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Ex-Countrywide chief sees future in PropTech facial recognition

The former managing director of Countrywide’s estate agency division has joined the board of a PropTech firm wanting to introduce facial...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

US agency opens third office in UK - and pledges more in 2018

Keller Williams UK is launching its third office in the UK. It’s in Glasgow and the new market centre - the term...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New software helps agents list unsold properties on short-let sites

The short let management company Lavanda - backed by Harry Hill, former chief of Rightmove and Countrywide - has launched software...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Your latest Christmas office pics - a tree, a cat and a few knits

Images from your decorated offices are coming in thick and fast. Today we’ve three different agencies on show below, to paraphrase Oliver...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL's 500 agency branches sign up to ZPG for another five years

LSL Property Services - which has high street brands including Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - has signed...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief says housing market help should be 'tenure-neutral'

Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt says she welcomes the government’s scrapping of stamp duty for first time buyers purchasing homes under...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: A to Z of the property industry for 2017

As we hurtle towards the end of 2017, it’s time to reflect on the year that’s just been.   Even better, this property-based...

25 November 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty change - government defines 'the first time buyer'

The government has defined the ‘first time buyers’ who will benefit from its immediate scrapping of stamp duty for FTB purchases...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform, more new homes, possible longer tenancies

Stamp duty reform for first time buyers has taken pride of place in the Budget speech of Chancellor Phillip Hammond.   From today,...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide online 'pause' is unforgivable says leading analyst

Countrywide's decision to 'pause' the roll-out of its online option for sellers and landlords is "unforgivable and dumbfounding" according to a...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

EweMove says one franchisee has earned £500,000 in a year

Online agency EweMove - part of The Property Franchise Group, which recently failed to agree merger terms with Belvoir - claims...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Pause of online roll-out does little to help Countrywide share price

The much-expected pause in the roll out of Countrywide's online service to vendors, confirmed yesterday, did not appear to impress investors. Countrywide's...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: Analyst queries success of online sales option

International property analyst Mike DelPrete has queried the suggestion that Countrywide's online sales option is drawing in additional business to those...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Former Countrywide agent moves into property staging business

A former estate agent has teamed up with two interiors experts to offer a home staging rental service to dress properties...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Jostling for position: battle of the property portals continues

The fact is that most house hunters simply do not have the time, let alone the inclination, to trawl around properties...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Conveyancers take a bow at first ESTAS awards for the sector

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

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks TV ads declared 'misleading' after complaint over fees

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that two TV advertisements for Purplebricks cannot be shown again in their current form because...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New analysis shows Purplebricks' massive domination of online sector

A long-standing traditional agent says the real success of online agencies is not their share of the market but that they...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells in new ZPG deal as portal boss says more acquisitions to come

ZPG has announced that Connells is the latest major agency chain to sign a long-term deal with its portals Zoopla and...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Management buy-out for Reapit with major new PropTech investment

After some months of speculation within the industry, high-profile supplier Reapit has confirmed today that it is the subject of a...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide HR chief to explain staff feedback and benefits policies

A senior figure in Countrywide’s management team is to explain the troubled group’s benefits policy to a conference of other employers. Neil...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide non-executive director quits - no reason given

The latest departure from troubled estate agency group Countrywide is non-executive director Richard Adam, who was chair of the audit and...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says asset management firm has bought 5.6% share

Investec Asset Management has bought a 5.6 per cent share in Countrywide, having had no previous involvement in the troubled estate...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Why Uber’s troubles are reflected in estate agency

As those of us in the industry know, there is a fine balance to strike between disruptive technology – and the...

30 September 2017

From: Features

Countrywide renews long-term contract deal with ZPG

Speculation that OnTheMarket was courting Countrywide to list on its website after flotation may have suffered a setback following an announcement...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - exactly how 'local' are local property experts?

An analysis conducted by estate agency comparison website GetAgent has for the first time attempted to calculate how ‘local’ agencies' local property...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is the industry solving a non-existent problem?

90% of PropTech’s work is good and vital, but that final ten has the potential to damage the rest. In my Sunday...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares hit another new low as property sector drifts down

Countrywide’s share price hit another new low yesterday of around 115.5p - a fall of just over four per cent on...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

How many agency business models are there today?

It used to be so easy. Around 20 years ago there were what we now call full-service estate and letting agencies, and...

23 September 2017

From: Features

Countrywide to use bloggers and YouTube 'stars' for marketing

A Countrywide agency is launching a publicity campaign involving well-known social media bloggers and YouTube ‘stars’ known as vloggers.  The publicity campaign,...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency standards debated by OnTheMarket and Countrywide chiefs

One of the founding agents behind Agents’ Mutual and OnTheMarket and one of the current directors of Countrywide will be amongst...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Was this the week the agency industry changed for good?

I’ve been in France for the past few days and depending on your viewpoint, I made a spectacularly good or singularly...

09 September 2017

From: Features

The return of the Green Deal - are you ready for MEES?

Some good news is here for landlords and letting agents worried about the energy efficiency rating of their property – the...

09 September 2017

From: Features

Exclusive: Spicerhaart 'poised to snap up major independent regional agency'

Estate Agent Today understands that Spicerhaart is in the final stages of talks to acquire major regional independent firm butters john...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's surveying division in link-up with Virgin Money

Countrywide Surveying Services has been appointed by Virgin Money as its partner to support borrowers for new build, custom build and...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Top industry figure says OTM float 'just makes money for elite agents'

Iain White, the ex-Romans managing director and former Countrywide director, has come out strongly against the demutualisation proposal from Agents’ Mutual...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide woe continues as share price hits new record low

Countrywide’s share price hit a record low during trading yesterday afternoon when it dropped to 137.75p, having opened the day at...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: investment bank refutes allegation of bias against agency

A leading business consultancy which advises clients on investments has refuted a claim by a prominent media analyst that it is...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says Brexit is biggest risk to housing market

Countrywide has issued forecasts for the housing market over the next two years amidst a warning that Brexit volatility is the...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Latest Countrywide restructure gives more work to chief executive

Countrywide has announced another management restructure, this time with chief executive Alison Platt appearing to take on additional responsibilities. The announcement makes...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: interview gives insight into LPE recruitment structure

An interview in an online magazine aimed at the small business sector lifts the lid on some of the structure surrounding...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the 'so much for a quiet August' edition...

Remember when August used to be quiet with not much news? This year, whether it’s industry upheavals at Countrywide, Purplebricks and Agents’...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: architect of 'online option' is latest to leave

Sources within Countrywide say the latest senior management figure to leave the company is Sam Tyrer, who under her title of...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Speculation grows over future of senior Countrywide director

Speculation is growing that one of the most senior executives in the Countrywide management team may be leaving the organisation. Countrywide and...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Humberts could extend online option to sales, after evaluation

Humberts, which yesterday launched an online-only option for landlord clients, says it is “not closing the door” on expanding the idea...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket member agency claims it can list online-only properties

Humberts, a member of Agents’ Mutual, is today launching an online-only option and claims it can list online-only properties on OnTheMarket. Such...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Sell Purplebricks shares, urges writer as sales data mystery remains

The Sunday Times made uncomfortable reading for Purplebricks yesterday as the newspaper raised more questions about the number of homes the...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket founder backs agencies offering online-only options

One of the founding figures behind OnTheMarket, which currently bans listings from online agencies, now says bricks and mortar agencies that...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the stock market likes disruptors

The stock exchange seems to be on everyone’s lips at the moment. There’s Agents’ Mutual seeking to float on the Alternative Investment...

12 August 2017

From: Features

Property Natter - a short history of estate agency

Property has been changing hands for centuries, but when did estate agents as we know them today – with their branches,...

04 August 2017

From: Features

Foxtons told: 'More digital innovation or risk being left behind'

Two leading property technology experts have warned Foxtons that it risks failing to keep up with the digital revolution which the...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are we going to buy talk of a doomed high street?

You saw it, right? This article from Monday’s Guardian? It says that one in five estate agents are at risk of...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL profits up - but agency group warns of 'suppressed sales'

LSL Property Services - owners of Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons amongst estate agency brands - has enjoyed...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

One in five estate agencies 'at risk of going broke' warns analyst

Some 19 per cent of estate agents in the UK currently show warning signs that indicate they are at risk of going...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: 50% of branches will have online option within days

Countrywide says the roll out of its online sales and lettings service is on schedule to reach 50 per cent of...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Profits plunge at Countrywide as CEO admits tough year so far

Countrywide has revealed a massive plunge in its profits for the first six months of 2017.   Pre-tax profit for the six months...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Speculation grows over Countrywide's 2017 performance to date

Speculation is growing over whether figures to be released by Countrywide on Thursday may prompt another fall in the troubled company’s...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Firm set up by ex-Countrywide team acquires major London agency

Nick Dunning Associates - a firm led by senior ex-Countrywide staff - has acquired the well-known six-branch London agency Stirling Ackroyd. Stirling...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The long-term future of renting is short-term lettings

You may have heard that Airbnb and property management company, Lavanda has closed a £1 million angel investment round.  Backers include Purplebricks...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a half-year review – hybrids, PropTech and resilience

We’re already more than halfway through 2017 and, against all the odds, it’s pushing 2016 close in terms of eventfulness and...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Countrywide poised for stronger second half of 2017 says analyst

One of the industry’s leading analysts says Countrywide’s figures for the first half of 2017 are likely to be tough -...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks sells 83 per cent of the homes it lists, agency chief says

The chief executive of Purplebricks, often criticised by detractors for failing to reveal completion rates as opposed to listings, says his...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: nothing divides estate agency more than this

Few things provoke argument within the industry more than the online v traditional agency debate - and within that debate, nothing...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New housing minister to make first key industry speech this week

New housing minister Alok Sharma is set to make his first key speech this week, at the Housing 2017 conference in...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

RICS debate urges industry to unite and simplify house buying process

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

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran Harry Hill slams crass housing minister appointment

Harry Hill - former chief executive of Countrywide and founder of Rightmove - has sharply criticised the appointment of Theresa May’s...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide announces further changes to senior leadership team

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

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's finance chief to step down

The UK's largest estate agency has announced that its finance chief will step down from its board next month and retire...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

The ESTAS – the UK’s best letting agents have their say

The recent rise in consumer complaints against sales and letting agents suggests that there is a general lack of trust and...

27 May 2017

From: Features

Property Natter – awards success, purple and the future of agency

Since we last spoke, the ESTAS – the biggest and best property awards ceremony in the UK – has been and...

27 May 2017

From: Features

Estate agents strike gold at the ESTAS

The best estate and letting agents in the UK were recognised at the prestigious ESTAS luncheon and ceremony, which was held...

20 May 2017

From: Features

Agents celebrate as ESTAS winners are revealed

Over 1,000 guests celebrated the success of the industry at the 14th annual ESTAS awards on Friday. The event, which is sponsored...

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide announces major reorganisation of Hamptons International

Countrywide has announced an extensive reorganisation of senior management at its Hamptons International brand - with a pledge to "reach into...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Is Countrywide in trouble over sale of commercial arm LSH?

Reports in the commercial property industry publication Property Week suggest there may be difficulties concerning the sale of Countrywide’s commercial operation,...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agencies' parent company in long-term marketing deal with ZPG

Badger Holdings, owner of 26 agency branches operating under the Townends and Regents Estate Agent brands, has signed a multi-year deal...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Record number of agents sign up for PropTech conference

A record number of over 300 agents have so far signed up for next week’s FUTURE: PropTech conference, the largest event...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide brand unveils video guides to online and full-service options

Countrywide’s Bairstow Eves brand has launched a series of video guides for customers using their £995 online agency service and for...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide MD takes charge of Lomond's latest acquisition drive

Lomond Capital has secured up to £37.5m for new acquisitions of sales and lettings agencies across the south of England -...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Firm offers online system for High Street agents to 'take on Purplebricks'

A firm is claiming to be allow high street agents to offer vendors an online sale services as well, without the...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the never-mind-the-ballots edition

There’s no sign yet that the snap General Election is distracting our industry from continuing its fine record of doing good...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide figures emerge in roles at rival companies

More former Countrywide figures have emerged in new roles at rival organisations. Darren Bowles, former regional sales manager at Countrywide’s Bridgfords brand,...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Technology v Traditional agency debate at Future : PropTech

It’s been revealed that next month’s Future: PropTech conference will feature a debate between ‘technologists’ and ‘traditionalists’ over the future of...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price, once over 685p, falls below 150p

Countrywide’s share price, which just over three years ago was riding high at just above 685p, has hit a new low...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide names a new London director for sales and lettings

Countrywide has promoted Shane Ballard to become one of London’s Retail Directors in the organisation. He will cover sales and lettings for...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks nearing Countrywide on homes sold STC, claims bank

A Financial Times article reports a bank analysis shows Purplebricks with a market share of 3.3 per cent of properties marked...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tracking exercise to reveal 'which agents are best at selling'

A City consultancy has noted every property advertised on Rightmove in recent months and will track them throughout 2017 in a...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide ex-Connells technology guru lands new role

One of the estate agency industry’s leading technology figures has been appointed to a key role in a major global property consultancy. Alex...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares hit record low after bank downgrading

Swiss bank UBS has downgraded Countrywide’s status to ‘sell’ in a move which has prompted the troubled estate agency’s share price...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Senior Countrywide boss to head UK arm of US estate agency

One of Countrywide’s most senior management figures has become the managing director of the UK activities of US estate agency Keller...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says merger expands agency's London network by a third

A new statement by Countrywide’s John D Wood & Co says its now-completed merger with Faron Sutaria has had the effect...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals annual cost of restructuring

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

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: £38m share placing may allow it to rival Purplebricks

Countrywide has successfully placed 21.6m shares to institutional investors at the competitive price of 175p per share - allowing it to...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: 200 branches shut, online 'working well'

It's been revealed that Countrywide has lost 200 branches in its reorganisation - that's around 20 per cent of its branch...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide stock helps Auction House hit new sales record

Auction House London is celebrating selling the largest number of lots it has ever sold in a single auction, along with...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL the latest firm expected to enter 'digital' market

LSL Property Services - which owns high street agency brands Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - is the...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New Guild chief executive speaks up for independent agents

Former Countrywide director Iain McKenzie is the new chief executive of The Guild of Property Professionals. He replaces Marcus Whewell who has...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Analysis shows investors' faith in Purplebricks post-Brexit

An analysis of estate agents quoted on the London Stock Exchange suggests that almost all the traditional firms have suffered since...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks value 'same as Countrywide and Foxtons combined'

The Purplebricks stock market bull run took yet another huge leap forwards yesterday with its share price up 20 per cent...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: high praise for agency from ex-Countrywide chief

Harry Hill - former chief executive of Countrywide and the founder of Rightmove, and one of the most respected figures in the...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Future:PropTech2017 unveils sponsors - including Angels Media

Organisers of the Future:PropTech2017 conference on May 4 have revealed new sponsors involved with the event - including Angels Media, publisher...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: another Countrywide chief quits to join independent

Another senior Countrywide figure is leaving the organisation to join an independent agency - itself set up by a former Countrywide...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells still looking for 'selective acquisitions' in 2017

Connells Group’s estate agency business recorded an eight per cent increase in exchanges in 2016 over the previous year, and says...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgages: What opportunities and challenges lie ahead?

The rapid growth in popularity of buy-to-let in recent years, fuelled in part by the failings of the pensions industry, has...

17 February 2017

From: Features

Countrywide completes merger of two major agency brands

The much-discussed merger of Countrywide’s John D Wood & Co with Faron Sutaria brands - with the latter’s name apparently disappearing...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: London auction homes to be sold via outside firm

Countrywide’s London properties are in future to be sold via the Auction House UK company - and the Countrywide-branded auction which...

14 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide loses another long-standing director

Estate Agent Today understands that Vince Corley, a senior director at Countrywide, is leaving the company. He is one of the longest-standing...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks shares top 200p as US comment bigs up agency

The remarkable bull run on the London Stock Exchange continues for hybrid estate agency Purplebricks, which floated shares at 100p just...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

'Retail' expert takes over as estate agency director at LSL

LSL Property Services has named Helen Buck as executive director of its estate agency business.  Buck has been a non-executive director at...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price at all-time high as traditional agents flounder

The stock market appears to be continuing its love affair with Purplebricks, as the hybrid agency share price rose once again...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide and LSL boss joins home-based agency franchise firm

A former Countrywide director is joining estate and lettings agency franchise group Homexperts as its operations director. Mike Gowland, who originally qualified...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

UK's largest independent group appoints new regional partner

Estate agency haart has announced the appointment of a new regional partner for South London. Kieran Hogan will oversee 13 branches from...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide amends property listing after complaint to standards watchdog

Countrywide has amended the website of one of its estate agency brands after an intervention by the Advertising Standards Authority. The ASA...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: City analyst less gloomy about group's prospects

Countrywide’s long-term share price decline and turbulent branch closure programme have not prevented a relatively positive endorsement of the group’s strategy and...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Countrywide’s Sam Tyrer

A post-Christmas treat this week, as I carry out a Q & A with one of the leading figures in property,...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Farewell to 2016 and a cautious welcome to 2017

There is no doubt that 2016 managed to catch the world by surprise on more than one occassion.  But will 2017 be...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Countrywide claims excellent results from hybrid agency pilot

Countrywide’s controversial hybrid estate agency business has produced “fantastic results” according to Sam Tyrer, the group’s Managing Director, Retail & London. In...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Internet property pioneer says online agents must raise prices

One of the earliest entrepreneurs to found a website to allow for-sale-by-owner property listings back in 2000, predicts current online agents...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Another ex-Countrywide manager heads to major independent agency

Estate Agent Today understands that butters john bee - the independent agency where former Countrywide head of estate agency Bob Scarff...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

'Expect more big agency firms to back online projects in 2017' - claim

The head of a new ‘disruptive’ online mortgage service says 2017 will see more major estate agency and other property businesses...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Quote, unquote - What the industry said in 2016

Forecasts are so last year: who anticipated Bowie, Brexit or Balls for example? Quotes, on the other hand, really ARE last year...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Countrywide share price dips as commercial sell-off revealed

Countrywide’s share price closed slightly down again yesterday to finish trading at 176.0 after news emerged that the group was selling...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide to put its commercial property arm up for sale

Lambert Smith Hampton, the commercial arm of Countrywide, is to be put up for sale. LSH is one of Britain's oldest and...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Connells-owned online agency Hatched plans 2017 regional expansion

Hatched, the online agency snapped up just over a year ago by Connells in what was described as an ‘industry defining’...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide stays silent on rumours of Bairstow Eves closures

Countrywide says it is unable to comment on speculation that some Bairstow Eves offices in the south of England have been...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - Countrywide dropped from FTSE 250 from December 19

Countrywide estate agency group is to drop out of the FTSE 250 from the start of trading on December 19. The news...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide may drop out of FTSE 250 - but LSL wins seal of approval

It’s a tale of two estate agencies - Britain’s biggest, seemingly in trouble, and the second biggest, winning a seal of...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide regional director joins independent + Connells moves

Gareth Overton, until recently regional director at Countrywide’ Gascoigne Pees brand, has joined regional independent Henry Adams as head of residential...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: Platt's revolution goes on despite latest share price slump

Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt has told Estate Agent Today the transformation she wishes to see within the group may take...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: big transactions slump - with warning of worse to come

A trading update released by Countrywide this morning shows a 29 per cent slump in London exchanges in the third quarter...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Foxtons and other property shares tumble thanks to Hammond

Share prices for both Foxtons and Countrywide took a significant tumble yesterday as news of the ban on letting agents’ fees...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide hybrid agency idea came from market research, says chief

Countrywide’s marketing chief says the estate agency group’s controversial hybrid sales model - to be rolled out to a quarter of...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide regional director is latest to quit the company

Countrywide's regional director Martin Coombes has quit the company, having worked for it since the early 1990s. A statement to Estate Agent...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another key Countrywide move + other agency expansion news

Pete Wallace, appointed as Countrywide's retail performance director just a year ago and a long-standing employee of the group before that...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Trump wins: industry reacts but agency share prices generally stable

Some sectors of the industry have been giving their initial reactions to the shock Donald Trump victory in the US presidential election.  Camilla...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Whither Countrywide

Although Brexit, portal juggling and portal wars have stolen property industry headlines in recent months, there's been one story almost constantly...

05 November 2016

From: Features

LSL Property Services sells remaining shares in Zoopla

LSL Property Services has sold its remaining stake in Zoopla Property Group according to a City report. LSL - which includes High...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief to face questions  ahead of latest results

Countrywide's second most senior management figure - Head of Retail Sam Tyrer - is to speak before an industry audience next...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another Countrywide refugee moves to senior post in rival firm

The former ‘retail director’ of Countrywide’s south east operations, Keith Knight, has left the troubled agency group and has returned to...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price slides but LSL bats off City downgrade

The share prices of Countrywide and LSL Property Services diverged yesterday in response to both agency groups being downgraded by influential...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Heathrow: at least 4,500 homes face CPO or 'airport purchase'

The company that owns Heathrow airport is reported to have said that it will buy 750 homes on the site of...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide downgraded by City investment consultancy

Jefferies, a major City adviser, is downgrading its 2016 estimate for Countrywide’s performance over the rest of this year. In a statement...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

2017: If anyone says they know what’s going to happen, they’re lying

I hate to be a party-pooper, but one of the agency industry’s coming-up-to-Christmas traditions is going to be particularly hard to undertake...

22 October 2016

From: Features

Ex-Countrywide head moves to rival; new Fine & Country office

Several estate agencies have announced expansions and new offices - and once again a former Countrywide management figure is revealed to...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Fund-raising website set up in memory of Andrew Grant

Hunters has set up a fund-raising site in honour of Andrew Grant (pictured centre), its commercial and operations director and a...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Local Property Experts 'make Purplebricks a real disruptor'

One of the world’s leading property portal and online consultants says Purplebricks, which is now operating in Australia and the UK,...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide on the slide as share price falls below 200

Countrywide’s share price started the week at below 200 for the first time - about 30 months after it was riding...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Russell Quirk

In recent weeks I have been carrying out question and answer sessions with some of the key figures in the property...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Ex-Countrywide trio now in rival agency's management team

Three former staff members of Countrywide have been recruited to management positions in Haart.  James Dowling, Jason Carlisle and Matthew Jenvey are...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Glenn Ackroyd

This week we have the Head Shepherd of EweMove, Glenn Ackroyd, in the hotseat. He’s been co-owner of EweMove Sales and Lettings,...

30 September 2016

From: Features

Countrywide: former chief executive warns of 'market share disaster'

The former chief executive of Countrywide, Harry Hill, has tweeted that on a four mile walk encountering hundreds of estate agents’...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

More upheaval at Countrywide as London reshuffle continues

The UK's largest estate agency has announced another key departure from its senior management team.  Graham Bell, managing director for London, is...

26 September 2016

From: Breaking News

UK's largest open house weekend to take place later this week

More than 900 sales branches will be taking part in the UK's 'largest open house weekend' later this week.  The event, which...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Bob Scarff

A fantastic exclusive this week as I carry out a question and answer session with one of the leading names in...

16 September 2016

From: Features

Leaders and Romans take aim at competitors with acquisitions claim

Merged estate agents Leaders and Romans, known also as the Property Services Holdings Group (PSH), have taken aim at their competitors...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide boss hits back at eMoov purchase claims

The former managing director of Countrywide has responded to claims made by Russell Quirk that the UK's largest agency rejected the...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: let's embrace change as an industry

Later on, the title of this piece should become clearer (at least I hope so). First, though, a few bits and...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Countrywide rejected invitation to buy 10% of eMoov says agency chief

Countrywide’s former senior management rejected an invitation to buy 10 per cent of eMoov for £100,000 five years ago, according to the...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed - list of Countrywide branches to close in the near future

Estate Agent Today has received a list of around 60 Countrywide Group estate agency offices expected to close in the next...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide starts merging and rebranding its agencies

Countrywide has started the formal process of merging and rebranding some of its existing local chains, beginning with London.  John D Wood...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another hybrid agency claims substantial increase in completions

EweMove, which describes itself as the UK’s first hybrid estate agency, claims it has seen completions over the past two months...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents take over seven hours to respond to email leads - claim

Agents take an average of seven working hours and 11 minutes to respond to email leads - and just over a...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit see-saw - now the housing market looks stronger since vote

The see-saw of conflcting post-Brexit indicators is continuing with figures from house builder Persimmon suggesting a strong housing market - contradicting...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

More Brexit bad news: consultancy says house prices to flatline

The investment advice company UBS Wealth Management says it is likely that UK house prices will flatline by the end of...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says Brexit means house prices will dip in next 18 months

Brexit is set to weaken the wider economy and will lead to a small house price dip of one per cent...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Canadian firm partners Pi Labs in bid to spot UK PropTech innovations

Pi Labs, which has ex-TV Dragon James Caan and Countrywide amongst its investors, is partnering with a Canadian company in a...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide rules out agency acquisitions for rest of 2016

Countrywide says there will “almost certainly” be no more acquisitions of agencies or other firms for the group over the rest...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide agency office shuts - a sign of 'brand rationalisation' to come?

Countrywide has closed an office of one of its best-known London brands, Faron Sutaria, and is merging its activities with a nearby...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals first details of online sales service roll-out

Countrywide has given Estate Agent Today some early details of how its mix of online and traditional agency services will roll-out...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: 9% revenue growth and online roll-out despite Brexit concerns

Countrywide has confounded its critics with an upbeat performance in the first six months of the year, growing revenues by nine...

28 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide director launches agency recruitment consultancy

Another former Countrywide director is in the news, this time for launching a specialist property recruitment, training and consultancy business.  Mike Gowland,...

27 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide-owned agency moves to 'premises-free business model'

An estate agency owned by Countrywide has relaunched with what it calls “an innovative, premises-free business model that seeks to redefine...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents say interest rate cut still likely despite surprise Bank vote

Estate agents and mortgage experts have reacted to the Bank of England’s surprise decision to keep base rate unchanged at 0.5...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

A new Prime Minister - and will that be followed by an interest rate cut?

The news that Theresa May will be installed as Prime Minister tomorrow has immediately stabilished the share prices of estate agents...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge: too early to say if holiday home market is hit

Countrywide says it is too early to say whether the stamp duty surcharge introduced in the spring has had any significant...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Former Countrywide directors join major independent agency

Two former directors of Countrywide have joined independent agency butters john bee. Andy Townsend joins as managing director for Lettings and Dominic...

04 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Six Things We’ve Learned From The Referendum

It’s over. A win is a win, whichever side you backed. It’s true that everyone seems a lot less happy than...

01 July 2016

From: Features

Agency and property shares stabilise after early Brexit panic

Agency and other property shares that have been buffetted in the past two trading days have now stabilised - in most...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Purplebricks, Foxtons share prices tumble - portals less so

As post-Brexit referendum vote shockwaves continue to reverberate around stock markets and currency exchanges, many publicly-quoted property companies took a hit...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents pessimistic after shock Brexit vote and Cameron quitting

Agents have been giving their reaction to the shock Brexit referendum result - and their comments have ranged from the gloomy...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency explains why it's scrapping the traditional High Street office

A small estate agency is spelling out why it has taken the unusual step of scrapping its established High Street office...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – Big Data and a different kind of mortgage

A few of our Industry Views pieces this week focus on the upcoming EU referendum. I don’t think I can add...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Hybrid agency seeks to expand by selling local franchises from £5,000

Cashing in on the publicity surrounding the share price of Purplebricks and recent entries into hybrid estate agency by Countrywide and...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Consumer group says hybrid estate agency is the future

The influential consumer property body HomeOwners Alliance says Purplebricks-style hybrid estate agencies may be “the future”. In a blog on the HOA website,...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks 1, Old-style online agencies 0

Forgive the footballing headline – perhaps inevitable now that Euro 2016 has started – but several decisions and statements across the...

10 June 2016

From: Features

Another senior Countrywide executive leaves the company

Another Countrywide executive has left the company - the latest departure is Eyal Malinger, the director of corporate development. Harvard-educated Malinger had...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

How UK estate agents are embracing Multi Listing Services

It's great to hear how new proptech is being embraced by a number of front line agents in order to network...

07 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide launches 'hybrid' online and traditional sales across three brands

Countrywide is to offer vendors and buyers a choice of using an online service, a traditional high street branch or a...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

New Countrywide service changes how agents interact with customers

Countrywide's retail chief says the group's new hybrid joint online and traditional project has involved training agents to change the way...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter:  a conference bonanza!

It’s nearly June – June! – already. Seriously, where has this year gone? This means summer is nearly upon us, with a...

27 May 2016

From: Features

Expansions and appointments announced at growing agencies

A number of estate and letting agents have this week announced key appointments and business expansions.  Estate agency John Shepherd is set...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide agency to launch 'conveyancing hub' for its clients

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

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

FUTURE: PropTech - Rightmove chief's critique of modern estate agency

The main debate at this year’s FUTURE: PropTech conference - the industry’s leading technology forum, held yesterday in London - saw...

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Alison Platt amongst entries in 'Power 100 Women' list

Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt is one of 10 property industry entries in the ‘Power 100 Women’ list compiled by business...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide chief teams up with PropTech agency expert

The former Countrywide head of estate agency Bob Scarff is teaming up with property technology expert Rob Wellstead to create unspecified...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Over 60 agencies to attend first OnTheMarket Action Group seminar

Over 60 estate agencies have signed up to attend the OnTheMarket Action Group seminar on Monday at which legal representatives will...

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide puts ex-banker in charge of flagship estate agency

A new managing director is in post at high-end agency Hamptons International - and in line with some recent appointments by...

05 May 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket rebel agents launch website and prepare legal seminar

Rebel agents unhappy with the beleaguered portal OnTheMarket have set up a website with plans of a meeting with legal representatives...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

More agencies say political uncertainty hurting housing market

Another agency has warned of the likely market slowdown caused by the June 23 EU referendum and political uncertainty over the...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

'Major agency has cut fees to 0.5% on referendum fears' - claim

A City investment consultancy says one leading private agency chain has slashed its fees to 0.5 per cent in order to...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide chief takes over at independent agency group

Curchods, the privately-owned, 21-branch Surrey agency which also trades as Burns and Webber has appointed a new group managing director. Michael Ansell...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

The ESTAS – the people’s choice

The People Awards, which honour the very best individuals in residential agency for 2016, are one of the highest accolades any...

20 April 2016

From: Features

Exclusive - FUTURE:PropTech conference 25% discount for EAT readers

It almost goes without saying that PropTech is a hot topic these days - this year alone we’ve seen multi-million pound...

20 April 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket rebel agents invited to meet legal representatives next month

Agent members of OnTheMarket who contacted an action group set up following grievances about the portal have been invited to a...

19 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide chief joins board of central London estate agency

Estate Agent Today can reveal that Bob Scarff, the head of Countrywide’s estate agency business until last May, has become a...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

How can traditional estate agents adapt their customer experience to compete with online?

In 2014 there were 19,000 estate agent branches in the UK. Of which 18,000 were registered to list properties on the...

14 April 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Consultant utterly inundated with 200 contacts from OnTheMarket agents

The agency industry consultant who has volunteered to coordinate responses to OnTheMarket’s legal warnings to estate agents say he has been...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide acquires Mortgage Bureau to cement new build sector links

Countrywide has taken another step into the residential development mortgage market by acquiring Mortgage Bureau, which works with national house builders as...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket: consultant sets up action group of disillusioned member agents

An industry consultant says he has been asked to form an action group OnTheMarket member agents who are disillusioned with the...

11 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Senior Countrywide figure moves to online agency easyProperty

Countrywide's chief information officer Oliver Skagerlind this morning joins online agency easyProperty as de facto number two to chief executive Rob...

04 April 2016

From: Breaking News

What's going on at Countrywide – will retail work for estate agency?

What Countrywide are getting at is that they want to think more like retailers to engage better with customers.  If this is...

01 April 2016

From: Features

Agents advised to make offices more fun and hi-tech to defeat online threat

Estate agents have been urged to follow the example of the travel agency industry and make high street offices more stimulating...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide denies speculation over high-end agencies'  brand names

Countrywide has denied speculation in the industry that the names of its Hamptons International and John D Wood & Co brands...

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

More agencies expand - and one giving Golden Handshakes to new staff

Manchester estate agency Ascend Properties has appointed a former agency chief to spearhead sales in the city.  Ged McPartlin, the new sales...

23 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Only 900 responses to government consultation on stamp duty surcharge

The government’s official consultation exercise on the stamp duty surcharge - launched in controversial circumstances over the Christmas holidays - attracted...

22 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief executive is top residential figure in 'property power list'

Countrywide’s chief executive, Alison Platt, has been named as one of the 50 most powerful people in Britain’s property industry by...

22 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency Mentors service to advise on agents' exit strategies

Respected industry trainer Adam Walker is teaming up with Iain White of Agency Mentors to offer seminars, webinars and one-to-one advice...

10 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Former Countrywide chief joins board of major regional agency

Estate Agent Today can reveal that Bob Scarff, the head of Countrywide’s estate agency business until last May, has become a...

09 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Another estate agency considers running a TV advertising campaign

Savills is the latest estate agency to consider a TV advertising campaign. The agency’s marketing director Alison Dean has told Estate Agent...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide rebrands new homes team and appoints new management

Countrywide has rebranded its land and new homes team as Countrywide Residential Development and has announced a raft of new senior...

02 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Former Countrywide guru to spearhead Connells' digital activities

Alex Bailes, until recently last autumn was spearheading the Countrywide’s activities in the digital world, has now reappeared as Connells Group...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Former Countrywide guru to spearhead Connells' digital activities

Alex Bailes, until recently spearheading the Countrywide’s activities in the digital world, has now reappeared as Connells Group Head of Digital. Alongside...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide to reveal how well (or badly) it does every six months

Countrywide has taken the highly-unusual step of announcing that it will reveal key performance indicators every six months, come rain or...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

That referendum: Should agents get off the fence?

And so it begins. Four months and counting before we vote to leave or remain. For a country apparently so divided about...

27 February 2016

From: Features

Countrywide: 2016 is make or break year, warn analysts

Financial analysts at City consultancy Jefferies - which helped Countrywide float on the stock market - say 2016 is a key...

26 February 2016

From: Breaking News

No change of course says Countrywide chief after 37% profits slump

The chief executive of Countrywide says there’s “no change of course” after a 37 per cent slump in operating profits were...

25 February 2016

From: Breaking News

City updates: Countrywide profits slump as Zoopla agents and visits soar

Countrywide has given what it admits is a “mixed performance” in 2015 with a major reduction in operating profits, although it...

25 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide hires high-powered ex-BBC ex-DFS marketing guru

Estate Agent Today understands that one of the country’s most successful marketing experts, Helen Normoyle, is set to join Countrywide as...

18 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief praises 'consumer-friendly good-value' top portals

The chief executive of Countrywide has lavished praise on Rightmove and Zoopla for being consumer-friendly and offering agents good value marketing.  Alison...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide leads Connells and Zoopla in link-up with online firm

Countrywide is to lead a group including Connells and Zoopla in a partnership with the proptech company Fixflo, currently best known...

15 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Ex-Romans and ex-Greene & Co directors team up to offer agency training

Two senior figures from major agencies have teamed up to form a new training operation called Agency Mentors.  Iain White, a former...

12 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Royal Mail chief becomes new chairman of Countrywide

Countrywide has announced to the Stock Exchange this morning that Peter Long will take over from Grenville Turner as chairman at...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide set to take a stake in two online companies

Countrywide is going to announce “in the very near future” that it is taking a stake in two tech start-up companies...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 February 2016

From: Breaking News

First peek at high-end Countrywide brand's new cinema advert

John D Wood, one of Countrywide's two high-end brands operating in London and southern England, has produced a cinema commercial to be...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief executive says: We're in retailing, the same as Tesco

Alison Platt, the chief executive of Countrywide, has made clear her belief that the transformation of the agency group to become...

25 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's good day: new homes acquisition, share price up, profits boosted

Countrywide has continued its acquisition programme by taking over a company consulting with house builders in the Home Counties and London.  The acquisition...

22 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide upgrades profits forecast - just months after a profits warning

The UK’s largest estate agency group has upgraded its profits forecast to the City - just over 10 weeks after issuing...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide wins plaudits in 'Best Employer' survey

Despite a controversial reorganisation taking some months and still underway, Countrywide has been recognised as one of Britain’s best employers in...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Yet another senior management figure departs from Countrywide

Estate Agent Today understands that Countrywide's Chief Information Officer is the latest high-profile manager to leave the organisation. Oliver Skagerlind joined Countrywide,...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Why I've said no to PLC approaches

Do you remember Martha Lane-Fox? She was the poster girl for lastminute.com and an icon of the dot.com bubble that ended...

15 January 2016

From: Features

More tough stock market trading for Purplebricks, Countrywide and Foxtons

There has been more volatile stock market trading for some of the industry’s highest-profile agencies.  Countrywide - whose chief executive Alison Platt...

15 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Surprise announcement as Countrywide chief executive joins Tesco board

Countrywide’s chief executive Alison Platt is to become a non-executive director of Tesco. The announcement by the supermarket to the City this...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Grenville Turner to be replaced as Countrywide chairman

Sky News is reporting that Countrywide has hired headhunters to find a replacement for the estate agency group’s veteran chairman, Grenville...

06 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Grenville Turner to be replaced as Countrywide chairman

Sky News is reporting that Countrywide has hired headhunters to find a replacement for the estate agency group’s veteran chairman, Grenville...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Corporate agencies and analysts predict market for 2016 and beyond

The scores are in: Estate Agent Today has collated forecasts from 10 of the leading estate agency corporates and major business...

31 December 2015

From: Breaking News

You read it here first – what to look for in 2016

There’s been plenty of forecasting in recent weeks - banks, consultancies and high-end estate agents have predicted house prices in the...

31 December 2015

From: Features

Surge in number of Londoners cashing in their equity in 2015

The number of Londoners moving out of the capital, buying homes in other parts of the country, surged in 2015. Research by...

30 December 2015

From: Breaking News

My winners and losers in 2015

It’s time to take a pause, to reflect and put into context—and what a year it has been for our industry...

24 December 2015

From: Features

Countrywide sets housing challenges for London mayoral candidates

Countrywide has taken the unusual step, for an estate agency group, of stepping into next year’s London mayoral election by setting...

22 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Foxtons in shares buy-back to reward loyal investors after challenging year

Foxtons has started a buy-back of shares from its investors - a way of rewarding shareholders after what has been a...

17 December 2015

From: Breaking News

The scores are in: 10 agents and analysts forecast the 2016 housing market

The scores are in: here are the top 10 high-end agencies and property analysts' predictions for what 2016 has in store...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Chris Rundle, Managing Director of GK Signs

Who are you?  Chris Rundle, What does it say on your business card? Managing Director of GK Signs.  How long has GK Signs...

07 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Hybrid estate agency to 'pop-up' in an interiors shop

A company that describes itself as a hybrid between a traditional and an online estate agency is opening a new branch...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says London market stagnation not caused by stamp duty

Countrywide says the current malaise in the central London housing market is not, as many agents and commentators suggest, simply down...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide confirms latest three senior management departures

Countrywide has confirmed that another three senior management figures have left the group as its restructuring continues apace. Estate Agent Today revealed...

25 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Countrywide loses three more top managers in latest restructure

Another three senior management figures have left Countrywide as the restructuring of Britain’s largest estate and letting agency continues apace. The latest...

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a Facebook seller and the crowdfunding craze

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

20 November 2015

From: Features

Connells Group beats Countrywide with 'defining' online deal

Connells Group says it is still on the prowl for traditional estate agencies to acquire after its announcement that it has...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

No decision yet on whether acquired agency chain will quit OnTheMarket

Countrywide has yet to make a decision on whether its newly-acquired Welsh estate agency chain - John Francis - is to...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Long-standing board member to chair The Property Ombudsman

Gerry Fitzjohn, currently vice chairman of the board of The Property Ombudsman, has been appointed as chairman.  He takes over from Bill...

10 November 2015

From: Breaking News

A million owner-occupied homes switch to lettings in a decade

Around one million homes that were owner-occupied in 2005 have in the intervening decade been sold and switched to being privately...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agents' share prices hit by Countrywide's tumble

Estate agents’ share prices have taken a knock after poor figures reported to the City by Countrywide suggested a wider malaise...

05 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide profits tumble - but new CEO pledges future improvement

The operating profits in the first nine months of the year for Britain’s largest sales and lettings agency group, Countrywide, tumbled...

04 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Far fewer sellers hampered by chains, says new Countrywide research

New research from Countrywide suggests that the growth of the private rental sector and the higher number of mortgages means far...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Reasons to be cheerful (Even if you’re involved in buy to let)

A reader of Industry Views is unlikely to need converting to the virtues of buy to let, but anyone involved in...

30 October 2015

From: Features

Countrywide – A Titanic failure waiting to happen?

It’s rare for an incumbent to pivot to a disruptive business model, even in the face of compelling logic that they...

30 October 2015

From: Features

Agents speak out in defence of OnTheMarket

Estate agents using OnTheMarket have come out in defence of the new portal. “We’ve had nothing but positive experiences thus far with...

30 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Video round up 30.10.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video round-up of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on the latest...

30 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Video round up 30.10.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video round-up of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on the latest...

30 October 2015

From: Video Articles

eMoov hits out at Countrywide's 'cursory, arrogant' online ambitions

Controversial online agency chief Russell Quirk has described aspects of Countrywide’s newly-revealed digital ambitions as “cursory” and showing “arrogance.” Yesterday Estate Agent...

28 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide may invest in digital start-up to boost online offer

The chief executive of Countrywide, Alison Platt, has hinted her firm may invest in, or acquire, an internet start-up company to...

27 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide aims to beat Foxtons in battle of London mid-market sales

Countrywide says it has Foxtons as its target to beat in a bid to be the number one agency for sales...

26 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 October 2015

From: Features

Countrywide moving to fewer, stronger brands - but staying local

Chief executive Alison Platt says Countrywide Group will always remain a “house of brands” but will nonetheless move to “fewer, stronger...

23 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Video round up 23.10.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video round-up of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on Countrywide's on-going...

23 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Video round up 23.10.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video round-up of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on Countrywide's on-going...

23 October 2015

From: Video Articles

Countrywide upheaval goes on - company says it will double in five years

Countrywide’s management restructuring continues apace with new changes aimed at “leveraging our combined sales and lettings offering through one cohesive retail team”...

22 October 2015

From: Breaking News

One of London's best known agents goes in Countrywide reshuffle

Peter Young, managing director of John D Wood and one of the capital’s and the country’s best known estate agents, is...

21 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide upheaval continues as 'digital future' chief resigns

Countrywide says the man charged with planning the organisation’s digital future is to step down - just days after he was...

20 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Not Online, not High Street - future agencies to be Hybrid says Countrywide

The future estate agency model is going to be neither the traditional High Street office nor the online-only alternative - instead...

16 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Mutual’s latest ‘letter of intent’: what’s in it for agents?

The consumer is King and to protect sellers and buyers' best interests estate and letting agents have to operate in the...

09 October 2015

From: Features

Agencies amend wording of ads to escape advertising watchdog action

Two agencies have agreed to amend the wording of their advertisements to avoid the possibility of formal action by the Advertising...

07 October 2015

From: Breaking News

The Big Debate: Online versus Traditional Agency - we want your questions

One of the industry debates of the year will be held next week when the inaugural FUTURE : Property Tech conference...

05 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the bumper early-October edition...

There's been a surge in agents letting us know about their fantastic good work - an indication of just how big...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Sheffield: an example of how a local authority can enforce compliance

It’s been nearly a year since all lettings and property management agents have been legally required to join a redress scheme...

25 September 2015

From: Features

easyProperty TV ads start as online market hits tipping point

easyProperty today launches a TV and multi-media advertising campaign “costing very much into seven figures” as it attempts to boost its...

21 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Transaction totals show volatility of Prime London market

Data from Countrywide Group shows the potential volatility that exists in the much-discussed Prime Central London housing market, simply because of...

18 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Green Belt new home building levels halve in 20 years

New research from Countrywide reveals the homes built on the Green Belt surrounding towns and cities over the last 20 years...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: this, that and a little bit of something else

We’ve enjoyed a bit of an Indian summer this week. Not sure it makes up for one of the coldest and...

11 September 2015

From: Features

Countrywide boss explains 'redundancy' letters sent to managers

The chief executive of Countrywide, Britain’s largest estate and letting agency group handling around one in 10 of all residential transactions,...

11 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide senior managers 'facing redundancy threat'

Restructuring turmoil continues within Countrywide, Britain’s largest estate and letting agency group, with several managers reportedly being handed notices referring to...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

We’re all disrupters now

It’s become almost obligatory for start-ups in many industries – frequently online agents in the selling and letting business – to...

04 September 2015

From: Features

Brandon Lewis announced as keynote speaker at property tech event

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has been announced as the headline speaker at the Future: Property Tech Conference, taking place in the...

27 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide beefs up research as modernisation continues

Countrywide is to set up a central research team, in the latest sign of the group’s continuing modernisation programme under new...

19 August 2015

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Countrywide comes out fighting with string of regional acquisitions

The Countrywide group of estate agents has come out fighting after relatively poor figures revealed at the end of last week,...

03 August 2015

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Ex-Countrywide boss says company going backwards

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

31 July 2015

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New look for high end agency's offices

John D Wood & Co., one of the high end agents in the Countrywide stable, has unveiled its new office interior...

30 July 2015

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Video round-up 10.07.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video round-up of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on George Osborne's...

10 July 2015

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Video round-up 10.07.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video round-up of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on George Osborne's...

10 July 2015

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Countrywide drafts in new faces from outside agency industry

A retail guru from Carphone Warehouse, a former Lloyds Banking Group chief and a human resources expert from BUPA are amongst...

06 July 2015

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Rightmove the only winner from Zoopla-OTM battle says analyst

The fact that Countrywide, LSL Property and Foxtons have remained loyal to both Rightmove and Zoopla “should mean that OnTheMarket will fail...

29 June 2015

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Countrywide links with NAEA to boost association membership

Countrywide, the UK’s largest agency group, is teaming up with the National Association of Estate Agents in what both sides call...

23 June 2015

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Portals dominate new online 'property search league table'

A review of 30 prominent property sales websites undertaken by a digital marketing company demonstrates, perhaps predictably, a huge lead for...

23 June 2015

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Agency may today announce details to float on Stock Exchange

Hunters is reported to be confirming its intention to float on the stock exchange today, after a series of high-profile expansions...

16 June 2015

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ASA upholds complaints against eMoov

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld two complaints made against online estate agency eMoov.  The first centred around eMoov’s claim that...

03 June 2015

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Do you know where your next instruction is coming from?

Information Works is a one-stop direct marketing solution allowing Clients to select individuals at over 27 million household addresses, create personalised...

22 May 2015

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John D Wood launches international department

John D Wood & Co is launching an international department, promising properties ranging from urban pieds-à-terre to Caribbean beach houses, from...

21 May 2015

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High-end agents dominate RESI 2015 awards

High-end brands dominated the agency section of the RESI 2015 awards, presented by Pointless host Alexander Armstrong at the Grosvenor House...

15 May 2015

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New figures at top of two estate agency groups

Two of the UK’s largest agency groupings have announced new senior appointments. Martin & Co PLC, one of the UK's largest property...

14 May 2015

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Agents delighted at Conservative victory

The agency industry has been acting with delight over the likelihood that there will be a slim overall majority for the...

08 May 2015

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Countrywide top brass step down

The managing director of estate agency and the group commercial director at Countrywide are both standing down. Bob Scarff, managing director of...

01 May 2015

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Countrywide warns of 'difficult sales market'

Countrywide, the agency group that handles one in 10 transactions in Britain, has told the City that its income remains “resilient...

30 April 2015

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Pre-election market 'squeezed' says agent

The housing market across the UK is in a pre-election ‘squeeze’ with several indicators used by agents suggesting a significant slump...

27 April 2015

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Agents Do Charity - the London Marathon edition...

Thanks to everyone for keeping our readers updated on what’s happening in the world of estate agency charity fund-raising. This week’s updates...

24 April 2015

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