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Jailed agent on sex offenders’ register for next 10 years

An estate agent has been jailed for 19 months and will have to be on the sex offenders’ register for the...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Homes “stuck in the legal log-jam” reach five year high says Rightmove

Rightmove says the number of homes stuck in what it calls “the legal log jam” is at its highest for over...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

It's a fur cop: how a Zoopla listing landed a seller in court

Advertising on Zoopla is a must-have for most sellers but for Susan Tate in Anglesey it meant she ended up in...

19 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

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

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

Agents beware as council cannot take search queries for six weeks

A local authority in the Home Counties says it will not be possible to accept search queries for six weeks starting...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons sales slump another 10% as agency says ‘lettings are our priority’

Foxtons’ sales slumped another 10 per cent and its total revenue dropped another 3.5 per cent according to figures released this...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned to be in a redress scheme for ALL aspects of their work

Estate and letting agents are being urged to check that they are signed up with an approved redress scheme that covers...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

It Might Not Be A Popular Opinion But…Licensing – Just For Dogs And Pigs?

How many of you are in favour of estate agents being licenced? Would most agents rather not be overseen by a regulator...

25 July 2019

From: Features

 Backfired! Ban on new-build second homes leads to higher house prices

A bid to ban the building of new homes for out-of-town buyers has backfired on a Cornish community - and now...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

London agent says worried Hong Kong investors already fleeing to UK

High end London estate agency Aston Chase says there’s already been a surge in interest in property in the UK capital...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge fine for estate agency after data breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined a London estate agency £80,000 for leaving 18,610 customers' personal data exposed for almost two years. The security...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

REVEALED: Britain’s Biggest Moving Home Fails

A recent study has revealed what the biggest moving home fails are in the UK, including damaged furniture, scratched walls and...

18 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

All Change: new regulator, licensing and qualifications proposed for agents

The government has published proposals for far-reaching changes to the way estate and letting agents are regulated, trained and licensed. The proposals...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Safer Property Search’ scheme to prioritise agents covered by TPO

A trade association of agents selling properties overseas has launched a new feature which it claims will give buyers greater security...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Rightmove fails to understand first rule of innovation

The recent announcement of a clicktopurchase partnership demonstrates some much-needed progression from Rightmove. In doing so, however, it could be said it...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Praise for estate agency diversifying into equity release

Specialist providers catering for the over-50s has welcomed a move by high-end estate agency Knight Frank to move into equity release. Commenting...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove trials digital offers for commercial buyers – is this the future?

Property portal Rightmove has confirmed that it is trialling an option which allows buyers of commercial properties to submit offers online...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - from the top of the world

Friday is Agents Do Charity day and as the country enjoys the delights of Wimbledon and rues the Lionesses' departure from...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Past its sell by date? Three-year-old property listing banned by ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint made against a listing on property website Houser.co.uk. In January, the complainant notified...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov collapse: angry sellers threaten legal action

Estate Agent Today has been contacted by an individual who says he is one of three former Emoov customers intending to...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

When selling doesn’t actually mean ‘selling’ - website warns vendors

The head of a website that contrasts the performances of rival estate agents is urging buyers to ‘drill down’ and find...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government blasted over ‘scandalous’ leasehold reform proposals

A leasehold reform campaigner says government proposals risk creating a two-tier market and do nothing to assist leaseholders already hit by...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet another house raffle competition bites the dust

Another house price raffle has closed amid rancour, and with cash prizes being awarded instead of the property originally promoted. The latest...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the worst location in the country for gazumping

Gazumping is alive and well in much of the country, despite the slowdown in the property market, according to new research...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer endorses reservation agreements and digital legal packs

Phil Spencer and his advice website IQ have endorsed the concept of legally binding reservation agreements and digital legal packs through...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Incoming – a summer of change for estate and letting agents

You may be right in thinking that Brexit has dominated the thinking of the government in the last three years. However,...

22 June 2019

From: Features

£23m Prime Central London property to be sold via Blockchain

A property in London’s Mayfair has a price tag of £23m and is being sold via a system allowing interested parties...

21 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

Four agencies acted illegally in fee price cartel, says watchdog

The Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found that four agencies broke competition law by taking part in a price fixing...

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

Do online agents expect conveyancers to do their work for them?

A member of a legal information and networking organisation says an online estate agency expects him to do some work in...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords forced to conduct more background checks in post-Brexit Britain

Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ policy that was implemented in 2012 was designed to make staying and residing in the UK as...

08 June 2019

From: Features

A moving tide of regulation making its way towards estate agents

It may well seem that the government is pre-occupied with one issue, and one issue alone. While preparations for Brexit take up a...

01 June 2019

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: Claim and counter-claim over arrears

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

25 May 2019

From: Features

Buyer wins case against surveyor who ‘missed’ Japanese Knotweed

A homeowner in London has won a legal case against a chartered surveyor who failed to identify Japanese knotweed during a...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Many estate agencies at risk over data security, claims IT firm

An IT firm says small and medium-sized estate agencies without the infrastructure of large corporates are putting themselves and their customers...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

160 homes are owned by 'high corruption-risk' individuals say MPs

A Parliamentary committee has claimed that 160 properties in the UK are owned by “high corruption-risk individuals” and wants more to...

20 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

Anti-money laundering: the key myths and misconceptions

The UK property market can be seen by criminals as an effective vehicle to conceal the proceeds of economic crime. Criminally...

18 May 2019

From: Features

Estate agents 'no longer biggest money laundering risks', report suggests

A survey undertaken by the respected Economist Intelligence Unit and a risk solutions company suggests that estate agency may be one...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Alexa: when do we get cheaper and faster conveyancing?

A law firm says it’s made legal history by integrating the automated voice-activated platform Alexa into its system. Customers of Simply Conveyancing...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran becomes chair of franchise giant as founder retires

The founder of franchise giant Belvoir, Mike Goddard, has now stepped down as chair of the company, two years after quitting...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Buying reform could slash transaction time by almost 30% - claim

Reforms to the house buying process in England and Wales to bring it more into line with Scotland could slash the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Market transformation – deterring, championing and Purplebricks

I hope you had another wonderful Bank Holiday weekend; only three weeks to hold on until the next one. Personally, it...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Caught Red Handed - Agents ‘lying and deceiving’ to poach instructions

A London sales and lettings agent has revealed to Estate Agent Today some of the tactics used by his rivals in...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy equity loans drive over 210,000 home sales since 2013

Data produced by the government showed that some 211,000 homes have been bought using the Help to Buy: Equity Loan. The scheme...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Homes could lose 10% of value because of Japanese Knotweed - claim

A solicitor handling cases involving Japanese Knotweed say the problem could devalue the prices of affected houses by as much as...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

DPS adjudication case study: rent arrears vs property condition

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

20 April 2019

From: Features

‘Express estate agency’ says it beats auctions for sellers stuck on market

A quick buy company that describes itself as an “express estate agency” is making a pitch for vendors who may be...

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

How can agents keep property transactions on track?

More than 800 property transactions fall through daily, which can have repercussions both practically and financially, as agents fail to get...

30 March 2019

From: Features

Why the future of the property industry should be paperless

When they first came onto the scene, online-only estate and lettings agents were predicted to swiftly spell the end for traditional...

30 March 2019

From: Features

One in eight planning to buy in next six months 'delay because of Brexit'

One in eight people buying or selling in the next six months say they will delay their plans because of Brexit...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘hide how long it takes to sell homes’ claims quick-buy firm

A quick-buy firm that buys homes at around 85 per cent of market value claims the industry is concealing how slow...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Value added to house is 'confiscated' by Proceeds of Crime Act

An owner who enhanced the price of his property by illegally hacking branches off a tree has ordered to pay back...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents offered free anti-money laundering compliance roundtable

One of the industry’s leading compliance experts is to lead a roundtable discussion in May on the anti-money laundering issue -...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Upfront information will be crucial to the future of buying and selling

When it comes to major issues confronting housing, and in particular the direction that the government would like to take the...

23 March 2019

From: Features

‘Replacement for private treaty sales’ offered by online auctioneer

The Network Auctions ‘E” online property platform, used by an estimated 100 agents, has been revamped with vendors now offered three...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Top industry suppliers form new group offering agents ‘tech solutions’

Many of the industry’s best known and widely respected suppliers have set up a new group which they say offers agents...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Lawyers accuse agents of failing to comply with CPRs over leaseholds

The Law Society claims that the unforeseen charges faced by some purchasers of leasehold properties could be addressed “if developers and...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreement firm claims it entirely eliminates fall throughs

An industry provider of reservation agreements says its services can “entirely eliminate” fall throughs and reduce failed transactions “to almost zero.” PropTech...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Emoov chief's new online business makes headlines before it launches

The founder and former chief executive of Emoov, Russell Quirk, is back in the headlines with a new but until now...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

AML Fines for estate agents published

Estate agent anti-money laundering (AML) compliance is under scrutiny again following the publication of figures detailing the fines levied for AML...

13 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Implementing your risk assessment

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

11 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

No more ‘no DSS’ – is the government wasting its time?

Last week, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government announced a number of measures aimed at further tackling homelessness, including...

09 March 2019

From: Features

How to keep landlords happy in 2019

Competition for landlords will be fiercer than ever this year. Landlords are facing a raft of changes and will likely be...

06 March 2019

From: Features

Countrywide fine 'shows agents not taking anti-money laundering seriously'

The huge £215,000 fine levied on Countrywide for failing to abide by anti-money laundering procedures is a demonstration that estate agents...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide hit with £215,000 fine in HMRC swoop on agents

It’s been revealed that Countrywide has been hit with a £215,000 fine as part of a swoop by HMRC cracking down...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

AllAgents allows Purplebricks reviews again, ending 18-month spat

The long-running stand off between website AllAgents and Purplebricks appears to be over, with the online agency being ‘readmitted’ by the...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees clampdown welcomed as “a triumph for consumers”

The National Association of Estate Agents has led the support for stricter new guidelines on transparency for referral fees. The clampdown means agents...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning over reservation fees in the Modern Method of Auction

A member of a prominent legal network is warning buyers and their conveyancers to be ”wary” of the Modern Method of...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Big Leap forward for first-ever ESTAS Bold Legal Conference

More details are emerging of the first-ever ESTAS conference for conveyancers - the Bold Legal Conference - taking place on the...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What are HMRC looking for?

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

25 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Emoov former boss disputes Mail on Sunday claim about agency's debts

Online estate agent Emoov failed to tell crowdfunding investors it was losing £3m a month before its collapse, a Sunday paper claims. The...

24 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

Banned: home 'ownership' advertisement is branded misleading

A poster advertising shared ownership, promoting homes from a housing association, has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority. The poster, for...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: referral fees, HIPs & Bee Gees tributes - Rob Hailstone Q & A

With the home buying and selling process firmly on the news agenda of late – everything from a possible ban on...

16 February 2019

From: Features

Buying reform backed by conveyancing chief but government 'must get it right'

One of the country’s leading conveyancing chiefs has given his support to reforms to the house buying process. But Rob Hailstone -...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency business tries to avoid Emoov fall-out with ‘realistic’ crowdfund

The first major estate agency business to launch a crowdfunding bid since the controversial collapse of Emoov has emphasised its “realistic”...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents criticised after ‘wrong advice’ given in bid to avoid stamp duty

A solicitor is warning estate agents and the public about allegedly wrong advice relating to the additional homes stamp duty surcharge. Julie...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your one-stop-shop for the industry's jobs news

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your regular catch-up on key appointments news in our industry. It’s been a difficult seven...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

ESTAS branching out by staging key conveyancing conference

In what promises to be a transformative year for conveyancing in the UK, the ESTAS is joining forces with the well-known...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Will any portal ever beat Rightmove?

If you want an engaging page-turner novel for cold winter evenings, my recommendation is Our House by Louise Candlish, a bestseller...

26 January 2019

From: Features

The importance of being part of a trade association

When it comes to letting a property, it is important that landlords and renters have faith in their agent. The more...

26 January 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket over the moon about latest court victory

Connells’ brand Gascoigne Halman has lost its appeal against OnTheMarket. Gascoigne Halman challenged OTM’s old ‘one other portal’ rule at the Competition...

25 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

It’s time to upgrade your AML armoury

The government has moved to crack down on money laundering in the UK with a new campaign focusing on the accountancy,...

16 January 2019

From: Features

Does your tenant require an increased power supply?

‘I need more power’ - it’s a common request experienced by landlords, letting agents and commercial estate agents across the country. Be...

12 January 2019

From: Features

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

PropTech Today: The under-appreciated 2019 property events near you

It’s time to think about planning the 2019 events calendar. This year, there are more PropTech conferences scheduled than ever before,...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Just the ticket (not). Another house raffle closed down by authorities

Yet another property raffle has had to be abandoned because it has been deemed illegal under Gambling Commission rules. A Yorkshire couple,...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov collapse forces online rival to scrap crowdfunding pitch

The online sales and lettings platform TheHouseShop has scrapped its £500,000 crowdfunding pitch - and it’s blaming the collapse of online...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New portal YourMoov to launch in near future

A new portal called YourMoov and describing itself as “the UK’s first decentralised property listing database” is to launch shortly. In an...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this year's final update on new appointments

If you thought Christmas Eve meant no more news in terms of industry movers and shakers…well, think again - we’ve one...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - yet more movers and shakers in the industry

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT - and while it may be just days to Christmas, there’s still plenty of...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

When renting a property out, letting agents and landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: Emoov, Brexit, Agents Got Talent and a partridge in a pear tree

Hard not to mention two major breaking news stories of recent days; one directly affecting the property market and one which...

15 December 2018

From: Features

 Emoov investor row: Crowdcube pledges to update angry crowdfunders

It is now known that at least 32 formal complaints have been received by the crowdfunding platform that helped Emoov raise...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov: Legal action considered over crowdfunding, claims paper

The Times reports that crowdfunding investors are considering legal action following the collapse of Emoov. The investors in question appear to be some of...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov’s humiliation - the fallout for the industry

Whatever one thinks about online estate agencies, it’s a cause of genuine sadness when people lose their jobs - close proximity...

08 December 2018

From: Features

HIPs-style 'Home Owner Passport' launching to speed up conveyancing

A firm is launching a new Home Owner’s Passport this weekend in a bid to speed up conveyancing.  With characteristics reminiscent of the much-derided Home...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Seeing the wood for the trees - finding the 1% in your business

When was the last time you looked at your business and really thought about what you could do to improve? Yesterday? Last...

28 November 2018

From: Features

The Hub Club - another agency shuts branches and opens central office

Yet another estate agency has announced that it’s shutting branches and opening a centralised hub. This time it’s Newman Property Experts, a...

28 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

It’s time for conveyancing to up its game

Conveyancing regularly adds unnecessary and costly delays to the home buying process and improvement could be far quicker than any efforts...

17 November 2018

From: Features

Buyers warned: Don’t cut corners by trying DIY conveyancing

Hard-pressed buyers who try to minimise house moving costs by doing their own conveyancing have been warned of the disastrous consequences...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

“Confident” OnTheMarket still signing agents ahead of appeal

OnTheMarket has issued an upbeat statement about the Court of Appeal setting a date to hear Connells-owned Gascoigne Halman's challenge to a ruling...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Big bang, warp-speed change’ for conveyancers, claims PropTech firm

Conveyancers’ use of data and technology to speed through sales is on the cusp of a ‘big bang’ moment according to...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show ‘hidden’ conveyancing fees deter buyers

A digital conveyancing platform says a lack of transparency in the house moving process - particularly regarding legal costs - is...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agent blames Brexit, legal fees and stamp duty for supply slump

There was a drop in the number of new listings across the UK last month, suggesting that the usual autumn rush to...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Portal claims it can help agents avoid some GDPR restrictions

The head of a controversial property portal says agents can by-pass some GDPR marketing restrictions by using his service’s social network. Ben Davis,...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

The ESTAS - no, not agents, this time it's the top conveyancers

Agents may sometimes have a tense relationship with conveyancers but admit it - when our legal colleagues are good, they are...

01 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

Government tells agents they have moral obligation to report suspicions

The government has told the estate agency industry that it has a “moral” obligation to report suspicions about potential money laundering. Figures...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

We need to wake up before we sleepwalk into a housing crisis

It’s now almost a month since the government introduced new rules on Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), as part of its...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Huge cash reward for estate agents who blow the whistle on price-fixing

The Competition and Markets Authority is stepping up its campaign to identify and prosecute companies behind cartels - and it’s offering...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Let’s focus on the real foreign property ownership problem

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

13 October 2018

From: Features

Referral fees: agents must be more transparent, government says

A government minister has told the estate agency industry that it must be more transparent over the issue of referral fees. In...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Some conveyancers to give upfront service and price information

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

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

How can PropTech be made easier for agents? Key debate today

Today’s long-awaited debate staged by fledgling PropTech platform Best Agent will address the issue of how the agency industry can most...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Agents transferred to rival as prominent firm quits resi property sector

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

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents mocked by minister over lax anti-money laundering approach

A government minister has made a pointed jibe at estate agents who appear not to regard cash purchases of high-value properties...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents warned not to underestimate anti-money laundering and GDPR

Estate agents have been warned that underestimating their legal obligations when it comes to anti-money laundering (AML) could see an increase...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents and suppliers to appeal to CRMs for better PropTech collaboration

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

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Approved: rules to make it easier for consumers to choose conveyancers

New rules set out by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), which aim to support consumer choice, have been approved by...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 August 2018

From: Features

Agent escapes jail after drink-driving and assaulting police officer

A Huddersfield estate agent who crashed her car while four times over the drink-drive limit has been banned from driving for...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent drove almost four-times over limit and kicked police officer

Local media in Huddersfield report that an estate agent smashed into a traffic bollard while four times over the drink-drive limit...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Business funding options - what choices do you have?

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

10 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

GDPR Weekly: Anti-money laundering regulations and data protection

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

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Redress scheme admits some agents may have missed 'quit' deadline

The redress scheme which formally quit the housing sector admits some estate agencies may have missed its deadline - and are thus...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing body wants fees listed on law firms' websites

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers says it wants legal practice websites to list cost information, including whether they have referral arrangements. The...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing proposals could delay transactions, warns law firm

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

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a changing of the guard?

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

28 July 2018

From: Features

Don’t fall foul of anti-money laundering rules

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

28 July 2018

From: Features

Fees row: Spotlight on Ombudsman after court case decision

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

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform BestAgent reveals new supplier partner

The emerging Proptech platform BestAgent has announced its latest partnership - this one is with sales progression company ViewMyChain. BestAgent, run by...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

MP criticises rip off quick buy firms using cowboy tactics

A Labour MP has used Parliamentary privilege to name a quick buy company and to make accusations about its practices. During Prime...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Kit Malthouse - We’ve obviously had enough of experts

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

14 July 2018

From: Features

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

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

14 July 2018

From: Features

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

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

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? Blog 3

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

09 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Conveyancers accused of massive delays during house transactions

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

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency chief didn't pay fixed penalty notice - ends up with big fine

The director of an estate agency has been ordered to pay more that £1,800 for failing to dispose of waste properly. Adebayo...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 2)

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

02 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 1)

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

25 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency shuts after 30 years to concentrate on legal services

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

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list property portal launched for estate agents

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

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers may have to publish prices, services and reviews

As the process of making buying and selling more transparent continues to gather pace, the body that regulates conveyancers says it...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Claims resurface of agents urging buyers to use preferred mortgage brokers

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

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – marketing magic, Mr T and GDPR fever

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

02 June 2018

From: Features

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

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

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank of Mum and Dad remains open and contributes towards 25% of purchases

The Bank of Mum and Dad will provide funding towards around a quarter of property purchases this year, according to research. By...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agent threatened with legal action over fundraising banners

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

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Corruption crackdown: RICS wants members to sign honesty pledge

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is consulting members on the creation of a personal statement which they must sign to...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fraudulent sellers: solicitors must pay but should agents improve checks?

The Court of Appeal has overturned controversial fraud decisions which have a bearing on agents’ and conveyancers’ responsibilities for checking buyers’...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The ten worst mistakes to make when selling your business

I have sold hundreds of lettings businesses over the last twenty-five years. Based on this experience, these are the mistakes that you...

02 May 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: technology solutions; is this even legal?

Today is the day. 1,600 people will gather in London for FUTURE: PropTech, an event I have supported when there were...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive wealth of older owners and buyers revealed by new survey

The massive wealth of owners over 55 has been revealed by a new survey. They own £938 billion of UK housing, a figure...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Leaseholds shouldn't drop below 80 years, warns legal expert

People living in leasehold properties should extend the remaining terms of their leases before they drop beneath 80 years, according to a...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Unsolicited emails and letters - what do you need to know?

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

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s on the move in our industry?

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, the regular Monday update on who’s moving where within our industry. Let us know what’s...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

London homes to be raffled by start-up entrepreneur for £5 a ticket

A flat in Brixton is being raffled for £5 a ticket by a start-up entrepreneur who claims this is just the...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Future:PropTech hits 1,200 delegates with new speakers and launches announced

The Future: PropTech conference takes place in under a fortnight’s time on May 2 and over 1,200 delegates have now been...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Legitimate interest for estate and letting agents

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

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

‘HMRC should work harder to get agents to abide by AML regulations’

A 15-month research project says HMRC should do more to engage estate agents in recognising the importance of complying with anti-money...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency directors are disqualified over cartels scandal

Two estate agency directors have been disqualified over a cartel scandal which resulted in five agencies being fined over £370,000 for...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

'Lack of clarity' concern over latest anti-money laundering rules

A technology company says that despite government attempts to eradicate money laundering in property transactions, agents and other industry professionals have been left...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and your chance to watch other agents get muddy...

Welcome to another edition of Agents Do Charity, the weekly round-up of fund-raising from across our industry. With spring looking like it’s...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: The progression of sales progression

Three weeks has flown by (I missed an early deadline last week - apologies) and I find myself writing the next...

24 March 2018

From: Features

CMA urges people to report unfair cartels that cheat customers

The Competition and Markets Authority, which is believed to be actively investigating estate agents’ alleged infringement of the Competitions Act, is...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Investigating your role as a data controller

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

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: The right to erasure and the right to be informed

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

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents that HMRC is on the warpath over Anti-Money Laundering

A compliance specialist company is warning that as it believes relatively few estate agents fully understand their anti-money laundering obligations, firms...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Japanese knotweed: what estate agents need to know

When it comes to property, ‘Japanese knotweed’ are the two words most homeowners and prospective buyers do not want to hear.  With...

03 March 2018

From: Features

New tool eases burden of agents' anti-money laundering compliance

The National Association of Estate Agents says a new tool just launched will make it easier for agent members to comply...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: In the age of technology, customer service is timeless

We think about technology all the time. At least, I do. And there’s nothing left in property that technology hasn’t touched...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Report exposes online agents over very poor sales progression

A new report by the residential property team of a legal firm has found widespread criticism of online agents’ over their...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Exploring the requirements for personal data

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

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New industry body aims to simplify and modernise buying and selling

Representatives from estate and lettings agencies as well as professional organisations have formed The Home Buying And Selling Group with a...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and they're riding, trekking and bidding...

Welcome to the latest Agents Do Charity - your opportunity to let the rest of the industry know exactly what great...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Building a new website for your agency: local vs specialist

Having built over 1,800 websites for estate and lettings agents in the last 20 years, it will come as no surprise...

21 February 2018

From: Features

Free service allows agents to advertise listings 'before leaving appraisals'

A new PropTech platform is providing a service to help agents market their new listings instantly across portals and social media. BestAgent...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property deals account for one-third of all money laundering alerts

Almost a third of all ‘Suspicious Activity Reports’ concerning possible anti-money laundering infringements and reported to the National Crime Agency have...

13 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

OTM - A good buy, or is it goodbye?

OnTheMarket has finally completed its stock market float, with less capital raised, at a lower than planned valuation and, as I write,...

09 February 2018

From: Features

allAgents and agency group CIELA reignite disputes with Purplebricks

The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents says Purplebricks is still not complying with a ruling made by the Advertising...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing: It's not about referral fees

Whisper it quietly, but there seems to be change in the air when it comes to agents recommending lawyers based on...

03 February 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and this week you've got a vote, too...

We seem to be getting more and more contact from agents and others in the industry who are doing great work...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New 'quick buy' firm pledges guaranteed offer to sellers within 24 hours

A new ‘quick buy’ property company claims it will make an offer on any home within 24 hours of the vendor...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Proptech firms team up in bid to make conveyancing faster and easier

PropTech companies Gazeal and GetMeMoving have teamed up in a partnership which they claim goes some way to meeting the government’s...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How can local agents take a share of the multi-billion pound UK property auction market?

Here’s how the LetsBid Property team is helping them do it. A new property platform called LetsBid has launched in the...

24 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Combatting a knotty problem for estate agents

Japanese knotweed, the invasive plant brought over to Britain in the Victorian era, threatens millions of pounds worth of property transactions...

20 January 2018

From: Features

Ex-Countrywide man's legal case could hit value of two million homes

The Court of Appeal is today expected to rule on a legal battle which may be critical in determining the value...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech goes mainstream as Which? backs technology to sell homes

In a sign of how technology has become a mainstream part of the house sales process. the consumer group Which? has...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of pressuring sellers and buyers into additional services

Estate agents are making buyers and sellers feel pressured into paying for additional services so as not to miss out on...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Reaction to Raab: 'Don't bother to get to know him. He won't last long'

There has been general surprise at the appointment of legal expert and outspoken Brexiteer Dominic Raab to the post of housing...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 14 industry leaders give their  2018 predictions

Well, I don’t know about you but after the holidays I've got an imprint just below my navel where my belt...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

League table of conveyancing 'errors' to be published this year

HM Land Registry says it’s consulting with the legal industry on a proposal to publish a league table of conveyancers who...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2018?

What a year it’s been! Back in 2016 we had Brexit, a new prime minister, Donald Trump’s election, and so when...

30 December 2017

From: Features

Buyer says he'll sue agent over non-disclosure about neighbours

The Daily Mail and other papers are reporting that a buyer is suing an estate agent who allegedly failed to tell...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

What now for the OTM IPO?

Who says things slow down before Christmas? The opposite appears to be the case, at least when it comes to the...

21 December 2017

From: Features

Exclusive: Independent agents’ group to fight ‘poor industry image’

The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents has told Estate Agent Today that it WILL formally launch after all, in...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Reviews: now AllAgents says it won’t work with Purplebricks

The tit-for-tat slanging match between Purplebricks and review site AllAgents is continuing. Yesterday we reported a lengthy statement from Purplebricks explaining why...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks hits back at “poor” AllAgents review site

Purplebricks has responded to the review website AllAgents which recently reinstated some disputed reviews - but there appears no threat of...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: things to look out for in 2018

Another new year is nearly upon us and, once we’ve got the season of mince pies, mulled wine, pigs in blankets,...

16 December 2017

From: Features

Agent 'drove drunk and crashed after humiliating email from boss'

A local news outlet in Essex is reporting that a Chelmsford agent claims he crashed his car whilst driving drunk following...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

allAgents reinstates most of its disputed Purplebricks reviews

allAgents has today reinstated Purplebricks’ reviews on its site - this includes the majority of the negative reviews which have been...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

allAgents v Purplebricks - major announcement expected

allAgents, the review website in dispute with Purplebricks, says a “major announcement” is expected about its next step in the saga...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New OnTheMarket contract ‘imposes restriction on acquisitions’

The new contract for firms joining or re-signing to OnTheMarket is reported to have a restriction on acquisitions. It is said to...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Carbon monoxide myths: what do letting agents need to know?

Landlords are being urged to step up and ensure that all rented properties and accommodation meet recent laws relating to carbon...

02 December 2017

From: Features

First sale completes under new Conveyancers Code for Completion

The first residential transaction has taken place under the so-called Conveyancer’s Code for Completion - a new procedure in which the...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agent deposit/conveyancer scheme claims 100% completion rate

Online agency Settled is introducing a deposit scheme which it claims will assist sellers and buyers reach completion faster - and...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL's 500 agency branches sign up to ZPG for another five years

LSL Property Services - which has high street brands including Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - has signed...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

AllAgents stays quiet on next move in dispute with Purplebricks

AllAgents, the review website which failed in a bid to raise a ‘fighting fund’ in its ongoing row with Purplebricks, is...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: A to Z of the property industry for 2017

As we hurtle towards the end of 2017, it’s time to reflect on the year that’s just been.   Even better, this property-based...

25 November 2017

From: Features

Review website fails in bid to raise £50k 'to fight Purplebricks'

The website AllAgents has failed in its bid to raise the £50,000 it says it requires to pay for a defence...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

AllAgents extends bid to raise £50,000 to fight possible Purplebricks action

The website AllAgents has extended its deadline to raise £50,000 for possible legal costs should Purplebricks take action over disputed reviews. The...

21 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

Purplebricks chief executive now involved in AllAgents peace talks

Estate Agent Today can reveal that the ‘peace talks’ between the AllAgents review website and Purplebricks now involve the agency’s chief...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket reported to be threatening agency with legal action

OnTheMarket is reported to be threatening an estate agency with legal action. Earlier this week Estate Agent Today reported that Henry Adams, a...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want government hand-out to modernise house buying

A conveyancing body says it wants the government to allocate “a small fund” in next week’s Budget to promote research into...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Will eMoov’s no-sell-no-fee inspire others?

Online estate agent eMoov recently set itself apart by directly addressing the issues of openness and transparency that have long dogged the online business...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering regulations – collaboration is key

A new EU crackdown on money laundering requires estate agency businesses to adopt a collaborative approach if they are to avoid...

11 November 2017

From: Features

New leasehold reform Bill to help those stranded in their homes

Labour MP Justin Madders is working on a Private Members' Bill creating leasehold reform in a bid to help leaseholders who, he...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebel agent quits NAEA and makes string of allegations

Rebel estate agent Chris Wood - who earlier this year unsuccessfully attempted to get on the ballot paper as a candidate for...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

House Buying Review pushes PropTech firms into action

The government's call for evidence from agents and others in a bid to improve the house buying process has pushed some...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The future? Another vendor wants a buyer to use Bitcoin

The owner of a penthouse flat in London says he is willing to accept the cryptocurrency Bitcoin - providing the buyer...

07 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

Exclusive: AllAgents in encouraging peace talks with Purplebricks

Estate Agent Today has been told that the website AllAgents has been holding peace talks with Purplebricks over its dispute about...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buying Reform: call for legally-binding Reservation Agreements

An influential consumer group has responded to the government’s commitment to reform the house buying process by advocating legally-binding reservation agreements...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Jostling for position: battle of the property portals continues

The fact is that most house hunters simply do not have the time, let alone the inclination, to trawl around properties...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Government should be wary of introducing goodwill agreements

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has launched a consultation on proposals to reform the house buying...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Estate agents’ commission – some common failings

The Estate Agent’s Act 1979 is rapidly approaching its 40th anniversary, yet still agents make mistakes and can all too easily...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Conveyancers are piloting HIPs-style 'Digital Home Reports'

The Conveyancing Association says some of its members are piloting HIPs-style Digital Home Reports in a bid to reduce fall-throughs and...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Government has no ideas at all #idiots' - industry reacts to probe

There has been a wide range of views from trade bodies and individual agents on the government’s surprise ‘call for evidence’...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Win a home for £2 ... but pay 5% commission when you sell

A new online property competition platform has launched that gives entrants the opportunity to win a home for £2 - but...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Slow progress for crowdfund appeal to mount legal fight over Purplebricks

The crowdfunding appeal by review website AllAgents to mount possible legal action against Purplebricks appears to be making relatively slow progress. As...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Michael Bruce' chips in for AllAgents legal bid against Purplebricks

A donor with the name ‘Michael Bruce’ has contributed - at least a little - to a fighting fund for review...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Warning: Don’t fall foul of competition rules after CMA fines

The decision by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to fine five estate agents for engaging in a price fixing cartel has...

07 October 2017

From: Features

Automated conveyancing system claims to transform buying process

Another attempt to create an automated conveyancing system has been launched with the claim that it will banish paper trails and...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents unfairly blamed for failings of 'antiquated conveyancing system'

The founder of a new online sales assistance service says agents are often unfairly blamed by the public for failings in...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: full text of AllAgents' announcement about suspension

Review service AllAgents has issued a statement explaining why it has suspended the Purplebricks agency. Purplebricks puts much emphasis on public reviews,...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

CMA releases details of estate agents' cartel scheme

The Competition and Markets Authority has for the first time published details of the findings against a group of six estate...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Cost of moving rises 6% in a year - that's mostly down to stamp duty

The average cost of moving home in the UK has increased by £628 over the past year from £10,966 to £11,624...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - forget the tech, here's the fund-raising

It’s been quite a week, much of it concerning the technology that increasingly underpins our industry.  A glut of fund-raising and relaunching...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Mutual demutualisation: industry awaits members’ meeting

The industry today awaits the result of Agents’ Mutual’s formal Members’ Court in which agents will vote on the organisation’s proposed demutualisation and...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Two solutions to keep your staff safe

Stephanie Slater died last week, aged 50. Whilst she died from cancer (tragically, only 11 days after diagnosis), it’s the events...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Professional Indemnity explained for property professionals

Giving clients reliable advice when they are buying, selling or letting a home lies at the core of every successful estate...

31 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Savills stays silent on valuation allegation and High Court order

Savills is remaining silent on the issues surrounding the apparent filing of a High Court order that may oblige the agency...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Purplebricks: investment bank refutes allegation of bias against agency

A leading business consultancy which advises clients on investments has refuted a claim by a prominent media analyst that it is...

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

OnTheMarket: no comment on 'deferred debt for Yes votes' claim

OnTheMarket is declining to comment after suggestions were floated that some debts by its member agents could be deferred, or in some...

22 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

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

What now for Agents’ Mutual?

Agents’ Mutual (oops, that name might need to change…read on) has been touting its recent legal victory and is about to...

03 August 2017

From: Features

Foxtons told: 'More digital innovation or risk being left behind'

Two leading property technology experts have warned Foxtons that it risks failing to keep up with the digital revolution which the...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual revenue static but company claims good progress

The accounts for Agents’ Mutual, parent company of the OnTheMarket portal, show that revenue for the year ending January 31 was...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket holding 20 meetings across UK with agents this month

OnTheMarket is this month holding 20 meetings for member agents to explain “progress and plans” for the portal.   The meetings - sometimes...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the new build leasehold ban is a big moment for our industry

Without wishing to blow our own trumpet at this time, we did say at the start of the year that 2017...

28 July 2017

From: Features

Industry backs leasehold reform as government releases more details

There has been general support from the industry for the government’s apparent intention to ban new homes in England being sold...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Yet more consultation starts over anti-money laundering measures

The government wants the views of estate agents and other professionals affected by anti-money laundering legislation, in a new consultation launched...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New warning to agents that data law change could prove costly

For the second time in two weeks, experts are warning that new data protection laws could seriously disrupt the agency industry...

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

Agents' Mutual and Connells-owned agency argue it out in court again

The Connells-owned agency Gascoigne Halman is to make a costs payment of £1.24m within 14 days to Agents’ Mutual - but...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Interim costs awarded in Agents' Mutual tribunal case

The Connells-owned agency Gascoigne Halman is to make a costs payment of £1.24m within 14 days to Agents’ Mutual - but...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket stays Mum on the possibility of agents' legal action

OnTheMarket is keeping its powder dry over the possible legal action against it by dissident agents who have formed an action...

10 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

Exclusive: OnTheMarket Action Group says legal action still possible

The OnTheMarket Action Group of dissident agents has told Estate Agent Today it is now in a position to decide on...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Portal Wars resume as Agents' Mutual says it's going after the money

Agents’ Mutual says it will be seeking to recover costs and compensation for losses incurred after what is widely seen as...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' group's outburst over law flouters and anonymous trollers

The troubled trade group Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents - which has suggested it may not have enough support...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Regulators call for conveyancing to become more competitive, transparent

The Competition and Markets Authority has released a set of recommendations on how conveyancing, and other legal services, could be made...

03 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

The Queen's Speech marks another step forward for leasehold reform

The political ebb and flow continues - seemingly with all the subtlety of a Boris Johnson rugby tackle on a 10-year...

01 July 2017

From: Features

RICS debate urges industry to unite and simplify house buying process

A gathering of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has called on the industry to unite and improve the buying and selling process...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the longest list of heroes yet...

Today we’re publishing what we think is our longest-ever list of charitable activities being conducted by agents and their supporters -...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Another report urges Bank of Mum and Dad to fund next generation

A new report, conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research for the financial services group Legal & General, claims...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Chain management tool helping agents to deal with onliners

An estate agent claims that chain management tool View My Chain has helped his firm to deal with chains involving online...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Sealed bids: buying agent says process should be more transparent

The sealed bids process - where purchasers submit their final offer by a specific time and date - should be more transparent,...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency announces deal to sponsor a fourth professional football club

Scottish estate agency and solicitors firm McEwan Fraser Legal has announced a deal which will see it become the sponsor of...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is Zoopla about to make a push for agents’ jobs?

Not in vain the distance beacons. Forward, forward let us range, Let the great world spin forever down the ringing grooves of...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Redress schemes working together to drive out 'poor practice'

The industry’s three government-approved redress schemes have this week issued an updated version of their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU is...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to prepare for EU data protection rule changes

An audit and tax consultancy is urging estate agencies across the UK to prepare for new EU General Data Protection Regulation...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Reform of buying and selling - The industry should prepare now

The banning of letting fees levied on tenants has dominated the industry headlines in recent months but this election campaign suggests...

27 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

'Disrupter' agent says English sales system less efficient than Scotland

A ‘disrupter’ estate agent says the English housing market operates in a way that is far less efficient than Scotland’s -...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'Raffle Property' stunts risk contravening gambling legislation

An attempt to raffle a property - like the much-publicised case of an owner in south east London, which reached some...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Parental funding to help buyers rises 23% in just one year

Research from Legal & General and the Centre for Economic Business and Research says parents are to spend 23 per cent...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Vendors shouldn't assume they'll achieve the same price no matter who's selling

Even some of the most successful professionals from other professions fail to grasp the most important point when it comes to...

29 April 2017

From: Features

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

Agents: Here’s how to review your cost base

Our recent roundtable on the government’s proposed ban on tenant fees generated ten top tips for growing your business.  We plan to...

22 April 2017

From: Features

First-ever electronic e-signature exchange of contracts

The first ever electronic e-signature exchange of contracts for a residential property transaction in the UK has been completed this month,...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

ESTAS reveal new sponsor for inaugural conveyancer awards

Legal Eye has been announced as the latest organisation to support the new customer service awards for the conveyancing sector launch...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New property search engine seeks investment from agents

A controversial new search engine claiming to be in the later stages of development is seeking investment from estate agents, corporates...

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

Money laundering: NAEA backs new bid to list 'beneficial owners'

The National Association of Estate Agents has thrown its weight behind a government move to create a register of overseas companies...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the getting-close-to-Easter edition

It’s peak business season for many agents right now and yet they still have time to do good work for charities...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks steps up its attack on commission-based estate agents

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

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

'Quick buy' company cleared of breaching advertising code

The Advertising Standards Authority has given the green light to an circular which provoked complaints suggesting it deliberately did not appear...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

The world is your oyster! Q & A with AIPP’s Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson, CEO of AIPP – Association of International Property Professionals – shines a light onto the international property market. Some UK...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Redressing the balance: why we need more women in agency

Earlier this week it was Dads4Daughters Day – a campaign that strives to promote gender equality in the workplace.  I have three...

18 March 2017

From: Features

Why estate agents need to take compliance seriously

Some big news in the agency world last week won’t have escaped the attention of many in the industry. Last Thursday news...

14 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Trade body explains Purplebricks complaint as war of words continues

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

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents operating in cartels: CMA promises more action if required

The Competition and Markets Authority has now fined agents over £1m in two landmark cases concerning price-fixing - and it says...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Four estate agents pay £370,000 after admitting price-fixing

Four Somerset estate agents have agreed to pay fines totalling over £370,000 to the Competition and Markets Authority, after admitting illegal price-fixing.   The...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why up-front ID verification could speed up transactions

The housing market has not been short of a White Paper over the last few months, and while you might just...

25 February 2017

From: Features

Online operators in firing line of independent agents' group

The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents, which is to be set up formally from next week, has set out...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Money Laundering: HMRC to work closely with Trading Standards

HMRC and the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team have agreed new procedures to “enhance and ease the current flow of...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual one other portal hearing: no immediate decision

The Competition Appeals Tribunal hearing between Agents’ Mutual and Connells-owned agency Gascoigne Halman is to be concluded on Monday - but...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Agencies appear on government's 'name and shame' wage list

At least one estate agency and one letting agency have been listed on a ‘name and shame’ roll-call of companies not...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Is building homes in factories the solution to the housing crisis?

The chronic shortage of housing supply in the UK relative to demand has been a national issue for decades. The Government...

11 February 2017

From: Features

TPO defends code change over buyers' pre-contract deposits

The Property Ombudsman’s office has defended a change to its code of practice which, according to a national newspaper, means agents...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual case: tribunal chairman rejects documents request

The Competition Appeal Tribunal hearing involving Agents’ Mutual and Gascoigne Halman, set to start tomorrow, has had a last-minute twist with...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Council's For Sale/To Let board fines come into effect tomorrow

A controversial scheme in a London borough, limiting the size and duration of letting and estate agents’ boards on display, comes...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

 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 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

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

Final day! Your agency Christmas pics and one last Mannequin Challenge

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our galleries of Christmas agency decorations, festive jumpers and Mannequin Challenges during the build...

23 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

Could we benefit from a US-style conveyancing system?

I recently came across a consumer comment expressing frustration at the length and complexity of UK conveyancing and raising the question...

17 December 2016

From: Features

CMA to make conveyancers publish home-moving charges online

Conveyancers are to be told to publish the charges for their house-moving services in a bid to help consumers and to...

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

Agent spots her father's house fraudulently listed on Rightmove

An estate agent spotted her father’s house advertised on Rightmove just three days before it was due to be auctioned -...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Firm warns of wave of litigation against new-build conveyancers

A firm is warning of “a wave of litigation from home owners who were given inadequate advice from their solicitors or...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent and conveyancer relationships must go beyond the bottom line

Working relationships between estate agents and conveyancers can be mutually beneficial with the referral of work between parties. However, they are missing...

12 November 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and they're not trumped by events

It's been quite a week in the world but no matter how big the changes, one thing remains constant - our...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Trump wins: industry reacts but agency share prices generally stable

Some sectors of the industry have been giving their initial reactions to the shock Donald Trump victory in the US presidential election.  Camilla...

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

New sales progression tool claims to be 'game changer' for agents

A new automated sales progression tool being launched today promises to require fewer resources from agents in return for ensuring faster...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

OTM – is this the end of the Odyssey?

It is with no pleasure and a touch of sadness that I took in the significance of OTM's recent performance in...

28 October 2016

From: Features

Why a mediocre conveyancer could cost you your fee

It's sometimes easy to overlook the fact that the majority of estate agents only receive payment for the weeks, if not...

28 October 2016

From: Features

Deal likely on controversial estate where Foxtons withdrew from sale

A Labour MP says a deal is now on the cards for an estate to be purchased after months of controversy,...

24 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

First-time buyers – how agents can help them through the legal process

Conveyancing is the most complained about area of law in England and Wales – accounting, on average, for nearly a quarter...

14 October 2016

From: Features

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

OnTheMarket rebels step up attack as latest court payment expected

The OnTheMarket Action Group of rebel agents in a legal process against the portal has issued a set of questions following...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman revises Codes of Practice to address portal juggling

The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO) has announced that it will be issuing updated versions of all its Codes of Practice on...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Nick Dyoss, Group Business Development Director, SearchFlow

Who are you? Nick Dyoss, Group Business Development Director, SearchFlow, property intelligence specialists You have a high profile within the conveyancing search industry,...

26 September 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

More agents refuse to sell homes on controversial estate

Several agencies have refused to market properties on a social housing estate which was bought by private investors in January. The Mirror...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency hit with fine for 'false advertising'

An estate agency has been fined by a local authority for putting up a 'Sold' board outside a house more than...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agency fees contribute to higher average moving costs, says Lloyds

Rising estate agency fees account for more almost half of the increase in average moving costs in the past year, according...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual makes court payments as part of ongoing contract dispute

Agents' Mutual was last week ordered to make a further payment into court as part of its ongoing legal case against...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Land Registry no longer accepting 'confidential' documentation

The Land Registry is no longer accepting any applications or correspondence relating to applications if they are marked ‘Private and Confidential’...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Online auction house launches pioneering partnership with lender

LOT11, an online auction house, is teaming up with short-term lender LendInvest in the first alliance of its kind. LendInvest will ‘pre-qualify’...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Portal juggling: campaigning agent demands action against portals

An agent at the centre of the campaign to expose and stop portal juggling wants to know whether the National Trading...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

What is ‘Compliance in a Box’ all about?

With ever increasing obligations, estate agents know that compliance matters now more than ever.  However, being able to obtain access to the...

12 August 2016

From: Features

Electronic signatures receive approval from Law Society

The Law Society of England and Wales have moved to clarify the legal position of electronic signature and have endorsed their...

01 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech guru says OnTheMarket could still disrupt portal sector

One of Britain’s foremost PropTech experts says OnTheMarket could still disrupt the portal landscape - but has trust issues following disputes...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Peter Brodnicki

As promised, this week’s Natter is dedicated to a question and answer session with Peter Brodnicki, the man who has been...

22 July 2016

From: Features

Conveyancing portal claims agents can check progress of chains

A conveyancing portal claims it allows estate agents and other parties access to a property transaction to see conveyancing progress across...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Call for evidence: why technology needs to underpin house buying

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

15 July 2016

From: Features

50-plus rebel agents release details of legal case against OnTheMarket

Over 50 estate agents in the rebel OnTheMarket Action Group have released details of a letter sent to the portal’s parent...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Valuation totals grew in June despite market's referendum jitters

The pace of property valuations conducted last month grew on both an annual basis and since the previous month, despite jitters...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Portal Wars: Zoopla claims more leads and visits as OTM goes to court

Zoopla claims that it has delivered a 40 per cent increase in valuation leads to its agent members in the first six...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: flashmobs, a Spice Girls tribute band and girls on stilts

The joke doing the rounds last week still seems to be just as relevant this week: “the only man with a...

08 July 2016

From: Features

Portals: Zoopla chief challenges Brexit, OTM reports new visits and leads

Zoopla chief executive Alex Chesterman has been revealed to be one of the business leaders behind a legal challenge regarding the Brexit...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as an amazing week finally ends...

It’s been a remarkable week for Britain and a challenging week for the agency industry - with possibly many more to...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - despite the referendum rumpus

Much of the nation’s attention may have been on saying Remain or Leave in the EU Referendum but this enormous decision...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

How do you comply with money laundering regulations?

A fair amount of scaremongering has been going on when it comes to money laundering checks, with the eye-watering fines issued...

14 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

OnTheMarket dispute: solicitors say more than 50 agents begin proceedings

Solicitors’ company Tollers says more than 50 estate agents have now formally instructed it in relation to claims against Agents’ Mutual,...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Quick sale firm wins radio advertising complaint case

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has decided not to uphold a complaint made against a quick property sale firm's radio advert.  The...

01 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

Countrywide agency to launch 'conveyancing hub' for its clients

Hamptons International has announced that it is to launch a 'private conveyancing hub' later this year. The initiative has been designed to...

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent 'keys' recruitment boss's car after losing legal battle

A London estate agent has admitted causing criminal damage after 'keying' the car belonging to the head of a recruitment firm. Oliver...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency announces sponsorship deal with two football clubs

A Scottish estate agency has announced the details of a unique sponsorship with two football clubs. McEwan Fraser Legal is now the...

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

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

Conveyancing delays are not the only reason transactions fall through

In this business you get used to dealing with regular customer and third-party feedback, input, and (occasionally) complaints.  Much like the agency market...

13 May 2016

From: Features

Over 40 agencies agree to fund joint litigation against Agents' Mutual

Over 40 separate estate agencies have agreed to join forces to fund litigation against Agents’ Mutual, parent company of OnTheMarket. The firms represent...

13 May 2016

From: Breaking News

All change? Industry to be asked how to shake-up house buying

The government is staying tight-lipped about it for the moment but there may be a major shake-up in house buying on...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

War of words goes on as OnTheMarket rebels near legal action

The action group representing rebel OnTheMarket agents says it is considering legal action with a barrister named to lead any possible...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Over 60 agencies to attend first OnTheMarket Action Group seminar

Over 60 estate agencies have signed up to attend the OnTheMarket Action Group seminar on Monday at which legal representatives will...

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket rebel agents launch website and prepare legal seminar

Rebel agents unhappy with the beleaguered portal OnTheMarket have set up a website with plans of a meeting with legal representatives...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency recruitment consultancy beefs up key south east team

Rayner Personnel is increasing its firepower in the key south east of England recruitment market with the announcement that husband and...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: conveyancing, mortgage advice and a PropTech revolution

On Tuesday we managed hail, snow, rain, sun and a chilly wind all in one day. Whatever you want to say...

29 April 2016

From: Features

Home Buyer Report- What is it?

It's a high quality RICS approved report, carried out by one of our RICS accredited local surveyors. The RICS HomeBuyer Survey is...

27 April 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Drunk-driving estate agent banned from driving for two years

An estate agent has pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving after being found almost three times above the legal alcohol...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket tally still over 6,500 if letters of intent are included

Beleaguered challenger portal OnTheMarket has recruited the 25-branch south of England agency Goadsby and says this takes its total of sales...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Seven unanswered questions about the OTM/CMA affair

By accident or design, the PR machine at OnTheMarket was beefed up last week.  Just as well. With the portal still reeling...

23 April 2016

From: Features

Money laundering customer due diligence: Beneficial owners

Straightforward money laundering customer due diligence (CDD) is a worry for agents, but then also having to identify beneficial owners and...

23 April 2016

From: Features

OnTheMarket rebel agents invited to meet legal representatives next month

Agent members of OnTheMarket who contacted an action group set up following grievances about the portal have been invited to a...

19 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Big week for OnTheMarket rebels as 14-day legal deadline expires

The deadline for action by some OnTheMarket member agents who received letters from lawyers on behalf of parent company Agents’ Mutual...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Court demands agency should pay thousands owed to recruitment company

A London estate agency has been ordered by a court to pay £3,600 to a recruitment firm after a dispute over...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

OnTheMarket chief emails members to steady the ship after media coverage

OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett has sent an email to member agents following articles about alleged legal challenges to the portal...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket emails agents to steady the ship after media coverage

OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett has sent an email to member agents following articles about alleged legal challenges to the portal...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents told they risk a £2,500 fine rising £250 a day for an 'illegal board'

Agents in a London borough have been warned that the local council now has new powers to fine the firms behind...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket: City analysts raise possibility of compensation to agents

Two City consultancies have been quick to interpret the rebellion by OnTheMarket member agents as an indication of dire changes - or...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Consultant utterly inundated with 200 contacts from OnTheMarket agents

The agency industry consultant who has volunteered to coordinate responses to OnTheMarket’s legal warnings to estate agents say he has been...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket saga; 'open letter' agent is latest to receive legal warning

The agent who last year wrote a controversial ‘open letter’ about OnTheMarket has now received a letter demanding she pay alleged...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News