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Belvoir withdraws merger offer to The Property Franchise Group

Belvoir has this morning withdrawn its merger offer to The Property Franchise Group, after some weeks of talks. As recently as Tuesday,...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir raises the stakes in Property Franchise Group merger bid

Belvoir has revealed that it has won the backing of a minority shareholder in The Property Franchise Group to resume merger...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Suspended prison sentence for agent after Gumtree scam

An estate agent branded as "thoroughly dishonest" following a Gumtree scam has been jailed for 20 months, suspended for two years....

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: AllAgents in encouraging peace talks with Purplebricks

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

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir reveals wish to merge with Property Franchise Group

Belvoir has announced that it has made an approach to The Property Franchise Group regarding a possible merger. In a statement to...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New 'speed sharing' format for agents' national conference

The upcoming national conference for the Relocation Agent Network is introducing an innovative format for part of its agenda - speed...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - this week, mostly for children

There’s a particularly heart-warming theme to Agents Do Charity this week...several of our heroic industry figures are raising funds for children and...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New board appointed for agency after acquisition by French bank

Strutt & Parker has revealed its new board following the takeover by the real estate arm of French bank BNP Paribas.  The...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with your chance to win new funding too...

Every week we carry reports of how great causes are helped by individual agents and other property professionals - this week...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the helping children edition...

Agents’ charity fundraising obviously spans a wide range of genuinely good causes, but it’s noticeable that at the end of each...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-NAEA chief tells government stamp duty should be paid by sellers

Simon Gerrard, a past president of the National Association of Estate Agents, has called on the government to switch the burden...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Family-run London agency opening new office in Google building

Long-established central London estate agency Kay & Co is opening what it calls “a stylish new boutique office” on the ground...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

When a tenant failed to pay any rent after the first month his tenancy last year, the landlord did not expect...

26 August 2017

From: Features

EweMove boss named as part of Property Franchise Group new blood

A new managing director has been named for EweMove - with the promise of more high-level appointments to come for the...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Historic agency Strutt & Parker snapped up by French bank

The real estate division of French bank BNP Paribas has exchanged on the acquisition of Strutt & Parker, bringing together some...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as the summer holidays start...

It’s been an undeniably tough year for agents so far and no one can say the industry doesn’t deserve a summer...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Senior agent undeterred by downbeat Halifax house price index

Former RICS residential chief Jeremy Leaf says he is not downcast by the latest Halifax house price index which shows prices...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

How independent agents use SEO to take on national brands

How many property professionals are truly happy with their revenue? High levels of competition from new market entrants is a significant...

08 July 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks sells 83 per cent of the homes it lists, agency chief says

The chief executive of Purplebricks, often criticised by detractors for failing to reveal completion rates as opposed to listings, says his...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing industry reacts to shock general election result

The housing industry has responded with shock, joy, and jitters, after Theresa May’s snap general election went catastrophically wrong, leaving her...

10 June 2017

From: Features

House prices: annual growth tempered by quarterly fall

Average house prices in the three months to May were 3.3% higher than in the same period of 2016, according to...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the first edition of summer

June marks the start of what professional weather folk call summer - and even if the temperatures are a little variable,...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

EweMove franchise agents now number 108 with revenue up 14%

EweMove, the online brand owned by the Property Franchise Group, now has 108 franchisees - 97 are fully operational and 11...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Down-valuations and asking price cuts spreading, warns broker

The director of a respected mortgage broker is warning that market sentiment is changing with more down-valuations from surveyors and some...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q1 2017

Auctions are a great way to sell property competitively, with a wide range of homes often selling under the hammer, and...

06 May 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the Escape The Election edition...

Pole-axed by politics? Bored of ballots? Well, this is where you can escape from pledges, promises and politicians and instead read...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'Optimised websites' are next goal after agency group's winning streak

The Property Franchise Group says it has seen 13 consecutive years of growth for the five High Street brands within its...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Annual house price inflation at its lowest for four years

Average house prices across the UK in the three months to March were only 0.1 per cent higher than in the...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Twelve new EweMove franchises added so far this year

Property Franchise Group - formerly known as Martin & Co - has announced that 12 EweMove franchises have been sold in...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Mine's bigger than yours: Agency changes 'largest office' publicity

A branch of Martin & Co is changing the wording it uses on a leaflet following a complaint from a rival...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Strutt & Parker and French bank remain silent over acquisition talks

Both Strutt & Parker and the French bank BNP Paribas are declining to comment on speculation that the finance house is...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

French bank 'in talks to buy Strutt & Parker estate agency'

The Financial Times is reporting this afternoon that BNP Paribas, the largest bank in France, is in talks to acquire high-end...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL the latest firm expected to enter 'digital' market

LSL Property Services - which owns high street agency brands Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - is the...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Analysis shows investors' faith in Purplebricks post-Brexit

An analysis of estate agents quoted on the London Stock Exchange suggests that almost all the traditional firms have suffered since...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Martin & Co wants name change to Property Franchise Group

Martin & Co wants its shareholders to agree that the firm’s name should be changes to The Property Franchise Group.  A note...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

House prices cool as Halifax warns 2017 will see a slowdown

Annual growth in house prices slowed in January - a taste of things to come in 2017 according to the house...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

100-plus branches to return to Zoopla in new franchise deal

Estate Agent Today has been told that a deal between the Property Franchise Group and ZPG - the new name for...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Hybrid will be 'fast-growing challenger brand' says agency chief

Hybrid agency EweMove is rapidly expanding its network footprint this year and will be a “challenger brand” deliberately designed to be...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

How can estate agents secure more new build housing instructions?

Lots of people buy new-build due to the perceived lack of hassle with maintenance, as they are built to the latest...

28 January 2017

From: Features

House prices in the East head north on demand from the South

The East of England, which takes in areas from Hertfordshire to Norfolk, has recorded the biggest hike in property prices over...

28 January 2017

From: Features

What next for the rental market in 2017?

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

14 January 2017

From: Features

EweMove's cut-price franchise offer to lure traditional agents

EweMove - the hybrid agency now part of Martin & Co’s Property Franchise Group - is slashing its up-front franchise fee...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Estate Agent Today - this is what's in store...

This is the final Estate Agent Today until Tuesday January 3 2017, so everyone at Angels Media sends all good wishes for...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices could rise 4% in 2017 but transactions will drop - Halifax

The Halifax says house prices across the UK will rise between 1.0 and 4.0 per cent in the next 12 months...

29 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

Strutt & Parker counts the cost of central London stamp duty hike

Strutt & Parker has seen a fall in revenue and profits for the year ending April 30 - and it puts...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Leave it out! Top TV hardman heads today's Christmas agency pictures...

With under a fortnight left before Christmas your photographs have been coming thick and fast - but today we start with...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and everyone's at it before Christmas...

There’s been a bumper mailbag sent to press@estateagenttoday.co.uk this week to mark what must be the height of the fund-raising season...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Latest index confirms trend that house price growth will slow in 2017

The latest index from the Halifax shows that prices in the three months to November were 0.8 per cent higher than...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

More of your pictures - Santas, sleighs and trees in the offices!

It may have been a challenging year for parts of the industry but there’s no lack of motivation when it comes...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Pay As You Go online agency promises to 'disrupt the disruptors'

An estate agency described as operating a ‘pay as you go’ business model says it wants to “disrupt the disruptors” operating...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide regional director is latest to quit the company

Countrywide's regional director Martin Coombes has quit the company, having worked for it since the early 1990s. A statement to Estate Agent...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Transactions and prices are softening, warns the Halifax

House prices in the three months to late October were on average 5.2 per cent higher than over the same period...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Foxtons' finance chief resigns; south west agency's new team

The chief financial officer of Foxtons is expected to resign this week - but is reported to be remaining with the...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Low stock and declining transactions but prices holding up says Halifax

House prices fell a negligible 0.1 per cent in the three months to September as compared to the previous quarter, but...

10 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

Jones Robinson Group expands its network into Wiltshire

The Jones Robinson Group, a Newbury-based property firm with three branches, has expanded its network by acquiring an agency in a...

22 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

House prices dip in August but remain 6.9% up over the full year

House prices dipped 0.2 per cent last month but remain 0.7 per cent higher than three months ago and a full...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Martin & Co is latest to enter the 'hybrid' estate agency field

Martin & Co is reported to have acquired EweMove, an estate agency which describes itself as the first ‘hybrid’ service -...

06 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

What has been the Brexit impact on the housing market so far?

The morning after the EU referendum, and Westminster, Britain, Europe and the world were left in shock at the news that...

05 August 2016

From: Features

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

Agents Do Charity - despite the holiday season...

It’s the height of holiday season but despite the rival attractions of traffic jams and airport delays, many agents are still...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

MIRAS: Could Theresa May go back to the future?

I’m indebted to one of the most enthusiastic estate agents I’ve had the pleasure of meeting for suggesting the subject of...

15 July 2016

From: Features

House prices up 1.3% last month 'but far too early to see referendum impact'

Average house prices in June rose 1.3 per cent but as the shock Brexit result was not known until late in...

08 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents pessimistic after shock Brexit vote and Cameron quitting

Agents have been giving their reaction to the shock Brexit referendum result - and their comments have ranged from the gloomy...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Affordability will curb demand and prices later this year, warns Halifax

Worsening affordability caused by a sustained period of higher-than-earnings house price growth, should curb demand and result in a slowdown in...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the cycling, cash give-away and football kit edition...

It’s been another great week of fund-raising for good causes by our industry, as you can see from our roll of...

13 May 2016

From: Breaking News

End of stamp duty buying-frenzy leads to small dip in house prices

House prices dipped by 0.8 per cent in April, the first month of the stamp duty surcharge and the period when...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Kings strike gold at the UK estate agency ‘Oscars’

Winners’ reactions and views from a fantastic day of celebration! The Kings Group scooped the gold award for Best Estate Agent in...

25 April 2016

From: Features

Property entrepreneurs dominate the top 1,000 in The Rich List

Property has dominated many of the entries in the Sunday Times’ much-respected Rich List, which names the 1,000 wealthiest individuals with...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Tax and Buy-to-Let – how short are our memories?

We talk about the unstoppable rise of buy-to-let and forget that it was only as recently as the early 1970’s that...

08 April 2016

From: Features

Annual house price inflation tops 10% - but it may have peaked

House prices in the three months to March were 10.1 per cent higher than in the same quarter a year earlier...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Franchise Group agencies link up with financial services giant

The Property Franchise Group - including the brands Martin & Co, Whitegates, CJ Hole, Parkers and Ellis & Co - has...

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Familiar faces (and voices) take up slots in new property radio shows

Two radio stations have announced dedicated property shows - both starting this month. Martin Roberts, the established property pundit familiar to many...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

A spell of bad luck for estate agents - anyone for a volted ceiling?

A new property search engine has spilt (or should that be spilled?) the beans on estate agents (or perhaps estate agent’s)...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity ... as March fast approaches

March and spring are fast approaching - time for more entries to be listed on this regular Friday feature, giving respect...

26 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Britain's first 'drive-thru' estate agency opens at former filling station

An estate agency in Cornwall has opened on the site of a former filling station and allows people to drive up,...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - so let us publicise your great work

With February around the corner and spring just about on the horizon (if you can see it for the driving rain...

29 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency franchise giant's expansion goes on despite buy to let tax change

One of the UK's largest property franchises has reported strong figures in an interim trading statement to the City - with group...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Strutt & Parker dismisses speculation about takeover by rival firm

A Strutt & Parker senior partner has dismissed speculation that the residential arm of his agency is about to be taken...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

9.5% price rise in 2015 takes average home to over £208,000 says Halifax

Prices in the three months to the end of 2015 were 9.5 per cent higher than in the same three month...

08 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise likely to be delayed further, hints key Bank of England figure

One of the leading members of the Bank of England's influential Monetary Policy Committee has suggested that the recent fall-back in...

22 December 2015

From: Breaking News

It's Christmas week at last - here are agents' latest office decoration pictures

We’re into Christmas week and the distant rumble of sleigh bells, mingled with the unseasonal sight of daffodils, means the big...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Outside looking in - more great estate agency office Christmas pictures

It’s not just inside the offices that get decorated at Christmas - many of you have done a fine job at...

17 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - two weeks before Christmas...

The traditional festive spirit of estate agency does not extend simply to decorating offices - it’s about doing good work, too. This...

11 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Halifax forecast latest to predict subdued 2016 housing market

Britain’s biggest mortgage lender, the Halifax, says the housing market will slow next year with average price rises of four to...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

We love your Christmas office pictures - more please!

A big thanks to the Property Franchise Group for being quick off the mark, sending us images of their agents’ festive...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as Christmas looms into view

There’s no escaping it now. The John Lewis advert has been released, the weather is almost as cold as it should...

13 November 2015

From: Breaking News

£205,000: average house price hits new high as market bounces back

UK house prices are growing annually by 9.7 per cent according to the Halifax, which says "improving economic conditions" lie behind...

06 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Top comic and shirt firm boss collared for agents' big event

The founder of high-end shirt manufacturer Charles Tyrwhitt, Nick Wheeler, and the well-known stand up comedian Tim Vine, are amongst the...

06 November 2015

From: Breaking News

London agent's £8m 'try before you buy' bid to combat market stagnation

A central London agency has launched a ‘try before you buy’ lettings offer on an apartment being marketed for sale at...

28 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency chain admits very limited take-up of online sales option

Franchise giant Martin & Co says there has been “very limited take-up” of a no frills estate agency service that it...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as summer turns to autumn

The Bank Holiday weekend heralds the end of August and the return to a more normal sales and lettings market for...

28 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity – even in gloomy weather…

Every week we publicise the efforts of estate agents and property professionals who have been working extra hard in the name...

21 August 2015

From: Breaking News

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