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KEYWORD "0% Commission" - 356 RESULTS
Lockdown Losses - three attempts to quantify cost of crisis to agents

Business consultancy TwentyCi is the latest to try to put a value on the potential losses to the property industry and...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Why working from home isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be

Let me start by wishing everyone well in these uncertain and precarious times. I truly hope you, your families, friends and...

18 April 2020

From: Features

Conquering Corona - self-employment webinar, more PropTech offers

Good morning and welcome to today’s edition, helping agents find a way through the Coronavirus crisis by sharing information with the...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

NAEA/ARLA ask government to include commission in pay rescue deal

The NAEA and ARLA have jointly written to the government asking it to include agents’ commission in its plans to help those financially...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents beware - buyers shoulder Japanese knotweed risk following TA6 changes

Based on our historical data over twenty years of nationwide operation and a survey conducted in partnership with YouGov, we estimate...

04 April 2020

From: Features

Furloughing - should it include agents’ commission as well?

One of the biggest issues for agencies at the moment is furloughing - a safety net being offered by the government...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency cartel scandal - watchdog wants agent directors disqualified

The Competitions and Markets Authority has started court proceedings seeking the disqualification of two estate agency directors over a price fixing...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Hybrid says it's time to go self-employed and buy a £10k franchise

A hybrid agency says the Coronavirus is a “disrupter and game changer” for the industry and is wanting agents keen to...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Jon Notley, co-founder and CEO of Zero Deposit™

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Jon Notley and I am the co-founder...

12 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Sellers desert online agents for High Street rivals, says Zoopla

Almost eight in 10 sellers have instructed High Street agents in the past year - a significantly higher figure than 12...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

UK interest in free-to-list global portal ramping up in 2020

There’s been a surge in UK enquiries to global free-to-list portal Residential People, and a comparable rise in interest from Chinese...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how did agents advertise in the pre-portal days?

In the last few Natters I’ve focused on the slow death of local newspaper advertising, and how many agents are now...

29 February 2020

From: Features

Uncle Sam vs Blighty - Two countries separated by a common language

The Atlantic Ocean is a vast space – some 4,000 miles eastwards across from the USA until land is met again....

29 February 2020

From: Features

SUCCESS STORY: How to win at Financial Services

When Wolverhampton estate agency Thomas Harvey opened its doors more than 50 years ago, mortgages weren’t really part of the equation...

28 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Trading Standards to probe house raffle problems

Future complaints about property raffles by individual home owners seeking to avoid estate agency fees will in future be handled by...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Agency mergers and new business models

What an interesting few days it’s been. I don’t think the topic of this week’s column is doing anything good for our...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents asked to confess if their firm has been price-fixing

A new call has been issued this morning by the Competition and Markets Authority for estate agents to confess if their...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Underpaid agents told: ‘You can earn £200k a year in a hybrid firm’

An estate agent who has himself made the move from the High Street to a hybrid operation has urged anyone in...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 50 agents join new national agency in first three months

A new national agency concept - eXp UK - has revealed that it has recruited over 50 agents in its first...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Another high end agent joins Keller Williams hybrid hub

Another former Savills agent has joined freelance agency operation Keller Williams, the second in recent weeks. In January it was revealed that...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Third Keller Williams market centre of 2020 opens - with more to come

A new market centre operating as a hub for freelance agents has opened in Glasgow. Called KW Evolve it is a Keller...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What can 80 conveyancers teach PropTech?

“It appears conveyancers either aren’t too concerned with PropTech right now, or they don’t yet have all the information needed to...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Coup for Keller Williams UK as it signs up Savills director

Keller Williams UK is opening a new Market Centre, this time in Oxfordshire - and it has signed a senior Savills...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Agent sued over alleged mis-measurement

A buyer is apparently suing a London estate agent over a discrepancy in a property description. The Mirror newspaper reports that the...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

48 hours with...the largest estate agency in the world

'It's a recipe, not a menu' is a mantra championed by a host of Keller Williams' millionaire estate agents. But what are...

25 January 2020

From: Features

Watchdog issues “strong signal” to rogue agents who price-fix

The Competition and Markets Authority says it wants to send “a strong signal” to the estate agency industry that price-fixing will...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

CMA releases cartel agents’ investigation details

The Competition and Markets Authority has released a 135 page document giving explicit details of its latest agency cartel investigation. This includes...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Off-market and hush-hush - so let’s put up a For Sale board

When is a property really off-market? There may be many answers to that question but it’s likely that few would consider...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New Hub agency with two fee options is recruiting agents

Another hub-based agency has launched in the capital, following in the footsteps of operations like Harding Green, Orchards and Keller Williams. Mariel...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks keeps 2020 pricing strategies secret - for now

Purplebricks is not revealing details of the different pricing strategies it is testing “in the field” early this year. Last month the...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: let’s talk about conveyancing

It’s one of the most crucial aspects of the homebuying and selling process but is too often bogged down by frustrating...

21 December 2019

From: Features

Public asked to inform on other fee-fixing estate agents

The public are being asked to inform the authorities if they know of agents operating fee-fixing cartels. The request - from the...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla repels cyber attack on its Alto software

Zoopla has repelled a cyber attack on its Alto property software - with no breach of customer agents’ personal data. It has...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

What does the new RICS Home Survey Standard mean for agents?

As part of its commitment to promoting and enforcing high standards, RICS has launched its Home Survey Standard, which will become...

14 December 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks testing four different pricing strategies in 2020

Purplebricks says it’s put four different pricing strategies into the market with a view to testing them in 2020. In a trading...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Online firm Housesimple claims it’s second largest agency in part of UK

Online estate agency Housesimple is extending its offer to sell homes for free to some postcodes in the Midlands.  The offer is...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering – acting on your suspicions

The Fifth Money Laundering Directive becomes law in the UK on January 10 2020, strengthening the responsibilities placed on private companies...

07 December 2019

From: Features

A winning combination: pick ‘n mix the best practices from Australia

The Australian agent is a very different beast to his or her British counterpart - and it’s not just because we...

06 December 2019

From: Features

GDPR compliance - three key questions every agency must answer

There’s been a new warning to estate agents to check they are fully compliant with GDPR regulations following a European case...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

US agency Keller Williams takes off with new centre at Gatwick

US-based Keller Williams is going to open its next market centre in West Sussex - the latest example of what it...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: new app allows agents to test interest in properties pre-sale

A new app is being launched which allows agents to gauge possible interest in a property before it is formally put...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Are UK agency leaders ready for the Millennial workforce?

In a new video interview, Steve Carroll, director of industry relations at Real Estate Group, tells industry commentator Christopher Watkin why...

23 November 2019

From: Features

New surveys from 2020 in bid to speed house moving process

A new Home Survey Standard is being launched today in a bid to improve and speed up the house moving process. The...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: do agents need to adapt to modern communication methods?

As we know, the world’s moving very fast and how we communicate now is drastically different to even 10 years ago....

16 November 2019

From: Features

Online agency’s reason for low volumes (it’s not Brexit or stamp duty)

An online agent claims to have the answer to why fewer people are buying and selling these days. It’s not Brexit, stamp...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks, Housesimple and Yopa must merge to survive - claim

The former chief of an online estate agency says the top three surviving firms in the sector must merge if they...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency’s £40k bill after allowing staff to value home they wished to buy

An estate agency will pay out over £40,000 after being found to have misled customers and allowing one of its own...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

A winning combination: pick ‘n mix the best practices from Aus

The Australian agent is a very different beast to his or her British counterpart - no surprises there. And it’s not...

29 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Pioneer firm for self employed agents on the prowl for new recruits

One of the earliest British estate agencies to adopt the model of using self-employed or freelance agents operating under the same...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

EXCLUSIVE: New national agency recruitment ‘ahead of expectations’

A new national agency concept - eXp UK - has told Estate Agent Today that its recruitment schedule is running “well...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks in Canada - is it the agency’s secret success story?

Controversy and Purplebricks have gone hand in hand since the agency was first launched in 2012, through its float on the...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

UK agents promised true wealth if they follow US-style industry training

The US-based real estate firm Keller Williams says it is aiming to be this country’s leading agency training organisation. Ben Taylor, who...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New multi-agency sales company already works with 40 agents

A relatively new company which signs up vendors and then effectively sub-contracts their sales to strongly-performing local estate agents says it...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Zero Deposit’s Jon Notley talks exclusively to Estate Agent Today

When renting a property out, letting agents and landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant...

12 October 2019

From: Features

Estate agency comparison platform nears crowdfunding target

A yet-to-launch estate agency comparison site is nearing its crowdfunding target of £50,000. Invite Agents, which is crowdfunding on crowdcube, had, as...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

'Property Guru' agency announces fresh investment and key hire

A new estate agency, which claims to only hire property experts, has announced a new investment as well as the recruitment...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Will the current political landscape encourage Generation Rent to vote?

In recent years, governments and local councils have sought to change the private rented sector (PRS) to make it more appealing...

28 September 2019

From: Features

Property Natter - what makes for an effective CRM?

In a previous Natter, I promised to talk more about CRMs – and here I stick to that promise. Following on from...

21 September 2019

From: Features

Ex-Purplebricks boss says High Street fees could rise if agents prove they're worth it

Former Purplebricks chief executive Lee Wainwright says the problem for estate agents maintaining a strong level of fees isn’t competition from...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks spends £382 per instruction on marketing alone

Purplebricks has spent £26.7m on marketing in the past year - that represents £382 per instruction.  The figures, revealed in the agency’s...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Three top online chiefs abandon sector and buy into full-fee agency

Three former online estate agency founders - including the controversial Russell Quirk - are going into mainstream full fee agency. They are...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ US boss seeks UK backing for new online agency

Former Purplebricks US chief executive officer Eric Eckardt is seeking some £6m in funding from across the world for his latest...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

London is only region to see rise in repossessions

A new analysis of privately owned homes with mortgages outstanding shows repossessions have risen in London - but they’re down in...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Housesimple boss renews his attacks on High Street agents

The head of online agency Housesimple has made another strident attack on the integrity of High Street agents by saying some...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - how to prepare for Generation Z and Alpha

They will be the doctors, lawyers, teachers, thinkers, leaders and captains of industry of the not too distant future, but is...

24 August 2019

From: Features

Would a Berlin-style rental price freeze work in the UK?

Recently a number of politicians and charities have been calling for the introduction of rent controls or rent freezes in the...

24 August 2019

From: Features

Banned: property boss responsible for over 100,000 nuisance phone calls

A property company chief has been banned from being involved in any company for five years following a case involving over...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Why agents need to be queuing up for new premium instructions

The typical new real estate agency forms when an entrepreneurial high performer quits their job at a leading chain and sets...

17 August 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks: an insider’s story of what it was REALLY like

A former Local Property Expert and manager at Purplebricks has gone on record to reveal what it was really like to work...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency says first time buyers no worse off than a generation ago

An online agency has struck out against the conventional wisdom that it’s tougher than ever before for first time buyers to...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agents undervalued, underpaid and 'not really self-employed' - guru

One of the most experienced and high profile figures in the industry says individual agents working for online companies are typically...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agents face new guidelines as advertising complaints rocket

The Advertising Standards Authority has issued a guidance note warning online estate agents, after complaints about them have “grown dramatically”. “Property is big...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what’s it like to work for the world’s biggest agency?

Nicky Stevenson has had a very varied and interesting career in property. She started out as a lettings negotiator for Nicholas...

27 July 2019

From: Features

Agents charge average 1.2% but highest hits 2.9% says comparison website

Some estate agents are charging as much as 2.9 per cent commission according to a survey by comparison website GetAgent. While the...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Online firm says its agents could earn ‘unlimited monthly income’

An online agency which last autumn said it wanted to have as much as a three per cent market share of...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

ONE WAY TO BEAT THE INDUSTRY BLUES

 – use technology to build a trusted brand as a people-focused custodian of client money Non-stop regulatory changes in the industry are...

01 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Online agency to sell all homes for free: is this the future or a stunt?

Online agency Housesimple has become the first in the UK to sell houses for free. It says that based on the average...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Modern method of auction - the online bidding process explained

The modern method of auction is proving to revolutionise the way properties are bought and sold across the UK.  By putting the...

26 June 2019

From: Features

MyBid4It offers exclusivity benefits for Estate Agents…

MyBid4It is an online auction platform which has been developed to partner with Estate Agents and revolutionise the way properties are...

26 June 2019

From: Sponsored Content

OnTheMarket says rivals may interfere with its bid to get agents to pay

OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett says rival portals may want to “interfere” with his aim of converting agency members from free...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - key moves in and about our industry

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Property Jobs Today - the Monday slot where you can catch up with...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Four agencies acted illegally in fee price cartel, says watchdog

The Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found that four agencies broke competition law by taking part in a price fixing...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Damning report says Help To Buy helped many who didn’t need it at all

The National Audit Office says many users of Help To Buy would have been able to purchase a home anyway, without...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

ValPal Network’s new conveyancing deal ‘can help offset fees ban impact’

Instant online valuation service The ValPal Network has revealed a conveyancing partner which it says will help agents boost referral fees.  The...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Online ‘veteran’ to lead virtual estate agency launching in UK

A veteran of three online estate agencies has been named as the first UK head of a US real estate operation...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

UK agents given the thumbs up when it comes to value for money

A recent survey conducted by comparison website GetAgent found that traditional high street agents have been given a firm thumbs up...

06 June 2019

From: Sponsored Content

The evolution of conveyancing referrals – how can agents replace lost revenue?

In recent years, estate and letting agents have been faced with a series of tough challenges to absorb and react to. There...

01 June 2019

From: Features

Traditional agents are good value say sellers, but deals take too long

Traditional High Street estate agents have been given the thumbs up by sellers in a new survey of over 5,000 vendors...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Commonhold in action – one small builder’s attempts to change the system

So far in our contribution to the campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold we have outlined the stories of some of...

18 May 2019

From: Features

Marsh & Parsons bucks market trend by opening 31st London office

One of the capital's best-known agents, Marsh & Parsons, has expanded its network with a new office in Streatham Hill, South...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The six things you need to know about live chat

In a world where people want instant gratification, it’s important to find ways to connect and engage with customers when they...

08 May 2019

From: Features

Complaints against agents on the rise, says Property Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has released its annual report for 2018, showing a 16% rise in the number of complaints made...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Quiz A Minister: send your questions on replacing leasehold with commonhold

In recent weeks our campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold has continued to gather momentum both in the press and across...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Proceedings against ‘fees cartel’ agent dropped after he accepts disqualification

Proceedings against an estate agent at the centre of a fees cartel case have been dropped following his agreement not to stand as...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agents “too cheap” and look too good to be true - Quirk

The failure of online agencies to significantly disrupt the industry is down to their being too cheap and creating a perception...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest key industry moves

Hello and welcome to Property Jobs Today - your final chance before the Easter break to catch up with the key...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Impact of the Tenant Fees Act - how can agents cover their costs?

It has been a long time coming, but the tenant fees ban, which forbids landlords and letting agents in England from...

13 April 2019

From: Features

Online agents hit out at High Street rivals about ‘over-valuations’

Online estate agents have seized on the recent national newspaper article accusing estate agents of over-valuing properties to earn higher fees. The...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

5 reasons estate agents need a telephone answering service

Of the hundreds of headaches that come with agent territory, worrying about what’s happening to your calls shouldn’t be one of...

08 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – we’re backing the campaign!

The leasehold scandal has received plenty of press coverage, with horror stories of people living in homes that are impossible to...

06 April 2019

From: Features

US estate agency reveals UK expansion plans for more ‘hubs’

The US estate agency Keller Williams says it is on course to have 10 hubs, called market centres, across the UK...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agencies 'will still take 50% market share' claims company chief

An online estate agency insists the online/hybrid sector will take a 50 per cent market share in the future - despite...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

How can agents keep property transactions on track?

More than 800 property transactions fall through daily, which can have repercussions both practically and financially, as agents fail to get...

30 March 2019

From: Features

Building better homes is good for everyone – not just older people

It’s no secret that the UK’s housing sector is in crisis. Headlines scream about the shortage of new-build homes. TV pundits...

30 March 2019

From: Features

UK agents 'charge lowest commission anywhere in EU' says new research

UK estate agents charge the lowest commission in the European Union according to new research from a comparison website. Despite high levels...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The good, the bad and the future of property chain communication

Thinking about the state of communication across residential property chains is enough to induce a severe migraine. We work in a world...

20 March 2019

From: Features

Ex-Rightmove boss quits online agency and sets up new listings service

A former senior management figure at Rightmove and online estate agency Doorsteps is going it alone for a new holiday property...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Dual Fees: first agent ‘must have done viewing’ to claim fees

The Property Ombudsman has issued new guidance over what it calls “a growing issue” - that is, disputes over dual fees. TPO...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Data unbound – how the rise of public data will redefine property

The proliferation of big data is paving the way to improving our economy on almost every front as entrepreneurial digital companies...

09 March 2019

From: Features

Ailing online agency House Network hit by complaint to watchdog

The troubled online agency House Network has amended its website after a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority about its claims...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

CMA wants two ‘cartel’ agency directors disqualified

The Competition and Markets Authority has this afternoon taken the latest step in the lengthy case of an estate agency cartel. This revolves...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Sabotage: Hybrid accuses rival agents of aggressive competition

The two men behind a low-profile hybrid estate agency say their company is flourishing after two years in business, during which they...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech can help prevent fraud – here’s how

To a sales-focused agency, having a lettings department can sometimes feel like losing control of the business. Recent cases of property management...

07 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Agents' fees unchanged in past year but moving costs hit record high

An annual study of transaction charges shows that house moving costs are now at a record average high of almost £10,000...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: will the real Housing Minister please stand up?

Kit Malthouse has been making headlines this week, but – in keeping with his tenure as Housing Minister so far -...

02 February 2019

From: Features

Website boss accuses agents of charging “vast” fees up to £7,000

The head of a For Sale By Owner website claims that some agents are making “vast amounts” of up to £7,000...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New guidance over Dual Fees to agents to be issued by Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman is to give agents new guidance on dual fees, following a surge in complaints from the public. In 2017, TPO received...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a bone to pick with Rightmove and takeaways

I don’t think I can add anything more to the excellent 2019 pieces we’ve seen on EAT in recent weeks –...

19 January 2019

From: Features

It’s time to upgrade your AML armoury

The government has moved to crack down on money laundering in the UK with a new campaign focusing on the accountancy,...

16 January 2019

From: Features

Agents' pay scandal: Campaign demands minimum wage

An agent has started an online petition demanding negotiators and others in the agency industry be paid the legal minimum wage...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Just the ticket (not). Another house raffle closed down by authorities

Yet another property raffle has had to be abandoned because it has been deemed illegal under Gambling Commission rules. A Yorkshire couple,...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency expands beyond London after recruitment surge

A hybrid estate agency which uses freelance agents operating from a central hub is now expanding from London into the Home...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Up to 25 agents could join 'market centre agency' each month in 2019

Keller Williams, which yesterday revealed two new market centres in the south of England, says up to 25 agents in the...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New 'market centres' to be opened in south of England by US agency

Estate Agent Today can reveal that US-owned franchise agency Keller Williams has ‘soft-opened’ two new market centres in the south of...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – A to Z of the property market for 2018

Another year is nearly done – and what an eventful year it’s been. We’ve had more than our fair share of breaking...

22 December 2018

From: Features

Zoopla and Rightmove reveal their Christmas adverts

Zoopla is launching its latest advertising campaign from Boxing Day with ideas from the creative minds behind Wallace & Gromit.  From Wednesday...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Knock, Knock - new website says sellers can avoid agents’ fees

A new website is offering to contact owners of homes that are not for sale, on behalf of people who would...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

When renting a property out, letting agents and landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant...

15 December 2018

From: Features

£70,000 commission for some London estate agents, says website

Research by comparison website Netanagent claims the commission paid to estate agents in London could be over £70,000 depending on where...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Join Us! Call for “disillusioned” agents to become prime London entrepreneurs

A new prime London hybrid agency wants what it calls “disillusioned property professionals” to join the firm and take advantage of...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Automated valuation system generates over 100,000 leads in just one month

The ValPal Network, an automated valuation system, has for the first time provided over 100,000 leads to agents in just one...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Typical asking price cut on a ‘doer-upper’ is 17% or  £40,000

Homes that require major structural work have asking prices which are on average £40,000 below the market norm, according to research...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rollo Miles, from Agent & Homes

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? It just says “Agent” for, at the end of the...

08 November 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Interview About the Venture

1.             Who are you and what do you do? HeyJuno Property is a business dedicated to empowering estate and letting agents throughout...

06 November 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Hybrid agency recruiting new franchisees with no joining fee

An estate agency that’s been commended for its flexible working has launched a recruitment drive for franchisees who would keep 75...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-High Street pair launch hybrid agency to take on traditional rivals

Two former High Street agents say their new hybrid agency has enjoyed an impressive launch gathering 40 instructions in just four...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Raffles: just the ticket or a complete waste of time?

Raffles are in the news as a way of ‘selling’ homes, and not just because an Irish club has won a...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Online property auction firm hits back against “murky” accusation

A firm which links with agents to operate online auctions has hit back at a consumer group's allegations that this growing sector...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents slammed for milking buyers for profits via online auctions

A consumer group says agents are securing increasing income from online auctions, but it warns that for buyers there are pitfalls...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

We need to wake up before we sleepwalk into a housing crisis

It’s now almost a month since the government introduced new rules on Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), as part of its...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Traditional agents’ commission just 1.1% and some charge even less

Traditional estate agent fees average just 1.1 per cent across the UK according to research from an agency comparison website -...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge cash reward for estate agents who blow the whistle on price-fixing

The Competition and Markets Authority is stepping up its campaign to identify and prosecute companies behind cartels - and it’s offering...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hubs not branches the future, says agent who rejected easyProperty

An agent in the Guild is launching a ‘hub’ style operation from December 1 and says the concept of traditional estate...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - is it as big a problem as we think?

Few things anger the industry more than the effect of stamp duty and other costs on property transactions (well, maybe Purplebricks...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Valuation tool earns £363m commission for agents in two years

Almost one in five online sales valuations generated by The ValPal Network over a two-year period resulted in a completion with...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Referral fees: agents must be more transparent, government says

A government minister has told the estate agency industry that it must be more transparent over the issue of referral fees. In...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Leasehold roadshow to throw spotlight on reforms

A series of leasehold roadshows beginning next month in Manchester aims to throw a spotlight on problems associated with the tenure,...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t be hasty in ditching your high street office

Several agents have asked me whether they should consider ditching their high street offices and move to an out of town...

06 October 2018

From: Features

Ex-Savills man launches For Sale By Owner service cutting out agents

A website has officially launched this morning, aiming to push the concept of US-style For Sale By Owner online property marketing...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves amongst agencies and suppliers

Hello and welcome to our weekly catch-up on the major moves within our industry. Remember, you can let the rest of the...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-Reapit sales chief launches as independent PropTech consultant

Reapit’s popular former sales manager Peter Fenwick is today formally launching as an independent PropTech consultant. Fenwick, whose departure from Reapit was...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

What now for online agents after shock closure of Connell's Hatched?

The shock immediate closure of Hatched, the online agency heavily invested in by Connells, has raised question marks over the online...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks tries 'pay half upfront, half when home sells' model in Australia

Purplebricks has introduced its second price rise of the year so far in Australia, and is pioneering a model under which...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Agent commission fees are second biggest daylight robbery' - Emoov

Hybrid agency Emoov has released research in which it claims consumers rank high street estate agency commission fees as the second...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the opportunity

In our previous 2 blogs we have covered the definitions of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPRs) and what the practical...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

CPRs; the implications

In 2014 The Properties Misdescriptions Act was repealed and replaced with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, otherwise known as...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks says traditional agents sell only 50% of homes they market

Purplebricks co-founder Michael Bruce says traditional agents sell only around 50 per cent of the homes that they list, so spend...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing proposals could delay transactions, warns law firm

A leading legal firm has given broad approval to proposals from the Law Commission aimed at improving the conveyancing process and...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees row: Spotlight on Ombudsman after court case decision

The couple at the centre of a court case about agents’ fees say the issue could have been resolved earlier had...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures: Agents may have lost £4 billion in fees in 2017

A report drawn up by Reapit and data consultancy Dataloft suggests that agents in 2017 lost a potential (and jaw-dropping) £4...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Making conveyancing quicker and better - that’s the promise...

The Law Commission has unveiled proposals that it claims could stop property fraudsters in theirb tracks and improve conveyancing at the...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: What security measures do agents need to take?

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

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Online chief’s outburst against living in the past High Street agents

The former head of Rightmove’s lettings division has blasted High Street estate agencies for “living in the past, charging exorbitant fees...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Referral fees – why a ban won’t make services cheaper

We are currently engaged in consultations with our members to help to find a practical solution to the concern of the...

21 July 2018

From: Features

£200 a month to run your own estate agency says company boss

The UK division of Keller Williams, the world's largest estate agency, says it can help entrepreneurial agents to set up their...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional hybrid agency launches with upfront fee of £1,500 including VAT

A hybrid estate agency has launched in Bury, one of the first of its kind to operate in the UK on...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: How should agents deal with security breaches?

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

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency as it used to be - EAT looks back at 2008

Estate Agent Today is 10 years old this weekend. We hope you’ll agree that’s a cause for celebration and a great...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: US agency opens fourth UK office with more to come

Estate Agent Today can reveal that Keller Williams, the US-led firm that has 170,000 agents worldwide, is to open its fourth...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

A new online agency has started charging only 0.75 per cent commission, payable only on completion, with no VAT and no...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Peter Rollings

Peter Rollings is one of the most respected and best-known figures in property, having helped to rapidly grow Foxtons (where he...

16 June 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks announces major expansion of its US business

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

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online and traditional auction houses slug it out for dominance

The rivalry between online and traditional property auction companies continues apace with one high profile player from each camp claiming major...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

How can agents make money from TV, broadband and utilities?

Letting agents are being advised to think seriously about how they can recoup costs to help compensate for the introduction of...

09 June 2018

From: Features

Claims resurface of agents urging buyers to use preferred mortgage brokers

A magazine which earlier this year claimed that two big corporates pressured customers to use their preferred mortgage brokers has now...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Be in charge of your own destiny – what does the future hold?

Any letting agent appreciates the effort, dedication, and sometimes heartache, that comes with running a business yet equally knows that when...

30 May 2018

From: Features

Which hybrid agents and PropTech firms made the top 100 startups list?

Two online agents and a number of PropTech companies have been named in startups.co.uk's Startups 100 index. Coming in at number 64...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Granular and delineated databases explained

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Do you need consent when taking customer details?

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: UK estate agent fees 'are the lowest in the world'

Here’s some good news to take into the Bank Holiday weekend.  Research undertaken by Estate Agent Today suggests that fees charged by...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

London homes to be raffled by start-up entrepreneur for £5 a ticket

A flat in Brixton is being raffled for £5 a ticket by a start-up entrepreneur who claims this is just the...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

How can deposit replacement schemes benefit agents and their clients?

In recent months, there’s been a notable move in the rental market towards deposit replacement products in place of traditional security...

18 April 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks comes out fighting on behalf of all online and hybrid agencies

Purplebricks has returned to the fray after recent controversies with a claim that home owners saved themselves over £140m in commission...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks tells government to order agents to publish fees

Purplebricks has issued a provocative response to the government’s new measures to promote a more professional and transparent house buying process.  The...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency directors are disqualified over cartels scandal

Two estate agency directors have been disqualified over a cartel scandal which resulted in five agencies being fined over £370,000 for...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agents - Ignore building regulations at your peril

With reports continuing to focus on a slowing property market and an understanding that not enough properties are being marketed for...

31 March 2018

From: Features

Could embracing Commonhold put an end to leasehold nightmare?

At any given moment it’s difficult to say which issue dominates our marketplace, but I think it’s fair to acknowledge during...

31 March 2018

From: Features

How to get the best out of an instant online valuation tool

One of the most important aspects of running a successful estate or letting agency is being able to generate new business...

21 March 2018

From: Features

Revealed: Purplebricks “stunning growth” explained by top industry analyst

One of the world’s leading property technology analysts has compiled a major report on estate agents’ business models - an exercise...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Free service allows agents to advertise listings 'before leaving appraisals'

A new PropTech platform is providing a service to help agents market their new listings instantly across portals and social media. BestAgent...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: boards up, shares down?

Why I won’t buy Purplebricks shares and why if I had any, I’d sell fast… In its latest adverts, Purplebricks attempts to...

13 February 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks ads confront 'best price' issue and mock High Street rivals

Controversial new Purplebricks advertisements on social media mock traditional estate agents who “twiddle their thumbs” in offices and claim the hybrid...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Top London agent joins 'freelance' agency project

Estate Agent Today can exclusively reveal that well known London estate agent Patricia Farley has joined the new ‘freelance’ agency Harding...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks row should trigger call for regulations of agents, says expert

Leading independent property expert Kate Faulkner says the current row regarding the accuracy of Purplebricks’ sales figures should be the trigger...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Is print advertising for estate agents dead and buried?

The printing industry is in the midst of a decline as digital products and services displace printed materials, which is why...

03 February 2018

From: Features

Agency appeals against court 'commission' verdict favouring vendor

London estate agency Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward says is reported to be appealing against a court’s decision about commission payable by...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How can local agents take a share of the multi-billion pound UK property auction market?

Here’s how the LetsBid Property team is helping them do it. A new property platform called LetsBid has launched in the...

24 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks expansion continues - it's to launch in New York

Purplebricks has this morning announced it’s to launch in New York. A statement to the London Stock Exchange this morning read: The...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks could have 15% market share by 2022 according to bank

US bank J P Morgan has predicted that Purplebricks, which it says now has around six per cent of advertised homes...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide man's legal case could hit value of two million homes

The Court of Appeal is today expected to rule on a legal battle which may be critical in determining the value...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

The Agents v The Donald: the US really DID get a good embassy deal

Claims by President Donald Trump that the US got a bad deal by selling its prime central London embassy and building...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency unveils radical 'low-cost traditional High Street business model'

Arun Estates has launched what it describes as “a major new departure” - a fully-staffed High Street office but covering a...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group says No to online but backs TV ads and PropTech

Arun Estates says his group’s four main operating companies are to become ‘premium brands’ through a mixture of marketing and PropTech...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks launches new TV and social media advertisements

Purplebricks once again used the Christmas period to launch new TV and social media advertisements.  In one, the hybrid agency debuted Mr...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

First 'associate' joins freelance estate agency scheme

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

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says buyers take eight minutes to decide to purchase

Foxtons says it takes just eight minutes for a purchaser to know whether they will go ahead with buying a home.  The...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

The housing industry has set out a list of demands in advance of the government’s hotly anticipated Autumn Budget on Wednesday.  Despite...

18 November 2017

From: Features

EweMove says one franchisee has earned £500,000 in a year

Online agency EweMove - part of The Property Franchise Group, which recently failed to agree merger terms with Belvoir - claims...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New portal targets agents to sell and let ex-council flats and houses

A new portal has been launched aimed at marketing ex-council properties for sale or to let through agencies.  Ex-Council.com says it is...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents’ commission – some common failings

The Estate Agent’s Act 1979 is rapidly approaching its 40th anniversary, yet still agents make mistakes and can all too easily...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Win a home for £2 ... but pay 5% commission when you sell

A new online property competition platform has launched that gives entrants the opportunity to win a home for £2 - but...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New analysis shows Purplebricks' massive domination of online sector

A long-standing traditional agent says the real success of online agencies is not their share of the market but that they...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Remind your clients: UK agency fees are competitive

There’s much said in the mainstream press about estate agency fees and how costly they can be for consumers. But one point...

11 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Warning: Don’t fall foul of competition rules after CMA fines

The decision by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to fine five estate agents for engaging in a price fixing cartel has...

07 October 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the falling leaves edition...

It’s not just that the days are shortening and the occasional smell of smoke lingers in the evening - the weather...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

UK agency commission amongst lowest in world, new survey shows

UK estate agency commission levels are amongst the lowest in the world according to a league table compiled by an international...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of sellers say local branch staff are key to selecting agent

The vast majority of sellers surveyed by a consumer group say rapport with branch staff in a locally-based office is important...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

How many agency business models are there today?

It used to be so easy. Around 20 years ago there were what we now call full-service estate and letting agencies, and...

23 September 2017

From: Features

New London agency wants to employ over 20 freelance agents

A company launching later this month, set up by an ex-Chestertons agent, wants to employ over 20 freelance associates who can...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'Cartels Hotline' launched on back of disgraced agencies' case

The Competition and Markets Authority - which yesterday released details of an infamous cartel case involving estate agencies - has now...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

CMA releases details of estate agents' cartel scheme

The Competition and Markets Authority has for the first time published details of the findings against a group of six estate...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

easyProperty relaunches, claiming to be UK's second-biggest hybrid

easyProperty has unveiled details of its relaunch, declaring itself to be the UK’s second largest hybrid estate agency - second only...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency earns £350,000 in commission from 'disgruntled' online sellers

Arun Estates reports that it has netted an additional £350,000 in fees thanks to a scheme designed to woo vendors using online...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

When a tenant failed to pay any rent after the first month his tenancy last year, the landlord did not expect...

26 August 2017

From: Features

Full-service agents achieve over 5% higher sale price, research shows

Research in the United States shows that traditional full-service estate agencies achieve better sale prices than the biggest alternative in that...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – are you GDPR-ready?

Are you protecting your data right? This may sound like the sort of direct warning you get from cold callers or...

19 August 2017

From: Features

Banned!  Online firm claimed High Street agents charge 1.5% to 4%

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned online agency HouseSimple from claiming that High Street agents charge “1.5% to 4% (plus 20%...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

EweMove boss named as part of Property Franchise Group new blood

A new managing director has been named for EweMove - with the promise of more high-level appointments to come for the...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild says first white-labelled auction wins £18,000 commission for agent

The Guild of Property Professionals says the first sale through its white-labelled Guild Auctions operations has produced over £18,000 in commissions...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

London agent defies downturn by opening new office next month

Marsh & Parsons will be opening a new office in Islington on September 4 - defying many analysts who say the...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks told to slow growth and get its house in order by City analyst

After a roller-coaster day on the Stock Exchange yesterday, Purplebricks has sought to defend itself against further possible share price losses...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

HIP, HIP, Hooray - The Other 10-Year Anniversary

  You’ll see a lot of 10th anniversary stories in the property industry and consumer media in the coming days: early August...

28 July 2017

From: Features

Foxtons' slump in sales means 55% of revenue now from lettings

Foxtons has reported its half-year figures for the six months to the end of June and, as expected, they show how...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks faces new hybrid rival as it attempts to break into Australia

Purplebricks’ well-publicised attempt to break into the Australian market with a similar model to the one being used here has come...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency franchise group reveals newest local property experts

Franchise estate and lettings group HomeXperts has announced the latest areas where it has recruited local property experts. They are Berkshire, Essex, Kent and...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New warning to agents that data law change could prove costly

For the second time in two weeks, experts are warning that new data protection laws could seriously disrupt the agency industry...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Huge overhaul of agents' data protection systems needed, says expert

Estate and letting agents are being urged to prepare for new data protection legislation coming into effect next year - but...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

High end agency opens new London branch with 0% commission offer

High end London agency Chestertons has opened a new office in West Putney, bringing its network across the capital to 33. The branch...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Why agents need to do more to promote value for money

The fees charged by estate agents receive a lot of coverage in the press - and rarely for positive reasons. Negative...

06 July 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Reviews - Agency complaint about Purplebricks upheld by watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint over a Purplebricks website statement featuring testimonials from clients; the complaint was made...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are we doing enough to protect property’s core values?

Supporting the adoption of technology does not mean we have to stop protecting the core values of the property industry. In...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

An inconvenient truth - Help To Buy mostly helps the better off

Government schemes like Help To Buy, supposedly assisting more people get on the ladder, have little impact on improving social mobility...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

The Queen's Speech marks another step forward for leasehold reform

The political ebb and flow continues - seemingly with all the subtlety of a Boris Johnson rugby tackle on a 10-year...

01 July 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks: nothing divides estate agency more than this

Few things provoke argument within the industry more than the online v traditional agency debate - and within that debate, nothing...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial £2.875m raffle of Right To Buy house is back on

The controversial raffle of a home reportedly purchased in 2014 under the Right To Buy scheme for just £360,000 is back...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

More interest-only owners selling up, claims equity release operator

Estate agents are increasingly helping customers who have been forced to sell their homes to pay off interest-only mortgages ahead of...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent network launches campaign against 'call centre agents'

A network of almost 80 independent estate agency offices has launched what it calls a hard-hitting campaign against 'internet-based call centre...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price dips following California launch announcement

The share price of hybrid estate agency Purplebricks dipped yesterday after it announced its US expansion will begin in California. Purplebricks' share...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

High street agency latest to launch online service alongside traditional brand

A one branch independent estate agency has this week launched a fixed-fee sales option alongside its traditional commission-based service. WH Breading, which...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

ASA upholds complaint against hybrid agent for viewings claim

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint made against hybrid estate agency Pink and Cow. The Portsmouth-based firm claimed on...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Should agents list for free and allow vendors to set asking prices?

Two leading voices in the PropTech sector suggest a radical overhaul of agents’ fee structures, saying that neither traditional full service nor online...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Top High Street agents significantly out-perform onliners' says group

A consumer group which has consistently promoted online agencies says they achieve closer to sellers’ original asking price than the national...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Reform of buying and selling - The industry should prepare now

The banning of letting fees levied on tenants has dominated the industry headlines in recent months but this election campaign suggests...

27 May 2017

From: Features

Tories backtrack on HIPs but still want massive house sales reform

The Conservative Party says it wants greater competition and more digitisation to cut the costs and reduce the amount of time...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tories insist HIPs are not on their way back after all

The Conservatives now say they are not resuscitating Home Information Packs, despite a suggestion by a prominent former minister that they "had...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

New homes must be marketed to Britons first, say Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have set a building target of 300,000 new homes a year, have pledged to scrap housing association Right...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills wins Court of Appeal case and claims £150,000 commission fee

It has emerged that global property firm Savills won a case in the Court of Appeal, entitling them to claim an...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Top 20 features that sell vendors' homes

New research has identified homebuyers' top 20 'must-have' features that would encourage them to purchase a seller's property. According to the survey...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'Raffle Property' stunts risk contravening gambling legislation

An attempt to raffle a property - like the much-publicised case of an owner in south east London, which reached some...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

EasyProperty changes price claim after advertising watchdog steps in

EasyProperty has removed from its advertising any reference to clients getting ‘an offier in 20 weeks’ after an intervention by the...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reports '83% instruction growth' in UK

Purplebricks has this morning issued its latest trading update, reporting what it calls "strong growth" in the UK and updating investors on...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Online reviews - They’re here to stay

Odds are that you use TripAdvisor when you book a restaurant or hotel; perhaps you scroll down Amazon before clicking ‘buy...

29 April 2017

From: Features

Guild chief says aggressive online agency marketing lacks integrity

The new chief executive of the Guild of Property Professionals has accused some online agents of carrying out “aggressive” marketing campaigns...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

How not to sell a €12.5m villa (or any other property for that matter)

This actually happened - the names of the guilty have been withheld to protect the innocent. I live in Spain, Marbella actually,...

15 April 2017

From: Features

Mortgage market review

In recent years the mortgage industry has gone through some testing times. Recession and regulation have led to more stringent lending...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Purple smoke and mirrors

Purplebricks’ advertising is very negative and critical of the competition. They talk about 'commisery', trying to make potential sellers feel ripped...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks steps up its attack on commission-based estate agents

Purplebricks has stepped up its attack on what it calls “Britain's antiquated method of buying and selling homes” by describing it as...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New leasehold scandal? Retirement villages face clampdown

A two year investigation by the Law Commission has ended with a claim that some owners of leasehold retirement properties, and...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Peter Robinson, CEO of AIPP – Association of International Property Professionals – shines a light onto the international property market. Some UK...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Winkworth plans to bounce back after 25% fall in pre-tax profits

Winkworth’s annual figures for 2016 reveal a franchise turnover drop of six per cent and a pre-tax profit fall of 25.6...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

What's wrong with using Bank of Mum and Dad? asks property guru

A leading housing market analyst has made a stout defence of the growing trend of young buyers relying on their parents...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Competition and Markets Authority to review new-build warranties

The Competition and Markets Authority is to review the operation of new home structural warranties issued by the National House Building...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Multi-million investment for agency giving 'guaranteed price' to sellers

Nested, the chain-breaking estate agency that offers vendors a guaranteed sale of their property within 90 days, has secured a new...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares hit record low after bank downgrading

Swiss bank UBS has downgraded Countrywide’s status to ‘sell’ in a move which has prompted the troubled estate agency’s share price...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why do great estate agents end up with particularly poor lawyers?

Estate agency is a tough business, no doubt about it. It’s probably tougher now to win a listing and tie up...

15 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

New industry recruitment firm offers phased-fees system

A new recruitment business for the property industry in general and agents in particular is offering a phased-fees system for clients...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgages for buyers approach two-year low as market flattens

Data from the Council for Mortgage Lenders show that loans taken out by buyers have hit a near two-year low.   Home buyers...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why estate agents need to take compliance seriously

Some big news in the agency world last week won’t have escaped the attention of many in the industry. Last Thursday news...

14 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Agent fined by CMA says responsible partner 'acted alone'

One of the four estate agents fined by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for price-fixing has spoken about the details...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New agency offers 'guaranteed price' to vendors ahead of sale

A new London-based online estate agency called Nested says it has had a “superb start” to trading, using its unusual business...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents operating in cartels: CMA promises more action if required

The Competition and Markets Authority has now fined agents over £1m in two landmark cases concerning price-fixing - and it says...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Four estate agents pay £370,000 after admitting price-fixing

Four Somerset estate agents have agreed to pay fines totalling over £370,000 to the Competition and Markets Authority, after admitting illegal price-fixing.   The...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks value 'same as Countrywide and Foxtons combined'

The Purplebricks stock market bull run took yet another huge leap forwards yesterday with its share price up 20 per cent...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to expand into the United States later this year

Purplebricks has raised £50m through a share issue to fund expansion into the United States later this year. In an announcement to shareholders...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Don’t undervalue Which? as a useful marketing tool

The guys at Which? are at it again, all over estate agents like a rash for “over valuing” properties so they...

17 February 2017

From: Features

Agents blasted by Which? for asking price 'over-valuations'

The consumer body Which? claims that 19 per cent of properties sold in the year to September went for prices five...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks shares top 200p as US comment bigs up agency

The remarkable bull run on the London Stock Exchange continues for hybrid estate agency Purplebricks, which floated shares at 100p just...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

US firm plans to take UK by storm with 5,000 agents in five years

The Keller Williams franchise agency, one of the largest in the world, is relaunching in the UK on Wednesday with the...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks recruits TV property star for 'Commisery' campaign

The average fee paid by sellers to high street estate agents in the past year is £4,055 claims Purplebricks - an...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

What next for the rental market in 2017?

The rental market has had to face a raft of changes over the past year, including the introduction of the 3% stamp...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Seek and ye shall find

I have a confession to make. In 1988 I became a Seekers franchisee. For those of you who don't know who...

07 January 2017

From: Features

The fees ban will force agents to seize the day

Carpe diem, seize the day – whatever you call it, it’s something all of us in the property industry should be looking...

09 December 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - as the countdown to Christmas commences

There’s no need to worry but...er....there are only three weeks to go until Christmas. With traditional feelings of goodwill at this time...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

'Whistle-blower' estate agent was unfairly dismissed, rules tribunal

An estate agent at an office of London agency Felicity J Lord, who alleged unethical practices were taking place in the...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another online agency asked to amend website after complaint

YOPA, the online agency that recently had an extensive TV campaign, has amended the content of its website following a complaint to...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Dramatic one-third slump in sales for Foxtons in last three months

In a surprise announcement this morning, Foxtons has revealed that its total revenues in the past three months dropped 14 per...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises are inevitable after tax clampdown on buy-to-let

Buy-to-let landlords may have failed in their recent legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set to...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: Q & A with Bob Scarff

A fantastic exclusive this week as I carry out a question and answer session with one of the leading names in...

16 September 2016

From: Features

ASA upholds two of three complaints made against Purplebricks

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld two of three complaints against claims made in Purplebricks' TV and website advertising.  The watchdog upheld...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Analysts produce league table of where agents could earn most fees

A property analytics company has devised a method of calculating the ‘best’ locations in which to work as an estate agent,...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit protection schemes offer peace of mind

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

26 August 2016

From: Features

Shelter attacks government house building levels worsened by Brexit

Shelter - recently concentrating on attacking landlords for the qualities of their homes and letting agents for the size of their...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

What has been the Brexit impact on the housing market so far?

The morning after the EU referendum, and Westminster, Britain, Europe and the world were left in shock at the news that...

05 August 2016

From: Features

Countrywide reveals first details of online sales service roll-out

Countrywide has given Estate Agent Today some early details of how its mix of online and traditional agency services will roll-out...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency rebrands as it aims to increase market share by up to 20%

The 177 year old agency and consultancy Bidwells has a new brand identity - and an ambitious pledge to grow market...

27 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks marketing chief off-loads almost 250,000 shares in agency

  The chief marketing officer of Purplebricks, Joby Russell - who in the recent past has described the hybrid as “the UK’s...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Flood of 20- and 30-somethings leaving London says estate agency

There are more people quitting London than ever before, with 20- and 30-somethings leading the exodus according to high-end agency Humberts.   The...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Index of house prices – or accumulating crisis?

So we now have a new 'official' index of house prices, and much good may it do us. For the chattering classes...

17 June 2016

From: Features

eMoov ad banned by watchdog after complaint about three of its claims

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an ad by online agency emoov after a complaint disputing the duration of a fee...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Online, traditional – can we learn anything from the conveyancing industry?

I have spent the last 20 years working within the conveyancing business, alongside estate agents and I can’t help feeling a...

06 May 2016

From: Features

London agency opening 26th branch with 0.0% commission fee

Marsh & Parsons is this month opening its second new branch of the year and its 26th across London.  The new Tufnell...

04 May 2016

From: Breaking News

The siren call of Lisbon – A tale of rejection, disappointment and betrayal

When, during his budget speech, George Osborne announced Capital Gains Tax (CGT) was going down to 20%, I experienced a mix...

25 March 2016

From: Features

Senior agent to sue ex-employer over 'misleading market share claims'

An estate agent is suing his former employer for £500,000 after he believes he was unfairly dismissed. Abdul Samad is taking legal...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

London agency chain opens ninth office with promise of more to come

Aspire estate agency has opened its ninth office in south west London at Raynes Park, SW20. It is “doing a Foxtons” by...

23 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Government Starter Homes will be unaffordable for most families - claim

Discounted starter homes could be out of reach for the majority of families in need of an affordable home in many...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing reviews: A little less conversation, a little more action...

As we all know, Peter Redfern is critical to the future of the British housing market and.... What? Wait? You don’t know...

13 February 2016

From: Features

Top 5 Reasons Why Signage Still Matters

There seems to have been a seismic shift in recent years for companies to migrate everything ‘on brand’ online. However signage...

27 January 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter: pay what you want – yes or no?

First of all, welcome back everyone. Hope everyone had a great and relaxing break for Christmas and New Year. (Is anyone...

15 January 2016

From: Features

Why I've said no to PLC approaches

Do you remember Martha Lane-Fox? She was the poster girl for lastminute.com and an icon of the dot.com bubble that ended...

15 January 2016

From: Features

Purplebricks easily outstrips online rivals' brand recognition says poll

Purplebricks is very easily the most recognisable online estate agency, according to a survey of 1,300 home owners by respected polling...

23 December 2015

From: Breaking News

NAEA says prices will soar and home-ownership plummet by 2025

House prices will soar by 50 per cent in the next 10 years according to research commissioned by the NAEA and conducted...

17 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Care home rooms being sold as buy to let investment properties

Newspapers and other journalists’ outlets are reporting that rooms in care homes are being offered to purchase as buy to let...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Why do agents have an unfavourable reputation among the public?

Last week, on the latest series of The Apprentice, Lord Sugar threw his teams into the London property market.  As expected, Twitter...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Over 40 per cent say conveyancing is too slow and complicated

A new survey of over 1,350 homeowners across the UK shows that a large number regard the conveyancing process as too...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Firm paying vendors up to £800 now raising £5m to expand

Loyalty Street W1, a service that sends cheques to householders which they can cash if they then use a nominated local...

23 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Online firm takes on agency establishment by marketing £19.5m home

An online estate agency has taken on the established high-end agents by marketing a home in prime central London for £19.5m...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

A latte and a new home? Agency expands with a cafe branch

An agency that offers both traditional and online sales and lettings services to clients has opened a new office - in...

03 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Referrals: What makes a good conveyancer?

There was a recent article in Estate Agent Today titled: Agents 'missing out on income by not charging for referrals'. A study...

30 October 2015

From: Features

Developer wants agents for luxury Cabo Verde resort

The Resort Group, the developer of the all-suite Llana Beach Hotel and Spa, which is due to open in 2016, has...

20 October 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide upheaval continues as 'digital future' chief resigns

Countrywide says the man charged with planning the organisation’s digital future is to step down - just days after he was...

20 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Are you looking for a new investment product to offer your clients?

The Resort Group are looking for sales agents to help sell our 5-star property developments in Cape Verde. With a proven...

19 October 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Police probe continues as struck-off solicitor linked to MP's property portfolio

There is still no word on when a police investigation will report on alleged irregularities said to involve the buy to...

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Keller Williams franchise agent slams complacent, unimaginative industry

One of the UK franchise holders of US-based Keller Williams has accused this country's agency industry of being "complacent and unimaginative"...

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Seven more Foxtons branches next year as latest office prepares to open

Foxtons is preparing to open its Croydon office on Saturday - the 58th for the company across Middlesex, Surrey and London.  As...

24 September 2015

From: Breaking News

easyProperty TV ads start as online market hits tipping point

easyProperty today launches a TV and multi-media advertising campaign “costing very much into seven figures” as it attempts to boost its...

21 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency chain admits very limited take-up of online sales option

Franchise giant Martin & Co says there has been “very limited take-up” of a no frills estate agency service that it...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Almost a love-in from Which?

It’s always interesting when Which? produces a report that includes estate agency. It asked 1,990 people their views on buying and selling...

21 August 2015

From: Features

First-time buyers face £45,000 deposits within next decade, claims agent

An out-spoken estate agent has claimed that first-time buyers in the North East of England will need to save deposits of...

21 August 2015

From: Breaking News

High Street agent confronts online rivals with flat fee structure

A traditional estate agent has taken a leaf from the book of online rivals by scrapping old-style percentage commission and instead...

19 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency launches revolutionary 'new era' fees structure

Yorkshire estate agency Linley & Simpson is launching a fee structure linked directly to what it calls the “customer experience.” Linley &...

17 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Revealed - what the public really thinks of estate agents

Estate agents have received a substantial thumbs up from a large survey of 1,990 people. On top of that, the survey was...

17 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Heard the one about the shy estate agent?

What do we actually do as estate agents to serve our wonderful public? Some might think we go out, value houses, advise...

26 June 2015

From: Features

As much as I enjoy a lock-in, this lock-out looks promising!

In my recent article, ‘Is Gazeal for Real?’ I reported on the imminent launch of this new product that claimed it...

26 June 2015

From: Features

Let’s get our act together

This month has marked a real change in the way the private lettings sector is perceived - and it’s a perception...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Revealed - the pay and commissions paid by Foxtons

The Guardian has obtained what it says are details of the salaries and commissions of Foxtons sales staff. The basic payments...

18 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Beeny dismisses rumours over Tepilo's future - it's here to stay she says

Celebrity property expert Sarah Beeny has firmly dismissed speculation that there was any uncertainty over the future of her online estate agency...

11 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Simon Djemil, Director of Agent Tracker

Q: What does it say on your business card?   The support network for quality agents Q: Who is Agent Tracker?   Agent Tracker...

10 June 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

What Will the Election Result Mean For the Housing Market?

Now that the General Election results have been counted and verified, and now that a new parliament has been sworn in,...

02 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

It’s time to consign sole agencies to history

This publication recently reported on Russell Quirk's latest attempt to upset the establishment, this time by attacking the hallowed ground of...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Fee disclosure: Are you ready for an inspection?

Earlier this week we passed the official deadline for letting agents to fully publicise their fees as well as providing evidence of...

29 May 2015

From: Features

A comfy seat at the table

This week RICS reported a further drop in the number of people putting their homes up for sale; new instructions fell...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Deposits row: Agent may switch redress scheme

The Brian Cox estate agency, at the centre of a weekend newspaper allegation about £2,000 deposits from buyers, has strongly defended...

12 May 2015

From: Breaking News

NAEA, Foxtons and LSL blame election for slump

Demand for property is at the lowest level it has been since March 2014, according to the National Association of Estate...

01 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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