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KEYWORD "Chains" - 85 RESULTS
Agents ‘hide how long it takes to sell homes’ claims quick-buy firm

A quick-buy firm that buys homes at around 85 per cent of market value claims the industry is concealing how slow...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The good, the bad and the future of property chain communication

Thinking about the state of communication across residential property chains is enough to induce a severe migraine. We work in a world...

20 March 2019

From: Features

Another online agency in trouble and blames Brexit for redundancies

Nested, an innovative online agency that offers vendors a form of guaranteed sale, has laid off 20 per cent of its workforce...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How can independent agents become true ‘local property experts’?

The end of 2018 was a bit of a rocky time for online estate agents. Yet only a few years ago...

13 March 2019

From: Features

Agent shuts business and rips into 'lying sellers and lazy solicitors'

Maverick Cornish estate agent Chris Wood has quit the industry with a stinging attack on those who have “taken their toll”...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Data unbound – how the rise of public data will redefine property

The proliferation of big data is paving the way to improving our economy on almost every front as entrepreneurial digital companies...

09 March 2019

From: Features

Agent avoids fall-throughs by making sellers and buyers shake hands on deals

A London estate agent says his system of ‘moral agreements’ between sellers and buyers prevents chains collapsing and means his company has...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock fall-through figures show almost 50% of sales collapsing

Almost half of all house sales in England and Wales fell through before completion in the final quarter of 2018, according...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

When renting a property out, letting agents and landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant...

15 December 2018

From: Features

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

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

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

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

Another OnTheMarket signing - now it's a regional agency and auction firm

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that it’s signed up the north east of England regional agency Pattinson, which has 27 branches...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Independent agents try to woo developers with PX collaboration

The Land & New Homes Network has announced a part exchange and assisted move collaboration with Relocation Agent Network in a...

20 September 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

Reapit claims new tool helps traditional agents compete with onliners

Reapit has teamed up with a new tool called mio, which is promising “a smarter way to manage the home buying...

23 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

Agency boss tells redundant shop workers they should 'join us'

The managing director of independent agency network Spicerhaart says shop workers who are unemployed because of the latest round of retail...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Major online agencies unaffected by Supreme Court ruling

Major online agencies appear to be unaffected by yesterday’s Supreme Court decision over workers' rights in the so-called 'gig economy'.  Yesterday’s case concerned...

14 June 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

High street agents come out fighting against online threat

Two high street estate agents have used the medium of the local press to come out fighting against the threat of...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The future for Countrywide - Paul Creffield interview

The rise and fall - and perhaps rise again - of Countrywide has been of enduring interest to the agency industry...

12 May 2018

From: Features

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

Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark What is Landmark...

03 May 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Property Natter: agents bucking the high street downturn

Maplin, Toys R Us, Carpetright, Warren Evans – what do they have in common? All are well-known high street chains that...

21 April 2018

From: Features

Another regional agency chain rejoins ZPG, stays on Rightmove and OTM

Manning Stainton, one of the major estate agency chains operating across North Yorkshire, is to return to listing on ZPG. It will...

18 April 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

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

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

During industry change, service still matters most

Estate agents are facing the biggest industry changes seen in decades. The rise of online and hybrid agents alongside more traditional...

06 January 2018

From: Features

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

Firm’s record month in increasingly-competitive auction market

Auction House says it sold more properties in October than during any other month in the company’s 10 year history. The firm...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: here’s why crowdfunding is the future

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

28 October 2017

From: Features

£36m investment for agency that offers a guaranteed sale price

Innovative London agency Nested has raised an additional £36m in funding - brining the total behind the company to almost £50m. Nested,...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Traditional agents blame onliners for chain delays and fall-throughs

There is growing concern that online agents who do not chase-up on behalf of clients are leading to delays and fall-throughs...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency chief condemns Theresa May's housing disaster

First time buyers have finances stretched beyond their means, buy to let is attracting fewer investors because of taxes, and affordability...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

How independent agents use SEO to take on national brands

How many property professionals are truly happy with their revenue? High levels of competition from new market entrants is a significant...

08 July 2017

From: Features

The nine week wait: sales fall through because of slow searches

Estate agents are angry over delays in processing land searches by a local authority in the south west. The average land search time...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Chain management tool helping agents to deal with onliners

An estate agent claims that chain management tool View My Chain has helped his firm to deal with chains involving online...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Great expectations can be a dickens of a problem

Great Expectations was a fantastic novel-cum-social-history written by Charles Dickens, who once lived in my adopted home city of Portsmouth. But these...

17 June 2017

From: Features

Sales progression tool claims to identify chain bottlenecks

A sales progression tool claims to have analysed how long it takes to expedite sales chains of different lengths, and to...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Disrupter' agent says English sales system less efficient than Scotland

A ‘disrupter’ estate agent says the English housing market operates in a way that is far less efficient than Scotland’s -...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing: Market problems relate to flawed system, not staff

The publication of our Strategic Plan, ‘Building the framework for the future’, met with an anticipated degree of positive and not-so-positive...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Multi-million investment for agency giving 'guaranteed price' to sellers

Nested, the chain-breaking estate agency that offers vendors a guaranteed sale of their property within 90 days, has secured a new...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Only 14 complaints about 'quick sale' buying firms in two years, says TPO

There were only 14 complaints to The Property Ombudsman about so-called 'quick sale' firms - the professional buying companies that purchase...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents now able to create chains on conveyancing portal

A conveyancing portal has announced the release of new functionality which allows estate agents to create chains in its system. The 'Estate...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

This is the year when agents’ conveyancing problems should be addressed

They say you can prove anything with statistics, and 115% of the time I suspect they’re right – that was an...

21 January 2017

From: Features

Instruct agents with largest local share, advises consumer group

Sellers should try to instruct estate agents with the largest local share of the market, even if that means ignoring well-known...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Invisible juggling – estate agents’ impressive skill

As circus performers, most estate agents would fail. Some of you might find that difficult to comprehend. After all, many uninformed members...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Fund-raising website set up in memory of Andrew Grant

Hunters has set up a fund-raising site in honour of Andrew Grant (pictured centre), its commercial and operations director and a...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Turning broken sales and chains into completions

As with finance broking, there can be many frustrations that come with being an estate agent – I perhaps don’t need...

30 September 2016

From: Features

Three months on – which way is the Brexit wind blowing?

Those working within the UK housing market would have felt considerable worry about the immediate impact of the vote to leave...

23 September 2016

From: Features

High-profile agent quits to run service for online and traditional agencies

Ed Mead, one of the most high profile estate agents in the industry, is leaving London agency Douglas and Gordon to...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide starts merging and rebranding its agencies

Countrywide has started the formal process of merging and rebranding some of its existing local chains, beginning with London.  John D Wood...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing portal claims agents can check progress of chains

A conveyancing portal claims it allows estate agents and other parties access to a property transaction to see conveyancing progress across...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Firm urges agents to short-let homes that are sticking on the sales market

A firm says it wants to help agents and sellers frustrated by a stagnating housing market to short-let homes using controversial...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Hunters reports strong start to 2016 with big jump in lettings income

One of the UK's largest estate agency chains has issued its latest trading update, reporting a strong start to the year. Hunters,...

02 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Working to combat conveyancing fraud

Fraudsters attacking the conveyancing sector, successfully stealing large sums of money from homebuyers, are making national headlines at a depressing rate....

27 May 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Agency chief says sellers need to be more realistic with their asking prices

The head of one of the country's largest estate agency chains has urged sellers to be more realistic with the asking...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

High-end estate agency calls for more dedicated retirement housing

A high end estate agency is calling for “a dramatic increase” in purpose-built retirement housing for older people.  Knight Frank says around...

04 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty deadline: warning of major problems and extra costs for buyers

A top consultancy firm is warning that the stamp duty surcharge coming into effect at the end of this week may lead...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Knowing too much about property can be a disadvantage

Public relations used to be a minor part of estate agency, something only ‘the big boys’ paid for and with little...

30 January 2016

From: Features

Agents must make residential vendors aware of stamp duty changes

Predicting ho­­w the housing market might play out over the next few months is incredibly difficult. There are a significant number...

30 January 2016

From: Features

Conveyancers and agents: Let's not shy away from complaints

To those working within the conveyancing sector, the recent statistics from the Legal Ombudsman regarding complaints are perhaps not surprising.  In our...

30 January 2016

From: Features

Maybe agents shouldn't close down for Christmas at all...

The week before Christmas last year was the busiest week for housing completions at any time in 2012, 2013 and 2014...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Bill McClintock, The Property Ombudsman Scheme

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

18 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

C'mon CHAPS, don't be Faized!

Earlier this week removal man Matt Faizey had an article published by Estate Agent Today in which he commented about the...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Far fewer sellers hampered by chains, says new Countrywide research

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

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Central London agent in dispute with OnTheMarket over fees, leads, visits

A central London estate agent is in dispute with OnTheMarket over its leads, number of agencies on board, and visits from...

29 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2015

From: Features

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

A chain view that works, don’t make me laugh!

The internet has changed the way that most businesses operate. In many cases, the opportunities opened up by the emergence of...

04 September 2015

From: Features

Major agency revamps boards, offices and online platforms

One of the country largest agency chains, Connells, has unveiled an updated logo and boards, along with plans to modernise its offices...

02 September 2015

From: Breaking News

It’s time to put something back into the community, says agency owner

An independent estate agent based in Leicestershire has urged agents to play a more active and altruistic role in their community. William...

26 August 2015

From: Breaking News

So what will house prices do this autumn?

Agents across the country, hopefully refreshed by a nice holiday somewhere warm, will be gearing up for the phones to start...

14 August 2015

From: Features

Agency chains report strongest July sales since 2007

LSL Property Services, owner of Reeds Rains and Your Move amongst other high street chains, says last month’s sales market was the...

13 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Delayed Exchanges – Why are they increasing?

A number of my member firms (Bold Legal Group) have reported that, compared to three years ago, the time to get...

17 July 2015

From: Features

High-end agency expands territory by snapping up independent

The march of the high-end national agency chains continues with news that Strutt & Parker has snapped up the two-office Buckinghamshire...

06 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

Sales fall through because of search delays, say agents

Estate agents in Wiltshire say chains are breaking and sales collapsing because of the length of time it takes the county...

25 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Dramatic fall in sales, estate agency's data shows

Average house price growth is slowing and is now just a third of what it was this time last year according...

12 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Investors 'one third of prime London buyers' says agency

Investors now account for almost a third of buyers in prime central London according to one of the capital’s largest chains,...

30 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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