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2020 - The year of Boomin?

The agency industry may look back on this year and say: “Well...to be honest we didn’t really see it coming.” No, no,...

28 November 2020

From: Features

What is blockchain and can it really help estate agents?

Property sales take a seriously long time to complete. There are a number of reasons for this, although often delays are...

28 November 2020

From: Features

PRS regulation - could more authorities follow the lead of Westminster?

Back in September, Westminster Council launched a new strategy to help 'protect tenants' and 'ensure they live in good-quality and well-managed...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Rural property benefits from Covid-19 and the property use revolution

The secure Conservative victory in the 2019 General Election meant the property market in the sunlit uplands was set for a...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Why agents were in a stronger position to deal with Lockdown 2.0

As what now seems like a common occurrence everything has changed again since I last sat down to write about the...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Rezi Estate Agency Software Integrates with Zapier in Industry First

Rezi’s integration with Zapier has transformed the way in which estate agents can now save time, money and resource. Agents are...

27 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Vicky Quinn-Campbell – Sales and Marketing Director at Simply Conveyancing

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Vicky Quinn-Campbell – Sales and Marketing Director What is ‘company name’...

27 November 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Boomin wins backing of ‘anti-Purplebricks’ industry guru

One of the highest profile figures in the agency industry - and a past critic of Purplebricks - has come out as a vociferous...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency wins key role in growing retirement community sector

The high profile Yorkshire agency chain Dacre, Son & Hartley has been appointed by the largest charity care provider for older...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - from Christmas parties to Christmas carols

We’re just a few days from December so why not get into the festive spirit a little early and get some...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property tax rises and falling house prices coming in 2021

Property tax rises and falling house prices look as if they are on the way according to the small print accompanying...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Multiple tough lockdowns have not deterred this housing market

Average house prices in Wales have risen three per cent in the past year, despite multiple difficult lockdowns considered more severe...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents – how can you provide the best service for consumers during lockdown?

So, we’re back to where we were in the spring, more or less. England is in a national lockdown again to...

25 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Money in the bank – how can agents insulate their pipelines?

You probably don’t have to listen closely to hear estate agents across the country starting to cheer. It’s been a big...

25 November 2020

From: Features

Communicating with people who are panicking

Moving home is emotionally fraught. Buyers and sellers will get upset and unfortunately some people will take it out on you....

25 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Lobby your MP over stamp duty holiday extension, says Guild

The Guild of Property Professionals is urging the industry - all agents, not just its own members - to lobby MPs...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech: New agents' CRM launches after three years in development

A high-profile publicity campaign has culminated in the launch of a new CRM which calls itself as “a transformative new technology, empowering...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove finds its happy (there are pasties and cream teas)

What’s the happiest place in Britain? Rightmove has the answer. In a new ‘Happy At Home’ index calculated by the portal and...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide senior management in shock decision to quit the company

A statement this morning from Countrywide's board says both its executive chairman and its group managing director are leaving the company.  It...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Update: Agents seeking urgent guidance from government

Propertymark is in touch with the government to see how the new Tier structure being introduced on December 3 will affect...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal - agents go on waiting

Agents anxious to know if they will receive a payout from their Business Interruption Insurance will have to wait still longer...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech link-up aims to speed up transaction times

Two prominent suppliers have teamed up to offer customers instant visibility of chain lengths, details of agents connected to properties being...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will relaxed EWS1 safety checks allow thousands of flats to be sold?

Safety checks which are apparently now preventing thousands of owners selling flats are to be eased - but there is confusion...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

 Market boom goes on according to strong mortgage search figures

A mortgage technology platform has released figures suggesting the housing market remains strong, with high numbers of searches by buyers for...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - backbone of our industry: Golders Green to South Coast

As regular readers will know, the Natter kickstarted a series last time out zoning in on local independent agents – the...

21 November 2020

From: Features

Is a collaborative conveyancing solution the answer?

Searches that are bound by the Search Code, protecting the seller, buyer and lender, are property and not client specific. As...

21 November 2020

From: Features

The push me, pull you of estate agency

Newspapers are pushed through the door, whereas websites have to pull in visitors - it’s a simple but fundamental difference with vast implications...

21 November 2020

From: Features

Conveyancer attacks “outdated” and “age old processes”

The director of a conveyancing technology company has hit out at what he calls “an over-reliance on outdated processes” and “age-old...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Transaction volumes edging higher than 2019 despite Covid

Transactions appear to be edging higher than in 2019 for the first time this year - despite lockdowns and concerns caused...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and an early mention of …. Christmas

Hello and welcome to the end of the week - Friday means charity day, with an update on our industry’s latest...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

 Slowdown ‘is right time to invest in PropTech to optimise revenue’

The founder of OneDome says a likely housing market slowdown is the perfect time for agents to optimise revenue by investing in PropTech. Babek Ismayil believes...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Price caps revealed for buyers using new Help To Buy scheme

The government has revealed new regional price caps for its revamped Help To Buy Equity Loan scheme, set to operate between...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Why the delay? Leasehold lobby presses government for action

A leasehold group has written to Housing Minister Chris Pincher pressing for an update on the government’s approach to reform for...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

How the shift to digital can improve your client experience

It’s no secret that the recent pandemic has forced more businesses to operate remotely, but the shift for estate agents has...

18 November 2020

From: Features

Will Boomin’s “fair fees” tempt agents to quit Rightmove?

The new property portal Boomin has revealed its fees structure for agents. Tapping into the industry debate over portal fees, Boomin describes...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers outperform agents for recent customer service say ESTAS

The customer service performance of conveyancers has improved in recent months according to the ESTAS review platform.  The long-standing and sometimes-heated debate...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Chew on that! Purplebricks’ new marketing chief is restaurant supremo

Purplebricks has just appointed its new chief marketing officer, who was most recently global director of restaurants at a food chain. Ben...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

 Rightmove cleared - watchdog throws out complaint about TV advert

A TV advert for Rightmove first screened in 2018 has been cleared of gender stereotyping. A complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agents and bucketshop conveyancers ‘causing transaction delays’

One of the country’s top buying agents is advising purchasers and vendors to avoid online agencies and 'bucketshop' conveyancers. Edward Heaton - founder...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must be crystal clear on fees, watchdog tells industry

The advertising watchdog has told the agency industry to clean up its act on four issues, with clarity over fees being...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - movers and shakers across our industry

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

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown ‘not hurting market’ despite dip in asking prices

Asking prices are down for the first time in many months. It’s a small drop - an average of 0.5 per cent...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Joe Biden’s housing market - well, it’s just like over here…

With a new President elected and the old one reluctant to move out, this is a good time to see how...

14 November 2020

From: Features

A rare shining light: property must be protected and allowed to flourish

Watching the government’s surprise press conference a couple of weekends ago the message was clear; we were heading into a gruelling...

14 November 2020

From: Features

Top 10 things to consider before picking rental payment PropTech

According to the annual Property Week PropTech survey, almost 48% of property businesses had tested new technology because of the COVID-19...

14 November 2020

From: Features

What lessons did agents learn from the first lockdown?

The second England-wide lockdown is here. The good news is that this time round, the property market remains open for business,...

14 November 2020

From: Features

Covid-19 and the potential impact on the buy-to-let market

Property is considered to be a safe investment. The buy-to-let market is booming, fuelled by a generation unable to get on...

13 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Do Charity … on Children In Need day…

Hello and welcome to your regular Friday charity round-up from the industry - appropriately enough on the day of the latest...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent threatened with prosecution for opening office to the public

An unidentified estate agency has been threatened with prosecution by a local council after opening its office to the public during...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax Bombshell: CGT could double under new proposals

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

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

TV consumer champion demands action to free ‘mortgage prisoners’

A new report funded by high profile consumer champion Martin Lewis says the government must do more to help ‘mortgage prisoners’. These...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Second Covid wave not hurting London house sales - top agent

The London sales market is slowing as Christmas nears but no significant impact has been caused by the second wave of...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors in Countrywide prepare for bargaining with Connells

Various investors in Countrywide have submitted early online paperwork to The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers - the red tape required to...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Is the market turning? Momentum slowing down, report surveyors

The first monthly market monitor to show activity in the housing market tailing off has appeared - and it says momentum...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

He's Hired! Apprentice star returns to estate agency industry

A former London estate agency owner and finalist on The Apprentice says he’s now returning to the sector to sell new-builds. Jamie...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Independents are our industry’s backbone - want to be involved?

As you may have seen over the weekend, the long-running Property Natter column – penned by Angels Media chief executive, Nat...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Delivering a speedy end of tenancy deposit negotiation – the top tips

Tenancy deposit disputes are messy and often frustrating for all involved. While the number of formal disputes remains low, the pandemic...

10 November 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Evictions law – get specialist advice if you’re unsure

As lockdown – Season 2, the sequel no one asked for – gets underway in England, landlords, tenants and agents will...

10 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide shares soar despite more branch closures

Countrywide shares soared yesterday, rising 47 per cent on the previous close at one point as investors relished the prospect of...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyer Beware to be scrapped? Conveyancers debate alternatives

Conveyancers have considered whether the long-standing ‘caveat emptor’ or buyer beware principle in a property purchase should be replaced by ‘vendor...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide at risk of entering administration - claim

Connells has issued a counter statement to this morning’s announcement by Countrywide that a possible takeover is underway. At 7am Countrywide revealed...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Takeover Underway? - Connells begins bid to buy Countrywide

It’s been announced this morning that Connells is in takeover discussions with the troubled Countrywide agency group. Countrywide has given Connells until...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Major English Football League deal for High Street agency

Your Move is to become the English Football League’s official Communities Supporter for the coming season. The agency is already an Official...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices soar 7.5% in a year but it may all change soon

House prices by the end of October were running 7.5 per cent above their level a year ago - but the...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons’ management bonuses stay after ‘voting problem’ revealed

Foxtons has announced that its remuneration policy for senior management is to stay unchanged - and it says a voting problem...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - spotlight on independents: the backbone of our industry

Firstly, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Lockdown 2, as it’s being known, is now with us, but fortunately...

07 November 2020

From: Features

Lettings 2.0 - technology alone isn’t the answer

The UK lettings market is no stranger to technology. But only a few of the early initiatives have remained, and landlords...

07 November 2020

From: Features

Online firm renews attack on high street agents’ charges

Strike, the firm previously known as HouseSimple, has launched another attack on the charges levied by High Street agents. This time it is...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyers fleeing cities don’t always get more for their money

The trend of buyers apparently fleeing the city to get more for their money in the country has hit the buffers...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

How can Open Banking benefit landlords and letting agents?

Letting agents and landlords have faced huge change and uncertainty this year, with Covid-19 the major driver. But even before the...

05 November 2020

From: PropTech & Innovation

Agents offered ‘leniency options’ to confess about industry cartels

New guidance spells out how leniency can be exercised on agencies or individuals who inform on anti-competition cartels of the kind that...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Is Boris letting down the poor? Agency in rare criticism of government

High end agents usually keep their powder dry when it comes to party politics, to avoid upsetting customers. However Knight Frank has...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Interest rate unchanged despite unusual early announcement

The Bank of England’s monthly interest rate decision was made today - but instead of it being announced at 12 noon,...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency chief criticises Trump and Farage over ‘victory’ claim

Hunters chairman and Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake has hit out at allegedly false claims made by Donald Trump and Nigel Farage. Trump’s...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New house survey launched by fledgling rival to RICS

A new survey has been launched by the Residential Property Surveyors Association. The RPSA - which wants to rival the RICS as...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

The small things agents can do to reduce consumer stress

Purplebricks recently launched a meditation service to help buyers and sellers manage stress. You might disagree with the idea, but moving...

04 November 2020

From: Features

New official guidance: What agents can do in lockdown

The government has unveiled the public health regulations which will underpin the second national lockdown in England - and the exemptions...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Using technology to underpin your lettings division

I remember so clearly in my Foxtons days, working as a lettings manager in Putney, that lettings, though less sexy than...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown justice at last for agents with Business Interruption Insurance?

The Business Interruption Insurance saga, involving hundreds of agencies awaiting pay-outs on policies, enters its next and final stage later this month. An...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough pay-back: Agency in talks with HMRC

Knight Frank is in talks with HM Revenue and Customs to return furlough money as a result of relatively strong trading, notwithstanding...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide meeting later this month to decide company fate

Countrywide is to hold a special general meeting on November 18 to consider its future ownership and structure. Last month Countrywide group...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks delays fees re-structuring again

Purplebricks has issued a statement to its shareholders saying it’s ‘never been more relevant’. However, the expected radical change to its fees structure appears...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Conveyancing - don't battle what you can't control

We can all agree that the recovery of the property market since May has been outstanding. The latest data from Zoopla...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Does being Covid-safe at home artificially lift house prices?

A leading market analyst says the widespread belief that we are ‘safe’ in our homes may indirectly lead to the recent...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: Housing market stays open during national lockdown

The housing market is to remain open in the four week lockdown in England. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government...

31 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Does experience still count in estate agency?

“I’ve got 47 years of experience as an agent. Do I still have to get a qualification?” asked one attendee at...

31 October 2020

From: Features

Renters' Reform Bill delay - what does it mean for the lettings market?

Housing Minister Christopher Pincher announced that the introduction of the Renters' Reform Bill will be delayed for an indefinite period due...

31 October 2020

From: Features

How can we ensure the second half 2020 doesn’t become a blip?

Recent figures emanating from the mortgage and housing market suggest that – since lockdown was ended in mid-May – transaction levels...

31 October 2020

From: Features

Common sense tips for dealing with student tenants

Clear communication and common-sense actions by landlords, letting agents and students at the start of a tenancy can drastically improve the...

31 October 2020

From: Features

Market boom to carry on into 2021 as mortgage lending soars

The housing market boom looks set to continue for some months yet as mortgage approvals for home purchases hit their highest...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket hands shares to agents on full-tariff long-term deals

OnTheMarket has handed out more shares to agencies signing long-term agreements with the portal. It was almost three years ago that OTM, then...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory qualifications for agents “within two or three years”

The mandatory qualifications expected of agents have not been forgotten and will come into effect in two or three years. That’s the...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies’ ‘hub’ business model may apply in other industries

The so-called hub model of estate agency adopted by a growing number of firms appears to be part of a wider...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Getting PropTech for free? It's probably because you're the product

The proliferation of free and accessible digital services has - at face value - brought us many great things: same-day deliveries,...

28 October 2020

From: Features

Busiest Ever Autumn? Buyers up, prices up, delays up, supply up

There are 140,000 more buyers waiting to complete on their properties right now than there were this time last year. The claim, by...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Deferred-payment scheme for high-price London homes

A developer operating in prime central London is offering buyers a deferred-payment scheme. K10 Group says it’s doing this because of the...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping the property market moving

It’s been an unexpected year for the property market, shaped by the effects of the pandemic. We didn’t quite anticipate the...

27 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agents – here are five simple tips for job searching

There’s no denying it, job hunting can be hard work – even more so at the moment, with all that’s going...

27 October 2020

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

How to sell your agency business in 11 key steps

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

27 October 2020

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

Living without Section 21 evictions – lessons from the Scottish market

The announcement of the Renters’ Reform Bill in the Queen’s speech last December caused a collective groan across the country from...

27 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Quick Read Top Tips  - 5 best practices for all businesses

Here is a quick read focusing on 5 things you can check your business is doing while on your tea break....

27 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

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

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

27 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

How to Reach More Landlords Part 1

I was asked recently, how can an agent generate more landlord leads? Well that got me thinking, firstly, we have to...

27 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Top tips for creating engaging blog content

Putting fingers to keyboard to create blogs and articles isn’t always the easiest job for agents, particularly when meetings, viewings and...

27 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Top 5 tips for successful estate agent social media management

It’s a given these days that your business needs to be on social media. Consumers spend a large portion of their...

27 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Five top tips for lead generation

Generating leads is a crucial and age-old part of estate agency. Before the internet, lead generation was just as important to...

27 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

How can agents work with property price data and indices?

Staying on top of the numbers and figures in a constantly changing industry can be stressful. Changing property prices can be...

27 October 2020

From: PropTech & Innovation

Top things to look for in a valuation tool

Here at The ValPal Network, we know that there are other options available when considering to use a valuation tool, so...

27 October 2020

From: PropTech & Innovation

Facebook users to be targeted with properties matching their likes

A new tool which identifies preferences of Facebook users and then targets them with ads for appropriate homes on sale, is...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tinder-style new portal offers agents 12 months free listings

A new property portal that operates a Tinder-style ‘swipe’ app is offering agents 12 months free listings. MoveStreets operates like the dating...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New stamp duty surcharge may push up house prices - claim

The new two per cent stamp duty surcharge applying to non-resident buyers may cause a wide range of properties to be...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage struggles and house-buying complexity hit first timers

A new survey reveals the uphill struggle first time buyers appear to be having in securing a mortgage. A study of 1,000...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Chaos” ahead when stamp duty holiday ends, warns NAEA chief

The outgoing chief executive of the National Association of Estate Agents is warning that the sales system continues to struggle with...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the inside track on who’s going where

Hello and welcome to a new week - and evenings that get darker earlier.  As winter approaches we’re continuing to bring you...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why diversification is the spice of life for agents

The property market has bounced back with all of the expected resilience and flexibility that is its hallmark since it reopened...

24 October 2020

From: Features

Lettings in 2020 needs a gamechanger - could this be it?

There is no doubting that 2020 has been a challenging year for all industries, with the lettings market being no exception. Following...

24 October 2020

From: Features

Conveyancing: these two things can facilitate superior handovers

The Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday has been a hot topic of conversation for many in the residential property industry –...

24 October 2020

From: Features

Six ways innovation is transforming the lettings sector

Tenant enquiries and property viewings unsurprisingly slowed this spring, due to the necessary government restrictions brought in to manage the pandemic....

24 October 2020

From: Features

Latest legislation – how can agents and landlords be compliant?

In recent years, the extent and role of the private rented sector (PRS) in the housing market has seen significant changes. The...

24 October 2020

From: Features

Top tips - how can agents provide a 24/7 remote service?

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the way every industry operates and the property sector is no exception. Following an enforced seven-week...

23 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Sunak tells estate agents: I'm helping to keep you in a job

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is taking credit for saving thousands of agency jobs through increased transactions prompted by the stamp duty holiday. A...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide branches close ahead of private equity investment bid

At least two branches of a Countrywide agency have been closed, shortly before news broke of a proposal for a large...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency launches first-ever radio and podcast ad campaign

Knight Frank has launched a new radio advert for the first time. The rollout marks the firm’s fourth phase of its “partners...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s a big one as the clocks go back…

Shorter days and darker nights deflate the spirits, especially in today’s challenging circumstances, but there’s some bright news - a large...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide gets £90m lifeline and top management clear-out

The troubled Countrywide group has announced a £90m investment by Alchemy Partners, a private equity company that specialises in investing in...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ big new idea - meditation for movers

Purplebricks is the first estate agency in the country to launch a meditation service to ease “the emotional rollercoaster felt by...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London buyers flee centre for outer areas, reports Rightmove

A new analysis of searches and leads to agents by Rightmove suggests buyers in London are deserting central locations in favour of...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the ‘so what’ of software integration

Integration, collaboration and connected platforms – some great buzzwords, but what do they actually mean and do they really help agents? One...

21 October 2020

From: Features

Lockdown Plea: Let agents work in offices, not at home

One of the industry's senior agency leaders says it would be a mistake for agents to be stopped from working in...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Only 10 days left to beat stamp duty holiday deadline - claim

Delays across the house buying sector mean those wanting to benefit from the stamp duty holiday need to begin the buying...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal wants to list appraisal properties, not just formal instructions

Another new property portal has been launched, this one - Mutual - describing itself as the ‘Pre-Portal Property Platform for estate...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Call for mortgage guarantee scheme plus longer stamp duty holiday

The National Association of Estate Agents wants the government to initiate a mortgage guarantee scheme to encourage more 95 per cent...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown Announced - agency branches in Wales to shut for two weeks

Most agents' branches in Wales are expected to close for just over two weeks from 6pm this Friday, October 23 - moving...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons data breach but “no sensitive data compromised”

Foxtons is alleged by a newspaper to have suffered a malware attack and data breach which closed its MyFoxtons client website. The...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers tell agents - don’t blame us for transaction delays!

Conveyancers are sending a blunt message to estate agents: transactions will take longer than usual and don’t chase us with queries and...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - latest news on the movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to the start of a new week and a new edition of Property Jobs Today, your chance to...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Why we’re backin’ Boomin - top agents speak out for new portal

The senior management from four of the agencies announced as founding members of Boomin have spoken out in favour of the...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Book review of ‘Parasite - The Secret Diary of a Landlord’

Book review by Graham Norwood, editor of Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and Landlord Today. If a letting agent wants to...

17 October 2020

From: Features

No more Mr Bad Guy: the image of agents is getting a makeover

Lawyers, politicians, bankers, insurance sellers – no matter where you go, there are some professions that are just always going to...

17 October 2020

From: Features

How to make client accounting software migration a breeze

When letting agents are preparing to migrate from one piece of client accounting software to another, it can sometimes seem like...

17 October 2020

From: Features

Electronic signatures are helping agents to weather the 2020 storm

2020 has definitely been a year of change. With little warning, the pandemic disrupted the day-to-day operations of almost every industry...

17 October 2020

From: Features

Zoopla offers agents free virtual viewings in new PropTech deal

Zoopla has linked with a PropTech company led by the former boss of Purplebricks to offer agents free virtual viewings services. The...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

There may be trouble ahead…Mortgage lending to get tougher

A Bank of England survey suggests it may be more difficult for prospective buyers to get a mortgage later this year. In...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Free health and well-being package offer to smaller agencies

A health business is offering a free support package to estate agencies with between three and 100 employees, to help staff...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

The importance of addressing Conveyancing earlier in the home moving journey

We all know that people can’t move to a new house without going through the Conveyancing process. However, with that said,...

14 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

PRoperty Public Relations tips that work

I wanted to take this opportunity to write an advice piece on what we here at Angels Media have found important...

14 October 2020

From: Features

Marketing shift for OnTheMarket towards more social media

OnTheMarket’s acting chief executive says the portal will embrace more social media and innovative marketing strategies in the coming period. Yesterday the...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

From valuer in 2014 to chief executive in 2020 - new agency boss named

One of the country's largest group of independent agencies has named its new chief executive officer - and says it’s a...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies open offices out-of-town - a sign of the times?

Two agencies have announced the opening of offices in out-of-town-centre locations with easy parking. In Loughborough, well-known local agency Andrew Granger &...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Prices up in Prime Central London but recovery is fragile - warning

It’s not a big rise, but price growth has returned to the Prime Central London sales market for the first time...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New “sellers portal” pledges to improve on Rightmove and Zoopla

A new portal-style PropTech product has launched and wants to recruit estate agents to its fold - despite describing the way...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – five ways to enable your agency to thrive this winter

The only certainty at the moment is ongoing uncertainty. It’s something we’ve got used to in 2020, but it’s still not...

10 October 2020

From: Features

Single view of the chain - what does it mean for agents?

In early September, mio achieved an industry first with the release of the mio chain view API. Now, all the parties...

10 October 2020

From: Features

Selling a flat with a short lease

Many agents, certainly those in London, will have faced the difficult task of selling a flat with a shorter lease. A...

09 October 2020

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Market Boom: Sales agreed so far in 2020 surpass last year’s figure

The total Sales Agreed in 2020 so far has overtaken Sales Agreed up to this point in 2019, despite the Coronavirus...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents told off for not being ready for Anti-Money Laundering regs

A security company says it is “disappointing” the estate agency industry is only around 55 per cent through preparations to cope...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

What next for UK side of US agency as chief exec quits?

Gary Keller is stepping down from his post as chief executive of the global Keller Williams estate agency empire. Although operating chiefly...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to stay on top of arrears during a global pandemic

How to stay on top of arrears during a global pandemic Many have speculated, though much of it is anecdotal – how...

08 October 2020

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Rightmove wins fees war as opponents raise the white flag

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has admitted that getting the number one portal to change its fee structure “may take...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Time to scrap Stamp Duty? New figures add weight to argument

New figures released this morning give weight to calls for the complete scrapping of stamp duty.  The dats shows there have been...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

House price inflation at four year high but concern over virus

House prices in September were 7.3 per cent higher than a year earlier – the highest house price inflation since June 2016. The Halifax...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: the challenge with iBuyers

Recently, when giving speeches, I have discussed investment trends and industry trends that the built environment is experiencing. They are quite...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyer sues conveyancer for £4.6m eight years after purchase

A woman who bought a London house in 2012 is now suing the conveyancers that worked for her at the time...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords - shout louder about the good you’re doing!

We all know what the problem is, but what’s the solution? The problem is that landlords, thinking they offer a valuable service...

03 October 2020

From: Features

How to carry out check-ins and check-outs in a Covid-compliant way

The latest government rules combined with the Prime Minister’s recent address to the nation is clear – tougher measures are required...

03 October 2020

From: Features

Electrical checks: rules for new tenancies vs existing tenancies explained

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 have been in place for several months now. While letting...

03 October 2020

From: Features

Say No To Rightmove lead agency now listing on Zoopla

The agency leading the Say No To Rightmove campaign has returned all of its offices and brands to Zoopla. The Acorn Group,...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Cladding scandal hurts entire housing market says top industry figure

Ed Mead has joined a growing chorus demanding government action on the cladding crisis. He is one of the industry’s leading figures from...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Here's how mio can help agents comply with RoPA framework

As the review of the recommendations of the Regulation of Property Agents Working Group continues, Emily Hawthorne, mio Account Manager and...

01 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Sales boom goes on and agents see no end in sight

Agents have universally welcomed new Nationwide data showing annual price growth picked up to 5.0 per cent last month - the highest rate...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Crisis? What crisis? Mortgage lending hits 13 year high

Mortgage approvals for house purchases have soared to a 13 year high according to Bank of England figures up to the...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal - bid to speed up pay-outs

The many agents believed to be awaiting pay-outs on their Business Interruption Insurance will have some consolation in knowing that the...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Are agents swimming upstream against the Electrical Safety Regulations?

Are agents swimming upstream against the Electrical Safety Regulations? 3 months on from the introduction of the ‘Electrical Safety Standards in the...

29 September 2020

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Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers for the industry

Hello and at the start of another working week, welcome to our regular jobs slot announcing who’s moving where within the...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New Purplebricks non-exec director has 36 other company roles

Purplebricks has named a new non-executive director - and currently she has 36 other company directorships or partnerships to her name. Elona...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Solve this NOW! Campaign to make cladding flats sell-able again

Survivors and bereaved family members from the Grenfell Tower fire have joined forces with residents trapped in allegedly dangerous flats in...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New PropTech product nurtures leads for agents - even as they sleep

A new PropTech product claims to help agents generate and nurture leads - even while they sleep. MovePal generates leads through Facebook...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents handling private treaty sales accused of being behind the times

A quick buy firm which typically purchases homes from sellers at below market levels has accused estate agents and the private...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why didn’t Foxtons’ American dream work out?

Recent Natters have explored the differences between the UK and American models of agency, and why Purplebricks failed to make a...

26 September 2020

From: Features

Safety in agents’ offices: understanding the law on whistleblowing

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has encouraged people to complain if they are unhappy about working conditions and thousands of complaints...

26 September 2020

From: Features

Agents, conveyancers and movers pledge greater sales transparency

The cross-sector group looking at reforming the sales process has agreed a new pledge which it says introduces greater transparency for...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a reminder we’re here to help through the virus

Hello and welcome to the latest ADC, your regular Friday round-up of great work being done by agents, suppliers and others...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Commercial office space of the future

With no clear end in sight and conflicting Government advice as to whether we should work from home or go to...

24 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agencies and businesses offered new tax and jobs schemes

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined his measures to help agencies and other businesses survive Coronavirus. His announcements - endorsed by both the...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark names new leader for revamped organisation

Propertymark, which will from later this year combine both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agency model booming claims high end brand

The frenzied housing market and the uncertain wider economic outlook during the pandemic have combined to lead to a surge in...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal promotes “free money” referral fees despite industry probe

One of the many new portals recently launched has made a pitch for agents to join because of its referral fees...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New PropTech products aim to help transparency and Covid safety

New PropTech products continue to appear, many aimed at enhancing transparency in buying and selling, or helping agents adopt new ways of...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Why generating and nurturing leads is more important than ever

Seller and landlord leads are what makes estate agency tick. Without them, new business is nowhere to be seen and you...

23 September 2020

From: Features

PropTech Today - why do PropTech companies fail?

I was giving an interview this week for an upcoming conference - yet another to convert from a physical to a...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government claims credit for housing market boom

The government claims its stamp duty holiday has supported nearly 750,000 jobs thanks to the ripple effect in the economy. A statement from HM...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: Agents WILL have to wear masks in branch offices

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that all retail staff will be obliged to wear masks when working - and it's now...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency emphasises importance of High Street branches

Connells Group has revealed seven appointments to its board of directors which it links directly with a target to grow presence and...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendors Beware! Sales taking month longer than usual to complete

Logjams in the mortgage, conveyancing and removal stages of house moving mean sales are taking much longer than usual, according to...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The PRS is broken - here’s how to fix it

The pandemic and the way the government has reacted to the private rental sector (PRS) has got me thinking about the...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Tips for growing your management portfolio in uncertain times

Despite the recent effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is still much opportunity in the market for letting agents to grow...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Safety first: five-step risk assessment for agents’ offices

With the high street open again, and the Chancellor’s temporary stamp duty holiday helping to stimulate the market, estate and letting...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Is the property market more than on the road to recovery?

I’m sure I speak for most in the property industry when I say that back in March and April I had...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Effective signage is key to rebuilding customer confidence in the market

When it comes to the future of the property market in the wake of Covid-19, there are two main schools of...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Third of sellers won't budge on asking price despite buyer requests

Almost a third of property sellers (29%) say they won't accept a lower offer for their property, according to new research. Online...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - during an Indian summer...

Hello and welcome to the start of the weekend and that means it's time for Agents Do Charity. Each week, we publicise...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Auction march continues - record summer for UK's largest auctioneer

The strong performance of the auction market in recent months has been reinforced by the latest figures from iamsold, the UK's...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Three ways estate agents can create a virtual tour

Across the UK and Europe, lockdown measures are changing and the markets are kicking back into life as we grow accustomed...

16 September 2020

From: Features

House price growth could be halted by oversupply of property

The strong house price growth experienced in recent months could soon be 'marred' by oversupply, according to Home.co.uk. The property website says...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance: High Court rules in favour of agents

The result of a test case over Business Interruption Insurance involving agents has been handed down by the High Court. It has...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty: 'Zero likelihood' tax rise for overseas buyers will be scrapped

A tax expert says that there is 'zero likelihood' of the government changing its mind on stamp duty changes for overseas...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest ins, outs, and moving abouts…

Hello and welcome to the new working week. Here’s the latest information on key hires across our industry: if you have similar...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal sells stake to fund purchase of house price website

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

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 September 2020

From: Features

Insight - what’s really going on in the property market?

If you’re in any way connected to estate agency all it takes is a quick glance at Facebook or LinkedIn to...

12 September 2020

From: Features

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

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

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New warning to estate agents over illegal price-fixing

The estate agency industry is still under the spotlight for possible illegal price fixing cartels according to the Competition and Markets...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New Covid clampdown will push people to sell says leading agent

A leading agent says the government’s new Coronavirus clampdown from Monday will push more home owners to sell. Caspar Harvard-Wills, a partner at...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Record leads for OnTheMarket driven by ‘New & Exclusive’

OnTheMarket has this morning announced record leads during August, beating July’s previous record. The portal generated over two million leads in August, an...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Profits and revenue slump for Winkworth as franchise interest slows

Franchise giant Winkworth has reported an 11 per cent drop in gross revenue and profit plummeting 20.2 per cent in the...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

High-end agency launches auctions to hedge bets in uncertain market

Knight Frank has launched an auction business to give vendors a wider range of sale options as market uncertainty remains because...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge - details emerge for non-resident purchases

The government has published draft legislation giving further details on the two per cent stamp duty surcharge on non-residents purchasing residential...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Keep your market moving

Be proactive, have a plan, and keep prospecting.  After the easing of lockdown measures, it’s safe to say the property market picked...

09 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

What happens when your sales progressor is off work?

At mio, we often have conversations with Estate Agency firms who have a dedicated sales progresser in their team. Whilst there...

09 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Boomin - new portal snaps up Rightmove and Zoopla staff ahead of launch

The portal  set up by Purplebricks founders Michael and Kenny Bruce has revealed it's recruited Rightmove and Zoopla personnel and intends...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is there any such thing as a portal war?

For a mixture of reasons, I now only write this column every two weeks. At first, I missed the weekly consideration...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Ian Westerling - a legacy of Humberts, NAEA, PropTech and more

As many in the industry will know, Ian Westerling passed away last week at the age of 51: he was a...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech offer for NAEA agents to work with start-ups

The National Association of Estate Agents is inviting members to join a panel reviewing new PropTech produced as a result of...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Where do you appear? New league table shows listings per branch

A new league table shows how many listings exist per agency in 23 different cities across the UK.  The analysis looks at the...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Guild selects 40 new agency members from 100 applicants

The Guild of Property Professionals says that in the past quarter it has had its highest number of new joiners on...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Surveyors slug it out: Revamped group wants to take on RICS

The Residential Property Surveyors’ Association appears to be taking on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in a battle for authority...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - bumper bundle of new appointments

Hello, and if it’s the start of a new week it’s time for Property Jobs Today, giving you the inside track...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents back investigation into “unfair sales tactics” over leasehold

NAEA Propertymark has thrown its weight behind a Competitions and Markets Authority investigation into whether consumer protection law has been broken...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Autumn 2020 - seven things to watch

It’s no surprise the mainstream news remains dominated by coronavirus - not so much the actual effect of it right now,...

05 September 2020

From: Features

Navigating through the Covid crisis and beyond with AI

There will not be a single business within the property sector that did not start the year in vastly different circumstances...

05 September 2020

From: Features

Watchdog launches probe into unfair sales tactics of leasehold homes

The Competition and Markets Authority is today opening enforcement cases focusing on the sale of leasehold homes by four leading housebuilders. They...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A lot less: Houses at auction achieve 40% less than via private treaty

With estate agents increasingly offering auction options to vendors, new research makes interesting reading - and suggests that homes sold via...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime house prices to fall across Britain despite mainstream market surge

In the week the Nationwide recorded the UK’s highest ever average house price, high-end agency Savills has forecast that prime markets...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Ground-breaking agent mentoring scheme wins lavish praise

A self-employed agent has gone public to lavish praise on the mentoring scheme which is part of the Agents Together charity. Cameron Carter,...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Record house prices likely to go higher still says leading agent

Record house prices recorded this week by the Nationwide index are set to go higher still according to a leading agent. Nationwide...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Preparing for regulation of agents is key goal of new NAEA president

The new president of NAEA Propertymark says one of her key objectives for the year ahead is to prepare the industry...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies across the country buck trend by expanding

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

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

How will new mandatory survey standards improve the moving process?

From December, the new RICS Home Survey Standard will become mandatory for all RICS professionals undertaking home surveys. The below article explains...

02 September 2020

From: Features

Furloughed mortgage and surveyor staff delay transactions - claim

A specialist property lender says transactions are being delayed by key staff being furloughed. Gareth Lewis, commercial director of property lender MT...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket’s financial advisers talk up company and new CEO

Two City consultancies instructed by OnTheMarket have talked up the company’s fortunes after the appointment of its new chief executive.  Shore Capital, which in...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock appointment: Ex-Foxtons man is OnTheMarket's new CEO

There’s been a surprise appointment as OnTheMarket chief executive. Instead of popular acting CEO Clive Beattie - who had made it known...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Victim of notorious agency price fixing hits out at lack of refund

One of the victims of a notorious estate agency price fixing cartel has spoken out against one of the offenders.  Christina Davis...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin is only new portal that can rival Rightmove - top agent

One of the most experienced British estate agents says the new portal Boomin - expected to launch next month, October -...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - perception vs reality - why do agents have a bad rep?

It’s fair to say that UK estate agents don’t have the best of reputations, often featuring in the lists of the...

29 August 2020

From: Features

Agents will be crucial during extended eviction ban

The ban on evictions was due to end earlier this month, but following a last-minute U-turn from the government, it has...

29 August 2020

From: Features

A guide to commercial mortgages during the Covid-19 pandemic

With access to finance being such a hot topic at the moment, more and more estate agents are turning to commercial...

29 August 2020

From: Features

New high-end branch to seek more agents as it expands

Fine & Country has revealed its latest branch - a West Wales office opening for business on Tuesday. It will initially cover...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour to spend two years debating property and housing issues

Labour’s shadow housing minister has revealed that it will be two years at least before the party sets out its long-term...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Secret portal from Purplebricks founders wins praise from Rightmove critics

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has given a thumbs up to the new Boomin listings service created by the brothers...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Explained for agents - Electrical Safety Standards Regulations

Since June 1, under The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, landlords in England have been...

26 August 2020

From: Features

Are our fees too low? British agents amongst cheapest in the world

New research suggests that British estate agents charge some of the lowest fees in the world. Based on an apparent British average...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent expelled by Ombudsman for failing to pay award to seller

An agency that has now closed down has been expelled by The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay an award of...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: start-ups win investor backing in changing world

An overview of the global PropTech sector is often what I am asked to cover at conferences around the world. This generally...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

£73,000 defrauded from Countrywide branch - culprits go free

Over £73,000 has been stolen from a Countrywide branch by two admin staff making false travel claims and issuing fake invoices. The crimes...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide man launches “world’s most intelligent” portal

A new portal launches today with 100,000 listings and a pledge to target buyers largely ignored by established websites - investors. It’s...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - latest moves in and across our industry

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of PJT, the industry’s summary of new movers. Of course many agencies are reassessing their...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide - 10 own goals in five years

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

22 August 2020

From: Features

Letting agents still struggling to open bank accounts

Letting agents are struggling to open new bank accounts and even large established letting agents with a long history of trading...

22 August 2020

From: Features

It’s a trap! Stamp duty holiday could lead to property taxes - claim

A prominent industry figure says the current stamp duty holiday could effectively be a trap to lure in buyers who will...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Chinese buyers surge to UK - because of stamp duty or Hong Kong?

The stamp duty holiday running until March next year has triggered a surge in interest in UK property from Hong Kong...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary Jenrick confident of keeping job in reshuffle

Controversial Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, tipped by some for sacking when the Cabinet is reshuffled next month, appears to be confident...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - more fund-raising good deeds

Hello and welcome to the weekend - if it’s Friday, it’s Agents Do Charity day as we pay tribute to fund-raisers...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide Civil War: company hits back at shareholder’s claim

Countrywide has rejected a claim by one of its biggest shareholders that it does not engage with investors over future strategy...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to go appointments-only in one-person offices during Covid

Agents are being advised to operate an appointments-only system if they have offices with only one person on duty during the...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Women In Residential Property - group grows during lockdown

The networking organisation Women in Residential Property has grown to over 300 members - its highest ever total.  Launched three years ago...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

AML checks for estate agents who don’t have time for compliance

The last few months have been tough for the property sector, and the pressure will continue as estate agents across the...

19 August 2020

From: Features

Major Countrywide shareholder demands “bold action to save company

One of Countrywide’s biggest shareholders has written a second letter to the company to demand bold action to save the agency...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendors warned not to jump the gun on ditching London for the sticks

A leading buying agency is warning sellers and buyers not to jump the gun and abandon London in the belief that...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks bonus bonanza despite anti-money laundering blunder

If anyone thought the days of Purplebricks bosses making millions were in the past,  think again. The chief executive and chief finance...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Multi-agency sales operation wins high-profile new investor

An unusual property sales concept, which signs up vendors and then effectively sub-contracts their sales to strongly-performing local estate agents, has...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today: Movers and shakers and new appointments

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of PJT - we know some agencies are reshaping their structures and downsizing but this...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Selling apartments? It might be more difficult from today…

One of the country’s highest-profile mortgage lenders, HSBC, is restricting loans on apartments from today. Only buyers of flats who have a...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – what does agency look like Down Under?

In my last Natter, I explored the differences between estate agency in the UK and the US with the help of...

15 August 2020

From: Features

Revealed: What today's renters want, need and expect

Life as we know it has changed – for everybody – and what tenants want, need and expect in this post-pandemic...

15 August 2020

From: Features

Land Registry unveils latest digital upgrade for agents and others

HM Land Registry customers - including agents and conveyancers - can now manage all of their applications and correspondence including notices,...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents told to use Kickstart scheme to encourage talent at no cost

The government’s new Kickstart scheme is the ideal way for agents to encourage new talent without incurring any cost. That’s the view of The...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

First time buyers lose out whatever happens to house prices - claim

Many young people are stuck unable to purchase their first home even if house prices fall in the wake of the...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

The true benefits of virtual property marketing

It has been three months since the property market was given the green light to reopen. During this time, we have...

12 August 2020

From: Features

The agency that stood by its staff even as profits tumbled

Connells Group has announced its trading statement for the first half of 2020 - and its support for its staff is...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must check where customers holidayed - compliance guru

Agents should check where buyers and sellers have been on holiday as part of their approach to safety during the Coronavirus...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

The latest way to boost asking price: set up a home office

A home office set up in a dedicated room apparently adds £17,500 to the value of a property. Direct Line Insurance has...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price rises 125% in three months

Is Countrywide finally on the road to recovery? Its share price has risen 125 per cent in the past three months; much of...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Nationalists attack agency for using English version of house name

A row is brewing over an agency which acted on a vendor’s request to use the English version of a house...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Just the ticket? House raffles creating legal minefield says lawyer

Property raffles are a legal minefield and many are too good to be true, according to a leading lawyer. There has been...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove has nothing to fear but Rightmove itself

It must have been a close thing on Friday as to whose faces were looking the most glum - those at...

08 August 2020

From: Features

Deep Dive: what did the Zoopla Rental Market Report reveal?

The Zoopla Rental Market Report, published this week, mentioned a two-speed rental market, but what does that mean? We are seeing two...

08 August 2020

From: Features

Zoopla’s biggest-ever marketing campaign takes fight to Rightmove

Zoopla has revealed details of its biggest ever marketing campaign in a bid to cash in on agents’ growing dissatisfaction with...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Leaseholders advised not to wait for reform - it could take years

Wholesale reform of leasehold issues is still some years away, despite recent proposals by the Law Commission and pledges by the...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Why diversifying into auctions can boost post-lockdown cashflow

Following the easing of lockdown restrictions on England’s property market in May, NAEA Propertymark reported a sharp increase in business for...

05 August 2020

From: Features

Rightmove and OnTheMarket slug it out to win agent support

Rightmove and OnTheMarket have revealed their latest bids to keep agent support. Rightmove is launching an extensive redesign of property details pages, after...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: New features suggest move into CRM space for Lifesycle

New information has come to light which suggests that a leading marketing platform may be planning to step into the CRM...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s new finance chief joins on huge salary and bonus potential

Rightmove’s new chief financial officer has a basic salary of £390,000 plus bonus options coming to a potential total of £1.75m. Alison Dolan has...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New portal reveals charges to agents plus extra for multi-listing service

The new portal OpenBrix, which is powered by Blockchain, has revealed its fee structure ahead of its formal launch on September...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

BBC presenter mocks agent for asking vendor to remove fridge magnets

A BBC presenter has used her local newspaper column to mock an estate agency for suggesting fridge magnets be removed to improve...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New exec charged with making agency UK’s ‘largest premium brand’

A new director has been appointed at Fine & Country charged with achieving the corporate goal of “becoming the largest premium...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Now prices are going UP again, says latest Nationwide index

The Nationwide says annual house price growth has recovered to 1.5 per cent. Its July house price index says the fall in...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what are the differences between UK and US agents?

We have had a special relationship for many years and are bonded as countries in many ways – historically, politically and...

01 August 2020

From: Features

Estate agents – here’s your cheat sheet for the next 90 days

One of the main points I’ve had reinforced to me from agent after agent over the last year of hosting a...

01 August 2020

From: Features

Sales progression – who should be doing it?

“Many hands make light work” – Does John Heywood’s old English proverb from the 1300s apply to modern approaches on how...

01 August 2020

From: Features

Prime London market improving despite transactions slump - bank

A housing market snapshot for prime London shows a fall of over half in the number of £1m-plus properties sold so...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ delight as mortgage lending bounces back

Mortgage approvals - a key indicator of short-term activity in the housing market - beat expectations in June according to Bank...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19 is speeding up PropTech - what are you waiting for?

What do General Electric, IBM, Microsoft, and WhatsApp have in common? Yes, they are American companies that boasted revenues of $50...

29 July 2020

From: Features

PropTech Today: Agents’ Boards - are they protected from technology?

Steve, his name was. Steve, the board man. A rather frightening man, if truth be told. When I started at Foxtons, he used...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendors’ homes listed on Rightmove for free by mortgage website

A new website that describes itself as an estate agency says it wants to “empower people to sell their own home”...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Pre-qualify tenants before a viewing and reference them with one shareable viewing link from your CRM

Can technology bring about the lasting change needed to the property industry? The industry has felt the effect of lockdown and...

28 July 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Faster conveyancing? Land Registry accepts electronic signatures

HM Land Registry is now accepting witnessed electronic signatures on documents for the  transfer of ownership of property, the creation of...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Can you lead Propertymark? You have one week to apply

Do you want to run the newly-merged Propertymark, embracing both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Nothing wrong with 'Commisery' says unrepentant Michael Bruce

A founder of Purplebricks, Michael Bruce, suggests there was nothing wrong with the controversial Commisery TV ads that contributed to making...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Facebook Live gets up to 45,000 visits per property for agent

An agent in Hertfordshire says he routinely secures 5,000 visits to ‘live open houses’ on Facebook Live, and have on one...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Record number of property firms suffer ‘Red Flag’ financial distress

There’s a record number of property industry companies, including agencies, in financial distress according to the latest Red Flag alert monitor. The...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal Wars hot up with Zoopla claiming surge in leads to agents

Zoopla says its sale and vendor leads have reached a 2020 high, beating volumes delivered even during the strong start to the...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Regulation - is there a better way of becoming a better industry?

If a week is a long time in politics (an old phrase, for younger readers), then a year is a very long...

25 July 2020

From: Features

Code of Practice marks welcome progress for RoPA recommendations

Earlier this month, it was revealed that property industry bodies have joined a new Code of Practice Steering Group to enact...

25 July 2020

From: Features

Stamp duty holiday: the first change to benefit landlords in years

As expected within the property industry, the Chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday in his Summer Statement. This now means that...

25 July 2020

From: Features

Tax grab on house values proposed in new 'Property CGT'

Tens of billions of pounds of new taxes should be levied through a Capital Gains Tax imposed on main homes, not...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Face Coverings in Branches - agents given new guidance

New guidance on face coverings for agents working in branches, and for those dealing directly with visitors, was issued last evening. A statement...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as the summer heat is on…

Agents Do Charity - as the summer heat is on… It’s hotting up outside and while this is set to be a...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New Purplebricks fees structure likely to be revealed next month

It is widely expected that Purplebricks will shortly reveal the result of an experiment with a number of different pricing strategies. The...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday giving southern England biggest boost - Zoopla

Zoopla's Research and Insight Director Richard Donnell writes: Just over a fortnight on since the Chancellor announced the Stamp Duty holiday and...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons office damaged by political agitators - four arrested

A branch of London agency Foxtons has been targeted by a group of political agitators called Beyond Politics, which says it’s...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must show “greater diligence” dealing with Russian buyers

NAEA Propertymark is calling on agents to show “greater diligence” when dealing with Russian buyers, in the light of the report...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Going Up: two-storey extensions allowed without full consent

Home owners in England will be entitled to add up to two storeys to the height of their home via a...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

990-year lease extensions could help end leasehold scandal

The long-awaited proposals for leasehold reform produced by the Law Commission suggests giving owners the right to extend their lease for...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance for agents on how to spot domestic abuse

Propertymark is working with an organisation called the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance to inform agents how to sport signs and respond...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal says mortgage applications much faster with new software

The mortgage arm of a regional property portal has launched pre-approval software which it claims will significantly speed up the initial...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Leading online agency Housesimple rebrands with immediate effect

The online agency Housesimple has rebranded to become 'Strike' with immediate effect. The news comes as a surprise given the apparent success...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Regulation of Agents: consultation opens on new Code of Conduct

Agents now have a chance to say what they think should be in a new Code of Conduct being discussed following...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax - could it be applied to first homes over £500,000?

Speculation is mounting that Capital Gains Tax could for the first time be applied to gains made when owners sell first...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - more new appointments in our industry

Hello and welcome to another week. We’re more than aware that it’s a challenging time for our industry as for most...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Sales volumes turbocharged by stamp duty holiday, says Rightmove

Rightmove is reporting a mini-boom that was existing even before the stamp duty holiday - enough to propel average asking prices...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what will property conferences and events of the future look like?

Conferences, events and awards dinners are a hugely important part of the property calendar, bringing the great and the good of...

18 July 2020

From: Features

Video interview - expert advice on how to utilise live stream viewings

In a video interview for Estate Agent Today, property professional Chris Buckler speaks to Matt Nicol, managing director of Nicol &...

18 July 2020

From: Features

Heard the one about the agent, the conveyancer and the surveyor?

Emma Vigus, managing director of sales progression platform mio, in discussion with key suppliers in the residential property industry on operating...

18 July 2020

From: Features

Record after record! Agency sees activity surge but doubts remain

Knight Frank has reported a remarkable set of figures for June showing how the housing market has bounced back with a...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Streamlined completions promised by latest PropTech platform

Another new PropTech platform claims it can streamline the completion process - this time by coordinating the work of estate agents...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and you really are a generous lot!

Hello and welcome to the end of the week and the prospect of a sunny weekend. We appreciate fund-raising is difficult with...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents slammed for failing to protect staff and clients in virus crisis

The estate agency industry has been sharply criticised for its record on protecting staff and customers during the Coronavirus crisis. The compliance...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Biggest monthly asking price rise for six years, says latest index

The latest monthly index suggests that the average asking price in England and Wales has jumped 1.5 per cent in the...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks sells its Canadian business for £35m

Purplebricks is selling its Canadian business. The sale comes little over a year after the troubled agency closed both its failed Australian and...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Electrical checks - clarity and efficiency are crucial for compliance

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 - which require increased electrical testing in rental properties...

15 July 2020

From: Features

PropTech Today: We need long-term visions, not short-term fixes

With stamp duty cuts and 90% mortgages on their way back, anyone could think the housing market was about to go...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Facemasks: Propertymark hints that agents may have to wear them

More than 24 hours after the government's announcement about the compulsory wearing of facemasks by shoppers in England, and there is...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New home sales duty takes effect today north of the border

The new thresholds for the Scottish equivalent of stamp duty come into effect today - a week after the SDLT holiday...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

A new portal? Purplebricks founder launches project with ex-Reapit boss

The founder of Purplebricks, Michael Bruce, has this morning revealed his new project to be called Launch B - and he...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Will agents and clients have to wear facemasks in branches?

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets is to be made mandatory in England.  Anyone failing to comply with the order...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday should lead to council tax reform, says agency

A major agency is warning that the current stamp duty holiday could leave the housing market in a state of lethargy...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove endorses new 90% first time buyer mortgage

Britain’s second largest lender is to offer 90 per cent loan to value mortgages once again from next Monday - a...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS combine agents, conveyancers and mortgage awards in 2021

The ESTAS Group says it will combine its awards events for agents, conveyancers and mortgage brokers in one ceremony in May...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide “may not survive” warns one of its biggest investors

An investment manager who has a 7.8 per cent stake in Countrywide, is warning that the agency group may not survive...

12 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s stamp duty holiday was never going to be enough

You have to feel for Rishi Sunak - well, at least a little. Leave to one side that he carries more presentational...

11 July 2020

From: Features

Upfront property information – we need to stop ‘going round the houses’

At a recent Conveyancing Association webinar focused on the provision of upfront information in the property sale process, there was a...

11 July 2020

From: Features

Fall throughs – the impact and the solutions revealed: Part Two

In the second of a series of articles, Emma Vigus, Managing Director of mio, the Estate Agents Sales Progression platform, explores...

11 July 2020

From: Features

Agents can sell properties at record speed with this key combination

There’s no doubt that Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the UK’s property market, after hundreds of thousands of house...

11 July 2020

From: Features

Prime central London prices to fall this year despite recent boost

Savills has revised its market forecast for the enclaves of prime central London and now says prices will fall by 2.0...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

NAEA Propertymark in PropTech deal to promote start-ups

NAEA Propertymark is partnering with a service called REACH UK, to promote selected PropTech start ups to agents who may need...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty mayhem? Conveyancers may not cope, warn agents

An estate agency is warning that the likely rush of transactions when the new stamp duty holiday ends next spring will...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty holiday unlikely to be replicated in Scotland

It looks like the stamp duty holiday for England and Northern Ireland, already in effect following yesterday’s announcement, is unlikely to...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Prices and sales volumes both improving in London - agency

The number of offers agreed on homes priced below £1m since mid-May is a healthy 41 per cent higher than the...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty changes and Furlough Bonus scheme announced by Sunak

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced that there will be no stamp duty on homes selling for £500,000 or...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cuts WON’T help the market - a contrary view

An industry analyst is challenging the long-established agents’ view that reducing or temporarily scrapping stamp duty would help the market. On the...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Challenger portal offers agents free access to data on all UK homes

One of the many free-to-list portals now vying for attention is offering agents six months free access to a platform boasting...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents give better treatment to buyers with British accents - claim

A new study of British agents suggests that buyers with accents from most of the rest of the world receive less...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Software and portals destroyed the personal touch of agency

Have you ever wondered how industry-specific software and property portals have influenced the typical estate agency of today? A new book, which...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Improving pipeline management with mio

Let’s face it sales progression is difficult and frustrating: 1)The process has never been properly joined up - the average chain has...

07 July 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Stamp Duty dithering could kill the market, warn angry agents

Agents have spoken out angrily against any uncertainty in the market caused by government leaks about future stamp duty changes. In recent...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost 90% of sales could have zero stamp duty says Zoopla

One of the possible stamp duty options floated by Chancellor Rishi Sunak could mean 89 per cent of sales would be...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies announce expansions despite Coronavirus crisis

Hunters has launched two additional franchise branches in Tower Bridge, London and Middleton, North Manchester, taking the company total to over...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Reach people where they are already looking for properties

How businesses can list properties on Facebook Marketplace   What is Facebook Marketplace? Marketplace is a discovery and search experience on Facebook designed to...

06 July 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Phil Spencer: How can agents help sellers overcome unsettled buyer market?

The property market has been reopen for almost eight weeks now and during that time demand from prospective buyers has soared. Rightmove...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Should ‘Master' bedroom be dropped from property descriptions?

The Black Lives Matter debate has reached the property industry with some agents dropping the term ‘Master bedroom’ from descriptions. The Times...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - latest movers into and across our industry

It’s a tough time for agents and our stories show a disturbingly high number of  branches closing - but there are...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who are the industry’s major trade bodies?

They are the names we hear about often, pushing for this or seeking clarifications on that. They are the representatives of...

04 July 2020

From: Features

Fall throughs – the impact and the solutions revealed

In the first of a series of articles, Emma Vigus, managing director of mio, the estate agent sales progression platform, explores the...

04 July 2020

From: Features

Property supply and demand - what's the latest and what's in store?

We recently issued our Zoopla House Price Index, which analyses the latest real-time trends from the sales market. In our analysis, we...

04 July 2020

From: Features

NAEA Propertymark chief executive to quit at the end of 2020

The chief executive of the National Association of Estate Agents, Mark Hayward, is to retire at the end of this year.  The...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Property licence plates’ launched - agents should use them says Propertymark

Propertymark is calling in the government for agents to be trained in the use of software operating the Unique Property Reference...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cut would NOT help the market, claims tax specialist

A prominent tax specialist has suggested that stamp duty cuts would not help improve the housing market, despite many agents suggesting...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents remain calm in the light of latest house price dip

Agents have remained calm in the light of Nationwide’s house price index which shows the first annual fall for eight years...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

The fraud risks facing the property sector as a result of Covid-19

Businesses across all sectors have struggled to adapt to the changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. One group that have bucked...

01 July 2020

From: Features

Code of Practice for Estate Agents set to change industry forever

A new estate agency Code of Practice is to be written by a group set up by the Royal Institution of Chartered...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Homesearch portal launches with two-week feedback period for agents

Homesearch, the long-awaited new free-to-list portal, launches today with a string of testimonials from supportive estate agents. The new portal announced at...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: another attempt at solving a problem that doesn't exist?

"New property website launches. Not immediately sure what it does differently, what its USP is or who will use it, but...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Leicester lockdown is warning to agents to abide by ‘new normal’

The return of non-essential businesses to lockdown in Leicester as a result of a localised spike in Coronavirus cases is a...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Improving collaboration between the parties involved in property transactions is key to delivering faster transactions and reducing fall throughs, but how can collaboration help Agents and how does mio help?

Collaboration creates a bigger market Iain White, of the Innovation Collaboration Group “the Estate Agency industry must recognise that collaboration will...

30 June 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks critic launches “agent-friendly” PropTech platform

A former City analyst best known for his scathing criticisms of Purplebricks has launched a PropTech platform that he describes as...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Shareholder ‘mini-revolt’ over Countrywide’s top brass pay

There appears to have been a small shareholder rebellion at Countrywide’s annual general meeting over the company’s remuneration of senior management. No...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency regulation: still no government action, one year on

The recommendations to regulate and train the estate agency industry put forward a year ago remain on the Housing Secretary’s desk...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Jenrick - Why his scandals matter to agents

It may be that by the time you read this it’s all over for Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for...

27 June 2020

From: Features

Sales progression – Why? How? Let’s get better

With three months of lockdown behind us, commission income is vital, and sales progression is more important than ever. Emma Vigus, Managing...

27 June 2020

From: Features

How to avoid delays as the property market recovers

Buyer registrations and sales enquiries are reportedly back to pre-Covid levels. Completions, however, are lagging behind. This is probably down to...

27 June 2020

From: Features

Countrywide loses 30% of income thanks to lockdown

Countrywide has released details of its trading performance, including the knock its income has received as a result of the housing...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Watch out Rightmove! 10,000 agents sign up to new rival portal

The challenger portal scheduled to launch in less than a week’s time on July 1 has secured the support of 10,000...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Emma Vigus, What twenty years in sales has taught me

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Emma Vigus, Managing Director of sales progression platform mio You’ve never...

25 June 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Capital idea - high numbers still moving out of London says agency

An analysis of Countrywide branch data outside London has revealed that one in 10 applicants who registered to buy were from...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Start-ups saving letting agents time and money will thrive

As we adjust to a life post-Covid-19, letting agents, landlords, and tenants are thinking - ways to speed up the process...

24 June 2020

From: Features

New homes delivery to plummet by a third despite high demand

There’s been a big rise in demand for new-builds since the lockdown according to figures from Knight Frank - but the...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ biggest critic warns over housing market uncertainty

The chief executive of a property information platform says now is a “dangerous time” to buy or sell homes because of...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New owners for agency that shut branches and created ‘hub’ structure

Midlands regional chain Andrew Grant, which last year closed some branches as it moved to a ‘hub’ structure, appears to have...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary Jenrick may be sacked shortly, says newspaper

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick - currently at the centre of a planning controversy - could be sacked in a September Cabinet reshuffle. The...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

One in six homeowners with mortgages now on payment break

One in six home owners with a mortgage across the UK are now on some form of payment holiday with lenders...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 June 2020

From: Features

Horses for courses - the rise of the personal agent

The phrase ‘game-changer’ has been hugely overused. But when applied to how Covid-19 is changing the way estate agents will work...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Losing control of client money poses serious risks for letting agents

Most letting agents don’t set up a business to become accountants but losing control of client money poses serious risks for...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Agents continue to adapt as property market bounces back from lockdown

The property market is used to change, and I’m confident it will bounce back from any lockdown effects. Despite being acutely aware...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Ker-ching!  Stamp duty refunds soar during Coronavirus crisis

A tax and legal specialist says there’s been a huge rise in stamp duty refund cases between March and June -...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency launches share offer for investors after rapid growth

One of the leading ‘new breed’ of hybrids relying on self-employed agents is opening a share offer to investors in a...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Market update: Three months before it's stable but signs are good

A market commentator says it will take up to three months before the housing market stabilises into the ‘new normal’ after...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The single version of the truth - myth or reality?

Imagine a Zoom call where ten people are discussing the same topic, but everyone speaks a different language and has a...

17 June 2020

From: Features

Ex-Countrywide CEO’s high praise for online agency’s success

A former chief executive of Countrywide has issued a string of extravagant claims about the lockdown success of the online agency...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Do we care that tech can now halve transaction times?

Tuesday mornings at 6am is usually my time to review all the latest PropTech news. This fires off ideas for my...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks and Emoov founders call for radical stamp duty reform

Online sector veterans Russell Quirk and Kenny Bruce have used social media to call for a temporary scrapping of all stamp...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency live-streaming all instructions to cope with demand

An estate agency with a reputation for PropTech innovation says it now live-streams all instructions in a bid to operate more...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Converting your pipeline to income faster

As we emerge from lockdown, quickly progressing sales to completion is vital to replace lost commission income.  What role can mio...

15 June 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Cashflow crisis likely for agents later this year - warning

Estate agents are likely to get through the next five to six months even if the market falls away - but...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rush hour! Agents agree huge sales volumes since market reopened

Data released this morning by Rightmove suggests that agents in England have agreed no fewer than 40,000 sales since the market...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Gurus lure another prominent agent for central London

The new YOUhome Property Gurus agency has announced another key hire to strengthen its central London activities.  The agency, set up by...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Second politician named in Jenrick ‘cash for favours’ controversy

Housing minister Chris Pincher has now been named in media investigations into allegations concerning his political boss, Robert Jenrick, and the...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Why every political party is pro-tenant, anti-landlord

Back in the day, party politics and the private rental sector used to be straightforward. Conservatives were pro-landlord, Labour were pro-tenant, while...

13 June 2020

From: Features

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