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Party Conferences: what agents should look out for

If you thought - perhaps hoped - that five weeks of prorogued Parliament meant a break from politics, think again: the...

14 September 2019

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and it’s very hot stuff this week

Our first wonderful fund-raising agents this week are walking over hot coals - now that’s a dare for you. But you don’t...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Winkworth sales dip but new franchisees knocking on the door

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

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Help to Buy a friend or foe to the property market?

It’s been six years since the Help to Buy scheme was launched, with the honourable intentions of helping more people onto...

07 September 2019

From: Features

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

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

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

It's not so bad for First Time Buyers as affordability improves

No less than 56 per cent of properties across the UK are in areas that are affordable for first time buyers...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket snipes at Rightmove as it reveals price freeze for some agents

OnTheMarket says it will not increase listing charges in 2020 for any agents currently paying full fees, while agencies which list on only...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: will conveyancers help buyers wanting to pay less?

A London estate agency says one of its buyers wants to delay completion until November 1 “just in case stamp duty...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy housebuilders get another government bung

It’s been quite a week for news so you might have missed this story - there is yet another boost for...

31 August 2019

From: Features

Lettings technology - making money, saving costs and improving service

Technology will drive the lettings and property management industry in the future. There is already a plethora of various software and other...

28 August 2019

From: Features

Countrywide veteran says he could float online agency on the stock market

The former Countrywide chief executive Grenville Turner says it is an option for online estate agency Yopa to go to an...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: an insider’s story of what it was REALLY like

A former Local Property Expert and manager at Purplebricks has gone on record to reveal what it was really like to work...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity… A real credit to the industry

What a credit to the industry so many agents, surveyors and suppliers are: this week’s ADC shows the diverse range of...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

No Deal jitters batter housing market according to government figures

Average house prices in the UK increased by a mere 0.9 per cent in the year to June - the lowest...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 August 2019

From: Features

Online agents undervalued, underpaid and 'not really self-employed' - guru

One of the most experienced and high profile figures in the industry says individual agents working for online companies are typically...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit worries mean Savills’ UK residential profits plunge 44%

Savills, once a safe bet for year-on-year growth, has seen its underlying UK residential profits plunge 44 per cent with economic...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The importance of high quality referencing

It is now over two months since the introduction of the ban on fees charged to tenants, leaving letting agents with...

07 August 2019

From: Features

Treasury grabs record Capital Gains Tax after buy to let sell-off

A record £8.2 billion was paid in Capital Gains Tax in 2017/18 - over £1 billion more than the year before.  The...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Women priced out of buying and renting in much of England - claim

Rising house prices and the gender pay gap means that there is no English region where a single woman on median...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The week’s biggest property story - and you probably missed it

I missed the biggest property story of the week and it’s only scant consolation that almost everyone else seemed to miss it...

03 August 2019

From: Features

Stamp Duty campaign hots up: top bank wants incentive for downsizers

A report by Santander says stamp duty cuts should be used as incentives for older home owners to downsize and allow...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide wins new deal with lenders to continue ‘turnaround plan’

In a trading statement this morning, Countrywide says it has “a new covenant package with lenders provides the financial flexibility to...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells says it's UK's most successful estate agent despite profits dip

Connells Group has this morning announced a profits dip for the first six months of the year.  Its pre-tax profits were £26.2m...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Branch closures boost profits at Your Move and Reeds Rains

LSL Property Services, parent firm of Your Move and Reeds Rains, says the company’s branch closure programme was a success with profits...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what’s it like to work for the world’s biggest agency?

Nicky Stevenson has had a very varied and interesting career in property. She started out as a lettings negotiator for Nicholas...

27 July 2019

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the Phew What A Scorcher edition...

Welcome to this week’s ADC…and what a week it’s been. Politics? No, hot air of a different kind - the weather.  Yet...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fees ban – post-apocalyptic or the dawn of a new age?

Sometimes having prior knowledge of a stressful event can be more stressful than the event itself, just look at Brexit for...

24 July 2019

From: Features

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

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

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Shifting stamp duty away from buyers will boost market, says top agent

One of the country’s leading estate agents says shifting the burden of stamp duty away from the buyer - which is...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson stamp duty plans disastrous for one part of the country

A leading agent has suggested that some parts of the UK would face “a property exodus” if Boris Johnson’s proposals for...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide sets next key progress date following minor share recovery

The next key date to measure the progress of Countrywide’s controversial Back To Basics programme is at the end of this...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Theresa May’s legacy - how has housing fared under her government?

Theresa May arrived in Downing Street some three years ago - but her premiership has not been a smooth ride. As she...

06 July 2019

From: Features

Back to the future? A home ownership crisis

With this summer marking forty years since Margaret Thatcher came to power, her legacy continues to invoke both celebration and consternation...

06 July 2019

From: Features

Hope for first time buyers as affordability improves in UK's big cities

The income required for first time buyers to purchase in the three most expensive UK cities has fallen slightly according to...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Making the transition from estate agency to property development

Property developing is an incredibly diverse and exciting career choice, and something that many people aspire to do in the UK.  I...

15 June 2019

From: Features

Damning report says Help To Buy helped many who didn’t need it at all

The National Audit Office says many users of Help To Buy would have been able to purchase a home anyway, without...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Should the lettings process become fully digital?

It’s easy to understand why people are hesitant towards processes becoming digital. It is the fear that the digital world is...

12 June 2019

From: Features

Woodford slashes Purplebricks stake as rumours swirl on agency's future

Beleaguered fund manager Neil Woodford, one of the early champions of Purplebricks, has slashed his stake in the company from 28.9...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Demand for shared ownership homes set to double - Savills

Demand for shared ownership properties will rise by over 15,000 units a year when Help To Buy comes to an end...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks names July date to reveal company performance

Purplebricks has announced that it is to give a trading update and the result of its review of its US activities on...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

What next for Countrywide and Purplebricks after day of turmoil?

Two of Britain’s largest and best known estate agencies have endured a day of turmoil at the hands of investors -...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Takeover talks held between Purplebricks investors - claim

Talks are reported to have been held between Purplebricks leading shareholder, Neil Woodford, and the German publishing group Axel Springer about...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

The evolution of conveyancing referrals – how can agents replace lost revenue?

In recent years, estate and letting agents have been faced with a series of tough challenges to absorb and react to. There...

01 June 2019

From: Features

Replace stamp duty with tax on house sale profits, urges finance chief

An outspoken building society chief has taken the unusual step of calling for stamp duty to be replaced by capital gains...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Commonhold in action – one small builder’s attempts to change the system

So far in our contribution to the campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold we have outlined the stories of some of...

18 May 2019

From: Features

How you CAN increase your chargeable fees and JUSTIFY it

With the Tenant Fee Ban obliterating a key income stream, letting agents should be looking at ways they can increase the...

16 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Jake Gready, Managing Director for NEXA Bristol

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Jake Gready Managing Director NEXA Bristol What services do you provide? buying - selling...

08 May 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Equity release chiefs upbeat after record-breaking quarter

Equity release, seen by many agents as a reason why fewer older homeowners are downsizing these days, has reported more growth...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The problems with incentivising downsizing through stamp duty

The issue of ‘intergenerational fairness’ has been raised in recent weeks, some might say somewhat ironically by a House of Lords’...

04 May 2019

From: Features

Countrywide: another day, another record low share price

Countrywide’s share price woes continued yesterday with another new low being reached in early morning trading. A low of 6.5p at close...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Silver lining for housing market as first time buyer numbers rise

There’s a silver lining to another set of stodgy housing market figures - at least one sector, for those buying their...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide income falls again -  but LSL restructuring 'showing results'

Countrywide has this morning revealed that group income is down yet again - it blames continuing Brexit-related problems. It says: “The ongoing...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and good luck to Marathon runners this weekend…

The London Marathon may be just one of literally thousands of fund-raising events but we know it’s a favourite with many...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Major agency launches lifestyle service to bolster sales and lettings income

Humberts, the agency which was one of the first to ditch High Street offices in favour of fewer larger hubs, has...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Expert view on the leasehold scandal - is Commonhold the answer?

The leasehold scandal continues to generate plenty of column inches, with fresh stories emerging almost daily of people living in unsellable...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Explained - the future of tenant referencing after the fees ban

Low risk letting is everyone’s aim, but unless legitimate guidelines are followed it’s difficult to know if a tenant will prove...

17 April 2019

From: Features

Impact of the Tenant Fees Act - how can agents cover their costs?

It has been a long time coming, but the tenant fees ban, which forbids landlords and letting agents in England from...

13 April 2019

From: Features

Labour plans to control house prices dismissed as “bordering on the insane”

Labour is proposing two methods of controlling house price rises should it win the next General Election - and the ideas...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: ‘It takes 10 years for a first time buyer to save for a home’

The average time it takes for a single first time buyer to save for a 15 per cent deposit in England...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents’ qualifications could produce higher fees, more business - claim

Agents boasting qualifications could generate higher fees and more clients, especially if they are ‘ahead of the game’ and improve their...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The second stupidest thing to do? Digitise the past

By the time you read this article, I’ll be in Nigeria. My first ever visit to the continent of Africa. Sitting here...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Building better homes is good for everyone – not just older people

It’s no secret that the UK’s housing sector is in crisis. Headlines scream about the shortage of new-build homes. TV pundits...

30 March 2019

From: Features

New portal bids to cut fall-throughs by offering ‘mortgage passport’

The new portal OneDome is offering what it calls a “consumer-facing digital mortgage product” in a bid to cut fall-throughs. OneDome already...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and no indicative votes required...

One thing’s clear in the ongoing mess surrounding Brexit - a lot of people are simply putting their head down and...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's share price dips to lowest-ever level - under 8p

Countrywide’s share price dipped to its lowest ever level yesterday, below 8p before recovering a little ground later in the day. The...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent controls won’t solve London’s shortage of affordable housing stock

The topic of introducing rent controls in London crops up time and time again in our industry. But it’s been hitting...

16 March 2019

From: Features

Countrywide chiefs tell EAT: Sales hit by Brexit but we're ready for Fees Ban

Countrywide’s executive chairman and group managing director have spoken to Estate Agent Today about the impact of Brexit on the company,...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide warns on 2019 but claims 'five pillars of progress' in recovery

Countrywide's report to shareholders this morning warns that the residential market is heading for a difficult 2019 which may hit the...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and ill-health blamed as agency shuts with immediate effect

An estate and lettings agency that has been trading in the centre of Exeter for 12 years has ceased trading and...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech is the way to safeguard High Street branches - Connells

Connells Group says investment in PropTech will be the way to safeguard its almost-600 High Street branches - and it’s repeated...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Why traditional property management as we know it is over

Nobody likes change. It makes people feel threatened, undermines their confidence, and makes them worry about the future. But regardless of...

27 February 2019

From: Features

It's true: buying a home now is much MORE affordable than a decade ago

Monthly mortgage payments as a proportion of income have dropped to 31 per cent now from 43 per cent a decade...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What is the risk?

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

20 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Do Charity - thousands more raised for good causes

Hello and welcome to yet another Agents Do Charity - our tribute to the great work done by our industry in...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide sales slump again but company hails resilient performance

A trading statement this morning from beleaguered agency group Countrywide reveals that its revenue is down again - but it insists...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons could blossom 'by moving beyond London and going online' - Quirk

The former chief executive of Emoov says he has the answer to Foxtons’ current downbeat performance - it should exploit its...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Big fall in stamp duty 'take' shows reform backfiring on government

If former Chancellor George Osborne thought his 2014 stamp duty reform would produce more income for the government, it appears he...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Simon Duce, Managing Director.

ARPM  Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Simon Duce, Managing Director. What is ARPM and what does it...

01 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Foxtons sales plummet but lettings keep it above water

Foxtons has reported further small slides in both revenue and profits for 2018 - but sales income plummeted from £43m to...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Four new branches for franchise agency as it releases strong figures

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

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agents charge too little and risk looking 'cheap' - Russell Quirk

The former chief executive of Emoov says online estate agencies charge too little, so risk appearing cheap and ineffective to potential...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral fees: agency reveals £5m income from conveyancing firm

One of the largest estate agencies in the Midlands, Newton Fallowell, says it’s made a remarkable £5m in referral fees from...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

LSL delivers upbeat figures despite Brexit-fuelled caution over 2019

LSL Property Services - parent company of Your Move, Reeds Rains and London agency Marsh & Parsons - has given a...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Micro-homes: could they solve the first time buyer crisis?

A think tank is suggesting that micro-homes could be the answer to London’s shortage of available homes for first time buyers. The...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

House prices to grow 13% by 2023 despite Brexit - forecast

One of Britain’s foremost property consultancies has given a relatively upbeat prediction for the UK housing market over the next five...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents' pay scandal: Campaign demands minimum wage

An agent has started an online petition demanding negotiators and others in the agency industry be paid the legal minimum wage...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency chain bucks trend with more offices, more customers

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

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Six things to watch for in 2019

Hello and welcome to 2019. These are less predictions and more expectations - developments following on from what’s happened in the past...

31 December 2018

From: Features

What next for property in 2019?

As 2018 draws to a close, it is fair to say that stretched affordability and uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations has...

29 December 2018

From: Features

Countrywide warns uncertainty will hurt housing market for years

Uncertainty will be a key characteristic of the housing market for “the next few years” warns Countrywide - and not just...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Londoners upsizing from three beds to four ‘need £600k mortgage’ says agency

If your New Year’s resolution is to move to a four bedroom home in London or the south of England, you...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

What are the biggest challenges facing letting agents in 2019?

There is a perfect storm brewing in the lettings market, and as the saying goes, “you can’t change the direction of...

12 December 2018

From: Features

Yet ANOTHER online agency wants £750,000 crowdfunding investment

Vesta, which describes itself as “the new online marketplace for buying and selling rental property” has launched a bid to raise...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM denounced as “corporate dinosaurs

The head of the portal PropertyMutual has accused Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket of being “corporate dinosaurs” and has called on agents...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

What do modern renters want from letting agents?

The UK renting demographic is diversifying at a rapid pace. While the current market poses many challenges for traditional letting agents,...

05 December 2018

From: Features

Prices inch up but buyers still waiting for Brexit clarity

House prices showed an unexpected pre-Christmas boost last last month but worries about Brexit remain foremost for buyers according to the...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Diversify or die - now an agent is selling a box in the Royal Albert Hall

High-end agency Harrods Estates is not content with selling homes in London’s infamous challenging market - now it’s marketing a box...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

 Landmark tax ruling could be good news for holiday home market

The holiday home market may still be struggling in the wake of the three per cent additional homes stamp duty surcharge...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial online auction firm generated £10.6m in fees for agents

The debate about online auction charges levied on buyers continues this morning with the release of figures showing that one company...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: Why winter may be key for deciding its future

A leading buying agent says the first quarter of 2019 may be crucial in determining the future of the current stamp...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: could these innovations change the market forever?

How will things be done in the future? There’s no knowing, of course, given the many variables at play, but it’s...

17 November 2018

From: Features

Market gloom from Savills: London, SE and Buy To Let downbeat for years

Savills has issued its forecast for the housing market for the next five years, and while it highlights some bright spots...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips - how to make your letting agency more efficient

For any business, regardless of size, age or industry, operating efficiently is fundamental to your success. When faced with challenges like we...

31 October 2018

From: Features

Agents slammed for milking buyers for profits via online auctions

A consumer group says agents are securing increasing income from online auctions, but it warns that for buyers there are pitfalls...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: ages, incomes and purchase plans for buyers with mortgages

New figures from the Mortgage Advice Bureau give an insight into the changing demographics of home buyers and buy to let...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Budget briefing - Seven things to watch for today

Perhaps it’s been our pre-occupation with Brexit, or on the other hand maybe we’re bored with politics, but this year’s Budget...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Agents 'missing out on thousands' by losing touch with past buyers

Fewer than 15 per cent of owners go on to sell their home with the same agency they bought it through,...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news for first time buyers - terrible news for buy to let sector

Figures from the mortgage lenders’ umbrella group, UK Finance, suggest the government desire to see more first time buyers and fewer...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

London house prices 'in the bubble risk zone' warns leading bank

London has been identified as one of a number of ‘bubble risk cities’ in a report by Swiss bank UBS. In a...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

A five-point plan for buying a new agency website

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

26 September 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – legislation, legislation, legislation

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

22 September 2018

From: Features

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

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: will Unmortgage change our industry forever?

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Owning a home 'a pipe dream for public sector workers' claims union

Owning a home has become almost impossible for many public sector workers across Britain, according to research from the union UNISON. Getting...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Should equity release be taxed to encourage down-sizing?

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

25 August 2018

From: Features

Five simple ways to improve renter satisfaction

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

25 August 2018

From: Features

Buyers are increasingly just the older generation and well-off young

Home ownership among the young has fallen across all income groups according to a large scale research project looking at adults...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - should downsizing pensioners be exempt?

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

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Top economists still pessimistic about housing market fortunes

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

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Four ways to get a competitive edge using technology

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

08 August 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks says traditional agents sell only 50% of homes they market

Purplebricks co-founder Michael Bruce says traditional agents sell only around 50 per cent of the homes that they list, so spend...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 August 2018

From: Features

Connells Group pre-tax profits dip, blaming difficult market conditions

Connells Group - which now says it’s the country’s largest estate agency by market share and numbers of homes sold -...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons' swashbuckling days are over - analyst predicts big cuts

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

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove - can it remain profitable in the long term?

As if to prove there are two ways to interpret every figure, a new analysis of Rightmove’s recent trading statement suggests...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Your Move parent firm sees 11% sales slump but good lettings performance

The parent company of Your Move, Reeds Rains and other agency brands has succeeded where Foxtons yesterday did not - in...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour wants London property tax revenue to be given to Sadiq Khan

Labour says stamp duty receipts and other tax income from properties in the capital should go to the Mayor, Sadiq Kahn,...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government goes on holiday as agents go on waiting

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

28 July 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: a changing of the guard?

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

28 July 2018

From: Features

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

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

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 July 2018

From: Features

OnTheMarket vs Rightmove?

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

20 July 2018

From: Features

 Property Natter: what has 2018 brought so far?

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

14 July 2018

From: Features

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

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

14 July 2018

From: Features

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

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

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price plummets over 20% to lowest level ever

Countrywide’s share price has taken a massive hit this morning - down well over 20 per cent - following a surprise...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals 9% boost in sales listings since start of year

Countrywide says its Back To Basics strategy has seen a nine per cent increase in properties for sale with the group...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 June 2018

From: Features

OnTheMarket reveals financial losses but fast-growing agents and traffic

OnTheMarket’s first formal annual figures released since its flotation reveal losses in what it describes as its “transformational year” but also...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 May 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - from Torbay to Malawi and all places in between

Our industry does great work for good causes not just in this country but around the world, as this week’s Agents...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

 PropTech Today: Selling my flat - even tech can’t help a quiet market

That’s it. I’ve given up. The lull has continued and it’s becoming quite a bore.  The price drop hasn’t worked. The revamped...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The future for Countrywide - Paul Creffield interview

The rise and fall - and perhaps rise again - of Countrywide has been of enduring interest to the agency industry...

12 May 2018

From: Features

Fees ban does not mean agents can be devoid of quality

Recent void statistics have had me wondering how agents can juggle client and consumer demands in the face of the impending...

05 May 2018

From: Features

Group of south east estate agencies rebranded under just one name

Several agencies operating under different brand names in south east England have been retitled under just one, called Alexander & Co.  This...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fast turnover of ministers has worsened housing crisis says agency chief

James Brokenshire - yesterday appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government - joins the rank of senior politicians...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

LSL estate agency group warns transactions set to drop in 'soft' market

LSL Property Services has issued a warning that market conditions are softer than expected so far in 2018 and that transaction...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Countywide 'encouraged by early progress' despite new income fall

Countrywide, the troubled agency group which today holds its annual general meeting, says it is “encouraged by the early progress that...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks is changing: Which way will it go?

As always seems to be the case with Purplebricks, the hybrid agency has had a good week...and a bad one. Undeniably impressive...

31 March 2018

From: Features

Countrywide reveals the costs of Alison Platt's 'retail revolution'

Countrywide’s 132-page annual report, released today, has given details of the management and restructuring costs incurred by the company during its...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Boost for housing market with surge in number of first time buyers

The switchback of house price indices and other data on the state of the market has taken a turn for the...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New online tool promises real-time updates on conveyancing cases

Conveyancing services firm My Home Move has launched a portal which it claims gives users complete transparency checking their conveyancing progress.  eWay, which is...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Two more interest rate rises likely this year, top economists predict

The Ernst & Young ITEM Club - a group of economists highly regarded by politicians and some sectors of the property...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals 'Back To Basics' plan for 2018 and scraps online service

The troubled Countrywide group has this morning revealed its recovery plan to get - in its words - ‘back to basics’...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

LSL's agency brands reveal growth in past year despite market woe

LSL Property Services - parent company to 12 brands including Your Move, Reeds Rains and London’s Marsh & Parsons - has...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

5 reasons landlords love PayProp

Your buy-to-let investment is an extremely valuable asset and you need to know the income generated from it will be safely...

05 March 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Big chill hits housing market with unexpected drop in prices

House prices fell unexpectedly in February with the Nationwide Building Society reporting a drop of 0.3 per cent. This ended some analysts’...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons profits and sales drop - but much better figures from Connells

Foxtons has reported its 2017 figures to shareholders and the City this morning and as expected they show sharp falls in...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Strutt & Parker sold 2,291 properties worth £2.9 billion in 2017

In its first release of performance figures under the ownership of BNP Paribas, the UK agency Strutt & Parker says it...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Strong trading update from Hunters, despite Norfolk troubles

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

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - running, cycling, painting and jet-washing...

Thanks once again for your contributions to this weekly round-up of agents’ good works; we love covering these stories which show...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – Q & A with Isobel Thomson, NALS

This week I carry out a question and answer session with one of the most high-profile names in property. Isobel Thomson has...

10 February 2018

From: Features

Client Money Protection insurance: Protecting you and your clients

A new year means new predictions for what’s to come in the letting industry. Sometimes things come to fruition as expected....

10 February 2018

From: Features

Analysts critical of OTM float as Springett shares ‘windfall’ drops

Analysts have given a frosty reception to the announcement by Agents’ Mutual that it is going to float shares priced at...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual releases more details of stock exchange float proposal

Agents’ Mutual has released more details of its float on the stock market, which begins on February 9 with a placing priced...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons reports big drop in profits and revenue with sales down sharply

Foxtons has this morning given details of a sharp fall in both profits and revenue, wirth sales significantly falling away and...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Ten top tips for selling your business in 2018

What do you need to know if you are considering selling your sales or lettings business?  Here’s ten top tips to think...

24 January 2018

From: Features

Countrywide share price falls to lowest ever level

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

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Connells shows Countrywide how to increase market share

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

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: latest poor figures show 2017 agency income set to be 14% down

A trading statement from Countrywide this morning continues the decline shown by the agency group in recent years. It says total income...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

London first time buyers could take 10 years to save for a deposit

New analysis by the Nationwide has revealed just how big an obstacle a 20 per cent deposit can be for buyers...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: revenue soars as agency claims 74% of online sector

Purplebricks’ latest trading statement for the six months ending October 31 claims a large rise in revenue, its number of UK...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Home owners think moving house has become much harder recently

Some 62 per cent of current home owners feel that moving house has become more difficult over the past 10 years...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Transactions fall but LSL still shows bigger-than-expected revenues

LSL Property Services - which includes Your Move, Reeds Rains and other high street estate agencies - batted away any housing...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty income to fall but house prices to rise, says official forecast

Figures from the independent Office for Budget Responsibility suggest that house prices across the UK will rise by 3.1 per cent...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

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

18 November 2017

From: Features

A Short history of Stamp Duty

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

18 November 2017

From: Features

Will Purplebricks ruling end agents’ purple mist?

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

21 October 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty reform at heart of NAEA's ideas for next month's Budget

Stamp duty reform lies at the heart of the submission by the National Association of Estate Agents ahead of next month’s...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG hits £1m referrals milestone with new tool for agents

ZPG says it has reached the milestone of delivering over £1m in referrals to its agents via its new MoveIt tool.  This provides agents with the...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Party conference season - A housing plan for UK Plc

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

07 October 2017

From: Features

London housing market may yet become a bubble, warns bank

UBS says London's housing market still faces the risk of becoming a bubble - although that risk has marginally eased over...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Broker linked to Purplebricks says traditional agents are in trouble

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

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Ban leasehold houses and new ground rents, MPs urge government

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold and Commonhold Reform has made a hard-hitting submission to formal government consultations on the...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

The market’s missing homemovers

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

16 September 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks to spend almost $2m a month on TV and radio ads in US

Purplebricks has given more details of its activities in the United States, where it is hoping to break into a market...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Tips for surviving the ban on letting agent fees

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

09 September 2017

From: Features

Hunters emphasises online success, despite challenging market

Hunters’ figures for the six months to the end of June show small rises in income and turnover but a substantial...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

SOS: are you a business in distress?

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

02 September 2017

From: Features

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

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

26 August 2017

From: Features

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

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

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2017

From: Features

Online sales and lettings agency seeks six-figure crowdfunding cash

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

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Not just stamp duty: Treasury gets record Inheritance Tax income

An analysis of data from HM Revenue and Customs reveals that inheritance tax paid by UK families has topped £5 billion...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Multiple estate agencies link up with mortgage broker

Mortgage broker The Mortgage Hut has signed distribution deals with Century 21, Taylor Hill & Bond, Aspire Estate Agents and Wayne...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Building bridges: Q&A with Daniel Owen-Parr of Together

As the mainstream mortgage market braces itself for yet another clampdown on buy-to-let lending, a growing number of property investors are...

04 August 2017

From: Features

LSL profits up - but agency group warns of 'suppressed sales'

LSL Property Services - owners of Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons amongst estate agency brands - has enjoyed...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons' slump in sales means 55% of revenue now from lettings

Foxtons has reported its half-year figures for the six months to the end of June and, as expected, they show how...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2017

With several agent partner programmes available across the country, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, with...

22 July 2017

From: Features

What market slowdown? LSL agencies say 2017 is better than expected

LSL Property Services does not report its figures for the first half of 2017 until August 1, but even so it...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Avoid unwanted hassles: Q & A with Jack Webb-Heller, Rent4sure IT director

Living next to inconsiderate neighbours can be a nightmare, but letting to bad tenants can prove costly, especially when issues, which...

08 July 2017

From: Features

Are the professional bodies singing with one voice?

As an agency business, how much are you spending on professional body memberships? Perhaps it’s time to question how much you...

08 July 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the phew-what-a-scorcher edition...

It’s hot outside but that’s no deterrent to agents helping others, even at the height of summer. Before we honour this week’s...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London housing bubble? Definitely not, predicts leading economist

The chief economist of Price Waterhouse Coopers says that although by some measures the London housing market looks ripe for a...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

An inconvenient truth - Help To Buy mostly helps the better off

Government schemes like Help To Buy, supposedly assisting more people get on the ladder, have little impact on improving social mobility...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Mark Goddard, MD of ZPG Property Services

Mark Goddard was the founder and CEO of The Property Software Group (PSG), a property software solutions firm established in 2007,...

01 July 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks agrees a UK sale every nine minutes 24/7

New figures released this morning from Purplebricks shows the onward march of the hybrid agency and its Local Property Experts. For the...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Enjoy Glastonbury? Now one agent says it can boost house prices...

It’s the morning after the festival before for the 150,000 estimated revellers who enjoyed the Glastonbury Festival which drew to a...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Queen’s speech: Property industry reacts to proposed tenant fee ban

The Queen’s speech to the British parliament this week was a scaled-back affair, which was unsurprising given the Grenfell Tower fire,...

23 June 2017

From: Features

Would you ‘let’ a property go under the hammer?

The popularity of property auctions in the UK has increased enormously in recent years, supported by popular TV shows such as...

17 June 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: Q & A with Charlie Wright, CIELA

To give you a nice distraction from the post-election madness, here’s an interview with Charlie Wright, founder of CIELA (or The...

10 June 2017

From: Features

What do estate and letting agencies usually sell for?

There’s barely a week that goes by when you don’t read about an estate or letting agency business that’s been acquired...

10 June 2017

From: Features

More professionals call for changes to stamp duty system

As we approach Thursday's General Election, more property professionals have criticised stamp duty and called for the Government to make changes...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

How to create new revenue streams for your letting agency

Our recent roundtable on the government’s proposed ban on tenant fees generated a selection of tips for growing your business. We’re now...

03 June 2017

From: Features

Sex case: Your Move agent wins discrimination case against boss

An estate agent who was offered a sex act by his boss if he hit sales targets has won a sex...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

YOPA recruiting agents with 'chance to earn up to £12k per month'

Hybrid estate agency YOPA has launched a recruitment campaign suggesting that agents have “the chance to make between £6k and £12k per...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Cluttons: pensions body investigating pre-pack deal to save agency

Last week’s acquisition of high-end agency Cluttons from pre-pack administration is to be investigated by the Pension Protection Fund. We reported on...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q1 2017

Auctions are a great way to sell property competitively, with a wide range of homes often selling under the hammer, and...

06 May 2017

From: Features

House price growth slows 'as consumer prepare for cash squeeze'

House prices recorded their second consecutive monthly fall in April, while the annual rate of growth slowed to 2.6 per cent,...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide brand unveils video guides to online and full-service options

Countrywide’s Bairstow Eves brand has launched a series of video guides for customers using their £995 online agency service and for...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage rates now at their lowest-ever level, says bank

Mortgage rates continue to fall with the average new lending rate at a record low of 2.2 per cent: as a...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Don't make stamp duty even worse, agency warns government

The government should resist any further increase in stamp duty not only to help the property market but to help guarantee...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Finding a safe home for hard-earned income

By Wednesday April 19th, a UK citizen, on an average income, had earned £7,789 from their day job so far this...

22 April 2017

From: Features

Stamp Duty: no change imminent, predicts Communities Secretary

Anyone hoping that the General Election could herald an immediate change of heart by the Conservatives on high levels of stamp...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

The good, the bad and the ugly of mortgage brokers

One of the biggest stories post-Brexit is how the housing market has proven to be more resilient than anyone could have...

15 April 2017

From: Features

Annual house price inflation at its lowest for four years

Average house prices across the UK in the three months to March were only 0.1 per cent higher than in the...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market review

In recent years the mortgage industry has gone through some testing times. Recession and regulation have led to more stringent lending...

08 April 2017

From: Features

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

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

Good news: easier to get mortgages now than any time since 2014

Mortgage brokers say they are encountering fewer difficulties sourcing products now than at any time for three years.  Research from the Intermediary...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

First time buyers' problems set to continue, warns commission

The proportion of first time buyers relying on inherited wealth or loans from the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ has reached...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget this week pledging extra funding for the NHS, transport in the Midlands and the...

11 March 2017

From: Features

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

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

11 March 2017

From: Features

Countrywide: 200 branches shut, online 'working well'

It's been revealed that Countrywide has lost 200 branches in its reorganisation - that's around 20 per cent of its branch...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL the latest firm expected to enter 'digital' market

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

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: Enough about Purplebricks, let’s talk printing bricks

It has been a busy week for investment in PropTech businesses and no doubt you have already got reading fatigue about...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage 'forces councils to spend £2m a day on B&Bs'

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is forcing councils to spend more than £2m a day on temporary accommodation for homeless...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

A look into the future of the buy-to-let market

With tax relief changes, a rise in Stamp Duty for second homes and strict mortgage affordability checks now in place, it...

04 March 2017

From: Features

Strong year for Connells with sales and lettings both rising

Connells Group has announced strong figures for 2016 with the total number of properties sold rising five per cent and lettings...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

What does the future hold for the buy-to-let market?

Over the past two decades, investing in buy-to-let has been a relatively easy way to make money, which is why so...

25 February 2017

From: Features

Residential property comes out on top for investors

Not many of us have a multi-million property portfolio, so the results of the MSCI / IPD UK property index for...

25 February 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks to expand into the United States later this year

Purplebricks has raised £50m through a share issue to fund expansion into the United States later this year. In an announcement to shareholders...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgages: What opportunities and challenges lie ahead?

The rapid growth in popularity of buy-to-let in recent years, fuelled in part by the failings of the pensions industry, has...

17 February 2017

From: Features

James Dearsley: One week, two major PropTech developments

The first week of February has seen some extraordinary goings on in the property sector, from which two stories particularly stand out...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why people crave instant gratification

Instant gratification is nothing new. It’s been around for millennia. It’s an in-built survival instinct for humans – that want, that...

28 January 2017

From: Features

A short-term lettings storm at the seaside

The south’s seaside resorts are stealing the headlines for all the wrong reasons and at the heart of the troublesome issue...

28 January 2017

From: Features

Property auctions market round-up Q4 ‘16

No longer just a domain for investors, developers and property traders, the auction room is now the preferred option of buying...

21 January 2017

From: Features

This is the year when agents’ conveyancing problems should be addressed

They say you can prove anything with statistics, and 115% of the time I suspect they’re right – that was an...

21 January 2017

From: Features

Analyst heaps praise on only UK property stock I'd ever buy...

An American investment analyst has used the Motley Fool online city column to give a glowing endorsement to one of the...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: City analyst less gloomy about group's prospects

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

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

What next for the rental market in 2017?

The rental market has had to face a raft of changes over the past year, including the introduction of the 3% stamp...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Farewell to 2016 and a cautious welcome to 2017

There is no doubt that 2016 managed to catch the world by surprise on more than one occassion.  But will 2017 be...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Mergers of independent estate agencies: the market and the price

Consolidation continues apace amongst traditional estate agents. The raft of pressures on agents is increasing and these pressures have two strong...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Countrywide claims excellent results from hybrid agency pilot

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

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

It’s time to look North for lettings income

If you provide a service, you expect to be paid for it. Sound fair? But with the forthcoming ban on tenant...

07 January 2017

From: Features

Housing crisis: number of 25-year-old owners 'halved in past 20 years'

Home ownership rates among 25-year-olds have plummeted by more than half in 20 years, council leaders have warned.  New analysis for the...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Right-wing think tank blasts 'more than a little misleading' Shelter

The Adam Smith Institute, a right-wing think-tank, has blasted the campaigning charity Shelter over its allegations of land-banking by house builders in...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Quote, unquote - What the industry said in 2016

Forecasts are so last year: who anticipated Bowie, Brexit or Balls for example? Quotes, on the other hand, really ARE last year...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - with just one week to Christmas...

Only a week to the Christmas break and still our industry goes above and beyond the call of duty to raise...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government consults over 'banning orders' for 'rogue property agents'

The government has launched an official consultation process on a package of measures to crack down on what it calls ‘rogue...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

The fees ban will force agents to seize the day

Carpe diem, seize the day – whatever you call it, it’s something all of us in the property industry should be looking...

09 December 2016

From: Features

Brexit and 'attack on buy to let' cuts demand for homes by 20%

A housebuilder that has in the past profited from its concentration on high-end London schemes says demand for its units is...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

After stamp duty and agents’ fees, it’s time to seize the initiative

Let me set out my stall from the beginning. Firstly with two buy to lets managed by an agency, I understand and...

03 December 2016

From: Features

Confirmed - Countrywide dropped from FTSE 250 from December 19

Countrywide estate agency group is to drop out of the FTSE 250 from the start of trading on December 19. The news...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Foxtons and other property shares tumble thanks to Hammond

Share prices for both Foxtons and Countrywide took a significant tumble yesterday as news of the ban on letting agents’ fees...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement: The property industry's wish list for Philip Hammond

It may still be too early to start compiling a Christmas wish list, but it is the right time to provide...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Mortgages, not more homes, key to increased home ownership

The long-awaited Redfern Review has recommended that improved access to mortgage finance and improved income levels for first time buyers are...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

National newspaper launches campaign to slash stamp duty

The Daily Telegraph has this morning launched a campaign calling on Chancellor Phillip Hammond to slash stamp duty. The newspaper - a...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Government tipped to introduce 'buy as you go' in Autumn Statement

Media reports over the weekend suggest that the government is to introduce a 'buy as you go' system in the Autumn...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Leeds eyes sustainable ripple effect

As many northern cities struggled to recover from the 2008 global financial crisis, the north-south divide returned to plague the British...

28 October 2016

From: Features

Young London buyers may have to save 121 years for a deposit

A remarkable survey conducted by a crowdfunding platform suggests that young Londoners on an average annual salary of £34,320 may have to...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Khan reveals London has 270,000 homes un-built but with consent

London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan says some 270,000 homes in London have been granted planning permission but have not yet been...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Treasury stamp duty income falls across UK - but not in London

Despite dire warnings from some estate agents that stamp duty receipts for the government would plummet in London, it now appears...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank of England confirms tougher buy to let mortgage lending regime

The Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority has confirmed that tighter regulations will apply to lenders providing mortgages for buy to...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents to identify 'transaction-ready' buyers with new Zoopla feature

Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) has announced the launch of a new feature on its website which will help estate agents to...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Bob Scarff

A fantastic exclusive this week as I carry out a question and answer session with one of the leading names in...

16 September 2016

From: Features

Zoopla invests in another PropTech startup

Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) has announced that it has invested in a soon-to-launch PropTech startup. The group, which now owns uSwitch and...

16 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Hunters seeking more acquisitions as it bats off Brexit uncertainty

Hunters has delivered an upbeat report to shareholders, claiming income up 42 per cent in the first six months of the...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

London's overseas property buyers win support from an unlikely quarter

The importance of overseas buyers in underpinning increasing elements of the capital’s housing market and won support from an unlikely quarter...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Analysts produce league table of where agents could earn most fees

A property analytics company has devised a method of calculating the ‘best’ locations in which to work as an estate agent,...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit protection schemes offer peace of mind

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

26 August 2016

From: Features

Foxtons pulls out of sale 'after appeal by local community'

Foxtons has removed its listing for the sale of a property on an estate in Walthamstow after concerns expressed by nearby...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Little England is out of step – on Right To Buy, at the very least

If you want an indicator that the United Kingdom isn’t so united any more, have a look at Right To Buy. The...

12 August 2016

From: Features

Councils replacing only one-in-six homes sold under Right To Buy

Councils have started replacing just one sixth of the number of homes sold under Right To Buy in England in the...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Savills' fee income up but it warns 'Brexit effect' on market still unclear

Savills residential fee income rose 10 per cent in the first six months of 2016 but the firm warns that it’s...

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

LSL says profits and revenue up but sales 'suppressed' for rest of 2016

LSL Property Services - which owns agency brands including Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - has reported strong...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Does Brexit mean the end of the Northern Powerhouse?

Plans for the Northern Powerhouse scheme, designed to rival London and the South East as the main driver of economic growth...

29 July 2016

From: Features

Sheffield is primed for growth: explains why Chinese will invest £1bn

Sheffield in South Yorkshire, which was once one of the leading industrial cities in Britain and is still recognised for its...

22 July 2016

From: Features

Brexit price falls may not help would-be buyers after all, says think tank

House price falls triggered by weaker economic growth and a drop in economic confidence following the EU referendum may not actually...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2016

With a number of agent partner programmes available nationwide, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, especially...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Agents pessimistic after shock Brexit vote and Cameron quitting

Agents have been giving their reaction to the shock Brexit referendum result - and their comments have ranged from the gloomy...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

What will happen to the housing market if Britain leaves the EU?

The sense of gathering momentum for the Leave campaign ahead of the upcoming EU referendum is causing high levels of uncertainty...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Housing market in the doldrums as owner occupier borrowing falls

Home-owners borrowed £8.1 billion for house purchases in April, which was four per cent down on the same month a year ago. There...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Hunters reports strong start to 2016 with big jump in lettings income

One of the UK's largest estate agency chains has issued its latest trading update, reporting a strong start to the year. Hunters,...

02 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Working to combat conveyancing fraud

Fraudsters attacking the conveyancing sector, successfully stealing large sums of money from homebuyers, are making national headlines at a depressing rate....

27 May 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Land Registry: anti-privatisation campaign gathers momentum

An online petition against the privatisation of the Land Registry now has around 225,000 signatures with just over a week to...

17 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the top five Proptech products

Last time out I spoke about the beginnings of a PropTech revolution, with two major London-based events in the offing over...

13 May 2016

From: Features

Barclays no-deposit mortgage: a good idea?

It’s the news that has got everyone talking: Barclays are bringing back the 100% mortgage.  The market has taken a bit of...

13 May 2016

From: Features

What does Sadiq Khan’s victory mean for housing in London?

The new mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged to do all in his power to help make London “better” after...

12 May 2016

From: Features

A short, sharp shock from short lets?

We’re all talking about second home stamp duty, changes to tax relief and the Prudential Regulation Authority’s suggestion that banks should...

15 April 2016

From: Features

Tax and Buy-to-Let – how short are our memories?

We talk about the unstoppable rise of buy-to-let and forget that it was only as recently as the early 1970’s that...

08 April 2016

From: Features

Bizarre but true: more new homes make existing ones less affordable

An academic study claims that increasing the supply of new-build properties - widely thought to be the favoured solution to the...

07 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Have we reached tipping point for many private landlords?

With less than a month to go before the new rate of stamp duty kicks in for second property purchasers, we’re...

18 March 2016

From: Features

Tightening up money laundering obligations is a really bad idea

Money laundering compliance is the hot topic at the moment, with various organisations making statements about the need to change and...

04 March 2016

From: Features

Agents watching for effects of sharp rise in council tax on high-end homes

There are to be significant increases in council tax paid by the owners of the most expensive homes across Scotland, in...

03 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide to reveal how well (or badly) it does every six months

Countrywide has taken the highly-unusual step of announcing that it will reveal key performance indicators every six months, come rain or...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Claim that government Starter Homes could be bought by investors

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is claiming that the government’s flagship Starter Homes project could allow properties to be bought by...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

An empty vessel makes the most noise

What are we going to do about Generation Rent? Only as recently as February 2016 did tenants steal the headline away...

27 February 2016

From: Features

Celebrating 70 years as we think our founder would have wanted

Birthdays aren’t just something for family and friends to celebrate.   Businesses too can justifiably use these milestones to remember their roots and...

27 February 2016

From: Features

Why Help to Buy London is a sign of things to come in the capital

As we know, the property market in London is notorious for sitting a long way outside the conventions of the wider UK...

27 February 2016

From: Features

Countrywide: 2016 is make or break year, warn analysts

Financial analysts at City consultancy Jefferies - which helped Countrywide float on the stock market - say 2016 is a key...

26 February 2016

From: Breaking News

City updates: Countrywide profits slump as Zoopla agents and visits soar

Countrywide has given what it admits is a “mixed performance” in 2015 with a major reduction in operating profits, although it...

25 February 2016

From: Breaking News

£1m-plus homes to triple by 2030 - in London it'll be one-in-four

The number of UK properties worth at least £1m is expected to more than triple between now and 2030. A report from...

18 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Online firm seeks 'Property Gurus' (with no estate agency experience required...)

An online agency called Be Street Smart is seeking to recruit so-called ‘Property Gurus’ in just two weeks - but says...

15 February 2016

From: Breaking News

How do you define a landlord?

I want to take this opportunity to share some findings from the National Landlord Association’s latest Quarterly Landlord Panel. The first is...

13 February 2016

From: Features

Credit agency accuses Bank of England of fuelling high house prices

The credit agency Standard & Poor’s has taken the radical line of accusing the Bank of England’s low interest-rate regime of...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Figures reveal stamp duty income dropping after government's reform

There has been a £620m decline in stamp duty income for the government in the first nine months of 2015 according...

10 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Hunters hits 170 offices and seeks significant expansion in 2016

Sales and lettings franchise giant Hunters has told the City it is anticipating “significant expansion” this year through additional franchises and...

28 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty and buy to let tax changes: Readers' views put to David Cameron

In January readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were given the opportunity to give their views on proposed...

25 January 2016

From: Features

Market targeting vs. stereotyping: hipsters, yummy mummies and the simply priced out

Surely people will start moving again soon. The employment rate for the last quarter of 2015 is likely to be the...

22 January 2016

From: Features

Agency franchise giant's expansion goes on despite buy to let tax change

One of the UK's largest property franchises has reported strong figures in an interim trading statement to the City - with group...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Affordability and buy to let taxes will curb market warns ITEM Club

The housing market will slow in the next three years as affordability problems and buy to let taxes combine to offset...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Time to analyse OnTheMarket’s first year – But let’s keep it professional

And so it begins. The first anniversary of OnTheMarket’s launch was inevitably going to bring a further skirmish in the portal...

15 January 2016

From: Features

The Mansion Tax is back (but only for Labour party members)

There’s bad news today for Labour members living in homes valued at £1m or more - one of their own MPs...

15 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Last chance for agents to send stamp duty and tax views to David Cameron

Today is the last chance for Estate Agent Today readers to have their concerns about proposed stamp duty increases and recent...

07 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty and buy to let tax changes - put your views to David Cameron

Estate Agent Today readers are being given the rare opportunity to have their concerns about proposed stamp duty increases and recent...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

You read it here first – what to look for in 2016

There’s been plenty of forecasting in recent weeks - banks, consultancies and high-end estate agents have predicted house prices in the...

31 December 2015

From: Features

Bill McClintock, The Property Ombudsman Scheme

What is the biggest change you’ve seen in the agency industry during your time at TPO?  For me, the biggest change has...

18 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

NAEA says prices will soar and home-ownership plummet by 2025

House prices will soar by 50 per cent in the next 10 years according to research commissioned by the NAEA and conducted...

17 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Praise for agency diversification to cut damage from housing downturn

Investors’ Chronicle, the weekly investment magazine published by the Financial Times Group, has lavishly praised high-end agency Savills for diversifying its...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Care home rooms being sold as buy to let investment properties

Newspapers and other journalists’ outlets are reporting that rooms in care homes are being offered to purchase as buy to let...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

2016 will need some thought

In many respects 2015 has been a good year. Despite global challenges, we have seen a marked improvement in the UK...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Halifax forecast latest to predict subdued 2016 housing market

Britain’s biggest mortgage lender, the Halifax, says the housing market will slow next year with average price rises of four to...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty income to soar by 50 per cent in five years, says Treasury

The Treasury has admitted that stamp duty ‘take’ is expected to soar from £11.2 billion this year to £17.8 billion in...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

70,000 new households a year can't afford to buy or rent says agency

Over the next five years at least 70,000 new households a year in England alone will be unable to afford to...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Referrals: What makes a good conveyancer?

There was a recent article in Estate Agent Today titled: Agents 'missing out on income by not charging for referrals'. A study...

30 October 2015

From: Features

Agents 'missing out on income by not charging for referrals' - claim

A company is claiming that estate agents are missing out on substantial potential income by not charging for referrals of clients...

22 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Britain's least affordable city - it was Oxford but now we can reveal it's...

If you think house price indices are confusing, just look at affordability indices. As recently as Monday BBC TV news reported that,...

21 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Developer wants agents for luxury Cabo Verde resort

The Resort Group, the developer of the all-suite Llana Beach Hotel and Spa, which is due to open in 2016, has...

20 October 2015

From: Sponsored Content

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The Resort Group are looking for sales agents to help sell our 5-star property developments in Cape Verde. With a proven...

19 October 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Great Scott Marty! What happened to the UK housing market?

On Wednesday 21st October future and reality will collide. Back to the Future’s Marty McFly will arrive in the DeLorean to...

16 October 2015

From: Features

A tale of rising rents and ageing occupants

It would seem that now is a better time than ever for investors to join the buy-to-let market.  The Royal Institute of...

16 October 2015

From: Features

EweMove targets disgruntled agents with ultra-cheap franchise offer

Hybrid estate agency EweMove is today announcing four new branches with more to come as it makes a move to target...

05 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour mayor hopeful details housing policies

Labour’s newly-elected candidate for next year’s London mayoral election says he will name and shame rogue landlords and create a public...

17 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: this, that and a little bit of something else

We’ve enjoyed a bit of an Indian summer this week. Not sure it makes up for one of the coldest and...

11 September 2015

From: Features

HMOs – a boom in buy-to-let or a drain on resources?

You can't help but notice that it's back to school time – the shops are full of school uniforms and pencil...

04 September 2015

From: Features

The reign of the renter

This month analysis by the Office for National Statistics revealed that the average home in England and Wales cost a record...

28 August 2015

From: Features

Say no to George before housing crisis

A new website has been launched to fight back against the attack George Osborne made in the Summer Budget on the...

21 August 2015

From: Features

Estate agents urged to 'saynotoGeorge'

A new campaign says it’s not just the buy to let sector that will be penalised by changes to landlord tax...

13 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Budget tax changes will cut demand and prices says credit agency

Credit rating service Moody’s is warning that restrictions on mortgage interest relief for buy-to-let landlords will slow house price growth in...

06 August 2015

From: Breaking News

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Estate agents want systems that deliver power, speed and mobility. Increase efficiency, reduce admin, offer a personalised service and increase your income...

04 August 2015

From: Sponsored Content

London mortgage broker guilty of tax fraud

A London mortgage broker who lied about his company profits to evade almost £115,000 in corporation tax has been found guilty...

04 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Connells buoyant thanks to new homes and market surge

The Connells Group has announced pre-tax profits of £27.3m for the first half of 2015 and forecasts a record full-year of...

30 July 2015

From: Breaking News

13.6% drop in first time buyer registrations

First time buyer registrations have plummeted over the past year and the average price of a home purchased by FTBs has...

28 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Affordability actually improving insists mortgage broker

The average salary of buyers seeking a mortgage fell to a near-four year low in June according to the Mortgage Advice...

24 July 2015

From: Breaking News

TV Dragons demolish property crowdfunding guru

Frazer Fearnhead, a founder of The House Crowd property crowdfunding platform, has been sharply criticised in a ‘car crash’ moment on BBC...

14 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents unhappy at Osborne's Buy To Let and Non Dom measures

Agents have expressed their disappointment at the decision by the government to restrict mortgage interest relief for Buy To let investors...

09 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Budget - Buy To Let interest relief changes plus Non-Dom clampdown

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced a series of measures impacting on the property industry, including:   Mortgage interest relief for buy-to-let homebuyers...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Society’s Golden Ratio

As estate agents, business people and just plain people for that matter, we can't help looking at the way our society...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Can we panic yet?

When do we really start to worry about rising rents and house prices? Despite an apparent slowdown in house price inflation...

19 June 2015

From: Features

HMRC making anti-money laundering spot checks on agents

The National Association of Estate Agents says HMRC have been making unscheduled visits to individual agency offices to check on their...

19 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the pay and commissions paid by Foxtons

The Guardian has obtained what it says are details of the salaries and commissions of Foxtons sales staff. The basic payments...

18 June 2015

From: Breaking News

NEW! AgentTracker Conveyancing

A NEW SERVICE FOR YOU We are pleased to announce the launch of our NEW Conveyancing service, allowing you to offer an...

17 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Letter from the Publisher: Are brownfield sites the solution to the UK’s housing shortage?

There has been much debate in recent years about Britain’s desperate need for more housing stock. Demand has been outstripping supply...

15 May 2015

From: Features

A comfy seat at the table

This week RICS reported a further drop in the number of people putting their homes up for sale; new instructions fell...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Countrywide warns of 'difficult sales market'

Countrywide, the agency group that handles one in 10 transactions in Britain, has told the City that its income remains “resilient...

30 April 2015

From: Breaking News

MPs and their own housing policy

It is to the credit of our political parties - and our own industry’s lobbying - that so many housing-related matters...

23 April 2015

From: Features

77% harder to buy London home than in 2010 - agent

A leading agent's 'ability to buy' measure shows that it is now 77 per cent harder to purchase a home in...

21 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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