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

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

15 December 2018

From: Features

Great relationships are at the heart of a premium customer service

Over the past year I've had so many conversations with agents telling me how they feel that offering a premium customer...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks shares sink and Emoov dies: game over for online agencies?

Has the bell finally tolled for online agencies? Emoov’s collapse and an investor revolt over crowdfunding have left a large question...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Good and bad news: house prices up in 2019, but not in central London

Estate agency Strutt & Parker says that despite Brexit and the economic and political uncertainty accompanying it, house prices in the...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing market 'stuck in low gear for some months to come'

One of the country’s most influential bodies says house price rises over 2019 will be limited to around two per cent...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov’s humiliation - the fallout for the industry

Whatever one thinks about online estate agencies, it’s a cause of genuine sadness when people lose their jobs - close proximity...

08 December 2018

From: Features

VR - the third consideration stage for property buyers

Thanks to vast improvements in processing powers, the use of virtual reality (VR) in some sectors is becoming more evident than...

08 December 2018

From: Features

Brexit Bedlam: Rightmove and agency give housing market warnings

The chief executive of online agency HouseSimple says “sellers need to be prepared and willing to lower their expectations” in the current...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

First time buyers have it easy if they have wealthy parents, says report

Young people whose parents have property wealth are now almost three times as likely to be homeowners by the age of...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks may be about to help out Emoov's stranded clients

A tweet from Purplebricks’ chief executive Michael Bruce suggests that the agency may be about to play a role in the Emoov...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Remaining listings on Emoov 'may be bought within days'

A statement by the administrators appointed by Emoov says there are prospective buyers for the listings on the online agency and...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov boss and portal head in vicious Twitter spat before firm folds

The chief executive of Emoov and the founder of the new portal Rummage4Property had a dramatic spat on Twitter just hours...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Fewer sales, supply static, first time buyers down - that was 2018

An end-of-year analysis from the National Association of Estate Agents shows the state of the industry - and it confirms just...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Brexit's housing silver lining (but only for overseas buyers, it seems...)

A high-end estate agency selling some of the country’s most expensive homes says the possible currency falls resulting from Brexit chaos...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions to rise in 2019 says top agent (well, after Brexit is sorted)

One of the country’s top buying agents says he expects 2019 to be a much better year than 2018 as Brexit...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks boss warns on dangers of borrowing more than one can afford...

The global chief executive of Purplebricks, Michael Bruce, has warned mortgage lenders against offering so-called ‘super-sized’ home loans to borrowers.  Bruce is...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' agony as buyer numbers plunge to six year low

Data from the National Association of Estate Agents suggests that the number of registered buyers per member branch has slumped to...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers take a reality check says agent after lending rises

Mainstream bank lending for house purchases grew by 3.6 per cent in October compared to the same month last year. However the...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial online auction firm generated £10.6m in fees for agents

The debate about online auction charges levied on buyers continues this morning with the release of figures showing that one company...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Future of Emoov in the balance

The future of online agency Emoov remains in the balance this weekend with talks continuing between the management and possible buyers. On...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Only fittest will survive’ says agent making eighth acquisition of 2018

Yorkshire agency Linley & Simpson is on the acquisition trail yet again - and it’s revealed its eighth deal of the...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auction buyers 'must pay stamp duty on reservation fee' shock

A consumer group which has already expressed alarm at some aspects of the so-called ‘Modern Method of Auction’ says it has...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Don't bank on 'prime' vendors cutting prices again, warns agent

A senior figure in the Knight Frank agency says those buyers who may be expecting Brexit-inspired bargains in the so-called ‘super...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Do floor plans and photos really help to sell a property?

Photos and floor plans remain an essential tool in property marketing. Despite a wealth of choice from aspiring UK PropTech start-ups the...

21 November 2018

From: Features

Gazumping - so is it declining or is it getting worse?

The latest research from online estate agency Emoov shows at least one silver lining to the current Brexit-hit housing market -...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Size Matters: Agents slammed for 'inconsistent, inaccurate' floorplans

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a new guide in a bid to end what it calls inconsistencies and...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov sale ‘must be done in days - time is of the essence'

Time appears to be running short for the sale of troubled online agency Emoov. An Emoov insider has told Estate Agent Today...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

High end agent says mansion prices may rise thanks to new homes plan

Every cloud has a silver lining, and a high end prime central London estate agent appears to have found one from...

19 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

Property Natter: could these innovations change the market forever?

How will things be done in the future? There’s no knowing, of course, given the many variables at play, but it’s...

17 November 2018

From: Features

It’s time for conveyancing to up its game

Conveyancing regularly adds unnecessary and costly delays to the home buying process and improvement could be far quicker than any efforts...

17 November 2018

From: Features

Agents missing vast referral fees for conveyancing, says PropTech firm

Estate agents are missing around half of the conveyancing referral opportunities they could take, according to a new report.  PropTech firm OneDome...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auctions ‘work for agents and vendors’ insists digital operator

An online auction platform which works with estate agents says this method of selling homes works, with four sales in one...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyers warned: Don’t cut corners by trying DIY conveyancing

Hard-pressed buyers who try to minimise house moving costs by doing their own conveyancing have been warned of the disastrous consequences...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Extraordinary £120m investment for agency that ‘breaks chains’ for sellers

It’s been reported that Nested, an estate agency launched two years ago, has received a massive £120m cash injection from venture capitalists. Nested, which...

12 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

Warning of down-valuation risk for London market

Coutts Private Bank is the latest institution to express its concern over London’s housing market. The latest Courts London Prime Property Index...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Typical asking price cut on a ‘doer-upper’ is 17% or  £40,000

Homes that require major structural work have asking prices which are on average £40,000 below the market norm, according to research...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rollo Miles, from Agent & Homes

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? It just says “Agent” for, at the end of the...

08 November 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Another government clampdown: will it hit second home sales?

A business rates tax break which benefits holiday home owners is to be reviewed by ministers, who have now launched a formal...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Reservation agreements back on the agenda thanks to former agent

A new company is claiming to reduce chain collapses during sales by creating a lockout agreement, also known as a reservation agreement. Property...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Viewings slump 20% in three months in central London

Latest figures on the central London market from franchise giant Winkworth show that viewings dropped 20 per cent in the third...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 November 2018

From: Features

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

Market gloom from Savills: London, SE and Buy To Let downbeat for years

Savills has issued its forecast for the housing market for the next five years, and while it highlights some bright spots...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Online property auction firm hits back against “murky” accusation

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

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

For today only - Rightmove ruined and it’s a nightmare selling Elm Street

You know the shiver you get when the portal reps call you out of the blue? That cold sweat in the...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents offer glasses not headsets for Virtual Reality viewing of properties

Estate agency and property consultancy JLL is offering a clip-on accessory which it claims can be put on to a mobile...

31 October 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

Revealed: ages, incomes and purchase plans for buyers with mortgages

New figures from the Mortgage Advice Bureau give an insight into the changing demographics of home buyers and buy to let...

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

High-end agency opens new office with PropTech to the fore

Strutt & Parker is bucking the trend on High Street offices by opening a new one - and in this case,...

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

Three-year tenancies - should they be compulsory?

An open rental market, where neither landlord nor tenant is in a dominant position, enables rents to rise and fall, which...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Agents 'missing out on thousands' by losing touch with past buyers

Fewer than 15 per cent of owners go on to sell their home with the same agency they bought it through,...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Down they go - nearly 40% of asking prices slashed by vendors

Zoopla says 38 per cent of properties on sale have had their asking prices slashed. That’s a five per cent rise since...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

The dos and don’ts of email marketing

Given that ‘UK buyers are the most digitally active home hunters’, with HSBC’s Beyond the Bricks report stating that 90% of...

24 October 2018

From: Features

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

Deal or No Deal? Housing market will improve post-Brexit says top agent

One of London’s most prominent buying agencies says post-Brexit the interest in buying in the capital will return - whether there...

24 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

Sales plummet thanks to Brexit and taxes says investment guru

Transactions across England and Wales in September dropped 7.6 per cent year on year while Prime Central London now sees fewer than...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hired not fired! Apprentice estate agents come a step closer

A new junior estate agent apprenticeship standard has been launched with skills being offered for residential, commercial and auction sectors. Created by...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Second EU Referendum would help housing market, claims agent

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

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Cash buyers plummet - they're now only 30% of the market

Cash used to be king in the housing market but new figures released today show that in the first half of...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - is it as big a problem as we think?

Few things anger the industry more than the effect of stamp duty and other costs on property transactions (well, maybe Purplebricks...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in overseas buyers ahead of latest stamp duty surcharge

A leading London estate agency is reporting a surge in overseas buyers sealing deals ahead of the government’s new stamp duty...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Taxi! New agency takes buyers for a ride (but in a good way)

A new estate agency has come up with a novel way of taking prospective purchasers around its patch - by using...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property viewings - how to keep up with evolving consumer demands

The culture of impatience and instant gratification has a lot to answer for. It has forced the hand of the property...

17 October 2018

From: Features

More market mayhem? Fall-Throughs rise as uncertainty grips buyers

The number of house sales falling through before completion is on the increase according to data collated by a home buying...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New portal claims to offer an alternative to part-exchange

A service which describes itself as an alternative to part exchange has been launched to facilitate sales to ‘corporate property buyers’. It’s...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news for first time buyers - terrible news for buy to let sector

Figures from the mortgage lenders’ umbrella group, UK Finance, suggest the government desire to see more first time buyers and fewer...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

'Slump City' house prices set to rebound, claims agency

A city’s housing market that suffered badly because of the collapse in North Sea oil prices is now likely to rebound...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ridiculous moving day delays hit almost one-in-five buyers - claim

Just under one in five buyers in the past two years have suffered moving day delays, either because funds have been...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyers 'taken for a ride' as new-build leasehold house prices soar

The cost of new-build leasehold properties has surged 16 times faster than freeholds according to research from property investment platform. The revelation...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy - will it continue? (and does it deserve to?)

Is Help To Buy going to remain in existence for much longer? Question marks over the scheme’s future are being raised through...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Whatever happened to the autumn price bounce? asks Rightmove

We’re sorry to be starting the week with more evidence of the housing market in the doldrums, but Rightmove’s latest index...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Price cutting ‘the new norm’ as supply outstrips demand

Price cutting is becoming the new norm as the market adapts to reduced interest from buyers, according to property listings platform...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Let’s focus on the real foreign property ownership problem

It’s time to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to overseas buyers of property. If you listen to Theresa...

13 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

Can negative google and Facebook reviews damage brand reputation?

Local business reviews are becoming increasingly important for reputation management, with recent research showing 90% of consumers read online reviews before...

13 October 2018

From: Features

Government unveils new body 'to raise agency standards'

The government has unveiled a new body which, it claims, will raise agency standards. There is a long-standing commitment from the government...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit to blame for two-year pause on growth in prime markets - Savills

Savills is warning that heightened uncertainty around Brexit negotiations will delay recovery in the prime central London housing market for up...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Carney are to blame for slowing house sales, claims RICS

The latest market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests the number of properties on estate agents’ books is now nearing...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - what buyers should have checked on a viewing but didn't

A new survey claims to have found the five issues that prospective buyers wish they had checked out ahead of purchase...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned advert highlights dangers of sales claims about rental yields

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement for a new development in London after complaints over claims about the yields...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Referral fees: agents must be more transparent, government says

A government minister has told the estate agency industry that it must be more transparent over the issue of referral fees. In...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Virtual Viewings - Strutt & Parker is first national agency to provide them for buyers

Strutt & Parker is offering free Virtual Viewings to 1,000 new clients, and says it's the first national agency to offer such...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank hits out at foreign buyer tax after announcing profits boost

Knight Frank appears to have shrugged off the problems hitting the high end of the housing market, reporting a 14 per...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Young buyers face far more obstacles now than 20 years ago - report

Even the cheapest local homes are out of reach for at least 40 per cent of young adults according to a...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Is it Brexit? Is it Corbyn? Agents ponder poor autumn market so far

One estate agent has described the latest price fall announced by the Halifax as “quite a retreat” for the housing market...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New agency's stamp duty question: Do we need another property tax

“Do we really need another tax?” - that’s the question from a new buying agency, querying why the government wants to...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t be hasty in ditching your high street office

Several agents have asked me whether they should consider ditching their high street offices and move to an out of town...

06 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

Why Facebook’s property listings are a bigger threat to portals than agents

When Facebook first announced it would be entering the property listings market a few weeks ago it sent shockwaves across the...

06 October 2018

From: Features

Foreign buyer tax is just ‘bid to win over Brexiteers’ says property portal

The head of a leading Chinese property portal has taken the unusual step of commenting on a British tax policy -...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property fraud: insurance firm offers cover, as police seek help on new case

An insurance company is launching a policy which it says will protect consumers with comprehensive cover in the event of a...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexiteer agent scolds 'Maybot' over stamp duty threat to foreign buyers

One of London’s highest profile and most outspoken estate agent chiefs has scolded ‘Maybot’ Theresa May on the day she is to...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Gentle house price rise welcomed as good news by leading agent

House prices grew two per cent year on year for September according to new figures - and a senior agency chief...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-Savills man launches For Sale By Owner service cutting out agents

A website has officially launched this morning, aiming to push the concept of US-style For Sale By Owner online property marketing...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Yet another Ombudsman - this time one covering only new homes

The government, which only recently said there would be one Ombudsman covering the entire housing sector, has announced that there is...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

'Desperate' stamp duty surcharge will hurt London market - warning

Agents have continued to express their shock and opposition to the announcement by the government that it wants a stamp duty...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Treasury takes billions in stamp duty - and that’s BEFORE new surcharge

Figures released by HMRC over the weekend show another huge rise in stamp duty going to the Treasury - and that’s...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

More market woe as sales to first time buyers plummet to three-year low

Sales of properties to first time buyers have hit their lowest level for three years according to data from the National...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

New stamp duty surcharge to be imposed on foreign buyers

The government has used this week’s Conservative party conference to announce a new stamp duty tax of one per cent to three...

30 September 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

Guess how much first timers need to earn to buy in a major city...

The income first-time buyers need to purchase a home in the UK’s largest cities has shot up by 18 per cent...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

High guide prices failing to capture buyers' imagination - auction boss

Auction House London raised more than £15m in its latest auction, where it saw the biggest catalogue in its history go...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Agency refuses to return pre-contract deposit - now expelled by TPO

An estate agency trading under two different names has been expelled by The Property Ombudsman after refusing to refund a £2,000...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents say current market slowdown to stay in place for rest of 2018

Estate agents say the continuing gentle slowdown reflected in the latest government house price figures will be the story of the...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

What now for faster house sales as search roll out ‘could take seven years’?

HM Land Registry says the full roll-out of its Local Land Charges digital register could take up to seven years, with...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Buying agency secures prime London home almost 40% below asking price

A buying agency says it has secured a prime London property for one of its clients at almost 40 per cent...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Lies, Damned Lies and the house price index that's 'a national statistic'

The old cliche about statistics may be cruel but the government has perhaps left itself open to its use after announcing...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Are online auctions now a key feature for agents?

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

18 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Stop the red tape! Agent warns on latest 'property transparency' idea

A London estate agent who works closely with High Net Worth overseas buyers has hit out a proposed law which he...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

A surge in sellers pricing sensibly - Rightmove reports a mini-boom

Rightmove is reporting a mini-boom as the autumn market gets into gear, with a surge in buyers and a one-month rise...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Online auctions - more agents offer white label options to vendors

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

How to get noticed with great photography

The raison d'être for estate agents everywhere is to get their properties noticed! It’s as simple as that. These days you’re likely...

12 September 2018

From: Features

Estate agency banned from taking credit for historic testimonial

A website claim by the London estate agency Moveli has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority after a complaint from...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman calls for new build homes to be included in consumer redress

The Property Ombudsman has urged the government to bring the new homes build sector under consumer redress. New builds are not currently...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Leasehold scandal continues - almost all buyers regret their purchase

Almost all buyers of new build houses who purchased a leasehold regret doing so, and the vast majority say they definitely wouldn't...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Second office for 'new breed' agency with no shop front

A 'new breed' estate agency with no shop front, which uses bloggers to market its properties, has announced the opening of...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Help to Buy scheme facing the axe in government review

Speculation is growing that the Help to Buy scheme is set to be discontinued following a review by government ministers. Recent research...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Crackdown on agents likely as government doubles funding for regulator

In a surprise weekend announcement the government has almost doubled funding for the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team - the...

01 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers on the back foot as first-timers take advantage of slow market

Property sellers have been on the back foot over the slow summer period, according to the latest report from NAEA Propertymark....

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Downsizing stamp duty exemption 'would boost market and Treasury'

Over a fifth of pensioners say they would be encouraged to downsize if there was a stamp duty incentive - particularly...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Inheritance is key for some first time buyers, new data shows

A full 100 per cent of 20 to 24 year olds hope to buy their own home one day -  but...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the opportunity

In our previous 2 blogs we have covered the definitions of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPRs) and what the practical...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Brexit and SDLT 'causing market to stagnate' warns property specialist

A downbeat report from property investment specialist London Central Portfolio says “there are very few causes for optimism in the domestic...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of first time buyers from London move away to purchase

Some 31 per cent of first time buyers residing in London ended up moving away from the capital to purchase a...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Should equity release be taxed to encourage down-sizing?

There’s little doubt that downsizing is less of a factor in the housing market than it used to be - so...

25 August 2018

From: Features

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

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

25 August 2018

From: Features

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

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

22 August 2018

From: Features

Clients overwhelmingly want face-to-face contact with agents - survey

A new survey suggests that face-to-face contact is still valued by buyers and sellers. Research by Winkworth, questioning over 1,000 people who...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Devastating impact of stamp duty revealed in buying agency's data

Data from the buying agency Black Brick reveals just how big an impact has been made by the additional homes stamp...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the practicalities

In our previous blog, we looked at the definitions outlined by the CPRs. In our next blog we’ll look at the...

21 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says it's a 'summer sale' - with Connells leading price cuts

Rightmove says the housing market is now into a ‘summer sale’ as newly-marketed property shows an average asking price fall of...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy - new figures show 420,000 completions

More than 420,000 people have now used the government’s Help to Buy schemes to get themselves on to the housing ladder...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyers are increasingly just the older generation and well-off young

Home ownership among the young has fallen across all income groups according to a large scale research project looking at adults...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - should downsizing pensioners be exempt?

There’s been another call for the government to reform stamp duty - and this time the request is that the duty...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson wants absurdly high stamp duty to be cut

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

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your weekly round-up of industry moves

Welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today - and as ever we have a breakdown of key moves within our industry. To...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Marketing automation can make your business smarter

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

11 August 2018

From: Features

Stamp Duty is a mess: should it be scrapped or simplified?

Research by Estate Agent Today reveals that there have been 12 different stamp duty regimes in the UK since the Millennium. What’s...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions slump 6% in prime London, says LonRes

LonRes says transactions in prime locations in London dropped another six per cent when the second quarter of 2018 is compared...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Big slump in new listings, with London down 12.7% in a month

New property listings in July were down 6.0 per cent across the UK and down no less than 12.7 per cent...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency beefs up back-office services for branches

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

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Top economists still pessimistic about housing market fortunes

The EY ITEM Club, regarded as one of the most influential groups of economists in the UK, says it’s still “dubious”...

09 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

More mixed messages from London as agents report contrasting figures

The London market continues to produce unexpected results with two high end agencies reporting contrasting fortunes.  Half year figures released by Chestertons...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - plenty of industry moves over the summer break

We may be well into August but there’s little sign of a holiday for our industry, with a string of big...

06 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

Estate agency – it’s still about interactions not transactions

Making my way to our London office on a busy commuter train, my mind got busy thinking about the new do-it-yourself...

04 August 2018

From: Features

Property concierge: could this be one of agents’ future tenant services?

With all the recent change and upheaval in the rental sector it may be time to consider how letting agencies will...

04 August 2018

From: Features

Stamp duty receipts plummet £317m over the past year

An analysis of HMRC stamp duty statistics for the second quarter of this year suggest that receipts are down 13.8 per...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Warning over asking prices not standing up to professional scrutiny

A leading buying agency is warning about asking prices that are higher than those acceptable to mortgage companies who therefore down-value...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

18% slump in sales agreed early this summer, says NAEA

The latest market snapshot released by the National Association of Estate Agents’ shows the challenges faced by the industry right now. The...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a changing of the guard?

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

28 July 2018

From: Features

Don’t fall foul of anti-money laundering rules

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

28 July 2018

From: Features

Why Brexit is killing the London housing market

With the continued indecision surrounding Brexit and the final divorce settlement still months away, it seems property buyers are choosing to...

28 July 2018

From: Features

Fees row: Spotlight on Ombudsman after court case decision

The couple at the centre of a court case about agents’ fees say the issue could have been resolved earlier had...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Mixed messages: transactions slump again but London prices improve

The latest transaction figures from HM Revenue and Customs make depressing reading - a three per cent drop between May and...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Ola! Regional agency bucks trend by expanding to sell overseas homes

One of the country’s largest regional agencies is moving into the sale of homes overseas despite Brexit uncertainty and concern over...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Dominic Raab - another one bites the dust

Another day, another housing minister – at least that’s what it feels like! The resignation of the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson...

21 July 2018

From: Features

“We Buy Any House” says cash property buyer Ask Susan

If you’re an estate agent and have a property that is difficult to sell or the homeowner simply needs a fast...

20 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

We're not trying to disrupt agents insists market website chief

The creators of a website using market data to define postcodes as hosting a seller’s market or a buyer’s market have...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

125,000 buyers to benefit from Land Registry's early digitisation

HM Land Registry calculates that 125,000 buyers will benefit from just the first phase of its digitisation programme for Local Land...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Storm clouds gather as house price growth dips to five-year low

Agents appear to be getting more pessimistic over the housing market as the latest government figures show prices still growing - but...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London house prices set to fall next year as well as this - PwC

House prices in London are projected to fall in the short-term, down by two per cent by the end of 2018...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents misleading buyers about in-house mortgage services, says Which?

The consumer group Which? says some estate agents are misleading buyers about in-house mortgage services.  The consumer group has issued a number...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Asking prices at a standstill as summer lull kicks in, says Rightmove

Asking prices are at a virtual standstill as the summer lull kicks in, according to the latest Rightmove index. New seller asking...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies will have biggest impact when things go wrong

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal which could have serious ramifications for private landlords, and those who...

14 July 2018

From: Features

Is a passport enough for AML? Blog 3

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

09 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

House price rises will struggle this year and next, say top economists

One of the UK’s leading group of economic experts has repeated its warning that housing market is not going to see...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

More rich foreigners buying in London is first fruit of Brexit says agent

An outspoken high-end London estate agent says millionaire foreign buyers purchasing “cheap” properties in the capital represent what he calls “the...

05 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

Help To Buy and similar schemes curtailed on new leasehold houses

The government says its funding schemes such as Help To Buy will no longer be applied to what it calls “unjustified...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 2)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

02 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

30 June 2018

From: Features

Latest Prime Central London property trend - buy a wreck and do it up

Wary buyers reluctant to risk buying a premium-priced property in the volatile prime central London market are adopting a perhaps-surprising tactic...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'Buyers sitting on their hands' as mortgages for purchase fall again

Total mortgage approvals by the main High Street banks increased three per cent in May over the same month last year...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 1)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

25 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Why James Brokenshire must build on Sajid Javid’s pivotal housing work

To say this is a turbulent time for UK politics would be something of an understatement. As I write, the Brexit...

23 June 2018

From: Features

Summer is no time to check out if you’re an estate agent

In recent weeks, you could have been forgiven for thinking that you’re not actually in the UK.  Flash floods aside, the...

23 June 2018

From: Features

Tale of our times: flat sells after 575 days at £111,500 below asking price

The Money editor of The Mirror newspaper has finally sold a home he first put on the market in late 2016...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Asking prices may have to be cut as hybrid agency reveals 'reality gap'

A major hybrid agency says there is a huge ‘reality gap’ between the typical asking price of homes on sale and the...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents clash over whether prime London still appeals to investors

Prime London’s transactions are now the preserve of so-called ‘needs-based buyers’ and not investors according to high-end agency Knight Frank -...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Why rent? It's now cheaper to buy than rent in every UK region

Potential first-time buyers in every area of the UK would have lower monthly outgoings if they bought a property rather than...

20 June 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

Right To Buy: top agency hints at need for 'fundamental review'

Savills has suggested that it may be time for a fundamental review of what’s left of the flagship policy of Margaret...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property market: summer update for agents

Summer is traditionally the time of the year when the property market slows down, with people going away on their holidays...

19 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Kane so able but England so frustrating! Our guest reviewer’s verdict...

So what did you think of the match? A deserved 2-1 win or a lucky victory snatched from the jaws of...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge 90% vote to ban new-build second homes in another hotspot

There’s been a landslide vote to ban new-build second homes in another tourist hotspot. Some 90 per cent of those who voted...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Take that! High Street agency attacks online firms over 'issues'

One of the country’s best known regional traditional agencies, Pygott and Crone, has used a promotion in local news outlets to...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auction house proves cynics wrong - and says more will follow

An auction house says it was “scoffed at” four years ago when it began offering online options to customers - but...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

House prices still rising but market is softening, Halifax figures show

Prices grew at a faster than expected rate last month according to the Halifax House Price Index, which has reported a...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Portal data and weak pound help London agent target Chinese buyers

London estate agency Kay & Co says it is targeting Chinese buyers following research data produced by a portal. The China property...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest survey of experts blames Brexit again for London market woe

A poll of housing market experts suggests London house prices are likely to fall this year as a result of Brexit...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list property portal launched for estate agents

A property portal that describes itself as free-to-list has launched today, taking the industry by surprise - however, at least one...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Auctions big themselves up despite challenging sales market

Major auction companies continue to claim successes despite the challenging housing market. Auction House says a recent auction of London properties produced...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers may have to publish prices, services and reviews

As the process of making buying and selling more transparent continues to gather pace, the body that regulates conveyancers says it...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Claims resurface of agents urging buyers to use preferred mortgage brokers

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

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – marketing magic, Mr T and GDPR fever

Last time out I looked at the growing importance of content, social media and design – but these should only form...

02 June 2018

From: Features

First timers still have obstacles to buying, insists leading estate agent

One of the country’s leading experts on the housing market says first time buyers are still hampered from purchasing homes despite...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

One click and it's sold - new platform allows 'instant' buy to let sales

A new online platform claims agents can now offer people a chance to buy a property with, literally, just one click...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Top agent says corruption crackdown is deterring super-wealthy foreign buyers

One of London’s best known high-end estate agents, Gary Hersham, says corruption crackdowns in this country and overseas may be deterring...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

A seller’s market returns - demand rises as supply falls

The housing market has swung back in favour of property sellers, according to the latest data from estate agents. NAEA Propertymark's Housing...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank of Mum and Dad remains open and contributes towards 25% of purchases

The Bank of Mum and Dad will provide funding towards around a quarter of property purchases this year, according to research. By...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyers are overpaying the stamp duty surcharge, says national agency

National estate agency Jackson-Stops claims that the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional homes is still confusing buyers, despite being in...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Broken chains are biggest cause of fall throughs, costing buyers millions

Breakdowns within property chains are the most common cause of fall throughs, according to a new study. Over the last ten years,...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sotheby’s International Realty launches first 'agent-branded' augmented reality app

Sotheby's International Realty has launched what it claims to be the first 'real estate-branded' augmented reality (AR) app. 'Curate', which is now...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Auction property market benefitting from new online approach

In an era when we are never far away from our phones, tablets or laptops, buying and selling property is benefitting...

24 May 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Cash trolleys, Porsches and pampering - buyers' desperate acts revealed

To demonstrate the lengths some buyers will go to make sure their offer is accepted, NAEA Propertymark has asked its agent...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property listings with video tours receive 'hundreds more views' – claim

An estate agent claims that online property listings which include video tours receive 'hundreds more views' than those without. Dan Killeen of...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Confidence is returning to the housing market, says Zoopla

Research by Zoopla suggests that homeowners' confidence in the property market is on the rise.  The property website's latest Housing Market Sentiment...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers cash in as buyers are increasingly willing to pay above asking price

Property sellers in Scotland are profiting from buyers' willingness to pay above asking price for a home.  This is according to portal...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Asking prices at an all-time high, but sales have dipped - Rightmove

The latest data from Rightmove indicates that the average national asking price has reached another all-time high of £308,075 following a...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Crisis? What crisis? London agents' success stories defy market

High-end London chain Marsh & Parsons, part of the LSL Property Services empire, has opened in 30th office in Chiswick.  “Chiswick’s wonderful...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyers may shun UK because of tax changes - claim

A new report suggests Capital Gains Tax changes coming into effect next year are worrying a large majority of wealthy overseas...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fraudulent sellers: solicitors must pay but should agents improve checks?

The Court of Appeal has overturned controversial fraud decisions which have a bearing on agents’ and conveyancers’ responsibilities for checking buyers’...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit worries 'putting a hold on buying' warns agency chief

The chief executive of Winkworth says the upcoming Brexit is creating uncertainty and causing buyers and investors to delay purchasing plans. Dominic Agace,...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers losing thousands because of fall-throughs says group

One in five sellers suffer a fall-through costing them an average £2,700 - but many lose £5,000 or more. These are the...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Locked out: agent says stock shortage stops buyers buying

New data from Haart estate agency suggests that despite many homes sticking on the market, apparently would be buyers are locked...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sigh of relief as interest rate rise put off for now

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has decided to keep the base rate unchanged at 0.5 per cent this month. The...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Major estate agencies in secret project to try to end delays in chains

Estate Agent Today understands several major national agencies and some smaller operators are involved in a project to understand why transaction...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyers need more help to get the best mortgage deal, says FCA

The Financial Conduct Authority says house buyers need more help to find the best priced and most appropriate mortgage deal for their...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Group of south east estate agencies rebranded under just one name

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

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Top regional agent wants industry to become more older-customer-friendly

A major regional agent is calling on others to join it in an initiative to create a more friendly and welcoming...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auction houses claim bumper start to the year

New online auction house BidX1 says it has raised £2,087,000 from its second UK auction, posting a 70 per cent success...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The ten worst mistakes to make when selling your business

I have sold hundreds of lettings businesses over the last twenty-five years. Based on this experience, these are the mistakes that you...

02 May 2018

From: Features

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

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

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive wealth of older owners and buyers revealed by new survey

The massive wealth of owners over 55 has been revealed by a new survey. They own £938 billion of UK housing, a figure...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fast turnover of ministers has worsened housing crisis says agency chief

James Brokenshire - yesterday appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government - joins the rank of senior politicians...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of homes selling below asking price claims NAEA

Only one property in every eight sold in the current market succeeds in achieving its asking price - while no fewer than...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Proportion of sales to cash buyers falls back, says Nationwide

Research from the Nationwide suggests that the share of cash transactions has declined over the past 18 months, at least partly...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents should educate first-time buyers now to gain clients for life

Given the level of resource and energy being put behind upping the number of first-time buyers in the UK, you might...

28 April 2018

From: Features

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

Agents voice concern as lending slump points to possible slow market

Fewer mortgages were approved for home buyers last month than in the same month a year ago according to figures from...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Prime London woe: price falls, slow sales and valuation mark-downs

Coutts bank has issued a starkly pessimistic snapshot of prime London’s housing landscape, reporting price falls, valuation mark-downs and slower sales...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Transaction volumes now “a little scary” warns leading market analyst

Leading housing analyst Kate Faulkner says the current low transaction level is “a little scary” because with so few sellers, buyers...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Study exposes how little first time buyers actually know about buying

A new study reveals precisely how little first time buyers apparently understand about the buying process.  In a survey of 500 people...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Searches ‘very rarely the cause of delays in transactions’ claims industry group

An umbrella body representing search organisations says searches “are very rarely the cause of delays” in transactions. The Council of Property Search...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Average viewings per sale soar to 19, says buying company

The average number of viewings received by properties before a sale is agreed has risen from 11 in 2015 to 19...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - ye very first olde housing bubble...

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

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents’ qualifications will cut competition and increase fees - claim

Estate agent licensing will reduce competition, make buying and selling homes more expensive, and add another layer of red tape to...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Surprise boost for housing market as mortgage volumes soar

Property purchases for buyers requiring mortgages reached 50,000 in February, the highest level for the month since 2007.  The data, from mortgage...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Introduction of reservation agreements for buyers and sellers gaining support

As the estate agency business in England moves towards being more robust with professional qualifications and higher standards being introduced, there...

17 April 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Buying agent claims she was offered bribe to secure a higher offer on house

A central London buying agent says she was once offered a bribe by an estate agent to try to persuade a...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks comes out fighting on behalf of all online and hybrid agencies

Purplebricks has returned to the fray after recent controversies with a claim that home owners saved themselves over £140m in commission...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove visits reach record highs - and so do asking prices

Prices of new-to-the-market property rose by a modest 0.4 per cent over the past month says Rightmove - but that’s enough...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering and property: the government has upped the ante

The announcement that MPs will set up a Select Committee to probe the scale of money laundering in the UK property...

14 April 2018

From: Features

Mortgage numbers dip but market ‘stronger than in late 2017’

The latest mortgage snapshot from e.surv has reinforced recent claims from other sources that London’s housing market remains the most difficult...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More backing for buying reforms from conveyancers and agents

The Conveyancing Association has backed the government’s calls for extensive reform of the buying and selling process, announced at the weekend. The...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Awais Ahmad - Founder and CEO of Hystreet

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Awais Ahmad - Founder and CEO of Hystreet (I don’t...

11 April 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

PropTech Today: Selling my flat part two - how did my valuations go?

To say I had a lot of reaction to last week's column about selling my flat would be an understatement. I've never...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

First time buyer numbers still 11% below pre-recession levels

The proportion of first time buyers in the market is still 11 per cent below the level seen before the 2008...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of fall throughs in past quarter hits 10-year high

The number of house sales falling through pre-completion during the first quarter of 2018 reached its highest level for this time...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers back government reforms of buying and selling processes

The conveyancing industry regulator has thrown its weight behind the government’s proposals to improve the buying and selling process.  Stephen Ward, director of strategy...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More details revealed on range of agency reform proposals

  More details have emerged of the government’s proposals to enhance estate agency regulation, regulate referral fees, offer guides for buyers and...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Reforms to house buying process and agents’ qualifications announced

The government has announced further measures which will, in its words, “professionalise” house buying and the estate agency business. In yet another Sunday...

08 April 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

What do estate agents need on their website?

In the modern marketplace – where people live their lives on their smartphones and tablets, social media has a bigger influence...

06 April 2018

From: Sponsored Content

New mortgage offers preferential rates on homes with best EPC ratings

Barclays is next week launching a so-called ‘green mortgage’ which links the loan to the Energy Performance Certificate rating of the...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency uses V-logger to promote property on social media

The online agency HouseSimple is to use a video blogger to stay in a property on sale and promote it via...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Six mistakes to avoid when taking property photographs

You don’t have to look far to see an abundance of photo failures, just head to any property portal and they’ll pop...

04 April 2018

From: Features

EweMove branch total now up to 122 following latest franchise deals

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

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide goes back into online - this time for its mortgage side

Countrywide is not quite finished with online experimentation yet, for today sees the launch of an online mortgage service, backed by...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks is changing: Which way will it go?

As always seems to be the case with Purplebricks, the hybrid agency has had a good week...and a bad one. Undeniably impressive...

31 March 2018

From: Features

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

Trouble ahead thanks to older home owners, lenders warn

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

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Holiday home sales holding up according to estate agency's figures

Holiday home sales in one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations are holding up, despite stamp duty and the age...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

More London woe as annual house price growth hits seven-year low

House price growth in London has hit a seven year low according to Hometrack, with prices actually down across 42 per...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

NAEA says first time buyer stamp duty cut working - but more needed

The National Association of Estate Agents says the government’s first time buyer stamp duty incentive “seems to be having the desired...

27 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

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

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

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Connells accused of pressuring buyers over mortgages

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

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals dip but first time buyers are up slightly

Figures just released assessing February’s mortgage borrowing show that approvals are 1.25 per cent lower than in January, and are down...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Asking prices hit record highs in key sectors, says Rightmove

Average asking price of newly-marketed property have jumped 1.5 per cent - or over £4,500 - in the past month, says...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Top agent urges existing owners to be 'more accepting' of new homes

Estate agency Jackson-Stops says it has discovered precisely how many existing home owners understand the difficulties facing first time buyers in...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer launches new online advice service for buyers

TV property expert Phil Spencer is launching an online advice service for buyers and tenants, including offering guidance on the specific...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove identifies 10 fastest-moving local housing markets

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

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Boost for housing market with surge in number of first time buyers

The switchback of house price indices and other data on the state of the market has taken a turn for the...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Some London prices fall up to 15% despite rises in much of England and Wales

Average house prices rose 0.5 per cent in February, making it the biggest rise in five months according to the latest...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman seeks public views on problems with agents and wider industry

Ombudsman Services, which recently announced it was quitting its role as one of three approved redress schemes for estate and lettings...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Two more interest rate rises likely this year, top economists predict

The Ernst & Young ITEM Club - a group of economists highly regarded by politicians and some sectors of the property...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Simple tips to take professional property photos

Getting your property marketing right is vital, and the starting point is with professional images.  With most buyers browsing the internet for...

07 March 2018

From: Features

Crimestoppers working with agents to deter ruthless conveyancing fraudsters

Crimestoppers is working with estate agencies and financial advisers as well as conveyancers in a bid to eliminate house buyers’ deposits...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Senior agents say wider issues must be addressed in housing debate

An estate agent and former chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the government’s latest drive to build new...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Quicker conveyancing pledged as Land Registry puts council searches online

HM Land Registry has taken another step towards its aim to “make conveyancing simpler, faster and cheaper” for the general public. The...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest on moves within the industry...

Welcome once again to Property Jobs Today, the notice-board for agents, suppliers and other property professionals moving within, out or in...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

First time sellers must find average of £136,000 to move to their next home

A survey by Lloyds Bank has revealed that the average ‘first time seller’ requires very nearly £136,000 to bridge the gap...

05 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

Japanese knotweed: what estate agents need to know

When it comes to property, ‘Japanese knotweed’ are the two words most homeowners and prospective buyers do not want to hear.  With...

03 March 2018

From: Features

New tool eases burden of agents' anti-money laundering compliance

The National Association of Estate Agents says a new tool just launched will make it easier for agent members to comply...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

2018 sales market starts with a boom according to NAEA figures

The National Association of Estate Agents says the year has started with a boom as demand from prospective house-hunters increased by...

28 February 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

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

Brexit uncertainty still hitting prices and market sentiment, poll shows

Brexit uncertainty and weakening consumer demand are likely to hit house prices this year, according to a survey of 33 housing...

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

What do agents need to know about accepting payment in cryptocurrencies?

The UK property sector has been a hotbed for financial crime in recent years, with many criminals seeing it as an...

24 February 2018

From: Features

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

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

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome latest evidence of robust start to sales in 2018

Agents have welcomed more data suggesting the 2018 market is enjoying a robust start. Last week Rightmove reported a record number of...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Digital-savvy movers favouring specialist conveyancers over local solicitors

Home movers are opting to use specialist conveyancers over local solicitors, according to new research. Conveyancing software firm InfoTrack says 43% of...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils aim to address housing crisis with home ownership register

Three councils are encouraging local residents to sign a new register which aims to bring more quality homes for sale to...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Taking the first steps towards compliance

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

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Irish online auction firm names the date for first UK sale

Online auction house BidX1 has launched its first UK online auction following its acquisition of London-based auctioneer Andrews & Robertson. This is...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Consultation underway on first time buyer duty relief in Scotland

Scotland is considering giving first time buyers relief or exemption from Land and Buildings Transaction Tax - the replacement for stamp...

19 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

Sales progression: Pushing the process through

“Are we there yet?” In the same way that these words can drive you to distraction (any parent who has endured the...

17 February 2018

From: Features

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

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

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

So much for a slowing market - house prices are up more than expected

Despite a string of property pundits suggesting the market is slowing down, new figures from the Office for National Statistics show...

14 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

40 per cent increase in new vendors coming to market, agency claims

There has been a 40 per cent increase in new vendors registering their properties for sale according to an online estate...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Why agents should look to online auctions in a challenging market

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

07 February 2018

From: Features

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

Conveyancer says transaction problems down to others and not solicitors

A law firm says the problems with housing transactions lie not with issues like fall-throughs but with “people’s general lack of...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

For Sale By Owner site breaks cover in wake of Purplebricks rumpus

Former estate agent Nick Ferrand has gone public with a new website which says home owners decide when and to whom...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

2018 to be challenging for housing market says forecasting group

This year is going to be “challenging” for the housing market according to the influential Ernst & Young ITEM Club, a...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Henry Pryor gives High Street agents 10-point guide to raise their game

Outspoken buying agent Henry Pryor has set out 10 points that he claims many traditional agents overlook when they debate the...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Robert Reed  Head of Tarporley Office, Wright Marshall

Q. How did you get in to the property industry? My career in the property industry actually started out as a holiday...

01 February 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

New 'quick buy' firm pledges guaranteed offer to sellers within 24 hours

A new ‘quick buy’ property company claims it will make an offer on any home within 24 hours of the vendor...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

20% slump in demand for housing last month, reports NAEA

Demand for homes fell by 20 per cent year-on-year in December. There were 268 prospective home-owners registered per NAEA member branch, down...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Stark warning that estate agencies could close in next 12 months

A partner at Carter Jonas says that the next 12 months could see stagnation in the market and as a result...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How can local agents take a share of the multi-billion pound UK property auction market?

Here’s how the LetsBid Property team is helping them do it. A new property platform called LetsBid has launched in the...

24 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Ten top tips for selling your business in 2018

What do you need to know if you are considering selling your sales or lettings business?  Here’s ten top tips to think...

24 January 2018

From: Features

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

Transactions dip as credit agency gives pessimistic view of housing market

The number of transactions last year dropped to 1.22m - a minor 0.8 per cent drop on the year before and...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Down but not out - Haart's verdict on the national housing market

A set of figures produced by Haart suggests the market has had a difficult past 12 months - but the firm...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Combatting a knotty problem for estate agents

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

20 January 2018

From: Features

NAEA admits a sense of mistrust leads to problems in many transactions

New research from the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents reveals that no fewer than...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

First time buyers 'typically purchase for £5,300 below asking price'

A poll of over 2,500 first time buyers suggests that on average they pay £5,300 less than the asking price -...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters to short-let homes that are For Sale but awaiting buyers

Hunters is partnering with a PropTech firm to allow homes on the market and still awaiting buyers to be short-let for...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Can agents improve fall-through rates with innovation?

Fall-through rates have long been a problem for the UK residential property market, the issue is nothing new. Today, however, the...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How Virtual Staging Boosts Real Estate Sales

Virtual Staging is about presenting a property in the most appealing way to potential buyers. Many consider virtual staging is deceiving...

16 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Rightmove claims 9% rise in visits but no rush to market from vendors

Rightmove says its visits so far in January are running over nine per cent higher than the same period a year...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Lease Extensions – getting it right

While there is a distinct market for flats held on particularly short leases, there is a middle ground where flat owners...

13 January 2018

From: Features

Two UK online agencies in global list of top 50 to watch in 2018

Two UK online estate agencies have been named in a list of the world’s top 50 real estate start-ups to watch...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of pressuring sellers and buyers into additional services

Estate agents are making buyers and sellers feel pressured into paying for additional services so as not to miss out on...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

The cost of moving? It's £9,580 on average says new research

Buyers spent £9.7 billion on moving house in 2017 with the average individual move costing £9,580 according to comparison website Compare...

10 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

Another regional chain says it's sceptical of online agency popularity

A senior figure in another regional estate agency group has expressed scepticism about the popularity of online choices for vendors. Last week...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

London first time buyers could take 10 years to save for a deposit

New analysis by the Nationwide has revealed just how big an obstacle a 20 per cent deposit can be for buyers...

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

Exclusive: new 'for sale by owner' site launches, bypassing agents

A website called Roofoveryourhead has launched which threatens to bypass estate agents and allow vendors to sell for free. The site uses language similar...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers fight back against 'errors' league table publication

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers says it is worried that HM Land Registry’s decision to publish details of apparent errors in...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 14 industry leaders give their  2018 predictions

Well, I don’t know about you but after the holidays I've got an imprint just below my navel where my belt...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Price falls in prime south west London 'now worse than prime central'

More price falls have been recorded across areas of prime London according to Savills.  The pattern is not uniform - the agency...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Online portal-style platform will charge agents if it finds buyers

An online intermediary platform called OpenMoov has been set up which instructs agents on behalf of sellers and tenants - and...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs consider Brexit impact on estate and letting agency industries

A House of Commons committee has prepared a briefing document on areas of the UK residential and commercial properties sectors most impacted...

02 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

Some pretty dodgy foreigners purchase in the UK, says buying agent

Outspoken buying agent Henry Pryor says some “pretty dodgy” overseas buyers have purchased homes in the UK in the past -...

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

London is facing 'a drawn-out period of house price realignment'

The property consultancy Hometrack says London is facing “a drawn-out period during which there will be a slow re-alignment of house...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New portal removes listings and insists 'we're not a portal after all'

The operators of a new website which earlier today claimed to have 500,000 property listings appear to have now removed the...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Record 85% of homes now selling below asking price, says NAEA

No fewer than 85 per cent of properties sold for less than the asking price in November, the highest seen since...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Group slams 'incredibly weak' government leasehold reforms

A specialist leasehold enfranchisement firm has branded government leasehold reforms as "incredibly weak". In an announcement lost in the noise following Damian Green’s sacking,...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents reminded of GDPR responsibilities as implementation nears

A major industry supplier has reminded estate and letting agents that they have to check their responsibilities and systems ahead of...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

easyProperty to sponsor three Channel 4 property shows from New Year

easyProperty is to sponsor some of the most iconic property programmes on TV from January 1. It will sponsor Sun, Sea, and...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London: prices down 25% and sellers outnumber buyers 10-to-1

One of prime London’s most senior estate agents says stamp duty is “strangling the residential property market” in areas of the...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Senior Tory wants 50% of new London homes reserved for Britons

Chris Philp, a Conservative MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chancellor Phillip Hammond, says 50 per cent of new homes in...

18 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

New software helps agents list unsold properties on short-let sites

The short let management company Lavanda - backed by Harry Hill, former chief of Rightmove and Countrywide - has launched software...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency predicts 3% London price drop as affordability worry kicks in

The investment service arm of international ratings agency Moody's is warning that affordability issues are likely to lead to a slowdown...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reports largest monthly asking price fall for five years

Rightmove is warning that the asking price of property coming to market has fallen by 2.6 per cent in the past...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New website allows agents to sell properties via online auctions

It’s been a trend developing in the past few months - estate agents increasingly flirting with the idea of selling homes...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Do we need to maintain professional relationships anymore?

Property has always been an industry built on a foundation of personal relationships. Deals made, promotions gained, clients won, portfolios grown;...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

High-end international agency aims to resume London operations

John Taylor, a high-end international estate agency which until earlier this year had a presence in London, says it intends to...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Sales activity reached 2017 peak early in the year, NAEA admits

A survey of the housing market in 2017 from the National Association of Estate Agents suggests much of the busiest activity...

05 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

Foxtons says buyers take eight minutes to decide to purchase

Foxtons says it takes just eight minutes for a purchaser to know whether they will go ahead with buying a home.  The...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for new-build buyers to retain 2.5% of price 'to improve quality'

The consumer group HomeOnwers’ Alliance says buyers of new build homes should be able to retain 2.5 per cent of the...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

First sale completes under new Conveyancers Code for Completion

The first residential transaction has taken place under the so-called Conveyancer’s Code for Completion - a new procedure in which the...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Online agent deposit/conveyancer scheme claims 100% completion rate

Online agency Settled is introducing a deposit scheme which it claims will assist sellers and buyers reach completion faster - and...

29 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

London house prices reach a record 14.5 times average earnings

Data from Hometrack shows that the gap between average earnings and house prices has reached an all-time high in London.  The price...

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

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

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