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KEYWORD "Due Diligence" - 100 RESULTS
10 reasons to become a Your Move franchise.

If you’re thinking about becoming an Estate Agency franchise or converting your existing estate agency business to a franchise, here we...

16 May 2024

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Spring seals part exchange partnership

Home-buying and property part exchange service Spring has partnered with developer McCarthy Stone. The partnership will enable Spring to offer its part...

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

AML compliance done digitally through proper identity verification

Estate agents and lettings agents have a legal obligation to protect themselves from money laundering and as such you must recognise...

13 May 2024

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Estate agents and money laundering - the need for vigilance

For most of us, estate agents are key when it comes to the biggest sales and purchases of our lives. With the...

04 May 2024

From: Features

Surge in agents’ Suspicious Activity Reports filed to National Crime Agency

There’s been a significant rise in the number of so-called Suspicious Activity Reports concerning money laundering and the agency industry. Suspicious Activity...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Expert tips on how conveyancers can mitigate risk of negligence claims

The vast majority of negligence claims against conveyancers are for relatively low sums of money, but the financial and reputational costs...

20 April 2024

From: Features

Agent Tim's top tips for going it alone

Five years ago, Lettings expert, Tim Lawler, wrote an article for Estate Agent Today charting his early experiences of setting up...

03 February 2024

From: Features

Architecture and interior designer launches pre-offer advice service for prime buyers

A new service has launched to provide buyers of prime and super-prime residential properties with an appraisal of the property’s suitability,...

02 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Client Accounting – what are your options?

The benefits for letting agents to outsource their client accounting is well documented, however with an increasing number of options available,...

31 January 2024

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Why property firms should prioritise open banking in 2024

SmartSearch looks at the importance of incorporating Source of Funds checks into KYC processes It is no secret that the UK property...

29 November 2023

From: Features

SmartSearch launches innovative new solution to help estate agents and conveyancers detect dirty money

Leading digital compliance firm SmartSearch has launched an innovative new solution to help professionals working within the UK property sector to...

30 September 2023

From: Features

Estate agents need to know: How can digital ID tools help you with AML?

Tackling economic crime is part of the day job for estate agents. But how can the latest digital ID tools help...

12 July 2023

From: Features

New private equity owners for prominent PropTech company

TM Group, a high profile provider of data and technology services such as tmconvey, mio, and tmconnect, has been sold to...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Street CRM users given access to compliance tools

CRM provider Street.co.uk has partnered with Smart Compliance to give agents access to its tools. With the integration of Smart Compliance into...

26 June 2023

From: Breaking News

AI property due diligence platform to enter residential market

An artificial intelligence-powered property due diligence platform that is popular in the commercial market has raised £7.5m to help expand into...

23 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Smoove pauses agency AML product

Conveyancing software provider Smoove’s flagship agency product has been “paused.” Smoove Start was launched last year, providing a platform for agents to...

03 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents face a 'perfect storm' for money laundering

Recent research estimated that up to £100 billion is being stolen in the UK each year, with much of it due...

22 April 2023

From: Features

New agency AML service pledges to pay fines for own errors

A new product to help agents meet their anti-money laundering (AML) responsibilities has launched. Lifetime Legal has unveiled Smart Compliance, which advises...

21 April 2023

From: Breaking News

New agency AML product aims to reduce risk of fines

Sales progression service ASAP has launched a new anti-money laundering (AML) product to help agents comply with due diligence requirements and...

20 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Revealed – what estate agents need to know to succeed at compliance in 2023

The dreaded ‘C word’ – compliance – has been facing Estate Agents for years now and it’s not going anywhere. Looking ahead...

15 April 2023

From: Features

Conveyancing software firm unveils new AI partnership

Search Acumen has announced a new partnership that aims to accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in conveyancing Property data, insight...

29 March 2023

From: Breaking News

What is keeping estate agents awake at night in 2023?

Two of the biggest challenges facing the property industry right now are fraud and money laundering. The scale of these activities is...

15 February 2023

From: Features

UK Government has vowed to use ‘all the tools’ to expose the ‘criminals and corrupt elites’ using the UK property market to clean their dirty cash

AML experts SmartSearch warn estate agents that, with so many firms still hiding behind ‘opaque corporate structures,’ proper due diligence has...

11 February 2023

From: Features

Merger and acquisitions become more popular in times of uncertainty - here's why

With the property market showing signs of a slow-down and the economic outlook rather uncertain, we spoke to Lucy Noonan, founder...

18 January 2023

From: Features

24 agency brands among latest firms fined for AML breaches

HMRC fined 24 estate agency and property businesses for anti-money laundering (AML) breaches between April and June 2022, new figures show. The...

16 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Thinking of selling your lettings agency? Here’s what you need to know!

We spent some time with Lucy Noonan, Founder and CEO of Atomic Consultancy, to pick her brains about the many moving...

03 December 2022

From: Features

Why estate agents need to be aware of social housing fraudsters

In this guest feature, Dillon Darbar, counter fraud manager at Network Homes, sets out why estate agents need to be aware...

26 November 2022

From: Features

Avoiding the threat of fines: what’s often missed in the AML process

HMRC has fined estate agents over £500,000 for anti-money laundering (AML) breaches in the past two months. Yet despite property managers...

26 November 2022

From: Features

Smoove agency platform 'exceeds expectations'

Conveyancing software provider Smoove has revealed that 30 branches across 18 firms have so far signed up to its new flagship...

11 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents must take AML seriously after huge HMRC crackdown

Dozens of estate agents have been fined a combined total of £519,645 for failing to meet their obligations under anti-money laundering...

02 November 2022

From: Features

Going digital is the answer to sector compliancy woes

If recent headlines are anything to go by, estate agents and the wider property industry are not just feeling the heavy...

15 October 2022

From: Features

Now automation can help protect the property market

Over the last five years, the Government has introduced a range of measures to regulate the property market, particularly in the...

12 October 2022

From: Features

AML fines! Cases opened against Propertymark agents

Trade body Propertymark has revealed that it has opened compliance cases against a small number of members following the latest HMRC...

12 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Smoove brings ‘pain-saving’ agency platform to the whole market

Smoove has announced the full market rollout of its digital onboarding platform, Smoove Start. The conveyancing software provider’s latest tool provides a...

05 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Smoove to rollout agency platform to help 'fix homebuying process'

Conveyancing software provider Smoove is set to rollout a new flagship estate agency product following a successful trial phase. Smoove Start was...

23 August 2022

From: Breaking News

As HMRC reveals almost half of those falling foul of AML regulations are property firms, estate agents are urged to get their compliance in order or face the consequences

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) recently published a list of firms that have received penalty notices for failure to meet their...

17 August 2022

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Does it really take a war to improve AML checks?

It’s taken Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for the UK to finally take a much-needed step in the right direction to stop...

13 August 2022

From: Features

Purplebricks, Liz Truss and George Orwell - double-think about it

Double-think, for those who have not read George Orwell, is when people are expected to accept two conflicting beliefs as truth,...

06 August 2022

From: Features

How conveyancers are using due diligence to attract estate agents leads

Smart conveyancers are making themselves indispensable to estate agents by doing their due diligence for them. Until now, estate agents and conveyancers...

01 August 2022

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Property firms failing to detect criminal 'ghosts'

Property firms are still failing to make basic anti-money laundering checks (AML), and some may even unwittingly be helping politically exposed...

26 July 2022

From: Breaking News

AML expert: Where are the checks on UK buyers?

An anti-money laundering (AML) has queried why there are so few checks on UK property buyers compared with those from overseas. Tim...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing report highlights emerging property sales risks

Cybersecurity and cryptocurrencies have been identified among the main risks facing conveyancers. The latest Risk Agenda report from the Council for Licensed...

19 July 2022

From: Breaking News

AML investigator to host agent webinar on customer due diligence

Agents are being given the chance to learn how to improve their anti-money laundering (AML) processes from a veteran police investigator. Rightmove...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: ‘the only way to bring about change is to be proactive’

In this latest ‘Women in Property’ edition of the Natter, I check in with Collette Allen, who was recently appointed as...

28 May 2022

From: Features

HMRC shows its teeth with bumper AML fines for agents

More than 30 agents and property firms such as auction houses and valuers were reprimanded by HMRC for anti-money laundering breaches...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

Purplebricks finally confirms appointment of new CEO

Following a series of unexplained delays, Helena Marston has now finally been confirmed as the new chief executive of beleaguered agency...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Client money and the regulation governing it is changing

PayProp’s recent Rental Confidence Index survey polled property professionals about their biggest concerns for 2022. Unsurprisingly, new regulations were a top...

09 April 2022

From: Features

The biggest problem with PropTech? All the choice it offers!

Technology developed for the estate agency industry has advanced and expanded seismically over the past decade as software vendors develop their...

06 April 2022

From: Features

Markets shrug as Purplebricks awaits confirmation of new chief executive

Purplebricks ended the trading day yesterday without being able to formally welcome its new chief executive but the markets appeared to...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Appointment of new Purplebricks CEO delayed

Mystery surrounds the appointment of Purplebricks new chief executive following a stockmarket update this morning. Helena Marston was due to start as...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

The death of data migration – is there a solution for agents?

One of the most valuable assets to any company is the data it stores. According to a recent study completed by...

30 March 2022

From: Features

Client Accounting – Why Outsource?

In this guest feature, Chris Mason, Operations Director at The Letting Partnership, outlines why agents might want to consider outsourcing client accounting. The...

19 March 2022

From: Features

Russian attempts to buy property - legal warning over sanctions

A legal expert has warned that everyone is theoretically at risk of committing a breach of sanctions against Russia - but...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

Can Purplebricks thrive with a CEO without agency experience?

The Purplebricks share price remained relatively unchanged yesterday following the shock announcement that chief executive Vic Darvey was quitting the company...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Will ‘upfront information’ go from buzzword to conventional practice in the year ahead?

Of the many industry buzzwords, I suspect “upfront information” was up there as one of the most widely used in 2021....

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

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Busted - newspaper reveals scandals behind self-employed agents on TV

A national newspaper has lifted the lid on what it alleges to be the backgrounds of high-end self-employed agents who feature...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

Achieve excellent sales and lettings performance with PropTech

MRI Software explores the use of PropTech to enhance the performance of the sales and lettings processes and how to select...

09 February 2022

From: Features

Property Fraud - Agents have key role to deter crime

An hour-long webinar this week aims to inform agents how to deter property fraud by greater emphasis on compliance, due diligence...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents expect more upfront info and paperless processes - survey

A survey of agents suggests the majority believe the process of buying and selling residential properties will be fully digital or...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Compliance check list - are you New Year ready?

Compliance check list - are you New Year ready? The start of a new year is a great time for estate agents...

10 December 2021

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Property Fraud - how agents can combat a growing threat

Property fraud is on the rise and early in 2022 agents will have an opportunity to attend a webinar featuring a...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

 Improving the home buying and selling process - what's the latest?

Despite the progress made in so many areas, particularly in terms of leasehold reform – although we are calling upon the...

27 November 2021

From: Features

“Devastating lack of due diligence” slammed in property fraud case

A prominent law expert is claiming that a high profile case of property fraud, reported earlier this week, involved a “devastating...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Booming opportunity: how technology can empower finance teams to do more

In this op-ed, Warwick Haycock, accounting software specialist at The Access Group, looks at how the use of tech can empower...

30 October 2021

From: Features

HMRC SDLT Refunds: Agents warned about ‘ambulance chasers’

A property specialist is warning about “modern day ambulance chasers” who try to convince buyers they have paid too much stamp duty.  “An increasing...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Will online agencies take over, or do we still need face-to-face contact?

Like most industries, estate agency is changing. A general trend to a more hybrid model, accelerated by the pandemic has resulted...

06 October 2021

From: Features

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

Due diligence for buying process must improve - Propertymark

Propertymark has spoken out over the Pandora Papers leak scandal, which reveals many elite and super-rich buyers of properties in London...

05 October 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

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

Better AML solutions needed amid warnings of possible impacts of Afghanistan exit on financial crime

Regulators are warning the UK’s property, finance and legal sectors to be aware of the possible impacts of the exit from...

09 September 2021

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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

 Half a billion to be spent on new private shared ownership scheme

A company says it’s gathering £500m in funding to purchase properties for a “gradual home ownership” scheme - a variation on...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents fined by HMRC for breaches of anti-money laundering rules

Three property agents feature on the latest list of businesses in trouble for failing to comply with money laundering regulations. The list...

17 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

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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

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

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

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

01 June 2021

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Estate agents risk multi-million-pound fines if they don’t keep proper customer records

While running customer identification and verification checks is part and parcel of the onboarding process for estate agents, under UK anti...

01 June 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Property marketing - keeping personal data protected

After a recent incident involving an Estate Agent based in Devon in which a property virtual tour they published revealed a...

25 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Q&A with Jerry Walters – why the AML clock is ticking for letting agents

With property fraud on the rise and an ever-increasing number of transactions taking place in the lettings sector, having strict anti-money laundering...

22 May 2021

From: Features

PropTech Today - how agents can choose the right PropTech solutions

In the first of our revamped PropTech Today series - which will see six industry experts discussing a range of issues...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Nicky Stevenson – how do we encourage more women into senior roles?

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I chat with Fine & Country UK’s managing director Nicky Stevenson, one of the most...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back portal run by member of construction dynasty

Two leading agencies and an agent network have signed up to the UK’s first dedicated portal for those finding, researching, buying...

22 April 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

Breakthrough on faster house sales with new digital form

An industry group charged with trying to make house buying simpler and quicker says it’s made a breakthrough on ‘upfront’ information...

16 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

Conveyancing work output surges despite ‘creaking processes’

Conveyancing volumes rose 27 per cent in just one month as the sector attempts to cope with huge demand prompted by...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

HMRC names agencies breaching anti-money laundering processes

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

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Free training for Rightmove agents on AML due diligence

A customer due diligence training webinar is being held for Rightmove members next week. This is the third anti-money laundering training webinar...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells reveals its plan for Countrywide branches and staff

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

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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