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Another agency selected to join new homes network

Sawyer & Co., an agency operating sales and lettings in Brighton and Hove, is the latest firm to be chosen to...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Portals: Romans' and Leaders' 150 branches sign up to Zoopla

Property Service Holdings - parent company of the 150 branches trading under the Romans and Leaders names - has signed up...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New agency comparison website bans online and hybrid agents

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

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: City analyst less gloomy about group's prospects

Countrywide’s long-term share price decline and turbulent branch closure programme have not prevented a relatively positive endorsement of the group’s strategy and...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

What next for the rental market in 2017?

The rental market has had to face a raft of changes over the past year, including the introduction of the 3% stamp...

14 January 2017

From: Features

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

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

14 January 2017

From: Features

Mergers of independent estate agencies: the market and the price

Consolidation continues apace amongst traditional estate agents. The raft of pressures on agents is increasing and these pressures have two strong...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Countrywide claims

Countrywide’s controversial hybrid estate agency business has produced “fantastic results” according to Sam Tyrer, the group’s Managing Director, Retail & London. In...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

LonRes launches customised reports information for subscribers

Agents who subscribe to LonRes are being offered a personalised report builder offering sales and lettings data at postcode level, and...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Seek and ye shall find

I have a confession to make. In 1988 I became a Seekers franchisee. For those of you who don't know who...

07 January 2017

From: Features

It’s time to look North for lettings income

If you provide a service, you expect to be paid for it. Sound fair? But with the forthcoming ban on tenant...

07 January 2017

From: Features

'Expect more big agency firms to back online projects in 2017' - claim

The head of a new ‘disruptive’ online mortgage service says 2017 will see more major estate agency and other property businesses...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency adopts the spirit of Christmas by helping homeless people

Thomas Morris Sales & Lettings didn’t entirely shut down for the Christmas period - instead, one of its staff helped the...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the coming down the chimney edition

Christmas is here - feet up, mulled wine ... a well-deserved break. As we know, however, it’s not just selling and letting houses...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

More Christmas office pictures - and here's Santa cutting the ribbon...

Thanks for your continuing enthusiasm sending in your office photographs as we continue the countdown to Christmas. We’ll be publishing more next...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with just one week to Christmas...

Only a week to the Christmas break and still our industry goes above and beyond the call of duty to raise...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Commercial and industrial agency goes into residential sales and lets

A commercial and industrial property agency in Manchester has launched a residential sales and lettings business.   Founded in 1999 and based in...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

The fees ban will force agents to seize the day

Carpe diem, seize the day – whatever you call it, it’s something all of us in the property industry should be looking...

09 December 2016

From: Features

Compliance update: Immigration Act 2016

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

09 December 2016

From: Features

Agency tries £1 stunt fee offer to drive Christmas web traffic

A single-branch agency operating around Blackpool is offering vendors ultra-low fees if they register their homes for sale online on Boxing...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

It's not over yet - here are some VERY clever Mannequin Challenges

It’s understandably a little quieter in agents’ offices as Christmas approaches - obviously the ideal time to perfect acting abilities and...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Reindeer, Kids' Cards, Christmas wreaths - your offices look fantastic

They’re still coming thick and fast, so many thanks for sharing your office decorations with our readers. Remember, we’re also happy...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency Christmas decorations - it seems pretty merry already...

Thanks to agencies who have already responded to our request for photographs of their Christmas windows and office decorations - it’s...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

For the weekend...two more agency Mannequin Challenges

There’s no shortage of acting and video skill in our industry is there? At least if your terrific Mannequin Challenge performances...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Two more agents try the Mannequin Challenge - how about you?

Many thanks to the good people at Templeton Robinson and Miles & Barr, the latest agencies to let us know about...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

24-hour tube gives nearby homes 10% uplift says data consultancy

One of Britain’s most prominent property data companies says homes near London Underground tube stations with 24-hour trains will see a...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 November 2016

From: Features

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

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

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Foxtons and other property shares tumble thanks to Hammond

Share prices for both Foxtons and Countrywide took a significant tumble yesterday as news of the ban on letting agents’ fees...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement: The property industry's wish list for Philip Hammond

It may still be too early to start compiling a Christmas wish list, but it is the right time to provide...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Rajeev Nayyar, FixFlo Managing Director

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

15 November 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Long-awaited Redfern Review into housing expected tomorrow

Labour’s long-awaited Redfern Review, set up a year ago after the party’s defeat in the general election, finally reports tomorrow. Although it...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another inspiring agent who started his business at just 20

We recently carried a particularly inspiring story of an Essex estate agent who believes that at 21 he is currently the...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Why are you so understaffed on a Tuesday?

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

12 November 2016

From: Features

Another key Countrywide move + other agency expansion news

Pete Wallace, appointed as Countrywide's retail performance director just a year ago and a long-standing employee of the group before that...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed: secrets of the success of Britain's youngest agent

An Essex estate agent who believes he is the youngest in the industry has explained his success to Estate Agent Today...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Redressing the wrongs of agents remains fair and impartial

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

05 November 2016

From: Features

Whither Countrywide

Although Brexit, portal juggling and portal wars have stolen property industry headlines in recent months, there's been one story almost constantly...

05 November 2016

From: Features

No crystal ball needed, just exceptional customer service

Graham Norwood recently wrote that it’s going to be harder than ever to predict the shape of the property market in...

05 November 2016

From: Features

Another agency launches new office at controversial Nine Elms scheme

Another agency has opened an office in the troubled Nine Elms scheme in central London - this time the new entrant...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Market flux as agencies expand, contract and restructure

A series of announcements offer an insight into the market flux at the moment. Firstly the franchise giant Hunters has added three...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant launches its own agency training qualifications

Hunters has developed a formally recognised estate agency qualification for its own network of branches.  The qualification - which Hunters claims is...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Live chat drives business on agency websites - claim

A website live chat provider claims research shows that the facility significantly influences activity amongst users of websites on which it...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agencies opening, expanding, acquiring - crisis, what crisis?

Despite Brexit and economic uncertainty, there is still confidence from many agencies that are expanding, opening and acquiring even this late...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Lifetime achievement award for veteran city centre estate agent

Jonathan Morgan, who operates Leeds city centre specialist agent Morgans, has won an lifetime achievement award. The award, made at the Yorkshire...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

How can agents manage negative feedback left on review sites?

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

22 October 2016

From: Features

Ex-Countrywide head moves to rival; new Fine & Country office

Several estate agencies have announced expansions and new offices - and once again a former Countrywide management figure is revealed to...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Dramatic one-third slump in sales for Foxtons in last three months

In a surprise announcement this morning, Foxtons has revealed that its total revenues in the past three months dropped 14 per...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Another new branch for Hunters taking franchise total over 180

Hunters has opened another sales and lettings branch, this time at Malmesbury in Wiltshire, taking its network to over 180.  The agency...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Eight-branch independent agency is latest to quit OnTheMarket

The Jeffries Group, an eight-branch Hampshire-based independent agency, says it is going to leave OnTheMarket.  Although the group’s website and email branding...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency launches 30th London office and beefs up Nine Elms team

Knight Frank has launched its 30th London residential office having opened the doors of its new branch in Victoria.  The agency says...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Genuine concern for staff well-being is the most powerful motivator

After two long years, Moneypenny finally moved into its new headquarters over the summer.  It was a milestone we had all been...

07 October 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and have a Ball while they're doing it...

One of the great events of the agency year is the Agents Giving Ball, hosted a few days ago at The Lancaster...

07 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Sequence acquisitions continue as four-branch independent is snapped up

Property sales and lettings agency William H Brown, part of the Sequence UK network, has acquired Porter Glenny estate agents in...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

There's a property person in The Apprentice - and this is where she'll be living

The Apprentice returns this evening on BBC1 at 9pm and, as usual, there’s a property person amongst the 18 hopefuls seeking...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

More growth for agency group as it makes third acquisition in 12 months

SDL Group, which already owns the 54-branch Century 21 UK franchise, has now announced its third business acquisition in 12 months. Humphreys...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Several estate agencies expand and announce key appointments

Several estate agencies have announced new appointments and strategic moves - underlying speculation that the housing market remains relatively stagnant. CKD Galbraith, a...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Glenn Ackroyd

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

30 September 2016

From: Features

Bank of England confirms tougher buy to let mortgage lending regime

The Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority has confirmed that tighter regulations will apply to lenders providing mortgages for buy to...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it's a bumper week...

Thanks so much for a bumper selection of charity deeds this week - as an industry we can be proud of...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

More upheaval at Countrywide as London reshuffle continues

The UK's largest estate agency has announced another key departure from its senior management team.  Graham Bell, managing director for London, is...

26 September 2016

From: Breaking News

The power of floor plans

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

23 September 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - with pies in their faces

As we approach another autumn weekend, the country's estate agents and property professionals have not taken their foot off the pedal...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Expanding hybrid franchise agency looking for new recruits

A hybrid franchise agency is looking for new partners to expand its reach in the Midlands. Campbells says it is looking for...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Bob Scarff

A fantastic exclusive this week as I carry out a question and answer session with one of the leading names in...

16 September 2016

From: Features

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

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

16 September 2016

From: Features

Leaders and Romans take aim at competitors with acquisitions claim

Merged estate agents Leaders and Romans, known also as the Property Services Holdings Group (PSH), have taken aim at their competitors...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Andrews announces string of 'strategic acquisitions'

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

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 September 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: let's embrace change as an industry

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

09 September 2016

From: Features

Will your agency be ‘archived’ by consumers who choose hybrid?

I can’t remember a time when there were so many changes in the property industry. Forget Brexit and interest rates, the...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Hunters seeking more acquisitions as it bats off Brexit uncertainty

Hunters has delivered an upbeat report to shareholders, claiming income up 42 per cent in the first six months of the...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Franchise group grows despite Brexit and stamp duty unsettling market

Franchise network Belvoir says a combination of Brexit and stamp duty have unsettled the housing market - although despite this the...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed - list of Countrywide branches to close in the near future

Estate Agent Today has received a list of around 60 Countrywide Group estate agency offices expected to close in the next...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals its autumn TV advertising campaign

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

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as we head into autumn (ugh...)

Schools going back, final Bank Holiday over until Christmas, and agents returning from their summer breaks. It can only mean September. But...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide starts merging and rebranding its agencies

Countrywide has started the formal process of merging and rebranding some of its existing local chains, beginning with London.  John D Wood...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Guild launches new tool collating agents' data from all major portals

The Guild of Professional Estate Agents has launched a new tool to analyse members’ own performance by analysing data from the...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit protection schemes offer peace of mind

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

26 August 2016

From: Features

Selling homes – what's the secret to the perfect transaction?

With almost a fifth of house sales in Britain collapsing every year, it’s now more vital than ever that we –...

19 August 2016

From: Features

Agencies announce expansions across UK and across all sector

Several agencies have unveiled expansion plans despite the EU referendum, economic uncertainty and fears of a major downturn in the London...

19 August 2016

From: Breaking News

PRS redress scheme signs up 5,000th member after two years

The Property Redress Scheme, one of three official redress schemes for the sales and lettings sector, has now signed its 5,000th...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Four new branches open for the 'original' hybrid estate agency

EweMove Sales and Lettings, which describes itself as the UK's first hybrid estate agency, has opened four new branches, taking its...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and they're gold medal winners...

Britain’s gathering Olympics medal haul is heart-warming, but our heroes in Rio are not the only ones doing great work and...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Perception is nine tenths of the law

How do you want your agency to be perceived? Do your processes reflect both the quality and speed of service you...

11 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide rules out agency acquisitions for rest of 2016

Countrywide says there will “almost certainly” be no more acquisitions of agencies or other firms for the group over the rest...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

LSL says profits and revenue up but sales 'suppressed' for rest of 2016

LSL Property Services - which owns agency brands including Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - has reported strong...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Electronic signatures receive approval from Law Society

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

01 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide reveals first details of online sales service roll-out

Countrywide has given Estate Agent Today some early details of how its mix of online and traditional agency services will roll-out...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Does Brexit mean the end of the Northern Powerhouse?

Plans for the Northern Powerhouse scheme, designed to rival London and the South East as the main driver of economic growth...

29 July 2016

From: Features

Countrywide: 9% revenue growth and online roll-out despite Brexit concerns

Countrywide has confounded its critics with an upbeat performance in the first six months of the year, growing revenues by nine...

28 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove claims 81% market share of key 'mobile mover' audience

Rightmove has reported its half-year figures to the City and its investors with the stand-out claim being that it now says...

27 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide director launches agency recruitment consultancy

Another former Countrywide director is in the news, this time for launching a specialist property recruitment, training and consultancy business.  Mike Gowland,...

27 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 July 2016

From: Features

Money laundering back on the agenda in government

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

21 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

nu: move - the future of property

nu-move online estate agents -The Future of Property Nu-move is an online venture that has been created to meet the demand...

07 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Former Countrywide directors join major independent agency

Two former directors of Countrywide have joined independent agency butters john bee. Andy Townsend joins as managing director for Lettings and Dominic...

04 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Six Things We’ve Learned From The Referendum

It’s over. A win is a win, whichever side you backed. It’s true that everyone seems a lot less happy than...

01 July 2016

From: Features