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KEYWORD "Branches" - 599 RESULTS
EXCLUSIVE: New national agency recruitment ‘ahead of expectations’

A new national agency concept - eXp UK - has told Estate Agent Today that its recruitment schedule is running “well...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

50-year old regional agency group announces latest acquisition

A regional agency operating across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire has announced an acquisition which adds two branches to its network. This week, Alexander...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

10-branch agency rebrands to Hunters with plans to open central hub

An estate agency based in Cumbria has rebranded to Hunters following a management buyout. Cumberland Estate Agents has been purchased by its...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Case study: Connells reaping the time-saving benefits of new sales and communication tool

Case study: Connells reaping the time-saving benefits of new sales and communication tool Since adopting mio in September 2018, Josh Lally, Senior...

07 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Independent puts faith in the high street with strategic relocation

An independent estate agency has committed its future to the high street by moving one of its offices to a more...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide to integrate iconic London agency into Hamptons brand

Countrywide says London agency Greene & Co, acquired back in May 2015, will become ‘fully immersed’ into its Hamptons International brand...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

High end agency shuts two branches and relies on online enquiries

A high profile estate agency selling some of the most expensive homes in the west of England has shut two of...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Success story: new acquisition to mark 160th anniversary of agency

A north of England estate agency is marking its 160th anniversary with the pledge to announce an acquisition by the end...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Forget branches - Google and Feefo are go-to for today’s buyers

A well known regional agent has closed one of its offices saying “the old shop window of an estate agency is...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s a big kick-off this weekend…

All eyes are on Japan for the Rugby World Cup beginning this weekend…but there’s still time for our industry to raise...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Mandatory qualifications for agents - will they help the industry?

Earlier this year, the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) working group announced the initial details of plans for mandatory qualifications and...

18 September 2019

From: Features

Simon Trippett, Partner at The Property Centre

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Simon Trippett – Partner at The Property Centre. What services...

18 September 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Connells appeals for independent agencies wanting to sell up

Connells Group has announced its acquisition of an independent Cambridgeshire agency - and it says it’s on the look out for...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s very hot stuff this week

Our first wonderful fund-raising agents this week are walking over hot coals - now that’s a dare for you. But you don’t...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Branch closures: Large number of offices quit the High Street

A comprehensive report into the changing complexion of the High Street suggests that some 143 estate agents’ offices closed in the...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

One of country’s oldest independents snapped up by fast-growing agency

The independent Seel and Co, one of Cardiff’s and Wales’ oldest independent agencies and auction houses, has been acquired by Jeffrey...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agency is changing

One of the biggest changes seen in the property market over the last decade is technology growth. With the likes of Rightmove...

11 September 2019

From: Features

Hunters branch network hits 200 with emphasis on IT and local expertise

Franchise giant Hunters says its branch network has now hit 200 following a spate of acquisitions in the first half of...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla wins back one of Britain’s largest regional estate agencies

One of the country’s largest regional estate and lettings agencies has now fully rejoined Zoopla. Yorkshire-based Dacre, Son & Hartley brings its...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Trying Times: Agent’s rugby marketing wheeze could cost him £250,000

An estate agent in Cardiff has come up with a marketing wheeze in a bid to win more instructions - but...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

High end agency opens new training centre in London branch

Knight Frank has expanded its residential London network with the addition of a new South Bank office. While many agencies have shut...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Your new shop window is not a shop window

In the old days an agent would procure clients based upon their position in the high street, the size of the...

04 September 2019

From: Features

Property Natter - how to prepare for Generation Z and Alpha

They will be the doctors, lawyers, teachers, thinkers, leaders and captains of industry of the not too distant future, but is...

24 August 2019

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - all the late-summer moves in our industry...

Hello and welcome to the final PJT before September - yes that means summer is almost over.  Yet even during the holiday season...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide insider claims up to 250 branches may have closed

Countrywide’s branch closure programme, shrouded in secrecy even to shareholders, may have involved shutting 250 offices according to an insider. The individual...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Modern Method of Auction firm has sold 16,500 homes in a decade

iamproperty, parent company of IAMsold, says it now works with 2,500 estate agency branches nationwide and has sold over 16,500 properties...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket founder Savills ‘no comment’ on future return to Zoopla

Savills says it’s not commenting on whether it will list on Zoopla in the future. Last week Knight Frank - which in...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the industry's latest moves and appointments

Yes it’s Monday, so it’s another edition of PJT, your guide to the key moves and changes in the agency and...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why do people swap career paths to become agents?

With the often negative portrayal of agents in the media and popular culture, you might ask yourself why anyone would want...

10 August 2019

From: Features

Franchise brand opens new office - 20 years after launching its first

The owners of four branches of a franchise agency in Berkshire have launched a new office in the county, just over...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

How can technology help letting agents become more efficient?

Have you asked yourself why technology is so important in letting agency today? Just look around and you will know why. Almost...

03 August 2019

From: Features

Online agents face new guidelines as advertising complaints rocket

The Advertising Standards Authority has issued a guidance note warning online estate agents, after complaints about them have “grown dramatically”. “Property is big...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide branch closure programme explained - but no figures

Countrywide has told Estate Agent Today that it will not be releasing any figures on the branch closure programme it introduced...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

EweMove bucks downward hybrid trend by increasing revenue

After months of difficulties and closures for many online and hybrid estate agencies, EweMove claims to have bucked the trend. In a...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide wins new deal with lenders to continue ‘turnaround plan’

In a trading statement this morning, Countrywide says it has “a new covenant package with lenders provides the financial flexibility to...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Branch closures boost profits at Your Move and Reeds Rains

LSL Property Services, parent firm of Your Move and Reeds Rains, says the company’s branch closure programme was a success with profits...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide now “beyond salvation” says former chief executive

Countrywide is now “beyond salvation” according to former chief executive Harry Hill. The industry veteran, who also founded Rightmove, made the remark...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove: agency numbers fall 3% but profits and revenue soar 10%

Rightmove’s half year figures this morning continue to show strong growth in profits and revenue - but there are the first...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New portal snaps up early PropTech listings site Nethouseprices

One of the earliest property websites, nethouseprices.com, has been acquired by fledgling property portal OneDome.  Nethouseprices was set up in 2004 and...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned to be in a redress scheme for ALL aspects of their work

Estate and letting agents are being urged to check that they are signed up with an approved redress scheme that covers...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fees ban – post-apocalyptic or the dawn of a new age?

Sometimes having prior knowledge of a stressful event can be more stressful than the event itself, just look at Brexit for...

24 July 2019

From: Features

Property Jobs Today: your Monday round up of industry moves...

Hello and welcome to this latest edition of PJT, your regular weekly column giving all the key appointments news in the...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency super-merger as regional independent firms link-up

Two of the highest profile independent estate agencies in the north of England have merged following a spectacular acquisition. Linley & Simpson...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit blues mean it's becoming a buyer's market, warns Rightmove

The price of property coming to market fell by 0.2 per cent or an average of £656 in the past month...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: How will estate agents win and lose talent?

The PropTech era is changing the way in which employees decide where they are going to work. As CBRE has discovered in...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

He’s Hired! Apprentice estate agent star sets up property consultancy

Jamie Lester, the London estate agent who starred in The Apprentice almost a decade ago, has set up a property industry...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

104 viewings in one day and 22 offers - is this a record in a 'slow' market?

Stories of a slow property market due to an ongoing lack of supply and Brexit woes have been well-documented in recent...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

From North Somerset to Mauritius - two new branches for Fine & Country

Fine & Country, the international network of prime estate agencies, has this week announced the opening of two new offices. The first...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – guide to property startups, Part 2

In the second part of my exploration of startups, I talk to a number of people with lived experience of creating...

29 June 2019

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and we're striking the right chord...

Hello there - if it’s Friday it’s Agents Do Charity, and as we prepare for a hot weekend for Glastonbury revellers...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents get nine months free use of PropTech tool in latest FIA deal

The Federation of Independent Agents has agreed another new partnership with an industry supplier. The arrangement will allow FIA agent members nine...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks ex-CEO hits out at untrue claim that agency sold only 50%

The former chief executive of Purplebricks UK says the agency completes on over 80 per cent of the homes it lists...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Seaside agencies merge to create single four-branch operation

West Sussex estate agency Robert Luff and Co has merged with the long established company Sawyers Estate Agents. This creates a new...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket converts just 1,000 branches from free to paid deals

Figures released from OnTheMarket this morning suggest that its conversion programme for agents shifting from free deals to paid membership is...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide redundancies: dozens of sales progression staff may go

Countrywide is declining to comment on speculation that it is making 36 of its sales progression staff redundant. Estate Agent Today, which...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla takes swipe at OnTheMarket's ‘New & Exclusive’ offer

Zoopla has taken a swipe at OnTheMarket by conducting a poll of sellers’ views about having properties listed exclusively on just...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Shares Frenzy: Investors jostle for Purplebricks and Foxtons

It's been another busy 24 hours for publicly-quoted estate agencies. Swiss investment bank UBS has increased its stake in the troubled London...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a bumper round-up this week...

Welcome to the latest Property Jobs Today - because last week there was a Bank Holiday, we have a bumper edition...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

At least three Countrywide brands thought to be closing branches

It appears that at least three Countrywide brands are undergoing branch closures as the company’s cuts continue to bite. Estate Agent Today...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Long-standing London independent agency rebrands to franchise network

A London independent agency has joined the franchise network of Hunters. Regent 2000 Properties, which operates in Camden Town, is seeing its...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: share price sinks, closure and sell-off rumours swirl

Rumours continue to circulate about possible large-scale branch closures at Countrywide; its share price ended trading today at its lowest ever...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s biggest critic says: “Here’s my plan to save the firm”

Countrywide’s shares took another battering yesterday as they plummeted below the psychologically-painful 5p mark - reflecting a 95 per cent loss of...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Veteran to lead agency that says it’s “shaking up the industry”

An agent with over 29 years of experience has taken over as  chief executive officer at Humberts - just as the...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Regressor or impresser - what kind of estate agency are you?

As we move closer to the halfway point of 2019, property market conditions for agents and their clients remain challenging. Brexit may...

22 May 2019

From: Features

Independent agents’ group names another top industry firm as partner

The fledgling independent agents’ trade group, the Federation of Independent Agents, has signed another partnership deal with a high-profile industry supplier...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency amends sale details after complaint sent to advertising watchdog

North East England regional agency chain Bradley Hall has amended details for a property listed on its website following a complaint...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The UK's best agents and suppliers revealed at 16th annual ESTAS awards

The scores have been counted and the results are in for the 2019 ESTAS Awards, sponsored by Zoopla. On Friday, over 1,000...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Historic London agency aims to expand with new franchise offering

London agency Chestertons is launching a franchise offering which will allow businesses outside of the capital to operate under the Chestertons...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Marsh & Parsons bucks market trend by opening 31st London office

One of the capital's best-known agents, Marsh & Parsons, has expanded its network with a new office in Streatham Hill, South...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Historic property details create modern buzz for regional agency

A set of historic property details unearthed by a local resident have created a buzz on social media and in the...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Instant valuation tool being ‘retired’ with agents advised to switch

Landmark Information’s online valuation tool SmartVal is being retired by the company, with agents who use it being advised to switch to...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit breathing space leads to surge in applicants and deals done

The breathing space offered by the October Brexit deadline and the receding prospect of a No Deal exit from the EU...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s new pay chief takes over as share price hits another low

Countrywide has named a senior businesswoman as chair of its controversial remuneration committee which was at the centre of a row...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New independent agents’ group links with reviews service

The new Federation of Independent Agents - scheduled to launch this week - has revealed a partnership with reviews platform Feefo. The...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Do’s & Don’ts of transformation - Countrywide, Foxtons

It’s not often we can enjoy beautiful sunshine on bank holidays, but I suppose this one was a particularly blessed weekend,...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned: Agency ad’s “misleading” reference to non-existent branch

An estate agency has been ordered by the Advertising Standards Authority not to use an advertisement on its website and Facebook...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New country branch for Jackson-Stops after London sale is confirmed

Jackson-Stops has launched a new branch in mid-Sussex, expanding the estate agency’s national network to over 45 offices.  The Mid-Sussex branch will...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Nurturing leads is top priority as high-profile PropTech firms join forces

Two of the PropTech sector's highest profile digital marketing suppliers are integrating in a bid to help agents nurture the leads...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest key industry moves

Hello and welcome to Property Jobs Today - your final chance before the Easter break to catch up with the key...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

60% portal fee discounts: will this lure independent agencies to Hunters?

The chairman of franchise giant Hunters says his company’s purchasing power is such that it secures 60 per cent discounts from...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency considers quitting Rightmove as it trials Zoopla in key branches

Some branches of one of London’s largest agencies, Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, have returned to Zoopla after dropping it just over four...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

How can agents keep property transactions on track?

More than 800 property transactions fall through daily, which can have repercussions both practically and financially, as agents fail to get...

30 March 2019

From: Features

Why the future of the property industry should be paperless

When they first came onto the scene, online-only estate and lettings agents were predicted to swiftly spell the end for traditional...

30 March 2019

From: Features

Over 40 jobs at risk as agency chain plans to shut four branches

Local media in the east Midlands report that four estate agency offices operated by the Nottingham building society are to close...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: front-office headcount under review as branch closures save £3m

Foxtons has revealed that its six branch closures announced towards the end of last year will save the company £3m in...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's share price dips to lowest-ever level - under 8p

Countrywide’s share price dipped to its lowest ever level yesterday, below 8p before recovering a little ground later in the day. The...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to ‘Think Smarter Marketing’ by top industry experts

Four high-profile industry figures have sent an open letter urging agents to think about what they call “smarter marketing” in a...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Value added to house is 'confiscated' by Proceeds of Crime Act

An owner who enhanced the price of his property by illegally hacking branches off a tree has ordered to pay back...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Love or loathe us - Britain’s best agents are the best in the world

This article was originally written for City AM in response to an article it published attacking letting agents. See more here.  A...

23 March 2019

From: Features

Over 1,200 agency offices shut in a year, claims newspaper

A newspaper claims that 1,228 estate agent branches closed on Britain’s High Streets last year. The Mirror’s business editor, Graham Hiscott, says the...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents' worries grow as house price rises are smallest for six years

Average house prices in the UK increased by 1.7 per cent in the year to the end of January according to...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – is 9 till 6 still the way to make a living?

For many years, the majority of agents have stuck to the tried-and-tested 9am-6pm opening hours framework. But is this now changing,...

16 March 2019

From: Features

How can independent agents become true ‘local property experts’?

The end of 2018 was a bit of a rocky time for online estate agents. Yet only a few years ago...

13 March 2019

From: Features

Two agencies defy London market by opening new offices

Family-run Chelsea agency Russell Simpson is marking 40 years of business by expanding for the first time in its history, opening...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchising: why finding your premises could be the biggest obstacle

The road to opening up your own business can be a long one. If you’ve never done it before, there are...

09 March 2019

From: Features

MPs want agents to be monitored by HMRC in 'dirty money' crackdown

The influential Treasury Select Committee says estate agents should be more closely monitored to ensure they abide by anti-money laundering regulations. In...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Savills silent on Yopa after massive write-down by LSL

Savills has declined to comment on whether it will follow in the footsteps of LSL Property Services and write down its...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

LSL writes down value of Yopa stake as it pins faith in High Street branches

LSL Property Services, the parent company of Your Move and Reeds Rains, has substantially 'written down' its investment in online estate...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket blasts Rightmove with aggressive email to agents

OnTheMarket has stepped up its attack on Rightmove with a stridently-worded email to agents explaining how a drop in leads from...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons' PropTech chief joins Hunters search for customer fulfilment

The former chief information officer of Foxtons has taken a senior position at Hunters. The appointment of Dan Rafferty as Hunters’ chief operating...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

39 Your Move and Reeds Rain branches bought and becoming franchises

Your Move and Reeds Rains have confirmed that 39 branches are to be taken over by David Newnes and an existing...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons rules out new branch closures but suffers huge fall in transactions

Foxtons has ruled out further branch closures as it continues to struggle against what it calls “the continued weakness” of the...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency defends Trustpilot online reviews as transparent and honest

Chancellors says it has over 10,000 reviews on Trustpilot, making it the most reviewed High Street agency on the platform.  In a statement...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech is the way to safeguard High Street branches - Connells

Connells Group says investment in PropTech will be the way to safeguard its almost-600 High Street branches - and it’s repeated...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says some branch staff will fill water bottles for the public

Countrywide’s high-end brand Hamptons International says agents at its branches will in future be “delighted” to fill water bottles for members of...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it's been a remarkable week…

Few can deny that with announcements from MPs and an announcement from Purplebricks, that it’s been an extraordinary week.  While it may...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Sabotage: Hybrid accuses rival agents of aggressive competition

The two men behind a low-profile hybrid estate agency say their company is flourishing after two years in business, during which they...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New group fighting for independent agencies wins big early support

A new group called the Federation of Independent Agents has been set up as a network of like-minded independent agents who...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Humberts says: 'risks we took in 2018 are paying off in 2019'

The radically-restructured Humberts estate agency claims the risks it took last year in scrapping branches and moving to ‘hubs’ has paid...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells-owned office promotes its entire staff after profits success

Every staff member at a branch of the Connells-owned William H Brown agency has been promoted, after it was voted one...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your one-stop-shop for the industry's jobs news

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your regular catch-up on key appointments news in our industry. It’s been a difficult seven...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buying into a franchise may not be as hard as you think

There are many misconceptions about the franchising world but, whether we’re talking about estate agency franchises or fast food franchises, it’s...

09 February 2019

From: Features

Why agents need smart review platforms to improve customer experience

Customer experience (CX) will largely determine the future of estate agency in the UK. This is now a key battleground for...

06 February 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket listings now 80 per cent of Zoopla, 60 per cent of Rightmove

New figures released this morning from OnTheMarket claim its listing inventory bis now over 80 per cent of the size of...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Consultations start on ‘500’ Your Move and Reeds Rains jobs at risk

Formal consultations have started concerning the job losses and branch closures for Your Move and Reeds Rains, revealed yesterday by their...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge branch closures announced for YourMove and Reeds Rains

A major restructuring of LSL Property Services has just been announced to shareholders, with substantial numbers of branch closures. The statement says...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons could blossom 'by moving beyond London and going online' - Quirk

The former chief executive of Emoov says he has the answer to Foxtons’ current downbeat performance - it should exploit its...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket reaches 12,500 agency branches after sustained marketing

OnTheMarket says it now has listings agreements with more than 12,500 estate and lettings agency branches. In a statement to shareholders and...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Four new branches for franchise agency as it releases strong figures

Franchise giant Hunters, which started 2019 by announcing two new branches, is to open another four next month after an upbeat...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Regional chain says branches are key as it snaps up independent firm

North east England regional chain Bradley Hall Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents has launched a new office in Hexham as its...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online valuations mean more leads, says The ValPal Network

Agents need to focus on more targeted marketing using a mix of traditional and modern methods to optimise their position in...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a bumper back-to-business edition

The industry is back to full-strength on its fund-raising judging from our virtual postbag this week with many new reports of...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral fees: agency reveals £5m income from conveyancing firm

One of the largest estate agencies in the Midlands, Newton Fallowell, says it’s made a remarkable £5m in referral fees from...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket: share price at all-time low ‘but should be profitable this year’

Shares in OnTheMarket hit another new low of 75.7p yesterday, dropping over nine per cent on the day and falling well...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency continues expansion programme with two new offices

Hunters has continued its expansion in the north of England with two new branches in Yorkshire and Lancashire.  The Pontefract branch becomes...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Big sole agency deal won by hub agent thanks to social media

A firm which recently joined the ‘hub club’ of agencies using centralised services offices says its won a major new build...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Emoov auction firm’ offers partnership deal to more agents

The auction firm that purchased the property listings left stranded by the collapse of Emoov is now offering partnership opportunities to...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Six quick fixes for speeding up the sales process

With the speed of property sales continuing to slow and no end to the sluggishness in sight, it’s time to take...

09 January 2019

From: Features

Foxtons: Swiss bank snaps up almost 10 per cent of agency

UBS, a Swiss multinational investment bank and financial services company based in Zurich and Basel, now owns approaching 10 per cent...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – A to Z of the property market for 2018

Another year is nearly done – and what an eventful year it’s been. We’ve had more than our fair share of breaking...

22 December 2018

From: Features

Jumper to it! Agents wear it well as they celebrate Christmas

Hello and with Christmas just around the corner, and temperatures finally being a little more like winter, what better time to...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

One week to Christmas Day - but some agency parties are in full swing...

Hello and welcome to another batch of your agency office Christmas pictures…it’s certainly been a bumper year for them and today...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

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

15 December 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: Emoov, Brexit, Agents Got Talent and a partridge in a pear tree

Hard not to mention two major breaking news stories of recent days; one directly affecting the property market and one which...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - a huge it's-nearly-Christmas edition...

So this is (almost) it. Next week may be a quiet one for business as vendors and landlords alike begin to...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov and Tepilo listings 'bought by north of England high street agency'

A Newcastle-based property company says it has acquired the listings of Emoov and Tepilo. It has emailed and texted vendors to say...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

OTM offers shares to new members in return for five-year lock-ins

OnTheMarket had told its shareholders this morning that it now has over 12,000 branches listing and is offering share incentives to...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide pay chief quits after ‘Fat Cats' controversy

Countrywide, which was hit by a row over executive pay during the summer, is now on the look out for a...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Deck the halls and offices! Here's a Nutcracker, a bow and a wall of lights

Thanks so much for cheering us up in these challenging times with your terrific pictures of this year’s Christmas decorations.  We have...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The Hub Club - another agency shuts branches and opens central office

Yet another estate agency has announced that it’s shutting branches and opening a centralised hub. This time it’s Newman Property Experts, a...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

More branch closures likely if Brexit uncertainty goes on - forecast

The closure of Foxtons’ Park Lane office and five other branches in the capital are merely the start of things to come...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

12-branch independent signs with OnTheMarket as portal returns to court

East Midlands estate and lettings agency Jackson Grundy has signed up to OnTheMarket. The firm, with its Northampton headquarters, has 10 sales...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket will be self-funding if 'free' agents start paying

OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett has told an agents’ conference of the strategy for his service - including a prediction that...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to the latest Property Jobs Today - the last one in November. Career moves tend to slow this time...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Another agency shuts all its branches and joins the Hub club

Orchards of London is abandoning its current branch network and instead opening a single Hub from the middle of next month. Orchards,...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s beginning to feel a lot like winter...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Agents Do Charity - it’s our weekly round-up of good work done by the industry. Everyone...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Branch closures - 135 fewer independent agency offices

New figures from the British Independent Retailers Association suggest that there are now 135 fewer independent estate agency branches than at...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial hub opens as Humberts goes high tech, high touch

Humberts’ revolution continues apace as it opens its first controversial hub in Dorset and accompanies it with a brand new vocabulary...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents advised: Don't head off ho-ho-home too early this Christmas

Estate and letting agents are being warned not to slow down too early in the run up to Christmas as it...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Who comes out on top in the battle of the property portals?

Given that online property portals, dominated by a handful of websites, are by far the most popular home search method, it...

17 November 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - for Children (and many others) In Need...

Amidst all the Brexit chaos let’s remember that it’s Children In Need day...always a time when Britons’ generosity raises the spirits,...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rival agency opens new London office within hours of Foxtons’ closures

London estate agency JOHNS&CO, which specialises in new homes, has opened its seventh office in the capital - the announcement came...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons confirms six branch closures - but says no more to come

Foxtons has this morning confirmed that it has now closed six branches. There was high-level publicity given to the closure of its...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Automated valuation system generates over 100,000 leads in just one month

The ValPal Network, an automated valuation system, has for the first time provided over 100,000 leads to agents in just one...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Branch closures: 211 agency offices shut during first half of 2018

Shocking figures from the Local Data Company, a consultancy monitoring the health of High Streets, show that 211 estate agency offices...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - key industry moves and a ‘Rock Star Agent’ invitation

Hello and welcome to our latest edition of Property Jobs Today, a weekly run-through of the key job moves within our...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency using hub-style Market Centres now has 130 UK agents

Keller Williams, the US agency which allows agents to work from hub-like ‘market centres’, says it now has 130 freelance agents in this...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New branches in Manchester and London as agencies defy market

A first-time agent who has previously owned a retail franchise and some buy to let units, has bought the Century 21 franchise...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

London agency with 17 branches signs up to OnTheMarket

London agency chain Portico has signed up to OnTheMarket.  The 17 branch firm, which handles both sales and lettings, has offices in...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: how much is that home in the window?

It’s the most obvious visual medium high street agents have at their disposal, and for many decades has been absolutely pivotal...

03 November 2018

From: Features

Top tips - how to make your letting agency more efficient

For any business, regardless of size, age or industry, operating efficiently is fundamental to your success. When faced with challenges like we...

31 October 2018

From: Features

Countrywide reveals progress on Back To Basics turnaround

Countrywide has given Estate Agent Today exclusive details of progress on its Back To Basics programme as it seeks to recover...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Online property auction firm hits back against “murky” accusation

A firm which links with agents to operate online auctions has hit back at a consumer group's allegations that this growing sector...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Budget briefing - Seven things to watch for today

Perhaps it’s been our pre-occupation with Brexit, or on the other hand maybe we’re bored with politics, but this year’s Budget...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the-clocks-go-back-an-hour edition...

We all get an extra hour in bed this weekend, giving us more energy to fund-raise for good causes, right? That seems...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are consumers abandoned by online and hybrid agents?

Not so long ago, the best estate agents were those who did the best work for their clients and therefore built...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

25 Not Out for top London agency that started with two branches

One of London’s best known estate agencies marks its 25th anniversary this month, having started with just two branches in one...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Coup for OnTheMarket as it signs Britain's biggest franchise agency

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that franchise giant Belvoir will list all of its 300-plus branches on the challenger portal.  This includes...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hubs not branches the future, says agent who rejected easyProperty

An agent in the Guild is launching a ‘hub’ style operation from December 1 and says the concept of traditional estate...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Bailiff’s notice in agency window signals another London branch closure

Another high profile estate agency office in London has closed - this time a branch of Winkworth.  The Richmond branch has been...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Valuation tool earns £363m commission for agents in two years

Almost one in five online sales valuations generated by The ValPal Network over a two-year period resulted in a completion with...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ditching the High Street and launching 'The Hub' pays off for Humberts

The estate agency group Humberts, which narrowly avoided collapse early this year, now claims to have turned around its fortunes thanks...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the industry's key moves in recent days

Hello and welcome to PJT, our weekly round up of key moves within the industry. Let us know what’s going on with...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket 'not profitable until 2021, but share price could rise 35%'

One of the brokers working with OnTheMarket says the portal will not be profitable until 2021, but predicts that its target...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says industry-leading technology allows it to close branches

Foxtons says its use of technology allows it to increase the reach of its branches - and claims this is behind...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket to reveal first six months 'float' figures tomorrow

OnTheMarket plc, the company which operates the OTM portal, gives its first formal stock market figures tomorrow morning, for the six...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons shuts another office, relocating team to nearby branch

Estate Agent Today can reveal that Foxtons has closed another London agency office - this time at Barnes in the borough...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock as Foxtons announces closure of flagship Park Lane office

Foxtons is shutting its Park Lane office - the flagship of the agency in prime central London’s Mayfair. Estate Agent Today was...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

50-branch Andrews chain is the latest signing for OnTheMarket

Andrews, which has over 50 branches across the south of England, is the latest major chain to sign up to OnTheMarket. In...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Branches fight back: 'Six reasons why agents should stay on High Streets'

One of the industry’s best respected trainers and consultants has outlined six key reasons why agents should keep offices on the...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Former Countrywide pair claim to generate £140,000 a month at EweMove

A branch of EweMove - which operates from a traditional High Street office - claims to have generated £140,000 income in...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ditch High Street branches and use serviced offices, urges agency chief

Increasingly cash-strapped traditional estate agencies should consider abandoning their High Street offices and work from serviced offices or similar lower-profile and...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency branch layouts - students drafted in to design the future

Industry supplier Mid West Displays has drafted in students from the University of Wolverhampton to design future estate agency branches. The company...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Another OnTheMarket signing - now it's a regional agency and auction firm

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that it’s signed up the north east of England regional agency Pattinson, which has 27 branches...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Are online auctions now a key feature for agents?

With the news that Hunters and Fisher German are the latest agencies to offer online auctions to sellers, is this something...

18 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Two agencies owned by ex-Countrywide team now listing on OnTheMarket

Two agency brands operated by Nick Dunning Associates, a company led by former Countrywide employees, have started listing on OnTheMarket. Townends, covering...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your chance to catch up on the major moves in the agency industry over...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auctions - more agents offer white label options to vendors

Hunters and Fisher German are the latest agencies to offer online auctions to vendors. An announcement from PropTech property auction company Bamboo...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Another national agency returns to Zoopla and Primelocation

Humberts - which when it was operating jointly with Chestertons was a prominent supporter of Agents’ Mutual and OnTheMarket - has...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Can Ewe believe it? Some EweMove franchisees have no agency experience

Another eight EweMove franchisees have been appointed in just one month - but controversially, some of them have no estate agency...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: setting the record straight on SEO and subdomains

Fake news has become the popular catchphrase of a certain orange-tinted president in recent years. And everyone, from tech giants like...

08 September 2018

From: Features

Hunters income and profits on the rise in spite of shaky market

Franchise giant Hunters has reported its latest results to the city, showing impressive growth despite a slow-moving property market. In the six...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Ideas, insights and inspiration' - complete rebrand for displays supplier

One of the industry's best-known suppliers for displays has undergone a complete rebrand, showcasing a new logo and website. Mid West Displays...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket signs up 11-branch regional agency

OnTheMarket has signed up an estate and lettings agency firm run by a family and with 11 offices across west Devon...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: are we on the verge of a cashless, paperless society?

Out and about recently, I got to thinking: how often do I actually have the call for cash anymore? Or, for...

25 August 2018

From: Features

OnTheMarket now has 57% of branches but warns again on charges

OnTheMarket has seen another increase in listings to more than 10,500 offices, but it is repeating a warning that its free...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts ex-country house chief switches from selling to buying

The former head of Humberts’ country house department, who has spent 30 years selling homes, has switched to buying. Jeremy Campbell-Harris was...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

My journey from franchisee to MD at the UK’s original hybrid agency

After gaining my MBA qualification from Edinburgh Business School in 2005, I took careful consideration over my career moves and prospective...

22 August 2018

From: Features

Countrywide: could it really be snapped up by Foxtons or Connells?

Rumours abound over the future of Countrywide, which lost further share value on Friday, closing very slightly down on the day...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Marketing automation can make your business smarter

When Oakland A’s, a small-market team, stunned the baseball world 16 years ago by transforming itself into world-beaters on a shoestring-budget,...

11 August 2018

From: Features

It’s a good time for agencies to list on the stock market - no, really...

At first sight, to suggest this is a good time for an agency business to go for an IPO - that...

11 August 2018

From: Features

Franchise agency beefs up back-office services for branches

Winkworth is beefing up its services for franchise owners with expanded support teams for its IT, Client Services and China departments.  Winkworth’s...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket signs up 12-branch regional agency

OnTheMarket has signed up 12-office regional agency Robert Oulsnam and Company.  The firm, which handles sales and lettings, has 12 offices in...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

No sell off! - Countrywide's crown jewels are safe says new boss

The newly-appointed Group Managing Director of Countrywide says rumours of Hamptons International or other ‘crown jewels’ being put up for sale...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Another OnTheMarket founding agency returns to Zoopla and PrimeLocation

Another OnTheMarket founding estate agency - Strutt & Parker - has rejoined the Zoopla and PrimeLocation portals. Some months ago the London...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: estate agencies closing - data shows how many and where

Data prepared for the BBC and shared with Estate Agent Today gives a snapshot of how estate agencies, lettings agencies and...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide 'failed in fund-raising effort earlier this year' - FT

The Financial Times this morning says that Countrywide suffered a failed bond issue earlier this year, forcing it to rely on...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Your Move parent firm sees 11% sales slump but good lettings performance

The parent company of Your Move, Reeds Rains and other agency brands has succeeded where Foxtons yesterday did not - in...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Join our revolution - new agency boss appeals to rival firms

The new owner of Humberts says he would consider acquiring or working alongside existing agencies who want to be part of...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a changing of the guard?

The big story to break this week in the property world was the announcement by the new owner of Humberts that...

28 July 2018

From: Features

Agency branches spend almost £1,000 per month on average on Rightmove

‘Up’ is the key word in Rightmove’s figures for the first half of 2018, released to the City and to shareholders...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket warns charges will rise as it hits 10,000 branch mark

OnTheMarket has now signed listing agreements with UK estate and letting agents with a total of over 10,000 offices - but...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

I know the secret behind Purplebricks, says industry newcomer

A businessman who’s just entered the estate agency industry says he’s got the secret behind Purplebricks’ success - even though he...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform BestAgent reveals new supplier partner

The emerging Proptech platform BestAgent has announced its latest partnership - this one is with sales progression company ViewMyChain. BestAgent, run by...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Historic agency to abandon branches and move to 'Humberts Hubs'

The new owner of Humberts is to ultimately close many of the traditional branches and move to what he is calling...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide - change it, close it or sell it? Four experts have their say

The agonisingly painful decline of Countrywide continues, with no one sure whether it is the darkest hour before the dawn or...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Sales figures ahead of last year, says upbeat franchise agency

At least one estate agency appears to be doing better than expected in the current challenging market - Hunters says sales...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-Savills agent to head up fourth city office for family-run firm

The Welsh estate agency Jeffrey Ross has opened its fourth branch in Cardiff, with a former Savills agent as its head....

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove may be threatened by OnTheMarket says investment mag

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

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Smaller estate agencies to have access to cutting-edge IT under new plan

A property software guru says he wants PropTech firms to join with him in an ‘open platform’ which would allow smaller...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - inspired by Three Lions...

The dream may be over but the return to reality can at least be staged in the spirit of an England...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Hello, and welcome to this week’s regular Monday summary of all the major jobs moves in our industry.  The industry is still...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency figures prove a well-priced property sells fastest - company chief

An estate agency chain has produced strikingly successful sales figures for the first half of the year - evidence, it says,...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rebranding frenzy increases Hunters' branch total by another four

Another four existing estate agency branches have rebranded as Hunters. In the westcountry three branches of Heritage4homes - at Yatton, Nailsea and...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

July - it might just be the industry’s busiest month of the year

So here’s the thing. It’s summer - not much going on, school holidays about to start, industry publications filling out space...

30 June 2018

From: Features

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

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

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Crisis? What Crisis? Agency plans to expand into major cities

Just as some estate agents are reported to be making plans to retrench if the housing market continues to be sluggish,...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Does your estate agency need to be more flexible?

It’s no secret that technology has changed the way businesses operate, in all sectors. With that has come changes to the...

23 June 2018

From: Features

Rebranding gives agency its 25th office in London

Hunters is hoping to defy the long-running slowdown in the London market with the opening of a new branch in Greenwich.  The...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - end-to-end stuff for good causes...

The World Cup may be entertaining us for the next few weeks but whatever England’s fate may be, one thing is...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket now has 9,000 agency branches signed up

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

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Claims resurface of agents urging buyers to use preferred mortgage brokers

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

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost half of agency branches have listing agreements with OnTheMarket

Property portal OnTheMarket has announced that it now has listing agreements with over 8,500 estate and letting agency branches.  It says that...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: Virtual tours - fab or fad?

Firstly, my sincere apologies - it has now been over a month since my last PropTech blog, doesn’t time fly!  In the...

26 May 2018

From: Features

Century 21 UK slashes franchise price from £23,500 to £1,000

Century 21 UK is slashing the cost of becoming a franchisee for a six week period, cutting the price from £23,500...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The future for Countrywide - Paul Creffield interview

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

12 May 2018

From: Features

Group of south east estate agencies rebranded under just one name

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

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts ‘inundated with offers’ - but some redundant employees unpaid

The managing director of troubled estate agency Humberts says he has been “inundated” with prospective buyers since news broke over last...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says it now has 7,500 branches on board

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

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts denies report of some branches already shut with staff unpaid

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

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency bucks downbeat London market by opening new branch

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward is defying the glut of stories suggesting the London market is beset with difficulties and has launched...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Four agencies open new branches - including one in the Scandi-style...

Four estate agencies have opened new branches, either as a result of expansion or because of acquisitions. Homes4u has opened a futuristic...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: agents bucking the high street downturn

Maplin, Toys R Us, Carpetright, Warren Evans – what do they have in common? All are well-known high street chains that...

21 April 2018

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - who’s on the move within our industry?

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today - our regular Monday look at who’s moving where within our industry. You...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters says recent franchisees have ‘beaten the market’

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

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: Marvellous maintenance

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

07 April 2018

From: Features

Foxtons calls time on new branches as emphasis shifts to IT and people

Foxtons says its long-term branch expansion programme is now “largely complete” and it is shifting its attention to using technology to...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove branch total now up to 122 following latest franchise deals

Hybrid agency EweMove says it has seen four portfolio acquisitions and 29 new areas ‘purchased’ by franchisees since June 2017, taking...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Chairman of major agency was trampled to death by his own horses

The chairman of Chancellors was trampled to death by his own horses after taking them out for a carriage driving exercise,...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Franchise model well-suited to challenging market, says leading agency

Winkworth, the agency which released its 2017 results this morning, says the franchise business model it supports is more resilient than others...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Another OnTheMarket founding agency returns to list on ZPG's two sites

ZPG has announced that it has signed a listings agreement with Chestertons, one of the estate agencies involved in the founding...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: another key Countrywide returnee as corporate rebuild continues

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

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: how many brands, branches and staff remain with Countrywide

Countrywide has revealed precisely how many brands, branches and staff it has following the extensive and multiple restructurings of recent years. In...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

How to get the best out of an instant online valuation tool

One of the most important aspects of running a successful estate or letting agency is being able to generate new business...

21 March 2018

From: Features

Countrywide, Connells accused of pressuring buyers over mortgages

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

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 March 2018

From: Features

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

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

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Countrywide announces first major returnee to the fold

The long haul back for Countrywide appears to have begun with the first major name who left during the Alison Platt...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chairman admits company had been grossly mismanaged

In an exclusive and candid interview with Estate Agent Today, Countrywide chairman Peter Long has admitted that the company had been...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters is latest agency chain to list on Rightmove, ZPG and OnTheMarket

Franchise giant Hunters is the latest agency to list its sales and lettings properties on three portals, rather than two. The chain...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency and Alice are the perfect advertisement for apprentices

Alice Hickmott is the perfect advertisement for apprentices in estate agency - especially as we are now in National Apprentice Week.  Essex...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New ZPG figures suggest more agencies now listing on three portals

New figures released by ZPG suggest increasing numbers of agents are listing on three portals. Amongst the latest agencies to renew long...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

One agency's epic history - shooting at the enemy on the way to the office

One of the country’s oldest estate agencies is celebrating 250 years in business.  Essex and Suffolk agency Fenn Wright has roots back...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Leaders expands mortgage side with new products and in-house academy

Leaders is expanding the mortgage side of its business with a raft of new products and services, as well as introducing...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket announces 243 new listings agreements in past 10 days

In an unexpected trading statement this morning, OnTheMarket says it has signed 243 new listing agreements within its first 10 days...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: London chain Dexters snaps up high-profile independent company

Estate Agent Today can reveal that one of London’s best known agency chains has acquired one of the capital’s leading independent...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Strong trading update from Hunters, despite Norfolk troubles

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

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Over 20 jobs lost as Hunters' Norfolk franchise goes under

Administrators have confirmed that 21 jobs have been lost due to the collapse of Hunters' franchise in East Anglia. At a creditors'...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket signs up 81 new listings agreements in first float week

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

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Winkworth opens two out-of-London branches with new franchisees

Franchise giant Winkworth, which opened seven new branches in 2017, has announced two new office openings this month.  They are at Banstead...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket said to have lost 19% of listings - and 10% share price

The bank Morgan Stanley says OnTheMarket’s listings have fallen 19 per cent in the past year. In a note to investors issued...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

OTM - A good buy, or is it goodbye?

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

09 February 2018

From: Features

All eyes on Agents' Mutual as it floats on London stock market

All eyes are on Agents’ Mutual’s first day of trading on the London stock exchange - just over five years after...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Connells Group claims 22 per cent rise in new homes instructions

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

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - just ahead of the half-term break...

Many agents are having a deserved break next week - well, as much of a break as looking after children and...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Why agents should look to online auctions in a challenging market

Between October and December 2017, some £822 million worth of UK residential property was sold at auction, according to the Essential...

07 February 2018

From: Features

Spicerhaart acquisition shows commitment to bricks and mortar agencies

Spicerhaart, which describes itself as the UK’s largest independent estate agency group, has been on the acquisition trail again, showing its...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG reports 53m average monthly visits to websites and apps

ZPG says it anticipates a strong 2018 according to a trading statement ahead of the company’s annual general meeting today. The firm...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual figures reveal 200 fewer branches now than last summer

Figures presented to the London Stock Exchange by Agents’ Mutual appear to show that it has 200 fewer branches now than...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual releases more details of stock exchange float proposal

Agents’ Mutual has released more details of its float on the stock market, which begins on February 9 with a placing priced...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares struggle as theory emerges on Platt departure

If Countrywide thought its fortunes would immediately improve following the departure of chief executive Alison Platt, it has to think again...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's cruellest cut of all - no more fresh fruit at Oxford Street HQ

The chief executive may have left, the share price may still be languishing around 100p and only days ago the firm...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New Countrywide head says power will pass back to the branches

Countrywide’s new management has taken immediate steps to try to stem the loss of market share by the troubled agency group,...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons, Yopa and other agencies sign marketing deals with Zoopla

ZPG, which operates Zoopla and PrimeLocation as well as owning the Property Software Group, has signed more long-term marketing deals with a...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: another senior Countrywide exec is leaving the company

Another member of Countrywide's top table is leaving the company. Kate Brown, Countrywide’s human resources chief with the responsibility for implementing what...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency appoints high-flying woman to lead regional sales force

Leaders has appointed Debra McHale as its new area sales manager for the north west of England. McHale has worked in the...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the marketing trends to look out for in 2018

After the fun and over-indulgence of the festivities, most of us are now back to the world of work. And, with...

13 January 2018

From: Features

During industry change, service still matters most

Estate agents are facing the biggest industry changes seen in decades. The rise of online and hybrid agents alongside more traditional...

06 January 2018

From: Features

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

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

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Winkworth says three new offices set to open early this year

Franchise giant Winkworth says three new offices are set to open early in 2018 to build upon its seven new branches...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Veteran agent Howard Quirk, father of eMoov founder, dies aged 71

Howard Quirk, a prominent estate agent in the 60s, 70s and 80s, has passed away, aged 71. He was the senior partner...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Your festive photos - and we've got quite a treat for you today...

Thanks so much, as ever, for all of the Christmas cheer you’ve sent our way over the past three weeks or...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by expanding regional hybrid

Independent agency Coast and Castle has been acquired by Signature, a chain in the north east of England with 18 other...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir benefits from complementing agency with financial services

The UK’s largest property franchise group, Belvoir, says it is reaping rewards from its acquisition of Brook Financial Services and its...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech consolidation starts as two high-profile firms form partnership

PropTech start up OneDome, which supplies online booking and mapping tools, has teamed up with live chat service provider Yomdel in...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks listing on OnTheMarket? - no comment from both sides

Both Purplebricks and OnTheMarket are keeping their powder dry on speculation that that hybrid agency is going to list on the...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Will OTM float or sink?

Yesterday morning OnTheMarket confirmed its IPO plans but with no firm date. The question remains on whether the float will be...

11 December 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the just-two-weeks-to-go edition

Just a fortnight today we’ll be packing our bags and preparing for a well-deserved but all-too-short festive break...but until then, there’s...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New OnTheMarket contract ‘imposes restriction on acquisitions’

The new contract for firms joining or re-signing to OnTheMarket is reported to have a restriction on acquisitions. It is said to...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Three offices rebranded two years after acquisition

Three Country Properties offices in Hertfordshire have been rebranded as Hunters - over two years after their acquisition.  The regional agency Country Properties...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket announces another agency sign-up as IPO nears

Franchise agency Hunters has signed up to the OnTheMarket portal.  This comes as speculation mounts that an announcement is imminent on stock market...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Chancellors Group signs five year deal with OnTheMarket portal

Chancellors Group has signed a five year deal to list its sales and lettings properties with the OnTheMarket portal. The group has...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG announces record visits and increased agency membership and listings

ZPG has revealed its 2017 annual report this morning with a stream of records - 648 million visits to portals, revenue...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL's 500 agency branches sign up to ZPG for another five years

LSL Property Services - which has high street brands including Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - has signed...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - just four weeks before Christmas...

Four weeks today almost the entire industry will be finishing work for Christmas after another year - and ready to start...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

15-branch agency rejoins ZPG as analysts slate OnTheMarket

The 15-branch Henry Adams agency has signed up to ZPG, just the day after the portal group said it had seen...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide online 'pause' is unforgivable says leading analyst

Countrywide's decision to 'pause' the roll-out of its online option for sellers and landlords is "unforgivable and dumbfounding" according to a...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London agency bucks market woe by extending eastwards

Currell is defying any gloomy predictions about the capital's housing market by opening a new office at Hackney Wick Fish Island. Currell...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG says over 1,000 agency branches have rejoined after quitting OnTheMarket

ZPG says that the number of estate agency branches that left to join OnTheMarket but have now returned has reached over...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – here’s how to drive traffic, convert and monetise

Winter seems to be firmly with us now, if the plunging temperatures are anything to go by. After a ridiculously mild...

11 November 2017

From: Features

Pause of online roll-out does little to help Countrywide share price

The much-expected pause in the roll out of Countrywide's online service to vendors, confirmed yesterday, did not appear to impress investors. Countrywide's...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New appointments announced by several agencies

Despite growing concern about the health of the housing market, a string of estate agencies have made appointments this week. Connells Residential...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Jostling for position: battle of the property portals continues

The fact is that most house hunters simply do not have the time, let alone the inclination, to trawl around properties...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Halloween Gore-fest! More photos and a video of your celebrations

Thanks so much for sending in more photographs of your branches as they prepare for Halloween. We have some here but want...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant's latest branch takes network above 200 mark

Hunters has another new office in its network, this time in the west Yorkshire town of Cleckheaton. The franchise group, which is...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - our salute to the industry's heroes

It’s been a big week for property news - controversies surrounding Purplebricks, merger discussions between big franchise operators, and another government...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells in new ZPG deal as portal boss says more acquisitions to come

ZPG has announced that Connells is the latest major agency chain to sign a long-term deal with its portals Zoopla and...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - this week, mostly for children

There’s a particularly heart-warming theme to Agents Do Charity this week...several of our heroic industry figures are raising funds for children and...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Speculation grows over Agents' Mutual float timetable

Agents’ Mutual is officially making no comment on the timetable for the company flotation but speculation within the industry is mounting...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

London agency Douglas & Gordon embraces hybrid part-online model

London’s long-standing chain Douglas & Gordon is the latest company to embrace the concept of the Purplebricks-style hybrid estate agency. The company’s...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide renews long-term contract deal with ZPG

Speculation that OnTheMarket was courting Countrywide to list on its website after flotation may have suffered a setback following an announcement...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - exactly how 'local' are local property experts?

An analysis conducted by estate agency comparison website GetAgent has for the first time attempted to calculate how ‘local’ agencies' local property...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

How many agency business models are there today?

It used to be so easy. Around 20 years ago there were what we now call full-service estate and letting agencies, and...

23 September 2017

From: Features

Winkworth opens two new outposts - well over 200 miles from London

Winkworth, one of the largest estate agencies in London, has expanded with two new offices - although they are 235 and...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the helping children edition...

Agents’ charity fundraising obviously spans a wide range of genuinely good causes, but it’s noticeable that at the end of each...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Some customers feel like 'prey' in traditional agency offices

Some customers dislike entering traditional estate agency branches, occasionally feeling 'like prey' for sales staff when they enter. This is one of...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart confirms butters john bee acquisition

Following speculation earlier in the week, Spicerhaart has confirmed that it has purchased 19 branch regional agency butters john bee. The acquisition...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

SOS: are you a business in distress?

Despite the fact that eight out of 10 statistics are reportedly made up (if you can believe that figure), I bet...

02 September 2017

From: Features

ZPG acquires major estate agency marketing firm Ravensworth

ZPG has acquired Ravensworth, a major provider of print and creative marketing services to estate and letting agents.  Ravensworth, based in Northumberland, specialises in...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

It's now 'Jackson-Stops' as veteran firm undergoes subtle rebrand

Jackson-Stops & Staff is undergoing a rebrand including the creation of a snappier title - it’s just Jackson-Stops now - as...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Part 3: Free photography course for estate agents (until 25th September)

Over the past few months, hundreds of agents across the UK have been improving their photography skills by taking part in...

01 September 2017

From: Sponsored Content

OnTheMarket dispute over Springett's £20m reaches national press

The growing anger of some OnTheMarket member agents about the portal’s parent company proposal to float on the London Stock Exchange...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Major regional agency says new online service is 'the fourth way'

A major regional agency with offices in Kent, Surrey and Sussex says its new online service - Howard Cundey LIVE -...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide woe continues as share price hits new record low

Countrywide’s share price hit a record low during trading yesterday afternoon when it dropped to 137.75p, having opened the day at...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

100th agency branch partner named by Network Auctions

Network Auctions has revealed its 100th partner estate agency office ahead of its next auction in three weeks’ time. Rolfe East in...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: architect of 'online option' is latest to leave

Sources within Countrywide say the latest senior management figure to leave the company is Sam Tyrer, who under her title of...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Speculation grows over future of senior Countrywide director

Speculation is growing that one of the most senior executives in the Countrywide management team may be leaving the organisation. Countrywide and...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Regional agency snaps up another independent business

Regional agency Manning Stainton has completed its second acquisition in the last four months with the purchase of independent agency Clear...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

'A dog with fleas': City analysts sceptical about OnTheMarket float

There has been a sceptical reception from City analysts to Agents’ Mutual’s decision to restructure and float on the stock market...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - a short history of estate agency

Property has been changing hands for centuries, but when did estate agents as we know them today – with their branches,...

04 August 2017

From: Features

Portal Wars - OnTheMarket to demutualise and float on stock market

Agents’ Mutual has confirmed that it proposes to form a new company, OnTheMarket plc, to list on the AIM market of...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Distinctive office design with a 10% discount

MPL Interiors has not one but two brilliant things to give away this summer. We want to encourage as many estate...

03 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Sequence agency snaps up area's leading independent company

William H Brown, part of the Sequence UK network, has acquired Barnfields estate agents in Enfield, north London.    Barnfields was an independent...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Part 2: Free photography course for estate agents (until 21st August)

Let’s start with a quick fire quiz. How many more leads do you think you’d get with photos that have been...

01 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide: 50% of branches will have online option within days

Countrywide says the roll out of its online sales and lettings service is on schedule to reach 50 per cent of...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Hunters defies London sales slump by opening new branch

Hunters is opening a new branch in the fashionable area of Shoreditch in east London, despite a slump in sales across...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a half-year review – hybrids, PropTech and resilience

We’re already more than halfway through 2017 and, against all the odds, it’s pushing 2016 close in terms of eventfulness and...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Scrap the bureaucracy and let’s have simple rental regulation

That the private rental sector has become the government’s whipping boy for housing problems - landlords in particular, letting agents almost...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Father and son duo acquire local branch of franchise agency

A father and son duo have taken over ownership of the franchise of one of the two Hunters offices in York.   Gary and John...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons to face tough second half of 2017 says City analyst

Foxtons - a company seen by many as a barometer of the London housing market - is likely to face a...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

High end agency opens new London branch with 0% commission offer

High end London agency Chestertons has opened a new office in West Putney, bringing its network across the capital to 33. The branch...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

High end agency opens another Home Counties branch

Jackson-Stops & Staff has opened a new branch in Reigate, Surrey, taking its national network to 45 offices. The branch augments nearby...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Free photography course for estate agents pt 1

**The free photography course for estate agents (part one) offer has now expired. It is still available in special circumstances so...

03 July 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Agency claims new app boosts Rightmove statistics by up to 20%

A nine-branch agency in Manchester claims a new app is behind a 20 per cent improvement in its Rightmove statistics. Thornley Groves...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

'Apprentice' London agency has another try at expansion

Haus Properties - the estate agency set up by former Apprentice finalist Jamie Lester, who quit the company suddenly last year...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the Game, Set and Match edition...

The start of Wimbledon means we’re reaching peak summer - even if the weather suggests otherwise. But distractions like sporting events...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

White & Sons commission cosmetic refurbishments for its four branches

White & Sons came to MPL Interiors specifically to counteract the growing threat from online and hybrid estate agents, commissioning a...

26 June 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Ad watchdog 'partly upholds' complaint over leasehold flat

The Advertising Standards Authority says it has “partly upheld” a complaint regarding a claim that a leasehold property was Sold STC. Greenslade...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Luxury global agency brand expands in Italy as market recovers

Luxury global estate agency Sotheby's International Realty has expanded its operation in Italy. The firm has opened a new office in the...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Cluttons announces return to marketing with Zoopla

High profile estate agency Cluttons has returned to marketing with Zoopla Property Group (ZPG).  The firm rejoined the portal at the end...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Which phone number should I choose for my marketing?

One of the biggest choices you can make in regards to the logistics of your estate agency can be picking a...

12 June 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Estate Agency Franchise Group launches 19 branch network

Two established independent estate agency brands have joined forces to create the Estate Agency Franchise Group and are looking to expand. The...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity: another Escape the Election edition

We take a break from the relentless election coverage to look at the great fundraising work being carried out by our industry. Once...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Further international expansion for Fine & Country

International agency brand Fine & Country has announced the opening of its 12th Portuguese office. The global network, which now has agents...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

800 branches quit OnTheMarket since 2015  as ZPG welcomes returnees

ZPG says the number of estate agency branches to have quit OnTheMarket and rejoined Zoopla over the past two years has...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – awards success, purple and the future of agency

Since we last spoke, the ESTAS – the biggest and best property awards ceremony in the UK – has been and...

27 May 2017

From: Features

New London branch for franchise giant seeking to expand further

Franchise agency Hunters has launched another London office. Hunters has already opened six new branches across the country this year, and acquired...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG reports big surge in agents and listings over past six months

ZPG has published its half-year figures this morning showing a six per cent rise in the number of agents and a...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency group uses funding package to open third office

An estate agency group operating from two offices close to Heathrow airport has announced it is to open a third, ultimately...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents strike gold at the ESTAS

The best estate and letting agents in the UK were recognised at the prestigious ESTAS luncheon and ceremony, which was held...

20 May 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - is this peak-fundraising week?

This might just be one of the busiest Agents Do Charity columns we’ve ever had with many firms having a mixture...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Acquired agency to take on Portico name and branding

East London estate agency Spencers is today being rebranded as Portico. The seven-branch network - which also trades as Phillip Leigh -...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents - here are the top 10 tech start-ups that may help your business

Four Proptech experts have listed the top 10 start up companies they believe are the ones to watch for agents and...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Another 19 estate agency branches link with growing auction house

Network Auctions has added 19 additional estate agency offices to its network so far this year.  They include three offices of Chaffers...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent snapped up by regional agency chain

A Northamptonshire estate agency has been sold a rival with 16 branches across that county and Buckinghamshire. Insider Business reports that Acorn,...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agencies' parent company in long-term marketing deal with ZPG

Badger Holdings, owner of 26 agency branches operating under the Townends and Regents Estate Agent brands, has signed a multi-year deal...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the Escape The Election edition...

Pole-axed by politics? Bored of ballots? Well, this is where you can escape from pledges, promises and politicians and instead read...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

He's Hired! - 'Apprentice' estate agent takes developer's marketing job

Jamie Lester, the former Apprentice reality TV star who ran a high-profile estate agency in London until last autumn, has resurfaced...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Cluttons bought by finance company - but some offices to close

The industry magazine Estates Gazette is reporting that Cluttons, the residential and commercial agency, has been bought out of pre-pack administration...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide brand unveils video guides to online and full-service options

Countrywide’s Bairstow Eves brand has launched a series of video guides for customers using their £995 online agency service and for...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency chief retires after 38 years at firm and 26 years in charge

The agent working as both managing director and chairman of the Halls regional chain covering mid-Wales, the West Midlands and neighbouring...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Hunters profits up 31% in agency's first year on the stock market

Hunters has told investors that its revenues rose 15 per cent to £13.8m in the year to the end of December,...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price, once over 685p, falls below 150p

Countrywide’s share price, which just over three years ago was riding high at just above 685p, has hit a new low...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide names a new London director for sales and lettings

Countrywide has promoted Shane Ballard to become one of London’s Retail Directors in the organisation. He will cover sales and lettings for...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency reveals 'managed transition' of some staff to rival company

Carter Jonas is expanding its activities in south west England by opening new branches and through the unusual route of a...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Two big franchise agencies launch digital initiatives

Each of Hunters’ 180 branches will soon be able to create their own online branded monthly property lifestyle magazine or newspaper.   The...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty: A year on and the government has scored an own goal

A year ago, we were days away from the introduction of a 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes – a...

24 March 2017

From: Features

Expansions and acquisitions unveiled by franchise agencies

Hunters has boosted its office network over the 200 mark through the acquisition of Besley Hill, one of the longest established...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares hit record low after bank downgrading

Swiss bank UBS has downgraded Countrywide’s status to ‘sell’ in a move which has prompted the troubled estate agency’s share price...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says merger expands agency's London network by a third

A new statement by Countrywide’s John D Wood & Co says its now-completed merger with Faron Sutaria has had the effect...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals annual cost of restructuring

Countrywide has revealed that in 2016 it spent over £8.1m on redundancies, some £7.4m on contract costs relating to closed premises,...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Only 11% of sellers think face-to-face contact with an agent is key

Only one in nine customers of estate agents regard face-to-face contact as the most important element of the process to determine...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Glut of expansions for agents and property investment firm

Manchester-based sister firms Sequre Property Investment and Sequre International have extended their office space thanks rising demand for UK buy to...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: £38m share placing may allow it to rival Purplebricks

Countrywide has successfully placed 21.6m shares to institutional investors at the competitive price of 175p per share - allowing it to...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: 200 branches shut, online 'working well'

It's been revealed that Countrywide has lost 200 branches in its reorganisation - that's around 20 per cent of its branch...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons profits dive thanks to Brexit and stamp duty

Foxtons' figures released to the City this morning confirm a huge slump in sales in 2016 - and even lettings revenue...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency claims OnTheMarket has lost 200 branches in three weeks

OnTheMarket has swatted away the latest criticism from a long-term critic, online estate agency head Russell Quirk - although it has...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Sales progression tool cuts completion time - and pleases government

A sales progression tool claims to have reduced the average transaction time for a property from around 94 days to around...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells still looking for 'selective acquisitions' in 2017

Connells Group’s estate agency business recorded an eight per cent increase in exchanges in 2016 over the previous year, and says...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide completes merger of two major agency brands

The much-discussed merger of Countrywide’s John D Wood & Co with Faron Sutaria brands - with the latter’s name apparently disappearing...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agencies appear on government's 'name and shame' wage list

At least one estate agency and one letting agency have been listed on a ‘name and shame’ roll-call of companies not...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage rep in each agency branch boosts Connells figures

Connells Group’s mortgage services wing has recorded a 10 per cent increase in the number of mortgages in 2016 and has generated...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons network is now 67 despite London slowdown

Foxtons says its branch network is about to hit a record high of 67 despite the downturn in central parts of...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

100-plus branches to return to Zoopla in new franchise deal

Estate Agent Today has been told that a deal between the Property Franchise Group and ZPG - the new name for...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country beefs up marketing and 'random audits'

Fine & Country says it is to return to the small screen with another round of TV advertising, building on its...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Zoopla claims 700 agency branches have returned from OnTheMarket

Zoopla Property Group says that in the last three months alone over 100 estate agency branches have returned to its portal...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

NAEA: Supply, demand and first-time buyer sales all up in December

The housing market ended 2016 on a positive note, according to the latest report from the National Association of Estate Agents...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

UK's largest independent group appoints new regional partner

Estate agency haart has announced the appointment of a new regional partner for South London. Kieran Hogan will oversee 13 branches from...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News