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Half of sales fall through in some areas claims 'chain-free' agency

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06 December 2019

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Going, Going, Gone!  More agents sign with online auction firm

[Estate Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise...

06 December 2019

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Brexit is biggest danger to housing market say building societies

[Estate Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise...

06 December 2019

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Outsourced viewing service hits 90,000 and reveals new partnership

[Estate Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise...

06 December 2019

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Revealed: where Help To Buy made the biggest impact on the market

[Estate Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise...

06 December 2019

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Agents Do Charity: never mind the ballots, here’s the fund-raising

[Estate Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise...

06 December 2019

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New portal led by agents will do what OnTheMarket failed to do

A new portal claims it will do what OnTheMarket failed to do, and offer an agent-led operation charging every agency branch...

04 December 2019

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Local agents not always best, says high-end London firm

Sotheby’s International Realty says two recent sales it achieved 115 miles away from its closest office prove that local agents are...

04 December 2019

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PropTech Today: A lesson about agents, technology and human contact

Everyone thought John Bercow was short. It probably didn’t help that I was on stage just before him. 5ft 6 versus...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Christmas fun galore in today's videos from festive agents

You are an enterprising lot! Today we’ve got two fantastic Christmas videos from agents who’ve kindly responded to our call for...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

GDPR compliance - three key questions every agency must answer

There’s been a new warning to estate agents to check they are fully compliant with GDPR regulations following a European case...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

White label online agency platform links with marketing service

love2move, which offers High Street agents a white-labelled digital platform that allows them to offer online services to vendors, has revealed...

04 December 2019

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Legendary London agency links with Dexters in new partnership

The legendary Mayfair estate agency Wetherell is linking with London’s Dexters chain in a new partnership. Wetherell, run by high profile chief...

03 December 2019

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Try Before You Buy! Online agency wants purchasers to live at properties

An online agency which is free to list for vendors says it wants prospective buyers to stay in the property they...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide delays meeting to confirm sale of Lambert Smith Hampton

Countrywide has this morning revealed that its special general meeting of shareholders to agree the sale of its commercial arm will...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov unmoved: row with Advertising Standards Authority rumbles on

The dispute between controversial online estate agency Emoov and the Advertising Standards Authority is rumbling on.  In the first half of November...

03 December 2019

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Elves and Elections - more agency Christmas fun caught on camera

We’ve really hit the ground running with our appeal for Christmas pictures and videos from your offices this year - thanks...

03 December 2019

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More London woe - prime prices tumble 20% in just five years

Another estate agency has provided evidence of the problems that continue to hurt the prime central London housing market. Strutt & Parker,...

03 December 2019

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Zoopla founder pledges digital disruption of used car industry

The man who founded Zoopla is now a second hand car salesman - but with a digital difference. Alex Chesterman, who founded...

03 December 2019

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Countrywide ‘keeping branch structure under constant review’

Countrywide says it is constantly keeping its current branch structure under review, saying any responsible agency would have to consider the...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency revenue falls for Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons

A trading statement this morning by LSL Property Services - owners of Reeds Rains, Your Move and Marsh & Parsons -...

02 December 2019

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US agency Keller Williams takes off with new centre at Gatwick

US-based Keller Williams is going to open its next market centre in West Sussex - the latest example of what it...

02 December 2019

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Portal advises agents to prepare for festive rush of leads

Zoopla is advising agents to prepare for a festive rush of leads. The portal says it expects a 60  per cent month-on-month increase...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - early December movers and shakers…

Hello and welcome to the latest PJT, your weekly opportunity to catch up on who’s moving where and why across our...

02 December 2019

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We’re Off! Your Christmas pictures are here as agents go festive

We’re now into December and many offices are already decorated for the festive season - and we have our first pictures...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned on GDPR compliance after huge £12.4m fine

The National Association of Estate Agents is warning UK agents to take stock of their data collection and retention procedures following...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Cash-strapped Countrywide sells commercial arm, extends credit facility

Cash-strapped Countrywide has this morning announced that it is selling its commercial business, Lambert Smith Hampton, for £38m. In a surprise statement...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

New specialist portal recruits agents to take on Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM

A new portal has been launched aiming to take on Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket in the retirement property sector - and...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents stay positive as house prices continue to creep up

House prices increased 0.5 per cent in November, which was the strongest monthly rise since April according to the Nationwide.  However, annual...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s time again: we want your office Christmas photos and videos!

Don’t even think how quickly Christmas has come around again: it’s December 1 on Sunday, so we imagine many offices will...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Members-only online club being launched for property professionals

A new digital ‘members-only club’ is being launched for property professionals around the world.  The Eighth Door is a web and app-based...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Scourge of the elite Boris sells his £3.75m Georgian family home

He portrays himself as a scourge of the Remoaner elite and a champion of the people, but when it comes to...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as December arrives and temperatures fall…

It’s beginning to look a lot like…we’re running a very popular service for agents, as we’ve been inundated with more fund-raising...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: new app allows agents to test interest in properties pre-sale

A new app is being launched which allows agents to gauge possible interest in a property before it is formally put...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax Probe: family returns homes worth £8m and repays £368,000 rent

Properties worth a combined £8.1m have been surrendered to the National Crime Agency following a tax probe. The properties included 16 homes...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Live market’ info to be available on paid-for Homesearch service

Homesearch, the data service which launched this year as free-to-use with a subscription model launching in 2020, has announced it’s introducing...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Georgian pile raffled because Brexit and stamp duty deter buyers

A Georgian mansion described as an oasis of seclusion and including a lake with 2,000 fish is being raffled by its...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime London new build sales plummet even before SDLT surcharge

The latest figures from investment consultancy London Central Portfolio suggests new build sales have plummeted in prime areas of the capital...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Chains are worsening for agents and vendors - claim

A PropTech company says the majority of transactions now involve chains and that the issue is becoming more problematic for agents...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Charge! Low emissions and low costs for agency’s electric cars

A sales and lettings agency in the Cotswolds has taken on a fleet of fully electric company cars. The Volkswagen eGolfs selected...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Smart contracts and their impact on trust

I got an overnight flight to Nigeria yesterday. I landed at 5am local time and am only just now getting sensation...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

We know what you do at 8.48pm - it’s not watching DIY SOS

There’s bad news peak-time TV shows this evening like DIY SOS and Coronation Street - it looks likely that viewers will...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Election uncertainty continue to dampen market

The latest market snapshot from the National Association of Estate Agents continues to show how political uncertainty is dampening sentiment and...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agent slashes franchise fee and says: ‘Make me an offer’

It normally costs estate or lettings agents £10,000 to buy a franchise for the online company called The Good Estate Agent...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge could have benefits for UK buyers - claim

The chief of an online auction service says the Conservatives’ controversial proposal for a three per cent stamp duty surcharge on...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Good mews as prime agency bucks trend and opens new office

London’s specialist mews estate agency, Lurot Brand, is opening a new office in the capital.  Established in 1971 and widely regarded as...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - agents who won some of the year’s most coveted awards

Congratulations from everyone at Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today to all those who triumphed at the Relocation Agent Network...

26 November 2019

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2020 around the corner: the first agents make their predictions

It’s only five weeks to the New Year and new decade and the first agents have started making predictions for the...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Facebook Marketplace the new Rightmove? asks top agent

A prominent regional agent says the industry owes it to vendors to try competing marketing outlets for property, and not to...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty hike for foreign buyers ‘contradicts Brexit claim’

Agents have reacted angrily to General Election proposals by all three main political parties to hike stamp duty for foreign buyers. The...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Cash no longer King? Proportion of cash buyers hits all-time low

A report from Countrywide says the proportion of homes in Great Britain bought with cash fell to a mere 28 per...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest movers and shakers…

Hello and welcome to the final Property Jobs Today for November - the festive month of December is just around the...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

London agency welcomes market pick-up but says uncertainty rules

Winkworth says the central London market has picked up from its lows of a year or more ago, but warns that...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Reform: have the Conservatives got cold feet?

Pressure is building on the Conservative party to honour its previous commitment to reform stamp duty for British buyers and sellers...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove names digital consumer entrepreneur as new chairman

Rightmove has this morning named Andrew Fisher as its non-executive chairman, stepping into the role on January 1.  He succeed Scott Forbes,...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Early Christmas gift for agents as transactions show surprise rise

Data from HM Revenue & Customs has revealed that residential property transactions have increased by 4.3 per cent year-on-year. In October 2019...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer wants end of “dense, unreadable, poor value” surveys

A conveyancing company has thrown its weight behind reforms to surveys outlined by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. As Estate Agent Today...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Humberts offers controversial Modern Method of Auction to vendors

Humberts is the latest estate agency to announce that it’s going to offer customers the controversial Modern Method of Auction option. The...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a great manifesto for good causes…

Election time means setting out your stall and getting support - so how about a vote of confidence for those agents,...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Forget For Sale boards - spend the money on digital marketing instead

The head of a new property portal is urging agents to forget about spending money on For Sale and To Let...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

In praise of Purplebricks: old-school agent insists it's the way forward

A traditional property agent says critics of Purplebricks underestimate the beneficial impact the firm has had on the UK agency industry. And...

21 November 2019

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Tragedy as young agent takes his own life after ‘bad day at office’

Local media in the south west are reporting that a Torquay estate agent took his own life after telling his partner...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges ‘revolution’ based on revamped council housing

Labour is pledging a “housing revolution” with the biggest council house building programme for decades Its manifesto being launched today will include new...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Make gazumping illegal! Overwhelming majority favour complete ban

A new survey suggests that an overwhelming majority of householders want a legal ban on gazumping. The result is likely to be...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Garage, Parking, Garden - the most searched terms by portal users

Zoopla has revealed the most searched-for property terms on its portal in the past 12 months with ‘garage’, ‘parking’ and ‘garden’...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

No mention of EweMove performance in latest TPFG trading statement

The Property Franchise Group has issued a trading statement that is upbeat on lettings but warns that the sales market has...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: online agency at centre of new complaints over reviews

An online estate agency which last week claimed it had resolved a dispute over reviews it showed on its website is...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Portals: Agents slammed for losing out via stock market floats

The Great Debate over the charges levied on agents by portals and the huge profits that Rightmove and Zoopla make has...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is property management real estate's most undervalued area?

Last week, it was announced that Plentific, the London-based tenant experience, has raised $32 million in Series B funding. Plentific’s model sees...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells brand at centre of OnTheMarket dispute opens new office

A Connells’ agency brand arguably best known because of legal action by OnTheMarket is to open its 21st office. Cheshire property consultancy...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

More first time buyers but fewer landlords, according to mortgage data

There was an increase in the number of first time buyers getting on the property ladder in September compared to the...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove fee rises and attitude provoke huge anger from agents

A survey conducted by Estate Agent Today suggests there is huge anger from agencies against Rightmove in particular for its fees. On...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the delays that make house-buying painfully slow

A PropTech firm has calculated the different delays that lead to transactions taking an average 120 days (and often much longer)...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove has “failed miserably” to support estate agents - claim

A prominent agency owner and industry figure has attacked Rightmove for failing to support estate agents and has accused it of...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to reveal trading details on General Election day

Purplebricks is to give its next trading update on General Election day, December 12, when it will tell shareholders the details...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Help catch heartless thieves who stole agent's two charity boxes

The police in Crewe are appealing for information after two charity boxes were stolen from an estate agent in the town.  The...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers report big drop in transactions as Brexit hits home

There’s been a significant drop in the number of housing transactions dealt with by conveyancers in the first nine months of...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock estimate that 10 agencies a week have gone bust in 2019

A shock prediction from a property management firm suggests that around 10 estate agencies have gone bust every week in Britain...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buyers who paid £100k deposit sue vendors after withdrawing offer

The prospective buyers of a home in Oxfordshire who paid a deposit of £108,000 before withdrawing are suing the sellers in...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge slump in new sellers as Brexit and Election kill off the market

Rightmove is this morning reporting a huge fall in the number of new sellers coming to the market - a drop...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - if it’s Monday, it’s who-moves-where time...

Hello and welcome to the regular Monday Property Jobs Today feature, your chance to catch up with who’s moving where in...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

New surveys from 2020 in bid to speed house moving process

A new Home Survey Standard is being launched today in a bid to improve and speed up the house moving process. The...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Seb Coe is keynote speaker at Fine & Country conference in New Year

Lord Sebastian Coe is to be the keynote speaker at the Fine & Country annual conference in February. Known most recently for...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Portals: How much does YOUR branch pay?

The big question for the industry at the moment is the cost and future of portals.  This is especially key for agents...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons bonus row: pay chief steps down with immediate effect

Foxtons has revealed that the chair of the troubled agency’s remuneration committee has stood down with immediate effect. This are also unconfirmed...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Supply plummets 10% across the UK - and crashes 30% in London

The listings website Home, which conducts a monthly survey of asking prices and wider market monitors, is reporting a show 10...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla and OnTheMarket slog it out for new homes success

The competition is hotting up between Zoopla and OnTheMarket for new homes listings. Today Zoopla has revealed that it has seen a...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency sells new homes overseas and charges ‘no marketing fees’

A sales agency based in Warrington and set up originally to market new homes in Manchester is now expanding into Shanghai...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the wet-and-cold start-of-winter edition...

Well there’s little doubt that after this week’s weather winter is well on the way - the perfect time for fund-raising...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks claims it sells three times more than next biggest agent

Purplebricks claims it actually sells - not just lists - three times more than the UK’s next largest estate agency.  The claim...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons Fat Cats: new bonus policy created after shareholders’ revolt

Troubled London estate agency Foxtons says it has rewritten its remuneration policy for its senior management following a shareholder revolt at...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Sales held up as more searches miss 10 day deadline

A PropTech company that monitors search times for transactions says only just over two thirds of them are now completed in...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

White-label online agency platform now offers mortgage service too

love2move, an online network which allows high street agents to offer a white-labelled hybrid service, has teamed up with the Mortgage...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Election mean no market improvement until next year

This morning’s new market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors confirms the worst - that the market is in...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech takes centre stage at industry conference next week

Technology forms the backbone of the Relocation Agent Network National Conference and Exhibition in London on November 22.  The event will include...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency removes Trustpilot and Google reviews after complaint

Fledgling online estate agency Emoov - now owned by PropTech firm Mashroom - has removed reviews and endorsements from its website...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove in the clear over amazing claim made in advertisement

Rightmove has been given the green light to continue using the claim that “every second someone contacts an estate agent about a...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: increased tech awareness - data remains a weak link

KPMG published its Global PropTech Survey 2019 last week with the title: Is your digital future in the right hands? Interesting question:...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent recruitment: experience isn’t key, says personnel guru

The head of the UK’s longest-established agency recruitment consultancy says experience and qualifications are not key when looking for new staff. Property...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buckle-up: Bumpy few months ahead for housing market

House prices are forecast to dip as the year ends and stagnate at the start of 2020 according to the latest...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: “multiple agents may quit Rightmove” says new group

“Multiple”members of the new trade body, the Federation of Independent Agents, are considering cancelling their subscriptions to Rightmove. FIA founder Graham Lock...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-High Street agents swing over to Hybrid model - and claim it works

Two separate former High Street estate agents have sung the praise of switching to the hybrid business model. Appleby’s in Gloucestershire is...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Exec behind Rightmove’s massive profitability will quit next year

Rightmove has announced that Robyn Perris is to step down as finance director next year after 12 years at the company. During...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

ESTAS launches its own fully-fledged review platform

ESTAS, the national customer service award scheme which recognises estate and letting agents,  conveyancers and mortgage advisors, has now fully launched...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency starts weekly online auctions as public demand steps up

An estate agency says it is now holding weekly online auctions in addition to its bi-monthly traditional ‘showroom’ auctions. Loveitts, which operates...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

One of UK’s top agents joins ‘self employed’ hybrid agency

Mark Bentley, the immediate past president of the National Association of Estate Agents, has become the highest profile agent yet to...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

TPO increases fees - and agents who generate most complaints pay more

The Property Ombudsman scheme is increasing its fees in January for the first time in six years - and it’s implementing...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket share price flops as Rightmove complaints rise

OnTheMarket’s share price slumped to an all-time low just before the end of trading last week. The price fell to 69.0p during trading on...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Order! Order! Bercow to be key speaker at property conference

The controversial former Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, is to be the keynote speaker at a property industry...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s moving where, when and why…

Hello, we hope you had a good weekend, and welcome to Monday - as ever, Property Jobs Today time, bringing you...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Five years in Prime London: prices down 15% and supply 45% down

The latest market snapshot of prime central London suggests that homes there are now 15.2 per cent cheaper than five years...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla produces more leads for agents and faster mobile searches - claim

Zoopla says it now offers the fastest listings search of all three leading UK property portals on mobile devices. In turn, it...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency in long-term deal to provide financial services to regional chain

Belvoir has struck an innovative eight-year exclusivity agreement with Dacres, the 20 office estate agency network based in Yorkshire, to deliver...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Market latest: Agents hope for New Year boost as prices stagnate

House prices dipped a tiny 0.1 per cent in October - but this led to the annual rate coming in at...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

 Bucking the trend: new and larger offices revealed for two agencies

It’s not-so-unlucky 13 for national property consultancy Bruton Knowles which has opened its 13th office in the country. The new office is...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity: the close shave for the hairy upper lip edition…

If you haven’t noticed, it’s November already - a month where it’s increasingly popular for men to grow moustaches for charity....

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks claims 4% market share but admits revenue stays flat

Purplebricks has this morning released a brief and relatively downbeat trading statement to the City and its shareholders. The statement applies to the...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent fined £30,000 for failing to tell buyer of Grenfell-style cladding

An estate agency has been fined £30,000 for waiting until minutes after the sale of a flat was completed to tell...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Breakthrough as agent sells apartments without ground rents

A London estate agency says a new scheme of apartments being launched for sale this weekend will be the first ever...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

30 sellers to each buyer if Corbyn wins, predicts anti-Labour agent

A stridently anti-Labour estate agent has launched a stinging attack on the Opposition’s policies and has issued a stark warning of...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Reapit’s new platform “to take away manual grunt work” from agents

Reapit has launched a platform, cloud infrastructure and marketplace called Foundations which aims to provide “all the PropTech solutions” for agencies’...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency’s reason for low volumes (it’s not Brexit or stamp duty)

An online agent claims to have the answer to why fewer people are buying and selling these days. It’s not Brexit, stamp...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Leading agent slams “pitiful” government record on affordable housing

One of London’s leading estate and lettings agents has criticised the government over what he calls its “pitiful” record on affordable...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Ban all boards! Council wants government backing for blanket ban

A London council wants government backing for a borough-wide Section 7 direction - effectively banning all agents’ boards being erected without...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech to digitally transform house-buying pledges housing minister

Housing Minister Esther McVey has launched an expert advisory council that the government says is “dedicated to the digital transformation of...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock advice to buyers: Consider waiting in case Labour scraps SDLT

Until now General Election pledges of stamp duty reforms were restricted to the Conservatives - but now a tax consultancy says...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The biggest mistake you can make is to do nothing

This line is one that I use a lot in my speeches and presentations, often as part of the final slide. I...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Regulating agents is key demand from leasehold campaigner

A 10 point manifesto to drive forward leasehold reform has been published by prominent campaigner Louie Burns, of The Leasehold Solutions Group. The 10...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Logbooks, Property MOTs and agent regulation demanded by NAEA

The National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents have issued their manifesto for next month’s General...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Fall Throughs: more support revealed for Reservation Agreements

Buyers and sellers changing their minds lie behind almost a third of fall-throughs - the single biggest reason why transactions collapse,...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Backfired! Ban on second homes makes it harder for locals to buy

A new study by the London School of Economics suggests that a high profile ban on the sale of new homes...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Cash incentives for network’s lead generation and training

Relocation Agent Network has revealed a new competition in which member agents can win tip to £5,000. RAN currently offers four customer...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Government blasted  over Starter Homes failure

The National Audit Office, a spending watchdog, has exposed the government’s Starter Homes policy with a damning critique of its failure The...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: the facts behind the accounting controversy

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has today published the paperwork behind the recent Countrywide £10m accounting controversy. Published on the RICS...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents to receive one million shares from OnTheMarket this week

OnTheMarket will on Wednesday of this week issue over a million shares to agents who have signed new long-term listing agreements...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: agency poll shows doubt over Johnson honouring pledge

A survey undertaken for estate agency Jackson-Stops reveals that 55 per cent of people do not believe housing is a priority...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla is “UK’s most comprehensive property site” with new listings

Zoopla is continuing its aggressive expansion of listings and services to agents with news this morning that it has added a...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today: what’s happening where in our industry

Hello there and welcome along to the latest PJT, your weekly catch-up on who’s moving where in agency, amongst suppliers and...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s housing energy efficiency plan to cost £60 billion

A Labour proposal to dramatically improve energy efficiency in almost every British home would cost an estimated £60 billion. The upgrades would...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements may need bigger penalties says Reapit chief

Reservation Agreements may require bigger financial penalties than the £500 to £1,000 currently envisaged if they are to work. That’s the view...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Election 2019: what agents should expect from the main parties

It’s on - although judging by the early lack of enthusiasm amongst the British public, you might be forgiven for thinking...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit: industry at loggerheads over its impact on the market

Two very different views on Brexit have come forward in the past 24 hours from different players in the industry. First off,...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency bids to help leaseholders faced with short leases

A London estate agency is attempting to help leaseholders with short leases who may be finding it hard to raise funds...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - on a big title-deciding weekend…

There may be lots of agents giving time this weekend to see England at the Rugby World Cup final and Lewis...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

They've come back to haunt us - two final agents’ Halloween tricks…

Just because Halloween has officially been and gone for another year, doesn’t mean we would give up a chance to celebrate...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons income drops again thanks to Brexit and fees ban

Foxtons' latest trading statement shows another fall in sales revenue - but this time lettings income is down too. In an announcement...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide investors calm after second compliance crisis in a year

Countrywide’s ever-patient investors appear to have been unfazed by the company’s latest compliance issue, which has led to a £100,000 fine...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Message to new government: Sort Brexit one way or another

Agents and property industry figures have given a clear message to the government six weeks ahead of the General Election -...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Deaths, break-ups, dodgy neighbours - why buyers pull out of deals

Almost inevitably on Halloween, there’s a report today on the horror stories that deter buyers - but it may well be...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax changes: owners advised to seek financial advice

A tax expert is urging owners of second homes, as well as property investors and existing landlords, to seek independent financial...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s Halloween and more spooktacular agents are creeping it real

The big day is here and thanks so much to all the agents who have this year sent in their Halloween...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

False dawn for prime London market as Brexit chaos strikes again

London Central Portfolio, the investment consultancy which  saw signs of an upturn in the prime market in the capital this autumn,...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

£100,000 fine for Countrywide over funds controversy

It’s now emerged that Countrywide has to pay a £100,000 fine to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors after breaching guidelines...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide settles funds controversy by repaying client accounts

Countrywide has this afternoon released a statement suggesting it has, in its eyes, settled the controversy over unclaimed lettings funds being...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks, Housesimple and Yopa must merge to survive - claim

The former chief of an online estate agency says the top three surviving firms in the sector must merge if they...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide quiet on claim diverted money ‘propped up company’

Countrywide has declined to comment on circumstances surrounding today’s Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors disciplinary meeting about diverted funds. One of RICS’...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Out of hours leads - is quantity better than quality?

I was shocked, not so long ago, by an out of office reply I received upon sending an email to a...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warn of market stagnation until Election and Brexit fog clears

Agents have interpreted the latest house price figures as evidence that the market is in limbo waiting for the Brexit -...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Fangs for all your Halloween pictures…a bumper bundle today…

Thanks a lot - or should that be fangs so much? - for sending in photographs of your brilliantly decorated offices...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

House Raffle Snaffled: advertising was misleading, says watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has clamped down on misleading claims made by the organisers of a property raffle. The controversy surrounds an...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New online agency says it will be the first to make a profit

A small online agency which in six months of trading has secured around 140 sales says it’s on course to be...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency’s £40k bill after allowing staff to value home they wished to buy

An estate agency will pay out over £40,000 after being found to have misled customers and allowing one of its own...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Another agency backs Reservation Agreements to cut fall-throughs

Another estate agency has come out in favour of reservation agreements. High-end agency Chestertons says transactions currently fall through too frequently and the...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Frightful! Hooded agent gives passers-by the shock of their lives…

We’ve had a particularly scary entry for our Halloween videos and photographs - and our sympathy goes out to the innocent...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Top Tory says scrap stamp duty on most homes, slash it on others

A former 10 Downing Street adviser says stamp duty on house sales should be scrapped or at least slashed in order...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide warns sellers: septic tanks are a ticking timebomb

Countrywide’s upmarket brand Hamptons International is urging all owners of homes with septic tanks to prepare for new regulations that kick...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency to sell mortgages, insurance and illness cover

Troubled online agency Yopa has launched an in-house subsidiary to sell mortgages and other financial services - and not just to Yopa...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

3% commission charged by some High Street agents - claim

A new league table of High Street agents’ charges published over the weekend reveals the locations where agents charge an average...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide and Rightmove chief invests in PropTech

The founder of Rightmove and former Countrywide chief executive Harry Hill is one of a number of investors behind a new...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in high-end deals in recent years, despite wider market woe

The number of prime residential housing transactions has increased rapidly in the past two decades and even in the past five...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your Monday fix of who’s moving where

Hello and welcome to a new week - one with darker evenings and colder days. But there is still plenty of activity...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Halloween - and look what this agent has done with her pumpkins...

A few days to go before Halloween and it’s great to see agents getting into the swing of the event. Today’s shout...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent accuses “unjust” OnTheMarket of charging for branch that shut

OnTheMarket is being accused by an agent of charging a monthly fee for a branch it knows to be shut. Ian King...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Major foreign estate agency poised to re-enter UK market

One of the most high profile estate agencies in the Republic of Ireland says it may re-enter the UK market after...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Fangtastic pictures of Halloween agents' offices

Thanks so much for the first pictures that you have sent of your fiendishly decorated offices for Halloween. It’s less than a...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Market worries: mortgage lending falls to six-month low

The number of new mortgages approved by banks fell to a six-month low in September - but the annual figure shows...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - especially with an hour’s extra sleep…

It’s that time again, with the clocks going back an hour to mark the start of slightly brighter mornings and significantly...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Start touting! Agents told to knock on doors and steal their rivals' vendors

A controversial estate agent and former head of an online agency is urging agents to knock on the doors of vendors...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Pioneer firm for self employed agents on the prowl for new recruits

One of the earliest British estate agencies to adopt the model of using self-employed or freelance agents operating under the same...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Bad news for Boris: a 9% slump in new homes registered

New figures released this morning by the National House Building Council show the number of new homes registered to be built...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

15% of estate agency sector workers feel unsafe at work - apparently

A survey suggests that 15 per cent of people who work in the real estate sector feel unsafe at work. This figure...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Mwahahahahaha .... Let’s see your Halloween offices!

It’s only a week to the Big Day when gore-splattered figures wreak havoc on an unsuspecting industry and nation. But enough about...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements: Agency asks buyers for £5,000 - and it works

A London agency has told Estate Agent Today that it makes some of its buyers pay upwards of £5,000 in Reservation...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Social media coup as agency launches its own YouTube TV show

London agency Benjamin Stevens has made a lifestyle-focused viral ‘TV show’ for YouTube viewers. The agency has called it North London TV...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The government and its attitude towards PropTech

It was in this very column, back in July, when I wrote about how the British government was starting to take...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Be tech-savvy and attentive to woo young buyers, agents advised

Young homebuyers want tech-savvy, astute and attentive estate agents who are able to handle their complex requirements via a range of...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New London branch for growing agency franchise group

Hunters has announced a new branch being opened in Ickenham, part of Hillingdon in north London.  It’s to be the third branch...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Autumn bounce for property transactions according to new figures

There’s been an encouraging increase in property transaction volumes according to new figures from HM Revenue & Customs. The total number of...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove ‘abusing’ agents and should be legally challenged - top consultant

One of the industry’s leading consultants says Rightmove is in a form of abusive relationship with agents, who should consider legal...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency allows clients to track precise whereabouts of agents

An estate agency says it has produced technology allowing clients to track the precise whereabouts of their estate agent when he...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit turmoil hits Knight Frank’s profits and turnover

Knight Frank - which a year ago loudly announced a 14 per cent profits leap - has now reported an 11...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leading agent backs reservation agreements ahead of pilot project

One of the country’s most prominent estate agents has given renewed backing to a pilot project on reservation agreements, being tested...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Family-run agency announces first of four new London branches

Independent family-run agency Kalmars, which currently has just one office in the capital, has revealed the first of four new branches...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing minister declares “digital revolution” for land and CPOs

Housing minister Esther McVey says Compulsory Purchase Orders and brownfield land registers are to be made digitally transparent.  This will allow CPO...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge shake-up of sellers’ information being considered

First details have emerged of the information vendors may have to provide up-front In future transactions if government house buying reforms...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements: more details emerge of New Year trial

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has given more details of the trial of reservation agreements likely to take...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Thousands of potential sellers are holding back, claims Rightmove

The latest Rightmove asking price index indicates a smaller than usual autumn bounce - that’s a sign, the portal says, of...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest jobs move across the industry

Hello, welcome to another Monday and the latest PJT. As ever, a brief reminder to please let us know your appointments new...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks predicts hybrid agencies to take 30% market share

The chief executive of Purplebricks UK says the struggling hybrid agency is definitely not for sale, despite recent sales of stakes...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla locks horns with OnTheMarket for new homes listings

Zoopla has unveiled new functionality that it claims will make searching for new homes easier for consumers - and resumes the...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Big rise in London sellers slashing asking prices, admits agency

A London estate agency chain says It’s seen a 59 per cent surge in the number of its clients who have...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

EXCLUSIVE: New national agency recruitment ‘ahead of expectations’

A new national agency concept - eXp UK - has told Estate Agent Today that its recruitment schedule is running “well...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks in Canada - is it the agency’s secret success story?

Controversy and Purplebricks have gone hand in hand since the agency was first launched in 2012, through its float on the...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency faced with £10,000 bill after vandal spray-paints the office

The police are looking for witnesses or anyone who can help identify the burglars accused of an extensive spray-paint attack on...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

More regional housing markets ‘heading for price corrections’

The latest housing market snapshot from the listings website Home suggests more regional markets are heading for price corrections. Home says that...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s a deal at last, isn’t it?

As the country nears a Brexit deal (maybe… perhaps… possibly) there’s time to reflect on a quite contrasting process - the no-nonsense...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed: local councils with the slowest searches

A trade body has sharply criticised HM Land Registry for its slow progress on digitising local searches after a promising start...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New Countrywide board member is another with link to Tesco

Countrywide has named Amanda Rendle as a new independent non-executive director of the estate agency group; she joined the board yesterday. Rendle...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Market optimism: Agents urge buyers to see beyond Brexit shambles

Agents have expressed quiet optimism that the market may be over the worst as it continues to show resilience in the...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Free service for agents to identify mobile and broadband connectivity

A service has launched for estate and letting agents to copy and paste a widget into online advertisements free of charge. It...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Over a year - that’s the average time to sell in parts of the UK

Data from an agency comparison website reveals that in the current market it takes well over a year for a home...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Comfort for prime central London as transactions and instructions rise

Stories with good news about the prime central London market seem few and far between but the latest figures from B2B...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

UK agents promised true wealth if they follow US-style industry training

The US-based real estate firm Keller Williams says it is aiming to be this country’s leading agency training organisation. Ben Taylor, who...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Sometimes, people don’t want technology

A few weeks ago, I came across a couple of really interesting articles which I immediately thought worth writing a piece...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Call to scrap stamp duty for so-called ‘last time buyers’

An equity release specialist says the scrapping of stamp duty for so-called last time buyers would lead to more downsizing, freeing...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Government tells sellers how much green space adds to house values

This is stating the obvious to estate agents but the government has revealed that homes near parks, gardens, playing fields and...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent to combine property knowledge with PropTech in new venture

A new franchisee says she will combine 20 years of property knowledge with state-of-the-art PropTech to provide customers with what she...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: troubled investor Woodford slashes stake to under 5%

The troubled ‘star fund manager’ Neil Woodford has drastically reduced his stake in Purplebricks: he now owns less than five per...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Boost for Purplebricks and co as online market share rises

There has been a surprise, but small, increase in the market share of online estate agents according to the latest survey. Business...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New multi-agency sales company already works with 40 agents

A relatively new company which signs up vendors and then effectively sub-contracts their sales to strongly-performing local estate agents says it...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements to be trialled in the New Year

Reservation agreements locking in buyers and sellers could be trailed with some agencies and conveyancers early in 2020, a government official...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Will stamp duty reform be announced on November 6?

November 6 has been declared Budget Day - at least if there is a Brexit deal agreed in principle in the...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Upad closure shows PropTech isn’t enough by itself

A leading agent and property management expert says the shock closure of online agency Upad is a sign that technology alone...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket price slump despite startling claim about Rightmove

OnTheMarket is delivering agents “a higher marketing yield than Rightmove” according to an investment consultancy which works with OTM. Investors appear to...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says fewer frustrated sellers now resort to letting out

There are fewer ‘accidental landlords’ - vendors who resort to letting out their homes because the sales market is difficult. That’s the...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency urges rivals to price realistically (even if vendors want more...)

A London agent is urging rivals to provide realistic valuations, even if vendors want more and despite temptations to over-value to...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your Monday fix of who’s moving where

Hello, welcome to the new working week and the latest PJT. Before we kick off, a reminder to please let us know...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency takes pioneering role during #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

An estate agency service in the Lake District has rolled out a new benefit to all its staff - and in...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Legend of property journalism quits as editor of The Times’ Bricks & Mortar

One of the legends of property journalism, Anne Ashworth, has left her position as editor of The Times’ highly regarded Bricks...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Lifestyle estate agency recruiting new agents for global expansion

A high-end estate agency which describes itself as 'the world's only global lifestyle real estate company' is recruiting new partner agents. Quintessentially...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Fewer property sales falling through despite uncertain market

Fewer property sales fell through before completion, despite uneasy market conditions, according to Quick Move Now. The home buying company's data shows...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

First-night private chefs for buyers? Agency moves into luxury sales sector

Midlands estate agency Centrick has launched a new specialist division to focus on the luxury homes market across the West Midlands...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - even a typhoon couldn't stop them!

England rugby fans will have been disappointed to find out that Saturday's planned World Cup group stage clash with France in...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Flying the nest - average age of first-time buyer revealed

The average age of a first-time buyer in the UK is 27, according to research from Nested.com. The online estate agency says...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla hires creative agency in aim to become 'number one property destination'

Property portal Zoopla has hired a new creative agency to help it reach its goal of becoming the UK's 'number one...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket: record traffic as agents take up low-cost, shorter contracts

OnTheMarket has this morning posted its latest results to the stock market. The portal reports that 2,346 branches had converted to full-paying...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New online auction service launches, pledging a fairer service

A new online auction service has launched this week, pledging a fairer service for agent partners, as well as buyers and...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Regulation will drive more consumers to DIY approach, says agency boss

The boss of a 15+ branch estate agency group has explained how he thinks regulation could 'ruin' the estate agency industry. Simon...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

50-year old regional agency group announces latest acquisition

A regional agency operating across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire has announced an acquisition which adds two branches to its network. This week, Alexander...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers: 60% of all UK property is exempt from stamp duty

Of all the UK properties for sale over the last year, 59% would have been exempt from any type of transaction...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price steady following appointment of new COO

The share price of the UK's largest estate agency remained steady yesterday following its appointment of a new chief operating officer. Countrywide...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

10-branch agency rebrands to Hunters with plans to open central hub

An estate agency based in Cumbria has rebranded to Hunters following a management buyout. Cumberland Estate Agents has been purchased by its...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What is the point of industry collaboration? It’s a risk, surely?

I have been banging on about partnerships and collaborations for years now. Whether it’s between two real estate firms, two PropTech firms,...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Auction House reveals record month and says agent sales 'won't deliver'

Auction House has reported a record number of sales for September, while its founder claims private treaty sales 'won't be able...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Consumer demand for new build homes at lowest level since 2013

Consumer demand for new build homes has dropped to a six-year low, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The organisation's House...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

'Annual house price growth at six-year low' - Halifax

The latest figures from Halifax show annual house price growth has dipped to a six-year low. Average property price growth in...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing crisis: Call for bungalows to house ageing population

A high proportion of over-65s would consider moving to a bungalow and believe more properties should be designed exclusively for older...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Autumn breeze - Prime London market showing positive recovery signs

The property market in prime central London showed some impressive signs of recovery during the summer months, according to Knight Frank. The...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Most consistent agents to be recognised with special ESTAS award

The estate and letting agencies which have provided the most consistent levels of high customer service are to be recognised with...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Halloween - we want to see your deadly decorations

Halloween is just over three weeks away and while the government prepares for the planned departure from the EU on the...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket takes on Rightmove with launch of market intelligence features

Property portal OnTheMarket has thrown down the challenge to Rightmove by launching two new features for its listing agents. The first, Market...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

'We're targeting branch managers and senior negs', says easyProperty director

The new managing director of easyProperty claims the hybrid agency will be targeting branch managers and senior negotiators who think they...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agents to benefit from free new type of valuation lead

The ValPal Network, which consists of over 800 agency brands with more than 4,000 offices, has launched a new product which...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry moves revealed

Welcome back to Property Jobs Today - your Monday roundup of all the latest employment news from the industry. If you have...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent partners with luxury agency as brand hits 'glass ceiling'

An independent agency has partnered with high-end firm Fine & Country after its own brand reached a 'glass ceiling'. Home Truths Sales...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks execs see off shareholder revolt over bonuses and pay

Purplebricks' senior management avoided a shareholder revolt yesterday during the company's Annual General Meeting (AGM). Last weekend, it emerged via the Sunday...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to consider flexible working and work from home options

Estate agents are being encouraged to consider providing increased flexible working options for their staff, including increased opportunities to work from...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agency comparison platform nears crowdfunding target

A yet-to-launch estate agency comparison site is nearing its crowdfunding target of £50,000. Invite Agents, which is crowdfunding on crowdcube, had, as...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty - buyers advised not to wait any longer

Prospective property buyers have been provided with several reasons why they should stop delaying purchasing decisions due to Brexit uncertainty. Buying agency...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as temperatures plummet

It may only be October 4, but temperatures have already started to drop this week as preparations for winter begin. As we...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry bodies back Modern Method of Auction best practice guide

Three key industry organisations have endorsed a best practice guide for the controversial Modern Method of Auction. The iamsold guide is aimed at...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent with historic property name launches buying agency

A former sales agent with a historic property name and heritage has launched his own buying agency after becoming 'frustrated' with...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price dips ahead of today's AGM

The Purplebricks share price dropped by 1% to 108p yesterday as investors prepare for today's Annual General Meeting. The hybrid agency's market...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Cyber security - industry professionals feel unprepared for attacks

Property professionals are increasingly worried about the threat of cyber attacks, according to new research. Some 41% of 'real estate professionals from...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent puts faith in the high street with strategic relocation

An independent estate agency has committed its future to the high street by moving one of its offices to a more...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Yopa on the hunt for new CEO as Ben Poynter stands down

Hybrid agency Yopa has announced that its chief executive, Ben Poynter, will be standing down at the end of October to...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

'Property Guru' agency announces fresh investment and key hire

A new estate agency, which claims to only hire property experts, has announced a new investment as well as the recruitment...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Agents should capitalise on pivoting companies

I want to take the time this week to talk about PropTech startups and how they can often be seen to...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

UK house price growth 'grinds to a halt' as uncertainty goes on

House price growth in the UK 'ground to a halt' last month, according to the latest Nationwide figures. The lender's house price...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Now is the time to target foreign investors, says growing portal

A growing free-to-list property portal says there's never been a better time for estate agents to target foreign investors. Residential People, which,...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide to integrate iconic London agency into Hamptons brand

Countrywide says London agency Greene & Co, acquired back in May 2015, will become ‘fully immersed’ into its Hamptons International brand...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans wins cash boost and wants more acquisitions

Leaders Romans says it has won new funding to acquire more agencies.  “We have made no secret of the group’s intention to...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Knotweed firm urges buyers to make lower offers on affected homes

A company that treats Japanese Knotweed has made startling claims about the extent of the problem across the UK. Environet claims that...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Four agencies working with expanded new-build reviews platform

Savills, Knight Frank, Cushman & Wakefield and JLL are the main estate agencies now working with a review website allowing buyers...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

LonRes snaps up anti-money laundering training and compliance service

London-focussed business-to-business deal data service LonRes has acquired an anti-money laundering compliance consultancy specialising in residential and commercial property. Financial Crime Services,...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks hopes stamp duty reform campaign will dampen criticisms

Purplebricks - which is at the centre of a string of controversies - has joined the growing campaign for stamp duty...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

House buying reform is centre stage at special ESTAS conference

The reform of the buying process is to take centre stage at a special conference called Bold Legal LIVE! taking place...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ biggest investor buys online agency ahead of Euro roll-out

The German-based Alex Springer publishing company, which is already the largest single investor in Purplebricks, has acquired a prominent online estate...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your Monday fix of who’s moving where

It’s Monday so that can mean only one thing - a chance to catch up on the key moves in and...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories set to allow more homes through relaxed planning laws

Briefings from the Conservative Party to The Sun newspaper suggest that the party will this week announce further relaxation in planning...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Cash buyers in retreat because of stamp duty, says Zoopla  

Cash buyers have fallen in 90 per cent of major UK cities over the past three years according to a Zoopla...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks facing shareholder revolt over top brass bonuses

Purplebricks is reported to be facing a shareholder revolt this coming week at its annual general meeting because of bonuses paid...

29 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents hate Stamp Duty - but what happens in other countries?

Stamp duty won’t take centre stage at the Conservative Party conference - that’ll be Brexit, quelle surprise. But if the government...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons shakes up senior management after shareholder revolt

London agency Foxtons has announced some management changes - the first since a shareholder revolt at the firm’s annual general meeting...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Three agents instructed to sell home seized by squatter

When Jasmine Fakir moved from her home in Brent, north London, to look after her ill mother she certainly did not...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket on the ropes as fewer agents than forecast pay full-tariff

A trading statement from OnTheMarket reveals that fewer agents than anticipated have so far converted from free or discounted deals to...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

House hunters out in force despite the B-word

The latest market snapshot from the National Association of Estate Agents shows that the late summer period was a good one...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - let’s stay calm and carry on doing good work

In an increasingly aggressive UK right now, it’s worth remembering that most people just want to get along and do good...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks review methods to be investigated by Trustpilot - report

The tech publication WIRED has conducted an in-depth analysis of Purplebricks’ reviews on the Trustpilot site and suggests the agency may...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Pioneering 'hub' agency is recruiting from rival freelance firms

One of the first so-called ‘hub’ hybrid estate agencies using self-employed freelances instead of staff says it’s moving to bigger premises...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

High end agency shuts two branches and relies on online enquiries

A high profile estate agency selling some of the most expensive homes in the west of England has shut two of...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agencies that don’t modernise will fail like Thomas Cook - property chief

The collapse of Thomas Cook, widely seen as failing modernise with the expectations of modern shoppers, is a clear lesson for...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Success story: new acquisition to mark 160th anniversary of agency

A north of England estate agency is marking its 160th anniversary with the pledge to announce an acquisition by the end...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Price gap between freehold and leasehold widens to eight-year high

The price premium paid by purchasers for a freehold property rather than a leasehold is at its highest for eight years. An...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Party Poopers: Tory estate agency chiefs at odds over Boris Johnson

Two prominent estate agency chiefs, both members of the Conservative Party, have both tweeted their opposition to some of the policies...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Buyers falsify and alter documents as mortgage fraud cases rise

There’s been a five per cent rise in the cases of mortgage fraud as increasing numbers of house buyers appear to...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: New technology can make agents more valuable than ever

A story from America caught my eye this week. It’s about a company called Curbio partnering with another called The Keyes...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Foxtons man to run Knight Frank residential across the UK

Tim Hyatt, currently in charge of Knight Frank’s London residential operation, is to take over as the firm’s residential work across...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Small dip in transactions as market tries to shrug off Brexit blues

The annual number of property transactions edged down slightly according to the figures released applying to August. However, buyers and sellers email...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour pledge to improve housing quality for military personnel

Shadow defence secretary Nia Griffiths is pledging to improve the quality of housing for serving military personnel if Labour gets into...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency sets up its own PropTech consultancy service

The niche agency Singer Veille has set up its own PropTech consultancy and application development service for the property industry. Singer Veille...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group holding inaugural conference this week

The Federation of Independent Agents, the new trade group set up in May, is holding its first conference this week.  The FIA...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

 Has Labour backed off from its controversial Right To Buy policy?

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, who earlier this month told a newspaper that he wanted to introduce a Right To Buy policy for...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories give housing a major role at party conference next week

The Conservative Party conference agenda, now published, gives the housing issue several bites of the cherry in Manchester next week. Housing minister...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

England alone needs 340,000 new homes a year, claims new report

Around one person in seven in England are living in unaffordable, insecure or unsuitable accommodation. The claim comes from the research produced...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Forget branches - Google and Feefo are go-to for today’s buyers

A well known regional agent has closed one of its offices saying “the old shop window of an estate agency is...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour bid to seize empty homes and squalid rental properties

Labour will this week discuss plans to allow councils to compulsorily purchase homes left empty for six months. Young Labour - a...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Shocking story of agency owing thousands ‘asking sellers to pay upfront’

A sales and lettings agency which has entered insolvency is reported by a local newspaper to have offered vendors cut-price fees...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents should routinely tell buyers about air pollution, says NAEA

Last week we covered a story, broken by The Times, about a new website allowing users to discover the air quality...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this week’s news and moves in the industry

Hello and welcome to your regular Monday PJT, the essential guide to who’s moving where in our industry. Everyone mentioned here got...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Former Emoov agency fined for anti-money laundering breaches

HM Revenue & Customs has revealed that the original Emoov online agency has been fined for breaches of money laundering regulations. HMRC...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

All eyes on Purplebricks to see if share changes continue

All eyes will be on Purplebricks today to see if there is further development in what some believe is a long-term...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit No Deal means interest rates ‘could go either way’

The Bank of England has once again maintained base rate at 0.75 per cent - but it is warning that the...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The public 'underestimate agency fees by almost £6,000' - claim

A quick move company claims that the general public underestimate estate agents’ fees by around £6,000.  A survey of 2,000 home owners...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Social media and marketing take centre stage at NAEA Conference

The first speakers have been announced for the 2020 conference of the National Association of Estate Agents, to be held on...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s a big kick-off this weekend…

All eyes are on Japan for the Rugby World Cup beginning this weekend…but there’s still time for our industry to raise...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

 Purplebricks: Woodford sells another slice prompting new speculation

Troubled star fund manager Neil Woodford has sold another slice of his share in Purplebricks, prompting further speculation about the future...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s new Property MOT resembles old Home Information Pack

A property MOT being launched by Countrywide and described as “game changing” for the house buying process will include survey and...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Is stamp duty to blame for a 20% drop in transactions in some areas?

An estate agent is linking a drop in transactions of as much as 20 per cent with the stamp duty increases...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Seven Year Hitch: House price growth now slowest since 2012

The annual rate of growth of UK house prices has slowed to its lowest level since September 2012. Official government data from...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech link up for sales progression tool and property management firm

Property management service Move with Us has announced a new partnership with chain management service View My Chain. Move with Us, founded...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Missing Links: London's golf courses have land to house a million people

It’s bizarre but true (apparently). London’s golf courses could provide the land for homes that could house a million people. An interesting...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency brand seeks to spread nationwide with franchisees

A hybrid estate and lettings agency operating currently in Manchester, Liverpool and others parts of the north of England has told...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for agents as first time buyer numbers improve

There's good news for the market in at least one sector - mortgages offered to first time buyers. Latest figures from the...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is PropTech about to burst?

There are those who say that PropTech is at risk of becoming a bubble market, and others who say bubbles don’t...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

MPs slam Help To Buy for aiding only those who could buy anyway

A report by the influential Public Accounts committee of MPs has been highly sceptical of the effectiveness of Help To Buy. It...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

How much do first timers know about buying a home? Not a lot...

A study from Santander Mortgages has blown the cover on first time buyers, suggesting they know almost nothing and research very...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

House values could plummet 20% in pollution hotspots, new service claims

It’s been revealed this morning that the organisation behind a new clean-air website is encouraging buyers to seek reductions of as...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Is mis-measurement of homes by agents the next PPI scandal?

A PropTech company is suggesting that property mis-measurements and resulting over-valuations may be the next PPI scandal. The firm - Spec, which...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government ‘trying to put a lid on house price rises’ admits minister

The new housing minister has admitted that her party has tried to “put a lid” on house price rises and has...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Sales progression even more vital with Brexit and election imminent

Continuing political uncertainty over Brexit and now a significant chance of an autumn or winter General Election makes the case for...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Market news: Three bedroom homes sell quickest this autumn

New research shows that three bedroom homes are the quickest selling property type this autumn. After a series of sluggish house price...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Click & Collect! PropTech firm offers online buy, refurb and let service

A PropTech start-up says its service allows investors from anywhere in the world to buy property in the UK which can...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks boss says High Street fees could rise if agents prove they're worth it

Former Purplebricks chief executive Lee Wainwright says the problem for estate agents maintaining a strong level of fees isn’t competition from...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit hurting the south while north prices rise, says Rightmove

A pessimistic set of figures on asking prices, transaction volumes and stock levels culminates in Rightmove urging vendors to be willing...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Former Savills duo set up new agency in “most desirable county”

Two former directors of Savills in Cornwall have set up their own agency based near the county capital, Truro. Shore Partnership has been...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this week’s news and moves in our industry

Hello: the weekend is over and that means it’s time for another PJT, catching up with who’s moving where in our...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rock bottom supply levels help reinvigorate London’s sales market

A rock bottom supply of homes on sale is helping to reinvigorate London sales according to a market monitor. The website Home...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: would these three radical reforms work?

A blog for the British Property Federation has come up with three radically different proposals for stamp duty, providing food for...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket beats Rightmove for generating leads, claims City advisor

A banking company used by OnTheMarket has issued a note to its investor clients claiming the portal “arguably beats its peers...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Great news: Agents' charges fall despite higher cost of moving house

The typical estate agency fee paid by a seller has actually fallen one per cent in the past year according to...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Foxtons agent launches first-ever buying service just for first timers

A former Foxtons estate agent has set up a property finding service which is exclusively for first time buyers - believed...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells appeals for independent agencies wanting to sell up

Connells Group has announced its acquisition of an independent Cambridgeshire agency - and it says it’s on the look out for...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s very hot stuff this week

Our first wonderful fund-raising agents this week are walking over hot coals - now that’s a dare for you. But you don’t...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Branch closures: Large number of offices quit the High Street

A comprehensive report into the changing complexion of the High Street suggests that some 143 estate agents’ offices closed in the...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Catch her if you can: latest housing minister makes key speech today

Who knows how long any housing minister will last, especially with a General Election widely expected in the coming months. So Esther...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency downgrades London and UK market forecasts

Cluttons has downgraded its forecasts for the housing markets in London and the rest of the UK for the remainder of...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Winkworth sales dip but new franchisees knocking on the door

Winkworth’s trading statement for the first half of 2019 show the company’s revenue and pre-tax profit both dipping slightly - but...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

One of country’s oldest independents snapped up by fast-growing agency

The independent Seel and Co, one of Cardiff’s and Wales’ oldest independent agencies and auction houses, has been acquired by Jeffrey...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks spends £382 per instruction on marketing alone

Purplebricks has spent £26.7m on marketing in the past year - that represents £382 per instruction.  The figures, revealed in the agency’s...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Maybe the portals should just take over?

I remember the day well; the day we all fell foul of addiction, the day our website was launched. Until then, at...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: Guild backs tighter rules and is checking members for compliance

The Guild of Property Professionals has welcomed government steps to provide buyers and sellers with greater transparency in transactions - and...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal says it can add to client databases depleted by GDPR

A free-to-list portal says it’s an ideal way to capture potential leads so as to augment agents’ client databases that have...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Barratt is first house builder to list on OnTheMarket

Barratt Developments’ three consumer brands - Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes and Barratt London - are the first developers to list...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech duo use podcasts to tell agents how to improve business

Two PropTech advocates have launched a podcast series telling agents how to improve their businesses. One of the couple is Mark Worrall,...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New blow for Purplebricks as City expert claims it's grossly over-valued

Purplebricks’ recent strong share price rise is not a good sign for the agency but an indication that it may be...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

EweMove hybrid defends recruiting franchisees with no agency experience

The parent company of franchised hybrid estate agency EweMove says that experienced estate agents outperform inexperienced franchisees - but only for...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency boss-turned MP will resign Tory whip if government breaks law

Hunters chairman Kevin Hollinrake, who is also a Conservative MP, has given notice that he would resign the party whip if...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to work with businesses on urban regeneration proposals

A £3.6 billion Towns Fund to support towns across England to build prosperous futures through innovative regeneration is a perfect chance...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Jail for fake estate agent who conned thousands out of women

A fraudster who claimed to be an estate agent has been jailed for four years after conning vulnerable women into giving...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Three top online chiefs abandon sector and buy into full-fee agency

Three former online estate agency founders - including the controversial Russell Quirk - are going into mainstream full fee agency. They are...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: government amends guide for buyers and sellers

The government has issued a revised version of its official How To Buy and How To Sell documents, aimed at consumers...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the news you need on the industry’s top moves

Hello and welcome to the latest PJT, your weekly opportunity to catch up on key moves within the industry. Everyone mentioned here...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents praise “remarkable” market for staying strong despite Brexit

Another house price index has suggested the housing market continuing to show great resilience despite the continuing economic and political uncertainty. The...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty and easier mortgages help first time buyers select larger homes

First time buyers will constitute the largest single group of purchasers in 2019, despite the apparent difficulties of deposits and securing...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Dodgy survey boosts online agents - including one that doesn’t exist

A survey claims that millions of potential sellers would use online estate agents - and bizarrely, this includes an online agency...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agency’s administration to be extended for another year

A business site says an agency’s administration has been extended as insolvency specialists try to find its former owner to claim...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Will sellers come back to the market this month after the August lull?

The number of new property listings in the UK fell by a whopping 13.2 per cent in August according to online...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hunters branch network hits 200 with emphasis on IT and local expertise

Franchise giant Hunters says its branch network has now hit 200 following a spate of acquisitions in the first half of...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyers in London enjoy 25% off pre-referendum prices

High end agency Knight Frank says prices in prime central London have fallen again - although the 4.4 per cent drop...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - forget the election, what about the fund-raising?

There’s plenty of action in and around Westminster these days, but while the political temperature rises, the marvellous work of agents,...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla wins back one of Britain’s largest regional estate agencies

One of the country’s largest regional estate and lettings agencies has now fully rejoined Zoopla. Yorkshire-based Dacre, Son & Hartley brings its...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property ‘social network’ portal prepares for formal launch this month

A portal which describes itself as a social network and which has been operating on a soft launch basis for many...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Trying Times: Agent’s rugby marketing wheeze could cost him £250,000

An estate agent in Cardiff has come up with a marketing wheeze in a bid to win more instructions - but...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm launches anti-money laundering audit checks for agents

A PropTech firm is marketing anti-money laundering audit checks for agents to help the industry comply with tighter regulation. Identity verification business...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

High end agency opens new training centre in London branch

Knight Frank has expanded its residential London network with the addition of a new South Bank office. While many agencies have shut...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

London market improves thanks to buyers returning at last

A housing market monitor that for some months has been pessimistic about London and the rest of the England and Wales...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ US boss seeks UK backing for new online agency

Former Purplebricks US chief executive officer Eric Eckardt is seeking some £6m in funding from across the world for his latest...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Has Airbnb met its match, what could this mean for agents?

I suspect that at some time we have all rented an Airbnb (I am sitting on the couch of one as...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Property Marketplace’ allows sellers to invite agents to pitch for business

A new PropTech online platform called BestAgent Property Marketplace is to launch next year following a series of 12 meetings this autumn. It...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket fee freeze challenged by new portal saying ‘Why Pay At All?’

OnTheMarket’s selective fee freeze for agents has been challenged by a new portal which asks agents: ‘Why pay at all?’ OTM revealed...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent stands up for industry as MPs squabble over Brexit and election

A leading London estate agent has written to The Times dismissing MPs who have been squabbling over Brexit and a possible...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

It's not so bad for First Time Buyers as affordability improves

No less than 56 per cent of properties across the UK are in areas that are affordable for first time buyers...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Online boss slams ‘disorganised’ and ‘cloaked’ estate agency industry

A new online estate agency has attacked the industry for being “largely cloaked and ambiguous” - and says that of all...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket snipes at Rightmove as it reveals price freeze for some agents

OnTheMarket says it will not increase listing charges in 2020 for any agents currently paying full fees, while agencies which list on only...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty shift from buyer to seller ‘could offset Brexit price fall’

Pressure continued to mount on the government to clearly address the issue of stamp duty as a leading business consultancy suggested...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as Suzy Lamplugh Trust chief executive dies aged 42

The chief executive of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, set up to commemorate the murdered estate agency, has died at the age...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Old-style auction claims “tremendous success” despite problem for sector

Pattinson Auction has claimed its latest live non-online event was a “tremendous success” despite what it calls “misconceptions” about this way...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: will conveyancers help buyers wanting to pay less?

A London estate agency says one of its buyers wants to delay completion until November 1 “just in case stamp duty...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide launches game changing” property MOT

Countrywide’s surveying division says it’s found a “knowledge gap” in existing surveys after a study involving over 15,000 buyers. The agency group...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - we’re back with the latest industry moves

It’s been two weeks since our last PJT, thanks to the Bank Holiday, so there’s plenty of news in today’s edition. If...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Market may stall ‘with Boris loose at the wheel’ warns senior agent

A senior estate agency director is warning that house price growth could continue to stall “with Boris loose at the wheel”. Benham...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New home registrations fall 9% in just one year

The number of new homes registered to be built in the UK during July was nine per cent lower than a...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm wants to clean up image of Modern Method of Auction

A company operating the controversial Modern Method of Auction says it is trying to improve the sector’s image after a series...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency chief blasted for backing Boris Johnson, Brexit and homes policy

Estate agent turned Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake has provoked a furious response on social media by coming out in favour of...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Dress to impress! Veteran agent says banning ties is knot the answer

A veteran estate agent has got hot under the collar about a London firm which has ordered its negotiators and other...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket ads return to promote ‘new and exclusive’ feature

OnTheMarket TV adverts return on Monday with what the portal calls “a refreshed version” giving more prominence to its ‘new and...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as the second half of the year begins…

Some may say that we’re almost in the ninth month of the year but for many, August Bank Holiday heralds the...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

No Deal Brexit will create “feeding frenzy” of foreign buyers, says agent

An independent estate agency says a No Deal Brexit will prompt a “feeding frenzy” of foreign buyers who are already “piling...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

“Unworkable” government housing tweaks widely criticised by industry

There has been a sceptical response by agents and others in the property industry to the government’s latest headline-grabbing tweaks to...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Viewings - these problems deter would-be buyers

A new survey claims to have discovered the sights and experiences that most deter would-be buyers when they view homes on...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NAEA wants a single Ombudsman to cover all housing issues

The National Association of Estate Agents has told the government that it wants one single Ombudsman to provide redress across all...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

London is only region to see rise in repossessions

A new analysis of privately owned homes with mortgages outstanding shows repossessions have risen in London - but they’re down in...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top agent tells PM that stamp duty chatter is causing market “paralysis”

A well-respected agent who was president of the NAEA just five years ago has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Housesimple boss renews his attacks on High Street agents

The head of online agency Housesimple has made another strident attack on the integrity of High Street agents by saying some...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

First time buyers may get discounts if they buy locally, government says

The Housing Secretary says he wants to make home ownership more affordable for first time buyers - which could mean discounts...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Data service to reduce free info for agents and introduce subscription option

A new service which launched in June and pledged to provide estate and letting agents with “game changing” access to property...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are we hiring the wrong people?

As real estate firms begin to execute their Q3 strategies and think more closely about Q4, there is one major question...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Typical Mum and Dad now fork out £24,100 towards offspring’s new home

The Bank of Mum and Dad is now officially one of the 10 biggest mortgage lenders according to data from Legal...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks may launch new fee structure as it admits mistakes

Purplebricks has revealed it is considering changes to its pricing structure to correct “mistakes” of the past. Chief executive Vic Darvey has...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Online firm wins £750k crowdfunding as it defies 'curse of Emoov'

Crowdfunding has been largely avoided by property companies for much of the past year following controversies surrounding Emoov’s fund raising -...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Third of London vendors slash asking prices pre-Brexit, says agency

The London market has “plummeted” because almost a third of vendors have cut their asking prices in anticipation of Brexit. Using data...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Auction numbers plunge as market slows dramatically

The Essential Information Group reports that the number of auctions held in the UK in July was just 107. This was 21...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Not-So-Grand Designs: Kevin McCloud's investors face huge losses

The Guardian has revealed that small investors lured into putting money into TV property guru Kevin McCloud’s eco-friendly housing projects -...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

This is it - the busiest week of the year for house moves

This is the busiest week of the year for house moves, with the single busiest day being Friday according to a...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News