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Exclusive: another senior Countrywide exec is leaving the company

Another member of Countrywide's top table is leaving the company. Kate Brown, Countrywide’s human resources chief with the responsibility for implementing what...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Confidential Countrywide memo warns of 'challenging reaction' to figures

The Countrywide chief executive, Alison Platt, is said to have warned staff that the reaction from the markets and shareholders to...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Top auction house to become part of mixed online/traditional service

Andrews & Robertson, one of the UK’s highest profile auction houses, has been taken over by Ireland’s BidX1 and is set...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Branding - game, set and match to the onliners?

According to The Branding Journal, a brand is “a name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller's...

20 January 2018

From: Features

Combatting a knotty problem for estate agents

Japanese knotweed, the invasive plant brought over to Britain in the Victorian era, threatens millions of pounds worth of property transactions...

20 January 2018

From: Features

AI investment shows increasing importance of new tech for agents

For a while now, property and technology have been combining seamlessly to offer the industry innovative solutions to often complex problems....

19 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide share price falls to lowest ever level

Shares in troubled agency group Countrywide have fallen to their lowest-ever level of 106.40p in trading this morning. Yesterday shares fell a...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks could have 15% market share by 2022 according to bank

US bank J P Morgan has predicted that Purplebricks, which it says now has around six per cent of advertised homes...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Connells shows Countrywide how to increase market share

Connells Group’s estate agency business increased its market share of new instructions in 2017 by almost four per cent, despite a...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

NAEA admits a sense of mistrust leads to problems in many transactions

New research from the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents reveals that no fewer than...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

108 days - the longest average time for a home to go under offer

  A new league table showing how long it takes homes to sell on average in different postcodes across England and Wales...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity: fund-raising and grant-giving for great causes

With the year in full swing we have some more heroic fund-raising and grant-giving stories to tell this week. Thanks so much...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty change hasn't boosted first time buyer demand - RICS

An overwhelming 86 per cent of RICS members questioned in a survey claim they have seen no increase in interest from...

18 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

PropTech Today: Can agents improve fall-through rates with innovation?

Fall-through rates have long been a problem for the UK residential property market, the issue is nothing new. Today, however, the...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Rightmove veteran joins top table of Mayfair finance firm

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

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How Virtual Staging Boosts Real Estate Sales

Virtual Staging is about presenting a property in the most appealing way to potential buyers. Many consider virtual staging is deceiving...

16 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech goes mainstream as Which? backs technology to sell homes

In a sign of how technology has become a mainstream part of the house sales process. the consumer group Which? has...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

The Agents v The Donald: the US really DID get a good embassy deal

Claims by President Donald Trump that the US got a bad deal by selling its prime central London embassy and building...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency appoints high-flying woman to lead regional sales force

Leaders has appointed Debra McHale as its new area sales manager for the north west of England. McHale has worked in the...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Best places to use Help To Buy identified by new analysis

New analysis by credit and comparison service Totally Money has revealed the districts where the controversial Help To Buy initiative is...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the marketing trends to look out for in 2018

After the fun and over-indulgence of the festivities, most of us are now back to the world of work. And, with...

13 January 2018

From: Features

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

Connells still silent on Agents' Mutual tribunal verdict appeal

Connells says it is still unable to comment on whether it will appeal against the Competition Appeals Tribunal verdict of last...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour MP says council tax should be doubled on highest-value homes

Labour MP Chris Williamson, regarded as an ally of party leader Jeremy Corbyn, is suggesting that high-value homes in England should...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

British estate agent jailed in Dubai after critical WhatsApp message

The Sun reports that a British estate agent spent three weeks in jail in Dubai after sending a highly critical WhatsApp...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is this the start of industry failure?

In last week’s column, I asked 14 industry leaders to give their predictions for the year ahead. Well, it seems a handful of...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Reaction to Raab: 'Don't bother to get to know him. He won't last long'

There has been general surprise at the appointment of legal expert and outspoken Brexiteer Dominic Raab to the post of housing...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency unveils radical 'low-cost traditional High Street business model'

Arun Estates has launched what it describes as “a major new departure” - a fully-staffed High Street office but covering a...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Prices are softening but not collapsing says leading agent

The latest house prices as indicated by the most recent index offer confirmation of “a slowing rather than collapsing market” according...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New listings for sale slumped by a third last month says onliner

December saw the fewest number of people put their homes on the market than in any month in 2017, according to...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Veteran ex-chairman of regional agency dies after short illness

The death has been announced of Jim Horsley, a former chairman of Yorkshire agency chain Dacre Son & Hartley - and...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agencies back sales progression tool that cuts completion times

A chain tracking platform claims a trial by Leaders Group during 2017 shows its sales progression tool improving completion times by...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Another regional chain says it's sceptical of online agency popularity

A senior figure in another regional estate agency group has expressed scepticism about the popularity of online choices for vendors. Last week...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Editor defends Persimmon chief's £107m 'Help To Buy' bonus

The business editor of right-wing political weekly The Spectator has made an attempt to defend the controversial £109m bonus paid to...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Consultations - Why do so few participate?

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

06 January 2018

From: Features

During industry change, service still matters most

Estate agents are facing the biggest industry changes seen in decades. The rise of online and hybrid agents alongside more traditional...

06 January 2018

From: Features

Agency group says No to online but backs TV ads and PropTech

Arun Estates says his group’s four main operating companies are to become ‘premium brands’ through a mixture of marketing and PropTech...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Tepilo dismisses industry rumours of fee structure overhaul

Online estate agency Tepilo has denied industry speculation that it is to change its fee structure now that it is under...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: mystery surrounds PM's 16,000 first timers helped claim

Mystery surrounds a claim made by Prime Minister Theresa May that the stamp duty changes for first time buyers made in...

04 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

Exclusive: new 'for sale by owner' site launches, bypassing agents

A website called Roofoveryourhead has launched which threatens to bypass estate agents and allow vendors to sell for free. The site uses language similar...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers fight back against 'errors' league table publication

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers says it is worried that HM Land Registry’s decision to publish details of apparent errors in...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 14 industry leaders give their  2018 predictions

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

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Price falls in prime south west London 'now worse than prime central'

More price falls have been recorded across areas of prime London according to Savills.  The pattern is not uniform - the agency...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

A PropTech opportunity, but not one associated with Angels Media

We would like to take this opportunity to provide a clarification to a newsflash sent by Property Industry Eye on January 1.  The...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t lose SEO ranking over Google’s ‘mobile first’ index changes

In 2018, Google will introduce changes to the way it ranks websites, meaning sites will be ranked on the quality of...

02 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Online portal-style platform will charge agents if it finds buyers

An online intermediary platform called OpenMoov has been set up which instructs agents on behalf of sellers and tenants - and...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs consider Brexit impact on estate and letting agency industries

A House of Commons committee has prepared a briefing document on areas of the UK residential and commercial properties sectors most impacted...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New Year celebrations almost went with a (big) bang for one agency....

Several buildings were evacuated and the bomb squad called in between Christmas and New Year when estate agents found a hand...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2018?

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

30 December 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks-style disruption 'a trend to watch in 2018' says analyst

One of the world’s leading property technology analysts says Purplebricks-style disruptive agencies will be a trend to look out for in...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

First time buyer stamp duty change 'will have only limited effect'

The Nationwide says the Chancellor’s decision to effectively scrap stamp duty for the majority of first time buyers will have only...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

The Scores Are In: 2018 prices up 1% to 4% say most pundits

The last of the leading agency analysts and business consultancies have now given their predictions for the UK housing market in...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the 2018-is-just-around-the-corner edition

A Happy New Year to all our readers and their families - and all the very best for a successful, profitable...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks launches new TV and social media advertisements

Purplebricks once again used the Christmas period to launch new TV and social media advertisements.  In one, the hybrid agency debuted Mr...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Average vendor in 2017 made profit of £92,500 says Countrywide

In 2017 the average seller sold their home for £92,466 more than they paid for it, having owned the home for...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - exactly where Britain's £1m-plus homes are located

Grosvenor Crescent, located in the heart of London’s Belgravia between Hyde Park Corner and Belgravia Square, is the most expensive residential...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Your office decorations wrapped up - and festive greetings from EAT

So here it is … a very Merry Christmas from Estate Agent Today and Angels Media, with our very best wishes...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells keeps us guessing as appeal shadow looms over OTM IPO

Connells has told Estate Agent Today that it is not making any official comment yet on the decision revealed yesterday that...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Record 85% of homes now selling below asking price, says NAEA

No fewer than 85 per cent of properties sold for less than the asking price in November, the highest seen since...

22 December 2017

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

Agents Do Charity At Christmas - good works and tinsel

Charity comes in all shapes and sizes and we start this Christmas edition of Agents Do Charity with a very unusual...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

So here it is…Merry EATmas - try our online advent calendar

The countdown to Christmas has now officially begun and what better way to celebrate than with an online advent calendar from...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

What now for the OTM IPO?

Who says things slow down before Christmas? The opposite appears to be the case, at least when it comes to the...

21 December 2017

From: Features

easyProperty to sponsor three Channel 4 property shows from New Year

easyProperty is to sponsor some of the most iconic property programmes on TV from January 1. It will sponsor Sun, Sea, and...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Your festive photos - and we've got quite a treat for you today...

Thanks so much, as ever, for all of the Christmas cheer you’ve sent our way over the past three weeks or...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by expanding regional hybrid

Independent agency Coast and Castle has been acquired by Signature, a chain in the north east of England with 18 other...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Popular London agent joins executive board of French parent firm

Andy Martin, the popular and respected senior partner at Strutt & Parker from 2009 to earlier this year, has been appointed...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Reviews: now AllAgents says it won’t work with Purplebricks

The tit-for-tat slanging match between Purplebricks and review site AllAgents is continuing. Yesterday we reported a lengthy statement from Purplebricks explaining why...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: We all have the power to instigate change

This week, news broke of the ‘first bitcoin homes’ being sold in the UK by Go Move, an estate agency in...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

A Robin and those Christmas jumpers - yet more of your pictures...

So just a few days to go, and there are still more images from increasingly merry agents to show you all! Our...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks hits back at “poor” AllAgents review site

Purplebricks has responded to the review website AllAgents which recently reinstated some disputed reviews - but there appears no threat of...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed: huge differences in data used to compile house price indices

HM Land Registry has revealed how major house price indices are compiled - showing the huge variation in transactions behind the headline figures. The critique,...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Christmas jumpers (and a jacket) plus more festive offices

So there’s under a week to go to Christmas and it’s clear from your photos that festive jumper time has well...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency claims first-ever ‘house purchase swap’

Two families have bought each other’s homes in what an online estate agency says is the first ever example of a...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

High-end agency wins another award for services to charities

London-focussed high-end agency Chestertons has won the award as ‘Best Promotional Partnership – Small Employer’ at the 2017 National Payroll Giving Awards. The award is a...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want estate agents licensed and sellers to compile log books

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

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Ho Ho! - Christmas jumpers and an agency very proud of its city

Thanks once more to all those agents sending in their office pics to get us in the mood for Christmas…especially as there...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Senior Tory wants 50% of new London homes reserved for Britons

Chris Philp, a Conservative MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chancellor Phillip Hammond, says 50 per cent of new homes in...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Five things that didn’t happen in 2017

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

16 December 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: things to look out for in 2018

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

16 December 2017

From: Features

Ex-Countrywide chief sees future in PropTech facial recognition

The former managing director of Countrywide’s estate agency division has joined the board of a PropTech firm wanting to introduce facial...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Friday Festive Photos - today it's all about the Elf on the Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf has been something of a craze in the build up to this Christmas, notoriously getting up...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Amazon success for new book on transforming the agency industry

A new book written by a PropTech expert and assessing the state of the industry has hit the Amazon best sellers’...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the strictly nearly Christmas edition...

Christmas is just around the corner and we’re all looking forward to a break - but before then we know many...

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

Agent 'drove drunk and crashed after humiliating email from boss'

A local news outlet in Essex is reporting that a Chelmsford agent claims he crashed his car whilst driving drunk following...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

O Come, All Ye Agents ... Christmas wreaths and a natty tree

We’ve been running our Christmas pics for almost two weeks now and we hope they’ve helped readers get in the festive...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing market flat as supply reduces for 22nd month in a row

The housing market remains flat as it heads towards 2018 according to the latest snapshot survey by the Royal Institution of...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Festive fun - a John Lewis agency parody, plus Battles Of The Decs

So have we got a treat for you today…. In a moment, one of the best fun videos we’ve seen from an...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Bitcoin is technology, not just currency

Bitcoin has smashed into the headlines again recently with major news outlets describing the ever increasing worth of this wildly volatile...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Advertising watchdog slaps down House Raffle competition wording

The Advertising Standards Authority has told the organisers of a house raffle that they must not repeat a promotion because of...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

allAgents reinstates most of its disputed Purplebricks reviews

allAgents has today reinstated Purplebricks’ reviews on its site - this includes the majority of the negative reviews which have been...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Your Festive Offices - three more agencies featured today...

We have images from three more agency offices to show you today as the pictures keep rolling in - thanks so...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Will OTM float or sink?

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

11 December 2017

From: Features

OnTheMarket announces float details - but no timetable yet

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

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Festive fun: our first Christmas video and a snowy Santa scene

There’s been no let up with your generous sharing of your Christmas decorations - thanks for sending so many in. With under...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents cautious despite stronger-than-expected house price figures

The Halifax reports that house prices in the last three months, that’s between September and November, were 2.4 per cent higher...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Physical’ High Street agency becomes latest EweMove branch

James Hillier and Rob Bearsby, who have operated Apex Residential at Bexleyheath in London for the past 14 years, have switched...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New website allows agents to sell properties via online auctions

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

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Friday's Festive Photos - and we've got the keys to Christmas...

Here are two more of your terrific images from your offices - they have really given us a feeling of Christmas...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

'Half of home movers feel lack of control' says conveyancing sector firm

A company supplying the conveyancing industry claims that new research reveals 55 per cent of home-movers are frustrated by a lack...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the just-two-weeks-to-go edition

Just a fortnight today we’ll be packing our bags and preparing for a well-deserved but all-too-short festive break...but until then, there’s...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove accused of ignoring agents allegedly re-listing sold properties

Rightmove has been accused of ignoring instances where agents have allegedly re-listed properties that have been sold in a bid to...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

First 'associate' joins freelance estate agency scheme

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

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Watchdog defends 'informal resolution' of complaints over online agencies

Outspoken estate agent Chris Wood has criticised the Advertising Standards Authority for its succession of ‘informally resolved’ judgements on complaints against...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Today's festive office pics: a teddy-tastic tree and Christmas houses

Here are some more absolutely stunning images from your offices as they mark the approach of Christmas - what a cheery...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency Yopa is subject of another complaint to watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has intervened following a complaint about a mailshot from the high profile online agency Yopa. The ASA says...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

HM Land Registry reveals details of faster, more automated conveyancing

The HM Land Registry has revealed more details of long-term plans to improve and speed up conveyancing processes in a five...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Gingerbread houses and penguins - more of your festive office pics

We're almost a week into December and still images of agents’ offices arrive. We're grateful to all those who have sent...

06 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

High-end international agency aims to resume London operations

John Taylor, a high-end international estate agency which until earlier this year had a presence in London, says it intends to...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Your latest Christmas office pics - a tree, a cat and a few knits

Images from your decorated offices are coming in thick and fast. Today we’ve three different agencies on show below, to paraphrase Oliver...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Sales activity reached 2017 peak early in the year, NAEA admits

A survey of the housing market in 2017 from the National Association of Estate Agents suggests much of the busiest activity...

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

allAgents pours cold water on Purplebricks' reviews link with Feefo

allAgents, the specialist review website which has had a bitter dispute with Purplebricks, has poured cold water on the hybrid agency’s...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the 25 people doing the most to spread the PropTech word

The LendInvest PropTech Influencer List has been revealed, naming the 25 figures in the property world that have done most to...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property wealth: More bad news for the young

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

02 December 2017

From: Features

Carbon monoxide myths: what do letting agents need to know?

Landlords are being urged to step up and ensure that all rented properties and accommodation meet recent laws relating to carbon...

02 December 2017

From: Features

UK housing: All change...or not as it turns out

Here we are again: another much anticipated Budget has been and gone and, yet, still nothing much has changed! Yes, of course,...

02 December 2017

From: Features

Foxtons says buyers take eight minutes to decide to purchase

Foxtons says it takes just eight minutes for a purchaser to know whether they will go ahead with buying a home.  The...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Ho Ho Ho - more pictures of your festive decorated offices

Agents look like they’re getting into their decorative strive - here are two more terrific-looking offices sent in by our readers. If...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - last chance to win FREE tickets to Agents Giving Ball

Today’s the big day when we make our draw for two lucky Estate Agent Today readers to attend the prestigious Agents’...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Government to consult on a single Ombudsman across all housing issues

The government says it is going to look at “bold options” to improve consumer redress across all aspects of housing -...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reviews: peace talks with allAgents website end in failure

Hybrid agency Purplebricks and website allAgents have failed in their bid to reach agreement over the accuracy and source of a...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Christmas pictures are here! Agents begin to decorate their offices...

We’re delighted to say that the first estate agency pics have arrived as the industry unravels the tinsel and gets out...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agent deposit/conveyancer scheme claims 100% completion rate

Online agency Settled is introducing a deposit scheme which it claims will assist sellers and buyers reach completion faster - and...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The battle of the reports

Hands up if you’ve read all of the property reports that have been published in the past week or so? Forever...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Chains getting more fragile as market weakens, warns estate agency

The London-focussed estate agency Cluttons says chains in central London are becoming increasingly fragile thanks to general uncertainty in the wider...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL's 500 agency branches sign up to ZPG for another five years

LSL Property Services - which has high street brands including Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - has signed...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

AllAgents stays quiet on next move in dispute with Purplebricks

AllAgents, the review website which failed in a bid to raise a ‘fighting fund’ in its ongoing row with Purplebricks, is...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London house prices reach a record 14.5 times average earnings

Data from Hometrack shows that the gap between average earnings and house prices has reached an all-time high in London.  The price...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

So here it is ... send us your Christmas office photos and videos

Black Friday’s over, November is nearly down and out - now it's a case of wrapping up warm until Christmas. Which brings...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Another high street agency offers auction option to vendors

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

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 November 2017

From: Features

Property industry reacts to the Autumn Budget

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

25 November 2017

From: Features

Government tweaks 'additional homes' stamp duty surcharge

The small print of the Budget has revealed that the government is to make minor changes to the ‘additional homes’ three...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Let's dance! Your chance of FREE tickets to the Agents Giving Ball

Training for Agents Giving’s Strictly Come Dancing event is now entering its final two weeks - and Estate Agent Today readers...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 10 per cent of sellers change their minds because of rate rise

A survey suggests that over 10 per cent of existing homeowners have been deterred from selling thanks to the recent interest rate...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - just four weeks before Christmas...

Four weeks today almost the entire industry will be finishing work for Christmas after another year - and ready to start...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

So ... are you one of the industry's very best suppliers?

It’s that time of the year again - when the race begins to find out who will win The ESTAS Supplier...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: How Augmented Reality has gone from zero to hero

As Augmented Reality (AR) and Microsoft’s Hololens showcase the finest in modern architecture, it’s time for me to think again about...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

AllAgents extends bid to raise £50,000 to fight possible Purplebricks action

The website AllAgents has extended its deadline to raise £50,000 for possible legal costs should Purplebricks take action over disputed reviews. The...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New online agency SealedBid targets high-end buyers and sellers

An online agency which claims to be the first in the world to be dedicated to sealed bid property sales, is...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New tool verifies leads by checking on buyers via social media

A new software tool claims to be able to verify leads by checking on buyers via social media.  Using Facebook, LinkedIn and...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency claims strong boost in brand awareness amongst target group

Fine & Country claims it has increased its brand awareness amongst its target audience - homeowners aged over 35 and earning...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech experts to debate how moving and buying could be improved

A round table will take place tomorrow between some of the country’s leading PropTech experts and the British Property Foundation to...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents should ‘counter media idea that it's an unaffordable market’

A housing market expert says agents should be more pro-active and explain to the public that contrary to popular belief, some...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

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

18 November 2017

From: Features

A Short history of Stamp Duty

British politics is extraordinarily volatile right now and the ongoing battle between austerity and anti-austerity, Leave and Remain, and Conservative and...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Should agents pay for an increased Trading Standards budget?

A large part of the DCLG’s Call for Evidence on the home buying and selling process focuses on the role of...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks chief executive now involved in AllAgents peace talks

Estate Agent Today can reveal that the ‘peace talks’ between the AllAgents review website and Purplebricks now involve the agency’s chief...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket reported to be threatening agency with legal action

OnTheMarket is reported to be threatening an estate agency with legal action. Earlier this week Estate Agent Today reported that Henry Adams, a...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget is make or break for London market, says investment firm

The London residential market is at last improving - but faces a make or break situation with next week’s Budget according...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Firm’s record month in increasingly-competitive auction market

Auction House says it sold more properties in October than during any other month in the company’s 10 year history. The firm...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we’d love your Children In Need photos...

It’s one of the biggest days of the year for fund-raising in the UK, and we know many across our industry...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want government hand-out to modernise house buying

A conveyancing body says it wants the government to allocate “a small fund” in next week’s Budget to promote research into...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Another tech company claims to be speeding up conveyancing

A search company called Big Property Data says it is working with 15 major institutions to provide automated property reports aimed...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

15-branch agency rejoins ZPG as analysts slate OnTheMarket

The 15-branch Henry Adams agency has signed up to ZPG, just the day after the portal group said it had seen...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Will eMoov’s no-sell-no-fee inspire others?

Online estate agent eMoov recently set itself apart by directly addressing the issues of openness and transparency that have long dogged the online business...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide online 'pause' is unforgivable says leading analyst

Countrywide's decision to 'pause' the roll-out of its online option for sellers and landlords is "unforgivable and dumbfounding" according to a...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

More agencies report slowdown in price growth and sales

Your Move and Reeds Rains, both part of LSL Property Services, are the latest agencies to admit a slowdown in house...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Q&A with Moneypenny Receptionist Josh Tanton

What does your role involve? By answering my estate agent clients’ telephone calls, I assist in their day-to-day office needs.  An...

13 November 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Former NAEA chief ignored by minister and asks: 'Is he in hiding?'

Former National Association of Estate Agents president Simon Gerrard is renewing his campaign for the government to adopt two innovative reforms...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says sellers over-price and should be more realistic

Sellers have launched "their own sale" in response to the stagnating market by slashing asking prices according to Rightmove - but...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – here’s how to drive traffic, convert and monetise

Winter seems to be firmly with us now, if the plunging temperatures are anything to go by. After a ridiculously mild...

11 November 2017

From: Features

Anti-money laundering regulations – collaboration is key

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

11 November 2017

From: Features

Selling ‘off-grid’: helping agents with alternative fuels

In the UK, there are over 3.9 million homes situated in off-grid areas with no access to mains gas, so it’s...

11 November 2017

From: Features

Chaotic stamp duty system means HMRC refunds £10m each month

HMRC has refunded £185m to some 15,000 house buyers since the introduction of the stamp duty surcharge in April of last...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Agents Do Charity - the first Pudsey-tactic edition...

There's just a week to go to Children In Need, the UK's largest fund-raising event of the year - as we...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebel agent quits NAEA and makes string of allegations

Rebel estate agent Chris Wood - who earlier this year unsuccessfully attempted to get on the ballot paper as a candidate for...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals strong despite growing housing market worries

Mortgage approvals are well above last year's levels despite concerns about the health of the housing market.  There were 66,185 mortgage applications...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New raffle-a-house website will name the winner on TV

The raffle-a-home gimmick appears to be gaining strength with the arrival of a new website - Rafflemyhouse.com - which will also...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency support firm valued at £11m seeks additional investment

A firm that sells homes but also creates operating platforms for other agencies to break into the industry is seeking £450,000 through...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Major finance company joins call for stamp duty reform

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

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Differentiate or die - Airbnb’s messy ecosystem

The rise of Airbnb has been majestic, going all the way from conception to becoming a common noun in less than...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

How can agents use the interest rate rise to re-engage with clients?

We recently witnessed the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) increase the base interest rate for the first time since...

07 November 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide: Analyst queries success of online sales option

International property analyst Mike DelPrete has queried the suggestion that Countrywide's online sales option is drawing in additional business to those...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks tells City and investors we're on course for 2017 targets

Purplebricks has issued the briefest-of-brief statements to the City and the company's investors to assure them it is "on course". The latest...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The future? Another vendor wants a buyer to use Bitcoin

The owner of a penthouse flat in London says he is willing to accept the cryptocurrency Bitcoin - providing the buyer...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty more pressing than house buying reform, government told

The head of a major Oxford estate and lettings agency has written an open letter to Chancellor Phillip Hammond urging him...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents are not professionals claims Times consumer journalist

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

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents facing biggest change in history of data protection regulation

A roadshow is being launched to help the industry tackle what is being described as “the biggest change to affect estate...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New portal targets agents to sell and let ex-council flats and houses

A new portal has been launched aimed at marketing ex-council properties for sale or to let through agencies.  Ex-Council.com says it is...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the last fortnight might not matter

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

04 November 2017

From: Features

Market analysis: Is the North-South divide outdated?

The notion of a North-South divide in the UK has been around for as long as I can remember – certainly...

04 November 2017

From: Features

Financial crime – are estate agents at risk?

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

04 November 2017

From: Features

'One in eight transactions in 2017 has been subject to gazumping'

Some 12 per cent of transactions in England and Wales so far this year have been subject to gazumping, being sold...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Ladbrokes boss puts a bet on Agents' Mutual and OnTheMarket

Chris Bell, a former chief executive of bookies’ organisation Ladbrokes, has been named as the non-executive chairman of Agents’ Mutual as...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Inspirational agent receives excellence award from foster charity

An inspirational young estate agent from Henley-on-Thames has received a prestigious national award for young people who have experience of living...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a bumper sparkler edition...

Winter really is the time for fund-raising - and thanks for letting us know exactly what you are up to to...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

YOPA agency ranked with Uber and Airbnb as 'top start-up of 2017'

The Savills-backed online estate agency YOPA has found itself in glittering company amongst 25 firms listed by business media site LinkedIn...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: AllAgents in encouraging peace talks with Purplebricks

Estate Agent Today has been told that the website AllAgents has been holding peace talks with Purplebricks over its dispute about...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buying Reform: call for legally-binding Reservation Agreements

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

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The story of the $500 billion Prince

Saudi Arabia has announced it’s to build a new mega-city, rising out of the desert sands in the kingdom’s north, adorning...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Central London market recovering from stamp duty damage - claim

Central London’s housing market is showing a recovery from price falls which followed stamp duty changes in 2014 and 2016 according...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of agents admit sales process is out of date

A survey conducted by the National Association of Estate Agents reveals that 79 per cent of agents regard the current home-buying...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Pumpkins at the ready - Halloween pics and an agent's horror quiz

Mwahahahahaha.... the big day is here. No, we don't mean The Negotiator awards (although we wish you good luck if you're in...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals for buyers down for second month in a row

As the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee consider whether to increase base rate later this week, new figures from the...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Sun names estate agent who threw 'urine' at football fans

The Sun says a Spurs fan who threw ‘liquid’ at rival supporters is an estate agent who was previously involved in...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Halloween - more fangtastic agents' pics from the crypt...

The industry appears to be embracing this year’s Halloween celebrations like never before - tomorrow’s the big day but we’ve got...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Jostling for position: battle of the property portals continues

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

28 October 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: here’s why crowdfunding is the future

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

28 October 2017

From: Features

Government should be wary of introducing goodwill agreements

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has launched a consultation on proposals to reform the house buying...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Estate agents’ commission – some common failings

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

28 October 2017

From: Features

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

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

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency tells government: probe gazundering as well as gazumping

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

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Halloween Gore-fest! More photos and a video of your celebrations

Thanks so much for sending in more photographs of your branches as they prepare for Halloween. We have some here but want...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and you've got an extra hour to do it...

A gentle reminder to everyone that the clocks ‘fall back’ an hour this weekend - meaning we have an extra hour...

27 October 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

Conveyancers take a bow at first ESTAS awards for the sector

Three hundred of the UK’s top conveyancers have celebrated the success of the industry at the first ever ESTAS Conveyancer Awards. The...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: agency wins advert dispute over Local Property Experts

Complaints about a Purplebricks claim concerning its Local Property Experts have been rejected by the Advertising Standards Authority. Complaints came from PDQ...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Avoiding the Trough of Disillusionment

With more news of PropTech investment, this time with Spotahome and Nested, one can’t help but wonder if this boom period is...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Platform allowing agents to 'rival Purplebricks' wins PropTech support

Two of the leading lights in the growing Proptech sector are now working with a company which has a product it...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Most London house prices falling in real terms, says Hometrack

London house prices are stuck in neutral according to the latest figures from property consultancy Hometrack, which says values in the...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers are piloting HIPs-style 'Digital Home Reports'

The Conveyancing Association says some of its members are piloting HIPs-style Digital Home Reports in a bid to reduce fall-throughs and...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Here we go - your Spooktacular Halloween pics and videos

Thanks so much to those agents who rapidly responded to our shout-out for pics of your Halloween-decorated offices: the first ones...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers and searches in firing line of new government probe

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

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Government has no ideas at all #idiots' - industry reacts to probe

There has been a wide range of views from trade bodies and individual agents on the government’s surprise ‘call for evidence’...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Unique data shows it takes average 201 days to move home

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

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran celebrates 20 years at same property group

David Westgate, group chief executive at Andrews Property Group, has been presented with a long service award in recognition of his...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Government launches consultation into house buying and selling

The government has launched a consultation this weekend calling for evidence on how to make the home buying process “cheaper, faster...

22 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation isn’t a substitute for action

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

21 October 2017

From: Features

Will Purplebricks ruling end agents’ purple mist?

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

21 October 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty tinkering will make the whole process more complicated

With the Budget just over a month away, the steady stream of ‘leaks’ continues to grow as journalists and the industry...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Stamp Duty: pressure building on government for more reforms

Pressure is continuing to build on the government to reform stamp duty in next month’s Budget. Firstly a group of senior financial...

20 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

Happy Friday - the day when over 50% of homes change hands

More than 50 per cent of homes complete their formal transfers of ownership on Fridays according to a survey by a...

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

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

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

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Failed group for independent agents says it's not quite dead yet

The death throes of the Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents are continuing. A statement by software entrepreneur Charlie Wright, who...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks TV ads declared 'misleading' after complaint over fees

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

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Getting cosy with the winners MIPIM NYC winners

Last week was MIPIM PropTech Summit 2017 in New York, and it was the most oversubscribed to date - proof of the...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency beefs up south west presence with third office opening this year

Carter Jonas has opened a second office in the Wiltshire market town of Marlborough - and this is its third new...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Asking prices show biggest October rise since 2014 says Rightmove

Asking prices have risen by an average of 1.1 per cent or £3,432 in the past month according to Rightmove.  This is...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Weekend reading: The future’s digital – have you had your say?

As we outlined in our EAT and LAT stories earlier this week, we (Angels Media) are seeking responses from estate and...

14 October 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: reputation, renewables and an online revolution

They say presentation is key (something that Theresa May now knows all too well after her calamitous conference speech). But equally...

14 October 2017

From: Features

Record staff interviews and avoid unnecessary tribunals

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

14 October 2017

From: Features

A new type of hybrid agency - with a high street touch-screen

A new firm has launched in Surrey describing itself as “the premium hybrid estate agency” with an innovative presence on the...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Put your home on market by Tuesday if you want to move by Christmas'

The HomeOwners’ Alliance says vendors must put their homes on the market no later than Tuesday if they are serious about selling by...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Search is on for PropTech Influencers of the Year

The UK PropTech Association and specialist property lending platform LendInvest have joined forces in the search for the PropTech world’s most...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - this week, mostly for children

There’s a particularly heart-warming theme to Agents Do Charity this week...several of our heroic industry figures are raising funds for children and...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Speculation grows over Agents' Mutual float timetable

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

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Buyer enquiries and sales now flatter than any time since Brexit vote

The latest RICS market survey shows that buyer enquiries and transactions slipped back last month with expectations pointing to “a subdued...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed: price per square metre variations in England and Wales

Homes in the most expensive area of England and Wales cost 25 times as much as in the cheapest area, according...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Remind your clients: UK agency fees are competitive

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

11 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech Today: Remember who you are dealing with

If an industry, which is going through a major change is going to truly implement change at every level, it must...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Homes that sell do so quicker than in 2012, says Rightmove

The housing market may appear sluggish at best in many areas but data from Rightmove suggests it’s now quicker to sell...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

All you need to know about The ESTAS Conveyancer Awards

In just 10 days time on Friday week the inaugural ESTAS Conveyancer Awards take place.   The organisers have issued a ‘what...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Prominent Tory wants stamp duty switched from buyers to sellers

Conservative MP John Stevenson is the latest to throw his weight behind switching the burden of stamp duty from the buyer...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents - how are you coping with digital modernisation?

Angels Media and a property technology consultancy are joining forces to conduct the first-ever survey into how agents and other property...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide HR chief to explain staff feedback and benefits policies

A senior figure in Countrywide’s management team is to explain the troubled group’s benefits policy to a conference of other employers. Neil...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Back To The Future: a short history of rent controls

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

07 October 2017

From: Features

Party conference season - A housing plan for UK Plc

And so concludes another party conference season.  We’ve followed the great and the good (both terms are debatable) around Torbay, Bournemouth,...

07 October 2017

From: Features

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

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

07 October 2017

From: Features

Upbeat survey shows big surge in volume of properties coming to market

An upbeat survey by online website HouseSimple claims there has been a 20 per cent increase in the number of homes...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide non-executive director quits - no reason given

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

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency beefs up London presence ahead of potential headwinds

Carter Jonas has made three key appointments to beef up its London team. Simon Scott has joined as an associate partner in...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the falling leaves edition...

It’s not just that the days are shortening and the occasional smell of smoke lingers in the evening - the weather...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Pre-completion fall-through rate now up to 28% says quick-buy company

More than one in four house sales across England and Wales fell through before completion in the third quarter of 2017...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty soars to 7.5% on homes over £400,000 in Wales

The Welsh Government has set out the new levels of stamp duty for the country from next year onwards - and...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Blockchain - who are the key players?

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

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New board appointed for agency after acquisition by French bank

Strutt & Parker has revealed its new board following the takeover by the real estate arm of French bank BNP Paribas.  The...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

England's new homes shortfall 'will exceed one million by 2022' - claim

England faces a growing gulf between new build completions and new households being added to the population according to a new...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' group CIELA nearly (but not quite) scrapped

The long-running saga of whether independent agents’ group CIELA is ever going to launch appears to be nearing its end game...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Reform high-end stamp duty and whole market would benefit - top agent

If the government slashed stamp duty for the country’s most expensive properties the entire housing market would benefit, an estate agency...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: investment website raises questions over its profitability

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

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Why Uber’s troubles are reflected in estate agency

As those of us in the industry know, there is a fine balance to strike between disruptive technology – and the...

30 September 2017

From: Features

Get paid on time: Q&A with PayProp's Neil Cobbold

Having launched 13 years ago, PayProp, part of Humanstate Group, an international private technology services group, has grown into a leading...

30 September 2017

From: Features

Can estate management open doors for letting agents?

The UK is home to four million leasehold properties in private ownership, according to government figures. The majority of which require...

30 September 2017

From: Features

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

Countrywide renews long-term contract deal with ZPG

Speculation that OnTheMarket was courting Countrywide to list on its website after flotation may have suffered a setback following an announcement...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with your chance to win new funding too...

Every week we carry reports of how great causes are helped by individual agents and other property professionals - this week...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks defends its Local Property Experts after website criticism

Purplebricks has issued a strong defence of its Local Property Experts after an agency comparison website’s analysis was critical of the...

28 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

Broker linked to Purplebricks says traditional agents are in trouble

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

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another petition - this time calling for Help To Buy to be scrapped

Online petitions appear to be the flavour of the week - the latest is calling for the government’s Help to Buy...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - exactly how 'local' are local property experts?

An analysis conducted by estate agency comparison website GetAgent has for the first time attempted to calculate how ‘local’ agencies' local property...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove amongst most profitable portals in the world, says top analyst

One of the most thorough analyses of property portals ever undertaken shows that Rightmove is the world’s most profitable portal company...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is the industry solving a non-existent problem?

90% of PropTech’s work is good and vital, but that final ten has the potential to damage the rest. In my Sunday...

27 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

Traditional agents blame onliners for chain delays and fall-throughs

There is growing concern that online agents who do not chase-up on behalf of clients are leading to delays and fall-throughs...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

How many agency business models are there today?

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

23 September 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks: advertising watchdog still investigating complaint

The Advertising Standards Authority has confirmed to Estate Agent Today that it is still investigating a complaint lodged against Purplebricks by...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Automated conveyancing system claims to transform buying process

Another attempt to create an automated conveyancing system has been launched with the claim that it will banish paper trails and...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the helping children edition...

Agents’ charity fundraising obviously spans a wide range of genuinely good causes, but it’s noticeable that at the end of each...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Automated valuation system expands with new lead conversion tools

The ValPal Network is launching a new tool for its 4,100 agent users - an area barometer which reflects the buoyancy of...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Trustpilot to remove UK Purplebricks reviews posted to US site

Trustpilot has announced it is to remove UK reviews of Purplebricks which it says were "mistakenly invited" by the agency to be...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Mr Bruce’s message of hope

When Kenneth Bruce, co-founder of Purplebricks, published an emotional post on social media this week, my first reaction was; what a...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency's non-existent Zoopla membership spurs complaint

Three more complaints about agents made to the Advertising Standards Authority have been settled informally - including one concerning an agency's...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

London sluggish but England and Wales price average nears £300,000

The latest data from Your Move reveals London as still being the area of England and Wales with the lowest house...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: full text of AllAgents' announcement about suspension

Review service AllAgents has issued a statement explaining why it has suspended the Purplebricks agency. Purplebricks puts much emphasis on public reviews,...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'Cartels Hotline' launched on back of disgraced agencies' case

The Competition and Markets Authority - which yesterday released details of an infamous cartel case involving estate agencies - has now...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency heavyweights join forces to launch new prime London consultancy

A former Savills agent and a former Sotheby’s and Knight Frank agent have joined forces to launch a new property consultancy...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 September 2017

From: Features

The market’s missing homemovers

It appears activity in the housing market in 2017 will be around 15% down on 2016. The number of housing transactions...

16 September 2017

From: Features

Is the stigma of renting at odds with our broken housing market?

I’ve written before about the impact of headlines on the property industry. Interest rate speculation.   Market booms and busts. Demand...

16 September 2017

From: Features

Summer of love? More like summer of leasehold

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

16 September 2017

From: Features

Ombudsman warns all agents over fraudulent computer virus scam

The Property Ombudsman has taken the unusual step of warning all estate and letting agents to act with caution over fraudulent...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Regional portal plans wider coverage and investment by year-end

Regional property portal MoviNorth says it plans to secure additional investment to expand its coverage by the end of 2017. The portal...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - don't they know it's time to prepare for Christmas?

We’re always happy to publicise the fund-raising work of agents and others in our industry - even when, as this week,...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide to use bloggers and YouTube 'stars' for marketing

A Countrywide agency is launching a publicity campaign involving well-known social media bloggers and YouTube ‘stars’ known as vloggers.  The publicity campaign,...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebel agent Chris Wood set to challenge NAEA election and AGM

Chris Wood - the Cornish estate agent who unsuccessfully attempted to get on the ballot paper as a candidate for NAEA...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Conference season - Where will I see you?

And so summer draws to a close. The slow, lazy months of July and August have come to pass and the...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild of Property Professionals launches partnership with The ESTAS

The Guild of Property Professionals has launched a partnership with the ESTAS Group, which runs the customer feedback platform and customer...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Viewber marks its first year with its 6,500th appointment

Viewber, the outsourced viewing service, has marked its first anniversary by notching up its 6,500th appointment.  Launched in early September 2016 by...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual passes final hurdle - flotation definitely goes ahead

Agents’ Mutual’s flotation will definitely go ahead following a meeting of the High Court today, at which the appropriate processes behind...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Whistleblower claims dodgy practices by agents cost public thousands

The Daily Telegraph claims that what it calls “dodgy practices” are leaving customers “thousands of pounds out of pocket.” The article quotes...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

House prices still edging upwards according to Halifax index

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

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

09 September 2017

From: Features

The case for intelligence-led automated interactions on agents’ websites

Many industries in the UK are currently facing a tumultuous time as the great unknown of Brexit looms on the horizon...

09 September 2017

From: Features

Tips for surviving the ban on letting agent fees

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

09 September 2017

From: Features

Estate Agent Today Panel: what next for agents and OnTheMarket?

Let’s be honest - few people saw this coming. The 89 to 11 per cent majority amongst Agents’ Mutual members for...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency YOPA and Savills launch TV ad campaigns this weekend

Online estate agency YOPA - well known recently for advertisements featuring the Village People - is this evening launching a new...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG's latest £80m acquisition - it's the Money comparison website

ZPG - which already owns and operates Zoopla, PrimeLocation, Hometrack and the price comparison website uSwitch - has acquired the financial...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - forget the tech, here's the fund-raising

It’s been quite a week, much of it concerning the technology that increasingly underpins our industry.  A glut of fund-raising and relaunching...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another call for stamp duty costs to be transferred to sellers

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

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London agents launch new industry recruitment firm

Three prime London estate agents have this week launched a specialist recruitment company for the property industry.  Hanning Recruitment has been founded...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing market falters as caseload drops to four-year low

Activity in the conveyancing market dropped significantly during the second quarter of the year, according to Search Acumen. The search provider found...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Mutual demutualisation: industry awaits members’ meeting

The industry today awaits the result of Agents’ Mutual’s formal Members’ Court in which agents will vote on the organisation’s proposed demutualisation and...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks viewings complaint informally resolved by ASA

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

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Two solutions to keep your staff safe

Stephanie Slater died last week, aged 50. Whilst she died from cancer (tragically, only 11 days after diagnosis), it’s the events...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart confirms butters john bee acquisition

Following speculation earlier in the week, Spicerhaart has confirmed that it has purchased 19 branch regional agency butters john bee. The acquisition...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Spicerhaart 'poised to snap up major independent regional agency'

Estate Agent Today understands that Spicerhaart is in the final stages of talks to acquire major regional independent firm butters john...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

eMoov looking to 'go mainstream' with recruitment of new marketing chief

Online estate agency eMoov has announced the appointment of a new marketing expert. Lucy Milne - formerly marketing director of Just Eat...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buyers will pay 33% more for seafront properties

Properties located directly on the seafront attract a price premium of 33%, according to new research. A study of 30 prime seaside...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL announces £20m investment into Savills-backed YOPA

LSL Property Services has announced that it has invested £20 million into hybrid agency YOPA. News of the investment broke on Friday...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO integrates live chat to handle online consumer complaints

The Property Ombudsman Scheme (TPO) has partnered with Yomdel to provide a 24/7 live chat service.  Consumers can now seek 'independent dispute...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Online property auction encourages 'eBay-style bidding frenzy'

An online property auction taking place last week encouraged a 'frenetic' round of bidding of the like usually associated with an...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: it’s time to party (political-style)

In this week’s Natter I’m going to get all political. Don’t worry, I won’t be giving my opinions on Brexit, Trump...

02 September 2017

From: Features

Three reasons why we need stamp duty reform

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

02 September 2017

From: Features

SOS: are you a business in distress?

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

02 September 2017

From: Features

ZPG acquires major estate agency marketing firm Ravensworth

ZPG has acquired Ravensworth, a major provider of print and creative marketing services to estate and letting agents.  Ravensworth, based in Northumberland, specialises in...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'Local Property Agents' wanted as onliner launches recruitment drive

eMoov, the online agency which last month secured an additional £9m funding from investors, has launched a recruitment drive for what...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London market 'possibly showing first signs of recovery'

Two years of stagnation fuelled by Brexit uncertainty and stamp duty increases may be coming to an end in prime central...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Part 3: Free photography course for estate agents (until 25th September)

Over the past few months, hundreds of agents across the UK have been improving their photography skills by taking part in...

01 September 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Do Charity - on the official first day of autumn...

Really? The first day of autumn? Well yes, according to weather professionals who say September 1 is the start of meteorological...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Professional Indemnity explained for property professionals

Giving clients reliable advice when they are buying, selling or letting a home lies at the core of every successful estate...

31 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Savills stays silent on valuation allegation and High Court order

Savills is remaining silent on the issues surrounding the apparent filing of a High Court order that may oblige the agency...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Slash stamp duty by a third, estate agency tells government

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

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents cautious on improved mortgage approval figures

There’s good news for the housing market from new mortgage and remortgage approval figures showing growth in July after three flat...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top industry figure says OTM float 'just makes money for elite agents'

Iain White, the ex-Romans managing director and former Countrywide director, has come out strongly against the demutualisation proposal from Agents’ Mutual...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency subject of another complaint about website wording

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

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Why consolidation and collaboration are badly needed

“When an industry is new, still finding its feet, finding its purpose, the tendency is for those few people within it...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty: new analysis shows burden falling on Southern England

Analysis by the Nationwide suggests that the proportion of UK-wide stamp duty payments paid by purchasers in the south east of...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

House price growth slows again this month says Nationwide

The average price of a home in the UK is now £211,6712 - up slightly on last month but with growth...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

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

26 August 2017

From: Features

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

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

26 August 2017

From: Features

Countrywide woe continues as share price hits new record low

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

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

London slowdown bottoms out, but only low price growth in long-term

Property consultancy Hometrack says London’s 12 month market slowdown has bottomed out with the annual growth rate rising to 2.8 per...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why I want to join Agents’ Mutual

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

24 August 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks: investment bank refutes allegation of bias against agency

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

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Full-service agents achieve over 5% higher sale price, research shows

Research in the United States shows that traditional full-service estate agencies achieve better sale prices than the biggest alternative in that...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

No crash but London market stalls 'thanks to Brexit, economy, taxes'

Ten out of 14 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News say Brexit and economic uncertainty are likely to stall London’s housing market...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents broadly welcome better-than-expected mortgage data

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

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another online agency advert banned over misleading wording

For the second successive week the Advertising Standards Authority has banned an online estate agency’s advertisement.  Last week it was HouseSimple and...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Demand for ‘robo-advisors’ is increasing

As someone who spends his days peering into the PropTech world, one thing I’ve observed is the way in which certain tech prompts...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New agency operates online but says 'we're no budget company'

An estate agency that has just launched in south Devon says it is giving its customers the advantages of a 24-hour...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket: no comment on 'deferred debt for Yes votes' claim

OnTheMarket is declining to comment after suggestions were floated that some debts by its member agents could be deferred, or in some...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

'Expect big news soon' says online chief after cash injection

The chief executive of online estate agency eMoov - which has raised £9m in its latest investment round - says “more...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory-led body says second home owners should be penalised more

A think tank says the penalties now levied against second home owners - such as the stamp duty surcharge and phasing...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New tool allows portal searches by lifestyle needs, not by property

OneDome has launched a new online tool that allows users to scour Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket by setting up lifestyle criteria,...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2017

From: Features

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

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

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

19 August 2017

From: Features

Latest Countrywide restructure gives more work to chief executive

Countrywide has announced another management restructure, this time with chief executive Alison Platt appearing to take on additional responsibilities. The announcement makes...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

100th agency branch partner named by Network Auctions

Network Auctions has revealed its 100th partner estate agency office ahead of its next auction in three weeks’ time. Rolfe East in...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: architect of 'online option' is latest to leave

Sources within Countrywide say the latest senior management figure to leave the company is Sam Tyrer, who under her title of...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Speculation grows over future of senior Countrywide director

Speculation is growing that one of the most senior executives in the Countrywide management team may be leaving the organisation. Countrywide and...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Online sales and lettings agency seeks six-figure crowdfunding cash

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

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Charity blasts stamp duty critics 'wanting to sell £1m-plus mansions'

Shelter, the campaigning charity that has been hugely critical of private landlords and letting agents in recent years, has now launched...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Regional agency snaps up another independent business

Regional agency Manning Stainton has completed its second acquisition in the last four months with the purchase of independent agency Clear...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Quiet at the back - agency reveals noise issues which deter buyers

Jackson-Stops & Staff has revealed what it believes to be the main noise problems that deter buyers and distress existing owners. A...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why Gnomen is a reliable software provider

If you’re a busy estate or letting agent, you’ll find that it can be quite difficult and time-consuming locating the right...

15 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

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

Agency sorry after email about home that didn't look like much

Savills has apologised to a potential client who accidentally received emails between agents saying one was “lumbered” with an enquiry about...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Buying agency turnover triples as focus shifts to owner-occupiers

Black Brick says its turnover in 2016 tripled to £3m with new business so far this year focussing increasingly on owner-occupier...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Two weeks to go before annual estate agency 'call chaos day'

You might have thought the week after Christmas or the day after Easter would be when agents receive the most calls...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket member agency claims it can list online-only properties

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

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Jail for investor who did not declare capital gains when selling up

A Hampshire property investor who failed to declare Capital Gains Tax from the sale of properties evading £157,725, has been jailed...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the stock market likes disruptors

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

12 August 2017

From: Features

A sense of déjà vu over OnTheMarket

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

12 August 2017

From: Features

Wake up and smell the coffee – the bookshops have!

Once upon a time there were estate agents. That was it. Nice and simple. If you marketed and sold residential property,...

12 August 2017

From: Features

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

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

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT and TPO warnings after police probe quick sale company

The police are investigating a quick sale company after a claim by an individual that he received less than half of...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills suffers fall in sales in London, country and new-build sectors

Savills has reported strong figures for the first half of 2017 across its worldwide activities, but its UK residential divisions have...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour and Conservative square up over second home taxes

The two main political parties have squared up to each other over the issue of increasing council tax on second homes...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Market being hurt by low stock, political uncertainty and tax - RICS

Record low stock numbers, political uncertainty and the aftermath of tax changes are the obstacles hindering the housing market, according to...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild says first white-labelled auction wins £18,000 commission for agent

The Guild of Property Professionals says the first sale through its white-labelled Guild Auctions operations has produced over £18,000 in commissions...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Mutual Proposal – The Details

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

09 August 2017

From: Features

As you were - Purplebricks share price riding high again

Purplebricks’ share price has now recovered all of the value it lost after being criticised on two BBC consumer programmes and...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Trust - the fundamental flaw at the heart of tech-driven business

Even if you didn’t watch it, you’ve almost certainly heard about it by now.  The recent BBC Watchdog exposé of Purplebricks has...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Research shows huge damage from stamp duty in central London

The ‘lower priced’ 80 per cent of homes in prime central London are seeing price rises again, giving hope they have...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Government tries to stamp out speculation over Help To Buy

The government has poured cold water over industry speculation that Help To Buy could be phased out or significantly modified between...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News