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Property Natter: referral fees, HIPs and Bee Gees tribute acts - Q & A with Rob Hailstone

With the home buying and selling process firmly on the news agenda of late – everything from a possible ban on...

16 February 2019

From: Features

It’s time we stopped fixating on shoddy landlords

Barely a day goes by when we don’t read a new report on the unscrupulous practices of landlords; of the sub-standard...

16 February 2019

From: Features

Is Savills about to be snapped up by US real estate company?

The Daily Telegraph has gone public with City speculation that Chicago-based real estate consultancy JLL may be interested in buying Savills. Both...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buying reform backed by conveyancing chief but government 'must get it right'

One of the country’s leading conveyancing chiefs has given his support to reforms to the house buying process. But Rob Hailstone -...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Bye Bye Boards? Council considers blanket ban on all For Sale/To Let signs

A London council is considering a borough-wide ban on agents’ boards of all kinds. Labour-controlled Camden already has a ban for a...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Scandal at surveying firm as court orders bosses to repay £182,000

A husband and wife pair of directors at a property valuation and surveying company have been ordered by the courts to...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - thousands more raised for good causes

Hello and welcome to yet another Agents Do Charity - our tribute to the great work done by our industry in...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency business tries to avoid Emoov fall-out with ‘realistic’ crowdfund

The first major estate agency business to launch a crowdfunding bid since the controversial collapse of Emoov has emphasised its “realistic”...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Downbeat official house price figures - but do they show today's market?

Government figures show the UK’s annual house price growth now being down to 2.5 per cent - the lowest rate since...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Absolutely Love-ly: can any agency match this beautiful display?

It’s Valentine’s Day (have you remembered?) and at least one agency has decided that it’s pretty in pink to celebrate the...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let slump leads to small dip in prices of flats and maisonettes

The average prices of flats and maisonettes bucked the trend by falling very slightly in the year to December, according to...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buying service to focus on doer-uppers and pledges capital appreciation

A design and renovation business has set up a property sourcing business which will find homes requiring renovation. What’s more, it claims...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Setting your website apart with the latest PropTech

We all know the three essential things an estate agent must have on their website include the ability to be able...

13 February 2019

From: Features

Countrywide sales slump again but company hails resilient performance

A trading statement this morning from beleaguered agency group Countrywide reveals that its revenue is down again - but it insists...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

 New portal is free-to-list for agents and ready to launch in the UK

A new free-to-list property portal is launching in the UK, and has a pledge to serve over 20 counties by the...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents criticised after ‘wrong advice’ given in bid to avoid stamp duty

A solicitor is warning estate agents and the public about allegedly wrong advice relating to the additional homes stamp duty surcharge. Julie...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What Do Brexit and PropTech have in common?

What do BREXIT and PropTech have in common?  I got thinking about this question for a number of reasons this week but...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Have your say! Guild wants agent input on government’s reform agenda

The Guild of Property Professionals is seeking views from member agents on the government’s reform agenda.  The Regulation of Property Agents working...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

More Brexit woe for prime London property as prices tumble 5.7%

New data from LonRes shows that prices of homes in three key prime areas of London tumbled 5.7 per cent last...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

More equity release growth means fewer downsizers selling up

There’s been more growth in the equity release sector, suggesting that fewer older owners are downsizing and are instead using their...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Lee Dahill, Director of Sales for the Today publications and The ValPal Network

Who are you? I’m the Director of Sales for both the well-known industry leading Today publications and The ValPal Network. Leading publications: Estate...

12 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Online agency Yopa launches new ‘Smooth Move’ campaign

The UK’s second-largest online estate agency, Yopa, is this month launching a new advertising campaign under the title ‘Smooth Move’. The agency...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New stamp duty surcharge: consultation starts over foreign buyers

The government has launched an official consultation about a new stamp duty surcharge - the long-awaited additional one per cent for...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Long-standing independent agency snapped up - but brand name remains

Northwood has hoovered up Humphreys of Chester, which it describes as one of the city’s “most reputable and well-established estate agencies.” Jim...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove watch out! OnTheMarket to offer 'back office' tools to agents

OnTheMarket says one of its key aims for 2019 is to match Rightmove’s product offer to agents. “We’re looking to match Rightmove’s...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent bruised by malicious and false reviews posted online

An estate agent says he’s “bruised” by recent mysterious negative online reviews he has received - shortly after he posted positive...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds broad daylight theft of cash from agency branch

Mystery surrounds the details of an apparent theft of thousands of pounds by three men who walked into an estate agency...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your one-stop-shop for the industry's jobs news

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your regular catch-up on key appointments news in our industry. It’s been a difficult seven...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Exclusive - the final three Quirk interviews

“You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over,” is an oft-quoted saying of Richard...

09 February 2019

From: Features

This needs to be the start of redress reform, not the end

The dust may have settled on the government’s recent announcement regarding housing and property complaints, but opinion is still split on...

09 February 2019

From: Features

Buying into a franchise may not be as hard as you think

There are many misconceptions about the franchising world but, whether we’re talking about estate agency franchises or fast food franchises, it’s...

09 February 2019

From: Features

Agent avoids fall-throughs by making sellers and buyers shake hands on deals

A London estate agent says his system of ‘moral agreements’ between sellers and buyers prevents chains collapsing and means his company has...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris visits an estate agency - not his special place in hell, presumably

He may not yet have had time to produce a Brexit plan but Boris Johnson has at least had a few...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents shrug off gloomy New Year price figures from Halifax

Agents have suggested that the latest price figures from the Halifax may be masking increased activity in the market in recent...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London transactions now only 50% of 2013 levels

Strutt & Parker says transaction levels in Prime Central London, already at a low ebb, plummeted a further nine per cent...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and is there a Spring in our step?

The end of the snow has given way to warmer weather, and while it’s a little early to speak of spring...

08 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

BAD PHOTOS – 6 BIG MISTAKES YOU MIGHT BE MAKING!

BAD PHOTOS – 6 BIG MISTAKES YOU MIGHT BE MAKING! In our last article, we highlighted some really important and shocking stats...

07 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Trustpilot changing review system to disclose 'suppressed' complaints

The review website Trustpilot is to make it easier for the public to see whether companies have tried to stop complaints...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Your Move insists “No breach of data” after documents taken from branch

The beleaguered Your Move estate agency insists there was no breach of customer privacy after an ex-employee reportedly took confidential data...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks still in charge but online market share drops back

The latest analysis of the performance of the top 10 online estate agencies shows that their market share of new listings...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency reform chief to speak at The Property Ombudsman conference

The Property Ombudsman’s annual conference is to hear from the chair of the government’s ‘Property Agents Working Group’ - just days...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'New build market as important as sales and lettings' says Winkworth

Winkworth has set up a dedicated land and new homes division. The franchise agency, which has most of its offices in and...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Why agents need smart review platforms to improve customer experience

Customer experience (CX) will largely determine the future of estate agency in the UK. This is now a key battleground for...

06 February 2019

From: Features

Agents need to prepare for buyers and sellers with specific needs

As an estate agent, you need to be ready to cater for the specific requirements of buyers and sellers, tailoring your...

06 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

OnTheMarket listings now 80 per cent of Zoopla, 60 per cent of Rightmove

New figures released this morning from OnTheMarket claim its listing inventory bis now over 80 per cent of the size of...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Consultations start on ‘500’ Your Move and Reeds Rains jobs at risk

Formal consultations have started concerning the job losses and branch closures for Your Move and Reeds Rains, revealed yesterday by their...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

No Sale, No Fee - how EweMove bucked the online sector's stagnation

The Property Franchise Group says its online/hybrid agency EweMove traded profitably throughout  last year and will show “a significant improvement” over...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: new key to agent success is a threat to the big portals

At the end of January the Asian PropTech company PropertyGuru announced the imminent launch of beta-phase testing of its cutting-edge new product, PropertyGuru Lens. This...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Former LSL boss sinks significant investment into PropTech firm

The former LSL director of estate agency, David Newnes, has made what is officially described as “a significant investment” in a...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge branch closures announced for YourMove and Reeds Rains

A major restructuring of LSL Property Services has just been announced to shareholders, with substantial numbers of branch closures. The statement says...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons could blossom 'by moving beyond London and going online' - Quirk

The former chief executive of Emoov says he has the answer to Foxtons’ current downbeat performance - it should exploit its...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket reaches 12,500 agency branches after sustained marketing

OnTheMarket says it now has listings agreements with more than 12,500 estate and lettings agency branches. In a statement to shareholders and...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency looks to private sales because of Purplebricks and others

The regional agency MoveSelf, which set up in 2017 as an online estate agent, is shifting emphasis towards For Sale By...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Brexit uncertainty continues to hit prime London - Knight Frank

Average prices of flats and houses in prime central London are now the same as they were six years ago; meanwhile...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' biggest critic ditches High Street and takes his estate agency online

Purplebricks might have the last laugh - its biggest critic is ditching his High Street office and making his own agency online. Controversial...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket ads get fit for purpose in gyms, on TV and radio

OnTheMarket is to continue its TV advertising campaign throughout February - and this time it’s ad is also going to be...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks get shirty with Six Nations marketing coup

As eagle-eyed readers may have discovered over weekend, Purplebricks is the new back-of-shirt sponsor of the Scotland national team throughout the...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Big fall in stamp duty 'take' shows reform backfiring on government

If former Chancellor George Osborne thought his 2014 stamp duty reform would produce more income for the government, it appears he...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves in and around our industry

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT.  Everyone here let us know about their jobs news by emailing press@estateagenttoday.co.uk - please do...

04 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

DPS adjudication case study: Rent arrears challenged by evicted tenant

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

02 February 2019

From: Features

A new approach to data can empower Generation Rent to buy

Purchasing a property. It’s a key life goal that so many Millennials aspire to - yet one that has become frustratingly...

02 February 2019

From: Features

Common outsourcing myths busted

Outsourcing. Everyone has an opinion on it and there’s a stigma surrounding it in the lettings industry. But get this…letting agents ARE...

01 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Simon Duce, Managing Director.

ARPM  Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Simon Duce, Managing Director. What is ARPM and what does it...

01 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

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

Transactions dive 33% as another London agency warns on Brexit

There was a huge 33 per cent collapse in transactions in central London in the final quarter of 2018 compared with...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fewer people owning their own homes? Don't you believe it...

Conventional wisdom appears to have it that there are fewer owner-occupiers and more renters these days - but that’s not what...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

House prices suffer as Brexit worries outweigh positive economic news

House prices grew at the slowest annual rate for nearly six years in January, according to Nationwide, which says the market...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and here's proof it's not remotely grim up north...

There’s a distinctly northern flavour to some of the great fund-raising this week - and in particular Yorkshire. This isn’t the only...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons sales plummet but lettings keep it above water

Foxtons has reported further small slides in both revenue and profits for 2018 - but sales income plummeted from £43m to...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Red Flag Alert after surge in agencies hitting financial distress

There has been a nine per cent rise over the past year in estate agency and property industry firms in so-called...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry chief says No Deal is worst outcome as London prices drop 20%

The British Property Federation has made an outspoken intervention into the Brexit debate, telling politicians that No Deal is the worst...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Regional chain says branches are key as it snaps up independent firm

North east England regional chain Bradley Hall Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents has launched a new office in Hexham as its...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

League table of London's 'top 10 boutique agencies' revealed

The online publication aimed at London’s high-rolling property professionals, Prime Resi, has named what it believes to be the capital’s 10...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

What’s next for property imagery?

There’s no end to the PropTech and photography solutions available to estate agents these days to help them sell good, old-fashioned...

30 January 2019

From: Features

Faster transactions for buyers and sellers now priority for search group

With far-reaching reforms of conveyancing and other aspects of house buying high on the government’s agenda, a trade body has revealed...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Homes-as-a-service could be your greatest weapon

By thinking outside the box, agents can truly embrace the idea of space-as-a-service and create entirely new, and highly valuable, streams...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Con-man agent jailed for swindling over £300,000 from company

An estate agent who stole per £300,000 from an estate agency spent the money on designer goods and expensive holidays -...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit picture of the week: May day, May day....

The seemingly-endless debate surrounding Brexit may be punishing for estate agents in London in particular but one, at least, is making...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla rebrands Hometrack index in latest change at portal company

The monthly index of house price changes in Britain’s major cities, for many years operated under the Hometrack banner, has been...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Respected agent and media property pundit Michael O’Flaherty dies

Michael O’Flaherty, an area director at the Connells Group and at one time a resident property expert on a popular TV...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT issues new guidance on redress in leasehold disputes

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency team has issued new guidance for those seeking redress over leasehold disputes.  This guidance contains a...

30 January 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

Vigilantes confront estate agent about underage sex chats

An estate agent in the north of England has been confronted by vigilantes who duped him into thinking they were underage girls.  The...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

There's still a market as supply rises by a fifth, says NAEA

Brexit may be continuing to dominate the headlines - try to stifle that yawn - but there is still a housing...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online valuations mean more leads, says The ValPal Network

Agents need to focus on more targeted marketing using a mix of traditional and modern methods to optimise their position in...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New-build premiums may have to be cut to maintain sales - warning

A respected property investment consultancy is warning that the current premium put on the prices of new-build homes - around 15...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

It's back - the 100% mortgage for first time buyers

The 100 per cent mortgage for first time buyers, which many people thought had disappeared for good, is now back in...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Four out of five searches ‘now completed within 10 working days’

There’s been a dramatic improvement in the speed of searches being completed and returned by local authorities, the government claims. Housing minister...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove's charges 'are good value for agents' insists ex-agency boss

Property industry commentator and former online agency chief executive Russell Quirk has defended Rightmove’s charges to agents, saying that compared to...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

ESTAS branching out by staging key conveyancing conference

In what promises to be a transformative year for conveyancing in the UK, the ESTAS is joining forces with the well-known...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry moves and appointments...

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your Monday update on jobs and key moves across the industry. Everyone mentioned here has...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

One in six buyers rejected for a mortgage in the past, says Which?

One in six mortgage holders has been rejected for a mortgage in the past, according to new research from Which? It says...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Will any portal ever beat Rightmove?

If you want an engaging page-turner novel for cold winter evenings, my recommendation is Our House by Louise Candlish, a bestseller...

26 January 2019

From: Features

The importance of being part of a trade association

When it comes to letting a property, it is important that landlords and renters have faith in their agent. The more...

26 January 2019

From: Features

Review – what did we learn from the Guild Conference?

Alongside hundreds of agents and suppliers, I recently attended the Guild of Property Professionals’ annual conference. As ever, it was a great...

26 January 2019

From: Features

Why we need to be able to move when we want, not when we have to

A review of the housing market at present, particularly when it comes to purchase transactions, might not necessarily feel overly positive.  The...

26 January 2019

From: Features

Mystery of agency charging vendor five years after failing to sell home

Mystery surrounds the identity of an estate agency which has been accused of charging a seller five years after the home...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

NAEA and Guild back government's new Housing Complaints service

  The National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Lettings Agents have thrown their weight behind the government’s latest...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial crowdfund site names agency boss as a top entrepreneur

The controversial crowdfunding site Crowdcube has listed the founder of online estate agency Doorsteps as one of its five ‘entrepreneurs of...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket over the moon about latest court victory

Connells’ brand Gascoigne Halman has lost its appeal against OnTheMarket. Gascoigne Halman challenged OTM’s old ‘one other portal’ rule at the Competition...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge house price falls bring super-rich back to central London

High-end agency Savills says London’s super-rich are now buying and selling more actively than a year ago.  The agency says London’s so-called...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a bumper back-to-business edition

The industry is back to full-strength on its fund-raising judging from our virtual postbag this week with many new reports of...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Government unveils 'Complaints Resolution Service' for property industry

The government has this morning set out wide-ranging changes to redress systems for agents, the sales and lettings sectors, and other...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements set to become part of the buying process

Politicians and officials are studying a ‘model’ two page reservation agreement drawn up by a law firm as a possible way...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks increases listings by 44% in the past two weeks

Purplebricks has increased its listings by an eye-opening 44 per cent in the past two weeks according to an updated analysis...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Land Registry testing Blockchain in bid to speed up house buying process

HM Land Registry’s ambitious digitisation plans continue apace with news that it is to consider Blockchain in a bid to speed...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Street-wise: many buyers choose their road before starting online search

A new report from Zoopla claims very nearly a third of buyers want to know the street - or even the...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country wins 'fastest growing premium agency' accolade

Fine & Country has revealed that it is the fastest-growing premium agency in the UK. Quoting research from TwentyCi - the business...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agency boards - the marketing maverick

Every day thousands of estate agency boards are erected across the UK. Even in the digital age the board remains one...

23 January 2019

From: Features

Clampdown on referral fees: new Trading Standards guidance to be issued

It’s been revealed that the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team is to deliver new guidelines to agents for referral fees...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agents charge too little and risk looking 'cheap' - Russell Quirk

The former chief executive of Emoov says online estate agencies charge too little, so risk appearing cheap and ineffective to potential...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket: share price at all-time low ‘but should be profitable this year’

Shares in OnTheMarket hit another new low of 75.7p yesterday, dropping over nine per cent on the day and falling well...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What next for agents if virtual assistants take over?

If Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is as sophisticated as they say, Porter Pioneers’ launch could leave agents kicking their feet.  Those of...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Transactions dip over the past year according to HMRC figures

There were 102,330 residential property transactions in December - that’s up 3.6 per cent on the same month last year on...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Photography PropTech firm moves to UK in bid to win new agency clients

A PropTech firm that provides photography for virtual tours, floor plans and online and hard copy property details is relocating from Latvia to...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Pioneering PropTech system 'allows High Street agents to fight the onliners'

A new bespoke Customer Relationship Management system developed by The Property Franchise Group claims to enable High Street agents to fight...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

LSL delivers upbeat figures despite Brexit-fuelled caution over 2019

LSL Property Services - parent company of Your Move, Reeds Rains and London agency Marsh & Parsons - has given a...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Cartels and anti-money laundering take centre stage at NAEA event

The government policies and enforcement plans for anti-money laundering measures are set to take centre stage at next month’s annual conference...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

London sales market on the road to recovery ... thanks to the rental sector

A property platform that has chronicled the London sales market’s problems in recent years says the recovery will start in 2020...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Patchy market but 74 of 108 areas still reporting house price rises

The industry has long been critical of reports claiming house price movements are in some way uniform across the country, but...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Micro-homes: could they solve the first time buyer crisis?

A think tank is suggesting that micro-homes could be the answer to London’s shortage of available homes for first time buyers. The...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' top critic explains why High Street agents 'win every time'

Former City analyst Anthony Codling - who is now the front-man for a new property portal - has set out why...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove visits up 5% to record levels - so is there really a Brexit crisis?

Gloomy statements from some industry organisations have suggested the market is in trouble thanks to Brexit uncertainty but Rightmove says visits...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - more major moves across our industry...

There’s been another raft of movers and shakers in the industry in recent days, so this is a busy Property Jobs...

21 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

On second thoughts…not all government legislation is bad

I often speak of my wish to see property taken out of the hands of politicians. Indeed, this is likely to...

19 January 2019

From: Features

How can estate agents build their online reputation?

When it comes to building online reputation, Google is king. It is estimated that over 90% of consumers Google a business before...

19 January 2019

From: Features

Referral fee ban considered as part of house buying reform

The civil servant leading work to reform the house buying has revealed key areas of government thinking - with a ban on...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agents’ weak spots: they don’t appeal to high value sellers in key regions

The share of the market taken by online agencies in the final quarter of 2018 slipped from last summer’s high of...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the ‘it’s getting cold’ edition

The weather suggests that at long last winter has truly kicked in - so what better time to celebrate, amongst other...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock study claims agent reputation and fee ‘not very important to sellers’

A survey of 6,000 members of the public and 660 estate and letting agents has revealed some striking findings about how...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Big sole agency deal won by hub agent thanks to social media

A firm which recently joined the ‘hub club’ of agencies using centralised services offices says its won a major new build...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit Paralysis: housing market outlook worst for 20 years

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the housing market outlook over the next three months is the worst for 20...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Emoov auction firm’ offers partnership deal to more agents

The auction firm that purchased the property listings left stranded by the collapse of Emoov is now offering partnership opportunities to...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy boosts housebuilder’s profits once again

While even agents of the calibre of Savills struggle in today’s market - see the agency’s figures here - it’s a...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Case Study: Noise issue could cost agent £9000

Our latest case study come from a recent news item to have hit the industry and national press. A disgruntled tenant is claiming...

16 January 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Emoov urges past vendors to re-list as it relaunches this month

The new management at Emoov says that following its acquisition out of administration it will relaunch as an online estate agency later...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Maverick agent threatens ‘yellow vest’ civil protest over Brexit

A maverick estate agent pictured wearing a yellow vest has threatened to mount what he calls a “civil protest” if Brexit...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Winkworth: lettings now 50% of turnover as sales market remains weak

A statement this morning by franchise agency Winkworth says lettings and property management now accounts for 50 per cent of its turnover. The...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Fatigue - should estate agents bother with technology?

“Estate Agents must be suffering from supplier fatigue. Where do you even begin? Most agents haven’t got the time.” So started the...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

‘No 1 on Rightmove’ claim triggers complaint to advertising watchdog

A Scottish estate agency has changed its website following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. The complaint relates to West Property...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online love-in: Purplebricks founder heaps praise on Emoov boss Quirk

Kenny Bruce, one of the founders of sector-leading online agency Purplebricks, has sent his good wishes to Russell Quirk, who founded...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering system to be beefed up by new government board

The National Association of Estate Agents has met with other members of a high-level government board to look at ways of...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency rebrand even includes new ‘corporate sound’

Part of the Arun Estates Group has rebranded - by dropping the ‘& Partners’ element of its name. The agency formerly known...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Is another US estate agency on its way to the UK?

The high-end New York based estate agency Corcoran has issued franchise documents for ‘global markets’ prompting speculation that it could spread...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

House prices to grow 13% by 2023 despite Brexit - forecast

One of Britain’s foremost property consultancies has given a relatively upbeat prediction for the UK housing market over the next five...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Beccy Moore. Office Manager for Nicholas Humphreys

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Beccy Moore. Office Manager for Nicholas Humphreys Tell us more about Nicholas...

14 January 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Top government minister thrilled to see Purplebricks success

The Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James, has used social media to say she is “thrilled to see...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov spent £800,000 a month towards the end says Russell Quirk

Former Emoov chief executive Russell Quirk has made his first on-the-record comments about the factors behind the dramatic collapse of his...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest new faces in new places...

Hello and welcome to another PJT, your regular Monday update on who’s moving where within our industry. Please keep us informed of...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Warm welcome for regulator's bid to help 'mortgage prisoners'

There’s been a warm welcome from the property and consumer sectors for a suggestion that the Financial Conduct Authority may be...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

£7.29 TRILLION - amazing value of UK’s fast-growing housing stock

There may be a cloud over the economy right now but growth of 2.7 per cent in house prices last year...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Newspapers are in freefall - what does it mean for agents?

It’s been an interesting week of contrasts when it comes to online replacing ‘the old school’. Data from that clever consultancy The...

12 January 2019

From: Features

The future's bright - here's how your agency can thrive in 2019

Even with 2019 well underway, letting agents need to keep refining their long-term goals and business targets. For agencies with a...

12 January 2019

From: Features

Does your tenant require an increased power supply?

‘I need more power’ - it’s a common request experienced by landlords, letting agents and commercial estate agents across the country. Be...

12 January 2019

From: Features

Brexit: where does our industry stand? and where do you stand?

It’s the word on everyone’s lips: after two and a half years of debate, and months before that leading up to...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock fall-through figures show almost 50% of sales collapsing

Almost half of all house sales in England and Wales fell through before completion in the final quarter of 2018, according...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Distressed sellers offer 20% discounts on London off-plan homes

A leading buying agent says 2019 is likely to see the continuation of last year’s trend where distressed sellers accept discounts...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Nine agencies have gone bust each week since 2010 - claim

A new property management firm claims that an average of nine estate agencies have gone bust each week since 2010.  Apropos -...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the lull-before-the-storm edition...

Still recovering from Christmas and New Year? There’s no shame in that - the agents’ fund-raising season resumes in earnest in...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

In Light of the Fee Ban, Can PropTech Firms Damage Control?

Recent years have seen tighter regulation and new legislation hit the lettings industry. Combined with the fee ban, there is no...

10 January 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

Emoov/Tepilo customers still trying to contact firms despite collapse

Customers are still trying to get hold of Emoov, Tepilo and Hatched months after they closed down. Estate Agent Today has seen...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Insurer unveils customised policy tailored for estate agents

Direct Line for Business is launching what it calls an online “end-to-end” insurance product for estate agents and property management companies.  The...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lies, Damned Lies, and people who buy and sell homes

Some 59 per cent of people have lied while selling a home and 46 per cent have lied when trying to...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov and Tepilo brands and technology 'have been bought'

Estate Agent Today understands from a respected source that the remains of the Emoov and Tepilo online agencies have been acquired...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Six quick fixes for speeding up the sales process

With the speed of property sales continuing to slow and no end to the sluggishness in sight, it’s time to take...

09 January 2019

From: Features

Funniest Photoshop Requests from 2018

How do you remove an estate agent from an oven? How would you remove an Estate Agent from an oven? Sounds...

09 January 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Tom Durrant, Director of Doctor Photo

Are you a real Doctor? Not in the conventional sense no, sorry to disappoint! I’m Tom Durrant and I’m the Creative Director...

09 January 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

He’s back: Emoov’s Russell Quirk is now PR man and pro-Brexit pundit

The former boss of Emoov, the controversial Russell Quirk, has resuscitated his career as a public relations man and pro-Brexit commentator. Just...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove beefs up cybersecurity with new PropTech platform

Rightmove has taken steps to improve its email security and accuracy through the adoption of what has been called a “machine...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks praised for being unbeatable 'with a vast budget for risk'

One of the world’s leading PropTech analysts says Purplebricks has turned the UK online/hybrid estate agency business into “a one horse...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Another franchise agency chain reports big growth in applicants

Winkworth says it’s seen a huge 78.5 per cent rise in franchise applicants over the past 12 months and says there...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The under-appreciated 2019 property events near you

It’s time to think about planning the 2019 events calendar. This year, there are more PropTech conferences scheduled than ever before,...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Setback for new portal which must change name ahead of launch

A new portal which had branded itself as “the UK’s first decentralised property listing database” appears to have had a setback...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency chain bucks trend with more offices, more customers

Century 21 UK appears to have bucked the trend of closing offices and reduced footfall by marking the opening of 16...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Auctioneer says many vendors want to sell before March 29

The auctioneer Auction House has reported sales up 6.9 per cent in 2018, raising a total of over £455m – a...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Buying process reform guru to speak at The Guild conference panel

The man who is leading the government’s efforts to reform the house buying process will be one of the speaker at...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals now more than 30% down on long-term norms

The latest Bank of England mortgage figures suggest that approvals for home buyers are running at more than a fifth below...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks wins apology from agency that claimed it was going bust

A branch of the Haart estate agency is reported to have apologised to Purplebricks for claiming that the hybrid agency was...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal wars resume as Zoopla claims big surge in leads and visits

Zoopla is claiming a big surge in leads provided to agents and a new high in the number of visits to...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Yopa ‘may be online success story of the year’ - claim

Purplebricks has tightened its vice-like grip on the online market according to a new analysis - but the race is on...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit bites as house price growth drops to near six-year low

A slew of property experts and commentators have put the blame on Brexit for a surprise drop in house price growth...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: new platform to help agents find ‘best digital solutions’

Today sees the launch of Unissu, a platform which has classified over 6,000 PropTech businesses in a bid to offer estate...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the first industry moves of 2019

Hello and welcome to this year’s first edition of Property Jobs Today, reporting on the first industry moves of 2019. We’re told...

07 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

Countrywide’s upmarket brand Hamptons International marks 150 years

Hamptons International - at one time tipped to be sold off or even shut during the recent problems afflicting parent company...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

House sales slumped in 2018, early Land Registry figures suggest

A new analysis claims transaction numbers fell in 241 of 374 local authority areas of the UK last year. Analysis of Land...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - here we go for 2019!

We’re back with the first edition of Agents Do Charity for 2019 - and despite the uncertainty everywhere else, one thing...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov collapse forces online rival to scrap crowdfunding pitch

The online sales and lettings platform TheHouseShop has scrapped its £500,000 crowdfunding pitch - and it’s blaming the collapse of online...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New portal YourMoov to launch in near future

A new portal called YourMoov and describing itself as “the UK’s first decentralised property listing database” is to launch shortly. In an...

03 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

Welcome to 2019: The Year of Brexit and Ban

It’s safe to say that the majority of agents will be glad to see the end of the past two years....

02 January 2019

From: Features

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

Rightmove reveals its busiest date of 2018

Rightmove has revealed which day was its busiest in 2018 in terms of page views. It says February 19 was the date,...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Don't rely on politicians to solve housing crisis, says Phil Spencer

Phil Spencer is on the warpath against “constant tinkering” by government in housing matters - and instead, he wants the problems...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Redress revamp: more details to be revealed within weeks

The government says it will be releasing details of its ideas to revamp redress systems concerning agents and new homes “in...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Fewest houses built since WW2’ claims new analysis

With one year to go, the 2010s will see housebuilding figures in England come in below any decade since the Second...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove enjoys record visits on Boxing Day as market resumes

Early figures suggest record numbers of people visited Rightmove just after Christmas, giving renewed hope that the market may step up...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New Year Sale: £1.1m off homes on Britain’s most expensive street

Ilchester Place in London’s Holland Park may be the most expensive residential street in Britain - but it’s cheaper than a year...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

40 agency offices shortlisted for Guild's annual awards

The shortlist has been announced for the annual Guild of Property Professionals Awards to be held on January 17 in London.  The...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Six things to watch for in 2019

Hello and welcome to 2019. These are less predictions and more expectations - developments following on from what’s happened in the past...

31 December 2018

From: Features

Happy New Year and every success - our wish from Estate Agent Today

As 2018 ticks away and 2019 beckons, it’s time for everyone at Estate Agent Today to wish you, your family and...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2019?

As 2018 draws to a close, it is fair to say that stretched affordability and uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations has...

29 December 2018

From: Features

Developer’s scam leaves buy to let purchasers £12m out of pocket

Six directors have been banned from office after misleading over 300 people who bought new build homes in the north of...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Another city succumbs to Brexit jitters according to Knight Frank

A major UK city which previously appeared to have avoided Brexit-induced problems is now showing signs of being affected by political...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The top 10 property personalities of 2018

There’s nothing new about identifying 10 figures who have helped shape an industry over the past year, but that doesn’t mean...

28 December 2018

From: Features

London price falls drag down UK-wide housing market snapshot

House price inflation across the UK has slowed to a six-year low of 2.6 per cent thanks to falls in London...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

“Brexit’s not to blame” for housing market doldrums

One of the country’s most detailed housing market forecasts for 2019 suggests house prices will fall in London and nearby regions...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Londoners cash in their equity and spend £30 billion on homes across the UK

Londoners paid some £30 billion on homes elsewhere in the UK this year - the highest amount since 2007. A report from...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rebrand is personal tribute to estate agent who cheated death

One of the west country’s best known estate agencies is about to enter a new era – led by a managing...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rugby’s Matt Dawson to be keynote speaker at agency conference

Fine & Country’s annual conference in the New Year is to have former England rugby player Matt Dawson MBE as the...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks boss takes swipe at London-centric property industry

Purplebricks’ global chief executive Michael Bruce has taken a swipe at the property and mainstream media for being too London-centric in...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this year's final update on new appointments

If you thought Christmas Eve meant no more news in terms of industry movers and shakers…well, think again - we’ve one...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer slams developers over leasehold houses

Developers have continued to sell thousands of new-build houses with leaseholds, despite a government pledge to ban the “unscrupulous” practice a...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from everyone at Estate Agent Today!

Everyone at Estate Agent Today wishes all our readers, agents and suppliers to the industry, a peaceful and loving Christmas. If at...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Our final festive photos focus on dodgy Christmas jumpers…

Today we finally bring the curtain down on our terrific gallery of Christmas photos that agents and suppliers have kindly sent...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Festive floorplans? Yes really - and you'll recognise the houses...

Anything can get a Christmas makeover these days, and if you thought it was a sprig of holly too far to...

24 December 2018

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

DPS adjudication case study: replacement of a damaged carpet

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

22 December 2018

From: Features

Three key dates for letting agents in 2019

With a new year nearly upon us, it’s always a good idea to be aware of the major events that are...

21 December 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

Was 2018 Peak PropTech…or is the best yet to come?

In the past year it seems every other story has been about PropTech - the big stuff like Purplebricks and the...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Your Christmas pics ... and after Brexit, the Queen is at the Bar

Hello again and with just two working days before Christmas, there’s no stopping us yet on your festive photos - a...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Bum rap: Honey G ‘sacked’ as an estate agent

Infamous X Factor rapper Honey G, who just last week was lauded for becoming an estate agent, now says she’s been...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - our last roll of honour of 2018…

Well here we are, at the last Agents Do Charity of the year. It’s been a record haul of good works, as...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Has Emoov collapse deterred backers of another online sales site?

A bid by online property platform TheHouseShop to raise £500,000 investment via crowdfunding appears to be flatlining. TheHouseShop - until 2015 known...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide warns uncertainty will hurt housing market for years

Uncertainty will be a key characteristic of the housing market for “the next few years” warns Countrywide - and not just...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Jumper to it! Agents wear it well as they celebrate Christmas

Hello and with Christmas just around the corner, and temperatures finally being a little more like winter, what better time to...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

More market woe as house prices flatline, according to agency

House prices are flatlining with the rate of annual growth having fallen continually since August according to LSL Property Services, which...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Explained - the process of getting a new estate agency website

Having built over 1900 websites for estate and lettings agents in the last 16 years, we know a thing or two...

19 December 2018

From: Features

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

Merger produces UK’s largest property marketing company

Audioagent and KeyAGENT have merged to create the UK’s largest property marketing group. Together they provide property marketing services to the UK’s...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty first time buyer help massively favours south of England

More than 75 per cent of first time buyers have benefited from the changes to stamp duty thresholds for introduced a...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Londoners upsizing from three beds to four ‘need £600k mortgage’ says agency

If your New Year’s resolution is to move to a four bedroom home in London or the south of England, you...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Christmas gifts for the PropTech obsessive

For my final EAT contribution of 2018, I’ve put together a list of Christmas gifts that you could buy your PropTech-loving...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Marketing your way through challenging times

It is something of an understatement to say that we are in challenging times. BREXIT is unresolved and we wait with...

18 December 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Online agencies ‘could be described as Ponzi schemes’ - claim

A new analysis of the online estate agency business model claims that it ‘could be described as a Ponzi scheme’. The accusation...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks is a huge success in the UK insists top PropTech analyst

A top PropTech analyst says Purplebricks is as much an advertising firm as an estate agency but is nonetheless a huge success...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

In It To Win It - ESTAS 2019 deadline looms

There are only a few days left for agents, brokers and suppliers to enter the ESTAS 2019 - closing date is...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

One week to Christmas Day - but some agency parties are in full swing...

Hello and welcome to another batch of your agency office Christmas pictures…it’s certainly been a bumper year for them and today...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

'Snow joke: portal makes six month offer to agents selling ski properties

A specialist property portal says it’s offering estate agents “a captive audience for the ski properties on their books.” SnowOnly says that...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue Agents Kicked Out: Ombudsman expulsions take 2018 total to 35

The Property Ombudsman scheme has taken action against another six rogue agents in recent days, bringing the total number expelled this...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Market shock as asking prices fall by more than usual before Christmas

Asking prices of homes coming to the market have fallen for the second month in a row - and Rightmove says...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - yet more movers and shakers in the industry

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT - and while it may be just days to Christmas, there’s still plenty of...

17 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

Property Natter: Emoov, Brexit, Agents Got Talent and a partridge in a pear tree

Hard not to mention two major breaking news stories of recent days; one directly affecting the property market and one which...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Towards 2019…with certainty in an uncertain world

It’s that time of year when we gaze to the future, when we ponder what the coming year will bring, and...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Great relationships are at the heart of a premium customer service

Over the past year I've had so many conversations with agents telling me how they feel that offering a premium customer...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks shares sink and Emoov dies: game over for online agencies?

Has the bell finally tolled for online agencies? Emoov’s collapse and an investor revolt over crowdfunding have left a large question...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov listings owner wants more agents to help sell them

The auction company that has acquired some 5,000 vendor listings from the failed Emoov and Tepilo agencies says it wants more agents...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills snaps up independent chain to expand London presence

Savills has snapped up an independent London estate agency in what is likely to be one of the last deals of...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Email sent to agents was professional attempt at deception

The HomeOwners Alliance says a hack on its IT infrastructure was “a professional attempt at deception” by people who uploaded 5,000...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Friday's festive flurry - more agency Christmas windows...

With only 10 days to go before Christmas, surely everyone’s decorations are up by now? It seems that way in the agency...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a huge it's-nearly-Christmas edition...

So this is (almost) it. Next week may be a quiet one for business as vendors and landlords alike begin to...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov and Tepilo listings 'bought by north of England high street agency'

A Newcastle-based property company says it has acquired the listings of Emoov and Tepilo. It has emailed and texted vendors to say...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents beware! Hack emails sent from HomeOwners Alliance address

Agents should be on the alert after what appears to be the hacking of the email account of the consumer group...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: huge revenue growth plus £100m for “relentless innovation”

Purplebricks says it has £100m net cash to exercise “relentless innovation” and benefit from an industry shake-out that will ”expose undercapitalised traditional...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov staff hardship appeal flops - only £30 raised in 36 hours

A crowdfunding bid to Emoov’s staff to win financial help over the Christmas period has flopped badly with a paltry £30...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

OTM offers shares to new members in return for five-year lock-ins

OnTheMarket had told its shareholders this morning that it now has over 12,000 branches listing and is offering share incentives to...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

£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

Grottos and windows - more festive fun as Christmas gets closer…

The world may be going crazy outside but we’re delighted to tell you that in the estate agency industry it’s still...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

What are the biggest challenges facing letting agents in 2019?

There is a perfect storm brewing in the lettings market, and as the saying goes, “you can’t change the direction of...

12 December 2018

From: Features

Yet ANOTHER online agency wants £750,000 crowdfunding investment

Vesta, which describes itself as “the new online marketplace for buying and selling rental property” has launched a bid to raise...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

 Emoov investor row: Crowdcube pledges to update angry crowdfunders

It is now known that at least 32 formal complaints have been received by the crowdfunding platform that helped Emoov raise...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Good and bad news: house prices up in 2019, but not in central London

Estate agency Strutt & Parker says that despite Brexit and the economic and political uncertainty accompanying it, house prices in the...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: My predictions for 2019

It’s that time of year again where we start saying goodbye to 12 months of hard work and start looking forward...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Yule love these Christmas videos and pictures

Maybe it’s the Brexit Blues but something is making the industry excel itself this year when it comes to celebrating Christmas....

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks announces 'hotline' for stranded Emoov sellers

Purplebricks has launched an emergency hotline for customers of Emoov and Tepilo that are stranded by the agencies’ collapse. A statement this...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov administrators ‘want £100,000 for remaining vendor listings’

Estate Agent Today has been given details of responses made by administrators to an enquiry about the possible acquisition of some...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agencies bite the dust as property sector insolvencies rise

There’s been a four per cent rise in the number of estate agencies becoming insolvent according to a new report. In the...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Two Brexit blows to London market as uncertainty worsens

Two reports have suggested London’s residential market may be damaged by Brexit - both the past two and a half years...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tree-mendous! More Christmas agency office pictures...

Your terrific festive photographs keep on rolling in and we’re delighted to share them with the industry - and we’d like...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing market 'stuck in low gear for some months to come'

One of the country’s most influential bodies says house price rises over 2019 will be limited to around two per cent...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov: Legal action considered over crowdfunding, claims paper

The Times reports that crowdfunding investors are considering legal action following the collapse of Emoov. The investors in question appear to be some of...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM denounced as “corporate dinosaurs

The head of the portal PropertyMutual has accused Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket of being “corporate dinosaurs” and has called on agents...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry legend Peter Knight steps down as Agents Giving chairman

Peter Knight, co-founder and public face of Agents Giving, is stepping down as the charity’s chairman. He is to be succeeded by...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla trials Property Valuation Report concept ‘to win leads’

Zoopla claims a new Property Valuation Report being trialled in nine areas will win more leads for agents.  The PVR will use...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry movers and shakers

Two weeks to Christmas but no sign of our industry slowing down with more job moves announced in recent days.  Please let...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Christmas party this week? More decs to get you in the mood...

It’s the start of a new week and many agents may well be having their office parties this week - if...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

House price rises at their slowest for six years ahead of Christmas lull

House price rises are now the slowest they have been for six years according to the Halifax. Across the UK, property values...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov’s humiliation - the fallout for the industry

Whatever one thinks about online estate agencies, it’s a cause of genuine sadness when people lose their jobs - close proximity...

08 December 2018

From: Features

VR - the third consideration stage for property buyers

Thanks to vast improvements in processing powers, the use of virtual reality (VR) in some sectors is becoming more evident than...

08 December 2018

From: Features

Brexit Bedlam: Rightmove and agency give housing market warnings

The chief executive of online agency HouseSimple says “sellers need to be prepared and willing to lower their expectations” in the current...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' success in the US is not assured says top analyst

A leading digital analyst says Purplebricks’ success in the US market is not assured and has expressed concern over whether it...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov boss named one of UK's '500 top tech influencers'

The chief executive of failed online agency Emoov has been named this week as one of the 500 top “tech influencers”...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Your Christmas offices - and today is all about the windows...

Hello again and welcome to the latest display of agents’ Christmas decorations. We’d love to share your windows, trees, lights and even...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with a festive focus on the homeless...

It’s that time of the week again when we focus on the great work done by the industry, usually without much...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide pay chief quits after ‘Fat Cats' controversy

Countrywide, which was hit by a row over executive pay during the summer, is now on the look out for a...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov debacle ‘could mean the end of upfront fees’ says online agent

Purplebricks is understood to be pondering the best way to assist victims of the collapse of Emoov without committing money for...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Deck the halls and offices! Here's a Nutcracker, a bow and a wall of lights

Thanks so much for cheering us up in these challenging times with your terrific pictures of this year’s Christmas decorations.  We have...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

First time buyers have it easy if they have wealthy parents, says report

Young people whose parents have property wealth are now almost three times as likely to be homeowners by the age of...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

What do modern renters want from letting agents?

The UK renting demographic is diversifying at a rapid pace. While the current market poses many challenges for traditional letting agents,...

05 December 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks may be about to help out Emoov's stranded clients

A tweet from Purplebricks’ chief executive Michael Bruce suggests that the agency may be about to play a role in the Emoov...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Emoov halved its £100m valuation during crowdfunding pitch

Investment platform Crowdcube has told Estate Agent Today that defunct online estate agency Emoov revised down its company valuation from £104m...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Remaining listings on Emoov 'may be bought within days'

A statement by the administrators appointed by Emoov says there are prospective buyers for the listings on the online agency and...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Professor names four issues agents need to be aware of

In his keynote speech at the recent Negotiator Conference, Professor Andrew Baum sparked debate throughout the property industry. Baum’s speech, which began...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

A cool Yule video, life-size Santa and festive ties - more office decs!

Hello and welcome to the Wednesday edition of your Christmas agency branch decorations - and what a festive lot you are.  Before...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned! Advert for 'park home' lodges deemed misleading

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement calling properties for sale ‘park homes’ when the buildings themselves could not be...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov was never going to find a buyer, says leading agency analyst

The demise of Emoov, Tepilo and lettings platform Urban raises question marks over the long-term viability of online agencies according to...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla scraps non-property ads on listings to boost focus on agents

With portal rivalry hotting up again, Zoopla has announced that with immediate effect it’s removing all non-property related adverts from all...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov boss and portal head in vicious Twitter spat before firm folds

The chief executive of Emoov and the founder of the new portal Rummage4Property had a dramatic spat on Twitter just hours...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Decs of the Day: Your latest Christmas office photos and videos

We’re delighted to say we’ve had a fantastic response to our call for pictures and videos of your decorated offices -...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing fraud on the rise as new transparency rules kick in

It’s been revealed that 37 regulated conveyancing firms have repelled attempted frauds in the past year. But 11 conveyancing firms have actually...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Fewer sales, supply static, first time buyers down - that was 2018

An end-of-year analysis from the National Association of Estate Agents shows the state of the industry - and it confirms just...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov finally appoints administrators - the full email to staff

Emoov has this afternoon appointed administrators as a result of not being able to secure a buyer - the move had...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New portal signs up Countrywide and 30 agencies ahead of 2019 launch

A new portal is launching next year with Countrywide and some 30 other estate agency groups signed up, as well as...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov: Rival agents try to poach vendors as public complaints mount

At least some calls from potential customers to Emoov are being cut off and rival estate agents are now plundering the...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla founder accelerates towards £30m used car idea

Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman - who sold the portal company for more than £2.2 billion to US private equity fund Silver...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the industry's key moves and appointments

Has no one told the industry that it’s December and things are supposed to be slowing down? This week’s Property Jobs...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

We're off! Your first office Christmas pictures are here...

December is here and we’re delighted to start our annual displays of agents’ Christmas windows, decorations and even those dodgy jumpers. Our...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Prices inch up but buyers still waiting for Brexit clarity

House prices showed an unexpected pre-Christmas boost last last month but worries about Brexit remain foremost for buyers according to the...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Good or bad? Help To Buy surge reignites debate about scheme

Figures released by the government over the weekend show that 14,867 Help To Buy equity loans were taken out in the...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: 5 things you should be doing this Christmas

Every other advert on the TV is featuring Santa Claus, snowmen or reindeer, the tinsel, trees and decorations are out in...

01 December 2018

From: Features

Why the best PropTech isn’t expensive

PropTech has been mainstream for a few years now, and as more agents are familiar with the range of products and...

01 December 2018

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: charges for court appearances?

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

01 December 2018

From: Features

Shock Emoov twist - Russell Quirk in talks to set up property PR firm

The circus surrounding the fate of online agency Emoov has taken an unexpected turn. Yesterday Sky News revealed that the company was...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Cut the crap: estate agency calls time on over-used industry buzzwords

Last year it was ‘disruptor’ and before that came ‘exclusive’ - now, according to one estate agency at least, the over-used...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

It's that time again... we want your Christmas decoration videos and pictures

It’s that time of year again - many offices will mark the start of December (that’s tomorrow) by putting up decorations....

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and  OMG it's December tomorrow...

With Christmas less than four weeks away (yes, really) the countdown to the festive season begins tomorrow when December begins. Charity...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov lining up administrators - report

Sky News says the online estate agency Emoov is preparing to call in administrators in a last-ditch attempt to salvage its...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov speculation mounts as chief executive ‘sets up new company’

More speculation has swirled around the future of Emoov as it appeared that company chief executive and founder Russell Quirk had...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

HIPs-style 'Home Owner Passport' launching to speed up conveyancing

A firm is launching a new Home Owner’s Passport this weekend in a bid to speed up conveyancing.  With characteristics reminiscent of the much-derided Home...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions to rise in 2019 says top agent (well, after Brexit is sorted)

One of the country’s top buying agents says he expects 2019 to be a much better year than 2018 as Brexit...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies snapped up by Winkworth and Savills

A long-standing independent agency on the south coast is to rebrand after being snapped up by a Winkworth franchisee. Humphreys & Orr,...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Offices converted to housing are denying affordable homes - claim

Communities have missed out on more than 10,000 affordable homes in the past three years as a result of government rules...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Seeing the wood for the trees - finding the 1% in your business

When was the last time you looked at your business and really thought about what you could do to improve? Yesterday? Last...

28 November 2018

From: Features

The Hub Club - another agency shuts branches and opens central office

Yet another estate agency has announced that it’s shutting branches and opening a centralised hub. This time it’s Newman Property Experts, a...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks boss warns on dangers of borrowing more than one can afford...

The global chief executive of Purplebricks, Michael Bruce, has warned mortgage lenders against offering so-called ‘super-sized’ home loans to borrowers.  Bruce is...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' agony as buyer numbers plunge to six year low

Data from the National Association of Estate Agents suggests that the number of registered buyers per member branch has slumped to...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: New tech offerings require action from the high street

I’m spending a lot of time in airport terminals waiting for flights. They’re not the most comfortable of surroundings, but at...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Diversify or die - now an agent is selling a box in the Royal Albert Hall

High-end agency Harrods Estates is not content with selling homes in London’s infamous challenging market - now it’s marketing a box...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

 Landmark tax ruling could be good news for holiday home market

The holiday home market may still be struggling in the wake of the three per cent additional homes stamp duty surcharge...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

More branch closures likely if Brexit uncertainty goes on - forecast

The closure of Foxtons’ Park Lane office and five other branches in the capital are merely the start of things to come...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group beefs up mortgage side with £3.6m acquisition

Belvoir has this morning announced that it has acquired MAB Glos, part of the Mortgage Advice Bureau.  The £3.6m deal, done through...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers take a reality check says agent after lending rises

Mainstream bank lending for house purchases grew by 3.6 per cent in October compared to the same month last year. However the...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Celebrate Christmas with #festivefloorplans

Popular floor plan drawing service Metropix is excited to announce some festive fun to celebrate reaching a significant milestone. #festivefloorplans is being...

26 November 2018

From: Sponsored Content

OnTheMarket will be self-funding if 'free' agents start paying

OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett has told an agents’ conference of the strategy for his service - including a prediction that...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

'Co-Marketing' - two more agencies agree to list properties jointly

A sales and lettings agency specialising in waterside property along the Thames is linking up with a larger business to co-market...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial online auction firm generated £10.6m in fees for agents

The debate about online auction charges levied on buyers continues this morning with the release of figures showing that one company...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Congratulations - we reveal the Agents Giving Ball tickets winner!

It’s a great start to the week for Wesley Carney, a lettings negotiator at the wonderful Breckon & Breckon agency in...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to the latest Property Jobs Today - the last one in November. Career moves tend to slow this time...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG’s Charlie Bryant talks exclusively to Estate Agent Today

To say legendary ZPG founder and CEO Alex Chesterman left big boots to fill when he stepped back from day-to-day operations...

24 November 2018

From: Features

Inside the new Regulation of Property Agents working party

The title may be unfamiliar but most agents know by now that in the corridors of Whitehall a working party exists...

24 November 2018

From: Features

Deal or no deal – how could Brexit affect the property market?

A no-deal Brexit The biggest impact of a no-deal Brexit in relation to housing is a potential fall in house prices -...

24 November 2018

From: Features

Future of Emoov in the balance

The future of online agency Emoov remains in the balance this weekend with talks continuing between the management and possible buyers. On...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Only fittest will survive’ says agent making eighth acquisition of 2018

Yorkshire agency Linley & Simpson is on the acquisition trail yet again - and it’s revealed its eighth deal of the...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Propertymark brand has been a big success says NAEA

The introduction of the Propertymark brand as a ‘consumer friendly’ umbrella name for a series of trade bodies has been a...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Have a Ball with Agents Giving! - win two FREE tickets today

It’s Friday and what better way to kick off the weekend than winning two completely FREE tickets for the industry event...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s beginning to feel a lot like winter...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Agents Do Charity - it’s our weekly round-up of good work done by the industry. Everyone...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Major estate agent’ accused in house builder bribery claim

The Guardian is this morning reporting that “a major estate agent” has been accused of involvement in corruption with the house...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Branch closures - 135 fewer independent agency offices

New figures from the British Independent Retailers Association suggest that there are now 135 fewer independent estate agency branches than at...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auction buyers 'must pay stamp duty on reservation fee' shock

A consumer group which has already expressed alarm at some aspects of the so-called ‘Modern Method of Auction’ says it has...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

No Deal Brexit would see ‘buyers and sellers hit the brakes’ - top agent

The chief executive of Haart, Paul Smith, is warning that a No Deal exit from the EU could leave Britain with...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Would housing market improve if owners switched mortgages?

Shock figures out this morning show that a staggering £15.4 billion of annual interest is being paid by mortgage borrowers sitting...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Don't bank on 'prime' vendors cutting prices again, warns agent

A senior figure in the Knight Frank agency says those buyers who may be expecting Brexit-inspired bargains in the so-called ‘super...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Do floor plans and photos really help to sell a property?

Photos and floor plans remain an essential tool in property marketing. Despite a wealth of choice from aspiring UK PropTech start-ups the...

21 November 2018

From: Features

Property website allowing private sales claims to be valued at £10m

A website that lists private sale properties and calls itself “the all in one property marketplace” has valued itself on a...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents advised: Don't head off ho-ho-home too early this Christmas

Estate and letting agents are being warned not to slow down too early in the run up to Christmas as it...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Gazumping - so is it declining or is it getting worse?

The latest research from online estate agency Emoov shows at least one silver lining to the current Brexit-hit housing market -...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent changes Rightmove listing after complaint to ad watchdog

An estate agency has had to alter a listing on Rightmove following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. Gravesend-based Waterman House...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Could AI play a role in the lettings sector?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly important role in our lives – from virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and...

20 November 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Size Matters: Agents slammed for 'inconsistent, inaccurate' floorplans

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a new guide in a bid to end what it calls inconsistencies and...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

I'm A Purplebricks Boss - Get Me Out Of Here! Australian CEO quits

Purplebricks chief executive in Australia, Ryan Dinsdale, is quitting the firm after two and a half years. The influential Australian Financial Review...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Two FREE tickets to the Agents Giving Christmas Ball - you could be there!

We are delighted to have two completely FREE tickets available for the industry event of the season - the Charity Christmas...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov sale ‘must be done in days - time is of the essence'

Time appears to be running short for the sale of troubled online agency Emoov. An Emoov insider has told Estate Agent Today...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Canny or downright desperate? Online agency slashes fee to just £1

Online agency Doorsteps is slashing its flat fee to just £1 with no commission charge - but for only 48 hours. The...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Asking prices fall over £5,200 in largest November drop since 2012

Rightmove is this morning reporting that the asking price of property coming to market has fallen 1.7 per cent in the...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves in and out of our industry

It’s not just the Cabinet and the government where jobs are in flux - there are plenty of moves to announce...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Who comes out on top in the battle of the property portals?

Given that online property portals, dominated by a handful of websites, are by far the most popular home search method, it...

17 November 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: could these innovations change the market forever?

How will things be done in the future? There’s no knowing, of course, given the many variables at play, but it’s...

17 November 2018

From: Features

It’s time for conveyancing to up its game

Conveyancing regularly adds unnecessary and costly delays to the home buying process and improvement could be far quicker than any efforts...

17 November 2018

From: Features

Sales slump as fall-throughs and gazumping soar

New research shows 35 per cent of deals fall through within three weeks of a seller receiving an offer and a...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit Shambles: Housing minister Malthouse backs Theresa May

Housing minister Kit Malthouse appears to be backing Theresa May as Brexit chaos consumes the government. A request from Estate Agent Today...

16 November 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

Agents missing vast referral fees for conveyancing, says PropTech firm

Estate agents are missing around half of the conveyancing referral opportunities they could take, according to a new report.  PropTech firm OneDome...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - for Children (and many others) In Need...

Amidst all the Brexit chaos let’s remember that it’s Children In Need day...always a time when Britons’ generosity raises the spirits,...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Former Knight Frank duo buy agency franchise in key city market

Winkworth’s Bath franchise has been acquired by new franchisees Lucy McIlroy and Matthew Leonard - the latter having been a partner...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy “important catalyst” for first time buyers - claim

A property comparison website has made a defence of the controversial Help To Buy initiative, claiming it “acts as an important...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Market slow across UK but London is worst hit region - again...

Price growth in the housing market is slow across the UK but London is again the most troubled region, seeing an...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyers warned: Don’t cut corners by trying DIY conveyancing

Hard-pressed buyers who try to minimise house moving costs by doing their own conveyancing have been warned of the disastrous consequences...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

What is the key to a smooth and efficient pre-tenancy process?

People now expect a streamlined, digital-first experience from every single service they interact with - and the lettings industry is no...

14 November 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: Agents - here’s why you need to differentiate more

I remember renting flats when I was a 25-year-old negotiator at Foxtons. Many of you will remember my love for the...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

“Sun is setting on the market” as supply soars and demand drops

The market is now over-supplied with homes to sell while at the same time demand is dipping and there are widespread...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Forget the south - Manchester is where capital appreciation is highest

A leading property consultancy has called out Manchester as the location which has seen the highest urban price growth of anywhere...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons confirms six branch closures - but says no more to come

Foxtons has this morning confirmed that it has now closed six branches. There was high-level publicity given to the closure of its...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov sale may force a change to online model, claims agency

An online agency launched by a traditional high street agent to ward off competition says the online business model might have...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

“Confident” OnTheMarket still signing agents ahead of appeal

OnTheMarket has issued an upbeat statement about the Court of Appeal setting a date to hear Connells-owned Gascoigne Halman's challenge to a ruling...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

John Lewis guru to tell estate agents how customer service is done

The man responsible for defining John Lewis’ legendary customer service, and preserving its Never Knowingly Undersold pledge, is to address the...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Extraordinary £120m investment for agency that ‘breaks chains’ for sellers

It’s been reported that Nested, an estate agency launched two years ago, has received a massive £120m cash injection from venture capitalists. Nested, which...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Round two! OnTheMarket anti-competitive case goes back to court

Here we go again - the Court of Appeal is to hear Connells-owned Gascoigne Halman's challenge to a ruling that cleared...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Branch closures: 211 agency offices shut during first half of 2018

Shocking figures from the Local Data Company, a consultancy monitoring the health of High Streets, show that 211 estate agency offices...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - key industry moves and a ‘Rock Star Agent’ invitation

Hello and welcome to our latest edition of Property Jobs Today, a weekly run-through of the key job moves within our...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Children In Need this week - what’s YOUR agency doing?

It’s Children In Need in just a few days’ time on Friday, November 16 - it’s one of the biggest fund-raising...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Big bang, warp-speed change’ for conveyancers, claims PropTech firm

Conveyancers’ use of data and technology to speed through sales is on the cusp of a ‘big bang’ moment according to...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Are online agencies in trouble? Investors will decide

However mild the weather may have been for most of us, it’s a cold autumn for the online estate agency market...

10 November 2018

From: Features

Shock figures show ‘hidden’ conveyancing fees deter buyers

A digital conveyancing platform says a lack of transparency in the house moving process - particularly regarding legal costs - is...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - including one agency’s First World War fund-raising

Hello and welcome to another Agents Do Charity, our round-up of great work done by our industry to raise funds for...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning of down-valuation risk for London market

Coutts Private Bank is the latest institution to express its concern over London’s housing market. The latest Courts London Prime Property Index...

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

Agency using hub-style Market Centres now has 130 UK agents

Keller Williams, the US agency which allows agents to work from hub-like ‘market centres’, says it now has 130 freelance agents in this...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New branches in Manchester and London as agencies defy market

A first-time agent who has previously owned a retail franchise and some buy to let units, has bought the Century 21 franchise...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Another government clampdown: will it hit second home sales?

A business rates tax break which benefits holiday home owners is to be reviewed by ministers, who have now launched a formal...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Countdown’s Rachel to host Guild of Property Professionals awards

“I’ll have a vowel please Rachel….then an award.” The puns are likely to be much in evidence in the New Year when...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

London house marketed for £25m but sells for ‘only’ £15m

A house in Mayfair that was sold for £19.175m in 2014 and put on the market this year at £25m has...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: where transactions are most buoyant since 2008

We’re used to recent stories about transaction dips and price stagnation as Brexit uncertainty and stamp duty take their toll on...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Data is a conversation starter (really!)

Rather like doctors, estate agents are present at critical points in our lives – moving in together, bidding farewell to a...

07 November 2018

From: Features

Emoov troubles ‘do not mean the end for hybrid agents’

The high profile financial difficulties faced by Emoov and the recent fall in the share value of Purplebricks do not mean...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit impacting prime London as prices drop again - LonRes

The LonRes data consultancy that monitors transactions right across prime central London says Brexit is the single biggest factor impacting the...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks watch out - David Brent has become an estate agent!

He’s got a fax machine for PropTech, he’s got an answerphone so he’s open 24/7, and he’s got 2.5 per cent...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: It’s time for agents to adapt or die

This won’t be a long article. Just to the point and hopefully with a nice angle to it.  I get asked at...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov advert triggers another complaint to watchdog

The troubled Emoov hybrid estate agency, currently up for sale, has removed an advertisement after a complaint to a watchdog over...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Purplebricks claims 20% revenue growth despite “online shake out”

Purplebricks says it has seen year-on-year revenue growth of about 20 per cent despite what its chairman calls “a challenging UK...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Reservation agreements back on the agenda thanks to former agent

A new company is claiming to reduce chain collapses during sales by creating a lockout agreement, also known as a reservation agreement. Property...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

London agency with 17 branches signs up to OnTheMarket

London agency chain Portico has signed up to OnTheMarket.  The 17 branch firm, which handles both sales and lettings, has offices in...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit, negotiating and comedy set to dominate agents’ conference

A diverse cast-list has been announced for this year’s Relocation Agent Network national conference and exhibition to be staged in London...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News