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Agency boss: ‘Why we desperately need ROPA rules’

A senior agency executive has said minimum standards and qualifications are “desperately needed” in the property sector. Adam Day, international expansion leader...

29 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

Agent insights with Sam Hunter – how can your brand educate and dominate

In the third part of this exclusive series with Homesearch’s chief operating officer, Sam Hunter, Angels Media’s Lee Dahill questions him...

22 June 2022

From: Features

Upfront information: Portals plan for consumer awareness to police listings

Portals are aiming to boost consumer awareness of new material information rules rather than refusing non-compliant listings. Agency listings have been required...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

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

New NAEA president plans to attract more school leavers to estate agency

NAEA Propertymark’s new president Stephen McCarron has said he intends to focus on making agency an attractive option for school leavers...

20 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

Property Natter - do agents need to worry about the metaverse?

Between you and me, dear reader, I had little to no idea about what the metaverse was before researching it for...

18 June 2022

From: Features

Outgoing NAEA Propertymark president reveals ROPA regrets

Outgoing NAEA Propertymark president Liana Loporto has shared her regrets that she didn’t see the Regulation of Property Agents (ROPA) rules...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket boss confident agents will remain once IPO tie-in ends

OnTheMarket has been having “positive discussions” with founding shareholder agents about renewing their contracts once they expire next year. Agents who invested...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

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

Agents account for half of this year's AML registration cancellations

Four estate agents have had their anti-money laundering (AML) registrations cancelled by HMRC so far this year. The taxman has published its...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

My First Property Sale: 'Vendor was so impressed she became an agent'

A EweMove franchisee has revealed how her first sale was so successful that it convinced the vendor to become an estate...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Reviews site reveals worst-rated agencies - and it's not just Purplebricks

AllAgents has revealed the 10 worst rated agency brands on its customer review platform, with Purplebricks leading the worst performers. The reviews...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Former Chestertons CEO set to be named Foxtons boss - reports

Foxtons is rumoured to have raided London rival Chestertons for its chief executive Guy Gittins. Estate Agent Today revealed on Friday that...

29 May 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

Platinum Jubilee: Agency windows given a royal refresh

Agents from Leaders are getting into the Platinum Jubilee spirit across the country. The brand’s branches have added a royal touch to...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Winkworth boss: How we are fostering the next generation of franchisees

Winkworth has seen a boom in potential franchisees while the first wave of agents are also working on succession planning. Writing exclusively...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New Century 21 UK owner sets sights on becoming an upmarket agency

The new owner of Century 21 UK, the British arm of the US-based franchising agency, has set his sights on rivalling...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents back claims that pay is too low, but how does it compare globally?

Almost three quarters of property professionals agree that estate agent pay is too low. A poll conducted by Estate Agent Today found 73%...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

New product aims to help homebuyers prove their commitment to a purchase

Proptech firm Gazeal is working on buyer-focused product that can be used to show a seller they are serious about a...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Video interview - what are the main challenges facing letting agents?

In this latest video interview, exclusively for EAT and LAT readers, Estate Agent Today's Lee Dahill chats with Mike Dawson from...

21 May 2022

From: Features

By Royal Appointment: How are you marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

Excitement is building for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. A four-day Bank Holiday to mark the occasion will kick off on 2...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

‘Long way to go’ for equality in estate agency - claim

Two senior agency figures have suggested there is more work needed to level the playing field for women in the sector. The...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

My First Property Sale: Reminisce about your commission debut

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

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

POA: So how many agency listings could be 'unlawful?'

Agency trade bodies have backed the “clarity” provided by Trading Standards after it deemed “price on application” listings unlawful. It comes as...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Auctioneer slams ‘outdated’ partner agent contracts

An online auctioneer has hit out at exclusive partner agreements between agents and traditional auction houses.  Stuart Collar-Brown, co-founder and director of...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Exclusive interview: Ex-Purplebricks agency trainer joins easyProperty

An industry veteran who helped train Purplebricks agents has partnered with easyProperty to foster its franchisee talent. The online hybrid agent is...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents owed more than half a million from withdrawn sales last year - claim

Agents lost out on £600,000 worth of owed commission from withdrawn listings last year, industry data suggests. Withdrawn sales are an occupational hazard...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the who’s who of the industry

The property industry is fortunate in including many great people, doing great work across a range of businesses – from traditional agency...

30 April 2022

From: Features

Property portals gear up for material info changes

Property portals are preparing to support agents in complying with a new era of upfront material information. From the end of May,...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency franchisees given chance to earn shares by joining Boomin

Agency franchisees with brands such as Hunters, Martin & Co, Belvoir and EasyProperty are being given the chance to sign up...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Not sheepish! Agent hits back after watchdog bans 'offensive' advert

An estate agent has hit back at the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after the watchdog banned a poster advertising the firm’s...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

EweMove sets out three-year franchise growth plan

EweMove managing director Nick Neill has set out plans to double the size of the franchise network by 2025 as the brand’s...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency reviews site calls for tougher crackdown on fake feedback

The government is being urged to go further with its clampdown on fake reviews. A government announcement aimed at protecting consumers last...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

Murray Lee – Say No To Rightmove has sadly stalled, but OTM offers agents hope

A leading figure in the Say No To Rightmove (STNR) campaign says the attempts to get agents to ditch Rightmove have...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Government still committed to introducing ROPA rules

The government has insisted it is still committed to introducing agency qualifications and minimum standards in the sector. It is almost three...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of sellers enter ‘agency fee refund’ competition

Online agent Strike is preparing to name a home seller who will be reimbursed the equivalent of an estate agent fee...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Boomin reveals latest wave of paid-up agents

Boomin has unveiled its latest round of paying agents. The challenger portal, launched by former Purplebricks founder Michael Bruce, has revealed 10...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

'Hundreds' of former Purplebricks agents back workers' rights legal claim

Hundreds of former Purplebricks agents have now signed up to a potential legal claim against the firm. Contractors For Justice, known as...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Keller Williams UK marks record month for new agents

Keller Williams has marked a record month for new agents but has announced the closure of its Bristol market centre hub...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents encouraged to ‘buy ready and sell ready’

Estate agents are being urged to ensure clients have instructed a solicitor from “day dot.” Speaking in an exclusive video interview with...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Lawyers ready to issue Purplebricks working rights claim 'within weeks'

Lawyers working on a class action against online agents including Purplebricks have said they will be ready to send a letter...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency boss calls for ROPA exam clarity

The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) chief executive Gareth Samples has called for a steer on when the long-awaited Regulation of Property...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed! The first paid-up agents joining Boomin

Foxtons, Chancellors and Douglas & Gordon have been named among the first paid-up agency brands on Boomin. The challenger portal, launched by...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Should agents restrict repeat viewings to combat rising petrol prices?

Agents are preparing their businesses for the cost of living crunch, with considerations on fuel use, heating and window display lighting. Much...

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

Zoopla launches Sales Advisory Board to boost agent influence

Zoopla has unveiled a Sales Advisory Board in an attempt to give agents a greater say in how the portal is...

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

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

Purplebricks' 'Mr Motivator' joins Boomin in senior role

A former UK national sales director at Purplebricks has been reunited with the online agent’s founder Michael Bruce at Boomin. Paul Vickerstaff,...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Professional visual images key for sales, says agent-turned-PropTech boss

Visual images are key for securing the quickest sales at the best prices, according to a formal estate agency chief who...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Over And Out - An Editor Departs…

For the record, this isn’t my last Industry Views for Estate Agent Today, although by the time you read this I'll be...

02 April 2022

From: Features

Michael Bruce secures massive new funding for Boomin portal

Sky News is reporting that Boomin, the portal founded by Purplebricks creator Michael Bruce, is close to finalising a new round...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Interview with eXp's Glenn Sanford - 'some agents will always prefer self-employed'

The self-employed model, after years of not really catching on fully, was given a major boost by the pandemic and the...

26 March 2022

From: Features

Shock at sudden death of estate agency owner

The owner of an estate agency has died suddenly, plunging the local community into shock. Ciaran McGurgan founded Maison Real Estate in...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Video exclusive - the Bruce brothers reveal all on Purplebricks and Boomin

In this exclusive for Estate Agent Today readers, video supremo and property expert Chris Watkin conducts an interview with the Bruce...

19 March 2022

From: Features

The Coming ‘Budget’ - What’s In Store For Agents?

If you want to sex-up the Chancellor’s financial statement scheduled for lunchtime on Wednesday, you’d call it a Budget or a...

19 March 2022

From: Features

Estate Agent Today: as one great era ends, another begins

This week, you will have all seen the sad news that Graham Norwood is stepping down as editor of Estate Agent...

19 March 2022

From: Features

Fury as agent tells buyers to skip Greggs to save for a deposit

An estate agent has suggested on social media that people who buy a Greggs breakfast each day could save well over...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Award-winning new editor for Estate Agent Today from next month

Estate Agent Today is to have a new editor from April 4. He is award winning journalist and podcaster Marc Shoffman who...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks de-lists another property after unacceptable vendor comment

For the second time in recent weeks, Purplebricks has de-listed a property after an unacceptable comment by the seller on social...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Are Reviews Faked? Trustpilot bats away claims of ignoring breaches

The international reviews service Trustpilot has batted away criticism from a property website that it ignores breaches of its guidelines. Last week,...

15 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

Review row over company making allegations about OnTheMarket

A row has broken out over a company which has made allegations about Trustpilot reviews of OnTheMarket. A company called KwikChex says...

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

More politicians back seizure of oligarchs' London property assets

Momentum is building up in support of the government’s probe into whether the London homes of oligarchs on the sanctions list...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Government may seize homes of key Russians without compensation

The government is considering seizing British property owned by Russian oligarchs on the sanctions list without paying compensation. The Financial Times says Housing...

03 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

Changing Our Industry - PropTech group hold webinars on reform

PropTech supplier tmgroup is to hold a six-part webinar series called Achieving Change: Think tomorrow, act today. The webinars - from linked...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

One of Britain’s oldest agencies - has it closed permanently?

It’s feared one of the country’s oldest estate agencies may have entered receivership. The Drew Pearce company of agents and chartered surveyors...

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

Allegation of agency staff at ‘drugs party’ in branch

The Mail Online website alleges that an after-hours party at an estate agency office involved staff apparently inhaling drugs from balloons. The...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Will Purplebricks quit stock market or 'do a Countrywide'?

Seven years after it launched on the London Stock Market, speculation continues that Purplebricks may be about to de-list and return...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – events for agents to look out for in the first half of 2022

Property events and functions are now back in full swing, with 2022 likely to be the first ‘normal’ year for this...

12 February 2022

From: Features

PropTech is great - but personal service is best of all, says agency boss

The head of one of Britain’s most successful agency groups says he is a big fan of PropTech - but it...

11 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

Bottoms Up! Agent brews his own beer and it’s in a local pub

An estate agency has brought cheer - or should that be cheers? - to the local community by brewing a beer. Neil...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the agency helping homeless people move closer to their own home

Our Agents Do Charity column each Friday does a fantastic job of highlighting the amazing charitable work of agents up and...

29 January 2022

From: Features

Purplebricks - It's My Property and I Will Sell It To Who I Want

Was Purplebricks right to delist a property from its website when it discovered the vendors - a Christian couple - were opposed...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks wins praise for dropping prejudiced sellers

Purplebricks’ decision to de-list a property after the Christian vendors made anti-gay comments has won widespread support from industry figures, including...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson’s Successor: what next for housing policies?

Will he stay or will he go? You don’t need me to say who ‘he’ is - it’s the only story...

22 January 2022

From: Features

Agency that said branches were dead has just opened second office

An estate agency that launched in 2018 saying that High Street offices were dead…has now opened its second physical branch in...

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

Exclusive: Setback for house buying reform as top expert moves job

Estate Agent Today understands that the civil servant who has been at the heart of plans to reform the house buying...

13 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

Branch Windows: should agents sell the space for advertising?

Could estate and letting agents sell their branch office window space for third party advertising, above and beyond promoting the properties...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency rolls out nationwide - but with only 70 agents

A hybrid agency that charges no fees to vendors but instead relies on referral fees for income has officially rolled out...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Godfather’ of estate agents says larger fees would improve service

If UK agents were paid higher fees they could perform a better service to the public. That’s the view of Mark Hayward,...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks denies sell-off rumour

Purplebricks has this morning said that a newspaper report over the weekend, claiming part of the business is to be sold...

04 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

Propertymark rejects claim its housing market data is inaccurate

Propertymark’s chief executive has rejected claims that his organisation’s housing market data inaccurately states the numbers of prospective buyers for each...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Wishing all our readers a Happy New Year

The team at Estate Agent Today and our publisher, Angels Media, wish all agents a very prosperous New Year.  Thank you for your...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Portal targets ‘eager movers’ in bid to end stock supply shortage

Zoopla’s chief operating officer says the portal has made progress for agents in 2021 but recognises there’s more to do next...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Pandemic has helped industry take mental health seriously - claim

One of the founders and leading figures in the Agents Together industry charity says one silver lining of the pandemic has...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Angels on our Christmas video … and EAT is back next week

We’ve had a terrific display of agency and supplier videos running every weekday since late November - a wonderful lead-in to...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Christmas Crackers! Kids solve Santa’s energy problem…

Hello, and with Christmas around the corner we have perhaps the most charming and well-produced festive video we’ve seen from an...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin more innovative and forward thinking than rivals - claim

The chair of the strategic board of fledgling Boomin says most existing portals are merely operating like digital newspapers with listings,...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the A-Z of property for 2021 

It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas – just a week to go now. Presents all wrapped and...

18 December 2021

From: Features

Agents should be trained - then tell the public how well-trained they are

The chief executive of Propertymark says agents should be trained - but it’s then vital they use their training as a...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Six Things We DIDN’T See In 2021

We all know what did happen in 2021 - Covid and more Covid, the stamp duty holiday frenzy, a soaring rental...

11 December 2021

From: Features

Agency that said High St offices were dead opens a High St office

An estate agency that three years ago launched saying that High Street offices were unnecessary has had a rethink - and...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Local residents’ delight - this agency’s Christmas windows are here

There’s good news for people in Newbury, Berkshire - the Christmas windows at Hillier & Wilson estate agency have now been...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

No good wishes from Purplebricks for outgoing top executive

Purplebricks’ official statement on the departure of chief marketing officer Ben Carter merely says he’s leaving at the end of the...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

RAN conference - interviews with the movers and shakers

Angels Media was the official media sponsor of the highly successful Relocation Agent Network’s conference on Friday, with Angels chief executive...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - video interview with Stephen Brown and RAN 2021!

In a first for the Natter, this week's interview is a video affair, with me posing the questions to Stephen Brown,...

04 December 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - a tribute to Stephen Brown

Hello and welcome to a very special edition of Agents Do Charity - a tribute to someone who has arguably done...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks defiant against threat of legal action

Purplebricks insists there is no basis for a class action legal case over its employment practices which may start this month. A pressure group, Contractors...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

RAN 2021! Conference and Awards tomorrow in Birmingham

Tomorrow sees the Relocation Agent Network’s first in-person conference since 2019.   The event, at the Metropole Hilton in Birmingham, will focus...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

It's not Greenwash - another agency goes carbon neutral

An agency that operates across and around Bristol is the latest to declare its commitment to go carbon neutral. The associate director...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government must help agents meet AML obligations - expert

The perception of the housing market, especially in London, being awash with ‘dirty’ money is a problem that needs to be...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent - why is it so cold and unfriendly?

Let’s begin with total transparency from this author: I believe there’s a place for Build To Rent in the wider portfolio...

27 November 2021

From: Features

Another agency switches to self-employed broker business model

A London agency has undergone what it calls a ‘genteel’ rebrand with a subtle change of name - but a major...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Police probe conveyancing cyber-crash as it begins third week

The police have been called in to investigate the ongoing cyber-security incident which has led to many firms in the Simplify...

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

Video interview - what are the benefits of third-party integrations?

In this latest video interview with the industry, Estate Agent Today's Lee Dahill chats to Richard Price, managing director of Dezrez,...

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

Industry rivals unite to push estate agents to Go Green

Sustainable Agent, a new members-owned eco-scheme for agents and property management companies, has announced a tie-in with review and awards platform ESTAS. As...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

The EPC - how it’s defied sceptics, critics and Brexiteers

I’ve never written the three letters ‘EPC’ more often than I have in the past week. Law changes for the private rental...

13 November 2021

From: Features

Agency’s window is stunning show of respect for those who fell…

With Remembrance Sunday this weekend, the nation and our industry will remember those who fell. Yesterday on Estate Agent Today we featured one...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency marks Armistice Day with stunning window displays

Today is the 11th day of the 11th month - the traditional annual Armistice Day, commemorating the signing of the armistice...

11 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

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

Stock famine means agents must work harder at prospecting - PropTech chief

A PropTech chief says agents are now competing with each other for substantially less stock on the market - meaning their...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lies, Damned Lies, and House Building Targets

We’ve probably all learned to be a little less cynical about politicians in recent weeks, given the tragic events. We perhaps...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Success for online valuation tool for five years in a row

The ValPal Network has won the ESTAS’ Supplier Awards – Best in Sector: Online Valuation Tool prize for the fifth year...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Unlock Your Agency’s Full Potential with Rezi

PropTech is booming, and its rise was only accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced the real estate industry – as...

26 October 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter – four ways agents can improve brand recognition this winter

As a character from a fairly well-known TV show once said, winter is coming and we’re all contemplating where 2021 has...

23 October 2021

From: Features

Agent Alert: Rise in property fraud makes data checks vital

An alert has gone out to sales and lettings agents to be more diligent with their checking of data, and to...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

1,100 expected at tomorrow’s ESTAS awards

Some 1,100 guests are expected to attend the ESTAS awards tomorrow - the first time agents, conveyancers and brokers will gather...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks faces legal action from agents over holiday and pension pay

A claims firm wants to commence proceedings against online estate agency companies such as Purplebricks and Yopa. It's on behalf of thousands...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

The best CRMs tell agents what to do and when to do it - claim

PropTech and CRMs should be about far more than merely gathering data - they should be telling agents which prospects are...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Enforcement - time to pull our fingers out

Within weeks the focus of the industry will be on the White Paper to be issued on rental reform before Christmas. Let’s...

16 October 2021

From: Features

Agents should be confident of fees they charge says data analyst

Estate agents who differentiate themselves from competitors should not be afraid of charging more - and should have confidence when doing...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC uses Rightmove and Zoopla to snoop on tax payments

It’s been revealed that HM Revenue & Customs scours the listings on both Rightmove and Zoopla to assess whether property investors...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: are estate agents paid enough?

Agent wages have been in the news this week, with boastful claims from a number of self-employed businesses about the sums...

09 October 2021

From: Features

Former Housing Secretary dies at the age of 53

Former Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has died at the age of 53. The Conservative ex-Cabinet minister, who was diagnosed with lung cancer...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Is this the highest paid estate agent in Britain?

An estate agent claims he may be the highest paid in the industry this year - and he puts it down to...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin’s SmartVal service has over 10,000 requests since launch

Fledgling portal Boomin says its new SmartVal tool has received over 10,000 requests since launching in early September. SmartVal is powered in part by...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Watchdog intervenes after complaint about Countrywide property

The Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in following a complaint about a property advertised by Connells-owned Countrywide estate agents. The issue revolves...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

A Taxing Time: the property industry is set for increases

By the time I next write this column, we’ll be just days before the next Budget and Autumn Statement. So I’ll...

02 October 2021

From: Features

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

How can agents save weeks on sales progression?

A video interview claims to spill the beans on how sales progression can be accelerated by three to four weeks. Estate agent...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents are selfish but here's how to turn it around - a controversial video

Chris Watkin - the famous industry content creator, ghostwriter and trainer - has made a series of controversial statements about agents...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how can estate agents improve their green credentials?

As we motor towards the next major global climate change conference – the UN’s COP26 being held in Glasgow from 31...

25 September 2021

From: Features

Drones to night shots - what are the top photo tips for agents?

Photography has become an increasingly important weapon in an agent’s armoury in recent years as listings compete for space on portals,...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Forum - can agents and conveyancers work better together?

The property market over the last 18 months has seen unprecedented activity - as a result of changed priorities, the stamp...

16 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

RICS Scandal - Senior figures quit but “no fraud or crime” says QC

The independent QC leading a review into the governance scandal at the RICS says there was “no fraudulent or criminal misbehaviour”...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reveals areas where external appointments needed

Purplebricks says it’s beginning interviewing this week for roles at three key levels where there were not enough ‘switchers’ willing to...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reveals result of switch from self-employed

Purplebricks says its aim to move 650 staff from self-employed status to employed has had a 95 per cent success rate. It...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Snap! Can YOU improve on this estate agency favourite photo?

Does this photo drive you mad? Do you see it everywhere (including on Estate Agent Today stories)?  Who are these people and...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

TV campaign begins today for Boomin’s SmartVal service

A TV advertising campaign begins today to promote SmartVal, its real-time valuation tool available on the Boomin portal. The advertisements will start...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - It’s Back To The Future

Few political policies have such a ring of the past as rent controls - they were last seen in this country...

04 September 2021

From: Features

Property Natter - will UK agents ever be seen as true professionals?

There are some parts of the world, including in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, where estate agent isn’t seen as...

28 August 2021

From: Features

Estate agency scandal shows Trading Standards work is vital - claim

The work of the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team is “vital” it claims - and the case of the...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Auction service claims agents swinging in its favour

Auction service Iamsold says a small-sample survey it conducted of agents suggests that increasing numbers are looking favourably on auctions as...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: OnTheMarket’s biggest critic will list with portal

A long-standing critic of OnTheMarket, who was once excluded from a presentation by the portal’s leadership, has spoken enthusiastically of the...

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

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

Boomin’s valuation tool is the most accurate anywhere - claim

Michael Bruce says the new SmartVal automated valuation system he is this month introducing on Boomin will be the most accurate...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ autumn marketing blitz goes ahead despite shock jobs move

Purplebricks’ chief executive says a £4m marketing blitz scheduled for the autumn will go ahead despite the upheaval caused by the...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks admits short term disruption but CEO makes pay pledge

The chief executive of Purplebricks says he wants to move his agency’s 600 Local Property Experts from self-employed to employed status...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks ends self-employed agent service and goes “fully employed”

Purplebricks has this morning confirmed that it’s ending its self-employed Local Property Experts operation and is moving to “a fully employed model...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock intervention by Trading Standards in 'charging for viewing' row

The controversial proposal by a PropTech start up to charge potential viewers of properties to let or for sale has been...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

This is what the market will do after the stamp duty holiday (maybe)

There’s already plenty of talk about autumn - depressing huh? - with agents pondering how the housing market will respond to...

07 August 2021

From: Features

Purplebricks hires new PR agency ahead of next marketing onslaught

Purplebricks has hired another creating PR agency to work on its consumer campaign. Taylor Herring - part of the larger Publicis group...

06 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

Boomin chief slams Rightmove over high fees, low investment

The head of Boomin has attacked Rightmove for the fees it currently charges agents, the likelihood of higher fees to come,...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry leader’s podcast lifts the lid on self-employed agents

One of the best known faces in estate agency has launched his own podcast - and is giving Estate Agent Today...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: half-year review – what has 2021 brought so far?

Well, we’re technically more than halfway through the year already, but we’ll let that slide. And what a year it’s been...

31 July 2021

From: Features

Pay Per Viewing - silence on number and identity of agencies involved

The platform behind a controversial proposal to charge prospective buyers and renters £30 or more to view a property on the...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin’s “game changing” SmartVal - more details given to agents

Boomin has given its member agents more details of its new valuation tool being launched next month. Called SmartVal, it is described...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Controversial pay-per-viewing service to seek investors soon

The controversial ViewRabbit service, which proposes to charge prospective buyers and tenants for viewing properties, may seek international investment. The site has...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Pay-per-view wins Propertymark green light but agents warned

Propertymark says a new pay-per-viewing service is “interesting” but warns agents to protect themselves by abiding by consumer protection regulations. The warning has come following...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

LSL is NOT selling off mortgage brokerage in near future

LSL Property Services has told Estate Agent Today that the company did not agree to a potential sale of its mortgage arm at...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Is This The Alternative To Stamp Duty?

There’s gathering momentum to do ‘something’ about the unfairness of council tax and stamp duty. This isn’t new in principle. Agents have...

24 July 2021

From: Features

Agents' Covid help service closes its door after 17 months

An agent support service set up in the early days of the pandemic has closed down with its architect saying “If...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New Homes diversification can help agencies expand, says top agent

Creating a New Homes division could be a good way of expanding an agency business according to the head of a...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: how can agents ensure they don’t suffer costly missed opportunities?

Let it never be said that this column isn’t here to help out agents directly. In this week’s Natter, I speak...

17 July 2021

From: Features

Estate agency issues statement over racist football tweet

High end agency Savills is conducting “a full investigation” into a racist tweet posted overnight. A Savills statement posted on Twitter this...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to launch local marketing blitz after Olympics

Purplebricks is to launch an extensive marketing campaign after this summer’s Olympics to emphasise the local knowledge of its 600 agents...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

The Holiday Home Debate - Don’t Let Politicians Get Away With It

At first sight it’s a tough ask to defend holiday homes when there’s evidence that many who want to buy can’t,...

10 July 2021

From: Features

Agents told to emphasise their local expertise to win business

Estate agents are being advised to emphasise to customers that they are local experts. “Show [the public] that you really know your...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

A third of sellers consider using Purplebricks, claims agency

The chief executive of Purplebricks says research into pricing strategies has suggested around a third of sellers at least consider using...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Digital signatures key to modernising agent work - Reapit director

Digital signatures are not new but the relative slowness with which they have been adopted by the industry is disappointing, according...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent accosting Whitty was “unacceptable” say trade bodies

The industry’s two leading trade bodies have spoken out about the incident in which an agent accosted England’s chief medical officer,...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – why OTM’s Jason Tebb shows the importance of good hires

In the world of football – very topical at the moment, as we all enjoy the Euros – there is an...

03 July 2021

From: Features

For Sale Boards - out of date or the agent’s best friend?

The debate over For Sale and To Let boards continues apace with some local councils wanting to make it difficult or...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Book Review: The Ultimate Property Listing by Neil Whitfield

I recently saw a fly-through video for a home on sale for well over £2m. The imagery was good (made better by...

26 June 2021

From: Features

Phil Spencer’s agent panel: What would it be like here in lockdown?

Phil Spencer has interviewed five key regional estate agents in the latest of his Move iQ industry videos. It’s a fascinating insight...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with special fundraising for Samaritans …

It’s been another terrific week for good deeds by our industry - so often under-reported but so important for agents and...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent’s website or portal? Marketing tips from the Guild Guru

Iain McKenzie, chief executive of the Guild of Property Professionals, has given Estate Agent Today readers four exclusive marketing tips. In a...

24 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

Official guidance issued for agents to avoid Stamp Duty delays

In an unusual move, HM Land Registry has issued guidance to agents to help them reassure jittery buyers and sellers ahead...

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

Vetting Buyers: row escalates over ‘proof of funds’ demand

The row over whether agents should be allowed to vet people who view properties on the basis of their wealth has...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Three top tips for agents offered by Kerfuffle’s Simon Whale

Kerfuffle founder Simon Whale has given Estate Agent Today readers three top tips for improving their performance. The trio of suggestions -...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Should buyers show ‘proof of funds’ to be allowed to view a home?

A traditional problem for agents has been ‘tyre kickers’ who come to view a home out of curiosity with little or...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing Market Frenzy - It’s Not Just Britain, You Know…

Right now it seems that another day means another house price record, an all-time high for transactions, and a conveyancing log-jam...

12 June 2021

From: Features

Euros Kick Off Time! Watch out for our Agents’ Reports!

With just hours to go to the start of the Euros, we can announce our squad for writing Agents Reports on...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent accused of charging to view a property: Is this illegal?

An estate agent has been accused of charging prospective clients to view a property. The claim has been made on Twitter by...

10 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

Almost 20,000 property industry staff are still on furlough

Figures released from the government show 19,400 people in the real estate sector are still on furlough - suggesting some agents have back...

04 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

Book Review: The Keys To The Capital by James Macleod

Books about property are, relatively speaking, commonplace - books by estate agents are far less so, hence the interest in The...

29 May 2021

From: Features

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

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

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove probing online agency with controversial past

Rightmove is to review the processes of an online platform which directly uploads sellers' property details via an app. Two years ago...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency drops claim that it's number one in its area after complaint

A firm has agreed to amend its claim that it was the number one selling agent in its town in 2020,...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Transform home buying for good’ is goal of new strategic partnership

Digital marketing agency Angels Media and digital platform Gazeal have announced an exclusive strategic partnership to help improve and speed up...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Marketing tips for agents - but portals or agent websites first?

One of the industry’s key marketing suppliers has given four tips for agent readers of Estate Agent Today. Graeme Edwards, managing director...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 May 2021

From: Features

Trading Standards to recommend changes to ‘material info’ on listings

The Trading Standards agency team has outlined to Estate Agent Today the process it will follow to improve what it calls...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the tide turning for the lettings industry?

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

15 May 2021

From: Features

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

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

15 May 2021

From: Features

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

Capital Gains Tax fear for properties with dedicated home offices

An agent has contacted Estate Agent Today to issue what he calls “an urgent alert” about the risk of Capital Gains...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Vote, Vote, Vote - Housing and the 2021 Local Elections

Local elections rarely set the pulse racing and this year’s poll on Thursday faces a similar problem. But this time, it’s a...

01 May 2021

From: Features

The Homesearch portal 12 months on - the inside story

This time last year the industry was awaiting the launch of a new portal - the free to list public site...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Ditch digital - use handwritten letters to win business, say agents

The estate agency industry is besotted with digital canvassing to try to win business - but that’s the wrong approach to take...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why agency must never become a closed shop

The biggest news story in town this last week – which has brought people who don’t usually like or watch football...

24 April 2021

From: Features

PropTech: What are the biggest questions on Apps vs APIs?

In my previous Estate Agent Today feature, I endeavoured to explain the key differences between APIs and Apps, to help improve...

24 April 2021

From: Features

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

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

21 April 2021

From: Features

Countrywide investor’s warning shot at underperforming Foxtons

The veteran estate agent who led criticism of Countrywide’s former management is turning his glare on Foxtons. The London estate agency has...

20 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

Up to 40% of homes for sale are chain-free in parts of UK

New research shared with Estate Agent Today suggest that in areas of the country almost four in 10 homes for sale...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Michael Bruce promoted in Boomin management changes

Michael Bruce has been promoted from the role of executive chairman of Boomin to group chief executive officer. This is within two...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - staff turnover rates at leading estate agencies

One of the industry’s leading consultants has calculated staff turnover rates at the country’s leading estate agencies. Christopher Watkin, the consultant who...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Fake Reviews: Watchdog pushes Facebook into action

The Competition and Markets Authority says it has pushed Facebook into taking new action to combat fake reviews - an issue...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2021

From: Features

Boomin Bites Back: We’ll NEVER do direct sales, insists founder

Agents have contacted Estate Agent Today to say they fear the new MatchMaker service on the Boomin portal could be used...

06 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

Estate agents trusted more than politicians (yes, that old story)

First the good news - estate agents are trusted more than politicians and no less than bankers. Now the bad news:...

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

Propertymark - Where is it going next?

Few people in the industry have as controversial or challenging a role as Nathan Emerson, the new (but interim) chief executive...

27 March 2021

From: Features

Property Natter: meet the agent poet doing things unconventionally

As you’ll know by now, I like to use the Natter to shine a light on independent agents doing things a...

27 March 2021

From: Features

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

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

27 March 2021

From: Features

Exclusive: “There’s no crisis at Propertymark” says new CEO

Nathan Emerson, the new chief executive of Propertymark, says his mission is to make the organisation more transparent - and to...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks removes misleading claim after complaint

Purplebricks has removed advertising claims which suggested it sold homes for a higher sum, on average, than rival agencies. The Advertising Standards...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks - Is it joining the establishment?

Purplebricks is now part of the mainstream landscape of British estate agency. There - I said it. An agency whose whispered name...

20 March 2021

From: Features

Watch: Ed Mead talks PropTech and Foxtons' acquisition of D&G

In a video interview for Estate Agent Today, property professional Chris Buckler speaks to Ed Mead,  all-round property guru and founder...

20 March 2021

From: Features

Eyes peeled! EAT set to launch state of the property nation survey

On Monday next week, Estate Agent Today will launch its state of the property nation survey, a 14-question poll for UK...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks goes local - more emphasis on Local Property Experts in future

Purplebricks is to tilt its marketing increasingly towards local advertising on traditional and online platforms, and promoting the ‘on the street’...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Top online agency challenged over claim about fees and sales

Online agency Yopa says it will change a claim on its website that appears to suggest no fee will be charged...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agency opens click and collect coffee shop

A Sheffield estate agency is pioneering a new form of branch office - one that sells homes at the same time...

16 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

Agents' fury at Rightmove restrictions imposed without warning

Agents are up in arms at a Rightmove restriction temporarily preventing access to parts of its listing back-end.  Agents received an email...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New Propertymark crisis as finance chief quits

The head of finance at Propertymark has quit - another high profile departure for the troubled organisation. Estate Agent Today broke the news...

10 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

Stamp Duty: new cliff edge or cause for delight?

Rarely do Budgets produce positive sentiments from the agency industry but Chancellor Rishi Sunak appears to have won widespread support for...

04 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

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

Scam Alert! Fake agent lists on Zoopla and joins redress scheme

A high-profile London agency is asking the police and property industry bodies including Trading Standards to investigate a fake company posing under...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Dexters wins private equity investment - NO it’s NOT been sold

Wild speculation about the sale of Dexters yesterday turned out to be plain wrong - and instead the company has landed substantial investment. Oakley Capital, a...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Game Over for Propertymark? What future after shock resignations?

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

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New Propertymark CEO Balcon stays silent on leadership resignation

The new chief executive of Propertymark has declined to answer questions relating to the resignation of the NAEA president only half...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New self-employed agents must choose optimum PropTech tools - claim

Estate agents quitting companies and setting up on their own will prosper only by tapping into the most appropriate level of...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Free welcome boxes available for agents to give to movers

A new service is offering agents free welcome boxes which can be passed over to buyers and tenants who move in. The...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Mystery deepens over resignation of NAEA Propertymark president

Mystery over the unusual nature of the resignation of the NAEA President, announced last weekend, has deepened in the past 24...

16 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

Huge scandal of Business Insurance brush-off in defiance of court

An agent is challenging the insurer Hiscox over its interpretation of whether to honour a Business Interruption Insurance policy. A standard letter...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove courts controversy with Modern Method of Auction link

Rightmove is the latest portal to forge a link with the controversial Modern Method of Auction service being offered to agents. A...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 February 2021

From: Features

Walk-ins to High Street branches “more a liability than an advantage”

The rise and rise of portal listings and changing consumer habits during the pandemic may mean the death of the High...

12 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

Video – Married couple ditch the high street for self-employed model

In a video interview for Estate Agent Today, property professional Chris Buckler speaks to Justin and Victoria Bhoday - a married...

06 February 2021

From: Features

Texts to potential sellers will win instructions, says PropTech supplier

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

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Customer Data Breach: Foxtons at centre of newspaper allegations

A newspaper claims that thousands of customers’ financial details held by Foxtons Group are being freely accessed on the so-called dark...

03 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

Lockdown means viewings and sales will fall, says Phil Spencer

Property commentator Phil Spencer says lockdown - which we know will now last for another six weeks at least, and possibly...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla reveals multi-million-pound revolutionary changes

Zoopla has revealed a multi-million-pound programme of future developments which have taken 18 months to finalise. Chief executive Charlie Bryant has told...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Is Propertymark’s new chief executive up to the job?

The new chief executive of Propertymark, now combining five agency trade bodies including the NAEA and ARLA, has no experience at...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Why are only 25% of estate agents in NAEA Propertymark?

Propertymark, combining both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents, claims to speak for the...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Why don’t agencies list on the stock market anymore?

There’s been a flurry of recent activity involving agencies quoted on the London Stock Exchange: Hunters, The Property Franchise Group and...

23 January 2021

From: Features

RICS in dramatic U-turn after newspaper allegations

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors last night announced a dramatic U-turn in the controversy over a report by an independent...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency and franchise giant announce expansion plans

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

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: exclusive Q&A with Tim Balcon, Propertymark’s new CEO

Propertymark, the overarching body aiming to bring five different associations (ARLA, NAEA, NAVA, ICBA and APIP) into a single brand, was...

16 January 2021

From: Features

Propertymark says it’s only agent body with influence on government

Propertymark is the only agency trade body with sufficient influence on, and links with, government to achieve major gains for the...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Make sellers pay stamp duty, senior industry figure suggests

One of the most respected figures in the industry, trainer and consultant Richard Rawlings, is suggesting that stamp duty should be...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency attacked by Lib Dem for selling holiday homes

An estate agency is being criticised for marketing properties as second homes in an area reportedly suffering a housing shortage. Local media...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday extension - This horse ain’t dead yet

Just a week ago, I thought it was all over. Christmas and New Year had gone, as had the passionate calls...

09 January 2021

From: Features

Independent agents launch portal alternative to Rightmove

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

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents have “moral obligation” to restrict physical viewings - call

There’s a call this morning for estate and letting agents to regard the physical viewing of any property on sale or...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents split over viewings and office opening during Lockdown

Agents are sharply split over how they should operate during the current phase of the Coronavirus crisis.  In a poll of almost...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

You guessed it…10 things to watch for in 2021

Here’s hoping you managed to have as good a Christmas and New Year as Covid rules allowed. Journalism in early January is...

02 January 2021

From: Features

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

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

02 January 2021

From: Features

Happy New Year from Estate Agent Today and Angels Media

Many agents will be closed on New Year’s Day - the last Bank Holiday for some months and at the start...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Estate Agent Today and Angels Media

With just one day to go to Christmas, it’s time - we hope - for all of us in the industry...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty increase - could it happen across the UK?

The shock and almost immediate increase in stamp duty on additional homes in Wales has prompted one question in the industry...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Another Christmas video - and it looks with hope to 2021

As Christmas gets ever-closer, today’s video from an industry supplier is a touching montage of how bad things got this year...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

An uplifting Christmas video to show 2020 wasn’t all bad…

Hello and welcome to Christmas week! There are just a few days to go before the industry’s festive break. On that subject,...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - backbone of our industry – the London way

Many independents will be based in the capital, but given its size and breadth they may get drowned out even more...

19 December 2020

From: Features

Corona kindness - the best of agency in 2020

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

12 December 2020

From: Features

Exclusive - Agents' training and licensing latest from the chair of RoPA

First off, hello and welcome to this new series – appearing in Estate Agent Today’s Breaking News section each month –...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Dog-gone! It’s more of your fabulous festive photos…

Hello and welcome to our latest selection of photos from agencies which have dressed their offices for Christmas. We’ve had another great...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the backbone of our industry – charity, Cornwall and family!

Welcome to part three of our ongoing series on local independent agents, as we seek to give this all-important part of...

05 December 2020

From: Features

New industry regulator could use versions of TPO codes of practice

The industry regulator who comes into force when the Regulation of Property Agents’ recommendations are adopted may take over versions of...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - heartwarming festive fund-raising galore…

Hello, and if it’s Friday it can only mean Charity day as we celebrate the industry’s continuing fund-raising despite challenges from...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 - The year of Boomin?

The agency industry may look back on this year and say: “Well...to be honest we didn’t really see it coming.” No, no,...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Boomin wins backing of ‘anti-Purplebricks’ industry guru

One of the highest profile figures in the agency industry - and a past critic of Purplebricks - has come out as a vociferous...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Update: Agents seeking urgent guidance from government

Propertymark is in touch with the government to see how the new Tier structure being introduced on December 3 will affect...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 November 2020

From: Features

Trading Standards to advise Boomin on referral fees disclosure

The Boomin portal, which incentivises agents to cross-sell and benefit from referral fees, is to receive advice on fee disclosure from...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents should give conveyancers more information up-front - call

A prominent PropTech supplier wants agents to hand over much more information to conveyancers to allow them to make faster progress on...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Joe Biden’s housing market - well, it’s just like over here…

With a new President elected and the old one reluctant to move out, this is a good time to see how...

14 November 2020

From: Features

Self-employed agents thrive - if they work harder than before

A leading enthusiast of the self-employed agency business model says even in these challenging times people can make a success of...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Independents are our industry’s backbone - want to be involved?

As you may have seen over the weekend, the long-running Property Natter column – penned by Angels Media chief executive, Nat...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Major English Football League deal for High Street agency

Your Move is to become the English Football League’s official Communities Supporter for the coming season. The agency is already an Official...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - spotlight on independents: the backbone of our industry

Firstly, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Lockdown 2, as it’s being known, is now with us, but fortunately...

07 November 2020

From: Features

Boomin signs online agency amongst 10 new founding members

Fledgling portal Boomin - launching later this month - has announced another 10 independent regional agencies as founder members. This includes its...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency stung by lockdown criticism reveals policy for next four weeks

An agency in London which was stung by fierce criticism in the spring lockdown has announced its policy for branch activity...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency offers auction service to rivals at fixed price fee

An online agency says its virtual auction service can be used even by its rivals between now and the end of...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Does experience still count in estate agency?

“I’ve got 47 years of experience as an agent. Do I still have to get a qualification?” asked one attendee at...

31 October 2020

From: Features

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

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

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies and branch closures continue at Countrywide

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

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Many Countrywide branches now shut permanently

Estate Agent Today can reveal that a string of Countrywide offices across the country have been closed in recent weeks - but...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why diversification is the spice of life for agents

The property market has bounced back with all of the expected resilience and flexibility that is its hallmark since it reopened...

24 October 2020

From: Features

Countrywide branches close ahead of private equity investment bid

At least two branches of a Countrywide agency have been closed, shortly before news broke of a proposal for a large...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons data breach but “no sensitive data compromised”

Foxtons is alleged by a newspaper to have suffered a malware attack and data breach which closed its MyFoxtons client website. The...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 October 2020

From: Features

Marketing shift for OnTheMarket towards more social media

OnTheMarket’s acting chief executive says the portal will embrace more social media and innovative marketing strategies in the coming period. Yesterday the...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New “sellers portal” pledges to improve on Rightmove and Zoopla

A new portal-style PropTech product has launched and wants to recruit estate agents to its fold - despite describing the way...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – five ways to enable your agency to thrive this winter

The only certainty at the moment is ongoing uncertainty. It’s something we’ve got used to in 2020, but it’s still not...

10 October 2020

From: Features

Rightmove wins fees war as opponents raise the white flag

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

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 October 2020

From: Features

Major regional agency unveils pioneering ‘super hub’ structure

One of the country’s major regional agencies has unveiled a ‘super hub’ structure which began life as a lockdown measure but...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers for the industry

Hello and at the start of another working week, welcome to our regular jobs slot announcing who’s moving where within the...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New PropTech product nurtures leads for agents - even as they sleep

A new PropTech product claims to help agents generate and nurture leads - even while they sleep. MovePal generates leads through Facebook...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Why generating and nurturing leads is more important than ever

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

23 September 2020

From: Features

Business Interruption Insurance: High Court rules in favour of agents

The result of a test case over Business Interruption Insurance involving agents has been handed down by the High Court. It has...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why haven’t the Big 4 tech firms got involved with property?

For a number of years now, predictions have been made that one of the major tech giants will eventually enter the...

12 September 2020

From: Features

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

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

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Autumn 2020 - seven things to watch

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

05 September 2020

From: Features

Purplebricks' founders 'not seeking external funding' for new portal

Property portal Boomin has been "courted by a range of potential backers" according to Sky News. The news service - which has...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Victim of notorious agency price fixing hits out at lack of refund

One of the victims of a notorious estate agency price fixing cartel has spoken out against one of the offenders.  Christina Davis...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin is only new portal that can rival Rightmove - top agent

One of the most experienced British estate agents says the new portal Boomin - expected to launch next month, October -...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

US realtor says UK agents would earn more with multi-listing service

An American realtor who once predicted his company would have 5,000 UK estate agents working under its banner is now saying...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - perception vs reality - why do agents have a bad rep?

It’s fair to say that UK estate agents don’t have the best of reputations, often featuring in the lists of the...

29 August 2020

From: Features

Ex-Countrywide man launches “world’s most intelligent” portal

A new portal launches today with 100,000 listings and a pledge to target buyers largely ignored by established websites - investors. It’s...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide - 10 own goals in five years

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

22 August 2020

From: Features

Instagram Offices - send us your end-of-summer team photos!

Whisper it quietly but in just 10 days time we have the final Bank Holiday before Christmas. We would like to mark...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide Civil War: company hits back at shareholder’s claim

Countrywide has rejected a claim by one of its biggest shareholders that it does not engage with investors over future strategy...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency sells ‘fall-through insurance’ after 100 deals collapse

An online agency says it’s offering its customers a kind of ‘fall-through insurance’ after over 100 deals collapsed between mid-March and...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks bonus bonanza despite anti-money laundering blunder

If anyone thought the days of Purplebricks bosses making millions were in the past,  think again. The chief executive and chief finance...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Digital hub claims to shorten transaction times and offer referral fees

A digital resource hub for estate agents claims to shorten transaction times. Sort Move, which has been operating since late 2019,...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – what does agency look like Down Under?

In my last Natter, I explored the differences between estate agency in the UK and the US with the help of...

15 August 2020

From: Features

Zoopla’s new TV ad - portal wants to know what agents think

Zoopla says it wants to know what agents think of its new TV advert which airs from tomorrow but can be...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Cheap and nasty Purplebricks - why it didn't work down under

A leading expert on estate agency and the housing market in Australia has lifted the lid on how Purplebricks failed down...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove has nothing to fear but Rightmove itself

It must have been a close thing on Friday as to whose faces were looking the most glum - those at...

08 August 2020

From: Features

Deep Dive: what did the Zoopla Rental Market Report reveal?

The Zoopla Rental Market Report, published this week, mentioned a two-speed rental market, but what does that mean? We are seeing two...

08 August 2020

From: Features

PropTech firm swipes at Purplebricks over property measurements

A PropTech firm that regularly claims London homes are mis-measured in property descriptions has taken a swipe at Purplebricks. Pupil, a spatial...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough Fraud: HMRC targets property firms for investigation

A law practice says HM Revenue & Customs is launching a probe into companies that have allegedly abused the Coronavirus furlough...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what are the differences between UK and US agents?

We have had a special relationship for many years and are bonded as countries in many ways – historically, politically and...

01 August 2020

From: Features

Business Interruption Scandal: agents await decision on pay-out

Agents are awaiting the outcome of a test case regarding Business Interruption Insurance, which may determine whether they receive thousands of...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Agencies’ top website hits and social media followings

A new analysis of corporate estate agencies’ social media followings and websites shows the big winners to be Savills, Foxtons and...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Nothing wrong with 'Commisery' says unrepentant Michael Bruce

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

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Regulation - is there a better way of becoming a better industry?

If a week is a long time in politics (an old phrase, for younger readers), then a year is a very long...

25 July 2020

From: Features

Stamp Duty Holiday giving southern England biggest boost - Zoopla

Zoopla's Research and Insight Director Richard Donnell writes: Just over a fortnight on since the Chancellor announced the Stamp Duty holiday and...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: another complaint prompts watchdog to intervene

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

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax Threat: new warning it could hurt housing market

Large scale increases in and changes to the Capital Gains Tax regime could seriously hurt the housing market, a senior figure...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what will property conferences and events of the future look like?

Conferences, events and awards dinners are a hugely important part of the property calendar, bringing the great and the good of...

18 July 2020

From: Features

Video interview - expert advice on how to utilise live stream viewings

In a video interview for Estate Agent Today, property professional Chris Buckler speaks to Matt Nicol, managing director of Nicol &...

18 July 2020

From: Features

Facemasks: Propertymark hints that agents may have to wear them

More than 24 hours after the government's announcement about the compulsory wearing of facemasks by shoppers in England, and there is...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Will agents and clients have to wear facemasks in branches?

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets is to be made mandatory in England.  Anyone failing to comply with the order...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s stamp duty holiday was never going to be enough

You have to feel for Rishi Sunak - well, at least a little. Leave to one side that he carries more presentational...

11 July 2020

From: Features

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

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

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Congratulations! ESTAS 2020 winners celebrate ‘virtual’ victories

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

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who are the industry’s major trade bodies?

They are the names we hear about often, pushing for this or seeking clarifications on that. They are the representatives of...

04 July 2020

From: Features

Video interview  - how can agents use video to make sure they don't go bust?

In a video interview for Estate Agent Today, property professional Chris Buckler speaks to industry video expert Christopher Watkin. Watkin gives his...

04 July 2020

From: Features

Revealed - the top three trends in the housing market right now

With the UK housing market now largely open - there are still restrictions in some areas on home moves to occupied properties...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency regulation: still no government action, one year on

The recommendations to regulate and train the estate agency industry put forward a year ago remain on the Housing Secretary’s desk...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 50 jobs lost as agency collapses into administration

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

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Jenrick - Why his scandals matter to agents

It may be that by the time you read this it’s all over for Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for...

27 June 2020

From: Features

Watch out Rightmove! 10,000 agents sign up to new rival portal

The challenger portal scheduled to launch in less than a week’s time on July 1 has secured the support of 10,000...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide chief joins mentor team at Agents Together

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

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as widely-respected property campaigner dies suddenly

The death has been announced of one of the country’s leading campaigners against the injustices of the leasehold system, Louie Burns. Burns...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove was warned for years to improve relationship with agents

The leader of the Say No To Rightmove campaign has revealed to Estate Agent Today that he has lobbied the portal...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove really IS very good value for agents, insists ex-director

The former commercial director of Rightmove has made a strong defence of much of the company’s activities, including the charges it...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Why every political party is pro-tenant, anti-landlord

Back in the day, party politics and the private rental sector used to be straightforward. Conservatives were pro-landlord, Labour were pro-tenant, while...

13 June 2020

From: Features

OnTheMarket still aims to be top portal - and ponders next move on fees

OnTheMarket says it still aims to be the number one portal, but the acting chief executive has revealed a far more...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide branch faces police and HMRC threat after furlough allegation

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

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ biggest challenges now are handling instructions in ‘new normal’

A survey of estate agents conducted through trade publications has revealed that market uncertainty and the handling of transactions within government...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Thought-provoking video series for agents and landlords launches today

A new thought-provoking five-part video series is launching to the industry today. ‘Simon says…’ is being hosted by Property Tribes with...

08 June 2020

From: Features

Property Natter – who are the challenger portals?

The only story that has come remotely close to pushing coronavirus – and its various knock-on effects – off the top...

06 June 2020

From: Features

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

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

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Dominic Cummings - lessons for the agency industry

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

30 May 2020

From: Features

Rightmove hits back at critics with highest-ever visitor numbers

Rightmove has enjoyed over six million visits to its portal in one day, for the first time ever. Three days ago -...

30 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Say No To Rightmove to offer 'options for agents'

The Say No To Rightmove campaign is to release a set of options for member agents to consider if the portal...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

What are your views on well-being and Corona recovery? New survey

A mystery group, believed to consist of high-level former agents and suppliers, is asking the industry for its feedback on current...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agents - the way forward for the industry?

Many of the leading advocates of the self-employed estate agent business model have talked about why many want new recruits with...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

20-point risk management protocol introduced by top agent

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Green Smileys, travel paths and IT help this agency stay safe

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency asks buyers on viewings to sign ‘no touching’ declaration

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent sends reassuring letting to sales and lettings clients

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark’s 29-point guide for offices, teams and activities

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News