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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

See the latest Coronavirus statistics from across the world on our world map SEE MAP UK Confirmed cases: 65,077 | UK Deaths: 7,978 | UK Recovered: 135 SEE MAP Italy Confirmed cases: 143,626 | Italy Deaths: 18,279 | Italy Recovered: 28,470 SEE MAP Spain Confirmed cases: 153,222 | Spain Deaths: 15,447 | Spain Recovered: 52,165 SEE MAP See the latest Coronavirus statistics from across the world on our world map SEE MAP UK Confirmed cases: 65,077 | UK Deaths: 7,978 | UK Recovered: 135 SEE MAP Italy Confirmed cases: 143,626 | Italy Deaths: 18,279 | Italy Recovered: 28,470 SEE MAP Spain Confirmed cases: 153,222 | Spain Deaths: 15,447 | Spain Recovered: 52,165 SEE MAP

Here is today’s Breaking News from the estate agency world. Join the debate by leaving a comment below a story - you will need to be logged-in to do this.

Breaking News

Knight Frank’s offices: Fortnum baskets, children, TinTin (and dogs)

You wouldn’t expect anything other than very upscale home offices from an esteemed agency with a wonderful history - and that’s what we’ve got. The images here...

Dog tired of working from home say Winkworth, Stacks and CJ Hole

You know the old saying - a dog is an agent’s best friend?  Well that’s clearly true for this trio of agencies that have kindly sent in...

Top Brass - former RICS and NAEA chiefs reveal their home offices

Working from home is something of a leveller right now, applying to people in the capital and in the sticks, but it’s not everyone’s cup of...

Strutt & Parker: country views (of course) and winging it at home

You wouldn’t expect the good folk at Strutt & Parker to have anything less than a superlative set of home offices - and so it turns...

Cats and dogs for two Clarks and a Marks - more great home office pics

Independent agencies are the backbone of our industry so it’s great to be able to share images from three such experts - and, in some cases,...

Government told: Housing market needs stamp duty holiday to recover

The government has been called upon by one of the industry’s most respected bodies to announce a stamp duty holiday to help the market get back...

Fund-raising lifeline thrown to Countrywide, Purplebricks and others

New temporary rules have thrown a lifeline to troubled agencies like Countrywide and Purplebricks which may need to raise additional funds in the near future. Both agencies...

More mortgage lenders easing rules on automated valuations

A leading estate agency says it has observed that some banks previously opposed to accepting remote and desktop valuations have started to change their approach.  Knight Frank...

Free offer to all agents during crisis - new Smart Viewing PropTech

Floorplan and photography supplier FocalAgent is making a free offer to every agent in the UK during the virus crisis - to create online virtual viewings...

New listings on portals plummet to under 10% of previous levels

One of the first analyses of portal listings since the start of the Coronavirus crisis shows that new listings have plummeted from a peak of 8,535...

Agents’ PI Insurance and new tenancy issues - today’s Conquering Corona

Hello - we’re here to help on a daily basis, sharing information across the industry.  As ever, we’d love your input to share in the future -...

Happy Easter - this is what we’re doing tomorrow and Monday…

For many this coming Easter weekend will be the strangest ever - for agents and industry suppliers it will not be the start of the spring...

Zoopla extends ‘three months free’ offer to five: Is this enough for agents?

Zoopla has confirmed that it’s to extend its ‘three months free’ plan to five months of free portal usage for agents to help combat the collapse...

Agents quit Rightmove in new spurt of publicity for OnTheMarket

Two agents have quit Rightmove and taken to social media to give their reasons. One is the 12-branch Andrew Craig agency which serves Tyneside, Wearside and County...

Online agent says franchise fees up to £10,000 only deferred

An online estate agency which has described the Coronavirus pandemic as “a disrupter and game changer” for the agency industry says it's deferring its franchise fees -...

Property People Register launched: today’s Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to Wednesday’s update on what offers and advice are available to agents at this most difficult and challenging of times. If you have appropriate...

PropTech Today: Ignore 2024, discover 11 home truths happening now

On April 4, EAT published a piece titled: ‘It’s 2024: what will the industry look like, post corona-virus’. To me, this was a completely irrelevant article...

Buyer interest holding up online as market digests latest figures

One of Britain’s leading agents says online viewing and interest in videos for homes on sale continues to be relatively strong as the lockdown continues for...

Virus crisis will drive more agents to become self-employed - claim

One of the industry’s highest profile figures has suggested the Coronavirus crisis could trigger many more agents becoming self-employed. Nicky Stevenson - well known as former managing...

First 'virus' survey shows sellers expecting a five-month delay

What is thought to be the first survey of sellers since the start of the Coronavirus outbreak suggests that they anticipate a five-month delay to their...

Furlough pay - some agents’ commission can be included

The government has amended the eligibility criteria and will allow some agents' commission payments to be included in claims for Furloughed Pay. An announcement came via NAEA...

Franchisees advised on government loan schemes by Winkworth HQ

Individual franchisees operating under the Winkworth banner are receiving what the company calls “comprehensive help” on a range of issues, including government loan schemes and employment...

Labour housing supremo moves to new role - replacement named

Labour’s long-standing housing spokesman, John Healey, has been moved to become shadow defence secretary on the front bench of new leader Sir Keir Starmer. Healey - a...

Conquering Corona - self-employment webinar, more PropTech offers

Good morning and welcome to today’s edition, helping agents find a way through the Coronavirus crisis by sharing information with the industry. If you have appropriate advice...

Tory police chief wants holiday homes opened to key workers

The Police and Crime Commissioner for an area with thousands of holiday homes wants their owners to make them available to domestic abuse victims. Conservative Alison Hernandez,...

Rightmove on the ropes? 2,500 branches interested in new portal

Some 2,500 estate agency branches have expressed an interest in a new portal, Homesearch, launching next month.  Although the Homesearch website lists the branches as having “joined”...

Phil Spencer: How to stay in touch with consumers during the market hiatus

I won't be the first or last person to say that society and the property industry in which we operate is facing unprecedented and uncertain times. At...

Agency targeted by scammers leaving fake negative reviews

An estate agency has been targeted by scammers who leave fake reviews if they haven’t been given a pay-off. Minors & Brady in Norfolk received a Facebook...

Agency Training at home, new PropTech tools - we’re Conquering Corona

Week three of the lockdown begins - we hope you’re faring well with these temporary restrictions. We’re here to help where we can. If you have any...

Working from home? Please send us your pictures and videos…

Almost every part of the agency industry is operating remotely these days - and we would love to know how you’re getting on. We’re interested in what...

Agents and suppliers paid via dividends demand government help

Industry operators who receive dividends as part of their monthly income are pressing the government to include this in its financial help during the Coronavirus crisis. Currently...

Market Forecast: 38% collapse in transactions plus modest price fall

The latest market forecast comes from Knight Frank which says that by the end of the year there will have been a 38 per cent collapse...

NAEA/ARLA ask government to include commission in pay rescue deal

The NAEA and ARLA have jointly written to the government asking it to include agents’ commission in its plans to help those financially disadvantaged at the moment. The move...

Purplebricks asking sellers to draw their own floorplans

Purplebricks Local Property Experts are asking sellers who are not allowing agents into their homes during the virus crisis to draw their own floorplans. Or, as an...

Good News: Housing market damage may be ‘much less’ than expected

The Nationwide says government measures mean the impact of Coronavirus on the housing market may be “much less” damaging than many may expect. However, the building society...

Automated Valuation leads to agents staying strong, says supplier

One of the industry’s leading automated valuation services says it’s running at approaching 1,000 leads a day for agents even during the lockdown. The ValPal Network -...

Poorly-treated agents will change firms after the virus - forecast

A leading human resources expert predicts that agents who are poorly treated by their employers now will wreak revenge and move elsewhere when the virus subsides.  Recruitment...

New EPC assessment guidance issued - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you would like to let the...

Agents Do Charity - more great work by the industry

Hello and welcome to this week’s list of good work - yes, despite the virus lockdown.  Earlier this week we featured many agents working in their communities...

New ESTAS tool allows agents to integrate reviews into websites

The ESTAS has launched a new tool which it says will help agents get in pole position for when the market returns after the Coronavirus crisis...

Not Guilty! Countrywide denies claims of unsafe working after lockdown

Countrywide has strongly denied claims made to Estate Agent Today that some people have felt obliged to work at an admin centre against their wishes, with...

Voluntary pay cut taken by agencies’ senior management

Staff and senior management at a large franchise company running a string of major High Street agency brands are taking voluntary pay cuts during the Coronavirus...

Furloughing - should it include agents’ commission as well?

One of the biggest issues for agencies at the moment is furloughing - a safety net being offered by the government to avoid job losses during...

It CAN be done - sales agreed totally thanks to virtual viewing

An estate agency in Portsmouth has sold a house subject to contract after nothing more than a video tour filmed by the owners.  A team from the...

Corona Latest: New tenant checks, Virtual staging, Global agency impact

Hello and welcome to our latest update… we’re probably not yet getting used to these unusual times but we hope this daily service helps provide some...

Savills pulls dividend but may make bonus payout at a later date

Savills has withdrawn its planned dividend to shareholders but says it could declare an "enhanced" payout at an unspecified later date. Only three weeks ago Savills declared...

NHS frontline heroes told by agency: “We’ll sell your homes for free”

An online agency has offered to sell the homes of NHS frontline staff for free. Doorsteps, set up by high profile young entrepreneur Akshay Ruparelia, has tweeted:...

How To Furlough - a key way to keep staff as we're Conquering Corona

Welcome to the latest edition of our daily service dedicated to advice and guidance on how agents can best cope with the continuing Coronavirus crisis. Any appropriate...

Agent’s fantastic Good Neighbour Scheme steps up to the plate

Late last year a buying agent at Stacks Property Search and Acquisition set up a village Good Neighbour Scheme with her mother - and now it’s...

Volunteering, free parking, vulnerable shopping - one agency’s brilliant work

Can any agency beat Knight Frank for a brilliant collection of selfless work? We doubt it, as the agency has provided us with a list of...

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