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Another agency switches to self-employed broker business model

A London agency has undergone what it calls a ‘genteel’ rebrand with a subtle change of name - but a major...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Want an online agency franchise? Then make me an offer, says boss

The Good Estate Agent, set up in 2010, is slashing its franchise fee - it claims the reductions are for Black...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Self-employed broker agency reveals plan for multiple franchisees

One of the first companies to promote the self-employed ‘broker’ business model has announced its first franchise agreement - and says...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove marketing boost to agents working in ‘happy’ locations

Rightmove claims to have found the happiest place in the UK - and it’s in Northumberland. The market town of Hexham has...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents - you think on-boarding should be easier, a survey claims

A survey of 100 agents commissioned by industry supplier Landmark suggests most believe the current onboarding process is ripe for simplification.  Some...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

High speed broadband increasingly vital for buyers

A high-speed internet connection is the second most important factor for buyers after property size, a survey claims. And the study -...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

EPCs are misleading and out of date - claim

Energy Performance Certificates are “misleading” indicators of zero carbon buildings and should no longer be used as official guides to help...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin launches new tech claiming to reduce fall-throughs

Boomin has launched a new tool - Chainmaker - which it claims cuts fall throughs and introduces agents to ‘hot buyers’. The software...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket delivers record number of instant valuations

OnTheMarket says it delivered a record number of instant valuation enquiries last month, beating its previous best period in June of...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Social Network’ online platform announces PropTech collaboration

PropertyHeads, a platform describing itself as a social network for house buyers and sellers, has a new PropTech partnership. It’s linked with...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements give “absolute certainty” to agents - claim

Reservation Agreements provide agents with absolute certainty that both sellers and buyers are being honest. “If they’re lying or… shall we say,...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ record-breaking web traffic despite Google slump - claim

A property media analyst claims Purplebricks has record-breaking website traffic thanks to its “relentless” and vast budget marketing. “Whether you like to...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents offered £300,000 in US-style shared fee deal for mansion

Agents are being offered a theoretical £300,000 if they introduce a buyer willing to pay £30m for a mansion on sale in...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency claims to have ‘solved industry’s staff shortage’

EweMove - the hybrid brand owned by The Property Franchise Group - says its operating model effectively solves a reported staff...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Better EPCs mean bigger sale prices, according to Rightmove

Rightmove says sellers who have upgraded their Energy Performance Certificate rating to a C - from a D, E or F -...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Referral fees and sales and finance back-up offered to agents

A new service has been launched claiming to offer ‘a new supportive partnership opportunity’ for agents to earn referral fees. Cox &...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Will more online agencies face class actions over self-employed pay?

The class action taken by former self-employed workers against two online agencies should be a warning to other firms breaking the...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks faces legal action from agents over holiday and pension pay

A claims firm wants to commence proceedings against online estate agency companies such as Purplebricks and Yopa. It's on behalf of thousands...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Big Three Portals accused over inflated asking prices

A small property portal has accused Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket of listing properties with asking prices far in excess of market...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive leap in equity held by older home-owners

Over-65s saw their property wealth increase by £800 a month recently thanks to frenzied demand during the stamp duty holiday, an equity release...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

The best CRMs tell agents what to do and when to do it - claim

PropTech and CRMs should be about far more than merely gathering data - they should be telling agents which prospects are...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Very few buyers care about energy efficiency, new study shows

Despite increasing public debate and media spotlight on energy efficiency, the issue appears relatively unimportant to seven out of eight buyers according to...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ photos ‘mislead buyers over true size of properties’ - claim 

A portal says many buyers feel disappointed when viewing a property becuase it is typically smaller than agents’ photographs suggest.  MoveStreets claims...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should be confident of fees they charge says data analyst

Estate agents who differentiate themselves from competitors should not be afraid of charging more - and should have confidence when doing...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

London’s Changing Market: What’s hot and what’s not

One of the country’s leading buying agents has set out what’s hot and what’s not in London’s housing market as it...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent group says talented women lost to industry due to menopause

The Women In Property group claims talented females are being lost to the industry due to the menopause.  It says panic attacks,...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Most agents have faced unsafe incidents, according to survey

Some two thirds of agents and other property professionals who have worked alone have suffered an incident endangering their safety, according to...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC uses Rightmove and Zoopla to snoop on tax payments

It’s been revealed that HM Revenue & Customs scours the listings on both Rightmove and Zoopla to assess whether property investors...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: are estate agents paid enough?

Agent wages have been in the news this week, with boastful claims from a number of self-employed businesses about the sums...

09 October 2021

From: Features

Is this the highest paid estate agent in Britain?

An estate agent claims he may be the highest paid in the industry this year - and he puts it down to...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Best And Final Offers “do massive disservice to sellers” - claim

Best and Final Offers should be scrapped - and a property expert claims that would be good because they do a massive...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin’s SmartVal service has over 10,000 requests since launch

Fledgling portal Boomin says its new SmartVal tool has received over 10,000 requests since launching in early September. SmartVal is powered in part by...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals four new Modern Method of Auction providers

Rightmove - which for some time has linked solely with iamsold to provide the controversial Modern Method of Auction system to...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech can reassure agents in post-SDLT holiday market - claim

The right technology can reassure agents that transactions will complete on time - vital to retaining business following the end of the...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Recovery signs at last for Prime London prices

Prices in prime central London have risen for the past two quarters, prompting a tentative claim that the market may be...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

How can agents save weeks on sales progression?

A video interview claims to spill the beans on how sales progression can be accelerated by three to four weeks. Estate agent...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: £5m to be spent on self-employed agents in 100 areas

An online operator called Nested is to spend £5m to promote the self-employed estate agency concept in 100 parts of the...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - success of tax break shows why reform is needed

One of the leading figures in trade body Propertymark wants stamp duty to be reformed, and claims that the success of...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

For Sale - Online Agency claiming to be “the future of property”

An online agency which describes itself as being “the future of property” is up for sale. Nu:move is a franchise operation, set...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons explains Data PropTech behind matching clients with properties

Foxtons has given details of the PropTech it uses to help improve leads and business decisions.  The agency, which has some 50 offices...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency charges buyers not sellers, and plans to roll out nationwide

An estate agency that charges buyers not sellers is proposing to roll out nationwide. FreeAgent247.com, has been set up by Daniel Lewis...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Crisis: Better EPCs boost house values - claim

The Halifax claims that homes with the highest energy ratings are worth up to £40,000 more on average compared to less...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour wants radical house buying changes if it comes to power

Labour is to reveal a raft of new housing policies at its party conference this weekend - and it claims it’s...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Developer land banking ‘myth’ debunked by study, major builders say

A leading planning consultancy has claimed that ‘the myth’ that housing developers are hoarding land after gaining planning consent in order...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Businesses, including agencies, hand back £1.3 billion in furlough money

New figures from HM Treasury have revealed that businesses, including a number of major agencies, have returned £1.3 billion in furlough...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Maldives over Benidorm – hybrid says ‘we do not want to be the biggest’

A Hertfordshire-based hybrid agency has released a surprising and some might argue refreshing message, saying it’s not interested in size as...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Claim: property tax revamp could free up as many as 600,000 homes

The government has been warned that its much-talked about levelling up agenda is ‘doomed to fail’ without major reform of the...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Could you market a property based on its quirky postcode?

Forget en-suites and garden rooms, could you boost viewings with the postcode of a property? Research by comparison website Money.co.uk has identified...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Think tank rehashes ‘mansion tax’ to replace council tax and stamp duty

A think tank has proposed scrapping Council Tax and stamp duty in favour of an annual property levy.  The Institute for Public...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Asking prices hit record high as buyer demand heats up - Rightmove

Buyer demand per property for sale is more than double that of pre-pandemic levels, Rightmove claims. The property portal’s latest House Price...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Platform - proof of funds vitally important as stamp duty holiday end nears

Being able to show proof of funds in a quick, transparent and simple way is more crucial than ever to keep fall-throughs...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty boost for first-time buyers? Not a bit of it, claims research

First-time buyers are £25,000 worse off thanks to the stamp duty holiday, according to estate agent comparison site GetAgent. The website revealed...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents - are you listing a buyer’s dream home?

Rightmove claims to have identified the dream home for buyers. A survey of more than 2,000 visitors to the portal’s website has...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Poor connection! A third of buyers would pull out of an offer over bad wi-fi

Picky buyers are walking away from property deals after realising the internet connection at a property is poor, research claims. A poll...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

House price growth set to slow as stamp duty holiday ends

The property market is unlikely to enter a last-minute rush before the final stamp duty holiday ends in October, research claims. Analysis...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

More energy efficient homes can attract high sale price - claim

Implementing measures recommended in an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) could boost the sales price of a property for a vendor, the...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Market insight - agent predicts brisk end to stamp duty holiday

Demand from buyers is set to be strong for the rest of 2021 as the stamp duty holiday unwinds but uncertainty...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reveals result of switch from self-employed

Purplebricks says its aim to move 650 staff from self-employed status to employed has had a 95 per cent success rate. It...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

TV campaign begins today for Boomin’s SmartVal service

A TV advertising campaign begins today to promote SmartVal, its real-time valuation tool available on the Boomin portal. The advertisements will start...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Avoid sleepless nights by choosing the right sales and lettings software

We are living in the age of information. Our working and personal lives are underpinned by software, data and technology to...

04 September 2021

From: Features

PropTech survey claims agents lack expertise and local knowledge

A small survey commissioned by a PropTech firm appears to show that a majority of respondents believe estate agents lack expertise...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Blockchain network Coadjute announces new partnerships

Blockchain network Coadjute has announced new partnerships with software firms. Coadjute launched in July and claims it will halve the time it...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents overpaying for property leads, claims PropTech operator

A PropTech operator claims that agents currently pay around £250 per lead, averaging costs of different sources ranging from Google Ads...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Buyers hopelessly ill-informed on mortgage process, survey suggests

Many Britains are apparently under-estimating the impact of furlough on their ability to get a mortgage and buy a property. A new...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyers return to prime London says leading buying agent

A prominent London-focussed buying agent says she is seeing more foreign buyers returning to the UK capital - with more expected...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Shocking number of down valuations, claims agency

An agency claims that across the UK there have been very nearly 400,000 property transactions down valued in the last year...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agency scandal shows Trading Standards work is vital - claim

The work of the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team is “vital” it claims - and the case of the...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

95% mortgages fall flat as few deals actually agreed, claims broker

A broker claims the high profile return of the 95 per cent mortgage has actually made little impact on the housing...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform adds first-of-its-kind sales progression feature

Zoopla-owned Proptech platform Yourkeys has launched what it calls a first-of-its-kind sales progression service for new-build shared ownership properties. It works like...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Buying a home is expensive - keeping it is even more…

An estate agency comparison website has conducted research into how much it costs to simply keep an average home in a...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Auction service claims agents swinging in its favour

Auction service Iamsold says a small-sample survey it conducted of agents suggests that increasing numbers are looking favourably on auctions as...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

 Online market share rises with Purplebricks the big winner

A new survey of online and hybrid agents claims that they are now taking a 13 per cent share of the...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Agents advised not to settle for ‘ordinary’ websites

A PropTech entrepreneur is advising agents not to settle for simply having their websites up and running, and instead using CRM...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday did NOT cause market frenzy - claim

An unexpected claim was made over the weekend - that the long-running stamp duty holiday was not, after all, behind the...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

From Connells junior to £104,000 last month - claim

An agent has gone on record saying how he has progressed from being a photocopier boy at a Connells branch to...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

 Half a billion to be spent on new private shared ownership scheme

A company says it’s gathering £500m in funding to purchase properties for a “gradual home ownership” scheme - a variation on...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent claims buyer exodus from London is still in full flow

Estate agents have gone on the record to say the flow of purchasers from London to country and market town locations...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

First asking price drop of 2021 - market cooling in latest Rightmove index

The average asking price, as recorded by Rightmove, has fallen for the first time this year. In another sign that the market...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Appetite for home ownership proven by Help To Buy claims Jenrick

Over 55,000 households bought homes through the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme in the past financial year - a...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: ‘Realtor franchise’ scheme launched by long-standing agency

An estate agency is celebrating its 21st anniversary by launching a new ‘realtor’ franchise model based on enhanced technology and personalised...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC targets property transactions after slump in tax income

HM Revenue & Customs is reported to be targeting recent home buyers after a slump in income from property taxes during...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the type of buyer who moved during stamp duty holiday

A report claims the flurry of transactions over recent months has been down mostly to families moving into larger homes and...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks admits short term disruption but CEO makes pay pledge

The chief executive of Purplebricks says he wants to move his agency’s 600 Local Property Experts from self-employed to employed status...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property firm says additional home owners should pay higher tax

A prominent property consultancy is urging the government to ensure that holiday home owners pay more tax.  Colliers claims local authorities are...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban family homes becoming holiday lets and Airbnbs - senior MP

The former leader of the Liberal Democrats is calling for a ban on family homes being used for holiday lets and...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards “sought to discredit me” claims former estate agent

A former estate agent has accused the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agent Team of trying to discredit him. Chris Wood,...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: half-year review – what has 2021 brought so far?

Well, we’re technically more than halfway through the year already, but we’ll let that slide. And what a year it’s been...

31 July 2021

From: Features

Agents’ fees to Rightmove soar as portal enjoys record performance

Rightmove has reported a dramatic bounce back in its fortunes - and it’s making more money from agents even than before...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Use The Data! Agents should target owners likely to move in next year

With stock remaining perilously short for most agents, the industry has been advised to use data to identify those existing owners...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Each property on sale has 19 potential buyers, claims agency body

“There is an average of 19 buyers for every available property on the market” according to Propertymark’s latest market snapshot for...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Pay-per-view wins Propertymark green light but agents warned

Propertymark says a new pay-per-viewing service is “interesting” but warns agents to protect themselves by abiding by consumer protection regulations. The warning has come following...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revolutionary pay-per-view property service launches

A number of estate agencies have signed up to a service which charges £30 to view a property. The online service, called...

24 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Boots joins John Lewis and Lloyds in entering the property sector

Boots is the latest company to dip its toe into the water of the property sector.  Modular housing company ilke Homes has...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin marketing campaign to emphasise new valuation tool for agents

Fledgling portal Boomin is launching what it claims to be the most interactive and accurate online valuation tool on the market.  It...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Surge in sellers leaving London dates back to 2018, claims new analysis

New research suggests that the number of owners enquiring to sell across Greater London has increased by 68 per cent since...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Controversial Modern Method of Auction claims “consumer confidence”

The largest player in the Modern Method of Auction sector says there is growing consumer confidence in the way the system...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Major agency network signs up to ESTAS review service

The reviews element of the ESTAS Group has signed a two year deal with Hunters. The agreement means Hunters - now part...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Virtual viewings supplier quantifies apparent savings to agents

A supplier of virtual viewings claims physical viewings cost £233 of an agent’s time on average - and that’s without fuel...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Savills agent arrested by police over racist tweet

Greater Manchester Police have arrested the Savills estate agent who allegedly posted a racist tweet about black England football stars after...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Online company launches “innovative” Agency In A Box concept

An online estate agency is launching a quasi franchise operation it calls Agency In A Box and claims applicants will “effectively”...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Wealthy home owners benefit most from pandemic economic fallout

The Covid-19 crisis has been marked by so-called high-wealth households amassing savings and benefitting from rising house prices far more than...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket takes on Rightmove and Zoopla with new market survey

OnTheMarket, which until now has lagged behind the leading two portals in terms of consumer-facing housing market information, has today launched...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Racist Tweet: Agent suspended, Police now investigating

The police have now received complaints about the tweet believed to have been sent from a personal account of a Savills...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency says new office should be called a boutique, not a branch

An estate agency is opening a large new office in London which it claims will be “very different” to the traditional...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Transactions time – how long and how much of a difference can agents make?

Anyone working in residential property knows it is taking longer and longer to get from SSTC (sold subject to contract) to...

10 July 2021

From: Features

Channel 4 and finance chief sink millions into online agency

Channel 4 Ventures is one of a number of investors who have collectively put the equivalent of £11m into the online...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revolutionary tech platform slashes time taken to sell a home

Coadjute, the long-awaited real-time network which uses Blockchain technology to sell a property, is launched today with its first property deal...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

A third of sellers consider using Purplebricks, claims agency

The chief executive of Purplebricks says research into pricing strategies has suggested around a third of sellers at least consider using...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit to increase anti-money laundering red tape, agents expect

The industry is braced for more anti-money laundering compliance processes according to a risk consultancy. LexisNexis Risk Solutions claims its survey shows...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning against “hasty ill-considered decisions” by buyers under pressure

A conveyancing services firm is warning that buyers are making “hasty rather than considered” decisions over properties because they feel under...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla’s new adverts improve click-through rate five-fold - claim

Zoopla has launched a new advertising innovation which it says will help both agents and housebuilders as they seek to capitalise...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax windfall for estate agents working from home during pandemic

Agency staff who worked from home at any point during the pandemic - even for just one day - can still...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency to recruit 80 as it expands ‘free sale’ offer

Online estate agency Strike - which used to be HouseSimple - is expanding its sell-for-free service out across the Midlands and...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Bonanza: record sales in every sector last month month

Knight Frank claims that the number of UK property transactions in June is on track to be the highest on record.  Although...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to train to get most from existing PropTech

A PropTech entrepreneur is urging agents to maximise their training on existing PropTech to ensure they optimise its effectiveness. Anton Babkov, chief...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

App claims to instantly arrange viewings on leads for agents

Property portal app MoveStreets says the latest upgrade to its app sends leads to agents’ inboxes and allows users to instantly arrange...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Developers defend Help To Buy’s cost to taxpayers

A new analysis claims Help To Buy has improved building volumes and has not been a drain on taxpayers. The scheme which...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ commission income rises up to 10% claims website

Estate agency comparison website GetAgent has calculated the typical fees charged to vendors in different parts of the country. It says agents...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property solicitor warns of Knotweed derailing house sales

A company supplying data to conveyancers and other property professionals warns that Japanese Knotweed is a bigger headache than usual this summer. A wet and frosty spring,...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Home ownership ‘cause of inter-generational strife’ - claim

The distribution of home ownership across different generations has been a cause of strife according to a think-tank. The Resolution Foundation’s latest...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Dramatic slump in instructions for Purplebricks, according to data

There’s been a dramatic slump in instructions for online agencies, particularly Purplebricks, according to data produced by one online firm itself. 99Home...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: automating lettings - challenges and opportunities

As agents, we’ve finally got used to the word PropTech - some of us even like it! What’s more, PropTech has,...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Are New Builds good enough? Formal consultation begins

A consultation into the draft New Homes Quality Code has been published with a consultation period for the industry ending on...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer advises agents: Save A Sale, Restore A Reputation!

There may well have been times in recent weeks when any agent would have been forgiven for wanting a break -...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

10% of wealthy buyers want discounts if they miss SDLT deadline

One in 10 buyers say they will seek to renegotiate on the price of their chosen home if they miss the...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Insurers start paying out Business Interruption claims - at last

The long running saga of insurance firms failing to honour agents’ Business Interruption claims appears to be making progress at last. A...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Speeding sales, stopping fall-throughs: Big new PropTech investment

Amro Partners, the Build to Rent and student accommodation operator, has launched a venture capital arm investing in PropTech and FinTech. Amro...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Buyers not told truth over flood risks, claims insurance firm

Buyers are not told the true scale of flood risk in many properties - and the rush to beat the stamp...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Supply drought goes on - but more appraisals reported by agents

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says its monthly sentiment measure of house prices is at its highest level since 1988. A...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Boost for app promoting off-market homes to potential buyers

An app that promotes both on- and off-market homes to prospective buyers has linked up with a moving service PropTech platform.  Houso...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Crackdown on agents’ boards as code of conduct is torn up

A council cracking down on the increase of illegally positioned estate agent boards. Agents are required, under Planning and Highways legislation to...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents to be given data forecasting when existing owners will move

The Guild of Property Professionals is to give its members a tool which, it claims, will show existing owners’ propensity to...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency’s surprise claim that it’s made industry ‘more trusted’

An online agency has issued an outlandish statement that it, and other online agencies, have made the profession more trusted amongst...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Portal home buying platform links with 60-plus mortgage providers

A new home buying platform being set up by a challenger portal has revealed details of its mortgage offer to users. OneDome...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Crystal Balls? House price movements can be forecast - claim

A global financial software and analytics firm says it’s launching a new PropTech tool which promises in the near future to...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove probing online agency with controversial past

Rightmove is to review the processes of an online platform which directly uploads sellers' property details via an app. Two years ago...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Free to list portal reveals “game changer” new maps feature

The free to list portal Residential People has launched what it claims to be a new Map View feature which “goes...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Some solicitors charge exorbitant fees to hit SDLT deadline, says top agent

One of the country’s leading estate agents claims some solicitors are charging exorbitant fees on transactions as they near the latest...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax and Property Sales - report calls for overhaul

A report by the Office of Tax Simplification on Capital Gains Tax has called for a series of changes. They include extending...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Major announcements from Rightmove, Zoopla and Boomin

Three of the leading portals have made major announcements as the fierce rivalry between the big players continues apace.  Firstly Zoopla claims its latest...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Six-figure stamp duty windfall for every agency branch

An online platform claims each agency branch in the UK has benefited from the stamp duty holiday by over £120,000. WiggyWam says...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Emoov Controversy: senior figure returns with Facebook initiative

One of the men behind the defunct Emoov online estate agency has re-emerged as the head of a marketing service. The service...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to recommend changes to ‘material info’ on listings

The Trading Standards agency team has outlined to Estate Agent Today the process it will follow to improve what it calls...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Details - new dispute over what should be included

The controversial demands of Trading Standards for more “material information” to be provided upfront in property details have been criticised by...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Cybercrime warning to estate agents holding sensitive data

A leading industry trade body is warning that remote-working agents and smaller independent agencies are particularly vulnerable to the growing threat...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New agency formed by ex-directors of legendary London firm

Two former directors of the prestigious Beauchamp Estates agency in central London have set up their own new company. They say their...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Quarterly legal and compliance updates for letting agents

On 28 April 2021, Fixflo ran the first in a series of quarterly legal update webinars with David Smith, Partner at...

12 May 2021

From: Features

Capital Gains Tax fear for properties with dedicated home offices

An agent has contacted Estate Agent Today to issue what he calls “an urgent alert” about the risk of Capital Gains...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty ‘not key factor in housing market now’ insists agency

A leading agency says the stamp duty holiday is not a big influence on the current housing market frenzy - and...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Urban Flight - move to rural homes only for well off, says think tank

A think tank claims that ‘urban flight’ - when people leave cities and head for towns and villages - is merely a...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Urgent warning to agencies over repayment of Coronavirus debt

There’s a new warning that the estate agency industry may be in a more fragile financial condition than before the pandemic,...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Second homes will create a “lost generation” claims nationalist

A nationalist candidate in next month’s elections claims there is a second homes crisis which may create a “lost generation” of...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Ten useful tools to aid end of tenancy deposit deductions

The TDS annual review 2020 indicates that deposit disputes have remained low over the last year, at around 1%. This is...

24 April 2021

From: Features

Purplebricks downgrade signals booming independent agents - claim

International investment bank UBS has double-downgraded Purplebricks from ‘buy’ to ‘sell’ - and that could be good for independent agents, a...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents have role educating owners on values, claims Zoopla

Some 45 per cent of people who had their home valued by an agent or sold it in the past three years discovered it...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards ask agents for views on ‘upfront portal information’

National Trading Standards wants agents, portals and industry groups to come up with ways to provide basic essential material information ‘upfront’.  The National...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals launch date for Modern Method of Auction operation

Rightmove’s new Modern Method of Auction service launches on Monday.  The service - which Rightmove calls Online Conditional Auctions - will involve...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Have we got hair-raising news for you…

It’s Friday so it’s Charity day of course, and today we get to the root of the issue of lockdown easing...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla takes on Rightmove with new look, features and functionality

Zoopla has unveiled a subtle rebranding plus new features and functionality - and says it wants to be number one, not...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stock shortage is worst I’ve seen in 30 years, says agent

An agent in part of the UK with the strongest seller’s market claims the stock shortage is the worst he’s seen...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday has only limited impact on housing market - claim

A leading agency claims the stamp duty holiday has actually had a minimal impact in the mainstream market, despite many suggestions...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

One in three sales fall through as market returns to near normal

One in three property sales in England and Wales fell through before completion in the first quarter of 2021. The 32 per...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: ESTAS names new headline sponsor to replace Zoopla

The ESTAS Group has named a new headline sponsor for its 2021 Forum and Awards, taking over from Zoopla with immediate effect. It’s...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Over half of buyers never visit an agent’s office, claims new survey

A new survey suggests 53 per cent of buyers never actually visit an estate agent’s office during the course of their...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cliff edge could “derail” market warns mortgage firm

A mortgage firm specialising in high net worth clients says the stamp duty holiday cliff edge will not impact the most expensive...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency plans five new offices a year despite profit slump

Winkworth says Covid and its aftermath will not derail plans to open five offices a year.  In a trading statement to shareholders...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Detached property price rises outstrip rest of market, says agency

An agency has analysed sold prices since the first lockdown in March 2020 and February this year - and has found...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Surveyors launch Home Review concept to cut fall-throughs

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

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive drop in physical viewings thanks to PropTech - claim

There’s been a drop of no less than 16,000 in the number of physical viewings over the past year thanks to just...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

PRS policy chat - what's next for agents and landlords?

Earlier this month, Fixflo held a webinar with David Cox, legal and compliance director of Rightmove, to discuss key government policies...

31 March 2021

From: Features

German company pours £5m into UK online estate agency

A company in the German Axel Springer publishing empire - which also invested in Purplebricks in the past - has put...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency says it will buy vendors' properties from them

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

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks removes misleading claim after complaint

Purplebricks has removed advertising claims which suggested it sold homes for a higher sum, on average, than rival agencies. The Advertising Standards...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New data deal means agents get discounted property reports

PropTech firm Sprift has entered into a deal with The Guild of Property Professionals. The partnership means that Guild member agents have...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Quarter of agents set to recruit within the next year

A quarter of agents say they intend to recruit new staff in the next 12 months, following on from the surge...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Upfront Info For Buyers: PropTech firm links with conveyancers

One of the companies at the heart of the campaign to provide more upfront information to prospective buyers has struck a...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Print and direct mail marketing still key for agents - claim

Digital channels are essential for agents’ promotion of properties but there is still a key place for print and direct mail...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage boost as many homeowners pay down debt during pandemic

With much attention on those at risk of repossession or running up rent arrears, it's emerged that many others have actually used...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty burden stacked on high end buyers, claims consultancy

High end purchasers of homes in London paid 15 per cent of the stamp duty in 2020, yet the value of...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

40 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage: the future of house buying?

A broker has launched the UK’s longest-ever fixed rate mortgage, with no early repayment charge or exit fees - the first product...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Call My Agent! Celebrities find it’s not so easy to sell and buy homes…

One of the biggest TV hits of lockdown has been the Netflix show Call My Agent! It’s a surprise success, perhaps, because...

06 March 2021

From: Features

Labour attacks stamp duty break as “a half billion pounds giveaway”

Labour says Chancellor Rishi Sunak “will give away half a billion pounds to second homeowners and landlords through the stamp duty...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket isn’t just limping along insists new chief executive

OnTheMarket has hit out at a newspaper claim that it is just “limping along.” Patrick Hosking, a prominent financial columnist at The...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Firm behind iamsold auctions enters private treaty sale sector

The firm behind iamsold, the leading operator in the controversial Modern Method of Auction arena, is entering the private treaty sales...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Slow conveyancers should suffer financial penalties, says PropTech man

The head of a PropTech platform wants financial penalties on conveyancers if transactions miss deadlines. “The only way to accelerate the current...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of agents sign up to free virtual viewings service

Zoopla says over 250 agents have now signed up to its partnership deal with PropTech firm FocalAgent, set up by former...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells says it's UK's leading agency even before Countrywide acquisition

Connells Group says it is the UK's largest estate agency group by market share - and that's before the Countrywide acquisition...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin’s Michael Bruce says: “We’re ready to launch”

The Bruce brothers’ latest project, Boomin, is “ready to launch” some two months after it was expected to see the light...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraudster agent escapes prison after scamming insurance company

An agent working for a Countrywide brand in Lancashire has been given a suspended jail sentence after being found guilty of...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency claims it’s No 1 seller of prime central London property

An agency says it now sells more prime London properties than any of its rivals. Chestertons makes the claim based on figures...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - Key challenges to agency businesses in 2021

Fixflo’s webinar on February 9 saw an industry panel debate 2021’s threats and opportunities for letting agents. The panel discussed a range...

20 February 2021

From: Features

Revealed - the most commonly misunderstood deposit protection terms

Knowing adjudication terms and phrases can make all the difference in a deposit dispute. The DPS has been helping landlords and letting...

17 February 2021

From: Features

Huge scandal of Business Insurance brush-off in defiance of court

An agent is challenging the insurer Hiscox over its interpretation of whether to honour a Business Interruption Insurance policy. A standard letter...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

What to consider when buying or selling an estate agency business

Estate agents might be expert at advising on buying and selling properties on their books but when it comes to buying...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Why automation could improve enforcement of PRS regulation

It’s now more than a year since the government offered an additional £4 million to councils to combat rogue landlords. At the...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Agency apology over ‘bullying’ claims to allow Covid viewings

An online agency has apologised to a single mother who felt pressured into allowing viewings of a property she was renting. Local media in...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New tax and billions more for cladding - but is it enough?

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced “an exceptional intervention” promising that leaseholders in high-rise buildings above 18 metres will bear no...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents offered shares as incentive to go self-employed

One of the early operators of the self-employed agency model has launched a scheme under which its agents receive shares in the...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New property redress initiative launched, chaired by Tory MP

A new body which says it will “champion better outcomes for buyers” is described as independent but is to be chaired...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Customer Data Breach: Foxtons at centre of newspaper allegations

A newspaper claims that thousands of customers’ financial details held by Foxtons Group are being freely accessed on the so-called dark...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrap stamp duty cliff edge ‘to help people stick to Covid guidelines’

The government needs to step in to rescue two valuable property incentives before they expire at the end of March, a...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent launches petition for radical overhaul of house buying process

An online petition has been started by an independent estate agent seeking a radical overhaul of how homes are sold in...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour enters cladding controversy by forcing vote in Commons

Labour has entered the cladding controversy by calling a vote in the House of Commons to force government action on the...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Trade groups slug it out - Guild says it saves agents £33,500 a year

Just as the new chief executive of Propertymark holds interviews across the industry, so The Guild of Property Professionals is coming out...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

40% price fall and 54% price rise -  Prime London snakes and ladders

An international property and residency consultancy claims the sold prices of homes in some prime London locations have collapsed by up to 40...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Crisis: No physical auctions this year for top auctioneer

One of the country’s top auctioneers is not going to stage any ballroom auctions this year - and it’s keeping its 2022...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Why are only 25% of estate agents in NAEA Propertymark?

Propertymark, combining both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents, claims to speak for the...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Buyers ‘travelling hundreds of miles to viewings’ despite Covid rules

The BBC says some buyers are taking advantage of lockdown rules to travel hundreds of miles to view homes. The story suggests...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Another new portal opens in bid to woo independent agents

Another group of independent estate agents have launched a portal - a rival to a similar project launched by other agencies...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency branches each waiting on £105,000 fees on average

A property platform claims the current pipeline stock is so large that the average UK agency branch is waiting on £105,000...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Data Fraud Warning: lockdown makes agents’ systems more vulnerable

A trade body is warning that increased home working triggered by Coronavirus makes the agency industry more vulnerable than ever to...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Fall-throughs to rise as 100,000 face stamp duty disappointment

The latest Rightmove analysis shows it now takes 126 days from the time an offer is accepted until legal completion -...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech provider claims “most comprehensive report” on any property

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

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: exclusive Q&A with Tim Balcon, Propertymark’s new CEO

Propertymark, the overarching body aiming to bring five different associations (ARLA, NAEA, NAVA, ICBA and APIP) into a single brand, was...

16 January 2021

From: Features

Supreme Court backs agencies in Business Interruption Insurance dispute

There's good news for thousands of estate agencies awaiting pay outs under Business Interruption Insurance schemes. The agents are amongst 370,000 businesses whose...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Cliff-edge end to Stamp Duty Holiday will not hurt market, says analyst

One of the housing market’s senior analysts says the end of the stamp duty holiday on March 31 would not be...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents “forced and pressured” into unsafe viewings - claim

An online petition wants all agents’ offices to close during the pandemic. Keeping them open means agents feel "forced and pressured" to conduct...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Foxtons back new scheme to speed conveyancing

Countrywide and Foxtons have thrown their weight behind an idea to identify every single UK residential property with a unique number. The...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal - Decision Day later this week

The Supreme Court will give its judgment on the long-running Business Interruption Insurance case on Friday. In November a Supreme Court appeal...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency attacked by Lib Dem for selling holiday homes

An estate agency is being criticised for marketing properties as second homes in an area reportedly suffering a housing shortage. Local media...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agents launch portal alternative to Rightmove

Independent agents inspired by the Say No To Rightmove campaign are to launch a rival portal next month. Wearethemarket is a portal...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Warren Buffett’s estate agency launches UK television ad campaign

The UK outlet of Warren Buffett's estate agency empire is launching its first TV advert in this country.  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kay &...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove hits back at rivals by claiming busiest ever New Year

Rightmove says it’s recorded the busiest ever start to a New Year in its two decade history with visits to the...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency launches new business models to attract agents hit by Covid

An estate agency group has launched new franchise business models to help those in the industry impacted by Covid-19. Century 21 UK...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Online auction fees controversy: One operator to publish all charges

An auction house that's made a transition from ballroom operations to online streaming is to publish all fees for all lots -...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

2021 to start with price corrections, predicts market index

A house price index that is routinely one of the most pessimistic about the market claims the New Year will see...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Country houses are big winners from the pandemic, say agents

The pandemic has reignited the flagging country house market and boosted demand for larger homes with gardens, claims Savills. Larger country houses...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property searches hit new Boxing Day record as boom continues

Zoopla saw a record 70.5 per cent increase in traffic on Boxing Day as signs suggest the pre-Christmas boom is set...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Modern Method of Auction firm says public needs to be educated

The largest company involved in the controversial Modern Method of Auction says it’s producing a “disruptive digital market campaign to address...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Losing Money: Fall throughs cost £10k a month per branch

Fall throughs which could be avoided by Reservation Agreements have cost agency branches an average £10,000 per month. That’s the claim from digital...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance - agents must wait even longer

The hundreds of estate and lettings agencies involved in various Business Interruption Insurance policies must wait even longer to find their...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Could down valuations lead to professional negligence claims?

Down valuations could leave some surveyors liable to professional negligence claims, a law firm says. Nelsons law firm says down valuations have...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to test new pricing models next year

Purplebricks says it’s to continue to test new pricing models next year - and has not ruled out completely moving away...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket revamp under highly-paid new chief executive

OnTheMarket is to undergo a revamp under its new chief executive, former Foxtons agent Jason Tebb - who has been given...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Do we want Flood Performance Certificates as well as EPCs?

A not-for-profit group of government and insurance industry representatives wants a Flood Performance Certificate to be issued for every home. The group,...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax hike may LOSE money, says investment chief

A leading property consultancy is suggesting that a possible increase in Capital Gains Tax could end up losing money for the...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents reduce deposit disputes?

Deposit disputes can be time-consuming and difficult for all parties involved whether it be a letting agent, landlord, or tenant. Although at...

09 December 2020

From: Features

“Deplorable” government slammed for years of housing problems

A scathing document produced by MPs slams the government for its “deplorable” housing policies which are "invented, abandoned and reinvented" -...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New homes slated for “stubbornly low” design quality

The design quality of new homes and neighbourhoods across the UK remains stubbornly low, according to a new report by academics.  The...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency launches with eco-friendly focus on sustainability

A new family-run estate agency in Cornwall claims to be the first in the county to focus on green thinking, championing...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Private equity firm wanting control of Countrywide says it’s nearly there

The private equity company which wants to take control of Countrywide has issued a statement saying it now has the support...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Sellers can start conveyancing as soon as they list - claim

A digital resource hub for estate agents launches a new product today, claiming to shorten transaction times.  Sort Move, which has been...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Modern Method of Auction attracts Zoopla member agents

Over 100 Zoopla member branches have signed up to the Modern Method of Auction system offered via the portal. Over the summer Zoopla...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Backer of self-employed agent model admits: ‘There are risks’

One of the biggest supporters of the self employed estate agent business model admits there are risks and it’s not for...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech product for independent agents claims to slash 'lost business'

The Federation of Independent Agents trade group has unveiled a new automated nurture product available exclusively to members - and it claims...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of agents sign up to free-to-list portal group

Free-to-list portal group OneDome claims 425 estate agency branches joined its listing services last month,  OneDome Group operates two portals, OneDome and...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 - The year of Boomin?

The agency industry may look back on this year and say: “Well...to be honest we didn’t really see it coming.” No, no,...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Rural property benefits from Covid-19 and the property use revolution

The secure Conservative victory in the 2019 General Election meant the property market in the sunlit uplands was set for a...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Boomin wins backing of ‘anti-Purplebricks’ industry guru

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

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holidays don’t help market, claims tax expert

Stamp duty breaks have historically done little to help the housing market - and it’s the same now. So says David Hannah,...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online network now has Modern Method of Auction link

Online network love2move - which gives partner High Street agents an option to offer vendors an online sales service - is...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin now claims 40% of the top 100 UK agencies

The soon-to-launch Boomin portal has signed up a national firm and now claims to have recruited 40 per cent of the...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal - agents go on waiting

Agents anxious to know if they will receive a payout from their Business Interruption Insurance will have to wait still longer...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Flipping makes a comeback with big profits made by investors

The mixture of the stamp duty holiday and generally fast-rising house prices has led to a resurgence of flipping. Data released this...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers outperform agents for recent customer service say ESTAS

The customer service performance of conveyancers has improved in recent months according to the ESTAS review platform.  The long-standing and sometimes-heated debate...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency chief claims self-employed model led to record month

A regional wing of Fine & Country has reported a record month - and puts it down to the self-employed ‘associate’ business model...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must be crystal clear on fees, watchdog tells industry

The advertising watchdog has told the agency industry to clean up its act on four issues, with clarity over fees being...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19 and the potential impact on the buy-to-let market

Property is considered to be a safe investment. The buy-to-let market is booming, fuelled by a generation unable to get on...

13 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Free-to-list portal set to launch Artificial Intelligence marketing system

Residential People, one of many free-to-list platforms in the hectic portal marketplace, is set to launch which it calls its “AI...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax Bombshell: CGT could double under new proposals

A report commissioned by the government suggests a doubling of Capital Gains Tax on profits from the sale of second homes. The government -...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

TV consumer champion demands action to free ‘mortgage prisoners’

A new report funded by high profile consumer champion Martin Lewis says the government must do more to help ‘mortgage prisoners’. These...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

RICS’ new survey will be “real change” to improve buying process

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says its new Home Survey Standard will be implemented from March and will represent a...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions law – get specialist advice if you’re unsure

As lockdown – Season 2, the sequel no one asked for – gets underway in England, landlords, tenants and agents will...

10 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide shares soar despite more branch closures

Countrywide shares soared yesterday, rising 47 per cent on the previous close at one point as investors relished the prospect of...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin signs up hundreds of new franchise branches

The six brands that make up The Property Franchise Group are the latest signings for yet-to-launch portal Boomin. TPFG’s brands are national...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents wanted to work with high-funded quick buy company

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

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide at risk of entering administration - claim

Connells has issued a counter statement to this morning’s announcement by Countrywide that a possible takeover is underway. At 7am Countrywide revealed...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Four revenue generation tips for letting agents

What are the best ways for a letting agency to generate additional revenue and stay ahead of the competition? Management fees are...

07 November 2020

From: Features

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

Lockdown justice at last for agents with Business Interruption Insurance?

The Business Interruption Insurance saga, involving hundreds of agencies awaiting pay-outs on policies, enters its next and final stage later this month. An...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Many overseas buyers don’t even visit Brexit bargain purchasers

A London property investment consultancy says 22 per cent of properties it’s advised overseas purchasers on this year have been bought sight-unseen. London...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Common sense tips for dealing with student tenants

Clear communication and common-sense actions by landlords, letting agents and students at the start of a tenancy can drastically improve the...

31 October 2020

From: Features

Deferred-payment scheme for high-price London homes

A developer operating in prime central London is offering buyers a deferred-payment scheme. K10 Group says it’s doing this because of the...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak tells estate agents: I'm helping to keep you in a job

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is taking credit for saving thousands of agency jobs through increased transactions prompted by the stamp duty holiday. A...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax expert claims buyers of homes-with-annexes may pay excess SDLT

A tax expert says his research suggests some buyers of homes with annexes may have paid too much stamp duty on...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the ‘so what’ of software integration

Integration, collaboration and connected platforms – some great buzzwords, but what do they actually mean and do they really help agents? One...

21 October 2020

From: Features

Modern Method of Auction: market leader claims record month

Online auction service Iamsold secured £52.7m in total for vendors in September, an increase of 16 per cent on the same period last...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal wants to list appraisal properties, not just formal instructions

Another new property portal has been launched, this one - Mutual - describing itself as the ‘Pre-Portal Property Platform for estate...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Down-valuation shock - half of buyers hit by lenders’ bad news

A mortgage service claims 46 per cent of buyers have had their prospective property down-valued by lenders - often forcing them...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers tell agents - don’t blame us for transaction delays!

Conveyancers are sending a blunt message to estate agents: transactions will take longer than usual and don’t chase us with queries and...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Why we’re backin’ Boomin - top agents speak out for new portal

The senior management from four of the agencies announced as founding members of Boomin have spoken out in favour of the...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks claims buyers want more PropTech in property details

Online agency Purplebricks says an absence of technology in property details is one of the biggest turn-offs for potential buyers. A survey...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Going up north: it's not just the south seeing demand soar

The south of England is not the only region to benefit as city-dwellers search for more greenery and outdoor space, says...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Part-time agent outperforms full-time counterpart with Lifesycle

Lifesycle, the platform built by Iceberg Digital to help estate and letting agents work smarter, continues to launch new features and...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Homes can sell two months quicker, claims 'intermediary' platform

A platform which signs up vendors and allocates their sale to a high-performing local agent says it sells property two months...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New agency software provider launching with ambitious claims

A new Proptech platform is launching next month with claims it will “up-end the way agents do business” and that it will...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Are you steering clear of new Boomin portal? agents asked

A PropTech platform wants to find out agents’ views on a range of industry issues - and that includes whether they...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents are ’spivs with tape measures’ says angry press article

A right wing magazine once edited by Boris Johnson has called estate agents “spivs with tape measures” who conceal information from...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents told off for not being ready for Anti-Money Laundering regs

A security company says it is “disappointing” the estate agency industry is only around 55 per cent through preparations to cope...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

End of mortgage holiday could spell disaster for many - claim

A new paper from a think tank warns that many low income owner occupiers risk losing their homes when the mortgage...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty may have been overpaid by 120,000 buyers - claim

Stamp duty specialist consultancy Cornerstone Tax claims some 120,000 buyers in the UK may be owed SDLT refunds. It says that in...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tories pledge “revolutionary” low deposit mortgages for FTBs

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to create a ‘Generation Buy’ to help young people purchase homes with low-deposit mortgages. In...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords - shout louder about the good you’re doing!

We all know what the problem is, but what’s the solution? The problem is that landlords, thinking they offer a valuable service...

03 October 2020

From: Features

How to carry out check-ins and check-outs in a Covid-compliant way

The latest government rules combined with the Prime Minister’s recent address to the nation is clear – tougher measures are required...

03 October 2020

From: Features

Agents MUST disclose referral fees, Trading Standards tells government

Customers must be told about third party referral fees when buying or selling a home says the National Trading Standards Estate...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Speed up sales! Online platform claims to cut agents’ admin in 2021

A new online platform claims to be the first of its kind to speed up the private treaty sales process for...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents get up to 2.32% commission claims Quick Buy property boss

A league table drawn up by a quick buy property firm claims that some estate agents' average commission has hit 2.32 per...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal - bid to speed up pay-outs

The many agents believed to be awaiting pay-outs on their Business Interruption Insurance will have some consolation in knowing that the...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Your Move veteran takes up new PropTech role

A veteran agent with 38 years experience of the industry - much of it at Countrywide - has become the head...

29 September 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

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

New PropTech product nurtures leads for agents - even as they sleep

A new PropTech product claims to help agents generate and nurture leads - even while they sleep. MovePal generates leads through Facebook...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents handling private treaty sales accused of being behind the times

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

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Safety in agents’ offices: understanding the law on whistleblowing

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has encouraged people to complain if they are unhappy about working conditions and thousands of complaints...

26 September 2020

From: Features

Self-employed agency model booming claims high end brand

The frenzied housing market and the uncertain wider economic outlook during the pandemic have combined to lead to a surge in...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal promotes “free money” referral fees despite industry probe

One of the many new portals recently launched has made a pitch for agents to join because of its referral fees...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New PropTech products aim to help transparency and Covid safety

New PropTech products continue to appear, many aimed at enhancing transparency in buying and selling, or helping agents adopt new ways of...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Record figures for leads to agents, claims free-to-list portal

One of the growing number of free to list property portals, Residential People, claims a record-breaking number of sales and letting...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government claims credit for housing market boom

The government claims its stamp duty holiday has supported nearly 750,000 jobs thanks to the ripple effect in the economy. A statement from HM...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendors Beware! Sales taking month longer than usual to complete

Logjams in the mortgage, conveyancing and removal stages of house moving mean sales are taking much longer than usual, according to...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency wants to sell £1m home for £1 - but with extras

A family-run agency which last year asked people to “make an offer” to buy a franchise is now claiming it will...

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

Business Interruption Insurance: High Court rules in favour of agents

The result of a test case over Business Interruption Insurance involving agents has been handed down by the High Court. It has...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal sells stake to fund purchase of house price website

PropertyHeads, a portal which describes itself as the industry’s social network, has sold a three per cent stake partly to raise funds...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance: date set for court case result

Agents involved in a test case over their Business Interruption insurance will know the result next Tuesday morning. The test case concluded...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin is only new portal that can rival Rightmove - top agent

One of the most experienced British estate agents says the new portal Boomin - expected to launch next month, October -...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents will be crucial during extended eviction ban

The ban on evictions was due to end earlier this month, but following a last-minute U-turn from the government, it has...

29 August 2020

From: Features

Agents ‘taught not to quote VAT on fees’ claims insurance firm

An insurance firm claims estate agents are taught not to quote VAT in fees until the final bill. A statement from Admiral...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

£73,000 defrauded from Countrywide branch - culprits go free

Over £73,000 has been stolen from a Countrywide branch by two admin staff making false travel claims and issuing fake invoices. The crimes...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform claiming to halve transaction time wins cash boost

A PropTech platform that claims to halve the time a transaction takes has received a huge cash injection from investors for...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency sells ‘fall-through insurance’ after 100 deals collapse

An online agency says it’s offering its customers a kind of ‘fall-through insurance’ after over 100 deals collapsed between mid-March and...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Multi-agency sales operation wins high-profile new investor

An unusual property sales concept, which signs up vendors and then effectively sub-contracts their sales to strongly-performing local estate agents, has...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Digital hub claims to shorten transaction times and offer referral fees

A digital resource hub for estate agents claims to shorten transaction times. Sort Move, which has been operating since late 2019,...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

First time buyers lose out whatever happens to house prices - claim

Many young people are stuck unable to purchase their first home even if house prices fall in the wake of the...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

The latest way to boost asking price: set up a home office

A home office set up in a dedicated room apparently adds £17,500 to the value of a property. Direct Line Insurance has...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group wins exclusive marketing deal with developer

The Sequence Group is to be the sole selling agent for RoyaleLife, the country’s largest builder of bungalows, exclusively aimed at...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove has nothing to fear but Rightmove itself

It must have been a close thing on Friday as to whose faces were looking the most glum - those at...

08 August 2020

From: Features

PropTech firm swipes at Purplebricks over property measurements

A PropTech firm that regularly claims London homes are mis-measured in property descriptions has taken a swipe at Purplebricks. Pupil, a spatial...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove and OnTheMarket slug it out to win agent support

Rightmove and OnTheMarket have revealed their latest bids to keep agent support. Rightmove is launching an extensive redesign of property details pages, after...

05 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

New PropTech platform allows “revolutionary” multi-listing service

A new PropTech platform says its central feature will be the launch of a Multiple Listings Service.  This will allow agents “to...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Scandal: agents await decision on pay-out

Agents are awaiting the outcome of a test case regarding Business Interruption Insurance, which may determine whether they receive thousands of...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons claims over £4m of government help - trading statement

A trading statement from Foxtons this morning reveals that 85 per cent of staff are now off furlough, and that the...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Regulation - is there a better way of becoming a better industry?

If a week is a long time in politics (an old phrase, for younger readers), then a year is a very long...

25 July 2020

From: Features

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

Reservation Agreement PropTech free to agents - not to consumers

A PropTech platform that aims to lock-in sellers and buyers via a mutually agreed reservation agreement system is being offered free...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Going Up: two-storey extensions allowed without full consent

Home owners in England will be entitled to add up to two storeys to the height of their home via a...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal says mortgage applications much faster with new software

The mortgage arm of a regional property portal has launched pre-approval software which it claims will significantly speed up the initial...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Record after record! Agency sees activity surge but doubts remain

Knight Frank has reported a remarkable set of figures for June showing how the housing market has bounced back with a...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Streamlined completions promised by latest PropTech platform

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

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Prices and sales volumes both improving in London - agency

The number of offers agreed on homes priced below £1m since mid-May is a healthy 41 per cent higher than the...

09 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

First-ever transaction with chain using Reservation Agreements

A PropTech supplier claims that an agency has secured the first ever transaction where the complete chain used Reservation Agreements.  Harrison Residential,...

08 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

Agency closes 23 branches and employs 'Partners' working from home

Haart - one of the brands owned by Spicerhaart, which laid off staff in the first hours of the pandemic -...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cut would NOT help the market, claims tax specialist

A prominent tax specialist has suggested that stamp duty cuts would not help improve the housing market, despite many agents suggesting...

02 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

New homes delivery to plummet by a third despite high demand

There’s been a big rise in demand for new-builds since the lockdown according to figures from Knight Frank - but the...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Video viewings don’t sell homes and already dying out - agent

Video tours, heralded as the next big thing just a few weeks ago, are being abandoned by buyers and dismissed as...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rush to digitise house buying process triggered by virus - claim

A company promoting a Blockchain platform with promises to speed up the buying and selling process claims the pandemic has proved...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Law catches up with Purplebricks - or at least one firm does

Purplebricks has instructed a new legal firm to support its sales and lettings activities. Business Insider reports that the commercial team at...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost half of agency’s new recruits have no property experience

US-originated estate agency Keller Williams claims to be the fastest growing in the UK as a result of 29 agents joining...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to report rivals breaking lockdown in still-closed market

The devolved government in Wales - where the housing market is still officially closed - has urged agents to report rivals...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

9,000 branches on paying contracts with OnTheMarket, portal says

OnTheMarket says in a trading statement this morning that as of May 31 only some 9,000 branches were on paying contracts...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide branch faces police and HMRC threat after furlough allegation

The managing director of a Winkworth branch is threatening to report a senior member of a nearby Countrywide office to the...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Summer house price falls on the way according to moving service

Typical house prices in England and Wales are set to fall over the rest of summer according to home moving service...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Guild claims influx of new agency members during lockdown

The Guild of Property Professionals says “a remarkable number” of agencies has joined it during the lockdown. Some 27 agencies signed up...

08 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

Anxious vendors demand virtual appraisals as first stage of sale process

An overwhelming 98 per cent of vendors questioned by Zoopla say they remain anxious about the Coronavirus and would prefer to...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

'Furlough could wreck housing market' - warning to government

The government is jeopardising the success of the housing market relaunch through the inflexibility of the furlough scheme, claims a group...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown has turbo-charged buyer demand - but it won’t last

Research from Zoopla suggests that demand from buyers across England surged 88 per cent shortly after the housing market reopened -...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

 Conveyancers told to put UP their fees just as housing market reopens

A specialist legal advisory service is urging conveyancers to use the reopening of the housing market as an opportunity to increase...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Outsourced operator will qualify agents’ leads and follow-up marketing

Outsourced communications provider Moneypenny has launched a new facility called Client Services for agents resuming business. Moneypenny’s 80-strong team of receptionists can...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency promotion website changes claim after regulator intervenes

NetAnAgent, a website which offers consumers instant quotes from a selection of traditional and online agents, has changed some of its...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide explains softly-softly approach to re-opening branches

Countrywide has refuted claims that none of its branches have so far re-opened for business but has issued an explanation why...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Highest-ever number of leads for agents claimed by two portals

The surge in consumer activity encouraged by the government's decision to reopen the property market last week led to two portals...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Big Three portals accused of abusing agents’ data

A free to list portal has blasted Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket for using agents' data to boost their profits.  Christopher May, chief...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Insurance Claims: only two days left to submit details

The City regulator which is bringing a test case over insurance firms refusing to honour Business Interruption policies wants policyholders including...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PPE for estate agents being marketed by food packaging firm

A food packaging manufacturer is re-shaping its production line to make PPE equipment which it is selling to estate and letting...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says latest shareholder rebellion over bonuses is “satisfactory”

Foxtons - which has recently closed branches and furloughed staff - has described a shareholder rebellion over senior management bonuses and pay...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says Covid crisis could be catalyst for change in portals

The acting chief executive of OnTheMarket says the Coronavirus crisis could indirectly create a catalyst for change in the portals marketplace. Clive...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of breaking lockdown before new rules announced

Details being presented to Parliament today may include information on how agents can return to work in some sort of ‘new normal.’ A 50...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Poor communication the biggest cause of Ombudsman complaints

There’s been a substantial 20 per cent rise in formal complaints about agents taken up by The Property Ombudsman.  The figures refer...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what will agent offices look like post-lockdown?

There has been much speculation about when agents will be allowed back to work, and what the new office working environment...

09 May 2020

From: Features

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

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal: class actions begin to form

The scandal over Business Interruption Insurance policies is hotting up, with class actions being discussed against insurance firms and the Financial Conduct Authority announcing...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance for removals could mean housing market back in action

The government of one part of the British Isles has produced guidelines for removal firms. Until now, house moving in an era...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown Losses - three attempts to quantify cost of crisis to agents

Business consultancy TwentyCi is the latest to try to put a value on the potential losses to the property industry and...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

One agent’s fight for Business Interruption Insurance pay-out

Agents and in some cases their brokers continue to do battle with insurers in a bid to secure pay-outs on their...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: higher insurance premiums likely despite row over losses

The company at the centre of a controversy over estate agents’ business interruption insurance says its core package does NOT cover...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Will coronavirus affect attitudes towards referencing and rent guarantee products?

One of the most important aspects of being a successful and profitable agent is selecting the right tenants. The industry manages this...

22 April 2020

From: Features

Now is the time for agents to go up-market claims Fine & Country

Fine & Country says now is “a great time” for estate agents to go upmarket and become “the luxury agent” in...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency using ‘Covid Clauses’ to keep transactions on course

An estate agency says it’s using so-called Covid Clauses in contracts to keep transactions on course. Knight Frank says it’s writing ‘Coronavirus...

17 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

Furlough pay - some agents’ commission can be included

The government has amended the eligibility criteria and will allow some agents' commission payments to be included in claims for Furloughed...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property TV ads – the winners and losers revealed

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, we are all being told to stay at home as much as possible to contain...

04 April 2020

From: Features

New EPC assessment guidance issued - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Not Guilty! Countrywide denies claims of unsafe working after lockdown

Countrywide has strongly denied claims made to Estate Agent Today that some people have felt obliged to work at an admin...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency cartel scandal - watchdog wants agent directors disqualified

The Competitions and Markets Authority has started court proceedings seeking the disqualification of two estate agency directors over a price fixing...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart under fire for “inhumane” and “disgraceful” sackings

There has been scepticism across the industry as to the motives behind an unspecified number of lay-offs and permanent branch closures...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Surveyors’ firm wound-up after lying to clients over success rate

A surveyors’ firm has been wound up after courts declared that it had misled clients over the success of its core...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks faces takeover as shares slump, predicts analyst

Purplebricks faces an imminent takeover bid following the collapse of its share price, predicts a leading industry analyst. Andrew Stanton has already...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency reduced to shock tactics criticising High St firms

Nested is the latest online agency to base a marketing campaign around criticism of established estate agents.  In three 30-second TV ads...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal claims Coronavirus sparking Chinese interest in UK property

A property portal is making the controversial claim that the Coronavirus has led to an increase in online interest in UK...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent repays ‘non-returnable’ reservation fee after property row

An agency has repaid a £6,000 reservation fee to someone who thought they had purchased a property for £83,000 but was later...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Log Books - PropTech expert wants cross-industry support

The head of a firm that has been creating digital property log books for well over a decade says the house-moving...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ safety boosted by PropTech location alarm system

A PropTech firm claims it will improve the security of estate agents and other lone workers through a new app and location...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Knock Knock: Ex-Purplebricks duo pledge to “shake up industry”

A new hybrid set up by ex-Purplebricks territory owners says it wants to "redefine estate agency in the customer's favour." Knock Knock...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Challenge to Purplebricks and Countrywide ‘top agency’ claims

Purplebricks and Countrywide have each recently claimed to be the biggest agency group in the UK but now Connells says that...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Woman says she had ‘no idea’ about £505,000 stolen from Yopa

A woman claims she had no idea that her husband stole almost £1.5m from two high-profile employers - one of them...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide faces crunch deadline for decision on its future

It’s been revealed that under takeover rules, LSL Property Services and Countrywide have until March 23 to make merger or takeover...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Blood and branches will be shed in Countrywide merger, experts predict

Some of the biggest figures in the industry have given Estate Agent Today their reaction to the news - broken yesterday...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Big win for Zoopla as large historic family agency lists on portal

Boydens, a seven branch family-owned business that dates back to 1852, has become the latest agency to join Zoopla. It will list...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and LSL planning £500m 'super-agency' merger - claim

Sky News claims that Countrywide and LSL Property Services are discussing a merger to become a £500m super-agency.  In an exclusive it...

23 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer claims pioneering app will speed up transactions

A conveyancing firm has launched what it claims to be one of the first ever apps for vendors and buyers in...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

460 jobs lost in 2019 Your Move/Reeds Rains branch closures

It’s been revealed that the branch closure programme by Your Move and Reeds Rains last year resulted in 460 lost jobs...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Nice Try! HMRC challenge stops bid to win stamp duty discount

A legal challenge by HM Revenue and Customs has stopped a bid to secure a stamp duty discount on a property. The...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

A joint venture! Agency on a roll in medical cannabis experiment

Savills has smoked out another money-making opportunity with a new enterprise which it claims has “enormous growth potential.” The property consultancy is teaming...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce on hold? Swathes of London still in the doldrums

Coutts has identified areas of London where house prices are still below peak. Although the wealth manager and private bank says there...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News