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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 rush provides agents with opportunity to generate additional revenue

A huge number of additional transactions completing in the next few weeks due to the stamp duty holiday provides estate agents...

16 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

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...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

'Furlough could wreck housing market' - warning to government

The government is jeopardising the success of the housing market relaunch through the inflexibility of the furlough scheme, claims a group...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

 Conveyancers told to put UP their fees just as housing market reopens

A specialist legal advisory service is urging conveyancers to use the reopening of the housing market as an opportunity to increase...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing ministers steer clear of Cummings row - until last evening

Housing Minister Chris Pincher and Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick stayed well clear of the Dominic Cummings row over the weekend -...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 May 2020

From: Features

Agents’ Insurance Claims: only two days left to submit details

The City regulator which is bringing a test case over insurance firms refusing to honour Business Interruption policies wants policyholders including...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers and removers join agents on ‘Back To Work Day’

It’s back to work today for England’s estate agents and the housing market - but it’s the start of a new...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New-build buyers failing to complete on time ‘may risk legal action’

There could be a wave of legal disputes as off-plan buyers seek to get out of purchase deals after the lockdown...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Land Registry relaxes rules to allow property deals to continue

HM Land Registry is making it easier to verify individuals’ ID from today. In addition to conveyancers and chartered legal executives, verification...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal: class actions begin to form

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

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendors may have to estimate CGT on sales under new rule

A property tax specialist is warning that sellers of buy to lets or holiday homes may have to estimate their own...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents to receive full legal packs for auction with no upfront costs

An online auction platform is offering agents full legal packs with no upfront cost in a bid to keep the housing...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Buckle up - Wave of law cases possible if off-plan buyers pull out

There’s a warning today that the housing market could face a wave of legal disputes if buyers of off-plan new builds...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on new-build holiday homes likely in another tourist hotspot

Another west country tourist hotspot looks set to ban any future new-build home being sold as a holiday or additional property. Bigbury...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: a legal perspective, more webinars and a supplier offer

Hello, and welcome to Wednesday’s guidance and advice for agents and suppliers trying to find a way through the current crisis. If...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

EXCLUSIVE - Agents' Cash Crisis: reduced income until autumn

The impact of the Coronavirus crisis is going to reduce agents' revenue into the third quarter finishing in late September warns a leading...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Remote ID verification software demanded by more agents

A PropTech firm is reporting a surge in demand for its remote ID verification software products during the virus lockdown. The software,...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents beware - buyers shoulder Japanese knotweed risk following TA6 changes

Based on our historical data over twenty years of nationwide operation and a survey conducted in partnership with YouGov, we estimate...

04 April 2020

From: Features

New EPC assessment guidance issued - Conquering Corona

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

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Latest: New tenant checks, Virtual staging, Global agency impact

Hello and welcome to our latest update… we’re probably not yet getting used to these unusual times but we hope this...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency cartel scandal - watchdog wants agent directors disqualified

The Competitions and Markets Authority has started court proceedings seeking the disqualification of two estate agency directors over a price fixing...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers agree new rules for house moves during virus period

New guidance has just been agreed by conveyancers on house moves during the Coronavirus crisis. The procedures - made pubic only last...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Enough is enough – an alternative view on portal subscription fees

It’s time to draw a line in the sand and condemn our rival portals for their current charging structure. Little will...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Agents Beware: definitive government guidance on buying and selling

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

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More industry lay-offs: franchise HQ sheds 15 and warns more to come

The property franchise company Belvoir Lettings has laid off 15 workers from its Grantham headquarters - and warns there may be...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona legal Q&A, market tracker and how one agency is handling it…

Hello - here we are with Friday’s help and advice.  A reminder, if you need it, that we want to share your...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: help on business, viewings, deals - Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, a service we’re running to share official guidance and agents’ advice in a bid...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket settles long-standing dispute with Connells

A long-standing legal dispute between OnTheMarket and the Gascogne Halman and Connells agencies has been settled. No details have been released but in...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant Engagement

There is no doubt that the BBC News article in early February caused something of a stir within the Deposit Free...

12 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

What is Section 8?

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

11 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Standardise processes across multiple branches in 3 easy steps

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

11 March 2020

From: Features

Countrywide admits major hold-up of 'vital' deal to sell commercial arm

Countrywide has revealed a major hold-up in its supposedly "vital" sale of its commercial arm - and it is now seeking...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Facebook monthly compliance webinars for Guild agents

Monthly webinars via Facebook are being set up to discuss compliance issues with member agents of the Guild of Property Professionals. “Because...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket not revealing pay-off for sacked Ian Springett

OnTheMarket is not responding to requests to reveal details of any pay-off for its chief executive Ian Springett, who was sacked...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent repays ‘non-returnable’ reservation fee after property row

An agency has repaid a £6,000 reservation fee to someone who thought they had purchased a property for £83,000 but was later...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Sellers desert online agents for High Street rivals, says Zoopla

Almost eight in 10 sellers have instructed High Street agents in the past year - a significantly higher figure than 12...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Log Books - PropTech expert wants cross-industry support

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

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Electrical checks – how to get ahead of the current

By now, most letting agents and landlords will have heard about the draft legislation laid in Parliament concerning a mandatory minimum...

04 March 2020

From: Features

Foxtons warns of sales slump going on through 2020 despite Boris Bounce

Foxtons is warning that 2020 will be yet another difficult year for the agency despite the so-called Boris Bounce helping the...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to probe house raffle problems

Future complaints about property raffles by individual home owners seeking to avoid estate agency fees will in future be handled by...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Lawyer warns online agency clients to beware of email signatures

Buyers and sellers using online estate agencies could inadvertently sign contracts if they carelessly use email signature blocks. Blocks are the ‘auto-signatures’...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on new-build second homes going to a vote tomorrow

Another westcountry town may ban new-build homes being sold as holiday properties, even though the idea has backfired elsewhere. Fowey in Cornwall -...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents asked to confess if their firm has been price-fixing

A new call has been issued this morning by the Competition and Markets Authority for estate agents to confess if their...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets - should there be selective bans?

There’s something of a conspiracy of silence over the problem of short lets. That is a stark claim but many siren voices...

22 February 2020

From: Features

Nice Try! HMRC challenge stops bid to win stamp duty discount

A legal challenge by HM Revenue and Customs has stopped a bid to secure a stamp duty discount on a property. The...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

A joint venture! Agency on a roll in medical cannabis experiment

Savills has smoked out another money-making opportunity with a new enterprise which it claims has “enormous growth potential.” The property consultancy is teaming...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 February 2020

From: Features

Urgent Referral Fees survey of agents launched by Trading Standards

The National Trading Standards Estate & Letting Agency Team and The Property Ombudsman have launched an urgent survey to assess awareness...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Don’t use an online agent! Lawyer makes warning to sellers

A leading property lawyer is urging sellers not to use online agents because to do so would be “a gamble”. Gillian Wright...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Could you cut months off your deal time?

Quite a few years ago, I spoke at a conference for auctioneers. It was a traditional affair. Rural location. Nice hotel....

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

CMA releases cartel agents’ investigation details

The Competition and Markets Authority has released a 135 page document giving explicit details of its latest agency cartel investigation. This includes...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How digitisation will change conveyancing – for the better

In the field of conveyancing, there’s a new dynamic at play. And that dynamic is customer-driven and customer-focused, using digital technology...

22 January 2020

From: Features

Reapit takes another step towards end-to-end digital home buying

Reapit has joined a consortium attempting to make the long-anticipated end-to-end digital home buying process a reality. It’s joined the IPN Consortium,...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - movers and shakers across the industry

Hello and welcome to a new week, and a new edition of PJT. If you’re on the move or your firm has...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent confidence hits three year high says Zoopla

In its latest State of the Property Nation report, which questions over 650 agents and 6,000 consumers, Zoopla says 55 per...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The negotiator role will disappear - what replaces it?

I don’t want this to be a long piece. I want this to be short and sharp. I want it to...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive: time to check your compliance

Yesterday (January 10 2020), the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) became law. It forms part of ongoing international efforts to tackle...

11 January 2020

From: Features

Fraud! Agents who over-value to win instructions 'act illegally'- claim

Estate agents who deliberately over-value properties in order to win instructions are effectively committing fraud according to a prominent industry figure. Russell...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New ‘easy moving’ conveyancing app wins praise from Zoopla founder

Alex Chesterman, the entrepreneur who founded Zoopla, has given vocal backing to a new conveyancing app called Thirdfort. The app allows conveyancers’...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: let’s talk about conveyancing

It’s one of the most crucial aspects of the homebuying and selling process but is too often bogged down by frustrating...

21 December 2019

From: Features

Airbnb not subject to estate agency or lettings agency rules, says EU

The European Union’s highest court has ruled that Airbnb is not subject to strict rules governing estate and lettings agents in...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Public asked to inform on other fee-fixing estate agents

The public are being asked to inform the authorities if they know of agents operating fee-fixing cartels. The request - from the...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements: two key problems that must be overcome

A law firm has spoken out about two possible problems in the government’s much-publicised idea of considering Reservation Agreements as a...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what has the last decade meant for the property industry?

Yes, believe it or not, we’ve nearly reached the end of a whole decade. And what an eventful decade it’s been. We’ve...

14 December 2019

From: Features

Portals say future changes will be for agents - not to be simply 'disruptive'

Here’s the final part of our questioning of the three portals based on comments and queries from our readers - thanks...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering – acting on your suspicions

The Fifth Money Laundering Directive becomes law in the UK on January 10 2020, strengthening the responsibilities placed on private companies...

07 December 2019

From: Features

GDPR compliance - three key questions every agency must answer

There’s been a new warning to estate agents to check they are fully compliant with GDPR regulations following a European case...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Why is compliance a growing issue for letting agents?

It’s been clear for a while that the additional regulation landlords and agents are facing has helped professionalise the private rental...

30 November 2019

From: Features

Technology can give letting agents new life instead of a slow death

No one would argue that unfair fees and practices by rogue landlords is a problem that should be ignored, but the...

30 November 2019

From: Features

The changing profile of first-time buyers

Recent Zoopla reports stating that first-time buyers are deciding against purchasing one-bedroom flats came as no surprise to me, or I’m...

23 November 2019

From: Features

Make gazumping illegal! Overwhelming majority favour complete ban

A new survey suggests that an overwhelming majority of householders want a legal ban on gazumping. The result is likely to be...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells brand at centre of OnTheMarket dispute opens new office

A Connells’ agency brand arguably best known because of legal action by OnTheMarket is to open its 21st office. Cheshire property consultancy...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the delays that make house-buying painfully slow

A PropTech firm has calculated the different delays that lead to transactions taking an average 120 days (and often much longer)...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers report big drop in transactions as Brexit hits home

There’s been a significant drop in the number of housing transactions dealt with by conveyancers in the first nine months of...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buyers who paid £100k deposit sue vendors after withdrawing offer

The prospective buyers of a home in Oxfordshire who paid a deposit of £108,000 before withdrawing are suing the sellers in...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Is this how Reservation Agreements will work?

Reservation Agreements are the subject of the moment in the agency industry. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is to...

09 November 2019

From: Features

Regulating agents is key demand from leasehold campaigner

A 10 point manifesto to drive forward leasehold reform has been published by prominent campaigner Louie Burns, of The Leasehold Solutions Group. The 10...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

 Jason Wilson, mio Account Manager

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  Jason Wilson, mio Account Manager What is mio and what does...

05 November 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Backfired! Ban on second homes makes it harder for locals to buy

A new study by the London School of Economics suggests that a high profile ban on the sale of new homes...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements may need bigger penalties says Reapit chief

Reservation Agreements may require bigger financial penalties than the £500 to £1,000 currently envisaged if they are to work. That’s the view...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Message to new government: Sort Brexit one way or another

Agents and property industry figures have given a clear message to the government six weeks ahead of the General Election -...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax changes: owners advised to seek financial advice

A tax expert is urging owners of second homes, as well as property investors and existing landlords, to seek independent financial...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 8 and safeguarding landlords’ rights - what agents need to know

In recent months, we’ve seen headlines dominated by changes to tenancy rules, government consultations and more than a few scare stories. Landlords...

30 October 2019

From: Features

New online agency says it will be the first to make a profit

A small online agency which in six months of trading has secured around 140 sales says it’s on course to be...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove ‘abusing’ agents and should be legally challenged - top consultant

One of the industry’s leading consultants says Rightmove is in a form of abusive relationship with agents, who should consider legal...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leading agent backs reservation agreements ahead of pilot project

One of the country’s most prominent estate agents has given renewed backing to a pilot project on reservation agreements, being tested...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge shake-up of sellers’ information being considered

First details have emerged of the information vendors may have to provide up-front In future transactions if government house buying reforms...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements: more details emerge of New Year trial

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has given more details of the trial of reservation agreements likely to take...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New online auction service launches, pledging a fairer service

A new online auction service has launched this week, pledging a fairer service for agent partners, as well as buyers and...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

How can the government help the millions of 'trapped' movers?

There’s no doubt that we live in politically charged times and every day appears to bring something new to the ‘party’. For...

05 October 2019

From: Features

Targeting the right landlords for post-fees ban success

We know that the tenant fee ban has cost letting agents dearly, with an estimated loss of £300 million paid to...

02 October 2019

From: Features

House buying reform is centre stage at special ESTAS conference

The reform of the buying process is to take centre stage at a special conference called Bold Legal LIVE! taking place...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agencies that don’t modernise will fail like Thomas Cook - property chief

The collapse of Thomas Cook, widely seen as failing modernise with the expectations of modern shoppers, is a clear lesson for...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Former Emoov agency fined for anti-money laundering breaches

HM Revenue & Customs has revealed that the original Emoov online agency has been fined for breaches of money laundering regulations. HMRC...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The public 'underestimate agency fees by almost £6,000' - claim

A quick move company claims that the general public underestimate estate agents’ fees by around £6,000.  A survey of 2,000 home owners...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Mandatory qualifications for agents - will they help the industry?

Earlier this year, the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) working group announced the initial details of plans for mandatory qualifications and...

18 September 2019

From: Features

House values could plummet 20% in pollution hotspots, new service claims

It’s been revealed this morning that the organisation behind a new clean-air website is encouraging buyers to seek reductions of as...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Click & Collect! PropTech firm offers online buy, refurb and let service

A PropTech start-up says its service allows investors from anywhere in the world to buy property in the UK which can...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency boss-turned MP will resign Tory whip if government breaks law

Hunters chairman Kevin Hollinrake, who is also a Conservative MP, has given notice that he would resign the party whip if...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: government amends guide for buyers and sellers

The government has issued a revised version of its official How To Buy and How To Sell documents, aimed at consumers...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Professional client account solutions for modern letting agents

Professional client account solutions for modern letting agents Letting agents will need to come up with new ways to manage client money...

05 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Tragedy as Suzy Lamplugh Trust chief executive dies aged 42

The chief executive of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, set up to commemorate the murdered estate agency, has died at the age...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

“Unworkable” government housing tweaks widely criticised by industry

There has been a sceptical response by agents and others in the property industry to the government’s latest headline-grabbing tweaks to...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Typical Mum and Dad now fork out £24,100 towards offspring’s new home

The Bank of Mum and Dad is now officially one of the 10 biggest mortgage lenders according to data from Legal...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Online firm wins £750k crowdfunding as it defies 'curse of Emoov'

Crowdfunding has been largely avoided by property companies for much of the past year following controversies surrounding Emoov’s fund raising -...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Jailed agent on sex offenders’ register for next 10 years

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

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 August 2019

From: Features

The importance of high quality referencing

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

07 August 2019

From: Features

Agents beware as council cannot take search queries for six weeks

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

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 July 2019

From: Features

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

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

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

London agent says worried Hong Kong investors already fleeing to UK

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

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge fine for estate agency after data breach

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

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

REVEALED: Britain’s Biggest Moving Home Fails

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

18 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Rightmove fails to understand first rule of innovation

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

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Praise for estate agency diversifying into equity release

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

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - from the top of the world

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

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov collapse: angry sellers threaten legal action

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

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government blasted over ‘scandalous’ leasehold reform proposals

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

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet another house raffle competition bites the dust

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

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the worst location in the country for gazumping

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

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer endorses reservation agreements and digital legal packs

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

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Incoming – a summer of change for estate and letting agents

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

22 June 2019

From: Features

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

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

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Making the transition from estate agency to property development

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

15 June 2019

From: Features

Four agencies acted illegally in fee price cartel, says watchdog

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

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Should the lettings process become fully digital?

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

12 June 2019

From: Features

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

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

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 June 2019

From: Features

A moving tide of regulation making its way towards estate agents

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

01 June 2019

From: Features

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

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

25 May 2019

From: Features

Buyer wins case against surveyor who ‘missed’ Japanese Knotweed

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

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 May 2019

From: Features

Anti-money laundering: the key myths and misconceptions

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

18 May 2019

From: Features

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

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

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Alexa: when do we get cheaper and faster conveyancing?

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

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran becomes chair of franchise giant as founder retires

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

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Market transformation – deterring, championing and Purplebricks

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

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

DPS adjudication case study: rent arrears vs property condition

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

20 April 2019

From: Features

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

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

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Explained - the future of tenant referencing after the fees ban

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

17 April 2019

From: Features

How can agents keep property transactions on track?

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

30 March 2019

From: Features

Why the future of the property industry should be paperless

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

30 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents offered free anti-money laundering compliance roundtable

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

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2019

From: Features

‘Replacement for private treaty sales’ offered by online auctioneer

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

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Lawyers accuse agents of failing to comply with CPRs over leaseholds

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreement firm claims it entirely eliminates fall throughs

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

AML Fines for estate agents published

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

13 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Implementing your risk assessment

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

11 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

09 March 2019

From: Features

How to keep landlords happy in 2019

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

06 March 2019

From: Features

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

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

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

AllAgents allows Purplebricks reviews again, ending 18-month spat

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

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News