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Guild chief says aggressive online agency marketing lacks integrity

The new chief executive of the Guild of Property Professionals has accused some online agents of carrying out “aggressive” marketing campaigns...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Consumer group names UK's best performing estate agent

The HomeOwners' Alliance says it has identified what it describes as "the UK's best performing agent" based on how much it...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to be 'biggest UK agency by 2019' with 'share price up 50%'

A London investment broker says Purplebricks’ share price - currently around 300p - could rise another 50 per cent or more...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Firm offers online system for High Street agents to 'take on Purplebricks'

A firm is claiming to be allow high street agents to offer vendors an online sale services as well, without the...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: Trussle and Revolut bring FinTech and PropTech together

News was released this week of a new PropTech partnership: banking disrupter Revolut has joined up with mortgage brokerage, Trussle, to offer...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New marketing chief for Savills-backed online agency YOPA

The new chief marketing officer of online estate agency YOPA is a figure with over 20 years experience with brands such as...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents broadly welcome election despite short-term uncertainty

The industry has broadly welcomed the shock announcement of a June 8 General Election as a chance to end long term...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies' group pledges to attack 'fake agents'

The first meeting of fledgling trade group CIELA has ended with a pledge to expose what it calls ‘fake agents’ which...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

ESTAS reveal new sponsor for inaugural conveyancer awards

Legal Eye has been announced as the latest organisation to support the new customer service awards for the conveyancing sector launch...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

5 steps to golden customer service

Walk in your customers’ shoes Experiencing your business as your customers do would be our number one rule. How often do you...

13 April 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Independent agents to use 'big data' to fight corporate agencies

Senior members of the fledgling Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents group are meeting today to discuss how independents can...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Online and traditional agents debate how to boost customer service

A debate on customer service in the agency industry has been arranged for later this month between leading lights from both...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purple smoke and mirrors

Purplebricks’ advertising is very negative and critical of the competition. They talk about 'commisery', trying to make potential sellers feel ripped...

08 April 2017

From: Features

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

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

Using Rightmove alone would be the wrong move

It’s easy to be dismissive of the value of local newspapers for advertising residential property but things are never as straightforward...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Looking back at ten years of tenancy deposit schemes

Ten years ago this month (April 2007) tenancy deposit schemes were first introduced in England and Wales.  You need to go a...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks steps up its attack on commission-based estate agents

Purplebricks has stepped up its attack on what it calls “Britain's antiquated method of buying and selling homes” by describing it as...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Technology v Traditional agency debate at Future : PropTech

It’s been revealed that next month’s Future: PropTech conference will feature a debate between ‘technologists’ and ‘traditionalists’ over the future of...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

HomeXperts announces another trio of new home-based franchisees

HomeXperts, the network of franchise agents operating from their homes and covering sales and lettings, has announced three new franchisees. They are...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price, once over 685p, falls below 150p

Countrywide’s share price, which just over three years ago was riding high at just above 685p, has hit a new low...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

'easyProperty spends £12k per listing, Purplebricks only £1k' - claim

An analysis by a leading PropTech entrepreneur has attempted to throw light on the startling losses reported last week by online...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency insists there's space for digital and traditional operators

A firm that offers online, hybrid and traditional estate and lettings agency services says the digital side of its business is...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Investors 'have full confidence in easyProperty' says company CEO

The chief executive of online easyProperty says the company’s investors “have full confidence” in the firm despite it announcing an operating...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents 'receive relatively few word-of-mouth recommendations'

People are more likely to give word-of-mouth recommendations for handyman services than recommend estate agents, according to a controversial poll. The survey...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

A poor advert for the agency industry

There’s good and bad in every industry and at first sight, this week has been one where the good have won...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: How to improve your agency - a view from the inside

For my latest Property Natter I have sought the opinions of two well-known property consultants - Michael Day, managing director of...

01 April 2017

From: Features

The rise of the first-time buyer - is this the return of generation buy?

There are more first-time buyers (FTBs) finding a way on to the property ladder than at any time since the Financial...

01 April 2017

From: Features

easyProperty group may seek extra funding after £11m operating loss

Figures lodged at Companies House by online agency easyProperty suggest parent company EProp Services will seek additional funding this year. A strategic...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit prompts London agent to go it alone offering 'impeccable service'

A former partner of Strutt & Parker in prime central London has set up his own firm to provide what he...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Two big franchise agencies launch digital initiatives

Each of Hunters’ 180 branches will soon be able to create their own online branded monthly property lifestyle magazine or newspaper.   The...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks nearing Countrywide on homes sold STC, claims bank

A Financial Times article reports a bank analysis shows Purplebricks with a market share of 3.3 per cent of properties marked...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise firm claims home-based agents could earn £25k pcm

A new recruitment push by franchise agency operation HomeXperts says its agents - who work from home - earn invoiced commissions...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Analysis of Rightmove data shows UK's slowest housing markets

An analysis of homes listed for sale on Rightmove has identified what one estate agency claims to be the slowest-moving local...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Multi-million investment for agency giving 'guaranteed price' to sellers

Nested, the chain-breaking estate agency that offers vendors a guaranteed sale of their property within 90 days, has secured a new...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks whips up more publicity in viral Facebook entry

There’s been another flurry of publicity for Purplebricks following the posting of photographs and statements online by a blogger whose property...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New conveyancing software shows agents' and vendors' information

A software platform offering a hybrid conveyancing and compliance service to agents has been launched following 12 months of testing with...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Survey shows website reviews are key for driving online agent leads

A survey of over 2,000 sellers who used online agency eMoov reveals that review websites were the overwhelmingly largest driver of...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Public prejudice against online house sales is waning, insists agency

An online estate agency which says it could be the next Purplebricks says prejudice against internet property transactions is waning  “With Neil...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares hit record low after bank downgrading

Swiss bank UBS has downgraded Countrywide’s status to ‘sell’ in a move which has prompted the troubled estate agency’s share price...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Guilty - agent admits 76 offences involving thousands of pounds

An estate agent will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to 76 fraud offences.   The Get Surrey website reports that Ayodele...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: A MIPIM startups update from Cannes

This week I’m lucky enough to be out here in Cannes as a PropTech Ambassador for MIPIM, the international real estate...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must not ignore bad online reviews, urges social media guru

Agents who ignore critical reviews of their services do so at their peril as new figures reveal high levels of readership...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals annual cost of restructuring

Countrywide has revealed that in 2016 it spent over £8.1m on redundancies, some £7.4m on contract costs relating to closed premises,...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Only 11% of sellers think face-to-face contact with an agent is key

Only one in nine customers of estate agents regard face-to-face contact as the most important element of the process to determine...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

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

11 March 2017

From: Features

How to find high quality local market intelligence - fast

The Office for Budget Responsibility, which released its latest economic forecasts on Wednesday, has adjusted its prediction for UK house prices…again.  It...

11 March 2017

From: Features

Countrywide: £38m share placing may allow it to rival Purplebricks

Countrywide has successfully placed 21.6m shares to institutional investors at the competitive price of 175p per share - allowing it to...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: 200 branches shut, online 'working well'

It's been revealed that Countrywide has lost 200 branches in its reorganisation - that's around 20 per cent of its branch...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks entering US market just as estate agency use soars

Purplebricks' entry into selective areas of the US market comes just as new evidence suggests the use of estate agencies by...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL the latest firm expected to enter 'digital' market

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

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: Enough about Purplebricks, let’s talk printing bricks

It has been a busy week for investment in PropTech businesses and no doubt you have already got reading fatigue about...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body explains Purplebricks complaint as war of words continues

Fledgling trade body The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents (CIELA) has described Purplebricks as the 'biggest enemy currently facing...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New agency offers 'guaranteed price' to vendors ahead of sale

A new London-based online estate agency called Nested says it has had a “superb start” to trading, using its unusual business...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency YOPA expects turnover of £4m to £8m this year

The man behind YOPA - the online agency that last year secured investment from high end traditional company Savills - says...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

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

04 March 2017

From: Features

Read all about it: Will agents continue to advertise in print?

I had a very interesting chat with the man behind a new portal the other day. He was John Dixon, the portal...

04 March 2017

From: Features

Agency claims OnTheMarket has lost 200 branches in three weeks

OnTheMarket has swatted away the latest criticism from a long-term critic, online estate agency head Russell Quirk - although it has...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 60% of UK consumers think that Estate Agents’ Photos Are Very Poor To Average

Over 60% of UK consumers think that Estate Agents’ Photos Are Very Poor To Average A recent survey* by dedicated property photo...

02 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Zoopla makes another big acquisition - this time it's Expert Agent

Zoopla has acquired Expert Agent - the latest of a string of acquisitons by the portal. This follows the portal company's...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

WeListThemAll property portal says it will expand across the UK

A Scottish property portal now ‘live’ and claiming to list almost all the homes for sale north of the border, says...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: The blooming symbiosis of PropTech and FinTech

There has been some really interesting talk recently of the relationship between FinTech (Finance Technology) and PropTech (Property Technology). A few...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' group turns its attention to Trustpilot

The fledgling group of independent agents which has already launched attacks on online agency operators in general and Purplebricks in particular...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Analysis shows investors' faith in Purplebricks post-Brexit

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

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' group renews criticism of Purplebricks

The new group for independent owner-managed estate and letting agencies, to be formally inaugurated this week, has stepped up its campaign...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Sales progression tool cuts completion time - and pleases government

A sales progression tool claims to have reduced the average transaction time for a property from around 94 days to around...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Residential property comes out on top for investors

Not many of us have a multi-million property portfolio, so the results of the MSCI / IPD UK property index for...

25 February 2017

From: Features

Rightmove reveals more agents, more visits and more profits in past year

Rightmove has released its figures for 2016 and as predicted they show the portal streaking ahead of all rivals. It reports record...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: high praise for agency from ex-Countrywide chief

Harry Hill - former chief executive of Countrywide and the founder of Rightmove, and one of the most respected figures in the...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Watchdog orders online agency not to re-run TV advert

Online agency HouseSimple has been told that by the Advertising Standards Authority that its TV advertisement including the claim ‘sell your...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

What can we learn from the Property Week Awards PropTech shortlist?

So, Property Week has announced its Property Awards shortlist for 2017. Looking at the entries for PropTech Company of the Year, I'm surprised...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

New property portal unconcerned about OnTheMarket rule

A new regional property portal aiming to sign up 80 per cent of agencies in Yorkshire says it is unconcerned about...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Online operators in firing line of independent agents' group

The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents, which is to be set up formally from next week, has set out...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: 'formal complaint' from independent agents

The fledgling group being set up to represent independent estate and letting agents is preparing a formal complaint about Purplebricks based...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 40% of buyers view six or more homes, major survey shows

A survey of 5,000 people by agency chain Your Move reveals that 80 per cent of buyers view three or more...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Kevin Ward, Agent Locator

1) Who are you? Kevin Ward – Director and founder of Agentlocator.co.uk 2) For those not familiar with Agent Locator, can you explain...

16 February 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

A new site that supports and promotes high street agents

A new website supporting high street estate agents has recently launched. Agent Locator provides an online platform for high street estate agents to showcase...

16 February 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Propertymark: new consumer branding for NAEA and ARLA

The National Association of Estate Agents is rebranding to Propertymark NAEA and the Association of Residential Letting Agents is to be...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the kids, bags and kits edition...

Fund-raising is vitally important to so many organisations as one of our agency contributors this week shows - but as other...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks shares top 200p as US comment bigs up agency

The remarkable bull run on the London Stock Exchange continues for hybrid estate agency Purplebricks, which floated shares at 100p just...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech guru James Dearsley writes for Estate Agent Today

James Dearsley, founder of The Digital Marketing Bureau and arguably the best known figure in the fast-emerging property technology sector, is...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Express story on Brexit house price boost 'seriously inaccurate'

The Independent Press Standards Organisation has ruled that a Daily Express newspaper story - “EU Exit Boosts House Prices” - was...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual case: tribunal chairman rejects documents request

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

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

New promoters and later date for Property Press Awards

Property4Media , an online service for journalists, has acquired the annual Property Press Awards. This year’s event will take place in late...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Vendor 'makes £67,500' by using traditional estate agent

A high street agency has turned the online sector’s advertising technique on its head. Instead of a seller revealing ‘saved’ fees by...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country beefs up marketing and 'random audits'

Fine & Country says it is to return to the small screen with another round of TV advertising, building on its...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

US firm plans to take UK by storm with 5,000 agents in five years

The Keller Williams franchise agency, one of the largest in the world, is relaunching in the UK on Wednesday with the...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why people crave instant gratification

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

28 January 2017

From: Features

A short-term lettings storm at the seaside

The south’s seaside resorts are stealing the headlines for all the wrong reasons and at the heart of the troublesome issue...

28 January 2017

From: Features

Independent agents' group founder warns against online agencies

A founder of the new organisation seeking to be a trade body for independent estate and letting agents is warning that...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

eMoov amends website wording after ASA complaint

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has informally resolved a complaint made against online estate agency eMoov.  The complaint challenged whether two statements...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

CIELA formation continues as it begins recruitment drive

The fledgling group aiming to represent independent estate and letting agents is recruiting for a number of unspecified roles to help...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Mortgage startup secures £5.5m in funding

Digital mortgage broker habito has announced that it has raised £5.5 million in investment funding.  The firm says it will use the...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q4 ‘16

No longer just a domain for investors, developers and property traders, the auction room is now the preferred option of buying...

21 January 2017

From: Features

New agency comparison website bans online and hybrid agents

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

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Analyst heaps praise on only UK property stock I'd ever buy...

An American investment analyst has used the Motley Fool online city column to give a glowing endorsement to one of the...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

60 Second Interview: Shameem Golamy, Managing Director of Properstar

1.For those who are not familiar with Properstar yet, how would you summarise your services? Properstar is an online portal that helps...

16 January 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Top industry trainer promises to 'rattle industry cages' on tour

One of the country’s leading estate agency consultants and trainers, Richard Rawlings, this week embarks on a six-week tour of the...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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