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

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

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

US agency opens third office in UK - and pledges more in 2018

Keller Williams UK is launching its third office in the UK. It’s in Glasgow and the new market centre - the term...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

First 'associate' joins freelance estate agency scheme

A former Hamptons International and Savills agent is the first to join a ‘freelance agency’ set up in prime central London. In...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says buyers take eight minutes to decide to purchase

Foxtons says it takes just eight minutes for a purchaser to know whether they will go ahead with buying a home.  The...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

The housing industry has set out a list of demands in advance of the government’s hotly anticipated Autumn Budget on Wednesday.  Despite...

18 November 2017

From: Features

EweMove says one franchisee has earned £500,000 in a year

Online agency EweMove - part of The Property Franchise Group, which recently failed to agree merger terms with Belvoir - claims...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents are not professionals claims Times consumer journalist

The consumer affairs correspondent of The Times has savaged High Street estate agents because of the commission they charge when compared...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New portal targets agents to sell and let ex-council flats and houses

A new portal has been launched aimed at marketing ex-council properties for sale or to let through agencies.  Ex-Council.com says it is...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Video and marketing bid to promote No Sale, No Fee agency model

The Guild of Property Professionals is launching a marketing campaign to promote the benefits of the No Sale, No Fee estate...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents’ commission – some common failings

The Estate Agent’s Act 1979 is rapidly approaching its 40th anniversary, yet still agents make mistakes and can all too easily...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Conveyancers and searches in firing line of new government probe

Conveyancers and the speed of local council searches have come in for criticism as details have emerged of the government’s consultation...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Will Purplebricks ruling end agents’ purple mist?

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

21 October 2017

From: Features

Win a home for £2 ... but pay 5% commission when you sell

A new online property competition platform has launched that gives entrants the opportunity to win a home for £2 - but...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks TV ads declared 'misleading' after complaint over fees

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that two TV advertisements for Purplebricks cannot be shown again in their current form because...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New analysis shows Purplebricks' massive domination of online sector

A long-standing traditional agent says the real success of online agencies is not their share of the market but that they...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Remind your clients: UK agency fees are competitive

There’s much said in the mainstream press about estate agency fees and how costly they can be for consumers. But one point...

11 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Warning: Don’t fall foul of competition rules after CMA fines

The decision by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to fine five estate agents for engaging in a price fixing cartel has...

07 October 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the falling leaves edition...

It’s not just that the days are shortening and the occasional smell of smoke lingers in the evening - the weather...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

UK agency commission amongst lowest in world, new survey shows

UK estate agency commission levels are amongst the lowest in the world according to a league table compiled by an international...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of sellers say local branch staff are key to selecting agent

The vast majority of sellers surveyed by a consumer group say rapport with branch staff in a locally-based office is important...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Traditional agents blame onliners for chain delays and fall-throughs

There is growing concern that online agents who do not chase-up on behalf of clients are leading to delays and fall-throughs...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

How many agency business models are there today?

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

23 September 2017

From: Features

New London agency wants to employ over 20 freelance agents

A company launching later this month, set up by an ex-Chestertons agent, wants to employ over 20 freelance associates who can...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'Cartels Hotline' launched on back of disgraced agencies' case

The Competition and Markets Authority - which yesterday released details of an infamous cartel case involving estate agencies - has now...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

CMA releases details of estate agents' cartel scheme

The Competition and Markets Authority has for the first time published details of the findings against a group of six estate...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Service lists High Street agents that are 'Purplebricks Price Beaters'

An online platform that allows the public to compare the services and fees of traditional estate agents in their areas has...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

easyProperty relaunches, claiming to be UK's second-biggest hybrid

easyProperty has unveiled details of its relaunch, declaring itself to be the UK’s second largest hybrid estate agency - second only...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency earns £350,000 in commission from 'disgruntled' online sellers

Arun Estates reports that it has netted an additional £350,000 in fees thanks to a scheme designed to woo vendors using online...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

When a tenant failed to pay any rent after the first month his tenancy last year, the landlord did not expect...

26 August 2017

From: Features

Would your clients get the needle about an estate agent with tattoos?

A new survey commissioned by a property firm suggests that 31 per cent of people feel uncomfortable about the idea of...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Full-service agents achieve over 5% higher sale price, research shows

Research in the United States shows that traditional full-service estate agencies achieve better sale prices than the biggest alternative in that...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – are you GDPR-ready?

Are you protecting your data right? This may sound like the sort of direct warning you get from cold callers or...

19 August 2017

From: Features

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

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

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

EweMove boss named as part of Property Franchise Group new blood

A new managing director has been named for EweMove - with the promise of more high-level appointments to come for the...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild says first white-labelled auction wins £18,000 commission for agent

The Guild of Property Professionals says the first sale through its white-labelled Guild Auctions operations has produced over £18,000 in commissions...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

London agent defies downturn by opening new office next month

Marsh & Parsons will be opening a new office in Islington on September 4 - defying many analysts who say the...

07 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

HIP, HIP, Hooray - The Other 10-Year Anniversary

  You’ll see a lot of 10th anniversary stories in the property industry and consumer media in the coming days: early August...

28 July 2017

From: Features

Foxtons' slump in sales means 55% of revenue now from lettings

Foxtons has reported its half-year figures for the six months to the end of June and, as expected, they show how...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks faces new hybrid rival as it attempts to break into Australia

Purplebricks’ well-publicised attempt to break into the Australian market with a similar model to the one being used here has come...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency franchise group reveals newest local property experts

Franchise estate and lettings group HomeXperts has announced the latest areas where it has recruited local property experts. They are Berkshire, Essex, Kent and...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

NIMBYs tell government: We won't be bribed over new homes

The government has published the findings of research which suggest that very few local opponents to new homes will be bought...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New warning to agents that data law change could prove costly

For the second time in two weeks, experts are warning that new data protection laws could seriously disrupt the agency industry...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Huge overhaul of agents' data protection systems needed, says expert

Estate and letting agents are being urged to prepare for new data protection legislation coming into effect next year - but...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Avoid unwanted hassles: Q & A with Jack Webb-Heller, Rent4sure IT director

Living next to inconsiderate neighbours can be a nightmare, but letting to bad tenants can prove costly, especially when issues, which...

08 July 2017

From: Features

High end agency opens new London branch with 0% commission offer

High end London agency Chestertons has opened a new office in West Putney, bringing its network across the capital to 33. The branch...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Why agents need to do more to promote value for money

The fees charged by estate agents receive a lot of coverage in the press - and rarely for positive reasons. Negative...

06 July 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Search firm wants conveyancers to commission more fracking reports

A Conservative commitment to allow more fracking is the trigger for conveyancers to gather yet more environmental information during the search...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Reviews - Agency complaint about Purplebricks upheld by watchdog

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

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are we doing enough to protect property’s core values?

Supporting the adoption of technology does not mean we have to stop protecting the core values of the property industry. In...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

An inconvenient truth - Help To Buy mostly helps the better off

Government schemes like Help To Buy, supposedly assisting more people get on the ladder, have little impact on improving social mobility...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 July 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks: nothing divides estate agency more than this

Few things provoke argument within the industry more than the online v traditional agency debate - and within that debate, nothing...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial £2.875m raffle of Right To Buy house is back on

The controversial raffle of a home reportedly purchased in 2014 under the Right To Buy scheme for just £360,000 is back...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

More interest-only owners selling up, claims equity release operator

Estate agents are increasingly helping customers who have been forced to sell their homes to pay off interest-only mortgages ahead of...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

White & Sons commission cosmetic refurbishments for its four branches

White & Sons came to MPL Interiors specifically to counteract the growing threat from online and hybrid estate agents, commissioning a...

26 June 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Big rise in complaints and compensation says The Property Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman’s annual report reveals a significant increase in the number of formal complaints resolved by the scheme and a...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Online estate agent secures another £1.2 million in funding

Online estate agency Settled has raised £1.2 million in funding to further develop its product. Settled describes itself as a 'powerful digital...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent network launches campaign against 'call centre agents'

A network of almost 80 independent estate agency offices has launched what it calls a hard-hitting campaign against 'internet-based call centre...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price dips following California launch announcement

The share price of hybrid estate agency Purplebricks dipped yesterday after it announced its US expansion will begin in California. Purplebricks' share...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

High street agency latest to launch online service alongside traditional brand

A one branch independent estate agency has this week launched a fixed-fee sales option alongside its traditional commission-based service. WH Breading, which...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

ASA upholds complaint against hybrid agent for viewings claim

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint made against hybrid estate agency Pink and Cow. The Portsmouth-based firm claimed on...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Should agents list for free and allow vendors to set asking prices?

Two leading voices in the PropTech sector suggest a radical overhaul of agents’ fee structures, saying that neither traditional full service nor online...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Reform of buying and selling - The industry should prepare now

The banning of letting fees levied on tenants has dominated the industry headlines in recent months but this election campaign suggests...

27 May 2017

From: Features

Tories backtrack on HIPs but still want massive house sales reform

The Conservative Party says it wants greater competition and more digitisation to cut the costs and reduce the amount of time...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tories insist HIPs are not on their way back after all

The Conservatives now say they are not resuscitating Home Information Packs, despite a suggestion by a prominent former minister that they "had...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

City analyst uses Foxtons' figures to diss Purplebricks inventory

A respected City analyst has pointedly dissed Purplebricks over its allegedly modest inventory of homes for sale and rent. Antony Codling of...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

New homes must be marketed to Britons first, say Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have set a building target of 300,000 new homes a year, have pledged to scrap housing association Right...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills wins Court of Appeal case and claims £150,000 commission fee

It has emerged that global property firm Savills won a case in the Court of Appeal, entitling them to claim an...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Top 20 features that sell vendors' homes

New research has identified homebuyers' top 20 'must-have' features that would encourage them to purchase a seller's property. According to the survey...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'Raffle Property' stunts risk contravening gambling legislation

An attempt to raffle a property - like the much-publicised case of an owner in south east London, which reached some...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

EasyProperty changes price claim after advertising watchdog steps in

EasyProperty has removed from its advertising any reference to clients getting ‘an offier in 20 weeks’ after an intervention by the...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Pair set up new agency with High Street office but charging flat fees

Two friends have launched a new estate agency with a High Street office but charging vendors flat fees instead of a...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reports '83% instruction growth' in UK

Purplebricks has this morning issued its latest trading update, reporting what it calls "strong growth" in the UK and updating investors on...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Online reviews - They’re here to stay

Odds are that you use TripAdvisor when you book a restaurant or hotel; perhaps you scroll down Amazon before clicking ‘buy...

29 April 2017

From: Features

Guild chief says aggressive online agency marketing lacks integrity

The new chief executive of the Guild of Property Professionals has accused some online agents of carrying out “aggressive” marketing campaigns...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 April 2017

From: Features

Mortgage market review

In recent years the mortgage industry has gone through some testing times. Recession and regulation have led to more stringent lending...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Purple smoke and mirrors

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks steps up its attack on commission-based estate agents

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

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New leasehold scandal? Retirement villages face clampdown

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

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

The world is your oyster! Q & A with AIPP’s Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson, CEO of AIPP – Association of International Property Professionals – shines a light onto the international property market. Some UK...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Winkworth plans to bounce back after 25% fall in pre-tax profits

Winkworth’s annual figures for 2016 reveal a franchise turnover drop of six per cent and a pre-tax profit fall of 25.6...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

What's wrong with using Bank of Mum and Dad? asks property guru

A leading housing market analyst has made a stout defence of the growing trend of young buyers relying on their parents...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

First time buyers' problems set to continue, warns commission

The proportion of first time buyers relying on inherited wealth or loans from the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ has reached...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise firm claims home-based agents could earn £25k pcm

A new recruitment push by franchise agency operation HomeXperts says its agents - who work from home - earn invoiced commissions...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Competition and Markets Authority to review new-build warranties

The Competition and Markets Authority is to review the operation of new home structural warranties issued by the National House Building...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares hit record low after bank downgrading

Swiss bank UBS has downgraded Countrywide’s status to ‘sell’ in a move which has prompted the troubled estate agency’s share price...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why do great estate agents end up with particularly poor lawyers?

Estate agency is a tough business, no doubt about it. It’s probably tougher now to win a listing and tie up...

15 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

New industry recruitment firm offers phased-fees system

A new recruitment business for the property industry in general and agents in particular is offering a phased-fees system for clients...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgages for buyers approach two-year low as market flattens

Data from the Council for Mortgage Lenders show that loans taken out by buyers have hit a near two-year low.   Home buyers...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why estate agents need to take compliance seriously

Some big news in the agency world last week won’t have escaped the attention of many in the industry. Last Thursday news...

14 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Agent fined by CMA says responsible partner 'acted alone'

One of the four estate agents fined by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for price-fixing has spoken about the details...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents operating in cartels: CMA promises more action if required

The Competition and Markets Authority has now fined agents over £1m in two landmark cases concerning price-fixing - and it says...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Four estate agents pay £370,000 after admitting price-fixing

Four Somerset estate agents have agreed to pay fines totalling over £370,000 to the Competition and Markets Authority, after admitting illegal price-fixing.   The...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Touting letter triggers Online V High Street agents spat

An online estate agency is accusing a High Street agent of trying to “sabotage” a transaction by sending a touting letter...

20 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Online agent tries pay-as-you-go fee structure

Online estate agent HouseSimple has launched what it calls a “weekly pay-as-you-go estate agent service” which asks sellers to pay from...

16 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Money laundering scandal wouldn't happen with online agents - claim

The chief executive of online agency easyProperty says the money laundering scandal exposed in Channel 4’s ‘From Russia With Cash’ would...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent says Heathrow blight shows need for compensation reform

Knight Frank says the recommendation by the Airports Commission that there should be an additional runway at Heathrow will probably cause...

06 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents told to push buyers towards independent surveys

The not-for-profit Residential Property Surveyors Association wants estate agents to tell clients they should commission 'real' surveys and not settle for automated valuations.  Recently...

06 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Fracking may cut house prices 7% - but it will boost renting

Fracking could reduce house prices by as much as seven per cent and make homes harder to sell because of traffic...

03 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Nationwide changes price index to reflect more automated valuations

The methodology used by the Nationwide to compile its house price index is to be changed from next month, with more...

03 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Online site says agents charge up to 3.5% + VAT but admits figure is wrong

Online agency and DIY sales platform Settled claims on its website that traditional agents charge commission of up to 3.5% +...

02 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Heard the one about the shy estate agent?

What do we actually do as estate agents to serve our wonderful public? Some might think we go out, value houses, advise...

26 June 2015

From: Features

As much as I enjoy a lock-in, this lock-out looks promising!

In my recent article, ‘Is Gazeal for Real?’ I reported on the imminent launch of this new product that claimed it...

26 June 2015

From: Features

Let’s get our act together

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

19 June 2015

From: Features

Revealed - the pay and commissions paid by Foxtons

The Guardian has obtained what it says are details of the salaries and commissions of Foxtons sales staff. The basic payments...

18 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Beeny dismisses rumours over Tepilo's future - it's here to stay she says

Celebrity property expert Sarah Beeny has firmly dismissed speculation that there was any uncertainty over the future of her online estate agency...

11 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Simon Djemil, Director of Agent Tracker

Q: What does it say on your business card?   The support network for quality agents Q: Who is Agent Tracker?   Agent Tracker...

10 June 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

What Will the Election Result Mean For the Housing Market?

Now that the General Election results have been counted and verified, and now that a new parliament has been sworn in,...

02 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

It’s time to consign sole agencies to history

This publication recently reported on Russell Quirk's latest attempt to upset the establishment, this time by attacking the hallowed ground of...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Fee disclosure: Are you ready for an inspection?

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

29 May 2015

From: Features

NAEA Lawline dominated by terms of business

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

20 May 2015

From: Breaking News

A comfy seat at the table

This week RICS reported a further drop in the number of people putting their homes up for sale; new instructions fell...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Deposits row: Agent may switch redress scheme

The Brian Cox estate agency, at the centre of a weekend newspaper allegation about £2,000 deposits from buyers, has strongly defended...

12 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Saga takes up agency-style role for new homes

Seniors’ group Saga is to handle initial enquiries from buyers of new homes on a development in Wiltshire - thought to...

11 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Election results: What they mean for agents

After a night of remarkable election results, it looks likely that much of the residential property industry - which was strongly...

08 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 May 2015

From: Features

NAEA, Foxtons and LSL blame election for slump

Demand for property is at the lowest level it has been since March 2014, according to the National Association of Estate...

01 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Amazing 91% of public back estate agents

An overwhelming 91 per cent of the public have given their backing to the service of estate agents in a poll...

28 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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