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Countrywide senior management in shock decision to quit the company

A statement this morning from Countrywide's board says both its executive chairman and its group managing director are leaving the company.  It...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide faces multiple risks if it doesn’t sell to Connells - claim

Connells has increased the temperature in its bid for Countrywide with a surprise statement this morning outlining risks run by Countrywide if...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin still booming: another 10 agency sign-ups

The soon-to-launch portal Boomin - set up by the people who founded Purplebricks- has signed another 10 independent agents. They are all...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Vaccine injects new life into housing market

Just when you thought the housing market was beginning to calm down... along comes a likely vaccine for Coronavirus. One of the country’s...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity … on Children In Need day…

Hello and welcome to your regular Friday charity round-up from the industry - appropriately enough on the day of the latest...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin signs online agency amongst 10 new founding members

Fledgling portal Boomin - launching later this month - has announced another 10 independent regional agencies as founder members. This includes its...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency chief criticises Trump and Farage over ‘victory’ claim

Hunters chairman and Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake has hit out at allegedly false claims made by Donald Trump and Nigel Farage. Trump’s...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New house survey launched by fledgling rival to RICS

A new survey has been launched by the Residential Property Surveyors Association. The RPSA - which wants to rival the RICS as...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough pay-back: Agency in talks with HMRC

Knight Frank is in talks with HM Revenue and Customs to return furlough money as a result of relatively strong trading, notwithstanding...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency stung by lockdown criticism reveals policy for next four weeks

An agency in London which was stung by fierce criticism in the spring lockdown has announced its policy for branch activity...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide meeting later this month to decide company fate

Countrywide is to hold a special general meeting on November 18 to consider its future ownership and structure. Last month Countrywide group...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty receipts up despite first time buyer exemption

Figures just released from HM Revenue & Customs show just how much stamp duty buyers pay, at least before the current holiday...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Does being Covid-safe at home artificially lift house prices?

A leading market analyst says the widespread belief that we are ‘safe’ in our homes may indirectly lead to the recent...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Market boom to carry on into 2021 as mortgage lending soars

The housing market boom looks set to continue for some months yet as mortgage approvals for home purchases hit their highest...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Fangs for all your good work…

It’s Halloween time, and while this year’s festivities may be muted there’s plenty to celebrate as far as agents’ good deeds...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

SDLT holiday could be tapered or restricted to first timers - top agent

One of Britain’s most respected agents is suggesting Chancellor Rishi Sunak could ‘taper’ the stamp duty holiday to avoid a cliff-edge...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide gets £90m lifeline and top management clear-out

The troubled Countrywide group has announced a £90m investment by Alchemy Partners, a private equity company that specialises in investing in...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown Plea: Let agents work in offices, not at home

One of the industry's senior agency leaders says it would be a mistake for agents to be stopped from working in...

21 October 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

Property Jobs Today - latest news on the movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to the start of a new week and a new edition of Property Jobs Today, your chance to...

19 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

Agency bought by hotel group pledging jobs growth

An estate agency in Lancashire has been taken over by a hotel group, which pledges to expand and create more jobs. Mikhail...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

From valuer in 2014 to chief executive in 2020 - new agency boss named

One of the country's largest group of independent agencies has named its new chief executive officer - and says it’s a...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

What next for UK side of US agency as chief exec quits?

Gary Keller is stepping down from his post as chief executive of the global Keller Williams estate agency empire. Although operating chiefly...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity … walking, in the mud, and with the Bulls

Hello again - the good news is it’s Friday and even better news is it’s Agents Do Charity, celebrating the industry’s great...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Crisis? What crisis? Mortgage lending hits 13 year high

Mortgage approvals for house purchases have soared to a 13 year high according to Bank of England figures up to the...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies, PropTech and furlough cash help Hunters recover

Franchise network Hunters has recorded strong figures for the first half of 2020 but a trading statement reveals the measures it...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal company wins another £5m funding

Property technology company OneDome, which operates two portals - OneDome and Nethouseprices - has raised another £5m in funding.  It says it...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers for the industry

Hello and at the start of another working week, welcome to our regular jobs slot announcing who’s moving where within the...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents back Rightmove allegation of logjams in conveyancing

Two agencies have entered the debate on whether the current frenzied housing market is seeing delays in completions. Yesterday EAT reported that...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest ins, outs, and moving abouts…

Hello and welcome to the new working week. Here’s the latest information on key hires across our industry: if you have similar...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency undergoes management buyout after 25 years

An estate agency founded in 1995 has undergone a management buyout from two existing director. Westcoast Properties is a north Somerset firm,...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and there’s a special date for your diary …

Hello and welcome to the weekend and that means a charity-fix for all those agents and suppliers doing great fund-raising in these...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Profits and revenue slump for Winkworth as franchise interest slows

Franchise giant Winkworth has reported an 11 per cent drop in gross revenue and profit plummeting 20.2 per cent in the...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin - new portal snaps up Rightmove and Zoopla staff ahead of launch

The portal  set up by Purplebricks founders Michael and Kenny Bruce has revealed it's recruited Rightmove and Zoopla personnel and intends...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

It's a record! Latest index reports price rise after buoyant summer

House prices rose again in August to reach a record high level according to Halifax, which is part of the Lloyds...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Surveyors slug it out: Revamped group wants to take on RICS

The Residential Property Surveyors’ Association appears to be taking on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in a battle for authority...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Marcus Rashford criticises tweet from estate agency chairman MP

Hunters chairman Kevin Hollinrake - who is also a backbench Conservative MP - has been criticised on Twitter by Manchester United...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we’re back to school at last…

For many agents it’s been a big week…not because of the surge of buyers, but because their children have returned to...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Record house prices likely to go higher still says leading agent

Record house prices recorded this week by the Nationwide index are set to go higher still according to a leading agent. Nationwide...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Furloughed mortgage and surveyor staff delay transactions - claim

A specialist property lender says transactions are being delayed by key staff being furloughed. Gareth Lewis, commercial director of property lender MT...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Transactions - there’s good news and there’s bad news…

The scale of the market bounce back after lockdown is made clear in new figures from HM Revenue & Customs. It registers...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide - 10 own goals in five years

Hindsight is 20-20 vision, of course, and we can all see things we did ‘then’ that we would not do ‘now’....

22 August 2020

From: Features

Chinese buyers surge to UK - because of stamp duty or Hong Kong?

The stamp duty holiday running until March next year has triggered a surge in interest in UK property from Hong Kong...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide Civil War: company hits back at shareholder’s claim

Countrywide has rejected a claim by one of its biggest shareholders that it does not engage with investors over future strategy...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Major Countrywide shareholder demands “bold action to save company

One of Countrywide’s biggest shareholders has written a second letter to the company to demand bold action to save the agency...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price rises 125% in three months

Is Countrywide finally on the road to recovery? Its share price has risen 125 per cent in the past three months; much of...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Pent up demand and stamp duty holiday push up prices - Halifax

Agents have been understandably delighted at the latest Halifax index which shows house prices posting their biggest gain of the year...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Now prices are going UP again, says latest Nationwide index

The Nationwide says annual house price growth has recovered to 1.5 per cent. Its July house price index says the fall in...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket boost as 14,000 agency branches and developments list

A statement by OnTheMarket this morning reveals that as of the end of last month it had a record 14,000 advertisers...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ delight as mortgage lending bounces back

Mortgage approvals - a key indicator of short-term activity in the housing market - beat expectations in June according to Bank...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as the summer heat is on…

Agents Do Charity - as the summer heat is on… It’s hotting up outside and while this is set to be a...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks founders reveal name of new ‘portal’ project

Purplebricks founders Michael and Kenny Bruce have revealed the name of their new property venture.  It’s to be called Boomin. There are still few specific...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: who will be the next leader of ailing company?

The hunt is on for a new boss of Countrywide according to news reports. Sky News says the company has recruited professional...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Is the housing market really storming ahead as some say?

Agents have almost unanimously been reporting a big surge in business since the reopening of the housing market, but new figures...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents slammed for failing to protect staff and clients in virus crisis

The estate agency industry has been sharply criticised for its record on protecting staff and customers during the Coronavirus crisis. The compliance...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide “may not survive” warns one of its biggest investors

An investment manager who has a 7.8 per cent stake in Countrywide, is warning that the agency group may not survive...

12 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage enquiries surge as prices dip slightly in latest index

Mortgage enquiries in June surged to double the rate of the previous month according to the latest halifax house price index. Although...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agencies shut branches as industry adapts to 'new normal'

There are various reports of estate agencies closing branches - or not reopening them after lockdown - as they reduce the...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents remain calm in the light of latest house price dip

Agents have remained calm in the light of Nationwide’s house price index which shows the first annual fall for eight years...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Shareholder ‘mini-revolt’ over Countrywide’s top brass pay

There appears to have been a small shareholder rebellion at Countrywide’s annual general meeting over the company’s remuneration of senior management. No...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as property industry titan dies suddenly

One of the highest profile and most widely respected figures in the British property industry has died suddenly. He was 72. Tony...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide chief joins mentor team at Agents Together

Industry veteran Harry Hill, a former chairman of Countrywide and founder of Rightmove, has now become a mentor at the new...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - the property industry should track Zoom’s phenomenal growth

“Let’s Zoom later”, “are we Zooming in the morning or afternoon?” “Yeah, I zoomed the client earlier” – variations on these...

20 June 2020

From: Features

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

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

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Logbooks: working party to consider how they could work

A working party of property professionals is being set up to look at whether and how property logbooks could help speed...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual Viewings could mean work of five negotiators being done by three

Virtual viewings could transform estate agency so fundamentally that they might mean the work of five negotiators could in future be...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' founders reveal new project to re-enter the agency industry

The brothers who founded Purplebricks - Michael and Kenny Bruce - have returned to the agency industry for the first time...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Thought-provoking video series for agents and landlords launches today

A new thought-provoking five-part video series is launching to the industry today. ‘Simon says…’ is being hosted by Property Tribes with...

08 June 2020

From: Features

Market set for long-term recovery despite short-term dips

The housing market is set for long-term recovery, despite dips in the road on the way.  That's the message from the latest house...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

20 Years of LonRes - The changing face of prime central London

How prime London has changed. In 2002 work began on The Knightsbridge. Located within a stone’s throw of Harrods and a near-neighbour...

06 June 2020

From: Features

High-profile husband-and-wife agents move to rival company

Rupert and Annabel Wakley - both long-time stalwarts of Knight Frank’s country department - have moved over to the rival Jackson-Stops...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

More price uncertainty likely before market finds ‘post-Covid level’

Leading estate agents are warning that the sharp fall in house prices reported by the Nationwide may be just the first...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

20-point risk management protocol introduced by top agent

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency in lockdown row reopens with staff temperature checks

The agency at the heart of a fierce row over staff safety in the lockdown says it's now insisting local managers...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Strong market recovery likely after lockdown, claims Nationwide

The housing market is likely to rebound relatively strongly after the Coronavirus lockdown eases, according to the Nationwide. House prices grew at...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide senior staff have pay cut as 78% of workforce furloughed

Countrywide’s senior staff earning over £45,000 per year have had their pay cut by a fifth while some 78 per cent...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - lockdown love for fund-raising knows no bounds…

Hello - yes it’s Friday in case you lost track, and that means it’s Agents Do Charity day: and once again...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Let Us Open! Agency backs call for industry to lead UK out of lockdown

A regional agency has thrown its weight behind an independent report which says estate and lettings agents could lead the economy...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

High demand awaits agents after the lockdown, HMRC data suggests

House sales edged down only slightly in March compared with February according to HM revenue & Customs, despite the lockdown in...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks chief financial officer resigns

Purplebricks chief financial officer James Davies has resigned. His place has been taken by Andrew Botha, who has joined from the online...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Good News: Estate agents’ offices will be first to reopen says newspaper

Estate agents’ offices will be in the first category of High Street premises to reopen when the lockdown finally ends, newspapers claim this...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Searches: councils slammed as dangerous over face-to-face visits

A trade body has reported some council search departments to the government for refusing to provide email details and forcing search...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency furloughs staff and cuts senior management salaries

Knight Frank is furloughing agents and other staff with the company topping up the taxpayers’ funding to ensure employees get 100...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Top Brass - former RICS and NAEA chiefs reveal their home offices

Working from home is something of a leveller right now, applying to people in the capital and in the sticks, but...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agent says franchise fees up to £10,000 only deferred

An online estate agency which has described the Coronavirus pandemic as “a disrupter and game changer” for the agency industry says...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyer interest holding up online as market digests latest figures

One of Britain’s leading agents says online viewing and interest in videos for homes on sale continues to be relatively strong...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial agency boss slams “misreporting” of lockdown working

The boss of controversial estate agency Dexters has hit out at social media reports and press articles about company staff working...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Outrage at agency asking staff to work in branches despite lockdown

There’s been national newspaper publicity and widespread social media criticism of the Dexters estate agency which asked its staff to report...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agent MP says he wants Coronavirus cash for his firm

The founder and chairman of Hunters, who is also a Conservative MP, has been criticised for a tweet saying he would...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

It doesn’t have to be like Spicerhaart - another agent’s approach…

While controversy swirls around the approach and motives of the sackings and branch closures at Spicerhaart, other agents are showing how...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Let’s work together: Call for councils and search firms to cut virus risks

A trade group wants councils and search companies to co-operate more closely during the virus to minimise delays to the remaining...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Foxtons supremo takes charge of property investment service

A key figure behind the setting up of Foxtons has been named as the new chief executive of one of the...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

LonRes at 20: the lightbulb moment behind one of the first PropTech firms

The lightbulb moment for LonRes was born out of sheer frustration. I’d just missed out on a deal and the postman...

14 March 2020

From: Features

Emergency interest rate cut may help housing market weather Coronavirus

The Bank of England has announced an emergency cut in the base interest rate to shore up the economy during the Coronavirus...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

LSL warns over Coronavirus as takeover talks with Countrywide continue

LSL Property Services says the Coronavirus crisis has led to a softening of "lead sales indicators" - and it warns of...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ian Springett sacked by OnTheMarket board with immediate effect

OnTheMarket has announced this morning that it has given notice to its chief executive, Ian Springett, with immediate effect. The troubled portal's...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus fears hitting enquiry levels says leading agent

Agents and senior industry figures fear Coronavirus may derail the strong start to the  2020 housing market. One of the country’s leading...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - new moves on the March...

Hello and another Monday means PJT Day, your regular update on movers in the industry - and it’s March already. If there...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how did agents advertise in the pre-portal days?

In the last few Natters I’ve focused on the slow death of local newspaper advertising, and how many agents are now...

29 February 2020

From: Features

High profile Savills veteran joins OnTheMarket board

Rupert Sebag-Montefiore has this morning been named as a non-executive director of OnTheMarket. He will also serve as chairman of the portal’s...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: Countrywide admits ‘mega merger’ talks with LSL underway

Countrywide and LSL Property Services have this morning confirmed that talks are underway about a possible mega-merger. This confirms the speculation yesterday that...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Up, Up, Up: transactions surge in early 2020 says HMRC

There’s been a significant rise in the number of transactions recorded in January - another sign of an improving housing market...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons chairman to stand down next week

Foxtons has this morning announced that chairman Garry Watts is to retire from his position on March 1. He is also quitting...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Every region seeing house price rises for first time in two years

In another positive sign for the housing market, every region of the UK has seen a price rise according to the...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Death of buy to let has been greatly exaggerated, new figures show

Predictions that landlords are not buying properties to let out because of tougher rental taxes and regulations appear to be short...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

How can estate and letting agents do simple charity work?

At Agents Giving, we work with estate and letting agents and suppliers across the UK to encourage, support and promote your...

12 February 2020

From: Features

Agents’ delight at another sign that the market is on the rise

Annual house price growth increased to 4.1 per cent in January, up slightly from the end of 2019, according to Halifax...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Up again: House price rises at 14-month high as Bank meets

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee meets today for its monthly decision on whether the move base rate - and...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with a kick-start to your 2020 fund-raising…

Welcome to this week’s charity round-up, where we include a possible kick-start to your fund-raising efforts for 2020. Whatever you’re doing this...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty receipts down again - agency demands government action

Data from HM Revenue & Customs shows tax receipts from stamp duty fell a further 5.2 per cent between 2018 and...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More market optimism as transactions enjoy end-of-year boost

The number of residential transactions rose by 6.2 per cent in December - an unseasonal increase - according to data from...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2020

From: Features

Countrywide, two years after Platt - time for the last rites?

In six years of editing Estate Agent Today, some of my most dramatic moments have been covering the troubles - some...

11 January 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - no stepping back from fund-raising…

Stepping back and moving out of the front line is all the rage…but not, it seems, for hard-working agents and others...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce Begins?: bumper house price rise reported by the Halifax

House prices rose 4.0 per cent in 2019 according to Britain’s biggest mortgage lender Halifax, as a December bounce - some...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cut in Boris's Budget could backfire, warns top agent

A veteran agent says the new government’s Budget, expected in the next few weeks, should not provide too much help to...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the first industry moves of 2020

Hello and welcome to the first Property Jobs Today of 2020 - and we’ve plenty to report even with the New...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents upbeat at prospects for improved market in 2020

Annual UK house price growth exceeded one per cent for the first time in 12 months in December according to the...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the most revolutionary software product on the market?

First things first, a big happy New Year to everyone. Welcome to 2020! It looks set to be another interesting year...

04 January 2020

From: Features

Spike in mortgage applications may create a Happy New Year for agents

Analysts are putting a surprise surge in mortgage approvals from banks down to a spike in applications ahead of the General...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Decision day over Countrywide’s commercial sell-off

Countrywide's senior management has won overwhelming backing from shareholders for its strategy of selling its commercial arm and consoliating its shares.         Earlier...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents upbeat on better-than-expected sales figures

The number of residential sales rose 1.9 per cent to 102,050  in November compared to the same month last year, the...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

30% ‘first timer’ discount: Top agent’s key questions for government

A former residential chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has posed key questions for the government to answer over...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents say latest index fails to capture post-election optimism

Government figures from the Office for National Statistics show that house prices across the UK rose by a mere 0.7 per...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Big Tory win: but agents warn over Stamp Duty and Section 21

It’s a substantial Tory government for the next five years: what does this mean for estate agents, property and the market? We have...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents upbeat after prices show bigger-than-expected rise

Agents have welcomed the surprise news from the Halifax that house prices last month saw their largest rise since the start...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: The housing crisis remains a top issue

With Brexit still unresolved, the domestic agenda has been pushed from the headlines by the seemingly overwhelming public and political discord...

07 December 2019

From: Features

Legendary London agency links with Dexters in new partnership

The legendary Mayfair estate agency Wetherell is linking with London’s Dexters chain in a new partnership. Wetherell, run by high profile chief...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Cash-strapped Countrywide sells commercial arm, extends credit facility

Cash-strapped Countrywide has this morning announced that it is selling its commercial business, Lambert Smith Hampton, for £38m. In a surprise statement...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents stay positive as house prices continue to creep up

House prices increased 0.5 per cent in November, which was the strongest monthly rise since April according to the Nationwide.  However, annual...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge could have benefits for UK buyers - claim

The chief of an online auction service says the Conservatives’ controversial proposal for a three per cent stamp duty surcharge on...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Facebook Marketplace the new Rightmove? asks top agent

A prominent regional agent says the industry owes it to vendors to try competing marketing outlets for property, and not to...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove names digital consumer entrepreneur as new chairman

Rightmove has this morning named Andrew Fisher as its non-executive chairman, stepping into the role on January 1.  He succeed Scott Forbes,...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Early Christmas gift for agents as transactions show surprise rise

Data from HM Revenue & Customs has revealed that residential property transactions have increased by 4.3 per cent year-on-year. In October 2019...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

More first time buyers but fewer landlords, according to mortgage data

There was an increase in the number of first time buyers getting on the property ladder in September compared to the...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove has “failed miserably” to support estate agents - claim

A prominent agency owner and industry figure has attacked Rightmove for failing to support estate agents and has accused it of...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - if it’s Monday, it’s who-moves-where time...

Hello and welcome to the regular Monday Property Jobs Today feature, your chance to catch up with who’s moving where in...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Why you should donate your unwanted coats to charity this winter

Last winter, Agents Giving had a fantastic response to our Winter Coat Drive, which saw the collection of more than 1,500...

16 November 2019

From: Features

Order! Order! Bercow to be key speaker at property conference

The controversial former Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, is to be the keynote speaker at a property industry...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Market latest: Agents hope for New Year boost as prices stagnate

House prices dipped a tiny 0.1 per cent in October - but this led to the annual rate coming in at...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The biggest mistake you can make is to do nothing

This line is one that I use a lot in my speeches and presentations, often as part of the final slide. I...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Message to new government: Sort Brexit one way or another

Agents and property industry figures have given a clear message to the government six weeks ahead of the General Election -...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warn of market stagnation until Election and Brexit fog clears

Agents have interpreted the latest house price figures as evidence that the market is in limbo waiting for the Brexit -...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Market worries: mortgage lending falls to six-month low

The number of new mortgages approved by banks fell to a six-month low in September - but the annual figure shows...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - especially with an hour’s extra sleep…

It’s that time again, with the clocks going back an hour to mark the start of slightly brighter mornings and significantly...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Autumn bounce for property transactions according to new figures

There’s been an encouraging increase in property transaction volumes according to new figures from HM Revenue & Customs. The total number of...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit turmoil hits Knight Frank’s profits and turnover

Knight Frank - which a year ago loudly announced a 14 per cent profits leap - has now reported an 11...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - Day in the life of a Yopa Territory Owner

Yopa – launched in 2015 as part of the new breed of hybrid operators seeking to shake up the industry –...

19 October 2019

From: Features

Market optimism: Agents urge buyers to see beyond Brexit shambles

Agents have expressed quiet optimism that the market may be over the worst as it continues to show resilience in the...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements to be trialled in the New Year

Reservation agreements locking in buyers and sellers could be trailed with some agencies and conveyancers early in 2020, a government official...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

First-night private chefs for buyers? Agency moves into luxury sales sector

Midlands estate agency Centrick has launched a new specialist division to focus on the luxury homes market across the West Midlands...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Regulation will drive more consumers to DIY approach, says agency boss

The boss of a 15+ branch estate agency group has explained how he thinks regulation could 'ruin' the estate agency industry. Simon...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

How to get started with charity – the Agents Giving Grant Fund

Raise more money for your charity with help from the industry charity – Agents Giving. At Agents Giving we work with estate and...

09 October 2019

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry moves revealed

Welcome back to Property Jobs Today - your Monday roundup of all the latest employment news from the industry. If you have...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Yopa on the hunt for new CEO as Ben Poynter stands down

Hybrid agency Yopa has announced that its chief executive, Ben Poynter, will be standing down at the end of October to...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your Monday fix of who’s moving where

It’s Monday so that can mean only one thing - a chance to catch up on the key moves in and...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons shakes up senior management after shareholder revolt

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

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - let’s stay calm and carry on doing good work

In an increasingly aggressive UK right now, it’s worth remembering that most people just want to get along and do good...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Party Poopers: Tory estate agency chiefs at odds over Boris Johnson

Two prominent estate agency chiefs, both members of the Conservative Party, have both tweeted their opposition to some of the policies...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Small dip in transactions as market tries to shrug off Brexit blues

The annual number of property transactions edged down slightly according to the figures released applying to August. However, buyers and sellers email...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Seven Year Hitch: House price growth now slowest since 2012

The annual rate of growth of UK house prices has slowed to its lowest level since September 2012. Official government data from...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for agents as first time buyer numbers improve

There's good news for the market in at least one sector - mortgages offered to first time buyers. Latest figures from the...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency boss-turned MP will resign Tory whip if government breaks law

Hunters chairman Kevin Hollinrake, who is also a Conservative MP, has given notice that he would resign the party whip if...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents praise “remarkable” market for staying strong despite Brexit

Another house price index has suggested the housing market continuing to show great resilience despite the continuing economic and political uncertainty. The...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agency’s administration to be extended for another year

A business site says an agency’s administration has been extended as insolvency specialists try to find its former owner to claim...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - we’re back with the latest industry moves

It’s been two weeks since our last PJT, thanks to the Bank Holiday, so there’s plenty of news in today’s edition. If...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Market may stall ‘with Boris loose at the wheel’ warns senior agent

A senior estate agency director is warning that house price growth could continue to stall “with Boris loose at the wheel”. Benham...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency chief blasted for backing Boris Johnson, Brexit and homes policy

Estate agent turned Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake has provoked a furious response on social media by coming out in favour of...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as the second half of the year begins…

Some may say that we’re almost in the ninth month of the year but for many, August Bank Holiday heralds the...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide veteran says he could float online agency on the stock market

The former Countrywide chief executive Grenville Turner says it is an option for online estate agency Yopa to go to an...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Big fall in transactions put down to Brexit and summer

Residential property transactions totalled 86,630 in July, representing a monthly drop of 8.5 per cent and an annual fall of 12.4...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: the rot has set in but share price has jumped

A few details of a possible takeover or acquisition of Countrywide have started to emerge. The possibility was first floated in yesterday’s...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the late-summer moves in our industry...

Hello and welcome to the final PJT before September - yes that means summer is almost over.  Yet even during the holiday season...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

No Deal jitters batter housing market according to government figures

Average house prices in the UK increased by a mere 0.9 per cent in the year to June - the lowest...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Developer that offered its boss £75m asks the public what it thinks

Is this the ultimate in accountability or a desperate bid to win back public support for a company damaged by the...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Halifax dismisses rumours of a housing market downturn

House prices fell unexpectedly for the second month in a row in July according to the Halifax - but the mortgage...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide complainers ‘betray those who stayed loyal’ - claim

Former Countrywide employees who take to social media or the mainstream press to criticise the company are betraying those who remained...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and stamp duty uncertainties hitting the market, say agents

Seemingly-endless uncertainty over Brexit and now speculation over whether there will be an easing of stamp duty on transactions is making...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide now “beyond salvation” says former chief executive

Countrywide is now “beyond salvation” according to former chief executive Harry Hill. The industry veteran, who also founded Rightmove, made the remark...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The market’s in good shape, new mortgage figures suggest

Data from UK Finance, which represents most of the country’s lenders, shows that gross mortgage lending across the residential market in...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

All Change: new regulator, licensing and qualifications proposed for agents

The government has published proposals for far-reaching changes to the way estate and letting agents are regulated, trained and licensed. The proposals...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents say official house price figures don't reflect recent market boost

Agents have put a brave face on official government figures which have shown a shock fall in London house prices and...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Price falls ahead for overheated London and south east - warning

Online estate agency Yopa is warning of price falls ahead in London and south east England - although price rises elsewhere...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

“Too many sellers think prices will rise post-Brexit” warns senior agent

Too many sellers are wedded to the idea that prices will rise after a Brexit deal is resolved, says one of the...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Market in limbo as wait for economic stability goes on (and on)

Average UK house prices rose 0.5 per cent in May according to the latest Halifax house price index as the long...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov and Countrywide merge: it could have happened…

Emoov and Countrywide: what a pair, observers might say. They present a tale of two failures - although, in the case of...

08 June 2019

From: Features

House prices are like Brexit talks - stuck, floundering, going nowhere

The latest house price index shows very little happening in the market, with analysts expecting little significant movement until Brexit is...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - wining, dining, dressing up and cleaning the mud off...

Hello - it’s that time of the week again when we celebrate the agency industry’s fantastic fund-raising. We were delighted that our...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news as mortgage approvals show significant rise

The number of mortgages approved by High Street banks increased 5.4 per cent to 44,000 in April. Data from trade body UK...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Many regional housing markets booming despite London woe, say agents

House prices have remained roughly stagnant according to the latest figures produced by the Office for National Statistics and HM Land...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fury at Foxtons: Investor revolt at ‘fat cat’ bonuses, finance chief goes

The Annual General Meeting of Foxtons shareholders in London has seen a dramatic rebellion against bonuses for senior management. There were 14 resolutions put...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran becomes chair of franchise giant as founder retires

The founder of franchise giant Belvoir, Mike Goddard, has now stepped down as chair of the company, two years after quitting...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Gloomy mortgage data may mark ‘start of housing slowdown’ says agent

Agents have reacted gloomily to the release of figures showing that the number of new mortgages offered to both movers and...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide branch closures and staff redeployment underway

Estate Agent Today understands that Countrywide has started a programme involving branch closures and redeployment of staff. Unlike other branch closure programmes by...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech trade body relaunches in bid to win wider industry support

The UK PropTech Association, set up in early 2017 with the objective of promoting engagement between tech business and the property...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s new pay chief takes over as share price hits another low

Countrywide has named a senior businesswoman as chair of its controversial remuneration committee which was at the centre of a row...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rising transactions show the market's still fighting back against Brexit

Residential property transactions rose 1.4 per cent in March, making them a healthy 6.8 per cent higher than in March 2018. Data...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New country branch for Jackson-Stops after London sale is confirmed

Jackson-Stops has launched a new branch in mid-Sussex, expanding the estate agency’s national network to over 45 offices.  The Mid-Sussex branch will...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal expert takes senior role in new FIA Independent Agents’ group

Estate Agent Today can reveal that the new Federation of Independent Agents has recruited an expert from the two leading portals...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

60% portal fee discounts: will this lure independent agencies to Hunters?

The chairman of franchise giant Hunters says his company’s purchasing power is such that it secures 60 per cent discounts from...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Horror hammer attack on agent - police still looking for information

Police are continuing to appeal for information on a horrific hammer attack on the owner and chairman of Bridges Estate Agents...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Stay calm about the market; 'Once Brexit is sorted, demand will return'

Agents appear to be speaking with one voice in response to the latest house price index, saying that once Brexit is...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Hunters' founder becomes latest MP to join TPO Conference panel

The founder of the Hunters franchise agency group, Kevin Hollinrake - now a Conservative MP - is the latest parliamentarian to...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents' worries grow as house price rises are smallest for six years

Average house prices in the UK increased by 1.7 per cent in the year to the end of January according to...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Savills claims online firm Yopa ‘is UK’s sixth biggest estate agency’

Savills has this morning talked up its investment in onliner Yopa, which it claims is the sixth largest estate agency in...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents slam “regurgitated rhetoric” in Hammond’s damp squib statement

Estate agents have responded cynically to the small-fry property sector announcements made by Chancellor Phillip Hammond in yesterday’s spring statement mini-Budget. Overshadowed...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide sets out reasons to invest, despite share price fall

Countrywide’s senior executives have set out reasons why investors should put their money into the group, despite its troubled recent years. Yesterday...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chiefs tell EAT: Sales hit by Brexit but we're ready for Fees Ban

Countrywide’s executive chairman and group managing director have spoken to Estate Agent Today about the impact of Brexit on the company,...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide warns on 2019 but claims 'five pillars of progress' in recovery

Countrywide's report to shareholders this morning warns that the residential market is heading for a difficult 2019 which may hit the...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

LSL writes down value of Yopa stake as it pins faith in High Street branches

LSL Property Services, the parent company of Your Move and Reeds Rains, has substantially 'written down' its investment in online estate...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - many top industry names on the move this week ...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today - the every-Monday round-up of key moves within the industry. Let us know...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing market 'not starting 2019 as we would have liked' figures show

More downbeat house price figures have prompted one leading estate agent to admit that the 2019 market had not taken off...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Sluggish start to 2019 transactions, but there is a market out there…

The first set of figures for the year from HMRC show that there were 0.8 per cent more residential property transactions...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: referral fees, HIPs & Bee Gees tributes - Rob Hailstone Q & A

With the home buying and selling process firmly on the news agenda of late – everything from a possible ban on...

16 February 2019

From: Features

Downbeat official house price figures - but do they show today's market?

Government figures show the UK’s annual house price growth now being down to 2.5 per cent - the lowest rate since...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents shrug off gloomy New Year price figures from Halifax

Agents have suggested that the latest price figures from the Halifax may be masking increased activity in the market in recent...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Faster transactions for buyers and sellers now priority for search group

With far-reaching reforms of conveyancing and other aspects of house buying high on the government’s agenda, a trade body has revealed...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New guidance over Dual Fees to agents to be issued by Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman is to give agents new guidance on dual fees, following a surge in complaints from the public. In 2017, TPO received...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements set to become part of the buying process

Politicians and officials are studying a ‘model’ two page reservation agreement drawn up by a law firm as a possible way...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Transactions dip over the past year according to HMRC figures

There were 102,330 residential property transactions in December - that’s up 3.6 per cent on the same month last year on...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit bites as house price growth drops to near six-year low

A slew of property experts and commentators have put the blame on Brexit for a surprise drop in house price growth...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: new platform to help agents find ‘best digital solutions’

Today sees the launch of Unissu, a platform which has classified over 6,000 PropTech businesses in a bid to offer estate...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this year's final update on new appointments

If you thought Christmas Eve meant no more news in terms of industry movers and shakers…well, think again - we’ve one...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Agents Do Charity - a huge it's-nearly-Christmas edition...

So this is (almost) it. Next week may be a quiet one for business as vendors and landlords alike begin to...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry legend Peter Knight steps down as Agents Giving chairman

Peter Knight, co-founder and public face of Agents Giving, is stepping down as the charity’s chairman. He is to be succeeded by...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

House price rises at their slowest for six years ahead of Christmas lull

House price rises are now the slowest they have been for six years according to the Halifax. Across the UK, property values...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide pay chief quits after ‘Fat Cats' controversy

Countrywide, which was hit by a row over executive pay during the summer, is now on the look out for a...

06 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

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

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

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

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it's November already...

You don’t need EAT to remind you that Christmas is now just next month.  Many agents are gearing their fund-raising to that...

02 November 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

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

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

Agents Do Charity - and there isn't a backstop in sight...

Bored with Brexit? Baffled by the backstop? Troubled by the transition period?  Well here’s a promise - there’s no mention of the...

19 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

Property Jobs Today - a new agency and plenty of other key moves...

Hello and welcome to a new working week, which means your chance to catch up on the key moves in our...

08 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

Conveyancers ‘should have mortgage funds the day before completion’

A call has gone out for conveyancers to have all monies - including mortgage funds - in place the day before...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price still in the doldrums despite Peter Long move

Shareholders in the ailing Countrywide agency group appeared to remain largely indifferent to the news that their executive chairman Peter Long...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property firm snaps up independent agency to hit £1m turnover mark

The independent Sutton-based property business Centro PLC has acquired Cheam and Mayfair based Christies Estate Agents Limited.   The new combined agency is...

20 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

Countrywide: Peter Long 'to focus full time on agency group recovery'

Peter Long, the chairman of the troubled Royal Mail organisation, has stepped down from that role to focus full time on...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

US franchise network owned by Warren Buffett enters London market

A well-known London estate agency says it signing up to a US-based real estate franchise network run by billionaire Warren Buffett. From...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

TPO announces key changes as membership nears 20,000

The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO) has announced a series of changes to both its board and internal processes. The organisation has also...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide General Meeting today set to endorse rescue plan

Countrywide’s eagerly-awaited General Meeting for shareholders takes place today and is widely expected to back the ailing agency group’s controversial rescue...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide backtracks on bid to give top managers huge incentives

Countrywide appears to have backtracked on a move which could have seen its three most senior executives receive some £20m in...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide fat cats: crunch day for agency group's rescue deal

Today sees the first of a series of important deadlines which will determine the success of otherwise of Countrywide’s controversial rescue...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reported to be facing fresh financial crisis

Sky News is reporting that Countrywide faces a new crisis - this time over senior management remuneration, particularly for its executive...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agents have under 1% share in prime central London - LonRes

The chairman of LonRes says online estate agents have only a one per cent share of the market in prime central...

13 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

Countrywide is in the last-chance saloon say its own advisers

Small print in the Countrywide rescue plan announced yesterday spells out in stark terms what could happen if the company’s bid...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

It's not a big deal - agents try to brush off rate rise impact

Most estate agents have tried to dismiss the impact of the Bank of England’s base rate rise, which came following a...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price plummets after rescue plan announcement

Countrywide's share price has dropped sharply following the announcement of the company's rescue plan - but the firm itself says this...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise today 'could hurt housing market balance' - warning

A leading estate agent is warning that an interest rate increase today ould hurt the delicate balance of the housing market. The...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide ‘to raise more money than originally thought’ - National press

Press speculation suggests that Countrywide’s much-anticipated rights issue will this coming week aim to raise £125m - not just the £100m...

29 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

Countrywide delays publishing figures as search for funds goes on

Countrywide, the troubled estate agency group thought by some to be near collapse, has delayed issuing its interim figures which were...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Doubt over Countrywide rights issue as Purplebricks wins price boost

It’s being suggested that Countrywide’s rights issue, previously expected to be announced this week, may now be delayed. The Times says the...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide stays silent on speculation over £100m rights issue

Countrywide has not made any official statement about speculation over the weekend that it was about to seek an additional £100m investment. Estate...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket vs Rightmove?

As you probably know, I have been no fan of OnTheMarket (OTM) over the years. You may see this admission as...

20 July 2018

From: Features

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

Countrywide boss quits another boardroom to try to save agency

Peter Long, executive chairman of Countrywide, has resigned from another boardroom to focus on saving the troubled estate agency. Long has chosen...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - inspired by Three Lions...

The dream may be over but the return to reality can at least be staged in the spirit of an England...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

May-hem: Disillusioned industry groups welcome 'unknown' minister

Industry groups have welcomed Kit Malthouse as housing minister - but make little effort to hide their frustrations, disappointment and disillusionment. Malthouse was announced...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all this week's big moves...

Hello, and welcome to this week’s regular Monday summary of all the major jobs moves in our industry.  Despite summer and the...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - has anyone got a cool drink to spare?

Boy it‘s hot out there, with little end in sight yet. That’s the good news. Now the even better news -...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Chestertons shuffles top team - and appears to scrap CEO role

Chestertons has announced two changes to its management team in order to, in its own words, “help lead the business into...

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

'Hands off our For Sale boards' says leading London agency chief

The head of London’s largest estate agency brand has hit back at a council in the capital which wants enhanced powers...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Hello and welcome to Property Jobs Today, the regular Monday round-up of moves and changes in our industry. Do please let us...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

London market pain goes on as top builder warns on Brexit

High-end housebuilder Berkeley Homes says “macro and political uncertainty, including Brexit” is leading to some developers previously building in London to...

22 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

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

Agents Do Charity - from front doors to wild gardens...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Agents Do Charity - and just because it’s half term, don’t think the industry has...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Professionalising the estate agency sector – how long could this take?

As housing market stakeholders we’ve all had a month or so to try and digest the government’s own response to its...

19 May 2018

From: Features

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

Countrywide not in a rush to get a new chief executive

Countrywide is in no rush to appoint a new chief executive, following the experience of having Alison Platt in the post...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock 3.1% house price drop 'but reality is more stable' insists the Halifax

House prices in the three months to the end of April were 2.2 per cent higher than in the same period...

09 May 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

Agents Do Charity - and you're still walking for good causes...

The London Marathon may have been and gone but there are plenty of agents and others in our industry still prepared...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Countywide 'encouraged by early progress' despite new income fall

Countrywide, the troubled agency group which today holds its annual general meeting, says it is “encouraged by the early progress that...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

The Property Ombudsman waives joining fee for redress rival’s agents

The battle to become the single ombudsman service after the government rationalises the redress system across housing has taken an unexpected...

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

Agents warn of two-tier market as London falls but rest of UK booms

Average house prices in the UK have increased 4.4 per cent in the year to February according to the latest official...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters says recent franchisees have ‘beaten the market’

Franchise giant Hunters says independent agencies which joined the firm in recent years have typically beaten the performance of the housing market. Chief...

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

Agent confirms index findings that growth turning negative in south east

A leading estate agent says his findings confirm those of the latest house price index in suggesting that prices are turning...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Could embracing Commonhold put an end to leasehold nightmare?

At any given moment it’s difficult to say which issue dominates our marketplace, but I think it’s fair to acknowledge during...

31 March 2018

From: Features

Chairman of major agency was trampled to death by his own horses

The chairman of Chancellors was trampled to death by his own horses after taking them out for a carriage driving exercise,...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

OTM shares - Bumpy ride or on the slide?

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

27 March 2018

From: Features

Exclusive: another key Countrywide returnee as corporate rebuild continues

Countrywide’s attempt to rebuild its expertise pool following the Alison Platt era continues apace with the announcement today that John Hards...

26 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

Agents Do Charity - climbing, bidding, and most of all fund-raising...

So here’s another week’s great work being done by colleagues in our industry - and we’re very pleased to salute them. Everybody...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Hogarth on agency acquisition trail after London independent snapped up

Orchards of London, a four-office independent operating in the west of the capital, has been fully acquired by The Hogarth Property...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Countrywide announces first major returnee to the fold

The long haul back for Countrywide appears to have begun with the first major name who left during the Alison Platt...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's own broker cuts agency’s forecast for 2018 and 2019

Jefferies - the City consultancy which has in the past worked with Countrywide - has cuts its forecasts for the troubled...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chairman admits company had been grossly mismanaged

In an exclusive and candid interview with Estate Agent Today, Countrywide chairman Peter Long has admitted that the company had been...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals 'Back To Basics' plan for 2018 and scraps online service

The troubled Countrywide group has this morning revealed its recovery plan to get - in its words - ‘back to basics’...

08 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

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

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

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

Countrywide's earnings could be lower than expected, warns Jefferies

City broker Jefferies is warning that Countrywide’s earnings as calculated through the EBITDA measure could drop to as little as £50m -...

15 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

OTM - A good buy, or is it goodbye?

OnTheMarket has finally completed its stock market float, with less capital raised, at a lower than planned valuation and, as I write,...

09 February 2018

From: Features

Connells Group claims 22 per cent rise in new homes instructions

Connells Group - which includes Connells, Sequence and other brands - says it recorded over 9,000 new homes sales in 2017. This...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

OTM float - the OOP is dead, long live the OOP

Whatever else you say about OnTheMarket, you can’t say it’s not consistent, consistent in treating its core membership shabbily.  We already know...

29 January 2018

From: Features

 Is the Land Registry about to drag property purchasing into the 21st century?

If you were under any misconceptions about how pivotal a role HM Land Registry is going to play in the future...

27 January 2018

From: Features

Who should run Countrywide? What should they do? - our panel speaks out

The story of this week - the ousting of Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt - prompts two key questions. Firstly, who takes...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares struggle as theory emerges on Platt departure

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

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Platt will receive £675,000 pay-off despite Countrywide failure

The magazine Property Week is reporting that Countrywide’s former chief executive Alison Platt, who quit her post this morning, will receive...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New Countrywide head says power will pass back to the branches

Countrywide’s new management has taken immediate steps to try to stem the loss of market share by the troubled agency group,...

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

Alison Platt leaving Countrywide, staff are told

It is being reported that staff at Countrywide have been told that embattled chief executive Alison Platt is leaving the agency...

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

Purplebricks chairman wants business model applied to energy firm

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

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Prices are softening but not collapsing says leading agent

The latest house prices as indicated by the most recent index offer confirmation of “a slowing rather than collapsing market” according...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Veteran ex-chairman of regional agency dies after short illness

The death has been announced of Jim Horsley, a former chairman of Yorkshire agency chain Dacre Son & Hartley - and...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity: It's going to be a wonderful year

Welcome to 2018 and if your charitable activities are an indicator, it’s going to be a busy year with plenty happening...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the 2018-is-just-around-the-corner edition

A Happy New Year to all our readers and their families - and all the very best for a successful, profitable...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

What now for the OTM IPO?

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

21 December 2017

From: Features

Popular London agent joins executive board of French parent firm

Andy Martin, the popular and respected senior partner at Strutt & Parker from 2009 to earlier this year, has been appointed...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the strictly nearly Christmas edition...

Christmas is just around the corner and we’re all looking forward to a break - but before then we know many...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Will OTM float or sink?

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

11 December 2017

From: Features

Revealed - the 25 people doing the most to spread the PropTech word

The LendInvest PropTech Influencer List has been revealed, naming the 25 figures in the property world that have done most to...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Let's dance! Your chance of FREE tickets to the Agents Giving Ball

Training for Agents Giving’s Strictly Come Dancing event is now entering its final two weeks - and Estate Agent Today readers...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Scepticism at long-term benefit of Budget housing measures

Housing may have taken centre stage in the Budget but most of the industry appears to remain sceptical of whether the...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Should agents pay for an increased Trading Standards budget?

A large part of the DCLG’s Call for Evidence on the home buying and selling process focuses on the role of...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Prices to stagnate in 2018 amid widespread uncertainty, says agency

Jackson-Stops predicts that average UK house prices will remain flat in 2018, with stamp duty, Brexit and political uncertainties taking their...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Base Rate UP - how will it affect the housing market?

The Bank of England has raised the base rate from 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent. The Bank’s monetary policy committee was...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals for buyers down for second month in a row

As the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee consider whether to increase base rate later this week, new figures from the...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Buoyant mortgage lending fuels talk of interest rate rise next week

New figures from UK Finance, the umbrella body for finance houses, show gross mortgage lending in September rose to £21.4 billion...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers are piloting HIPs-style 'Digital Home Reports'

The Conveyancing Association says some of its members are piloting HIPs-style Digital Home Reports in a bid to reduce fall-throughs and...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Government has no ideas at all #idiots' - industry reacts to probe

There has been a wide range of views from trade bodies and individual agents on the government’s surprise ‘call for evidence’...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty tinkering will make the whole process more complicated

With the Budget just over a month away, the steady stream of ‘leaks’ continues to grow as journalists and the industry...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Countrywide non-executive director quits - no reason given

The latest departure from troubled estate agency group Countrywide is non-executive director Richard Adam, who was chair of the audit and...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells Group chairman celebrates 40 years with the same company

One of the industry’s longest-serving individuals, Connells Group chairman Stephen Shipperley, this month celebrates 40 years with the business.   He joined...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Reform high-end stamp duty and whole market would benefit - top agent

If the government slashed stamp duty for the country’s most expensive properties the entire housing market would benefit, an estate agency...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Why Uber’s troubles are reflected in estate agency

As those of us in the industry know, there is a fine balance to strike between disruptive technology – and the...

30 September 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - with your chance to win new funding too...

Every week we carry reports of how great causes are helped by individual agents and other property professionals - this week...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is the industry solving a non-existent problem?

90% of PropTech’s work is good and vital, but that final ten has the potential to damage the rest. In my Sunday...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Summer of love? More like summer of leasehold

Even so close to the event, I don’t think anyone will be deeming 2017 as the ‘summer of love’.  The summer of...

16 September 2017

From: Features

Rebel agent Chris Wood set to challenge NAEA election and AGM

Chris Wood - the Cornish estate agent who unsuccessfully attempted to get on the ballot paper as a candidate for NAEA...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Transactions slumping despite stronger-than-expected price rises

Government figures suggest house prices are still rising by 5.1 per cent a year, with the average property value in the...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Hunters emphasises online success, despite challenging market

Hunters’ figures for the six months to the end of June show small rises in income and turnover but a substantial...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Three reasons why we need stamp duty reform

Whenever any research is released, part of me can’t help thinking of that old adage, ‘lies, damn lies and statistics’ especially...

02 September 2017

From: Features

It's now 'Jackson-Stops' as veteran firm undergoes subtle rebrand

Jackson-Stops & Staff is undergoing a rebrand including the creation of a snappier title - it’s just Jackson-Stops now - as...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Why I want to join Agents’ Mutual

Before we go any further, assuming you are an Agents’ Mutual member, let me ask you a question. If you had...

24 August 2017

From: Features

Agents’ Mutual Proposal – The Details

After my article last week predicting that Agents’ Mutual would likely seek to raise external capital, including possibly on the public markets,...

09 August 2017

From: Features

What does Agents’ Mutual’s proposed flotation mean for agents?

I hate to be the guy to say ‘I told you so’…but I told you so! It seems that my predictions...

04 August 2017

From: Features

Drought - It's a lack of supply keeping prices rising, say agents

Agents say the latest Nationwide index showing a surprise rise in house prices does not change the fact that it is...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL profits up - but agency group warns of 'suppressed sales'

LSL Property Services - owners of Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons amongst estate agency brands - has enjoyed...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the new build leasehold ban is a big moment for our industry

Without wishing to blow our own trumpet at this time, we did say at the start of the year that 2017...

28 July 2017

From: Features

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2017

With several agent partner programmes available across the country, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, with...

22 July 2017

From: Features

Councils demand immediate fast-track review of building regulations

Local councils say there must be an immediate and fast-moving review of building regulations in the light of the Grenfell Tower...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Gulf investment and new chairman as Humberts shifts emphasis

Humberts has announced new overseas investment as it continues to shift emphasis away from its past rural-only outlook. The investment news came...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency relaunches cheapest ever £99 sales listings

  A hybrid agency called 99Home Ltd, which made its debut back in April, appears to have relaunched with what it calls...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual and Connells-owned agency argue it out in court again

The Connells-owned agency Gascoigne Halman is to make a costs payment of £1.24m within 14 days to Agents’ Mutual - but...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

The Queen's Speech marks another step forward for leasehold reform

The political ebb and flow continues - seemingly with all the subtlety of a Boris Johnson rugby tackle on a 10-year...

01 July 2017

From: Features

Queen’s speech: Property industry reacts to proposed tenant fee ban

The Queen’s speech to the British parliament this week was a scaled-back affair, which was unsurprising given the Grenfell Tower fire,...

23 June 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity – even with sunburn

As the UK is gearing up for a weekend of BBQs, beach visits and sunburn, property professionals have continued to do...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's finance chief to step down

The UK's largest estate agency has announced that its finance chief will step down from its board next month and retire...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

Theresa May’s call for a snap general election on June 8 took many by surprise. But estate agents have been broadly...

03 June 2017

From: Features

Election preview: Could we be heading for a ‘black swan moment’?

In years to come, students of political history might come to look at the 2017 General Election campaign with some interest....

03 June 2017

From: Features

Leading agent disappointed over slowing mortgage lending

A prominent agent admits to being “disappointed” at what appears to be slowing mortgage figures at a time of year when...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage figures give cause for modest optimism, say commentators

Home buyers borrowed £11.2 billion in March - down on the ‘stamp duty bonanza‘ period at the same time last year...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

easyJet CFO joins Rightmove board

Property portal Rightmove has appointed easyJet's chief financial officer to its board. Andrew Findlay will join Rightmove as a non-executive director...

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Can TWPN really help promote your business on a global scale?

Given that around 95% of property searches now start online, it is more important than ever that an agent has an...

12 May 2017

From: Features

Peter Mansfield, Group Chairman at TWPN

What does it say on your business card? Peter Mansfield, Group Chairman, The World Property Network, www.twpn.com  and TheWorldPropertyNetwork.com                                  What is The World Property Network...

05 May 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Property group buys majority stake in regional agency

Lomond Capital has purchased a majority stake in one of the south coast of England’s major estate and letting agency groups,...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing policy progress will suffer thanks to snap General Election

Not only did Theresa May stun everyone with her decision to call a ‘snap election’ but with the campaign now underway...

29 April 2017

From: Features

Don't make stamp duty even worse, agency warns government

The government should resist any further increase in stamp duty not only to help the property market but to help guarantee...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency chief retires after 38 years at firm and 26 years in charge

The agent working as both managing director and chairman of the Halls regional chain covering mid-Wales, the West Midlands and neighbouring...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Top PropTech influencers target agents and others with new venture

Two figures with high profiles in the world of PropTech have formed a consultancy to try to sell their services to...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents broadly welcome election despite short-term uncertainty

The industry has broadly welcomed the shock announcement of a June 8 General Election as a chance to end long term...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide figures emerge in roles at rival companies

More former Countrywide figures have emerged in new roles at rival organisations. Darren Bowles, former regional sales manager at Countrywide’s Bridgfords brand,...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

How not to sell a €12.5m villa (or any other property for that matter)

This actually happened - the names of the guilty have been withheld to protect the innocent. I live in Spain, Marbella actually,...

15 April 2017

From: Features

Hunters profits up 31% in agency's first year on the stock market

Hunters has told investors that its revenues rose 15 per cent to £13.8m in the year to the end of December,...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purple smoke and mirrors

Purplebricks’ advertising is very negative and critical of the competition. They talk about 'commisery', trying to make potential sellers feel ripped...

08 April 2017

From: Features

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

Agency claims 25% sales and instructions boost thanks to global portal

Agents should remember to target overseas buyers and tenants according to the head of a business management system aimed at maximising international...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the ball, eggs and under-the-stars edition ...

It’s been another busy week of fund-raising for agents across the industry, sparing time to do good works despite the market...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Article 50 may be huge for UK but housing market stays calm

The triggering of Article 50 may have been regarded as a historic event but it appears to have left the housing...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: 200 branches shut, online 'working well'

It's been revealed that Countrywide has lost 200 branches in its reorganisation - that's around 20 per cent of its branch...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why no stamp duty reform? Angry agents ask Hammond

Estate agents are angry that Chancellor Phillip Hammond made no attempt in his first Spring Budget to reform stamp duty -...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Stamp Duty: another leading agent wants it to be a seller's tax

Jeremy Leaf, the London estate agent and former RICS residential chairman, is the latest industry figure to call for the government...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

Looking ahead to the Spring Budget this week, the Chancellor Philip Hammond will be obliged to face up to the implications...

04 March 2017

From: Features

What does the future hold for the buy-to-let market?

Over the past two decades, investing in buy-to-let has been a relatively easy way to make money, which is why so...

25 February 2017

From: Features

Why up-front ID verification could speed up transactions

The housing market has not been short of a White Paper over the last few months, and while you might just...

25 February 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks: high praise for agency from ex-Countrywide chief

Harry Hill - former chief executive of Countrywide and the founder of Rightmove, and one of the most respected figures in the...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual one other portal hearing: no immediate decision

The Competition Appeals Tribunal hearing between Agents’ Mutual and Connells-owned agency Gascoigne Halman is to be concluded on Monday - but...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the half term edition...

Let’s not be distressed that we’re already over 10 per cent of the way through the year - yes, really -...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Eastern promise! Focus on Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire

The East Midlands, which consists of several areas including Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, and much of Lincolnshire, has an ancient...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Agents critical of White Paper squandered opportunity

The government’s attitude of “Nanny knows best” has “squandered another opportunity” to make a real difference to the housing crisis, according...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual case: tribunal chairman rejects documents request

The Competition Appeal Tribunal hearing involving Agents’ Mutual and Gascoigne Halman, set to start tomorrow, has had a last-minute twist with...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Technology group launches with trade missions and awards

Some of the industry’s leading technical experts are this morning launching a new group, the UK PropTech Association, which has already...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

How can estate agents secure more new build housing instructions?

Lots of people buy new-build due to the perceived lack of hassle with maintenance, as they are built to the latest...

28 January 2017

From: Features

CIELA – you’re breaking my heart

When I read about the possible formation of yet another ‘mutual’ with the aim of furthering and protecting the interests of...

21 January 2017

From: Features

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

Inflation 'bigger problem for housing market than Brexit' claims top agent

Inflation has taken over from Brexit as “the biggest threat to affordability and confidence in the housing market” according to a...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

What next for the rental market in 2017?

The rental market has had to face a raft of changes over the past year, including the introduction of the 3% stamp...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Seek and ye shall find

I have a confession to make. In 1988 I became a Seekers franchisee. For those of you who don't know who...

07 January 2017

From: Features

Regional agency firm restructures to concentrate on core activities

Cheffins, the six-office Cambridgeshire-based firm, says it is creating ”a new corporate framework” to intensify its focus on estate agency, rural...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with just one week to Christmas...

Only a week to the Christmas break and still our industry goes above and beyond the call of duty to raise...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Transaction volumes fall up to 40% according to latest official figures

The latest official house price index, released by the Office for National Statistics, shows that house price growth was 6.9 per...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Are landlords about to ditch letting agents and go it alone?

Next year is likely to be a challenging time for letting agents, following a raft of changes introduced by the government...

09 December 2016

From: Features

The market is dead, long live the market

Listening to all the coverage of the tenant fee ban, all I hear is consumer groups talking about how some agents...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Stamp duty change 'means HMRC to miss revenue target' says agency

Recent stamp duty changes have resulted in a substantial decline in transaction numbers and HM Revenue & Customs missing its revenue...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News