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Agents Do Charity - Vote! Vote! Vote!

Vote? Well, whether we have a change of Prime Minister or not, there’s an important vote today - for great charitable...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Wealth Tax proposed by former agency boss

A wealth tax on overseas owners of UK homes could raise £5 billion a year to help local people buy their...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing tech firm pledges dramatic time savings on transactions

The conveyancing technology firm Search Acumen has launched what it calls “an end-to-end solution” in a bid to abolish “antiquated” ways...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Appy Days For Agents - PropTech supplier launches new app

The ValPal Network has announced the release of its MovePal app on the Apple App and Google Play stores. The app is...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Healthy Staff mean a Healthy Business

It’s often said that agency is a people business, and I can see no reason to disagree - agents dealing face-to-face...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the hidden threat to 2022’s housing market

At the risk of mixing my metaphors, any mention of energy has become something of a blue touch paper in the...

08 January 2022

From: Features

Buy a home for under £150,000? You’ll be lucky…

The number of locations where average house prices still stand at below £150,000 has shrunk by 28 per cent in recent...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Big surge in first time buyers - but it won’t last…

For the first time since before the global financial crisis of 2008, the number of first-time buyers is estimated to have...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Covid race for space helps boost posh country house market

High-value properties were the top-performers in the country house market in 2021, according to an agency that majors in this sector.  In...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove claims new records for activity over Christmas

Rightmove claims its visits over the Christmas period were its busiest ever with what it calls ‘buyer demand’ up 23 per...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

First figures of 2022 show housing market returning to normal

The latest figures for mortgage approvals show demand as being relatively unchanged - a development welcomed by agents. House purchase mortgage approvals...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Goodbye referral fees? Conveyancing expert’s anger over IT crisis

A conveyancer has contacted Estate Agent Today suggesting that the Simplify Group IT data crisis could be the death knell for the company...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Sellers flee London in record numbers as market elsewhere booms

This year, Londoners purchased 112,780 homes outside the capital, the highest number since 2007. New data, from Connells-owned agency Hamptons, shows that...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the Christmas Eve edition…

We’re here - it’s Christmas. And as agents clock off for a well earned break, they can do so with a...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Price rises again after New Year, says conveyancing service

A housing market forecast based on conveyancing instructions says average prices will dip this month. Average prices will fall by 1.1 per...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Is it time to reform the tax we all love to hate?

As we slide into Christmas, with the busiest levels of house buying since 2006 and activity still buoyant, I don’t think...

22 December 2021

From: Features

Vendors In The Money - Britain’s most expensive streets revealed

Halifax has revealed the UK’s most expensive streets in 2021 - and it’s no surprise that the very dearest examples are...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

The property that sold for 214% above asking price

Top Scottish agency Galbraith says key parts of the country saw some buyers snapping up properties this year without even visiting...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned: Developer kicked out of Help To Buy because of Grenfell link

A company linked to the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower is being excluded from the government’s Help to Buy scheme, pending the outcome...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where house prices rose 31% in 2021

Rightmove has revealed the UK’s property hotspot of 2021 - where prices have risen 31 per cent in just a year. The...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the A-Z of property for 2021 

It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas – just a week to go now. Presents all wrapped and...

18 December 2021

From: Features

Mortgage trends and interest rates - what could happen in 2022?

As 2021 draws to a swift close, there is much speculation about what 2022 will have to offer. Despite the emergence of...

18 December 2021

From: Features

A 9 to 5 estate agent…dream on!

There’s lots of talk of people moving over within estate agency to be self-employed so they can chase the dream of...

18 December 2021

From: Features

No Impact: interest rate change not hurting housing market

The Bank of England has raised interest rates for the first time in more than three years, in response to surging...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove computes strongest sellers’ markets in the UK

Rightmove has identified the UK’s strongest sellers’ market - and it’s in Easton, Bristol. Four of the top 10 sellers’ markets are...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s beginning to look a lot like a normal housing market

Data out today from Rightmove shows the predictable seasonal effect of around 0.7 per cent knocked off the typical asking price. The...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Tragic mystery of the estate agent who was a perfect gentleman

A coroner says there is no explanation how an estate agent suffered a cut to his wrist, which led to his...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing IT crash exposes weaknesses in transaction process

EAT readers may have seen a piece in Friday’s property section of The Times about the long-running Simplify saga, which has...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Are reservation agreements the future of agency? These agents think so!

You’ve heard me bang on about the wonder of reservation agreements for some time now, but it’s definitely the case that...

11 December 2021

From: Features

Identity theft and fraud - how it happens and how to prevent it

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on all aspects of our lives, but undoubtedly one major negative side effect...

11 December 2021

From: Features

Controversial football boss links with Bruce Brothers and Boomin

An England football manager who resigned after a newspaper sting is in a podcast series launched by Boomin and Purplebricks founders Michael and Kenny...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax on ALL homes - government told to act

A new report wants the government to consider slapping Capital Gains Tax on profits made from appreciating house values for all...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent lashes out against any relaxation of mortgage lending

An estate agency owner who is also a qualified independent mortgage adviser has hit out against the suggestion that lenders may...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed – how fraudsters scam agents

With tenancy fraud on the rise, landlords are increasingly wary. So, they want to work with agencies who do everything they...

08 December 2021

From: Features

Interest rate rise may be put off despite another house price record

Increasing numbers of commentators are forecasting that the Bank of England will not, after all, raise the base rate next week. It...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Fraud - how agents can combat a growing threat

Property fraud is on the rise and early in 2022 agents will have an opportunity to attend a webinar featuring a...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Omicron throws housing market stability into doubt, agency admits

A leading agency has admitted that the uncertainty over the effects of the Omicron Covid variant has thrown forecasts for the...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban Referral Fees For Agents - petition demands government action

A petition is being started, urging the government to ban the payment of referral fees to estate agents. It’s reported to have...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - video interview with Stephen Brown and RAN 2021!

In a first for the Natter, this week's interview is a video affair, with me posing the questions to Stephen Brown,...

04 December 2021

From: Features

Are you fit to fight financial crime in property transactions?  

I’ve worked in financial crime for the past seven years, beginning my career as a white collar crime litigator in a law firm. I know that the...

04 December 2021

From: Features

How my predictions on agency and PropTech from recent years have come true

The last 18 months have been full of ups and downs, but the property market has coped remarkably well during the...

04 December 2021

From: Features

7 must-haves for a 2022 estate agency website

There are many features and functionalities a website must have to be successful. Ultimately, the purpose of your website should be...

03 December 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Hotspot premiums likely to be blamed for pricing out locals

New data from Rightmove has analysed millions of supply, demand and pricing data points across the property market, to assess activity...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agents urged to assess compliance procedures after sloppy AML checks lead to man’s house being stolen

Estate agents are being urged to ensure their compliance procedures are up to scratch after fraudsters stole a man’s identity and...

02 December 2021

From: Sponsored Content

RAN 2021! Conference and Awards tomorrow in Birmingham

Tomorrow sees the Relocation Agent Network’s first in-person conference since 2019.   The event, at the Metropole Hilton in Birmingham, will focus...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Higher taxes will curb house price rises in 2022 - Rightmove

House prices will rise next year says Rightmove - but it warns that tax hikes will curb price rises, particularly later in...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC Hot Air? Most owners don’t even know their rating - survey

The government’s plan to put Energy Performance Certificates at the heart of its bid to reach Net Zero has hit a stumbling...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Forget Help To Buy Equity Loan - welcome to Deposit Unlock

A housebuilding-led mortgage indemnity scheme called Deposit Unlock has now been launched nationally with 17 major developers taking part. Nationwide is the...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove marketing boost to agents working in ‘happy’ locations

Rightmove claims to have found the happiest place in the UK - and it’s in Northumberland. The market town of Hexham has...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Too many homes built on at-risk floodplains, government told

The government should reset planning policy and scrap proposals for thousands of new homes in high-risk flood areas. The think-tank Localis, in...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Blighted! Hundreds of homes on scrapped HS2 route turn agents angry

The scaling back of HS2 in the north of England, contained in the government's new Integrated Rail Plan, means hundreds of homes...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry chiefs to address Relocation Agent Network annual conference

The Relocation Agent Network has unveiled its speakers for its national conference and exhibition early next month. Called RAN Live! 2021 it...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

City may face vote to ban sale of new-builds as additional homes

There is pressure growing in Brighton for the city to hold a referendum giving residents the opportunity to ban new build...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

High speed broadband increasingly vital for buyers

A high-speed internet connection is the second most important factor for buyers after property size, a survey claims. And the study -...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Challenges facing the housing market in 2022

It’s been a busy and arguably fruitful year for the property market, with an eager consumer base pushing forwards with their...

17 November 2021

From: Features

Agents - time to make the switch to EV

The phrase ‘time is money’ is particularly pertinent for estate agents. Since the stamp duty holiday ended, the forecast drop in...

17 November 2021

From: Features

Asking prices fall but Rightmove expects usual Boxing Day web-fest

The average asking price of homes coming to the market has dropped by over £2,000 in the past month - the...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity… on the weekend we remember…

It’s Remembrance weekend, and on Sunday at least we fall silent to honour those who gave so much for many generations. When...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock warning - bad EPCs 'could reduce value of older homes'

A business analyst is warning that the growing emphasis on energy efficiency of homes could spell trouble for the value of...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency owner jailed for “utterly despicable crime”

The owner of an estate agency in Sussex has been jailed for five years for what a judge has called “an...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the strongest buyers’ and sellers’ markets right now

Rightmove has revealed the strongest markets for sellers and buyers this autumn.  Grays in Essex has topped the list of the strongest...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency reports sellers already preparing for Spring 2022 listing

Knight Frank says it’s already being contacted by prospective vendors wanting their homes to be listed for sale next spring. James Cleland,...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

You guessed it - ANOTHER house price record as market stays hot

Annual house price growth increased to 8.1 per cent in October according to the Halifax.  The average UK property price is now...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate Worries - warning about inflation and base rate

The head of research at a leading agency is warning that although the housing market remains buoyant, there may be macro-economic...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget 2021 aftermath - did the chancellor target property for tax revenue? 

In the Autumn Budget on Wednesday 27 October, very few impending tax hikes were revealed by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak –...

06 November 2021

From: Features

“Devastating lack of due diligence” slammed in property fraud case

A prominent law expert is claiming that a high profile case of property fraud, reported earlier this week, involved a “devastating...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bottled It! Sigh of relief as Bank of England keeps base rate unchanged

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee has defied expectations by keeping base rate at its historic low of 0.1 per...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Charge! Six-fold rise in property details listing electric car points

There’s been a huge rise in references to electric car charging within property listings submitted to Rightmove. The number of homes listed...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand by for a possible interest rate rise today

Analysts suggest there is a 50:50 chance of a base rate rise being announced by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Murdered MP’s legacy could include housing boost for constituents

Sir David Amess, murdered at a constituency surgery last month, may have an unexpected housing market legacy for his constituents. To commemorate...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Fraud: A house is sold without owner’s knowledge

A BBC investigation has revealed that a man’s house was sold and his furnishings removed without his knowledge, in the latest...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

House price rises prompt HMRC to launch Inheritance Tax probes

Increasing house prices has encouraged HM Revenue and Customs to launch huge numbers of probes into Inheritance Tax payments. According to law...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget: will Sunak’s pledges create opportunities for agents in the new-build sector?

At first glance, Rishi Sunak’s Budget speech earlier this week didn’t offer much from a property perspective. But digging down a little...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Sustainability and automation – how can agents reduce their carbon footprint?

We have all heard the terrible forecasts and listened to Sir David Attenborough’s speeches on the environment and the “we still...

30 October 2021

From: Features

How to promote fruitful relationships with your local conveyancers

As you are no doubt aware, building mutually beneficial relationships with conveyancers in your local area can not only make your...

27 October 2021

From: Features

Online agents’ market share rises - but only three brands really matter

A new survey by property consultancy TwentyCi shows that the market share of online and hybrid agents in the third quarter...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – four ways agents can improve brand recognition this winter

As a character from a fairly well-known TV show once said, winter is coming and we’re all contemplating where 2021 has...

23 October 2021

From: Features

What Every Letting Agent Should Know about the Economic Crime Levy (ECL)

Disclaimer: This article is intended for information only and does not constitute legal advice. As part of its 2020 budget, the UK...

23 October 2021

From: Features

House prices will still rise even after interest rate hike, says senior analyst

Business consultancy Hargreaves Lansdown is predicting house prices will still rise, even after a possible hike in interest rates later this year or...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: Rise in property fraud makes data checks vital

An alert has gone out to sales and lettings agents to be more diligent with their checking of data, and to...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

CRM software: An essential tool for rental demand

There is no denying that managing properties is labour intensive. As real estate agents you are responsible for administering and addressing...

20 October 2021

From: Features

EPC ratings to become more important under Green reforms

The government has given more details of its bid to change the energy efficiency of existing and new homes to meet...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents get freebie ski trip as firm shifts to work-from-home model

Spicerhaart - which is radically reshaping its structure to encourage hybrid operations and working from home as part of a new...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate Rise coming - could it actually be good for house sales?

Rightmove is warning that it’s “highly likely” interest rates will rise in the near future. The portal believes this now seems inevitable...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells tells Gove he “must do more” to build new homes

A part of the Connells Group is telling the new Housing Secretary that he and his government “must do more” to...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

The Old Story - agents tell government to make it easier to downsize

There’s a rising number of over-65s but a short supply of suitable affordable properties for them, Propertymark has told government. The agents’...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Is your business ready to offer the best digital experience to your customers?

In this thought leadership article, Videosign CEO Steven Tallant looks at electronic signatures and conveyancing and whether the time is nigh for the...

16 October 2021

From: Features

What future for Propertymark? Chief to be quizzed by critic of NAEA

Propertymark’s chief executive - officially still in post on just an interim basis - is to face questions from a past...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

London’s Changing Market: What’s hot and what’s not

One of the country’s leading buying agents has set out what’s hot and what’s not in London’s housing market as it...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed: what to consider before setting up your own agency

Many agents working in the industry, whether for large corporates or smaller independents, might one day have ambitions to branch out...

09 October 2021

From: Features

How the 2021 consumer will impact the residential property industry

The property industry and its many stakeholders are key participants in a global digital transformation that has been underway for quite...

09 October 2021

From: Features

Former Housing Secretary dies at the age of 53

Former Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has died at the age of 53. The Conservative ex-Cabinet minister, who was diagnosed with lung cancer...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and have we got Mews for you?

Fund-raising takes all sorts of shapes and sizes and this week we have a splendid selection proving that point. Don’t miss out...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

What makes people move and what are their priorities? - Survey

Living close to family and friends is a top priority for nearly four in 10 people according to a survey of...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

The Scores Are In: here’s the data behind the stamp duty holiday

Rightmove has estimated how many people benefitted from the holiday and the estimated total saving in England. It says some one million...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Locked or open-door policy - has Covid changed the way offices operate forever?

In this piece, Tom Davis, press officer at Propertymark, explores the debate surrounding a locked or open-door policy, and whether the...

02 October 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and it’s not just the London Marathon this weekend…

Hello and welcome to the end of the week - another opportunity to see how our industry is doing great work...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Preparing for 2022 – How current trends will affect estate agencies

As we move into the autumn of 2021, what the coming year has in store for estate agents is something we...

29 September 2021

From: Features

Foxtons to review policy on ‘furlough bonuses’ for senior management

Controversial London agency Foxtons is to review its policy on top management bonuses. This follows a shareholder revolt at the agency's AGM...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Crisis: Better EPCs boost house values - claim

The Halifax claims that homes with the highest energy ratings are worth up to £40,000 more on average compared to less...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how can estate agents improve their green credentials?

As we motor towards the next major global climate change conference – the UN’s COP26 being held in Glasgow from 31...

25 September 2021

From: Features

How estate agents can optimise their workflows with conveyancers 

The recent stamp duty holiday and the subsequent conveyancing logjam this triggered has acted as a wakeup call for the industry....

25 September 2021

From: Features

Video interview – is a single PropTech solution the way forward for agents?

In this latest exclusive video interview, EAT’s video reporter Chris Buckler – an agent himself – chats with Peter Grant, chairman of the board at...

25 September 2021

From: Features

PropTech firm backed by Zoopla founder launches AML platform

A PropTech firm backed by Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman has launched a new anti-money laundering (AML) tool for estate agents. Thirdfort has...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - running, biking, tennis, golf and affordable artists' studios

We may be getting an extended summer but agents haven’t just been basking in the heatwave. There has been plenty of goodwill...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New easyProperty franchise lands in Luton, home of easyJet

The latest easyProperty franchise has landed in Luton, the spiritual home of the easy brand as it’s the place where budget...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Developer land banking ‘myth’ debunked by study, major builders say

A leading planning consultancy has claimed that ‘the myth’ that housing developers are hoarding land after gaining planning consent in order...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

The Great Suit Debate – what does the property industry think?

Our story yesterday on whether agents should continue to dress formally post-pandemic seemed to relight the fire on a long-time debate...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - how can tech help the smooth running of tenancies?

There are a huge array of products and services covering the entire journey of lettings, from prospecting all the way through to...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Claim: property tax revamp could free up as many as 600,000 homes

The government has been warned that its much-talked about levelling up agenda is ‘doomed to fail’ without major reform of the...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Power in that suit – should agents still be dressed formally?

The pandemic has led to many people ditching more formal wear as they work from home on a more regular basis,...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Homesearch and KWUK agree multi-million pound long-term agreement

In a 'coup' for property data firm Homesearch, Keller Williams UK, which has some 400 agents under its banner across the UK,...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers securing mortgages online as bank branches close

First-time buyers are shifting to online-only banks to help get a mortgage. A survey by personal finance website NerdWallet found that with...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Ministry of Housing rebrands but it’s still a bit of a mouthful

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has changed its name to reflect the government’s levelling up agenda. The department’s...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Platform - proof of funds vitally important as stamp duty holiday end nears

Being able to show proof of funds in a quick, transparent and simple way is more crucial than ever to keep fall-throughs...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Robert Jenrick sacked as Housing Secretary; Michael Gove replaces him

Robert Jenrick has been sacked from his post as Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary. He was the third major name to...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending hit record highs before stamp duty holiday ended

The value of mortgage lending hit a record high in the final months of the stamp duty holiday. Figures from the Bank...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

The cheapest and most expensive areas by square footage revealed

Buyers are getting less square foot for their money when buying a property. Research by insurer Churchill has found that the average...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Mandatory housebuilding targets set for the scrapheap - reports

The government is reportedly planning to abandon its next stage of planning reforms. The proposals, previously under consultation, would have given councils...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: talking the secret to good photography and working for Foxtons

Good property marketing photos have arguably never been more important in an increasingly visual and tech-led world. We saw just the...

11 September 2021

From: Features

City exodus: will the return to the office see a reversal of activity?

2020 gave rise to an exodus from the city as work from home became the mandated norm for large swaths of...

11 September 2021

From: Features

Tenant referencing - how digital should your agency go?

Over the last three years there has been a quiet revolution in the tenant referencing market. Starting with the 2019 tenant...

08 September 2021

From: Features

Blow for self-employed agents as survey shows financial crisis

A survey conducted by a bank suggests that over half of the self-employed sector of the economy believes its financial position...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group may go on sale for £400m - report

There is a report that the private equity owner of Leaders Romans Group has appointed bankers to work on a ‘strategic...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - good causes galore, thanks to our industry’s efforts

The Karma Club: An industry partner has celebrated its second birthday by reaching a landmark of more than £15,000 donated to...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Buyers hopelessly ill-informed on mortgage process, survey suggests

Many Britains are apparently under-estimating the impact of furlough on their ability to get a mortgage and buy a property. A new...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Listings crisis as sellers still reluctant to come forward

Parts of Britain are so short of homes for sale they have only half the number of listings to be expected...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: pros and cons of a tech-led approach to compliance

The growing number of lettings sector rules is a hotly debated issue, while the sales sector has been seeing its own...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday taper leads to reduced mortgage borrowing

Mortgage approvals declined over the last month as the tapering stamp duty holiday deterred home purchases, according to data from the...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Shocking number of down valuations, claims agency

An agency claims that across the UK there have been very nearly 400,000 property transactions down valued in the last year...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior MP warns Lloyds Bank over grabbing first time buyer flats

The chairman of the Commons housing, communities and local government committee has criticised the institutional bulk-buying of existing homes for denying...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agency scandal shows Trading Standards work is vital - claim

The work of the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team is “vital” it claims - and the case of the...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - on the final bank holiday before you-know-what…

Hello, and here’s the bad news to get it over with - this is the final Bank Holiday weekend before…Christmas. Now that’s...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned estate agent given custodial sentence

A banned West Midlands estate agent has today been sentenced to a custodial sentence of six weeks, suspended for two years, and fined £4,000 at Wolverhampton Crown Court after pleading guilty...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents – back to the office, please

There’s a lot being said about how the workforce will operate in the post-pandemic world. We’re still largely remote at Homesearch but as...

25 August 2021

From: Features

HMRC brings agents back down to earth - big drop in transactions

House sales slumped nearly two thirds last month as the main deadline for the stamp duty holiday passed.  HM Revenue and Customs...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Large family homes may be bought to house Afghan refugees

Media reports suggest the government is considering offering grants to local authorities to purchase private family houses which are larger than...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: OnTheMarket’s biggest critic will list with portal

A long-standing critic of OnTheMarket, who was once excluded from a presentation by the portal’s leadership, has spoken enthusiastically of the...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New market appraisal guides go live on OnTheMarket

OnTheMarket’s new market appraisal guides - first announced some months ago - have this morning gone live.  In June OTM announced a...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - What Agents Should Watch For This Autumn

I’m sorry to break this to you but in 10 days’ time it will be autumn - and we will have...

21 August 2021

From: Features

Look After Your Team. Or Someone Else Will

Like most aspects of life since the pandemic hit, the employment arena has been hit hard. But not just with uncertainty...

21 August 2021

From: Features

Lloyds Bank to buy 50,000 homes in coming years

The housing market could be in for a financial boost of an unusual kind as a High Street bank plans to...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - how can tech deliver a better sales process for all?

My neighbour had been seeking to move home for some time. Suggestions that he wanted to get away from his neighbours...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

First asking price drop of 2021 - market cooling in latest Rightmove index

The average asking price, as recorded by Rightmove, has fallen for the first time this year. In another sign that the market...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – has Purplebricks dealt a fatal blow to the self-employed model?

One of the biggest trends since Covid, in the property world and elsewhere, has been a shift towards more hybrid, flexible...

14 August 2021

From: Features

Insight - Is The Resi Market About To Turn?

Following a month in which the number of property transactions was the highest since records began, it might seem a little...

14 August 2021

From: Features

Deals collapse because of confusion over stamp duty changes

Propertymark says confusion over new stamp duty rules has led to a surge in fall-throughs. Since April 1 homes bought in England...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers

Even at the height of summer (or the British wet season, as some call it) there are substantial numbers of job...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we’re getting ready to r-r-r-rumble again!

It’s a great sign of our slow but reassuring return to normality when much-missed fundraising events make a welcome comeback -...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t expect a quiet August, says senior estate agent

If you were hoping for a summer lull during August, think again. That’s the messages from Nicky Stevenson, managing director of Fine...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban family homes becoming holiday lets and Airbnbs - senior MP

The former leader of the Liberal Democrats is calling for a ban on family homes being used for holiday lets and...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove can be even more profitable, says bank in investor U-turn

A bank which a year ago told investors to sell Rightmove shares has now changed its tune - radically. In August 2020...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: half-year review – what has 2021 brought so far?

Well, we’re technically more than halfway through the year already, but we’ll let that slide. And what a year it’s been...

31 July 2021

From: Features

Revealed - how automation can help agents keep their businesses fully secure

A recent news story will have set alarm bells ringing for agencies up and down the country, when it was revealed...

31 July 2021

From: Features

Market tectonics: will activity shift from sales to lettings?

The stamp duty holiday came and went with much fanfare. For many buyers it represented a rare opportunity to make some...

31 July 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - with an Olympic surge in fund-raising…

We’re about to enter August and second half of the Olympic Games - and fund-raising is happening at a Gold medal...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Hero estate agent saves woman from drowning

A young estate agent is being praised because of his heroic actions to save a woman from drowning.  Austin Mellor - just...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 price rises could unwind next year - but no major correction

One of the leading housing market analysts says some of the extreme house price rises seen this year could unwind during...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ clarity over leasehold sales backed by Propertymark

Propertymark has welcomed the move by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to help make certain leasehold flats more attractive to would-be buyers...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Paying For Viewings - will charging buyers really work?

A new service launched over the weekend, proposing to charge buyers £30 for a “guaranteed” viewing, has split opinions amongst estate...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Is This The Alternative To Stamp Duty?

There’s gathering momentum to do ‘something’ about the unfairness of council tax and stamp duty. This isn’t new in principle. Agents have...

24 July 2021

From: Features

PropTech Today: stock shortage - how can agents prospect effectively?

The biggest challenge facing many agents in the current climate is the general shortage of stock, both for sales & lettings. Let’s...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Self employed say pandemic and rising house prices mean they can’t buy

A bank’s latest study suggests that self employed people are increasingly pessimistic about the chance of them being able to get on...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Records tumble after Rightmove reports busiest ever half-year

The busiest first half of a year ever recorded by Rightmove has led to a raft of new records for the...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

 Are EPCs set to become more important in future?

Initiatives by property portal Residential People and mortgage lenders Paragon Bank and Foundation Home Loans help people to find, buy or...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Why Work? House values rise more than salaries in much of UK

Over a fifth of properties have risen in value by more than the average salary according to a calculation made by...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Forgotten mortgage problem could derail housing market - warning

The end of a largely-forgotten mortgage initiative connected with the pandemic could end up derailing the current strong housing market, agents...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-Rashford comment - Government housing chief apologises

One of the most senior politicians involved in the property industry is embroiled in a row over her anti-Marcus Rashford social...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agency issues statement over racist football tweet

High end agency Savills is conducting “a full investigation” into a racist tweet posted overnight. A Savills statement posted on Twitter this...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

The Holiday Home Debate - Don’t Let Politicians Get Away With It

At first sight it’s a tough ask to defend holiday homes when there’s evidence that many who want to buy can’t,...

10 July 2021

From: Features

Lights! Camera! Estate Agent! - Oscar winner’s son joins hybrid

The son of an Oscar winner has been named as the latest estate agent working under the easyProperty banner. Damian Wanstall is...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revolutionary tech platform slashes time taken to sell a home

Coadjute, the long-awaited real-time network which uses Blockchain technology to sell a property, is launched today with its first property deal...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

England player is early graduate of estate agency academy

A former England international is an early graduate of a new estate agency academy in Yorkshire. Rebecca Rayner, a former England under-18...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

A third of sellers consider using Purplebricks, claims agency

The chief executive of Purplebricks says research into pricing strategies has suggested around a third of sellers at least consider using...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today – Why has overhaul of buying and selling still not happened?

The government and property industry have been talking about it for a long time, and there have been numerous initiatives introduced...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Bankrupt took hundreds of thousands ‘to build retirement home’

A bankrupt builder from Devon persuaded pensioners to pay him £271,000 to construct a home - but his poor workmanship has...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – why OTM’s Jason Tebb shows the importance of good hires

In the world of football – very topical at the moment, as we all enjoy the Euros – there is an...

03 July 2021

From: Features

We could see more chains breaking down – why agents need a plan B

By any measure, the housing market has been unprecedently busy in recent months, fuelled not just by the stamp duty holiday...

03 July 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity (but probably not on Saturday evening)

There’s no need for excuses if you’re not fund raising for good causes on Saturday evening - tens of millions will...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Fall throughs stay static as stamp duty deadline passes

Rightmove estimates that 1.3m buyers have benefitted from the stamp duty holidays across Great Britain since they were announced in July...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Home ownership ‘cause of inter-generational strife’ - claim

The distribution of home ownership across different generations has been a cause of strife according to a think-tank. The Resolution Foundation’s latest...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Crazy times, hazy memories - looking back at more than 35 years in the industry

There are just three working days until the end of the stamp duty holiday for most buyers. That’s not even enough time...

26 June 2021

From: Features

London-focussed agency expands in south west England

London-focussed agency Winkworth - which has around 60 of its 100 franchise branches in the capital - has now opened another...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Interest rate worries played down by Bank of England

The Bank of England has played down worries that interest rates may have to rise as a result of growing levels...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Over a third of sales go for asking price or higher - Rightmove

Data from Rightmove shows that no less than 37 per cent of homes early this year sold for the asking price...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Dramatic slump in instructions for Purplebricks, according to data

There’s been a dramatic slump in instructions for online agencies, particularly Purplebricks, according to data produced by one online firm itself. 99Home...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday - first time buyers are the big losers

An authoritative study on the housing market has shown that the big losers from the pandemic have been first time buyers. The...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: Joy and heartbreak- our Agent Match Reports

It was never going to be easy for Scotland - and there was no sense of jeopardy for an already-through England. Yet...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Reapit unveils latest added-value app accessed via CRM platform

Home set up and utility management service Just Move In is the latest partner on Reapit’s CRM. The 5,000-plus agents who use Reapit’s...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Thom Hudson, photographer at Meyers Estate Agents

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  Thom Hudson, photographer at Meyers Estate Agents What is Meyers...

22 June 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Property Natter: how tech-led will estate agency be in 10 years?

Around 18 months ago, just a few months before the pandemic hit, I did a Natter with the team at software...

19 June 2021

From: Features

Sir Stelios backs easyProperty agent with no property experience

easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has given his personal backing to the newest recruit of online agency easyProperty - even though...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Could an adjustment to BTL Stamp Duty improve the lettings market?

The Stamp Duty holiday has been very beneficial for hundreds of thousands of buyers looking to take advantage of savings, even...

16 June 2021

From: Features

Should buyers show ‘proof of funds’ to be allowed to view a home?

A traditional problem for agents has been ‘tyre kickers’ who come to view a home out of curiosity with little or...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Sell Purplebricks! Stock market advisers tell investors to quit agency

Swiss investment bank UBS has advised investors to sell their Purplebricks shares as the market share for the controversial agency appears...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: Reality Czech for the Scots (but will they boogie against England?)

Welcome to our second Euros Agent Match Report, when we get leading agents’ and suppliers’ takes on the matches featuring England and Scotland.  Today...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Expansion and another branch for fast-growing regional agency

The youngsRPS agency now has a fifth branch in the north of England - it’s in Darlington and will cover the...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

30 and going strong - Q&A with Michael Jones as firm reaches milestone

Michael Jones & Company celebrates its 30-year anniversary this year and, in an effort to both celebrate the work of local...

12 June 2021

From: Features

Buy-to-Let: is the outlook improving for landlords?

There are an estimated 2.7 million landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) providing rental accommodation to multiple generations of tenant,...

09 June 2021

From: Features

Agents – getting to know you, getting to like you…

A recent survey run by mio revealed that almost 50% of home movers selected their estate agent because they liked them....

09 June 2021

From: Features

PropTech Today – have we reached peak PropTech?

In the third part of this series, Neil Cobbold – Chief Sales Officer at rental payment automation provider PayProp – explores...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Fewer than a third of buyers expect to make stamp duty deadline

There are over 700,000 homes marked Sold Subject to Contract and going through conveyancing right now, according to a new Rightmove...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

The Cladding Scandal – what do you need to know?

The Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017 exposed the dangers of inflammable cladding on residential tower blocks, and what has come...

05 June 2021

From: Features

Revealed: how digital innovation is transforming estate agency

The growth of the internet and technology has transformed virtually every aspect of our lives, including how we approach the property...

05 June 2021

From: Features

Management emails to agents outside work hours should be banned - call

A trade union is demanding that the government ban emails from all employers outside office hours - and it wants emails...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Crackdown on agents’ boards as code of conduct is torn up

A council cracking down on the increase of illegally positioned estate agent boards. Agents are required, under Planning and Highways legislation to...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Broadband ever-more important for buyers

New research has found that homebuyers would prioritise buying a home with superfast broadband over being close to a good school.  A...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - everything from a tuk-tuk to a give-give

Hello - it’s Friday already and that means more salutes to those in our industry raising money for good causes. If...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Bank of England warns on interest rates if house prices rocket

The Bank of England will intervene if it considers soaring house prices will affect the inflation rate says Sir Dave Ramsden,...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty turbocharges house prices to another record high

House prices have soared 10.9 per cent in the past year - the highest level since 2014 - according to the...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agents can now speed up their AML checks - here’s how

As estate agencies are covered by Money Laundering Regulations, agents are legally obliged to take customer due diligence measures to limit...

01 June 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agents switch to self-employment as brand celebrates 200 recruits

eXp UK - an agency brand with roots in the US - says it now has 200 self-employed agents operating under its...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Tidal Wave: some house prices up as much as 48 per cent in a year

The average price of a property in a British seaside town is now £265,978, a leap of 10 per cent -...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Portal home buying platform links with 60-plus mortgage providers

A new home buying platform being set up by a challenger portal has revealed details of its mortgage offer to users. OneDome...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Is a fully-digital home moving process right for the property industry?

Tech is a fantastic enabler but should never be a complete replacement for the human interactions that add real value to...

29 May 2021

From: Features

How Open Banking will transform the lettings industry

Banking has gone through radical changes in the past few years, in step with technology and the sheer amount we can...

29 May 2021

From: Features

Housing market needs more help as Covid support measures end - call

Banks and building societies want the government to offer more help to the housing market through additional assistance to home owners...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Inclusion, fund-raising and giving…

Hello, and we’re at the start of a long weekend - and as the weather (finally) improves, perhaps that’s the opportunity...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation Today – ‘I've always believed agents should be regulated’

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I am delighted to chat with Lucy Morton, Head of Residential Agency at JLL, about...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property marketing - keeping personal data protected

After a recent incident involving an Estate Agent based in Devon in which a property virtual tour they published revealed a...

25 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Brexit heightens risks for agents who fail key compliance tests

An assessment by a risk solutions firm shows that estate agents are on average just 53 per cent of the way...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as family’s ‘last holiday ever’ motorhome is stolen

A family is appealing for help in tracing the whereabouts of a motorhome stolen from outside their house at Whitstable in Kent...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – 5 ways estate agency has changed since May 2020

It’s now over a year since the property market officially reopened after an unprecedented two-month shutdown at the height of the...

22 May 2021

From: Features

Q&A with Jerry Walters – why the AML clock is ticking for letting agents

With property fraud on the rise and an ever-increasing number of transactions taking place in the lettings sector, having strict anti-money laundering...

22 May 2021

From: Features

Housing boom may outlast stamp duty holiday, says Bank chief

The Bank of England’s deputy governor says it’s possible that the current housing market boom may continue even after the end...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - we’re free to go inside (and fundraise outside)

It’s great to enjoy hospitality inside now...but it’s even better to fundraise, perhaps outside in the spring and summer weather. It’ll...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks excluded from industry league table despite surge in instructions

A controversial league table of corporate agents’ market share is deliberately excluding Purplebricks and other online agencies.  This is despite Purplebricks this...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Cities and Flats are Back! Demand switches from rural to urban

An analysis of over 1.6m listings by Rightmove shows a big return to normality - demand for smaller city centre properties...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents – can facial recognition ID help to speed up the sales and rental process?

In recent years, the property market has been taking steps to become more digital – with HM Land Registry leading the...

19 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Two years on - how can agents comply with the Tenant Fees Act?

It’s nearly two years since The Tenant Fees Act came into force for tenancies in England. On 1 June 2019 it...

19 May 2021

From: Features

Ker-ching! Average asking price hits a third of a million pounds

The asking price of a typical home in the UK has hit a third of a million pounds for the first...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the tide turning for the lettings industry?

It’s been quite a week for the rental sector. Lettings agents and landlords have had such a torrid time in recent years...

15 May 2021

From: Features

Supply Drought Over? Big jump in property listings, reports Rightmove

The number of properties coming on the market is still not meeting the huge demand from buyers, but the level of...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket data deal means free market appraisal guides for agents

OnTheMarket has signed an exclusive commercial partnership with property data specialist Sprift, to provide free market appraisal guides. These can be customised...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Sam Hunter – ‘does Homesearch pass the Ronseal test? Yes, we do’

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I speak to someone who has made an excellent impression on the property industry in...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Quarterly legal and compliance updates for letting agents

On 28 April 2021, Fixflo ran the first in a series of quarterly legal update webinars with David Smith, Partner at...

12 May 2021

From: Features

Vendor rejects higher offers to guarantee sale to local buyer

A first-time-buyer couple in a part of the country renowned for its second homes and shortage of stock has praised a...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove Data Security change in new bid to deter fraudsters

Rightmove is to roll-out two-factor authentication within Rightmove Plus to try to protect agents against attempts by fraudsters to steal leads and...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London market shows sign of returning at last

The latest Coutts Prime Property Index has revealed that activity in this sector of the market - based mostly in London...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Day in the life of Simon Brown, ESTAS founder

In a return to a favourite series of mine, as it gives an excellent insight into the very many facets of...

08 May 2021

From: Features

Mortgage lending soars as stamp duty buying boom goes on

Mortgage lending has shown the biggest net increase on record according to the Bank of England.  Mortgage borrowing in March rose by...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rejected - vast numbers of first time buyers turned down for mortgages

One one in five first time buyers have been able to get a mortgage on the first attempt over the past...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Urban Flight - move to rural homes only for well off, says think tank

A think tank claims that ‘urban flight’ - when people leave cities and head for towns and villages - is merely a...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Vote, Vote, Vote - Housing and the 2021 Local Elections

Local elections rarely set the pulse racing and this year’s poll on Thursday faces a similar problem. But this time, it’s a...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Estate agent case studies: ‘abandoning the corporate world for the new’

Keller Williams now boasts 377 estate agency partners across the UK - agents that have set up and run their own...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Online KYC checks help estate agents battle rising fraud

As an estate agent, you should of course be performing robust Know Your Customer (KYC) checks as part of your Anti-Money...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Urgent warning to agencies over repayment of Coronavirus debt

There’s a new warning that the estate agency industry may be in a more fragile financial condition than before the pandemic,...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency Consolidation - Rival commuter belt brands join forces

Hertfordshire based agency Ashtons has acquired an independent agency operating in the same county, Aitchisons Residential. Aitchisons’ offices in St Albans and...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - now, where are my Plus Fours?

Hello and welcome to Agents Do Charity as we are on the threshold of May why not get on to the...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Changes to the moving process that agents and consumers want to see

The private treaty process has been in need of modernisation for a long time. When we open an account with a...

28 April 2021

From: Features

Red Flag! Insolvency firm warns of growing distress in property sector

An insolvency specialist is warning that the real estate sector of the UK is seeing more firms in financial distress despite...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

£1m bonus package for Foxtons boss despite huge shareholder rebellion

Controversial Foxtons chief executive Nic Budden is to pocket a bonus package of around £1m - despite a huge shareholder rebellion at...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks downgrade signals booming independent agents - claim

International investment bank UBS has double-downgraded Purplebricks from ‘buy’ to ‘sell’ - and that could be good for independent agents, a...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the thinking behind Zoopla's new look, features and functionality

As the property market continues to boom, competition between portals such as Zoopla, Rightmove, OnTheMarket and Boomin has been hotting up...

21 April 2021

From: Features

End of Furlough “won’t kill off housing market bull run”

A leading analyst has told Knight Frank that the end of furlough this autumn is unlikely to kill off the housing...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Asking prices hit another all time high according to Rightmove

Another week begins, another record tumbles - Rightmove this morning reports a monthly price surge of 2.1 per cent has propelled...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Virtual viewings and personal data – what do agents need to know?

If someone broke into your house and took a video of lots of personal information, like photos of family and pets,...

17 April 2021

From: Features

Up to 40% of homes for sale are chain-free in parts of UK

New research shared with Estate Agent Today suggest that in areas of the country almost four in 10 homes for sale...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove flying with record visits as buying frenzy continues

Rightmove has so far this year recorded 20 of its busiest ever days for visits to the site as the current...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla founder has new idea to disrupt how agents buy and sell

The founder of Zoopla has returned to the property market with a new proposal to disrupt how agents buy and sell homes. Alex...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday has only limited impact on housing market - claim

A leading agency claims the stamp duty holiday has actually had a minimal impact in the mainstream market, despite many suggestions...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Fake Reviews: Watchdog pushes Facebook into action

The Competition and Markets Authority says it has pushed Facebook into taking new action to combat fake reviews - an issue...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency offices in Wales to open again from next week

Estate agency offices in Wales, closed for many weeks as part of that country’s lockdown, will reopen from next Monday, April 12. The...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin - What’s the verdict?

The launch of Boomin has been and gone with, perhaps, something less than its expected fanfare of publicity. Of course there are...

03 April 2021

From: Features

No short-term lets regulation for now - what could this mean for the PRS?

Licensing of the short-term lets sector in Scotland was due to be introduced next month. However, it was recently announced that...

03 April 2021

From: Features

Starting a business? Sage advice proved to be worth acting upon

It’s 12 years since we opened our doors with the Fine and Country estate agency in Drayton on April 1 2009. The...

03 April 2021

From: Features

Final chance for agents….state of the nation survey closes on Easter Monday!

First off, happy Good Friday to all our readers. Here’s to a great, if still slightly different, long Easter bank holiday...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

PRS policy chat - what's next for agents and landlords?

Earlier this month, Fixflo held a webinar with David Cox, legal and compliance director of Rightmove, to discuss key government policies...

31 March 2021

From: Features

Property directors banned for 25 years after investment scam

Two property directors have been banned from holding company office for a total of 25 years after abusing £7.7m taken from...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agents trusted more than politicians (yes, that old story)

First the good news - estate agents are trusted more than politicians and no less than bankers. Now the bad news:...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How will electric cars change conveyancing and the housing market?

Conveyancers should consider the provision of electric vehicle parking and charging in transactions according to a legal company. Law firm says that...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Market still upbeat despite dip in mortgage approvals

Bank of England figures reveal that in February there were 87,700 mortgage approvals - down from a peak of 103,700 in...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all you need to know about who’s where…

Hello, and as we near the first Bank Holiday of the year (and a little light at the end of the...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin warned - Rightmove hits record number of visits in a day

With just days before the launch of new portal Boomin, Rightmove says it’s hit a record 9.1m visits in a 24...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Spring lettings market update – Pets, eviction ban and landlords selling up

Unsurprisingly it’s been a busy few months in the property market so far this year, and a busy few months in...

27 March 2021

From: Features

Chain-free properties boom as sellers rent ahead of next move

Data from Rightmove suggests a sharp increase in the number of chain-free properties on the market because sellers are increasingly willing...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax Day was just a damp squib says leading industry analyst

The government’s highly-anticipated Tax Day was just a damp squib.  That’s the view of leading analyst Anthony Codling, who says the almost complete...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

The end of EPCs? Government told to scrap ‘outdated’ scheme

Energy Performance Certificates ought to be scrapped because they are outdated and not fit for purpose. That’s the view of an influential...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid has changed how and where we want to live

One year on from the UK’s first stay-at-home order, London has been overtaken as the most searched-for location on Rightmove, according...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How much? UK housing stock value hits a record high despite Covid

The total value of the UK’s housing stock has hit a record £7.56 trillion despite the pandemic. The calculation - by Savills,...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Have tenants in arrears? You need to be aware of this new law

From 4 May 2021, your agency could be blocked from charging late fees, compounding interest on missing rent and taking any...

20 March 2021

From: Features

Agency says branches are old hat and sets 30 day target to sell homes

A new estate agency says it aims to sell homes within 30 days - and dismisses the idea of a traditional...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we’re promising to have a ball…

Welcome to Agents Do Charity, the weekly fund-raising catch up - as ever, even during challenging times, it’s great to see...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech needed for agents to cope with soaring transactions - claim

Agents have been warned they are likely to require PropTech assistance to cope with a surge in transactions expected this year. The...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent warns public of perils of Modern Method of Auction

A prominent estate agent has warned buyers and sellers about the perils of the controversial Modern Method of Auction. MMA is now...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

It's the biggest sellers' market in a decade - Rightmove

Rightmove says the excess of demand over supply right now is bigger than at any time over the past decade -...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Should Non-Disclosure Agreements be banned in the property industry?

The controversy over the use of Non-Disclosure Agreements in the world of property resurfaced over the weekend in a BBC programme. A...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage boost as many homeowners pay down debt during pandemic

With much attention on those at risk of repossession or running up rent arrears, it's emerged that many others have actually used...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - is working from anywhere the future for UK estate agency?

One of the biggest trends in recent times, as a direct result of the pandemic, is the concept of working from...

13 March 2021

From: Features

Why every day is Women’s Day here!

You could be forgiven for overlooking International Women’s Day on Monday. Well, almost. Focus was instead turned to the first day back...

13 March 2021

From: Features

Agents changing work priorities because of Covid says personnel guru

The head of one of the industry’s foremost recruitment organisations says the pandemic has caused people to re-evaluate priorities and change...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide boss in bonus storm is given key role in takeover

Paul Creffield, a veteran figure at Countrywide involved in a controversy over bonuses, is staying on to “support” the transition into new...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin advertising extravaganza as portal launches

Boomin has revealed its launch date after months of high-profile publicity. It’s to be three and a half weeks from now on...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents unite to support others during the pandemic

It might be tempting during the pandemic to focus simply on the business, yet many agents have been turning their attention...

06 March 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity … Who’s sponsored to climb the cliff edge?

Another week and another frenzy of news, culminating in the Budget and the extension of the stamp duty holiday. A cliff edge...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: new cliff edge or cause for delight?

Rarely do Budgets produce positive sentiments from the agency industry but Chancellor Rishi Sunak appears to have won widespread support for...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: government clarifies Budget announcement

The government has issued an official note to detail the announcement made yesterday by Chancellor Rishi Sunak regarding stamp duty holiday...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

End of stamp duty holiday leads to drop in mortgage approvals

Mortgage approvals declined slightly in January as the market braces itself for the end of the stamp duty holiday - currently...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

The right PropTech can avert lockdown chaos – and forever revolutionise rental payments

With one of the world’s most successful vaccine rollout programmes under way in the UK, the chances of a complete lockdown...

01 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Do Charity…as we can see a roadmap to freedom…

Hello, welcome to our latest charity roundup, and as the weather improves and the vaccine roll-out lifts the spirits, so we...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Popular agency websites supplier wins international PropTech funding

Agency websites supplier Property Webmasters has secured a substantial but undisclosed cash injection to expand internationally. The investment comes from Net Ventures...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday allows older owners give more help to younger

Older homeowners gifted an average of £42,500 to younger relatives to help them buy in the past year, according to new...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin’s Michael Bruce says: “We’re ready to launch”

The Bruce brothers’ latest project, Boomin, is “ready to launch” some two months after it was expected to see the light...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraudster agent escapes prison after scamming insurance company

An agent working for a Countrywide brand in Lancashire has been given a suspended jail sentence after being found guilty of...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

How to ensure your letting business remains compliant

Being a letting agent today means keeping up to date with the long list of rules and regulations governing how a...

20 February 2021

From: Features

Stricter EPC targets will deter buyers from moving - warning

Propertymark has slammed government energy efficiency proposals as being “unrealistic, too simplistic and could deter people from moving home.” A formal consultation...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sarah Beeny – Will she be returning to estate agency after Tepilo?

This week’s In Conversation Today interviewee needs no introduction. One of the property industry’s most recognisable names, she has been a...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Six week stamp duty holiday extension would help 160,000

The Chancellor’s rumoured six week extension to the stamp duty holiday has been backed by Rightmove. Over last weekend the Daily Telegraph,...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - ‘I work for myself, not by myself’ – a self-employed agent’s tale

In this week's Natter, I focus on the inspiring story of Clare Hughes, who has bounced back in the last 12 months...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Why automation could improve enforcement of PRS regulation

It’s now more than a year since the government offered an additional £4 million to councils to combat rogue landlords. At the...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Walk-ins to High Street branches “more a liability than an advantage”

The rise and rise of portal listings and changing consumer habits during the pandemic may mean the death of the High...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Speedy agents are Number 1 when it comes to call answering

Estate and letting agencies are the best performing businesses for low call waiting times in the UK. A survey of 1,000 people...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Many buyers are scared of negotiating with agents - claim

A leading bank says as many as one in three buyers pay too much for a property because they are afraid...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Foreign investors may be banned from some waterfront properties

The high-end housing market on Jersey has been rocked by a plan from the island’s government which may ban foreign investors from...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove fights back with record visits and longer stays on site

After high levels of publicity for Zoopla and Boomin in recent weeks, Rightmove has struck back with figures suggesting it’s enjoyed...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Very few new portals can seriously compete with us’ - claim

This time out, I’m in conversation with one of the big three established portals. Since it was founded in 2007, Zoopla...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed – top 3 work from home tips for agents

We’re now in Lockdown 3.0 and most of us have become used to juggling home-working, home schooling and a million and...

03 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Stamp Duty Holiday still providing big boost for housing market

Mortgage approvals decreased slightly in December but remain well above pre-Covid levels thanks to the continuing incentive of the stamp duty...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned? Another housing hotspot ponders second home curbs

One of the country’s most popular tourist destinations may ban the sale of new builds to second home buyers. The council in Padstow -...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent launches petition for radical overhaul of house buying process

An online petition has been started by an independent estate agent seeking a radical overhaul of how homes are sold in...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – will 2021 be the year of the merger?

At the back-end of last year and the start of this, the biggest news stories in town – besides debates over...

30 January 2021

From: Features

What will the lettings industry look like in 2021?

As part of our third PayProp Special Report on COVID-19 rental arrears in the UK, we surveyed over 600 agents, tenants...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Do you know what tenants want in 2021?

As we now find ourselves in the UK’s third national lockdown in 10 months, what tenants want, and need from their...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - there’s a hard drive on for laptops…

Hello and welcome to Agents Do Charity, the regular round-up of industry good work. Whatever the cause, it’s great to publicise agents’...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Graeme Edwards, General Manager at Ravensworth

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I am the General Manager of Ravensworth, which is what...

28 January 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Lockdown means viewings and sales will fall, says Phil Spencer

Property commentator Phil Spencer says lockdown - which we know will now last for another six weeks at least, and possibly...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring distressed property firms are ‘just tip of large iceberg’

Despite the booming housing market the whole property sector - a key indicator of the economy's performance - has seen 11,000...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Why don’t agencies list on the stock market anymore?

There’s been a flurry of recent activity involving agencies quoted on the London Stock Exchange: Hunters, The Property Franchise Group and...

23 January 2021

From: Features

In Conversation Today – Q&A with the man behind a 2020 success story

By any available metric, Belvoir had a good 2020. Already a well-known and well-established name, it was highly praised for its...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New high taste agency employs ‘guild of creatives and thinkers’

A new estate agency listing historic houses is to have “a select group of creatives and thinkers” that will assist in the...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the property industry at a crossroads?

The property market became somewhat fractious during 2020. After receiving a much-needed boost with the promise of stamp duty relief, things...

20 January 2021

From: Features

Banned! Online agencies must not advertise house for sale

Two mysterious online agencies have had their advertisements for the same property banned by the Advertising Standards Authority. The agencies - Manchestersalerent and...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban on repossessions extended for mortgage borrowers

The Financial Conduct Authority is extending the ban on repossessions by two months until April 1, in light of the pandemic. The...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Fall-throughs to rise as 100,000 face stamp duty disappointment

The latest Rightmove analysis shows it now takes 126 days from the time an offer is accepted until legal completion -...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing minister resigns from government

Housing minister Kelly Tolhurst has resigned from the government for personal reasons. Tolhurst had formal responsibility for the government’s policies to combat...

16 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Cliff-edge end to Stamp Duty Holiday will not hurt market, says analyst

One of the housing market’s senior analysts says the end of the stamp duty holiday on March 31 would not be...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Investors ready to bankroll agents moving from employee to ownership

An appeal has gone out to agents wanting to jump from being employees to running their own businesses - and there are...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 will not hold back Agents who are prepared to adapt

With the Government announcement this week of another national lockdown across England amid the surging coronavirus infections, it once again puts...

08 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Good news for first time buyers as 10% deposits make a return

HSBC UK is re-introducing its 90 per cent Loan To Value mortgages from next week - a possible lifeline for first...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove hits back at rivals by claiming busiest ever New Year

Rightmove says it’s recorded the busiest ever start to a New Year in its two decade history with visits to the...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin's Michael Bruce reveals portal's aims - and the lessons of Purplebricks

To kick off 2021, we have a Q&A with one of the most high-profile – and, it has to be said,...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Banks may not be able to cope with mortgage demand, warns agency

New figures from the Bank of England show that mortgage approvals rose 7.0 per cent in November to reach 105,000 -...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

You guessed it…10 things to watch for in 2021

Here’s hoping you managed to have as good a Christmas and New Year as Covid rules allowed. Journalism in early January is...

02 January 2021

From: Features

Property Natter: backbone of our industry – Aspire-ing and roaring to greatness

Firstly, Happy New Year – here’s to 2021 being less chaotic than the last! In the final part of our series on...

02 January 2021

From: Features

2021 preview – what do letting agencies need to prepare for?

As we approach the end of the year, there is no doubt that it has been a turbulent 12 months for...

02 January 2021

From: Features

Revealed - where house prices rose nearly £80 a day in 2020

Zoopla has revealed precisely how much house prices have risen over the course of 2020. Across the UK as a whole prices...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

League table of Britain’s biggest 2020 house price rises

London and other urban areas dominate the league table of locations seeing the biggest house price rises of 2020. This is despite...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Estate Agent Today and Angels Media

Many agents will be closed on New Year’s Day - the last Bank Holiday for some months and at the start...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Modern Method of Auction firm says public needs to be educated

The largest company involved in the controversial Modern Method of Auction says it’s producing a “disruptive digital market campaign to address...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Hold the tinsel! Ditch the mistletoe! The house won’t sell…

We’re sure agents have been working hard to urge vendors to take it easy on the dodgy decorations if there are...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Should agents scrap viewings in Tier 4 areas? This one has...

An agency operating in the new Tier 4 area has abandoned viewings and visits to homes until New Year, even though the...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

More affordable mortgages may boost 2021 housing market

The Bank of England is to review the affordability tests imposed on  borrowers, opening the door to a possible relaxation of...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Fall throughs hit 50% but Covid buyer panic now subsiding

The proportion of sales that fell through at the worst point of this year was 52 per cent it’s been claimed. However...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

How can PropTech adapt within an uncertain market?

Ever since the initial ripples of innovation in the 1990s, PropTech has proceeded to reshape our market beyond recognition; going on...

19 December 2020

From: Features

Banking barriers for start-ups and how to overcome them

Start-up letting agents looking to enter the market are finding it increasingly difficult to set up in business as banks point...

19 December 2020

From: Features

Is it time to allow tenants to keep pets?

This is a time of year when many people consider buying a pet as a present but for the millions of...

16 December 2020

From: Features

Suzy Lamplugh: TV show reveals ‘new witness’ 34 years on

A TV show relating the story of London estate agent Suzy Lamplugh will this evening reveal that there is a possible new...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Market frenzy to last until spring at least says Rightmove

If you fear the market will slow after Christmas, think again - Rightmove is expecting several months of frenzied transactions to...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - 2020’s final look at movers and shakers

Hello - and here we are nearing the end of the strangest of years.  With agents and industry suppliers rushed off their...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Branch closures and Covid lead to big LSL revenue slump

Revenues have slumped by 18 per cent at LSL Property Services, the corporate which boasts Your Move and Reeds Rains and...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Price falls lead to stronger sales in super-prime London says agency

In the six months to November there’s been a 79 per cent increase in sales of homes priced £5m to £10m says Knight...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

“Deplorable” government slammed for years of housing problems

A scathing document produced by MPs slams the government for its “deplorable” housing policies which are "invented, abandoned and reinvented" -...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New homes slated for “stubbornly low” design quality

The design quality of new homes and neighbourhoods across the UK remains stubbornly low, according to a new report by academics.  The...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

House price rises have far out-stripped stamp duty savings

Another day, another house price record as the bull market continues. The latest Halifax index shows prices surging 7.6 per cent to...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

On The Fence! - MPs stay neutral over stamp duty holiday extension

MPs lobbied by agents to extend the stamp duty holiday are staying firmly on the fence with standard answers and no...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the backbone of our industry – charity, Cornwall and family!

Welcome to part three of our ongoing series on local independent agents, as we seek to give this all-important part of...

05 December 2020

From: Features

What should agents look for in a software provider in 2021?

If this year has taught us anything, it's that estate agents need their software provider and specifically their CRM, to help...

05 December 2020

From: Features

Agents can do more to speed up transactions by adopting technology

Recent debate about urgent need for reform and better collaboration within the property industry, has once again come under the spotlight...

04 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Are you prepared for a seasonal upswing in missed rental payments?

It’s that time of year again. Black Friday has been and gone and the run-up to Christmas is well and truly...

02 December 2020

From: Features

Boom still not over as mortgage approvals hit 13-year high

The housing market may be slowing as we enter December but the latest snapshot suggests there’s still momentum with mortgage approvals...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 November 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - from Christmas parties to Christmas carols

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

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

25 November 2020

From: Features

Boomin now claims 40% of the top 100 UK agencies

The soon-to-launch Boomin portal has signed up a national firm and now claims to have recruited 40 per cent of the...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide opens a new branch after 50 closures this year

Countrywide, which is thought to have closed over a fifth of its branches in recent years, has opened a new office...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to advise Boomin on referral fees disclosure

The Boomin portal, which incentivises agents to cross-sell and benefit from referral fees, is to receive advice on fee disclosure from...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge over-supply means London facing “perfect storm” - warning

The Home website, which publishes a detailed monthly snapshot of the market, has raised the alarm over London because of a...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Vaccine injects new life into housing market

Just when you thought the housing market was beginning to calm down... along comes a likely vaccine for Coronavirus. One of the country’s...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Social media first for Zoopla with ‘hyper local’ image campaigns

Zoopla is the first UK property company to launch advertising on Pinterest, the lifestyle picture-centric social media platform. A statement from Zoopla...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown ‘not hurting market’ despite dip in asking prices

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

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 November 2020

From: Features

Top 10 things to consider before picking rental payment PropTech

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

14 November 2020

From: Features

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

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

13 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Do Charity … on Children In Need day…

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

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

TV consumer champion demands action to free ‘mortgage prisoners’

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

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors in Countrywide prepare for bargaining with Connells

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

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions law – get specialist advice if you’re unsure

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

10 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Lettings 2.0 - technology alone isn’t the answer

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

07 November 2020

From: Features

Four revenue generation tips for letting agents

What are the best ways for a letting agency to generate additional revenue and stay ahead of the competition? Management fees are...

07 November 2020

From: Features

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

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

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

How can Open Banking benefit landlords and letting agents?

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

05 November 2020

From: PropTech & Innovation

Interest rate unchanged despite unusual early announcement

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

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New house survey launched by fledgling rival to RICS

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

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Using technology to underpin your lettings division

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

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday set to be extended as housing market stays open

There’s one key takeaway for agents from the weekend’s announcements on the next England-wide lockdown - the housing market is staying...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 October 2020

From: Features

Market boom to carry on into 2021 as mortgage lending soars

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

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Fangs for all your good work…

It’s Halloween time, and while this year’s festivities may be muted there’s plenty to celebrate as far as agents’ good deeds...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

He’s back: ARLA’s David Cox joins Rightmove as compliance chief

David Cox is joining Rightmove next week in a dramatic return to the industry. Cox left the ARLA Propertymark in late July after...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping the property market moving

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

27 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Living without Section 21 evictions – lessons from the Scottish market

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

27 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Top tips on how to ensure your AML procedures are up to scratch

The property market, and therefore, estate agents have been accused of being the 'weak link' in the UK’s money laundering defences. This...

27 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Mortgage struggles and house-buying complexity hit first timers

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

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Market analysis – why it’s all change in the rental sector

It’s no surprise to hear that the property market has seen a lot of change across 2020, with ups and downs...

26 October 2020

From: Features

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

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

24 October 2020

From: Features

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

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

24 October 2020

From: Features

Six ways innovation is transforming the lettings sector

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

24 October 2020

From: Features

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

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

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London buyers flee centre for outer areas, reports Rightmove

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

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Working From Home - what buyers want, and where they want to be

Agents in some parts of the country may be able to make use of data from utilities comparison service uSwitch, which...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 700 agency branches fail to reopen after spring lockdown

Some 713 estate agency branches have failed to reopen following the spring lockdown according to a business consultancy. TwentyCi says that is the...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Down-valuation shock - half of buyers hit by lenders’ bad news

A mortgage service claims