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New industry Trading Standards team has just 14 to cover sales and lettings

Estate Agent Today has been given details of the new National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents Team - the body...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks is hugely successful despite tumbling share price says analyst

A PropTech analyst insists that the tumbling share price of Purplebricks on the London Stock Exchange does not indicate that the...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Firm switching agents on behalf of sellers wins £500k cash injection

A PropTech firm that lists a customer’s home with successive estate agents until it is sold has raised £500,000 of startup...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents On The Run: are you running the London Marathon?

It’s London Marathon week, always a great event in the calendar and - we’re sure - an event that attracts a...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Homes could lose 10% of value because of Japanese Knotweed - claim

A solicitor handling cases involving Japanese Knotweed say the problem could devalue the prices of affected houses by as much as...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - events agents need to keep an eye out for

With Easter now upon us (happy Easter, by the way, and hope you’re enjoying the long weekend, the Easter eggs and...

20 April 2019

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: rent arrears vs property condition

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

20 April 2019

From: Features

Expert view on the leasehold scandal - is Commonhold the answer?

The leasehold scandal continues to generate plenty of column inches, with fresh stories emerging almost daily of people living in unsellable...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New regulatory body for agents: will it have resources to do the job?

The jury appears to be out on whether the new enforcement body for estate and lettings agents will be resourced sufficiently...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Lead Generation: Peak hours and days revealed in latest Zoopla data-drop

Zoopla has been spelling out more details of prospective buyers’ and renters’ patterns of portal-watching and how they relate to leads...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Sex Strictly Sells: open plan and marble worktops never looked so good

You know the problem with new builds - they’re a bit Marmite aren’t they? Contemporary design is all well and good but…how...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Express estate agency’ says it beats auctions for sellers stuck on market

A quick buy company that describes itself as an “express estate agency” is making a pitch for vendors who may be...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Explained - the future of tenant referencing after the fees ban

Low risk letting is everyone’s aim, but unless legitimate guidelines are followed it’s difficult to know if a tenant will prove...

17 April 2019

From: Features

Banned: Agency ad’s “misleading” reference to non-existent branch

An estate agency has been ordered by the Advertising Standards Authority not to use an advertisement on its website and Facebook...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New country branch for Jackson-Stops after London sale is confirmed

Jackson-Stops has launched a new branch in mid-Sussex, expanding the estate agency’s national network to over 45 offices.  The Mid-Sussex branch will...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The do’s and don’ts of market transformation

I am writing this as I reflect on a recent trip to Nigeria. I was asked to speak at the country’s...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Bleak market survey by listings website contrasts with upbeat Rightmove

A new housing market survey paints a bleaker picture than that from Rightmove earlier this week - and instead speaks of...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Raffle Rumpus: another property competition in hot water with watchdog

Another property raffle - this time with what appeared to be a castle as its main prize - has hit trouble...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Charlie Lancaster, Managing Director, MyBid4it

Q: What does it say on your business card? Charlie Lancaster,  Managing Director, m: 07976 507107 e:charlie.lancaster@mybid4it.com,  Blake House, 18 Blake...

16 April 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Tiny market share for online agents despite millions spent on marketing

A new snapshot of market share claims that online agents accounted for 7.0 per cent of all exchanges in the first...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Nurturing leads is top priority as high-profile PropTech firms join forces

Two of the PropTech sector's highest profile digital marketing suppliers are integrating in a bid to help agents nurture the leads...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Slash stamp duty and scrap CGT on buy to let sales, says top Tory

An ex-housing minister and ex-Brexit secretary says he wants to radically change taxes on buy to let capital appreciation to help...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Millionaire with no property experience puts cash into online agency service

A millionaire who has not previously invested in the property industry has taken the plunge by funding an online agency network. The...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks slammed by analyst who urges investors to pull out

An influential investment blog says the number of analysts and investors still believing in Purplebricks’ growth story is dwindling - and...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit chaos causing estate agency staffing problems

The estate agency industry is in a staffing dilemma because of the continuing uncertainty over Brexit and its effect on the...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Spring Forward! Market moving again says Rightmove

There’s been a spring bounce with prices of new-to-the market properties increasing an average of 1.1 per cent in the past...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest key industry moves

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

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 April 2019

From: Features

So farewell Theresa May and thanks for...well, not much

No, this isn’t about Brexit. But as the saga of leaving the EU is likely to bring about the downfall of...

13 April 2019

From: Features

ARLA Propertymark Conference 2019 – three key talking points

The recent ARLA Propertymark conference featured a hugely interesting line-up of speaks and session during a watershed time for the lettings...

13 April 2019

From: Features

Should the estate agency industry stop resisting regulation?

There was a time when the mere mention of the financial services industry brought with it scorn and mistrust. The issues arising...

13 April 2019

From: Features

Portal listings: first hour is key for leads to agents

The first hour of a property’s listing on a portal is the most crucial for sellers or landlords according to research...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New portal showing ‘property potential’ to roll out across UK

A ‘property potential’ portal which claims to be highly successful across the south east of England is now going to launch...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

13th time not unlucky as Savills the Superbrand strikes again

Savills has been named the winner of the real estate agents/advisor league table in the UK Business Superbrand list for the...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The Only Way Is Essex as independent joins franchise empire

Winkworth has a new office at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, as an independent local agency rebrands as part of the franchise giant. Previously trading...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - don’t count your Easter chickens...

With next Friday being Easter, this is the last ADC for a fortnight - so it’s our chance to honour those...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Repossessed homes now sell for 104% of market value, claims agency

Spicerhaart claims that it achieved an average of 104.29 per cent against the market value on properties that were taken into...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Prices to fall slightly for next six months, warns RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says house price sentiment improved by a small amount last month for the first time...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Hammered! Auctioneer hits best sales in firm’s 12 year history

A national and regional property auction firm has delivered its best ever first quarter sales in the 12 year history of...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Help To Buy a Rip Off? First time buyers pay 12% premium

First time buyers purchasing new homes using the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme paid on average 12 per cent...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Maintaining fees and winning instructions – key questions answered

Experienced sales trainer Boyd Mayover, co-founder of Sales Doctors, explains how agents can overcome price objectives, impress prospective clients and offer...

10 April 2019

From: Features

Agency charged over fees and “undue influence”

A family run estate agency faces a string of charges relating to commission fees and “undue influence” exerted on clients. The charges...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Owner complains about home listed on Zoopla when it wasn’t for sale

The owner of a home for sale has complained to the Advertising Standards Authority after seeing it marketed on Zoopla -...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents’ qualifications could produce higher fees, more business - claim

Agents boasting qualifications could generate higher fees and more clients, especially if they are ‘ahead of the game’ and improve their...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The second stupidest thing to do? Digitise the past

By the time you read this article, I’ll be in Nigeria. My first ever visit to the continent of Africa. Sitting here...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agents – here’s why you should promote the UK’s low commission fees

UK estate agents charge the lowest commission out of any nation in the European Union, according to a recent study by...

09 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks named one of Britain’s 20 ‘most relevant brands’

Purplebricks has been named one of Britain’s ‘most relevant’ brands to consumers. The agency came in 13th in a list of...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

All independent agents applying to trade group will be mystery-shopped

Every estate agency applying to join a new group for independents will be mystery shopped in a bid to ensure it...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

EweMove in profit as Property Franchise Group reports solid figures

Hybrid estate agency has reported a modest pre-tax profit of some £400,000 as part of the 2018 results of its parent...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket closing the gap with Rightmove claims Springett

OnTheMarket says high take up for its alert service demonstrates that it’s closing the gap on Rightmove. The challenger portal says that...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime rural prices see largest fall for five years thanks to Brexit

At the end of a week consisting of largely depressing market reports, new data from Knight Frank suggests that the bad...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Older ‘Last Time Buyers’ now a growing part of the market, figures reveal

As many as one transaction in three is now undertaken by a so-called Last Time Buyer - twice as many as...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

5 reasons estate agents need a telephone answering service

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

08 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Over-valuing: agents fight back after press allegations

There’s anger in the industry over an article in The Times which accused agents of overvaluing properties - although why this was happening...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New blow for Purplebricks as onliners’ market share dips again

There’s more bad news for Purplebricks: after a shock 80 per cent downgrading of its stock value by a bank on...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal expert takes senior role in new FIA Independent Agents’ group

Estate Agent Today can reveal that the new Federation of Independent Agents has recruited an expert from the two leading portals...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the industry’s top moves....

Hello, it’s that time of the week again when we look at the latest recruitment and appointment news in the industry. Just...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide “investible again” says bank - and even Foxtons is upgraded

The investment bank which on Friday put Purplebricks under the cosh has now given a boost to two High Street estate...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Halifax says latest index “partly corrects” last month’s shock figure

House prices rose slightly more rapidly in the first three months of the year but growth is likely to remain subdued...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: great advertising campaigns for independent estate agents

When you think of the best ad campaigns – from moustachioed opera singers and talking meerkats to millions of bouncing balls...

06 April 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks stock downgraded 80% by investment bank

Analysts at Berenberg Bank have sharply reduced their price target for Purplebricks by over 80 per cent from 470p to 80p, accusing...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

60% portal fee discounts: will this lure independent agencies to Hunters?

The chairman of franchise giant Hunters says his company’s purchasing power is such that it secures 60 per cent discounts from...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency considers quitting Rightmove as it trials Zoopla in key branches

Some branches of one of London’s largest agencies, Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, have returned to Zoopla after dropping it just over four...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New free-to-list portals claim 100,000 listings from 1,600 agents

Two new free-to-list portals say they have now attracted 100,000 listings from 1,600 agents. The portals - Residential People and Commercial People...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Transactions ‘cut from three months to three weeks’ Blockchain trial claims

PropTech players behind a recent trial claim that use of Blockchain can cut a transaction time from a typical three months...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - this week ranging from mental health to art

Welcome to another ADC, the weekly round-up each Friday of agents’ great fund-raising work.  This week we show the diversity of charitable...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Investing in people is key to your success – PropTech is neither a replacement nor exception

At PayProp we recognise that it’s the hard-working agents and other staff that make the industry a success, so training should...

04 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit, not stamp duty, is biggest problem for high-end sales market, says Savills

Savills, which in the past has been restrained in its critique of Brexit’s effect on the housing market, now says that...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Should agents build, buy, or partner? That is the question

Foxtons and Quintain have both recently made an important decision about their technological innovation, the same decision must also be made...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Another top agency’s sales down in Brexit’s “low transactional market”

Winkworth’s latest trading statement reveals that while its rental side blossomed, sales suffered thanks to the familiar cocktail of Brexit, uncertainty...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Super Shirley: Agency’s ‘Saturday Girl’ retires...at the age of 84

Saturdays aren’t going to be the same for Petty Estate Agents in Burnley any more - and they’re going to be a...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Is innovation the key to thriving in the property sector?

It’s a testing time for the property industry, amid Brexit fears, a slowing market and the looming tenant fees ban.  There’s no...

03 April 2019

From: Features

Controversial ‘Slime Balls’ online agency calls in liquidators

A controversial online estate agency has gone into liquidation two years after describing High Street agents as “smug, suited slime-balls.” BetterMove, registered...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Horror hammer attack on agent - police still looking for information

Police are continuing to appeal for information on a horrific hammer attack on the owner and chairman of Bridges Estate Agents...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Bad news for transactions as Equity Release grows again

New figures from the Equity Release Council suggest more growth in this sector, alarming those agents who see this as a...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Dodgy Dealing? Agents accused of pushing buyers to in-house mortgages

Mortgage brokers are claiming that “a big number” of buyers are being cajoled into using estate agents’ in-house brokers. The Financial Conduct...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket issues shares to agents signing long-term deals

OnTheMarket has applied to the London Stock Exchange for the release of shares to agents signing long term deals with the...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Big slump in Prime Central London exchanges says high-end agency

Knight Frank says the number of exchanges in Prime Central London in the year to the end of February slumped 14...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fall-Throughs: Insurance firm claims crime deters 80 buyers a day

An insurance company claims that over 29,000 property deals fall through in a year because buyers get cold feet over their...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit ‘prompts transaction surge to beat possible market slump’

A mortgage firm claims that around a third of all those who have moved homes since 2016 have done so -...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property details must use Imperial Measurements after Brexit

A statement this morning from the government says that property details must use Imperial Measurements after Britain leaves the EU. The Imperial...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks price reductions: anonymous blog makes new allegations

An anonymous estate agent has renewed his attack on Purplebricks after an article in The Times at the weekend. Estate Agent Today...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the industry’s movers and shakers…

Hello, welcome to a new week and to PJT, your regular Monday round-up of jobs news in the industry. Do please let...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Stay calm about the market; 'Once Brexit is sorted, demand will return'

Agents appear to be speaking with one voice in response to the latest house price index, saying that once Brexit is...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New Homes Ombudsman to be 'tested' before formally launching

The government has revealed that it’s to ‘test’ the workings of the New Homes Ombudsman before the scheme formally launches. Housing Secretary...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks fakes some price reductions, agent claims in The Times

An estate agent who operates an online blog has told The Times that Purplebricks has faked price reductions. Other tricks which the agent reveals about...

30 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How can agents keep property transactions on track?

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

30 March 2019

From: Features

Shelter and Generation Rent? Radical? Don’t make me laugh…

Campaigning groups like Generation Rent and Shelter like to think they are simultaneously edgy and radical; likewise some think tanks believe...

30 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

30 March 2019

From: Features

Why the future of the property industry should be paperless

When they first came onto the scene, online-only estate and lettings agents were predicted to swiftly spell the end for traditional...

30 March 2019

From: Features

Over 40 jobs at risk as agency chain plans to shut four branches

Local media in the east Midlands report that four estate agency offices operated by the Nottingham building society are to close...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: front-office headcount under review as branch closures save £3m

Foxtons has revealed that its six branch closures announced towards the end of last year will save the company £3m in...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

“Pathetic” government pledge mocked by leasehold expert

Almost as soon as the government yesterday made its latest announcement to outlaw rogue leasehold deals, the measure was branded “pathetic. More...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New portal bids to cut fall-throughs by offering ‘mortgage passport’

The new portal OneDome is offering what it calls a “consumer-facing digital mortgage product” in a bid to cut fall-throughs. OneDome already...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

London and Home Counties agencies quiet on possible acquisition

There’s been no formal confirmation that London agency Dexters has acquired the London and nearby offices of Jackson-Stops, as has been...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and no indicative votes required...

One thing’s clear in the ongoing mess surrounding Brexit - a lot of people are simply putting their head down and...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's share price dips to lowest-ever level - under 8p

Countrywide’s share price dipped to its lowest ever level yesterday, below 8p before recovering a little ground later in the day. The...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Crunch Time! OnTheMarket says agents should make portal choices soon

Many estate and letting agents are receiving more leads through OnTheMarket than through Rightmove, the challenger portal claims - and it...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency backs London air initiative despite £4,500 impact on some residents

A new emission zone becomes effective in central London in 10 days time and could cost residents who use their car...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What do virtual tours look like for estate agents in 2019?

Virtual tours are a compelling way of enhancing a property’s potential through online marketing, increased transparency and efficiency for agents, and...

27 March 2019

From: Features

Agents urged to ‘Think Smarter Marketing’ by top industry experts

Four high-profile industry figures have sent an open letter urging agents to think about what they call “smarter marketing” in a...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Nationwide proves that collaboration is worth the risk

Whether it is legacy providers with new, young businesses, or large banks with PropTech startups, all types of cross-collaboration are vital. It’s...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

One in eight planning to buy in next six months 'delay because of Brexit'

One in eight people buying or selling in the next six months say they will delay their plans because of Brexit...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

London prices show signs of recovery but other cities start to slow

Zoopla’s Hometrack index of 20 major UK cities shows that London property prices are starting to stabilise after a three year...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Can 3% stamp duty surcharge be challenged after tribunal ruling?

It’s being suggest that a recent tax tribunal verdict might just open the way to challenges to the three per cent...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Registered buyers dive 46% in three years as Brexit trauma goes on

The National Association of Estate Agents says the number of house hunters registered per branch fell 15 per cent in February...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘hide how long it takes to sell homes’ claims quick-buy firm

A quick-buy firm that buys homes at around 85 per cent of market value claims the industry is concealing how slow...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty and conveyancing are growing worries for home owners

A large-scale survey by a consumer group has revealed that over half of home owners regard stamp duty as a growing...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

More flexible working key to improving gender imbalance in property

The property industry is making “important strides” towards gender balance according to a new report - and it says more respect...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reviews are accurate insists Trustpilot

Controversial reviews service Trustpilot insists Purplebricks and Foxtons are not gaming its platform and accuses The Times of “misrepresenting” how it operates. Over...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Value added to house is 'confiscated' by Proceeds of Crime Act

An owner who enhanced the price of his property by illegally hacking branches off a tree has ordered to pay back...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves...

Hello and welcome to the regular Monday edition of Property Jobs Today. Everyone here contacted us on press@estateagenttoday.co.uk to espresso the word;...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents offered free anti-money laundering compliance roundtable

One of the industry’s leading compliance experts is to lead a roundtable discussion in May on the anti-money laundering issue -...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Light may become an issue thanks to extended PDR - claim

Extended Permitted Development Rights unveiled in the Chancellor’s recent Spring Statement could create issues concerning Right To Light for homes near...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Love or loathe us - Britain’s best agents are the best in the world

This article was originally written for City AM in response to an article it published attacking letting agents. See more here.  A...

23 March 2019

From: Features

Why stamp duty should be abolished and not just reformed

Over the last few years, there have a number of changes to the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) regime, which have...

23 March 2019

From: Features

Upfront information will be crucial to the future of buying and selling

When it comes to major issues confronting housing, and in particular the direction that the government would like to take the...

23 March 2019

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: landlords claiming re-protection deposits

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

23 March 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks and Foxtons reviews on Trustpilot come under scrutiny

Purplebricks’ and Foxtons’ apparent success on Trustpilot have come under scrutiny in a Times newspaper analysis of the review platform. The Times’...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

In Defence Of Agents - the article a newspaper wouldn't publish...

A high profile agent has written a robust defence of the industry following a critical article in a business newspaper - but...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for agents as transaction figures defy Brexit blues

There’s good news from the market - property transactions increased by 1.7 per cent between the start of this year and February,...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents being recruited as high end brand opens new office

Fine & Country is opening a new office in York, joining some 300 similarly branded outlets worldwide.  Frances Bowling, manager of Fine...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Hunters' founder becomes latest MP to join TPO Conference panel

The founder of the Hunters franchise agency group, Kevin Hollinrake - now a Conservative MP - is the latest parliamentarian to...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - no extension needed when you're fund-raising...

As the clock ticks down and Britain’s future gets ever more difficult to predict, one of the few certainties to cling...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Over 1,200 agency offices shut in a year, claims newspaper

A newspaper claims that 1,228 estate agent branches closed on Britain’s High Streets last year. The Mirror’s business editor, Graham Hiscott, says the...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents' worries grow as house price rises are smallest for six years

Average house prices in the UK increased by 1.7 per cent in the year to the end of January according to...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Replacement for private treaty sales’ offered by online auctioneer

The Network Auctions ‘E” online property platform, used by an estimated 100 agents, has been revamped with vendors now offered three...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Leasehold scandals deter buyers wanting new-builds - claim

A survey of owners has revealed that recent leasehold scandals have deterred many would-be buyers from considering new build homes.  The survey,...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2019

From: Features

Top industry suppliers form new group offering agents ‘tech solutions’

Many of the industry’s best known and widely respected suppliers have set up a new group which they say offers agents...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Lawyers accuse agents of failing to comply with CPRs over leaseholds

The Law Society claims that the unforeseen charges faced by some purchasers of leasehold properties could be addressed “if developers and...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over referral fees: You're in the last-chance saloon

Estate agents have been warned that if new guidance over referral fees is not taken seriously, they could be faced with...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla says leads to agents up 36% as portal wars hot up again

Zoopla says the number of its leads delivered to member agents in the period March 2018 to February 2019 was 36...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Prices stagnate but there are big regional differences says Your Move

Prices have dropped 0.5 per cent in the past year according to LSL Property Services, the parent company of Your Move...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: MIPIM competition suggests sensors and IoT are the future

This month’s MIPIM conference in Cannes once again played host to the final round of the much coveted MIPIM Startup Competition.  The...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Why ongoing training and support is crucial for new software

To get the absolute most from your estate or letting agency business, it’s vital that you partner with the right software...

19 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Reservation Agreement firm claims it entirely eliminates fall throughs

An industry provider of reservation agreements says its services can “entirely eliminate” fall throughs and reduce failed transactions “to almost zero.” PropTech...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency branch will be ‘paperless’ with TV screens and PropTech

An estate agency which was set up in south Wales late last year is opening a new branch that it describes...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket introduces new features - but only for agents who pay

In another bid to take on Rightmove, OnTheMarket is introducing a new range of advertising products which will enable agents to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

40-year mortgages help buyers beat stricter affordability rules

Over 50 per cent of all mortgage products available to home buyers in the UK currently have a standard maximum term...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents back call for CMA probe into possible leasehold ‘mis-selling’

The leasehold system has created many unsellable and unmortgageable homes and should change, MPs say. The all-party Housing, Communities and Local Government...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Emoov chief's new online business makes headlines before it launches

The founder and former chief executive of Emoov, Russell Quirk, is back in the headlines with a new but until now...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New ‘Modern Method of Auction’ firm tries to woo estate agents

Another new online auction company has launched and is bidding to woo traditional estate agents with the controversial ‘modern method of...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Another online agency in trouble and blames Brexit for redundancies

Nested, an innovative online agency that offers vendors a form of guaranteed sale, has laid off 20 per cent of its workforce...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Regional agency expands with opening of 10th High Street office

Regional agency Prospect, which already has offices in Berkshire and Surrey, has opened its 10th office at Farnborough in Hampshire. Last year Prospect...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Hello - here we are once again with the weekly round-up of key moves in the agency and related industries. We’re letting...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove warns of 'subdued spring market' - and yes, it's Brexit

The spring market has got off to a subdued start according to Rightmove - and the portal says more buyers are...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – is 9 till 6 still the way to make a living?

For many years, the majority of agents have stuck to the tried-and-tested 9am-6pm opening hours framework. But is this now changing,...

16 March 2019

From: Features

The government must stop using agents to carry out their dirty work

I don’t believe it’s unfair to state that our government, indeed, the entire political establishment is in some turmoil at the...

16 March 2019

From: Features

Rent controls won’t solve London’s shortage of affordable housing stock

The topic of introducing rent controls in London crops up time and time again in our industry. But it’s been hitting...

16 March 2019

From: Features

Why age-proofing homes could lead to market stagnation

A survey by the Centre for Ageing Better recently showed that 72% of people want to see every new home built...

16 March 2019

From: Features

One buyer in six pulls out - more fuel for reforming the buying process?

There’s more fuel added to the current debate about reform of the house purchasing process, as new data reveals one buyer...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket and new portal OneDome reveal extra services

Two 'challenger portals' have revealed major new services this morning as they fight to take on Rightmove and Zoopla. OneDome, the new...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Can Ewe believe it? Astounding claims made about hybrid agency

A report claims that the hybrid agency EweMove performs above average across a number of measurements. The study comes from TwentyCi, a...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What’s threatening the market? Brexit and shortage of supply

The latest RICS survey has one key message - 77 per cent of surveyors participating in the study say Brexit uncertainty...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - in pole position for more fund-raising...

You can tell it’s the onset of spring by the fact that this weekend sees the start of the Formula 1...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Savills claims online firm Yopa ‘is UK’s sixth biggest estate agency’

Savills has this morning talked up its investment in onliner Yopa, which it claims is the sixth largest estate agency in...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Guild claims highest market share and targets big rise in membership

The Guild of Property Professionals says its network of over 800 independent estate agents across the UK has, collectively, the highest...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents slam “regurgitated rhetoric” in Hammond’s damp squib statement

Estate agents have responded cynically to the small-fry property sector announcements made by Chancellor Phillip Hammond in yesterday’s spring statement mini-Budget. Overshadowed...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

AML Fines for estate agents published

Estate agent anti-money laundering (AML) compliance is under scrutiny again following the publication of figures detailing the fines levied for AML...

13 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

How can independent agents become true ‘local property experts’?

The end of 2018 was a bit of a rocky time for online estate agents. Yet only a few years ago...

13 March 2019

From: Features

Struggling easyProperty tells its agents: ‘Charge sellers whatever you like’

The easyProperty online agency has abandoned an across-the-board fee structure, allowing its licensee agents to charge what they like. “Each local market is unique...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is PropTech ‘atrocious’ at marketing, or do we need to relax?

An interesting debate has been sparked in PropTech this week. It started with an interview, published on YouTube, in which Kristjan Byfield...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Two agencies defy London market by opening new offices

Family-run Chelsea agency Russell Simpson is marking 40 years of business by expanding for the first time in its history, opening...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

First time buyers slam fees for mortgages, removers and conveyancers

Half of first time buyers say they made expensive mistakes during their process of purchasing their home, with mortgage brokers, removal...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Another blow for online as agency scraps crowdfunding campaign

The online estate agency platform Love2Move has scrapped its bid for investment via a controversial crowdfunding platform. The platform - which allows...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portals claim 1,200 agents on board in just four weeks

Two free-to-list portals launched last month in the UK say they have 1,200 agents and 50,000 listed properties on board in...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

First time buyer mortgages strong despite ongoing Brexit uncertainty

Figures released this morning show a surge in first time buyers securing mortgages in recent months, despite the market showing continued signs...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reveals another major sports sponsorship deal

Purplebricks has become the major partner with a leading Australian rugby league team, Melbourne Storm. "Purplebricks is reshaping the real estate market...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Slowdown in homes coming to the market, says Agency Express

Agency Express says that following a strong start to the year there’s a been a slowdown in the number of properties...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Implementing your risk assessment

The Money Laundering Regulations require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation to...

11 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Agent shuts business and rips into 'lying sellers and lazy solicitors'

Maverick Cornish estate agent Chris Wood has quit the industry with a stinging attack on those who have “taken their toll”...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Online market share still very low as Purplebricks and Yopa both dip

The latest analysis of new listings in the two weeks to last Friday show that online estate agencies continue to have...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of undervaluing because of faulty floorplans

A PropTech firm claims agents are currently undervaluing properties in London because of what it calls “outdated and inaccurate property measurement...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your weekly round-up of the big moves

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your weekly chance to catch up on major moves in our industry. Everyone here has...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Stop indulging councils over rental licensing and local schemes

It’s time, surely, for government to crackdown not just on rogue agents and landlords but on rogue councils that confuse the...

09 March 2019

From: Features

No more ‘no DSS’ – is the government wasting its time?

Last week, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government announced a number of measures aimed at further tackling homelessness, including...

09 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

09 March 2019

From: Features

Franchising: why finding your premises could be the biggest obstacle

The road to opening up your own business can be a long one. If you’ve never done it before, there are...

09 March 2019

From: Features

MPs want agents to be monitored by HMRC in 'dirty money' crackdown

The influential Treasury Select Committee says estate agents should be more closely monitored to ensure they abide by anti-money laundering regulations. In...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Behaving Badly? Accusations fly over listings and boards

A slew of allegations have been made against agents and sometimes even by agents, over alleged misdemeanours over property listings as...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide sets out reasons to invest, despite share price fall

Countrywide’s senior executives have set out reasons why investors should put their money into the group, despite its troubled recent years. Yesterday...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news, or maybe not, as Halifax price index ‘goes rogue’

Just when you thought it was all Brexit doom and gloom, a major index shows that house prices in February grew...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Customer Service Awards: are YOU on the shortlist?

The ESTAS has released details of those agents and suppliers to the industry who have been shortlisted for the most prestigious...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - your chance to give something back...

Hello and here we go with yet another Agents Do Charity, the weekly opportunity to herald the unsung efforts of our...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chiefs tell EAT: Sales hit by Brexit but we're ready for Fees Ban

Countrywide’s executive chairman and group managing director have spoken to Estate Agent Today about the impact of Brexit on the company,...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide warns on 2019 but claims 'five pillars of progress' in recovery

Countrywide's report to shareholders this morning warns that the residential market is heading for a difficult 2019 which may hit the...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral fees backfire on agents and encourage poor conveyancing - claim

The head of residential property at a law firm is warning that referral fees can backfire on estate agents who may...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove drops PropTech app promoting private sales

Rightmove is undertaking an investigation into a PropTech app that has tried to list private sales on the portal. The perhaps-ironically named...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Savills silent on Yopa after massive write-down by LSL

Savills has declined to comment on whether it will follow in the footsteps of LSL Property Services and write down its...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How to keep landlords happy in 2019

Competition for landlords will be fiercer than ever this year. Landlords are facing a raft of changes and will likely be...

06 March 2019

From: Features

Countrywide fine 'shows agents not taking anti-money laundering seriously'

The huge £215,000 fine levied on Countrywide for failing to abide by anti-money laundering procedures is a demonstration that estate agents...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Ailing online agency House Network hit by complaint to watchdog

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

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: $200m investment for a storage firm – where is the potential?

A couple of weeks ago, SoftBank’s Vision Fund led a whopping $200 million investment injection into Clutter, the US-based on-demand storage...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit splits first time buyers across the country say Guild agents

It’s not just the high-end market for homes in the south east that’s hit by Brexit according to the Guild of...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency boss named in Top 100 Power List

A slew of bad news stories about online estate agencies may have taken the lustre off the sector in recent weeks,...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Mikus Opelts, CEO of Giraffe360

Who are you? Mikus Opelts, CEO of Giraffe360 What is Giraffe360 and what does it do? Giraffe360 is a unique digital photography subscription service...

05 March 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

LSL writes down value of Yopa stake as it pins faith in High Street branches

LSL Property Services, the parent company of Your Move and Reeds Rains, has substantially 'written down' its investment in online estate...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket blasts Rightmove with aggressive email to agents

OnTheMarket has stepped up its attack on Rightmove with a stridently-worded email to agents explaining how a drop in leads from...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: Onus is very much on agents insists conveyancing chief

The director of strategy at the Council for Licensed Conveyancers says “the onus is very much on estate agents” to respond...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

MPs want agents views on anti-money laundering after shock HMRC swoop

HM Revenue & Customs has issued more details of its bid to encourage estate agents to combat money laundering in the...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

IAMSold claims top independent spot in resi auctions’ league table

Outsourced auction provider IAMSold says it is the top independent auctioneer for residential property lots sold in 2018, according to the...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide hit with £215,000 fine in HMRC swoop on agents

It’s been revealed that Countrywide has been hit with a £215,000 fine as part of a swoop by HMRC cracking down...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks Uncovered: What it's like to be a Local Property Expert

Here’s an unusual story, describing the work of one of Purplebricks’ Local Property Experts who was with the company for around...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

AllAgents allows Purplebricks reviews again, ending 18-month spat

The long-running stand off between website AllAgents and Purplebricks appears to be over, with the online agency being ‘readmitted’ by the...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - many top industry names on the move this week ...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today - the every-Monday round-up of key moves within the industry. Let us know...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New Property Information Questionnaire being piloted by NAEA

A working party of NAEA Propertymark is to conduct a pilot of a new Property Information Questionnaire - part of a...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

39 Your Move and Reeds Rain branches bought and becoming franchises

Your Move and Reeds Rains have confirmed that 39 branches are to be taken over by David Newnes and an existing...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket takes to the air with commercial radio campaign

OnTheMarket will be “blanketing the commercial radio landscape” as well as engaging in sports and agency industry sponsorship programmes over the...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: should you be making your agency Instagram-friendly?

Instagram (or, as the younger generation would have it, Insta) is, by any measure, massive.  Only launched in October 2010, it’s a...

02 March 2019

From: Features

Why staff training is key to PropTech success

When you recruit a new member of staff, training should be one of your main priorities.  After initial training, ongoing training and...

02 March 2019

From: Features

How can estate agents close the deal ‘off-grid’?

The demand for rural properties is high, and with 20.7% of England’s population in countryside areas, estate agents have a large...

02 March 2019

From: Features

Rightmove average charges top £1,000 a month as revenue and profits soar

Rightmove has this morning given its 2018 report to shareholders, laying bare the huge financial wealth of the company which dominates...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency alleged to have told staff they may not be paid

House Network, one of the first ever online estate agencies, is alleged to be considering calling in administrators. Two reliable sources close...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing market 'not starting 2019 as we would have liked' figures show

More downbeat house price figures have prompted one leading estate agent to admit that the 2019 market had not taken off...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity on this (official) first day of spring...

The Met Office says today, March 1, is the first official day of spring - perfect timing to coincide with the...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral fees: new guidance to agents revealed by NTSEAT

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team has this afternoon revealed new industry guidance to make referral fees more transparent to...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons rules out new branch closures but suffers huge fall in transactions

Foxtons has ruled out further branch closures as it continues to struggle against what it calls “the continued weakness” of the...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New property portal launches with revolutionary business model

A new sales portal has launched with a radically different business model, aiming to pay agents to list on it. It’s the brainchild of...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency defends Trustpilot online reviews as transparent and honest

Chancellors says it has over 10,000 reviews on Trustpilot, making it the most reviewed High Street agency on the platform.  In a statement...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

20% drop in New Year  buyer registrations put down to Brexit blues

Data from NAEA Propertymark suggests there were 20 per cent fewer buyers in January this year than in the same month...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and ill-health blamed as agency shuts with immediate effect

An estate and lettings agency that has been trading in the centre of Exeter for 12 years has ceased trading and...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech is the way to safeguard High Street branches - Connells

Connells Group says investment in PropTech will be the way to safeguard its almost-600 High Street branches - and it’s repeated...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Well-known regional four-branch independent agency rebrands as Hunters

Well-known Essex and Hertfordshire agency Mullucks Wells is rebranding as part of the Hunters Group. Mullucks Wells will remain independently owned but...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

CMA wants two ‘cartel’ agency directors disqualified

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

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Why traditional property management as we know it is over

Nobody likes change. It makes people feel threatened, undermines their confidence, and makes them worry about the future. But regardless of...

27 February 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: Purplebricks’ lack of collaboration to blame for recent troubles

No doubt we’ve all seen the recent Purplebricks news - shares have, according to the BBC, ‘plunged after it slashed its...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks could be bought by High Street agent, says client developer

The chief executive and founder of a developer and property investment group says Purplebricks is “an excellent business” but its recent...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove and Zoopla agree - the market's slowing gradually

Both major portals have this morning revealed more evidence of a gently slowing housing market. The average time to sell a property...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed: property portal database of rogue traders includes murderers

The controversial property portal Propertyheads has compiled a blacklist of tradesmen who have a criminal record. The website says this is the...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency shuts key office as London hit by more transaction and price falls

Another estate agency has closed one of its prime London offices as the capital’s most exclusive areas continue to be hit...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Our homes are ‘woeful’ for older people, claims pressure group

The vast majority of people want homes built as standard for all age groups - a contrary view to those in...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Big Leap forward for first-ever ESTAS Bold Legal Conference

More details are emerging of the first-ever ESTAS conference for conveyancers - the Bold Legal Conference - taking place on the...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What are HMRC looking for?

The Money Laundering Regulations require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation to...

25 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks’ problems won’t deter investors, insists rival online agency

Online agency platform Love2move insists that its current bid to attract investors will not be damaged by the adverse publicity surrounding...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

For Sale By Owner website set up ‘out of frustration with estate agents’

Another For Sale By Owner website has been launched - this one, apparently, because the founder was “frustrated” with estate agents’...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov’s losses: agency founder Quirk complains to Mail on Sunday

The former chief executive of online agency Emoov has complained to the Mail on Sunday about an article concerning the firm’s...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says some branch staff will fill water bottles for the public

Countrywide’s high-end brand Hamptons International says agents at its branches will in future be “delighted” to fill water bottles for members of...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your weekly round-up of key industry moves

Welcome to this week’s PJT, your chance to catch up with the latest key job moves. Keep in touch with us on...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents doing not nearly enough to report money laundering - claim

The government’s anti-money laundering campaign Flag It Up has published an A to Z which it claims will help agents understand...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov former boss disputes Mail on Sunday claim about agency's debts

Online estate agent Emoov failed to tell crowdfunding investors it was losing £3m a month before its collapse, a Sunday paper claims. The...

24 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agencies: the final curtain call?

It’s been a theatrical week in Westminster with talk of defections and duplicity worthy of Shakespeare. Yet the estate agency world has...

23 February 2019

From: Features

RIP the open house…the return of the high street agent?

Cast your minds back to the summer of 2014. It’s 9.55 am somewhere in east London ‘Sorry I’m late’ offers the...

23 February 2019

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: Delivery claim made by landlord

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

23 February 2019

From: Features

Game over for online agents? They fail to get above 5% market share

Latest figures show that the top 10 online estate agencies have once again failed to exceed five per cent market share,...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Commisery and gloating - industry reaction to Purplebricks share crash

Purplebricks’ eye-watering share price fall yesterday was greeted with widespread satisfaction by property professionals outside the online sector. The agency’s share price...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

It's true: buying a home now is much MORE affordable than a decade ago

Monthly mortgage payments as a proportion of income have dropped to 31 per cent now from 43 per cent a decade...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Sluggish start to 2019 transactions, but there is a market out there…

The first set of figures for the year from HMRC show that there were 0.8 per cent more residential property transactions...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it's been a remarkable week…

Few can deny that with announcements from MPs and an announcement from Purplebricks, that it’s been an extraordinary week.  While it may...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks in trouble? UK chief quits and warning about overseas expansion

Purplebricks has this morning warned investors its foreign activities are not going as well as predicted - although it insists it is...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

 New portal says it’s better than Rightmove and Zoopla for investors

A portal powered by Artificial Intelligence claims it is offering investors a much-needed and superior alternative to Rightmove and Zoopla. One &...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency’s big training investment as it bids to be ‘number one on High Street’

A new training and development team has been set up by Connells Group. It’s designed - in the company’s words - “to...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Selling for 8.5% above asking price: why is Scotland's market so strong?

As the sales market across much of Britain appears to be mired in political and economic uncertainty, figures from Scotland appear...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour housing guru disagrees with party's breakaway MPs

Labour’s housing spokesman, John Healey, has spoken out against the split in the party which has so far seen eight MPs...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Stay relevant and win business in a challenging market

In these tougher times, we recognise that helping agents win new inventory is the key to their businesses.  There were more than...

20 February 2019

From: Features

What is the risk?

The Money Laundering Regulations require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation to...

20 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Sabotage: Hybrid accuses rival agents of aggressive competition

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

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Good market news at last as first time buyer borrowers hit a 12-year high

After several days of gloomy market news, here's something more optimistic - there were 370,000 new first time buyer mortgages completed in...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Money for good behaviour? PropTech helping renters

Interesting news this week from South Africa where the PropTech startup, Flow, has raised R20m in the country’s 'biggest PropTech seed...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned: home 'ownership' advertisement is branded misleading

A poster advertising shared ownership, promoting homes from a housing association, has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority. The poster, for...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit causing unprecedented damage to housing market says Reapit

A 36 per cent collapse in sales between November and January has created an “unprecedented” five year low in the number...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Challenging Rightmove and Zoopla “at best expensive, at worst futile”

One of the world’s leading digital analysts has given his latest verdict on the UK portal market and offers a major...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New branding for agency marking almost 200 years in business

Cambridge-based agency and auctioneers Cheffins is celebrating the approach of 200 years in business with a very 21st century event -...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

A  chance to give other agents (and EAT) a good kicking! It's 5-a-side time...

Estate agents and property firms are being invited to take part in the inaugural Property & Construction leg of an event...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

More market woe: website says prices falling across England and Wales

A new survey claims the market is at its worst for eight years. The latest market snapshot from property platform Home says...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New group fighting for independent agencies wins big early support

A new group called the Federation of Independent Agents has been set up as a network of like-minded independent agents who...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit backfires as it brings in flood of foreign buyers - new figures

If anyone thought Brexit may allow domestic buyers a bigger share of the market, think again: no fewer than 57 per...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

NAEA conference just old white men with grey hair says online boss

The head of an online agency has accused the National Association of Estate Agents’ conference of being “a sea of old...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Humberts says: 'risks we took in 2018 are paying off in 2019'

The radically-restructured Humberts estate agency claims the risks it took last year in scrapping branches and moving to ‘hubs’ has paid...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest moves (and a cake)

Hello and welcome to this half-term week’s PJT, your regular Monday opportunity to catch up with the key personnel changes in...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Homes are more affordable as wage growth outstrips price rises

The latest Rightmove price index suggests that homes are at their most affordable level for some years thanks to wage growth...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency launches specialist Help To Buy team

Property consultancy JLL has launched a specialised Help to Buy team in response to what it calls “the increasing demand for...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: referral fees, HIPs & Bee Gees tributes - Rob Hailstone Q & A

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

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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

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