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KEYWORD "Contracts" - 197 RESULTS
Why Open Banking is the future of rental payments

Much like PropTech, Open Banking has been used as a buzzword in recent years. However, when it comes to the rental...

04 April 2020

From: Features

Conquering Corona - portal offer, live events, mental health help

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Conquering Corona, our daily update helping the industry cope with the current crisis. If...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency marketing £22.5m home with virtual viewings

One of the country’s best known high-end independent estate agencies is marketing a home for £22.5m and hopes it finds a...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers agree new rules for house moves during virus period

New guidance has just been agreed by conveyancers on house moves during the Coronavirus crisis. The procedures - made pubic only last...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage offers likely to be extended up to three months

Two financial trade bodies say most mortgage providers will give customers who have exchanged contracts the option to extend their mortgage...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Enough is enough – an alternative view on portal subscription fees

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

28 March 2020

From: Features

Agents Beware: definitive government guidance on buying and selling

The government has at last issued extensive advice on home moving and the activities of estate agents during the continuing Coronavirus crisis. This...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Moving home? There's still some hope, says Law Society

The Law Society says there is still some possibility that those home movers scheduled to complete in the near future might...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agent MP says he wants Coronavirus cash for his firm

The founder and chairman of Hunters, who is also a Conservative MP, has been criticised for a tweet saying he would...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More industry lay-offs: franchise HQ sheds 15 and warns more to come

The property franchise company Belvoir Lettings has laid off 15 workers from its Grantham headquarters - and warns there may be...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Portals Say No! They reject agents' plea for virus payment holiday

The three leading portals have rejected an appeal to give the industry a payment holiday to help firms through the Coronavirus...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The future of renting for property service providers

The property management industry is evolving at a rapid pace, thanks almost entirely to the rise in PropTech. Hundreds, if not thousands...

26 February 2020

From: Features

Lawyer warns online agency clients to beware of email signatures

Buyers and sellers using online estate agencies could inadvertently sign contracts if they carelessly use email signature blocks. Blocks are the ‘auto-signatures’...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

What are the benefits of traditional online auctions for estate agents?

Property auctions – online or otherwise – can be hugely helpful to sellers, buyers and estate agents. Online auctions, in particular, are...

06 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

OnTheMarket agents to receive 400,000 shares from tomorrow

OnTheMarket will tomorrow issue over 400,000 shares to agents who have signed new long-term listing agreements with the portal. No details have...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the very latest industry movers and shakers

Welcome to the first February PJT. As the year progresses the industry embarks on more appointments, especially with a market that’s...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Could you cut months off your deal time?

Quite a few years ago, I spoke at a conference for auctioneers. It was a traditional affair. Rural location. Nice hotel....

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s in? who’s out? who’s moving?

Hello - if it’s Monday it’s PJT day, so welcome to the latest update on key moves within our industry. Let us...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Transaction time slashed to 11 days by digital conveyancing

A digital platform claims its taken “a massive step” towards speeding up property sales with what it says is the first...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket renews onslaught on Rightmove and quality of leads

OnTheMarket has started 2020 as it ended 2019 - with an attack on Rightmove via an agency which urges others to...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket raises £3.4m and buys into PropTech firm

OnTheMarket has this morning announced it has raised £3.4m through a placing of shares. It has placed 4,857,143 new ordinary shares at a...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Public asked to inform on other fee-fixing estate agents

The public are being asked to inform the authorities if they know of agents operating fee-fixing cartels. The request - from the...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements: two key problems that must be overcome

A law firm has spoken out about two possible problems in the government’s much-publicised idea of considering Reservation Agreements as a...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

3,000 more offices now on paying contracts with OnTheMarket

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that as of December 2, over 3,000 more offices had been signed under new paying contracts...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal Fees: Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM explain their charges

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

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Here’s why agents need to keep a keen eye on the Christmas Prize

Property voyeurism and the festive season have long been bedfellows for many Brits. The heady combination of over-indulgence and regret, close proximity...

30 November 2019

From: Features

Training - how can you be the best estate agent?

Here at sales progression and communication tool mio, we recently caught up with Sarah Edmundson, co-director of The AllStars Group, the...

30 November 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: Smart contracts and their impact on trust

I got an overnight flight to Nigeria yesterday. I landed at 5am local time and am only just now getting sensation...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the delays that make house-buying painfully slow

A PropTech firm has calculated the different delays that lead to transactions taking an average 120 days (and often much longer)...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buyers who paid £100k deposit sue vendors after withdrawing offer

The prospective buyers of a home in Oxfordshire who paid a deposit of £108,000 before withdrawing are suing the sellers in...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Portals: How much does YOUR branch pay?

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

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The next generation of renters - are you ready to find them a home?

You don’t need to go far to find news about the UK lettings market. From the banning of tenant fees to...

13 November 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket share price flops as Rightmove complaints rise

OnTheMarket’s share price slumped to an all-time low just before the end of trading last week. The price fell to 69.0p during trading on...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent fined £30,000 for failing to tell buyer of Grenfell-style cladding

An estate agency has been fined £30,000 for waiting until minutes after the sale of a flat was completed to tell...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent accuses “unjust” OnTheMarket of charging for branch that shut

OnTheMarket is being accused by an agent of charging a monthly fee for a branch it knows to be shut. Ian King...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New multi-agency sales company already works with 40 agents

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

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency urges rivals to price realistically (even if vendors want more...)

A London agent is urging rivals to provide realistic valuations, even if vendors want more and despite temptations to over-value to...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket: record traffic as agents take up low-cost, shorter contracts

OnTheMarket has this morning posted its latest results to the stock market. The portal reports that 2,346 branches had converted to full-paying...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New online auction service launches, pledging a fairer service

A new online auction service has launched this week, pledging a fairer service for agent partners, as well as buyers and...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket on the ropes as fewer agents than forecast pay full-tariff

A trading statement from OnTheMarket reveals that fewer agents than anticipated have so far converted from free or discounted deals to...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Success story: new acquisition to mark 160th anniversary of agency

A north of England estate agency is marking its 160th anniversary with the pledge to announce an acquisition by the end...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour pledge to improve housing quality for military personnel

Shadow defence secretary Nia Griffiths is pledging to improve the quality of housing for serving military personnel if Labour gets into...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency sets up its own PropTech consultancy service

The niche agency Singer Veille has set up its own PropTech consultancy and application development service for the property industry. Singer Veille...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Why agents need to be queuing up for new premium instructions

The typical new real estate agency forms when an entrepreneurial high performer quits their job at a leading chain and sets...

17 August 2019

From: Features

Average exchange of contracts takes over five months - claim

A sales progression tool is urging property professionals and consumers alike to do more to speed up typical transaction times, and...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

OnTheMarket offering more shares to long-term agency sign-ups

OnTheMarket has applied to the London Stock Exchange for the release of over a million new shares to agents who have...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property management software – what are the benefits?

The introduction of technology to an industry can be daunting, due to changes in executing daily tasks, and also a fear...

17 July 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: Rightmove fails to understand first rule of innovation

The recent announcement of a clicktopurchase partnership demonstrates some much-needed progression from Rightmove. In doing so, however, it could be said it...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket AGM today expected to hear latest conversion figures

Shareholders at today’s annual general meeting of OnTheMarket will hear the latest conversion figures showing how many agents on free or...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New off-market website wants agents to promote properties for 14 days

A new website devoted solely to prime off-market properties is looking for agents who will use it to find buyers seeking...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove trials digital offers for commercial buyers – is this the future?

Property portal Rightmove has confirmed that it is trialling an option which allows buyers of commercial properties to submit offers online...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer endorses reservation agreements and digital legal packs

Phil Spencer and his advice website IQ have endorsed the concept of legally binding reservation agreements and digital legal packs through...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says rivals may interfere with its bid to get agents to pay

OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett says rival portals may want to “interfere” with his aim of converting agency members from free...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket converts just 1,000 branches from free to paid deals

Figures released from OnTheMarket this morning suggest that its conversion programme for agents shifting from free deals to paid membership is...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

CMA launches investigation into sale of leasehold properties

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

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords forced to conduct more background checks in post-Brexit Britain

Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ policy that was implemented in 2012 was designed to make staying and residing in the UK as...

08 June 2019

From: Features

Revealed - exactly how long it takes to buy a home in the UK

New research suggests it takes, on average, six months and 24 days to buy a home. The study, for PropTech virtual tours...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Alexa: when do we get cheaper and faster conveyancing?

A law firm says it’s made legal history by integrating the automated voice-activated platform Alexa into its system. Customers of Simply Conveyancing...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Buying reform could slash transaction time by almost 30% - claim

Reforms to the house buying process in England and Wales to bring it more into line with Scotland could slash the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

320-mile trip to Lincolnshire? How far would you go to get a contract signed?

Here at Estate Agent Today, we're always pleased to highlight the lengths the best agents will go to provide outstanding customer...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: agents drop Rightmove in favour of OnTheMarket

OnTheMarket has revealed several agents have signed up to the portal on long-term contracts and stopped listing properties on Rightmove. The agencies...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Buyers 'should retain funds if homes are dirty on completion' lawyer says

A lawyer appears to be suggesting that ‘clean and tidy’ clauses be inserted into house purchase deals, allowing buyers to retain...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Repossessed homes now sell for 104% of market value, claims agency

Spicerhaart claims that it achieved an average of 104.29 per cent against the market value on properties that were taken into...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Why the future of the property industry should be paperless

When they first came onto the scene, online-only estate and lettings agents were predicted to swiftly spell the end for traditional...

30 March 2019

From: Features

Love or loathe us - Britain’s best agents are the best in the world

This article was originally written for City AM in response to an article it published attacking letting agents. See more here.  A...

23 March 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket introduces new features - but only for agents who pay

In another bid to take on Rightmove, OnTheMarket is introducing a new range of advertising products which will enable agents to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Dual Fees: first agent ‘must have done viewing’ to claim fees

The Property Ombudsman has issued new guidance over what it calls “a growing issue” - that is, disputes over dual fees. TPO...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide warns on 2019 but claims 'five pillars of progress' in recovery

Countrywide's report to shareholders this morning warns that the residential market is heading for a difficult 2019 which may hit the...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit causing unprecedented damage to housing market says Reapit

A 36 per cent collapse in sales between November and January has created an “unprecedented” five year low in the number...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide sales slump again but company hails resilient performance

A trading statement this morning from beleaguered agency group Countrywide reveals that its revenue is down again - but it insists...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove watch out! OnTheMarket to offer 'back office' tools to agents

OnTheMarket says one of its key aims for 2019 is to match Rightmove’s product offer to agents. “We’re looking to match Rightmove’s...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent avoids fall-throughs by making sellers and buyers shake hands on deals

A London estate agent says his system of ‘moral agreements’ between sellers and buyers prevents chains collapsing and means his company has...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket listings now 80 per cent of Zoopla, 60 per cent of Rightmove

New figures released this morning from OnTheMarket claim its listing inventory bis now over 80 per cent of the size of...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket reaches 12,500 agency branches after sustained marketing

OnTheMarket says it now has listings agreements with more than 12,500 estate and lettings agency branches. In a statement to shareholders and...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Land Registry testing Blockchain in bid to speed up house buying process

HM Land Registry’s ambitious digitisation plans continue apace with news that it is to consider Blockchain in a bid to speed...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What next for agents if virtual assistants take over?

If Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is as sophisticated as they say, Porter Pioneers’ launch could leave agents kicking their feet.  Those of...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Beccy Moore. Office Manager for Nicholas Humphreys

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Beccy Moore. Office Manager for Nicholas Humphreys Tell us more about Nicholas...

14 January 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

In Light of the Fee Ban, Can PropTech Firms Damage Control?

Recent years have seen tighter regulation and new legislation hit the lettings industry. Combined with the fee ban, there is no...

10 January 2019

From: Sponsored Content

New portal YourMoov to launch in near future

A new portal called YourMoov and describing itself as “the UK’s first decentralised property listing database” is to launch shortly. In an...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Welcome to 2019: The Year of Brexit and Ban

It’s safe to say that the majority of agents will be glad to see the end of the past two years....

02 January 2019

From: Features

The top 10 property personalities of 2018

There’s nothing new about identifying 10 figures who have helped shape an industry over the past year, but that doesn’t mean...

28 December 2018

From: Features

OTM offers shares to new members in return for five-year lock-ins

OnTheMarket had told its shareholders this morning that it now has over 12,000 branches listing and is offering share incentives to...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM denounced as “corporate dinosaurs

The head of the portal PropertyMutual has accused Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket of being “corporate dinosaurs” and has called on agents...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Seeing the wood for the trees - finding the 1% in your business

When was the last time you looked at your business and really thought about what you could do to improve? Yesterday? Last...

28 November 2018

From: Features

12-branch independent signs with OnTheMarket as portal returns to court

East Midlands estate and lettings agency Jackson Grundy has signed up to OnTheMarket. The firm, with its Northampton headquarters, has 10 sales...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: could these innovations change the market forever?

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

17 November 2018

From: Features

What is the key to a smooth and efficient pre-tenancy process?

People now expect a streamlined, digital-first experience from every single service they interact with - and the lettings industry is no...

14 November 2018

From: Features

London house marketed for £25m but sells for ‘only’ £15m

A house in Mayfair that was sold for £19.175m in 2014 and put on the market this year at £25m has...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Why estate and letting agents need to futureproof their businesses

A recent 'red flag alert' report from an insolvency firm warned that the number of real estate businesses defined as being...

31 October 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Huge cash reward for estate agents who blow the whistle on price-fixing

The Competition and Markets Authority is stepping up its campaign to identify and prosecute companies behind cartels - and it’s offering...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket figures reveal staff growth and 'New & Exclusive' emphasis

OnTheMarket’s trading figures for the six months to the end of July show, as predicted, losses while the company is building...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: UK government backs blockchain - what next?

When Professor Andrew Baum’s PropTech 3.0 report was first published, a small event was held to celebrate the very first academic...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-Savills man launches For Sale By Owner service cutting out agents

A website has officially launched this morning, aiming to push the concept of US-style For Sale By Owner online property marketing...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

A five-point plan for buying a new agency website

Having delivered over 1,800 websites for estate agents over the last 15 years, I have come to recognise one major common...

26 September 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: will Unmortgage change our industry forever?

Those of you who receive (and read) my Sunday PropTech Review will know that, by far and away, the most shared...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 August 2018

From: Features

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

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

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Reapit claims new tool helps traditional agents compete with onliners

Reapit has teamed up with a new tool called mio, which is promising “a smarter way to manage the home buying...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform BestAgent reveals new supplier partner

The emerging Proptech platform BestAgent has announced its latest partnership - this one is with sales progression company ViewMyChain. BestAgent, run by...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

MP criticises rip off quick buy firms using cowboy tactics

A Labour MP has used Parliamentary privilege to name a quick buy company and to make accusations about its practices. During Prime...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies will have biggest impact when things go wrong

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal which could have serious ramifications for private landlords, and those who...

14 July 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: The estate agent in 2050 - utopia or dystopia?

By now we’ve all seen news about the long-term decline in property sales and competition from online alternatives leading to ‘more...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Analyst predicts Purplebricks will report increased losses this week

Purplebricks is reported to be set to reveal increasing losses when it issues its full-year financial results to the London Stock...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Commisery for Purplebricks - it's hit trouble in Australia

It looks as if Purplebricks has hit something less than a purple patch in the Australian housing market. The Australian Financial Review,...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Major online agencies unaffected by Supreme Court ruling

Major online agencies appear to be unaffected by yesterday’s Supreme Court decision over workers' rights in the so-called 'gig economy'.  Yesterday’s case concerned...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide launches 'share save' discount scheme for employees

It’s been revealed that Countrywide has offered its staff a ‘share save’ scheme which allows them to purchase shares in the...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers losing thousands because of fall-throughs says group

One in five sellers suffer a fall-through costing them an average £2,700 - but many lose £5,000 or more. These are the...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket - Is it now taking aim at Rightmove?

An online question-and-answer article with OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett has suggested that its focus of criticism may be shifting from...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency defends fees, saying 98% of homes sell at ‘valuation price’

Online estate agency House Network claims that “the percentage of houses sold at the original valuation price is 98 per cent”.  The...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks under pressure after bank warns of slowing growth

Market analysts at Swiss bank UBS are warning that Purplebricks’ meteoric growth in the UK may be slowing. The bank has cut...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New ZPG figures suggest more agencies now listing on three portals

New figures released by ZPG suggest increasing numbers of agents are listing on three portals. Amongst the latest agencies to renew long...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 'We’re no longer real estate' says world’s largest real estate firm

Co-Founder Gary Keller has declared that Keller Williams (KW) is, 'no longer a real estate company...we are a technology company No....

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG reports 53m average monthly visits to websites and apps

ZPG says it anticipates a strong 2018 according to a trading statement ahead of the company’s annual general meeting today. The firm...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

OTM float - the OOP is dead, long live the OOP

Whatever else you say about OnTheMarket, you can’t say it’s not consistent, consistent in treating its core membership shabbily.  We already know...

29 January 2018

From: Features

How can local agents take a share of the multi-billion pound UK property auction market?

Here’s how the LetsBid Property team is helping them do it. A new property platform called LetsBid has launched in the...

24 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Agency withdraws claim about speed of exchanging contracts

Independent Surrey-based estate agency Curchods has voluntarily withdrawn marketing material containing claims about its speed of exchanging properties, after the intervention...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Bitcoin is technology, not just currency

Bitcoin has smashed into the headlines again recently with major news outlets describing the ever increasing worth of this wildly volatile...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Will OTM float or sink?

Yesterday morning OnTheMarket confirmed its IPO plans but with no firm date. The question remains on whether the float will be...

11 December 2017

From: Features

New OnTheMarket contract ‘imposes restriction on acquisitions’

The new contract for firms joining or re-signing to OnTheMarket is reported to have a restriction on acquisitions. It is said to...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Another high street agency offers auction option to vendors

Earlier this month Fine & Country announced it was to offer an auction option to vendors - now the Surrey agency...

27 November 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

Buying Reform: call for legally-binding Reservation Agreements

An influential consumer group has responded to the government’s commitment to reform the house buying process by advocating legally-binding reservation agreements...

01 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

'Government has no ideas at all #idiots' - industry reacts to probe

There has been a wide range of views from trade bodies and individual agents on the government’s surprise ‘call for evidence’...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Blockchain - who are the key players?

In his PropTech 3.0 report, Andrew Baum dedicated an entire section to blockchain; it was titled: ‘Blockchain is coming – get...

04 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

Agents’ Mutual demutualisation: industry awaits members’ meeting

The industry today awaits the result of Agents’ Mutual’s formal Members’ Court in which agents will vote on the organisation’s proposed demutualisation and...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees are vendors' biggest concern - but only 25% are willing to negotiate

Nearly all home owners (96%) consider fees to be the most important factor when choosing an estate agent, according to research...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Mutual Proposal – The Details

After my article last week predicting that Agents’ Mutual would likely seek to raise external capital, including possibly on the public markets,...

09 August 2017

From: Features

Exclusive: OnTheMarket Action Group says legal action still possible

The OnTheMarket Action Group of dissident agents has told Estate Agent Today it is now in a position to decide on...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says Brexit destabilising sales but allowing lettings to thrive

The managing director of lettings at Foxtons says Brexit and domestic political uncertainty have become ‘the new norm’ in the London...

20 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

PropTech Today: Generation Z are coming - agents, are you ready?

I was recently contributing to whitepaper by a major bank about the future of the property industry and, as I was...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents: Here’s how to review your cost base

Our recent roundtable on the government’s proposed ban on tenant fees generated ten top tips for growing your business.  We plan to...

22 April 2017

From: Features

First-ever electronic e-signature exchange of contracts

The first ever electronic e-signature exchange of contracts for a residential property transaction in the UK has been completed this month,...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Guilty - agent admits 76 offences involving thousands of pounds

An estate agent will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to 76 fraud offences.   The Get Surrey website reports that Ayodele...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers publish consumer guide to lease administration fees

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

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: Why agents need to look closely at this business model

London based property management startup Airsorted has raised £1.5m in a funding round led by Concetric and the ever present PiLabs.  What...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q4 ‘16

No longer just a domain for investors, developers and property traders, the auction room is now the preferred option of buying...

21 January 2017

From: Features

New sales progression tool claims to be 'game changer' for agents

A new automated sales progression tool being launched today promises to require fewer resources from agents in return for ensuring faster...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Why a mediocre conveyancer could cost you your fee

It's sometimes easy to overlook the fact that the majority of estate agents only receive payment for the weeks, if not...

28 October 2016

From: Features

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

easyProperty claims largest deal by an online agency

easyProperty has exchanged contracts on a £35 million property portfolio, which it claims to be the largest deal carried out by...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual makes court payments as part of ongoing contract dispute

Agents' Mutual was last week ordered to make a further payment into court as part of its ongoing legal case against...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Why agents will always need portals

It’s a headline from an Australian business journal this week but it has a familiar ring to it: “Estate agents’ attempts...

26 August 2016

From: Features

'Hundreds of clients' for controversial agency negotiation service

The founder of a controversial service helping vendors find the ‘right’ estate agency and negotiating its fees says he has had...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

What it takes to be a modern estate agent

For young people the length and breadth of the UK, Thursday of this week meant that the waiting was over and...

19 August 2016

From: Features

Another £20m funding for pioneering Rent To Buy business

Rentplus, a business providing Rent To Buy homes, has announced that it has new funding of £20m - on top of...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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Paying too much every month for your website? Move your website to us and we guarantee to halve your monthly bill I want...

16 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

NAEA accuses agency of 'misleading the public' over membership

The National Association of Estate Agents has warned an agency that it is misleading the public by using the association logo...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

No change - Bank of England base rate stays at 0.5% for now

The Bank of England has kept its base rate to 0.50 per cent despite many analysts expecting it would be cut...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

50-plus rebel agents release details of legal case against OnTheMarket

Over 50 estate agents in the rebel OnTheMarket Action Group have released details of a letter sent to the portal’s parent...

13 July 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

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Carl Brignell, Elite Panel Management Director

What does it say on your business card? Just ‘Director’ – I’m involved in every area of the business at the moment. What...

01 July 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

How do you comply with money laundering regulations?

A fair amount of scaremongering has been going on when it comes to money laundering checks, with the eye-watering fines issued...

14 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

10 June 2016

From: Features

'Buy now - but you can get your deposit back if the UK votes for a Brexit...'

A developer is making an offer to buyers of selected units at his new scheme in Slough - buy now but...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Vendor has been running campaign against bankrupt agency since 2014

A disillusioned vendor has been running a campaign against standard term agency contracts for almost two years.  Paul Tranter has been specifically...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Bridging the gap

While buy-to-let lenders brace themselves for further interventions as part of proposals currently being drawn up by the Prudential Regulation Authority...

01 June 2016

From: Features

Isn’t it time to embrace ‘Generation Rent’?

Use of the term ‘generation rent’ has grown beyond all measure in recent years, but it’s not always quoted in the...

27 May 2016

From: Features

NAEA welcomes anti-money laundering 'beneficial ownership' clampdown

The National Association of Estate Agents says it welcomes the government’s commitment to establish a public register of beneficial ownership information...

16 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Over 60 agencies to attend first OnTheMarket Action Group seminar

Over 60 estate agencies have signed up to attend the OnTheMarket Action Group seminar on Monday at which legal representatives will...

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket rebel agents launch website and prepare legal seminar

Rebel agents unhappy with the beleaguered portal OnTheMarket have set up a website with plans of a meeting with legal representatives...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket: City analysts raise possibility of compensation to agents

Two City consultancies have been quick to interpret the rebellion by OnTheMarket member agents as an indication of dire changes - or...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

OTM disputes begin to focus on Information Memorandum and fees

The broad disgruntlement of some OnTheMarket estate agent members over claims of poor quality and low quantity of leads, and the...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

City analyst opens debate on agents' legal challenge to OnTheMarket

A senior analyst at Credit Suisse has opened the debate about the possibility of unhappy agent members of OnTheMarket challenging their...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket's rebel agents receive letters from Agents' Mutual lawyers

A number of agencies that joined OnTheMarket but subsequently stopped listing properties on the portal have received letters from a legal...

07 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Money laundering customer due diligence on buyers – is it an obligation?

There is a substantial amount of misunderstanding over this question, which needs clarifying.   In general terms, the Money Laundering Regulations require...

01 April 2016

From: Features

Why we're recruiting 'Property Gurus' who aren't necessarily agents

This website recently published a piece ahead of the nationwide launch of our new property platform, Be Street Smart.  It explained how...

01 April 2016

From: Features

Confidence: too little is a bad thing, but too much is catastrophic

Despite being round the block quite a few times in the property world, it was only in 2008 that the importance...

25 March 2016

From: Features

Do tenants want longer tenancies?

Shelter has been tirelessly campaigning for longer tenancies for the last few years.  The charity has led the case for change and...

20 February 2016

From: Features

50 years Man & Boy: Celebrating half a century in the industry

I started work in 1966 in Exeter with Fox & Sons then moved to a local company in Honiton soon after....

22 January 2016

From: Features

Only four weeks for industry to comment on 3% stamp duty surcharge

There is just four weeks left for the official consultation period set by the government over its controversial proposal to levy...

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Property ad banned after suggesting guaranteed capital gain

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement from a property company selling new homes in East London, after it was...

30 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Government launches consultation on second homes stamp duty surcharge

The government chose Christmas Bank Holiday Monday to launch its formal consultation on the ‘additional properties’ stamp duty surcharge, first announced...

28 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Bill McClintock, The Property Ombudsman Scheme

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

18 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

C'mon CHAPS, don't be Faized!

Earlier this week removal man Matt Faizey had an article published by Estate Agent Today in which he commented about the...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Chris Rundle, Managing Director of GK Signs

Who are you?  Chris Rundle, What does it say on your business card? Managing Director of GK Signs.  How long has GK Signs...

07 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Online agent allows legally-binding contracts to be exchanged online

easyProperty has become the first online estate agency in the UK to link with an online platform that permits the exchange...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Ex-England cricketer Chris Tremlett joins online estate agency

Ex-England, Surrey and Hampshire cricketer Chris Tremlett, who recently retired from the sport because of injury, has joined Berkshire-based agency The...

01 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Alex Chesterman Q & A: The Results (Part II)

Readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were given an exclusive opportunity to pose questions to Zoopla Property Group...

16 September 2015

From: Features

The reign of the renter

This month analysis by the Office for National Statistics revealed that the average home in England and Wales cost a record...

28 August 2015

From: Features

Online agency scraps concept of seller tie-in

Online estate and letting agency EweMove says it is scrapping compulsory tie-ins.  “If any seller is not happy with our service, for...

29 June 2015

From: Breaking News

First ever new-build online sales auction attracts 28,000

Over 28,000 people visited websites connected with the first ever online-only auction for new build properties, according to the event’s organisers,...

24 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Veyo: Let’s celebrate this birth

So spring has sprung and the Hare is on the loose. After a very long gestation period, the Veyo leveret has...

29 May 2015

From: Features

eMoov lodges CMA complaint about sole agency agreements

Online estate agency eMoov has lodged a complaint with the Competition and Markets Authority over high street agents’ implementation of sole...

21 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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

'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

Is Gazeal for real?

“More than 1 in 3 agreed property deals in England & Wales fall through… Gazeal is a new system for property sales,...

23 April 2015

From: Features

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