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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

Referral Fees clampdown welcomed as “a triumph for consumers”

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

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning over reservation fees in the Modern Method of Auction

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

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Big Leap forward for first-ever ESTAS Bold Legal Conference

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

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What are HMRC looking for?

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

25 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

24 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What is the risk?

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

20 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Banned: home 'ownership' advertisement is branded misleading

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

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 February 2019

From: Features

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

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

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

ESTAS branching out by staging key conveyancing conference

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

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Will any portal ever beat Rightmove?

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

26 January 2019

From: Features

The importance of being part of a trade association

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

26 January 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket over the moon about latest court victory

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

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s time to upgrade your AML armoury

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

16 January 2019

From: Features

Does your tenant require an increased power supply?

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

12 January 2019

From: Features

Agents' pay scandal: Campaign demands minimum wage

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

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov collapse forces online rival to scrap crowdfunding pitch

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

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New portal YourMoov to launch in near future

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

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

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

15 December 2018

From: Features

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

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

15 December 2018

From: Features

 Emoov investor row: Crowdcube pledges to update angry crowdfunders

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

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov: Legal action considered over crowdfunding, claims paper

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

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov’s humiliation - the fallout for the industry

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

08 December 2018

From: Features

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

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

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 November 2018

From: Features

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

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

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: could these innovations change the market forever?

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

17 November 2018

From: Features

It’s time for conveyancing to up its game

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

17 November 2018

From: Features

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

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

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

“Confident” OnTheMarket still signing agents ahead of appeal

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

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show ‘hidden’ conveyancing fees deter buyers

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

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Portal claims it can help agents avoid some GDPR restrictions

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

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips - how to make your letting agency more efficient

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

31 October 2018

From: Features

Government tells agents they have moral obligation to report suspicions

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

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 October 2018

From: Features

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

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

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Let’s focus on the real foreign property ownership problem

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

13 October 2018

From: Features

Referral fees: agents must be more transparent, government says

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

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Some conveyancers to give upfront service and price information

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

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Agents transferred to rival as prominent firm quits resi property sector

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

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents mocked by minister over lax anti-money laundering approach

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents warned not to underestimate anti-money laundering and GDPR

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents and suppliers to appeal to CRMs for better PropTech collaboration

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

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 August 2018

From: Features

Agent escapes jail after drink-driving and assaulting police officer

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

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Business funding options - what choices do you have?

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

10 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Anti-money laundering regulations and data protection

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

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing body wants fees listed on law firms' websites

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

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing proposals could delay transactions, warns law firm

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

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a changing of the guard?

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

28 July 2018

From: Features

Don’t fall foul of anti-money laundering rules

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

28 July 2018

From: Features

Fees row: Spotlight on Ombudsman after court case decision

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

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform BestAgent reveals new supplier partner

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

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

MP criticises rip off quick buy firms using cowboy tactics

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

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Kit Malthouse - We’ve obviously had enough of experts

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

14 July 2018

From: Features

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

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

14 July 2018

From: Features

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

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

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? Blog 3

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

09 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Conveyancers accused of massive delays during house transactions

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

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 2)

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

02 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 1)

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

25 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency shuts after 30 years to concentrate on legal services

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

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 June 2018

From: Features

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

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

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list property portal launched for estate agents

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

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers may have to publish prices, services and reviews

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

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Claims resurface of agents urging buyers to use preferred mortgage brokers

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

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – marketing magic, Mr T and GDPR fever

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

02 June 2018

From: Features

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

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

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agent threatened with legal action over fundraising banners

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

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Corruption crackdown: RICS wants members to sign honesty pledge

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

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The ten worst mistakes to make when selling your business

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

02 May 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: technology solutions; is this even legal?

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

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive wealth of older owners and buyers revealed by new survey

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

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Legitimate interest for estate and letting agents

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

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency directors are disqualified over cartels scandal

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

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: The progression of sales progression

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

24 March 2018

From: Features

CMA urges people to report unfair cartels that cheat customers

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

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Investigating your role as a data controller

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

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Japanese knotweed: what estate agents need to know

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

03 March 2018

From: Features

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

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

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Report exposes online agents over very poor sales progression

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

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Exploring the requirements for personal data

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

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New industry body aims to simplify and modernise buying and selling

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

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Building a new website for your agency: local vs specialist

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

21 February 2018

From: Features

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

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

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – Q & A with Isobel Thomson, NALS

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

10 February 2018

From: Features

OTM - A good buy, or is it goodbye?

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

09 February 2018

From: Features

allAgents and agency group CIELA reignite disputes with Purplebricks

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

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing: It's not about referral fees

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

03 February 2018

From: Features

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

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

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Combatting a knotty problem for estate agents

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

20 January 2018

From: Features

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

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

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech goes mainstream as Which? backs technology to sell homes

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

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of pressuring sellers and buyers into additional services

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

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 14 industry leaders give their  2018 predictions

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

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2018?

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

30 December 2017

From: Features

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

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

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

What now for the OTM IPO?

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

21 December 2017

From: Features

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

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

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks hits back at “poor” AllAgents review site

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

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News