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Purplebricks value 'same as Countrywide and Foxtons combined'

The Purplebricks stock market bull run took yet another huge leap forwards yesterday with its share price up 20 per cent...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to expand into the United States later this year

Purplebricks has raised £50m through a share issue to fund expansion into the United States later this year. In an announcement to shareholders...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Watchdog orders online agency not to re-run TV advert

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

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Don’t undervalue Which? as a useful marketing tool

The guys at Which? are at it again, all over estate agents like a rash for “over valuing” properties so they...

17 February 2017

From: Features

Agents blasted by Which? for asking price 'over-valuations'

The consumer body Which? claims that 19 per cent of properties sold in the year to September went for prices five...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks shares top 200p as US comment bigs up agency

The remarkable bull run on the London Stock Exchange continues for hybrid estate agency Purplebricks, which floated shares at 100p just...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

US firm plans to take UK by storm with 5,000 agents in five years

The Keller Williams franchise agency, one of the largest in the world, is relaunching in the UK on Wednesday with the...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New agency comparison website bans online and hybrid agents

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

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks recruits TV property star for 'Commisery' campaign

The average fee paid by sellers to high street estate agents in the past year is £4,055 claims Purplebricks - an...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

What next for the rental market in 2017?

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

14 January 2017

From: Features

Mergers of independent estate agencies: the market and the price

Consolidation continues apace amongst traditional estate agents. The raft of pressures on agents is increasing and these pressures have two strong...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Seek and ye shall find

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

07 January 2017

From: Features

This is what people find frustrating about estate agents (apparently)

Allegedly-inaccurate descriptions and difficulties finding convenient times for viewings are among the most common frustrations people find when buying and renting. That’s...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-agent wins £1,000 'commission' by selling home on Facebook

A former estate agent is reported to have won £1,000 ‘commission’ from a seller - simply because she shared a sale-by-owner...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

The fees ban will force agents to seize the day

Carpe diem, seize the day – whatever you call it, it’s something all of us in the property industry should be looking...

09 December 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - as the countdown to Christmas commences

There’s no need to worry but...er....there are only three weeks to go until Christmas. With traditional feelings of goodwill at this time...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

'Whistle-blower' estate agent was unfairly dismissed, rules tribunal

An estate agent at an office of London agency Felicity J Lord, who alleged unethical practices were taking place in the...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgages, not more homes, key to increased home ownership

The long-awaited Redfern Review has recommended that improved access to mortgage finance and improved income levels for first time buyers are...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Long-awaited Redfern Review into housing expected tomorrow

Labour’s long-awaited Redfern Review, set up a year ago after the party’s defeat in the general election, finally reports tomorrow. Although it...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another online agency asked to amend website after complaint

YOPA, the online agency that recently had an extensive TV campaign, has amended the content of its website following a complaint to...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Dramatic one-third slump in sales for Foxtons in last three months

In a surprise announcement this morning, Foxtons has revealed that its total revenues in the past three months dropped 14 per...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agent says Rightmove false allegations are gross abuse

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

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises are inevitable after tax clampdown on buy-to-let

Buy-to-let landlords may have failed in their recent legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set to...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Bid to discover how vendors choose agents - and reject others

Property Academy is embarking on its annual Home Moving Trends Survey in a bid to find out how vendors select agents...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Online firm resuscitates argument over traditional agents' fees

In the first half of this year, vendors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, could have saved over £1.87 billion in...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Spectator columnist slams estate agents as 'like a pack of wolves'

Right-wing journalist Melissa Kite has used the columns of the weekly political magazine to accuse estate agents of being “like a...

07 October 2016

From: Breaking News

New off-market 'members portal' insists OTM portal rule does not apply

A new portal has launched listing off-market properties at the very highest end of the market, and says it does not...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

The Property Ombudsman tells estate agents: 'raise your standards'

The Property Ombudsman scheme’s annual report, just released, reveals that there has been a dramatic 32 per cent surge in the...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Bob Scarff

A fantastic exclusive this week as I carry out a question and answer session with one of the leading names in...

16 September 2016

From: Features

ASA upholds two of three complaints made against Purplebricks

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld two of three complaints against claims made in Purplebricks' TV and website advertising.  The watchdog upheld...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Analysts produce league table of where agents could earn most fees

A property analytics company has devised a method of calculating the ‘best’ locations in which to work as an estate agent,...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit protection schemes offer peace of mind

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

26 August 2016

From: Features

Shelter attacks government house building levels worsened by Brexit

Shelter - recently concentrating on attacking landlords for the qualities of their homes and letting agents for the size of their...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds fate of 'closed' hybrid estate agency

Mystery surrounds the fate of Fresh Chilli, a north of England-based hybrid estate agency that launched with a fanfare last autumn,...

19 August 2016

From: Breaking News

My favourite grouse…lazy agents who tout for my properties

As I sit here writing this on the Glorious 12th, I realise I’m going on about my favourite grouse – agents...

12 August 2016

From: Features

RICS says owners should not confuse valuations with surveys

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the controversial findings of an insurance firm’s research shows that millions of homeowners may...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

What has been the Brexit impact on the housing market so far?

The morning after the EU referendum, and Westminster, Britain, Europe and the world were left in shock at the news that...

05 August 2016

From: Features

Countrywide reveals first details of online sales service roll-out

Countrywide has given Estate Agent Today some early details of how its mix of online and traditional agency services will roll-out...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency rebrands as it aims to increase market share by up to 20%

The 177 year old agency and consultancy Bidwells has a new brand identity - and an ambitious pledge to grow market...

27 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks marketing chief off-loads almost 250,000 shares in agency

  The chief marketing officer of Purplebricks, Joby Russell - who in the recent past has described the hybrid as “the UK’s...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Flood of 20- and 30-somethings leaving London says estate agency

There are more people quitting London than ever before, with 20- and 30-somethings leading the exodus according to high-end agency Humberts.   The...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Index of house prices – or accumulating crisis?

So we now have a new 'official' index of house prices, and much good may it do us. For the chattering classes...

17 June 2016

From: Features

eMoov ad banned by watchdog after complaint about three of its claims

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an ad by online agency emoov after a complaint disputing the duration of a fee...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Shawn Brown, PayProp Business Development Director

Q: What does it say on your business card? Director of Business Development Q: Who are PayProp? PayProp is an automated payment and reconciliation...

12 May 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Residential towers dramatically boost local house prices - claim

A report using data from Savills and property consultancy Dataloft claims that luxury private residential towers can dramatically increase the values of...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Online, traditional – can we learn anything from the conveyancing industry?

I have spent the last 20 years working within the conveyancing business, alongside estate agents and I can’t help feeling a...

06 May 2016

From: Features

London agency opening 26th branch with 0.0% commission fee

Marsh & Parsons is this month opening its second new branch of the year and its 26th across London.  The new Tufnell...

04 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 March 2016

From: Features

Buying in 2020 means Google and Facebook, not just Rightmove and Zoopla

A fascinating report commissioned by online agency easyProperty has given the lowdown on what house buying might be like in 2020...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Councils hold the key to affordable housing crisis, says land agent

An agency which specialises in land is calling on local councils to play a greater part in the push to create...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Senior agent to sue ex-employer over 'misleading market share claims'

An estate agent is suing his former employer for £500,000 after he believes he was unfairly dismissed. Abdul Samad is taking legal...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Let London Mayor set stamp duty level, urges housing commission

Sadiq Khan, Zac Goldsmith or whoever else wins the London Mayor election this spring should have the power to levy stamp...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

London agency chain opens ninth office with promise of more to come

Aspire estate agency has opened its ninth office in south west London at Raynes Park, SW20. It is “doing a Foxtons” by...

23 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Government Starter Homes will be unaffordable for most families - claim

Discounted starter homes could be out of reach for the majority of families in need of an affordable home in many...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing reviews: A little less conversation, a little more action...

As we all know, Peter Redfern is critical to the future of the British housing market and.... What? Wait? You don’t know...

13 February 2016

From: Features

Watchdog tells estate agents to improve handling of clients' data

The estate agency industry has been ticked off by an official watchdog for the way many of its businesses handle clients'...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Knowing too much about property can be a disadvantage

Public relations used to be a minor part of estate agency, something only ‘the big boys’ paid for and with little...

30 January 2016

From: Features

Top 5 Reasons Why Signage Still Matters

There seems to have been a seismic shift in recent years for companies to migrate everything ‘on brand’ online. However signage...

27 January 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter: pay what you want – yes or no?

First of all, welcome back everyone. Hope everyone had a great and relaxing break for Christmas and New Year. (Is anyone...

15 January 2016

From: Features

Why I've said no to PLC approaches

Do you remember Martha Lane-Fox? She was the poster girl for lastminute.com and an icon of the dot.com bubble that ended...

15 January 2016

From: Features

Another online agency scraps compulsory up-front fees for sellers

Tepilo is the latest online estate agency to introduce an option for sellers to pay after a sale is completed, instead...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Government to directly commission 13,000 new homes

In an unexpected announcement, the government says it will "directly commission" companies to build up to 13,000 new affordable homes on...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks easily outstrips online rivals' brand recognition says poll

Purplebricks is very easily the most recognisable online estate agency, according to a survey of 1,300 home owners by respected polling...

23 December 2015

From: Breaking News

NAEA says prices will soar and home-ownership plummet by 2025

House prices will soar by 50 per cent in the next 10 years according to research commissioned by the NAEA and conducted...

17 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Praise for agency diversification to cut damage from housing downturn

Investors’ Chronicle, the weekly investment magazine published by the Financial Times Group, has lavishly praised high-end agency Savills for diversifying its...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Care home rooms being sold as buy to let investment properties

Newspapers and other journalists’ outlets are reporting that rooms in care homes are being offered to purchase as buy to let...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Why do agents have an unfavourable reputation among the public?

Last week, on the latest series of The Apprentice, Lord Sugar threw his teams into the London property market.  As expected, Twitter...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Over 40 per cent say conveyancing is too slow and complicated

A new survey of over 1,350 homeowners across the UK shows that a large number regard the conveyancing process as too...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Firm paying vendors up to £800 now raising £5m to expand

Loyalty Street W1, a service that sends cheques to householders which they can cash if they then use a nominated local...

23 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Online firm takes on agency establishment by marketing £19.5m home

An online estate agency has taken on the established high-end agents by marketing a home in prime central London for £19.5m...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

A latte and a new home? Agency expands with a cafe branch

An agency that offers both traditional and online sales and lettings services to clients has opened a new office - in...

03 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Referrals: What makes a good conveyancer?

There was a recent article in Estate Agent Today titled: Agents 'missing out on income by not charging for referrals'. A study...

30 October 2015

From: Features

Zoopla claims OTM's 'spontaneous brand awareness' is only 2%

Research commissioned by Zoopla claims it remains the property portal in the UK with the highest spontaneous national consumer brand awareness. The...

29 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents 'missing out on income by not charging for referrals' - claim

A company is claiming that estate agents are missing out on substantial potential income by not charging for referrals of clients...

22 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Developer wants agents for luxury Cabo Verde resort

The Resort Group, the developer of the all-suite Llana Beach Hotel and Spa, which is due to open in 2016, has...

20 October 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide upheaval continues as 'digital future' chief resigns

Countrywide says the man charged with planning the organisation’s digital future is to step down - just days after he was...

20 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Are you looking for a new investment product to offer your clients?

The Resort Group are looking for sales agents to help sell our 5-star property developments in Cape Verde. With a proven...

19 October 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Not Online, not High Street - future agencies to be Hybrid says Countrywide

The future estate agency model is going to be neither the traditional High Street office nor the online-only alternative - instead...

16 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agency says vendors can choose what to pay, even if it's nothing

North London estate agency Anthony Pepe has introduced what it calls a Zero to Hero fees policy, allowing vendors to choose...

15 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Police probe continues as struck-off solicitor linked to MP's property portfolio

There is still no word on when a police investigation will report on alleged irregularities said to involve the buy to...

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Keller Williams franchise agent slams complacent, unimaginative industry

One of the UK franchise holders of US-based Keller Williams has accused this country's agency industry of being "complacent and unimaginative"...

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Over half of home owners will struggle if rates rise, warn building societies

Over half of Britain's home owners will hit problems if interest rates rise. The Building Societies Association says new research which it...

30 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Seven more Foxtons branches next year as latest office prepares to open

Foxtons is preparing to open its Croydon office on Saturday - the 58th for the company across Middlesex, Surrey and London.  As...

24 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent says NAEA and HMRC must act over money-laundering

With the industry still awaiting the outcome of two investigations into allegations surrounding London property money-laundering, one estate agency is now...

22 September 2015

From: Breaking News

easyProperty TV ads start as online market hits tipping point

easyProperty today launches a TV and multi-media advertising campaign “costing very much into seven figures” as it attempts to boost its...

21 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency chain admits very limited take-up of online sales option

Franchise giant Martin & Co says there has been “very limited take-up” of a no frills estate agency service that it...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

High Street agent cautions against offering 'fixed fee' sales

A High Street estate agent has cautioned others within the industry against being tempted to go down the route of charging...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Another flat-fee online agency launches - with extra charges

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

09 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Almost a love-in from Which?

It’s always interesting when Which? produces a report that includes estate agency. It asked 1,990 people their views on buying and selling...

21 August 2015

From: Features

First-time buyers face £45,000 deposits within next decade, claims agent

An out-spoken estate agent has claimed that first-time buyers in the North East of England will need to save deposits of...

21 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Growing agency claims to be strongest property brand in its area

Estate agency Romans has claimed that it is the 'strongest property brand' in the Thames Valley.  The Romans Group recently commissioned a...

20 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Ex-BBC presenter opens hybrid agency and advertises in local shop windows

An estate agent who co-presented BBC programme Living in the Sun has opened a hybrid estate agency with what he calls...

20 August 2015

From: Breaking News

High Street agent confronts online rivals with flat fee structure

A traditional estate agent has taken a leaf from the book of online rivals by scrapping old-style percentage commission and instead...

19 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency launches revolutionary 'new era' fees structure

Yorkshire estate agency Linley & Simpson is launching a fee structure linked directly to what it calls the “customer experience.” Linley &...

17 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Revealed - what the public really thinks of estate agents

Estate agents have received a substantial thumbs up from a large survey of 1,990 people. On top of that, the survey was...

17 August 2015

From: Breaking News

It’s a scandal more property scandals aren’t exposed

I received a call from a prominent agent known to many in the industry this week, asking an unexpected question: he wanted...

07 August 2015

From: Features

On average, property investors sell nine times more often than your typical family. That's nine times the commission

Introduce your properties to over 500,000 investors, increase sales and management stock... WHAT IS PRING Pring.co.uk is the largest investment property portal...

05 August 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Agency rapped again over data protection

An estate agent that reportedly left a client’s passport and tax information in the street over 18 months ago has been...

27 July 2015

From: Breaking News