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Conveyancers want estate agents licensed and sellers to compile log books

A conveyancers’ trade body has told the government that it wants the house buying process to be modernised by having estate...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Senior Tory wants 50% of new London homes reserved for Britons

Chris Philp, a Conservative MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chancellor Phillip Hammond, says 50 per cent of new homes in...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Five things that didn’t happen in 2017

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

16 December 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: things to look out for in 2018

Another new year is nearly upon us and, once we’ve got the season of mince pies, mulled wine, pigs in blankets,...

16 December 2017

From: Features

Merry EATmas: Day 18 of our online advent calendar

We're now well into December and the online advent calendar from Estate Agent Today continues to throw up surprises - and great...

16 December 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks: Estate Agent Today's experts look behind the latest figures

Here it is - the industry’s verdict on the latest set of figures from Purplebricks. The agency doesn’t play by any of...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the strictly nearly Christmas edition...

Christmas is just around the corner and we’re all looking forward to a break - but before then we know many...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

O Come, All Ye Agents ... Christmas wreaths and a natty tree

We’ve been running our Christmas pics for almost two weeks now and we hope they’ve helped readers get in the festive...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing market flat as supply reduces for 22nd month in a row

The housing market remains flat as it heads towards 2018 according to the latest snapshot survey by the Royal Institution of...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: revenue soars as agency claims 74% of online sector

Purplebricks’ latest trading statement for the six months ending October 31 claims a large rise in revenue, its number of UK...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Bitcoin is technology, not just currency

Bitcoin has smashed into the headlines again recently with major news outlets describing the ever increasing worth of this wildly volatile...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Advertising watchdog slaps down House Raffle competition wording

The Advertising Standards Authority has told the organisers of a house raffle that they must not repeat a promotion because of...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir benefits from complementing agency with financial services

The UK’s largest property franchise group, Belvoir, says it is reaping rewards from its acquisition of Brook Financial Services and its...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech consolidation starts as two high-profile firms form partnership

PropTech start up OneDome, which supplies online booking and mapping tools, has teamed up with live chat service provider Yomdel in...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks listing on OnTheMarket? - no comment from both sides

Both Purplebricks and OnTheMarket are keeping their powder dry on speculation that that hybrid agency is going to list on the...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Your Festive Offices - three more agencies featured today...

We have images from three more agency offices to show you today as the pictures keep rolling in - thanks so...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency predicts 3% London price drop as affordability worry kicks in

The investment service arm of international ratings agency Moody's is warning that affordability issues are likely to lead to a slowdown...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Home owners think moving house has become much harder recently

Some 62 per cent of current home owners feel that moving house has become more difficult over the past 10 years...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Will OTM float or sink?

Yesterday morning OnTheMarket confirmed its IPO plans but with no firm date. The question remains on whether the float will be...

11 December 2017

From: Features

OnTheMarket announces float details - but no timetable yet

OnTheMarket has announced some details of its IPO and the launch of its stock market flotation - but it has given nothing...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: is it about to increase its share of the online market?

Financial analysts over the weekend have been giving their view on Purplebricks, which later this week issues its figures for the...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Festive fun: our first Christmas video and a snowy Santa scene

There’s been no let up with your generous sharing of your Christmas decorations - thanks for sending so many in. With under...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

'Come on Rightmove and Zoopla - what's stopping you?'

The man behind a PropTech company has blasted Rightmove and Zoopla for failing to emphasise 360-degree virtual tours - the feature recently...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

allAgents v Purplebricks - major announcement expected

allAgents, the review website in dispute with Purplebricks, says a “major announcement” is expected about its next step in the saga...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Physical’ High Street agency becomes latest EweMove branch

James Hillier and Rob Bearsby, who have operated Apex Residential at Bexleyheath in London for the past 14 years, have switched...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New website allows agents to sell properties via online auctions

It’s been a trend developing in the past few months - estate agents increasingly flirting with the idea of selling homes...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Friday's Festive Photos - and we've got the keys to Christmas...

Here are two more of your terrific images from your offices - they have really given us a feeling of Christmas...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

'Half of home movers feel lack of control' says conveyancing sector firm

A company supplying the conveyancing industry claims that new research reveals 55 per cent of home-movers are frustrated by a lack...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the just-two-weeks-to-go edition

Just a fortnight today we’ll be packing our bags and preparing for a well-deserved but all-too-short festive break...but until then, there’s...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

First 'associate' joins freelance estate agency scheme

A former Hamptons International and Savills agent is the first to join a ‘freelance agency’ set up in prime central London. In...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Watchdog defends 'informal resolution' of complaints over online agencies

Outspoken estate agent Chris Wood has criticised the Advertising Standards Authority for its succession of ‘informally resolved’ judgements on complaints against...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Today's festive office pics: a teddy-tastic tree and Christmas houses

Here are some more absolutely stunning images from your offices as they mark the approach of Christmas - what a cheery...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

HM Land Registry reveals details of faster, more automated conveyancing

The HM Land Registry has revealed more details of long-term plans to improve and speed up conveyancing processes in a five...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Do we need to maintain professional relationships anymore?

Property has always been an industry built on a foundation of personal relationships. Deals made, promotions gained, clients won, portfolios grown;...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency recruits digital expert and former MTV boss

Online property platform Settled, which claims its customers receive their first offer in an average of 17 days, has announced two...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

London prices to dip again in 2018 although UK-wide prices to rise 1%

One of the last major estate agencies to give its forecast for 2018 says London prices will drop another 0.5 per...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New OnTheMarket contract ‘imposes restriction on acquisitions’

The new contract for firms joining or re-signing to OnTheMarket is reported to have a restriction on acquisitions. It is said to...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

High-end international agency aims to resume London operations

John Taylor, a high-end international estate agency which until earlier this year had a presence in London, says it intends to...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

allAgents pours cold water on Purplebricks' reviews link with Feefo

allAgents, the specialist review website which has had a bitter dispute with Purplebricks, has poured cold water on the hybrid agency’s...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Congratulations! The winner of free tickets to the Agents Giving Ball is....

Many thanks to all of our readers who entered our competition to win tickets to the Agents Giving Ball this coming...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the 25 people doing the most to spread the PropTech word

The LendInvest PropTech Influencer List has been revealed, naming the 25 figures in the property world that have done most to...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property wealth: More bad news for the young

It’s not breaking new ground to say that younger people have what many regard as the raw end of the deal...

02 December 2017

From: Features

Carbon monoxide myths: what do letting agents need to know?

Landlords are being urged to step up and ensure that all rented properties and accommodation meet recent laws relating to carbon...

02 December 2017

From: Features

UK housing: All change...or not as it turns out

Here we are again: another much anticipated Budget has been and gone and, yet, still nothing much has changed! Yes, of course,...

02 December 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks - now it links up with second customer review service

Purplebricks is to work with respected review website Feefo - in addition to keeping its controversial existing link with Trustpilot which...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says buyers take eight minutes to decide to purchase

Foxtons says it takes just eight minutes for a purchaser to know whether they will go ahead with buying a home.  The...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Ho Ho Ho - more pictures of your festive decorated offices

Agents look like they’re getting into their decorative strive - here are two more terrific-looking offices sent in by our readers. If...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for new-build buyers to retain 2.5% of price 'to improve quality'

The consumer group HomeOnwers’ Alliance says buyers of new build homes should be able to retain 2.5 per cent of the...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - last chance to win FREE tickets to Agents Giving Ball

Today’s the big day when we make our draw for two lucky Estate Agent Today readers to attend the prestigious Agents’...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Government to consult on a single Ombudsman across all housing issues

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

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reviews: peace talks with allAgents website end in failure

Hybrid agency Purplebricks and website allAgents have failed in their bid to reach agreement over the accuracy and source of a...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

First sale completes under new Conveyancers Code for Completion

The first residential transaction has taken place under the so-called Conveyancer’s Code for Completion - a new procedure in which the...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Christmas pictures are here! Agents begin to decorate their offices...

We’re delighted to say that the first estate agency pics have arrived as the industry unravels the tinsel and gets out...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Transactions fall but LSL still shows bigger-than-expected revenues

LSL Property Services - which includes Your Move, Reeds Rains and other high street estate agencies - batted away any housing...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG announces record visits and increased agency membership and listings

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

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agent deposit/conveyancer scheme claims 100% completion rate

Online agency Settled is introducing a deposit scheme which it claims will assist sellers and buyers reach completion faster - and...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The battle of the reports

Hands up if you’ve read all of the property reports that have been published in the past week or so? Forever...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Chains getting more fragile as market weakens, warns estate agency

The London-focussed estate agency Cluttons says chains in central London are becoming increasingly fragile thanks to general uncertainty in the wider...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL's 500 agency branches sign up to ZPG for another five years

LSL Property Services - which has high street brands including Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - has signed...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London house prices reach a record 14.5 times average earnings

Data from Hometrack shows that the gap between average earnings and house prices has reached an all-time high in London.  The price...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief says housing market help should be 'tenure-neutral'

Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt says she welcomes the government’s scrapping of stamp duty for first time buyers purchasing homes under...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

So here it is ... send us your Christmas office photos and videos

Black Friday’s over, November is nearly down and out - now it's a case of wrapping up warm until Christmas. Which brings...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Another high street agency offers auction option to vendors

Earlier this month Fine & Country announced it was to offer an auction option to vendors - now the Surrey agency...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty income to fall but house prices to rise, says official forecast

Figures from the independent Office for Budget Responsibility suggest that house prices across the UK will rise by 3.1 per cent...

27 November 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

Property industry reacts to the Autumn Budget

Earlier this week, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the Autumn Budget with a strong focus on housing.  The decision to cut stamp duty...

25 November 2017

From: Features

Government tweaks 'additional homes' stamp duty surcharge

The small print of the Budget has revealed that the government is to make minor changes to the ‘additional homes’ three...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Let's dance! Your chance of FREE tickets to the Agents Giving Ball

Training for Agents Giving’s Strictly Come Dancing event is now entering its final two weeks - and Estate Agent Today readers...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - just four weeks before Christmas...

Four weeks today almost the entire industry will be finishing work for Christmas after another year - and ready to start...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty change - government defines 'the first time buyer'

The government has defined the ‘first time buyers’ who will benefit from its immediate scrapping of stamp duty for FTB purchases...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Scepticism at long-term benefit of Budget housing measures

Housing may have taken centre stage in the Budget but most of the industry appears to remain sceptical of whether the...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform, more new homes, possible longer tenancies

Stamp duty reform for first time buyers has taken pride of place in the Budget speech of Chancellor Phillip Hammond.   From today,...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: How Augmented Reality has gone from zero to hero

As Augmented Reality (AR) and Microsoft’s Hololens showcase the finest in modern architecture, it’s time for me to think again about...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Investment analyst's pessimism over OnTheMarket customer base

Global investment bank RBC Capital Markets says OnTheMarket has the potential to undermine the pricing power of Rightmove and ZPG -...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The winners are.... this year's Relocation Agent Network awards

Members of the Relocation Agent Network are celebrating after a successful annual awards event in London, combined with keynote conference sessions...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

AllAgents extends bid to raise £50,000 to fight possible Purplebricks action

The website AllAgents has extended its deadline to raise £50,000 for possible legal costs should Purplebricks take action over disputed reviews. The...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit is damaging London agents and market, warns global giant

Coldwell Banker, the huge US-based international estate agency business, is warning that Brexit is beginning to damage the market and the...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech experts to debate how moving and buying could be improved

A round table will take place tomorrow between some of the country’s leading PropTech experts and the British Property Foundation to...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents should ‘counter media idea that it's an unaffordable market’

A housing market expert says agents should be more pro-active and explain to the public that contrary to popular belief, some...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget to reveal massive housebuilding programme ... again

Another Budget, another pledge of new house building: it appears from statements made over the weekend by Chancellor Phillip Hammond that...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Free offer to agents to use platform giving them online presence

A firm which offers a white-labelled online estate agency platform which can be used by otherwise-traditional agencies to provide a Purplebricks-style...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

The housing industry has set out a list of demands in advance of the government’s hotly anticipated Autumn Budget on Wednesday.  Despite...

18 November 2017

From: Features

A Short history of Stamp Duty

British politics is extraordinarily volatile right now and the ongoing battle between austerity and anti-austerity, Leave and Remain, and Conservative and...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Should agents pay for an increased Trading Standards budget?

A large part of the DCLG’s Call for Evidence on the home buying and selling process focuses on the role of...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Budget is make or break for London market, says investment firm

The London residential market is at last improving - but faces a make or break situation with next week’s Budget according...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Firm’s record month in increasingly-competitive auction market

Auction House says it sold more properties in October than during any other month in the company’s 10 year history. The firm...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we’d love your Children In Need photos...

It’s one of the biggest days of the year for fund-raising in the UK, and we know many across our industry...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks shares dip below 300p - 40% down over four months

Purplebricks’ share price value yesterday dropped below the 300p, over 40 per cent less than its high point over the recent...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want government hand-out to modernise house buying

A conveyancing body says it wants the government to allocate “a small fund” in next week’s Budget to promote research into...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

easyProperty backs switch in stamp duty for first time buyers

easyProperty, the online agency, says stamp duty should be paid by sellers and not by first time buyers. The online firm’s head...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Prices to stagnate in 2018 amid widespread uncertainty, says agency

Jackson-Stops predicts that average UK house prices will remain flat in 2018, with stamp duty, Brexit and political uncertainties taking their...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Another tech company claims to be speeding up conveyancing

A search company called Big Property Data says it is working with 15 major institutions to provide automated property reports aimed...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Most senior Tory MP yet says she's open to stamp duty reform

Nicky Morgan, a former Cabinet minister and now chair of the highly respected Commons' Treasury Select Committee, is the most senior...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

15-branch agency rejoins ZPG as analysts slate OnTheMarket

The 15-branch Henry Adams agency has signed up to ZPG, just the day after the portal group said it had seen...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Will eMoov’s no-sell-no-fee inspire others?

Online estate agent eMoov recently set itself apart by directly addressing the issues of openness and transparency that have long dogged the online business...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Prices rise strongly in north and south west as London lags again

House price growth has been strongest in the north west of England according to the latest government figures from the Office...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir raises the stakes in Property Franchise Group merger bid

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

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide online 'pause' is unforgivable says leading analyst

Countrywide's decision to 'pause' the roll-out of its online option for sellers and landlords is "unforgivable and dumbfounding" according to a...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

More agencies report slowdown in price growth and sales

Your Move and Reeds Rains, both part of LSL Property Services, are the latest agencies to admit a slowdown in house...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London agency bucks market woe by extending eastwards

Currell is defying any gloomy predictions about the capital's housing market by opening a new office at Hackney Wick Fish Island. Currell...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild links with ESTAS to bring customer service into 2018 awards

The Guild of Property Professionals is partnering with the ESTAS to introduce greater customer service elements into its 2018 awards. Gold and...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Q&A with Moneypenny Receptionist Josh Tanton

What does your role involve? By answering my estate agent clients’ telephone calls, I assist in their day-to-day office needs.  An...

13 November 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Former NAEA chief ignored by minister and asks: 'Is he in hiding?'

Former National Association of Estate Agents president Simon Gerrard is renewing his campaign for the government to adopt two innovative reforms...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says sellers over-price and should be more realistic

Sellers have launched "their own sale" in response to the stagnating market by slashing asking prices according to Rightmove - but...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country offers vendors an auction option from next year

Fine & Country is to offer auction sales options to vendors in its 200 offices from next year. “The modern method of...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Supply of homes coming to the market slumps once again

The supply of homes coming to the market has slumped again according to a monthly survey conducted by online agency HouseSimple. September...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – here’s how to drive traffic, convert and monetise

Winter seems to be firmly with us now, if the plunging temperatures are anything to go by. After a ridiculously mild...

11 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

Selling ‘off-grid’: helping agents with alternative fuels

In the UK, there are over 3.9 million homes situated in off-grid areas with no access to mains gas, so it’s...

11 November 2017

From: Features

EweMove says one franchisee has earned £500,000 in a year

Online agency EweMove - part of The Property Franchise Group, which recently failed to agree merger terms with Belvoir - claims...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Pause of online roll-out does little to help Countrywide share price

The much-expected pause in the roll out of Countrywide's online service to vendors, confirmed yesterday, did not appear to impress investors. Countrywide's...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New leasehold reform Bill to help those stranded in their homes

Labour MP Justin Madders is working on a Private Members' Bill creating leasehold reform in a bid to help leaseholders who, he...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New appointments announced by several agencies

Despite growing concern about the health of the housing market, a string of estate agencies have made appointments this week. Connells Residential...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the first Pudsey-tactic edition...

There's just a week to go to Children In Need, the UK's largest fund-raising event of the year - as we...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebel agent quits NAEA and makes string of allegations

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

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New 'For Sale By Owner' site by-passes agents and charges £65

A new website which completely by-passes all kinds of estate agents and allows vendors to upload details of their own properties...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

70 per cent of homes sell for below asking price, says RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has issued a downbeat snapshot of the current housing market with "subdued sales trends" across...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals strong despite growing housing market worries

Mortgage approvals are well above last year's levels despite concerns about the health of the housing market.  There were 66,185 mortgage applications...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New raffle-a-house website will name the winner on TV

The raffle-a-home gimmick appears to be gaining strength with the arrival of a new website - Rafflemyhouse.com - which will also...

08 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

PropTech Today: Differentiate or die - Airbnb’s messy ecosystem

The rise of Airbnb has been majestic, going all the way from conception to becoming a common noun in less than...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

House Buying Review pushes PropTech firms into action

The government's call for evidence from agents and others in a bid to improve the house buying process has pushed some...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

How can agents use the interest rate rise to re-engage with clients?

We recently witnessed the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) increase the base interest rate for the first time since...

07 November 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks tells City and investors we're on course for 2017 targets

Purplebricks has issued the briefest-of-brief statements to the City and the company's investors to assure them it is "on course". The latest...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

easyProperty 'local property professionals' to undergo training

easyProperty is teaming up with training organisation Estate Agency All Stars to offer training programmes to its 400 'local property professionals' across...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The future? Another vendor wants a buyer to use Bitcoin

The owner of a penthouse flat in London says he is willing to accept the cryptocurrency Bitcoin - providing the buyer...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents are not professionals claims Times consumer journalist

The consumer affairs correspondent of The Times has savaged High Street estate agents because of the commission they charge when compared...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents facing biggest change in history of data protection regulation

A roadshow is being launched to help the industry tackle what is being described as “the biggest change to affect estate...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the last fortnight might not matter

It’s something of an understatement to say it’s been a busy fortnight for the industry in terms of announcements, consultations and...

04 November 2017

From: Features

Market analysis: Is the North-South divide outdated?

The notion of a North-South divide in the UK has been around for as long as I can remember – certainly...

04 November 2017

From: Features

Financial crime – are estate agents at risk?

The spread and sophistication of financial crime in the UK in recent years has been unprecedented.  Figures from UK Finance show that...

04 November 2017

From: Features

'One in eight transactions in 2017 has been subject to gazumping'

Some 12 per cent of transactions in England and Wales so far this year have been subject to gazumping, being sold...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills' gloomy market warning on sentiment, Brexit and interest rates

Savills has given a pessimistic outlook for the mainstream housing market for the next five years.  It says average house prices across...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Ladbrokes boss puts a bet on Agents' Mutual and OnTheMarket

Chris Bell, a former chief executive of bookies’ organisation Ladbrokes, has been named as the non-executive chairman of Agents’ Mutual as...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a bumper sparkler edition...

Winter really is the time for fund-raising - and thanks for letting us know exactly what you are up to to...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Base Rate UP - how will it affect the housing market?

The Bank of England has raised the base rate from 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent. The Bank’s monetary policy committee was...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Video and marketing bid to promote No Sale, No Fee agency model

The Guild of Property Professionals is launching a marketing campaign to promote the benefits of the No Sale, No Fee estate...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Dismember me this way: your final Halloween pics and videos

As ours attentions turn from pumpkins to bonfires, a final thank you from all of us at Estate Agent Today for...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The 'Golden Age' of house price growth is over, admits estate agency

The first of the major estate agency research teams to offer a forecast for the 2018 market has kicked off the...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir makes new bid to push merger with Property Franchise Group

The latest volley in the war of words between Belvoir and The Property Franchise Group has been hurled - this time...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buying Reform: call for legally-binding Reservation Agreements

An influential consumer group has responded to the government’s commitment to reform the house buying process by advocating legally-binding reservation agreements...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Central London market recovering from stamp duty damage - claim

Central London’s housing market is showing a recovery from price falls which followed stamp duty changes in 2014 and 2016 according...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of agents admit sales process is out of date

A survey conducted by the National Association of Estate Agents reveals that 79 per cent of agents regard the current home-buying...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild agents to have ID cards indicating training credentials

The Guild of Property Professionals is to allow its associate members to have ID cards showing clients that they have passed...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals for buyers down for second month in a row

As the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee consider whether to increase base rate later this week, new figures from the...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: four more complaints about Purplebricks filed to watchdog

Estate Agent Today has been told that there are four more complaints filed to the Advertising Standards Authority about hybrid agency...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Halloween - more fangtastic agents' pics from the crypt...

The industry appears to be embracing this year’s Halloween celebrations like never before - tomorrow’s the big day but we’ve got...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

NAEA under fire over absurd claims about solar panels

A recent National Association of Estate Agents press release suggesting solar panels were among the “top things” to devalue a home...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Jostling for position: battle of the property portals continues

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

28 October 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: here’s why crowdfunding is the future

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

28 October 2017

From: Features

Government should be wary of introducing goodwill agreements

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has launched a consultation on proposals to reform the house buying...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Estate agents’ commission – some common failings

The Estate Agent’s Act 1979 is rapidly approaching its 40th anniversary, yet still agents make mistakes and can all too easily...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Agency tells government: probe gazundering as well as gazumping

The government should take a close look at gazundering as well as gazumping in its review of the house sales process,...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Halloween Gore-fest! More photos and a video of your celebrations

Thanks so much for sending in more photographs of your branches as they prepare for Halloween. We have some here but want...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

63% of homes in parts of London on sale for 12 months or more

Garrington Property Finders says some two-thirds of homes in two high-value parts of prime central London have been on sale for...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and you've got an extra hour to do it...

A gentle reminder to everyone that the clocks ‘fall back’ an hour this weekend - meaning we have an extra hour...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Foreigners banned from buying homes: could it happen here too?

New Zealand’s new Labour prime minister elect has banned non-resident foreigners from buying existing homes anywhere in the country in a...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Buoyant mortgage lending fuels talk of interest rate rise next week

New figures from UK Finance, the umbrella body for finance houses, show gross mortgage lending in September rose to £21.4 billion...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers take a bow at first ESTAS awards for the sector

Three hundred of the UK’s top conveyancers have celebrated the success of the industry at the first ever ESTAS Conveyancer Awards. The...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: agency wins advert dispute over Local Property Experts

Complaints about a Purplebricks claim concerning its Local Property Experts have been rejected by the Advertising Standards Authority. Complaints came from PDQ...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Avoiding the Trough of Disillusionment

With more news of PropTech investment, this time with Spotahome and Nested, one can’t help but wonder if this boom period is...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Platform allowing agents to 'rival Purplebricks' wins PropTech support

Two of the leading lights in the growing Proptech sector are now working with a company which has a product it...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Most London house prices falling in real terms, says Hometrack

London house prices are stuck in neutral according to the latest figures from property consultancy Hometrack, which says values in the...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Agents worried about 2018 should sell up now' advises analyst

An industry analyst says some agents may find it tough to survive in 2018 if they’re hit by a double whammy...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers are piloting HIPs-style 'Digital Home Reports'

The Conveyancing Association says some of its members are piloting HIPs-style Digital Home Reports in a bid to reduce fall-throughs and...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild launches marketing tool to lure vendors from rival agencies

The Guild and Fine & Country are launching what they call “an automated prospecting service” to enable members to target sellers...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers and searches in firing line of new government probe

Conveyancers and the speed of local council searches have come in for criticism as details have emerged of the government’s consultation...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Government has no ideas at all #idiots' - industry reacts to probe

There has been a wide range of views from trade bodies and individual agents on the government’s surprise ‘call for evidence’...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Unique data shows it takes average 201 days to move home

A breakdown of data from over 4,100 agents has revealed that it takes on average 201 days to move home, from...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran celebrates 20 years at same property group

David Westgate, group chief executive at Andrews Property Group, has been presented with a long service award in recognition of his...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Government launches consultation into house buying and selling

The government has launched a consultation this weekend calling for evidence on how to make the home buying process “cheaper, faster...

22 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation isn’t a substitute for action

Another week, yet more consultations - the agency industry can’t complain about not being asked for its views recently. The latest were on...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Will Purplebricks ruling end agents’ purple mist?

So at last someone has woken up to the fact that Purplebricks needs to be clearer about how it charges for...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty tinkering will make the whole process more complicated

With the Budget just over a month away, the steady stream of ‘leaks’ continues to grow as journalists and the industry...

21 October 2017

From: Features

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

Franchise agencies continue war of words over merger terms

Statements from The Property Franchise Group and Belvoir continue to ramp up the war of words between the two agency groups...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - our salute to the industry's heroes

It’s been a big week for property news - controversies surrounding Purplebricks, merger discussions between big franchise operators, and another government...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir reveals wish to merge with Property Franchise Group

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

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks says it's more transparent than almost any other agency

Purplebricks has told Estate Agent Today it is more open about its business than almost any other agency and stridently rejects criticism about...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents just aren't ready for GDPR legislation, lawyers warn

The UK estate agency and construction industries are not ready for the huge workload and responsibilities involved in the General Data...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Halloween - we want your blood-soaked photographs please...

You may think there are enough horror stories going around the agency industry and Britain as a whole right now -...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks TV ads declared 'misleading' after complaint over fees

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that two TV advertisements for Purplebricks cannot be shown again in their current form because...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New analysis shows Purplebricks' massive domination of online sector

A long-standing traditional agent says the real success of online agencies is not their share of the market but that they...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise on the cards after house price hikes fuel inflation

Analysts believe a rise in the Bank of England base rate is on the cards next month as a result of the...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Getting cosy with the winners MIPIM NYC winners

Last week was MIPIM PropTech Summit 2017 in New York, and it was the most oversubscribed to date - proof of the...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Last chance for agents to shape the digital future of the industry

This is a final call for estate and letting agents to have a say on what may be one of the...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Teenage online boss says his estate agency is already one of UK's biggest

The 19 year old boss of online agency Doorsteps claims that his website has sold £100m worth of homes, currently lists...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells in new ZPG deal as portal boss says more acquisitions to come

ZPG has announced that Connells is the latest major agency chain to sign a long-term deal with its portals Zoopla and...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Sales of flats in London have collapsed 47% in one year, says agency

Estate agency James Pendleton says the sales of flats across London have collapsed 47 per cent in only a year -...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Theresa May's right hand man to address agency's forecast event

A man dubbed as Theresa May’s ‘brain’ when he worked in Downing Street has been invited to speak at the annual...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Government to hold housing summit tomorrow as it scrambles for ideas

It has been revealed that the beleaguered government of Theresa May is to hold a summit at 10 Downing Street tomorrow...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Asking prices show biggest October rise since 2014 says Rightmove

Asking prices have risen by an average of 1.1 per cent or £3,432 in the past month according to Rightmove.  This is...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Transactions plummet 20 per cent in one year, says Your Move

Annual house price inflation is 1.3 per cent according to Your Move - even though prices dipped 0.1 per cent in...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Slow progress for crowdfund appeal to mount legal fight over Purplebricks

The crowdfunding appeal by review website AllAgents to mount possible legal action against Purplebricks appears to be making relatively slow progress. As...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New 'speed sharing' format for agents' national conference

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

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Weekend reading: The future’s digital – have you had your say?

As we outlined in our EAT and LAT stories earlier this week, we (Angels Media) are seeking responses from estate and...

14 October 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: reputation, renewables and an online revolution

They say presentation is key (something that Theresa May now knows all too well after her calamitous conference speech). But equally...

14 October 2017

From: Features

Record staff interviews and avoid unnecessary tribunals

Employment tribunal fees could soon become extinct, after the Supreme Court ruled they were an obstacle to the ‘access of justice’.  Once...

14 October 2017

From: Features

A new type of hybrid agency - with a high street touch-screen

A new firm has launched in Surrey describing itself as “the premium hybrid estate agency” with an innovative presence on the...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Put your home on market by Tuesday if you want to move by Christmas'

The HomeOwners’ Alliance says vendors must put their homes on the market no later than Tuesday if they are serious about selling by...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Search is on for PropTech Influencers of the Year

The UK PropTech Association and specialist property lending platform LendInvest have joined forces in the search for the PropTech world’s most...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - this week, mostly for children

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

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty ‘could be linked to energy efficiency’ says minister

A minister has floated the idea that stamp duty could be reduced on homes where sellers have improved energy efficiency. Climate Change...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Speculation grows over Agents' Mutual float timetable

Agents’ Mutual is officially making no comment on the timetable for the company flotation but speculation within the industry is mounting...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Buyer enquiries and sales now flatter than any time since Brexit vote

The latest RICS market survey shows that buyer enquiries and transactions slipped back last month with expectations pointing to “a subdued...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Michael Bruce' chips in for AllAgents legal bid against Purplebricks

A donor with the name ‘Michael Bruce’ has contributed - at least a little - to a fighting fund for review...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering: only 1 in 300 foreign deals triggers a 'red flag'

One one in every 300 property purchases by overseas buyers trigger a so-called ‘red flag’ with the National Crime Agency -...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed: price per square metre variations in England and Wales

Homes in the most expensive area of England and Wales cost 25 times as much as in the cheapest area, according...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Remind your clients: UK agency fees are competitive

There’s much said in the mainstream press about estate agency fees and how costly they can be for consumers. But one point...

11 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

OnTheMarket emails suggest shares 'lock-in' is not compulsory

It appears that OnTheMarket member agents can, if they wish, opt out of the five year ‘lock in’ share agreement and...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Remember who you are dealing with

If an industry, which is going through a major change is going to truly implement change at every level, it must...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Auctioneer bucks market and Brexit with improved business

Auction House says it has enjoyed a rise in its volume of lots sold this year, despite what it admits is...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Fee-fixing: CMA sets out what agencies can and cannot do and say

The Competition and Markets Authority has set out precisely what agents and other companies can and cannot do in the event...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform at heart of NAEA's ideas for next month's Budget

Stamp duty reform lies at the heart of the submission by the National Association of Estate Agents ahead of next month’s...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Homes that sell do so quicker than in 2012, says Rightmove

The housing market may appear sluggish at best in many areas but data from Rightmove suggests it’s now quicker to sell...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Q&A with Moneypenny Receptionist Amanda Beck

What is your experience in the property industry? I worked in estate agency for 12 years before joining Moneypenny and really enjoyed...

09 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Management buy-out for Reapit with major new PropTech investment

After some months of speculation within the industry, high-profile supplier Reapit has confirmed today that it is the subject of a...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Prominent Tory wants stamp duty switched from buyers to sellers

Conservative MP John Stevenson is the latest to throw his weight behind switching the burden of stamp duty from the buyer...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents - how are you coping with digital modernisation?

Angels Media and a property technology consultancy are joining forces to conduct the first-ever survey into how agents and other property...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide HR chief to explain staff feedback and benefits policies

A senior figure in Countrywide’s management team is to explain the troubled group’s benefits policy to a conference of other employers. Neil...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents upbeat after index shows unexpected house price rise

House prices across the UK have jumped by an average of 4.0 per cent in the year to September says the...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Back To The Future: a short history of rent controls

Like many of Labour’s recent policy proposals, its call for rent controls leaves more questions than answers.  There has been widespread criticism...

07 October 2017

From: Features

Party conference season - A housing plan for UK Plc

And so concludes another party conference season.  We’ve followed the great and the good (both terms are debatable) around Torbay, Bournemouth,...

07 October 2017

From: Features

Warning: Don’t fall foul of competition rules after CMA fines

The decision by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to fine five estate agents for engaging in a price fixing cartel has...

07 October 2017

From: Features

Agency beefs up London presence ahead of potential headwinds

Carter Jonas has made three key appointments to beef up its London team. Simon Scott has joined as an associate partner in...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New-build glut adds volatility to improving central London market

Respected buying agency Black Brick says there is evidence that prices in prime central London may be stabilising and transactions volumes...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the falling leaves edition...

It’s not just that the days are shortening and the occasional smell of smoke lingers in the evening - the weather...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Pre-completion fall-through rate now up to 28% says quick-buy company

More than one in four house sales across England and Wales fell through before completion in the third quarter of 2017...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Dismay as Tories admit extra housing cash means only 25,000 homes

The Conservative party, in a press statement released to clarify comments made by Theresa May, says the government’s proposed extra £2...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: adviser says the odd detractor doesn't diminish success

The research director of an investment firm which has advised Purplebricks says the “odd detractor” who doesn’t sell their home does...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

London agency Douglas & Gordon embraces hybrid part-online model

London’s long-standing chain Douglas & Gordon is the latest company to embrace the concept of the Purplebricks-style hybrid estate agency. The company’s...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Blockchain - who are the key players?

In his PropTech 3.0 report, Andrew Baum dedicated an entire section to blockchain; it was titled: ‘Blockchain is coming – get...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New board appointed for agency after acquisition by French bank

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

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

England's new homes shortfall 'will exceed one million by 2022' - claim

England faces a growing gulf between new build completions and new households being added to the population according to a new...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

UK agency commission amongst lowest in world, new survey shows

UK estate agency commission levels are amongst the lowest in the world according to a league table compiled by an international...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

London council wants to levy first-ever mansion tax on high-value homes

A Conservative council in London says it is to be the first local authority in the UK to levy a voluntary...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons founder's home soon to be worth a reported £100m

Jon Hunt, the billionaire founder of Foxtons, has come out on top in his bid to dig down -  he has...

03 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

Purplebricks: investment website raises questions over its profitability

Investment website The Motley Fool says comparisons between forecast and actual profits reported by Purplebricks suggest the company’s position isn’t -...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry criticism of Tories' monumental mistake in boosting Help To Buy

Figures in the property industry have sharply criticised the announcement made at the Conservative party conference to pump an estimated £10...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Veteran agent loses employment tribunal after giving false evidence

An estate agent with a career of nearly 24 years has lost his employment tribunal after a judge ruled he gave...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

More London house price woe but UK market is stable - Nationwide

UK house price inflation is now running at a modest 2.0 per cent but London's housing market has recorded its worst...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Why Uber’s troubles are reflected in estate agency

As those of us in the industry know, there is a fine balance to strike between disruptive technology – and the...

30 September 2017

From: Features

Get paid on time: Q&A with PayProp's Neil Cobbold

Having launched 13 years ago, PayProp, part of Humanstate Group, an international private technology services group, has grown into a leading...

30 September 2017

From: Features

Can estate management open doors for letting agents?

The UK is home to four million leasehold properties in private ownership, according to government figures. The majority of which require...

30 September 2017

From: Features

Vast majority of sellers say local branch staff are key to selecting agent

The vast majority of sellers surveyed by a consumer group say rapport with branch staff in a locally-based office is important...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

London housing market may yet become a bubble, warns bank

UBS says London's housing market still faces the risk of becoming a bubble - although that risk has marginally eased over...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks defends its Local Property Experts after website criticism

Purplebricks has issued a strong defence of its Local Property Experts after an agency comparison website’s analysis was critical of the...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Market confidence still not recovered from election, say building societies

Confidence in buying property remains negative according to the quarterly sentiment measure undertaken by the Building Societies Association. Over a quarter of...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another petition - this time calling for Help To Buy to be scrapped

Online petitions appear to be the flavour of the week - the latest is calling for the government’s Help to Buy...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove amongst most profitable portals in the world, says top analyst

One of the most thorough analyses of property portals ever undertaken shows that Rightmove is the world’s most profitable portal company...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is the industry solving a non-existent problem?

90% of PropTech’s work is good and vital, but that final ten has the potential to damage the rest. In my Sunday...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit means no prime central London price rises for two years - Savills

Savills has revised its forecasts for the housing market and says that uncertainty over the impact of Brexit points to two...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending boost brightens housing market outlook

Mortgage lending reached £24.2 billion in August according to latest estimates by UK Finance. There were some 41,807 house purchase approvals, with...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares hit another new low as property sector drifts down

Countrywide’s share price hit another new low yesterday of around 115.5p - a fall of just over four per cent on...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant uses emotional video to win buyers and landlords

The UK’s largest high street property franchise, Belvoir, has launched a new video called #MovingMemories to attract buyers and landlords to...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Dodgy, Unscrupulous - One estate agent's take on parts of the industry

A campaigning estate agency has taken the distinctly unusual route of exposing what it calls the ‘Top Ten Dirty Tricks’ which...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Traditional agents blame onliners for chain delays and fall-throughs

There is growing concern that online agents who do not chase-up on behalf of clients are leading to delays and fall-throughs...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Over a quarter choose to buy their property on the first viewing

A survey of over 1,700 people has revealed that over a quarter who have purchased their home in the last 12 months...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Ban leasehold houses and new ground rents, MPs urge government

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold and Commonhold Reform has made a hard-hitting submission to formal government consultations on the...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

How many agency business models are there today?

It used to be so easy. Around 20 years ago there were what we now call full-service estate and letting agencies, and...

23 September 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks: advertising watchdog still investigating complaint

The Advertising Standards Authority has confirmed to Estate Agent Today that it is still investigating a complaint lodged against Purplebricks by...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Automated conveyancing system claims to transform buying process

Another attempt to create an automated conveyancing system has been launched with the claim that it will banish paper trails and...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Winkworth opens two new outposts - well over 200 miles from London

Winkworth, one of the largest estate agencies in London, has expanded with two new offices - although they are 235 and...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the helping children edition...

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

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Q&A with Moneypenny Team Manager Nicola Jackson

What does your role involve? As team manager for the property team, I make sure PAs and clients are happy and...

21 September 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Facebook gives another signal that it may soon carry property listings

It looks likely that Facebook will soon be able to list homes for sale in the US, in the style of...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Automated valuation system expands with new lead conversion tools

The ValPal Network is launching a new tool for its 4,100 agent users - an area barometer which reflects the buoyancy of...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Appointments - Ex-Savills man joins Harrods; New country consultant

Harrods Estates has recruited an ex-Savills sales negotiator with 10 years of experience working in prime central London. Michael Harte, who will work...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Forget Mum and Dad - now first time buyers can crowdfund deposits

An online platform has been launched with the aim of allowing first time buyers to seek crowdfunding to raise enough cash...

21 September 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

London sluggish but England and Wales price average nears £300,000

The latest data from Your Move reveals London as still being the area of England and Wales with the lowest house...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents unfairly blamed for failings of 'antiquated conveyancing system'

The founder of a new online sales assistance service says agents are often unfairly blamed by the public for failings in...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New London agency wants to employ over 20 freelance agents

A company launching later this month, set up by an ex-Chestertons agent, wants to employ over 20 freelance associates who can...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how Ted Dexter inspired an estate agency (well...sort of)

One of the more puzzling questions in London's estate agency industry has been resolved - how a company which appears to...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

CMA releases details of estate agents' cartel scheme

The Competition and Markets Authority has for the first time published details of the findings against a group of six estate...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Market - no sign of the early autumn bounce, warns Rightmove

Rightmove’s monthly price index says the average asking price of homes coming to the market has fallen 1.2 per cent in...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency heavyweights join forces to launch new prime London consultancy

A former Savills agent and a former Sotheby’s and Knight Frank agent have joined forces to launch a new property consultancy...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: estate agency then, now and in the future

How has the world of estate agency changed in the last few decades? That’s the question this week’s Natter is going...

16 September 2017

From: Features

The market’s missing homemovers

It appears activity in the housing market in 2017 will be around 15% down on 2016. The number of housing transactions...

16 September 2017

From: Features

Is the stigma of renting at odds with our broken housing market?

I’ve written before about the impact of headlines on the property industry. Interest rate speculation.   Market booms and busts. Demand...

16 September 2017

From: Features

Summer of love? More like summer of leasehold

Even so close to the event, I don’t think anyone will be deeming 2017 as the ‘summer of love’.  The summer of...

16 September 2017

From: Features

Cost of moving rises 6% in a year - that's mostly down to stamp duty

The average cost of moving home in the UK has increased by £628 over the past year from £10,966 to £11,624...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Regional portal plans wider coverage and investment by year-end

Regional property portal MoviNorth says it plans to secure additional investment to expand its coverage by the end of 2017. The portal...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyers get discounts on UK homes of 21% thanks to weak pound

Investors from countries as diverse as South Africa and Russia are getting a 21 per cent discount on UK property according...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - don't they know it's time to prepare for Christmas?

We’re always happy to publicise the fund-raising work of agents and others in our industry - even when, as this week,...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Trustpilot review company explains its Purplebricks policy

Online review organisation Trustpilot has issued an open letter regarding its Purplebricks reviews. In it, the review company - which is often...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Former portal strategist says: Investing in OnTheMarket is a horrible idea

One of the world’s leading property technology experts, who at one time was head of strategy at a property portal, says investing...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to spend almost $2m a month on TV and radio ads in US

Purplebricks has given more details of its activities in the United States, where it is hoping to break into a market...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing market: London and south east are weakest regions - RICS

The housing market remains mixed across different parts of the UK but London and the south east remain the weakest areas...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Winkworth celebrates new franchise signings despite weaker sales

Winkworth says solid performances from its lettings and property management services, plus new franchise deals, have compensated for a challenging sales...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency allows clients to make appointments directly in staff diaries

Estate agency James Pendleton says it wants to give its clients more digital advantages without becoming an online operation itself -...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebel agent Chris Wood set to challenge NAEA election and AGM

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

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Conference season - Where will I see you?

And so summer draws to a close. The slow, lazy months of July and August have come to pass and the...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild of Property Professionals launches partnership with The ESTAS

The Guild of Property Professionals has launched a partnership with the ESTAS Group, which runs the customer feedback platform and customer...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Transactions slumping despite stronger-than-expected price rises

Government figures suggest house prices are still rising by 5.1 per cent a year, with the average property value in the...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Russell Quirk's eMoov is reported to be considering Stock Exchange listing

Sky News says the online estate agent eMoov is drawing up plans to float on the stock market.  Sky has been well-informed...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

RICS Blue Book: latest guide for ethical and professional agency launched

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a comprehensive guide to what it calls “the responsibilities of residential property agents...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Viewber marks its first year with its 6,500th appointment

Viewber, the outsourced viewing service, has marked its first anniversary by notching up its 6,500th appointment.  Launched in early September 2016 by...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

House prices still edging upwards according to Halifax index

House prices in June, July and August were a tiny 0.1 per cent higher than in the previous three months according...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Was this the week the agency industry changed for good?

I’ve been in France for the past few days and depending on your viewpoint, I made a spectacularly good or singularly...

09 September 2017

From: Features

The return of the Green Deal - are you ready for MEES?

Some good news is here for landlords and letting agents worried about the energy efficiency rating of their property – the...

09 September 2017

From: Features

The case for intelligence-led automated interactions on agents’ websites

Many industries in the UK are currently facing a tumultuous time as the great unknown of Brexit looms on the horizon...

09 September 2017

From: Features

Tips for surviving the ban on letting agent fees

Parliament is sitting again and the entire lettings industry is waiting with bated breath for more detail on the government’s proposal...

09 September 2017

From: Features

Estate Agent Today Panel: what next for agents and OnTheMarket?

Let’s be honest - few people saw this coming. The 89 to 11 per cent majority amongst Agents’ Mutual members for...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual float could hurt PropTech reputation - warning

One of the country’s leading property-technology experts says the way in which the Agents’ Mutual stock market flotation proposal has been...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency YOPA and Savills launch TV ad campaigns this weekend

Online estate agency YOPA - well known recently for advertisements featuring the Village People - is this evening launching a new...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Hunters emphasises online success, despite challenging market

Hunters’ figures for the six months to the end of June show small rises in income and turnover but a substantial...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG's latest £80m acquisition - it's the Money comparison website

ZPG - which already owns and operates Zoopla, PrimeLocation, Hometrack and the price comparison website uSwitch - has acquired the financial...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - forget the tech, here's the fund-raising

It’s been quite a week, much of it concerning the technology that increasingly underpins our industry.  A glut of fund-raising and relaunching...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

easyProperty relaunches, claiming to be UK's second-biggest hybrid

easyProperty has unveiled details of its relaunch, declaring itself to be the UK’s second largest hybrid estate agency - second only...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual to float - big majority on 70% turnout

Agents' Mutual has told the London Stock Exchange that it is going to float after winning support from 89 per cent...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit is not a consideration for majority of home movers

New research has revealed that Britain's impending exit from the European Union is not a consideration for 71% of consumers. A study...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing market falters as caseload drops to four-year low

Activity in the conveyancing market dropped significantly during the second quarter of the year, according to Search Acumen. The search provider found...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Mutual demutualisation: industry awaits members’ meeting

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

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks viewings complaint informally resolved by ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has informally resolved another complaint made against wording on Purplebricks’ website.  A complainant suggested that the wording...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Two solutions to keep your staff safe

Stephanie Slater died last week, aged 50. Whilst she died from cancer (tragically, only 11 days after diagnosis), it’s the events...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart confirms butters john bee acquisition

Following speculation earlier in the week, Spicerhaart has confirmed that it has purchased 19 branch regional agency butters john bee. The acquisition...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 5,000 movers vote as part of first ESTAS Conveyancing Awards

The ESTAS Group has today revealed the shortlist for its inaugural Conveyancer Awards.  Over 5,000 customers have completed a survey about the...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Spicerhaart 'poised to snap up major independent regional agency'

Estate Agent Today understands that Spicerhaart is in the final stages of talks to acquire major regional independent firm butters john...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

eMoov looking to 'go mainstream' with recruitment of new marketing chief

Online estate agency eMoov has announced the appointment of a new marketing expert. Lucy Milne - formerly marketing director of Just Eat...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Boards should be 'confined to Room 101', says campaigning agent

An estate agent who is campaigning for boards to be banned in his local area says they should be 'confined to...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Customer service is top priority when choosing mortgage provider

Customer service is a definitive priority for prospective borrowers when choosing a mortgage lender.  This is according to a study of over...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buyers will pay 33% more for seafront properties

Properties located directly on the seafront attract a price premium of 33%, according to new research. A study of 30 prime seaside...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL announces £20m investment into Savills-backed YOPA

LSL Property Services has announced that it has invested £20 million into hybrid agency YOPA. News of the investment broke on Friday...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees are vendors' biggest concern - but only 25% are willing to negotiate

Nearly all home owners (96%) consider fees to be the most important factor when choosing an estate agent, according to research...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO integrates live chat to handle online consumer complaints

The Property Ombudsman Scheme (TPO) has partnered with Yomdel to provide a 24/7 live chat service.  Consumers can now seek 'independent dispute...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Online property auction encourages 'eBay-style bidding frenzy'

An online property auction taking place last week encouraged a 'frenetic' round of bidding of the like usually associated with an...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: it’s time to party (political-style)

In this week’s Natter I’m going to get all political. Don’t worry, I won’t be giving my opinions on Brexit, Trump...

02 September 2017

From: Features

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

SOS: are you a business in distress?

Despite the fact that eight out of 10 statistics are reportedly made up (if you can believe that figure), I bet...

02 September 2017

From: Features

ZPG acquires major estate agency marketing firm Ravensworth

ZPG has acquired Ravensworth, a major provider of print and creative marketing services to estate and letting agents.  Ravensworth, based in Northumberland, specialises in...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'Local Property Agents' wanted as onliner launches recruitment drive

eMoov, the online agency which last month secured an additional £9m funding from investors, has launched a recruitment drive for what...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

It's now 'Jackson-Stops' as veteran firm undergoes subtle rebrand

Jackson-Stops & Staff is undergoing a rebrand including the creation of a snappier title - it’s just Jackson-Stops now - as...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's surveying division in link-up with Virgin Money

Countrywide Surveying Services has been appointed by Virgin Money as its partner to support borrowers for new build, custom build and...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London market 'possibly showing first signs of recovery'

Two years of stagnation fuelled by Brexit uncertainty and stamp duty increases may be coming to an end in prime central...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Professional Indemnity explained for property professionals

Giving clients reliable advice when they are buying, selling or letting a home lies at the core of every successful estate...

31 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Savills stays silent on valuation allegation and High Court order

Savills is remaining silent on the issues surrounding the apparent filing of a High Court order that may oblige the agency...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

First time buyers should ponder more options, urges mortgage analyst

Independent financial service Moneyfacts says first time buyers who opt for a fixed rate deal might be better off if they chose...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top industry figure says OTM float 'just makes money for elite agents'

Iain White, the ex-Romans managing director and former Countrywide director, has come out strongly against the demutualisation proposal from Agents’ Mutual...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Why consolidation and collaboration are badly needed

“When an industry is new, still finding its feet, finding its purpose, the tendency is for those few people within it...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

House price growth slows again this month says Nationwide

The average price of a home in the UK is now £211,6712 - up slightly on last month but with growth...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Be wary of online agents' claims, consumer group tells public

Consumer group Which? says the public should be wary of claims made by online estate agents. This follows a series of complaints about...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Will smaller online agencies combine to combat Purplebricks?

A tech magazine has raised speculation, circulating in the industry for some months, that some online agencies have considered joining forces...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

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

26 August 2017

From: Features

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

Countrywide woe continues as share price hits new record low

Countrywide’s share price hit a record low during trading yesterday afternoon when it dropped to 137.75p, having opened the day at...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

London slowdown bottoms out, but only low price growth in long-term

Property consultancy Hometrack says London’s 12 month market slowdown has bottomed out with the annual growth rate rising to 2.8 per...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Would your clients get the needle about an estate agent with tattoos?

A new survey commissioned by a property firm suggests that 31 per cent of people feel uncomfortable about the idea of...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why I want to join Agents’ Mutual

Before we go any further, assuming you are an Agents’ Mutual member, let me ask you a question. If you had...

24 August 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks: investment bank refutes allegation of bias against agency

A leading business consultancy which advises clients on investments has refuted a claim by a prominent media analyst that it is...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Full-service agents achieve over 5% higher sale price, research shows

Research in the United States shows that traditional full-service estate agencies achieve better sale prices than the biggest alternative in that...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

No crash but London market stalls 'thanks to Brexit, economy, taxes'

Ten out of 14 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News say Brexit and economic uncertainty are likely to stall London’s housing market...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman warns that expelled agency may be trading illegally

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

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another online agency advert banned over misleading wording

For the second successive week the Advertising Standards Authority has banned an online estate agency’s advertisement.  Last week it was HouseSimple and...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Demand for ‘robo-advisors’ is increasing

As someone who spends his days peering into the PropTech world, one thing I’ve observed is the way in which certain tech prompts...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

First time buyers more active, says Connells, but Brexit clouds linger

Almost half of all property purchase valuations last month were conducted on behalf of first-time buyers according to Connells - well...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

OnTheMarket: no comment on 'deferred debt for Yes votes' claim

OnTheMarket is declining to comment after suggestions were floated that some debts by its member agents could be deferred, or in some...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country says Mayfair office stays - but more focus on B2B

Fine & Country and the Guild of Property Professionals are to keep their current Mayfair office on London’s Park Lane -...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual using same float advisers as Purplebricks

The investment consultancy chosen by Agents’ Mutual to advise on its float plans - Zeus Capital - is the same one...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

'Expect big news soon' says online chief after cash injection

The chief executive of online estate agency eMoov - which has raised £9m in its latest investment round - says “more...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says Brexit is biggest risk to housing market

Countrywide has issued forecasts for the housing market over the next two years amidst a warning that Brexit volatility is the...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory-led body says second home owners should be penalised more

A think tank says the penalties now levied against second home owners - such as the stamp duty surcharge and phasing...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Asking prices fall - but that's in line with the seasonal norm

The typical asking price of a home coming on sale has fallen by 0.9 per cent, equivalent to £2,758 - precisely...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

When you add up the costs, it can be miles cheaper to lease a car

Not so long ago, new UK car sales were racing ahead, fuelled by confidence in the economic recovery, but car production...

19 August 2017

From: Features

Property Natter – are you GDPR-ready?

Are you protecting your data right? This may sound like the sort of direct warning you get from cold callers or...

19 August 2017

From: Features

Nil deposit schemes – a new era for the rental market?

Research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research has shown that the cost of the average rental deposit is expected...

19 August 2017

From: Features

Latest Countrywide restructure gives more work to chief executive

Countrywide has announced another management restructure, this time with chief executive Alison Platt appearing to take on additional responsibilities. The announcement makes...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Status, shares and subscriptions dominate Agents' Mutual roadshow

The roadshow of presentations of Agents’ Mutual’s plans to float on the stock market have just passed the half-way mark. Remaining sessions...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

100th agency branch partner named by Network Auctions

Network Auctions has revealed its 100th partner estate agency office ahead of its next auction in three weeks’ time. Rolfe East in...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the 'so much for a quiet August' edition...

Remember when August used to be quiet with not much news? This year, whether it’s industry upheavals at Countrywide, Purplebricks and Agents’...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: architect of 'online option' is latest to leave

Sources within Countrywide say the latest senior management figure to leave the company is Sam Tyrer, who under her title of...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Speculation grows over future of senior Countrywide director

Speculation is growing that one of the most senior executives in the Countrywide management team may be leaving the organisation. Countrywide and...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Charity blasts stamp duty critics 'wanting to sell £1m-plus mansions'

Shelter, the campaigning charity that has been hugely critical of private landlords and letting agents in recent years, has now launched...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Regional agency snaps up another independent business

Regional agency Manning Stainton has completed its second acquisition in the last four months with the purchase of independent agency Clear...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Banned!  Online firm claimed High Street agents charge 1.5% to 4%

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned online agency HouseSimple from claiming that High Street agents charge “1.5% to 4% (plus 20%...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Two new solutions prove property is ready to go mobile

I’m excited to write this piece. I love it when something comes along and delivers that genuine thrill; the thrill of...

16 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

UK home ownership is in structural decline warns Barclays bank

The price of houses in the UK will remain high because a “structural decline” means fewer homes are being sold and...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why Gnomen is a reliable software provider

If you’re a busy estate or letting agent, you’ll find that it can be quite difficult and time-consuming locating the right...

15 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

EweMove boss named as part of Property Franchise Group new blood

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

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency sorry after email about home that didn't look like much

Savills has apologised to a potential client who accidentally received emails between agents saying one was “lumbered” with an enquiry about...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Humberts could extend online option to sales, after evaluation

Humberts, which yesterday launched an online-only option for landlord clients, says it is “not closing the door” on expanding the idea...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Buying agency turnover triples as focus shifts to owner-occupiers

Black Brick says its turnover in 2016 tripled to £3m with new business so far this year focussing increasingly on owner-occupier...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Sell Purplebricks shares, urges writer as sales data mystery remains

The Sunday Times made uncomfortable reading for Purplebricks yesterday as the newspaper raised more questions about the number of homes the...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket founder backs agencies offering online-only options

One of the founding figures behind OnTheMarket, which currently bans listings from online agencies, now says bricks and mortar agencies that...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Newspapers ramp up pressure for further reform of stamp duty

Stamp duty has become the latest weapon in the ongoing war of words between different wings of the Conservative party, as...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the stock market likes disruptors

The stock exchange seems to be on everyone’s lips at the moment. There’s Agents’ Mutual seeking to float on the Alternative Investment...

12 August 2017

From: Features

A sense of déjà vu over OnTheMarket

There’s a distinct sense of déjà vu over the debacle of OnTheMarket. I avoided joining two years ago because I couldn’t see...

12 August 2017

From: Features

Wake up and smell the coffee – the bookshops have!

Once upon a time there were estate agents. That was it. Nice and simple. If you marketed and sold residential property,...

12 August 2017

From: Features

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

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

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT and TPO warnings after police probe quick sale company

The police are investigating a quick sale company after a claim by an individual that he received less than half of...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills suffers fall in sales in London, country and new-build sectors

Savills has reported strong figures for the first half of 2017 across its worldwide activities, but its UK residential divisions have...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour and Conservative square up over second home taxes

The two main political parties have squared up to each other over the issue of increasing council tax on second homes...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the 'Summer... What Summer?' edition

Let’s face it - summer seems to be on holiday itself, if the weather in the UK is anything to go...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Market being hurt by low stock, political uncertainty and tax - RICS

Record low stock numbers, political uncertainty and the aftermath of tax changes are the obstacles hindering the housing market, according to...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild says first white-labelled auction wins £18,000 commission for agent

The Guild of Property Professionals says the first sale through its white-labelled Guild Auctions operations has produced over £18,000 in commissions...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Mutual Proposal – The Details

After my article last week predicting that Agents’ Mutual would likely seek to raise external capital, including possibly on the public markets,...

09 August 2017

From: Features

As you were - Purplebricks share price riding high again

Purplebricks’ share price has now recovered all of the value it lost after being criticised on two BBC consumer programmes and...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Trust - the fundamental flaw at the heart of tech-driven business

Even if you didn’t watch it, you’ve almost certainly heard about it by now.  The recent BBC Watchdog exposé of Purplebricks has...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Research shows huge damage from stamp duty in central London

The ‘lower priced’ 80 per cent of homes in prime central London are seeing price rises again, giving hope they have...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Multiple estate agencies link up with mortgage broker

Mortgage broker The Mortgage Hut has signed distribution deals with Century 21, Taylor Hill & Bond, Aspire Estate Agents and Wayne...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Government tries to stamp out speculation over Help To Buy

The government has poured cold water over industry speculation that Help To Buy could be phased out or significantly modified between...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Springett unveils OnTheMarket float terms to local agents

  The first two meetings in a roadshow which OnTheMarket has organised for local member agents take place today - another 18...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Regional portal chief welcomes end of One Other Portal rule

The head of a regional portal in the north of England has welcomed the likely demise of the controversial One Other...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage choice for buyers grows for 15th successive month

The housing market may be a little sticky in the middle of summer right now, but there’s certainly no shortage of...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

'A dog with fleas': City analysts sceptical about OnTheMarket float

There has been a sceptical reception from City analysts to Agents’ Mutual’s decision to restructure and float on the stock market...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trustpilot and Woodford stay quiet on BBC's Purplebricks probes

Trustpilot, the review service quoted frequently by Purplebricks as evidence of its apparent popularity, is declining to comment on the adverse...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

London agent defies downturn by opening new office next month

Marsh & Parsons will be opening a new office in Islington on September 4 - defying many analysts who say the...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Building bridges: Q&A with Daniel Owen-Parr of Together

As the mainstream mortgage market braces itself for yet another clampdown on buy-to-let lending, a growing number of property investors are...

04 August 2017

From: Features

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

“Super short-term rentals” and subletting: the future of the private rented sector

Historically, short-term rentals have been an unattractive business for the majority of estate agents and property managers. Scarcity of demand from tenants...

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

Portal Wars - OnTheMarket to demutualise and float on stock market

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

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Corporates attacked for 'swallowing up' agencies with great pedigrees

Independent high-end estate agency Galbraith, which operates mostly in Scotland, says local knowledge is key to good customer service - and might...