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PropTech Today: automating lettings - challenges and opportunities

As agents, we’ve finally got used to the word PropTech - some of us even like it! What’s more, PropTech has,...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

People want new homes - but not just anywhere

Almost 77 per cent of people think the government must build more homes - but if that means reclassifying Green Belt...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New Propertymark chief reveals Digital Expansion Programme

Industry trade body Propertymark has unveiled a digital expansion programme. A statement from the organisation says this initiative shows new chief executive...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer advises agents: Save A Sale, Restore A Reputation!

There may well have been times in recent weeks when any agent would have been forgiven for wanting a break -...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Official guidance issued for agents to avoid Stamp Duty delays

In an unusual move, HM Land Registry has issued guidance to agents to help them reassure jittery buyers and sellers ahead...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: how tech-led will estate agency be in 10 years?

Around 18 months ago, just a few months before the pandemic hit, I did a Natter with the team at software...

19 June 2021

From: Features

Exclusive: interview with Liana Loporto, NAEA Propertymark President

In the first of a two-part special with the presidents of the UK’s largest property trade organisation, we carry out an...

19 June 2021

From: Features

Sir Stelios backs easyProperty agent with no property experience

easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has given his personal backing to the newest recruit of online agency easyProperty - even though...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark beefs up policy and campaigns team

The policy and campaigns team at Propertymark, headed by Mark Hayward, has been expanded after what it calls “a number of...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: Reality Czech for the Scots (but will they boogie against England?)

Welcome to our second Euros Agent Match Report, when we get leading agents’ and suppliers’ takes on the matches featuring England and Scotland.  Today...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: Our first Agent Match Report - England finally kick off with a win!

Hello and welcome to our first Euros Agent Match Report, a really engaging piece on England's triumphant campaign start yesterday. Our thanks go to...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing Market Frenzy - It’s Not Just Britain, You Know…

Right now it seems that another day means another house price record, an all-time high for transactions, and a conveyancing log-jam...

12 June 2021

From: Features

Supply drought goes on - but more appraisals reported by agents

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says its monthly sentiment measure of house prices is at its highest level since 1988. A...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - well done Agents Together and industry fund-raisers

Hello and we’re at the end of another week celebrating all those in our industry who do great work. And this...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents – getting to know you, getting to like you…

A recent survey run by mio revealed that almost 50% of home movers selected their estate agent because they liked them....

09 June 2021

From: Features

OnTheMarket success: agency numbers up, in profit, repays furlough

OnTheMarket’s new chief executive has posted his first full year’s trading figures - and they suggest the portal is making progress...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: talking Brexit, Covid, USPs and mews homes with Lurot Brand

Independent agents come in all shapes, sizes and looks, many with their own USPs and little quirks. It is this variety...

05 June 2021

From: Features

The Cladding Scandal – what do you need to know?

The Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017 exposed the dangers of inflammable cladding on residential tower blocks, and what has come...

05 June 2021

From: Features

Revealed: how digital innovation is transforming estate agency

The growth of the internet and technology has transformed virtually every aspect of our lives, including how we approach the property...

05 June 2021

From: Features

Bank of England warns on interest rates if house prices rocket

The Bank of England will intervene if it considers soaring house prices will affect the inflation rate says Sir Dave Ramsden,...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons reveals big sales leap - and ignores investor criticism

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

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing market needs more help as Covid support measures end - call

Banks and building societies want the government to offer more help to the housing market through additional assistance to home owners...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - bad product or bad plan?

In the previous edition of PropTech Today, Nathan Emerson highlighted the importance of effective implementation, linking poor staff engagement to the...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Record number of homes sell above asking price

An all-time record high of one in three properties sold for more than the original asking price last month. This is according...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket announces another PropTech partnership

OnTheMarket has signed a new deal with a PropTech partner - the second in successive weeks. This latest one is a 12...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing leader wants much slower phase-out of stamp duty holiday

The head of one of the UK’s largest conveyancing legal practices is warning the property market could “fall off a cliff...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark: your voice matters, make sure it’s heard

In an industry which is faced with constant changes in day-to-day practices and even more so given the Covid terrain which agents...

22 May 2021

From: Features

Q&A with Jerry Walters – why the AML clock is ticking for letting agents

With property fraud on the rise and an ever-increasing number of transactions taking place in the lettings sector, having strict anti-money laundering...

22 May 2021

From: Features

What could the Planning Bill mean for the property market?

The Planning Bill, which will introduce changes to the planning system in England, was announced last week in the Queen’s Speech....

22 May 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - we’re free to go inside (and fundraise outside)

It’s great to enjoy hospitality inside now...but it’s even better to fundraise, perhaps outside in the spring and summer weather. It’ll...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

London Calling: Transactions from Hong Kong buyers soar

London agency Benham and Reeves says a new analysis it’s conducted of the capital’s property market since last summer shows a...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to recommend changes to ‘material info’ on listings

The Trading Standards agency team has outlined to Estate Agent Today the process it will follow to improve what it calls...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart chief defects to Keller Williams for new role

Keller Williams UK has announced that Paul Sloan - who quit as operations director of Spicerhaart just weeks ago - is...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket data deal means free market appraisal guides for agents

OnTheMarket has signed an exclusive commercial partnership with property data specialist Sprift, to provide free market appraisal guides. These can be customised...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Combat stress with Propertymark mental health awareness training

Propertymark is backing the current Mental Health Awareness Week - and says the market boom is a possible cause of additional...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Watch: what is the future of lettings sector PropTech?

In a video interview for Letting Agent Today, Neil Cobbold, Chief Sales Officer of PayProp, speaks to property professional Chris Buckler...

08 May 2021

From: Features

What should agents do with cool customers in a hot market?

Property owners who play it cool when it comes to marketing their home find their frustration soon becomes overheated. The constant we...

08 May 2021

From: Features

Portal Charges: cost-per-lead idea for new-build listings

Zoopla says house builders “are at the heart of everything we do” and it is revamping its New Homes marketing offer...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark chair takes up leadership role in Conveyancing body

The interim executive chair of Propertymark has now taken up a leading role in The Conveyancing Association Nicky Heathcote is becoming the...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Carlisle to Zimbabwe via Yorkshire and Brum

Hello and if it’s the end of the week it’s time for Agents Do Charity -  your opportunity to respect all...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS governance crisis - Leading lawyer wants your views

The independent review into the governance of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is calling for comments. Earlier this year RICS was the...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

The reality of RoPA – an alternative view on estate agency regulation

We have more regulations controlling the sector than ever before and we have more ‘regulators’ involved in controlling the sector than...

01 May 2021

From: Features

What would you do with an extra 6.5 hours a week?

You could make about 65 more cold calls, or hold 13 more viewings, or you could take a power-nap every day...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Online KYC checks help estate agents battle rising fraud

As an estate agent, you should of course be performing robust Know Your Customer (KYC) checks as part of your Anti-Money...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Nicky Stevenson – how do we encourage more women into senior roles?

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I chat with Fine & Country UK’s managing director Nicky Stevenson, one of the most...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Changes to the moving process that agents and consumers want to see

The private treaty process has been in need of modernisation for a long time. When we open an account with a...

28 April 2021

From: Features

Change is coming – how can we improve the homebuying process?

With property transactions taking longer than ever and many people operating at capacity, it is easy to overlook the progress made,...

28 April 2021

From: Features

Agents’ performance measured by PropTech firm’s new dashboard

Software provider Rex has launched three new live dashboards for agencies, one of which covers agent performance. Rex says the dashboards -...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why agency must never become a closed shop

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

24 April 2021

From: Features

PropTech: What are the biggest questions on Apps vs APIs?

In my previous Estate Agent Today feature, I endeavoured to explain the key differences between APIs and Apps, to help improve...

24 April 2021

From: Features

Should agents track the Covid testing and vaccination status of staff?

Potential house buyers may be fine with virtual tours during lockdown periods, but as the country opens up, people are going...

24 April 2021

From: Features

Make stamp duty cut permanent, international economists tell UK

The UK government has been told it should make the stamp duty cut permanent to encourage investment and make it easier...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency pledges to give most profit back to local community

An online agency that already operates in the lettings field is spreading into sales - and pledges to give most of...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Apps vs APIs: Which is best for agents?

Have you found yourself asking the question: “what is the difference between an API and an App?” No doubt we are all...

14 April 2021

From: Features

State of the property nation survey – what did we discover?

Our recent state of the property nation survey, which yielded nearly 350 responses from directors to junior negotiators, and many others...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla founder has new idea to disrupt how agents buy and sell

The founder of Zoopla has returned to the property market with a new proposal to disrupt how agents buy and sell homes. Alex...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - will there be live property events this year?

The last property event I attended in person – and I think the last physical property event held all told –...

10 April 2021

From: Features

Sellers must be “on it” and collate info upfront to help a smooth sale

A leading conveyancing industry chief says the one factor that would help improve the slow house buying process today would be the...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Appraisal numbers up - could supply shortage soon be over?

The shortage of supply compared to demand, which has characterised the housing market in recent months, could soon be a thing...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Major agency signs two year extension with Zoopla

With increasing numbers of portals battling for membership and revenue, Zoopla has revealed that all Carter Jonas’ residential branches will list until...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property market evolution - it’s a balancing act for all of us

The UK property market is always evolving but never as quickly as it is now. Traditional estate agents are seriously questioning...

07 April 2021

From: Features

Starting a business? Sage advice proved to be worth acting upon

It’s 12 years since we opened our doors with the Fine and Country estate agency in Drayton on April 1 2009. The...

03 April 2021

From: Features

Best foot forward for Fine & Country as they trek for funds

The managing director of Fine & Country Cardiff, Dan Thomas, has wasted no time with his fundraiser - starting as soon...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Think of the children - super-heroic work by Reeds Rains

Reeds Rains is once again fundraising for the wonderful Cash For Kids - and this time there’s a twist. In previous years...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sarah Edmundson – how Agents Together is helping the industry to talk

Mental health – and the importance of good mental health – has become a vital thing for all of us in...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge won’t hurt foreign buyer market - claim

A prominent London agency says today’s new two per cent stamp duty surcharge imposed on most overseas buyers will not dampen...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property directors banned for 25 years after investment scam

Two property directors have been banned from holding company office for a total of 25 years after abusing £7.7m taken from...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How will electric cars change conveyancing and the housing market?

Conveyancers should consider the provision of electric vehicle parking and charging in transactions according to a legal company. Law firm says that...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Many transactions ‘taking four months from offer to exchange’

NAEA Propertymark says a record number of transactions are taking four months to move from offer to exchange. The organisation says this...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark - Where is it going next?

Few people in the industry have as controversial or challenging a role as Nathan Emerson, the new (but interim) chief executive...

27 March 2021

From: Features

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

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

27 March 2021

From: Features

Wrongdoing in an agency? Whistleblowers urged to come forward

A new campaign to urge whistleblowers to come forward with evidence of wrongdoing has been launched by the Financial Conduct Authority. This...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and there’s extra daylight for fund-raising now…

Normal life still seems far away so there hasn’t been the usual spotlight on a good-news-feeling that comes every year on...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: “There’s no crisis at Propertymark” says new CEO

Nathan Emerson, the new chief executive of Propertymark, says his mission is to make the organisation more transparent - and to...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Reminder for agents…only a few more days to fill in our survey!

On Monday, we launched our state of the property nation survey – a 14-question poll designed to give estate and letting...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lead Generation - most happens out of hours, says PropTech platform

New data from The ValPal Network suggests 57 per cent of leads are generated outside office hours, putting the emphasis on...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

High-end agency expands with 170-mile wide sales patch

A new licensee at Fine & Country is taking the brand into a new territory with a sales patch 170 miles wide...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Big sign-up for new Level Three Agency Qualification scheme

The Guild of Property Professionals says it’s had a strong response to the launch of its Ofqual-accredited Level Three Agency Qualification. It...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax Day was just a damp squib says leading industry analyst

The government’s highly-anticipated Tax Day was just a damp squib.  That’s the view of leading analyst Anthony Codling, who says the almost complete...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news - Building societies report booming market sentiment

The Building Societies Association says there’s been a surge in consumer confidence in the housing market following the Budget. Some 37 per...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

The end of EPCs? Government told to scrap ‘outdated’ scheme

Energy Performance Certificates ought to be scrapped because they are outdated and not fit for purpose. That’s the view of an influential...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks - Is it joining the establishment?

Purplebricks is now part of the mainstream landscape of British estate agency. There - I said it. An agency whose whispered name...

20 March 2021

From: Features

Countrywide: Where did it all go wrong? A former insider gives his view...

This week’s interviewee in the ‘In Conversation Today’ hotseat is a man better placed than most to shed some light on...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents caught on camera - they call vendor’s house “disgusting”

An estate agency has apologised unreservedly for “most regrettable” comments made by two members of staff who described a vendor’s property...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Why top customer service is more important than ever in 2021

Later this year, on October 22, the ESTAS 2021 will take place in London. The glittering ceremony will welcome property professionals...

17 March 2021

From: Features

Property professionals welcome digitisation to better manage transactions

The findings of the new ‘Thriving in a Pandemic’ report, recently published by tmgroup and mio, have highlighted that the market...

17 March 2021

From: Features

Should Non-Disclosure Agreements be banned in the property industry?

The controversy over the use of Non-Disclosure Agreements in the world of property resurfaced over the weekend in a BBC programme. A...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - is working from anywhere the future for UK estate agency?

One of the biggest trends in recent times, as a direct result of the pandemic, is the concept of working from...

13 March 2021

From: Features

Stamp duty holiday: how to keep your chain intact

Following the fluctuation of the property market during the UK’s first national lockdown, the industry was given a lifeline by the...

13 March 2021

From: Features

The property sector needs to keep up with changing consumer behaviour

Last year saw a monumental shift in almost every aspect of our lives: not least the way we work, socialise and...

13 March 2021

From: Features

Mystery witness named in new Suzy Lamplugh documentary

Another TV programme will this weekend examine the fate of Suzy Lamplugh, the London estate agent who disappeared 35 years ago...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents' fury at Rightmove restrictions imposed without warning

Agents are up in arms at a Rightmove restriction temporarily preventing access to parts of its listing back-end.  Agents received an email...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New Propertymark crisis as finance chief quits

The head of finance at Propertymark has quit - another high profile departure for the troubled organisation. Estate Agent Today broke the news...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents changing work priorities because of Covid says personnel guru

The head of one of the industry’s foremost recruitment organisations says the pandemic has caused people to re-evaluate priorities and change...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How do you think Propertymark should be run?

Propertymark has set out a four point strategy for the future of the organisation. The body - which encompasses the National Association...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Be Kind We Care’ initiative launched across property industry

A conveyancing organisation has launched an initiative called Be Kind We Care to promote kindness and wellbeing within the property industry. The...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Call My Agent! Celebrities find it’s not so easy to sell and buy homes…

One of the biggest TV hits of lockdown has been the Netflix show Call My Agent! It’s a surprise success, perhaps, because...

06 March 2021

From: Features

eBay and Amazon use omnichannel marketing - why don’t you?

As a property agent, fancy marketing terminology such as ‘omnichannel’ might not hold too much interest for you right now. We’re in...

06 March 2021

From: Features

Watch: will property viewings ever be the same?

A panel of estate agents recently participated in a webinar to discuss the benefits of livestream open house viewings. The webinar, part...

06 March 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity … Who’s sponsored to climb the cliff edge?

Another week and another frenzy of news, culminating in the Budget and the extension of the stamp duty holiday. A cliff edge...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: new cliff edge or cause for delight?

Rarely do Budgets produce positive sentiments from the agency industry but Chancellor Rishi Sunak appears to have won widespread support for...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty extension revealed by Chancellor Sunak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak says the stamp duty holiday on properties up to £500,000 will be extended from March 31 to June 30; from...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons buys major rival agency - both continue as separate brands

It's been confirmed that Foxtons has bought rival London-focussed agency Douglas & Gordon. In a trading statement this morning Foxtons tells its...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

House buying bonanza as Budget helps low deposit purchasers

A new mortgage guarantee scheme to help buyers with small deposits will be revealed on Wednesday at the Budget. Chancellor Rishi Sunak...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide sets out timetable for its demise

The Countrywide name is set to disappear from the stock market in a week’s time - and may soon be gone...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty clarity must be Budget priority says top agent

A leading agent says the worst thing that could happen with Wednesday’s Budget is if the Chancellor does not deliver on...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - are virtual viewings now absolutely integral for agents?

Pre-pandemic, virtual and video viewings were a nice little add-on for some agents, but they were far from universally used and...

27 February 2021

From: Features

Honesty – and a leak - see the property market through ‘crisis’

Honesty is a concept that journalists will tell their readers is non-existent for estate agents. Yeah, right! But as the end...

27 February 2021

From: Features

Independent agents’ group reveals entry criteria for new members

The Federation of Independent Agents has released details of the entry criteria for agencies interested in joining the growing group. “We’re already...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of agents sign up to free virtual viewings service

Zoopla says over 250 agents have now signed up to its partnership deal with PropTech firm FocalAgent, set up by former...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Here's everything you need to know about remortgaging

In this tips article, the experts at GoodMove provide expert insight into the remortgage process. Remortgaging is the process of changing your...

24 February 2021

From: Legislation & Compliance

Industry veteran takes over Propertymark as interim leader

Propertymark has named a veteran industry figure as interim chief executive - and says it has a "new strategy." Nathan Emerson has some...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells buys Countrywide - five reasons why it will be a success

The acquisition of Countrywide by Connells might just be the deal of the century in the British estate agency industry. That’s the...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Lobby your MP over stamp duty holiday extension, agents told

Propertymark - still reeling over two senior resignations in less than a week - says its lobbying sessions with politicians are...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark latest - “We have no further comment”

When it comes to communications, Propertymark could do with a lot fewer confidentiality agreements and a lot more transparency. And I...

20 February 2021

From: Features

How to ensure your letting business remains compliant

Being a letting agent today means keeping up to date with the long list of rules and regulations governing how a...

20 February 2021

From: Features

Revealed - Key challenges to agency businesses in 2021

Fixflo’s webinar on February 9 saw an industry panel debate 2021’s threats and opportunities for letting agents. The panel discussed a range...

20 February 2021

From: Features

Stricter EPC targets will deter buyers from moving - warning

Propertymark has slammed government energy efficiency proposals as being “unrealistic, too simplistic and could deter people from moving home.” A formal consultation...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Game Over for Propertymark? What future after shock resignations?

Members of Propertymark are left wondering today what if any future there is for the industry’s trade body. The shock resignation yesterday...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sarah Beeny – Will she be returning to estate agency after Tepilo?

This week’s In Conversation Today interviewee needs no introduction. One of the property industry’s most recognisable names, she has been a...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the most commonly misunderstood deposit protection terms

Knowing adjudication terms and phrases can make all the difference in a deposit dispute. The DPS has been helping landlords and letting...

17 February 2021

From: Features

New Propertymark CEO Balcon stays silent on leadership resignation

The new chief executive of Propertymark has declined to answer questions relating to the resignation of the NAEA president only half...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Mystery deepens over resignation of NAEA Propertymark president

Mystery over the unusual nature of the resignation of the NAEA President, announced last weekend, has deepened in the past 24...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - ‘I work for myself, not by myself’ – a self-employed agent’s tale

In this week's Natter, I focus on the inspiring story of Clare Hughes, who has bounced back in the last 12 months...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Unsellable: Thousands of flats remain impossible to mortgage or sell

Agents and a wide range of property experts have demanded yet more government funds to end the cladding crisis that is...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Has the Stamp Duty Holiday extension campaign worked?

There is no scientific formula, no list of must-have elements in a successful campaign. That’s especially the case for a campaign involving...

06 February 2021

From: Features

‘Very few new portals can seriously compete with us’ - claim

This time out, I’m in conversation with one of the big three established portals. Since it was founded in 2007, Zoopla...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Extending Stamp Duty Holiday is top demand for Budget 2021

A 10-point ’must have’ list of demands for Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget on March 3 has been issued by NAEA Propertymark. It’s...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Texts to potential sellers will win instructions, says PropTech supplier

Agents can win more instructions by using text messages to prospective sellers as part of a short term ‘nurture’ campaign, according...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Customer Data Breach: Foxtons at centre of newspaper allegations

A newspaper claims that thousands of customers’ financial details held by Foxtons Group are being freely accessed on the so-called dark...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Setback for online agents in latest survey of sellers’ preferences

A new survey suggests online agents are favoured by only three per cent of sellers. The study involved a modest sample -...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate As It Happened - What MPs Said

Labour and Conservative MPs have expressed a unanimous view on their desire to see an extension of the stamp duty holiday...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 January 2021

From: Features

Why 2021 is the year agents should move away from being technologists

Technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years, undoubtedly improving many parts of the moving process for both estate...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Boomin dismisses speculation of ‘direct sales’ cutting out agents

Boomin has denied that it will ever allow direct property sales, cutting out estate agents. Founder Michael Bruce says the new service...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Is Propertymark’s new chief executive up to the job?

The new chief executive of Propertymark, now combining five agency trade bodies including the NAEA and ARLA, has no experience at...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Suzy Lamplugh: brother's new appeal for information, 35 years on

A new appeal has been launched to discover what happened to missing London agent Suzy Lamplugh. She disappeared in July 1986, aged 25....

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Farewell – what we’ve learnt and where do we go next?

I have written this column for over four years. I started writing it at a time when no-one really knew anything...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Trade groups slug it out - Guild says it saves agents £33,500 a year

Just as the new chief executive of Propertymark holds interviews across the industry, so The Guild of Property Professionals is coming out...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide latest - Connells snap up rival shareholders’ stake

Connells, which already has the explicit support of a majority of Countrywide shareholders for its takeover of the company, has now...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Crisis: No physical auctions this year for top auctioneer

One of the country’s top auctioneers is not going to stage any ballroom auctions this year - and it’s keeping its 2022...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 January 2021

From: Features

What can estate agents learn from retailers?

If your house is anything like mine, the postman has a path beaten to your door over the last nine months. In...

23 January 2021

From: Features

RICS in dramatic U-turn after newspaper allegations

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors last night announced a dramatic U-turn in the controversy over a report by an independent...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate: MP wants government to honour petition pledge

The MP who presides over online petitions such as the one calling for an extension of the stamp duty holiday says...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Gag: MPs prevented from debating extension

The government may be stopping MPs debating an extension to the stamp duty holiday - despite a pledge they would do...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Fall-throughs to rise as 100,000 face stamp duty disappointment

The latest Rightmove analysis shows it now takes 126 days from the time an offer is accepted until legal completion -...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: exclusive Q&A with Tim Balcon, Propertymark’s new CEO

Propertymark, the overarching body aiming to bring five different associations (ARLA, NAEA, NAVA, ICBA and APIP) into a single brand, was...

16 January 2021

From: Features

Could autonomous transportation affect the property market?

In the not-too-distant future, it will be possible to order a driverless car to collect you and then drive you to...

13 January 2021

From: Features

Land Registry extends requisition deadline to up to 60 days

HM Land Registry is extending the time its customers have to respond to requests for information to up to 40 days...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS finance controversy: Surveyors’ chief insists action is being taken

The president of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors insists that the organisation is acting on recommendations of a probe into...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

“Chaos and mayhem!” Phil Spencer’s warning over stamp duty extension

Property expert Phil Spencer is warning that “chaos” and “mayhem” looms in the housing market if the stamp duty holiday is...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS finance controversy - new allegations made by newspaper

The Sunday Times has made new and detailed allegations regarding the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. For some weeks the newspaper has...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 will not hold back Agents who are prepared to adapt

With the Government announcement this week of another national lockdown across England amid the surging coronavirus infections, it once again puts...

08 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Boomin's Michael Bruce reveals portal's aims - and the lessons of Purplebricks

To kick off 2021, we have a Q&A with one of the most high-profile – and, it has to be said,...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday - Do The Right Thing Rishi!

There’s growing optimism that an extension to the stamp duty holiday - thought to be off the agenda just days ago...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit data protection measures may mean more red tape for agents

A leading property law expert says agents with international clients in parts of Europe should prepare for additional processes which may...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

How to make process optimisation your New Year’s resolution

January presents an opportune time for agency leaders to resolve and plan for resilience, performance and growth in 2021. With most of...

06 January 2021

From: Features

Countrywide’s former management slammed by industry veteran

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

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Sort Out Searches! Government asked to intervene over council delays

A trade body has called on House Secretary Robert Jenrick to intervene over the growing problem of delays in councils providing...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells reveals its plan for Countrywide branches and staff

Connells has revealed that it’s to keep the existing Countrywide branch structure and staff headcount when the acquisition process is completed...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: What challenges lie ahead as 2021 gets underway?

Following a turbulent 2020 in which the property market and the professionals working within it excelled in the face of unprecedented...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 January 2021

From: Features

The year of Covid ends on a house price high

House prices surged in December to post their fastest growth in six years, according to the Nationwide.  Prices rose 7.3 per cent...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Hunters takeover talks extended until late January

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

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - backbone of our industry – the London way

Many independents will be based in the capital, but given its size and breadth they may get drowned out even more...

19 December 2020

From: Features

Sell high, sell fast - selling for the best price with home staging

The importance of marketing properties is something that is often undervalued. Big budgets are dedicated to selling everyday items such as...

19 December 2020

From: Features

Madness! Government refusal to extend SDLT holiday provokes anger

Agents and property experts have reacted angrily to the government's refusal to extend the stamp duty holiday. The government has told campaigners that...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Top pandemic tips for estate agents

Described on this site as a ‘powerful disruptor’ in March 2020, few would deny that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on...

16 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Suzy Lamplugh: TV show reveals ‘new witness’ 34 years on

A TV show relating the story of London estate agent Suzy Lamplugh will this evening reveal that there is a possible new...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

What leaving the EU means for anti-money laundering legislation

The coronavirus pandemic has somewhat eclipsed Brexit this year – which is no mean feat. Cast your mind back to pre-Covid...

12 December 2020

From: Features

Exclusive - Agents' training and licensing latest from the chair of RoPA

First off, hello and welcome to this new series – appearing in Estate Agent Today’s Breaking News section each month –...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Market losing steam as RICS worries about slowdown in 2021

The sales market is currently strong but the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has issued a warning about a slowdown next...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

UK’s property taxes highest in world according to official figures

The UK has topped the rankings for the highest property taxes as a percentage of overall taxation in the developed world...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘are good at pretending they’re qualified’ says agency CEO

A London estate agency chief executive says agents "have become good at pretending that they are qualified and regulated when the...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares soar as company urges investors to sit tight

The saga over the future of Countrywide continues with the company urging its shareholders to take “no action” over the latest...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Connells makes increased offer for Countrywide

Connells has this morning made a dramatic improvement in its bid to takeover Countrywide. It has increased its cash offer from 250p...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the backbone of our industry – charity, Cornwall and family!

Welcome to part three of our ongoing series on local independent agents, as we seek to give this all-important part of...

05 December 2020

From: Features

What should agents look for in a software provider in 2021?

If this year has taught us anything, it's that estate agents need their software provider and specifically their CRM, to help...

05 December 2020

From: Features

Agents can do more to speed up transactions by adopting technology

Recent debate about urgent need for reform and better collaboration within the property industry, has once again come under the spotlight...

04 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Private equity firm wanting control of Countrywide says it’s nearly there

The private equity company which wants to take control of Countrywide has issued a statement saying it now has the support...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Takeover: Hunters gives January 1 deadline to Property Franchise Group

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

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New industry regulator could use versions of TPO codes of practice

The industry regulator who comes into force when the Regulation of Property Agents’ recommendations are adopted may take over versions of...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Long-standing portal Mouseprice bought by property social network

One of the oldest portals in the UK, Mouseprice, has been bought by a service which describes itself as the country’s...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Are you prepared for a seasonal upswing in missed rental payments?

It’s that time of year again. Black Friday has been and gone and the run-up to Christmas is well and truly...

02 December 2020

From: Features

Countrywide's future uncertain as shareholders reject Connells bid

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

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin wants founder agents on boards leading the portal

Upcoming portal Boomin has written to its founder agents inviting one of them to take up a seat on the main...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Weak leadership threatens innovation

After you. No, after you. That is often how innovation seems amongst the real estate elite. And this week I see it...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers

We are on the threshold in December with the pandemic still dominating but we’re delighted there is still positive jobs news...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of agents sign up to free-to-list portal group

Free-to-list portal group OneDome claims 425 estate agency branches joined its listing services last month,  OneDome Group operates two portals, OneDome and...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents still worried about cliff-edge threat to stamp duty holiday

NAEA Propertymark has renewed its warning that a cliff-edge threatens housing market stability as the stamp duty holiday ends. The organisation’s outgoing chief...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 - The year of Boomin?

The agency industry may look back on this year and say: “Well...to be honest we didn’t really see it coming.” No, no,...

28 November 2020

From: Features

What is blockchain and can it really help estate agents?

Property sales take a seriously long time to complete. There are a number of reasons for this, although often delays are...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Rural property benefits from Covid-19 and the property use revolution

The secure Conservative victory in the 2019 General Election meant the property market in the sunlit uplands was set for a...

28 November 2020

From: Features

“Knackered” Countrywide suffers media onslaught

Criticism of the management of Countrywide has reached new levels of derision as the mainstream media have attacked the chaos surrounding...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Update: Agents seeking urgent guidance from government

Propertymark is in touch with the government to see how the new Tier structure being introduced on December 3 will affect...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will relaxed EWS1 safety checks allow thousands of flats to be sold?

Safety checks which are apparently now preventing thousands of owners selling flats are to be eased - but there is confusion...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

The push me, pull you of estate agency

Newspapers are pushed through the door, whereas websites have to pull in visitors - it’s a simple but fundamental difference with vast implications...

21 November 2020

From: Features

Conveyancer attacks “outdated” and “age old processes”

The director of a conveyancing technology company has hit out at what he calls “an over-reliance on outdated processes” and “age-old...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and an early mention of …. Christmas

Hello and welcome to the end of the week - Friday means charity day, with an update on our industry’s latest...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

 Rightmove cleared - watchdog throws out complaint about TV advert

A TV advert for Rightmove first screened in 2018 has been cleared of gender stereotyping. A complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

A rare shining light: property must be protected and allowed to flourish

Watching the government’s surprise press conference a couple of weekends ago the message was clear; we were heading into a gruelling...

14 November 2020

From: Features

Top 10 things to consider before picking rental payment PropTech

According to the annual Property Week PropTech survey, almost 48% of property businesses had tested new technology because of the COVID-19...

14 November 2020

From: Features

TV consumer champion demands action to free ‘mortgage prisoners’

A new report funded by high profile consumer champion Martin Lewis says the government must do more to help ‘mortgage prisoners’. These...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

RICS’ new survey will be “real change” to improve buying process

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says its new Home Survey Standard will be implemented from March and will represent a...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Delivering a speedy end of tenancy deposit negotiation – the top tips

Tenancy deposit disputes are messy and often frustrating for all involved. While the number of formal disputes remains low, the pandemic...

10 November 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Countrywide shares soar despite more branch closures

Countrywide shares soared yesterday, rising 47 per cent on the previous close at one point as investors relished the prospect of...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide at risk of entering administration - claim

Connells has issued a counter statement to this morning’s announcement by Countrywide that a possible takeover is underway. At 7am Countrywide revealed...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons’ management bonuses stay after ‘voting problem’ revealed

Foxtons has announced that its remuneration policy for senior management is to stay unchanged - and it says a voting problem...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - good works continue through the lockdown…

Hello and welcome to yet another Agents Do Charity, the weekly forum for the industry to share its good news on...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New house survey launched by fledgling rival to RICS

A new survey has been launched by the Residential Property Surveyors Association. The RPSA - which wants to rival the RICS as...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

The small things agents can do to reduce consumer stress

Purplebricks recently launched a meditation service to help buyers and sellers manage stress. You might disagree with the idea, but moving...

04 November 2020

From: Features

Rogue agents flouting AML rules ‘will be prosecuted’ says NAEA chief

A leading board member of NAEA Propertymark warns a small number of rogue agents continue to flout anti-money laundering regulations - and...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Common sense tips for dealing with student tenants

Clear communication and common-sense actions by landlords, letting agents and students at the start of a tenancy can drastically improve the...

31 October 2020

From: Features

Market boom to carry on into 2021 as mortgage lending soars

The housing market boom looks set to continue for some months yet as mortgage approvals for home purchases hit their highest...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Busiest Ever Autumn? Buyers up, prices up, delays up, supply up

There are 140,000 more buyers waiting to complete on their properties right now than there were this time last year. The claim, by...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping the property market moving

It’s been an unexpected year for the property market, shaped by the effects of the pandemic. We didn’t quite anticipate the...

27 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Top tips for creating engaging blog content

Putting fingers to keyboard to create blogs and articles isn’t always the easiest job for agents, particularly when meetings, viewings and...

27 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Top things to look for in a valuation tool

Here at The ValPal Network, we know that there are other options available when considering to use a valuation tool, so...

27 October 2020

From: PropTech & Innovation

Top tips - how can agents provide a 24/7 remote service?

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the way every industry operates and the property sector is no exception. Following an enforced seven-week...

23 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide gets £90m lifeline and top management clear-out

The troubled Countrywide group has announced a £90m investment by Alchemy Partners, a private equity company that specialises in investing in...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the ‘so what’ of software integration

Integration, collaboration and connected platforms – some great buzzwords, but what do they actually mean and do they really help agents? One...

21 October 2020

From: Features

Portal wants to list appraisal properties, not just formal instructions

Another new property portal has been launched, this one - Mutual - describing itself as the ‘Pre-Portal Property Platform for estate...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Call for mortgage guarantee scheme plus longer stamp duty holiday

The National Association of Estate Agents wants the government to initiate a mortgage guarantee scheme to encourage more 95 per cent...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons data breach but “no sensitive data compromised”

Foxtons is alleged by a newspaper to have suffered a malware attack and data breach which closed its MyFoxtons client website. The...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers tell agents - don’t blame us for transaction delays!

Conveyancers are sending a blunt message to estate agents: transactions will take longer than usual and don’t chase us with queries and...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Electronic signatures are helping agents to weather the 2020 storm

2020 has definitely been a year of change. With little warning, the pandemic disrupted the day-to-day operations of almost every industry...

17 October 2020

From: Features

Industry Redundancies: Agents Together launches support programme

Agents Together, the wellbeing and mentorship service which came into existence earlier this year, is launching what it calls a Redundancy...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - even as things get just a little tougher…

Let’s be honest: things are getting just a little tougher aren’t they?  We’re delighted to say that the spirit of the industry...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Market Shock - “Severe correction” for London as most of UK soars

A prominent housing market analyst is warning that in 14 years of studying prices and transactions he has never seen the...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Marketing shift for OnTheMarket towards more social media

OnTheMarket’s acting chief executive says the portal will embrace more social media and innovative marketing strategies in the coming period. Yesterday the...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Cut The Delays! Conveyancers urged to work with search providers

With many transactions now delayed by up to three weeks by slow searches, a body representing local search providers is urging...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral fee transparency shows why panel management is outdated

The latest review by the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team into referral fees places the outdated practice of...

10 October 2020

From: Features

Market Boom: Sales agreed so far in 2020 surpass last year’s figure

The total Sales Agreed in 2020 so far has overtaken Sales Agreed up to this point in 2019, despite the Coronavirus...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents told off for not being ready for Anti-Money Laundering regs

A security company says it is “disappointing” the estate agency industry is only around 55 per cent through preparations to cope...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

End of mortgage holiday could spell disaster for many - claim

A new paper from a think tank warns that many low income owner occupiers risk losing their homes when the mortgage...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid employment advice service set up by Propertymark

Propertymark has teamed up with an employment and health and safety specialist to establish a service for member agents with Coronavirus-related...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New PropTech product nurtures leads for agents - even as they sleep

A new PropTech product claims to help agents generate and nurture leads - even while they sleep. MovePal generates leads through Facebook...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why didn’t Foxtons’ American dream work out?

Recent Natters have explored the differences between the UK and American models of agency, and why Purplebricks failed to make a...

26 September 2020

From: Features

Agents, conveyancers and movers pledge greater sales transparency

The cross-sector group looking at reforming the sales process has agreed a new pledge which it says introduces greater transparency for...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark names new leader for revamped organisation

Propertymark, which will from later this year combine both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Will agencies benefit from Sunak’s new ‘after-furlough’ measures?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today reveals his latest measures to help businesses - including agencies, suppliers and other parts of the property...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Why generating and nurturing leads is more important than ever

Seller and landlord leads are what makes estate agency tick. Without them, new business is nowhere to be seen and you...

23 September 2020

From: Features

Three ways estate agents can create a virtual tour

Across the UK and Europe, lockdown measures are changing and the markets are kicking back into life as we grow accustomed...

16 September 2020

From: Features

Corporates and onliners lose market share to local firms - claim

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

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency networks to compete against each other for first time

A new customer service award category at The ESTAS will see agency networks competing against each other for the first time.  Networks...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why haven’t the Big 4 tech firms got involved with property?

For a number of years now, predictions have been made that one of the major tech giants will eventually enter the...

12 September 2020

From: Features

Keep your market moving

Be proactive, have a plan, and keep prospecting.  After the easing of lockdown measures, it’s safe to say the property market picked...

09 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Guild selects 40 new agency members from 100 applicants

The Guild of Property Professionals says that in the past quarter it has had its highest number of new joiners on...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Surveyors slug it out: Revamped group wants to take on RICS

The Residential Property Surveyors’ Association appears to be taking on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in a battle for authority...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - bumper bundle of new appointments

Hello, and if it’s the start of a new week it’s time for Property Jobs Today, giving you the inside track...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Autumn 2020 - seven things to watch

It’s no surprise the mainstream news remains dominated by coronavirus - not so much the actual effect of it right now,...

05 September 2020

From: Features

Navigating through the Covid crisis and beyond with AI

There will not be a single business within the property sector that did not start the year in vastly different circumstances...

05 September 2020

From: Features

Victim of notorious agency price fixing hits out at lack of refund

One of the victims of a notorious estate agency price fixing cartel has spoken out against one of the offenders.  Christina Davis...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour to spend two years debating property and housing issues

Labour’s shadow housing minister has revealed that it will be two years at least before the party sets out its long-term...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Vroom with a view - investment homes for sale at Silverstone

A developer working in collaboration with Silverstone race circuit is creating homes inside the track, near one of the motor racing...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - latest moves in and across our industry

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of PJT, the industry’s summary of new movers. Of course many agencies are reassessing their...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide - 10 own goals in five years

Hindsight is 20-20 vision, of course, and we can all see things we did ‘then’ that we would not do ‘now’....

22 August 2020

From: Features

Chinese buyers surge to UK - because of stamp duty or Hong Kong?

The stamp duty holiday running until March next year has triggered a surge in interest in UK property from Hong Kong...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Women In Residential Property - group grows during lockdown

The networking organisation Women in Residential Property has grown to over 300 members - its highest ever total.  Launched three years ago...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

AML checks for estate agents who don’t have time for compliance

The last few months have been tough for the property sector, and the pressure will continue as estate agents across the...

19 August 2020

From: Features

Major Countrywide shareholder demands “bold action to save company

One of Countrywide’s biggest shareholders has written a second letter to the company to demand bold action to save the agency...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – what does agency look like Down Under?

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

15 August 2020

From: Features

Cheap and nasty Purplebricks - why it didn't work down under

A leading expert on estate agency and the housing market in Australia has lifted the lid on how Purplebricks failed down...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Land Registry unveils latest digital upgrade for agents and others

HM Land Registry customers - including agents and conveyancers - can now manage all of their applications and correspondence including notices,...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Nationalists attack agency for using English version of house name

A row is brewing over an agency which acted on a vendor’s request to use the English version of a house...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS strengthens reviews link with Guild of Property Professionals

Reviews and awards platform ESTAS has announced that it’s now the preferred partner of the Guild of Property Professionals.  “Over the past...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agents offered live-streaming PropTech platform

The Federation of Independent Agents has announced its latest partnership - this time with a live-streaming viewing service called Gavl. The platform...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: agents can capitalise on an improving public image

Agents have long been the victim of a poor public reputation, from scoring highly in most disliked profession polls to being...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies at OnTheMarket ‘under consideration’ admits portal

OnTheMarket has confirmed it is “considering” making redundancies - the second of the large portals to be in this position. Rumours have been...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Can you lead Propertymark? You have one week to apply

Do you want to run the newly-merged Propertymark, embracing both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Code of Practice marks welcome progress for RoPA recommendations

Earlier this month, it was revealed that property industry bodies have joined a new Code of Practice Steering Group to enact...

25 July 2020

From: Features

Tax grab on house values proposed in new 'Property CGT'

Tens of billions of pounds of new taxes should be levied through a Capital Gains Tax imposed on main homes, not...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as the summer heat is on…

Agents Do Charity - as the summer heat is on… It’s hotting up outside and while this is set to be a...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Leading trainer launches range of online modules spanning industry

One of the industry’s leading trainers and consultants has launched a range of 15 new online training modules covering sales skills,...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance for agents on how to spot domestic abuse

Propertymark is working with an organisation called the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance to inform agents how to sport signs and respond...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Regulation of Agents: consultation opens on new Code of Conduct

Agents now have a chance to say what they think should be in a new Code of Conduct being discussed following...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what will property conferences and events of the future look like?

Conferences, events and awards dinners are a hugely important part of the property calendar, bringing the great and the good of...

18 July 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and you really are a generous lot!

Hello and welcome to the end of the week and the prospect of a sunny weekend. We appreciate fund-raising is difficult with...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Will agents and clients have to wear facemasks in branches?

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets is to be made mandatory in England.  Anyone failing to comply with the order...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent Agents group links up with recruitment specialists

The Federation of Independent Agents has announced its latest partnership offering exclusive services for members - it property recruitment firm The...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can sell properties at record speed with this key combination

There’s no doubt that Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the UK’s property market, after hundreds of thousands of house...

11 July 2020

From: Features

Stamp Duty mayhem? Conveyancers may not cope, warn agents

An estate agency is warning that the likely rush of transactions when the new stamp duty holiday ends next spring will...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Challenger portal offers agents free access to data on all UK homes

One of the many free-to-list portals now vying for attention is offering agents six months free access to a platform boasting...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Software and portals destroyed the personal touch of agency

Have you ever wondered how industry-specific software and property portals have influenced the typical estate agency of today? A new book, which...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 July 2020

From: Features

Fall throughs – the impact and the solutions revealed

In the first of a series of articles, Emma Vigus, managing director of mio, the estate agent sales progression platform, explores the...

04 July 2020

From: Features

NAEA Propertymark chief executive to quit at the end of 2020

The chief executive of the National Association of Estate Agents, Mark Hayward, is to retire at the end of this year.  The...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cut would NOT help the market, claims tax specialist

A prominent tax specialist has suggested that stamp duty cuts would not help improve the housing market, despite many agents suggesting...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

The fraud risks facing the property sector as a result of Covid-19

Businesses across all sectors have struggled to adapt to the changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. One group that have bucked...

01 July 2020

From: Features

Code of Practice for Estate Agents set to change industry forever

A new estate agency Code of Practice is to be written by a group set up by the Royal Institution of Chartered...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

220,000 London homes owned by Chinese: more to come, say agents

Government figures show the 218,975 properties within Greater London have Chinese owners - and two agents say there will be more...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Watch out Rightmove! 10,000 agents sign up to new rival portal

The challenger portal scheduled to launch in less than a week’s time on July 1 has secured the support of 10,000...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Management pay cuts and furlough returns revealed by high-end agency

Savills has revealed the measures it has taken to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus on its activities and balance sheet. The...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Emma Vigus, What twenty years in sales has taught me

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Emma Vigus, Managing Director of sales progression platform mio You’ve never...

25 June 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Start-ups saving letting agents time and money will thrive

As we adjust to a life post-Covid-19, letting agents, landlords, and tenants are thinking - ways to speed up the process...

24 June 2020

From: Features

High-end agency reveals “shift towards digital” via management reshuffle

A raft of changes in the senior management of Strutt & Parker is being heralded as part of a “shift towards...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as widely-respected property campaigner dies suddenly

The death has been announced of one of the country’s leading campaigners against the injustices of the leasehold system, Louie Burns. Burns...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New owners for agency that shut branches and created ‘hub’ structure

Midlands regional chain Andrew Grant, which last year closed some branches as it moved to a ‘hub’ structure, appears to have...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - the property industry should track Zoom’s phenomenal growth

“Let’s Zoom later”, “are we Zooming in the morning or afternoon?” “Yeah, I zoomed the client earlier” – variations on these...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Rightmove really IS very good value for agents, insists ex-director

The former commercial director of Rightmove has made a strong defence of much of the company’s activities, including the charges it...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rush to digitise house buying process triggered by virus - claim

A company promoting a Blockchain platform with promises to speed up the buying and selling process claims the pandemic has proved...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Converting your pipeline to income faster

As we emerge from lockdown, quickly progressing sales to completion is vital to replace lost commission income.  What role can mio...

15 June 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Why every political party is pro-tenant, anti-landlord

Back in the day, party politics and the private rental sector used to be straightforward. Conservatives were pro-landlord, Labour were pro-tenant, while...

13 June 2020

From: Features

Technology is central to solving property’s mismeasurement issue

To most people, purchasing a home is the single most significant financial commitment made across a lifetime. Given the impact and...

13 June 2020

From: Features

Charity connection brings meaning to fast-growing processor of rental transactions

Covid-19 has placed a spotlight on the impressive variety of fundraising platforms and technologies available – and not often in places...

13 June 2020

From: Features

OnTheMarket still aims to be top portal - and ponders next move on fees

OnTheMarket says it still aims to be the number one portal, but the acting chief executive has revealed a far more...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with two VERY big donations…

Hello and welcome to Agents Do Charity, our weekly opportunity to salute suppliers and agents fund-raising for good causes. We appreciate how...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

National auctioneer seeks agency partners for new sales initiative

National property auctioneer Pugh & Co is launching an initiative to partner with estate agents across the UK. Via a new network...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Guild claims influx of new agency members during lockdown

The Guild of Property Professionals says “a remarkable number” of agencies has joined it during the lockdown. Some 27 agencies signed up...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who are the challenger portals?

The only story that has come remotely close to pushing coronavirus – and its various knock-on effects – off the top...

06 June 2020

From: Features

Anxious vendors demand virtual appraisals as first stage of sale process

An overwhelming 98 per cent of vendors questioned by Zoopla say they remain anxious about the Coronavirus and would prefer to...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech is the key to dealing with post-lockdown surge

The Covid-19 crisis has forced the UK property industry to rethink the way it operates. With little warning, the pandemic disrupted the...

03 June 2020

From: Features

Delay property tax change until market revives, experts tell government

A taxation institute is urging the government to delay Capital Gains Tax changes relating to housing transactions until the virus crisis...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: On the offensive - why aren't you giving it all away for free?

I was asked a question by a German journalist yesterday. What is the biggest lesson German and European PropTech founders can...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing fraud warning issued by leading consumer group

Consumers are not as worried as they should be about conveyancing fraud, putting them at risk of losing life-changing sums of...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: first-time buyers - how can agents ease the pain?

A well-known saying in estate agency is that first-time buyers are the sellers of the future. If we believe this to...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Dominic Cummings - lessons for the agency industry

Dominic Cummings has been at worst a cause of huge anger to a nation that’s already extremely anxious. At best, he’s been...

30 May 2020

From: Features

RICS beefs up Anti-Money Laundering guide in light of Coronavirus

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has revised its Anti-Money Laundering guidance in the light of Coronavirus. It says the scale of...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Green Smileys, travel paths and IT help this agency stay safe

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what happened when big lenders had their own estate agencies?

All my recent Natters have been focused on one particular topic, the coronavirus crisis, for obvious reasons. But there has been...

23 May 2020

From: Features

Life Without Rightmove - potential leavers to get marketing advice

The Say No To Rightmove campaign is to hold a seminar for agents who have already left the portal or are...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Settled - people miss the point about failure

I recently read the news about Settled closing its doors. As of 6.29am on Tuesday morning, the article had been read by 8,642...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says key market indicator already better than last year

The number of full property details viewed on Rightmove - a key indicator of market health - is already stronger than...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

How can estate agents take professional property photos themselves?

As you know, having professional images of your properties is the best (only?) way to get people wanting to step through...

16 May 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - a bumper out-of-lockdown edition…

As last Friday was the VE Day Anniversary bank holiday we have a bumper bundle of fund-raising activities to report on...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

5 ways agents can manage expectation when times get tough

Over the past few weeks, estate agents have been forced to close high street branches and adapt to working from home,...

14 May 2020

From: Sponsored Content

The two most expensive mistakes the property sector is making right now

The fallout from Covid-19 has hit everyone hard. With breaking news today that agents are able to look at how to...

13 May 2020

From: Features

Back-To-Work guidance for agents expected this week

The chief executive of NAEA Propertymark says he expects specific government guidance later this week for estate agents to return to...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Don't give in to buyers wanting viewings, agents told

There’s been a surge in buyers wanting to view properties - but agents must sit on their hands and wait for...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what will agent offices look like post-lockdown?

There has been much speculation about when agents will be allowed back to work, and what the new office working environment...

09 May 2020

From: Features

Say No To Rightmove hits new milestone and counts down to ‘D-Day’

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has launched a countdown clock on its website to galvanise agents into remembering only 85...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 75% of agency branches will close within five years

“A lot of people have learned that they can work at home, or that there’s other methods of conducting their business......

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Let Sales Resume! Pressure piles on government from agents and suppliers

Three of the highest profile industry suppliers and house moving services have given government a four-step plan to restart the housing...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: How to become the go-to local agent as a new era begins

Since my last column in April, one could argue that very little has changed for agents in terms of the market...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove accused of 'sinister' changes to listings of agent who quit

Listings from an agent who ended his contract with Rightmove were not removed as he expected - instead, he is accusing...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Three reasons why estate agency should be first out of lockdown

The coming week’s stories in the mainstream media - inevitably focused on Coronavirus - will be dominated by two things. Firstly there...

02 May 2020

From: Features

Sales progression: We need to talk about speed

Buying and selling a house is often referenced as being one of the most stressful life experiences that we can go...

02 May 2020

From: Features

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal: class actions begin to form

The scandal over Business Interruption Insurance policies is hotting up, with class actions being discussed against insurance firms and the Financial Conduct Authority announcing...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual Viewings Warning - agents should keep copies in case of dispute

The Property Ombudsman is advising agents to use virtual viewings only as a filtering process with offers being agreed only ‘subject...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New ‘lockdown portal’ uses Google and Facebook to find buyers

The Haart estate agency chain has launched a portal called Off Market which it describes to sellers as being “a unique...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday essential to kick-start market, says top consumer body

A major consumer survey of existing home owners and potential movers has resulted in a plea to government to allow house...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - key appointments made during lockdown

Hello and welcome to Property Jobs Today - our first for some weeks as the coverage has previously been dominated by...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove campaign slammed for ‘lack of long-term vision’

The Say No To Rightmove campaign, which expects to have some 3,000 offices signed up by the end of the month,...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Will coronavirus affect attitudes towards referencing and rent guarantee products?

One of the most important aspects of being a successful and profitable agent is selecting the right tenants. The industry manages this...

22 April 2020

From: Features

2020 house sales to hit peak in September predicts leading agency

The peak of the 2020 sales market is likely to be September instead of the usual early summer - but that...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Plea to government - Let Agents Get To Work Again!

The government is being urged to allow estate and lettings agents to return to work as soon as possible when the...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove in crisis: “No clear downside” to quitting, agents told

A new analysis of the simmering Rightmove crisis says there is now “no clear downside” stopping agents leaving. The Financial Times says that Rightmove’s...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Change - The key to unlocking demand after the lockdown

If it’s really the case that estate agents’ offices could be in the category of High Street premises first allowed to...

18 April 2020

From: Features

Say No To Rightmove leader demands “no return to full tariff”

The leader of the Say No To Rightmove campaign says that agents are demanding that there is “no return to full...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity: lockdown fund-raising continues apace…

With a lengthy lockdown already behind us one might think that fund-raising was a step too far - but not for...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Searches: councils slammed as dangerous over face-to-face visits

A trade body has reported some council search departments to the government for refusing to provide email details and forcing search...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Selling from home, BTL latest and tenant info - Conquering Corona

Hello - we hope you had as good an Easter as possible in these unusual circumstances, and welcome back to work. Now...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency urges help for poorest in its community during crisis

The John Bray agency based at Rock in Cornwall typically deals with some of the most expensive real estate in the...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government told: Housing market needs stamp duty holiday to recover

The government has been called upon by one of the industry’s most respected bodies to announce a stamp duty holiday to...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Fund-raising lifeline thrown to Countrywide, Purplebricks and others

New temporary rules have thrown a lifeline to troubled agencies like Countrywide and Purplebricks which may need to raise additional funds...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More mortgage lenders easing rules on automated valuations

A leading estate agency says it has observed that some banks previously opposed to accepting remote and desktop valuations have started...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property People Register launched: today’s Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to Wednesday’s update on what offers and advice are available to agents at this most difficult and challenging...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Ignore 2024, discover 11 home truths happening now

On April 4, EAT published a piece titled: ‘It’s 2024: what will the industry look like, post corona-virus’. To me, this...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

First 'virus' survey shows sellers expecting a five-month delay

What is thought to be the first survey of sellers since the start of the Coronavirus outbreak suggests that they anticipate...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough pay - some agents’ commission can be included

The government has amended the eligibility criteria and will allow some agents' commission payments to be included in claims for Furloughed...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

NAEA/ARLA ask government to include commission in pay rescue deal

The NAEA and ARLA have jointly written to the government asking it to include agents’ commission in its plans to help those financially...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property TV ads – the winners and losers revealed

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, we are all being told to stay at home as much as possible to contain...

04 April 2020

From: Features

New EPC assessment guidance issued - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - more great work by the industry

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

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency to train agents in other activities during virus crisis

LSL Property Services says one of its measures to “rightsize” the organisation during the Coronavirus crisis will be to put agents...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Struggling agencies may be helped by new insolvency measures

Former housing minister Alok Sharma has revealed new measures to allow agencies and other businesses to avoid insolvency during the virus...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how is the industry coming together during self-isolation?

Where else to start? Since my last Natter two weeks ago, all our lives have changed more than we could ever...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Agents Beware: definitive government guidance on buying and selling

The government has at last issued extensive advice on home moving and the activities of estate agents during the continuing Coronavirus crisis. This...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Help for self employed agents and new lettings info: Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to the latest Conquering Corona - our guide for agents to get through these challenging times. Please let us...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - how the property industry can help fight the virus

Hello and welcome to a special Agents Do Charity, given over entirely to a wonderful effort to coordinate the industry’s response...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Ombudsman conference is latest casualty of Coronavirus

The Property Ombudsman has announced that it will postpone its annual conference, which was to have been on June 18, until...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket should use virus stoppage to reset strategy - top analyst

The current market crisis caused by Coronavirus should present OnTheMarket with an opportunity to pause its existing strategy, talk to agents...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Let’s work together: Call for councils and search firms to cut virus risks

A trade group wants councils and search companies to co-operate more closely during the virus to minimise delays to the remaining...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New Countrywide Calamity - top exec quits before he even joins the firm

It's been revealed this evening that Bruce Marsh, who was to become Countrywide's chief operating officer, is now not going to...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Disaster for Countrywide as LSL pulls out of takeover talks

In a very brief announcement to the City and to its shareholders this morning, LSL Property Services made clear that it...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency rocked by large number of senior figures quitting

Estate Agent Today understands that the Knight Frank agency has been hit by a large number of branch office heads quitting...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - the do’s and don’ts of starting an agency in your twenties

There’s been a huge change in the way estate agencies operate in recent years, with far more focus on marketing properties...

14 March 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - fund-raising continues despite the challenge

Welcome to the weekly salute for agents and others in the industry fund-raising for good causes - and we know that...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

RICS’ survey shows demand growing before virus worries hit

Sales in February grew, for the third consecutive month, according to the latest market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What is Section 8?

With confirmation that Section 21 will be scrapped, how can agents get ready for life after no-fault evictions? The short answer is...

11 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Standardise processes across multiple branches in 3 easy steps

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

11 March 2020

From: Features

ESTAS 2020 Exclusive: Supplier Shortlist revealed today

There’s been another shortlist announced for The ESTAS 2020 - this time for the best suppliers to the estate and letting...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The early agent catches the client through an online valuation…

Analysis by an online valuation and lead generation service shows that requests from prospective sellers and landlords are increasingly happening in...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Log Books - PropTech expert wants cross-industry support

The head of a firm that has been creating digital property log books for well over a decade says the house-moving...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

UK interest in free-to-list global portal ramping up in 2020

There’s been a surge in UK enquiries to global free-to-list portal Residential People, and a comparable rise in interest from Chinese...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry welcome for clampdown on developers’ leasehold sales

There’s been a broad welcome from agents and other industry organisations for the latest report from the Competition and Markets Authority...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Agents will be a big part of Zoopla’s growth’ - Q&A with Charlie Bryant

More than 18 months on from the acquisition of ZPG for £2.2 billion by Silver Lake Partners, a US private equity...

29 February 2020

From: Features

Property Natter – how did agents advertise in the pre-portal days?

In the last few Natters I’ve focused on the slow death of local newspaper advertising, and how many agents are now...

29 February 2020

From: Features

Uncle Sam vs Blighty - Two countries separated by a common language

The Atlantic Ocean is a vast space – some 4,000 miles eastwards across from the USA until land is met again....

29 February 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - running hard to fund-raise more…

Hello and welcome to this week’s ADC - a sure sign that it’s the end of the week and time to...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency is one of the best to work for - for the sixth year!

Regional estate agency chain Ashtons has been listed in the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work for, for the...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Agency mergers and new business models

What an interesting few days it’s been. I don’t think the topic of this week’s column is doing anything good for our...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide faces crunch deadline for decision on its future

It’s been revealed that under takeover rules, LSL Property Services and Countrywide have until March 23 to make merger or takeover...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: Countrywide admits ‘mega merger’ talks with LSL underway

Countrywide and LSL Property Services have this morning confirmed that talks are underway about a possible mega-merger. This confirms the speculation yesterday that...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Information Form in spotlight after sellers face £285k bill

Sellers who failed to mention a motel and diner being constructed nearby have been ordered by a court to pay £285,000...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents - please don’t leave a message after the tone

Why should agencies leave voicemail in the last decade and make 2020 the year to invest in a more modern solution? Voicemail...

22 February 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - from Down Under to the London Marathon…

Hello and welcome to the end of the week…which must mean Agents Do Charity. There’s plenty to admire in this week’s entries;...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Why the Guild’s iBuyer move will be a struggle

This week I fly to Spain to present at a conference called Immotechnia. I am opening the conference with a 45-minute...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Business rates: NAEA plea rebuffed by sacked government minister

The government has dismissed a request from the NAEA and ARLA Propertymark to review business rates for agency offices on High...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: reports of cyberfraud phishing emails

A number of estate agents have recently received phishing emails, fraudulently claiming to be from the main portals and trying to...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - even with another storm beating down on us…

Another weekend, another storm: it’s hard to put a smile on your face when winter goes on this long but the...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks boss slams agents as “miles behind” on digital personalisation

The chief executive of Purplebricks says agents are “miles behind” in using digital information to provide a personalised service.  Vic Darvey has given...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Reasons To Be Cheerful: buyer enquiries, sales and new instructions all up

For several years the regular monthly RICS market snapshot has made depressing reading - now, for there second month in a...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Key Countrywide agency chief quits firm after reorganisation

Estate Agent Today can reveal that one of the most senior figures in Countrywide’s upmarket John D Wood and Hampton International brands...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ delight at another sign that the market is on the rise

Annual house price growth increased to 4.1 per cent in January, up slightly from the end of 2019, according to Halifax...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

It's time for agents and politicians to get behind Reservation Agreements trial

Now we’re well into the second month of the year, we have reached a crucial point in the ongoing plans to...

08 February 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - from desert marathons to nuclear rushes…

Hello and welcome to the end of the week, which always means a round-up of our industry’s good work for charity....

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

What are the benefits of traditional online auctions for estate agents?

Property auctions – online or otherwise – can be hugely helpful to sellers, buyers and estate agents. Online auctions, in particular, are...

06 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager

  Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager What is your ‘company name’...

06 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

How can agents keep up with the ‘on-demand’ economy?

The ‘on-demand’ economy is reshaping our world. The way we order food, get around, and even access healthcare has changed irreversibly...

05 February 2020

From: Features

Online valuation chief says website widget needs marketing back-up

The people behind an online valuation service is warning agents that having a widget on their website is not enough by...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must educate sellers about realistic prices, says Zoopla

A state-of-the-housing-market survey by Zoopla has led the portal to tell agents they have an