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Could Purplebricks go bust? Apparently not, says analyst

An analyst on shares website Motley Fool says Purplebricks is not only in surprisingly strong financial health, but is actually outperforming...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Supply and sales fall as London and the south drag down market

The latest asking prices data from Rightmove suggests that the national housing market is being dragged down by poor performance in...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - key moves in and about our industry

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

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Want to sell more homes more quickly? Then close the office early...

A survey suggests there’s no firm correlation between a traditional agency’s opening hours and its performance in selling property - and...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

One in 10 Britons has a second home, buy to let or overseas property

Some 10 per cent of Britons now own a second home, a buy to let or an overseas property according to...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a guide to property startups - Part 1

All the most successful startups of recent years – from Airbnb and Uber to Just Eat and Deliveroo – have melded...

15 June 2019

From: Features

Making the transition from estate agency to property development

Property developing is an incredibly diverse and exciting career choice, and something that many people aspire to do in the UK.  I...

15 June 2019

From: Features

Agents shouldn’t just sell - they must be Residential Property Experts

High Street estate agents should re-define themselves in today’s competitive market by becoming Residential Property Experts offering a wide range of...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla founder reveals what made his portal different - and why it’s purple

The founder of Zoopla has explained how the portal got its name and branding, and the philosophy behind it when it...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Slowest June since 2013’ as homes linger longer on the market

It's becoming increasingly difficult to sell a property, especially in those regions undergoing a price correction. That’s the verdict from Home, a...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and ignore the wet weekend...

Sorry about the weather everyone…miserable isn’t it, and the summer is supposed to be well underway? But we’re not allowing our fund-raising...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Four agencies acted illegally in fee price cartel, says watchdog

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

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket converts just 1,000 branches from free to paid deals

Figures released from OnTheMarket this morning suggest that its conversion programme for agents shifting from free deals to paid membership is...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tricks of the trade: buying agent reveals tips for purchasers using portals

A buying agent has revealed how she advises potential clients to use portals when looking for a property to buy -...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit-related uncertainty leads to big slump in high-end London sales

Knight Frank says Brexit-related uncertainty has curbed trading activity across all UK residential markets over the last 12 months - and...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost a million home sales lost to Brexit, new survey claims

New research by comparison website GoCompare suggests almost a million house sales have been lost because of Brexit.  The study claims that...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Should the lettings process become fully digital?

It’s easy to understand why people are hesitant towards processes becoming digital. It is the fear that the digital world is...

12 June 2019

From: Features

Countrywide redundancies: dozens of sales progression staff may go

Countrywide is declining to comment on speculation that it is making 36 of its sales progression staff redundant. Estate Agent Today, which...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla takes swipe at OnTheMarket's ‘New & Exclusive’ offer

Zoopla has taken a swipe at OnTheMarket by conducting a poll of sellers’ views about having properties listed exclusively on just...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: now is the time to understand blockchain

It’s London Tech Week, everybody! The sprawling city-wide event taking in dozens of conferences, events, workshops, panel debates and so on,...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Unexpired Lease Timebomb: new worries over sale fall-throughs

A conveyancing body is calling on mortgage lenders to standardise their policies in respect of unexpired lease terms in order to...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency amends Help To Buy press ad after complaint to watchdog

South west regional agency Luscombe Maye has amended an advertisement for a new housing development following a complaint to a watchdog. A...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Sellers are back with a vengeance, according to online agency

Sellers are back with a vengeance according to figures from online agency HouseSimple.  It claims the Brexit date extension has given sellers...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

CMA launches investigation into sale of leasehold properties

The Competition and Markets Authority has formally launched an investigation into the sale of leasehold properties - including possible mis-selling. This follows...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm offers agents ‘most important service since dawn of internet’

PropTech start-up BestAgent is to stage a day-long event for suppliers to the agency industry later this month. This follows BestAgent founder...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Sentiment Soars: 80% of homeowners expect prices to rise this year

Over 80 per cent of home owners say they expect house prices to rise in their area before the end of...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Surveyors' bid to improve floorplan accuracy doesn’t measure up - claim

A PropTech firm has repeated claims it first made in March about allegedly inaccurate floorpan measurement and says a new initiative...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agency joins high-end network for ‘tailored marketing’

Fine & Country has a new office in Hampshire as a result of an independent which has joined its network. Hampshirewide is...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Summer price surge set to compensate for early 2019 falls

An analysis of transactions agreed this spring suggests there will be a surge in prices which will ultimately be reflected later...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Do online agents expect conveyancers to do their work for them?

A member of a legal information and networking organisation says an online estate agency expects him to do some work in...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who's moving where in our industry?

Hello and here’s another PJT to start the week: we hope it’s your first port of call when you want to...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Invest in online agencies! What could possibly go wrong...?

We like a good video here at Estate Agent Today, and we know our industry can take a joke even if...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Market in limbo as wait for economic stability goes on (and on)

Average UK house prices rose 0.5 per cent in May according to the latest Halifax house price index as the long...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov and Countrywide merge: it could have happened…

Emoov and Countrywide: what a pair, observers might say. They present a tale of two failures - although, in the case of...

08 June 2019

From: Features

There’s never been a better time for property to rise above politics

Four years ago, as we approached the general election, Andrews Property Group held a roundtable debateon the impact the election might have...

08 June 2019

From: Features

Landlords forced to conduct more background checks in post-Brexit Britain

Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ policy that was implemented in 2012 was designed to make staying and residing in the UK as...

08 June 2019

From: Features

Advertising tips: be big, bold and back it up

My experience in marketing over the last 10 years has been an interesting journey, however I don’t want to bore you...

08 June 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket claims record visits - but no update on agent numbers

OnTheMarket claims monthly visits to its website hit a record 25.4m in May - but the portal’s latest update gives no...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Shares Frenzy: Investors jostle for Purplebricks and Foxtons

It's been another busy 24 hours for publicly-quoted estate agencies. Swiss investment bank UBS has increased its stake in the troubled London...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New service allows buying agents to fast-track requirements to selling agents

Subscription-based business-to-business prime London platform LonRes has launched a new service for retained agents.   The Retained Agent Buyer Alert enables buying agents...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property review website wins £1m funding to roll out nationwide

A review website set up by a former estate agent says £1m of new funding will allow it to roll out...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - another weekend of wonderful fund-raising…

With summer in full swing (will someone tell the weather?) we’re having bumper editions of Agents Do Charity, and this weekend’s is...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks: Woodford reduces his stake for second day in a row

Beleaguered fund manager Neil Woodford, one of the first champions of Purplebricks, has reduced his stake in the troubled agency for...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Free property data service for agents launches today

A new service which aims to provide estate and letting agents with what it calls “game changing” access to property data...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Woodford slashes Purplebricks stake as rumours swirl on agency's future

Beleaguered fund manager Neil Woodford, one of the early champions of Purplebricks, has slashed his stake in the company from 28.9...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New view of London market: lower-priced home sales worst hit, claims portal

A portal specialising in prime and super-prime London property has turned perceptions of the capital’s housing market on their head -...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Survey Standard: early support for RICS' survey initiative

PropTech company Landmark has thrown its weight behind the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ new Home Survey Standard, which is now out...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tributes pour in for late agent with 65 years at just one firm

Tributes are being paid to David Hall, a senior partner at an agency in the Midlands where he worked for a...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Which way will you turn at the estate agency industry’s crossroad?

The estate agency industry is at a crossroads. A turbulent market, unstable political situation and a chronic lack of public confidence has...

05 June 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks names July date to reveal company performance

Purplebricks has announced that it is to give a trading update and the result of its review of its US activities on...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The rise and rise of the iBuyer

“You say tomato, I say tomato” is a line in a famous film score way back in the 1937 film Shall...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove to probe agency's status after allegations of fake listings

Rightmove says its data quality team is to conduct “a full review of the current customer” after an allegation about a...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Measuring Up - bid to improve floorplan accuracy and consistency

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is running a Certified Property Measurer course aimed at training agents and others in the...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Is yours a family-run agency? If so, you could be a reality TV star

A TV production company is looking for family-run estate agencies to be considered for a possible reality TV show. Curve Media -...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Banker’s brainchild: new First Time Buyer service is launched

FirstHomeCoach, the brainchild of a former HSBC banker, has launched with the aim of providing “every service” a first time buyer...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

What next for Countrywide and Purplebricks after day of turmoil?

Two of Britain’s largest and best known estate agencies have endured a day of turmoil at the hands of investors -...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Some homes should not be marketed on portals, says agency chief

Properties sold off market by a London agency found buyers more quickly, and for nearer the asking price, than those on the...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Steer clear of Foxtons’ - investors urged to stay away

A writer for the influential financial publication Money Week says investors should “steer clear” of Foxtons - at least for now. Sarah...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Trumped! Hair-brained marketing idea from London agency

Sharp-witted marketing advisers for Marsh & Parsons have done it again with a clever poster and social media campaign to mark...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing minister mocked over bid to become Prime Minister

Housing minister Kit Malthouse appears to have some difficulty being taken seriously as a candidate for Conservative party leader and Prime...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Takeover talks held between Purplebricks investors - claim

Talks are reported to have been held between Purplebricks leading shareholder, Neil Woodford, and the German publishing group Axel Springer about...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price rises on news of big new German investment

Purplebricks share price has risen over 10 per cent - at least temporarily - on news of a major expansion of...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Top Purplebricks investor would back US closure to bolster agency in UK

Purplebricks’ most influential investor says there is “opportunity aplenty” for the company but says it would back the closure of the US...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a bumper round-up this week...

Welcome to the latest Property Jobs Today - because last week there was a Bank Holiday, we have a bumper edition...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

TV ads claim new homes are premium alternatives to second hand ones

A volume house builder is launching a TV advertising campaign claiming its properties are a “premium alternative” to second hand homes...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

House prices are like Brexit talks - stuck, floundering, going nowhere

The latest house price index shows very little happening in the market, with analysts expecting little significant movement until Brexit is...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - talking women in property, Brexit investment and PropTech

In the first Q&A Natter for a while, I catch up with Angelica Donati - CEO of Donati Immobiliare Group, PropTech...

01 June 2019

From: Features

A moving tide of regulation making its way towards estate agents

It may well seem that the government is pre-occupied with one issue, and one issue alone. While preparations for Brexit take up a...

01 June 2019

From: Features

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

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

01 June 2019

From: Features

At least three Countrywide brands thought to be closing branches

It appears that at least three Countrywide brands are undergoing branch closures as the company’s cuts continue to bite. Estate Agent Today...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned: homes at centre of Crime Agency probe cannot be sold

Three ultra-high-value London properties cannot be sold while a money laundering investigation continues. The houses have not been identified but were most...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Long-standing London independent agency rebrands to franchise network

A London independent agency has joined the franchise network of Hunters. Regent 2000 Properties, which operates in Camden Town, is seeing its...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - wining, dining, dressing up and cleaning the mud off...

Hello - it’s that time of the week again when we celebrate the agency industry’s fantastic fund-raising. We were delighted that our...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: share price sinks, closure and sell-off rumours swirl

Rumours continue to circulate about possible large-scale branch closures at Countrywide; its share price ended trading today at its lowest ever...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s biggest critic says: “Here’s my plan to save the firm”

Countrywide’s shares took another battering yesterday as they plummeted below the psychologically-painful 5p mark - reflecting a 95 per cent loss of...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New ‘tech solutions group’ for agents unveils high-profile suppliers

The Innovative Collaboration Group - a collection of high-profile tech suppliers to the agency industry - has unveiled a raft of new...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal says key USP is attracting foreign buyers to UK

A recently-launched free-to-list portal says it’s uniquely positioned to attract overseas buyers and investors interested in purchasing in major UK cities. Residential...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer consolidation means 200 firms control 39% of house moves

Just 200 conveyancing firms control over 39 per cent of the market in England and Wales, wielding significant power over customers,...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Going for a jar? Agency shows how to make selling a mite easier…

Like many good agencies, Savills understands that selling a long-loved family home can be tough for a vendor. So it was with...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The evolution of tenant demands explored

In today’s crowded property marketplace, the needs of tenants have changed. With a greater emphasis on quality of living, tenants are increasingly...

29 May 2019

From: Features

Estate agencies top league table of shop closures across Britain

New figures released to Estate Agent Today show that a net total of 284 agents’ offices closed down in 2018. This number -...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

NAEA and ARLA launch training and compliance service for agents

NAEA and ARLA Propertymark have launched an initiative called Propertymark Inspire to promote training and compliance awareness amongst agents.  A statement says the...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: We can’t ignore the technological underclass

One of my biggest concerns in all of my writing, speaking and influencing around PropTech is that for the people we...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sales-per-branch increase despite slump in available stock

The number of sales agreed per branch has increased for the first time this year, rising from an average of seven...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news as mortgage approvals show significant rise

The number of mortgages approved by High Street banks increased 5.4 per cent to 44,000 in April. Data from trade body UK...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock decision by housing minister Malthouse: “I want to be PM”

In a surprising announcement overnight, housing minister Kit Malthouse says he is standing to become the Conservative party leader and next...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - exactly how long it takes to buy a home in the UK

New research suggests it takes, on average, six months and 24 days to buy a home. The study, for PropTech virtual tours...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

More prime central London woe as prices fall 10% in a year

New data from respected property consultancy LonRes shows that prices in prime central London fell 9.7 per cent in the 12...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

What would a Corbyn government mean for sales and lettings?

While media attention has been on Theresa May, Brexit and the Tories, chatter in the agency industry has been about what...

25 May 2019

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: Claim and counter-claim over arrears

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

25 May 2019

From: Features

Why celebrating the achievements of the industry is so valuable

Earlier this month we celebrated the 16th annual ESTAS Awards, once again hosted by TV property expert Phil Spencer.  The glittering ceremony...

25 May 2019

From: Features

TFB: Tenant Fee Ban or The Future Begins?

What a great time to be a letting agent. In decades, never has there been so much change. As you’re well aware,...

25 May 2019

From: Features

Is click & collect the future for the property market?

In recent years click & collect has become a popular way for retailers, supermarkets and online shopping sites such as Amazon...

24 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Compliance clampdown on Referral Fees and Modern Method of Auction

The Property Ombudsman says its members must in future disclose referral fees in a bid to make previously-hidden costs open and...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Punish rip-off culprits’ - CMA urged to be aggressive on leasehold abuse

A firm supporting leaseholders across the UK says the ongoing Competition and Markets Authority probe should “punish” what it calls “rip off...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agent says very slow broadband knocks 24% off house price

Ultra slow broadband speeds could knock a quarter off the value of a property according to research undertaken by online agency...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Another boost for Equity Release: does it lead to fewer house sales?

Retired homeowners are increasingly using property wealth to clear unsecured debts and mortgages to strengthen their later life finances, a new...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we're going up in the world...

Hello there and we’re at the start of another Bank Holiday weekend - but no rest for you lot, working hard...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla in multi-million pound software shake-up for agents

Zoopla is today unveiling what it calls “a new direction” for its software division and the creation of “market-leading agency CRM...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Replace stamp duty with tax on house sale profits, urges finance chief

An outspoken building society chief has taken the unusual step of calling for stamp duty to be replaced by capital gains...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Many regional housing markets booming despite London woe, say agents

House prices have remained roughly stagnant according to the latest figures produced by the Office for National Statistics and HM Land...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Veteran to lead agency that says it’s “shaking up the industry”

An agent with over 29 years of experience has taken over as  chief executive officer at Humberts - just as the...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Regressor or impresser - what kind of estate agency are you?

As we move closer to the halfway point of 2019, property market conditions for agents and their clients remain challenging. Brexit may...

22 May 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks share price plunges as speculation mounts over investment

Purplebricks’ share price yesterday plunged to 90.5p at one point - well below the 100p level at which the company originally...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Buyer wins case against surveyor who ‘missed’ Japanese Knotweed

A homeowner in London has won a legal case against a chartered surveyor who failed to identify Japanese knotweed during a...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent reveals true scale of London market collapse - but it may be over

One of the capital’s most outspoken estate agents at the upper end of the market has given eye-watering statistics to show...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Market disruption do’s, don’ts and value propositions

We’ve reached the final instalment of my market transformation do’s and don’ts.  In previous articles, we’ve looked at: Do encourage, don’t deter;...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sales progression tool claims to cut fall-throughs and speed transactions

A new sales progression tool that claims to have been hugely successful over an 18-month pilot is being rolled out across...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing Market stagnating as Brexit rumbles on, HMRC figures show

The number of residential property transactions across the UK fell very slightly last month according to new figures from HM Revenue...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fury at Foxtons: Investor revolt at ‘fat cat’ bonuses, finance chief goes

The Annual General Meeting of Foxtons shareholders in London has seen a dramatic rebellion against bonuses for senior management. There were 14 resolutions put...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Many estate agencies at risk over data security, claims IT firm

An IT firm says small and medium-sized estate agencies without the infrastructure of large corporates are putting themselves and their customers...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price drops again as it ponders different scenarios for US

Purplebricks, which recently admitted that it had been over-ambitious in its overseas expansion, says it will give “a further update” on...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

London market gloom - is there light at the end of the tunnel at last?

Might the central London market gloom be broken by just a sliver of light? London Central Portfolio, an investment consultancy, has recently...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons' shock warning - sales at record lows thanks to Brexit

Foxtons has warned shareholders and the City that sales volumes are at a “record low” and that the agency suffered another fall...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks market share falls as online sector becomes still weaker

New data from property consultancy The Advisory shows that the top 10 online estate agents now have a combined market share...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

160 homes are owned by 'high corruption-risk' individuals say MPs

A Parliamentary committee has claimed that 160 properties in the UK are owned by “high corruption-risk individuals” and wants more to...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your weekly update of key industry moves…

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, the destination where you can catch up with the key moves announced in the...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says prices stay steady but London still in doldrums

Rightmove’s latest house price statistics reveal that asking prices for newly-marketed property are on average 0.9 per cent higher than a...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Here we go again … another new housing minister on the way

It appears almost certain that there will be another new housing minister named when a new Conservative leader - and thus...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 May 2019

From: Features

Anti-money laundering: the key myths and misconceptions

The UK property market can be seen by criminals as an effective vehicle to conceal the proceeds of economic crime. Criminally...

18 May 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: has Purplebricks' bubble now officially burst?

Whether you love or hate it, Purplebricks has undoubtedly left its mark since arriving on the scene in 2015 – much...

18 May 2019

From: Features

Estate agents 'no longer biggest money laundering risks', report suggests

A survey undertaken by the respected Economist Intelligence Unit and a risk solutions company suggests that estate agency may be one...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Alexa: when do we get cheaper and faster conveyancing?

A law firm says it’s made legal history by integrating the automated voice-activated platform Alexa into its system. Customers of Simply Conveyancing...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome CMA probe into 'mis-selling' of leasehold properties

The National Association of Estate Agents has welcomed the commitment by the Competition and Markets Authority to investigate the mis-selling of...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran becomes chair of franchise giant as founder retires

The founder of franchise giant Belvoir, Mike Goddard, has now stepped down as chair of the company, two years after quitting...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Gloomy mortgage data may mark ‘start of housing slowdown’ says agent

Agents have reacted gloomily to the release of figures showing that the number of new mortgages offered to both movers and...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and there's mud flying everywhere…

Hello and welcome to this week’s ADC - yet more examples of stupendous fund-raising by our industry (and a lot of...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

How you CAN increase your chargeable fees and JUSTIFY it

With the Tenant Fee Ban obliterating a key income stream, letting agents should be looking at ways they can increase the...

16 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Buying reform could slash transaction time by almost 30% - claim

Reforms to the house buying process in England and Wales to bring it more into line with Scotland could slash the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Time On Market soars in England and Wales according to listings website

The average time on the market for a property is soaring across the UK thanks to Brexit uncertainty, according to the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Quick Sale trade body boasts of few complaints after five years

The trade body representing so-called quick sale companies is marking five years in business with two feathers in its cap. Firstly the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Child's Play! - Kids take over running an agency office

Franchise giant Hunters is to be the subject of a Channel 4 TV show on air this evening at 8pm.  When I...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

How to thrive and not just survive in today’s market

Consumer habits have changed massively over the past few years, and regardless of which market you operate in, being able to...

15 May 2019

From: Features

Online agents will never get above 10% market share admits agency founder

“I’m Russell Quirk, and I’ve failed” - with those words, the former chief executive of Emoov has begun to explain how...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: FUTURE: PropTech 2019 - A truly global affair

It was long awaited, much anticipated and, thankfully, incredibly well attended. FUTURE PropTech 2019 was a big hit and a truly global affair. For...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group names another top industry firm as partner

The fledgling independent agents’ trade group, the Federation of Independent Agents, has signed another partnership deal with a high-profile industry supplier...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency amends sale details after complaint sent to advertising watchdog

North East England regional agency chain Bradley Hall has amended details for a property listed on its website following a complaint...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portals aiming for one million listings by end of 2019

New free-to-list portals Residential People and Commercial People are aiming to secure one million property listings by Q4 2019. The portals -...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit snub: EU movers' interest in UK plummets since 2016

Home movers from the European Union have become less interested in moving to the UK, according to new research. Analysis of over...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New prime London property portal recruits big industry names

A new portal for the prime London property market has launched this week, recruiting a string of big-name agents.  Vyomm, founded by...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing disruptor paying upfront referral fees launches

Conveyancing platform The Moving Hub has this week launched its proposition into the estate agency and mortgage intermediary sectors. The firm is...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

More details emerge on Countrywide’s closure programme

Further details of Countrywide's closure and consolidation programme, first revealed by Estate Agent Today on Friday, have emerged over the weekend. A...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The UK's best agents and suppliers revealed at 16th annual ESTAS awards

The scores have been counted and the results are in for the 2019 ESTAS Awards, sponsored by Zoopla. On Friday, over 1,000...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

'Brexit blip' failing to discourage overseas buyers, says top London agent

A top London estate agency says interest in the capital's residential property from US and Indian buyers has soared over the...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves

Welcome back to the latest edition of Property Jobs Today (PJT) after a Bank Holiday break. Each week, we round up...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fee ban - another failure of government policy?

With a mere matter of weeks until the Tenant Fees Act comes in to effect, I can’t help but wonder just...

11 May 2019

From: Features

Countrywide branch closures and staff redeployment underway

Estate Agent Today understands that Countrywide has started a programme involving branch closures and redeployment of staff. Unlike other branch closure programmes by...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Historic London agency aims to expand with new franchise offering

London agency Chestertons is launching a franchise offering which will allow businesses outside of the capital to operate under the Chestertons...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - in a week full of miracles

For the industry's football lovers, the notable achievements and never-say-die attitude of both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur on the European stage...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran launches hybrid and offers to sell 50 homes for free

An industry veteran is launching a new hub-based hybrid agency and is offering to sell 50 homes for free to raise the...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Major agency announces first acquisition since new ownership

Major regional agency Humberts, which was bought out of administration last year, has announced the first acquisition since its new owners...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Historic property details create modern buzz for regional agency

A set of historic property details unearthed by a local resident have created a buzz on social media and in the...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Selling like hotcakes? Britain's fastest property markets revealed

Fresh analysis by Zoopla has revealed Britain's fastest moving property markets with the lowest number of average days for a seller...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Products and partnerships - PropTech suppliers unveil latest agent solutions

Two PropTech suppliers have this week announced new partnerships and products with the aim of helping estate agents.  Firstly, sales progression and...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Jake Gready, Managing Director for NEXA Bristol

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Jake Gready Managing Director NEXA Bristol What services do you provide? buying - selling...

08 May 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

The six things you need to know about live chat

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

08 May 2019

From: Features

Complaints against agents on the rise, says Property Ombudsman

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

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price slides further following Michael Bruce departure

Following yesterday's surprise news that founder Michael Bruce is leaving the business and its Australian operation is closing down, Purplebricks encountered...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Market transformation – deterring, championing and Purplebricks

I hope you had another wonderful Bank Holiday weekend; only three weeks to hold on until the next one. Personally, it...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: agents drop Rightmove in favour of OnTheMarket

OnTheMarket has revealed several agents have signed up to the portal on long-term contracts and stopped listing properties on Rightmove. The agencies...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Government launches ‘How to sell’ and ‘How to buy’ booklets

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has launched its long-awaited ‘How to sell a home’ and ‘How to...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Caught Red Handed - Agents ‘lying and deceiving’ to poach instructions

A London sales and lettings agent has revealed to Estate Agent Today some of the tactics used by his rivals in...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Instant valuation tool being ‘retired’ with agents advised to switch

Landmark Information’s online valuation tool SmartVal is being retired by the company, with agents who use it being advised to switch to...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech trade body relaunches in bid to win wider industry support

The UK PropTech Association, set up in early 2017 with the objective of promoting engagement between tech business and the property...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Equity release chiefs upbeat after record-breaking quarter

Equity release, seen by many agents as a reason why fewer older homeowners are downsizing these days, has reported more growth...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - homes of the future

During our school days, most of us did that task where we imagined and drew the homes of the future, but...

04 May 2019

From: Features

The problems with incentivising downsizing through stamp duty

The issue of ‘intergenerational fairness’ has been raised in recent weeks, some might say somewhat ironically by a House of Lords’...

04 May 2019

From: Features

30 years in the property industry – an insider’s view

1989 was a significant time for the property industry: it marked the beginning of the end of a period of unprecedented...

04 May 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket share trading frozen temporarily after 10% price slump

Trading in OnTheMarket’s shares was subject to two so-called Price Monitoring Extensions - temporary freezing of transactions because of erratic movements. The...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New blow for Purplebricks as another bank slashes share forecast

Another bank has slashed its forecast for Purplebricks, citing concerns over its the long-term viability of its international activities in particular. As...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ new FIA group reveals bespoke training for members

The new independent estate and letting agents’ body, the FIA, has unveiled what it calls an exclusive online training platform for...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban, compliance and new business on agenda at Guild's roadshows

The Guild of Property Professionals' regional roadshow for existing and potential members, resumes its activities next week with a visit to...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and here’s another long weekend to fund-raise…

Hello and welcome to another one of those great long weekends that come along often at this time of year -...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty revenue collapses by over a quarter as transactions tumble

A new and comprehensive analysis of the housing market shows a jaw-dropping collapse in stamp duty revenue going to the Treasury...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Silver lining for housing market as first time buyer numbers rise

There’s a silver lining to another set of stodgy housing market figures - at least one sector, for those buying their...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

ESTAS organisers reveal their guide to the big day…it’s just next week

The organisers of next week’s ESTAS Estate & Letting Agent Awards, the biggest and glitziest event on the industry calendar, have...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Capturing tenants when they convert to buyers

With the UK population spending longer in rental accommodation, due to the upfront expense of buying a home, their time and...

01 May 2019

From: Features

Countrywide’s new pay chief takes over as share price hits another low

Countrywide has named a senior businesswoman as chair of its controversial remuneration committee which was at the centre of a row...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Disruptors with a difference: Rugby players open agency in containers

It’s an eye-catching combination - former professional rugby players turn estate agents, set up in converted shipping containers, and promise in time-honoured fashion...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

High-end London agency says much of 2019 success down to just one man

A statement from London-focussed agency Chestertons claims to have bucked the poor market in the capital - and says it’s partly...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Do’s & don’ts of market transformation - CBRE, Avison Young

My article last week has sparked some really great engagement, which I’m delighted about!  Thank you to everyone who commented or dropped...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy equity loans drive over 210,000 home sales since 2013

Data produced by the government showed that some 211,000 homes have been bought using the Help to Buy: Equity Loan. The scheme...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide income falls again -  but LSL restructuring 'showing results'

Countrywide has this morning revealed that group income is down yet again - it blames continuing Brexit-related problems. It says: “The ongoing...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s a drought! Supply of homes on sale hits early-spring record low

There may be rain outside but the housing market is now officially in a drought according to the National Association of...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket offering more shares to long-term agency sign-ups

OnTheMarket has applied to the London Stock Exchange for the release of over 528,000 new shares to agents who have signed...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

“Sales go on falling and falling” warns London property consultancy

Respected investment consultancy London Central Portfolio is warning that “sales go on falling and falling” across the capital, fuelled by Brexit...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

High-profile ex-Zoopla director joins ‘insight’ firm used by many agencies

Mark Witherspoon, well known in the agency industry as the former data services director of Zoopla, has joined the TwentyCi company.  TwentyCi...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Radical change to leasehold and Right To Manage urged by Law Commission

Consultation closes today on a Law Commission proposal to radically reshape leasehold and the Right To Manage. Right To Manage was introduced...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Buyers 'should retain funds if homes are dirty on completion' lawyer says

A lawyer appears to be suggesting that ‘clean and tidy’ clauses be inserted into house purchase deals, allowing buyers to retain...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the key moves in the industry…

Hello and welcome to Property Jobs Today - because of the flurry of Bank Holidays at this time of year, it’s...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The man who polices the agency industry - an exclusive interview

It’s clear that some agents are not fans of Trading Standards officers, described in the comments sections of the trade press...

27 April 2019

From: Features

Trading Standards speak out: We do NOT favour online estate agencies

The head of the new Trading Standards authority regulating estate agents says Online firms are treated exactly the same as High...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency fights back on boards after being accused of “taking the mickey”

An estate agency accused of “taking the mickey” over the number of boards it has erected has fought back. The mayor of...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Houses that are ‘staged’ sell three times faster than average - claim

The trade body for ‘home stagers’ says that properties that have been dressed sell three times faster than those that have...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and good luck to Marathon runners this weekend…

The London Marathon may be just one of literally thousands of fund-raising events but we know it’s a favourite with many...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Northern city house prices storm on as south succumbs to Brexit slowdown

House prices in 20 UK cities analysed by Zoopla show an average 1.7 per cent increase over the 12 months to...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Major agency launches lifestyle service to bolster sales and lettings income

Humberts, the agency which was one of the first to ditch High Street offices in favour of fewer larger hubs, has...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty plummets by £1 billion following surcharge backfire

New figures from HM Revenue and Customs suggest that stamp duty receipts have fallen by no less than £1 billion. The drop...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide suffers ‘frozen trading’ again as share price stays low

For the second day in a row Countrywide was subject to two so-called Price Monitoring Extensions - temporary freezing of trading...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rising transactions show the market's still fighting back against Brexit

Residential property transactions rose 1.4 per cent in March, making them a healthy 6.8 per cent higher than in March 2018. Data...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Some London houses 25% below peak as transactions plummet - new index

It’s a new index but it tells an old story - how prime central London prices have dropped significantly since their...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Third of homes on sale have no outside space, claims online agency

Research  by HouseSimple suggests that over 31 per cent of homes currently on sale in major UK towns and cities have...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The features a good responsive website needs to include

Having a responsive website - one which is designed to automatically resize to fit the size of the screen of the...

24 April 2019

From: Features

Countrywide trading ‘frozen’ by Stock Exchange as share price hits new low

The London Stock Exchange twice froze trading in Countrywide’s shares yesterday after volatile movements - and a new record low price. The...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Do’s & Don’ts of transformation - Countrywide, Foxtons

It’s not often we can enjoy beautiful sunshine on bank holidays, but I suppose this one was a particularly blessed weekend,...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Forget PropTech and portals ... For Sale boards are still the best

A top London estate agent says the humble For Sale board remains the cheapest and most effective marketing tool - even...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group FIA to launch ‘within days’ with Viewber link-up

The soon-to-launch Federation of Independent Agents has announced that its latest supplier partner is to be outsourced viewing service Viewber. Graham Lock,...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Recruiting staff - new platform promising industry 'disruption'

We’re accustomed to tech firms promising disruption in how homes are bought, let, sold and rented: now one is pledging to...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Vandal who attacked estate agency office surrenders to police

A man has surrendered to police after admitting smashing an estate agency's window. The Oxford Mail reports that a 30-year-old from Abingdon, who has...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks is hugely successful despite tumbling share price says analyst

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

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 April 2019

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: rent arrears vs property condition

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

20 April 2019

From: Features

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

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

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Explained - the future of tenant referencing after the fees ban

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

17 April 2019

From: Features

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

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

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Bleak market survey by listings website contrasts with upbeat Rightmove

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

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Raffle Rumpus: another property competition in hot water with watchdog

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

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Charlie Lancaster, Managing Director, MyBid4it

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

16 April 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Tiny market share for online agents despite millions spent on marketing

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

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Millionaire with no property experience puts cash into online agency service

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

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks slammed by analyst who urges investors to pull out

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

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit chaos causing estate agency staffing problems

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

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Spring Forward! Market moving again says Rightmove

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

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest key industry moves

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

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 April 2019

From: Features

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

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

13 April 2019

From: Features

ARLA Propertymark Conference 2019 – three key talking points

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

13 April 2019

From: Features

Should the estate agency industry stop resisting regulation?

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

13 April 2019

From: Features

Portal listings: first hour is key for leads to agents

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

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

13th time not unlucky as Savills the Superbrand strikes again

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

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The Only Way Is Essex as independent joins franchise empire

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

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Prices to fall slightly for next six months, warns RICS

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

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Maintaining fees and winning instructions – key questions answered

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

10 April 2019

From: Features

Agency charged over fees and “undue influence”

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

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

EweMove in profit as Property Franchise Group reports solid figures

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

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket closing the gap with Rightmove claims Springett

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

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

5 reasons estate agents need a telephone answering service

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

08 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Over-valuing: agents fight back after press allegations

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

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New blow for Purplebricks as onliners’ market share dips again

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

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: great advertising campaigns for independent estate agents

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

06 April 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks stock downgraded 80% by investment bank

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

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency considers quitting Rightmove as it trials Zoopla in key branches

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

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Is innovation the key to thriving in the property sector?

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

03 April 2019

From: Features

Controversial ‘Slime Balls’ online agency calls in liquidators

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

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Horror hammer attack on agent - police still looking for information

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

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Bad news for transactions as Equity Release grows again

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

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket issues shares to agents signing long-term deals

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

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit ‘prompts transaction surge to beat possible market slump’

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

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property details must use Imperial Measurements after Brexit

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

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks price reductions: anonymous blog makes new allegations

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

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New Homes Ombudsman to be 'tested' before formally launching

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

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks fakes some price reductions, agent claims in The Times

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

30 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How can agents keep property transactions on track?

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

30 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

30 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

30 March 2019

From: Features

Why the future of the property industry should be paperless

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

30 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

“Pathetic” government pledge mocked by leasehold expert

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

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

London and Home Counties agencies quiet on possible acquisition

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

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Crunch Time! OnTheMarket says agents should make portal choices soon

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

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Nationwide proves that collaboration is worth the risk

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

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty and conveyancing are growing worries for home owners

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

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

More flexible working key to improving gender imbalance in property

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

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reviews are accurate insists Trustpilot

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

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents offered free anti-money laundering compliance roundtable

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

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2019

From: Features

Why stamp duty should be abolished and not just reformed

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

23 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

23 March 2019

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: landlords claiming re-protection deposits

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

23 March 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks and Foxtons reviews on Trustpilot come under scrutiny

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for agents as transaction figures defy Brexit blues

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents being recruited as high end brand opens new office

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Hunters' founder becomes latest MP to join TPO Conference panel

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Replacement for private treaty sales’ offered by online auctioneer

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

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Leasehold scandals deter buyers wanting new-builds - claim

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

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Lawyers accuse agents of failing to comply with CPRs over leaseholds

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Prices stagnate but there are big regional differences says Your Move

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Why ongoing training and support is crucial for new software

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

19 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Reservation Agreement firm claims it entirely eliminates fall throughs

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket introduces new features - but only for agents who pay

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

40-year mortgages help buyers beat stricter affordability rules

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Another online agency in trouble and blames Brexit for redundancies

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Regional agency expands with opening of 10th High Street office

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

16 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

16 March 2019

From: Features

Why age-proofing homes could lead to market stagnation

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

16 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket and new portal OneDome reveal extra services

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Can Ewe believe it? Astounding claims made about hybrid agency

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Guild claims highest market share and targets big rise in membership

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

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

AML Fines for estate agents published

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

13 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

13 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Two agencies defy London market by opening new offices

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

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

First time buyers slam fees for mortgages, removers and conveyancers

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

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Another blow for online as agency scraps crowdfunding campaign

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

First time buyer mortgages strong despite ongoing Brexit uncertainty

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reveals another major sports sponsorship deal

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Slowdown in homes coming to the market, says Agency Express

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Implementing your risk assessment

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

11 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of undervaluing because of faulty floorplans

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Stop indulging councils over rental licensing and local schemes

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

09 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

09 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

09 March 2019

From: Features

Franchising: why finding your premises could be the biggest obstacle

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

09 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Behaving Badly? Accusations fly over listings and boards

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

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide sets out reasons to invest, despite share price fall

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

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Customer Service Awards: are YOU on the shortlist?

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

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral fees backfire on agents and encourage poor conveyancing - claim

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

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove drops PropTech app promoting private sales

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

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Savills silent on Yopa after massive write-down by LSL

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

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How to keep landlords happy in 2019

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

06 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Ailing online agency House Network hit by complaint to watchdog

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

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News