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KEYWORD "Britain" - 253 RESULTS
Seeing the wood for the trees - finding the 1% in your business

When was the last time you looked at your business and really thought about what you could do to improve? Yesterday? Last...

28 November 2018

From: Features

No Deal Brexit would see ‘buyers and sellers hit the brakes’ - top agent

The chief executive of Haart, Paul Smith, is warning that a No Deal exit from the EU could leave Britain with...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy “important catalyst” for first time buyers - claim

A property comparison website has made a defence of the controversial Help To Buy initiative, claiming it “acts as an important...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov for sale, Purplebricks down, Hatched gone - what now for Online?

As scary Halloweens go, yesterday was quite a shocker for Britain’s online estate agency sector - and not in a good...

01 November 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

Second EU Referendum would help housing market, claims agent

A London buying agent has called for a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership, suggesting that it would give more certainty...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: estate agency on a bus

No, I haven’t lost the plot. Such a thing exists – and if you’re familiar with North London, there is a...

20 October 2018

From: Features

House buying reform - should we all sell homes the Scottish way?

It seems a lifetime ago but in fact we’re approaching just the first anniversary since the government triggered its Call for...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Blame the accountants - they admit lobbying PM demanding foreign buyer tax

An accountancy trade body has revealed that last year it briefed MPs - including the Prime Minister and Housing Minister of...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Millions wiped off Britain's most expensive homes, says Zoopla

Zoopla has once again released its list of the costliest streets in the UK - but for the second year running...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Not fake news - the truth about Britain's new homes

We’ve all heard the comments - the countryside is being covered in concrete, new houses are springing up everywhere, our green...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov boss tells Labour conference how to solve housing crisis

Emoov’s founder Russell Quirk has outlined how he would help Britain get out of its current housing crisis to a Labour...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Not fit for purpose! Estate agency is UK's least active profession

This may not be a great way to start the week but a survey suggests that estate agents are Britain’s least...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Is it time to take more notice of Brexit?

“Baton down the hatches. Stockpile the food cupboard. Brexit is coming and it’s little more than six months away!” I jest, but there is...

15 September 2018

From: Features

Emoov boss in Twitter outburst describing Mark Carney as dangerous

Bank of England governor Mark Carney says a no-deal Brexit exit could lead to a 35 per cent house price crash. The...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Owning a home 'a pipe dream for public sector workers' claims union

Owning a home has become almost impossible for many public sector workers across Britain, according to research from the union UNISON. Getting...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the part of Britain where homes sell 6% above asking price

The latest quarterly house price report published by property portal s1homes reveals that properties across Scotland sell on average at six...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson wants absurdly high stamp duty to be cut

Boris Johnson is calling for a cut to Britain’s “absurdly high” stamp duty. Writing in this morning’s Daily Telegraph - the same newspaper...

13 August 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

Don’t fall foul of anti-money laundering rules

Does your company apply adequate customer due diligence measures when carrying out estate agency work?  Does it establish and maintain appropriate policies...

28 July 2018

From: Features

Why property software needn’t be as changeable as the Housing Minister

With the shelf life of recent housing ministers being on a par with football managers, it's perhaps little surprise that we're...

20 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Humberts pledges revolution as it concentrates on chocolate box towns

Humberts’ new owner has issued a statement saying he is on “a personal mission to revolutionise the industry and become the...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Kit Malthouse - We’ve obviously had enough of experts

It may not be a good idea for a journalist to be personal about a politician, so I write about our...

14 July 2018

From: Features

Auctioneer selling Purplebricks and Countrywide homes reports strong sales

Auction House says the number of lots it sold in the first half of 2018 was some 3.8 per cent up...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Want more new homes? Then cut the red tape, say property chiefs

Some of Britain’s top property experts say bureaucracy, lack of cooperation and a dwindling number of smaller builders are the main...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for Countrywide management to quit after huge share price slide

Senior management at Countrywide came in for a pasting on Twitter yesterday as TV market commentator and buying agent Henry Pryor...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty to blame for tumbling holiday home prices

The three per cent stamp duty additional properties surcharge is to blame for tumbling house prices in some of Britain’s holiday...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Up, up and up again - Rightmove asking prices rise despite sales dip

The average asking price of newly marketed property continues to rise according to Rightmove - and this is despite a dip...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Hello - if it’s Monday, it must be Property Jobs Today, your chance to see a snapshot of the key moves...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Wealthy older homeowners - pensioners are now better-off than ever

The average over-65 homeowner in Britain has seen her or his property wealth gain £159,000 – or £7,000 annually - in...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

London vs the rest of the UK - first-time buyers spending double

Average first-time buyers in London spend double the amount paid by those across the rest of Britain. A typical London buyer now...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - from Torbay to Malawi and all places in between

Our industry does great work for good causes not just in this country but around the world, as this week’s Agents...

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

£1m sales up but Brexit may be deterring buyers says Lloyd’s Bank

New data from a private bank shows a five per cent rise in the number of £1m-plus homes sold in 2017.  The...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency spills secrets about one of UK’s smallest and most exclusive markets

Scottish high-end agency Galbraith has revealed how one of the smallest and most exclusive property sectors in Britain - Scottish country...

23 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

Revealed - ye very first olde housing bubble...

The Henley Business School is often identified with cutting edge forecasts - but now it has revealed the history of what...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trouble ahead thanks to older home owners, lenders warn

Gross mortgage lending is set to reach its highest level since 2007 despite Brexit, says the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association. But its...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Higher proportion of posh country estates now being sold off-market

A buying agent says a higher proportion of Britain’s rarified country estates market is now being sold off-market. Jess Simpson, an ex-Savills...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

'First ever UK resi transaction undertaken through Blockchain' - claim

A Manchester-based property investment firm is claiming to be the first company in Britain to record an online exchange of a...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove identifies 10 fastest-moving local housing markets

Rightmove’s latest assessment of the housing market suggests that Newport in Gwent is the fastest moving area in Britain for vendors. A...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG's comparison service set to sponsor ITV's Britain's Got Talent

ZPG’s comparison website uSwitch is to be the headline sponsor of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.  The company says it will use this...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: There’s no better time than now to invest in VR

I had an interesting meeting last week with a VR company called Garou. Based in New York, they claim to have...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

London agent claims capital's prime market is on the turn at last

London’s prime central market is turning around at last according to the chief executive of Belgravia estate agency Henry & James. James...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide in turmoil as Platt’s departure  is possible 'within days'

Countrywide appears to be in turmoil with Sky News reports that board members are discussing trying to get rid of controversial...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Top auction house to become part of mixed online/traditional service

Andrews & Robertson, one of the UK’s highest profile auction houses, has been taken over by Ireland’s BidX1 and is set...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Combatting a knotty problem for estate agents

Japanese knotweed, the invasive plant brought over to Britain in the Victorian era, threatens millions of pounds worth of property transactions...

20 January 2018

From: Features

AI investment shows increasing importance of new tech for agents

For a while now, property and technology have been combining seamlessly to offer the industry innovative solutions to often complex problems....

19 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

108 days - the longest average time for a home to go under offer

  A new league table showing how long it takes homes to sell on average in different postcodes across England and Wales...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing agency launched with aim of 300,000 new homes a year

A new national housing agency – Homes England – has been launched by the newly-rebadged Ministry of Housing Communities and Local...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

What next for property in 2018?

What a year it’s been! Back in 2016 we had Brexit, a new prime minister, Donald Trump’s election, and so when...

30 December 2017

From: Features

Revealed - exactly where Britain's £1m-plus homes are located

Grosvenor Crescent, located in the heart of London’s Belgravia between Hyde Park Corner and Belgravia Square, is the most expensive residential...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Five things that didn’t happen in 2017

It’s traditional before Christmas to either review the year past or anticipate the one ahead - but I’m intrigued about what...

16 December 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: things to look out for in 2018

Another new year is nearly upon us and, once we’ve got the season of mince pies, mulled wine, pigs in blankets,...

16 December 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks: Estate Agent Today's experts look behind the latest figures

Here it is - the industry’s verdict on the latest set of figures from Purplebricks. The agency doesn’t play by any of...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property wealth: More bad news for the young

It’s not breaking new ground to say that younger people have what many regard as the raw end of the deal...

02 December 2017

From: Features

Property industry reacts to the Autumn Budget

Earlier this week, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the Autumn Budget with a strong focus on housing.  The decision to cut stamp duty...

25 November 2017

From: Features

Brexit is damaging London agents and market, warns global giant

Coldwell Banker, the huge US-based international estate agency business, is warning that Brexit is beginning to damage the market and the...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

'Stamp duty is UK's worst tax - scrap it to help housing market'

Stamp duty on property sales is gumming up the housing market, stopping people from moving to the jobs they need, and...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: here’s why crowdfunding is the future

Crowdfunding is nothing new. As I pointed out in a previous Natter, it dates back centuries, playing a part in the...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Halloween - we want your blood-soaked photographs please...

You may think there are enough horror stories going around the agency industry and Britain as a whole right now -...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering: only 1 in 300 foreign deals triggers a 'red flag'

One one in every 300 property purchases by overseas buyers trigger a so-called ‘red flag’ with the National Crime Agency -...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove names the UK's happiest place - and it's...

Leamington Spa in Warwickshire has been named as the happiest place to live in Great Britain in Rightmove’s 2017 Happy at...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Back To The Future: a short history of rent controls

Like many of Labour’s recent policy proposals, its call for rent controls leaves more questions than answers.  There has been widespread criticism...

07 October 2017

From: Features

Is the stigma of renting at odds with our broken housing market?

I’ve written before about the impact of headlines on the property industry. Interest rate speculation.   Market booms and busts. Demand...

16 September 2017

From: Features

Brexit is not a consideration for majority of home movers

New research has revealed that Britain's impending exit from the European Union is not a consideration for 71% of consumers. A study...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says Brexit is biggest risk to housing market

Countrywide has issued forecasts for the housing market over the next two years amidst a warning that Brexit volatility is the...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory-led body says second home owners should be penalised more

A think tank says the penalties now levied against second home owners - such as the stamp duty surcharge and phasing...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – are you GDPR-ready?

Are you protecting your data right? This may sound like the sort of direct warning you get from cold callers or...

19 August 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the 'so much for a quiet August' edition...

Remember when August used to be quiet with not much news? This year, whether it’s industry upheavals at Countrywide, Purplebricks and Agents’...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Sell Purplebricks shares, urges writer as sales data mystery remains

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

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

20 London areas now average over £5,000 per square metre

Twenty areas in Greater London have an average price in excess of £5,000 per square metre according to new research from...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the best foot forward edition...

Every week we remain in awe of the charity fund-raising undertaken by our industry - and often forgotten by those who...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Software firm giving 200 agents access to new digital package for free

Industry software company KeyAGENT is giving 200 agents access to a new package allowing them to upload photos and floor plan sketches...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London’s prime housing market is no longer roaring

Being a leading world-class city comes at a price – they are the most expensive for occupiers and the most lucrative...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Brexit and election result are stopping people moving, leading agent says

One of the country’s leading buying agents says over six million people are living in the wrong property because they are...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing industry reacts to shock general election result

The housing industry has responded with shock, joy, and jitters, after Theresa May’s snap general election went catastrophically wrong, leaving her...

10 June 2017

From: Features

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

Theresa May’s call for a snap general election on June 8 took many by surprise. But estate agents have been broadly...

03 June 2017

From: Features

'Top High Street agents significantly out-perform onliners' says group

A consumer group which has consistently promoted online agencies says they achieve closer to sellers’ original asking price than the national...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Leasehold reform: major political parties don't promise enough, says group

The Conservative and Labour party manifestos do not go far enough to tackle problems with the leasehold system. That’s the view of...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

New homes must be marketed to Britons first, say Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have set a building target of 300,000 new homes a year, have pledged to scrap housing association Right...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

New homes: where is the supply being concentrated?

Since the seventies, housing starts and completions across England and Wales have been on a downward trajectory. The long run average...

12 May 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity: In all colours of the rainbow

On the day when hundreds of agents descend on the capital to celebrate the great and good of the industry at...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Is Countrywide in trouble over sale of commercial arm LSH?

Reports in the commercial property industry publication Property Week suggest there may be difficulties concerning the sale of Countrywide’s commercial operation,...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit threat to London market if financial services jobs go overseas

New research by business information firm Bloomberg suggests many thousands of London’s financial services jobs are under threat thanks to Brexit...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks called cynical, disingenuous by agents' trade body

The bitter war of words against Purplebricks waged by the fledgling Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents reached a new...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks steps up its attack on commission-based estate agents

Purplebricks has stepped up its attack on what it calls “Britain's antiquated method of buying and selling homes” by describing it as...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Article 50 may be huge for UK but housing market stays calm

The triggering of Article 50 may have been regarded as a historic event but it appears to have left the housing...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Zoopla founder in list of 100 key British business disruptors

ZPG chief executive Alex Chesterman has been named in a list of 100 British businessmen regarded as the key disruptors of...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Housing must not be ignored in the clamour

We’re almost nine months on from the EU Referendum and yet the issue remains the big divide across the nation: an...

18 March 2017

From: Features

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget this week pledging extra funding for the NHS, transport in the Midlands and the...

11 March 2017

From: Features

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

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

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

Looking ahead to the Spring Budget this week, the Chancellor Philip Hammond will be obliged to face up to the implications...

04 March 2017

From: Features

New property portal unconcerned about OnTheMarket rule

A new regional property portal aiming to sign up 80 per cent of agencies in Yorkshire says it is unconcerned about...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgages: What opportunities and challenges lie ahead?

The rapid growth in popularity of buy-to-let in recent years, fuelled in part by the failings of the pensions industry, has...

17 February 2017

From: Features

A new way to buy? Mortgage lender offers to pay stamp duty

One of Britain’s biggest mortgage companies has come up with a new way to try to boost buying across the housing...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Eastern promise! Focus on Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire

The East Midlands, which consists of several areas including Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, and much of Lincolnshire, has an ancient...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Agents critical of White Paper squandered opportunity

The government’s attitude of “Nanny knows best” has “squandered another opportunity” to make a real difference to the housing crisis, according...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

House prices cool as Halifax warns 2017 will see a slowdown

Annual growth in house prices slowed in January - a taste of things to come in 2017 according to the house...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

NIMBY-ism is waning as voters accept new homes are vital

Whisper it quietly but it appears that NIMBY-ism is on the wane as increasing numbers of voters are recognising the need...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Express story on Brexit house price boost 'seriously inaccurate'

The Independent Press Standards Organisation has ruled that a Daily Express newspaper story - “EU Exit Boosts House Prices” - was...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

'Retail' expert takes over as estate agency director at LSL

LSL Property Services has named Helen Buck as executive director of its estate agency business.  Buck has been a non-executive director at...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Why more US investors are looking for UK property

Following the election of Donald Trump, there has been a rise in the number of United States investors searching for property...

25 January 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Brexit could worsen crippling skills shortage warns top house builder

The chief executive of one of Britain’s top house builders is warning that the industry must do more to prevent an...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Estate Agent Today - this is what's in store...

This is the final Estate Agent Today until Tuesday January 3 2017, so everyone at Angels Media sends all good wishes for...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices could rise 4% in 2017 but transactions will drop - Halifax

The Halifax says house prices across the UK will rise between 1.0 and 4.0 per cent in the next 12 months...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from everyone at Estate Agent Today

This is our final edition of EAT before the holiday season, so we want to take this opportunity to wish all...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Britain's most inspirational estate agent is named as ...

Estate and letting agent training company Agency Mentors has revealed the winner of its competition for ‘most inspirational agent’ in the...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2017?

Following a strong start to 2016, particularly in the lower to middle range of the UK housing market, that lasted up...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Countrywide to put its commercial property arm up for sale

Lambert Smith Hampton, the commercial arm of Countrywide, is to be put up for sale. LSH is one of Britain's oldest and...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the London Stock Exchange's 'inspirational' estate agency

Each year the London Stock Exchange lists 1,000 firms in a league table entitled ‘Companies To Inspire Britain’ and for the...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Car parks: the answer to Britain's affordable homes shortage?

One of Britain’s best known housing innovators says he may just have found one way of helping overcome the UK’s shortage...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Most estate agents think market is worse after Brexit vote, poll shows

House prices will rise 2.0 per cent in 2017, below the rate of inflation and just under half the rise predicted...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Is a long-term housing policy too much to ask for?

Just a couple of weeks ago, we waited with anticipation to see what the new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, would say in...

09 December 2016

From: Features

Countrywide may drop out of FTSE 250 - but LSL wins seal of approval

It’s a tale of two estate agencies - Britain’s biggest, seemingly in trouble, and the second biggest, winning a seal of...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

24-hour tube gives nearby homes 10% uplift says data consultancy

One of Britain’s most prominent property data companies says homes near London Underground tube stations with 24-hour trains will see a...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer claims older buyers priced out of traditional areas

A conveyancing firm says the buyers at former retirement hotspots such as seaside towns are getting younger because mainstream purchasers are obliged to...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

So just who is Britain's most successful modern housing minister?

The Daily Mail has calculated which of the 13 housing ministers in office before this autumn has been the most successful,...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another inspiring agent who started his business at just 20

We recently carried a particularly inspiring story of an Essex estate agent who believes that at 21 he is currently the...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

What does a Donald Trump win mean for the UK property market?

It is fair to say that 2016 is a year full of surprises. Anyone who had the foresight to predict Britain...

12 November 2016

From: Features

Simon Cowell was an estate agent - and had a thoroughly miserable time...

Here's a story you probably never expected to read - Simon Cowell used to be an estate agent and says he...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed: secrets of the success of Britain's youngest agent

An Essex estate agent who believes he is the youngest in the industry has explained his success to Estate Agent Today...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty cuts sale prices of Britain's most expensive homes

The number of homes sold for £1m and above has risen by 12 per cent in the first half of 2016 -...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit and SDLT will slash transactions by 11% next year warns agency

Transaction levels are forecast to decline from around 1.22m this year to 1.08m next year as uncertainty causes some households to defer...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Leeds eyes sustainable ripple effect

As many northern cities struggled to recover from the 2008 global financial crisis, the north-south divide returned to plague the British...

28 October 2016

From: Features

New online agency with 'local experts' says it is Britain's cheapest

An online agency called DoorStepAgents.com claims to have set up a service which is both the cheapest and ‘best value’ sales...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Veteran agent urges new recruits to join 'general practice' agencies

One of Britain’s most respected veteran estate agents, Hugh Dunsmore-Hardy, is urging new recruits to the industry to join what he...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rising number of High Street agency offices despite online 'threat'

Despite the much-publicised 'threat' of online estate agency there were more high street offices opened in the first half of this year...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

2017: If anyone says they know what’s going to happen, they’re lying

I hate to be a party-pooper, but one of the agency industry’s coming-up-to-Christmas traditions is going to be particularly hard to undertake...

22 October 2016

From: Features

London market slumps further as rest of UK shrugs off Brexit

The latest Hometrack cities index suggests that London house prices in the last quarter recorded the lowest growth for 20 months...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Dramatic one-third slump in sales for Foxtons in last three months

In a surprise announcement this morning, Foxtons has revealed that its total revenues in the past three months dropped 14 per...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agent says Rightmove false allegations are gross abuse

An online estate agency delisted by Rightmove for apparently breaching its terms and conditions has accused the portal of “gross abuse”...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Let’s take the higher ground on foreign workers and buyers

Some of this week’s headlines - ‘Firms must list foreign workers’ and ‘NHS to no longer rely on foreign doctors’ -...

07 October 2016

From: Features

The gloom lifts – and so does the property market

It’s curious how gloom, gloom pre-Brexit Britain’s property market has gained a much brighter outlook now that the result of the...

07 October 2016

From: Features

Bank warning that Brexit could burst central London housing bubble

One of the world’s leading financial institutions, UBS, says any sustained economic recession triggered by Britain’s departure from the EU could lead...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Are these Britain's unluckiest estate agents?

An estate agency in Kent is having to replace its shopfront for the second time in a year. Last week, the shopfront...

19 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing must remain top of the government’s agenda

With the number of new homes being built across the UK still significantly below the level needed to meet demand, housebuilders...

16 September 2016

From: Features

Around 400 homes sold off by infamous buy to let investment couple

Fergus and Judith Wilson, at one time considered to be Britain’s biggest private landlords, have sold off an estimated 400 of...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Is buy-to-let investing still a safe bet?

The huge rush to acquire buy-to-let property in the first quarter of the year ahead of the stamp duty change deadline...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Two named as joint sole agents on Britain's tallest-ever residential tower

JLL and CBRE are the joint sole agents for Spire London, which at 771 feet and 67 storeys is to be the...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to spend £10m on marketing its launch down under

Purplebricks says it will have a marketing budget of AUS$17.2m - that's over £9.9m - to spend on marketing for its...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Lazy NAEA accused of using misleading and out of date information

A National Association of Estate Agents report has been roundly dismissed as being “out of date and unhelpful” in blaming a...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit see-saw - now the housing market looks stronger since vote

The see-saw of conflcting post-Brexit indicators is continuing with figures from house builder Persimmon suggesting a strong housing market - contradicting...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Selling homes – what's the secret to the perfect transaction?

With almost a fifth of house sales in Britain collapsing every year, it’s now more vital than ever that we –...

19 August 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and they're gold medal winners...

Britain’s gathering Olympics medal haul is heart-warming, but our heroes in Rio are not the only ones doing great work and...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

What has been the Brexit impact on the housing market so far?

The morning after the EU referendum, and Westminster, Britain, Europe and the world were left in shock at the news that...

05 August 2016

From: Features

Institute bucks trend by saying Cameron leaves a proud housing legacy

A housing body says that, rather than presiding over a worsening housing crisis as many suggest, David Cameron has actually left...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals first details of online sales service roll-out

Countrywide has given Estate Agent Today some early details of how its mix of online and traditional agency services will roll-out...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

PropTech guru says OnTheMarket could still disrupt portal sector

One of Britain’s foremost PropTech experts says OnTheMarket could still disrupt the portal landscape - but has trust issues following disputes...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices rising faster than expected 'but may not yet reflect Brexit'

The Nationwide says house prices rose at their fastest annual rate for four months in July, but that performance may not...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

City's new 15% surcharge on foreign buyers - could it happen here?

One of the western world’s ‘hottest’ city residential markets has introduced a near-instant 15 per cent price surcharge on properties purchased...

27 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage will continue to drive up UK prices

Property prices were at the forefront of the EU debate in the run-up to the referendum, with the now former Chancellor...

22 July 2016

From: Features

Sheffield is primed for growth: explains why Chinese will invest £1bn

Sheffield in South Yorkshire, which was once one of the leading industrial cities in Britain and is still recognised for its...

22 July 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: flashmobs, a Spice Girls tribute band and girls on stilts

The joke doing the rounds last week still seems to be just as relevant this week: “the only man with a...

08 July 2016

From: Features

Global property insight

With the new Formula One season now well underway, we delve into the fast lane to take you on a whirlwind...

08 July 2016

From: Features

House prices up 1.3% last month 'but far too early to see referendum impact'

Average house prices in June rose 1.3 per cent but as the shock Brexit result was not known until late in...

08 July 2016

From: Breaking News

More trouble for landmark housing scheme as another fund halts

Housebuilder St Modwen has been forced to write down the value of the landmark Nine Elms regeneration scheme because “recent transactional...

06 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as an amazing week finally ends...

It’s been a remarkable week for Britain and a challenging week for the agency industry - with possibly many more to...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks investor Woodford says Brexit vote presents opportunities

The most famous investor in hybrid agency Purplebricks, star fund manager Neil Woodford, says Brexit presents opportunities as well as challenges. In...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

The only certainty is uncertainty. So what next for the industry?

One estate agency leader - you’d all recognise his name - described the victory of the Leave camp in the referendum...

24 June 2016

From: Features

Agency supplier warns of 'apocalyptic' Brexit ahead of Twitter debate

Property software supplier VTUK is the latest to warn that a Brexit could have a damaging effect on the supply of...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

More foreign buyers in London if UK quits EU, says estate agency

Prices are wobbling in the London housing market, with the referendum and ongoing currency fluctuations being two of the major causes. That...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Angels Media welcomes one of Britain's top property journalists

Angels Media, publisher of Estate Agent Today, is delighted to welcome on board one of Britain’s top property industry journalists, Marc...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

What will happen to the housing market if Britain leaves the EU?

The sense of gathering momentum for the Leave campaign ahead of the upcoming EU referendum is causing high levels of uncertainty...

17 June 2016

From: Features

The current state of play in the property portal market

With more house-hunters than ever now starting their search for a new home by typically looking online on one of the major...

17 June 2016

From: Features

House building targets under Brexit threat to foreign labour supply

Access to labour is a continuing problem for the construction industry and may worsen if Britain leaves the European Union, according...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Tory-supporting agent says Cameron pushing housing market into recession

A high end international London estate agent says a Brexit will lead to increased sales of homes in prime central London...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Quick sale firm wins radio advertising complaint case

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has decided not to uphold a complaint made against a quick property sale firm's radio advert.  The...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit – does anyone know, does anyone care?

The glorious thing about the referendum on our EU membership is that four weeks today it will all be over –...

27 May 2016

From: Features

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

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

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Britain’s best letting agents

Here are the top letting agents in Britain who go above and beyond to help their customers, as voted for by...

10 May 2016

From: Features

Post-Brexit slump 'could wipe 50% off portals and Purplebricks' claim

The Motley Fool, a widely-read City investment column, says a Leave vote could result in a fall in housing market transaction...

04 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Property group warns that market correction is only a matter of time

The finance chief of one of the world’s largest property groups says a correction in the property market across western countries...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

How can traditional estate agents adapt their customer experience to compete with online?

In 2014 there were 19,000 estate agent branches in the UK. Of which 18,000 were registered to list properties on the...

14 April 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Property men hiring prostitutes is a reputational issue for industry - claim

Estates Gazette has published a candid article suggesting the explicit hiring of prostitutes by delegates to the annual MIPIM conference may...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices accelerating (and fast) in some of Britain's big cities

There has been a significant acceleration in house prices in Britain’s big cities with lower-priced locations such as Portsmouth, Nottingham and...

25 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief executive is top residential figure in 'property power list'

Countrywide’s chief executive, Alison Platt, has been named as one of the 50 most powerful people in Britain’s property industry by...

22 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Home owners' consumer group says Brexit may lead to house price falls

The influential Home Owners’ Alliance pressure group says Britain pulling out of the EU would probably depress house prices. The HOA - a...

22 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Fines imposed on agencies boycotting top property portal (but not in UK)

Here’s a story with more than a little in common with Britain’s own property portal wars. A long-running legal saga between Danish...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit could be saviour of high-end housing market, claims top agent

A vote by Britain to leave the European Union would be the saviour of the beleaguered high end housing market according...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

That referendum: Should agents get off the fence?

And so it begins. Four months and counting before we vote to leave or remain. For a country apparently so divided about...

27 February 2016

From: Features

Rightmove names hot-spot where homes typically take 16 days to sell

Rightmove has released market data showing that across Britain the average time it takes to sell a property has dropped from...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Hunters chief who is now a Conservative MP wants UK to stay in EU

Kevin Hollinrake - the founder of Hunters estate agency and now Conservative MP for Thirsk, Malton & Filey - says he is...

23 February 2016

From: Breaking News

North-South house price gap grows much bigger in 10 years

New research shows that the north-south divide over house prices is not only continuing but is getting significantly worse.  High-end agency Savills,...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the interior revolution of estate agents’ offices

Estate agents with a difference, a twist, a unique selling point, whatever you want to call it, seem to be becoming...

20 February 2016

From: Features

Britain's first 'drive-thru' estate agency opens at former filling station

An estate agency in Cornwall has opened on the site of a former filling station and allows people to drive up,...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty and buy to let tax changes: Readers' views put to David Cameron

In January readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were given the opportunity to give their views on proposed...

25 January 2016

From: Features

Countrywide's good day: new homes acquisition, share price up, profits boosted

Countrywide has continued its acquisition programme by taking over a company consulting with house builders in the Home Counties and London.  The acquisition...

22 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide wins plaudits in 'Best Employer' survey

Despite a controversial reorganisation taking some months and still underway, Countrywide has been recognised as one of Britain’s best employers in...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency says higher end of market is recovering from duty increase

Your Move claims the higher end of the Scottish housing market is recovering from the introduction of Land and Building Transaction...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Yet another senior management figure departs from Countrywide

Estate Agent Today understands that Countrywide's Chief Information Officer is the latest high-profile manager to leave the organisation. Oliver Skagerlind joined Countrywide,...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

More tough stock market trading for Purplebricks, Countrywide and Foxtons

There has been more volatile stock market trading for some of the industry’s highest-profile agencies.  Countrywide - whose chief executive Alison Platt...

15 January 2016

From: Breaking News

You read it here first – what to look for in 2016

There’s been plenty of forecasting in recent weeks - banks, consultancies and high-end estate agents have predicted house prices in the...

31 December 2015

From: Features

Open All (Christmas) Hours: Are you shutting down or gearing up?

The possibility of agents having to keep offices open until 7pm from next summer to accommodate late key releases has put...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Agents say shared ownership expansion not enough to meet demand

The National Association of Estate Agents has given a cautious welcome to new government plans to expand shared ownership.  David Cameron has...

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Halifax forecast latest to predict subdued 2016 housing market

Britain’s biggest mortgage lender, the Halifax, says the housing market will slow next year with average price rises of four to...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Iam-Sold auction house named one of Britain's fast-growing businesses

Iam-Sold, which offers white label auction services to estate agents, has been named as one of the country’s fastest-growing companies by...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Hybrid estate agency to 'pop-up' in an interiors shop

A company that describes itself as a hybrid between a traditional and an online estate agency is opening a new branch...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide confirms latest three senior management departures

Countrywide has confirmed that another three senior management figures have left the group as its restructuring continues apace. Estate Agent Today revealed...

25 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Countrywide loses three more top managers in latest restructure

Another three senior management figures have left Countrywide as the restructuring of Britain’s largest estate and letting agency continues apace. The latest...

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Ban foreigners buying existing homes, says right wing think tank

The Bow Group - a think-tank that was previously a solid backer of the Tories but has recently flirted with UKIP...

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

US agency reveals mortgage link ahead of imminent UK launch

Coldwell Banker Real Estate, the US-based international agency expected to launch in the UK over the winter, has signed up with...

18 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent – What we learn from Germany and the US

I make no apologies for returning to Build To Rent, the institutional investment in building and managing blocks of flats to...

13 November 2015

From: Features

Housing stock's value up 53% in 10 years, despite downturn

The value of Britain's housing stock has risen 53 per cent over the past decade, despite most of that time being...

12 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Savills sells Britain's largest house for £8m

High-end agency Savills has announced that it has sold Wentworth Woodhouse - reported to be Britain’s largest residential property - to...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agents' share prices hit by Countrywide's tumble

Estate agents’ share prices have taken a knock after poor figures reported to the City by Countrywide suggested a wider malaise...

05 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Planners join industry voices demanding more homes - and soon

The Town and Country Planning Association has plunged itself into the debate over Britain’s housing, saying that younger people unable to...

05 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide profits tumble - but new CEO pledges future improvement

The operating profits in the first nine months of the year for Britain’s largest sales and lettings agency group, Countrywide, tumbled...

04 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Richard Rawlings’ OnTheMarket open letter keeps portal rivalry on the boil

Fierce debate continues over an open letter sent by a top consultant to OnTheMarket at the end of last week, accusing...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Far fewer sellers hampered by chains, says new Countrywide research

New research from Countrywide suggests that the growth of the private rental sector and the higher number of mortgages means far...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Reasons to be cheerful (Even if you’re involved in buy to let)

A reader of Industry Views is unlikely to need converting to the virtues of buy to let, but anyone involved in...

30 October 2015

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the spooky edition...

It’s Halloween weekend but the spirit that burns in many estate agents is a force for good not evil - as...

30 October 2015

From: Breaking News

eMoov hits out at Countrywide's 'cursory, arrogant' online ambitions

Controversial online agency chief Russell Quirk has described aspects of Countrywide’s newly-revealed digital ambitions as “cursory” and showing “arrogance.” Yesterday Estate Agent...

28 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide may invest in digital start-up to boost online offer

The chief executive of Countrywide, Alison Platt, has hinted her firm may invest in, or acquire, an internet start-up company to...

27 October 2015

From: Breaking News

House price growth may have peaked says leading housing analyst

Richard Donnell, one of Britain’s foremost housing market analysts, says there are signs that the underlying rate of growth in house...

26 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Out with the old, in with the new (homes)

Property journalists, and more than a few estate agents, are beginning their annual autumn ritual – forecasting what’s going to happen...

16 October 2015

From: Features

Prime Central London transactions down as much as 40% says agent

One of Britain's leading buying agencies say transactions at the very highest end of the London market may be as much...

09 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Investment portal attracts 5,000 agents

A web portal which radically changes the way investors search for their next investment property has signed up 5,000 agents, less...

07 October 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Seventh 2015 branch launch for Britain's fastest growing agency franchise

Century 21, which describes itself as "the fastest growing agency franchise in the UK," has announced its seventh office opening in...

07 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Over half of home owners will struggle if rates rise, warn building societies

Over half of Britain's home owners will hit problems if interest rates rise. The Building Societies Association says new research which it...

30 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the rise of the robots?

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

25 September 2015

From: Features

Labour's top priority 'to halt decline in home ownership'

The newly-appointed shadow housing minister says his first priority is to arrest the long-term fall in home ownership in Britain. John Healey...

24 September 2015

From: Breaking News

eMoov to expand into US property sales market

eMoov, arguably Britain’s highest-profile online estate agency, says it is “inevitable” that it will enter the US sales market in the...

15 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide boss explains 'redundancy' letters sent to managers

The chief executive of Countrywide, Britain’s largest estate and letting agency group handling around one in 10 of all residential transactions,...

11 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide senior managers 'facing redundancy threat'

Restructuring turmoil continues within Countrywide, Britain’s largest estate and letting agency group, with several managers reportedly being handed notices referring to...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

We’re all disrupters now

It’s become almost obligatory for start-ups in many industries – frequently online agents in the selling and letting business – to...

04 September 2015

From: Features

Agency reveals 'Britain's best garden'

An estate agency has announced the winner of its best British garden competition. Fine and Country carried out the competition and its...

21 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Housing crisis worsened by bricks and labour shortage

Statistics have been published to suggest that much of Britain’s housing crisis is down to a shortage of skilled labour and...

18 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Zoopla reports rise in estate agency membership and listings

Zoopla is back in business with its trading update to the City this morning revealing that it has a net growth...

12 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide boss says company going backwards

Harry Hill, the former Countrywide chief executive, has described his old company as “going backwards” following the publication of its half-year...

31 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Rightmove and Foxtons figures tell very different stories

Rightmove and Foxtons have reported their half-year figures to the City this morning - and they tell very different stories. Rightmove’s customer...

29 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Portal wars: Bank says OTM's impact 'declining'

Analysis of Britain’s three rival property portals shows that Rightmove is strengthening its position, Zoopla’s loss of agents has stabilised, and...

28 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Portal's figures point to no post-election bounce

The average value of homes across Britain rose by 2.7 per cent or almost £7,000 during the first six months of...

23 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Owner-occupation to fall to 60% by 2025 says report

Owner occupation in Britain will plummet from its current level of about 68 per cent of homes to around 60 per...

23 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents give enthusiastic thumbs-up to planning reforms

Estate agents have given an enthusiastic endorsement to Chancellor George Osborne’s proposals to help boost housing building totals through changes to...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Crowded house: are you super vigilant?

I don't think there is one person in lettings and property management who isn't alarmed at the scenes just over the...

03 July 2015

From: Features

773% rise in house price per square metre - but where?

A new analysis of rising property values measured in price per square metre, suggests one location has risen 773 per cent...

25 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Let’s get our act together

This month has marked a real change in the way the private lettings sector is perceived - and it’s a perception...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Buying agency talks down DIY sales, talks up 'Big Two' portals

Stacks Property Search, one of Britain’s largest buying agencies, has entered the debates over portals and the use of DIY house...

19 June 2015

From: Breaking News

'15 years of house price booms' - forecast

The director of housebuilder Taylor Wimpey says “a 15 year property boom, with no bust, is more than a distinct possibility”...

26 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Prices rise faster in Scotland than London, says LSL

In what would have been an unimaginable trend just a year ago, house prices are now rising faster in Scotland than...

22 May 2015

From: Breaking News

High-end agency chief sets sail in Dunkirk tribute

Jackson-Stops & Staff director Tim Dansie is setting sail across the English Channel today in a commemmoration ceremony marking the 75th...

21 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Letter from the Publisher: Are brownfield sites the solution to the UK’s housing shortage?

There has been much debate in recent years about Britain’s desperate need for more housing stock. Demand has been outstripping supply...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Fracking may cut prices and deter sales - agents

Environmental group Greenpeace claims that a survey of 60 estate agents operating close to potential fracking sites suggests tens of thousands...

05 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Video round up 01.05.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video roundup of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on Ed Miliband's...

01 May 2015

From: Video Articles

Countrywide warns of 'difficult sales market'

Countrywide, the agency group that handles one in 10 transactions in Britain, has told the City that its income remains “resilient...

30 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Housebuilders say politicians' targets impossible

There's bad news for Britain’s politicians who are using house-building targets as policy objectives in the election - over two thirds...

28 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Property makes the rich richer, shows Rich List

There is one common denominator amongst the majority of those who dominate the latest Sunday Times Rich List, regarded as the...

27 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Pre-election market 'squeezed' says agent

The housing market across the UK is in a pre-election ‘squeeze’ with several indicators used by agents suggesting a significant slump...

27 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Letter from the Publisher – What are the challenger parties saying about housing?

With another hung parliament looking increasingly likely, the so-called ‘challenger parties’ look set to have a major say in who forms...

23 April 2015

From: Features

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