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KEYWORD "Countrywide" - 572 RESULTS
Purplebricks claims it sells three times more than next biggest agent

Purplebricks claims it actually sells - not just lists - three times more than the UK’s next largest estate agency.  The claim...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-High Street agents swing over to Hybrid model - and claim it works

Two separate former High Street estate agents have sung the praise of switching to the hybrid business model. Appleby’s in Gloucestershire is...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s moving where, when and why…

Hello, we hope you had a good weekend, and welcome to Monday - as ever, Property Jobs Today time, bringing you...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Is this how Reservation Agreements will work?

Reservation Agreements are the subject of the moment in the agency industry. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is to...

09 November 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: The biggest mistake you can make is to do nothing

This line is one that I use a lot in my speeches and presentations, often as part of the final slide. I...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: the facts behind the accounting controversy

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has today published the paperwork behind the recent Countrywide £10m accounting controversy. Published on the RICS...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today: what’s happening where in our industry

Hello there and welcome along to the latest PJT, your weekly catch-up on who’s moving where in agency, amongst suppliers and...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide investors calm after second compliance crisis in a year

Countrywide’s ever-patient investors appear to have been unfazed by the company’s latest compliance issue, which has led to a £100,000 fine...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

£100,000 fine for Countrywide over funds controversy

It’s now emerged that Countrywide has to pay a £100,000 fine to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors after breaching guidelines...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide settles funds controversy by repaying client accounts

Countrywide has this afternoon released a statement suggesting it has, in its eyes, settled the controversy over unclaimed lettings funds being...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide quiet on claim diverted money ‘propped up company’

Countrywide has declined to comment on circumstances surrounding today’s Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors disciplinary meeting about diverted funds. One of RICS’...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide warns sellers: septic tanks are a ticking timebomb

Countrywide’s upmarket brand Hamptons International is urging all owners of homes with septic tanks to prepare for new regulations that kick...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide and Rightmove chief invests in PropTech

The founder of Rightmove and former Countrywide chief executive Harry Hill is one of a number of investors behind a new...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Pioneer firm for self employed agents on the prowl for new recruits

One of the earliest British estate agencies to adopt the model of using self-employed or freelance agents operating under the same...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest jobs move across the industry

Hello, welcome to another Monday and the latest PJT. As ever, a brief reminder to please let us know your appointments new...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New Countrywide board member is another with link to Tesco

Countrywide has named Amanda Rendle as a new independent non-executive director of the estate agency group; she joined the board yesterday. Rendle...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

The wind of change in the estate agency industry

There has been a real wind of change in estate agency and over the last 18 months we have seen the...

16 October 2019

From: Features

UK agents promised true wealth if they follow US-style industry training

The US-based real estate firm Keller Williams says it is aiming to be this country’s leading agency training organisation. Ben Taylor, who...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says fewer frustrated sellers now resort to letting out

There are fewer ‘accidental landlords’ - vendors who resort to letting out their homes because the sales market is difficult. That’s the...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your Monday fix of who’s moving where

Hello, welcome to the new working week and the latest PJT. Before we kick off, a reminder to please let us know...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price steady following appointment of new COO

The share price of the UK's largest estate agency remained steady yesterday following its appointment of a new chief operating officer. Countrywide...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry moves revealed

Welcome back to Property Jobs Today - your Monday roundup of all the latest employment news from the industry. If you have...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Yopa on the hunt for new CEO as Ben Poynter stands down

Hybrid agency Yopa has announced that its chief executive, Ben Poynter, will be standing down at the end of October to...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide to integrate iconic London agency into Hamptons brand

Countrywide says London agency Greene & Co, acquired back in May 2015, will become ‘fully immersed’ into its Hamptons International brand...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans wins cash boost and wants more acquisitions

Leaders Romans says it has won new funding to acquire more agencies.  “We have made no secret of the group’s intention to...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what makes for an effective CRM?

In a previous Natter, I promised to talk more about CRMs – and here I stick to that promise. Following on from...

21 September 2019

From: Features

Countrywide’s new Property MOT resembles old Home Information Pack

A property MOT being launched by Countrywide and described as “game changing” for the house buying process will include survey and...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks boss says High Street fees could rise if agents prove they're worth it

Former Purplebricks chief executive Lee Wainwright says the problem for estate agents maintaining a strong level of fees isn’t competition from...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Branch closures: Large number of offices quit the High Street

A comprehensive report into the changing complexion of the High Street suggests that some 143 estate agents’ offices closed in the...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Three top online chiefs abandon sector and buy into full-fee agency

Three former online estate agency founders - including the controversial Russell Quirk - are going into mainstream full fee agency. They are...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide launches game changing” property MOT

Countrywide’s surveying division says it’s found a “knowledge gap” in existing surveys after a study involving over 15,000 buyers. The agency group...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - we’re back with the latest industry moves

It’s been two weeks since our last PJT, thanks to the Bank Holiday, so there’s plenty of news in today’s edition. If...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide veteran says he could float online agency on the stock market

The former Countrywide chief executive Grenville Turner says it is an option for online estate agency Yopa to go to an...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: the rot has set in but share price has jumped

A few details of a possible takeover or acquisition of Countrywide have started to emerge. The possibility was first floated in yesterday’s...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide takeover? Mystery firm considering a move, says report

A media report suggests a mystery ‘predator’ is attempting to acquire Countrywide.  The Daily Mail this morning, quoting unnamed “City sources,” says a...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide insider claims up to 250 branches may have closed

Countrywide’s branch closure programme, shrouded in secrecy even to shareholders, may have involved shutting 250 offices according to an insider. The individual...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: why are the wrong people driving our innovation agenda?

I wrote last week about Keller Williams and how their leader, Gary Keller, is doing an admirable job of driving innovation through...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New Regulator: Countrywide welcomes reform but warns it’ll be tough

Countrywide has thrown its weight behind the proposals for a new single industry-wide regulator taking on the roles of Trading Standards...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The week’s biggest property story - and you probably missed it

I missed the biggest property story of the week and it’s only scant consolation that almost everyone else seemed to miss it...

03 August 2019

From: Features

Ex-Countrywide complainers ‘betray those who stayed loyal’ - claim

Former Countrywide employees who take to social media or the mainstream press to criticise the company are betraying those who remained...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide branch closure programme explained - but no figures

Countrywide has told Estate Agent Today that it will not be releasing any figures on the branch closure programme it introduced...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide wins new deal with lenders to continue ‘turnaround plan’

In a trading statement this morning, Countrywide says it has “a new covenant package with lenders provides the financial flexibility to...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide now “beyond salvation” says former chief executive

Countrywide is now “beyond salvation” according to former chief executive Harry Hill. The industry veteran, who also founded Rightmove, made the remark...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Flipping Well: buy and sell within a year makes £30k on average

Those who bought and sold the same property in 2018 made an average of £30,150 - but the number who do...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal claims 800 new enquiries for agents in four weeks

A new global free-to-list property portal says it has secured 800 new property enquiries for estate agents in the last four...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide sets next key progress date following minor share recovery

The next key date to measure the progress of Countrywide’s controversial Back To Basics programme is at the end of this...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide brands join forces to create ‘airspace’ division

Two Countrywide brands have joined forces to launch Airspace Exchange – a service to push the idea of constructing homes and...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

70 former customers have relisted with Emoov since relaunch

The new owners of Emoov have confirmed that 70 previous customers have opted to re-list their homes with the firm since it...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Russell Quirk,Co-Founder and Advisor/Non-Exec Director of Properganda

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? That depends on which business card. One says ‘Properganda PR,...

01 July 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Purplebricks founder Kenny Bruce pledges: “I’ll be back - and soon”

Purplebricks’ founder Kenny Bruce has promised that his departure from the firm does not mean he won’t be heard of again. Kenny - whose brother...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks ex-CEO hits out at untrue claim that agency sold only 50%

The former chief executive of Purplebricks UK says the agency completes on over 80 per cent of the homes it lists...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal now has over 740 UK agents on board

The free-to-list property portal Residential People says it now has over 740 independent agents in the UK on board - and...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide redundancies: dozens of sales progression staff may go

Countrywide is declining to comment on speculation that it is making 36 of its sales progression staff redundant. Estate Agent Today, which...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks problems persist as Woodford sell-off continues

There seems no end in sight for the share turmoil going on at Purplebricks, with several new developments on Friday before...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov and Countrywide merge: it could have happened…

Emoov and Countrywide: what a pair, observers might say. They present a tale of two failures - although, in the case of...

08 June 2019

From: Features

Property review website wins £1m funding to roll out nationwide

A review website set up by a former estate agent says £1m of new funding will allow it to roll out...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

What next for Countrywide and Purplebricks after day of turmoil?

Two of Britain’s largest and best known estate agencies have endured a day of turmoil at the hands of investors -...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

At least three Countrywide brands thought to be closing branches

It appears that at least three Countrywide brands are undergoing branch closures as the company’s cuts continue to bite. Estate Agent Today...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: share price sinks, closure and sell-off rumours swirl

Rumours continue to circulate about possible large-scale branch closures at Countrywide; its share price ended trading today at its lowest ever...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s biggest critic says: “Here’s my plan to save the firm”

Countrywide’s shares took another battering yesterday as they plummeted below the psychologically-painful 5p mark - reflecting a 95 per cent loss of...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agencies top league table of shop closures across Britain

New figures released to Estate Agent Today show that a net total of 284 agents’ offices closed down in 2018. This number -...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Market disruption do’s, don’ts and value propositions

We’ve reached the final instalment of my market transformation do’s and don’ts.  In previous articles, we’ve looked at: Do encourage, don’t deter;...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: has Purplebricks' bubble now officially burst?

Whether you love or hate it, Purplebricks has undoubtedly left its mark since arriving on the scene in 2015 – much...

18 May 2019

From: Features

Estate agents 'no longer biggest money laundering risks', report suggests

A survey undertaken by the respected Economist Intelligence Unit and a risk solutions company suggests that estate agency may be one...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s hugely popular “inspirational leader” has died

John D Wood has announced that Nick Taylor, the agency’s managing director and a well-known figure in the industry for four...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

More details emerge on Countrywide’s closure programme

Further details of Countrywide's closure and consolidation programme, first revealed by Estate Agent Today on Friday, have emerged over the weekend. A...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The UK's best agents and suppliers revealed at 16th annual ESTAS awards

The scores have been counted and the results are in for the 2019 ESTAS Awards, sponsored by Zoopla. On Friday, over 1,000...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide branch closures and staff redeployment underway

Estate Agent Today understands that Countrywide has started a programme involving branch closures and redeployment of staff. Unlike other branch closure programmes by...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket share trading frozen temporarily after 10% price slump

Trading in OnTheMarket’s shares was subject to two so-called Price Monitoring Extensions - temporary freezing of transactions because of erratic movements. The...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: another day, another record low share price

Countrywide’s share price woes continued yesterday with another new low being reached in early morning trading. A low of 6.5p at close...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s new pay chief takes over as share price hits another low

Countrywide has named a senior businesswoman as chair of its controversial remuneration committee which was at the centre of a row...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Do’s & don’ts of market transformation - CBRE, Avison Young

My article last week has sparked some really great engagement, which I’m delighted about!  Thank you to everyone who commented or dropped...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide income falls again -  but LSL restructuring 'showing results'

Countrywide has this morning revealed that group income is down yet again - it blames continuing Brexit-related problems. It says: “The ongoing...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide suffers ‘frozen trading’ again as share price stays low

For the second day in a row Countrywide was subject to two so-called Price Monitoring Extensions - temporary freezing of trading...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide trading ‘frozen’ by Stock Exchange as share price hits new low

The London Stock Exchange twice froze trading in Countrywide’s shares yesterday after volatile movements - and a new record low price. The...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Do’s & Don’ts of transformation - Countrywide, Foxtons

It’s not often we can enjoy beautiful sunshine on bank holidays, but I suppose this one was a particularly blessed weekend,...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - events agents need to keep an eye out for

With Easter now upon us (happy Easter, by the way, and hope you’re enjoying the long weekend, the Easter eggs and...

20 April 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: The do’s and don’ts of market transformation

I am writing this as I reflect on a recent trip to Nigeria. I was asked to speak at the country’s...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark Conference 2019 – three key talking points

The recent ARLA Propertymark conference featured a hugely interesting line-up of speaks and session during a watershed time for the lettings...

13 April 2019

From: Features

Countrywide: ‘It takes 10 years for a first time buyer to save for a home’

The average time it takes for a single first time buyer to save for a 15 per cent deposit in England...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide “investible again” says bank - and even Foxtons is upgraded

The investment bank which on Friday put Purplebricks under the cosh has now given a boost to two High Street estate...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

US estate agency reveals UK expansion plans for more ‘hubs’

The US estate agency Keller Williams says it is on course to have 10 hubs, called market centres, across the UK...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

How can agents keep property transactions on track?

More than 800 property transactions fall through daily, which can have repercussions both practically and financially, as agents fail to get...

30 March 2019

From: Features

Countrywide's share price dips to lowest-ever level - under 8p

Countrywide’s share price dipped to its lowest ever level yesterday, below 8p before recovering a little ground later in the day. The...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to ‘Think Smarter Marketing’ by top industry experts

Four high-profile industry figures have sent an open letter urging agents to think about what they call “smarter marketing” in a...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks and Foxtons reviews on Trustpilot come under scrutiny

Purplebricks’ and Foxtons’ apparent success on Trustpilot have come under scrutiny in a Times newspaper analysis of the review platform. The Times’...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

MPs want agents to be monitored by HMRC in 'dirty money' crackdown

The influential Treasury Select Committee says estate agents should be more closely monitored to ensure they abide by anti-money laundering regulations. In...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide sets out reasons to invest, despite share price fall

Countrywide’s senior executives have set out reasons why investors should put their money into the group, despite its troubled recent years. Yesterday...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chiefs tell EAT: Sales hit by Brexit but we're ready for Fees Ban

Countrywide’s executive chairman and group managing director have spoken to Estate Agent Today about the impact of Brexit on the company,...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide warns on 2019 but claims 'five pillars of progress' in recovery

Countrywide's report to shareholders this morning warns that the residential market is heading for a difficult 2019 which may hit the...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide fine 'shows agents not taking anti-money laundering seriously'

The huge £215,000 fine levied on Countrywide for failing to abide by anti-money laundering procedures is a demonstration that estate agents...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

MPs want agents views on anti-money laundering after shock HMRC swoop

HM Revenue & Customs has issued more details of its bid to encourage estate agents to combat money laundering in the...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide hit with £215,000 fine in HMRC swoop on agents

It’s been revealed that Countrywide has been hit with a £215,000 fine as part of a swoop by HMRC cracking down...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says some branch staff will fill water bottles for the public

Countrywide’s high-end brand Hamptons International says agents at its branches will in future be “delighted” to fill water bottles for members of...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your weekly round-up of key industry moves

Welcome to this week’s PJT, your chance to catch up with the latest key job moves. Keep in touch with us on...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit backfires as it brings in flood of foreign buyers - new figures

If anyone thought Brexit may allow domestic buyers a bigger share of the market, think again: no fewer than 57 per...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide sales slump again but company hails resilient performance

A trading statement this morning from beleaguered agency group Countrywide reveals that its revenue is down again - but it insists...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your one-stop-shop for the industry's jobs news

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your regular catch-up on key appointments news in our industry. It’s been a difficult seven...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide brand backs review website set up by former agent

A review website has launched that describes itself as “a new and powerful research and marketing tool in the residential property...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons could blossom 'by moving beyond London and going online' - Quirk

The former chief executive of Emoov says he has the answer to Foxtons’ current downbeat performance - it should exploit its...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - more major moves across our industry...

There’s been another raft of movers and shakers in the industry in recent days, so this is a busy Property Jobs...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency expands beyond London after recruitment surge

A hybrid estate agency which uses freelance agents operating from a central hub is now expanding from London into the Home...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s upmarket brand Hamptons International marks 150 years

Hamptons International - at one time tipped to be sold off or even shut during the recent problems afflicting parent company...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Up to 25 agents could join 'market centre agency' each month in 2019

Keller Williams, which yesterday revealed two new market centres in the south of England, says up to 25 agents in the...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year and every success - our wish from Estate Agent Today

As 2018 ticks away and 2019 beckons, it’s time for everyone at Estate Agent Today to wish you, your family and...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2019?

As 2018 draws to a close, it is fair to say that stretched affordability and uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations has...

29 December 2018

From: Features

The top 10 property personalities of 2018

There’s nothing new about identifying 10 figures who have helped shape an industry over the past year, but that doesn’t mean...

28 December 2018

From: Features

Londoners cash in their equity and spend £30 billion on homes across the UK

Londoners paid some £30 billion on homes elsewhere in the UK this year - the highest amount since 2007. A report from...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – A to Z of the property market for 2018

Another year is nearly done – and what an eventful year it’s been. We’ve had more than our fair share of breaking...

22 December 2018

From: Features

Countrywide warns uncertainty will hurt housing market for years

Uncertainty will be a key characteristic of the housing market for “the next few years” warns Countrywide - and not just...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide pay chief quits after ‘Fat Cats' controversy

Countrywide, which was hit by a row over executive pay during the summer, is now on the look out for a...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price slips to lowest-ever level

Countrywide’s share price fell to its lowest-ever level yesterday - evidence that it’s not just online estate agencies that are having...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov was never going to find a buyer, says leading agency analyst

The demise of Emoov, Tepilo and lettings platform Urban raises question marks over the long-term viability of online agencies according to...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New portal signs up Countrywide and 30 agencies ahead of 2019 launch

A new portal is launching next year with Countrywide and some 30 other estate agency groups signed up, as well as...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks watch out - David Brent has become an estate agent!

He’s got a fax machine for PropTech, he’s got an answerphone so he’s open 24/7, and he’s got 2.5 per cent...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide staff given strategy document setting out three-year plan

Countrywide is to give each of its 10,000 staff a strategy document setting out where the company is planning to be...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry moves and appointments

The first signs of a seasonal slowdown are appearing according to some agents in touch with EAT, but there are still...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-High Street pair launch hybrid agency to take on traditional rivals

Two former High Street agents say their new hybrid agency has enjoyed an impressive launch gathering 40 instructions in just four...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov for sale, Purplebricks down, Hatched gone - what now for Online?

As scary Halloweens go, yesterday was quite a shocker for Britain’s online estate agency sector - and not in a good...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals progress on Back To Basics turnaround

Countrywide has given Estate Agent Today exclusive details of progress on its Back To Basics programme as it seeks to recover...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the-clocks-go-back-an-hour edition...

We all get an extra hour in bed this weekend, giving us more energy to fund-raise for good causes, right? That seems...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage platform makes white label pitch for online agencies

A mortgage platform is making a pitch for online estate agencies to link with it and offer their customers “a customised...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Cash buyers plummet - they're now only 30% of the market

Cash used to be king in the housing market but new figures released today show that in the first half of...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Another estate agency snapped up by ex-Countrywide team

London agency Stirling Ackroyd has announced its third acquisition in the course of a year. It’s only 15 months ago that Stirling...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the industry's key moves in recent days

Hello and welcome to PJT, our weekly round up of key moves within the industry. Let us know what’s going on with...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a new agency and plenty of other key moves...

Hello and welcome to a new working week, which means your chance to catch up on the key moves in our...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide puts 'restructuring and turnaround' expert on the board

Countrywide has announced the appointment of a new board member with “substantial restructuring and turnaround expertise.” Mark Shuttleworth became a non-executive director...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Former Countrywide pair claim to generate £140,000 a month at EweMove

A branch of EweMove - which operates from a traditional High Street office - claims to have generated £140,000 income in...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, the latest weekly catch-up with moves within and across our industry. A quick...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Another OnTheMarket signing - now it's a regional agency and auction firm

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that it’s signed up the north east of England regional agency Pattinson, which has 27 branches...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price still in the doldrums despite Peter Long move

Shareholders in the ailing Countrywide agency group appeared to remain largely indifferent to the news that their executive chairman Peter Long...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: Peter Long 'to focus full time on agency group recovery'

Peter Long, the chairman of the troubled Royal Mail organisation, has stepped down from that role to focus full time on...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Two agencies owned by ex-Countrywide team now listing on OnTheMarket

Two agency brands operated by Nick Dunning Associates, a company led by former Countrywide employees, have started listing on OnTheMarket. Townends, covering...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your chance to catch up on the major moves in the agency industry over...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: major investor reduces holding as share price sinks further

One of Countrywide's major investors has significantly reduced its holding in the troubled estate agency group. Oaktree Capital yesterday lowered its stake...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide price slides further on first day of new shares trading

Following the first day of trading its new shares yesterday, Countrywide's share price finished at 12.52, down almost 4%. The new shares were...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares hit all-time low despite funding go-ahead

Countrywide may have enjoyed the overwhelming support of its major institutional shareholders for its controversial rescue plan, but the wider financial...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide management backed by shareholders in bid for new funds

Countrywide’s embattled management leaders have been overwhelmingly backed by shareholders in their bid for additional funding. A General Meeting of shareholders was held...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide General Meeting today set to endorse rescue plan

Countrywide’s eagerly-awaited General Meeting for shareholders takes place today and is widely expected to back the ailing agency group’s controversial rescue...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide fights back as share price rises over 6% in a day

Countrywide’s share price defied the expectations of some analysts and rose over six per cent yesterday with the company moving from...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide passes latest fund-raising test despite falling short

In yet another statement to the London Stock Exchange and shareholders, Countrywide says its last-gasp £140m fund-raising is likely to be...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide loses its Mojo in mortgage brand name tussle

It’s not just the bosses’ pay incentives that have been a problem for Countrywide’s senior management - it appears the company...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide backtracks on bid to give top managers huge incentives

Countrywide appears to have backtracked on a move which could have seen its three most senior executives receive some £20m in...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Buckle Up - High Street agencies in for a tough autumn says KPMG

Traditional estate agencies could be in for a stormy autumn and face being the next casualty of the high street shake-out...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide fat cats: crunch day for agency group's rescue deal

Today sees the first of a series of important deadlines which will determine the success of otherwise of Countrywide’s controversial rescue...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reported to be facing fresh financial crisis

Sky News is reporting that Countrywide faces a new crisis - this time over senior management remuneration, particularly for its executive...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

'Brexit smog' blamed for long-term slump in Foxtons' share price

The investment bank Jefferies says Foxtons’ long-running share price slump is a reflection of Brexit uncertainty “until we find out what...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: could it really be snapped up by Foxtons or Connells?

Rumours abound over the future of Countrywide, which lost further share value on Friday, closing very slightly down on the day...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s a good time for agencies to list on the stock market - no, really...

At first sight, to suggest this is a good time for an agency business to go for an IPO - that...

11 August 2018

From: Features

More trouble for Countrywide as bank slashes key 'target price'

The Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse has slashed its target share price for the company from 77p to only 17.2p.  The reason...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide bosses blasted  over ‘unequal’ rescue plan

Countrywide is under fire again over the controversial rescue plan it announced last week. On Friday the troubled agency group’s share price -...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - plenty of industry moves over the summer break

We may be well into August but there’s little sign of a holiday for our industry, with a string of big...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide is in the last-chance saloon say its own advisers

Small print in the Countrywide rescue plan announced yesterday spells out in stark terms what could happen if the company’s bid...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

No sell off! - Countrywide's crown jewels are safe says new boss

The newly-appointed Group Managing Director of Countrywide says rumours of Hamptons International or other ‘crown jewels’ being put up for sale...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price plummets after rescue plan announcement

Countrywide's share price has dropped sharply following the announcement of the company's rescue plan - but the firm itself says this...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide 'failed in fund-raising effort earlier this year' - FT

The Financial Times this morning says that Countrywide suffered a failed bond issue earlier this year, forcing it to rely on...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide ‘to raise more money than originally thought’ - National press

Press speculation suggests that Countrywide’s much-anticipated rights issue will this coming week aim to raise £125m - not just the £100m...

29 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a changing of the guard?

The big story to break this week in the property world was the announcement by the new owner of Humberts that...

28 July 2018

From: Features

Fees row: Spotlight on Ombudsman after court case decision

The couple at the centre of a court case about agents’ fees say the issue could have been resolved earlier had...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide - change it, close it or sell it? Four experts have their say

The agonisingly painful decline of Countrywide continues, with no one sure whether it is the darkest hour before the dawn or...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide delays publishing figures as search for funds goes on

Countrywide, the troubled estate agency group thought by some to be near collapse, has delayed issuing its interim figures which were...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Doubt over Countrywide rights issue as Purplebricks wins price boost

It’s being suggested that Countrywide’s rights issue, previously expected to be announced this week, may now be delayed. The Times says the...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide stays silent on speculation over £100m rights issue

Countrywide has not made any official statement about speculation over the weekend that it was about to seek an additional £100m investment. Estate...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide ‘to seek new investment of £100m’

It’s being reported this morning that Countrywide will seek new investment of over £100m, probably in the next few days.  The Sunday...

22 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons share price hits new low - other traditional agents suffer too

Foxtons share price hit a new low yesterday, dropping to only 46p early in the afternoon: it eventually closed narrowly up...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide boss quits another boardroom to try to save agency

Peter Long, executive chairman of Countrywide, has resigned from another boardroom to focus on saving the troubled estate agency. Long has chosen...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency's Property Marketing Academy to offer training across nine brands

The fast-expanding Spicerhaart group has launched its own in-house Property Marketing Academy and has secured a well-known industry trainer and coach...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

£200 a month to run your own estate agency says company boss

The UK division of Keller Williams, the world's largest estate agency, says it can help entrepreneurial agents to set up their...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

 Property Natter: what has 2018 brought so far?

First things first, I have to mention the World Cup. The dream is over, football’s not quite coming home (not until...

14 July 2018

From: Features

Auctioneer selling Purplebricks and Countrywide homes reports strong sales

Auction House says the number of lots it sold in the first half of 2018 was some 3.8 per cent up...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves...

Hello, and welcome to this week’s regular Monday summary of all the major jobs moves in our industry.  The industry is still...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks the largest UK estate agency: 'So what?' says stock market

The stock market and at least one City analyst have shrugged their shoulders at the claim by Purplebricks that it is...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The estate agent in 2050 - utopia or dystopia?

By now we’ve all seen news about the long-term decline in property sales and competition from online alternatives leading to ‘more...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

153 estate agents go bust and 7,000 at risk, says insolvency firm

An insolvency firm claims 153 estate agencies have gone bust in the past year with more than 7,000 “showing signs of...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Back to the future? - Industry experts predict estate agency in 2028

A decade ago we were still years away from Purplebricks, Countrywide was a colossus in the industry, no one had thought...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all this week's big moves...

Hello, and welcome to this week’s regular Monday summary of all the major jobs moves in our industry.  Despite summer and the...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – ten years of Estate Agent Today!

Cast your mind back to July 2008 – Gordon Brown was Prime Minister, the Euros were in full swing in Austria/Switzerland...

30 June 2018

From: Features

July - it might just be the industry’s busiest month of the year

So here’s the thing. It’s summer - not much going on, school holidays about to start, industry publications filling out space...

30 June 2018

From: Features

Popular ex-Countrywide executive now managing director at Dexters

One of the country’s best know estate agents, Marc Goldberg, has joined London agency Dexters. Goldberg spent some 30 years at Countrywide’s...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'We want talented mums as agents' says agency on recruitment drive

The UK arm of the US-based estate agency Keller Williams says it is making a specific bid to recruit more women...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'Bigger Countrywide losses to come' warns broker advising investors to sell

One of Countrywide’s former allies in the City broker community - independent corporate advisor Numis - has downgraded the troubled agency...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for Countrywide management to quit after huge share price slide

Senior management at Countrywide came in for a pasting on Twitter yesterday as TV market commentator and buying agent Henry Pryor...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price plummets over 20% to lowest level ever

Countrywide’s share price has taken a massive hit this morning - down well over 20 per cent - following a surprise...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals 9% boost in sales listings since start of year

Countrywide says its Back To Basics strategy has seen a nine per cent increase in properties for sale with the group...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: US agency opens fourth UK office with more to come

Estate Agent Today can reveal that Keller Williams, the US-led firm that has 170,000 agents worldwide, is to open its fourth...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Fund for tragic agent who died aged 27 has now hit £500,000 target

A fund set up in memory of a 27 year old estate agent, who died of cancer just weeks after his...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves ...

Hello - if it’s Monday, it must be Property Jobs Today, your chance to see a snapshot of the key moves...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Another key Countrywide figure returns to the company

One of the best known and respected country agents has returned to Countrywide after 12 months working with Arun Estates.  Jill Bennetts...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Claims resurface of agents urging buyers to use preferred mortgage brokers

A magazine which earlier this year claimed that two big corporates pressured customers to use their preferred mortgage brokers has now...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide launches 'share save' discount scheme for employees

It’s been revealed that Countrywide has offered its staff a ‘share save’ scheme which allows them to purchase shares in the...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves...

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT - this is the first edition for a fortnight as last Monday was a...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s happening in the US too - a new portal and industry consolidation

A recent holiday in the US gave me an opportunity to catch up with property news over there - and surprisingly,...

02 June 2018

From: Features

Countrywide short-listed for 'best employee benefits' award

Countrywide is one of three organisations short-listed for a prestigious ‘Employee Benefits of the Year’ award. The award celebrates in-house staff benefits...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The future for Countrywide - Paul Creffield interview

The rise and fall - and perhaps rise again - of Countrywide has been of enduring interest to the agency industry...

12 May 2018

From: Features

Countrywide not in a rush to get a new chief executive

Countrywide is in no rush to appoint a new chief executive, following the experience of having Alison Platt in the post...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Major estate agencies in secret project to try to end delays in chains

Estate Agent Today understands several major national agencies and some smaller operators are involved in a project to understand why transaction...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief says: We're not ruling out online forever

Countrywide’s Group Operations Director Paul Creffield - one of three figures now at the top of the organisation - says he...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Day in the life of…a property journalist

Ever wondered what it’s like to be on the frontline of property journalism? Well, wonder no more, as our very own...

05 May 2018

From: Features

Countywide 'encouraged by early progress' despite new income fall

Countrywide, the troubled agency group which today holds its annual general meeting, says it is “encouraged by the early progress that...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s on the move in our industry?

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, the regular Monday update on who’s moving where within our industry. Let us know what’s...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Awards 2018 winners announced - here are the results...

The scores are in and the results announced for the 2018 ESTAS Awards - and the winner of the coveted Grand...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: high-profile housing research guru leaves Countrywide

Estate Agent Today can reveal that one of the industry’s best known research experts, Johnny Morris, has left Countrywide.  Morris joined Hamptons...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s on the move within our industry?

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today - our regular Monday look at who’s moving where within our industry. You...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves around our industry...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, our regular Monday look at key moves inside our industry. Everyone mentioned here...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price up 50% in a month - is this the turn-around?

Has Countrywide finally convinced its investors that it is on the road to recovery? Back on March 8 the Countrywide share price...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide goes back into online - this time for its mortgage side

Countrywide is not quite finished with online experimentation yet, for today sees the launch of an online mortgage service, backed by...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: another key Countrywide returnee as corporate rebuild continues

Countrywide’s attempt to rebuild its expertise pool following the Alison Platt era continues apace with the announcement today that John Hards...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - key hires and latest moves in and across our industry....

Welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, our regular look at key moves inside our industry. Next week there’s no PJT as...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: how many brands, branches and staff remain with Countrywide

Countrywide has revealed precisely how many brands, branches and staff it has following the extensive and multiple restructurings of recent years. In...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals the costs of Alison Platt's 'retail revolution'

Countrywide’s 132-page annual report, released today, has given details of the management and restructuring costs incurred by the company during its...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Connells accused of pressuring buyers over mortgages

A magazine claims its investigations into the sales tactics of Countrywide and Connells suggest the two agency are “harming consumers, stopping them from...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ UK CEO granted option to buy 100,000 shares in firm

The UK chief executive of Purplebricks, Lee Wainwright, has been granted an option to buy 100,000 shares in the firm. The purchase would...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Countrywide announces first major returnee to the fold

The long haul back for Countrywide appears to have begun with the first major name who left during the Alison Platt...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's own broker cuts agency’s forecast for 2018 and 2019

Jefferies - the City consultancy which has in the past worked with Countrywide - has cuts its forecasts for the troubled...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chairman admits company had been grossly mismanaged

In an exclusive and candid interview with Estate Agent Today, Countrywide chairman Peter Long has admitted that the company had been...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals 'Back To Basics' plan for 2018 and scraps online service

The troubled Countrywide group has this morning revealed its recovery plan to get - in its words - ‘back to basics’...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency accused of pressuring buyers to use in-house mortgage team

The magazine Mortgage Strategy says Countrywide is investigating reports that one of its estate agent branches pressured buyers to use in-house...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Purplebricks “stunning growth” explained by top industry analyst

One of the world’s leading property technology analysts has compiled a major report on estate agents’ business models - an exercise...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest news about agents on the move

Hello and welcome to the latest Property Jobs Today, our round-up each Monday of key job moves within estate and letting...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide agent flocks to senior role at EweMove hybrid agency

EweMove has made a senior hire in the shape of Chris Webb, formerly of Countrywide and Winkworth.  He now takes up the...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's earnings could be lower than expected, warns Jefferies

City broker Jefferies is warning that Countrywide’s earnings as calculated through the EBITDA measure could drop to as little as £50m -...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual float to begin against backdrop of stock market jitters

Most listed agencies and portals suffered share price falls yesterday, creating a challenging landscape for Agents’ Mutual which launches on the London stock exchange...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Pressure mounts on Purplebricks to release actual sales figures

Pressure continues to mount on Purplebricks to reveal its sales data after a weekend during which claims about its effectiveness continued...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide amends credit facility with lenders to help turn business around

Countrywide has made a brief announcement to shareholders about amending its credit facility with lenders to help it turn the business...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' new UK chief to face the industry for the first time

Purplebricks’ new UK chief executive officer, Lee Wainwright, is to address a major industry conference in May - his first address...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: share price plunges again as some bonuses scrapped

Alison Platt may have been ousted but Countrywide appears not to be out of the woods yet as its share price...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: These are the UK events you have to attend

I have high expectations for this year’s PropTech events and property conferences.  Those that I attended in 2017 demonstrated a real step...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG reports 53m average monthly visits to websites and apps

ZPG says it anticipates a strong 2018 according to a trading statement ahead of the company’s annual general meeting today. The firm...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: an eco-friendly approach and the importance of GDPR

In recent years January has become the month of detoxes, fad diets, health kicks such as Dry January and Veganuary, and...

27 January 2018

From: Features

Who should run Countrywide? What should they do? - our panel speaks out

The story of this week - the ousting of Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt - prompts two key questions. Firstly, who takes...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Stark warning that estate agencies could close in next 12 months

A partner at Carter Jonas says that the next 12 months could see stagnation in the market and as a result...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares struggle as theory emerges on Platt departure

If Countrywide thought its fortunes would immediately improve following the departure of chief executive Alison Platt, it has to think again...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Bad news for leaseholders as Appeal Court backs estate owners

Home owners seeking lease extensions may now have to pay more as a result of a controversial judgement handed down by...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's cruellest cut of all - no more fresh fruit at Oxford Street HQ

The chief executive may have left, the share price may still be languishing around 100p and only days ago the firm...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Platt will receive £675,000 pay-off despite Countrywide failure

The magazine Property Week is reporting that Countrywide’s former chief executive Alison Platt, who quit her post this morning, will receive...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New Countrywide head says power will pass back to the branches

Countrywide’s new management has taken immediate steps to try to stem the loss of market share by the troubled agency group,...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Platt goes - but Countrywide silent on size of her 'golden goodbye'

There was confirmation this morning, as expected, that Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt has quit - but so far there is no...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Creating a tech corporate culture - and a view on Countrywide

There was an excellent article, published last week, based around an interview with Chandra Dhandapani, CBRE’s chief digital and technology officer.  The...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Alison Platt leaving Countrywide, staff are told

It is being reported that staff at Countrywide have been told that embattled chief executive Alison Platt is leaving the agency...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide in turmoil as Platt’s departure  is possible 'within days'

Countrywide appears to be in turmoil with Sky News reports that board members are discussing trying to get rid of controversial...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Platt's legacy - Countrywide's recent torrid years

It is now an industry truism to say that Alison Platt has transformed Countrywide - but recent evidence, and now doubt...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Alison Platt may be forced out of Countrywide soon, says Sky News

Sky News is this evening reporting that Alison Platt, the chief executive of the troubled Countrywide agency, may soon be leaving...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: another senior Countrywide exec is leaving the company

Another member of Countrywide's top table is leaving the company. Kate Brown, Countrywide’s human resources chief with the responsibility for implementing what...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Confidential Countrywide memo warns of 'challenging reaction' to figures

The Countrywide chief executive, Alison Platt, is said to have warned staff that the reaction from the markets and shareholders to...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

'Secret' project aims to help traditional agents combat Purplebricks

A ‘secret’ proposal called Project UHA was put to a hand-picked group of agents on Friday with speculation suggesting it centres...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Branding - game, set and match to the onliners?

According to The Branding Journal, a brand is “a name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller's...

20 January 2018

From: Features

Countrywide share price falls to lowest ever level

Shares in troubled agency group Countrywide have fallen to their lowest-ever level of 106.40p in trading this morning. Yesterday shares fell a...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Connells shows Countrywide how to increase market share

Connells Group’s estate agency business increased its market share of new instructions in 2017 by almost four per cent, despite a...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: latest poor figures show 2017 agency income set to be 14% down

A trading statement from Countrywide this morning continues the decline shown by the agency group in recent years. It says total income...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Rightmove veteran joins top table of Mayfair finance firm

A new Mayfair-based short-term property finance provider has been launched with Harry Hill, the Countrywide founder and ex-Rightmove chief executive, as...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide man's legal case could hit value of two million homes

The Court of Appeal is today expected to rule on a legal battle which may be critical in determining the value...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Senior Hamptons International country agent dies after cancer battle

Countrywide has announced the death of Nick Hole-Jones, the director of Hamptons International’s prime and country house office, after what it describes...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks announces new chief executive of UK operation

Purplebricks has announced that former Countrywide director Lee Wainwright has been appointed chief executive officer of the hybrid agency’s UK operations...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Average vendor in 2017 made profit of £92,500 says Countrywide

In 2017 the average seller sold their home for £92,466 more than they paid for it, having owned the home for...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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