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Purplebricks recruits TV property star for 'Commisery' campaign

The average fee paid by sellers to high street estate agents in the past year is £4,055 claims Purplebricks - an...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' trade body may provide back-office services

The independent estate and letting agents’ group under discussion this week could offer member agents back-office services. The Charter for Independent Estate...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agency branch vandalised - police seeking information

Devon & Cornwall police are appealing for information after an estate agents in the small town of Ashburton had its windows...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

60 Second Interview: Shameem Golamy, Managing Director of Properstar

  1.For those who are not familiar with Properstar yet, how would you summarise your services? Properstar is an online portal that helps...

16 January 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Countrywide: City analyst less gloomy about group's prospects

Countrywide’s long-term share price decline and turbulent branch closure programme have not prevented a relatively positive endorsement of the group’s strategy and...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' call for stamp duty reform backed by business chiefs

The Treasury should review the impact of stamp duty on London's market given recent political and economic changes according to London...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Countrywide’s Sam Tyrer

A post-Christmas treat this week, as I carry out a Q & A with one of the leading figures in property,...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Mergers of independent estate agencies: the market and the price

Consolidation continues apace amongst traditional estate agents. The raft of pressures on agents is increasing and these pressures have two strong...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Pay: does a London agent REALLY earn 50% of a Carlisle agent?

As the old saying goes, just because it’s on the internet it doesn’t mean it’s true - and certainly a few...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it's a Ten from Len...

There’s a celebrity element to this week’s Agents Do Charity, as you can read below. But whether it’s a big star who...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent estate and letting agents invited to back new trade body

A new organisation may be on the verge of being set up for independent agencies. The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents has a...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents worry that over-55s are latest to suffer mortgage restrictions

Around six in 10 estate agents say their experience shows that mortgage lending restrictions targeting customers aged 55 or over are...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: 'people may never accept technology-only sales'

One of the founders of hybrid agency Purplebricks says sellers in the UK may never accept the sale of their property...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Seek and ye shall find

I have a confession to make. In 1988 I became a Seekers franchisee. For those of you who don't know who...

07 January 2017

From: Features

This is what people find frustrating about estate agents (apparently)

Allegedly-inaccurate descriptions and difficulties finding convenient times for viewings are among the most common frustrations people find when buying and renting. That’s...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New homes agency group speaks up for Garden Village plans

A new body set up to forge links between developers and estate agents has spoken up in favour of the government’s...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country expands with new county villages branch

Fine & Country is opening a new office specialising in villages in West Sussex.  The Downland Villages branch, situated in Henfield, will...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Experts give sceptical welcome to government new homes pledge

The government’s blizzard of New Year announcements about new homes has received a distinctly frosty welcome from many within the property...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Watchdog intervenes after complaints over agents' advertisements

The Advertising Standards Authority has intervened after a series of complaints about adverts placed by estate agents and other property industry...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Restrictions may be coming to advertising events on agents' boards

A local council says it is considering restricting how estate agent use boards for advertising community events like school sports days...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the bit-in-the-middle edition...

It’s that strange period - the bit-in-the-middle between Christmas and New Year, when most agents are back in the office for...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices could rise 4% in 2017 but transactions will drop - Halifax

The Halifax says house prices across the UK will rise between 1.0 and 4.0 per cent in the next 12 months...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Three year record high for proportion of homes sold below their asking prices

No fewer than 84 per cent of homes sold for less than their asking prices last month - the highest number...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Final day! Your agency Christmas pics and one last Mannequin Challenge

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our galleries of Christmas agency decorations, festive jumpers and Mannequin Challenges during the build...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the coming down the chimney edition

Christmas is here - feet up, mulled wine ... a well-deserved break. As we know, however, it’s not just selling and letting houses...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Your pictures - a celebration video and LOTS more Christmas jumpers

We’ve had almost three weeks of photographs and Mannequin Challenges from agents and we’re thrilled that they’re still coming in -...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Mid West Displays and Wrights Plastics, perfect partners to achieve customer satisfaction

Richard Morris MD at Hartleys Estate Agents, part of the Newton Fallowell Group, approached Mid West Displays looking for a team...

21 December 2016

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Number of agency offices in London increases, despite downturn

New research suggests there has been a slight increase in the total number of estate agency offices in Greater London this...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Imprisoned estate agent to return to court for financial hearing

It has been revealed that an estate agent who is serving a five year prison sentence for fraud is to return...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of agencies in financial distress warns insolvency firm

An insolvency firm active in the property sector says that after a year of major taxation, legislative and economic volatility, many...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Quote, unquote - What the industry said in 2016

Forecasts are so last year: who anticipated Bowie, Brexit or Balls for example? Quotes, on the other hand, really ARE last year...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Could we benefit from a US-style conveyancing system?

I recently came across a consumer comment expressing frustration at the length and complexity of UK conveyancing and raising the question...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Human interaction with tech is a winning combination

Technology has been continuing to shape the way estate agents manage their customer service offering for years. It’s now a completely...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - with just one week to Christmas...

Only a week to the Christmas break and still our industry goes above and beyond the call of duty to raise...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

New online monitor shows female agents are paid 18% less than men

An online tool created by the Government Equalities Office reveals that women working in estate agency and auctioneering in the UK...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency backs new networking service to link developers and agents

Humberts says it is throwing its weight behind a fledgling organisation set up to bring estate agencies and new-build developers together...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Newly-launched PropTech company joins ESTAS sponsor roll-call

The ESTAS awards have a new main category sponsor - PropTech company OneDome. The OneDome service, launched last month, provides free-to-use information...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Official review starts into agents introducing clients to mortgage lenders

The Financial Conduct Authority is to investigate mortgage competition, including the introduction of clients to lenders by estate agents.    It’s part of...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Most estate agents think market is worse after Brexit vote, poll shows

House prices will rise 2.0 per cent in 2017, below the rate of inflation and just under half the rise predicted...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Connells-owned online agency Hatched plans 2017 regional expansion

Hatched, the online agency snapped up just over a year ago by Connells in what was described as an ‘industry defining’...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices to stall next year 'but no Armageddon' promises NAEA

House prices will stall in 2017 and there won’t by any significant improvement in affordability for many hard-pressed buyers - but...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Mess with this hybrid agency and you're for the chop - literally

Some agents put success down to training; others say it’s done by putting in the hours; many insist one-to-one contact with...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

More of your pictures - Santas, sleighs and trees in the offices!

It may have been a challenging year for parts of the industry but there’s no lack of motivation when it comes...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Tribunal finds agent suffered attempted sexual assault on viewing

A health service tribunal has found that a senior paramedic tried to sexually assault an estate agent as she prepared for...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Unexpectedly strong sales market figures from board company

The latest data from board supplier Agency Express suggests November was a surprisingly buoyant month for the housing market, with only...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

How to spot fake estate agent reviews

2016 has undoubtedly shone a spotlight on the reviews industry and drawn into question the legitimacy of online customer reviews.  Amazon, amongst...

03 December 2016

From: Features

Save Our Staff: how to stop your office from killing employees

Forget a machine injury, a nasty fall or even being stabbed in the back by a jealous colleague, a death in...

03 December 2016

From: Features

Record sales to first time buyers in 'bounce back' market

Almost a third of total sales in October were to first time buyers according to the National Association of Estate Agents...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agents' board ban extended - for no less than 10 years

A ban on For Sale and To Let boards in central areas of Bath has been extended - for no less...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

The market is dead, long live the market

Listening to all the coverage of the tenant fee ban, all I hear is consumer groups talking about how some agents...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Invisible juggling – estate agents’ impressive skill

As circus performers, most estate agents would fail. Some of you might find that difficult to comprehend. After all, many uninformed members...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Pay As You Go online agency promises to 'disrupt the disruptors'

An estate agency described as operating a ‘pay as you go’ business model says it wants to “disrupt the disruptors” operating...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Are YOU the UK's most inspirational estate or letting agent?

Industry training consultancy Agency Mentors is on the search for the country’s most inspirational estate or letting agent. This is the second...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Prominent buying agent, TV housing market commentator and hard-core tweeter Henry Pryor has accused traditional estate agents of becoming “fat and...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Local Property Experts 'are more proud than traditional agents'

Purplebricks chief executive Michael Bruce has suggested that calling his area representatives ‘Local Property Experts’ means they can be more proud...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents finalise their wish-list ahead of this week's Autumn Statement

Estate agents have spent the weekend finalising their wish-list and lobbying MPs and government ahead of Wednesday’s Autumn Statement. Top of the...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

No more agents and clients sitting across a desk, says agency chief

Best Estates, named New Agency of the Year at the recent Negotiator Awards, has opened its third office which aims to...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

30 years after Suzy Lamplugh disappearance: agents are still vulnerable

Liz runs her own estate agency in Gateshead. When researchers for the Suzy Lamplugh Trust got in touch earlier in the year to...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Firm owning two agencies blasts

A building society that owns two estate agency companies has hit out at what it calls “a lack of sound estate...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency Hatched agrees to withdraw marketing letters

The online agency Hatched has agreed to withdraw marketing letters following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. The ASA says a...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

RICS is latest body to warn agents on dangers of portal juggling

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is the latest body within the industry to warn its members against portal juggling. Following statements...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

'Why are searches taking 17 weeks?' estate agent asks MP

An estate agent has blasted his local council for "unacceptable" delays that mean searches can take up to 17 weeks. Mark Parker,...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another inspiring agent who started his business at just 20

We recently carried a particularly inspiring story of an Essex estate agent who believes that at 21 he is currently the...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: how to build a brand

Good branding is absolutely crucial to any successful business or product, even more so in a world of social media, instant...

12 November 2016

From: Features

Agent and conveyancer relationships must go beyond the bottom line

Working relationships between estate agents and conveyancers can be mutually beneficial with the referral of work between parties. However, they are missing...

12 November 2016

From: Features

So here it is: We want photos of your office Christmas decorations!

Halloween's over, Guy Fawkes' Night has been and gone - now it's a slide through the Awards season and downhill to...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

London's housing market may benefit from Trump, insist estate agents

Estate agents and market analysts have spent 24 hours expressing their nervousness over the repercussions of Donald Trump's victory in the...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Guild follows Tepilo and ESTAS in linking with agency review platform

The Guild of Professional Estate Agents has followed in the steps on the ESTAS awards by linking up with a reviews and...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed: secrets of the success of Britain's youngest agent

An Essex estate agent who believes he is the youngest in the industry has explained his success to Estate Agent Today...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents 'warn downsizers not to over-estimate property profit'

Older homeowners are unrealistic about how much money they will raise from downsizing, and estate agents are warning them to manage...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agents' fees up 26% in a decade - claim

The average cost of moving house now is £10,996 after an alleged 26 per cent rise in typical estate agency fees...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Redressing the wrongs of agents remains fair and impartial

When a tenant paid his initial one month’s rent in addition to a tenancy deposit in exchange for the keys to...

05 November 2016

From: Features

Understanding the Facebook Algorithm

Facebook is a difficult beast to tame. You have 2,000 followers, but your most recent post was only seen by 200 people....

05 November 2016

From: Features

Trading Standards says portal juggling 'deceives and harms consumers'

Portal juggling has been defined as one of a number of "emerging threats" aimed at deceiving consumers through the manipulation of...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT investigating kidnapping, violence and insider trading

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team based in Powys has revealed that its cases under investigation include apparent offences of...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering: Agents' network running consultation survey

The Independent Network of Estate Agents is running a survey to collate agents' responses ahead of the closure of the official...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Shock horror - there are too many estate agents in Islington!

It's enough to make the typical Islington resident splutter over their breakfast muesli, or perhaps feel too nervous to drive their...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief to face questions  ahead of latest results

Countrywide's second most senior management figure - Head of Retail Sam Tyrer - is to speak before an industry audience next...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Four things all good estate agent websites need in 2016

All estate and letting agents now have a website – but just how effective is yours? Your 'virtual shop window' is now...

31 October 2016

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New sales progression tool claims to be 'game changer' for agents

A new automated sales progression tool being launched today promises to require fewer resources from agents in return for ensuring faster...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant launches its own agency training qualifications

Hunters has developed a formally recognised estate agency qualification for its own network of branches.  The qualification - which Hunters claims is...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

OTM – is this the end of the Odyssey?

It is with no pleasure and a touch of sadness that I took in the significance of OTM's recent performance in...

28 October 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: on my travels

It’s all been kicking off in recent weeks, hasn’t it? Marmite wars, the endless Trump v Clinton debate, Samsung phones blowing...

28 October 2016

From: Features

Why a mediocre conveyancer could cost you your fee

It's sometimes easy to overlook the fact that the majority of estate agents only receive payment for the weeks, if not...

28 October 2016

From: Features

New online agency with 'local experts' says it is Britain's cheapest

An online agency called DoorStepAgents.com claims to have set up a service which is both the cheapest and ‘best value’ sales...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

First timer transactions drop despite 16% rise in buyer registrations

The average number of house hunters registered at each branch of the National Association of Estate Agents rose to 333 from 287...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and not a ghost of a chance we'd forget...

It may be Halloween but here at Estate Agent Today we’re not getting distracted from honoured our heroic industry’s efforts to...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Veteran agent urges new recruits to join 'general practice' agencies

One of Britain’s most respected veteran estate agents, Hugh Dunsmore-Hardy, is urging new recruits to the industry to join what he...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

2017: If anyone says they know what’s going to happen, they’re lying

I hate to be a party-pooper, but one of the agency industry’s coming-up-to-Christmas traditions is going to be particularly hard to undertake...

22 October 2016

From: Features

How can agents manage negative feedback left on review sites?

Online reviews play an increasingly vital role in shaping the decisions of customers. Practically everyone using the internet to compare estate...

22 October 2016

From: Features

Agency agrees to remove outdated Rightmove info from ad

The Advertising Standards Authority has intervened in the case of an estate agency using information from Rightmove that was more than...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Russell Quirk

In recent weeks I have been carrying out question and answer sessions with some of the key figures in the property...

14 October 2016

From: Features

First-time buyers – how agents can help them through the legal process

Conveyancing is the most complained about area of law in England and Wales – accounting, on average, for nearly a quarter...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Brexit uncertainty blamed for significant rise in fall-throughs

Thirty one per cent of residential sales fell through before completion in the third quarter of 2016, showing a sizeable increase...

14 October 2016

From: Breaking News

60% of London and SE surveyors say prices

Data from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests that over 60 per cent of its members contributing to a monthly...

14 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agencies 'flocking to Facebook for targeted local marketing'

A media firm says estate agents are increasingly using Facebook as a way of improving their local marketing. “While other media such...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agency rapped over claim that it's

A Cheshire estate agency has had to amend its website following a complaint to the advertising watchdog over its claim to...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

'Cut stamp duty now' agents tell Hammond ahead of statement

Estate agents are already setting out their stalls ahead of Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s November 23 Autumn Statement with one simple message...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Online firm resuscitates argument over traditional agents' fees

In the first half of this year, vendors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, could have saved over £1.87 billion in...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

eMoov's petition wants agency licensing because

eMoov founder and chief executive Russell Quirk has launched another online petition, this time calling for mandatory licensing of estate agents. The...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News