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Boris Johnson considers asking SELLERS to pay stamp duty

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

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket AGM today expected to hear latest conversion figures

Shareholders at today’s annual general meeting of OnTheMarket will hear the latest conversion figures showing how many agents on free or...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Market monitor shows signs for optimism in some parts of UK

Home, the property platform that often produces downbeat market forecasts, now says there are signs of improvement in London at least.  It...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchisee snaps up independent agency in popular seaside town

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

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Radical reform for agency industry to be signed off by minister today

Some of the most radical reforms ever proposed for estate and letting agents are expected to be signed off today by...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit blues mean it's becoming a buyer's market, warns Rightmove

The price of property coming to market fell by 0.2 per cent or an average of £656 in the past month...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves and news

Hello and welcome to this latest edition of PJT, your Monday catch-up on all the key appointments news in the industry. Please...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Nationwide building society goes into house-building

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

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 July 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks and Foxtons could be big winners if BoJo becomes PM

Now could be the time to buy shares in Purplebricks and Foxtons if one stock market pundit turns out to be...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech v Traditional: Auction houses fight for market share

Auction companies have issued statements boasting of their own performance as old school companies and new entrants vie for market share. Firstly...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New industry regulator and qualifications ‘in place within two years’

A new industry regulator is likely to be in place within two years according to the chair of the government’s Regulation...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide sets next key progress date following minor share recovery

The next key date to measure the progress of Countrywide’s controversial Back To Basics programme is at the end of this...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing market - steady as she goes, suggests RICS

A more stable trend is now emerging in the UK housing market, according to the latest results for the RICS UK...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Praise for estate agency diversifying into equity release

Specialist providers catering for the over-50s has welcomed a move by high-end estate agency Knight Frank to move into equity release. Commenting...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

How can estate agents sell 20% of stock before it hits the market?

If agents ran their databases more efficiently, the property portals might find themselves redundant. Controversial opening statement aside, the reality is that...

10 July 2019

From: Features

Countrywide brands join forces to create ‘airspace’ division

Two Countrywide brands have joined forces to launch Airspace Exchange – a service to push the idea of constructing homes and...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: How will estate agents win and lose talent?

The PropTech era is changing the way in which employees decide where they are going to work. As CBRE has discovered in...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

104 viewings in one day and 22 offers - is this a record in a 'slow' market?

Stories of a slow property market due to an ongoing lack of supply and Brexit woes have been well-documented in recent...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 July 2019

From: Features

Back to the future? A home ownership crisis

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

06 July 2019

From: Features

Giraffe360: A New Camera Transforming Floorplans and Property Photography

It’s been a busy year for Giraffe360. Following its £1 million successful funding round in January and moving its headquarters from...

05 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Becky Howes, Account Manager of mio

  Who are you and what does it say on your business card?             Becky Howes, mio Account Manager What...

05 July 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Competitive bidding and sealed bids make ‘surprise return’ to Prime London

The practices of competitive bidding and sealed bids have made a 'surprise return' to the Prime Central London (PCL) property market,...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Summer market momentum slows as property supply dipped in June

The summer market momentum building thanks to warmer weather and reduced Brexit uncertainty took a hit in June, according to new...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - from the top of the world

Friday is Agents Do Charity day and as the country enjoys the delights of Wimbledon and rues the Lionesses' departure from...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Moving with the times? Average owner moves home every 21 years

The average British homeowner stays in their property for 20.8 years, according to new research by Zoopla. The property portal analysed the...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Have you been a victim of property 'ghosting' recently?

It’s likely that your agency or one of your clients has recently fallen foul of an old-fashioned trend which has been...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

From North Somerset to Mauritius - two new branches for Fine & Country

Fine & Country, the international network of prime estate agencies, has this week announced the opening of two new offices. The first...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Give All Your £ to Google

In the last ten years Google's revenue, largely from pay per click ads (Adwords), has grown by 527% (Source: Statista). In...

03 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Past its sell by date? Three-year-old property listing banned by ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint made against a listing on property website Houser.co.uk. In January, the complainant notified...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

When selling doesn’t actually mean ‘selling’ - website warns vendors

The head of a website that contrasts the performances of rival estate agents is urging buyers to ‘drill down’ and find...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government blasted over ‘scandalous’ leasehold reform proposals

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

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet another house raffle competition bites the dust

Another house price raffle has closed amid rancour, and with cash prizes being awarded instead of the property originally promoted. The latest...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Market Share: High Street estate agents crush online firms

New figures released show High Street estate agents taking an increasingly large market share as online operators continue to crumble. According to the...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry movers and shakers…

Hello and welcome to both this week’s PJT and welcome to July. It may be summer and Wimbledon time, but there’s no...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

 Latest housing market problem - sales of £1m-plus homes stall

It’s unlikely to bring out the violins but the number of properties sold for £1m or more in Britain rose only...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the worst location in the country for gazumping

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

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – guide to property startups, Part 2

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

29 June 2019

From: Features

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

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

29 June 2019

From: Features

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

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

29 June 2019

From: Features

Labour would crash housing market warns senior industry figure

The latest report commissioned by the Labour party to resolve the UK’s housing problems would crash the housing market rather than...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks founder Kenny Bruce pledges: “I’ll be back - and soon”

Purplebricks’ founder Kenny Bruce has promised that his departure from the firm does not mean he won’t be heard of again. Kenny - whose brother...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer endorses reservation agreements and digital legal packs

Phil Spencer and his advice website IQ have endorsed the concept of legally binding reservation agreements and digital legal packs through...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Hope for first time buyers as affordability improves in UK's big cities

The income required for first time buyers to purchase in the three most expensive UK cities has fallen slightly according to...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Modern method of auction - the online bidding process explained

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

26 June 2019

From: Features

MyBid4It offers exclusivity benefits for Estate Agents…

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

26 June 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Cash buyers pull out of property as Brexit worries bite

The number of cash buyers in London has recently plummeted by very nearly a fifth - and every other part of...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Supply rises at last but over 80% of homes sell below asking price

New figures from the National Association of Estate Agents suggest that supply is at last creeping back up to seasonal norms...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Six property management firms worth knowing about

I want to take the time this week to look at an area of PropTech and real estate which is seeing...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents get nine months free use of PropTech tool in latest FIA deal

The Federation of Independent Agents has agreed another new partnership with an industry supplier. The arrangement will allow FIA agent members nine...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Watchdog upholds complaints and finds new problem with house raffle

A company which promotes property raffles have been told that it cannot repeat certain elements of its advertisements on Facebook and...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Transactions tumble but glimmer of hope in prime London market

London Central Portfolio, a respected property consultancy that has been pessimistic about the market in prime areas of the capital, says...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Don’t tell Boris Johnson, but neighbours matter to many house buyers

A timely new survey suggests that 75 per cent of buyers give at least some consideration to what their potential neighbours...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

In Praise of Purplebricks: a senior estate agent speaks out

A former Territory Owner at Purplebricks, who at one time managed 11 Local Property Experts, has spoken out in support of...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Transactions plummet - agents' fingers crossed for rest of 2019

The number of residential property transactions in May was a thumping 11.3 per cent lower than the same month last year,...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the industry movers and shakers…

The weekend is over all-too-quickly but at least if it’s Monday, it’s Property Jobs Today - your weekly catch up with...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Blond ambition - Does Boris Johnson have any housing policies?

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

22 June 2019

From: Features

Can franchising help independents to futureproof their businesses?

Recent figures from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have revealed a rather worrying landscape for small business owners across the...

22 June 2019

From: Features

Incoming – a summer of change for estate and letting agents

You may be right in thinking that Brexit has dominated the thinking of the government in the last three years. However,...

22 June 2019

From: Features

Brexit Blues: “sharp correction” likely post-deal, agent warns

Homes in central parts of London sold for a typical 11.5 per cent below asking price in the first three months...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - more wonderful work by our industry

If it’s Friday it’s Agents Do Charity day - and we’ve got another bundle of good work for you this week,...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks for the high jump as it sponsors Olympics Team GB

Purplebricks is the “Official Estate Agent Of Team GB” for the build-up to and completion of next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo. It is going...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency boss applied for top job “to protect business model”

The head of EweMove, the hybrid agency operated by The Property Franchise Group, says he applied for the top job in...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Facebook's own currency to drive rental transactions

Facebook is set to enter the cryptocurrency business with the big reveal of its formal plans scheduled for some point this...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: youngest-ever female president for NAEA Propertymark

ARLA and NAEA Propertymark have announced their top teams for the year ahead - and on the estate agency side, the...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Family home for £1m in London? You'll be lucky, says OnTheMarket

Research from OnTheMarket shows that 40 per cent of London homes costing around £1m have only two bedrooms or fewer. And only...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Southern England facing a year of selective price falls - Zoopla

Over a third of homes across Southern England are at risk of suffering price falls as the housing market slowdown extends...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit's Trump card: Sterling slump means rich US buyers flock to London

A high-end estate agency is reporting a dramatic rise in the number of US buyers in London as they have taken...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - key moves in and about our industry

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

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a guide to property startups - Part 1

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

15 June 2019

From: Features

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

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

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Four agencies acted illegally in fee price cartel, says watchdog

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

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Should the lettings process become fully digital?

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

12 June 2019

From: Features

Countrywide redundancies: dozens of sales progression staff may go

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

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: now is the time to understand blockchain

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

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Sellers are back with a vengeance, according to online agency

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

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Summer price surge set to compensate for early 2019 falls

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

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks problems persist as Woodford sell-off continues

There seems no end in sight for the share turmoil going on at Purplebricks, with several new developments on Friday before...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov and Countrywide merge: it could have happened…

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

08 June 2019

From: Features

Advertising tips: be big, bold and back it up

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

08 June 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket claims record visits - but no update on agent numbers

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

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Demand for shared ownership homes set to double - Savills

Demand for shared ownership properties will rise by over 15,000 units a year when Help To Buy comes to an end...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 June 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks names July date to reveal company performance

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

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

What next for Countrywide and Purplebricks after day of turmoil?

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

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing minister mocked over bid to become Prime Minister

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

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price rises on news of big new German investment

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

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency branch openings after rebranding and acquisition

An estate agency in St Albans has rebranded as Fine & Country. JW&Co Langleys office in St Albans was acquired by Tom...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 June 2019

From: Features

A moving tide of regulation making its way towards estate agents

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

01 June 2019

From: Features

At least three Countrywide brands thought to be closing branches

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

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Long-standing London independent agency rebrands to franchise network

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

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agencies top league table of shop closures across Britain

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

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

NAEA and ARLA launch training and compliance service for agents

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

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: We can’t ignore the technological underclass

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

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Vendors accepting larger discounts off asking prices, says Zoopla

The gap between average asking prices and average selling prices has increased in recent months according to Zoopla. Its latest study of...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Easier extensions - mixed response from industry and planners

There’s been a mixed response to the government’s surprise announcement that it would make permanent the right of home owners to...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Planning rules relaxed ‘to avoid owners selling homes’

Homeowners will be able to extend properties more easily instead of moving home. In a surprise announcement this morning - less than...

25 May 2019

From: Breaking News

What would a Corbyn government mean for sales and lettings?

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

25 May 2019

From: Features

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

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

25 May 2019

From: Features

Why celebrating the achievements of the industry is so valuable

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

25 May 2019

From: Features

TFB: Tenant Fee Ban or The Future Begins?

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

25 May 2019

From: Features

Compliance clampdown on Referral Fees and Modern Method of Auction

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

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 May 2019

From: Features

Buyer wins case against surveyor who ‘missed’ Japanese Knotweed

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

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing Market stagnating as Brexit rumbles on, HMRC figures show

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

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks market share falls as online sector becomes still weaker

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

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says prices stay steady but London still in doldrums

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

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 May 2019

From: Features

Anti-money laundering: the key myths and misconceptions

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

18 May 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: has Purplebricks' bubble now officially burst?

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

18 May 2019

From: Features

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

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

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Alexa: when do we get cheaper and faster conveyancing?

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

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran becomes chair of franchise giant as founder retires

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

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

How you CAN increase your chargeable fees and JUSTIFY it

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

16 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

“Gaping holes” in Purplebricks business model, says ex-online investor

An expert who has invested in an online agency in the past has slammed Purplebricks’ business model. James Max, who presents the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Quick Sale trade body boasts of few complaints after five years

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

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 May 2019

From: Features

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

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

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

You're going to prison agent told in £110,000 fraud case

An estate agent in the north east of England has been told he will face prison after admitting two counts of...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency amends sale details after complaint sent to advertising watchdog

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

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves

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

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fee ban - another failure of government policy?

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

11 May 2019

From: Features

Countrywide branch closures and staff redeployment underway

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

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest Brexit delay attracts sellers back to the market

Thousands of homeowners listed their properties for sale in the days following the latest Brexit delay on April 12, new research...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - in a week full of miracles

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

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Major agency announces first acquisition since new ownership

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

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Selling like hotcakes? Britain's fastest property markets revealed

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

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The six things you need to know about live chat

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

08 May 2019

From: Features

Complaints against agents on the rise, says Property Ombudsman

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

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price slides further following Michael Bruce departure

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

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Market transformation – deterring, championing and Purplebricks

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

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: agents drop Rightmove in favour of OnTheMarket

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

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Massive discounts up to 21% for prime London homes, says bank

Some of the most expensive properties in London are selling typically between 13 and 21 per cent off the asking price. And...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - homes of the future

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

04 May 2019

From: Features

The problems with incentivising downsizing through stamp duty

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

04 May 2019

From: Features

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

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

04 May 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket share trading frozen temporarily after 10% price slump

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

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New blow for Purplebricks as another bank slashes share forecast

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

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit breathing space leads to surge in applicants and deals done

The breathing space offered by the October Brexit deadline and the receding prospect of a No Deal exit from the EU...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sales take over 50% longer than a year ago in some parts of the UK

A new analysis suggests that sales of more than four out of five homes in the UK are taking at least...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Silver lining for housing market as first time buyer numbers rise

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

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Homes take a third longer to sell than two years ago - new figures

A property listings platform has revealed what it describes as ‘the best places to sell a home’ in England and Wales. The...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Big slide in prime London listings thanks to Brexit, admits agency

An estate agency has produced figures showing a 12.5 per cent slump in the number of homes listed to sell in...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The man who polices the agency industry - an exclusive interview

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

27 April 2019

From: Features

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

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

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Major agency launches lifestyle service to bolster sales and lettings income

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

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty plummets by £1 billion following surcharge backfire

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

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks is hugely successful despite tumbling share price says analyst

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

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 April 2019

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: rent arrears vs property condition

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

20 April 2019

From: Features

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

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

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Explained - the future of tenant referencing after the fees ban

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

17 April 2019

From: Features

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

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

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Bleak market survey by listings website contrasts with upbeat Rightmove

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

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Raffle Rumpus: another property competition in hot water with watchdog

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

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Charlie Lancaster, Managing Director, MyBid4it

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

16 April 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Tiny market share for online agents despite millions spent on marketing

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

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals show modest uptick as market improves

On the same day as one of the most optimistic Rightmove market snapshots of recent months, the latest mortgage monitor from...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit chaos causing estate agency staffing problems

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

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Spring Forward! Market moving again says Rightmove

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

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest key industry moves

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

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 April 2019

From: Features

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

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

13 April 2019

From: Features

ARLA Propertymark Conference 2019 – three key talking points

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

13 April 2019

From: Features

Should the estate agency industry stop resisting regulation?

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

13 April 2019

From: Features

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

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

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour plans to control house prices dismissed as “bordering on the insane”

Labour is proposing two methods of controlling house price rises should it win the next General Election - and the ideas...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Prices to fall slightly for next six months, warns RICS

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

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: ‘It takes 10 years for a first time buyer to save for a home’

The average time it takes for a single first time buyer to save for a 15 per cent deposit in England...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Maintaining fees and winning instructions – key questions answered

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

10 April 2019

From: Features

Another property tax backfires on government as revenue plummets

HM Revenue & Customs is set to pocket £60m less from one of its property taxes than it forecast. An analysis of...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

EweMove in profit as Property Franchise Group reports solid figures

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

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

5 reasons estate agents need a telephone answering service

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

08 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

New blow for Purplebricks as onliners’ market share dips again

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

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: great advertising campaigns for independent estate agents

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

06 April 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks stock downgraded 80% by investment bank

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

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency considers quitting Rightmove as it trials Zoopla in key branches

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

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Is innovation the key to thriving in the property sector?

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

03 April 2019

From: Features

Bad news for transactions as Equity Release grows again

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

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New woe for London market as property magazine shuts immediately

A long running property magazine delivered to homes in prime areas of London has shut down with immediate effect. London Property had...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket issues shares to agents signing long-term deals

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

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit ‘prompts transaction surge to beat possible market slump’

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

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

How can agents keep property transactions on track?

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

30 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

30 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

30 March 2019

From: Features

Why the future of the property industry should be paperless

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

30 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty and conveyancing are growing worries for home owners

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

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2019

From: Features

Why stamp duty should be abolished and not just reformed

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

23 March 2019

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: landlords claiming re-protection deposits

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

23 March 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks and Foxtons reviews on Trustpilot come under scrutiny

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for agents as transaction figures defy Brexit blues

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Major Purplebricks backer launches new PropTech start-up fund

One of the largest investors in Purplebricks has now joined forces with an off-shoot of luxury car firm Porsche to launch...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Three portals to debate future of sector at PropTech conference

Three portals are to reveal their thoughts on how their platforms and others are likely to develop at this spring’s annual...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Prices stagnate but there are big regional differences says Your Move

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Why ongoing training and support is crucial for new software

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

19 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Another online agency in trouble and blames Brexit for redundancies

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Regional agency expands with opening of 10th High Street office

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket and new portal OneDome reveal extra services

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Can Ewe believe it? Astounding claims made about hybrid agency

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Guild claims highest market share and targets big rise in membership

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

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent comparison website bags £2.2m funding to build on TV backing

GetAgent, the comparison estate agency business, has secured £2.2m in investment from a consortium of investors including Channel 4. The backers are...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Homes with ‘terrace’ or ‘court’ addresses attract below-average prices

An analysis of thousands of transactions shows that homes with ‘street’ in their address produce sale prices which are almost exactly...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Instructions dip 4% across UK but plummet 19% in London

Latest data from property platform Home suggests that instruction numbers across the UK as a whole are down four per cent...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Two agencies defy London market by opening new offices

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

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Another blow for online as agency scraps crowdfunding campaign

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

First time buyer mortgages strong despite ongoing Brexit uncertainty

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Slowdown in homes coming to the market, says Agency Express

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of undervaluing because of faulty floorplans

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Stop indulging councils over rental licensing and local schemes

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

09 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

09 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

09 March 2019

From: Features

Franchising: why finding your premises could be the biggest obstacle

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

09 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Customer Service Awards: are YOU on the shortlist?

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

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Savills silent on Yopa after massive write-down by LSL

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

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Oh dear - Purple(b)ricks needs a proof reader...

We all make mistakes, and when it comes to typos Estate Agent Today is as guilty as anyone. But there’s a...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How to keep landlords happy in 2019

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

06 March 2019

From: Features

Ailing online agency House Network hit by complaint to watchdog

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

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: $200m investment for a storage firm – where is the potential?

A couple of weeks ago, SoftBank’s Vision Fund led a whopping $200 million investment injection into Clutter, the US-based on-demand storage...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit splits first time buyers across the country say Guild agents

It’s not just the high-end market for homes in the south east that’s hit by Brexit according to the Guild of...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency boss named in Top 100 Power List

A slew of bad news stories about online estate agencies may have taken the lustre off the sector in recent weeks,...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Mikus Opelts, CEO of Giraffe360

Who are you? Mikus Opelts, CEO of Giraffe360 What is Giraffe360 and what does it do? Giraffe360 is a unique digital photography subscription service...

05 March 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

LSL writes down value of Yopa stake as it pins faith in High Street branches

LSL Property Services, the parent company of Your Move and Reeds Rains, has substantially 'written down' its investment in online estate...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket blasts Rightmove with aggressive email to agents

OnTheMarket has stepped up its attack on Rightmove with a stridently-worded email to agents explaining how a drop in leads from...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: Onus is very much on agents insists conveyancing chief

The director of strategy at the Council for Licensed Conveyancers says “the onus is very much on estate agents” to respond...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

MPs want agents views on anti-money laundering after shock HMRC swoop

HM Revenue & Customs has issued more details of its bid to encourage estate agents to combat money laundering in the...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide hit with £215,000 fine in HMRC swoop on agents

It’s been revealed that Countrywide has been hit with a £215,000 fine as part of a swoop by HMRC cracking down...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks Uncovered: What it's like to be a Local Property Expert

Here’s an unusual story, describing the work of one of Purplebricks’ Local Property Experts who was with the company for around...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - many top industry names on the move this week ...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today - the every-Monday round-up of key moves within the industry. Let us know...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New Property Information Questionnaire being piloted by NAEA

A working party of NAEA Propertymark is to conduct a pilot of a new Property Information Questionnaire - part of a...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

39 Your Move and Reeds Rain branches bought and becoming franchises

Your Move and Reeds Rains have confirmed that 39 branches are to be taken over by David Newnes and an existing...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket takes to the air with commercial radio campaign

OnTheMarket will be “blanketing the commercial radio landscape” as well as engaging in sports and agency industry sponsorship programmes over the...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: should you be making your agency Instagram-friendly?

Instagram (or, as the younger generation would have it, Insta) is, by any measure, massive.  Only launched in October 2010, it’s a...

02 March 2019

From: Features

Rightmove average charges top £1,000 a month as revenue and profits soar

Rightmove has this morning given its 2018 report to shareholders, laying bare the huge financial wealth of the company which dominates...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency alleged to have told staff they may not be paid

House Network, one of the first ever online estate agencies, is alleged to be considering calling in administrators. Two reliable sources close...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons rules out new branch closures but suffers huge fall in transactions

Foxtons has ruled out further branch closures as it continues to struggle against what it calls “the continued weakness” of the...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New property portal launches with revolutionary business model

A new sales portal has launched with a radically different business model, aiming to pay agents to list on it. It’s the brainchild of...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency defends Trustpilot online reviews as transparent and honest

Chancellors says it has over 10,000 reviews on Trustpilot, making it the most reviewed High Street agency on the platform.  In a statement...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

20% drop in New Year  buyer registrations put down to Brexit blues

Data from NAEA Propertymark suggests there were 20 per cent fewer buyers in January this year than in the same month...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

CMA wants two ‘cartel’ agency directors disqualified

The Competition and Markets Authority has this afternoon taken the latest step in the lengthy case of an estate agency cartel. This revolves...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Why traditional property management as we know it is over

Nobody likes change. It makes people feel threatened, undermines their confidence, and makes them worry about the future. But regardless of...

27 February 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: Purplebricks’ lack of collaboration to blame for recent troubles

No doubt we’ve all seen the recent Purplebricks news - shares have, according to the BBC, ‘plunged after it slashed its...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove and Zoopla agree - the market's slowing gradually

Both major portals have this morning revealed more evidence of a gently slowing housing market. The average time to sell a property...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Who benefits from Help To Buy? First time buyers or fat cat developers?

The row over whether Help To Buy benefits house builders’ personal wealth more than it assists the housing market is continuing...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed: property portal database of rogue traders includes murderers

The controversial property portal Propertyheads has compiled a blacklist of tradesmen who have a criminal record. The website says this is the...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency shuts key office as London hit by more transaction and price falls

Another estate agency has closed one of its prime London offices as the capital’s most exclusive areas continue to be hit...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing powerhouse launched ahead of house buying changes

The UK’s two leading conveyancing groups have merged to form what they call a “powerhouse” to be called Simplify. My Home Move...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Our homes are ‘woeful’ for older people, claims pressure group

The vast majority of people want homes built as standard for all age groups - a contrary view to those in...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What are HMRC looking for?

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

25 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks’ problems won’t deter investors, insists rival online agency

Online agency platform Love2move insists that its current bid to attract investors will not be damaged by the adverse publicity surrounding...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

For Sale By Owner website set up ‘out of frustration with estate agents’

Another For Sale By Owner website has been launched - this one, apparently, because the founder was “frustrated” with estate agents’...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov’s losses: agency founder Quirk complains to Mail on Sunday

The former chief executive of online agency Emoov has complained to the Mail on Sunday about an article concerning the firm’s...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says some branch staff will fill water bottles for the public

Countrywide’s high-end brand Hamptons International says agents at its branches will in future be “delighted” to fill water bottles for members of...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your weekly round-up of key industry moves

Welcome to this week’s PJT, your chance to catch up with the latest key job moves. Keep in touch with us on...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents doing not nearly enough to report money laundering - claim

The government’s anti-money laundering campaign Flag It Up has published an A to Z which it claims will help agents understand...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov former boss disputes Mail on Sunday claim about agency's debts

Online estate agent Emoov failed to tell crowdfunding investors it was losing £3m a month before its collapse, a Sunday paper claims. The...

24 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agencies: the final curtain call?

It’s been a theatrical week in Westminster with talk of defections and duplicity worthy of Shakespeare. Yet the estate agency world has...

23 February 2019

From: Features

RIP the open house…the return of the high street agent?

Cast your minds back to the summer of 2014. It’s 9.55 am somewhere in east London ‘Sorry I’m late’ offers the...

23 February 2019

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: Delivery claim made by landlord

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

23 February 2019

From: Features

Game over for online agents? They fail to get above 5% market share

Latest figures show that the top 10 online estate agencies have once again failed to exceed five per cent market share,...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Commisery and gloating - industry reaction to Purplebricks share crash

Purplebricks’ eye-watering share price fall yesterday was greeted with widespread satisfaction by property professionals outside the online sector. The agency’s share price...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Sluggish start to 2019 transactions, but there is a market out there…

The first set of figures for the year from HMRC show that there were 0.8 per cent more residential property transactions...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it's been a remarkable week…

Few can deny that with announcements from MPs and an announcement from Purplebricks, that it’s been an extraordinary week.  While it may...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks in trouble? UK chief quits and warning about overseas expansion

Purplebricks has this morning warned investors its foreign activities are not going as well as predicted - although it insists it is...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

 New portal says it’s better than Rightmove and Zoopla for investors

A portal powered by Artificial Intelligence claims it is offering investors a much-needed and superior alternative to Rightmove and Zoopla. One &...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Selling for 8.5% above asking price: why is Scotland's market so strong?

As the sales market across much of Britain appears to be mired in political and economic uncertainty, figures from Scotland appear...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour housing guru disagrees with party's breakaway MPs

Labour’s housing spokesman, John Healey, has spoken out against the split in the party which has so far seen eight MPs...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News