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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

See the latest Coronavirus statistics from across the world on our world map SEE MAP UK Confirmed cases: 33,718 | UK Deaths: 2,921 | UK Recovered: 135 SEE MAP Italy Confirmed cases: 115,242 | Italy Deaths: 13,915 | Italy Recovered: 18,278 SEE MAP Spain Confirmed cases: 112,065 | Spain Deaths: 10,348 | Spain Recovered: 26,743 SEE MAP See the latest Coronavirus statistics from across the world on our world map SEE MAP UK Confirmed cases: 33,718 | UK Deaths: 2,921 | UK Recovered: 135 SEE MAP Italy Confirmed cases: 115,242 | Italy Deaths: 13,915 | Italy Recovered: 18,278 SEE MAP Spain Confirmed cases: 112,065 | Spain Deaths: 10,348 | Spain Recovered: 26,743 SEE MAP

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Purplebricks asking sellers to draw their own floorplans

Purplebricks Local Property Experts are asking sellers who are not allowing agents into their homes during the virus crisis to draw...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Poorly-treated agents will change firms after the virus - forecast

A leading human resources expert predicts that agents who are poorly treated by their employers now will wreak revenge and move...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Automated Valuation leads to agents staying strong, says supplier

One of the industry’s leading automated valuation services says it’s running at approaching 1,000 leads a day for agents even during...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Good News: Housing market damage may be ‘much less’ than expected

The Nationwide says government measures mean the impact of Coronavirus on the housing market may be “much less” damaging than many...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New EPC assessment guidance issued - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - more great work by the industry

Hello and welcome to this week’s list of good work - yes, despite the virus lockdown.  Earlier this week we featured many...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New ESTAS tool allows agents to integrate reviews into websites

The ESTAS has launched a new tool which it says will help agents get in pole position for when the market...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Not Guilty! Countrywide denies claims of unsafe working after lockdown

Countrywide has strongly denied claims made to Estate Agent Today that some people have felt obliged to work at an admin...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Voluntary pay cut taken by agencies’ senior management

Staff and senior management at a large franchise company running a string of major High Street agency brands are taking voluntary...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Furloughing - should it include agents’ commission as well?

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

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Latest: New tenant checks, Virtual staging, Global agency impact

Hello and welcome to our latest update… we’re probably not yet getting used to these unusual times but we hope this...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Savills pulls dividend but may make bonus payout at a later date

Savills has withdrawn its planned dividend to shareholders but says it could declare an "enhanced" payout at an unspecified later date. Only...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Planning for post-lockdown - how to hit the ground running

Over the last two weeks we’ve seen the country come to a standstill and the property market effectively put on ice...

01 April 2020

From: Features

NHS frontline heroes told by agency: “We’ll sell your homes for free”

An online agency has offered to sell the homes of NHS frontline staff for free. Doorsteps, set up by high profile young...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

How To Furlough - a key way to keep staff as we're Conquering Corona

Welcome to the latest edition of our daily service dedicated to advice and guidance on how agents can best cope with...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent’s fantastic Good Neighbour Scheme steps up to the plate

Late last year a buying agent at Stacks Property Search and Acquisition set up a village Good Neighbour Scheme with her...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Volunteering, free parking, vulnerable shopping - one agency’s brilliant work

Can any agency beat Knight Frank for a brilliant collection of selfless work? We doubt it, as the agency has provided...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Child’s play as thoughtful agency provides packs for kids at home

Kays Estates in the north of England - one of the agencies ‘powered by Keller Williams’ - has prepared packs for...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency cartel scandal - watchdog wants agent directors disqualified

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

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial agency boss slams “misreporting” of lockdown working

The boss of controversial estate agency Dexters has hit out at social media reports and press articles about company staff working...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency to train agents in other activities during virus crisis

LSL Property Services says one of its measures to “rightsize” the organisation during the Coronavirus crisis will be to put agents...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Third largest agency taking “appropriate measures” to limit virus chaos

Yet another one of the giants of our industry, Hunters, says it’s taking “appropriate measures” to safeguard the firm in the...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - portal offer, live events, mental health help

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Conquering Corona, our daily update helping the industry cope with the current crisis. If...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Auction success shows property sector can still thrive - claim

Two auctions held behind closed doors have been deemed a success, and evidence that the property market can still function despite...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency marketing £22.5m home with virtual viewings

One of the country’s best known high-end independent estate agencies is marketing a home for £22.5m and hopes it finds a...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

“A Long Time Ago … In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…”

It seems an eternity ago but the housing market in February - that’s only last month - was in rude health...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reveals massive cost-cutting measures to stay afloat

Purplebricks has this morning revealed what it calls “immediate and significant measures to preserve cash and implement a lean operating model”...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers agree new rules for house moves during virus period

New guidance has just been agreed by conveyancers on house moves during the Coronavirus crisis. The procedures - made pubic only last...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in distress sales even before virus - top agent

One of London’s most experienced estate agents says there has been a very significant surge in foreclosure sales in part of...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Two new portals set to launch despite Coronavirus chaos

Two property portals insist they’re going to launch this spring despite the Coronavirus chaos effectively closing down much of the housing...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - more guidance and special deals for agents

Hello, and we trust you had as good a weekend as possible in these difficult circumstances.  As we start a new week...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Struggling agencies may be helped by new insolvency measures

Former housing minister Alok Sharma has revealed new measures to allow agencies and other businesses to avoid insolvency during the virus...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how is the industry coming together during self-isolation?

Where else to start? Since my last Natter two weeks ago, all our lives have changed more than we could ever...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Open letter – why agents need lead generation to help them through the crisis

In response to the current coronavirus pandemic, which is having such an impact on all parts of life, including the property...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Enough is enough – an alternative view on portal subscription fees

It’s time to draw a line in the sand and condemn our rival portals for their current charging structure. Little will...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Say No To Rightmove - the fight goes on says campaign leader

The key figure behind the Say No To Rightmove campaign says the fight for more realistic fees goes on - and...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove taking appropriate measures to shore up company

Rightmove has this morning told its shareholders it is “taking appropriate measures” to shore up the company. It gives no indication of...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market could be ‘frozen’ to avoid Coronavirus crash

It’s been reported that the government is talking with banks and building societies about putting the housing market ‘on ice’ during the...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: definitive government guidance on buying and selling

The government has at last issued extensive advice on home moving and the activities of estate agents during the continuing Coronavirus crisis. This...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Help for self employed agents and new lettings info: Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to the latest Conquering Corona - our guide for agents to get through these challenging times. Please let us...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Unmanaged vacant properties may invalidate insurance - claim

Owners and investors who may be leaving their properties empty in the current Coronavirus crisis risk having their insurance invalidated. High-end property...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

First Brexit, now Corona - another exchange rate boost for foreign buyers

The advantage given to overseas buyers when Sterling weakened during the long-running Brexit saga has returned with the arrival of the...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - how the property industry can help fight the virus

Hello and welcome to a special Agents Do Charity, given over entirely to a wonderful effort to coordinate the industry’s response...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agents set to benefit from government aid package

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced new measures to help the self-employed - likely to be welcomed by self-employed estate agents. The Chancellor...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Sales to crash by 60% says Zoopla: will estate agents survive?

New sales agreed have already plummeted by 15 per cent and over the next three months there’s going to be a...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s offer to agents may be the most generous in the world

An international comparison of how major portals have discounted their charges to agents show Rightmove and Zoopla making “deeper and longer...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More guidance and advice to the agency industry - Conquering Corona

We'd hoped it was good news but in fact it's just good-news-yet-to-come. The Savills office in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Coronavirus crisis in...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Moving home? There's still some hope, says Law Society

The Law Society says there is still some possibility that those home movers scheduled to complete in the near future might...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Market: Brexit Bounce giving way to Corona Crippling, says agent

Although all bets are off as to what the housing market will be like after the Coronavirus subsides, there is now...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers shun Shared Ownership for Help to Buy

New research of the buying habits of first-time buyers in the UK we’ve undertaken here at reallymoving.com shows that Shared Ownership...

25 March 2020

From: Features

Agencies closed in lockdown exempt from business rates for one year

Estate and lettings agencies that have closed temporarily as a result of the Coronavirus lockdown are to be to exempted from...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Outrage at agency asking staff to work in branches despite lockdown

There’s been national newspaper publicity and widespread social media criticism of the Dexters estate agency which asked its staff to report...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Figures show early lockdown effect on part of housing market

It’s far too early for authoritative figures on how devastating the Coronavirus lockdown has been on estate agents but there is...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: industry chiefs helping agents through tough times

For complete transparency, I write this column first thing on a Tuesday morning and have done for a couple of years...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Suppliers and trade groups helping agents Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, our guide to the latest information to help agents and the rest of the...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Removal firms cancel all bookings not already started

Advice to removal companies from their main trade body has put a stop to most transactions not already at a very...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Holidays: FCA clears up uncertainties with new guidance

The Financial Conduct Authority has released new guidance which clears up some of the uncertainties surrounding the mortgage holidays announced last...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents to shut offices immediately

Propertymark has been told the agents should shut their offices immediately - they are not “essential businesses” under the new Coronavirus...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Do house moves count as ‘essential’ under the lockdown?

*** Please see this story for the latest news on house moving, updated 12 noon on Tuesday March 24 *** The property...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendors can create video tours for agents to market - here’s how…

A video has been launched this morning explaining how agents can get their sellers and landlords to use iPhones to make...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: new info, guidance, links for agents facing the virus

Hello: so much has happened since the last Conquering Corona column . Before we get on with it, a reminder to...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agent MP says he wants Coronavirus cash for his firm

The founder and chairman of Hunters, who is also a Conservative MP, has been criticised for a tweet saying he would...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Portals slammed by PropTech start up promising to help agents

A PropTech start-up led by a prominent commentator has become the latest part of the industry to take a pop at...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eight agents explain why they quit Rightmove - new video released

A video interview released this morning features the experiences of eight agents who have quit Rightmove in the past two years,...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart under fire for “inhumane” and “disgraceful” sackings

There has been scepticism across the industry as to the motives behind an unspecified number of lay-offs and permanent branch closures...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 600 agents Say No To Rightmove - but will they stick by it?

Over 600 agents have now signed up to the Say No To Rightmove campaign including some of the biggest names on...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

It doesn’t have to be like Spicerhaart - another agent’s approach…

While controversy swirls around the approach and motives of the sackings and branch closures at Spicerhaart, other agents are showing how...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices to drop 10% thanks to virus, warns OnTheMarket partner

A mortgage broker that’s just become a partner of OnTheMarket is warning that house prices are likely to fall 10 per...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More industry lay-offs: franchise HQ sheds 15 and warns more to come

The property franchise company Belvoir Lettings has laid off 15 workers from its Grantham headquarters - and warns there may be...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Top industry figure criticises Spicerhaart sackings and closures

A senior figure in the industry has spoken out against the shock sackings and branch closures announced by Spicerhaart. Jon Cooke, chief...

21 March 2020

From: Breaking News

How one country’s housing market is reacting to the virus

The extraordinary past week of anger over portals’ fees plus early-warning statements like that from Foxtons indicate the anxiety in the...

21 March 2020

From: Features

Agencies set to benefit from massive emergency business schemes

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a sweeping range of financial measures to try to minimise the impact of Coronavirus...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove and Zoopla unveil offers for agents

The two major portals have unveiled their discounts and deals for agents facing a dramatic loss of business because of the...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons warns it will take “all necessary steps” to keep business afloat

In an ominous and unexpected trading statement this morning, Foxtons says it will take “all necessary steps” to remain in business. It...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Pressure grows on Zoopla while more agents quit Rightmove

Agent disenchantment with the major portals has continued as a torrid week nears its end. The spotlight has now shifted to Zoopla...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Warning that agents are being “bled dry” by portals

A free-to-list property portal is warning the estate agency industry that it’s facing “dark days” thanks to the Coronavirus crisis and...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona legal Q&A, market tracker and how one agency is handling it…

Hello - here we are with Friday’s help and advice.  A reminder, if you need it, that we want to share your...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Artificial Intelligence to recruit estate agents? Forget it...

The head of the longest-established agency personnel consultancy in the UK says caution should be exercised over the use of Artificial...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Amazing Agents Do Charity - even at this most difficult of times…

Industry…we salute you. We thought we may have no good deeds to pass on to readers this week because of the...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Why I've Quit Rightmove, by one of the country's top agents

One of Britain’s most outspoken and high profile agents has quit Rightmove in spectacular fashion, using an open letter to the...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rival portal offers free listings as agents rage at Rightmove

There’s been widespread outrage amongst agents at Rightmove’s offer to allow some agents a deferred payment scheme operating for just three...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s desperate plea to government over business rates

Beleaguered estate agency group Countrywide has asked the government to give agents a business rates holiday. Measures announced in last week’s Budget...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New webinars, contingency plans, trade group info - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the next batch of guidance and advice from different sectors of the industry, many from influential trade groups. It’s...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Another Purplebricks refugee moves over to Keller Williams

The former director of customer experience at Purplebricks has been announced as a new partner in a Keller Williams franchise. Sarah Downes,...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Auction houses shut their doors and use PropTech to keep going

Auction houses are the latest part of the residential sector to seek PropTech help to attract business during the Coronavirus crisis. For...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Why negative reviews are the secret to success for agents

We all know how stressful buying a home is, whether it’s your very first step onto the ladder or your final...

18 March 2020

From: Features

Rightmove introducing deferred payment scheme for some agents

Rightmove is offering some of its agents a deferred payment option. An announcement this morning says: "While sales agreed pipelines have strengthened following...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide loses two-thirds of market cap in just two days

Countrywide shares fell by just over 30 per cent yesterday as the stock market blood-letting continued for property stocks. The value fell 30.86...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket should use virus stoppage to reset strategy - top analyst

The current market crisis caused by Coronavirus should present OnTheMarket with an opportunity to pause its existing strategy, talk to agents...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Guidance on home working, staff rights, security - Conquering Corona

Good morning and welcome to the industry’s daily update on how we cope with the challenge of social distancing and self-isolation...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Let’s work together: Call for councils and search firms to cut virus risks

A trade group wants councils and search companies to co-operate more closely during the virus to minimise delays to the remaining...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Today’s good news… the final ESTAS awards shortlist has been revealed

In these uncertain times it’s good to report positive news - ESTAS, the customer review and awards platform, has announced its...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Surveyors’ firm wound-up after lying to clients over success rate

A surveyors’ firm has been wound up after courts declared that it had misled clients over the success of its core...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New Countrywide Calamity - top exec quits before he even joins the firm

It's been revealed this evening that Bruce Marsh, who was to become Countrywide's chief operating officer, is now not going to...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: help on business, viewings, deals - Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, a service we’re running to share official guidance and agents’ advice in a bid...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Foxtons supremo takes charge of property investment service

A key figure behind the setting up of Foxtons has been named as the new chief executive of one of the...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

A Good News story - agent makes good on his hospital bed promise...

We all need some good news right now and thanks to Beresfords Property Group, we have one! The firm’s Witham branch manager, Jordan...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Move iQ Pro Coming Soon

Property expert Phil Spencer will soon be sharing his unique insight into Move iQ’s engaged consumer audience alongside advice from other...

16 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide share price dives over 50% after takeover collapse

Countrywide’s share price has dived over 50 per cent during the course of the day, following news of LSL pulling out...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Disaster for Countrywide as LSL pulls out of takeover talks

In a very brief announcement to the City and to its shareholders this morning, LSL Property Services made clear that it...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: guidance and news for agents facing the virus

Estate Agent Today is launching a daily service to help agents facing the Coronavirus threat. This is where you’ll find news, advice...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks faces takeover as shares slump, predicts analyst

Purplebricks faces an imminent takeover bid following the collapse of its share price, predicts a leading industry analyst. Andrew Stanton has already...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - new jobs, new people, new companies,…

Hello and as it’s Monday it’s PJT Day - and there are plenty of people moving jobs in our industry even...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - the do’s and don’ts of starting an agency in your twenties

There’s been a huge change in the way estate agencies operate in recent years, with far more focus on marketing properties...

14 March 2020

From: Features

LonRes at 20: the lightbulb moment behind one of the first PropTech firms

The lightbulb moment for LonRes was born out of sheer frustration. I’d just missed out on a deal and the postman...

14 March 2020

From: Features

Portals Say No! They reject agents' plea for virus payment holiday

The three leading portals have rejected an appeal to give the industry a payment holiday to help firms through the Coronavirus...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket settles long-standing dispute with Connells

A long-standing legal dispute between OnTheMarket and the Gascogne Halman and Connells agencies has been settled. No details have been released but in...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Viewings hit by the virus? Agents offered unique ‘virtual alternative’

A Spanish housebuilder’s bespoke system to allow prospective buyers to view properties without visiting is being offered to the UK agency...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Guild agents to be advised on running businesses remotely

The Guild of Property Professionals is to give guidance to agents on how to run their businesses remotely.  Chief executive Iain McKenzie...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agency bought by two of its branch managers

A Somerset agency with three offices has changed ownership - but remains an independent. Gibbins Richards has offices in Taunton, Bridgwater and...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - fund-raising continues despite the challenge

Welcome to the weekly salute for agents and others in the industry fund-raising for good causes - and we know that...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant Engagement

There is no doubt that the BBC News article in early February caused something of a stir within the Deposit Free...

12 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

12 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Online agency reduced to shock tactics criticising High St firms

Nested is the latest online agency to base a marketing campaign around criticism of established estate agents.  In three 30-second TV ads...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Savills the latest agency to warn of Coronavirus threat to transactions

Savills is the latest agency to warn about the possible threat of Coronavirus to its business activities and success this year. In...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent training to include Modern Method of Auction compliance

Training operator The Able Agent is to include a module on the Modern Method of Auction in its future programme.  Charlotte Jeffry-Campbell,...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty is a Southern tax and won’t hurt wealthy foreign buyers

The stamp duty surcharge for non-resident investment buyers announced in yesterday’s Budget is dwarfed by discounts they receive thanks to the...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

RICS’ survey shows demand growing before virus worries hit

Sales in February grew, for the third consecutive month, according to the latest market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What is Section 8?

With confirmation that Section 21 will be scrapped, how can agents get ready for life after no-fault evictions? The short answer is...

11 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Standardise processes across multiple branches in 3 easy steps

Your business may be growing quicker than you could ever imagine which is great when it comes to raising brand awareness....

11 March 2020

From: Features

Stamp Duty change and business rate holiday announced in Budget

There will be a two per cent stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of UK investment properties by non-resident overseas buyers...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide admits major hold-up of 'vital' deal to sell commercial arm

Countrywide has revealed a major hold-up in its supposedly "vital" sale of its commercial arm - and it is now seeking...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Emergency interest rate cut may help housing market weather Coronavirus

The Bank of England has announced an emergency cut in the base interest rate to shore up the economy during the Coronavirus...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: uncertain times to accelerate mergers and failures

We live in uncertain times. That I do not need to say to anybody. I am writing this piece aboard my...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS 2020 Exclusive: Supplier Shortlist revealed today

There’s been another shortlist announced for The ESTAS 2020 - this time for the best suppliers to the estate and letting...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Average sale price was 4% below asking in pre-Boris bounce period

Sellers in the past 12 months accepted an average of 96 per cent of their asking price according to new research. Comparison...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal claims Coronavirus sparking Chinese interest in UK property

A property portal is making the controversial claim that the Coronavirus has led to an increase in online interest in UK...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Nick Lyons, CEO of No Letting Go

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Nick Lyons CEO What is No Letting Go and what does it...

10 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

LSL warns over Coronavirus as takeover talks with Countrywide continue

LSL Property Services says the Coronavirus crisis has led to a softening of "lead sales indicators" - and it warns of...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove growth at all-time low, despite its market dominance

Rightmove’s growth rate is at an all-time low, despite what some consider to be an unbeatable lead amongst portals in the...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What should OnTheMarket do now? An analyst wants to know...

Prominent agency industry analyst Anthony Codling is asking agents whether the board of OnTheMarket did the right thing by firing Ian...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket not revealing pay-off for sacked Ian Springett

OnTheMarket is not responding to requests to reveal details of any pay-off for its chief executive Ian Springett, who was sacked...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New housing minister’s home has a roof “that leaks like a sieve”

Housing minister Christopher Pincher, who has been in the role for less than a month, has revealed that his home is...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ian Springett sacked by OnTheMarket board with immediate effect

OnTheMarket has announced this morning that it has given notice to its chief executive, Ian Springett, with immediate effect. The troubled portal's...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent repays ‘non-returnable’ reservation fee after property row

An agency has repaid a £6,000 reservation fee to someone who thought they had purchased a property for £83,000 but was later...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent Qualifications: ‘Get On With It’ says architect of reform

The author of dramatic reform proposals for estate agents has given a clear message to ministers - Get On With It!  Lord...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus threat could kill off strong market start to year, warns agent

The agency behind a poll showing one in six buyers putting plans on hold because of Coronavirus is warning that if...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this week's movers and shakers in the industry

Hello and another Monday means PJT Day, your regular update on movers in the industry. You know the drill by now: if...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The early agent catches the client through an online valuation…

Analysis by an online valuation and lead generation service shows that requests from prospective sellers and landlords are increasingly happening in...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Intu the unknown - Could shopping centres become homes?

It may be that we’re facing another year - make that yet another year - of disruption in the housing market. Coronavirus...

07 March 2020

From: Features

How will the coronavirus affect estate agents?

The coronavirus outbreak has highlighted once again how fragile and interconnected our societies have become. We don’t know yet how dangerous Covid-19...

07 March 2020

From: Features

Mystery surrounds top agents quitting firm's landmark branch

Estate Agent Today understands that three senior figures have departed from a key central London branch of Knight Frank. Each of them was...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Sellers desert online agents for High Street rivals, says Zoopla

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

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Log Books - PropTech expert wants cross-industry support

The head of a firm that has been creating digital property log books for well over a decade says the house-moving...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - wonderful sentiments in challenging times

Hello and because it’s Friday there are two pieces of good news: it’s nearly the weekend and it’s the day for...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Trying to beat Rightmove is “at best expensive, at worst futile“

Any bid by Zoopla and OnTheMarket to displace Rightmove as the number one portal in the UK is at best expensive...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus deterring one-in-six buyers, warns agency’s survey

A survey shows over a sixth of buyers and sellers have already been deterred because of Coronavirus - and that figure...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks territory owner sets up latest hub for Keller Williams

Keller Williams has announced another new market centre, and this time its operating principal is a former Purplebricks territory owner.  JP Downes...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty change set to take centre stage in Budget next week

Increasing numbers of reports suggest that the government will use next week’s Budget to confirm a three per cent stamp duty...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Electrical checks – how to get ahead of the current

By now, most letting agents and landlords will have heard about the draft legislation laid in Parliament concerning a mandatory minimum...

04 March 2020

From: Features

Corporates lose more and more agents to self-employment - claim

There’s a growing trend for estate agents to quit big-name corporates and either go independent or join US-style brokerages, a top...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Exclusive - here’s the shortlist for the 2020 awards

The ESTAS today reveals its shortlist for the 2020 Awards which includes the Zoopla Xcellence Award - a special category that celebrates...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ safety boosted by PropTech location alarm system

A PropTech firm claims it will improve the security of estate agents and other lone workers through a new app and location...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Move Over Men: the national agency with over 60% female staff

Hunters has become one of the first major agencies to reveal the gender balance of its staff - and 60 per...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce subsides as agent admits London sales slump

There are fears that the so-called Boris Bounce which saw a surge in activity after the General Election may be hitting...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Knock Knock: Ex-Purplebricks duo pledge to “shake up industry”

A new hybrid set up by ex-Purplebricks territory owners says it wants to "redefine estate agency in the customer's favour." Knock Knock...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus “a real issue” hurting the market says another agent

A second prominent agent has broken cover to say Coronavirus is slowing the market. Jess Simpson - an ex-Savills and ex-Strutt and...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty must be cut says Boris Johnson’s ‘own’ magazine

The right wing political magazine that Boris Johnson used to edit has called on him to cut stamp duty. The Spectator says...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards demands “material information” in property details

Trading Standards says agents must include more “material information” in property details even if this may not be a wholly positive...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks banked £18m fees for unsold homes in 2019 - claim

Purplebricks banked more than £18m in fees for thousands of homes it did not sell last year according to this morning’s...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Communication is king – how can agents wear the crown?

Agents are consistently being told that they need to get on board with change. And one could quite easily make the...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus fears hitting enquiry levels says leading agent

Agents and senior industry figures fear Coronavirus may derail the strong start to the  2020 housing market. One of the country’s leading...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit clarity allows house price leap - but Brexit uncertainty returns

House prices have risen 2.3 per cent in the past year - the strongest rate of inflation for property since July...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agent who swindled pensioner of £5,000 escapes jail

An estate agent who swindled a 69 year old woman out of £5,000 has escaped jail - and has been ordered...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - new moves on the March...

Hello and another Monday means PJT Day, your regular update on movers in the industry - and it’s March already. If there...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry welcome for clampdown on developers’ leasehold sales

There’s been a broad welcome from agents and other industry organisations for the latest report from the Competition and Markets Authority...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Agents will be a big part of Zoopla’s growth’ - Q&A with Charlie Bryant

More than 18 months on from the acquisition of ZPG for £2.2 billion by Silver Lake Partners, a US private equity...

29 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

29 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

29 February 2020

From: Features

SUCCESS STORY: How to win at Financial Services

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

28 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Rightmove loses agents as latest figures show huge rise in fees and profits

Rightmove has released another stonking set of results - but there are signs that some agents are defecting from the ever-more-expensive...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Transaction times slashed and fall-throughs cut by new agents toolkit

The National Association of Estate Agents has launched its Sales Protocol Toolkit, in a bid to reduce fall-throughs and dramatically improve...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: No change “for a while” but reform coming

The Trading Standards report on the future of referral fees is almost completed and will be sent to government next week. However, James...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons warns of sales slump going on through 2020 despite Boris Bounce

Foxtons is warning that 2020 will be yet another difficult year for the agency despite the so-called Boris Bounce helping the...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreement trials delayed until late spring

Trials of reservation agreements for buyers and sellers have been delayed until the late spring. Statements last year from the Ministry of Housing, Communities...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to probe house raffle problems

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

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - running hard to fund-raise more…

Hello and welcome to this week’s ADC - a sure sign that it’s the end of the week and time to...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus prompts agency to quit property conference

The threat of Coronavirus is beginning to make an impact in the world of property. The Cushman & Wakefield agency announced overnight that...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Challenge to Purplebricks and Countrywide ‘top agency’ claims

Purplebricks and Countrywide have each recently claimed to be the biggest agency group in the UK but now Connells says that...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Woman says she had ‘no idea’ about £505,000 stolen from Yopa

A woman claims she had no idea that her husband stole almost £1.5m from two high-profile employers - one of them...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

High profile Savills veteran joins OnTheMarket board

Rupert Sebag-Montefiore has this morning been named as a non-executive director of OnTheMarket. He will also serve as chairman of the portal’s...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Market surge as buyers soar over a fifth despite winter weather

New figures from the National Association of Estate Agents show a big surge in demand despite the winter weather since the...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency is one of the best to work for - for the sixth year!

Regional estate agency chain Ashtons has been listed in the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work for, for the...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Postcode in the UK: All the Facts You Should Know

We all use postcodes in our daily life but we rarely pay attention to them. It has become a regular part...

26 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

The future of renting for property service providers

The property management industry is evolving at a rapid pace, thanks almost entirely to the rise in PropTech. Hundreds, if not thousands...

26 February 2020

From: Features

Lawyer warns online agency clients to beware of email signatures

Buyers and sellers using online estate agencies could inadvertently sign contracts if they carelessly use email signature blocks. Blocks are the ‘auto-signatures’...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

First merger disclosure forms filed by Countrywide and LSL

Both Countrywide and LSL Property Services have submitted early online paperwork to The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, an independent body...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket share price falls to equal lowest-ever level

The share price of challenger portal OnTheMarket has fallen to its equal lowest-ever level after a drop of over five per cent...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Agency mergers and new business models

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

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on new-build second homes going to a vote tomorrow

Another westcountry town may ban new-build homes being sold as holiday properties, even though the idea has backfired elsewhere. Fowey in Cornwall -...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Social Media: Agent sells home off-market via Instagram teaser images

An estate agent has sold a home off-market by posting teaser photographs on Instagram.  The buyer - who was in the French...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide faces crunch deadline for decision on its future

It’s been revealed that under takeover rules, LSL Property Services and Countrywide have until March 23 to make merger or takeover...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New Homes Ombudsman announced (again) with banning powers

The government has - once again - announced the introduction of a New Homes Ombudsman.  The news came yesterday when Housing Secretary...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: Countrywide admits ‘mega merger’ talks with LSL underway

Countrywide and LSL Property Services have this morning confirmed that talks are underway about a possible mega-merger. This confirms the speculation yesterday that...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Blood and branches will be shed in Countrywide merger, experts predict

Some of the biggest figures in the industry have given Estate Agent Today their reaction to the news - broken yesterday...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Information Form in spotlight after sellers face £285k bill

Sellers who failed to mention a motel and diner being constructed nearby have been ordered by a court to pay £285,000...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Up, Up, Up: transactions surge in early 2020 says HMRC

There’s been a significant rise in the number of transactions recorded in January - another sign of an improving housing market...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Big win for Zoopla as large historic family agency lists on portal

Boydens, a seven branch family-owned business that dates back to 1852, has become the latest agency to join Zoopla. It will list...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s moving where, why and when

Hello - it’s Monday and so it’s PJT, where you can catch up on the industry major moves of recent days. Please...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and LSL planning £500m 'super-agency' merger - claim

Sky News claims that Countrywide and LSL Property Services are discussing a merger to become a £500m super-agency.  In an exclusive it...

23 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets - should there be selective bans?

There’s something of a conspiracy of silence over the problem of short lets. That is a stark claim but many siren voices...

22 February 2020

From: Features

A new Housing Minister - what does it mean for the PRS?

Earlier this month, Boris Johnson carried out a reshuffle of his cabinet, telling ministers they must 'repay the trust of those...

22 February 2020

From: Features

Agents - please don’t leave a message after the tone

Why should agencies leave voicemail in the last decade and make 2020 the year to invest in a more modern solution? Voicemail...

22 February 2020

From: Features

Brexit transition period: change, or just more of the same?

Despite still being in the transition period after leaving the EU on January 31, we are seeing an upturn in the...

22 February 2020

From: Features

Rightmove charges blamed for helping some agents go bust

A free-to-list portal says the costs of listing on the established sites - especially Rightmove - are contributing to estate agencies...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer claims pioneering app will speed up transactions

A conveyancing firm has launched what it claims to be one of the first ever apps for vendors and buyers in...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Flooded houses could suffer 30% hit on asking prices, says agent

Buying agents are making waves about the hit on asking prices suffered by properties that have been flooded or are at...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

“Fat cat freeholders” would be stopped by Commonhold - claim

The government is being urged to make commonhold ownership compulsory on all new apartments - and the move could even begin a...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - from Down Under to the London Marathon…

Hello and welcome to the end of the week…which must mean Agents Do Charity. There’s plenty to admire in this week’s entries;...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Jed Topping, Business Development Executive for Virgin Media

Who are you? Jed Topping, Business Development Executive for Virgin Media How can sales and letting agents work with Virgin Media to earn extra revenue?...

20 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Over 50 agents join new national agency in first three months

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

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons chairman to stand down next week

Foxtons has this morning announced that chairman Garry Watts is to retire from his position on March 1. He is also quitting...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

460 jobs lost in 2019 Your Move/Reeds Rains branch closures

It’s been revealed that the branch closure programme by Your Move and Reeds Rains last year resulted in 460 lost jobs...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Nice Try! HMRC challenge stops bid to win stamp duty discount

A legal challenge by HM Revenue and Customs has stopped a bid to secure a stamp duty discount on a property. The...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Every region seeing house price rises for first time in two years

In another positive sign for the housing market, every region of the UK has seen a price rise according to the...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Embracing the self-employed model – an agent’s view

The landscape of the estate agency market in the UK is evolving to reflect changes in the way we live our...

19 February 2020

From: Features

Cash is king - but does it really mean lower sale prices?

A new study suggests cash buyers secure lower sale prices than mortgaged purchasers - but is that really the case? The survey by...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Why the Guild’s iBuyer move will be a struggle

This week I fly to Spain to present at a conference called Immotechnia. I am opening the conference with a 45-minute...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Death of buy to let has been greatly exaggerated, new figures show

Predictions that landlords are not buying properties to let out because of tougher rental taxes and regulations appear to be short...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

A joint venture! Agency on a roll in medical cannabis experiment

Savills has smoked out another money-making opportunity with a new enterprise which it claims has “enormous growth potential.” The property consultancy is teaming...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Negative equity warning to Help To Buy borrowers

The Financial Conduct Authority has issued a shock warning that mortgage borrowers who purchased properties through the Help To Buy scheme...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: vital sale appears stalled despite “imminent” claim

Countrywide is remaining silent over the stalled sale of its commercial arm. The troubled agency group’s share price dropped over 3.5 per...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Another high end agent joins Keller Williams hybrid hub

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

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Business rates: NAEA plea rebuffed by sacked government minister

The government has dismissed a request from the NAEA and ARLA Propertymark to review business rates for agency offices on High...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Homes bought after 14 days listing achieve best sale price - claim

A prominent consumer group says homes sold precisely 14 days after first being listed typically achieve the best price - closest...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Young and minted: 50% of Mayfair residents aged 21 to 44

A high profile and widely-respected estate agent is predicting a huge demographic change to one of the country’s wealthiest enclaves -...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

A quarter of consumers don't use portals to conduct property searches

New research shows that 77 per cent of consumers use portals to conduct property searches - meaning, surprisingly, that almost a...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: reports of cyberfraud phishing emails

A number of estate agents have recently received phishing emails, fraudulently claiming to be from the main portals and trying to...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove hits back with record traffic and a boom spring ahead

Rightmove has hit back at critics saying it’s no longer the force it used to be by reporting record traffic for...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce doubles number of leads generated for agents

An online valuation service says the number of leads it generated for agents in January was over double the figure in...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today: a bumper bundle of movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to the start of a new week - and it’s been a frantic seven days since the last...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who will be the property disrupters of the 2020s?

The 2010s were a good decade for disrupters. Early on, Airbnb and Uber shook up the holiday lettings/hospitality and traditional black...

15 February 2020

From: Features

Mandatory qualification legislation - an educator’s view

As residential sales and lettings professionals we are conditioned to adapt to change, it’s the nature of the profession. However, developments...

15 February 2020

From: Features

Joanne Tattum, Channel Manager of Moneypenny

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Joanne (Jo) Tattum. Channel Manager - Property What is Moneypenny and...

14 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Self-employed agent option launched by high end estate agency

Fine & Country has introduced a self-employed agency business model to be run by well-known former Property Academy chief Nicky Stevenson. The...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial housing minister named as predecessor picks up thousands

The new housing minister is Christopher Pincher, who for the past decade has been Conservative MP for Tamworth having had a...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Use small portals and social media to stop Rightmove and Co, agents told

A challenger portal says agents should reduce their reliance on the likes of Rightmove and Zoopla by using smaller rival portals...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Valentine’s Day - and we love this agent’s hand-made decorations

It’s Valentine’s Day and everyone at Estate Agent Today hopes there is love in the air where you are…at least after...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - even with another storm beating down on us…

Another weekend, another storm: it’s hard to put a smile on your face when winter goes on this long but the...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing minister Esther McVey sacked by Boris Johnson

Esther McVey has been sacked as housing minister; she was the ninth housing minister in as many years. Her successor is the...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks boss slams agents as “miles behind” on digital personalisation

The chief executive of Purplebricks says agents are “miles behind” in using digital information to provide a personalised service.  Vic Darvey has given...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

345 branches join Zoopla in one month as leads and searches soar

Zoopla has published a startling set of statistics to demonstrate what it calls “a record January with significant growth in delivery...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Reasons To Be Cheerful: buyer enquiries, sales and new instructions all up

For several years the regular monthly RICS market snapshot has made depressing reading - now, for there second month in a...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government told to raise stamp duty threshold to trigger recovery

The government has been told that raising the stamp duty threshold would both trigger more house moves, and bring the tax...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More Valentines windows - have a heart if you can bear it…

Thanks so much for your responses to our request for Valentines office window displays - we didn’t realise February 14 was...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

How can estate and letting agents do simple charity work?

At Agents Giving, we work with estate and letting agents and suppliers across the UK to encourage, support and promote your...

12 February 2020

From: Features

Key Countrywide agency chief quits firm after reorganisation

Estate Agent Today can reveal that one of the most senior figures in Countrywide’s upmarket John D Wood and Hampton International brands...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove no worse than many other suppliers says ex-Purplebricks boss

One of Britain’s most experienced estate agents says there’s no alternative to Rightmove, and the portal’s relationship with the industry is...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Humans cannot win on their own - neither can technology

A book, written by Gary Kasparov, has really made me question my opinions on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The book is called...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove tech guru defects to rival free-to-list portal

The head of SEO at Rightmove has defected to a rival portal, Residential People. Farhaad Saleh was responsible for all of Rightmove's...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New homes portal reports 71 per cent surge in leads in a year

A new homes portal says that in the past year it’s seen a rise of 82 per cent in website visitors and...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide silent on why due diligence didn’t spot sale problem

Countrywide is declining to explain why due diligence on the sale of its commercial arm did not catch a problem which...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

String of independent agents named as latest members of trade body

The Federation of Independent Agents has revealed the names of a string of new member companies from across the UK. Founder Graham...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Johnson’s Mansion Tax: angry Tories hit out at ‘socialism lite’

Conservatives have been lining up to criticise a mansion tax which may be introduced on expensive homes to fund infrastructure improvements...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Consumer group concerned over 30% cut price First Home scheme

The HomeOwners Alliance, a leading property consumer group, has now suggested it has some concerns about the government’s First Homes scheme. This...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Another Valentine’s window - we’re taking it as red…

With just a few day’s to go to Valentine’s, we’re delighted to have another themed agency window to share with readers. Many...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Mystery of Countrywide’s indisposed Monaco buyer deepens

The mystery of why Countrywide’s crucial sale of its commercial arm has failed to go through as scheduled deepened over the...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Seven days left for agents to defend referral fees to Trading Standards

Agents now have only seven days to complete a referral fees survey, announced late on Friday by Trading Standards and The...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents vent anger at ‘Boris Corbyn’ shock Mansion Tax proposals

Agents have reacted angrily to the government contemplating introducing a Mansion Tax, and to the Housing Secretary not ruling out the...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister McVey to be sacked this week, briefings suggest

Unsourced stories in a number of newspapers over the weekend - all likely to have come from government off-the-record briefings -...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the movers and shakers in our industry…

Hello and welcome to the latest PJT - your regular Monday fix of who’s moving where in our industry. As ever, a...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ delight at another sign that the market is on the rise

Annual house price growth increased to 4.1 per cent in January, up slightly from the end of 2019, according to Halifax...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Consumer champion backs 30% discount scheme for local first timers

One of the leading consumer groups has backed the government’s controversial First Homes policy, which aims to give 30 per cent...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Mansion Tax on high value houses being considered by government

Boris Johnson is considering introducing a mansion tax for high value homes according to a Sunday newspaper. The Telegraph - citing two...

08 February 2020

From: Breaking News

30% Discounts: good idea but...er…how will they work?

Not for the first time, a government policy on housing ends up begging more questions than it provides answers - but...

08 February 2020

From: Features

It's time for agents and politicians to get behind Reservation Agreements trial

Now we’re well into the second month of the year, we have reached a crucial point in the ongoing plans to...

08 February 2020

From: Features

Urgent Referral Fees survey of agents launched by Trading Standards

The National Trading Standards Estate & Letting Agency Team and The Property Ombudsman have launched an urgent survey to assess awareness...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shock: Mystery delay in sale of part of company

Countrywide has revealed a mysterious delay in the sale of its commercial arm, Lambert Smith Hampton - a sale considered crucial for the...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Discounted homes for first time buyers scheme unveiled by government

The government has announced its First Homes scheme - a policy under which it says some new homes will see their...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Major coup for Zoopla as it hires top research guru from agency

One of the country’s leading housing market research experts has been poached from Knight Frank to join Zoopla. Gráinne Gilmore - a...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce on hold? Swathes of London still in the doldrums

Coutts has identified areas of London where house prices are still below peak. Although the wealth manager and private bank says there...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers told to probe deeply into flood risks of homes on sale

The Law Society is telling prospective house purchasers to probe flood risks in the light of a new practice note it...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

We just LOVE Valentines - and here’s another great window display

We’re delighted to be able to show another very charming Valentine’s Day window display - this one from Emma’s Estate Agents...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - from desert marathons to nuclear rushes…

Hello and welcome to the end of the week, which always means a round-up of our industry’s good work for charity....

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

What are the benefits of traditional online auctions for estate agents?

Property auctions – online or otherwise – can be hugely helpful to sellers, buyers and estate agents. Online auctions, in particular, are...

06 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager

  Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager What is your ‘company name’...

06 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Trustpilot hits back at allAgents over accuracy of reviews

The war of words between estate agency review website allAgents and consumer review service Trustpilot continues apace. Trustpilot has hit back, describing allAgents’...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket claims monthly visits record - but just a fifth of Rightmove

OnTheMarket claims its visitor total last month exceeded 30m, a new monthly record and an increase of some 28 per cent...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyers’ questions on value and price ‘dreaded’ by agents

Agents “dread” buyers’ questions on value, asking prices and nearby new development according to a survey. Some 50 agents and over 1,500...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Broadband seen as ‘4th utility’ by buyers and agents

New research suggests the internet and broadband coverage have become even more important to buyers and tenants. The study - involving 228...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

A Love-ly agent! Are there more Valentines’ windows out there?

It’s just over a week to Valentine’s Day and we’re delighted to see that at least one agent is in an...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

How can agents keep up with the ‘on-demand’ economy?

The ‘on-demand’ economy is reshaping our world. The way we order food, get around, and even access healthcare has changed irreversibly...

05 February 2020

From: Features

Online agency’s ‘We Sell For Free’ claim backed by watchdog

An online agency’s claim that it sells homes “for free” has been disputed by a High Street rival - but the...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What can 80 conveyancers teach PropTech?

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

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Review site in Purplebricks row now at war with Trustpilot

The estate agency review site allAgents claims some of Trustpilot’s reviews “could be dubious.”  A statement from allAgents repeats an allegation made last...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Online valuation chief says website widget needs marketing back-up

The people behind an online valuation service is warning agents that having a widget on their website is not enough by...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Auctioneer building agent contacts ahead of first sale by new branch

Auction House, which says it’s the largest property auctioneer in the UK, is opening a new branch in Kent, with its...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agents offered ‘free’ refurbs of hard-to-sell properties

A new renovation start-up is operating across eight cities and claims to be able to transform properties - including ones that...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents told they could each save over £27,000 a year - but how?

As competition hots up between affinity groups and associations in the industry, the Guild of Property Professionals has come out fighting. It...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket agents to receive 400,000 shares from tomorrow

OnTheMarket will tomorrow issue over 400,000 shares to agents who have signed new long-term listing agreements with the portal. No details have...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Compulsory Qualifications: politicians to meet group this week

The chair of the working group introducing mandatory examinations and qualifications for estate and letting agents says senior politicians will meet...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: which areas of the moving process do consumers least understand?

Unfortunately for consumers, buying and selling properties is rarely plain sailing. But fortunately for agents, this provides you with an opportunity to...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Is this why Countywide, Purplebricks and Foxtons are struggling?

An outspoken industry commentator says some of the country’s leading agencies are failing because they’re not actually run by experienced agents. Russell...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agencies fail once again to push market share above five per cent

An analysis of the market share of online agents shows they are on 4.8 per cent - virtually unchanged from the...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Coup for Keller Williams UK as it signs up Savills director

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

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the very latest industry movers and shakers

Welcome to the first February PJT. As the year progresses the industry embarks on more appointments, especially with a market that’s...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must educate sellers about realistic prices, says Zoopla

A state-of-the-housing-market survey by Zoopla has led the portal to tell agents they have an opportunity to educate sellers about prices. “We...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - is local property advertising now yesterday’s fish and chip paper?

For a very long time, it was one of the best ways – if not the best way – of generating...

01 February 2020

From: Features

Lifetime deposits – what are the potential challenges and benefits for lettings?

Last November, as part of the Conservatives’ general election campaign, Boris Johnson made a surprise announcement that his party would introduce...

01 February 2020

From: Features

Two-tier system can produce winners if landlords are prepared to move

After a challenging period for the UK property market, recovery is very much on the cards and the end to uncertainty...

01 February 2020

From: Features

All Change: new TA6 Property Information Form launches next week

The Law Society has announced that there will be a new TA6 Property Information Form launching next week, on Friday February...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Hunters now UK's third largest agency with PropTech to the fore

The Hunters franchise group says it’s now the third largest agency in the UK, and it promises to reveal a major...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Reminder - Phil Spencer’s ‘help for agents’ column starts Monday

Here’s a reminder of some news we broke last week - the hugely-respected Phil Spencer starts a regular column for the...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

When it comes to big decisions, the public haven’t a clue…

Is that a headline appropriate for Brexit Day? Surely not. No, instead it’s a description of the results of a survey...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and what’s that rumble I hear?

Hello and welcome to the last day of January, Brexit Day and - perhaps most importantly - the latest edition of...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency denies any responsibility for cyber security breach

Estate agents concerned over security breaches will be closely analysing what happens with a case concerning a London firm’s compromised email...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: another big sales slump revealed in trading statement

Foxtons's trading statement this morning reveals another huge slump in sales - but no new announcement about future branch closures after a spate...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Don’t use an online agent! Lawyer makes warning to sellers

A leading property lawyer is urging sellers not to use online agents because to do so would be “a gamble”. Gillian Wright...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Quality of agency service for high-end buyers has “dwindled” - claim

An estate agent has set up his own buying operation because he claims the quality of service for high-end buyers has...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Goal! The industry’s favourite five-a-side tournament is back...

It’s back - the five-a-side football tournament which made its debut last year with teams from the property sector makes a welcome return...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Up again: House price rises at 14-month high as Bank meets

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee meets today for its monthly decision on whether the move base rate - and...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How to make your customer journey count

Understanding the customer journey plays a huge role in the success of any estate agent. From that very first viewing right through...

29 January 2020

From: Features

Portals to be at the heart of house buying reforms

Rightmove and Zoopla have been working with key figures from government and the agency and conveyancing industries on how to reform...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: Mandatory disclosure of referral fees still a possibility

It is possible that agents and their business partners in the conveyancing, mortgage and survey industries could be obliged to have...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Could you cut months off your deal time?

Quite a few years ago, I spoke at a conference for auctioneers. It was a traditional affair. Rural location. Nice hotel....

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce means buyer demand soaring across the UK

Zoopla’s Hometrack data research arm says the start of 2020 has seen buyer demand up 26 per cent compared to the...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Every agent must pass qualification exams in ‘new era’

Some older estate agents may end up retiring when mandatory examinations and qualifications are introduced as there will be no ‘free...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

‘The Google of Estate Agency’ - firm recruits 100 for call centre

An estate agency is setting up a call centre employing some 100 people in a bid to become “a one stop...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Big revenue slump after branch closures by LSL Property Services

LSL Property Services, which embarked on a significant branch closure programme last year, has reported a 16 per cent slump in...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Mega-sale is largest ever achieved by a hub-style estate agency

A hub-style agency says it’s achieved what it calls a mega-sale - and claims it’s the largest ever by a hub...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Two agents banned from being company directors until 2025

It’s been reported that two founders of an estate agency at Leigh in Greater Manchester have been banned until 2025 after...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Owners’ Logbooks essential for easier house-buying, say conveyancers

Logbooks about properties must be made available up-front at the point of marketing and not later in the buying process if...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More agents and property firms show “significant financial distress”

Insolvency firm Begbies Traynor says the estate agency and property industry sector of the UK economy has seen a big rise...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More positive market news as agents report annual rise in sales

The housing market appears to have ended 2019 on a positive note according to the National Association for Estate Agents. Its latest...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks is controversial winner of ‘trusted service’ award

Purplebricks has won a ‘trusted service’ award - described as “an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences,...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Quick-sale agents’ tactics exposed by BBC and Trading Standards

A BBC Radio probe into quick-sale firms claims some of them can lose sellers many thousands of pounds. It says Trading Standards...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agents offered ground-breaking new homes opportunities

Independent agents in a fast-growing trade body are to be given the opportunity to secure exclusivity on land deals and new...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s in? who’s out? who’s moving?

Hello - if it’s Monday it’s PJT day, so welcome to the latest update on key moves within our industry. Let us...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements: industry and public split on whether they work

The group charged with pioneering Reservation Agreements in the house buying process admits both the industry and the public are split...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2020

From: Features

Brexit challenges for agents and the property industry

Suddenly Brexit Day is nearly here. It may have taken three and a half years from the Referendum but the UK will,...

25 January 2020

From: Features

A fundamental misalignment of interests between agents and portals

Property portals generate revenue from estate agents regardless of the outcome of the transaction. This relationship has resulted in a fundamental...

25 January 2020

From: Features

Humberts bought by consortium of franchise owners

It's been confirmed that Humberts has been sold for an undisclosed amount to a consortium of franchisees - and that the...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer to advise agents how to meet public expectations

The hugely-respected Phil Spencer is to write a regular column for the industry on Estate Agent Today under the auspices of...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Prices up! Transactions up! Agent forecasts a boom in 2020

Some buying agents have batted away the many signs of an improving housing market but one says the Boris Bounce is...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with a kick-start to your 2020 fund-raising…

Welcome to this week’s charity round-up, where we include a possible kick-start to your fund-raising efforts for 2020. Whatever you’re doing this...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

CMA releases cartel agents’ investigation details

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

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency boss has near-death experience and warns about work-stress

The founder of an online agency has spoken publicly for the first time about how his near-death experience led him to...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the agent posting Instagram pictures of clients’ houses

The high-end estate agent who has quit his post after being found to have posted pictures of clients’ houses on Instagram...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty receipts down again - agency demands government action

Data from HM Revenue & Customs shows tax receipts from stamp duty fell a further 5.2 per cent between 2018 and...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New ‘silver’ website bans agents and bids to cut downsizing

A new website called Silver Sharers says it’s chief objective is to help older home owners remain in their properties without...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing call for Knotweed info shows need for treatment - claim

The increasing demand for information on Japanese Knotweed during the house buying process is emphasising the need for householders to pay...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How digitisation will change conveyancing – for the better

In the field of conveyancing, there’s a new dynamic at play. And that dynamic is customer-driven and customer-focused, using digital technology...

22 January 2020

From: Features

“Rip off” portal accused of charging for branch that has closed

An agent is defying attempts by a property portal to get him to pay subscriptions for two branches - because he...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks goes for Gold with massive marketing campaign

Purplebricks today launches its media campaign as ‘The Official Estate Agent of Team GB’ for this summer’s Olympic Games. Today’s PR onslaught...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Mortgage brokers vs robo advisers - who will win?

“Give me 100 leads and I will make five-times more good appointments than any AI you put me up against,” stated...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

easyProperty franchise gets over the line with rugby star buyer

A rugby star has signed a deal to operate the easyProperty franchise in his home town area. Castleford Tigers prop forward Liam...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More market optimism as transactions enjoy end-of-year boost

The number of residential transactions rose by 6.2 per cent in December - an unseasonal increase - according to data from...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned they will be accused of mis-selling

A leasehold reform campaigner claims estate agents face “growing calls to be held accountable for mis-selling leasehold properties.” Louie Burns, managing director...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government: Business Rates are driving us out of business!

The NAEA and ARLA have written a joint letter to government on the impact of business rates on High Street agency...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Future of referral fees may be revealed at upcoming conference

The annual conference of the National Association of Estate Agents takes place on February 27 - the date when the future...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can capture automated valuation leads even if they quit process

The ValPal Network claims its new product allows agents to gather the maximum amount of information from customers using its automated...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tributes pour in for agent “with infectious giggle”

Tributes have been paid to an estate agent known for his “infectious giggle” and great sense of humour.  Gerald Flint, who with...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Equity Release market drops at last after years of growth

It looks like the Equity Release bubble may have burst, with latest figures showing a four per cent fall in the...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Up! Up! Prime Central London transactions and prices rise at last

Figures released this morning by data firm LonRes provide the latest evidence of a so-called Boris Bounce with the market improving...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New Hub agency with two fee options is recruiting agents

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

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group reveals new software deal for members

Estate Agent Today understands that the fast-growing Federation of Independent Agents’ trade group has announced a new partnership - this time...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Reapit takes another step towards end-to-end digital home buying

Reapit has joined a consortium attempting to make the long-anticipated end-to-end digital home buying process a reality. It’s joined the IPN Consortium,...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - movers and shakers across the industry

Hello and welcome to a new week, and a new edition of PJT. If you’re on the move or your firm has...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Market Fever! Rightmove records highest-ever January price rise

There’s been an average asking price rise of 2.3 per cent in the past four weeks - the biggest ever increase...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent confidence hits three year high says Zoopla

In its latest State of the Property Nation report, which questions over 650 agents and 6,000 consumers, Zoopla says 55 per...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - meet the teenager who is shaking up agency marketing

Following on from the second half of the last decade, the first few weeks of 2020 have been a bit mad...

18 January 2020

From: Features

The six crimes of modern-day call handling

Six common ‘crimes of modern-day call handling’ are blighting UK estate and letting agencies and hampering their growth, reputation and profitability. These...

18 January 2020

From: Features

Why pent-up demand will drive the property market this year

As I look towards this year, I am sure that my thoughts are the same as many within the industry. I am...

18 January 2020

From: Features

Digital Search Delays: Land Registry plans in disarray

HM Land Registry appears to be making painfully slow progress on digitising land charge search data - contrary to its earlier...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Is mortgage-provision a growth area for estate agents?

A new analysis from a financial services trade body shows that gross mortgage lending is expected to rise significantly in the...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyer confidence soars but stock for sale down 10% says latest index

At the end of a strong week for housing market indicators, the latest survey from the website Home suggests a major...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More market optimism as mortgage approvals show uptick

The  number of mortgage approvals rose 1.9 per cent in the final month of last year according to e.surv’s mortgage data...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity ...Er, it’s time to spend a penny...

Welcome to another Agents Do Charity, meaning it’s not just Friday but also a day to think about fund-raising in the...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce: two more signs of an improving market at last

Whisper it quietly but the housing market could be significantly stronger in 2020 than in recent years. Two key indicators in the...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - massive premiums buyers pay for new-build homes

New build homes cost 19 per cent more than comparable pre-owned properties according to a new survey - and sometimes 50...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Big jump in London market share achieved by Winkworth

Winkworth says it’s achieved a big jump in London sales market share despite “an uncertain and difficult year that was dominated...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tory tiff prompts gossip about yet another new Housing Minister

He’s a young and very wealthy up-and-coming MP in his 30s, a Cambridge graduate who also studied in the US and...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 - the year of Airbnb, and the opportunity for agents

Over the past decade, the short-term rental industry, now eponymised by Airbnb, has experienced meteoric growth. This has been driven by the...

15 January 2020

From: Features

Watch out Rightmove! Zoopla reveals huge rise in branches joining

Zoopla has revealed large growth in agency membership and visitor figures for 2019. Since being bought by US equity firm Silver Lake,...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The negotiator role will disappear - what replaces it?

I don’t want this to be a long piece. I want this to be short and sharp. I want it to...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

EweMove and Martin & Co parent firm sets up mortgage arm

The Property Franchise Group - which operates five High Street agency brands and the EweMove hybrid - has set up a...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

£7.4 trillion - the value of all UK Housing stock

The total value of the UK’s housing stock hit £7.39 trillion in 2019, a new record high. The claim, in an analysis...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Each Purplebricks customer costs £375 for agency to acquire

A leading analyst says Purplebricks has clearly plateaued and will not reach its own target of a 10 per cent market...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Election result has led to market turnaround says Savills

Savills says the decisive General Election result appears to have suddenly turned the market around and gave “a strong close to...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Purplebricks rival’ aims to recruit 25 agents in next 18 months

A hybrid estate agency which set a target of rivalling Purplebricks when it launched says it aims to recruit 25 agents...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty sell-out? Agents doubt Chancellor will reform tax

A survey of readers of Estate Agent Today suggest that the majority believe the Chancellor will fail to honour a pledge...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New buying agency launches as London market shows recovery

A new buying agency has launched, aimed at well-heeled purchasers and sellers.  Called Xander Prime it says it is “acting on behalf...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The Property Ombudsman to quit role in November

The Property Ombudsman role is being advertised. The current Ombudsman, Katrine Sporle, is giving up the role in November after five years in...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock data shows UK agents amongst the worst paid in the world

UK estate agents are amongst the worst paid in any country in the world according to new data. Digital marketing firm Yell...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

20 agents recruited by Hub-style agency even before official launch

A new branch of Keller Williams UK - operating from a so-called market centre office rather than a traditional shopfront branch...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Guilty: online agent awaits sentence after stealing thousands

An online estate agent is awaiting sentence after being found guilty of a £5,000 fraud  Claire Ainsworth, who worked for the agency...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - New Year, New Job Moves…

Hello and welcome to the first PJT of 2020 - a new decade and, for many, a time of new opportunities. We’re always...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, two years after Platt - time for the last rites?

In six years of editing Estate Agent Today, some of my most dramatic moments have been covering the troubles - some...

11 January 2020

From: Features

Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive: time to check your compliance

Yesterday (January 10 2020), the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) became law. It forms part of ongoing international efforts to tackle...

11 January 2020

From: Features

Quarter of sales fell through in 2019 says buying firm

Almost exactly one quarter of house sales in England and Wales fell through prior to completion according to new figures. In the...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More reforms on their way as government ponders leasehold changes

The Law Commission has set out three ways to cut the cost that leaseholders have to pay to buy the freehold...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group makes surprise move into commercial property

The Leaders Romans Group has extended its activities into the commercial world with the acquisition of chartered surveying company Dunlop Heywood. Dunlop...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - no stepping back from fund-raising…

Stepping back and moving out of the front line is all the rage…but not, it seems, for hard-working agents and others...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove ‘vulnerable’ because of its bad relationship with agents - claim

There’s a warning today that Rightmove could be vulnerable to losing its number one portal status because it has such a...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Emoov online review row deepens as CMA probes wider problem

There have been two developments on the controversial subject of online reviews. One concerns the online agency Emoov, which three months ago...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce Begins?: bumper house price rise reported by the Halifax

House prices rose 4.0 per cent in 2019 according to Britain’s biggest mortgage lender Halifax, as a December bounce - some...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Dragons Den duo offer agents free trial of comms info

Agents are being offered a two week free trial of a service giving mobile telephone signal strength information and broadband connectivity...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How can agents build an inclusive rental society and trust with tenants?

We are facing a new world in the lettings industry, with the proportion of households in the private rented sector (PRS)...

08 January 2020

From: Features

Transaction time slashed to 11 days by digital conveyancing

A digital platform claims its taken “a massive step” towards speeding up property sales with what it says is the first...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: will reform of hated tax begin on March 11?

The new government has announced that its first Budget is to be held on Wednesday March 11 - and it’s giving...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal pledges to remain free to list for agents - forever

A property portal says that it’s going to remain free to list for estate and letting agents - and that pledge...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are you ready for a decade of planning ahead?

2020, the start of a new decade. Looking back, 2010 feels like such a long time ago, and looking forward to...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The Whole Nine Miles - the distance of a typical house move in 2019

The typical house move in 2019 turned out to be just nine miles - and large numbers of buyers moved within...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposits still hard to raise despite a weak decade for house prices

House price growth in the past decade was at its weakest for 30 years - and despite that it remains though...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Emily Hawthorne, mio Account Manager for the South West of England

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Emily Hawthorne, mio Account Manager for the South West of...

07 January 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Agency staffing crisis is worst in a generation says recruitment guru

A leading industry recruitment expert says our industry is facing its worst personnel shortage in a generation. Anthony Hesse, managing director of...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Academy star quits hybrid agency after just eight months

Nicky Stevenson, formerly the managing director of the Property Academy, has quit hybrid agency Keller Williams UK after just eight months. Stevenson’s...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket renews onslaught on Rightmove and quality of leads

OnTheMarket has started 2020 as it ended 2019 - with an attack on Rightmove via an agency which urges others to...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Bank says Brexit worries may lead to base rate reduction in spring

Multi-national financial institution UBS says there could be a cut in the Bank of England base rate as early as May...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Fraud! Agents who over-value to win instructions 'act illegally'- claim

Estate agents who deliberately over-value properties in order to win instructions are effectively committing fraud according to a prominent industry figure. Russell...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks keeps 2020 pricing strategies secret - for now

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

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cut in Boris's Budget could backfire, warns top agent

A veteran agent says the new government’s Budget, expected in the next few weeks, should not provide too much help to...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the first industry moves of 2020

Hello and welcome to the first Property Jobs Today of 2020 - and we’ve plenty to report even with the New...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents upbeat at prospects for improved market in 2020

Annual UK house price growth exceeded one per cent for the first time in 12 months in December according to the...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2020?

After a year dogged by Brexit deadlock, political turmoil, and slow growth, estate agents’ confidence in the property market hit a...

04 January 2020

From: Features

Property Natter: the most revolutionary software product on the market?

First things first, a big happy New Year to everyone. Welcome to 2020! It looks set to be another interesting year...

04 January 2020

From: Features