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

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

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Top PropTech influencers target agents and others with new venture

Two figures with high profiles in the world of PropTech have formed a consultancy to try to sell their services to...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: Trussle and Revolut bring FinTech and PropTech together

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

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

First-ever electronic e-signature exchange of contracts

The first ever electronic e-signature exchange of contracts for a residential property transaction in the UK has been completed this month,...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide figures emerge in roles at rival companies

More former Countrywide figures have emerged in new roles at rival organisations. Darren Bowles, former regional sales manager at Countrywide’s Bridgfords brand,...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Technology v Traditional agency debate at Future : PropTech

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

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: Carrying PropTech forward with visual stimulation

This week, it would be very easy for me to focus on the startling figures that easyProperty logged with Companies House...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Investors 'have full confidence in easyProperty' says company CEO

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

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 April 2017

From: Features

James Dearsley: The teenage angst of PropTech and traditionalists

As Trussle and Placester add to 2017s bonkers tally of PropTech investment, isn’t it time we end the conflict between Tech...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Two big franchise agencies launch digital initiatives

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

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide ex-Connells technology guru lands new role

One of the estate agency industry’s leading technology figures has been appointed to a key role in a major global property consultancy. Alex...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Goodlord and Nested raise funding for second time

In a week that I am recovering from the exuberance of MIPIM (I didn't want to focus on it in this...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: A MIPIM startups update from Cannes

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

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL the latest firm expected to enter 'digital' market

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

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Key property dates for agents’ diaries

One thing that can be guaranteed in the property world each year is a range of conferences and awards dinners. Very...

01 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

James Dearsley: The blooming symbiosis of PropTech and FinTech

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

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Future:PropTech2017 unveils sponsors - including Angels Media

Organisers of the Future:PropTech2017 conference on May 4 have revealed new sponsors involved with the event - including Angels Media, publisher...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

And now for something completely different...Co-Living

We’re used to stories on how the buying and renting of ‘formal’ accommodation - flats and houses - has become increasingly...

17 February 2017

From: Features

James Dearsley: Why agents need to look closely at this business model

London based property management startup Airsorted has raised £1.5m in a funding round led by Concetric and the ever present PiLabs.  What...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – a conference wrapped in Guild

Excuse the puntastic (or not) title, but as you’ve no doubt already deciphered I took a trip northwards a couple of...

11 February 2017

From: Features

PropTech: conveyancing firms talk up technological advantages

Two conveyancing sector companies are claiming major advances for their products. Free2Convey, which claims to be the first conveyancing portal offering free...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: One week, two major PropTech developments

The first week of February has seen some extraordinary goings on in the property sector, from which two stories particularly stand out...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech guru James Dearsley writes for Estate Agent Today

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

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Technology group launches with trade missions and awards

Some of the industry’s leading technical experts are this morning launching a new group, the UK PropTech Association, which has already...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why people crave instant gratification

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

28 January 2017

From: Features

Independent agents' group founder warns against online agencies

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

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech: voice control software to be introduced for sales apps

The property marketing company Pelican Media is preparing to launch what it claims is the industry’s first voice control software across...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Mortgage startup secures £5.5m in funding

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

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Countrywide’s Sam Tyrer

A post-Christmas treat this week, as I carry out a Q & A with one of the leading figures in property,...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks: 'people may never accept technology-only sales'

One of the founders of hybrid agency Purplebricks says sellers in the UK may never accept the sale of their property...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

'Expect more big agency firms to back online projects in 2017' - claim

The head of a new ‘disruptive’ online mortgage service says 2017 will see more major estate agency and other property businesses...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Newly-launched PropTech company joins ESTAS sponsor roll-call

The ESTAS awards have a new main category sponsor - PropTech company OneDome. The OneDome service, launched last month, provides free-to-use information...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

The fees ban will force agents to seize the day

Carpe diem, seize the day – whatever you call it, it’s something all of us in the property industry should be looking...

09 December 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: five things we’ve learnt this year

What a mad, bonkers year it’s been. We’ve had, in no particular order: Trump, Brexit, Leicester winning the Premier League, a...

03 December 2016

From: Features

Zoopla buys tech firm that created 1,500 agency websites

Zoopla Property Group has acquired the estate agency website specialist design firm Technicweb. The acquisition - its announcement was buried in yesterday's...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Why do agents need a fast, responsive website?

In the world of property and estate agency, competition is always fierce. It’s the same when it comes to your website....

22 November 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Zoopla apps hit 8.5m downloads and second spot in Apple chart

The mobile apps for Zoopla and Primelocation passed the 8.5m milestone this week, with the former moving into number two spot...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Rightmove hires software firm to boost app performance

Rightmove has employed jClarity, a ‘performance tuning specialist’, to improve the search facility on its applications. A statement from jClarity on the...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Firm launches printed augmented reality service to agents

A PropTech firm is to launch a 'printed augmented reality' service that allows buyers to point their smartphone and get additional information...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove may be world's most profitable property portal, says analyst

A leading PropTech analyst has compared the finances of many of the world's leading property portals and says Rightmove is earning...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

App allows buyers to give viewing feedback directly to vendors

A new app is being launched allowing agents to provide vendors with feedback directly from buyers who have seen their properties.  The...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

New sales progression tool claims to be 'game changer' for agents

A new automated sales progression tool being launched today promises to require fewer resources from agents in return for ensuring faster...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

eMoov to offer vendors virtual property tours free of charge

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

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: on my travels

It’s all been kicking off in recent weeks, hasn’t it? Marmite wars, the endless Trump v Clinton debate, Samsung phones blowing...

28 October 2016

From: Features

PropTech: Live chat drives business on agency websites - claim

A website live chat provider claims research shows that the facility significantly influences activity amongst users of websites on which it...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove appoints global technology supremo to board

Rightmove has a new board member from the end of this year - Jacqueline de Rojas, the winner of the 2015...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

PropTech: lending collapse for firm partnered with Zoopla

A business publication says figures from a PropTech peer-to-peer lending firm which markets its products through Zoopla show a 95 per cent...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Local Property Experts 'make Purplebricks a real disruptor'

One of the world’s leading property portal and online consultants says Purplebricks, which is now operating in Australia and the UK,...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Russell Quirk

In recent weeks I have been carrying out question and answer sessions with some of the key figures in the property...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: Q & A with Glenn Ackroyd

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

30 September 2016

From: Features

Agents given access to free floor plan and editing app

Estate agents are to be given access to PropertyBOX – a free floor plan and photo enhancing app. The app comes from...

26 September 2016

From: Breaking News

The rise of virtual reality viewings

More estate agents are using – or at least considering using – virtual reality viewings as part of their services. But what...

22 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter: Q & A with Bob Scarff

A fantastic exclusive this week as I carry out a question and answer session with one of the leading names in...

16 September 2016

From: Features

Zoopla invests in another PropTech startup

Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) has announced that it has invested in a soon-to-launch PropTech startup. The group, which now owns uSwitch and...

16 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide boss hits back at eMoov purchase claims

The former managing director of Countrywide has responded to claims made by Russell Quirk that the UK's largest agency rejected the...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency to open new branch with dedicated 'VR Zone'

A Nottingham estate agency is set to open its fourth branch with a dedicated 'VR Zone'. Walton & Allen is holding an...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry's top PropTech tweeters revealed

As the PropTech industry continues to expand, with dedicated events and more innovative startups entering the world of UK property, online...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: let's embrace change as an industry

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

09 September 2016

From: Features

Agents take over seven hours to respond to email leads - claim

Agents take an average of seven working hours and 11 minutes to respond to email leads - and just over a...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: online agents – where are they now?

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

19 August 2016

From: Features

PropTech firm links with consumer group to push 'Find A Pro' offer

PropTech firm Plentific has teamed up with the HomeOwners Alliance to give another platform for its ‘Find a Pro’ service highlighting...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Google research shows US users spend 55 minutes on property apps

The results of some interesting research have been revealed - applying to the United States but possibly indicative of how property...

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the sun has put its hat on (sort of)

Summer finally arrived, the transport system (as always) went into meltdown, everyone complained that it was too hot and the sun...

05 August 2016

From: Features

Canadian firm partners Pi Labs in bid to spot UK PropTech innovations

Pi Labs, which has ex-TV Dragon James Caan and Countrywide amongst its investors, is partnering with a Canadian company in a...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

PropTech guru says OnTheMarket could still disrupt portal sector

One of Britain’s foremost PropTech experts says OnTheMarket could still disrupt the portal landscape - but has trust issues following disputes...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

PropTech crowdfunding platform lays off 30% of staff as business falls

The high-profit property crowdfunding site Property Partner has laid off 13 of its employees - equivalent to around 29 per cent...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Tech start-up already linked to portals secures £2m funding boost

Plentific - a proptech startup that operates a ‘find a professional’ service - has secured £2m in funding.  The service, which lists...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

How digital technology can help estate agents connect with customers

‘Digital technology in the property industry is here to stay’ was very much the opinion drawn from the recent FUTURE: PropTech...

24 June 2016

From: Features

Another senior Countrywide executive leaves the company

Another Countrywide executive has left the company - the latest departure is Eyal Malinger, the director of corporate development. Harvard-educated Malinger had...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

How UK estate agents are embracing Multi Listing Services

It's great to hear how new proptech is being embraced by a number of front line agents in order to network...

07 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Online agency marks 10th anniversary with recruitment drive and 24/7 viewings

One of the original online estate agents, Hatched, is marking its tenth anniversary with a series of announcements.  The firm, which began...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove trials VR as another agency launches virtual viewings

Rightmove has begun testing a virtual reality viewing platform which will allow prospective buyers to view properties without leaving their own...

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter:  a conference bonanza!

It’s nearly June – June! – already. Seriously, where has this year gone? This means summer is nearly upon us, with a...

27 May 2016

From: Features

FUTURE: PropTech - Rightmove chief's critique of modern estate agency

The main debate at this year’s FUTURE: PropTech conference - the industry’s leading technology forum, held yesterday in London - saw...

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide chief teams up with PropTech agency expert

The former Countrywide head of estate agency Bob Scarff is teaming up with property technology expert Rob Wellstead to create unspecified...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the top five Proptech products

Last time out I spoke about the beginnings of a PropTech revolution, with two major London-based events in the offing over...

13 May 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: conveyancing, mortgage advice and a PropTech revolution

On Tuesday we managed hail, snow, rain, sun and a chilly wind all in one day. Whatever you want to say...

29 April 2016

From: Features

Exclusive - FUTURE:PropTech conference 25% discount for EAT readers

It almost goes without saying that PropTech is a hot topic these days - this year alone we’ve seen multi-million pound...

20 April 2016

From: Breaking News

How can traditional estate agents adapt their customer experience to compete with online?

In 2014 there were 19,000 estate agent branches in the UK. Of which 18,000 were registered to list properties on the...

14 April 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Industry Insights Report - The State of the UK Property Market

We have some exciting news for all estate and lettings agents and property enthusiasts. We've produced our first Industry Insights Report...

10 March 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide leads Connells and Zoopla in link-up with online firm

Countrywide is to lead a group including Connells and Zoopla in a partnership with the proptech company Fixflo, currently best known...

15 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 October 2015

From: Features

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