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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

Uncertain market means additional revenue streams are more important than ever

Uncertain market means additional revenue streams are more important than ever The last year has been an uncertain period for many business...

18 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

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

Propertymark celebrates large rise in apprenticeship qualifications

Propertymark’s qualifications division says it’s seen a 30 per cent rise in apprenticeship registrations since the start of this year. In a...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty may not be so bad after all, argues leading analyst

A housing market analyst says stamp duty, for all its unpopularity within the property industry, may not be so bad after...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies with Bounce Back loans have more time to repay

Smaller independent agencies that took out government Bounce Back loans to help them through the Coronavirus crisis now have more time...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Very few new portals can seriously compete with us’ - claim

This time out, I’m in conversation with one of the big three established portals. Since it was founded in 2007, Zoopla...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New Property Tax Grab: Wealth tax supporters repeat call for levy

A group that last year floated the concept of a one-off wealth tax - which would include taxing main homes as...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrap stamp duty cliff edge ‘to help people stick to Covid guidelines’

The government needs to step in to rescue two valuable property incentives before they expire at the end of March, a...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Should agents repay Business Rates relief because offices were open?

Almost a year ago the government announced that estate and lettings agencies were to be included in the business rates relief...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday still providing big boost for housing market

Mortgage approvals decreased slightly in December but remain well above pre-Covid levels thanks to the continuing incentive of the stamp duty...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate As It Happened - What MPs Said

Labour and Conservative MPs have expressed a unanimous view on their desire to see an extension of the stamp duty holiday...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

D-Day - will MPs back industry call for stamp duty holiday extension?

Today’s the day when Parliament debates a possible extension to the stamp duty holiday beyond its March 31 cliff edge deadline...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency closes office after staff contract Coronavirus

Members of staff at an estate agency branch in the Midlands tested positive for Coronavirus in consecutive weeks, triggering a temporary...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Winter market surge not enough to prevent new build slump

Covid-19 has caused the number of new homes registered by UK house builders to fall 23 per cent in 2020. The NHBC...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - there’s a hard drive on for laptops…

Hello and welcome to Agents Do Charity, the regular round-up of industry good work. Whatever the cause, it’s great to publicise agents’...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown means viewings and sales will fall, says Phil Spencer

Property commentator Phil Spencer says lockdown - which we know will now last for another six weeks at least, and possibly...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown to continue until at least early March

The Prime Minister this afternoon stated that lockdown will remain in effect until early March at the earliest. He told the House...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Failed Sales fear as Stamp Duty Holiday cliff edge approaches

A large majority of estate agents fear a surge in 'failed sales’ as the stamp duty holiday cliff edge gets ever-closer. The latest National...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Top portal is latest to urge stamp duty holiday extension

Zoopla's latest figures suggest 70,000 transactions are likely to miss the stamp duty holiday deadline of March 31.  And the portal says: “The...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Not coping with Covid? Shock figures about agents’ mental health

A new working group on mental health in the agency industry is being set up following a poll revealing 62 per cent...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property industry set to lead economy out of the Covid slump

The property sector is set to lead the UK out of its Covid slump according to Ernst & Young’s latest forecast....

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent sorry for “crass” flyer calling Covid “blessing in disguise”

An estate agency has issued an abject apology for calling the Covid pandemic “a blessing in disguise.” There was a huge social...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

40% price fall and 54% price rise -  Prime London snakes and ladders

An international property and residency consultancy claims the sold prices of homes in some prime London locations have collapsed by up to 40...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Crisis: No physical auctions this year for top auctioneer

One of the country’s top auctioneers is not going to stage any ballroom auctions this year - and it’s keeping its 2022...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring distressed property firms are ‘just tip of large iceberg’

Despite the booming housing market the whole property sector - a key indicator of the economy's performance - has seen 11,000...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Buyers ‘travelling hundreds of miles to viewings’ despite Covid rules

The BBC says some buyers are taking advantage of lockdown rules to travel hundreds of miles to view homes. The story suggests...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation Today – Q&A with the man behind a 2020 success story

By any available metric, Belvoir had a good 2020. Already a well-known and well-established name, it was highly praised for its...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent closes branches and demands stricter Coronavirus controls

An estate agent has shut both branches of his business for safety reasons and wants tighter Coronavirus restrictions on the industry.  ITV...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency branches each waiting on £105,000 fees on average

A property platform claims the current pipeline stock is so large that the average UK agency branch is waiting on £105,000...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Data Fraud Warning: lockdown makes agents’ systems more vulnerable

A trade body is warning that increased home working triggered by Coronavirus makes the agency industry more vulnerable than ever to...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban on repossessions extended for mortgage borrowers

The Financial Conduct Authority is extending the ban on repossessions by two months until April 1, in light of the pandemic. The...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Covid risk assessments for some agency offices in Wales

Estate agency offices in Wales with five or more staff will have to carry out a Coronavirus risk assessment under new...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Pipeline surge not enough to stop Your Move/Reeds Rains revenue drop

Revenues for LSL Property Services - owner of Your Move and Reeds Rains - dropped last year by 15 per cent. Although...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid curbs on agents provide bonus for video viewings

Government guidance on how agents can continue working during the lockdown has given a new importance to virtual viewings, says an...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech provider claims “most comprehensive report” on any property

A PropTech firm claims its new interactive property reports are “the most comprehensive on any UK property” and reduce the need...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Supreme Court backs agencies in Business Interruption Insurance dispute

There's good news for thousands of estate agencies awaiting pay outs under Business Interruption Insurance schemes. The agents are amongst 370,000 businesses whose...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Campaign to extend SDLT holiday nears landmark total

The online petition calling for an extension to the stamp duty holiday is set to pass 100,000 signatures today. This means the...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing market rebound will depend on vaccine speed and success

The speed and success of the Coronavirus vaccine programme holds the key to the housing market rebounding in the second half...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Market still resilient but can it really withstand the Covid recession?

A housing index says the market continues to defy Coronavirus and Brexit worries with asking prices up 4.9 per cent in...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents “forced and pressured” into unsafe viewings - claim

An online petition wants all agents’ offices to close during the pandemic. Keeping them open means agents feel "forced and pressured" to conduct...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan wants review of Covid estate agency openings in London

London mayor Sadiq Khan is reported to be asking the Prime Minister to review the status of ‘essential retail’ which can...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus fall-out is main deterrent to potential buyers and sellers

Even the prospect of a stamp duty holiday is not enough to persuade many buyers and sellers to enter the market...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Out The Duty - new campaign launched by newspaper

A national newspaper is today launching a campaign for the stamp duty holiday to be extended. The Daily Telegraph says its campaign...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Working From Home: Is the shift away from offices permanent?

A leading business consultancy says the level of working-from-home in the UK by 2025 will be five times that before the pandemic. Estate...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Young agent with Covid says “I didn’t think I was going to make it”

An estate agent who caught Coronavirus and spent 10 days in hospital has said “I didn’t think I was going to...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal - Decision Day later this week

The Supreme Court will give its judgment on the long-running Business Interruption Insurance case on Friday. In November a Supreme Court appeal...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property viewings should stop, Labour tells government

Sir Kier Starmer has told the government it should look again at whether estate agents’ viewings of properties for sale and...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

“Chaos and mayhem!” Phil Spencer’s warning over stamp duty extension

Property expert Phil Spencer is warning that “chaos” and “mayhem” looms in the housing market if the stamp duty holiday is...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 will not hold back Agents who are prepared to adapt

With the Government announcement this week of another national lockdown across England amid the surging coronavirus infections, it once again puts...

08 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Good news for first time buyers as 10% deposits make a return

HSBC UK is re-introducing its 90 per cent Loan To Value mortgages from next week - a possible lifeline for first...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove hits back at rivals by claiming busiest ever New Year

Rightmove says it’s recorded the busiest ever start to a New Year in its two decade history with visits to the...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents beef up Covid protocols as viewings hit the spotlight

Agents have been outlining how they have beefed up their measures to combat the risk of Coronavirus, especially during property viewings. “We...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

‘No-search indemnity insurance’ now accepted by mortgage lender

A mortgage lender says it will now accept ‘no-search indemnity insurance’ for residential purchases in a bid to speed up the...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents have “moral obligation” to restrict physical viewings - call

There’s a call this morning for estate and letting agents to regard the physical viewing of any property on sale or...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents split over viewings and office opening during Lockdown

Agents are sharply split over how they should operate during the current phase of the Coronavirus crisis.  In a poll of almost...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents CAN continue working through national lockdown

Agents and the housing market in England are still in business even during the third national lockdown which begins on Wednesday and...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency to open six new London offices - and dismisses Stamp Duty holiday

London’s largest independent estate agency, Dexters, suggests that the stamp duty holiday ending in 12 weeks time will have relatively little...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Sort Out Searches! Government asked to intervene over council delays

A trade body has called on House Secretary Robert Jenrick to intervene over the growing problem of delays in councils providing...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Dumb Perignon! Daily Mail mocks champagne-quaffing housing minister

The Daily Mail has mocked housing minister Chris Pincher for advising people to going £174-a-bottle champagne while awaiting the rollout of...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tier 5 Lockdown - will housing market remain open?

The government is considering stricter tier structures for the coming weeks as the number of Coronavirus infections continues to rise. There is...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit could be good for house prices predicts top market commentator

Anthony Codling, the City analyst who made his name as a scourge of Purplebricks, says Brexit may be good news for the...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency launches new business models to attract agents hit by Covid

An estate agency group has launched new franchise business models to help those in the industry impacted by Covid-19. Century 21 UK...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

You guessed it…10 things to watch for in 2021

Here’s hoping you managed to have as good a Christmas and New Year as Covid rules allowed. Journalism in early January is...

02 January 2021

From: Features

Tier 4 Reminder: All agents can continue working under these restrictions

Many agents have been operating under Tier 4 Coronavirus restrictions for some days, but today sees another 20 million residents in...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Estate Agent Today and Angels Media

Many agents will be closed on New Year’s Day - the last Bank Holiday for some months and at the start...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Country houses are big winners from the pandemic, say agents

The pandemic has reignited the flagging country house market and boosted demand for larger homes with gardens, claims Savills. Larger country houses...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Coup for agency with fly-on-the-wall Channel 4 show

One of the country’s most exclusive agencies, UK Sotheby’s International Realty, was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary last evening. The...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency quantifies buyer exodus from London - and where they end up

High end agency Hamptons has quantified the trend of Londoners quitting the capital in the light of the pandemic. It says that...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Should agents scrap viewings in Tier 4 areas? This one has...

An agency operating in the new Tier 4 area has abandoned viewings and visits to homes until New Year, even though the...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock stamp duty rise on additional homes in Wales

There’s been a shock one per cent increase in the Welsh equivalent of stamp duty on second homes, coming into effect...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can work in Tier 4 as government publishes guidelines

The Westminster government has published extensive guidance on the operation of the new Tier 4 Coronavirus restrictions in England. This includes a...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough Fraud: MPs want agencies and other claimants named

MPs want the government to publish the names of estate agencies and other companies claiming furlough funding. The all-party Public Accounts Committee of...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market stays open in new Tier 4 areas

The housing market is to stay open across the UK, including in the new Tier 4 areas of England. An announcement from Housing Secretary...

20 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla launches marketing onslaught and urges branches to stay open

A 10 week marketing campaign is being launched by Zoopla - and the portal urges agents to stay open as much...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget date is in time for U-turn on stamp duty holiday extension...

The next Budget will be held on March 3 next year - in time for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to change his...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance - agents must wait even longer

The hundreds of estate and lettings agencies involved in various Business Interruption Insurance policies must wait even longer to find their...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Top pandemic tips for estate agents

Described on this site as a ‘powerful disruptor’ in March 2020, few would deny that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on...

16 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Could down valuations lead to professional negligence claims?

Down valuations could leave some surveyors liable to professional negligence claims, a law firm says. Nelsons law firm says down valuations have...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket revamp under highly-paid new chief executive

OnTheMarket is to undergo a revamp under its new chief executive, former Foxtons agent Jason Tebb - who has been given...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

More complaints to Ombudsman this year, despite market closure

The Property Ombudsman says there have been more complaints lodged about agents so far in 2020 than in 2019. This is despite...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - 2020’s final look at movers and shakers

Hello - and here we are nearing the end of the strangest of years.  With agents and industry suppliers rushed off their...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Branch closures and Covid lead to big LSL revenue slump

Revenues have slumped by 18 per cent at LSL Property Services, the corporate which boasts Your Move and Reeds Rains and...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona kindness - the best of agency in 2020

The industry seems almost back to normal. Not the ‘new normal’ we spoke so much of a few weeks and months ago,...

12 December 2020

From: Features

What leaving the EU means for anti-money laundering legislation

The coronavirus pandemic has somewhat eclipsed Brexit this year – which is no mean feat. Cast your mind back to pre-Covid...

12 December 2020

From: Features

Foxtons reports improved sales performance this autumn

Foxtons has this morning reported to shareholders that its sales revenue has improved - although both mortgage and lettings revenue have...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

UK’s property taxes highest in world according to official figures

The UK has topped the rankings for the highest property taxes as a percentage of overall taxation in the developed world...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyer feedback is key in helping agents adapt to market changes

Buyer feedback is a key resource for agents who want to keep on top of market changes and so handle vendors’...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the backbone of our industry – charity, Cornwall and family!

Welcome to part three of our ongoing series on local independent agents, as we seek to give this all-important part of...

05 December 2020

From: Features

Prime London prices slashed as Brexit and Covid worry buyers

A new survey of prime London property shows 21 per cent of homes on sale have had their asking prices cut...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Are you prepared for a seasonal upswing in missed rental payments?

It’s that time of year again. Black Friday has been and gone and the run-up to Christmas is well and truly...

02 December 2020

From: Features

NAEA chief delays retirement to help restructure Propertymark

Mark Hayward, who was scheduled to retire at the end of this month, is to stay on at NAEA Propertymark as...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market defies gravity as prices now hit five year high

Annual house price inflation is now running at 6.5 per cent according to the latest Nationwide index after a 0.9 per...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Coronavirus? Housing market sentiment strong despite crises

Public sentiment over the housing market remains stable despite the Coronavirus crisis and the possibility of a No Deal Brexit. That’s the conclusion...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as young branch manager dies from Coronavirus

A young Kent estate agent has died after contracting Covid 19 at the age of 28.  Chris Cane was branch manager of...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 - The year of Boomin?

The agency industry may look back on this year and say: “Well...to be honest we didn’t really see it coming.” No, no,...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Property tax rises and falling house prices coming in 2021

Property tax rises and falling house prices look as if they are on the way according to the small print accompanying...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents – how can you provide the best service for consumers during lockdown?

So, we’re back to where we were in the spring, more or less. England is in a national lockdown again to...

25 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Sunak pledges new homes but does not hike property tax - yet

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has resisted changing any property taxes in the short term, but has used his Spending Review statement to...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom market to go on into 2021 - but then expect bumps in the road

Zoopla’s research team is anticipating the first quarter of next year will see the current boom continue as 100,000 additional sales...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove finds its happy (there are pasties and cream teas)

What’s the happiest place in Britain? Rightmove has the answer. In a new ‘Happy At Home’ index calculated by the portal and...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal - agents go on waiting

Agents anxious to know if they will receive a payout from their Business Interruption Insurance will have to wait still longer...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tougher Corona restrictions: Agents to be told how market will work

Agents should know in the next 36 hours how new Coronavirus restrictions will affect how they work. The Prime Minister is announcing...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Transaction volumes edging higher than 2019 despite Covid

Transactions appear to be edging higher than in 2019 for the first time this year - despite lockdowns and concerns caused...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyer Information Packs give agents an edge over fall-throughs - claim

Estate agents can stand out from the crowd and help consumers through lockdown by providing a more secure sales process, a...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Vaccine injects new life into housing market

Just when you thought the housing market was beginning to calm down... along comes a likely vaccine for Coronavirus. One of the country’s...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents should give conveyancers more information up-front - call

A prominent PropTech supplier wants agents to hand over much more information to conveyancers to allow them to make faster progress on...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Joe Biden’s housing market - well, it’s just like over here…

With a new President elected and the old one reluctant to move out, this is a good time to see how...

14 November 2020

From: Features

Covid-19 and the potential impact on the buy-to-let market

Property is considered to be a safe investment. The buy-to-let market is booming, fuelled by a generation unable to get on...

13 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Capital Gains Tax hike is GOOD news for agents, insists top analyst

One of the industry’s leading commentators says an unintended consequence of a possible Capital Gains Tax increase could be a bonus...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity … on Children In Need day…

Hello and welcome to your regular Friday charity round-up from the industry - appropriately enough on the day of the latest...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent threatened with prosecution for opening office to the public

An unidentified estate agency has been threatened with prosecution by a local council after opening its office to the public during...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax Bombshell: CGT could double under new proposals

A report commissioned by the government suggests a doubling of Capital Gains Tax on profits from the sale of second homes. The government -...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus has “barely dented” sales and rental markets - RICS

The latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors review of sales and rentals, often amongst the most pessimistic of analyses, says Covid 19...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

TV consumer champion demands action to free ‘mortgage prisoners’

A new report funded by high profile consumer champion Martin Lewis says the government must do more to help ‘mortgage prisoners’. These...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Second Covid wave not hurting London house sales - top agent

The London sales market is slowing as Christmas nears but no significant impact has been caused by the second wave of...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares soar despite more branch closures

Countrywide shares soared yesterday, rising 47 per cent on the previous close at one point as investors relished the prospect of...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents back to work today after 17-day ‘fire break’ in Wales

While England’s national lockdown exempts the housing market and allows agents to operate normally, it’s not been the same in Wales...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons’ management bonuses stay after ‘voting problem’ revealed

Foxtons has announced that its remuneration policy for senior management is to stay unchanged - and it says a voting problem...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will extended furlough help struggling agents and suppliers?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the furlough scheme until the end of March. It will continue under the current rules, with the...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyers fleeing cities don’t always get more for their money

The trend of buyers apparently fleeing the city to get more for their money in the country has hit the buffers...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - good works continue through the lockdown…

Hello and welcome to yet another Agents Do Charity, the weekly forum for the industry to share its good news on...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Interest rate unchanged despite unusual early announcement

The Bank of England’s monthly interest rate decision was made today - but instead of it being announced at 12 noon,...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New official guidance: What agents can do in lockdown

The government has unveiled the public health regulations which will underpin the second national lockdown in England - and the exemptions...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough pay-back: Agency in talks with HMRC

Knight Frank is in talks with HM Revenue and Customs to return furlough money as a result of relatively strong trading, notwithstanding...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency stung by lockdown criticism reveals policy for next four weeks

An agency in London which was stung by fierce criticism in the spring lockdown has announced its policy for branch activity...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday set to be extended as housing market stays open

There’s one key takeaway for agents from the weekend’s announcements on the next England-wide lockdown - the housing market is staying...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks delays fees re-structuring again

Purplebricks has issued a statement to its shareholders saying it’s ‘never been more relevant’. However, the expected radical change to its fees structure appears...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty receipts up despite first time buyer exemption

Figures just released from HM Revenue & Customs show just how much stamp duty buyers pay, at least before the current holiday...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Does being Covid-safe at home artificially lift house prices?

A leading market analyst says the widespread belief that we are ‘safe’ in our homes may indirectly lead to the recent...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: Housing market stays open during national lockdown

The housing market is to remain open in the four week lockdown in England. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government...

31 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Does experience still count in estate agency?

“I’ve got 47 years of experience as an agent. Do I still have to get a qualification?” asked one attendee at...

31 October 2020

From: Features

Common sense tips for dealing with student tenants

Clear communication and common-sense actions by landlords, letting agents and students at the start of a tenancy can drastically improve the...

31 October 2020

From: Features

Market boom to carry on into 2021 as mortgage lending soars

The housing market boom looks set to continue for some months yet as mortgage approvals for home purchases hit their highest...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket hands shares to agents on full-tariff long-term deals

OnTheMarket has handed out more shares to agencies signing long-term agreements with the portal. It was almost three years ago that OTM, then...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

What do London buyers want? Agency says it has the answers

A London agency says it's discovered the five key priorities that buyers want, following a survey of its own database. “Lockdown and...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Fangs for all your good work…

It’s Halloween time, and while this year’s festivities may be muted there’s plenty to celebrate as far as agents’ good deeds...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory qualifications for agents “within two or three years”

The mandatory qualifications expected of agents have not been forgotten and will come into effect in two or three years. That’s the...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies and branch closures continue at Countrywide

An extensive culling of branches and staff continues apace at Countrywide as it significantly reduces the size of both its office...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Boost for Foxtons as sales improve - but revenue still down on 2019

A trading statement from Foxtons this morning provides a rare piece of good news for the troubled London agency. It says business...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Big rise in sale of £1m homes despite Covid crisis - Rightmove

The rise and rise of £1m-plus homes continues apace with new research from Rightmove showing the biggest growth areas. Data released this...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping the property market moving

It’s been an unexpected year for the property market, shaped by the effects of the pandemic. We didn’t quite anticipate the...

27 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Unlocking Property Management with PropTech Innovations

2020 has been a testing year right from the start. With Storms Ciara and Dennis causing £184m+ worth of damage to...

27 October 2020

From: PropTech & Innovation

Agency new recruits given just three or six month contracts

An agency recruitment firm says there’s been a big rise in short-term vacancies being offered since lockdown restrictions were lifted in the...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Many Countrywide branches now shut permanently

Estate Agent Today can reveal that a string of Countrywide offices across the country have been closed in recent weeks - but...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

It's a cover up! Free face masks from Propertymark's charity

They’ve got it covered - the charitable arm of Propertymark is offering free face coverings to member agents. The Arbon Trust is...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Six ways innovation is transforming the lettings sector

Tenant enquiries and property viewings unsurprisingly slowed this spring, due to the necessary government restrictions brought in to manage the pandemic....

24 October 2020

From: Features

Latest legislation – how can agents and landlords be compliant?

In recent years, the extent and role of the private rented sector (PRS) in the housing market has seen significant changes. The...

24 October 2020

From: Features

Sunak tells estate agents: I'm helping to keep you in a job

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is taking credit for saving thousands of agency jobs through increased transactions prompted by the stamp duty holiday. A...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-inspired career change for independent estate agent

A reassessment of an independent agency’s activities during the Coronavirus crisis has led to it merging with a local franchise operation. Maison...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s a big one as the clocks go back…

Shorter days and darker nights deflate the spirits, especially in today’s challenging circumstances, but there’s some bright news - a large...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ big new idea - meditation for movers

Purplebricks is the first estate agency in the country to launch a meditation service to ease “the emotional rollercoaster felt by...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London buyers flee centre for outer areas, reports Rightmove

A new analysis of searches and leads to agents by Rightmove suggests buyers in London are deserting central locations in favour of...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown Plea: Let agents work in offices, not at home

One of the industry's senior agency leaders says it would be a mistake for agents to be stopped from working in...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Working From Home - what buyers want, and where they want to be

Agents in some parts of the country may be able to make use of data from utilities comparison service uSwitch, which...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Call for mortgage guarantee scheme plus longer stamp duty holiday

The National Association of Estate Agents wants the government to initiate a mortgage guarantee scheme to encourage more 95 per cent...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown Announced - agency branches in Wales to shut for two weeks

Most agents' branches in Wales are expected to close for just over two weeks from 6pm this Friday, October 23 - moving...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers tell agents - don’t blame us for transaction delays!

Conveyancers are sending a blunt message to estate agents: transactions will take longer than usual and don’t chase us with queries and...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry Redundancies: Agents Together launches support programme

Agents Together, the wellbeing and mentorship service which came into existence earlier this year, is launching what it calls a Redundancy...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

There may be trouble ahead…Mortgage lending to get tougher

A Bank of England survey suggests it may be more difficult for prospective buyers to get a mortgage later this year. In...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Free health and well-being package offer to smaller agencies

A health business is offering a free support package to estate agencies with between three and 100 employees, to help staff...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Marketing shift for OnTheMarket towards more social media

OnTheMarket’s acting chief executive says the portal will embrace more social media and innovative marketing strategies in the coming period. Yesterday the...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Cut The Delays! Conveyancers urged to work with search providers

With many transactions now delayed by up to three weeks by slow searches, a body representing local search providers is urging...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Big revenue rise for OnTheMarket but agent numbers stalling

OnTheMarket’s latest trading update shows a significant rise in revenue but agency branch membership numbers stalling. Revenue was up 28 per cent...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency abandons online-only strategy by opening High St office

An estate agency in the south of England has abandoned its online-only strategy and has decided to open a physical office...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Market Boom: Sales agreed so far in 2020 surpass last year’s figure

The total Sales Agreed in 2020 so far has overtaken Sales Agreed up to this point in 2019, despite the Coronavirus...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents told off for not being ready for Anti-Money Laundering regs

A security company says it is “disappointing” the estate agency industry is only around 55 per cent through preparations to cope...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity … walking, in the mud, and with the Bulls

Hello again - the good news is it’s Friday and even better news is it’s Agents Do Charity, celebrating the industry’s great...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to stay on top of arrears during a global pandemic

How to stay on top of arrears during a global pandemic Many have speculated, though much of it is anecdotal – how...

08 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

House price inflation at four year high but concern over virus

House prices in September were 7.3 per cent higher than a year earlier – the highest house price inflation since June 2016. The Halifax...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Online market share revealed - with Purplebricks way ahead

A new survey of the market share split between High Street and online agencies shows that Purplebricks remains the digital market...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

End of mortgage holiday could spell disaster for many - claim

A new paper from a think tank warns that many low income owner occupiers risk losing their homes when the mortgage...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket's next trading statement expected next Tuesday

OnTheMarket says it’s going to issue its next trading statement one week today on October 13. This will cover the first six...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Would YOU say this to vendors? “Sell now before prices crash”

An estate agent in Liverpool has adopted the unusual technique of urging vendors to sell now “before prices crash.” Clearly unworried about...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords - shout louder about the good you’re doing!

We all know what the problem is, but what’s the solution? The problem is that landlords, thinking they offer a valuable service...

03 October 2020

From: Features

Say No To Rightmove lead agency now listing on Zoopla

The agency leading the Say No To Rightmove campaign has returned all of its offices and brands to Zoopla. The Acorn Group,...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid employment advice service set up by Propertymark

Propertymark has teamed up with an employment and health and safety specialist to establish a service for member agents with Coronavirus-related...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - despite lockdowns and downpours…

There’s no stopping our industry - whether it’s local lockdowns or early autumn storms, agents and suppliers continue doing great work for...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Sales boom goes on and agents see no end in sight

Agents have universally welcomed new Nationwide data showing annual price growth picked up to 5.0 per cent last month - the highest rate...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of thousands extra sales thanks to SDLT holiday - claim

Savills has boosted its forecast for housing transactions this year because the stamp duty holiday has been such a success at...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

We’re left behind! First time buyers hit by Coronavirus impact

Almost half of the country’s first time buyers say their plans have been delayed - or worse - thanks to Coronavirus,...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid Clauses are back as buyers fear wider lockdown restrictions

A leading agency says so-called Covid Clauses are being inserted into contracts as buyers become increasingly cautious ahead of a possible...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Crisis? What crisis? Mortgage lending hits 13 year high

Mortgage approvals for house purchases have soared to a 13 year high according to Bank of England figures up to the...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal - bid to speed up pay-outs

The many agents believed to be awaiting pay-outs on their Business Interruption Insurance will have some consolation in knowing that the...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies, PropTech and furlough cash help Hunters recover

Franchise network Hunters has recorded strong figures for the first half of 2020 but a trading statement reveals the measures it...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Major regional agency unveils pioneering ‘super hub’ structure

One of the country’s major regional agencies has unveiled a ‘super hub’ structure which began life as a lockdown measure but...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit deal and vaccine vital for stable market - forecast

The first leading agency to make a 2021 forecast says the market should be stable next year - so long as...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New PropTech product nurtures leads for agents - even as they sleep

A new PropTech product claims to help agents generate and nurture leads - even while they sleep. MovePal generates leads through Facebook...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

How will the end of the furlough scheme affect the rental market?

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, better known as the furlough scheme, was introduced by the chancellor Rishi Sunak in March to...

26 September 2020

From: Features

Safety in agents’ offices: understanding the law on whistleblowing

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has encouraged people to complain if they are unhappy about working conditions and thousands of complaints...

26 September 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - a reminder we’re here to help through the virus

Hello and welcome to the latest ADC, your regular Friday round-up of great work being done by agents, suppliers and others...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies and businesses offered new tax and jobs schemes

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined his measures to help agencies and other businesses survive Coronavirus. His announcements - endorsed by both the...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Will agencies benefit from Sunak’s new ‘after-furlough’ measures?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today reveals his latest measures to help businesses - including agencies, suppliers and other parts of the property...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agency model booming claims high end brand

The frenzied housing market and the uncertain wider economic outlook during the pandemic have combined to lead to a surge in...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal promotes “free money” referral fees despite industry probe

One of the many new portals recently launched has made a pitch for agents to join because of its referral fees...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Record figures for leads to agents, claims free-to-list portal

One of the growing number of free to list property portals, Residential People, claims a record-breaking number of sales and letting...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency behind Say No To Rightmove reveals High Street expansion

The regional agency group which master-minded the Say No To Rightmove campaign has made a big commitment to the future of...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: Agents WILL have to wear masks in branch offices

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that all retail staff will be obliged to wear masks when working - and it's now...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents back Rightmove allegation of logjams in conveyancing

Two agencies have entered the debate on whether the current frenzied housing market is seeing delays in completions. Yesterday EAT reported that...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks and Foxtons lead share price falls amid Covid worries

Share prices for many quoted estate agencies and property portals fell in trading as fears grew about Coronavirus. London-focussed agency Foxtons was one...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Most owners believe their house price is static or falling - survey

A survey of over 2,300 home owners across the UK suggests market sentiment is mixed, with most doubting house prices have risen. The...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendors Beware! Sales taking month longer than usual to complete

Logjams in the mortgage, conveyancing and removal stages of house moving mean sales are taking much longer than usual, according to...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Another agency group returns to Zoopla as portal celebrates growth

Another regional agency group has returned to Zoopla, attributing the move to the portal's “receptive audiences” amongst the house buying and renting...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

House ‘sold’ in six days with no agent fees, claims quick buy firm

A quick buy firm boasting it has ‘sold’ a home within six days also says it now takes 140 days on...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Safety first: five-step risk assessment for agents’ offices

With the high street open again, and the Chancellor’s temporary stamp duty holiday helping to stimulate the market, estate and letting...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Effective signage is key to rebuilding customer confidence in the market

When it comes to the future of the property market in the wake of Covid-19, there are two main schools of...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Business Interruption Insurance: High Court rules in favour of agents

The result of a test case over Business Interruption Insurance involving agents has been handed down by the High Court. It has...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why haven’t the Big 4 tech firms got involved with property?

For a number of years now, predictions have been made that one of the major tech giants will eventually enter the...

12 September 2020

From: Features

Son of ex-Savills boss slams traditional buying agents as “outdated”

A buying agency targeting what it calls the “prime and super-prime” London market is offering clients not only a sourcing service, but also...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New Covid clampdown will push people to sell says leading agent

A leading agent says the government’s new Coronavirus clampdown from Monday will push more home owners to sell. Caspar Harvard-Wills, a partner at...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance: date set for court case result

Agents involved in a test case over their Business Interruption insurance will know the result next Tuesday morning. The test case concluded...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

High-end agency launches auctions to hedge bets in uncertain market

Knight Frank has launched an auction business to give vendors a wider range of sale options as market uncertainty remains because...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Remain vigilant with client money as we return to the office

The letting industry has come a long way over the past few years, embracing regulation and taking pride in doing good...

09 September 2020

From: Features

Hybrid agency outpaces High Street brands, company results show

Hybrid agency EweMove has outperformed its traditional sister companies within The Property Franchise Group over the past six months. That’s the clear...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Marcus Rashford criticises tweet from estate agency chairman MP

Hunters chairman Kevin Hollinrake - who is also a backbench Conservative MP - has been criticised on Twitter by Manchester United...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Autumn 2020 - seven things to watch

It’s no surprise the mainstream news remains dominated by coronavirus - not so much the actual effect of it right now,...

05 September 2020

From: Features

Navigating through the Covid crisis and beyond with AI

There will not be a single business within the property sector that did not start the year in vastly different circumstances...

05 September 2020

From: Features

Agents increasingly using ‘grey’ low-key marketing - claim

Estate agents are increasingly using low-key ‘grey’ marketing to avoid too many prospective buyers swamping them when homes go on sale. That’s...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Record house prices likely to go higher still says leading agent

Record house prices recorded this week by the Nationwide index are set to go higher still according to a leading agent. Nationwide...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla tells agents - we're free until January if you commit long-term

The battle between portals is hotting up again with Zoopla repeating its offer of free listings until January for agents committing...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Good News: Negative equity threat “far lower” than after 2008 recession

There’s good news from the think-tank the Resolution Foundation, which says the threat of negative equity because of the Coronavirus crisis...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Bank of Mum and Dad still vital to house sales, figures show

Recent speculation that the so-called Bank of Mum and Dad would be playing a reduced role in the housing market has...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Big rises in property taxes expected to pay for virus spending

Hefty increases in taxes on the purchase and sale of holiday homes and buy to let properties are expected in the...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

50% of property professionals expect pay rise despite recession

A new study reveals that two thirds of property professionals expect a pay rise in the next 12 months, despite Coronavirus and the recession. Of 1,100 professionals questioned...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour to spend two years debating property and housing issues

Labour’s shadow housing minister has revealed that it will be two years at least before the party sets out its long-term...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Houses selling much faster than flats according to Zoopla data

Figures from Zoopla quantify how Coronavirus is changing the market, with houses selling significantly faster than flats. The latest market report from...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says demand is rocketing in every region of the UK

Data from Rightmove shows that demand is up 61 per cent compared to the same period last year - and the...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency breaks tradition by holding first-ever August auction

In another sign of the buoyant housing market, estate agency Savills is breaking tradition by staging its first ever August auction...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

How could the recession affect the property market?

It was officially announced last week that the UK is in recession for the first time since 2009, and although this...

22 August 2020

From: Features

Housing Secretary Jenrick confident of keeping job in reshuffle

Controversial Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, tipped by some for sacking when the Cabinet is reshuffled next month, appears to be confident...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus market impact - house moves down by a third

The number of people moving home dropped by almost a third in the first half of 2020, as the global pandemic...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to go appointments-only in one-person offices during Covid

Agents are being advised to operate an appointments-only system if they have offices with only one person on duty during the...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency sells ‘fall-through insurance’ after 100 deals collapse

An online agency says it’s offering its customers a kind of ‘fall-through insurance’ after over 100 deals collapsed between mid-March and...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Offices: mandatory face masks, no TVs or music in Scotland

Estate agents’ offices have been explicitly mentioned by the Scottish Government as locations where face masks must now be worn by...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks bonus bonanza despite anti-money laundering blunder

If anyone thought the days of Purplebricks bosses making millions were in the past,  think again. The chief executive and chief finance...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Official UK House Price Index returns this week

You may not actually have missed it, but the UK House Price Index - the official government index - returns this...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Selling apartments? It might be more difficult from today…

One of the country’s highest-profile mortgage lenders, HSBC, is restricting loans on apartments from today. Only buyers of flats who have a...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Land Registry unveils latest digital upgrade for agents and others

HM Land Registry customers - including agents and conveyancers - can now manage all of their applications and correspondence including notices,...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agency pioneers ‘Covid-era’ benefits and perks package

London agency JOHNS&CO says the performance of its staff during the Coronavirus period has led it to launch what it regards as...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

First time buyers lose out whatever happens to house prices - claim

Many young people are stuck unable to purchase their first home even if house prices fall in the wake of the...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

The agency that stood by its staff even as profits tumbled

Connells Group has announced its trading statement for the first half of 2020 - and its support for its staff is...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must check where customers holidayed - compliance guru

Agents should check where buyers and sellers have been on holiday as part of their approach to safety during the Coronavirus...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks still too risky an investment, warns expert

An investment adviser says Purplebricks remains “far too risky” for investors even though it now has “a fighting chance of survival”. Rodney...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove has nothing to fear but Rightmove itself

It must have been a close thing on Friday as to whose faces were looking the most glum - those at...

08 August 2020

From: Features

High-end agency latest to report slump in revenue and profits

The UK residential activities of high-end agency Savills suffered a 54 per cent reduction in profits and an eight per cent...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency's new remote auction technique heralded as major success

Savills has held its fourth remote auction, raising some £32m with an 82 per cent success rate - making it the...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency group “increasingly optimistic” about market despite Covid

The chairman of LSL Property Services - Simon Embley - says he is “increasingly optimistic” about the outlook for the market,...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough Fraud: HMRC targets property firms for investigation

A law practice says HM Revenue & Customs is launching a probe into companies that have allegedly abused the Coronavirus furlough...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks delays changes to fees structure until the autumn

    Purplebricks says changes to its fees structure - possibly becoming less reliant on controversial upfront charges - has been delayed until...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies at OnTheMarket ‘under consideration’ admits portal

OnTheMarket has confirmed it is “considering” making redundancies - the second of the large portals to be in this position. Rumours have been...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Scandal: agents await decision on pay-out

Agents are awaiting the outcome of a test case regarding Business Interruption Insurance, which may determine whether they receive thousands of...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Broadband is ever-more important to buyers, survey shows

A new study confirms the growing trend of buyers wanting good broadband links - and the possibility that homes without them...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ delight as mortgage lending bounces back

Mortgage approvals - a key indicator of short-term activity in the housing market - beat expectations in June according to Bank...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Here we go again - Help To Buy looks likely to be extended

Government leaks to mainstream and building trade media suggest the controversial Help To Buy scheme will be extended beyond its end-of-2020 deadline. An...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Purchase tax on some UK prime homes now amongst lowest in Europe

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s stamp duty holiday means prime property in the UK now enjoys lower tax rates than most European countries. Buyers...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove quantifies how much a south-facing garden adds to price

Rightmove says a study of some 400,000 homes on its portal has revealed that those with a coveted south-facing garden have...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons claims over £4m of government help - trading statement

A trading statement from Foxtons this morning reveals that 85 per cent of staff are now off furlough, and that the...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

People quitting London for the country is overstated, suggests Zoopla

Zoopla says while there may be speculation about people fleeing London and big urban areas for the countryside, the evidence suggests...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Nothing wrong with 'Commisery' says unrepentant Michael Bruce

A founder of Purplebricks, Michael Bruce, suggests there was nothing wrong with the controversial Commisery TV ads that contributed to making...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Record number of property firms suffer ‘Red Flag’ financial distress

There’s a record number of property industry companies, including agencies, in financial distress according to the latest Red Flag alert monitor. The...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal Wars hot up with Zoopla claiming surge in leads to agents

Zoopla says its sale and vendor leads have reached a 2020 high, beating volumes delivered even during the strong start to the...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Regulation - is there a better way of becoming a better industry?

If a week is a long time in politics (an old phrase, for younger readers), then a year is a very long...

25 July 2020

From: Features

Tax grab on house values proposed in new 'Property CGT'

Tens of billions of pounds of new taxes should be levied through a Capital Gains Tax imposed on main homes, not...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Face Coverings in Branches - agents given new guidance

New guidance on face coverings for agents working in branches, and for those dealing directly with visitors, was issued last evening. A statement...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Hybrid EweMove outshines traditional agencies, suggests parent firm

The EweMove hybrid agency has been singled out for special praise in a trading statement from its parent company, which also...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as the summer heat is on…

Agents Do Charity - as the summer heat is on… It’s hotting up outside and while this is set to be a...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Is the housing market really storming ahead as some say?

Agents have almost unanimously been reporting a big surge in business since the reopening of the housing market, but new figures...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax Threat: new warning it could hurt housing market

Large scale increases in and changes to the Capital Gains Tax regime could seriously hurt the housing market, a senior figure...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance for agents on how to spot domestic abuse

Propertymark is working with an organisation called the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance to inform agents how to sport signs and respond...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax - could it be applied to first homes over £500,000?

Speculation is mounting that Capital Gains Tax could for the first time be applied to gains made when owners sell first...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Business Interruption Insurance scandal case begins

An eight day court hearing kicks off this morning as the Financial Conduct Authority begins a test case regarding Business Interruption...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says no to massive windfall from taxpayers

Rightmove says it’s going to reject over £150,000 in payouts from the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The portal furloughed 160 employees...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what will property conferences and events of the future look like?

Conferences, events and awards dinners are a hugely important part of the property calendar, bringing the great and the good of...

18 July 2020

From: Features

Record after record! Agency sees activity surge but doubts remain

Knight Frank has reported a remarkable set of figures for June showing how the housing market has bounced back with a...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents slammed for failing to protect staff and clients in virus crisis

The estate agency industry has been sharply criticised for its record on protecting staff and customers during the Coronavirus crisis. The compliance...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Facemasks: Propertymark hints that agents may have to wear them

More than 24 hours after the government's announcement about the compulsory wearing of facemasks by shoppers in England, and there is...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Will agents and clients have to wear facemasks in branches?

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets is to be made mandatory in England.  Anyone failing to comply with the order...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS combine agents, conveyancers and mortgage awards in 2021

The ESTAS Group says it will combine its awards events for agents, conveyancers and mortgage brokers in one ceremony in May...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s stamp duty holiday was never going to be enough

You have to feel for Rishi Sunak - well, at least a little. Leave to one side that he carries more presentational...

11 July 2020

From: Features

Prime central London prices to fall this year despite recent boost

Savills has revised its market forecast for the enclaves of prime central London and now says prices will fall by 2.0...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty changes and Furlough Bonus scheme announced by Sunak

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced that there will be no stamp duty on homes selling for £500,000 or...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

First-ever transaction with chain using Reservation Agreements

A PropTech supplier claims that an agency has secured the first ever transaction where the complete chain used Reservation Agreements.  Harrison Residential,...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies announce expansions despite Coronavirus crisis

Hunters has launched two additional franchise branches in Tower Bridge, London and Middleton, North Manchester, taking the company total to over...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty changes being considered by Sunak - but when?

Unnamed government sources quoted in many newspapers today suggest stamp duty reforms may be announced later this year. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is to...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: How can agents help sellers overcome unsettled buyer market?

The property market has been reopen for almost eight weeks now and during that time demand from prospective buyers has soared. Rightmove...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency closes 23 branches and employs 'Partners' working from home

Haart - one of the brands owned by Spicerhaart, which laid off staff in the first hours of the pandemic -...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' latest TV advertising campaign starts today

Purplebricks is starting a new wave of TV advertisements today, continuing its theme from earlier this year as a sponsor of...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Younger buyers’ moving plans hit by mortgage changes - Zoopla

A survey of 2,000 prospective movers by Zoopla shows the vast majority still intent on buying - but younger purchasers’ plans...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Leicester lockdown is warning to agents to abide by ‘new normal’

The return of non-essential businesses to lockdown in Leicester as a result of a localised spike in Coronavirus cases is a...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Shareholder ‘mini-revolt’ over Countrywide’s top brass pay

There appears to have been a small shareholder rebellion at Countrywide’s annual general meeting over the company’s remuneration of senior management. No...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency regulation: still no government action, one year on

The recommendations to regulate and train the estate agency industry put forward a year ago remain on the Housing Secretary’s desk...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

220,000 London homes owned by Chinese: more to come, say agents

Government figures show the 218,975 properties within Greater London have Chinese owners - and two agents say there will be more...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 50 jobs lost as agency collapses into administration

Over 50 jobs have been lost as a result of a Midlands regional estate agency falling into administration. The Shropshire Star reports...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus made us abandon branches for hubs, says agency

A regional agency in the east of England says the Coronavirus lockdown working environment has made it rethink its structure -...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Jenrick - Why his scandals matter to agents

It may be that by the time you read this it’s all over for Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for...

27 June 2020

From: Features

How to avoid delays as the property market recovers

Buyer registrations and sales enquiries are reportedly back to pre-Covid levels. Completions, however, are lagging behind. This is probably down to...

27 June 2020

From: Features

Countrywide loses 30% of income thanks to lockdown

Countrywide has released details of its trading performance, including the knock its income has received as a result of the housing...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Watch out Rightmove! 10,000 agents sign up to new rival portal

The challenger portal scheduled to launch in less than a week’s time on July 1 has secured the support of 10,000...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Management pay cuts and furlough returns revealed by high-end agency

Savills has revealed the measures it has taken to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus on its activities and balance sheet. The...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove's new fees cut just kicks can down the road, say campaigners

The Say No To Rightmove campaign says the portal has merely kicked the fees can down the road, deferring a long-term...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Distressed agents may benefit from latest commercial eviction ban

Estate agents facing crippling running costs as the wider impacts of the Coronavirus crisis hit home may benefit, at least in...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide chief joins mentor team at Agents Together

Industry veteran Harry Hill, a former chairman of Countrywide and founder of Rightmove, has now become a mentor at the new...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices to rise further over next three months - Zoopla

Zoopla predicts that the price strength that has been seen since the reopening of the housing market is likely to continue...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove and OnTheMarket extend cut-price fees deals

Rightmove and OnTheMarket have announced that they are extending their cut-price fees deals, introduced because of Coronavirus. This morning Rightmove says: "We have...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency spurred on by crisis to complete acquisition in weeks

A regional agency says the Coronavirus crisis was the opportunity for it to complete a takeover of a rival company in...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents allowed partial resumption of sales and moves in Wales

The Welsh housing market is back in business today - at least in part. Letting and estate agents can reopen their offices...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

One in six homeowners with mortgages now on payment break

One in six home owners with a mortgage across the UK are now on some form of payment holiday with lenders...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - the property industry should track Zoom’s phenomenal growth

“Let’s Zoom later”, “are we Zooming in the morning or afternoon?” “Yeah, I zoomed the client earlier” – variations on these...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Losing control of client money poses serious risks for letting agents

Most letting agents don’t set up a business to become accountants but losing control of client money poses serious risks for...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Agents continue to adapt as property market bounces back from lockdown

The property market is used to change, and I’m confident it will bounce back from any lockdown effects. Despite being acutely aware...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Ker-ching!  Stamp duty refunds soar during Coronavirus crisis

A tax and legal specialist says there’s been a huge rise in stamp duty refund cases between March and June -...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - carrying on despite Corona challenges…

With most fund-raising involving organised runs, treks or mudders, we know how difficult it is right now to do great work...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency launches share offer for investors after rapid growth

One of the leading ‘new breed’ of hybrids relying on self-employed agents is opening a share offer to investors in a...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Market update: Three months before it's stable but signs are good

A market commentator says it will take up to three months before the housing market stabilises into the ‘new normal’ after...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide CEO’s high praise for online agency’s success

A former chief executive of Countrywide has issued a string of extravagant claims about the lockdown success of the online agency...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Do we care that tech can now halve transaction times?

Tuesday mornings at 6am is usually my time to review all the latest PropTech news. This fires off ideas for my...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks and Emoov founders call for radical stamp duty reform

Online sector veterans Russell Quirk and Kenny Bruce have used social media to call for a temporary scrapping of all stamp...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Cashflow crisis likely for agents later this year - warning

Estate agents are likely to get through the next five to six months even if the market falls away - but...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rush hour! Agents agree huge sales volumes since market reopened

Data released this morning by Rightmove suggests that agents in England have agreed no fewer than 40,000 sales since the market...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket still aims to be top portal - and ponders next move on fees

OnTheMarket says it still aims to be the number one portal, but the acting chief executive has revealed a far more...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market reopens in another part of the United Kingdom

The housing market in Northern Ireland is resuming on Monday after its lockdown because of the Coronavirus crisis. Arlene Foster, first minister...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla fees cut ‘saves agents £30m’ with hundreds of new branches joining

Zoopla has upped the stakes in the war between rival websites with two major claims which implicitly challenge both Rightmove and...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

9,000 branches on paying contracts with OnTheMarket, portal says

OnTheMarket says in a trading statement this morning that as of May 31 only some 9,000 branches were on paying contracts...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual Viewings could mean work of five negotiators being done by three

Virtual viewings could transform estate agency so fundamentally that they might mean the work of five negotiators could in future be...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption scandal - eight insurers involved in test case

More details have been released about a test case being brought by the Financial Conduct Authority about the ongoing Business Interruption...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide branch faces police and HMRC threat after furlough allegation

The managing director of a Winkworth branch is threatening to report a senior member of a nearby Countrywide office to the...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand and sales agreed both soaring - but may not last, warns Zoopla

There’s been a strong rebound in demand for homes and an “unprecedented” bounce in new sales agreed according to Zoopla. The portal...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Flats fall out of favour with buyers says latest Rightmove publicity

The latest in the recent surge of consumer information publicised by Rightmove suggests that demand for flats has fallen significantly as...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Summer house price falls on the way according to moving service

Typical house prices in England and Wales are set to fall over the rest of summer according to home moving service...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

National auctioneer seeks agency partners for new sales initiative

National property auctioneer Pugh & Co is launching an initiative to partner with estate agents across the UK. Via a new network...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

It really IS happening - more buyers now wanting homes out of London

A quarter of vendors and buyers contacted by a high-end agency say the lockdown and the Coronavirus crisis have made them...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who are the challenger portals?

The only story that has come remotely close to pushing coronavirus – and its various knock-on effects – off the top...

06 June 2020

From: Features

Eviction ban extended for another two months

The government is extending the eviction ban for a further two months. A tweet early this evening from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

LSL bring staff back off furlough as board takes one third pay cut

LSL Property Services has this morning released details of its response to the Coronavirus crisis. All members of its board have taken...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket names the day for reporting accounts and members

OnTheMarket is to issue its annual figures next Thursday, June 11. The report only covers the portal company’s financial year which ended...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

EweMove, Martin & Co and other franchises using PropTech to reopen

The Property Franchise Group - parent company of six agency brands including EweMove and Martin & Co - says all of...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Desk Shields & Social Distancing Signage from Kremer Signs

Social distancing will be part of our daily routine moving forward for the foreseeable future and if you run an estate...

04 June 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Anxious vendors demand virtual appraisals as first stage of sale process

An overwhelming 98 per cent of vendors questioned by Zoopla say they remain anxious about the Coronavirus and would prefer to...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 Rightmove to enhance online viewing features in roll-out to agents

Rightmove has contacted all member agents saying it has enhanced its automated online viewing feature first introduced in April. As part of...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech is the key to dealing with post-lockdown surge

The Covid-19 crisis has forced the UK property industry to rethink the way it operates. With little warning, the pandemic disrupted the...

03 June 2020

From: Features

Delay property tax change until market revives, experts tell government

A taxation institute is urging the government to delay Capital Gains Tax changes relating to housing transactions until the virus crisis...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock as house prices show largest monthly fall in 11 years - Nationwide

UK house prices fell by 1.7 per cent in May, after taking account of seasonal effects – this is the largest...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News