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Buyers back stamp duty cut for downsizing pensioners

There are whispers in Whitehall about plans to encourage pensioners to downsize with a stamp duty tax break. The move, first reported...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Propertymark unveils headliners for national conference

A best-selling author and ex-military wellness culture revolutionary have been named as headliners for this year’s NAEA Propertymark conference. Dr Andy Cope...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents back claims that pay is too low, but how does it compare globally?

Almost three quarters of property professionals agree that estate agent pay is too low. A poll conducted by Estate Agent Today found 73%...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Ex-estate agent: 'Low pay and high pressure made me quit the sector'

An anonymous ex-estate agent has revealed how poor pay and high pressure forced them to quit the profession. The mystery agent said...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Industry Views - Michael Gove and His Dead Cat

In retrospect, it was perhaps inevitable that the infamous dead cat would come into the debate over government housing targets and...

21 May 2022

From: Features

By Royal Appointment: How are you marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

Excitement is building for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. A four-day Bank Holiday to mark the occasion will kick off on 2...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - walking, running and kicking for Ukraine

Agents have been getting active in recent weeks to raise money for Ukrainian refugees. Fundraising activities range from office-based collections and referencing challenges...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tech Talk: Property experts explain Material Information shake-up

Next month will see new rules around upfront Material Information for property sales and lettings come into force in the UK...

18 May 2022

From: Features

Industry charity aims to boost agent focus on wellbeing

Industry charity and mentoring group Agents Together is planning to help firms prioritise mental wellbeing. It has developed a checklist that agents...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Trade body hopes empty homes clampdown will boost agency stock

Propertymark has expressed hope that the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill will help boost much needed agency supply. The trade body has...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – will the challenger banks ever become major lenders?

Many people in recent years will have become familiar with challenger banks such as Monzo, Starling and Atom. Many will have...

14 May 2022

From: Features

Extending Right to Buy won’t fix the housing shortage

Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced that he is considering extending Margaret Thatcher’s Right-to-Buy scheme, that gives council tenants the chance to...

14 May 2022

From: Features

Agents - give yourself a Mental Health Day

With this week being Mental Health Awareness Week, Sam Hunter - COO at Homesearch and a keen mental health advocate -...

14 May 2022

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - bikes, boats and Bond

Fundraising efforts featuring bikes, boats and James Bond all feature in this week's edition of Agents Do Charity. Remember, if you have...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

RICS: No signs of a slowdown in house price growth yet

The limited amount of property stock continues to push up house prices despite cost of living concerns, surveyors claim. The latest RICS...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Sellers getting on the market before price slowdown

The prime country market outside of London appears to be booming again in a rush to beat a slowdown in house...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Why speedy transactions could be leaving the door wide open to fraudsters

In this guest piece, Colum Smith, a property expert at law firm Taylor Rose MW, sets out why speedier transactions could...

07 May 2022

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - time to nominate your top fundraisers

Fundraising frolics by agents and property professionals this week include bike rides and triathlon challenges, plus the charity award season returns. Remember,...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Prime London price growth hits seven-year high

Buyer demand has rebounded in prime areas of the capital and there is also talk of a return to competitive bidding. The...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

'Frightening' number of 'agents' unaware of where to report AML concerns

A ‘frightening’ number of respondents to a Rightmove online poll appear to be unaware of their anti-money laundering reporting requirements. The portal...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

House price growth slows as cost of living crisis starts to hits the market

House price growth is expected to hit single digits by the end of the year as the cost of living crisis...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the who’s who of the industry

The property industry is fortunate in including many great people, doing great work across a range of businesses – from traditional agency...

30 April 2022

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - fundraising activity in full bloom

You can tell that spring is in the air as this week's Agents Do Charity is full of outdoor fundraising pursuits...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the movers, shakers and people in the news

The property recruitment market seems to be moving as fast as house prices. Here are some of the latest moves that took...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Proptech and the future of the UK’s economy and property market

Although Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement did not include many announcements regarding housing, it did provide a good...

23 April 2022

From: Features

Insight – would a four-day working week ever work in agency?

In June, the biggest pilot scheme of a four-day working week anywhere in the world will begin in Britain, with more...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity – as the industry gets back underway after Easter

First off, here at EAT we hope everyone enjoyed the Easter celebrations and didn’t eat too much chocolate! Despite the Easter break,...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

New Purplebricks CEO – what challenges will she face?

Yesterday afternoon, Helena Marston was finally confirmed as Purplebricks new CEO after all the due diligence checks that are required for...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Murray Lee – Say No To Rightmove has sadly stalled, but OTM offers agents hope

A leading figure in the Say No To Rightmove (STNR) campaign says the attempts to get agents to ditch Rightmove have...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Government still committed to introducing ROPA rules

The government has insisted it is still committed to introducing agency qualifications and minimum standards in the sector. It is almost three...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Law firm backs home moving proptech to help tackle fraud

Law firm Taylor Rose MW has acquired a stake in proptech firm SlothMove in an effort to help combat property fraud. SlothMove...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Lawyers ready to issue Purplebricks working rights claim 'within weeks'

Lawyers working on a class action against online agents including Purplebricks have said they will be ready to send a letter...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – from barmaid to branch manager to Countrywide’s top negotiator

In this week’s Natter, I carry out a Q&A with Lisa Knight, who has taken the impressive journey from barmaid to...

09 April 2022

From: Features

Client money and the regulation governing it is changing

PayProp’s recent Rental Confidence Index survey polled property professionals about their biggest concerns for 2022. Unsurprisingly, new regulations were a top...

09 April 2022

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - Ukraine appeals and help for the homeless

Spring may be struggling to break through the clouds but agents are continuing to step up for good causes. The humanitarian crisis...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency stock warning issued as cost of living crisis could further reduce supply

The lack of housing stock, rising inflation and rising mortgage rates could all lead to agents running out of stock in...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

The biggest problem with PropTech? All the choice it offers!

Technology developed for the estate agency industry has advanced and expanded seismically over the past decade as software vendors develop their...

06 April 2022

From: Features

Estate agency veteran joins fast sale firm

Estate agency veteran Robin Paterson has joined new ‘quick buy” service UPSTIX. Paterson, a former chief executive of Hamptons and managing director...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Belvoir tipped for more M&A activity

More acquisitions are being predicted at agency franchise group Belvoir. It comes as the listed brand yesterday reported record group revenue of...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents slam government energy initiative as “drop in the ocean”

Propertymark says only a national retrofitting programme  can make UK homes more energy efficient - and it says a new government...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

London returning to dominant role in high-end market, says agency

Savills suggests that London is returning to its role as the dominant element in the high end housing market in the...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Over And Out - An Editor Departs…

For the record, this isn’t my last Industry Views for Estate Agent Today, although by the time you read this I'll be...

02 April 2022

From: Features

Upfront Information - Light at the end of the Tunnel? 

They say that in fashion, if you wait for long enough, clothes that are hanging at the back of your wardrobe...

02 April 2022

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - our thoughts remain with Ukraine…

The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine continues to dominate the thoughts of our industry as this week’s ADC shows - a wonderful...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

The death of data migration – is there a solution for agents?

One of the most valuable assets to any company is the data it stores. According to a recent study completed by...

30 March 2022

From: Features

Banned! Touting letter trying to buy homes without using agents

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned a property investment firm from using a letter claiming that it wanted to buy homes...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Interview with eXp's Glenn Sanford - 'some agents will always prefer self-employed'

The self-employed model, after years of not really catching on fully, was given a major boost by the pandemic and the...

26 March 2022

From: Features

Energy squeeze threatens financial nightmare for tenants and landlords

It’s not an easy time for many renters (and homeowners). The cost of living is going up across the board for...

26 March 2022

From: Features

The real life horror behind the drama - why we must be on our guard against fraud

In a new column, solicitor Colum Smith, an expert in combating fraud at Taylor Rose MW Solicitors, explains why those looking...

26 March 2022

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis to the fore

Hello and welcome to another Agents Do Charity, the weekly round up of fund-raising in our industry. Once more our thoughts are...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Sigh of relief that Sunak avoids hurting housing market

The industry has reacted to the Spring Statement by breathing a sigh of relief that nothing was likely to cause damage...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Unlocking £4.5bn of tenancy deposits is the key to the cost-of-living crisis

Earlier this month, the government’s energy regulator Ofgem announced a record 54 percent increase to the energy bill price cap. Combined...

23 March 2022

From: Features

Estate Agent Today: as one great era ends, another begins

This week, you will have all seen the sad news that Graham Norwood is stepping down as editor of Estate Agent...

19 March 2022

From: Features

Consumer confidence drops sharply amongst potential buyers

The Building Societies Association’s regular confidence tracker about the housing market shows rising pessimism over interest rates, the escalating cost of...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - spreading light through these darker times…

Hello and welcome to the weekend, and another ADC - our chance to pay tribute to fundraisers throughout our industry. Want to...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Foxtons “fails” so should be sold off, says latest angry investor

A Canadian investment fund with a roughly two per cent share in Foxtons is arguing for the agency to be put...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Award-winning new editor for Estate Agent Today from next month

Estate Agent Today is to have a new editor from April 4. He is award winning journalist and podcaster Marc Shoffman who...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks de-lists another property after unacceptable vendor comment

For the second time in recent weeks, Purplebricks has de-listed a property after an unacceptable comment by the seller on social...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Second Home Owners urged to take in Ukrainian refugees

This probably isn’t what wealthy buyers in one of the UK’s most expensive areas expected to hear, but a plea has...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Insight - how do you solve a problem like conveyancing?

Those aficionados of the Sound of Music will recognise the tag line above. It came to my mind when thinking about...

12 March 2022

From: Features

From Poacher to Gamekeeper - Levelling Up from Agent to Developer

The path from agent to developer is not easy, but it is a relatively straightforward one, if you are willing to...

12 March 2022

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - fantastic work for Ukraine in its hour of need

Hello and welcome to this week’s ADC, an opportunity for see how selfless our industry can be at times of hardship...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents must do more to help mental health, says industry supplier

A prominent trade body says the property industry must do more to recognise and support those with mental health issues. The Association...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a bumper bundle of new movers in agency

Welcome to the latest edition of Property Jobs Today, your chance to catch up with who’s going where and why in...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Predictions 2022 - an interview with Simon Shinerock

Peta Milne, founder of Instagram growth and PR service Monimo, and a content writer at Choices Estate Agents, recently sat down...

05 March 2022

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - for so many heart-breaking, heart-warming causes

These are undeniably darker days as news comes through of a humanitarian crisis in Ukraine - we have the first agency...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

War and inflation may kill 2022 housing market - agents warned

An analyst is warning that the latest buoyant house price figures could be the last hurrah before a significant depression. The Nationwide’s...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Affordability is the issue of the rent control argument

The hot topic of rent controls has remerged in recent weeks, with passionate voices on both sides of the argument speaking...

02 March 2022

From: Features

HMRC Stamp Duty Crackdown - more experts warn of problems

Yesterday we reported on how the Chartered Institute of Taxation was warning of problems with new HMRC stamp duty rules to...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents tell Gove empty homes could solve stock shortage

Agents have told Housing Secretary Michael Gove that his Levelling Up agenda needs to include positive efforts to bring hundreds of...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Busted - newspaper reveals scandals behind self-employed agents on TV

A national newspaper has lifted the lid on what it alleges to be the backgrounds of high-end self-employed agents who feature...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – meet the blockchain network quietly taking agency by storm

Until a few years ago, you would have been forgiven for not knowing who or what Coadjute was. But the company, founded...

26 February 2022

From: Features

Q&A with the RLBA - what are property logbooks and why are they important?

In the last two years digital Property Logbooks for our homes have moved from concept to reality with almost a quarter...

26 February 2022

From: Features

New curbs on second homes will hurt buyers, warns Propertymark

A bid to regulate second home ownership in part of the UK through changes to planning policy will add complexity and...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - light to get through the darkest days

No matter how dark the news, there’s light in our industry thanks to so many agents and suppliers doing good deeds....

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Industry big hitter Notley joins Connells top table

The industry big hitter who joined Connells on a temporary basis to support its acquisition of Countrywide has now become its commercial director and a...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

An outlook for the rental market in 2022

The rental market is recalibrating after Covid, and this is evident in the latest data from Zoopla’s rental index. For 18 months...

23 February 2022

From: Features

London property may feature in sanctions against aggressive Russia

It appears that new controls on property ownership may feature in future sanctions against Russia in response to its aggression in Ukraine. Prime...

23 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Kirstie Controversy - newspaper has corrected my comments, says TV star

Kirstie Allsopp says the Sunday Times has amended its report of an interview in which she says first time buyers may...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Crunch week for Rightmove as it reveals revenue from agents

Analysts are gearing up for the full year figures to be revealed by Rightmove to its shareholders at the end of...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - don’t get blown away in the storm!

It may be blowing a gale outside but we’re safe and warm here reading about our industry’s great work for good...

18 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Allegation of agency staff at ‘drugs party’ in branch

The Mail Online website alleges that an after-hours party at an estate agency office involved staff apparently inhaling drugs from balloons. The...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

How the property sector must adapt during the year ahead

If 2020 was the year of survival, then 2021 was about the post-Covid boom. The impact of the pandemic on the...

12 February 2022

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the getting-close-to-Valentine’s-Day edition

Hello and if it’s Friday, it’s definitely the day for Agents Do Charity. We’re leading up to Valentine’s - a neat opportunity...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents wary as house price growth slows significantly

The latest house price data from the Halifax shows another absolute record but with a sharply reduced monthly rise indicating a...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour call for foreign-owned properties register

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wants the government to put a stop to the capital being used for international money...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Interest Rates - Do They Matter Any More?

Here’s the odd thing about interest rates - we all care about them, but they don’t directly affect that many people...

05 February 2022

From: Features

2022 - agents can benefit from planning ahead and having a plan B in mind

Without doubt, 2021 was an exceptional year in the property market, with the stamp duty holiday and favourable market conditions helping...

05 February 2022

From: Features

 Agents Do Charity - from here to Africa…

Hello and welcome to the latest Agents Do Charity, our weekly round-up of who’s-doing-what-good-deeds in our industry. Want to be involved? Well...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the postcode where sellers got 117% of asking price

The average home sale in England and Wales in 2021 achieved 98 per cent of the asking price - slightly improved...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

The cold facts about winter property checks

Property checks can be the bane of a letting agent’s life if left unchecked. Throw in the winter weather, and you’ve...

29 January 2022

From: Features

Purplebricks - It's My Property and I Will Sell It To Who I Want

Was Purplebricks right to delist a property from its website when it discovered the vendors - a Christian couple - were opposed...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and YOU have a say in where the money goes…

There’s an ingenious twist to one agency’s fund-raising this week, and EAT readers (along with the wider public) can have a...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Fraud - Agents have key role to deter crime

An hour-long webinar this week aims to inform agents how to deter property fraud by greater emphasis on compliance, due diligence...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who's moving where this New Year

This is our first Property Jobs Today column of 2022 and it’s testimony to how busy our industry is right now...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson’s Successor: what next for housing policies?

Will he stay or will he go? You don’t need me to say who ‘he’ is - it’s the only story...

22 January 2022

From: Features

How to prepare for lettings in 2022 and beyond using PropTech

In this guest feature, James Dilgul, Head of Marketing at Fixflo, the market-leading repairs and maintenance management software provider, looks at how...

22 January 2022

From: Features

Purplebricks de-lists home for sale after vendors’ anti-gay comments

Purplebricks is reported to have removed a property listing from its website when it discovered the vendors - a Christian couple...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we’re fund-raising like mad already…

Barely three weeks into the new year and we’re already talking about plans to raise tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands of...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Boomin compares room values with Bitcoin and Porsches

Boomin has issued research done on its behalf into the value of spare rooms - and it’s made some eccentric comparisons...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove hit by inflation fears for the housing market

Fears that the housing market may be seriously damaged by the worsening economy led to share price falls for Rightmove and others...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty negligence claims against conveyancers forecast to rise

A law firm is warning that one of the key risks facing that industry this year revolves around professional negligence claims against...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Barnstorming market means six figure price rise for some owners

House prices are up by as much as £100,000 on this time last year according to a mortgage company. Research by the...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

OTM chief warns: We’re near the top of the market

OnTheMarket chief executive Jason Tebb is warning that we might be near the top of the market. His portal’s latest sentiment index...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – my predictions for the property market in 2022

As this is the first Natter back since the Christmas break, I should like to first wish all our readers a...

15 January 2022

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - Vote! Vote! Vote!

Vote? Well, whether we have a change of Prime Minister or not, there’s an important vote today - for great charitable...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Boomin’s Michael Bruce renews attack on big three portals

Boomin co-founder and chief executive Michael Bruce has returned to the attack on Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket with an open letter,...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Decompress and detach - Connells-owned agency backs garden design

The Connells-owned high end agency Hamptons is to sponsor what it calls a “garden sanctuary” at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Healthy Staff mean a Healthy Business

It’s often said that agency is a people business, and I can see no reason to disagree - agents dealing face-to-face...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the hidden threat to 2022’s housing market

At the risk of mixing my metaphors, any mention of energy has become something of a blue touch paper in the...

08 January 2022

From: Features

Hybrid agency rolls out nationwide - but with only 70 agents

A hybrid agency that charges no fees to vendors but instead relies on referral fees for income has officially rolled out...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - never too early in the year to fund-raise…

Welcome to 2022 and the first Agents Do Charity of the New Year. We’re all learning to live with Covid a little...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Godfather’ of estate agents says larger fees would improve service

If UK agents were paid higher fees they could perform a better service to the public. That’s the view of Mark Hayward,...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks denies sell-off rumour

Purplebricks has this morning said that a newspaper report over the weekend, claiming part of the business is to be sold...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Portal targets ‘eager movers’ in bid to end stock supply shortage

Zoopla’s chief operating officer says the portal has made progress for agents in 2021 but recognises there’s more to do next...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Peace breaks out between agents and conveyancers

A leading conveyancing expert says the traditional rivalry between his profession and estate agents has abated in 2021. Lloyd Davies - managing director and...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Price rises again after New Year, says conveyancing service

A housing market forecast based on conveyancing instructions says average prices will dip this month. Average prices will fall by 1.1 per...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage rate rises will normalise market next year - warning

UK house prices have reached an all time high - but 2022 will see a more normalised housing market thanks to...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Ski Slope, Roundabout and Snow - one agent’s Christmas video!

Welcome to Christmas week! We have a real cracker of a video for you today thanks to Jodene Schofield, a director at...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - just eight more sleeps before the big day…

With barely more than a week before Christmas, we’re delighted to bring you more heartwarming stories from agents. Despite the difficulties of...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning: you MUST enter the Christmas spirit in this estate agency…

A big thank you for today’s fun entry goes to Madi Kerridge, sales and lettings negotiator at the Matthew Anthony agency...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

10-branch agency dresses up for Christmas

Hello and welcome to our latest fantastic festive display from an agency - this time, Dawsons. The agency’s senior partner Chris Hope...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

From agency to software guru: meet MRI Software’s new Agency Solutions expert

MRI Software’s newest Agency Solutions expert, Michael Connolly, made the leap from working on the front line of an estate agent...

15 December 2021

From: Features

Boris in a slump? Things WILL get better…

Every year we at EAT are impressed by the pleasingly political festive cards sent out by the STANLEY Chelsea agency -...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Interview: Leading agent’s top PropTech tips…

One of the country’s leading estate agents has shared his top tips for using PropTech. Simon Bradbury is managing director at Thomas...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Best Festive Video so far? A very witty, topical Christmas song…

Let no one say agents aren't imaginative, creative and entertaining - or at least no one can say that about Maxine...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing IT crash exposes weaknesses in transaction process

EAT readers may have seen a piece in Friday’s property section of The Times about the long-running Simplify saga, which has...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Brrrr! Frosty windows show agency is getting ready for Christmas

We have some beautiful agency branch windows to show at the start of this week. Many thanks to Faye Hamer from Choice...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

What’s That Singing? Our latest Christmas celebration…

The company selling new homes in a London development has added a new twist to our celebration of Christmas 2021 -...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - just two weeks before Christmas…

Hello again and with just two weeks to go before the festivities begin, there’s a definite ramping up of fund-raising for...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Christmas Video - plenty of Santas in this agent’s window

We have a charming Christmas video for readers today, courtesy of Paul Higglesden of the Chatham agency Garratt Anderson & Partners. Thanks...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Local residents’ delight - this agency’s Christmas windows are here

There’s good news for people in Newbury, Berkshire - the Christmas windows at Hillier & Wilson estate agency have now been...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Omicron throws housing market stability into doubt, agency admits

A leading agency has admitted that the uncertainty over the effects of the Omicron Covid variant has thrown forecasts for the...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Purr-fect Christmas decorations in this agency office!

Today we have photographs from another office that’s been persistent - or should that be puss-insistent - in celebrating the festive...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks marketing chief quits after little more than a year

Purplebricks chief marketing officer Ben Carter is quitting the company; he was appointed late last year. Carter tweeted this afternoon: “Some personal...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban Referral Fees For Agents - petition demands government action

A petition is being started, urging the government to ban the payment of referral fees to estate agents. It’s reported to have...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Christmas Agents - what’s behind door number 6 then?

Welcome to the new week - and we’re just 19 days from Christmas Day!  We continue our parade of photos and videos...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Why Meyers Home Based Agency is Attracting the Biggest & the Best

Mark Meyer, CEO, Meyers Estate Agents: “We’re on a mission to revolutionise the traditional concept of estate agency.   We don’t have...

03 December 2021

From: Sponsored Content

7 must-haves for a 2022 estate agency website

There are many features and functionalities a website must have to be successful. Ultimately, the purpose of your website should be...

03 December 2021

From: Sponsored Content

A sign that Christmas is here - Santa’s Hat!

Decorating a branch isn’t the only way an agency can celebrate Christmas, as the ingenious folk at Stonefield Agents in Ayr...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks defiant against threat of legal action

Purplebricks insists there is no basis for a class action legal case over its employment practices which may start this month. A pressure group, Contractors...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Christmas Countdown - what else but a snowman?

We’re already on December 2 - and what better way to celebrate the countdown to Christmas than by showing off a...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Higher taxes will curb house price rises in 2022 - Rightmove

House prices will rise next year says Rightmove - but it warns that tax hikes will curb price rises, particularly later in...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Day and night, this is a beautiful Christmas estate agency

We have a day and night version of today’s beautifully-decorated Christmas estate agent branch, courtesy of the good people at RH...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour changes shadow housing minister after just six months

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has promoted housing minister Lucy Powell to a more senior position after just six months. This leaves...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

How many animals can you spot in this estate agency?

Here’s a super way to get into the Christmas mood - checking the window displays at Diggins & Co, an agency...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Christmas decorations on this office look just Fine (& Country)

With December just days away we’re receiving more videos and images to entertain the industry in the countdown to Christmas. Today’s is from...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as wintry weather bites...

Well it’s about time isn’t it? We mean winter - it’s here at last, with white, wintry weather that gets us...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency closure blamed on online agents’ rock bottom fees

A long-standing estate agency with three major branches has shut after 27 years of trading - blaming online competition and ‘race...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Property sales plummet - but there’s nothing to worry about…

There’s been a dramatic 48.4 per cent fall in the number of property sales between September and October, reflecting the end...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Premier Properties' doorway decoration feels festive

We’re delighted to have received images of another agency’s fantastic - should that be Santa-stic? - Christmas decorations.  These images are from...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Too many homes built on at-risk floodplains, government told

The government should reset planning policy and scrap proposals for thousands of new homes in high-risk flood areas. The think-tank Localis, in...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

So here it is - We want your Office Christmas Decorations!

Yes we know it’s only November 22 but…we’ve already received our first image of an agency’s Christmas decorations. The festive countdown...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bounce-back - why rental demand is swinging back into city centres

Just as city centre traffic is reminiscent of life before the pandemic, the rental market in central zones of UK’s largest...

20 November 2021

From: Features

City may face vote to ban sale of new-builds as additional homes

There is pressure growing in Brighton for the city to hold a referendum giving residents the opportunity to ban new build...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - A firm foundation yet a mountain to climb…

Hello and welcome to the latest Agents Do Charity, your weekly opportunity to salute those in our industry doing so much...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Challenges facing the housing market in 2022

It’s been a busy and arguably fruitful year for the property market, with an eager consumer base pushing forwards with their...

17 November 2021

From: Features

Phil Spencer: This is why agents should Go Green

The push for greater sustainability, energy efficiency and generally being ‘green’ has existed in the agency world for several years -...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

 Property Jobs Today - who’s moving where in our industry

Hello and welcome to a new week - and even as Christmas approaches there remains plenty to report about people moving...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Asking prices fall but Rightmove expects usual Boxing Day web-fest

The average asking price of homes coming to the market has dropped by over £2,000 in the past month - the...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity… on the weekend we remember…

It’s Remembrance weekend, and on Sunday at least we fall silent to honour those who gave so much for many generations. When...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Where is all the stock? How can you get in touch with it?

We have been speaking with many agents over the past months and the story appears the same with them all. There...

10 November 2021

From: Features

Interview with David Ruddock, Partner at Carter Jonas

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? David Ruddock – Partner and Head of Residential Sales Operations...

10 November 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Speed It Up! Experts join forces to call for quicker transaction process

Property experts have joined forces to call for faster and more secure transactions.  The PropTech and conveyancing voices have united in warning...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - checking in with some of the ESTAS' biggest winners

A few weeks ago the ESTAS took place at the Grosvenor House hotel in London - the first chance for many...

06 November 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity as we head into a cold November

The clocks have fallen back, the nights are longer and the temperature has definitely dropped - winter is here and with...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Commonhold - does anyone really want it?

There’s been a very low expression of interest in Commonhold, despite the government pushing the new tenure as an alternative to...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla reveals figures claiming success of new In-Search ads

Zoopla says its new In-Search ads have secured over 38m impressions since their launch.  ‘In-Search’ ads are hosted on Zoopla’s listings search...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents offered £300,000 in US-style shared fee deal for mansion

Agents are being offered a theoretical £300,000 if they introduce a buyer willing to pay £30m for a mansion on sale in...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Cladding scandal petition reaches key 10,000 signature stage

A petition calling on the government to set up an independent enquiry into the cladding crisis has reached a key 10,000...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and don’t forget to sleep longer this weekend…

With a Budget, mild weather and the continuing uncertainty over the pandemic, you might be forgiven for forgetting that we get...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: Capital Gains Tax rules change kicked in at midnight

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget did not ignore Capital Gains Tax after all.   For those selling UK residential property the deadline to file...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

How to promote fruitful relationships with your local conveyancers

As you are no doubt aware, building mutually beneficial relationships with conveyancers in your local area can not only make your...

27 October 2021

From: Features

It’s a scream! Another agency gets into the Halloween spirit

Many thanks (or should that be big fangs?) go to Alexis at west country agency Wilson Tominey for today’s images getting...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure builds for agents to be licensed with mandatory training

Pressure appears to be building for the recommendations of the Regulation of Property Agents working party finally to be implemented. It’s now...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – four ways agents can improve brand recognition this winter

As a character from a fairly well-known TV show once said, winter is coming and we’re all contemplating where 2021 has...

23 October 2021

From: Features

Could tech be the answer to inflated timescales (and tempers)?

With soaring property prices, supply continuing to be outstripped by demand and overworked and overtired industry professionals; we’re seeing the sector...

23 October 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - it’s that Friday good works feeling…

Hello and welcome to the end of the week - an opportunity for you to catch up with charity news from...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Will more online agencies face class actions over self-employed pay?

The class action taken by former self-employed workers against two online agencies should be a warning to other firms breaking the...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest autumn leavers and movers

Hello and welcome to the latest PJT, your chance to catch up with who’s moving where in our industry. If you have...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells tells Gove he “must do more” to build new homes

A part of the Connells Group is telling the new Housing Secretary that he and his government “must do more” to...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ photos ‘mislead buyers over true size of properties’ - claim 

A portal says many buyers feel disappointed when viewing a property becuase it is typically smaller than agents’ photographs suggest.  MoveStreets claims...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Werewolf runs rampant in London agency branch

Howl you doing? Yes, it’s just a fortnight until Halloween and time to wheel out unspeakably awful puns and the occasional...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s the return of the Viking…

We’re building up towards both Christmas and the Awards season right now, and that gives plenty of opportunities for fund raising,...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Lucky For Vendors: 13 buyers for every home on sale, says agency

There were 13 new buyers for every property listed for sale in the UK in September according to Knight Frank.  Over the...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Moneypenny joins leading industry PropTech hub

High-profile outsourced communications provider Moneypenny has joined the industry PropTech hub known as the Innovation Collaboration Group. There are around 40 companies...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing market to stay strong in 2022 says buoyant Halifax

House prices rose by the most in almost 15 years in September ahead of the end of the stamp duty holiday.  The...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and have we got Mews for you?

Fund-raising takes all sorts of shapes and sizes and this week we have a splendid selection proving that point. Don’t miss out...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC probe into suspicious property deals revealed in leaked files

Chancellor Rishi Sunak says HM Revenue & Customs will probe any alleged wrongdoing in property purchases included in the so-called Pandora...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Locked or open-door policy - has Covid changed the way offices operate forever?

In this piece, Tom Davis, press officer at Propertymark, explores the debate surrounding a locked or open-door policy, and whether the...

02 October 2021

From: Features

We Salute You! - industry tribute after the stamp duty holiday frenzy

The stamp duty holiday concluded at midnight, marking the end of the busiest period for the industry - all parts of...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

How can agents save weeks on sales progression?

A video interview claims to spill the beans on how sales progression can be accelerated by three to four weeks. Estate agent...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s not just the London Marathon this weekend…

Hello and welcome to the end of the week - another opportunity to see how our industry is doing great work...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Second homes and Airbnb-style short lets blamed in new affordability report

A government report suggests that house prices are rising at three times the national rate in some rural and coastal areas...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to the first PJT of autumn - an update on who’s moving where right now. Please let us know...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how can estate agents improve their green credentials?

As we motor towards the next major global climate change conference – the UN’s COP26 being held in Glasgow from 31...

25 September 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - running, biking, tennis, golf and affordable artists' studios

We may be getting an extended summer but agents haven’t just been basking in the heatwave. There has been plenty of goodwill...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Drones to night shots - what are the top photo tips for agents?

Photography has become an increasingly important weapon in an agent’s armoury in recent years as listings compete for space on portals,...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Developer land banking ‘myth’ debunked by study, major builders say

A leading planning consultancy has claimed that ‘the myth’ that housing developers are hoarding land after gaining planning consent in order...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

The Great Suit Debate – what does the property industry think?

Our story yesterday on whether agents should continue to dress formally post-pandemic seemed to relight the fire on a long-time debate...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Claim: property tax revamp could free up as many as 600,000 homes

The government has been warned that its much-talked about levelling up agenda is ‘doomed to fail’ without major reform of the...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Boost for Winkworth - leading agents take over brand’s Ealing and Acton franchise 

Jonny Dyson, a leading London estate agent and the former regional director of John D Wood & Co., has joined Winkworth...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Power in that suit – should agents still be dressed formally?

The pandemic has led to many people ditching more formal wear as they work from home on a more regular basis,...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary ‘reviewing planning reforms’ amid donations scandal

New Housing Secretary Michael Gove is reported to be set to press ahead with plans to pause controversial planning reforms.  It came...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

360° virtual tours require GDPR and CPR compliance

As virtual tours start to get even more popular, and in some cases become the norm for the majority of letting...

18 September 2021

From: Features

Foxtons appoints former Hamptons man following 'investor pressure'

Following speculation overnight, Foxtons - one of London's leading and most high-profile agencies - has this morning announced the appointment of Nigel Rich CBE...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pincher survives as ruthless Johnson reshuffle concludes

Boris Johnson's sudden and unexpectedly ruthless Cabinet reshuffle, which drew comparisons with Margaret Thatcher's 'purge of the wets' in 1981, ended...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity – pies in faces, Agent Rainmaker and Three Peaks heroics

It’s been a dramatic week in the world of politics – and this has led to another new Housing Secretary, in...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Platform - proof of funds vitally important as stamp duty holiday end nears

Being able to show proof of funds in a quick, transparent and simple way is more crucial than ever to keep fall-throughs...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

How estate agents can ensure success in the fourth quarter of 2021

The worst of the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be firmly in the rear-view mirror as we move into the last quarter...

15 September 2021

From: Features

Drone technology – a game changer for property marketing

Drone technology has come on a long way in recent years, with different use cases across various industries. New developments in...

15 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Under the hammer! Auction house basks in record summer for sales

Auction house iamsold has marked its best summer yet. The auction service said it sold £196m worth of property under the hammer...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

City exodus: will the return to the office see a reversal of activity?

2020 gave rise to an exodus from the city as work from home became the mandated norm for large swaths of...

11 September 2021

From: Features

RICS Scandal - Senior figures quit but “no fraud or crime” says QC

The independent QC leading a review into the governance scandal at the RICS says there was “no fraudulent or criminal misbehaviour”...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency staff to get therapy help as they return to the office

A London agency has launched a Wellbeing At Work initiative to help agents and other staff as they return to the...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Golf, football and… er…. baking

Welcome to this week’s Agents Do Charity - another edition of good will and cheer generated by the industry’s fund-raising heroes. It’s...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Savills sacks 'racist abuse' agent after Euros tweet

The Savills member of staff who allegedly racially abused England players online after the Euros 2020 final has been sacked. The Metro...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer - Why agents MUST get their communications right

Day in, day out, I see how good estate agents really are.  Whether it’s in my day job on Location, Location, Location...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - It’s Back To The Future

Few political policies have such a ring of the past as rent controls - they were last seen in this country...

04 September 2021

From: Features

Named And Shamed - Councils with slowest search responses 

Homebuyers are suffering huge delays in receiving responses to their search requests to council according to a study of local authorities. Consumer...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons - “too aggressive and too nasty” admits former boss

The man who admits he was “the acceptable face of Foxtons” in its golden period says he finally left because it...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - will UK agents ever be seen as true professionals?

There are some parts of the world, including in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, where estate agent isn’t seen as...

28 August 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - on the final bank holiday before you-know-what…

Hello, and here’s the bad news to get it over with - this is the final Bank Holiday weekend before…Christmas. Now that’s...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents – back to the office, please

There’s a lot being said about how the workforce will operate in the post-pandemic world. We’re still largely remote at Homesearch but as...

25 August 2021

From: Features

Ex-Purplebricks Local Property Experts set up new hybrid agency

Two former Local Property Experts at Purplebricks have set up their own hybrid agency, offering an upfront fee or a no-sale-no-fee...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: OnTheMarket’s biggest critic will list with portal

A long-standing critic of OnTheMarket, who was once excluded from a presentation by the portal’s leadership, has spoken enthusiastically of the...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the late summer moves in our industry

Hello and welcome to our final Property Jobs Today before the start of autumn - and it’s good to see people...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - What Agents Should Watch For This Autumn

I’m sorry to break this to you but in 10 days’ time it will be autumn - and we will have...

21 August 2021

From: Features

OTM reconciliation - why I've decided to join a portal I previously criticised

Things can change. For those who remember, it’s no secret that I became one of the industry's strongest critics of OnTheMarket (OTM). My reasons...

21 August 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - as summer begins to draw to a close

Awful isn’t it? Where was that sunshine? Well, the clouds have parted when it comes to fund-raising as the industry continues...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrap Stamp Duty! Think tank says it worsens affordability

A highly influential think tank says stamp duty should be scrapped for all house purchases once and for all. Alexander Hammond of...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday over - but still big house price rises

House prices in Wales - where the equivalent of the stamp duty holiday has fully ended - rose to a new...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

First asking price drop of 2021 - market cooling in latest Rightmove index

The average asking price, as recorded by Rightmove, has fallen for the first time this year. In another sign that the market...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Insight - Is The Resi Market About To Turn?

Following a month in which the number of property transactions was the highest since records began, it might seem a little...

14 August 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and the funds keep on coming for good causes…

Hello and welcome to another round-up of our industry’s wonderful work for good causes. Before we salute this week’s heroes, our usual...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS Fraud Risk Controversy - QC delivers 400 page report

The independent QC asked to prepare a report into the financial conduct row at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent faces prison after defrauding pensioner out of £160,000

An estate agent with stomach cancer faces a prison sentence after pleading guilty of defrauding an 80 year old pensioner out...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin’s valuation tool is the most accurate anywhere - claim

Michael Bruce says the new SmartVal automated valuation system he is this month introducing on Boomin will be the most accurate...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers

Even at the height of summer (or the British wet season, as some call it) there are substantial numbers of job...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

This is what the market will do after the stamp duty holiday (maybe)

There’s already plenty of talk about autumn - depressing huh? - with agents pondering how the housing market will respond to...

07 August 2021

From: Features

Nearly 200 agents join portal panel to test product innovations

Zoopla has revealed that some 200 agents have joined its new Product Research Panel, testing new innovations introduced by the portal. First...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we’re getting ready to r-r-r-rumble again!

It’s a great sign of our slow but reassuring return to normality when much-missed fundraising events make a welcome comeback -...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove can be even more profitable, says bank in investor U-turn

A bank which a year ago told investors to sell Rightmove shares has now changed its tune - radically. In August 2020...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: half-year review – what has 2021 brought so far?

Well, we’re technically more than halfway through the year already, but we’ll let that slide. And what a year it’s been...

31 July 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - with an Olympic surge in fund-raising…

We’re about to enter August and second half of the Olympic Games - and fund-raising is happening at a Gold medal...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the estate agents appointed to Boomin’s strategic board

Boomin has announced the appointment of six agents, described as independent representatives, who are now on the new portal’s strategic board. The...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Controversial pay-per-viewing service to seek investors soon

The controversial ViewRabbit service, which proposes to charge prospective buyers and tenants for viewing properties, may seek international investment. The site has...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Paying For Viewings - will charging buyers really work?

A new service launched over the weekend, proposing to charge buyers £30 for a “guaranteed” viewing, has split opinions amongst estate...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - movers and shakers this summer

Hello and welcome to another Property Jobs Today, your chance to see the latest moves in our industry. Why not be a...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - even in a mini heatwave…

Boy it’s been hot out there - yet even 30 degrees or more have failed to stifle the enthusiasm of our...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS governance scandal - another delay before report appears

The publication of a report following a controversial RICS investigation has been pushed back another month. Last month it was announced that...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents and Conveyancers: forum aims to unite professions

A new online forum wants to unite estate agents and conveyancers, and ditch the traditional rivalry between the two professional disciplines. It’s...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Glory: Carbon Neutral designation for agency board company

Board company Agency Express has become a carbon neutral business - and that’s official. Working with Carbon Neutral Britain, which advises businesses...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents – breaking habits to deliver different results

It’s a big ask to expect anyone to suddenly change what they have always done, particularly if their results have proven...

21 July 2021

From: Features

Foxtons considering selling its mortgage business

An announcement by Foxtons this morning says it is considering future options for its mortgage business, Alexander Hall. The announcement - made...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

The post-Covid outlook: what next for the lettings market?

Our long-awaited ‘Freedom Day’ approaches. From Monday all of the restrictions, introduced since the Covid-19 pandemic made an impact across the...

17 July 2021

From: Features

 Are EPCs set to become more important in future?

Initiatives by property portal Residential People and mortgage lenders Paragon Bank and Foundation Home Loans help people to find, buy or...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - it’s lights out and away we go…

It’s British Grand Prix weekend, one of the big events on the sporting calendar and this year back with a full...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Guide: How to become a more productive real estate agent

Working in real estate can be incredibly rewarding, but it takes a lot of hard work to be able to succeed...

13 July 2021

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

Transactions time – how long and how much of a difference can agents make?

Anyone working in residential property knows it is taking longer and longer to get from SSTC (sold subject to contract) to...

10 July 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - as England prepares…

As the country prepares to cheer on England (can we speak for the other UK nations too?) here’s a look at...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Interview with Matt Ratliff, CTO at Sort Group

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Matt Ratliff, Chief Technology Officer of Sort Group. How has your...

07 July 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

What I’ve learnt from the Euros

Like many of you, I have watched a lot of football recently and I’ve enjoyed every minute. It has been an...

07 July 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Warning against “hasty ill-considered decisions” by buyers under pressure

A conveyancing services firm is warning that buyers are making “hasty rather than considered” decisions over properties because they feel under...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this summer’s movers and shakers…

It may be the height of summer but the industry is still super-busy and new appointments continue to come thick and...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: Let Us Enterkane You - our latest Agent's Report

Have you recovered yet?  We don’t mean the hangover, but the shock from the fact that England never gave their fans cause...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – why OTM’s Jason Tebb shows the importance of good hires

In the world of football – very topical at the moment, as we all enjoy the Euros – there is an...

03 July 2021

From: Features

Avoiding Future Logjams - How to Remove Roadblocks to E-Conveyancing

The race to complete home sales before the stamp duty holiday came to an end on June 30 has created what...

03 July 2021

From: Features

We could see more chains breaking down – why agents need a plan B

By any measure, the housing market has been unprecedently busy in recent months, fuelled not just by the stamp duty holiday...

03 July 2021

From: Features

Agents urged to train to get most from existing PropTech

A PropTech entrepreneur is urging agents to maximise their training on existing PropTech to ensure they optimise its effectiveness. Anton Babkov, chief...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity (but probably not on Saturday evening)

There’s no need for excuses if you’re not fund raising for good causes on Saturday evening - tens of millions will...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the reasons why most fall throughs happen…

The leading reason for property sales falling through is gazumping, according to new research from Comparethemarket. Over the past year, nearly two-fifths of...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

As buyers race to save, agents should focus on sales, not compliance

The property market was expected to struggle to recover after the first lockdown, but, thanks to the stamp duty holiday and...

30 June 2021

From: Features

For Sale Boards - out of date or the agent’s best friend?

The debate over For Sale and To Let boards continues apace with some local councils wanting to make it difficult or...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: interview with Angela Davey, ARLA Propertymark's President

Last weekend we spoke with Liana Loporto, NAEA Propertymark’s president, in an exclusive interview. Here we follow that up with an...

26 June 2021

From: Features

Crazy times, hazy memories - looking back at more than 35 years in the industry

There are just three working days until the end of the stamp duty holiday for most buyers. That’s not even enough time...

26 June 2021

From: Features

Phil Spencer’s agent panel: What would it be like here in lockdown?

Phil Spencer has interviewed five key regional estate agents in the latest of his Move iQ industry videos. It’s a fascinating insight...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with special fundraising for Samaritans …

It’s been another terrific week for good deeds by our industry - so often under-reported but so important for agents and...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Dramatic slump in instructions for Purplebricks, according to data

There’s been a dramatic slump in instructions for online agencies, particularly Purplebricks, according to data produced by one online firm itself. 99Home...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Ground rent refunds after watchdog strikes leasehold deal

The Competition and Markets Authority has struck a deal with house builders over leasehold abuses. Aviva has committed to remove certain terms...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday - first time buyers are the big losers

An authoritative study on the housing market has shown that the big losers from the pandemic have been first time buyers. The...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: Joy and heartbreak- our Agent Match Reports

It was never going to be easy for Scotland - and there was no sense of jeopardy for an already-through England. Yet...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Are New Builds good enough? Formal consultation begins

A consultation into the draft New Homes Quality Code has been published with a consultation period for the industry ending on...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the movers, shakers and people in the news

Welcome to the start of another week and as the housing market continues at full pelt, so does the movement of...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: interview with Liana Loporto, NAEA Propertymark President

In the first of a two-part special with the presidents of the UK’s largest property trade organisation, we carry out an...

19 June 2021

From: Features

Can the property market sustain its current momentum?

The property market is currently in a unique position where the number of house hunters looking for their next home is...

19 June 2021

From: Features

Vetting Buyers: row escalates over ‘proof of funds’ demand

The row over whether agents should be allowed to vet people who view properties on the basis of their wealth has...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we’re getting sporty this summer…

Hello and welcome to another ADC, the weekly wrap of good work by the industry. You probably know the score by now...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns over slow conveyancing as stamp duty deadline nears

The finance arm of a leading estate agency has taken the unusual step of warning about delays in the conveyancing process. “The...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Could an adjustment to BTL Stamp Duty improve the lettings market?

The Stamp Duty holiday has been very beneficial for hundreds of thousands of buyers looking to take advantage of savings, even...

16 June 2021

From: Features

Should buyers show ‘proof of funds’ to be allowed to view a home?

A traditional problem for agents has been ‘tyre kickers’ who come to view a home out of curiosity with little or...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Sell Purplebricks! Stock market advisers tell investors to quit agency

Swiss investment bank UBS has advised investors to sell their Purplebricks shares as the market share for the controversial agency appears...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Insurers start paying out Business Interruption claims - at last

The long running saga of insurance firms failing to honour agents’ Business Interruption claims appears to be making progress at last. A...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: Reality Czech for the Scots (but will they boogie against England?)

Welcome to our second Euros Agent Match Report, when we get leading agents’ and suppliers’ takes on the matches featuring England and Scotland.  Today...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove a good long-term investment says stock market tipster

Rightmove have been given a strong endorsement by an influential stock market tipster service, Investing.com.  “Rightmove has built a strong brand, delivered...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Buyers not told truth over flood risks, claims insurance firm

Buyers are not told the true scale of flood risk in many properties - and the rush to beat the stamp...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing Market Frenzy - It’s Not Just Britain, You Know…

Right now it seems that another day means another house price record, an all-time high for transactions, and a conveyancing log-jam...

12 June 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - well done Agents Together and industry fund-raisers

Hello and we’re at the end of another week celebrating all those in our industry who do great work. And this...

11 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

Zoopla beefs up functionality to give ‘extra value’ to agents

Zoopla has unveiled new features which it says will deliver more value to agents. In-Search Ads gives agents and housebuilders the option...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency expects 40% turnover boost in its anniversary year

An estate agency says it expects a 40 per cent boost in its turnover this year, its 10th in business. Croft Residential,...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-Let: is the outlook improving for landlords?

There are an estimated 2.7 million landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) providing rental accommodation to multiple generations of tenant,...

09 June 2021

From: Features

Agents – getting to know you, getting to like you…

A recent survey run by mio revealed that almost 50% of home movers selected their estate agent because they liked them....

09 June 2021

From: Features

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

Conveyancers told: Manage agents' stamp duty expectations

The Law Society has published new guidance for what it calls “under-pressure conveyancing solicitors” as the stamp duty deadline of June...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - summer movers and shakers in the business

Hello and welcome to the latest Property Jobs Today, your chance to catch up with who’s on the move. Let us know...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: talking Brexit, Covid, USPs and mews homes with Lurot Brand

Independent agents come in all shapes, sizes and looks, many with their own USPs and little quirks. It is this variety...

05 June 2021

From: Features

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

Agents Do Charity - everything from a tuk-tuk to a give-give

Hello - it’s Friday already and that means more salutes to those in our industry raising money for good causes. If...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Bank of England warns on interest rates if house prices rocket

The Bank of England will intervene if it considers soaring house prices will affect the inflation rate says Sir Dave Ramsden,...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing Crunch Time as stamp duty pressure boils over

New data shows no let-up on the pressure on the conveyancing sector as the stamp duty holiday and the broader economic...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Wanted: football pundits rooting for Scotland and Wales in the Euros!

We’re only a little over a week away from the Euros, happening at last a year later than scheduled because of...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Inclusion, fund-raising and giving…

Hello, and we’re at the start of a long weekend - and as the weather (finally) improves, perhaps that’s the opportunity...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Rip-Off? Conveyancer admits hiking fees to deter clients

An anonymous conveyancer has admitted increasing fees to deter buyers and sellers in the frenzied housing market during the stamp duty...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty boost will make 2021 market one of the busiest ever

The number of transactions is scheduled to reach 1.52 million this year - way above the norm of between 1.0 and...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Transform home buying for good’ is goal of new strategic partnership

Digital marketing agency Angels Media and digital platform Gazeal have announced an exclusive strategic partnership to help improve and speed up...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate Agent Burn Out - one way to avoid it

Telephone and chat support service Moneypenny has outlined a strategy to help agents avoid burn out. The service argues that working throughout...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Q&A with Jerry Walters – why the AML clock is ticking for letting agents

With property fraud on the rise and an ever-increasing number of transactions taking place in the lettings sector, having strict anti-money laundering...

22 May 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - we’re free to go inside (and fundraise outside)

It’s great to enjoy hospitality inside now...but it’s even better to fundraise, perhaps outside in the spring and summer weather. It’ll...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Updated Covid guidance for estate and letting  agents

Propertymark has produced a new guide for estate agents in the wake of the latest step on the roadmap out of Covid...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to recommend changes to ‘material info’ on listings

The Trading Standards agency team has outlined to Estate Agent Today the process it will follow to improve what it calls...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s moving where, why and when

Welcome to another working week and with it, our regular update on appointments and moves within our industry. Please let us know...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and however you do it, get the miles in!

The end of the week is always charity day here on EAT, and this week we have a typical cross section...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket data deal means free market appraisal guides for agents

OnTheMarket has signed an exclusive commercial partnership with property data specialist Sprift, to provide free market appraisal guides. These can be customised...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Sam Hunter – ‘does Homesearch pass the Ronseal test? Yes, we do’

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I speak to someone who has made an excellent impression on the property industry in...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - how agents can choose the right PropTech solutions

In the first of our revamped PropTech Today series - which will see six industry experts discussing a range of issues...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Combat stress with Propertymark mental health awareness training

Propertymark is backing the current Mental Health Awareness Week - and says the market boom is a possible cause of additional...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Carlisle to Zimbabwe via Yorkshire and Brum

Hello and if it’s the end of the week it’s time for Agents Do Charity -  your opportunity to respect all...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

London agony goes on as sales in prime central area hit record low

The Prime Central London pain throughout the pandemic can be seen by new figures just released by an investment consultancy, showing...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Stock shortage crisis as listings now down by 25 per cent

Parts of the UK property market face a supply shortage with a quarter fewer properties listed for sale in England and...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Vote, Vote, Vote - Housing and the 2021 Local Elections

Local elections rarely set the pulse racing and this year’s poll on Thursday faces a similar problem. But this time, it’s a...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Estate agent case studies: ‘abandoning the corporate world for the new’

Keller Williams now boasts 377 estate agency partners across the UK - agents that have set up and run their own...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Revealed - what buyers look for when viewing properties online

Online agency Strike has used specialist eye-tracking software to analyse what attracts a buyer’s attention when scrolling through homes online — and...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - now, where are my Plus Fours?

Hello and welcome to Agents Do Charity as we are on the threshold of May why not get on to the...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing: what can be done? Answers expected today…

Propertymark is staging a webinar today tackling the challenging issue of conveyancing - just as the market is at its busiest...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Change is coming – how can we improve the homebuying process?

With property transactions taking longer than ever and many people operating at capacity, it is easy to overlook the progress made,...

28 April 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - this week it’s all about young people and, er, bees

Hello and welcome to a sunny Friday and this week’s round-up of the industry’s good works. We’re keen to feature agents and...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Consumers demand upfront property details on portals

Momentum is building for agents to provide more information on property details and portals - not wait until a prospective buyer...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket’s crunch date for agent membership

OnTheMarket is to release its full year performance figures to shareholders on June 8. This will be for its trading year to January...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a bumper bundle of movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to another working week, and the latest on jobs and staff movement across our industry. You can be part...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: Agents told to warn vendors they may miss deadline

An analysis of the average time taken for properties from 10 leading estate agency brands to complete shows a significant increase...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Have we got hair-raising news for you…

It’s Friday so it’s Charity day of course, and today we get to the root of the issue of lockdown easing...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Adrian Gill – talking agency consolidation, PropTech, retail and Boomin

This time out, I speak to one of the industry’s biggest-hitters. Adrian Gill may have retired from frontline agency, having had...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Apps vs APIs: Which is best for agents?

Have you found yourself asking the question: “what is the difference between an API and an App?” No doubt we are all...

14 April 2021

From: Features

Michael Bruce promoted in Boomin management changes

Michael Bruce has been promoted from the role of executive chairman of Boomin to group chief executive officer. This is within two...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

State of the property nation survey – what did we discover?

Our recent state of the property nation survey, which yielded nearly 350 responses from directors to junior negotiators, and many others...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - staff turnover rates at leading estate agencies

One of the industry’s leading consultants has calculated staff turnover rates at the country’s leading estate agencies. Christopher Watkin, the consultant who...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Will Facebook act after agency is victim of “vile” Prince Philip slur?

An estate agency has apologised after a bogus employee posted offensive comments about Prince Philip on a newly-created fake Facebook account. This...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and a special look at our industry’s own charity

Hello and welcome to this week’s ADC - and it’s a special look at plans for this year by our own...

09 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

Ex-Knight Frank high flyer sets up online agency

A high flying agent with experience at a string of top end companies has set up an online business with his...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin - What’s the verdict?

The launch of Boomin has been and gone with, perhaps, something less than its expected fanfare of publicity. Of course there are...

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

Sarah Edmundson – how Agents Together is helping the industry to talk

Mental health – and the importance of good mental health – has become a vital thing for all of us in...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

One year of Covid-19 – How have estate agents coped?

With March marking one year since the beginning of the first national lockdown across all four nations of Britain in response...

31 March 2021

From: Features

OnTheMarket in big media deal with UK's largest news publisher

OnTheMarket has signed a big media deal with the UK’s largest news publisher. The deal is with Reach, which owns nine national...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all you need to know about who’s where…

Hello, and as we near the first Bank Holiday of the year (and a little light at the end of the...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday: could the market be more vulnerable to fraud?

The Chancellor’s recent announcement that the stamp duty holiday would be extended for another three months was undoubtedly great news for...

27 March 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and there’s extra daylight for fund-raising now…

Normal life still seems far away so there hasn’t been the usual spotlight on a good-news-feeling that comes every year on...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Turbo-charged housing market - prices still rising 7.5% a year

Another house price index shows a super-charged housing market with prices rising 7.5 per cent in the year to January according...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty – are you ready?

The original stamp duty freeze, which started in July 2020, has already helped push house prices to a record high and...

24 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Get ready to party - London's market is bouncing back

The London housing market is enjoying the end of the lull before the storm, according to a leading buying agent. Sara Ransom...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech: High end agency reveals key new investment

Knight Frank is investing an undisclosed sum in a venture capital firm specialising in PropTech. The money is going into a European...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks - Is it joining the establishment?

Purplebricks is now part of the mainstream landscape of British estate agency. There - I said it. An agency whose whispered name...

20 March 2021

From: Features

Eyes peeled! EAT set to launch state of the property nation survey

On Monday next week, Estate Agent Today will launch its state of the property nation survey, a 14-question poll for UK...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we’re promising to have a ball…

Welcome to Agents Do Charity, the weekly fund-raising catch up - as ever, even during challenging times, it’s great to see...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells embraces e-Signatures to speed sales contracts

Connells Group has adopted e-Signatures from Yoti for its sales and lettings business across a number of brands. This follows a successful...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property professionals welcome digitisation to better manage transactions

The findings of the new ‘Thriving in a Pandemic’ report, recently published by tmgroup and mio, have highlighted that the market...

17 March 2021

From: Features

Purplebricks goes local - more emphasis on Local Property Experts in future

Purplebricks is to tilt its marketing increasingly towards local advertising on traditional and online platforms, and promoting the ‘on the street’...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Upfront Info For Buyers: PropTech firm links with conveyancers

One of the companies at the heart of the campaign to provide more upfront information to prospective buyers has struck a...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech needed for agents to cope with soaring transactions - claim

Agents have been warned they are likely to require PropTech assistance to cope with a surge in transactions expected this year. The...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s going where this spring?

If it’s Monday, it’s jobs news day on EAT - welcome to the latest update. Want to be featured in our next...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - is working from anywhere the future for UK estate agency?

One of the biggest trends in recent times, as a direct result of the pandemic, is the concept of working from...

13 March 2021

From: Features

Stamp duty holiday: how to keep your chain intact

Following the fluctuation of the property market during the UK’s first national lockdown, the industry was given a lifeline by the...

13 March 2021

From: Features

Why every day is Women’s Day here!

You could be forgiven for overlooking International Women’s Day on Monday. Well, almost. Focus was instead turned to the first day back...

13 March 2021

From: Features

The property sector needs to keep up with changing consumer behaviour

Last year saw a monumental shift in almost every aspect of our lives: not least the way we work, socialise and...

13 March 2021

From: Features

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

Revved-up sellers ready to market homes this spring says RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the market should prepare itself for a glut of new supply thanks to the...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we’re putting our best foot forward

Hello and welcome to the end of another week - and a step in the right direction towards the easing of...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New Propertymark crisis as finance chief quits

The head of finance at Propertymark has quit - another high profile departure for the troubled organisation. Estate Agent Today broke the news...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents changing work priorities because of Covid says personnel guru

The head of one of the industry’s foremost recruitment organisations says the pandemic has caused people to re-evaluate priorities and change...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Not Keeping Mum! Agency shows off Mother’s Day celebration window

An agency has made a fabulous Mother’s Day display in its branch window - and it’s definitely not keeping Mum about...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to this edition of Property Jobs Today, a chance to catch up with who’s moving where in the...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Watch: will property viewings ever be the same?

A panel of estate agents recently participated in a webinar to discuss the benefits of livestream open house viewings. The webinar, part...

06 March 2021

From: Features

Letting agents unite to support others during the pandemic

It might be tempting during the pandemic to focus simply on the business, yet many agents have been turning their attention...

06 March 2021

From: Features

Dan Muir, Area Sales Manager, LetsBid Property

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  Dan Muir, Area Sales Manager, LetsBid Property What is LetsBid and...

05 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Agents Do Charity … Who’s sponsored to climb the cliff edge?

Another week and another frenzy of news, culminating in the Budget and the extension of the stamp duty holiday. A cliff edge...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: new cliff edge or cause for delight?

Rarely do Budgets produce positive sentiments from the agency industry but Chancellor Rishi Sunak appears to have won widespread support for...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lifesycle reinvents matching, registrations and viewing feedback

Fundamental changes to the way in which agents can work were shown at the online launch of Lifesycle 2 by Iceberg...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

End of stamp duty holiday leads to drop in mortgage approvals

Mortgage approvals declined slightly in January as the market braces itself for the end of the stamp duty holiday - currently...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Video - How can agents thrive in a more tenant-centric market?

In a video interview for Letting Agent Today, property professional Chris Buckler speaks to Mike Dawson, Group Head of Sales at...

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

Agents Do Charity…as we can see a roadmap to freedom…

Hello, welcome to our latest charity roundup, and as the weather improves and the vaccine roll-out lifts the spirits, so we...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers call for less aggression in house buying process

A conveyancing trade publication wants those involved in residential transactions to be kind to each other - especially as the stamp duty...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday extension agreed -  but is it a new cliff edge?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will extend the stamp duty holiday deadline until the end of June - a three month extension. The lead...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing work output surges despite ‘creaking processes’

Conveyancing volumes rose 27 per cent in just one month as the sector attempts to cope with huge demand prompted by...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons in talks to buy rival London agency chain

Foxtons is in talks to takeover rival London agency Douglas & Gordon. A statement from Foxtons to shareholders this afternoon says: "Further to...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Lobby your MP over stamp duty holiday extension, agents told

Propertymark - still reeling over two senior resignations in less than a week - says its lobbying sessions with politicians are...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Dexters wins private equity investment - NO it’s NOT been sold

Wild speculation about the sale of Dexters yesterday turned out to be plain wrong - and instead the company has landed substantial investment. Oakley Capital, a...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and an agent with Covid raises thousands…

Hello and welcome to Friday, the day when we highlight agents’ great work to raise funds for good causes despite the continuing...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New Propertymark CEO Balcon stays silent on leadership resignation

The new chief executive of Propertymark has declined to answer questions relating to the resignation of the NAEA president only half...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Mystery deepens over resignation of NAEA Propertymark president

Mystery over the unusual nature of the resignation of the NAEA President, announced last weekend, has deepened in the past 24...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Shirty! Get your kids hot under the collar for a great cause…

Industry supplier Kerfuffle and high-profile training service Marvellous have launched a competition for the children of agents and suppliers. The kids are...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Mayhem: Is a six week extension long enough?

Agents and conveyancers are expressing doubt over whether a possible six week extension to the stamp duty holiday will be enough...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - more appointments news from across the UK

Hello - another Monday dawns but the good news is that we can update you on the industry’s latest appointments. Everyone here...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed: what are the latest rental trends as we move through 2021?

As we move towards the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the first lockdown, it is a good time to reflect...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Agency apology over ‘bullying’ claims to allow Covid viewings

An online agency has apologised to a single mother who felt pressured into allowing viewings of a property she was renting. Local media in...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - why not fund-raise instead of going on holiday?

As the official advice over holidays descends into farce - can we go this year? if so at home or away?...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty reform “very unlikely” says Conservative housing guru

An MP demanding a root and branch reform of property taxation, including scrapping stamp duty, says the chance of fundamental reform is...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty cliff edge leads to market running out of steam

House price growth is running out of steam ahead of the stamp duty holiday cliff-edge. That’s the suggestion from the Halifax; its latest...

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

Calls grow to reform ALL property taxes, not just stamp duty

Pressure is building for widespread property tax reform beyond short term issues regarding stamp duty. Many MPs in this week’s 65-minute special...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - even as the snow comes down again…

It’s pretty cold out there, making a difficult time that much worse - except for fans of sledging of course. But many...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Very few new portals can seriously compete with us’ - claim

This time out, I’m in conversation with one of the big three established portals. Since it was founded in 2007, Zoopla...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Exchanging during lockdown – How to progress your pipeline

We are now over four weeks in to our third national lockdown in the UK. Although the property market remains open,...

03 February 2021

From: Features