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

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

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Sales progression app now used by 1,000 agency branches

PropTech supplier mio says it now has over 1,000 agency branches using its sales progression platform - and it’s recruited Countrywide...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Downsizers should get stamp duty cuts just like first timers - call

Family houses are under-occupied and only incentives to downsize can help improve the housing market - with a stamp duty cut...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s ‘head of innovation’ joins free-to-list online agency

The man who has been Rightmove’s head of innovation for the past five years has joined an online agency. Hannes Buhrmann has...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New sales and rental franchise seeks agents to set up national operation

A senior property lawyer is to set up a franchise agency which he describes as embracing the best of the High...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing fraud warning issued by leading consumer group

Consumers are not as worried as they should be about conveyancing fraud, putting them at risk of losing life-changing sums of...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: first-time buyers - how can agents ease the pain?

A well-known saying in estate agency is that first-time buyers are the sellers of the future. If we believe this to...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove data reveals areas with biggest surge in buyer leads

There has been a huge surge in demand in some regions of the UK according to new data from Rightmove.  The portal...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Give first time buyers a break, mortgage lenders tell government

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

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Dominic Cummings - lessons for the agency industry

Dominic Cummings has been at worst a cause of huge anger to a nation that’s already extremely anxious. At best, he’s been...

30 May 2020

From: Features

The three key factors influencing the UK property market

The outlook for the housing market is still taking shape, but here I take a look at three market indicators to...

30 May 2020

From: Features

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

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

30 May 2020

From: Features

The property industry needs to prioritise mental health more than ever

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week, and there is a great deal of positive things to be said about a...

30 May 2020

From: Features

Chief exec quits top agency and training guru takes helm

The well-known chief executive of Fine & Country, David Lindley, is standing down. An announcement from the agency came late this morning...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary Jenrick in hot water again as he admits bias

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick - accused by some of breaking the lockdown some weeks ago - is now in more hot...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 May 2020

From: Features

'Furlough could wreck housing market' - warning to government

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

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tom Harrington, Managing Director of PropCert.

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

26 May 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing ministers steer clear of Cummings row - until last evening

Housing Minister Chris Pincher and Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick stayed well clear of the Dominic Cummings row over the weekend -...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

20-point risk management protocol introduced by top agent

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

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency asks buyers on viewings to sign ‘no touching’ declaration

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

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent sends reassuring letting to sales and lettings clients

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

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 May 2020

From: Features

Watchdog launches probe into fake and misleading online reviews

The Competition and Markets Authority has launched an investigation into fake and misleading online reviews. The announcement from the watchdog does not...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday extension welcomed despite ‘cliff edge’ worry

There’s been a cautious welcome for the extension to the current mortgage holiday scheme, due to run out for ‘early adopters’...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices to drop 12% before long term growth - latest prediction

Typical prices in the UK housing market will drop 12 per cent before long-term growth resumes in 2021 and beyond. That’s the...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove visits soar as portal use returns to pre-lockdown level

Rightmove says it enjoyed 5.3m visits on Tuesday of this week - up four per cent on the comparable day of...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the latest long weekend version…

It’s another Bank Holiday weekend and the first since lockdown was eased and the housing market returns - so perhaps a...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

All Change! Agents should reform ‘before government intervenes’

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

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

The stricter the lockdown ‘the faster housing market recovers’

An analysis of seven countries which underwent different forms of lockdown during the pandemic suggests the British and Italian housing markets...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove finance chief to step down next month

Rightmove has confirmed that its group finance director is to step down at the end of next month. Robyn Perriss is retiring...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Settled - people miss the point about failure

I recently read the news about Settled closing its doors. As of 6.29am on Tuesday morning, the article had been read by 8,642...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says key market indicator already better than last year

The number of full property details viewed on Rightmove - a key indicator of market health - is already stronger than...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

High profile London agent joins boutique property consultancy

The popular and well respected ex-Knight Frank partner Tom Tangney has joined Rose & Partners, a boutique property firm serving prime...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market reboot triggers surge in mortgage applications

A daily monitor of mortgage market activity has reported “significant volumes” of business across the sector, even over the weekend. Mortgage technology...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer’s Move iQ in new collaboration with the ESTAS

It’s been revealed that the home moving advice service set up by Phil Spencer is entering a collaboration with awards and...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Big Three portals accused of abusing agents’ data

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

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agency owner makes it to Sunday Times Rich List

Veteran estate agency owner Paul Rooney has again featured as the most wealthy individual agency owner in the annual Sunday Times...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS awards go virtual - here’s the date when winners will be named

The biggest awards for the agency sector - The ESTAS - will now be a virtual event on Friday July 3,...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Another agency attracts hundreds of clients to ‘keep in touch’ webinar

Strutt & Parker is the latest agency to attract hundreds of prospective vendors and buyers to a ‘keep in touch’ webinar. Last...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

How’s the housing market? Ask again in September…

Rightmove has taken the unusual step this weekend of issuing its usual monthly asking price index on a Saturday instead of...

16 May 2020

From: Features

How can estate agents take professional property photos themselves?

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

16 May 2020

From: Features

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

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

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Volume of portal listings carrying virtual viewings surges during pandemic

There’s been a very significant increase in the number of listings carrying virtual viewings, accelerating during the period of the Coronavirus crisis and...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coup for London agency selected to provide Bank of England data

High end London agency Beauchamp Estates has been selected to join the Bank of England’s advisory panel of companies and senior directors, and to...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online estate agency ceases trading and customers refunded

The online estate agency Settled appears to have ceased trading with its customers refunded. It was launched in 2014 by former Google...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

5 ways agents can manage expectation when times get tough

Over the past few weeks, estate agents have been forced to close high street branches and adapt to working from home,...

14 May 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Craig Fenner, a Customer Success Director at Feefo

Who are you? I’m Craig Fenner, a Customer Success Director at Feefo.  I work directly with Feefo’s Enterprise clients to ensure they...

14 May 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Conveyancers and removers join agents on ‘Back To Work Day’

It’s back to work today for England’s estate agents and the housing market - but it’s the start of a new...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove thanks Zoopla and OnTheMarket for ‘market freedom’

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has taken the unusual step of thanking the other rival portals - Zoopla, OnTheMarket and...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Do only one-in-three agents really want to work as before?

The second part of a survey which has already thrown up shock results has been launched with an appeal for agents...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Back-To-Work guidance for agents expected this week

The chief executive of NAEA Propertymark says he expects specific government guidance later this week for estate agents to return to...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says Covid crisis could be catalyst for change in portals

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

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons shareholder rebellion expected at tomorrow’s AGM

There's widespread expectation that Foxtons’ senior management will face sharp criticism at the company’s Annual General Meeting today. The hottest issue at...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Fury over Rightmove’s post-lockdown advertising bonanza

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

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of breaking lockdown before new rules announced

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

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Official house price index suspended but Bank warns of 16% drop

The government has temporarily suspended its official house price index as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. In a long and far-reaching announcement...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 May 2020

From: Features

The perfect example of agency morale kept up at difficult times

  On Estate Agent Today this Bank Holiday weekend we’re celebrating the great work agents are doing to keep morale high and...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

How David Beckham and Guy Ritchie inspire one agency team…

In normal times, the Winkworth team based at their Notting Hill office in west London would head to the fashionable Walmer...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove launching biggest-ever marketing campaign - no news on fees

Rightmove says it’s to launch its biggest ever national marketing campaign in a bid to kick-start the market once lockdown eases. The...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Fury over agent breaching government rules on opening to public

There’s been a furious response to the agent who appears to have breached government rules by opening his branch to the...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Third of agents say some staff will permanently work from home

A third of agencies say at least some of their staff will be working from home permanently when the Coronavirus pandemic...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New tool to make virtual valuations more accurate despite lockdown

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

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Savills makes huge donation to regional charities fighting Coronavirus

Savills is donating over £800,000 to nominated charities across the UK. Following a commitment to Land Aid’s Covid-19 campaign for youth homelessness,...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tomorrow on Estate Agent Today - team spirits flying high...

Tomorrow, Bank Holiday Friday, we’re revealing what agents have been doing to maintain morale in their teams during lockdown. You’ve been generous...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London Labour council opposes 30% discount for first time buyers

A Labour council in London has come out against the government’s plan to offer 30 per cent discounts to first time...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks market share and revenue drop sharply - new analysis

The market share for all online agents fell sharply in the period up to the start of the pandemic according to new...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove accused of 'sinister' changes to listings of agent who quit

Listings from an agent who ended his contract with Rightmove were not removed as he expected - instead, he is accusing...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says vast majority of buyers will go ahead after lockdown

A study by Rightmove suggests that 94 per cent of buyers and sellers currently in the market are determined to go...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Strong market recovery likely after lockdown, claims Nationwide

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

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing minister drawing up plans for agents to resume work

Housing minister Chris Pincher is drawing up guidelines which could allow agents to return to something like normal working in the near...

03 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Three reasons why estate agency should be first out of lockdown

The coming week’s stories in the mainstream media - inevitably focused on Coronavirus - will be dominated by two things. Firstly there...

02 May 2020

From: Features

Sales progression: We need to talk about speed

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

02 May 2020

From: Features

Social distancing signs for agents through quick-off-the-mark supplier

The Kremer Signs company has unveiled a package of products for agents to use in the new era of social distancing.  These...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - fantastic help for communities during lockdown

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

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove launches social media recruitment drive

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has started buying social media advertising space in a bid to recruit agents. In a ‘promoted’...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

How have your teams kept up morale during lockdown?

Lockdown may be over soon - but who knows what a relaxation of the current restrictions will really mean for our...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents - this is why buyers aren’t seeing your print ads...

We all know the world has gone digital—nothing new there. Every time you jump online, you’re one of 4.5 billion internet...

29 April 2020

From: Features

New guidance for removals could mean housing market back in action

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

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket fails to impress with latest bid to win over agents

OnTheMarket’s share price dropped again yesterday, ending down 2.4 per cent. This was despite the portal announcing a share giveaway to encourage new agents...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent reveals ‘After Lockdown’ safe way of selling homes

One of the few agents anywhere in the British Isles who has returned to something like normal working has revealed new...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

World first for agents with video reviews of suppliers on Kerfuffle

Kerfuffle is the first property-related review site in the world to offer agents the ability to post video reviews on supplier...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 April 2020

From: Features

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

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

25 April 2020

From: Features

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

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

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies still getting leads and completing deals despite lockdown

It may seem a long time since normal trading took place but many agencies are now finding they are picking up...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual Viewing Masterclass: top tips from agent who sold home this way

A Fine & Country agent has just sold a home based on a video viewing, and is now sharing tips with...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Will coronavirus affect attitudes towards referencing and rent guarantee products?

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

22 April 2020

From: Features

PropTech Today: why the industry shouldn’t abandon best laid plans

We are all operating in peculiar times. Times of great upheaval. Our lives are both in a complete state of flux...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property firms hit ‘critical distress’ level even before worst of virus

Property and construction are amongst the worst hit sectors for businesses in so-called ‘critical distress’ according to figures taken before the worst...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Five years before housing market recovers from Coronavirus - claim

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

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 house sales to hit peak in September predicts leading agency

The peak of the 2020 sales market is likely to be September instead of the usual early summer - but that...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons AGM goes virtual with new management bonus scheme on agenda

Foxtons' Annual General Meeting next month is to be held virtually, meaning voting will be electronic. A feature of last year’s AGM...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on new-build holiday homes likely in another tourist hotspot

Another west country tourist hotspot looks set to ban any future new-build home being sold as a holiday or additional property. Bigbury...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for stamp duty holiday to reignite housing market

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

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

A close shave for Viewber chief as he raises £1,600 for the NHS

Ed Mead, co-founder of outsourced viewing service Viewber and a high profile agent for over 30 years, has had his closest...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 April 2020

From: Features

Say No To Rightmove leader demands “no return to full tariff”

The leader of the Say No To Rightmove campaign says that agents are demanding that there is “no return to full...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons furloughs 750 staff and slashes pay for high earners

Foxtons says it’s furloughed 750 staff and asked high paid staff earning over £40,000 to take a 20 per cent pay...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks chief financial officer resigns

Purplebricks chief financial officer James Davies has resigned. His place has been taken by Andrew Botha, who has joined from the online...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove downgraded as bank warns of agency closures accelerating

Investment bank RBC Capital has downgraded its rating of Rightmove and is warning that the property market is entering a prolonged...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency using ‘Covid Clauses’ to keep transactions on course

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

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New government advice on Corona activities, and property management tips

Hello, this is the final Conquering Corona for the week as we continue to help agents with advice and guidance through...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity: lockdown fund-raising continues apace…

With a lengthy lockdown already behind us one might think that fund-raising was a step too far - but not for...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Jobs At Risk: furlough scheme must be longer says industry chief

A high number of agents across the country have been furloughed in recent weeks and are now at risk of losing...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Major agency enhances online offer - and even includes games for the kids

Hunters has expanded its online offering to improve its service to both the sales and lettings sectors - and it’s even...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Love it or loathe it? Help To Buy to be beefed up after lockdown

The controversial Help To Buy scheme looks likely to be expanded in breadth and extended in duration to help kick-start the...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Technology and service are the future of the property market

The last five years have seen unprecedented changes to the property market and agents and their clients have never faced such...

15 April 2020

From: Features

OnTheMarket furloughs over 20% of staff and defers credit arrangements

OnTheMaket has this morning announced a raft of what it calls ‘mitigating measures’ to help it survive the Coronavirus crisis. These include...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Some agents receiving government grants already, says Guild

Some estate agents are now receiving small business grants from the government, according to the Guild of Property Professionals. Guild chief executive...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Hair today, gone tomorrow - close shave in a good cause for a familiar face

To many less fortunate on the follicle front, high profile industry supplier Ed Mead has enjoyed an infuriatingly good head of...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

EXCLUSIVE - Agents' Cash Crisis: reduced income until autumn

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

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Scam and Fraud Alert: Sellers urged to check authenticity of ‘buyers’

Sellers are being warned to make strict checks before responding to advertisements apparently from prospective buyers.  The National Association of Property Buyers...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices could drop 13% says consultancy

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

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

NHS Heroes told: Use our agency car to get to work or do shopping

A branch of Northwood is offering its pool car to any NHS workers who need it during the Coronavirus crisis. The Fiat...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency urges help for poorest in its community during crisis

The John Bray agency based at Rock in Cornwall typically deals with some of the most expensive real estate in the...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agency giving the NHS £100 for each instruction

Independent agency Nicol & Co is donating £100 to the NHS for every new instruction signed up by April 21. The agency...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Giving is sharing our wonderful #IndustryActsofKindness

This Easter, and during the whole period of the Coronavirus crisis, Agents Giving is reminding everyone to use the hashtag #IndustryActsofKindness...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 April 2020

From: Features

Remote viewings – how does the latest technology look?

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

11 April 2020

From: Features

Knight Frank’s offices: Fortnum baskets, children, TinTin (and dogs)

You wouldn’t expect anything other than very upscale home offices from an esteemed agency with a wonderful history - and that’s...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Dog tired of working from home say Winkworth, Stacks and CJ Hole

You know the old saying - a dog is an agent’s best friend?  Well that’s clearly true for this trio of agencies...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Top Brass - former RICS and NAEA chiefs reveal their home offices

Working from home is something of a leveller right now, applying to people in the capital and in the sticks, but...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Strutt & Parker: country views (of course) and winging it at home

You wouldn’t expect the good folk at Strutt & Parker to have anything less than a superlative set of home offices...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Cats and dogs for two Clarks and a Marks - more great home office pics

Independent agencies are the backbone of our industry so it’s great to be able to share images from three such experts...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government told: Housing market needs stamp duty holiday to recover

The government has been called upon by one of the industry’s most respected bodies to announce a stamp duty holiday to...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Fund-raising lifeline thrown to Countrywide, Purplebricks and others

New temporary rules have thrown a lifeline to troubled agencies like Countrywide and Purplebricks which may need to raise additional funds...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New listings on portals plummet to under 10% of previous levels

One of the first analyses of portal listings since the start of the Coronavirus crisis shows that new listings have plummeted...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy Easter - this is what we’re doing tomorrow and Monday…

For many this coming Easter weekend will be the strangest ever - for agents and industry suppliers it will not be...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

The coronavirus impact - one month in

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

08 April 2020

From: Features

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

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

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents quit Rightmove in new spurt of publicity for OnTheMarket

Two agents have quit Rightmove and taken to social media to give their reasons. One is the 12-branch Andrew Craig agency which...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agent says franchise fees up to £10,000 only deferred

An online estate agency which has described the Coronavirus pandemic as “a disrupter and game changer” for the agency industry says...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property People Register launched: today’s Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to Wednesday’s update on what offers and advice are available to agents at this most difficult and challenging...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Ignore 2024, discover 11 home truths happening now

On April 4, EAT published a piece titled: ‘It’s 2024: what will the industry look like, post corona-virus’. To me, this...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough pay - some agents’ commission can be included

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

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchisees advised on government loan schemes by Winkworth HQ

Individual franchisees operating under the Winkworth banner are receiving what the company calls “comprehensive help” on a range of issues, including...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour housing supremo moves to new role - replacement named

Labour’s long-standing housing spokesman, John Healey, has been moved to become shadow defence secretary on the front bench of new leader...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - self-employment webinar, more PropTech offers

Good morning and welcome to today’s edition, helping agents find a way through the Coronavirus crisis by sharing information with the...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Tory police chief wants holiday homes opened to key workers

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

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: How to stay in touch with consumers during the market hiatus

I won't be the first or last person to say that society and the property industry in which we operate is...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency Training at home, new PropTech tools - we’re Conquering Corona

Week three of the lockdown begins - we hope you’re faring well with these temporary restrictions. We’re here to help where...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents and suppliers paid via dividends demand government help

Industry operators who receive dividends as part of their monthly income are pressing the government to include this in its financial...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Market Forecast: 38% collapse in transactions plus modest price fall

The latest market forecast comes from Knight Frank which says that by the end of the year there will have been...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property TV ads – the winners and losers revealed

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

04 April 2020

From: Features

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

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

04 April 2020

From: Features

Why Open Banking is the future of rental payments

Much like PropTech, Open Banking has been used as a buzzword in recent years. However, when it comes to the rental...

04 April 2020

From: Features

Agents beware - buyers shoulder Japanese knotweed risk following TA6 changes

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

04 April 2020

From: Features

Purplebricks asking sellers to draw their own floorplans

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

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New EPC assessment guidance issued - Conquering Corona

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

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - more great work by the industry

Hello and welcome to this week’s list of good work - yes, despite the virus lockdown.  Earlier this week we featured many...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Not Guilty! Countrywide denies claims of unsafe working after lockdown

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

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Planning for post-lockdown - how to hit the ground running

Over the last two weeks we’ve seen the country come to a standstill and the property market effectively put on ice...

01 April 2020

From: Features

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

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

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial agency boss slams “misreporting” of lockdown working

The boss of controversial estate agency Dexters has hit out at social media reports and press articles about company staff working...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - portal offer, live events, mental health help

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Conquering Corona, our daily update helping the industry cope with the current crisis. If...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Auction success shows property sector can still thrive - claim

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

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

“A Long Time Ago … In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…”

It seems an eternity ago but the housing market in February - that’s only last month - was in rude health...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers agree new rules for house moves during virus period

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

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Collapsed: how agency and portal shares have plunged up to 80%

The human cost of the Coronavirus crisis is growing and devastating, but behind that businesses are being badly hurt too. Many consider...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - more guidance and special deals for agents

Hello, and we trust you had as good a weekend as possible in these difficult circumstances.  As we start a new week...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how is the industry coming together during self-isolation?

Where else to start? Since my last Natter two weeks ago, all our lives have changed more than we could ever...

28 March 2020

From: Features

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

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

28 March 2020

From: Features

Enough is enough – an alternative view on portal subscription fees

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

28 March 2020

From: Features

Say No To Rightmove - the fight goes on says campaign leader

The key figure behind the Say No To Rightmove campaign says the fight for more realistic fees goes on - and...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market could be ‘frozen’ to avoid Coronavirus crash

It’s been reported that the government is talking with banks and building societies about putting the housing market ‘on ice’ during the...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: definitive government guidance on buying and selling

The government has at last issued extensive advice on home moving and the activities of estate agents during the continuing Coronavirus crisis. This...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

First Brexit, now Corona - another exchange rate boost for foreign buyers

The advantage given to overseas buyers when Sterling weakened during the long-running Brexit saga has returned with the arrival of the...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - how the property industry can help fight the virus

Hello and welcome to a special Agents Do Charity, given over entirely to a wonderful effort to coordinate the industry’s response...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agents set to benefit from government aid package

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced new measures to help the self-employed - likely to be welcomed by self-employed estate agents. The Chancellor...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Sales to crash by 60% says Zoopla: will estate agents survive?

New sales agreed have already plummeted by 15 per cent and over the next three months there’s going to be a...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s offer to agents may be the most generous in the world

An international comparison of how major portals have discounted their charges to agents show Rightmove and Zoopla making “deeper and longer...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More guidance and advice to the agency industry - Conquering Corona

We'd hoped it was good news but in fact it's just good-news-yet-to-come. The Savills office in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Coronavirus crisis in...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Market: Brexit Bounce giving way to Corona Crippling, says agent

Although all bets are off as to what the housing market will be like after the Coronavirus subsides, there is now...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers shun Shared Ownership for Help to Buy

New research of the buying habits of first-time buyers in the UK we’ve undertaken here at reallymoving.com shows that Shared Ownership...

25 March 2020

From: Features

Agencies closed in lockdown exempt from business rates for one year

Estate and lettings agencies that have closed temporarily as a result of the Coronavirus lockdown are to be to exempted from...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Figures show early lockdown effect on part of housing market

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

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: industry chiefs helping agents through tough times

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

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Suppliers and trade groups helping agents Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, our guide to the latest information to help agents and the rest of the...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Holidays: FCA clears up uncertainties with new guidance

The Financial Conduct Authority has released new guidance which clears up some of the uncertainties surrounding the mortgage holidays announced last...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Do house moves count as ‘essential’ under the lockdown?

*** Please see this story for the latest news on house moving, updated 12 noon on Tuesday March 24 *** The property...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks still expecting 25 instructions a day during crisis

Purplebricks is anticipating “a prolonged period of low activity” during the Coronavirus crisis with 25 instructions a day according to a...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agent MP says he wants Coronavirus cash for his firm

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

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eight agents explain why they quit Rightmove - new video released

A video interview released this morning features the experiences of eight agents who have quit Rightmove in the past two years,...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 600 agents Say No To Rightmove - but will they stick by it?

Over 600 agents have now signed up to the Say No To Rightmove campaign including some of the biggest names on...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices to drop 10% thanks to virus, warns OnTheMarket partner

A mortgage broker that’s just become a partner of OnTheMarket is warning that house prices are likely to fall 10 per...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech conference is latest casualty of the virus crisis

The annual FUTURE PropTech conference scheduled for London next month is the latest casualty of the havoc being caused by the...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Top industry figure criticises Spicerhaart sackings and closures

A senior figure in the industry has spoken out against the shock sackings and branch closures announced by Spicerhaart. Jon Cooke, chief...

21 March 2020

From: Breaking News

How one country’s housing market is reacting to the virus

The extraordinary past week of anger over portals’ fees plus early-warning statements like that from Foxtons indicate the anxiety in the...

21 March 2020

From: Features

Agencies set to benefit from massive emergency business schemes

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a sweeping range of financial measures to try to minimise the impact of Coronavirus...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove and Zoopla unveil offers for agents

The two major portals have unveiled their discounts and deals for agents facing a dramatic loss of business because of the...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Pressure grows on Zoopla while more agents quit Rightmove

Agent disenchantment with the major portals has continued as a torrid week nears its end. The spotlight has now shifted to Zoopla...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rival portal offers free listings as agents rage at Rightmove

There’s been widespread outrage amongst agents at Rightmove’s offer to allow some agents a deferred payment scheme operating for just three...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s desperate plea to government over business rates

Beleaguered estate agency group Countrywide has asked the government to give agents a business rates holiday. Measures announced in last week’s Budget...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Auction houses shut their doors and use PropTech to keep going

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Why negative reviews are the secret to success for agents

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

18 March 2020

From: Features

Rightmove introducing deferred payment scheme for some agents

Rightmove is offering some of its agents a deferred payment option. An announcement this morning says: "While sales agreed pipelines have strengthened following...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide loses two-thirds of market cap in just two days

Countrywide shares fell by just over 30 per cent yesterday as the stock market blood-letting continued for property stocks. The value fell 30.86...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket should use virus stoppage to reset strategy - top analyst

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: help on business, viewings, deals - Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, a service we’re running to share official guidance and agents’ advice in a bid...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket notches up another new-home builder

OnTheMarket has signed auto another new homes builder, Miller Homes. "Miller Homes is the latest large homebuilder to join OnTheMarket and we look forward to introducing the...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Another out-of-date index shows market’s pre-virus potential

Another index shows how strong the market was in the build-up to the escalation in Coronavirus across the country.  The website Home...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Disaster for Countrywide as LSL pulls out of takeover talks

In a very brief announcement to the City and to its shareholders this morning, LSL Property Services made clear that it...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency rocked by large number of senior figures quitting

Estate Agent Today understands that the Knight Frank agency has been hit by a large number of branch office heads quitting...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove market report outpaced by Coronavirus impact

Rightmove’s latest market snapshot, released this morning, appears starkly at odds with the situation described by some agents in recent days. “The...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 March 2020

From: Features

LonRes at 20: the lightbulb moment behind one of the first PropTech firms

The lightbulb moment for LonRes was born out of sheer frustration. I’d just missed out on a deal and the postman...

14 March 2020

From: Features

Portals Say No! They reject agents' plea for virus payment holiday

The three leading portals have rejected an appeal to give the industry a payment holiday to help firms through the Coronavirus...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket settles long-standing dispute with Connells

A long-standing legal dispute between OnTheMarket and the Gascogne Halman and Connells agencies has been settled. No details have been released but in...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - fund-raising continues despite the challenge

Welcome to the weekly salute for agents and others in the industry fund-raising for good causes - and we know that...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant Engagement

There is no doubt that the BBC News article in early February caused something of a stir within the Deposit Free...

12 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

12 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Savills the latest agency to warn of Coronavirus threat to transactions

Savills is the latest agency to warn about the possible threat of Coronavirus to its business activities and success this year. In...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

RICS’ survey shows demand growing before virus worries hit

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

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Standardise processes across multiple branches in 3 easy steps

Your business may be growing quicker than you could ever imagine which is great when it comes to raising brand awareness....

11 March 2020

From: Features

Stamp Duty change and business rate holiday announced in Budget

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

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Emergency interest rate cut may help housing market weather Coronavirus

The Bank of England has announced an emergency cut in the base interest rate to shore up the economy during the Coronavirus...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: uncertain times to accelerate mergers and failures

We live in uncertain times. That I do not need to say to anybody. I am writing this piece aboard my...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Average sale price was 4% below asking in pre-Boris bounce period

Sellers in the past 12 months accepted an average of 96 per cent of their asking price according to new research. Comparison...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Nick Lyons, CEO of No Letting Go

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

10 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

LSL warns over Coronavirus as takeover talks with Countrywide continue

LSL Property Services says the Coronavirus crisis has led to a softening of "lead sales indicators" - and it warns of...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove growth at all-time low, despite its market dominance

Rightmove’s growth rate is at an all-time low, despite what some consider to be an unbeatable lead amongst portals in the...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket not revealing pay-off for sacked Ian Springett

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

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus threat could kill off strong market start to year, warns agent

The agency behind a poll showing one in six buyers putting plans on hold because of Coronavirus is warning that if...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this week's movers and shakers in the industry

Hello and another Monday means PJT Day, your regular update on movers in the industry. You know the drill by now: if...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The early agent catches the client through an online valuation…

Analysis by an online valuation and lead generation service shows that requests from prospective sellers and landlords are increasingly happening in...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Intu the unknown - Could shopping centres become homes?

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

07 March 2020

From: Features

How will the coronavirus affect estate agents?

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

07 March 2020

From: Features

Mystery surrounds top agents quitting firm's landmark branch

Estate Agent Today understands that three senior figures have departed from a key central London branch of Knight Frank. Each of them was...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Sellers desert online agents for High Street rivals, says Zoopla

Almost eight in 10 sellers have instructed High Street agents in the past year - a significantly higher figure than 12...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - wonderful sentiments in challenging times

Hello and because it’s Friday there are two pieces of good news: it’s nearly the weekend and it’s the day for...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks territory owner sets up latest hub for Keller Williams

Keller Williams has announced another new market centre, and this time its operating principal is a former Purplebricks territory owner.  JP Downes...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty change set to take centre stage in Budget next week

Increasing numbers of reports suggest that the government will use next week’s Budget to confirm a three per cent stamp duty...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

UK interest in free-to-list global portal ramping up in 2020

There’s been a surge in UK enquiries to global free-to-list portal Residential People, and a comparable rise in interest from Chinese...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Electrical checks – how to get ahead of the current

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

04 March 2020

From: Features

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

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

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Exclusive - here’s the shortlist for the 2020 awards

The ESTAS today reveals its shortlist for the 2020 Awards which includes the Zoopla Xcellence Award - a special category that celebrates...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Affordability crunch means most first time buyers quit home towns

A survey suggests that 77 per cent of first time buyers do not purchase their initial property in the same town...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus “a real issue” hurting the market says another agent

A second prominent agent has broken cover to say Coronavirus is slowing the market. Jess Simpson - an ex-Savills and ex-Strutt and...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty must be cut says Boris Johnson’s ‘own’ magazine

The right wing political magazine that Boris Johnson used to edit has called on him to cut stamp duty. The Spectator says...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus fears hitting enquiry levels says leading agent

Agents and senior industry figures fear Coronavirus may derail the strong start to the  2020 housing market. One of the country’s leading...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit clarity allows house price leap - but Brexit uncertainty returns

House prices have risen 2.3 per cent in the past year - the strongest rate of inflation for property since July...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - new moves on the March...

Hello and another Monday means PJT Day, your regular update on movers in the industry - and it’s March already. If there...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

29 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

29 February 2020

From: Features

SUCCESS STORY: How to win at Financial Services

When Wolverhampton estate agency Thomas Harvey opened its doors more than 50 years ago, mortgages weren’t really part of the equation...

28 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Rightmove loses agents as latest figures show huge rise in fees and profits

Rightmove has released another stonking set of results - but there are signs that some agents are defecting from the ever-more-expensive...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: No change “for a while” but reform coming

The Trading Standards report on the future of referral fees is almost completed and will be sent to government next week. However, James...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons warns of sales slump going on through 2020 despite Boris Bounce

Foxtons is warning that 2020 will be yet another difficult year for the agency despite the so-called Boris Bounce helping the...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreement trials delayed until late spring

Trials of reservation agreements for buyers and sellers have been delayed until the late spring. Statements last year from the Ministry of Housing, Communities...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - running hard to fund-raise more…

Hello and welcome to this week’s ADC - a sure sign that it’s the end of the week and time to...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Challenge to Purplebricks and Countrywide ‘top agency’ claims

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

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

High profile Savills veteran joins OnTheMarket board

Rupert Sebag-Montefiore has this morning been named as a non-executive director of OnTheMarket. He will also serve as chairman of the portal’s...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Apartments branded ‘least popular’ property type based on sales

A PropTech website has broken down the sales recorded by HM Land Registry in 2019 into property types - and apartments...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Postcode in the UK: All the Facts You Should Know

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

26 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

The future of renting for property service providers

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

26 February 2020

From: Features

New Rightmove tool shows price per square metre falling in real terms

Forget the Boris Bounce - this might be the Rightmove Retreat. A new tool produced by the portal measures price per...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Agency mergers and new business models

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

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New Homes Ombudsman announced (again) with banning powers

The government has - once again - announced the introduction of a New Homes Ombudsman.  The news came yesterday when Housing Secretary...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Hello - it’s Monday and so it’s PJT, where you can catch up on the industry major moves of recent days. Please...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets - should there be selective bans?

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

22 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

22 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

22 February 2020

From: Features

Brexit transition period: change, or just more of the same?

Despite still being in the transition period after leaving the EU on January 31, we are seeing an upturn in the...

22 February 2020

From: Features

Rightmove charges blamed for helping some agents go bust

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

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Flooded houses could suffer 30% hit on asking prices, says agent

Buying agents are making waves about the hit on asking prices suffered by properties that have been flooded or are at...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - from Down Under to the London Marathon…

Hello and welcome to the end of the week…which must mean Agents Do Charity. There’s plenty to admire in this week’s entries;...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 50 agents join new national agency in first three months

A new national agency concept - eXp UK - has revealed that it has recruited over 50 agents in its first...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Every region seeing house price rises for first time in two years

In another positive sign for the housing market, every region of the UK has seen a price rise according to the...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2020

From: Features

Cash is king - but does it really mean lower sale prices?

A new study suggests cash buyers secure lower sale prices than mortgaged purchasers - but is that really the case? The survey by...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Why the Guild’s iBuyer move will be a struggle

This week I fly to Spain to present at a conference called Immotechnia. I am opening the conference with a 45-minute...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Death of buy to let has been greatly exaggerated, new figures show

Predictions that landlords are not buying properties to let out because of tougher rental taxes and regulations appear to be short...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Business rates: NAEA plea rebuffed by sacked government minister

The government has dismissed a request from the NAEA and ARLA Propertymark to review business rates for agency offices on High...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Young and minted: 50% of Mayfair residents aged 21 to 44

A high profile and widely-respected estate agent is predicting a huge demographic change to one of the country’s wealthiest enclaves -...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove hits back with record traffic and a boom spring ahead

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

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce doubles number of leads generated for agents

An online valuation service says the number of leads it generated for agents in January was over double the figure in...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today: a bumper bundle of movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to the start of a new week - and it’s been a frantic seven days since the last...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who will be the property disrupters of the 2020s?

The 2010s were a good decade for disrupters. Early on, Airbnb and Uber shook up the holiday lettings/hospitality and traditional black...

15 February 2020

From: Features

Joanne Tattum, Channel Manager of Moneypenny

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

14 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Controversial housing minister named as predecessor picks up thousands

The new housing minister is Christopher Pincher, who for the past decade has been Conservative MP for Tamworth having had a...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Valentine’s Day - and we love this agent’s hand-made decorations

It’s Valentine’s Day and everyone at Estate Agent Today hopes there is love in the air where you are…at least after...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

345 branches join Zoopla in one month as leads and searches soar

Zoopla has published a startling set of statistics to demonstrate what it calls “a record January with significant growth in delivery...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Key Countrywide agency chief quits firm after reorganisation

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

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New homes portal reports 71 per cent surge in leads in a year

A new homes portal says that in the past year it’s seen a rise of 82 per cent in website visitors and...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Third Keller Williams market centre of 2020 opens - with more to come

A new market centre operating as a hub for freelance agents has opened in Glasgow. Called KW Evolve it is a Keller...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Consumer group concerned over 30% cut price First Home scheme

The HomeOwners Alliance, a leading property consumer group, has now suggested it has some concerns about the government’s First Homes scheme. This...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Mystery of Countrywide’s indisposed Monaco buyer deepens

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

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents vent anger at ‘Boris Corbyn’ shock Mansion Tax proposals

Agents have reacted angrily to the government contemplating introducing a Mansion Tax, and to the Housing Secretary not ruling out the...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister McVey to be sacked this week, briefings suggest

Unsourced stories in a number of newspapers over the weekend - all likely to have come from government off-the-record briefings -...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Mansion Tax on high value houses being considered by government

Boris Johnson is considering introducing a mansion tax for high value homes according to a Sunday newspaper. The Telegraph - citing two...

08 February 2020

From: Breaking News

30% Discounts: good idea but...er…how will they work?

Not for the first time, a government policy on housing ends up begging more questions than it provides answers - but...

08 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

08 February 2020

From: Features

Urgent Referral Fees survey of agents launched by Trading Standards

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

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers told to probe deeply into flood risks of homes on sale

The Law Society is telling prospective house purchasers to probe flood risks in the light of a new practice note it...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager

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

06 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Trustpilot hits back at allAgents over accuracy of reviews

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

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyers’ questions on value and price ‘dreaded’ by agents

Agents “dread” buyers’ questions on value, asking prices and nearby new development according to a survey. Some 50 agents and over 1,500...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

A Love-ly agent! Are there more Valentines’ windows out there?

It’s just over a week to Valentine’s Day and we’re delighted to see that at least one agent is in an...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New home registrations soar 80% in past decade

New home registrations in the UK have risen over 80 per cent in the last decade, according to the NHBC. From 2010...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 February 2020

From: Features

Rightmove defies critics and enjoys its busiest ever month

Rightmove may continue to be a target for criticism from some agents and rival portals but it has just enjoyed it...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Review site in Purplebricks row now at war with Trustpilot

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

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Online valuation chief says website widget needs marketing back-up

The people behind an online valuation service is warning agents that having a widget on their website is not enough by...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Award-winning agency closes after 40 years in business

An estate agency that won a major property award only 18 months ago has shut after trading for 40 years. The Marlborough...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket agents to receive 400,000 shares from tomorrow

OnTheMarket will tomorrow issue over 400,000 shares to agents who have signed new long-term listing agreements with the portal. No details have...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Compulsory Qualifications: politicians to meet group this week

The chair of the working group introducing mandatory examinations and qualifications for estate and letting agents says senior politicians will meet...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the very latest industry movers and shakers

Welcome to the first February PJT. As the year progresses the industry embarks on more appointments, especially with a market that’s...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must educate sellers about realistic prices, says Zoopla

A state-of-the-housing-market survey by Zoopla has led the portal to tell agents they have an opportunity to educate sellers about prices. “We...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

01 February 2020

From: Features

Two-tier system can produce winners if landlords are prepared to move

After a challenging period for the UK property market, recovery is very much on the cards and the end to uncertainty...

01 February 2020

From: Features

Reminder - Phil Spencer’s ‘help for agents’ column starts Monday

Here’s a reminder of some news we broke last week - the hugely-respected Phil Spencer starts a regular column for the...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and what’s that rumble I hear?

Hello and welcome to the last day of January, Brexit Day and - perhaps most importantly - the latest edition of...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency denies any responsibility for cyber security breach

Estate agents concerned over security breaches will be closely analysing what happens with a case concerning a London firm’s compromised email...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: another big sales slump revealed in trading statement

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

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

“Aggressive acquisition strategy” revealed by London agency

London-focussed high end agency Chestertons says it’s on the hunt for acquisitions after posting what it describes as a “record performance”...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How to make your customer journey count

Understanding the customer journey plays a huge role in the success of any estate agent. From that very first viewing right through...

29 January 2020

From: Features

Agents Beware: Mandatory disclosure of referral fees still a possibility

It is possible that agents and their business partners in the conveyancing, mortgage and survey industries could be obliged to have...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce means buyer demand soaring across the UK

Zoopla’s Hometrack data research arm says the start of 2020 has seen buyer demand up 26 per cent compared to the...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: 'time on market' from first portal listing to Land Registry sold

The average time it took a home to sell last year - measured from its first day listed on a portal...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

‘The Google of Estate Agency’ - firm recruits 100 for call centre

An estate agency is setting up a call centre employing some 100 people in a bid to become “a one stop...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Big revenue slump after branch closures by LSL Property Services

LSL Property Services, which embarked on a significant branch closure programme last year, has reported a 16 per cent slump in...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More agents and property firms show “significant financial distress”

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

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More positive market news as agents report annual rise in sales

The housing market appears to have ended 2019 on a positive note according to the National Association for Estate Agents. Its latest...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks is controversial winner of ‘trusted service’ award

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

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agents offered ground-breaking new homes opportunities

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

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements: industry and public split on whether they work

The group charged with pioneering Reservation Agreements in the house buying process admits both the industry and the public are split...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2020

From: Features

Brexit challenges for agents and the property industry

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

25 January 2020

From: Features

Watchdog issues “strong signal” to rogue agents who price-fix

The Competition and Markets Authority says it wants to send “a strong signal” to the estate agency industry that price-fixing will...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Home ownership amongst young people up after a decade of decline

The proportion of 25 to 34 year olds who own their own home in England has risen for the first time...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket signs up another big-name housebuilder to portal

OnTheMarket has signed up another big-name house builder to list on its portal. Bellway, which is the UK’s fourth largest house builder...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with a kick-start to your 2020 fund-raising…

Welcome to this week’s charity round-up, where we include a possible kick-start to your fund-raising efforts for 2020. Whatever you’re doing this...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

CMA releases cartel agents’ investigation details

The Competition and Markets Authority has released a 135 page document giving explicit details of its latest agency cartel investigation. This includes...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the agent posting Instagram pictures of clients’ houses

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

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New ‘silver’ website bans agents and bids to cut downsizing

A new website called Silver Sharers says it’s chief objective is to help older home owners remain in their properties without...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How digitisation will change conveyancing – for the better

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

22 January 2020

From: Features

Off-market and hush-hush - so let’s put up a For Sale board

When is a property really off-market? There may be many answers to that question but it’s likely that few would consider...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Mortgage brokers vs robo advisers - who will win?

“Give me 100 leads and I will make five-times more good appointments than any AI you put me up against,” stated...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

easyProperty franchise gets over the line with rugby star buyer

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

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned they will be accused of mis-selling

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

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Future of referral fees may be revealed at upcoming conference

The annual conference of the National Association of Estate Agents takes place on February 27 - the date when the future...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can capture automated valuation leads even if they quit process

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

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tributes pour in for agent “with infectious giggle”

Tributes have been paid to an estate agent known for his “infectious giggle” and great sense of humour.  Gerald Flint, who with...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Equity Release market drops at last after years of growth

It looks like the Equity Release bubble may have burst, with latest figures showing a four per cent fall in the...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Up! Up! Prime Central London transactions and prices rise at last

Figures released this morning by data firm LonRes provide the latest evidence of a so-called Boris Bounce with the market improving...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group reveals new software deal for members

Estate Agent Today understands that the fast-growing Federation of Independent Agents’ trade group has announced a new partnership - this time...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News