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Conveyancers want estate agents licensed and sellers to compile log books

A conveyancers’ trade body has told the government that it wants the house buying process to be modernised by having estate...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Purplebricks: revenue soars as agency claims 74% of online sector

Purplebricks’ latest trading statement for the six months ending October 31 claims a large rise in revenue, its number of UK...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

'Half of home movers feel lack of control' says conveyancing sector firm

A company supplying the conveyancing industry claims that new research reveals 55 per cent of home-movers are frustrated by a lack...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

HM Land Registry reveals details of faster, more automated conveyancing

The HM Land Registry has revealed more details of long-term plans to improve and speed up conveyancing processes in a five...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

First sale completes under new Conveyancers Code for Completion

The first residential transaction has taken place under the so-called Conveyancer’s Code for Completion - a new procedure in which the...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agent deposit/conveyancer scheme claims 100% completion rate

Online agency Settled is introducing a deposit scheme which it claims will assist sellers and buyers reach completion faster - and...

29 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

Should agents pay for an increased Trading Standards budget?

A large part of the DCLG’s Call for Evidence on the home buying and selling process focuses on the role of...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Conveyancers want government hand-out to modernise house buying

A conveyancing body says it wants the government to allocate “a small fund” in next week’s Budget to promote research into...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Another tech company claims to be speeding up conveyancing

A search company called Big Property Data says it is working with 15 major institutions to provide automated property reports aimed...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – here’s how to drive traffic, convert and monetise

Winter seems to be firmly with us now, if the plunging temperatures are anything to go by. After a ridiculously mild...

11 November 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty more pressing than house buying reform, government told

The head of a major Oxford estate and lettings agency has written an open letter to Chancellor Phillip Hammond urging him...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

First time buyers massively over-estimate purchasing costs, says bank

Two thirds of first time buyers over-estimate the cost of purchasing a home according to a survey from the NatWest. The NatWest’s...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers take a bow at first ESTAS awards for the sector

Three hundred of the UK’s top conveyancers have celebrated the success of the industry at the first ever ESTAS Conveyancer Awards. The...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers are piloting HIPs-style 'Digital Home Reports'

The Conveyancing Association says some of its members are piloting HIPs-style Digital Home Reports in a bid to reduce fall-throughs and...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Unique data shows it takes average 201 days to move home

A breakdown of data from over 4,100 agents has revealed that it takes on average 201 days to move home, from...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty tinkering will make the whole process more complicated

With the Budget just over a month away, the steady stream of ‘leaks’ continues to grow as journalists and the industry...

21 October 2017

From: Features

All you need to know about The ESTAS Conveyancer Awards

In just 10 days time on Friday week the inaugural ESTAS Conveyancer Awards take place.   The organisers have issued a ‘what...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG hits £1m referrals milestone with new tool for agents

ZPG says it has reached the milestone of delivering over £1m in referrals to its agents via its new MoveIt tool.  This provides agents with the...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

England's new homes shortfall 'will exceed one million by 2022' - claim

England faces a growing gulf between new build completions and new households being added to the population according to a new...

04 October 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

Automated conveyancing system claims to transform buying process

Another attempt to create an automated conveyancing system has been launched with the claim that it will banish paper trails and...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the helping children edition...

Agents’ charity fundraising obviously spans a wide range of genuinely good causes, but it’s noticeable that at the end of each...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents unfairly blamed for failings of 'antiquated conveyancing system'

The founder of a new online sales assistance service says agents are often unfairly blamed by the public for failings in...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Start-up offers free software to agents with under 50 listings

A PropTech start-up says its booking, valuation and communication tools will be available free of charge to any agency with fewer...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Summer of love? More like summer of leasehold

Even so close to the event, I don’t think anyone will be deeming 2017 as the ‘summer of love’.  The summer of...

16 September 2017

From: Features

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

Whistleblower claims dodgy practices by agents cost public thousands

The Daily Telegraph claims that what it calls “dodgy practices” are leaving customers “thousands of pounds out of pocket.” The article quotes...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - forget the tech, here's the fund-raising

It’s been quite a week, much of it concerning the technology that increasingly underpins our industry.  A glut of fund-raising and relaunching...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing market falters as caseload drops to four-year low

Activity in the conveyancing market dropped significantly during the second quarter of the year, according to Search Acumen. The search provider found...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 5,000 movers vote as part of first ESTAS Conveyancing Awards

The ESTAS Group has today revealed the shortlist for its inaugural Conveyancer Awards.  Over 5,000 customers have completed a survey about the...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Three reasons why we need stamp duty reform

Whenever any research is released, part of me can’t help thinking of that old adage, ‘lies, damn lies and statistics’ especially...

02 September 2017

From: Features

'Local Property Agents' wanted as onliner launches recruitment drive

eMoov, the online agency which last month secured an additional £9m funding from investors, has launched a recruitment drive for what...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the first-mention-of-the-C-word edition

Now we hate to spoil a long weekend but for much of the UK this is the final Bank Holiday before......

25 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

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

Why the new build leasehold ban is a big moment for our industry

Without wishing to blow our own trumpet at this time, we did say at the start of the year that 2017...

28 July 2017

From: Features

Industry backs leasehold reform as government releases more details

There has been general support from the industry for the government’s apparent intention to ban new homes in England being sold...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency relaunches cheapest ever £99 sales listings

  A hybrid agency called 99Home Ltd, which made its debut back in April, appears to have relaunched with what it calls...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Regulators call for conveyancing to become more competitive, transparent

The Competition and Markets Authority has released a set of recommendations on how conveyancing, and other legal services, could be made...

03 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

Entries open for ground-breaking ESTAS Conveyancing Awards

Entries for the new ESTAS Conveyancing Awards are now open and you have just over a month to get nominations in...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Online platform aims to cut house buying time to ... just two days

A new PropTech venture aims to do what the ill-fated Veyo system failed to achieve -  creating an online platform bringing...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

RICS debate urges industry to unite and simplify house buying process

A gathering of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has called on the industry to unite and improve the buying and selling process...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers set out their ideas for leasehold reform

A cluster of conveyancing and legal experts, known as the Legal Sector Group, has published a raft of proposals on leasehold...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents agree on downsizer shortage but disagree over attachment theory

The vast majority of estate agents believe that not enough people are downsizing to free up family homes, according to conveyancing...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing: ASA investigates complaint against Law Society

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has published the details of its investigation into a complaint made against the Law Society. The complaint...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide announces further changes to senior leadership team

The UK's largest estate agency has announced a series of internal promotions, bolstering its senior leadership team. Yesterday evening Countrywide confirmed that...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Election preview: Could we be heading for a ‘black swan moment’?

In years to come, students of political history might come to look at the 2017 General Election campaign with some interest....

03 June 2017

From: Features

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

Conveyancers back Tories' call to modernise house buying process

Conveyancers have backed a call by the Conservatives for reform of the house buying process - and says more up-front information...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer wants sellers to agree pre-viewing property info questionnaire

A conveyancing expert is calling for sellers to complete and return their property information questionnaire to their conveyancer before there have...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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 propose house buying reforms in election manifesto

The Conservatives have this morning announced a reform of the house buying process in the party’s manifesto for the June 8...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing policy progress will suffer thanks to snap General Election

Not only did Theresa May stun everyone with her decision to call a ‘snap election’ but with the campaign now underway...

29 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

ESTAS reveal new sponsor for inaugural conveyancer awards

Legal Eye has been announced as the latest organisation to support the new customer service awards for the conveyancing sector launch...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing: Market problems relate to flawed system, not staff

The publication of our Strategic Plan, ‘Building the framework for the future’, met with an anticipated degree of positive and not-so-positive...

01 April 2017

From: Features

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

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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

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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

Open letter launches fierce criticism of failed conveyancing portal Veyo

There has been a fierce attack on failed conveyancing portal Veyo, in the form of an open letter from one of the...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the final push before Christmas

We know so many agents do good fund-raising during the festive season - here are just a few who made contact...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

Homebuyers set to be better protected from flood risk

This week, Storm Desmond has left devastation in its wake. Once again, the nation’s attention is drawn to the threat flooding...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Anger over CHAPS change that will force agents to open longer

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

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Property ownership is fine – if it’s on an industrial scale

I’m sure I’m not the only estate agent confused by the Government’s approach to residential property ownership. Many of the current ministerial...

04 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

Property Natter: a Facebook seller and the crowdfunding craze

An interesting story caught my eye a few weeks ago. A man from Lytham St Annes in Lancashire attempted to sell...

20 November 2015

From: Features

Competition among regulators is healthy – or is it?

When it comes to the regulation of the conveyancing industry, this question is a topic of open and ongoing debate. Licensed conveyancers...

20 November 2015

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and it's a bumper week...

It was perhaps inevitable that as Christmas looms closer so agents’ fund-raising efforts would grow even stronger - and we’re always...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Colin Breavington, SearchFlow Operations Director

Who are you? Colin Breavington What does it say on your business card? Operations Director We hear SearchFlow is expanding next year, can you give...

16 November 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

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

Property Natter: Quirky views, website traffic and a love affair with 'hybrid'

I’m writing this from the brand spanking new Center Parks in Woburn Forest. Set within 365 acres of lush Bedfordshire forest,...

23 October 2015

From: Features

Doing the math behind the figures

We have reached an interesting point in what has been a most unusual year for the property sector.  The latest figures from...

23 October 2015

From: Features

Agents and conveyancers – It’s not rocket science

Wind back the clock a few years and the working relationships I had with most estate agents was productive, beneficial and...

02 October 2015

From: Features

Big rise in houses purchased with gifted deposits

Over 64,000 property purchases over the last year involved the buyer relying on a gift of cash for all or part...

14 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Gazumping is not all bad news

We’re all familiar with 'gazumping' – most us have been 'gazumped' or indeed been the perpetrators of this practice, for it...

11 September 2015

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - it keeps on going...

Another Friday so another opportunity for us to pay tribute to agents doing something for those in need. If you want your...

11 September 2015

From: Breaking News

A chain view that works, don’t make me laugh!

The internet has changed the way that most businesses operate. In many cases, the opportunities opened up by the emergence of...

04 September 2015

From: Features

What do this week's housing market figures really mean?

We’ve had a flurry of data for all of us involved in the property sector to mull over on our sun...

21 August 2015

From: Features

Record conveyancing in second quarter claims search firm

Conveyancing activity broke records between April and June 2015, according to analysis of Land Registry data by search provider Search Acumen.  Total...

19 August 2015

From: Breaking News

C’mon, CHAPS, let’s have the truth

Last month it was announced that the CHAPS payment system will be extended by one hour and forty minutes from summer...

07 August 2015

From: Features

Ex-Countrywide boss says company going backwards

Harry Hill, the former Countrywide chief executive, has described his old company as “going backwards” following the publication of its half-year...

31 July 2015

From: Breaking News

CHAPS working hours to be extended next year

CHAPS has confirmed that its operational hours will be extended from summer 2016, enabling high-value payments to be made until 6pm. The...

24 July 2015

From: Breaking News

'Major milestone' reached for e-conveyancing initiative

Edinburgh Solicitor Property Centre claims to have reached what it calls a “major milestone” in its new e-conveyancing service called Central...

21 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Delayed Exchanges – Why are they increasing?

A number of my member firms (Bold Legal Group) have reported that, compared to three years ago, the time to get...

17 July 2015

From: Features

Property Natter: The rise of agent-rating websites

The rising phenomenon of agent-rating and review websites is a topic that seems to have caused considerable division and controversy among...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Summer Budget's fiddly tax changes well worth a second glance

This week the Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered the first Conservative Budget for almost 20 years. While Mr Osborne claimed that it marked...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Call to devolve agency regulation to Scottish Parliament

People buying or selling property in Scotland would be better protected if the regulation of estate agency was devolved to the...

07 July 2015

From: Breaking News

How to ride the digital wave legally and fairly

The internet and rapidly evolving digital landscape has revolutionised the way people buy and sell properties. With some reports suggesting 95 per...

03 July 2015

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - phew, what a fund-raiser!

We’ve already had the hottest July day ever recorded and the temperature is rising on agents’ efforts to help those who...

03 July 2015

From: Breaking News

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

Why 2015 is the year of the lender

The Conveyancing Association (CA) has embarked on a mission to engage with the lender community with a view to initiating a...

26 June 2015

From: Features

Sales fall through because of search delays, say agents

Estate agents in Wiltshire say chains are breaking and sales collapsing because of the length of time it takes the county...

25 June 2015

From: Breaking News

New online estate agency claims 'no upfront fees'

Another week, another online estate agency launches - but the latest, called YOPA, claims not to charge any upfront fee to...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - it just keeps coming

It’s pretty hot out there but our industry still confounds critics by doing good work for good causes.  We’ll gladly publicise your...

19 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Century 21 owners use new funds to buy into mortgage company

Shepherd Direct, the UK operator of Century 21 estate agency franchises, has bought a minority stake in Stonebridge Group, the mortgage...

18 June 2015

From: Breaking News

NEW! AgentTracker Conveyancing

A NEW SERVICE FOR YOU We are pleased to announce the launch of our NEW Conveyancing service, allowing you to offer an...

17 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Agency comparison site wants to work ‘with not against’ the industry

The managing director of a new estate agency comparison website says he wants to work with and not against the industry.  Ben...

10 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing transactions down 16% in first quarter

The number of conveyancing transactions fell 16% between the final quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015. Search Acumen’s Conveyancing...

08 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

Agents Do Charity – the great work continues

Despite it being a short working week, we have once again been inundated with stories of estate and letting agents’ charity...

29 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Veyo operators say portal is Go

The conveyancing portal Veyo officially commences its roll-out across England and Wales today, after originally pledging to open in April. Veyo is...

26 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords must register old tenancy deposits – now!

In 2007, the government introduced a compulsory deposit protection scheme as part of the Housing Act 2004 to help protect tenants...

22 May 2015

From: Features

Introducing the ‘Poldark Effect’

Poldark, a period drama recently on the BBC, has inspired a new trend dubbed the 'Poldark Effect'.  Rather than an increase in...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Do estate agents use undue influence?

The issue of some estate agents insisting that buyers and/or sellers use a particular solicitor or conveyancer has reared its ugly...

08 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

Veyo set to dominate conveyancers' road shows

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers and Bold Legal Group have announced details of this year’s spring road shows. The events in Leeds,...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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