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Purplebricks: Estate Agent Today's experts look behind the latest figures

Here it is - the industry’s verdict on the latest set of figures from Purplebricks. The agency doesn’t play by any of...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent 'drove drunk and crashed after humiliating email from boss'

A local news outlet in Essex is reporting that a Chelmsford agent claims he crashed his car whilst driving drunk following...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New websites for The Property Franchise Group high street brands

The Property Franchise Group has launched five new websites, one for each of its high street brands.  These are CJ Hole, Ellis & Co,...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: revenue soars as agency claims 74% of online sector

Purplebricks’ latest trading statement for the six months ending October 31 claims a large rise in revenue, its number of UK...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency withdraws claim about speed of exchanging contracts

Independent Surrey-based estate agency Curchods has voluntarily withdrawn marketing material containing claims about its speed of exchanging properties, after the intervention...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Bitcoin is technology, not just currency

Bitcoin has smashed into the headlines again recently with major news outlets describing the ever increasing worth of this wildly volatile...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

allAgents reinstates most of its disputed Purplebricks reviews

allAgents has today reinstated Purplebricks’ reviews on its site - this includes the majority of the negative reviews which have been...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New software helps agents list unsold properties on short-let sites

The short let management company Lavanda - backed by Harry Hill, former chief of Rightmove and Countrywide - has launched software...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket announces float details - but no timetable yet

OnTheMarket has announced some details of its IPO and the launch of its stock market flotation - but it has given nothing...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: is it about to increase its share of the online market?

Financial analysts over the weekend have been giving their view on Purplebricks, which later this week issues its figures for the...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

'Come on Rightmove and Zoopla - what's stopping you?'

The man behind a PropTech company has blasted Rightmove and Zoopla for failing to emphasise 360-degree virtual tours - the feature recently...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New website allows agents to sell properties via online auctions

It’s been a trend developing in the past few months - estate agents increasingly flirting with the idea of selling homes...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

'Half of home movers feel lack of control' says conveyancing sector firm

A company supplying the conveyancing industry claims that new research reveals 55 per cent of home-movers are frustrated by a lack...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove accused of ignoring agents allegedly re-listing sold properties

Rightmove has been accused of ignoring instances where agents have allegedly re-listed properties that have been sold in a bid to...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Chancellors Group agencies now rebranded under Chancellors name

Anscombe & Ringland and Russell, Baldwin & Bright are tobe rebranded under the Chancellors name.  The agencies - Anscombe & Ringland in...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency recruits digital expert and former MTV boss

Online property platform Settled, which claims its customers receive their first offer in an average of 17 days, has announced two...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

High-end international agency aims to resume London operations

John Taylor, a high-end international estate agency which until earlier this year had a presence in London, says it intends to...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for new-build buyers to retain 2.5% of price 'to improve quality'

The consumer group HomeOnwers’ Alliance says buyers of new build homes should be able to retain 2.5 per cent of the...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agent deposit/conveyancer scheme claims 100% completion rate

Online agency Settled is introducing a deposit scheme which it claims will assist sellers and buyers reach completion faster - and...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency drops Open House claim after complaint over website

Online agency Elopa has dropped a claim on its website that its Open House method of selling properties achieved the best...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: A to Z of the property industry for 2017

As we hurtle towards the end of 2017, it’s time to reflect on the year that’s just been.   Even better, this property-based...

25 November 2017

From: Features

Over 10 per cent of sellers change their minds because of rate rise

A survey suggests that over 10 per cent of existing homeowners have been deterred from selling thanks to the recent interest rate...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New online agency SealedBid targets high-end buyers and sellers

An online agency which claims to be the first in the world to be dedicated to sealed bid property sales, is...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New tool verifies leads by checking on buyers via social media

A new software tool claims to be able to verify leads by checking on buyers via social media.  Using Facebook, LinkedIn and...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency claims strong boost in brand awareness amongst target group

Fine & Country claims it has increased its brand awareness amongst its target audience - homeowners aged over 35 and earning...

21 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

Should agents pay for an increased Trading Standards budget?

A large part of the DCLG’s Call for Evidence on the home buying and selling process focuses on the role of...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Another tech company claims to be speeding up conveyancing

A search company called Big Property Data says it is working with 15 major institutions to provide automated property reports aimed...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency withdraws claim it was ‘only way’ to get highest sale price

The RE/MAX estate agency has withdrawn a claim in one of its promotional leaflets that its representative was "the only person"...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide online 'pause' is unforgivable says leading analyst

Countrywide's decision to 'pause' the roll-out of its online option for sellers and landlords is "unforgivable and dumbfounding" according to a...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering regulations – collaboration is key

A new EU crackdown on money laundering requires estate agency businesses to adopt a collaborative approach if they are to avoid...

11 November 2017

From: Features

EweMove says one franchisee has earned £500,000 in a year

Online agency EweMove - part of The Property Franchise Group, which recently failed to agree merger terms with Belvoir - claims...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebel agent quits NAEA and makes string of allegations

Rebel estate agent Chris Wood - who earlier this year unsuccessfully attempted to get on the ballot paper as a candidate for...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New raffle-a-house website will name the winner on TV

The raffle-a-home gimmick appears to be gaining strength with the arrival of a new website - Rafflemyhouse.com - which will also...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency support firm valued at £11m seeks additional investment

A firm that sells homes but also creates operating platforms for other agencies to break into the industry is seeking £450,000 through...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Major finance company joins call for stamp duty reform

The largest mutual life pension and insurance company in the UK has added its voice to growing calls for stamp duty...

08 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

House Buying Review pushes PropTech firms into action

The government's call for evidence from agents and others in a bid to improve the house buying process has pushed some...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

How can agents use the interest rate rise to re-engage with clients?

We recently witnessed the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) increase the base interest rate for the first time since...

07 November 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks tells City and investors we're on course for 2017 targets

Purplebricks has issued the briefest-of-brief statements to the City and the company's investors to assure them it is "on course". The latest...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents are not professionals claims Times consumer journalist

The consumer affairs correspondent of The Times has savaged High Street estate agents because of the commission they charge when compared...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Suspended prison sentence for agent after Gumtree scam

An estate agent branded as "thoroughly dishonest" following a Gumtree scam has been jailed for 20 months, suspended for two years....

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New portal targets agents to sell and let ex-council flats and houses

A new portal has been launched aimed at marketing ex-council properties for sale or to let through agencies.  Ex-Council.com says it is...

06 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

Video and marketing bid to promote No Sale, No Fee agency model

The Guild of Property Professionals is launching a marketing campaign to promote the benefits of the No Sale, No Fee estate...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: AllAgents in encouraging peace talks with Purplebricks

Estate Agent Today has been told that the website AllAgents has been holding peace talks with Purplebricks over its dispute about...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Central London market recovering from stamp duty damage - claim

Central London’s housing market is showing a recovery from price falls which followed stamp duty changes in 2014 and 2016 according...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

'Stamp duty is UK's worst tax - scrap it to help housing market'

Stamp duty on property sales is gumming up the housing market, stopping people from moving to the jobs they need, and...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

NAEA under fire over absurd claims about solar panels

A recent National Association of Estate Agents press release suggesting solar panels were among the “top things” to devalue a home...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Property Natter: here’s why crowdfunding is the future

Crowdfunding is nothing new. As I pointed out in a previous Natter, it dates back centuries, playing a part in the...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks: agency wins advert dispute over Local Property Experts

Complaints about a Purplebricks claim concerning its Local Property Experts have been rejected by the Advertising Standards Authority. Complaints came from PDQ...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Platform allowing agents to 'rival Purplebricks' wins PropTech support

Two of the leading lights in the growing Proptech sector are now working with a company which has a product it...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild launches marketing tool to lure vendors from rival agencies

The Guild and Fine & Country are launching what they call “an automated prospecting service” to enable members to target sellers...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Unique data shows it takes average 201 days to move home

A breakdown of data from over 4,100 agents has revealed that it takes on average 201 days to move home, from...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Win a home for £2 ... but pay 5% commission when you sell

A new online property competition platform has launched that gives entrants the opportunity to win a home for £2 - but...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Getting cosy with the winners MIPIM NYC winners

Last week was MIPIM PropTech Summit 2017 in New York, and it was the most oversubscribed to date - proof of the...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Teenage online boss says his estate agency is already one of UK's biggest

The 19 year old boss of online agency Doorsteps claims that his website has sold £100m worth of homes, currently lists...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Sales of flats in London have collapsed 47% in one year, says agency

Estate agency James Pendleton says the sales of flats across London have collapsed 47 per cent in only a year -...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New 'speed sharing' format for agents' national conference

The upcoming national conference for the Relocation Agent Network is introducing an innovative format for part of its agenda - speed...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Weekend reading: The future’s digital – have you had your say?

As we outlined in our EAT and LAT stories earlier this week, we (Angels Media) are seeking responses from estate and...

14 October 2017

From: Features

Record staff interviews and avoid unnecessary tribunals

Employment tribunal fees could soon become extinct, after the Supreme Court ruled they were an obstacle to the ‘access of justice’.  Once...

14 October 2017

From: Features

Speculation grows over Agents' Mutual float timetable

Agents’ Mutual is officially making no comment on the timetable for the company flotation but speculation within the industry is mounting...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Remind your clients: UK agency fees are competitive

There’s much said in the mainstream press about estate agency fees and how costly they can be for consumers. But one point...

11 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Agents - how are you coping with digital modernisation?

Angels Media and a property technology consultancy are joining forces to conduct the first-ever survey into how agents and other property...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Party conference season - A housing plan for UK Plc

And so concludes another party conference season.  We’ve followed the great and the good (both terms are debatable) around Torbay, Bournemouth,...

07 October 2017

From: Features

Warning: Don’t fall foul of competition rules after CMA fines

The decision by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to fine five estate agents for engaging in a price fixing cartel has...

07 October 2017

From: Features

Upbeat survey shows big surge in volume of properties coming to market

An upbeat survey by online website HouseSimple claims there has been a 20 per cent increase in the number of homes...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the falling leaves edition...

It’s not just that the days are shortening and the occasional smell of smoke lingers in the evening - the weather...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Dismay as Tories admit extra housing cash means only 25,000 homes

The Conservative party, in a press statement released to clarify comments made by Theresa May, says the government’s proposed extra £2...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Blockchain - who are the key players?

In his PropTech 3.0 report, Andrew Baum dedicated an entire section to blockchain; it was titled: ‘Blockchain is coming – get...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

England's new homes shortfall 'will exceed one million by 2022' - claim

England faces a growing gulf between new build completions and new households being added to the population according to a new...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' group CIELA nearly (but not quite) scrapped

The long-running saga of whether independent agents’ group CIELA is ever going to launch appears to be nearing its end game...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Reform high-end stamp duty and whole market would benefit - top agent

If the government slashed stamp duty for the country’s most expensive properties the entire housing market would benefit, an estate agency...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: investment website raises questions over its profitability

Investment website The Motley Fool says comparisons between forecast and actual profits reported by Purplebricks suggest the company’s position isn’t -...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Veteran agent loses employment tribunal after giving false evidence

An estate agent with a career of nearly 24 years has lost his employment tribunal after a judge ruled he gave...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Get paid on time: Q&A with PayProp's Neil Cobbold

Having launched 13 years ago, PayProp, part of Humanstate Group, an international private technology services group, has grown into a leading...

30 September 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks claims UK revenue now double that of a year ago

Purplebricks' latest trading statement, issued this morning, claims "good progress" and says its revenue in the UK for the first half...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks says LPEs typically earn much more than high street agents

Purplebricks has launched something of a charm offensive to lift the lid on the experience and work of its Local Property...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with your chance to win new funding too...

Every week we carry reports of how great causes are helped by individual agents and other property professionals - this week...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another petition - this time calling for Help To Buy to be scrapped

Online petitions appear to be the flavour of the week - the latest is calling for the government’s Help to Buy...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is the industry solving a non-existent problem?

90% of PropTech’s work is good and vital, but that final ten has the potential to damage the rest. In my Sunday...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit means no prime central London price rises for two years - Savills

Savills has revised its forecasts for the housing market and says that uncertainty over the impact of Brexit points to two...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Petition claims many Rightmove listings are speculative and over-priced

A mystery online petition is urging Rightmove to filter its advertisements “in a bid to curb down inflationary / speculative / fake...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

How many agency business models are there today?

It used to be so easy. Around 20 years ago there were what we now call full-service estate and letting agencies, and...

23 September 2017

From: Features

Confusion over OnTheMarket 'five year sign-up' shares eligibility

It now appears that OnTheMarket agents do not require to sign up to the portal for five years in order to...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Automated conveyancing system claims to transform buying process

Another attempt to create an automated conveyancing system has been launched with the claim that it will banish paper trails and...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Facebook gives another signal that it may soon carry property listings

It looks likely that Facebook will soon be able to list homes for sale in the US, in the style of...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Automated valuation system expands with new lead conversion tools

The ValPal Network is launching a new tool for its 4,100 agent users - an area barometer which reflects the buoyancy of...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Forget Mum and Dad - now first time buyers can crowdfund deposits

An online platform has been launched with the aim of allowing first time buyers to seek crowdfunding to raise enough cash...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency's non-existent Zoopla membership spurs complaint

Three more complaints about agents made to the Advertising Standards Authority have been settled informally - including one concerning an agency's...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks boss Michael Bruce explains challenge to AllAgents' reviews

One of the co-founders of Purplebricks, Michael Bruce, has explained why the agency challenged reviews of its services on AllAgents. Speaking to...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New London agency wants to employ over 20 freelance agents

A company launching later this month, set up by an ex-Chestertons agent, wants to employ over 20 freelance associates who can...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

CMA releases details of estate agents' cartel scheme

The Competition and Markets Authority has for the first time published details of the findings against a group of six estate...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency opens third office and 'plans 15 new territories in next year'

Horton Estate Agents - a hybrid agency which nonetheless claims to have ‘offices’ - says it will expand into 15 new...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Russell Quirk's eMoov is reported to be considering Stock Exchange listing

Sky News says the online estate agent eMoov is drawing up plans to float on the stock market.  Sky has been well-informed...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Viewber marks its first year with its 6,500th appointment

Viewber, the outsourced viewing service, has marked its first anniversary by notching up its 6,500th appointment.  Launched in early September 2016 by...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Whistleblower claims dodgy practices by agents cost public thousands

The Daily Telegraph claims that what it calls “dodgy practices” are leaving customers “thousands of pounds out of pocket.” The article quotes...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Was this the week the agency industry changed for good?

I’ve been in France for the past few days and depending on your viewpoint, I made a spectacularly good or singularly...

09 September 2017

From: Features

easyProperty relaunches, claiming to be UK's second-biggest hybrid

easyProperty has unveiled details of its relaunch, declaring itself to be the UK’s second largest hybrid estate agency - second only...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Propertymark TV advert to reach 30 million adult viewers

Today sees the launch of ARLA and NAEA Propertymark's first national television advertisement. The ad is intended to highlight the importance of...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks viewings complaint informally resolved by ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has informally resolved another complaint made against wording on Purplebricks’ website.  A complainant suggested that the wording...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Professional Indemnity explained for property professionals

Giving clients reliable advice when they are buying, selling or letting a home lies at the core of every successful estate...

31 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Savills stays silent on valuation allegation and High Court order

Savills is remaining silent on the issues surrounding the apparent filing of a High Court order that may oblige the agency...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Slash stamp duty by a third, estate agency tells government

Jackson-Stops & Staff, a critic of the stamp duty system since its reform in 2014, now says the government should slash...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top industry figure says OTM float 'just makes money for elite agents'

Iain White, the ex-Romans managing director and former Countrywide director, has come out strongly against the demutualisation proposal from Agents’ Mutual...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency subject of another complaint about website wording

Online agency HouseSimple has once again been the subject of a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. Earlier this month a HouseSimple advertisement...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Why consolidation and collaboration are badly needed

“When an industry is new, still finding its feet, finding its purpose, the tendency is for those few people within it...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Be wary of online agents' claims, consumer group tells public

Consumer group Which? says the public should be wary of claims made by online estate agents. This follows a series of complaints about...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

'Second Steppers' face bigger challenge than first time buyers - claim

Homeowners ready to take their second step up the property ladder say it's harder than getting on it in the first...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: investment bank refutes allegation of bias against agency

A leading business consultancy which advises clients on investments has refuted a claim by a prominent media analyst that it is...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another online agency advert banned over misleading wording

For the second successive week the Advertising Standards Authority has banned an online estate agency’s advertisement.  Last week it was HouseSimple and...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket: no comment on 'deferred debt for Yes votes' claim

OnTheMarket is declining to comment after suggestions were floated that some debts by its member agents could be deferred, or in some...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory-led body says second home owners should be penalised more

A think tank says the penalties now levied against second home owners - such as the stamp duty surcharge and phasing...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New tool allows portal searches by lifestyle needs, not by property

OneDome has launched a new online tool that allows users to scour Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket by setting up lifestyle criteria,...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

When you add up the costs, it can be miles cheaper to lease a car

Not so long ago, new UK car sales were racing ahead, fuelled by confidence in the economic recovery, but car production...

19 August 2017

From: Features

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

Purplebricks: interview gives insight into LPE recruitment structure

An interview in an online magazine aimed at the small business sector lifts the lid on some of the structure surrounding...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Cyber attack - small agencies accused of being unprepared

An insurance provider says small estate agencies are peculiarly vulnerable to cyber attack yet are amongst the least prepared amongst their...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Online sales and lettings agency seeks six-figure crowdfunding cash

An online estate agency with a website claiming “a saving of 50 per cent” on local agents, is seeking £100,000 to £250,000...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Banned!  Online firm claimed High Street agents charge 1.5% to 4%

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned online agency HouseSimple from claiming that High Street agents charge “1.5% to 4% (plus 20%...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

UK home ownership is in structural decline warns Barclays bank

The price of houses in the UK will remain high because a “structural decline” means fewer homes are being sold and...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Humberts could extend online option to sales, after evaluation

Humberts, which yesterday launched an online-only option for landlord clients, says it is “not closing the door” on expanding the idea...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket member agency claims it can list online-only properties

Humberts, a member of Agents’ Mutual, is today launching an online-only option and claims it can list online-only properties on OnTheMarket. Such...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Sell Purplebricks shares, urges writer as sales data mystery remains

The Sunday Times made uncomfortable reading for Purplebricks yesterday as the newspaper raised more questions about the number of homes the...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the stock market likes disruptors

The stock exchange seems to be on everyone’s lips at the moment. There’s Agents’ Mutual seeking to float on the Alternative Investment...

12 August 2017

From: Features

Estate Agent Today Panel - Agents’ Mutual: the arguments continue

No one can say Agents’ Mutual has failed to provoke debate within the industry. The project was the centre of fierce argument...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT and TPO warnings after police probe quick sale company

The police are investigating a quick sale company after a claim by an individual that he received less than half of...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour and Conservative square up over second home taxes

The two main political parties have squared up to each other over the issue of increasing council tax on second homes...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Market being hurt by low stock, political uncertainty and tax - RICS

Record low stock numbers, political uncertainty and the aftermath of tax changes are the obstacles hindering the housing market, according to...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

As you were - Purplebricks share price riding high again

Purplebricks’ share price has now recovered all of the value it lost after being criticised on two BBC consumer programmes and...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

'A dog with fleas': City analysts sceptical about OnTheMarket float

There has been a sceptical reception from City analysts to Agents’ Mutual’s decision to restructure and float on the stock market...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trustpilot and Woodford stay quiet on BBC's Purplebricks probes

Trustpilot, the review service quoted frequently by Purplebricks as evidence of its apparent popularity, is declining to comment on the adverse...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy: is the government about to scrap or modify it?

The government is thought to be reviewing Help To Buy which, it is claimed, could end with the scheme being scrapped...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

What does Agents’ Mutual’s proposed flotation mean for agents?

I hate to be the guy to say ‘I told you so’…but I told you so! It seems that my predictions...

04 August 2017

From: Features

Portal Wars - OnTheMarket to demutualise and float on stock market

Agents’ Mutual has confirmed that it proposes to form a new company, OnTheMarket plc, to list on the AIM market of...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' shares stabilise as NAEA stays distinctly non-committal

The share price of beleaguered hybrid agency Purplebricks has recovered some of the ground it lost earlier in the week after...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

What now for Agents’ Mutual?

Agents’ Mutual (oops, that name might need to change…read on) has been touting its recent legal victory and is about to...

03 August 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks: Ombudsman 'happy' with controversial deferred payment scheme

The Property Ombudsman has told Estate Agent Today that it is happy with the controversial deferred payment scheme operated on behalf of...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks told to slow growth and get its house in order by City analyst

After a roller-coaster day on the Stock Exchange yesterday, Purplebricks has sought to defend itself against further possible share price losses...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Visitors to agency websites 'stay loyal' and don't visit rival sites - claim

A data analytics firm that has studied over 2.7m visits to UK property company websites claims that once a visitor arrives...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price dips after agency slated on BBC show

Purplebricks’ share price this afternoon dropped to a recent low of 406.50p before recovering to close down about five per cernt...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are we going to buy talk of a doomed high street?

You saw it, right? This article from Monday’s Guardian? It says that one in five estate agents are at risk of...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove listing changed after complaint over 'Help To Buy' price

A housebuilder has changed the price listed on Rightmove to the full marketing price after an intervention by the Advertising Standards...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 2m would stay together 'unhappy' if it meant they could buy

Some 1.8m UK adults have stayed or would stay in a relationship chiefly in order to get on the housing ladder,...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual revenue static but company claims good progress

The accounts for Agents’ Mutual, parent company of the OnTheMarket portal, show that revenue for the year ending January 31 was...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket holding 20 meetings across UK with agents this month

OnTheMarket is this month holding 20 meetings for member agents to explain “progress and plans” for the portal.   The meetings - sometimes...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

HIP, HIP, Hooray - The Other 10-Year Anniversary

  You’ll see a lot of 10th anniversary stories in the property industry and consumer media in the coming days: early August...

28 July 2017

From: Features

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

Big surge in equity release according to sector trade body

The equity release sector is claiming a record quarter between April and June with the number of new customers and total...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Hunters defies London sales slump by opening new branch

Hunters is opening a new branch in the fashionable area of Shoreditch in east London, despite a slump in sales across...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

easyProperty to relaunch after 270 licences taken up by agents

More than 270 easyProperty licences have been secured by independent estate agents belonging to The Guild of Property Professionals and Fine...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Over a third of London homes on sale have cut asking prices - claim

More than a third of the homes in London currently on the market have had their asking prices reduced according to...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Software firm giving 200 agents access to new digital package for free

Industry software company KeyAGENT is giving 200 agents access to a new package allowing them to upload photos and floor plan sketches...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Video interview: Charlie Wright, founder of CIELA

During a week in which fledgling trade group the Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents (CIELA) announced that it still...

22 July 2017

From: Features

Agency franchise group reveals newest local property experts

Franchise estate and lettings group HomeXperts has announced the latest areas where it has recruited local property experts. They are Berkshire, Essex, Kent and...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Independent agents' group CIELA 'likely' to launch after all

The on-off-on saga of the fledgling trade group for independent agents has taken another twist. The founder of the organisation suggests that...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency banned from using advert suggesting it had traditional office

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement which suggested that the firm behind it had “a physical office ... in...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Houser: controversial site must remove listing of home withdrawn in 2015

The controversial website Houser, which made waves when it launched in 2014, has been ordered by the Advertising Standards Authority to...

19 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

Facebook Live viewing - 20,000 see home, three offers, and it sells

The first ever home to have a viewing staged over Facebook Live has sold after it received three offers as a...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister Sharma at centre of Twitter and speech disputes

Housing minister Alok Sharma has blocked some of his Twitter followers, accusing them of “abusive language”.   Sharma has a relatively modest 9,169 followers...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Scrap the bureaucracy and let’s have simple rental regulation

That the private rental sector has become the government’s whipping boy for housing problems - landlords in particular, letting agents almost...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Call for action over 'forgotten casualties' of ground lease scandal

A leasehold enfranchisement expert wants government action over what he calls the "forgotten casualties" of the recent ground rent scandal.    Louie Burns,...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing market in a period of stagflation claims website

The UK property market has entered a period of stagflation where house price growth is consistently lower than the rate of...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - even in this great week of sport...

Wimbledon finals and the British Grand Prix await us this weekend and The Open begins a few days later, completing what...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

£3m boost for start-up helping traditional agents challenge onliners

PropTech start-up OneDome - which describes its products as allowing traditional estate agents to challenge Purplebricks and other online rivals -...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

More details emerge of Purplebricks' LPE expansion programme

Purplebricks has released more details of expansion plans to recruit hundreds of additional Local Property Experts. The recruitment drive was launched yesterday...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks launches drive to recruit hundreds more Local Property Experts

Purplebricks has this morning announced a drive to recruit “hundreds” of new Local Property Experts” in a bid to become what...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

'Nationalist' group claims to be targeting second home sales

An organisation that calls itself the Cornish Republican Army - and which has claimed responsibility for starting a fire in one...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Avoid unwanted hassles: Q & A with Jack Webb-Heller, Rent4sure IT director

Living next to inconsiderate neighbours can be a nightmare, but letting to bad tenants can prove costly, especially when issues, which...

08 July 2017

From: Features

Solo first time buyers - should they purchase with friends instead?

We’ve had the Bank of Mum and Dad so is the next big thing to hit the market a growing number...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Why agents need to do more to promote value for money

The fees charged by estate agents receive a lot of coverage in the press - and rarely for positive reasons. Negative...

06 July 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Portal Wars resume as Agents' Mutual says it's going after the money

Agents’ Mutual says it will be seeking to recover costs and compensation for losses incurred after what is widely seen as...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rawlings sharply critical of how agents use local press advertising

One of the industry’s leading trainers and consultants claims there is “a gaping hole” in the way agents use marketing content...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Search firm wants conveyancers to commission more fracking reports

A Conservative commitment to allow more fracking is the trigger for conveyancers to gather yet more environmental information during the search...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Reviews - Agency complaint about Purplebricks upheld by watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint over a Purplebricks website statement featuring testimonials from clients; the complaint was made...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent agrees not to repeat advertisement knocking OnTheMarket

Major westcountry agency Wilkinson Grant has told the Advertising Standards Authority it will not re-use wording following a complaint from a...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

25% fall-through rate is major improvement, claims quick sale firm

Over a quarter of prospective house sales completed in the past three months had fallen through at some stage according to...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild and Fine & Country launch new app for sales referrals

The Guild of Property Professionals and Fine & Country have launched a new referral system app which allows its members to...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' group's outburst over law flouters and anonymous trollers

The troubled trade group Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents - which has suggested it may not have enough support...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency claims new app boosts Rightmove statistics by up to 20%

A nine-branch agency in Manchester claims a new app is behind a 20 per cent improvement in its Rightmove statistics. Thornley Groves...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Forget stamp duty reform - There’s a new tax on the horizon

When it comes to provoking anger in property professionals, taxation takes some beating. Press releases are still arriving berating the December...

01 July 2017

From: Features

The Queen's Speech marks another step forward for leasehold reform

The political ebb and flow continues - seemingly with all the subtlety of a Boris Johnson rugby tackle on a 10-year...

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

Controversial £2.875m raffle of Right To Buy house is back on

The controversial raffle of a home reportedly purchased in 2014 under the Right To Buy scheme for just £360,000 is back...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks agrees a UK sale every nine minutes 24/7

New figures released this morning from Purplebricks shows the onward march of the hybrid agency and its Local Property Experts. For the...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

More interest-only owners selling up, claims equity release operator

Estate agents are increasingly helping customers who have been forced to sell their homes to pay off interest-only mortgages ahead of...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Online platform aims to cut house buying time to ... just two days

A new PropTech venture aims to do what the ill-fated Veyo system failed to achieve -  creating an online platform bringing...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: UKPA, RICS and the vital need for open data

The UK PropTech Association (UKPA), of which I am a member of the steering committee, is an organisation with a purpose...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New LonRes product aims to boost flagging new build sales in capital

LonRes has launched a new product which it says helps developers and agents ensure maximum exposure to previously untapped buyers. A new...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Typical agent light years behind money launderers, security expert says

Estate agents complying with new anti-money laundering regulations introduced this week are unlikely to avoid falling foul of terrorists and criminal...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Not just first timers - many 'second steppers' need parental help to buy

New research suggests the Bank of Mum and Dad is now helping so-called ‘second steppers’ - existing owners moving up the...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Enjoy Glastonbury? Now one agent says it can boost house prices...

It’s the morning after the festival before for the 150,000 estimated revellers who enjoyed the Glastonbury Festival which drew to a...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Queen’s speech: Property industry reacts to proposed tenant fee ban

The Queen’s speech to the British parliament this week was a scaled-back affair, which was unsurprising given the Grenfell Tower fire,...

23 June 2017

From: Features

Leading analysts fiercely critical of Guild merger with easyProperty

Two leading property analysts have written a fiercely critical assessment of the merger between easyProperty and the Guild of Property Professionals.   The...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

London price slowdown beginning to bottom out, claims Hometrack

The steep drop in price growth for homes across London is beginning to bottom out according to Hometrack, which says values...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Uncertainty over government 'aim' to streamline house buying process

The detailed paperwork accompanying the Queen’s Speech includes the Conservative party manifesto pledge to streamline house buying - but gives no...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Another report urges Bank of Mum and Dad to fund next generation

A new report, conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research for the financial services group Legal & General, claims...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Will it work? Owner bids to sell home via Facebook Live viewing

Online estate agency Housesimple says it is aiming to sell the first home in the UK via a viewing on Facebook...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Google building homes - another act of ultra-diversification

It was only a couple of weeks ago that I was writing about the Google City, in Toronto, and now the...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers set out their ideas for leasehold reform

A cluster of conveyancing and legal experts, known as the Legal Sector Group, has published a raft of proposals on leasehold...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Ad watchdog 'partly upholds' complaint over leasehold flat

The Advertising Standards Authority says it has “partly upheld” a complaint regarding a claim that a leasehold property was Sold STC. Greenslade...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Eye-tracking technology' reveals what buyers look at during viewings

A study using ‘eye-tracking’ technology has revealed what prospective buyers pay most attention to during viewings and shows critical differences between...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Chain management tool helping agents to deal with onliners

An estate agent claims that chain management tool View My Chain has helped his firm to deal with chains involving online...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Would you ‘let’ a property go under the hammer?

The popularity of property auctions in the UK has increased enormously in recent years, supported by popular TV shows such as...

17 June 2017

From: Features

Online estate agent secures another £1.2 million in funding

Online estate agency Settled has raised £1.2 million in funding to further develop its product. Settled describes itself as a 'powerful digital...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent network launches campaign against 'call centre agents'

A network of almost 80 independent estate agency offices has launched what it calls a hard-hitting campaign against 'internet-based call centre...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank recruits Foxtons agent to boost London sales team

Knight Frank has recruited an estate agent from Foxtons to run its Tower Bridge branch.  Daniel Woods joins from the firm’s London...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing: ASA investigates complaint against Law Society

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has published the details of its investigation into a complaint made against the Law Society. The complaint...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Valuations analysis reveals cheapest and most expensive regions

Analysis of over 120,000 sales valuations has revealed some of the UK's most expensive and cheapest property regions. Central London's 'W' postcode...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate Agency Franchise Group launches 19 branch network

Two established independent estate agency brands have joined forces to create the Estate Agency Franchise Group and are looking to expand. The...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild parent company announces merger with easyProperty

GPEA Ltd - the parent company of the Guild of Property Professionals and Fine & Country - has announced it has...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

ASA upholds complaint against hybrid agent for viewings claim

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint made against hybrid estate agency Pink and Cow. The Portsmouth-based firm claimed on...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Experienced high street agents launch hybrid after six figure investment

Two successful high street estate agency directors claim to have invested a six-figure sum into their new hybrid estate agency.  ispymyhome.com, which...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Investor consultancy wants new government to lay off property

London Central Portfolio, a property investment consultancy, has set out a five point plan for the next government elected this week...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

Theresa May’s call for a snap general election on June 8 took many by surprise. But estate agents have been broadly...

03 June 2017

From: Features

Election preview: Could we be heading for a ‘black swan moment’?

In years to come, students of political history might come to look at the 2017 General Election campaign with some interest....

03 June 2017

From: Features

Sex case: Your Move agent wins discrimination case against boss

An estate agent who was offered a sex act by his boss if he hit sales targets has won a sex...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Should agents list for free and allow vendors to set asking prices?

Two leading voices in the PropTech sector suggest a radical overhaul of agents’ fee structures, saying that neither traditional full service nor online...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Sales progression tool claims to identify chain bottlenecks

A sales progression tool claims to have analysed how long it takes to expedite sales chains of different lengths, and to...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Top High Street agents significantly out-perform onliners' says group

A consumer group which has consistently promoted online agencies says they achieve closer to sellers’ original asking price than the national...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to prepare for EU data protection rule changes

An audit and tax consultancy is urging estate agencies across the UK to prepare for new EU General Data Protection Regulation...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Uber and Moda Living collaborate on Build to Rent

It has been announced that Uber, the taxi company, has teamed up with build to rent firm, Moda Living, to ‘revolutionise renting’.    This...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Global version of Rightmove to list up to three million properties

A website now marketing 380,000 homes from 900 agents across the world has struck a deal with an international property referral...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Leasehold reform: major political parties don't promise enough, says group

The Conservative and Labour party manifestos do not go far enough to tackle problems with the leasehold system. That’s the view of...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

The ESTAS – the UK’s best letting agents have their say

The recent rise in consumer complaints against sales and letting agents suggests that there is a general lack of trust and...

27 May 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - more heart-warming examples of kindness

As we end an especially tragic week, it is heart-warming to remember how our industry - along with so many other...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy ISAs 'offer little help to first time buyers' says Moneyfacts

First time buyers who were supposed to be helped by the high-profile Help To Buy ISA have in fact found it...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tories backtrack on HIPs but still want massive house sales reform

The Conservative Party says it wants greater competition and more digitisation to cut the costs and reduce the amount of time...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Home ownership has halved for young families in parts of the UK

Home ownership has halved for young families across some parts of the UK according to a charity.  The Resolution Foundation says its...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents strike gold at the ESTAS

The best estate and letting agents in the UK were recognised at the prestigious ESTAS luncheon and ceremony, which was held...

20 May 2017

From: Features

Reviewing your business objectives – five top tips

Our recent roundtable on the proposed ban on tenant fees generated ten tips for growing a lettings business. We’re exploring each tip in more...

20 May 2017

From: Features

'Disrupter' agent says English sales system less efficient than Scotland

A ‘disrupter’ estate agent says the English housing market operates in a way that is far less efficient than Scotland’s -...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 250,000 'given up on owning a home' claims consumer group

Over 250,000 non-homeowners appear to have given up on the dream of owning their own property in the past year alone,...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Firm sees large demand for 'digital platform' to compete with hybrids

A company which last month launched a service which it claims allows High Street estate agents to compete with online and...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Trinity Mirror to fight Rightmove and Zoopla for agents' advertising spend

Trinity Mirror is aiming to secure more of agents' marketing spend after launching what it is describing as a 'fightback' against...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills wins Court of Appeal case and claims £150,000 commission fee

It has emerged that global property firm Savills won a case in the Court of Appeal, entitling them to claim an...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Can TWPN really help promote your business on a global scale?

Given that around 95% of property searches now start online, it is more important than ever that an agent has an...

12 May 2017

From: Features

Fresh website for the Guild of Property Professionals

The Guild of Property Professionals, which has over 800 agent members across the country, has this week launched a new website.  The...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

EasyProperty changes price claim after advertising watchdog steps in

EasyProperty has removed from its advertising any reference to clients getting ‘an offier in 20 weeks’ after an intervention by the...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents - here are the top 10 tech start-ups that may help your business

Four Proptech experts have listed the top 10 start up companies they believe are the ones to watch for agents and...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills warns of election hiatus for high end house sales

The next few weeks leading to the General Election on June 8 are likely to have “a short term adverse impact...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide announces major reorganisation of Hamptons International

Countrywide has announced an extensive reorganisation of senior management at its Hamptons International brand - with a pledge to "reach into...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents review their fee structure?

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

06 May 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks sharply criticised at industry technology conference

Purplebricks' share price moved up over two per cent yesterday on the strength of its latest trading statement - but its...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group claims ad watchdog is probing Purplebricks complaints

Fledgling trade group CIELA says two aspects of its complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority are the subject of ‘further investigation’...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

He's Hired! - 'Apprentice' estate agent takes developer's marketing job

Jamie Lester, the former Apprentice reality TV star who ran a high-profile estate agency in London until last autumn, has resurfaced...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing policy progress will suffer thanks to snap General Election

Not only did Theresa May stun everyone with her decision to call a ‘snap election’ but with the campaign now underway...

29 April 2017

From: Features

Agency says some London boroughs seeing record low transactions

A London estate agency’s analysis of the latest Land Registry data suggests transactions in the capital are the lowest ever recorded.  Land...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

'Star agent' hired to lead country firm's first prime central London office

Humberts - until now known as an agency operating predominantly in market towns across southern England - is opening a Mayfair office in...

24 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

How to get press coverage for your business

Being featured in newspapers, magazines and websites, as well as on radio and TV, can be a great way to build...

22 April 2017

From: Features

James Dearsley: Trussle and Revolut bring FinTech and PropTech together

News was released this week of a new PropTech partnership: banking disrupter Revolut has joined up with mortgage brokerage, Trussle, to offer...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies' group pledges to attack 'fake agents'

The first meeting of fledgling trade group CIELA has ended with a pledge to expose what it calls ‘fake agents’ which...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Gavriel Merkado, REalyse CEO & Founder

Q: What does it say on your business card? Gavriel Merkado, Founder and CEO of REalyse Q: Who are REalyse? REalyse is a big...

13 April 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

New property search engine seeks investment from agents

A controversial new search engine claiming to be in the later stages of development is seeking investment from estate agents, corporates...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

'Stagnating' housing market say surveyors and listings website

The website Home, which monitors asking prices, says prices have rallied strongly in the last month but thanks to growing inflation...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Auction sector 'leading post-referendum sales recovery' - claim

A series of strong sales performances at recent auctions has led one firm to claim the sector is leading the residential industry’s...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

'Stamp duty and mortgage problems scupper 1.2m sales' - claim

A building society claims that in the past three years alone no fewer than 1.2m buyers have given up on house...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Land Registry figures: prices strong but transactions slump

Land Registry data shows that homes across the UK have risen in price by an average 5.8 per cent in the...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New independent housing research unit to launch this summer

A substantial new research body is to be launched this summer with a remit of looking at six overlapping aspects of...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purple smoke and mirrors

Purplebricks’ advertising is very negative and critical of the competition. They talk about 'commisery', trying to make potential sellers feel ripped...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Looking back at ten years of tenancy deposit schemes

Ten years ago this month (April 2007) tenancy deposit schemes were first introduced in England and Wales.  You need to go a...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Money laundering: NAEA backs new bid to list 'beneficial owners'

The National Association of Estate Agents has thrown its weight behind a government move to create a register of overseas companies...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

It’s peak business season for many agents right now and yet they still have time to do good work for charities...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Over a third of sales fall through before completion - claim

More than one in three house sales across England and Wales fell through before completion in the first quarter of 2017,...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

'easyProperty spends £12k per listing, Purplebricks only £1k' - claim

An analysis by a leading PropTech entrepreneur has attempted to throw light on the startling losses reported last week by online...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

'Corruption drives high-end London property market' - claim

A group campaigning for the reform of money laundering and other accountability laws claims that billions of pounds worth of investment...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Consumer group claims only 2% of new-build homes are snag-free

The results of a survey conducted by the Home Builders Federation has been attacked by consumer group, the HomeOwners Alliance. For over...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New leasehold scandal? Retirement villages face clampdown

A two year investigation by the Law Commission has ended with a claim that some owners of leasehold retirement properties, and...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

A poor advert for the agency industry

There’s good and bad in every industry and at first sight, this week has been one where the good have won...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Conveyancing: Market problems relate to flawed system, not staff

The publication of our Strategic Plan, ‘Building the framework for the future’, met with an anticipated degree of positive and not-so-positive...

01 April 2017

From: Features

The rise of the first-time buyer - is this the return of generation buy?

There are more first-time buyers (FTBs) finding a way on to the property ladder than at any time since the Financial...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Rightmove 'may go easy on fee increases to agents' claims City analyst

City investment consultancy Jefferies has suggested that Rightmove ‘may go easy’ on increasing its charges to agent customers, because of the...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency claims 25% sales and instructions boost thanks to global portal

Agents should remember to target overseas buyers and tenants according to the head of a business management system aimed at maximising international...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks removes web claim that 'buyers are found within 14 days'

Purplebricks has agreed to remove a claim from its website that “on average it takes us just 14 days to find...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Mine's bigger than yours: Agency changes 'largest office' publicity

A branch of Martin & Co is changing the wording it uses on a leaflet following a complaint from a rival...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit jitters have hit sales volumes, claims consumer group

The consumer group HomeOwners Alliance claims new research indicates that more than a million UK adults have shelved plans to purchase...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

'Family Mortgage' idea for first time buyers provokes criticism

Nationwide has introduced what it calls a ‘Family Deposit Mortgage’ in a bid to help first time buyers. It is aimed at...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Two big franchise agencies launch digital initiatives

Each of Hunters’ 180 branches will soon be able to create their own online branded monthly property lifestyle magazine or newspaper.   The...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks nearing Countrywide on homes sold STC, claims bank

A Financial Times article reports a bank analysis shows Purplebricks with a market share of 3.3 per cent of properties marked...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

London's low price growth throws doubt over market recovery

Contrary to some reports suggesting London’s housing market may be recovering, new data from Hometrack reveals the capital’s performance is still...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise firm claims home-based agents could earn £25k pcm

A new recruitment push by franchise agency operation HomeXperts says its agents - who work from home - earn invoiced commissions...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a heartening end to a tragic week...

At the end of a week dominated by grim news, it is worth remembering our capacity for good far outweighs rare...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Analysis of Rightmove data shows UK's slowest housing markets

An analysis of homes listed for sale on Rightmove has identified what one estate agency claims to be the slowest-moving local...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New on Estate Agent Today: more information, easier to navigate

You may have noticed some subtle changes to Estate Agent Today in recent weeks, aimed at improving the ‘user experience’ we...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Doesn't anyone want to be an estate agent these days?

The number of residential sales vacancies registered with one industry personnel firm in the first quarter of 2017 has more than...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Zoopla claims brand dominance over Rightmove is growing

New research conducted for ZPG claims that Zoopla’s ‘national spontaneous brand awareness’ is at an all-time high - with the gap...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents say Purplebricks complaint 'purely a starting point'

The fledgling group claiming to represent independent estate and letting agents, CIELA, says it has lodged a complaint against Purplebricks with...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New conveyancing software shows agents' and vendors' information

A software platform offering a hybrid conveyancing and compliance service to agents has been launched following 12 months of testing with...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Women may be better agents than men claims industry guru Rawlings

Women may make better estate agents than men even though males dominate the sales sector, explains one of the industry’s most...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why ‘let only’ has been given the last rites

Dust off your black tie and grab a tissue as we’re entering a period of mourning. It’s a bold claim, but...

18 March 2017

From: Features

How to develop a customer-winning reputation

One of the most sought-after tools in a marketing armoury is something that money can’t buy. Word-of-mouth recommendations. We are far...

17 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

4 Reasons Why Virtual Furnishing Really Is The Future

It seems prop-tech is exploding at a scary rate, and the latest brands are all trying to grab our attention by...

17 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Public prejudice against online house sales is waning, insists agency

An online estate agency which says it could be the next Purplebricks says prejudice against internet property transactions is waning  “With Neil...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market 'almost at pre-credit crunch best' claims broker

The number and range of mortgages being offered in the UK has almost returned to its pre-credit crunch level. That’s the view...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Higher house prices mean fewer burglaries, insurance firm claims

New analysis shows what appears to be the correlation between rising house prices and falling burglary rates across the country.  The research,...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the 'no U-turns here' edition ...

It’s been a week dominated by an embarrassing U-turn in political circles. But when it comes to fund-raising, agents aren’t for...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Strutt & Parker and French bank remain silent over acquisition talks

Both Strutt & Parker and the French bank BNP Paribas are declining to comment on speculation that the finance house is...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why do great estate agents end up with particularly poor lawyers?

Estate agency is a tough business, no doubt about it. It’s probably tougher now to win a listing and tie up...

15 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Many first time buyers save for up to a decade for a deposit

Research from the consumer organisation Which? claims that first time buyers are typically saving for anything up to a decade for...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must not ignore bad online reviews, urges social media guru

Agents who ignore critical reviews of their services do so at their peril as new figures reveal high levels of readership...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget this week pledging extra funding for the NHS, transport in the Midlands and the...

11 March 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and never mind the Chancellor....

There was nothing doing in the Budget - no stamp duty reform, no second look at mortgage interest tax relief changes,...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why no stamp duty reform? Angry agents ask Hammond

Estate agents are angry that Chancellor Phillip Hammond made no attempt in his first Spring Budget to reform stamp duty -...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: another leading agent wants it to be a seller's tax

Jeremy Leaf, the London estate agent and former RICS residential chairman, is the latest industry figure to call for the government...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage 'forces councils to spend £2m a day on B&Bs'

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is forcing councils to spend more than £2m a day on temporary accommodation for homeless...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

Looking ahead to the Spring Budget this week, the Chancellor Philip Hammond will be obliged to face up to the implications...

04 March 2017

From: Features

Agency claims OnTheMarket has lost 200 branches in three weeks

OnTheMarket has swatted away the latest criticism from a long-term critic, online estate agency head Russell Quirk - although it has...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

WeListThemAll property portal says it will expand across the UK

A Scottish property portal now ‘live’ and claiming to list almost all the homes for sale north of the border, says...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards takes agency sales claim to advertising watchdog

The trading standards team of a county council has taken the unusual step of challenging the sales claim of an estate...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' group turns its attention to Trustpilot

The fledgling group of independent agents which has already launched attacks on online agency operators in general and Purplebricks in particular...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency told not to repeat ad claim about seven-day viewings

Estate agency Butters John Bee has been told by the Advertising Standards Authority not to re-run an ad because of an...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent extends key new homes role across a second Sequence brand

Jason Howes, the regional director for land and new homes at Barnard Marcus, has extended his role to lead the Fox...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' group renews criticism of Purplebricks

The new group for independent owner-managed estate and letting agencies, to be formally inaugurated this week, has stepped up its campaign...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Sales progression tool cuts completion time - and pleases government

A sales progression tool claims to have reduced the average transaction time for a property from around 94 days to around...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Guilty agency deeply distressed by buyer's 30-foot fall at viewing

The estate agency which was fined £200,000 after a prospective house buyer fell 30 feet into a well during a viewing...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

What does the future hold for the buy-to-let market?

Over the past two decades, investing in buy-to-let has been a relatively easy way to make money, which is why so...

25 February 2017

From: Features

Why up-front ID verification could speed up transactions

The housing market has not been short of a White Paper over the last few months, and while you might just...

25 February 2017

From: Features

Rightmove reveals more agents, more visits and more profits in past year

Rightmove has released its figures for 2016 and as predicted they show the portal streaking ahead of all rivals. It reports record...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Portal for property investors launches with £500k funding

A data portal called REalyse and aimed at professional property investors is launching today after raising £500,000 in seed capital.  The site...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Watchdog orders online agency not to re-run TV advert

Online agency HouseSimple has been told that by the Advertising Standards Authority that its TV advertisement including the claim ‘sell your...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

What can we learn from the Property Week Awards PropTech shortlist?

So, Property Week has announced its Property Awards shortlist for 2017. Looking at the entries for PropTech Company of the Year, I'm surprised...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Portal's 'win a house' competition ad banned by watchdog

A competition organised by Real Hot Property - which says it “aims to be Europe’s largest property portal” - has been...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency disputes rival firm's claim that it 'sells homes faster'

An estate agency in the north of England has complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about a rival firm’s claims saying...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

New property portal unconcerned about OnTheMarket rule

A new regional property portal aiming to sign up 80 per cent of agencies in Yorkshire says it is unconcerned about...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Government bags £394m 'enveloped dwellings' tax since 2013

A London property investment firm says the government has enjoyed a tax take of £394m since introducing the Annual Tax for...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Questions asked over government's '1m new homes' figure

A trade publication claims the UK’s statistics watchdog is to hold talks with a Whitehall department about the government’s much-vaunted 'one...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: 'formal complaint' from independent agents

The fledgling group being set up to represent independent estate and letting agents is preparing a formal complaint about Purplebricks based...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents blasted by Which? for asking price 'over-valuations'

The consumer body Which? claims that 19 per cent of properties sold in the year to September went for prices five...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

A new way to buy? Mortgage lender offers to pay stamp duty

One of Britain’s biggest mortgage companies has come up with a new way to try to boost buying across the housing...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: Why agents need to look closely at this business model

London based property management startup Airsorted has raised £1.5m in a funding round led by Concetric and the ever present PiLabs.  What...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Three new franchisees for home-based estate agency

HomeXperts says it has recruited new franchisees covering Dorset, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Some 18 months ago the chain - which then had...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells claims record business for new homes division

Connells Group says its Land and New Homes divisions enjoyed record performances in 2016.  The group, which includes Connells and Sequence along...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Auction House claims record high number of lots

Auction House claims it has set a new UK auction record, after entering 703 lots into its February auctions. The number instructed...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – a conference wrapped in Guild

Excuse the puntastic (or not) title, but as you’ve no doubt already deciphered I took a trip northwards a couple of...

11 February 2017

From: Features

What we learnt about the Government post-White Paper

If you work in lettings, I’ll already have a pretty good idea on how you feel about the current Conservative Government.  The...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Is building homes in factories the solution to the housing crisis?

The chronic shortage of housing supply in the UK relative to demand has been a national issue for decades. The Government...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks shares top 200p as US comment bigs up agency

The remarkable bull run on the London Stock Exchange continues for hybrid estate agency Purplebricks, which floated shares at 100p just...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory ex-housing minister says White Paper isn't bold enough

Grant Shapps, housing minister between 2010 and 2012, has said the measures in the current government’s White Paper are not bold...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech: conveyancing firms talk up technological advantages

Two conveyancing sector companies are claiming major advances for their products. Free2Convey, which claims to be the first conveyancing portal offering free...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons network is now 67 despite London slowdown

Foxtons says its branch network is about to hit a record high of 67 despite the downturn in central parts of...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Quick Sale company in hot water over website 'offer'

The Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in following a complaint about a TV ad for a Quick Sale company, National Homebuyers.  The...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Here are all 29 key points in the Housing White Paper

The government has set out 29 key points in its Housing White Paper.   Introducing it in the Commons this afternoon, Communities Secretery Sajid...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Express story on Brexit house price boost 'seriously inaccurate'

The Independent Press Standards Organisation has ruled that a Daily Express newspaper story - “EU Exit Boosts House Prices” - was...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Mergers of independent agents: how to achieve completion

From the outset of any merger, it is vital that each agency understands and can identify its purpose and the USP...

04 February 2017

From: Features

Government to fund group to provide leasehold transparency

Housing minister Gavin Barwell says the government will provide “substantial investment” to ensure more transparency in leasehold tenure. “We are determined to...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - zipped up tight, defying the storm...

Whatever the weather, whatever the season, our industry excels itself at good work - and we are always delighted to publicise...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Guarantee blue skies! Bad weather doesn’t mean bad photos when you use Doctor Photo

Annoying isn’t it. You take on a stunning property, agree a compelling asking price and your Vendor is desperate to get the...

02 February 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Agents' Mutual case: tribunal chairman rejects documents request

The Competition Appeal Tribunal hearing involving Agents’ Mutual and Gascoigne Halman, set to start tomorrow, has had a last-minute twist with...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Zoopla and OnTheMarket slug it out over January portal visits

Zoopla and OnTheMarket have issued their figures for last month’s visits, each claiming their busiest ever January. Zoopla Property Group says it...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Zoopla: Hometrack makes us UK's most valuable property resource

Zoopla Property Group’s £120m purchase of Hometrack, announced yesterday evening, is part of its aim to create “the UK’s most valuable...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Watchdog steps in after £36,000 discrepancy on new homes website

The Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in following a complaint about the website for property developer Keepmoat. The ASA says that the...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Up and up - Purplebricks confirms 'record-breaking January' claim

Purplebricks has issued its second statement to the City on successive trading days - and its share price has risen by...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

US firm plans to take UK by storm with 5,000 agents in five years

The Keller Williams franchise agency, one of the largest in the world, is relaunching in the UK on Wednesday with the...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Londoners at least three times more likely to be gazumped

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a new survey suggests the proportion of London buyers who have lost out on a purchase because of gazumping...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

How can estate agents secure more new build housing instructions?

Lots of people buy new-build due to the perceived lack of hassle with maintenance, as they are built to the latest...

28 January 2017

From: Features

Zoopla claims 700 agency branches have returned from OnTheMarket

Zoopla Property Group says that in the last three months alone over 100 estate agency branches have returned to its portal...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency's sales area has Versace carpets and Harrods windows

The Middle Eastern property development company Emaar - at one time the owner of Hamptons International estate agency - is using...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech: voice control software to be introduced for sales apps

The property marketing company Pelican Media is preparing to launch what it claims is the industry’s first voice control software across...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

eMoov amends website wording after ASA complaint

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has informally resolved a complaint made against online estate agency eMoov.  The complaint challenged whether two statements...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents now able to create chains on conveyancing portal

A conveyancing portal has announced the release of new functionality which allows estate agents to create chains in its system. The 'Estate...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

CIELA formation continues as it begins recruitment drive

The fledgling group aiming to represent independent estate and letting agents is recruiting for a number of unspecified roles to help...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

UK's largest independent group appoints new regional partner

Estate agency haart has announced the appointment of a new regional partner for South London. Kieran Hogan will oversee 13 branches from...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Mortgage startup secures £5.5m in funding

Digital mortgage broker habito has announced that it has raised £5.5 million in investment funding.  The firm says it will use the...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

CIELA – you’re breaking my heart

When I read about the possible formation of yet another ‘mutual’ with the aim of furthering and protecting the interests of...

21 January 2017

From: Features

Portals: Romans' and Leaders' 150 branches sign up to Zoopla

Property Service Holdings - parent company of the 150 branches trading under the Romans and Leaders names - has signed up...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents group is 'Go' but portal idea is on ice for a year

The go-ahead has been given to create a group aiming to unite independent estate and letting agents into a single powerful...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New agency comparison website bans online and hybrid agents

A new website that will allow vendors and landlords to compare the expertise and fees of estate and letting agents has banned online...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Instruct agents with largest local share, advises consumer group

Sellers should try to instruct estate agents with the largest local share of the market, even if that means ignoring well-known...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Three things agents need to consider in 2017

2016 was quite a year – eventful, dramatic, shocking and impossible to predict. In no particular order, we saw Leicester winning...

18 January 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Inflation 'bigger problem for housing market than Brexit' claims top agent

Inflation has taken over from Brexit as “the biggest threat to affordability and confidence in the housing market” according to a...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide amends property listing after complaint to standards watchdog

Countrywide has amended the website of one of its estate agency brands after an intervention by the Advertising Standards Authority. The ASA...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks recruits TV property star for 'Commisery' campaign

The average fee paid by sellers to high street estate agents in the past year is £4,055 claims Purplebricks - an...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' trade body may provide back-office services

The independent estate and letting agents’ group under discussion this week could offer member agents back-office services. The Charter for Independent Estate...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Research shows huge potential to use garage sites for new homes

As the wait goes on for the government’s White Paper on Housing, due this month, one funding organisation has suggested that...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Top industry trainer promises to 'rattle industry cages' on tour

One of the country’s leading estate agency consultants and trainers, Richard Rawlings, this week embarks on a six-week tour of the...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

What next for the rental market in 2017?

The rental market has had to face a raft of changes over the past year, including the introduction of the 3% stamp...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Countrywide claims excellent results from hybrid agency pilot

Countrywide’s controversial hybrid estate agency business has produced “fantastic results” according to Sam Tyrer, the group’s Managing Director, Retail & London. In...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Inheritance Tax will be next obstacle to London's recovery - claim

The extension of Inheritance Tax from April is likely to hinder the recovery of the battered prime central London market according...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Pay: does a London agent REALLY earn 50% of a Carlisle agent?

As the old saying goes, just because it’s on the internet it doesn’t mean it’s true - and certainly a few...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Does sharper-than-usual stock fall-off mean a difficult 2017?

The seasonal slowdown in property supply was much sharper than usual in December, claims an online agency which monitors property listings...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents worry that over-55s are latest to suffer mortgage restrictions

Around six in 10 estate agents say their experience shows that mortgage lending restrictions targeting customers aged 55 or over are...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit: estate agent recruitment guru slams anti-migration report

The managing director of the UK’s oldest estate agent recruitment consultancy has slammed a report which claims a cap on skilled...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New homes: Sajid and Gavin must do better

Now I’m not one to lose sleep over politicians, but it strikes me that Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Housing Minister...

07 January 2017

From: Features

This is what people find frustrating about estate agents (apparently)

Allegedly-inaccurate descriptions and difficulties finding convenient times for viewings are among the most common frustrations people find when buying and renting. That’s...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit will take years 'so buyers have moved on' claims agency chief

Most would-be house buyers have moved on from the shock result of the EU referendum and are likely to renew their...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Investment firm claims some London asking prices cut 30 per cent

The managing partner of a property investment firm says London residential property values have fallen by 15 to 25 per cent...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Watchdog intervenes after complaints over agents' advertisements

The Advertising Standards Authority has intervened after a series of complaints about adverts placed by estate agents and other property industry...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Restrictions may be coming to advertising events on agents' boards

A local council says it is considering restricting how estate agent use boards for advertising community events like school sports days...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

'Expect more big agency firms to back online projects in 2017' - claim

The head of a new ‘disruptive’ online mortgage service says 2017 will see more major estate agency and other property businesses...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Right-wing think tank blasts 'more than a little misleading' Shelter

The Adam Smith Institute, a right-wing think-tank, has blasted the campaigning charity Shelter over its allegations of land-banking by house builders in...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London - transactions down 50% according to new data

New data revealed by investment consultancy Central London Portfolio claims that transactions in prime central areas of the capital have dropped 24...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of agencies in financial distress warns insolvency firm

An insolvency firm active in the property sector says that after a year of major taxation, legislative and economic volatility, many...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Human interaction with tech is a winning combination

Technology has been continuing to shape the way estate agents manage their customer service offering for years. It’s now a completely...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Agency backs new networking service to link developers and agents

Humberts says it is throwing its weight behind a fledgling organisation set up to bring estate agencies and new-build developers together...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government consults over 'banning orders' for 'rogue property agents'

The government has launched an official consultation process on a package of measures to crack down on what it calls ‘rogue...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London in prolonged phase of stagnation warns estate agent

Becky Fatemi of central London estate agency Rokstone says prime areas of the capital are to suffer a “prolonged phase of...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Car parks: the answer to Britain's affordable homes shortage?

One of Britain’s best known housing innovators says he may just have found one way of helping overcome the UK’s shortage...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and everyone's at it before Christmas...

There’s been a bumper mailbag sent to press@estateagenttoday.co.uk this week to mark what must be the height of the fund-raising season...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Some prime London properties 'now 35% off their peak prices of 2014'

Prominent top end London estate agent Trevor Abrahmsohn says some homes in the higher levels of the market may now have...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices to stall next year 'but no Armageddon' promises NAEA

House prices will stall in 2017 and there won’t by any significant improvement in affordability for many hard-pressed buyers - but...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Transactions 60% down in some parts of London, admits agency

Transaction volumes across all of London are 48 per cent lower than they were a year ago, claims an estate agency...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Killer's home, said to be worth £400,000, sells for only £300,000

A Northern Ireland newspaper says that the home of a killer dentist, which it describes as being worth £400,000, has now...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

First time buyers have a lot to thank Help To Buy for says Moneyfacts

Moneyfacts, the independent financial products monitoring service, says first time buyer have a lot to thank Help To Buy for -...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks now in profit and gets £1,000 per instruction

Purplebricks says it is receiving an average revenue per customer of £1,000, has more than doubled instructions and is now generating...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Tribunal finds agent suffered attempted sexual assault on viewing

A health service tribunal has found that a senior paramedic tried to sexually assault an estate agent as she prepared for...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Firm warns of wave of litigation against new-build conveyancers

A firm is warning of “a wave of litigation from home owners who were given inadequate advice from their solicitors or...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

'Whistle-blower' estate agent was unfairly dismissed, rules tribunal

An estate agent at an office of London agency Felicity J Lord, who alleged unethical practices were taking place in the...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

24-hour tube gives nearby homes 10% uplift says data consultancy

One of Britain’s most prominent property data companies says homes near London Underground tube stations with 24-hour trains will see a...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Property in the capital - London’s night economy

London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s aim of creating a 24-hour city is one step closer with the appointment of London’s first Night...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Anger over Chancellor ignoring industry's pleas on stamp duty

The industry has reacted angrily to the Chancellor declining to change stamp duty despite pleas from agents and suppliers ahead of the Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

ICYMI: What agents need to know from the Autumn Statement

In case you missed it yesterday, here’s a summary of everything relating to property that was in Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

More homes, letting fees banned, but no change to stamp duty or buy to let tax

Phillip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement, tackling amongst other things, what he called “the housing challenge.” The speech made no...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

No action over ad claiming flats were 'waterfront' - when they weren't

The latest round of complaints made to the Advertising Standards Authority against property firms’ ads have once again ended only with...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty change 'means HMRC to miss revenue target' says agency

Recent stamp duty changes have resulted in a substantial decline in transaction numbers and HM Revenue & Customs missing its revenue...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Local Property Experts 'are more proud than traditional agents'

Purplebricks chief executive Michael Bruce has suggested that calling his area representatives ‘Local Property Experts’ means they can be more proud...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Auction House claims sale within seven hours of winning instruction

Auction House London claims it has sold a £1m property for its full asking price within seven hours of receiving the...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Relocation Agent Network celebrates 28 winners in 2016

Relocation Agent Network has ended the year handing out 28 awards to individuals and firms at a gala dinner in London. The...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer claims older buyers priced out of traditional areas

A conveyancing firm says the buyers at former retirement hotspots such as seaside towns are getting younger because mainstream purchasers are obliged to...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit leads to 25% slump in Brits buying homes overseas

Foreign exchange giant Moneycorp says the number of Britons buying homes abroad has slumped 25 per cent since the EU referendum. In...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

No more agents and clients sitting across a desk, says agency chief

Best Estates, named New Agency of the Year at the recent Negotiator Awards, has opened its third office which aims to...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement: The property industry's wish list for Philip Hammond

It may still be too early to start compiling a Christmas wish list, but it is the right time to provide...

19 November 2016

From: Features