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Making the transition from estate agency to property development

Property developing is an incredibly diverse and exciting career choice, and something that many people aspire to do in the UK.  I...

15 June 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: now is the time to understand blockchain

It’s London Tech Week, everybody! The sprawling city-wide event taking in dozens of conferences, events, workshops, panel debates and so on,...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Which way will you turn at the estate agency industry’s crossroad?

The estate agency industry is at a crossroads. A turbulent market, unstable political situation and a chronic lack of public confidence has...

05 June 2019

From: Features

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

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

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned: homes at centre of Crime Agency probe cannot be sold

Three ultra-high-value London properties cannot be sold while a money laundering investigation continues. The houses have not been identified but were most...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

NAEA and ARLA launch training and compliance service for agents

NAEA and ARLA Propertymark have launched an initiative called Propertymark Inspire to promote training and compliance awareness amongst agents.  A statement says the...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news as mortgage approvals show significant rise

The number of mortgages approved by High Street banks increased 5.4 per cent to 44,000 in April. Data from trade body UK...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

What would a Corbyn government mean for sales and lettings?

While media attention has been on Theresa May, Brexit and the Tories, chatter in the agency industry has been about what...

25 May 2019

From: Features

Another boost for Equity Release: does it lead to fewer house sales?

Retired homeowners are increasingly using property wealth to clear unsecured debts and mortgages to strengthen their later life finances, a new...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Replace stamp duty with tax on house sale profits, urges finance chief

An outspoken building society chief has taken the unusual step of calling for stamp duty to be replaced by capital gains...

23 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

Fury at Foxtons: Investor revolt at ‘fat cat’ bonuses, finance chief goes

The Annual General Meeting of Foxtons shareholders in London has seen a dramatic rebellion against bonuses for senior management. There were 14 resolutions put...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering: the key myths and misconceptions

The UK property market can be seen by criminals as an effective vehicle to conceal the proceeds of economic crime. Criminally...

18 May 2019

From: Features

Estate agents 'no longer biggest money laundering risks', report suggests

A survey undertaken by the respected Economist Intelligence Unit and a risk solutions company suggests that estate agency may be one...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Gloomy mortgage data may mark ‘start of housing slowdown’ says agent

Agents have reacted gloomily to the release of figures showing that the number of new mortgages offered to both movers and...

17 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

Countrywide’s new pay chief takes over as share price hits another low

Countrywide has named a senior businesswoman as chair of its controversial remuneration committee which was at the centre of a row...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Millionaire with no property experience puts cash into online agency service

A millionaire who has not previously invested in the property industry has taken the plunge by funding an online agency network. The...

15 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

5 reasons estate agents need a telephone answering service

Of the hundreds of headaches that come with agent territory, worrying about what’s happening to your calls shouldn’t be one of...

08 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Dodgy Dealing? Agents accused of pushing buyers to in-house mortgages

Mortgage brokers are claiming that “a big number” of buyers are being cajoled into using estate agents’ in-house brokers. The Financial Conduct...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and no indicative votes required...

One thing’s clear in the ongoing mess surrounding Brexit - a lot of people are simply putting their head down and...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Nationwide proves that collaboration is worth the risk

Whether it is legacy providers with new, young businesses, or large banks with PropTech startups, all types of cross-collaboration are vital. It’s...

27 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

40-year mortgages help buyers beat stricter affordability rules

Over 50 per cent of all mortgage products available to home buyers in the UK currently have a standard maximum term...

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

Agents slam “regurgitated rhetoric” in Hammond’s damp squib statement

Estate agents have responded cynically to the small-fry property sector announcements made by Chancellor Phillip Hammond in yesterday’s spring statement mini-Budget. Overshadowed...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Homes with ‘terrace’ or ‘court’ addresses attract below-average prices

An analysis of thousands of transactions shows that homes with ‘street’ in their address produce sale prices which are almost exactly...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

First time buyer mortgages strong despite ongoing Brexit uncertainty

Figures released this morning show a surge in first time buyers securing mortgages in recent months, despite the market showing continued signs...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

MPs want agents views on anti-money laundering after shock HMRC swoop

HM Revenue & Customs has issued more details of its bid to encourage estate agents to combat money laundering in the...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning over reservation fees in the Modern Method of Auction

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

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 February 2019

From: Breaking News

It's true: buying a home now is much MORE affordable than a decade ago

Monthly mortgage payments as a proportion of income have dropped to 31 per cent now from 43 per cent a decade...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Good market news at last as first time buyer borrowers hit a 12-year high

After several days of gloomy market news, here's something more optimistic - there were 370,000 new first time buyer mortgages completed in...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Number of movers now only half the level before financial crisis

The number of movers has declined by around 50 per cent since the halcyon days of 2006, before the global financial...

20 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

Anti-money laundering system to be beefed up by new government board

The National Association of Estate Agents has met with other members of a high-level government board to look at ways of...

15 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

What next for property in 2019?

As 2018 draws to a close, it is fair to say that stretched affordability and uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations has...

29 December 2018

From: Features

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

Zoopla founder accelerates towards £30m used car idea

Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman - who sold the portal company for more than £2.2 billion to US private equity fund Silver...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers take a reality check says agent after lending rises

Mainstream bank lending for house purchases grew by 3.6 per cent in October compared to the same month last year. However the...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Major estate agent’ accused in house builder bribery claim

The Guardian is this morning reporting that “a major estate agent” has been accused of involvement in corruption with the house...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Would housing market improve if owners switched mortgages?

Shock figures out this morning show that a staggering £15.4 billion of annual interest is being paid by mortgage borrowers sitting...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s time for conveyancing to up its game

Conveyancing regularly adds unnecessary and costly delays to the home buying process and improvement could be far quicker than any efforts...

17 November 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: how much is that home in the window?

It’s the most obvious visual medium high street agents have at their disposal, and for many decades has been absolutely pivotal...

03 November 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and it's November already...

You don’t need EAT to remind you that Christmas is now just next month.  Many agents are gearing their fund-raising to that...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

We're off! First agency prediction for 2019 and it's (fairly) upbeat

It’s November so forecasts for next year are beginning to emerge from high-end agencies with research departments - and the first one...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents slammed for milking buyers for profits via online auctions

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

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents want Budget to help remedy slump in mortgage approvals

Mortgage approvals fell again in September - this means that every month of 2018 so far has seen a drop against...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Second EU Referendum would help housing market, claims agent

A London buying agent has called for a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership, suggesting that it would give more certainty...

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

Good news for first time buyers - terrible news for buy to let sector

Figures from the mortgage lenders’ umbrella group, UK Finance, suggest the government desire to see more first time buyers and fewer...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Is it Brexit? Is it Corbyn? Agents ponder poor autumn market so far

One estate agent has described the latest price fall announced by the Halifax as “quite a retreat” for the housing market...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyer tax is just ‘bid to win over Brexiteers’ says property portal

The head of a leading Chinese property portal has taken the unusual step of commenting on a British tax policy -...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide puts 'restructuring and turnaround' expert on the board

Countrywide has announced the appointment of a new board member with “substantial restructuring and turnaround expertise.” Mark Shuttleworth became a non-executive director...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

'Desperate' stamp duty surcharge will hurt London market - warning

Agents have continued to express their shock and opposition to the announcement by the government that it wants a stamp duty...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, the latest weekly catch-up with moves within and across our industry. A quick...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in online survey scams, warns leading chartered surveyor

A warning to people selling their homes to beware of internet-based scams offering cut-price surveys has been sounded by a leading...

30 August 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

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

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

Good news - mortgage arrears and repossessions continue to fall

There’s been another drop in mortgage arrears and possessions for owner occupiers - although an increase for some elements of the...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock as average house price reaches its highest-ever level

In a surprise announcement, house prices picked up in July with the annual rate of growth rising from 1.8 per cent...

08 August 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

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

Countrywide delays publishing figures as search for funds goes on

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

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - plenty of industry moves as the holidays start...

Hello and welcome to the regular Monday feature, Property Jobs Today. There’s plenty going on despite the summer holidays beginning for many...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Kit Malthouse - We’ve obviously had enough of experts

It may not be a good idea for a journalist to be personal about a politician, so I write about our...

14 July 2018

From: Features

No house price rises until 2023 - that's what left-wing think tank wants...

A left-leaning think tank is urging the Bank of England to manipulate the housing market to ensure house prices don’t rise...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

May-hem: Disillusioned industry groups welcome 'unknown' minister

Industry groups have welcomed Kit Malthouse as housing minister - but make little effort to hide their frustrations, disappointment and disillusionment. Malthouse was announced...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Want more new homes? Then cut the red tape, say property chiefs

Some of Britain’s top property experts say bureaucracy, lack of cooperation and a dwindling number of smaller builders are the main...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The estate agent in 2050 - utopia or dystopia?

By now we’ve all seen news about the long-term decline in property sales and competition from online alternatives leading to ‘more...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – ten years of Estate Agent Today!

Cast your mind back to July 2008 – Gordon Brown was Prime Minister, the Euros were in full swing in Austria/Switzerland...

30 June 2018

From: Features

'Buyers sitting on their hands' as mortgages for purchase fall again

Total mortgage approvals by the main High Street banks increased three per cent in May over the same month last year...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

The biggest challenge facing estate agents today…

What is the biggest challenge in estate agency today? At the risk of sounding flippant, selling houses! It’s a unique industry...

11 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

One click and it's sold - new platform allows 'instant' buy to let sales

A new online platform claims agents can now offer people a chance to buy a property with, literally, just one click...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents on the go - why your smartphone is one of your most valuable tools

Gone are the days of having to rush back to your office every time you win an instruction to market the...

16 May 2018

From: Features

Good news as mortgage arrears plummet to record low

The housing market may have seen some depressing figures of late but there’s good news about mortgage arrears - they’re at...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock 3.1% house price drop 'but reality is more stable' insists the Halifax

House prices in the three months to the end of April were 2.2 per cent higher than in the same period...

09 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

Agents voice concern as lending slump points to possible slow market

Fewer mortgages were approved for home buyers last month than in the same month a year ago according to figures from...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and you're still walking for good causes...

The London Marathon may have been and gone but there are plenty of agents and others in our industry still prepared...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks finance chief quits to join US company

Purplebricks’ finance chief Matthew Farrow is reported to have left the company to join IT and cloud communications company Timico. Just over...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Surprise boost for housing market as mortgage volumes soar

Property purchases for buyers requiring mortgages reached 50,000 in February, the highest level for the month since 2007.  The data, from mortgage...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering and property: the government has upped the ante

The announcement that MPs will set up a Select Committee to probe the scale of money laundering in the UK property...

14 April 2018

From: Features

Estate agents - Ignore building regulations at your peril

With reports continuing to focus on a slowing property market and an understanding that not enough properties are being marketed for...

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

Countrywide, Connells accused of pressuring buyers over mortgages

A magazine claims its investigations into the sales tactics of Countrywide and Connells suggest the two agency are “harming consumers, stopping them from...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Boost for housing market with surge in number of first time buyers

The switchback of house price indices and other data on the state of the market has taken a turn for the...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Ten-year fixed rates on the up as early interest rate rise looms

Over the last few weeks, mortgage lenders have started to adjust their pricing in anticipation of a further interest rate rise...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Consultation underway on first time buyer duty relief in Scotland

Scotland is considering giving first time buyers relief or exemption from Land and Buildings Transaction Tax - the replacement for stamp...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

So much for a slowing market - house prices are up more than expected

Despite a string of property pundits suggesting the market is slowing down, new figures from the Office for National Statistics show...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Tepilo unaffected by Trinity Mirror's swoop on Northern & Shell

Tepilo has told Estate Agent Today that it will be unaffected by the sale of Northern & Shell Ventures’ publishing activities...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Shock as Ombudsman stops handling agency complaints - for now

One of the three government-approved redress schemes for estate and letting agents says it’s quitting the sector this year - but...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Halifax and Nationwide price indices slammed as out of date by rival

House price indices provided each month by Halifax and the Nationwide have been branded as “misguiding” and “out of date” and...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG reports 53m average monthly visits to websites and apps

ZPG says it anticipates a strong 2018 according to a trading statement ahead of the company’s annual general meeting today. The firm...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

New Countrywide head says power will pass back to the branches

Countrywide’s new management has taken immediate steps to try to stem the loss of market share by the troubled agency group,...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents fined hundreds of thousands but they're not made public, claims NAEA

Estate agents have been hit with six- and seven-figure fines under new anti-money laundering and anti-tax evasion regulations according to the...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Rightmove veteran joins top table of Mayfair finance firm

A new Mayfair-based short-term property finance provider has been launched with Harry Hill, the Countrywide founder and ex-Rightmove chief executive, as...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank wants house-buying 'education' for children and young people

The managing director of a bank has called for young people to be given more assistance in understanding the finances and processes behind...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Two UK online agencies in global list of top 50 to watch in 2018

Two UK online estate agencies have been named in a list of the world’s top 50 real estate start-ups to watch...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New website allows agents to sell properties via online auctions

It’s been a trend developing in the past few months - estate agents increasingly flirting with the idea of selling homes...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Another high street agency offers auction option to vendors

Earlier this month Fine & Country announced it was to offer an auction option to vendors - now the Surrey agency...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property industry reacts to the Autumn Budget

Earlier this week, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the Autumn Budget with a strong focus on housing.  The decision to cut stamp duty...

25 November 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty change - government defines 'the first time buyer'

The government has defined the ‘first time buyers’ who will benefit from its immediate scrapping of stamp duty for FTB purchases...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform, more new homes, possible longer tenancies

Stamp duty reform for first time buyers has taken pride of place in the Budget speech of Chancellor Phillip Hammond.   From today,...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit is damaging London agents and market, warns global giant

Coldwell Banker, the huge US-based international estate agency business, is warning that Brexit is beginning to damage the market and the...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New 'For Sale By Owner' site by-passes agents and charges £65

A new website which completely by-passes all kinds of estate agents and allows vendors to upload details of their own properties...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Major finance company joins call for stamp duty reform

The largest mutual life pension and insurance company in the UK has added its voice to growing calls for stamp duty...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Financial crime – are estate agents at risk?

The spread and sophistication of financial crime in the UK in recent years has been unprecedented.  Figures from UK Finance show that...

04 November 2017

From: Features

Savills' gloomy market warning on sentiment, Brexit and interest rates

Savills has given a pessimistic outlook for the mainstream housing market for the next five years.  It says average house prices across...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buoyant mortgage lending fuels talk of interest rate rise next week

New figures from UK Finance, the umbrella body for finance houses, show gross mortgage lending in September rose to £21.4 billion...

26 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

Unique data shows it takes average 201 days to move home

A breakdown of data from over 4,100 agents has revealed that it takes on average 201 days to move home, from...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise on the cards after house price hikes fuel inflation

Analysts believe a rise in the Bank of England base rate is on the cards next month as a result of the...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform at heart of NAEA's ideas for next month's Budget

Stamp duty reform lies at the heart of the submission by the National Association of Estate Agents ahead of next month’s...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide non-executive director quits - no reason given

The latest departure from troubled estate agency group Countrywide is non-executive director Richard Adam, who was chair of the audit and...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending boost brightens housing market outlook

Mortgage lending reached £24.2 billion in August according to latest estimates by UK Finance. There were some 41,807 house purchase approvals, with...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Start-up offers free software to agents with under 50 listings

A PropTech start-up says its booking, valuation and communication tools will be available free of charge to any agency with fewer...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Market - no sign of the early autumn bounce, warns Rightmove

Rightmove’s monthly price index says the average asking price of homes coming to the market has fallen 1.2 per cent in...

18 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

House prices still edging upwards according to Halifax index

House prices in June, July and August were a tiny 0.1 per cent higher than in the previous three months according...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

The return of the Green Deal - are you ready for MEES?

Some good news is here for landlords and letting agents worried about the energy efficiency rating of their property – the...

09 September 2017

From: Features

Three reasons why we need stamp duty reform

Whenever any research is released, part of me can’t help thinking of that old adage, ‘lies, damn lies and statistics’ especially...

02 September 2017

From: Features

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

Purplebricks: investment bank refutes allegation of bias against agency

A leading business consultancy which advises clients on investments has refuted a claim by a prominent media analyst that it is...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents broadly welcome better-than-expected mortgage data

New data from UK Finance - previously the Council of Mortgage Lenders - paints a relatively optimistic assessment of the UK-wide...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

First time buyers more active, says Connells, but Brexit clouds linger

Almost half of all property purchase valuations last month were conducted on behalf of first-time buyers according to Connells - well...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Transactions down says Lloyds, while HMRC data shows static market

The number of existing home owners moving house fell two per cent in the first six months of 2017 compared with...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Online sales and lettings agency seeks six-figure crowdfunding cash

An online estate agency with a website claiming “a saving of 50 per cent” on local agents, is seeking £100,000 to £250,000...

17 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

Corporates attacked for 'swallowing up' agencies with great pedigrees

Independent high-end estate agency Galbraith, which operates mostly in Scotland, says local knowledge is key to good customer service - and might...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price dips after agency slated on BBC show

Purplebricks’ share price this afternoon dropped to a recent low of 406.50p before recovering to close down about five per cernt...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the new build leasehold ban is a big moment for our industry

Without wishing to blow our own trumpet at this time, we did say at the start of the year that 2017...

28 July 2017

From: Features

Mortgage lending up but figures reveal housing market 'plateau'

Gross mortgage lending reached £22.1 billion in June - that’s nine per cent higher than in May and three per cent...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency chief condemns Theresa May's housing disaster

First time buyers have finances stretched beyond their means, buy to let is attracting fewer investors because of taxes, and affordability...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Most £1m-plus sales this year likely to take place outside Greater London

Gently rising house values in the mainstream market and problems facing the prime market in the capital mean that over half...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the phew-what-a-scorcher edition...

It’s hot outside but that’s no deterrent to agents helping others, even at the height of summer. Before we honour this week’s...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Forget stamp duty reform - There’s a new tax on the horizon

When it comes to provoking anger in property professionals, taxation takes some beating. Press releases are still arriving berating the December...

01 July 2017

From: Features

Anti-money laundering rules will slow buying process, lawyer warns

The new anti-money laundering regulations introduced this week will delay the routine buying and selling of homes, a lawyer warns -...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran Harry Hill slams crass housing minister appointment

Harry Hill - former chief executive of Countrywide and founder of Rightmove - has sharply criticised the appointment of Theresa May’s...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Cluttons announces return to marketing with Zoopla

High profile estate agency Cluttons has returned to marketing with Zoopla Property Group (ZPG).  The firm rejoined the portal at the end...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

What do estate and letting agencies usually sell for?

There’s barely a week that goes by when you don’t read about an estate or letting agency business that’s been acquired...

10 June 2017

From: Features

Countrywide announces further changes to senior leadership team

The UK's largest estate agency has announced a series of internal promotions, bolstering its senior leadership team. Yesterday evening Countrywide confirmed that...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's finance chief to step down

The UK's largest estate agency has announced that its finance chief will step down from its board next month and retire...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

Theresa May’s call for a snap general election on June 8 took many by surprise. But estate agents have been broadly...

03 June 2017

From: Features

How service drives up standards of student lets

Student accommodation is positively luxurious compared with the drafty digs of my student days. En-suites, studio flats, even cinemas in halls...

27 May 2017

From: Features

Help To Buy ISAs 'offer little help to first time buyers' says Moneyfacts

First time buyers who were supposed to be helped by the high-profile Help To Buy ISA have in fact found it...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Cash makes up 42% of funding for buying homes - should we worry?

Cash is becoming an increasingly large proportion of the funding used to buy homes according to a new analysis of transactions...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

More mortgage products available now than at any time since 2008

There are more mortgage products available to buyers now than at any time since 2008 according to respected finance monitor service...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Cluttons: pensions body investigating pre-pack deal to save agency

Last week’s acquisition of high-end agency Cluttons from pre-pack administration is to be investigated by the Pension Protection Fund. We reported on...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Down-valuations and asking price cuts spreading, warns broker

The director of a respected mortgage broker is warning that market sentiment is changing with more down-valuations from surveyors and some...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

What's in a name? RH & RW Clutton is very much alive and well

The three-office RH & RW Clutton agency has issued a statement to say it’s alive and well - and unaffected by...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Cluttons bought by finance company - but some offices to close

The industry magazine Estates Gazette is reporting that Cluttons, the residential and commercial agency, has been bought out of pre-pack administration...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: Trussle and Revolut bring FinTech and PropTech together

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

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Developers want SDLT and tax changes reversed to boost sales

More than three quarters of developers want to see the government go into reverse on its stamp duty and mortgage interest...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Stamp duty: A year on and the government has scored an own goal

A year ago, we were days away from the introduction of a 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes – a...

24 March 2017

From: Features

Mortgage market 'almost at pre-credit crunch best' claims broker

The number and range of mortgages being offered in the UK has almost returned to its pre-credit crunch level. That’s the view...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Strutt & Parker and French bank remain silent over acquisition talks

Both Strutt & Parker and the French bank BNP Paribas are declining to comment on speculation that the finance house is...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

Looking ahead to the Spring Budget this week, the Chancellor Philip Hammond will be obliged to face up to the implications...

04 March 2017

From: Features

James Dearsley: The blooming symbiosis of PropTech and FinTech

There has been some really interesting talk recently of the relationship between FinTech (Finance Technology) and PropTech (Property Technology). A few...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

What does the future hold for the buy-to-let market?

Over the past two decades, investing in buy-to-let has been a relatively easy way to make money, which is why so...

25 February 2017

From: Features

Exclusive: another Countrywide chief quits to join independent

Another senior Countrywide figure is leaving the organisation to join an independent agency - itself set up by a former Countrywide...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgages: What opportunities and challenges lie ahead?

The rapid growth in popularity of buy-to-let in recent years, fuelled in part by the failings of the pensions industry, has...

17 February 2017

From: Features

Drop in mortgage cash-backs available for first time buyers

Cash rebates with mortgages - seen by housing market analysts as a great sweetener for many cash-strapped first-time buyers - may now...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

How can estate agents secure more new build housing instructions?

Lots of people buy new-build due to the perceived lack of hassle with maintenance, as they are built to the latest...

28 January 2017

From: Features

Good news - cheap mortgage deals likely to remain in place

A new report from the NatWest Bank nips in the bud any speculation that rising inflation may end the current cheap...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Farewell to 2016 and a cautious welcome to 2017

There is no doubt that 2016 managed to catch the world by surprise on more than one occassion.  But will 2017 be...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty replacement: call for clarity over tax on 'border properties'

Welsh politicians have called for clarity over the new Land Transaction Tax that will replace stamp duty from April next year. In September...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Quote, unquote - What the industry said in 2016

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

17 December 2016

From: Features

Anger over Chancellor ignoring industry's pleas on stamp duty

The industry has reacted angrily to the Chancellor declining to change stamp duty despite pleas from agents and suppliers ahead of the Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

No action over ad claiming flats were 'waterfront' - when they weren't

The latest round of complaints made to the Advertising Standards Authority against property firms’ ads have once again ended only with...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgages, not more homes, key to increased home ownership

The long-awaited Redfern Review has recommended that improved access to mortgage finance and improved income levels for first time buyers are...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Foxtons' finance chief resigns; south west agency's new team

The chief financial officer of Foxtons is expected to resign this week - but is reported to be remaining with the...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove may be world's most profitable property portal, says analyst

A leading PropTech analyst has compared the finances of many of the world's leading property portals and says Rightmove is earning...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: on my travels

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

28 October 2016

From: Features

PropTech: Live chat drives business on agency websites - claim

A website live chat provider claims research shows that the facility significantly influences activity amongst users of websites on which it...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Money laundering: London in spotlight  in Criminal Finances Bill

The government has published details of the Criminal Finances Bill with prime central London property used for purposes of money laundering...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises are inevitable after tax clampdown on buy-to-let

Buy-to-let landlords may have failed in their recent legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set to...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Mortgage market defies Brexit jitters as rates hit record lows

Fears raised over the UK housing market in the wake of the Brexit vote have so far proved to be ‘wide...

30 September 2016

From: Features

Turning broken sales and chains into completions

As with finance broking, there can be many frustrations that come with being an estate agent – I perhaps don’t need...

30 September 2016

From: Features

Housing must remain top of the government’s agenda

With the number of new homes being built across the UK still significantly below the level needed to meet demand, housebuilders...

16 September 2016

From: Features

Policy change soon? Minister meets buy to let tax campaigners

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has met campaigners to scrap anti-buy to let measures introduced by the Cameron government in the past...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Is buy-to-let investing still a safe bet?

The huge rush to acquire buy-to-let property in the first quarter of the year ahead of the stamp duty change deadline...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Savills warns of Brexit 'drag' on prices, transactions and mortgages

The credit crunch may have been the economic backdrop against which much of the housing market performance of the past 10...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Retiring? Rely on property not pension, Bank of England boss advises

Many people think property a better prospect than a pension when it comes to long term financial security in retirement -...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Online auction house launches pioneering partnership with lender

LOT11, an online auction house, is teaming up with short-term lender LendInvest in the first alliance of its kind. LendInvest will ‘pre-qualify’...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Institute bucks trend by saying Cameron leaves a proud housing legacy

A housing body says that, rather than presiding over a worsening housing crisis as many suggest, David Cameron has actually left...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks blasted over sales totals and speed of completions

City consultancy Jefferies has made a blistering attack on Purplebricks’ sales performance and finances, saying “the arithmetic…still does not add up.”  Last...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

The post-Brexit landscape

As I sit and write this piece, even with the FTSE 100 back up and sterling having recovered some of its...

08 July 2016

From: Features

Purplebricks perk: £20,000 turns into £2.8m for agency's finance chief

The Daily Mail is reporting that the finance chief at much-discussed hybrid agency Purplebricks has purchased shares that are now worth...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

What will happen to the housing market if Britain leaves the EU?

The sense of gathering momentum for the Leave campaign ahead of the upcoming EU referendum is causing high levels of uncertainty...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Bridging the gap

While buy-to-let lenders brace themselves for further interventions as part of proposals currently being drawn up by the Prudential Regulation Authority...

01 June 2016

From: Features

eMoov secures £500,000 loan to fund lettings and international expansion

eMoov has announced that it has secured a loan of £500,000 to help it expand into lettings, international transactions and license...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Foxtons hires new CFO to support growth and expansion

Foxtons has announced the appointment of Mark Berry as its new chief financial officer (CFO).  Berry will take over from current CFO...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices to fall if Britain leaves the EU, says Osborne

George Osborne has claimed that average house prices could fall by up to 18% if the UK leaves the EU following...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the top five Proptech products

Last time out I spoke about the beginnings of a PropTech revolution, with two major London-based events in the offing over...

13 May 2016

From: Features

Barclays no-deposit mortgage: a good idea?

It’s the news that has got everyone talking: Barclays are bringing back the 100% mortgage.  The market has taken a bit of...

13 May 2016

From: Features

Shawn Brown, PayProp Business Development Director

Q: What does it say on your business card? Director of Business Development Q: Who are PayProp? PayProp is an automated payment and reconciliation...

12 May 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

London mayoral election: A referendum on housing

The race to replace London Mayor Boris Johnson has entered its final few days, and like never before, housing is the...

29 April 2016

From: Features

New credit risk rules could curtail mortgages for first time buyers

First time buyers with small deposits are among those likely to suffer as a result of new regulations on credit risk...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Property transaction charges catch out first time buyers, claims survey

A new survey suggests that it is the other fees associated with moving house - not estate agents’ charges - that...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Property group warns that market correction is only a matter of time

The finance chief of one of the world’s largest property groups says a correction in the property market across western countries...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

60 second interview: Shameem Golamy, Managing Director of Properstar

Who are you? My name is Sham, I am based in the UK and my core experience is in running cross border...

29 March 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Property men hiring prostitutes is a reputational issue for industry - claim

Estates Gazette has published a candid article suggesting the explicit hiring of prostitutes by delegates to the annual MIPIM conference may...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

An empty vessel makes the most noise

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

27 February 2016

From: Features

Celebrating 70 years as we think our founder would have wanted

Birthdays aren’t just something for family and friends to celebrate.   Businesses too can justifiably use these milestones to remember their roots and...

27 February 2016

From: Features

Countrywide set to take a stake in two online companies

Countrywide is going to announce “in the very near future” that it is taking a stake in two tech start-up companies...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Zoopla looks to digital and online sectors for new finance chief

Zoopla Property Group has gone for a new chief financial officer steeped in online and digital experience rather than one with...

02 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Market targeting vs. stereotyping: hipsters, yummy mummies and the simply priced out

Surely people will start moving again soon. The employment rate for the last quarter of 2015 is likely to be the...

22 January 2016

From: Features

Zoopla sets date for next agency numbers announcement as finance chief quits

Zoopla has confirmed that its next date for announcing its agency membership totals - part of its ongoing rivalry with OnTheMarket...

22 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency demands urgent clarification on 3% second homes surcharge

A major estate agency is demanding urgent clarification on a three per cent tax levy - a ‘mini-me’ version of the...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Star fund manager Woodford increases his stake in Purplebricks

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

24 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Open letter launches fierce criticism of failed conveyancing portal Veyo

There has been a fierce attack on failed conveyancing portal Veyo, in the form of an open letter from one of the...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Scotland to levy 3% 'stamp duty' surcharge on buy to lets, second homes

The Scottish finance minister John Swinney is to introduce a three per cent surcharge on the full purchase price above £40,000...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

2016 will need some thought

In many respects 2015 has been a good year. Despite global challenges, we have seen a marked improvement in the UK...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Interest rate rise delay would unleash major house price surge

A leading bank is forecasting that if interest rates do not rise next year - as some experts predict - then...

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

£205,000: average house price hits new high as market bounces back

UK house prices are growing annually by 9.7 per cent according to the Halifax, which says "improving economic conditions" lie behind...

06 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Are you looking for a new investment product to offer your clients?

The Resort Group are looking for sales agents to help sell our 5-star property developments in Cape Verde. With a proven...

19 October 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Fast-expanding estate agency group snaps up another company

The Romans Group has confirmed its fourth acquisition of the year - it has now merged with Campsie’s residential and commercial...

18 September 2015

From: Breaking News

No clue as to whether MMR review will boost housing market

The Financial Conduct Authority is remaining tight-lipped as to whether its newly-announced assessment of MMR will lead to easier access to...

08 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as summer turns to autumn

The Bank Holiday weekend heralds the end of August and the return to a more normal sales and lettings market for...

28 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Say no to George before housing crisis

A new website has been launched to fight back against the attack George Osborne made in the Summer Budget on the...

21 August 2015

From: Features

Will the end of The Green Deal make it harder for letting agents?

The government recently pulled the plug on financing the Green Deal so you may be wondering what this all means for...

14 August 2015

From: Features

So what will house prices do this autumn?

Agents across the country, hopefully refreshed by a nice holiday somewhere warm, will be gearing up for the phones to start...

14 August 2015

From: Features

London mortgage broker guilty of tax fraud

A London mortgage broker who lied about his company profits to evade almost £115,000 in corporation tax has been found guilty...

04 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Manage your landlords effectively as tax changes take hold

Consider the scene. It is July 8th and new Chancellor, Ed Balls, stands at the Dispatch Box giving his first Budget...

17 July 2015

From: Features

A financial crisis refresher course?

In case we didn’t learn the lesson last time around, we appear to be on the brink of a refresher course...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Agency figures make last-gasp pleas to Osborne

Estate and letting agents and other figures in the property industry have been making their last-minute calls on Chancellor George Osborne...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Let’s get our act together

This month has marked a real change in the way the private lettings sector is perceived - and it’s a perception...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Hunters now worth £15m to £20m says finance director

Hunters, the franchise chain with over 150 branches and now established as the UK's sixth largest estate agent, could be valued...

18 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Networking, teamwork and a fake England captain

Hello and welcome to my brand new blog! Every month I’ll be giving you an insight into the varied, exciting and...

05 June 2015

From: Features

Veyo: Let’s celebrate this birth

So spring has sprung and the Hare is on the loose. After a very long gestation period, the Veyo leveret has...

29 May 2015

From: Features

House prices will be more volatile in future

The reluctance of existing mortgaged homeowners to move house is starving the market of a source of new supply and risking...

22 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Now Africans target PCL investment properties

Figures from a prime central London agency show a 400 per cent rise in sales to African buyers in the year to...

11 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Over 10% drop in mortgage approvals

The number of mortgage loans approved by banks fell year-on-year for the ninth consecutive month in March. Data from the British Bankers’...

29 April 2015

From: Breaking News

James Wells, Managing Director, Propia Limited

Q: What does it say on your business card? Other than my personal details, the business card carries our logo with our...

22 April 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

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