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Property Natter: estate agency on a bus

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

20 October 2018

From: Features

When and why are your customers getting in touch?

It’s been nine years since we created a dedicated team of property receptionists to answer telephone calls on behalf of agents,...

20 October 2018

From: Features

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

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Valuation tool earns £363m commission for agents in two years

Almost one in five online sales valuations generated by The ValPal Network over a two-year period resulted in a completion with...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

What's in a domain name? Your chance to own Property.co.uk

What may just be the UK’s ultimate property domain names have come up for sale - property.co.uk and realestate.co.uk. Both domains, which...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and there isn't a backstop in sight...

Bored with Brexit? Baffled by the backstop? Troubled by the transition period?  Well here’s a promise - there’s no mention of the...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ditching the High Street and launching 'The Hub' pays off for Humberts

The estate agency group Humberts, which narrowly avoided collapse early this year, now claims to have turned around its fortunes thanks...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in overseas buyers ahead of latest stamp duty surcharge

A leading London estate agency is reporting a surge in overseas buyers sealing deals ahead of the government’s new stamp duty...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Market value of homes typically 59% higher than rebuild cost, claims insurer

An insurer claims there is a huge gulf between the cost of rebuilding a house and its market value because around...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property viewings - how to keep up with evolving consumer demands

The culture of impatience and instant gratification has a lot to answer for. It has forced the hand of the property...

17 October 2018

From: Features

More market mayhem? Fall-Throughs rise as uncertainty grips buyers

The number of house sales falling through before completion is on the increase according to data collated by a home buying...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Understand real estate robotics and we better understand tech

The last couple of weeks’ articles were penned very much for a specific agent readership, something I am trying to be...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency drops traditional branch in favour of serviced office

An estate agency is moving from its traditional branch to new city centre serviced offices as it expands. East of Exe -...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy - will it continue? (and does it deserve to?)

Is Help To Buy going to remain in existence for much longer? Question marks over the scheme’s future are being raised through...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the industry's key moves in recent days

Hello and welcome to PJT, our weekly round up of key moves within the industry. Let us know what’s going on with...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents want help for existing leaseholders as well as new ones

The National Association of Estate Agents has welcomed the government’s move to ensure most future new-build houses are sold as freehold...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Let’s focus on the real foreign property ownership problem

It’s time to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to overseas buyers of property. If you listen to Theresa...

13 October 2018

From: Features

Can negative google and Facebook reviews damage brand reputation?

Local business reviews are becoming increasingly important for reputation management, with recent research showing 90% of consumers read online reviews before...

13 October 2018

From: Features

Government unveils new body 'to raise agency standards'

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

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket 'not profitable until 2021, but share price could rise 35%'

One of the brokers working with OnTheMarket says the portal will not be profitable until 2021, but predicts that its target...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit to blame for two-year pause on growth in prime markets - Savills

Savills is warning that heightened uncertainty around Brexit negotiations will delay recovery in the prime central London housing market for up...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and if it's Friday, it must be fund-raising...

Hello and welcome to another Agents Do Charity - your opportunity to salute those in our industry working hard for great...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Why online reviews can build trust, drive traffic and improve service

More than half of home owners now use online reviews to choose their estate agent when putting their property on the...

10 October 2018

From: Features

Banned advert highlights dangers of sales claims about rental yields

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement for a new development in London after complaints over claims about the yields...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price slumps to 18-month low - but why?

Purplebricks’ share price dropped yesterday to barely over 200p - its lowest level for some 18 months and reflecting a near...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says industry-leading technology allows it to close branches

Foxtons says its use of technology allows it to increase the reach of its branches - and claims this is behind...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: UK government backs blockchain - what next?

When Professor Andrew Baum’s PropTech 3.0 report was first published, a small event was held to celebrate the very first academic...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket to reveal first six months 'float' figures tomorrow

OnTheMarket plc, the company which operates the OTM portal, gives its first formal stock market figures tomorrow morning, for the six...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons shuts another office, relocating team to nearby branch

Estate Agent Today can reveal that Foxtons has closed another London agency office - this time at Barnes in the borough...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Virtual Viewings - Strutt & Parker is first national agency to provide them for buyers

Strutt & Parker is offering free Virtual Viewings to 1,000 new clients, and says it's the first national agency to offer such...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank hits out at foreign buyer tax after announcing profits boost

Knight Frank appears to have shrugged off the problems hitting the high end of the housing market, reporting a 14 per...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Young buyers face far more obstacles now than 20 years ago - report

Even the cheapest local homes are out of reach for at least 40 per cent of young adults according to a...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

A new scandal? Investigation into estate agents likely to report in New Year

The Competitions and Markets Authority says the result of its latest probe into estate agencies’ possible infringement of the Competition Act...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New agency's stamp duty question: Do we need another property tax

“Do we really need another tax?” - that’s the question from a new buying agency, querying why the government wants to...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Leasehold roadshow to throw spotlight on reforms

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t be hasty in ditching your high street office

Several agents have asked me whether they should consider ditching their high street offices and move to an out of town...

06 October 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: what impact has Google had on the property market?

Google celebrated its 20th birthday last month. Yes, it might be hard to recall a time when it wasn’t integral in...

06 October 2018

From: Features

Why Facebook’s property listings are a bigger threat to portals than agents

When Facebook first announced it would be entering the property listings market a few weeks ago it sent shockwaves across the...

06 October 2018

From: Features

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

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

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

House buying reform - should we all sell homes the Scottish way?

It seems a lifetime ago but in fact we’re approaching just the first anniversary since the government triggered its Call for...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - independents and corporates, we salute you...

Hello and welcome to another weekly update on the industry’s good work - and a chance for us to show that...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Blame the accountants - they admit lobbying PM demanding foreign buyer tax

An accountancy trade body has revealed that last year it briefed MPs - including the Prime Minister and Housing Minister of...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property fraud: insurance firm offers cover, as police seek help on new case

An insurance company is launching a policy which it says will protect consumers with comprehensive cover in the event of a...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Large regional agency chain signs up to white-label online auction firm

Bradleys Estate Agents, the westcountry’s largest independent agency chain, is the latest agency to sign up with Bamboo, an online property...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: “You’re not listening,” agents tell suppliers

Last week, the first of a new kind of industry event took place; an open debate between agents and PropTech suppliers. Strong...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexiteer agent scolds 'Maybot' over stamp duty threat to foreign buyers

One of London’s highest profile and most outspoken estate agent chiefs has scolded ‘Maybot’ Theresa May on the day she is to...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Gentle house price rise welcomed as good news by leading agent

House prices grew two per cent year on year for September according to new figures - and a senior agency chief...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

OTM branch total hits 11,000 - but founder pushes 'three portals' idea

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that it now has signed listing agreements with more than 11,000 estate agency offices - over...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Treasury takes billions in stamp duty - and that’s BEFORE new surcharge

Figures released by HMRC over the weekend show another huge rise in stamp duty going to the Treasury - and that’s...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

More market woe as sales to first time buyers plummet to three-year low

Sales of properties to first time buyers have hit their lowest level for three years according to data from the National...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves amongst agencies and suppliers

Hello and welcome to our weekly catch-up on the major moves within our industry. Remember, you can let the rest of the...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New stamp duty surcharge to be imposed on foreign buyers

The government has used this week’s Conservative party conference to announce a new stamp duty tax of one per cent to three...

30 September 2018

From: Breaking News

The link between Brexit and the online agent debate

From where I’m standing there’s a lot in common between the debate between online and traditional agents, and the argument over...

29 September 2018

From: Features

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

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

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Some conveyancers to give upfront service and price information

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

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - £1m to £1...it's all hugely appreciated

Hello and welcome to this week’s Agents Do Charity - another chance to hear about the remarkable fund-raising done by our...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Coup for Yopa as ex-Knight Frank man joins to lead London agents

Yopa - the online agency with huge financial backing from Savills - has attracted a Knight Frank agent to become its...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Guess how much first timers need to earn to buy in a major city...

The income first-time buyers need to purchase a home in the UK’s largest cities has shot up by 18 per cent...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant opens new office in the East Midlands

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

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

A five-point plan for buying a new agency website

Having delivered over 1,800 websites for estate agents over the last 15 years, I have come to recognise one major common...

26 September 2018

From: Features

Marco Ferrara, Director of Tili

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Marco Ferrara, Director of Tili What is Tili and what does...

26 September 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Competition offering house as a prize is blasted as 'misleading'

The perils of property competitions and raffles have once again been demonstrated, this time with the Advertising Standards Authority upholding three...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is it time we had digital connectivity ratings for the home?

I am a patient man; a pacifist. Yet there is little in life right now that would satisfy me more than...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Not fake news - the truth about Britain's new homes

We’ve all heard the comments - the countryside is being covered in concrete, new houses are springing up everywhere, our green...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the surge in Equity Release killing the downsizing market?

The rise and rise of Equity Release continues with a more-than-doubling of the number of product options on the market in...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Network passes 300-mark with office opening in north of England

Fine & Country has opened its latest office in the Lancashire town of Rossendale, specialising in high-end properties across the county. The...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

High guide prices failing to capture buyers' imagination - auction boss

Auction House London raised more than £15m in its latest auction, where it saw the biggest catalogue in its history go...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – legislation, legislation, legislation

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

22 September 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - autumn fund-raising in full swing...

We’re well and truly back from summer with a flurry of fund-raising to report on this week: thanks to each and...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Connells-owned online agency Hatched to close immediately

The Connells-owned online agency Hatched is to close with immediate effect. A statement from the company says: “Online estate agency Hatched will...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Another OnTheMarket signing - now it's a regional agency and auction firm

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that it’s signed up the north east of England regional agency Pattinson, which has 27 branches...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price still in the doldrums despite Peter Long move

Shareholders in the ailing Countrywide agency group appeared to remain largely indifferent to the news that their executive chairman Peter Long...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property firm snaps up independent agency to hit £1m turnover mark

The independent Sutton-based property business Centro PLC has acquired Cheam and Mayfair based Christies Estate Agents Limited.   The new combined agency is...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 September 2018

From: Features

Countrywide: Peter Long 'to focus full time on agency group recovery'

Peter Long, the chairman of the troubled Royal Mail organisation, has stepped down from that role to focus full time on...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: will Unmortgage change our industry forever?

Those of you who receive (and read) my Sunday PropTech Review will know that, by far and away, the most shared...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Buying agency secures prime London home almost 40% below asking price

A buying agency says it has secured a prime London property for one of its clients at almost 40 per cent...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Are online auctions now a key feature for agents?

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

18 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Investor-to-investor agency claims strong quarter despite market woe

Yieldit, an online agency that specialises in selling investment houses and apartments with tenants in situ, is claiming a strong quarter...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Would you like to meet the world's leading PropTech innovators?

Propteq Global Property Technology and Innovation summit takes place in London on 26 - 27 Sep. 75 of the world's leading...

17 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Meet Tili, the free digital assistant that’s delivering new revenue streams for the property industry

Tili does all the work to deliver a smooth home move for customers and income for agents. An innovative and easy to...

17 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Agent in court this week over HMRC issue as fate of firm still in balance

The estate agent behind the troubled high end Sanderson Young company is reported to be appearing in court this week as...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents transferred to rival as prominent firm quits resi property sector

The eight strong residential estate agency team of a prominent Scottish law firm is being off-loaded to a rival, according to...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your chance to catch up on the major moves in the agency industry over...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Not fit for purpose! Estate agency is UK's least active profession

This may not be a great way to start the week but a survey suggests that estate agents are Britain’s least...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Forget narrow demands - Work together for more homes

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

15 September 2018

From: Features

Is it time to take more notice of Brexit?

“Baton down the hatches. Stockpile the food cupboard. Brexit is coming and it’s little more than six months away!” I jest, but there is...

15 September 2018

From: Features

Emoov boss in Twitter outburst describing Mark Carney as dangerous

Bank of England governor Mark Carney says a no-deal Brexit exit could lead to a 35 per cent house price crash. The...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

No commission, no fees - meet the agency selling homes 'for free'

An estate agency is pioneering a new business model in which it charges no commission whatsoever to the vendor. Freeagent247, an online...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auctions - more agents offer white label options to vendors

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it's time to show off your talent...

Yes, there’s no getting away from it - although the autumn has only just begun, charity work is firmly aiming at...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

3 steps to building a strong brand

What are the magic ingredients for building a strong brand, attracting new customers and building trust with your target market? Gareth Helm,...

13 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Regional agency goes from start-up to local market leader in just a year

An estate agency claims that it’s gone from start-up to local market leader within 12 months - and now says it’s...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Franchise applicants rush to Winkworth despite Brexit hitting market

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

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New property listings plummet for third month claims online agency

New data reveals that new property listings have fallen for three successive months - and that includes a huge 17.1 per...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

How to get noticed with great photography

The raison d'être for estate agents everywhere is to get their properties noticed! It’s as simple as that. These days you’re likely...

12 September 2018

From: Features

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

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Another national agency returns to Zoopla and Primelocation

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: So why is PropTech just like teenage sex?

DISCLAIMER: The author of this article retains no responsibility for any reader discomfort experienced when recalling the seemingly endless horrors of...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Amazing but true - homes are larger (not smaller) than years ago...

A housing academic claims that while popular belief has it that homes are getting smaller, the typical living space in England...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Viewber completes 35,000th viewing after 460% growth in just a year

Viewber has announced that it’s just completed its 35,000th outsourced viewing, reflecting a jaw-dropping 460 per cent rise in just a...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Yopa's new marketing boss aims to challenge estate agency norms

Yopa - the online agency enjoying large-scale financial backing from Savills and LSL Property Services, the owner of Your Move -...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

US franchise network owned by Warren Buffett enters London market

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

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket TV campaign promotes controversial 'New & Exclusive' feature

OnTheMarket today launches a new TV advertising campaign which aims to highlight its 'New & Exclusive' marketing feature. Agents listing with the...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Summer slowdown - new For Sale and Sold boards took big hit in August

The property market remained slow and stunted in August as the number of For Sale and Sold boards across the country...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Crossing borders - The Guild to launch in Northern Ireland

The Guild of Property Professionals is set to launch in Northern Ireland later this month. The 800-strong network of independent estate agents...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today: what's the latest industry employment news?

As the property market gears up for a busy autumn period, agents and property firms have been equally busy bolstering their...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: setting the record straight on SEO and subdomains

Fake news has become the popular catchphrase of a certain orange-tinted president in recent years. And everyone, from tech giants like...

08 September 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity: more heart-warming stories from our industry

This week may have marked the landmark moment of Facebook entering the UK property market but as the industry prepares for...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents and suppliers to appeal to CRMs for better PropTech collaboration

An upcoming event will see a panel of well-known agents and suppliers appeal for better collaboration between industry stakeholders, particularly CRM...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

AML compliance – why the smart money is on automation

Technology is transforming the way we comply with Anti Money Laundering (AML) regulation. It is providing a consistent approach, reliable outcomes...

05 September 2018

From: Features

OnTheMarket TV ad banned by watchdog over new and exclusive claims

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld one of two complaints made against OnTheMarket's TV and print advertising. The complaints refer to...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Stories from Australia - PropTech is like teenage sex

Last week, I wrote about the speed of innovation in the Far East. This week I’d like to do the same...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: major investor reduces holding as share price sinks further

One of Countrywide's major investors has significantly reduced its holding in the troubled estate agency group. Oaktree Capital yesterday lowered its stake...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Extra funding for agent-partnering online auction platform

The online auction platform BidX1 has announced a strategic investment which will be used to accelerate its growth. The investment comes from...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a roundup of the latest industry moves

Following a break for last week's final Bank Holiday before Christmas, we're back with a bumper edition of Property Jobs Today. We're...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

It's an early bath for downstairs bathrooms - agents say they wipe off value

A downstairs bathroom could knock up to 6% off the value of a property, according to estate agents.  Having a family bathroom...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Crackdown on agents likely as government doubles funding for regulator

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

01 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide price slides further on first day of new shares trading

Following the first day of trading its new shares yesterday, Countrywide's share price finished at 12.52, down almost 4%. The new shares were...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity – from Sheffield to Monte Carlo, via Aylesbury

As summer turns to autumn over the next few weeks, that won't stop the nation's agents and property professionals from raising...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Downsizing stamp duty exemption 'would boost market and Treasury'

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

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the opportunity

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

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

CPRs; the implications

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

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide shares hit all-time low despite funding go-ahead

Countrywide may have enjoyed the overwhelming support of its major institutional shareholders for its controversial rescue plan, but the wider financial...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket signs up 11-branch regional agency

OnTheMarket has signed up an estate and lettings agency firm run by a family and with 11 offices across west Devon...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What can the UK market learn from Eastern wisdom?

A few stories caught my eye this week from China, all of which announce the arrival of cutting-edge technological innovation in...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit and SDLT 'causing market to stagnate' warns property specialist

A downbeat report from property investment specialist London Central Portfolio says “there are very few causes for optimism in the domestic...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent upset at online firm's huge over-valuation spills the beans...

OK, so the headline has drawn you into the story - but you’ll enjoy the video we have below. It’s the...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

£20m cash boost for Yopa from big-name investors

Yopa, which says it is the second largest hybrid agency when measured by listings, has received a major new £20m investment. Savills -...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide General Meeting today set to endorse rescue plan

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

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

A quarter of cities 'struggle to match house prices of a decade ago'

House prices in a quarter of the UK’s largest cities are struggling to recover to the level they were at during...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Should equity release be taxed to encourage down-sizing?

There’s little doubt that downsizing is less of a factor in the housing market than it used to be - so...

25 August 2018

From: Features

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

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

25 August 2018

From: Features

Five simple ways to improve renter satisfaction

For too long the private rented sector has been complacent towards customer satisfaction. In the changing rental landscape, the smartest letting...

25 August 2018

From: Features

Humberts ex-country house chief switches from selling to buying

The former head of Humberts’ country house department, who has spent 30 years selling homes, has switched to buying. Jeremy Campbell-Harris was...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a bumper bundle for the long weekend...

Dare we mention it but this is the final Bank Holiday weekend of the year before Christmas - so what a...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks slammed by Canadian agent over ‘savings’

The online agency acquired by Purplebricks in Canada has started facing the same criticisms that its parent company have faced in...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Reapit claims new tool helps traditional agents compete with onliners

Reapit has teamed up with a new tool called mio, which is promising “a smarter way to manage the home buying...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Top London sales agents team up to form new buying service

Lucie Hirst and Delphine Colombo, two of Prime Central London’s most high profile sales agents, have combined forces to set up Hirst...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 August 2018

From: Features

Devastating impact of stamp duty revealed in buying agency's data

Data from the buying agency Black Brick reveals just how big an impact has been made by the additional homes stamp...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What has happened to creative innovation?

I received a press release yesterday - one of many that get sent my way - and, as I always do,...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the practicalities

In our previous blog, we looked at the definitions outlined by the CPRs. In our next blog we’ll look at the...

21 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

New blow to house raffles - refunds after unforeseen circumstances

The brief but troubled history of individuals and companies attempting to raffle homes as prizes has received another blow as a...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

allAgents takes on OnTheMarket as it says it will become a portal

Independent review website allAgents says its ultimate ambition is to be a serious rival to existing portals like OnTheMarket. Unveiling a new...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide backtracks on bid to give top managers huge incentives

Countrywide appears to have backtracked on a move which could have seen its three most senior executives receive some £20m in...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Fake Sales: jail threat to lying estate agent caught up in CPR fraud

A maverick Cornish estate agent who falsely gave the impression to customers that his business was highly successful has been hit...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says it's a 'summer sale' - with Connells leading price cuts

Rightmove says the housing market is now into a ‘summer sale’ as newly-marketed property shows an average asking price fall of...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the industry's latest moves...

  Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT - a thinner than usual edition as the industry enjoys the last of the...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Window displays: Digital signage vs light pockets

In the past decade or so there has been a movement towards the use of digital signage screens within a number...

18 August 2018

From: Features

Judging a book by its cover: Why user experience matters in PropTech

Why do we choose to engage with one application more than another, or find ourselves returning to the same piece of...

18 August 2018

From: Features

Countrywide fat cats: crunch day for agency group's rescue deal

Today sees the first of a series of important deadlines which will determine the success of otherwise of Countrywide’s controversial rescue...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov 'could be capitalised at £500m to £700m in next two years'

The chief executive of the newly-expanded Emoov group has been giving details of the merger with Tepilo and the possibility of...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity: let us know what you are planning for Autumn...

As our minds turn to autumn, here’s a reminder that Estate Agent Today is on hand to help with your agency’s...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reported to be facing fresh financial crisis

Sky News is reporting that Countrywide faces a new crisis - this time over senior management remuneration, particularly for its executive...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent defying advertising watchdog demands details of his 'penalties'

The estate agent who is refusing to abide by a decision of the Advertising Standards Authority is now demanding details of...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Training is 'key to improve service levels' says agency boss

The UK division of US-based estate agency Keller Williams says agents need access to internal training if service levels across the...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government quietly scraps controversial sell-off of large homes

The government has quietly scrapped a proposal to force councils to sell off their most valuable assets, which would have included...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Why letting agents need to be ready for a challenging market this autumn

The buy-to-let sector, which has been under sustained pressure for a number of years now thanks to tax changes designed to...

15 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

How much is your EGO costing you?

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

15 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech Today: If agents are overvaluing, is it time to look elsewhere?

My eye was caught yesterday morning by news that PropTech company, Agent Software, is claiming that ‘some agencies deliberately over-value properties...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - should downsizing pensioners be exempt?

There’s been another call for the government to reform stamp duty - and this time the request is that the duty...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Desperate agents deliberately overvaluing, claims PropTech company

A PropTech firm has adopted the unusual position of claiming some agencies deliberately over-value properties in a bid to win instructions. Agent...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your weekly round-up of industry moves

Welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today - and as ever we have a breakdown of key moves within our industry. To...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agents have under 1% share in prime central London - LonRes

The chairman of LonRes says online estate agents have only a one per cent share of the market in prime central...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Marketing automation can make your business smarter

When Oakland A’s, a small-market team, stunned the baseball world 16 years ago by transforming itself into world-beaters on a shoestring-budget,...

11 August 2018

From: Features

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

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

11 August 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: Q&A with Stephen Ludlow, ludlowthompson

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

11 August 2018

From: Features

Business funding options - what choices do you have?

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

10 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Stamp Duty is a mess: should it be scrapped or simplified?

Research by Estate Agent Today reveals that there have been 12 different stamp duty regimes in the UK since the Millennium. What’s...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' founders came up with the name around a kitchen table

It’s been revealed that the creators of Purplebricks came up with the name while brain-storming around a kitchen table - and...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions slump 6% in prime London, says LonRes

LonRes says transactions in prime locations in London dropped another six per cent when the second quarter of 2018 is compared...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity... and oh dear, we're mentioning December already!

The heatwave is gone and summer is in its closing stages (sorry!) so it comes as no surprise that there’s already...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Big slump in new listings, with London down 12.7% in a month

New property listings in July were down 6.0 per cent across the UK and down no less than 12.7 per cent...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Top economists still pessimistic about housing market fortunes

The EY ITEM Club, regarded as one of the most influential groups of economists in the UK, says it’s still “dubious”...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Four ways to get a competitive edge using technology

Running an effective property business in today’s market relies on the clever use of technology.  The right technology will make your agency...

08 August 2018

From: Features

OnTheMarket signs up 12-branch regional agency

OnTheMarket has signed up 12-office regional agency Robert Oulsnam and Company.  The firm, which handles sales and lettings, has 12 offices in...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock as average house price reaches its highest-ever level

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

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The buzzwords of modern property

Hello again from Italy. Only another week or so left out here, working every day from the same table at my...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Anti-money laundering regulations and data protection

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

More mixed messages from London as agents report contrasting figures

The London market continues to produce unexpected results with two high end agencies reporting contrasting fortunes.  Half year figures released by Chestertons...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Peter Joseph, CEO of The Moving Hub

Home is where ? - Recently moved actually, live in a lovely house that looks over the Thames Estuary. I love...

06 August 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Countrywide bosses blasted  over ‘unequal’ rescue plan

Countrywide is under fire again over the controversial rescue plan it announced last week. On Friday the troubled agency group’s share price -...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government reminds agents there are just two redress schemes now

The government has revised its guidance to agents over redress schemes - amending it to take account of the fact that...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - plenty of industry moves over the summer break

We may be well into August but there’s little sign of a holiday for our industry, with a string of big...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

By George! Osborne re-appears to defend his stamp duty reforms

The former Chancellor George Osborne - architect of drastic stamp duty reform - has come out fighting to defend the tax...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency – it’s still about interactions not transactions

Making my way to our London office on a busy commuter train, my mind got busy thinking about the new do-it-yourself...

04 August 2018

From: Features

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

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

04 August 2018

From: Features

Property concierge: could this be one of agents’ future tenant services?

With all the recent change and upheaval in the rental sector it may be time to consider how letting agencies will...

04 August 2018

From: Features

No sell off! - Countrywide's crown jewels are safe says new boss

The newly-appointed Group Managing Director of Countrywide says rumours of Hamptons International or other ‘crown jewels’ being put up for sale...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty receipts plummet £317m over the past year

An analysis of HMRC stamp duty statistics for the second quarter of this year suggest that receipts are down 13.8 per...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and the heatwave's coming back...

Our glorious endless summer has a return visit to many areas this weekend - but it’s still not too hot for...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price plummets after rescue plan announcement

Countrywide's share price has dropped sharply following the announcement of the company's rescue plan - but the firm itself says this...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

How can agents save time on their core marketing activities?

In a world increasingly obsessed with all things digital, it's no surprise that many estate agents are choosing to experiment with...

01 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Exclusive: estate agencies closing - data shows how many and where

Data prepared for the BBC and shared with Estate Agent Today gives a snapshot of how estate agencies, lettings agencies and...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide 'failed in fund-raising effort earlier this year' - FT

The Financial Times this morning says that Countrywide suffered a failed bond issue earlier this year, forcing it to rely on...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons' swashbuckling days are over - analyst predicts big cuts

An analyst for business data consultancy Bloomberg has some news for Foxtons - he says its swashbuckling days are over and...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What do Rightmove and WeWork have in common?

There have been two stories dominating the PropTech headlines over this past week. As WeWork places a gentle arm around the...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning over asking prices not standing up to professional scrutiny

A leading buying agency is warning about asking prices that are higher than those acceptable to mortgage companies who therefore down-value...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

18% slump in sales agreed early this summer, says NAEA

The latest market snapshot released by the National Association of Estate Agents’ shows the challenges faced by the industry right now. The...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons suffers another profits dive after 23% slump in sales income

Foxtons has suffered a massive 23 per cent drop in sales income and a nine per cent drop in overall company...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Join our revolution - new agency boss appeals to rival firms

The new owner of Humberts says he would consider acquiring or working alongside existing agencies who want to be part of...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing proposals could delay transactions, warns law firm

A leading legal firm has given broad approval to proposals from the Law Commission aimed at improving the conveyancing process and...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, the place where you find all the key agency industry moves over recent days. Please...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government goes on holiday as agents go on waiting

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

28 July 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: a changing of the guard?

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

28 July 2018

From: Features

Don’t fall foul of anti-money laundering rules

Does your company apply adequate customer due diligence measures when carrying out estate agency work?  Does it establish and maintain appropriate policies...

28 July 2018

From: Features

Why Brexit is killing the London housing market

With the continued indecision surrounding Brexit and the final divorce settlement still months away, it seems property buyers are choosing to...

28 July 2018

From: Features

Agency branches spend almost £1,000 per month on average on Rightmove

‘Up’ is the key word in Rightmove’s figures for the first half of 2018, released to the City and to shareholders...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees row: Spotlight on Ombudsman after court case decision

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

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency reveals price falls required by prime homes before they sell

Figures from Savills suggest that there’s currently an average 1.14 price adjustments per sale across the prime regional markets of the...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Home win for Purplebricks: Kenny Bruce buys football stadium

One of the brothers behind Purplebricks has bought a football stadium in his home town. Kenny Bruce last year put £500,000 into...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and there's no let up as the  heatwave breaks...

With the weather scheduled to get a little cooler this weekend, fund-raising is clearly still a hot topic in the industry...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Play the 'luxury' game! Startling advice to traditional estate agents

Traditional estate agencies should make their work appear more of a luxury and even showcase the prices of individual elements that...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

'Resi Richard' - guru teams up with top London estate agency

One of the property industry’s best known figures, Richard Berridge, has teamed up with estate agency My London Home to lead...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Customer service - why is it so important to your agency?

It’s a highly competitive environment out there, where there's a constant and never-ending struggle that every agency manager, director or owner...

25 July 2018

From: Features

Countrywide - change it, close it or sell it? Four experts have their say

The agonisingly painful decline of Countrywide continues, with no one sure whether it is the darkest hour before the dawn or...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Mixed messages: transactions slump again but London prices improve

The latest transaction figures from HM Revenue and Customs make depressing reading - a three per cent drop between May and...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Ola! Regional agency bucks trend by expanding to sell overseas homes

One of the country’s largest regional agencies is moving into the sale of homes overseas despite Brexit uncertainty and concern over...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide delays publishing figures as search for funds goes on

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

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant financial distress felt by many more agencies

A report out today shows a 19 per cent rise in the number of property businesses classified as being in “significant...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Surveyors accused of covering their backs by down-valuing

The debate over alleged ‘down-valuing’ by mortgage lenders has flared again with one leading agent claiming that surveyors are just “covering...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: What security measures do agents need to take?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Doubt over Countrywide rights issue as Purplebricks wins price boost

It’s being suggested that Countrywide’s rights issue, previously expected to be announced this week, may now be delayed. The Times says the...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Sales figures ahead of last year, says upbeat franchise agency

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

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide stays silent on speculation over £100m rights issue

Countrywide has not made any official statement about speculation over the weekend that it was about to seek an additional £100m investment. Estate...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Japanese Knotweed remains problem for sellers despite recent 'all clear'

Japanese Knotweed remains a major problem for a property sale - and that’s despite a recent study suggesting that the growth...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 July 2018

From: Features

Dominic Raab - another one bites the dust

Another day, another housing minister – at least that’s what it feels like! The resignation of the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson...

21 July 2018

From: Features

Why property software needn’t be as changeable as the Housing Minister

With the shelf life of recent housing ministers being on a par with football managers, it's perhaps little surprise that we're...

20 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

OnTheMarket vs Rightmove?

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

20 July 2018

From: Features

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

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

20 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

We're not trying to disrupt agents insists market website chief

The creators of a website using market data to define postcodes as hosting a seller’s market or a buyer’s market have...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is this why transactions have slumped? Equity Release hits a new high...

Only 24 hours after the Land registry released data showing a 20 per cent slump in housing transactions, new figures from...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and they're undeterred by the heatwave...

It’s holiday season shortly and we’ve got just the weather for it - good news for some, perhaps less so for...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards warns agents they must switch to valid redress scheme soon

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team has this morning issued a warning to agents that they must be signed up to...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Storm clouds gather as house price growth dips to five-year low

Agents appear to be getting more pessimistic over the housing market as the latest government figures show prices still growing - but...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide boss quits another boardroom to try to save agency

Peter Long, executive chairman of Countrywide, has resigned from another boardroom to focus on saving the troubled estate agency. Long has chosen...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov's 'final' crowdfunding tops £1.5m with two weeks left to run

Emoov’s latest crowdfunding campaign has now gone well over £1.5m, making it already 50 per cent over-funded already from its original...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Scrap rival redress schemes! Ombudsman Services backs government call

One of three schemes with government backing to offer redress for complaints about estate and letting agents has reignited the debate...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Who wants £20,000 from government to develop a business?

Before I get into the nitty gritty of the government (well, one of its startup accelerator schemes) giving away £20,000, let...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Give Purplebricks more credit, says analyst rejecting criticism of agency

One of the top PropTech analysts in the world, Mike DelPrete, says Purplebricks deserves more credit for its performance in the...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

£200 a month to run your own estate agency says company boss

The UK division of Keller Williams, the world's largest estate agency, says it can help entrepreneurial agents to set up their...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts pledges revolution as it concentrates on chocolate box towns

Humberts’ new owner has issued a statement saying he is on “a personal mission to revolutionise the industry and become the...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London house prices set to fall next year as well as this - PwC

House prices in London are projected to fall in the short-term, down by two per cent by the end of 2018...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents misleading buyers about in-house mortgage services, says Which?

The consumer group Which? says some estate agents are misleading buyers about in-house mortgage services.  The consumer group has issued a number...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New twist in row over agent refusing to delete claims about Purplebricks

There’s a new twist in the row between a Cornish agent and the Advertising Standards Authority. The row revolves around a tweet...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove may be threatened by OnTheMarket says investment mag

An article in Investors’ Chronicle says the dominance of Rightmove and ZPG in the portal market could be under threat from...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tool claims to find agents leads by analysing past customer records

A new digital product claims to help agents estimate which of their past customers are statistically most likely to move again...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Kit Malthouse - We’ve obviously had enough of experts

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

14 July 2018

From: Features

 Property Natter: what has 2018 brought so far?

First things first, I have to mention the World Cup. The dream is over, football’s not quite coming home (not until...

14 July 2018

From: Features

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

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

14 July 2018

From: Features

Smaller estate agencies to have access to cutting-edge IT under new plan

A property software guru says he wants PropTech firms to join with him in an ‘open platform’ which would allow smaller...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - inspired by Three Lions...

The dream may be over but the return to reality can at least be staged in the spirit of an England...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rebel agent turns fire on ZPG as advertising watchdog ponders sanctions

The Advertising Standards Authority says its compliance team is considering its next steps following the refusal of estate agency PDQ Estates...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Think it's all over? It is now - Emoov's Russell Quirk reviews the big match

“They think it’s all over ... it is now.” The refrain that haunts England fans returned last night, not in a good...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips - Get the most out of your agency boards

As any agent will know, the task of ordering, erecting and maintaining boards can be time- consuming and cumbersome. While ultimately working...

11 July 2018

From: Features

Online agency share now hits 8% of the market says new survey

Over 15,000 households have exchanged after listing with an online agent in the second quarter of 2018 - that’s eight per...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned! Maverick agent must not repeat claims about Purplebricks

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

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Auctioneer selling Purplebricks and Countrywide homes reports strong sales

Auction House says the number of lots it sold in the first half of 2018 was some 3.8 per cent up...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

If we’re to be taken seriously, our industry needs a Tsar says agency chief

A leading agency chief says the frequent churn of housing ministers means there is only one answer if our industry wants...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Why doesn’t Rightmove create its own co-working business?

I loved my Foxtons office. I started in the Battersea branch. It was the old-style office; traditional carpets, actual properties in...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

My role in latest ‘good value’ Purplebricks expansion, by PropTech guru

Leading PropTech guru Mike DelPrete has revealed that he was involved in Purplebricks’ latest expansion, entering the Canadian agency market via the...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: How should agents deal with security breaches?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Lucky escape for Raab - government to miss its new homes target

Former housing minister Dominic Raab, who yesterday left his post after just six months in office, may have had a lucky...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Proptech: automate anti-money laundering, security chief urges

A PropTech company boss says evidence given to MPs confirms the need to improve anti-money laundering processes through greater automation and...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? Blog 3

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

09 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Housing minister Raab now takes over David Davis exit-EU role

It’s been announced this morning that Dominic Raab - who became housing minister just a few months ago - is to...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

More investment in Purplebricks as Axel Springer increases its stake

The German publishing company Axel Springer has increased its stake in Purplebricks to 12.5 per cent - and says it may...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers accused of massive delays during house transactions

A ‘disruptor’ tech company claims that large numbers of people are dissastisfied with the conveyancing element of house moves, with many...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Simon Whale says thanks for the kind words - and leaves his contact details

Highly regarded industry figure Simon Whale, who quit his role as head of sales at Reapit on Friday, took to the...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Great estate agents inspire England to victory! - Our big match review

The dream goes on, and as England eases into the World Cup semi-finals, our agents’ reviews of their games continue -...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PRS 2.0 – it’s time to focus on retention rather than churn

Renting has long been characterised as a stepping stone onto the housing ladder for the younger generations. But in recent years,...

07 July 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks the largest UK estate agency: 'So what?' says stock market

The stock market and at least one City analyst have shrugged their shoulders at the claim by Purplebricks that it is...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with one eye on 'the match'...

Hello and welcome to this week’s hat-tip towards those in our industry doing so much to help others in need. Summer fund-raising...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: UK revenue up 81%, 630 LPEs and 74% of online share

  Purplebricks says it enjoyed an 81 per cent growth in revenue in the UK the year to the end of April and...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

More rich foreigners buying in London is first fruit of Brexit says agent

An outspoken high-end London estate agent says millionaire foreign buyers purchasing “cheap” properties in the capital represent what he calls “the...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rebranding frenzy increases Hunters' branch total by another four

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

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

How can you be Google’s number one this year?

Everyone wants to rank highly on Google. Why? Well, as the world’s biggest search engine, with more than 65% market share,...

04 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

England win! - our match review features Emoov and Purplebricks (sort of...)

Any fingernails left after last night’s thriller? It was a cracker of a game, particularly the last 45 minutes...and then the...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New service aims to help 'Right Of First Refusal' leasehold flat owners

A new website has been set up specifically to help leasehold flat owners who have been served a Section 5 Notice...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov hints at IPO in 2019 and raises £1m from crowdfunding

Emoov has launched a crowdfunding campaign giving investors, it says, “a final chance” to put their money into the hybrid agency...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Corbyn's 'Healthy Homes Zones' will aim to save money for NHS

Labour says it wants ‘Healthy Homes Zones’ in a bid to reduce housing-related health inequalities which are estimated to cost the NHS £1.4...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 2)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

02 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Let Our Tech Do the Heavy Lifting

PayProp clients power through their monthly invoicing, collections, settlements and payouts in just a few clicks – whether they're managing 1...

02 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks breaks into Canada; acquires fixed-fee listings network

Purplebricks has acquired another fixed-fee agency for £29.3m - it’s in Canada and marks another new territory for the hybrid agency. The...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all this week's big moves...

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

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Strike The Pose! Expert guidance on how to win instructions (maybe)

We all need to lighten up from time to time, especially at the start of another working week at the height...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – ten years of Estate Agent Today!

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

30 June 2018

From: Features

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

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

30 June 2018

From: Features

Estate agency as it used to be - EAT looks back at 2008

Estate Agent Today is 10 years old this weekend. We hope you’ll agree that’s a cause for celebration and a great...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Popular ex-Countrywide executive now managing director at Dexters

One of the country’s best know estate agents, Marc Goldberg, has joined London agency Dexters. Goldberg spent some 30 years at Countrywide’s...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'The score? Doesn't matter, does it?' - our latest England World Cup review

Here’s our third England World Cup match report prepared by a reader - and it’s another terrific review...perhaps more interesting than...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Watch Out London - other city housing markets are closing the gap

Hometrack says other cities are now closing the gap on London in terms of house prices and market value. The latest Hometrack UK...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - has anyone got a cool drink to spare?

Boy it‘s hot out there, with little end in sight yet. That’s the good news. Now the even better news -...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'We want talented mums as agents' says agency on recruitment drive

The UK arm of the US-based estate agency Keller Williams says it is making a specific bid to recruit more women...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest Prime Central London property trend - buy a wreck and do it up

Wary buyers reluctant to risk buying a premium-priced property in the volatile prime central London market are adopting a perhaps-surprising tactic...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Security deposit cap – where do landlords and tenants stand?

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

27 June 2018

From: Features

Tom Cummuskey, Sales & Marketing Manager at Kremer Signs

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

27 June 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Purplebricks pledges to appeal latest ban on advertisement

Another Purplebricks ad has been stamped down on by the Advertising Standards Authority following a complaint by Hunters Property Group - but...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Crisis? What Crisis? Agency plans to expand into major cities

Just as some estate agents are reported to be making plans to retrench if the housing market continues to be sluggish,...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: I’m a screamer - which generation do you belong to?

The time has come for full PropTech/property integration and only those who open themselves to the globe will be part of...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks rejects claims of bullying Local Property Experts in Australia

Purplebricks says it completely rejects any claim of bullying its representatives in Australia. The Australian Financial Review, which last week reported the...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions plummet across UK and particularly London

Transactions across Greater London have plummeted - they were down 7.9 per cent over the past three months and a whopping...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: All you need to know about subject access requests

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'Hands off our For Sale boards' says leading London agency chief

The head of London’s largest estate agency brand has hit back at a council in the capital which wants enhanced powers...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 1)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

25 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Ban The Boards! Council bid to outlaw For Sale and To Let signs

A London council is seeking widespread powers to ban For Sale and To Let boards which it claims are seen by...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'Gareth Southgate please prove me wrong':  Our latest World Cup review

What a weekend for British sport! In F1 there was Lewis Hamilton’s dominant win at the French Grand Prix, and the big...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty to blame for tumbling holiday home prices

The three per cent stamp duty additional properties surcharge is to blame for tumbling house prices in some of Britain’s holiday...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves within our industry...

Hello and welcome to Property Jobs Today, the regular Monday round-up of moves and changes in our industry. Do please let us...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Why James Brokenshire must build on Sajid Javid’s pivotal housing work

To say this is a turbulent time for UK politics would be something of an understatement. As I write, the Brexit...

23 June 2018

From: Features

Does your estate agency need to be more flexible?

It’s no secret that technology has changed the way businesses operate, in all sectors. With that has come changes to the...

23 June 2018

From: Features

Summer is no time to check out if you’re an estate agent

In recent weeks, you could have been forgiven for thinking that you’re not actually in the UK.  Flash floods aside, the...

23 June 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - as we all wait for Sunday's big game...

If World Cup 2018 appeared to be low profile at the start, it didn’t last long. Following this week’s Harry Kane goals...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents clash over whether prime London still appeals to investors

Prime London’s transactions are now the preserve of so-called ‘needs-based buyers’ and not investors according to high-end agency Knight Frank -...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Can Viewber become an essential part of the agent toolbox?

What a big week for PropTech! With the very first MIPIM PropTech conference, taking place in Paris today and tomorrow, comes...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy: top agency hints at need for 'fundamental review'

Savills has suggested that it may be time for a fundamental review of what’s left of the flagship policy of Margaret...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property market: summer update for agents

Summer is traditionally the time of the year when the property market slows down, with people going away on their holidays...

19 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Referral Fees may be banned following Trading Standards survey

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

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Kane so able but England so frustrating! Our guest reviewer’s verdict...

So what did you think of the match? A deserved 2-1 win or a lucky victory snatched from the jaws of...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons off-the-scale manic and hyper-aggressive (well, it used to be)

The former managing director of Foxtons, Peter Rollings, has spilled the beans on what it was like working at the heart...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Hello - if it’s Monday, it must be Property Jobs Today, your chance to see a snapshot of the key moves...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Peter Rollings

Peter Rollings is one of the most respected and best-known figures in property, having helped to rapidly grow Foxtons (where he...

16 June 2018

From: Features

Shopping is changing - Time to rewrite those property details

Location, Location, Location: it’s no coincidence the TV show seized on that title because the importance of a property’s position is...

16 June 2018

From: Features

Do online bosses use High Street agencies to sell their own homes?

Whisper it quietly, but it may be that some bosses of online agencies used traditional High Street companies to sell their...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - end-to-end stuff for good causes...

The World Cup may be entertaining us for the next few weeks but whatever England’s fate may be, one thing is...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket now has 9,000 agency branches signed up

OnTheMarket now has listing agreements with over 9,000 estate agency branches - that's another 500 or so since its previous release...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency boss tells redundant shop workers they should 'join us'

The managing director of independent agency network Spicerhaart says shop workers who are unemployed because of the latest round of retail...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Prices still rising but growth continues to slow, official figures show

Government figures are the latest to show that house prices are still going up - but with a reduced rate of...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

All-expenses trip to New York: now THAT'S an estate agency bonus...

Over 100 ‘top achievers’ from Connells Group have just enjoyed an all-expenses paid trip to New York as a thank you...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Marketing: Why boards remain so important for agents

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

13 June 2018

From: Features

Cuts in asking prices reach six-year peak as market may be stalling

More stock and longer times on the market are combining to create a surge in asking price reductions according to a...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: How should you remove data from your system?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Success for The ValPal Network as it teams up with Reapit

Clients of software provider Reapit can now integrate with leading sharing and online valuation service The ValPal Network. The objective is to help Reapit...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group revs up with £20m deal to replace 1,100-car fleet

Spicerhaart is reported to be replacing its fleet of 1,100 cars over the next three years with BMWs.  Much of its current fleet...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auction house proves cynics wrong - and says more will follow

An auction house says it was “scoffed at” four years ago when it began offering online options to customers - but...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

The biggest challenge facing estate agents today…

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

11 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Wanted: agents who fancy themselves as World Cup pundits ...

Here’s your chance to release the inner John Motson - write your interpretation of how England performs in each match of...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency shuts after 30 years to concentrate on legal services

An Oxfordshire estate agency is shutting up shop at the end of this week in order to allow its parent company...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, and although we’re well into the summer season now there are still plenty of...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

How can agents make money from TV, broadband and utilities?

Letting agents are being advised to think seriously about how they can recoup costs to help compensate for the introduction of...

09 June 2018

From: Features

Three reasons why PropTech has become more than an industry buzzword

Having recently attended FUTURE: PropTech in London, it struck me just how far the integration of property and technology has progressed...

09 June 2018

From: Features

The Rightmove money machine - is it running out of steam?

A leading property industry analysts says Rightmove may be amongst the top portals in the industry worldwide, but it is facing...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Expanded Emoov now one of the UK's top seven agencies, says Quirk

Russell Quirk, chief executive of Emoov, says his agency is now one of the top seven in the UK following its...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

House prices still rising but market is softening, Halifax figures show

Prices grew at a faster than expected rate last month according to the Halifax House Price Index, which has reported a...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity (and sorry, we mention Donald Trump this week...)

We have the presidential seal of approval for our Agents Do Charity this week - well, sort of, but we don’t mean...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Uproar over new property portal claiming some agents as 'partners'

The entrepreneur behind a free-to-list property portal claiming support from 17 estate agencies has defended the description of them as ‘partners’ -...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Portal data and weak pound help London agent target Chinese buyers

London estate agency Kay & Co says it is targeting Chinese buyers following research data produced by a portal. The China property...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest survey of experts blames Brexit again for London market woe

A poll of housing market experts suggests London house prices are likely to fall this year as a result of Brexit...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list property portal launched for estate agents

A property portal that describes itself as free-to-list has launched today, taking the industry by surprise - however, at least one...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What’s the true value of an estate agent in the world of tech?

Is there really any true value to an estate agent in our current climate? Will there be a role for traditional agents...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

easyProperty names new agency chief as online shake-out continues

The online agency shake-out and consolidation continues apace. Former YOPA director Russell Humphrey has been named as the managing director of estate...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sarah Beeny back in the boardroom, saying online agents will grab 70% share

TV property expert Sarah Beeny says she expects online agencies to take 70 per cent market share in the future -...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It's not just Purplebricks - another agency boasts thousands of Trustpilot reviews

It’s not just Purplebricks that makes much of its apparently- favourable online reviews - now EweMove has issued a statement expressing...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Cluttons to concentrate on its UK business after Savills' Mid-East acquisition

Cluttons - which a year ago was bought out of pre-pack administration by a so-called ‘turnaround’ business, RCapital - has now...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: new firm selling off-market homes starts hunt for agents

Estate Agent Today can reveal that a new property firm is being launched specialising solely in the sale of off-market homes...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Claims resurface of agents urging buyers to use preferred mortgage brokers

A magazine which earlier this year claimed that two big corporates pressured customers to use their preferred mortgage brokers has now...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide launches 'share save' discount scheme for employees

It’s been revealed that Countrywide has offered its staff a ‘share save’ scheme which allows them to purchase shares in the...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT - this is the first edition for a fortnight as last Monday was a...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial Labour MP says property better than pensions for retirement

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

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – marketing magic, Mr T and GDPR fever

Last time out I looked at the growing importance of content, social media and design – but these should only form...

02 June 2018

From: Features

It’s happening in the US too - a new portal and industry consolidation

A recent holiday in the US gave me an opportunity to catch up with property news over there - and surprisingly,...

02 June 2018

From: Features

Agent battered by GDPR tells government: Cut the red tape!

An outspoken estate agent has given the government a clear message - get off our backs , ease the red tape...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - from front doors to wild gardens...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Agents Do Charity - and just because it’s half term, don’t think the industry has...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online 'merger' is really an acquisition by Emoov says TV Dragon James Caan

The so-called ‘merger’ of Emoov, Tepilo and a lettings firm is actually an acquisition by Emoov of the other two companies. That's...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide short-listed for 'best employee benefits' award

Countrywide is one of three organisations short-listed for a prestigious ‘Employee Benefits of the Year’ award. The award celebrates in-house staff benefits...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG's Hometrack sell-off gets green light from Aussie regulator

ZPG’s sell-off of the Australian arm of housing data company Hometrack to REA Group, a multinational digital firm specialising in portals and...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New merged online agency said to be second only to Purplebricks

The long-awaited merger of Tepilo and Emoov is reported to have been confirmed this afternoon and in with them goes online lettings...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 May 2018

From: Features

Agents duplicating over 90% of floor plans

Many agents are missing out on significant time saving opportunities when it comes to their floor plans say Landmark, parent of the Metropix...

30 May 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Almost half of agency branches have listing agreements with OnTheMarket

Property portal OnTheMarket has announced that it now has listing agreements with over 8,500 estate and letting agency branches.  It says that...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Recently-purchased Humberts announces new management structure

The new owner of Humberts has announced the new management structure of the rural estate agency which he bought out of...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyers are overpaying the stamp duty surcharge, says national agency

National estate agency Jackson-Stops claims that the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional homes is still confusing buyers, despite being in...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: How often should you ask customers to update preferences?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Portals' apathy for virtual viewings is stifling consumer engagement

A leading agent has urged major portals Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket to feature virtual viewings content more prominently on their platforms. Writing...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agent threatened with legal action over fundraising banners

An estate agency has been threatened with legal action by its local council for displaying fundraising event banners above its office. Country...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: Virtual tours - fab or fad?

Firstly, my sincere apologies - it has now been over a month since my last PropTech blog, doesn’t time fly!  In the...

26 May 2018

From: Features

Are cultural stereotypes damaging the UK property sector?

100 years ago, 90% of the UK population rented a home. Today, that figure has flipped, and over two thirds are...

26 May 2018

From: Features

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

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

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent transaction solution to go 'global' after raising £3m

A PropTech startup which claims to revolutionise the speed at which property transactions can be processed has officially launched this week. When...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sotheby’s International Realty launches first 'agent-branded' augmented reality app

Sotheby's International Realty has launched what it claims to be the first 'real estate-branded' augmented reality (AR) app. 'Curate', which is now...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - on foot, by raffle and caked in mud

As we move towards another Bank Holiday Weekend, there is no shortage of phenomenal fundraising efforts from those in our industry.  If...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Auction property market benefitting from new online approach

In an era when we are never far away from our phones, tablets or laptops, buying and selling property is benefitting...

24 May 2018

From: Sponsored Content

ZPG sale to US tech firm expected to complete next quarter

Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) has confirmed that it expects its sale to Silver Lake to complete in Q3 2018. As part of...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

'Perfect storm' for agents involved in retirement housing sales

The retirement housing sector has increased its market share considerably in the last two years, creating a 'perfect storm' for estate...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Top agent continues media fightback and needs your heroic stories

Respected industry spokesperson Kristjan Byfield is continuing his fightback against the negative coverage of the agency industry in the mainstream press...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Letting my flat – who won, tech or traditional?

Well last week was interesting. The column about my decision to put the property on with a letting agent went viral.  This was...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

'Business as usual' for Humberts following sale to luxury holiday firm

It will be 'business as usual' for Humberts following the announcement of its sale to Natural Retreats, says the agency's new...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Granular and delineated databases explained

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers counter claim of a stagnant housing market

Despite numerous reports of a 'stagnant market' and predictions of a 'housing bust', conveyancers have 'bounced back after a disappointing end...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News