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Firm offers online system for High Street agents to 'take on Purplebricks'

A firm is claiming to be allow high street agents to offer vendors an online sale services as well, without the...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agencies round-up: Purplebricks, Harrison Murray, Heaton, and more

The aftermath of Easter and shock announcement of a snap General Election have done little to stop the industry making plenty...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide figures emerge in roles at rival companies

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

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purple smoke and mirrors

Purplebricks’ advertising is very negative and critical of the competition. They talk about 'commisery', trying to make potential sellers feel ripped...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: Q & A with David Cox, ARLA Propertymark

In this Natter we have an exclusive interview with David Cox, CEO of ARLA Propertymark and one of the best-known figures...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks called cynical, disingenuous by agents' trade body

The bitter war of words against Purplebricks waged by the fledgling Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents reached a new...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks steps up its attack on commission-based estate agents

Purplebricks has stepped up its attack on what it calls “Britain's antiquated method of buying and selling homes” by describing it as...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Technology v Traditional agency debate at Future : PropTech

It’s been revealed that next month’s Future: PropTech conference will feature a debate between ‘technologists’ and ‘traditionalists’ over the future of...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

HomeXperts announces another trio of new home-based franchisees

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

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Twelve new EweMove franchises added so far this year

Property Franchise Group - formerly known as Martin & Co - has announced that 12 EweMove franchises have been sold in...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency insists there's space for digital and traditional operators

A firm that offers online, hybrid and traditional estate and lettings agency services says the digital side of its business is...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks removes web claim that 'buyers are found within 14 days'

Purplebricks has agreed to remove a claim from its website that “on average it takes us just 14 days to find...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks nearing Countrywide on homes sold STC, claims bank

A Financial Times article reports a bank analysis shows Purplebricks with a market share of 3.3 per cent of properties marked...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tracking exercise to reveal 'which agents are best at selling'

A City consultancy has noted every property advertised on Rightmove in recent months and will track them throughout 2017 in a...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents say Purplebricks complaint 'purely a starting point'

The fledgling group claiming to represent independent estate and letting agents, CIELA, says it has lodged a complaint against Purplebricks with...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New conveyancing software shows agents' and vendors' information

A software platform offering a hybrid conveyancing and compliance service to agents has been launched following 12 months of testing with...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: £38m share placing may allow it to rival Purplebricks

Countrywide has successfully placed 21.6m shares to institutional investors at the competitive price of 175p per share - allowing it to...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks entering US market just as estate agency use soars

Purplebricks' entry into selective areas of the US market comes just as new evidence suggests the use of estate agencies by...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL's hybrid/digital plans - City analyst gives the thumbs-up

Business consultancy Jefferies has given a strong endorsement to the digital agency policy set out by LSL Property Services earlier this...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL the latest firm expected to enter 'digital' market

LSL Property Services - which owns high street agency brands Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - is the...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body explains Purplebricks complaint as war of words continues

Fledgling trade body The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents (CIELA) has described Purplebricks as the 'biggest enemy currently facing...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency YOPA expects turnover of £4m to £8m this year

The man behind YOPA - the online agency that last year secured investment from high end traditional company Savills - says...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: Independent agents release text of complaint letter

The fledgling Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents has released to the media the text of a complaint letter it...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' group turns its attention to Trustpilot

The fledgling group of independent agents which has already launched attacks on online agency operators in general and Purplebricks in particular...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' group renews criticism of Purplebricks

The new group for independent owner-managed estate and letting agencies, to be formally inaugurated this week, has stepped up its campaign...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks value 'same as Countrywide and Foxtons combined'

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

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: high praise for agency from ex-Countrywide chief

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

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: 'formal complaint' from independent agents

The fledgling group being set up to represent independent estate and letting agents is preparing a formal complaint about Purplebricks based...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks shares top 200p as US comment bigs up agency

The remarkable bull run on the London Stock Exchange continues for hybrid estate agency Purplebricks, which floated shares at 100p just...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Up and up - Purplebricks confirms 'record-breaking January' claim

Purplebricks has issued its second statement to the City on successive trading days - and its share price has risen by...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks says it has no idea why its share price is so high

The board of Purplebricks has issued a statement to the City saying it has no idea what lies behind the soaring...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price at all-time high as traditional agents flounder

The stock market appears to be continuing its love affair with Purplebricks, as the hybrid agency share price rose once again...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New agency comparison website bans online and hybrid agents

A new website that will allow vendors and landlords to compare the expertise and fees of estate and letting agents has banned online...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks expanding again in Australia

Purplebricks, which launched in Australia last August, is expanding its service in the country. It already operates in Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks recruits TV property star for 'Commisery' campaign

The average fee paid by sellers to high street estate agents in the past year is £4,055 claims Purplebricks - an...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: City analyst less gloomy about group's prospects

Countrywide’s long-term share price decline and turbulent branch closure programme have not prevented a relatively positive endorsement of the group’s strategy and...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Countrywide’s Sam Tyrer

A post-Christmas treat this week, as I carry out a Q & A with one of the leading figures in property,...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Countrywide claims excellent results from hybrid agency pilot

Countrywide’s controversial hybrid estate agency business has produced “fantastic results” according to Sam Tyrer, the group’s Managing Director, Retail & London. In...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: 'people may never accept technology-only sales'

One of the founders of hybrid agency Purplebricks says sellers in the UK may never accept the sale of their property...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Seek and ye shall find

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

07 January 2017

From: Features

Human interaction with tech is a winning combination

Technology has been continuing to shape the way estate agents manage their customer service offering for years. It’s now a completely...

17 December 2016

From: Features

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

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

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks now in profit and gets £1,000 per instruction

Purplebricks says it is receiving an average revenue per customer of £1,000, has more than doubled instructions and is now generating...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Another independent buys rival + Other agency moves

Independently-owned East Anglian estate agency Fenn Wright has acquired Sudbury -based Thorntons for an undisclosed fee.  The acquisition forms part of Fenn...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Invisible juggling – estate agents’ impressive skill

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

26 November 2016

From: Features

Countrywide: Platt's revolution goes on despite latest share price slump

Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt has told Estate Agent Today the transformation she wishes to see within the group may take...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: big transactions slump - with warning of worse to come

A trading update released by Countrywide this morning shows a 29 per cent slump in London exchanges in the third quarter...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide hybrid agency idea came from market research, says chief

Countrywide’s marketing chief says the estate agency group’s controversial hybrid sales model - to be rolled out to a quarter of...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Local Property Experts 'are more proud than traditional agents'

Purplebricks chief executive Michael Bruce has suggested that calling his area representatives ‘Local Property Experts’ means they can be more proud...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Sarah Beeny's online Tepilo opens new HQ after turnover doubles

Tepilo, Sarah Beeny’s online estate agency, has opened a new headquarters in central London after doubling its turnover in the past...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Why are you so understaffed on a Tuesday?

There were some absolutely brilliant figures released recently by telephone answering specialist, Moneypenny.  The highest call volumes diverted from agents to Moneypenny occurred between 10am-11am...

12 November 2016

From: Features

Online v High Street: enemies no more, possibly converging...

A debate discussing how online and traditional estate agency would develop in the future, organised by City investment consultancy Jefferies, has...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed: secrets of the success of Britain's youngest agent

An Essex estate agent who believes he is the youngest in the industry has explained his success to Estate Agent Today...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

No crystal ball needed, just exceptional customer service

Graham Norwood recently wrote that it’s going to be harder than ever to predict the shape of the property market in...

05 November 2016

From: Features

New online agency with 'local experts' says it is Britain's cheapest

An online agency called DoorStepAgents.com claims to have set up a service which is both the cheapest and ‘best value’ sales...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Local Property Experts 'make Purplebricks a real disruptor'

One of the world’s leading property portal and online consultants says Purplebricks, which is now operating in Australia and the UK,...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Russell Quirk

In recent weeks I have been carrying out question and answer sessions with some of the key figures in the property...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Purplebricks: Weaknesses ahead over completions, warns financial analyst

An equity specialist has warned that shareholders may now choose this is the time to sell their stakes in Purplebricks because...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Glenn Ackroyd

This week we have the Head Shepherd of EweMove, Glenn Ackroyd, in the hotseat. He’s been co-owner of EweMove Sales and Lettings,...

30 September 2016

From: Features

Is a fear of online agents justified?

Barely a week goes by without an announcement relating to the latest player entering the online agency world and when they...

23 September 2016

From: Features

Expanding hybrid franchise agency looking for new recruits

A hybrid franchise agency is looking for new partners to expand its reach in the Midlands. Campbells says it is looking for...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

YOPA launches TV ads starring The Village People

Hybrid estate agency YOPA is today launching a nationwide TV advertising campaign starring The Village People, the band best-known for the...

16 September 2016

From: Breaking News

ASA upholds two of three complaints made against Purplebricks

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld two of three complaints against claims made in Purplebricks' TV and website advertising.  The watchdog upheld...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Will your agency be ‘archived’ by consumers who choose hybrid?

I can’t remember a time when there were so many changes in the property industry. Forget Brexit and interest rates, the...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Martin & Co is latest to enter the 'hybrid' estate agency field

Martin & Co is reported to have acquired EweMove, an estate agency which describes itself as the first ‘hybrid’ service -...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Another hybrid agency claims substantial increase in completions

EweMove, which describes itself as the UK’s first hybrid estate agency, claims it has seen completions over the past two months...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agents upbeat on business performance says new survey

The bank Credit Suisse has launched a new monthly survey of online estate agents, using a simple eight-element questionnaire. The bank -...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Savills-backed online agency claims instructions up five-fold in 2016

YOPA, the online agency which now has financial investment from Savills, says its instructions have risen five-fold since February. It also says...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to spend £10m on marketing its launch down under

Purplebricks says it will have a marketing budget of AUS$17.2m - that's over £9.9m - to spend on marketing for its...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency launches agent-recruitment campaign on Twitter

Online agency YOPA has launched a recruitment campaign via social media. Tweets began appearing over the weekend and the latest, posted yesterday,...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: online agents – where are they now?

It’s easy to forget, but there was a time when the internet didn’t exist. When the idea behind the world wide...

19 August 2016

From: Features

Mystery surrounds fate of 'closed' hybrid estate agency

Mystery surrounds the fate of Fresh Chilli, a north of England-based hybrid estate agency that launched with a fanfare last autumn,...

19 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Four new branches open for the 'original' hybrid estate agency

EweMove Sales and Lettings, which describes itself as the UK's first hybrid estate agency, has opened four new branches, taking its...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals first details of online sales service roll-out

Countrywide has given Estate Agent Today some early details of how its mix of online and traditional agency services will roll-out...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: 9% revenue growth and online roll-out despite Brexit concerns

Countrywide has confounded its critics with an upbeat performance in the first six months of the year, growing revenues by nine...

28 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks marketing chief off-loads almost 250,000 shares in agency

  The chief marketing officer of Purplebricks, Joby Russell - who in the recent past has described the hybrid as “the UK’s...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks blasted over sales totals and speed of completions

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

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Savills-backed online firm YOPA hunting for advertising agency

YOPA, the online agency which recently won financial backing from high end consultancy Savills, is on the look out for an...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide-owned agency moves to 'premises-free business model'

An estate agency owned by Countrywide has relaunched with what it calls “an innovative, premises-free business model that seeks to redefine...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Zoopla to allow agents to 'go hybrid' and rival Purplebricks

Zoopla is to offer its members a range of options which effectively mean that those agents who wish to can offer...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Call for evidence: why technology needs to underpin house buying

Nearly three quarters of people who have sold or bought a property deem it more stressful than having a child or...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Sale of homes will move more and more online says Savills chief

The chief executive of Savills says “the sale of homes will move more and more online” - justifying the recent investment...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency and property shares stabilise after early Brexit panic

Agency and other property shares that have been buffetted in the past two trading days have now stabilised - in most...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Purplebricks, Foxtons share prices tumble - portals less so

As post-Brexit referendum vote shockwaves continue to reverberate around stock markets and currency exchanges, many publicly-quoted property companies took a hit...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks investor Woodford says Brexit vote presents opportunities

The most famous investor in hybrid agency Purplebricks, star fund manager Neil Woodford, says Brexit presents opportunities as well as challenges. In...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

'Original' hybrid estate agency claims record sales and completions

The agency which describes itself as the UK’s first hybrid - EweMove - is claiming a record quarter of property sales...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

City analyst disputes Purplebricks' claim of 77 per cent conversion rate

One of the most respected City analysts of the changing residential sales industry says Purplebricks’ business model is worth admiring -...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agents – here's why your software needs to be cloud-based

You may have heard a lot about 'the cloud' in the last few years. In fact, it's become a bit of...

16 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks sells £2.8bn worth of property - plans to launch in Australia

In a very buoyant report to the City, Purplebricks claims it has sold £2.8 billion worth of property in the year...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency seeks to expand by selling local franchises from £5,000

Cashing in on the publicity surrounding the share price of Purplebricks and recent entries into hybrid estate agency by Countrywide and...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Consumer group says hybrid estate agency is the future

The influential consumer property body HomeOwners Alliance says Purplebricks-style hybrid estate agencies may be “the future”. In a blog on the HOA website,...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

High-end agency 'mystery shops' Purplebricks - with very mixed results

One of the country’s leading high-end buying agencies says it has ‘mystery shopped’ Purplebricks - with mixed results. For while it found its...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks 1, Old-style online agencies 0

Forgive the footballing headline – perhaps inevitable now that Euro 2016 has started – but several decisions and statements across the...

10 June 2016

From: Features

Another senior Countrywide executive leaves the company

Another Countrywide executive has left the company - the latest departure is Eyal Malinger, the director of corporate development. Harvard-educated Malinger had...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide launches 'hybrid' online and traditional sales across three brands

Countrywide is to offer vendors and buyers a choice of using an online service, a traditional high street branch or a...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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