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Raffle produces winner of £500,000 London apartment plus car

House raffles and similar competitions have become mired in controversy in recent years, thanks to some of them failing to abide by...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm swipes at Purplebricks over property measurements

A PropTech firm that regularly claims London homes are mis-measured in property descriptions has taken a swipe at Purplebricks. Pupil, a spatial...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency group “increasingly optimistic” about market despite Covid

The chairman of LSL Property Services - Simon Embley - says he is “increasingly optimistic” about the outlook for the market,...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove and OnTheMarket slug it out to win agent support

Rightmove and OnTheMarket have revealed their latest bids to keep agent support. Rightmove is launching an extensive redesign of property details pages, after...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: New features suggest move into CRM space for Lifesycle

New information has come to light which suggests that a leading marketing platform may be planning to step into the CRM...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough Fraud: HMRC targets property firms for investigation

A law practice says HM Revenue & Customs is launching a probe into companies that have allegedly abused the Coronavirus furlough...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New portal reveals charges to agents plus extra for multi-listing service

The new portal OpenBrix, which is powered by Blockchain, has revealed its fee structure ahead of its formal launch on September...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New PropTech platform allows “revolutionary” multi-listing service

A new PropTech platform says its central feature will be the launch of a Multiple Listings Service.  This will allow agents “to...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies at OnTheMarket ‘under consideration’ admits portal

OnTheMarket has confirmed it is “considering” making redundancies - the second of the large portals to be in this position. Rumours have been...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what are the differences between UK and US agents?

We have had a special relationship for many years and are bonded as countries in many ways – historically, politically and...

01 August 2020

From: Features

Business Interruption Scandal: agents await decision on pay-out

Agents are awaiting the outcome of a test case regarding Business Interruption Insurance, which may determine whether they receive thousands of...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and a special message from Agents Giving…

Hello: if it’s Friday it’s charity day and this week we have a special announcement from the industry’s own charity, Agents...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons claims over £4m of government help - trading statement

A trading statement from Foxtons this morning reveals that 85 per cent of staff are now off furlough, and that the...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal Wars hot up with Zoopla claiming surge in leads to agents

Zoopla says its sale and vendor leads have reached a 2020 high, beating volumes delivered even during the strong start to the...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Regulation - is there a better way of becoming a better industry?

If a week is a long time in politics (an old phrase, for younger readers), then a year is a very long...

25 July 2020

From: Features

Code of Practice marks welcome progress for RoPA recommendations

Earlier this month, it was revealed that property industry bodies have joined a new Code of Practice Steering Group to enact...

25 July 2020

From: Features

We’re the fastest growing agency in UK, boasts US-owned firm

The chief executive of the UK operation of a US-owned brand says his agency its the fastest growing in this country...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New portal by-passes agents and charges sellers to list

A new property website relying heavily on Artificial Intelligence allows sellers to by-pass estate agents and instead list directly for £14.99...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons office damaged by political agitators - four arrested

A branch of London agency Foxtons has been targeted by a group of political agitators called Beyond Politics, which says it’s...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreement PropTech free to agents - not to consumers

A PropTech platform that aims to lock-in sellers and buyers via a mutually agreed reservation agreement system is being offered free...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: another complaint prompts watchdog to intervene

Purplebricks has changed the wording of an advertisement on its website after a watchdog stepped in following a complaint. According to the...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: who will be the next leader of ailing company?

The hunt is on for a new boss of Countrywide according to news reports. Sky News says the company has recruited professional...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Going Up: two-storey extensions allowed without full consent

Home owners in England will be entitled to add up to two storeys to the height of their home via a...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

“Busy Bodies!” - agent slams industry leaders writing code of conduct

The new code of conduct for estate agents has been dismissed as “a waste of time” - and the senior industry...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal says mortgage applications much faster with new software

The mortgage arm of a regional property portal has launched pre-approval software which it claims will significantly speed up the initial...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Business Interruption Insurance scandal case begins

An eight day court hearing kicks off this morning as the Financial Conduct Authority begins a test case regarding Business Interruption...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says no to massive windfall from taxpayers

Rightmove says it’s going to reject over £150,000 in payouts from the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The portal furloughed 160 employees...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Heard the one about the agent, the conveyancer and the surveyor?

Emma Vigus, managing director of sales progression platform mio, in discussion with key suppliers in the residential property industry on operating...

18 July 2020

From: Features

Record after record! Agency sees activity surge but doubts remain

Knight Frank has reported a remarkable set of figures for June showing how the housing market has bounced back with a...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Streamlined completions promised by latest PropTech platform

Another new PropTech platform claims it can streamline the completion process - this time by coordinating the work of estate agents...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New home sales duty takes effect today north of the border

The new thresholds for the Scottish equivalent of stamp duty come into effect today - a week after the SDLT holiday...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property scam firms selling 'parking spaces' are shut down

Two companies that persuaded property investors to pay as much as £25,000 for a parking space have been wound up in...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent Agents group links up with recruitment specialists

The Federation of Independent Agents has announced its latest partnership offering exclusive services for members - it property recruitment firm The...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can sell properties at record speed with this key combination

There’s no doubt that Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the UK’s property market, after hundreds of thousands of house...

11 July 2020

From: Features

Prices and sales volumes both improving in London - agency

The number of offers agreed on homes priced below £1m since mid-May is a healthy 41 per cent higher than the...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty changes and Furlough Bonus scheme announced by Sunak

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced that there will be no stamp duty on homes selling for £500,000 or...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents give better treatment to buyers with British accents - claim

A new study of British agents suggests that buyers with accents from most of the rest of the world receive less...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Software and portals destroyed the personal touch of agency

Have you ever wondered how industry-specific software and property portals have influenced the typical estate agency of today? A new book, which...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

First-ever transaction with chain using Reservation Agreements

A PropTech supplier claims that an agency has secured the first ever transaction where the complete chain used Reservation Agreements.  Harrison Residential,...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage enquiries surge as prices dip slightly in latest index

Mortgage enquiries in June surged to double the rate of the previous month according to the latest halifax house price index. Although...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty changes being considered by Sunak - but when?

Unnamed government sources quoted in many newspapers today suggest stamp duty reforms may be announced later this year. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is to...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London-based hub agency triples in size during lockdown

A London agency says it’s seen over 30 new agents join its hub franchise operation during the lockdown, taking the total...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - latest movers into and across our industry

It’s a tough time for agents and our stories show a disturbingly high number of  branches closing - but there are...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who are the industry’s major trade bodies?

They are the names we hear about often, pushing for this or seeking clarifications on that. They are the representatives of...

04 July 2020

From: Features

Fall throughs – the impact and the solutions revealed

In the first of a series of articles, Emma Vigus, managing director of mio, the estate agent sales progression platform, explores the...

04 July 2020

From: Features

Agency closes 23 branches and employs 'Partners' working from home

Haart - one of the brands owned by Spicerhaart, which laid off staff in the first hours of the pandemic -...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Property licence plates’ launched - agents should use them says Propertymark

Propertymark is calling in the government for agents to be trained in the use of software operating the Unique Property Reference...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cut would NOT help the market, claims tax specialist

A prominent tax specialist has suggested that stamp duty cuts would not help improve the housing market, despite many agents suggesting...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Homesearch portal launches with two-week feedback period for agents

Homesearch, the long-awaited new free-to-list portal, launches today with a string of testimonials from supportive estate agents. The new portal announced at...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: another attempt at solving a problem that doesn't exist?

"New property website launches. Not immediately sure what it does differently, what its USP is or who will use it, but...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks critic launches “agent-friendly” PropTech platform

A former City analyst best known for his scathing criticisms of Purplebricks has launched a PropTech platform that he describes as...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

£41,000 award for agent discriminated against because of pregnancy

An estate agent has been awarded over £41,000 by an employment tribunal - after her offer to settle for £10,000 was...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Jenrick - Why his scandals matter to agents

It may be that by the time you read this it’s all over for Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for...

27 June 2020

From: Features

Sales progression – Why? How? Let’s get better

With three months of lockdown behind us, commission income is vital, and sales progression is more important than ever. Emma Vigus, Managing...

27 June 2020

From: Features

Distressed agents may benefit from latest commercial eviction ban

Estate agents facing crippling running costs as the wider impacts of the Coronavirus crisis hit home may benefit, at least in...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Start-ups saving letting agents time and money will thrive

As we adjust to a life post-Covid-19, letting agents, landlords, and tenants are thinking - ways to speed up the process...

24 June 2020

From: Features

Ex-Countrywide chief joins mentor team at Agents Together

Industry veteran Harry Hill, a former chairman of Countrywide and founder of Rightmove, has now become a mentor at the new...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New branch aims to recruit by year-end despite market uncertainty

The latest branch of Fine & Country says it intends to expand both its premises and its workforce by the end...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New homes delivery to plummet by a third despite high demand

There’s been a big rise in demand for new-builds since the lockdown according to figures from Knight Frank - but the...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Video viewings don’t sell homes and already dying out - agent

Video tours, heralded as the next big thing just a few weeks ago, are being abandoned by buyers and dismissed as...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Successful property newspaper collapses after revenge hack

A successful property newspaper has collapsed after one of its former directors turned computer hacker and deliberately deleted over 5,000 files...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ker-ching!  Stamp duty refunds soar during Coronavirus crisis

A tax and legal specialist says there’s been a huge rise in stamp duty refund cases between March and June -...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - carrying on despite Corona challenges…

With most fund-raising involving organised runs, treks or mudders, we know how difficult it is right now to do great work...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rush to digitise house buying process triggered by virus - claim

A company promoting a Blockchain platform with promises to speed up the buying and selling process claims the pandemic has proved...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide CEO’s high praise for online agency’s success

A former chief executive of Countrywide has issued a string of extravagant claims about the lockdown success of the online agency...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Do we care that tech can now halve transaction times?

Tuesday mornings at 6am is usually my time to review all the latest PropTech news. This fires off ideas for my...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency aiming to rival Purplebricks announces regional expansion

A hybrid agency which set a target of rivalling Purplebricks when it launched has announced a recruitment drive and expansion in...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Law catches up with Purplebricks - or at least one firm does

Purplebricks has instructed a new legal firm to support its sales and lettings activities. Business Insider reports that the commercial team at...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost half of agency’s new recruits have no property experience

US-originated estate agency Keller Williams claims to be the fastest growing in the UK as a result of 29 agents joining...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to report rivals breaking lockdown in still-closed market

The devolved government in Wales - where the housing market is still officially closed - has urged agents to report rivals...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket still aims to be top portal - and ponders next move on fees

OnTheMarket says it still aims to be the number one portal, but the acting chief executive has revealed a far more...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla fees cut ‘saves agents £30m’ with hundreds of new branches joining

Zoopla has upped the stakes in the war between rival websites with two major claims which implicitly challenge both Rightmove and...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

9,000 branches on paying contracts with OnTheMarket, portal says

OnTheMarket says in a trading statement this morning that as of May 31 only some 9,000 branches were on paying contracts...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption scandal - eight insurers involved in test case

More details have been released about a test case being brought by the Financial Conduct Authority about the ongoing Business Interruption...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tune into consumer behaviour to accelerate business recovery

It’s official – the property market is back open for business. Estate agents have started to unfurlough staff and many are...

10 June 2020

From: Features

Countrywide branch faces police and HMRC threat after furlough allegation

The managing director of a Winkworth branch is threatening to report a senior member of a nearby Countrywide office to the...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New top-end agency launches without any High Street presence

A new high end agency called The Country House Department is launching with an initial focus on Oxfordshire, Berkshire and The...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' founders reveal new project to re-enter the agency industry

The brothers who founded Purplebricks - Michael and Kenny Bruce - have returned to the agency industry for the first time...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Summer house price falls on the way according to moving service

Typical house prices in England and Wales are set to fall over the rest of summer according to home moving service...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

National auctioneer seeks agency partners for new sales initiative

National property auctioneer Pugh & Co is launching an initiative to partner with estate agents across the UK. Via a new network...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Guild claims influx of new agency members during lockdown

The Guild of Property Professionals says “a remarkable number” of agencies has joined it during the lockdown. Some 27 agencies signed up...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who are the challenger portals?

The only story that has come remotely close to pushing coronavirus – and its various knock-on effects – off the top...

06 June 2020

From: Features

Downturn’s silver lining: our two cents on the property market

There’s no doubt we’re in a less-than-rosy phase of the property cycle. This, however, is not another doom and gloom piece:...

06 June 2020

From: Features

Video – Phil Spencer chats to Ed Mead on PropTech, London and estate agency

In a wide-ranging video interview for his Move iQ service, Phil Spencer speaks to former agent and founder of Viewber, Ed...

06 June 2020

From: Features

Anxious vendors demand virtual appraisals as first stage of sale process

An overwhelming 98 per cent of vendors questioned by Zoopla say they remain anxious about the Coronavirus and would prefer to...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech is the key to dealing with post-lockdown surge

The Covid-19 crisis has forced the UK property industry to rethink the way it operates. With little warning, the pandemic disrupted the...

03 June 2020

From: Features

Delay property tax change until market revives, experts tell government

A taxation institute is urging the government to delay Capital Gains Tax changes relating to housing transactions until the virus crisis...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks chief becomes MD of new ‘national agency brand’

A former Purplebricks chief has become managing director of an agency aiming to be a national brand. Jim Harris - a former training...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Market share of Guild members 'now higher than during Boris Bounce'

The combined market share of agencies in the Guild of Property Professionals is now higher even than it was at the...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Give first time buyers a break, mortgage lenders tell government

Restrictions introduced a decade ago after the financial crisis are holding back many first time buyers from purchasing a home. That’s the...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

'No DSS' lawsuits - what do letting agents need to know?

Over the last few years, there have been a number of high-profile court cases in which renters took action against letting...

30 May 2020

From: Features

What are your views on well-being and Corona recovery? New survey

A mystery group, believed to consist of high-level former agents and suppliers, is asking the industry for its feedback on current...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday could add £1,331 to a mortgage, owners warned

The financial services industry’s much-hyped mortgage holiday scheme, heavily endorsed by the government, could cost home owners hundreds of pounds in...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

“Don’t buy a new home before selling old one” tax experts tell buyers

A group representing 600 tax experts working in UK legal and accounting firms is warning buyers not to purchase a new...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

'Furlough could wreck housing market' - warning to government

The government is jeopardising the success of the housing market relaunch through the inflexibility of the furlough scheme, claims a group...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown has turbo-charged buyer demand - but it won’t last

Research from Zoopla suggests that demand from buyers across England surged 88 per cent shortly after the housing market reopened -...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London's largest lockdown deal is coup for high-end agency

High-end agency Beauchamp Estates is claiming to have bagged the capital’s biggest deal during the lockdown period - a mansion which...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

 Conveyancers told to put UP their fees just as housing market reopens

A specialist legal advisory service is urging conveyancers to use the reopening of the housing market as an opportunity to increase...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Outsourced operator will qualify agents’ leads and follow-up marketing

Outsourced communications provider Moneypenny has launched a new facility called Client Services for agents resuming business. Moneypenny’s 80-strong team of receptionists can...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency promotion website changes claim after regulator intervenes

NetAnAgent, a website which offers consumers instant quotes from a selection of traditional and online agents, has changed some of its...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide explains softly-softly approach to re-opening branches

Countrywide has refuted claims that none of its branches have so far re-opened for business but has issued an explanation why...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Highest-ever number of leads for agents claimed by two portals

The surge in consumer activity encouraged by the government's decision to reopen the property market last week led to two portals...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Big Three portals accused of abusing agents’ data

A free to list portal has blasted Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket for using agents' data to boost their profits.  Christopher May, chief...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Insurance Claims: only two days left to submit details

The City regulator which is bringing a test case over insurance firms refusing to honour Business Interruption policies wants policyholders including...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove off the hook? Much-hyped new portal delays launch

Homesearch - the new property portal which describes itself as “the future of the property industry” - has delayed its launch. It was scheduled...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PPE for estate agents being marketed by food packaging firm

A food packaging manufacturer is re-shaping its production line to make PPE equipment which it is selling to estate and letting...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says latest shareholder rebellion over bonuses is “satisfactory”

Foxtons - which has recently closed branches and furloughed staff - has described a shareholder rebellion over senior management bonuses and pay...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual viewings here to stay, government urges in new guidance

Guidance issued by the government explicitly advises agents, buyers and sellers that more activity should be done online if possible. “The process...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Company gurus to advise agents on new strategies post-Covid

An estate agency is running a series of five webinars aimed at helping agent discover new business strategies for the post-Covid...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

US agency to tell UK young people how to be rich and successful

The UK operation of the US-led estate agency Keller Williams is to hold two free online sessions tomorrow aimed at explaining...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says Covid crisis could be catalyst for change in portals

The acting chief executive of OnTheMarket says the Coronavirus crisis could indirectly create a catalyst for change in the portals marketplace. Clive...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

First details emerge of how businesses will reopen after lockdown

First details of the government’s programme to allow businesses to reopen have begun to emerge - with little comfort for estate...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of breaking lockdown before new rules announced

Details being presented to Parliament today may include information on how agents can return to work in some sort of ‘new normal.’ A 50...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Fury over Rightmove’s post-lockdown advertising bonanza

There’s been an explosion of anger about Rightmove’s pledge to undertake its biggest-ever marketing campaign - while at the same time...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Poor communication the biggest cause of Ombudsman complaints

There’s been a substantial 20 per cent rise in formal complaints about agents taken up by The Property Ombudsman.  The figures refer...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what will agent offices look like post-lockdown?

There has been much speculation about when agents will be allowed back to work, and what the new office working environment...

09 May 2020

From: Features

New plea to help self-employed agents missed by Corona schemes

NAEA Propertymark has made a series of demands on the government in the light of the Coronavirus crisis.  In a formal written...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New tool to make virtual valuations more accurate despite lockdown

An instant valuation service has launched a new tool aimed at helping agents prioritise leads through prospective vendors uploading photographs to...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Business rates boost for agencies as revaluation is deferred a year

Agencies, many of which campaigned vigorously to be included in the business rates holiday announced in March by the government, have...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

What happens after the Tenant Fees Act transition period ends?

In these unprecedented times, Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) aims to reassure letting agents, landlords and tenants on any legislative changes, relating...

06 May 2020

From: Features

PropTech Today: 75% of agency branches will close within five years

“A lot of people have learned that they can work at home, or that there’s other methods of conducting their business......

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Shareholders say yes to Rightmove despite ongoing agency criticism

Rightmove’s shareholders appear to have been generally unmoved by the string of protests against the portal in recent weeks. At the portal’s...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Strong market recovery likely after lockdown, claims Nationwide

The housing market is likely to rebound relatively strongly after the Coronavirus lockdown eases, according to the Nationwide. House prices grew at...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Video – Homesearch portal: will it be ‘the future of the industry’?

In a video interview for Estate Agent Today, property professional Chris Buckler speaks to Sam Hunter, director of Homesearch. Alongside asking Hunter...

02 May 2020

From: Features

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal: class actions begin to form

The scandal over Business Interruption Insurance policies is hotting up, with class actions being discussed against insurance firms and the Financial Conduct Authority announcing...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group and awards platform reveal new partnership

The Federation of Independent Agents and the ESTAS review and awards platform have formed what they call “a key partnership.” The FIA...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance for removals could mean housing market back in action

The government of one part of the British Isles has produced guidelines for removal firms. Until now, house moving in an era...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove could be FREE to agents and still make money - claim

Rightmove, Zoopla and even OnTheMarket could make money even if they did not charge agents anything at all to list properties....

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown Losses - three attempts to quantify cost of crisis to agents

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

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing search provider amends ad after watchdog intervenes

Conveyancing search provider Searchflow has amended its website after an intervention by the Advertising Standards Authority. A claim on the site stated:...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

2,000 vendors and buyers kept in touch via agency’s mass webinars

Savills has kept in touch with almost 2,000 of its vendors and prospective buyers through two mass webinars. Entitled ‘What COVID-19 means...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

One agent’s fight for Business Interruption Insurance pay-out

Agents and in some cases their brokers continue to do battle with insurers in a bid to secure pay-outs on their...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a week in the life of…agents in lockdown!

Lockdown measures are still in place for another two weeks, at least, with the possibility of them being extended beyond that....

25 April 2020

From: Features

Say No To Rightmove campaign slammed for ‘lack of long-term vision’

The Say No To Rightmove campaign, which expects to have some 3,000 offices signed up by the end of the month,...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Reapit's PropTech deal aims to accelerate completions and cut fall-throughs

PropTech big names Reapit and ViewMyChain are joining up to try to accelerate transactions when the lockdown finally ends and the...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: higher insurance premiums likely despite row over losses

The company at the centre of a controversy over estate agents’ business interruption insurance says its core package does NOT cover...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Unsure if your agency can claim business support? This tool should help…

If there are agents still uncertain as to whether their company or themselves as individuals are claiming the maximum business support,...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Will coronavirus affect attitudes towards referencing and rent guarantee products?

One of the most important aspects of being a successful and profitable agent is selecting the right tenants. The industry manages this...

22 April 2020

From: Features

Furlough: agencies must register by end of today for April 30 payout

Today is the final day that agencies can register with the government scheme offering furlough pay on April 30. The furlough programme...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Five years before housing market recovers from Coronavirus - claim

The market could take five years to recover from the Coronavirus crisis after possible double-digit percentage price falls and fast-increasing repossessions.  That’s the...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Now is the time for agents to go up-market claims Fine & Country

Fine & Country says now is “a great time” for estate agents to go upmarket and become “the luxury agent” in...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove in crisis: “No clear downside” to quitting, agents told

A new analysis of the simmering Rightmove crisis says there is now “no clear downside” stopping agents leaving. The Financial Times says that Rightmove’s...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portals claim upsurge as cost-cutting agents join up

The OneDome and Nethouseprices websites claim to have seen a surge in agents joining in recent weeks as an alternative to...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

The final stages of Section 24 – where does this leave the PRS?

This month saw the introduction of the final stages of the Section 24 tax changes, first introduced in April 2017. Whereas buy-to-let...

18 April 2020

From: Features

Agency using ‘Covid Clauses’ to keep transactions on course

An estate agency says it’s using so-called Covid Clauses in contracts to keep transactions on course. Knight Frank says it’s writing ‘Coronavirus...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Good News: Estate agents’ offices will be first to reopen says newspaper

Estate agents’ offices will be in the first category of High Street premises to reopen when the lockdown finally ends, newspapers claim this...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Kick-start your agency out of lockdown - key webinar this morning

Hello and welcome to Conquering Corona, our bid to help agents through the crisis. If you have appropriate advice to share with...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Searches: councils slammed as dangerous over face-to-face visits

A trade body has reported some council search departments to the government for refusing to provide email details and forcing search...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost 60 new branches sign up to ESTAS customer review platform

Three more agencies have signed up to the ESTAS customer review platform. The arrival of Newton Fallowell, Lovelle and Goodchilds - all...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Video interview - how can agents benefit from alternative portals?

In a video interview for Estate Agent Today, property professional Chris Buckler speaks to Christopher May, director of free-to-list portal Residential...

11 April 2020

From: Features

Remote viewings – how does the latest technology look?

In this time of economic uncertainty, more and more people are becoming unwilling to leave their homes, yet you and your...

11 April 2020

From: Features

The coronavirus impact - one month in

As the impact of coronavirus unfolds, we are in constant conversations with customers to understand the challenges they’re facing and to...

08 April 2020

From: Features

Zoopla extends ‘three months free’ offer to five: Is this enough for agents?

Zoopla has confirmed that it’s to extend its ‘three months free’ plan to five months of free portal usage for agents...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus crisis will drive more agents to become self-employed - claim

One of the industry’s highest profile figures has suggested the Coronavirus crisis could trigger many more agents becoming self-employed. Nicky Stevenson -...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough pay - some agents’ commission can be included

The government has amended the eligibility criteria and will allow some agents' commission payments to be included in claims for Furloughed...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Working from home? Please send us your pictures and videos…

Almost every part of the agency industry is operating remotely these days - and we would love to know how you’re...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property TV ads – the winners and losers revealed

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, we are all being told to stay at home as much as possible to contain...

04 April 2020

From: Features

Purplebricks asking sellers to draw their own floorplans

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

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New EPC assessment guidance issued - Conquering Corona

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

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Not Guilty! Countrywide denies claims of unsafe working after lockdown

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

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Furloughing - should it include agents’ commission as well?

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

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency cartel scandal - watchdog wants agent directors disqualified

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

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Auction success shows property sector can still thrive - claim

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

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Unmanaged vacant properties may invalidate insurance - claim

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

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agent MP says he wants Coronavirus cash for his firm

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

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Auction houses shut their doors and use PropTech to keep going

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Why negative reviews are the secret to success for agents

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

18 March 2020

From: Features

OnTheMarket should use virus stoppage to reset strategy - top analyst

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks faces takeover as shares slump, predicts analyst

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

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 March 2020

From: Features

Online agency reduced to shock tactics criticising High St firms

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

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS 2020 Exclusive: Supplier Shortlist revealed today

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

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal claims Coronavirus sparking Chinese interest in UK property

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

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket not revealing pay-off for sacked Ian Springett

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

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Log Books - PropTech expert wants cross-industry support

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

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Electrical checks – how to get ahead of the current

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

04 March 2020

From: Features

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

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

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ safety boosted by PropTech location alarm system

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

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 February 2020

From: Features

Challenge to Purplebricks and Countrywide ‘top agency’ claims

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

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket share price falls to equal lowest-ever level

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

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide faces crunch deadline for decision on its future

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

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets - should there be selective bans?

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

22 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

22 February 2020

From: Features

Rightmove charges blamed for helping some agents go bust

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

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer claims pioneering app will speed up transactions

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

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Jed Topping, Business Development Executive for Virgin Media

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

20 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: vital sale appears stalled despite “imminent” claim

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

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: reports of cyberfraud phishing emails

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

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove hits back with record traffic and a boom spring ahead

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

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Mystery of Countrywide’s indisposed Monaco buyer deepens

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

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Consumer champion backs 30% discount scheme for local first timers

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

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 February 2020

From: Features

Urgent Referral Fees survey of agents launched by Trading Standards

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

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Trustpilot hits back at allAgents over accuracy of reviews

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

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Review site in Purplebricks row now at war with Trustpilot

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

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Portals to be at the heart of house buying reforms

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

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Every agent must pass qualification exams in ‘new era’

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

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Two agents banned from being company directors until 2025

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

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agents offered ground-breaking new homes opportunities

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

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2020

From: Features

Brexit challenges for agents and the property industry

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

25 January 2020

From: Features

A fundamental misalignment of interests between agents and portals

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

25 January 2020

From: Features

Revealed - the agent posting Instagram pictures of clients’ houses

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

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing call for Knotweed info shows need for treatment - claim

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

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How digitisation will change conveyancing – for the better

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

22 January 2020

From: Features

easyProperty franchise gets over the line with rugby star buyer

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

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned they will be accused of mis-selling

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

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can capture automated valuation leads even if they quit process

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

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2020

From: Features

Watch out Rightmove! Zoopla reveals huge rise in branches joining

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

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

£7.4 trillion - the value of all UK Housing stock

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

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New buying agency launches as London market shows recovery

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

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - New Year, New Job Moves…

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

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 January 2020

From: Features

More reforms on their way as government ponders leasehold changes

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

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Emoov online review row deepens as CMA probes wider problem

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

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Dragons Den duo offer agents free trial of comms info

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

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Transaction time slashed to 11 days by digital conveyancing

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

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal pledges to remain free to list for agents - forever

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

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2020

From: Features

House prices to rise in 2020 according to almost all analysts

The scores are in….and it looks like house prices are going to rise gently in 2020 according to forecasts from almost...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Space - the final frontier. Sellers confused and buyers don’t check

Barclays claims that property size and measurements are confusing home owners - and especially those considering going to the market this...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency to provide conveyancer, marketing expert and moving firm

An agency in Leeds is next month launching a service which it claims is unique in the area, partnering with a...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket raises £3.4m and buys into PropTech firm

OnTheMarket has this morning announced it has raised £3.4m through a placing of shares. It has placed 4,857,143 new ordinary shares at a...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

See it here first! Zoopla’s new ad going live on Boxing Day

Zoopla is launching a new eight week marketing campaign on Boxing Day - and Estate Agent Today has an exclusive look at...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Bah Humbug - Do we do too much for first-time buyers?

There are reasons to be optimistic that a majority government will improve the housing market, simply by ending political and economic...

21 December 2019

From: Features

Details of 30% discounts for 'First Home' local buyers revealed

The government has given details of a scheme allowing 30 per cent reductions for what it calls ‘local first time buyers’...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks leads UK league table of agents with available properties

An unknown website called EA League Tables has issued a list of agencies and agency-groups which it claims shows their order by...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Public asked to inform on other fee-fixing estate agents

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

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent sells £53m of property within hours of General Election result

An estate agent in London claims he did £53m of property deals within hours of the Conservative victory in the General...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what has the last decade meant for the property industry?

Yes, believe it or not, we’ve nearly reached the end of a whole decade. And what an eventful decade it’s been. We’ve...

14 December 2019

From: Features

The government’s PropTech plans have the potential to be good news for agents

In the firmest sign yet that PropTech has entered the mainstream, Housing Minister Esther McVey recently launched an expert advisory council...

14 December 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks: so what do Local Property Experts REALLY earn?

A statement made by Purplebricks in its trading statement yesterday appears to fly in the face of statements it has made...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Big Tory win: but agents warn over Stamp Duty and Section 21

It’s a substantial Tory government for the next five years: what does this mean for estate agents, property and the market? We have...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Portals say future changes will be for agents - not to be simply 'disruptive'

Here’s the final part of our questioning of the three portals based on comments and queries from our readers - thanks...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Is home purchase via blockchain now closer to becoming mainstream?

A new tie-up between Coadjute, a network for decentralised workflow and data sharing within the property industry, and banks including NatWest...

11 December 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Market intelligence boost for independent agents in new trade body

Agents who join the fast-growing Federation of Independent Agents will have full access to the new Homesearch mine of data. Homesearch debuted...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency makes ‘largest acquisition in its history’ in Home Counties

Century 21 UK has made what it claims to be the largest acquisition in its history, snapping up an independent agency...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal Fees: Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM explain their charges

We recently asked readers for their questions to the portals - the questions they couldn’t really ask their local reps, but...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

easyProperty's new owner reveals ambitious 'local expert' plans

The relaunched easyProperty hybrid agency is to rely exclusively on local marketing to drive awareness and customers, and not follow the...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: The housing crisis remains a top issue

With Brexit still unresolved, the domestic agenda has been pushed from the headlines by the seemingly overwhelming public and political discord...

07 December 2019

From: Features

Will flight-shaming kill the overseas holiday home?

There used to be a consolation for some estate agents at this time of year - while it was wintry and...

07 December 2019

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: Do tenancy breaches lead to a full claim?

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

07 December 2019

From: Features

Anti-money laundering – acting on your suspicions

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

07 December 2019

From: Features

Half of sales fall through in some areas claims 'chain-free' agency

[Estate Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Going, Going, Gone!  More agents sign with online auction firm

[Estate Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: where Help To Buy made the biggest impact on the market

[Estate Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

New portal led by agents will do what OnTheMarket failed to do

A new portal claims it will do what OnTheMarket failed to do, and offer an agent-led operation charging every agency branch...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov unmoved: row with Advertising Standards Authority rumbles on

The dispute between controversial online estate agency Emoov and the Advertising Standards Authority is rumbling on.  In the first half of November...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide ‘keeping branch structure under constant review’

Countrywide says it is constantly keeping its current branch structure under review, saying any responsible agency would have to consider the...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Why is compliance a growing issue for letting agents?

It’s been clear for a while that the additional regulation landlords and agents are facing has helped professionalise the private rental...

30 November 2019

From: Features

Training - how can you be the best estate agent?

Here at sales progression and communication tool mio, we recently caught up with Sarah Edmundson, co-director of The AllStars Group, the...

30 November 2019

From: Features

New specialist portal recruits agents to take on Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM

A new portal has been launched aiming to take on Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket in the retirement property sector - and...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Members-only online club being launched for property professionals

A new digital ‘members-only club’ is being launched for property professionals around the world.  The Eighth Door is a web and app-based...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax Probe: family returns homes worth £8m and repays £368,000 rent

Properties worth a combined £8.1m have been surrendered to the National Crime Agency following a tax probe. The properties included 16 homes...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Live market’ info to be available on paid-for Homesearch service

Homesearch, the data service which launched this year as free-to-use with a subscription model launching in 2020, has announced it’s introducing...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Election preview - what are the key issues for agents?

In just over two weeks, the UK population will head to the polls for the fourth general election since 2010. Of course,...

27 November 2019

From: Features

Chains are worsening for agents and vendors - claim

A PropTech company says the majority of transactions now involve chains and that the issue is becoming more problematic for agents...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge could have benefits for UK buyers - claim

The chief of an online auction service says the Conservatives’ controversial proposal for a three per cent stamp duty surcharge on...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty hike for foreign buyers ‘contradicts Brexit claim’

Agents have reacted angrily to General Election proposals by all three main political parties to hike stamp duty for foreign buyers. The...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest movers and shakers…

Hello and welcome to the final Property Jobs Today for November - the festive month of December is just around the...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The changing profile of first-time buyers

Recent Zoopla reports stating that first-time buyers are deciding against purchasing one-bedroom flats came as no surprise to me, or I’m...

23 November 2019

From: Features

Stamp Duty Reform: have the Conservatives got cold feet?

Pressure is building on the Conservative party to honour its previous commitment to reform stamp duty for British buyers and sellers...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer wants end of “dense, unreadable, poor value” surveys

A conveyancing company has thrown its weight behind reforms to surveys outlined by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. As Estate Agent Today...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Humberts offers controversial Modern Method of Auction to vendors

Humberts is the latest estate agency to announce that it’s going to offer customers the controversial Modern Method of Auction option. The...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: online agency at centre of new complaints over reviews

An online estate agency which last week claimed it had resolved a dispute over reviews it showed on its website is...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is property management real estate's most undervalued area?

Last week, it was announced that Plentific, the London-based tenant experience, has raised $32 million in Series B funding. Plentific’s model sees...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove fee rises and attitude provoke huge anger from agents

A survey conducted by Estate Agent Today suggests there is huge anger from agencies against Rightmove in particular for its fees. On...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove has “failed miserably” to support estate agents - claim

A prominent agency owner and industry figure has attacked Rightmove for failing to support estate agents and has accused it of...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock estimate that 10 agencies a week have gone bust in 2019

A shock prediction from a property management firm suggests that around 10 estate agencies have gone bust every week in Britain...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buyers who paid £100k deposit sue vendors after withdrawing offer

The prospective buyers of a home in Oxfordshire who paid a deposit of £108,000 before withdrawing are suing the sellers in...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

New surveys from 2020 in bid to speed house moving process

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

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 November 2019

From: Features

Portals: How much does YOUR branch pay?

The big question for the industry at the moment is the cost and future of portals.  This is especially key for agents...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla and OnTheMarket slog it out for new homes success

The competition is hotting up between Zoopla and OnTheMarket for new homes listings. Today Zoopla has revealed that it has seen a...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency sells new homes overseas and charges ‘no marketing fees’

A sales agency based in Warrington and set up originally to market new homes in Manchester is now expanding into Shanghai...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks claims it sells three times more than next biggest agent

Purplebricks claims it actually sells - not just lists - three times more than the UK’s next largest estate agency.  The claim...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency removes Trustpilot and Google reviews after complaint

Fledgling online estate agency Emoov - now owned by PropTech firm Mashroom - has removed reviews and endorsements from its website...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove in the clear over amazing claim made in advertisement

Rightmove has been given the green light to continue using the claim that “every second someone contacts an estate agent about a...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buckle-up: Bumpy few months ahead for housing market

House prices are forecast to dip as the year ends and stagnate at the start of 2020 according to the latest...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: “multiple agents may quit Rightmove” says new group

“Multiple”members of the new trade body, the Federation of Independent Agents, are considering cancelling their subscriptions to Rightmove. FIA founder Graham Lock...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-High Street agents swing over to Hybrid model - and claim it works

Two separate former High Street estate agents have sung the praise of switching to the hybrid business model. Appleby’s in Gloucestershire is...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Is this how Reservation Agreements will work?

Reservation Agreements are the subject of the moment in the agency industry. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is to...

09 November 2019

From: Features

Zoopla produces more leads for agents and faster mobile searches - claim

Zoopla says it now offers the fastest listings search of all three leading UK property portals on mobile devices. In turn, it...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks claims 4% market share but admits revenue stays flat

Purplebricks has this morning released a brief and relatively downbeat trading statement to the City and its shareholders. The statement applies to the...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent fined £30,000 for failing to tell buyer of Grenfell-style cladding

An estate agency has been fined £30,000 for waiting until minutes after the sale of a flat was completed to tell...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Breakthrough as agent sells apartments without ground rents

A London estate agency says a new scheme of apartments being launched for sale this weekend will be the first ever...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Reapit’s new platform “to take away manual grunt work” from agents

Reapit has launched a platform, cloud infrastructure and marketplace called Foundations which aims to provide “all the PropTech solutions” for agencies’...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Ban all boards! Council wants government backing for blanket ban

A London council wants government backing for a borough-wide Section 7 direction - effectively banning all agents’ boards being erected without...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech to digitally transform house-buying pledges housing minister

Housing Minister Esther McVey has launched an expert advisory council that the government says is “dedicated to the digital transformation of...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Logbooks, Property MOTs and agent regulation demanded by NAEA

The National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents have issued their manifesto for next month’s General...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Cash incentives for network’s lead generation and training

Relocation Agent Network has revealed a new competition in which member agents can win tip to £5,000. RAN currently offers four customer...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: the facts behind the accounting controversy

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has today published the paperwork behind the recent Countrywide £10m accounting controversy. Published on the RICS...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: agency poll shows doubt over Johnson honouring pledge

A survey undertaken for estate agency Jackson-Stops reveals that 55 per cent of people do not believe housing is a priority...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla is “UK’s most comprehensive property site” with new listings

Zoopla is continuing its aggressive expansion of listings and services to agents with news this morning that it has added a...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s housing energy efficiency plan to cost £60 billion

A Labour proposal to dramatically improve energy efficiency in almost every British home would cost an estimated £60 billion. The upgrades would...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - shining a light on agents doing things differently

This week’s Natter is dedicated to three contrasting agencies doing things differently, from a recently established hybrid to a design-led, Insta-friendly...

02 November 2019

From: Features

Community-based letting agencies have a future in physical form

The phrase ‘death of the high street’ can be found in nearly any publication in any given week. And for fair...

02 November 2019

From: Features

Brexit: industry at loggerheads over its impact on the market

Two very different views on Brexit have come forward in the past 24 hours from different players in the industry. First off,...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide investors calm after second compliance crisis in a year

Countrywide’s ever-patient investors appear to have been unfazed by the company’s latest compliance issue, which has led to a £100,000 fine...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Deaths, break-ups, dodgy neighbours - why buyers pull out of deals

Almost inevitably on Halloween, there’s a report today on the horror stories that deter buyers - but it may well be...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

£100,000 fine for Countrywide over funds controversy

It’s now emerged that Countrywide has to pay a £100,000 fine to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors after breaching guidelines...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide settles funds controversy by repaying client accounts

Countrywide has this afternoon released a statement suggesting it has, in its eyes, settled the controversy over unclaimed lettings funds being...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks, Housesimple and Yopa must merge to survive - claim

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

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide quiet on claim diverted money ‘propped up company’

Countrywide has declined to comment on circumstances surrounding today’s Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors disciplinary meeting about diverted funds. One of RICS’...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

House Raffle Snaffled: advertising was misleading, says watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has clamped down on misleading claims made by the organisers of a property raffle. The controversy surrounds an...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Top Tory says scrap stamp duty on most homes, slash it on others

A former 10 Downing Street adviser says stamp duty on house sales should be scrapped or at least slashed in order...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

3% commission charged by some High Street agents - claim

A new league table of High Street agents’ charges published over the weekend reveals the locations where agents charge an average...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - especially with an hour’s extra sleep…

It’s that time again, with the clocks going back an hour to mark the start of slightly brighter mornings and significantly...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

15% of estate agency sector workers feel unsafe at work - apparently

A survey suggests that 15 per cent of people who work in the real estate sector feel unsafe at work. This figure...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Introducing the purpose-driven lettings agency

Enhanced customer care strategies, relationship-building schemes, cost-cutting measures and new revenue streams can’t help the lettings industry if the fundamental underlying...

23 October 2019

From: Features

Social media coup as agency launches its own YouTube TV show

London agency Benjamin Stevens has made a lifestyle-focused viral ‘TV show’ for YouTube viewers. The agency has called it North London TV...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Thousands of potential sellers are holding back, claims Rightmove

The latest Rightmove asking price index indicates a smaller than usual autumn bounce - that’s a sign, the portal says, of...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla locks horns with OnTheMarket for new homes listings

Zoopla has unveiled new functionality that it claims will make searching for new homes easier for consumers - and resumes the...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Big rise in London sellers slashing asking prices, admits agency

A London estate agency chain says It’s seen a 59 per cent surge in the number of its clients who have...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Why has Upad gone down?

Upad, the national online letting agent set up by entrepreneur James Davis has announced that it is “closed to new business”...

15 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

New multi-agency sales company already works with 40 agents

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

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket price slump despite startling claim about Rightmove

OnTheMarket is delivering agents “a higher marketing yield than Rightmove” according to an investment consultancy which works with OTM. Investors appear to...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 October 2019

From: Features

First-night private chefs for buyers? Agency moves into luxury sales sector

Midlands estate agency Centrick has launched a new specialist division to focus on the luxury homes market across the West Midlands...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - even a typhoon couldn't stop them!

England rugby fans will have been disappointed to find out that Saturday's planned World Cup group stage clash with France in...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla hires creative agency in aim to become 'number one property destination'

Property portal Zoopla has hired a new creative agency to help it reach its goal of becoming the UK's 'number one...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New online auction service launches, pledging a fairer service

A new online auction service has launched this week, pledging a fairer service for agent partners, as well as buyers and...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Auction House reveals record month and says agent sales 'won't deliver'

Auction House has reported a record number of sales for September, while its founder claims private treaty sales 'won't be able...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket takes on Rightmove with launch of market intelligence features

Property portal OnTheMarket has thrown down the challenge to Rightmove by launching two new features for its listing agents. The first, Market...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

'We're targeting branch managers and senior negs', says easyProperty director

The new managing director of easyProperty claims the hybrid agency will be targeting branch managers and senior negotiators who think they...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry bodies back Modern Method of Auction best practice guide

Three key industry organisations have endorsed a best practice guide for the controversial Modern Method of Auction. The iamsold guide is aimed at...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

'Property Guru' agency announces fresh investment and key hire

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

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Agents should capitalise on pivoting companies

I want to take the time this week to talk about PropTech startups and how they can often be seen to...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Knotweed firm urges buyers to make lower offers on affected homes

A company that treats Japanese Knotweed has made startling claims about the extent of the problem across the UK. Environet claims that...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks hopes stamp duty reform campaign will dampen criticisms

Purplebricks - which is at the centre of a string of controversies - has joined the growing campaign for stamp duty...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories set to allow more homes through relaxed planning laws

Briefings from the Conservative Party to The Sun newspaper suggest that the party will this week announce further relaxation in planning...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Video interview – how to nurture leads and increase profit

How can estate and letting agents nurture leads who aren't ready to sell or let a property instantly? It's a question many...

28 September 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket on the ropes as fewer agents than forecast pay full-tariff

A trading statement from OnTheMarket reveals that fewer agents than anticipated have so far converted from free or discounted deals to...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - let’s stay calm and carry on doing good work

In an increasingly aggressive UK right now, it’s worth remembering that most people just want to get along and do good...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Pioneering 'hub' agency is recruiting from rival freelance firms

One of the first so-called ‘hub’ hybrid estate agencies using self-employed freelances instead of staff says it’s moving to bigger premises...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Buyers falsify and alter documents as mortgage fraud cases rise

There’s been a five per cent rise in the cases of mortgage fraud as increasing numbers of house buyers appear to...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour pledge to improve housing quality for military personnel

Shadow defence secretary Nia Griffiths is pledging to improve the quality of housing for serving military personnel if Labour gets into...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group holding inaugural conference this week

The Federation of Independent Agents, the new trade group set up in May, is holding its first conference this week.  The FIA...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

England alone needs 340,000 new homes a year, claims new report

Around one person in seven in England are living in unaffordable, insecure or unsuitable accommodation. The claim comes from the research produced...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour bid to seize empty homes and squalid rental properties

Labour will this week discuss plans to allow councils to compulsorily purchase homes left empty for six months. Young Labour - a...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Shocking story of agency owing thousands ‘asking sellers to pay upfront’

A sales and lettings agency which has entered insolvency is reported by a local newspaper to have offered vendors cut-price fees...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this week’s news and moves in the industry

Hello and welcome to your regular Monday PJT, the essential guide to who’s moving where in our industry. Everyone mentioned here got...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what makes for an effective CRM?

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

21 September 2019

From: Features

The public 'underestimate agency fees by almost £6,000' - claim

A quick move company claims that the general public underestimate estate agents’ fees by around £6,000.  A survey of 2,000 home owners...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s a big kick-off this weekend…

All eyes are on Japan for the Rugby World Cup beginning this weekend…but there’s still time for our industry to raise...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s new Property MOT resembles old Home Information Pack

A property MOT being launched by Countrywide and described as “game changing” for the house buying process will include survey and...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Mandatory qualifications for agents - will they help the industry?

Earlier this year, the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) working group announced the initial details of plans for mandatory qualifications and...

18 September 2019

From: Features

Hybrid agency brand seeks to spread nationwide with franchisees

A hybrid estate and lettings agency operating currently in Manchester, Liverpool and others parts of the north of England has told...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

MPs slam Help To Buy for aiding only those who could buy anyway

A report by the influential Public Accounts committee of MPs has been highly sceptical of the effectiveness of Help To Buy. It...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

House values could plummet 20% in pollution hotspots, new service claims

It’s been revealed this morning that the organisation behind a new clean-air website is encouraging buyers to seek reductions of as...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Is mis-measurement of homes by agents the next PPI scandal?

A PropTech company is suggesting that property mis-measurements and resulting over-valuations may be the next PPI scandal. The firm - Spec, which...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Click & Collect! PropTech firm offers online buy, refurb and let service

A PropTech start-up says its service allows investors from anywhere in the world to buy property in the UK which can...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket beats Rightmove for generating leads, claims City advisor

A banking company used by OnTheMarket has issued a note to its investor clients claiming the portal “arguably beats its peers...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks spends £382 per instruction on marketing alone

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

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: Guild backs tighter rules and is checking members for compliance

The Guild of Property Professionals has welcomed government steps to provide buyers and sellers with greater transparency in transactions - and...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal says it can add to client databases depleted by GDPR

A free-to-list portal says it’s an ideal way to capture potential leads so as to augment agents’ client databases that have...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New blow for Purplebricks as City expert claims it's grossly over-valued

Purplebricks’ recent strong share price rise is not a good sign for the agency but an indication that it may be...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency boss-turned MP will resign Tory whip if government breaks law

Hunters chairman Kevin Hollinrake, who is also a Conservative MP, has given notice that he would resign the party whip if...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Jail for fake estate agent who conned thousands out of women

A fraudster who claimed to be an estate agent has been jailed for four years after conning vulnerable women into giving...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: government amends guide for buyers and sellers

The government has issued a revised version of its official How To Buy and How To Sell documents, aimed at consumers...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News