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Will flight-shaming kill the overseas holiday home?

There used to be a consolation for some estate agents at this time of year - while it was wintry and quiet in Britain, they could...

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

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

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 to readers but we’re delighted...

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 to readers but we’re delighted...

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 to readers but we’re delighted...

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 to readers but we’re delighted...

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 to readers but we’re delighted...

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 the same - whether it’s...

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 not always best placed to...

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 6ft 5 isn’t really fair. And...

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 examples of what you’re doing...

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 which has sent shockwaves through...

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 a link with a back-office...

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 executive Peter Wetherell, will retain...

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 are interested in before making...

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 now not be held as...

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 the ASA issued a statement...

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 so much for sharing your...

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, in its latest snapshot of...

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 the property company in 2007...

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 merits of each office in...

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 - shows that for the four...

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 describes as “significant growth” for...

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 in visitors and an 80...

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 industry. Please let us know your...

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 from agents too. We appealed for...

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 a controversial German law case. The...

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 - after Countrywide insisted many...

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 it wants agents to list...

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 house price growth remained below...

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 be getting in the year-end...

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 service described by its creators...

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 homes Boris Johnson is scarcely...

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 information as the industry gears...

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 on the market. This would allow...

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 in and around Bath plus...

‘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 live market information for users. The...

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 owners - because they say...

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 - and that’s before the...

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 and vendors. View My Chain -...

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 by the CGT estate agency in...

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 back in my body. A 6ft...

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 drift off to scroll through...

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 activity. The data - for October...

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 - but now the boss...

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 non-resident foreign buyers of British...

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 the most authoritative voice on...

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 National Conference and Exhibition.  Aside from...

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 market in the next 12...

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 rely solely on portals -...

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