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Suzy Lamplugh suspect may be allowed home visits and day release

The convicted murderer and rapist John Cannan, who is the prime suspect in the still-unsolved murder of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh,...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to conduct extra legal checks on buyers

Agents are being advised to go above and beyond the legal requirements for anti-money laundering requirements.  Paul Offley, compliance officer for The...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC uses Rightmove and Zoopla to snoop on tax payments

It’s been revealed that HM Revenue & Customs scours the listings on both Rightmove and Zoopla to assess whether property investors...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New property tax - government releases draft legislation

The government has released details of a new property tax. It’s the Residential Property Developer Tax, first announced at the start of...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - the importance of additional revenue streams for agents

I recently took part in a webinar hosted by ICG (The Innovation Collaboration Group) – titled ‘New estate agency revenue streams...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC probe into suspicious property deals revealed in leaked files

Chancellor Rishi Sunak says HM Revenue & Customs will probe any alleged wrongdoing in property purchases included in the so-called Pandora...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC figures trigger fear of housing market slump

A leading market commentator is warning that transactions and prices will fall without the stimulus of the stamp duty holiday. Karen Noye,...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Preparing for 2022 – How current trends will affect estate agencies

As we move into the autumn of 2021, what the coming year has in store for estate agents is something we...

29 September 2021

From: Features

PropTech firm backed by Zoopla founder launches AML platform

A PropTech firm backed by Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman has launched a new anti-money laundering (AML) tool for estate agents. Thirdfort has...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - running, biking, tennis, golf and affordable artists' studios

We may be getting an extended summer but agents haven’t just been basking in the heatwave. There has been plenty of goodwill...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

How affordable is it to buy a new-build house?

Affordability has always been a hot topic when it comes to the property market, and this is doubly true for first-time...

22 September 2021

From: Features

Businesses, including agencies, hand back £1.3 billion in furlough money

New figures from HM Treasury have revealed that businesses, including a number of major agencies, have returned £1.3 billion in furlough...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Avoid sleepless nights by choosing the right sales and lettings software

We are living in the age of information. Our working and personal lives are underpinned by software, data and technology to...

04 September 2021

From: Features

Blockchain network Coadjute announces new partnerships

Blockchain network Coadjute has announced new partnerships with software firms. Coadjute launched in July and claims it will halve the time it...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC brings agents back down to earth - big drop in transactions

House sales slumped nearly two thirds last month as the main deadline for the stamp duty holiday passed.  HM Revenue and Customs...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warned after HMRC reveals protocol breaches

Propertymark has issued a warning to agents following the fines imposed on three property agencies by HM Revenue & Customs for...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour politicians blasted over “unsustainable” house prices

A nationalist party has blasted a Labour government in one national region of the UK for its lack of intervention in...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents fined by HMRC for breaches of anti-money laundering rules

Three property agents feature on the latest list of businesses in trouble for failing to comply with money laundering regulations. The list...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC targets property transactions after slump in tax income

HM Revenue & Customs is reported to be targeting recent home buyers after a slump in income from property taxes during...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Fixflo and MRI – A shared philosophy makes for a strong partnership

Guided by our philosophy of being open and connected, at MRI we are constantly evolving and developing relationships and partnerships with...

11 August 2021

From: Features

Market tectonics: will activity shift from sales to lettings?

The stamp duty holiday came and went with much fanfare. For many buyers it represented a rare opportunity to make some...

31 July 2021

From: Features

HMRC warns of “negative impacts” of Coronavirus on sales figures

HM Revenue & Customs has warned of what it calls the “negative impacts” of the pandemic on the latest property transactions...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Records tumble after Rightmove reports busiest ever half-year

The busiest first half of a year ever recorded by Rightmove has led to a raft of new records for the...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: how can agents ensure they don’t suffer costly missed opportunities?

Let it never be said that this column isn’t here to help out agents directly. In this week’s Natter, I speak...

17 July 2021

From: Features

EUROS: Heartache and tears - our Agent’s Report

A 3-2 loss on penalties. It’s sad and disappointing - desperately. Yet that gives way to pride when England’s performance across the whole...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revolutionary tech platform slashes time taken to sell a home

Coadjute, the long-awaited real-time network which uses Blockchain technology to sell a property, is launched today with its first property deal...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

What I’ve learnt from the Euros

Like many of you, I have watched a lot of football recently and I’ve enjoyed every minute. It has been an...

07 July 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Tax windfall for estate agents working from home during pandemic

Agency staff who worked from home at any point during the pandemic - even for just one day - can still...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this summer’s movers and shakers…

It may be the height of summer but the industry is still super-busy and new appointments continue to come thick and...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Book Review: The Ultimate Property Listing by Neil Whitfield

I recently saw a fly-through video for a home on sale for well over £2m. The imagery was good (made better by...

26 June 2021

From: Features

PropTech and the future of remote working

Working from home used to get a bad rap. With the phrase mocked as ‘shirking from home’, homeworkers were often seen...

23 June 2021

From: Features

Speeding sales, stopping fall-throughs: Big new PropTech investment

Amro Partners, the Build to Rent and student accommodation operator, has launched a venture capital arm investing in PropTech and FinTech. Amro...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Reform: Government dismisses call for change

The government has dismissed a call for reform of the stamp duty system, which would have meant the tax would apply...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket success: agency numbers up, in profit, repays furlough

OnTheMarket’s new chief executive has posted his first full year’s trading figures - and they suggest the portal is making progress...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

The Cladding Scandal – what do you need to know?

The Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017 exposed the dangers of inflammable cladding on residential tower blocks, and what has come...

05 June 2021

From: Features

Estate agents can now speed up their AML checks - here’s how

As estate agencies are covered by Money Laundering Regulations, agents are legally obliged to take customer due diligence measures to limit...

01 June 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Estate agents risk multi-million-pound fines if they don’t keep proper customer records

While running customer identification and verification checks is part and parcel of the onboarding process for estate agents, under UK anti...

01 June 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Some solicitors charge exorbitant fees to hit SDLT deadline, says top agent

One of the country’s leading estate agents claims some solicitors are charging exorbitant fees on transactions as they near the latest...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark: your voice matters, make sure it’s heard

In an industry which is faced with constant changes in day-to-day practices and even more so given the Covid terrain which agents...

22 May 2021

From: Features

Q&A with Jerry Walters – why the AML clock is ticking for letting agents

With property fraud on the rise and an ever-increasing number of transactions taking place in the lettings sector, having strict anti-money laundering...

22 May 2021

From: Features

Cutting through the noise – evaluating the volume of estate agent partnerships

We recently conducted a survey and discussion session with estate and lettings agencies called Agency panel - Cut through the noise...

22 May 2021

From: Features

Capital Gains Tax and Property Sales - report calls for overhaul

A report by the Office of Tax Simplification on Capital Gains Tax has called for a series of changes. They include extending...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Christopher Keen and Company Director at CDD Check Ltd.

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Christopher Keen and Company Director  What is ‘company name’ and what...

14 May 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Capital Gains Tax glitch hits property sales, says accountancy firm

Some sellers are suffering cash flow issues as a result of glitches in the Capital Gains Tax reporting system, according to...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

What are the key qualities modern consumers are looking for in estate agents?

Even before the pandemic, the estate agency sector was evolving considerably as a younger generation started buying, selling and letting homes,...

10 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Self-Employed Surge - agency has 100 new applicants since January

A company which was once an early adopter of using a central resource for self-employed agents working under its name, says...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Day in the life of Simon Brown, ESTAS founder

In a return to a favourite series of mine, as it gives an excellent insight into the very many facets of...

08 May 2021

From: Features

Capital Gains Tax fear for properties with dedicated home offices

An agent has contacted Estate Agent Today to issue what he calls “an urgent alert” about the risk of Capital Gains...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Vote, Vote, Vote - Housing and the 2021 Local Elections

Local elections rarely set the pulse racing and this year’s poll on Thursday faces a similar problem. But this time, it’s a...

01 May 2021

From: Features

The reality of RoPA – an alternative view on estate agency regulation

We have more regulations controlling the sector than ever before and we have more ‘regulators’ involved in controlling the sector than...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty receipts soar despite the holiday

If you’re worried the stamp duty holiday is denying the Treasury of much-needed income, think again. Stamp duty receipts soared to £1,196...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Second homes will create a “lost generation” claims nationalist

A nationalist candidate in next month’s elections claims there is a second homes crisis which may create a “lost generation” of...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Boom goes on as transactions and prices soar

The average UK house price has risen 8.6 per cent - that’s typically £20,000 - in the past year. This is the...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Virgin chief to chair Boomin as portal seeks £25m - report

Sky News is reporting that new portal Boomin is to announce the former chief executive of Sir Richard Branson’s business empire...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - will there be live property events this year?

The last property event I attended in person – and I think the last physical property event held all told –...

10 April 2021

From: Features

Multiple Dwellings Relief – what do property agents need to know?

Estate agents play a key role in identifying tax savings that can benefit all parties. If a purchaser can benefit from...

03 April 2021

From: Features

One year of Covid-19 – How have estate agents coped?

With March marking one year since the beginning of the first national lockdown across all four nations of Britain in response...

31 March 2021

From: Features

Boomin’s TV ads - see them here, two days ahead of launch

Here are the first three TV adverts for Boomin, the new property portal which launches on Friday.The new website launches early...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC's amazing transaction figures down to Stamp Duty and vaccine joy

Residential transactions totalled 147,050 last month according to HMRC - that’s 23 per cent higher than the previous month and an...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Limited property tax proposals unveiled by government

Some 30 tax documents have been released by HM Treasury this afternoon - a mix of responses to past consultations, proposals...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty receipts drop just 6% in the past year, despite holiday

Stamp Duty receipts for the year to the end of February fell just six per cent despite the high profile SDLT...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

The property sector needs to keep up with changing consumer behaviour

Last year saw a monumental shift in almost every aspect of our lives: not least the way we work, socialise and...

13 March 2021

From: Features

Mystery witness named in new Suzy Lamplugh documentary

Another TV programme will this weekend examine the fate of Suzy Lamplugh, the London estate agent who disappeared 35 years ago...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation – Data Sharing with LonRes chief Anthony Payne

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I speak with Anthony Payne, Managing Director and co-founder of LonRes, a data and network...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ delight as stamp duty extension helps another 300,000 deals

Much of the agency industry has reacted with delight at the extension of the stamp duty holiday deadline until June. Rightmove estimates...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surge shows signs of weakening says HMRC

Transaction totals took a tumble last month for the first time since last summer as HMRC figures suggest the stamp duty...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

How to ensure your letting business remains compliant

Being a letting agent today means keeping up to date with the long list of rules and regulations governing how a...

20 February 2021

From: Features

Revealed - Key challenges to agency businesses in 2021

Fixflo’s webinar on February 9 saw an industry panel debate 2021’s threats and opportunities for letting agents. The panel discussed a range...

20 February 2021

From: Features

Six week stamp duty holiday extension would help 160,000

The Chancellor’s rumoured six week extension to the stamp duty holiday has been backed by Rightmove. Over last weekend the Daily Telegraph,...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty rush provides agents with opportunity to generate additional revenue

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

16 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Shirty! Get your kids hot under the collar for a great cause…

Industry supplier Kerfuffle and high-profile training service Marvellous have launched a competition for the children of agents and suppliers. The kids are...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Mayhem: Is a six week extension long enough?

Agents and conveyancers are expressing doubt over whether a possible six week extension to the stamp duty holiday will be enough...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s time to stamp on stamp duty speculation

You can always tell when Budget day is approaching. There’s lots of comment from every imaginable quarter about what the Chancellor of...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Legal warning over little-known stamp duty technicality

There’s been a huge focus on both the stamp duty holiday and Help To Buy deadlines at the end of March...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Official data shows why phased end to SDLT break is key - top agent

New government figures show that stamp duty transactions in the final quarter of last year were 43 per cent higher than in...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New Property Tax Grab: Wealth tax supporters repeat call for levy

A group that last year floated the concept of a one-off wealth tax - which would include taxing main homes as...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate As It Happened - What MPs Said

Labour and Conservative MPs have expressed a unanimous view on their desire to see an extension of the stamp duty holiday...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Suzy Lamplugh: brother's new appeal for information, 35 years on

A new appeal has been launched to discover what happened to missing London agent Suzy Lamplugh. She disappeared in July 1986, aged 25....

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

What is happening to house prices during the third lockdown?

Homeowners staying at home during another lockdown are doing more than sharing memes of groundhog day or doing family quizzes on...

27 January 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty Holiday: Did market need it? Have buyers really benefitted?

A leading analyst is questioning whether buyers have benefitted from the stamp duty holiday because demand has purshed up prices far...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency and franchise giant announce expansion plans

A hybrid agency is appealing to corporate estate agents to jump ship and try its self employed business model. Mr & Mrs...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC names agencies breaching anti-money laundering processes

Estate agencies have been named by HM Revenue & Customs for breaching anti-money laundering regulations. The list of those breaching the rules...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Free training for Rightmove agents on AML due diligence

A customer due diligence training webinar is being held for Rightmove members next week. This is the third anti-money laundering training webinar...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 will not hold back Agents who are prepared to adapt

With the Government announcement this week of another national lockdown across England amid the surging coronavirus infections, it once again puts...

08 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Furlough Fraud: MPs want agencies and other claimants named

MPs want the government to publish the names of estate agencies and other companies claiming furlough funding. The all-party Public Accounts Committee of...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - backbone of our industry – the London way

Many independents will be based in the capital, but given its size and breadth they may get drowned out even more...

19 December 2020

From: Features

Banking barriers for start-ups and how to overcome them

Start-up letting agents looking to enter the market are finding it increasingly difficult to set up in business as banks point...

19 December 2020

From: Features

Online and super-prime agencies blasted by government report

Around half of all estate agencies selling homes for £5m or more have not even registered for anti-money laundering processes, and/or...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Suzy Lamplugh: TV show reveals ‘new witness’ 34 years on

A TV show relating the story of London estate agent Suzy Lamplugh will this evening reveal that there is a possible new...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

What leaving the EU means for anti-money laundering legislation

The coronavirus pandemic has somewhat eclipsed Brexit this year – which is no mean feat. Cast your mind back to pre-Covid...

12 December 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - a supplier, a climb, a competition, and awards

Hello and welcome to our latest doffing of the cap in honour of those in our industry fund-raising for great causes....

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

What should agents look for in a software provider in 2021?

If this year has taught us anything, it's that estate agents need their software provider and specifically their CRM, to help...

05 December 2020

From: Features

Agents can do more to speed up transactions by adopting technology

Recent debate about urgent need for reform and better collaboration within the property industry, has once again come under the spotlight...

04 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Stamp duty clampdown revealed by HMRC and advertising watchdog

HM Revenue and Customs and the Advertising Standards Authority are working together to cut out misleading marketing by promoters of stamp...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

What is blockchain and can it really help estate agents?

Property sales take a seriously long time to complete. There are a number of reasons for this, although often delays are...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Money in the bank – how can agents insulate their pipelines?

You probably don’t have to listen closely to hear estate agents across the country starting to cheer. It’s been a big...

25 November 2020

From: Features

Countrywide senior management in shock decision to quit the company

A statement this morning from Countrywide's board says both its executive chairman and its group managing director are leaving the company.  It...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - backbone of our industry: Golders Green to South Coast

As regular readers will know, the Natter kickstarted a series last time out zoning in on local independent agents – the...

21 November 2020

From: Features

Multi-million pound boost for PropTech bid to speed transactions

A PropTech platform that says it halves the time taken for transactions has just completed a multi-million pound investment round. Coadjute - which...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons’ management bonuses stay after ‘voting problem’ revealed

Foxtons has announced that its remuneration policy for senior management is to stay unchanged - and it says a voting problem...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - spotlight on independents: the backbone of our industry

Firstly, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Lockdown 2, as it’s being known, is now with us, but fortunately...

07 November 2020

From: Features

Will extended furlough help struggling agents and suppliers?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the furlough scheme until the end of March. It will continue under the current rules, with the...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - good works continue through the lockdown…

Hello and welcome to yet another Agents Do Charity, the weekly forum for the industry to share its good news on...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue agents flouting AML rules ‘will be prosecuted’ says NAEA chief

A leading board member of NAEA Propertymark warns a small number of rogue agents continue to flout anti-money laundering regulations - and...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough pay-back: Agency in talks with HMRC

Knight Frank is in talks with HM Revenue and Customs to return furlough money as a result of relatively strong trading, notwithstanding...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty receipts up despite first time buyer exemption

Figures just released from HM Revenue & Customs show just how much stamp duty buyers pay, at least before the current holiday...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping the property market moving

It’s been an unexpected year for the property market, shaped by the effects of the pandemic. We didn’t quite anticipate the...

27 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Top tips on how to ensure your AML procedures are up to scratch

The property market, and therefore, estate agents have been accused of being the 'weak link' in the UK’s money laundering defences. This...

27 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

How to Reach More Landlords Part 1

I was asked recently, how can an agent generate more landlord leads? Well that got me thinking, firstly, we have to...

27 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Revealed - the ‘so what’ of software integration

Integration, collaboration and connected platforms – some great buzzwords, but what do they actually mean and do they really help agents? One...

21 October 2020

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - latest news on the movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to the start of a new week and a new edition of Property Jobs Today, your chance to...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

No more Mr Bad Guy: the image of agents is getting a makeover

Lawyers, politicians, bankers, insurance sellers – no matter where you go, there are some professions that are just always going to...

17 October 2020

From: Features

How to make client accounting software migration a breeze

When letting agents are preparing to migrate from one piece of client accounting software to another, it can sometimes seem like...

17 October 2020

From: Features

Online agents and deals run bigger money laundering risks - government

The government has issued new guidance to estate and lettings agencies on their obligations regarding money laundering issues - and online...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

The importance of addressing Conveyancing earlier in the home moving journey

We all know that people can’t move to a new house without going through the Conveyancing process. However, with that said,...

14 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Do Charity … walking, in the mud, and with the Bulls

Hello again - the good news is it’s Friday and even better news is it’s Agents Do Charity, celebrating the industry’s great...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Is the property market more than on the road to recovery?

I’m sure I speak for most in the property industry when I say that back in March and April I had...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Disgraced agent pays £110,000 compensation but must pay more

A disgraced former estate agent has paid his victims around £110,000 but must pay another £5,000 or so in the immediate...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Victim of notorious agency price fixing hits out at lack of refund

One of the victims of a notorious estate agency price fixing cartel has spoken out against one of the offenders.  Christina Davis...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Transactions - there’s good news and there’s bad news…

The scale of the market bounce back after lockdown is made clear in new figures from HM Revenue & Customs. It registers...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents still struggling to open bank accounts

Letting agents are struggling to open new bank accounts and even large established letting agents with a long history of trading...

22 August 2020

From: Features

Purplebricks bonus bonanza despite anti-money laundering blunder

If anyone thought the days of Purplebricks bosses making millions were in the past,  think again. The chief executive and chief finance...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Nationalists attack agency for using English version of house name

A row is brewing over an agency which acted on a vendor’s request to use the English version of a house...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough Fraud: HMRC targets property firms for investigation

A law practice says HM Revenue & Customs is launching a probe into companies that have allegedly abused the Coronavirus furlough...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agents – here’s your cheat sheet for the next 90 days

One of the main points I’ve had reinforced to me from agent after agent over the last year of hosting a...

01 August 2020

From: Features

Vendor resorts to raffle after traditional sale falls through

A vendor who suffered a fall-through on the sale of his five bedroom home in West Yorkshire is now trying to...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Celebrating the different side of estate agency

Difference should be celebrated. But in our industry it rarely is. I was on the board of a large corporate where...

22 July 2020

From: Features

Is the housing market really storming ahead as some say?

Agents have almost unanimously been reporting a big surge in business since the reopening of the housing market, but new figures...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax - could it be applied to first homes over £500,000?

Speculation is mounting that Capital Gains Tax could for the first time be applied to gains made when owners sell first...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

“What I hate about corporate agencies” - hybrid chief tells all

The chief executive of a hybrid agency in London has revealed why he deserted big corporates to create his own company. Rollo...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

£41,000 award for agent discriminated against because of pregnancy

An estate agent has been awarded over £41,000 by an employment tribunal - after her offer to settle for £10,000 was...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom! Agency records highest ever number of offers accepted in a week

The post-lockdown surge in housing market activity has continued into its sixth week, as at least one agency’s indicators hit record...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ker-ching!  Stamp duty refunds soar during Coronavirus crisis

A tax and legal specialist says there’s been a huge rise in stamp duty refund cases between March and June -...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rush to digitise house buying process triggered by virus - claim

A company promoting a Blockchain platform with promises to speed up the buying and selling process claims the pandemic has proved...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Do we care that tech can now halve transaction times?

Tuesday mornings at 6am is usually my time to review all the latest PropTech news. This fires off ideas for my...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide branch faces police and HMRC threat after furlough allegation

The managing director of a Winkworth branch is threatening to report a senior member of a nearby Countrywide office to the...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech is the key to dealing with post-lockdown surge

The Covid-19 crisis has forced the UK property industry to rethink the way it operates. With little warning, the pandemic disrupted the...

03 June 2020

From: Features

Shock as house prices show largest monthly fall in 11 years - Nationwide

UK house prices fell by 1.7 per cent in May, after taking account of seasonal effects – this is the largest...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday - Zoopla shows how it could help the housing market

Zoopla’s head of research says a stamp duty holiday could encourage more home owners to move which in turn could help...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agency post-Covid-19: more evolution than revolution

The Covid-19 crisis hasn’t caused the revolution it has been reported to have. Despite the challenges it has brought, fundamentally, the...

27 May 2020

From: Features

Countrywide wants damages from mystery buyer who pulled out of deal

Countrywide says it is pursuing the businessman who failed to complete on the purchase of the troubled agency’s commercial arm, Lambert...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons shareholder rebellion expected at tomorrow’s AGM

There's widespread expectation that Foxtons’ senior management will face sharp criticism at the company’s Annual General Meeting today. The hottest issue at...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday? Momentum builds as law firm joins the call

A property law firm is the latest to back a call for a stamp duty holiday to help kick-start the housing...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

High demand awaits agents after the lockdown, HMRC data suggests

House sales edged down only slightly in March compared with February according to HM revenue & Customs, despite the lockdown in...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons furloughs 750 staff and slashes pay for high earners

Foxtons says it’s furloughed 750 staff and asked high paid staff earning over £40,000 to take a 20 per cent pay...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket furloughs over 20% of staff and defers credit arrangements

OnTheMaket has this morning announced a raft of what it calls ‘mitigating measures’ to help it survive the Coronavirus crisis. These include...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

NAEA/ARLA ask government to include commission in pay rescue deal

The NAEA and ARLA have jointly written to the government asking it to include agents’ commission in its plans to help those financially...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

How To Furlough - a key way to keep staff as we're Conquering Corona

Welcome to the latest edition of our daily service dedicated to advice and guidance on how agents can best cope with...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - portal offer, live events, mental health help

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Conquering Corona, our daily update helping the industry cope with the current crisis. If...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart under fire for “inhumane” and “disgraceful” sackings

There has been scepticism across the industry as to the motives behind an unspecified number of lay-offs and permanent branch closures...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Top industry figure criticises Spicerhaart sackings and closures

A senior figure in the industry has spoken out against the shock sackings and branch closures announced by Spicerhaart. Jon Cooke, chief...

21 March 2020

From: Breaking News

A Good News story - agent makes good on his hospital bed promise...

We all need some good news right now and thanks to Beresfords Property Group, we have one! The firm’s Witham branch manager, Jordan...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency rocked by large number of senior figures quitting

Estate Agent Today understands that the Knight Frank agency has been hit by a large number of branch office heads quitting...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds top agents quitting firm's landmark branch

Estate Agent Today understands that three senior figures have departed from a key central London branch of Knight Frank. Each of them was...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agent who swindled pensioner of £5,000 escapes jail

An estate agent who swindled a 69 year old woman out of £5,000 has escaped jail - and has been ordered...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how did agents advertise in the pre-portal days?

In the last few Natters I’ve focused on the slow death of local newspaper advertising, and how many agents are now...

29 February 2020

From: Features

Social Media: Agent sells home off-market via Instagram teaser images

An estate agent has sold a home off-market by posting teaser photographs on Instagram.  The buyer - who was in the French...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Up, Up, Up: transactions surge in early 2020 says HMRC

There’s been a significant rise in the number of transactions recorded in January - another sign of an improving housing market...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: vital sale appears stalled despite “imminent” claim

Countrywide is remaining silent over the stalled sale of its commercial arm. The troubled agency group’s share price dropped over 3.5 per...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today: a bumper bundle of movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to the start of a new week - and it’s been a frantic seven days since the last...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who will be the property disrupters of the 2020s?

The 2010s were a good decade for disrupters. Early on, Airbnb and Uber shook up the holiday lettings/hospitality and traditional black...

15 February 2020

From: Features

Controversial housing minister named as predecessor picks up thousands

The new housing minister is Christopher Pincher, who for the past decade has been Conservative MP for Tamworth having had a...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shock: Mystery delay in sale of part of company

Countrywide has revealed a mysterious delay in the sale of its commercial arm, Lambert Smith Hampton - a sale considered crucial for the...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce on hold? Swathes of London still in the doldrums

Coutts has identified areas of London where house prices are still below peak. Although the wealth manager and private bank says there...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Two agents banned from being company directors until 2025

It’s been reported that two founders of an estate agency at Leigh in Greater Manchester have been banned until 2025 after...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit challenges for agents and the property industry

Suddenly Brexit Day is nearly here. It may have taken three and a half years from the Referendum but the UK will,...

25 January 2020

From: Features

Humberts bought by consortium of franchise owners

It's been confirmed that Humberts has been sold for an undisclosed amount to a consortium of franchisees - and that the...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the agent posting Instagram pictures of clients’ houses

The high-end estate agent who has quit his post after being found to have posted pictures of clients’ houses on Instagram...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty receipts down again - agency demands government action

Data from HM Revenue & Customs shows tax receipts from stamp duty fell a further 5.2 per cent between 2018 and...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More market optimism as transactions enjoy end-of-year boost

The number of residential transactions rose by 6.2 per cent in December - an unseasonal increase - according to data from...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Security chief tells agents ‘more to do’ over money laundering

Estate agents and others in the property industry have much more to do to deter money laundering. That’s the view of a security...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2020?

After a year dogged by Brexit deadlock, political turmoil, and slow growth, estate agents’ confidence in the property market hit a...

04 January 2020

From: Features

Agents upbeat on better-than-expected sales figures

The number of residential sales rose 1.9 per cent to 102,050  in November compared to the same month last year, the...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: let’s talk about conveyancing

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

21 December 2019

From: Features

GDPR compliance - three key questions every agency must answer

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

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 November 2019

From: Features

Stamp Duty Reform: have the Conservatives got cold feet?

Pressure is building on the Conservative party to honour its previous commitment to reform stamp duty for British buyers and sellers...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Early Christmas gift for agents as transactions show surprise rise

Data from HM Revenue & Customs has revealed that residential property transactions have increased by 4.3 per cent year-on-year. In October 2019...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buckle-up: Bumpy few months ahead for housing market

House prices are forecast to dip as the year ends and stagnate at the start of 2020 according to the latest...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Ban all boards! Council wants government backing for blanket ban

A London council wants government backing for a borough-wide Section 7 direction - effectively banning all agents’ boards being erected without...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide investors calm after second compliance crisis in a year

Countrywide’s ever-patient investors appear to have been unfazed by the company’s latest compliance issue, which has led to a £100,000 fine...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax changes: owners advised to seek financial advice

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

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks, Housesimple and Yopa must merge to survive - claim

The former chief of an online estate agency says the top three surviving firms in the sector must merge if they...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Pioneer firm for self employed agents on the prowl for new recruits

One of the earliest British estate agencies to adopt the model of using self-employed or freelance agents operating under the same...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Autumn bounce for property transactions according to new figures

There’s been an encouraging increase in property transaction volumes according to new figures from HM Revenue & Customs. The total number of...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Why has Upad gone down?

Upad, the national online letting agent set up by entrepreneur James Davis has announced that it is “closed to new business”...

15 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

LonRes snaps up anti-money laundering training and compliance service

London-focussed business-to-business deal data service LonRes has acquired an anti-money laundering compliance consultancy specialising in residential and commercial property. Financial Crime Services,...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Small dip in transactions as market tries to shrug off Brexit blues

The annual number of property transactions edged down slightly according to the figures released applying to August. However, buyers and sellers email...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Former Emoov agency fined for anti-money laundering breaches

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

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s very hot stuff this week

Our first wonderful fund-raising agents this week are walking over hot coals - now that’s a dare for you. But you don’t...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agency’s administration to be extended for another year

A business site says an agency’s administration has been extended as insolvency specialists try to find its former owner to claim...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm launches anti-money laundering audit checks for agents

A PropTech firm is marketing anti-money laundering audit checks for agents to help the industry comply with tighter regulation. Identity verification business...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The price of property: charting the evolution of stamp duty

In the run up to his appointment as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson suggested that he might cut Stamp Duty Land Tax...

24 August 2019

From: Features

Big fall in transactions put down to Brexit and summer

Residential property transactions totalled 86,630 in July, representing a monthly drop of 8.5 per cent and an annual fall of 12.4...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

It Might Not Be A Popular Opinion But…

Innovate or Die. But What is Innovation? It Isn’t just PropTech A certain Mr Dick Whittington Esquire was once convinced that the...

22 August 2019

From: Features

What kit do I need for sensational photography?

Rightmove’s blog suggests that pro-standard photos can increase enquiries by up to four times, but how do you make great photos? You...

21 August 2019

From: Features

Jailed agent on sex offenders’ register for next 10 years

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

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Sort it out, Chancellor! Top agent leads attack on stamp duty chatter

One of the country’s leading estate agents is leading the calls on Chancellor Sajid Javid to sort out the government’s stamp...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Can €19 million disrupt an entire sector?

News this week tells of Zehomes, the German property management company, raising €13 million in Series-A funding, bringing its all-time total...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Why agents need to be queuing up for new premium instructions

The typical new real estate agency forms when an entrepreneurial high performer quits their job at a leading chain and sets...

17 August 2019

From: Features

Treasury grabs record Capital Gains Tax after buy to let sell-off

A record £8.2 billion was paid in Capital Gains Tax in 2017/18 - over £1 billion more than the year before.  The...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your weekly update on who’s moving where

Hello and welcome to PJT, breaking you in to the working week every Monday with news of the movers and shakers...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents beware as council cannot take search queries for six weeks

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

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The market’s in good shape, new mortgage figures suggest

Data from UK Finance, which represents most of the country’s lenders, shows that gross mortgage lending across the residential market in...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Early challenge for Johnson: “scary” transactions drop, prices set to fall

London and South East England are to see house price falls this year and only “very modest” growth in 2020 -...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

What now for the agency industry as Boris Johnson takes over?

Our own industry’s upheaval over recent years has been no less dramatic than the turmoil at Westminster. The political earthquake has seen...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Crooked swindler estate agent jailed - and the police are delighted

An estate agent who ruthlessly used his position as a prominent figure in the community to win the trust of vulnerable...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson considers asking SELLERS to pay stamp duty

Conservative Party leadership contender Boris Johnson has expressed an interest in switching the stamp duty burden from buyers to sellers. Until now Johnson’s comments on...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson stamp duty plans disastrous for one part of the country

A leading agent has suggested that some parts of the UK would face “a property exodus” if Boris Johnson’s proposals for...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - is a no deal Brexit real life, or is it just fantasy?

It’s now more than three years since the EU referendum result in June 2016, and we’re still no clearer on when...

13 July 2019

From: Features

Theresa May’s legacy - how has housing fared under her government?

Theresa May arrived in Downing Street some three years ago - but her premiership has not been a smooth ride. As she...

06 July 2019

From: Features

Transactions plummet - agents' fingers crossed for rest of 2019

The number of residential property transactions in May was a thumping 11.3 per cent lower than the same month last year,...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Can franchising help independents to futureproof their businesses?

Recent figures from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have revealed a rather worrying landscape for small business owners across the...

22 June 2019

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - key moves in and about our industry

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Property Jobs Today - the Monday slot where you can catch up with...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price rises on news of big new German investment

Purplebricks share price has risen over 10 per cent - at least temporarily - on news of a major expansion of...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing Market stagnating as Brexit rumbles on, HMRC figures show

The number of residential property transactions across the UK fell very slightly last month according to new figures from HM Revenue...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering: the key myths and misconceptions

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

18 May 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: has Purplebricks' bubble now officially burst?

Whether you love or hate it, Purplebricks has undoubtedly left its mark since arriving on the scene in 2015 – much...

18 May 2019

From: Features

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

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

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and good luck to Marathon runners this weekend…

The London Marathon may be just one of literally thousands of fund-raising events but we know it’s a favourite with many...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty plummets by £1 billion following surcharge backfire

New figures from HM Revenue and Customs suggest that stamp duty receipts have fallen by no less than £1 billion. The drop...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rising transactions show the market's still fighting back against Brexit

Residential property transactions rose 1.4 per cent in March, making them a healthy 6.8 per cent higher than in March 2018. Data...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - events agents need to keep an eye out for

With Easter now upon us (happy Easter, by the way, and hope you’re enjoying the long weekend, the Easter eggs and...

20 April 2019

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - all the latest key industry moves

Hello and welcome to Property Jobs Today - your final chance before the Easter break to catch up with the key...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Another property tax backfires on government as revenue plummets

HM Revenue & Customs is set to pocket £60m less from one of its property taxes than it forecast. An analysis of...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Can 3% stamp duty surcharge be challenged after tribunal ruling?

It’s being suggest that a recent tax tribunal verdict might just open the way to challenges to the three per cent...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Why stamp duty should be abolished and not just reformed

Over the last few years, there have a number of changes to the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) regime, which have...

23 March 2019

From: Features

Good news for agents as transaction figures defy Brexit blues

There’s good news from the market - property transactions increased by 1.7 per cent between the start of this year and February,...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The good, the bad and the future of property chain communication

Thinking about the state of communication across residential property chains is enough to induce a severe migraine. We work in a world...

20 March 2019

From: Features

40-year mortgages help buyers beat stricter affordability rules

Over 50 per cent of all mortgage products available to home buyers in the UK currently have a standard maximum term...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The government must stop using agents to carry out their dirty work

I don’t believe it’s unfair to state that our government, indeed, the entire political establishment is in some turmoil at the...

16 March 2019

From: Features

AML Fines for estate agents published

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

13 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Implementing your risk assessment

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

11 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

MPs want agents to be monitored by HMRC in 'dirty money' crackdown

The influential Treasury Select Committee says estate agents should be more closely monitored to ensure they abide by anti-money laundering regulations. In...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

MPs want agents views on anti-money laundering after shock HMRC swoop

HM Revenue & Customs has issued more details of its bid to encourage estate agents to combat money laundering in the...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What are HMRC looking for?

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

25 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Sluggish start to 2019 transactions, but there is a market out there…

The first set of figures for the year from HMRC show that there were 0.8 per cent more residential property transactions...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What is the risk?

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

20 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Scandal at surveying firm as court orders bosses to repay £182,000

A husband and wife pair of directors at a property valuation and surveying company have been ordered by the courts to...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Big fall in stamp duty 'take' shows reform backfiring on government

If former Chancellor George Osborne thought his 2014 stamp duty reform would produce more income for the government, it appears he...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: will the real Housing Minister please stand up?

Kit Malthouse has been making headlines this week, but – in keeping with his tenure as Housing Minister so far -...

02 February 2019

From: Features

Con-man agent jailed for swindling over £300,000 from company

An estate agent who stole per £300,000 from an estate agency spent the money on designer goods and expensive holidays -...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove's charges 'are good value for agents' insists ex-agency boss

Property industry commentator and former online agency chief executive Russell Quirk has defended Rightmove’s charges to agents, saying that compared to...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Why we need to be able to move when we want, not when we have to

A review of the housing market at present, particularly when it comes to purchase transactions, might not necessarily feel overly positive.  The...

26 January 2019

From: Features

Transactions dip over the past year according to HMRC figures

There were 102,330 residential property transactions in December - that’s up 3.6 per cent on the same month last year on...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s time to upgrade your AML armoury

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

16 January 2019

From: Features

Agents' pay scandal: Campaign demands minimum wage

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

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2019?

As 2018 draws to a close, it is fair to say that stretched affordability and uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations has...

29 December 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: Christmas gifts for the PropTech obsessive

For my final EAT contribution of 2018, I’ve put together a list of Christmas gifts that you could buy your PropTech-loving...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 December 2018

From: Features

Emoov lining up administrators - report

Sky News says the online estate agency Emoov is preparing to call in administrators in a last-ditch attempt to salvage its...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

 Landmark tax ruling could be good news for holiday home market

The holiday home market may still be struggling in the wake of the three per cent additional homes stamp duty surcharge...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auction buyers 'must pay stamp duty on reservation fee' shock

A consumer group which has already expressed alarm at some aspects of the so-called ‘Modern Method of Auction’ says it has...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Agents - here’s why you need to differentiate more

I remember renting flats when I was a 25-year-old negotiator at Foxtons. Many of you will remember my love for the...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency recruiting new franchisees with no joining fee

An estate agency that’s been commended for its flexible working has launched a recruitment drive for franchisees who would keep 75...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Portal claims it can help agents avoid some GDPR restrictions

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

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

32 years on, search underway for body of Suzy Lamplugh

Police have confirmed that a search is taking place at a property in the Midlands, in the hunt for the body...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Budget briefing - Seven things to watch for today

Perhaps it’s been our pre-occupation with Brexit, or on the other hand maybe we’re bored with politics, but this year’s Budget...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Sales dip slightly says HMRC - but supply up according to NAEA

Data from HM Revenue & Customs shows some 98,400 homes were sold across the UK in September - that’s slightly lower...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Bailiff’s notice in agency window signals another London branch closure

Another high profile estate agency office in London has closed - this time a branch of Winkworth.  The Richmond branch has been...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Dear Mr Chancellor…this is what we need on October 29…

I’ve spoken many times before of my desire to see government take property more seriously. For more than just lip service...

13 October 2018

From: Features

Treasury takes billions in stamp duty - and that’s BEFORE new surcharge

Figures released by HMRC over the weekend show another huge rise in stamp duty going to the Treasury - and that’s...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is it time we had digital connectivity ratings for the home?

I am a patient man; a pacifist. Yet there is little in life right now that would satisfy me more than...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

How can the modern agent use print marketing to their advantage?

Over the last 10 years, so much has changed within the marketing sector, including the surge of mobile use, the way...

19 September 2018

From: Features

Agent in court this week over HMRC issue as fate of firm still in balance

The estate agent behind the troubled high end Sanderson Young company is reported to be appearing in court this week as...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency banned from taking credit for historic testimonial

A website claim by the London estate agency Moveli has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority after a complaint from...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents warned not to underestimate anti-money laundering and GDPR

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Devastating impact of stamp duty revealed in buying agency's data

Data from the buying agency Black Brick reveals just how big an impact has been made by the additional homes stamp...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions slump prompts call for government action

The number of property transactions in July fell 3.2 per cent on the same month last year according to seasonally adjusted...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reported to be facing fresh financial crisis

Sky News is reporting that Countrywide faces a new crisis - this time over senior management remuneration, particularly for its executive...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: could it really be snapped up by Foxtons or Connells?

Rumours abound over the future of Countrywide, which lost further share value on Friday, closing very slightly down on the day...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The buzzwords of modern property

Hello again from Italy. Only another week or so left out here, working every day from the same table at my...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Anti-money laundering regulations and data protection

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

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

By George! Osborne re-appears to defend his stamp duty reforms

The former Chancellor George Osborne - architect of drastic stamp duty reform - has come out fighting to defend the tax...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty receipts plummet £317m over the past year

An analysis of HMRC stamp duty statistics for the second quarter of this year suggest that receipts are down 13.8 per...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and the heatwave's coming back...

Our glorious endless summer has a return visit to many areas this weekend - but it’s still not too hot for...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Connells Group pre-tax profits dip, blaming difficult market conditions

Connells Group - which now says it’s the country’s largest estate agency by market share and numbers of homes sold -...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t fall foul of anti-money laundering rules

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

28 July 2018

From: Features

Mixed messages: transactions slump again but London prices improve

The latest transaction figures from HM Revenue and Customs make depressing reading - a three per cent drop between May and...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? Blog 3

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

09 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks the largest UK estate agency: 'So what?' says stock market

The stock market and at least one City analyst have shrugged their shoulders at the claim by Purplebricks that it is...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 2)

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

02 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 1)

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

25 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Anti-money laundering checks can be conducted remotely via app

A new anti-money laundering app has been launched which allows agents to conduct checks remotely.  The app allows access from devices -...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as Suzy Lamplugh's father dies without knowing who killed her

Paul Lamplugh, the father of estate agent Suzy who was presumed murdered 33 years ago, has died - tragically, without ever...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – marketing magic, Mr T and GDPR fever

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

02 June 2018

From: Features

Buyers are overpaying the stamp duty surcharge, says national agency

National estate agency Jackson-Stops claims that the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional homes is still confusing buyers, despite being in...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: yet more for government despite 69,000 first time buyers

Figures from the Treasury suggest that the annual revenue from stamp duty for the year to the end of March is...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: agents bucking the high street downturn

Maplin, Toys R Us, Carpetright, Warren Evans – what do they have in common? All are well-known high street chains that...

21 April 2018

From: Features

Capital Gains change could create “compliance nightmare” warns tax expert

A proposal by HMRC to speed up HMRC Capital Gains Tax payments for residential property sales could create a “compliance nightmare.” The...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves around our industry...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, our regular Monday look at key moves inside our industry. Everyone mentioned here...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agents - Ignore building regulations at your peril

With reports continuing to focus on a slowing property market and an understanding that not enough properties are being marketed for...

31 March 2018

From: Features

GDPR Weekly: Do you need consent for direct marketing?

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

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Eight months to make a difference to UK housing

One day, I’ll sit down to write for Estate Agent Today and I won’t express my dismay at the lack of...

24 March 2018

From: Features

HMRC wins ruling over scheme claiming to cut stamp duty on homes

HM Revenue and Customs has won a key ruling concerning a tax avoidance scheme promoter which claimed to be able to...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - books, sailing, and a lot of work for the homeless

Thanks very much to everyone getting in touch to publicise their efforts for good causes: we’re always delighted to help. Just let...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Treasury set to rake in record CGT this year - with more to come

A forecast suggests HM Revenue & Customs will rake in no less than £8.8 billion in Capital Gains Tax in 2018...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome latest evidence of robust start to sales in 2018

Agents have welcomed more data suggesting the 2018 market is enjoying a robust start. Last week Rightmove reported a record number of...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest news about agents on the move

Hello and welcome to the latest Property Jobs Today, our round-up each Monday of key job moves within estate and letting...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Why agents should look to online auctions in a challenging market

Between October and December 2017, some £822 million worth of UK residential property was sold at auction, according to the Essential...

07 February 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: There’s no better time than now to invest in VR

I had an interesting meeting last week with a VR company called Garou. Based in New York, they claim to have...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Increase in agents using GPS to protect against assaults and accidents

Data from a firm specialising in lone-worker protection suggests that there has been a 27 per cent increase in the number...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares struggle as theory emerges on Platt departure

If Countrywide thought its fortunes would immediately improve following the departure of chief executive Alison Platt, it has to think again...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions dip as credit agency gives pessimistic view of housing market

The number of transactions last year dropped to 1.22m - a minor 0.8 per cent drop on the year before and...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents fined hundreds of thousands but they're not made public, claims NAEA

Estate agents have been hit with six- and seven-figure fines under new anti-money laundering and anti-tax evasion regulations according to the...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2018?

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

30 December 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks launches new TV and social media advertisements

Purplebricks once again used the Christmas period to launch new TV and social media advertisements.  In one, the hybrid agency debuted Mr...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: A to Z of the property industry for 2017

As we hurtle towards the end of 2017, it’s time to reflect on the year that’s just been.   Even better, this property-based...

25 November 2017

From: Features

Anti-money laundering regulations – collaboration is key

A new EU crackdown on money laundering requires estate agency businesses to adopt a collaborative approach if they are to avoid...

11 November 2017

From: Features

Chaotic stamp duty system means HMRC refunds £10m each month

HMRC has refunded £185m to some 15,000 house buyers since the introduction of the stamp duty surcharge in April of last...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Major finance company joins call for stamp duty reform

The largest mutual life pension and insurance company in the UK has added its voice to growing calls for stamp duty...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: pressure building on government for more reforms

Pressure is continuing to build on the government to reform stamp duty in next month’s Budget. Firstly a group of senior financial...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Reform high-end stamp duty and whole market would benefit - top agent

If the government slashed stamp duty for the country’s most expensive properties the entire housing market would benefit, an estate agency...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Mr Bruce’s message of hope

When Kenneth Bruce, co-founder of Purplebricks, published an emotional post on social media this week, my first reaction was; what a...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Three reasons why we need stamp duty reform

Whenever any research is released, part of me can’t help thinking of that old adage, ‘lies, damn lies and statistics’ especially...

02 September 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty: new analysis shows burden falling on Southern England

Analysis by the Nationwide suggests that the proportion of UK-wide stamp duty payments paid by purchasers in the south east of...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Could tax be the excuse to introduce national private rental licensing?

It’s not just the evenings drawing in that marks the approach of autumn - it’s also the return to work of...

26 August 2017

From: Features

Transactions down says Lloyds, while HMRC data shows static market

The number of existing home owners moving house fell two per cent in the first six months of 2017 compared with...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Not just stamp duty: Treasury gets record Inheritance Tax income

An analysis of data from HM Revenue and Customs reveals that inheritance tax paid by UK families has topped £5 billion...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Jail for investor who did not declare capital gains when selling up

A Hampshire property investor who failed to declare Capital Gains Tax from the sale of properties evading £157,725, has been jailed...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - a short history of estate agency

Property has been changing hands for centuries, but when did estate agents as we know them today – with their branches,...

04 August 2017

From: Features

What does Agents’ Mutual’s proposed flotation mean for agents?

I hate to be the guy to say ‘I told you so’…but I told you so! It seems that my predictions...

04 August 2017

From: Features

Transactions down, says HMRC, as it reveals long-term stamp duty effect

The number of transactions in the housing market has fallen for the third successive month - and for the first time...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Reviews - Agency complaint about Purplebricks upheld by watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint over a Purplebricks website statement featuring testimonials from clients; the complaint was made...

05 July 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

Boutique hybrid agency plans 20 similar operations in local areas

A distinctive boutique estate agency that describes itself as a hybrid between traditional and online operators, and which set up a...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

Theresa May’s call for a snap general election on June 8 took many by surprise. But estate agents have been broadly...

03 June 2017

From: Features

Government trousers 16% more stamp duty despite transactions dip

HMRC says there has been a five per cent drop on the number of transactions attracting stamp duty in the first...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech group gets barrister's opinion over online agents' duties

As debate continues over the merits of upfront fees against post-sale commission for agents and consumers, the fledgling UK ProperTech Association...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Transaction volumes rally according to latest figures from HMRC

Property transactions rose marginally in March this year, up 0.5 per cent on February’s total according to figures from HM Revenue...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market review

In recent years the mortgage industry has gone through some testing times. Recession and regulation have led to more stringent lending...

08 April 2017

From: Features

The world is your oyster! Q & A with AIPP’s Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson, CEO of AIPP – Association of International Property Professionals – shines a light onto the international property market. Some UK...

01 April 2017

From: Features

4 Reasons Why Virtual Furnishing Really Is The Future

It seems prop-tech is exploding at a scary rate, and the latest brands are all trying to grab our attention by...

17 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget this week pledging extra funding for the NHS, transport in the Midlands and the...

11 March 2017

From: Features

Why no stamp duty reform? Angry agents ask Hammond

Estate agents are angry that Chancellor Phillip Hammond made no attempt in his first Spring Budget to reform stamp duty -...

09 March 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

Money Laundering: HMRC to work closely with Trading Standards

HMRC and the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team have agreed new procedures to “enhance and ease the current flow of...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

What's in a name? Well, if you're Mrs Fenn and Mrs Wright...

It’s a public relations dream come true. The new Sudbury branch of the East Coast independent agency Fenn Wright has secured a...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Guarantee blue skies! Bad weather doesn’t mean bad photos when you use Doctor Photo

Annoying isn’t it. You take on a stunning property, agree a compelling asking price and your Vendor is desperate to get the...

02 February 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Agents' Mutual case: tribunal chairman rejects documents request

The Competition Appeal Tribunal hearing involving Agents’ Mutual and Gascoigne Halman, set to start tomorrow, has had a last-minute twist with...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why people crave instant gratification

Instant gratification is nothing new. It’s been around for millennia. It’s an in-built survival instinct for humans – that want, that...

28 January 2017

From: Features

Why more US investors are looking for UK property

Following the election of Donald Trump, there has been a rise in the number of United States investors searching for property...

25 January 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Annual transactions highest since 2007, says HMRC

The latest HM Revenue and Customs figures show that there were 1.23 million property transactions in 2016, the highest figure recorded...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Transactions down 7.3% in the past year, according to HMRC

Data from HM Revenue & Customs shows that the sale of residential properties rose a marginal 0.8 per cent last month...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

March 8 is next date for bad (or good) news on property taxes

The government has announced that its next Budget will be on March 8 next year. Until recently, Budgets and their ‘mini-me’ Autumn...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2017?

Following a strong start to 2016, particularly in the lower to middle range of the UK housing market, that lasted up...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Prime London in prolonged phase of stagnation warns estate agent

Becky Fatemi of central London estate agency Rokstone says prime areas of the capital are to suffer a “prolonged phase of...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

The market is dead, long live the market

Listening to all the coverage of the tenant fee ban, all I hear is consumer groups talking about how some agents...

26 November 2016

From: Features

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

Stamp duty change 'means HMRC to miss revenue target' says agency

Recent stamp duty changes have resulted in a substantial decline in transaction numbers and HM Revenue & Customs missing its revenue...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

National newspaper launches campaign to slash stamp duty

The Daily Telegraph has this morning launched a campaign calling on Chancellor Phillip Hammond to slash stamp duty. The newspaper - a...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

30 years after her disappearance, we still have to learn from Suzy’s story

Suzy Lamplugh was just 25 years old when she disappeared whilst working as an estate agent in London in 1986. She’d...

07 October 2016

From: Features

Treasury stamp duty income falls across UK - but not in London

Despite dire warnings from some estate agents that stamp duty receipts for the government would plummet in London, it now appears...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

'Transaction levels remained steady over summer' – HMRC

Provisional figures from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs show there were 109,630 residential property transactions in the UK during August.  The figure is...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - in taxis, on bikes and up mountains

Despite storms in the North and September sun in the South, estate agents haven't been deterred from giving their all for charity this...

16 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

How can Agents survive in an increasingly competitive market?

The key lies in improving your customer experience through technology For Agents, the tremendous growth in online estate agents highlights a strong...

13 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Win new vendors by advertising internationally

What is Properstar? Properstar helps UK estate agents cross the chasm from local to global in respect of advertising their properties. Using...

16 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Halve your website costs

Paying too much every month for your website? Move your website to us and we guarantee to halve your monthly bill I want...

16 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Rating agency worried over Brexit effect on buy to let purchases

An investment report from credit ratings agency Moody’s suggests it is concerned about the effects of Brexit on the housing market,...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

What is ‘Compliance in a Box’ all about?

With ever increasing obligations, estate agents know that compliance matters now more than ever.  However, being able to obtain access to the...

12 August 2016

From: Features

Conveyancers join call to scrap stamp duty in bid to bolster market

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers has become the latest body to call for the scrapping of stamp duty to give the...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Squeezed activity shows why we should be grateful for new PM

What a month it has been. By the time you read this, we'll have a new Prime Minister, a new Cabinet,...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Stamp duty surcharge: too early to say if holiday home market is hit

Countrywide says it is too early to say whether the stamp duty surcharge introduced in the spring has had any significant...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

HMRC reveals vast drop-off in sales after stamp duty deadline

The latest figures from the HMRC show the scale of sales market drop-off following the surge in purchases by buy to...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

How do you comply with money laundering regulations?

A fair amount of scaremongering has been going on when it comes to money laundering checks, with the eye-watering fines issued...

14 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

LonRes and Eversheds launch anti-money laundering service for agents

London transaction data company LonRes and law firm Eversheads are launching an agent-to-agent anti money laundering compliance service for LonRes subscribers.  The...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents' jobs saved after administrators called in at high-end firm

The jobs of 32 estate agents working at a high-end chain have been saved after the firm and its assets were sold...

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency chief says sellers need to be more realistic with their asking prices

The head of one of the country's largest estate agency chains has urged sellers to be more realistic with the asking...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing transactions break pre-MMR record

Conveyancing transactions hit a post-recession high during the first quarter of 2016, according to new figures. Search provider Search Acumen's analysis of...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

April mortgage lending hits eight-year high - even after SDLT deadline

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £18.5 billion last month - the highest April figure since...

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

20% rise in transactions by 2020 - if only things hadn't changed...

Conveyancing firm My Home Move has come up with an interesting view of how the housing market could look if -...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

FCA wants much more consumer choice in the mortgage market

The Financial Conduct Authority is to encourage lenders to give would-be buyers more choice in the mortgages available. In the Responsible Lending...

17 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says stamp duty fall-out acts against first time buyers

A modest 0.4 per cent rise in average asking prices over the past month conceals a nasty surprise for first time...

16 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Over 40 agencies agree to fund joint litigation against Agents' Mutual

Over 40 separate estate agencies have agreed to join forces to fund litigation against Agents’ Mutual, parent company of OnTheMarket. The firms represent...

13 May 2016

From: Breaking News

What does Sadiq Khan’s victory mean for housing in London?

The new mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged to do all in his power to help make London “better” after...

12 May 2016

From: Features

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

Money laundering ID – what to do when acting for private individuals

Conducting Customer Due Diligence on clients and beneficial owners is a requirement for all estate agents.   The articles in this series...

06 May 2016

From: Features

Stamp duty surge may keep prices rising until summer - agency

Estate agency Connells says the buoyant start to 2016 created by investors trying to beat the April stamp duty deadline may...

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

London mayoral election: A referendum on housing

The race to replace London Mayor Boris Johnson has entered its final few days, and like never before, housing is the...

29 April 2016

From: Features

Cash is now king in prime London market says agency chief

Buy to let investors and second home owners were behind three in five property purchases made in prime London during the...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Money laundering customer due diligence: Beneficial owners

Straightforward money laundering customer due diligence (CDD) is a worry for agents, but then also having to identify beneficial owners and...

23 April 2016

From: Features

HMRC reports whopping 70% leap in transactions thanks to SDLT surcharge

There was an extraordinary 70 per cent leap in residential transaction volumes in March this year compared to the same month...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Court demands agency should pay thousands owed to recruitment company

A London estate agency has been ordered by a court to pay £3,600 to a recruitment firm after a dispute over...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency accuses traditional agents of 'hiding' VAT on fees

Online agent House Network has accused unspecified numbers of traditional estate agents of hiding their VAT fees.  A statement from the agency...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Treasury grabs huge increase in Inheritance Tax thanks to rising property values

Inheritance tax receipts taken by HM Revenue and Customs jumped to a record high of £4.6 billion in 2015-2016 according to...

06 April 2016

From: Breaking News

String of agencies announce new offices and expansions

The traditional spring season of expansions and new offices continues apace with a series of announcements in recent days. Essex-based Balgores Property...

04 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Money laundering customer due diligence on buyers – is it an obligation?

There is a substantial amount of misunderstanding over this question, which needs clarifying.   In general terms, the Money Laundering Regulations require...

01 April 2016

From: Features

It's not all doom and gloom, says agent who won money laundering appeal

The firm which this week announced it had won a landmark money laundering appeal case says it's not all doom and...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Naivety is a becoming a real headache

The property market is racing ahead, but not everyone who wants to be part of it appears to want to keep...

12 March 2016

From: Features

Tightening up money laundering obligations is a really bad idea

Money laundering compliance is the hot topic at the moment, with various organisations making statements about the need to change and...

04 March 2016

From: Features

Conveyancers issue warning: Stamp duty surcharge likely to delay transactions

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers is calling on the government to reconsider the three per cent stamp duty surcharge being introduced...

08 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty and buy to let tax changes: Readers' views put to David Cameron

In January readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were given the opportunity to give their views on proposed...

25 January 2016

From: Features

50 years Man & Boy: Celebrating half a century in the industry

I started work in 1966 in Exeter with Fox & Sons then moved to a local company in Honiton soon after....

22 January 2016

From: Features

OTM Fury Road(Show)

I'm sure most of you have seen, or at least heard of the Mad Max series of post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasies.  The latest...

18 January 2016

From: Features

New year. New look?

Let Mid West Displays get your window in shape! Never underestimate the power of high street presence. Image is everything, and what...

14 January 2016

From: Sponsored Content

'Inspirational Agent' award won by agent who helped family of dying vendor

Hannah Gill from Newman Estate Agents in Rugby has won a new award for ‘Inspirational Estate Agents’ after helping the family...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Tax return threat to small agencies will be debated by MPs this month

The prospect of quarterly tax returns being imposed on some businesses - including small estate agencies and other small firms servicing...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

The CHAPS debate: This needs to be discussed in adult fashion

A riposte to Rob Hailstone's article: 'C'mon CHAPS, Don't be faized'. Good Day, and a late Merry Christmas. Sorry for the delay in...

08 January 2016

From: Features

Anti-Money Laundering: HMRC webinar for agents to be held next week

HMRC is staging its next anti-money laundering webinar for estate agents next Wednesday. Entitled ‘Customer Due Diligence for Estate Agency Businesses’ it...

07 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Will small agencies be hit by Osborne's four-times-a-year tax returns?

There are fears that a little-publicised proposal could mean some of the country's smallest estate agencies would have to file tax returns...

31 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Festive photos and a Merry Christmas from us (but we're here tomorrow…)

We know that many agents will be shutting up shop at the end of today for a well-earned Christmas break -...

23 December 2015

From: Breaking News

50-day wait for a mortgage threatens transactions, warns NAEA

A typical 50-day wait for a buyer to receive a mortgage offer “increases the risk that sales will collapse and puts...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Open letter launches fierce criticism of failed conveyancing portal Veyo

There has been a fierce attack on failed conveyancing portal Veyo, in the form of an open letter from one of the...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

C'mon CHAPS, don't be Faized!

Earlier this week removal man Matt Faizey had an article published by Estate Agent Today in which he commented about the...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Property ownership is fine – if it’s on an industrial scale

I’m sure I’m not the only estate agent confused by the Government’s approach to residential property ownership. Many of the current ministerial...

04 December 2015

From: Features

Customer Due Diligence for the Property Sector

“Estate Agents have been highlighted by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) as under reporting relative to their vulnerability to money...

03 December 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Hybrid estate agency to 'pop-up' in an interiors shop

A company that describes itself as a hybrid between a traditional and an online estate agency is opening a new branch...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Private sales website announces January marketing campaign

The private sale website EMOH has announced that it's to have a "hard hitting marketing campaign" in the New Year in...

23 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer jailed for stamp duty fraud

A conveyancer who swindled his clients and HM Revenue and Customs out of almost £352,500 in stamp duty land tax, has...

18 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Why the NAEA is right to tighten money laundering screws

News from the Halifax this week that the combined values of the residential properties in London amounts to £1.13 trillion, virtually...

13 November 2015

From: Features