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KEYWORD "Exchange" - 435 RESULTS
Property Natter - what happened when big lenders had their own estate agencies?

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

23 May 2020

From: Features

Countrywide wants damages from mystery buyer who pulled out of deal

Countrywide says it is pursuing the businessman who failed to complete on the purchase of the troubled agency’s commercial arm, Lambert...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says latest shareholder rebellion over bonuses is “satisfactory”

Foxtons - which has recently closed branches and furloughed staff - has described a shareholder rebellion over senior management bonuses and pay...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency warns of steeper price falls, but good news on transactions

A respected estate agency has revised downwards its price forecast for the housing market for the second time since the start...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Three reasons why estate agency should be first out of lockdown

The coming week’s stories in the mainstream media - inevitably focused on Coronavirus - will be dominated by two things. Firstly there...

02 May 2020

From: Features

Sales progression: We need to talk about speed

Buying and selling a house is often referenced as being one of the most stressful life experiences that we can go...

02 May 2020

From: Features

Countrywide senior staff have pay cut as 78% of workforce furloughed

Countrywide’s senior staff earning over £45,000 per year have had their pay cut by a fifth while some 78 per cent...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket’s shares giveaway wants agents to drop Big Two portals

OnTheMarket says it has another 32 million shares to give away to agents signing full fee contracts with the challenger portal...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Reducing the time between sale agreed and completion will be key post-lockdown

At the moment, it somehow seems like tempting fate to think too far into the future, especially in terms of the...

25 April 2020

From: Features

Agency using ‘Covid Clauses’ to keep transactions on course

An estate agency says it’s using so-called Covid Clauses in contracts to keep transactions on course. Knight Frank says it’s writing ‘Coronavirus...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Only half of Zoopla’s branches have taken up ‘free deal’ offers

Only half of the branches signed up to Zoopla have taken advantage of one or other of the discount offers made...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Fund-raising lifeline thrown to Countrywide, Purplebricks and others

New temporary rules have thrown a lifeline to troubled agencies like Countrywide and Purplebricks which may need to raise additional funds...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchisees advised on government loan schemes by Winkworth HQ

Individual franchisees operating under the Winkworth banner are receiving what the company calls “comprehensive help” on a range of issues, including...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Planning for post-lockdown - how to hit the ground running

Over the last two weeks we’ve seen the country come to a standstill and the property market effectively put on ice...

01 April 2020

From: Features

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

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

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency marketing £22.5m home with virtual viewings

One of the country’s best known high-end independent estate agencies is marketing a home for £22.5m and hopes it finds a...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers agree new rules for house moves during virus period

New guidance has just been agreed by conveyancers on house moves during the Coronavirus crisis. The procedures - made pubic only last...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - more guidance and special deals for agents

Hello, and we trust you had as good a weekend as possible in these difficult circumstances.  As we start a new week...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage offers likely to be extended up to three months

Two financial trade bodies say most mortgage providers will give customers who have exchanged contracts the option to extend their mortgage...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: definitive government guidance on buying and selling

The government has at last issued extensive advice on home moving and the activities of estate agents during the continuing Coronavirus crisis. This...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

First Brexit, now Corona - another exchange rate boost for foreign buyers

The advantage given to overseas buyers when Sterling weakened during the long-running Brexit saga has returned with the arrival of the...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Sales to crash by 60% says Zoopla: will estate agents survive?

New sales agreed have already plummeted by 15 per cent and over the next three months there’s going to be a...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Moving home? There's still some hope, says Law Society

The Law Society says there is still some possibility that those home movers scheduled to complete in the near future might...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Do house moves count as ‘essential’ under the lockdown?

*** Please see this story for the latest news on house moving, updated 12 noon on Tuesday March 24 *** The property...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: new info, guidance, links for agents facing the virus

Hello: so much has happened since the last Conquering Corona column . Before we get on with it, a reminder to...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rival portal offers free listings as agents rage at Rightmove

There’s been widespread outrage amongst agents at Rightmove’s offer to allow some agents a deferred payment scheme operating for just three...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: help on business, viewings, deals - Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, a service we’re running to share official guidance and agents’ advice in a bid...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent training to include Modern Method of Auction compliance

Training operator The Able Agent is to include a module on the Modern Method of Auction in its future programme.  Charlotte Jeffry-Campbell,...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

LSL warns over Coronavirus as takeover talks with Countrywide continue

LSL Property Services says the Coronavirus crisis has led to a softening of "lead sales indicators" - and it warns of...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket not revealing pay-off for sacked Ian Springett

OnTheMarket is not responding to requests to reveal details of any pay-off for its chief executive Ian Springett, who was sacked...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce subsides as agent admits London sales slump

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

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 February 2020

From: Features

First merger disclosure forms filed by Countrywide and LSL

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

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket share price falls to equal lowest-ever level

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

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

It's time for agents and politicians to get behind Reservation Agreements trial

Now we’re well into the second month of the year, we have reached a crucial point in the ongoing plans to...

08 February 2020

From: Features

What are the benefits of traditional online auctions for estate agents?

Property auctions – online or otherwise – can be hugely helpful to sellers, buyers and estate agents. Online auctions, in particular, are...

06 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Phil Spencer: which areas of the moving process do consumers least understand?

Unfortunately for consumers, buying and selling properties is rarely plain sailing. But fortunately for agents, this provides you with an opportunity to...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Big revenue slump after branch closures by LSL Property Services

LSL Property Services, which embarked on a significant branch closure programme last year, has reported a 16 per cent slump in...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More market optimism as transactions enjoy end-of-year boost

The number of residential transactions rose by 6.2 per cent in December - an unseasonal increase - according to data from...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Up! Up! Prime Central London transactions and prices rise at last

Figures released this morning by data firm LonRes provide the latest evidence of a so-called Boris Bounce with the market improving...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive: time to check your compliance

Yesterday (January 10 2020), the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) became law. It forms part of ongoing international efforts to tackle...

11 January 2020

From: Features

Transaction time slashed to 11 days by digital conveyancing

A digital platform claims its taken “a massive step” towards speeding up property sales with what it says is the first...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2020?

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

04 January 2020

From: Features

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

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

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: let’s talk about conveyancing

It’s one of the most crucial aspects of the homebuying and selling process but is too often bogged down by frustrating...

21 December 2019

From: Features

Reservation Agreements: two key problems that must be overcome

A law firm has spoken out about two possible problems in the government’s much-publicised idea of considering Reservation Agreements as a...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

The PropTech Revolution: Three Pillars of Digital Transformation

When we launched Reapit’s Foundations Platform as a Service (PaaS) in November, it may have seemed like a recent development in...

11 December 2019

From: Features

3,000 more offices now on paying contracts with OnTheMarket

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

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Will flight-shaming kill the overseas holiday home?

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

07 December 2019

From: Features

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

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

30 November 2019

From: Features

Here’s why agents need to keep a keen eye on the Christmas Prize

Property voyeurism and the festive season have long been bedfellows for many Brits. The heady combination of over-indulgence and regret, close proximity...

30 November 2019

From: Features

Training - how can you be the best estate agent?

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

30 November 2019

From: Features

Early Christmas gift for agents as transactions show surprise rise

Data from HM Revenue & Customs has revealed that residential property transactions have increased by 4.3 per cent year-on-year. In October 2019...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Humberts offers controversial Modern Method of Auction to vendors

Humberts is the latest estate agency to announce that it’s going to offer customers the controversial Modern Method of Auction option. The...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the delays that make house-buying painfully slow

A PropTech firm has calculated the different delays that lead to transactions taking an average 120 days (and often much longer)...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buyers who paid £100k deposit sue vendors after withdrawing offer

The prospective buyers of a home in Oxfordshire who paid a deposit of £108,000 before withdrawing are suing the sellers in...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: do agents need to adapt to modern communication methods?

As we know, the world’s moving very fast and how we communicate now is drastically different to even 10 years ago....

16 November 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket share price flops as Rightmove complaints rise

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

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s moving where, when and why…

Hello, we hope you had a good weekend, and welcome to Monday - as ever, Property Jobs Today time, bringing you...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Five years in Prime London: prices down 15% and supply 45% down

The latest market snapshot of prime central London suggests that homes there are now 15.2 per cent cheaper than five years...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent fined £30,000 for failing to tell buyer of Grenfell-style cladding

An estate agency has been fined £30,000 for waiting until minutes after the sale of a flat was completed to tell...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents to receive one million shares from OnTheMarket this week

OnTheMarket will on Wednesday of this week issue over a million shares to agents who have signed new long-term listing agreements...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements may need bigger penalties says Reapit chief

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

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris and the house moving process - O Lucky Man!

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

26 October 2019

From: Features

Reservation Agreements: Agency asks buyers for £5,000 - and it works

A London agency has told Estate Agent Today that it makes some of its buyers pay upwards of £5,000 in Reservation...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leading agent backs reservation agreements ahead of pilot project

One of the country’s most prominent estate agents has given renewed backing to a pilot project on reservation agreements, being tested...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks in Canada - is it the agency’s secret success story?

Controversy and Purplebricks have gone hand in hand since the agency was first launched in 2012, through its float on the...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Sometimes, people don’t want technology

A few weeks ago, I came across a couple of really interesting articles which I immediately thought worth writing a piece...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Boost for Purplebricks and co as online market share rises

There has been a surprise, but small, increase in the market share of online estate agents according to the latest survey. Business...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New multi-agency sales company already works with 40 agents

A relatively new company which signs up vendors and then effectively sub-contracts their sales to strongly-performing local estate agents says it...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket price slump despite startling claim about Rightmove

OnTheMarket is delivering agents “a higher marketing yield than Rightmove” according to an investment consultancy which works with OTM. Investors appear to...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency urges rivals to price realistically (even if vendors want more...)

A London agent is urging rivals to provide realistic valuations, even if vendors want more and despite temptations to over-value to...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New online auction service launches, pledging a fairer service

A new online auction service has launched this week, pledging a fairer service for agent partners, as well as buyers and...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Case study: Connells reaping the time-saving benefits of new sales and communication tool

Case study: Connells reaping the time-saving benefits of new sales and communication tool Since adopting mio in September 2018, Josh Lally, Senior...

07 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Industry bodies back Modern Method of Auction best practice guide

Three key industry organisations have endorsed a best practice guide for the controversial Modern Method of Auction. The iamsold guide is aimed at...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks facing shareholder revolt over top brass bonuses

Purplebricks is reported to be facing a shareholder revolt this coming week at its annual general meeting because of bonuses paid...

29 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Success story: new acquisition to mark 160th anniversary of agency

A north of England estate agency is marking its 160th anniversary with the pledge to announce an acquisition by the end...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Should agents associate themselves with the conveyancing process?

Picture this: You have finally pushed that sale or purchase through, which means your client is over the moon and happy...

25 September 2019

From: Features

Agency sets up its own PropTech consultancy service

The niche agency Singer Veille has set up its own PropTech consultancy and application development service for the property industry. Singer Veille...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Former Emoov agency fined for anti-money laundering breaches

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

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech link up for sales progression tool and property management firm

Property management service Move with Us has announced a new partnership with chain management service View My Chain. Move with Us, founded...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Mandatory qualifications for agents - will they help the industry?

Earlier this year, the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) working group announced the initial details of plans for mandatory qualifications and...

18 September 2019

From: Features

How much do first timers know about buying a home? Not a lot...

A study from Santander Mortgages has blown the cover on first time buyers, suggesting they know almost nothing and research very...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket beats Rightmove for generating leads, claims City advisor

A banking company used by OnTheMarket has issued a note to its investor clients claiming the portal “arguably beats its peers...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Foxtons agent launches first-ever buying service just for first timers

A former Foxtons estate agent has set up a property finding service which is exclusively for first time buyers - believed...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm wants to clean up image of Modern Method of Auction

A company operating the controversial Modern Method of Auction says it is trying to improve the sector’s image after a series...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The price of property: charting the evolution of stamp duty

In the run up to his appointment as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson suggested that he might cut Stamp Duty Land Tax...

24 August 2019

From: Features

Countrywide: the rot has set in but share price has jumped

A few details of a possible takeover or acquisition of Countrywide have started to emerge. The possibility was first floated in yesterday’s...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Phil Smith, Account manager of mio

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Phil Smith - mio Account manager What is mio and what does...

19 August 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Average exchange of contracts takes over five months - claim

A sales progression tool is urging property professionals and consumers alike to do more to speed up typical transaction times, and...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the industry's latest moves and appointments

Yes it’s Monday, so it’s another edition of PJT, your guide to the key moves and changes in the agency and...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit worries mean Savills’ UK residential profits plunge 44%

Savills, once a safe bet for year-on-year growth, has seen its underlying UK residential profits plunge 44 per cent with economic...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket founder agency returns to Zoopla after five years

One of the agencies most active in the creation of OnTheMarket is trialling a return to listing on Zoopla after an...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Deal or No Deal could hit base rate and then mortgage costs

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee - which meets monthly to set the base rate on which the costs of...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide wins new deal with lenders to continue ‘turnaround plan’

In a trading statement this morning, Countrywide says it has “a new covenant package with lenders provides the financial flexibility to...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells says it's UK's most successful estate agent despite profits dip

Connells Group has this morning announced a profits dip for the first six months of the year.  Its pre-tax profits were £26.2m...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket offering more shares to long-term agency sign-ups

OnTheMarket has applied to the London Stock Exchange for the release of over a million new shares to agents who have...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket boss tells agents not to increase Rightmove exec bonuses

A note sent out by OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett has suggested that the way estate agents work may directly lead...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Branch closures boost profits at Your Move and Reeds Rains

LSL Property Services, parent firm of Your Move and Reeds Rains, says the company’s branch closure programme was a success with profits...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: UK government is beginning to take PropTech seriously

I feel I am in a fortunate position. I have been central to the PropTech movement for a number of years,...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Name change for franchise agency to reflect diversification

Belvoir, the UK's largest property franchise, has changed its name - at least slightly - from Belvoir Lettings to Belvoir Group.  In...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

REVEALED: Britain’s Biggest Moving Home Fails

A recent study has revealed what the biggest moving home fails are in the UK, including damaged furniture, scratched walls and...

18 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Online agencies in the doldrums as market share stalls

There’s more bad news for online estate agencies this morning as a survey reveals that they have only a seven per cent...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Rightmove fails to understand first rule of innovation

The recent announcement of a clicktopurchase partnership demonstrates some much-needed progression from Rightmove. In doing so, however, it could be said it...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide brands join forces to create ‘airspace’ division

Two Countrywide brands have joined forces to launch Airspace Exchange – a service to push the idea of constructing homes and...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove trials digital offers for commercial buyers – is this the future?

Property portal Rightmove has confirmed that it is trialling an option which allows buyers of commercial properties to submit offers online...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Becky Howes, Account Manager of mio

  Who are you and what does it say on your business card?             Becky Howes, mio Account Manager What...

05 July 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Phil Spencer endorses reservation agreements and digital legal packs

Phil Spencer and his advice website IQ have endorsed the concept of legally binding reservation agreements and digital legal packs through...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Blond ambition - Does Boris Johnson have any housing policies?

Britain lives in fundamentalist black-and-white times - all the more surprising when the country's most divisive point of contention sits on...

22 June 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: Facebook's own currency to drive rental transactions

Facebook is set to enter the cryptocurrency business with the big reveal of its formal plans scheduled for some point this...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says rivals may interfere with its bid to get agents to pay

OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett says rival portals may want to “interfere” with his aim of converting agency members from free...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Could Purplebricks go bust? Apparently not, says analyst

An analyst on shares website Motley Fool says Purplebricks is not only in surprisingly strong financial health, but is actually outperforming...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Four agencies acted illegally in fee price cartel, says watchdog

The Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found that four agencies broke competition law by taking part in a price fixing...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks problems persist as Woodford sell-off continues

There seems no end in sight for the share turmoil going on at Purplebricks, with several new developments on Friday before...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Shares Frenzy: Investors jostle for Purplebricks and Foxtons

It's been another busy 24 hours for publicly-quoted estate agencies. Swiss investment bank UBS has increased its stake in the troubled London...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: Woodford reduces his stake for second day in a row

Beleaguered fund manager Neil Woodford, one of the first champions of Purplebricks, has reduced his stake in the troubled agency for...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Woodford slashes Purplebricks stake as rumours swirl on agency's future

Beleaguered fund manager Neil Woodford, one of the early champions of Purplebricks, has slashed his stake in the company from 28.9...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

What next for Countrywide and Purplebricks after day of turmoil?

Two of Britain’s largest and best known estate agencies have endured a day of turmoil at the hands of investors -...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Steer clear of Foxtons’ - investors urged to stay away

A writer for the influential financial publication Money Week says investors should “steer clear” of Foxtons - at least for now. Sarah...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Top Purplebricks investor would back US closure to bolster agency in UK

Purplebricks’ most influential investor says there is “opportunity aplenty” for the company but says it would back the closure of the US...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a bumper round-up this week...

Welcome to the latest Property Jobs Today - because last week there was a Bank Holiday, we have a bumper edition...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - exactly how long it takes to buy a home in the UK

New research suggests it takes, on average, six months and 24 days to buy a home. The study, for PropTech virtual tours...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Is click & collect the future for the property market?

In recent years click & collect has become a popular way for retailers, supermarkets and online shopping sites such as Amazon...

24 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Sales progression tool claims to cut fall-throughs and speed transactions

A new sales progression tool that claims to have been hugely successful over an 18-month pilot is being rolled out across...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Buying reform could slash transaction time by almost 30% - claim

Reforms to the house buying process in England and Wales to bring it more into line with Scotland could slash the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

320-mile trip to Lincolnshire? How far would you go to get a contract signed?

Here at Estate Agent Today, we're always pleased to highlight the lengths the best agents will go to provide outstanding customer...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Click and collect? Platform allows agents to sell properties 'instantly'

An online auction platform has launched a new instant property purchase feature as part of its expansion plans. Under The Hammer, a...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Products and partnerships - PropTech suppliers unveil latest agent solutions

Two PropTech suppliers have this week announced new partnerships and products with the aim of helping estate agents.  Firstly, sales progression and...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Government launches ‘How to sell’ and ‘How to buy’ booklets

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has launched its long-awaited ‘How to sell a home’ and ‘How to...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Michael Bruce leaves Purplebricks and company shuts Australian business

In a shock announcement Purplebricks says founder Michael Bruce is to leave the business and its Australian operation will shut. “With hindsight, our rate of...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket share trading frozen temporarily after 10% price slump

Trading in OnTheMarket’s shares was subject to two so-called Price Monitoring Extensions - temporary freezing of transactions because of erratic movements. The...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: another day, another record low share price

Countrywide’s share price woes continued yesterday with another new low being reached in early morning trading. A low of 6.5p at close...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket offering more shares to long-term agency sign-ups

OnTheMarket has applied to the London Stock Exchange for the release of over 528,000 new shares to agents who have signed...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Buyers 'should retain funds if homes are dirty on completion' lawyer says

A lawyer appears to be suggesting that ‘clean and tidy’ clauses be inserted into house purchase deals, allowing buyers to retain...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide suffers ‘frozen trading’ again as share price stays low

For the second day in a row Countrywide was subject to two so-called Price Monitoring Extensions - temporary freezing of trading...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide trading ‘frozen’ by Stock Exchange as share price hits new low

The London Stock Exchange twice froze trading in Countrywide’s shares yesterday after volatile movements - and a new record low price. The...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks is hugely successful despite tumbling share price says analyst

A PropTech analyst insists that the tumbling share price of Purplebricks on the London Stock Exchange does not indicate that the...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Tiny market share for online agents despite millions spent on marketing

A new snapshot of market share claims that online agents accounted for 7.0 per cent of all exchanges in the first...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Repossessed homes now sell for 104% of market value, claims agency

Spicerhaart claims that it achieved an average of 104.29 per cent against the market value on properties that were taken into...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Another top agency’s sales down in Brexit’s “low transactional market”

Winkworth’s latest trading statement reveals that while its rental side blossomed, sales suffered thanks to the familiar cocktail of Brexit, uncertainty...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket issues shares to agents signing long-term deals

OnTheMarket has applied to the London Stock Exchange for the release of shares to agents signing long term deals with the...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Big slump in Prime Central London exchanges says high-end agency

Knight Frank says the number of exchanges in Prime Central London in the year to the end of February slumped 14...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

How can agents keep property transactions on track?

More than 800 property transactions fall through daily, which can have repercussions both practically and financially, as agents fail to get...

30 March 2019

From: Features

Agents ‘hide how long it takes to sell homes’ claims quick-buy firm

A quick-buy firm that buys homes at around 85 per cent of market value claims the industry is concealing how slow...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

In Defence Of Agents - the article a newspaper wouldn't publish...

A high profile agent has written a robust defence of the industry following a critical article in a business newspaper - but...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Can Ewe believe it? Astounding claims made about hybrid agency

A report claims that the hybrid agency EweMove performs above average across a number of measurements. The study comes from TwentyCi, a...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Savills claims online firm Yopa ‘is UK’s sixth biggest estate agency’

Savills has this morning talked up its investment in onliner Yopa, which it claims is the sixth largest estate agency in...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Guild claims highest market share and targets big rise in membership

The Guild of Property Professionals says its network of over 800 independent estate agents across the UK has, collectively, the highest...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

AML Fines for estate agents published

Estate agent anti-money laundering (AML) compliance is under scrutiny again following the publication of figures detailing the fines levied for AML...

13 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

How can independent agents become true ‘local property experts’?

The end of 2018 was a bit of a rocky time for online estate agents. Yet only a few years ago...

13 March 2019

From: Features

Dual Fees: first agent ‘must have done viewing’ to claim fees

The Property Ombudsman has issued new guidance over what it calls “a growing issue” - that is, disputes over dual fees. TPO...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your weekly round-up of the big moves

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your weekly chance to catch up on major moves in our industry. Everyone here has...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide warns on 2019 but claims 'five pillars of progress' in recovery

Countrywide's report to shareholders this morning warns that the residential market is heading for a difficult 2019 which may hit the...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

AllAgents allows Purplebricks reviews again, ending 18-month spat

The long-running stand off between website AllAgents and Purplebricks appears to be over, with the online agency being ‘readmitted’ by the...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New Property Information Questionnaire being piloted by NAEA

A working party of NAEA Propertymark is to conduct a pilot of a new Property Information Questionnaire - part of a...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning over reservation fees in the Modern Method of Auction

A member of a prominent legal network is warning buyers and their conveyancers to be ”wary” of the Modern Method of...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov former boss disputes Mail on Sunday claim about agency's debts

Online estate agent Emoov failed to tell crowdfunding investors it was losing £3m a month before its collapse, a Sunday paper claims. The...

24 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit causing unprecedented damage to housing market says Reapit

A 36 per cent collapse in sales between November and January has created an “unprecedented” five year low in the number...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Humberts says: 'risks we took in 2018 are paying off in 2019'

The radically-restructured Humberts estate agency claims the risks it took last year in scrapping branches and moving to ‘hubs’ has paid...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: referral fees, HIPs & Bee Gees tributes - Rob Hailstone Q & A

With the home buying and selling process firmly on the news agenda of late – everything from a possible ban on...

16 February 2019

From: Features

Countrywide sales slump again but company hails resilient performance

A trading statement this morning from beleaguered agency group Countrywide reveals that its revenue is down again - but it insists...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your one-stop-shop for the industry's jobs news

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your regular catch-up on key appointments news in our industry. It’s been a difficult seven...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent avoids fall-throughs by making sellers and buyers shake hands on deals

A London estate agent says his system of ‘moral agreements’ between sellers and buyers prevents chains collapsing and means his company has...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Why agents need smart review platforms to improve customer experience

Customer experience (CX) will largely determine the future of estate agency in the UK. This is now a key battleground for...

06 February 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket listings now 80 per cent of Zoopla, 60 per cent of Rightmove

New figures released this morning from OnTheMarket claim its listing inventory bis now over 80 per cent of the size of...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

LSL delivers upbeat figures despite Brexit-fuelled caution over 2019

LSL Property Services - parent company of Your Move, Reeds Rains and London agency Marsh & Parsons - has given a...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Winkworth: lettings now 50% of turnover as sales market remains weak

A statement this morning by franchise agency Winkworth says lettings and property management now accounts for 50 per cent of its turnover. The...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla now engaged in “significant change in strategy”

Zoopla is radically changing its strategy by exploiting the freedom it has under its new private equity ownership. That’s the conclusion of...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Six quick fixes for speeding up the sales process

With the speed of property sales continuing to slow and no end to the sluggishness in sight, it’s time to take...

09 January 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks top brass at centre of large-scale share transactions

Purplebricks has revealed that it’s given its new global chief operating officer 700,000 shares - valued at around £165p each that...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: Swiss bank snaps up almost 10 per cent of agency

UBS, a Swiss multinational investment bank and financial services company based in Zurich and Basel, now owns approaching 10 per cent...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove wants to buy back its shares - is it priced too cheaply?

Rightmove has launched a share buy-back programme to run until late next month, February. Companies buy back their own shares to keep up...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

OTM offers shares to new members in return for five-year lock-ins

OnTheMarket had told its shareholders this morning that it now has over 12,000 branches listing and is offering share incentives to...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

What do modern renters want from letting agents?

The UK renting demographic is diversifying at a rapid pace. While the current market poses many challenges for traditional letting agents,...

05 December 2018

From: Features

Brexit's housing silver lining (but only for overseas buyers, it seems...)

A high-end estate agency selling some of the country’s most expensive homes says the possible currency falls resulting from Brexit chaos...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Who comes out on top in the battle of the property portals?

Given that online property portals, dominated by a handful of websites, are by far the most popular home search method, it...

17 November 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: could these innovations change the market forever?

How will things be done in the future? There’s no knowing, of course, given the many variables at play, but it’s...

17 November 2018

From: Features

Online agencies’ sales conversion rates revealed by analyst

An estate agency analyst has shared with Estate Agent Today his findings on the current and recent conversion rates of online...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

“Confident” OnTheMarket still signing agents ahead of appeal

OnTheMarket has issued an upbeat statement about the Court of Appeal setting a date to hear Connells-owned Gascoigne Halman's challenge to a ruling...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents slammed for milking buyers for profits via online auctions

A consumer group says agents are securing increasing income from online auctions, but it warns that for buyers there are pitfalls...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Shock: Sole agency commission plunges 34% since 2011

New research by TheAdvisory consultancy, shared exclusively with Estate Agent Today, reveals exactly how fees have fallen for traditional agents in...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New portal claims to offer an alternative to part-exchange

A service which describes itself as an alternative to part exchange has been launched to facilitate sales to ‘corporate property buyers’. It’s...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency sells home via first-ever Artificial Intelligence auctioneer

A platform which previously offered online private treaty exchanges says a sale of a home in the Republic of Ireland has...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket to reveal first six months 'float' figures tomorrow

OnTheMarket plc, the company which operates the OTM portal, gives its first formal stock market figures tomorrow morning, for the six...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a new agency and plenty of other key moves...

Hello and welcome to a new working week, which means your chance to catch up on the key moves in our...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

OTM branch total hits 11,000 - but founder pushes 'three portals' idea

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that it now has signed listing agreements with more than 11,000 estate agency offices - over...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

eProp cements PropTech role as well as running Guild and Fine & Country

A statement to the London Stock Exchange by eProp Services has cemented its role primarily as a PropTech firm. This is in...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks claims 81% of listings sold within 12 months

The latest figures from Purplebricks, contained within the agency’s annual report released this week, claim that 81 per cent of its...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Independent agents try to woo developers with PX collaboration

The Land & New Homes Network has announced a part exchange and assisted move collaboration with Relocation Agent Network in a...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

No commission, no fees - meet the agency selling homes 'for free'

An estate agency is pioneering a new business model in which it charges no commission whatsoever to the vendor. Freeagent247, an online...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters income and profits on the rise in spite of shaky market

Franchise giant Hunters has reported its latest results to the city, showing impressive growth despite a slow-moving property market. In the six...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Stories from Australia - PropTech is like teenage sex

Last week, I wrote about the speed of innovation in the Far East. This week I’d like to do the same...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove 'may drop out of FTSE-100 within days'

Speculation is growing that Rightmove could drop out of the prestigious FTSE-100 within the next few days as the stock exchange...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide management backed by shareholders in bid for new funds

Countrywide’s embattled management leaders have been overwhelmingly backed by shareholders in their bid for additional funding. A General Meeting of shareholders was held...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket now has 57% of branches but warns again on charges

OnTheMarket has seen another increase in listings to more than 10,500 offices, but it is repeating a warning that its free...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide fights back as share price rises over 6% in a day

Countrywide’s share price defied the expectations of some analysts and rose over six per cent yesterday with the company moving from...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Reapit claims new tool helps traditional agents compete with onliners

Reapit has teamed up with a new tool called mio, which is promising “a smarter way to manage the home buying...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide passes latest fund-raising test despite falling short

In yet another statement to the London Stock Exchange and shareholders, Countrywide says its last-gasp £140m fund-raising is likely to be...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide fat cats: crunch day for agency group's rescue deal

Today sees the first of a series of important deadlines which will determine the success of otherwise of Countrywide’s controversial rescue...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov 'could be capitalised at £500m to £700m in next two years'

The chief executive of the newly-expanded Emoov group has been giving details of the merger with Tepilo and the possibility of...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills posts good UK residential performance but warns on Brexit

High-end agency and international property consultancy Savills has reported strong half-year figures for its UK business - but warns that Brexit...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket signs up 12-branch regional agency

OnTheMarket has signed up 12-office regional agency Robert Oulsnam and Company.  The firm, which handles sales and lettings, has 12 offices in...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price plummets after rescue plan announcement

Countrywide's share price has dropped sharply following the announcement of the company's rescue plan - but the firm itself says this...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Connells Group pre-tax profits dip, blaming difficult market conditions

Connells Group - which now says it’s the country’s largest estate agency by market share and numbers of homes sold -...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Your Move parent firm sees 11% sales slump but good lettings performance

The parent company of Your Move, Reeds Rains and other agency brands has succeeded where Foxtons yesterday did not - in...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t fall foul of anti-money laundering rules

Does your company apply adequate customer due diligence measures when carrying out estate agency work?  Does it establish and maintain appropriate policies...

28 July 2018

From: Features

OnTheMarket warns charges will rise as it hits 10,000 branch mark

OnTheMarket has now signed listing agreements with UK estate and letting agents with a total of over 10,000 offices - but...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform BestAgent reveals new supplier partner

The emerging Proptech platform BestAgent has announced its latest partnership - this one is with sales progression company ViewMyChain. BestAgent, run by...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide delays publishing figures as search for funds goes on

Countrywide, the troubled estate agency group thought by some to be near collapse, has delayed issuing its interim figures which were...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Instant valuations via touch-screens now available for agents

Agents are being offered a new way to capture details of prospective clients thanks to a partnership between The ValPal Network...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

MP criticises rip off quick buy firms using cowboy tactics

A Labour MP has used Parliamentary privilege to name a quick buy company and to make accusations about its practices. During Prime...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons share price hits new low - other traditional agents suffer too

Foxtons share price hit a new low yesterday, dropping to only 46p early in the afternoon: it eventually closed narrowly up...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide boss quits another boardroom to try to save agency

Peter Long, executive chairman of Countrywide, has resigned from another boardroom to focus on saving the troubled estate agency. Long has chosen...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov's 'final' crowdfunding tops £1.5m with two weeks left to run

Emoov’s latest crowdfunding campaign has now gone well over £1.5m, making it already 50 per cent over-funded already from its original...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today - a slim edition given how quiet the industry is at the...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

 Property Natter: what has 2018 brought so far?

First things first, I have to mention the World Cup. The dream is over, football’s not quite coming home (not until...

14 July 2018

From: Features

Online agency share now hits 8% of the market says new survey

Over 15,000 households have exchanged after listing with an online agent in the second quarter of 2018 - that’s eight per...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PRS 2.0 – it’s time to focus on retention rather than churn

Renting has long been characterised as a stepping stone onto the housing ladder for the younger generations. But in recent years,...

07 July 2018

From: Features

OnTheMarket 'now listing over half the market’ - 550,000 properties

Another update from OnTheMarket this morning claims the portal is now listing over 550,000 UK residential property listings, in excess of...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov hints at IPO in 2019 and raises £1m from crowdfunding

Emoov has launched a crowdfunding campaign giving investors, it says, “a final chance” to put their money into the hybrid agency...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Analyst predicts Purplebricks will report increased losses this week

Purplebricks is reported to be set to reveal increasing losses when it issues its full-year financial results to the London Stock...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

'Bigger Countrywide losses to come' warns broker advising investors to sell

One of Countrywide’s former allies in the City broker community - independent corporate advisor Numis - has downgraded the troubled agency...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket now has 9,000 agency branches signed up

OnTheMarket now has listing agreements with over 9,000 estate agency branches - that's another 500 or so since its previous release...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves...

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, and although we’re well into the summer season now there are still plenty of...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

How can agents make money from TV, broadband and utilities?

Letting agents are being advised to think seriously about how they can recoup costs to help compensate for the introduction of...

09 June 2018

From: Features

Three reasons why PropTech has become more than an industry buzzword

Having recently attended FUTURE: PropTech in London, it struck me just how far the integration of property and technology has progressed...

09 June 2018

From: Features

Has OnTheMarket performed? We're about to find out...

OnTheMarket has announced to the City and its shareholders that it’s to reveal its annual results tomorrow - the first such...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost half of agency branches have listing agreements with OnTheMarket

Property portal OnTheMarket has announced that it now has listing agreements with over 8,500 estate and letting agency branches.  It says that...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - How portals and Purplebricks outperform high street agencies

A study of estate agencies and portals floated on the London Stock Exchange suggests that digital companies have shown much better...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers losing thousands because of fall-throughs says group

One in five sellers suffer a fall-through costing them an average £2,700 - but many lose £5,000 or more. These are the...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - and it's a bumper week for moves...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, our weekly feature on who’s moving where throughout our industry. And it’s...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents should educate first-time buyers now to gain clients for life

Given the level of resource and energy being put behind upping the number of first-time buyers in the UK, you might...

28 April 2018

From: Features

More details revealed on range of agency reform proposals

  More details have emerged of the government’s proposals to enhance estate agency regulation, regulate referral fees, offer guides for buyers and...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is AI set to transform the world of property?

Last week, a story was published by CNBC about a couple who sold their home, for above the asking price, without...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Haart says housing market finally coming out of Brexit doldrums

The Haart agency group has given an upbeat picture of the housing market in its latest figures with instructions up 15...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

How to get the best out of an instant online valuation tool

One of the most important aspects of running a successful estate or letting agency is being able to generate new business...

21 March 2018

From: Features

'First ever UK resi transaction undertaken through Blockchain' - claim

A Manchester-based property investment firm is claiming to be the first company in Britain to record an online exchange of a...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Russian-owned property in UK appears to have escaped 'spy sanctions'

UK measures to retaliate against alleged Russian government-sponsored nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal have excluded any attempt to...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says another 1,000 agency branches listed in past five weeks

OnTheMarket says estate agencies with some 1,000 offices have joined the portal in the five weeks since it floated on the...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Surcharge for 'five day exchange and completion' is slammed as rip-off

A critic of the conveyancing process has accused a law firm’s charge of £95 for “exchange and completion within five working...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ UK CEO granted option to buy 100,000 shares in firm

The UK chief executive of Purplebricks, Lee Wainwright, has been granted an option to buy 100,000 shares in the firm. The purchase would...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

What do agents need to know about accepting payment in cryptocurrencies?

The UK property sector has been a hotbed for financial crime in recent years, with many criminals seeing it as an...

24 February 2018

From: Features

OnTheMarket announces 243 new listings agreements in past 10 days

In an unexpected trading statement this morning, OnTheMarket says it has signed 243 new listing agreements within its first 10 days...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Sales progression: Pushing the process through

“Are we there yet?” In the same way that these words can drive you to distraction (any parent who has endured the...

17 February 2018

From: Features

OnTheMarket share slide takes its market capitalisation to under £90m

OnTheMarket’s share price fell just over five per cent yesterday, continuing its troubled launch on to the London stock exchange. It...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket said to have lost 19% of listings - and 10% share price

The bank Morgan Stanley says OnTheMarket’s listings have fallen 19 per cent in the past year. In a note to investors issued...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

All eyes on Agents' Mutual as it floats on London stock market

All eyes are on Agents’ Mutual’s first day of trading on the London stock exchange - just over five years after...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual float to begin against backdrop of stock market jitters

Most listed agencies and portals suffered share price falls yesterday, creating a challenging landscape for Agents’ Mutual which launches on the London stock exchange...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks blames City consultancy for sharp share price fall

Purplebricks has this morning issued an unusual statement to the Stock Exchange blaming a City report for the sharp fall in the...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech intelligence group hails housing market's return to stability

The housing market has returned to stability with exchanges up one per cent year on year and the average house price...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual figures reveal 200 fewer branches now than last summer

Figures presented to the London Stock Exchange by Agents’ Mutual appear to show that it has 200 fewer branches now than...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Analysts critical of OTM float as Springett shares ‘windfall’ drops

Analysts have given a frosty reception to the announcement by Agents’ Mutual that it is going to float shares priced at...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual releases more details of stock exchange float proposal

Agents’ Mutual has released more details of its float on the stock market, which begins on February 9 with a placing priced...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares struggle as theory emerges on Platt departure

If Countrywide thought its fortunes would immediately improve following the departure of chief executive Alison Platt, it has to think again...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How can local agents take a share of the multi-billion pound UK property auction market?

Here’s how the LetsBid Property team is helping them do it. A new property platform called LetsBid has launched in the...

24 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Platt goes - but Countrywide silent on size of her 'golden goodbye'

There was confirmation this morning, as expected, that Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt has quit - but so far there is no...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks expansion continues - it's to launch in New York

Purplebricks has this morning announced it’s to launch in New York. A statement to the London Stock Exchange this morning read: The...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Winkworth doing well despite exposure to London and Brexit uncertainty

Franchise giant Winkworth has told its shareholders that its revenues for 2017 are likely to be less than five per cent...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks chairman wants business model applied to energy firm

Sky News is reporting that the non-executive chairman of Purplebricks, Paul Pindar, is set to invest a seven figure sum in...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency withdraws claim about speed of exchanging contracts

Independent Surrey-based estate agency Curchods has voluntarily withdrawn marketing material containing claims about its speed of exchanging properties, after the intervention...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket announces float details - but no timetable yet

OnTheMarket has announced some details of its IPO and the launch of its stock market flotation - but it has given nothing...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

First 'associate' joins freelance estate agency scheme

A former Hamptons International and Savills agent is the first to join a ‘freelance agency’ set up in prime central London. In...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Transactions fall but LSL still shows bigger-than-expected revenues

LSL Property Services - which includes Your Move, Reeds Rains and other high street estate agencies - batted away any housing...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Investment analyst's pessimism over OnTheMarket customer base

Global investment bank RBC Capital Markets says OnTheMarket has the potential to undermine the pricing power of Rightmove and ZPG -...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir raises the stakes in Property Franchise Group merger bid

Belvoir has revealed that it has won the backing of a minority shareholder in The Property Franchise Group to resume merger...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG says over 1,000 agency branches have rejoined after quitting OnTheMarket

ZPG says that the number of estate agency branches that left to join OnTheMarket but have now returned has reached over...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering regulations – collaboration is key

A new EU crackdown on money laundering requires estate agency businesses to adopt a collaborative approach if they are to avoid...

11 November 2017

From: Features

Pause of online roll-out does little to help Countrywide share price

The much-expected pause in the roll out of Countrywide's online service to vendors, confirmed yesterday, did not appear to impress investors. Countrywide's...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The 'Golden Age' of house price growth is over, admits estate agency

The first of the major estate agency research teams to offer a forecast for the 2018 market has kicked off the...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buying Reform: call for legally-binding Reservation Agreements

An influential consumer group has responded to the government’s commitment to reform the house buying process by advocating legally-binding reservation agreements...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: here’s why crowdfunding is the future

Crowdfunding is nothing new. As I pointed out in a previous Natter, it dates back centuries, playing a part in the...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Agency tells government: probe gazundering as well as gazumping

The government should take a close look at gazundering as well as gazumping in its review of the house sales process,...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers and searches in firing line of new government probe

Conveyancers and the speed of local council searches have come in for criticism as details have emerged of the government’s consultation...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells in new ZPG deal as portal boss says more acquisitions to come

ZPG has announced that Connells is the latest major agency chain to sign a long-term deal with its portals Zoopla and...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New 'speed sharing' format for agents' national conference

The upcoming national conference for the Relocation Agent Network is introducing an innovative format for part of its agenda - speed...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Speculation grows over Agents' Mutual float timetable

Agents’ Mutual is officially making no comment on the timetable for the company flotation but speculation within the industry is mounting...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket emails suggest shares 'lock-in' is not compulsory

It appears that OnTheMarket member agents can, if they wish, opt out of the five year ‘lock in’ share agreement and...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Fee-fixing: CMA sets out what agencies can and cannot do and say

The Competition and Markets Authority has set out precisely what agents and other companies can and cannot do in the event...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says asset management firm has bought 5.6% share

Investec Asset Management has bought a 5.6 per cent share in Countrywide, having had no previous involvement in the troubled estate...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: adviser says the odd detractor doesn't diminish success

The research director of an investment firm which has advised Purplebricks says the “odd detractor” who doesn’t sell their home does...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Blockchain - who are the key players?

In his PropTech 3.0 report, Andrew Baum dedicated an entire section to blockchain; it was titled: ‘Blockchain is coming – get...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares hit another new low as property sector drifts down

Countrywide’s share price hit another new low yesterday of around 115.5p - a fall of just over four per cent on...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Private sellers and agents to list on new off-market sales website

The agent behind a new online service covering off-market homes in part of prime central London says his service will expand...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

How many agency business models are there today?

It used to be so easy. Around 20 years ago there were what we now call full-service estate and letting agencies, and...

23 September 2017

From: Features

Confusion over OnTheMarket 'five year sign-up' shares eligibility

It now appears that OnTheMarket agents do not require to sign up to the portal for five years in order to...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyers get discounts on UK homes of 21% thanks to weak pound

Investors from countries as diverse as South Africa and Russia are getting a 21 per cent discount on UK property according...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Former portal strategist says: Investing in OnTheMarket is a horrible idea

One of the world’s leading property technology experts, who at one time was head of strategy at a property portal, says investing...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Russell Quirk's eMoov is reported to be considering Stock Exchange listing

Sky News says the online estate agent eMoov is drawing up plans to float on the stock market.  Sky has been well-informed...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual float could happen this year following High Court green light

The flotation of Agents’ Mutual on the London Stock Exchange could happen as soon as later this year following the endorsement...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket rebel agent makes last-ditch bid to overturn float proposal

An early Gold member of OnTheMarket is making a last-ditch bid to stop its parent company, Agents’ Mutual, from floating on...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual to float - big majority on 70% turnout

Agents' Mutual has told the London Stock Exchange that it is going to float after winning support from 89 per cent...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket dispute over Springett's £20m reaches national press

The growing anger of some OnTheMarket member agents about the portal’s parent company proposal to float on the London Stock Exchange...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide woe continues as share price hits new record low

Countrywide’s share price hit a record low during trading yesterday afternoon when it dropped to 137.75p, having opened the day at...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual using same float advisers as Purplebricks

The investment consultancy chosen by Agents’ Mutual to advise on its float plans - Zeus Capital - is the same one...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

When you add up the costs, it can be miles cheaper to lease a car

Not so long ago, new UK car sales were racing ahead, fuelled by confidence in the economic recovery, but car production...

19 August 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Two new solutions prove property is ready to go mobile

I’m excited to write this piece. I love it when something comes along and delivers that genuine thrill; the thrill of...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket member agency claims it can list online-only properties

Humberts, a member of Agents’ Mutual, is today launching an online-only option and claims it can list online-only properties on OnTheMarket. Such...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the stock market likes disruptors

The stock exchange seems to be on everyone’s lips at the moment. There’s Agents’ Mutual seeking to float on the Alternative Investment...

12 August 2017

From: Features

'A dog with fleas': City analysts sceptical about OnTheMarket float

There has been a sceptical reception from City analysts to Agents’ Mutual’s decision to restructure and float on the stock market...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Portal Wars - OnTheMarket to demutualise and float on stock market

Agents’ Mutual has confirmed that it proposes to form a new company, OnTheMarket plc, to list on the AIM market of...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Newsflash - OnTheMarket to announce £50m stock exchange flotation

Sky News is reporting that OnTheMarket is to demutualise and list on the Stock Exchange.    The portal made much of its mutual...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks told to slow growth and get its house in order by City analyst

After a roller-coaster day on the Stock Exchange yesterday, Purplebricks has sought to defend itself against further possible share price losses...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agencies set up anti-money laundering and part-exchange services

The Guild of Professional Estate Agents and Fine & Country are offering agent members the option to have in-person reviews and...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Historic agency Strutt & Parker snapped up by French bank

The real estate division of French bank BNP Paribas has exchanged on the acquisition of Strutt & Parker, bringing together some...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons' slump in sales means 55% of revenue now from lettings

Foxtons has reported its half-year figures for the six months to the end of June and, as expected, they show how...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

What market slowdown? LSL agencies say 2017 is better than expected

LSL Property Services does not report its figures for the first half of 2017 until August 1, but even so it...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

£3m boost for start-up helping traditional agents challenge onliners

PropTech start-up OneDome - which describes its products as allowing traditional estate agents to challenge Purplebricks and other online rivals -...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons to face tough second half of 2017 says City analyst

Foxtons - a company seen by many as a barometer of the London housing market - is likely to face a...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild and Fine & Country launch new app for sales referrals

The Guild of Property Professionals and Fine & Country have launched a new referral system app which allows its members to...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Would you ‘let’ a property go under the hammer?

The popularity of property auctions in the UK has increased enormously in recent years, supported by popular TV shows such as...

17 June 2017

From: Features

Using local numbers to market your agency in other areas

A telephone number is more than just a number. To consumers, it gives useful information about the company it belongs to....

12 June 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Housing industry reacts to shock general election result

The housing industry has responded with shock, joy, and jitters, after Theresa May’s snap general election went catastrophically wrong, leaving her...

10 June 2017

From: Features

Disbelief, joy and nerves: Property industry reacts to general election result

As the nation waits with bated breath to see if Theresa May can form either a minority or coalition government after...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

easyJet CFO joins Rightmove board

Property portal Rightmove has appointed easyJet's chief financial officer to its board. Andrew Findlay will join Rightmove as a non-executive director...

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Is Countrywide in trouble over sale of commercial arm LSH?

Reports in the commercial property industry publication Property Week suggest there may be difficulties concerning the sale of Countrywide’s commercial operation,...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: Trussle and Revolut bring FinTech and PropTech together

News was released this week of a new PropTech partnership: banking disrupter Revolut has joined up with mortgage brokerage, Trussle, to offer...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

First-ever electronic e-signature exchange of contracts

The first ever electronic e-signature exchange of contracts for a residential property transaction in the UK has been completed this month,...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the getting-close-to-Easter edition

It’s peak business season for many agents right now and yet they still have time to do good work for charities...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Over a third of sales fall through before completion - claim

More than one in three house sales across England and Wales fell through before completion in the first quarter of 2017,...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Investors 'have full confidence in easyProperty' says company CEO

The chief executive of online easyProperty says the company’s investors “have full confidence” in the firm despite it announcing an operating...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

The world is your oyster! Q & A with AIPP’s Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson, CEO of AIPP – Association of International Property Professionals – shines a light onto the international property market. Some UK...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Conveyancing: Market problems relate to flawed system, not staff

The publication of our Strategic Plan, ‘Building the framework for the future’, met with an anticipated degree of positive and not-so-positive...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Savills reports 'resilient' UK home sales despite Brexit jitters

Savills has revealed relatively strong figures for 2016 in its report to the City this morning, with group revenue up 13...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: lavish praise from investment chiefs despite profits fall

Foxtons has received lavish praise from investment consultancy Jefferies despite long-term share price worries reflecting its mixed performance in the troubled...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares hit record low after bank downgrading

Swiss bank UBS has downgraded Countrywide’s status to ‘sell’ in a move which has prompted the troubled estate agency’s share price...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why do great estate agents end up with particularly poor lawyers?

Estate agency is a tough business, no doubt about it. It’s probably tougher now to win a listing and tie up...

15 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide: £38m share placing may allow it to rival Purplebricks

Countrywide has successfully placed 21.6m shares to institutional investors at the competitive price of 175p per share - allowing it to...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers publish consumer guide to lease administration fees

The Conveyancing Association (CA) has this week published a consumer guide on leasehold property.  The document, released yesterday, has a specific focus...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Analysis shows investors' faith in Purplebricks post-Brexit

An analysis of estate agents quoted on the London Stock Exchange suggests that almost all the traditional firms have suffered since...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

What can we learn from the Property Week Awards PropTech shortlist?

So, Property Week has announced its Property Awards shortlist for 2017. Looking at the entries for PropTech Company of the Year, I'm surprised...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells still looking for 'selective acquisitions' in 2017

Connells Group’s estate agency business recorded an eight per cent increase in exchanges in 2016 over the previous year, and says...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells claims record business for new homes division

Connells Group says its Land and New Homes divisions enjoyed record performances in 2016.  The group, which includes Connells and Sequence along...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Propertymark: new consumer branding for NAEA and ARLA

The National Association of Estate Agents is rebranding to Propertymark NAEA and the Association of Residential Letting Agents is to be...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks shares top 200p as US comment bigs up agency

The remarkable bull run on the London Stock Exchange continues for hybrid estate agency Purplebricks, which floated shares at 100p just...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

What's in a name? Well, if you're Mrs Fenn and Mrs Wright...

It’s a public relations dream come true. The new Sudbury branch of the East Coast independent agency Fenn Wright has secured a...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Up and up - Purplebricks confirms 'record-breaking January' claim

Purplebricks has issued its second statement to the City on successive trading days - and its share price has risen by...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Vendor 'makes £67,500' by using traditional estate agent

A high street agency has turned the online sector’s advertising technique on its head. Instead of a seller revealing ‘saved’ fees by...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks says it has no idea why its share price is so high

The board of Purplebricks has issued a statement to the City saying it has no idea what lies behind the soaring...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price at all-time high as traditional agents flounder

The stock market appears to be continuing its love affair with Purplebricks, as the hybrid agency share price rose once again...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Why more US investors are looking for UK property

Following the election of Donald Trump, there has been a rise in the number of United States investors searching for property...

25 January 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Property auctions market round-up Q4 ‘16

No longer just a domain for investors, developers and property traders, the auction room is now the preferred option of buying...

21 January 2017

From: Features

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

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

Countrywide share price dips as commercial sell-off revealed

Countrywide’s share price closed slightly down again yesterday to finish trading at 176.0 after news emerged that the group was selling...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide to put its commercial property arm up for sale

Lambert Smith Hampton, the commercial arm of Countrywide, is to be put up for sale. LSH is one of Britain's oldest and...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the London Stock Exchange's 'inspirational' estate agency

Each year the London Stock Exchange lists 1,000 firms in a league table entitled ‘Companies To Inspire Britain’ and for the...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - Countrywide dropped from FTSE 250 from December 19

Countrywide estate agency group is to drop out of the FTSE 250 from the start of trading on December 19. The news...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: big transactions slump - with warning of worse to come

A trading update released by Countrywide this morning shows a 29 per cent slump in London exchanges in the third quarter...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit leads to 25% slump in Brits buying homes overseas

Foreign exchange giant Moneycorp says the number of Britons buying homes abroad has slumped 25 per cent since the EU referendum. In...

21 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

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

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

Countrywide share price slides but LSL bats off City downgrade

The share prices of Countrywide and LSL Property Services diverged yesterday in response to both agency groups being downgraded by influential...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Watchdog explains why agency complaints 'informally resolved'

The Advertising Standards Authority has explained to Estate Agent Today why many of the complaints made against estate and letting agents...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

20% Brexit exchange slump but agency partners get bonus boost

Knight Frank has reported a four per cent rise in annual revenues to £461m but a five per cent drop in...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

easyProperty claims largest deal by an online agency

easyProperty has exchanged contracts on a £35 million property portfolio, which it claims to be the largest deal carried out by...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Auctioneer launches online selling platform

Auction house Clive Emson has launched a digital service through which vendors can sell land and property via an online auction. Clive...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Win new vendors by advertising internationally

What is Properstar? Properstar helps UK estate agents cross the chasm from local to global in respect of advertising their properties. Using...

16 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Inventing the web needed vision; isn’t it the same for development?

This week, 25 years ago the world's first website went live to those of us who were around then.  Amazingly, despite the...

12 August 2016

From: Features

Brexit: survey says only 50% are confident about housing market

Surveys on housing and Brexit are coming thick and fast - the latest have Haart estate agency reporting a £30,000 price...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

What has been the Brexit impact on the housing market so far?

The morning after the EU referendum, and Westminster, Britain, Europe and the world were left in shock at the news that...

05 August 2016

From: Features

Property Natter – the sun has put its hat on (sort of)

Summer finally arrived, the transport system (as always) went into meltdown, everyone complained that it was too hot and the sun...

05 August 2016

From: Features

Countrywide: 9% revenue growth and online roll-out despite Brexit concerns

Countrywide has confounded its critics with an upbeat performance in the first six months of the year, growing revenues by nine...

28 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks marketing chief off-loads almost 250,000 shares in agency

  The chief marketing officer of Purplebricks, Joby Russell - who in the recent past has described the hybrid as “the UK’s...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

PropTech crowdfunding platform lays off 30% of staff as business falls

The high-profit property crowdfunding site Property Partner has laid off 13 of its employees - equivalent to around 29 per cent...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2016

With a number of agent partner programmes available nationwide, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, especially...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Bank says online agents are growing, but warns on Purplebricks value

Swiss bank UBS has given an upbeat assessment of online estate agencies in the changing housing market - but it warns...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Global property insight

With the new Formula One season now well underway, we delve into the fast lane to take you on a whirlwind...

08 July 2016

From: Features

Carl Brignell, Elite Panel Management Director

What does it say on your business card? Just ‘Director’ – I’m involved in every area of the business at the moment. What...

01 July 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Agency and property shares stabilise after early Brexit panic

Agency and other property shares that have been buffetted in the past two trading days have now stabilised - in most...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Purplebricks, Foxtons share prices tumble - portals less so

As post-Brexit referendum vote shockwaves continue to reverberate around stock markets and currency exchanges, many publicly-quoted property companies took a hit...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

High-end agency woos retirees with quick-sale 'personal assistant'

Humberts is introducing what it calls a ‘personal assistant’ for retirees in a bid to woo the growing market of elderly...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

More foreign buyers in London if UK quits EU, says estate agency

Prices are wobbling in the London housing market, with the referendum and ongoing currency fluctuations being two of the major causes. That...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Should estate agents vote In or Out?

I pride myself as a logical person, so much so that it amazes me how most people seem to struggle to...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Carole Marsden, SearchFlow UK Sales Director

  Who are you? Carole Marsden   What does it say on your business card? UK Sales Director What attracted you to join SearchFlow?  SearchFlow has...

07 June 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Working to combat conveyancing fraud

Fraudsters attacking the conveyancing sector, successfully stealing large sums of money from homebuyers, are making national headlines at a depressing rate....

27 May 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Merger or float is the only way onliners can topple Purplebricks

The only way Purplebricks' dominance of the online agency sector can be challenged is via a merger between competitors or another stock...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide agency to launch 'conveyancing hub' for its clients

Hamptons International has announced that it is to launch a 'private conveyancing hub' later this year. The initiative has been designed to...

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

All change? Industry to be asked how to shake-up house buying

The government is staying tight-lipped about it for the moment but there may be a major shake-up in house buying on...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: big revenue rise and 'Local Property Expert' numbers up

Purplebricks Group has issued a trading statement to the City - with another dramatic revenue increase and a claim that the...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Post-Brexit slump 'could wipe 50% off portals and Purplebricks' claim

The Motley Fool, a widely-read City investment column, says a Leave vote could result in a fall in housing market transaction...

04 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: conveyancing, mortgage advice and a PropTech revolution

On Tuesday we managed hail, snow, rain, sun and a chilly wind all in one day. Whatever you want to say...

29 April 2016

From: Features

SearchFlow partners with Decision First to offer protection against fraud

SearchFlow, property intelligence specialists, has partnered with Decision First to offer an unrivalled service to protect conveyancers and homebuyers from the...

26 April 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter – why deposit protection schemes matter

This week, as the title suggests, I turn my attentions to the world of deposit protection schemes. Landlords have been legally obliged...

15 April 2016

From: Features

Purplebricks hires top business consultancy as 'growth adviser'

Purplebricks has appointed Grant Thornton as its ‘growth adviser’ as the hybrid agency continues to fly high on the London stock...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Analyst urges Purplebricks caution despite long-running shares surge

The respected investment advice website Motley Fool has poured cold water on the stock market fortunes of Purplebricks, despite a huge...

11 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Major developer signs up to fledgling new property portal

A new portal, New Home Finder, has agreed a contract with Redrow to market its entire UK portfolio, including forthcoming developments,...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Link stamp duty to energy efficiency urges right-wing think tank

A centre-right think tank founded by Tory former planning minister Nick Boles is urging a review of stamp duty to link...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

An empty vessel makes the most noise

What are we going to do about Generation Rent? Only as recently as February 2016 did tenants steal the headline away...

27 February 2016

From: Features

Conveyancers want to cut delays - by getting estate agents on a course

The Conveyancing Association is launching a training course for estate agents, as the debate swirls over whether a shortage of conveyancers...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Chris Coates, Oakford Homes MD

Who are you? Chris Coates What does it say on your business card? Chris Coates As a small team we don’t have a hang up...

16 February 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Royal Mail chief becomes new chairman of Countrywide

Countrywide has announced to the Stock Exchange this morning that Peter Long will take over from Grenville Turner as chairman at...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Surprise move: removal firms to join The Property Ombudsman redress

In a surprise move, The Property Ombudsman is to allow all 420 registered firms in the British Association of Removers to...

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers and agents: Let's not shy away from complaints

To those working within the conveyancing sector, the recent statistics from the Legal Ombudsman regarding complaints are perhaps not surprising.  In our...

30 January 2016

From: Features

50 years Man & Boy: Celebrating half a century in the industry

I started work in 1966 in Exeter with Fox & Sons then moved to a local company in Honiton soon after....

22 January 2016

From: Features

Purplebricks share price loses almost 25% of its value since flotation

Purplebricks, the online agency that floated a month ago at 100p per share, was yesterday down to 75.0 at one point...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

If Purplebricks fails online game could be up admits hybrid agency chief

The co-founder of hybrid estate agency EweMove says if the newly-floated Purplebricks fails "the online agency game could be up." Glenn Ackroyd,...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

The CHAPS debate: This needs to be discussed in adult fashion

A riposte to Rob Hailstone's article: 'C'mon CHAPS, Don't be faized'. Good Day, and a late Merry Christmas. Sorry for the delay in...

08 January 2016

From: Features

Difficult day of trading for Purplebricks on London Stock Exchange

Purplebricks recorded a volatile bout of trading on London’s Stock Exchange yesterday, where it ended the day with a 5.7 per...

08 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Only four weeks for industry to comment on 3% stamp duty surcharge

There is just four weeks left for the official consultation period set by the government over its controversial proposal to levy...

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Government launches consultation on second homes stamp duty surcharge

The government chose Christmas Bank Holiday Monday to launch its formal consultation on the ‘additional properties’ stamp duty surcharge, first announced...

28 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Star fund manager Woodford increases his stake in Purplebricks

Star fund manager Neil Woodford - whose investment judgements have made him something of a celebrity in the world of high...

24 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks easily outstrips online rivals' brand recognition says poll

Purplebricks is very easily the most recognisable online estate agency, according to a survey of 1,300 home owners by respected polling...

23 December 2015

From: Breaking News

 Longer completion days: removals’ body steps up opposition to CHAPS change

The British Association of Removers has entered the dispute over changes to the CHAPS arrangements for the transfer of monies on...

22 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Bill McClintock, The Property Ombudsman Scheme

What is the biggest change you’ve seen in the agency industry during your time at TPO?  For me, the biggest change has...

18 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

C'mon CHAPS, don't be Faized!

Earlier this week removal man Matt Faizey had an article published by Estate Agent Today in which he commented about the...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Official: Purplebricks first online agency to float, on December 17

Hybrid online estate agency Purplebricks is expected to start trading on the Stock Exchange on December 17. It has already raised £58.1m...

04 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Online agent allows legally-binding contracts to be exchanged online

easyProperty has become the first online estate agency in the UK to link with an online platform that permits the exchange...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Savills sells Britain's largest house for £8m

High-end agency Savills has announced that it has sold Wentworth Woodhouse - reported to be Britain’s largest residential property - to...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the spooky edition...

It’s Halloween weekend but the spirit that burns in many estate agents is a force for good not evil - as...

30 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Quirky views, website traffic and a love affair with 'hybrid'

I’m writing this from the brand spanking new Center Parks in Woburn Forest. Set within 365 acres of lush Bedfordshire forest,...

23 October 2015

From: Features

Property Natter: reaching the Holy Grail of more vendors and landlords

Well, the hosts have left the party early. England have crashed out of their own Rugby World Cup after a demoralising...

09 October 2015

From: Features

Agents and conveyancers – It’s not rocket science

Wind back the clock a few years and the working relationships I had with most estate agents was productive, beneficial and...

02 October 2015

From: Features

C’mon, CHAPS, let’s have the truth

Last month it was announced that the CHAPS payment system will be extended by one hour and forty minutes from summer...

07 August 2015

From: Features

Foxtons recovery as it bats off sales slump

Shares in Foxtons start the week at 244 after staging a dramatic stock market recovery following a poor set of figures. The...

03 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Ex-Foxtons director now heading London agency chain

A former director of Foxtons has been appointed chief executive of a high-profile London estate agency chain.  James Evans takes up the...

29 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Delayed Exchanges – Why are they increasing?

A number of my member firms (Bold Legal Group) have reported that, compared to three years ago, the time to get...

17 July 2015

From: Features