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Why rent? It's now cheaper to buy than rent in every UK region

Potential first-time buyers in every area of the UK would have lower monthly outgoings if they bought a property rather than renting one, new research claims.  The...

PropTech Today: Can Viewber become an essential part of the agent toolbox?

What a big week for PropTech! With the very first MIPIM PropTech conference, taking place in Paris today and tomorrow, comes a milestone moment in recognition...

More gloom and doom: economists say market won't improve this year

The housing market “is clearly currently struggling to gain traction” and any real upturn ”will remain elusive over the coming months” according to top economists. The EY...

Right To Buy: top agency hints at need for 'fundamental review'

Savills has suggested that it may be time for a fundamental review of what’s left of the flagship policy of Margaret Thatcher’s governments of the 1980s...

Sequence auction house amends advert after watchdog intervenes

One of the country’s largest auction houses has had to amend an advertisement on its website after an intervention by the Advertising Standards Authority. Barnard Marcus Auctions...

Referral Fees may be banned following Trading Standards survey

National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team and two of the three industry redress organisations have launched a survey to measure the use of referral fees amongst...

New online firm charges 0.75% fee on completion with no contract period

A new online agency has started charging only 0.75 per cent commission, payable only on completion, with no VAT and no minimum contract period for vendors. Bliss...

Kane so able but England so frustrating! Our guest reviewer’s verdict...

So what did you think of the match? A deserved 2-1 win or a lucky victory snatched from the jaws of a draw? We’ve got an industry...

Huge 90% vote to ban new-build second homes in another hotspot

There’s been a landslide vote to ban new-build second homes in another tourist hotspot. Some 90 per cent of those who voted in the tiny Cornish port...

Brexit is now single biggest worry for property industry - claim

A survey of owner-occupiers, landlords, property investors and insolvency practitioners has revealed that Brexit is the single biggest concern when it comes to the housing market. The...

Boost for Purplebricks as fund manager Woodford increases his stake

The famed fund manager Neil Woodford has increased his stake in hybrid agency Purplebricks, which last week announced an expansion of its US activities. It’s now been...

Foxtons "off-the-scale manic and hyper-aggressive" (well, it used to be)

The former managing director of Foxtons, Peter Rollings, has spilled the beans on what it was like working at the heart of the company for over...

Up, up and up again - Rightmove asking prices rise despite sales dip

The average asking price of newly marketed property continues to rise according to Rightmove - and this is despite a dip in sales last month compared...

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves ...

Hello - if it’s Monday, it must be Property Jobs Today, your chance to see a snapshot of the key moves within our industry. Please let us...

NAEA and ARLA Presidents - no surprises as 'next in line' take office

ARLA and the NAEA have appointed their new presidents - and as usual they are the presidents-elect, named a year ago. Mark Bentley succeeds Katie Griffin as...

Purplebricks announces major expansion of its US business

Purplebricks is expanding its US activities by entering the markets of Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, in the state of Arizona. A statement this morning says both...

Do online bosses use High Street agencies to sell their own homes?

Whisper it quietly, but it may be that some bosses of online agencies used traditional High Street companies to sell their own homes - or at...

Pioneering digital search service to be launched by Land Registry

A new digital search service is being launched next month by HM Land Registry, marking the latest phase in its attempt to speed up and simplify...

Another key Countrywide figure returns to the company

One of the best known and respected country agents has returned to Countrywide after 12 months working with Arun Estates.  Jill Bennetts has returned as regional manager...

More payroll giving success for London estate agency

Chestertons has again been recognised for its success in engaging employees with the Payroll Giving fundraising initiative. The Payroll Giving Quality Mark is a benchmarking system attributed...

Agents Do Charity - end-to-end stuff for good causes...

The World Cup may be entertaining us for the next few weeks but whatever England’s fate may be, one thing is sure - our industry will...

‘Unknown' online agency has 2,500 listings and best-ever month

The young entrepreneur behind Doorsteps, the estate agency that deliberately avoids the huge marketing razzamatazz of other online companies, says his operation has enjoyed its best...

OnTheMarket now has 9,000 agency branches signed up

OnTheMarket now has listing agreements with over 9,000 estate agency branches - that's another 500 or so since its previous release of figures three weeks ago.  In...

Agency boss tells redundant shop workers they should 'join us'

The managing director of independent agency network Spicerhaart says shop workers who are unemployed because of the latest round of retail closures should become estate agents.  Russell...

Major online agencies unaffected by Supreme Court ruling

Major online agencies appear to be unaffected by yesterday’s Supreme Court decision over workers' rights in the so-called 'gig economy'.  Yesterday’s case concerned Gary Smith who had worked...

Prices still rising but growth continues to slow, official figures show

Government figures are the latest to show that house prices are still going up - but with a reduced rate of growth. The Office for National Statistics...

All-expenses trip to New York: now THAT'S an estate agency bonus...

Over 100 ‘top achievers’ from Connells Group have just enjoyed an all-expenses paid trip to New York as a thank you from the bosses for a...

Online and traditional auction houses slug it out for dominance

The rivalry between online and traditional property auction companies continues apace with one high profile player from each camp claiming major successes. In the online corner, Network-E,...

Take that! High Street agency attacks online firms over 'issues'

One of the country’s best known regional traditional agencies, Pygott and Crone, has used a promotion in local news outlets to attack the level of service...

Cuts in asking prices reach six-year peak as market may be stalling

More stock and longer times on the market are combining to create a surge in asking price reductions according to a market monitor. Home - a website...

Tragedy as Suzy Lamplugh's father dies without knowing who killed her

Paul Lamplugh, the father of estate agent Suzy who was presumed murdered 33 years ago, has died - tragically, without ever knowing who killed his daughter. The...

PropTech Today: Corporate living? No thanks

The pace of change is extraordinary. As we reach the middle of one conversation, rumblings of the next already begin. I think it’s unavoidable human nature to...

Watchdog intervenes over agency’s portal advertising claim

The Advertising Standards Authority has intervened after receiving a complaint about a website and online advertisement for the Howard Cundey agency. The firm has offices in London,...

Shocking new figures show scale of sales slump, especially in London

The proportion of homes sold in London was lower than any other part of England and Wales last year according to a new analysis by Knight...

GDPR Weekly: How should you remove data from your system?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is something which all businesses are...

Success for The ValPal Network as it teams up with Reapit

Clients of software provider Reapit can now integrate with leading sharing and online valuation service The ValPal Network. The objective is to help Reapit clients who are members of...

Agency group revs up with £20m deal to replace 1,100-car fleet

Spicerhaart is reported to be replacing its fleet of 1,100 cars over the next three years with BMWs.  Much of its current fleet consists of Toyota Aygos -...

Online auction house proves cynics wrong - and says more will follow

An auction house says it was “scoffed at” four years ago when it began offering online options to customers - but now it’s proved them wrong...

Agent to face trail - he denies lying over sales information

It is understood that an estate agent from Cornwall is to face trial over allegations that he misled potential customers over the price of properties he...

Strewth! Purplebricks investigated by another Australian watchdog

News media in Australia say Purplebricks is the subject of an investigation by a consumer watchdog in the province of Western Australia. The hybrid agency, which runs...

Wanted: agents who fancy themselves as World Cup pundits ...

Here’s your chance to release the inner John Motson - write your interpretation of how England performs in each match of the group stages of the...

Agency shuts after 30 years to concentrate on legal services

An Oxfordshire estate agency is shutting up shop at the end of this week in order to allow its parent company to concentrate on expanding the...

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves...

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, and although we’re well into the summer season now there are still plenty of moves to report.  But ahead of...

The Rightmove money machine - is it running out of steam?

A leading property industry analysts says Rightmove may be amongst the top portals in the industry worldwide, but it is facing a challenging future because it...

Expanded Emoov now one of the UK's top seven agencies, says Quirk

Russell Quirk, chief executive of Emoov, says his agency is now one of the top seven in the UK following its merger with Tepilo and lettings...

Agency on a mission - family-run firm pledges profits for the homeless

A London estate agency run by a brother and sister is trying something completely now - it pledges to use some of its profits to help...

House prices still rising but market is softening, Halifax figures show

Prices grew at a faster than expected rate last month according to the Halifax House Price Index, which has reported a 1.5 per cent hike for...

Agents Do Charity (and sorry, we mention Donald Trump this week...)

We have the presidential seal of approval for our Agents Do Charity this week - well, sort of, but we don’t mean a quick tweet from the...

OnTheMarket reveals financial losses but fast-growing agents and traffic

OnTheMarket’s first formal annual figures released since its flotation reveal losses in what it describes as its “transformational year” but also show growing numbers of member agents...

Uproar over new property portal claiming some agents as 'partners'

The entrepreneur behind a free-to-list property portal claiming support from 17 estate agencies has defended the description of them as ‘partners’ - but a furious dispute has...

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