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 Improving the home buying and selling process - what's the latest?

Despite the progress made in so many areas, particularly in terms of leasehold reform – although we are calling upon the...

27 November 2021

From: Features

Agency closure blamed on online agents’ rock bottom fees

A long-standing estate agency with three major branches has shut after 27 years of trading - blaming online competition and ‘race...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Will online agencies take over, or do we still need face-to-face contact?

Like most industries, estate agency is changing. A general trend to a more hybrid model, accelerated by the pandemic has resulted...

06 October 2021

From: Features

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

First-time buyers securing mortgages online as bank branches close

First-time buyers are shifting to online-only banks to help get a mortgage. A survey by personal finance website NerdWallet found that with...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday slammed for not helping “levelling up”

The Guardian has sharply criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for introducing and then extending the stamp duty holiday - because helping estate...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Psychology of COVID’ responsible for house moving frenzy

A housing expert says the psychology of a population coping with the pandemic lies behind the house moving frenzy of recent...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents tell conveyancers how they can improve performance

The estate agents’ trade body has set out three ways conveyancers can further help the sales process. Propertymark has made the suggestions...

16 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

Detached house prices soar TEN TIMES the rate of flats - Rightmove

Rightmove data released this morning shows that the average asking price of a detached house has risen literally 10 times the...

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

Revealed - how automation can help agents keep their businesses fully secure

A recent news story will have set alarm bells ringing for agencies up and down the country, when it was revealed...

31 July 2021

From: Features

Agency chief - 'I wish we could bring HIPs back, but just better executed!'

In this week’s In Conversation Today, we have another industry big-hitter and one of the most high-profile female leaders in property...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

An interview with Ben Ridgway, Managing Director of iamproperty

Ben Ridgway gives his views on the current market, material information and PropTech for agents. What is your current view of the...

21 July 2021

From: Features

The Holiday Home Debate - Don’t Let Politicians Get Away With It

At first sight it’s a tough ask to defend holiday homes when there’s evidence that many who want to buy can’t,...

10 July 2021

From: Features

Hammered! Auction sales total hits new high

Auction House has announced its highest-ever monthly sales total, with its sales in May just topping £70m.  The firm sold 397 properties...

17 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

OnTheMarket success: agency numbers up, in profit, repays furlough

OnTheMarket’s new chief executive has posted his first full year’s trading figures - and they suggest the portal is making progress...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Management emails to agents outside work hours should be banned - call

A trade union is demanding that the government ban emails from all employers outside office hours - and it wants emails...

04 June 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

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

Sam Hunter – ‘does Homesearch pass the Ronseal test? Yes, we do’

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I speak to someone who has made an excellent impression on the property industry in...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency backs converting empty shops into homes

An agency is backing the conversion of empty retail units into homes - and has figures to prove how big an impact...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Carlisle to Zimbabwe via Yorkshire and Brum

Hello and if it’s the end of the week it’s time for Agents Do Charity -  your opportunity to respect all...

07 May 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

End of Furlough “won’t kill off housing market bull run”

A leading analyst has told Knight Frank that the end of furlough this autumn is unlikely to kill off the housing...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Wrongdoing in an agency? Whistleblowers urged to come forward

A new campaign to urge whistleblowers to come forward with evidence of wrongdoing has been launched by the Financial Conduct Authority. This...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Breakthrough on faster house sales with new digital form

An industry group charged with trying to make house buying simpler and quicker says it’s made a breakthrough on ‘upfront’ information...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Should Non-Disclosure Agreements be banned in the property industry?

The controversy over the use of Non-Disclosure Agreements in the world of property resurfaced over the weekend in a BBC programme. A...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Should Foxtons repay its furlough money?

Pressure is building on London agency Foxtons to repay its furlough funding. The company issued an upbeat trading statement on Wednesday; while...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

The right PropTech can avert lockdown chaos – and forever revolutionise rental payments

With one of the world’s most successful vaccine rollout programmes under way in the UK, the chances of a complete lockdown...

01 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

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

Accountant steals agency cash leading to firm’s closure

An agent has told a court she was 'heartbroken' to discover her accountant had stolen cash from her business, which then...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Shirty! Get your kids hot under the collar for a great cause…

Industry supplier Kerfuffle and high-profile training service Marvellous have launched a competition for the children of agents and suppliers. The kids are...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Stamp duty holiday may be extended for some buyers - report

The Chancellor is considering extending the stamp duty holiday for a short period according to a newspaper report this morning. The Daily...

13 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

Should agents repay Business Rates relief because offices were open?

Almost a year ago the government announced that estate and lettings agencies were to be included in the business rates relief...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency closes office after staff contract Coronavirus

Members of staff at an estate agency branch in the Midlands tested positive for Coronavirus in consecutive weeks, triggering a temporary...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent closes branches and demands stricter Coronavirus controls

An estate agent has shut both branches of his business for safety reasons and wants tighter Coronavirus restrictions on the industry.  ITV...

20 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

Working From Home: Is the shift away from offices permanent?

A leading business consultancy says the level of working-from-home in the UK by 2025 will be five times that before the pandemic. Estate...

13 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

Boomin's Michael Bruce reveals portal's aims - and the lessons of Purplebricks

To kick off 2021, we have a Q&A with one of the most high-profile – and, it has to be said,...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents CAN continue working through national lockdown

Agents and the housing market in England are still in business even during the third national lockdown which begins on Wednesday and...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells reveals its plan for Countrywide branches and staff

Connells has revealed that it’s to keep the existing Countrywide branch structure and staff headcount when the acquisition process is completed...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Dominic Cummings - the Rightmove connection revealed...

He’s gone from Downing Street but the legacy of Dominic Cummings lives on in Rightmove’s top searches of 2020. Barnard Castle -...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency quantifies buyer exodus from London - and where they end up

High end agency Hamptons has quantified the trend of Londoners quitting the capital in the light of the pandemic. It says that...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Christmas Gift for Agents: a market that’s one-third busier than 2019

Figures from Zoopla suggest there’s a Christmas present being unwrapped by agents across the country - a far busier housing market tha this...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

More complaints to Ombudsman this year, despite market closure

The Property Ombudsman says there have been more complaints lodged about agents so far in 2020 than in 2019. This is despite...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Branch closures and Covid lead to big LSL revenue slump

Revenues have slumped by 18 per cent at LSL Property Services, the corporate which boasts Your Move and Reeds Rains and...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona kindness - the best of agency in 2020

The industry seems almost back to normal. Not the ‘new normal’ we spoke so much of a few weeks and months ago,...

12 December 2020

From: Features

Many buyers feel ‘pressured by agent to use in-house mortgage firm’

A study of 2,000 home owners shows that over a third have felt pressured by an agent into use its in-house mortgage...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees - agents should disclose them up-front insists Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has joined calls for greater disclosure of referral fees by agents.  The issue has become a hot topic in...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency launches huge recruitment drive with jibe at Countrywide

Connells Group has announced a major recruitment drive as it looks to create 250 new agents' positions - and it’s launched...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide opens a new branch after 50 closures this year

Countrywide, which is thought to have closed over a fifth of its branches in recent years, has opened a new office...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to advise Boomin on referral fees disclosure

The Boomin portal, which incentivises agents to cross-sell and benefit from referral fees, is to receive advice on fee disclosure from...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Joe Biden’s housing market - well, it’s just like over here…

With a new President elected and the old one reluctant to move out, this is a good time to see how...

14 November 2020

From: Features

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

Buyer Beware to be scrapped? Conveyancers debate alternatives

Conveyancers have considered whether the long-standing ‘caveat emptor’ or buyer beware principle in a property purchase should be replaced by ‘vendor...

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

Takeover Underway? - Connells begins bid to buy Countrywide

It’s been announced this morning that Connells is in takeover discussions with the troubled Countrywide agency group. Countrywide has given Connells until...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents offered ‘leniency options’ to confess about industry cartels

New guidance spells out how leniency can be exercised on agencies or individuals who inform on anti-competition cartels of the kind that...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide meeting later this month to decide company fate

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

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty receipts up despite first time buyer exemption

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

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters' Reform Bill delay - what does it mean for the lettings market?

Housing Minister Christopher Pincher announced that the introduction of the Renters' Reform Bill will be delayed for an indefinite period due...

31 October 2020

From: Features

Redundancies and branch closures continue at Countrywide

An extensive culling of branches and staff continues apace at Countrywide as it significantly reduces the size of both its office...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping the property market moving

It’s been an unexpected year for the property market, shaped by the effects of the pandemic. We didn’t quite anticipate the...

27 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

How to sell your agency business in 11 key steps

Agents spend their whole careers telling vendors and landlords why they will be able to achieve a better sale price or...

27 October 2020

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

Many Countrywide branches now shut permanently

Estate Agent Today can reveal that a string of Countrywide offices across the country have been closed in recent weeks - but...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why diversification is the spice of life for agents

The property market has bounced back with all of the expected resilience and flexibility that is its hallmark since it reopened...

24 October 2020

From: Features

Countrywide branches close ahead of private equity investment bid

At least two branches of a Countrywide agency have been closed, shortly before news broke of a proposal for a large...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 700 agency branches fail to reopen after spring lockdown

Some 713 estate agency branches have failed to reopen following the spring lockdown according to a business consultancy. TwentyCi says that is the...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Some sellers are now asking too much, reveals Rightmove

The latest Rightmove asking price index shows the extraordinary market and amazing times we are living through. The average price of property coming...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

The importance of addressing Conveyancing earlier in the home moving journey

We all know that people can’t move to a new house without going through the Conveyancing process. However, with that said,...

14 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

Crisis? What crisis? Mortgage lending hits 13 year high

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

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies, PropTech and furlough cash help Hunters recover

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

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency easyProperty expands and seeks new licensees

Online agency easyProperty has announced four new areas to its portfolio to build on its existing 41 locations - and it’s seeking...

29 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

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

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

Zoopla tells agents - we're free until January if you commit long-term

The battle between portals is hotting up again with Zoopla repeating its offer of free listings until January for agents committing...

02 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

Countrywide - 10 own goals in five years

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

22 August 2020

From: Features

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

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

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency group “increasingly optimistic” about market despite Covid

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

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies at OnTheMarket ‘under consideration’ admits portal

OnTheMarket has confirmed it is “considering” making redundancies - the second of the large portals to be in this position. Rumours have been...

03 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

People quitting London for the country is overstated, suggests Zoopla

Zoopla says while there may be speculation about people fleeing London and big urban areas for the countryside, the evidence suggests...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Another Spicerhaart brand wants agents working remotely

Butters John Bee, one of the oldest agency brands in the UK, is the latest part of the Spicerhaart group to...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New Purplebricks fees structure likely to be revealed next month

It is widely expected that Purplebricks will shortly reveal the result of an experiment with a number of different pricing strategies. The...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Business Interruption Insurance scandal case begins

An eight day court hearing kicks off this morning as the Financial Conduct Authority begins a test case regarding Business Interruption...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Upfront property information – we need to stop ‘going round the houses’

At a recent Conveyancing Association webinar focused on the provision of upfront information in the property sale process, there was a...

11 July 2020

From: Features

Branch closures announced as franchise agency links with building society

Six agency branches are being closed as a result of a partnership between franchise giant Belvoir and the Nottingham Building Society. Under...

09 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

Agency losing over 50 jobs says its brand is “very much alive”

The Andrew Grant regional estate agency brand is “very much alive” despite the firm which bore the name losing 54 jobs...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property supply and demand - what's the latest and what's in store?

We recently issued our Zoopla House Price Index, which analyses the latest real-time trends from the sales market. In our analysis, we...

04 July 2020

From: Features

Over 50 jobs lost as agency collapses into administration

Over 50 jobs have been lost as a result of a Midlands regional estate agency falling into administration. The Shropshire Star reports...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide loses 30% of income thanks to lockdown

Countrywide has released details of its trading performance, including the knock its income has received as a result of the housing...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New owners for agency that shut branches and created ‘hub’ structure

Midlands regional chain Andrew Grant, which last year closed some branches as it moved to a ‘hub’ structure, appears to have...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Jenrick fails to show for key question as ‘cash for favours’ row grows

Beleaguered Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is under growing pressure to explain his part in a planning decision - now deemed illegal...

12 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

Business Interruption scandal - eight insurers involved in test case

More details have been released about a test case being brought by the Financial Conduct Authority about the ongoing Business Interruption...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what happened when big lenders had their own estate agencies?

All my recent Natters have been focused on one particular topic, the coronavirus crisis, for obvious reasons. But there has been...

23 May 2020

From: Features

Countrywide wants damages from mystery buyer who pulled out of deal

Countrywide says it is pursuing the businessman who failed to complete on the purchase of the troubled agency’s commercial arm, Lambert...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: How to become the go-to local agent as a new era begins

Since my last column in April, one could argue that very little has changed for agents in terms of the market...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New ‘lockdown portal’ uses Google and Facebook to find buyers

The Haart estate agency chain has launched a portal called Off Market which it describes to sellers as being “a unique...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where estate agents are re-opening their offices this weekend

Estate agents in one small part of the British Isles are reopening their offices this weekend. Agents on the Channel Island of...

24 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

Why working from home isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be

Let me start by wishing everyone well in these uncertain and precarious times. I truly hope you, your families, friends and...

18 April 2020

From: Features

Rightmove downgraded as bank warns of agency closures accelerating

Investment bank RBC Capital has downgraded its rating of Rightmove and is warning that the property market is entering a prolonged...

17 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

Top agency to train agents in other activities during virus crisis

LSL Property Services says one of its measures to “rightsize” the organisation during the Coronavirus crisis will be to put agents...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in distress sales even before virus - top agent

One of London’s most experienced estate agents says there has been a very significant surge in foreclosure sales in part of...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More guidance and advice to the agency industry - Conquering Corona

We'd hoped it was good news but in fact it's just good-news-yet-to-come. The Savills office in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Coronavirus crisis in...

26 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

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Top industry figure criticises Spicerhaart sackings and closures

A senior figure in the industry has spoken out against the shock sackings and branch closures announced by Spicerhaart. Jon Cooke, chief...

21 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 March 2020

From: Features

LSL warns over Coronavirus as takeover talks with Countrywide continue

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

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons warns of sales slump going on through 2020 despite Boris Bounce

Foxtons is warning that 2020 will be yet another difficult year for the agency despite the so-called Boris Bounce helping the...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to probe house raffle problems

Future complaints about property raffles by individual home owners seeking to avoid estate agency fees will in future be handled by...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

First merger disclosure forms filed by Countrywide and LSL

Both Countrywide and LSL Property Services have submitted early online paperwork to The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, an independent body...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets - should there be selective bans?

There’s something of a conspiracy of silence over the problem of short lets. That is a stark claim but many siren voices...

22 February 2020

From: Features

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

Agency folds after 235 years in business - but why?

Mystery surrounds a historic agency that has ceased trading after 235 years in business - even though its website is still...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: another big sales slump revealed in trading statement

Foxtons's trading statement this morning reveals another huge slump in sales - but no new announcement about future branch closures after a spate...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: Mandatory disclosure of referral fees still a possibility

It is possible that agents and their business partners in the conveyancing, mortgage and survey industries could be obliged to have...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Big revenue slump after branch closures by LSL Property Services

LSL Property Services, which embarked on a significant branch closure programme last year, has reported a 16 per cent slump in...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned they will be accused of mis-selling

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

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy New Decade … and a look back at three EAT stories from 2010

Here it is - the start of a new decade, a moment for resolutions and remembrance, and the last Bank Holiday...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks and Countrywide lead 2019 share price flops

For the stock market generally, 2019 has been a positive year - but a few high profile agencies and associated companies...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells branches shut but ‘no extensive closure programme’ says firm

Connells has confirmed that it has closed two branches in Dorset in the south west of England, in addition to the...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells says branch closure is one-off, not part of wider programme

Connells has confirmed that it’s closing one of its branches on Wednesday with some but not all staff being redeployed. And the...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what has the last decade meant for the property industry?

Yes, believe it or not, we’ve nearly reached the end of a whole decade. And what an eventful decade it’s been. We’ve...

14 December 2019

From: Features

Foxtons closes more branches as London market woe goes on - report

Foxtons is reported to have closed four more branches across London, backing up widespread industry speculation that the agency is retrenching further in...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide ‘keeping branch structure under constant review’

Countrywide says it is constantly keeping its current branch structure under review, saying any responsible agency would have to consider the...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency revenue falls for Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons

A trading statement this morning by LSL Property Services - owners of Reeds Rains, Your Move and Marsh & Parsons -...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock estimate that 10 agencies a week have gone bust in 2019

A shock prediction from a property management firm suggests that around 10 estate agencies have gone bust every week in Britain...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons Fat Cats: new bonus policy created after shareholders’ revolt

Troubled London estate agency Foxtons says it has rewritten its remuneration policy for its senior management following a shareholder revolt at...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

‘I want to be a founder’ - Be careful what you wish for

News broke last weekend of a further online estate agency casualty as letting agent Upad announced on its website that it...

17 October 2019

From: Features

Why has Upad gone down?

Upad, the national online letting agent set up by entrepreneur James Davis has announced that it is “closed to new business”...

15 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Upad closure shows PropTech isn’t enough by itself

A leading agent and property management expert says the shock closure of online agency Upad is a sign that technology alone...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide to integrate iconic London agency into Hamptons brand

Countrywide says London agency Greene & Co, acquired back in May 2015, will become ‘fully immersed’ into its Hamptons International brand...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what makes for an effective CRM?

In a previous Natter, I promised to talk more about CRMs – and here I stick to that promise. Following on from...

21 September 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: Is PropTech about to burst?

There are those who say that PropTech is at risk of becoming a bubble market, and others who say bubbles don’t...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Branch closures: Large number of offices quit the High Street

A comprehensive report into the changing complexion of the High Street suggests that some 143 estate agents’ offices closed in the...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

EweMove hybrid defends recruiting franchisees with no agency experience

The parent company of franchised hybrid estate agency EweMove says that experienced estate agents outperform inexperienced franchisees - but only for...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide insider claims up to 250 branches may have closed

Countrywide’s branch closure programme, shrouded in secrecy even to shareholders, may have involved shutting 250 offices according to an insider. The individual...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New Regulator: Countrywide welcomes reform but warns it’ll be tough

Countrywide has thrown its weight behind the proposals for a new single industry-wide regulator taking on the roles of Trading Standards...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide branch closure programme explained - but no figures

Countrywide has told Estate Agent Today that it will not be releasing any figures on the branch closure programme it introduced...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

EweMove bucks downward hybrid trend by increasing revenue

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

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Embracing the hybrid model – disruption should not equal extinction

When an industry disruptor enters a marketplace the impact on existing operators can be significant. It has been seen most notably...

31 July 2019

From: Features

Countrywide wins new deal with lenders to continue ‘turnaround plan’

In a trading statement this morning, Countrywide says it has “a new covenant package with lenders provides the financial flexibility to...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Branch closures boost profits at Your Move and Reeds Rains

LSL Property Services, parent firm of Your Move and Reeds Rains, says the company’s branch closure programme was a success with profits...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide now “beyond salvation” says former chief executive

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

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet another house raffle competition bites the dust

Another house price raffle has closed amid rancour, and with cash prizes being awarded instead of the property originally promoted. The latest...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Russell Quirk,Co-Founder and Advisor/Non-Exec Director of Properganda

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? That depends on which business card. One says ‘Properganda PR,...

01 July 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Countrywide redundancies: dozens of sales progression staff may go

Countrywide is declining to comment on speculation that it is making 36 of its sales progression staff redundant. Estate Agent Today, which...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov and Countrywide merge: it could have happened…

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

08 June 2019

From: Features

Which way will you turn at the estate agency industry’s crossroad?

The estate agency industry is at a crossroads. A turbulent market, unstable political situation and a chronic lack of public confidence has...

05 June 2019

From: Features

What next for Countrywide and Purplebricks after day of turmoil?

Two of Britain’s largest and best known estate agencies have endured a day of turmoil at the hands of investors -...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Top Purplebricks investor would back US closure to bolster agency in UK

Purplebricks’ most influential investor says there is “opportunity aplenty” for the company but says it would back the closure of the US...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

A moving tide of regulation making its way towards estate agents

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

01 June 2019

From: Features

At least three Countrywide brands thought to be closing branches

It appears that at least three Countrywide brands are undergoing branch closures as the company’s cuts continue to bite. Estate Agent Today...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: share price sinks, closure and sell-off rumours swirl

Rumours continue to circulate about possible large-scale branch closures at Countrywide; its share price ended trading today at its lowest ever...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agencies top league table of shop closures across Britain

New figures released to Estate Agent Today show that a net total of 284 agents’ offices closed down in 2018. This number -...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: has Purplebricks' bubble now officially burst?

Whether you love or hate it, Purplebricks has undoubtedly left its mark since arriving on the scene in 2015 – much...

18 May 2019

From: Features

More details emerge on Countrywide’s closure programme

Further details of Countrywide's closure and consolidation programme, first revealed by Estate Agent Today on Friday, have emerged over the weekend. A...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide branch closures and staff redeployment underway

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

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Marsh & Parsons bucks market trend by opening 31st London office

One of the capital's best-known agents, Marsh & Parsons, has expanded its network with a new office in Streatham Hill, South...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New woe for London market as property magazine shuts immediately

A long running property magazine delivered to homes in prime areas of London has shut down with immediate effect. London Property had...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Over 40 jobs at risk as agency chain plans to shut four branches

Local media in the east Midlands report that four estate agency offices operated by the Nottingham building society are to close...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: front-office headcount under review as branch closures save £3m

Foxtons has revealed that its six branch closures announced towards the end of last year will save the company £3m in...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Upfront information will be crucial to the future of buying and selling

When it comes to major issues confronting housing, and in particular the direction that the government would like to take the...

23 March 2019

From: Features

Agent comparison website bags £2.2m funding to build on TV backing

GetAgent, the comparison estate agency business, has secured £2.2m in investment from a consortium of investors including Channel 4. The backers are...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Two agencies defy London market by opening new offices

Family-run Chelsea agency Russell Simpson is marking 40 years of business by expanding for the first time in its history, opening...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: Onus is very much on agents insists conveyancing chief

The director of strategy at the Council for Licensed Conveyancers says “the onus is very much on estate agents” to respond...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: should you be making your agency Instagram-friendly?

Instagram (or, as the younger generation would have it, Insta) is, by any measure, massive.  Only launched in October 2010, it’s a...

02 March 2019

From: Features

Referral Fees clampdown welcomed as “a triumph for consumers”

The National Association of Estate Agents has led the support for stricter new guidelines on transparency for referral fees. The clampdown means agents...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons rules out new branch closures but suffers huge fall in transactions

Foxtons has ruled out further branch closures as it continues to struggle against what it calls “the continued weakness” of the...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency shuts key office as London hit by more transaction and price falls

Another estate agency has closed one of its prime London offices as the capital’s most exclusive areas continue to be hit...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Consultations start on ‘500’ Your Move and Reeds Rains jobs at risk

Formal consultations have started concerning the job losses and branch closures for Your Move and Reeds Rains, revealed yesterday by their...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge branch closures announced for YourMove and Reeds Rains

A major restructuring of LSL Property Services has just been announced to shareholders, with substantial numbers of branch closures. The statement says...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Case Study: Noise issue could cost agent £9000

Our latest case study come from a recent news item to have hit the industry and national press. A disgruntled tenant is claiming...

16 January 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Nine agencies have gone bust each week since 2010 - claim

A new property management firm claims that an average of nine estate agencies have gone bust each week since 2010.  Apropos -...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 December 2018

From: Features

Agencies bite the dust as property sector insolvencies rise

There’s been a four per cent rise in the number of estate agencies becoming insolvent according to a new report. In the...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The Hub Club - another agency shuts branches and opens central office

Yet another estate agency has announced that it’s shutting branches and opening a centralised hub. This time it’s Newman Property Experts, a...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

More branch closures likely if Brexit uncertainty goes on - forecast

The closure of Foxtons’ Park Lane office and five other branches in the capital are merely the start of things to come...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Branch closures - 135 fewer independent agency offices

New figures from the British Independent Retailers Association suggest that there are now 135 fewer independent estate agency branches than at...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rival agency opens new London office within hours of Foxtons’ closures

London estate agency JOHNS&CO, which specialises in new homes, has opened its seventh office in the capital - the announcement came...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons confirms six branch closures - but says no more to come

Foxtons has this morning confirmed that it has now closed six branches. There was high-level publicity given to the closure of its...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Branch closures: 211 agency offices shut during first half of 2018

Shocking figures from the Local Data Company, a consultancy monitoring the health of High Streets, show that 211 estate agency offices...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Are online agencies in trouble? Investors will decide

However mild the weather may have been for most of us, it’s a cold autumn for the online estate agency market...

10 November 2018

From: Features

Rollo Miles, from Agent & Homes

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? It just says “Agent” for, at the end of the...

08 November 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: how much is that home in the window?

It’s the most obvious visual medium high street agents have at their disposal, and for many decades has been absolutely pivotal...

03 November 2018

From: Features

For today only - Rightmove ruined and it’s a nightmare selling Elm Street

You know the shiver you get when the portal reps call you out of the blue? That cold sweat in the...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Budget briefing - Seven things to watch for today

Perhaps it’s been our pre-occupation with Brexit, or on the other hand maybe we’re bored with politics, but this year’s Budget...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Bailiff’s notice in agency window signals another London branch closure

Another high profile estate agency office in London has closed - this time a branch of Winkworth.  The Richmond branch has been...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ditching the High Street and launching 'The Hub' pays off for Humberts

The estate agency group Humberts, which narrowly avoided collapse early this year, now claims to have turned around its fortunes thanks...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says industry-leading technology allows it to close branches

Foxtons says its use of technology allows it to increase the reach of its branches - and claims this is behind...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons shuts another office, relocating team to nearby branch

Estate Agent Today can reveal that Foxtons has closed another London agency office - this time at Barnes in the borough...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock as Foxtons announces closure of flagship Park Lane office

Foxtons is shutting its Park Lane office - the flagship of the agency in prime central London’s Mayfair. Estate Agent Today was...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Increased Trading Standards budget should focus on CPRs compliance

You will perhaps have seen recently that the Government has decided to boost funding to the regulator, the National Trading Standards...

29 September 2018

From: Features

Online firms ‘have forced other agents to be more competitive on fees’

An estate agency comparison website claims the rise of online and hybrid estate agencies has obliged traditional agents to be more...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

What now for online agents after shock closure of Connell's Hatched?

The shock immediate closure of Hatched, the online agency heavily invested in by Connells, has raised question marks over the online...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s a good time for agencies to list on the stock market - no, really...

At first sight, to suggest this is a good time for an agency business to go for an IPO - that...

11 August 2018

From: Features

GDPR Weekly: Anti-money laundering regulations and data protection

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: estate agencies closing - data shows how many and where

Data prepared for the BBC and shared with Estate Agent Today gives a snapshot of how estate agencies, lettings agencies and...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Your Move parent firm sees 11% sales slump but good lettings performance

The parent company of Your Move, Reeds Rains and other agency brands has succeeded where Foxtons yesterday did not - in...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: How should agents deal with security breaches?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees may be banned following Trading Standards survey

National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team and two of the three industry redress organisations have launched a survey to measure the...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency shuts after 30 years to concentrate on legal services

An Oxfordshire estate agency is shutting up shop at the end of this week in order to allow its parent company...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity (and sorry, we mention Donald Trump this week...)

We have the presidential seal of approval for our Agents Do Charity this week - well, sort of, but we don’t mean...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What’s the true value of an estate agent in the world of tech?

Is there really any true value to an estate agent in our current climate? Will there be a role for traditional agents...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – marketing magic, Mr T and GDPR fever

Last time out I looked at the growing importance of content, social media and design – but these should only form...

02 June 2018

From: Features

'Business as usual' for Humberts following sale to luxury holiday firm

It will be 'business as usual' for Humberts following the announcement of its sale to Natural Retreats, says the agency's new...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The future for Countrywide - Paul Creffield interview

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

12 May 2018

From: Features

Countrywide chief says: We're not ruling out online forever

Countrywide’s Group Operations Director Paul Creffield - one of three figures now at the top of the organisation - says he...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts denies report of some branches already shut with staff unpaid

Humberts has denied a local press report suggesting at least five of the firm’s 22 offices had already closed with some...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Passing data to third parties

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: agents bucking the high street downturn

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

21 April 2018

From: Features

More details revealed on range of agency reform proposals

  More details have emerged of the government’s proposals to enhance estate agency regulation, regulate referral fees, offer guides for buyers and...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Japanese knotweed: what estate agents need to know

When it comes to property, ‘Japanese knotweed’ are the two words most homeowners and prospective buyers do not want to hear.  With...

03 March 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: In the age of technology, customer service is timeless

We think about technology all the time. At least, I do. And there’s nothing left in property that technology hasn’t touched...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Strong trading update from Hunters, despite Norfolk troubles

National franchise giant Hunters has delivered a strong trading update, despite what it describes as 'challenging conditions'. Earlier this week, it was...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Why agents should look to online auctions in a challenging market

Between October and December 2017, some £822 million worth of UK residential property was sold at auction, according to the Essential...

07 February 2018

From: Features

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

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

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Stark warning that estate agencies could close in next 12 months

A partner at Carter Jonas says that the next 12 months could see stagnation in the market and as a result...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

'Secret' project aims to help traditional agents combat Purplebricks

A ‘secret’ proposal called Project UHA was put to a hand-picked group of agents on Friday with speculation suggesting it centres...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Combatting a knotty problem for estate agents

Japanese knotweed, the invasive plant brought over to Britain in the Victorian era, threatens millions of pounds worth of property transactions...

20 January 2018

From: Features

Buyer says he'll sue agent over non-disclosure about neighbours

The Daily Mail and other papers are reporting that a buyer is suing an estate agent who allegedly failed to tell...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Five things that didn’t happen in 2017

It’s traditional before Christmas to either review the year past or anticipate the one ahead - but I’m intrigued about what...

16 December 2017

From: Features

'Downward pressure on fees' blamed for estate agency closure

Ten jobs have been lost with the closure of a long-standing north of England estate agency - with the downward pressure...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket rebel agent makes last-ditch bid to overturn float proposal

An early Gold member of OnTheMarket is making a last-ditch bid to stop its parent company, Agents’ Mutual, from floating on...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills stays silent on valuation allegation and High Court order

Savills is remaining silent on the issues surrounding the apparent filing of a High Court order that may oblige the agency...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: architect of 'online option' is latest to leave

Sources within Countrywide say the latest senior management figure to leave the company is Sam Tyrer, who under her title of...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Speculation grows over future of senior Countrywide director

Speculation is growing that one of the most senior executives in the Countrywide management team may be leaving the organisation. Countrywide and...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks told to slow growth and get its house in order by City analyst

After a roller-coaster day on the Stock Exchange yesterday, Purplebricks has sought to defend itself against further possible share price losses...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: 50% of branches will have online option within days

Countrywide says the roll out of its online sales and lettings service is on schedule to reach 50 per cent of...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

What's in a name? RH & RW Clutton is very much alive and well

The three-office RH & RW Clutton agency has issued a statement to say it’s alive and well - and unaffected by...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Cluttons bought by finance company - but some offices to close

The industry magazine Estates Gazette is reporting that Cluttons, the residential and commercial agency, has been bought out of pre-pack administration...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Split stamp duty between sellers and buyers, urges top agent

Trevor Abrahmsohn, one of London’s best known estate agents and a founder of OnTheMarket, says stamp duty should be split between...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals annual cost of restructuring

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

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: £38m share placing may allow it to rival Purplebricks

Countrywide has successfully placed 21.6m shares to institutional investors at the competitive price of 175p per share - allowing it to...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: City analyst less gloomy about group's prospects

Countrywide’s long-term share price decline and turbulent branch closure programme have not prevented a relatively positive endorsement of the group’s strategy and...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price dips as commercial sell-off revealed

Countrywide’s share price closed slightly down again yesterday to finish trading at 176.0 after news emerged that the group was selling...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide stays silent on rumours of Bairstow Eves closures

Countrywide says it is unable to comment on speculation that some Bairstow Eves offices in the south of England have been...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

First time buyers have a lot to thank Help To Buy for says Moneyfacts

Moneyfacts, the independent financial products monitoring service, says first time buyer have a lot to thank Help To Buy for -...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide may drop out of FTSE 250 - but LSL wins seal of approval

It’s a tale of two estate agencies - Britain’s biggest, seemingly in trouble, and the second biggest, winning a seal of...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Firm warns of wave of litigation against new-build conveyancers

A firm is warning of “a wave of litigation from home owners who were given inadequate advice from their solicitors or...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: Platt's revolution goes on despite latest share price slump

Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt has told Estate Agent Today the transformation she wishes to see within the group may take...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Is he fired? Apprentice star quits the London estate agency he set up

The former Apprentice runner-up Jamie Lester, who at one time ran four London estate agency branches under Haus Properties, says he...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide regional director is latest to quit the company

Countrywide's regional director Martin Coombes has quit the company, having worked for it since the early 1990s. A statement to Estate Agent...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering: Agents' network running consultation survey

The Independent Network of Estate Agents is running a survey to collate agents' responses ahead of the closure of the official...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Market flux as agencies expand, contract and restructure

A series of announcements offer an insight into the market flux at the moment. Firstly the franchise giant Hunters has added three...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rising number of High Street agency offices despite online 'threat'

Despite the much-publicised 'threat' of online estate agency there were more high street offices opened in the first half of this year...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide on the slide as share price falls below 200

Countrywide’s share price started the week at below 200 for the first time - about 30 months after it was riding...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: former chief executive warns of 'market share disaster'

The former chief executive of Countrywide, Harry Hill, has tweeted that on a four mile walk encountering hundreds of estate agents’...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed - list of Countrywide branches to close in the near future

Estate Agent Today has received a list of around 60 Countrywide Group estate agency offices expected to close in the next...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide agency office shuts - a sign of 'brand rationalisation' to come?

Countrywide has closed an office of one of its best-known London brands, Faron Sutaria, and is merging its activities with a nearby...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

ETSOS Respond to Government’s anticipated “Call for Evidence” on improving the conveyancing process

As a service provider to both Estate Agents and Conveyancing Solicitors from one platform, ETSOS sits in a fairly unique position...

06 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Working to combat conveyancing fraud

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

27 May 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Time to stick it up: Agents still not complying with transparency law

Running a business is not easy, but sometimes it becomes harder because we are expected to modify our behaviour due to...

20 May 2016

From: Features

Anger over CHAPS change that will force agents to open longer

The little-publicised extension of the CHAPS settlement day - taking the closure up to 6pm from next summer - has received...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Low demand for high-end homes blamed for agency closure

A high-end estate agency which closed unexpectedly in April is now reported to have been hit by low demand for homes...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Fee disclosure: Are you ready for an inspection?

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

29 May 2015

From: Features

Mystery surrounds closure of 'top 20' estate agency

A firm described as one of the country’s 20 best small estate agencies has closed both of its offices. Estate Agent Today...

06 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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