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KEYWORD "Charges" - 311 RESULTS
New “sellers portal” pledges to improve on Rightmove and Zoopla

A new portal-style PropTech product has launched and wants to recruit estate agents to its fold - despite describing the way...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing and mortgage fees blamed for extra moving costs

A survey says many people under-estimate the costs of moving with conveyancing and mortgage fees often higher than expected. Some 54 per cent of...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Cladding scandal hurts entire housing market says top industry figure

Ed Mead has joined a growing chorus demanding government action on the cladding crisis. He is one of the industry’s leading figures from...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ fees on the rise but stamp duty holiday cuts moving costs

Consumer group Which? says the stamp duty holiday has cut more than £4,000 from the average cost of moving home -...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendors spend extraordinary sums each day to sell their homes

Vendors spend an average £41 a day for 144 days when selling their home - but some spend a remarkable £140 a...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agent becomes growth and compliance head in franchise group

The Property Franchise Group has named high-profile industry veteran Eric Walker as managing director of Martin & Co (South and Scotland).  Walker...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

House ‘sold’ in six days with no agent fees, claims quick buy firm

A quick buy firm boasting it has ‘sold’ a home within six days also says it now takes 140 days on...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Are our fees too low? British agents amongst cheapest in the world

New research suggests that British estate agents charge some of the lowest fees in the world. Based on an apparent British average...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New agency charges buyers not sellers, through reservation fees

A property developer has set up an estate agency that charges no commission to sellers but instead levies a non-refundable reservation...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks still too risky an investment, warns expert

An investment adviser says Purplebricks remains “far too risky” for investors even though it now has “a fighting chance of survival”. Rodney...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s new finance chief joins on huge salary and bonus potential

Rightmove’s new chief financial officer has a basic salary of £390,000 plus bonus options coming to a potential total of £1.75m. Alison Dolan has...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New portal reveals charges to agents plus extra for multi-listing service

The new portal OpenBrix, which is powered by Blockchain, has revealed its fee structure ahead of its formal launch on September...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks delays changes to fees structure until the autumn

    Purplebricks says changes to its fees structure - possibly becoming less reliant on controversial upfront charges - has been delayed until...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New portal by-passes agents and charges sellers to list

A new property website relying heavily on Artificial Intelligence allows sellers to by-pass estate agents and instead list directly for £14.99...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property scam firms selling 'parking spaces' are shut down

Two companies that persuaded property investors to pay as much as £25,000 for a parking space have been wound up in...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty changes and Furlough Bonus scheme announced by Sunak

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced that there will be no stamp duty on homes selling for £500,000 or...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks critic launches “agent-friendly” PropTech platform

A former City analyst best known for his scathing criticisms of Purplebricks has launched a PropTech platform that he describes as...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove's new fees cut just kicks can down the road, say campaigners

The Say No To Rightmove campaign says the portal has merely kicked the fees can down the road, deferring a long-term...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Start-ups saving letting agents time and money will thrive

As we adjust to a life post-Covid-19, letting agents, landlords, and tenants are thinking - ways to speed up the process...

24 June 2020

From: Features

Rightmove really IS very good value for agents, insists ex-director

The former commercial director of Rightmove has made a strong defence of much of the company’s activities, including the charges it...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity connection brings meaning to fast-growing processor of rental transactions

Covid-19 has placed a spotlight on the impressive variety of fundraising platforms and technologies available – and not often in places...

13 June 2020

From: Features

Zoopla fees cut ‘saves agents £30m’ with hundreds of new branches joining

Zoopla has upped the stakes in the war between rival websites with two major claims which implicitly challenge both Rightmove and...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who are the challenger portals?

The only story that has come remotely close to pushing coronavirus – and its various knock-on effects – off the top...

06 June 2020

From: Features

Rightmove’s ‘head of innovation’ joins free-to-list online agency

The man who has been Rightmove’s head of innovation for the past five years has joined an online agency. Hannes Buhrmann has...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Say No To Rightmove to offer 'options for agents'

The Say No To Rightmove campaign is to release a set of options for member agents to consider if the portal...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary Jenrick in hot water again as he admits bias

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick - accused by some of breaking the lockdown some weeks ago - is now in more hot...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

What happens after the Tenant Fees Act transition period ends?

In these unprecedented times, Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) aims to reassure letting agents, landlords and tenants on any legislative changes, relating...

06 May 2020

From: Features

Say No To Rightmove hits new milestone and counts down to ‘D-Day’

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has launched a countdown clock on its website to galvanise agents into remembering only 85...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 75% of agency branches will close within five years

“A lot of people have learned that they can work at home, or that there’s other methods of conducting their business......

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Reapit's PropTech deal aims to accelerate completions and cut fall-throughs

PropTech big names Reapit and ViewMyChain are joining up to try to accelerate transactions when the lockdown finally ends and the...

24 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

Planning for post-lockdown - how to hit the ground running

Over the last two weeks we’ve seen the country come to a standstill and the property market effectively put on ice...

01 April 2020

From: Features

Conquering Corona - more guidance and special deals for agents

Hello, and we trust you had as good a weekend as possible in these difficult circumstances.  As we start a new week...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how is the industry coming together during self-isolation?

Where else to start? Since my last Natter two weeks ago, all our lives have changed more than we could ever...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Open letter – why agents need lead generation to help them through the crisis

In response to the current coronavirus pandemic, which is having such an impact on all parts of life, including the property...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Enough is enough – an alternative view on portal subscription fees

It’s time to draw a line in the sand and condemn our rival portals for their current charging structure. Little will...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Rightmove’s offer to agents may be the most generous in the world

An international comparison of how major portals have discounted their charges to agents show Rightmove and Zoopla making “deeper and longer...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers shun Shared Ownership for Help to Buy

New research of the buying habits of first-time buyers in the UK we’ve undertaken here at reallymoving.com shows that Shared Ownership...

25 March 2020

From: Features

Rightmove and Zoopla unveil offers for agents

The two major portals have unveiled their discounts and deals for agents facing a dramatic loss of business because of the...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove charges blamed for helping some agents go bust

A free-to-list portal says the costs of listing on the established sites - especially Rightmove - are contributing to estate agencies...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

“Fat cat freeholders” would be stopped by Commonhold - claim

The government is being urged to make commonhold ownership compulsory on all new apartments - and the move could even begin a...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Embracing the self-employed model – an agent’s view

The landscape of the estate agency market in the UK is evolving to reflect changes in the way we live our...

19 February 2020

From: Features

Rightmove no worse than many other suppliers says ex-Purplebricks boss

One of Britain’s most experienced estate agents says there’s no alternative to Rightmove, and the portal’s relationship with the industry is...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

How digitisation will change conveyancing – for the better

In the field of conveyancing, there’s a new dynamic at play. And that dynamic is customer-driven and customer-focused, using digital technology...

22 January 2020

From: Features

Agents warned they will be accused of mis-selling

A leasehold reform campaigner claims estate agents face “growing calls to be held accountable for mis-selling leasehold properties.” Louie Burns, managing director...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Digital Search Delays: Land Registry plans in disarray

HM Land Registry appears to be making painfully slow progress on digitising land charge search data - contrary to its earlier...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Purplebricks rival’ aims to recruit 25 agents in next 18 months

A hybrid estate agency which set a target of rivalling Purplebricks when it launched says it aims to recruit 25 agents...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Portals say future changes will be for agents - not to be simply 'disruptive'

Here’s the final part of our questioning of the three portals based on comments and queries from our readers - thanks...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Market intelligence boost for independent agents in new trade body

Agents who join the fast-growing Federation of Independent Agents will have full access to the new Homesearch mine of data. Homesearch debuted...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Portals say they're ready for big changes to agencies and house sales

The portals say they are ready and willing to play their part in changes approaching the industry, ranging from new agency...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal Fees: Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM explain their charges

We recently asked readers for their questions to the portals - the questions they couldn’t really ask their local reps, but...

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

New portal led by agents will do what OnTheMarket failed to do

A new portal claims it will do what OnTheMarket failed to do, and offer an agent-led operation charging every agency branch...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents - what do YOU want to know about the portals?

Problems with relationships are usually helped, if not always resolved, by people asking straight questions and getting straight answers. That’s what we...

30 November 2019

From: Features

New specialist portal recruits agents to take on Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM

A new portal has been launched aiming to take on Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket in the retirement property sector - and...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Portals: Agents slammed for losing out via stock market floats

The Great Debate over the charges levied on agents by portals and the huge profits that Rightmove and Zoopla make has...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to reveal trading details on General Election day

Purplebricks is to give its next trading update on General Election day, December 12, when it will tell shareholders the details...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: do agents need to adapt to modern communication methods?

As we know, the world’s moving very fast and how we communicate now is drastically different to even 10 years ago....

16 November 2019

From: Features

Portals: How much does YOUR branch pay?

The big question for the industry at the moment is the cost and future of portals.  This is especially key for agents...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency sells new homes overseas and charges ‘no marketing fees’

A sales agency based in Warrington and set up originally to market new homes in Manchester is now expanding into Shanghai...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

TPO increases fees - and agents who generate most complaints pay more

The Property Ombudsman scheme is increasing its fees in January for the first time in six years - and it’s implementing...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Regulating agents is key demand from leasehold campaigner

A 10 point manifesto to drive forward leasehold reform has been published by prominent campaigner Louie Burns, of The Leasehold Solutions Group. The 10...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: agency poll shows doubt over Johnson honouring pledge

A survey undertaken for estate agency Jackson-Stops reveals that 55 per cent of people do not believe housing is a priority...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency bids to help leaseholders faced with short leases

A London estate agency is attempting to help leaseholders with short leases who may be finding it hard to raise funds...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

£100,000 fine for Countrywide over funds controversy

It’s now emerged that Countrywide has to pay a £100,000 fine to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors after breaching guidelines...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide settles funds controversy by repaying client accounts

Countrywide has this afternoon released a statement suggesting it has, in its eyes, settled the controversy over unclaimed lettings funds being...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks, Housesimple and Yopa must merge to survive - claim

The former chief of an online estate agency says the top three surviving firms in the sector must merge if they...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide quiet on claim diverted money ‘propped up company’

Countrywide has declined to comment on circumstances surrounding today’s Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors disciplinary meeting about diverted funds. One of RICS’...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New online agency says it will be the first to make a profit

A small online agency which in six months of trading has secured around 140 sales says it’s on course to be...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency’s £40k bill after allowing staff to value home they wished to buy

An estate agency will pay out over £40,000 after being found to have misled customers and allowing one of its own...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide warns sellers: septic tanks are a ticking timebomb

Countrywide’s upmarket brand Hamptons International is urging all owners of homes with septic tanks to prepare for new regulations that kick...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

3% commission charged by some High Street agents - claim

A new league table of High Street agents’ charges published over the weekend reveals the locations where agents charge an average...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Introducing the purpose-driven lettings agency

Enhanced customer care strategies, relationship-building schemes, cost-cutting measures and new revenue streams can’t help the lettings industry if the fundamental underlying...

23 October 2019

From: Features

Reservation Agreements: Agency asks buyers for £5,000 - and it works

A London agency has told Estate Agent Today that it makes some of its buyers pay upwards of £5,000 in Reservation...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed: local councils with the slowest searches

A trade body has sharply criticised HM Land Registry for its slow progress on digitising local searches after a promising start...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New multi-agency sales company already works with 40 agents

A relatively new company which signs up vendors and then effectively sub-contracts their sales to strongly-performing local estate agents says it...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group holding inaugural conference this week

The Federation of Independent Agents, the new trade group set up in May, is holding its first conference this week.  The FIA...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Great news: Agents' charges fall despite higher cost of moving house

The typical estate agency fee paid by a seller has actually fallen one per cent in the past year according to...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Foxtons agent launches first-ever buying service just for first timers

A former Foxtons estate agent has set up a property finding service which is exclusively for first time buyers - believed...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Jail for fake estate agent who conned thousands out of women

A fraudster who claimed to be an estate agent has been jailed for four years after conning vulnerable women into giving...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket fee freeze challenged by new portal saying ‘Why Pay At All?’

OnTheMarket’s selective fee freeze for agents has been challenged by a new portal which asks agents: ‘Why pay at all?’ OTM revealed...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket snipes at Rightmove as it reveals price freeze for some agents

OnTheMarket says it will not increase listing charges in 2020 for any agents currently paying full fees, while agencies which list on only...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Data service to reduce free info for agents and introduce subscription option

A new service which launched in June and pledged to provide estate and letting agents with “game changing” access to property...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

It's a fur cop: how a Zoopla listing landed a seller in court

Advertising on Zoopla is a must-have for most sellers but for Susan Tate in Anglesey it meant she ended up in...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Council takes 50 working days to complete a search

A London council admits that it typically takes 50 working days for a search - which means a Local Land Charge...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Buyers advised to check charges and clauses in retirement schemes

A retirement development specialist is warning buyers on such schemes to beware unexpected clauses or restrictions which they may not have...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The trouble with traditional property portals, and how Zillios is spearheading the next step forward

Traditionally speaking, users who are looking to buy, rent, or sell their property to customers on an international basis have been...

05 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Searches delayed by council IT issues but no total shutdown

A local authority that last week warned that it could not provide any local searches for over six weeks has now...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agents face new guidelines as advertising complaints rocket

The Advertising Standards Authority has issued a guidance note warning online estate agents, after complaints about them have “grown dramatically”. “Property is big...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

EweMove bucks downward hybrid trend by increasing revenue

After months of difficulties and closures for many online and hybrid estate agencies, EweMove claims to have bucked the trend. In a...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents beware as council cannot take search queries for six weeks

A local authority in the Home Counties says it will not be possible to accept search queries for six weeks starting...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Fifth of house moves delayed by uncleared funds or slow sellers

Some 115,000 house moves are delayed annually because of funds not being cleared on time or because sellers have not vacated...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

What now for the agency industry as Boris Johnson takes over?

Our own industry’s upheaval over recent years has been no less dramatic than the turmoil at Westminster. The political earthquake has seen...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over 12 agencies named as latest members of independents’ group

The fledgling Federation of Independent Agents has revealed a list of agents which have joined the scheme.  The very latest is Oakwood...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock as Land Registry admits big delay in search digitisation

The city of Norwich has become the sixth part of the UK to switch from council Local Land Charges to digital...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government blasted over ‘scandalous’ leasehold reform proposals

A leasehold reform campaigner says government proposals risk creating a two-tier market and do nothing to assist leaseholders already hit by...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

DPS adjudication case study: Rabbits and a ‘disappearing’ lawn mystery

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

29 June 2019

From: Features

Agents get nine months free use of PropTech tool in latest FIA deal

The Federation of Independent Agents has agreed another new partnership with an industry supplier. The arrangement will allow FIA agent members nine...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agent racially abused police officer and bouncer at club

An estate agent has been fined after racially abusing a police officer in an incident outside a nightclub. Sarah Loasby, from Kettering,...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Should the lettings process become fully digital?

It’s easy to understand why people are hesitant towards processes becoming digital. It is the fear that the digital world is...

12 June 2019

From: Features

CMA launches investigation into sale of leasehold properties

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

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

A moving tide of regulation making its way towards estate agents

It may well seem that the government is pre-occupied with one issue, and one issue alone. While preparations for Brexit take up a...

01 June 2019

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: Claim and counter-claim over arrears

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

25 May 2019

From: Features

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

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

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

How you CAN increase your chargeable fees and JUSTIFY it

With the Tenant Fee Ban obliterating a key income stream, letting agents should be looking at ways they can increase the...

16 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

You're going to prison agent told in £110,000 fraud case

An estate agent in the north east of England has been told he will face prison after admitting two counts of...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group names another top industry firm as partner

The fledgling independent agents’ trade group, the Federation of Independent Agents, has signed another partnership deal with a high-profile industry supplier...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New prime London property portal recruits big industry names

A new portal for the prime London property market has launched this week, recruiting a string of big-name agents.  Vyomm, founded by...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Missing in Action: Agency calls in police over stolen boards

An estate agency has contacted the police after 26 of its boards disappeared since September 2018.  Manor Estate Agents, an all-female agency...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Radical change to leasehold and Right To Manage urged by Law Commission

Consultation closes today on a Law Commission proposal to radically reshape leasehold and the Right To Manage. Right To Manage was introduced...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

DPS adjudication case study: rent arrears vs property condition

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

20 April 2019

From: Features

Agency charged over fees and “undue influence”

A family run estate agency faces a string of charges relating to commission fees and “undue influence” exerted on clients. The charges...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

5 reasons estate agents need a telephone answering service

Of the hundreds of headaches that come with agent territory, worrying about what’s happening to your calls shouldn’t be one of...

08 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – we’re backing the campaign!

The leasehold scandal has received plenty of press coverage, with horror stories of people living in homes that are impossible to...

06 April 2019

From: Features

US estate agency reveals UK expansion plans for more ‘hubs’

The US estate agency Keller Williams says it is on course to have 10 hubs, called market centres, across the UK...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Crunch Time! OnTheMarket says agents should make portal choices soon

Many estate and letting agents are receiving more leads through OnTheMarket than through Rightmove, the challenger portal claims - and it...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to ‘Think Smarter Marketing’ by top industry experts

Four high-profile industry figures have sent an open letter urging agents to think about what they call “smarter marketing” in a...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

DPS adjudication case study: landlords claiming re-protection deposits

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

23 March 2019

From: Features

In Defence Of Agents - the article a newspaper wouldn't publish...

A high profile agent has written a robust defence of the industry following a critical article in a business newspaper - but...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Leasehold scandals deter buyers wanting new-builds - claim

A survey of owners has revealed that recent leasehold scandals have deterred many would-be buyers from considering new build homes.  The survey,...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Lawyers accuse agents of failing to comply with CPRs over leaseholds

The Law Society claims that the unforeseen charges faced by some purchasers of leasehold properties could be addressed “if developers and...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Struggling easyProperty tells its agents: ‘Charge sellers whatever you like’

The easyProperty online agency has abandoned an across-the-board fee structure, allowing its licensee agents to charge what they like. “Each local market is unique...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 March 2019

From: Features

Rightmove average charges top £1,000 a month as revenue and profits soar

Rightmove has this morning given its 2018 report to shareholders, laying bare the huge financial wealth of the company which dominates...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

DPS adjudication case study: Delivery claim made by landlord

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

23 February 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks in trouble? UK chief quits and warning about overseas expansion

Purplebricks has this morning warned investors its foreign activities are not going as well as predicted - although it insists it is...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Sabotage: Hybrid accuses rival agents of aggressive competition

The two men behind a low-profile hybrid estate agency say their company is flourishing after two years in business, during which they...

20 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

Scandal at surveying firm as court orders bosses to repay £182,000

A husband and wife pair of directors at a property valuation and surveying company have been ordered by the courts to...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents' fees unchanged in past year but moving costs hit record high

An annual study of transaction charges shows that house moving costs are now at a record average high of almost £10,000...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

DPS adjudication case study: Rent arrears challenged by evicted tenant

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

02 February 2019

From: Features

Con-man agent jailed for swindling over £300,000 from company

An estate agent who stole per £300,000 from an estate agency spent the money on designer goods and expensive holidays -...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT issues new guidance on redress in leasehold disputes

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency team has issued new guidance for those seeking redress over leasehold disputes.  This guidance contains a...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove's charges 'are good value for agents' insists ex-agency boss

Property industry commentator and former online agency chief executive Russell Quirk has defended Rightmove’s charges to agents, saying that compared to...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Why we need to be able to move when we want, not when we have to

A review of the housing market at present, particularly when it comes to purchase transactions, might not necessarily feel overly positive.  The...

26 January 2019

From: Features

Controversial crowdfund site names agency boss as a top entrepreneur

The controversial crowdfunding site Crowdcube has listed the founder of online estate agency Doorsteps as one of its five ‘entrepreneurs of...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agents charge too little and risk looking 'cheap' - Russell Quirk

The former chief executive of Emoov says online estate agencies charge too little, so risk appearing cheap and ineffective to potential...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New 'market centres' to be opened in south of England by US agency

Estate Agent Today can reveal that US-owned franchise agency Keller Williams has ‘soft-opened’ two new market centres in the south of...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer slams developers over leasehold houses

Developers have continued to sell thousands of new-build houses with leaseholds, despite a government pledge to ban the “unscrupulous” practice a...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – A to Z of the property market for 2018

Another year is nearly done – and what an eventful year it’s been. We’ve had more than our fair share of breaking...

22 December 2018

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: replacement of a damaged carpet

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

22 December 2018

From: Features

'Snow joke: portal makes six month offer to agents selling ski properties

A specialist property portal says it’s offering estate agents “a captive audience for the ski properties on their books.” SnowOnly says that...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

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

15 December 2018

From: Features

New portal signs up Countrywide and 30 agencies ahead of 2019 launch

A new portal is launching next year with Countrywide and some 30 other estate agency groups signed up, as well as...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

DPS adjudication case study: charges for court appearances?

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

01 December 2018

From: Features

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

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

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Digital searches: Blackpool rocks as it becomes fourth location to go live

The town of Blackpool has become the fourth part of the UK to switch from council Local Land Charges to digital...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Who comes out on top in the battle of the property portals?

Given that online property portals, dominated by a handful of websites, are by far the most popular home search method, it...

17 November 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: could these innovations change the market forever?

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

17 November 2018

From: Features

It’s time for conveyancing to up its game

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

17 November 2018

From: Features

Shock figures show ‘hidden’ conveyancing fees deter buyers

A digital conveyancing platform says a lack of transparency in the house moving process - particularly regarding legal costs - is...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov advert triggers another complaint to watchdog

The troubled Emoov hybrid estate agency, currently up for sale, has removed an advertisement after a complaint to a watchdog over...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-High Street pair launch hybrid agency to take on traditional rivals

Two former High Street agents say their new hybrid agency has enjoyed an impressive launch gathering 40 instructions in just four...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Two hybrid agencies pledge to roll-out nationwide in next two years

A hybrid estate agency with ambitions to rival Purplebricks has revealed that it has significantly expanded its current footprint, with ambitions...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Traditional agents’ commission just 1.1% and some charge even less

Traditional estate agent fees average just 1.1 per cent across the UK according to research from an agency comparison website -...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New online agency says it wants to expand across the UK

A new online agency says it is currently focussing on one large city but will expand to cover the whole of...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Action pledged on mobile homes - but government gives no timetable

The government says mobile home residents are to receive greater protection from dishonest site owners seeking to make a profit at...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove: estate agents really p****d off says Emoov boss

Outspoken online estate agency chief Russell Quirk says the estate agency industry is “really p****d off” with Rightmove trying to ride...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hubs not branches the future, says agent who rejected easyProperty

An agent in the Guild is launching a ‘hub’ style operation from December 1 and says the concept of traditional estate...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents want help for existing leaseholders as well as new ones

The National Association of Estate Agents has welcomed the government’s move to ensure most future new-build houses are sold as freehold...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to make new homes freehold with ground rents capped

The vast majority of new-build houses are to be sold as freehold with ground rents for new leases capped at £10...

14 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Dear Mr Chancellor…this is what we need on October 29…

I’ve spoken many times before of my desire to see government take property more seriously. For more than just lip service...

13 October 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – legislation, legislation, legislation

Landlords and letting agents might feel they’ve taken a bit of a battering from the government in recent years – and...

22 September 2018

From: Features

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

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

No commission, no fees - meet the agency selling homes 'for free'

An estate agency is pioneering a new business model in which it charges no commission whatsoever to the vendor. Freeagent247, an online...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Agent commission fees are second biggest daylight robbery' - Emoov

Hybrid agency Emoov has released research in which it claims consumers rank high street estate agency commission fees as the second...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Should equity release be taxed to encourage down-sizing?

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

25 August 2018

From: Features

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

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

25 August 2018

From: Features

OnTheMarket now has 57% of branches but warns again on charges

OnTheMarket has seen another increase in listings to more than 10,500 offices, but it is repeating a warning that its free...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Speed up ban on abusive leasehold rules, law firm urges government

A specialist property law firm is calling on the government to speed up changes in the law to avoid abusive leasehold...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Fake Sales: jail threat to lying estate agent caught up in CPR fraud

A maverick Cornish estate agent who falsely gave the impression to customers that his business was highly successful has been hit...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

The market needs stamp duty cuts for all

Were it not for climate change, I would be very close to predicting that the summer is close to being over,...

18 August 2018

From: Features

Why letting agents need to be ready for a challenging market this autumn

The buy-to-let sector, which has been under sustained pressure for a number of years now thanks to tax changes designed to...

15 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

OnTheMarket price rise could be the right move for some of us

It was interesting to see the recent story on Estate Agent Today about OnTheMarket (OTM) raising its fees after signing up...

04 August 2018

From: Features

Agency branches spend almost £1,000 per month on average on Rightmove

‘Up’ is the key word in Rightmove’s figures for the first half of 2018, released to the City and to shareholders...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket warns charges will rise as it hits 10,000 branch mark

OnTheMarket has now signed listing agreements with UK estate and letting agents with a total of over 10,000 offices - but...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news on mortgages - no arrangement fees on 40% of them

The mortgage industry may be throwing agents and the housing market something of a lifeline - it’s been revealed that 40...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Referral fees – why a ban won’t make services cheaper

We are currently engaged in consultations with our members to help to find a practical solution to the concern of the...

21 July 2018

From: Features

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

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

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

At last - Local Land Charge searches 'can take just seconds'

Automated search companies have heaped praise on HM Land Registry following the digitisation of local land charge data - the LLC1...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? Blog 3

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

09 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks pledges to appeal latest ban on advertisement

Another Purplebricks ad has been stamped down on by the Advertising Standards Authority following a complaint by Hunters Property Group - but...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New online firm charges 0.75% fee on completion with no contract period

A new online agency has started charging only 0.75 per cent commission, payable only on completion, with no VAT and no...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent to face trail - he denies lying over sales information

It is understood that an estate agent from Cornwall is to face trial over allegations that he misled potential customers over...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Strewth! Purplebricks investigated by another Australian watchdog

News media in Australia say Purplebricks is the subject of an investigation by a consumer watchdog in the province of Western...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Which hybrid agents and PropTech firms made the top 100 startups list?

Two online agents and a number of PropTech companies have been named in startups.co.uk's Startups 100 index. Coming in at number 64...

22 May 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

Exclusive: UK estate agent fees 'are the lowest in the world'

Here’s some good news to take into the Bank Holiday weekend.  Research undertaken by Estate Agent Today suggests that fees charged by...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

High house prices and leasehold abuse are key worries for public - survey

Stubbornly high house prices and concerns over leasehold-related charges top the list of worries amongst the public about the housing market. That’s...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents’ qualifications will cut competition and increase fees - claim

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

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Big rise in complaints to Property Redress Scheme ombudsman service

The Property Redress Scheme - one of the three government-approved redress schemes handling complaints about sales and lettings agents - has...

13 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

Purplebricks tells government to order agents to publish fees

Purplebricks has issued a provocative response to the government’s new measures to promote a more professional and transparent house buying process.  The...

11 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

PropTech Today: Is AI set to transform the world of property?

Last week, a story was published by CNBC about a couple who sold their home, for above the asking price, without...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Quicker conveyancing pledged as Land Registry puts council searches online

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

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agents will have to employ sales progression teams

The operation of ‘online estate agencies’ has changed substantially in the relatively short few years of their existence: I have spotted...

03 March 2018

From: Features

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

Property Natter – Q & A with Isobel Thomson, NALS

This week I carry out a question and answer session with one of the most high-profile names in property. Isobel Thomson has...

10 February 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks fees rise up to 33 per cent In Australia

Purplebricks has increased its charges in Australia by up to 33 per cent. The Australian Financial Review reports that the 33 per...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency unveils radical 'low-cost traditional High Street business model'

Arun Estates has launched what it describes as “a major new departure” - a fully-staffed High Street office but covering a...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Tepilo dismisses industry rumours of fee structure overhaul

Online estate agency Tepilo has denied industry speculation that it is to change its fee structure now that it is under...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers fight back against 'errors' league table publication

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

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Group slams 'incredibly weak' government leasehold reforms

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

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' fees have risen only four per cent in a decade

A survey released this morning shows that estate agents’ fees have risen only four per cent in real terms since 2007...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agent deposit/conveyancer scheme claims 100% completion rate

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

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New 'For Sale By Owner' site by-passes agents and charges £65

A new website which completely by-passes all kinds of estate agents and allows vendors to upload details of their own properties...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Will Purplebricks ruling end agents’ purple mist?

So at last someone has woken up to the fact that Purplebricks needs to be clearer about how it charges for...

21 October 2017

From: Features

How many agency business models are there today?

It used to be so easy. Around 20 years ago there were what we now call full-service estate and letting agencies, and...

23 September 2017

From: Features

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

Regional portal plans wider coverage and investment by year-end

Regional property portal MoviNorth says it plans to secure additional investment to expand its coverage by the end of 2017. The portal...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Tips for surviving the ban on letting agent fees

Parliament is sitting again and the entire lettings industry is waiting with bated breath for more detail on the government’s proposal...

09 September 2017

From: Features

When you add up the costs, it can be miles cheaper to lease a car

Not so long ago, new UK car sales were racing ahead, fuelled by confidence in the economic recovery, but car production...

19 August 2017

From: Features

Banned!  Online firm claimed High Street agents charge 1.5% to 4%

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned online agency HouseSimple from claiming that High Street agents charge “1.5% to 4% (plus 20%...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate Agent Today Panel - Agents’ Mutual: the arguments continue

No one can say Agents’ Mutual has failed to provoke debate within the industry. The project was the centre of fierce argument...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Could Rightmove really increase charges to agents again?

A City analyst has fuelled speculation that Rightmove has a goal to increase its monthly average revenue from each agency from...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry backs leasehold reform as government releases more details

There has been general support from the industry for the government’s apparent intention to ban new homes in England being sold...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Government set to ban leaseholds on new-builds in England

The government says it wants to ban “unfair” leasehold charges imposed on buyers of new-build homes in England.  Under the measure, subject to...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Reviews - Agency complaint about Purplebricks upheld by watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint over a Purplebricks website statement featuring testimonials from clients; the complaint was made...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' group's outburst over law flouters and anonymous trollers

The troubled trade group Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents - which has suggested it may not have enough support...

03 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

Conveyancers set out their ideas for leasehold reform

A cluster of conveyancing and legal experts, known as the Legal Sector Group, has published a raft of proposals on leasehold...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Online estate agency to sell vendors' homes for just £25

A new online estate agency is offering vendors a sales package for just £24.99. MoveSelf, which is based in Manchester, allows vendors to...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Boutique hybrid agency plans 20 similar operations in local areas

A distinctive boutique estate agency that describes itself as a hybrid between traditional and online operators, and which set up a...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Top High Street agents significantly out-perform onliners' says group

A consumer group which has consistently promoted online agencies says they achieve closer to sellers’ original asking price than the national...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' fees up 31% in a decade: surveyors, conveyancers up much more

The average cost of moving home in the UK was £9,472 in 2016 according to a survey by the Centre for...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks steps up its attack on commission-based estate agents

Purplebricks has stepped up its attack on what it calls “Britain's antiquated method of buying and selling homes” by describing it as...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New leasehold scandal? Retirement villages face clampdown

A two year investigation by the Law Commission has ended with a claim that some owners of leasehold retirement properties, and...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove 'may go easy on fee increases to agents' claims City analyst

City investment consultancy Jefferies has suggested that Rightmove ‘may go easy’ on increasing its charges to agent customers, because of the...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals annual cost of restructuring

Countrywide has revealed that in 2016 it spent over £8.1m on redundancies, some £7.4m on contract costs relating to closed premises,...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers publish consumer guide to lease administration fees

The Conveyancing Association (CA) has this week published a consumer guide on leasehold property.  The document, released yesterday, has a specific focus...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New agency offers 'guaranteed price' to vendors ahead of sale

A new London-based online estate agency called Nested says it has had a “superb start” to trading, using its unusual business...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Watchdog orders online agency not to re-run TV advert

Online agency HouseSimple has been told that by the Advertising Standards Authority that its TV advertisement including the claim ‘sell your...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

 Opportunity for letting agents as landlords struggle with new law

Legal firm Kirwans have released shocking statistics which state that 70% of eviction notices issued by landlords to tenants may be...

30 January 2017

From: Sponsored Content

New agency comparison website bans online and hybrid agents

A new website that will allow vendors and landlords to compare the expertise and fees of estate and letting agents has banned online...

19 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

Government pledges to tackle leasehold abuses in the new year

Housing minister Gavin Barwell says the government will put forward proposals in the new year to stop abuses of the leasehold...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Imprisoned estate agent to return to court for financial hearing

It has been revealed that an estate agent who is serving a five year prison sentence for fraud is to return...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

CMA to make conveyancers publish home-moving charges online

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

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

No excuse not to buy - number of fee-free mortgage deals soars

The number of fee-free deals on fixed rate mortgages has more than doubled in the past year according to research by...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement: reaction and what’s next for us?

Chancellor Philip Hammond caught the lettings industry unaware with an incredulous Autumn Statement.  The buy-to-let sector took a bashing earlier in 2015...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Pay As You Go online agency promises to 'disrupt the disruptors'

An estate agency described as operating a ‘pay as you go’ business model says it wants to “disrupt the disruptors” operating...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Anger over Chancellor ignoring industry's pleas on stamp duty

The industry has reacted angrily to the Chancellor declining to change stamp duty despite pleas from agents and suppliers ahead of the Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Redressing the wrongs of agents remains fair and impartial

When a tenant paid his initial one month’s rent in addition to a tenancy deposit in exchange for the keys to...

05 November 2016

From: Features

New online agency with 'local experts' says it is Britain's cheapest

An online agency called DoorStepAgents.com claims to have set up a service which is both the cheapest and ‘best value’ sales...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agent says Rightmove false allegations are gross abuse

An online estate agency delisted by Rightmove for apparently breaching its terms and conditions has accused the portal of “gross abuse”...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

'Cut stamp duty now' agents tell Hammond ahead of statement

Estate agents are already setting out their stalls ahead of Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s November 23 Autumn Statement with one simple message...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers urge Hammond to reverse Osborne property taxes

The Conveyancing Association says new Chancellor Phillip Hammond should use next month’s Autumn Statement as the opportunity to reverse controversial buy...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

RICS to expel agent exposed in Channel 4 documentary

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is to expel an estate agent for breaking several of its membership rules.  Dion Beard,...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Jail for man who drove into agent, causing life-changing injuries

A hit-and-run driver has been jailed for three years and four months after a crash near Newmarket which left an estate...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want more transparency in leasehold transactions

The Conveyancing Association has set out recommendations to end what it claims are significant delays and overcharging taking place within the...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Former Wonga exec sets up London property crowdfunding platform

Another crowdfunding platform has launched, encouraging investors to buy a share in a property - in this case, a prime London...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Money laundering due diligence: traditional checks vs electronic checks

This debate has been running for some time, but it tends to be the online providers of electronic checks that put...

24 June 2016

From: Features

Should estate agents vote In or Out?

I pride myself as a logical person, so much so that it amazes me how most people seem to struggle to...

17 June 2016

From: Features

If your fees are justified, you shouldn't be afraid to publicise them

The old and eternal debate over whether or not tenant fees should be banned continues to rumble on. It’s a major concern...

10 June 2016

From: Features

2016 half year news round up for Estate & Letting agents

As we have just passed the 6 month half way point of 2016 we thought it would be a good idea...

09 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Why negotiating skills will be more crucial than ever in the months ahead

Sales skills, and the ability to negotiate in particular, have always been a core ingredient for any estate agent – and...

03 June 2016

From: Features

Land Registry: anti-privatisation campaign gathers momentum

An online petition against the privatisation of the Land Registry now has around 225,000 signatures with just over a week to...

17 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the top five Proptech products

Last time out I spoke about the beginnings of a PropTech revolution, with two major London-based events in the offing over...

13 May 2016

From: Features

Conveyancing initiatives put the emphasis on modernisation

Two initiatives appear to show efforts by the conveyancing industry to make its house transaction processes quicker and more appropriate to...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Surge in complaints over service charges on leasehold properties

The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners says more leaseholders are complaining of inflated service charges for maintenance, upkeep and communal areas.  The...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent jailed for five years after taking £450,000 from elderly clients

An estate agent has been jailed for five years for taking more than £450,000 from elderly clients in Cumbria. A BBC report says...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Property transaction charges catch out first time buyers, claims survey

A new survey suggests that it is the other fees associated with moving house - not estate agents’ charges - that...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Big boost in mortgage lending says e.surv - but will it last much longer?

Home lending in 2016 saw its best opening quarter for nine years according to the figures from chartered surveying firm e.surv.  An...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency accuses traditional agents of 'hiding' VAT on fees

Online agent House Network has accused unspecified numbers of traditional estate agents of hiding their VAT fees.  A statement from the agency...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

EweMove chief slams government and portals over digital innovation efforts

An executive director at hybrid estate agency EweMove has hit out at the government’s apparent support for innovation in the house...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

London agency tries fixed-fees and a contest to lure £1m-plus vendors

We’re used to agents in the provinces having to initiate incentives to attract vendors but the state of the high-end London...

07 April 2016

From: Breaking News

The siren call of Lisbon – A tale of rejection, disappointment and betrayal

When, during his budget speech, George Osborne announced Capital Gains Tax (CGT) was going down to 20%, I experienced a mix...

25 March 2016

From: Features

Estate agent on £450,000 fraud charges told he may face prison

An estate agent who has pleaded guilty to 13 counts of fraud involving around £450,000 has been warned he is likely...

10 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Research reveals huge rise in service charges on new-build flats

The service charges for new-build flats coming on to the market this year are on average 96 per cent higher than...

09 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Almost 4,000 high-end owner-occupied homes actually owned by companies

Analysis of government data suggests there are 3,990 properties valued over £500,000 which are owner-occupied but purchased by so-called ‘corporate wrappers’...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty and buy to let tax changes: Readers' views put to David Cameron

In January readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were given the opportunity to give their views on proposed...

25 January 2016

From: Features

Can Stamp Duty really change the face of the buy-to-let sector?

With a little over two months to go until changes to Stamp Duty are introduced that will impact purchasers of second...

22 January 2016

From: Features

Legal Ombudsman issues conveyancing guide after buyer's £20,000 bill

The Legal Ombudsman has published new guidance for first time buyers as a result of conveyancing problems topping the list of...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

The CHAPS debate: This needs to be discussed in adult fashion

A riposte to Rob Hailstone's article: 'C'mon CHAPS, Don't be faized'. Good Day, and a late Merry Christmas. Sorry for the delay in...

08 January 2016

From: Features

Bill McClintock, The Property Ombudsman Scheme

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

18 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Possible Land Registry sell-off prompts concern over searches

The possibility of the Land Registry being amongst £4.6 billion of public assets earmarked for privatisation has provoked protests across the...

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement: Osborne to unveil mortgage and Help To Buy ISA details

It is anticipated that the government will reveal more details of how it proposes to simplify mortgage fees and make mortgage...

25 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Another court appearance for estate agent on fraud and theft charges

An estate agent accused of an alleged £300,000 fraud charge has appeared in a magistrates court, ahead of an expected Crown...

23 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Foxtons piles more woe on stagnating central London sales market

Foxtons says affordability issues and increased stamp duty charges for some of the most expensive properties mean London’s sales market is...

23 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent denies £250k fraud allegation made by Trading Standards team

An estate agent is going on trial concerning allegations that he defrauded people of over a quarter of a million pounds. Russell...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

No penalty for agents returning from OTM says portal chief

The chief executive of Zoopla has pledged that there will be no financial or other penalty exerted on agents who return...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agent in court: 16 charges, accused of £300,000 fraud

An estate agent accused of being behind a £300,000 fraud has appeared before Carlisle Crown Court. The Cumbrian News & Star local...

15 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Online agency used photos from high street agent's website

A new online agency launched on Monday is already in hot water. It used photographs of a Manchester property on sale through...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Another flat-fee online agency launches - with extra charges

Another online estate agency has launched, claiming to save vendors thousands of pounds by “getting rid of all the unnecessary stuff...

09 September 2015

From: Breaking News

You could save Landlords money with our Emergency Assist cover

No one likes to be called and told, your boiler has broken down or a burst pipe has caused damage to...

13 August 2015

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Online agent in bid to move away from upfront fees

eMoov has entered into a partnership with peer-to-peer lender RateSetter in another bid by an online estate agency to find an...

27 July 2015

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Get the most from everyday emails with a professional email signature

The abundance of emails you send every day presents a valuable, yet often overlooked marketing opportunity for your agency. With that said,...

08 July 2015

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Top City man makes second major investment in Purplebricks

Sky News is reporting that the City's top fund manager Neil Woodford has increased his involvement in online estate agent Purplebricks,...

08 July 2015

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How to ride the digital wave legally and fairly

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

03 July 2015

From: Features

Let’s get our act together

This month has marked a real change in the way the private lettings sector is perceived - and it’s a perception...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Estate agent in court on 16 charges of fraud

A Cumbrian estate agent has appeared in court charged with 16 counts of fraud. The Cumbrian News & Star newspaper reports that...

17 June 2015

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Fee disclosure: Are you ready for an inspection?

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

29 May 2015

From: Features

NAEA Lawline dominated by terms of business

The new Lawline operated for the National Association of Estate Agents appears so far to be concentrating on calls about employment...

20 May 2015

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One estate agent on fraud charges, another banned from pubs

An estate agent has been charged by police with 16 counts of fraud. Donald George Anthony Scott, 61, from Bolton Low Houses,...

15 May 2015

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'One million landlords exit the PRS' - the headline you don’t want to read

Ian Wilson, the head of Martin & Co, recently threw his hat into the ring regarding Labour’s stated intention to cap...

04 May 2015

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Rival redress schemes report increased business

Two rival redress schemes applying to sales and lettings agents are claiming increased business.  A press release from the Property Redress Scheme...

30 April 2015

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Advertising watchdog rules against Hamptons fees ad

Hamptons International has been slapped down by the Advertising Standards Authority for not making it clear that some lettings fees were...

23 April 2015

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Estate agent fees up 61% in a decade

Typical estate agency fees have risen 61 per cent in the past decade although average house prices have increased by a...

22 April 2015

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