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KEYWORD "Business Model" - 256 RESULTS
Secret portal from Purplebricks founders wins praise from Rightmove critics

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has given a thumbs up to the new Boomin listings service created by the brothers...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Another self-employed agency model boasts of 100 new recruits

The battle between rival self-employed agent business models continues apace with eXp UK - set up last autumn - announcing it...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - latest moves in and across our industry

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of PJT, the industry’s summary of new movers. Of course many agencies are reassessing their...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: why don't agents encourage people to swap not sell?

I want to talk to you about new ways to sell homes. Let's not encourage people to sell but just swap...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove has nothing to fear but Rightmove itself

It must have been a close thing on Friday as to whose faces were looking the most glum - those at...

08 August 2020

From: Features

Purplebricks delays changes to fees structure until the autumn

    Purplebricks says changes to its fees structure - possibly becoming less reliant on controversial upfront charges - has been delayed until...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons claims over £4m of government help - trading statement

A trading statement from Foxtons this morning reveals that 85 per cent of staff are now off furlough, and that the...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

We’re the fastest growing agency in UK, boasts US-owned firm

The chief executive of the UK operation of a US-owned brand says his agency its the fastest growing in this country...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 50 jobs lost as agency collapses into administration

Over 50 jobs have been lost as a result of a Midlands regional estate agency falling into administration. The Shropshire Star reports...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus made us abandon branches for hubs, says agency

A regional agency in the east of England says the Coronavirus lockdown working environment has made it rethink its structure -...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

High Street agency veteran speaks up for hybrid business model

The new chief executive of The Property Franchise Group says he anticipates his company’s hybrid arm - EweMove - will go...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide CEO’s high praise for online agency’s success

A former chief executive of Countrywide has issued a string of extravagant claims about the lockdown success of the online agency...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: On the offensive - why aren't you giving it all away for free?

I was asked a question by a German journalist yesterday. What is the biggest lesson German and European PropTech founders can...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agents - the way forward for the industry?

Many of the leading advocates of the self-employed estate agent business model have talked about why many want new recruits with...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Settled - people miss the point about failure

I recently read the news about Settled closing its doors. As of 6.29am on Tuesday morning, the article had been read by 8,642...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Big Three portals accused of abusing agents’ data

A free to list portal has blasted Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket for using agents' data to boost their profits.  Christopher May, chief...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Company gurus to advise agents on new strategies post-Covid

An estate agency is running a series of five webinars aimed at helping agent discover new business strategies for the post-Covid...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

US agency to tell UK young people how to be rich and successful

The UK operation of the US-led estate agency Keller Williams is to hold two free online sessions tomorrow aimed at explaining...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

EweMove hoping to recruit Corona-converts to go hybrid

EweMove is this week hosting a webinar in a bid to win recruits to its hybrid model from agents who may...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Third of agents say some staff will permanently work from home

A third of agencies say at least some of their staff will be working from home permanently when the Coronavirus pandemic...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Why working from home isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be

Let me start by wishing everyone well in these uncertain and precarious times. I truly hope you, your families, friends and...

18 April 2020

From: Features

Virus crisis will drive more agents to become self-employed - claim

One of the industry’s highest profile figures has suggested the Coronavirus crisis could trigger many more agents becoming self-employed. Nicky Stevenson -...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchisees advised on government loan schemes by Winkworth HQ

Individual franchisees operating under the Winkworth banner are receiving what the company calls “comprehensive help” on a range of issues, including...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Enough is enough – an alternative view on portal subscription fees

It’s time to draw a line in the sand and condemn our rival portals for their current charging structure. Little will...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Rightmove taking appropriate measures to shore up company

Rightmove has this morning told its shareholders it is “taking appropriate measures” to shore up the company. It gives no indication of...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: industry chiefs helping agents through tough times

For complete transparency, I write this column first thing on a Tuesday morning and have done for a couple of years...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: uncertain times to accelerate mergers and failures

We live in uncertain times. That I do not need to say to anybody. I am writing this piece aboard my...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Uncle Sam vs Blighty - Two countries separated by a common language

The Atlantic Ocean is a vast space – some 4,000 miles eastwards across from the USA until land is met again....

29 February 2020

From: Features

PropTech Today: Agency mergers and new business models

What an interesting few days it’s been. I don’t think the topic of this week’s column is doing anything good for our...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Underpaid agents told: ‘You can earn £200k a year in a hybrid firm’

An estate agent who has himself made the move from the High Street to a hybrid operation has urged anyone in...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Social Media: Agent sells home off-market via Instagram teaser images

An estate agent has sold a home off-market by posting teaser photographs on Instagram.  The buyer - who was in the French...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agent option launched by high end estate agency

Fine & Country has introduced a self-employed agency business model to be run by well-known former Property Academy chief Nicky Stevenson. The...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager

  Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager What is your ‘company name’...

06 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

How can agents keep up with the ‘on-demand’ economy?

The ‘on-demand’ economy is reshaping our world. The way we order food, get around, and even access healthcare has changed irreversibly...

05 February 2020

From: Features

How digitisation will change conveyancing – for the better

In the field of conveyancing, there’s a new dynamic at play. And that dynamic is customer-driven and customer-focused, using digital technology...

22 January 2020

From: Features

2020 - the year of Airbnb, and the opportunity for agents

Over the past decade, the short-term rental industry, now eponymised by Airbnb, has experienced meteoric growth. This has been driven by the...

15 January 2020

From: Features

Each Purplebricks customer costs £375 for agency to acquire

A leading analyst says Purplebricks has clearly plateaued and will not reach its own target of a 10 per cent market...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are you ready for a decade of planning ahead?

2020, the start of a new decade. Looking back, 2010 feels like such a long time ago, and looking forward to...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

High Street agencies deliver best customer service insists expanding firm

A major regional estate agency is expanding with another physical office because it says the traditional High Street business model delivers...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket “has yet to deliver a shred of value” says City analyst

A high-profile investment advice service says as OnTheMarket nears two years listed on the stock market it “has yet to deliver...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: a new year, a new you - resolutions for 2020

Yes, you can promise yourself that you won't eat all the mince pies, or yet another roast potato, nor drink as...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Portals say they're ready for big changes to agencies and house sales

The portals say they are ready and willing to play their part in changes approaching the industry, ranging from new agency...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal Fees: Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM explain their charges

We recently asked readers for their questions to the portals - the questions they couldn’t really ask their local reps, but...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - plenty of movers as Christmas nears

Hello and welcome to PJT: even with little more than a fortnight before Christmas it seems there are still plenty of...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

New portal led by agents will do what OnTheMarket failed to do

A new portal claims it will do what OnTheMarket failed to do, and offer an agent-led operation charging every agency branch...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

US agency Keller Williams takes off with new centre at Gatwick

US-based Keller Williams is going to open its next market centre in West Sussex - the latest example of what it...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Training - how can you be the best estate agent?

Here at sales progression and communication tool mio, we recently caught up with Sarah Edmundson, co-director of The AllStars Group, the...

30 November 2019

From: Features

Technology can give letting agents new life instead of a slow death

No one would argue that unfair fees and practices by rogue landlords is a problem that should be ignored, but the...

30 November 2019

From: Features

In praise of Purplebricks: old-school agent insists it's the way forward

A traditional property agent says critics of Purplebricks underestimate the beneficial impact the firm has had on the UK agency industry. And...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

No mention of EweMove performance in latest TPFG trading statement

The Property Franchise Group has issued a trading statement that is upbeat on lettings but warns that the sales market has...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to reveal trading details on General Election day

Purplebricks is to give its next trading update on General Election day, December 12, when it will tell shareholders the details...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Portals: How much does YOUR branch pay?

The big question for the industry at the moment is the cost and future of portals.  This is especially key for agents...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency sells new homes overseas and charges ‘no marketing fees’

A sales agency based in Warrington and set up originally to market new homes in Manchester is now expanding into Shanghai...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

White-label online agency platform now offers mortgage service too

love2move, an online network which allows high street agents to offer a white-labelled hybrid service, has teamed up with the Mortgage...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-High Street agents swing over to Hybrid model - and claim it works

Two separate former High Street estate agents have sung the praise of switching to the hybrid business model. Appleby’s in Gloucestershire is...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

One of UK’s top agents joins ‘self employed’ hybrid agency

Mark Bentley, the immediate past president of the National Association of Estate Agents, has become the highest profile agent yet to...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Is this how Reservation Agreements will work?

Reservation Agreements are the subject of the moment in the agency industry. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is to...

09 November 2019

From: Features

Property Natter - shining a light on agents doing things differently

This week’s Natter is dedicated to three contrasting agencies doing things differently, from a recently established hybrid to a design-led, Insta-friendly...

02 November 2019

From: Features

New online agency says it will be the first to make a profit

A small online agency which in six months of trading has secured around 140 sales says it’s on course to be...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Introducing the purpose-driven lettings agency

Enhanced customer care strategies, relationship-building schemes, cost-cutting measures and new revenue streams can’t help the lettings industry if the fundamental underlying...

23 October 2019

From: Features

EXCLUSIVE: New national agency recruitment ‘ahead of expectations’

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

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks in Canada - is it the agency’s secret success story?

Controversy and Purplebricks have gone hand in hand since the agency was first launched in 2012, through its float on the...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

UK agents promised true wealth if they follow US-style industry training

The US-based real estate firm Keller Williams says it is aiming to be this country’s leading agency training organisation. Ben Taylor, who...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Online estate agents and digital malfunction

It never rains but it pours. And that’s certainly been the case for the online estate agency sector in the last...

03 October 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: Agents should capitalise on pivoting companies

I want to take the time this week to talk about PropTech startups and how they can often be seen to...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ biggest investor buys online agency ahead of Euro roll-out

The German-based Alex Springer publishing company, which is already the largest single investor in Purplebricks, has acquired a prominent online estate...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons shakes up senior management after shareholder revolt

London agency Foxtons has announced some management changes - the first since a shareholder revolt at the firm’s annual general meeting...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what makes for an effective CRM?

In a previous Natter, I promised to talk more about CRMs – and here I stick to that promise. Following on from...

21 September 2019

From: Features

Hybrid agency brand seeks to spread nationwide with franchisees

A hybrid estate and lettings agency operating currently in Manchester, Liverpool and others parts of the north of England has told...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks spends £382 per instruction on marketing alone

Purplebricks has spent £26.7m on marketing in the past year - that represents £382 per instruction.  The figures, revealed in the agency’s...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New blow for Purplebricks as City expert claims it's grossly over-valued

Purplebricks’ recent strong share price rise is not a good sign for the agency but an indication that it may be...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Housesimple boss renews his attacks on High Street agents

The head of online agency Housesimple has made another strident attack on the integrity of High Street agents by saying some...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal set to become “one of the largest in the world”

Global free-to-list property portal Residential People has announced it’s almost at its next milestone of 800,000 listings within its first six...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

It Might Not Be A Popular Opinion But…

Innovate or Die. But What is Innovation? It Isn’t just PropTech A certain Mr Dick Whittington Esquire was once convinced that the...

22 August 2019

From: Features

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

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

24 July 2019

From: Features

Industry has learnt two lessons from online, says High Street agency chief

The chief executive of Hunters franchise operation, Glynis Frew, says online estate agencies have given the industry two ‘positives’ - but...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Rightmove fails to understand first rule of innovation

The recent announcement of a clicktopurchase partnership demonstrates some much-needed progression from Rightmove. In doing so, however, it could be said it...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Mark Worrall, co-founder of love2move

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Mark Worrall the co-founder of love2move What is love2move and...

25 June 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Can franchising help independents to futureproof their businesses?

Recent figures from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have revealed a rather worrying landscape for small business owners across the...

22 June 2019

From: Features

Hybrid agency boss applied for top job “to protect business model”

The head of EweMove, the hybrid agency operated by The Property Franchise Group, says he applied for the top job in...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Could Purplebricks go bust? Apparently not, says analyst

An analyst on shares website Motley Fool says Purplebricks is not only in surprisingly strong financial health, but is actually outperforming...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - key moves in and about our industry

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Property Jobs Today - the Monday slot where you can catch up with...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The rise and rise of the iBuyer

“You say tomato, I say tomato” is a line in a famous film score way back in the 1937 film Shall...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

“Gaping holes” in Purplebricks business model, says ex-online investor

An expert who has invested in an online agency in the past has slammed Purplebricks’ business model. James Max, who presents the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

How to thrive and not just survive in today’s market

Consumer habits have changed massively over the past few years, and regardless of which market you operate in, being able to...

15 May 2019

From: Features

Jake Gready, Managing Director for NEXA Bristol

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Jake Gready Managing Director NEXA Bristol What services do you provide? buying - selling...

08 May 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

PropTech Today: Market transformation – deterring, championing and Purplebricks

I hope you had another wonderful Bank Holiday weekend; only three weeks to hold on until the next one. Personally, it...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New blow for Purplebricks as another bank slashes share forecast

Another bank has slashed its forecast for Purplebricks, citing concerns over its the long-term viability of its international activities in particular. As...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark Conference 2019 – three key talking points

The recent ARLA Propertymark conference featured a hugely interesting line-up of speaks and session during a watershed time for the lettings...

13 April 2019

From: Features

The Only Way Is Essex as independent joins franchise empire

Winkworth has a new office at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, as an independent local agency rebrands as part of the franchise giant. Previously trading...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks stock downgraded 80% by investment bank

Analysts at Berenberg Bank have sharply reduced their price target for Purplebricks by over 80 per cent from 470p to 80p, accusing...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Is innovation the key to thriving in the property sector?

It’s a testing time for the property industry, amid Brexit fears, a slowing market and the looming tenant fees ban.  There’s no...

03 April 2019

From: Features

New portal bids to cut fall-throughs by offering ‘mortgage passport’

The new portal OneDome is offering what it calls a “consumer-facing digital mortgage product” in a bid to cut fall-throughs. OneDome already...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Major Purplebricks backer launches new PropTech start-up fund

One of the largest investors in Purplebricks has now joined forces with an off-shoot of luxury car firm Porsche to launch...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket and new portal OneDome reveal extra services

Two 'challenger portals' have revealed major new services this morning as they fight to take on Rightmove and Zoopla. OneDome, the new...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is PropTech ‘atrocious’ at marketing, or do we need to relax?

An interesting debate has been sparked in PropTech this week. It started with an interview, published on YouTube, in which Kristjan Byfield...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reveals another major sports sponsorship deal

Purplebricks has become the major partner with a leading Australian rugby league team, Melbourne Storm. "Purplebricks is reshaping the real estate market...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How to keep landlords happy in 2019

Competition for landlords will be fiercer than ever this year. Landlords are facing a raft of changes and will likely be...

06 March 2019

From: Features

New property portal launches with revolutionary business model

A new sales portal has launched with a radically different business model, aiming to pay agents to list on it. It’s the brainchild of...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Purplebricks’ lack of collaboration to blame for recent troubles

No doubt we’ve all seen the recent Purplebricks news - shares have, according to the BBC, ‘plunged after it slashed its...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks could be bought by High Street agent, says client developer

The chief executive and founder of a developer and property investment group says Purplebricks is “an excellent business” but its recent...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ problems won’t deter investors, insists rival online agency

Online agency platform Love2move insists that its current bid to attract investors will not be damaged by the adverse publicity surrounding...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Commisery and gloating - industry reaction to Purplebricks share crash

Purplebricks’ eye-watering share price fall yesterday was greeted with widespread satisfaction by property professionals outside the online sector. The agency’s share price...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' biggest critic ditches High Street and takes his estate agency online

Purplebricks might have the last laugh - its biggest critic is ditching his High Street office and making his own agency online. Controversial...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

A new approach to data can empower Generation Rent to buy

Purchasing a property. It’s a key life goal that so many Millennials aspire to - yet one that has become frustratingly...

02 February 2019

From: Features

In Light of the Fee Ban, Can PropTech Firms Damage Control?

Recent years have seen tighter regulation and new legislation hit the lettings industry. Combined with the fee ban, there is no...

10 January 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Insurer unveils customised policy tailored for estate agents

Direct Line for Business is launching what it calls an online “end-to-end” insurance product for estate agents and property management companies.  The...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov collapse forces online rival to scrap crowdfunding pitch

The online sales and lettings platform TheHouseShop has scrapped its £500,000 crowdfunding pitch - and it’s blaming the collapse of online...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The top 10 property personalities of 2018

There’s nothing new about identifying 10 figures who have helped shape an industry over the past year, but that doesn’t mean...

28 December 2018

From: Features

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

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

22 December 2018

From: Features

Online agencies ‘could be described as Ponzi schemes’ - claim

A new analysis of the online estate agency business model claims that it ‘could be described as a Ponzi scheme’. The accusation...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks is a huge success in the UK insists top PropTech analyst

A top PropTech analyst says Purplebricks is as much an advertising firm as an estate agency but is nonetheless a huge success...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: My predictions for 2019

It’s that time of year again where we start saying goodbye to 12 months of hard work and start looking forward...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Professor names four issues agents need to be aware of

In his keynote speech at the recent Negotiator Conference, Professor Andrew Baum sparked debate throughout the property industry. Baum’s speech, which began...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Cut the crap: estate agency calls time on over-used industry buzzwords

Last year it was ‘disruptor’ and before that came ‘exclusive’ - now, according to one estate agency at least, the over-used...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property website allowing private sales claims to be valued at £10m

A website that lists private sale properties and calls itself “the all in one property marketplace” has valued itself on a...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 November 2018

From: Features

Emoov sale may force a change to online model, claims agency

An online agency launched by a traditional high street agent to ward off competition says the online business model might have...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks claims 20% revenue growth despite “online shake out”

Purplebricks says it has seen year-on-year revenue growth of about 20 per cent despite what its chairman calls “a challenging UK...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-High Street pair launch hybrid agency to take on traditional rivals

Two former High Street agents say their new hybrid agency has enjoyed an impressive launch gathering 40 instructions in just four...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

50-branch Andrews chain is the latest signing for OnTheMarket

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

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Connells-owned online agency Hatched to close immediately

The Connells-owned online agency Hatched is to close with immediate effect. A statement from the company says: “Online estate agency Hatched will...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Would you like to meet the world's leading PropTech innovators?

Propteq Global Property Technology and Innovation summit takes place in London on 26 - 27 Sep. 75 of the world's leading...

17 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

No commission, no fees - meet the agency selling homes 'for free'

An estate agency is pioneering a new business model in which it charges no commission whatsoever to the vendor. Freeagent247, an online...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks slammed by Canadian agent over ‘savings’

The online agency acquired by Purplebricks in Canada has started facing the same criticisms that its parent company have faced in...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks says traditional agents sell only 50% of homes they market

Purplebricks co-founder Michael Bruce says traditional agents sell only around 50 per cent of the homes that they list, so spend...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

More properties withdrawn than sold in recent months, says Reapit

The number of properties withdrawn from the market in the second quarter of this year was greater than the number of...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What do Rightmove and WeWork have in common?

There have been two stories dominating the PropTech headlines over this past week. As WeWork places a gentle arm around the...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Who wants £20,000 from government to develop a business?

Before I get into the nitty gritty of the government (well, one of its startup accelerator schemes) giving away £20,000, let...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Why doesn’t Rightmove create its own co-working business?

I loved my Foxtons office. I started in the Battersea branch. It was the old-style office; traditional carpets, actual properties in...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

No house price rises until 2023 - that's what left-wing think tank wants...

A left-leaning think tank is urging the Bank of England to manipulate the housing market to ensure house prices don’t rise...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

More investment in Purplebricks as Axel Springer increases its stake

The German publishing company Axel Springer has increased its stake in Purplebricks to 12.5 per cent - and says it may...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Bonjour! Meet the prime London agent who lives in the south of France

A senior agent says an innovative business model allows him to work in prime central London - even though he lives in France.  Former...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Commisery for Purplebricks - it's hit trouble in Australia

It looks as if Purplebricks has hit something less than a purple patch in the Australian housing market. The Australian Financial Review,...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Strewth! Purplebricks investigated by another Australian watchdog

News media in Australia say Purplebricks is the subject of an investigation by a consumer watchdog in the province of Western...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Expanded Emoov now one of the UK's top seven agencies, says Quirk

Russell Quirk, chief executive of Emoov, says his agency is now one of the top seven in the UK following its...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s happening in the US too - a new portal and industry consolidation

A recent holiday in the US gave me an opportunity to catch up with property news over there - and surprisingly,...

02 June 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks: ‘We want to grow our business model around the world’

The UK chief executive of Purplebricks says his company has ambitions to roll out its business model all over the world. Lee...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Create a ‘plan’ of action to help sell more properties

Floor plans are an essential marketing tool, which play an important part in helping an estate agent sell a home.  A floor...

07 April 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: Selling my flat - can I put my money where my mouth is?

It’s all very easy, talking and evangelising about the use of technology in the property market, but, now that I’m selling...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

OTM shares - Bumpy ride or on the slide?

As noted in Estate Agent Today’s news pages, OnTheMarket’s (OTM) recent dire share performance (at time of writing the price is...

27 March 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks begins search for lifetime relationship with customers

Purplebricks has given details of how it intends to use some of its new investment, and in particular is spelling out...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove, ZPG, OnTheMarket - are they about to be eclipsed by Google?

A property technology analyst has floated the idea that portals could become eclipsed by powerful alternatives such as Google, triggered by...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 March 2018

From: Features

Revealed: Purplebricks “stunning growth” explained by top industry analyst

One of the world’s leading property technology analysts has compiled a major report on estate agents’ business models - an exercise...

07 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

Five questions to ask before choosing new software

Whether you’re an estate agent, letting agent or property manager, having the right software in place – to enhance, upgrade and...

01 March 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Online agents' poor sales progression can improve through technology - claim

One of the country’s leading PropTech entrepreneurs has responded to recent criticism of online estate agencies and their allegedly-poor record of...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Report exposes online agents over very poor sales progression

A new report by the residential property team of a legal firm has found widespread criticism of online agents’ over their...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - agents and portal people on the move...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today. If you haven’t caught this feature before, it’s a regular Monday opportunity...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: boards up, shares down?

Why I won’t buy Purplebricks shares and why if I had any, I’d sell fast… In its latest adverts, Purplebricks attempts to...

13 February 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – Q & A with Isobel Thomson, NALS

This week I carry out a question and answer session with one of the most high-profile names in property. Isobel Thomson has...

10 February 2018

From: Features

Exclusive: Top London agent joins 'freelance' agency project

Estate Agent Today can exclusively reveal that well known London estate agent Patricia Farley has joined the new ‘freelance’ agency Harding...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency using new 'freelance' business model attracts over 100 applicants

Harding Green, an agency with a business model based on freelance associates earning commission of up to 70 per cent, says...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-London agency director takes a swipe at firms 'doing a Purplebricks'

A former director at London agency Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward has taken a swipe at agencies that have made knee-jerk changes...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares struggle as theory emerges on Platt departure

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

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Branding - game, set and match to the onliners?

According to The Branding Journal, a brand is “a name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller's...

20 January 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks chairman wants business model applied to energy firm

Sky News is reporting that the non-executive chairman of Purplebricks, Paul Pindar, is set to invest a seven figure sum in...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Cash burn could be worry for Purplebricks, claims investment website

The Motley Fool, the financial services company that provides investor advice, has published an article raising doubts about Purplebricks’ long-term profitability. Investment writer...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Reveal referral fees early but don't ban them says conveyancing body

The body that regulates conveyancers says controversial referral fees should be disclosed earlier in the house buying process - but they...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency unveils radical 'low-cost traditional High Street business model'

Arun Estates has launched what it describes as “a major new departure” - a fully-staffed High Street office but covering a...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks-style disruption 'a trend to watch in 2018' says analyst

One of the world’s leading property technology analysts says Purplebricks-style disruptive agencies will be a trend to look out for in...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

What now for the OTM IPO?

Who says things slow down before Christmas? The opposite appears to be the case, at least when it comes to the...

21 December 2017

From: Features

Will OTM float or sink?

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

11 December 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Will eMoov’s no-sell-no-fee inspire others?

Online estate agent eMoov recently set itself apart by directly addressing the issues of openness and transparency that have long dogged the online business...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Ladbrokes boss puts a bet on Agents' Mutual and OnTheMarket

Chris Bell, a former chief executive of bookies’ organisation Ladbrokes, has been named as the non-executive chairman of Agents’ Mutual as...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Video and marketing bid to promote No Sale, No Fee agency model

The Guild of Property Professionals is launching a marketing campaign to promote the benefits of the No Sale, No Fee estate...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Platform allowing agents to 'rival Purplebricks' wins PropTech support

Two of the leading lights in the growing Proptech sector are now working with a company which has a product it...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Will Purplebricks ruling end agents’ purple mist?

So at last someone has woken up to the fact that Purplebricks needs to be clearer about how it charges for...

21 October 2017

From: Features

New analysis shows Purplebricks' massive domination of online sector

A long-standing traditional agent says the real success of online agencies is not their share of the market but that they...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New board appointed for agency after acquisition by French bank

Strutt & Parker has revealed its new board following the takeover by the real estate arm of French bank BNP Paribas.  The...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove amongst most profitable portals in the world, says top analyst

One of the most thorough analyses of property portals ever undertaken shows that Rightmove is the world’s most profitable portal company...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

How many agency business models are there today?

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

23 September 2017

From: Features

Q&A with Moneypenny Team Manager Nicola Jackson

What does your role involve? As team manager for the property team, I make sure PAs and clients are happy and...

21 September 2017

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech Today: Mr Bruce’s message of hope

When Kenneth Bruce, co-founder of Purplebricks, published an emotional post on social media this week, my first reaction was; what a...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Property Natter: estate agency then, now and in the future

How has the world of estate agency changed in the last few decades? That’s the question this week’s Natter is going...

16 September 2017

From: Features

Tips for surviving the ban on letting agent fees

Parliament is sitting again and the entire lettings industry is waiting with bated breath for more detail on the government’s proposal...

09 September 2017

From: Features

Estate Agent Today Panel: what next for agents and OnTheMarket?

Let’s be honest - few people saw this coming. The 89 to 11 per cent majority amongst Agents’ Mutual members for...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

LSL announces £20m investment into Savills-backed YOPA

LSL Property Services has announced that it has invested £20 million into hybrid agency YOPA. News of the investment broke on Friday...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Why consolidation and collaboration are badly needed

“When an industry is new, still finding its feet, finding its purpose, the tendency is for those few people within it...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate Agent Today Panel - Agents’ Mutual: the arguments continue

No one can say Agents’ Mutual has failed to provoke debate within the industry. The project was the centre of fierce argument...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons told: 'More digital innovation or risk being left behind'

Two leading property technology experts have warned Foxtons that it risks failing to keep up with the digital revolution which the...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are we going to buy talk of a doomed high street?

You saw it, right? This article from Monday’s Guardian? It says that one in five estate agents are at risk of...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks faces new hybrid rival as it attempts to break into Australia

Purplebricks’ well-publicised attempt to break into the Australian market with a similar model to the one being used here has come...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The long-term future of renting is short-term lettings

You may have heard that Airbnb and property management company, Lavanda has closed a £1 million angel investment round.  Backers include Purplebricks...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 July 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: Q & A with Mark Goddard, MD of ZPG Property Services

Mark Goddard was the founder and CEO of The Property Software Group (PSG), a property software solutions firm established in 2007,...

01 July 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks: nothing divides estate agency more than this

Few things provoke argument within the industry more than the online v traditional agency debate - and within that debate, nothing...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Learning and growth - top tips for upskilling

Our recent roundtable on the government’s proposed ban on tenant fees generated 10 tips for growing your business. Since then, we’ve been...

23 June 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Clutter raises $64 million - there’s serious money in storage

This week, the obvious thing to write about would be easyProperty's merger with GPEA. It's such a huge and potentially influential...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Charlie Wright, CIELA

To give you a nice distraction from the post-election madness, here’s an interview with Charlie Wright, founder of CIELA (or The...

10 June 2017

From: Features

Should agents list for free and allow vendors to set asking prices?

Two leading voices in the PropTech sector suggest a radical overhaul of agents’ fee structures, saying that neither traditional full service nor online...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Uber and Moda Living collaborate on Build to Rent

It has been announced that Uber, the taxi company, has teamed up with build to rent firm, Moda Living, to ‘revolutionise renting’.    This...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove might lose business to Purplebricks, suggests consultancy

Two of the most influential figures behind the PropTech sector have run a microscope over Rightmove’s business model and technology -...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Trinity Mirror to fight Rightmove and Zoopla for agents' advertising spend

Trinity Mirror is aiming to secure more of agents' marketing spend after launching what it is describing as a 'fightback' against...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to be 'biggest UK agency by 2019' with 'share price up 50%'

A London investment broker says Purplebricks’ share price - currently around 300p - could rise another 50 per cent or more...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech group gets barrister's opinion over online agents' duties

As debate continues over the merits of upfront fees against post-sale commission for agents and consumers, the fledgling UK ProperTech Association...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

Expansions and acquisitions unveiled by franchise agencies

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

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New industry recruitment firm offers phased-fees system

A new recruitment business for the property industry in general and agents in particular is offering a phased-fees system for clients...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL the latest firm expected to enter 'digital' market

LSL Property Services - which owns high street agency brands Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - is the...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New agency offers 'guaranteed price' to vendors ahead of sale

A new London-based online estate agency called Nested says it has had a “superb start” to trading, using its unusual business...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Portal launches TV programme to showcase agents' properties

The World Property Network, a global property portal, has launched a show on Sky Property TV - the first portal in...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: Why agents need to look closely at this business model

London based property management startup Airsorted has raised £1.5m in a funding round led by Concetric and the ever present PiLabs.  What...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks shares top 200p as US comment bigs up agency

The remarkable bull run on the London Stock Exchange continues for hybrid estate agency Purplebricks, which floated shares at 100p just...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: One week, two major PropTech developments

The first week of February has seen some extraordinary goings on in the property sector, from which two stories particularly stand out...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Portal peace in our time

It’s over. Done. The only ones interested are those with too much time on their hands. For God’s sake - behind...

04 February 2017

From: Features

US firm plans to take UK by storm with 5,000 agents in five years

The Keller Williams franchise agency, one of the largest in the world, is relaunching in the UK on Wednesday with the...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' group founder warns against online agencies

A founder of the new organisation seeking to be a trade body for independent estate and letting agents is warning that...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Analyst heaps praise on only UK property stock I'd ever buy...

An American investment analyst has used the Motley Fool online city column to give a glowing endorsement to one of the...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Ability to cut staffing is critical to Foxtons future, says analyst

The flexibility of Foxtons’ business model - especially its ability to control headcount, including the number of agents it employs -...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Internet property pioneer says online agents must raise prices

One of the earliest entrepreneurs to found a website to allow for-sale-by-owner property listings back in 2000, predicts current online agents...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement: reaction and what’s next for us?

Chancellor Philip Hammond caught the lettings industry unaware with an incredulous Autumn Statement.  The buy-to-let sector took a bashing earlier in 2015...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Pay As You Go online agency promises to 'disrupt the disruptors'

An estate agency described as operating a ‘pay as you go’ business model says it wants to “disrupt the disruptors” operating...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove may be world's most profitable property portal, says analyst

A leading PropTech analyst has compared the finances of many of the world's leading property portals and says Rightmove is earning...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief to face questions  ahead of latest results

Countrywide's second most senior management figure - Head of Retail Sam Tyrer - is to speak before an industry audience next...

01 November 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

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

Will your agency be ‘archived’ by consumers who choose hybrid?

I can’t remember a time when there were so many changes in the property industry. Forget Brexit and interest rates, the...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Rightmove, Purplebricks and easyProperty get global endorsement

A long-standing analyst of property portals and websites worldwide has included Rightmove, Purplebricks and easyProperty in a list of 10 sites...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide-owned agency moves to 'premises-free business model'

An estate agency owned by Countrywide has relaunched with what it calls “an innovative, premises-free business model that seeks to redefine...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

City analyst disputes Purplebricks' claim of 77 per cent conversion rate

One of the most respected City analysts of the changing residential sales industry says Purplebricks’ business model is worth admiring -...

17 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

Purplebricks is underperforming and the numbers don't add up, says analyst

An investment consultancy has issued a note to investors, advising them not to buy shares in Purplebricks.  Jefferies – the firm which...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Do your staff reflect the standard of your service?

As property ‘experts’, sector know-how and experience sits centrally to everything we do, right? Of course, but it’s certainly not the only...

29 April 2016

From: Features

Purplebricks hires top business consultancy as 'growth adviser'

Purplebricks has appointed Grant Thornton as its ‘growth adviser’ as the hybrid agency continues to fly high on the London stock...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

EweMove chief slams government and portals over digital innovation efforts

An executive director at hybrid estate agency EweMove has hit out at the government’s apparent support for innovation in the house...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Subletting: The rogue to the legitimate

Subletting of prime London lettings properties is a lucrative business.  What began as a rogue trade over the course of several years,...

08 April 2016

From: Features

Rightmove has insanely high margins but will keep dominating, says analyst

One of the leading financial advice websites in the country has said that Rightmove’s “significant market share” and “insanely high margins”...

05 April 2016

From: Breaking News

The issue of over-valuing in the PCL lettings market

These days we have a wealth of information at our fingertips, the mere touch of a button or two provides more...

12 March 2016

From: Features

Huge increase in property crowdfunding websites, warns authority

There has been a surge of new crowdfunding platforms aimed at people who either cannot afford to purchase their own buy...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove's next move: running agencies' back-office operations?

One of the property portal sector’s leading analysts is suggesting that Rightmove may be about to increasingly involve itself with services...

03 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Property and technology: The birth of the silicon brick?

The amount of column inches taken up by ‘property’ is at an all-time high.  In my mind there are two major contributing...

20 February 2016

From: Features

Zoopla looks to digital and online sectors for new finance chief

Zoopla Property Group has gone for a new chief financial officer steeped in online and digital experience rather than one with...

02 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Maud Rousseau, Searchflow Group Marketing and Communications Director

This week, SearchFlow launches it new brand. Group Marketing and Communications Director, Maud Rousseau discusses the ethos behind the new brand...

21 January 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

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

Property ad banned after suggesting guaranteed capital gain

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement from a property company selling new homes in East London, after it was...

30 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Bill McClintock, The Property Ombudsman Scheme

What is the biggest change you’ve seen in the agency industry during your time at TPO?  For me, the biggest change has...

18 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Property ownership is fine – if it’s on an industrial scale

I’m sure I’m not the only estate agent confused by the Government’s approach to residential property ownership. Many of the current ministerial...

04 December 2015

From: Features

Countrywide – A Titanic failure waiting to happen?

It’s rare for an incumbent to pivot to a disruptive business model, even in the face of compelling logic that they...

30 October 2015

From: Features

Countrywide upheaval continues as 'digital future' chief resigns

Countrywide says the man charged with planning the organisation’s digital future is to step down - just days after he was...

20 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Great Scott Marty! What happened to the UK housing market?

On Wednesday 21st October future and reality will collide. Back to the Future’s Marty McFly will arrive in the DeLorean to...

16 October 2015

From: Features

Traditional agents have been online for years

It’s interesting to read of plans to debate which business plan really is best for the customer, online or traditional estate...

09 October 2015

From: Features

Agents’ Mutual’s latest ‘letter of intent’: what’s in it for agents?

The consumer is King and to protect sellers and buyers' best interests estate and letting agents have to operate in the...

09 October 2015

From: Features

easyProperty eyes taking online agency structure into foreign markets

easyProperty says it is looking at the prospect of exporting its online agency business model to other countries. Chief executive Rob Ellice...

24 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

Online agent tries pay-as-you-go fee structure

Online estate agent HouseSimple has launched what it calls a “weekly pay-as-you-go estate agent service” which asks sellers to pay from...

16 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Online v Traditional agency debate set to dominate conference

The annual RESI conference, usually dominated by developers and debates over housebuilding totals, is this year to include a discussion on...

07 July 2015

From: Breaking News

eMoov tests new no sale-no fee business model

One of the country’s most prominent online estate agencies is trying to confound critics by offering a no sale-no fee model,...

29 June 2015

From: Breaking News

ASA upholds complaints against eMoov

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld two complaints made against online estate agency eMoov.  The first centred around eMoov’s claim that...

03 June 2015

From: Breaking News

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