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KEYWORD "Acquisition" - 547 RESULTS
Why free online logbooks are little more than Dropbox

There have been many articles about ‘digitising upfront information’, following the publication of DLUHC’s Levelling-Up white paper and National Trading Standards...

25 June 2022

From: Features

PropertyHeads relaunches MousePricePro to boost agent opportunities

PropertyHeads has relaunched its valuation and insights tool as Mouseprice Pro in the UK after a period of major investment and...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Parkers franchisee marks three years in agency with new office

The owners of Parkers’ Witney branch have marked their third year under the sales and lettings brand by opening their second...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

London agency giant signals more acquisitions in 2022

Dexters is set for more acquisitions in 2022 as agents exit the sector amid concerns over new rules and regulations, its...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - do agents need to worry about the metaverse?

Between you and me, dear reader, I had little to no idea about what the metaverse was before researching it for...

18 June 2022

From: Features

OnTheMarket boss confident agents will remain once IPO tie-in ends

OnTheMarket has been having “positive discussions” with founding shareholder agents about renewing their contracts once they expire next year. Agents who invested...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket reports rise in agent numbers

OnTheMarket has reported an increase in agency branches listing on the portal but posted an operating loss after a busy year...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed! How much agents earn from sales compared with lettings

Sales remain the predominant source of income for most estate agency brands, research claims. The analysis warns that agents shouldn’t ignore lettings...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Foxtons unveils £10m agency acquisitions

Foxtons has announced the acquisition of two estate agents worth £10.55m. The listed agency giant has acquired IMM Properties Ltd, trading under...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency groups announce major mortgage acquisitions

The Belvoir Group has announced the acquisition of mortgage broker TIME. The agency franchise and financial services brand has acquired the entire issued...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property data company hits back amid watchdog's merger concerns

Property data company Dye & Durham has promised to “work collaboratively” with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) after the watchdog...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Competition watchdog blocks property data merger

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has warned that it may block the merger of two property search firms as it...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Hamptons boosts international offering with new acquisition 

Hamptons has created a new international department after its latest acquisition. The agent this week revealed it has acquired Venres, a specialist...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency proptech supplier's new CTO promises 'innovative' products

PropTech supplier nurtur.group has appointed Damon Bullimore BriefYourMarket co-founder Damon Bullimore as chief technology officer (CTO). It follows nurtur.group’s acquisition of the...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – will the challenger banks ever become major lenders?

Many people in recent years will have become familiar with challenger banks such as Monzo, Starling and Atom. Many will have...

14 May 2022

From: Features

EweMove sets out three-year franchise growth plan

EweMove managing director Nick Neill has set out plans to double the size of the franchise network by 2025 as the brand’s...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

The expansion continues…major sales and lettings deal for Linley & Simpson

A well-known Yorkshire estate agency has expanded into another of its prime locations after striking a major acquisition deal. Linley & Simpson...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency heavyweight joins property investment PropTech platform

One of the biggest names in agency has been appointed as chairperson of the board at BidX1, one of Europe’s leading...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Auction service hits agent milestone

Auction house The iamproperty Group has reached a new agent milestone. It now has 4,000 agents on the network using its auction...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Lomond Group backs acquisition of independent regional agent

The Lomond Group has continued on the agency acquisition trail after backing its Thornley Groves brand to snap up Manchester-based Julian...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

The biggest problem with PropTech? All the choice it offers!

Technology developed for the estate agency industry has advanced and expanded seismically over the past decade as software vendors develop their...

06 April 2022

From: Features

The Property Franchise Group plans more agency acquisitions

The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) is planning more acquisitions after a busy 2021 for buying-up agencies. The umbrella property brand, which incorporates...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

The Property Franchise Group hits records revenues

The Property Franchise Group has reported record like-for-like revenue for 2021. The umbrella property brand, which incorporates well-known names such as EweMove,...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Belvoir tipped for more M&A activity

More acquisitions are being predicted at agency franchise group Belvoir. It comes as the listed brand yesterday reported record group revenue of...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Over And Out - An Editor Departs…

For the record, this isn’t my last Industry Views for Estate Agent Today, although by the time you read this I'll be...

02 April 2022

From: Features

A smart acquisition: Vouch and Goodlord 18 months on

In July 2020, two leading lettings technology disruptors - Vouch and Goodlord - announced that they were going into partnership. Now,...

02 April 2022

From: Features

Major PropTech deal for two of the industry’s best-known names

The iamproperty group - best known for its online auction business - has snapped up cloud-based property software business VTUK for...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Countrywide brands and branches critical to success of new owners

The Skipton Building Society, which owns Connells estate agency, says the house-selling arm helped it reach a record profit pre-tax profit...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency now runs 11 branches following latest acquisition

Pacitti Jones, the Glasgow-based estate agent and legal firm, has acquired RGM Solicitors. RGM currently operates in Linlithgow and Grangemouth, and all its staff...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Dexters’ expansion programme continues with digital platform

The long-standing commitment of London-focussed agency Dexters to expand through acquisitions is continuing apace. Over the weekend it was announced that the...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

High profile self-employed agency snapped up by Belvoir

Franchise giant Belvoir has snapped up one of the earliest British estate agencies to adopt the model of using self-employed or...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Foxtons chief named as head of growing agency network

Lomond Group, which says it is the UK’s fastest-growing estate agency network, has appointed Ed Phillips as its new Group Chief...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Windfall for Foxtons investors as agency launches £3m share buy-back

Foxtons has this morning launched a £3m share buy back programme, representing a major windfall for its investors. A statement from the...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Over 6,000 agency offices now serviced by growing PropTech supplier

PropTech supplier nurtur.group - which owns Fine & Country and the Guild of Property Professionals - has acquired Brief Your Market,...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group announces first acquisition since private equity take-over

Leaders Romans Group, which is fast becoming one of the UK’s largest agencies, has acquired another firm. It’s the first purchase of...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says it’s delivered first phase of growth plan

Foxtons has told shareholders that it has enjoyed "a good year of progress with revenues, profits and cash flow significantly ahead of...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Russian property sanctions will only hit prime central London

A leading surveyor in London says the likely introduction of a register of overseas property ownership and sanctions making it difficult...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Industry big hitter Notley joins Connells top table

The industry big hitter who joined Connells on a temporary basis to support its acquisition of Countrywide has now become its commercial director and a...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Brexit triggers surge in buyers seeking ‘global citizenship’

An estate agency has announced what it calls a ‘Global Citizenship Division’ to take advantage of a surge in interest for...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

LSL Property Services latest acquisition cements move into finance

The finance arm of LSL Property Services - known as Pivotal Growth - has snapped up a specialist mortgage and insurance...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New acquisition takes fast-growing agency to nine branches

One of Scotland’s leading legal and estate agency, Pacitti Jones, is continuing to expand. This week it has snapped up Tip Top...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency celebrates adopting self-employed business model 25 years ago...

The chief executive of Belvoir says his agency has had 25 years of significant financial and business success - and much...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency boasts 11 branches following latest acquisition

Midlands-based property firm Sheldon Bosley Knight - also known as SBK - has snapped up north Warwickshire estate agency Hawkins. As well as...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Seven independents snapped up by one fast-growing agency

An estate agency in the Home Counties has made two more acquisitions, taking the total number to seven independents it has...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Outstanding year for EweMove hybrid agency as parent firm booms

Hybrid agency EweMove - which has a mix of working-from-home agents and High Street branches - has had an outstanding year...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech rebrand for epropservices as it speeds product development

The branding and technology supplier epropservices - which also owns Fine & Country and the Guild of Property Professionals - is changing...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency expands by acquiring sales arm of rival firm

The sales arm of independent Leicester agency Fothergill Wyatt has been sold to fast-growing local business Hortons. Fothergill Wyatt was established in...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty loophole likely to be closed later this year

A stamp duty loophole in one part of the UK is likely to be closed later this year. Until now buying a...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency buys popular independent as part of growth strategy

A fast-growing land and property consultancy has snapped up a respected independent to bolster its presence in the North of England. George...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group sold to another private equity firm

Bowmark Capital is selling its Leaders Romans Group, one of the UK’s largest property services groups, to another private equity operator, Platinum...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Goodbye Purplebricks - name disappears in rebrand of Canada firm

The name of Purplebricks - which once claimed its business model was a global success - has now been removed in...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Foxtons sells off London sales agency it bought last year

Foxtons has this morning announced that it’s selling off the sales wing of a rival London agency that it bought just...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Long-standing independent agency acquired by rival

Plymouth independent estate agency Alan Cummings & Co has been acquired by Julian Marks Estate Agents. With more than 16 staff and...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Wealth Tax proposed by former agency boss

A wealth tax on overseas owners of UK homes could raise £5 billion a year to help local people buy their...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency set to celebrate 150th anniversary of trading

John D Wood - the lettings and estate agency now part of the Connells empire - is celebrating its 150th birthday...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Farewell as high profile agency chief retires at 66

Mark Newton, founder of the Newton Fallowell agency, is retiring. The news came from a statement from the Belvoir franchise giant which...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Portal targets ‘eager movers’ in bid to end stock supply shortage

Zoopla’s chief operating officer says the portal has made progress for agents in 2021 but recognises there’s more to do next...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Group in talks to buy London agency snaps up ANOTHER top firm

The Lomond Group, reported over the weekend to be in talks to buy high-end London agency Chestertons, has this morning announced it’s...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the A-Z of property for 2021 

It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas – just a week to go now. Presents all wrapped and...

18 December 2021

From: Features

£100m deal for famous London agency - 'talks underway'

Sky News reports that the little-known Lomond Group - backed by private equity money - is in exclusive talks to buy one...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing London agents make strategic acquisitions

Two London agencies have announced acquisitions as consolidation in the capital continues apace. Dexters has six new branches after the acquisition of...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Another London agency snapped up by firm on sale for £100m

Chestertons, which is itself currently on sale, has snapped up independent London Residential, a firm operating in the north west of...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Why trust is the strongest tool for agents in 2022

Trust has always been vital for building and nurturing good relations between an agent and their customer. Maintaining trust will keep...

20 November 2021

From: Features

Foxtons gives upbeat update on sales and lettings

Foxtons has given an upbeat trading update to shareholders this morning. It says so far this year sales revenue is a huge...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Roadshow back on tour for the first time in 18 months

The Guild of Property Professionals launches its Autumn/Winter 2021 Tour this week - the first time its members have met in person...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS Scandal: Establishment trio named as interim leadership team

The bid by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to re-establish itself as a trusted body continues with the naming of...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

How technology can shape the customer experience beyond 2021

2021 redefined what it meant to offer exceptional customer experiences for consumers across multiple industries, but particularly for the residential property...

13 October 2021

From: Features

OnTheMarket posts strong results as agents move to full-fee contracts

OnTheMarket figures for the first half of this year show stronger revenue and improved profits. Agency numbers have increased modestly since January...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Big PropTech deal announced, funded by online agency investor

PropTech industry giant epropservices has acquired Property Technology Ltd, better known to agents as marketing platform LeadPro. epropservices is the parent company of...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Historic independent London agency snapped up after 200 years

The Portico agency - set up in 1818 - has become part of the Leaders Romans Group, which has bought it...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons explains Data PropTech behind matching clients with properties

Foxtons has given details of the PropTech it uses to help improve leads and business decisions.  The agency, which has some 50 offices...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency reveals second acquisition in successive months

An agency has announced its second acquisition in just a matter of weeks. Legal and estate agency Pacitti Jones has acquired Kilsyth-based...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Businesses, including agencies, hand back £1.3 billion in furlough money

New figures from HM Treasury have revealed that businesses, including a number of major agencies, have returned £1.3 billion in furlough...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Boost for Winkworth - leading agents take over brand’s Ealing and Acton franchise 

Jonny Dyson, a leading London estate agent and the former regional director of John D Wood & Co., has joined Winkworth...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

TPFG announces record interim results, boosted by Hunters acquisition

The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) – the umbrella property brand which incorporates well-known names such as EweMove, Ellis & Co, Martin...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

EweMove's parent company acquires financial services business

The Property Franchise Group - the UK's largest property franchisor, which owns EweMove and other brands - has acquired 80 per...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

 Agency chief hails “superb” sales growth of 78 per cent

Belvoir’s chief executive haas taken to Twitter to hail his company’s latest results as “superb” - with sales for the franchise agency...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Twenty new High Street branches announced by leading agency

Jackson-Stops, which currently has 42 branches across the UK, has revealed it’s going to have another 20 by the end of...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group may go on sale for £400m - report

There is a report that the private equity owner of Leaders Romans Group has appointed bankers to work on a ‘strategic...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency acquires independent with merger this autumn

Rural-focussed agency Brown&Co has acquired Lincoln-based agency JH Walter - the merged operation formally begins on October 1.  Brown&Co opened its Lincoln...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the late summer moves in our industry

Hello and welcome to our final Property Jobs Today before the start of autumn - and it’s good to see people...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank to buy 50,000 homes in coming years

The housing market could be in for a financial boost of an unusual kind as a High Street bank plans to...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New regional agency group formed as independent companies merge

One of the country's largest independent regional agency groups has been formed through an acquisition announced today. Yorkshire estate agent, Manning Stainton,...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

EXCLUSIVE - Boomin reveals latest agent sign-up numbers

Boomin has revealed to Estate Agent Today the latest figures on agency branches signed up to its fledgling portal. It says it...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

EweMove on track to double in size by the end of next year

Hybrid agency EweMove has continued growing with the sale of 37 new territories in the first six months of the year...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons considering selling its mortgage business

An announcement by Foxtons this morning says it is considering future options for its mortgage business, Alexander Hall. The announcement - made...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

ZPG snaps up access to more of the house-buying process

RVU - the ZPG-owned company that already owns Zoopla and independently-run price comparison and financial services - has acquired online mortgage broker Mojo...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons chairman quits, blaming Brexit and Covid for poor performance

Foxtons’ chairman and longest-serving board member is to stand down at the end of this year at the latest, after a...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Result! Agent offers no-fee deal during Euro 2020 (if England wins)

All eyes on Rome this weekend as England face Ukraine on their way - we hope - to winning Euro 2020. Some...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Can a veteran High Street agent make an online agency successful?

Peter Everett - a veteran High Street estate agent with a quarter of a century at LSL and a decade at...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency promises to double in size within 18 months

EweMove, the high profile hybrid estate agency owned by The Property Franchise Group, says it has recruited a record 30 new...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla beefs up functionality to give ‘extra value’ to agents

Zoopla has unveiled new features which it says will deliver more value to agents. In-Search Ads gives agents and housebuilders the option...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - summer movers and shakers in the business

Hello and welcome to the latest Property Jobs Today, your chance to catch up with who’s on the move. Let us know...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons reveals big sales leap - and ignores investor criticism

In a trading statement this morning Foxtons has revealed that following a 49 per cent increase in sales revenue in the...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing agency group snaps up mortgage firm from building society

Franchise agency giant Belvoir has acquired share capital in a small mortgage company. Nottingham Mortgage Services Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency group’s £12m windfall by off-loading conveyancing share

LSL Property Services, owner of Reeds Rains and Your Move agencies, has sold its holding in conveyancing panel management firm LMS...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New Zoopla deal backs ambitious growth plans of agency group

Zoopla has issued a statement saying it’s entering into a long-term partnership with the Leacders Romans Group, which will be “curated...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Portal Charges: cost-per-lead idea for new-build listings

Zoopla says house builders “are at the heart of everything we do” and it is revamping its New Homes marketing offer...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency Consolidation - Rival commuter belt brands join forces

Hertfordshire based agency Ashtons has acquired an independent agency operating in the same county, Aitchisons Residential. Aitchisons’ offices in St Albans and...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Agency’s New Idea - selling houses is NOT the top priority

Britain’s second largest estate agency has outlined radical new plans to shift direction, making financial services and not sales or rentals...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Warren Buffett UK agency empire expands with historic acquisition

The UK affiliated agency of Warren Buffett’s global real estate company has acquired a historic independent company operating in prime central...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Hybrid EweMove booming with sales and pipeline soaring

The Property Franchise Group’s hybrid agency EweMove more than doubled its income in 2020 to £5m, according to a statement to...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket to become a software house as well as portal

Jason Tebb, the ex-Foxtons agent who is now chief executive of OnTheMarket, has given his first in depth public interview since...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Adrian Gill – talking agency consolidation, PropTech, retail and Boomin

This time out, I speak to one of the industry’s biggest-hitters. Adrian Gill may have retired from frontline agency, having had...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

London looking up at last, say Foxtons and Chestertons

Foxtons has reassured investors that 2021 has started well and the agency is on the road to recovery after the Coronavirus...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Bigger senior management team named at The Property Franchise Group

The Property Franchise Group, which earlier this year completed a buy out of franchise rival Hunters, has expanded its senior management...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty reform would speed sales says another leading Tory MP

The MP leading a new parliamentary committee on the housing market says a radical reform of tax would help more people move...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Another agency takeover as industry consolidation goes on

Welsh independent agency Nuttall Parker has been snapped up by Cardiff-based property business Seraph Group. Newport-centred Nuttall Parker is Seraph Group's second...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all you need to know about who’s where…

Hello, and as we near the first Bank Holiday of the year (and a little light at the end of the...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Consolidation in PropTech as live chat provider is snapped up

Agency marketing platform BriefYourMarket has acquired live chat and customer experience provider Yomdel.  BriefYourMarket says the addition of Yomdel to its offer...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket completes purchase of PropTech firm Glanty

OnTheMarket has completed its purchase of PropTech firm Glanty - a deal which began 15 months ago.   OTM took an initial 20...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Watch: Ed Mead talks PropTech and Foxtons' acquisition of D&G

In a video interview for Estate Agent Today, property professional Chris Buckler speaks to Ed Mead,  all-round property guru and founder...

20 March 2021

From: Features

Countrywide: Where did it all go wrong? A former insider gives his view...

This week’s interviewee in the ‘In Conversation Today’ hotseat is a man better placed than most to shed some light on...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons set for more takeovers and new tech investment in data

Foxtons says it's set for radical new investment and further takeovers following the acquisition of rival London agency Douglas and Gordon. In...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells’ spending spree goes on with another new acquisition

Connells has bought a small three-branch family-run agency to sit within Sequence - Connells' third acquisition in recent weeks. Holroyds - bought for...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide boss in bonus storm is given key role in takeover

Paul Creffield, a veteran figure at Countrywide involved in a controversy over bonuses, is staying on to “support” the transition into new...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Takeover fever continues as biggest agencies seal deals

The extraordinary consolidation in the estate agency industry continues apace today with two of the biggest deals reaching critical points. Firstly Hunters’...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech takeover - another big acquisition by epropservices

epropservices - parent company of The Guild and Fine & Country - has made another significant PropTech acquisition, its second in three...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Takeover frenzy continues: Connells acquires another agency

Connells Group, which is of course acquiring Countrywide, has announced it's snapped up another agency - albeit a much smaller one. It...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Top PropTech provider snapped up by parent firm of The Guild and F&C

epropservices, parent company of The Guild of Property Professionals and Fine & Country, has acquired estate agency website supplier Starberry. The firm is...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons “strategic step change” may pay off, says commentator

A leading market commentator says the acquisition of London agency Douglas & Gordon represents “a strategic step change” for Foxtons -...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons buys major rival agency - both continue as separate brands

It's been confirmed that Foxtons has bought rival London-focussed agency Douglas & Gordon. In a trading statement this morning Foxtons tells its...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London agency uses cash injection to hit acquisition trail

Dexters, which last week secured a reported £130m in new investment for the coming years, has snapped up the historic Roy...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide sets out timetable for its demise

The Countrywide name is set to disappear from the stock market in a week’s time - and may soon be gone...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells says it's UK's leading agency even before Countrywide acquisition

Connells Group says it is the UK's largest estate agency group by market share - and that's before the Countrywide acquisition...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells buys Countrywide - five reasons why it will be a success

The acquisition of Countrywide by Connells might just be the deal of the century in the British estate agency industry. That’s the...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons in talks to buy rival London agency chain

Foxtons is in talks to takeover rival London agency Douglas & Gordon. A statement from Foxtons to shareholders this afternoon says: "Further to...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide Deal Done - Shareholders back Connells offer

Countrywide shareholders have overwhelmingly backed the offer by Connells to buy the company. At a special virtual AGM today 99.58 per cent...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

What to consider when buying or selling an estate agency business

Estate agents might be expert at advising on buying and selling properties on their books but when it comes to buying...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Your Move owner building up financial services empire

LSL, owner of Reeds Rains and Your Move, is boosting its financial services sector through a £2.4m acquisition. It’s snapped up Mortgage...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Very few new portals can seriously compete with us’ - claim

This time out, I’m in conversation with one of the big three established portals. Since it was founded in 2007, Zoopla...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells and Countrywide to be test-bed for Zoopla innovations

Connells Group, now on the threshold of taking the ailing Countrywide empire under its wings, has signed a five year partnership...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – will 2021 be the year of the merger?

At the back-end of last year and the start of this, the biggest news stories in town – besides debates over...

30 January 2021

From: Features

It's A Deal! Hunters set to be taken over but job losses likely

It now looks likely that Hunters will be taken over by The Property Franchise Group after several months of talks, subject...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide latest - Connells snap up rival shareholders’ stake

Connells, which already has the explicit support of a majority of Countrywide shareholders for its takeover of the company, has now...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells/Countrywide deal going to shareholders next month

Countrywide shareholders will next month have the opportunity to vote on the Connells bid to purchase the troubled estate agency group. The...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Franchise Mega Agency - Hunters and TPFG talk for another week

Talks continue between The Property Franchise Group and Hunters with both companies agreeing a new deadline of next Friday, January 29. Just...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation Today – Q&A with the man behind a 2020 success story

By any available metric, Belvoir had a good 2020. Already a well-known and well-established name, it was highly praised for its...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

High-profile property sourcing and management firm rebrands

The buying and property management service run by high profile agent Jo Eccles has changed its name. SP Property Group has now...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide - Connells consolidates takeover move with share purchase

Connells has cemented its takeover of Countrywide - it now has backing from over 52 per cent of shareholders. In a statement...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s former management slammed by industry veteran

Countrywide’s former management seriously damaged the company’s share value and status by adopting a flawed business plan - and then executing...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells reveals its plan for Countrywide branches and staff

Connells has revealed that it’s to keep the existing Countrywide branch structure and staff headcount when the acquisition process is completed...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells buys Countrywide - deal to be completed in New Year

In a dramatic New Year’s Eve statement on the London Stock Exchange, Countrywide has agreed the terms of a recommended offer...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - 2020’s final look at movers and shakers

Hello - and here we are nearing the end of the strangest of years.  With agents and industry suppliers rushed off their...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Connells makes increased offer for Countrywide

Connells has this morning made a dramatic improvement in its bid to takeover Countrywide. It has increased its cash offer from 250p...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Long-standing portal Mouseprice bought by property social network

One of the oldest portals in the UK, Mouseprice, has been bought by a service which describes itself as the country’s...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Richard Rawlings’ Leadhub marketing tool acquired by Spectre

Leadhub, a prospecting tool created by estate agency trainer Richard Rawlings, has been acquired in what he calls “a classic case...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's future uncertain as shareholders reject Connells bid

Countrywide has this morning rejected an £80m offer made for it by Connells Group. On November 23 Connells announced that its due...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - movers and shakers across our industry

Hello and welcome to the latest PJT, your opportunity to catch up on who’s moving where in the agency and supplier...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax Bombshell: CGT could double under new proposals

A report commissioned by the government suggests a doubling of Capital Gains Tax on profits from the sale of second homes. The government -...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boost for Foxtons as sales improve - but revenue still down on 2019

A trading statement from Foxtons this morning provides a rare piece of good news for the troubled London agency. It says business...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to sell your agency business in 11 key steps

Agents spend their whole careers telling vendors and landlords why they will be able to achieve a better sale price or...

27 October 2020

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

How to Reach More Landlords Part 2 - Using Innovative ‘Feet Up’ Campaign to Win Business

Independent agent uses innovative ‘feet up’ campaign to win business. An independent letting agency has invited landlords to put their ‘feet up’...

27 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Agency bought by hotel group pledging jobs growth

An estate agency in Lancashire has been taken over by a hotel group, which pledges to expand and create more jobs. Mikhail...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency acquires independent as part of expansion strategy

National chartered surveyor firm Bruton Knowles has acquired long-established Herefordshire based John Amos & Co Ltd. The move is part of Bruton...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Long-standing regional agency acquired in management buy out

A North of England estate agency has been acquired in a management buyout. Dowen Estate Agents has eight branches across the North...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Major regional agency unveils pioneering ‘super hub’ structure

One of the country’s major regional agencies has unveiled a ‘super hub’ structure which began life as a lockdown measure but...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Star agent capitalises on post-lockdown relocations with new business

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

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal sells stake to fund purchase of house price website

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

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 September 2020

From: Features

Son of ex-Savills boss slams traditional buying agents as “outdated”

A buying agency targeting what it calls the “prime and super-prime” London market is offering clients not only a sourcing service, but also...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies across the country buck trend by expanding

A south coast estate agency which has been operating since the 1980s has opened its seventh office.  Jacobs Steel’s latest branch is...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide - 10 own goals in five years

Hindsight is 20-20 vision, of course, and we can all see things we did ‘then’ that we would not do ‘now’....

22 August 2020

From: Features

Capital Gains Tax Threat: new warning it could hurt housing market

Large scale increases in and changes to the Capital Gains Tax regime could seriously hurt the housing market, a senior figure...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry guru reveals Britain's only truly 'different' agency brand

A brand and marketing strategic who also ran one of the country’s most successful lettings agencies for a decade has said...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency spurred on by crisis to complete acquisition in weeks

A regional agency says the Coronavirus crisis was the opportunity for it to complete a takeover of a rival company in...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 June 2020

From: Features

Ex-Spicerhaart MD bounces back with key industry Personnel role

Russell Jervis, who spent 33 years at Spicerhaart rising to managing director before quitting late last year, has re-emerged this morning...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who are the challenger portals?

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

06 June 2020

From: Features

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top agency to train agents in other activities during virus crisis

LSL Property Services says one of its measures to “rightsize” the organisation during the Coronavirus crisis will be to put agents...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 February 2020

From: Features

Challenge to Purplebricks and Countrywide ‘top agency’ claims

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

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

Major coup for Zoopla as it hires top research guru from agency

One of the country’s leading housing market research experts has been poached from Knight Frank to join Zoopla. Gráinne Gilmore - a...

07 February 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

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

EweMove and Martin & Co parent firm sets up mortgage arm

The Property Franchise Group - which operates five High Street agency brands and the EweMove hybrid - has set up a...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Each Purplebricks customer costs £375 for agency to acquire

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

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group makes surprise move into commercial property

The Leaders Romans Group has extended its activities into the commercial world with the acquisition of chartered surveying company Dunlop Heywood. Dunlop...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are you ready for a decade of planning ahead?

2020, the start of a new decade. Looking back, 2010 feels like such a long time ago, and looking forward to...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks and Countrywide lead 2019 share price flops

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

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Three new offices in New Year for UK arm of US agency

Century 21 UK, the British arm of the US-based franchising agency, is to open three new offices in the New Year.  The...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells branches shut but ‘no extensive closure programme’ says firm

Connells has confirmed that it has closed two branches in Dorset in the south west of England, in addition to the...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty hike for foreign buyers ‘contradicts Brexit claim’

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

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Regulating agents is key demand from leasehold campaigner

A 10 point manifesto to drive forward leasehold reform has been published by prominent campaigner Louie Burns, of The Leasehold Solutions Group. The 10...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today: what’s happening where in our industry

Hello there and welcome along to the latest PJT, your weekly catch-up on who’s moving where in agency, amongst suppliers and...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency bids to help leaseholders faced with short leases

A London estate agency is attempting to help leaseholders with short leases who may be finding it hard to raise funds...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your Monday fix of who’s moving where

Hello and welcome to a new week - one with darker evenings and colder days. But there is still plenty of activity...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Start touting! Agents told to knock on doors and steal their rivals' vendors

A controversial estate agent and former head of an online agency is urging agents to knock on the doors of vendors...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

50-year old regional agency group announces latest acquisition

A regional agency operating across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire has announced an acquisition which adds two branches to its network. This week, Alexander...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Online estate agents and digital malfunction

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

03 October 2019

From: Features

Countrywide to integrate iconic London agency into Hamptons brand

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

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans wins cash boost and wants more acquisitions

Leaders Romans says it has won new funding to acquire more agencies.  “We have made no secret of the group’s intention to...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

LonRes snaps up anti-money laundering training and compliance service

London-focussed business-to-business deal data service LonRes has acquired an anti-money laundering compliance consultancy specialising in residential and commercial property. Financial Crime Services,...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ biggest investor buys online agency ahead of Euro roll-out

The German-based Alex Springer publishing company, which is already the largest single investor in Purplebricks, has acquired a prominent online estate...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Success story: new acquisition to mark 160th anniversary of agency

A north of England estate agency is marking its 160th anniversary with the pledge to announce an acquisition by the end...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells appeals for independent agencies wanting to sell up

Connells Group has announced its acquisition of an independent Cambridgeshire agency - and it says it’s on the look out for...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

One of country’s oldest independents snapped up by fast-growing agency

The independent Seel and Co, one of Cardiff’s and Wales’ oldest independent agencies and auction houses, has been acquired by Jeffrey...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hunters branch network hits 200 with emphasis on IT and local expertise

Franchise giant Hunters says its branch network has now hit 200 following a spate of acquisitions in the first half of...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The problem with estate agents is...

Whinge. Moan. Lead quality. Crap market. Decision procrastination. Fee pressure. Bloody competitors. Especially Purplebricks. Brexit, of course, Brexit... These are just some...

05 September 2019

From: Features

Countrywide: the rot has set in but share price has jumped

A few details of a possible takeover or acquisition of Countrywide have started to emerge. The possibility was first floated in yesterday’s...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agency extends patch by acquiring nearby firm

A Leicestershire estate and lettings agent has expanded after buying Barrow Upon Soar-based Strawberry Lettings and Sales.  Berkley Estate & Letting Agents...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

easyProperty acquired by firm with backing of Stelios Haji-Ioannou

Online estate agency EasyProperty has been acquired by a firm with the backing of Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou. easyProperty has been sold by the eProp...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Branch closures boost profits at Your Move and Reeds Rains

LSL Property Services, parent firm of Your Move and Reeds Rains, says the company’s branch closure programme was a success with profits...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove: agency numbers fall 3% but profits and revenue soar 10%

Rightmove’s half year figures this morning continue to show strong growth in profits and revenue - but there are the first...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New portal snaps up early PropTech listings site Nethouseprices

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

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today: your Monday round up of industry moves...

Hello and welcome to this latest edition of PJT, your regular weekly column giving all the key appointments news in the...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency super-merger as regional independent firms link-up

Two of the highest profile independent estate agencies in the north of England have merged following a spectacular acquisition. Linley & Simpson...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchisee snaps up independent agency in popular seaside town

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

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your weekly update of key industry moves

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

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency bought out of administration with PropTech goal

Petty Estate Agents has acquired the real estate division of Cheshire-based Wright Marshall out of administration. The deal safeguards the company after...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tricks of the trade: buying agent reveals tips for purchasers using portals

A buying agent has revealed how she advises potential clients to use portals when looking for a property to buy -...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov and Countrywide merge: it could have happened…

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

08 June 2019

From: Features

Agency branch openings after rebranding and acquisition

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

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla in multi-million pound software shake-up for agents

Zoopla is today unveiling what it calls “a new direction” for its software division and the creation of “market-leading agency CRM...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Major agency announces first acquisition since new ownership

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

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban, compliance and new business on agenda at Guild's roadshows

The Guild of Property Professionals' regional roadshow for existing and potential members, resumes its activities next week with a visit to...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest key industry moves

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

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

EweMove in profit as Property Franchise Group reports solid figures

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

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial ‘Slime Balls’ online agency calls in liquidators

A controversial online estate agency has gone into liquidation two years after describing High Street agents as “smug, suited slime-balls.” BetterMove, registered...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

London and Home Counties agencies quiet on possible acquisition

There’s been no formal confirmation that London agency Dexters has acquired the London and nearby offices of Jackson-Stops, as has been...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

39 Your Move and Reeds Rain branches bought and becoming franchises

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

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech is the way to safeguard High Street branches - Connells

Connells Group says investment in PropTech will be the way to safeguard its almost-600 High Street branches - and it’s repeated...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks could be bought by High Street agent, says client developer

The chief executive and founder of a developer and property investment group says Purplebricks is “an excellent business” but its recent...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest moves (and a cake)

Hello and welcome to this half-term week’s PJT, your regular Monday opportunity to catch up with the key personnel changes in...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Savills about to be snapped up by US real estate company?

The Daily Telegraph has gone public with City speculation that Chicago-based real estate consultancy JLL may be interested in buying Savills. Both...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Long-standing independent agency snapped up - but brand name remains

Northwood has hoovered up Humphreys of Chester, which it describes as one of the city’s “most reputable and well-established estate agencies.” Jim...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

No Sale, No Fee - how EweMove bucked the online sector's stagnation

The Property Franchise Group says its online/hybrid agency EweMove traded profitably throughout  last year and will show “a significant improvement” over...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge branch closures announced for YourMove and Reeds Rains

A major restructuring of LSL Property Services has just been announced to shareholders, with substantial numbers of branch closures. The statement says...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Four new branches for franchise agency as it releases strong figures

Franchise giant Hunters, which started 2019 by announcing two new branches, is to open another four next month after an upbeat...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

LSL delivers upbeat figures despite Brexit-fuelled caution over 2019

LSL Property Services - parent company of Your Move, Reeds Rains and London agency Marsh & Parsons - has given a...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - more major moves across our industry...

There’s been another raft of movers and shakers in the industry in recent days, so this is a busy Property Jobs...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

London agency 'doubles profit' and is on the prowl for acquisitions

Chestertons says its profitability in 2018 doubled compared to the previous year, but appears to have relied heavily on lettings for...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov urges past vendors to re-list as it relaunches this month

The new management at Emoov says that following its acquisition out of administration it will relaunch as an online estate agency later...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Distressed sellers offer 20% discounts on London off-plan homes

A leading buying agent says 2019 is likely to see the continuation of last year’s trend where distressed sellers accept discounts...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov and Tepilo brands and technology 'have been bought'

Estate Agent Today understands from a respected source that the remains of the Emoov and Tepilo online agencies have been acquired...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Another franchise agency chain reports big growth in applicants

Winkworth says it’s seen a huge 78.5 per cent rise in franchise applicants over the past 12 months and says there...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s upmarket brand Hamptons International marks 150 years

Hamptons International - at one time tipped to be sold off or even shut during the recent problems afflicting parent company...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New facility for major online property auction company

One of the country’s major property auction companies has a new base. The 233,000 square foot site in Chesterfield has been acquired...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2019?

As 2018 draws to a close, it is fair to say that stretched affordability and uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations has...

29 December 2018

From: Features

The top 10 property personalities of 2018

There’s nothing new about identifying 10 figures who have helped shape an industry over the past year, but that doesn’t mean...

28 December 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – A to Z of the property market for 2018

Another year is nearly done – and what an eventful year it’s been. We’ve had more than our fair share of breaking...

22 December 2018

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - yet more movers and shakers in the industry

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT - and while it may be just days to Christmas, there’s still plenty of...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills snaps up independent chain to expand London presence

Savills has snapped up an independent London estate agency in what is likely to be one of the last deals of...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing crisis as number of firms hit eight-year low

The number of active conveyancing firms handling property transactions in England and Wales has fallen to an eight year low.  A market...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov administrators ‘want £100,000 for remaining vendor listings’

Estate Agent Today has been given details of responses made by administrators to an enquiry about the possible acquisition of some...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry movers and shakers

Two weeks to Christmas but no sign of our industry slowing down with more job moves announced in recent days.  Please let...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla targets agency growth under new ex-Apple marketing boss

The ‘new broom’ owners of Zoopla have revealed that Gary Bramall is to be the firm’s new chief marketing officer charged with...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the industry's key moves and appointments

Has no one told the industry that it’s December and things are supposed to be slowing down? This week’s Property Jobs...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock Emoov twist - Russell Quirk in talks to set up property PR firm

The circus surrounding the fate of online agency Emoov has taken an unexpected turn. Yesterday Sky News revealed that the company was...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions to rise in 2019 says top agent (well, after Brexit is sorted)

One of the country’s top buying agents says he expects 2019 to be a much better year than 2018 as Brexit...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies snapped up by Winkworth and Savills

A long-standing independent agency on the south coast is to rebrand after being snapped up by a Winkworth franchisee. Humphreys & Orr,...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group beefs up mortgage side with £3.6m acquisition

Belvoir has this morning announced that it has acquired MAB Glos, part of the Mortgage Advice Bureau.  The £3.6m deal, done through...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG’s Charlie Bryant talks exclusively to Estate Agent Today

To say legendary ZPG founder and CEO Alex Chesterman left big boots to fill when he stepped back from day-to-day operations...

24 November 2018

From: Features

Another agency shuts all its branches and joins the Hub club

Orchards of London is abandoning its current branch network and instead opening a single Hub from the middle of next month. Orchards,...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Only fittest will survive’ says agent making eighth acquisition of 2018

Yorkshire agency Linley & Simpson is on the acquisition trail yet again - and it’s revealed its eighth deal of the...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Branch closures - 135 fewer independent agency offices

New figures from the British Independent Retailers Association suggest that there are now 135 fewer independent estate agency branches than at...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Who comes out on top in the battle of the property portals?

Given that online property portals, dominated by a handful of websites, are by far the most popular home search method, it...

17 November 2018

From: Features

Rollo Miles, from Agent & Homes

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? It just says “Agent” for, at the end of the...

08 November 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Emoov for sale, Purplebricks down, Hatched gone - what now for Online?

As scary Halloweens go, yesterday was quite a shocker for Britain’s online estate agency sector - and not in a good...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Overseas buyers set to take advantage of stamp duty surcharge delay

Experts suggest that overseas buyers are likely to act quickly to take advantage of a delay in any stamp duty surcharge on...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

High-end agency opens new office with PropTech to the fore

Strutt & Parker is bucking the trend on High Street offices by opening a new one - and in this case,...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Another estate agency snapped up by ex-Countrywide team

London agency Stirling Ackroyd has announced its third acquisition in the course of a year. It’s only 15 months ago that Stirling...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency drops traditional branch in favour of serviced office

An estate agency is moving from its traditional branch to new city centre serviced offices as it expands. East of Exe -...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks has 70% of UK online market and confirms expansion

Purplebricks says its performance in the UK “is currently showing double-digit growth year-on-year in monthly instructions.” In a brief UK trading update...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the industry's key moves in recent days

Hello and welcome to PJT, our weekly round up of key moves within the industry. Let us know what’s going on with...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Overseas buyers to take advantage of stamp duty surcharge delay

Experts suggest that overseas buyers are likely to act quickly to take advantage of the delay in any stamp duty surcharge...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

eProp cements PropTech role as well as running Guild and Fine & Country

A statement to the London Stock Exchange by eProp Services has cemented its role primarily as a PropTech firm. This is in...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, the latest weekly catch-up with moves within and across our industry. A quick...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property firm snaps up independent agency to hit £1m turnover mark

The independent Sutton-based property business Centro PLC has acquired Cheam and Mayfair based Christies Estate Agents Limited.   The new combined agency is...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your chance to catch up on the major moves in the agency industry over...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

US franchise network owned by Warren Buffett enters London market

A well-known London estate agency says it signing up to a US-based real estate franchise network run by billionaire Warren Buffett. From...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG founder Alex Chesterman to step back from business

Zoopla Property Group's founder and chief executive, Alex Chesterman, is to step back from day to day operations at the end...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters income and profits on the rise in spite of shaky market

Franchise giant Hunters has reported its latest results to the city, showing impressive growth despite a slow-moving property market. In the six...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Extra funding for agent-partnering online auction platform

The online auction platform BidX1 has announced a strategic investment which will be used to accelerate its growth. The investment comes from...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks slammed by Canadian agent over ‘savings’

The online agency acquired by Purplebricks in Canada has started facing the same criticisms that its parent company have faced in...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Four-branch regional agency snaps up single-office firm

Oakwood Homes, a four-branch sales and lettings agency operating across East Kent, has acquired Parkland Estates, a single-branch firm based in...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today - and as ever we have a breakdown of key moves within our industry. To...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q&A with Stephen Ludlow, ludlowthompson

Next week ludlowthompson celebrates its 25th anniversary. Here, I catch up with Stephen Ludlow, co-founder and now executive director of the...

11 August 2018

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, the place where you find all the key agency industry moves over recent days. Please...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

'Resi Richard' - guru teams up with top London estate agency

One of the property industry’s best known figures, Richard Berridge, has teamed up with estate agency My London Home to lead...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Sales figures ahead of last year, says upbeat franchise agency

At least one estate agency appears to be doing better than expected in the current challenging market - Hunters says sales...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to launch Purplebricks Plus as it seeks 10% market share

Purplebricks has told the Press Association it wants to secure over 10 per cent of the agency market share in the...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

My role in latest ‘good value’ Purplebricks expansion, by PropTech guru

Leading PropTech guru Mike DelPrete has revealed that he was involved in Purplebricks’ latest expansion, entering the Canadian agency market via the...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rebranding frenzy increases Hunters' branch total by another four

Another four existing estate agency branches have rebranded as Hunters. In the westcountry three branches of Heritage4homes - at Yatton, Nailsea and...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks breaks into Canada; acquires fixed-fee listings network

Purplebricks has acquired another fixed-fee agency for £29.3m - it’s in Canada and marks another new territory for the hybrid agency. The...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

July - it might just be the industry’s busiest month of the year

So here’s the thing. It’s summer - not much going on, school holidays about to start, industry publications filling out space...

30 June 2018

From: Features

Popular ex-Countrywide executive now managing director at Dexters

One of the country’s best know estate agents, Marc Goldberg, has joined London agency Dexters. Goldberg spent some 30 years at Countrywide’s...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'Bigger Countrywide losses to come' warns broker advising investors to sell

One of Countrywide’s former allies in the City broker community - independent corporate advisor Numis - has downgraded the troubled agency...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Peter Rollings

Peter Rollings is one of the most respected and best-known figures in property, having helped to rapidly grow Foxtons (where he...

16 June 2018

From: Features

Success for The ValPal Network as it teams up with Reapit

Clients of software provider Reapit can now integrate with leading sharing and online valuation service The ValPal Network. The objective is to help Reapit...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Expanded Emoov now one of the UK's top seven agencies, says Quirk

Russell Quirk, chief executive of Emoov, says his agency is now one of the top seven in the UK following its...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Cluttons to concentrate on its UK business after Savills' Mid-East acquisition

Cluttons - which a year ago was bought out of pre-pack administration by a so-called ‘turnaround’ business, RCapital - has now...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – marketing magic, Mr T and GDPR fever

Last time out I looked at the growing importance of content, social media and design – but these should only form...

02 June 2018

From: Features

Online 'merger' is really an acquisition by Emoov says TV Dragon James Caan

The so-called ‘merger’ of Emoov, Tepilo and a lettings firm is actually an acquisition by Emoov of the other two companies. That's...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG's Hometrack sell-off gets green light from Aussie regulator

ZPG’s sell-off of the Australian arm of housing data company Hometrack to REA Group, a multinational digital firm specialising in portals and...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Be in charge of your own destiny – what does the future hold?

Any letting agent appreciates the effort, dedication, and sometimes heartache, that comes with running a business yet equally knows that when...

30 May 2018

From: Features

ZPG sale to US tech firm expected to complete next quarter

Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) has confirmed that it expects its sale to Silver Lake to complete in Q3 2018. As part of...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Reapit increases market dominance with latest acquisition

Reapit has announced the acquisition of Resource Techniques in a bid to strengthen its position in the agency software market. Resource Techniques,...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - How portals and Purplebricks outperform high street agencies

A study of estate agencies and portals floated on the London Stock Exchange suggests that digital companies have shown much better...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - and it's a bumper week for moves...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, our weekly feature on who’s moving where throughout our industry. And it’s...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Channel 4 link to possible Emoov and Tepilo merger

Sky News says online estate agents Emoov and Tepilo are in talks about a ‎merger - and if it happens the...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Day in the life of…a property journalist

Ever wondered what it’s like to be on the frontline of property journalism? Well, wonder no more, as our very own...

05 May 2018

From: Features

ZPG sells overseas arm of Hometrack to Australasian portal firm

ZPG has sold the Australian arm of housing data company Hometrack to REA Group, a multinational digital firm specialising in portals and...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

LSL estate agency group warns transactions set to drop in 'soft' market

LSL Property Services has issued a warning that market conditions are softer than expected so far in 2018 and that transaction...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Four agencies open new branches - including one in the Scandi-style...

Four estate agencies have opened new branches, either as a result of expansion or because of acquisitions. Homes4u has opened a futuristic...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s on the move in our industry?

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, the regular Monday update on who’s moving where within our industry. Let us know what’s...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: agents bucking the high street downturn

Maplin, Toys R Us, Carpetright, Warren Evans – what do they have in common? All are well-known high street chains that...

21 April 2018

From: Features

Reapit snaps up agency software supplier Pocket Size Media

One of the industry’s best-known software suppliers Reapit has announced that it’s acquired Pocket Size Media - a firm that provides...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons calls time on new branches as emphasis shifts to IT and people

Foxtons says its long-term branch expansion programme is now “largely complete” and it is shifting its attention to using technology to...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove branch total now up to 122 following latest franchise deals

Hybrid agency EweMove says it has seen four portfolio acquisitions and 29 new areas ‘purchased’ by franchisees since June 2017, taking...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Buying agent says 'guide prices' confuse valuations and purchasers

As the Easter sales weekend kicks off, the head of a prominent buying agency says estate agents confuse the true valuation...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Franchise model well-suited to challenging market, says leading agency

Winkworth, the agency which released its 2017 results this morning, says the franchise business model it supports is more resilient than others...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Day in the life of...a Group Managing Director

For part two of the 'Day in the life of' series, I spoke to Peter Kavanagh, who first joined Romans in...

24 March 2018

From: Features

Rightmove, ZPG, OnTheMarket - are they about to be eclipsed by Google?

A property technology analyst has floated the idea that portals could become eclipsed by powerful alternatives such as Google, triggered by...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves across our industry...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, our regular Monday look at key moves inside our industry. Everyone here simply...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove may have to extract more revenue from agents, claims analyst

One of the leading PropTech analysts says Rightmove’s huge success means that it has two difficult choices ahead if it is...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Hogarth on agency acquisition trail after London independent snapped up

Orchards of London, a four-office independent operating in the west of the capital, has been fully acquired by The Hogarth Property...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Portals and onliners 'force agents into innovation' says global advisory firm

A mergers and acquisitions specialist says traditional agencies have been pushed into becoming more innovative by the rise of portals and...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

One agency's epic history - shooting at the enemy on the way to the office

One of the country’s oldest estate agencies is celebrating 250 years in business.  Essex and Suffolk agency Fenn Wright has roots back...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons profits and sales drop - but much better figures from Connells

Foxtons has reported its 2017 figures to shareholders and the City this morning and as expected they show sharp falls in...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Hometrack chief takes over ZPG property division as Mark Goddard quits

The managing director of property data consultancy Hometrack, Charlie Bryant, is to lead a reorganised property marketing, software and data division...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: London chain Dexters snaps up high-profile independent company

Estate Agent Today can reveal that one of London’s best known agency chains has acquired one of the capital’s leading independent...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Irish online auction firm names the date for first UK sale

Online auction house BidX1 has launched its first UK online auction following its acquisition of London-based auctioneer Andrews & Robertson. This is...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket signs up 81 new listings agreements in first float week

OnTheMarket has told the City this morning that it has already signed up 81 new listing agreements by 5pm yesterday, completing...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Tepilo unaffected by Trinity Mirror's swoop on Northern & Shell

Tepilo has told Estate Agent Today that it will be unaffected by the sale of Northern & Shell Ventures’ publishing activities...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart acquisition shows commitment to bricks and mortar agencies

Spicerhaart, which describes itself as the UK’s largest independent estate agency group, has been on the acquisition trail again, showing its...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

LSL diversifies from agency work with £5.4m mortgage firm acquisition

LSL Property Services is beefing up the mortgage arm of its activities.  It has acquired the mortgage adviser network Personal Touch in...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG reports 53m average monthly visits to websites and apps

ZPG says it anticipates a strong 2018 according to a trading statement ahead of the company’s annual general meeting today. The firm...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - latest news about agents on the move

Hello and welcome to our first Property Jobs Today, a weekly round-up of key job moves within estate and letting agencies...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Top auction house to become part of mixed online/traditional service

Andrews & Robertson, one of the UK’s highest profile auction houses, has been taken over by Ireland’s BidX1 and is set...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Footfall no longer on the High Street says agency after relocation

An estate agency that is moving from a high street to a business centre says it is relocation because footfall has...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Lease Extensions – getting it right

While there is a distinct market for flats held on particularly short leases, there is a middle ground where flat owners...

13 January 2018

From: Features

Phone-answering supplier to expand agency services after acquisition

Moneypenny is pledging to expand the services to offers to agents following the acquisition of a firm creating business products and...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 14 industry leaders give their  2018 predictions

Well, I don’t know about you but after the holidays I've got an imprint just below my navel where my belt...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2018?

What a year it’s been! Back in 2016 we had Brexit, a new prime minister, Donald Trump’s election, and so when...

30 December 2017

From: Features

Group slams 'incredibly weak' government leasehold reforms

A specialist leasehold enfranchisement firm has branded government leasehold reforms as "incredibly weak". In an announcement lost in the noise following Damian Green’s sacking,...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by expanding regional hybrid

Independent agency Coast and Castle has been acquired by Signature, a chain in the north east of England with 18 other...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir benefits from complementing agency with financial services

The UK’s largest property franchise group, Belvoir, says it is reaping rewards from its acquisition of Brook Financial Services and its...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Will OTM float or sink?

Yesterday morning OnTheMarket confirmed its IPO plans but with no firm date. The question remains on whether the float will be...

11 December 2017

From: Features

New OnTheMarket contract ‘imposes restriction on acquisitions’

The new contract for firms joining or re-signing to OnTheMarket is reported to have a restriction on acquisitions. It is said to...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Three offices rebranded two years after acquisition

Three Country Properties offices in Hertfordshire have been rebranded as Hunters - over two years after their acquisition.  The regional agency Country Properties...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG announces record visits and increased agency membership and listings

ZPG has revealed its 2017 annual report this morning with a stream of records - 648 million visits to portals, revenue...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The battle of the reports

Hands up if you’ve read all of the property reports that have been published in the past week or so? Forever...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL's 500 agency branches sign up to ZPG for another five years

LSL Property Services - which has high street brands including Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - has signed...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG refuses to increase its offer for GoCompare service

ZPG is refusing to increase its rejected bid to buy comparison website GoCompare. Earlier this month GoCompare turned down an unsolicited takeover offer...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty change - government defines 'the first time buyer'

The government has defined the ‘first time buyers’ who will benefit from its immediate scrapping of stamp duty for FTB purchases...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Major GoCompare investor reported to be seeking higher ZPG offer

News agency Reuters says a top five shareholder in price comparison service GoCompare says the firm should respond “positively” if ZPG...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

The housing industry has set out a list of demands in advance of the government’s hotly anticipated Autumn Budget on Wednesday.  Despite...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Belvoir raises the stakes in Property Franchise Group merger bid

Belvoir has revealed that it has won the backing of a minority shareholder in The Property Franchise Group to resume merger...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Differentiate or die - Airbnb’s messy ecosystem

The rise of Airbnb has been majestic, going all the way from conception to becoming a common noun in less than...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Financial crime – are estate agents at risk?

The spread and sophistication of financial crime in the UK in recent years has been unprecedented.  Figures from UK Finance show that...

04 November 2017

From: Features

Jostling for position: battle of the property portals continues

The fact is that most house hunters simply do not have the time, let alone the inclination, to trawl around properties...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Connells in new ZPG deal as portal boss says more acquisitions to come

ZPG has announced that Connells is the latest major agency chain to sign a long-term deal with its portals Zoopla and...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New board appointed for agency after acquisition by French bank

Strutt & Parker has revealed its new board following the takeover by the real estate arm of French bank BNP Paribas.  The...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove amongst most profitable portals in the world, says top analyst

One of the most thorough analyses of property portals ever undertaken shows that Rightmove is the world’s most profitable portal company...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Appointments - Ex-Savills man joins Harrods; New country consultant

Harrods Estates has recruited an ex-Savills sales negotiator with 10 years of experience working in prime central London. Michael Harte, who will work...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Famous prime London agency expands after merger with rival

Beauchamp Estates has announced that it will have a fourth prime central London office following its merger with Marylebone-based Hanover.  The Marylebone...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Hunters emphasises online success, despite challenging market

Hunters’ figures for the six months to the end of June show small rises in income and turnover but a substantial...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG's latest £80m acquisition - it's the Money comparison website

ZPG - which already owns and operates Zoopla, PrimeLocation, Hometrack and the price comparison website uSwitch - has acquired the financial...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart confirms butters john bee acquisition

Following speculation earlier in the week, Spicerhaart has confirmed that it has purchased 19 branch regional agency butters john bee. The acquisition...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Spicerhaart 'poised to snap up major independent regional agency'

Estate Agent Today understands that Spicerhaart is in the final stages of talks to acquire major regional independent firm butters john...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG acquires major estate agency marketing firm Ravensworth

ZPG has acquired Ravensworth, a major provider of print and creative marketing services to estate and letting agents.  Ravensworth, based in Northumberland, specialises in...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Will smaller online agencies combine to combat Purplebricks?

A tech magazine has raised speculation, circulating in the industry for some months, that some online agencies have considered joining forces...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide woe continues as share price hits new record low

Countrywide’s share price hit a record low during trading yesterday afternoon when it dropped to 137.75p, having opened the day at...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country says Mayfair office stays - but more focus on B2B

Fine & Country and the Guild of Property Professionals are to keep their current Mayfair office on London’s Park Lane -...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – are you GDPR-ready?

Are you protecting your data right? This may sound like the sort of direct warning you get from cold callers or...

19 August 2017

From: Features

Regional agency snaps up another independent business

Regional agency Manning Stainton has completed its second acquisition in the last four months with the purchase of independent agency Clear...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Corporates attacked for 'swallowing up' agencies with great pedigrees

Independent high-end estate agency Galbraith, which operates mostly in Scotland, says local knowledge is key to good customer service - and might...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Sequence agency snaps up area's leading independent company

William H Brown, part of the Sequence UK network, has acquired Barnfields estate agents in Enfield, north London.    Barnfields was an independent...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons told: 'More digital innovation or risk being left behind'

Two leading property technology experts have warned Foxtons that it risks failing to keep up with the digital revolution which the...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Historic agency Strutt & Parker snapped up by French bank

The real estate division of French bank BNP Paribas has exchanged on the acquisition of Strutt & Parker, bringing together some...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Founder of Connells-owned online agency switches to easyProperty

Adam Day, the founder of Connells-owned online estate agency Hatched, has been announced as head of operations at easyProperty.    In a statement...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reports rise in agents, traffic and revenue per advertiser

In its latest report to shareholders, Rightmove has revealed yet more growth in agent numbers, traffic to its website, revenue per...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

CMA reveals details of go-ahead for ZPG/Expert Agent merger

The Competition and Markets Authority has released the full wording on its decision to give the go-ahead to ZPG’s acquisition of Expert...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Firm set up by ex-Countrywide team acquires major London agency

Nick Dunning Associates - a firm led by senior ex-Countrywide staff - has acquired the well-known six-branch London agency Stirling Ackroyd. Stirling...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Gulf investment and new chairman as Humberts shifts emphasis

Humberts has announced new overseas investment as it continues to shift emphasis away from its past rural-only outlook. The investment news came...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London’s prime housing market is no longer roaring

Being a leading world-class city comes at a price – they are the most expensive for occupiers and the most lucrative...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks Local Property Experts 'earn average £41,925 a year'

An expert analysis of the Purplebricks trading statement for 2016 reveals that the agency’s Local Property Experts each earn an average...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove: might it become an estate agency with sellers listing directly?

Another senior industry analyst says the time is fast approaching for Rightmove to either shift its focus to take account of...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Mark Goddard, MD of ZPG Property Services

Mark Goddard was the founder and CEO of The Property Software Group (PSG), a property software solutions firm established in 2007,...

01 July 2017

From: Features

Expert Agent 'relieved' ZPG acquisition uncertainty is over

Expert Agent says it is pleased the uncertainty surrounding its takeover had ended but suggests the Competition and Markets Authority’s announcement...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Apprentice' London agency has another try at expansion

Haus Properties - the estate agency set up by former Apprentice finalist Jamie Lester, who quit the company suddenly last year...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Competition authority clears ZPG acquisition of Expert Agent

ZPG, owner of digital platforms including Zoopla, uSwitch, PrimeLocation, Hometrack and Property Software Group, has been cleared by the Competition and...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

easyProperty says 500 new agency licences prove naysayers wrong

Over 500 members of the Guild of Property Professionals have requested an easyProperty licence following the merger between the two organisations.   The...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Sealed bids: buying agent says process should be more transparent

The sealed bids process - where purchasers submit their final offer by a specific time and date - should be more transparent,...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

What do estate and letting agencies usually sell for?

There’s barely a week that goes by when you don’t read about an estate or letting agency business that’s been acquired...

10 June 2017

From: Features

Spicerhaart's new 'talent acquisition team' seeks agents and others

Spicerhaart has launched what it calls a talent acquisition team to recruit new agents to the group’s range of brands, as...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

How to create new revenue streams for your letting agency

Our recent roundtable on the government’s proposed ban on tenant fees generated a selection of tips for growing your business. We’re now...

03 June 2017

From: Features

New London branch for franchise giant seeking to expand further

Franchise agency Hunters has launched another London office. Hunters has already opened six new branches across the country this year, and acquired...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG reports big surge in agents and listings over past six months

ZPG has published its half-year figures this morning showing a six per cent rise in the number of agents and a...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Influential Marsh & Parsons sales director to depart after 12 years

London estate agency Marsh & Parsons has announced that its sales director Liza-Jane Kelly has taken the decision to leave after...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Acquired agency to take on Portico name and branding

East London estate agency Spencers is today being rebranded as Portico. The seven-branch network - which also trades as Phillip Leigh -...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Cluttons: pensions body investigating pre-pack deal to save agency

Last week’s acquisition of high-end agency Cluttons from pre-pack administration is to be investigated by the Pension Protection Fund. We reported on...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent snapped up by regional agency chain

A Northamptonshire estate agency has been sold a rival with 16 branches across that county and Buckinghamshire. Insider Business reports that Acorn,...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Property group buys majority stake in regional agency

Lomond Capital has purchased a majority stake in one of the south coast of England’s major estate and letting agency groups,...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'Optimised websites' are next goal after agency group's winning streak

The Property Franchise Group says it has seen 13 consecutive years of growth for the five High Street brands within its...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide MD takes charge of Lomond's latest acquisition drive

Lomond Capital has secured up to £37.5m for new acquisitions of sales and lettings agencies across the south of England -...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Firm offers online system for High Street agents to 'take on Purplebricks'

A firm is claiming to be allow high street agents to offer vendors an online sale services as well, without the...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Strutt & Parker: local offices outside London 'may not be part of sell-off'

A well-informed industry article on the possible sale of Strutt & Parker to French bank BNP Paribas suggests that the deal,...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Top PropTech influencers target agents and others with new venture

Two figures with high profiles in the world of PropTech have formed a consultancy to try to sell their services to...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills snaps up independent to take UK branch network to 90

Savills has acquired Granville Residential, an independent agency covering the high-end Marlow, Maidenhead, Bourne End and Cookham areas in Berkshir