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New Propertymark chief reveals Digital Expansion Programme

Industry trade body Propertymark has unveiled a digital expansion programme. A statement from the organisation says this initiative shows new chief executive Nathan Emerson pushing ahead with...

Leading independent agency in five year portal deal

The intense rivalry between portals continues today with Zoopla announcing one of its longest-standing agent customers has renewed for five more years. All 56 Chancellors' branches, and...

Estate agent attacked in street - police appeal for help

Police are appealing for witnesses to an attack on a young agent last Saturday. Sussex estate agent Lizzie Noble, 22, was on her way back to her car...

Agency launches Podcast with Town v Country property debate

Franchise giant Winkworth has launched a new property podcast to boost its marketing. The Property Exchange podcast will air monthly, with the first discussing Town v Country...

London still a magnet for world’s wealthiest says agency

London property is still a draw for the wealthiest in the world according to Knight Frank. Despite international travel restrictions, the number of new prospective super-prime buyers...

Are New Builds good enough? Formal consultation begins

A consultation into the draft New Homes Quality Code has been published with a consultation period for the industry ending on July 7.  The code, from the...

Capital Gains Tax threat to homes put on back burner

The possible introduction of higher levels of Capital Gains Tax for the sale of buy to let, holiday homes or even principal residences appears to have...

Phil Spencer advises agents: Save A Sale, Restore A Reputation!

There may well have been times in recent weeks when any agent would have been forgiven for wanting a break - the workload has been exhausting,...

Stamp Duty frenzy shows first sign of slowing - Rightmove

The frantic growth in house prices is showing its first sign of slowing down, says Rightmove. In its latest monthly market snapshot, the portal says asking prices...

Property Jobs Today - the movers, shakers and people in the news

Welcome to the start of another week and as the housing market continues at full pelt, so does the movement of people around the industry. If you...

10% of wealthy buyers want discounts if they miss SDLT deadline

One in 10 buyers say they will seek to renegotiate on the price of their chosen home if they miss the next stamp duty deadline -...

EUROS: Agents’ take on Steely Scotland, Exasperating England

For a match between two great rivals, the England-Scotland 0-0 draw on Friday may have brought both nations together. After all it’s a near-unanimous view that Scotland...

Official guidance issued for agents to avoid Stamp Duty delays

In an unusual move, HM Land Registry has issued guidance to agents to help them reassure jittery buyers and sellers ahead of the June 30 stamp...

Sir Stelios backs easyProperty agent with no property experience

easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has given his personal backing to the newest recruit of online agency easyProperty - even though the individual has no previous...

Vetting Buyers: row escalates over ‘proof of funds’ demand

The row over whether agents should be allowed to vet people who view properties on the basis of their wealth has taken a new turn Savills in...

Agency brand opens Hub (not a branch) in prime London

Fine & Country has a new prime London licensee covering Notting Hill and Chelsea - but there will be no High Street office. Damien Jefferies, previously managing...

Crisis? What Crisis? Five-star £500m new-build scheme launched

London’s housing market may be distinctly lacklustre compared to much of the rest of the UK right now but one development wants to buck the trend...

Agents Do Charity - and we’re getting sporty this summer…

Hello and welcome to another ADC, the weekly wrap of good work by the industry. You probably know the score by now but in case not… if...

Prepare for surge in stamp duty sales collapsing - warning

Agents should prepare for a surge in fall throughs and collapsed sales thanks to the first stamp duty holiday period expiring at the end of this...

Agency warns over slow conveyancing as stamp duty deadline nears

The finance arm of a leading estate agency has taken the unusual step of warning about delays in the conveyancing process. “The property purchasing process is once...

Three top tips for agents offered by Kerfuffle’s Simon Whale

Kerfuffle founder Simon Whale has given Estate Agent Today readers three top tips for improving their performance. The trio of suggestions - People, Process and Partners - ...

Surprise house price growth drop - a slowdown or a blip?

Average house prices in the year to the end of April increased by 8.9 per cent according to the government’s Office for National Statistics official index.  This...

ESTAS reveal new Executive Partner for 2021 Forum and Awards

ESTAS has announced that SDL Property Auctions has become an executive partner for the 2021 Forum and Awards sponsored by Coadjute. In what is likely to be...

Hammered! Auction sales total hits new high

Auction House has announced its highest-ever monthly sales total, with its sales in May just topping £70m.  The firm sold 397 properties from 466 offered under the...

Should buyers show ‘proof of funds’ to be allowed to view a home?

A traditional problem for agents has been ‘tyre kickers’ who come to view a home out of curiosity with little or no intention of making an...

Sell Purplebricks! Stock market advisers tell investors to quit agency

Swiss investment bank UBS has advised investors to sell their Purplebricks shares as the market share for the controversial agency appears to have fallen sharply. The financial...

Hybrid agency promises to double in size within 18 months

EweMove, the high profile hybrid estate agency owned by The Property Franchise Group, says it has recruited a record 30 new franchisees so far this year. This...

Buyers’ packs would help agents through market frenzy - claim

The current housing market frenzy would be easier to deal with if upfront buyers’ packs were available, improving transparency and cutting the chance of fall-throughs. That’s the...

Boom to last until the autumn at least says leading agency

Knight Frank says it will be September at the earliest before the current frenzy of housing market activity will stabilise. The agency’s head of residential research, Tom...

Insurers start paying out Business Interruption claims - at last

The long running saga of insurance firms failing to honour agents’ Business Interruption claims appears to be making progress at last. A Supreme Court ruling earlier this...

Covid Restrictions Delay will damage housing market and agents - claim

A leading agent has been in touch with EAT to vent his frustration at the government for extending most of the current Covid restrictions - and...

Speeding sales, stopping fall-throughs: Big new PropTech investment

Amro Partners, the Build to Rent and student accommodation operator, has launched a venture capital arm investing in PropTech and FinTech. Amro is seeking to make 10...

OnTheMarket in stock market bid to woo new investors

OnTheMarket, which a few days ago indicated it was in profit for the first time, is to woo potential new investors later this week.  A presentation led...

Stamp Duty saving all but wiped out by higher mortgage deposits

The cost of the average mortgage deposit has climbed £11,000 in some areas thanks to the stamp duty holiday fuelling the housing market. That data comes from...

Propertymark beefs up policy and campaigns team

The policy and campaigns team at Propertymark, headed by Mark Hayward, has been expanded after what it calls “a number of lobbying successes” in recent times. Hayward...

EUROS: Reality Czech for the Scots (but will they boogie against England?)

Welcome to our second Euros Agent Match Report, when we get leading agents’ and suppliers’ takes on the matches featuring England and Scotland.  Today it’s a big thank you...

Boomin reveals yet another senior management figure

A former commercial director of Zoopla, who worked at the portal for 12 years, has been named as managing director of Boomin. Athena Hubble joins the fledgling...

Rightmove a good long-term investment says stock market tipster

Rightmove have been given a strong endorsement by an influential stock market tipster service, Investing.com.  “Rightmove has built a strong brand, delivered impressive profit growth and created...

EUROS: Our first Agent Match Report - England finally kick off with a win!

Hello and welcome to our first Euros Agent Match Report, a really engaging piece on England's triumphant campaign start yesterday. Our thanks go to one of the big names...

Expansion and another branch for fast-growing regional agency

The youngsRPS agency now has a fifth branch in the north of England - it’s in Darlington and will cover the Teesside area. The agency already has...

Homes near transport hubs still carry massive premium

A home within 500 metres of a tube or railway station in London will carry a massive premium compared to a similar home location 1,000 metres...

Buyers not told truth over flood risks, claims insurance firm

Buyers are not told the true scale of flood risk in many properties - and the rush to beat the stamp duty deadline means many may...

June 21 delay? It won’t hurt market says senior agent

A senior estate agent says even if the restrictions easing lockdown, still formally scheduled for June 21, are delayed by several weeks this will not be...

Stamp Duty Reform: Government dismisses call for change

The government has dismissed a call for reform of the stamp duty system, which would have meant the tax would apply when contracts were exchanged, not...

Euros Kick Off Time! Watch out for our Agents’ Reports!

With just hours to go to the start of the Euros, we can announce our squad for writing Agents Reports on the home team matches for...

Supply drought goes on - but more appraisals reported by agents

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says its monthly sentiment measure of house prices is at its highest level since 1988. A rush by home-buyers to beat...

Outsourcing can revive prospects to keep boom alive, agents told

An industry supplier is urging agents to dust off old prospects to build their pipeline and keep the market boom going throughout this summer. The advice comes...

Agents Do Charity - well done Agents Together and industry fund-raisers

Hello and we’re at the end of another week celebrating all those in our industry who do great work. And this week, we’re doing more than...

Agent accused of charging to view a property: Is this illegal?

An estate agent has been accused of charging prospective clients to view a property. The claim has been made on Twitter by a journalist, Jem Collins, who...

Boomin adds 600 branches and signs up major independent

Boomin says it’s added over 600 new agency branches during May, with the latest signing being the large Pattinson independent with its 26 offices. This takes the...

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