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KEYWORD "Chains" - 100 RESULTS
How technology can create more certainty amidst the chaos of chain breaks

The ripple effect of a property sale that falls through is, without exception, one of the most frustrating and disappointing events...

20 March 2024

From: Features

Barratt seals £2.5bn takeover of Redrow

The UK’s largest housebuilder has agreed a deal to acquire its rival Redrow. The £2.5bn deal, backed by both company boards, would...

08 February 2024

From: Breaking News

UK should follow Norway to speed-up property sales - claim

UK property professionals should look to Norway when assessing how to improve the home buying process, a housing minister has claimed. Speaking...

07 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Property chains 'harder to fix' as 35% of sales collapsed last year - research

More than a third of property sales fell through last year, with buyers to blame in most cases. A survey by QuickMoveNow...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rightmove predicts 1% asking price drop in 2024

Rightmove is anticipating a 1% average drop in national asking prices by the end of next year. The latest forecasts from the...

04 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Owners and Landlords pay dearly for Sunak’s eco U-turn - claim

The government should reverse some of its latest energy efficiency policies so owners, landlords and tenants can enjoy cheaper fuel bills The...

25 October 2023

From: Breaking News

In an uncertain property market, new homes sales are relatively successful

After a steady increase in mortgage rates, concerns about house prices have been rising too. The Financial Times reported in mid...

21 October 2023

From: Features

Could stricter regulation mean higher fees? A marketer explains….

I'll start with a confession. I am not an estate agent - I'm a marketer. But since I joined the industry...

09 September 2023

From: Features

New build sales stronger than rest of market - agency’s bold claim

An estate agency with a major new homes department claims new build sales are proving more resilient than the mainstream market. Leaders...

14 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Levelling up: how a quality CRM provider helps your agency grow

Success with your chosen CRM solution should not be a one-and-done package. Once you team up with a stellar CRM provider,...

17 July 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Agents warn of “pain to come” after shock of biggest price fall for 12 years

House prices are falling at their fastest rate in 12 years, dropping £7,500 on average over the past 12 months, according...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer - Nurture, Not Nature, Will Help Agents In This Market

It’s the start of what promises - perhaps ‘threatens’ is a better word - to be a challenging second half of...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Education changes mindsets to the power of upfront material information

Fortune favours the brave, as the saying goes. So, when you consider how upfront material information can and does make the...

01 July 2023

From: Features

Building safety laws set to delay home moves – claim

The Building Safety Act will cause further delays to the home moving process, a senior industry executive has warned. Rob Hailstone, chief...

18 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Lender calls for green Stamp Duty rebate

A senior banking figure has called for Stamp Duty rebates on property purchases to help create greener homes as research shows...

09 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Rising numbers of sales collapsing at last minute - claim

Sellers are being urged to be upfront about property issues and consider lower offers from better buyers as increasing numbers of...

01 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Some top tips for saving for a deposit

Some top tips for saving for a deposit If you’re a first-time buyer - or even if you’re taking the next step...

21 January 2023

From: Features

Agents urged to ‘trim the fat’ but keep marketing in the New Year

Hatched founder Adam Day has drawn on his experiences of running the online agent during the 2008 financial crisis to advise...

30 December 2022

From: Breaking News

When the going gets tough, focus on your leaky bucket

As economic signs increasingly point to a contraction in the property market, competition for new business will inevitably heat up. But...

03 December 2022

From: Features

Broker partners with ViewMyChain to boost sales process transparency

The Mortgage Advice Bureau has partnered with property sales progression software provider ViewMyChain to give brokers more transparency during the transaction...

18 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Fall-throughs doubled last month and could rise further - claim

Fall-throughs doubled in the first two weeks of October compared with a month before, analysis claims. Chain-breaking service UPSTIX, which conducted the...

14 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Property sector calls for targeted stamp duty cuts

Agents and other property professionals have, perhaps unsurprisingly, reacted positively to rumours of a Stamp Duty cut. Prime Minister Liz Truss and...

22 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Household bill support may bring long-term pain to property market - warning

Prime London discounts are widening and tempting buyers but there are longer term economic risks that could hit the property market,...

14 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Property industry prepares for completion delays amid Queen’s funeral

Property professionals have been pondering the impact of the sudden Bank Holiday scheduled next Monday for the Queen’s state funeral. It creates...

13 September 2022

From: Breaking News

The Do’s & Don’ts When Downsizing

Empty nesters may be considering downsizing their home this September as their children set off to university, whilst other downsizers are...

05 September 2022

From: Marketing & Social Media

Fast buy firm ready to rollout chain fixing service for agents

Quick buy firm UPSTIX is planning to rollout its chain break service across the market after a successful trial with estate...

30 August 2022

From: Breaking News

The big question on everyone’s lips right now…are we actually heading for a crash?

As uncertainty continues to prevail across the industry, aided by a government in crisis, the challenges in the months ahead feel...

29 July 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Tech and innovation can help tackle the challenges conveyancing faces

The current challenges facing the conveyancing sector have put the industry in the spotlight. Here, property expert Colum Smith, Chief Vision...

16 July 2022

From: Features

Property Natter - why conveyancers should charge more for a better service

The ongoing debate about how to boost agent and conveyancer relations, and improve the homebuying system for all, continues to rage,...

02 July 2022

From: Features

Property Natter - do agents need to worry about the metaverse?

Between you and me, dear reader, I had little to no idea about what the metaverse was before researching it for...

18 June 2022

From: Features

Phil Spencer – why sales-only agencies should get into lettings

There’s one message that’s come home to me loud and clear from my dealings with agents so far this year -...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

NI agent offers short-term accommodation to reduce fall-throughs

A County Down-based estate agent has acquired a local rival and launched a new “stop-gap” accommodation service for buyers and sellers...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Buyers urged to get moving on a mortgage as rates hit 13-year high

Buyers are being urged to act now to secure decent mortgage pricing as interest rates hit a 13-year high yesterday. The Bank...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency stock shortage 'slowly easing' - Zoopla

The property supply shortage may be easing but Zoopla has warned it will still take some time for stock to be...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Cost of living crunch is hitting lower end of the prime market - Savills

A third of first-time buyers have had to reduce their budgets as a result of recent interest rate hikes and the...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Fast sale firm launches tool to help agents fix broken chains

A ‘quick buy’ service launched by veteran proptech innovator Giles Mackay is now looking to help fix broken chains. UPSTIX, which launched...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Record numbers of homes are being purchased chain-free

Record numbers of buyers are now purchasing homes chain-free research suggests. Analysis by Hamptons has found that an increase in the share...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: agency with a new concept and terrific fundraising

As regular readers will know, I like to use this column to shout out about the independent agents who are the...

12 March 2022

From: Features

Double-digit annual house price growth now in seven UK regions

The market boom goes on, for now at least. In February, house prices rose at their fastest since June 2007 according to...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Predictions 2022 - an interview with Simon Shinerock

Peta Milne, founder of Instagram growth and PR service Monimo, and a content writer at Choices Estate Agents, recently sat down...

05 March 2022

From: Features

Government may seize homes of key Russians without compensation

The government is considering seizing British property owned by Russian oligarchs on the sanctions list without paying compensation. The Financial Times says Housing...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

No chains mean fast sales - but hefty premiums too

Properties selling without a chain not only sell more quickly, as one might expect, but also appear to attract a substantial...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents back stamp duty incentives to drive energy efficiency

Propertymark has backed a call for stamp duty incentives to be introduced to drive forward domestic energy efficiency. The trade body’s policy...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Fall throughs kill off one-in-five transactions - claim

Fall throughs remain a significant problem with transaction collapses costing buyers and sellers a wasted £880m in 2021 according to new...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty rebates for buyers of homes with good EPCs - call

A stamp duty cut would provide a long-term to improve energy efficiency on homes, the Chancellor has been told by an...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the premium buyers pay for chain-free properties

Buyers typically pay 10.8 per cent extra for chain-free properties than for similar homes with chains, according to new research. Website GetAgent...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Get ready: Blockchain is coming to a property transaction near you

Imagine a world where you, as an agent, could focus on what you do best. Building and managing relationships, showing properties,...

19 January 2022

From: Features

Supply shortage to go on as planning stifles house building goals

Planning delays, labour shortages and the surging price of building materials are combining to sharply cut the number of new homes...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing IT crash exposes weaknesses in transaction process

EAT readers may have seen a piece in Friday’s property section of The Times about the long-running Simplify saga, which has...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

The presents agents need for Christmas to improve their business in 2022

With 2022 swiftly approaching, businesses in the property industry are likely to be reflecting on the trials and tribulations that have...

04 December 2021

From: Features

Be open to new ideas to stop fall-throughs, agents urged

Agents are being urged to be more open to new methods of stopping deals falling through. HBB Solutions - a part exchange...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Challenges facing the housing market in 2022

It’s been a busy and arguably fruitful year for the property market, with an eager consumer base pushing forwards with their...

17 November 2021

From: Features

Phil Spencer: This is why agents should Go Green

The push for greater sustainability, energy efficiency and generally being ‘green’ has existed in the agency world for several years -...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing Crash: Mystery surrounds how and why it's ongoing

Conveyancing firms in the Simplify Group, hit by a massive systems crash for much of this week, say they are working...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

How affordable is it to buy a new-build house?

Affordability has always been a hot topic when it comes to the property market, and this is doubly true for first-time...

22 September 2021

From: Features

How to minimise pandemic disruption in your estate agency

Last month it was reported that up to 500,000 people had been ‘pinged’ by the NHS in a week. While the...

18 August 2021

From: Features

PropTech Today - how can tech deliver a better sales process for all?

My neighbour had been seeking to move home for some time. Suggestions that he wanted to get away from his neighbours...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Deals collapse because of confusion over stamp duty changes

Propertymark says confusion over new stamp duty rules has led to a surge in fall-throughs. Since April 1 homes bought in England...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

We could see more chains breaking down – why agents need a plan B

By any measure, the housing market has been unprecedently busy in recent months, fuelled not just by the stamp duty holiday...

03 July 2021

From: Features

Crazy times, hazy memories - looking back at more than 35 years in the industry

There are just three working days until the end of the stamp duty holiday for most buyers. That’s not even enough time...

26 June 2021

From: Features

Prepare for surge in stamp duty sales collapsing - warning

Agents should prepare for a surge in fall throughs and collapsed sales thanks to the first stamp duty holiday period expiring...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Chris Hodgkinson, Managing Director at HBB Solutions

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Well I rarely use them now! Chris Hodgkinson, Managing Director What...

16 June 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Revealed: how digital innovation is transforming estate agency

The growth of the internet and technology has transformed virtually every aspect of our lives, including how we approach the property...

05 June 2021

From: Features

Change is coming – how can we improve the homebuying process?

With property transactions taking longer than ever and many people operating at capacity, it is easy to overlook the progress made,...

28 April 2021

From: Features

Surveyors launch Home Review concept to cut fall-throughs

A surveyors group has launched a new ‘Home Review’ service which it claims will identify structural problems which create an immediate...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency says it will buy vendors' properties from them

Emoov’s new 'guaranteed offer' service means fall-thoughs and chain-related delays are effectively eliminated, the agency claims. Emoov - now owned by a firm...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday: how to keep your chain intact

Following the fluctuation of the property market during the UK’s first national lockdown, the industry was given a lifeline by the...

13 March 2021

From: Features

Lawyers demand stamp duty action to stop dream homes being lost

The Law Society for England and Wales says it wants action now to prevent tens of thousands of  transactions collapsing at...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Exchanging during lockdown – How to progress your pipeline

We are now over four weeks in to our third national lockdown in the UK. Although the property market remains open,...

03 February 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty Debate As It Happened - What MPs Said

Labour and Conservative MPs have expressed a unanimous view on their desire to see an extension of the stamp duty holiday...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Why 2021 is the year agents should move away from being technologists

Technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years, undoubtedly improving many parts of the moving process for both estate...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Zoopla reveals multi-million-pound revolutionary changes

Zoopla has revealed a multi-million-pound programme of future developments which have taken 18 months to finalise. Chief executive Charlie Bryant has told...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Top portal is latest to urge stamp duty holiday extension

Zoopla's latest figures suggest 70,000 transactions are likely to miss the stamp duty holiday deadline of March 31.  And the portal says: “The...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Here we go again! What does lockdown 3 mean for the market?

Well, what a start to 2021! None of us thought things would change as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s...

23 January 2021

From: Features

In Conversation Today – Q&A with the man behind a 2020 success story

By any available metric, Belvoir had a good 2020. Already a well-known and well-established name, it was highly praised for its...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech provider claims “most comprehensive report” on any property

A PropTech firm claims its new interactive property reports are “the most comprehensive on any UK property” and reduce the need...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Price growth slows as supply and demand start to fall into line

The average UK house price is now a record £253,374 according to the Halifax - but the rate of growth is...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty increase - could it happen across the UK?

The shock and almost immediate increase in stamp duty on additional homes in Wales has prompted one question in the industry...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents demand immediate tax action to help market

NAEA Propertymark has written to the Scottish Government demanding it extend the current Land and Buildings Transaction Tax holiday - the...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

If you want a stamp duty holiday extension, sign here…

A petition has been launched demanding a stamp duty holiday extension. The online petition is the idea of Jonathan Steel - a layperson...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Change what you’re doing to complete sales before March 31

‘Many are in complete denial about the time it takes and still think it’s eight to 10 weeks.’ I won’t tell you...

05 December 2020

From: Features

Agents can do more to speed up transactions by adopting technology

Recent debate about urgent need for reform and better collaboration within the property industry, has once again come under the spotlight...

04 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Can mortgage offers be withdrawn between exchange and completion?

An alarming story has appeared in the mortgage trade press, highlighting an apparent pitfall in the house buying process that has...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin wins backing of ‘anti-Purplebricks’ industry guru

One of the highest profile figures in the agency industry - and a past critic of Purplebricks - has come out as a vociferous...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Money in the bank – how can agents insulate their pipelines?

You probably don’t have to listen closely to hear estate agents across the country starting to cheer. It’s been a big...

25 November 2020

From: Features

PropTech link-up aims to speed up transaction times

Two prominent suppliers have teamed up to offer customers instant visibility of chain lengths, details of agents connected to properties being...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agents and bucketshop conveyancers ‘causing transaction delays’

One of the country’s top buying agents is advising purchasers and vendors to avoid online agencies and 'bucketshop' conveyancers. Edward Heaton - founder...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents wanted to work with high-funded quick buy company

A relaunched home buying service says it wants to partner with agents to unlock sales if the housing market deteriorates. The service...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings 2.0 - technology alone isn’t the answer

The UK lettings market is no stranger to technology. But only a few of the early initiatives have remained, and landlords...

07 November 2020

From: Features

The small things agents can do to reduce consumer stress

Purplebricks recently launched a meditation service to help buyers and sellers manage stress. You might disagree with the idea, but moving...

04 November 2020

From: Features

Fears grow over lockdown impact on transactions

The national lockdown beginning on Thursday makes the case for an extension to the stamp duty holiday, according to a tax...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Conveyancing - don't battle what you can't control

We can all agree that the recovery of the property market since May has been outstanding. The latest data from Zoopla...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin names another 10 founding member independent agencies

Boomin, the still-to-launch portal created by the founders of Purplebricks, has named another 10 founding member agencies. Like the initial 10 they...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Top Ten! Boomin portal reveals high profile founding agencies

The new Boomin portal being launched shortly has named 10 high profile agency chains as founding members. The 10 give the new portal...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents handling private treaty sales accused of being behind the times

A quick buy firm which typically purchases homes from sellers at below market levels has accused estate agents and the private...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Can iBuyer technology repair chains and reduce fall-throughs?

Ahead of the launch of a new iBuyer platform later this year, agents are being invited to attend two webinars hosted...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A third of home buyers denied a mortgage, new survey reveals

The scale of the problems facing many prospective buyers has been set out in a survey showing as many as one-third...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Insight - what’s really going on in the property market?

If you’re in any way connected to estate agency all it takes is a quick glance at Facebook or LinkedIn to...

12 September 2020

From: Features

Top agency group “increasingly optimistic” about market despite Covid

The chairman of LSL Property Services - Simon Embley - says he is “increasingly optimistic” about the outlook for the market,...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Streamlined completions promised by latest PropTech platform

Another new PropTech platform claims it can streamline the completion process - this time by coordinating the work of estate agents...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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