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KEYWORD "Membership" - 204 RESULTS
Rightmove has nothing to fear but Rightmove itself

It must have been a close thing on Friday as to whose faces were looking the most glum - those at...

08 August 2020

From: Features

Agents stay loyal to Rightmove but it suffers revenue and profits dive

Almost all estate agents are still saying Yes to Rightmove, according to figures produced by the portal this morning. Membership numbers for...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Big rise in complaints to fast-growing Property Redress Scheme

There’s been a very large rise in the number of complaints submitted by consumers to the Property Redress Scheme. This is partly...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Can you lead Propertymark? You have one week to apply

Do you want to run the newly-merged Propertymark, embracing both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent Agents group links up with recruitment specialists

The Federation of Independent Agents has announced its latest partnership offering exclusive services for members - it property recruitment firm The...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who are the industry’s major trade bodies?

They are the names we hear about often, pushing for this or seeking clarifications on that. They are the representatives of...

04 July 2020

From: Features

Rightmove and OnTheMarket extend cut-price fees deals

Rightmove and OnTheMarket have announced that they are extending their cut-price fees deals, introduced because of Coronavirus. This morning Rightmove says: "We have...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket names the day for reporting accounts and members

OnTheMarket is to issue its annual figures next Thursday, June 11. The report only covers the portal company’s financial year which ended...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 Rightmove to enhance online viewing features in roll-out to agents

Rightmove has contacted all member agents saying it has enhanced its automated online viewing feature first introduced in April. As part of...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Market share of Guild members 'now higher than during Boris Bounce'

The combined market share of agencies in the Guild of Property Professionals is now higher even than it was at the...

01 June 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

Say No To Rightmove hits new milestone and counts down to ‘D-Day’

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has launched a countdown clock on its website to galvanise agents into remembering only 85...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove launches social media recruitment drive

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has started buying social media advertising space in a bid to recruit agents. In a ‘promoted’...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

40 to 50 calls a day still coming in to The Property Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman’s office is still receiving 40 to 50 calls a day from the public, even though most transactions with...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Help for self employed agents and new lettings info: Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to the latest Conquering Corona - our guide for agents to get through these challenging times. Please let us...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Suppliers and trade groups helping agents Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, our guide to the latest information to help agents and the rest of the...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket gives short-term 33% discounts to ‘full price’ agents

OnTheMarket this morning announced what it calls “a payment support initiative” for those agents paying full-price membership. It’s for three months and...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove introducing deferred payment scheme for some agents

Rightmove is offering some of its agents a deferred payment option. An announcement this morning says: "While sales agreed pipelines have strengthened following...

18 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

‘Agents will be a big part of Zoopla’s growth’ - Q&A with Charlie Bryant

More than 18 months on from the acquisition of ZPG for £2.2 billion by Silver Lake Partners, a US private equity...

29 February 2020

From: Features

Rightmove loses agents as latest figures show huge rise in fees and profits

Rightmove has released another stonking set of results - but there are signs that some agents are defecting from the ever-more-expensive...

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

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

Watch out Rightmove! Zoopla reveals huge rise in branches joining

Zoopla has revealed large growth in agency membership and visitor figures for 2019. Since being bought by US equity firm Silver Lake,...

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

Market intelligence boost for independent agents in new trade body

Agents who join the fast-growing Federation of Independent Agents will have full access to the new Homesearch mine of data. Homesearch debuted...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal Fees: Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM explain their charges

We recently asked readers for their questions to the portals - the questions they couldn’t really ask their local reps, but...

09 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

Training - how can you be the best estate agent?

Here at sales progression and communication tool mio, we recently caught up with Sarah Edmundson, co-director of The AllStars Group, the...

30 November 2019

From: Features

Portals: How much does YOUR branch pay?

The big question for the industry at the moment is the cost and future of portals.  This is especially key for agents...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

TPO increases fees - and agents who generate most complaints pay more

The Property Ombudsman scheme is increasing its fees in January for the first time in six years - and it’s implementing...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: the facts behind the accounting controversy

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has today published the paperwork behind the recent Countrywide £10m accounting controversy. Published on the RICS...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents to receive one million shares from OnTheMarket this week

OnTheMarket will on Wednesday of this week issue over a million shares to agents who have signed new long-term listing agreements...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent accuses “unjust” OnTheMarket of charging for branch that shut

OnTheMarket is being accused by an agent of charging a monthly fee for a branch it knows to be shut. Ian King...

25 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

Industry bodies back Modern Method of Auction best practice guide

Three key industry organisations have endorsed a best practice guide for the controversial Modern Method of Auction. The iamsold guide is aimed at...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group holding inaugural conference this week

The Federation of Independent Agents, the new trade group set up in May, is holding its first conference this week.  The FIA...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket snipes at Rightmove as it reveals price freeze for some agents

OnTheMarket says it will not increase listing charges in 2020 for any agents currently paying full fees, while agencies which list on only...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm wants to clean up image of Modern Method of Auction

A company operating the controversial Modern Method of Auction says it is trying to improve the sector’s image after a series...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove: agency numbers fall 3% but profits and revenue soar 10%

Rightmove’s half year figures this morning continue to show strong growth in profits and revenue - but there are the first...

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

Beyond the headlines - What the new regulator really means

The industry press has given substantial space to recommendations from the Regulation of Property Agents, the government’s working party which has...

20 July 2019

From: Features

Reforms win industry support as trade groups jostle for influence

Trade bodies and property firms have strongly welcomed the recommendations for root and branch reform of the agency industry - and...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket AGM today expected to hear latest conversion figures

Shareholders at today’s annual general meeting of OnTheMarket will hear the latest conversion figures showing how many agents on free or...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Radical reform for agency industry to be signed off by minister today

Some of the most radical reforms ever proposed for estate and letting agents are expected to be signed off today by...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove warned that it must innovate to survive

An interesting analysis of Rightmove’s performance on the stock market has led to questions about the long-term profitability and viability of...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

In it to win it: Nominations open for Propertymark Qualifications Awards

Nomination for the Propertymark Qualifications Awards 2019 are now open - and they present a chance to celebrate colleagues or employers...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket converts just 1,000 branches from free to paid deals

Figures released from OnTheMarket this morning suggest that its conversion programme for agents shifting from free deals to paid membership is...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket claims record visits - but no update on agent numbers

OnTheMarket claims monthly visits to its website hit a record 25.4m in May - but the portal’s latest update gives no...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - talking women in property, Brexit investment and PropTech

In the first Q&A Natter for a while, I catch up with Angelica Donati - CEO of Donati Immobiliare Group, PropTech...

01 June 2019

From: Features

New ‘tech solutions group’ for agents unveils high-profile suppliers

The Innovative Collaboration Group - a collection of high-profile tech suppliers to the agency industry - has unveiled a raft of new...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Flurry of new laws and regulations to come, whoever is Prime Minister

The head of the Property Redress Scheme is urging agents to prepare for yet more regulation and legislation changes likely to...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech trade body relaunches in bid to win wider industry support

The UK PropTech Association, set up in early 2017 with the objective of promoting engagement between tech business and the property...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

So farewell Theresa May and thanks for...well, not much

No, this isn’t about Brexit. But as the saga of leaving the EU is likely to bring about the downfall of...

13 April 2019

From: Features

All independent agents applying to trade group will be mystery-shopped

Every estate agency applying to join a new group for independents will be mystery shopped in a bid to ensure it...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal expert takes senior role in new FIA Independent Agents’ group

Estate Agent Today can reveal that the new Federation of Independent Agents has recruited an expert from the two leading portals...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Over 40 jobs at risk as agency chain plans to shut four branches

Local media in the east Midlands report that four estate agency offices operated by the Nottingham building society are to close...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Guild claims highest market share and targets big rise in membership

The Guild of Property Professionals says its network of over 800 independent estate agents across the UK has, collectively, the highest...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How can independent agents become true ‘local property experts’?

The end of 2018 was a bit of a rocky time for online estate agents. Yet only a few years ago...

13 March 2019

From: Features

Rightmove average charges top £1,000 a month as revenue and profits soar

Rightmove has this morning given its 2018 report to shareholders, laying bare the huge financial wealth of the company which dominates...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New group fighting for independent agencies wins big early support

A new group called the Federation of Independent Agents has been set up as a network of like-minded independent agents who...

18 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

Have your say! Guild wants agent input on government’s reform agenda

The Guild of Property Professionals is seeking views from member agents on the government’s reform agenda.  The Regulation of Property Agents working...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Three key dates for letting agents in 2019

With a new year nearly upon us, it’s always a good idea to be aware of the major events that are...

21 December 2018

From: Sponsored Content

OTM offers shares to new members in return for five-year lock-ins

OnTheMarket had told its shareholders this morning that it now has over 12,000 branches listing and is offering share incentives to...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New portal signs up Countrywide and 30 agencies ahead of 2019 launch

A new portal is launching next year with Countrywide and some 30 other estate agency groups signed up, as well as...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

12-branch independent signs with OnTheMarket as portal returns to court

East Midlands estate and lettings agency Jackson Grundy has signed up to OnTheMarket. The firm, with its Northampton headquarters, has 10 sales...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket will be self-funding if 'free' agents start paying

OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett has told an agents’ conference of the strategy for his service - including a prediction that...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Who comes out on top in the battle of the property portals?

Given that online property portals, dominated by a handful of websites, are by far the most popular home search method, it...

17 November 2018

From: Features

Second EU Referendum would help housing market, claims agent

A London buying agent has called for a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership, suggesting that it would give more certainty...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government unveils new body 'to raise agency standards'

The government has unveiled a new body which, it claims, will raise agency standards. There is a long-standing commitment from the government...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket 'not profitable until 2021, but share price could rise 35%'

One of the brokers working with OnTheMarket says the portal will not be profitable until 2021, but predicts that its target...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Independent agents try to woo developers with PX collaboration

The Land & New Homes Network has announced a part exchange and assisted move collaboration with Relocation Agent Network in a...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Is it time to take more notice of Brexit?

“Baton down the hatches. Stockpile the food cupboard. Brexit is coming and it’s little more than six months away!” I jest, but there is...

15 September 2018

From: Features

Crossing borders - The Guild to launch in Northern Ireland

The Guild of Property Professionals is set to launch in Northern Ireland later this month. The 800-strong network of independent estate agents...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

TPO announces key changes as membership nears 20,000

The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO) has announced a series of changes to both its board and internal processes. The organisation has also...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Five simple ways to improve renter satisfaction

For too long the private rented sector has been complacent towards customer satisfaction. In the changing rental landscape, the smartest letting...

25 August 2018

From: Features

CPRs; the practicalities

In our previous blog, we looked at the definitions outlined by the CPRs. In our next blog we’ll look at the...

21 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Agency branches spend almost £1,000 per month on average on Rightmove

‘Up’ is the key word in Rightmove’s figures for the first half of 2018, released to the City and to shareholders...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket vs Rightmove?

As you probably know, I have been no fan of OnTheMarket (OTM) over the years. You may see this admission as...

20 July 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – a property invasion on our tellies

The death of traditional TV – where viewers sit down together to watch shows at defined times – has been much...

24 February 2018

From: Features

The government must recognise its interference is now affecting the market

In the great swathe of housing market data which is delivered each month, conveyancers’ case volumes often get overlooked, however the...

24 February 2018

From: Features

The ValPal Network launches products to make membership 'cost-positive'

A network of agents representing over 800 brands with over 4,000 branches has announced the launch of a host of new...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket said to have lost 19% of listings - and 10% share price

The bank Morgan Stanley says OnTheMarket’s listings have fallen 19 per cent in the past year. In a note to investors issued...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection insurance: Protecting you and your clients

A new year means new predictions for what’s to come in the letting industry. Sometimes things come to fruition as expected....

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

OTM float - the OOP is dead, long live the OOP

Whatever else you say about OnTheMarket, you can’t say it’s not consistent, consistent in treating its core membership shabbily.  We already know...

29 January 2018

From: Features

Platt's legacy - Countrywide's recent torrid years

It is now an industry truism to say that Alison Platt has transformed Countrywide - but recent evidence, and now doubt...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Five things that didn’t happen in 2017

It’s traditional before Christmas to either review the year past or anticipate the one ahead - but I’m intrigued about what...

16 December 2017

From: Features

Government to consult on a single Ombudsman across all housing issues

The government says it is going to look at “bold options” to improve consumer redress across all aspects of housing -...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG announces record visits and increased agency membership and listings

ZPG has revealed its 2017 annual report this morning with a stream of records - 648 million visits to portals, revenue...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebel agent quits NAEA and makes string of allegations

Rebel estate agent Chris Wood - who earlier this year unsuccessfully attempted to get on the ballot paper as a candidate for...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Jostling for position: battle of the property portals continues

The fact is that most house hunters simply do not have the time, let alone the inclination, to trawl around properties...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: here’s why crowdfunding is the future

Crowdfunding is nothing new. As I pointed out in a previous Natter, it dates back centuries, playing a part in the...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Failed group for independent agents says it's not quite dead yet

The death throes of the Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents are continuing. A statement by software entrepreneur Charlie Wright, who...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' group CIELA nearly (but not quite) scrapped

The long-running saga of whether independent agents’ group CIELA is ever going to launch appears to be nearing its end game...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency's non-existent Zoopla membership spurs complaint

Three more complaints about agents made to the Advertising Standards Authority have been settled informally - including one concerning an agency's...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

No key speech by Labour housing spokesman at party conference

Labour’s shadow housing minister John Healey is reported to be one of a number of prominent front bench opposition spokespeople being...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebel agent Chris Wood set to challenge NAEA election and AGM

Chris Wood - the Cornish estate agent who unsuccessfully attempted to get on the ballot paper as a candidate for NAEA...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Service lists High Street agents that are 'Purplebricks Price Beaters'

An online platform that allows the public to compare the services and fees of traditional estate agents in their areas has...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual float could happen this year following High Court green light

The flotation of Agents’ Mutual on the London Stock Exchange could happen as soon as later this year following the endorsement...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket rebel agent makes last-ditch bid to overturn float proposal

An early Gold member of OnTheMarket is making a last-ditch bid to stop its parent company, Agents’ Mutual, from floating on...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Mutual demutualisation: industry awaits members’ meeting

The industry today awaits the result of Agents’ Mutual’s formal Members’ Court in which agents will vote on the organisation’s proposed demutualisation and...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket dispute over Springett's £20m reaches national press

The growing anger of some OnTheMarket member agents about the portal’s parent company proposal to float on the London Stock Exchange...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman warns that expelled agency may be trading illegally

The Property Ombudsman has expelled a London lettings and estate agency for a year and is warning that the firm may...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for more women to enter agency and rest of property industry

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says more women should enter estate agency and other property sectors across the land and...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate Agent Today Panel - Agents’ Mutual: the arguments continue

No one can say Agents’ Mutual has failed to provoke debate within the industry. The project was the centre of fierce argument...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual: critical 'float vote' needs 75% backing, not 90%

Agents’ Mutual has confirmed that it requires 75 per cent of the votes of member agencies to pass its proposals to...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Portal Wars - OnTheMarket to demutualise and float on stock market

Agents’ Mutual has confirmed that it proposes to form a new company, OnTheMarket plc, to list on the AIM market of...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

What now for Agents’ Mutual?

Agents’ Mutual (oops, that name might need to change…read on) has been touting its recent legal victory and is about to...

03 August 2017

From: Features

The Property Ombudsman expels three agencies

Three agencies have been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman for two or more years, after failing to pay awards...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Video interview: Charlie Wright, founder of CIELA

During a week in which fledgling trade group the Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents (CIELA) announced that it still...

22 July 2017

From: Features

Exclusive: Independent agents' group CIELA 'likely' to launch after all

The on-off-on saga of the fledgling trade group for independent agents has taken another twist. The founder of the organisation suggests that...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Are the professional bodies singing with one voice?

As an agency business, how much are you spending on professional body memberships? Perhaps it’s time to question how much you...

08 July 2017

From: Features

Judgement given in Agents' Mutual 'one other portal' case

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has issued its judgement in the case between Agents’ Mutual and the Gascoigne Halman agency - and...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the Game, Set and Match edition...

The start of Wimbledon means we’re reaching peak summer - even if the weather suggests otherwise. But distractions like sporting events...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' group carrying on - for now at least

The group seeking to represent independent agents says a recruitment meeting scheduled for tomorrow is carrying on despite growing doubts about...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' new homes network to launch lead generation campaign this year

A network which helps estate agents win more instructions in the land and new homes sector is launching a lead generation...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Leading analysts fiercely critical of Guild merger with easyProperty

Two leading property analysts have written a fiercely critical assessment of the merger between easyProperty and the Guild of Property Professionals.   The...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Serious doubts over future of independent agents' group CIELA

The fledgling and highly vocal CIELA group says it is possible it may not launch this autumn after all despite months of...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New NAEA and ARLA Propertymark presidents appointed

Industry trade bodies NAEA and ARLA Propertymark have announced the appointment of their new presidents. At an AGM on Friday, Katie Griffin...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing: ASA investigates complaint against Law Society

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has published the details of its investigation into a complaint made against the Law Society. The complaint...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Video interview: new easyProperty boss explains GPEA merger

The chief executive of eProp Services Ltd - the company formed by a merger between easyProperty and GPEA Ltd (the parent...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Charlie Wright, CIELA

To give you a nice distraction from the post-election madness, here’s an interview with Charlie Wright, founder of CIELA (or The...

10 June 2017

From: Features

Guild parent company announces merger with easyProperty

GPEA Ltd - the parent company of the Guild of Property Professionals and Fine & Country - has announced it has...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Redress schemes working together to drive out 'poor practice'

The industry’s three government-approved redress schemes have this week issued an updated version of their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU is...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

800 branches quit OnTheMarket since 2015  as ZPG welcomes returnees

ZPG says the number of estate agency branches to have quit OnTheMarket and rejoined Zoopla over the past two years has...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Pair set up new agency with High Street office but charging flat fees

Two friends have launched a new estate agency with a High Street office but charging vendors flat fees instead of a...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents review their fee structure?

Our recent roundtable on the government’s proposed ban on tenant fees generated a range of tips for growing your business.   We recently...

06 May 2017

From: Features

Housing policy progress will suffer thanks to snap General Election

Not only did Theresa May stun everyone with her decision to call a ‘snap election’ but with the campaign now underway...

29 April 2017

From: Features

Two more years of government pain for the industry

My apologies if this causes you to break your Easter egg with a little too much aggression, but I reckon the...

15 April 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: Q & A with David Cox, ARLA Propertymark

In this Natter we have an exclusive interview with David Cox, CEO of ARLA Propertymark and one of the best-known figures...

08 April 2017

From: Features

New agents group seeks 'pre-launch' members - and says it may float

The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents has started its ‘pre-launch’ membership drive - and says it ultimately want to...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

Looking ahead to the Spring Budget this week, the Chancellor Philip Hammond will be obliged to face up to the implications...

04 March 2017

From: Features

Portal's 'win a house' competition ad banned by watchdog

A competition organised by Real Hot Property - which says it “aims to be Europe’s largest property portal” - has been...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

This is the year when agents’ conveyancing problems should be addressed

They say you can prove anything with statistics, and 115% of the time I suspect they’re right – that was an...

21 January 2017

From: Features

Online agents accused of being 'callous exploiters' by founder of new group

Online estate agents have been accused to “the callous exploitation of naive sellers” by the software executive behind the idea to...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' trade body may provide back-office services

The independent estate and letting agents’ group under discussion this week could offer member agents back-office services. The Charter for Independent Estate...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Zoopla reports agency total up 5% and listings up 10% in a year

Zoopla Property Group's estate agency membership grew five per cent and its property listing inventory was up 10 per cent in...

30 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

Anti-money laundering: Agents' network running consultation survey

The Independent Network of Estate Agents is running a survey to collate agents' responses ahead of the closure of the official...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket rebels step up attack as latest court payment expected

The OnTheMarket Action Group of rebel agents in a legal process against the portal has issued a set of questions following...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

The Guild takes to the road for 25 regional meetings

The Guild of Professional Estate Agents is currently undertaking its latest roadshow, consisting of 25 regional meetings.  At the events, the network's...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

RICS to expel agent exposed in Channel 4 documentary

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is to expel an estate agent for breaking several of its membership rules.  Dion Beard,...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agency fined after 'misleading' statements on its website

An estate agency has been fined after a trading standards team accused it of making misleading statements on its website. Warwickshire county...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

NAEA accuses agency of 'misleading the public' over membership

The National Association of Estate Agents has warned an agency that it is misleading the public by using the association logo...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Watchdog intervenes over London agency's portal advertising

The Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in to resolve a complaint about a small London estate agency’s online references to its...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

50-plus rebel agents release details of legal case against OnTheMarket

Over 50 estate agents in the rebel OnTheMarket Action Group have released details of a letter sent to the portal’s parent...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Decision Day - industry and wider public vote in EU Referendum

Members of the property industry join the rest of the country in going to the polls today to decide whether the...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Angels Media welcomes one of Britain's top property journalists

Angels Media, publisher of Estate Agent Today, is delighted to welcome on board one of Britain’s top property industry journalists, Marc...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

NAEA formally welcomes new President and Vice President

The National Association of Estate Agents has formally welcomed its new presidential team for the next year.  David Mackie succeeds Martyn Baum...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

What will happen to the housing market if Britain leaves the EU?

The sense of gathering momentum for the Leave campaign ahead of the upcoming EU referendum is causing high levels of uncertainty...

17 June 2016

From: Features

The current state of play in the property portal market

With more house-hunters than ever now starting their search for a new home by typically looking online on one of the major...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Should estate agents vote In or Out?

I pride myself as a logical person, so much so that it amazes me how most people seem to struggle to...

17 June 2016

From: Features

If your fees are justified, you shouldn't be afraid to publicise them

The old and eternal debate over whether or not tenant fees should be banned continues to rumble on. It’s a major concern...

10 June 2016

From: Features

Brexit – does anyone know, does anyone care?

The glorious thing about the referendum on our EU membership is that four weeks today it will all be over –...

27 May 2016

From: Features

OnTheMarket: consultant sets up action group of disillusioned member agents

An industry consultant says he has been asked to form an action group OnTheMarket member agents who are disillusioned with the...

11 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents say they are unmoved by OnTheMarket threat of legal action

Some estate agents who received a letter from lawyers acting on behalf of Agents’ Mutual say they will still not upload...

11 April 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket's rebel agents receive letters from Agents' Mutual lawyers

A number of agencies that joined OnTheMarket but subsequently stopped listing properties on the portal have received letters from a legal...

07 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent conveyancing course: Why we're not playing the blame game

Last month the news of the Conveyancing Association’s (CA) newly-launched progression training course for agents and mortgage brokers, reached the news pages...

18 March 2016

From: Features

Housing reviews: A little less conversation, a little more action...

As we all know, Peter Redfern is critical to the future of the British housing market and.... What? Wait? You don’t know...

13 February 2016

From: Features

OnTheMarket loses Gold member agency to Zoopla

It is reported this morning that OnTheMarket has lost one of its key early investors, the Gascoigne Halman agency which is...

10 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Zoopla sets date for next agency numbers announcement as finance chief quits

Zoopla has confirmed that its next date for announcing its agency membership totals - part of its ongoing rivalry with OnTheMarket...

22 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Property industry 2:1 against EU exit according to estate agency

A referendum vote to leave the European Union would pose a serious challenge for the UK property market, according to research...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

The Mansion Tax is back (but only for Labour party members)

There’s bad news today for Labour members living in homes valued at £1m or more - one of their own MPs...

15 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Sean Hooker, Head of Redress, PRS

Who are you? I’m the Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme. I previously worked for Legal & General PLC dealing...

23 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Could you be risking a fine?

There are a number of fairly recent regulations that agents need to comply with. One of them, now just over a year...

18 December 2015

From: Features

Some agents listing with OnTheMarket for free ahead of formal sign-up

Some agents are being offered the opportunity to list with OnTheMarket for free now if they sign a Letter of Intent...

11 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the end of an era

It was an end of an era in the property world this week. Christopher Hamer stepped down as the Property Ombudsman...

04 December 2015

From: Features

OnTheMarket still pinning its membership hopes on Letters of Intent

OnTheMarket - stung by recent lukewarm assessments of its track record - has repeated its faith in letters of intent from...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

OTM finds out what happens when 'rent a crowd' goes home

OnTheMartket (OTM) recently wrote to its membership saying how well its doing, how membership has increased beyond expectations and how it...

27 November 2015

From: Features

Firm paying vendors up to £800 now raising £5m to expand

Loyalty Street W1, a service that sends cheques to householders which they can cash if they then use a nominated local...

23 November 2015

From: Breaking News

City analyst says OnTheMarket growth has all but dried up

At least one City analyst has given a frosty response to a statement from OnTheMarket claiming that the new portal’s membership...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents expelled from Property Ombudsman over compensation dispute

Two more agents have been expelled by TPO because they failed to pay awards when ordered to pay compensation, and because...

11 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Central London agent in dispute with OnTheMarket over fees, leads, visits

A central London estate agent is in dispute with OnTheMarket over its leads, number of agencies on board, and visits from...

29 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Zoopla says 'return to growth continues' as it adds another 146 agents

Zoopla has added another 146 UK estate agents to its membership since July, taking the total of UK agents now to...

22 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Big rise in sales agents and online-only agents in TPO redress scheme

The Property Ombudsman, the largest and longest-established of three official redress schemes for agents, has recorded a significant rise in membership...

21 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Zoopla to provide latest figures on agency members this week

Zoopla says it will later this week give an update on the number of agents it now has as members -...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents' fees: CMA and TPO collaborate on new guidance to agents

The Property Ombudsman and the Competition and Markets Authority have prepared a supplementary guidance note to help agents ensure compliance with the Competition Act.  The...

14 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Mutual’s latest ‘letter of intent’: what’s in it for agents?

The consumer is King and to protect sellers and buyers' best interests estate and letting agents have to operate in the...

09 October 2015

From: Features

No denial of agency defections but OTM chief hits out at detractors

The chief executive of OnTheMarket has hit out at what he calls "detractors" who allege four multi-office agencies have quit the...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

TPO revises codes of practice to include consumer and deregulation laws

The largest of the three government-approved redress schemes, The Property Ombudsman, has updated its codes of practice to include new legislation...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Bank's review says agents may leave OTM but not all will return to Zoopla

A report by Barclays Bank based on a survey of the three major portals and interviews with estate agents shows that...

01 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Four multi-office agencies quit OTM for Zoopla, claims online agency

Multi-office agencies Stirling Ackroyd, Statons, Alex Neil and Cheffins are amongst those agents which have left OnTheMarket and returned to Zoopla...

01 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Sheffield: an example of how a local authority can enforce compliance

It’s been nearly a year since all lettings and property management agents have been legally required to join a redress scheme...

25 September 2015

From: Features

Portal wars: OnTheMarket and Zoopla figures conflict again

The war of words and statistics between rival portals continues apace as OnTheMarket says its visits hit a record last month according...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News

A call for questions from Alex Chesterman and Zoopla Property Group

What will Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) do if it is overtaken in agent numbers by OnTheMarket?  Does the acquisition of uSwitch risk...

04 September 2015

From: Features

OnTheMarket defiant but most analysts back Zoopla

OnTheMarket has made a defiant response to news that Zoopla is growing both its estate agent membership and its property listings...

13 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Zoopla reports rise in estate agency membership and listings

Zoopla is back in business with its trading update to the City this morning revealing that it has a net growth...

12 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Big week for portal rivals as Zoopla gives agency update

Zoopla is set to announce its latest total of agent members later this week. Back in May Zoopla revealed that it had...

10 August 2015

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket betters expectations with 5.2m visits in July

OnTheMarket has achieved 5.2m visits in July – an increase of 18 per cent on the previous month and ahead of...

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Advertising fees row: Property Centre still awaits CMA contact

The property centre in the middle of the latest controversy surrounding the Competition and Markets Authority says it is still waiting...

01 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Centre referred to competitions watchdog over advertising of homes

The Competition and Markets Authority is reported to have received two complaints about a property centre, accusing it of breaking anti-competition...

30 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide links with NAEA to boost association membership

Countrywide, the UK’s largest agency group, is teaming up with the National Association of Estate Agents in what both sides call...

23 June 2015

From: Breaking News

CMA tweets out warnings to agents over trade group rules

The Competition and Markets Authority has used Twitter to inform agents of the risks of joining trade assocaitons with loosely-worded or...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

It's time for OTM to drop the exclusivity rule

Yesterday we heard about the letter from the CMA warning agents about anti-competitive behaviour. Today, in a scoop for Estate Agent...

04 June 2015

From: Features

Zoopla: 23% drop in UK agencies, 11% rise in visits

Zoopla says it has lost 16 per cent of its global members in the year to the end of March -...

20 May 2015

From: Breaking News

5 ways to a better looking branch in 2015

It’s New Year – time for all those resolutions and good intentions. It’s a great time for all property professionals to...

08 May 2015

From: Sponsored Content

OnTheMarket claims 10m visits and 2,500 firms

OnTheMarket claims it has achieved 10 million visits to the site with 90 million page views in three months. The portal launched...

08 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Rival redress schemes report increased business

Two rival redress schemes applying to sales and lettings agents are claiming increased business.  A press release from the Property Redress Scheme...

30 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in referrals to The Property Ombudsman

There was a whopping 42 per cent rise in referrals to The Property Ombudsman last year according to the annual report...

21 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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