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KEYWORD "Coronavirus" - 420 RESULTS
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

Countrywide shareholders invited to submit AGM questions

Troubled estate agency group Countrywide has invited shareholders to submit questions to the company ahead of its AGM later this month. Countrywide...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Over third of vendors expect price falls of 6% or possibly much more

A survey of sellers by a high-end agency suggests that around a third expect price falls of six per cent or...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove data reveals areas with biggest surge in buyer leads

There has been a huge surge in demand in some regions of the UK according to new data from Rightmove.  The portal...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Give first time buyers a break, mortgage lenders tell government

Restrictions introduced a decade ago after the financial crisis are holding back many first time buyers from purchasing a home. That’s the...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

'No DSS' lawsuits - what do letting agents need to know?

Over the last few years, there have been a number of high-profile court cases in which renters took action against letting...

30 May 2020

From: Features

Exclusive: Say No To Rightmove to offer 'options for agents'

The Say No To Rightmove campaign is to release a set of options for member agents to consider if the portal...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency jobs lost as company pulls out of direct sales in the UK

Cushman & Wakefield has pulled out of direct sales of homes in the UK. The firm has closed its UK new homes department...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

What are your views on well-being and Corona recovery? New survey

A mystery group, believed to consist of high-level former agents and suppliers, is asking the industry for its feedback on current...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday could add £1,331 to a mortgage, owners warned

The financial services industry’s much-hyped mortgage holiday scheme, heavily endorsed by the government, could cost home owners hundreds of pounds in...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket’s new filter prioritises online viewing options

OnTheMarket has introduced a new filter that allows buyers to limit their searches to those properties with online viewing options. These can...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary Jenrick in hot water again as he admits bias

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick - accused by some of breaking the lockdown some weeks ago - is now in more hot...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

'Furlough could wreck housing market' - warning to government

The government is jeopardising the success of the housing market relaunch through the inflexibility of the furlough scheme, claims a group...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Second Corona wave - agents given seven steps to prepare

NAEA Propertymark is advising agents to continue measures to allow them to operate if a second wave of Coronavirus hits later...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown has turbo-charged buyer demand - but it won’t last

Research from Zoopla suggests that demand from buyers across England surged 88 per cent shortly after the housing market reopened -...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tom Harrington, Managing Director of PropCert.

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Tom Harrington and I’m the founder and...

26 May 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Foxtons sales commissions collapse by 61% during Coronavirus period

New figures released by Foxtons this morning show a collapse in commission income to the agency during the Coronavirus period. Sales commissions...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough changes: Agencies and suppliers must pay some wages

The Chancellor has revealed how he will wean businesses off the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - meaning that agencies and suppliers...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

RICS beefs up Anti-Money Laundering guide in light of Coronavirus

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has revised its Anti-Money Laundering guidance in the light of Coronavirus. It says the scale of...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday extension - new details released by FCA

The Financial Conduct Authority has published new draft guidance for lenders which will set out options available to their customers in the extended...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

20-point risk management protocol introduced by top agent

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Green Smileys, travel paths and IT help this agency stay safe

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency asks buyers on viewings to sign ‘no touching’ declaration

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent sends reassuring letting to sales and lettings clients

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark’s 29-point guide for offices, teams and activities

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what happened when big lenders had their own estate agencies?

All my recent Natters have been focused on one particular topic, the coronavirus crisis, for obvious reasons. But there has been...

23 May 2020

From: Features

Mortgage holiday extension welcomed despite ‘cliff edge’ worry

There’s been a cautious welcome for the extension to the current mortgage holiday scheme, due to run out for ‘early adopters’...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices to drop 12% before long term growth - latest prediction

Typical prices in the UK housing market will drop 12 per cent before long-term growth resumes in 2021 and beyond. That’s the...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

On Monday - how you have made branches safe and welcoming…

It’s a Bank Holiday weekend and if you’re taking time off we hope you and your families enjoy a well-earned break. We’ll...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Return of the property market - how to become a mortgage advisor

During March, the coronavirus pandemic put the brakes on the property market with an enforced period of shutdown. However, almost two...

21 May 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide wants damages from mystery buyer who pulled out of deal

Countrywide says it is pursuing the businessman who failed to complete on the purchase of the troubled agency’s commercial arm, Lambert...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

All Change! Agents should reform ‘before government intervenes’

The industry should continue to prepare for large-scale reforms such as mandatory agency training, the licensing of agents and a new...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

The stricter the lockdown ‘the faster housing market recovers’

An analysis of seven countries which underwent different forms of lockdown during the pandemic suggests the British and Italian housing markets...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand plummets for ultra-expensive London homes, says agency

London estate agency Benham & Reeves says there’s been a sharp fall-off in demand for ultra-expensive homes in prime suburbs of...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Physical valuations now undertaken by most lenders in England

The Bank of Ireland UK is the latest mortgage lender to resume physical valuations of properties in England, subject of course...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Two thirds of agents want to go self-employed and/or work from home

A survey of agents’ attitudes which two weeks ago showed a big majority of agents wanting to work as self employed...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide explains softly-softly approach to re-opening branches

Countrywide has refuted claims that none of its branches have so far re-opened for business but has issued an explanation why...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Insurance Claims: only two days left to submit details

The City regulator which is bringing a test case over insurance firms refusing to honour Business Interruption policies wants policyholders including...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove hints at massive changes in buyers’ priorities

Rightmove has suggested there may be massive changes underway in buyers’ priorities as the housing market resumes and the country begins...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agency owner makes it to Sunday Times Rich List

Veteran estate agency owner Paul Rooney has again featured as the most wealthy individual agency owner in the annual Sunday Times...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

How’s the housing market? Ask again in September…

Rightmove has taken the unusual step this weekend of issuing its usual monthly asking price index on a Saturday instead of...

16 May 2020

From: Features

Volume of portal listings carrying virtual viewings surges during pandemic

There’s been a very significant increase in the number of listings carrying virtual viewings, accelerating during the period of the Coronavirus crisis and...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PPE for estate agents being marketed by food packaging firm

A food packaging manufacturer is re-shaping its production line to make PPE equipment which it is selling to estate and letting...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a bumper out-of-lockdown edition…

As last Friday was the VE Day Anniversary bank holiday we have a bumper bundle of fund-raising activities to report on...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online estate agency ceases trading and customers refunded

The online estate agency Settled appears to have ceased trading with its customers refunded. It was launched in 2014 by former Google...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency in lockdown row reopens with staff temperature checks

The agency at the heart of a fierce row over staff safety in the lockdown says it's now insisting local managers...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty tax break MUST happen, surveyors tell government

A large majority of property professionals polled by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors say a stamp duty holiday would be...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says latest shareholder rebellion over bonuses is “satisfactory”

Foxtons - which has recently closed branches and furloughed staff - has described a shareholder rebellion over senior management bonuses and pay...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual viewings here to stay, government urges in new guidance

Guidance issued by the government explicitly advises agents, buyers and sellers that more activity should be done online if possible. “The process...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers and removers join agents on ‘Back To Work Day’

It’s back to work today for England’s estate agents and the housing market - but it’s the start of a new...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Some agents still financially insecure despite furlough extension

The announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that he was extending the furlough scheme until the end of October appears...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Do only one-in-three agents really want to work as before?

The second part of a survey which has already thrown up shock results has been launched with an appeal for agents...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency warns of steeper price falls, but good news on transactions

A respected estate agency has revised downwards its price forecast for the housing market for the second time since the start...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents in England can return to work tomorrow!

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is expected to announce tomorrow that the housing market in England can resume with estate and letting...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: Furlough scheme now extended until end of October

The Chancellor has announced that the furlough scheme is to be extended until the end of October. He made the announcement in...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Don't give in to buyers wanting viewings, agents told

There’s been a surge in buyers wanting to view properties - but agents must sit on their hands and wait for...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Cleaners can enter homes now - so why can't estate agents?

Domestic cleaners can now re-enter private homes under new Coronavirus return-to-work guidelines - the very guidelines which appear to stop estate...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says Covid crisis could be catalyst for change in portals

The acting chief executive of OnTheMarket says the Coronavirus crisis could indirectly create a catalyst for change in the portals marketplace. Clive...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holidays could be extended to up to a year

The Financial Conduct Authority is reported to be considering offering homeowners up to 12 month’s mortgage holidays. Currently 1.2m mortgage payment holidays...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons shareholder rebellion expected at tomorrow’s AGM

There's widespread expectation that Foxtons’ senior management will face sharp criticism at the company’s Annual General Meeting today. The hottest issue at...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mental health warning to agents as lockdown eases

There’s a warning today to agency chiefs to keep in touch with their staff as lockdown eases across England in a...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

First details emerge of how businesses will reopen after lockdown

First details of the government’s programme to allow businesses to reopen have begun to emerge - with little comfort for estate...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of breaking lockdown before new rules announced

Details being presented to Parliament today may include information on how agents can return to work in some sort of ‘new normal.’ A 50...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Fury over Rightmove’s post-lockdown advertising bonanza

There’s been an explosion of anger about Rightmove’s pledge to undertake its biggest-ever marketing campaign - while at the same time...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Poor communication the biggest cause of Ombudsman complaints

There’s been a substantial 20 per cent rise in formal complaints about agents taken up by The Property Ombudsman.  The figures refer...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

EweMove hoping to recruit Corona-converts to go hybrid

EweMove is this week hosting a webinar in a bid to win recruits to its hybrid model from agents who may...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Here To Help - initiative to give buyers and sellers confidence

The Agents Here To Help initiative, launched recently by Kristjan Byfield of The Depositary, is now developing fast and becoming a...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Official house price index suspended but Bank warns of 16% drop

The government has temporarily suspended its official house price index as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. In a long and far-reaching announcement...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what will agent offices look like post-lockdown?

There has been much speculation about when agents will be allowed back to work, and what the new office working environment...

09 May 2020

From: Features

The inside track on lockdown from agency’s interiors experts

Fine & Country is one of those clever agencies employing interior designers to help stage properties, making them look their best...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Fury over agent breaching government rules on opening to public

There’s been a furious response to the agent who appears to have breached government rules by opening his branch to the...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Third of agents say some staff will permanently work from home

A third of agencies say at least some of their staff will be working from home permanently when the Coronavirus pandemic...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New plea to help self-employed agents missed by Corona schemes

NAEA Propertymark has made a series of demands on the government in the light of the Coronavirus crisis.  In a formal written...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Business rates boost for agencies as revaluation is deferred a year

Agencies, many of which campaigned vigorously to be included in the business rates holiday announced in March by the government, have...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Savills makes huge donation to regional charities fighting Coronavirus

Savills is donating over £800,000 to nominated charities across the UK. Following a commitment to Land Aid’s Covid-19 campaign for youth homelessness,...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

First agent reopens High Street branch to the public

An estate agent has reopened his High Street office to the public with social distancing and other safety measures in place. It’s...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 75% of agency branches will close within five years

“A lot of people have learned that they can work at home, or that there’s other methods of conducting their business......

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

First insight into buyers’ and sellers’ changing priorities post-virus

Savills has given the industry an insight into how buyers’ and sellers’ priorities may change as the industry returns to work...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Facial recognition aid launched to help compliance during virus

A PropTech firm has launched a new facial recognition feature to its existing digital anti-money-laundering platform. Due to the restrictions on travel...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London Labour council opposes 30% discount for first time buyers

A Labour council in London has come out against the government’s plan to offer 30 per cent discounts to first time...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks market share and revenue drop sharply - new analysis

The market share for all online agents fell sharply in the period up to the start of the pandemic according to new...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Let Sales Resume! Pressure piles on government from agents and suppliers

Three of the highest profile industry suppliers and house moving services have given government a four-step plan to restart the housing...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Shareholders say yes to Rightmove despite ongoing agency criticism

Rightmove’s shareholders appear to have been generally unmoved by the string of protests against the portal in recent weeks. At the portal’s...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual Viewings here to stay even after lockdown - PropTech chief

Virtual viewings are here to stay and will continue long after lockdown eases according to the head of a PropTech group. Babek...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping leads engaged is subject of first Zoopla Skills Session

Zoopla is launching a series of Skills Sessions to support agents through the Coronavirus crisis.  The sessions are free to join and...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide pleads to government to allow agents to return to work

Countrywide has added its weight to the campaign asking the government to allow agents to get back to work - and...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: How to become the go-to local agent as a new era begins

Since my last column in April, one could argue that very little has changed for agents in terms of the market...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove accused of 'sinister' changes to listings of agent who quit

Listings from an agent who ended his contract with Rightmove were not removed as he expected - instead, he is accusing...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Land Registry relaxes rules to allow property deals to continue

HM Land Registry is making it easier to verify individuals’ ID from today. In addition to conveyancers and chartered legal executives, verification...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Strong market recovery likely after lockdown, claims Nationwide

The housing market is likely to rebound relatively strongly after the Coronavirus lockdown eases, according to the Nationwide. House prices grew at...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing minister drawing up plans for agents to resume work

Housing minister Chris Pincher is drawing up guidelines which could allow agents to return to something like normal working in the near...

03 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Three reasons why estate agency should be first out of lockdown

The coming week’s stories in the mainstream media - inevitably focused on Coronavirus - will be dominated by two things. Firstly there...

02 May 2020

From: Features

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal: class actions begin to form

The scandal over Business Interruption Insurance policies is hotting up, with class actions being discussed against insurance firms and the Financial Conduct Authority announcing...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual Viewings Warning - agents should keep copies in case of dispute

The Property Ombudsman is advising agents to use virtual viewings only as a filtering process with offers being agreed only ‘subject...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Social distancing signs for agents through quick-off-the-mark supplier

The Kremer Signs company has unveiled a package of products for agents to use in the new era of social distancing.  These...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency goes hybrid during lockdown by joining online network

The online agency network love2move has won a new agency client despite the Coronavirus lockdown. Pinkerton - which covers the North Down,...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group and awards platform reveal new partnership

The Federation of Independent Agents and the ESTAS review and awards platform have formed what they call “a key partnership.” The FIA...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide senior staff have pay cut as 78% of workforce furloughed

Countrywide’s senior staff earning over £45,000 per year have had their pay cut by a fifth while some 78 per cent...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove launches social media recruitment drive

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has started buying social media advertising space in a bid to recruit agents. In a ‘promoted’...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New ‘lockdown portal’ uses Google and Facebook to find buyers

The Haart estate agency chain has launched a portal called Off Market which it describes to sellers as being “a unique...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday essential to kick-start market, says top consumer body

A major consumer survey of existing home owners and potential movers has resulted in a plea to government to allow house...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

How have your teams kept up morale during lockdown?

Lockdown may be over soon - but who knows what a relaxation of the current restrictions will really mean for our...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘accused’ in national paper all abided by social distancing

The Mail Online is running a story on estate agents allegedly breaking the lockdown by conducting physical viewings in recent weeks...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance for removals could mean housing market back in action

The government of one part of the British Isles has produced guidelines for removal firms. Until now, house moving in an era...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove could be FREE to agents and still make money - claim

Rightmove, Zoopla and even OnTheMarket could make money even if they did not charge agents anything at all to list properties....

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown Losses - three attempts to quantify cost of crisis to agents

Business consultancy TwentyCi is the latest to try to put a value on the potential losses to the property industry and...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove to access government’s large-scale loan facility

Rightmove has announced that it’s eligible to access the government’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility - the major loan facility made available to some...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Plan revealed for agents to work safely when lockdown relaxes

A six-point guide is to be issued today to agents reopening offices when the government gives the go ahead, possibly in...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

2,000 vendors and buyers kept in touch via agency’s mass webinars

Savills has kept in touch with almost 2,000 of its vendors and prospective buyers through two mass webinars. Entitled ‘What COVID-19 means...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket fails to impress with latest bid to win over agents

OnTheMarket’s share price dropped again yesterday, ending down 2.4 per cent. This was despite the portal announcing a share giveaway to encourage new agents...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Veteran agency boss steps up to be Property Franchise Group CEO

Gareth Samples has been confirmed as the new chief executive of The Property Franchise Group, stepping into the role on Thursday...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Forget house-building targets - new homes delivery takes 35% hit

There’s going to be a 35 per cent drop in the number of new homes delivered this year because of the...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

One agent’s fight for Business Interruption Insurance pay-out

Agents and in some cases their brokers continue to do battle with insurers in a bid to secure pay-outs on their...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock survey shows only one-third of agents want to resume normal working

Only 33 per cent of agents want to return to working the same way as before the Coronavirus crisis, according to...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent reveals ‘After Lockdown’ safe way of selling homes

One of the few agents anywhere in the British Isles who has returned to something like normal working has revealed new...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - key appointments made during lockdown

Hello and welcome to Property Jobs Today - our first for some weeks as the coverage has previously been dominated by...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a week in the life of…agents in lockdown!

Lockdown measures are still in place for another two weeks, at least, with the possibility of them being extended beyond that....

25 April 2020

From: Features

Revealed - where estate agents are re-opening their offices this weekend

Estate agents in one small part of the British Isles are reopening their offices this weekend. Agents on the Channel Island of...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - lockdown love for fund-raising knows no bounds…

Hello - yes it’s Friday in case you lost track, and that means it’s Agents Do Charity day: and once again...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: higher insurance premiums likely despite row over losses

The company at the centre of a controversy over estate agents’ business interruption insurance says its core package does NOT cover...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London market may take until early 2021 to resume fully - agent

One of prime central London’s most respected estate agencies is warning that it could take until spring 2021 for the luxury...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Unsure if your agency can claim business support? This tool should help…

If there are agents still uncertain as to whether their company or themselves as individuals are claiming the maximum business support,...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Will coronavirus affect attitudes towards referencing and rent guarantee products?

One of the most important aspects of being a successful and profitable agent is selecting the right tenants. The industry manages this...

22 April 2020

From: Features

Let Us Open! Agency backs call for industry to lead UK out of lockdown

A regional agency has thrown its weight behind an independent report which says estate and lettings agents could lead the economy...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

High demand awaits agents after the lockdown, HMRC data suggests

House sales edged down only slightly in March compared with February according to HM revenue & Customs, despite the lockdown in...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough: agencies must register by end of today for April 30 payout

Today is the final day that agencies can register with the government scheme offering furlough pay on April 30. The furlough programme...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property firms hit ‘critical distress’ level even before worst of virus

Property and construction are amongst the worst hit sectors for businesses in so-called ‘critical distress’ according to figures taken before the worst...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Five years before housing market recovers from Coronavirus - claim

The market could take five years to recover from the Coronavirus crisis after possible double-digit percentage price falls and fast-increasing repossessions.  That’s the...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 house sales to hit peak in September predicts leading agency

The peak of the 2020 sales market is likely to be September instead of the usual early summer - but that...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Now is the time for agents to go up-market claims Fine & Country

Fine & Country says now is “a great time” for estate agents to go upmarket and become “the luxury agent” in...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Plea to government - Let Agents Get To Work Again!

The government is being urged to allow estate and lettings agents to return to work as soon as possible when the...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove in crisis: “No clear downside” to quitting, agents told

A new analysis of the simmering Rightmove crisis says there is now “no clear downside” stopping agents leaving. The Financial Times says that Rightmove’s...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Do furloughed agents want to stay in the industry? New survey

One of the industry’s top recruitment gurus wants to check the pulse of the industry - and that includes whether furloughed...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for stamp duty holiday to reignite housing market

Rightmove and Knight Frank are today both calling for a series of government incentives to kick-start the market after the Coronavirus...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

A close shave for Viewber chief as he raises £1,600 for the NHS

Ed Mead, co-founder of outsourced viewing service Viewber and a high profile agent for over 30 years, has had his closest...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Change - The key to unlocking demand after the lockdown

If it’s really the case that estate agents’ offices could be in the category of High Street premises first allowed to...

18 April 2020

From: Features

Why working from home isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be

Let me start by wishing everyone well in these uncertain and precarious times. I truly hope you, your families, friends and...

18 April 2020

From: Features

The final stages of Section 24 – where does this leave the PRS?

This month saw the introduction of the final stages of the Section 24 tax changes, first introduced in April 2017. Whereas buy-to-let...

18 April 2020

From: Features

Say No To Rightmove leader demands “no return to full tariff”

The leader of the Say No To Rightmove campaign says that agents are demanding that there is “no return to full...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons furloughs 750 staff and slashes pay for high earners

Foxtons says it’s furloughed 750 staff and asked high paid staff earning over £40,000 to take a 20 per cent pay...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove downgraded as bank warns of agency closures accelerating

Investment bank RBC Capital has downgraded its rating of Rightmove and is warning that the property market is entering a prolonged...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency using ‘Covid Clauses’ to keep transactions on course

An estate agency says it’s using so-called Covid Clauses in contracts to keep transactions on course. Knight Frank says it’s writing ‘Coronavirus...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Lights, Camera, Action! Agency runs a second series of its TV show

An estate agency that runs its own TV shows via YouTube has launched a second season featuring local companies, amenities and...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New government advice on Corona activities, and property management tips

Hello, this is the final Conquering Corona for the week as we continue to help agents with advice and guidance through...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity: lockdown fund-raising continues apace…

With a lengthy lockdown already behind us one might think that fund-raising was a step too far - but not for...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Good News: Estate agents’ offices will be first to reopen says newspaper

Estate agents’ offices will be in the first category of High Street premises to reopen when the lockdown finally ends, newspapers claim this...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Jobs At Risk: furlough scheme must be longer says industry chief

A high number of agents across the country have been furloughed in recent weeks and are now at risk of losing...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Major agency enhances online offer - and even includes games for the kids

Hunters has expanded its online offering to improve its service to both the sales and lettings sectors - and it’s even...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Searches: councils slammed as dangerous over face-to-face visits

A trade body has reported some council search departments to the government for refusing to provide email details and forcing search...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Love it or loathe it? Help To Buy to be beefed up after lockdown

The controversial Help To Buy scheme looks likely to be expanded in breadth and extended in duration to help kick-start the...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Technology and service are the future of the property market

The last five years have seen unprecedented changes to the property market and agents and their clients have never faced such...

15 April 2020

From: Features

OnTheMarket furloughs over 20% of staff and defers credit arrangements

OnTheMaket has this morning announced a raft of what it calls ‘mitigating measures’ to help it survive the Coronavirus crisis. These include...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Only half of Zoopla’s branches have taken up ‘free deal’ offers

Only half of the branches signed up to Zoopla have taken advantage of one or other of the discount offers made...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Some agents receiving government grants already, says Guild

Some estate agents are now receiving small business grants from the government, according to the Guild of Property Professionals. Guild chief executive...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

One in nine mortgages in the UK enjoying payment holidays

Over 1.2m mortgage payment holidays have been offered by lenders to customers impacted by the Coronavirus crisis - that’s equivalent to...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: a legal perspective, more webinars and a supplier offer

Hello, and welcome to Wednesday’s guidance and advice for agents and suppliers trying to find a way through the current crisis. If...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

There’s still a market - over £28m raised at online auction

Allsop has staged its first principal residential auction entirely online, and has raised £28m. Some 76 per cent of all lots offered...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency furloughs staff and cuts senior management salaries

Knight Frank is furloughing agents and other staff with the company topping up the taxpayers’ funding to ensure employees get 100...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

EXCLUSIVE - Agents' Cash Crisis: reduced income until autumn

The impact of the Coronavirus crisis is going to reduce agents' revenue into the third quarter finishing in late September warns a leading...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Scam and Fraud Alert: Sellers urged to check authenticity of ‘buyers’

Sellers are being warned to make strict checks before responding to advertisements apparently from prospective buyers.  The National Association of Property Buyers...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty holiday demanded by another industry body

Another body is calling for a stamp duty holiday to help resuscitate the housing market following the Coronavirus standstill. The Royal Institute...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices could drop 13% says consultancy

An economic consultancy predicts house prices will fall by a sixth as unemployment grows across Britain this year. The consultancy, Cebr, says...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Selling from home, BTL latest and tenant info - Conquering Corona

Hello - we hope you had as good an Easter as possible in these unusual circumstances, and welcome back to work. Now...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Remote ID verification software demanded by more agents

A PropTech firm is reporting a surge in demand for its remote ID verification software products during the virus lockdown. The software,...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency’s egg-cellant Easter help for local hospice fund-raising

A high-profile regional agency is “cracking on” with support for a hospice for children and young people that cannot raise funds during...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

NHS Heroes told: Use our agency car to get to work or do shopping

A branch of Northwood is offering its pool car to any NHS workers who need it during the Coronavirus crisis. The Fiat...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency urges help for poorest in its community during crisis

The John Bray agency based at Rock in Cornwall typically deals with some of the most expensive real estate in the...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agency giving the NHS £100 for each instruction

Independent agency Nicol & Co is donating £100 to the NHS for every new instruction signed up by April 21. The agency...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Giving is sharing our wonderful #IndustryActsofKindness

This Easter, and during the whole period of the Coronavirus crisis, Agents Giving is reminding everyone to use the hashtag #IndustryActsofKindness...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – doing our bit to help the industry through this crisis

We are still living in highly extraordinary times, perhaps evidenced best by the fact that the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was...

11 April 2020

From: Features

Home is a shelter from storm – all kinds of storms

Just a month ago our homes felt, for many of us, to be a mere pitstop on a centrifuge of work,...

11 April 2020

From: Features

Remote viewings – how does the latest technology look?

In this time of economic uncertainty, more and more people are becoming unwilling to leave their homes, yet you and your...

11 April 2020

From: Features

Knight Frank’s offices: Fortnum baskets, children, TinTin (and dogs)

You wouldn’t expect anything other than very upscale home offices from an esteemed agency with a wonderful history - and that’s...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Dog tired of working from home say Winkworth, Stacks and CJ Hole

You know the old saying - a dog is an agent’s best friend?  Well that’s clearly true for this trio of agencies...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Top Brass - former RICS and NAEA chiefs reveal their home offices

Working from home is something of a leveller right now, applying to people in the capital and in the sticks, but...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Strutt & Parker: country views (of course) and winging it at home

You wouldn’t expect the good folk at Strutt & Parker to have anything less than a superlative set of home offices...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Cats and dogs for two Clarks and a Marks - more great home office pics

Independent agencies are the backbone of our industry so it’s great to be able to share images from three such experts...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government told: Housing market needs stamp duty holiday to recover

The government has been called upon by one of the industry’s most respected bodies to announce a stamp duty holiday to...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Fund-raising lifeline thrown to Countrywide, Purplebricks and others

New temporary rules have thrown a lifeline to troubled agencies like Countrywide and Purplebricks which may need to raise additional funds...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More mortgage lenders easing rules on automated valuations

A leading estate agency says it has observed that some banks previously opposed to accepting remote and desktop valuations have started...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Free offer to all agents during crisis - new Smart Viewing PropTech

Floorplan and photography supplier FocalAgent is making a free offer to every agent in the UK during the virus crisis -...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ PI Insurance and new tenancy issues - today’s Conquering Corona

Hello - we’re here to help on a daily basis, sharing information across the industry.  As ever, we’d love your input to...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New listings on portals plummet to under 10% of previous levels

One of the first analyses of portal listings since the start of the Coronavirus crisis shows that new listings have plummeted...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy Easter - this is what we’re doing tomorrow and Monday…

For many this coming Easter weekend will be the strangest ever - for agents and industry suppliers it will not be...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

The coronavirus impact - one month in

As the impact of coronavirus unfolds, we are in constant conversations with customers to understand the challenges they’re facing and to...

08 April 2020

From: Features

Zoopla extends ‘three months free’ offer to five: Is this enough for agents?

Zoopla has confirmed that it’s to extend its ‘three months free’ plan to five months of free portal usage for agents...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agent says franchise fees up to £10,000 only deferred

An online estate agency which has described the Coronavirus pandemic as “a disrupter and game changer” for the agency industry says...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Ignore 2024, discover 11 home truths happening now

On April 4, EAT published a piece titled: ‘It’s 2024: what will the industry look like, post corona-virus’. To me, this...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyer interest holding up online as market digests latest figures

One of Britain’s leading agents says online viewing and interest in videos for homes on sale continues to be relatively strong...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus crisis will drive more agents to become self-employed - claim

One of the industry’s highest profile figures has suggested the Coronavirus crisis could trigger many more agents becoming self-employed. Nicky Stevenson -...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

First 'virus' survey shows sellers expecting a five-month delay

What is thought to be the first survey of sellers since the start of the Coronavirus outbreak suggests that they anticipate...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchisees advised on government loan schemes by Winkworth HQ

Individual franchisees operating under the Winkworth banner are receiving what the company calls “comprehensive help” on a range of issues, including...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - self-employment webinar, more PropTech offers

Good morning and welcome to today’s edition, helping agents find a way through the Coronavirus crisis by sharing information with the...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Tory police chief wants holiday homes opened to key workers

The Police and Crime Commissioner for an area with thousands of holiday homes wants their owners to make them available to...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: How to stay in touch with consumers during the market hiatus

I won't be the first or last person to say that society and the property industry in which we operate is...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency targeted by scammers leaving fake negative reviews

An estate agency has been targeted by scammers who leave fake reviews if they haven’t been given a pay-off. Minors & Brady...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

NAEA/ARLA ask government to include commission in pay rescue deal

The NAEA and ARLA have jointly written to the government asking it to include agents’ commission in its plans to help those financially...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Market Forecast: 38% collapse in transactions plus modest price fall

The latest market forecast comes from Knight Frank which says that by the end of the year there will have been...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents and suppliers paid via dividends demand government help

Industry operators who receive dividends as part of their monthly income are pressing the government to include this in its financial...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property TV ads – the winners and losers revealed

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, we are all being told to stay at home as much as possible to contain...

04 April 2020

From: Features

It’s 2024: what will the industry look like, post-Coronavirus?

There’s a sense that we really are on the verge of a huge change in the industry. It’s too early to be...

04 April 2020

From: Features

Why Open Banking is the future of rental payments

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

04 April 2020

From: Features

Purplebricks asking sellers to draw their own floorplans

Purplebricks Local Property Experts are asking sellers who are not allowing agents into their homes during the virus crisis to draw...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Good News: Housing market damage may be ‘much less’ than expected

The Nationwide says government measures mean the impact of Coronavirus on the housing market may be “much less” damaging than many...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Poorly-treated agents will change firms after the virus - forecast

A leading human resources expert predicts that agents who are poorly treated by their employers now will wreak revenge and move...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New EPC assessment guidance issued - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - more great work by the industry

Hello and welcome to this week’s list of good work - yes, despite the virus lockdown.  Earlier this week we featured many...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New ESTAS tool allows agents to integrate reviews into websites

The ESTAS has launched a new tool which it says will help agents get in pole position for when the market...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Not Guilty! Countrywide denies claims of unsafe working after lockdown

Countrywide has strongly denied claims made to Estate Agent Today that some people have felt obliged to work at an admin...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Voluntary pay cut taken by agencies’ senior management

Staff and senior management at a large franchise company running a string of major High Street agency brands are taking voluntary...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Furloughing - should it include agents’ commission as well?

One of the biggest issues for agencies at the moment is furloughing - a safety net being offered by the government...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

It CAN be done - sales agreed totally thanks to virtual viewing

An estate agency in Portsmouth has sold a house subject to contract after nothing more than a video tour filmed by...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Latest: New tenant checks, Virtual staging, Global agency impact

Hello and welcome to our latest update… we’re probably not yet getting used to these unusual times but we hope this...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Savills pulls dividend but may make bonus payout at a later date

Savills has withdrawn its planned dividend to shareholders but says it could declare an "enhanced" payout at an unspecified later date. Only...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

NHS frontline heroes told by agency: “We’ll sell your homes for free”

An online agency has offered to sell the homes of NHS frontline staff for free. Doorsteps, set up by high profile young...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

How To Furlough - a key way to keep staff as we're Conquering Corona

Welcome to the latest edition of our daily service dedicated to advice and guidance on how agents can best cope with...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent’s fantastic Good Neighbour Scheme steps up to the plate

Late last year a buying agent at Stacks Property Search and Acquisition set up a village Good Neighbour Scheme with her...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Volunteering, free parking, vulnerable shopping - one agency’s brilliant work

Can any agency beat Knight Frank for a brilliant collection of selfless work? We doubt it, as the agency has provided...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Child’s play as thoughtful agency provides packs for kids at home

Kays Estates in the north of England - one of the agencies ‘powered by Keller Williams’ - has prepared packs for...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial agency boss slams “misreporting” of lockdown working

The boss of controversial estate agency Dexters has hit out at social media reports and press articles about company staff working...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency to train agents in other activities during virus crisis

LSL Property Services says one of its measures to “rightsize” the organisation during the Coronavirus crisis will be to put agents...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Third largest agency taking “appropriate measures” to limit virus chaos

Yet another one of the giants of our industry, Hunters, says it’s taking “appropriate measures” to safeguard the firm in the...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Auction success shows property sector can still thrive - claim

Two auctions held behind closed doors have been deemed a success, and evidence that the property market can still function despite...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency marketing £22.5m home with virtual viewings

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

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

“A Long Time Ago … In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…”

It seems an eternity ago but the housing market in February - that’s only last month - was in rude health...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reveals massive cost-cutting measures to stay afloat

Purplebricks has this morning revealed what it calls “immediate and significant measures to preserve cash and implement a lean operating model”...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers agree new rules for house moves during virus period

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

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Collapsed: how agency and portal shares have plunged up to 80%

The human cost of the Coronavirus crisis is growing and devastating, but behind that businesses are being badly hurt too. Many consider...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in distress sales even before virus - top agent

One of London’s most experienced estate agents says there has been a very significant surge in foreclosure sales in part of...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Two new portals set to launch despite Coronavirus chaos

Two property portals insist they’re going to launch this spring despite the Coronavirus chaos effectively closing down much of the housing...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - more guidance and special deals for agents

Hello, and we trust you had as good a weekend as possible in these difficult circumstances.  As we start a new week...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage offers likely to be extended up to three months

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

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how is the industry coming together during self-isolation?

Where else to start? Since my last Natter two weeks ago, all our lives have changed more than we could ever...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Open letter – why agents need lead generation to help them through the crisis

In response to the current coronavirus pandemic, which is having such an impact on all parts of life, including the property...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Enough is enough – an alternative view on portal subscription fees

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

28 March 2020

From: Features

Say No To Rightmove - the fight goes on says campaign leader

The key figure behind the Say No To Rightmove campaign says the fight for more realistic fees goes on - and...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove taking appropriate measures to shore up company

Rightmove has this morning told its shareholders it is “taking appropriate measures” to shore up the company. It gives no indication of...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market could be ‘frozen’ to avoid Coronavirus crash

It’s been reported that the government is talking with banks and building societies about putting the housing market ‘on ice’ during the...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: definitive government guidance on buying and selling

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

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Hybrid says it's time to go self-employed and buy a £10k franchise

A hybrid agency says the Coronavirus is a “disrupter and game changer” for the industry and is wanting agents keen to...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Help for self employed agents and new lettings info: Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to the latest Conquering Corona - our guide for agents to get through these challenging times. Please let us...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Unmanaged vacant properties may invalidate insurance - claim

Owners and investors who may be leaving their properties empty in the current Coronavirus crisis risk having their insurance invalidated. High-end property...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

First Brexit, now Corona - another exchange rate boost for foreign buyers

The advantage given to overseas buyers when Sterling weakened during the long-running Brexit saga has returned with the arrival of the...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - how the property industry can help fight the virus

Hello and welcome to a special Agents Do Charity, given over entirely to a wonderful effort to coordinate the industry’s response...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agents set to benefit from government aid package

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced new measures to help the self-employed - likely to be welcomed by self-employed estate agents. The Chancellor...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Sales to crash by 60% says Zoopla: will estate agents survive?

New sales agreed have already plummeted by 15 per cent and over the next three months there’s going to be a...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s offer to agents may be the most generous in the world

An international comparison of how major portals have discounted their charges to agents show Rightmove and Zoopla making “deeper and longer...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More guidance and advice to the agency industry - Conquering Corona

We'd hoped it was good news but in fact it's just good-news-yet-to-come. The Savills office in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Coronavirus crisis in...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Market: Brexit Bounce giving way to Corona Crippling, says agent

Although all bets are off as to what the housing market will be like after the Coronavirus subsides, there is now...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies closed in lockdown exempt from business rates for one year

Estate and lettings agencies that have closed temporarily as a result of the Coronavirus lockdown are to be to exempted from...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Outrage at agency asking staff to work in branches despite lockdown

There’s been national newspaper publicity and widespread social media criticism of the Dexters estate agency which asked its staff to report...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Figures show early lockdown effect on part of housing market

It’s far too early for authoritative figures on how devastating the Coronavirus lockdown has been on estate agents but there is...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: industry chiefs helping agents through tough times

For complete transparency, I write this column first thing on a Tuesday morning and have done for a couple of years...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Suppliers and trade groups helping agents Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, our guide to the latest information to help agents and the rest of the...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Removal firms cancel all bookings not already started

Advice to removal companies from their main trade body has put a stop to most transactions not already at a very...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Holidays: FCA clears up uncertainties with new guidance

The Financial Conduct Authority has released new guidance which clears up some of the uncertainties surrounding the mortgage holidays announced last...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents to shut offices immediately

Propertymark has been told the agents should shut their offices immediately - they are not “essential businesses” under the new Coronavirus...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Do house moves count as ‘essential’ under the lockdown?

*** Please see this story for the latest news on house moving, updated 12 noon on Tuesday March 24 *** The property...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: new info, guidance, links for agents facing the virus

Hello: so much has happened since the last Conquering Corona column . Before we get on with it, a reminder to...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agent MP says he wants Coronavirus cash for his firm

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

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks still expecting 25 instructions a day during crisis

Purplebricks is anticipating “a prolonged period of low activity” during the Coronavirus crisis with 25 instructions a day according to a...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart under fire for “inhumane” and “disgraceful” sackings

There has been scepticism across the industry as to the motives behind an unspecified number of lay-offs and permanent branch closures...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 600 agents Say No To Rightmove - but will they stick by it?

Over 600 agents have now signed up to the Say No To Rightmove campaign including some of the biggest names on...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

It doesn’t have to be like Spicerhaart - another agent’s approach…

While controversy swirls around the approach and motives of the sackings and branch closures at Spicerhaart, other agents are showing how...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices to drop 10% thanks to virus, warns OnTheMarket partner

A mortgage broker that’s just become a partner of OnTheMarket is warning that house prices are likely to fall 10 per...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech conference is latest casualty of the virus crisis

The annual FUTURE PropTech conference scheduled for London next month is the latest casualty of the havoc being caused by the...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Top industry figure criticises Spicerhaart sackings and closures

A senior figure in the industry has spoken out against the shock sackings and branch closures announced by Spicerhaart. Jon Cooke, chief...

21 March 2020

From: Breaking News

How one country’s housing market is reacting to the virus

The extraordinary past week of anger over portals’ fees plus early-warning statements like that from Foxtons indicate the anxiety in the...

21 March 2020

From: Features

Agencies set to benefit from massive emergency business schemes

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a sweeping range of financial measures to try to minimise the impact of Coronavirus...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove and Zoopla unveil offers for agents

The two major portals have unveiled their discounts and deals for agents facing a dramatic loss of business because of the...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons warns it will take “all necessary steps” to keep business afloat

In an ominous and unexpected trading statement this morning, Foxtons says it will take “all necessary steps” to remain in business. It...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Warning that agents are being “bled dry” by portals

A free-to-list property portal is warning the estate agency industry that it’s facing “dark days” thanks to the Coronavirus crisis and...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona legal Q&A, market tracker and how one agency is handling it…

Hello - here we are with Friday’s help and advice.  A reminder, if you need it, that we want to share your...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Ombudsman conference is latest casualty of Coronavirus

The Property Ombudsman has announced that it will postpone its annual conference, which was to have been on June 18, until...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Amazing Agents Do Charity - even at this most difficult of times…

Industry…we salute you. We thought we may have no good deeds to pass on to readers this week because of the...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Why I've Quit Rightmove, by one of the country's top agents

One of Britain’s most outspoken and high profile agents has quit Rightmove in spectacular fashion, using an open letter to the...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket gives short-term 33% discounts to ‘full price’ agents

OnTheMarket this morning announced what it calls “a payment support initiative” for those agents paying full-price membership. It’s for three months and...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rival portal offers free listings as agents rage at Rightmove

There’s been widespread outrage amongst agents at Rightmove’s offer to allow some agents a deferred payment scheme operating for just three...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s desperate plea to government over business rates

Beleaguered estate agency group Countrywide has asked the government to give agents a business rates holiday. Measures announced in last week’s Budget...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New webinars, contingency plans, trade group info - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the next batch of guidance and advice from different sectors of the industry, many from influential trade groups. It’s...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Auction houses shut their doors and use PropTech to keep going

Auction houses are the latest part of the residential sector to seek PropTech help to attract business during the Coronavirus crisis. For...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide loses two-thirds of market cap in just two days

Countrywide shares fell by just over 30 per cent yesterday as the stock market blood-letting continued for property stocks. The value fell 30.86...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket should use virus stoppage to reset strategy - top analyst

The current market crisis caused by Coronavirus should present OnTheMarket with an opportunity to pause its existing strategy, talk to agents...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Guidance on home working, staff rights, security - Conquering Corona

Good morning and welcome to the industry’s daily update on how we cope with the challenge of social distancing and self-isolation...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Let’s work together: Call for councils and search firms to cut virus risks

A trade group wants councils and search companies to co-operate more closely during the virus to minimise delays to the remaining...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New Countrywide Calamity - top exec quits before he even joins the firm

It's been revealed this evening that Bruce Marsh, who was to become Countrywide's chief operating officer, is now not going to...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: help on business, viewings, deals - Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, a service we’re running to share official guidance and agents’ advice in a bid...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket notches up another new-home builder

OnTheMarket has signed auto another new homes builder, Miller Homes. "Miller Homes is the latest large homebuilder to join OnTheMarket and we look forward to introducing the...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Another out-of-date index shows market’s pre-virus potential

Another index shows how strong the market was in the build-up to the escalation in Coronavirus across the country.  The website Home...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price dives over 50% after takeover collapse

Countrywide’s share price has dived over 50 per cent during the course of the day, following news of LSL pulling out...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: guidance and news for agents facing the virus

Estate Agent Today is launching a daily service to help agents facing the Coronavirus threat. This is where you’ll find news, advice...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks faces takeover as shares slump, predicts analyst

Purplebricks faces an imminent takeover bid following the collapse of its share price, predicts a leading industry analyst. Andrew Stanton has already...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove market report outpaced by Coronavirus impact

Rightmove’s latest market snapshot, released this morning, appears starkly at odds with the situation described by some agents in recent days. “The...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors in Purplebricks and Countrywide take fright over virus

Almost all quoted agencies and portals have suffered as a result of stock market investors being spooked by Coronavirus, with some...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Viewings hit by the virus? Agents offered unique ‘virtual alternative’

A Spanish housebuilder’s bespoke system to allow prospective buyers to view properties without visiting is being offered to the UK agency...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Guild agents to be advised on running businesses remotely

The Guild of Property Professionals is to give guidance to agents on how to run their businesses remotely.  Chief executive Iain McKenzie...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Jon Notley, co-founder and CEO of Zero Deposit™

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Jon Notley and I am the co-founder...

12 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Online agency reduced to shock tactics criticising High St firms

Nested is the latest online agency to base a marketing campaign around criticism of established estate agents.  In three 30-second TV ads...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Savills the latest agency to warn of Coronavirus threat to transactions

Savills is the latest agency to warn about the possible threat of Coronavirus to its business activities and success this year. In...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

RICS’ survey shows demand growing before virus worries hit

Sales in February grew, for the third consecutive month, according to the latest market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty change and business rate holiday announced in Budget

There will be a two per cent stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of UK investment properties by non-resident overseas buyers...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Emergency interest rate cut may help housing market weather Coronavirus

The Bank of England has announced an emergency cut in the base interest rate to shore up the economy during the Coronavirus...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: mortgage holidays announced by some lenders

There has been broad support and relief amongst property industry players following announcements from several lenders that they would grant mortgage...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: uncertain times to accelerate mergers and failures

We live in uncertain times. That I do not need to say to anybody. I am writing this piece aboard my...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal claims Coronavirus sparking Chinese interest in UK property

A property portal is making the controversial claim that the Coronavirus has led to an increase in online interest in UK...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

LSL warns over Coronavirus as takeover talks with Countrywide continue

LSL Property Services says the Coronavirus crisis has led to a softening of "lead sales indicators" - and it warns of...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent Qualifications: ‘Get On With It’ says architect of reform

The author of dramatic reform proposals for estate agents has given a clear message to ministers - Get On With It!  Lord...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus threat could kill off strong market start to year, warns agent

The agency behind a poll showing one in six buyers putting plans on hold because of Coronavirus is warning that if...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Intu the unknown - Could shopping centres become homes?

It may be that we’re facing another year - make that yet another year - of disruption in the housing market. Coronavirus...

07 March 2020

From: Features

How will the coronavirus affect estate agents?

The coronavirus outbreak has highlighted once again how fragile and interconnected our societies have become. We don’t know yet how dangerous Covid-19...

07 March 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - wonderful sentiments in challenging times

Hello and because it’s Friday there are two pieces of good news: it’s nearly the weekend and it’s the day for...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus deterring one-in-six buyers, warns agency’s survey

A survey shows over a sixth of buyers and sellers have already been deterred because of Coronavirus - and that figure...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce subsides as agent admits London sales slump

There are fears that the so-called Boris Bounce which saw a surge in activity after the General Election may be hitting...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus “a real issue” hurting the market says another agent

A second prominent agent has broken cover to say Coronavirus is slowing the market. Jess Simpson - an ex-Savills and ex-Strutt and...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Four-year high for mortgage approvals in pre-virus period

Mortgage lenders approved the highest number of loans for house purchase in nearly four years in January, according to Bank of...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus fears hitting enquiry levels says leading agent

Agents and senior industry figures fear Coronavirus may derail the strong start to the  2020 housing market. One of the country’s leading...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit clarity allows house price leap - but Brexit uncertainty returns

House prices have risen 2.3 per cent in the past year - the strongest rate of inflation for property since July...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how did agents advertise in the pre-portal days?

In the last few Natters I’ve focused on the slow death of local newspaper advertising, and how many agents are now...

29 February 2020

From: Features

Coronavirus prompts agency to quit property conference

The threat of Coronavirus is beginning to make an impact in the world of property. The Cushman & Wakefield agency announced overnight that...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News