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Stamp Duty saving all but wiped out by higher mortgage deposits

The cost of the average mortgage deposit has climbed £11,000 in some areas thanks to the stamp duty holiday fuelling the...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent accused of charging to view a property: Is this illegal?

An estate agent has been accused of charging prospective clients to view a property. The claim has been made on Twitter by...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Over 500,000 buyers will have benefited from stamp duty holiday

Over 500,000 homebuyers in England are set to benefit from the stamp duty holiday to the tune of £3.4 billion, according...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today – have we reached peak PropTech?

In the third part of this series, Neil Cobbold – Chief Sales Officer at rental payment automation provider PayProp – explores...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

The Cladding Scandal – what do you need to know?

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

05 June 2021

From: Features

Tragedy as agent and senior company figure dies aged just 44

A senior figure in the UK activities of the Keller Williams estate agency has died at the shockingly young age of...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 June 2021

From: Sponsored Content

How Open Banking will transform the lettings industry

Banking has gone through radical changes in the past few years, in step with technology and the sheer amount we can...

29 May 2021

From: Features

Housing market needs more help as Covid support measures end - call

Banks and building societies want the government to offer more help to the housing market through additional assistance to home owners...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove probing online agency with controversial past

Rightmove is to review the processes of an online platform which directly uploads sellers' property details via an app. Two years ago...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - bad product or bad plan?

In the previous edition of PropTech Today, Nathan Emerson highlighted the importance of effective implementation, linking poor staff engagement to the...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Not just first time buyers facing affordability issues, research shows

The apparent plight of first time buyers hits the headlines frequently but new research shows that second steppers face a wide...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing forecast is for price boom to continue over summer

An unusual price forecast based on conveyancing quotes suggests the housing market is to continue busy over the summer with more...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – 5 ways estate agency has changed since May 2020

It’s now over a year since the property market officially reopened after an unprecedented two-month shutdown at the height of the...

22 May 2021

From: Features

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

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

22 May 2021

From: Features

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

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

22 May 2021

From: Features

Capital Gains Tax and Property Sales - report calls for overhaul

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

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks excluded from industry league table despite surge in instructions

A controversial league table of corporate agents’ market share is deliberately excluding Purplebricks and other online agencies.  This is despite Purplebricks this...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrap Stamp Duty and implement annual property tax - call

A think tank wants the government to scrap stamp duty and replace it with an annual property tax based on capital...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Two years on - how can agents comply with the Tenant Fees Act?

It’s nearly two years since The Tenant Fees Act came into force for tenancies in England. On 1 June 2019 it...

19 May 2021

From: Features

The leaky bucket of estate agency and how to fix it

Gathering and analysing feedback at all stages in the customer journey is highly important. So, where do we begin? For many estate...

15 May 2021

From: Features

Capital Gains Tax glitch hits property sales, says accountancy firm

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

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

What A Corrie On! Purplebricks to sell the Rovers Return

Purplebricks has pulled off another publicity coup - it’s to sell the Rovers Return in Coronation Street. The hybrid agency, which already...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Estate agents’ fees are least important issue for sellers

A league table of the most important issues facing vendors places the scale of estate agents’ charges at the bottom - and this...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Row explodes over house raffle which failed to sell enough tickets

A row has blown up over a house raffle where the property prize was withdrawn and a cash alternative offered because...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: agents should make their own website stand out from the crowd

Changes to the way the property market operates over the last year - with increased flexibility and remote interactions - has...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Watch: what is the future of lettings sector PropTech?

In a video interview for Letting Agent Today, Neil Cobbold, Chief Sales Officer of PayProp, speaks to property professional Chris Buckler...

08 May 2021

From: Features

Portal Charges: cost-per-lead idea for new-build listings

Zoopla says house builders “are at the heart of everything we do” and it is revamping its New Homes marketing offer...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

ASSESSING THE FUTURE FITNESS OF YOUR BUSINESS IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT NOW

The current crisis has led to many of us to re-evaluate our lives to ensure that we put ourselves in the...

06 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Rejected - vast numbers of first time buyers turned down for mortgages

One one in five first time buyers have been able to get a mortgage on the first attempt over the past...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Online KYC checks help estate agents battle rising fraud

As an estate agent, you should of course be performing robust Know Your Customer (KYC) checks as part of your Anti-Money...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Urgent warning to agencies over repayment of Coronavirus debt

There’s a new warning that the estate agency industry may be in a more fragile financial condition than before the pandemic,...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New Property Tax - consultation begins on 'cladding' tax proposal

The government has launched a formal consultation process on a new residential property developer tax which is to contribute towards cladding...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New guidance to agents over Dual Fees and vendor dis-instruction

Agents are being advised on what course of action they should take to safeguard their right to fees should they be dis-instructed...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Nicky Stevenson – how do we encourage more women into senior roles?

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I chat with Fine & Country UK’s managing director Nicky Stevenson, one of the most...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Furlough funding refunded to government by major agency group

Another major agency group has agreed to repay substantial sums it claimed under the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, introduced to...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why agency must never become a closed shop

The biggest news story in town this last week – which has brought people who don’t usually like or watch football...

24 April 2021

From: Features

£1m bonus package for Foxtons boss despite huge shareholder rebellion

Controversial Foxtons chief executive Nic Budden is to pocket a bonus package of around £1m - despite a huge shareholder rebellion at...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Five PropTech suppliers to watch - Propertymark’s ‘good for agents’ shortlist

Propertymark has shortlisted five of the 700 or so PropTech suppliers in the UK, as part of the trade body’s REACH...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sequence agency chain links with part exchange service

The land and new homes division of Sequence has signed a deal to offer fully-funded part exchange and home buying services...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide investor’s warning shot at underperforming Foxtons

The veteran estate agent who led criticism of Countrywide’s former management is turning his glare on Foxtons. The London estate agency has...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

SDLT not a problem for most first time buyers even as holiday ends

Some 80 per cent of the property market will remain free of stamp duty for first-time buyers, even after the current...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

95% Mortgage Guarantee scheme - is it just a sop for the North?

From today buyers will be able to purchase properties worth up to £600,000 with just a five per cent mortgage, under...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

How can agents achieve smooth transactions as we ease out of lockdown?

We’re officially transitioning to summer – marked by the clocks going forward and warmer weather – just as restrictions start to...

15 April 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Foxtons Fat Cats: Has the company been milking the taxpayer?

Foxtons is facing another shareholder revolt over the bonus being given to its chief executive despite taking £7m in state Covid...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

More agencies back government Kickstart scheme

Another property company has announced its participation in the Kickstart scheme. The initiative is aimed at young people aged 16 to 24...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: High Streets reopen - so what now for agency branches?

Today is the day that non-essential retail reopens as part of the government's roadmap out of lockdown. For the majority of the...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Fake Reviews: Watchdog pushes Facebook into action

The Competition and Markets Authority says it has pushed Facebook into taking new action to combat fake reviews - an issue...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency chief executive forsakes £1m in bonuses during Covid

The annual report of a major estate agency has revealed that its chief executive took two large cuts to bonus payments...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property market evolution - it’s a balancing act for all of us

The UK property market is always evolving but never as quickly as it is now. Traditional estate agents are seriously questioning...

07 April 2021

From: Features

Surveyors launch Home Review concept to cut fall-throughs

A surveyors group has launched a new ‘Home Review’ service which it claims will identify structural problems which create an immediate...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-stamp duty campaigner fined … for stamp duty avoidance

One of the most outspoken campaigners against stamp duty has been fined for avoiding tens of thousands of pounds in … stamp...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Garden space ‘shrinking’ because of stamp duty costs - claim

The sizes and numbers of gardens in London are reducing because stamp duty is encouraging more extensions as an alternative to moving. That’s...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin Bites Back: We’ll NEVER do direct sales, insists founder

Agents have contacted Estate Agent Today to say they fear the new MatchMaker service on the Boomin portal could be used...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty reform would speed sales says another leading Tory MP

The MP leading a new parliamentary committee on the housing market says a radical reform of tax would help more people move...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

First time buying cheaper than renting - if you have the deposit

First time buyers are now saving more than £800 a year in comparison with tenants, new analysis suggests.  The Halifax says the...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday has been a con, suggests property firm chief

The stamp duty holiday has backfired and buyers almost everywhere are paying more for homes, rather than less. StripeHomes analysed house price...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

No short-term lets regulation for now - what could this mean for the PRS?

Licensing of the short-term lets sector in Scotland was due to be introduced next month. However, it was recently announced that...

03 April 2021

From: Features

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

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

03 April 2021

From: Features

Portal Wars: Boomin’s early launch and Zoopla’s membership surge

The Bruce brothers' new portal Boomin has launched a day early - and no, this isn't an April Fool. The site went live...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Move Over Monopoly: New board game reflects real housing market

A new property board game called Gazumped aims to rival Monopoly but reflect a much more realistic view of how the house...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

PRS policy chat - what's next for agents and landlords?

Earlier this month, Fixflo held a webinar with David Cox, legal and compliance director of Rightmove, to discuss key government policies...

31 March 2021

From: Features

Many transactions ‘taking four months from offer to exchange’

NAEA Propertymark says a record number of transactions are taking four months to move from offer to exchange. The organisation says this...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday red tape will cost taxpayers £750,000

It’s costing taxpayers £750,000 just for the government to update its IT systems to handle the stamp duty holiday.  In a document...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks launches ambitious new pricing strategy (sort of…)

You can’t blame agents for trying to get the highest possible price for their vendor’s property, but Purplebricks probably wins the...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Asking price/Sold price gap narrows thanks to stamp duty holiday

The stamp duty holiday frenzy has reduced the gap between asking and sale prices according to new research. Before the start of...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Big sign-up for new Level Three Agency Qualification scheme

The Guild of Property Professionals says it’s had a strong response to the launch of its Ofqual-accredited Level Three Agency Qualification. It...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax Day was just a damp squib says leading industry analyst

The government’s highly-anticipated Tax Day was just a damp squib.  That’s the view of leading analyst Anthony Codling, who says the almost complete...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Limited property tax proposals unveiled by government

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

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty pledge by Conservatives ahead of local elections

The Conservatives have promised that first time buyers would not pay tax when buying a home in Wales if the party wins...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Have tenants in arrears? You need to be aware of this new law

From 4 May 2021, your agency could be blocked from charging late fees, compounding interest on missing rent and taking any...

20 March 2021

From: Features

Fears grow of Capital Gains Tax changes to be unveiled next week

There is growing speculation that a raft of tax proposals to be unveiled next week will include reform of Capital Gains...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Who runs the estate agent industry? Battle hots up

The Guild of Property Professionals is to offer a formal agency qualification as it goes increasingly on the offensive in a...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: Where did it all go wrong? A former insider gives his view...

This week’s interviewee in the ‘In Conversation Today’ hotseat is a man better placed than most to shed some light on...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax reform could wreak huge damage on housing market

There’s a warning this morning that possible tax reforms to be unveiled next Monday could wreak huge damage on the property...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Top online agency challenged over claim about fees and sales

Online agency Yopa says it will change a claim on its website that appears to suggest no fee will be charged...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent warns public of perils of Modern Method of Auction

A prominent estate agent has warned buyers and sellers about the perils of the controversial Modern Method of Auction. MMA is now...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage boost as many homeowners pay down debt during pandemic

With much attention on those at risk of repossession or running up rent arrears, it's emerged that many others have actually used...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Should Foxtons repay its furlough money?

Pressure is building on London agency Foxtons to repay its furlough funding. The company issued an upbeat trading statement on Wednesday; while...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

40 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage: the future of house buying?

A broker has launched the UK’s longest-ever fixed rate mortgage, with no early repayment charge or exit fees - the first product...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Managing high enquiry volumes and making hay while the sun shines

The property sector is in the middle of a boom and demand is high. Last week’s announcement that the stamp duty...

10 March 2021

From: Features

Insurance Scandal: Help for agents in Business Interruption saga

New guidance has been issued in a bid to allow agents to get the insurance payouts they expect from the Business...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin advertising extravaganza as portal launches

Boomin has revealed its launch date after months of high-profile publicity. It’s to be three and a half weeks from now on...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

eBay and Amazon use omnichannel marketing - why don’t you?

As a property agent, fancy marketing terminology such as ‘omnichannel’ might not hold too much interest for you right now. We’re in...

06 March 2021

From: Features

In Conversation – Data Sharing with LonRes chief Anthony Payne

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: government clarifies Budget announcement

The government has issued an official note to detail the announcement made yesterday by Chancellor Rishi Sunak regarding stamp duty holiday...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Slow conveyancers should suffer financial penalties, says PropTech man

The head of a PropTech platform wants financial penalties on conveyancers if transactions miss deadlines. “The only way to accelerate the current...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons “strategic step change” may pay off, says commentator

A leading market commentator says the acquisition of London agency Douglas & Gordon represents “a strategic step change” for Foxtons -...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

The right PropTech can avert lockdown chaos – and forever revolutionise rental payments

With one of the world’s most successful vaccine rollout programmes under way in the UK, the chances of a complete lockdown...

01 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter - are virtual viewings now absolutely integral for agents?

Pre-pandemic, virtual and video viewings were a nice little add-on for some agents, but they were far from universally used and...

27 February 2021

From: Features

Honesty – and a leak - see the property market through ‘crisis’

Honesty is a concept that journalists will tell their readers is non-existent for estate agents. Yeah, right! But as the end...

27 February 2021

From: Features

Boomin blasts Rightmove as bleak, broken and bloated

An open letter from Boomin chief executive Michael Bruce shows how fierce the competition is going to be in the portal field...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Bad Idea? Stamp Duty Holiday extension could backfire...

A prominent conveyancer has hit out at the extension to the stamp duty holiday, which is now ending in late June and...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Here's everything you need to know about remortgaging

In this tips article, the experts at GoodMove provide expert insight into the remortgage process. Remortgaging is the process of changing your...

24 February 2021

From: Legislation & Compliance

Controversial Modern Method of Auction wins £80k for Zoopla agents

Zoopla says it has so far delivered almost £80,000 in agent fees through its access to the Modern Method of Auction. MMA...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin’s Michael Bruce says: “We’re ready to launch”

The Bruce brothers’ latest project, Boomin, is “ready to launch” some two months after it was expected to see the light...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraudster agent escapes prison after scamming insurance company

An agent working for a Countrywide brand in Lancashire has been given a suspended jail sentence after being found guilty of...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

How to ensure your letting business remains compliant

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

20 February 2021

From: Features

Game Over for Propertymark? What future after shock resignations?

Members of Propertymark are left wondering today what if any future there is for the industry’s trade body. The shock resignation yesterday...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

How the other half borrow - wealthy purchasers denied mortgages

High net worth individuals are struggling when it comes to successfully applying for a mortgage, according to a lender.  Research by Butterfield...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Who’s trusted more - Rightmove, Zoopla or OnTheMarket?

A survey of portal usage shows a low level of trust and customer satisfaction from agents, and a majority of agencies saying they...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty rush provides agents with opportunity to generate additional revenue

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

16 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Huge scandal of Business Insurance brush-off in defiance of court

An agent is challenging the insurer Hiscox over its interpretation of whether to honour a Business Interruption Insurance policy. A standard letter...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove courts controversy with Modern Method of Auction link

Rightmove is the latest portal to forge a link with the controversial Modern Method of Auction service being offered to agents. A...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s time to stamp on stamp duty speculation

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

13 February 2021

From: Features

What to consider when buying or selling an estate agency business

Estate agents might be expert at advising on buying and selling properties on their books but when it comes to buying...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Why automation could improve enforcement of PRS regulation

It’s now more than a year since the government offered an additional £4 million to councils to combat rogue landlords. At the...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Walk-ins to High Street branches “more a liability than an advantage”

The rise and rise of portal listings and changing consumer habits during the pandemic may mean the death of the High...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Two new property taxes announced by Housing Secretary

The government has given details of two new taxes to provide funds to address the cladding problem on high rise tower blocks...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Unsellable: Thousands of flats remain impossible to mortgage or sell

Agents and a wide range of property experts have demanded yet more government funds to end the cladding crisis that is...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

More agents resorting to Modern Method of Auction

One auctioneer Iamsold, which operates the Modern Method of Auction, says it’s enjoyed its strongest January on record.  It’s seen a 26...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Why 2021 is set to be 'the year for good broadband' in the rental market

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and shifting tenant requirements are reinforcing the need for good broadband in the rental market...

10 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

New tax and billions more for cladding - but is it enough?

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced “an exceptional intervention” promising that leaseholders in high-rise buildings above 18 metres will bear no...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Many buyers are scared of negotiating with agents - claim

A leading bank says as many as one in three buyers pay too much for a property because they are afraid...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Boris backer calls for stamp duty to be scrapped

One of the chief figures behind Brexit and Boris Johnson’s role as London Mayor is now advising that stamp duty should be...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow for first time buyers - Affordability at its worst for 10 years

Affordability across the housing market is at its worst for 10 years according to an analysis by a London agency. Benham and Reeves...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty may not be so bad after all, argues leading analyst

A housing market analyst says stamp duty, for all its unpopularity within the property industry, may not be so bad after...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal warning over little-known stamp duty technicality

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

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies with Bounce Back loans have more time to repay

Smaller independent agencies that took out government Bounce Back loans to help them through the Coronavirus crisis now have more time...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty panic may lead to Japanese Knotwood legal action

Experts are warning that buyers rushing to complete before the March 31 cliff edge for the stamp duty holiday may miss...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Offset Mortgage launched for borrowers who miss deadline

A mortgage has been launched targeting borrowers who believe they are unlikely to complete their purchase before the stamp duty holiday’s...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Should agents repay Business Rates relief because offices were open?

Almost a year ago the government announced that estate and lettings agencies were to be included in the business rates relief...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate As It Happened - What MPs Said

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour enters cladding controversy by forcing vote in Commons

Labour has entered the cladding controversy by calling a vote in the House of Commons to force government action on the...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

What will the lettings industry look like in 2021?

As part of our third PayProp Special Report on COVID-19 rental arrears in the UK, we surveyed over 600 agents, tenants...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty Holiday - broker warns most lenders won’t make deadline

A leading mortgage broker is warning that over half the lenders in a key segment of the market are already unable...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Better communication will be key for agents now and in the future

There is little doubt that the last year was one which none of us will easily forget both personally and professionally....

27 January 2021

From: Features

Not coping with Covid? Shock figures about agents’ mental health

A new working group on mental health in the agency industry is being set up following a poll revealing 62 per cent...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Here we go again! What does lockdown 3 mean for the market?

Well, what a start to 2021! None of us thought things would change as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s...

23 January 2021

From: Features

In Conversation Today – Q&A with the man behind a 2020 success story

By any available metric, Belvoir had a good 2020. Already a well-known and well-established name, it was highly praised for its...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Big majority of first time buyer mortgages now over 25 years

Some 70 per cent of first time buyers in 2020 took out mortgages in excess of 25 years, says the Nationwide. A decade...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday: is it really just a subsidy for London buyers?

London buyers have been by far the biggest winners from the stamp duty holiday according to new research. The Keller Williams UK...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Dozens of Tory MPs demand stamp duty extension from Sunak

The Northern Research Group, which has the backing of over 50 Conservative MPs in the north of England, wants the Chancellor...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Pipeline surge not enough to stop Your Move/Reeds Rains revenue drop

Revenues for LSL Property Services - owner of Your Move and Reeds Rains - dropped last year by 15 per cent. Although...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate stamp duty as Chancellor considers extension

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is considering an extension to the current stamp duty holiday according to media reports today - and the...

17 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: exclusive Q&A with Tim Balcon, Propertymark’s new CEO

Propertymark, the overarching body aiming to bring five different associations (ARLA, NAEA, NAVA, ICBA and APIP) into a single brand, was...

16 January 2021

From: Features

Why Facebook is a great alternative to property portals

While the property industry has suffered far less than other sectors during the past year, it would be short of the...

16 January 2021

From: Features

Supreme Court backs agencies in Business Interruption Insurance dispute

There's good news for thousands of estate agencies awaiting pay outs under Business Interruption Insurance schemes. The agents are amongst 370,000 businesses whose...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Make sellers pay stamp duty, senior industry figure suggests

One of the most respected figures in the industry, trainer and consultant Richard Rawlings, is suggesting that stamp duty should be...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Could autonomous transportation affect the property market?

In the not-too-distant future, it will be possible to order a driverless car to collect you and then drive you to...

13 January 2021

From: Features

Countrywide and Foxtons back new scheme to speed conveyancing

Countrywide and Foxtons have thrown their weight behind an idea to identify every single UK residential property with a unique number. The...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Five sessions from RE:Connect you need to watch

The ‘future of residential’ is a huge term to contend with but one that was addressed last week through our RE:Connect...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal - Decision Day later this week

The Supreme Court will give its judgment on the long-running Business Interruption Insurance case on Friday. In November a Supreme Court appeal...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 will not hold back Agents who are prepared to adapt

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

08 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Boomin's Michael Bruce reveals portal's aims - and the lessons of Purplebricks

To kick off 2021, we have a Q&A with one of the most high-profile – and, it has to be said,...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rip-Off leasehold charges to be abolished by government

Millions of leaseholders will be given the right to extend their lease by a maximum term of 990 years at zero...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s former management slammed by industry veteran

Countrywide’s former management seriously damaged the company’s share value and status by adopting a flawed business plan - and then executing...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency to open six new London offices - and dismisses Stamp Duty holiday

London’s largest independent estate agency, Dexters, suggests that the stamp duty holiday ending in 12 weeks time will have relatively little...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: backbone of our industry – Aspire-ing and roaring to greatness

Firstly, Happy New Year – here’s to 2021 being less chaotic than the last! In the final part of our series on...

02 January 2021

From: Features

2021 preview – what do letting agencies need to prepare for?

As we approach the end of the year, there is no doubt that it has been a turbulent 12 months for...

02 January 2021

From: Features

Online auction fees controversy: One operator to publish all charges

An auction house that's made a transition from ballroom operations to online streaming is to publish all fees for all lots -...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Top online agency reveals £17.8m loss - can online ever be profitable?

A £17.8m pre-tax loss has been reported by Yopa in its latest financial statement filed at Companies House. Figures lodged just before...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Current regulation of estate agents unenforceable admits Propertymark

Propertymark has told the government that it needs to introduce overarching regulation of agents now, because existing piecemeal provisions are unmanageable...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Modern Method of Auction firm says public needs to be educated

The largest company involved in the controversial Modern Method of Auction says it’s producing a “disruptive digital market campaign to address...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Hold the tinsel! Ditch the mistletoe! The house won’t sell…

We’re sure agents have been working hard to urge vendors to take it easy on the dodgy decorations if there are...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty increase - could it happen across the UK?

The shock and almost immediate increase in stamp duty on additional homes in Wales has prompted one question in the industry...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock stamp duty rise on additional homes in Wales

There’s been a shock one per cent increase in the Welsh equivalent of stamp duty on second homes, coming into effect...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough Fraud: MPs want agencies and other claimants named

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

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Phase It Out - Calls grow for ‘tapered’ end to stamp duty holiday

Pressure is building on the government to agree a tapered end to the stamp duty holiday, even if a full-blown extension now...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

How can PropTech adapt within an uncertain market?

Ever since the initial ripples of innovation in the 1990s, PropTech has proceeded to reshape our market beyond recognition; going on...

19 December 2020

From: Features

Budget date is in time for U-turn on stamp duty holiday extension...

The next Budget will be held on March 3 next year - in time for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to change his...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance - agents must wait even longer

The hundreds of estate and lettings agencies involved in various Business Interruption Insurance policies must wait even longer to find their...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents demand immediate tax action to help market

NAEA Propertymark has written to the Scottish Government demanding it extend the current Land and Buildings Transaction Tax holiday - the...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Is it time to allow tenants to keep pets?

This is a time of year when many people consider buying a pet as a present but for the millions of...

16 December 2020

From: Features

Top pandemic tips for estate agents

Described on this site as a ‘powerful disruptor’ in March 2020, few would deny that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on...

16 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Yes Purplebricks - but how many homes do you actually SELL?

Mystery still surrounds the number of homes actually sold by Purplebricks, despite upbeat statements regarding the number of instructions it wins. The...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Cash buyers bagging big discounts in London says agency

A prominent London agency says cash buyers are securing substantial discounts in prime areas of the capital. The biggest cash discount currently...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents reduce deposit disputes?

Deposit disputes can be time-consuming and difficult for all parties involved whether it be a letting agent, landlord, or tenant. Although at...

09 December 2020

From: Features

On The Fence! - MPs stay neutral over stamp duty holiday extension

MPs lobbied by agents to extend the stamp duty holiday are staying firmly on the fence with standard answers and no...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

If you want a stamp duty holiday extension, sign here…

A petition has been launched demanding a stamp duty holiday extension. The online petition is the idea of Jonathan Steel - a layperson...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla membership at three-year high after 1,000 new branches join

Zoopla has added over 1,000 branches since lockdown began in March, taking total membership of offices and new homes to a...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property transaction delays - where ARE the searches?

Delays with the return of property searches is one key factor for sales taking longer to complete. As conveyancers start to warn...

05 December 2020

From: Features

Property Natter: the backbone of our industry – charity, Cornwall and family!

Welcome to part three of our ongoing series on local independent agents, as we seek to give this all-important part of...

05 December 2020

From: Features

Change what you’re doing to complete sales before March 31

‘Many are in complete denial about the time it takes and still think it’s eight to 10 weeks.’ I won’t tell you...

05 December 2020

From: Features

Giraffe360 invests £3.5m in ‘camera-as-a-subscription’ service for agents 

Here at Giraffe360, the PropTech startup, we have raised a £3.5 million funding round to further accelerate our product development and...

05 December 2020

From: Features

Agents can do more to speed up transactions by adopting technology

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

04 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Can mortgage offers be withdrawn between exchange and completion?

An alarming story has appeared in the mortgage trade press, highlighting an apparent pitfall in the house buying process that has...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Are you prepared for a seasonal upswing in missed rental payments?

It’s that time of year again. Black Friday has been and gone and the run-up to Christmas is well and truly...

02 December 2020

From: Features

PropTech Today: Weak leadership threatens innovation

After you. No, after you. That is often how innovation seems amongst the real estate elite. And this week I see it...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Backer of self-employed agent model admits: ‘There are risks’

One of the biggest supporters of the self employed estate agent business model admits there are risks and it’s not for...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty clampdown revealed by HMRC and advertising watchdog

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

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PRS regulation - could more authorities follow the lead of Westminster?

Back in September, Westminster Council launched a new strategy to help 'protect tenants' and 'ensure they live in good-quality and well-managed...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Property tax rises and falling house prices coming in 2021

Property tax rises and falling house prices look as if they are on the way according to the small print accompanying...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holidays don’t help market, claims tax expert

Stamp duty breaks have historically done little to help the housing market - and it’s the same now. So says David Hannah,...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Multiple tough lockdowns have not deterred this housing market

Average house prices in Wales have risen three per cent in the past year, despite multiple difficult lockdowns considered more severe...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency launches huge recruitment drive with jibe at Countrywide

Connells Group has announced a major recruitment drive as it looks to create 250 new agents' positions - and it’s launched...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal - agents go on waiting

Agents anxious to know if they will receive a payout from their Business Interruption Insurance will have to wait still longer...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide faces multiple risks if it doesn’t sell to Connells - claim

Connells has increased the temperature in its bid for Countrywide with a surprise statement this morning outlining risks run by Countrywide if...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Flipping makes a comeback with big profits made by investors

The mixture of the stamp duty holiday and generally fast-rising house prices has led to a resurgence of flipping. Data released this...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to advise Boomin on referral fees disclosure

The Boomin portal, which incentivises agents to cross-sell and benefit from referral fees, is to receive advice on fee disclosure from...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Price caps revealed for buyers using new Help To Buy scheme

The government has revealed new regional price caps for its revamped Help To Buy Equity Loan scheme, set to operate between...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will Boomin’s “fair fees” tempt agents to quit Rightmove?

The new property portal Boomin has revealed its fees structure for agents. Tapping into the industry debate over portal fees, Boomin describes...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agents and bucketshop conveyancers ‘causing transaction delays’

One of the country’s top buying agents is advising purchasers and vendors to avoid online agencies and 'bucketshop' conveyancers. Edward Heaton - founder...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must be crystal clear on fees, watchdog tells industry

The advertising watchdog has told the agency industry to clean up its act on four issues, with clarity over fees being...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Top 10 things to consider before picking rental payment PropTech

According to the annual Property Week PropTech survey, almost 48% of property businesses had tested new technology because of the COVID-19...

14 November 2020

From: Features

Covid-19 and the potential impact on the buy-to-let market

Property is considered to be a safe investment. The buy-to-let market is booming, fuelled by a generation unable to get on...

13 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Free-to-list portal set to launch Artificial Intelligence marketing system

Residential People, one of many free-to-list platforms in the hectic portal marketplace, is set to launch which it calls its “AI...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax hike is GOOD news for agents, insists top analyst

One of the industry’s leading commentators says an unintended consequence of a possible Capital Gains Tax increase could be a bonus...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity … on Children In Need day…

Hello and welcome to your regular Friday charity round-up from the industry - appropriately enough on the day of the latest...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax Bombshell: CGT could double under new proposals

A report commissioned by the government suggests a doubling of Capital Gains Tax on profits from the sale of second homes. The government -...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

TV consumer champion demands action to free ‘mortgage prisoners’

A new report funded by high profile consumer champion Martin Lewis says the government must do more to help ‘mortgage prisoners’. These...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

How auctions can help agents through the second lockdown

As we embark on another nationwide lockdown, the team at SDL Auctions are keen to help agents ride the storm, beat...

11 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Evictions law – get specialist advice if you’re unsure

As lockdown – Season 2, the sequel no one asked for – gets underway in England, landlords, tenants and agents will...

10 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agents wanted to work with high-funded quick buy company

A relaunched home buying service says it wants to partner with agents to unlock sales if the housing market deteriorates. The service...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Takeover Underway? - Connells begins bid to buy Countrywide

It’s been announced this morning that Connells is in takeover discussions with the troubled Countrywide agency group. Countrywide has given Connells until...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons’ management bonuses stay after ‘voting problem’ revealed

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

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Four revenue generation tips for letting agents

What are the best ways for a letting agency to generate additional revenue and stay ahead of the competition? Management fees are...

07 November 2020

From: Features

Online firm renews attack on high street agents’ charges

Strike, the firm previously known as HouseSimple, has launched another attack on the charges levied by High Street agents. This time it is...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will extended furlough help struggling agents and suppliers?

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

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyers fleeing cities don’t always get more for their money

The trend of buyers apparently fleeing the city to get more for their money in the country has hit the buffers...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

How can Open Banking benefit landlords and letting agents?

Letting agents and landlords have faced huge change and uncertainty this year, with Covid-19 the major driver. But even before the...

05 November 2020

From: PropTech & Innovation

Boomin signs online agency amongst 10 new founding members

Fledgling portal Boomin - launching later this month - has announced another 10 independent regional agencies as founder members. This includes its...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Using technology to underpin your lettings division

I remember so clearly in my Foxtons days, working as a lettings manager in Putney, that lettings, though less sexy than...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown justice at last for agents with Business Interruption Insurance?

The Business Interruption Insurance saga, involving hundreds of agencies awaiting pay-outs on policies, enters its next and final stage later this month. An...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough pay-back: Agency in talks with HMRC

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

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin portal reveals how agents will be charged for listings

Boomin is to levy a traditional monthly fee for estate and letting agents listing on the site, in line with other...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Fears grow over lockdown impact on transactions

The national lockdown beginning on Thursday makes the case for an extension to the stamp duty holiday, according to a tax...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency offers auction service to rivals at fixed price fee

An online agency says its virtual auction service can be used even by its rivals between now and the end of...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin reveals 'lifetime revenue' potential for agents

Advanced information released today about Boomin suggests it will seek a much closer relationship with agents than existing portals, with lifetime...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday set to be extended as housing market stays open

There’s one key takeaway for agents from the weekend’s announcements on the next England-wide lockdown - the housing market is staying...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty receipts up despite first time buyer exemption

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

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters' Reform Bill delay - what does it mean for the lettings market?

Housing Minister Christopher Pincher announced that the introduction of the Renters' Reform Bill will be delayed for an indefinite period due...

31 October 2020

From: Features

How can we ensure the second half 2020 doesn’t become a blip?

Recent figures emanating from the mortgage and housing market suggest that – since lockdown was ended in mid-May – transaction levels...

31 October 2020

From: Features

Common sense tips for dealing with student tenants

Clear communication and common-sense actions by landlords, letting agents and students at the start of a tenancy can drastically improve the...

31 October 2020

From: Features

OnTheMarket hands shares to agents on full-tariff long-term deals

OnTheMarket has handed out more shares to agencies signing long-term agreements with the portal. It was almost three years ago that OTM, then...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Getting PropTech for free? It's probably because you're the product

The proliferation of free and accessible digital services has - at face value - brought us many great things: same-day deliveries,...

28 October 2020

From: Features

Deferred-payment scheme for high-price London homes

A developer operating in prime central London is offering buyers a deferred-payment scheme. K10 Group says it’s doing this because of the...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping the property market moving

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

27 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

How to sell your agency business in 11 key steps

Agents spend their whole careers telling vendors and landlords why they will be able to achieve a better sale price or...

27 October 2020

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

Deposit protection - what is Prescribed Information?

Did you know your deposit protection obligations don't end with paying the deposit? You also need to serve the Prescribed Information within 30...

27 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

How to Reach More Landlords Part 1

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

27 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Top tips for creating engaging blog content

Putting fingers to keyboard to create blogs and articles isn’t always the easiest job for agents, particularly when meetings, viewings and...

27 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Five top tips for lead generation

Generating leads is a crucial and age-old part of estate agency. Before the internet, lead generation was just as important to...

27 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Top things to look for in a valuation tool

Here at The ValPal Network, we know that there are other options available when considering to use a valuation tool, so...

27 October 2020

From: PropTech & Innovation

Mortgage struggles and house-buying complexity hit first timers

A new survey reveals the uphill struggle first time buyers appear to be having in securing a mortgage. A study of 1,000...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Six ways innovation is transforming the lettings sector

Tenant enquiries and property viewings unsurprisingly slowed this spring, due to the necessary government restrictions brought in to manage the pandemic....

24 October 2020

From: Features

Countrywide gets £90m lifeline and top management clear-out

The troubled Countrywide group has announced a £90m investment by Alchemy Partners, a private equity company that specialises in investing in...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax expert claims buyers of homes-with-annexes may pay excess SDLT

A tax expert says his research suggests some buyers of homes with annexes may have paid too much stamp duty on...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Some sellers are now asking too much, reveals Rightmove

The latest Rightmove asking price index shows the extraordinary market and amazing times we are living through. The average price of property coming...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 October 2020

From: Features

How to make client accounting software migration a breeze

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

17 October 2020

From: Features

The importance of addressing Conveyancing earlier in the home moving journey

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

14 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Homes can sell two months quicker, claims 'intermediary' platform

A platform which signs up vendors and allocates their sale to a high-performing local agent says it sells property two months...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Are you steering clear of new Boomin portal? agents asked

A PropTech platform wants to find out agents’ views on a range of industry issues - and that includes whether they...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – five ways to enable your agency to thrive this winter

The only certainty at the moment is ongoing uncertainty. It’s something we’ve got used to in 2020, but it’s still not...

10 October 2020

From: Features

Referral fee transparency shows why panel management is outdated

The latest review by the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team into referral fees places the outdated practice of...

10 October 2020

From: Features

Selling a flat with a short lease

Many agents, certainly those in London, will have faced the difficult task of selling a flat with a shorter lease. A...

09 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

How to stay on top of arrears during a global pandemic

How to stay on top of arrears during a global pandemic Many have speculated, though much of it is anecdotal – how...

08 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

House price inflation at four year high but concern over virus

House prices in September were 7.3 per cent higher than a year earlier – the highest house price inflation since June 2016. The Halifax...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

End of mortgage holiday could spell disaster for many - claim

A new paper from a think tank warns that many low income owner occupiers risk losing their homes when the mortgage...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty may have been overpaid by 120,000 buyers - claim

Stamp duty specialist consultancy Cornerstone Tax claims some 120,000 buyers in the UK may be owed SDLT refunds. It says that in...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket's next trading statement expected next Tuesday

OnTheMarket says it’s going to issue its next trading statement one week today on October 13. This will cover the first six...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tories pledge “revolutionary” low deposit mortgages for FTBs

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to create a ‘Generation Buy’ to help young people purchase homes with low-deposit mortgages. In...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords - shout louder about the good you’re doing!

We all know what the problem is, but what’s the solution? The problem is that landlords, thinking they offer a valuable service...

03 October 2020

From: Features

Say No To Rightmove lead agency now listing on Zoopla

The agency leading the Say No To Rightmove campaign has returned all of its offices and brands to Zoopla. The Acorn Group,...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Cladding scandal hurts entire housing market says top industry figure

Ed Mead has joined a growing chorus demanding government action on the cladding crisis. He is one of the industry’s leading figures from...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal - bid to speed up pay-outs

The many agents believed to be awaiting pay-outs on their Business Interruption Insurance will have some consolation in knowing that the...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Are agents swimming upstream against the Electrical Safety Regulations?

Are agents swimming upstream against the Electrical Safety Regulations? 3 months on from the introduction of the ‘Electrical Safety Standards in the...

29 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Online agency easyProperty expands and seeks new licensees

Online agency easyProperty has announced four new areas to its portfolio to build on its existing 41 locations - and it’s seeking...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal company wins another £5m funding

Property technology company OneDome, which operates two portals - OneDome and Nethouseprices - has raised another £5m in funding.  It says it...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

How will the end of the furlough scheme affect the rental market?

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, better known as the furlough scheme, was introduced by the chancellor Rishi Sunak in March to...

26 September 2020

From: Features

Agencies and businesses offered new tax and jobs schemes

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined his measures to help agencies and other businesses survive Coronavirus. His announcements - endorsed by both the...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Will agencies benefit from Sunak’s new ‘after-furlough’ measures?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today reveals his latest measures to help businesses - including agencies, suppliers and other parts of the property...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal promotes “free money” referral fees despite industry probe

One of the many new portals recently launched has made a pitch for agents to join because of its referral fees...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendors spend extraordinary sums each day to sell their homes

Vendors spend an average £41 a day for 144 days when selling their home - but some spend a remarkable £140 a...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency behind Say No To Rightmove reveals High Street expansion

The regional agency group which master-minded the Say No To Rightmove campaign has made a big commitment to the future of...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government claims credit for housing market boom

The government claims its stamp duty holiday has supported nearly 750,000 jobs thanks to the ripple effect in the economy. A statement from HM...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency wants to sell £1m home for £1 - but with extras

A family-run agency which last year asked people to “make an offer” to buy a franchise is now claiming it will...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

First time buyer affordability index may be most authoritative yet

A new league table drawn up by a property advice website may be the most authoritative yet for first time buyers...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Absurdities of council tax laid bare in new league table

The irrationality of Britain’s council tax system has been laid bare in a new league table drawn up by estate agency...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The PRS is broken - here’s how to fix it

The pandemic and the way the government has reacted to the private rental sector (PRS) has got me thinking about the...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Tips for growing your management portfolio in uncertain times

Despite the recent effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is still much opportunity in the market for letting agents to grow...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - during an Indian summer...

Hello and welcome to the start of the weekend and that means it's time for Agents Do Charity. Each week, we publicise...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance: High Court rules in favour of agents

The result of a test case over Business Interruption Insurance involving agents has been handed down by the High Court. It has...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty: 'Zero likelihood' tax rise for overseas buyers will be scrapped

A tax expert says that there is 'zero likelihood' of the government changing its mind on stamp duty changes for overseas...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Insight - what’s really going on in the property market?

If you’re in any way connected to estate agency all it takes is a quick glance at Facebook or LinkedIn to...

12 September 2020

From: Features

Record leads for OnTheMarket driven by ‘New & Exclusive’

OnTheMarket has this morning announced record leads during August, beating July’s previous record. The portal generated over two million leads in August, an...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance: date set for court case result

Agents involved in a test case over their Business Interruption insurance will know the result next Tuesday morning. The test case concluded...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Keep your market moving

Be proactive, have a plan, and keep prospecting.  After the easing of lockdown measures, it’s safe to say the property market picked...

09 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech Today: Is there any such thing as a portal war?

For a mixture of reasons, I now only write this column every two weeks. At first, I missed the weekly consideration...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech offer for NAEA agents to work with start-ups

The National Association of Estate Agents is inviting members to join a panel reviewing new PropTech produced as a result of...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Navigating through the Covid crisis and beyond with AI

There will not be a single business within the property sector that did not start the year in vastly different circumstances...

05 September 2020

From: Features

Watchdog launches probe into unfair sales tactics of leasehold homes

The Competition and Markets Authority is today opening enforcement cases focusing on the sale of leasehold homes by four leading housebuilders. They...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents increasingly using ‘grey’ low-key marketing - claim

Estate agents are increasingly using low-key ‘grey’ marketing to avoid too many prospective buyers swamping them when homes go on sale. That’s...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla tells agents - we're free until January if you commit long-term

The battle between portals is hotting up again with Zoopla repeating its offer of free listings until January for agents committing...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Big rises in property taxes expected to pay for virus spending

Hefty increases in taxes on the purchase and sale of holiday homes and buy to let properties are expected in the...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents will be crucial during extended eviction ban

The ban on evictions was due to end earlier this month, but following a last-minute U-turn from the government, it has...

29 August 2020

From: Features

A guide to commercial mortgages during the Covid-19 pandemic

With access to finance being such a hot topic at the moment, more and more estate agents are turning to commercial...

29 August 2020

From: Features

Agents ‘taught not to quote VAT on fees’ claims insurance firm

An insurance firm claims estate agents are taught not to quote VAT in fees until the final bill. A statement from Admiral...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

50% of property professionals expect pay rise despite recession

A new study reveals that two thirds of property professionals expect a pay rise in the next 12 months, despite Coronavirus and the recession. Of 1,100 professionals questioned...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour to spend two years debating property and housing issues

Labour’s shadow housing minister has revealed that it will be two years at least before the party sets out its long-term...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal secures record visits in bid to rival Rightmove and Co

OneDome, which operates two free-to-list property listing sites, says it’s had a record month as it strives to build an alternative...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Are our fees too low? British agents amongst cheapest in the world

New research suggests that British estate agents charge some of the lowest fees in the world. Based on an apparent British average...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent expelled by Ombudsman for failing to pay award to seller

An agency that has now closed down has been expelled by The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay an award of...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide - 10 own goals in five years

Hindsight is 20-20 vision, of course, and we can all see things we did ‘then’ that we would not do ‘now’....

22 August 2020

From: Features

It’s a trap! Stamp duty holiday could lead to property taxes - claim

A prominent industry figure says the current stamp duty holiday could effectively be a trap to lure in buyers who will...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - more fund-raising good deeds

Hello and welcome to the weekend - if it’s Friday, it’s Agents Do Charity day as we pay tribute to fund-raisers...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform claiming to halve transaction time wins cash boost

A PropTech platform that claims to halve the time a transaction takes has received a huge cash injection from investors for...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Major Countrywide shareholder demands “bold action to save company

One of Countrywide’s biggest shareholders has written a second letter to the company to demand bold action to save the agency...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – what does agency look like Down Under?

In my last Natter, I explored the differences between estate agency in the UK and the US with the help of...

15 August 2020

From: Features

Revealed: What today's renters want, need and expect

Life as we know it has changed – for everybody – and what tenants want, need and expect in this post-pandemic...

15 August 2020

From: Features

Estate agency pioneers ‘Covid-era’ benefits and perks package

London agency JOHNS&CO says the performance of its staff during the Coronavirus period has led it to launch what it regards as...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents told to use Kickstart scheme to encourage talent at no cost

The government’s new Kickstart scheme is the ideal way for agents to encourage new talent without incurring any cost. That’s the view of The...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

The agency that stood by its staff even as profits tumbled

Connells Group has announced its trading statement for the first half of 2020 - and its support for its staff is...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group wins exclusive marketing deal with developer

The Sequence Group is to be the sole selling agent for RoyaleLife, the country’s largest builder of bungalows, exclusively aimed at...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Average sale price is £13k below asking, new survey shows

The proportion of the asking price achieved on average in the past year is 95.8 per cent according to a new survey. Comparison...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Raffle produces winner of £500,000 London apartment plus car

House raffles and similar competitions have become mired in controversy in recent years, thanks to some of them failing to abide by...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Leaseholders advised not to wait for reform - it could take years

Wholesale reform of leasehold issues is still some years away, despite recent proposals by the Law Commission and pledges by the...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Why diversifying into auctions can boost post-lockdown cashflow

Following the easing of lockdown restrictions on England’s property market in May, NAEA Propertymark reported a sharp increase in business for...

05 August 2020

From: Features

Furlough Fraud: HMRC targets property firms for investigation

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

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New portal reveals charges to agents plus extra for multi-listing service

The new portal OpenBrix, which is powered by Blockchain, has revealed its fee structure ahead of its formal launch on September...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks delays changes to fees structure until the autumn

    Purplebricks says changes to its fees structure - possibly becoming less reliant on controversial upfront charges - has been delayed until...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what are the differences between UK and US agents?

We have had a special relationship for many years and are bonded as countries in many ways – historically, politically and...

01 August 2020

From: Features

Business Interruption Scandal: agents await decision on pay-out

Agents are awaiting the outcome of a test case regarding Business Interruption Insurance, which may determine whether they receive thousands of...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket boost as 14,000 agency branches and developments list

A statement by OnTheMarket this morning reveals that as of the end of last month it had a record 14,000 advertisers...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Purchase tax on some UK prime homes now amongst lowest in Europe

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s stamp duty holiday means prime property in the UK now enjoys lower tax rates than most European countries. Buyers...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19 is speeding up PropTech - what are you waiting for?

What do General Electric, IBM, Microsoft, and WhatsApp have in common? Yes, they are American companies that boasted revenues of $50...

29 July 2020

From: Features

Nothing wrong with 'Commisery' says unrepentant Michael Bruce

A founder of Purplebricks, Michael Bruce, suggests there was nothing wrong with the controversial Commisery TV ads that contributed to making...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Code of Practice marks welcome progress for RoPA recommendations

Earlier this month, it was revealed that property industry bodies have joined a new Code of Practice Steering Group to enact...

25 July 2020

From: Features

Stamp duty holiday: the first change to benefit landlords in years

As expected within the property industry, the Chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday in his Summer Statement. This now means that...

25 July 2020

From: Features

Tax grab on house values proposed in new 'Property CGT'

Tens of billions of pounds of new taxes should be levied through a Capital Gains Tax imposed on main homes, not...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New Purplebricks fees structure likely to be revealed next month

It is widely expected that Purplebricks will shortly reveal the result of an experiment with a number of different pricing strategies. The...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday giving southern England biggest boost - Zoopla

Zoopla's Research and Insight Director Richard Donnell writes: Just over a fortnight on since the Chancellor announced the Stamp Duty holiday and...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreement PropTech free to agents - not to consumers

A PropTech platform that aims to lock-in sellers and buyers via a mutually agreed reservation agreement system is being offered free...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Celebrating the different side of estate agency

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

22 July 2020

From: Features

Purplebricks: another complaint prompts watchdog to intervene

Purplebricks has changed the wording of an advertisement on its website after a watchdog stepped in following a complaint. According to the...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

990-year lease extensions could help end leasehold scandal

The long-awaited proposals for leasehold reform produced by the Law Commission suggests giving owners the right to extend their lease for...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says no to massive windfall from taxpayers

Rightmove says it’s going to reject over £150,000 in payouts from the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The portal furloughed 160 employees...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what will property conferences and events of the future look like?

Conferences, events and awards dinners are a hugely important part of the property calendar, bringing the great and the good of...

18 July 2020

From: Features

Streamlined completions promised by latest PropTech platform

Another new PropTech platform claims it can streamline the completion process - this time by coordinating the work of estate agents...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks sells its Canadian business for £35m

Purplebricks is selling its Canadian business. The sale comes little over a year after the troubled agency closed both its failed Australian and...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla to promote online Modern Method of Auction to agents

Zoopla has entered into a partnership with an online platform to promote the so-called Modern Method of Auction option to estate...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent breaks ranks and calls stamp duty holiday “cowardly”

A London estate agent has broken ranks with much of the industry and instead of welcoming the stamp duty holiday has...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property scam firms selling 'parking spaces' are shut down

Two companies that persuaded property investors to pay as much as £25,000 for a parking space have been wound up in...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Upfront property information – we need to stop ‘going round the houses’

At a recent Conveyancing Association webinar focused on the provision of upfront information in the property sale process, there was a...

11 July 2020

From: Features

Agents can sell properties at record speed with this key combination

There’s no doubt that Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the UK’s property market, after hundreds of thousands of house...

11 July 2020

From: Features

NAEA Propertymark in PropTech deal to promote start-ups

NAEA Propertymark is partnering with a service called REACH UK, to promote selected PropTech start ups to agents who may need...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty mayhem? Conveyancers may not cope, warn agents

An estate agency is warning that the likely rush of transactions when the new stamp duty holiday ends next spring will...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty holiday unlikely to be replicated in Scotland

It looks like the stamp duty holiday for England and Northern Ireland, already in effect following yesterday’s announcement, is unlikely to...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cuts WON’T help the market - a contrary view

An industry analyst is challenging the long-established agents’ view that reducing or temporarily scrapping stamp duty would help the market. On the...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Challenger portal offers agents free access to data on all UK homes

One of the many free-to-list portals now vying for attention is offering agents six months free access to a platform boasting...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Software and portals destroyed the personal touch of agency

Have you ever wondered how industry-specific software and property portals have influenced the typical estate agency of today? A new book, which...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty dithering could kill the market, warn angry agents

Agents have spoken out angrily against any uncertainty in the market caused by government leaks about future stamp duty changes. In recent...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Congratulations! ESTAS 2020 winners celebrate ‘virtual’ victories

The industry’s first virtual awards event has taken place with hundreds of agents participating courtesy of YouTube. Winners of the prestigious ESTAS...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Property licence plates’ launched - agents should use them says Propertymark

Propertymark is calling in the government for agents to be trained in the use of software operating the Unique Property Reference...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket bags another 500 branches with ‘welcome shares’

OnTheMarket says almost 500 branches have signed up in recent months, entitling their business owners to ‘welcome shares’. Of those branches signing...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove campaign chief signs up to new free-to-list portal

The estate agency group spearheading the Say No To Rightmove campaign has signed its 36 branches up to new portal Homesearch. The...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents remain calm in the light of latest house price dip

Agents have remained calm in the light of Nationwide’s house price index which shows the first annual fall for eight years...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

The fraud risks facing the property sector as a result of Covid-19

Businesses across all sectors have struggled to adapt to the changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. One group that have bucked...

01 July 2020

From: Features

Shareholder ‘mini-revolt’ over Countrywide’s top brass pay

There appears to have been a small shareholder rebellion at Countrywide’s annual general meeting over the company’s remuneration of senior management. No...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Management pay cuts and furlough returns revealed by high-end agency

Savills has revealed the measures it has taken to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus on its activities and balance sheet. The...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchise group revenue hit by 20% because of virus lockdown

Revenue for The Property Franchise Group was hit by 20 per cent cent thanks for the lockdown - but sales listings...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Distressed agents may benefit from latest commercial eviction ban

Estate agents facing crippling running costs as the wider impacts of the Coronavirus crisis hit home may benefit, at least in...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Start-ups saving letting agents time and money will thrive

As we adjust to a life post-Covid-19, letting agents, landlords, and tenants are thinking - ways to speed up the process...

24 June 2020

From: Features

One in six homeowners with mortgages now on payment break

One in six home owners with a mortgage across the UK are now on some form of payment holiday with lenders...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Horses for courses - the rise of the personal agent

The phrase ‘game-changer’ has been hugely overused. But when applied to how Covid-19 is changing the way estate agents will work...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Losing control of client money poses serious risks for letting agents

Most letting agents don’t set up a business to become accountants but losing control of client money poses serious risks for...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Ker-ching!  Stamp duty refunds soar during Coronavirus crisis

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

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove really IS very good value for agents, insists ex-director

The former commercial director of Rightmove has made a strong defence of much of the company’s activities, including the charges it...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals big winners from post-lockdown surge in demand

Rightmove has given a regional breakdown in where  buyer demand is strongest in the past two weeks. It’s perhaps no surprise that...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency aiming to rival Purplebricks announces regional expansion

A hybrid agency which set a target of rivalling Purplebricks when it launched has announced a recruitment drive and expansion in...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove campaign says 'list on Zoopla, support OTM'

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has set out strategy suggestions for independent agents facing steep portal bills. A 10-page document reveals...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Cashflow crisis likely for agents later this year - warning

Estate agents are likely to get through the next five to six months even if the market falls away - but...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rush hour! Agents agree huge sales volumes since market reopened

Data released this morning by Rightmove suggests that agents in England have agreed no fewer than 40,000 sales since the market...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Second politician named in Jenrick ‘cash for favours’ controversy

Housing minister Chris Pincher has now been named in media investigations into allegations concerning his political boss, Robert Jenrick, and the...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Technology is central to solving property’s mismeasurement issue

To most people, purchasing a home is the single most significant financial commitment made across a lifetime. Given the impact and...

13 June 2020

From: Features

Charity connection brings meaning to fast-growing processor of rental transactions

Covid-19 has placed a spotlight on the impressive variety of fundraising platforms and technologies available – and not often in places...

13 June 2020

From: Features

OnTheMarket still aims to be top portal - and ponders next move on fees

OnTheMarket says it still aims to be the number one portal, but the acting chief executive has revealed a far more...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Jenrick fails to show for key question as ‘cash for favours’ row grows

Beleaguered Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is under growing pressure to explain his part in a planning decision - now deemed illegal...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

First time buyers take four in 10 mortgages since market resumes

Today is one month since the government lifted restrictions on agents and the housing market - and since that time the...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla fees cut ‘saves agents £30m’ with hundreds of new branches joining

Zoopla has upped the stakes in the war between rival websites with two major claims which implicitly challenge both Rightmove and...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

9,000 branches on paying contracts with OnTheMarket, portal says

OnTheMarket says in a trading statement this morning that as of May 31 only some 9,000 branches were on paying contracts...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who are the challenger portals?

The only story that has come remotely close to pushing coronavirus – and its various knock-on effects – off the top...

06 June 2020

From: Features

Downturn’s silver lining: our two cents on the property market

There’s no doubt we’re in a less-than-rosy phase of the property cycle. This, however, is not another doom and gloom piece:...

06 June 2020

From: Features

20 Years of LonRes - The changing face of prime central London

How prime London has changed. In 2002 work began on The Knightsbridge. Located within a stone’s throw of Harrods and a near-neighbour...

06 June 2020

From: Features

LSL bring staff back off furlough as board takes one third pay cut

LSL Property Services has this morning released details of its response to the Coronavirus crisis. All members of its board have taken...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket names the day for reporting accounts and members

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

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Police ‘assess’ Housing Secretary’s planning row as PM steers clear

The Metropolitan Police says it’s “assessing” the controversial surrounding the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, and a planning decision over which he...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech is the key to dealing with post-lockdown surge

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

03 June 2020

From: Features

Delay property tax change until market revives, experts tell government

A taxation institute is urging the government to delay Capital Gains Tax changes relating to housing transactions until the virus crisis...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing fraud warning issued by leading consumer group

Consumers are not as worried as they should be about conveyancing fraud, putting them at risk of losing life-changing sums of...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

'No DSS' lawsuits - what do letting agents need to know?

Over the last few years, there have been a number of high-profile court cases in which renters took action against letting...

30 May 2020

From: Features

Exclusive: Say No To Rightmove to offer 'options for agents'

The Say No To Rightmove campaign is to release a set of options for member agents to consider if the portal...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday could add £1,331 to a mortgage, owners warned

The financial services industry’s much-hyped mortgage holiday scheme, heavily endorsed by the government, could cost home owners hundreds of pounds in...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

“Don’t buy a new home before selling old one” tax experts tell buyers

A group representing 600 tax experts working in UK legal and accounting firms is warning buyers not to purchase a new...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary Jenrick in hot water again as he admits bias

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick - accused by some of breaking the lockdown some weeks ago - is now in more hot...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 May 2020

From: Features

'Furlough could wreck housing market' - warning to government

The government is jeopardising the success of the housing market relaunch through the inflexibility of the furlough scheme, claims a group...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough changes: Agencies and suppliers must pay some wages

The Chancellor has revealed how he will wean businesses off the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - meaning that agencies and suppliers...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday extension - new details released by FCA

The Financial Conduct Authority has published new draft guidance for lenders which will set out options available to their customers in the extended...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark’s 29-point guide for offices, teams and activities

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what happened when big lenders had their own estate agencies?

All my recent Natters have been focused on one particular topic, the coronavirus crisis, for obvious reasons. But there has been...

23 May 2020

From: Features

Watchdog launches probe into fake and misleading online reviews

The Competition and Markets Authority has launched an investigation into fake and misleading online reviews. The announcement from the watchdog does not...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Independent agents' group links with soon-to-launch portal

The fast-growing trade group for independent estate agents has launched a partnership with the soon-to-launch Homesearch portal. Of the various free-to-list portals...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Life Without Rightmove - potential leavers to get marketing advice

The Say No To Rightmove campaign is to hold a seminar for agents who have already left the portal or are...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday extension welcomed despite ‘cliff edge’ worry

There’s been a cautious welcome for the extension to the current mortgage holiday scheme, due to run out for ‘early adopters’...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices to drop 12% before long term growth - latest prediction

Typical prices in the UK housing market will drop 12 per cent before long-term growth resumes in 2021 and beyond. That’s the...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

All Change! Agents should reform ‘before government intervenes’

The industry should continue to prepare for large-scale reforms such as mandatory agency training, the licensing of agents and a new...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Physical valuations now undertaken by most lenders in England

The Bank of Ireland UK is the latest mortgage lender to resume physical valuations of properties in England, subject of course...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Settled - people miss the point about failure

I recently read the news about Settled closing its doors. As of 6.29am on Tuesday morning, the article had been read by 8,642...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says key market indicator already better than last year

The number of full property details viewed on Rightmove - a key indicator of market health - is already stronger than...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Insurance Claims: only two days left to submit details

The City regulator which is bringing a test case over insurance firms refusing to honour Business Interruption policies wants policyholders including...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

How’s the housing market? Ask again in September…

Rightmove has taken the unusual step this weekend of issuing its usual monthly asking price index on a Saturday instead of...

16 May 2020

From: Features

Foxtons says latest shareholder rebellion over bonuses is “satisfactory”

Foxtons - which has recently closed branches and furloughed staff - has described a shareholder rebellion over senior management bonuses and pay...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Some agents still financially insecure despite furlough extension

The announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that he was extending the furlough scheme until the end of October appears...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: Furlough scheme now extended until end of October

The Chancellor has announced that the furlough scheme is to be extended until the end of October. He made the announcement in...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holidays could be extended to up to a year

The Financial Conduct Authority is reported to be considering offering homeowners up to 12 month’s mortgage holidays. Currently 1.2m mortgage payment holidays...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News