accountants - they admit lobbying PM demanding foreign buyer tax

An accountancy trade body has revealed that last year it briefed MPs - including the Prime Minister and Housing Minister of...

04 October 2018

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Countrywide puts 'restructuring and turnaround' expert on the board

Countrywide has announced the appointment of a new board member with “substantial restructuring and turnaround expertise.” Mark Shuttleworth became a non-executive director...

04 October 2018

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50-branch Andrews chain is the latest signing for OnTheMarket

Andrews, which has over 50 branches across the south of England, is the latest major chain to sign up to OnTheMarket. In...

04 October 2018

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Brexit blamed for falls in transactions and prices in prime central London

Transactions in prime central London have dropped nine per cent in the year to the end of August according to Knight...

04 October 2018

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Property fraud: insurance firm offers cover, as police seek help on new case

An insurance company is launching a policy which it says will protect consumers with comprehensive cover in the event of a...

04 October 2018

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Large regional agency chain signs up to white-label online auction firm

Bradleys Estate Agents, the westcountry’s largest independent agency chain, is the latest agency to sign up with Bamboo, an online property...

04 October 2018

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New build house price rises massively outstrip mainstream market

New build house prices rose 5.1 per cent in the year to the end of August - substantially more than the...

04 October 2018

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Branches fight back: 'Six reasons why agents should stay on High Streets'

One of the industry’s best respected trainers and consultants has outlined six key reasons why agents should keep offices on the...

03 October 2018

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Purplebricks slapped on wrist (again) after complaint over radio ads

Purplebricks has been the subject of another complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority - and the issue has again been categorised...

03 October 2018

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PropTech Today: “You’re not listening,” agents tell suppliers

Last week, the first of a new kind of industry event took place; an open debate between agents and PropTech suppliers. Strong...

03 October 2018

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Brexiteer agent scolds 'Maybot' over stamp duty threat to foreign buyers

One of London’s highest profile and most outspoken estate agent chiefs has scolded ‘Maybot’ Theresa May on the day she is to...

03 October 2018

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Gentle house price rise welcomed as good news by leading agent

House prices grew two per cent year on year for September according to new figures - and a senior agency chief...

03 October 2018

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Ex-Savills man launches For Sale By Owner service cutting out agents

A website has officially launched this morning, aiming to push the concept of US-style For Sale By Owner online property marketing...

02 October 2018

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Former Countrywide pair claim to generate £140,000 a month at EweMove

A branch of EweMove - which operates from a traditional High Street office - claims to have generated £140,000 income in...

02 October 2018

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OTM branch total hits 11,000 - but founder pushes 'three portals' idea

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that it now has signed listing agreements with more than 11,000 estate agency offices - over...

02 October 2018

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Independent agency celebrates 50 years with new High Street offices

The independent Essex estate agency Beresfords is celebrating its 50th anniversary next week - and is doing so in style with...

02 October 2018

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Yet another Ombudsman - this time one covering only new homes

The government, which only recently said there would be one Ombudsman covering the entire housing sector, has announced that there is...

02 October 2018

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'Desperate' stamp duty surcharge will hurt London market - warning

Agents have continued to express their shock and opposition to the announcement by the government that it wants a stamp duty...

02 October 2018

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Emoov figures claim it sells homes for £6,000 more than rival agents

A competitive pricing analysis undertaken for hybrid estate agency Emoov claims that it sells for an average £6,000 more than rival...

01 October 2018

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Treasury takes billions in stamp duty - and that’s BEFORE new surcharge

Figures released by HMRC over the weekend show another huge rise in stamp duty going to the Treasury - and that’s...

01 October 2018

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More market woe as sales to first time buyers plummet to three-year low

Sales of properties to first time buyers have hit their lowest level for three years according to data from the National...

01 October 2018

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Overseas buyers to take advantage of stamp duty surcharge delay

Experts suggest that overseas buyers are likely to act quickly to take advantage of the delay in any stamp duty surcharge...

01 October 2018

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Property Jobs Today - the latest moves amongst agencies and suppliers

Hello and welcome to our weekly catch-up on the major moves within our industry. Remember, you can let the rest of the...

01 October 2018

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Conveyancers ‘should have mortgage funds the day before completion’

A call has gone out for conveyancers to have all monies - including mortgage funds - in place the day before...

01 October 2018

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New stamp duty surcharge to be imposed on foreign buyers

The government has used this week’s Conservative party conference to announce a new stamp duty tax of one per cent to three...

30 September 2018

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Ditch High Street branches and use serviced offices, urges agency chief

Increasingly cash-strapped traditional estate agencies should consider abandoning their High Street offices and work from serviced offices or similar lower-profile and...

28 September 2018

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eProp cements PropTech role as well as running Guild and Fine & Country

A statement to the London Stock Exchange by eProp Services has cemented its role primarily as a PropTech firm. This is in...

28 September 2018

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London house prices 'in the bubble risk zone' warns leading bank

London has been identified as one of a number of ‘bubble risk cities’ in a report by Swiss bank UBS. In a...

28 September 2018

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Some conveyancers to give upfront service and price information

Some conveyancers must publish some price and service information on their websites and in other media from December 6, according to...

28 September 2018

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Agents Do Charity - £1m to £1...it's all hugely appreciated

Hello and welcome to this week’s Agents Do Charity - another chance to hear about the remarkable fund-raising done by our...

28 September 2018

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Purplebricks claims 81% of listings sold within 12 months

The latest figures from Purplebricks, contained within the agency’s annual report released this week, claim that 81 per cent of its...

27 September 2018

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Coup for Yopa as ex-Knight Frank man joins to lead London agents

Yopa - the online agency with huge financial backing from Savills - has attracted a Knight Frank agent to become its...

27 September 2018

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Revealed - the housing minister known as 'the invisible minister'

A new book has revealed that one of the long line of recent housing ministers was known as “the invisible minister”...

27 September 2018

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Millions wiped off Britain's most expensive homes, says Zoopla

Zoopla has once again released its list of the costliest streets in the UK - but for the second year running...

27 September 2018

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Guess how much first timers need to earn to buy in a major city...

The income first-time buyers need to purchase a home in the UK’s largest cities has shot up by 18 per cent...

27 September 2018

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Franchise giant opens new office in the East Midlands

Winkworth has opened an office in Northampton.  The operation is owned and run by new franchisee Sunny Kooner, who is joined by...

27 September 2018

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Emoov changes ‘save thousands’ wording after watchdog steps in

Emoov has agreed to change the wording of a Google search advertisement after a complaint was made to the Advertising Standards...

26 September 2018

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How can PropTech be made easier for agents? Key debate today

Today’s long-awaited debate staged by fledgling PropTech platform Best Agent will address the issue of how the agency industry can most...

26 September 2018

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Competition offering house as a prize is blasted as 'misleading'

The perils of property competitions and raffles have once again been demonstrated, this time with the Advertising Standards Authority upholding three...

26 September 2018

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PropTech Today: Is it time we had digital connectivity ratings for the home?

I am a patient man; a pacifist. Yet there is little in life right now that would satisfy me more than...

26 September 2018

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Six-figure Park Lane refurb for The Guild and Fine & Country now open

The six-figure refurb of the office on London’s Park Lane occupied by The Guild and Fine & Country is officially launching...

26 September 2018

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Purplebricks to expand further overseas thanks to total cultural shift

Purplebricks has this morning announced that it’s to expand its US activities still further, breaking into Florida for the first time. It...

25 September 2018

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Transaction volumes plunge in London - prime central areas hit worst

There’s more bad news for the long-troubled Prime Central London market. A new analysis shows that transaction volumes have plunged 11.6 per cent...

25 September 2018

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Not fake news - the truth about Britain's new homes

We’ve all heard the comments - the countryside is being covered in concrete, new houses are springing up everywhere, our green...

25 September 2018

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Is the surge in Equity Release killing the downsizing market?

The rise and rise of Equity Release continues with a more-than-doubling of the number of product options on the market in...

25 September 2018

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Network passes 300-mark with office opening in north of England

Fine & Country has opened its latest office in the Lancashire town of Rossendale, specialising in high-end properties across the county. The...

25 September 2018

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High guide prices failing to capture buyers' imagination - auction boss

Auction House London raised more than £15m in its latest auction, where it saw the biggest catalogue in its history go...

25 September 2018

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Ex-Reapit sales chief launches as independent PropTech consultant

Reapit’s popular former sales manager Peter Fenwick is today formally launching as an independent PropTech consultant. Fenwick, whose departure from Reapit was...

24 September 2018

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Emoov boss tells Labour conference how to solve housing crisis

Emoov’s founder Russell Quirk has outlined how he would help Britain get out of its current housing crisis to a Labour...

24 September 2018

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Online firms ‘have forced other agents to be more competitive on fees’

An estate agency comparison website claims the rise of online and hybrid estate agencies has obliged traditional agents to be more...

24 September 2018

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Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, the latest weekly catch-up with moves within and across our industry. A quick...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Holiday home market could be hit by Labour's £560m tax plan

Sales of holiday homes could be hit as a result of a new £560m tax proposal put forward by Labour.  Under the...

24 September 2018

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What now for online agents after shock closure of Connell's Hatched?

The shock immediate closure of Hatched, the online agency heavily invested in by Connells, has raised question marks over the online...

21 September 2018

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Agency refuses to return pre-contract deposit - now expelled by TPO

An estate agency trading under two different names has been expelled by The Property Ombudsman after refusing to refund a £2,000...

21 September 2018

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Agents welcome consultation into new leasehold reform proposals

The National Association of Estate Agents has given broad support for radical proposals from the Law Commission to end leasehold abuse...

21 September 2018

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Estate agency branch layouts - students drafted in to design the future

Industry supplier Mid West Displays has drafted in students from the University of Wolverhampton to design future estate agency branches. The company...

21 September 2018

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Agents Do Charity - autumn fund-raising in full swing...

We’re well and truly back from summer with a flurry of fund-raising to report on this week: thanks to each and...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Connells-owned online agency Hatched to close immediately

The Connells-owned online agency Hatched is to close with immediate effect. A statement from the company says: “Online estate agency Hatched will...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Another OnTheMarket signing - now it's a regional agency and auction firm

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that it’s signed up the north east of England regional agency Pattinson, which has 27 branches...

20 September 2018

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Countrywide share price still in the doldrums despite Peter Long move

Shareholders in the ailing Countrywide agency group appeared to remain largely indifferent to the news that their executive chairman Peter Long...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property firm snaps up independent agency to hit £1m turnover mark

The independent Sutton-based property business Centro PLC has acquired Cheam and Mayfair based Christies Estate Agents Limited.   The new combined agency is...

20 September 2018

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Independent agents try to woo developers with PX collaboration

The Land & New Homes Network has announced a part exchange and assisted move collaboration with Relocation Agent Network in a...

20 September 2018

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Agents say current market slowdown to stay in place for rest of 2018

Estate agents say the continuing gentle slowdown reflected in the latest government house price figures will be the story of the...

20 September 2018

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Countrywide: Peter Long 'to focus full time on agency group recovery'

Peter Long, the chairman of the troubled Royal Mail organisation, has stepped down from that role to focus full time on...

19 September 2018

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What now for faster house sales as search roll out ‘could take seven years’?

HM Land Registry says the full roll-out of its Local Land Charges digital register could take up to seven years, with...

19 September 2018

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PropTech Today: will Unmortgage change our industry forever?

Those of you who receive (and read) my Sunday PropTech Review will know that, by far and away, the most shared...

19 September 2018

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Buying agency secures prime London home almost 40% below asking price

A buying agency says it has secured a prime London property for one of its clients at almost 40 per cent...

19 September 2018

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Lies, Damned Lies and the house price index that's 'a national statistic'

The old cliche about statistics may be cruel but the government has perhaps left itself open to its use after announcing...

19 September 2018

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Congratulations! London franchise offices celebrate landmark anniversaries

Winkworth is a giant national agency franchise but this autumn it is marking a series of anniversaries for several of its...

19 September 2018

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Purplebricks tries 'pay half upfront, half when home sells' model in Australia

Purplebricks has introduced its second price rise of the year so far in Australia, and is pioneering a model under which...

18 September 2018

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Stop the red tape! Agent warns on latest 'property transparency' idea

A London estate agent who works closely with High Net Worth overseas buyers has hit out a proposed law which he...

18 September 2018

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Two agencies owned by ex-Countrywide team now listing on OnTheMarket

Two agency brands operated by Nick Dunning Associates, a company led by former Countrywide employees, have started listing on OnTheMarket. Townends, covering...

18 September 2018

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Investor-to-investor agency claims strong quarter despite market woe

Yieldit, an online agency that specialises in selling investment houses and apartments with tenants in situ, is claiming a strong quarter...

18 September 2018

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'Robo-firm' backed by Your Move parent company wins new funding

A new ‘robo-adviser’ mortgage service which is backed by LSL Property Services has won another £3.8m in funding from investors.  Robo-advisers provide...

18 September 2018

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A surge in sellers pricing sensibly - Rightmove reports a mini-boom

Rightmove is reporting a mini-boom as the autumn market gets into gear, with a surge in buyers and a one-month rise...

17 September 2018

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Agent in court this week over HMRC issue as fate of firm still in balance

The estate agent behind the troubled high end Sanderson Young company is reported to be appearing in court this week as...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents transferred to rival as prominent firm quits resi property sector

The eight strong residential estate agency team of a prominent Scottish law firm is being off-loaded to a rival, according to...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your chance to catch up on the major moves in the agency industry over...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Not fit for purpose! Estate agency is UK's least active profession

This may not be a great way to start the week but a survey suggests that estate agents are Britain’s least...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov boss in Twitter outburst describing Mark Carney as dangerous

Bank of England governor Mark Carney says a no-deal Brexit exit could lead to a 35 per cent house price crash. The...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

No commission, no fees - meet the agency selling homes 'for free'

An estate agency is pioneering a new business model in which it charges no commission whatsoever to the vendor. Freeagent247, an online...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents mocked by minister over lax anti-money laundering approach

A government minister has made a pointed jibe at estate agents who appear not to regard cash purchases of high-value properties...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auctions - more agents offer white label options to vendors

Hunters and Fisher German are the latest agencies to offer online auctions to vendors. An announcement from PropTech property auction company Bamboo...

14 September 2018

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Agents Do Charity - and it's time to show off your talent...

Yes, there’s no getting away from it - although the autumn has only just begun, charity work is firmly aiming at...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional agency goes from start-up to local market leader in just a year

An estate agency claims that it’s gone from start-up to local market leader within 12 months - and now says it’s...

13 September 2018

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Market woe as prices dip further - but there is some good news too

House prices fell further this month as the slowdown tightened its grip according to he latest data from property platform Home. It...

13 September 2018

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Franchise applicants rush to Winkworth despite Brexit hitting market

The number of new franchise applicants reported by Winkworth in the first half of the year rocketed 135 per cent -...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Owning a home 'a pipe dream for public sector workers' claims union

Owning a home has become almost impossible for many public sector workers across Britain, according to research from the union UNISON. Getting...

13 September 2018

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New property listings plummet for third month claims online agency

New data reveals that new property listings have fallen for three successive months - and that includes a huge 17.1 per...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency banned from taking credit for historic testimonial

A website claim by the London estate agency Moveli has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority after a complaint from...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove claims it's UK's fifth largest online agency - and is in profit

EweMove is the country’s fifth largest online agency group based on transactions, and continues to make a profit according to its owner,...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Another national agency returns to Zoopla and Primelocation

Humberts - which when it was operating jointly with Chestertons was a prominent supporter of Agents’ Mutual and OnTheMarket - has...

12 September 2018

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PropTech Today: So why is PropTech just like teenage sex?

DISCLAIMER: The author of this article retains no responsibility for any reader discomfort experienced when recalling the seemingly endless horrors of...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Amazing but true - homes are larger (not smaller) than years ago...

A housing academic claims that while popular belief has it that homes are getting smaller, the typical living space in England...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Soap star scrubs up well - and becomes an estate agent...

A former star of Emmerdale and I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here has switched career for the (more glamorous?) world...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Can Ewe believe it? Some EweMove franchisees have no agency experience

Another eight EweMove franchisees have been appointed in just one month - but controversially, some of them have no estate agency...

11 September 2018

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Job-sharing agents? The idea could work says personnel guru

The Property Personnel recruitment consultancy says more job-sharing could be introduced in the industry, preventing talent going to waste.  Managing director Anthony...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Viewber completes 35,000th viewing after 460% growth in just a year

Viewber has announced that it’s just completed its 35,000th outsourced viewing, reflecting a jaw-dropping 460 per cent rise in just a...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Yopa's new marketing boss aims to challenge estate agency norms

Yopa - the online agency enjoying large-scale financial backing from Savills and LSL Property Services, the owner of Your Move -...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Online reviews: huge and growing distrust from the general public

There’s been a huge vote of no-confidence in online reviews, often used for marketing by many online agencies and some traditional...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

US franchise network owned by Warren Buffett enters London market

A well-known London estate agency says it signing up to a US-based real estate franchise network run by billionaire Warren Buffett. From...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket TV campaign promotes controversial 'New & Exclusive' feature

OnTheMarket today launches a new TV advertising campaign which aims to highlight its 'New & Exclusive' marketing feature. Agents listing with the...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman calls for new build homes to be included in consumer redress

The Property Ombudsman has urged the government to bring the new homes build sector under consumer redress. New builds are not currently...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Summer slowdown - new For Sale and Sold boards took big hit in August

The property market remained slow and stunted in August as the number of For Sale and Sold boards across the country...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Crossing borders - The Guild to launch in Northern Ireland

The Guild of Property Professionals is set to launch in Northern Ireland later this month. The 800-strong network of independent estate agents...

10 September 2018

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Property Jobs Today: what's the latest industry employment news?

As the property market gears up for a busy autumn period, agents and property firms have been equally busy bolstering their...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Leasehold scandal continues - almost all buyers regret their purchase

Almost all buyers of new build houses who purchased a leasehold regret doing so, and the vast majority say they definitely wouldn't...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG founder Alex Chesterman to step back from business

Zoopla Property Group's founder and chief executive, Alex Chesterman, is to step back from day to day operations at the end...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents warned not to underestimate anti-money laundering and GDPR

Estate agents have been warned that underestimating their legal obligations when it comes to anti-money laundering (AML) could see an increase...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters income and profits on the rise in spite of shaky market

Franchise giant Hunters has reported its latest results to the city, showing impressive growth despite a slow-moving property market. In the six...

07 September 2018

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Agents Do Charity: more heart-warming stories from our industry

This week may have marked the landmark moment of Facebook entering the UK property market but as the industry prepares for...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Out of office - absent conveyancers causing transaction delays

Fresh data from a PropTech firm suggests that 'conveyancer absenteeism' is causing severe delays to property transactions. When You Move reports that...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents and suppliers to appeal to CRMs for better PropTech collaboration

An upcoming event will see a panel of well-known agents and suppliers appeal for better collaboration between industry stakeholders, particularly CRM...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

TPO announces key changes as membership nears 20,000

The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO) has announced a series of changes to both its board and internal processes. The organisation has also...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Young adults make a splash in waterside living market

Young adults rather than the older generations are driving demand in the waterside living market, according to Strutt & Parker. The agent's...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Over 7,000 votes cast for second annual conveyancing ESTAS

Some 175,000 pieces of data relating to service in the conveyancing sector have been provided by 7,000 consumers for the second annual Conveyancer Awards...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket TV ad banned by watchdog over new and exclusive claims

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld one of two complaints made against OnTheMarket's TV and print advertising. The complaints refer to...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Agent commission fees are second biggest daylight robbery' - Emoov

Hybrid agency Emoov has released research in which it claims consumers rank high street estate agency commission fees as the second...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Stories from Australia - PropTech is like teenage sex

Last week, I wrote about the speed of innovation in the Far East. This week I’d like to do the same...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

National agency agrees to amend website after ASA complaint

An estate agency which operates nationally has agreed to amend its website following a complaint made to the Advertising Standards Authority...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Ideas, insights and inspiration' - complete rebrand for displays supplier

One of the industry's best-known suppliers for displays has undergone a complete rebrand, showcasing a new logo and website. Mid West Displays...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Second office for 'new breed' agency with no shop front

A 'new breed' estate agency with no shop front, which uses bloggers to market its properties, has announced the opening of...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: major investor reduces holding as share price sinks further

One of Countrywide's major investors has significantly reduced its holding in the troubled estate agency group. Oaktree Capital yesterday lowered its stake...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Former Foxtons agent launches business in challenging London market

A new estate agency has opened its doors in North London, despite operating in what it describes as a 'weak' London...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News