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Appointments - Ex-Savills man joins Harrods; New country consultant

Harrods Estates has recruited an ex-Savills sales negotiator with 10 years of experience working in prime central London. Michael Harte, who will work...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

CMA releases details of estate agents' cartel scheme

The Competition and Markets Authority has for the first time published details of the findings against a group of six estate...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

High-end agency allowing interior designers to use brand name

Fine & Country is to allow interior designers to operate under its brand name. Fine & Country Interior Design will be run...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: estate agency then, now and in the future

How has the world of estate agency changed in the last few decades? That’s the question this week’s Natter is going...

16 September 2017

From: Features

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

Agency allows clients to make appointments directly in staff diaries

Estate agency James Pendleton says it wants to give its clients more digital advantages without becoming an online operation itself -...

13 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

Boards should be 'confined to Room 101', says campaigning agent

An estate agent who is campaigning for boards to be banned in his local area says they should be 'confined to...

05 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

Agents Do Charity - the first-mention-of-the-C-word edition

Now we hate to spoil a long weekend but for much of the UK this is the final Bank Holiday before......

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country says Mayfair office stays - but more focus on B2B

Fine & Country and the Guild of Property Professionals are to keep their current Mayfair office on London’s Park Lane -...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – are you GDPR-ready?

Are you protecting your data right? This may sound like the sort of direct warning you get from cold callers or...

19 August 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the 'so much for a quiet August' edition...

Remember when August used to be quiet with not much news? This year, whether it’s industry upheavals at Countrywide, Purplebricks and Agents’...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket founder backs agencies offering online-only options

One of the founding figures behind OnTheMarket, which currently bans listings from online agencies, now says bricks and mortar agencies that...

14 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

Agents Do Charity - the 'Summer... What Summer?' edition

Let’s face it - summer seems to be on holiday itself, if the weather in the UK is anything to go...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Founder of Connells-owned online agency switches to easyProperty

Adam Day, the founder of Connells-owned online estate agency Hatched, has been announced as head of operations at easyProperty.    In a statement...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

When estate agents subside to even lower levels…

It’s traditional for estate agents to support each other when they come under attack from the press or public. After all,...

28 July 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - from Muse to Dog Shows...

As we head into August there’s no let up on your fantastic efforts for charity - thank you!   Everyone below has let...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

easyProperty to relaunch after 270 licences taken up by agents

More than 270 easyProperty licences have been secured by independent estate agents belonging to The Guild of Property Professionals and Fine...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as the summer holidays start...

It’s been an undeniably tough year for agents so far and no one can say the industry doesn’t deserve a summer...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency banned from using advert suggesting it had traditional office

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement which suggested that the firm behind it had “a physical office ... in...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New warning to agents that data law change could prove costly

For the second time in two weeks, experts are warning that new data protection laws could seriously disrupt the agency industry...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a half-year review – hybrids, PropTech and resilience

We’re already more than halfway through 2017 and, against all the odds, it’s pushing 2016 close in terms of eventfulness and...

14 July 2017

From: Features

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

Guild and Fine & Country launch new app for sales referrals

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

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the Game, Set and Match edition...

The start of Wimbledon means we’re reaching peak summer - even if the weather suggests otherwise. But distractions like sporting events...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

easyProperty says 500 new agency licences prove naysayers wrong

Over 500 members of the Guild of Property Professionals have requested an easyProperty licence following the merger between the two organisations.   The...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Leading analysts fiercely critical of Guild merger with easyProperty

Two leading property analysts have written a fiercely critical assessment of the merger between easyProperty and the Guild of Property Professionals.   The...

23 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

Great expectations can be a dickens of a problem

Great Expectations was a fantastic novel-cum-social-history written by Charles Dickens, who once lived in my adopted home city of Portsmouth. But these...

17 June 2017

From: Features

Video interview: new easyProperty boss explains GPEA merger

The chief executive of eProp Services Ltd - the company formed by a merger between easyProperty and GPEA Ltd (the parent...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Using call tracking to boost the impact of your marketing

We live in world where the online economy is just as important as the offline economy. Whether your business is online...

12 June 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Guild parent company announces merger with easyProperty

GPEA Ltd - the parent company of the Guild of Property Professionals and Fine & Country - has announced it has...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Further international expansion for Fine & Country

International agency brand Fine & Country has announced the opening of its 12th Portuguese office. The global network, which now has agents...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems change name of their 'mock estate agency'

If a political party wants to run a country, it’s probably a good idea that it shows it can at least...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - more heart-warming examples of kindness

As we end an especially tragic week, it is heart-warming to remember how our industry - along with so many other...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

High Rollers - Connells Group take 100 on all-expenses-paid trip to Monaco

Over 100 so-called Top Achievers from across Connells Group’s Sequence and Connells estate agencies have been taken by the company on...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Home ownership has halved for young families in parts of the UK

Home ownership has halved for young families across some parts of the UK according to a charity.  The Resolution Foundation says its...

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

Agents Do Charity - is this peak-fundraising week?

This might just be one of the busiest Agents Do Charity columns we’ve ever had with many firms having a mixture...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Top 20 features that sell vendors' homes

New research has identified homebuyers' top 20 'must-have' features that would encourage them to purchase a seller's property. According to the survey...

16 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

It's ESTAS week - and you can still be there on the big day...

There are only a few days to go before The ESTAS - the biggest event in the awards calendar for agents,...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the Escape The Election edition...

Pole-axed by politics? Bored of ballots? Well, this is where you can escape from pledges, promises and politicians and instead read...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Two weeks to go... Your essential guide to The ESTAS 2017!

One of the biggest days of the year for agents takes place just two weeks tomorrow when The ESTAS take place...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

How to get press coverage for your business

Being featured in newspapers, magazines and websites, as well as on radio and TV, can be a great way to build...

22 April 2017

From: Features

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

Agents Do Charity - the never-mind-the-ballots edition

There’s no sign yet that the snap General Election is distracting our industry from continuing its fine record of doing good...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Two more years of government pain for the industry

My apologies if this causes you to break your Easter egg with a little too much aggression, but I reckon the...

15 April 2017

From: Features

In the eye of the storm – why agents need good lines of communication

It’s never more obvious how important good communication is for letting agents than in times of bad weather. Havoc caused by...

15 April 2017

From: Features

'Stamp duty and mortgage problems scupper 1.2m sales' - claim

A building society claims that in the past three years alone no fewer than 1.2m buyers have given up on house...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Using Rightmove alone would be the wrong move

It’s easy to be dismissive of the value of local newspapers for advertising residential property but things are never as straightforward...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Council imposes 49 fines on agents leaving up 'old' boards

A London council has issued 49 fines to estate and letting agents in the first two months of a crackdown that...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New agents group seeks 'pre-launch' members - and says it may float

The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents has started its ‘pre-launch’ membership drive - and says it ultimately want to...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: How to improve your agency - a view from the inside

For my latest Property Natter I have sought the opinions of two well-known property consultants - Michael Day, managing director of...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Conveyancing: Market problems relate to flawed system, not staff

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

01 April 2017

From: Features

The rise of the first-time buyer - is this the return of generation buy?

There are more first-time buyers (FTBs) finding a way on to the property ladder than at any time since the Financial...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Property hotspots: Manchester, Liverpool and Preston

The property market in northern England, supported in part by the Northern Powerhouse concept, has attracted a lot of media attention,...

24 March 2017

From: Features

Brexit: Housing must not be ignored in the clamour

We’re almost nine months on from the EU Referendum and yet the issue remains the big divide across the nation: an...

18 March 2017

From: Features

Why estate agents need to take compliance seriously

Some big news in the agency world last week won’t have escaped the attention of many in the industry. Last Thursday news...

14 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget this week pledging extra funding for the NHS, transport in the Midlands and the...

11 March 2017

From: Features

How to find high quality local market intelligence - fast

The Office for Budget Responsibility, which released its latest economic forecasts on Wednesday, has adjusted its prediction for UK house prices…again.  It...

11 March 2017

From: Features

Good phone manners that impress clients

When we meet clients, we go out of our way to make a good impression. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t...

10 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Do Charity - and never mind the Chancellor....

There was nothing doing in the Budget - no stamp duty reform, no second look at mortgage interest tax relief changes,...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget: No new property taxes - but landlords may be hit

Chancellor Phillip Hammond has introduced no new property taxes in his Spring Budget - but a clampdown on those setting up...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent fined by CMA says responsible partner 'acted alone'

One of the four estate agents fined by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for price-fixing has spoken about the details...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New agency offers 'guaranteed price' to vendors ahead of sale

A new London-based online estate agency called Nested says it has had a “superb start” to trading, using its unusual business...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

High-end agency relaunches TV advertising campaign

Fine & Country is re-launching its TV advert following what it regards as its successful campaign between March and September last...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents operating in cartels: CMA promises more action if required

The Competition and Markets Authority has now fined agents over £1m in two landmark cases concerning price-fixing - and it says...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Four estate agents pay £370,000 after admitting price-fixing

Four Somerset estate agents have agreed to pay fines totalling over £370,000 to the Competition and Markets Authority, after admitting illegal price-fixing.   The...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New Guild chief executive speaks up for independent agents

Former Countrywide director Iain McKenzie is the new chief executive of The Guild of Property Professionals. He replaces Marcus Whewell who has...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency launches New Forest office targeting high-end sales

Fine & Country has opened a new office at Lymington in the New Forest.   The branch is using staff from local...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Guilty agency deeply distressed by buyer's 30-foot fall at viewing

The estate agency which was fined £200,000 after a prospective house buyer fell 30 feet into a well during a viewing...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks value 'same as Countrywide and Foxtons combined'

The Purplebricks stock market bull run took yet another huge leap forwards yesterday with its share price up 20 per cent...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - in a big week for the industry

This week has seen the estate agency industry demonstrating just how big it is these days with Purplebricks raising £50m in...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Don’t undervalue Which? as a useful marketing tool

The guys at Which? are at it again, all over estate agents like a rash for “over valuing” properties so they...

17 February 2017

From: Features

Property Natter – a conference wrapped in Guild

Excuse the puntastic (or not) title, but as you’ve no doubt already deciphered I took a trip northwards a couple of...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Is building homes in factories the solution to the housing crisis?

The chronic shortage of housing supply in the UK relative to demand has been a national issue for decades. The Government...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Agents - it’s time to get back to basics

Welcome to February! It means that 2017 is well under way and we’re edging closer to Spring – a time when...

04 February 2017

From: Features

How to avoid the disconnect associated with outsourcing

If this past year is anything to go by, outsourcing is firmly on the agenda for estate agents. Rather than being...

04 February 2017

From: Features

Guarantee blue skies! Bad weather doesn’t mean bad photos when you use Doctor Photo

Annoying isn’t it. You take on a stunning property, agree a compelling asking price and your Vendor is desperate to get the...

02 February 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Council's For Sale/To Let board fines come into effect tomorrow

A controversial scheme in a London borough, limiting the size and duration of letting and estate agents’ boards on display, comes...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country beefs up marketing and 'random audits'

Fine & Country says it is to return to the small screen with another round of TV advertising, building on its...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' group founder warns against online agencies

A founder of the new organisation seeking to be a trade body for independent estate and letting agents is warning that...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils serving Fixed Penalties on agents leaving up For Sale boards

A number of local authorities are now serving £100 or £120 fixed penalty notices on estate agents who display For Sale...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country expands with new county villages branch

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

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Regional agency firm restructures to concentrate on core activities

Cheffins, the six-office Cambridgeshire-based firm, says it is creating ”a new corporate framework” to intensify its focus on estate agency, rural...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons protest: nearby activists fined for disrupting wedding

Activists who stormed a wedding as part of a protest event in which a Foxtons office was damaged have been fined...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the coming down the chimney edition

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

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Your Christmas pics - the knitwear edition

As the Christmas break begins to loom larger, there’s no let-up with pics from your offices - and those amazing Christmas...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Britain's most inspirational estate agent is named as ...

Estate and letting agent training company Agency Mentors has revealed the winner of its competition for ‘most inspirational agent’ in the...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

They're still coming! Christmas office pics and a Mannequin Challenge

With little more than 10 days to go before we all down tools for a well-earned Christmas break - even if...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Leave it out! Top TV hardman heads today's Christmas agency pictures...

With under a fortnight left before Christmas your photographs have been coming thick and fast - but today we start with...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Compliance update: Immigration Act 2016

With effect from the 1st December 2016, amendments to the Immigration act 2014 were made through the Immigration Act 2016.    The soundbite...

09 December 2016

From: Features

Conveyancers repeat call for HIPs-style pack to speed house moving

The Conveyancing Association has revised its wish-list of reforms to, in its words, “ensure fewer delays, a less costly process, and...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as the countdown to Christmas commences

There’s no need to worry but...er....there are only three weeks to go until Christmas. With traditional feelings of goodwill at this time...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Invisible juggling – estate agents’ impressive skill

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

26 November 2016

From: Features

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