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Property Natter: reputation, renewables and an online revolution

They say presentation is key (something that Theresa May now knows all too well after her calamitous conference speech). But equally...

14 October 2017

From: Features

Stamp Duty ‘could be linked to energy efficiency’ says minister

A minister has floated the idea that stamp duty could be reduced on homes where sellers have improved energy efficiency. Climate Change...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the falling leaves edition...

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

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency risks losing instruction after speaking out on Boris Johnson 'joke'

Westcountry estate agency Wilkinson Grant is standing  by its opposition to a ‘joke’ about dead bodies made by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency YOPA and Savills launch TV ad campaigns this weekend

Online estate agency YOPA - well known recently for advertisements featuring the Village People - is this evening launching a new...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks viewings complaint informally resolved by ASA

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

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: it’s time to party (political-style)

In this week’s Natter I’m going to get all political. Don’t worry, I won’t be giving my opinions on Brexit, Trump...

02 September 2017

From: Features

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

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

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Sell Purplebricks shares, urges writer as sales data mystery remains

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

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the stock market likes disruptors

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

12 August 2017

From: Features

NTSEAT and TPO warnings after police probe quick sale company

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

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour and Conservative square up over second home taxes

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

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

As you were - Purplebricks share price riding high again

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

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Trust - the fundamental flaw at the heart of tech-driven business

Even if you didn’t watch it, you’ve almost certainly heard about it by now.  The recent BBC Watchdog exposé of Purplebricks has...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trustpilot and Woodford stay quiet on BBC's Purplebricks probes

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

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' shares stabilise as NAEA stays distinctly non-committal

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

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: Ombudsman 'happy' with controversial deferred payment scheme

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

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price dips after agency slated on BBC show

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

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2017

With several agent partner programmes available across the country, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, with...

22 July 2017

From: Features

NIMBYs tell government: We won't be bribed over new homes

The government has published the findings of research which suggest that very few local opponents to new homes will be bought...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

The nine week wait: sales fall through because of slow searches

Estate agents are angry over delays in processing land searches by a local authority in the south west. The average land search time...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New app launched offering news and views for rural agents

Fisher German is launching an app that will feature news feeds from the BBC, Farmers Weekly and from the agency itself...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Tories backtrack on HIPs but still want massive house sales reform

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

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tories insist HIPs are not on their way back after all

The Conservatives now say they are not resuscitating Home Information Packs, despite a suggestion by a prominent former minister that they "had...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Property ads may soon contain air quality information, says NAEA chief

Estate agents' listings may soon include compulsory information on a location's air quality, the chief executive of NAEA Propertymark, Mark Hayward,...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils 'spending millions' buying back Right To Buy properties

An investigation by the BBC has revealed that councils are spending million buying back homes they sold at a discount under...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Will the Conservatives introduce Capital Gains Tax on family homes?

Speculation has grown that the Conservatives may make a manifesto pledge to remove some family homes’ long-established exemption from Capital Gains...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with David Cox, ARLA Propertymark

In this Natter we have an exclusive interview with David Cox, CEO of ARLA Propertymark and one of the best-known figures...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Property hotspots: Manchester, Liverpool and Preston

The property market in northern England, supported in part by the Northern Powerhouse concept, has attracted a lot of media attention,...

24 March 2017

From: Features

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

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

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

4 Reasons Why Virtual Furnishing Really Is The Future

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

17 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

James Dearsley: Enough about Purplebricks, let’s talk printing bricks

It has been a busy week for investment in PropTech businesses and no doubt you have already got reading fatigue about...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: another Countrywide chief quits to join independent

Another senior Countrywide figure is leaving the organisation to join an independent agency - itself set up by a former Countrywide...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – a conference wrapped in Guild

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

11 February 2017

From: Features

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

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

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 February 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Rightmove boss Shipside to speak at NAEA conference next year

Rightmove’s commercial director Miles Shipside, who makes relatively few appearances at industry events, is to be a speaker at the NAEA...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide hybrid agency idea came from market research, says chief

Countrywide’s marketing chief says the estate agency group’s controversial hybrid sales model - to be rolled out to a quarter of...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: how to build a brand

Good branding is absolutely crucial to any successful business or product, even more so in a world of social media, instant...

12 November 2016

From: Features

Brexit: housing minister tells both sides to tone down the rhetoric

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has taken to Twitter to tell those for and against Brexit to "tone down the rhetoric" that...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - let's honour our industry's sparklers

Bonfire Night is upon us but the brightest lights this weekend are those from our industry tirelessly working for good causes. As ever, those...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

There's a property person in The Apprentice - and this is where she'll be living

The Apprentice returns this evening on BBC1 at 9pm and, as usual, there’s a property person amongst the 18 hopefuls seeking...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

How can Agents survive in an increasingly competitive market?

The key lies in improving your customer experience through technology For Agents, the tremendous growth in online estate agents highlights a strong...

13 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

London's overseas property buyers win support from an unlikely quarter

The importance of overseas buyers in underpinning increasing elements of the capital’s housing market and won support from an unlikely quarter...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: online agents – where are they now?

It’s easy to forget, but there was a time when the internet didn’t exist. When the idea behind the world wide...

19 August 2016

From: Features

Win new vendors by advertising internationally

What is Properstar? Properstar helps UK estate agents cross the chasm from local to global in respect of advertising their properties. Using...

16 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Halve your website costs

Paying too much every month for your website? Move your website to us and we guarantee to halve your monthly bill I want...

16 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Little England is out of step – on Right To Buy, at the very least

If you want an indicator that the United Kingdom isn’t so united any more, have a look at Right To Buy. The...

12 August 2016

From: Features

October court date for review of ban on new-build second homes

There is likely to be an October court date set for a judicial review into a ban on new-build houses and...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Does Brexit mean the end of the Northern Powerhouse?

Plans for the Northern Powerhouse scheme, designed to rival London and the South East as the main driver of economic growth...

29 July 2016

From: Features

Portal juggling: MP submits application for Westminster debate

The MP who pledged his support to a campaign against portal juggling has now submitted an application for a Westminster Hall...

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices to fall if Britain leaves the EU, says Osborne

George Osborne has claimed that average house prices could fall by up to 18% if the UK leaves the EU following...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency to open 15 new branches as reality star boosts business

The never knowingly under-punned EweMove hybrid agency says it’s seen a 69 per cent surge in valuation enquiries within three weeks...

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

MP pledges to raise portal juggling scandal in House of Commons

A Conservative MP is to raise the portal juggling controversy in the House of Commons. Derek Thomas, MP for St Ives in...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent 'shocked' after buyer falls down a well during a viewing

An estate agent selling a home says he has been shocked by an incident in which a female prospective buyer fell...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent jailed for five years after taking £450,000 from elderly clients

An estate agent has been jailed for five years for taking more than £450,000 from elderly clients in Cumbria. A BBC report says...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Confidence: too little is a bad thing, but too much is catastrophic

Despite being round the block quite a few times in the property world, it was only in 2008 that the importance...

25 March 2016

From: Features

Countrywide hires high-powered ex-BBC ex-DFS marketing guru

Estate Agent Today understands that one of the country’s most successful marketing experts, Helen Normoyle, is set to join Countrywide as...

18 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing reviews: A little less conversation, a little more action...

As we all know, Peter Redfern is critical to the future of the British housing market and.... What? Wait? You don’t know...

13 February 2016

From: Features

Advertising watchdog bans ad by controversial 'sting' estate agency

A letting agency that has been the subject of a BBC investigation and has gone into liquidation in controversial circumstances has...

27 January 2016

From: Breaking News

New year. New look?

Let Mid West Displays get your window in shape! Never underestimate the power of high street presence. Image is everything, and what...

14 January 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Britain's least affordable city - it was Oxford but now we can reveal it's...

If you think house price indices are confusing, just look at affordability indices. As recently as Monday BBC TV news reported that,...

21 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Police probe continues as struck-off solicitor linked to MP's property portfolio

There is still no word on when a police investigation will report on alleged irregularities said to involve the buy to...

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

TV property guru and estate agent's wife in alleged Sandbanks catfight

A TV property show presenter and an estate agent's wife have reportedly been involved in a lurid fight that started with...

28 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Sheffield: an example of how a local authority can enforce compliance

It’s been nearly a year since all lettings and property management agents have been legally required to join a redress scheme...

25 September 2015

From: Features

Property Natter: the rise of the robots?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about artificial intelligence (AI). We’ve seen it feature prominently this year on film (in...

25 September 2015

From: Features

Ex-BBC presenter opens hybrid agency and advertises in local shop windows

An estate agent who co-presented BBC programme Living in the Sun has opened a hybrid estate agency with what he calls...

20 August 2015

From: Breaking News

It’s a scandal more property scandals aren’t exposed

I received a call from a prominent agent known to many in the industry this week, asking an unexpected question: he wanted...

07 August 2015

From: Features

Most Labour hopefuls dismiss threat of Mansion Tax 2

Three of the four candidates standing for the Labour leadership have effectively dismissed any possibility of reintroducing mansion tax if they...

21 July 2015

From: Breaking News

TV Dragons demolish property crowdfunding guru

Frazer Fearnhead, a founder of The House Crowd property crowdfunding platform, has been sharply criticised in a ‘car crash’ moment on BBC...

14 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Company selling refurbed homes gives finders' fees to 'property spotters'

A firm that buys derelict homes in London, refurbishes them and then sells them on the open market is rewarding individuals...

30 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Burnham is latest Labour mansion tax turncoat

Andy Burnham, one of four candidates in the electioin to become next Labour leader, is the latest prominent party member to...

23 June 2015

From: Breaking News

What Will the Election Result Mean For the Housing Market?

Now that the General Election results have been counted and verified, and now that a new parliament has been sworn in,...

02 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Kristina Grimes, Sales Director, Dezrez

Q: Tell us about Kristina Grimes. I am the Sales Director of Dezrez, one of the leading providers of estate agency software....

28 May 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Introducing the ‘Poldark Effect’

Poldark, a period drama recently on the BBC, has inspired a new trend dubbed the 'Poldark Effect'.  Rather than an increase in...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Outspoken estate agent critic wants Labour deputy role

Stella Creasy - a long-time campaigner against what she regards as rogue practices by estate agents and letting agents - now...

14 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Double tax on second homes, urges Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats want local authorities to have the power to charge 200 per cent council tax on second homes. Party leader...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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