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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

Is Help to Buy a friend or foe to the property market?

It’s been six years since the Help to Buy scheme was launched, with the honourable intentions of helping more people onto...

07 September 2019

From: Features

Dodgy survey boosts online agents - including one that doesn’t exist

A survey claims that millions of potential sellers would use online estate agents - and bizarrely, this includes an online agency...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agency’s administration to be extended for another year

A business site says an agency’s administration has been extended as insolvency specialists try to find its former owner to claim...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - forget the election, what about the fund-raising?

There’s plenty of action in and around Westminster these days, but while the political temperature rises, the marvellous work of agents,...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property ‘social network’ portal prepares for formal launch this month

A portal which describes itself as a social network and which has been operating on a soft launch basis for many...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm launches anti-money laundering audit checks for agents

A PropTech firm is marketing anti-money laundering audit checks for agents to help the industry comply with tighter regulation. Identity verification business...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Online boss slams ‘disorganised’ and ‘cloaked’ estate agency industry

A new online estate agency has attacked the industry for being “largely cloaked and ambiguous” - and says that of all...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket snipes at Rightmove as it reveals price freeze for some agents

OnTheMarket says it will not increase listing charges in 2020 for any agents currently paying full fees, while agencies which list on only...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Old-style auction claims “tremendous success” despite problem for sector

Pattinson Auction has claimed its latest live non-online event was a “tremendous success” despite what it calls “misconceptions” about this way...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - we’re back with the latest industry moves

It’s been two weeks since our last PJT, thanks to the Bank Holiday, so there’s plenty of news in today’s edition. If...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

DPS adjudication case study: water damage and a deluge of evidence

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

31 August 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket ads return to promote ‘new and exclusive’ feature

OnTheMarket TV adverts return on Monday with what the portal calls “a refreshed version” giving more prominence to its ‘new and...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

No Deal Brexit will create “feeding frenzy” of foreign buyers, says agent

An independent estate agency says a No Deal Brexit will prompt a “feeding frenzy” of foreign buyers who are already “piling...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Viewings - these problems deter would-be buyers

A new survey claims to have discovered the sights and experiences that most deter would-be buyers when they view homes on...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Data service to reduce free info for agents and introduce subscription option

A new service which launched in June and pledged to provide estate and letting agents with “game changing” access to property...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Online firm wins £750k crowdfunding as it defies 'curse of Emoov'

Crowdfunding has been largely avoided by property companies for much of the past year following controversies surrounding Emoov’s fund raising -...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Not-So-Grand Designs: Kevin McCloud's investors face huge losses

The Guardian has revealed that small investors lured into putting money into TV property guru Kevin McCloud’s eco-friendly housing projects -...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The price of property: charting the evolution of stamp duty

In the run up to his appointment as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson suggested that he might cut Stamp Duty Land Tax...

24 August 2019

From: Features

Housing minister McVey is “reviled” in her local area, claims newspaper

The Liverpool Echo says housing minister Esther McVey, who was born in the city, is now ”reviled” there following comments about poor families. According...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal targets agents with plots for sale

A new digital platform has been set up in a bid to provide a one-stop-shop for self-build enthusiasts - and it...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency quits the UK as experts predict No Deal price slump

The international estate agency Engel & Volkers is closing its single prime central London office - despite past claims that sales...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal set to become “one of the largest in the world”

Global free-to-list property portal Residential People has announced it’s almost at its next milestone of 800,000 listings within its first six...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Online fightback: Housesimple plans media blitz as Yopa reveals new funding

Online estate agency Housesimple has appointed a company to handle its public relations and social media as it rolls it its...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

GDPR: PropTech firm warns agencies on risk of WhatsApp breach

A new PropTech product uses WhatsApp to communicate within agency teams as soon as a lead is received from a portal. However,...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty chaos as new Chancellor denies he wants sellers to pay

If anyone thought a Boris Johnson government would be more decisive than Theresa May's when it came to housing policies, the last...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide takeover? Mystery firm considering a move, says report

A media report suggests a mystery ‘predator’ is attempting to acquire Countrywide.  The Daily Mail this morning, quoting unnamed “City sources,” says a...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: an insider’s story of what it was REALLY like

A former Local Property Expert and manager at Purplebricks has gone on record to reveal what it was really like to work...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Average exchange of contracts takes over five months - claim

A sales progression tool is urging property professionals and consumers alike to do more to speed up typical transaction times, and...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

More portals needed to disrupt Rightmove and Zoopla says new rival

A free-to-list property portal says that contrary to opinion within parts of the agency industry, the more portals there are the...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Millionaire online agency owner says: 'Don't worry about exam results'

Akshay Ruparelia, the 21 year old who founded the online agency Doorsteps while he was still in sixth form, has called for...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide insider claims up to 250 branches may have closed

Countrywide’s branch closure programme, shrouded in secrecy even to shareholders, may have involved shutting 250 offices according to an insider. The individual...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Some homes worth 44% less than in 2008 claims comparison service

Some homes in the UK are now worth 44 per cent less than they were a decade ago, claims the estate...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents slammed for “exaggerated valuations” and “disservice” to sellers

Estate agents have collectively been fiercely criticised for allegedly exaggerating valuations to win instructions, doing a disservice to vendors and not...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents say ‘staged’ homes sell three times faster - report

A property industry trade body claims 85 per cent of agents believes a ‘staged’ property sells three times faster than a...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency says first time buyers no worse off than a generation ago

An online agency has struck out against the conventional wisdom that it’s tougher than ever before for first time buyers to...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Crowdfunding site used by agents claims “it’s business as usual”

A newspaper claims that a crowdfunding site used by some estate agencies and other property industry companies has suspended trading on...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Zoopla claims massive surge in number of app users

Zoopla claims its new app has a huge level of what it calls “user engagement” within a month of launching. It’s hit...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Index claims house prices rose six per cent in ONE month alone

A new house price index that in June predicted big house price rises over the summer has now repeated its claim,...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The importance of high quality referencing

It is now over two months since the introduction of the ban on fees charged to tenants, leaving letting agents with...

07 August 2019

From: Features

Zoopla tool will capture leads from Facebook and Instagram

Zoopla is mining data from users of its website to target sellers on Facebook and Instagram, producing leads and making it unnecessary for agencies to...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty uncertainty could bring market ‘to a grinding halt’ says online boss

Speculation surrounding whether Boris Johnson will honour his pledge to reduce stamp duty risks bringing the housing market “to a grinding...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson urged to legislate against tiny ‘Hobbit Homes’

A leading figure in urban design is urging new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to stand up for the pioneering space standards...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Tax reform - don't stop at stamp duty, Boris Johnson urged

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urged to go further with property tax reform and not just stop at reducing stamp...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Women priced out of buying and renting in much of England - claim

Rising house prices and the gender pay gap means that there is no English region where a single woman on median...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cut could create 40% more transactions, says new analysis

A new analysis of stamp duty suggests that a cut of around a third in SDLT could produce a 40 per...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent performance and house valuations revealed by new PropTech tool

A PropTech start up says its new free tool allows prospective sellers and buyers to get an automated valuation of their...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Viewber now undertakes viewings for over 50% of auction houses

Outsourced viewings firm Viewber now handles viewings for more than 50 per cent of all UK auctioneers. The claim is from Essential...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

How can technology help letting agents become more efficient?

Have you asked yourself why technology is so important in letting agency today? Just look around and you will know why. Almost...

03 August 2019

From: Features

Ex-Countrywide complainers ‘betray those who stayed loyal’ - claim

Former Countrywide employees who take to social media or the mainstream press to criticise the company are betraying those who remained...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells repeats claim to be UK's most successful estate agency

Connells Group has repeated its claim, made in recent months in the light of trading figures, that it is now the...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: local housing markets to be hit most when Help To Buy ends

New research has identified those local housing market potentially worst hit by the planned changes to Help To Buy in 2021,...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - sleeping over and bowling overs…

It’s another Friday so it’s another Agents Do Charity - of course! It’s August and the height of the holidays but as...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agents face new guidelines as advertising complaints rocket

The Advertising Standards Authority has issued a guidance note warning online estate agents, after complaints about them have “grown dramatically”. “Property is big...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide branch closure programme explained - but no figures

Countrywide has told Estate Agent Today that it will not be releasing any figures on the branch closure programme it introduced...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

EweMove bucks downward hybrid trend by increasing revenue

After months of difficulties and closures for many online and hybrid estate agencies, EweMove claims to have bucked the trend. In a...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Embracing the hybrid model – disruption should not equal extinction

When an industry disruptor enters a marketplace the impact on existing operators can be significant. It has been seen most notably...

31 July 2019

From: Features

Countrywide wins new deal with lenders to continue ‘turnaround plan’

In a trading statement this morning, Countrywide says it has “a new covenant package with lenders provides the financial flexibility to...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide now “beyond salvation” says former chief executive

Countrywide is now “beyond salvation” according to former chief executive Harry Hill. The industry veteran, who also founded Rightmove, made the remark...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Equity release firm woos downsizers with claims of record high wealth

An equity release provider says there is now £382 billion worth of equity available within older homeowners’ properties following recent house...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson’s stamp duty changes – who would be the winners and losers?

We now have a new Leader of the Conservative Party and, rather more importantly, a new Prime Minister. That individual is Boris...

27 July 2019

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: Conflicting paperwork and a burden of proof

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

27 July 2019

From: Features

New portal snaps up early PropTech listings site Nethouseprices

One of the earliest property websites, nethouseprices.com, has been acquired by fledgling property portal OneDome.  Nethouseprices was set up in 2004 and...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime London transactions improve - so do we need stamp duty reform?

Transactions in the troubled prime London market have actually increased year on year according to Knight Frank’s latest market snapshot. The agency...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Crooked swindler estate agent jailed - and the police are delighted

An estate agent who ruthlessly used his position as a prominent figure in the community to win the trust of vulnerable...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency welcomes 20-fold increase in mortgages running 40 years or more

The number of UK residential mortgages approved with a term of 40-years or more jumped over 20-fold in 2018. London estate agency...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Reforms win industry support as trade groups jostle for influence

Trade bodies and property firms have strongly welcomed the recommendations for root and branch reform of the agency industry - and...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Shifting stamp duty away from buyers will boost market, says top agent

One of the country’s leading estate agents says shifting the burden of stamp duty away from the buyer - which is...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to beef up anti-money laundering elements of new Bill

The government has published its response to an MPs’ committee’s comments on overseas buyers of properties in the UK - and...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a constant source of pride in the industry…

The trade headlines may be dominated by a revolution proposed for how agents are regulated, licensed and trained but one thing...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents say official house price figures don't reflect recent market boost

Agents have put a brave face on official government figures which have shown a shock fall in London house prices and...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Good communication helps keep vendor expectations in check’

Improved communication and increased transparency throughout the buying process can manage vendors’ expectations, improve satisfaction scores and create long-term clients. That’s the...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Safer Property Search’ scheme to prioritise agents covered by TPO

A trade association of agents selling properties overseas has launched a new feature which it claims will give buyers greater security...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Charge! New homes set to have compulsory car-charging points

All new-build homes could soon be fitted with an electric car charging point. The government has issued a consultation on the move,...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson considers asking SELLERS to pay stamp duty

Conservative Party leadership contender Boris Johnson has expressed an interest in switching the stamp duty burden from buyers to sellers. Until now Johnson’s comments on...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Sellers taking homes off the market still lose £1,200 on average

A new survey claims that 28 per cent of those who have put their home up for sale in past five...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchisee snaps up independent agency in popular seaside town

Winkworth has a new office in its network, in the fashionable Suffolk town of Southwold. Independent agency Halford Wetmore has been acquired...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson stamp duty plans disastrous for one part of the country

A leading agent has suggested that some parts of the UK would face “a property exodus” if Boris Johnson’s proposals for...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Nationwide building society goes into house-building

The Nationwide building society is to go into house building. It has received planning permission to build 239 new homes for sale...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - is a no deal Brexit real life, or is it just fantasy?

It’s now more than three years since the EU referendum result in June 2016, and we’re still no clearer on when...

13 July 2019

From: Features

Shock as Land Registry admits big delay in search digitisation

The city of Norwich has become the sixth part of the UK to switch from council Local Land Charges to digital...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal claims 800 new enquiries for agents in four weeks

A new global free-to-list property portal says it has secured 800 new property enquiries for estate agents in the last four...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - on our greatest summer weekend of sport…

Once a year you might be perfectly justified in putting your feet up for a weekend and enjoying some great sport...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

He’s Hired! Apprentice estate agent star sets up property consultancy

Jamie Lester, the London estate agent who starred in The Apprentice almost a decade ago, has set up a property industry...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency removes claim about Zoopla after complaint to watchdog

An estate agency has removed a claim that it uploads its properties to Zoopla and PrimeLocation after a complaint to the...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson's stamp duty plans could revive prime property market

Conservative leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson's plans to reverse stamp duty changes could help to kickstart the prime property market, according to...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks boss defends 'nightmare' stories of LPEs earning 'peanuts'

The former chief executive of Purplebricks has defended claims that some Local Property Experts are underpaid, saying that success comes through...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your weekly update of key industry moves

Welcome to the latest edition of Property Jobs Today. It's the time of the week when you can catch up with...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Theresa May’s legacy - how has housing fared under her government?

Theresa May arrived in Downing Street some three years ago - but her premiership has not been a smooth ride. As she...

06 July 2019

From: Features

Back to the future? A home ownership crisis

With this summer marking forty years since Margaret Thatcher came to power, her legacy continues to invoke both celebration and consternation...

06 July 2019

From: Features

Police investigate estate agency over fraud and theft allegations

The police have opened an investigation after a number of complaints have been made about the financial affairs of a sales...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Hybrid sector could reach 20-30% market share, says Purplebricks CEO

The new chief executive of Purplebricks believes hybrid agents could win '20-30% market share' in the UK. Vic Darvey, who replaced Michael...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks posts £52m loss, 55% revenue rise and confirms US withdrawal

Purplebricks has revealed its annual results for the year ending April 30 2019.  The hybrid agency has posted an operating loss of...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov collapse: angry sellers threaten legal action

Estate Agent Today has been contacted by an individual who says he is one of three former Emoov customers intending to...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government blasted over ‘scandalous’ leasehold reform proposals

A leasehold reform campaigner says government proposals risk creating a two-tier market and do nothing to assist leaseholders already hit by...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the worst location in the country for gazumping

Gazumping is alive and well in much of the country, despite the slowdown in the property market, according to new research...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – guide to property startups, Part 2

In the second part of my exploration of startups, I talk to a number of people with lived experience of creating...

29 June 2019

From: Features

Following Scotland’s lead – what next for England’s PRS regulation?

Increasing legislation and regulation has arguably been the biggest talking point in the private rented sector (PRS) over the last few...

29 June 2019

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: Rabbits and a ‘disappearing’ lawn mystery

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

29 June 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks ex-CEO defends record on sales progression and LPEs

Purplebricks’ former chief executive Lee Wainwright has made a stout defence of the controversial agency’s sales progression process and its local...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla enhances app to include premium listings service

Zoopla has announced an improved app which “enhances the house-hunting journey with a fresh design, improved navigation and an intuitive interface” -...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we're striking the right chord...

Hello there - if it’s Friday it’s Agents Do Charity, and as we prepare for a hot weekend for Glastonbury revellers...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks claims huge success on sales, prices and time on market

Purplebricks has released figures which appear to show it is one of the most successful agencies - or perhaps THE most...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency to sell all homes for free: is this the future or a stunt?

Online agency Housesimple has become the first in the UK to sell houses for free. It says that based on the average...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Online auction method adopted by historic estate agency

A 176 year old agency is claiming success with its first online auction lot selling for over twice the guide price. It...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over 50% of leads at risk because of slow responses

A PropTech firm which claims its products offer “industry-leading” response times says agents lose a majority of their leads due to slow...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Modern method of auction - the online bidding process explained

The modern method of auction is proving to revolutionise the way properties are bought and sold across the UK.  By putting the...

26 June 2019

From: Features

MyBid4It offers exclusivity benefits for Estate Agents…

MyBid4It is an online auction platform which has been developed to partner with Estate Agents and revolutionise the way properties are...

26 June 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks ex-CEO hits out at untrue claim that agency sold only 50%

The former chief executive of Purplebricks UK says the agency completes on over 80 per cent of the homes it lists...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal now has over 740 UK agents on board

The free-to-list property portal Residential People says it now has over 740 independent agents in the UK on board - and...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Good use of our energy? 20 millionth EPC to be issued this summer

A national newspaper claims that the 20 millionth domestic EPC in the UK is set to be issued in the next...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Blond ambition - Does Boris Johnson have any housing policies?

Britain lives in fundamentalist black-and-white times - all the more surprising when the country's most divisive point of contention sits on...

22 June 2019

From: Features

Over 150 agents link with 'Modern Method' online auction firm

An online auction service which only came into existence in September last year claims to have 150 partner estate agents already,...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks hires PR firm that aims to fuel fandom

Purplebricks has hired the Weber Shandwick PR firm to handle much of its non-investment related public relations. Weber Shandwick has its global...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove warned that it must innovate to survive

An interesting analysis of Rightmove’s performance on the stock market has led to questions about the long-term profitability and viability of...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

“Too many sellers think prices will rise post-Brexit” warns senior agent

Too many sellers are wedded to the idea that prices will rise after a Brexit deal is resolved, says one of the...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

LSL claims new-build sales success in fast-growing market

LSL Property Services’ Land & New Homes division says it’s set a record by selling 50 per cent of the units...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says rivals may interfere with its bid to get agents to pay

OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett says rival portals may want to “interfere” with his aim of converting agency members from free...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a guide to property startups - Part 1

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

15 June 2019

From: Features

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

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

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Should the lettings process become fully digital?

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

12 June 2019

From: Features

Sellers are back with a vengeance, according to online agency

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

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Summer price surge set to compensate for early 2019 falls

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

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Advertising tips: be big, bold and back it up

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

08 June 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket claims record visits - but no update on agent numbers

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

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Free property data service for agents launches today

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

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Survey Standard: early support for RICS' survey initiative

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

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The rise and rise of the iBuyer

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

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Measuring Up - bid to improve floorplan accuracy and consistency

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

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Takeover talks held between Purplebricks investors - claim

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

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price rises on news of big new German investment

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

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

A moving tide of regulation making its way towards estate agents

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

01 June 2019

From: Features

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

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

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

NAEA and ARLA launch training and compliance service for agents

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

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 May 2019

From: Features

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

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

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Buyer wins case against surveyor who ‘missed’ Japanese Knotweed

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

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: has Purplebricks' bubble now officially burst?

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

18 May 2019

From: Features

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

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

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News