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Takeover: Hunters gives January 1 deadline to Property Franchise Group

The Property Franchise Group has approached Hunters about a possible takeover. Confirmation came this morning in a statement from Hunters, which you can...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Transaction hold-ups: a different view on why sales are delayed

A leading conveyancing sector spokesmen says some mortgage lenders are making the current delays in the house buying process worse. Rob Hailstone,...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London prices slashed as Brexit and Covid worry buyers

A new survey of prime London property shows 21 per cent of homes on sale have had their asking prices cut...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Another Christmas agency video - this time an annual treat…

It’s always a treat each year to see the video and Christmas images produced by RedDoor Homes, a hard-working independent agency...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Sellers can start conveyancing as soon as they list - claim

A digital resource hub for estate agents launches a new product today, claiming to shorten transaction times.  Sort Move, which has been...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New industry regulator could use versions of TPO codes of practice

The industry regulator who comes into force when the Regulation of Property Agents’ recommendations are adopted may take over versions of...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - heartwarming festive fund-raising galore…

Hello, and if it’s Friday it can only mean Charity day as we celebrate the industry’s continuing fund-raising despite challenges from...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Time to sell soars by over 110 days in worst hit part of Britain

It now takes an average 12 days longer to complete a sale in Britain compared to a year ago - but...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Another 300+ branches list on Boomin as it signs major agency

Belvoir has become the latest major agency group to sign up to Boomin as a founder agent.  The properties of all four...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Can mortgage offers be withdrawn between exchange and completion?

An alarming story has appeared in the mortgage trade press, highlighting an apparent pitfall in the house buying process that has...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Long-standing portal Mouseprice bought by property social network

One of the oldest portals in the UK, Mouseprice, has been bought by a service which describes itself as the country’s...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Baileys, Prosecco and a Tree - it can only be your Christmas videos

Hello and welcome to the latest of our parade of estate agency videos and photographs to mark Christmas 2020. It may be a...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Modern Method of Auction attracts Zoopla member agents

Over 100 Zoopla member branches have signed up to the Modern Method of Auction system offered via the portal. Over the summer Zoopla...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Richard Rawlings’ Leadhub marketing tool acquired by Spectre

Leadhub, a prospecting tool created by estate agency trainer Richard Rawlings, has been acquired in what he calls “a classic case...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's future uncertain as shareholders reject Connells bid

Countrywide has this morning rejected an £80m offer made for it by Connells Group. On November 23 Connells announced that its due...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Michael Bruce bats away accusation of “bullying tactics”

Purplebricks founder Michael Bruce has batted away a stinging attack on him made by allAgents, a review website. allAgents has set up...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin wants founder agents on boards leading the portal

Upcoming portal Boomin has written to its founder agents inviting one of them to take up a seat on the main...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Weak leadership threatens innovation

After you. No, after you. That is often how innovation seems amongst the real estate elite. And this week I see it...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

NAEA chief delays retirement to help restructure Propertymark

Mark Hayward, who was scheduled to retire at the end of this month, is to stay on at NAEA Propertymark as...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Your Christmas office pics - two crackers start the festive season

We’re off and running with our annual showcase of the decorations and festivities in agency branches and for those working from...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market defies gravity as prices now hit five year high

Annual house price inflation is now running at 6.5 per cent according to the latest Nationwide index after a 0.9 per...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Lessons for estate agents from Sir Philip Green’s fall from grace

One of the hybrid agency sector’s leading agents says there are key lessons our industry can learn from the collapse of...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom still not over as mortgage approvals hit 13-year high

The housing market may be slowing as we enter December but the latest snapshot suggests there’s still momentum with mortgage approvals...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Backer of self-employed agent model admits: ‘There are risks’

One of the biggest supporters of the self employed estate agent business model admits there are risks and it’s not for...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech product for independent agents claims to slash 'lost business'

The Federation of Independent Agents trade group has unveiled a new automated nurture product available exclusively to members - and it claims...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

So this is … time for your Christmas pictures and videos

It’s already a cliche to say that Christmas will be a little different this year - and in reality it will...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Coronavirus? Housing market sentiment strong despite crises

Public sentiment over the housing market remains stable despite the Coronavirus crisis and the possibility of a No Deal Brexit. That’s the conclusion...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty clampdown revealed by HMRC and advertising watchdog

HM Revenue and Customs and the Advertising Standards Authority are working together to cut out misleading marketing by promoters of stamp...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees - agents should disclose them up-front insists Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has joined calls for greater disclosure of referral fees by agents.  The issue has become a hot topic in...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as young branch manager dies from Coronavirus

A young Kent estate agent has died after contracting Covid 19 at the age of 28.  Chris Cane was branch manager of...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers

We are on the threshold in December with the pandemic still dominating but we’re delighted there is still positive jobs news...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of agents sign up to free-to-list portal group

Free-to-list portal group OneDome claims 425 estate agency branches joined its listing services last month,  OneDome Group operates two portals, OneDome and...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents still worried about cliff-edge threat to stamp duty holiday

NAEA Propertymark has renewed its warning that a cliff-edge threatens housing market stability as the stamp duty holiday ends. The organisation’s outgoing chief...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin wins backing of ‘anti-Purplebricks’ industry guru

One of the highest profile figures in the agency industry - and a past critic of Purplebricks - has come out as a vociferous...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

“Knackered” Countrywide suffers media onslaught

Criticism of the management of Countrywide has reached new levels of derision as the mainstream media have attacked the chaos surrounding...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Valuations and transactions cooling as tougher Tiers arrive

The housing market in England and Wales is stabilising, according to analysis of web traffic from a property advice site.  Valuation requests...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency wins key role in growing retirement community sector

The high profile Yorkshire agency chain Dacre, Son & Hartley has been appointed by the largest charity care provider for older...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - from Christmas parties to Christmas carols

We’re just a few days from December so why not get into the festive spirit a little early and get some...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property tax rises and falling house prices coming in 2021

Property tax rises and falling house prices look as if they are on the way according to the small print accompanying...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holidays don’t help market, claims tax expert

Stamp duty breaks have historically done little to help the housing market - and it’s the same now. So says David Hannah,...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency opens in what may be Britain’s most-mocked location

A new estate agency in one of the country’s most widely-mocked towns has opened its doors - and is not afraid...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Multiple tough lockdowns have not deterred this housing market

Average house prices in Wales have risen three per cent in the past year, despite multiple difficult lockdowns considered more severe...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online network now has Modern Method of Auction link

Online network love2move - which gives partner High Street agents an option to offer vendors an online sales service - is...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak pledges new homes but does not hike property tax - yet

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has resisted changing any property taxes in the short term, but has used his Spending Review statement to...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin now claims 40% of the top 100 UK agencies

The soon-to-launch Boomin portal has signed up a national firm and now claims to have recruited 40 per cent of the...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lobby your MP over stamp duty holiday extension, says Guild

The Guild of Property Professionals is urging the industry - all agents, not just its own members - to lobby MPs...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom market to go on into 2021 - but then expect bumps in the road

Zoopla’s research team is anticipating the first quarter of next year will see the current boom continue as 100,000 additional sales...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech: New agents' CRM launches after three years in development

A high-profile publicity campaign has culminated in the launch of a new CRM which calls itself as “a transformative new technology, empowering...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s Big Day: “Don’t make knee-jerk property tax rises” he’s told

Today sees the government’s Spending Review, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak taking centre stage as he presents a 12 month spending plan to...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove finds its happy (there are pasties and cream teas)

What’s the happiest place in Britain? Rightmove has the answer. In a new ‘Happy At Home’ index calculated by the portal and...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide senior management in shock decision to quit the company

A statement this morning from Countrywide's board says both its executive chairman and its group managing director are leaving the company.  It...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency launches huge recruitment drive with jibe at Countrywide

Connells Group has announced a major recruitment drive as it looks to create 250 new agents' positions - and it’s launched...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Update: Agents seeking urgent guidance from government

Propertymark is in touch with the government to see how the new Tier structure being introduced on December 3 will affect...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal - agents go on waiting

Agents anxious to know if they will receive a payout from their Business Interruption Insurance will have to wait still longer...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Bring on agency regulation and training, say new industry chiefs

The agency industry’s new leaders for the coming year have expressed strong support for reform recommendations promoted by the Regulation of...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech link-up aims to speed up transaction times

Two prominent suppliers have teamed up to offer customers instant visibility of chain lengths, details of agents connected to properties being...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where it takes over 200 days to complete a house sale

A survey of completion times for house sales over the past four years suggests that the worst performing local authority area...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide faces multiple risks if it doesn’t sell to Connells - claim

Connells has increased the temperature in its bid for Countrywide with a surprise statement this morning outlining risks run by Countrywide if...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tougher Corona restrictions: Agents to be told how market will work

Agents should know in the next 36 hours how new Coronavirus restrictions will affect how they work. The Prime Minister is announcing...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide brand unveils “transformational” new image

One of Countrywide’s two up-market brands, Hamptons International, has unveiled a new look which it describes as part of “a transformational...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Flipping makes a comeback with big profits made by investors

The mixture of the stamp duty holiday and generally fast-rising house prices has led to a resurgence of flipping. Data released this...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will relaxed EWS1 safety checks allow thousands of flats to be sold?

Safety checks which are apparently now preventing thousands of owners selling flats are to be eased - but there is confusion...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Price rises overtake stamp duty holiday savings in many places

It may make little difference to agents but a leading analyst suggests thousands of buyers have effectively lost money on their purchase...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

 Market boom goes on according to strong mortgage search figures

A mortgage technology platform has released figures suggesting the housing market remains strong, with high numbers of searches by buyers for...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer attacks “outdated” and “age old processes”

The director of a conveyancing technology company has hit out at what he calls “an over-reliance on outdated processes” and “age-old...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide opens a new branch after 50 closures this year

Countrywide, which is thought to have closed over a fifth of its branches in recent years, has opened a new office...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Reapit names IT supremo as its new chief executive

Reapit has named Mark Armstrong as the new chief executive officer, the post occupied by the high profile and popular Gary...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Ewe interested? Hybrid aims to double in size by late 2022

High profile franchise hybrid agency EweMove has announced ambitious plans to double agent numbers within two years. The firm - which has...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Transaction volumes edging higher than 2019 despite Covid

Transactions appear to be edging higher than in 2019 for the first time this year - despite lockdowns and concerns caused...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and an early mention of …. Christmas

Hello and welcome to the end of the week - Friday means charity day, with an update on our industry’s latest...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to advise Boomin on referral fees disclosure

The Boomin portal, which incentivises agents to cross-sell and benefit from referral fees, is to receive advice on fee disclosure from...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

 Slowdown ‘is right time to invest in PropTech to optimise revenue’

The founder of OneDome says a likely housing market slowdown is the perfect time for agents to optimise revenue by investing in PropTech. Babek Ismayil believes...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Where will agents find the most lucrative housing markets?

New research attempts for the first time to identify the most lucrative property markets in the country - with surprising results...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Price caps revealed for buyers using new Help To Buy scheme

The government has revealed new regional price caps for its revamped Help To Buy Equity Loan scheme, set to operate between...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Why the delay? Leasehold lobby presses government for action

A leasehold group has written to Housing Minister Chris Pincher pressing for an update on the government’s approach to reform for...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will Boomin’s “fair fees” tempt agents to quit Rightmove?

The new property portal Boomin has revealed its fees structure for agents. Tapping into the industry debate over portal fees, Boomin describes...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers outperform agents for recent customer service say ESTAS

The customer service performance of conveyancers has improved in recent months according to the ESTAS review platform.  The long-standing and sometimes-heated debate...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Chew on that! Purplebricks’ new marketing chief is restaurant supremo

Purplebricks has just appointed its new chief marketing officer, who was most recently global director of restaurants at a food chain. Ben...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

 Rightmove cleared - watchdog throws out complaint about TV advert

A TV advert for Rightmove first screened in 2018 has been cleared of gender stereotyping. A complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: how to cope with technological change

A slight change to the normal column this week. I was very fortunate to be given the virtual floor at the...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge over-supply means London facing “perfect storm” - warning

The Home website, which publishes a detailed monthly snapshot of the market, has raised the alarm over London because of a...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agents and bucketshop conveyancers ‘causing transaction delays’

One of the country’s top buying agents is advising purchasers and vendors to avoid online agencies and 'bucketshop' conveyancers. Edward Heaton - founder...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as estate agent, 36, found to have taken his own life

A young estate agent who set up his own online auction service took his own life after a long period suffering...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyer Information Packs give agents an edge over fall-throughs - claim

Estate agents can stand out from the crowd and help consumers through lockdown by providing a more secure sales process, a...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin still booming: another 10 agency sign-ups

The soon-to-launch portal Boomin - set up by the people who founded Purplebricks- has signed another 10 independent agents. They are all...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency chief claims self-employed model led to record month

A regional wing of Fine & Country has reported a record month - and puts it down to the self-employed ‘associate’ business model...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Management buyout for long-established regional agency chain

A five-branch agency in the westcountry is the subject of a management buy out by two directors. Westcoast Properties - with branches...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must be crystal clear on fees, watchdog tells industry

The advertising watchdog has told the agency industry to clean up its act on four issues, with clarity over fees being...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Vaccine injects new life into housing market

Just when you thought the housing market was beginning to calm down... along comes a likely vaccine for Coronavirus. One of the country’s...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents should give conveyancers more information up-front - call

A prominent PropTech supplier wants agents to hand over much more information to conveyancers to allow them to make faster progress on...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - movers and shakers across our industry

Hello and welcome to the latest PJT, your opportunity to catch up on who’s moving where in the agency and supplier...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Social media first for Zoopla with ‘hyper local’ image campaigns

Zoopla is the first UK property company to launch advertising on Pinterest, the lifestyle picture-centric social media platform. A statement from Zoopla...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown ‘not hurting market’ despite dip in asking prices

Asking prices are down for the first time in many months. It’s a small drop - an average of 0.5 per cent...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Allow sales that have exchanged to have stamp duty holiday - call

A law firm wants the government to agree that properties that have exchanged but not yet completed can definitely benefit from the...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal set to launch Artificial Intelligence marketing system

Residential People, one of many free-to-list platforms in the hectic portal marketplace, is set to launch which it calls its “AI...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax hike is GOOD news for agents, insists top analyst

One of the industry’s leading commentators says an unintended consequence of a possible Capital Gains Tax increase could be a bonus...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Watchdog to probe merger of popular agency crowdfunding sites

The Competitions and Markets Authority is to probe the proposed merger of two crowdfunding sites used by numerous property industry companies. Crowdcube...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity … on Children In Need day…

Hello and welcome to your regular Friday charity round-up from the industry - appropriately enough on the day of the latest...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent threatened with prosecution for opening office to the public

An unidentified estate agency has been threatened with prosecution by a local council after opening its office to the public during...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax Bombshell: CGT could double under new proposals

A report commissioned by the government suggests a doubling of Capital Gains Tax on profits from the sale of second homes. The government -...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agents thrive - if they work harder than before

A leading enthusiast of the self-employed agency business model says even in these challenging times people can make a success of...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus has “barely dented” sales and rental markets - RICS

The latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors review of sales and rentals, often amongst the most pessimistic of analyses, says Covid 19...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

TV consumer champion demands action to free ‘mortgage prisoners’

A new report funded by high profile consumer champion Martin Lewis says the government must do more to help ‘mortgage prisoners’. These...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Multi-million pound boost for PropTech bid to speed transactions

A PropTech platform that says it halves the time taken for transactions has just completed a multi-million pound investment round. Coadjute - which...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Second Covid wave not hurting London house sales - top agent

The London sales market is slowing as Christmas nears but no significant impact has been caused by the second wave of...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors in Countrywide prepare for bargaining with Connells

Various investors in Countrywide have submitted early online paperwork to The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers - the red tape required to...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Is the market turning? Momentum slowing down, report surveyors

The first monthly market monitor to show activity in the housing market tailing off has appeared - and it says momentum...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

He's Hired! Apprentice star returns to estate agency industry

A former London estate agency owner and finalist on The Apprentice says he’s now returning to the sector to sell new-builds. Jamie...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Independents are our industry’s backbone - want to be involved?

As you may have seen over the weekend, the long-running Property Natter column – penned by Angels Media chief executive, Nat...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Fall-throughs threat: Buyers will pull out if they miss SDLT deadline

A survey of people currently buying property suggests as many as a quarter may pull out if they know they’ll miss...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

RICS’ new survey will be “real change” to improve buying process

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says its new Home Survey Standard will be implemented from March and will represent a...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares soar despite more branch closures

Countrywide shares soared yesterday, rising 47 per cent on the previous close at one point as investors relished the prospect of...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyer Beware to be scrapped? Conveyancers debate alternatives

Conveyancers have considered whether the long-standing ‘caveat emptor’ or buyer beware principle in a property purchase should be replaced by ‘vendor...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin signs up hundreds of new franchise branches

The six brands that make up The Property Franchise Group are the latest signings for yet-to-launch portal Boomin. TPFG’s brands are national...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Leading London independent agency drops franchise structure

Aspire, the six-branch south west London agency, has dropped its previous franchise structure and reverted to being owned outright by its...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents wanted to work with high-funded quick buy company

A relaunched home buying service says it wants to partner with agents to unlock sales if the housing market deteriorates. The service...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide at risk of entering administration - claim

Connells has issued a counter statement to this morning’s announcement by Countrywide that a possible takeover is underway. At 7am Countrywide revealed...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Takeover Underway? - Connells begins bid to buy Countrywide

It’s been announced this morning that Connells is in takeover discussions with the troubled Countrywide agency group. Countrywide has given Connells until...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Major English Football League deal for High Street agency

Your Move is to become the English Football League’s official Communities Supporter for the coming season. The agency is already an Official...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing firm to tell buyers they will miss stamp duty holiday

A leading firm of conveyancers will this week tell new clients that their property purchases are likely to miss the stamp...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices soar 7.5% in a year but it may all change soon

House prices by the end of October were running 7.5 per cent above their level a year ago - but the...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents back to work today after 17-day ‘fire break’ in Wales

While England’s national lockdown exempts the housing market and allows agents to operate normally, it’s not been the same in Wales...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons’ management bonuses stay after ‘voting problem’ revealed

Foxtons has announced that its remuneration policy for senior management is to stay unchanged - and it says a voting problem...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Date revealed for largest-ever combined ESTAS 2021 Awards

The 2021 ESTAS Customer Service Awards are to be held on Friday June 11. For the first time the awards will host...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online firm renews attack on high street agents’ charges

Strike, the firm previously known as HouseSimple, has launched another attack on the charges levied by High Street agents. This time it is...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will extended furlough help struggling agents and suppliers?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the furlough scheme until the end of March. It will continue under the current rules, with the...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Many firms sceptical of automated anti-money laundering systems

Over a fifth of key businesses say they do not trust any element at all of automated anti-money laundering checks and...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyers fleeing cities don’t always get more for their money

The trend of buyers apparently fleeing the city to get more for their money in the country has hit the buffers...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - good works continue through the lockdown…

Hello and welcome to yet another Agents Do Charity, the weekly forum for the industry to share its good news on...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin signs online agency amongst 10 new founding members

Fledgling portal Boomin - launching later this month - has announced another 10 independent regional agencies as founder members. This includes its...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents offered ‘leniency options’ to confess about industry cartels

New guidance spells out how leniency can be exercised on agencies or individuals who inform on anti-competition cartels of the kind that...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Is Boris letting down the poor? Agency in rare criticism of government

High end agents usually keep their powder dry when it comes to party politics, to avoid upsetting customers. However Knight Frank has...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Interest rate unchanged despite unusual early announcement

The Bank of England’s monthly interest rate decision was made today - but instead of it being announced at 12 noon,...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency chief criticises Trump and Farage over ‘victory’ claim

Hunters chairman and Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake has hit out at allegedly false claims made by Donald Trump and Nigel Farage. Trump’s...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New house survey launched by fledgling rival to RICS

A new survey has been launched by the Residential Property Surveyors Association. The RPSA - which wants to rival the RICS as...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New official guidance: What agents can do in lockdown

The government has unveiled the public health regulations which will underpin the second national lockdown in England - and the exemptions...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Using technology to underpin your lettings division

I remember so clearly in my Foxtons days, working as a lettings manager in Putney, that lettings, though less sexy than...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown justice at last for agents with Business Interruption Insurance?

The Business Interruption Insurance saga, involving hundreds of agencies awaiting pay-outs on policies, enters its next and final stage later this month. An...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Too Late! Third of England set to miss stamp duty holiday deadline

Buyers in around 30 per cent of English cities are almost certainly already too late to complete a purchase by March 31...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Many overseas buyers don’t even visit Brexit bargain purchasers

A London property investment consultancy says 22 per cent of properties it’s advised overseas purchasers on this year have been bought sight-unseen. London...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue agents flouting AML rules ‘will be prosecuted’ says NAEA chief

A leading board member of NAEA Propertymark warns a small number of rogue agents continue to flout anti-money laundering regulations - and...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough pay-back: Agency in talks with HMRC

Knight Frank is in talks with HM Revenue and Customs to return furlough money as a result of relatively strong trading, notwithstanding...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency stung by lockdown criticism reveals policy for next four weeks

An agency in London which was stung by fierce criticism in the spring lockdown has announced its policy for branch activity...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin portal reveals how agents will be charged for listings

Boomin is to levy a traditional monthly fee for estate and letting agents listing on the site, in line with other...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Fears grow over lockdown impact on transactions

The national lockdown beginning on Thursday makes the case for an extension to the stamp duty holiday, according to a tax...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency offers auction service to rivals at fixed price fee

An online agency says its virtual auction service can be used even by its rivals between now and the end of...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin reveals 'lifetime revenue' potential for agents

Advanced information released today about Boomin suggests it will seek a much closer relationship with agents than existing portals, with lifetime...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday set to be extended as housing market stays open

There’s one key takeaway for agents from the weekend’s announcements on the next England-wide lockdown - the housing market is staying...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide meeting later this month to decide company fate

Countrywide is to hold a special general meeting on November 18 to consider its future ownership and structure. Last month Countrywide group...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks delays fees re-structuring again

Purplebricks has issued a statement to its shareholders saying it’s ‘never been more relevant’. However, the expected radical change to its fees structure appears...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Conveyancing - don't battle what you can't control

We can all agree that the recovery of the property market since May has been outstanding. The latest data from Zoopla...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty receipts up despite first time buyer exemption

Figures just released from HM Revenue & Customs show just how much stamp duty buyers pay, at least before the current holiday...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Does being Covid-safe at home artificially lift house prices?

A leading market analyst says the widespread belief that we are ‘safe’ in our homes may indirectly lead to the recent...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS and Agents Together form partnership to help industry

The ESTAS awards service and the Agents Together foundation are entering into a partnership. That means all ESTAS customer agents will be...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: Housing market stays open during national lockdown

The housing market is to remain open in the four week lockdown in England. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government...

31 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Market boom to carry on into 2021 as mortgage lending soars

The housing market boom looks set to continue for some months yet as mortgage approvals for home purchases hit their highest...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket hands shares to agents on full-tariff long-term deals

OnTheMarket has handed out more shares to agencies signing long-term agreements with the portal. It was almost three years ago that OTM, then...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Drastic consequences if stamp duty holiday ends in March - agents’ chief

The housing market’s recovery will be threatened with drastic consequences for buyers and sellers if the stamp duty holiday isn’t extended beyond...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

What do London buyers want? Agency says it has the answers

A London agency says it's discovered the five key priorities that buyers want, following a survey of its own database. “Lockdown and...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Fangs for all your good work…

It’s Halloween time, and while this year’s festivities may be muted there’s plenty to celebrate as far as agents’ good deeds...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory qualifications for agents “within two or three years”

The mandatory qualifications expected of agents have not been forgotten and will come into effect in two or three years. That’s the...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies and branch closures continue at Countrywide

An extensive culling of branches and staff continues apace at Countrywide as it significantly reduces the size of both its office...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Boost for Foxtons as sales improve - but revenue still down on 2019

A trading statement from Foxtons this morning provides a rare piece of good news for the troubled London agency. It says business...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday Mayhem - Sunak urged to avoid 'cliff-edge'

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been told to avoid a stamp duty holiday cliff-edge next March at any price - because it...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies’ ‘hub’ business model may apply in other industries

The so-called hub model of estate agency adopted by a growing number of firms appears to be part of a wider...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Big rise in sale of £1m homes despite Covid crisis - Rightmove

The rise and rise of £1m-plus homes continues apace with new research from Rightmove showing the biggest growth areas. Data released this...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

He’s back: ARLA’s David Cox joins Rightmove as compliance chief

David Cox is joining Rightmove next week in a dramatic return to the industry. Cox left the ARLA Propertymark in late July after...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer names and shames councils for delays in local searches

A conveyancing firm is blaming councils for delays in transactions. Conveyancers have themselves been sharply criticised in recent weeks as the sharp...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Busiest Ever Autumn? Buyers up, prices up, delays up, supply up

There are 140,000 more buyers waiting to complete on their properties right now than there were this time last year. The claim, by...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

SDLT holiday could be tapered or restricted to first timers - top agent

One of Britain’s most respected agents is suggesting Chancellor Rishi Sunak could ‘taper’ the stamp duty holiday to avoid a cliff-edge...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Regulation of Property Agents - update for industry expected today

A progress report on the Regulation of Property Agents recommendations will be made today by a key RoPA committee member, Mark...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Deferred-payment scheme for high-price London homes

A developer operating in prime central London is offering buyers a deferred-payment scheme. K10 Group says it’s doing this because of the...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Facebook users to be targeted with properties matching their likes

A new tool which identifies preferences of Facebook users and then targets them with ads for appropriate homes on sale, is...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency new recruits given just three or six month contracts

An agency recruitment firm says there’s been a big rise in short-term vacancies being offered since lockdown restrictions were lifted in the...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tinder-style new portal offers agents 12 months free listings

A new property portal that operates a Tinder-style ‘swipe’ app is offering agents 12 months free listings. MoveStreets operates like the dating...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin’s Backers: national and regional agencies are new founder members

Yet-to-launch portal Boomin has secured the support of 10 more estate agencies, one of them the national chain Humberts. In its third...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New stamp duty surcharge may push up house prices - claim

The new two per cent stamp duty surcharge applying to non-resident buyers may cause a wide range of properties to be...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage struggles and house-buying complexity hit first timers

A new survey reveals the uphill struggle first time buyers appear to be having in securing a mortgage. A study of 1,000...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Many Countrywide branches now shut permanently

Estate Agent Today can reveal that a string of Countrywide offices across the country have been closed in recent weeks - but...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Chaos” ahead when stamp duty holiday ends, warns NAEA chief

The outgoing chief executive of the National Association of Estate Agents is warning that the sales system continues to struggle with...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the inside track on who’s going where

Hello and welcome to a new week - and evenings that get darker earlier.  As winter approaches we’re continuing to bring you...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Logbooks: New bid to make them part of sales process

Another attempt is being made to introduce property logbooks to the selling and buying process, and agents are invited to play a...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency employee runs Dominatrix service from branch office

A Connells staff member has reportedly been suspended for working as a dominatrix while in her office. The Daily Star says the...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

It's a cover up! Free face masks from Propertymark's charity

They’ve got it covered - the charitable arm of Propertymark is offering free face coverings to member agents. The Arbon Trust is...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak tells estate agents: I'm helping to keep you in a job

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is taking credit for saving thousands of agency jobs through increased transactions prompted by the stamp duty holiday. A...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide branches close ahead of private equity investment bid

At least two branches of a Countrywide agency have been closed, shortly before news broke of a proposal for a large...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency launches first-ever radio and podcast ad campaign

Knight Frank has launched a new radio advert for the first time. The rollout marks the firm’s fourth phase of its “partners...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-inspired career change for independent estate agent

A reassessment of an independent agency’s activities during the Coronavirus crisis has led to it merging with a local franchise operation. Maison...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s a big one as the clocks go back…

Shorter days and darker nights deflate the spirits, especially in today’s challenging circumstances, but there’s some bright news - a large...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Major Countrywide shareholder rejects investment proposal

One of Countrywide’s largest shareholders has come out against a £90m investment package in the company proposed by a private equity...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide gets £90m lifeline and top management clear-out

The troubled Countrywide group has announced a £90m investment by Alchemy Partners, a private equity company that specialises in investing in...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ big new idea - meditation for movers

Purplebricks is the first estate agency in the country to launch a meditation service to ease “the emotional rollercoaster felt by...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Speed of conveyancers and lenders will decide short-term market - claim

Savills says the shape and size of the housing market in the coming months will be determined by the capacity of conveyancers...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Soon-to-launch Boomin portal not just for sellers and buyers - claim

One of the latest 10 agents joining the still-to-launch Boomin portal says it could be the go-to website for all property...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax expert claims buyers of homes-with-annexes may pay excess SDLT

A tax expert says his research suggests some buyers of homes with annexes may have paid too much stamp duty on...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London buyers flee centre for outer areas, reports Rightmove

A new analysis of searches and leads to agents by Rightmove suggests buyers in London are deserting central locations in favour of...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown Plea: Let agents work in offices, not at home

One of the industry's senior agency leaders says it would be a mistake for agents to be stopped from working in...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin names another 10 founding member independent agencies

Boomin, the still-to-launch portal created by the founders of Purplebricks, has named another 10 founding member agencies. Like the initial 10 they...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: ‘Don't blame us, we are not the problem - you are’

I had a wry smile when I read the article on Monday from the conveyancers complaining about people getting off their...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Only 10 days left to beat stamp duty holiday deadline - claim

Delays across the house buying sector mean those wanting to benefit from the stamp duty holiday need to begin the buying...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Working From Home - what buyers want, and where they want to be

Agents in some parts of the country may be able to make use of data from utilities comparison service uSwitch, which...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Modern Method of Auction: market leader claims record month

Online auction service Iamsold secured £52.7m in total for vendors in September, an increase of 16 per cent on the same period last...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 700 agency branches fail to reopen after spring lockdown

Some 713 estate agency branches have failed to reopen following the spring lockdown according to a business consultancy. TwentyCi says that is the...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal wants to list appraisal properties, not just formal instructions

Another new property portal has been launched, this one - Mutual - describing itself as the ‘Pre-Portal Property Platform for estate...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London’s Foreign Buyers: surprise country heads global league table

The country producing the largest number of buyers of prime London properties is not China, nor from north America or the...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

£1m-plus sales soar but will future buyers beat stamp duty deadline?

Sales of £1m-plus homes have surged since lockdown as affluent buyers seek more space and lifestyle changes.  An average of 868 £1m-plus...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Call for mortgage guarantee scheme plus longer stamp duty holiday

The National Association of Estate Agents wants the government to initiate a mortgage guarantee scheme to encourage more 95 per cent...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown Announced - agency branches in Wales to shut for two weeks

Most agents' branches in Wales are expected to close for just over two weeks from 6pm this Friday, October 23 - moving...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons data breach but “no sensitive data compromised”

Foxtons is alleged by a newspaper to have suffered a malware attack and data breach which closed its MyFoxtons client website. The...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Down-valuation shock - half of buyers hit by lenders’ bad news

A mortgage service claims 46 per cent of buyers have had their prospective property down-valued by lenders - often forcing them...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers tell agents - don’t blame us for transaction delays!

Conveyancers are sending a blunt message to estate agents: transactions will take longer than usual and don’t chase us with queries and...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - latest news on the movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to the start of a new week and a new edition of Property Jobs Today, your chance to...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Why we’re backin’ Boomin - top agents speak out for new portal

The senior management from four of the agencies announced as founding members of Boomin have spoken out in favour of the...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Some sellers are now asking too much, reveals Rightmove

The latest Rightmove asking price index shows the extraordinary market and amazing times we are living through. The average price of property coming...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Top Ten! Boomin portal reveals high profile founding agencies

The new Boomin portal being launched shortly has named 10 high profile agency chains as founding members. The 10 give the new portal...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla offers agents free virtual viewings in new PropTech deal

Zoopla has linked with a PropTech company led by the former boss of Purplebricks to offer agents free virtual viewings services. The...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry Redundancies: Agents Together launches support programme

Agents Together, the wellbeing and mentorship service which came into existence earlier this year, is launching what it calls a Redundancy...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

There may be trouble ahead…Mortgage lending to get tougher

A Bank of England survey suggests it may be more difficult for prospective buyers to get a mortgage later this year. In...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency bought by hotel group pledging jobs growth

An estate agency in Lancashire has been taken over by a hotel group, which pledges to expand and create more jobs. Mikhail...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - even as things get just a little tougher…

Let’s be honest: things are getting just a little tougher aren’t they?  We’re delighted to say that the spirit of the industry...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agents and deals run bigger money laundering risks - government

The government has issued new guidance to estate and lettings agencies on their obligations regarding money laundering issues - and online...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Howzat! Online agency’s latest agents are professional cricketers

The latest agency recruits for online firm easyProperty are batting for the company in more ways than one - they are...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks claims buyers want more PropTech in property details

Online agency Purplebricks says an absence of technology in property details is one of the biggest turn-offs for potential buyers. A survey...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Free health and well-being package offer to smaller agencies

A health business is offering a free support package to estate agencies with between three and 100 employees, to help staff...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Offers and instructions show signs of promise in Prime London

New instructions almost doubled across prime areas of London in September compared to the same period a year ago, while the...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Market Shock - “Severe correction” for London as most of UK soars

A prominent housing market analyst is warning that in 14 years of studying prices and transactions he has never seen the...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Marketing shift for OnTheMarket towards more social media

OnTheMarket’s acting chief executive says the portal will embrace more social media and innovative marketing strategies in the coming period. Yesterday the...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

From valuer in 2014 to chief executive in 2020 - new agency boss named

One of the country's largest group of independent agencies has named its new chief executive officer - and says it’s a...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Cut The Delays! Conveyancers urged to work with search providers

With many transactions now delayed by up to three weeks by slow searches, a body representing local search providers is urging...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

LSL expanding with new London branch for Marsh & Parsons brand

There’s to be a new Marsh & Parsons office in London as the LSL-owned brand expands its network to Acton in...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Going up north: it's not just the south seeing demand soar

The south of England is not the only region to benefit as city-dwellers search for more greenery and outdoor space, says...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Part-time agent outperforms full-time counterpart with Lifesycle

Lifesycle, the platform built by Iceberg Digital to help estate and letting agents work smarter, continues to launch new features and...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Big revenue rise for OnTheMarket but agent numbers stalling

OnTheMarket’s latest trading update shows a significant rise in revenue but agency branch membership numbers stalling. Revenue was up 28 per cent...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Homes can sell two months quicker, claims 'intermediary' platform

A platform which signs up vendors and allocates their sale to a high-performing local agent says it sells property two months...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies open offices out-of-town - a sign of the times?

Two agencies have announced the opening of offices in out-of-town-centre locations with easy parking. In Loughborough, well-known local agency Andrew Granger &...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New agency software provider launching with ambitious claims

A new Proptech platform is launching next month with claims it will “up-end the way agents do business” and that it will...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Prices up in Prime Central London but recovery is fragile - warning

It’s not a big rise, but price growth has returned to the Prime Central London sales market for the first time...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New “sellers portal” pledges to improve on Rightmove and Zoopla

A new portal-style PropTech product has launched and wants to recruit estate agents to its fold - despite describing the way...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency abandons online-only strategy by opening High St office

An estate agency in the south of England has abandoned its online-only strategy and has decided to open a physical office...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Are you steering clear of new Boomin portal? agents asked

A PropTech platform wants to find out agents’ views on a range of industry issues - and that includes whether they...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s new team caters for Covid house moving trend

Countrywide’s high-end brand John D Wood and Co has launched a new country house department, to take advantage of growing demand...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - movers and shakers in their new roles

Hello and welcome to PJT, our Monday feature giving you the inside track on major moves in and across our industry. Let...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

MBE awarded to Purplebricks founder Bruce

One of the founders of Purplebricks, and now a founder of the portal Boomin, has been awarded an MBE in today’s...

10 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents are ’spivs with tape measures’ says angry press article

A right wing magazine once edited by Boris Johnson has called estate agents “spivs with tape measures” who conceal information from...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Market Boom: Sales agreed so far in 2020 surpass last year’s figure

The total Sales Agreed in 2020 so far has overtaken Sales Agreed up to this point in 2019, despite the Coronavirus...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents told off for not being ready for Anti-Money Laundering regs

A security company says it is “disappointing” the estate agency industry is only around 55 per cent through preparations to cope...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

What next for UK side of US agency as chief exec quits?

Gary Keller is stepping down from his post as chief executive of the global Keller Williams estate agency empire. Although operating chiefly...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity … walking, in the mud, and with the Bulls

Hello again - the good news is it’s Friday and even better news is it’s Agents Do Charity, celebrating the industry’s great...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove wins fees war as opponents raise the white flag

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has admitted that getting the number one portal to change its fee structure “may take...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Time to scrap Stamp Duty? New figures add weight to argument

New figures released this morning give weight to calls for the complete scrapping of stamp duty.  The dats shows there have been...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

House price inflation at four year high but concern over virus

House prices in September were 7.3 per cent higher than a year earlier – the highest house price inflation since June 2016. The Halifax...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge property empire collapses after National Crime Agency probe

A businessman with links to serious criminals has lost his vast investment property empire worth nearly £10m after a National Crime...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency acquires independent as part of expansion strategy

National chartered surveyor firm Bruton Knowles has acquired long-established Herefordshire based John Amos & Co Ltd. The move is part of Bruton...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Online market share revealed - with Purplebricks way ahead

A new survey of the market share split between High Street and online agencies shows that Purplebricks remains the digital market...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London house prices over-valued despite Brexit doldrums - bank

London’s properties are “over-valued” according to a leading bank. UBS, which has what it calls a Global Real Estate Bubble Index, says...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: the challenge with iBuyers

Recently, when giving speeches, I have discussed investment trends and industry trends that the built environment is experiencing. They are quite...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

End of mortgage holiday could spell disaster for many - claim

A new paper from a think tank warns that many low income owner occupiers risk losing their homes when the mortgage...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Long-standing regional agency acquired in management buy out

A North of England estate agency has been acquired in a management buyout. Dowen Estate Agents has eight branches across the North...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty may have been overpaid by 120,000 buyers - claim

Stamp duty specialist consultancy Cornerstone Tax claims some 120,000 buyers in the UK may be owed SDLT refunds. It says that in...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest online agent has 30 years work experience - but not in agency

A former healthcare executive is the latest convert to become an online agent with easyProperty, the company has announced. Richard Ayres has...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket's next trading statement expected next Tuesday

OnTheMarket says it’s going to issue its next trading statement one week today on October 13. This will cover the first six...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing and mortgage fees blamed for extra moving costs

A survey says many people under-estimate the costs of moving with conveyancing and mortgage fees often higher than expected. Some 54 per cent of...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says prices for 'second-time-buyers' at record high

The so-called ‘trade up gap’ for people buying for the second time has grown to a record £67,761 according to Rightmove. The...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Christmas is a gift for agents who add value

It’s about this time of year, pandemic or not, that agents may be asked one particularly awkward question by a vendor...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Reveal referral fees now and don’t wait for law change, says NAEA

The National Association of Estate Agents has thrown its weight behind the recommendation of Trading Standards that agents must by law be...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Would YOU say this to vendors? “Sell now before prices crash”

An estate agent in Liverpool has adopted the unusual technique of urging vendors to sell now “before prices crash.” Clearly unworried about...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyer sues conveyancer for £4.6m eight years after purchase

A woman who bought a London house in 2012 is now suing the conveyancers that worked for her at the time...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tories pledge “revolutionary” low deposit mortgages for FTBs

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to create a ‘Generation Buy’ to help young people purchase homes with low-deposit mortgages. In...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents MUST disclose referral fees, Trading Standards tells government

Customers must be told about third party referral fees when buying or selling a home says the National Trading Standards Estate...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove lead agency now listing on Zoopla

The agency leading the Say No To Rightmove campaign has returned all of its offices and brands to Zoopla. The Acorn Group,...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Cladding scandal hurts entire housing market says top industry figure

Ed Mead has joined a growing chorus demanding government action on the cladding crisis. He is one of the industry’s leading figures from...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid employment advice service set up by Propertymark

Propertymark has teamed up with an employment and health and safety specialist to establish a service for member agents with Coronavirus-related...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - despite lockdowns and downpours…

There’s no stopping our industry - whether it’s local lockdowns or early autumn storms, agents and suppliers continue doing great work for...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Sales boom goes on and agents see no end in sight

Agents have universally welcomed new Nationwide data showing annual price growth picked up to 5.0 per cent last month - the highest rate...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Speed up sales! Online platform claims to cut agents’ admin in 2021

A new online platform claims to be the first of its kind to speed up the private treaty sales process for...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London agencies on the march with partnerships and expansion

Two independent agencies in London have joined forces to form a 'full circle' service for developers, promising to transform the property...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of thousands extra sales thanks to SDLT holiday - claim

Savills has boosted its forecast for housing transactions this year because the stamp duty holiday has been such a success at...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

We’re left behind! First time buyers hit by Coronavirus impact

Almost half of the country’s first time buyers say their plans have been delayed - or worse - thanks to Coronavirus,...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid Clauses are back as buyers fear wider lockdown restrictions

A leading agency says so-called Covid Clauses are being inserted into contracts as buyers become increasingly cautious ahead of a possible...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Crisis? What crisis? Mortgage lending hits 13 year high

Mortgage approvals for house purchases have soared to a 13 year high according to Bank of England figures up to the...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents get up to 2.32% commission claims Quick Buy property boss

A league table drawn up by a quick buy property firm claims that some estate agents' average commission has hit 2.32 per...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal - bid to speed up pay-outs

The many agents believed to be awaiting pay-outs on their Business Interruption Insurance will have some consolation in knowing that the...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies, PropTech and furlough cash help Hunters recover

Franchise network Hunters has recorded strong figures for the first half of 2020 but a trading statement reveals the measures it...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Major regional agency unveils pioneering ‘super hub’ structure

One of the country’s major regional agencies has unveiled a ‘super hub’ structure which began life as a lockdown measure but...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency easyProperty expands and seeks new licensees

Online agency easyProperty has announced four new areas to its portfolio to build on its existing 41 locations - and it’s seeking...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Your Move veteran takes up new PropTech role

A veteran agent with 38 years experience of the industry - much of it at Countrywide - has become the head...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ fees on the rise but stamp duty holiday cuts moving costs

Consumer group Which? says the stamp duty holiday has cut more than £4,000 from the average cost of moving home -...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal company wins another £5m funding

Property technology company OneDome, which operates two portals - OneDome and Nethouseprices - has raised another £5m in funding.  It says it...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

One in eight sales in late summer achieved above asking price

Data from NAEA Propertymark shows that in August, some 13 per cent of properties sold for more than the original asking...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit deal and vaccine vital for stable market - forecast

The first leading agency to make a 2021 forecast says the market should be stable next year - so long as...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers for the industry

Hello and at the start of another working week, welcome to our regular jobs slot announcing who’s moving where within the...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New Purplebricks non-exec director has 36 other company roles

Purplebricks has named a new non-executive director - and currently she has 36 other company directorships or partnerships to her name. Elona...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Solve this NOW! Campaign to make cladding flats sell-able again

Survivors and bereaved family members from the Grenfell Tower fire have joined forces with residents trapped in allegedly dangerous flats in...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New PropTech product nurtures leads for agents - even as they sleep

A new PropTech product claims to help agents generate and nurture leads - even while they sleep. MovePal generates leads through Facebook...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents handling private treaty sales accused of being behind the times

A quick buy firm which typically purchases homes from sellers at below market levels has accused estate agents and the private...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin to hold strictly confidential webinars in bid to woo agents

Boomin, the new portal being set up by the founders of Purplebricks, is holding a series of confidential webinars next week...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents, conveyancers and movers pledge greater sales transparency

The cross-sector group looking at reforming the sales process has agreed a new pledge which it says introduces greater transparency for...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Storming Ahead - high end properties still flying off the shelves

Two reports this morning suggest that activity in the most expensive sectors of the housing market is doing as well as...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New sleaze allegation against Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick

The Times has revealed new allegations concerning the behaviour of Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. The Cabinet member has been under the spotlight...

25 September 2020

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Agents Do Charity - a reminder we’re here to help through the virus

Hello and welcome to the latest ADC, your regular Friday round-up of great work being done by agents, suppliers and others...

25 September 2020

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Agencies and businesses offered new tax and jobs schemes

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined his measures to help agencies and other businesses survive Coronavirus. His announcements - endorsed by both the...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark names new leader for revamped organisation

Propertymark, which will from later this year combine both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting...

24 September 2020

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Will agencies benefit from Sunak’s new ‘after-furlough’ measures?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today reveals his latest measures to help businesses - including agencies, suppliers and other parts of the property...

24 September 2020

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Self-employed agency model booming claims high end brand

The frenzied housing market and the uncertain wider economic outlook during the pandemic have combined to lead to a surge in...

24 September 2020

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Portal promotes “free money” referral fees despite industry probe

One of the many new portals recently launched has made a pitch for agents to join because of its referral fees...

24 September 2020

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New PropTech products aim to help transparency and Covid safety

New PropTech products continue to appear, many aimed at enhancing transparency in buying and selling, or helping agents adopt new ways of...

24 September 2020

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Vendors spend extraordinary sums each day to sell their homes

Vendors spend an average £41 a day for 144 days when selling their home - but some spend a remarkable £140 a...

24 September 2020

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Agents work just two-thirds of their maximum hours - claim

Figures drawn up by a property industry recruitment guru show that estate agents work only two thirds of the hours they...

23 September 2020

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Record figures for leads to agents, claims free-to-list portal

One of the growing number of free to list property portals, Residential People, claims a record-breaking number of sales and letting...

23 September 2020

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PropTech Today - why do PropTech companies fail?

I was giving an interview this week for an upcoming conference - yet another to convert from a physical to a...

23 September 2020

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Agency behind Say No To Rightmove reveals High Street expansion

The regional agency group which master-minded the Say No To Rightmove campaign has made a big commitment to the future of...

23 September 2020

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Government claims credit for housing market boom

The government claims its stamp duty holiday has supported nearly 750,000 jobs thanks to the ripple effect in the economy. A statement from HM...

23 September 2020

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Confirmed: Agents WILL have to wear masks in branch offices

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that all retail staff will be obliged to wear masks when working - and it's now...

22 September 2020

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Agents back Rightmove allegation of logjams in conveyancing

Two agencies have entered the debate on whether the current frenzied housing market is seeing delays in completions. Yesterday EAT reported that...

22 September 2020

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Purplebricks and Foxtons lead share price falls amid Covid worries

Share prices for many quoted estate agencies and property portals fell in trading as fears grew about Coronavirus. London-focussed agency Foxtons was one...

22 September 2020

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Top agency emphasises importance of High Street branches

Connells Group has revealed seven appointments to its board of directors which it links directly with a target to grow presence and...

22 September 2020

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Most owners believe their house price is static or falling - survey

A survey of over 2,300 home owners across the UK suggests market sentiment is mixed, with most doubting house prices have risen. The...

22 September 2020

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Independent expands with new branch in key south of England location

Independent agency Sawyer & Co has announced the opening of a new branch in the Preston Park area of Brighton -...

22 September 2020

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Vendors Beware! Sales taking month longer than usual to complete

Logjams in the mortgage, conveyancing and removal stages of house moving mean sales are taking much longer than usual, according to...

21 September 2020

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Top agent becomes growth and compliance head in franchise group

The Property Franchise Group has named high-profile industry veteran Eric Walker as managing director of Martin & Co (South and Scotland).  Walker...

21 September 2020

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Another agency group returns to Zoopla as portal celebrates growth

Another regional agency group has returned to Zoopla, attributing the move to the portal's “receptive audiences” amongst the house buying and renting...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency wants to sell £1m home for £1 - but with extras

A family-run agency which last year asked people to “make an offer” to buy a franchise is now claiming it will...

21 September 2020

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House ‘sold’ in six days with no agent fees, claims quick buy firm

A quick buy firm boasting it has ‘sold’ a home within six days also says it now takes 140 days on...

21 September 2020

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First time buyer affordability index may be most authoritative yet

A new league table drawn up by a property advice website may be the most authoritative yet for first time buyers...

21 September 2020

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Absurdities of council tax laid bare in new league table

The irrationality of Britain’s council tax system has been laid bare in a new league table drawn up by estate agency...

21 September 2020

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Third of sellers won't budge on asking price despite buyer requests

Almost a third of property sellers (29%) say they won't accept a lower offer for their property, according to new research. Online...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-Money Laundering: FCA criticised over lack of enforcement

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has been criticised for its lack of enforcement of anti-money laundering (AML) legislation so far in...

18 September 2020

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Star agent capitalises on post-lockdown relocations with new business

A highly-experienced former Savills agent has launched his own buying agency focusing on the prime country market in Surrey. The new company,...

18 September 2020

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Office to residential conversion: new development is 'vote of confidence'

The green light for a vacant office building in the capital to be redeveloped into residential housing has been given after...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - during an Indian summer...

Hello and welcome to the start of the weekend and that means it's time for Agents Do Charity. Each week, we publicise...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

No cuts: properties twice as likely to sell if asking price doesn't change

Property sellers are twice as likely to find a buyer for their property if the original asking price does not change,...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Forty year-old regional agency reveals new name and branding

A North East agency, which first opened in 1977, has revealed a new identity with a new name and fresh branding. Thirlwells...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Auction march continues - record summer for UK's largest auctioneer

The strong performance of the auction market in recent months has been reinforced by the latest figures from iamsold, the UK's...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over dark web password sales and data breaches

Estate agents and small businesses are being warned to take greater care over passwords to stop hackers breaking into their systems. David...

17 September 2020

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Bucking the office trend: national agency secures huge Birmingham space

National property consultancy Carter Jonas has bucked the trend of remote working and closing branches to announce it has secured 12,000...

17 September 2020

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Agents tell Housing Minister to 'get empty homes back in use'

NAEA Propertymark has written a letter to Housing Minister Christopher Pincher, asking what measures the government is taking to get more...

16 September 2020

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House price growth could be halted by oversupply of property

The strong house price growth experienced in recent months could soon be 'marred' by oversupply, according to Home.co.uk. The property website says...

16 September 2020

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Independent agency launches new brand to honour former boss

Independent estate agency Heywoods has undergone a major rebrand in honour of its former boss Chris Stops. Stops, 57, passed away in...

16 September 2020

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Revealed - worrying number of buyers don't know what conveyancers do

Almost two fifths of property buyers don't know what conveyancers and solicitors do, according to new research. My Home Move Conveyancing's survey...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance: High Court rules in favour of agents

The result of a test case over Business Interruption Insurance involving agents has been handed down by the High Court. It has...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty: 'Zero likelihood' tax rise for overseas buyers will be scrapped

A tax expert says that there is 'zero likelihood' of the government changing its mind on stamp duty changes for overseas...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Can iBuyer technology repair chains and reduce fall-throughs?

Ahead of the launch of a new iBuyer platform later this year, agents are being invited to attend two webinars hosted...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Auction PropTech startup aims to streamline legal process for buyers

A new PropTech startup is giving prospective buyers the opportunity to receive due diligence at a fraction of the time and...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Market records summer holiday slowdown following post-lockdown boom

The property market experienced a slowdown last month as a result of more people going on summer holidays, according to the...

15 September 2020

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A third of home buyers denied a mortgage, new survey reveals

The scale of the problems facing many prospective buyers has been set out in a survey showing as many as one-third...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Corporates and onliners lose market share to local firms - claim

Independent agents are busier than they have ever been thanks to the post-lockdown surge but larger corporates are actually losing market...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Disgraced agent pays £110,000 compensation but must pay more

A disgraced former estate agent has paid his victims around £110,000 but must pay another £5,000 or so in the immediate...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest ins, outs, and moving abouts…

Hello and welcome to the new working week. Here’s the latest information on key hires across our industry: if you have similar...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal sells stake to fund purchase of house price website

PropertyHeads, a portal which describes itself as the industry’s social network, has sold a three per cent stake partly to raise funds...

14 September 2020

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OnTheMarket signs big-name housebuilder to new homes channel

OnTheMarket has signed up one of the country’s biggest house builders, Taylor Wimpey. The builder - which has 24 offices and covers...

14 September 2020

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Agency networks to compete against each other for first time

A new customer service award category at The ESTAS will see agency networks competing against each other for the first time.  Networks...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s loss “10 times any other top portal in the world”

Rightmove, which recently posted a 37 per cent drop in revenue for the first six months of 2020, has lost almost...

11 September 2020

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Son of ex-Savills boss slams traditional buying agents as “outdated”

A buying agency targeting what it calls the “prime and super-prime” London market is offering clients not only a sourcing service, but also...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New warning to estate agents over illegal price-fixing

The estate agency industry is still under the spotlight for possible illegal price fixing cartels according to the Competition and Markets...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency undergoes management buyout after 25 years

An estate agency founded in 1995 has undergone a management buyout from two existing director. Westcoast Properties is a north Somerset firm,...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and there’s a special date for your diary …

Hello and welcome to the weekend and that means a charity-fix for all those agents and suppliers doing great fund-raising in these...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New Covid clampdown will push people to sell says leading agent

A leading agent says the government’s new Coronavirus clampdown from Monday will push more home owners to sell. Caspar Harvard-Wills, a partner at...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Record leads for OnTheMarket driven by ‘New & Exclusive’

OnTheMarket has this morning announced record leads during August, beating July’s previous record. The portal generated over two million leads in August, an...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance: date set for court case result

Agents involved in a test case over their Business Interruption insurance will know the result next Tuesday morning. The test case concluded...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Profits and revenue slump for Winkworth as franchise interest slows

Franchise giant Winkworth has reported an 11 per cent drop in gross revenue and profit plummeting 20.2 per cent in the...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

High-end agency launches auctions to hedge bets in uncertain market

Knight Frank has launched an auction business to give vendors a wider range of sale options as market uncertainty remains because...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge - details emerge for non-resident purchases

The government has published draft legislation giving further details on the two per cent stamp duty surcharge on non-residents purchasing residential...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin - new portal snaps up Rightmove and Zoopla staff ahead of launch

The portal  set up by Purplebricks founders Michael and Kenny Bruce has revealed it's recruited Rightmove and Zoopla personnel and intends...

09 September 2020

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PropTech Today: Is there any such thing as a portal war?

For a mixture of reasons, I now only write this column every two weeks. At first, I missed the weekly consideration...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Ian Westerling - a legacy of Humberts, NAEA, PropTech and more

As many in the industry will know, Ian Westerling passed away last week at the age of 51: he was a...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency outpaces High Street brands, company results show

Hybrid agency EweMove has outperformed its traditional sister companies within The Property Franchise Group over the past six months. That’s the clear...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Coup for ESTAS as major agency group signs up to review platform

The ESTAS, which is fast establishing itself as a review platform as well as an awards network, has signed up the...

09 September 2020

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PropTech offer for NAEA agents to work with start-ups

The National Association of Estate Agents is inviting members to join a panel reviewing new PropTech produced as a result of...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Another US agency enters UK market with plan for 100 agents

Another US real estate agency wants to follow Keller Williams, Berkshire Hathaway and others by opening in the United Kingdom. Nest Seekers International...

08 September 2020

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It's a record! Latest index reports price rise after buoyant summer

House prices rose again in August to reach a record high level according to Halifax, which is part of the Lloyds...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Where do you appear? New league table shows listings per branch

A new league table shows how many listings exist per agency in 23 different cities across the UK.  The analysis looks at the...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Guild selects 40 new agency members from 100 applicants

The Guild of Property Professionals says that in the past quarter it has had its highest number of new joiners on...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Under half of agents say prices are up since lockdown - claim

A sentiment survey conducted amongst 585 estate agents by the OnTheMarket portal suggests fewer than half have witnessed price rises since...

08 September 2020

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Surveyors slug it out: Revamped group wants to take on RICS

The Residential Property Surveyors’ Association appears to be taking on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in a battle for authority...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Marcus Rashford criticises tweet from estate agency chairman MP

Hunters chairman Kevin Hollinrake - who is also a backbench Conservative MP - has been criticised on Twitter by Manchester United...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - bumper bundle of new appointments

Hello, and if it’s the start of a new week it’s time for Property Jobs Today, giving you the inside track...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

“Bored” buyers lead to 20-month high in exchanges says top agency

Knight Frank says its analysis of the whole housing market across the UK shows that transactions in the final full week...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents back investigation into “unfair sales tactics” over leasehold

NAEA Propertymark has thrown its weight behind a Competitions and Markets Authority investigation into whether consumer protection law has been broken...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' founders 'not seeking external funding' for new portal

Property portal Boomin has been "courted by a range of potential backers" according to Sky News. The news service - which has...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Watchdog launches probe into unfair sales tactics of leasehold homes

The Competition and Markets Authority is today opening enforcement cases focusing on the sale of leasehold homes by four leading housebuilders. They...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing log-jam warning from Rightmove, despite faster sales

Rightmove is warning of a conveyancing log-jam that may delay sales, despite the ongoing frenzy of activity and faster transactions for...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyer beware? High numbers of purchasers disillusioned by process

Research by Zoopla has revealed the scale of the mistakes by and regrets for disillusioned home buyers. For large numbers of people...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A lot less: Houses at auction achieve 40% less than via private treaty

With estate agents increasingly offering auction options to vendors, new research makes interesting reading - and suggests that homes sold via...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime house prices to fall across Britain despite mainstream market surge

In the week the Nationwide recorded the UK’s highest ever average house price, high-end agency Savills has forecast that prime markets...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we’re back to school at last…

For many agents it’s been a big week…not because of the surge of buyers, but because their children have returned to...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Ground-breaking agent mentoring scheme wins lavish praise

A self-employed agent has gone public to lavish praise on the mentoring scheme which is part of the Agents Together charity. Cameron Carter,...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents increasingly using ‘grey’ low-key marketing - claim

Estate agents are increasingly using low-key ‘grey’ marketing to avoid too many prospective buyers swamping them when homes go on sale. That’s...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Record house prices likely to go higher still says leading agent

Record house prices recorded this week by the Nationwide index are set to go higher still according to a leading agent. Nationwide...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Preparing for regulation of agents is key goal of new NAEA president

The new president of NAEA Propertymark says one of her key objectives for the year ahead is to prepare the industry...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies across the country buck trend by expanding

A south coast estate agency which has been operating since the 1980s has opened its seventh office.  Jacobs Steel’s latest branch is...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla tells agents - we're free until January if you commit long-term

The battle between portals is hotting up again with Zoopla repeating its offer of free listings until January for agents committing...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Furloughed mortgage and surveyor staff delay transactions - claim

A specialist property lender says transactions are being delayed by key staff being furloughed. Gareth Lewis, commercial director of property lender MT...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Good News: Negative equity threat “far lower” than after 2008 recession

There’s good news from the think-tank the Resolution Foundation, which says the threat of negative equity because of the Coronavirus crisis...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket’s financial advisers talk up company and new CEO

Two City consultancies instructed by OnTheMarket have talked up the company’s fortunes after the appointment of its new chief executive.  Shore Capital, which in...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Bank of Mum and Dad still vital to house sales, figures show

Recent speculation that the so-called Bank of Mum and Dad would be playing a reduced role in the housing market has...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock appointment: Ex-Foxtons man is OnTheMarket's new CEO

There’s been a surprise appointment as OnTheMarket chief executive. Instead of popular acting CEO Clive Beattie - who had made it known...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Victim of notorious agency price fixing hits out at lack of refund

One of the victims of a notorious estate agency price fixing cartel has spoken out against one of the offenders.  Christina Davis...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin is only new portal that can rival Rightmove - top agent

One of the most experienced British estate agents says the new portal Boomin - expected to launch next month, October -...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Big rises in property taxes expected to pay for virus spending

Hefty increases in taxes on the purchase and sale of holiday homes and buy to let properties are expected in the...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

US realtor says UK agents would earn more with multi-listing service

An American realtor who once predicted his company would have 5,000 UK estate agents working under its banner is now saying...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agents’ network links with part exchange operator

The agency affiliation group Relocation Agent Network is linking with HBB Solutions, a part exchange and ‘guaranteed purchase’ operator.  HBB says a...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘taught not to quote VAT on fees’ claims insurance firm

An insurance firm claims estate agents are taught not to quote VAT in fees until the final bill. A statement from Admiral...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

50% of property professionals expect pay rise despite recession

A new study reveals that two thirds of property professionals expect a pay rise in the next 12 months, despite Coronavirus and the recession. Of 1,100 professionals questioned...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New high-end branch to seek more agents as it expands

Fine & Country has revealed its latest branch - a West Wales office opening for business on Tuesday. It will initially cover...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour to spend two years debating property and housing issues

Labour’s shadow housing minister has revealed that it will be two years at least before the party sets out its long-term...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and there’s a long weekend here at last…

You might be forgiven for thinking we’ve been cheated out of our Bank Holidays this year, as so many fell during...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Secret portal from Purplebricks founders wins praise from Rightmove critics

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has given a thumbs up to the new Boomin listings service created by the brothers...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom! 13-year high for number of sales agreed per agency branch

If yet more proof were needed of the housing boom this summer, NAEA Propertymark says its sales agreed data suggests a...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal secures record visits in bid to rival Rightmove and Co

OneDome, which operates two free-to-list property listing sites, says it’s had a record month as it strives to build an alternative...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Houses selling much faster than flats according to Zoopla data

Figures from Zoopla quantify how Coronavirus is changing the market, with houses selling significantly faster than flats. The latest market report from...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Former agency owner launches training and coaching consultancy

A former agency director and owner with three decades of experience in the industry has set up a coaching and training...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency identifies ‘recession-resistant’ locations in bid to ease fears

With the UK officially in what has been described as the single worst national recession in the world, one agency has...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Are our fees too low? British agents amongst cheapest in the world

New research suggests that British estate agents charge some of the lowest fees in the world. Based on an apparent British average...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Another self-employed agency model boasts of 100 new recruits

The battle between rival self-employed agent business models continues apace with eXp UK - set up last autumn - announcing it...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent expelled by Ombudsman for failing to pay award to seller

An agency that has now closed down has been expelled by The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay an award of...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: start-ups win investor backing in changing world

An overview of the global PropTech sector is often what I am asked to cover at conferences around the world. This generally...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says demand is rocketing in every region of the UK

Data from Rightmove shows that demand is up 61 per cent compared to the same period last year - and the...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News