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Free-to-list portal now has over 740 UK agents on board

The free-to-list property portal Residential People says it now has over 740 independent agents in the UK on board - and it aims for many more. Residential...

Transactions tumble but glimmer of hope in prime London market

London Central Portfolio, a respected property consultancy that has been pessimistic about the market in prime areas of the capital, says there may be signs of...

Good use of our energy? 20 millionth EPC to be issued this summer

A national newspaper claims that the 20 millionth domestic EPC in the UK is set to be issued in the next few weeks. EPCs were introduced in...

Don’t tell Boris Johnson, but neighbours matter to many house buyers

A timely new survey suggests that 75 per cent of buyers give at least some consideration to what their potential neighbours are like when they buy...

In Praise of Purplebricks: a senior estate agent speaks out

A former Territory Owner at Purplebricks, who at one time managed 11 Local Property Experts, has spoken out in support of the hybrid agency. Purplebricks has been...

Transactions plummet - agents' fingers crossed for rest of 2019

The number of residential property transactions in May was a thumping 11.3 per cent lower than the same month last year, raising concerns amongst agents for...

Housing minister in racism row apologises for “inappropriate” words

The minister at the centre of reforms to the estate and lettings industry sector has apologised for what she calls “inappropriate language” discovered in leaked emails. Heather...

Property Jobs Today - all the industry movers and shakers…

The weekend is over all-too-quickly but at least if it’s Monday, it’s Property Jobs Today - your weekly catch up with who’s moving where. Please let us...

Estate agent racially abused police officer and bouncer at club

An estate agent has been fined after racially abusing a police officer in an incident outside a nightclub. Sarah Loasby, from Kettering, was attending a staff party...

Brexit Blues: “sharp correction” likely post-deal, agent warns

Homes in central parts of London sold for a typical 11.5 per cent below asking price in the first three months of this year - and...

Over 150 agents link with 'Modern Method' online auction firm

An online auction service which only came into existence in September last year claims to have 150 partner estate agents already, with a target of 300...

Purplebricks hires PR firm that aims to "fuel fandom"

Purplebricks has hired the Weber Shandwick PR firm to handle much of its non-investment related public relations. Weber Shandwick has its global headquarters on New York’s Third...

£23m Prime Central London property to be sold via Blockchain

A property in London’s Mayfair has a price tag of £23m and is being sold via a system allowing interested parties to submit offers online using...

Agents Do Charity - more wonderful work by our industry

If it’s Friday it’s Agents Do Charity day - and we’ve got another bundle of good work for you this week, thanks to people kindly getting...

Purplebricks for the high jump as it sponsors Olympics Team GB

Purplebricks is the “Official Estate Agent Of Team GB” for the build-up to and completion of next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo. It is going to change the colour of...

Rightmove warned that it must innovate to survive

An interesting analysis of Rightmove’s performance on the stock market has led to questions about the long-term profitability and viability of property portals. Steven Chen, an analyst...

Hybrid agency boss applied for top job “to protect business model”

The head of EweMove, the hybrid agency operated by The Property Franchise Group, says he applied for the top job in order to protect the business...

“Too many sellers think prices will rise post-Brexit” warns senior agent

Too many sellers are wedded to the idea that prices will rise after a Brexit deal is resolved, says one of the country’s most prominent estate agents. Jeremy...

In it to win it: Nominations open for Propertymark Qualifications Awards

Nomination for the Propertymark Qualifications Awards 2019 are now open - and they present a chance to celebrate colleagues or employers you believe deserve recognition. Now in...

Purplebricks workforce turns on agency with string of damning reviews

A series of damning reviews about Purplebricks’ working environment, apparently written by existing and former staff, have appeared online. Indeed is a job recruitment site that also...

PropTech Today: Facebook's own currency to drive rental transactions

Facebook is set to enter the cryptocurrency business with the big reveal of its formal plans scheduled for some point this week. Its whitepaper containing the details may...

Revealed: youngest-ever female president for NAEA Propertymark

ARLA and NAEA Propertymark have announced their top teams for the year ahead - and on the estate agency side, the new president is the youngest-ever...

Family home for £1m in London? You'll be lucky, says OnTheMarket

Research from OnTheMarket shows that 40 per cent of London homes costing around £1m have only two bedrooms or fewer. And only 10 per cent of the...

LSL claims new-build sales success in fast-growing market

LSL Property Services’ Land & New Homes division says it’s set a record by selling 50 per cent of the units on a new development in...

OnTheMarket says rivals may "interfere" with its bid to get agents to pay

OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett says rival portals may want to “interfere” with his aim of converting agency members from free or discounted deals to market-rate...

Southern England facing a year of selective price falls - Zoopla

Over a third of homes across Southern England are at risk of suffering price falls as the housing market slowdown extends from London. That’s the view of...

Up-front referral fee services promoted by new PropTech partnership

Conveyancing platform The Moving Hub and Acquaint CRM have announced a strategic partnership. New and existing users of Acquaint CRM will have access to The Moving Hub...

Brexit's Trump card: Sterling slump means rich US buyers flock to London

A high-end estate agency is reporting a dramatic rise in the number of US buyers in London as they have taken advantage of the slump in...

Seaside agencies merge to create single four-branch operation

West Sussex estate agency Robert Luff and Co has merged with the long established company Sawyers Estate Agents. This creates a new operation with four branches in...

Could Purplebricks go bust? Apparently not, says analyst

An analyst on shares website Motley Fool says Purplebricks is not only in surprisingly strong financial health, but is actually outperforming some longer established bricks-and-mortar agencies. The...

Supply and sales fall as London and the south drag down market

The latest asking prices data from Rightmove suggests that the national housing market is being dragged down by poor performance in London and the south. The price...

Property Jobs Today - key moves in and about our industry

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Property Jobs Today - the Monday slot where you can catch up with who’s going where and why. Everyone...

Want to sell more homes more quickly? Then close the office early...

A survey suggests there’s no firm correlation between a traditional agency’s opening hours and its performance in selling property - and in fact it may be...

One in 10 Britons has a second home, buy to let or overseas property

Some 10 per cent of Britons now own a second home, a buy to let or an overseas property according to new research by the Resolution...

Agents shouldn’t just sell - they must be Residential Property Experts

High Street estate agents should re-define themselves in today’s competitive market by becoming Residential Property Experts offering a wide range of services. Sava - the education, technology...

Zoopla founder reveals what made his portal different - and why it’s purple

The founder of Zoopla has explained how the portal got its name and branding, and the philosophy behind it when it took on Rightmove 12 years...

Online agency business wins new High Street customer

A firm that offers a white-labelled online agency platform to traditional High Street agents has signed up a new customer. love2move was founded in 2017 by traditional...

‘Slowest June since 2013’ as homes linger longer on the market

It's becoming increasingly difficult to sell a property, especially in those regions undergoing a price correction. That’s the verdict from Home, a property platform that monitors transactions...

Agents Do Charity - and ignore the wet weekend...

Sorry about the weather everyone…miserable isn’t it, and the summer is supposed to be well underway? But we’re not allowing our fund-raising spirits to be dampened, so...

Four agencies acted illegally in fee price cartel, says watchdog

The Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found that four agencies broke competition law by taking part in a price fixing cartel. The firms, in Berkshire, have...

OnTheMarket converts just 1,000 branches from free to paid deals

Figures released from OnTheMarket this morning suggest that its conversion programme for agents shifting from free deals to paid membership is making slow progress. This conversion is...

Tricks of the trade: buying agent reveals tips for purchasers using portals

A buying agent has revealed how she advises potential clients to use portals when looking for a property to buy - and she insists that such...

Damning report says Help To Buy helped many who didn’t need it at all

The National Audit Office says many users of Help To Buy would have been able to purchase a home anyway, without the scheme - and one...

Brexit-related uncertainty leads to big slump in high-end London sales

Knight Frank says Brexit-related uncertainty has curbed trading activity across all UK residential markets over the last 12 months - and in prime areas of London...

Almost a million home sales lost to Brexit, new survey claims

New research by comparison website GoCompare suggests almost a million house sales have been lost because of Brexit.  The study claims that in the last three years,...

Countrywide redundancies: dozens of sales progression staff may go

Countrywide is declining to comment on speculation that it is making 36 of its sales progression staff redundant. Estate Agent Today, which received a tip off on...

Zoopla takes swipe at OnTheMarket's ‘New & Exclusive’ offer

Zoopla has taken a swipe at OnTheMarket by conducting a poll of sellers’ views about having properties listed exclusively on just one portal. OnTheMarket has made much...

PropTech Today: now is the time to understand blockchain

It’s London Tech Week, everybody! The sprawling city-wide event taking in dozens of conferences, events, workshops, panel debates and so on, all concerned with some manner...

Unexpired Lease Timebomb: new worries over sale fall-throughs

A conveyancing body is calling on mortgage lenders to standardise their policies in respect of unexpired lease terms in order to cut fall-throughs. The Society of Licensed...

ValPal Network’s new conveyancing deal ‘can help offset fees ban impact’

Instant online valuation service The ValPal Network has revealed a conveyancing partner which it says will help agents boost referral fees.  The Network - which represents over...

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