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Chaos” ahead when stamp duty holiday ends, warns NAEA chief

The outgoing chief executive of the National Association of Estate Agents is warning that the sales system continues to struggle with...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings in 2020 needs a gamechanger - could this be it?

There is no doubting that 2020 has been a challenging year for all industries, with the lettings market being no exception. Following...

24 October 2020

From: Features

Six ways innovation is transforming the lettings sector

Tenant enquiries and property viewings unsurprisingly slowed this spring, due to the necessary government restrictions brought in to manage the pandemic....

24 October 2020

From: Features

Latest legislation – how can agents and landlords be compliant?

In recent years, the extent and role of the private rented sector (PRS) in the housing market has seen significant changes. The...

24 October 2020

From: Features

Agency launches first-ever radio and podcast ad campaign

Knight Frank has launched a new radio advert for the first time. The rollout marks the firm’s fourth phase of its “partners...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s a big one as the clocks go back…

Shorter days and darker nights deflate the spirits, especially in today’s challenging circumstances, but there’s some bright news - a large...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

James D. Marshall, Founder and CEO of Pupil

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I am James D. Marshall, Founder and CEO of Pupil. What...

22 October 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Major Countrywide shareholder rejects investment proposal

One of Countrywide’s largest shareholders has come out against a £90m investment package in the company proposed by a private equity...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide gets £90m lifeline and top management clear-out

The troubled Countrywide group has announced a £90m investment by Alchemy Partners, a private equity company that specialises in investing in...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Speed of conveyancers and lenders will decide short-term market - claim

Savills says the shape and size of the housing market in the coming months will be determined by the capacity of conveyancers...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax expert claims buyers of homes-with-annexes may pay excess SDLT

A tax expert says his research suggests some buyers of homes with annexes may have paid too much stamp duty on...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the ‘so what’ of software integration

Integration, collaboration and connected platforms – some great buzzwords, but what do they actually mean and do they really help agents? One...

21 October 2020

From: Features

Lockdown Plea: Let agents work in offices, not at home

One of the industry's senior agency leaders says it would be a mistake for agents to be stopped from working in...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: ‘Don't blame us, we are not the problem - you are’

I had a wry smile when I read the article on Monday from the conveyancers complaining about people getting off their...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Only 10 days left to beat stamp duty holiday deadline - claim

Delays across the house buying sector mean those wanting to benefit from the stamp duty holiday need to begin the buying...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London’s Foreign Buyers: surprise country heads global league table

The country producing the largest number of buyers of prime London properties is not China, nor from north America or the...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Some sellers are now asking too much, reveals Rightmove

The latest Rightmove asking price index shows the extraordinary market and amazing times we are living through. The average price of property coming...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Book review of ‘Parasite - The Secret Diary of a Landlord’

Book review by Graham Norwood, editor of Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and Landlord Today. If a letting agent wants to...

17 October 2020

From: Features

No more Mr Bad Guy: the image of agents is getting a makeover

Lawyers, politicians, bankers, insurance sellers – no matter where you go, there are some professions that are just always going to...

17 October 2020

From: Features

How to make client accounting software migration a breeze

When letting agents are preparing to migrate from one piece of client accounting software to another, it can sometimes seem like...

17 October 2020

From: Features

Electronic signatures are helping agents to weather the 2020 storm

2020 has definitely been a year of change. With little warning, the pandemic disrupted the day-to-day operations of almost every industry...

17 October 2020

From: Features

Zoopla offers agents free virtual viewings in new PropTech deal

Zoopla has linked with a PropTech company led by the former boss of Purplebricks to offer agents free virtual viewings services. The...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agents and deals run bigger money laundering risks - government

The government has issued new guidance to estate and lettings agencies on their obligations regarding money laundering issues - and online...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

The importance of addressing Conveyancing earlier in the home moving journey

We all know that people can’t move to a new house without going through the Conveyancing process. However, with that said,...

14 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

PRoperty Public Relations tips that work

I wanted to take this opportunity to write an advice piece on what we here at Angels Media have found important...

14 October 2020

From: Features

Market Shock - “Severe correction” for London as most of UK soars

A prominent housing market analyst is warning that in 14 years of studying prices and transactions he has never seen the...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Cut The Delays! Conveyancers urged to work with search providers

With many transactions now delayed by up to three weeks by slow searches, a body representing local search providers is urging...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - movers and shakers in their new roles

Hello and welcome to PJT, our Monday feature giving you the inside track on major moves in and across our industry. Let...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Single view of the chain - what does it mean for agents?

In early September, mio achieved an industry first with the release of the mio chain view API. Now, all the parties...

10 October 2020

From: Features

Agents told off for not being ready for Anti-Money Laundering regs

A security company says it is “disappointing” the estate agency industry is only around 55 per cent through preparations to cope...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity … walking, in the mud, and with the Bulls

Hello again - the good news is it’s Friday and even better news is it’s Agents Do Charity, celebrating the industry’s great...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Could employee ownership be a good option for estate agencies?

In July, here at Environet UK, we transferred 100% ownership of the company to our employees, in the form of an...

07 October 2020

From: Features

PropTech Today: the challenge with iBuyers

Recently, when giving speeches, I have discussed investment trends and industry trends that the built environment is experiencing. They are quite...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Christmas is a gift for agents who add value

It’s about this time of year, pandemic or not, that agents may be asked one particularly awkward question by a vendor...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Reveal referral fees now and don’t wait for law change, says NAEA

The National Association of Estate Agents has thrown its weight behind the recommendation of Trading Standards that agents must by law be...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents MUST disclose referral fees, Trading Standards tells government

Customers must be told about third party referral fees when buying or selling a home says the National Trading Standards Estate...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove lead agency now listing on Zoopla

The agency leading the Say No To Rightmove campaign has returned all of its offices and brands to Zoopla. The Acorn Group,...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Cladding scandal hurts entire housing market says top industry figure

Ed Mead has joined a growing chorus demanding government action on the cladding crisis. He is one of the industry’s leading figures from...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid employment advice service set up by Propertymark

Propertymark has teamed up with an employment and health and safety specialist to establish a service for member agents with Coronavirus-related...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Sales boom goes on and agents see no end in sight

Agents have universally welcomed new Nationwide data showing annual price growth picked up to 5.0 per cent last month - the highest rate...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of thousands extra sales thanks to SDLT holiday - claim

Savills has boosted its forecast for housing transactions this year because the stamp duty holiday has been such a success at...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lee Rix - Head of Business Development AT PropCert

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Lee Rix - Head of Business Development What is ‘company name’...

30 September 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Covid Clauses are back as buyers fear wider lockdown restrictions

A leading agency says so-called Covid Clauses are being inserted into contracts as buyers become increasingly cautious ahead of a possible...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies, PropTech and furlough cash help Hunters recover

Franchise network Hunters has recorded strong figures for the first half of 2020 but a trading statement reveals the measures it...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Are agents swimming upstream against the Electrical Safety Regulations?

Are agents swimming upstream against the Electrical Safety Regulations? 3 months on from the introduction of the ‘Electrical Safety Standards in the...

29 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Solve this NOW! Campaign to make cladding flats sell-able again

Survivors and bereaved family members from the Grenfell Tower fire have joined forces with residents trapped in allegedly dangerous flats in...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

How will the end of the furlough scheme affect the rental market?

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, better known as the furlough scheme, was introduced by the chancellor Rishi Sunak in March to...

26 September 2020

From: Features

Safety in agents’ offices: understanding the law on whistleblowing

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has encouraged people to complain if they are unhappy about working conditions and thousands of complaints...

26 September 2020

From: Features

Storming Ahead - high end properties still flying off the shelves

Two reports this morning suggest that activity in the most expensive sectors of the housing market is doing as well as...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Why generating and nurturing leads is more important than ever

Seller and landlord leads are what makes estate agency tick. Without them, new business is nowhere to be seen and you...

23 September 2020

From: Features

Agents back Rightmove allegation of logjams in conveyancing

Two agencies have entered the debate on whether the current frenzied housing market is seeing delays in completions. Yesterday EAT reported that...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks and Foxtons lead share price falls amid Covid worries

Share prices for many quoted estate agencies and property portals fell in trading as fears grew about Coronavirus. London-focussed agency Foxtons was one...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Most owners believe their house price is static or falling - survey

A survey of over 2,300 home owners across the UK suggests market sentiment is mixed, with most doubting house prices have risen. The...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Safety first: five-step risk assessment for agents’ offices

With the high street open again, and the Chancellor’s temporary stamp duty holiday helping to stimulate the market, estate and letting...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Star agent capitalises on post-lockdown relocations with new business

A highly-experienced former Savills agent has launched his own buying agency focusing on the prime country market in Surrey. The new company,...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Disgraced agent pays £110,000 compensation but must pay more

A disgraced former estate agent has paid his victims around £110,000 but must pay another £5,000 or so in the immediate...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal sells stake to fund purchase of house price website

PropertyHeads, a portal which describes itself as the industry’s social network, has sold a three per cent stake partly to raise funds...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why haven’t the Big 4 tech firms got involved with property?

For a number of years now, predictions have been made that one of the major tech giants will eventually enter the...

12 September 2020

From: Features

New Covid clampdown will push people to sell says leading agent

A leading agent says the government’s new Coronavirus clampdown from Monday will push more home owners to sell. Caspar Harvard-Wills, a partner at...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Remain vigilant with client money as we return to the office

The letting industry has come a long way over the past few years, embracing regulation and taking pride in doing good...

09 September 2020

From: Features

PropTech Today: Is there any such thing as a portal war?

For a mixture of reasons, I now only write this column every two weeks. At first, I missed the weekly consideration...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Ian Westerling - a legacy of Humberts, NAEA, PropTech and more

As many in the industry will know, Ian Westerling passed away last week at the age of 51: he was a...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - bumper bundle of new appointments

Hello, and if it’s the start of a new week it’s time for Property Jobs Today, giving you the inside track...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Navigating through the Covid crisis and beyond with AI

There will not be a single business within the property sector that did not start the year in vastly different circumstances...

05 September 2020

From: Features

Prime house prices to fall across Britain despite mainstream market surge

In the week the Nationwide recorded the UK’s highest ever average house price, high-end agency Savills has forecast that prime markets...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Which Virtual Tour? A closer look at the differences

Whilst Estate and Letting Agents have adapted their operations during COVID-19, to ensure safer working practices under Government guidance, ‘virtual property...

03 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Record house prices likely to go higher still says leading agent

Record house prices recorded this week by the Nationwide index are set to go higher still according to a leading agent. Nationwide...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Furloughed mortgage and surveyor staff delay transactions - claim

A specialist property lender says transactions are being delayed by key staff being furloughed. Gareth Lewis, commercial director of property lender MT...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket’s financial advisers talk up company and new CEO

Two City consultancies instructed by OnTheMarket have talked up the company’s fortunes after the appointment of its new chief executive.  Shore Capital, which in...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

US realtor says UK agents would earn more with multi-listing service

An American realtor who once predicted his company would have 5,000 UK estate agents working under its banner is now saying...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - perception vs reality - why do agents have a bad rep?

It’s fair to say that UK estate agents don’t have the best of reputations, often featuring in the lists of the...

29 August 2020

From: Features

A guide to commercial mortgages during the Covid-19 pandemic

With access to finance being such a hot topic at the moment, more and more estate agents are turning to commercial...

29 August 2020

From: Features

New high-end branch to seek more agents as it expands

Fine & Country has revealed its latest branch - a West Wales office opening for business on Tuesday. It will initially cover...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and there’s a long weekend here at last…

You might be forgiven for thinking we’ve been cheated out of our Bank Holidays this year, as so many fell during...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Explained for agents - Electrical Safety Standards Regulations

Since June 1, under The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, landlords in England have been...

26 August 2020

From: Features

Are our fees too low? British agents amongst cheapest in the world

New research suggests that British estate agents charge some of the lowest fees in the world. Based on an apparent British average...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: start-ups win investor backing in changing world

An overview of the global PropTech sector is often what I am asked to cover at conferences around the world. This generally...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency breaks tradition by holding first-ever August auction

In another sign of the buoyant housing market, estate agency Savills is breaking tradition by staging its first ever August auction...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

AML checks for estate agents who don’t have time for compliance

The last few months have been tough for the property sector, and the pressure will continue as estate agents across the...

19 August 2020

From: Features

Major Countrywide shareholder demands “bold action to save company

One of Countrywide’s biggest shareholders has written a second letter to the company to demand bold action to save the agency...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks bonus bonanza despite anti-money laundering blunder

If anyone thought the days of Purplebricks bosses making millions were in the past,  think again. The chief executive and chief finance...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy Purplebricks shares, urges investment bank in latest turnaround

Swiss bank UBS has upgraded its investment rating on Purplebricks, raising its price target and urging investors to buy. In a note...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Digital hub claims to shorten transaction times and offer referral fees

A digital resource hub for estate agents claims to shorten transaction times. Sort Move, which has been operating since late 2019,...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – what does agency look like Down Under?

In my last Natter, I explored the differences between estate agency in the UK and the US with the help of...

15 August 2020

From: Features

Revealed: What today's renters want, need and expect

Life as we know it has changed – for everybody – and what tenants want, need and expect in this post-pandemic...

15 August 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - what we'd give for a mud bath!

Hello and welcome to Agents Do Charity, a weekly round-up of news as the industry continues fund-raising even in these challenging...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Fewer jobs advertised for agents as industry climbs out of lockdown

The number of jobs advertised as available in the UK real estate sector plummeted from 14,000 at the end of the...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price rises 125% in three months

Is Countrywide finally on the road to recovery? Its share price has risen 125 per cent in the past three months; much of...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agents offered live-streaming PropTech platform

The Federation of Independent Agents has announced its latest partnership - this time with a live-streaming viewing service called Gavl. The platform...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Pent up demand and stamp duty holiday push up prices - Halifax

Agents have been understandably delighted at the latest Halifax index which shows house prices posting their biggest gain of the year...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - on a “phew, what a scorcher!” weekend

It’s hotting up out there as a beautiful summer’s weekend beckons - an ideal time for some fund-raising in the sun,...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Why diversifying into auctions can boost post-lockdown cashflow

Following the easing of lockdown restrictions on England’s property market in May, NAEA Propertymark reported a sharp increase in business for...

05 August 2020

From: Features

Top agency group “increasingly optimistic” about market despite Covid

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

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove and OnTheMarket slug it out to win agent support

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

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Online auction option relaunched by Guild after 1,000 sales

The Guild of Property Professionals is relaunching its online auction brand - Guild Auctions - even though it has already successfully...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BBC presenter mocks agent for asking vendor to remove fridge magnets

A BBC presenter has used her local newspaper column to mock an estate agency for suggesting fridge magnets be removed to improve...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: agents can capitalise on an improving public image

Agents have long been the victim of a poor public reputation, from scoring highly in most disliked profession polls to being...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies at OnTheMarket ‘under consideration’ admits portal

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

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Now prices are going UP again, says latest Nationwide index

The Nationwide says annual house price growth has recovered to 1.5 per cent. Its July house price index says the fall in...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 August 2020

From: Features

Agency backs For Sale boards and wants lion’s share of the market

The debate over whether For Sale boards remain a valuable source of publicity has been in the headlines of late -...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Is the UK to See Phase-Out of Fossil-Fuelled Boilers?

Boilers as we know them are set to vastly change in the next few decades. While fossil-fuelled boilers are the norm...

30 July 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Covid-19 is speeding up PropTech - what are you waiting for?

What do General Electric, IBM, Microsoft, and WhatsApp have in common? Yes, they are American companies that boasted revenues of $50...

29 July 2020

From: Features

Facebook Live gets up to 45,000 visits per property for agent

An agent in Hertfordshire says he routinely secures 5,000 visits to ‘live open houses’ on Facebook Live, and have on one...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Code of Practice marks welcome progress for RoPA recommendations

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

25 July 2020

From: Features

Stamp duty holiday: the first change to benefit landlords in years

As expected within the property industry, the Chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday in his Summer Statement. This now means that...

25 July 2020

From: Features

Stamp Duty Holiday giving southern England biggest boost - Zoopla

Zoopla's Research and Insight Director Richard Donnell writes: Just over a fortnight on since the Chancellor announced the Stamp Duty holiday and...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreement PropTech free to agents - not to consumers

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

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Regulation of Agents: consultation opens on new Code of Conduct

Agents now have a chance to say what they think should be in a new Code of Conduct being discussed following...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax - could it be applied to first homes over £500,000?

Speculation is mounting that Capital Gains Tax could for the first time be applied to gains made when owners sell first...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what will property conferences and events of the future look like?

Conferences, events and awards dinners are a hugely important part of the property calendar, bringing the great and the good of...

18 July 2020

From: Features

Video interview - expert advice on how to utilise live stream viewings

In a video interview for Estate Agent Today, property professional Chris Buckler speaks to Matt Nicol, managing director of Nicol &...

18 July 2020

From: Features

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

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

18 July 2020

From: Features

What next for Purplebricks after latest international sell-off?

Purplebricks’ sale of its Canadian operation for some £35m begs the question - where can it now recoup some of its losses...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Electrical checks - clarity and efficiency are crucial for compliance

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 - which require increased electrical testing in rental properties...

15 July 2020

From: Features

Zoopla to promote online Modern Method of Auction to agents

Zoopla has entered into a partnership with an online platform to promote the so-called Modern Method of Auction option to estate...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Upfront property information – we need to stop ‘going round the houses’

At a recent Conveyancing Association webinar focused on the provision of upfront information in the property sale process, there was a...

11 July 2020

From: Features

SDLT Bonanza! Mortgage enquiries and property portal visits soar

Evidence is pouring in that the stamp duty holiday introduced 48 hours ago has already produced huge levels of interest from...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Grace Cotterill – Mio Account Manager

What work did I do through lockdown? I went to work for a company who provide Domiciliary care for the vulnerable and elderly...

09 July 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

First-ever transaction with chain using Reservation Agreements

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

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost 90% of sales could have zero stamp duty says Zoopla

One of the possible stamp duty options floated by Chancellor Rishi Sunak could mean 89 per cent of sales would be...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency losing over 50 jobs says its brand is “very much alive”

The Andrew Grant regional estate agency brand is “very much alive” despite the firm which bore the name losing 54 jobs...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London-based hub agency triples in size during lockdown

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

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 July 2020

From: Features

Video interview  - how can agents use video to make sure they don't go bust?

In a video interview for Estate Agent Today, property professional Chris Buckler speaks to industry video expert Christopher Watkin. Watkin gives his...

04 July 2020

From: Features

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

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

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Younger buyers’ moving plans hit by mortgage changes - Zoopla

A survey of 2,000 prospective movers by Zoopla shows the vast majority still intent on buying - but younger purchasers’ plans...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the top three trends in the housing market right now

With the UK housing market now largely open - there are still restrictions in some areas on home moves to occupied properties...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Code of Practice for Estate Agents set to change industry forever

A new estate agency Code of Practice is to be written by a group set up by the Royal Institution of Chartered...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 50 jobs lost as agency collapses into administration

Over 50 jobs have been lost as a result of a Midlands regional estate agency falling into administration. The Shropshire Star reports...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Jenrick - Why his scandals matter to agents

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

27 June 2020

From: Features

Start-ups saving letting agents time and money will thrive

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

24 June 2020

From: Features

Rightmove and OnTheMarket extend cut-price fees deals

Rightmove and OnTheMarket have announced that they are extending their cut-price fees deals, introduced because of Coronavirus. This morning Rightmove says: "We have...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - the property industry should track Zoom’s phenomenal growth

“Let’s Zoom later”, “are we Zooming in the morning or afternoon?” “Yeah, I zoomed the client earlier” – variations on these...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Horses for courses - the rise of the personal agent

The phrase ‘game-changer’ has been hugely overused. But when applied to how Covid-19 is changing the way estate agents will work...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Rightmove really IS very good value for agents, insists ex-director

The former commercial director of Rightmove has made a strong defence of much of the company’s activities, including the charges it...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Market update: Three months before it's stable but signs are good

A market commentator says it will take up to three months before the housing market stabilises into the ‘new normal’ after...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The single version of the truth - myth or reality?

Imagine a Zoom call where ten people are discussing the same topic, but everyone speaks a different language and has a...

17 June 2020

From: Features

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

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

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Disgraced agency directors disqualified after price-fixing scandal

Two estate agency directors have been disqualified by the Competition and Markets Authority after taking part in an illegal price fixing...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Technology is central to solving property’s mismeasurement issue

To most people, purchasing a home is the single most significant financial commitment made across a lifetime. Given the impact and...

13 June 2020

From: Features

Charity connection brings meaning to fast-growing processor of rental transactions

Covid-19 has placed a spotlight on the impressive variety of fundraising platforms and technologies available – and not often in places...

13 June 2020

From: Features

Business Interruption scandal - eight insurers involved in test case

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

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tune into consumer behaviour to accelerate business recovery

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

10 June 2020

From: Features

Agent aged 27 sets up his own High Street operation

A 27 year old agent with a background working in London’s Canary Wharf has headed north to set up his own...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Thought-provoking video series for agents and landlords launches today

A new thought-provoking five-part video series is launching to the industry today. ‘Simon says…’ is being hosted by Property Tribes with...

08 June 2020

From: Features

Death of revered estate agent after amazing 6,000 house sales

The death has been announced of Colin Lowman, a veteran south London estate agent who had a 64 year career in...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2020

From: Features

20 Years of LonRes - The changing face of prime central London

How prime London has changed. In 2002 work began on The Knightsbridge. Located within a stone’s throw of Harrods and a near-neighbour...

06 June 2020

From: Features

Delay property tax change until market revives, experts tell government

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

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: On the offensive - why aren't you giving it all away for free?

I was asked a question by a German journalist yesterday. What is the biggest lesson German and European PropTech founders can...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Over third of vendors expect price falls of 6% or possibly much more

A survey of sellers by a high-end agency suggests that around a third expect price falls of six per cent or...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - industry’s latest movers, shakers, appointments

Although the shake-out in the industry is ongoing - online agency Settled and established new-build agency Cushman & Wakefield have both...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 May 2020

From: Features

Rightmove hits back at critics with highest-ever visitor numbers

Rightmove has enjoyed over six million visits to its portal in one day, for the first time ever. Three days ago -...

30 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Say No To Rightmove to offer 'options for agents'

The Say No To Rightmove campaign is to release a set of options for member agents to consider if the portal...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday - Zoopla shows how it could help the housing market

Zoopla’s head of research says a stamp duty holiday could encourage more home owners to move which in turn could help...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Members-only online property ‘club’ slashes prices by two-thirds

A digital ‘members-only club’ for property professionals around the world has slashed its prices nine months after launching. The Eighth Door is...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agency post-Covid-19: more evolution than revolution

The Covid-19 crisis hasn’t caused the revolution it has been reported to have. Despite the challenges it has brought, fundamentally, the...

27 May 2020

From: Features

Tom Harrington, Managing Director of PropCert.

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Tom Harrington and I’m the founder and...

26 May 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Self-employed agents - the way forward for the industry?

Many of the leading advocates of the self-employed estate agent business model have talked about why many want new recruits with...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

RICS beefs up Anti-Money Laundering guide in light of Coronavirus

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has revised its Anti-Money Laundering guidance in the light of Coronavirus. It says the scale of...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday extension - new details released by FCA

The Financial Conduct Authority has published new draft guidance for lenders which will set out options available to their customers in the extended...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark’s 29-point guide for offices, teams and activities

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what happened when big lenders had their own estate agencies?

All my recent Natters have been focused on one particular topic, the coronavirus crisis, for obvious reasons. But there has been...

23 May 2020

From: Features

Exclusive: Independent agents' group links with soon-to-launch portal

The fast-growing trade group for independent estate agents has launched a partnership with the soon-to-launch Homesearch portal. Of the various free-to-list portals...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Return of the property market - how to become a mortgage advisor

During March, the coronavirus pandemic put the brakes on the property market with an enforced period of shutdown. However, almost two...

21 May 2020

From: Sponsored Content

All Change! Agents should reform ‘before government intervenes’

The industry should continue to prepare for large-scale reforms such as mandatory agency training, the licensing of agents and a new...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Two thirds of agents want to go self-employed and/or work from home

A survey of agents’ attitudes which two weeks ago showed a big majority of agents wanting to work as self employed...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

How can estate agents take professional property photos themselves?

As you know, having professional images of your properties is the best (only?) way to get people wanting to step through...

16 May 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - a bumper out-of-lockdown edition…

As last Friday was the VE Day Anniversary bank holiday we have a bumper bundle of fund-raising activities to report on...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency in lockdown row reopens with staff temperature checks

The agency at the heart of a fierce row over staff safety in the lockdown says it's now insisting local managers...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty tax break MUST happen, surveyors tell government

A large majority of property professionals polled by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors say a stamp duty holiday would be...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency warns of steeper price falls, but good news on transactions

A respected estate agency has revised downwards its price forecast for the housing market for the second time since the start...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Don't give in to buyers wanting viewings, agents told

There’s been a surge in buyers wanting to view properties - but agents must sit on their hands and wait for...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says Covid crisis could be catalyst for change in portals

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

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of breaking lockdown before new rules announced

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

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Poor communication the biggest cause of Ombudsman complaints

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

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Here To Help - initiative to give buyers and sellers confidence

The Agents Here To Help initiative, launched recently by Kristjan Byfield of The Depositary, is now developing fast and becoming a...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Good Game! Good Game!  Zoom helps agency re-live TV favourites

Over Easter we carried stories of good deeds done by agents and how firms were coping with working from home -...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

The inside track on lockdown from agency’s interiors experts

Fine & Country is one of those clever agencies employing interior designers to help stage properties, making them look their best...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

First agent reopens High Street branch to the public

An estate agent has reopened his High Street office to the public with social distancing and other safety measures in place. It’s...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove hits new milestone and counts down to ‘D-Day’

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has launched a countdown clock on its website to galvanise agents into remembering only 85...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

First insight into buyers’ and sellers’ changing priorities post-virus

Savills has given the industry an insight into how buyers’ and sellers’ priorities may change as the industry returns to work...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage demand rises as market sees light at the end of the tunnel

The demand for mortgages in April was scarcely a quarter of what it was in March - but the figures show...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: How to become the go-to local agent as a new era begins

Since my last column in April, one could argue that very little has changed for agents in terms of the market...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Sales progression: We need to talk about speed

Buying and selling a house is often referenced as being one of the most stressful life experiences that we can go...

02 May 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - fantastic help for communities during lockdown

If anyone told us six weeks ago that agents would still be doing such amazing work for their communities during lockdown...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide senior staff have pay cut as 78% of workforce furloughed

Countrywide’s senior staff earning over £45,000 per year have had their pay cut by a fifth while some 78 per cent...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday essential to kick-start market, says top consumer body

A major consumer survey of existing home owners and potential movers has resulted in a plea to government to allow house...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket’s shares giveaway wants agents to drop Big Two portals

OnTheMarket says it has another 32 million shares to give away to agents signing full fee contracts with the challenger portal...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 April 2020

From: Features

Reducing the time between sale agreed and completion will be key post-lockdown

At the moment, it somehow seems like tempting fate to think too far into the future, especially in terms of the...

25 April 2020

From: Features

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

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

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - lockdown love for fund-raising knows no bounds…

Hello - yes it’s Friday in case you lost track, and that means it’s Agents Do Charity day: and once again...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London market may take until early 2021 to resume fully - agent

One of prime central London’s most respected estate agencies is warning that it could take until spring 2021 for the luxury...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Plea to government - Let Agents Get To Work Again!

The government is being urged to allow estate and lettings agents to return to work as soon as possible when the...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for stamp duty holiday to reignite housing market

Rightmove and Knight Frank are today both calling for a series of government incentives to kick-start the market after the Coronavirus...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Why working from home isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be

Let me start by wishing everyone well in these uncertain and precarious times. I truly hope you, your families, friends and...

18 April 2020

From: Features

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

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

18 April 2020

From: Features

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

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

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Only half of Zoopla’s branches have taken up ‘free deal’ offers

Only half of the branches signed up to Zoopla have taken advantage of one or other of the discount offers made...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

EXCLUSIVE - Agents' Cash Crisis: reduced income until autumn

The impact of the Coronavirus crisis is going to reduce agents' revenue into the third quarter finishing in late September warns a leading...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices could drop 13% says consultancy

An economic consultancy predicts house prices will fall by a sixth as unemployment grows across Britain this year. The consultancy, Cebr, says...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Selling from home, BTL latest and tenant info - Conquering Corona

Hello - we hope you had as good an Easter as possible in these unusual circumstances, and welcome back to work. Now...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency’s egg-cellant Easter help for local hospice fund-raising

A high-profile regional agency is “cracking on” with support for a hospice for children and young people that cannot raise funds during...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – doing our bit to help the industry through this crisis

We are still living in highly extraordinary times, perhaps evidenced best by the fact that the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was...

11 April 2020

From: Features

Remote viewings – how does the latest technology look?

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

11 April 2020

From: Features

Agents’ PI Insurance and new tenancy issues - today’s Conquering Corona

Hello - we’re here to help on a daily basis, sharing information across the industry.  As ever, we’d love your input to...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Tory police chief wants holiday homes opened to key workers

The Police and Crime Commissioner for an area with thousands of holiday homes wants their owners to make them available to...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

It’s 2024: what will the industry look like, post-Coronavirus?

There’s a sense that we really are on the verge of a huge change in the industry. It’s too early to be...

04 April 2020

From: Features

Agents beware - buyers shoulder Japanese knotweed risk following TA6 changes

Based on our historical data over twenty years of nationwide operation and a survey conducted in partnership with YouGov, we estimate...

04 April 2020

From: Features

Automated Valuation leads to agents staying strong, says supplier

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

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reveals massive cost-cutting measures to stay afloat

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

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers agree new rules for house moves during virus period

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

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in distress sales even before virus - top agent

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

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 March 2020

From: Features

Enough is enough – an alternative view on portal subscription fees

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

28 March 2020

From: Features

Figures show early lockdown effect on part of housing market

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

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: industry chiefs helping agents through tough times

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

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price dives over 50% after takeover collapse

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

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Online agency reduced to shock tactics criticising High St firms

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

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent training to include Modern Method of Auction compliance

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

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

RICS’ survey shows demand growing before virus worries hit

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

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty change and business rate holiday announced in Budget

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

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Nick Lyons, CEO of No Letting Go

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

10 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Intu the unknown - Could shopping centres become homes?

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

07 March 2020

From: Features

How will the coronavirus affect estate agents?

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

07 March 2020

From: Features

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

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

29 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

29 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

29 February 2020

From: Features

Coronavirus prompts agency to quit property conference

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

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Postcode in the UK: All the Facts You Should Know

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

26 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

The future of renting for property service providers

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

26 February 2020

From: Features

Lawyer warns online agency clients to beware of email signatures

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

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Agency mergers and new business models

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

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

22 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

22 February 2020

From: Features

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

Top agency’s new franchise operation gets ready for roll-out

Estate agency Chestertons has named the new chief operating officer for the roll out of its UK and Europe franchising operation. Some...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2020

From: Features

Joanne Tattum, Channel Manager of Moneypenny

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

14 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

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

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

How can estate and letting agents do simple charity work?

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

12 February 2020

From: Features

Key Countrywide agency chief quits firm after reorganisation

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

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager

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

06 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

05 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What can 80 conveyancers teach PropTech?

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

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

01 February 2020

From: Features

Agency folds after 235 years in business - but why?

Mystery surrounds a historic agency that has ceased trading after 235 years in business - even though its website is still...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: another big sales slump revealed in trading statement

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

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

More agents and property firms show “significant financial distress”

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

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks is controversial winner of ‘trusted service’ award

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

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent confidence hits three year high says Zoopla

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

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The six crimes of modern-day call handling

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

18 January 2020

From: Features

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

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

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Each Purplebricks customer costs £375 for agency to acquire

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

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Election result has led to market turnaround says Savills

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

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Market recovery - three promising signs indicated by agents

Three signs emerged over the weekend suggesting that the market may be shaping up well for 2020. Firstly a new survey by...

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

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

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

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 January 2020

From: Features

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

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

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2020?

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

04 January 2020

From: Features

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

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

04 January 2020

From: Features

New ‘easy moving’ conveyancing app wins praise from Zoopla founder

Alex Chesterman, the entrepreneur who founded Zoopla, has given vocal backing to a new conveyancing app called Thirdfort. The app allows conveyancers’...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals the year’s most searched-for locations

Bristol is the location outside London most searched for on Rightmove this year, by both buyers and renters. The average asking price...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Happy New Decade … and a look back at three EAT stories from 2010

Here it is - the start of a new decade, a moment for resolutions and remembrance, and the last Bank Holiday...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks and Countrywide lead 2019 share price flops

For the stock market generally, 2019 has been a positive year - but a few high profile agencies and associated companies...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Five things to watch for in 2020

A new year dawns - but will 2020 bring new change for the agency industry now that the market appears to...

28 December 2019

From: Features

New on the block - how interest in block management is evolving

It's been two years since the SDL Group launched its franchise block management business, SDL Property Partners, the first of its...

28 December 2019

From: Features

Boris and Brexit won’t boost transaction volumes in 2020 warns RICS

The new mood of apparent political stability promoted by supporters of Boris Johnson and Brexit appears to have failed to win...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Video tribute to High Street is an agent's superb Christmas gift to us

Today, with the festive break around the corner, we have another video from an agent - but this one is distinctly...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: let’s talk about conveyancing

It’s one of the most crucial aspects of the homebuying and selling process but is too often bogged down by frustrating...

21 December 2019

From: Features

Airbnb not subject to estate agency or lettings agency rules, says EU

The European Union’s highest court has ruled that Airbnb is not subject to strict rules governing estate and lettings agents in...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Domestic abuse: estate agents advised on how to spot the signs

Police are advising estate agents on how to spot the signs of domestic abuse. The Safer Lincolnshire Partnership’s #cutitout campaign will include an...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as we’re gathering around the tree…

Hello and welcome to Agents Do Charity’s final edition before this Christmas and the New Year. It’s been a terrific year for...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency franchise snapped up by husband and wife team

A  husband and wife team have bought the franchise for EweMove in York. Local media in the area say Jonathan and Elly...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Be kind to your mind - talking anxiety in estate agency

Our mental health affects how we think, feel and act. It affects how we handle anxiety, relate to others and impacts...

18 December 2019

From: Features

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

What does the new RICS Home Survey Standard mean for agents?

As part of its commitment to promoting and enforcing high standards, RICS has launched its Home Survey Standard, which will become...

14 December 2019

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the getting-close-to-Christmas edition

The election is over and there’s nothing on the agenda except the run-up to Christmas - although there’s still time for...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

PropTech Today: a new year, a new you - resolutions for 2020

Yes, you can promise yourself that you won't eat all the mince pies, or yet another roast potato, nor drink as...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Portals say they're ready for big changes to agencies and house sales

The portals say they are ready and willing to play their part in changes approaching the industry, ranging from new agency...

10 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

Agents Do Charity: never mind the ballots, here’s the fund-raising

[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

PropTech Today: A lesson about agents, technology and human contact

Everyone thought John Bercow was short. It probably didn’t help that I was on stage just before him. 5ft 6 versus...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

More London woe - prime prices tumble 20% in just five years

Another estate agency has provided evidence of the problems that continue to hurt the prime central London housing market. Strutt & Parker,...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Mark Hinkins, Sales Consultant at Rexlabs

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Mark Hinkins and I’m a Sales Consultant...

02 December 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

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

US agency Keller Williams takes off with new centre at Gatwick

US-based Keller Williams is going to open its next market centre in West Sussex - the latest example of what it...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Day in the life of a London sales director

In the latest part of the Natter’s ‘day in the life of’ series, I catch up with Chris Osmond, sales director...

30 November 2019

From: Features

Here’s why agents need to keep a keen eye on the Christmas Prize

Property voyeurism and the festive season have long been bedfellows for many Brits. The heady combination of over-indulgence and regret, close proximity...

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

Cash-strapped Countrywide sells commercial arm, extends credit facility

Cash-strapped Countrywide has this morning announced that it is selling its commercial business, Lambert Smith Hampton, for £38m. In a surprise statement...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s time again: we want your office Christmas photos and videos!

Don’t even think how quickly Christmas has come around again: it’s December 1 on Sunday, so we imagine many offices will...

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

Agents Do Charity - as December arrives and temperatures fall…

It’s beginning to look a lot like…we’re running a very popular service for agents, as we’ve been inundated with more fund-raising...

29 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

Michelle O’Brien, Account Manager of mio

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Michelle O’Brien, mio Account Manager for Home Counties North What is...

27 November 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

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

2020 around the corner: the first agents make their predictions

It’s only five weeks to the New Year and new decade and the first agents have started making predictions for the...

26 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

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

Labour pledges ‘revolution’ based on revamped council housing

Labour is pledging a “housing revolution” with the biggest council house building programme for decades Its manifesto being launched today will include new...

21 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

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

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

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

PropTech Today: increased tech awareness - data remains a weak link

KPMG published its Global PropTech Survey 2019 last week with the title: Is your digital future in the right hands? Interesting question:...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent recruitment: experience isn’t key, says personnel guru

The head of the UK’s longest-established agency recruitment consultancy says experience and qualifications are not key when looking for new staff. Property...

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

One of UK’s top agents joins ‘self employed’ hybrid agency

Mark Bentley, the immediate past president of the National Association of Estate Agents, has become the highest profile agent yet to...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket share price flops as Rightmove complaints rise

OnTheMarket’s share price slumped to an all-time low just before the end of trading last week. The price fell to 69.0p during trading on...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Hello, we hope you had a good weekend, and welcome to Monday - as ever, Property Jobs Today time, bringing you...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Five years in Prime London: prices down 15% and supply 45% down

The latest market snapshot of prime central London suggests that homes there are now 15.2 per cent cheaper than five years...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency in long-term deal to provide financial services to regional chain

Belvoir has struck an innovative eight-year exclusivity agreement with Dacres, the 20 office estate agency network based in Yorkshire, to deliver...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity: the close shave for the hairy upper lip edition…

If you haven’t noticed, it’s November already - a month where it’s increasingly popular for men to grow moustaches for charity....

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The biggest mistake you can make is to do nothing

This line is one that I use a lot in my speeches and presentations, often as part of the final slide. I...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

 Jason Wilson, mio Account Manager

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  Jason Wilson, mio Account Manager What is mio and what does...

05 November 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

A focus on professional development could improve our industry

Being a market leader means staying on top of industry trends. The more aware you are of what's happening in the...

02 November 2019

From: Features

Reservation Agreements may need bigger penalties says Reapit chief

Reservation Agreements may require bigger financial penalties than the £500 to £1,000 currently envisaged if they are to work. That’s the view...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s Halloween and more spooktacular agents are creeping it real

The big day is here and thanks so much to all the agents who have this year sent in their Halloween...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warn of market stagnation until Election and Brexit fog clears

Agents have interpreted the latest house price figures as evidence that the market is in limbo waiting for the Brexit -...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New online agency says it will be the first to make a profit

A small online agency which in six months of trading has secured around 140 sales says it’s on course to be...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

A winning combination: pick ‘n mix the best practices from Aus

The Australian agent is a very different beast to his or her British counterpart - no surprises there. And it’s not...

29 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

Ex-Countrywide and Rightmove chief invests in PropTech

The founder of Rightmove and former Countrywide chief executive Harry Hill is one of a number of investors behind a new...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in high-end deals in recent years, despite wider market woe

The number of prime residential housing transactions has increased rapidly in the past two decades and even in the past five...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s business as usual…for a week

It has been said time and time again that the uncertainty around Brexit is causing, well, uncertainty. As I write this, the...

26 October 2019

From: Features

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

Reservation Agreements: Agency asks buyers for £5,000 - and it works

A London agency has told Estate Agent Today that it makes some of its buyers pay upwards of £5,000 in Reservation...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The government and its attitude towards PropTech

It was in this very column, back in July, when I wrote about how the British government was starting to take...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Autumn bounce for property transactions according to new figures

There’s been an encouraging increase in property transaction volumes according to new figures from HM Revenue & Customs. The total number of...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leading agent backs reservation agreements ahead of pilot project

One of the country’s most prominent estate agents has given renewed backing to a pilot project on reservation agreements, being tested...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - Day in the life of a Yopa Territory Owner

Yopa – launched in 2015 as part of the new breed of hybrid operators seeking to shake up the industry –...

19 October 2019

From: Features

Why regulation is good for the deposit replacement sector

Since I started working with Zero Deposit for me the market leader in deposit replacement alternatives, the most common question I am...

19 October 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks in Canada - is it the agency’s secret success story?

Controversy and Purplebricks have gone hand in hand since the agency was first launched in 2012, through its float on the...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Free service for agents to identify mobile and broadband connectivity

A service has launched for estate and letting agents to copy and paste a widget into online advertisements free of charge. It...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

‘I want to be a founder’ - Be careful what you wish for

News broke last weekend of a further online estate agency casualty as letting agent Upad announced on its website that it...

17 October 2019

From: Features

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

Purplebricks: troubled investor Woodford slashes stake to under 5%

The troubled ‘star fund manager’ Neil Woodford has drastically reduced his stake in Purplebricks: he now owns less than five per...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

Regulation will drive more consumers to DIY approach, says agency boss

The boss of a 15+ branch estate agency group has explained how he thinks regulation could 'ruin' the estate agency industry. Simon...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What is the point of industry collaboration? It’s a risk, surely?

I have been banging on about partnerships and collaborations for years now. Whether it’s between two real estate firms, two PropTech firms,...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing crisis: Call for bungalows to house ageing population

A high proportion of over-65s would consider moving to a bungalow and believe more properties should be designed exclusively for older...

08 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

Property Natter - Day in the life of…a PropTech founder

In a revival of the Natter’s day in the life of series, I catch up with Rajeev Nayyar, managing director of...

05 October 2019

From: Features

How can the government help the millions of 'trapped' movers?

There’s no doubt that we live in politically charged times and every day appears to bring something new to the ‘party’. For...

05 October 2019

From: Features

Agents urged to consider flexible working and work from home options

Estate agents are being encouraged to consider providing increased flexible working options for their staff, including increased opportunities to work from...

04 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

Agent with historic property name launches buying agency

A former sales agent with a historic property name and heritage has launched his own buying agency after becoming 'frustrated' with...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Online estate agents and digital malfunction

It never rains but it pours. And that’s certainly been the case for the online estate agency sector in the last...

03 October 2019

From: Features

Countrywide to integrate iconic London agency into Hamptons brand

Countrywide says London agency Greene & Co, acquired back in May 2015, will become ‘fully immersed’ into its Hamptons International brand...

01 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

Cash buyers in retreat because of stamp duty, says Zoopla  

Cash buyers have fallen in 90 per cent of major UK cities over the past three years according to a Zoopla...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Price gap between freehold and leasehold widens to eight-year high

The price premium paid by purchasers for a freehold property rather than a leasehold is at its highest for eight years. An...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Should agents associate themselves with the conveyancing process?

Picture this: You have finally pushed that sale or purchase through, which means your client is over the moon and happy...

25 September 2019

From: Features

Small dip in transactions as market tries to shrug off Brexit blues

The annual number of property transactions edged down slightly according to the figures released applying to August. However, buyers and sellers email...

25 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

Forget branches - Google and Feefo are go-to for today’s buyers

A well known regional agent has closed one of its offices saying “the old shop window of an estate agency is...

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