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KEYWORD "Fees" - 704 RESULTS
Why celebrating the achievements of the industry is so valuable

Earlier this month we celebrated the 16th annual ESTAS Awards, once again hosted by TV property expert Phil Spencer.  The glittering ceremony...

25 May 2019

From: Features

TFB: Tenant Fee Ban or The Future Begins?

What a great time to be a letting agent. In decades, never has there been so much change. As you’re well aware,...

25 May 2019

From: Features

Compliance clampdown on Referral Fees and Modern Method of Auction

The Property Ombudsman says its members must in future disclose referral fees in a bid to make previously-hidden costs open and...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Punish rip-off culprits’ - CMA urged to be aggressive on leasehold abuse

A firm supporting leaseholders across the UK says the ongoing Competition and Markets Authority probe should “punish” what it calls “rip off...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Regressor or impresser - what kind of estate agency are you?

As we move closer to the halfway point of 2019, property market conditions for agents and their clients remain challenging. Brexit may...

22 May 2019

From: Features

Commonhold in action – one small builder’s attempts to change the system

So far in our contribution to the campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold we have outlined the stories of some of...

18 May 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: has Purplebricks' bubble now officially burst?

Whether you love or hate it, Purplebricks has undoubtedly left its mark since arriving on the scene in 2015 – much...

18 May 2019

From: Features

How you CAN increase your chargeable fees and JUSTIFY it

With the Tenant Fee Ban obliterating a key income stream, letting agents should be looking at ways they can increase the...

16 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

“Gaping holes” in Purplebricks business model, says ex-online investor

An expert who has invested in an online agency in the past has slammed Purplebricks’ business model. James Max, who presents the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

How to thrive and not just survive in today’s market

Consumer habits have changed massively over the past few years, and regardless of which market you operate in, being able to...

15 May 2019

From: Features

New prime London property portal recruits big industry names

A new portal for the prime London property market has launched this week, recruiting a string of big-name agents.  Vyomm, founded by...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing disruptor paying upfront referral fees launches

Conveyancing platform The Moving Hub has this week launched its proposition into the estate agency and mortgage intermediary sectors. The firm is...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Another online agency launches no sale, no fee package

99home is the latest online agency to launch a no sale, no fee option for its vendors. The firm, which was launched...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fee ban - another failure of government policy?

With a mere matter of weeks until the Tenant Fees Act comes in to effect, I can’t help but wonder just...

11 May 2019

From: Features

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

Fees Ban, compliance and new business on agenda at Guild's roadshows

The Guild of Property Professionals' regional roadshow for existing and potential members, resumes its activities next week with a visit to...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Capturing tenants when they convert to buyers

With the UK population spending longer in rental accommodation, due to the upfront expense of buying a home, their time and...

01 May 2019

From: Features

Proceedings against ‘fees cartel’ agent dropped after he accepts disqualification

Proceedings against an estate agent at the centre of a fees cartel case have been dropped following his agreement not to stand as...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The man who polices the agency industry - an exclusive interview

It’s clear that some agents are not fans of Trading Standards officers, described in the comments sections of the trade press...

27 April 2019

From: Features

New industry Trading Standards team has just 14 to cover sales and lettings

Estate Agent Today has been given details of the new National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents Team - the body...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Expert view on the leasehold scandal - is Commonhold the answer?

The leasehold scandal continues to generate plenty of column inches, with fresh stories emerging almost daily of people living in unsellable...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New regulatory body for agents: will it have resources to do the job?

The jury appears to be out on whether the new enforcement body for estate and lettings agents will be resourced sufficiently...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Express estate agency’ says it beats auctions for sellers stuck on market

A quick buy company that describes itself as an “express estate agency” is making a pitch for vendors who may be...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New body to police estate and lettings agents, taking over from NTSEAT

A new team has been set up to police all estate and letting agency legislation including the upcoming tenants' fees ban. The...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Explained - the future of tenant referencing after the fees ban

Low risk letting is everyone’s aim, but unless legitimate guidelines are followed it’s difficult to know if a tenant will prove...

17 April 2019

From: Features

Charlie Lancaster, Managing Director, MyBid4it

Q: What does it say on your business card? Charlie Lancaster,  Managing Director, m: 07976 507107 e:charlie.lancaster@mybid4it.com,  Blake House, 18 Blake...

16 April 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Online agents “too cheap” and look too good to be true - Quirk

The failure of online agencies to significantly disrupt the industry is down to their being too cheap and creating a perception...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Impact of the Tenant Fees Act - how can agents cover their costs?

It has been a long time coming, but the tenant fees ban, which forbids landlords and letting agents in England from...

13 April 2019

From: Features

So farewell Theresa May and thanks for...well, not much

No, this isn’t about Brexit. But as the saga of leaving the EU is likely to bring about the downfall of...

13 April 2019

From: Features

ARLA Propertymark Conference 2019 – three key talking points

The recent ARLA Propertymark conference featured a hugely interesting line-up of speaks and session during a watershed time for the lettings...

13 April 2019

From: Features

Should the estate agency industry stop resisting regulation?

There was a time when the mere mention of the financial services industry brought with it scorn and mistrust. The issues arising...

13 April 2019

From: Features

Maintaining fees and winning instructions – key questions answered

Experienced sales trainer Boyd Mayover, co-founder of Sales Doctors, explains how agents can overcome price objectives, impress prospective clients and offer...

10 April 2019

From: Features

Agency charged over fees and “undue influence”

A family run estate agency faces a string of charges relating to commission fees and “undue influence” exerted on clients. The charges...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents’ qualifications could produce higher fees, more business - claim

Agents boasting qualifications could generate higher fees and more clients, especially if they are ‘ahead of the game’ and improve their...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agents – here’s why you should promote the UK’s low commission fees

UK estate agents charge the lowest commission out of any nation in the European Union, according to a recent study by...

09 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

EweMove in profit as Property Franchise Group reports solid figures

Hybrid estate agency has reported a modest pre-tax profit of some £400,000 as part of the 2018 results of its parent...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agents hit out at High Street rivals about ‘over-valuations’

Online estate agents have seized on the recent national newspaper article accusing estate agents of over-valuing properties to earn higher fees. The...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – we’re backing the campaign!

The leasehold scandal has received plenty of press coverage, with horror stories of people living in homes that are impossible to...

06 April 2019

From: Features

60% portal fee discounts: will this lure independent agencies to Hunters?

The chairman of franchise giant Hunters says his company’s purchasing power is such that it secures 60 per cent discounts from...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Is innovation the key to thriving in the property sector?

It’s a testing time for the property industry, amid Brexit fears, a slowing market and the looming tenant fees ban.  There’s no...

03 April 2019

From: Features

Online agencies 'will still take 50% market share' claims company chief

An online estate agency insists the online/hybrid sector will take a 50 per cent market share in the future - despite...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

UK agents 'charge lowest commission anywhere in EU' says new research

UK estate agents charge the lowest commission in the European Union according to new research from a comparison website. Despite high levels...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Crunch Time! OnTheMarket says agents should make portal choices soon

Many estate and letting agents are receiving more leads through OnTheMarket than through Rightmove, the challenger portal claims - and it...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to ‘Think Smarter Marketing’ by top industry experts

Four high-profile industry figures have sent an open letter urging agents to think about what they call “smarter marketing” in a...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty and conveyancing are growing worries for home owners

A large-scale survey by a consumer group has revealed that over half of home owners regard stamp duty as a growing...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Love or loathe us - Britain’s best agents are the best in the world

This article was originally written for City AM in response to an article it published attacking letting agents. See more here.  A...

23 March 2019

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - no extension needed when you're fund-raising...

As the clock ticks down and Britain’s future gets ever more difficult to predict, one of the few certainties to cling...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Replacement for private treaty sales’ offered by online auctioneer

The Network Auctions ‘E” online property platform, used by an estimated 100 agents, has been revamped with vendors now offered three...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The good, the bad and the future of property chain communication

Thinking about the state of communication across residential property chains is enough to induce a severe migraine. We work in a world...

20 March 2019

From: Features

Agents warned over referral fees: You're in the last-chance saloon

Estate agents have been warned that if new guidance over referral fees is not taken seriously, they could be faced with...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket introduces new features - but only for agents who pay

In another bid to take on Rightmove, OnTheMarket is introducing a new range of advertising products which will enable agents to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents back call for CMA probe into possible leasehold ‘mis-selling’

The leasehold system has created many unsellable and unmortgageable homes and should change, MPs say. The all-party Housing, Communities and Local Government...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New ‘Modern Method of Auction’ firm tries to woo estate agents

Another new online auction company has launched and is bidding to woo traditional estate agents with the controversial ‘modern method of...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

One buyer in six pulls out - more fuel for reforming the buying process?

There’s more fuel added to the current debate about reform of the house purchasing process, as new data reveals one buyer...

15 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

Struggling easyProperty tells its agents: ‘Charge sellers whatever you like’

The easyProperty online agency has abandoned an across-the-board fee structure, allowing its licensee agents to charge what they like. “Each local market is unique...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

First time buyers slam fees for mortgages, removers and conveyancers

Half of first time buyers say they made expensive mistakes during their process of purchasing their home, with mortgage brokers, removal...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Stop indulging councils over rental licensing and local schemes

It’s time, surely, for government to crackdown not just on rogue agents and landlords but on rogue councils that confuse the...

09 March 2019

From: Features

Countrywide sets out reasons to invest, despite share price fall

Countrywide’s senior executives have set out reasons why investors should put their money into the group, despite its troubled recent years. Yesterday...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chiefs tell EAT: Sales hit by Brexit but we're ready for Fees Ban

Countrywide’s executive chairman and group managing director have spoken to Estate Agent Today about the impact of Brexit on the company,...

07 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

Referral fees backfire on agents and encourage poor conveyancing - claim

The head of residential property at a law firm is warning that referral fees can backfire on estate agents who may...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove drops PropTech app promoting private sales

Rightmove is undertaking an investigation into a PropTech app that has tried to list private sales on the portal. The perhaps-ironically named...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How to keep landlords happy in 2019

Competition for landlords will be fiercer than ever this year. Landlords are facing a raft of changes and will likely be...

06 March 2019

From: Features

Ailing online agency House Network hit by complaint to watchdog

The troubled online agency House Network has amended its website after a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority about its claims...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket blasts Rightmove with aggressive email to agents

OnTheMarket has stepped up its attack on Rightmove with a stridently-worded email to agents explaining how a drop in leads from...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: Onus is very much on agents insists conveyancing chief

The director of strategy at the Council for Licensed Conveyancers says “the onus is very much on estate agents” to respond...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees clampdown welcomed as “a triumph for consumers”

The National Association of Estate Agents has led the support for stricter new guidelines on transparency for referral fees. The clampdown means agents...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral fees: new guidance to agents revealed by NTSEAT

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team has this afternoon revealed new industry guidance to make referral fees more transparent to...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and ill-health blamed as agency shuts with immediate effect

An estate and lettings agency that has been trading in the centre of Exeter for 12 years has ceased trading and...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

CMA wants two ‘cartel’ agency directors disqualified

The Competition and Markets Authority has this afternoon taken the latest step in the lengthy case of an estate agency cartel. This revolves...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Why traditional property management as we know it is over

Nobody likes change. It makes people feel threatened, undermines their confidence, and makes them worry about the future. But regardless of...

27 February 2019

From: Features

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

For Sale By Owner website set up ‘out of frustration with estate agents’

Another For Sale By Owner website has been launched - this one, apparently, because the founder was “frustrated” with estate agents’...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agencies: the final curtain call?

It’s been a theatrical week in Westminster with talk of defections and duplicity worthy of Shakespeare. Yet the estate agency world has...

23 February 2019

From: Features

RIP the open house…the return of the high street agent?

Cast your minds back to the summer of 2014. It’s 9.55 am somewhere in east London ‘Sorry I’m late’ offers the...

23 February 2019

From: Features

Stay relevant and win business in a challenging market

In these tougher times, we recognise that helping agents win new inventory is the key to their businesses.  There were more than...

20 February 2019

From: Features

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

Online agency business tries to avoid Emoov fall-out with ‘realistic’ crowdfund

The first major estate agency business to launch a crowdfunding bid since the controversial collapse of Emoov has emphasised its “realistic”...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buying into a franchise may not be as hard as you think

There are many misconceptions about the franchising world but, whether we’re talking about estate agency franchises or fast food franchises, it’s...

09 February 2019

From: Features

No Sale, No Fee - how EweMove bucked the online sector's stagnation

The Property Franchise Group says its online/hybrid agency EweMove traded profitably throughout  last year and will show “a significant improvement” over...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents' fees unchanged in past year but moving costs hit record high

An annual study of transaction charges shows that house moving costs are now at a record average high of almost £10,000...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' biggest critic ditches High Street and takes his estate agency online

Purplebricks might have the last laugh - its biggest critic is ditching his High Street office and making his own agency online. Controversial...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: will the real Housing Minister please stand up?

Kit Malthouse has been making headlines this week, but – in keeping with his tenure as Housing Minister so far -...

02 February 2019

From: Features

Common outsourcing myths busted

Outsourcing. Everyone has an opinion on it and there’s a stigma surrounding it in the lettings industry. But get this…letting agents ARE...

01 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Website boss accuses agents of charging “vast” fees up to £7,000

The head of a For Sale By Owner website claims that some agents are making “vast amounts” of up to £7,000...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Homes-as-a-service could be your greatest weapon

By thinking outside the box, agents can truly embrace the idea of space-as-a-service and create entirely new, and highly valuable, streams...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New guidance over Dual Fees to agents to be issued by Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman is to give agents new guidance on dual fees, following a surge in complaints from the public. In 2017, TPO received...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online valuations mean more leads, says The ValPal Network

Agents need to focus on more targeted marketing using a mix of traditional and modern methods to optimise their position in...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Four out of five searches ‘now completed within 10 working days’

There’s been a dramatic improvement in the speed of searches being completed and returned by local authorities, the government claims. Housing minister...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The importance of being part of a trade association

When it comes to letting a property, it is important that landlords and renters have faith in their agent. The more...

26 January 2019

From: Features

Review – what did we learn from the Guild Conference?

Alongside hundreds of agents and suppliers, I recently attended the Guild of Property Professionals’ annual conference. As ever, it was a great...

26 January 2019

From: Features

Mystery of agency charging vendor five years after failing to sell home

Mystery surrounds the identity of an estate agency which has been accused of charging a seller five years after the home...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a bumper back-to-business edition

The industry is back to full-strength on its fund-raising judging from our virtual postbag this week with many new reports of...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements set to become part of the buying process

Politicians and officials are studying a ‘model’ two page reservation agreement drawn up by a law firm as a possible way...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agency boards - the marketing maverick

Every day thousands of estate agency boards are erected across the UK. Even in the digital age the board remains one...

23 January 2019

From: Features

Clampdown on referral fees: new Trading Standards guidance to be issued

It’s been revealed that the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team is to deliver new guidelines to agents for referral fees...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agents charge too little and risk looking 'cheap' - Russell Quirk

The former chief executive of Emoov says online estate agencies charge too little, so risk appearing cheap and ineffective to potential...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral fees: agency reveals £5m income from conveyancing firm

One of the largest estate agencies in the Midlands, Newton Fallowell, says it’s made a remarkable £5m in referral fees from...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a bone to pick with Rightmove and takeaways

I don’t think I can add anything more to the excellent 2019 pieces we’ve seen on EAT in recent weeks –...

19 January 2019

From: Features

Referral fee ban considered as part of house buying reform

The civil servant leading work to reform the house buying has revealed key areas of government thinking - with a ban on...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock study claims agent reputation and fee ‘not very important to sellers’

A survey of 6,000 members of the public and 660 estate and letting agents has revealed some striking findings about how...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The future's bright - here's how your agency can thrive in 2019

Even with 2019 well underway, letting agents need to keep refining their long-term goals and business targets. For agencies with a...

12 January 2019

From: Features

Brexit: where does our industry stand? and where do you stand?

It’s the word on everyone’s lips: after two and a half years of debate, and months before that leading up to...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Welcome to 2019: The Year of Brexit and Ban

It’s safe to say that the majority of agents will be glad to see the end of the past two years....

02 January 2019

From: Features

Six things to watch for in 2019

Hello and welcome to 2019. These are less predictions and more expectations - developments following on from what’s happened in the past...

31 December 2018

From: Features

Happy New Year and every success - our wish from Estate Agent Today

As 2018 ticks away and 2019 beckons, it’s time for everyone at Estate Agent Today to wish you, your family and...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

The top 10 property personalities of 2018

There’s nothing new about identifying 10 figures who have helped shape an industry over the past year, but that doesn’t mean...

28 December 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – A to Z of the property market for 2018

Another year is nearly done – and what an eventful year it’s been. We’ve had more than our fair share of breaking...

22 December 2018

From: Features

Three key dates for letting agents in 2019

With a new year nearly upon us, it’s always a good idea to be aware of the major events that are...

21 December 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Knock, Knock - new website says sellers can avoid agents’ fees

A new website is offering to contact owners of homes that are not for sale, on behalf of people who would...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

When renting a property out, letting agents and landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Great relationships are at the heart of a premium customer service

Over the past year I've had so many conversations with agents telling me how they feel that offering a premium customer...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks shares sink and Emoov dies: game over for online agencies?

Has the bell finally tolled for online agencies? Emoov’s collapse and an investor revolt over crowdfunding have left a large question...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

£70,000 commission for some London estate agents, says website

Research by comparison website Netanagent claims the commission paid to estate agents in London could be over £70,000 depending on where...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

What are the biggest challenges facing letting agents in 2019?

There is a perfect storm brewing in the lettings market, and as the saying goes, “you can’t change the direction of...

12 December 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: My predictions for 2019

It’s that time of year again where we start saying goodbye to 12 months of hard work and start looking forward...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov administrators ‘want £100,000 for remaining vendor listings’

Estate Agent Today has been given details of responses made by administrators to an enquiry about the possible acquisition of some...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov debacle ‘could mean the end of upfront fees’ says online agent

Purplebricks is understood to be pondering the best way to assist victims of the collapse of Emoov without committing money for...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

DPS adjudication case study: charges for court appearances?

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

01 December 2018

From: Features

Seeing the wood for the trees - finding the 1% in your business

When was the last time you looked at your business and really thought about what you could do to improve? Yesterday? Last...

28 November 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: New tech offerings require action from the high street

I’m spending a lot of time in airport terminals waiting for flights. They’re not the most comfortable of surroundings, but at...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket will be self-funding if 'free' agents start paying

OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett has told an agents’ conference of the strategy for his service - including a prediction that...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial online auction firm generated £10.6m in fees for agents

The debate about online auction charges levied on buyers continues this morning with the release of figures showing that one company...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Inside the new Regulation of Property Agents working party

The title may be unfamiliar but most agents know by now that in the corridors of Whitehall a working party exists...

24 November 2018

From: Features

Online auction buyers 'must pay stamp duty on reservation fee' shock

A consumer group which has already expressed alarm at some aspects of the so-called ‘Modern Method of Auction’ says it has...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

I'm A Purplebricks Boss - Get Me Out Of Here! Australian CEO quits

Purplebricks chief executive in Australia, Ryan Dinsdale, is quitting the firm after two and a half years. The influential Australian Financial Review...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Join Us! Call for “disillusioned” agents to become prime London entrepreneurs

A new prime London hybrid agency wants what it calls “disillusioned property professionals” to join the firm and take advantage of...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents missing vast referral fees for conveyancing, says PropTech firm

Estate agents are missing around half of the conveyancing referral opportunities they could take, according to a new report.  PropTech firm OneDome...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

What is the key to a smooth and efficient pre-tenancy process?

People now expect a streamlined, digital-first experience from every single service they interact with - and the lettings industry is no...

14 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

Shock figures show ‘hidden’ conveyancing fees deter buyers

A digital conveyancing platform says a lack of transparency in the house moving process - particularly regarding legal costs - is...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agent blames Brexit, legal fees and stamp duty for supply slump

There was a drop in the number of new listings across the UK last month, suggesting that the usual autumn rush to...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rollo Miles, from Agent & Homes

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? It just says “Agent” for, at the end of the...

08 November 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Emoov advert triggers another complaint to watchdog

The troubled Emoov hybrid estate agency, currently up for sale, has removed an advertisement after a complaint to a watchdog over...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Interview About the Venture

1.             Who are you and what do you do? HeyJuno Property is a business dedicated to empowering estate and letting agents throughout...

06 November 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry moves and appointments

The first signs of a seasonal slowdown are appearing according to some agents in touch with EAT, but there are still...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-High Street pair launch hybrid agency to take on traditional rivals

Two former High Street agents say their new hybrid agency has enjoyed an impressive launch gathering 40 instructions in just four...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov goes up for sale - just months after merger

Sky News says Emoov is to be sold, just months after the controversial online agency merged with Sarah Beeny's Tepilo and the...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Online property auction firm hits back against “murky” accusation

A firm which links with agents to operate online auctions has hit back at a consumer group's allegations that this growing sector...

31 October 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

Budget briefing - Seven things to watch for today

Perhaps it’s been our pre-occupation with Brexit, or on the other hand maybe we’re bored with politics, but this year’s Budget...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Traditional agents’ commission just 1.1% and some charge even less

Traditional estate agent fees average just 1.1 per cent across the UK according to research from an agency comparison website -...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are consumers abandoned by online and hybrid agents?

Not so long ago, the best estate agents were those who did the best work for their clients and therefore built...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New online agency says it wants to expand across the UK

A new online agency says it is currently focussing on one large city but will expand to cover the whole of...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Action pledged on mobile homes - but government gives no timetable

The government says mobile home residents are to receive greater protection from dishonest site owners seeking to make a profit at...

23 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

Rightmove: estate agents really p****d off says Emoov boss

Outspoken online estate agency chief Russell Quirk says the estate agency industry is “really p****d off” with Rightmove trying to ride...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: estate agency on a bus

No, I haven’t lost the plot. Such a thing exists – and if you’re familiar with North London, there is a...

20 October 2018

From: Features

Stamp Duty - is it as big a problem as we think?

Few things anger the industry more than the effect of stamp duty and other costs on property transactions (well, maybe Purplebricks...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ridiculous moving day delays hit almost one-in-five buyers - claim

Just under one in five buyers in the past two years have suffered moving day delays, either because funds have been...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government unveils new body 'to raise agency standards'

The government has unveiled a new body which, it claims, will raise agency standards. There is a long-standing commitment from the government...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov chief calls for radical 'blend' of online and traditional agency models

The chief executive of Emoov, Russell Quirk, has suggested that the unexpectedly low take up of online agents may mean that...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Referral fees: agents must be more transparent, government says

A government minister has told the estate agency industry that it must be more transparent over the issue of referral fees. In...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks slapped on wrist (again) after complaint over radio ads

Purplebricks has been the subject of another complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority - and the issue has again been categorised...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-Savills man launches For Sale By Owner service cutting out agents

A website has officially launched this morning, aiming to push the concept of US-style For Sale By Owner online property marketing...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ditch High Street branches and use serviced offices, urges agency chief

Increasingly cash-strapped traditional estate agencies should consider abandoning their High Street offices and work from serviced offices or similar lower-profile and...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Some conveyancers to give upfront service and price information

Some conveyancers must publish some price and service information on their websites and in other media from December 6, according to...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Online firms ‘have forced other agents to be more competitive on fees’

An estate agency comparison website claims the rise of online and hybrid estate agencies has obliged traditional agents to be more...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – legislation, legislation, legislation

Landlords and letting agents might feel they’ve taken a bit of a battering from the government in recent years – and...

22 September 2018

From: Features

Are online auctions now a key feature for agents?

With the news that Hunters and Fisher German are the latest agencies to offer online auctions to sellers, is this something...

18 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks tries 'pay half upfront, half when home sells' model in Australia

Purplebricks has introduced its second price rise of the year so far in Australia, and is pioneering a model under which...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Forget narrow demands - Work together for more homes

Any day now we’ll hear the date for the Autumn Budget: it may be delayed to wait for a Brexit deal...

15 September 2018

From: Features

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

Ombudsman calls for new build homes to be included in consumer redress

The Property Ombudsman has urged the government to bring the new homes build sector under consumer redress. New builds are not currently...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Agent commission fees are second biggest daylight robbery' - Emoov

Hybrid agency Emoov has released research in which it claims consumers rank high street estate agency commission fees as the second...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Crackdown on agents likely as government doubles funding for regulator

In a surprise weekend announcement the government has almost doubled funding for the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team - the...

01 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Downsizing stamp duty exemption 'would boost market and Treasury'

Over a fifth of pensioners say they would be encouraged to downsize if there was a stamp duty incentive - particularly...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the opportunity

In our previous 2 blogs we have covered the definitions of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPRs) and what the practical...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

CPRs; the implications

In 2014 The Properties Misdescriptions Act was repealed and replaced with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, otherwise known as...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Another online agency’s savings claim under scrutiny

An online estate agency run by one of the country’s youngest entrepreneurs has agreed to change a reference about savings on...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide General Meeting today set to endorse rescue plan

Countrywide’s eagerly-awaited General Meeting for shareholders takes place today and is widely expected to back the ailing agency group’s controversial rescue...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: are we on the verge of a cashless, paperless society?

Out and about recently, I got to thinking: how often do I actually have the call for cash anymore? Or, for...

25 August 2018

From: Features

How much is your EGO costing you?

Estate and lettings agency is arguably one of the most fierce, ruthless and relentless industries going. And, with fluctuating stock levels,...

15 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Another agency teams up with online and in-room auction house

Another agency has teamed up with an auction company to allow it to offer vendors the choice of both in-room and...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q&A with Stephen Ludlow, ludlowthompson

Next week ludlowthompson celebrates its 25th anniversary. Here, I catch up with Stephen Ludlow, co-founder and now executive director of the...

11 August 2018

From: Features

Business funding options - what choices do you have?

When you are starting up a new business, it is unlikely that you will already have enough capital to invest. Taking...

10 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

More trouble for Countrywide as bank slashes key 'target price'

The Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse has slashed its target share price for the company from 77p to only 17.2p.  The reason...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

More properties withdrawn than sold in recent months, says Reapit

The number of properties withdrawn from the market in the second quarter of this year was greater than the number of...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket price rise could be the right move for some of us

It was interesting to see the recent story on Estate Agent Today about OnTheMarket (OTM) raising its fees after signing up...

04 August 2018

From: Features

Countrywide is in the last-chance saloon say its own advisers

Small print in the Countrywide rescue plan announced yesterday spells out in stark terms what could happen if the company’s bid...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing body wants fees listed on law firms' websites

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers says it wants legal practice websites to list cost information, including whether they have referral arrangements. The...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-Tepilo boss sets up Excellence In Estate Agency consultancy

The former deputy chief executive at online agency Tepilo is launching a new training, recruitment and consultancy business for estate agents.  Catherine...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove still in profit as The Property Franchise Group reports growth

A trading statement this morning from The Property Franchise Group says its online brand, EweMove, is still trading profitably - and...

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

Government goes on holiday as agents go on waiting

It’s holiday time: schools have broken up, quite a few estate agents are taking time off, and the MPs are in...

28 July 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: a changing of the guard?

The big story to break this week in the property world was the announcement by the new owner of Humberts that...

28 July 2018

From: Features

Fees row: Spotlight on Ombudsman after court case decision

The couple at the centre of a court case about agents’ fees say the issue could have been resolved earlier had...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: How can agents boost revenue with Open Banking?

Since January 2018, nine of the UK’s biggest banks have allowed competitors direct access to customer data as part of the...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures: Agents may have lost £4 billion in fees in 2017

A report drawn up by Reapit and data consultancy Dataloft suggests that agents in 2017 lost a potential (and jaw-dropping) £4...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news on mortgages - no arrangement fees on 40% of them

The mortgage industry may be throwing agents and the housing market something of a lifeline - it’s been revealed that 40...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Online chief’s outburst against living in the past High Street agents

The former head of Rightmove’s lettings division has blasted High Street estate agencies for “living in the past, charging exorbitant fees...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Referral fees – why a ban won’t make services cheaper

We are currently engaged in consultations with our members to help to find a practical solution to the concern of the...

21 July 2018

From: Features

OnTheMarket vs Rightmove?

As you probably know, I have been no fan of OnTheMarket (OTM) over the years. You may see this admission as...

20 July 2018

From: Features

“We Buy Any House” says cash property buyer Ask Susan

If you’re an estate agent and have a property that is difficult to sell or the homeowner simply needs a fast...

20 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Agents' fees cartel : investigation blows the lid on how it was planned

A disciplinary investigation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has blown the lid on the infamous fee-fixing cartel scandal involving estate...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

'Local property experts' - controversial advice issued by ad watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has today issued a three-point guidance note for estate agents, including controversial interpretations of what constitutes a...

18 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

Three-year tenancies will have biggest impact when things go wrong

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal which could have serious ramifications for private landlords, and those who...

14 July 2018

From: Features

New Housing Minister makes his first statement - all 93 words of it

The new housing minister, Kit Malthouse, has made his first formal statement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. It...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned! Maverick agent must not repeat claims about Purplebricks

An agent from Cornwall who has waged a long-running campaign against online agencies in general and Purplebricks in particular has been...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional hybrid agency launches with upfront fee of £1,500 including VAT

A hybrid estate agency has launched in Bury, one of the first of its kind to operate in the UK on...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Hello, and welcome to this week’s regular Monday summary of all the major jobs moves in our industry.  The industry is still...

09 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

Bonjour! Meet the prime London agent who lives in the south of France

A senior agent says an innovative business model allows him to work in prime central London - even though he lives in France.  Former...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

153 estate agents go bust and 7,000 at risk, says insolvency firm

An insolvency firm claims 153 estate agencies have gone bust in the past year with more than 7,000 “showing signs of...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

July - it might just be the industry’s busiest month of the year

So here’s the thing. It’s summer - not much going on, school holidays about to start, industry publications filling out space...

30 June 2018

From: Features

Security deposit cap – where do landlords and tenants stand?

We’re lucky enough to interact with thousands of landlords and tenants every month. As a result, we get the chance to...

27 June 2018

From: Features

Tom Cummuskey, Sales & Marketing Manager at Kremer Signs

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Tom Cummuskey Sales & Marketing Manager … Fast approaching double...

27 June 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

‘Word of mouth is better than reviews when choosing an agent’

A survey shows only 18 per cent of vendors favour reviews over personal recommendations when it comes to choosing an estate...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tale of our times: flat sells after 575 days at £111,500 below asking price

The Money editor of The Mirror newspaper has finally sold a home he first put on the market in late 2016...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees may be banned following Trading Standards survey

National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team and two of the three industry redress organisations have launched a survey to measure the...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online and traditional auction houses slug it out for dominance

The rivalry between online and traditional property auction companies continues apace with one high profile player from each camp claiming major...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Marketing: Why boards remain so important for agents

The For Sale board is one of the oldest marketing tools available to agents, but it is still considered one of...

13 June 2018

From: Features

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

Agency on a mission - family-run firm pledges profits for the homeless

A London estate agency run by a brother and sister is trying something completely now - it pledges to use some...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket reveals financial losses but fast-growing agents and traffic

OnTheMarket’s first formal annual figures released since its flotation reveal losses in what it describes as its “transformational year” but also...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks under scrutiny as US watchdog discusses online agencies

The Federal Trade Commission - the US equivalent of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority - will today discuss how the...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial Labour MP says property better than pensions for retirement

A Labour MP who has in the past been fiercely critical of estate and lettings agents now says that property is...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Be in charge of your own destiny – what does the future hold?

Any letting agent appreciates the effort, dedication, and sometimes heartache, that comes with running a business yet equally knows that when...

30 May 2018

From: Features

Broken chains are biggest cause of fall throughs, costing buyers millions

Breakdowns within property chains are the most common cause of fall throughs, according to a new study. Over the last ten years,...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Which hybrid agents and PropTech firms made the top 100 startups list?

Two online agents and a number of PropTech companies have been named in startups.co.uk's Startups 100 index. Coming in at number 64...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Professionalising the estate agency sector – how long could this take?

As housing market stakeholders we’ve all had a month or so to try and digest the government’s own response to its...

19 May 2018

From: Features

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

The future for Countrywide - Paul Creffield interview

The rise and fall - and perhaps rise again - of Countrywide has been of enduring interest to the agency industry...

12 May 2018

From: Features

Fees ban does not mean agents can be devoid of quality

Recent void statistics have had me wondering how agents can juggle client and consumer demands in the face of the impending...

05 May 2018

From: Features

Exclusive: UK estate agent fees 'are the lowest in the world'

Here’s some good news to take into the Bank Holiday weekend.  Research undertaken by Estate Agent Today suggests that fees charged by...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark What is Landmark...

03 May 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

The ten worst mistakes to make when selling your business

I have sold hundreds of lettings businesses over the last twenty-five years. Based on this experience, these are the mistakes that you...

02 May 2018

From: Features

Online agency defends fees, saying 98% of homes sell at ‘valuation price’

Online estate agency House Network claims that “the percentage of houses sold at the original valuation price is 98 per cent”.  The...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Study exposes how little first time buyers actually know about buying

A new study reveals precisely how little first time buyers apparently understand about the buying process.  In a survey of 500 people...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

How can deposit replacement schemes benefit agents and their clients?

In recent months, there’s been a notable move in the rental market towards deposit replacement products in place of traditional security...

18 April 2018

From: Features

Agents’ qualifications will cut competition and increase fees - claim

Estate agent licensing will reduce competition, make buying and selling homes more expensive, and add another layer of red tape to...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Introduction of reservation agreements for buyers and sellers gaining support

As the estate agency business in England moves towards being more robust with professional qualifications and higher standards being introduced, there...

17 April 2018

From: Sponsored Content

HouseSimple becomes first online agency to completely scrap upfront fees

Online agency HouseSimple has become a completely No Sale No Fee agency - and is thought to be the only online...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks comes out fighting on behalf of all online and hybrid agencies

Purplebricks has returned to the fray after recent controversies with a claim that home owners saved themselves over £140m in commission...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it

‘Respect’ is the new mantra for politicians: whether it’s about street gang leaders, social media trolls or those on either side...

14 April 2018

From: Features

Big rise in complaints to Property Redress Scheme ombudsman service

The Property Redress Scheme - one of the three government-approved redress schemes handling complaints about sales and lettings agents - has...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More backing for buying reforms from conveyancers and agents

The Conveyancing Association has backed the government’s calls for extensive reform of the buying and selling process, announced at the weekend. The...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Awais Ahmad - Founder and CEO of Hystreet

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Awais Ahmad - Founder and CEO of Hystreet (I don’t...

11 April 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Purplebricks tells government to order agents to publish fees

Purplebricks has issued a provocative response to the government’s new measures to promote a more professional and transparent house buying process.  The...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency directors are disqualified over cartels scandal

Two estate agency directors have been disqualified over a cartel scandal which resulted in five agencies being fined over £370,000 for...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Reforms to house buying process and agents’ qualifications announced

The government has announced further measures which will, in its words, “professionalise” house buying and the estate agency business. In yet another Sunday...

08 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks is changing: Which way will it go?

As always seems to be the case with Purplebricks, the hybrid agency has had a good week...and a bad one. Undeniably impressive...

31 March 2018

From: Features

Could embracing Commonhold put an end to leasehold nightmare?

At any given moment it’s difficult to say which issue dominates our marketplace, but I think it’s fair to acknowledge during...

31 March 2018

From: Features

Video interview: Neil Cobbold, PayProp COO

Neil Cobbold, COO of PayProp, advises letting agents to act now to beat the upcoming letting agent fee ban and discusses...

27 March 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

CMA urges people to report unfair cartels that cheat customers

The Competition and Markets Authority, which is believed to be actively investigating estate agents’ alleged infringement of the Competitions Act, is...

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

Sellers advised: Never use online agents as they may under-sell your home

One of London’s leading estate agents is advising sellers to consider giving the negotiator who sells their property a bonus, and...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Fast track to franchise success - are you ready to be your own boss?

For many estate agents seeking to become entrepreneurs, the idea of starting their own business is undoubtedly daunting, especially when going...

17 March 2018

From: Features

Asking prices and agents' commission more important than reviews to vendors

A survey by consumer body Which? suggests askng prices and agents' fees are the most significant factors considered by a vendor choosing an...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov has to amend fee info on website after ad watchdog intervenes

Online agency Emoov has amended its website following the intervention of the Advertising Standards Authority.  The authority says the agency’s site included...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New online tool promises real-time updates on conveyancing cases

Conveyancing services firm My Home Move has launched a portal which it claims gives users complete transparency checking their conveyancing progress.  eWay, which is...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Purplebricks “stunning growth” explained by top industry analyst

One of the world’s leading property technology analysts has compiled a major report on estate agents’ business models - an exercise...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons profits and sales drop - but much better figures from Connells

Foxtons has reported its 2017 figures to shareholders and the City this morning and as expected they show sharp falls in...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove: another massive leap in revenue thanks to agents' fees

Rightmove has reported another very large leap in revenue in 2017 and a modest rise in agency and new home customers...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Modern agency comes to prime central London

The other day I met with two agents who have 30 years of property sales experience between them, and yet also...

17 February 2018

From: Features

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: Who am I and recruiting PropTech

PropTech has been the industry soundbite for the last couple of years. For many of my fellow agents, I think it’s one...

17 February 2018

From: Features

Countrywide's earnings could be lower than expected, warns Jefferies

City broker Jefferies is warning that Countrywide’s earnings as calculated through the EBITDA measure could drop to as little as £50m -...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: boards up, shares down?

Why I won’t buy Purplebricks shares and why if I had any, I’d sell fast… In its latest adverts, Purplebricks attempts to...

13 February 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – Q & A with Isobel Thomson, NALS

This week I carry out a question and answer session with one of the most high-profile names in property. Isobel Thomson has...

10 February 2018

From: Features

Client Money Protection insurance: Protecting you and your clients

A new year means new predictions for what’s to come in the letting industry. Sometimes things come to fruition as expected....

10 February 2018

From: Features

OTM - A good buy, or is it goodbye?

OnTheMarket has finally completed its stock market float, with less capital raised, at a lower than planned valuation and, as I write,...

09 February 2018

From: Features

Rental market analysis: what is the outlook for 2018?

A range of factors - including fierce competition under the supplied housing market, rising property prices and political uncertainty – have...

08 February 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Why agents should look to online auctions in a challenging market

Between October and December 2017, some £822 million worth of UK residential property was sold at auction, according to the Essential...

07 February 2018

From: Features

For Sale By Owner site breaks cover in wake of Purplebricks rumpus

Former estate agent Nick Ferrand has gone public with a new website which says home owners decide when and to whom...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks fees rise up to 33 per cent In Australia

Purplebricks has increased its charges in Australia by up to 33 per cent. The Australian Financial Review reports that the 33 per...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing: its part in Theresa May's downfall

It’s probably unwise to write too much about politics these days. The most fanciful predictions turn out to be less wild...

03 February 2018

From: Features

Conveyancing: It's not about referral fees

Whisper it quietly, but there seems to be change in the air when it comes to agents recommending lawyers based on...

03 February 2018

From: Features

BBC programme to investigate sales and advertising by online agencies

The BBC says it is to broadcast a special one-hour radio documentary this weekend investigating online estate agencies. The show will go...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks sells 51.6% of homes within 10 months, new analysis shows

An analysis of one month’s listings on Purplebricks by City consultancy Jefferies concludes that it sold 51.6 per cent of its...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Robert Reed  Head of Tarporley Office, Wright Marshall

Q. How did you get in to the property industry? My career in the property industry actually started out as a holiday...

01 February 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Property Franchise Group upbeat after reversing most EweMove losses

The Property Franchise Group’s trading statement this morning reveals a huge 23 per cent rise in revenue for 2017 - £10.2m...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

OTM float - the OOP is dead, long live the OOP

Whatever else you say about OnTheMarket, you can’t say it’s not consistent, consistent in treating its core membership shabbily.  We already know...

29 January 2018

From: Features

Ten top tips for selling your business in 2018

What do you need to know if you are considering selling your sales or lettings business?  Here’s ten top tips to think...

24 January 2018

From: Features

Buy-to-Let – are we losing sight of what’s important?

Last week’s news that the lettings fee ban is unlikely to materialise before next spring was perhaps to be expected. Ever since...

20 January 2018

From: Features

Here we go again - another '£1m home' is offered as a raffle prize

As the £1m-plus housing market continues to struggle in most parts of the country, so the use of stunts and gimmicks...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

AllAgents names Purplebricks as 'worst rated agency for 2017'

The war between AllAgents review website and Purplebricks has continued with the site naming the hybrid agency the “worst rated one...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Lease Extensions – getting it right

While there is a distinct market for flats held on particularly short leases, there is a middle ground where flat owners...

13 January 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - mud, marathons and a mean-looking car...

Only two weeks into the new year and we’re already in full swing with a wide range of fund-raising - well...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Reveal referral fees early but don't ban them says conveyancing body

The body that regulates conveyancers says controversial referral fees should be disclosed earlier in the house buying process - but they...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

The cost of moving? It's £9,580 on average says new research

Buyers spent £9.7 billion on moving house in 2017 with the average individual move costing £9,580 according to comparison website Compare...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: New 'super-portal' launching in the UK on March 1

A new property portal called Linktosale aims to launch in the UK at the start of March following what appears to...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Consultations - Why do so few participate?

It’s no surprise that figures don’t always show the results or consequences we expect - even if they are entirely accurate. Look...

06 January 2018

From: Features

'Old dinosaurs' can't deal with Purplebricks says Aussie buying agent

A buying agent in Melbourne says ‘old dinosaurs’ in traditional estate agencies ‘have no idea’ how to deal with the arrival of...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 14 industry leaders give their  2018 predictions

Well, I don’t know about you but after the holidays I've got an imprint just below my navel where my belt...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2018?

What a year it’s been! Back in 2016 we had Brexit, a new prime minister, Donald Trump’s election, and so when...

30 December 2017

From: Features

New portal removes listings and insists 'we're not a portal after all'

The operators of a new website which earlier today claimed to have 500,000 property listings appear to have now removed the...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New portal launches - and it appears to be free to agents to list

A new portal called Housemap has launched and says it is free to agents. It’s a clean, attractive looking portal which already...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Independent agents’ group to fight ‘poor industry image’

The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents has told Estate Agent Today that it WILL formally launch after all, in...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want estate agents licensed and sellers to compile log books

A conveyancers’ trade body has told the government that it wants the house buying process to be modernised by having estate...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Five things that didn’t happen in 2017

It’s traditional before Christmas to either review the year past or anticipate the one ahead - but I’m intrigued about what...

16 December 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: things to look out for in 2018

Another new year is nearly upon us and, once we’ve got the season of mince pies, mulled wine, pigs in blankets,...

16 December 2017

From: Features

Agents' fees have risen only four per cent in a decade

A survey released this morning shows that estate agents’ fees have risen only four per cent in real terms since 2007...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Home owners think moving house has become much harder recently

Some 62 per cent of current home owners feel that moving house has become more difficult over the past 10 years...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Will OTM float or sink?

Yesterday morning OnTheMarket confirmed its IPO plans but with no firm date. The question remains on whether the float will be...

11 December 2017

From: Features

Property wealth: More bad news for the young

It’s not breaking new ground to say that younger people have what many regard as the raw end of the deal...

02 December 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: A to Z of the property industry for 2017

As we hurtle towards the end of 2017, it’s time to reflect on the year that’s just been.   Even better, this property-based...

25 November 2017

From: Features

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

The housing industry has set out a list of demands in advance of the government’s hotly anticipated Autumn Budget on Wednesday.  Despite...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks shares dip below 300p - 40% down over four months

Purplebricks’ share price value yesterday dropped below the 300p, over 40 per cent less than its high point over the recent...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents are not professionals claims Times consumer journalist

The consumer affairs correspondent of The Times has savaged High Street estate agents because of the commission they charge when compared...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Suspended prison sentence for agent after Gumtree scam

An estate agent branded as "thoroughly dishonest" following a Gumtree scam has been jailed for 20 months, suspended for two years....

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the last fortnight might not matter

It’s something of an understatement to say it’s been a busy fortnight for the industry in terms of announcements, consultations and...

04 November 2017

From: Features

Video and marketing bid to promote No Sale, No Fee agency model

The Guild of Property Professionals is launching a marketing campaign to promote the benefits of the No Sale, No Fee estate...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

We're not defunct yet says on-off-on independent agents group

The man seeking to establish the Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents says he is hopeful that the fledgling trade...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Jostling for position: battle of the property portals continues

The fact is that most house hunters simply do not have the time, let alone the inclination, to trawl around properties...

28 October 2017

From: Features

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

Estate agents’ commission – some common failings

The Estate Agent’s Act 1979 is rapidly approaching its 40th anniversary, yet still agents make mistakes and can all too easily...

28 October 2017

From: Features

More High Street agents buy into 'Tinder-style' online sales system

Six more High Street estate agencies have signed up to an online platform that allows them to offer customers a fixed-fee...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Downward pressure on fees' blamed for estate agency closure

Ten jobs have been lost with the closure of a long-standing north of England estate agency - with the downward pressure...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Agents worried about 2018 should sell up now' advises analyst

An industry analyst says some agents may find it tough to survive in 2018 if they’re hit by a double whammy...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation isn’t a substitute for action

Another week, yet more consultations - the agency industry can’t complain about not being asked for its views recently. The latest were on...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Will Purplebricks ruling end agents’ purple mist?

So at last someone has woken up to the fact that Purplebricks needs to be clearer about how it charges for...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks says it's more transparent than almost any other agency

Purplebricks has told Estate Agent Today it is more open about its business than almost any other agency and stridently rejects criticism about...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Win a home for £2 ... but pay 5% commission when you sell

A new online property competition platform has launched that gives entrants the opportunity to win a home for £2 - but...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks TV ads declared 'misleading' after complaint over fees

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that two TV advertisements for Purplebricks cannot be shown again in their current form because...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Record staff interviews and avoid unnecessary tribunals

Employment tribunal fees could soon become extinct, after the Supreme Court ruled they were an obstacle to the ‘access of justice’.  Once...

14 October 2017

From: Features

Remind your clients: UK agency fees are competitive

There’s much said in the mainstream press about estate agency fees and how costly they can be for consumers. But one point...

11 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

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

Back To The Future: a short history of rent controls

Like many of Labour’s recent policy proposals, its call for rent controls leaves more questions than answers.  There has been widespread criticism...

07 October 2017

From: Features

Warning: Don’t fall foul of competition rules after CMA fines

The decision by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to fine five estate agents for engaging in a price fixing cartel has...

07 October 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks: investment website raises questions over its profitability

Investment website The Motley Fool says comparisons between forecast and actual profits reported by Purplebricks suggest the company’s position isn’t -...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of sellers say local branch staff are key to selecting agent

The vast majority of sellers surveyed by a consumer group say rapport with branch staff in a locally-based office is important...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Broker linked to Purplebricks says traditional agents are in trouble

Peel Hunt, the City investment broker that has worked closely with Purplebricks, has issued an investment note to clients with a...

28 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

No key speech by Labour housing spokesman at party conference

Labour’s shadow housing minister John Healey is reported to be one of a number of prominent front bench opposition spokespeople being...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Summer of love? More like summer of leasehold

Even so close to the event, I don’t think anyone will be deeming 2017 as the ‘summer of love’.  The summer of...

16 September 2017

From: Features

Cost of moving rises 6% in a year - that's mostly down to stamp duty

The average cost of moving home in the UK has increased by £628 over the past year from £10,966 to £11,624...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to spend almost $2m a month on TV and radio ads in US

Purplebricks has given more details of its activities in the United States, where it is hoping to break into a market...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Service lists High Street agents that are 'Purplebricks Price Beaters'

An online platform that allows the public to compare the services and fees of traditional estate agents in their areas has...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Tips for surviving the ban on letting agent fees

Parliament is sitting again and the entire lettings industry is waiting with bated breath for more detail on the government’s proposal...

09 September 2017

From: Features

Hunters emphasises online success, despite challenging market

Hunters’ figures for the six months to the end of June show small rises in income and turnover but a substantial...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

easyProperty relaunches, claiming to be UK's second-biggest hybrid

easyProperty has unveiled details of its relaunch, declaring itself to be the UK’s second largest hybrid estate agency - second only...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another call for stamp duty costs to be transferred to sellers

With party conference season around the corner and the next Budget just a couple of months away, more industry players are...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks viewings complaint informally resolved by ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has informally resolved another complaint made against wording on Purplebricks’ website.  A complainant suggested that the wording...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency earns £350,000 in commission from 'disgruntled' online sellers

Arun Estates reports that it has netted an additional £350,000 in fees thanks to a scheme designed to woo vendors using online...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees are vendors' biggest concern - but only 25% are willing to negotiate

Nearly all home owners (96%) consider fees to be the most important factor when choosing an estate agent, according to research...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

SOS: are you a business in distress?

Despite the fact that eight out of 10 statistics are reportedly made up (if you can believe that figure), I bet...

02 September 2017

From: Features

Slash stamp duty by a third, estate agency tells government

Jackson-Stops & Staff, a critic of the stamp duty system since its reform in 2014, now says the government should slash...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency subject of another complaint about website wording

Online agency HouseSimple has once again been the subject of a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. Earlier this month a HouseSimple advertisement...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Be wary of online agents' claims, consumer group tells public

Consumer group Which? says the public should be wary of claims made by online estate agents. This follows a series of complaints about...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

When a tenant failed to pay any rent after the first month his tenancy last year, the landlord did not expect...

26 August 2017

From: Features

Could tax be the excuse to introduce national private rental licensing?

It’s not just the evenings drawing in that marks the approach of autumn - it’s also the return to work of...

26 August 2017

From: Features

Why I want to join Agents’ Mutual

Before we go any further, assuming you are an Agents’ Mutual member, let me ask you a question. If you had...

24 August 2017

From: Features

Nil deposit schemes – a new era for the rental market?

Research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research has shown that the cost of the average rental deposit is expected...

19 August 2017

From: Features

Status, shares and subscriptions dominate Agents' Mutual roadshow

The roadshow of presentations of Agents’ Mutual’s plans to float on the stock market have just passed the half-way mark. Remaining sessions...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Banned!  Online firm claimed High Street agents charge 1.5% to 4%

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned online agency HouseSimple from claiming that High Street agents charge “1.5% to 4% (plus 20%...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

A sense of déjà vu over OnTheMarket

There’s a distinct sense of déjà vu over the debacle of OnTheMarket. I avoided joining two years ago because I couldn’t see...

12 August 2017

From: Features

Estate Agent Today Panel - Agents’ Mutual: the arguments continue

No one can say Agents’ Mutual has failed to provoke debate within the industry. The project was the centre of fierce argument...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Mutual Proposal – The Details

After my article last week predicting that Agents’ Mutual would likely seek to raise external capital, including possibly on the public markets,...

09 August 2017

From: Features

ZPG steps into portal dispute with record figures on leads to agents

ZPG has stepped into the escalating dispute between portals by revealing record figures on new leads - two hours before the first...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Springett unveils OnTheMarket float terms to local agents

  The first two meetings in a roadshow which OnTheMarket has organised for local member agents take place today - another 18...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Building bridges: Q&A with Daniel Owen-Parr of Together

As the mainstream mortgage market braces itself for yet another clampdown on buy-to-let lending, a growing number of property investors are...

04 August 2017

From: Features

What does Agents’ Mutual’s proposed flotation mean for agents?

I hate to be the guy to say ‘I told you so’…but I told you so! It seems that my predictions...

04 August 2017

From: Features

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

What now for Agents’ Mutual?

Agents’ Mutual (oops, that name might need to change…read on) has been touting its recent legal victory and is about to...

03 August 2017

From: Features

Industry backs leasehold reform as government releases more details

There has been general support from the industry for the government’s apparent intention to ban new homes in England being sold...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2017

With several agent partner programmes available across the country, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, with...

22 July 2017

From: Features

Is outsourcing now standard for estate agents?

Given the shift change in the estate agent world at the moment, with online models becoming more prevalent (think easyProperty’s £60...

22 July 2017

From: Features

OnTheMarket stays Mum on the possibility of agents' legal action

OnTheMarket is keeping its powder dry over the possible legal action against it by dissident agents who have formed an action...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Avoid unwanted hassles: Q & A with Jack Webb-Heller, Rent4sure IT director

Living next to inconsiderate neighbours can be a nightmare, but letting to bad tenants can prove costly, especially when issues, which...

08 July 2017

From: Features

Are the professional bodies singing with one voice?

As an agency business, how much are you spending on professional body memberships? Perhaps it’s time to question how much you...

08 July 2017

From: Features

Five things you should know about data mining

Our recent roundtable on the government’s proposed ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants generated ten tips for growing your...

08 July 2017

From: Features

Exclusive: OnTheMarket Action Group says legal action still possible

The OnTheMarket Action Group of dissident agents has told Estate Agent Today it is now in a position to decide on...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Why agents need to do more to promote value for money

The fees charged by estate agents receive a lot of coverage in the press - and rarely for positive reasons. Negative...

06 July 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Portal Wars resume as Agents' Mutual says it's going after the money

Agents’ Mutual says it will be seeking to recover costs and compensation for losses incurred after what is widely seen as...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Reviews - Agency complaint about Purplebricks upheld by watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint over a Purplebricks website statement featuring testimonials from clients; the complaint was made...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Mark Goddard, MD of ZPG Property Services

Mark Goddard was the founder and CEO of The Property Software Group (PSG), a property software solutions firm established in 2007,...

01 July 2017

From: Features

Sales Doctor: The key to winning more instructions

Dear Sales Doctor, The biggest challenge I’m facing right now is winning more instructions. What advice do you have for my listers...

01 July 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks: nothing divides estate agency more than this

Few things provoke argument within the industry more than the online v traditional agency debate - and within that debate, nothing...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

RICS debate urges industry to unite and simplify house buying process

A gathering of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has called on the industry to unite and improve the buying and selling process...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Queen’s speech: Property industry reacts to proposed tenant fee ban

The Queen’s speech to the British parliament this week was a scaled-back affair, which was unsurprising given the Grenfell Tower fire,...

23 June 2017

From: Features

Learning and growth - top tips for upskilling

Our recent roundtable on the government’s proposed ban on tenant fees generated 10 tips for growing your business. Since then, we’ve been...

23 June 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the longest list of heroes yet...

Today we’re publishing what we think is our longest-ever list of charitable activities being conducted by agents and their supporters -...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Consumer group criticises estate agency industry awards

A consumer group says it is giving what it calls “the top 1,000 estate agents in England and Wales” badges to...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Uncertainty over government 'aim' to streamline house buying process

The detailed paperwork accompanying the Queen’s Speech includes the Conservative party manifesto pledge to streamline house buying - but gives no...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers set out their ideas for leasehold reform

A cluster of conveyancing and legal experts, known as the Legal Sector Group, has published a raft of proposals on leasehold...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Serious doubts over future of independent agents' group CIELA

The fledgling and highly vocal CIELA group says it is possible it may not launch this autumn after all despite months of...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Traditional agents won't disappear completely says Sarah Beeny

TV property expert and online agency owner Sarah Beeny says there will always be some sellers who prefer to use traditional...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Online estate agent secures another £1.2 million in funding

Online estate agency Settled has raised £1.2 million in funding to further develop its product. Settled describes itself as a 'powerful digital...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent network launches campaign against 'call centre agents'

A network of almost 80 independent estate agency offices has launched what it calls a hard-hitting campaign against 'internet-based call centre...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Online estate agency to sell vendors' homes for just £25

A new online estate agency is offering vendors a sales package for just £24.99. MoveSelf, which is based in Manchester, allows vendors to...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

High street agency latest to launch online service alongside traditional brand

A one branch independent estate agency has this week launched a fixed-fee sales option alongside its traditional commission-based service. WH Breading, which...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Charlie Wright, CIELA

To give you a nice distraction from the post-election madness, here’s an interview with Charlie Wright, founder of CIELA (or The...

10 June 2017

From: Features

Experienced high street agents launch hybrid after six figure investment

Two successful high street estate agency directors claim to have invested a six-figure sum into their new hybrid estate agency.  ispymyhome.com, which...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

How to create new revenue streams for your letting agency

Our recent roundtable on the government’s proposed ban on tenant fees generated a selection of tips for growing your business. We’re now...

03 June 2017

From: Features

Should agents list for free and allow vendors to set asking prices?

Two leading voices in the PropTech sector suggest a radical overhaul of agents’ fee structures, saying that neither traditional full service nor online...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Biggest-ever study reveals why most vendors choose traditional agents

A study described as the biggest of its type seeks to explain why vendors choose - or avoid - online agents. The...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Leasehold reform: major political parties don't promise enough, says group

The Conservative and Labour party manifestos do not go far enough to tackle problems with the leasehold system. That’s the view of...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Reform of buying and selling - The industry should prepare now

The banning of letting fees levied on tenants has dominated the industry headlines in recent months but this election campaign suggests...

27 May 2017

From: Features

Manifesto wants new Land Value Tax and urges Right To Buy scrapped

The Green Party, one of the final political groups to launch their manifesto for the June 8 General Election, wants an end...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tories backtrack on HIPs but still want massive house sales reform

The Conservative Party says it wants greater competition and more digitisation to cut the costs and reduce the amount of time...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Reviewing your business objectives – five top tips

Our recent roundtable on the proposed ban on tenant fees generated ten tips for growing a lettings business. We’re exploring each tip in more...

20 May 2017

From: Features

Why we’re absorbing tenant fees until a decision is made

In November 2016 when the Autumn Statement was delivered by Chancellor Philip Hammond, the announcement was made to ban letting agent...

20 May 2017

From: Features

Tories insist HIPs are not on their way back after all

The Conservatives now say they are not resuscitating Home Information Packs, despite a suggestion by a prominent former minister that they "had...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tories propose house buying reforms in election manifesto

The Conservatives have this morning announced a reform of the house buying process in the party’s manifesto for the June 8...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

City analyst uses Foxtons' figures to diss Purplebricks inventory

A respected City analyst has pointedly dissed Purplebricks over its allegedly modest inventory of homes for sale and rent. Antony Codling of...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills wins Court of Appeal case and claims £150,000 commission fee

It has emerged that global property firm Savills won a case in the Court of Appeal, entitling them to claim an...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Fake agents’ are crippling independents’ reputations and livelihoods

Think ‘fake agents’ are no threat to your business? Think again. The rise of online agents - dubbed by some as...

12 May 2017

From: Features

'Raffle Property' stunts risk contravening gambling legislation

An attempt to raffle a property - like the much-publicised case of an owner in south east London, which reached some...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Free training course places in June for estate and letting agents

One of the industry’s best known training operators, TM training & development, is giving away free places on its next five...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

EasyProperty changes price claim after advertising watchdog steps in

EasyProperty has removed from its advertising any reference to clients getting ‘an offier in 20 weeks’ after an intervention by the...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Pair set up new agency with High Street office but charging flat fees

Two friends have launched a new estate agency with a High Street office but charging vendors flat fees instead of a...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents review their fee structure?

Our recent roundtable on the government’s proposed ban on tenant fees generated a range of tips for growing your business.   We recently...

06 May 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks sharply criticised at industry technology conference

Purplebricks' share price moved up over two per cent yesterday on the strength of its latest trading statement - but its...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reports '83% instruction growth' in UK

Purplebricks has this morning issued its latest trading update, reporting what it calls "strong growth" in the UK and updating investors on...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' fees up 31% in a decade: surveyors, conveyancers up much more

The average cost of moving home in the UK was £9,472 in 2016 according to a survey by the Centre for...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Vendors shouldn't assume they'll achieve the same price no matter who's selling

Even some of the most successful professionals from other professions fail to grasp the most important point when it comes to...

29 April 2017

From: Features

Housing policy progress will suffer thanks to snap General Election

Not only did Theresa May stun everyone with her decision to call a ‘snap election’ but with the campaign now underway...

29 April 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Generation Z are coming - agents, are you ready?

I was recently contributing to whitepaper by a major bank about the future of the property industry and, as I was...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild chief says aggressive online agency marketing lacks integrity

The new chief executive of the Guild of Property Professionals has accused some online agents of carrying out “aggressive” marketing campaigns...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech group gets barrister's opinion over online agents' duties

As debate continues over the merits of upfront fees against post-sale commission for agents and consumers, the fledgling UK ProperTech Association...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents: Here’s how to review your cost base

Our recent roundtable on the government’s proposed ban on tenant fees generated ten top tips for growing your business.  We plan to...

22 April 2017

From: Features

Mortgage market review

In recent years the mortgage industry has gone through some testing times. Recession and regulation have led to more stringent lending...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Purple smoke and mirrors

Purplebricks’ advertising is very negative and critical of the competition. They talk about 'commisery', trying to make potential sellers feel ripped...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: Q & A with David Cox, ARLA Propertymark

In this Natter we have an exclusive interview with David Cox, CEO of ARLA Propertymark and one of the best-known figures...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks called cynical, disingenuous by agents' trade body

The bitter war of words against Purplebricks waged by the fledgling Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents reached a new...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks steps up its attack on commission-based estate agents

Purplebricks has stepped up its attack on what it calls “Britain's antiquated method of buying and selling homes” by describing it as...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Twelve new EweMove franchises added so far this year

Property Franchise Group - formerly known as Martin & Co - has announced that 12 EweMove franchises have been sold in...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

'Quick buy' company cleared of breaching advertising code

The Advertising Standards Authority has given the green light to an circular which provoked complaints suggesting it deliberately did not appear...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New leasehold scandal? Retirement villages face clampdown

A two year investigation by the Law Commission has ended with a claim that some owners of leasehold retirement properties, and...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News