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KEYWORD "Policy" - 392 RESULTS
20-point risk management protocol introduced by top agent

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

25 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

Agency in lockdown row reopens with staff temperature checks

The agency at the heart of a fierce row over staff safety in the lockdown says it's now insisting local managers...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Fury over agent breaching government rules on opening to public

There’s been a furious response to the agent who appears to have breached government rules by opening his branch to the...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Let Sales Resume! Pressure piles on government from agents and suppliers

Three of the highest profile industry suppliers and house moving services have given government a four-step plan to restart the housing...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Shareholders say yes to Rightmove despite ongoing agency criticism

Rightmove’s shareholders appear to have been generally unmoved by the string of protests against the portal in recent weeks. At the portal’s...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal: class actions begin to form

The scandal over Business Interruption Insurance policies is hotting up, with class actions being discussed against insurance firms and the Financial Conduct Authority announcing...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

One agent’s fight for Business Interruption Insurance pay-out

Agents and in some cases their brokers continue to do battle with insurers in a bid to secure pay-outs on their...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: higher insurance premiums likely despite row over losses

The company at the centre of a controversy over estate agents’ business interruption insurance says its core package does NOT cover...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Will coronavirus affect attitudes towards referencing and rent guarantee products?

One of the most important aspects of being a successful and profitable agent is selecting the right tenants. The industry manages this...

22 April 2020

From: Features

Don’t kill Rightmove - it could be the agent’s friend, says industry stalwart

An industry stalwart has urged critics of Rightmove to fight for the portal to offer agents a fairer pricing system, not...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons AGM goes virtual with new management bonus scheme on agenda

Foxtons' Annual General Meeting next month is to be held virtually, meaning voting will be electronic. A feature of last year’s AGM...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons furloughs 750 staff and slashes pay for high earners

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

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Fund-raising lifeline thrown to Countrywide, Purplebricks and others

New temporary rules have thrown a lifeline to troubled agencies like Countrywide and Purplebricks which may need to raise additional funds...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents and suppliers paid via dividends demand government help

Industry operators who receive dividends as part of their monthly income are pressing the government to include this in its financial...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New EPC assessment guidance issued - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency cartel scandal - watchdog wants agent directors disqualified

The Competitions and Markets Authority has started court proceedings seeking the disqualification of two estate agency directors over a price fixing...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Two new portals set to launch despite Coronavirus chaos

Two property portals insist they’re going to launch this spring despite the Coronavirus chaos effectively closing down much of the housing...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Unmanaged vacant properties may invalidate insurance - claim

Owners and investors who may be leaving their properties empty in the current Coronavirus crisis risk having their insurance invalidated. High-end property...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Outrage at agency asking staff to work in branches despite lockdown

There’s been national newspaper publicity and widespread social media criticism of the Dexters estate agency which asked its staff to report...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: new info, guidance, links for agents facing the virus

Hello: so much has happened since the last Conquering Corona column . Before we get on with it, a reminder to...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Why negative reviews are the secret to success for agents

We all know how stressful buying a home is, whether it’s your very first step onto the ladder or your final...

18 March 2020

From: Features

Emergency interest rate cut may help housing market weather Coronavirus

The Bank of England has announced an emergency cut in the base interest rate to shore up the economy during the Coronavirus...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

UK interest in free-to-list global portal ramping up in 2020

There’s been a surge in UK enquiries to global free-to-list portal Residential People, and a comparable rise in interest from Chinese...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Uncle Sam vs Blighty - Two countries separated by a common language

The Atlantic Ocean is a vast space – some 4,000 miles eastwards across from the USA until land is met again....

29 February 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - running hard to fund-raise more…

Hello and welcome to this week’s ADC - a sure sign that it’s the end of the week and time to...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial housing minister named as predecessor picks up thousands

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

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister McVey to be sacked this week, briefings suggest

Unsourced stories in a number of newspapers over the weekend - all likely to have come from government off-the-record briefings -...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ delight at another sign that the market is on the rise

Annual house price growth increased to 4.1 per cent in January, up slightly from the end of 2019, according to Halifax...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Consumer champion backs 30% discount scheme for local first timers

One of the leading consumer groups has backed the government’s controversial First Homes policy, which aims to give 30 per cent...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Mansion Tax on high value houses being considered by government

Boris Johnson is considering introducing a mansion tax for high value homes according to a Sunday newspaper. The Telegraph - citing two...

08 February 2020

From: Breaking News

30% Discounts: good idea but...er…how will they work?

Not for the first time, a government policy on housing ends up begging more questions than it provides answers - but...

08 February 2020

From: Features

Discounted homes for first time buyers scheme unveiled by government

The government has announced its First Homes scheme - a policy under which it says some new homes will see their...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency’s ‘We Sell For Free’ claim backed by watchdog

An online agency’s claim that it sells homes “for free” has been disputed by a High Street rival - but the...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agents offered ‘free’ refurbs of hard-to-sell properties

A new renovation start-up is operating across eight cities and claims to be able to transform properties - including ones that...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Up again: House price rises at 14-month high as Bank meets

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee meets today for its monthly decision on whether the move base rate - and...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How digitisation will change conveyancing – for the better

In the field of conveyancing, there’s a new dynamic at play. And that dynamic is customer-driven and customer-focused, using digital technology...

22 January 2020

From: Features

Off-market and hush-hush - so let’s put up a For Sale board

When is a property really off-market? There may be many answers to that question but it’s likely that few would consider...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned they will be accused of mis-selling

A leasehold reform campaigner claims estate agents face “growing calls to be held accountable for mis-selling leasehold properties.” Louie Burns, managing director...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tory tiff prompts gossip about yet another new Housing Minister

He’s a young and very wealthy up-and-coming MP in his 30s, a Cambridge graduate who also studied in the US and...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How can agents build an inclusive rental society and trust with tenants?

We are facing a new world in the lettings industry, with the proportion of households in the private rented sector (PRS)...

08 January 2020

From: Features

Bank says Brexit worries may lead to base rate reduction in spring

Multi-national financial institution UBS says there could be a cut in the Bank of England base rate as early as May...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2020?

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

04 January 2020

From: Features

House prices to rise in 2020 according to almost all analysts

The scores are in….and it looks like house prices are going to rise gently in 2020 according to forecasts from almost...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

30% ‘first timer’ discount: Top agent’s key questions for government

A former residential chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has posed key questions for the government to answer over...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Be kind to your mind - talking anxiety in estate agency

Our mental health affects how we think, feel and act. It affects how we handle anxiety, relate to others and impacts...

18 December 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: what has the last decade meant for the property industry?

Yes, believe it or not, we’ve nearly reached the end of a whole decade. And what an eventful decade it’s been. We’ve...

14 December 2019

From: Features

General election 2019: The housing crisis remains a top issue

With Brexit still unresolved, the domestic agenda has been pushed from the headlines by the seemingly overwhelming public and political discord...

07 December 2019

From: Features

GDPR compliance - three key questions every agency must answer

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

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Mark Hinkins, Sales Consultant at Rexlabs

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Mark Hinkins and I’m a Sales Consultant...

02 December 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Election preview - what are the key issues for agents?

In just over two weeks, the UK population will head to the polls for the fourth general election since 2010. Of course,...

27 November 2019

From: Features

Portals: How much does YOUR branch pay?

The big question for the industry at the moment is the cost and future of portals.  This is especially key for agents...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons bonus row: pay chief steps down with immediate effect

Foxtons has revealed that the chair of the troubled agency’s remuneration committee has stood down with immediate effect. This are also unconfirmed...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons Fat Cats: new bonus policy created after shareholders’ revolt

Troubled London estate agency Foxtons says it has rewritten its remuneration policy for its senior management following a shareholder revolt at...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

TPO increases fees - and agents who generate most complaints pay more

The Property Ombudsman scheme is increasing its fees in January for the first time in six years - and it’s implementing...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Logbooks, Property MOTs and agent regulation demanded by NAEA

The National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents have issued their manifesto for next month’s General...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Backfired! Ban on second homes makes it harder for locals to buy

A new study by the London School of Economics suggests that a high profile ban on the sale of new homes...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Government blasted  over Starter Homes failure

The National Audit Office, a spending watchdog, has exposed the government’s Starter Homes policy with a damning critique of its failure The...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: the facts behind the accounting controversy

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has today published the paperwork behind the recent Countrywide £10m accounting controversy. Published on the RICS...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: agency poll shows doubt over Johnson honouring pledge

A survey undertaken for estate agency Jackson-Stops reveals that 55 per cent of people do not believe housing is a priority...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s housing energy efficiency plan to cost £60 billion

A Labour proposal to dramatically improve energy efficiency in almost every British home would cost an estimated £60 billion. The upgrades would...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Election 2019: what agents should expect from the main parties

It’s on - although judging by the early lack of enthusiasm amongst the British public, you might be forgiven for thinking...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 8 and safeguarding landlords’ rights - what agents need to know

In recent months, we’ve seen headlines dominated by changes to tenancy rules, government consultations and more than a few scare stories. Landlords...

30 October 2019

From: Features

Top Tory says scrap stamp duty on most homes, slash it on others

A former 10 Downing Street adviser says stamp duty on house sales should be scrapped or at least slashed in order...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Zero Deposit’s Jon Notley talks exclusively to Estate Agent Today

When renting a property out, letting agents and landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant...

12 October 2019

From: Features

How can the government help the millions of 'trapped' movers?

There’s no doubt that we live in politically charged times and every day appears to bring something new to the ‘party’. For...

05 October 2019

From: Features

LonRes snaps up anti-money laundering training and compliance service

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

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Going Green: are agents ready for buyers wanting eco-info?

There’s a clear change of mood music in the country now regarding environmental issues. You don’t need to be old to remember...

28 September 2019

From: Features

Will the current political landscape encourage Generation Rent to vote?

In recent years, governments and local councils have sought to change the private rented sector (PRS) to make it more appealing...

28 September 2019

From: Features

Why agents need to warn clients about mortgage fraud

As an agent, it’s part of your role to protect and advise your clients throughout the buying and selling process. Mortgages are...

26 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks review methods to be investigated by Trustpilot - report

The tech publication WIRED has conducted an in-depth analysis of Purplebricks’ reviews on the Trustpilot site and suggests the agency may...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

 Has Labour backed off from its controversial Right To Buy policy?

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, who earlier this month told a newspaper that he wanted to introduce a Right To Buy policy for...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit No Deal means interest rates ‘could go either way’

The Bank of England has once again maintained base rate at 0.75 per cent - but it is warning that the...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government ‘trying to put a lid on house price rises’ admits minister

The new housing minister has admitted that her party has tried to “put a lid” on house price rises and has...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Party Conferences: what agents should look out for

If you thought - perhaps hoped - that five weeks of prorogued Parliament meant a break from politics, think again: the...

14 September 2019

From: Features

Agent stands up for industry as MPs squabble over Brexit and election

A leading London estate agent has written to The Times dismissing MPs who have been squabbling over Brexit and a possible...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy housebuilders get another government bung

It’s been quite a week for news so you might have missed this story - there is yet another boost for...

31 August 2019

From: Features

Agency chief blasted for backing Boris Johnson, Brexit and homes policy

Estate agent turned Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake has provoked a furious response on social media by coming out in favour of...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

“Unworkable” government housing tweaks widely criticised by industry

There has been a sceptical response by agents and others in the property industry to the government’s latest headline-grabbing tweaks to...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top agent tells PM that stamp duty chatter is causing market “paralysis”

A well-respected agent who was president of the NAEA just five years ago has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The price of property: charting the evolution of stamp duty

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

24 August 2019

From: Features

Would a Berlin-style rental price freeze work in the UK?

Recently a number of politicians and charities have been calling for the introduction of rent controls or rent freezes in the...

24 August 2019

From: Features

Stamp duty uncertainty could bring market ‘to a grinding halt’ says online boss

Speculation surrounding whether Boris Johnson will honour his pledge to reduce stamp duty risks bringing the housing market “to a grinding...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty campaign hots up: top bank wants incentive for downsizers

A report by Santander says stamp duty cuts should be used as incentives for older home owners to downsize and allow...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Deal or No Deal could hit base rate and then mortgage costs

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee - which meets monthly to set the base rate on which the costs of...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson’s stamp duty changes – who would be the winners and losers?

We now have a new Leader of the Conservative Party and, rather more importantly, a new Prime Minister. That individual is Boris...

27 July 2019

From: Features

Esther McVey is Housing Minister; Robert Jenrick is Housing Secretary

The new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government is the relatively unknown Robert Jenrick -  but his new housing...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

 Backfired! Ban on new-build second homes leads to higher house prices

A bid to ban the building of new homes for out-of-town buyers has backfired on a Cornish community - and now...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Reforms win industry support as trade groups jostle for influence

Trade bodies and property firms have strongly welcomed the recommendations for root and branch reform of the agency industry - and...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson considers asking SELLERS to pay stamp duty

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

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 July 2019

From: Features

Property transactions: a simple case of basic arithmetic

With somewhere in the region of 1.2 million property sales transactions being completed each year, and 16,500 estate agents actively vying...

06 July 2019

From: Features

Back to the future? A home ownership crisis

With this summer marking forty years since Margaret Thatcher came to power, her legacy continues to invoke both celebration and consternation...

06 July 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks ex-CEO defends record on sales progression and LPEs

Purplebricks’ former chief executive Lee Wainwright has made a stout defence of the controversial agency’s sales progression process and its local...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Blond ambition - Does Boris Johnson have any housing policies?

Britain lives in fundamentalist black-and-white times - all the more surprising when the country's most divisive point of contention sits on...

22 June 2019

From: Features

One in 10 Britons has a second home, buy to let or overseas property

Some 10 per cent of Britons now own a second home, a buy to let or an overseas property according to...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

There’s never been a better time for property to rise above politics

Four years ago, as we approached the general election, Andrews Property Group held a roundtable debateon the impact the election might have...

08 June 2019

From: Features

Landlords forced to conduct more background checks in post-Brexit Britain

Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ policy that was implemented in 2012 was designed to make staying and residing in the UK as...

08 June 2019

From: Features

A moving tide of regulation making its way towards estate agents

It may well seem that the government is pre-occupied with one issue, and one issue alone. While preparations for Brexit take up a...

01 June 2019

From: Features

What would a Corbyn government mean for sales and lettings?

While media attention has been on Theresa May, Brexit and the Tories, chatter in the agency industry has been about what...

25 May 2019

From: Features

Many estate agencies at risk over data security, claims IT firm

An IT firm says small and medium-sized estate agencies without the infrastructure of large corporates are putting themselves and their customers...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fee ban - another failure of government policy?

With a mere matter of weeks until the Tenant Fees Act comes in to effect, I can’t help but wonder just...

11 May 2019

From: Features

The problems with incentivising downsizing through stamp duty

The issue of ‘intergenerational fairness’ has been raised in recent weeks, some might say somewhat ironically by a House of Lords’...

04 May 2019

From: Features

The man who polices the agency industry - an exclusive interview

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

27 April 2019

From: Features

Stamp Duty plummets by £1 billion following surcharge backfire

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

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 April 2019

From: Features

So farewell Theresa May and thanks for...well, not much

No, this isn’t about Brexit. But as the saga of leaving the EU is likely to bring about the downfall of...

13 April 2019

From: Features

ARLA Propertymark Conference 2019 – three key talking points

The recent ARLA Propertymark conference featured a hugely interesting line-up of speaks and session during a watershed time for the lettings...

13 April 2019

From: Features

Labour plans to control house prices dismissed as “bordering on the insane”

Labour is proposing two methods of controlling house price rises should it win the next General Election - and the ideas...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter and Generation Rent? Radical? Don’t make me laugh…

Campaigning groups like Generation Rent and Shelter like to think they are simultaneously edgy and radical; likewise some think tanks believe...

30 March 2019

From: Features

Ex-Emoov chief's new online business makes headlines before it launches

The founder and former chief executive of Emoov, Russell Quirk, is back in the headlines with a new but until now...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2019

From: Features

Rent controls won’t solve London’s shortage of affordable housing stock

The topic of introducing rent controls in London crops up time and time again in our industry. But it’s been hitting...

16 March 2019

From: Features

AML Fines for estate agents published

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

13 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

How to keep landlords happy in 2019

Competition for landlords will be fiercer than ever this year. Landlords are facing a raft of changes and will likely be...

06 March 2019

From: Features

Our homes are ‘woeful’ for older people, claims pressure group

The vast majority of people want homes built as standard for all age groups - a contrary view to those in...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

80 and still paying a mortgage? No problem, say lenders

Mortgage lenders are relaxing age limits so that house buyers can still be paying off their home loan well into their...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

This needs to be the start of redress reform, not the end

The dust may have settled on the government’s recent announcement regarding housing and property complaints, but opinion is still split on...

09 February 2019

From: Features

The importance of being part of a trade association

When it comes to letting a property, it is important that landlords and renters have faith in their agent. The more...

26 January 2019

From: Features

Review – what did we learn from the Guild Conference?

Alongside hundreds of agents and suppliers, I recently attended the Guild of Property Professionals’ annual conference. As ever, it was a great...

26 January 2019

From: Features

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

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

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Micro-homes: could they solve the first time buyer crisis?

A think tank is suggesting that micro-homes could be the answer to London’s shortage of available homes for first time buyers. The...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

On second thoughts…not all government legislation is bad

I often speak of my wish to see property taken out of the hands of politicians. Indeed, this is likely to...

19 January 2019

From: Features

Savills grows market share but warns Brexit will hit 2019 performance

Savills’ residential business grew market share last year in the UK despite what it calls “challenging conditions.” In a trading statement to...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit: where does our industry stand? and where do you stand?

It’s the word on everyone’s lips: after two and a half years of debate, and months before that leading up to...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Insurer unveils customised policy tailored for estate agents

Direct Line for Business is launching what it calls an online “end-to-end” insurance product for estate agents and property management companies.  The...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit bites as house price growth drops to near six-year low

A slew of property experts and commentators have put the blame on Brexit for a surprise drop in house price growth...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Don't rely on politicians to solve housing crisis, says Phil Spencer

Phil Spencer is on the warpath against “constant tinkering” by government in housing matters - and instead, he wants the problems...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Fewest houses built since WW2’ claims new analysis

With one year to go, the 2010s will see housebuilding figures in England come in below any decade since the Second...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year and every success - our wish from Estate Agent Today

As 2018 ticks away and 2019 beckons, it’s time for everyone at Estate Agent Today to wish you, your family and...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2019?

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

29 December 2018

From: Features

The top 10 property personalities of 2018

There’s nothing new about identifying 10 figures who have helped shape an industry over the past year, but that doesn’t mean...

28 December 2018

From: Features

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

When renting a property out, letting agents and landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Great relationships are at the heart of a premium customer service

Over the past year I've had so many conversations with agents telling me how they feel that offering a premium customer...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Prices inch up but buyers still waiting for Brexit clarity

House prices showed an unexpected pre-Christmas boost last last month but worries about Brexit remain foremost for buyers according to the...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

We're not bringing down Rightmove says website seeking investors

A platform that allows individual private sellers and landlords to list their properties alongside those from professional agents says it’s not...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket will be self-funding if 'free' agents start paying

OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett has told an agents’ conference of the strategy for his service - including a prediction that...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Deal or no deal – how could Brexit affect the property market?

A no-deal Brexit The biggest impact of a no-deal Brexit in relation to housing is a potential fall in house prices -...

24 November 2018

From: Features

A quiet Budget – but there’s still enough to keep everyone busy

On the face of it, this year’s Budget was not what you could describe as ‘housing heavy’ in terms of the...

03 November 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: Transparency and control - two conflicting tech challenges

I am currently in the back of a taxi. The deadline for this piece is looming and I am desperate to...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Is that it? Industry downbeat after lacklustre Budget for housing

The agency industry has reacted in a broadly downbeat way at the relatively few housing-related proposals that were announced in yesterday’s...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Budget briefing - Seven things to watch for today

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

27 October 2018

From: Features

Simpler surveys - RICS wants to scrap three current survey options

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says it wants to simplify the system of surveys by scrapping the three current options...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: estate agency on a bus

No, I haven’t lost the plot. Such a thing exists – and if you’re familiar with North London, there is a...

20 October 2018

From: Features

A new scandal? Investigation into estate agents likely to report in New Year

The Competitions and Markets Authority says the result of its latest probe into estate agencies’ possible infringement of the Competition Act...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyer tax is just ‘bid to win over Brexiteers’ says property portal

The head of a leading Chinese property portal has taken the unusual step of commenting on a British tax policy -...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - independents and corporates, we salute you...

Hello and welcome to another weekly update on the industry’s good work - and a chance for us to show that...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Blame the accountants - they admit lobbying PM demanding foreign buyer tax

An accountancy trade body has revealed that last year it briefed MPs - including the Prime Minister and Housing Minister of...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property fraud: insurance firm offers cover, as police seek help on new case

An insurance company is launching a policy which it says will protect consumers with comprehensive cover in the event of a...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

AML compliance – why the smart money is on automation

Technology is transforming the way we comply with Anti Money Laundering (AML) regulation. It is providing a consistent approach, reliable outcomes...

05 September 2018

From: Features

Government quietly scraps controversial sell-off of large homes

The government has quietly scrapped a proposal to force councils to sell off their most valuable assets, which would have included...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

It's not a big deal - agents try to brush off rate rise impact

Most estate agents have tried to dismiss the impact of the Bank of England’s base rate rise, which came following a...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise today 'could hurt housing market balance' - warning

A leading estate agent is warning that an interest rate increase today ould hurt the delicate balance of the housing market. The...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

121,500 first time buyers since stamp duty cut, claims government

A government announcement this morning claims 121,500 first time buyers have taken advantage of the stamp duty cut introduced at the...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: What security measures do agents need to take?

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

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide stays silent on speculation over £100m rights issue

Countrywide has not made any official statement about speculation over the weekend that it was about to seek an additional £100m investment. Estate...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Improving the homebuying process – how can we deliver this ourselves?

You will notice that there is a new author for this regular column for Estate Agent Today. Last month I was...

21 July 2018

From: Features

Agents' fees cartel : investigation blows the lid on how it was planned

A disciplinary investigation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has blown the lid on the infamous fee-fixing cartel scandal involving estate...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Kit Malthouse - We’ve obviously had enough of experts

It may not be a good idea for a journalist to be personal about a politician, so I write about our...

14 July 2018

From: Features

Three-year tenancies will have biggest impact when things go wrong

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal which could have serious ramifications for private landlords, and those who...

14 July 2018

From: Features

May-hem: Disillusioned industry groups welcome 'unknown' minister

Industry groups have welcomed Kit Malthouse as housing minister - but make little effort to hide their frustrations, disappointment and disillusionment. Malthouse was announced...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing minister Raab now takes over David Davis exit-EU role

It’s been announced this morning that Dominic Raab - who became housing minister just a few months ago - is to...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

House price rises will struggle this year and next, say top economists

One of the UK’s leading group of economic experts has repeated its warning that housing market is not going to see...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 2)

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

02 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Security deposit cap – where do landlords and tenants stand?

We’re lucky enough to interact with thousands of landlords and tenants every month. As a result, we get the chance to...

27 June 2018

From: Features

GDPR Weekly: All you need to know about subject access requests

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

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Does your estate agency need to be more flexible?

It’s no secret that technology has changed the way businesses operate, in all sectors. With that has come changes to the...

23 June 2018

From: Features

More gloom and doom: economists say market won't improve this year

The housing market “is clearly currently struggling to gain traction” and any real upturn ”will remain elusive over the coming months”...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy: top agency hints at need for 'fundamental review'

Savills has suggested that it may be time for a fundamental review of what’s left of the flagship policy of Margaret...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

The biggest challenge facing estate agents today…

What is the biggest challenge in estate agency today? At the risk of sounding flippant, selling houses! It’s a unique industry...

11 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

GDPR Weekly: How often should you ask customers to update preferences?

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

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Do you need consent when taking customer details?

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

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sigh of relief as interest rate rise put off for now

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has decided to keep the base rate unchanged at 0.5 per cent this month. The...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Major estate agencies in secret project to try to end delays in chains

Estate Agent Today understands several major national agencies and some smaller operators are involved in a project to understand why transaction...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive wealth of older owners and buyers revealed by new survey

The massive wealth of owners over 55 has been revealed by a new survey. They own £938 billion of UK housing, a figure...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Passing data to third parties

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

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

May's new housing adviser is ex-Shelter ex-Livingstone policy chief

Theresa May has appointed a controversial former Shelter executive as her new housing policy adviser working in Whitehall. Toby Lloyd was until...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

More controversy as Purplebricks and Trustpilot are probed by BBC show

A BBC Radio 5 Live analysis of online reviews has reignited the argument about the glut of positive reviews for Purplebricks...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts problems “on the cards for years says senior insider

An insider in a senior position in Humberts says the weekend announcement that it was in talks with proposed administrators to...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Evidence and documentation of marketing consent

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

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Do you need consent for direct marketing?

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

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Eight months to make a difference to UK housing

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

24 March 2018

From: Features

Countrywide, Connells accused of pressuring buyers over mortgages

A magazine claims its investigations into the sales tactics of Countrywide and Connells suggest the two agency are “harming consumers, stopping them from...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Surcharge for 'five day exchange and completion' is slammed as rip-off

A critic of the conveyancing process has accused a law firm’s charge of £95 for “exchange and completion within five working...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: The right to erasure and the right to be informed

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

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Exploring the requirements for personal data

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

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Ten-year fixed rates on the up as early interest rate rise looms

Over the last few weeks, mortgage lenders have started to adjust their pricing in anticipation of a further interest rate rise...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – Q & A with Isobel Thomson, NALS

This week I carry out a question and answer session with one of the most high-profile names in property. Isobel Thomson has...

10 February 2018

From: Features

Client Money Protection insurance: Protecting you and your clients

A new year means new predictions for what’s to come in the letting industry. Sometimes things come to fruition as expected....

10 February 2018

From: Features

Housing: its part in Theresa May's downfall

It’s probably unwise to write too much about politics these days. The most fanciful predictions turn out to be less wild...

03 February 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks blames City consultancy for sharp share price fall

Purplebricks has this morning issued an unusual statement to the Stock Exchange blaming a City report for the sharp fall in the...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Connells still silent on Agents' Mutual tribunal verdict appeal

Connells says it is still unable to comment on whether it will appeal against the Competition Appeals Tribunal verdict of last...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour MP says council tax should be doubled on highest-value homes

Labour MP Chris Williamson, regarded as an ally of party leader Jeremy Corbyn, is suggesting that high-value homes in England should...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Consultations - Why do so few participate?

It’s no surprise that figures don’t always show the results or consequences we expect - even if they are entirely accurate. Look...

06 January 2018

From: Features

League table of conveyancing 'errors' to be published this year

HM Land Registry says it’s consulting with the legal industry on a proposal to publish a league table of conveyancers who...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2018?

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

30 December 2017

From: Features

New portal removes listings and insists 'we're not a portal after all'

The operators of a new website which earlier today claimed to have 500,000 property listings appear to have now removed the...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells agency wins right to appeal against Agents' Mutual tribunal verdict

The Court of Appeal Civil Division has today given Connells’ agency Gascoigne Halman the right to appeal against the verdict of...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 December 2017

From: Features

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

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

18 November 2017

From: Features

Should agents pay for an increased Trading Standards budget?

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

18 November 2017

From: Features

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

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

07 November 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Why the last fortnight might not matter

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

04 November 2017

From: Features

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

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

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Market unlikely to be impact by small rate rise - even if it happens

Experts suggest that a possible interest rate rise this morning - if it is backed by a majority of members of...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals for buyers down for second month in a row

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

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: pressure building on government for more reforms

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

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise agencies continue war of words over merger terms

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

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Record staff interviews and avoid unnecessary tribunals

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

14 October 2017

From: Features

Countrywide HR chief to explain staff feedback and benefits policies

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

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Back To The Future: a short history of rent controls

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

07 October 2017

From: Features

Party conference season - A housing plan for UK Plc

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

07 October 2017

From: Features

Market confidence still not recovered from election, say building societies

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

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: full text of AllAgents' announcement about suspension

Review service AllAgents has issued a statement explaining why it has suspended the Purplebricks agency. Purplebricks puts much emphasis on public reviews,...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

The market’s missing homemovers

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

16 September 2017

From: Features

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

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

16 September 2017

From: Features

Exclusive: Trustpilot review company explains its Purplebricks policy

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

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another call for stamp duty costs to be transferred to sellers

With party conference season around the corner and the next Budget just a couple of months away, more industry players are...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Two solutions to keep your staff safe

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

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 September 2017

From: Features

Three reasons why we need stamp duty reform

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

02 September 2017

From: Features

Professional Indemnity explained for property professionals

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

31 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Cyber attack - small agencies accused of being unprepared

An insurance provider says small estate agencies are peculiarly vulnerable to cyber attack yet are amongst the least prepared amongst their...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket member agency claims it can list online-only properties

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

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - a short history of estate agency

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

04 August 2017

From: Features

NIMBYs tell government: We won't be bribed over new homes

The government has published the findings of research which suggest that very few local opponents to new homes will be bought...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty hitting transactions and prices, warns PwC

PwC says the drop in the number of property transactions is the economic indicator where the uncertainty over Brexit is most...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London’s prime housing market is no longer roaring

Being a leading world-class city comes at a price – they are the most expensive for occupiers and the most lucrative...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Isn’t it time that property remembered what is important?

For those of us working within the property sector, we’re in the very midst of what, for generations, has been one...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Agency chief condemns Theresa May's housing disaster

First time buyers have finances stretched beyond their means, buy to let is attracting fewer investors because of taxes, and affordability...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Avoid unwanted hassles: Q & A with Jack Webb-Heller, Rent4sure IT director

Living next to inconsiderate neighbours can be a nightmare, but letting to bad tenants can prove costly, especially when issues, which...

08 July 2017

From: Features

An inconvenient truth - Help To Buy mostly helps the better off

Government schemes like Help To Buy, supposedly assisting more people get on the ladder, have little impact on improving social mobility...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Forget stamp duty reform - There’s a new tax on the horizon

When it comes to provoking anger in property professionals, taxation takes some beating. Press releases are still arriving berating the December...

01 July 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: UKPA, RICS and the vital need for open data

The UK PropTech Association (UKPA), of which I am a member of the steering committee, is an organisation with a purpose...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Queen’s speech: Property industry reacts to proposed tenant fee ban

The Queen’s speech to the British parliament this week was a scaled-back affair, which was unsurprising given the Grenfell Tower fire,...

23 June 2017

From: Features

Prime sector - London prices fall; agency rebrand; new office

Average prices in prime central London remained flat in May but are down 6.6 per cent on the year according to...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property needs to rise above politics now more than ever

“Housing policy should be in independent hands.” That was the conclusion of a panel debate that Andrews held, not recently, but two...

17 June 2017

From: Features

Housing industry reacts to shock general election result

The housing industry has responded with shock, joy, and jitters, after Theresa May’s snap general election went catastrophically wrong, leaving her...

10 June 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: Q & A with Charlie Wright, CIELA

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

10 June 2017

From: Features

Disbelief, joy and nerves: Property industry reacts to general election result

As the nation waits with bated breath to see if Theresa May can form either a minority or coalition government after...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems change name of their 'mock estate agency'

If a political party wants to run a country, it’s probably a good idea that it shows it can at least...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

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

03 June 2017

From: Features

Oops - Lib Dems open fake estate agency, but use name of real firm

Vigilant followers of the Liberal Democrats may have spotted a blog in the name of Mark Pack early yesterday morning, commenting...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

UKIP pledges homes below £100k - but they can't be sold on open market

The UK Independence Party’s housing policy for the General Election hinges around a huge expansion in modular factory-built housing - but...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Why we’re absorbing tenant fees until a decision is made

In November 2016 when the Autumn Statement was delivered by Chancellor Philip Hammond, the announcement was made to ban letting agent...

20 May 2017

From: Features

More holiday home 'bans' approved in local referendums

Two more local referendums have, as expected, agreed neighbourhood plans which ban the sale of new-build homes to anyone other than...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency group continues policy of selling off corporate offices

Belvoir is continuing with its strategy of selling off its corporate offices, with a new franchisee just completing on the purchase...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing policy progress will suffer thanks to snap General Election

Not only did Theresa May stun everyone with her decision to call a ‘snap election’ but with the campaign now underway...

29 April 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty reform holds the key to meaningful market change

I wrote last month about how the Government, in introducing a 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes, had scored an...

22 April 2017

From: Features

Agents back likely Conservative victory in June General Election

Estate agents have been broadly supportive of the decision by Prime Minister Theresa May to push for a snap General Election...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Two more years of government pain for the industry

My apologies if this causes you to break your Easter egg with a little too much aggression, but I reckon the...

15 April 2017

From: Features

New independent housing research unit to launch this summer

A substantial new research body is to be launched this summer with a remit of looking at six overlapping aspects of...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market review

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

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

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

Looking back at ten years of tenancy deposit schemes

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty: A year on and the government has scored an own goal

A year ago, we were days away from the introduction of a 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes – a...

24 March 2017

From: Features

Brexit: Housing must not be ignored in the clamour

We’re almost nine months on from the EU Referendum and yet the issue remains the big divide across the nation: an...

18 March 2017

From: Features

Another part of the UK prepares to scrap Right To Buy

Wales is the latest part of the UK to formally scrap the policy which was once the flagship of Margaret Thatcher’s...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

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

11 March 2017

From: Features

Portillo attacks Tory government over owner-occupier 'freefall'

Former Conservative minister Michael Portillo has made an outspoken attack on his former party over its switch of housing policy emphasis from...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL's hybrid/digital plans - City analyst gives the thumbs-up

Business consultancy Jefferies has given a strong endorsement to the digital agency policy set out by LSL Property Services earlier this...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

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

04 March 2017

From: Features

What does the future hold for the buy-to-let market?

Over the past two decades, investing in buy-to-let has been a relatively easy way to make money, which is why so...

25 February 2017

From: Features

Buy-to-let mortgages: What opportunities and challenges lie ahead?

The rapid growth in popularity of buy-to-let in recent years, fuelled in part by the failings of the pensions industry, has...

17 February 2017

From: Features

Propertymark: new consumer branding for NAEA and ARLA

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

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Here are all 29 key points in the Housing White Paper

The government has set out 29 key points in its Housing White Paper.   Introducing it in the Commons this afternoon, Communities Secretery Sajid...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing White Paper - what to expect from today's release

A series of leaks to national newspapers and a flurry of broadcast interviews by housing minister Gavin Barwell means we already know...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

NIMBY-ism is waning as voters accept new homes are vital

Whisper it quietly but it appears that NIMBY-ism is on the wane as increasing numbers of voters are recognising the need...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

What homes will we build – where will government policy go next?

Over 168,000 new homes were completed in the year to March 2016, according to data released by the government, over 15,500...

28 January 2017

From: Features

What next for the rental market in 2017?

The rental market has had to face a raft of changes over the past year, including the introduction of the 3% stamp...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Farewell to 2016 and a cautious welcome to 2017

There is no doubt that 2016 managed to catch the world by surprise on more than one occassion.  But will 2017 be...

14 January 2017

From: Features

New homes: Sajid and Gavin must do better

Now I’m not one to lose sleep over politicians, but it strikes me that Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Housing Minister...

07 January 2017

From: Features

Surprise, surprise - new-build homes are actually getting larger

After years of surveys suggesting the UK’s new-build homes were getting smaller, and may even be the smallest in much of...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2017?

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

17 December 2016

From: Features

Quote, unquote - What the industry said in 2016

Forecasts are so last year: who anticipated Bowie, Brexit or Balls for example? Quotes, on the other hand, really ARE last year...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Is a long-term housing policy too much to ask for?

Just a couple of weeks ago, we waited with anticipation to see what the new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, would say in...

09 December 2016

From: Features

Brexit and 'attack on buy to let' cuts demand for homes by 20%

A housebuilder that has in the past profited from its concentration on high-end London schemes says demand for its units is...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket portal now listing some commercial properties

OnTheMarket is now listing UK commercial properties to rent and for sale.  The portal says this is “closely aligned with its UK residential search...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Firm warns of wave of litigation against new-build conveyancers

A firm is warning of “a wave of litigation from home owners who were given inadequate advice from their solicitors or...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement: The property industry's wish list for Philip Hammond

It may still be too early to start compiling a Christmas wish list, but it is the right time to provide...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Will Hammond's property past benefit the future of our industry?

We are now only days away from one of the most-anticipated events in UK politics; one which has a considerable impact...

19 November 2016

From: Features

What does a Donald Trump win mean for the UK property market?

It is fair to say that 2016 is a year full of surprises. Anyone who had the foresight to predict Britain...

12 November 2016

From: Features

Trump victory will spark period of global change over next four years

There is really only one topic of debate and forensic analysis at the moment and that’s the ascendency of Donald Trump...

12 November 2016

From: Features

Government tipped to introduce 'buy as you go' in Autumn Statement

Media reports over the weekend suggest that the government is to introduce a 'buy as you go' system in the Autumn...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Leeds eyes sustainable ripple effect

As many northern cities struggled to recover from the 2008 global financial crisis, the north-south divide returned to plague the British...

28 October 2016

From: Features

Rent rises are inevitable after tax clampdown on buy-to-let

Buy-to-let landlords may have failed in their recent legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set to...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Government fund will buy new-build homes that fail to sell

The government has revealed that its £2 billion accelerated construction fund will be used to guarantee housing schemes, including deals to...

07 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Sceptical welcome to government's new housing market  policies

There has been widespread scepticism from many within the industry that the government will miss its latest house building targets, despite...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Government tipped to reveal major housing policy changes today

Speculation was rife over the weekend that the government would today announce major changes to housing policy - possibly shifting the...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market defies Brexit jitters as rates hit record lows

Fears raised over the UK housing market in the wake of the Brexit vote have so far proved to be ‘wide...

30 September 2016

From: Features

Agents dismiss call for property listings to include flood 'traffic lights'

The National Association of Estate Agents report has batted away an idea which has been resuscitated by the insurance industry, suggesting...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Government's housebuilding figures are flawed, says HBF

The government's most publicised measure of housebuilding excludes around a fifth of all new build completions each year, according to a...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing must remain top of the government’s agenda

With the number of new homes being built across the UK still significantly below the level needed to meet demand, housebuilders...

16 September 2016

From: Features

Policy change soon? Minister meets buy to let tax campaigners

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has met campaigners to scrap anti-buy to let measures introduced by the Cameron government in the past...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Is buy-to-let investing still a safe bet?

The huge rush to acquire buy-to-let property in the first quarter of the year ahead of the stamp duty change deadline...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Bank of England to cut base rate again in November, economists forecast

The Bank of England may cut its base rate again, but probably not until November predicts a survey of 59 leading...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Leading house builder rips into government over housing policy

The government’s housing policy, while helpful outside London, has had a negative effect on the capital according to one of the...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Little England is out of step – on Right To Buy, at the very least

If you want an indicator that the United Kingdom isn’t so united any more, have a look at Right To Buy. The...

12 August 2016

From: Features

Another part of the UK is set to scrap Right To Buy

Wales has confirmed that it is to scrap the former flagship Thatcherite policy of Right To Buy. Since 1980, 138,423 homes have been...

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Tories want 'innovative' ideas on building more and cheaper homes

The Tory Reform Group has launched a public call for evidence seeking “innovative policy proposals to address the two-fold challenge of...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Institute bucks trend by saying Cameron leaves a proud housing legacy

A housing body says that, rather than presiding over a worsening housing crisis as many suggest, David Cameron has actually left...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Look what Labour’s Owen Smith has done to me

Older readers may recall a terrific movie called Network where a character, disillusioned by life, shouts from a window: “I’m as...

29 July 2016

From: Features

No change - Bank of England base rate stays at 0.5% for now

The Bank of England has kept its base rate to 0.50 per cent despite many analysts expecting it would be cut...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit means fewer transactions as price growth 'slackens' says Savills

One of the first major pieces of research to come from an estate agency following the EU referendum suggests the short-term...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

May's Day: PM-designate hints at her housing priorities

Details have come out of what Theresa May thinks about the current housing market, as she approaches taking over as Prime...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

A new Prime Minister - and will that be followed by an interest rate cut?

The news that Theresa May will be installed as Prime Minister tomorrow has immediately stabilished the share prices of estate agents...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Possible Brexit base rate change: key committee to comment today

The Bank of England is expected to set out its latest thinking on the UK’s Brexit economic changes today - including...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as an amazing week finally ends...

It’s been a remarkable week for Britain and a challenging week for the agency industry - with possibly many more to...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents pessimistic after shock Brexit vote and Cameron quitting

Agents have been giving their reaction to the shock Brexit referendum result - and their comments have ranged from the gloomy...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks perk: £20,000 turns into £2.8m for agency's finance chief

The Daily Mail is reporting that the finance chief at much-discussed hybrid agency Purplebricks has purchased shares that are now worth...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

What will happen to the housing market if Britain leaves the EU?

The sense of gathering momentum for the Leave campaign ahead of the upcoming EU referendum is causing high levels of uncertainty...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Should estate agents vote In or Out?

I pride myself as a logical person, so much so that it amazes me how most people seem to struggle to...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Labour housing policy consultation exercise closes tomorrow

Tomorrow, June 8, is the closing date for submissions to the Labour Party’s latest consultation on housing policy: it is seeking...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

'House price growth remained stable last month' – Nationwide

Average house prices increased by 0.2% between April and May, according to the latest figures from Nationwide. The bank's House Price Index...

02 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Education, Education, Education – and renting and buying, too

So what is it with young people failing to stand up for themselves and not making the most of their money...

20 May 2016

From: Features

Eco-agency goes the extra green mile to win environmental award

An independent agency in East Sussex is celebrating after being crowned the best environmental business of the year in its area...

16 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 May 2016

From: Features

Portal juggling: NTSEAT confirms it is investigating agents' allegations

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team has over the weekend repeated its intention to investigate allegations of so-called portal juggling...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents' network asks CMA about role of NAEA on Agents' Mutual board

The Independent Network of Estate Agents has written to the Competition and Markets Authority, raising the issue of the NAEA’s managing...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Big week for OnTheMarket rebels as 14-day legal deadline expires

The deadline for action by some OnTheMarket member agents who received letters from lawyers on behalf of parent company Agents’ Mutual...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Right-wing think tank slates London Labour candidate's housing plans

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the free market Centre for Policy Studies think tank says the proposals put forward by Labour’s London Mayor candidate...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Welcome for government U-turn over duty surcharge on granny annexes

There has been a broad welcome for what would appear to be a government U-turn over the imposition of the stamp...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket: consultant sets up action group of disillusioned member agents

An industry consultant says he has been asked to form an action group OnTheMarket member agents who are disillusioned with the...

11 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents say they are unmoved by OnTheMarket threat of legal action

Some estate agents who received a letter from lawyers acting on behalf of Agents’ Mutual say they will still not upload...

11 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Should estate agent boards be banned?

Agents' boards get a lot of stick. Many see them as stains on the landscape, some see them as useless in...

18 March 2016

From: Features

Exclusive: Former Countrywide chief joins board of major regional agency

Estate Agent Today can reveal that Bob Scarff, the head of Countrywide’s estate agency business until last May, has become a...

09 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Let London Mayor set stamp duty level, urges housing commission

Sadiq Khan, Zac Goldsmith or whoever else wins the London Mayor election this spring should have the power to levy stamp...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Link stamp duty to energy efficiency urges right-wing think tank

A centre-right think tank founded by Tory former planning minister Nick Boles is urging a review of stamp duty to link...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 March 2016

From: Breaking News

An empty vessel makes the most noise

What are we going to do about Generation Rent? Only as recently as February 2016 did tenants steal the headline away...

27 February 2016

From: Features

Stamp duty surcharge: call for exemptions on homes bought for children

The Chartered Institute of Taxation has called on government to introduce an exemption from the stamp duty surcharge for parents buying...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Lords enter row over affordability (or not) of Starter Homes

An influential committee of the House of Lords has waded into the argument over whether the government’s new Starter Homes are...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Will government push through 3% stamp duty surcharge despite consultation?

A letter from the Financial Secretary to the Treasury appears to suggest that the government is set on implementing the three...

12 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Consumer group hits out at dangerously flawed stamp duty surcharge

A consumer group which supports the principle of a stamp duty surcharge on second homes and buy to let properties has...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2016

From: Features

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

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

15 January 2016

From: Features

Estate agency chief says he loves OnTheMarket - but cannot join up

The founder and co-owner of hybrid estate agency EweMove has written to the chief executive of the OnTheMarket portal, lavishly praising...

06 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Government to directly commission 13,000 new homes

In an unexpected announcement, the government says it will "directly commission" companies to build up to 13,000 new affordable homes on...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

You read it here first – what to look for in 2016

There’s been plenty of forecasting in recent weeks - banks, consultancies and high-end estate agents have predicted house prices in the...

31 December 2015

From: Features

Sean Hooker, Head of Redress, PRS

Who are you? I’m the Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme. I previously worked for Legal & General PLC dealing...

23 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Interest rate rise likely to be delayed further, hints key Bank of England figure

One of the leading members of the Bank of England's influential Monetary Policy Committee has suggested that the recent fall-back in...

22 December 2015

From: Breaking News

2016 will need some thought

In many respects 2015 has been a good year. Despite global challenges, we have seen a marked improvement in the UK...

11 December 2015

From: Features

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

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

04 December 2015

From: Features

Ban foreigners buying existing homes, says right wing think tank

The Bow Group - a think-tank that was previously a solid backer of the Tories but has recently flirted with UKIP...

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a Facebook seller and the crowdfunding craze

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

20 November 2015

From: Features

The weather outside is frightful – A new starter home would be delightful

So this weekend some of us will see our first snow of the season. Harsh weather, Christmas adverts and winter generally...

20 November 2015

From: Features

70,000 new households a year can't afford to buy or rent says agency

Over the next five years at least 70,000 new households a year in England alone will be unable to afford to...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Winkworth profits warning puts blame on high-end stamp duty

Higher stamp duty for the most expensive properties and the lack of a post-election bounce are being blamed for a profits...

12 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Great Scott Marty! What happened to the UK housing market?

On Wednesday 21st October future and reality will collide. Back to the Future’s Marty McFly will arrive in the DeLorean to...

16 October 2015

From: Features

Estate agency says vendors can choose what to pay, even if it's nothing

North London estate agency Anthony Pepe has introduced what it calls a Zero to Hero fees policy, allowing vendors to choose...

15 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Government clampdown on slow planners in bid to get more new homes

The government is telling councils to produce local plans for new homes in their area by 2017 – or Whitehall will...

13 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour wants more affordable housing from private developers

The new shadow housing minister says Labour will build 100,000 new council houses and housing association homes a year with more...

29 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Incentives to downsize could boost market and help solve homes shortage  - RICS

More downsizing could release almost three million homes into the market according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Its latest policy...

24 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Alex Chesterman Q & A: The Results (Part II)

Readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were given an exclusive opportunity to pose questions to Zoopla Property Group...

16 September 2015

From: Features

No penalty for agents returning from OTM says portal chief

The chief executive of Zoopla has pledged that there will be no financial or other penalty exerted on agents who return...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Key Bank of England figure hints at interest rate rise

A member of the Bank of England’s key Monetary Policy Committee says waiting too long to raise interest rates risks undermining...

18 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Forecast of even stronger price growth in next 12 months

The imbalance of supply and demand in the housing market “will lead to even stronger price gains over the next 12...

14 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Government 'considering rural house price capping'

The government is reported to be considering a policy of capping prices of some homes in the countryside to ensure they...

11 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Mortgage rates may rise despite unchanged base rate

At first sight the decision by the Bank of England not to raise base rate appears good news for the industry...

07 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Corbyn will end Right To Buy and keep Green Belt

Labour leadership front-runner Jeremy Corbyn says he would vote for a complete end to all forms of Right To Buy and...

06 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Bank of England to break interest rate tradition tomorrow

The Bank of England is to publish three previously-separate pieces of information on interest rates tomorrow in a bid to avoid...

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

'Housing emergency' committee of MPs is set up

A new All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Planning has been announced to address what it calls “the national housing emergency”...

29 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency rapped again over data protection

An estate agent that reportedly left a client’s passport and tax information in the street over 18 months ago has been...

27 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents give enthusiastic thumbs-up to planning reforms

Estate agents have given an enthusiastic endorsement to Chancellor George Osborne’s proposals to help boost housing building totals through changes to...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

A financial crisis refresher course?

In case we didn’t learn the lesson last time around, we appear to be on the brink of a refresher course...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Landlords' plans will change in wake of tax relief cut

Wednesday’s budget proved a grim viewing for those who have worked in the rental sector for some time and watched the...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Summer Budget's fiddly tax changes well worth a second glance

This week the Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered the first Conservative Budget for almost 20 years. While Mr Osborne claimed that it marked...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Agency figures make last-gasp pleas to Osborne

Estate and letting agents and other figures in the property industry have been making their last-minute calls on Chancellor George Osborne...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Government housing action plan coming this week

The government says it will publish an action plan this week to explain how it is going to implement some of...

06 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Fracking may cut house prices 7% - but it will boost renting

Fracking could reduce house prices by as much as seven per cent and make homes harder to sell because of traffic...

03 July 2015

From: Breaking News

As much as I enjoy a lock-in, this lock-out looks promising!

In my recent article, ‘Is Gazeal for Real?’ I reported on the imminent launch of this new product that claimed it...

26 June 2015

From: Features

Developer to sell London flats with 'UK buyers first' policy

A developer is proposing to launch 345 new-build flats at Canary Wharf with a policy of selling to UK buyers before...

25 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Burnham is latest Labour mansion tax turncoat

Andy Burnham, one of four candidates in the electioin to become next Labour leader, is the latest prominent party member to...

23 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide links with NAEA to boost association membership

Countrywide, the UK’s largest agency group, is teaming up with the National Association of Estate Agents in what both sides call...

23 June 2015

From: Breaking News

What Will the Election Result Mean For the Housing Market?

Now that the General Election results have been counted and verified, and now that a new parliament has been sworn in,...

02 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Right to Buy extension confirmed in Queen’s Speech

The Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge to extend the Right to Buy scheme was confirmed in yesterday’s Housing Bill.  The Bill was part...

28 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Hollinrake backs Right To Buy extension despite controversy

Hunters founder and new Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake says he supports the Tory policy of extending Right To Buy to housing...

20 May 2015

From: Breaking News

A comfy seat at the table

This week RICS reported a further drop in the number of people putting their homes up for sale; new instructions fell...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Deposits row: Agent may switch redress scheme

The Brian Cox estate agency, at the centre of a weekend newspaper allegation about £2,000 deposits from buyers, has strongly defended...

12 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Over the next five years, let’s talk - but not to ourselves

So, a sigh of relief.  Most agents will be pleased with the election result - even if they are not Tory supporters...

08 May 2015

From: Features

The spotlight on our sector will not diminish, despite the result of the election

I write this article on the day of the General Election so you’ll forgive the political analogies. In particular, how any...

08 May 2015

From: Features

Election Day: Take housing out of politics, agent pleads

The chief executive of Andrews estate agency chain says housing policy should be decided not directly by politicians but by an...

07 May 2015

From: Breaking News

NAEA backs Labour's first time buyer policy

To the surprise of some, the National Association of Estate Agents says Labour’s proposals to scrap stamp duty for first time buyers...

28 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Housebuilders say politicians' targets impossible

There's bad news for Britain’s politicians who are using house-building targets as policy objectives in the election - over two thirds...

28 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Letter from the Publisher – What are the challenger parties saying about housing?

With another hung parliament looking increasingly likely, the so-called ‘challenger parties’ look set to have a major say in who forms...

23 April 2015

From: Features

MPs and their own housing policy

It is to the credit of our political parties - and our own industry’s lobbying - that so many housing-related matters...

23 April 2015

From: Features

Tory housing chief says Right To Buy 'is risky'

Former Conservative housing minister Kris Hopkins warned two years ago that allowing housing associations to sell their stock was a policy...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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