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Purplebricks: Estate Agent Today's experts look behind the latest figures

Here it is - the industry’s verdict on the latest set of figures from Purplebricks. The agency doesn’t play by any of the rules we’re familiar with:...

Agents' fees have risen only four per cent in a decade

A survey released this morning shows that estate agents’ fees have risen only four per cent in real terms since 2007 - despite a substantial increase...

Ex-Countrywide chief sees future in PropTech facial recognition

The former managing director of Countrywide’s estate agency division has joined the board of a PropTech firm wanting to introduce facial recognition technology into the world...

Friday Festive Photos - today it's all about the Elf on the Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf has been something of a craze in the build up to this Christmas, notoriously getting up to all sorts of mischief...

Amazon success for new book on transforming the agency industry

A new book written by a PropTech expert and assessing the state of the industry has hit the Amazon best sellers’ list for business books. Where Did...

Agents Do Charity - the strictly nearly Christmas edition...

Christmas is just around the corner and we’re all looking forward to a break - but before then we know many in the industry will be...

So here it is…Merry EATmas - try our online advent calendar

The countdown to Christmas has now officially begun and what better way to celebrate than with an online advent calendar from Estate Agent Today. Every day this...

US agency opens third office in UK - and pledges more in 2018

Keller Williams UK is launching its third office in the UK. It’s in Glasgow and the new market centre - the term used by the company for...

Agent 'drove drunk and crashed after humiliating email from boss'

A local news outlet in Essex is reporting that a Chelmsford agent claims he crashed his car whilst driving drunk following an incident in which his...

O Come, All Ye Agents ... Christmas wreaths and a natty tree

We’ve been running our Christmas pics for almost two weeks now and we hope they’ve helped readers get in the festive mood. Thanks so much for your...

Housing market flat as supply reduces for 22nd month in a row

The housing market remains flat as it heads towards 2018 according to the latest snapshot survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The data refers to...

New websites for The Property Franchise Group high street brands

The Property Franchise Group has launched five new websites, one for each of its high street brands.  These are CJ Hole, Ellis & Co, Parkers, Whitegates and Martin & Co....

Purplebricks: revenue soars as agency claims 74% of online sector

Purplebricks’ latest trading statement for the six months ending October 31 claims a large rise in revenue, its number of UK Local Property Experts increasing significantly -...

Agency withdraws claim about speed of exchanging contracts

Independent Surrey-based estate agency Curchods has voluntarily withdrawn marketing material containing claims about its speed of exchanging properties, after the intervention of the Advertising Standards Authority. However,...

Festive fun - a John Lewis agency parody, plus Battles Of The Decs

So have we got a treat for you today…. In a moment, one of the best fun videos we’ve seen from an estate agency - a super...

PropTech Today: Bitcoin is technology, not just currency

Bitcoin has smashed into the headlines again recently with major news outlets describing the ever increasing worth of this wildly volatile market.  But the property industry shouldn’t...

Advertising watchdog slaps down House Raffle competition wording

The Advertising Standards Authority has told the organisers of a house raffle that they must not repeat a promotion because of three major problems. Raffles, although still...

Belvoir benefits from complementing agency with financial services

The UK’s largest property franchise group, Belvoir, says it is reaping rewards from its acquisition of Brook Financial Services and its decision to integrate some activities...

PropTech consolidation starts as two high-profile firms form partnership

PropTech start up OneDome, which supplies online booking and mapping tools, has teamed up with live chat service provider Yomdel in what they call a “strategic...

allAgents reinstates most of its disputed Purplebricks reviews

allAgents has today reinstated Purplebricks’ reviews on its site - this includes the majority of the negative reviews which have been the subject of a lengthy...

Purplebricks listing on OnTheMarket? - no comment from both sides

Both Purplebricks and OnTheMarket are keeping their powder dry on speculation that that hybrid agency is going to list on the challenger portal. Industry speculation in recent...

New software helps agents list unsold properties on short-let sites

The short let management company Lavanda - backed by Harry Hill, former chief of Rightmove and Countrywide - has launched software which it claims allows local...

Your Festive Offices - three more agencies featured today...

We have images from three more agency offices to show you today as the pictures keep rolling in - thanks so much for sharing your festivities...

Agency predicts 3% London price drop as affordability worry kicks in

The investment service arm of international ratings agency Moody's is warning that affordability issues are likely to lead to a slowdown in house price growth in...

Home owners think moving house has become much harder recently

Some 62 per cent of current home owners feel that moving house has become more difficult over the past 10 years - with many of them...

OnTheMarket announces float details - but no timetable yet

OnTheMarket has announced some details of its IPO and the launch of its stock market flotation - but it has given nothing away about the timing. The full...

Rightmove reports largest monthly asking price fall for five years

Rightmove is warning that the asking price of property coming to market has fallen by 2.6 per cent in the past month - equivalent to £8,178...

Purplebricks: is it about to increase its share of the online market?

Financial analysts over the weekend have been giving their view on Purplebricks, which later this week issues its figures for the first half of this financial...

Hybrid agency eMoov makes key hire ahead of "rapid growth"

Hybrid estate agency eMoov has announced a new hire as chief operating officer with the remit of driving growth.  Guy Halfhead has previously worked at international tech company...

Festive fun: our first Christmas video and a snowy Santa scene

There’s been no let up with your generous sharing of your Christmas decorations - thanks for sending so many in. With under a fortnight left we’re hoping...

'Come on Rightmove and Zoopla - what's stopping you?'

The man behind a PropTech company has blasted Rightmove and Zoopla for failing to emphasise 360-degree virtual tours - the feature recently launched in the UK by...

Agents cautious despite stronger-than-expected house price figures

The Halifax reports that house prices in the last three months, that’s between September and November, were 2.4 per cent higher than in the previous quarter...

allAgents v Purplebricks - "major announcement" expected

allAgents, the review website in dispute with Purplebricks, says a “major announcement” is expected about its next step in the saga - but we’re going to...

‘Physical’ High Street agency becomes latest EweMove branch

James Hillier and Rob Bearsby, who have operated Apex Residential at Bexleyheath in London for the past 14 years, have switched the business to EweMove.  However, it...

New website allows agents to sell properties via online auctions

It’s been a trend developing in the past few months - estate agents increasingly flirting with the idea of selling homes via auctions, especially in a...

Friday's Festive Photos - and we've got the keys to Christmas...

Here are two more of your terrific images from your offices - they have really given us a feeling of Christmas this week, so thank you...

'Half of home movers feel lack of control' says conveyancing sector firm

A company supplying the conveyancing industry claims that new research reveals 55 per cent of home-movers are frustrated by a lack of control during the house-buying...

Agents Do Charity - the just-two-weeks-to-go edition

Just a fortnight today we’ll be packing our bags and preparing for a well-deserved but all-too-short festive break...but until then, there’s no stopping our industry doing...

Rightmove accused of ignoring agents allegedly re-listing sold properties

Rightmove has been accused of ignoring instances where agents have allegedly re-listed properties that have been sold in a bid to skew figures and boost inventories.  An agent,...

First 'associate' joins freelance estate agency scheme

A former Hamptons International and Savills agent is the first to join a ‘freelance agency’ set up in prime central London. In September EAT reported on a company...

Watchdog defends 'informal resolution' of complaints over online agencies

Outspoken estate agent Chris Wood has criticised the Advertising Standards Authority for its succession of ‘informally resolved’ judgements on complaints against online estate agencies. The ASA this...

Today's festive office pics: a teddy-tastic tree and Christmas houses

Here are some more absolutely stunning images from your offices as they mark the approach of Christmas - what a cheery lot you are! Remember, please, that...

Chancellors Group agencies now rebranded under Chancellors name

Anscombe & Ringland and Russell, Baldwin & Bright are tobe rebranded under the Chancellors name.  The agencies - Anscombe & Ringland in London and Russell, Baldwin &...

Online agency Yopa is subject of another complaint to watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has intervened following a complaint about a mailshot from the high profile online agency Yopa. The ASA says the complainant received a mailshot offering...

HM Land Registry reveals details of faster, more automated conveyancing

The HM Land Registry has revealed more details of long-term plans to improve and speed up conveyancing processes in a five year business strategy. The Registry says...

PropTech Today: Do we need to maintain professional relationships anymore?

Property has always been an industry built on a foundation of personal relationships. Deals made, promotions gained, clients won, portfolios grown; the route to all is...

Gingerbread houses and penguins - more of your festive office pics

We're almost a week into December and still images of agents’ offices arrive. We're grateful to all those who have sent them...and we’re always happy to...

Online agency recruits digital expert and former MTV boss

Online property platform Settled, which claims its customers receive their first offer in an average of 17 days, has announced two new key positions in its...

London prices to dip again in 2018 although UK-wide prices to rise 1%

One of the last major estate agencies to give its forecast for 2018 says London prices will drop another 0.5 per cent next year, following what...

New OnTheMarket contract ‘imposes restriction on acquisitions’

The new contract for firms joining or re-signing to OnTheMarket is reported to have a restriction on acquisitions. It is said to specify that any agency member cannot...

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