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Property franchise firm eyes expansion after sealing £200m in deals

A service that sells properties and elements of joint venture schemes to investors says it’s seeking to expand after completing on...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Alto Q&A - behind the scenes of a growing agency, with a family ethos at heart

Luke Thirkettle heads up the lettings division at Stratfords, a single-branch lettings and sales agency based in Milton Keynes. Here, he speaks to...

02 October 2021

From: Features

Hunters says new ‘Personal Agent’ franchise allows flexible working

Hunters, now part of The Property Franchise Group, has announced its first so-called ‘Personal Agent’ signing - and says it’s ideal...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

For Sale - Online Agency claiming to be “the future of property”

An online agency which describes itself as being “the future of property” is up for sale. Nu:move is a franchise operation, set...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how can estate agents improve their green credentials?

As we motor towards the next major global climate change conference – the UN’s COP26 being held in Glasgow from 31...

25 September 2021

From: Features

New easyProperty franchise lands in Luton, home of easyJet

The latest easyProperty franchise has landed in Luton, the spiritual home of the easy brand as it’s the place where budget...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Businesses, including agencies, hand back £1.3 billion in furlough money

New figures from HM Treasury have revealed that businesses, including a number of major agencies, have returned £1.3 billion in furlough...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Boost for Winkworth - leading agents take over brand’s Ealing and Acton franchise 

Jonny Dyson, a leading London estate agent and the former regional director of John D Wood & Co., has joined Winkworth...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

ALEP welcomes ground rents action as Countryside scraps unfair lease terms 

The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) has become the latest body to welcome the decision by Countryside Properties to scrap the requirement to pay...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

TPFG announces record interim results, boosted by Hunters acquisition

The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) – the umbrella property brand which incorporates well-known names such as EweMove, Ellis & Co, Martin...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency backs business advising on shop-to-resi conversions

Franchise giant Winkworth says it has backed the start up of a commercial company advising on investment in retail or business...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

EweMove's parent company acquires financial services business

The Property Franchise Group - the UK's largest property franchisor, which owns EweMove and other brands - has acquired 80 per...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

 Agency chief hails “superb” sales growth of 78 per cent

Belvoir’s chief executive haas taken to Twitter to hail his company’s latest results as “superb” - with sales for the franchise agency...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

£100m price tag as London agency chain put up for sale

Chestertons, the London high-end estate agency chain, is reported to be looking for a buyer. Sky News says it’s hired Deloitte, the...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Get on with it! Leasehold reform delays hurting the market - claim

The lack of progress on the much-anticipated government reforms of the leasehold system is leaving thousands of homeowners stranded, according to...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Five Top Tips to be a great agent - and you won’t be expecting this…

One of the most effervescent figures in the industry has given his five top tips to becoming a great estate agent...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: ‘Realtor franchise’ scheme launched by long-standing agency

An estate agency is celebrating its 21st anniversary by launching a new ‘realtor’ franchise model based on enhanced technology and personalised...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: agents should no longer ignore PropTech's merits

Apart from a buoyant market, high transaction levels, and consumer confidence in the property market, one considerable additional benefit which has...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Young agent “off to a flier” and expands with new branches

A young franchisee with hybrid agency EweMove is expanding into another area just over nine months since launching his agency. Chris Wells,...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Record figures for Your Move parent firm as it swings to finance

LSL Property Services - parent company of Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - has reported record figures as...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency shows startling growth from property, financial services

Belvoir has issued another upbeat trading report, saying its revenue for the first six months of the year is up 53...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry leader’s podcast lifts the lid on self-employed agents

One of the best known faces in estate agency has launched his own podcast - and is giving Estate Agent Today...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: half-year review – what has 2021 brought so far?

Well, we’re technically more than halfway through the year already, but we’ll let that slide. And what a year it’s been...

31 July 2021

From: Features

EweMove on track to double in size by the end of next year

Hybrid agency EweMove has continued growing with the sale of 37 new territories in the first six months of the year...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency chief - 'I wish we could bring HIPs back, but just better executed!'

In this week’s In Conversation Today, we have another industry big-hitter and one of the most high-profile female leaders in property...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Major agency network signs up to ESTAS review service

The reviews element of the ESTAS Group has signed a two year deal with Hunters. The agreement means Hunters - now part...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Online company launches “innovative” Agency In A Box concept

An online estate agency is launching a quasi franchise operation it calls Agency In A Box and claims applicants will “effectively”...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New team to promote agents’ franchise opportunities

A new team of managers at one of the country’s best known franchise brands hopes to promote the concept amongst agents. Hunters...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agency groups bag £88m in dramatic sell-off

Two of Britain's largest agency groups have sold their stakes in a property search firm. Both LSL and Connells have announced the sale...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Can a veteran High Street agent make an online agency successful?

Peter Everett - a veteran High Street estate agent with a quarter of a century at LSL and a decade at...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

London-focussed agency expands in south west England

London-focussed agency Winkworth - which has around 60 of its 100 franchise branches in the capital - has now opened another...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents told they can ‘work as they wish’ with hybrid agency

A self employed franchise estate agent business model has been launched by one of the brands in The Property Franchise Group. Hunters...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Thom Hudson, photographer at Meyers Estate Agents

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  Thom Hudson, photographer at Meyers Estate Agents What is Meyers...

22 June 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Agency launches Podcast with Town v Country property debate

Franchise giant Winkworth has launched a new property podcast to boost its marketing. The Property Exchange podcast will air monthly, with the...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency promises to double in size within 18 months

EweMove, the high profile hybrid estate agency owned by The Property Franchise Group, says it has recruited a record 30 new...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - summer movers and shakers in the business

Hello and welcome to the latest Property Jobs Today, your chance to catch up with who’s on the move. Let us know...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons reveals big sales leap - and ignores investor criticism

In a trading statement this morning Foxtons has revealed that following a 49 per cent increase in sales revenue in the...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing agency group snaps up mortgage firm from building society

Franchise agency giant Belvoir has acquired share capital in a small mortgage company. Nottingham Mortgage Services Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency’s sixth city office pledges to disrupt the property market

The NEXA agency, which already has branches in Bristol, Portsmouth, Chichester, Manchester and Cardiff, has now opened an office in Liverpool...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency group’s £12m windfall by off-loading conveyancing share

LSL Property Services, owner of Reeds Rains and Your Move agencies, has sold its holding in conveyancing panel management firm LMS...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – 5 ways estate agency has changed since May 2020

It’s now over a year since the property market officially reopened after an unprecedented two-month shutdown at the height of the...

22 May 2021

From: Features

Hybrid agency records its best-ever month for new enquiries

EweMove says it’s has just recorded its best-ever month for new enquiries from sellers. In April the hybrid - which is part...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

ASSESSING THE FUTURE FITNESS OF YOUR BUSINESS IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT NOW

The current crisis has led to many of us to re-evaluate our lives to ensure that we put ourselves in the...

06 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agency is UK’s first to white-label sales-streamlining app

Century 21 UK is the first agency in the country to white label an app which covers transaction components from property...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Agency’s New Idea - selling houses is NOT the top priority

Britain’s second largest estate agency has outlined radical new plans to shift direction, making financial services and not sales or rentals...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Furlough funding refunded to government by major agency group

Another major agency group has agreed to repay substantial sums it claimed under the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, introduced to...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Hybrid EweMove booming with sales and pipeline soaring

The Property Franchise Group’s hybrid agency EweMove more than doubled its income in 2020 to £5m, according to a statement to...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Two of UK’s largest agency groups in mortgage link-up

The Property Franchise Group and LSL Property Services are linking up mortgage and related activity. This agreement means that LSL will be...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

High profile agency adopts franchise system for major expansion

Independent estate agency Dacre, Son & Hartley plans to significantly grow its franchise network across Yorkshire and beyond. Dacres currently employs 125...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why agency must never become a closed shop

The biggest news story in town this last week – which has brought people who don’t usually like or watch football...

24 April 2021

From: Features

Adrian Gill – talking agency consolidation, PropTech, retail and Boomin

This time out, I speak to one of the industry’s biggest-hitters. Adrian Gill may have retired from frontline agency, having had...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Bigger senior management team named at The Property Franchise Group

The Property Franchise Group, which earlier this year completed a buy out of franchise rival Hunters, has expanded its senior management...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency plans five new offices a year despite profit slump

Winkworth says Covid and its aftermath will not derail plans to open five offices a year.  In a trading statement to shareholders...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Final chance for agents….state of the nation survey closes on Easter Monday!

First off, happy Good Friday to all our readers. Here’s to a great, if still slightly different, long Easter bank holiday...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Home-based agency lifestyle lures ex-Connells and Humberts veteran

A business that calls itself the UK’s first 24/7 home-based estate agency has announced a new franchisee.  Dorset-based Meyers Estate Agents was...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Take our 2-minute survey! We want your views on the industry

We recently launched our state of the property nation survey – a two-minute poll designed to give estate and letting agents...

27 March 2021

From: Features

State of the property nation survey…have your say!

Will Rightmove still be the dominant portal by 2030? Will Boomin really shake up the industry as Purplebricks did before it?...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Is flexibility the future of estate agency?

The events of the last 12 months have potentially shaped the future of our sector for years to come. There has been...

20 March 2021

From: Features

Takeover fever continues as biggest agencies seal deals

The extraordinary consolidation in the estate agency industry continues apace today with two of the biggest deals reaching critical points. Firstly Hunters’...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Mark Meyer, CEO of Meyers Franchising

  Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  Mark Meyer, CEO, Meyers Franchising What is Meyers and what...

01 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Agents’ delight as stamp duty extension helps another 300,000 deals

Much of the agency industry has reacted with delight at the extension of the stamp duty holiday deadline until June. Rightmove estimates...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty reform “very unlikely” says Conservative housing guru

An MP demanding a root and branch reform of property taxation, including scrapping stamp duty, says the chance of fundamental reform is...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

All In The Family - agency celebrates 30 years under same ownership

A branch of franchise agency CJ Hole is marking what it calls “an incredible 30 years of success” this month. The Burnham-on-Sea...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – will 2021 be the year of the merger?

At the back-end of last year and the start of this, the biggest news stories in town – besides debates over...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Agency closes office after staff contract Coronavirus

Members of staff at an estate agency branch in the Midlands tested positive for Coronavirus in consecutive weeks, triggering a temporary...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

It's A Deal! Hunters set to be taken over but job losses likely

It now looks likely that Hunters will be taken over by The Property Franchise Group after several months of talks, subject...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents offered trip to Dubai - as Health Secretary warns against it...

High profile agency owner Sean Newman is offering his entire self-employed team of 100 agents and mortgage advisors a chance for...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Franchise Mega Agency - Hunters and TPFG talk for another week

Talks continue between The Property Franchise Group and Hunters with both companies agreeing a new deadline of next Friday, January 29. Just...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Why don’t agencies list on the stock market anymore?

There’s been a flurry of recent activity involving agencies quoted on the London Stock Exchange: Hunters, The Property Franchise Group and...

23 January 2021

From: Features

Decision Day for takeover talks between Hunters and Property Franchise Group

Today will see a firm decision on whether The Property Franchise Group will take over rival franchise network Hunters.  In early December TPFG...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency and franchise giant announce expansion plans

A hybrid agency is appealing to corporate estate agents to jump ship and try its self employed business model. Mr & Mrs...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation Today – Q&A with the man behind a 2020 success story

By any available metric, Belvoir had a good 2020. Already a well-known and well-established name, it was highly praised for its...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Another new portal opens in bid to woo independent agents

Another group of independent estate agents have launched a portal - a rival to a similar project launched by other agencies...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Work-from-home agency aims at national roll-out with industry novices

A firm calling itself the UK’s first 24/7 home-based agency says it wants to roll out nationally with a network of franchisees...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of “feigning hysterics” over stamp duty cliff-edge

Two of the most outspoken agents in the industry have criticised those calling for an extension to the stamp duty holiday...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Just Window Dressing! Leasehold experts hit out at reform proposals

Leading leasehold experts have sharply criticised the much-hyped reforms announced by the government last week. The Leasehold Group of Companies - formerly led by...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Chris Summers, Head of Franchising at Century21 UK

1. How would you say Century 21 franchisees have adapted to the challenges during 2020?  If someone had told me at the...

06 January 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Countrywide’s former management slammed by industry veteran

Countrywide’s former management seriously damaged the company’s share value and status by adopting a flawed business plan - and then executing...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent, aged 20, ditches Purplebricks for rival online company

A young estate agent - who by the age of 20 has already had a year working with Purplebricks - has...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency launches new business models to attract agents hit by Covid

An estate agency group has launched new franchise business models to help those in the industry impacted by Covid-19. Century 21 UK...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

High profile agent opens up on his mental illness issue

One of the country’s most experienced estate agents has spoken out about mental illness in the industry and his own condition...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

You guessed it…10 things to watch for in 2021

Here’s hoping you managed to have as good a Christmas and New Year as Covid rules allowed. Journalism in early January is...

02 January 2021

From: Features

Property Natter: backbone of our industry – Aspire-ing and roaring to greatness

Firstly, Happy New Year – here’s to 2021 being less chaotic than the last! In the final part of our series on...

02 January 2021

From: Features

Hunters takeover talks extended until late January

Hunters has agreed to extend the deadline for talks about a possible takeover by its rival, The Property Franchise Group. In early...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Sheepish grins, woolly jumpers, and Ewe-tide greetings

With a headline like that, we can only be talking about the annual EweMove Christmas video, consisting of the hybrid agency’s...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Takeover: Hunters gives January 1 deadline to Property Franchise Group

The Property Franchise Group has approached Hunters about a possible takeover. Confirmation came this morning in a statement from Hunters, which you can...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Another 300+ branches list on Boomin as it signs major agency

Belvoir has become the latest major agency group to sign up to Boomin as a founder agent.  The properties of all four...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's future uncertain as shareholders reject Connells bid

Countrywide has this morning rejected an £80m offer made for it by Connells Group. On November 23 Connells announced that its due...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - backbone of our industry: Golders Green to South Coast

As regular readers will know, the Natter kickstarted a series last time out zoning in on local independent agents – the...

21 November 2020

From: Features

Ewe interested? Hybrid aims to double in size by late 2022

High profile franchise hybrid agency EweMove has announced ambitious plans to double agent numbers within two years. The firm - which has...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Why the delay? Leasehold lobby presses government for action

A leasehold group has written to Housing Minister Chris Pincher pressing for an update on the government’s approach to reform for...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin signs up hundreds of new franchise branches

The six brands that make up The Property Franchise Group are the latest signings for yet-to-launch portal Boomin. TPFG’s brands are national...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Leading London independent agency drops franchise structure

Aspire, the six-branch south west London agency, has dropped its previous franchise structure and reverted to being owned outright by its...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - spotlight on independents: the backbone of our industry

Firstly, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Lockdown 2, as it’s being known, is now with us, but fortunately...

07 November 2020

From: Features

Covid-inspired career change for independent estate agent

A reassessment of an independent agency’s activities during the Coronavirus crisis has led to it merging with a local franchise operation. Maison...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

No more Mr Bad Guy: the image of agents is getting a makeover

Lawyers, politicians, bankers, insurance sellers – no matter where you go, there are some professions that are just always going to...

17 October 2020

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - movers and shakers in their new roles

Hello and welcome to PJT, our Monday feature giving you the inside track on major moves in and across our industry. Let...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Selling a flat with a short lease

Many agents, certainly those in London, will have faced the difficult task of selling a flat with a shorter lease. A...

09 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

What next for UK side of US agency as chief exec quits?

Gary Keller is stepping down from his post as chief executive of the global Keller Williams estate agency empire. Although operating chiefly...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies, PropTech and furlough cash help Hunters recover

Franchise network Hunters has recorded strong figures for the first half of 2020 but a trading statement reveals the measures it...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers for the industry

Hello and at the start of another working week, welcome to our regular jobs slot announcing who’s moving where within the...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks and Foxtons lead share price falls amid Covid worries

Share prices for many quoted estate agencies and property portals fell in trading as fears grew about Coronavirus. London-focussed agency Foxtons was one...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agent becomes growth and compliance head in franchise group

The Property Franchise Group has named high-profile industry veteran Eric Walker as managing director of Martin & Co (South and Scotland).  Walker...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency wants to sell £1m home for £1 - but with extras

A family-run agency which last year asked people to “make an offer” to buy a franchise is now claiming it will...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Corporates and onliners lose market share to local firms - claim

Independent agents are busier than they have ever been thanks to the post-lockdown surge but larger corporates are actually losing market...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Profits and revenue slump for Winkworth as franchise interest slows

Franchise giant Winkworth has reported an 11 per cent drop in gross revenue and profit plummeting 20.2 per cent in the...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency outpaces High Street brands, company results show

Hybrid agency EweMove has outperformed its traditional sister companies within The Property Franchise Group over the past six months. That’s the clear...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

US realtor says UK agents would earn more with multi-listing service

An American realtor who once predicted his company would have 5,000 UK estate agents working under its banner is now saying...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

No experience needed? Agency defends recruiting from outside industry

One of the UK’s market centres set up by US-led agency Keller Williams has strongly defended its policy of recruiting newcomers...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – what does agency look like Down Under?

In my last Natter, I explored the differences between estate agency in the UK and the US with the help of...

15 August 2020

From: Features

Independent agency joins national franchise chain

Hunters has announced the launch of an additional franchise office at Torquay in Devon. The branch is a conversion of local independent...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Leaseholders advised not to wait for reform - it could take years

Wholesale reform of leasehold issues is still some years away, despite recent proposals by the Law Commission and pledges by the...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough Fraud: HMRC targets property firms for investigation

A law practice says HM Revenue & Customs is launching a probe into companies that have allegedly abused the Coronavirus furlough...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what are the differences between UK and US agents?

We have had a special relationship for many years and are bonded as countries in many ways – historically, politically and...

01 August 2020

From: Features

We’re the fastest growing agency in UK, boasts US-owned firm

The chief executive of the UK operation of a US-owned brand says his agency its the fastest growing in this country...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Hybrid EweMove outshines traditional agencies, suggests parent firm

The EweMove hybrid agency has been singled out for special praise in a trading statement from its parent company, which also...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Big day for Leasehold reform as Law Commission issues reports

It’s a big day for leasehold reform today with the Law Commission due to publish three residential leasehold and commonhold reports. They...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Branch closures announced as franchise agency links with building society

Six agency branches are being closed as a result of a partnership between franchise giant Belvoir and the Nottingham Building Society. Under...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies announce expansions despite Coronavirus crisis

Hunters has launched two additional franchise branches in Tower Bridge, London and Middleton, North Manchester, taking the company total to over...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London-based hub agency triples in size during lockdown

A London agency says it’s seen over 30 new agents join its hub franchise operation during the lockdown, taking the total...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - latest movers into and across our industry

It’s a tough time for agents and our stories show a disturbingly high number of  branches closing - but there are...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who are the industry’s major trade bodies?

They are the names we hear about often, pushing for this or seeking clarifications on that. They are the representatives of...

04 July 2020

From: Features

Franchise group revenue hit by 20% because of virus lockdown

Revenue for The Property Franchise Group was hit by 20 per cent cent thanks for the lockdown - but sales listings...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

High Street agency veteran speaks up for hybrid business model

The new chief executive of The Property Franchise Group says he anticipates his company’s hybrid arm - EweMove - will go...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Horses for courses - the rise of the personal agent

The phrase ‘game-changer’ has been hugely overused. But when applied to how Covid-19 is changing the way estate agents will work...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Ex-Countrywide CEO’s high praise for online agency’s success

A former chief executive of Countrywide has issued a string of extravagant claims about the lockdown success of the online agency...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks and Emoov founders call for radical stamp duty reform

Online sector veterans Russell Quirk and Kenny Bruce have used social media to call for a temporary scrapping of all stamp...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

EweMove, Martin & Co and other franchises using PropTech to reopen

The Property Franchise Group - parent company of six agency brands including EweMove and Martin & Co - says all of...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Online Auctions Why Estate Agents Are Joining LetsBid

Lets Bid works in partnership with a variety of Estate Agents across the Uk from big franchise brands like Winkworth /...

04 June 2020

From: Sponsored Content

New sales and rental franchise seeks agents to set up national operation

A senior property lawyer is to set up a franchise agency which he describes as embracing the best of the High...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agents - the way forward for the industry?

Many of the leading advocates of the self-employed estate agent business model have talked about why many want new recruits with...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers and removers join agents on ‘Back To Work Day’

It’s back to work today for England’s estate agents and the housing market - but it’s the start of a new...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

EweMove hoping to recruit Corona-converts to go hybrid

EweMove is this week hosting a webinar in a bid to win recruits to its hybrid model from agents who may...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Veteran agency boss steps up to be Property Franchise Group CEO

Gareth Samples has been confirmed as the new chief executive of The Property Franchise Group, stepping into the role on Thursday...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Why working from home isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be

Let me start by wishing everyone well in these uncertain and precarious times. I truly hope you, your families, friends and...

18 April 2020

From: Features

Online agent says franchise fees up to £10,000 only deferred

An online estate agency which has described the Coronavirus pandemic as “a disrupter and game changer” for the agency industry says...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchisees advised on government loan schemes by Winkworth HQ

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

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

It’s 2024: what will the industry look like, post-Coronavirus?

There’s a sense that we really are on the verge of a huge change in the industry. It’s too early to be...

04 April 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - more great work by the industry

Hello and welcome to this week’s list of good work - yes, despite the virus lockdown.  Earlier this week we featured many...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Voluntary pay cut taken by agencies’ senior management

Staff and senior management at a large franchise company running a string of major High Street agency brands are taking voluntary...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Collapsed: how agency and portal shares have plunged up to 80%

The human cost of the Coronavirus crisis is growing and devastating, but behind that businesses are being badly hurt too. Many consider...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Hybrid says it's time to go self-employed and buy a £10k franchise

A hybrid agency says the Coronavirus is a “disrupter and game changer” for the industry and is wanting agents keen to...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart under fire for “inhumane” and “disgraceful” sackings

There has been scepticism across the industry as to the motives behind an unspecified number of lay-offs and permanent branch closures...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More industry lay-offs: franchise HQ sheds 15 and warns more to come

The property franchise company Belvoir Lettings has laid off 15 workers from its Grantham headquarters - and warns there may be...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Another Purplebricks refugee moves over to Keller Williams

The former director of customer experience at Purplebricks has been announced as a new partner in a Keller Williams franchise. Sarah Downes,...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide loses two-thirds of market cap in just two days

Countrywide shares fell by just over 30 per cent yesterday as the stock market blood-letting continued for property stocks. The value fell 30.86...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

LonRes at 20: the lightbulb moment behind one of the first PropTech firms

The lightbulb moment for LonRes was born out of sheer frustration. I’d just missed out on a deal and the postman...

14 March 2020

From: Features

Investors in Purplebricks and Countrywide take fright over virus

Almost all quoted agencies and portals have suffered as a result of stock market investors being spooked by Coronavirus, with some...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Standardise processes across multiple branches in 3 easy steps

Your business may be growing quicker than you could ever imagine which is great when it comes to raising brand awareness....

11 March 2020

From: Features

Nick Lyons, CEO of No Letting Go

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Nick Lyons CEO What is No Letting Go and what does it...

10 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Move Over Men: the national agency with over 60% female staff

Hunters has become one of the first major agencies to reveal the gender balance of its staff - and 60 per...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Blood and branches will be shed in Countrywide merger, experts predict

Some of the biggest figures in the industry have given Estate Agent Today their reaction to the news - broken yesterday...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Hello - it’s Monday and so it’s PJT, where you can catch up on the industry major moves of recent days. Please...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency’s new franchise operation gets ready for roll-out

Estate agency Chestertons has named the new chief operating officer for the roll out of its UK and Europe franchising operation. Some...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today: a bumper bundle of movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to the start of a new week - and it’s been a frantic seven days since the last...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Your Move veteran to take helm at Martin & Co’s parent firm

The Property Franchise Group - which owns Martin & Co, EweMove and three other brands - is to have a former...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Third Keller Williams market centre of 2020 opens - with more to come

A new market centre operating as a hub for freelance agents has opened in Glasgow. Called KW Evolve it is a Keller...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Is this why Countywide, Purplebricks and Foxtons are struggling?

An outspoken industry commentator says some of the country’s leading agencies are failing because they’re not actually run by experienced agents. Russell...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - is local property advertising now yesterday’s fish and chip paper?

For a very long time, it was one of the best ways – if not the best way – of generating...

01 February 2020

From: Features

Hunters now UK's third largest agency with PropTech to the fore

The Hunters franchise group says it’s now the third largest agency in the UK, and it promises to reveal a major...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Humberts bought by consortium of franchise owners

It's been confirmed that Humberts has been sold for an undisclosed amount to a consortium of franchisees - and that the...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

easyProperty franchise gets over the line with rugby star buyer

A rugby star has signed a deal to operate the easyProperty franchise in his home town area. Castleford Tigers prop forward Liam...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The six crimes of modern-day call handling

Six common ‘crimes of modern-day call handling’ are blighting UK estate and letting agencies and hampering their growth, reputation and profitability. These...

18 January 2020

From: Features

Is mortgage-provision a growth area for estate agents?

A new analysis from a financial services trade body shows that gross mortgage lending is expected to rise significantly in the...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Big jump in London market share achieved by Winkworth

Winkworth says it’s achieved a big jump in London sales market share despite “an uncertain and difficult year that was dominated...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

EweMove and Martin & Co parent firm sets up mortgage arm

The Property Franchise Group - which operates five High Street agency brands and the EweMove hybrid - has set up a...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More reforms on their way as government ponders leasehold changes

The Law Commission has set out three ways to cut the cost that leaseholders have to pay to buy the freehold...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are you ready for a decade of planning ahead?

2020, the start of a new decade. Looking back, 2010 feels like such a long time ago, and looking forward to...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Fraud! Agents who over-value to win instructions 'act illegally'- claim

Estate agents who deliberately over-value properties in order to win instructions are effectively committing fraud according to a prominent industry figure. Russell...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the first industry moves of 2020

Hello and welcome to the first Property Jobs Today of 2020 - and we’ve plenty to report even with the New...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks and Countrywide lead 2019 share price flops

For the stock market generally, 2019 has been a positive year - but a few high profile agencies and associated companies...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

New on the block - how interest in block management is evolving

It's been two years since the SDL Group launched its franchise block management business, SDL Property Partners, the first of its...

28 December 2019

From: Features

Hybrid agency franchise snapped up by husband and wife team

A  husband and wife team have bought the franchise for EweMove in York. Local media in the area say Jonathan and Elly...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency makes ‘largest acquisition in its history’ in Home Counties

Century 21 UK has made what it claims to be the largest acquisition in its history, snapping up an independent agency...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Portals say they're ready for big changes to agencies and house sales

The portals say they are ready and willing to play their part in changes approaching the industry, ranging from new agency...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agent slashes franchise fee and says: ‘Make me an offer’

It normally costs estate or lettings agents £10,000 to buy a franchise for the online company called The Good Estate Agent...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as young agent takes his own life after ‘bad day at office’

Local media in the south west are reporting that a Torquay estate agent took his own life after telling his partner...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

No mention of EweMove performance in latest TPFG trading statement

The Property Franchise Group has issued a trading statement that is upbeat on lettings but warns that the sales market has...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Why agents need to embrace the incremental revenue

It’s easier than you might think. For any agent the challenge of making a business successful is hard work with the focus...

20 November 2019

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - if it’s Monday, it’s who-moves-where time...

Hello and welcome to the regular Monday Property Jobs Today feature, your chance to catch up with who’s moving where in...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: “multiple agents may quit Rightmove” says new group

“Multiple”members of the new trade body, the Federation of Independent Agents, are considering cancelling their subscriptions to Rightmove. FIA founder Graham Lock...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-High Street agents swing over to Hybrid model - and claim it works

Two separate former High Street estate agents have sung the praise of switching to the hybrid business model. Appleby’s in Gloucestershire is...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency in long-term deal to provide financial services to regional chain

Belvoir has struck an innovative eight-year exclusivity agreement with Dacres, the 20 office estate agency network based in Yorkshire, to deliver...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Regulating agents is key demand from leasehold campaigner

A 10 point manifesto to drive forward leasehold reform has been published by prominent campaigner Louie Burns, of The Leasehold Solutions Group. The 10...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Start touting! Agents told to knock on doors and steal their rivals' vendors

A controversial estate agent and former head of an online agency is urging agents to knock on the doors of vendors...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New London branch for growing agency franchise group

Hunters has announced a new branch being opened in Ickenham, part of Hillingdon in north London.  It’s to be the third branch...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent to combine property knowledge with PropTech in new venture

A new franchisee says she will combine 20 years of property knowledge with state-of-the-art PropTech to provide customers with what she...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

10-branch agency rebrands to Hunters with plans to open central hub

An estate agency based in Cumbria has rebranded to Hunters following a management buyout. Cumberland Estate Agents has been purchased by its...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your Monday fix of who’s moving where

It’s Monday so that can mean only one thing - a chance to catch up on the key moves in and...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Party Poopers: Tory estate agency chiefs at odds over Boris Johnson

Two prominent estate agency chiefs, both members of the Conservative Party, have both tweeted their opposition to some of the policies...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s a big kick-off this weekend…

All eyes are on Japan for the Rugby World Cup beginning this weekend…but there’s still time for our industry to raise...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency brand seeks to spread nationwide with franchisees

A hybrid estate and lettings agency operating currently in Manchester, Liverpool and others parts of the north of England has told...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Winkworth sales dip but new franchisees knocking on the door

Winkworth’s trading statement for the first half of 2019 show the company’s revenue and pre-tax profit both dipping slightly - but...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agency is changing

One of the biggest changes seen in the property market over the last decade is technology growth. With the likes of Rightmove...

11 September 2019

From: Features

EweMove hybrid defends recruiting franchisees with no agency experience

The parent company of franchised hybrid estate agency EweMove says that experienced estate agents outperform inexperienced franchisees - but only for...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Three top online chiefs abandon sector and buy into full-fee agency

Three former online estate agency founders - including the controversial Russell Quirk - are going into mainstream full fee agency. They are...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hunters branch network hits 200 with emphasis on IT and local expertise

Franchise giant Hunters says its branch network has now hit 200 following a spate of acquisitions in the first half of...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why do people swap career paths to become agents?

With the often negative portrayal of agents in the media and popular culture, you might ask yourself why anyone would want...

10 August 2019

From: Features

Franchise brand opens new office - 20 years after launching its first

The owners of four branches of a franchise agency in Berkshire have launched a new office in the county, just over...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The trouble with traditional property portals, and how Zillios is spearheading the next step forward

Traditionally speaking, users who are looking to buy, rent, or sell their property to customers on an international basis have been...

05 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Property Jobs Today - your weekly update on who’s moving where

Hello and welcome to PJT, breaking you in to the working week every Monday with news of the movers and shakers...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

EweMove bucks downward hybrid trend by increasing revenue

After months of difficulties and closures for many online and hybrid estate agencies, EweMove claims to have bucked the trend. In a...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

70% of agents fail to use video or a YouTube channel for marketing

Seven in 10 agents fail to use video or YouTube to assist in their marketing according to an analysis by free-to-list...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

What now for the agency industry as Boris Johnson takes over?

Our own industry’s upheaval over recent years has been no less dramatic than the turmoil at Westminster. The political earthquake has seen...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry has learnt two lessons from online, says High Street agency chief

The chief executive of Hunters franchise operation, Glynis Frew, says online estate agencies have given the industry two ‘positives’ - but...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Online firm says its agents could earn ‘unlimited monthly income’

An online agency which last autumn said it wanted to have as much as a three per cent market share of...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today: your Monday round up of industry moves...

Hello and welcome to this latest edition of PJT, your regular weekly column giving all the key appointments news in the...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Name change for franchise agency to reflect diversification

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

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchisee snaps up independent agency in popular seaside town

Winkworth has a new office in its network, in the fashionable Suffolk town of Southwold. Independent agency Halford Wetmore has been acquired...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Global franchise giant opens 49th high street branch

Century 21, the global estate agency franchise, has opened its latest high street branch in Cheltenham.  The franchise, Century 21’s 49th in...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government blasted over ‘scandalous’ leasehold reform proposals

A leasehold reform campaigner says government proposals risk creating a two-tier market and do nothing to assist leaseholders already hit by...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry movers and shakers…

Hello and welcome to both this week’s PJT and welcome to July. It may be summer and Wimbledon time, but there’s no...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as estate agent dies aged just 28

An estate agent in the west country has died, aged just 28. Adam Reed worked for the Smart Estate Agent, a fixed-fee...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – guide to property startups, Part 2

In the second part of my exploration of startups, I talk to a number of people with lived experience of creating...

29 June 2019

From: Features

Can franchising help independents to futureproof their businesses?

Recent figures from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have revealed a rather worrying landscape for small business owners across the...

22 June 2019

From: Features

Hybrid agency boss applied for top job “to protect business model”

The head of EweMove, the hybrid agency operated by The Property Franchise Group, says he applied for the top job in...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - key moves in and about our industry

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Property Jobs Today - the Monday slot where you can catch up with...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Online ‘veteran’ to lead virtual estate agency launching in UK

A veteran of three online estate agencies has been named as the first UK head of a US real estate operation...

07 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

Long-standing London independent agency rebrands to franchise network

A London independent agency has joined the franchise network of Hunters. Regent 2000 Properties, which operates in Camden Town, is seeing its...

31 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

Agents Do Charity - and we're going up in the world...

Hello there and we’re at the start of another Bank Holiday weekend - but no rest for you lot, working hard...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your weekly update of key industry moves…

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, the destination where you can catch up with the key moves announced in the...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome CMA probe into 'mis-selling' of leasehold properties

The National Association of Estate Agents has welcomed the commitment by the Competition and Markets Authority to investigate the mis-selling of...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran becomes chair of franchise giant as founder retires

The founder of franchise giant Belvoir, Mike Goddard, has now stepped down as chair of the company, two years after quitting...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Child's Play! - Kids take over running an agency office

Franchise giant Hunters is to be the subject of a Channel 4 TV show on air this evening at 8pm.  When I...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Historic London agency aims to expand with new franchise offering

London agency Chestertons is launching a franchise offering which will allow businesses outside of the capital to operate under the Chestertons...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: agents drop Rightmove in favour of OnTheMarket

OnTheMarket has revealed several agents have signed up to the portal on long-term contracts and stopped listing properties on Rightmove. The agencies...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit breathing space leads to surge in applicants and deals done

The breathing space offered by the October Brexit deadline and the receding prospect of a No Deal exit from the EU...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ new FIA group reveals bespoke training for members

The new independent estate and letting agents’ body, the FIA, has unveiled what it calls an exclusive online training platform for...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group FIA to launch ‘within days’ with Viewber link-up

The soon-to-launch Federation of Independent Agents has announced that its latest supplier partner is to be outsourced viewing service Viewber. Graham Lock,...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest key industry moves

Hello and welcome to Property Jobs Today - your final chance before the Easter break to catch up with the key...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The Only Way Is Essex as independent joins franchise empire

Winkworth has a new office at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, as an independent local agency rebrands as part of the franchise giant. Previously trading...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Hunters' founder becomes latest MP to join TPO Conference panel

The founder of the Hunters franchise agency group, Kevin Hollinrake - now a Conservative MP - is the latest parliamentarian to...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchising: why finding your premises could be the biggest obstacle

The road to opening up your own business can be a long one. If you’ve never done it before, there are...

09 March 2019

From: Features

LSL writes down value of Yopa stake as it pins faith in High Street branches

LSL Property Services, the parent company of Your Move and Reeds Rains, has substantially 'written down' its investment in online estate...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons' PropTech chief joins Hunters search for customer fulfilment

The former chief information officer of Foxtons has taken a senior position at Hunters. The appointment of Dan Rafferty as Hunters’ chief operating...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

39 Your Move and Reeds Rain branches bought and becoming franchises

Your Move and Reeds Rains have confirmed that 39 branches are to be taken over by David Newnes and an existing...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Well-known regional four-branch independent agency rebrands as Hunters

Well-known Essex and Hertfordshire agency Mullucks Wells is rebranding as part of the Hunters Group. Mullucks Wells will remain independently owned but...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New group fighting for independent agencies wins big early support

A new group called the Federation of Independent Agents has been set up as a network of like-minded independent agents who...

18 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

'New build market as important as sales and lettings' says Winkworth

Winkworth has set up a dedicated land and new homes division. The franchise agency, which has most of its offices in and...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Consultations start on ‘500’ Your Move and Reeds Rains jobs at risk

Formal consultations have started concerning the job losses and branch closures for Your Move and Reeds Rains, revealed yesterday by their...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Huge branch closures announced for YourMove and Reeds Rains

A major restructuring of LSL Property Services has just been announced to shareholders, with substantial numbers of branch closures. The statement says...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Transactions dive 33% as another London agency warns on Brexit

There was a huge 33 per cent collapse in transactions in central London in the final quarter of 2018 compared with...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Four new branches for franchise agency as it releases strong figures

Franchise giant Hunters, which started 2019 by announcing two new branches, is to open another four next month after an upbeat...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Pioneering PropTech system 'allows High Street agents to fight the onliners'

A new bespoke Customer Relationship Management system developed by The Property Franchise Group claims to enable High Street agents to fight...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Ewe-turn for independent agents joining hybrid franchise

EweMove, the hybrid agency owned by The Property Franchise Group, has announced five new franchisees - several of them are independent...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency continues expansion programme with two new offices

Hunters has continued its expansion in the north of England with two new branches in Yorkshire and Lancashire.  The Pontefract branch becomes...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Is another US estate agency on its way to the UK?

The high-end New York based estate agency Corcoran has issued franchise documents for ‘global markets’ prompting speculation that it could spread...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Beccy Moore. Office Manager for Nicholas Humphreys

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Beccy Moore. Office Manager for Nicholas Humphreys Tell us more about Nicholas...

14 January 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Another franchise agency chain reports big growth in applicants

Winkworth says it’s seen a huge 78.5 per cent rise in franchise applicants over the past 12 months and says there...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency chain bucks trend with more offices, more customers

Century 21 UK appears to have bucked the trend of closing offices and reduced footfall by marking the opening of 16...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New 'market centres' to be opened in south of England by US agency

Estate Agent Today can reveal that US-owned franchise agency Keller Williams has ‘soft-opened’ two new market centres in the south of...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - yet more movers and shakers in the industry

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT - and while it may be just days to Christmas, there’s still plenty of...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Independent agencies snapped up by Winkworth and Savills

A long-standing independent agency on the south coast is to rebrand after being snapped up by a Winkworth franchisee. Humphreys & Orr,...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group beefs up mortgage side with £3.6m acquisition

Belvoir has this morning announced that it has acquired MAB Glos, part of the Mortgage Advice Bureau.  The £3.6m deal, done through...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves in and out of our industry

It’s not just the Cabinet and the government where jobs are in flux - there are plenty of moves to announce...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Former Knight Frank duo buy agency franchise in key city market

Winkworth’s Bath franchise has been acquired by new franchisees Lucy McIlroy and Matthew Leonard - the latter having been a partner...

15 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

New branches in Manchester and London as agencies defy market

A first-time agent who has previously owned a retail franchise and some buy to let units, has bought the Century 21 franchise...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov troubles ‘do not mean the end for hybrid agents’

The high profile financial difficulties faced by Emoov and the recent fall in the share value of Purplebricks do not mean...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks watch out - David Brent has become an estate agent!

He’s got a fax machine for PropTech, he’s got an answerphone so he’s open 24/7, and he’s got 2.5 per cent...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency recruiting new franchisees with no joining fee

An estate agency that’s been commended for its flexible working has launched a recruitment drive for franchisees who would keep 75...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Viewings slump 20% in three months in central London

Latest figures on the central London market from franchise giant Winkworth show that viewings dropped 20 per cent in the third...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Coup for OnTheMarket as it signs Britain's biggest franchise agency

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that franchise giant Belvoir will list all of its 300-plus branches on the challenger portal.  This includes...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Bailiff’s notice in agency window signals another London branch closure

Another high profile estate agency office in London has closed - this time a branch of Winkworth.  The Richmond branch has been...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Leasehold roadshow to throw spotlight on reforms

A series of leasehold roadshows beginning next month in Manchester aims to throw a spotlight on problems associated with the tenure,...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Former Countrywide pair claim to generate £140,000 a month at EweMove

A branch of EweMove - which operates from a traditional High Street office - claims to have generated £140,000 income in...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant opens new office in the East Midlands

Winkworth has opened an office in Northampton.  The operation is owned and run by new franchisee Sunny Kooner, who is joined by...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome consultation into new leasehold reform proposals

The National Association of Estate Agents has given broad support for radical proposals from the Law Commission to end leasehold abuse...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

How can the modern agent use print marketing to their advantage?

Over the last 10 years, so much has changed within the marketing sector, including the surge of mobile use, the way...

19 September 2018

From: Features

Congratulations! London franchise offices celebrate landmark anniversaries

Winkworth is a giant national agency franchise but this autumn it is marking a series of anniversaries for several of its...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Online auctions - more agents offer white label options to vendors

Hunters and Fisher German are the latest agencies to offer online auctions to vendors. An announcement from PropTech property auction company Bamboo...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Franchise applicants rush to Winkworth despite Brexit hitting market

The number of new franchise applicants reported by Winkworth in the first half of the year rocketed 135 per cent -...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove claims it's UK's fifth largest online agency - and is in profit

EweMove is the country’s fifth largest online agency group based on transactions, and continues to make a profit according to its owner,...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Another national agency returns to Zoopla and Primelocation

Humberts - which when it was operating jointly with Chestertons was a prominent supporter of Agents’ Mutual and OnTheMarket - has...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Can Ewe believe it? Some EweMove franchisees have no agency experience

Another eight EweMove franchisees have been appointed in just one month - but controversially, some of them have no estate agency...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

US franchise network owned by Warren Buffett enters London market

A well-known London estate agency says it signing up to a US-based real estate franchise network run by billionaire Warren Buffett. From...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Speed up ban on abusive leasehold rules, law firm urges government

A specialist property law firm is calling on the government to speed up changes in the law to avoid abusive leasehold...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

My journey from franchisee to MD at the UK’s original hybrid agency

After gaining my MBA qualification from Edinburgh Business School in 2005, I took careful consideration over my career moves and prospective...

22 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

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It’s a good time for agencies to list on the stock market - no, really...

At first sight, to suggest this is a good time for an agency business to go for an IPO - that...

11 August 2018

From: Features

Franchise agency beefs up back-office services for branches

Winkworth is beefing up its services for franchise owners with expanded support teams for its IT, Client Services and China departments.  Winkworth’s...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

It's not a big deal - agents try to brush off rate rise impact

Most estate agents have tried to dismiss the impact of the Bank of England’s base rate rise, which came following a...

03 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

Sales figures ahead of last year, says upbeat franchise agency

At least one estate agency appears to be doing better than expected in the current challenging market - Hunters says sales...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rebranding frenzy increases Hunters' branch total by another four

Another four existing estate agency branches have rebranded as Hunters. In the westcountry three branches of Heritage4homes - at Yatton, Nailsea and...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Back to the future? - Industry experts predict estate agency in 2028

A decade ago we were still years away from Purplebricks, Countrywide was a colossus in the industry, no one had thought...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: US agency opens fourth UK office with more to come

Estate Agent Today can reveal that Keller Williams, the US-led firm that has 170,000 agents worldwide, is to open its fourth...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Commisery for Purplebricks - it's hit trouble in Australia

It looks as if Purplebricks has hit something less than a purple patch in the Australian housing market. The Australian Financial Review,...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Rebranding gives agency its 25th office in London

Hunters is hoping to defy the long-running slowdown in the London market with the opening of a new branch in Greenwich.  The...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters opens Mid Wales office as it continues expanding west

National franchise agency Hunters has announced the opening of its latest branch in the Welsh town of Llandrindod Wells. The agency's third...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today – this week’s movers and shakers revealed

Welcome back to Property Jobs Today - EAT's weekly roundup of all the big moves going on in our industry. If you...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - How portals and Purplebricks outperform high street agencies

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

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Century 21 UK slashes franchise price from £23,500 to £1,000

Century 21 UK is slashing the cost of becoming a franchisee for a six week period, cutting the price from £23,500...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning issued about many years before leasehold reform becomes law

A leasehold reform campaigning group is warning that “it is likely to be many years” before promised leasehold reform becomes law. Leasehold...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters says recent franchisees have ‘beaten the market’

Franchise giant Hunters says independent agencies which joined the firm in recent years have typically beaten the performance of the housing market. Chief...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove in profit as Property Franchise Group reports strong figures

The Property Franchise Group has this morning reported strong figures for 2017 with news that its hybrid brand EweMove traded profitably...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove branch total now up to 122 following latest franchise deals

Hybrid agency EweMove says it has seen four portfolio acquisitions and 29 new areas ‘purchased’ by franchisees since June 2017, taking...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Franchise model well-suited to challenging market, says leading agency

Winkworth, the agency which released its 2017 results this morning, says the franchise business model it supports is more resilient than others...

28 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

Ombudsmen get ready to slug it out for dominance

Have you noticed a new turf war going on on the fringes of the agency world? It’s not a high-profile battle like...

17 March 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: Day in the life of…Winkworth’s head of brand

In the first of an ongoing series exploring the people who make the property industry tick, I catch up with James...

10 March 2018

From: Features

Agency's female franchisees mark International Women's Day

Franchise agency Winkworth is marking International Women’s Day - that’s today - by celebrating the achievements of its female franchisees and...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters is latest agency chain to list on Rightmove, ZPG and OnTheMarket

Franchise giant Hunters is the latest agency to list its sales and lettings properties on three portals, rather than two. The chain...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove franchisee working from home takes over bricks-and-mortar branch

A EweMove branch operating from a franchisee’s home in Staffordshire has taken over the running of a bricks and mortar agency. EweMove’s...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - agents and portal people on the move...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today. If you haven’t caught this feature before, it’s a regular Monday opportunity...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Strong trading update from Hunters, despite Norfolk troubles

National franchise giant Hunters has delivered a strong trading update, despite what it describes as 'challenging conditions'. Earlier this week, it was...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Over 20 jobs lost as Hunters' Norfolk franchise goes under

Administrators have confirmed that 21 jobs have been lost due to the collapse of Hunters' franchise in East Anglia. At a creditors'...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest news about agents on the move

Hello and welcome to the latest Property Jobs Today, our round-up each Monday of key job moves within estate and letting...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide agent flocks to senior role at EweMove hybrid agency

EweMove has made a senior hire in the shape of Chris Webb, formerly of Countrywide and Winkworth.  He now takes up the...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Winkworth opens two out-of-London branches with new franchisees

Franchise giant Winkworth, which opened seven new branches in 2017, has announced two new office openings this month.  They are at Banstead...

14 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

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

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

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Increase in agents using GPS to protect against assaults and accidents

Data from a firm specialising in lone-worker protection suggests that there has been a 27 per cent increase in the number...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

PropTech firms Iceberg Digital and EyeSpy360 announce new deals

PropTech firm Iceberg Digital has revealed an expansion of its marketing deal with franchise agency giant Hunters.  This will involve local content...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Winkworth doing well despite exposure to London and Brexit uncertainty

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

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters to short-let homes that are For Sale but awaiting buyers

Hunters is partnering with a PropTech firm to allow homes on the market and still awaiting buyers to be short-let for...

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: It's going to be a wonderful year

Welcome to 2018 and if your charitable activities are an indicator, it’s going to be a busy year with plenty happening...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Winkworth says three new offices set to open early this year

Franchise giant Winkworth says three new offices are set to open early in 2018 to build upon its seven new branches...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New franchise estate agency wants housing associations to sign up

A housing association which for over two years has operated its own estate agency now wants similar organisations to join up...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Group slams 'incredibly weak' government leasehold reforms

A specialist leasehold enfranchisement firm has branded government leasehold reforms as "incredibly weak". In an announcement lost in the noise following Damian Green’s sacking,...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: Estate Agent Today's experts look behind the latest figures

Here it is - the industry’s verdict on the latest set of figures from Purplebricks. The agency doesn’t play by any of...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

US agency opens third office in UK - and pledges more in 2018

Keller Williams UK is launching its third office in the UK. It’s in Glasgow and the new market centre - the term...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New websites for The Property Franchise Group high street brands

The Property Franchise Group has launched five new websites, one for each of its high street brands.  These are CJ Hole, Ellis & Co,...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir benefits from complementing agency with financial services

The UK’s largest property franchise group, Belvoir, says it is reaping rewards from its acquisition of Brook Financial Services and its...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New OnTheMarket contract ‘imposes restriction on acquisitions’

The new contract for firms joining or re-signing to OnTheMarket is reported to have a restriction on acquisitions. It is said to...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Three offices rebranded two years after acquisition

Three Country Properties offices in Hertfordshire have been rebranded as Hunters - over two years after their acquisition.  The regional agency Country Properties...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency Winkworth opens seventh office of the year

Winkworth has opened its seventh new office of 2017, in Sunningdale.  The new office is fully owned and operated by Anthony Blackstone.  Although...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket announces another agency sign-up as IPO nears

Franchise agency Hunters has signed up to the OnTheMarket portal.  This comes as speculation mounts that an announcement is imminent on stock market...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Belvoir withdraws merger offer to The Property Franchise Group

Belvoir has this morning withdrawn its merger offer to The Property Franchise Group, after some weeks of talks. As recently as Tuesday,...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir raises the stakes in Property Franchise Group merger bid

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

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

EweMove says one franchisee has earned £500,000 in a year

Online agency EweMove - part of The Property Franchise Group, which recently failed to agree merger terms with Belvoir - claims...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New leasehold reform Bill to help those stranded in their homes

Labour MP Justin Madders is working on a Private Members' Bill creating leasehold reform in a bid to help leaseholders who, he...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir makes new bid to push merger with Property Franchise Group

The latest volley in the war of words between Belvoir and The Property Franchise Group has been hurled - this time...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant's latest branch takes network above 200 mark

Hunters has another new office in its network, this time in the west Yorkshire town of Cleckheaton. The franchise group, which is...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise agencies continue war of words over merger terms

Statements from The Property Franchise Group and Belvoir continue to ramp up the war of words between the two agency groups...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - our salute to the industry's heroes

It’s been a big week for property news - controversies surrounding Purplebricks, merger discussions between big franchise operators, and another government...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir reveals wish to merge with Property Franchise Group

Belvoir has announced that it has made an approach to The Property Franchise Group regarding a possible merger. In a statement to...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks says LPEs typically earn much more than high street agents

Purplebricks has launched something of a charm offensive to lift the lid on the experience and work of its Local Property...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Hunters rules out going online but will emphasise new 'digital tools'

Hunters says it will not be following other traditional-style estate agencies by offering online-only services to sellers - but it will...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant uses emotional video to win buyers and landlords

The UK’s largest high street property franchise, Belvoir, has launched a new video called #MovingMemories to attract buyers and landlords to...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Winkworth celebrates new franchise signings despite weaker sales

Winkworth says solid performances from its lettings and property management services, plus new franchise deals, have compensated for a challenging sales...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Was this the week the agency industry changed for good?

I’ve been in France for the past few days and depending on your viewpoint, I made a spectacularly good or singularly...

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

Some customers feel like 'prey' in traditional agency offices

Some customers dislike entering traditional estate agency branches, occasionally feeling 'like prey' for sales staff when they enter. This is one of...

07 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

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

EweMove boss named as part of Property Franchise Group new blood

A new managing director has been named for EweMove - with the promise of more high-level appointments to come for the...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

Agency franchise group reveals newest local property experts

Franchise estate and lettings group HomeXperts has announced the latest areas where it has recruited local property experts. They are Berkshire, Essex, Kent and...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for action over 'forgotten casualties' of ground lease scandal

A leasehold enfranchisement expert wants government action over what he calls the "forgotten casualties" of the recent ground rent scandal.    Louie Burns,...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Father and son duo acquire local branch of franchise agency

A father and son duo have taken over ownership of the franchise of one of the two Hunters offices in York.   Gary and John...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant appoints recruitment team / Boutique agency rebrands

Winkworth Franchising has created an in-house recruitment department to enhance the company’s tailored offering to franchisees. The team will be led by head...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Veteran franchisee returns to company after 25 years

The first agent to open a franchised Winkworth branch has returned to the business as a consultant. Michael Stoop began his career...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New NAEA and ARLA Propertymark presidents appointed

Industry trade bodies NAEA and ARLA Propertymark have announced the appointment of their new presidents. At an AGM on Friday, Katie Griffin...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate Agency Franchise Group launches 19 branch network

Two established independent estate agency brands have joined forces to create the Estate Agency Franchise Group and are looking to expand. The...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Boutique hybrid agency plans 20 similar operations in local areas

A distinctive boutique estate agency that describes itself as a hybrid between traditional and online operators, and which set up a...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the first edition of summer

June marks the start of what professional weather folk call summer - and even if the temperatures are a little variable,...

02 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

New London branch for franchise giant seeking to expand further

Franchise agency Hunters has launched another London office. Hunters has already opened six new branches across the country this year, and acquired...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Global property agent to expand in India

International property agency Sotheby's International Realty is expanding in India after agreeing a 25-year master franchise agreement covering the whole country. The...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

EweMove franchise agents now number 108 with revenue up 14%

EweMove, the online brand owned by the Property Franchise Group, now has 108 franchisees - 97 are fully operational and 11...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Split stamp duty between sellers and buyers, urges top agent

Trevor Abrahmsohn, one of London’s best known estate agents and a founder of OnTheMarket, says stamp duty should be split between...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency group continues policy of selling off corporate offices

Belvoir is continuing with its strategy of selling off its corporate offices, with a new franchisee just completing on the purchase...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'Optimised websites' are next goal after agency group's winning streak

The Property Franchise Group says it has seen 13 consecutive years of growth for the five High Street brands within its...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Record number of agents sign up for PropTech conference

A record number of over 300 agents have so far signed up for next week’s FUTURE: PropTech conference, the largest event...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

'Star agent' hired to lead country firm's first prime central London office

Humberts - until now known as an agency operating predominantly in market towns across southern England - is opening a Mayfair office in...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide figures emerge in roles at rival companies

More former Countrywide figures have emerged in new roles at rival organisations. Darren Bowles, former regional sales manager at Countrywide’s Bridgfords brand,...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Hunters profits up 31% in agency's first year on the stock market

Hunters has told investors that its revenues rose 15 per cent to £13.8m in the year to the end of December,...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

HomeXperts announces another trio of new home-based franchisees

HomeXperts, the network of franchise agents operating from their homes and covering sales and lettings, has announced three new franchisees. They are...

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

Winkworth plans to bounce back after 25% fall in pre-tax profits

Winkworth’s annual figures for 2016 reveal a franchise turnover drop of six per cent and a pre-tax profit fall of 25.6...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Two big franchise agencies launch digital initiatives

Each of Hunters’ 180 branches will soon be able to create their own online branded monthly property lifestyle magazine or newspaper.   The...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise firm claims home-based agents could earn £25k pcm

A new recruitment push by franchise agency operation HomeXperts says its agents - who work from home - earn invoiced commissions...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Expansions and acquisitions unveiled by franchise agencies

Hunters has boosted its office network over the 200 mark through the acquisition of Besley Hill, one of the longest established...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

How can estate agents plug the gap in sales with financial services?

Recent stats from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that last year 360,000 people moved homes, meaning the number has stayed...

11 March 2017

From: Features

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

Budget 2017: Should stamp duty be a tax on sellers, not buyers?

An estate agent and a building society have both advocated radical moves to reform stamp duty - and want Chancellor Phillip...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - running, swimming and... er... eating rhubarb

Charity takes on many appearances and this section of Estate Agent Today treats all aspects of fund-raising equally - it all...

03 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

Martin & Co wants name change to Property Franchise Group

Martin & Co wants its shareholders to agree that the firm’s name should be changes to The Property Franchise Group.  A note...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: high praise for agency from ex-Countrywide chief

Harry Hill - former chief executive of Countrywide and the founder of Rightmove, and one of the most respected figures in the...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Three new franchisees for home-based estate agency

HomeXperts says it has recruited new franchisees covering Dorset, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Some 18 months ago the chain - which then had...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

100-plus branches to return to Zoopla in new franchise deal

Estate Agent Today has been told that a deal between the Property Franchise Group and ZPG - the new name for...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Hybrid will be 'fast-growing challenger brand' says agency chief

Hybrid agency EweMove is rapidly expanding its network footprint this year and will be a “challenger brand” deliberately designed to be...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

US firm plans to take UK by storm with 5,000 agents in five years

The Keller Williams franchise agency, one of the largest in the world, is relaunching in the UK on Wednesday with the...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide and LSL boss joins home-based agency franchise firm

A former Countrywide director is joining estate and lettings agency franchise group Homexperts as its operations director. Mike Gowland, who originally qualified...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

High end agency launches Waterfront and Coastal department

Humberts is launching a dedicated nationwide Waterfront and Coastal department.  The agency, which is now franchising in a bid to expand outside...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

EweMove's cut-price franchise offer to lure traditional agents

EweMove - the hybrid agency now part of Martin & Co’s Property Franchise Group - is slashing its up-front franchise fee...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Seek and ye shall find

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

07 January 2017

From: Features

Those Christmas agency pictures - another sleigh-full has arrived...

It’s Christmas-Central in the estate agency business if your photographs are any indicator - and we’re very grateful that you continue...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Firm warns of wave of litigation against new-build conveyancers

A firm is warning of “a wave of litigation from home owners who were given inadequate advice from their solicitors or...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Leasehold group wants conveyancers' home moving reforms to go further

Leaseholds Solution - the company behind the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners - says it wants recent proposals to modernise the...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Humberts using franchise model to expand beyond southern England

Humberts, long established as a southern England agency specialising in rural and semi-rural areas, says it is now going to use...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another inspiring agent who started his business at just 20

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

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News