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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

Countrywide online 'pause' is unforgivable says leading analyst

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

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 November 2017

From: Features

Major finance company joins call for stamp duty reform

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

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Financial crime – are estate agents at risk?

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

04 November 2017

From: Features

Industry veteran celebrates 20 years at same property group

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

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation isn’t a substitute for action

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

21 October 2017

From: Features

Q&A with Moneypenny Receptionist Amanda Beck

What is your experience in the property industry? I worked in estate agency for 12 years before joining Moneypenny and really enjoyed...

09 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Back To The Future: a short history of rent controls

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

07 October 2017

From: Features

Party conference season - A housing plan for UK Plc

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

07 October 2017

From: Features

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

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

30 September 2017

From: Features

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

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

30 September 2017

From: Features

Can estate management open doors for letting agents?

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

30 September 2017

From: Features

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

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

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant uses emotional video to win buyers and landlords

The UK’s largest high street property franchise, Belvoir, has launched a new video called #MovingMemories to attract buyers and landlords to...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Automated valuation system expands with new lead conversion tools

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

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Service lists High Street agents that are 'Purplebricks Price Beaters'

An online platform that allows the public to compare the services and fees of traditional estate agents in their areas has...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 September 2017

From: Features

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

Three reasons why we need stamp duty reform

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

02 September 2017

From: Features

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

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

26 August 2017

From: Features

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

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

26 August 2017

From: Features

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

Ombudsman warns that expelled agency may be trading illegally

The Property Ombudsman has expelled a London lettings and estate agency for a year and is warning that the firm may...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

First time buyers more active, says Connells, but Brexit clouds linger

Almost half of all property purchase valuations last month were conducted on behalf of first-time buyers according to Connells - well...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – are you GDPR-ready?

Are you protecting your data right? This may sound like the sort of direct warning you get from cold callers or...

19 August 2017

From: Features

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

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

19 August 2017

From: Features

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

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

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Humberts could extend online option to sales, after evaluation

Humberts, which yesterday launched an online-only option for landlord clients, says it is “not closing the door” on expanding the idea...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket member agency claims it can list online-only properties

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

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Newspapers ramp up pressure for further reform of stamp duty

Stamp duty has become the latest weapon in the ongoing war of words between different wings of the Conservative party, as...

14 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

“Super short-term rentals” and subletting: the future of the private rented sector

Historically, short-term rentals have been an unattractive business for the majority of estate agents and property managers. Scarcity of demand from tenants...

04 August 2017

From: Features

The Property Ombudsman expels three agencies

Three agencies have been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman for two or more years, after failing to pay awards...

28 July 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

easyProperty to relaunch after 270 licences taken up by agents

More than 270 easyProperty licences have been secured by independent estate agents belonging to The Guild of Property Professionals and Fine...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman issues 'year-long warning' after complaint about agency

The Property Ombudsman has issued a year-long formal warning to consumers about an estate agency which failed to provide information concerning...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The long-term future of renting is short-term lettings

You may have heard that Airbnb and property management company, Lavanda has closed a £1 million angel investment round.  Backers include Purplebricks...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a half-year review – hybrids, PropTech and resilience

We’re already more than halfway through 2017 and, against all the odds, it’s pushing 2016 close in terms of eventfulness and...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Scrap the bureaucracy and let’s have simple rental regulation

That the private rental sector has become the government’s whipping boy for housing problems - landlords in particular, letting agents almost...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - even in this great week of sport...

Wimbledon finals and the British Grand Prix await us this weekend and The Open begins a few days later, completing what...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Huge overhaul of agents' data protection systems needed, says expert

Estate and letting agents are being urged to prepare for new data protection legislation coming into effect next year - but...

11 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

How independent agents use SEO to take on national brands

How many property professionals are truly happy with their revenue? High levels of competition from new market entrants is a significant...

08 July 2017

From: Features

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

easyProperty says 500 new agency licences prove naysayers wrong

Over 500 members of the Guild of Property Professionals have requested an easyProperty licence following the merger between the two organisations.   The...

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

Conveyancers set out their ideas for leasehold reform

A cluster of conveyancing and legal experts, known as the Legal Sector Group, has published a raft of proposals on leasehold...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says Brexit destabilising sales but allowing lettings to thrive

The managing director of lettings at Foxtons says Brexit and domestic political uncertainty have become ‘the new norm’ in the London...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Agents Do Charity: another Escape the Election edition

We take a break from the relentless election coverage to look at the great fundraising work being carried out by our industry. Once...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Investor consultancy wants new government to lay off property

London Central Portfolio, a property investment consultancy, has set out a five point plan for the next government elected this week...

05 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

The ESTAS – the UK’s best letting agents have their say

The recent rise in consumer complaints against sales and letting agents suggests that there is a general lack of trust and...

27 May 2017

From: Features

How service drives up standards of student lets

Student accommodation is positively luxurious compared with the drafty digs of my student days. En-suites, studio flats, even cinemas in halls...

27 May 2017

From: Features

Housing quango chief is new chair of Ombudsman council

Baroness Diana Warwick (below right) has been appointed chair of The Property Ombudsman scheme’s independent council. A life peer for the past 18...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents strike gold at the ESTAS

The best estate and letting agents in the UK were recognised at the prestigious ESTAS luncheon and ceremony, which was held...

20 May 2017

From: Features

Why we’re absorbing tenant fees until a decision is made

In November 2016 when the Autumn Statement was delivered by Chancellor Philip Hammond, the announcement was made to ban letting agent...

20 May 2017

From: Features

Tories propose house buying reforms in election manifesto

The Conservatives have this morning announced a reform of the house buying process in the party’s manifesto for the June 8...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Trinity Mirror to fight Rightmove and Zoopla for agents' advertising spend

Trinity Mirror is aiming to secure more of agents' marketing spend after launching what it is describing as a 'fightback' against...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Viewber network now over 1,200 as startup closes funding round

Viewber, the outsourced property viewing service and brainchild of high-profile former estate agent Ed Mead, says its network of 'Viewbers' now...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Fresh website for the Guild of Property Professionals

The Guild of Property Professionals, which has over 800 agent members across the country, has this week launched a new website.  The...

12 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

Property Natter: a conference smorgasbord

It’s that time of year again – peak conference/event season. And, while Brexit and a shock snap general election are dominating...

06 May 2017

From: Features

How can letting agents review their fee structure?

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

06 May 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the never-mind-the-ballots edition

There’s no sign yet that the snap General Election is distracting our industry from continuing its fine record of doing good...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Two more years of government pain for the industry

My apologies if this causes you to break your Easter egg with a little too much aggression, but I reckon the...

15 April 2017

From: Features

In the eye of the storm – why agents need good lines of communication

It’s never more obvious how important good communication is for letting agents than in times of bad weather. Havoc caused by...

15 April 2017

From: Features

Auction sector 'leading post-referendum sales recovery' - claim

A series of strong sales performances at recent auctions has led one firm to claim the sector is leading the residential industry’s...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Developers want SDLT and tax changes reversed to boost sales

More than three quarters of developers want to see the government go into reverse on its stamp duty and mortgage interest...

13 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

Looking back at ten years of tenancy deposit schemes

Ten years ago this month (April 2007) tenancy deposit schemes were first introduced in England and Wales.  You need to go a...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Homes on heavily-polluted main roads may fall in price, says expert

“I predict that within a few years, folks advertising properties for rent or to buy will start to show if their property is a...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price, once over 685p, falls below 150p

Countrywide’s share price, which just over three years ago was riding high at just above 685p, has hit a new low...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New leasehold scandal? Retirement villages face clampdown

A two year investigation by the Law Commission has ended with a claim that some owners of leasehold retirement properties, and...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

A poor advert for the agency industry

There’s good and bad in every industry and at first sight, this week has been one where the good have won...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: How to improve your agency - a view from the inside

For my latest Property Natter I have sought the opinions of two well-known property consultants - Michael Day, managing director of...

01 April 2017

From: Features

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

Article 50 may be huge for UK but housing market stays calm

The triggering of Article 50 may have been regarded as a historic event but it appears to have left the housing...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Property hotspots: Manchester, Liverpool and Preston

The property market in northern England, supported in part by the Northern Powerhouse concept, has attracted a lot of media attention,...

24 March 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty: A year on and the government has scored an own goal

A year ago, we were days away from the introduction of a 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes – a...

24 March 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Goodlord and Nested raise funding for second time

In a week that I am recovering from the exuberance of MIPIM (I didn't want to focus on it in this...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why ‘let only’ has been given the last rites

Dust off your black tie and grab a tissue as we’re entering a period of mourning. It’s a bold claim, but...

18 March 2017

From: Features

Clients of agency and mortgage firm asked to come forward

Former clients of a Scottish estate and letting agency and mortgage company are being asked by a corporate insolvency firm to...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: A MIPIM startups update from Cannes

This week I’m lucky enough to be out here in Cannes as a PropTech Ambassador for MIPIM, the international real estate...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge rakes in twice as much revenue as expected

The government has admitted that the three per cent stamp duty surcharge has raked in twice as much as expected. In November...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals annual cost of restructuring

Countrywide has revealed that in 2016 it spent over £8.1m on redundancies, some £7.4m on contract costs relating to closed premises,...

13 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

Why no stamp duty reform? Angry agents ask Hammond

Estate agents are angry that Chancellor Phillip Hammond made no attempt in his first Spring Budget to reform stamp duty -...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget: No new property taxes - but landlords may be hit

Chancellor Phillip Hammond has introduced no new property taxes in his Spring Budget - but a clampdown on those setting up...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

Looking ahead to the Spring Budget this week, the Chancellor Philip Hammond will be obliged to face up to the implications...

04 March 2017

From: Features

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

James Dearsley: The blooming symbiosis of PropTech and FinTech

There has been some really interesting talk recently of the relationship between FinTech (Finance Technology) and PropTech (Property Technology). A few...

01 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

Will incorporation affect the agent/landlord relationship?

The buy-to-let market has gone through significant change in the last year and with the Budget just around the corner, what...

25 February 2017

From: Features

What can we learn from the Property Week Awards PropTech shortlist?

So, Property Week has announced its Property Awards shortlist for 2017. Looking at the entries for PropTech Company of the Year, I'm surprised...

22 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

Kevin Ward, Agent Locator

1) Who are you? Kevin Ward – Director and founder of Agentlocator.co.uk 2) For those not familiar with Agent Locator, can you explain...

16 February 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

A new site that supports and promotes high street agents

A new website supporting high street estate agents has recently launched. Agent Locator provides an online platform for high street estate agents to showcase...

16 February 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter – a conference wrapped in Guild

Excuse the puntastic (or not) title, but as you’ve no doubt already deciphered I took a trip northwards a couple of...

11 February 2017

From: Features

What we learnt about the Government post-White Paper

If you work in lettings, I’ll already have a pretty good idea on how you feel about the current Conservative Government.  The...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Agents - it’s time to get back to basics

Welcome to February! It means that 2017 is well under way and we’re edging closer to Spring – a time when...

04 February 2017

From: Features

 Opportunity for letting agents as landlords struggle with new law

Legal firm Kirwans have released shocking statistics which state that 70% of eviction notices issued by landlords to tenants may be...

30 January 2017

From: Sponsored Content

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

Market boost as mortgage lending rises - with further to go

Gross mortgage lending reached a remarkable £246 billion in 2016 - that’s 12 per cent higher than the previous year and...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

How to distinguish yourself in the build-to-rent game in 2017

The end of 2016 saw the launch of 30,000 new build-to-rent (BTR) projects in London alone. With market growth projected to...

21 January 2017

From: Features

Government deadlines slip on agents' fees and new-build targets

The government appears to have slipped back on two deadlines concerning measures key to the property industry. Firstly the consultation on the...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New agency comparison website bans online and hybrid agents

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

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Three things agents need to consider in 2017

2016 was quite a year – eventful, dramatic, shocking and impossible to predict. In no particular order, we saw Leicester winning...

18 January 2017

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

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

14 January 2017

From: Features

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

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

Transactions down 7.3% in the past year, according to HMRC

Data from HM Revenue & Customs shows that the sale of residential properties rose a marginal 0.8 per cent last month...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

March 8 is next date for bad (or good) news on property taxes

The government has announced that its next Budget will be on March 8 next year. Until recently, Budgets and their ‘mini-me’ Autumn...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow... with your Christmas pictures

Just a few days before Christmas now but we’re still receiving images of your festive fun - thanks so much for...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London - transactions down 50% according to new data

New data revealed by investment consultancy Central London Portfolio claims that transactions in prime central areas of the capital have dropped 24...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit and property taxes lead to subdued forecast for 2017 market

Brexit and wider economic uncertainties worsened by changes to property taxation have forced the Council of Mortgage Lenders to cut its...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of agencies in financial distress warns insolvency firm

An insolvency firm active in the property sector says that after a year of major taxation, legislative and economic volatility, many...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2017?

Following a strong start to 2016, particularly in the lower to middle range of the UK housing market, that lasted up...

17 December 2016

From: Features

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

New mortgage figures confirm housing market is gently slowing

New figures from the Council for Mortgage Lenders add weight to the argument that the housing market is gently slowing.  Home-owners borrowed £10.5...

15 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

Are landlords about to ditch letting agents and go it alone?

Next year is likely to be a challenging time for letting agents, following a raft of changes introduced by the government...

09 December 2016

From: Features

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

Compliance update: Immigration Act 2016

With effect from the 1st December 2016, amendments to the Immigration act 2014 were made through the Immigration Act 2016.    The soundbite...

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

Property Natter: five things we’ve learnt this year

What a mad, bonkers year it’s been. We’ve had, in no particular order: Trump, Brexit, Leicester winning the Premier League, a...

03 December 2016

From: Features

The market is dead, long live the market

Listening to all the coverage of the tenant fee ban, all I hear is consumer groups talking about how some agents...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Autumn Statement: reaction and what’s next for us?

Chancellor Philip Hammond caught the lettings industry unaware with an incredulous Autumn Statement.  The buy-to-let sector took a bashing earlier in 2015...

26 November 2016

From: Features

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

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

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

ICYMI: What agents need to know from the Autumn Statement

In case you missed it yesterday, here’s a summary of everything relating to property that was in Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

More homes, letting fees banned, but no change to stamp duty or buy to let tax

Phillip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement, tackling amongst other things, what he called “the housing challenge.” The speech made no...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Why do agents need a fast, responsive website?

In the world of property and estate agency, competition is always fierce. It’s the same when it comes to your website....

22 November 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

Five guesses about the Autumn Statement

Forecasts are a tricky business. And as I wrote in a recent Industry Views opinion piece, any prediction in the current...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Will Hammond's property past benefit the future of our industry?

We are now only days away from one of the most-anticipated events in UK politics; one which has a considerable impact...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Rajeev Nayyar, FixFlo Managing Director

What does it say on your business card? Rajeev Nayyar, Managing Director of Fixflo We’re here to talk about your new product,...

15 November 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Why are you so understaffed on a Tuesday?

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

12 November 2016

From: Features

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

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

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Redressing the wrongs of agents remains fair and impartial

When a tenant paid his initial one month’s rent in addition to a tenancy deposit in exchange for the keys to...

05 November 2016

From: Features

Brexit: agency holding Q&A session for owners, buyers and landlords

As Brexit uncertainty grips the market, one estate agency is taking the unusual step of confronting the conundrum head-on by having...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering: Agents' network running consultation survey

The Independent Network of Estate Agents is running a survey to collate agents' responses ahead of the closure of the official...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Four things all good estate agent websites need in 2016

All estate and letting agents now have a website – but just how effective is yours? Your 'virtual shop window' is now...

31 October 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

Property Natter: on my travels

It’s all been kicking off in recent weeks, hasn’t it? Marmite wars, the endless Trump v Clinton debate, Samsung phones blowing...

28 October 2016

From: Features

The market is crying out for a positive Autumn Statement

We are now less than a month away from Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement to the nation, depending of course on...

28 October 2016

From: Features

Going, going, gone through the roof – sky’s the limit at auction

Auction rooms across the UK are filled with people looking to buy property, from bargain hunters to seasoned investors, ensuring that...

22 October 2016

From: Features

How can agents manage negative feedback left on review sites?

Online reviews play an increasingly vital role in shaping the decisions of customers. Practically everyone using the internet to compare estate...

22 October 2016

From: Features

Why 'the UK housing market' no longer exists

The huge consequences of the EU referendum, and the impending Brexit negotiations, have drawn into sharp light the consequences for a...

22 October 2016

From: Features

Cabinet minister hints at property tax changes next month

The almost non-stop series of tax changes affecting all aspects of the housing market in recent years looks set to continue...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

PropTech: lending collapse for firm partnered with Zoopla

A business publication says figures from a PropTech peer-to-peer lending firm which markets its products through Zoopla show a 95 per cent...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises are inevitable after tax clampdown on buy-to-let

Buy-to-let landlords may have failed in their recent legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set to...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Alert to agents - read Landlord Today and Property Investor Today!

Agents don’t need reminding that Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today are invaluable sources of daily industry news - but...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

30 years after her disappearance, we still have to learn from Suzy’s story

Suzy Lamplugh was just 25 years old when she disappeared whilst working as an estate agent in London in 1986. She’d...

07 October 2016

From: Features

Fierce critic of estate and letting agents to head anti-poverty charity

One of the country’s most outspoken critics of estate and letting agents is quitting his role as chief executive of Shelter...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers urge Hammond to reverse Osborne property taxes

The Conveyancing Association says new Chancellor Phillip Hammond should use next month’s Autumn Statement as the opportunity to reverse controversial buy...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market defies Brexit jitters as rates hit record lows

Fears raised over the UK housing market in the wake of the Brexit vote have so far proved to be ‘wide...

30 September 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: Q & A with Glenn Ackroyd

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

30 September 2016

From: Features

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

The power of floor plans

When marketing a property for sale, there are a number of attributes that buyers and sellers today expect ‘as standard’, but...

23 September 2016

From: Features

Three months on – which way is the Brexit wind blowing?

Those working within the UK housing market would have felt considerable worry about the immediate impact of the vote to leave...

23 September 2016

From: Features

'Transaction levels remained steady over summer' – HMRC

Provisional figures from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs show there were 109,630 residential property transactions in the UK during August.  The figure is...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents that find balance for their clients are going from strength to strength

Given the uncertainty that shrouded the immediate build up to, and aftermath of, the EU referendum, the current lettings market in...

16 September 2016

From: Features

New website for clients to register details with local agents

A new website has launched with the aim of providing vendors, landlords, buyers and tenants with an easy way of registering...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Andrews announces string of 'strategic acquisitions'

Andrews Property Group has announced several acquisitions which have strengthened its operations across London and the South West. The firm, which recently...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Policy change soon? Minister meets buy to let tax campaigners

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has met campaigners to scrap anti-buy to let measures introduced by the Cameron government in the past...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Around 400 homes sold off by infamous buy to let investment couple

Fergus and Judith Wilson, at one time considered to be Britain’s biggest private landlords, have sold off an estimated 400 of...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Is buy-to-let investing still a safe bet?

The huge rush to acquire buy-to-let property in the first quarter of the year ahead of the stamp duty change deadline...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Industry protests work – so keep them up

It’s been a heartening few weeks for those of us who thought that protest was dead – or, more precisely, that...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: let's embrace change as an industry

Later on, the title of this piece should become clearer (at least I hope so). First, though, a few bits and...

09 September 2016

From: Features

The future looks bright for Bristol

A campaign has been launched to make Bristol the colour capital of the UK by ensuring that more homes are painted...

02 September 2016

From: Features

Rightmove reveals its autumn TV advertising campaign

Rightmove has launched its autumn TV advertising offensive, the latest to follow the Find Your Happy theme.   The new ad -...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

How can we encourage closer collaboration between estate agents and solicitors?

With an anticipated “Call for Evidence” from the Dept of Business Innovation & Skills looking into the home-buying experience ETSOS is...

01 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

Shelter attacks government house building levels worsened by Brexit

Shelter - recently concentrating on attacking landlords for the qualities of their homes and letting agents for the size of their...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: online agents – where are they now?

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

19 August 2016

From: Features

Property Natter – the sun has put its hat on (sort of)

Summer finally arrived, the transport system (as always) went into meltdown, everyone complained that it was too hot and the sun...

05 August 2016

From: Features

Zoopla to offer agents with giant in-branch TVs to display inventory

Zoopla is linking with Samsung to offer its members giant touch-screens for use in offices, displaying the agents’ own inventory of...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

What can the lettings industry learn from AirBnB, Vrumi and JustPark?

Barely a week goes by without news of the latest disastrous AirBnB experience suffered by an unsuspecting landlord.   Whether it’s damage...

22 July 2016

From: Features

Money laundering back on the agenda in government

After all the recent Whitehall upheaval we can perhaps get back to business; and first item on the agenda seems to...

21 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

MIRAS: Could Theresa May go back to the future?

I’m indebted to one of the most enthusiastic estate agents I’ve had the pleasure of meeting for suggesting the subject of...

15 July 2016

From: Features

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

Post-Brexit blues and what next?

Never in my lifetime have I seen so much enthusiasm and passion for politics. Brexit awoke the sleeping dog in almost...

01 July 2016

From: Features

Reapit reveals agency training scheme; TPO backs NALS toolkit

CRM software provider Reapit, has teamed up with Agency Mentors to provide training programmes for agents.  Reapit says its agent customers who...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Consultancy claims 1.7m owners less likely to move thanks to Brexit

A survey from property consultancy Plentific suggests 1.7m households in the UK may be less likely to sell up in the...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

The only certainty is uncertainty. So what next for the industry?

One estate agency leader - you’d all recognise his name - described the victory of the Leave camp in the referendum...

24 June 2016

From: Features

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

The current state of play in the property portal market

With more house-hunters than ever now starting their search for a new home by typically looking online on one of the major...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Index of house prices – or accumulating crisis?

So we now have a new 'official' index of house prices, and much good may it do us. For the chattering classes...

17 June 2016

From: Features

No Letting Go wins coveted award

No Letting Go have won Bronze at the Lettings Agency of the Year 2016 Awards.   They have been accredited with the Bronze...

17 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

If your fees are justified, you shouldn't be afraid to publicise them

The old and eternal debate over whether or not tenant fees should be banned continues to rumble on. It’s a major concern...

10 June 2016

From: Features

2016 half year news round up for Estate & Letting agents

As we have just passed the 6 month half way point of 2016 we thought it would be a good idea...

09 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Home loans slow as EU referendum torpor sets in to housing market

Home loans activity has fallen to a 12 month low as market torpor sets in ahead of the EU referendum.  According to...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Why negotiating skills will be more crucial than ever in the months ahead

Sales skills, and the ability to negotiate in particular, have always been a core ingredient for any estate agent – and...

03 June 2016

From: Features

OnTheMarket signs up five branch agency

Property portal OnTheMarket has announced that it has signed up five branch estate agency Meller Braggins.  The firm, which is based in...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

'House price growth remained stable last month' – Nationwide

Average house prices increased by 0.2% between April and May, according to the latest figures from Nationwide. The bank's House Price Index...

02 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Bridging the gap

While buy-to-let lenders brace themselves for further interventions as part of proposals currently being drawn up by the Prudential Regulation Authority...

01 June 2016

From: Features

Isn’t it time to embrace ‘Generation Rent’?

Use of the term ‘generation rent’ has grown beyond all measure in recent years, but it’s not always quoted in the...

27 May 2016

From: Features

Online agency amends website after competitor makes ASA complaint

A dispute over claims made on online estate agency HouseSimple's website has been 'informally resolved' via the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Competitor eMoov challenged...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing transactions break pre-MMR record

Conveyancing transactions hit a post-recession high during the first quarter of 2016, according to new figures. Search provider Search Acumen's analysis of...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Education, Education, Education – and renting and buying, too

So what is it with young people failing to stand up for themselves and not making the most of their money...

20 May 2016

From: Features

Time to stick it up: Agents still not complying with transparency law

Running a business is not easy, but sometimes it becomes harder because we are expected to modify our behaviour due to...

20 May 2016

From: Features

April mortgage lending hits eight-year high - even after SDLT deadline

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £18.5 billion last month - the highest April figure since...

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says stamp duty fall-out acts against first time buyers

A modest 0.4 per cent rise in average asking prices over the past month conceals a nasty surprise for first time...

16 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

Shawn Brown, PayProp Business Development Director

Q: What does it say on your business card? Director of Business Development Q: Who are PayProp? PayProp is an automated payment and reconciliation...

12 May 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

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

Britain’s best letting agents

Here are the top letting agents in Britain who go above and beyond to help their customers, as voted for by...

10 May 2016

From: Features

London mayoral election: A referendum on housing

The race to replace London Mayor Boris Johnson has entered its final few days, and like never before, housing is the...

29 April 2016

From: Features

Property Natter – why deposit protection schemes matter

This week, as the title suggests, I turn my attentions to the world of deposit protection schemes. Landlords have been legally obliged...

15 April 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

Big boost in mortgage lending says e.surv - but will it last much longer?

Home lending in 2016 saw its best opening quarter for nine years according to the figures from chartered surveying firm e.surv.  An...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Sleazy does it: why estate agency needs to get a better look

It’s all too easy to look sleazy in the eyes of a sceptical world, and there’s a danger right now that...

08 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

Subletting: The rogue to the legitimate

Subletting of prime London lettings properties is a lucrative business.  What began as a rogue trade over the course of several years,...

08 April 2016

From: Features

Annual house price inflation tops 10% - but it may have peaked

House prices in the three months to March were 10.1 per cent higher than in the same quarter a year earlier...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: out and about

Storm Katie (makes it sound so harmless when they give it a name like that, doesn’t it?) might have given the...

01 April 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - good works dispel the stamp duty blues

Forget the gloomy stamp duty news, or the prospect that a new house price index might revalue house prices downwards, or...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents say first time buyer numbers up despite surge in landlord purchases

The numbers of households purchasing their first home has grown by almost seven per cent annually, despite the surge in buy...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage clampdown is too late and unnecessary says leading agent

New proposals to curtail mortgage borrowing in the buy to let sector have been branded as “a classic case of slamming...

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

The siren call of Lisbon – A tale of rejection, disappointment and betrayal

When, during his budget speech, George Osborne announced Capital Gains Tax (CGT) was going down to 20%, I experienced a mix...

25 March 2016

From: Features

The rise of an increasingly unpredictable market

Property has long been a safe investment. Before the downturn in 2008, sellers were able to gain a healthy capital return.  Post-economic...

25 March 2016

From: Features

An underwhelming Budget – perhaps that isn’t a bad thing?

George Osborne has been busy over the last year. First came the General Election which had everyone on tenterhooks until the...

25 March 2016

From: Features

All change as several agencies announce expansions and acquisitions

The spring agency merger and expansion tradition continues apace with a series of announcements by firms. Bristol-based online agency Urpad.online - which...

21 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Money laundering obligations – Who do they apply to?

There is widespread misunderstanding within agency concerning money laundering obligations.  The first thing to note is that contrary to popular belief the...

18 March 2016

From: Features

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

Budget: Stamp duty surcharge confirmed, no buy-to-let bombshells

In today's budget, the Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced a number of measures which will impact the property industry.  The Chancellor confirmed...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Budget: further stamp duty surcharge details expected today

Later today chancellor George Osborne will make his latest budget speech. The announcement is expected to confirm the details of the 3%...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

You read it here first: What to look for in Osborne’s Budget

When it comes to Budgets and Property, you have to hope that the old adage that ‘things happen in threes’ turns...

12 March 2016

From: Features

The issue of over-valuing in the PCL lettings market

These days we have a wealth of information at our fingertips, the mere touch of a button or two provides more...

12 March 2016

From: Features

Huge increase in property crowdfunding websites, warns authority

There has been a surge of new crowdfunding platforms aimed at people who either cannot afford to purchase their own buy...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Supply of homes on sale is at its lowest level for 14 years says NAEA

The supply of homes to buy is at its lowest level in 14 years according to the National Association of Estate...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Mutual founder's website relaunches rich with consumer features

London estate agency Douglas & Gordon, one of the firms which founded Agents’ Mutual, has launched a new website with a...

01 March 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

Agency chain complains of conveyancer shortage delaying transactions

Haart says a shortage of conveyancers and lawyers is leading to delays in transactions, made worse by the high volume of...

23 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Another online petition - this time against stamp duty surcharge

Another online petition has been launched against one of Chancellor George Osborne’s fiscal measures seen as an attack on the private...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the interior revolution of estate agents’ offices

Estate agents with a difference, a twist, a unique selling point, whatever you want to call it, seem to be becoming...

20 February 2016

From: Features

Do tenants want longer tenancies?

Shelter has been tirelessly campaigning for longer tenancies for the last few years.  The charity has led the case for change and...

20 February 2016

From: Features

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

OTM testimonials continue as Rightmove reveals record leads and visits

An OnTheMarket director says his portal can still challenge Rightmove - despite record figures from Rightmove itself. As we reported yesterday, Rightmove says...

05 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Fine & Country is 'first premium agency' to launch TV campaign

Fine & Country is launching a series of TV advertisements on Channel 4 next month in what it believes is the...

04 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Watchdog tells estate agents to improve handling of clients' data

The estate agency industry has been ticked off by an official watchdog for the way many of its businesses handle clients'...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Marketing Jargon Buster

Marketing and property often go hand in hand. But from time to time you might come across certain marketing terms that...

30 January 2016

From: Features

Agents must make residential vendors aware of stamp duty changes

Predicting ho­­w the housing market might play out over the next few months is incredibly difficult. There are a significant number...

30 January 2016

From: Features

Advertising watchdog bans ad by controversial 'sting' estate agency

A letting agency that has been the subject of a BBC investigation and has gone into liquidation in controversial circumstances has...

27 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Cameron dismisses industry's concerns over stamp duty and tax changes

Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed out of hand appeals and comments from Estate Agent Today readers to reconsider the recent...

25 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

Can Stamp Duty really change the face of the buy-to-let sector?

With a little over two months to go until changes to Stamp Duty are introduced that will impact purchasers of second...

22 January 2016

From: Features

Dated rental properties in Prime Central London, are their days numbered?

It is no secret that Prime Central London lettings offerings vary from the exquisite to the plain and ugly.  The exquisite boasting...

22 January 2016

From: Features

Rush to purchase buy-to-lets keeping housing market buoyant says RICS

Landlords trying to beat Chancellor George Osborne’s stamp duty surcharge deadline are behind the latest upbeat assessment of the housing market...

22 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Portal Wars: Zoopla names returning agents as OTM testimonials go on

Both Zoopla and OnTheMarket have ramped up their long-standing rivalry. As we reported yesterday afternoon, Zoopla has revealed what it calls a...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Record number of agents returning from OnTheMarket claims Zoopla

With the portal wars ratcheting up ahead of OnTheMarket’s first anniversary, Zoopla has revealed what it calls a “record number” of...

20 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

Rightmove says 'supply famine' easing after small rise in stock on sale

Rightmove is reporting this morning that there has been a 6.6 per cent increase in the number ot homes with two...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

The value of a brand in property

For the team at Andrews, the new year started a long time ago. Almost two years ago to be precise as...

15 January 2016

From: Features

Agency demands urgent clarification on 3% second homes surcharge

A major estate agency is demanding urgent clarification on a three per cent tax levy - a ‘mini-me’ version of the...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Controversial private sales website takes over disability property register

The Accessible Property Register, a website specialising in promoting wheelchair-accessible homes, has been taken over by TheHouseShop.com.  APR was set up by...

13 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Consultation action confirms buy-to-let contempt

My suspicion in my December Industry Views column that the Chancellor, George Osborne, holds certain types of property owners in contempt...

08 January 2016

From: Features

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

My winners and losers in 2015

It’s time to take a pause, to reflect and put into context—and what a year it has been for our industry...

24 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

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

Stamp duty and stock shortage mean 'winter of higher prices' says top agent

The director of two major agencies says George Osborne’s stamp duty surcharge and stock at an “historically low level” will force...

10 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the end of an era

It was an end of an era in the property world this week. Christopher Hamer stepped down as the Property Ombudsman...

04 December 2015

From: Features

Unintended consequences of PRS-meddling could cause real damage

You might recall a collective sigh of relief emitted by stakeholders in the housing market and private rental sector back in...

04 December 2015

From: Features

A New Year’s Resolution for every landlord – make someone love you

Once you go beyond the industry’s anger about the Chancellor’s three per cent stamp duty surcharge – and that’s an anger...

27 November 2015

From: Features

Shock and anger from agents at extra 3% stamp duty on some homes

There’s been shock and anger from agents - especially those in London - at the surprise news of an additional three...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Osborne's property-related Autumn Statement measures

- From April 2016 buy to let landlords and people buying second or holiday homes will have to pay an additional...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Time to rebrand: lettings experts, not agents

Negativity. There’s a lot of it about in the lettings industry right now. Where you might see barriers, hurdles and more...

20 November 2015

From: Features

Foreign buyers increasingly-deterred by property taxes, agents say

Reports suggest foreign buyers may be losing interest in directly owning property in London and are in some cases increasingly attracted...

19 November 2015

From: Breaking News

LSL Property Services plc acquire another agency

LSL Property Services plc has announced another lettings acquisition, this time in Elgin and Inverness. The agency they have bought, PHP Lettings,...

17 November 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Prime central London agent drops fees by 50% in 'Black Friday' offer

Is it a stunt or a symptom of the central London’s stagnating housing market? A Knightsbridge estate agents is halving its fees...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent – What we learn from Germany and the US

I make no apologies for returning to Build To Rent, the institutional investment in building and managing blocks of flats to...

13 November 2015

From: Features

The ESTAS agency of the month is revealed… and it could be you

Estate agent Butters John Bee based at Nantwich in Cheshire has won the latest ESTAS Agent of the Month title.   The...

13 November 2015

From: Breaking News

A million owner-occupied homes switch to lettings in a decade

Around one million homes that were owner-occupied in 2005 have in the intervening decade been sold and switched to being privately...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Content, Content, Content

Someone told me the other day that it’s now only seven Mondays till Christmas. Now there’s a scary thought. Best get...

06 November 2015

From: Features

Hindsight is too late – leaders must make the right decisions at the right time

It’s hard not to have been influenced by the Rugby World Cup over the past month and a half – while...

06 November 2015

From: Features

New legislation means letting agent training is more important than ever

With a raft of new legislation introduced recently now will be the ideal time to think about whether staff are up...

06 November 2015

From: Features

Far fewer sellers hampered by chains, says new Countrywide research

New research from Countrywide suggests that the growth of the private rental sector and the higher number of mortgages means far...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Reasons to be cheerful (Even if you’re involved in buy to let)

A reader of Industry Views is unlikely to need converting to the virtues of buy to let, but anyone involved in...

30 October 2015

From: Features

We need to make sure that lettings isn’t viewed as an industry of 'rogues'

Headlines across the lettings industry often focus on the behaviour of ‘rogue’ landlords – those that are slow to become compliant...

30 October 2015

From: Features

‘Between a rock and a harder place'

Stephen Moss, CEO of Pring.co.uk the UK’s leading property investment search engine, takes a look at the impact of ‘Corbynmania’ on...

28 October 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide may invest in digital start-up to boost online offer

The chief executive of Countrywide, Alison Platt, has hinted her firm may invest in, or acquire, an internet start-up company to...

27 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Quirky views, website traffic and a love affair with 'hybrid'

I’m writing this from the brand spanking new Center Parks in Woburn Forest. Set within 365 acres of lush Bedfordshire forest,...

23 October 2015

From: Features

The scores are in - here is the ESTAS estate agent of the month

next2buy Property Retailers has scooped the September ESTAS Estate Agent of the Month title.   The Tyne & Wear based agency won...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

Property Natter: reaching the Holy Grail of more vendors and landlords

Well, the hosts have left the party early. England have crashed out of their own Rugby World Cup after a demoralising...

09 October 2015

From: Features

Agents’ Mutual’s latest ‘letter of intent’: what’s in it for agents?

The consumer is King and to protect sellers and buyers' best interests estate and letting agents have to operate in the...

09 October 2015

From: Features

Agents Do Charity...and they're having a ball...

Agents' Giving: No less than £20,000 has been raised at the Agents Giving Ball where Phil Spencer and 240 of the...

09 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Investment portal attracts 5,000 agents

A web portal which radically changes the way investors search for their next investment property has signed up 5,000 agents, less...

07 October 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Video round up 02.10.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video round-up of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on a raft...

02 October 2015

From: Video Articles

Video round up 02.10.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video round-up of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on a raft...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Over-65s enjoy vast property wealth, especially in London and the south

Homeowners aged 65 and above have seen their property wealth grow by nearly £17.5 billion in the past three months alone...

29 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Has Corbyn Labour-proofed lettings?

The party's over. It's probably the best double entendre in the world of politics right now. For centre or right-leaning Labour...

25 September 2015

From: Features

Sheffield: an example of how a local authority can enforce compliance

It’s been nearly a year since all lettings and property management agents have been legally required to join a redress scheme...

25 September 2015

From: Features

Billy Idol, Generation Rent and happiness

So housing made itself top of the list of questions by the new Leader of the Opposition’s first PMQs on Wednesday...

18 September 2015

From: Features

Build To Let: A threat or a challenge to agents?

If there’s one thing that looks like a good move right now, it’s becoming a letting agent.  Whereas some years ago we...

18 September 2015

From: Features

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

Zoopla will never accept private sales and letting listings

The chief executive of Zoopla has ruled out allowing private sellers and landlords to list properties directly on Zoopla or PrimeLocation.  In...

15 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Alex Chesterman Q & A: The Results

Readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were given an exclusive opportunity to pose questions to Zoopla Property Group...

14 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

We’re all disrupters now

It’s become almost obligatory for start-ups in many industries – frequently online agents in the selling and letting business – to...

04 September 2015

From: Features

Sales problems in leasehold-dominated 'private town'

An unusual story of hard-to-sell homes has emerged from Northumberland where a kind of new town, established in the 1960s, is...

03 September 2015

From: Breaking News

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

Why agents need to do their ‘right to rent’ homework

Stories of migrants attempting to make their way to the UK are now a daily feature in our news bulletins and...

28 August 2015

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - as summer turns to autumn

The Bank Holiday weekend heralds the end of August and the return to a more normal sales and lettings market for...

28 August 2015

From: Breaking News

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

Property Natter: how to make PR work for you

Public relations is big business these days. Whole companies are set up purely to provide this service. Major corporations have in-house...

21 August 2015

From: Features

Growing agency claims to be strongest property brand in its area

Estate agency Romans has claimed that it is the 'strongest property brand' in the Thames Valley.  The Romans Group recently commissioned a...

20 August 2015

From: Breaking News

The ESTAS' new agent of the month - is it you?

Three agents have been announced as winners of The ESTAS Agent of the Month competition - with Butters John Bee the...

19 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Will the end of The Green Deal make it harder for letting agents?

The government recently pulled the plug on financing the Green Deal so you may be wondering what this all means for...

14 August 2015

From: Features

You could save Landlords money with our Emergency Assist cover

No one likes to be called and told, your boiler has broken down or a burst pipe has caused damage to...

13 August 2015

From: Sponsored Content

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

Has buy-to-let become too popular for its own good?

Here's a thought. The Chancellor may have done the buy-to-let industry a small favour with his emergency Budget in July. What...

07 August 2015

From: Features

It’s a scandal more property scandals aren’t exposed

I received a call from a prominent agent known to many in the industry this week, asking an unexpected question: he wanted...

07 August 2015

From: Features

Video round up 07.08.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video roundup of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on what Right...

07 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Video round up 07.08.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video roundup of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on what Right...

07 August 2015

From: Video Articles

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

Rezi Pro

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

Is it a luxury or does it provide peace of mind?

Roy Fuller Managing Director at Everything Lettings says: By having in place an Out Of Hours help line such as we...

28 July 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Portals should carry private sales plus agents' stock - claim

An opinion poll of over 2,000 people conducted for The House Shop shows that a majority of people would use a...

21 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Delayed Exchanges – Why are they increasing?

A number of my member firms (Bold Legal Group) have reported that, compared to three years ago, the time to get...

17 July 2015

From: Features

Manage your landlords effectively as tax changes take hold

Consider the scene. It is July 8th and new Chancellor, Ed Balls, stands at the Dispatch Box giving his first Budget...

17 July 2015

From: Features

Out of Hour cover for areas under Landlord licensing

Many Councils are now introducing Landlord Licensing within different boroughs, for those that have one of the requirements is a 24...

13 July 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter: The rise of agent-rating websites

The rising phenomenon of agent-rating and review websites is a topic that seems to have caused considerable division and controversy among...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Landlords' plans will change in wake of tax relief cut

Wednesday’s budget proved a grim viewing for those who have worked in the rental sector for some time and watched the...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Summer Budget's fiddly tax changes well worth a second glance

This week the Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered the first Conservative Budget for almost 20 years. While Mr Osborne claimed that it marked...

10 July 2015

From: Features

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

Agency figures make last-gasp pleas to Osborne

Estate and letting agents and other figures in the property industry have been making their last-minute calls on Chancellor George Osborne...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

A breath of fresh Airbnb

Two interesting developments in the past week have shown how established parts of the agency industry - on either side of...

03 July 2015

From: Features

Crowded house: are you super vigilant?

I don't think there is one person in lettings and property management who isn't alarmed at the scenes just over the...

03 July 2015

From: Features

How it works – for agents

The first step is making a commitment to providing good customer service. Then sign up to AgentTracker and we’ll get you...

02 July 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Deregulation Act: Agents in the know stand out

After the passing of the Deregulation Act deposits deadline this week, Richard Price, Executive Director of UKALA, is in a contemplative...

26 June 2015

From: Features

Are you offering the very best service you can for your Landlords and tenants?

In today’s highly competitive market place, no company can afford to miss a business opportunity. Roy Fuller Managing Director at Everything Lettings...

25 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter: Agents, target your websites better!

OK, you’re being spoilt. This column is now going to be on a bi-weekly rather than monthly basis. You lucky people,...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Let’s get our act together

This month has marked a real change in the way the private lettings sector is perceived - and it’s a perception...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Could cross-party support solve supply conundrum?

Given that I wrote my last article on the day of the General Election but well before the result was known,...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Portals: Rightmove visits up 22% while 'landlords don't know OTM'

Two new reports add fuel to the continuing debate over portals. Firstly Rightmove claims to have had its busiest-ever May, with 115m...

15 June 2015

From: Breaking News

PRS Announce Partnership with Small Claims Mediation

The Property Redress Scheme (PRS) is delighted to announce their partnership with the award winning mediation provider, Small Claims Mediation (SCM) The...

11 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

First time buyers miss out as buy to let booms says Connells

The post-election period has triggered a flurry of interest in buy to let but a sharp decline in business from first...

11 June 2015

From: Breaking News

New investment portal has ‘thousands of listings’ from agents

A new portal aimed at investors looking to purchase buy-to-let property has reported that it has thousands of listings from agents...

10 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Inaugural ESTAS Agent of the Month winner revealed

The ESTAS has announced the winner of the first ever Agent of the Month award. Southend agent 1st Call Sales & Lettings...

04 June 2015

From: Breaking News

No job too big or too small

Some companies pride themselves on being able to accommodate customers of all kinds. “No job too big or too small,” they...

02 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Another agent praises Periscope app

A Scottish agent is the latest to praise the app Periscope, a social media platform which allows users to broadcast a...

01 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Reaction: The Immigration Bill and immigration checks

"Stop right there. Hands above your head. Don't move. Mavis, dial 999." Mr D Smith (MARLA, NFoPP) removes his Glock 19...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Agents Do Charity – the great work continues

Despite it being a short working week, we have once again been inundated with stories of estate and letting agents’ charity...

29 May 2015

From: Breaking News

easyProperty hires PR firm ahead of sales launch

Online estate agent easyProperty has appointed a creative and PR agency to manage an ‘above the line’ advertising campaign ahead of...

29 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Government 'rules out estate agency regulation'

The government has allegedly ruled out any regulation of estate agents for fear that it would lead to higher fees and...

26 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords must register old tenancy deposits – now!

In 2007, the government introduced a compulsory deposit protection scheme as part of the Housing Act 2004 to help protect tenants...

22 May 2015

From: Features

What can you get for just £25 per week

Roy Fuller, owner at Everything Lettings’, says:  for just £25 per week you can have in place our emergency helpline 365...

21 May 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Labour-backing estate agent 'devastated' by arson attack

An estate agent whose office window had displayed Labour posters says he is devastated at an arson and vandalism attack which...

19 May 2015

From: Breaking News

The voters have spoken – with confidence

A little over four weeks ago I was here musing what impact the impending general election might have on the property...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Whoops…Lewis in charge despite government mix-up

If the first few hours of the new government’s approach to housing are anything to go by, it could be a...

13 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Take 2: government now decides to keep former housing minister after all

If the first few hours of the new government’s approach to housing are anything to go by, it could be a...

12 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Not Invested In Light Panels Yet

Not Invested In Light Panels Yet In this economical climate you might think that investing in new window displays is a...

11 May 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Over the next five years, let’s talk - but not to ourselves

So, a sigh of relief.  Most agents will be pleased with the election result - even if they are not Tory supporters...

08 May 2015

From: Features

The spotlight on our sector will not diminish, despite the result of the election

I write this article on the day of the General Election so you’ll forgive the political analogies. In particular, how any...

08 May 2015

From: Features

'One million landlords exit the PRS' - the headline you don’t want to read

Ian Wilson, the head of Martin & Co, recently threw his hat into the ring regarding Labour’s stated intention to cap...

04 May 2015

From: Features

Will the surge of buy-to-let boom or bust?

Under new pension freedom reforms, people aged 55 and over can access as much of their savings from their defined contributions...

23 April 2015

From: Features

Tips for First Time Buyers in London

London house prices rose year-on-year at a figure of more than 18% in 2014, with the Metropolitan area experiencing similarly huge...

22 April 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Yield is king for buy-to-let investors

With pension reform, council licensing changes and a General Election on the horizon, many are anticipating a boom in the buy-to-let...

22 April 2015

From: Sponsored Content

800 see ESTAS winners revealed at glittering ceremony

The 800 lettings and estate agents and industry suppliers who packed the ballroom at London’s Park Lane Hilton on Friday witnessed...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in referrals to The Property Ombudsman

There was a whopping 42 per cent rise in referrals to The Property Ombudsman last year according to the annual report...

21 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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