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KEYWORD "Coronavirus" - 100 RESULTS
Agents Do Charity - supportive September

Check out some of the latest charitable endeavours from agency and property brands this week. If you have a charitable event or...

22 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Halifax reveals pandemic's legacy on the property market

The average price for larger detached homes has grown at almost twice the rate than for smaller properties such as flats...

28 February 2023

From: Breaking News

HMRC: Property sales are falling

The level of property sales in the UK is declining, HMRC has suggested, after it revealed that transactions dipped for the...

22 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Humberts unveils tenth franchise office amid UK expansion plans

Historic estate agency brand Humberts has expanded into the Oxford area with a tenth franchised office. It is led by experienced local...

11 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency awarded local pride honour for pandemic support

An estate agency in Snodland, Kent, has been honoured with an award for services to the local community. Independent agency was presented...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Why fraud becomes a major problem in rentals during a UK recession

We are all acutely aware of the surge in demand for rental properties in and around the capital in the months...

01 June 2022

From: Features

Energy Price Shock set to hurt housing market

A leading business analyst says that house prices may appear to be defying gravity but they will soon return to normality...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Air Quality may be latest factor to influence asking prices

A study suggests that 70 per cent of buyers would be willing to pay more for a property with good indoor...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidance to estate and letting agents

Propertymark, the main industry trade body, has this evening updated its guidance on Covid safety for estate and letting agents in...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New guidance on house moves for un-vaccinated buyers and tenants

The government is clamping down - at least a little - on unvaccinated buyers and tenants in some specific circumstances.  New guidelines...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Omicron set to hit viewings and housing market in 2022

The surge in Omicron cases and possible future restrictions are set to hit the housing market in 2022 - and may...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Peace breaks out between agents and conveyancers

A leading conveyancing expert says the traditional rivalry between his profession and estate agents has abated in 2021. Lloyd Davies - managing director and...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage trends and interest rates - what could happen in 2022?

As 2021 draws to a swift close, there is much speculation about what 2022 will have to offer. Despite the emergence of...

18 December 2021

From: Features

Covid Reminder - Face masks legally required in all agents’ offices

Face masks are legally required in estate and letting agents from today according to new government guidance released overnight. The guidance makes...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Livestreaming - is this the way to sell homes in future?

Auction House London says the Coronavirus pandemic has proved that the power of livestream sales far outweighs the impact of earlier online...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bottled It! Sigh of relief as Bank of England keeps base rate unchanged

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee has defied expectations by keeping base rate at its historic low of 0.1 per...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand by for a possible interest rate rise today

Analysts suggest there is a 50:50 chance of a base rate rise being announced by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC debt-chasing as thousands of property firms hit ‘financial distress’

Despite the roaring housing market, a new report says that no fewer than 70,500 real estate and property businesses are showing...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

A Taxing Time: the property industry is set for increases

By the time I next write this column, we’ll be just days before the next Budget and Autumn Statement. So I’ll...

02 October 2021

From: Features

Alto Q&A - behind the scenes of a growing agency, with a family ethos at heart

Luke Thirkettle heads up the lettings division at Stratfords, a single-branch lettings and sales agency based in Milton Keynes. Here, he speaks to...

02 October 2021

From: Features

Locked or open-door policy - has Covid changed the way offices operate forever?

In this piece, Tom Davis, press officer at Propertymark, explores the debate surrounding a locked or open-door policy, and whether the...

02 October 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty win for government as second home sales soar

A leading agency says the new normal likely to establish itself in the housing market after the end of the stamp...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how can estate agents improve their green credentials?

As we motor towards the next major global climate change conference – the UN’s COP26 being held in Glasgow from 31...

25 September 2021

From: Features

Businesses, including agencies, hand back £1.3 billion in furlough money

New figures from HM Treasury have revealed that businesses, including a number of major agencies, have returned £1.3 billion in furlough...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Alto Q&A - how changes made during lockdown set this agent up for success

What estate agency is going to look like in the post-pandemic world, and what the role of the physical branch will...

11 September 2021

From: Features

Shock call that stamp duty holiday should have been shorter - RICS

A surprise statement from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the stamp duty holiday, which goes on until the end...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer - Why agents MUST get their communications right

Day in, day out, I see how good estate agents really are.  Whether it’s in my day job on Location, Location, Location...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Business Rates: call to stop online firms being let off the hook

A plea has been made to the government to help small companies and stop letting online firms off the hook. The Federation...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyers return to prime London says leading buying agent

A prominent London-focussed buying agent says she is seeing more foreign buyers returning to the UK capital - with more expected...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - will UK agents ever be seen as true professionals?

There are some parts of the world, including in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, where estate agent isn’t seen as...

28 August 2021

From: Features

Revealed - What Agents Should Watch For This Autumn

I’m sorry to break this to you but in 10 days’ time it will be autumn - and we will have...

21 August 2021

From: Features

Covid leads to agency quitting city centre - is this the industry’s future?

A Midlands property firm has quit its city centre premises after 25 years and says the pandemic has proved it can...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Foreign rich wooed by full-size models of London homes built overseas

Agents and developers are creating full-size show home-style properties overseas in a bid to woo wealthy foreigners who cannot travel to...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

This is what the market will do after the stamp duty holiday (maybe)

There’s already plenty of talk about autumn - depressing huh? - with agents pondering how the housing market will respond to...

07 August 2021

From: Features

Does the rental sector need a smart tech overhaul?

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, technology has proven to be the answer for many problems faced by sectors across...

30 July 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Government tells agents: ‘exercise Covid caution and restraint’

Agents have been told in new government guidance that the liftings of some Covid restraints in wider society “does not mark...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC warns of “negative impacts” of Coronavirus on sales figures

HM Revenue & Customs has warned of what it calls the “negative impacts” of the pandemic on the latest property transactions...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents' Covid help service closes its door after 17 months

An agent support service set up in the early days of the pandemic has closed down with its architect saying “If...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Forgotten mortgage problem could derail housing market - warning

The end of a largely-forgotten mortgage initiative connected with the pandemic could end up derailing the current strong housing market, agents...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Wealthy home owners benefit most from pandemic economic fallout

The Covid-19 crisis has been marked by so-called high-wealth households amassing savings and benefitting from rising house prices far more than...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ face masks to remain under new guidance for July 19

New guidance has been issued to agents as the government confirms that most remaining Coronavirus restrictions are to be lifted from...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Offices: masks no longer required - announcement soon

Agents are to be told this week that employees can drop face masks, social distancing and other workplace measures put in...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons chairman quits, blaming Brexit and Covid for poor performance

Foxtons’ chairman and longest-serving board member is to stand down at the end of this year at the latest, after a...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies and businesses need not work from home from July 19 - PM

From July 19 it is likely that business owners, including agencies and industry suppliers, will no longer have to ask staff...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax windfall for estate agents working from home during pandemic

Agency staff who worked from home at any point during the pandemic - even for just one day - can still...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to reveal new pricing after two years of trials

Purplebricks will this week reveal the result of almost two years of trials into a new pricing structure.  The details will come...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – why OTM’s Jason Tebb shows the importance of good hires

In the world of football – very topical at the moment, as we all enjoy the Euros – there is an...

03 July 2021

From: Features

Agent who accosted Whitty charged with common assault

The estate agent who accosted England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, has been charged with common assault. Lewis Hughes, 23 and...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Crisis? What Crisis? Five-star £500m new-build scheme launched

London’s housing market may be distinctly lacklustre compared to much of the rest of the UK right now but one development...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Insurers start paying out Business Interruption claims - at last

The long running saga of insurance firms failing to honour agents’ Business Interruption claims appears to be making progress at last. A...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Restrictions Delay will damage housing market and agents - claim

A leading agent has been in touch with EAT to vent his frustration at the government for extending most of the...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark beefs up policy and campaigns team

The policy and campaigns team at Propertymark, headed by Mark Hayward, has been expanded after what it calls “a number of...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing Market Frenzy - It’s Not Just Britain, You Know…

Right now it seems that another day means another house price record, an all-time high for transactions, and a conveyancing log-jam...

12 June 2021

From: Features

June 21 delay? It won’t hurt market says senior agent

A senior estate agent says even if the restrictions easing lockdown, still formally scheduled for June 21, are delayed by several...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock analysis shows very few listings have virtual viewing options

Despite the vast amount of publicity given to the concept of virtual viewing, a survey suggests relatively few properties on sale...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid forces fundamental rethink on where we live, how we work

The pandemic and lockdowns have made over a third of those aged 18 to 34 want to move house according to...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket success: agency numbers up, in profit, repays furlough

OnTheMarket’s new chief executive has posted his first full year’s trading figures - and they suggest the portal is making progress...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Almost 20,000 property industry staff are still on furlough

Figures released from the government show 19,400 people in the real estate sector are still on furlough - suggesting some agents have back...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Broadband ever-more important for buyers

New research has found that homebuyers would prioritise buying a home with superfast broadband over being close to a good school.  A...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty turbocharges house prices to another record high

House prices have soared 10.9 per cent in the past year - the highest level since 2014 - according to the...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing market needs more help as Covid support measures end - call

Banks and building societies want the government to offer more help to the housing market through additional assistance to home owners...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks excluded from industry league table despite surge in instructions

A controversial league table of corporate agents’ market share is deliberately excluding Purplebricks and other online agencies.  This is despite Purplebricks this...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

London Calling: Transactions from Hong Kong buyers soar

London agency Benham and Reeves says a new analysis it’s conducted of the capital’s property market since last summer shows a...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Glimmers of hope in Prime London data from LonRes

Data consultancy LonRes has given a typically upbeat assessment of the Prime London sales market - despite the effects of Coronavirus...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Updated Covid guidance for estate and letting  agents

Propertymark has produced a new guide for estate agents in the wake of the latest step on the roadmap out of Covid...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency launches campaign for the High Street

A family-run agency has launched a campaign to back the High Street following the reopening of most shops and businesses. London agency...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Vaccine optimism gives housing market another shot in the arm

Increasing optimism at the success of the Coronavirus vaccine programme and the relaxation of restrictions have contributed to house prices rising...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Urgent warning to agencies over repayment of Coronavirus debt

There’s a new warning that the estate agency industry may be in a more fragile financial condition than before the pandemic,...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Furlough funding refunded to government by major agency group

Another major agency group has agreed to repay substantial sums it claimed under the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, introduced to...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Should agents track the Covid testing and vaccination status of staff?

Potential house buyers may be fine with virtual tours during lockdown periods, but as the country opens up, people are going...

24 April 2021

From: Features

Red Flag! Insolvency firm warns of growing distress in property sector

An insolvency specialist is warning that the real estate sector of the UK is seeing more firms in financial distress despite...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

London looking up at last, say Foxtons and Chestertons

Foxtons has reassured investors that 2021 has started well and the agency is on the road to recovery after the Coronavirus...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - will there be live property events this year?

The last property event I attended in person – and I think the last physical property event held all told –...

10 April 2021

From: Features

Agency plans five new offices a year despite profit slump

Winkworth says Covid and its aftermath will not derail plans to open five offices a year.  In a trading statement to shareholders...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency chief executive forsakes £1m in bonuses during Covid

The annual report of a major estate agency has revealed that its chief executive took two large cuts to bonus payments...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Cheap PropTech is a false economy, agents are warned

Agents who use cheap PropTech could end up spending a lot more than they expect, according to an industry expert. Anton Babkov,...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Spring lettings market update – Pets, eviction ban and landlords selling up

Unsurprisingly it’s been a busy few months in the property market so far this year, and a busy few months in...

27 March 2021

From: Features

Open up economy says Boomin boss as Covid appears to ease

Boomin co-founder Kenny Bruce says the UK economy should now be opening up thanks to the success of the Coronavirus vaccines. In...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid has changed how and where we want to live

One year on from the UK’s first stay-at-home order, London has been overtaken as the most searched-for location on Rightmove, according...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How much? UK housing stock value hits a record high despite Covid

The total value of the UK’s housing stock has hit a record £7.56 trillion despite the pandemic. The calculation - by Savills,...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Should Foxtons repay its furlough money?

Pressure is building on London agency Foxtons to repay its furlough funding. The company issued an upbeat trading statement on Wednesday; while...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons set for more takeovers and new tech investment in data

Foxtons says it's set for radical new investment and further takeovers following the acquisition of rival London agency Douglas and Gordon. In...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Insurance Scandal: Help for agents in Business Interruption saga

New guidance has been issued in a bid to allow agents to get the insurance payouts they expect from the Business...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents changing work priorities because of Covid says personnel guru

The head of one of the industry’s foremost recruitment organisations says the pandemic has caused people to re-evaluate priorities and change...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid 19 Update: Every agency can now have free workplace testing

Every estate agency can now sign up for the government’s free Coronavirus workplace testing programme - the deadline is March 31. The...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Be Kind We Care’ initiative launched across property industry

A conveyancing organisation has launched an initiative called Be Kind We Care to promote kindness and wellbeing within the property industry. The...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Call My Agent! Celebrities find it’s not so easy to sell and buy homes…

One of the biggest TV hits of lockdown has been the Netflix show Call My Agent! It’s a surprise success, perhaps, because...

06 March 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty extension revealed by Chancellor Sunak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak says the stamp duty holiday on properties up to £500,000 will be extended from March 31 to June 30; from...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget Briefing: Four things to watch for in today’s Budget

Today’s Budget is the most eagerly-anticipated for many years, as it juggles to shore up the economy with the longer-term issue...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand by for Capital Gains Tax changes later this year - experts

Tax experts suggest the widely expected reform of Capital Gains Tax is unlikely to be announced in tomorrow’s Budget - at...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Budget rumours - pros and cons for agents

With just two days to go, it's fair to say the property industry is eagerly awaiting Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Budget statement...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells says it's UK's leading agency even before Countrywide acquisition

Connells Group says it is the UK's largest estate agency group by market share - and that's before the Countrywide acquisition...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid-19 testing for agents available within days - government

A trade body says it’s been contacted by the government explaining how agencies can get Coronavirus asymptomatic testing for staff. The Guild of...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and an agent with Covid raises thousands…

Hello and welcome to Friday, the day when we highlight agents’ great work to raise funds for good causes despite the continuing...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid fears and home-schooling leading to drop in supply

A leading estate agent says fear of strangers coming into people’s homes is leading to a fall in supply of properties...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge scandal of Business Insurance brush-off in defiance of court

An agent is challenging the insurer Hiscox over its interpretation of whether to honour a Business Interruption Insurance policy. A standard letter...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency apology over ‘bullying’ claims to allow Covid viewings

An online agency has apologised to a single mother who felt pressured into allowing viewings of a property she was renting. Local media in...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty reform “very unlikely” says Conservative housing guru

An MP demanding a root and branch reform of property taxation, including scrapping stamp duty, says the chance of fundamental reform is...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sellers and buyers must bargain as March 31 cliff edge nears - call

A leading agency chief suggests there will have to be substantial bargaining between buyers and sellers as the stamp duty holiday cliff...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news for market as mortgage choice hits 12-month high

There’s now more choice in the mortgage market than at any time since last March, before the pandemic reached a peak. The...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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