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Exclusive Q&A with PEXA - what is its role in the UK?

It was announced back in February this year that PEXA, the Australian FinTech/PropTech that enabled the world’s first fully digitised property settlement...

06 August 2022

From: Features

Conveyancing - Time for a Rethink?

Another piece about conveyancing? Seems like it's been a bit of free-for-all in the last couple of weeks on the woes...

06 August 2022

From: Features

Key leasehold body announces conference schedule 

The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) has announced the schedule for its annual Conference. The event returns to its traditional in-person format this year,...

05 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Dye & Durham considers possible appeal against CMA merger decision

Dye & Durham says it could potentially appeal the decision by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) to effectively disallow its acquistion...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents - are there gaps in your AML process?

A compliance expert has warned that even though most agents will have robust anti-money laundering (AML) checks and processes in place,...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

How to prepare for the Fairer Private Rented Sector Shake-Up

With the government releasing details on the Fairer Private Rented Sector, landlords and letting agents are looking for ways to maintain...

03 August 2022

From: Features

Keep summer stress-free – preventing neighbour disputes

As temperatures rise and the holidays begin many of us will be looking to enjoy our gardens and make improvements to...

02 August 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

Cost-of-living crisis – will it start to reduce the number of active buyers?

The cost-of-living crisis has been dominating the news headlines for some months now, but new research has revealed the extent to...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - The Benefits of Outsourcing!

You may be thinking that cost and hassle outweighs the benefits of outsourcing, but read on, you may be surprised! The last...

27 July 2022

From: Features

How to submit an offer and exchange contracts

Stipendium, the platform that simplifies life’s complex events, has compiled a guide to submitting an offer and exchanging contracts, to help buyers...

26 July 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

Messy gardens & dangerous décor: 10 ways first-time buyers can be fined up to £5,000

As Britain’s housing boom continues,  SDL Property Auctions has warned of ten ways new homeowners could be fined up to £5,000...

26 July 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

Buyers deterred from moving again as transaction times pass 150 days

Homebuyers are deterred from moving again and using the same estate agent due to the stress and increasing length of time...

26 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Property firms failing to detect criminal 'ghosts'

Property firms are still failing to make basic anti-money laundering checks (AML), and some may even unwittingly be helping politically exposed...

26 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Zoopla launches sales progression portal for agents

Zoopla has launched a Progression Portal for agents, promising real-time updates for 15 key milestones during the sales transaction process. Agents can...

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

The Conveyancing Crisis - how can we fix it?

There has been so much coverage recently over how painfully slow conveyancing is at the moment - 18-20 weeks is now...

23 July 2022

From: Features

Property Auctions on the Rise – Five Common Property Auction Misconceptions

With so many benefits including lower fall-through rates and quicker sales, it is no surprise that selling a property via auction...

23 July 2022

From: Features

Female property network unveils trio of sponsors

A network for women working in the residential property industry has signed up a trio of high-profile sponsors. Residential property industry suppliers...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Three regulatory updates agents need to know about in 2022

A wide range of upcoming legislative changes will affect the private rented sector. From new carbon monoxide alarm regulations to renters...

16 July 2022

From: Features

Tech and innovation can help tackle the challenges conveyancing faces

The current challenges facing the conveyancing sector have put the industry in the spotlight. Here, property expert Colum Smith, Chief Vision...

16 July 2022

From: Features

AML warning: Financial criminals targeting smaller property firms

Anti-money laundering (AML) software provider SmartSearch is warning of a rise in financial crime, particularly targeting smaller property firms. A survey of...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Reader poll reveals opposition to treating mobile signal as material information

More than half of agents disagree that mobile phone signal should be treated as material information in listings. James Munro, head of...

11 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Calls for agent support as social media post reveals conveyancing strains

Estate agents are being urged to be supportive after a LinkedIn post highlighted the current pressures that conveyancers are under to...

11 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - boats, balls and bikes edition

Agents and property professionals have been in boats, on bikes and even used football stars to help raise funds for charity...

08 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rising interest rates must not mean rushed transactions -warning

Legal experts are warning that the rush to beat interest rate rises could lead to “ill conceived” and “rushed transactions.” The Bank...

05 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - why conveyancers should charge more for a better service

The ongoing debate about how to boost agent and conveyancer relations, and improve the homebuying system for all, continues to rage,...

02 July 2022

From: Features

Rightmove to ‘reject listings’ without a price from today

New estate agency listings that don’t display a price can no longer be uploaded to Rightmove from today. The portal giant has...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards: Mobile signal may be material information for property listings

Agents may have to include the broadband speed and mobile signal for a property on listings in the next round of...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Property firms failing to adapt AML processes despite Russian sanctions - claim

Up to 70% of property firms have not changed their approach to onboarding new customers since sanctions were imposed on Russia...

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Going digital! Over 100k sales complete with digitised Land Registry data

More than 100,000 property transactions have benefitted from access to digitised local land charges (LLCs) data. Conveyancing software provider Search Acumen has...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Why free online logbooks are little more than Dropbox

There have been many articles about ‘digitising upfront information’, following the publication of DLUHC’s Levelling-Up white paper and National Trading Standards...

25 June 2022

From: Features

iamproperty launches Love Island inspired campaign

Proptech firm iamproperty has overhauled its movebutler platform with more material information features and a Love Island theme. The end-to-end onboarding and...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Time is running out for legacy customer checks

As another round of property firms is fined, named and shamed for breaching anti-money laundering rules, it feels like the road...

18 June 2022

From: Features

Expert Analysis: How safe are homes 5 years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy?

It’s the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell fire tragedy, but are high rises any safer today than they were then? On 14th...

18 June 2022

From: Features

How to handle the needs of older renters

Rising property prices in the UK mean that occupiers are renting long past their forties. According to the government’s last English...

15 June 2022

From: Features

‘More demanding’ clients damaging conveyancer relations - claim

Relationships between conveyancers and estate agents have improved since the manic stamp duty-holiday driven days of the pandemic, but it is...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Fall-throughs predicted to drop but costs may rise

Estate agents and sellers could be set to benefit from fewer fall-throughs this year but the costs of a collapsed sale...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Cost of living crisis delays deposit savings for first-time buyers

First-time buyers are now facing up to a nine-year wait to save enough of a deposit to get on the property...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Why fraud becomes a major problem in rentals during a UK recession

We are all acutely aware of the surge in demand for rental properties in and around the capital in the months...

01 June 2022

From: Features

OnTheMarket-backed proptech adds digital signatures

OnTheMarket subsidiary teclet has integrated with digital e-signature offering Signable. The partnership will mean agents using teclet’s property management and customer relationship...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: ‘the only way to bring about change is to be proactive’

In this latest ‘Women in Property’ edition of the Natter, I check in with Collette Allen, who was recently appointed as...

28 May 2022

From: Features

Agents and conveyancers should ditch the screen - here's why

For years, the issue of phone etiquette created tension between estate agents and the legal profession, the former claiming lawyers won’t...

28 May 2022

From: Features

Agents advised against cutting fees to attract stock

Estate agents are being urged to reassess their fee structure and not be afraid to reflect the time and level of...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tech Talk: Property experts explain Material Information shake-up

Next month will see new rules around upfront Material Information for property sales and lettings come into force in the UK...

18 May 2022

From: Features

Would fewer emails and more lunches boost agent and conveyancer relations?

Referral fees, lack of trust and too much email have been identified as barriers to greater collaboration between conveyancers and estate...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

The Renters' Reform Bill is back on the table - here’s what we need to see next

After years of delays and upheaval, the Renters' Reform Bill finally appears to be back on the agenda, in an effort...

14 May 2022

From: Features

Peer calls for agency regulations to apply in leasehold sector

A high-profile peer has questioned why estate agency regulation wasn’t extended to property management companies in the Queen’s Speech this week. Lord...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government unveils new levelling up law - what it means for estate agents

The government last night revealed more details on its flagship Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill including letting local authorities double council...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New material information rules will benefit consumers and agents

Millions of people use online property portals every year to conduct their property search, whether it be for sales or for...

11 May 2022

From: Features

Cost of AML compliance hits £6m for estate agents

The estate agency sector is now paying almost £6m for anti-money laundering (AML) supervision. Businesses are legally required to register for AML...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

POA: So how many agency listings could be 'unlawful?'

Agency trade bodies have backed the “clarity” provided by Trading Standards after it deemed “price on application” listings unlawful. It comes as...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed! The most common surveyor snags

Surveyors have revealed the key issues coming up in reports that could stifle sales or reduce offers. The most common issues over...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New Scottish estate agency aims to be ‘go-to business’ for property matters

A new estate agency has been launched in the west of Scotland by property services firm Bowman Rebecchi. The new business, named...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the who’s who of the industry

The property industry is fortunate in including many great people, doing great work across a range of businesses – from traditional agency...

30 April 2022

From: Features

Busy sales market - how can agents help sellers take advantage of this bonanza?

April looks set to go down as the busiest month for house sales of the year.  And with record numbers of properties predicted...

30 April 2022

From: Features

Industry survey launched to encourage agent and conveyancer collaboration

Property blockchain network Coadjute has launched a research project to identify ways estate agents and conveyancers can improve their working relationship. It...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Could virtual land sales provide a revenue stream for agents?

A legal expert has suggested that Metaverse sales could eventually become part of a property chain. The Metaverse is the latest trend...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency reviews site calls for tougher crackdown on fake feedback

The government is being urged to go further with its clampdown on fake reviews. A government announcement aimed at protecting consumers last...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Q&A: What do new material information rules mean for estate agents?

From the beginning of April, long-awaited rules from the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) came into effect....

23 April 2022

From: Features

New Purplebricks CEO – what challenges will she face?

Yesterday afternoon, Helena Marston was finally confirmed as Purplebricks new CEO after all the due diligence checks that are required for...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

A third of property professionals say they’re not AML compliant - research

The vast majority of property professionals would like to see HMRC act more proactively to deter money laundering, as almost a...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

New Deputy for TPO as industry gears up for change

A new Deputy Ombudsman, Lesley Horton, has been appointed by The Property Ombudsman Scheme. She will work alongside Property Ombudsman, Rebecca Marsh,...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Fixing conveyancing recruitment? Online firm opens apprenticeship academy

A leading online residential conveyancing firm has opened its new headquarters and apprenticeship academy in Wirral, Merseyside, to try and help...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Up your street! Residents to get a vote over road name changes

Local residents are to be given the final say on changes to the name of their street under new government plans. The...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Auction service hits agent milestone

Auction house The iamproperty Group has reached a new agent milestone. It now has 4,000 agents on the network using its auction...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

'Hundreds' of former Purplebricks agents back workers' rights legal claim

Hundreds of former Purplebricks agents have now signed up to a potential legal claim against the firm. Contractors For Justice, known as...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents encouraged to ‘buy ready and sell ready’

Estate agents are being urged to ensure clients have instructed a solicitor from “day dot.” Speaking in an exclusive video interview with...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Lawyers ready to issue Purplebricks working rights claim 'within weeks'

Lawyers working on a class action against online agents including Purplebricks have said they will be ready to send a letter...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents promised new tools as conveyancing tech firm rebrands

Conveyancing software company ULS Technology has rebranded. The London Stock Exchange-listed company, which encompasses conveyancing brands eConveyancer, DigitalMove, Legal Eye and Amity...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Client money and the regulation governing it is changing

PayProp’s recent Rental Confidence Index survey polled property professionals about their biggest concerns for 2022. Unsurprisingly, new regulations were a top...

09 April 2022

From: Features

How to Prove Your Rented Property is Safe for Habitation

As amendments to smoke and carbon monoxide alarm legislation loom for rented properties later this year, we look at how inventory...

09 April 2022

From: Features

Phil Spencer - it's time to dump gazumping

You’re probably up to your neck at the start of a busy spring market but I’d hope there’s one thing most...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Advertising watchdog open to considering SSTC listing complaints

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has said it may consider complaints about ‘misleading SSTC listings’ on portals but suggests it may...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards reminds agents to update SSTC listings amid legal debate

Trading Standards has advised agents to update listings once they reach the "sold subject to contract" (SSTC) stage. It comes after legal...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent webinars - your chance to ask Rightmove anything

Agents will be able to grill Rightmove’s legal and compliance director David Cox this morning as part of the portal’s webinar...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Watershed moment’ as estate agents and conveyancers agree to ditch rivalries

Estate agents and conveyancers have agreed on better working relationships at the first collaborative event between the two professions. There has been...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Home Information Packs - are they making a comeback?

Agents and conveyancers have signed up to a new buyers’s and seller’s property information form that is described as having been...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Pro-active conveyancers in bid to improve buying and selling process

A number of pro-active conveyancers are joining a new conveyancing directory being set up by one of the leading figures in...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rule change to make Equity Release more appealing to sceptics

A rule change has been introduced this week in a bid to make equity release customers reduce interest costs. The option to...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Challenger portal offers new referral fees thanks to partnership

Challenger portal group OneDome has linked with a chain repair service to provide what it calls an end-to-end property offering. The OneDome...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Gazumping: Public have had enough and want it made illegal

The overwhelming majority of buyers want the gazumping to be made illegal, a poll shows. Some 89 per cent think it’s wrong...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

The real life horror behind the drama - why we must be on our guard against fraud

In a new column, solicitor Colum Smith, an expert in combating fraud at Taylor Rose MW Solicitors, explains why those looking...

26 March 2022

From: Features

Agents and conveyancers in new era of partnership, says PropTech chief

The sponsor of an industry forum for agents and conveyancers to be held next week says the collaborative event hails the...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Are housing sanctions against Oligarchs just a waste of time?

A Russian billionaire says he no longer owns many of his former properties in the UK, raising question marks over the...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency now runs 11 branches following latest acquisition

Pacitti Jones, the Glasgow-based estate agent and legal firm, has acquired RGM Solicitors. RGM currently operates in Linlithgow and Grangemouth, and all its staff...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

House buying times slashed by eight weeks, claims conveyancing chief

A new PropTech platform set up by a major figure in the conveyancing industry claims to slash the typical time for...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Russian attempts to buy property - legal warning over sanctions

A legal expert has warned that everyone is theoretically at risk of committing a breach of sanctions against Russia - but...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards new rules - agents urged to comment on Material Info

Propertymark is urging agents to respond to a consultation exercise being conducted by the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: agency with a new concept and terrific fundraising

As regular readers will know, I like to use this column to shout out about the independent agents who are the...

12 March 2022

From: Features

From Poacher to Gamekeeper - Levelling Up from Agent to Developer

The path from agent to developer is not easy, but it is a relatively straightforward one, if you are willing to...

12 March 2022

From: Features

Agent, 20, reports herself to police for drink-driving

A 20 year old estate agent who admitted being four times over the drink driving limit has been fined and banned...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Will ‘upfront information’ go from buzzword to conventional practice in the year ahead?

Of the many industry buzzwords, I suspect “upfront information” was up there as one of the most widely used in 2021....

05 March 2022

From: Features

More politicians back seizure of oligarchs' London property assets

Momentum is building up in support of the government’s probe into whether the London homes of oligarchs on the sanctions list...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Russian property sanctions will only hit prime central London

A leading surveyor in London says the likely introduction of a register of overseas property ownership and sanctions making it difficult...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Law to reveal foreign owners may apply 20 years retrospectively

It is claimed by Propertymark that the government’s Economic Crime Bill - to be debated in the House of Commons today -...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Seize Putin’s Properties: Mayor wants drastic response to Ukraine

London mayor Sadiq Khan says he supports the seizure of property assets connected to the allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.  The...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Will Ukraine, Interest Rates and Energy Prices hurt housing market?

One of the UK’s leading economic experts is to be the speaker at a Rightmove seminar this week, considering whether events...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Q&A with the RLBA - what are property logbooks and why are they important?

In the last two years digital Property Logbooks for our homes have moved from concept to reality with almost a quarter...

26 February 2022

From: Features

Changing Our Industry - PropTech group hold webinars on reform

PropTech supplier tmgroup is to hold a six-part webinar series called Achieving Change: Think tomorrow, act today. The webinars - from linked...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Material information’ tool to help meet Trading Standards regs

A PropTech supplier has been quick off the mark to launch a tool which it says will help agents satisfy new...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - why Trading Standards wants changes to property listings

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agent Team has released background information on how it came to make changes to...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Reform of properties listings welcomed by industry leaders

Industry figures have come out in favour of the long-term programme of new compulsory information to be contained on property listings. From...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - new info must be included on all property listings

Trading Standards and the government have jointly announced compulsory new data which must appear on property listings. A property's council tax band or...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Asking prices show largest monthly jump in over 20 years

Rightmove - which issues its annual figures to shareholders later this week - has released a bullish snapshot of the housing...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents - how to spot and stop fraud

Alexander Siedes, CEO of Homeppl, reveals the top five ways people try and commit tenancy fraud and how to spot and stop...

19 February 2022

From: Features

Agency service rebrands after legal threat from easyJet

A new company claiming to save money on buyers’ legal and estate agent fees has been forced to rebrand. Easyfees - launched...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Insight - an estate agents’ guide to AML

The UK property industry has long been a target of fraudsters due to the low levels of transparency and the fact...

12 February 2022

From: Features

New acquisition takes fast-growing agency to nine branches

One of Scotland’s leading legal and estate agency, Pacitti Jones, is continuing to expand. This week it has snapped up Tip Top...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reviews dispute takes new twist four years on

A long running dispute between reviews website allAgents and Purplebricks has come back to life - with a new twist. In 2017...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents and the law - critical webinars begin this week

Rightmove is running a series of webinars this month focused on legislation affecting agents. Tomorrow the former ARLA Propertymark supreme David Cox...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour call for foreign-owned properties register

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wants the government to put a stop to the capital being used for international money...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

 Agents Do Charity - from here to Africa…

Hello and welcome to the latest Agents Do Charity, our weekly round-up of who’s-doing-what-good-deeds in our industry. Want to be involved? Well...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing Reform proposals to change economy by 2030

The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper, revealed this morning includes a radical reshaping of the private rental sector. Section 21 eviction...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards want public to quiz agents on referral fees

The most senior Trading Standards officer policing the agency industry says he hopes the public will ask about referral fees in...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks - It's My Property and I Will Sell It To Who I Want

Was Purplebricks right to delist a property from its website when it discovered the vendors - a Christian couple - were opposed...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty loophole likely to be closed later this year

A stamp duty loophole in one part of the UK is likely to be closed later this year. Until now buying a...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Shut It! Conveyancing chief welcomes end to t-annoyance

High profile conveyancing supremo Rob Hailstone makes many announcements about government and industry housing policy - but he is less keen...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents and Conveyancers work together? Forum aims to make it happen

The ESTAS Forum scheduled for March says its aim is to encourage agents and conveyancers to work more closely together.  “There doesn’t...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty negligence claims against conveyancers forecast to rise

A law firm is warning that one of the key risks facing that industry this year revolves around professional negligence claims against...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Setback for house buying reform as top expert moves job

Estate Agent Today understands that the civil servant who has been at the heart of plans to reform the house buying...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing tech firm pledges dramatic time savings on transactions

The conveyancing technology firm Search Acumen has launched what it calls “an end-to-end solution” in a bid to abolish “antiquated” ways...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New tax likely to fund additional cladding removal from low-rise flats

Leaseholders in lower-rise blocks of flats will not have to take out loans to remove dangerous cladding under new government rules...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New guidance on house moves for un-vaccinated buyers and tenants

The government is clamping down - at least a little - on unvaccinated buyers and tenants in some specific circumstances.  New guidelines...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents expect more upfront info and paperless processes - survey

A survey of agents suggests the majority believe the process of buying and selling residential properties will be fully digital or...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Japanese Knotweed training follows surge in cases against vendors

An extensive online training programme has been devised to help properly professionals identify and treat Japanese Knotweed. A programme of 15 videos...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Transactions to be easier and faster soon says conveyancing guru

Government regulation and reform of house buying should see the process made faster and easier in 2022, it’s been predicted. Lloyd Davies - managing...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodbye Gazumping - masterclass for agents next month

A webinar in mid-January will help agents get an edge on securing leads and ensuring transactions are not lost. That’s the claim...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Peace breaks out between agents and conveyancers

A leading conveyancing expert says the traditional rivalry between his profession and estate agents has abated in 2021. Lloyd Davies - managing director and...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal warning that sales market still hurt by ground rent problem

House and apartment sales are still being hit by confusion and worry over ground rents on existing second-hand leasehold properties. This is...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing IT crash - company slammed for ‘wall of silence’

A consultancy specialising in data protection issues has sharply criticised the Simplify Group for its ongoing lack of communications over its...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Leasehold is here to stay - so here's what is being done to help

Leasehold, quite rightly, remains not just an emotive topic given what has happened over the past decade, but it’s very much...

18 December 2021

From: Features

Pay-what-we’re-worth conveyancing firm set up

A conveyancing company is asking clients to set their own fee - with some strings. Zen Move Solicitors is a year-old digital...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Stop Property Fraudsters - new guide released

A new guide to help avoid property title fraud, where home ownership can be stolen, has been released by the Fraud...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Investigation opens into Purplebricks as agency hit by latest crisis

Propertymark is to probe Purplebricks over its lettings fiasco - and as the agency becomes a subject of ridicule in the...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Regulation ‘may be tested in one part of the UK’

One part of the UK is to get a taste of the mandatory estate agent regulation that many want to see...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

5 key questions when buying a new estate agency website

A good website is no longer optional for estate agents, as no single aspect of marketing to new customers is more...

13 December 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks delays report to shareholders after latest legal crisis

Purplebricks is delaying release of its half-year figures which were scheduled to be given to shareholders tomorrow. This follows revelations in the Daily...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing IT crash exposes weaknesses in transaction process

EAT readers may have seen a piece in Friday’s property section of The Times about the long-running Simplify saga, which has...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban Referral Fees For Agents - petition demands government action

A petition is being started, urging the government to ban the payment of referral fees to estate agents. It’s reported to have...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid prompts well known industry trainer to suspend courses

Prominent industry trainer Adam Walker, who has seen around 150,000 people attend his courses over the past 33 years, is suspending...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Are you fit to fight financial crime in property transactions?  

I’ve worked in financial crime for the past seven years, beginning my career as a white collar crime litigator in a law firm. I know that the...

04 December 2021

From: Features

Estate agents urged to assess compliance procedures after sloppy AML checks lead to man’s house being stolen

Estate agents are being urged to ensure their compliance procedures are up to scratch after fraudsters stole a man’s identity and...

02 December 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks defiant against threat of legal action

Purplebricks insists there is no basis for a class action legal case over its employment practices which may start this month. A pressure group, Contractors...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Record conveyancer training despite transaction frenzy and Covid

A record number of conveyancers have been trained in the last 18 months, despite the challenges of the pandemic and extended...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech cuts home moving time by 50% and wins cash boost

Coadjute, the PropTech platform that aims to slash the length of property transactions, has announced a further £6m investment. Coadjute is a blockchain...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Reminder - Face masks legally required in all agents’ offices

Face masks are legally required in estate and letting agents from today according to new government guidance released overnight. The guidance makes...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

A guide for Money Laundering Officers: Championing AML compliance in your agency

Increasingly rigorous Money Laundering Directives have made regulations in the property industry more stringent than ever, and Estate Agents have a...

22 November 2021

From: Legislation & Compliance

Conveyancing Crash - update on how to contact affected brands

There’s been an update this morning on the dramatic systems crash that has hit the conveyancing services operated by the Simplify...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings Agents and the Green Agenda - why it pays to go eco

In this article, the team at The Lettings Hub - which aims to offer tech-driven solutions for the rental market - outline...

06 November 2021

From: Features

Legal Action against Purplebricks - “phenomenal” response by claimants

The leader of the organisation proposing a class action against Purplebricks says there’s been a “phenomenal” response to his request for...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

“Devastating lack of due diligence” slammed in property fraud case

A prominent law expert is claiming that a high profile case of property fraud, reported earlier this week, involved a “devastating...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price crashes after huge business slump

Purplebricks' share price tumbled a remarkable 34 per cent this morning when trading opened on the London Stock Exchange. The price crashed...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing logjam eases as smaller pipelines speed up moves

The average time for home-movers to get through the conveyancing process has dropped by 27 days since the summer, according to Rightmove.  The...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Cladding scandal petition reaches key 10,000 signature stage

A petition calling on the government to set up an independent enquiry into the cladding crisis has reached a key 10,000...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Sustainability and automation – how can agents reduce their carbon footprint?

We have all heard the terrible forecasts and listened to Sir David Attenborough’s speeches on the environment and the “we still...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Why the UK property market is at the centre of global tax avoidance and financial crime

The Pandora Papers - the biggest ever leak of offshore data - has revealed that the UK’s property market is being...

30 October 2021

From: Features

How to promote fruitful relationships with your local conveyancers

As you are no doubt aware, building mutually beneficial relationships with conveyancers in your local area can not only make your...

27 October 2021

From: Features

Revealed – what is the state of the rental market today?

In the UK, 3.5 million households — which is over one-third of UK households — are either privately or socially rented,...

27 October 2021

From: Features

Agents’ fees fall but cost of moving home has soared this year

The average cost of buying and selling a home in England this year has soared from £6,877 before the end of...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

What Every Letting Agent Should Know about the Economic Crime Levy (ECL)

Disclaimer: This article is intended for information only and does not constitute legal advice. As part of its 2020 budget, the UK...

23 October 2021

From: Features

Simply Conveyancing nominated for Supplier of the Year at property Oscars

The ESTAS – often known as the property world’s version of the Oscars – returns as an in-person event this Friday...

21 October 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Foxtons offers to sell part of the Tower of London

Foxtons has written to the ‘legal owner’ of part of the Tower of London, offering to value the property for a...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Cost of moving soars for second year in a row

Research by price comparison service MoneySuperMarket has itemised the additional fees incurred by people moving home. This year’s 12 per cent rise...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks faces legal action from agents over holiday and pension pay

A claims firm wants to commence proceedings against online estate agency companies such as Purplebricks and Yopa. It's on behalf of thousands...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing Market: supply shortage for fifth month in a row

Another market snapshot has identified low supply as the chief characteristic of the sales landscape this autumn. Landmark Information Group’s latest Property...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents get freebie ski trip as firm shifts to work-from-home model

Spicerhaart - which is radically reshaping its structure to encourage hybrid operations and working from home as part of a new...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Is your business ready to offer the best digital experience to your customers?

In this thought leadership article, Videosign CEO Steven Tallant looks at electronic signatures and conveyancing and whether the time is nigh for the...

16 October 2021

From: Features

RICS Scandal: Establishment trio named as interim leadership team

The bid by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to re-establish itself as a trusted body continues with the naming of...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to conduct extra legal checks on buyers

Agents are being advised to go above and beyond the legal requirements for anti-money laundering requirements.  Paul Offley, compliance officer for The...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

GDPR training course attracts 10,000 agents, says Rightmove

More than 10,000 certificates have been awarded to agents who have taken Rightmove’s first modular training. This is an accredited GDPR course...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency model is flawed but industry must prove it - call

The existence of online agencies means some consumers believe real life estate agents are unnecessary in a deal - but the rest of...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed: what to consider before setting up your own agency

Many agents working in the industry, whether for large corporates or smaller independents, might one day have ambitions to branch out...

09 October 2021

From: Features

Best And Final Offers “do massive disservice to sellers” - claim

Best and Final Offers should be scrapped - and a property expert claims that would be good because they do a massive...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals four new Modern Method of Auction providers

Rightmove - which for some time has linked solely with iamsold to provide the controversial Modern Method of Auction system to...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC probe into suspicious property deals revealed in leaked files

Chancellor Rishi Sunak says HM Revenue & Customs will probe any alleged wrongdoing in property purchases included in the so-called Pandora...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

We Salute You! - industry tribute after the stamp duty holiday frenzy

The stamp duty holiday concluded at midnight, marking the end of the busiest period for the industry - all parts of...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS Scandal - apology given to whistleblowers amid major overhaul

The governing council of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has issued a public apology to the whistle blowers whose actions...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency reveals second acquisition in successive months

An agency has announced its second acquisition in just a matter of weeks. Legal and estate agency Pacitti Jones has acquired Kilsyth-based...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency run from family home expands into new territories

The hybrid agency Paton & Co is moving into new territories in Berwickshire and Northumberland. The company has been Borders-based since launching...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

How estate agents can optimise their workflows with conveyancers 

The recent stamp duty holiday and the subsequent conveyancing logjam this triggered has acted as a wakeup call for the industry....

25 September 2021

From: Features

PropTech Today - how can tech help the smooth running of tenancies?

There are a huge array of products and services covering the entire journey of lettings, from prospecting all the way through to...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

360° virtual tours require GDPR and CPR compliance

As virtual tours start to get even more popular, and in some cases become the norm for the majority of letting...

18 September 2021

From: Features

Borders estate agent invests in ‘unique’ digital signage – is it the future?

A Borders estate agency business, Hastings Legal and Property, has invested in Halo Digital Signage – hailed as ‘the new generation...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents help tenants with rent arrears?

Almost a million tenants have built up rent arrears since March 2020, according to research by National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA)....

15 September 2021

From: Features

Drone technology – a game changer for property marketing

Drone technology has come on a long way in recent years, with different use cases across various industries. New developments in...

15 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Interim RICS boss gives salary to charity as body seeks forgiveness

The independent review into the RICS scandal of recent months and how the governance of the body failed, has thrown up...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Better AML solutions needed amid warnings of possible impacts of Afghanistan exit on financial crime

Regulators are warning the UK’s property, finance and legal sectors to be aware of the possible impacts of the exit from...

09 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Twenty new High Street branches announced by leading agency

Jackson-Stops, which currently has 42 branches across the UK, has revealed it’s going to have another 20 by the end of...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Blockchain network Coadjute announces new partnerships

Blockchain network Coadjute has announced new partnerships with software firms. Coadjute launched in July and claims it will halve the time it...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Named And Shamed - Councils with slowest search responses 

Homebuyers are suffering huge delays in receiving responses to their search requests to council according to a study of local authorities. Consumer...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyers return to prime London says leading buying agent

A prominent London-focussed buying agent says she is seeing more foreign buyers returning to the UK capital - with more expected...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Get on with it! Leasehold reform delays hurting the market - claim

The lack of progress on the much-anticipated government reforms of the leasehold system is leaving thousands of homeowners stranded, according to...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents fined by HMRC for breaches of anti-money laundering rules

Three property agents feature on the latest list of businesses in trouble for failing to comply with money laundering regulations. The list...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Flexible working? Get flexible compliance!

Recent research shows that when asked what their ideal working set up would be, most agents said ‘hybrid’* and with proposals...

16 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Stalking warning on anniversary of tragic agent's disappearance

Thirty-five years after London estate agent Suzy Lamplugh disappeared, the trust that bears her name is calling for action to address...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Could the MMoA offer the post-Covid solution that agents need?

Some 18 months on, we’re only just beginning to understand the impact of Covid-19 and how it’ll shape the future economy...

31 July 2021

From: Features

Does the rental sector need a smart tech overhaul?

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, technology has proven to be the answer for many problems faced by sectors across...

30 July 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Why it pays for landlords to have a property manager

Around 2.66 million landlords were operational in Great Britain in 2019, according to data estimations previously released by Hamptons International. Of those...

28 July 2021

From: Features

Paying For Viewings - will charging buyers really work?

A new service launched over the weekend, proposing to charge buyers £30 for a “guaranteed” viewing, has split opinions amongst estate...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents: ‘exercise Covid caution and restraint’

Agents have been told in new government guidance that the liftings of some Covid restraints in wider society “does not mark...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Now is the time for agents to educate buyers and sellers more than ever

The first stamp duty holiday deadline has now passed, and we can all sigh a slight relief after the sheer numbers...

24 July 2021

From: Features

Agents and Conveyancers: forum aims to unite professions

A new online forum wants to unite estate agents and conveyancers, and ditch the traditional rivalry between the two professional disciplines. It’s...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

An interview with Ben Ridgway, Managing Director of iamproperty

Ben Ridgway gives his views on the current market, material information and PropTech for agents. What is your current view of the...

21 July 2021

From: Features

Property Logbooks - call for official legal recognition

A call has gone out for Property Logbooks to receive official recognition as “digital assets” by the Law Commission: the move...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Criticism of agency over racist tweet controversy - but is it fair?

There is growing criticism of Savills on social media following the controversy over a racist tweet apparently sent from the personal...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ face masks to remain under new guidance for July 19

New guidance has been issued to agents as the government confirms that most remaining Coronavirus restrictions are to be lifted from...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today – Why has overhaul of buying and selling still not happened?

The government and property industry have been talking about it for a long time, and there have been numerous initiatives introduced...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Avoiding Future Logjams - How to Remove Roadblocks to E-Conveyancing

The race to complete home sales before the stamp duty holiday came to an end on June 30 has created what...

03 July 2021

From: Features

We could see more chains breaking down – why agents need a plan B

By any measure, the housing market has been unprecedently busy in recent months, fuelled not just by the stamp duty holiday...

03 July 2021

From: Features

Tragedy as well-known industry expert dies suddenly

The founder and managing director of FCS Compliance, Jerry Walters, has died suddenly. A statement from the company says he died during...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket shareholders’ meeting to be virtual - probably

OnTheMarket’s annual general meeting date has been set for later this month - and it’s likely to be virtual despite expected...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property solicitor warns of Knotweed derailing house sales

A company supplying data to conveyancers and other property professionals warns that Japanese Knotweed is a bigger headache than usual this summer. A wet and frosty spring,...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Official guidance issued for agents to avoid Stamp Duty delays

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

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Vetting Buyers: row escalates over ‘proof of funds’ demand

The row over whether agents should be allowed to vet people who view properties on the basis of their wealth has...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Insurers start paying out Business Interruption claims - at last

The long running saga of insurance firms failing to honour agents’ Business Interruption claims appears to be making progress at last. A...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Reviving the High Street – why a hybrid conveyancing offering is needed

“A hybrid offering, which serves customers of all needs and capabilities, is what we should all be working towards.” Following Aconveyancing opening...

12 June 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty Reform: Government dismisses call for change

The government has dismissed a call for reform of the stamp duty system, which would have meant the tax would apply...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent accused of charging to view a property: Is this illegal?

An estate agent has been accused of charging prospective clients to view a property. The claim has been made on Twitter by...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers’ higher fees ‘reflect high demand in stamp duty frenzy’

The editor of the legal publication the Law Gazette has taken an estate agent to task for daring to suggest that...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

The Cladding Scandal – what do you need to know?

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

05 June 2021

From: Features

Management emails to agents outside work hours should be banned - call

A trade union is demanding that the government ban emails from all employers outside office hours - and it wants emails...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Crackdown on agents’ boards as code of conduct is torn up

A council cracking down on the increase of illegally positioned estate agent boards. Agents are required, under Planning and Highways legislation to...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agents can now speed up their AML checks - here’s how

As estate agencies are covered by Money Laundering Regulations, agents are legally obliged to take customer due diligence measures to limit...

01 June 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Digital onboarding service launches with 900 agency branches

Movebutler, the digital onboarding platform from online auction specialist iamproperty, says it has some 900 agency branches signed up. These include Martin...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit heightens risks for agents who fail key compliance tests

An assessment by a risk solutions firm shows that estate agents are on average just 53 per cent of the way...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – 5 ways estate agency has changed since May 2020

It’s now over a year since the property market officially reopened after an unprecedented two-month shutdown at the height of the...

22 May 2021

From: Features

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

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

22 May 2021

From: Features

Capital Gains Tax and Property Sales - report calls for overhaul

A report by the Office of Tax Simplification on Capital Gains Tax has called for a series of changes. They include extending...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Two years on - how can agents comply with the Tenant Fees Act?

It’s nearly two years since The Tenant Fees Act came into force for tenancies in England. On 1 June 2019 it...

19 May 2021

From: Features

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

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

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Details - new dispute over what should be included

The controversial demands of Trading Standards for more “material information” to be provided upfront in property details have been criticised by...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and however you do it, get the miles in!

The end of the week is always charity day here on EAT, and this week we have a typical cross section...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Quarterly legal and compliance updates for letting agents

On 28 April 2021, Fixflo ran the first in a series of quarterly legal update webinars with David Smith, Partner at...

12 May 2021

From: Features

PropTech Today - how agents can choose the right PropTech solutions

In the first of our revamped PropTech Today series - which will see six industry experts discussing a range of issues...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Row explodes over house raffle which failed to sell enough tickets

A row has blown up over a house raffle where the property prize was withdrawn and a cash alternative offered because...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Ben Ridgway, Group Managing Director at iamproperty

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Ben Ridgway, Group Managing Director at iamproperty. What is iamproperty...

10 May 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Leaving the EU does not mean leaving Anti-Money Laundering Laws behind

Brexit means that the UK’s anti-money laundering laws are no longer governed by the European Union (EU), but any estate agents...

10 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Free anti-money laundering training for Rightmove member agents

The anti-money laundering compliance service that is now part of data company LonRes is holding a training session for Rightmove member...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 April 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty Petition: should holiday apply when contracts exchange?

A new petition has been launched asking the government to make the stamp duty holiday apply when contracts are exchanged, rather...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Consumers demand upfront property details on portals

Momentum is building for agents to provide more information on property details and portals - not wait until a prospective buyer...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards ask agents for views on ‘upfront portal information’

National Trading Standards wants agents, portals and industry groups to come up with ways to provide basic essential material information ‘upfront’.  The National...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents can give conveyancers upfront info easier, says PropTech firm

A PropTech firm says its new tool allows comprehensive upfront property information to be shared instantly with all parties in a...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Fake Reviews: Watchdog pushes Facebook into action

The Competition and Markets Authority says it has pushed Facebook into taking new action to combat fake reviews - an issue...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2021

From: Features

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

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

07 April 2021

From: Features

First time buying cheaper than renting - if you have the deposit

First time buyers are now saving more than £800 a year in comparison with tenants, new analysis suggests.  The Halifax says the...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

PRS policy chat - what's next for agents and landlords?

Earlier this month, Fixflo held a webinar with David Cox, legal and compliance director of Rightmove, to discuss key government policies...

31 March 2021

From: Features

How will electric cars change conveyancing and the housing market?

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

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday: could the market be more vulnerable to fraud?

The Chancellor’s recent announcement that the stamp duty holiday would be extended for another three months was undoubtedly great news for...

27 March 2021

From: Features

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

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

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Ground rent scandal: Housebuilders bite back after attack by watchdog

Two of Britain’s largest house builders have reacted sharply to calls by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick and the Competition and Markets...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Have tenants in arrears? You need to be aware of this new law

From 4 May 2021, your agency could be blocked from charging late fees, compounding interest on missing rent and taking any...

20 March 2021

From: Features

Upfront Info For Buyers: PropTech firm links with conveyancers

One of the companies at the heart of the campaign to provide more upfront information to prospective buyers has struck a...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Breakthrough on faster house sales with new digital form

An industry group charged with trying to make house buying simpler and quicker says it’s made a breakthrough on ‘upfront’ information...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent warns public of perils of Modern Method of Auction

A prominent estate agent has warned buyers and sellers about the perils of the controversial Modern Method of Auction. MMA is now...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s going where this spring?

If it’s Monday, it’s jobs news day on EAT - welcome to the latest update. Want to be featured in our next...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents' fury at Rightmove restrictions imposed without warning

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

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

More industry consolidation: Law firm reveals merger with agency

Legal firm Anderson Strathern has announced a merger with Lerwick-based Neil Risk Solicitor and Estate Agent. The Shetland firm's practice areas focus on residential...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Insurance Scandal: Help for agents in Business Interruption saga

New guidance has been issued in a bid to allow agents to get the insurance payouts they expect from the Business...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

 Stamp Duty deadline - here’s the last date to market a property in time

Agents in England are told that sellers should market their homes by March 23 - only 18 days from now - if...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation – Data Sharing with LonRes chief Anthony Payne

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I speak with Anthony Payne, Managing Director and co-founder of LonRes, a data and network...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Slow conveyancers should suffer financial penalties, says PropTech man

The head of a PropTech platform wants financial penalties on conveyancers if transactions miss deadlines. “The only way to accelerate the current...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Should stamp duty holiday extension be for ALL buyers, or just current ones?

No fewer than 79 per cent of people want the stamp duty holiday extended according to a survey conducted by an...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Radical end to stamp duty holiday suggested by legal bodies

A radical way to end the current stamp duty holiday has been suggested by three different legal bodies. The Society of Licensed...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

I-Packs launched - up-front information for buyers supplied by agency

An estate agency is this month launching packs of up-front information for buyers in a bid to speed sales and reduce fall-throughs.  Miles...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ delight as stamp duty extension helps another 300,000 deals

Much of the agency industry has reacted with delight at the extension of the stamp duty holiday deadline until June. Rightmove estimates...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Here's everything you need to know about remortgaging

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

24 February 2021

From: Legislation & Compliance

How to ensure your letting business remains compliant

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

20 February 2021

From: Features

Revealed - Key challenges to agency businesses in 2021

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

20 February 2021

From: Features

Scam Alert! Fake agent lists on Zoopla and joins redress scheme

A high-profile London agency is asking the police and property industry bodies including Trading Standards to investigate a fake company posing under...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

EAvolution21 – A UK PropTech event hosted by Dezrez and its partners

On March 23rd 2021, Dezrez and its partners are hosting EAvolution21 the event that showcases the latest in PropTech using an...

18 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Six week stamp duty holiday extension would help 160,000

The Chancellor’s rumoured six week extension to the stamp duty holiday has been backed by Rightmove. Over last weekend the Daily Telegraph,...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Mayhem: Is a six week extension long enough?

Agents and conveyancers are expressing doubt over whether a possible six week extension to the stamp duty holiday will be enough...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge scandal of Business Insurance brush-off in defiance of court

An agent is challenging the insurer Hiscox over its interpretation of whether to honour a Business Interruption Insurance policy. A standard letter...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Why automation could improve enforcement of PRS regulation

It’s now more than a year since the government offered an additional £4 million to councils to combat rogue landlords. At the...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Speedy agents are Number 1 when it comes to call answering

Estate and letting agencies are the best performing businesses for low call waiting times in the UK. A survey of 1,000 people...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Unsellable: Thousands of flats remain impossible to mortgage or sell

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

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal warning over little-known stamp duty technicality

There’s been a huge focus on both the stamp duty holiday and Help To Buy deadlines at the end of March...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty panic may lead to Japanese Knotwood legal action

Experts are warning that buyers rushing to complete before the March 31 cliff edge for the stamp duty holiday may miss...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Victory? Hint of possible 'phased' end to holiday

The government is keeping everyone guessing about the stamp duty holiday but one comment by a senior minister suggests movement towards a...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned? Another housing hotspot ponders second home curbs

One of the country’s most popular tourist destinations may ban the sale of new builds to second home buyers. The council in Padstow -...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate As It Happened - What MPs Said

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Proactive agents will beat portals for winning instructions

Property portals remain an essential marketing tool for estate agents and their value is clearly appreciated by consumers. However, with a...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - February kicks off with flurry of movers

Welcome to the start of another week and this catch up on the latest moves within the agency world. Everyone featured here...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent launches petition for radical overhaul of house buying process

An online petition has been started by an independent estate agent seeking a radical overhaul of how homes are sold in...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 January 2021

From: Features

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

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

30 January 2021

From: Features

Better communication will be key for agents now and in the future

There is little doubt that the last year was one which none of us will easily forget both personally and professionally....

27 January 2021

From: Features

Here we go again! What does lockdown 3 mean for the market?

Well, what a start to 2021! None of us thought things would change as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s...

23 January 2021

From: Features

Is the property industry at a crossroads?

The property market became somewhat fractious during 2020. After receiving a much-needed boost with the promise of stamp duty relief, things...

20 January 2021

From: Features

Agency branches each waiting on £105,000 fees on average

A property platform claims the current pipeline stock is so large that the average UK agency branch is waiting on £105,000...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC names agencies breaching anti-money laundering processes

Estate agencies have been named by HM Revenue & Customs for breaching anti-money laundering regulations. The list of those breaching the rules...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property viewings should stop, Labour tells government

Sir Kier Starmer has told the government it should look again at whether estate agents’ viewings of properties for sale and...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Just Window Dressing! Leasehold experts hit out at reform proposals

Leading leasehold experts have sharply criticised the much-hyped reforms announced by the government last week. The Leasehold Group of Companies - formerly led by...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

‘No-search indemnity insurance’ now accepted by mortgage lender

A mortgage lender says it will now accept ‘no-search indemnity insurance’ for residential purchases in a bid to speed up the...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Online auction fees controversy: One operator to publish all charges

An auction house that's made a transition from ballroom operations to online streaming is to publish all fees for all lots -...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Current regulation of estate agents unenforceable admits Propertymark

Propertymark has told the government that it needs to introduce overarching regulation of agents now, because existing piecemeal provisions are unmanageable...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Modern Method of Auction firm says public needs to be educated

The largest company involved in the controversial Modern Method of Auction says it’s producing a “disruptive digital market campaign to address...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty increase - could it happen across the UK?

The shock and almost immediate increase in stamp duty on additional homes in Wales has prompted one question in the industry...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Banking barriers for start-ups and how to overcome them

Start-up letting agents looking to enter the market are finding it increasingly difficult to set up in business as banks point...

19 December 2020

From: Features

Yes Purplebricks - but how many homes do you actually SELL?

Mystery still surrounds the number of homes actually sold by Purplebricks, despite upbeat statements regarding the number of instructions it wins. The...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents reduce deposit disputes?

Deposit disputes can be time-consuming and difficult for all parties involved whether it be a letting agent, landlord, or tenant. Although at...

09 December 2020

From: Features

Change what you’re doing to complete sales before March 31

‘Many are in complete denial about the time it takes and still think it’s eight to 10 weeks.’ I won’t tell you...

05 December 2020

From: Features

Transaction hold-ups: a different view on why sales are delayed

A leading conveyancing sector spokesmen says some mortgage lenders are making the current delays in the house buying process worse. Rob Hailstone,...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 December 2020

From: Features

Michael Bruce bats away accusation of “bullying tactics”

Purplebricks founder Michael Bruce has batted away a stinging attack on him made by allAgents, a review website. allAgents has set up...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees - agents should disclose them up-front insists Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has joined calls for greater disclosure of referral fees by agents.  The issue has become a hot topic in...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PRS regulation - could more authorities follow the lead of Westminster?

Back in September, Westminster Council launched a new strategy to help 'protect tenants' and 'ensure they live in good-quality and well-managed...

28 November 2020

From: Features

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

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

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to advise Boomin on referral fees disclosure

The Boomin portal, which incentivises agents to cross-sell and benefit from referral fees, is to receive advice on fee disclosure from...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyer Information Packs give agents an edge over fall-throughs - claim

Estate agents can stand out from the crowd and help consumers through lockdown by providing a more secure sales process, a...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown ‘not hurting market’ despite dip in asking prices

Asking prices are down for the first time in many months. It’s a small drop - an average of 0.5 per cent...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

How auctions can help agents through the second lockdown

As we embark on another nationwide lockdown, the team at SDL Auctions are keen to help agents ride the storm, beat...

11 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Conveyancing firm to tell buyers they will miss stamp duty holiday

A leading firm of conveyancers will this week tell new clients that their property purchases are likely to miss the stamp...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents back to work today after 17-day ‘fire break’ in Wales

While England’s national lockdown exempts the housing market and allows agents to operate normally, it’s not been the same in Wales...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Four revenue generation tips for letting agents

What are the best ways for a letting agency to generate additional revenue and stay ahead of the competition? Management fees are...

07 November 2020

From: Features

Lockdown justice at last for agents with Business Interruption Insurance?

The Business Interruption Insurance saga, involving hundreds of agencies awaiting pay-outs on policies, enters its next and final stage later this month. An...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Too Late! Third of England set to miss stamp duty holiday deadline

Buyers in around 30 per cent of English cities are almost certainly already too late to complete a purchase by March 31...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency offers auction service to rivals at fixed price fee

An online agency says its virtual auction service can be used even by its rivals between now and the end of...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Conveyancing - don't battle what you can't control

We can all agree that the recovery of the property market since May has been outstanding. The latest data from Zoopla...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: Housing market stays open during national lockdown

The housing market is to remain open in the four week lockdown in England. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government...

31 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Common sense tips for dealing with student tenants

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

31 October 2020

From: Features

He’s back: ARLA’s David Cox joins Rightmove as compliance chief

David Cox is joining Rightmove next week in a dramatic return to the industry. Cox left the ARLA Propertymark in late July after...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to sell your agency business in 11 key steps

Agents spend their whole careers telling vendors and landlords why they will be able to achieve a better sale price or...

27 October 2020

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

Living without Section 21 evictions – lessons from the Scottish market

The announcement of the Renters’ Reform Bill in the Queen’s speech last December caused a collective groan across the country from...

27 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Deposit protection - what is Prescribed Information?

Did you know your deposit protection obligations don't end with paying the deposit? You also need to serve the Prescribed Information within 30...

27 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Unlocking Property Management with PropTech Innovations

2020 has been a testing year right from the start. With Storms Ciara and Dennis causing £184m+ worth of damage to...

27 October 2020

From: PropTech & Innovation

Latest legislation – how can agents and landlords be compliant?

In recent years, the extent and role of the private rented sector (PRS) in the housing market has seen significant changes. The...

24 October 2020

From: Features

Tax expert claims buyers of homes-with-annexes may pay excess SDLT

A tax expert says his research suggests some buyers of homes with annexes may have paid too much stamp duty on...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Only 10 days left to beat stamp duty holiday deadline - claim

Delays across the house buying sector mean those wanting to benefit from the stamp duty holiday need to begin the buying...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Some sellers are now asking too much, reveals Rightmove

The latest Rightmove asking price index shows the extraordinary market and amazing times we are living through. The average price of property coming...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Electronic signatures are helping agents to weather the 2020 storm

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

17 October 2020

From: Features

The importance of addressing Conveyancing earlier in the home moving journey

We all know that people can’t move to a new house without going through the Conveyancing process. However, with that said,...

14 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Referral fee transparency shows why panel management is outdated

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

10 October 2020

From: Features

Selling a flat with a short lease

Many agents, certainly those in London, will have faced the difficult task of selling a flat with a shorter lease. A...

09 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Stamp Duty may have been overpaid by 120,000 buyers - claim

Stamp duty specialist consultancy Cornerstone Tax claims some 120,000 buyers in the UK may be owed SDLT refunds. It says that in...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyer sues conveyancer for £4.6m eight years after purchase

A woman who bought a London house in 2012 is now suing the conveyancers that worked for her at the time...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid employment advice service set up by Propertymark

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

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Speed up sales! Online platform claims to cut agents’ admin in 2021

A new online platform claims to be the first of its kind to speed up the private treaty sales process for...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Are agents swimming upstream against the Electrical Safety Regulations?

Are agents swimming upstream against the Electrical Safety Regulations? 3 months on from the introduction of the ‘Electrical Safety Standards in the...

29 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agents’ fees on the rise but stamp duty holiday cuts moving costs

Consumer group Which? says the stamp duty holiday has cut more than £4,000 from the average cost of moving home -...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Safety in agents’ offices: understanding the law on whistleblowing

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has encouraged people to complain if they are unhappy about working conditions and thousands of complaints...

26 September 2020

From: Features

New sleaze allegation against Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick

The Times has revealed new allegations concerning the behaviour of Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. The Cabinet member has been under the spotlight...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New PropTech products aim to help transparency and Covid safety

New PropTech products continue to appear, many aimed at enhancing transparency in buying and selling, or helping agents adopt new ways of...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendors spend extraordinary sums each day to sell their homes

Vendors spend an average £41 a day for 144 days when selling their home - but some spend a remarkable £140 a...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

House ‘sold’ in six days with no agent fees, claims quick buy firm

A quick buy firm boasting it has ‘sold’ a home within six days also says it now takes 140 days on...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The PRS is broken - here’s how to fix it

The pandemic and the way the government has reacted to the private rental sector (PRS) has got me thinking about the...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Safety first: five-step risk assessment for agents’ offices

With the high street open again, and the Chancellor’s temporary stamp duty holiday helping to stimulate the market, estate and letting...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Agents warned over dark web password sales and data breaches

Estate agents and small businesses are being warned to take greater care over passwords to stop hackers breaking into their systems. David...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Auction PropTech startup aims to streamline legal process for buyers

A new PropTech startup is giving prospective buyers the opportunity to receive due diligence at a fraction of the time and...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New warning to estate agents over illegal price-fixing

The estate agency industry is still under the spotlight for possible illegal price fixing cartels according to the Competition and Markets...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents back investigation into “unfair sales tactics” over leasehold

NAEA Propertymark has thrown its weight behind a Competitions and Markets Authority investigation into whether consumer protection law has been broken...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

How will new mandatory survey standards improve the moving process?

From December, the new RICS Home Survey Standard will become mandatory for all RICS professionals undertaking home surveys. The below article explains...

02 September 2020

From: Features

Bank of Mum and Dad still vital to house sales, figures show

Recent speculation that the so-called Bank of Mum and Dad would be playing a reduced role in the housing market has...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A guide to commercial mortgages during the Covid-19 pandemic

With access to finance being such a hot topic at the moment, more and more estate agents are turning to commercial...

29 August 2020

From: Features

Explained for agents - Electrical Safety Standards Regulations

Since June 1, under The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, landlords in England have been...

26 August 2020

From: Features

Countrywide - 10 own goals in five years

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

22 August 2020

From: Features

Letting agents still struggling to open bank accounts

Letting agents are struggling to open new bank accounts and even large established letting agents with a long history of trading...

22 August 2020

From: Features

Supply of homes might dry up after “unprecedented” buyer demand

The supply of homes coming to the market could struggle to meet the demand from buyers shown in recent weeks, with...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform claiming to halve transaction time wins cash boost

A PropTech platform that claims to halve the time a transaction takes has received a huge cash injection from investors for...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency sells ‘fall-through insurance’ after 100 deals collapse

An online agency says it’s offering its customers a kind of ‘fall-through insurance’ after over 100 deals collapsed between mid-March and...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New online agency launches with fees from £249

A new agency called Eazy Agent has launched - it’s another online operation, this time with a starting price of £249. For...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Multi-agency sales operation wins high-profile new investor

An unusual property sales concept, which signs up vendors and then effectively sub-contracts their sales to strongly-performing local estate agents, has...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today: Movers and shakers and new appointments

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of PJT - we know some agencies are reshaping their structures and downsizing but this...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Digital hub claims to shorten transaction times and offer referral fees

A digital resource hub for estate agents claims to shorten transaction times. Sort Move, which has been operating since late 2019,...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Land Registry unveils latest digital upgrade for agents and others

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

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Just the ticket? House raffles creating legal minefield says lawyer

Property raffles are a legal minefield and many are too good to be true, according to a leading lawyer. There has been...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm swipes at Purplebricks over property measurements

A PropTech firm that regularly claims London homes are mis-measured in property descriptions has taken a swipe at Purplebricks. Pupil, a spatial...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Scandal: agents await decision on pay-out

Agents are awaiting the outcome of a test case regarding Business Interruption Insurance, which may determine whether they receive thousands of...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendor resorts to raffle after traditional sale falls through

A vendor who suffered a fall-through on the sale of his five bedroom home in West Yorkshire is now trying to...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Code of Practice marks welcome progress for RoPA recommendations

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

25 July 2020

From: Features

New guidance for agents on how to spot domestic abuse

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

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Regulation of Agents: consultation opens on new Code of Conduct

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

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Streamlined completions promised by latest PropTech platform

Another new PropTech platform claims it can streamline the completion process - this time by coordinating the work of estate agents...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS combine agents, conveyancers and mortgage awards in 2021

The ESTAS Group says it will combine its awards events for agents, conveyancers and mortgage brokers in one ceremony in May...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Upfront property information – we need to stop ‘going round the houses’

At a recent Conveyancing Association webinar focused on the provision of upfront information in the property sale process, there was a...

11 July 2020

From: Features

Agents can sell properties at record speed with this key combination

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

11 July 2020

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - latest movers into and across our industry

It’s a tough time for agents and our stories show a disturbingly high number of  branches closing - but there are...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Fall throughs – the impact and the solutions revealed

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

04 July 2020

From: Features

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

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

01 July 2020

From: Features

Code of Practice for Estate Agents set to change industry forever

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

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

How to avoid delays as the property market recovers

Buyer registrations and sales enquiries are reportedly back to pre-Covid levels. Completions, however, are lagging behind. This is probably down to...

27 June 2020

From: Features

Jenrick scandal to be debated as “pigs in trough” allegations mount

Controversial Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is the subject of a harshly critical cartoon in The Times which depicts “pigs in the...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary Jenrick may be sacked shortly, says newspaper

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick - currently at the centre of a planning controversy - could be sacked in a September Cabinet reshuffle. The...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Horses for courses - the rise of the personal agent

The phrase ‘game-changer’ has been hugely overused. But when applied to how Covid-19 is changing the way estate agents will work...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Ker-ching!  Stamp duty refunds soar during Coronavirus crisis

A tax and legal specialist says there’s been a huge rise in stamp duty refund cases between March and June -...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Do we care that tech can now halve transaction times?

Tuesday mornings at 6am is usually my time to review all the latest PropTech news. This fires off ideas for my...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Law catches up with Purplebricks - or at least one firm does

Purplebricks has instructed a new legal firm to support its sales and lettings activities. Business Insider reports that the commercial team at...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Disgraced agency directors disqualified after price-fixing scandal

Two estate agency directors have been disqualified by the Competition and Markets Authority after taking part in an illegal price fixing...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Logbooks: working party to consider how they could work

A working party of property professionals is being set up to look at whether and how property logbooks could help speed...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Second politician named in Jenrick ‘cash for favours’ controversy

Housing minister Chris Pincher has now been named in media investigations into allegations concerning his political boss, Robert Jenrick, and the...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Technology is central to solving property’s mismeasurement issue

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

13 June 2020

From: Features

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

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

13 June 2020

From: Features

Jenrick fails to show for key question as ‘cash for favours’ row grows

Beleaguered Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is under growing pressure to explain his part in a planning decision - now deemed illegal...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Uncoupling: Agency says divorces will help housing market

An estate agency says the housing market could get a boost as a result of couples separating after the prolonged togetherness...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who are the challenger portals?

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

06 June 2020

From: Features

New Property Ombudsman is lifelong redress champion

The new Property Ombudsman taking over from October is Rebecca Marsh. She is currently Chief Ombudsman at the Legal Ombudsman and was...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Online Auctions Why Estate Agents Are Joining LetsBid

Lets Bid works in partnership with a variety of Estate Agents across the Uk from big franchise brands like Winkworth /...

04 June 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Police ‘assess’ Housing Secretary’s planning row as PM steers clear

The Metropolitan Police says it’s “assessing” the controversial surrounding the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, and a planning decision over which he...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shareholders invited to submit AGM questions

Troubled estate agency group Countrywide has invited shareholders to submit questions to the company ahead of its AGM later this month. Countrywide...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Dominic Cummings - lessons for the agency industry

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

30 May 2020

From: Features

'No DSS' lawsuits - what do letting agents need to know?

Over the last few years, there have been a number of high-profile court cases in which renters took action against letting...

30 May 2020

From: Features

“Don’t buy a new home before selling old one” tax experts tell buyers

A group representing 600 tax experts working in UK legal and accounting firms is warning buyers not to purchase a new...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary Jenrick in hot water again as he admits bias

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick - accused by some of breaking the lockdown some weeks ago - is now in more hot...