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Cost of living crisis makes simple bills more crucial than ever for agents

Unless you have been living under a rock since the end of last year, you won’t need to be told about...

29 June 2022

From: Features

A third of property professionals suffer burnout from heavy workloads and client demands

A third of property professionals have reported suffering from burnout due to the pandemic property market boom. A survey of UK property...

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Why free online logbooks are little more than Dropbox

There have been many articles about ‘digitising upfront information’, following the publication of DLUHC’s Levelling-Up white paper and National Trading Standards...

25 June 2022

From: Features

Super rich returning to London property market

Upmarket agent Beauchamp Estates has hailed the return of wealthy buyers to London after selling the home of two former Lebanon...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Historic agency aims to more than double franchise network in next five years

Historic agency brand Humberts is looking to have between 20 and 30 offices over the next five years as it marks...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Insight - should estate agents be using TikTok?

If a picture paints a thousand words, then compelling videos paint an entire book. Whereas photos and text can only show...

22 June 2022

From: Marketing & Social Media

Industry veteran reveals why conveyancers 'fob-off' agents

Industry veteran Eddie Goldsmith has revealed why solicitors may sometimes have to “fob-off” estate agents and how to get around it. Goldsmith,...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Upmarket agent launches book on most famous and expensive instructions

The founder of prime London estate agency Beauchamp Estates is set to reveal all on his most prestigious property sales. Gary Hersham has...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

London agency giant signals more acquisitions in 2022

Dexters is set for more acquisitions in 2022 as agents exit the sector amid concerns over new rules and regulations, its...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

White paper calls for intergenerational mortgages to help first-time buyers

A group of mortgage advisers has proposed a range of reforms to reduce barriers to home ownership for first time buyers. The...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Time is running out for legacy customer checks

As another round of property firms is fined, named and shamed for breaching anti-money laundering rules, it feels like the road...

18 June 2022

From: Features

Opinion: Fairer lettings are not a horror story

The government’s Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper has initially caused some consternation and a strong adverse reaction from some within...

18 June 2022

From: Features

Interest rate rise: Agents remain optimistic but FTBs urged to ‘act now’

The Bank of England raised interest rates for the fifth consecutive month yesterday. The cost of borrowing is now at a 13-year...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

MPs set to quiz Housing Secretary on property market proposals

Housing Secretary Michael Gove and minister Stuart Andrew are set to be grilled by MPs on their property market plans today. The...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

The art of collaboration - why it can help benefit the home buying and selling process

If there’s not a book called ‘The Art of Collaboration’ then there should be. Update: a quick Google search shows there...

11 June 2022

From: Features

Video tours? I don’t see it myself!

There was an article in Estate Agent Today recently that suggested only four per cent of properties on Rightmove and Zoopla...

11 June 2022

From: Features

Phil Spencer – why sales-only agencies should get into lettings

There’s one message that’s come home to me loud and clear from my dealings with agents so far this year -...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Cost of living crisis delays deposit savings for first-time buyers

First-time buyers are now facing up to a nine-year wait to save enough of a deposit to get on the property...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Why fraud becomes a major problem in rentals during a UK recession

We are all acutely aware of the surge in demand for rental properties in and around the capital in the months...

01 June 2022

From: Features

Agency network signs software deal with Zoopla-backed firm

RE/MAX has signed a software contract with Zoopla-owned Alto. The two-year agreement means that all of RE/MAX’s 250 plus associates across England...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents and conveyancers should ditch the screen - here's why

For years, the issue of phone etiquette created tension between estate agents and the legal profession, the former claiming lawyers won’t...

28 May 2022

From: Features

Agents doing what they've always done cost viewings

There are many myths about using virtual tours to sell or let properties. The most common perceptions are that virtual property...

28 May 2022

From: Features

My First Property Sale: 'There was a race to get the deal done by Christmas'

Many agents will remember the nerves and jubilation of their first property sale. Estate Agent Today has launched a new video series...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property data company hits back amid watchdog's merger concerns

Property data company Dye & Durham has promised to “work collaboratively” with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) after the watchdog...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Back of the net! Scottish agency partners with Premiership football club

Scottish estate and lettings agent Stonehouse has sealed a new partnership deal with Aberdeen Football Club. Stonehouse, an Aberdeen-based sister brand to...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Competition watchdog blocks property data merger

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has warned that it may block the merger of two property search firms as it...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers ‘don’t know enough about mortgages’

A lack of mortgage knowledge could be holding buyers back, research claims. A survey of more than 1,000 consumers by Nottingham Building...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency proptech supplier's new CTO promises 'innovative' products

PropTech supplier nurtur.group has appointed Damon Bullimore BriefYourMarket co-founder Damon Bullimore as chief technology officer (CTO). It follows nurtur.group’s acquisition of the...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – will the challenger banks ever become major lenders?

Many people in recent years will have become familiar with challenger banks such as Monzo, Starling and Atom. Many will have...

14 May 2022

From: Features

Agents - give yourself a Mental Health Day

With this week being Mental Health Awareness Week, Sam Hunter - COO at Homesearch and a keen mental health advocate -...

14 May 2022

From: Features

The identity revolution is here…how will agency be affected?

Just this month, the Government Property Agency kicked off its search for a digital chief to lead its 10-year technology journey,...

14 May 2022

From: Features

Speedy sales adding fraud risks for estate agents – warning

Speedy property sales may not be as good as they seem, an industry figure has warned. Recent figures released by Rightmove indicate...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Queen’s Speech: How proposed laws may help or hinder estate agents

The Queen’s Speech has unveiled proposed overhauls on planning, consumer and economic crime laws that could all have an effect on...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to embrace tech as demand grows for shorter working week

Agents are being urged to make better use of technology to balance calls for a shorter working week and consumer demand...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Halifax signals start of house price growth slowdown

The property market is bracing for the start of the slowdown in the rate of house price growth.  The Halifax House Price...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Why speedy transactions could be leaving the door wide open to fraudsters

In this guest piece, Colum Smith, a property expert at law firm Taylor Rose MW, sets out why speedier transactions could...

07 May 2022

From: Features

New Gazeal product aims to help reduce property sale fall-throughs

PropTech company Gazeal has launched a new product to help agents secure a sale at any point. The new product is called...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Hunters signs six-year software deal with Zoopla-backed Alto

Hunters has signed a six-year agreement to use Zoopla-backed Alto’s agency software. All of Hunters 200-plus branches and any additional offices added...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Collaborative Conveyancing - is this the panacea to the home moving process?

I attended a forum in London a couple of weeks ago, which for the first time brought estate agents and conveyancers...

30 April 2022

From: Features

Busy sales market - how can agents help sellers take advantage of this bonanza?

April looks set to go down as the busiest month for house sales of the year.  And with record numbers of properties predicted...

30 April 2022

From: Features

Proptech and the future of the UK’s economy and property market

Although Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement did not include many announcements regarding housing, it did provide a good...

23 April 2022

From: Features

Q&A: What do new material information rules mean for estate agents?

From the beginning of April, long-awaited rules from the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) came into effect....

23 April 2022

From: Features

Research – blurred lines increase stress and fatigue for property professionals

More than half of those working within the property sector are suffering from higher levels of fatigue or stress, due to...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

The expansion continues…major sales and lettings deal for Linley & Simpson

A well-known Yorkshire estate agency has expanded into another of its prime locations after striking a major acquisition deal. Linley & Simpson...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

New Purplebricks CEO – what challenges will she face?

Yesterday afternoon, Helena Marston was finally confirmed as Purplebricks new CEO after all the due diligence checks that are required for...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Auction service hits agent milestone

Auction house The iamproperty Group has reached a new agent milestone. It now has 4,000 agents on the network using its auction...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

How to Prove Your Rented Property is Safe for Habitation

As amendments to smoke and carbon monoxide alarm legislation loom for rented properties later this year, we look at how inventory...

09 April 2022

From: Features

Lomond Group backs acquisition of independent regional agent

The Lomond Group has continued on the agency acquisition trail after backing its Thornley Groves brand to snap up Manchester-based Julian...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Advertising watchdog open to considering SSTC listing complaints

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has said it may consider complaints about ‘misleading SSTC listings’ on portals but suggests it may...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

The Property Franchise Group plans more agency acquisitions

The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) is planning more acquisitions after a busy 2021 for buying-up agencies. The umbrella property brand, which incorporates...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards reminds agents to update SSTC listings amid legal debate

Trading Standards has advised agents to update listings once they reach the "sold subject to contract" (SSTC) stage. It comes after legal...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Belvoir tipped for more M&A activity

More acquisitions are being predicted at agency franchise group Belvoir. It comes as the listed brand yesterday reported record group revenue of...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental reform - why it'll make inventories more important than ever 

In this weekend feature, inventory expert and chair of the AIIC, Daniel Evans, sets out why rental reform changes will make...

02 April 2022

From: Features

Pro-active conveyancers in bid to improve buying and selling process

A number of pro-active conveyancers are joining a new conveyancing directory being set up by one of the leading figures in...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - our thoughts remain with Ukraine…

The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine continues to dominate the thoughts of our industry as this week’s ADC shows - a wonderful...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Fall Throughs - are mortgage lenders to blame in part?

A survey of 700 borrowers by a high net worth lender suggest almost four out of 10 have lost a mortgage...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Major PropTech deal for two of the industry’s best-known names

The iamproperty group - best known for its online auction business - has snapped up cloud-based property software business VTUK for...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Are housing sanctions against Oligarchs just a waste of time?

A Russian billionaire says he no longer owns many of his former properties in the UK, raising question marks over the...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Fall-Through Mayhem - over 50,000 deals collapse since New Year

A prominent industry supplier has produced startling statistics about the numbers of fall throughs in just the first 10 weeks or...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Best ever spring market for vendors as prices hit new record

There’s been a remarkable 1.7 per cent increase in the average asking price of homes coming to the market in just...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Dexters’ expansion programme continues with digital platform

The long-standing commitment of London-focussed agency Dexters to expand through acquisitions is continuing apace. Over the weekend it was announced that the...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: agency with a new concept and terrific fundraising

As regular readers will know, I like to use this column to shout out about the independent agents who are the...

12 March 2022

From: Features

Insight - how do you solve a problem like conveyancing?

Those aficionados of the Sound of Music will recognise the tag line above. It came to my mind when thinking about...

12 March 2022

From: Features

From Poacher to Gamekeeper - Levelling Up from Agent to Developer

The path from agent to developer is not easy, but it is a relatively straightforward one, if you are willing to...

12 March 2022

From: Features

Agents must do more to help mental health, says industry supplier

A prominent trade body says the property industry must do more to recognise and support those with mental health issues. The Association...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

New flats marketed as ‘work from home’ units

A developer has converted a 1979s office block into flats which are now being sold as £180,000 to £215,000 work from...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Challenger portal launches major advertising campaign

The OneDome group websites - OneDome itself and nethouseprices - are launching their largest ever advertising campaign. It will target buyers and...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer wants buyers to have maximum upfront information

Phil Spencer is teaming up with a PropTech supplier to help buyers have the maximum volume of upfront information. Spencer’s Move iQ...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Ukraine crisis will put brakes on runaway housing market, warns analyst

Despite the latest Halifax house price index showing a 10.8 per cent annual rise, a leading housing market analyst is warning...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent, 20, reports herself to police for drink-driving

A 20 year old estate agent who admitted being four times over the drink driving limit has been fined and banned...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Will The Lights Go On Again In Central London?

Almost exactly a decade ago I wrote a blog on the back of a spate on mainstream news stories about prime...

05 March 2022

From: Features

Predictions 2022 - an interview with Simon Shinerock

Peta Milne, founder of Instagram growth and PR service Monimo, and a content writer at Choices Estate Agents, recently sat down...

05 March 2022

From: Features

Estate Agents warned to ensure screening procedures are up to date as the Government toughens sanctions on Russia

Estate agents and other property businesses need to ensure their customer screening processes are robust and up to date following extensive...

02 March 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Affordability is the issue of the rent control argument

The hot topic of rent controls has remerged in recent weeks, with passionate voices on both sides of the argument speaking...

02 March 2022

From: Features

Massive mortgages on the way? Old restrictions may be ditched

The Bank of England has issued a consultation on changing the affordability tests for large mortgages introduced in the wake of...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

One in 10 sellers guilty of trying to avoid fees, some agents report

Some agents say they have as many as one in 10 vendors taking their properties off the market and seeking to...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – meet the blockchain network quietly taking agency by storm

Until a few years ago, you would have been forgiven for not knowing who or what Coadjute was. But the company, founded...

26 February 2022

From: Features

Opinion: The property sector should take action now, not wait for the Economic Crime Bill

The outcome of the Ukraine crisis is far from certain, but one thing has become abundantly clear. The long-overdue Economic Crime...

26 February 2022

From: Features

SmartBoards - OnTheMarket's dynamic QR codes generate leads for agents

OnTheMarket has inked a deal with Kremer Signs to supply agents with Smartboards to be added to For Sale signs -...

23 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Crunch week for Rightmove as it reveals revenue from agents

Analysts are gearing up for the full year figures to be revealed by Rightmove to its shareholders at the end of...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Star Quality - leading estate agency hires a Mystic Meg

Normally estate agents are rightly proud of their professional abilities to provide expertise to vendors when it comes to selling -...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

A Lesson for Agents from the Ukraine Crisis

If the UK and its allies have been played by Russia over the Ukraine ‘invasion’, and it’s beginning to look that...

19 February 2022

From: Features

Knowledge is power - why PDTF is a positive step forward for buying and selling

‘Knowledge is power’ goes the old saying, and one variation on that theme is a quote from academic, Robert Boyce, who...

19 February 2022

From: Features

Interest rate U-turn ‘sooner rather than later’ says market analyst

A prominent analyst says he expects a U-turn on the “folly” of interest rate rises sooner rather than later - but...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

easyProperty online agency signs three-year PropTech deal

Online agency easyProperty - which says it has a mission to transform the way people sell their home - has signed...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Insight - an estate agents’ guide to AML

The UK property industry has long been a target of fraudsters due to the low levels of transparency and the fact...

12 February 2022

From: Features

Cyber-security in 2022: what do agents need to know?

I’m sure most readers would agree with me that cyber-security is vitally important for almost any business, particularly those businesses like...

12 February 2022

From: Features

How the property sector must adapt during the year ahead

If 2020 was the year of survival, then 2021 was about the post-Covid boom. The impact of the pandemic on the...

12 February 2022

From: Features

Countrywide in major reviews deal for 49 agency brands

Connells-owned Countrywide has announced a major deal in which 49 of its brands will use the ESTAS customer review platform. The deal...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Choice Falls - but does it mean housing market in retreat?

After a long period of improvement in the level of product choice for borrowers, February has seen mortgage availability fall for the...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Guru predicts ‘Roaring 2020s’ boom for London’s richest

The estate agent known to his thousands of followers on Twitter as Mayfair Guru is predicting a ‘Roaring 2020s’ for the...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents are not shysters - Industry figure  rejects lawyer’s attack

A leading estate agency figure has hit back at a lawyer’s claim that agents who use exclusivity agreements are “shysters”.  Last week...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Interest Rates - Do They Matter Any More?

Here’s the odd thing about interest rates - we all care about them, but they don’t directly affect that many people...

05 February 2022

From: Features

Agency boasts 11 branches following latest acquisition

Midlands-based property firm Sheldon Bosley Knight - also known as SBK - has snapped up north Warwickshire estate agency Hawkins. As well as...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Mortgages to cost more as base rate increases

The Bank of England has increased the base rate from 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent. This means a typical tracker...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Exclusivity Agreements? They’re for “shysters” claims lawyer

The Property Ombudsman should ban agents from using so-called exclusivity agreements on sales, claims a law firm.  Donal Blaney, founder of Griffin...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer - Agents Have Standards … So Show The Customer!

For an unregulated industry, agents have an awful lot of regulations to deal with. For example, there’s the mandatory membership of a...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing Reform proposals to change economy by 2030

The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper, revealed this morning includes a radical reshaping of the private rental sector. Section 21 eviction...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Low fee agents like Purplebricks not right for mass market - analyst

Low fee agents such as Purplebricks and some other online operators are generally not trusted by the public when selling their...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Referral fee offer for OnTheMarket agents via development deals

OnTheMarket has signed a deal with Brickflow, a new comparison site for development finance.   The portal says the partnership will provide member...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech tool shows buyers detailed fit-out of homes pre-purchase

A new PropTech platform has an ultimate aim of allowing house buyers to select and order their interior decorations and modifications...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Revamped ‘Personal’ agency hopes to win self-employed agents

Hunters has tweaked its earlier version of hybrid franchising in a bid to attract self-employed agents. Hunters Personal was launched with a...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Sale Prices Up 25% - the housing sector with massive inflation

There’s been huge sale price inflation in the rarified high-end country estate market according to a buying agent. Jess Simpson, who runs...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech boost for agents with Blockchain network in new deal

The PropTech network Coadjute, which says it will ultimately slash the time it takes to move house by as much as...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

English Football League link up with top agency to continue

The link up between the English Football League and a top estate agency is to go on for a third year...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning To Agents - inflation could hurt housing market, experts say

Inflation could deal a double blow to the housing market, an agency expert warns. Last week it was revealed that UK inflation...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket predicts improved profits after strong year

OnTheMarket has this morning told shareholders that its performance is ahead of expectations and it's on course to make improved profits...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Get ready: Blockchain is coming to a property transaction near you

Imagine a world where you, as an agent, could focus on what you do best. Building and managing relationships, showing properties,...

19 January 2022

From: Features

Free PropTech for OnTheMarket agents after deal with industry veteran

OnTheMarket has entered a PropTech commercial partnership with Autoenhance.ai Limited, the AI photo editing platform.  Autoenhance was founded by PropTech entrepreneur Jamie...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – my predictions for the property market in 2022

As this is the first Natter back since the Christmas break, I should like to first wish all our readers a...

15 January 2022

From: Features

A day in the life of a Sales and Investment Consultant

From first-time buyers to serial investors, no two days are ever the same for a Sales and Investment Consultant at Walton...

15 January 2022

From: Features

Foxtons sells off London sales agency it bought last year

Foxtons has this morning announced that it’s selling off the sales wing of a rival London agency that it bought just...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Inflation wiping out house price growth in many areas - claim

Soaring inflation means that house price growth in much of the country is being wiped out, according to a leading housing...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Long-standing independent agency acquired by rival

Plymouth independent estate agency Alan Cummings & Co has been acquired by Julian Marks Estate Agents. With more than 16 staff and...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Recruitment and staffing – how automation can help reduce the burden

Work patterns and the employee experience have changed dramatically because of Covid, with a substantial rise in home, flexible and hybrid...

13 January 2022

From: PropTech & Innovation

Boomin’s Michael Bruce renews attack on big three portals

Boomin co-founder and chief executive Michael Bruce has returned to the attack on Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket with an open letter,...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket reveals new PropTech tool for member agents

OnTheMarket agents are to have access to the prospecting tool SmartMail, produced by data firm Sprift. SmartMail is a canvassing and prospecting...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidance to estate and letting agents

Propertymark, the main industry trade body, has this evening updated its guidance on Covid safety for estate and letting agents in...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Healthy Staff mean a Healthy Business

It’s often said that agency is a people business, and I can see no reason to disagree - agents dealing face-to-face...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the hidden threat to 2022’s housing market

At the risk of mixing my metaphors, any mention of energy has become something of a blue touch paper in the...

08 January 2022

From: Features

The rise of outsourcing in Estate Agency

The last two years have been dramatic and decisive for many people and many businesses. Both have reassessed their work approaches...

08 January 2022

From: Features

£1m-plus homes on the rise following house price boom

The housing market boom of 2021 has given rise to an increasing number of £1m-plus deals.  Government statistics analysed by mortgage firm...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Big surge in first time buyers - but it won’t last…

For the first time since before the global financial crisis of 2008, the number of first-time buyers is estimated to have...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Billionaires take advantage of prime London’s Covid price falls

Prime Central London’s attraction to multi-millionaire and billionaire buyers appears to have soared during the pandemic. High end agency Beauchamp Estates says...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Goodbye referral fees? Conveyancing expert’s anger over IT crisis

A conveyancer has contacted Estate Agent Today suggesting that the Simplify Group IT data crisis could be the death knell for the company...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Price rises again after New Year, says conveyancing service

A housing market forecast based on conveyancing instructions says average prices will dip this month. Average prices will fall by 1.1 per...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing IT crash - company slammed for ‘wall of silence’

A consultancy specialising in data protection issues has sharply criticised the Simplify Group for its ongoing lack of communications over its...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Leasehold is here to stay - so here's what is being done to help

Leasehold, quite rightly, remains not just an emotive topic given what has happened over the past decade, but it’s very much...

18 December 2021

From: Features

£100m deal for famous London agency - 'talks underway'

Sky News reports that the little-known Lomond Group - backed by private equity money - is in exclusive talks to buy one...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

No Impact: interest rate change not hurting housing market

The Bank of England has raised interest rates for the first time in more than three years, in response to surging...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove computes strongest sellers’ markets in the UK

Rightmove has identified the UK’s strongest sellers’ market - and it’s in Easton, Bristol. Four of the top 10 sellers’ markets are...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Boris in a slump? Things WILL get better…

Every year we at EAT are impressed by the pleasingly political festive cards sent out by the STANLEY Chelsea agency -...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

5 key questions when buying a new estate agency website

A good website is no longer optional for estate agents, as no single aspect of marketing to new customers is more...

13 December 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Conveyancing IT crash exposes weaknesses in transaction process

EAT readers may have seen a piece in Friday’s property section of The Times about the long-running Simplify saga, which has...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Are reservation agreements the future of agency? These agents think so!

You’ve heard me bang on about the wonder of reservation agreements for some time now, but it’s definitely the case that...

11 December 2021

From: Features

Controversial football boss links with Bruce Brothers and Boomin

An England football manager who resigned after a newspaper sting is in a podcast series launched by Boomin and Purplebricks founders Michael and Kenny...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news as mortgage choice now highest for over 13 years

The product choice for buyers wanting mortgages is now the highest it has been since 2008 according to the independent service...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove to work with buyers to reduce fall-through risk

Rightmove is to try to help potential buyers get their finances in order much earlier in the transaction process, to reduce...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban Referral Fees For Agents - petition demands government action

A petition is being started, urging the government to ban the payment of referral fees to estate agents. It’s reported to have...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

The presents agents need for Christmas to improve their business in 2022

With 2022 swiftly approaching, businesses in the property industry are likely to be reflecting on the trials and tribulations that have...

04 December 2021

From: Features

Why Meyers Home Based Agency is Attracting the Biggest & the Best

Mark Meyer, CEO, Meyers Estate Agents: “We’re on a mission to revolutionise the traditional concept of estate agency.   We don’t have...

03 December 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Peter Everett, Commercial Director for Yopa

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I can’t remember the last time I had a business...

03 December 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

HMRC set to clampdown on stamp duty dodgers

HM Revenue & Customs is consulting on how it can clamp down on property professionals and buyers who allegedly try to...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Top industry company will run New Homes Ombudsman

The Dispute Service has been selected to operate the New Homes Ombudsman scheme, following what has been called ”a fiercely competitive...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Record conveyancer training despite transaction frenzy and Covid

A record number of conveyancers have been trained in the last 18 months, despite the challenges of the pandemic and extended...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing London agents make strategic acquisitions

Two London agencies have announced acquisitions as consolidation in the capital continues apace. Dexters has six new branches after the acquisition of...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency closure blamed on online agents’ rock bottom fees

A long-standing estate agency with three major branches has shut after 27 years of trading - blaming online competition and ‘race...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin upgrades SmartVal pledging it makes “everything easier for agents”

Boomin has revealed an upgrade to its SmartVal feature, which tries to blend real-time online valuations with local expertise from member...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Politicians to set limits on second homes, with higher council taxes

It appears almost certain that there will be limits imposed on the number and location of second homes in Wales, following...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New transaction forms to be introduced in early 2022

Some 14 trade bodies in the estate agency, conveyancing, property management and surveying industries have jointly launched new upfront documents which...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

A guide for Money Laundering Officers: Championing AML compliance in your agency

Increasingly rigorous Money Laundering Directives have made regulations in the property industry more stringent than ever, and Estate Agents have a...

22 November 2021

From: Legislation & Compliance

Another London agency snapped up by firm on sale for £100m

Chestertons, which is itself currently on sale, has snapped up independent London Residential, a firm operating in the north west of...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Too many homes built on at-risk floodplains, government told

The government should reset planning policy and scrap proposals for thousands of new homes in high-risk flood areas. The think-tank Localis, in...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – catching up with The Singing Estate Agent

In this latest Natter piece zoning in on independent agents doing things differently, following on from the one I did with...

20 November 2021

From: Features

Why trust is the strongest tool for agents in 2022

Trust has always been vital for building and nurturing good relations between an agent and their customer. Maintaining trust will keep...

20 November 2021

From: Features

Purplebricks apologises over conveyancing problem for customers

With the conveyancing crisis at the Simplify Group now approaching two weeks old, it appears Purplebricks has been the worst affected...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Market to get tougher despite upbeat house price figures

The prospect of higher mortgage interest rates mean the housing market may get tougher soon despite another set of upbeat house...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Be open to new ideas to stop fall-throughs, agents urged

Agents are being urged to be more open to new methods of stopping deals falling through. HBB Solutions - a part exchange...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents - time to make the switch to EV

The phrase ‘time is money’ is particularly pertinent for estate agents. Since the stamp duty holiday ended, the forecast drop in...

17 November 2021

From: Features

Some London vendors asking too much, says  agency

Cluttons has given its market snapshot for the sales market in central London - and it’s echoing the familiar story of...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London recovery on hold as transactions show mixed messages

The latest LonRes market snapshot for prime London carries mixed messages in terms of transaction volumes.  Overall, for the month of October,...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin launches new tech claiming to reduce fall-throughs

Boomin has launched a new tool - Chainmaker - which it claims cuts fall throughs and introduces agents to ‘hot buyers’. The software...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Net Zero carbon scheme launched for agents

A new membership scheme aiming to increase the industry’s energy efficiency credentials is being launched next year by allAgents. The Sustainable Agent...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity… on the weekend we remember…

It’s Remembrance weekend, and on Sunday at least we fall silent to honour those who gave so much for many generations. When...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency owner jailed for “utterly despicable crime”

The owner of an estate agency in Sussex has been jailed for five years for what a judge has called “an...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Interview with David Ruddock, Partner at Carter Jonas

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? David Ruddock – Partner and Head of Residential Sales Operations...

10 November 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Where do estate agents charge the highest commission?

A comparison website dealing with estate agency charges says commission varies hugely across 20 major cities of the UK.  GetAgent looked at...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Speed It Up! Experts join forces to call for quicker transaction process

Property experts have joined forces to call for faster and more secure transactions.  The PropTech and conveyancing voices have united in warning...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - checking in with some of the ESTAS' biggest winners

A few weeks ago the ESTAS took place at the Grosvenor House hotel in London - the first chance for many...

06 November 2021

From: Features

Budget 2021 aftermath - did the chancellor target property for tax revenue? 

In the Autumn Budget on Wednesday 27 October, very few impending tax hikes were revealed by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak –...

06 November 2021

From: Features

Legal Action against Purplebricks - “phenomenal” response by claimants

The leader of the organisation proposing a class action against Purplebricks says there’s been a “phenomenal” response to his request for...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements give “absolute certainty” to agents - claim

Reservation Agreements provide agents with absolute certainty that both sellers and buyers are being honest. “If they’re lying or… shall we say,...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bottled It! Sigh of relief as Bank of England keeps base rate unchanged

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee has defied expectations by keeping base rate at its historic low of 0.1 per...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand by for a possible interest rate rise today

Analysts suggest there is a 50:50 chance of a base rate rise being announced by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Property appliances – aftercare, not after-thought

With quality built into every stage of the production process of Bosch, NEFF and Siemens appliances. From the initial design phase, through...

03 November 2021

From: Features

Agents offered £300,000 in US-style shared fee deal for mansion

Agents are being offered a theoretical £300,000 if they introduce a buyer willing to pay £30m for a mansion on sale in...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Sustainability and automation – how can agents reduce their carbon footprint?

We have all heard the terrible forecasts and listened to Sir David Attenborough’s speeches on the environment and the “we still...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Why the UK property market is at the centre of global tax avoidance and financial crime

The Pandora Papers - the biggest ever leak of offshore data - has revealed that the UK’s property market is being...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Agent Alert: Capital Gains Tax rules change kicked in at midnight

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget did not ignore Capital Gains Tax after all.   For those selling UK residential property the deadline to file...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons gives upbeat update on sales and lettings

Foxtons has given an upbeat trading update to shareholders this morning. It says so far this year sales revenue is a huge...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Could tech be the answer to inflated timescales (and tempers)?

With soaring property prices, supply continuing to be outstripped by demand and overworked and overtired industry professionals; we’re seeing the sector...

23 October 2021

From: Features

Referral fees and sales and finance back-up offered to agents

A new service has been launched claiming to offer ‘a new supportive partnership opportunity’ for agents to earn referral fees. Cox &...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Simply Conveyancing nominated for Supplier of the Year at property Oscars

The ESTAS – often known as the property world’s version of the Oscars – returns as an in-person event this Friday...

21 October 2021

From: Sponsored Content

UK's 'poshest estate agency' gets new name and new management

A business once called “the UK’s poshest estate agent” has revealed that it’s under new management. Bective - formerly called Bective Leslie...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate Rise coming - could it actually be good for house sales?

Rightmove is warning that it’s “highly likely” interest rates will rise in the near future. The portal believes this now seems inevitable...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Is your business ready to offer the best digital experience to your customers?

In this thought leadership article, Videosign CEO Steven Tallant looks at electronic signatures and conveyancing and whether the time is nigh for the...

16 October 2021

From: Features

Laying out a welcome mat for Airbnb - a breath of fresh air for deals

There are plenty in the estate agency and lettings world who don’t like the concept of Airbnb and similar enterprises. But they...

16 October 2021

From: Features

Agents’ photos ‘mislead buyers over true size of properties’ - claim 

A portal says many buyers feel disappointed when viewing a property becuase it is typically smaller than agents’ photographs suggest.  MoveStreets claims...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

How technology can shape the customer experience beyond 2021

2021 redefined what it meant to offer exceptional customer experiences for consumers across multiple industries, but particularly for the residential property...

13 October 2021

From: Features

The Modern Method of Auction is fast, transparent and the future

The Modern Method of Auction (MMoA), also known as Conditional auction, can sometimes get a bad rap. However, much of the...

13 October 2021

From: Features

Most agents have faced unsafe incidents, according to survey

Some two thirds of agents and other property professionals who have worked alone have suffered an incident endangering their safety, according to...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket posts strong results as agents move to full-fee contracts

OnTheMarket figures for the first half of this year show stronger revenue and improved profits. Agency numbers have increased modestly since January...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency model is flawed but industry must prove it - call

The existence of online agencies means some consumers believe real life estate agents are unnecessary in a deal - but the rest of...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed: what to consider before setting up your own agency

Many agents working in the industry, whether for large corporates or smaller independents, might one day have ambitions to branch out...

09 October 2021

From: Features

Best And Final Offers “do massive disservice to sellers” - claim

Best and Final Offers should be scrapped - and a property expert claims that would be good because they do a massive...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing market to stay strong in 2022 says buoyant Halifax

House prices rose by the most in almost 15 years in September ahead of the end of the stamp duty holiday.  The...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and have we got Mews for you?

Fund-raising takes all sorts of shapes and sizes and this week we have a splendid selection proving that point. Don’t miss out...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Big PropTech deal announced, funded by online agency investor

PropTech industry giant epropservices has acquired Property Technology Ltd, better known to agents as marketing platform LeadPro. epropservices is the parent company of...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Self-employed agents earn up to £64,000 more - claim

An agency says individual agents operating as self-employed can earn up to £64,000 more per year than fully-employed counterparts. Nested says the average UK...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Property franchise firm eyes expansion after sealing £200m in deals

A service that sells properties and elements of joint venture schemes to investors says it’s seeking to expand after completing on...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC probe into suspicious property deals revealed in leaked files

Chancellor Rishi Sunak says HM Revenue & Customs will probe any alleged wrongdoing in property purchases included in the so-called Pandora...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

We Salute You! - industry tribute after the stamp duty holiday frenzy

The stamp duty holiday concluded at midnight, marking the end of the busiest period for the industry - all parts of...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: £5m to be spent on self-employed agents in 100 areas

An online operator called Nested is to spend £5m to promote the self-employed estate agency concept in 100 parts of the...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Hunters says new ‘Personal Agent’ franchise allows flexible working

Hunters, now part of The Property Franchise Group, has announced its first so-called ‘Personal Agent’ signing - and says it’s ideal...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

11-branch agency signs two year listings and software deal with portal

One of the west of England’s largest independent agencies has signed a two year deal with Zoopla, running across portal listings...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons explains Data PropTech behind matching clients with properties

Foxtons has given details of the PropTech it uses to help improve leads and business decisions.  The agency, which has some 50 offices...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks staff set up new agency and reveal big expansion

The self-employed partnership known as The Agency UK - founded by three refugees from Purplebricks - has announced a major expansion. The...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

How estate agents can optimise their workflows with conveyancers 

The recent stamp duty holiday and the subsequent conveyancing logjam this triggered has acted as a wakeup call for the industry....

25 September 2021

From: Features

Reservation agreements – they have been here all along

In this guest editorial, experienced property solicitor Lorraine Richardson argues that reservation agreements - designed to reduce the number of fall-throughs in...

25 September 2021

From: Features

The Great Suit Debate – what does the property industry think?

Our story yesterday on whether agents should continue to dress formally post-pandemic seemed to relight the fire on a long-time debate...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents help tenants with rent arrears?

Almost a million tenants have built up rent arrears since March 2020, according to research by National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA)....

15 September 2021

From: Features

Poor connection! A third of buyers would pull out of an offer over bad wi-fi

Picky buyers are walking away from property deals after realising the internet connection at a property is poor, research claims. A poll...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

House price growth set to slow as stamp duty holiday ends

The property market is unlikely to enter a last-minute rush before the final stamp duty holiday ends in October, research claims. Analysis...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: talking the secret to good photography and working for Foxtons

Good property marketing photos have arguably never been more important in an increasingly visual and tech-led world. We saw just the...

11 September 2021

From: Features

Alto Q&A - how changes made during lockdown set this agent up for success

What estate agency is going to look like in the post-pandemic world, and what the role of the physical branch will...

11 September 2021

From: Features

Shock call that stamp duty holiday should have been shorter - RICS

A surprise statement from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the stamp duty holiday, which goes on until the end...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group celebrates passing key milestone

The Federation of Independent Agents has passed the key milestone of 50 member branches covering in excess of 200 exclusive postcode...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

EweMove's parent company acquires financial services business

The Property Franchise Group - the UK's largest property franchisor, which owns EweMove and other brands - has acquired 80 per...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer - Why agents MUST get their communications right

Day in, day out, I see how good estate agents really are.  Whether it’s in my day job on Location, Location, Location...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Avoid sleepless nights by choosing the right sales and lettings software

We are living in the age of information. Our working and personal lives are underpinned by software, data and technology to...

04 September 2021

From: Features

How using the right tech can help to transform an agency’s business

Tech, as has been shown more than ever during the pandemic, can be a wonderful thing – bringing people closer together,...

04 September 2021

From: Features

Blockchain network Coadjute announces new partnerships

Blockchain network Coadjute has announced new partnerships with software firms. Coadjute launched in July and claims it will halve the time it...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

£100m price tag as London agency chain put up for sale

Chestertons, the London high-end estate agency chain, is reported to be looking for a buyer. Sky News says it’s hired Deloitte, the...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons - “too aggressive and too nasty” admits former boss

The man who admits he was “the acceptable face of Foxtons” in its golden period says he finally left because it...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Opinion: Do 360 virtual tours impact leads?

360 tour technology company Made Snappy has grown rapidly over the past 18 months and whilst many agents have grasped the...

28 August 2021

From: Features

95% mortgages fall flat as few deals actually agreed, claims broker

A broker claims the high profile return of the 95 per cent mortgage has actually made little impact on the housing...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency acquires independent with merger this autumn

Rural-focussed agency Brown&Co has acquired Lincoln-based agency JH Walter - the merged operation formally begins on October 1.  Brown&Co opened its Lincoln...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - on the final bank holiday before you-know-what…

Hello, and here’s the bad news to get it over with - this is the final Bank Holiday weekend before…Christmas. Now that’s...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Complaints about estate agents jump by a third says Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman says there’s been a big increase in enquiries to its service in recent months, despite the pandemic.  In its...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Surveys must show climate change risks to buyers, says mortgage chief

A  mortgage expert says surveyors should improve their standard services to cover the threat of climate change.  This comes after a summer...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - What Agents Should Watch For This Autumn

I’m sorry to break this to you but in 10 days’ time it will be autumn - and we will have...

21 August 2021

From: Features

Sector reform - stamp out this market malaise

Every so often it comes around – the argument that stamp duty should be reformed/removed/replaced (delete as appropriate). But why? Where’s the...

21 August 2021

From: Features

It’s over: Market frenzy settles down to near-normal business

Agents are reporting fewer sales and fewer deals above the asking price, as summer and the tapering stamp duty holiday take...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

How to minimise pandemic disruption in your estate agency

Last month it was reported that up to 500,000 people had been ‘pinged’ by the NHS in a week. While the...

18 August 2021

From: Features

New regional agency group formed as independent companies merge

One of the country's largest independent regional agency groups has been formed through an acquisition announced today. Yorkshire estate agent, Manning Stainton,...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - how can tech deliver a better sales process for all?

My neighbour had been seeking to move home for some time. Suggestions that he wanted to get away from his neighbours...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Flexible working? Get flexible compliance!

Recent research shows that when asked what their ideal working set up would be, most agents said ‘hybrid’* and with proposals...

16 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Over 100,000 sellers renting before finding home to buy

Connells-owned Hamptons says it’s calculated that no fewer the 117,500 sellers this year have chosen to rent before buying their next home.  The...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – has Purplebricks dealt a fatal blow to the self-employed model?

One of the biggest trends since Covid, in the property world and elsewhere, has been a shift towards more hybrid, flexible...

14 August 2021

From: Features

Admin staff: the cornerstones to an effective agency

Admin teams in most businesses are often the lynchpins that ensure compliance and deal with issues in order to keep the...

14 August 2021

From: Features

Deals collapse because of confusion over stamp duty changes

Propertymark says confusion over new stamp duty rules has led to a surge in fall-throughs. Since April 1 homes bought in England...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Game Changer’ funding idea uses investor cash for first time buyers

A company says it will fund first time buyers’ bids to get on the property ladder by matching them with property...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday impact fades as market returns to near-normal

House prices in July rose after falling in June, according to the Halifax. They were 0.4 per cent higher than in June,...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyers deterred by environmental issues

A survey suggests that almost half of first time buyers have at some time pulled out of deals because of environmental...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

EXCLUSIVE - Boomin reveals latest agent sign-up numbers

Boomin has revealed to Estate Agent Today the latest figures on agency branches signed up to its fledgling portal. It says it...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how automation can help agents keep their businesses fully secure

A recent news story will have set alarm bells ringing for agencies up and down the country, when it was revealed...

31 July 2021

From: Features

Why it pays for landlords to have a property manager

Around 2.66 million landlords were operational in Great Britain in 2019, according to data estimations previously released by Hamptons International. Of those...

28 July 2021

From: Features

Paying For Viewings - will charging buyers really work?

A new service launched over the weekend, proposing to charge buyers £30 for a “guaranteed” viewing, has split opinions amongst estate...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency chief - 'I wish we could bring HIPs back, but just better executed!'

In this week’s In Conversation Today, we have another industry big-hitter and one of the most high-profile female leaders in property...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

An interview with Ben Ridgway, Managing Director of iamproperty

Ben Ridgway gives his views on the current market, material information and PropTech for agents. What is your current view of the...

21 July 2021

From: Features

Purplebricks bosses win gold - and it’s nothing to do with the Olympics

Almost a million shares in Purplebricks have been ‘awarded’ to the two most senior men in the organisation. The golden handcuff deal...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory says “rich getting a free pass” on current property tax

A young Conservative says “the rich are getting a free pass” thanks to the current council tax system, and there should...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Boots joins John Lewis and Lloyds in entering the property sector

Boots is the latest company to dip its toe into the water of the property sector.  Modular housing company ilke Homes has...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Major agency network signs up to ESTAS review service

The reviews element of the ESTAS Group has signed a two year deal with Hunters. The agreement means Hunters - now part...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New resi agency to be opened by commercial property specialist

A commercial property agency in London says it will open a residential sales and lettings operation this year. Bermondsey-based Henshall & Partners...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage bonanza as choice grows and rates tumble

The signs are that even with the stamp duty holiday tapering to a close at the end of the summer, the...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Strike names ex-Foxtons chief in senior role, as new TV ad debuts

Strike - which over the weekend announced a new £11m investment package - has now revealed it has a new chief...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Channel 4 and finance chief sink millions into online agency

Channel 4 Ventures is one of a number of investors who have collectively put the equivalent of £11m into the online...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agency groups bag £88m in dramatic sell-off

Two of Britain's largest agency groups have sold their stakes in a property search firm. Both LSL and Connells have announced the sale...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revolutionary tech platform slashes time taken to sell a home

Coadjute, the long-awaited real-time network which uses Blockchain technology to sell a property, is launched today with its first property deal...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Interview with Matt Ratliff, CTO at Sort Group

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Matt Ratliff, Chief Technology Officer of Sort Group. How has your...

07 July 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

PropTech Today – Why has overhaul of buying and selling still not happened?

The government and property industry have been talking about it for a long time, and there have been numerous initiatives introduced...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

London agency enjoys strongest-ever half-year business

A leading agency in the capital says it’s seen its strongest ever half year of trading. According to Chestertons’ latest market analysis,...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Result! Agent offers no-fee deal during Euro 2020 (if England wins)

All eyes on Rome this weekend as England face Ukraine on their way - we hope - to winning Euro 2020. Some...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Steal a march by choosing ‘virtual first’

It doesn’t seem that long ago that 2D floorplans were considered cutting edge – but it’s safe to say they’re now...

01 July 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Fall throughs stay static as stamp duty deadline passes

Rightmove estimates that 1.3m buyers have benefitted from the stamp duty holidays across Great Britain since they were announced in July...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the reasons why most fall throughs happen…

The leading reason for property sales falling through is gazumping, according to new research from Comparethemarket. Over the past year, nearly two-fifths of...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Fake estate agency reviews: Watchdog probes Google and Amazon

The Competititon and Markets Authority says it’s to look into reviews on Google and Amazon, and see whether the online giants...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: interview with Angela Davey, ARLA Propertymark's President

Last weekend we spoke with Liana Loporto, NAEA Propertymark’s president, in an exclusive interview. Here we follow that up with an...

26 June 2021

From: Features

Crazy times, hazy memories - looking back at more than 35 years in the industry

There are just three working days until the end of the stamp duty holiday for most buyers. That’s not even enough time...

26 June 2021

From: Features

Ground rent refunds after watchdog strikes leasehold deal

The Competition and Markets Authority has struck a deal with house builders over leasehold abuses. Aviva has committed to remove certain terms...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents told they can ‘work as they wish’ with hybrid agency

A self employed franchise estate agent business model has been launched by one of the brands in The Property Franchise Group. Hunters...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: automating lettings - challenges and opportunities

As agents, we’ve finally got used to the word PropTech - some of us even like it! What’s more, PropTech has,...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Reapit unveils latest added-value app accessed via CRM platform

Home set up and utility management service Just Move In is the latest partner on Reapit’s CRM. The 5,000-plus agents who use Reapit’s...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Leading independent agency in five year portal deal

The intense rivalry between portals continues today with Zoopla announcing one of its longest-standing agent customers has renewed for five more...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

London still a magnet for world’s wealthiest says agency

London property is still a draw for the wealthiest in the world according to Knight Frank. Despite international travel restrictions, the number...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Are New Builds good enough? Formal consultation begins

A consultation into the draft New Homes Quality Code has been published with a consultation period for the industry ending on...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer advises agents: Save A Sale, Restore A Reputation!

There may well have been times in recent weeks when any agent would have been forgiven for wanting a break -...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

10% of wealthy buyers want discounts if they miss SDLT deadline

One in 10 buyers say they will seek to renegotiate on the price of their chosen home if they miss the...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: Agents’ take on Steely Scotland, Exasperating England

For a match between two great rivals, the England-Scotland 0-0 draw on Friday may have brought both nations together. After all it’s...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: how tech-led will estate agency be in 10 years?

Around 18 months ago, just a few months before the pandemic hit, I did a Natter with the team at software...

19 June 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and we’re getting sporty this summer…

Hello and welcome to another ADC, the weekly wrap of good work by the industry. You probably know the score by now...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns over slow conveyancing as stamp duty deadline nears

The finance arm of a leading estate agency has taken the unusual step of warning about delays in the conveyancing process. “The...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Buyers’ packs would help agents through market frenzy - claim

The current housing market frenzy would be easier to deal with if upfront buyers’ packs were available, improving transparency and cutting...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

June 21 delay? It won’t hurt market says senior agent

A senior estate agent says even if the restrictions easing lockdown, still formally scheduled for June 21, are delayed by several...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

 Outsourcing can revive prospects to keep boom alive, agents told

An industry supplier is urging agents to dust off old prospects to build their pipeline and keep the market boom going...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents – getting to know you, getting to like you…

A recent survey run by mio revealed that almost 50% of home movers selected their estate agent because they liked them....

09 June 2021

From: Features

PropTech Today – have we reached peak PropTech?

In the third part of this series, Neil Cobbold – Chief Sales Officer at rental payment automation provider PayProp – explores...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers told: Manage agents' stamp duty expectations

The Law Society has published new guidance for what it calls “under-pressure conveyancing solicitors” as the stamp duty deadline of June...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Bonanza - another surge in products available to buyers

There are now more mortgage products available than at any time since the start of the pandemic in March 2021. Data from...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back First Homes - but should government do more to boost supply?

Agents have given their backing to the government’s First Homes initiative, offering discounted houses for local people and key workers and...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: talking Brexit, Covid, USPs and mews homes with Lurot Brand

Independent agents come in all shapes, sizes and looks, many with their own USPs and little quirks. It is this variety...

05 June 2021

From: Features

The Cladding Scandal – what do you need to know?

The Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017 exposed the dangers of inflammable cladding on residential tower blocks, and what has come...

05 June 2021

From: Features

Fast-growing agency group snaps up mortgage firm from building society

Franchise agency giant Belvoir has acquired share capital in a small mortgage company. Nottingham Mortgage Services Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Wanted: football pundits rooting for Scotland and Wales in the Euros!

We’re only a little over a week away from the Euros, happening at last a year later than scheduled because of...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Portal home buying platform links with 60-plus mortgage providers

A new home buying platform being set up by a challenger portal has revealed details of its mortgage offer to users. OneDome...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency’s sixth city office pledges to disrupt the property market

The NEXA agency, which already has branches in Bristol, Portsmouth, Chichester, Manchester and Cardiff, has now opened an office in Liverpool...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

How Open Banking will transform the lettings industry

Banking has gone through radical changes in the past few years, in step with technology and the sheer amount we can...

29 May 2021

From: Features

Sellers want traditional agency services more than WhatsApp - survey

A new survey of some 700 estate agency customers show that they want to get traditional services like High Street branches,...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket announces another PropTech partnership

OnTheMarket has signed a new deal with a PropTech partner - the second in successive weeks. This latest one is a 12...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing leader wants much slower phase-out of stamp duty holiday

The head of one of the UK’s largest conveyancing legal practices is warning the property market could “fall off a cliff...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Portal lead management platform deal for independent agents

The Federation of Independent Agents is forming a partnership with the new portal lead management platform Agent Response. Agent Response is led...

21 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

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

PropTech revolution: how will the sector look in 2025?

Over the next few years, the property sector is set to change for the better – all thanks to PropTech. While the...

15 May 2021

From: Features

New Zoopla deal backs ambitious growth plans of agency group

Zoopla has issued a statement saying it’s entering into a long-term partnership with the Leacders Romans Group, which will be “curated...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday - deals at risk because of slow searches

Thousands of sales are at risk because slow searches by councils may prevent deals completing by the next stamp duty deadline. With just under...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Future interest rate rise could crash the market, warns analyst

A relatively modest interest rate rise could trigger a crash in the housing market according to the housing analyst behind the...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

That’s Rich! London’s most expensive properties show sign of recovery

London’s super prime residential market shows signs of recovery with more £5m-plus sales recorded in the first four months of 2021 than...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

 Good news - there are more mortgages and many are cheaper

It’s not just housing transactions that signal a red-hot market - the mortgage landscape is at its strongest for some time...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Row explodes over house raffle which failed to sell enough tickets

A row has blown up over a house raffle where the property prize was withdrawn and a cash alternative offered because...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Leaving the EU does not mean leaving Anti-Money Laundering Laws behind

Brexit means that the UK’s anti-money laundering laws are no longer governed by the European Union (EU), but any estate agents...

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

Property Natter: Day in the life of Simon Brown, ESTAS founder

In a return to a favourite series of mine, as it gives an excellent insight into the very many facets of...

08 May 2021

From: Features

Two of UK’s largest agency groups in mortgage link-up

The Property Franchise Group and LSL Property Services are linking up mortgage and related activity. This agreement means that LSL will be...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ performance measured by PropTech firm’s new dashboard

Software provider Rex has launched three new live dashboards for agencies, one of which covers agent performance. Rex says the dashboards -...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Buying Unseen - not as mad as it seems says leading agent

A leading buying agent says the phenomenon of ‘buying unseen’ is the most dramatic property trend to have emerged from the...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sequence agency chain links with part exchange service

The land and new homes division of Sequence has signed a deal to offer fully-funded part exchange and home buying services...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Deadline: it’s too late for most buyers - warning

A consumer financial service suggests it’s already too late for most buyers to meet the latest stamp duty holiday deadline of June...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket’s crunch date for agent membership

OnTheMarket is to release its full year performance figures to shareholders on June 8. This will be for its trading year to January...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Portals help Modern Method of Auction firm take top spot

Iamsold, the company best known for its Modern Method of Auction online platform, has won top spot in an auction league...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Property Jobs Today - a bumper bundle of movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to another working week, and the latest on jobs and staff movement across our industry. You can be part...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

95% Mortgage Guarantee scheme - is it just a sop for the North?

From today buyers will be able to purchase properties worth up to £600,000 with just a five per cent mortgage, under...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Prince Philip: how the property landscape changed during his century

For many, the funeral of HRH Prince Philip will be a solemn affair, while for some it will also be a...

17 April 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty: Agents told to warn vendors they may miss deadline

An analysis of the average time taken for properties from 10 leading estate agency brands to complete shows a significant increase...

16 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

Adrian Gill – talking agency consolidation, PropTech, retail and Boomin

This time out, I speak to one of the industry’s biggest-hitters. Adrian Gill may have retired from frontline agency, having had...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons Fat Cats: Has the company been milking the taxpayer?

Foxtons is facing another shareholder revolt over the bonus being given to its chief executive despite taking £7m in state Covid...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

95% mortgages make an impact - even before government initiative

The latest Moneyfacts monitor of the mortgage market suggests a significant number of new 95 per cent products - even without the...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: ESTAS names new headline sponsor to replace Zoopla

The ESTAS Group has named a new headline sponsor for its 2021 Forum and Awards, taking over from Zoopla with immediate effect. It’s...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to launch £7m campaign to build market share

Purplebricks is this summer starting a £7m campaign in a bid to to increase market share, using a new media partner. The...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Surveyors launch Home Review concept to cut fall-throughs

A surveyors group has launched a new ‘Home Review’ service which it claims will identify structural problems which create an immediate...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin - What’s the verdict?

The launch of Boomin has been and gone with, perhaps, something less than its expected fanfare of publicity. Of course there are...

03 April 2021

From: Features

Portal Wars: Boomin’s early launch and Zoopla’s membership surge

The Bruce brothers' new portal Boomin has launched a day early - and no, this isn't an April Fool. The site went live...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Another agency takeover as industry consolidation goes on

Welsh independent agency Nuttall Parker has been snapped up by Cardiff-based property business Seraph Group. Newport-centred Nuttall Parker is Seraph Group's second...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

One year of Covid-19 – How have estate agents coped?

With March marking one year since the beginning of the first national lockdown across all four nations of Britain in response...

31 March 2021

From: Features

OnTheMarket in big media deal with UK's largest news publisher

OnTheMarket has signed a big media deal with the UK’s largest news publisher. The deal is with Reach, which owns nine national...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin’s TV ads - see them here, two days ahead of launch

Here are the first three TV adverts for Boomin, the new property portal which launches on Friday.The new website launches early...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks chief executive reveals new challenge for estate agents

Buyer behaviour has changed over the past year of the pandemic and it’s up to estate agents to calculate how to...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday: could the market be more vulnerable to fraud?

The Chancellor’s recent announcement that the stamp duty holiday would be extended for another three months was undoubtedly great news for...

27 March 2021

From: Features

Wrongdoing in an agency? Whistleblowers urged to come forward

A new campaign to urge whistleblowers to come forward with evidence of wrongdoing has been launched by the Financial Conduct Authority. This...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty – are you ready?

The original stamp duty freeze, which started in July 2020, has already helped push house prices to a record high and...

24 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

New data deal means agents get discounted property reports

PropTech firm Sprift has entered into a deal with The Guild of Property Professionals. The partnership means that Guild member agents have...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

The end of EPCs? Government told to scrap ‘outdated’ scheme

Energy Performance Certificates ought to be scrapped because they are outdated and not fit for purpose. That’s the view of an influential...

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

Have tenants in arrears? You need to be aware of this new law

From 4 May 2021, your agency could be blocked from charging late fees, compounding interest on missing rent and taking any...

20 March 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and we’re promising to have a ball…

Welcome to Agents Do Charity, the weekly fund-raising catch up - as ever, even during challenging times, it’s great to see...

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

Why top customer service is more important than ever in 2021

Later this year, on October 22, the ESTAS 2021 will take place in London. The glittering ceremony will welcome property professionals...

17 March 2021

From: Features

Upfront Info For Buyers: PropTech firm links with conveyancers

One of the companies at the heart of the campaign to provide more upfront information to prospective buyers has struck a...

17 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

Stamp duty holiday: how to keep your chain intact

Following the fluctuation of the property market during the UK’s first national lockdown, the industry was given a lifeline by the...

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

The property sector needs to keep up with changing consumer behaviour

Last year saw a monumental shift in almost every aspect of our lives: not least the way we work, socialise and...

13 March 2021

From: Features

40 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage: the future of house buying?

A broker has launched the UK’s longest-ever fixed rate mortgage, with no early repayment charge or exit fees - the first product...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Over 550,000 sales (and many agents) benefit from stamp duty holiday

The latest breakdown of the stamp duty holiday extension has given a first estimate of the total number of deals to...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Managing high enquiry volumes and making hay while the sun shines

The property sector is in the middle of a boom and demand is high. Last week’s announcement that the stamp duty...

10 March 2021

From: Features

Confidence rising as mortgage choice for buyers hits recent high

Mortgage availability has risen for the fifth consecutive month according to respected market monitor Moneyfacts. With 3,532 products on offer, this is...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to this edition of Property Jobs Today, a chance to catch up with who’s moving where in the...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Market softens ahead of predicted stamp duty holiday resurgence

The latest house price index from the Halifax suggests the market has softened ahead of the original scheduled end of the stamp...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Takeover fever continues as biggest agencies seal deals

The extraordinary consolidation in the estate agency industry continues apace today with two of the biggest deals reaching critical points. Firstly Hunters’...

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

eBay and Amazon use omnichannel marketing - why don’t you?

As a property agent, fancy marketing terminology such as ‘omnichannel’ might not hold too much interest for you right now. We’re in...

06 March 2021

From: Features

Watch: will property viewings ever be the same?

A panel of estate agents recently participated in a webinar to discuss the benefits of livestream open house viewings. The webinar, part...

06 March 2021

From: Features

Dan Muir, Area Sales Manager, LetsBid Property

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  Dan Muir, Area Sales Manager, LetsBid Property What is LetsBid and...

05 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Agents Do Charity … Who’s sponsored to climb the cliff edge?

Another week and another frenzy of news, culminating in the Budget and the extension of the stamp duty holiday. A cliff edge...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation – Data Sharing with LonRes chief Anthony Payne

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I speak with Anthony Payne, Managing Director and co-founder of LonRes, a data and network...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Slow conveyancers should suffer financial penalties, says PropTech man

The head of a PropTech platform wants financial penalties on conveyancers if transactions miss deadlines. “The only way to accelerate the current...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Top PropTech provider snapped up by parent firm of The Guild and F&C

epropservices, parent company of The Guild of Property Professionals and Fine & Country, has acquired estate agency website supplier Starberry. The firm is...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons “strategic step change” may pay off, says commentator

A leading market commentator says the acquisition of London agency Douglas & Gordon represents “a strategic step change” for Foxtons -...

03 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

Countrywide sets out timetable for its demise

The Countrywide name is set to disappear from the stock market in a week’s time - and may soon be gone...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - are virtual viewings now absolutely integral for agents?

Pre-pandemic, virtual and video viewings were a nice little add-on for some agents, but they were far from universally used and...

27 February 2021

From: Features

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

Hundreds of agents sign up to free virtual viewings service

Zoopla says over 250 agents have now signed up to its partnership deal with PropTech firm FocalAgent, set up by former...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ delight as stamp duty extension helps another 300,000 deals

Much of the agency industry has reacted with delight at the extension of the stamp duty holiday deadline until June. Rightmove estimates...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Reapit deal set to bring Australian PropTech to UK agents

CRM supplier Reapit, backed by private equity funding, has entered into an international deal to acquire a leading Australian PropTech provider...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Popular agency websites supplier wins international PropTech funding

Agency websites supplier Property Webmasters has secured a substantial but undisclosed cash injection to expand internationally. The investment comes from Net Ventures...

25 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

Connells buys Countrywide - five reasons why it will be a success

The acquisition of Countrywide by Connells might just be the deal of the century in the British estate agency industry. That’s the...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark latest - “We have no further comment”

When it comes to communications, Propertymark could do with a lot fewer confidentiality agreements and a lot more transparency. And I...

20 February 2021

From: Features

How to ensure your letting business remains compliant

Being a letting agent today means keeping up to date with the long list of rules and regulations governing how a...

20 February 2021

From: Features

How is the property market coping with the third lockdown?

We’re now well into the third national lockdown and as the nation’s thoughts start to focus on how and when we’ll...

20 February 2021

From: Features

Good news for first time buyers as lenders allow smaller deposits

First time buyers with just a 10 per cent deposit - for long almost excluded from the mortgage market - now...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the most commonly misunderstood deposit protection terms

Knowing adjudication terms and phrases can make all the difference in a deposit dispute. The DPS has been helping landlords and letting...

17 February 2021

From: Features

Six week stamp duty holiday extension would help 160,000

The Chancellor’s rumoured six week extension to the stamp duty holiday has been backed by Rightmove. Over last weekend the Daily Telegraph,...

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

Stamp Duty Mayhem: Is a six week extension long enough?

Agents and conveyancers are expressing doubt over whether a possible six week extension to the stamp duty holiday will be enough...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s time to stamp on stamp duty speculation

You can always tell when Budget day is approaching. There’s lots of comment from every imaginable quarter about what the Chancellor of...

13 February 2021

From: Features

What to consider when buying or selling an estate agency business

Estate agents might be expert at advising on buying and selling properties on their books but when it comes to buying...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Why automation could improve enforcement of PRS regulation

It’s now more than a year since the government offered an additional £4 million to councils to combat rogue landlords. At the...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Your Move owner building up financial services empire

LSL, owner of Reeds Rains and Your Move, is boosting its financial services sector through a £2.4m acquisition. It’s snapped up Mortgage...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Unsellable: Thousands of flats remain impossible to mortgage or sell

Agents and a wide range of property experts have demanded yet more government funds to end the cladding crisis that 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

Good news for market as mortgage choice hits 12-month high

There’s now more choice in the mortgage market than at any time since last March, before the pandemic reached a peak. The...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Why is the launch of Lifesycle 2 so important for the industry?

It seems like a week does not go by without a new ‘gamechanging’ piece of technology being announced to the industry. 2020...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Boris backer calls for stamp duty to be scrapped

One of the chief figures behind Brexit and Boris Johnson’s role as London Mayor is now advising that stamp duty should be...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Has the Stamp Duty Holiday extension campaign worked?

There is no scientific formula, no list of must-have elements in a successful campaign. That’s especially the case for a campaign involving...

06 February 2021

From: Features

How is tech changing the role of letting agents for the better?

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, we have all seen a dramatic change in that way that we live and work,...

06 February 2021

From: Features

Sellers drop asking prices in attempt to keep buyers on board

An estate agency says 10 per cent of its sellers have already dropped their asking prices to keep buyers on board,...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove fights back with record visits and longer stays on site

After high levels of publicity for Zoopla and Boomin in recent weeks, Rightmove has struck back with figures suggesting it’s enjoyed...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Extending Stamp Duty Holiday is top demand for Budget 2021

A 10-point ’must have’ list of demands for Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget on March 3 has been issued by NAEA Propertymark. It’s...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed – top 3 work from home tips for agents

We’re now in Lockdown 3.0 and most of us have become used to juggling home-working, home schooling and a million and...

03 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Should agents repay Business Rates relief because offices were open?

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

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent launches petition for radical overhaul of house buying process

An online petition has been started by an independent estate agent seeking a radical overhaul of how homes are sold in...

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

Is letting properties sight unseen the future of the rental market?

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we evaluate our lives and, looking more specifically at the property market, it...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Do you know what tenants want in 2021?

As we now find ourselves in the UK’s third national lockdown in 10 months, what tenants want, and need from their...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty Holiday - broker warns most lenders won’t make deadline

A leading mortgage broker is warning that over half the lenders in a key segment of the market are already unable...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Transaction hold-ups mean sales now taking almost one third longer

Properties are currently taking 29 per cent longer than average to sell once under offer, according to research by a home...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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 se