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Agents Do Charity - a heartening end to a tragic week...

At the end of a week dominated by grim news, it is worth remembering our capacity for good far outweighs rare...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New conveyancing software shows agents' and vendors' information

A software platform offering a hybrid conveyancing and compliance service to agents has been launched following 12 months of testing with...

21 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

Conveyancers want 'log book' and 'home report' for each property

The Conveyancing Association wants the creation of a ‘log book’ and ‘Home Reports’ for each home on sale - reminiscent in...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals annual cost of restructuring

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

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Strong year for Connells with sales and lettings both rising

Connells Group has announced strong figures for 2016 with the total number of properties sold rising five per cent and lettings...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Sales progression tool cuts completion time - and pleases government

A sales progression tool claims to have reduced the average transaction time for a property from around 94 days to around...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Why up-front ID verification could speed up transactions

The housing market has not been short of a White Paper over the last few months, and while you might just...

25 February 2017

From: Features

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

PropTech: conveyancing firms talk up technological advantages

Two conveyancing sector companies are claiming major advances for their products. Free2Convey, which claims to be the first conveyancing portal offering free...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents now able to create chains on conveyancing portal

A conveyancing portal has announced the release of new functionality which allows estate agents to create chains in its system. The 'Estate...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

This is the year when agents’ conveyancing problems should be addressed

They say you can prove anything with statistics, and 115% of the time I suspect they’re right – that was an...

21 January 2017

From: Features

Top industry trainer promises to 'rattle industry cages' on tour

One of the country’s leading estate agency consultants and trainers, Richard Rawlings, this week embarks on a six-week tour of the...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Could we benefit from a US-style conveyancing system?

I recently came across a consumer comment expressing frustration at the length and complexity of UK conveyancing and raising the question...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Conveyancers repeat call for HIPs-style pack to speed house moving

The Conveyancing Association has revised its wish-list of reforms to, in its words, “ensure fewer delays, a less costly process, and...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Firm warns of wave of litigation against new-build conveyancers

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

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Leasehold group wants conveyancers' home moving reforms to go further

Leaseholds Solution - the company behind the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners - says it wants recent proposals to modernise the...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer claims older buyers priced out of traditional areas

A conveyancing firm says the buyers at former retirement hotspots such as seaside towns are getting younger because mainstream purchasers are obliged to...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement: The property industry's wish list for Philip Hammond

It may still be too early to start compiling a Christmas wish list, but it is the right time to provide...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Conveyancers demand sweeping changes to buying process

The Conveyancers' Association has called for sweeping changes to the house buying and moving system to create a "more certain and...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Trump victory will spark period of global change over next four years

There is really only one topic of debate and forensic analysis at the moment and that’s the ascendency of Donald Trump...

12 November 2016

From: Features

Agent and conveyancer relationships must go beyond the bottom line

Working relationships between estate agents and conveyancers can be mutually beneficial with the referral of work between parties. However, they are missing...

12 November 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and they're not trumped by events

It's been quite a week in the world but no matter how big the changes, one thing remains constant - our...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Banned - award-winning online agency's fees comparison advert

The award-winning online agency HouseSimple has had one of its advertisements banned by the Advertising Standards Authority. The advert was a poster for...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Online v High Street: enemies no more, possibly converging...

A debate discussing how online and traditional estate agency would develop in the future, organised by City investment consultancy Jefferies, has...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Matt Lancaster, Free2Convey & Docs4Home

Who are you? Matt Lancaster, one of the founding partners of Free2Convey and Docs4Home.   Tell us about Free2Convey… Free2Convey is the UK’s first free...

01 November 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

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

The market is crying out for a positive Autumn Statement

We are now less than a month away from Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement to the nation, depending of course on...

28 October 2016

From: Features

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

The ESTAS to branch out with new Conveyancing awards

The ESTAS Group, which already runs the largest award scheme for the estate agency industry, has launched new awards for the...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers – how agents can help them through the legal process

Conveyancing is the most complained about area of law in England and Wales – accounting, on average, for nearly a quarter...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Conveyancers urge Hammond to reverse Osborne property taxes

The Conveyancing Association says new Chancellor Phillip Hammond should use next month’s Autumn Statement as the opportunity to reverse controversial buy...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Nick Dyoss, Group Business Development Director, SearchFlow

Who are you? Nick Dyoss, Group Business Development Director, SearchFlow, property intelligence specialists You have a high profile within the conveyancing search industry,...

26 September 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Estate agency fees contribute to higher average moving costs, says Lloyds

Rising estate agency fees account for more almost half of the increase in average moving costs in the past year, according...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Swift change could be the solution for agents and conveyancers

I write this during the week that David Cameron resigned as an MP – it is quite startling how quickly politics...

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

How can Agents survive in an increasingly competitive market?

The key lies in improving your customer experience through technology For Agents, the tremendous growth in online estate agents highlights a strong...

13 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Conveyancers to discuss relationship with agents at upcoming conference

Conveyancers will debate how various stakeholders – including estate agents – can deliver a more collaborative home moving experience at an...

13 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry protests work – so keep them up

It’s been a heartening few weeks for those of us who thought that protest was dead – or, more precisely, that...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Zoopla tries to move uSwitch centre stage by link with MoveIT

Zoopla Property Group is seeking to integrate uSwitch, its price comparison service, with MoveIT, its agents’ platform for ancillary revenue generation. It...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers reject government stance on leasehold sales reform

The Conveyancing Association says it is continuing to campaign to reform the leasehold transaction process, despite the government saying there is...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

How can we encourage closer collaboration between estate agents and solicitors?

With an anticipated “Call for Evidence” from the Dept of Business Innovation & Skills looking into the home-buying experience ETSOS is...

01 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Surveyors are latest to come out against Land Registry privatisation

The Residential Property Surveyors Association is the latest of many trade bodies to come out against government proposals to privatise the...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers join call to scrap stamp duty in bid to bolster market

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers has become the latest body to call for the scrapping of stamp duty to give the...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want more transparency in leasehold transactions

The Conveyancing Association has set out recommendations to end what it claims are significant delays and overcharging taking place within the...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing portal claims agents can check progress of chains

A conveyancing portal claims it allows estate agents and other parties access to a property transaction to see conveyancing progress across...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Squeezed activity shows why we should be grateful for new PM

What a month it has been. By the time you read this, we'll have a new Prime Minister, a new Cabinet,...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Call for evidence: why technology needs to underpin house buying

Nearly three quarters of people who have sold or bought a property deem it more stressful than having a child or...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: flashmobs, a Spice Girls tribute band and girls on stilts

The joke doing the rounds last week still seems to be just as relevant this week: “the only man with a...

08 July 2016

From: Features

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

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

06 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

Agents Do Charity - as an amazing week finally ends...

It’s been a remarkable week for Britain and a challenging week for the agency industry - with possibly many more to...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

The only certainty is uncertainty. So what next for the industry?

One estate agency leader - you’d all recognise his name - described the victory of the Leave camp in the referendum...

24 June 2016

From: Features

Conveyancers to consider how to cut costs, delays and fall-throughs

The Conveyancing Association is setting up a working group to consider how to increase transparency, cut unnecessary delays and costs, and...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

HMRC reveals vast drop-off in sales after stamp duty deadline

The latest figures from the HMRC show the scale of sales market drop-off following the surge in purchases by buy to...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Search company warns that new forms may trigger conveyancing delays

A search company says the introduction of new search forms aimed at making council reporting easier to understand may lead to...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

New e-conveyancing system launches ahead of national roll-out

A new e-conveyancing platform has been launched in Edinburgh ahead of a roll-out across all of Scotland. This system, Altis, is the...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Proved - the vast majority of vendors buy no more than 20 miles away

It’s long been considered the case that vendors tend to move only relatively close distance but new research has quantified the...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

'Concierge service for agents' launched with link to conveyancing portal

A product that describes itself as a ‘concierge service for estate agents’ has launched under the title Property Butler, with links...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Carole Marsden, SearchFlow UK Sales Director

  Who are you? Carole Marsden   What does it say on your business card? UK Sales Director What attracted you to join SearchFlow?  SearchFlow has...

07 June 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Working to combat conveyancing fraud

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

27 May 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Land Registry privatisation consultation closes today

The government's consultation on the proposed privatisation of the Land Registry closes today. Interested parties have had since March 24 to give...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of consumers prefer a 'personal agent'

Some 82% of consumers say they would prefer to work with a 'personal agent' who can manage the whole process of...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide agency to launch 'conveyancing hub' for its clients

Hamptons International has announced that it is to launch a 'private conveyancing hub' later this year. The initiative has been designed to...

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing transactions break pre-MMR record

Conveyancing transactions hit a post-recession high during the first quarter of 2016, according to new figures. Search provider Search Acumen's analysis of...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

20% rise in transactions by 2020 - if only things hadn't changed...

Conveyancing firm My Home Move has come up with an interesting view of how the housing market could look if -...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Land Registry: anti-privatisation campaign gathers momentum

An online petition against the privatisation of the Land Registry now has around 225,000 signatures with just over a week to...

17 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Connells still expanding as it acquires five-branch independent agency

Connells has acquired the five-branch independent Paul Dubberley from property investment company Bond Wolfe. Established in 1992, Paul Dubberley offers sales, lettings,...

16 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing delays are not the only reason transactions fall through

In this business you get used to dealing with regular customer and third-party feedback, input, and (occasionally) complaints.  Much like the agency market...

13 May 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the cycling, cash give-away and football kit edition...

It’s been another great week of fund-raising for good causes by our industry, as you can see from our roll of...

13 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

Property Natter: conveyancing, mortgage advice and a PropTech revolution

On Tuesday we managed hail, snow, rain, sun and a chilly wind all in one day. Whatever you want to say...

29 April 2016

From: Features

Conveyancing initiatives put the emphasis on modernisation

Two initiatives appear to show efforts by the conveyancing industry to make its house transaction processes quicker and more appropriate to...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Home Buyer Report- What is it?

It's a high quality RICS approved report, carried out by one of our RICS accredited local surveyors. The RICS HomeBuyer Survey is...

27 April 2016

From: Sponsored Content

SearchFlow partners with Decision First to offer protection against fraud

SearchFlow, property intelligence specialists, has partnered with Decision First to offer an unrivalled service to protect conveyancers and homebuyers from the...

26 April 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Property transaction charges catch out first time buyers, claims survey

A new survey suggests that it is the other fees associated with moving house - not estate agents’ charges - that...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Typical London buyer's deposit over two and a half times rest of UK

The average deposit paid for a Greater London property is over two and a half times larger than a home outside...

19 April 2016

From: Breaking News

The stamp duty rush should help us to improve on deadlines

It’s almost impossible to write about the conveyancing market and not reflect on the activity levels of the past month or...

15 April 2016

From: Features

Team Selection: Choosing conveyancing and financial services partners

Having urged agents to think about the full marketing mix and not just price, we must look at our business relationships...

08 April 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: out and about

Storm Katie (makes it sound so harmless when they give it a name like that, doesn’t it?) might have given the...

01 April 2016

From: Features

Only a third of conveyancers do electronic anti-money laundering checks - claim

Just a third of conveyancers are carrying out the most thorough electronic anti-money laundering checks for all transactions, it is being...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent conveyancing course: Why we're not playing the blame game

Last month the news of the Conveyancing Association’s (CA) newly-launched progression training course for agents and mortgage brokers, reached the news pages...

18 March 2016

From: Features

P’ing in a storm – why is the industry obsessed with price?

As any marketer will tell you, the marketing mix in its most basic form is made up of 4 P’s: Price,...

12 March 2016

From: Features

Lawyers told to inform agents if stamp duty deadline cannot be met

The Law Society is calling on its members to warn not just clients but also estate agents if there is a...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent fears 'abandoned sales' if completions miss stamp duty deadline

An estate agent has spoken out about the threat of ‘abandoned sales’ if a completion bottleneck prevents purchases of properties going...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want to cut delays - by getting estate agents on a course

The Conveyancing Association is launching a training course for estate agents, as the debate swirls over whether a shortage of conveyancers...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Flood checks set to be standard for property purchases

With the scale of devastation from flooding witnessed recently, anxiety about purchasing a property in a flood risk area is heightened....

16 February 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Search company backs regulatory board in criticism of very poor councils

Conveyancing search company SearchFlow has joined the attack on councils which are slow at conducting searches and threaten to delay transactions. Yesterday...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Some Countrywide branches to experiment with 7am to 9pm working day

Countrywide has revealed to Estate Agent Today that it is to begin a trial where selected local branch staff will work between 7am...

09 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers issue warning: Stamp duty surcharge likely to delay transactions

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers is calling on the government to reconsider the three per cent stamp duty surcharge being introduced...

08 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

Agents must make residential vendors aware of stamp duty changes

Predicting ho­­w the housing market might play out over the next few months is incredibly difficult. There are a significant number...

30 January 2016

From: Features

Conveyancers and agents: Let's not shy away from complaints

To those working within the conveyancing sector, the recent statistics from the Legal Ombudsman regarding complaints are perhaps not surprising.  In our...

30 January 2016

From: Features

New bid to launch 'digital platform' to speed up conveyancing

Only months after the collapse of the Veyo system aimed at creating a conveyancing portal for England and Wales, the Law...

29 January 2016

From: Breaking News

SearchFlow unveils new brand identity and brings further innovative conveyancing search solutions

SearchFlow’s rebrand and positioning as the specialist in ‘property intelligence’ is a response to new technological advancements and the changing market...

21 January 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Maud Rousseau, Searchflow Group Marketing and Communications Director

This week, SearchFlow launches it new brand. Group Marketing and Communications Director, Maud Rousseau discusses the ethos behind the new brand...

21 January 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Legal Ombudsman issues conveyancing guide after buyer's £20,000 bill

The Legal Ombudsman has published new guidance for first time buyers as a result of conveyancing problems topping the list of...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

The CHAPS debate: This needs to be discussed in adult fashion

A riposte to Rob Hailstone's article: 'C'mon CHAPS, Don't be faized'. Good Day, and a late Merry Christmas. Sorry for the delay in...

08 January 2016

From: Features

Lease extension demand soars 140 per cent in just five years

A conveyancing firm claims there has been a 140 per cent increase in the number of properties requiring leasehold extensions in...

23 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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