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KEYWORD "CMA" - 103 RESULTS
Four agencies acted illegally in fee price cartel, says watchdog

The Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found that four agencies broke competition law by taking part in a price fixing...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

CMA launches investigation into sale of leasehold properties

The Competition and Markets Authority has formally launched an investigation into the sale of leasehold properties - including possible mis-selling. This follows...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Punish rip-off culprits’ - CMA urged to be aggressive on leasehold abuse

A firm supporting leaseholders across the UK says the ongoing Competition and Markets Authority probe should “punish” what it calls “rip off...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Commonhold in action – one small builder’s attempts to change the system

So far in our contribution to the campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold we have outlined the stories of some of...

18 May 2019

From: Features

Agents welcome CMA probe into 'mis-selling' of leasehold properties

The National Association of Estate Agents has welcomed the commitment by the Competition and Markets Authority to investigate the mis-selling of...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Proceedings against ‘fees cartel’ agent dropped after he accepts disqualification

Proceedings against an estate agent at the centre of a fees cartel case have been dropped following his agreement not to stand as...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents back call for CMA probe into possible leasehold ‘mis-selling’

The leasehold system has created many unsellable and unmortgageable homes and should change, MPs say. The all-party Housing, Communities and Local Government...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

CMA wants two ‘cartel’ agency directors disqualified

The Competition and Markets Authority has this afternoon taken the latest step in the lengthy case of an estate agency cartel. This revolves...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency warns: high house prices and housing shortage hurting business

Strutt & Parker says the housing crisis - in the shape of too few homes and their stubbornly high prices -...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Cartels and anti-money laundering take centre stage at NAEA event

The government policies and enforcement plans for anti-money laundering measures are set to take centre stage at next month’s annual conference...

22 January 2019

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

Huge cash reward for estate agents who blow the whistle on price-fixing

The Competition and Markets Authority is stepping up its campaign to identify and prosecute companies behind cartels - and it’s offering...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

A new scandal? Investigation into estate agents likely to report in New Year

The Competitions and Markets Authority says the result of its latest probe into estate agencies’ possible infringement of the Competition Act...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity: let us know what you are planning for Autumn...

As our minds turn to autumn, here’s a reminder that Estate Agent Today is on hand to help with your agency’s...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' fees cartel : investigation blows the lid on how it was planned

A disciplinary investigation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has blown the lid on the infamous fee-fixing cartel scandal involving estate...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - on foot, by raffle and caked in mud

As we move towards another Bank Holiday Weekend, there is no shortage of phenomenal fundraising efforts from those in our industry.  If...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency directors are disqualified over cartels scandal

Two estate agency directors have been disqualified over a cartel scandal which resulted in five agencies being fined over £370,000 for...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

CMA urges people to report unfair cartels that cheat customers

The Competition and Markets Authority, which is believed to be actively investigating estate agents’ alleged infringement of the Competitions Act, is...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Six months before CMA update on agents' alleged Competitions Act breach

It is thought likely that there will be no new update on the investigation into agents’ alleged infringement of the Competitions...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Competition and Markets Authority opens investigation into estate agencies

The Competitions and Markets Authority is investigating a suspect infringement of the Competition Act 1998 by estate agents. Few details have been...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Fee-fixing: CMA sets out what agencies can and cannot do and say

The Competition and Markets Authority has set out precisely what agents and other companies can and cannot do in the event...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Homes that sell do so quicker than in 2012, says Rightmove

The housing market may appear sluggish at best in many areas but data from Rightmove suggests it’s now quicker to sell...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Warning: Don’t fall foul of competition rules after CMA fines

The decision by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to fine five estate agents for engaging in a price fixing cartel has...

07 October 2017

From: Features

'Cartels Hotline' launched on back of disgraced agencies' case

The Competition and Markets Authority - which yesterday released details of an infamous cartel case involving estate agencies - has now...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

CMA releases details of estate agents' cartel scheme

The Competition and Markets Authority has for the first time published details of the findings against a group of six estate...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

When a tenant failed to pay any rent after the first month his tenancy last year, the landlord did not expect...

26 August 2017

From: Features

CMA reveals details of go-ahead for ZPG/Expert Agent merger

The Competition and Markets Authority has released the full wording on its decision to give the go-ahead to ZPG’s acquisition of Expert...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Regulators call for conveyancing to become more competitive, transparent

The Competition and Markets Authority has released a set of recommendations on how conveyancing, and other legal services, could be made...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Expert Agent 'relieved' ZPG acquisition uncertainty is over

Expert Agent says it is pleased the uncertainty surrounding its takeover had ended but suggests the Competition and Markets Authority’s announcement...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Competition authority clears ZPG acquisition of Expert Agent

ZPG, owner of digital platforms including Zoopla, uSwitch, PrimeLocation, Hometrack and Property Software Group, has been cleared by the Competition and...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Baby boomers bemoan lack of suitable downsizing properties

A research report compiled by Strutt & Parker in partnership with Octopus Healthcare has revealed what the baby boomer generation expects...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing industry reacts to shock general election result

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

10 June 2017

From: Features

CMA releases details of ZPG/Expert Agent enforcement order

The Competitions and Markets Authority has released more details of its ‘calling-in’ of the acquisition of Expert Agent by Zoopla Property...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG's acquisition of Expert Agent called in by Competition and Markets Authority

The Competitions and Markets Authority is reviewing the acquisition of Expert Agent by ZPG, parent company of Zoopla and PrimeLocation. A statement...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Competition and Markets Authority to review new-build warranties

The Competition and Markets Authority is to review the operation of new home structural warranties issued by the National House Building...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

4 Reasons Why Virtual Furnishing Really Is The Future

It seems prop-tech is exploding at a scary rate, and the latest brands are all trying to grab our attention by...

17 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Why estate agents need to take compliance seriously

Some big news in the agency world last week won’t have escaped the attention of many in the industry. Last Thursday news...

14 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Agent fined by CMA says responsible partner 'acted alone'

One of the four estate agents fined by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for price-fixing has spoken about the details...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents operating in cartels: CMA promises more action if required

The Competition and Markets Authority has now fined agents over £1m in two landmark cases concerning price-fixing - and it says...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Four estate agents pay £370,000 after admitting price-fixing

Four Somerset estate agents have agreed to pay fines totalling over £370,000 to the Competition and Markets Authority, after admitting illegal price-fixing.   The...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Guarantee blue skies! Bad weather doesn’t mean bad photos when you use Doctor Photo

Annoying isn’t it. You take on a stunning property, agree a compelling asking price and your Vendor is desperate to get the...

02 February 2017

From: Sponsored Content

What next for property in 2017?

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

17 December 2016

From: Features

CMA to make conveyancers publish home-moving charges online

Conveyancers are to be told to publish the charges for their house-moving services in a bid to help consumers and to...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

How to spot fake estate agent reviews

2016 has undoubtedly shone a spotlight on the reviews industry and drawn into question the legitimacy of online customer reviews.  Amazon, amongst...

03 December 2016

From: Features

RICS is latest body to warn agents on dangers of portal juggling

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is the latest body within the industry to warn its members against portal juggling. Following statements...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 November 2016

From: Features

Brexit uncertainty will slow market activity across UK says agency

The latest forecast for the housing market in 2017 and beyond includes a warning that Brexit uncertainty will create a slowdown...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

How can agents manage negative feedback left on review sites?

Online reviews play an increasingly vital role in shaping the decisions of customers. Practically everyone using the internet to compare estate...

22 October 2016

From: Features

How can Agents survive in an increasingly competitive market?

The key lies in improving your customer experience through technology For Agents, the tremendous growth in online estate agents highlights a strong...

13 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Land Registry privatisation delayed - or possibly abandoned?

The government is reported to have yet again delayed a decision on whether to privatise the Land Registry. The Financial Times says...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Win new vendors by advertising internationally

What is Properstar? Properstar helps UK estate agents cross the chasm from local to global in respect of advertising their properties. Using...

16 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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Paying too much every month for your website? Move your website to us and we guarantee to halve your monthly bill I want...

16 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Surveyors are latest to come out against Land Registry privatisation

The Residential Property Surveyors Association is the latest of many trade bodies to come out against government proposals to privatise the...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket to pay £1m into court in key 'one other portal' test case

It has been revealed this morning that OnTheMarket has been ordered to pay £1m into court - three quarters of it...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

CMA says agents' cartel fine of £735,000 was comparatively small

A fine of £735,000 imposed on an association of estate and letting agents and a local newspaper publisher has been described...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

CMA repeats concern over 'monopoly' privatised Land Registry

The Competition and Markets Authority has reiterated controversial remarks about the government’s proposed privatisation of the Land Registry. Last month it surprised...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Land Registry privatisation consultation closes today

The government's consultation on the proposed privatisation of the Land Registry closes today. Interested parties have had since March 24 to give...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

CMA challenges government over Land Registry privatisation

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has challenged the government over its renewed attempt to privatise the Land Registry. Last week's Queen's...

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

CMA: compensation now possible after competition law breaches

The Competition and Markets Authority - which has been active in the estate agency industry since its inception in April 2014...

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

London mayoral election: A referendum on housing

The race to replace London Mayor Boris Johnson has entered its final few days, and like never before, housing is the...

29 April 2016

From: Features

Leaked emails from 2013 show agencies discussing portal options

Leaked emails dating from 2013 and seen this week by Estate Agent Today appear to show a number of estate agencies...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency quits OnTheMarket following CMA's collusion warning

A London agent says he has quit OnTheMarket and Agents’ Mutual as a result of the intervention of the Competitions and Markets...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket tally still over 6,500 if letters of intent are included

Beleaguered challenger portal OnTheMarket has recruited the 25-branch south of England agency Goadsby and says this takes its total of sales...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents' network asks CMA about role of NAEA on Agents' Mutual board

The Independent Network of Estate Agents has written to the Competition and Markets Authority, raising the issue of the NAEA’s managing...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Seven unanswered questions about the OTM/CMA affair

By accident or design, the PR machine at OnTheMarket was beefed up last week.  Just as well. With the portal still reeling...

23 April 2016

From: Features

OnTheMarket and CMA: agency director says portal choice was independent

One of the directors of Agents’ Mutual, parent body of portal OnTheMarket, has told Estate Agent Today that his firm does...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Competition and Markets Authority warns agents over portal choices

After over a year of speculation, the Competition and Markets Authority has stepped into the row over OnTheMarket and its ‘one...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

CMA publishes open letters warning against fake and misleading 'customer' reviews

The Competitions and Markets Authority has sent two open letters - one to online publishers and one to marketeers - warning...

06 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Watchdog orders company to stop writing fake customer reviews

The Competition and Markets Authority has ordered a company to stop writing fake reviews for small businesses and to try to...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency rating website to use auto-emails to gather more reviews

The raterAgent website is to use an automatic email generating service to encourage more reviews. raterAgent has teamed up with Reapit to...

18 February 2016

From: Breaking News

CMA opens investigation into unnamed review websites

The Competition and Markets Authority has updated its advice to all online review sites - including those for estate agencies and...

12 February 2016

From: Breaking News

New year. New look?

Let Mid West Displays get your window in shape! Never underestimate the power of high street presence. Image is everything, and what...

14 January 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Competitions authority to assess accuracy of review websites

The Competition and Markets Authority says one of its priorities for 2016-17 is to pursue a project analysing the accuracy and...

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - just three weeks from Christmas

There are just three weeks before Christmas (and a well-deserved break for agents).  But in the meantime there are plenty of opportunities...

04 December 2015

From: Breaking News

CMA spells out approach to cartels and anti-competitive practices

The Competitions and Markets Authority - which earlier this year fined an estate agency trade group £735,000 - has set out...

19 November 2015

From: Breaking News

High-end agency predicts strong five years for south and east of England

Strutt & Parker is early off the marks with its forecast for 2016 and beyond, predicting the strongest market growth in...

04 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Two more estate agency chains set up new homes consultancies

Two more agencies have set up new home divisions - a barometer of how they anticipate residential development becoming a bigger...

15 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents' fees: CMA and TPO collaborate on new guidance to agents

The Property Ombudsman and the Competition and Markets Authority have prepared a supplementary guidance note to help agents ensure compliance with the Competition Act.  The...

14 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 October 2015

From: Features

Alex Chesterman Q & A: The Results (Part II)

Readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were given an exclusive opportunity to pose questions to Zoopla Property Group...

16 September 2015

From: Features

Cartel query sent to Country Life publisher over OTM link

Time Inc, the owner and publisher of Country Life, has received a query from the founder of the Independent Network of...

02 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Competition & Markets Authority still monitoring portals

The Competition and Markets Authority says it is still monitoring the major property portals.  A statement to Estate Agent Today by the...

17 August 2015

From: Breaking News

CMA is watching estate agents, warns competition lawyer

The estate agency industry is “in the sights of” the Competitions and Markets Authority according to a competition lawyer. “All the evidence...

04 August 2015

From: Breaking News

CMA estate agents' fine a 'highlight of the year'

The fines issued by the Competition and Markets Authority on a local association of estate agents and three of its members...

23 July 2015

From: Breaking News

How to ride the digital wave legally and fairly

The internet and rapidly evolving digital landscape has revolutionised the way people buy and sell properties. With some reports suggesting 95 per...

03 July 2015

From: Features

Video round up 03.07.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video roundup of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on complaints lodged...

03 July 2015

From: Video Articles

Video round up 03.07.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video roundup of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on complaints lodged...

03 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Advertising fees row: Property Centre still awaits CMA contact

The property centre in the middle of the latest controversy surrounding the Competition and Markets Authority says it is still waiting...

01 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Centre referred to competitions watchdog over advertising of homes

The Competition and Markets Authority is reported to have received two complaints about a property centre, accusing it of breaking anti-competition...

30 June 2015

From: Breaking News

CMA tweets out warnings to agents over trade group rules

The Competition and Markets Authority has used Twitter to inform agents of the risks of joining trade assocaitons with loosely-worded or...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Video round up 05.06.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

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

05 June 2015

From: Video Articles

Video round up 05.06.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

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

05 June 2015

From: Breaking News

It's time for OTM to drop the exclusivity rule

Yesterday we heard about the letter from the CMA warning agents about anti-competitive behaviour. Today, in a scoop for Estate Agent...

04 June 2015

From: Features

NTSEAT to meet with CMA over OTM cartel complaints

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team (NTSEAT) is to meet with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to discuss complaints...

04 June 2015

From: Breaking News

It’s time to consign sole agencies to history

This publication recently reported on Russell Quirk's latest attempt to upset the establishment, this time by attacking the hallowed ground of...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Fee disclosure: Are you ready for an inspection?

Earlier this week we passed the official deadline for letting agents to fully publicise their fees as well as providing evidence of...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Oh no, not another complaint...

OK, you’ve had your fun. Now let’s leave the regulators regulate and work for the public. If you don’t know what I...

22 May 2015

From: Features

eMoov lodges CMA complaint about sole agency agreements

Online estate agency eMoov has lodged a complaint with the Competition and Markets Authority over high street agents’ implementation of sole...

21 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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