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Conquering Corona - more guidance and special deals for agents

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

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Struggling agencies may be helped by new insolvency measures

Former housing minister Alok Sharma has revealed new measures to allow agencies and other businesses to avoid insolvency during the virus...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage offers likely to be extended up to three months

Two financial trade bodies say most mortgage providers will give customers who have exchanged contracts the option to extend their mortgage...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 March 2020

From: Features

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

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

28 March 2020

From: Features

Enough is enough – an alternative view on portal subscription fees

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

28 March 2020

From: Features

Rightmove taking appropriate measures to shore up company

Rightmove has this morning told its shareholders it is “taking appropriate measures” to shore up the company. It gives no indication of...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: definitive government guidance on buying and selling

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

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Unmanaged vacant properties may invalidate insurance - claim

Owners and investors who may be leaving their properties empty in the current Coronavirus crisis risk having their insurance invalidated. High-end property...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agents set to benefit from government aid package

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

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More guidance and advice to the agency industry - Conquering Corona

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

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers shun Shared Ownership for Help to Buy

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

25 March 2020

From: Features

PropTech Today: industry chiefs helping agents through tough times

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

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Suppliers and trade groups helping agents Conquering Corona

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

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendors can create video tours for agents to market - here’s how…

A video has been launched this morning explaining how agents can get their sellers and landlords to use iPhones to make...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agent MP says he wants Coronavirus cash for his firm

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

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove and Zoopla unveil offers for agents

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

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Warning that agents are being “bled dry” by portals

A free-to-list property portal is warning the estate agency industry that it’s facing “dark days” thanks to the Coronavirus crisis and...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona legal Q&A, market tracker and how one agency is handling it…

Hello - here we are with Friday’s help and advice.  A reminder, if you need it, that we want to share your...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket gives short-term 33% discounts to ‘full price’ agents

OnTheMarket this morning announced what it calls “a payment support initiative” for those agents paying full-price membership. It’s for three months and...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s desperate plea to government over business rates

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New webinars, contingency plans, trade group info - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the next batch of guidance and advice from different sectors of the industry, many from influential trade groups. It’s...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Auction houses shut their doors and use PropTech to keep going

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Why negative reviews are the secret to success for agents

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

18 March 2020

From: Features

Rightmove introducing deferred payment scheme for some agents

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Guidance on home working, staff rights, security - Conquering Corona

Good morning and welcome to the industry’s daily update on how we cope with the challenge of social distancing and self-isolation...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Surveyors’ firm wound-up after lying to clients over success rate

A surveyors’ firm has been wound up after courts declared that it had misled clients over the success of its core...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New Countrywide Calamity - top exec quits before he even joins the firm

It's been revealed this evening that Bruce Marsh, who was to become Countrywide's chief operating officer, is now not going to...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

A Good News story - agent makes good on his hospital bed promise...

We all need some good news right now and thanks to Beresfords Property Group, we have one! The firm’s Witham branch manager, Jordan...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Disaster for Countrywide as LSL pulls out of takeover talks

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

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: guidance and news for agents facing the virus

Estate Agent Today is launching a daily service to help agents facing the Coronavirus threat. This is where you’ll find news, advice...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency rocked by large number of senior figures quitting

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

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - new jobs, new people, new companies,…

Hello and as it’s Monday it’s PJT Day - and there are plenty of people moving jobs in our industry even...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove market report outpaced by Coronavirus impact

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

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 March 2020

From: Features

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

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

14 March 2020

From: Features

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

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

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket settles long-standing dispute with Connells

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

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Viewings hit by the virus? Agents offered unique ‘virtual alternative’

A Spanish housebuilder’s bespoke system to allow prospective buyers to view properties without visiting is being offered to the UK agency...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - fund-raising continues despite the challenge

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

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency reduced to shock tactics criticising High St firms

Nested is the latest online agency to base a marketing campaign around criticism of established estate agents.  In three 30-second TV ads...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

RICS’ survey shows demand growing before virus worries hit

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

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What is Section 8?

With confirmation that Section 21 will be scrapped, how can agents get ready for life after no-fault evictions? The short answer is...

11 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide admits major hold-up of 'vital' deal to sell commercial arm

Countrywide has revealed a major hold-up in its supposedly "vital" sale of its commercial arm - and it is now seeking...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: mortgage holidays announced by some lenders

There has been broad support and relief amongst property industry players following announcements from several lenders that they would grant mortgage...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: uncertain times to accelerate mergers and failures

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

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

LSL warns over Coronavirus as takeover talks with Countrywide continue

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

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ian Springett sacked by OnTheMarket board with immediate effect

OnTheMarket has announced this morning that it has given notice to its chief executive, Ian Springett, with immediate effect. The troubled portal's...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The early agent catches the client through an online valuation…

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

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

How will the coronavirus affect estate agents?

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

07 March 2020

From: Features

Sellers desert online agents for High Street rivals, says Zoopla

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

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - wonderful sentiments in challenging times

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

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Electrical checks – how to get ahead of the current

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

04 March 2020

From: Features

Agents’ safety boosted by PropTech location alarm system

A PropTech firm claims it will improve the security of estate agents and other lone workers through a new app and location...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Knock Knock: Ex-Purplebricks duo pledge to “shake up industry”

A new hybrid set up by ex-Purplebricks territory owners says it wants to "redefine estate agency in the customer's favour." Knock Knock...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards demands “material information” in property details

Trading Standards says agents must include more “material information” in property details even if this may not be a wholly positive...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Four-year high for mortgage approvals in pre-virus period

Mortgage lenders approved the highest number of loans for house purchase in nearly four years in January, according to Bank of...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister launches 'home of the future' competition

The government has launched a competition to attract what it calls “the best and brightest talents of the housing industry” to...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit clarity allows house price leap - but Brexit uncertainty returns

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

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry welcome for clampdown on developers’ leasehold sales

There’s been a broad welcome from agents and other industry organisations for the latest report from the Competition and Markets Authority...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

29 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

29 February 2020

From: Features

SUCCESS STORY: How to win at Financial Services

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

28 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Transaction times slashed and fall-throughs cut by new agents toolkit

The National Association of Estate Agents has launched its Sales Protocol Toolkit, in a bid to reduce fall-throughs and dramatically improve...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to probe house raffle problems

Future complaints about property raffles by individual home owners seeking to avoid estate agency fees will in future be handled by...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Postcode in the UK: All the Facts You Should Know

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

26 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

The future of renting for property service providers

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

26 February 2020

From: Features

First merger disclosure forms filed by Countrywide and LSL

Both Countrywide and LSL Property Services have submitted early online paperwork to The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, an independent body...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Agency mergers and new business models

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

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on new-build second homes going to a vote tomorrow

Another westcountry town may ban new-build homes being sold as holiday properties, even though the idea has backfired elsewhere. Fowey in Cornwall -...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents asked to confess if their firm has been price-fixing

A new call has been issued this morning by the Competition and Markets Authority for estate agents to confess if their...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Underpaid agents told: ‘You can earn £200k a year in a hybrid firm’

An estate agent who has himself made the move from the High Street to a hybrid operation has urged anyone in...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: Countrywide admits ‘mega merger’ talks with LSL underway

Countrywide and LSL Property Services have this morning confirmed that talks are underway about a possible mega-merger. This confirms the speculation yesterday that...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Up, Up, Up: transactions surge in early 2020 says HMRC

There’s been a significant rise in the number of transactions recorded in January - another sign of an improving housing market...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and LSL planning £500m 'super-agency' merger - claim

Sky News claims that Countrywide and LSL Property Services are discussing a merger to become a £500m super-agency.  In an exclusive it...

23 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets - should there be selective bans?

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

22 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

22 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

22 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

22 February 2020

From: Features

Conveyancer claims pioneering app will speed up transactions

A conveyancing firm has launched what it claims to be one of the first ever apps for vendors and buyers in...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Jed Topping, Business Development Executive for Virgin Media

Who are you? Jed Topping, Business Development Executive for Virgin Media How can sales and letting agents work with Virgin Media to earn extra revenue?...

20 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: vital sale appears stalled despite “imminent” claim

Countrywide is remaining silent over the stalled sale of its commercial arm. The troubled agency group’s share price dropped over 3.5 per...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Business rates: NAEA plea rebuffed by sacked government minister

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

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

A quarter of consumers don't use portals to conduct property searches

New research shows that 77 per cent of consumers use portals to conduct property searches - meaning, surprisingly, that almost a...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: reports of cyberfraud phishing emails

A number of estate agents have recently received phishing emails, fraudulently claiming to be from the main portals and trying to...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today: a bumper bundle of movers and shakers

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

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Mansion Tax scrapped after PM vetoes the idea

The government will not announce a Mansion Tax at next month’s Budget. It was first reported by the Sunday Telegraph a week ago,...

16 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 February 2020

From: Features

Mandatory qualification legislation - an educator’s view

As residential sales and lettings professionals we are conditioned to adapt to change, it’s the nature of the profession. However, developments...

15 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing minister Esther McVey sacked by Boris Johnson

Esther McVey has been sacked as housing minister; she was the ninth housing minister in as many years. Her successor is the...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government told to raise stamp duty threshold to trigger recovery

The government has been told that raising the stamp duty threshold would both trigger more house moves, and bring the tax...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More Valentines windows - have a heart if you can bear it…

Thanks so much for your responses to our request for Valentines office window displays - we didn’t realise February 14 was...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

How can estate and letting agents do simple charity work?

At Agents Giving, we work with estate and letting agents and suppliers across the UK to encourage, support and promote your...

12 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide silent on why due diligence didn’t spot sale problem

Countrywide is declining to explain why due diligence on the sale of its commercial arm did not catch a problem which...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister McVey to be sacked this week, briefings suggest

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

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

08 February 2020

From: Features

Countrywide shock: Mystery delay in sale of part of company

Countrywide has revealed a mysterious delay in the sale of its commercial arm, Lambert Smith Hampton - a sale considered crucial for the...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Discounted homes for first time buyers scheme unveiled by government

The government has announced its First Homes scheme - a policy under which it says some new homes will see their...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager

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

06 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 February 2020

From: Features

PropTech Today: What can 80 conveyancers teach PropTech?

“It appears conveyancers either aren’t too concerned with PropTech right now, or they don’t yet have all the information needed to...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Review site in Purplebricks row now at war with Trustpilot

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

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Online valuation chief says website widget needs marketing back-up

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

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Compulsory Qualifications: politicians to meet group this week

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

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the very latest industry movers and shakers

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

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

01 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

01 February 2020

From: Features

Agency folds after 235 years in business - but why?

Mystery surrounds a historic agency that has ceased trading after 235 years in business - even though its website is still...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

When it comes to big decisions, the public haven’t a clue…

Is that a headline appropriate for Brexit Day? Surely not. No, instead it’s a description of the results of a survey...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency denies any responsibility for cyber security breach

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

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Don’t use an online agent! Lawyer makes warning to sellers

A leading property lawyer is urging sellers not to use online agents because to do so would be “a gamble”. Gillian Wright...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How to make your customer journey count

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

29 January 2020

From: Features

Portals to be at the heart of house buying reforms

Rightmove and Zoopla have been working with key figures from government and the agency and conveyancing industries on how to reform...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Every agent must pass qualification exams in ‘new era’

Some older estate agents may end up retiring when mandatory examinations and qualifications are introduced as there will be no ‘free...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Owners’ Logbooks essential for easier house-buying, say conveyancers

Logbooks about properties must be made available up-front at the point of marketing and not later in the buying process if...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More agents and property firms show “significant financial distress”

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

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More positive market news as agents report annual rise in sales

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

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Agent sued over alleged mis-measurement

A buyer is apparently suing a London estate agent over a discrepancy in a property description. The Mirror newspaper reports that the...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements: industry and public split on whether they work

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

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2020

From: Features

Brexit challenges for agents and the property industry

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

25 January 2020

From: Features

A fundamental misalignment of interests between agents and portals

Property portals generate revenue from estate agents regardless of the outcome of the transaction. This relationship has resulted in a fundamental...

25 January 2020

From: Features

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

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

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Home ownership amongst young people up after a decade of decline

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

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty receipts down again - agency demands government action

Data from HM Revenue & Customs shows tax receipts from stamp duty fell a further 5.2 per cent between 2018 and...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How digitisation will change conveyancing – for the better

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

22 January 2020

From: Features

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

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

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

easyProperty franchise gets over the line with rugby star buyer

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

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can capture automated valuation leads even if they quit process

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

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group reveals new software deal for members

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

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Reapit takes another step towards end-to-end digital home buying

Reapit has joined a consortium attempting to make the long-anticipated end-to-end digital home buying process a reality. It’s joined the IPN Consortium,...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - movers and shakers across the industry

Hello and welcome to a new week, and a new edition of PJT. If you’re on the move or your firm has...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Market Fever! Rightmove records highest-ever January price rise

There’s been an average asking price rise of 2.3 per cent in the past four weeks - the biggest ever increase...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - meet the teenager who is shaking up agency marketing

Following on from the second half of the last decade, the first few weeks of 2020 have been a bit mad...

18 January 2020

From: Features

The six crimes of modern-day call handling

Six common ‘crimes of modern-day call handling’ are blighting UK estate and letting agencies and hampering their growth, reputation and profitability. These...

18 January 2020

From: Features

Why pent-up demand will drive the property market this year

As I look towards this year, I am sure that my thoughts are the same as many within the industry. I am...

18 January 2020

From: Features

Digital Search Delays: Land Registry plans in disarray

HM Land Registry appears to be making painfully slow progress on digitising land charge search data - contrary to its earlier...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Is mortgage-provision a growth area for estate agents?

A new analysis from a financial services trade body shows that gross mortgage lending is expected to rise significantly in the...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More market optimism as mortgage approvals show uptick

The  number of mortgage approvals rose 1.9 per cent in the final month of last year according to e.surv’s mortgage data...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tory tiff prompts gossip about yet another new Housing Minister

He’s a young and very wealthy up-and-coming MP in his 30s, a Cambridge graduate who also studied in the US and...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 - the year of Airbnb, and the opportunity for agents

Over the past decade, the short-term rental industry, now eponymised by Airbnb, has experienced meteoric growth. This has been driven by the...

15 January 2020

From: Features

Watch out Rightmove! Zoopla reveals huge rise in branches joining

Zoopla has revealed large growth in agency membership and visitor figures for 2019. Since being bought by US equity firm Silver Lake,...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The negotiator role will disappear - what replaces it?

I don’t want this to be a long piece. I want this to be short and sharp. I want it to...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Election result has led to market turnaround says Savills

Savills says the decisive General Election result appears to have suddenly turned the market around and gave “a strong close to...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New buying agency launches as London market shows recovery

A new buying agency has launched, aimed at well-heeled purchasers and sellers.  Called Xander Prime it says it is “acting on behalf...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The Property Ombudsman to quit role in November

The Property Ombudsman role is being advertised. The current Ombudsman, Katrine Sporle, is giving up the role in November after five years in...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock data shows UK agents amongst the worst paid in the world

UK estate agents are amongst the worst paid in any country in the world according to new data. Digital marketing firm Yell...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - New Year, New Job Moves…

Hello and welcome to the first PJT of 2020 - a new decade and, for many, a time of new opportunities. We’re always...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, two years after Platt - time for the last rites?

In six years of editing Estate Agent Today, some of my most dramatic moments have been covering the troubles - some...

11 January 2020

From: Features

Quarter of sales fell through in 2019 says buying firm

Almost exactly one quarter of house sales in England and Wales fell through prior to completion according to new figures. In the...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More reforms on their way as government ponders leasehold changes

The Law Commission has set out three ways to cut the cost that leaseholders have to pay to buy the freehold...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - no stepping back from fund-raising…

Stepping back and moving out of the front line is all the rage…but not, it seems, for hard-working agents and others...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove ‘vulnerable’ because of its bad relationship with agents - claim

There’s a warning today that Rightmove could be vulnerable to losing its number one portal status because it has such a...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Emoov online review row deepens as CMA probes wider problem

There have been two developments on the controversial subject of online reviews. One concerns the online agency Emoov, which three months ago...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce Begins?: bumper house price rise reported by the Halifax

House prices rose 4.0 per cent in 2019 according to Britain’s biggest mortgage lender Halifax, as a December bounce - some...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Dragons Den duo offer agents free trial of comms info

Agents are being offered a two week free trial of a service giving mobile telephone signal strength information and broadband connectivity...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How can agents build an inclusive rental society and trust with tenants?

We are facing a new world in the lettings industry, with the proportion of households in the private rented sector (PRS)...

08 January 2020

From: Features

Transaction time slashed to 11 days by digital conveyancing

A digital platform claims its taken “a massive step” towards speeding up property sales with what it says is the first...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal pledges to remain free to list for agents - forever

A property portal says that it’s going to remain free to list for estate and letting agents - and that pledge...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The Whole Nine Miles - the distance of a typical house move in 2019

The typical house move in 2019 turned out to be just nine miles - and large numbers of buyers moved within...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Emily Hawthorne, mio Account Manager for the South West of England

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Emily Hawthorne, mio Account Manager for the South West of...

07 January 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Agency staffing crisis is worst in a generation says recruitment guru

A leading industry recruitment expert says our industry is facing its worst personnel shortage in a generation. Anthony Hesse, managing director of...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Academy star quits hybrid agency after just eight months

Nicky Stevenson, formerly the managing director of the Property Academy, has quit hybrid agency Keller Williams UK after just eight months. Stevenson’s...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group's latest branch takes it to new part of the UK

Chancellors Estate Agents is next month opening its newest branch in Swindon - the first time the company has operated in...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the first industry moves of 2020

Hello and welcome to the first Property Jobs Today of 2020 - and we’ve plenty to report even with the New...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents upbeat at prospects for improved market in 2020

Annual UK house price growth exceeded one per cent for the first time in 12 months in December according to the...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2020?

After a year dogged by Brexit deadlock, political turmoil, and slow growth, estate agents’ confidence in the property market hit a...

04 January 2020

From: Features

Property Natter: the most revolutionary software product on the market?

First things first, a big happy New Year to everyone. Welcome to 2020! It looks set to be another interesting year...

04 January 2020

From: Features

More High Street agents will go under this year - shock warning

A warning has been issued by a prominent industry figure that more bricks-and-mortar High Street agents will go under in 2020,...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New ‘easy moving’ conveyancing app wins praise from Zoopla founder

Alex Chesterman, the entrepreneur who founded Zoopla, has given vocal backing to a new conveyancing app called Thirdfort. The app allows conveyancers’...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Spike in mortgage applications may create a Happy New Year for agents

Analysts are putting a surprise surge in mortgage approvals from banks down to a spike in applications ahead of the General...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy New Decade … and a look back at three EAT stories from 2010

Here it is - the start of a new decade, a moment for resolutions and remembrance, and the last Bank Holiday...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

North-South housing divide slammed into reverse in 2019, says Halifax

The year just ending was when the North-South divide in house prices and capital appreciation slammed into reverse gear according to...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Higher fees generated through PropTech says senior agent

A senior regional estate agent says the appliance of PropTech has helped his company streamline communications, reduce sales times, and generate...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Five things to watch for in 2020

A new year dawns - but will 2020 bring new change for the agency industry now that the market appears to...

28 December 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket raises £3.4m and buys into PropTech firm

OnTheMarket has this morning announced it has raised £3.4m through a placing of shares. It has placed 4,857,143 new ordinary shares at a...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

See it here first! Zoopla’s new ad going live on Boxing Day

Zoopla is launching a new eight week marketing campaign on Boxing Day - and Estate Agent Today has an exclusive look at...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris and Brexit won’t boost transaction volumes in 2020 warns RICS

The new mood of apparent political stability promoted by supporters of Boris Johnson and Brexit appears to have failed to win...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

On The Up: UK’s city house prices rise 54% in a decade

Major UK cities have seen average house price rises of 54 per cent in the past decade - an increase of...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Bah Humbug - Do we do too much for first-time buyers?

There are reasons to be optimistic that a majority government will improve the housing market, simply by ending political and economic...

21 December 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: let’s talk about conveyancing

It’s one of the most crucial aspects of the homebuying and selling process but is too often bogged down by frustrating...

21 December 2019

From: Features

30% ‘first timer’ discount: Top agent’s key questions for government

A former residential chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has posed key questions for the government to answer over...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb not subject to estate agency or lettings agency rules, says EU

The European Union’s highest court has ruled that Airbnb is not subject to strict rules governing estate and lettings agents in...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Details of 30% discounts for 'First Home' local buyers revealed

The government has given details of a scheme allowing 30 per cent reductions for what it calls ‘local first time buyers’...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks leads UK league table of agents with available properties

An unknown website called EA League Tables has issued a list of agencies and agency-groups which it claims shows their order by...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents say latest index fails to capture post-election optimism

Government figures from the Office for National Statistics show that house prices across the UK rose by a mere 0.7 per...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency franchise snapped up by husband and wife team

A  husband and wife team have bought the franchise for EweMove in York. Local media in the area say Jonathan and Elly...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - will the home of 2040 be a blank physical space?

“There won’t be a single home but millions of different homes”, is one quote.  “There will be an end to gadgets”, is...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla repels cyber attack on its Alto software

Zoopla has repelled a cyber attack on its Alto property software - with no breach of customer agents’ personal data. It has...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the final moves before Christmas

Hello and welcome to the final Property Jobs Today before Christmas - and yes, there are still plenty of people moving...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Corbyn Road homeowners say they fear a price fall

Home owners on Corbyn Road in a Midlands town are seeking a name change because they fear house prices will plummet. The...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Searches: consumer chief and Propertymark leader join trade body

The Council of Property Search Organisations has named three industry figures as members of its newly-formed compliance committee, set to regulate...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what has the last decade meant for the property industry?

Yes, believe it or not, we’ve nearly reached the end of a whole decade. And what an eventful decade it’s been. We’ve...

14 December 2019

From: Features

What does the new RICS Home Survey Standard mean for agents?

As part of its commitment to promoting and enforcing high standards, RICS has launched its Home Survey Standard, which will become...

14 December 2019

From: Features

The government’s PropTech plans have the potential to be good news for agents

In the firmest sign yet that PropTech has entered the mainstream, Housing Minister Esther McVey recently launched an expert advisory council...

14 December 2019

From: Features

Delivering client care with a wow – the case for outsourcing

Outsourcing important business functions such as marketing, HR and IT to attract cost savings, leverage expertise and gain greater competitive advantage is...

14 December 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks: so what do Local Property Experts REALLY earn?

A statement made by Purplebricks in its trading statement yesterday appears to fly in the face of statements it has made...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket “has yet to deliver a shred of value” says City analyst

A high-profile investment advice service says as OnTheMarket nears two years listed on the stock market it “has yet to deliver...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Big Tory win: but agents warn over Stamp Duty and Section 21

It’s a substantial Tory government for the next five years: what does this mean for estate agents, property and the market? We have...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

The election is over and there’s nothing on the agenda except the run-up to Christmas - although there’s still time for...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Sale of house blocked by judge until owner pays council fine

An unlicensed landlord who let out rooms with dangerous electrics and refused to pay a civil fine, has been told he...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Blow for agents as buyer enquiries drop again ahead of today's election

The latest snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows that the UK housing market is still on hold, pending...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

The PropTech Revolution: Three Pillars of Digital Transformation

When we launched Reapit’s Foundations Platform as a Service (PaaS) in November, it may have seemed like a recent development in...

11 December 2019

From: Features

Is home purchase via blockchain now closer to becoming mainstream?

A new tie-up between Coadjute, a network for decentralised workflow and data sharing within the property industry, and banks including NatWest...

11 December 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Foxtons closes more branches as London market woe goes on - report

Foxtons is reported to have closed four more branches across London, backing up widespread industry speculation that the agency is retrenching further in...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket’s Chas & Dave advert back again from Boxing Day

OnTheMarket’s TV advert, promoting its ‘New & exclusive’ feature, will be back on screens from Boxing Day ahead of what it calls a...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: a new year, a new you - resolutions for 2020

Yes, you can promise yourself that you won't eat all the mince pies, or yet another roast potato, nor drink as...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Emma Vigus, Managing Director of mio

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Emma Vigus, Managing Director of mio What is mio and what...

10 December 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Be a TV star! Call for agents to ‘own their areas’ on social media

A leading estate agent has urged others in the industry to follow his example and make local TV programmes to build...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Bizarre: Humberts website displays false number for customers

Humberts has signed off in bizarre style leaving only false contact details on its website. The historic agency - which closed several...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Portals say they're ready for big changes to agencies and house sales

The portals say they are ready and willing to play their part in changes approaching the industry, ranging from new agency...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Dogs, Elton’s glasses and a fine poem - agents Step Into Christmas

Christmas gets ever closer and we’re delighted that you’re sending in those splendid festive videos and still photographs. Everyone today got in...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal Fees: Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM explain their charges

We recently asked readers for their questions to the portals - the questions they couldn’t really ask their local reps, but...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firms link to maximise valuation leads for agents

PropTech services The ValPal Network and Loop Software have launched an integration which they say will reduce admin and maximise valuation opportunities...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - plenty of movers as Christmas nears

Hello and welcome to PJT: even with little more than a fortnight before Christmas it seems there are still plenty of...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Humberts one-stop-shop hub experiment comes crashing down

Humberts' experiment rejecting branches and promoting a supposedly one-stop-shop for property related services has failed with reports that the firm is likely...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: The housing crisis remains a top issue

With Brexit still unresolved, the domestic agenda has been pushed from the headlines by the seemingly overwhelming public and political discord...

07 December 2019

From: Features

Will flight-shaming kill the overseas holiday home?

There used to be a consolation for some estate agents at this time of year - while it was wintry and...

07 December 2019

From: Features

A winning combination: pick ‘n mix the best practices from Australia

The Australian agent is a very different beast to his or her British counterpart - and it’s not just because we...

06 December 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: A lesson about agents, technology and human contact

Everyone thought John Bercow was short. It probably didn’t help that I was on stage just before him. 5ft 6 versus...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

White label online agency platform links with marketing service

love2move, which offers High Street agents a white-labelled digital platform that allows them to offer online services to vendors, has revealed...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov unmoved: row with Advertising Standards Authority rumbles on

The dispute between controversial online estate agency Emoov and the Advertising Standards Authority is rumbling on.  In the first half of November...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Elves and Elections - more agency Christmas fun caught on camera

We’ve really hit the ground running with our appeal for Christmas pictures and videos from your offices this year - thanks...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal advises agents to prepare for festive rush of leads

Zoopla is advising agents to prepare for a festive rush of leads. The portal says it expects a 60  per cent month-on-month increase...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - early December movers and shakers…

Hello and welcome to the latest PJT, your weekly opportunity to catch up on who’s moving where and why across our...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

We’re Off! Your Christmas pictures are here as agents go festive

We’re now into December and many offices are already decorated for the festive season - and we have our first pictures...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned on GDPR compliance after huge £12.4m fine

The National Association of Estate Agents is warning UK agents to take stock of their data collection and retention procedures following...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Day in the life of a London sales director

In the latest part of the Natter’s ‘day in the life of’ series, I catch up with Chris Osmond, sales director...

30 November 2019

From: Features

Here’s why agents need to keep a keen eye on the Christmas Prize

Property voyeurism and the festive season have long been bedfellows for many Brits. The heady combination of over-indulgence and regret, close proximity...

30 November 2019

From: Features

Training - how can you be the best estate agent?

Here at sales progression and communication tool mio, we recently caught up with Sarah Edmundson, co-director of The AllStars Group, the...

30 November 2019

From: Features

Technology can give letting agents new life instead of a slow death

No one would argue that unfair fees and practices by rogue landlords is a problem that should be ignored, but the...

30 November 2019

From: Features

Cash-strapped Countrywide sells commercial arm, extends credit facility

Cash-strapped Countrywide has this morning announced that it is selling its commercial business, Lambert Smith Hampton, for £38m. In a surprise statement...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

New specialist portal recruits agents to take on Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM

A new portal has been launched aiming to take on Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket in the retirement property sector - and...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Members-only online club being launched for property professionals

A new digital ‘members-only club’ is being launched for property professionals around the world.  The Eighth Door is a web and app-based...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as December arrives and temperatures fall…

It’s beginning to look a lot like…we’re running a very popular service for agents, as we’ve been inundated with more fund-raising...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: new app allows agents to test interest in properties pre-sale

A new app is being launched which allows agents to gauge possible interest in a property before it is formally put...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Georgian pile raffled because Brexit and stamp duty deter buyers

A Georgian mansion described as an oasis of seclusion and including a lake with 2,000 fish is being raffled by its...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime London new build sales plummet even before SDLT surcharge

The latest figures from investment consultancy London Central Portfolio suggests new build sales have plummeted in prime areas of the capital...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

EA Today: mio welcomes a refreshing take on estate agents’ attitudes to sales progression

28th NOVEMBER 2019: Christopher Watkin’s recent thought-provoking interview with Dan Marsden sheds light on the property industry today and offers an...

27 November 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Michelle O’Brien, Account Manager of mio

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Michelle O’Brien, mio Account Manager for Home Counties North What is...

27 November 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Election preview - what are the key issues for agents?

In just over two weeks, the UK population will head to the polls for the fourth general election since 2010. Of course,...

27 November 2019

From: Features

Charge! Low emissions and low costs for agency’s electric cars

A sales and lettings agency in the Cotswolds has taken on a fleet of fully electric company cars. The Volkswagen eGolfs selected...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Smart contracts and their impact on trust

I got an overnight flight to Nigeria yesterday. I landed at 5am local time and am only just now getting sensation...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Election uncertainty continue to dampen market

The latest market snapshot from the National Association of Estate Agents continues to show how political uncertainty is dampening sentiment and...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agent slashes franchise fee and says: ‘Make me an offer’

It normally costs estate or lettings agents £10,000 to buy a franchise for the online company called The Good Estate Agent...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty hike for foreign buyers ‘contradicts Brexit claim’

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

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest movers and shakers…

Hello and welcome to the final Property Jobs Today for November - the festive month of December is just around the...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Are UK agency leaders ready for the Millennial workforce?

In a new video interview, Steve Carroll, director of industry relations at Real Estate Group, tells industry commentator Christopher Watkin why...

23 November 2019

From: Features

The changing profile of first-time buyers

Recent Zoopla reports stating that first-time buyers are deciding against purchasing one-bedroom flats came as no surprise to me, or I’m...

23 November 2019

From: Features

Stamp Duty Reform: have the Conservatives got cold feet?

Pressure is building on the Conservative party to honour its previous commitment to reform stamp duty for British buyers and sellers...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Forget For Sale boards - spend the money on digital marketing instead

The head of a new property portal is urging agents to forget about spending money on For Sale and To Let...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges ‘revolution’ based on revamped council housing

Labour is pledging a “housing revolution” with the biggest council house building programme for decades Its manifesto being launched today will include new...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Make gazumping illegal! Overwhelming majority favour complete ban

A new survey suggests that an overwhelming majority of householders want a legal ban on gazumping. The result is likely to be...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Why agents need to embrace the incremental revenue

It’s easier than you might think. For any agent the challenge of making a business successful is hard work with the focus...

20 November 2019

From: Features

Exclusive: online agency at centre of new complaints over reviews

An online estate agency which last week claimed it had resolved a dispute over reviews it showed on its website is...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is property management real estate's most undervalued area?

Last week, it was announced that Plentific, the London-based tenant experience, has raised $32 million in Series B funding. Plentific’s model sees...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells brand at centre of OnTheMarket dispute opens new office

A Connells’ agency brand arguably best known because of legal action by OnTheMarket is to open its 21st office. Cheshire property consultancy...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

More first time buyers but fewer landlords, according to mortgage data

There was an increase in the number of first time buyers getting on the property ladder in September compared to the...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the delays that make house-buying painfully slow

A PropTech firm has calculated the different delays that lead to transactions taking an average 120 days (and often much longer)...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Help catch heartless thieves who stole agent's two charity boxes

The police in Crewe are appealing for information after two charity boxes were stolen from an estate agent in the town.  The...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock estimate that 10 agencies a week have gone bust in 2019

A shock prediction from a property management firm suggests that around 10 estate agencies have gone bust every week in Britain...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buyers who paid £100k deposit sue vendors after withdrawing offer

The prospective buyers of a home in Oxfordshire who paid a deposit of £108,000 before withdrawing are suing the sellers in...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: do agents need to adapt to modern communication methods?

As we know, the world’s moving very fast and how we communicate now is drastically different to even 10 years ago....

16 November 2019

From: Features

Why you should donate your unwanted coats to charity this winter

Last winter, Agents Giving had a fantastic response to our Winter Coat Drive, which saw the collection of more than 1,500...

16 November 2019

From: Features

Portals: How much does YOUR branch pay?

The big question for the industry at the moment is the cost and future of portals.  This is especially key for agents...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons bonus row: pay chief steps down with immediate effect

Foxtons has revealed that the chair of the troubled agency’s remuneration committee has stood down with immediate effect. This are also unconfirmed...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency sells new homes overseas and charges ‘no marketing fees’

A sales agency based in Warrington and set up originally to market new homes in Manchester is now expanding into Shanghai...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the wet-and-cold start-of-winter edition...

Well there’s little doubt that after this week’s weather winter is well on the way - the perfect time for fund-raising...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks claims it sells three times more than next biggest agent

Purplebricks claims it actually sells - not just lists - three times more than the UK’s next largest estate agency.  The claim...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons Fat Cats: new bonus policy created after shareholders’ revolt

Troubled London estate agency Foxtons says it has rewritten its remuneration policy for its senior management following a shareholder revolt at...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Sales held up as more searches miss 10 day deadline

A PropTech company that monitors search times for transactions says only just over two thirds of them are now completed in...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Election mean no market improvement until next year

This morning’s new market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors confirms the worst - that the market is in...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech takes centre stage at industry conference next week

Technology forms the backbone of the Relocation Agent Network National Conference and Exhibition in London on November 22.  The event will include...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The next generation of renters - are you ready to find them a home?

You don’t need to go far to find news about the UK lettings market. From the banning of tenant fees to...

13 November 2019

From: Features

Rightmove in the clear over amazing claim made in advertisement

Rightmove has been given the green light to continue using the claim that “every second someone contacts an estate agent about a...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: increased tech awareness - data remains a weak link

KPMG published its Global PropTech Survey 2019 last week with the title: Is your digital future in the right hands? Interesting question:...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent recruitment: experience isn’t key, says personnel guru

The head of the UK’s longest-established agency recruitment consultancy says experience and qualifications are not key when looking for new staff. Property...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: “multiple agents may quit Rightmove” says new group

“Multiple”members of the new trade body, the Federation of Independent Agents, are considering cancelling their subscriptions to Rightmove. FIA founder Graham Lock...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-High Street agents swing over to Hybrid model - and claim it works

Two separate former High Street estate agents have sung the praise of switching to the hybrid business model. Appleby’s in Gloucestershire is...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Exec behind Rightmove’s massive profitability will quit next year

Rightmove has announced that Robyn Perris is to step down as finance director next year after 12 years at the company. During...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency starts weekly online auctions as public demand steps up

An estate agency says it is now holding weekly online auctions in addition to its bi-monthly traditional ‘showroom’ auctions. Loveitts, which operates...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Hello, we hope you had a good weekend, and welcome to Monday - as ever, Property Jobs Today time, bringing you...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Five years in Prime London: prices down 15% and supply 45% down

The latest market snapshot of prime central London suggests that homes there are now 15.2 per cent cheaper than five years...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Is this how Reservation Agreements will work?

Reservation Agreements are the subject of the moment in the agency industry. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is to...

09 November 2019

From: Features

Agents Do Charity: the close shave for the hairy upper lip edition…

If you haven’t noticed, it’s November already - a month where it’s increasingly popular for men to grow moustaches for charity....

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks claims 4% market share but admits revenue stays flat

Purplebricks has this morning released a brief and relatively downbeat trading statement to the City and its shareholders. The statement applies to the...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Breakthrough as agent sells apartments without ground rents

A London estate agency says a new scheme of apartments being launched for sale this weekend will be the first ever...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

30 sellers to each buyer if Corbyn wins, predicts anti-Labour agent

A stridently anti-Labour estate agent has launched a stinging attack on the Opposition’s policies and has issued a stark warning of...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Reapit’s new platform “to take away manual grunt work” from agents

Reapit has launched a platform, cloud infrastructure and marketplace called Foundations which aims to provide “all the PropTech solutions” for agencies’...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency’s reason for low volumes (it’s not Brexit or stamp duty)

An online agent claims to have the answer to why fewer people are buying and selling these days. It’s not Brexit, stamp...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Why it’s time to unify your communications

You’ve probably heard about unified communications (UC) before. But why are your competitors and other organisations moving towards centralised comms platforms? What are...

06 November 2019

From: Features

Ban all boards! Council wants government backing for blanket ban

A London council wants government backing for a borough-wide Section 7 direction - effectively banning all agents’ boards being erected without...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

 Jason Wilson, mio Account Manager

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  Jason Wilson, mio Account Manager What is mio and what does...

05 November 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Backfired! Ban on second homes makes it harder for locals to buy

A new study by the London School of Economics suggests that a high profile ban on the sale of new homes...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Case study: Taylors upgrade to new “user friendly and easy to use” sales progression and communication tool

Ashleigh Thwaites, Branch Manager at Emersons Green, Taylors shares how mio has transformed her approach to sales progression by making it...

04 November 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide: the facts behind the accounting controversy

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has today published the paperwork behind the recent Countrywide £10m accounting controversy. Published on the RICS...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents to receive one million shares from OnTheMarket this week

OnTheMarket will on Wednesday of this week issue over a million shares to agents who have signed new long-term listing agreements...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: agency poll shows doubt over Johnson honouring pledge

A survey undertaken for estate agency Jackson-Stops reveals that 55 per cent of people do not believe housing is a priority...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s housing energy efficiency plan to cost £60 billion

A Labour proposal to dramatically improve energy efficiency in almost every British home would cost an estimated £60 billion. The upgrades would...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - shining a light on agents doing things differently

This week’s Natter is dedicated to three contrasting agencies doing things differently, from a recently established hybrid to a design-led, Insta-friendly...

02 November 2019

From: Features

Community-based letting agencies have a future in physical form

The phrase ‘death of the high street’ can be found in nearly any publication in any given week. And for fair...

02 November 2019

From: Features

A focus on professional development could improve our industry

Being a market leader means staying on top of industry trends. The more aware you are of what's happening in the...

02 November 2019

From: Features

Milton Rodosthenous Director of Equity and Capital & LetsBid Property

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Milton Rodosthenous, Director of Equity and Capital & LetsBid Property.  What...

01 November 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Election 2019: what agents should expect from the main parties

It’s on - although judging by the early lack of enthusiasm amongst the British public, you might be forgiven for thinking...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

They've come back to haunt us - two final agents’ Halloween tricks…

Just because Halloween has officially been and gone for another year, doesn’t mean we would give up a chance to celebrate...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide investors calm after second compliance crisis in a year

Countrywide’s ever-patient investors appear to have been unfazed by the company’s latest compliance issue, which has led to a £100,000 fine...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

£100,000 fine for Countrywide over funds controversy

It’s now emerged that Countrywide has to pay a £100,000 fine to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors after breaching guidelines...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 8 and safeguarding landlords’ rights - what agents need to know

In recent months, we’ve seen headlines dominated by changes to tenancy rules, government consultations and more than a few scare stories. Landlords...

30 October 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks, Housesimple and Yopa must merge to survive - claim

The former chief of an online estate agency says the top three surviving firms in the sector must merge if they...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Out of hours leads - is quantity better than quality?

I was shocked, not so long ago, by an out of office reply I received upon sending an email to a...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warn of market stagnation until Election and Brexit fog clears

Agents have interpreted the latest house price figures as evidence that the market is in limbo waiting for the Brexit -...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

House Raffle Snaffled: advertising was misleading, says watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has clamped down on misleading claims made by the organisers of a property raffle. The controversy surrounds an...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New online agency says it will be the first to make a profit

A small online agency which in six months of trading has secured around 140 sales says it’s on course to be...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Another agency backs Reservation Agreements to cut fall-throughs

Another estate agency has come out in favour of reservation agreements. High-end agency Chestertons says transactions currently fall through too frequently and the...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

A winning combination: pick ‘n mix the best practices from Aus

The Australian agent is a very different beast to his or her British counterpart - no surprises there. And it’s not...

29 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Top Tory says scrap stamp duty on most homes, slash it on others

A former 10 Downing Street adviser says stamp duty on house sales should be scrapped or at least slashed in order...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris and the house moving process - O Lucky Man!

There are many adjectives that can be applied to Boris Johnson, probably very few of them complimentary, but there’s one that...

26 October 2019

From: Features

It’s business as usual…for a week

It has been said time and time again that the uncertainty around Brexit is causing, well, uncertainty. As I write this, the...

26 October 2019

From: Features

Agent accuses “unjust” OnTheMarket of charging for branch that shut

OnTheMarket is being accused by an agent of charging a monthly fee for a branch it knows to be shut. Ian King...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Fangtastic pictures of Halloween agents' offices

Thanks so much for the first pictures that you have sent of your fiendishly decorated offices for Halloween. It’s less than a...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Market worries: mortgage lending falls to six-month low

The number of new mortgages approved by banks fell to a six-month low in September - but the annual figure shows...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - especially with an hour’s extra sleep…

It’s that time again, with the clocks going back an hour to mark the start of slightly brighter mornings and significantly...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Pioneer firm for self employed agents on the prowl for new recruits

One of the earliest British estate agencies to adopt the model of using self-employed or freelance agents operating under the same...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

15% of estate agency sector workers feel unsafe at work - apparently

A survey suggests that 15 per cent of people who work in the real estate sector feel unsafe at work. This figure...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Introducing the purpose-driven lettings agency

Enhanced customer care strategies, relationship-building schemes, cost-cutting measures and new revenue streams can’t help the lettings industry if the fundamental underlying...

23 October 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: The government and its attitude towards PropTech

It was in this very column, back in July, when I wrote about how the British government was starting to take...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Be tech-savvy and attentive to woo young buyers, agents advised

Young homebuyers want tech-savvy, astute and attentive estate agents who are able to handle their complex requirements via a range of...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leading agent backs reservation agreements ahead of pilot project

One of the country’s most prominent estate agents has given renewed backing to a pilot project on reservation agreements, being tested...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements: more details emerge of New Year trial

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has given more details of the trial of reservation agreements likely to take...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest jobs move across the industry

Hello, welcome to another Monday and the latest PJT. As ever, a brief reminder to please let us know your appointments new...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla locks horns with OnTheMarket for new homes listings

Zoopla has unveiled new functionality that it claims will make searching for new homes easier for consumers - and resumes the...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Big rise in London sellers slashing asking prices, admits agency

A London estate agency chain says It’s seen a 59 per cent surge in the number of its clients who have...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - Day in the life of a Yopa Territory Owner

Yopa – launched in 2015 as part of the new breed of hybrid operators seeking to shake up the industry –...

19 October 2019

From: Features

Why regulation is good for the deposit replacement sector

Since I started working with Zero Deposit for me the market leader in deposit replacement alternatives, the most common question I am...

19 October 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks in Canada - is it the agency’s secret success story?

Controversy and Purplebricks have gone hand in hand since the agency was first launched in 2012, through its float on the...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency faced with £10,000 bill after vandal spray-paints the office

The police are looking for witnesses or anyone who can help identify the burglars accused of an extensive spray-paint attack on...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

More regional housing markets ‘heading for price corrections’

The latest housing market snapshot from the listings website Home suggests more regional markets are heading for price corrections. Home says that...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s a deal at last, isn’t it?

As the country nears a Brexit deal (maybe… perhaps… possibly) there’s time to reflect on a quite contrasting process - the no-nonsense...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed: local councils with the slowest searches

A trade body has sharply criticised HM Land Registry for its slow progress on digitising local searches after a promising start...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

‘I want to be a founder’ - Be careful what you wish for

News broke last weekend of a further online estate agency casualty as letting agent Upad announced on its website that it...

17 October 2019

From: Features

The wind of change in the estate agency industry

There has been a real wind of change in estate agency and over the last 18 months we have seen the...

16 October 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: Sometimes, people don’t want technology

A few weeks ago, I came across a couple of really interesting articles which I immediately thought worth writing a piece...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Call to scrap stamp duty for so-called ‘last time buyers’

An equity release specialist says the scrapping of stamp duty for so-called last time buyers would lead to more downsizing, freeing...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent to combine property knowledge with PropTech in new venture

A new franchisee says she will combine 20 years of property knowledge with state-of-the-art PropTech to provide customers with what she...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Why has Upad gone down?

Upad, the national online letting agent set up by entrepreneur James Davis has announced that it is “closed to new business”...

15 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Boost for Purplebricks and co as online market share rises

There has been a surprise, but small, increase in the market share of online estate agents according to the latest survey. Business...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New multi-agency sales company already works with 40 agents

A relatively new company which signs up vendors and then effectively sub-contracts their sales to strongly-performing local estate agents says it...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Upad closure shows PropTech isn’t enough by itself

A leading agent and property management expert says the shock closure of online agency Upad is a sign that technology alone...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket price slump despite startling claim about Rightmove

OnTheMarket is delivering agents “a higher marketing yield than Rightmove” according to an investment consultancy which works with OTM. Investors appear to...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Hello, welcome to the new working week and the latest PJT. Before we kick off, a reminder to please let us know...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency takes pioneering role during #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

An estate agency service in the Lake District has rolled out a new benefit to all its staff - and in...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Zero Deposit’s Jon Notley talks exclusively to Estate Agent Today

When renting a property out, letting agents and landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant...

12 October 2019

From: Features

First-night private chefs for buyers? Agency moves into luxury sales sector

Midlands estate agency Centrick has launched a new specialist division to focus on the luxury homes market across the West Midlands...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - even a typhoon couldn't stop them!

England rugby fans will have been disappointed to find out that Saturday's planned World Cup group stage clash with France in...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket: record traffic as agents take up low-cost, shorter contracts

OnTheMarket has this morning posted its latest results to the stock market. The portal reports that 2,346 branches had converted to full-paying...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Regulation will drive more consumers to DIY approach, says agency boss

The boss of a 15+ branch estate agency group has explained how he thinks regulation could 'ruin' the estate agency industry. Simon...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers: 60% of all UK property is exempt from stamp duty

Of all the UK properties for sale over the last year, 59% would have been exempt from any type of transaction...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

How to get started with charity – the Agents Giving Grant Fund

Raise more money for your charity with help from the industry charity – Agents Giving. At Agents Giving we work with estate and...

09 October 2019

From: Features

Countrywide share price steady following appointment of new COO

The share price of the UK's largest estate agency remained steady yesterday following its appointment of a new chief operating officer. Countrywide...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What is the point of industry collaboration? It’s a risk, surely?

I have been banging on about partnerships and collaborations for years now. Whether it’s between two real estate firms, two PropTech firms,...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

David Masters, Account Manager of mio

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? David Masters – Account Manager for the Midlands What is ‘company...

08 October 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

'Annual house price growth at six-year low' - Halifax

The latest figures from Halifax show annual house price growth has dipped to a six-year low. Average property price growth in...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket takes on Rightmove with launch of market intelligence features

Property portal OnTheMarket has thrown down the challenge to Rightmove by launching two new features for its listing agents. The first, Market...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News