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KEYWORD "Budget" - 249 RESULTS
Prices inch up but buyers still waiting for Brexit clarity

House prices showed an unexpected pre-Christmas boost last last month but worries about Brexit remain foremost for buyers according to the...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Good or bad? Help To Buy surge reignites debate about scheme

Figures released by the government over the weekend show that 14,867 Help To Buy equity loans were taken out in the...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Why the best PropTech isn’t expensive

PropTech has been mainstream for a few years now, and as more agents are familiar with the range of products and...

01 December 2018

From: Features

Deal or no deal – how could Brexit affect the property market?

A no-deal Brexit The biggest impact of a no-deal Brexit in relation to housing is a potential fall in house prices -...

24 November 2018

From: Features

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

Shock figures show ‘hidden’ conveyancing fees deter buyers

A digital conveyancing platform says a lack of transparency in the house moving process - particularly regarding legal costs - is...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

A quiet Budget – but there’s still enough to keep everyone busy

On the face of it, this year’s Budget was not what you could describe as ‘housing heavy’ in terms of the...

03 November 2018

From: Features

Overseas buyers set to take advantage of stamp duty surcharge delay

Experts suggest that overseas buyers are likely to act quickly to take advantage of a delay in any stamp duty surcharge on...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents slammed for milking buyers for profits via online auctions

A consumer group says agents are securing increasing income from online auctions, but it warns that for buyers there are pitfalls...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Is that it? Industry downbeat after lacklustre Budget for housing

The agency industry has reacted in a broadly downbeat way at the relatively few housing-related proposals that were announced in yesterday’s...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty relief for first time buyers extended by Chancellor Hammond

Stamp duty relief for first time buyers of full-priced houses and apartments is to be extended to first time buyers of...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Havoc, Grim and Short Term - Property taxes under fire once again

It’s Budget day and the government is once again on the receiving end of a blast from one of the country’s...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fangs a lot! Sink your teeth into this batty agency Halloween video

It’s that time of year again, when a tall ominous figure scares us all with a slow deep voice threatening endless...

29 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 want Budget to help remedy slump in mortgage approvals

Mortgage approvals fell again in September - this means that every month of 2018 so far has seen a drop against...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sales dip slightly says HMRC - but supply up according to NAEA

Data from HM Revenue & Customs shows some 98,400 homes were sold across the UK in September - that’s slightly lower...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Shock: Sole agency commission plunges 34% since 2011

New research by TheAdvisory consultancy, shared exclusively with Estate Agent Today, reveals exactly how fees have fallen for traditional agents in...

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

Dear Mr Chancellor…this is what we need on October 29…

I’ve spoken many times before of my desire to see government take property more seriously. For more than just lip service...

13 October 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: what impact has Google had on the property market?

Google celebrated its 20th birthday last month. Yes, it might be hard to recall a time when it wasn’t integral in...

06 October 2018

From: Features

Overseas buyers to take advantage of stamp duty surcharge delay

Experts suggest that overseas buyers are likely to act quickly to take advantage of the delay in any stamp duty surcharge...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Increased Trading Standards budget should focus on CPRs compliance

You will perhaps have seen recently that the Government has decided to boost funding to the regulator, the National Trading Standards...

29 September 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – legislation, legislation, legislation

Landlords and letting agents might feel they’ve taken a bit of a battering from the government in recent years – and...

22 September 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: will Unmortgage change our industry forever?

Those of you who receive (and read) my Sunday PropTech Review will know that, by far and away, the most shared...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Forget narrow demands - Work together for more homes

Any day now we’ll hear the date for the Autumn Budget: it may be delayed to wait for a Brexit deal...

15 September 2018

From: Features

Franchise applicants rush to Winkworth despite Brexit hitting market

The number of new franchise applicants reported by Winkworth in the first half of the year rocketed 135 per cent -...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

AML compliance – why the smart money is on automation

Technology is transforming the way we comply with Anti Money Laundering (AML) regulation. It is providing a consistent approach, reliable outcomes...

05 September 2018

From: Features

House prices: Nationwide records biggest monthly drop since 2012

The latest house price index from Nationwide shows a monthly fall of 0.5% in August, the largest decline recorded since July...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Why letting agents need to be ready for a challenging market this autumn

The buy-to-let sector, which has been under sustained pressure for a number of years now thanks to tax changes designed to...

15 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

Stamp Duty - first time buyer confusion 'shows need for a simple system'

A respected mortgage broker has found that there is widespread public uncertainty amongst the public about the effects of stamp duty...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

By George! Osborne re-appears to defend his stamp duty reforms

The former Chancellor George Osborne - architect of drastic stamp duty reform - has come out fighting to defend the tax...

06 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

Interest rate rise today 'could hurt housing market balance' - warning

A leading estate agent is warning that an interest rate increase today ould hurt the delicate balance of the housing market. The...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

121,500 first time buyers since stamp duty cut, claims government

A government announcement this morning claims 121,500 first time buyers have taken advantage of the stamp duty cut introduced at the...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government goes on holiday as agents go on waiting

It’s holiday time: schools have broken up, quite a few estate agents are taking time off, and the MPs are in...

28 July 2018

From: Features

Play the 'luxury' game! Startling advice to traditional estate agents

Traditional estate agencies should make their work appear more of a luxury and even showcase the prices of individual elements that...

26 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

Double whammy: Two agencies report more prime London price falls

Two more price reports from high-end agencies make grim reading about the prime London housing market. New data from Savills suggests that...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

More gloom and doom: economists say market won't improve this year

The housing market “is clearly currently struggling to gain traction” and any real upturn ”will remain elusive over the coming months”...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents on the go - why your smartphone is one of your most valuable tools

Gone are the days of having to rush back to your office every time you win an instruction to market the...

16 May 2018

From: Features

Exclusive: UK estate agent fees 'are the lowest in the world'

Here’s some good news to take into the Bank Holiday weekend.  Research undertaken by Estate Agent Today suggests that fees charged by...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: yet more for government despite 69,000 first time buyers

Figures from the Treasury suggest that the annual revenue from stamp duty for the year to the end of March is...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Selling my flat - community vs systems

I have total transparency. I love that.  I know how the portals are doing, I know how many people are clicking on...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent confirms index findings that growth turning negative in south east

A leading estate agent says his findings confirm those of the latest house price index in suggesting that prices are turning...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Buying agent says 'guide prices' confuse valuations and purchasers

As the Easter sales weekend kicks off, the head of a prominent buying agency says estate agents confuse the true valuation...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Eight months to make a difference to UK housing

One day, I’ll sit down to write for Estate Agent Today and I won’t express my dismay at the lack of...

24 March 2018

From: Features

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

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

60,000 first time buyers have benefitted from stamp duty change - Hammond

  Chancellor Phillip Hammond claims over 60,000 first time buyers have already benefitted from the stamp duty relief he announced at his...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Who should oversee your compliance?

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agents will have to employ sales progression teams

The operation of ‘online estate agencies’ has changed substantially in the relatively short few years of their existence: I have spotted...

03 March 2018

From: Features

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: Choosing and leveraging your software

Firstly, a huge thanks to everyone who shared and commented on my first blog and for all those that emailed me...

03 March 2018

From: Features

Big chill hits housing market with unexpected drop in prices

House prices fell unexpectedly in February with the Nationwide Building Society reporting a drop of 0.3 per cent. This ended some analysts’...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency warns about effect of interest rate rise on household budgets

A 1.0 per cent interest rate rise would add £930 a year to the cost of servicing the average mortgage, according...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

The government must recognise its interference is now affecting the market

In the great swathe of housing market data which is delivered each month, conveyancers’ case volumes often get overlooked, however the...

24 February 2018

From: Features

Treasury set to rake in record CGT this year - with more to come

A forecast suggests HM Revenue & Customs will rake in no less than £8.8 billion in Capital Gains Tax in 2018...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Modern agency comes to prime central London

The other day I met with two agents who have 30 years of property sales experience between them, and yet also...

17 February 2018

From: Features

Agency calls for EAT readers’ help after car crashes into office - twice

An estate agency has started a petition to get bollards erected outside its branch after two accidents, in each of which...

16 February 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

Is print advertising for estate agents dead and buried?

The printing industry is in the midst of a decline as digital products and services displace printed materials, which is why...

03 February 2018

From: Features

First time buyers 'may be paying more because of stamp duty change'

The Mortgage Advice Bureau says early evidence suggests typical first time buyers are now spending more following the effective scrapping of stamp...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Analysts critical of OTM float as Springett shares ‘windfall’ drops

Analysts have given a frosty reception to the announcement by Agents’ Mutual that it is going to float shares priced at...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks won't succeed in the Big Apple, says UK arm of US agency

A senior figure at the UK arm of American agency Keller Williams has suggested that Purplebricks won’t succeed in the New...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

First timers' stamp duty cuts won't help in London says ex-Rightmove chief

Rightmove’s former lettings chief Sam Mitchell has taken over as chief executive of online agency HouseSimple, which recently won another £20m...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs tell government - stamp duty cut isn't really helping first time buyers

One of the most influential select committees in parliament has told the government that it needs to do more - much...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Stamp duty change hasn't boosted first time buyer demand - RICS

An overwhelming 86 per cent of RICS members questioned in a survey claim they have seen no increase in interest from...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing 'promoted' to full Cabinet status in cosmetic reshuffle

The Department of Communities and Local Government has been rebadged as the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government in what...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: mystery surrounds PM's 16,000 first timers helped claim

Mystery surrounds a claim made by Prime Minister Theresa May that the stamp duty changes for first time buyers made in...

04 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

First time buyer stamp duty change 'will have only limited effect'

The Nationwide says the Chancellor’s decision to effectively scrap stamp duty for the majority of first time buyers will have only...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

The Scores Are In: 2018 prices up 1% to 4% say most pundits

The last of the leading agency analysts and business consultancies have now given their predictions for the UK housing market in...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Transactions to dip and prices to flat-line, RICS warns

House price growth will come to a halt next year as the number of transactions reduces, according to the RICS forecast...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Home owners think moving house has become much harder recently

Some 62 per cent of current home owners feel that moving house has become more difficult over the past 10 years...

12 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

UK housing: All change...or not as it turns out

Here we are again: another much anticipated Budget has been and gone and, yet, still nothing much has changed! Yes, of course,...

02 December 2017

From: Features

Sales market hasn't yet recovered from a quiet summer, admits NAEA

The latest market snapshot from the National Association of Estate Agents suggests that the proportion of sales made to first time...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Chains getting more fragile as market weakens, warns estate agency

The London-focussed estate agency Cluttons says chains in central London are becoming increasingly fragile thanks to general uncertainty in the wider...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief says housing market help should be 'tenure-neutral'

Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt says she welcomes the government’s scrapping of stamp duty for first time buyers purchasing homes under...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty income to fall but house prices to rise, says official forecast

Figures from the independent Office for Budget Responsibility suggest that house prices across the UK will rise by 3.1 per cent...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: A to Z of the property industry for 2017

As we hurtle towards the end of 2017, it’s time to reflect on the year that’s just been.   Even better, this property-based...

25 November 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

Government tweaks 'additional homes' stamp duty surcharge

The small print of the Budget has revealed that the government is to make minor changes to the ‘additional homes’ three...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty change - government defines 'the first time buyer'

The government has defined the ‘first time buyers’ who will benefit from its immediate scrapping of stamp duty for FTB purchases...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Not everyone in the industry likes the stamp duty change...

Agents and even the Labour Party have backed the government’s scrapping of stamp duty for first time buyers’ purchases up to...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Scepticism at long-term benefit of Budget housing measures

Housing may have taken centre stage in the Budget but most of the industry appears to remain sceptical of whether the...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform, more new homes, possible longer tenancies

Stamp duty reform for first time buyers has taken pride of place in the Budget speech of Chancellor Phillip Hammond.   From today,...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget to reveal massive housebuilding programme ... again

Another Budget, another pledge of new house building: it appears from statements made over the weekend by Chancellor Phillip Hammond that...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

The housing industry has set out a list of demands in advance of the government’s hotly anticipated Autumn Budget on Wednesday.  Despite...

18 November 2017

From: Features

A Short history of Stamp Duty

British politics is extraordinarily volatile right now and the ongoing battle between austerity and anti-austerity, Leave and Remain, and Conservative and...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Should agents pay for an increased Trading Standards budget?

A large part of the DCLG’s Call for Evidence on the home buying and selling process focuses on the role of...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Budget is make or break for London market, says investment firm

The London residential market is at last improving - but faces a make or break situation with next week’s Budget according...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want government hand-out to modernise house buying

A conveyancing body says it wants the government to allocate “a small fund” in next week’s Budget to promote research into...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

easyProperty backs switch in stamp duty for first time buyers

easyProperty, the online agency, says stamp duty should be paid by sellers and not by first time buyers. The online firm’s head...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Most senior Tory MP yet says she's open to stamp duty reform

Nicky Morgan, a former Cabinet minister and now chair of the highly respected Commons' Treasury Select Committee, is the most senior...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Former NAEA chief ignored by minister and asks: 'Is he in hiding?'

Former National Association of Estate Agents president Simon Gerrard is renewing his campaign for the government to adopt two innovative reforms...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Chaotic stamp duty system means HMRC refunds £10m each month

HMRC has refunded £185m to some 15,000 house buyers since the introduction of the stamp duty surcharge in April of last...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Major finance company joins call for stamp duty reform

The largest mutual life pension and insurance company in the UK has added its voice to growing calls for stamp duty...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty more pressing than house buying reform, government told

The head of a major Oxford estate and lettings agency has written an open letter to Chancellor Phillip Hammond urging him...

07 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

Consultation isn’t a substitute for action

Another week, yet more consultations - the agency industry can’t complain about not being asked for its views recently. The latest were on...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty tinkering will make the whole process more complicated

With the Budget just over a month away, the steady stream of ‘leaks’ continues to grow as journalists and the industry...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Stamp Duty: pressure building on government for more reforms

Pressure is continuing to build on the government to reform stamp duty in next month’s Budget. Firstly a group of senior financial...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Failed group for independent agents says it's not quite dead yet

The death throes of the Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents are continuing. A statement by software entrepreneur Charlie Wright, who...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Government to hold housing summit tomorrow as it scrambles for ideas

It has been revealed that the beleaguered government of Theresa May is to hold a summit at 10 Downing Street tomorrow...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform at heart of NAEA's ideas for next month's Budget

Stamp duty reform lies at the heart of the submission by the National Association of Estate Agents ahead of next month’s...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Prominent Tory wants stamp duty switched from buyers to sellers

Conservative MP John Stevenson is the latest to throw his weight behind switching the burden of stamp duty from the buyer...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: investment website raises questions over its profitability

Investment website The Motley Fool says comparisons between forecast and actual profits reported by Purplebricks suggest the company’s position isn’t -...

02 October 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

Agents unfairly blamed for failings of 'antiquated conveyancing system'

The founder of a new online sales assistance service says agents are often unfairly blamed by the public for failings in...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Was this the week the agency industry changed for good?

I’ve been in France for the past few days and depending on your viewpoint, I made a spectacularly good or singularly...

09 September 2017

From: Features

easyProperty relaunches, claiming to be UK's second-biggest hybrid

easyProperty has unveiled details of its relaunch, declaring itself to be the UK’s second largest hybrid estate agency - second only...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another call for stamp duty costs to be transferred to sellers

With party conference season around the corner and the next Budget just a couple of months away, more industry players are...

07 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

Three reasons why we need stamp duty reform

Whenever any research is released, part of me can’t help thinking of that old adage, ‘lies, damn lies and statistics’ especially...

02 September 2017

From: Features

Could tax be the excuse to introduce national private rental licensing?

It’s not just the evenings drawing in that marks the approach of autumn - it’s also the return to work of...

26 August 2017

From: Features

New agency operates online but says 'we're no budget company'

An estate agency that has just launched in south Devon says it is giving its customers the advantages of a 24-hour...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Status, shares and subscriptions dominate Agents' Mutual roadshow

The roadshow of presentations of Agents’ Mutual’s plans to float on the stock market have just passed the half-way mark. Remaining sessions...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Not just stamp duty: Treasury gets record Inheritance Tax income

An analysis of data from HM Revenue and Customs reveals that inheritance tax paid by UK families has topped £5 billion...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Newspapers ramp up pressure for further reform of stamp duty

Stamp duty has become the latest weapon in the ongoing war of words between different wings of the Conservative party, as...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed: how many homes buyers view before making an offer...

Well over a third of buyers will view between four and eight houses before putting an offer in on their choice,...

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

One in five estate agencies 'at risk of going broke' warns analyst

Some 19 per cent of estate agents in the UK currently show warning signs that indicate they are at risk of going...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

Forget stamp duty reform - There’s a new tax on the horizon

When it comes to provoking anger in property professionals, taxation takes some beating. Press releases are still arriving berating the December...

01 July 2017

From: Features

Nationwide predicts 'drag' on transactions and prices for rest of year

The Nationwide is warning that a slowdown in household spending is likely in the near future, leading to a ‘drag’ on...

29 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

Leading analysts fiercely critical of Guild merger with easyProperty

Two leading property analysts have written a fiercely critical assessment of the merger between easyProperty and the Guild of Property Professionals.   The...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Using call tracking to boost the impact of your marketing

We live in world where the online economy is just as important as the offline economy. Whether your business is online...

12 June 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Ex-housing minister appointed chief of staff as industry awaits replacement

Former housing minister Gavin Barwell has been appointed as Theresa May's chief of staff. Barwell lost his Croydon Central seat – and...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild parent company announces merger with easyProperty

GPEA Ltd - the parent company of the Guild of Property Professionals and Fine & Country - has announced it has...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

How to create new revenue streams for your letting agency

Our recent roundtable on the government’s proposed ban on tenant fees generated a selection of tips for growing your business. We’re now...

03 June 2017

From: Features

UKIP pledges homes below £100k - but they can't be sold on open market

The UK Independence Party’s housing policy for the General Election hinges around a huge expansion in modular factory-built housing - but...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' chief wants NAEA to expel 'insulting' online firms

The founder of the trade group seeking to represent independent agencies says he hopes the National Association of Estate Agents considers...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q1 2017

Auctions are a great way to sell property competitively, with a wide range of homes often selling under the hammer, and...

06 May 2017

From: Features

House price growth slows 'as consumer prepare for cash squeeze'

House prices recorded their second consecutive monthly fall in April, while the annual rate of growth slowed to 2.6 per cent,...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Finding a safe home for hard-earned income

By Wednesday April 19th, a UK citizen, on an average income, had earned £7,789 from their day job so far this...

22 April 2017

From: Features

Two more years of government pain for the industry

My apologies if this causes you to break your Easter egg with a little too much aggression, but I reckon the...

15 April 2017

From: Features

In the eye of the storm – why agents need good lines of communication

It’s never more obvious how important good communication is for letting agents than in times of bad weather. Havoc caused by...

15 April 2017

From: Features

Mortgage market review

In recent years the mortgage industry has gone through some testing times. Recession and regulation have led to more stringent lending...

08 April 2017

From: Features

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

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

Stamp duty surcharge rakes in twice as much revenue as expected

The government has admitted that the three per cent stamp duty surcharge has raked in twice as much as expected. In November...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

How to find high quality local market intelligence - fast

The Office for Budget Responsibility, which released its latest economic forecasts on Wednesday, has adjusted its prediction for UK house prices…again.  It...

11 March 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and never mind the Chancellor....

There was nothing doing in the Budget - no stamp duty reform, no second look at mortgage interest tax relief changes,...

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

Why no stamp duty reform? Angry agents ask Hammond

Estate agents are angry that Chancellor Phillip Hammond made no attempt in his first Spring Budget to reform stamp duty -...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget: No new property taxes - but landlords may be hit

Chancellor Phillip Hammond has introduced no new property taxes in his Spring Budget - but a clampdown on those setting up...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: another leading agent wants it to be a seller's tax

Jeremy Leaf, the London estate agent and former RICS residential chairman, is the latest industry figure to call for the government...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage 'forces councils to spend £2m a day on B&Bs'

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is forcing councils to spend more than £2m a day on temporary accommodation for homeless...

06 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

Read all about it: Will agents continue to advertise in print?

I had a very interesting chat with the man behind a new portal the other day. He was John Dixon, the portal...

04 March 2017

From: Features

Budget 2017: Should stamp duty be a tax on sellers, not buyers?

An estate agent and a building society have both advocated radical moves to reform stamp duty - and want Chancellor Phillip...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

What does the future hold for the buy-to-let market?

Over the past two decades, investing in buy-to-let has been a relatively easy way to make money, which is why so...

25 February 2017

From: Features

Will incorporation affect the agent/landlord relationship?

The buy-to-let market has gone through significant change in the last year and with the Budget just around the corner, what...

25 February 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

Agents - it’s time to get back to basics

Welcome to February! It means that 2017 is well under way and we’re edging closer to Spring – a time when...

04 February 2017

From: Features

How to distinguish yourself in the build-to-rent game in 2017

The end of 2016 saw the launch of 30,000 new build-to-rent (BTR) projects in London alone. With market growth projected to...

21 January 2017

From: Features

Agents' call for stamp duty reform backed by business chiefs

The Treasury should review the impact of stamp duty on London's market given recent political and economic changes according to London...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

'Expect more big agency firms to back online projects in 2017' - claim

The head of a new ‘disruptive’ online mortgage service says 2017 will see more major estate agency and other property businesses...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

March 8 is next date for bad (or good) news on property taxes

The government has announced that its next Budget will be on March 8 next year. Until recently, Budgets and their ‘mini-me’ Autumn...

22 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

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

Will Hammond's property past benefit the future of our industry?

We are now only days away from one of the most-anticipated events in UK politics; one which has a considerable impact...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Understanding the Facebook Algorithm

Facebook is a difficult beast to tame. You have 2,000 followers, but your most recent post was only seen by 200 people....

05 November 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: Q & A with Russell Quirk

In recent weeks I have been carrying out question and answer sessions with some of the key figures in the property...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Expanding hybrid franchise agency looking for new recruits

A hybrid franchise agency is looking for new partners to expand its reach in the Midlands. Campbells says it is looking for...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

The city that never sleeps – London welcomes the Night Tube

In the capital, people will pay a premium to live near great transport links, and as we’ve seen from Crossrail and...

02 September 2016

From: Features

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

Does Brexit mean the end of the Northern Powerhouse?

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

29 July 2016

From: Features

Call for evidence: why technology needs to underpin house buying

Nearly three quarters of people who have sold or bought a property deem it more stressful than having a child or...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Carney says owners and buyers should budget for interest rate rises

House owners and buyers with mortgages in today’s market should budget to ensure they can “have enough headroom” for a rise...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

nu: move - the future of property

nu-move online estate agents -The Future of Property Nu-move is an online venture that has been created to meet the demand...

07 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Unpicking the new world of estate agency

It’s official; the estate agency business is tougher than ever. Contrary to perceptions that may exist amongst observers and even clients, the...

24 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

How can the industry provide reassurance during this time of uncertainty?

Significant national events such as elections and, in this case, referendums bring with them a level of uncertainty.   No-one can predict...

17 June 2016

From: Features

High-end agency 'mystery shops' Purplebricks - with very mixed results

One of the country’s leading high-end buying agencies says it has ‘mystery shopped’ Purplebricks - with mixed results. For while it found its...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks 1, Old-style online agencies 0

Forgive the footballing headline – perhaps inevitable now that Euro 2016 has started – but several decisions and statements across the...

10 June 2016

From: Features

2016 half year news round up for Estate & Letting agents

As we have just passed the 6 month half way point of 2016 we thought it would be a good idea...

09 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Sarah Neate, Design and Marketing Manager

Who are you? Sarah Neate, Design and Marketing Manager     Who Are Mid West Displays? We make, supply and install window and interior display panels. ...

08 June 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Sales Doctor: How do I qualify applicants without sounding robotic?

Dear Sales Doctor, I'm aware I sound robotic when qualifying an applicant and don't know how to change it; any ideas? When an...

03 June 2016

From: Features

Education, Education, Education – and renting and buying, too

So what is it with young people failing to stand up for themselves and not making the most of their money...

20 May 2016

From: Features

Alison Platt amongst entries in 'Power 100 Women' list

Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt is one of 10 property industry entries in the ‘Power 100 Women’ list compiled by business...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

What does Sadiq Khan’s victory mean for housing in London?

The new mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged to do all in his power to help make London “better” after...

12 May 2016

From: Features

All change? Industry to be asked how to shake-up house buying

The government is staying tight-lipped about it for the moment but there may be a major shake-up in house buying on...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Property transaction charges catch out first time buyers, claims survey

A new survey suggests that it is the other fees associated with moving house - not estate agents’ charges - that...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

The siren call of Lisbon – A tale of rejection, disappointment and betrayal

When, during his budget speech, George Osborne announced Capital Gains Tax (CGT) was going down to 20%, I experienced a mix...

25 March 2016

From: Features

An underwhelming Budget – perhaps that isn’t a bad thing?

George Osborne has been busy over the last year. First came the General Election which had everyone on tenterhooks until the...

25 March 2016

From: Features

Tax experts blast SDLT surcharge as incredibly unfair to joint purchasers

A group of leading tax experts claims the stamp duty surcharge coming into effect one week from today will hurt the...

25 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Only 900 responses to government consultation on stamp duty surcharge

The government’s official consultation exercise on the stamp duty surcharge - launched in controversial circumstances over the Christmas holidays - attracted...

22 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with just a week to go before Easter

The Budget's over, Easter is a week away, and agents are preparing for the busiest time of year - whatever the...

18 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents breathe sigh of relief after latest budget

Yesterday George Osborne delivered his eighth budget as chancellor, announcing an extra £3.5 billion in spending cuts by 2019-20. The Office for...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Budget: Stamp duty surcharge confirmed, no buy-to-let bombshells

In today's budget, the Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced a number of measures which will impact the property industry.  The Chancellor confirmed...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Budget: further stamp duty surcharge details expected today

Later today chancellor George Osborne will make his latest budget speech. The announcement is expected to confirm the details of the 3%...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

You read it here first: What to look for in Osborne’s Budget

When it comes to Budgets and Property, you have to hope that the old adage that ‘things happen in threes’ turns...

12 March 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the super-sized agents-are-great edition...

You are a public-spirited lot - this week’s Agents Do Charity section is perhaps the largest ever thanks to the good...

04 March 2016

From: Breaking News

How do you define a landlord?

I want to take this opportunity to share some findings from the National Landlord Association’s latest Quarterly Landlord Panel. The first is...

13 February 2016

From: Features

Top 5 Reasons Why Signage Still Matters

There seems to have been a seismic shift in recent years for companies to migrate everything ‘on brand’ online. However signage...

27 January 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Agents have only days left to add their views to stamp duty consultation

There is less than a week to go before formal consultation ends on the introduction of the so-called stamp duty surcharge...

26 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent who said OnTheMarket would die in a year speaks out - on its birthday

An online estate agent who a year ago predicted that OnTheMarket would not survive for 12 months has issued a statement...

26 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Redress Scheme announces first workshop for agents

One of the three approved Ombusdman-style operators, the Property Redress Scheme, is to hold its first agents’ workshop in March. The morning...

26 January 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

Agency demands urgent clarification on 3% second homes surcharge

A major estate agency is demanding urgent clarification on a three per cent tax levy - a ‘mini-me’ version of the...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Consultation action confirms buy-to-let contempt

My suspicion in my December Industry Views column that the Chancellor, George Osborne, holds certain types of property owners in contempt...

08 January 2016

From: Features

Online Vs traditional – the battle continues

Online estate agent Purplebricks has now completed its pre-Christmas IPO with shares initially valued at £240m. It’s the latest news that...

08 January 2016

From: Features

Only four weeks for industry to comment on 3% stamp duty surcharge

There is just four weeks left for the official consultation period set by the government over its controversial proposal to levy...

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Will small agencies be hit by Osborne's four-times-a-year tax returns?

There are fears that a little-publicised proposal could mean some of the country's smallest estate agencies would have to file tax returns...

31 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge: row brewing over consultation timetable

Controversy is growing over the government’s surprise consultation period for its proposal to levy a three per cent stamp duty surcharge...

30 December 2015

From: Breaking News

My winners and losers in 2015

It’s time to take a pause, to reflect and put into context—and what a year it has been for our industry...

24 December 2015

From: Features

Ex-Which? man joins The Property Ombudsman council

A former employee of consumer body Which? has been appointed to the council of The Property Ombudsman, one of the industry’s three...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Standout Displays for James Griffin

After visiting the Fairfield showroom in the Fleet office, Simon Silby at James Griffin Estate Agents decided to meet with a...

30 November 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Stamp Duty income to soar by 50 per cent in five years, says Treasury

The Treasury has admitted that stamp duty ‘take’ is expected to soar from £11.2 billion this year to £17.8 billion in...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Shock and anger from agents at extra 3% stamp duty on some homes

There’s been shock and anger from agents - especially those in London - at the surprise news of an additional three...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Colin Breavington, SearchFlow Operations Director

Who are you? Colin Breavington What does it say on your business card? Operations Director We hear SearchFlow is expanding next year, can you give...

16 November 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Property Natter: Quirky views, website traffic and a love affair with 'hybrid'

I’m writing this from the brand spanking new Center Parks in Woburn Forest. Set within 365 acres of lush Bedfordshire forest,...

23 October 2015

From: Features

Online estate agency selling its domain name at bargain price

The internet domain name of the online estate agency Houses.co.uk has been put up for sale at a budget price, less...

15 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

New Property Ombudsman is ex-head of Planning Inspectorate

Katrine Sporle is to be the new ombudsman at The Property Ombudsman, one of the three government-approved redress services for the...

21 September 2015

From: Breaking News

New rental index can shed light on increasingly confusing marketplace

This month it was announced that Landbay mortgage lenders will release a new rental Index, alongside Zoopla and data-modelling experts MIAC.  The...

18 September 2015

From: Features

Say no to George before housing crisis

A new website has been launched to fight back against the attack George Osborne made in the Summer Budget on the...

21 August 2015

From: Features

You could save Landlords money with our Emergency Assist cover

No one likes to be called and told, your boiler has broken down or a burst pipe has caused damage to...

13 August 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Estate agents urged to 'saynotoGeorge'

A new campaign says it’s not just the buy to let sector that will be penalised by changes to landlord tax...

13 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Has buy-to-let become too popular for its own good?

Here's a thought. The Chancellor may have done the buy-to-let industry a small favour with his emergency Budget in July. What...

07 August 2015

From: Features

What do portals really cost?

There has long been the assumption and contention in the industry that portals are expensive. This, however, is not the case. Along...

07 August 2015

From: Features

Budget tax changes will cut demand and prices says credit agency

Credit rating service Moody’s is warning that restrictions on mortgage interest relief for buy-to-let landlords will slow house price growth in...

06 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Manage your landlords effectively as tax changes take hold

Consider the scene. It is July 8th and new Chancellor, Ed Balls, stands at the Dispatch Box giving his first Budget...

17 July 2015

From: Features

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

A financial crisis refresher course?

In case we didn’t learn the lesson last time around, we appear to be on the brink of a refresher course...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Landlords' plans will change in wake of tax relief cut

Wednesday’s budget proved a grim viewing for those who have worked in the rental sector for some time and watched the...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Summer Budget's fiddly tax changes well worth a second glance

This week the Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered the first Conservative Budget for almost 20 years. While Mr Osborne claimed that it marked...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Video round-up 10.07.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video round-up of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on George Osborne's...

10 July 2015

From: Video Articles

Video round-up 10.07.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video round-up of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on George Osborne's...

10 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents unhappy at Osborne's Buy To Let and Non Dom measures

Agents have expressed their disappointment at the decision by the government to restrict mortgage interest relief for Buy To let investors...

09 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Budget - Buy To Let interest relief changes plus Non-Dom clampdown

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced a series of measures impacting on the property industry, including:   Mortgage interest relief for buy-to-let homebuyers...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency figures make last-gasp pleas to Osborne

Estate and letting agents and other figures in the property industry have been making their last-minute calls on Chancellor George Osborne...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Government housing action plan coming this week

The government says it will publish an action plan this week to explain how it is going to implement some of...

06 July 2015

From: Breaking News

7 Ways to Increase the Value of your Home

A house is pretty much the largest investment a person will make in their lifetime, and it’s natural to want the...

16 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Five things you need to know before updating your office

When updating you window displays it is important to ask yourself what would make you stop and take the time to...

08 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Home or Away: Does Your Money Really Go Further Abroad?

Moving abroad is a dream for many Britons. There are thousands of us who sit in our offices, day after dreary...

02 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

5 ways to a better looking branch in 2015

It’s New Year – time for all those resolutions and good intentions. It’s a great time for all property professionals to...

08 May 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Your agency could look like this

Gareth Styles of Grants Independent Estate Agents, Woking writes: When considering opening a new office in Woking Surrey I met with several...

23 April 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Mansion tax will be fast-tracked warns Miliband

Labour would introduce the mansion tax within its first 100 days in power, according to party leader Ed Miliband. He says the...

23 April 2015

From: Breaking News

James Wells, Managing Director, Propia Limited

Q: What does it say on your business card? Other than my personal details, the business card carries our logo with our...

22 April 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

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