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KEYWORD "Online Agents" - 209 RESULTS
All Change: new regulator, licensing and qualifications proposed for agents

The government has published proposals for far-reaching changes to the way estate and letting agents are regulated, trained and licensed. The proposals...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agencies in the doldrums as market share stalls

There’s more bad news for online estate agencies this morning as a survey reveals that they have only a seven per cent...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Mark Worrall, co-founder of love2move

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Mark Worrall the co-founder of love2move What is love2move and...

25 June 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Purplebricks ex-CEO hits out at untrue claim that agency sold only 50%

The former chief executive of Purplebricks UK says the agency completes on over 80 per cent of the homes it lists...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Over 150 agents link with 'Modern Method' online auction firm

An online auction service which only came into existence in September last year claims to have 150 partner estate agents already,...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov and Countrywide merge: it could have happened…

Emoov and Countrywide: what a pair, observers might say. They present a tale of two failures - although, in the case of...

08 June 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: The rise and rise of the iBuyer

“You say tomato, I say tomato” is a line in a famous film score way back in the 1937 film Shall...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Traditional agents are good value say sellers, but deals take too long

Traditional High Street estate agents have been given the thumbs up by sellers in a new survey of over 5,000 vendors...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price plunges as speculation mounts over investment

Purplebricks’ share price yesterday plunged to 90.5p at one point - well below the 100p level at which the company originally...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

“Gaping holes” in Purplebricks business model, says ex-online investor

An expert who has invested in an online agency in the past has slammed Purplebricks’ business model. James Max, who presents the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

How to thrive and not just survive in today’s market

Consumer habits have changed massively over the past few years, and regardless of which market you operate in, being able to...

15 May 2019

From: Features

Online agents will never get above 10% market share admits agency founder

“I’m Russell Quirk, and I’ve failed” - with those words, the former chief executive of Emoov has begun to explain how...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

30 years in the property industry – an insider’s view

1989 was a significant time for the property industry: it marked the beginning of the end of a period of unprecedented...

04 May 2019

From: Features

New blow for Purplebricks as another bank slashes share forecast

Another bank has slashed its forecast for Purplebricks, citing concerns over its the long-term viability of its international activities in particular. As...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The man who polices the agency industry - an exclusive interview

It’s clear that some agents are not fans of Trading Standards officers, described in the comments sections of the trade press...

27 April 2019

From: Features

Trading Standards speak out: We do NOT favour online estate agencies

The head of the new Trading Standards authority regulating estate agents says Online firms are treated exactly the same as High...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks is hugely successful despite tumbling share price says analyst

A PropTech analyst insists that the tumbling share price of Purplebricks on the London Stock Exchange does not indicate that the...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Tiny market share for online agents despite millions spent on marketing

A new snapshot of market share claims that online agents accounted for 7.0 per cent of all exchanges in the first...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agents “too cheap” and look too good to be true - Quirk

The failure of online agencies to significantly disrupt the industry is down to their being too cheap and creating a perception...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agents hit out at High Street rivals about ‘over-valuations’

Online estate agents have seized on the recent national newspaper article accusing estate agents of over-valuing properties to earn higher fees. The...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New blow for Purplebricks as onliners’ market share dips again

There’s more bad news for Purplebricks: after a shock 80 per cent downgrading of its stock value by a bank on...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Why the future of the property industry should be paperless

When they first came onto the scene, online-only estate and lettings agents were predicted to swiftly spell the end for traditional...

30 March 2019

From: Features

What do virtual tours look like for estate agents in 2019?

Virtual tours are a compelling way of enhancing a property’s potential through online marketing, increased transparency and efficiency for agents, and...

27 March 2019

From: Features

Over 1,200 agency offices shut in a year, claims newspaper

A newspaper claims that 1,228 estate agent branches closed on Britain’s High Streets last year. The Mirror’s business editor, Graham Hiscott, says the...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – is 9 till 6 still the way to make a living?

For many years, the majority of agents have stuck to the tried-and-tested 9am-6pm opening hours framework. But is this now changing,...

16 March 2019

From: Features

Can Ewe believe it? Astounding claims made about hybrid agency

A report claims that the hybrid agency EweMove performs above average across a number of measurements. The study comes from TwentyCi, a...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 March 2019

From: Features

Struggling easyProperty tells its agents: ‘Charge sellers whatever you like’

The easyProperty online agency has abandoned an across-the-board fee structure, allowing its licensee agents to charge what they like. “Each local market is unique...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: should you be making your agency Instagram-friendly?

Instagram (or, as the younger generation would have it, Insta) is, by any measure, massive.  Only launched in October 2010, it’s a...

02 March 2019

From: Features

Online agency alleged to have told staff they may not be paid

House Network, one of the first ever online estate agencies, is alleged to be considering calling in administrators. Two reliable sources close...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ problems won’t deter investors, insists rival online agency

Online agency platform Love2move insists that its current bid to attract investors will not be damaged by the adverse publicity surrounding...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agencies: the final curtain call?

It’s been a theatrical week in Westminster with talk of defections and duplicity worthy of Shakespeare. Yet the estate agency world has...

23 February 2019

From: Features

RIP the open house…the return of the high street agent?

Cast your minds back to the summer of 2014. It’s 9.55 am somewhere in east London ‘Sorry I’m late’ offers the...

23 February 2019

From: Features

Game over for online agents? They fail to get above 5% market share

Latest figures show that the top 10 online estate agencies have once again failed to exceed five per cent market share,...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Exclusive - the final three Quirk interviews

“You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over,” is an oft-quoted saying of Richard...

09 February 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks still in charge but online market share drops back

The latest analysis of the performance of the top 10 online estate agencies shows that their market share of new listings...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 February 2019

From: Features

Online agents charge too little and risk looking 'cheap' - Russell Quirk

The former chief executive of Emoov says online estate agencies charge too little, so risk appearing cheap and ineffective to potential...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral fees: agency reveals £5m income from conveyancing firm

One of the largest estate agencies in the Midlands, Newton Fallowell, says it’s made a remarkable £5m in referral fees from...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Pioneering PropTech system 'allows High Street agents to fight the onliners'

A new bespoke Customer Relationship Management system developed by The Property Franchise Group claims to enable High Street agents to fight...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' top critic explains why High Street agents 'win every time'

Former City analyst Anthony Codling - who is now the front-man for a new property portal - has set out why...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agents’ weak spots: they don’t appeal to high value sellers in key regions

The share of the market taken by online agencies in the final quarter of 2018 slipped from last summer’s high of...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock study claims agent reputation and fee ‘not very important to sellers’

A survey of 6,000 members of the public and 660 estate and letting agents has revealed some striking findings about how...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Yopa ‘may be online success story of the year’ - claim

Purplebricks has tightened its vice-like grip on the online market according to a new analysis - but the race is on...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Six things to watch for in 2019

Hello and welcome to 2019. These are less predictions and more expectations - developments following on from what’s happened in the past...

31 December 2018

From: Features

Online agents’ share of market collapses to well under 5%

New figures show that online agencies’ share of listings of homes for sale has plummeted to 4.6 per cent. This is well...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agencies ‘could be described as Ponzi schemes’ - claim

A new analysis of the online estate agency business model claims that it ‘could be described as a Ponzi scheme’. The accusation...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks shares sink and Emoov dies: game over for online agencies?

Has the bell finally tolled for online agencies? Emoov’s collapse and an investor revolt over crowdfunding have left a large question...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

£70,000 commission for some London estate agents, says website

Research by comparison website Netanagent claims the commission paid to estate agents in London could be over £70,000 depending on where...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: My predictions for 2019

It’s that time of year again where we start saying goodbye to 12 months of hard work and start looking forward...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM denounced as “corporate dinosaurs

The head of the portal PropertyMutual has accused Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket of being “corporate dinosaurs” and has called on agents...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agencies’ sales conversion rates revealed by analyst

An estate agency analyst has shared with Estate Agent Today his findings on the current and recent conversion rates of online...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov sale may force a change to online model, claims agency

An online agency launched by a traditional high street agent to ward off competition says the online business model might have...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Are online agencies in trouble? Investors will decide

However mild the weather may have been for most of us, it’s a cold autumn for the online estate agency market...

10 November 2018

From: Features

Rollo Miles, from Agent & Homes

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? It just says “Agent” for, at the end of the...

08 November 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Purplebricks claims 20% revenue growth despite “online shake out”

Purplebricks says it has seen year-on-year revenue growth of about 20 per cent despite what its chairman calls “a challenging UK...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-High Street pair launch hybrid agency to take on traditional rivals

Two former High Street agents say their new hybrid agency has enjoyed an impressive launch gathering 40 instructions in just four...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

The dos and don’ts of email marketing

Given that ‘UK buyers are the most digitally active home hunters’, with HSBC’s Beyond the Bricks report stating that 90% of...

24 October 2018

From: Features

What's in a domain name? Your chance to own Property.co.uk

What may just be the UK’s ultimate property domain names have come up for sale - property.co.uk and realestate.co.uk. Both domains, which...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property viewings - how to keep up with evolving consumer demands

The culture of impatience and instant gratification has a lot to answer for. It has forced the hand of the property...

17 October 2018

From: Features

Online agency smashes crowdfund target - with two weeks to go

Doorsteps, the online agency founded by a teenager, has raised over £700,000 - that’s 175 per cent of its original £400,000 target,...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov chief calls for radical 'blend' of online and traditional agency models

The chief executive of Emoov, Russell Quirk, has suggested that the unexpectedly low take up of online agents may mean that...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

The link between Brexit and the online agent debate

From where I’m standing there’s a lot in common between the debate between online and traditional agents, and the argument over...

29 September 2018

From: Features

What now for online agents after shock closure of Connell's Hatched?

The shock immediate closure of Hatched, the online agency heavily invested in by Connells, has raised question marks over the online...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

No commission, no fees - meet the agency selling homes 'for free'

An estate agency is pioneering a new business model in which it charges no commission whatsoever to the vendor. Freeagent247, an online...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent defying advertising watchdog demands details of his 'penalties'

The estate agent who is refusing to abide by a decision of the Advertising Standards Authority is now demanding details of...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agents have under 1% share in prime central London - LonRes

The chairman of LonRes says online estate agents have only a one per cent share of the market in prime central...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-Tepilo boss sets up Excellence In Estate Agency consultancy

The former deputy chief executive at online agency Tepilo is launching a new training, recruitment and consultancy business for estate agents.  Catherine...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures: Agents may have lost £4 billion in fees in 2017

A report drawn up by Reapit and data consultancy Dataloft suggests that agents in 2017 lost a potential (and jaw-dropping) £4...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket vs Rightmove?

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

20 July 2018

From: Features

New twist in row over agent refusing to delete claims about Purplebricks

There’s a new twist in the row between a Cornish agent and the Advertising Standards Authority. The row revolves around a tweet...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency share now hits 8% of the market says new survey

Over 15,000 households have exchanged after listing with an online agent in the second quarter of 2018 - that’s eight per...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned! Maverick agent must not repeat claims about Purplebricks

An agent from Cornwall who has waged a long-running campaign against online agencies in general and Purplebricks in particular has been...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional hybrid agency launches with upfront fee of £1,500 including VAT

A hybrid estate agency has launched in Bury, one of the first of its kind to operate in the UK on...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The estate agent in 2050 - utopia or dystopia?

By now we’ve all seen news about the long-term decline in property sales and competition from online alternatives leading to ‘more...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Back to the future? - Industry experts predict estate agency in 2028

A decade ago we were still years away from Purplebricks, Countrywide was a colossus in the industry, no one had thought...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Take that! High Street agency attacks online firms over 'issues'

One of the country’s best known regional traditional agencies, Pygott and Crone, has used a promotion in local news outlets to...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sarah Beeny back in the boardroom, saying online agents will grab 70% share

TV property expert Sarah Beeny says she expects online agencies to take 70 per cent market share in the future -...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s happening in the US too - a new portal and industry consolidation

A recent holiday in the US gave me an opportunity to catch up with property news over there - and surprisingly,...

02 June 2018

From: Features

Auction property market benefitting from new online approach

In an era when we are never far away from our phones, tablets or laptops, buying and selling property is benefitting...

24 May 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Which hybrid agents and PropTech firms made the top 100 startups list?

Two online agents and a number of PropTech companies have been named in startups.co.uk's Startups 100 index. Coming in at number 64...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

A revolution: 'Local agents may not survive much into next decade'

The prospect of technology transforming the selling and buying process, including more power for portals and especially online agents, dominated parts...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agencies grab more market share in past four months says analyst

One of the world’s leading agency and PropTech analysts says the race is on for who comes second in the UK’s...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers advised: Never use online agents as they may under-sell your home

One of London’s leading estate agents is advising sellers to consider giving the negotiator who sells their property a bonus, and...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agents most popular with sellers in strong markets, research shows

New research appears to show that Purplebricks, HouseSimple, Yopa and other prominent online agencies are most popular with vendors selling in...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agents will have to employ sales progression teams

The operation of ‘online estate agencies’ has changed substantially in the relatively short few years of their existence: I have spotted...

03 March 2018

From: Features

Online agents' poor sales progression can improve through technology - claim

One of the country’s leading PropTech entrepreneurs has responded to recent criticism of online estate agencies and their allegedly-poor record of...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: In the age of technology, customer service is timeless

We think about technology all the time. At least, I do. And there’s nothing left in property that technology hasn’t touched...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Report exposes online agents over very poor sales progression

A new report by the residential property team of a legal firm has found widespread criticism of online agents’ over their...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agencies' market share has increased 58% in one year - claim

A lengthy analysis of the online agency sector, based on material supplied by an online agent, suggests that its market share...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Bad news for Purplebricks? New analysis favours traditional agencies

Traditional solicitor estate agents north of the border have a higher success rate than any other estate agency model. The claim comes, perhaps...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks row should trigger call for regulations of agents, says expert

Leading independent property expert Kate Faulkner says the current row regarding the accuracy of Purplebricks’ sales figures should be the trigger...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Pressure mounts on Purplebricks to release actual sales figures

Pressure continues to mount on Purplebricks to reveal its sales data after a weekend during which claims about its effectiveness continued...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks could have 15% market share by 2022 according to bank

US bank J P Morgan has predicted that Purplebricks, which it says now has around six per cent of advertised homes...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 14 industry leaders give their  2018 predictions

Well, I don’t know about you but after the holidays I've got an imprint just below my navel where my belt...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What now for the OTM IPO?

Who says things slow down before Christmas? The opposite appears to be the case, at least when it comes to the...

21 December 2017

From: Features

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agency earns £350,000 in commission from 'disgruntled' online sellers

Arun Estates reports that it has netted an additional £350,000 in fees thanks to a scheme designed to woo vendors using online...

06 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

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

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

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

OnTheMarket member agency claims it can list online-only properties

Humberts, a member of Agents’ Mutual, is today launching an online-only option and claims it can list online-only properties on OnTheMarket. Such...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

'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

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

PropTech Today: Are we going to buy talk of a doomed high street?

You saw it, right? This article from Monday’s Guardian? It says that one in five estate agents are at risk of...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

HIP, HIP, Hooray - The Other 10-Year Anniversary

  You’ll see a lot of 10th anniversary stories in the property industry and consumer media in the coming days: early August...

28 July 2017

From: Features

Is outsourcing now standard for estate agents?

Given the shift change in the estate agent world at the moment, with online models becoming more prevalent (think easyProperty’s £60...

22 July 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: a half-year review – hybrids, PropTech and resilience

We’re already more than halfway through 2017 and, against all the odds, it’s pushing 2016 close in terms of eventfulness and...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Independent network launches campaign against 'call centre agents'

A network of almost 80 independent estate agency offices has launched what it calls a hard-hitting campaign against 'internet-based call centre...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Charlie Wright, CIELA

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

10 June 2017

From: Features

Biggest-ever study reveals why most vendors choose traditional agents

A study described as the biggest of its type seeks to explain why vendors choose - or avoid - online agents. The...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Top High Street agents significantly out-perform onliners' says group

A consumer group which has consistently promoted online agencies says they achieve closer to sellers’ original asking price than the national...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – awards success, purple and the future of agency

Since we last spoke, the ESTAS – the biggest and best property awards ceremony in the UK – has been and...

27 May 2017

From: Features

Comparison service releases online agencies' performance data

The comparison service Get Agent has released the full details of its analysis of the performance of four different online estate...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Fake agents’ are crippling independents’ reputations and livelihoods

Think ‘fake agents’ are no threat to your business? Think again. The rise of online agents - dubbed by some as...

12 May 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks sharply criticised at industry technology conference

Purplebricks' share price moved up over two per cent yesterday on the strength of its latest trading statement - but its...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Vendors shouldn't assume they'll achieve the same price no matter who's selling

Even some of the most successful professionals from other professions fail to grasp the most important point when it comes to...

29 April 2017

From: Features

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internet property pioneer says online agents must raise prices

One of the earliest entrepreneurs to found a website to allow for-sale-by-owner property listings back in 2000, predicts current online agents...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Why are you so understaffed on a Tuesday?

There were some absolutely brilliant figures released recently by telephone answering specialist, Moneypenny.  The highest call volumes diverted from agents to Moneypenny occurred between 10am-11am...

12 November 2016

From: Features

Revealed: secrets of the success of Britain's youngest agent

An Essex estate agent who believes he is the youngest in the industry has explained his success to Estate Agent Today...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

eMoov to offer vendors virtual property tours free of charge

eMoov is to offer virtual tours to clients free of charge - a service for which it says rival online agents...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Glenn Ackroyd

This week we have the Head Shepherd of EweMove, Glenn Ackroyd, in the hotseat. He’s been co-owner of EweMove Sales and Lettings,...

30 September 2016

From: Features

Is a fear of online agents justified?

Barely a week goes by without an announcement relating to the latest player entering the online agency world and when they...

23 September 2016

From: Features

Expanding hybrid franchise agency looking for new recruits

A hybrid franchise agency is looking for new partners to expand its reach in the Midlands. Campbells says it is looking for...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: let's embrace change as an industry

Later on, the title of this piece should become clearer (at least I hope so). First, though, a few bits and...

09 September 2016

From: Features

High-profile agent quits to run service for online and traditional agencies

Ed Mead, one of the most high profile estate agents in the industry, is leaving London agency Douglas and Gordon to...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agents upbeat on business performance says new survey

The bank Credit Suisse has launched a new monthly survey of online estate agents, using a simple eight-element questionnaire. The bank -...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: online agents – where are they now?

It’s easy to forget, but there was a time when the internet didn’t exist. When the idea behind the world wide...

19 August 2016

From: Features

All agents are online – so how can you beat the competition?

Whether you work from a traditional office, a coffee shop or a bedroom, one thing's for sure is that these days...

04 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Bank says online agents are growing, but warns on Purplebricks value

Swiss bank UBS has given an upbeat assessment of online estate agencies in the changing housing market - but it warns...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 June 2016

From: Features

2016 half year news round up for Estate & Letting agents

As we have just passed the 6 month half way point of 2016 we thought it would be a good idea...

09 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Online agents 'inferior for contact, know-how and trust' says survey

A survey of over 2,000 people suggests that online estate agents lose out to their traditional counterparts in terms of public...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Consumer group claims strong public support for stamp duty surcharge

A consumer group which champions home owners claims twice as many members of the public support the stamp duty surcharge as...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

High-profile agent Chris Wood joins industry training panel

Respected westcountry estate agent Chris Wood is to offer consultancy and training courses through new industry training group Agency Mentors. Wood, who...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the future of software

The days are getting longer, the sun is starting to appear on a more regular basis, Easter is just around the...

18 March 2016

From: Features

Ex-Savills and Hamptons agents launch hybrid firm

Two property professionals who in the past have worked for Savills and Hamptons International, have launched a hybrid estate agency. Founded by...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

P’ing in a storm – why is the industry obsessed with price?

As any marketer will tell you, the marketing mix in its most basic form is made up of 4 P’s: Price,...

12 March 2016

From: Features

OnTheMarket drops 'one other portal only' rule for new Overseas Channel

OnTheMarket is not going to uphold the controversial ‘one other portal’ rule for its new Overseas Channel, which it has launched...

02 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Property and technology: The birth of the silicon brick?

The amount of column inches taken up by ‘property’ is at an all-time high.  In my mind there are two major contributing...

20 February 2016

From: Features

Developer gives big cash boost to estate agents' comparison website

A west country property developer is reported to have taken “a significant stake” in Netanagent, a price comparison website focused on...

09 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Which? asks consumer to choose - online agents or traditional agents?

The website of the consumer group Which? is asking for readers’ experiences as to which is the better choice - using...

05 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency launches No Sale-No Fee option for vendors - with strings

Online agency HouseSimple is introducing a High Street agency style No Sale-No Fee option for vendors, with a reduced fee if they...

27 January 2016

From: Breaking News

OTM Fury Road(Show)

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

18 January 2016

From: Features

If Purplebricks fails online game could be up admits hybrid agency chief

The co-founder of hybrid estate agency EweMove says if the newly-floated Purplebricks fails "the online agency game could be up." Glenn Ackroyd,...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: pay what you want – yes or no?

First of all, welcome back everyone. Hope everyone had a great and relaxing break for Christmas and New Year. (Is anyone...

15 January 2016

From: Features

Why I've said no to PLC approaches

Do you remember Martha Lane-Fox? She was the poster girl for lastminute.com and an icon of the dot.com bubble that ended...

15 January 2016

From: Features

Online Vs traditional – the battle continues

Online estate agent Purplebricks has now completed its pre-Christmas IPO with shares initially valued at £240m. It’s the latest news that...

08 January 2016

From: Features

Business survey shows strong backing for traditional agents over online rivals

A survey of 1,000 members of the public suggests that 60 per cent of people would prefer to buy or sell a...

06 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agents will change the sector in 2016 claims THAT online agent

eMoov founder and managing director Russell Quirk has taken to print to explain why he believes 2016 will be the year...

24 December 2015

From: Breaking News

My winners and losers in 2015

It’s time to take a pause, to reflect and put into context—and what a year it has been for our industry...

24 December 2015

From: Features

Bill McClintock, The Property Ombudsman Scheme

What is the biggest change you’ve seen in the agency industry during your time at TPO?  For me, the biggest change has...

18 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

22% of sellers 'consider' using online agents - but few actually do so

A large survey of home movers reveals that over one in five of them considered using only an online-only estate agent...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

'Brand incubator' invests in online agency relaunching in January

A so-called ‘brand incubator’ has invested in online estate agency Settled. Settled launched in January 2015 but has had negligible impact even...

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a Facebook seller and the crowdfunding craze

An interesting story caught my eye a few weeks ago. A man from Lytham St Annes in Lancashire attempted to sell...

20 November 2015

From: Features

Property Natter: Quirky views, website traffic and a love affair with 'hybrid'

I’m writing this from the brand spanking new Center Parks in Woburn Forest. Set within 365 acres of lush Bedfordshire forest,...

23 October 2015

From: Features

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

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

21 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide upheaval continues as 'digital future' chief resigns

Countrywide says the man charged with planning the organisation’s digital future is to step down - just days after he was...

20 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Why audience size and user engagement really matters

Over the past few years Rightmove and Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) have each been spending massive sums on marketing and product...

16 October 2015

From: Features

Not Online, not High Street - future agencies to be Hybrid says Countrywide

The future estate agency model is going to be neither the traditional High Street office nor the online-only alternative - instead...

16 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Traditional agents have been online for years

It’s interesting to read of plans to debate which business plan really is best for the customer, online or traditional estate...

09 October 2015

From: Features

The Big Debate: Online versus Traditional Agency - we want your questions

One of the industry debates of the year will be held next week when the inaugural FUTURE : Property Tech conference...

05 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Can easyProperty find its place amongst the new online establishment?

The big online estate agencies appear to have come of age. No, no - I'm not saying they're good, bad, better or...

02 October 2015

From: Features

eMoov explains agency's controversial £20m valuation

The controversial description of online agency eMoov as being valued at £20m - even though it currently does not even make...

09 September 2015

From: Breaking News

We’re all disrupters now

It’s become almost obligatory for start-ups in many industries – frequently online agents in the selling and letting business – to...

04 September 2015

From: Features

Online agents are the Uber of sales and lettings industry

Online agents may soon sell and let across national boundaries as company websites and property portals operate on an increasingly global...

02 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Online agents now 8% of industry says eMoov after £540,000 fundraise

Controversial agency eMoov, which has already raised over half a million pounds in a weekend of crowdfunding, says online agencies now...

01 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Almost a love-in from Which?

It’s always interesting when Which? produces a report that includes estate agency. It asked 1,990 people their views on buying and selling...

21 August 2015

From: Features

Online agency boss hits out at rival's skullduggery

The boss of online hybrid estate agency EweMove has hit back at what he calls “skullduggery” in comments about his firm’s...

10 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Online agent in bid to move away from upfront fees

eMoov has entered into a partnership with peer-to-peer lender RateSetter in another bid by an online estate agency to find an...

27 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Touting letter triggers Online V High Street agents spat

An online estate agency is accusing a High Street agent of trying to “sabotage” a transaction by sending a touting letter...

20 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Online agent tries pay-as-you-go fee structure

Online estate agent HouseSimple has launched what it calls a “weekly pay-as-you-go estate agent service” which asks sellers to pay from...

16 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Money laundering scandal wouldn't happen with online agents - claim

The chief executive of online agency easyProperty says the money laundering scandal exposed in Channel 4’s ‘From Russia With Cash’ would...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Online v Traditional agency debate set to dominate conference

The annual RESI conference, usually dominated by developers and debates over housebuilding totals, is this year to include a discussion on...

07 July 2015

From: Breaking News

A breath of fresh Airbnb

Two interesting developments in the past week have shown how established parts of the agency industry - on either side of...

03 July 2015

From: Features

How to ride the digital wave legally and fairly

The internet and rapidly evolving digital landscape has revolutionised the way people buy and sell properties. With some reports suggesting 95 per...

03 July 2015

From: Features

NTSEAT to meet with CMA over OTM cartel complaints

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team (NTSEAT) is to meet with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to discuss complaints...

04 June 2015

From: Breaking News

ASA upholds complaints against eMoov

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld two complaints made against online estate agency eMoov.  The first centred around eMoov’s claim that...

03 June 2015

From: Breaking News

easyProperty hires PR firm ahead of sales launch

Online estate agent easyProperty has appointed a creative and PR agency to manage an ‘above the line’ advertising campaign ahead of...

29 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Oh no, not another complaint...

OK, you’ve had your fun. Now let’s leave the regulators regulate and work for the public. If you don’t know what I...

22 May 2015

From: Features

eMoov lodges CMA complaint about sole agency agreements

Online estate agency eMoov has lodged a complaint with the Competition and Markets Authority over high street agents’ implementation of sole...

21 May 2015

From: Breaking News

ASA investigating complaints about online agents' VAT

The managing director of Hatched online agency is accusing Purplebricks, eMoov, Tepilo and House Network of advertising their rates exclusive of...

19 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Technology is arming high street agents in the online battleground

The presupposed notion still exists that new online agents are ‘tech savvy’ whilst the seemingly old fashioned high street agents are...

06 May 2015

From: Features

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