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Agents' fees cartel : investigation blows the lid on how it was planned

A disciplinary investigation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has blown the lid on the infamous fee-fixing cartel scandal involving estate...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

We're not trying to disrupt agents insists market website chief

The creators of a website using market data to define postcodes as hosting a seller’s market or a buyer’s market have...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

125,000 buyers to benefit from Land Registry's early digitisation

HM Land Registry calculates that 125,000 buyers will benefit from just the first phase of its digitisation programme for Local Land...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove claims sea views attract whopping 29% premiums

Rightmove claims that homes with sea views attract an average price premium of 29 per cent. The analysis - aimed at publicising a...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

'Local property experts' - controversial advice issued by ad watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has today issued a three-point guidance note for estate agents, including controversial interpretations of what constitutes a...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov's 'final' crowdfunding tops £1.5m with two weeks left to run

Emoov’s latest crowdfunding campaign has now gone well over £1.5m, making it already 50 per cent over-funded already from its original...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Scrap rival redress schemes! Ombudsman Services backs government call

One of three schemes with government backing to offer redress for complaints about estate and letting agents has reignited the debate...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents back tool which claims to create most accurate floorplans

The manufacturers of a new PropTech tool claims it produces “the most accurate measurement of floorplans on the market” and has...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents misleading buyers about in-house mortgage services, says Which?

The consumer group Which? says some estate agents are misleading buyers about in-house mortgage services.  The consumer group has issued a number...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New twist in row over agent refusing to delete claims about Purplebricks

There’s a new twist in the row between a Cornish agent and the Advertising Standards Authority. The row revolves around a tweet...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove may be threatened by OnTheMarket says investment mag

An article in Investors’ Chronicle says the dominance of Rightmove and ZPG in the portal market could be under threat from...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tool claims to find agents leads by analysing past customer records

A new digital product claims to help agents estimate which of their past customers are statistically most likely to move again...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Kit Malthouse - We’ve obviously had enough of experts

It may not be a good idea for a journalist to be personal about a politician, so I write about our...

14 July 2018

From: Features

Three-year tenancies will have biggest impact when things go wrong

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal which could have serious ramifications for private landlords, and those who...

14 July 2018

From: Features

Success for 20 year old agency owner with big plans for the future

An agent who is only 20 - and who set up his own firm when he was still a teenager -...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Volume of asking price cuts reaches six-year high in 'stock glut' areas

There’s more gloomy reading for vendors from a new report by website Home, which says the volume of properties slashing their...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rebel agent turns fire on ZPG as advertising watchdog ponders sanctions

The Advertising Standards Authority says its compliance team is considering its next steps following the refusal of estate agency PDQ Estates...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

At last - Local Land Charge searches 'can take just seconds'

Automated search companies have heaped praise on HM Land Registry following the digitisation of local land charge data - the LLC1...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned! Maverick agent must not repeat claims about Purplebricks

An agent from Cornwall who has waged a long-running campaign against online agencies in general and Purplebricks in particular has been...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Move over Alexa! New free-to-list 'voice leads' portal to be launched

A new free-to-list portal is to be launched - and it is to be ‘voice led’.  The PropTech firm Triplerr says it...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional hybrid agency launches with upfront fee of £1,500 including VAT

A hybrid estate agency has launched in Bury, one of the first of its kind to operate in the UK on...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers accused of massive delays during house transactions

A ‘disruptor’ tech company claims that large numbers of people are dissastisfied with the conveyancing element of house moves, with many...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Great estate agents inspire England to victory! - Our big match review

The dream goes on, and as England eases into the World Cup semi-finals, our agents’ reviews of their games continue -...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks the largest UK estate agency: 'So what?' says stock market

The stock market and at least one City analyst have shrugged their shoulders at the claim by Purplebricks that it is...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Want more new homes? Then cut the red tape, say property chiefs

Some of Britain’s top property experts say bureaucracy, lack of cooperation and a dwindling number of smaller builders are the main...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with one eye on 'the match'...

Hello and welcome to this week’s hat-tip towards those in our industry doing so much to help others in need. Summer fund-raising...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: UK revenue up 81%, 630 LPEs and 74% of online share

  Purplebricks says it enjoyed an 81 per cent growth in revenue in the UK the year to the end of April and...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

More rich foreigners buying in London is first fruit of Brexit says agent

An outspoken high-end London estate agent says millionaire foreign buyers purchasing “cheap” properties in the capital represent what he calls “the...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket 'now listing over half the market’ - 550,000 properties

Another update from OnTheMarket this morning claims the portal is now listing over 550,000 UK residential property listings, in excess of...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New service aims to help 'Right Of First Refusal' leasehold flat owners

A new website has been set up specifically to help leasehold flat owners who have been served a Section 5 Notice...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Corbyn's 'Healthy Homes Zones' will aim to save money for NHS

Labour says it wants ‘Healthy Homes Zones’ in a bid to reduce housing-related health inequalities which are estimated to cost the NHS £1.4...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

153 estate agents go bust and 7,000 at risk, says insolvency firm

An insolvency firm claims 153 estate agencies have gone bust in the past year with more than 7,000 “showing signs of...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New Purplebricks adverts - full service without the commission

The creative agency behind the new round of Purplebricks Commisery TV advertisements have been explaining the philosophy they brought to the...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – ten years of Estate Agent Today!

Cast your mind back to July 2008 – Gordon Brown was Prime Minister, the Euros were in full swing in Austria/Switzerland...

30 June 2018

From: Features

Estate agency as it used to be - EAT looks back at 2008

Estate Agent Today is 10 years old this weekend. We hope you’ll agree that’s a cause for celebration and a great...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Raab says government aim is to make housing market more affordable

In what is regarded as his most important speech since becoming housing minister, Dominic Raab has told a conference that it...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks pledges to appeal latest ban on advertisement

Another Purplebricks ad has been stamped down on by the Advertising Standards Authority following a complaint by Hunters Property Group - but...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for Countrywide management to quit after huge share price slide

Senior management at Countrywide came in for a pasting on Twitter yesterday as TV market commentator and buying agent Henry Pryor...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks rejects claims of bullying Local Property Experts in Australia

Purplebricks says it completely rejects any claim of bullying its representatives in Australia. The Australian Financial Review, which last week reported the...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: All you need to know about subject access requests

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban The Boards! Council bid to outlaw For Sale and To Let signs

A London council is seeking widespread powers to ban For Sale and To Let boards which it claims are seen by...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Commisery for Purplebricks - it's hit trouble in Australia

It looks as if Purplebricks has hit something less than a purple patch in the Australian housing market. The Australian Financial Review,...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents clash over whether prime London still appeals to investors

Prime London’s transactions are now the preserve of so-called ‘needs-based buyers’ and not investors according to high-end agency Knight Frank -...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Why rent? It's now cheaper to buy than rent in every UK region

Potential first-time buyers in every area of the UK would have lower monthly outgoings if they bought a property rather than...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New online firm charges 0.75% fee on completion with no contract period

A new online agency has started charging only 0.75 per cent commission, payable only on completion, with no VAT and no...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit is now single biggest worry for property industry - claim

A survey of owner-occupiers, landlords, property investors and insolvency practitioners has revealed that Brexit is the single biggest concern when it...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Shopping is changing - Time to rewrite those property details

Location, Location, Location: it’s no coincidence the TV show seized on that title because the importance of a property’s position is...

16 June 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks announces major expansion of its US business

Purplebricks is expanding its US activities by entering the markets of Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, in the state of Arizona. A...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket now has 9,000 agency branches signed up

OnTheMarket now has listing agreements with over 9,000 estate agency branches - that's another 500 or so since its previous release...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Major online agencies unaffected by Supreme Court ruling

Major online agencies appear to be unaffected by yesterday’s Supreme Court decision over workers' rights in the so-called 'gig economy'.  Yesterday’s case concerned...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online and traditional auction houses slug it out for dominance

The rivalry between online and traditional property auction companies continues apace with one high profile player from each camp claiming major...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Take that! High Street agency attacks online firms over 'issues'

One of the country’s best known regional traditional agencies, Pygott and Crone, has used a promotion in local news outlets to...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as Suzy Lamplugh's father dies without knowing who killed her

Paul Lamplugh, the father of estate agent Suzy who was presumed murdered 33 years ago, has died - tragically, without ever...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Corporate living? No thanks

The pace of change is extraordinary. As we reach the middle of one conversation, rumblings of the next already begin. I think...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Watchdog intervenes over agency’s portal advertising claim

The Advertising Standards Authority has intervened after receiving a complaint about a website and online advertisement for the Howard Cundey agency. The...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Success for The ValPal Network as it teams up with Reapit

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

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auction house proves cynics wrong - and says more will follow

An auction house says it was “scoffed at” four years ago when it began offering online options to customers - but...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

The biggest challenge facing estate agents today…

What is the biggest challenge in estate agency today? At the risk of sounding flippant, selling houses! It’s a unique industry...

11 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Agent to face trail - he denies lying over sales information

It is understood that an estate agent from Cornwall is to face trial over allegations that he misled potential customers over...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Strewth! Purplebricks investigated by another Australian watchdog

News media in Australia say Purplebricks is the subject of an investigation by a consumer watchdog in the province of Western...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, and although we’re well into the summer season now there are still plenty of...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

How can agents make money from TV, broadband and utilities?

Letting agents are being advised to think seriously about how they can recoup costs to help compensate for the introduction of...

09 June 2018

From: Features

Uproar over new property portal claiming some agents as 'partners'

The entrepreneur behind a free-to-list property portal claiming support from 17 estate agencies has defended the description of them as ‘partners’ -...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sales market - biggest rise in new listings for at least 18 months

May saw the highest number of new sellers list their properties in any single month for at least 18 months, claims...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list property portal launched for estate agents

A property portal that describes itself as free-to-list has launched today, taking the industry by surprise - however, at least one...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Auctions big themselves up despite challenging sales market

Major auction companies continue to claim successes despite the challenging housing market. Auction House says a recent auction of London properties produced...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It's not just Purplebricks - another agency boasts thousands of Trustpilot reviews

It’s not just Purplebricks that makes much of its apparently- favourable online reviews - now EweMove has issued a statement expressing...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Claims resurface of agents urging buyers to use preferred mortgage brokers

A magazine which earlier this year claimed that two big corporates pressured customers to use their preferred mortgage brokers has now...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s happening in the US too - a new portal and industry consolidation

A recent holiday in the US gave me an opportunity to catch up with property news over there - and surprisingly,...

02 June 2018

From: Features

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

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

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

One click and it's sold - new platform allows 'instant' buy to let sales

A new online platform claims agents can now offer people a chance to buy a property with, literally, just one click...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Recently-purchased Humberts announces new management structure

The new owner of Humberts has announced the new management structure of the rural estate agency which he bought out of...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyers are overpaying the stamp duty surcharge, says national agency

National estate agency Jackson-Stops claims that the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional homes is still confusing buyers, despite being in...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent transaction solution to go 'global' after raising £3m

A PropTech startup which claims to revolutionise the speed at which property transactions can be processed has officially launched this week. When...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sotheby’s International Realty launches first 'agent-branded' augmented reality app

Sotheby's International Realty has launched what it claims to be the first 'real estate-branded' augmented reality (AR) app. 'Curate', which is now...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Top agent continues media fightback and needs your heroic stories

Respected industry spokesperson Kristjan Byfield is continuing his fightback against the negative coverage of the agency industry in the mainstream press...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property listings with video tours receive 'hundreds more views' – claim

An estate agent claims that online property listings which include video tours receive 'hundreds more views' than those without. Dan Killeen of...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

'Business as usual' for Humberts following sale to luxury holiday firm

It will be 'business as usual' for Humberts following the announcement of its sale to Natural Retreats, says the agency's new...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Which hybrid agents and PropTech firms made the top 100 startups list?

Two online agents and a number of PropTech companies have been named in startups.co.uk's Startups 100 index. Coming in at number 64...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers counter claim of a stagnant housing market

Despite numerous reports of a 'stagnant market' and predictions of a 'housing bust', conveyancers have 'bounced back after a disappointing end...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Worth a cool £16m - the teenager running an online agency

Akshay Ruparelia, the teenager who set up the Doorsteps online estate agency only 18 months ago, is now reported to be...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyers may shun UK because of tax changes - claim

A new report suggests Capital Gains Tax changes coming into effect next year are worrying a large majority of wealthy overseas...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Utter Madness! - recruitment chief slams inflexible agencies

The chief of the UK’s longest-established estate agency recruitment consultancy has described the inflexibility of the industry towards people returning to...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

A revolution: 'Local agents may not survive much into next decade'

The prospect of technology transforming the selling and buying process, including more power for portals and especially online agents, dominated parts...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers losing thousands because of fall-throughs says group

One in five sellers suffer a fall-through costing them an average £2,700 - but many lose £5,000 or more. These are the...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Locked out: agent says stock shortage stops buyers buying

New data from Haart estate agency suggests that despite many homes sticking on the market, apparently would be buyers are locked...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The future for Countrywide - Paul Creffield interview

The rise and fall - and perhaps rise again - of Countrywide has been of enduring interest to the agency industry...

12 May 2018

From: Features

OnTheMarket - Is it now taking aim at Rightmove?

An online question-and-answer article with OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett has suggested that its focus of criticism may be shifting from...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The Split - Agency sets up team to handle divorcing clients

London-focussed Buying agency Black Brick has launched a specialist service to cater for divorcing couples. The company - increasingly regarded by some...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief says: We're not ruling out online forever

Countrywide’s Group Operations Director Paul Creffield - one of three figures now at the top of the organisation - says he...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agencies grab more market share in past four months says analyst

One of the world’s leading agency and PropTech analysts says the race is on for who comes second in the UK’s...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts expected to name buyer of troubled agency in next 48 hours

Estate Agent Today understands that Humberts will announce a possible buyer of some of its agency activities this week - on...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency adverts rank high in 'most complained about' league table

The annual report from the Advertising Standards Authority and the Committees of Advertising Practice, out today, shows that the estate and...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

allAgents to relaunch portal - and is set to exclude Purplebricks

Review service allAgents has relaunched its property portal, saying it may become an agent-owned service and pledging to turn it into...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Group of south east estate agencies rebranded under just one name

Several agencies operating under different brand names in south east England have been retitled under just one, called Alexander & Co.  This...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auction houses claim bumper start to the year

New online auction house BidX1 says it has raised £2,087,000 from its second UK auction, posting a 70 per cent success...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says it now has 7,500 branches on board

OnTheMarket says it has now struck listing agreements with 7,500 agency branches, adding over 2,000 branches since floating on the London stock...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive wealth of older owners and buyers revealed by new survey

The massive wealth of owners over 55 has been revealed by a new survey. They own £938 billion of UK housing, a figure...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts denies report of some branches already shut with staff unpaid

Humberts has denied a local press report suggesting at least five of the firm’s 22 offices had already closed with some...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Guild launches roadshow with aim to bolster independent agencies

The Guild of Property Professionals has launched a series of regional roadshows with a target of enhancing the success of independent...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fast turnover of ministers has worsened housing crisis says agency chief

James Brokenshire - yesterday appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government - joins the rank of senior politicians...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

More controversy as Purplebricks and Trustpilot are probed by BBC show

A BBC Radio 5 Live analysis of online reviews has reignited the argument about the glut of positive reviews for Purplebricks...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of homes selling below asking price claims NAEA

Only one property in every eight sold in the current market succeeds in achieving its asking price - while no fewer than...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents should educate first-time buyers now to gain clients for life

Given the level of resource and energy being put behind upping the number of first-time buyers in the UK, you might...

28 April 2018

From: Features

Stamp Duty: yet more for government despite 69,000 first time buyers

Figures from the Treasury suggest that the annual revenue from stamp duty for the year to the end of March is...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Sex claims made against housing minister Dominic Raab's diary secretary

Several newspapers are carrying allegations that the diary secretary working for housing minister Dominic Raab has been selling sex via a...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency defends fees, saying 98% of homes sell at ‘valuation price’

Online estate agency House Network claims that “the percentage of houses sold at the original valuation price is 98 per cent”.  The...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Leaseholds shouldn't drop below 80 years, warns legal expert

People living in leasehold properties should extend the remaining terms of their leases before they drop beneath 80 years, according to a...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency hit by penalties because it didn't produce waste disposal paperwork

An estate agency has been ordered to pay £841 to a council - because it failed to provide paperwork about its...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Study exposes how little first time buyers actually know about buying

A new study reveals precisely how little first time buyers apparently understand about the buying process.  In a survey of 500 people...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov woos developers with online package to sell new homes

Hybrid agency Emoov is now offering a tailored sales package aimed at attracting developers listing and selling new homes. Rather than paying...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

London homes to be raffled by start-up entrepreneur for £5 a ticket

A flat in Brixton is being raffled for £5 a ticket by a start-up entrepreneur who claims this is just the...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Searches ‘very rarely the cause of delays in transactions’ claims industry group

An umbrella body representing search organisations says searches “are very rarely the cause of delays” in transactions. The Council of Property Search...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Average viewings per sale soar to 19, says buying company

The average number of viewings received by properties before a sale is agreed has risen from 11 in 2015 to 19...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks finance chief quits to join US company

Purplebricks’ finance chief Matthew Farrow is reported to have left the company to join IT and cloud communications company Timico. Just over...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the best-foot-forward-in-the-sun edition...

It’s London Marathon weekend and it’s set to be hot, hot, hot for those agents and other brave industry folk running...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents’ qualifications will cut competition and increase fees - claim

Estate agent licensing will reduce competition, make buying and selling homes more expensive, and add another layer of red tape to...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Introduction of reservation agreements for buyers and sellers gaining support

As the estate agency business in England moves towards being more robust with professional qualifications and higher standards being introduced, there...

17 April 2018

From: Sponsored Content

HouseSimple becomes first online agency to completely scrap upfront fees

Online agency HouseSimple has become a completely No Sale No Fee agency - and is thought to be the only online...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Buying agent claims she was offered bribe to secure a higher offer on house

A central London buying agent says she was once offered a bribe by an estate agent to try to persuade a...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks comes out fighting on behalf of all online and hybrid agencies

Purplebricks has returned to the fray after recent controversies with a claim that home owners saved themselves over £140m in commission...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove visits reach record highs - and so do asking prices

Prices of new-to-the-market property rose by a modest 0.4 per cent over the past month says Rightmove - but that’s enough...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Row rumbles on over Raab’s comments about immigration and house prices

The government has published data related to a claim by housing minister Dominic Raab, who prompted controversy last week by suggesting...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains change could create “compliance nightmare” warns tax expert

A proposal by HMRC to speed up HMRC Capital Gains Tax payments for residential property sales could create a “compliance nightmare.” The...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters says recent franchisees have ‘beaten the market’

Franchise giant Hunters says independent agencies which joined the firm in recent years have typically beaten the performance of the housing market. Chief...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage numbers dip but market ‘stronger than in late 2017’

The latest mortgage snapshot from e.surv has reinforced recent claims from other sources that London’s housing market remains the most difficult...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a marathon edition (and talking of marathons...)

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Agents Do Charity - it’s a bumper edition with plenty of fantastic fund-raising going...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

First time buyer numbers still 11% below pre-recession levels

The proportion of first time buyers in the market is still 11 per cent below the level seen before the 2008...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of fall throughs in past quarter hits 10-year high

The number of house sales falling through pre-completion during the first quarter of 2018 reached its highest level for this time...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: Marvellous maintenance

Just like that, the Easter Bank Holiday has come and gone and I find myself now looking ahead to the Summer.  The...

07 April 2018

From: Features

Prices fall again in prime central London, admits Knight Frank

Average prices dropped another 1.1 per cent in prime central London in the year to March according to new figures released...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and your chance to watch other agents get muddy...

Welcome to another edition of Agents Do Charity, the weekly round-up of fund-raising from across our industry. With spring looking like it’s...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

First-ever mortgage with digital signature is lodged at Land Registry

The first-ever ‘digital mortgage’ deed has been lodged at HM Land Registry, for a property at Rotherhithe in London.  Coventry Building Society...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket claims 12m visits in March - double figure in February

OnTheMarket has this morning issued a statement claiming that its portal traffic reached circa 12m visits during March - more than...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Average agency fine for AML non-compliance is £12,000

A survey suggests that the average fine incurred by estate agents for apparent non-compliance with anti-money laundering regulations is £11,842. Research by...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to probe foreign-owned property as part of 'economic crime' inquiry

The Treasury Select Committee of MPs has announced an inquiry into ‘economic crime’ - including the possibility that overseas-owned UK homes could be...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Maserati smashes into agency office at city crash hot-spot

A Maserati 3200 has ended up wedged into the front of a Fox and Sons estate agency office in central Brighton. The...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Buying agent says 'guide prices' confuse valuations and purchasers

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

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency display supplier offers 'acrylic scrappage' scheme

A company which creates interior displays for agency offices and other players in the property industry have introduced a so-called scrappage...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks begins search for lifetime relationship with customers

Purplebricks has given details of how it intends to use some of its new investment, and in particular is spelling out...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: another key Countrywide returnee as corporate rebuild continues

Countrywide’s attempt to rebuild its expertise pool following the Alison Platt era continues apace with the announcement today that John Hards...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: The progression of sales progression

Three weeks has flown by (I missed an early deadline last week - apologies) and I find myself writing the next...

24 March 2018

From: Features

HMRC wins ruling over scheme claiming to cut stamp duty on homes

HM Revenue and Customs has won a key ruling concerning a tax avoidance scheme promoter which claimed to be able to...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

It could be you...ESTAS announces The Peoples Award nominations

The ESTAS has announced its final and, to many, its most prestigious shortlist for this year’s awards - a special category...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Connells accused of pressuring buyers over mortgages

A magazine claims its investigations into the sales tactics of Countrywide and Connells suggest the two agency are “harming consumers, stopping them from...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: share price falls while allAgents claims ad watchdog ‘victory’

Purplebricks’ share price dipped below the psychologically-important 300p mark yesterday - its lowest performance since spring last year. It’s the latest development...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent escapes prison after 'glassing' man who rejected her advances

An estate agent who ‘glassed’ a man who rejected her advances in a pub has escaped a prison sentence. Sarah Brown, 27,...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

London has almost 600 one-bed flats on sale at £1m or (well) above

London has 585 one bed flats on the market at £1m or more according to research by online agency HouseSimple.  HouseSimple says...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

'First ever UK resi transaction undertaken through Blockchain' - claim

A Manchester-based property investment firm is claiming to be the first company in Britain to record an online exchange of a...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Fast track to franchise success - are you ready to be your own boss?

For many estate agents seeking to become entrepreneurs, the idea of starting their own business is undoubtedly daunting, especially when going...

17 March 2018

From: Features

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

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

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills reveals other PropTech investments as well as Yopa online agency

High-end international estate agency company Savills claims Yopa, in which it has invested substantial sums, is now the UK’s 10th largest...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says another 1,000 agency branches listed in past five weeks

OnTheMarket says estate agencies with some 1,000 offices have joined the portal in the five weeks since it floated on the...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov has to amend fee info on website after ad watchdog intervenes

Online agency Emoov has amended its website following the intervention of the Advertising Standards Authority.  The authority says the agency’s site included...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New online tool promises real-time updates on conveyancing cases

Conveyancing services firm My Home Move has launched a portal which it claims gives users complete transparency checking their conveyancing progress.  eWay, which is...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm ponders whether you could run an agency solely from a phone...

A PropTech firm claims its new tool gives people the option of running an entire agency...from a phone.  BestAgent, which has built...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

60,000 first time buyers have benefitted from stamp duty change - Hammond

  Chancellor Phillip Hammond claims over 60,000 first time buyers have already benefitted from the stamp duty relief he announced at his...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Surcharge for 'five day exchange and completion' is slammed as rip-off

A critic of the conveyancing process has accused a law firm’s charge of £95 for “exchange and completion within five working...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals 'Back To Basics' plan for 2018 and scraps online service

The troubled Countrywide group has this morning revealed its recovery plan to get - in its words - ‘back to basics’...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency accused of pressuring buyers to use in-house mortgage team

The magazine Mortgage Strategy says Countrywide is investigating reports that one of its estate agent branches pressured buyers to use in-house...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New house price index claims superiority over rivals - even Land Registry

Investment consultancy London Central Portfolio has launched a new index which it claims uses “the most comprehensive data available” to assess...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Crimestoppers working with agents to deter ruthless conveyancing fraudsters

Crimestoppers is working with estate agencies and financial advisers as well as conveyancers in a bid to eliminate house buyers’ deposits...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry first as new tool allows agents to amend instant valuations

The provider of an automated valuation system has introduced a new feature to allow agents to amend the valuation if there...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Quicker conveyancing pledged as Land Registry puts council searches online

HM Land Registry has taken another step towards its aim to “make conveyancing simpler, faster and cheaper” for the general public. The...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agents will have to employ sales progression teams

The operation of ‘online estate agencies’ has changed substantially in the relatively short few years of their existence: I have spotted...

03 March 2018

From: Features

Online agents' poor sales progression can improve through technology - claim

One of the country’s leading PropTech entrepreneurs has responded to recent criticism of online estate agencies and their allegedly-poor record of...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New tool eases burden of agents' anti-money laundering compliance

The National Association of Estate Agents says a new tool just launched will make it easier for agent members to comply...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Exploring the requirements for personal data

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the cities where house prices are set to grow the fastest

New analysis by Hometrack shows that large regional cities like Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester look set for a 20 per cent...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New industry body aims to simplify and modernise buying and selling

Representatives from estate and lettings agencies as well as professional organisations have formed The Home Buying And Selling Group with a...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – a property invasion on our tellies

The death of traditional TV – where viewers sit down together to watch shows at defined times – has been much...

24 February 2018

From: Features

Rightmove: another massive leap in revenue thanks to agents' fees

Rightmove has reported another very large leap in revenue in 2017 and a modest rise in agency and new home customers...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Strong trading update from Hunters, despite Norfolk troubles

National franchise giant Hunters has delivered a strong trading update, despite what it describes as 'challenging conditions'. Earlier this week, it was...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 'We’re no longer real estate' says world’s largest real estate firm

Co-Founder Gary Keller has declared that Keller Williams (KW) is, 'no longer a real estate company...we are a technology company No....

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

The ValPal Network launches products to make membership 'cost-positive'

A network of agents representing over 800 brands with over 4,000 branches has announced the launch of a host of new...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils aim to address housing crisis with home ownership register

Three councils are encouraging local residents to sign a new register which aims to bring more quality homes for sale to...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Irish online auction firm names the date for first UK sale

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

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Consultation underway on first time buyer duty relief in Scotland

Scotland is considering giving first time buyers relief or exemption from Land and Buildings Transaction Tax - the replacement for stamp...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Modern agency comes to prime central London

The other day I met with two agents who have 30 years of property sales experience between them, and yet also...

17 February 2018

From: Features

Sales progression: Pushing the process through

“Are we there yet?” In the same way that these words can drive you to distraction (any parent who has endured the...

17 February 2018

From: Features

OnTheMarket signs up 81 new listings agreements in first float week

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

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agencies' market share has increased 58% in one year - claim

A lengthy analysis of the online agency sector, based on material supplied by an online agent, suggests that its market share...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency platform claims it gets an average 98.6% of asking price

An online estate agency brand launched a year ago by a traditional high street agent to ward off competition has exceeded...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

First time buyers back to the market in a big way claims agent

The number of first-time buyers has increased 16 per cent in the past month and 10 per cent year on year...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Advertising watchdog rules on another complaint about Purplebricks

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled on another complaint lodged about Purplebricks. Although the latest appears minor it adds to a lengthy list...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Don't bend the rules - Uri Geller promotes lottery of new-build flat

Readers of a certain age may remember the spoon-bending eccentric Uri Geller, self-proclaimed friend of Michael Jackson and an almost permanent...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: boards up, shares down?

Why I won’t buy Purplebricks shares and why if I had any, I’d sell fast… In its latest adverts, Purplebricks attempts to...

13 February 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks ads confront 'best price' issue and mock High Street rivals

Controversial new Purplebricks advertisements on social media mock traditional estate agents who “twiddle their thumbs” in offices and claim the hybrid...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency claims prime central London market has bottomed out

The latest data from Knight Frank suggests that average prices in prime central London dropped 0.7 per cent in the year...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Bad news for Purplebricks? New analysis favours traditional agencies

Traditional solicitor estate agents north of the border have a higher success rate than any other estate agency model. The claim comes, perhaps...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG claims record January traffic across digital platforms

ZPG has revealed that it had 58m visits to its property websites, Zoopla and Primelocation, last month. This is 10 per cent up...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – Q & A with Isobel Thomson, NALS

This week I carry out a question and answer session with one of the most high-profile names in property. Isobel Thomson has...

10 February 2018

From: Features

OTM - A good buy, or is it goodbye?

OnTheMarket has finally completed its stock market float, with less capital raised, at a lower than planned valuation and, as I write,...

09 February 2018

From: Features

Connells Group claims 22 per cent rise in new homes instructions

Connells Group - which includes Connells, Sequence and other brands - says it recorded over 9,000 new homes sales in 2017. This...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

40 per cent increase in new vendors coming to market, agency claims

There has been a 40 per cent increase in new vendors registering their properties for sale according to an online estate...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate 'minimum EPC' proposal again next month

MPs will next month debate a Bill which aims to have the energy efficiency of all UK homes brought up to...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: There’s no better time than now to invest in VR

I had an interesting meeting last week with a VR company called Garou. Based in New York, they claim to have...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

allAgents and agency group CIELA reignite disputes with Purplebricks

The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents says Purplebricks is still not complying with a ruling made by the Advertising...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Pressure mounts on Purplebricks to release actual sales figures

Pressure continues to mount on Purplebricks to reveal its sales data after a weekend during which claims about its effectiveness continued...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Henry Pryor gives High Street agents 10-point guide to raise their game

Outspoken buying agent Henry Pryor has set out 10 points that he claims many traditional agents overlook when they debate the...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Is print advertising for estate agents dead and buried?

The printing industry is in the midst of a decline as digital products and services displace printed materials, which is why...

03 February 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks blames City consultancy for sharp share price fall

Purplebricks has this morning issued an unusual statement to the Stock Exchange blaming a City report for the sharp fall in the...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks sells 51.6% of homes within 10 months, new analysis shows

An analysis of one month’s listings on Purplebricks by City consultancy Jefferies concludes that it sold 51.6 per cent of its...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New 'quick buy' firm pledges guaranteed offer to sellers within 24 hours

A new ‘quick buy’ property company claims it will make an offer on any home within 24 hours of the vendor...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Proptech firms team up in bid to make conveyancing faster and easier

PropTech companies Gazeal and GetMeMoving have teamed up in a partnership which they claim goes some way to meeting the government’s...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: These are the UK events you have to attend

I have high expectations for this year’s PropTech events and property conferences.  Those that I attended in 2017 demonstrated a real step...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - latest news about agents on the move

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

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Analysts critical of OTM float as Springett shares ‘windfall’ drops

Analysts have given a frosty reception to the announcement by Agents’ Mutual that it is going to float shares priced at...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: an eco-friendly approach and the importance of GDPR

In recent years January has become the month of detoxes, fad diets, health kicks such as Dry January and Veganuary, and...

27 January 2018

From: Features

 Is the Land Registry about to drag property purchasing into the 21st century?

If you were under any misconceptions about how pivotal a role HM Land Registry is going to play in the future...

27 January 2018

From: Features

Disruption in agency industry will push more sales to auctioneers - claim

Auction House says it has maintained its number one industry ranking, selling 3,485 lots last year – four per cent up...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Groping’ Club Scandal - 10 of 21 tables were sponsored by property firms

The Financial Times has identified that 10 of the 21 tables at the notorious Presidents Club dinner last weekend were sponsored by...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

IAM Sold claims title of UK's top independent resi auctioneer

IAM Sold says it is the largest independent residential auctioneer in the UK based on lots sold, for the second year...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

London agent claims capital's prime market is on the turn at last

London’s prime central market is turning around at last according to the chief executive of Belgravia estate agency Henry & James. James...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents fined hundreds of thousands but they're not made public, claims NAEA

Estate agents have been hit with six- and seven-figure fines under new anti-money laundering and anti-tax evasion regulations according to the...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Confidential Countrywide memo warns of 'challenging reaction' to figures

The Countrywide chief executive, Alison Platt, is said to have warned staff that the reaction from the markets and shareholders to...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

'Secret' project aims to help traditional agents combat Purplebricks

A ‘secret’ proposal called Project UHA was put to a hand-picked group of agents on Friday with speculation suggesting it centres...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-Let – are we losing sight of what’s important?

Last week’s news that the lettings fee ban is unlikely to materialise before next spring was perhaps to be expected. Ever since...

20 January 2018

From: Features

Connells shows Countrywide how to increase market share

Connells Group’s estate agency business increased its market share of new instructions in 2017 by almost four per cent, despite a...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty change hasn't boosted first time buyer demand - RICS

An overwhelming 86 per cent of RICS members questioned in a survey claim they have seen no increase in interest from...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove claims 9% rise in visits but no rush to market from vendors

Rightmove says its visits so far in January are running over nine per cent higher than the same period a year...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

The Agents v The Donald: the US really DID get a good embassy deal

Claims by President Donald Trump that the US got a bad deal by selling its prime central London embassy and building...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing agency launched with aim of 300,000 new homes a year

A new national housing agency – Homes England – has been launched by the newly-rebadged Ministry of Housing Communities and Local...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Cash burn could be worry for Purplebricks, claims investment website

The Motley Fool, the financial services company that provides investor advice, has published an article raising doubts about Purplebricks’ long-term profitability. Investment writer...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of pressuring sellers and buyers into additional services

Estate agents are making buyers and sellers feel pressured into paying for additional services so as not to miss out on...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Reveal referral fees early but don't ban them says conveyancing body

The body that regulates conveyancers says controversial referral fees should be disclosed earlier in the house buying process - but they...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is this the start of industry failure?

In last week’s column, I asked 14 industry leaders to give their predictions for the year ahead. Well, it seems a handful of...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Is this all we get from a reshuffle .. MoHoCoLoGo ?

New housing minister Sajid Javid says the subtle change of name for his department and his own job “reflects this government’s renewed...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing 'promoted' to full Cabinet status in cosmetic reshuffle

The Department of Communities and Local Government has been rebadged as the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government in what...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: New 'super-portal' launching in the UK on March 1

A new property portal called Linktosale aims to launch in the UK at the start of March following what appears to...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agencies back sales progression tool that cuts completion times

A chain tracking platform claims a trial by Leaders Group during 2017 shows its sales progression tool improving completion times by...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Editor defends Persimmon chief's £107m 'Help To Buy' bonus

The business editor of right-wing political weekly The Spectator has made an attempt to defend the controversial £109m bonus paid to...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR: new warning about data security, including job applications

There’s a new warning being issued for estate agents and all other businesses to ensure they are prepared for the General...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

'Old dinosaurs' can't deal with Purplebricks says Aussie buying agent

A buying agent in Melbourne says ‘old dinosaurs’ in traditional estate agencies ‘have no idea’ how to deal with the arrival of...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity: It's going to be a wonderful year

Welcome to 2018 and if your charitable activities are an indicator, it’s going to be a busy year with plenty happening...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: mystery surrounds PM's 16,000 first timers helped claim

Mystery surrounds a claim made by Prime Minister Theresa May that the stamp duty changes for first time buyers made in...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: new 'for sale by owner' site launches, bypassing agents

A website called Roofoveryourhead has launched which threatens to bypass estate agents and allow vendors to sell for free. The site uses language similar...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Online portal-style platform will charge agents if it finds buyers

An online intermediary platform called OpenMoov has been set up which instructs agents on behalf of sellers and tenants - and...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks-style disruption 'a trend to watch in 2018' says analyst

One of the world’s leading property technology analysts says Purplebricks-style disruptive agencies will be a trend to look out for in...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New portal removes listings and insists 'we're not a portal after all'

The operators of a new website which earlier today claimed to have 500,000 property listings appear to have now removed the...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New portal launches - and it appears to be free to agents to list

A new portal called Housemap has launched and says it is free to agents. It’s a clean, attractive looking portal which already...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells keeps us guessing as appeal shadow looms over OTM IPO

Connells has told Estate Agent Today that it is not making any official comment yet on the decision revealed yesterday that...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Record 85% of homes now selling below asking price, says NAEA

No fewer than 85 per cent of properties sold for less than the asking price in November, the highest seen since...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells agency wins right to appeal against Agents' Mutual tribunal verdict

The Court of Appeal Civil Division has today given Connells’ agency Gascoigne Halman the right to appeal against the verdict of...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Independent agents’ group to fight ‘poor industry image’

The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents has told Estate Agent Today that it WILL formally launch after all, in...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency claims first-ever ‘house purchase swap’

Two families have bought each other’s homes in what an online estate agency says is the first ever example of a...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Senior Tory wants 50% of new London homes reserved for Britons

Chris Philp, a Conservative MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chancellor Phillip Hammond, says 50 per cent of new homes in...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Councils demand immediate fast-track review of building regulations

Local councils say there must be an immediate and fast-moving review of building regulations in the light of the Grenfell Tower...

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