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Covid Restrictions Delay will damage housing market and agents - claim

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

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - well done Agents Together and industry fund-raisers

Hello and we’re at the end of another week celebrating all those in our industry who do great work. And this...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - summer movers and shakers in the business

Hello and welcome to the latest Property Jobs Today, your chance to catch up with who’s on the move. Let us know...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agents can now speed up their AML checks - here’s how

As estate agencies are covered by Money Laundering Regulations, agents are legally obliged to take customer due diligence measures to limit...

01 June 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Leading politician says sales tax on homes could help local buyers

One of the country’s leading politicians says a yet-to-be-revealed way of taxing property sales could be one way of helping homes...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Is a fully-digital home moving process right for the property industry?

Tech is a fantastic enabler but should never be a complete replacement for the human interactions that add real value to...

29 May 2021

From: Features

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

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

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Digital onboarding service launches with 900 agency branches

Movebutler, the digital onboarding platform from online auction specialist iamproperty, says it has some 900 agency branches signed up. These include Martin...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Rip-Off? Conveyancer admits hiking fees to deter clients

An anonymous conveyancer has admitted increasing fees to deter buyers and sellers in the frenzied housing market during the stamp duty...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark heaps praise on government’s First Homes policy

Propertymark has thrown its weight behind the government’s First Homes initiative, describing it as “creative” and saying it’s a sign of...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - bad product or bad plan?

In the previous edition of PropTech Today, Nathan Emerson highlighted the importance of effective implementation, linking poor staff engagement to the...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin names Bruce brothers’ charity chief as portal strategy leader

Sarah Edmundson, the chief executive of the Agents Together charity - set up by the Bruce brothers, Michael and Kenny -...

23 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – 5 ways estate agency has changed since May 2020

It’s now over a year since the property market officially reopened after an unprecedented two-month shutdown at the height of the...

22 May 2021

From: Features

Major announcements from Rightmove, Zoopla and Boomin

Three of the leading portals have made major announcements as the fierce rivalry between the big players continues apace.  Firstly Zoopla claims its latest...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Updated Covid guidance for estate and letting  agents

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

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Emoov Controversy: senior figure returns with Facebook initiative

One of the men behind the defunct Emoov online estate agency has re-emerged as the head of a marketing service. The service...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the tide turning for the lettings industry?

It’s been quite a week for the rental sector. Lettings agents and landlords have had such a torrid time in recent years...

15 May 2021

From: Features

Watch: how to launch a premium brand, luxury estate agency

In a video interview for Estate Agent Today, Dominic Murphy, Managing Director of DM & Co. in the Midlands, speaks to...

15 May 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and however you do it, get the miles in!

The end of the week is always charity day here on EAT, and this week we have a typical cross section...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

The 5 best questions to ask your competitors' vendors (and when to do it)

We know the industry-wide statistic that more than 50% of all vendors end up selling with the second (or sometimes third)...

13 May 2021

From: PropTech & Innovation

OnTheMarket data deal means free market appraisal guides for agents

OnTheMarket has signed an exclusive commercial partnership with property data specialist Sprift, to provide free market appraisal guides. These can be customised...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Sam Hunter – ‘does Homesearch pass the Ronseal test? Yes, we do’

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I speak to someone who has made an excellent impression on the property industry in...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New video series offers insight and advice to agents

A series offering “insight and advice” to agents is being launched by Zoopla’s cloud-based software brand, Alto, which was acquired by...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Ben Ridgway, Group Managing Director at iamproperty

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Ben Ridgway, Group Managing Director at iamproperty. What is iamproperty...

10 May 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

What are the key qualities modern consumers are looking for in estate agents?

Even before the pandemic, the estate agency sector was evolving considerably as a younger generation started buying, selling and letting homes,...

10 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Boomin enjoying strongest start of any portal says Michael Bruce

Boomin founder Michael Bruce says his new site has enjoyed a stronger start than any other portal in terms of visits, viewings,...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

ASSESSING THE FUTURE FITNESS OF YOUR BUSINESS IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT NOW

The current crisis has led to many of us to re-evaluate our lives to ensure that we put ourselves in the...

06 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

What would you do with an extra 6.5 hours a week?

You could make about 65 more cold calls, or hold 13 more viewings, or you could take a power-nap every day...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Agency Consolidation - Rival commuter belt brands join forces

Hertfordshire based agency Ashtons has acquired an independent agency operating in the same county, Aitchisons Residential. Aitchisons’ offices in St Albans and...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - now, where are my Plus Fours?

Hello and welcome to Agents Do Charity as we are on the threshold of May why not get on to the...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Warren Buffett UK agency empire expands with historic acquisition

The UK affiliated agency of Warren Buffett’s global real estate company has acquired a historic independent company operating in prime central...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Appeal to self-employed agents to join hub-style operation

One of the earliest London agencies to adopt a hub-style operation with self-employed agents working on a high commission basis, has...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Changes to the moving process that agents and consumers want to see

The private treaty process has been in need of modernisation for a long time. When we open an account with a...

28 April 2021

From: Features

Market Madness - all-night queue at estate agency by buyers

Around 30 people spent all night queuing outside an estate agent ahead of 14 homes going on sale - the most...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the thinking behind Zoopla's new look, features and functionality

As the property market continues to boom, competition between portals such as Zoopla, Rightmove, OnTheMarket and Boomin has been hotting up...

21 April 2021

From: Features

Hybrid agency announces national expansion and recruitment

A hybrid agency which until now has been active only in London is launching new hubs in Manchester and Brighton. Agent &...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

How can agents achieve smooth transactions as we ease out of lockdown?

We’re officially transitioning to summer – marked by the clocks going forward and warmer weather – just as restrictions start to...

15 April 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Index puts average house price growth at almost 10% per year

One housing market index suggests that average house prices in England and Wales have risen by 9.8 per cent in the...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Virgin chief to chair Boomin as portal seeks £25m - report

Sky News is reporting that new portal Boomin is to announce the former chief executive of Sir Richard Branson’s business empire...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

More agencies back government Kickstart scheme

Another property company has announced its participation in the Kickstart scheme. The initiative is aimed at young people aged 16 to 24...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: High Streets reopen - so what now for agency branches?

Today is the day that non-essential retail reopens as part of the government's roadmap out of lockdown. For the majority of the...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2021

From: Features

Why direct mail has never been more effective

We’ve all spent the past nine months adapting to a more digital way of life. Whether that’s been working from home,...

10 April 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty cliff edge could “derail” market warns mortgage firm

A mortgage firm specialising in high net worth clients says the stamp duty holiday cliff edge will not impact the most expensive...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New estate agency leader to introduce greater diversity

A new name is to appear at the top of Knight Frank from next spring - and he is charged with bringing...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency offices in Wales to open again from next week

Estate agency offices in Wales, closed for many weeks as part of that country’s lockdown, will reopen from next Monday, April 12. The...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sarah Edmundson – how Agents Together is helping the industry to talk

Mental health – and the importance of good mental health – has become a vital thing for all of us in...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Dragon’s Den property crowdfunding site plunges into administration

A controversial property crowdfunding platform, criticised in the past on TV's Dragon’s Den, has gone into administration.  The House Crowd was launched...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Home-based agency lifestyle lures ex-Connells and Humberts veteran

A business that calls itself the UK’s first 24/7 home-based estate agency has announced a new franchisee.  Dorset-based Meyers Estate Agents was...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Take our 2-minute survey! We want your views on the industry

We recently launched our state of the property nation survey – a two-minute poll designed to give estate and letting agents...

27 March 2021

From: Features

High-end agency expands with 170-mile wide sales patch

A new licensee at Fine & Country is taking the brand into a new territory with a sales patch 170 miles wide...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Consolidation in PropTech as live chat provider is snapped up

Agency marketing platform BriefYourMarket has acquired live chat and customer experience provider Yomdel.  BriefYourMarket says the addition of Yomdel to its offer...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Open up economy says Boomin boss as Covid appears to ease

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

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

State of the property nation survey…have your say!

Will Rightmove still be the dominant portal by 2030? Will Boomin really shake up the industry as Purplebricks did before it?...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket completes purchase of PropTech firm Glanty

OnTheMarket has completed its purchase of PropTech firm Glanty - a deal which began 15 months ago.   OTM took an initial 20...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Fears grow of Capital Gains Tax changes to be unveiled next week

There is growing speculation that a raft of tax proposals to be unveiled next week will include reform of Capital Gains...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Is London’s market back in business and swinging in favour of buyers?

London’s residential market appears to be showing renewed signs of life thanks to the rollout of the government roadmap and vaccine...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: Where did it all go wrong? A former insider gives his view...

This week’s interviewee in the ‘In Conversation Today’ hotseat is a man better placed than most to shed some light on...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax reform could wreak huge damage on housing market

There’s a warning this morning that possible tax reforms to be unveiled next Monday could wreak huge damage on the property...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide veteran’s PropTech service signs up former rivals

A former Countrywide agent who is now a leading figure in a PropTech company has signed up two local agencies which...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent warns public of perils of Modern Method of Auction

A prominent estate agent has warned buyers and sellers about the perils of the controversial Modern Method of Auction. MMA is now...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

It's the biggest sellers' market in a decade - Rightmove

Rightmove says the excess of demand over supply right now is bigger than at any time over the past decade -...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s going where this spring?

If it’s Monday, it’s jobs news day on EAT - welcome to the latest update. Want to be featured in our next...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - is working from anywhere the future for UK estate agency?

One of the biggest trends in recent times, as a direct result of the pandemic, is the concept of working from...

13 March 2021

From: Features

Why every day is Women’s Day here!

You could be forgiven for overlooking International Women’s Day on Monday. Well, almost. Focus was instead turned to the first day back...

13 March 2021

From: Features

Estate agency industry celebrates International Women’s Day

Agencies and suppliers today mark International Women’s Day with events and declarations shining a light on the achievements of female colleagues and...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Be Kind We Care’ initiative launched across property industry

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

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 March 2021

From: Features

Takeover frenzy continues: Connells acquires another agency

Connells Group, which is of course acquiring Countrywide, has announced it's snapped up another agency - albeit a much smaller one. It...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket isn’t just limping along insists new chief executive

OnTheMarket has hit out at a newspaper claim that it is just “limping along.” Patrick Hosking, a prominent financial columnist at The...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Firm behind iamsold auctions enters private treaty sale sector

The firm behind iamsold, the leading operator in the controversial Modern Method of Auction arena, is entering the private treaty sales...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons buys major rival agency - both continue as separate brands

It's been confirmed that Foxtons has bought rival London-focussed agency Douglas & Gordon. In a trading statement this morning Foxtons tells its...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London agency uses cash injection to hit acquisition trail

Dexters, which last week secured a reported £130m in new investment for the coming years, has snapped up the historic Roy...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

The right PropTech can avert lockdown chaos – and forever revolutionise rental payments

With one of the world’s most successful vaccine rollout programmes under way in the UK, the chances of a complete lockdown...

01 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Phil Spencer: Budget rumours - pros and cons for agents

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

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Honesty – and a leak - see the property market through ‘crisis’

Honesty is a concept that journalists will tell their readers is non-existent for estate agents. Yeah, right! But as the end...

27 February 2021

From: Features

Boomin blasts Rightmove as bleak, broken and bloated

An open letter from Boomin chief executive Michael Bruce shows how fierce the competition is going to be in the portal field...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity…as we can see a roadmap to freedom…

Hello, welcome to our latest charity roundup, and as the weather improves and the vaccine roll-out lifts the spirits, so we...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Here's everything you need to know about remortgaging

In this tips article, the experts at GoodMove provide expert insight into the remortgage process. Remortgaging is the process of changing your...

24 February 2021

From: Legislation & Compliance

Five questions to ask your competitors' vendors (and when to do it)

We know the industry-wide statistic that more than 50% of all vendors end up selling with the second (or sometimes third)...

24 February 2021

From: Features

Fraudster agent escapes prison after scamming insurance company

An agent working for a Countrywide brand in Lancashire has been given a suspended jail sentence after being found guilty of...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

150,000 and rising! Stamp Duty Extension petition wins more support

The online petition which prompted a debate by MPs has now won the support of around 150,000 signatures. Typically public support for...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Lobby your MP over stamp duty holiday extension, agents told

Propertymark - still reeling over two senior resignations in less than a week - says its lobbying sessions with politicians are...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

EAvolution21 – A UK PropTech event hosted by Dezrez and its partners

On March 23rd 2021, Dezrez and its partners are hosting EAvolution21 the event that showcases the latest in PropTech using an...

18 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Game Over for Propertymark? What future after shock resignations?

Members of Propertymark are left wondering today what if any future there is for the industry’s trade body. The shock resignation yesterday...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sarah Beeny – Will she be returning to estate agency after Tepilo?

This week’s In Conversation Today interviewee needs no introduction. One of the property industry’s most recognisable names, she has been a...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Accountant steals agency cash leading to firm’s closure

An agent has told a court she was 'heartbroken' to discover her accountant had stolen cash from her business, which then...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreement firm sponsors Agency categories at ESTAS

Reservation Agreement specialist Gazeal is to sponsor the Estate Agent categories at The ESTAS later this year. Gazeal chief executive Bryan Mansell...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide Deal Done - Shareholders back Connells offer

Countrywide shareholders have overwhelmingly backed the offer by Connells to buy the company. At a special virtual AGM today 99.58 per cent...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - more appointments news from across the UK

Hello - another Monday dawns but the good news is that we can update you on the industry’s latest appointments. Everyone here...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - ‘I work for myself, not by myself’ – a self-employed agent’s tale

In this week's Natter, I focus on the inspiring story of Clare Hughes, who has bounced back in the last 12 months...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Agency apology over ‘bullying’ claims to allow Covid viewings

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

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Two new property taxes announced by Housing Secretary

The government has given details of two new taxes to provide funds to address the cladding problem on high rise tower blocks...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty reform “very unlikely” says Conservative housing guru

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

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents offered shares as incentive to go self-employed

One of the early operators of the self-employed agency model has launched a scheme under which its agents receive shares in the...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Beware: Scams galore in Quick Buy property sector - claim

Scams are rife in the quick house buying sector with many companies seeking to take advantage of sellers in desperate situations. That’s...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Foreign investors may be banned from some waterfront properties

The high-end housing market on Jersey has been rocked by a plan from the island’s government which may ban foreign investors from...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty panic may lead to Japanese Knotwood legal action

Experts are warning that buyers rushing to complete before the March 31 cliff edge for the stamp duty holiday may miss...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Texts to potential sellers will win instructions, says PropTech supplier

Agents can win more instructions by using text messages to prospective sellers as part of a short term ‘nurture’ campaign, according...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour enters cladding controversy by forcing vote in Commons

Labour has entered the cladding controversy by calling a vote in the House of Commons to force government action on the...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – will 2021 be the year of the merger?

At the back-end of last year and the start of this, the biggest news stories in town – besides debates over...

30 January 2021

From: Features

It's A Deal! Hunters set to be taken over but job losses likely

It now looks likely that Hunters will be taken over by The Property Franchise Group after several months of talks, subject...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents offered trip to Dubai - as Health Secretary warns against it...

High profile agency owner Sean Newman is offering his entire self-employed team of 100 agents and mortgage advisors a chance for...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Handle with care – why 2021 is the year to look after your leads

The last few months have seen property agents work hard to continue delivering quality client communications and maintain an increasingly digital...

23 January 2021

From: Features

Hybrid agency and franchise giant announce expansion plans

A hybrid agency is appealing to corporate estate agents to jump ship and try its self employed business model. Mr & Mrs...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent closes branches and demands stricter Coronavirus controls

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

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Campaign to extend SDLT holiday nears landmark total

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

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we're back to school, in a good way

Hello and welcome to the end of a busy, busy week for agency news.  It’s easy to assume the agency business is...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Land Registry extends requisition deadline to up to 60 days

HM Land Registry is extending the time its customers have to respond to requests for information to up to 40 days...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC names agencies breaching anti-money laundering processes

Estate agencies have been named by HM Revenue & Customs for breaching anti-money laundering regulations. The list of those breaching the rules...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS finance controversy: Surveyors’ chief insists action is being taken

The president of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors insists that the organisation is acting on recommendations of a probe into...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the New Year shakers and movers…

Hello and welcome to the first Property Jobs Today of 2021 - we’re less than a fortnight into the New Year...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 will not hold back Agents who are prepared to adapt

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

08 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Independent agents launch portal alternative to Rightmove

Independent agents inspired by the Say No To Rightmove campaign are to launch a rival portal next month. Wearethemarket is a portal...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin's Michael Bruce reveals portal's aims - and the lessons of Purplebricks

To kick off 2021, we have a Q&A with one of the most high-profile – and, it has to be said,...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday - Do The Right Thing Rishi!

There’s growing optimism that an extension to the stamp duty holiday - thought to be off the agenda just days ago...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Chancellor announces help for businesses until spring

The Chancellor has announced new measures to help businesses in the light of the lockdown announced in the past 24 hours. The...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells reveals its plan for Countrywide branches and staff

Connells has revealed that it’s to keep the existing Countrywide branch structure and staff headcount when the acquisition process is completed...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: backbone of our industry – Aspire-ing and roaring to greatness

Firstly, Happy New Year – here’s to 2021 being less chaotic than the last! In the final part of our series on...

02 January 2021

From: Features

2021 preview – what do letting agencies need to prepare for?

As we approach the end of the year, there is no doubt that it has been a turbulent 12 months for...

02 January 2021

From: Features

ZPG snaps up another price comparison website business

ZPG, parent company of Zoopla, is to buy another comparison website business, in addition to running its existing Uswitch service. Insurance group...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Current regulation of estate agents unenforceable admits Propertymark

Propertymark has told the government that it needs to introduce overarching regulation of agents now, because existing piecemeal provisions are unmanageable...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Hold the tinsel! Ditch the mistletoe! The house won’t sell…

We’re sure agents have been working hard to urge vendors to take it easy on the dodgy decorations if there are...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents demand immediate tax action to help market

NAEA Propertymark has written to the Scottish Government demanding it extend the current Land and Buildings Transaction Tax holiday - the...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin signs up OnTheMarket founder agency

Douglas & Gordon, one of the highest profile London agency networks, is the latest signing for the yet-to-launch Boomin portal. The agency...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket revamp under highly-paid new chief executive

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

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Mental health: bigger issue in agency industry than many believe

A survey conducted by charity Agents Together suggests a large majority of industry people would like to see more focus on...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Cyber attack hits council searches and will take months to recover

A cyber-attack on a London council has caused some transactions to fall through and others to be significantly delayed. The attack occurred...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona kindness - the best of agency in 2020

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

12 December 2020

From: Features

What leaving the EU means for anti-money laundering legislation

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

12 December 2020

From: Features

How can letting agents reduce deposit disputes?

Deposit disputes can be time-consuming and difficult for all parties involved whether it be a letting agent, landlord, or tenant. Although at...

09 December 2020

From: Features

“Deplorable” government slammed for years of housing problems

A scathing document produced by MPs slams the government for its “deplorable” housing policies which are "invented, abandoned and reinvented" -...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Connells makes increased offer for Countrywide

Connells has this morning made a dramatic improvement in its bid to takeover Countrywide. It has increased its cash offer from 250p...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: sellers can avoid January blues with positivity from agents

As we approach the most unusual of festive periods, many property professionals will already be thinking about the January market and...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can do more to speed up transactions by adopting technology

Recent debate about urgent need for reform and better collaboration within the property industry, has once again come under the spotlight...

04 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Long-standing portal Mouseprice bought by property social network

One of the oldest portals in the UK, Mouseprice, has been bought by a service which describes itself as the country’s...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Weak leadership threatens innovation

After you. No, after you. That is often how innovation seems amongst the real estate elite. And this week I see it...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Lessons for estate agents from Sir Philip Green’s fall from grace

One of the hybrid agency sector’s leading agents says there are key lessons our industry can learn from the collapse of...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Backer of self-employed agent model admits: ‘There are risks’

One of the biggest supporters of the self employed estate agent business model admits there are risks and it’s not for...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees - agents should disclose them up-front insists Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has joined calls for greater disclosure of referral fees by agents.  The issue has become a hot topic in...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as young branch manager dies from Coronavirus

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

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

What is blockchain and can it really help estate agents?

Property sales take a seriously long time to complete. There are a number of reasons for this, although often delays are...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Rezi Estate Agency Software Integrates with Zapier in Industry First

Rezi’s integration with Zapier has transformed the way in which estate agents can now save time, money and resource. Agents are...

27 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Do Charity - from Christmas parties to Christmas carols

We’re just a few days from December so why not get into the festive spirit a little early and get some...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property tax rises and falling house prices coming in 2021

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

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency opens in what may be Britain’s most-mocked location

A new estate agency in one of the country’s most widely-mocked towns has opened its doors - and is not afraid...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - backbone of our industry: Golders Green to South Coast

As regular readers will know, the Natter kickstarted a series last time out zoning in on local independent agents – the...

21 November 2020

From: Features

Agency chief claims self-employed model led to record month

A regional wing of Fine & Country has reported a record month - and puts it down to the self-employed ‘associate’ business model...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - movers and shakers across our industry

Hello and welcome to the latest PJT, your opportunity to catch up on who’s moving where in the agency and supplier...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Watchdog to probe merger of popular agency crowdfunding sites

The Competitions and Markets Authority is to probe the proposed merger of two crowdfunding sites used by numerous property industry companies. Crowdcube...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax Bombshell: CGT could double under new proposals

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

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

The importance of data from an agent’s perspective

Many agents are brilliant at giving a personal touch and are professional in the way they treat customers, but I would...

11 November 2020

From: Features

Investors in Countrywide prepare for bargaining with Connells

Various investors in Countrywide have submitted early online paperwork to The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers - the red tape required to...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares soar despite more branch closures

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

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide at risk of entering administration - claim

Connells has issued a counter statement to this morning’s announcement by Countrywide that a possible takeover is underway. At 7am Countrywide revealed...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Four revenue generation tips for letting agents

What are the best ways for a letting agency to generate additional revenue and stay ahead of the competition? Management fees are...

07 November 2020

From: Features

Will extended furlough help struggling agents and suppliers?

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

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS and Agents Together form partnership to help industry

The ESTAS awards service and the Agents Together foundation are entering into a partnership. That means all ESTAS customer agents will be...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies and branch closures continue at Countrywide

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

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday Mayhem - Sunak urged to avoid 'cliff-edge'

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been told to avoid a stamp duty holiday cliff-edge next March at any price - because it...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping the property market moving

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

27 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Living without Section 21 evictions – lessons from the Scottish market

The announcement of the Renters’ Reform Bill in the Queen’s speech last December caused a collective groan across the country from...

27 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Deposit protection - what is Prescribed Information?

Did you know your deposit protection obligations don't end with paying the deposit? You also need to serve the Prescribed Information within 30...

27 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Lettings in 2020 needs a gamechanger - could this be it?

There is no doubting that 2020 has been a challenging year for all industries, with the lettings market being no exception. Following...

24 October 2020

From: Features

Six ways innovation is transforming the lettings sector

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

24 October 2020

From: Features

Top tips - how can agents provide a 24/7 remote service?

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the way every industry operates and the property sector is no exception. Following an enforced seven-week...

23 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Covid-inspired career change for independent estate agent

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

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide gets £90m lifeline and top management clear-out

The troubled Countrywide group has announced a £90m investment by Alchemy Partners, a private equity company that specialises in investing in...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ big new idea - meditation for movers

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

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Soon-to-launch Boomin portal not just for sellers and buyers - claim

One of the latest 10 agents joining the still-to-launch Boomin portal says it could be the go-to website for all property...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin names another 10 founding member independent agencies

Boomin, the still-to-launch portal created by the founders of Purplebricks, has named another 10 founding member agencies. Like the initial 10 they...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Book review of ‘Parasite - The Secret Diary of a Landlord’

Book review by Graham Norwood, editor of Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and Landlord Today. If a letting agent wants to...

17 October 2020

From: Features

No more Mr Bad Guy: the image of agents is getting a makeover

Lawyers, politicians, bankers, insurance sellers – no matter where you go, there are some professions that are just always going to...

17 October 2020

From: Features

Industry Redundancies: Agents Together launches support programme

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

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Big revenue rise for OnTheMarket but agent numbers stalling

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

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral fee transparency shows why panel management is outdated

The latest review by the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team into referral fees places the outdated practice of...

10 October 2020

From: Features

Rightmove wins fees war as opponents raise the white flag

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has admitted that getting the number one portal to change its fee structure “may take...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 October 2020

From: Features

Agents MUST disclose referral fees, Trading Standards tells government

Customers must be told about third party referral fees when buying or selling a home says the National Trading Standards Estate...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - despite lockdowns and downpours…

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

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Speed up sales! Online platform claims to cut agents’ admin in 2021

A new online platform claims to be the first of its kind to speed up the private treaty sales process for...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Are agents swimming upstream against the Electrical Safety Regulations?

Are agents swimming upstream against the Electrical Safety Regulations? 3 months on from the introduction of the ‘Electrical Safety Standards in the...

29 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agents, conveyancers and movers pledge greater sales transparency

The cross-sector group looking at reforming the sales process has agreed a new pledge which it says introduces greater transparency for...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Why generating and nurturing leads is more important than ever

Seller and landlord leads are what makes estate agency tick. Without them, new business is nowhere to be seen and you...

23 September 2020

From: Features

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

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

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The PRS is broken - here’s how to fix it

The pandemic and the way the government has reacted to the private rental sector (PRS) has got me thinking about the...

19 September 2020

From: Features

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

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

19 September 2020

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - the latest ins, outs, and moving abouts…

Hello and welcome to the new working week. Here’s the latest information on key hires across our industry: if you have similar...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Ian Westerling - a legacy of Humberts, NAEA, PropTech and more

As many in the industry will know, Ian Westerling passed away last week at the age of 51: he was a...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Surveyors slug it out: Revamped group wants to take on RICS

The Residential Property Surveyors’ Association appears to be taking on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in a battle for authority...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Autumn 2020 - seven things to watch

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

05 September 2020

From: Features

Ground-breaking agent mentoring scheme wins lavish praise

A self-employed agent has gone public to lavish praise on the mentoring scheme which is part of the Agents Together charity. Cameron Carter,...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘taught not to quote VAT on fees’ claims insurance firm

An insurance firm claims estate agents are taught not to quote VAT in fees until the final bill. A statement from Admiral...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour to spend two years debating property and housing issues

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

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

£73,000 defrauded from Countrywide branch - culprits go free

Over £73,000 has been stolen from a Countrywide branch by two admin staff making false travel claims and issuing fake invoices. The crimes...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - latest moves in and across our industry

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of PJT, the industry’s summary of new movers. Of course many agencies are reassessing their...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide - 10 own goals in five years

Hindsight is 20-20 vision, of course, and we can all see things we did ‘then’ that we would not do ‘now’....

22 August 2020

From: Features

It’s a trap! Stamp duty holiday could lead to property taxes - claim

A prominent industry figure says the current stamp duty holiday could effectively be a trap to lure in buyers who will...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - more fund-raising good deeds

Hello and welcome to the weekend - if it’s Friday, it’s Agents Do Charity day as we pay tribute to fund-raisers...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - on a “phew, what a scorcher!” weekend

It’s hotting up out there as a beautiful summer’s weekend beckons - an ideal time for some fund-raising in the sun,...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency group “increasingly optimistic” about market despite Covid

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

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks refunds widow after press intervenes in case

An intervention by a magazine has led to Purplebricks refunding the up-front fee to a seller whose husband died suddenly and...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies at OnTheMarket ‘under consideration’ admits portal

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

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Sales progression – who should be doing it?

“Many hands make light work” – Does John Heywood’s old English proverb from the 1300s apply to modern approaches on how...

01 August 2020

From: Features

Broadband is ever-more important to buyers, survey shows

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

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

People quitting London for the country is overstated, suggests Zoopla

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

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Nothing wrong with 'Commisery' says unrepentant Michael Bruce

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

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Celebrating the different side of estate agency

Difference should be celebrated. But in our industry it rarely is. I was on the board of a large corporate where...

22 July 2020

From: Features

Purplebricks: another complaint prompts watchdog to intervene

Purplebricks has changed the wording of an advertisement on its website after a watchdog stepped in following a complaint. According to the...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Jon Horton, Product director of sales progression platform, mio

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Jon Horton, Product director of sales progression platform, mio What does...

17 July 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Agents Do Charity - and you really are a generous lot!

Hello and welcome to the end of the week and the prospect of a sunny weekend. We appreciate fund-raising is difficult with...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty holiday ends ‘one of few advantages for young buyers’

A think tank says the stamp duty holiday introduced a week ago is understandable and may be helpful to the housing...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Electrical checks - clarity and efficiency are crucial for compliance

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 - which require increased electrical testing in rental properties...

15 July 2020

From: Features

A new portal? Purplebricks founder launches project with ex-Reapit boss

The founder of Purplebricks, Michael Bruce, has this morning revealed his new project to be called Launch B - and he...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide “may not survive” warns one of its biggest investors

An investment manager who has a 7.8 per cent stake in Countrywide, is warning that the agency group may not survive...

12 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - no holiday for industry fund-raisers…

There are high hopes that the new stamp duty holiday will make an already busy market even busier - but not...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Software and portals destroyed the personal touch of agency

Have you ever wondered how industry-specific software and property portals have influenced the typical estate agency of today? A new book, which...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency losing over 50 jobs says its brand is “very much alive”

The Andrew Grant regional estate agency brand is “very much alive” despite the firm which bore the name losing 54 jobs...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agencies shut branches as industry adapts to 'new normal'

There are various reports of estate agencies closing branches - or not reopening them after lockdown - as they reduce the...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London-based hub agency triples in size during lockdown

A London agency says it’s seen over 30 new agents join its hub franchise operation during the lockdown, taking the total...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Congratulations! ESTAS 2020 winners celebrate ‘virtual’ victories

The industry’s first virtual awards event has taken place with hundreds of agents participating courtesy of YouTube. Winners of the prestigious ESTAS...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks critic launches “agent-friendly” PropTech platform

A former City analyst best known for his scathing criticisms of Purplebricks has launched a PropTech platform that he describes as...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 50 jobs lost as agency collapses into administration

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

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide chief joins mentor team at Agents Together

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

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

High Street agency veteran speaks up for hybrid business model

The new chief executive of The Property Franchise Group says he anticipates his company’s hybrid arm - EweMove - will go...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency spurred on by crisis to complete acquisition in weeks

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

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New branch aims to recruit by year-end despite market uncertainty

The latest branch of Fine & Country says it intends to expand both its premises and its workforce by the end...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New homes delivery to plummet by a third despite high demand

There’s been a big rise in demand for new-builds since the lockdown according to figures from Knight Frank - but the...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary Jenrick may be sacked shortly, says newspaper

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick - currently at the centre of a planning controversy - could be sacked in a September Cabinet reshuffle. The...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 June 2020

From: Features

Losing control of client money poses serious risks for letting agents

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

20 June 2020

From: Features

Video viewings don’t sell homes and already dying out - agent

Video tours, heralded as the next big thing just a few weeks ago, are being abandoned by buyers and dismissed as...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Scottish surge - agents and movers resume work on June 29

It’s been confirmed by the Scottish Government that the housing market north of the border resumes for business - and house...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency launches share offer for investors after rapid growth

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

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost half of agency’s new recruits have no property experience

US-originated estate agency Keller Williams claims to be the fastest growing in the UK as a result of 29 agents joining...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to report rivals breaking lockdown in still-closed market

The devolved government in Wales - where the housing market is still officially closed - has urged agents to report rivals...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Gurus lure another prominent agent for central London

The new YOUhome Property Gurus agency has announced another key hire to strengthen its central London activities.  The agency, set up by...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Second politician named in Jenrick ‘cash for favours’ controversy

Housing minister Chris Pincher has now been named in media investigations into allegations concerning his political boss, Robert Jenrick, and the...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity connection brings meaning to fast-growing processor of rental transactions

Covid-19 has placed a spotlight on the impressive variety of fundraising platforms and technologies available – and not often in places...

13 June 2020

From: Features

Jenrick fails to show for key question as ‘cash for favours’ row grows

Beleaguered Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is under growing pressure to explain his part in a planning decision - now deemed illegal...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide branch faces police and HMRC threat after furlough allegation

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

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Work/life balance and the lion’s share of commission – become a master of your own destiny

If you are an established UK estate agent, the status quo dictates that you will most likely work for ‘the man.’ Corporate...

09 June 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks' founders reveal new project to re-enter the agency industry

The brothers who founded Purplebricks - Michael and Kenny Bruce - have returned to the agency industry for the first time...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Police ‘assess’ Housing Secretary’s planning row as PM steers clear

The Metropolitan Police says it’s “assessing” the controversial surrounding the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, and a planning decision over which he...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New sales and rental franchise seeks agents to set up national operation

A senior property lawyer is to set up a franchise agency which he describes as embracing the best of the High...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Still trusting Trustpilot? Joe Lycett shows how reviews can be gamed

Arguments over the alleged gaming of reviews by and for some estate agencies have waged ferociously in recent years, and now...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Dominic Cummings - lessons for the agency industry

Dominic Cummings has been at worst a cause of huge anger to a nation that’s already extremely anxious. At best, he’s been...

30 May 2020

From: Features

Housing Secretary Jenrick in hot water again as he admits bias

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

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

How agents can win with the new Electrical Safety Regulations

Letting agents up and down the country have undoubtedly felt the financial strain added by the outbreak of COVID19. Whilst this will continue,...

26 May 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

23 May 2020

From: Features

Coup for London agency selected to provide Bank of England data

High end London agency Beauchamp Estates has been selected to join the Bank of England’s advisory panel of companies and senior directors, and to...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents in England can return to work tomorrow!

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

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says Covid crisis could be catalyst for change in portals

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

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

First details emerge of how businesses will reopen after lockdown

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

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 May 2020

From: Features

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

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

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent reveals ‘After Lockdown’ safe way of selling homes

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

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - key appointments made during lockdown

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

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 April 2020

From: Features

Remote Verification: How Property Firms Can Protect Themselves & Thrive

Aside from the obvious health crisis, the current pandemic is proving difficult for the business worldwide. However, despite the increasing contact...

22 April 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for stamp duty holiday to reignite housing market

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

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons furloughs 750 staff and slashes pay for high earners

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

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket furloughs over 20% of staff and defers credit arrangements

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

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Some agents receiving government grants already, says Guild

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

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 April 2020

From: Features

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

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

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyer interest holding up online as market digests latest figures

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

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Why Open Banking is the future of rental payments

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

04 April 2020

From: Features

Agents beware - buyers shoulder Japanese knotweed risk following TA6 changes

Based on our historical data over twenty years of nationwide operation and a survey conducted in partnership with YouGov, we estimate...

04 April 2020

From: Features

Not Guilty! Countrywide denies claims of unsafe working after lockdown

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

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency cartel scandal - watchdog wants agent directors disqualified

The Competitions and Markets Authority has started court proceedings seeking the disqualification of two estate agency directors over a price fixing...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 March 2020

From: Features

Purplebricks still expecting 25 instructions a day during crisis

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

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Portals slammed by PropTech start up promising to help agents

A PropTech start-up led by a prominent commentator has become the latest part of the industry to take a pop at...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s desperate plea to government over business rates

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Another Purplebricks refugee moves over to Keller Williams

The former director of customer experience at Purplebricks has been announced as a new partner in a Keller Williams franchise. Sarah Downes,...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Why negative reviews are the secret to success for agents

We all know how stressful buying a home is, whether it’s your very first step onto the ladder or your final...

18 March 2020

From: Features

Surveyors’ firm wound-up after lying to clients over success rate

A surveyors’ firm has been wound up after courts declared that it had misled clients over the success of its core...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

LonRes at 20: the lightbulb moment behind one of the first PropTech firms

The lightbulb moment for LonRes was born out of sheer frustration. I’d just missed out on a deal and the postman...

14 March 2020

From: Features

Latest Countrywide shambles sends share price tumbling

Countrywide’s share price fell by as much as 17 per cent at one point yesterday afternoon as investors assessed the latest...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide admits major hold-up of 'vital' deal to sell commercial arm

Countrywide has revealed a major hold-up in its supposedly "vital" sale of its commercial arm - and it is now seeking...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: uncertain times to accelerate mergers and failures

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

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Nick Lyons, CEO of No Letting Go

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Nick Lyons CEO What is No Letting Go and what does it...

10 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

NAEA to take US PropTech in landmark deal with realtors’ group

The National Association of Estate Agents has announced that it’s to offer US PropTech solutions to UK agents. The REACH programme has...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds top agents quitting firm's landmark branch

Estate Agent Today understands that three senior figures have departed from a key central London branch of Knight Frank. Each of them was...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Electrical checks – how to get ahead of the current

By now, most letting agents and landlords will have heard about the draft legislation laid in Parliament concerning a mandatory minimum...

04 March 2020

From: Features

Boris Bounce subsides as agent admits London sales slump

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

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 February 2020

From: Features

Uncle Sam vs Blighty - Two countries separated by a common language

The Atlantic Ocean is a vast space – some 4,000 miles eastwards across from the USA until land is met again....

29 February 2020

From: Features

First merger disclosure forms filed by Countrywide and LSL

Both Countrywide and LSL Property Services have submitted early online paperwork to The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, an independent body...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New Rightmove tool shows price per square metre falling in real terms

Forget the Boris Bounce - this might be the Rightmove Retreat. A new tool produced by the portal measures price per...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket share price falls to equal lowest-ever level

The share price of challenger portal OnTheMarket has fallen to its equal lowest-ever level after a drop of over five per cent...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: Countrywide admits ‘mega merger’ talks with LSL underway

Countrywide and LSL Property Services have this morning confirmed that talks are underway about a possible mega-merger. This confirms the speculation yesterday that...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents - please don’t leave a message after the tone

Why should agencies leave voicemail in the last decade and make 2020 the year to invest in a more modern solution? Voicemail...

22 February 2020

From: Features

Flooded houses could suffer 30% hit on asking prices, says agent

Buying agents are making waves about the hit on asking prices suffered by properties that have been flooded or are at...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

“Fat cat freeholders” would be stopped by Commonhold - claim

The government is being urged to make commonhold ownership compulsory on all new apartments - and the move could even begin a...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - from Down Under to the London Marathon…

Hello and welcome to the end of the week…which must mean Agents Do Charity. There’s plenty to admire in this week’s entries;...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

460 jobs lost in 2019 Your Move/Reeds Rains branch closures

It’s been revealed that the branch closure programme by Your Move and Reeds Rains last year resulted in 460 lost jobs...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Embracing the self-employed model – an agent’s view

The landscape of the estate agency market in the UK is evolving to reflect changes in the way we live our...

19 February 2020

From: Features

Another high end agent joins Keller Williams hybrid hub

Another former Savills agent has joined freelance agency operation Keller Williams, the second in recent weeks. In January it was revealed that...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Young and minted: 50% of Mayfair residents aged 21 to 44

A high profile and widely-respected estate agent is predicting a huge demographic change to one of the country’s wealthiest enclaves -...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing minister Esther McVey sacked by Boris Johnson

Esther McVey has been sacked as housing minister; she was the ninth housing minister in as many years. Her successor is the...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove no worse than many other suppliers says ex-Purplebricks boss

One of Britain’s most experienced estate agents says there’s no alternative to Rightmove, and the portal’s relationship with the industry is...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Humans cannot win on their own - neither can technology

A book, written by Gary Kasparov, has really made me question my opinions on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The book is called...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Third Keller Williams market centre of 2020 opens - with more to come

A new market centre operating as a hub for freelance agents has opened in Glasgow. Called KW Evolve it is a Keller...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Mystery of Countrywide’s indisposed Monaco buyer deepens

The mystery of why Countrywide’s crucial sale of its commercial arm has failed to go through as scheduled deepened over the...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

How can agents keep up with the ‘on-demand’ economy?

The ‘on-demand’ economy is reshaping our world. The way we order food, get around, and even access healthcare has changed irreversibly...

05 February 2020

From: Features

Coup for Keller Williams UK as it signs up Savills director

Keller Williams UK is opening a new Market Centre, this time in Oxfordshire - and it has signed a senior Savills...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Two-tier system can produce winners if landlords are prepared to move

After a challenging period for the UK property market, recovery is very much on the cards and the end to uncertainty...

01 February 2020

From: Features

Agency denies any responsibility for cyber security breach

Estate agents concerned over security breaches will be closely analysing what happens with a case concerning a London firm’s compromised email...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Two agents banned from being company directors until 2025

It’s been reported that two founders of an estate agency at Leigh in Greater Manchester have been banned until 2025 after...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s in? who’s out? who’s moving?

Hello - if it’s Monday it’s PJT day, so welcome to the latest update on key moves within our industry. Let us...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements: industry and public split on whether they work

The group charged with pioneering Reservation Agreements in the house buying process admits both the industry and the public are split...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

48 hours with...the largest estate agency in the world

'It's a recipe, not a menu' is a mantra championed by a host of Keller Williams' millionaire estate agents. But what are...

25 January 2020

From: Features

Brexit challenges for agents and the property industry

Suddenly Brexit Day is nearly here. It may have taken three and a half years from the Referendum but the UK will,...

25 January 2020

From: Features

Humberts bought by consortium of franchise owners

It's been confirmed that Humberts has been sold for an undisclosed amount to a consortium of franchisees - and that the...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Watchdog issues “strong signal” to rogue agents who price-fix

The Competition and Markets Authority says it wants to send “a strong signal” to the estate agency industry that price-fixing will...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Mortgage brokers vs robo advisers - who will win?

“Give me 100 leads and I will make five-times more good appointments than any AI you put me up against,” stated...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Future of referral fees may be revealed at upcoming conference

The annual conference of the National Association of Estate Agents takes place on February 27 - the date when the future...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - movers and shakers across the industry

Hello and welcome to a new week, and a new edition of PJT. If you’re on the move or your firm has...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Digital Search Delays: Land Registry plans in disarray

HM Land Registry appears to be making painfully slow progress on digitising land charge search data - contrary to its earlier...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Each Purplebricks customer costs £375 for agency to acquire

A leading analyst says Purplebricks has clearly plateaued and will not reach its own target of a 10 per cent market...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2020?

After a year dogged by Brexit deadlock, political turmoil, and slow growth, estate agents’ confidence in the property market hit a...

04 January 2020

From: Features

Property Natter: the most revolutionary software product on the market?

First things first, a big happy New Year to everyone. Welcome to 2020! It looks set to be another interesting year...

04 January 2020

From: Features

Agents told to act on key change in Anti-Money Laundering law

The government introduced the Fifth EU Money Laundering Directive into UK law just before Christmas - and it has a significant implication for...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Five things to watch for in 2020

A new year dawns - but will 2020 bring new change for the agency industry now that the market appears to...

28 December 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket raises £3.4m and buys into PropTech firm

OnTheMarket has this morning announced it has raised £3.4m through a placing of shares. It has placed 4,857,143 new ordinary shares at a...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells branches shut but ‘no extensive closure programme’ says firm

Connells has confirmed that it has closed two branches in Dorset in the south west of England, in addition to the...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons’ infamous Minis to go electric - eventually

The troubled London agency Foxtons says its fleet of branded Minis will go electric - but it has generously set itself...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells says branch closure is one-off, not part of wider programme

Connells has confirmed that it’s closing one of its branches on Wednesday with some but not all staff being redeployed. And the...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what has the last decade meant for the property industry?

Yes, believe it or not, we’ve nearly reached the end of a whole decade. And what an eventful decade it’s been. We’ve...

14 December 2019

From: Features

Big Tory win: but agents warn over Stamp Duty and Section 21

It’s a substantial Tory government for the next five years: what does this mean for estate agents, property and the market? We have...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: a new year, a new you - resolutions for 2020

Yes, you can promise yourself that you won't eat all the mince pies, or yet another roast potato, nor drink as...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Bizarre: Humberts website displays false number for customers

Humberts has signed off in bizarre style leaving only false contact details on its website. The historic agency - which closed several...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

3,000 more offices now on paying contracts with OnTheMarket

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that as of December 2, over 3,000 more offices had been signed under new paying contracts...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firms link to maximise valuation leads for agents

PropTech services The ValPal Network and Loop Software have launched an integration which they say will reduce admin and maximise valuation opportunities...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - plenty of movers as Christmas nears

Hello and welcome to PJT: even with little more than a fortnight before Christmas it seems there are still plenty of...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Humberts one-stop-shop hub experiment comes crashing down

Humberts' experiment rejecting branches and promoting a supposedly one-stop-shop for property related services has failed with reports that the firm is likely...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Will flight-shaming kill the overseas holiday home?

There used to be a consolation for some estate agents at this time of year - while it was wintry and...

07 December 2019

From: Features

Agency revenue falls for Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons

A trading statement this morning by LSL Property Services - owners of Reeds Rains, Your Move and Marsh & Parsons -...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned on GDPR compliance after huge £12.4m fine

The National Association of Estate Agents is warning UK agents to take stock of their data collection and retention procedures following...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Day in the life of a London sales director

In the latest part of the Natter’s ‘day in the life of’ series, I catch up with Chris Osmond, sales director...

30 November 2019

From: Features

Training - how can you be the best estate agent?

Here at sales progression and communication tool mio, we recently caught up with Sarah Edmundson, co-director of The AllStars Group, the...

30 November 2019

From: Features

Members-only online club being launched for property professionals

A new digital ‘members-only club’ is being launched for property professionals around the world.  The Eighth Door is a web and app-based...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as December arrives and temperatures fall…

It’s beginning to look a lot like…we’re running a very popular service for agents, as we’ve been inundated with more fund-raising...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: new app allows agents to test interest in properties pre-sale

A new app is being launched which allows agents to gauge possible interest in a property before it is formally put...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agent slashes franchise fee and says: ‘Make me an offer’

It normally costs estate or lettings agents £10,000 to buy a franchise for the online company called The Good Estate Agent...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge could have benefits for UK buyers - claim

The chief of an online auction service says the Conservatives’ controversial proposal for a three per cent stamp duty surcharge on...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Good mews as prime agency bucks trend and opens new office

London’s specialist mews estate agency, Lurot Brand, is opening a new office in the capital.  Established in 1971 and widely regarded as...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Make gazumping illegal! Overwhelming majority favour complete ban

A new survey suggests that an overwhelming majority of householders want a legal ban on gazumping. The result is likely to be...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency removes Trustpilot and Google reviews after complaint

Fledgling online estate agency Emoov - now owned by PropTech firm Mashroom - has removed reviews and endorsements from its website...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket share price flops as Rightmove complaints rise

OnTheMarket’s share price slumped to an all-time low just before the end of trading last week. The price fell to 69.0p during trading on...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks claims 4% market share but admits revenue stays flat

Purplebricks has this morning released a brief and relatively downbeat trading statement to the City and its shareholders. The statement applies to the...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Logbooks, Property MOTs and agent regulation demanded by NAEA

The National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents have issued their manifesto for next month’s General...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements may need bigger penalties says Reapit chief

Reservation Agreements may require bigger financial penalties than the £500 to £1,000 currently envisaged if they are to work. That’s the view...

01 November 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

Purplebricks, Housesimple and Yopa must merge to survive - claim

The former chief of an online estate agency says the top three surviving firms in the sector must merge if they...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency’s £40k bill after allowing staff to value home they wished to buy

An estate agency will pay out over £40,000 after being found to have misled customers and allowing one of its own...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris and the house moving process - O Lucky Man!

There are many adjectives that can be applied to Boris Johnson, probably very few of them complimentary, but there’s one that...

26 October 2019

From: Features

Start touting! Agents told to knock on doors and steal their rivals' vendors

A controversial estate agent and former head of an online agency is urging agents to knock on the doors of vendors...

24 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

Big rise in London sellers slashing asking prices, admits agency

A London estate agency chain says It’s seen a 59 per cent surge in the number of its clients who have...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - Day in the life of a Yopa Territory Owner

Yopa – launched in 2015 as part of the new breed of hybrid operators seeking to shake up the industry –...

19 October 2019

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and it’s a deal at last, isn’t it?

As the country nears a Brexit deal (maybe… perhaps… possibly) there’s time to reflect on a quite contrasting process - the no-nonsense...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed: local councils with the slowest searches

A trade body has sharply criticised HM Land Registry for its slow progress on digitising local searches after a promising start...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Purplebricks: troubled investor Woodford slashes stake to under 5%

The troubled ‘star fund manager’ Neil Woodford has drastically reduced his stake in Purplebricks: he now owns less than five per...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Why has Upad gone down?

Upad, the national online letting agent set up by entrepreneur James Davis has announced that it is “closed to new business”...

15 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Reservation Agreements to be trialled in the New Year

Reservation agreements locking in buyers and sellers could be trailed with some agencies and conveyancers early in 2020, a government official...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Zero Deposit’s Jon Notley talks exclusively to Estate Agent Today

When renting a property out, letting agents and landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant...

12 October 2019

From: Features

How can the government help the millions of 'trapped' movers?

There’s no doubt that we live in politically charged times and every day appears to bring something new to the ‘party’. For...

05 October 2019

From: Features

Targeting the right landlords for post-fees ban success

We know that the tenant fee ban has cost letting agents dearly, with an estimated loss of £300 million paid to...

02 October 2019

From: Features

'Property Guru' agency announces fresh investment and key hire

A new estate agency, which claims to only hire property experts, has announced a new investment as well as the recruitment...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Agents should capitalise on pivoting companies

I want to take the time this week to talk about PropTech startups and how they can often be seen to...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks hopes stamp duty reform campaign will dampen criticisms

Purplebricks - which is at the centre of a string of controversies - has joined the growing campaign for stamp duty...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Will the current political landscape encourage Generation Rent to vote?

In recent years, governments and local councils have sought to change the private rented sector (PRS) to make it more appealing...

28 September 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket on the ropes as fewer agents than forecast pay full-tariff

A trading statement from OnTheMarket reveals that fewer agents than anticipated have so far converted from free or discounted deals to...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this week’s news and moves in the industry

Hello and welcome to your regular Monday PJT, the essential guide to who’s moving where in our industry. Everyone mentioned here got...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Former Emoov agency fined for anti-money laundering breaches

HM Revenue & Customs has revealed that the original Emoov online agency has been fined for breaches of money laundering regulations. HMRC...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Missing Links: London's golf courses have land to house a million people

It’s bizarre but true (apparently). London’s golf courses could provide the land for homes that could house a million people. An interesting...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Simon Trippett, Partner at The Property Centre

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Simon Trippett – Partner at The Property Centre. What services...

18 September 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

MPs slam Help To Buy for aiding only those who could buy anyway

A report by the influential Public Accounts committee of MPs has been highly sceptical of the effectiveness of Help To Buy. It...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Is mis-measurement of homes by agents the next PPI scandal?

A PropTech company is suggesting that property mis-measurements and resulting over-valuations may be the next PPI scandal. The firm - Spec, which...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government ‘trying to put a lid on house price rises’ admits minister

The new housing minister has admitted that her party has tried to “put a lid” on house price rises and has...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: would these three radical reforms work?

A blog for the British Property Federation has come up with three radically different proposals for stamp duty, providing food for...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

One of country’s oldest independents snapped up by fast-growing agency

The independent Seel and Co, one of Cardiff’s and Wales’ oldest independent agencies and auction houses, has been acquired by Jeffrey...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agency is changing

One of the biggest changes seen in the property market over the last decade is technology growth. With the likes of Rightmove...

11 September 2019

From: Features

Referral Fees: Guild backs tighter rules and is checking members for compliance

The Guild of Property Professionals has welcomed government steps to provide buyers and sellers with greater transparency in transactions - and...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

EweMove hybrid defends recruiting franchisees with no agency experience

The parent company of franchised hybrid estate agency EweMove says that experienced estate agents outperform inexperienced franchisees - but only for...

10 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

Referral Fees: government amends guide for buyers and sellers

The government has issued a revised version of its official How To Buy and How To Sell documents, aimed at consumers...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News