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Five things that didn’t happen in 2017

By Graham Norwood

It’s traditional before Christmas to either review the year past...

Will OTM float or sink?

By Simon Shinerock

Yesterday morning OnTheMarket confirmed its IPO plans but with no...

Property wealth: More bad news for the young

By Graham Norwood

It’s not breaking new ground to say that younger people...

Property Natter: A to Z of the property industry for 2017

By Nat Daniels

As we hurtle towards the end of 2017, it’s time...

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

By Marc Da Silva

The housing industry has set out a list of demands...

Jostling for position: battle of the property portals continues

By Marc Da Silva

The fact is that most house hunters simply do not...

Consultation isn’t a substitute for action

By Graham Norwood

Another week, yet more consultations - the agency industry can’t complain...

Back To The Future: a short history of rent controls

By Graham Norwood

Like many of Labour’s recent policy proposals, its call for...

Property Natter: Why Uber’s troubles are reflected in estate agency

By Nat Daniels

As those of us in the industry know, there is...

Property Natter: estate agency then, now and in the future

By Nat Daniels

How has the world of estate agency changed in the...

Was this the week the agency industry changed for good?

By Graham Norwood

I’ve been in France for the past few days and...

Property Natter: it’s time to party (political-style)

By Nat Daniels

In this week’s Natter I’m going to get all political....

Could tax be the excuse to introduce national private rental licensing?

By Graham Norwood

It’s not just the evenings drawing in that marks the...

Why the stock market likes disruptors

By Graham Norwood

The stock exchange seems to be on everyone’s lips at...

Property Natter - a short history of estate agency

By Nat Daniels

Property has been changing hands for centuries, but when did...

Why the new build leasehold ban is a big moment for our industry

By Eddie Goldsmith

Without wishing to blow our own trumpet at this time,...

Scrap the bureaucracy and let’s have simple rental regulation

By Graham Norwood

That the private rental sector has become the government’s whipping...

Forget stamp duty reform - There’s a new tax on the horizon

By Graham Norwood

When it comes to provoking anger in property professionals, taxation...

Property needs to rise above politics now more than ever

By David Westgate

“Housing policy should be in independent hands.” That was the conclusion...

Housing industry reacts to shock general election result

By Marc Da Silva

The housing industry has responded with shock, joy, and jitters,...

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

By Marc Da Silva

Theresa May’s call for a snap general election on June...

Reform of buying and selling - The industry should prepare now

By Graham Norwood

The banning of letting fees levied on tenants has dominated...

Why we’re absorbing tenant fees until a decision is made

By Hannah McDougall

In November 2016 when the Autumn Statement was delivered by...

‘Fake agents’ are crippling independents’ reputations and livelihoods

By Charlie Wright

Think ‘fake agents’ are no threat to your business? Think...

Housing policy progress will suffer thanks to snap General Election

By Eddie Goldsmith

Not only did Theresa May stun everyone with her decision...

Stamp duty reform holds the key to meaningful market change

By David Westgate

I wrote last month about how the Government, in introducing...

Two more years of government pain for the industry

By Graham Norwood

My apologies if this causes you to break your Easter...

Property Natter: Q & A with David Cox, ARLA Propertymark

By Nat Daniels

In this Natter we have an exclusive interview with David...

The world is your oyster! Q & A with AIPP’s Peter Robinson

By Marc Da Silva

Peter Robinson, CEO of AIPP – Association of International Property...

Brexit: Housing must not be ignored in the clamour

By Graham Norwood

We’re almost nine months on from the EU Referendum and...

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

By Marc Da Silva

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget this week pledging...

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

By Marc Da Silva

Looking ahead to the Spring Budget this week, the Chancellor...

What does the future hold for the buy-to-let market?

By Marc Da Silva

Over the past two decades, investing in buy-to-let has been...

And now for something completely different...Co-Living

By Graham Norwood

We’re used to stories on how the buying and renting...

Portal peace in our time

By Graham Norwood

It’s over. Done. The only ones interested are those with...

Independence may be the undoing of the Independents

By Graham Norwood

The story of the week has been the first steps...

What next for the rental market in 2017?

By Marc Da Silva

The rental market has had to face a raft of changes...

What next for property in 2017?

By Marc Da Silva

Following a strong start to 2016, particularly in the lower...

After stamp duty and agents’ fees, it’s time to seize the initiative

By Graham Norwood

Let me set out my stall from the beginning. Firstly with...

The market is dead, long live the market

By Simon Shinerock

Listening to all the coverage of the tenant fee ban,...

Autumn Statement: reaction and what’s next for us?

By Simon Duce

Chancellor Philip Hammond caught the lettings industry unaware with an...

Autumn Statement: The property industry's wish list for Philip Hammond

By Marc Da Silva

It may still be too early to start compiling a...

Will Hammond's property past benefit the future of our industry?

By Rob Clifford

We are now only days away from one of the...

Whither Countrywide

By Graham Norwood

Although Brexit, portal juggling and portal wars have stolen property...

The market is crying out for a positive Autumn Statement

By Eddie Goldsmith

We are now less than a month away from Philip...

2017: If anyone says they know what’s going to happen, they’re lying

By Graham Norwood

I hate to be a party-pooper, but one of the...

Property Natter: Q & A with Russell Quirk

By Nat Daniels

In recent weeks I have been carrying out question and...

30 years after her disappearance, we still have to learn from Suzy’s story

By Lara Wilks-Sloan

Suzy Lamplugh was just 25 years old when she disappeared...

Three months on – which way is the Brexit wind blowing?

By Rob Clifford

Those working within the UK housing market would have felt...

Industry protests work – so keep them up

By Graham Norwood

It’s been a heartening few weeks for those of us...

Property Natter: online agents – where are they now?

By Nat Daniels

It’s easy to forget, but there was a time when...

Little England is out of step – on Right To Buy, at the very least

By Graham Norwood

If you want an indicator that the United Kingdom isn’t...

Does Brexit mean the end of the Northern Powerhouse?

By Marc Da Silva

Plans for the Northern Powerhouse scheme, designed to rival London...

The post-Brexit landscape

By Rob Clifford

As I sit and write this piece, even with the...

Six Things We’ve Learned From The Referendum

By Graham Norwood

It’s over. A win is a win, whichever side you...

Post-Brexit blues and what next?

By Simon Duce

Never in my lifetime have I seen so much enthusiasm...

The only certainty is uncertainty. So what next for the industry?

By Graham Norwood

One estate agency leader - you’d all recognise his name...

What will happen to the housing market if Britain leaves the EU?

By Marc Da Silva

The sense of gathering momentum for the Leave campaign ahead...

The current state of play in the property portal market

By Marc Da Silva

With more house-hunters than ever now starting their search for...

Should estate agents vote In or Out?

By Simon Shinerock

I pride myself as a logical person, so much so...

Purplebricks 1, Old-style online agencies 0

By Graham Norwood

Forgive the footballing headline – perhaps inevitable now that Euro...

If your fees are justified, you shouldn't be afraid to publicise them

By Kristjan Byfield

The old and eternal debate over whether or not tenant...

Brexit – does anyone know, does anyone care?

By Colin Shairp

The glorious thing about the referendum on our EU membership...

Education, Education, Education – and renting and buying, too

By Graham Norwood

So what is it with young people failing to stand...

Hold the front page? Don’t bother – no one reads it any more

By Graham Norwood

I wish it were otherwise, but there’s a crisis just...

Seven unanswered questions about the OTM/CMA affair

By Graham Norwood

By accident or design, the PR machine at OnTheMarket was...

Property Natter – why deposit protection schemes matter

By Nat Daniels

This week, as the title suggests, I turn my attentions...

Tax and Buy-to-Let – how short are our memories?

By Ian Wilson

We talk about the unstoppable rise of buy-to-let and forget...

What's going on at Countrywide – will retail work for estate agency?

By Iain White

What Countrywide are getting at is that they want to...

An underwhelming Budget – perhaps that isn’t a bad thing?

By David Westgate

George Osborne has been busy over the last year. First...

Should estate agent boards be banned?

By Robert Nichols

Agents' boards get a lot of stick. Many see them...

You read it here first: What to look for in Osborne’s Budget

By Graham Norwood

When it comes to Budgets and Property, you have to...

P’ing in a storm – why is the industry obsessed with price?

By Carl Brignell

As any marketer will tell you, the marketing mix in...

That referendum: Should agents get off the fence?

By Graham Norwood

And so it begins. Four months and counting before we...

Do tenants want longer tenancies?

By Robert Nichols

Shelter has been tirelessly campaigning for longer tenancies for the...

Property and technology: The birth of the silicon brick?

By Nick Crayson

The amount of column inches taken up by ‘property’ is...

Homes’ horrible histories have little value

By Colin Shairp

Life is getting pretty frustrating for estate agents, and not...

How do you define a landlord?

By Richard Price

I want to take this opportunity to share some findings...

The true cost of bad weather – can you afford to be unprepared?

By Samantha Jones

We’ve been facing some pretty adverse weather recently. Gales, storms...

Agents must make residential vendors aware of stamp duty changes

By Rob Clifford

Predicting ho­­w the housing market might play out over the...

Stamp duty and buy to let tax changes: Readers' views put to David Cameron

By EAT & LAT Team

In January readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent...

OTM Fury Road(Show)

By Simon Shinerock

I'm sure most of you have seen, or at least...

Time to analyse OnTheMarket’s first year – But let’s keep it professional

By Graham Norwood

And so it begins. The first anniversary of OnTheMarket’s launch...

Consultation action confirms buy-to-let contempt

By Colin Shairp

My suspicion in my December Industry Views column that the...

The challenge of great recruitment

By Samantha Jones

Over the past six months I’ve noticed a number of...

Online Vs traditional – the battle continues

By Robert Nichols

Online estate agent Purplebricks has now completed its pre-Christmas IPO...

You read it here first – what to look for in 2016

By Graham Norwood

There’s been plenty of forecasting in recent weeks - banks,...

My winners and losers in 2015

By Graham Norwood

It’s time to take a pause, to reflect and put...

Open All (Christmas) Hours: Are you shutting down or gearing up?

By Graham Norwood

The possibility of agents having to keep offices open until...

Is there a gender split in the property industry?

By Cristina Catino

Diversity is a hot topic in offices across the UK...

Why do agents have an unfavourable reputation among the public?

By Robert Nichols

Last week, on the latest series of The Apprentice, Lord...

Property Natter: the end of an era

By Nat Daniels

It was an end of an era in the property...

Property ownership is fine – if it’s on an industrial scale

By Colin Shairp

I’m sure I’m not the only estate agent confused by...

A New Year’s Resolution for every landlord – make someone love you

By Graham Norwood

Once you go beyond the industry’s anger about the Chancellor’s...

Christmas is no time for agents to wind down

By Chris Chapman

No sooner was Halloween done and dusted than attentions turned...

Reasons to be cheerful (Even if you’re involved in buy to let)

By Graham Norwood

A reader of Industry Views is unlikely to need converting...

Why audience size and user engagement really matters

By Russell Quirk

Over the past few years Rightmove and Zoopla Property Group...

Agents’ Mutual’s latest ‘letter of intent’: what’s in it for agents?

By Trevor Mealham

The consumer is King and to protect sellers and buyers'...

Can easyProperty find its place amongst the new online establishment?

By Graham Norwood

The big online estate agencies appear to have come of...

Property Natter: the rise of the robots?

By Nat Daniels

There’s been a lot of talk lately about artificial intelligence...

Has Corbyn Labour-proofed lettings?

By Simon Duce

The party's over. It's probably the best double entendre in...

Alex Chesterman Q & A: The Results (Part II)

By EAT & LAT Team

Readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were...

Alex Chesterman Q & A: The Results

By EAT & LAT Team

Readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were...

A call for questions from Alex Chesterman and Zoopla Property Group

By EAT & LAT Team

What will Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) do if it is...

We’re all disrupters now

By Graham Norwood

It’s become almost obligatory for start-ups in many industries –...

HMOs – a boom in buy-to-let or a drain on resources?

By Simon Duce

You can't help but notice that it's back to school...

Say no to George before housing crisis

By John McKay

A new website has been launched to fight back against...

What do portals really cost?

By Simon Shinerock

There has long been the assumption and contention in the...

Manage your landlords effectively as tax changes take hold

By Rob Clifford

Consider the scene. It is July 8th and new Chancellor,...

Landlords' plans will change in wake of tax relief cut

By John Fisher

Wednesday’s budget proved a grim viewing for those who have...

Summer Budget's fiddly tax changes well worth a second glance

By Eddie Goldsmith

This week the Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered the first Conservative...

Crowded house: are you super vigilant?

By Simon Duce

I don't think there is one person in lettings and...

Could cross-party support solve supply conundrum?

By Rob Clifford

Given that I wrote my last article on the day...

A victory V sign to the housing sector?

By Colin Shairp

The Conservatives’ election victory came as a surprise, so much...

The voters have spoken – with confidence

By David Westgate

A little over four weeks ago I was here musing...

Over the next five years, let’s talk - but not to ourselves

By Graham Norwood

So, a sigh of relief.  Most agents will be pleased with...

The spotlight on our sector will not diminish, despite the result of the election

By Rob Clifford

I write this article on the day of the General...

Letter from the Publisher: Why it’s harsh to blame gentrification on Foxtons

By EAT & LAT Team

Gentrification is a divisive, provocative issue, but why are estate...

Technology is arming high street agents in the online battleground

By Trevor Youens

The presupposed notion still exists that new online agents are...

'One million landlords exit the PRS' - the headline you don’t want to read

By Simon Shinerock

Ian Wilson, the head of Martin & Co, recently threw...

Letter from the Publisher – What are the challenger parties saying about housing?

By EAT & LAT Team

With another hung parliament looking increasingly likely, the so-called ‘challenger...

Agents must differentiate in an ultra competitive market

By Rob Clifford

No agent reading this will be under any illusions that...

MPs and their own housing policy

By Graham Norwood

It is to the credit of our political parties -...

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