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Trading Standards speak out: We do NOT favour online estate agencies

The head of the new Trading Standards authority regulating estate agents says Online firms are treated exactly the same as High Street ones - even if...

Agency fights back on boards after being accused of “taking the mickey”

An estate agency accused of “taking the mickey” over the number of boards it has erected has fought back. The mayor of Christchurch in Dorset, councillor Lesley...

Houses that are ‘staged’ sell three times faster than average - claim

The trade body for ‘home stagers’ says that properties that have been dressed sell three times faster than those that have not. The Home Staging Association UK...

Northern city house prices storm on as south succumbs to Brexit slowdown

House prices in 20 UK cities analysed by Zoopla show an average 1.7 per cent increase over the 12 months to March - but the north...

Agents Do Charity - and good luck to Marathon runners this weekend…

The London Marathon may be just one of literally thousands of fund-raising events but we know it’s a favourite with many agents - and we have...

Major agency launches lifestyle service to bolster sales and lettings income

Humberts, the agency which was one of the first to ditch High Street offices in favour of fewer larger hubs, has now formally launched a lifestyle...

Stamp Duty plummets by £1 billion following surcharge backfire

New figures from HM Revenue and Customs suggest that stamp duty receipts have fallen by no less than £1 billion. The drop was from £12.9 billion in...

Countrywide suffers ‘frozen trading’ again as share price stays low

For the second day in a row Countrywide was subject to two so-called Price Monitoring Extensions - temporary freezing of trading in shares because of erratic...

Rising transactions show the market's still fighting back against Brexit

Residential property transactions rose 1.4 per cent in March, making them a healthy 6.8 per cent higher than in March 2018. Data from HM Revenue and Customs...

Some London houses 25% below peak as transactions plummet - new index

It’s a new index but it tells an old story - how prime central London prices have dropped significantly since their peaks some years ago. The new...

Third of homes on sale have no outside space, claims online agency

Research  by HouseSimple suggests that over 31 per cent of homes currently on sale in major UK towns and cities have no outside space for their...

Countrywide trading ‘frozen’ by Stock Exchange as share price hits new low

The London Stock Exchange twice froze trading in Countrywide’s shares yesterday after volatile movements - and a new record low price. The freezing mechanism is known as...

PropTech Today: Do’s & Don’ts of transformation - Countrywide, Foxtons

It’s not often we can enjoy beautiful sunshine on bank holidays, but I suppose this one was a particularly blessed weekend, so it’s the least we...

Forget PropTech and portals ... For Sale boards are still the best

A top London estate agent says the humble For Sale board remains the cheapest and most effective marketing tool - even in an era of portals...

Independent agents’ group FIA to launch ‘within days’ with Viewber link-up

The soon-to-launch Federation of Independent Agents has announced that its latest supplier partner is to be outsourced viewing service Viewber. Graham Lock, a former managing director at...

Recruiting staff - new platform promising industry 'disruption'

We’re accustomed to tech firms promising disruption in how homes are bought, let, sold and rented: now one is pledging to transform recruitment to the industry,...

Vandal who attacked estate agency office surrenders to police

A man has surrendered to police after admitting smashing an estate agency's window. The Oxford Mail reports that a 30-year-old from Abingdon, who has not been named by police,...

New industry Trading Standards team has just 14 to cover sales and lettings

Estate Agent Today has been given details of the new National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents Team - the body that will enforce all legislation...

Purplebricks is hugely successful despite tumbling share price says analyst

A PropTech analyst insists that the tumbling share price of Purplebricks on the London Stock Exchange does not indicate that the agency is anything other than...

Firm switching agents on behalf of sellers wins £500k cash injection

A PropTech firm that lists a customer’s home with successive estate agents until it is sold has raised £500,000 of startup funding. BestBid’s website it claims that...

Agents On The Run: are you running the London Marathon?

It’s London Marathon week, always a great event in the calendar and - we’re sure - an event that attracts a lot of agents and suppliers. As...

Homes could lose 10% of value because of Japanese Knotweed - claim

A solicitor handling cases involving Japanese Knotweed say the problem could devalue the prices of affected houses by as much as 10 per cent. Liverpool-based Cobleys Solicitors...

Expert view on the leasehold scandal - is Commonhold the answer?

The leasehold scandal continues to generate plenty of column inches, with fresh stories emerging almost daily of people living in unsellable homes or facing sky-high ground...

New regulatory body for agents: will it have resources to do the job?

The jury appears to be out on whether the new enforcement body for estate and lettings agents will be resourced sufficiently to do the job. Officially the...

Lead Generation: Peak hours and days revealed in latest Zoopla data-drop

Zoopla has been spelling out more details of prospective buyers’ and renters’ patterns of portal-watching and how they relate to leads to agents. Using seven months of...

Independent agents' FIA trade body reveals major data partner

The fledgling trade body the Federation of Independent Agents has revealed another new partner - this one dealing with housing and market intelligence data. The new supplier,...

Sex Strictly Sells: open plan and marble worktops never looked so good

You know the problem with new builds - they’re a bit Marmite aren’t they? Contemporary design is all well and good but…how do you make it look...

‘Express estate agency’ says it beats auctions for sellers stuck on market

A quick buy company that describes itself as an “express estate agency” is making a pitch for vendors who may be tempted to use auction houses...

New body to police estate and lettings agents, taking over from NTSEAT

A new team has been set up to police all estate and letting agency legislation including the upcoming tenants' fees ban. The new organisation expands on the old...

Banned: Agency ad’s “misleading” reference to non-existent branch

An estate agency has been ordered by the Advertising Standards Authority not to use an advertisement on its website and Facebook site after a dispute over...

New country branch for Jackson-Stops after London sale is confirmed

Jackson-Stops has launched a new branch in mid-Sussex, expanding the estate agency’s national network to over 45 offices.  The Mid-Sussex branch will cover residential property sales, including...

PropTech Today: The do’s and don’ts of market transformation

I am writing this as I reflect on a recent trip to Nigeria. I was asked to speak at the country’s inaugural PropTech conference in Lagos.  It...

Bleak market survey by listings website contrasts with upbeat Rightmove

A new housing market survey paints a bleaker picture than that from Rightmove earlier this week - and instead speaks of “negative sentiment”, “market pessimism” and...

Raffle Rumpus: another property competition in hot water with watchdog

Another property raffle - this time with what appeared to be a castle as its main prize - has hit trouble with the authorities. A complaint to...

Tiny market share for online agents despite millions spent on marketing

A new snapshot of market share claims that online agents accounted for 7.0 per cent of all exchanges in the first quarter of 2019 - but...

Nurturing leads is top priority as high-profile PropTech firms join forces

Two of the PropTech sector's highest profile digital marketing suppliers are integrating in a bid to help agents nurture the leads they generate. The partnership is between...

Online agents “too cheap” and look too good to be true - Quirk

The failure of online agencies to significantly disrupt the industry is down to their being too cheap and creating a perception that they were too good...

Slash stamp duty and scrap CGT on buy to let sales, says top Tory

An ex-housing minister and ex-Brexit secretary says he wants to radically change taxes on buy to let capital appreciation to help more private renters to become...

Mortgage approvals show modest uptick as market improves

On the same day as one of the most optimistic Rightmove market snapshots of recent months, the latest mortgage monitor from e.surv suggests a small rise...

Millionaire with no property experience puts cash into online agency service

A millionaire who has not previously invested in the property industry has taken the plunge by funding an online agency network. The network, love2move, allows existing High...

Purplebricks slammed by analyst who urges investors to pull out

An influential investment blog says the number of analysts and investors still believing in Purplebricks’ growth story is dwindling - and it warns the agency may...

Brexit chaos causing estate agency staffing problems

The estate agency industry is in a staffing dilemma because of the continuing uncertainty over Brexit and its effect on the housing market. That’s the claim from...

Spring Forward! Market moving again says Rightmove

There’s been a spring bounce with prices of new-to-the market properties increasing an average of 1.1 per cent in the past month according to Rightmove. Its latest...

Property Jobs Today - all the latest key industry moves

Hello and welcome to Property Jobs Today - your final chance before the Easter break to catch up with the key moves amongst agents and suppliers. Just...

Portal listings: first hour is key for leads to agents

The first hour of a property’s listing on a portal is the most crucial for sellers or landlords according to research from Zoopla. Looking across visits for...

New portal showing ‘property potential’ to roll out across UK

A ‘property potential’ portal which claims to be highly successful across the south east of England is now going to launch across the rest of the...

13th time not unlucky as Savills the Superbrand strikes again

Savills has been named the winner of the real estate agents/advisor league table in the UK Business Superbrand list for the 13th year in a row. The...

The Only Way Is Essex as independent joins franchise empire

Winkworth has a new office at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, as an independent local agency rebrands as part of the franchise giant. Previously trading as Think Property for nine...

Agents Do Charity - don’t count your Easter chickens...

With next Friday being Easter, this is the last ADC for a fortnight - so it’s our chance to honour those doing great work, and to...

Labour plans to control house prices dismissed as “bordering on the insane”

Labour is proposing two methods of controlling house price rises should it win the next General Election - and the ideas have provoked a furious response...

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