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Property Natter: a day in the life of a Conveyancer

In a welcome return to a favourite series of mine - and a timely one at that, given the current back...

13 August 2022

From: Features

Video interviews versus podcasts - what do you need to know?

In recent years, we’ve witnessed a massive influx of channels for media consumers – two of the biggest of which are...

13 August 2022

From: Features

Uncertainty remains over housing’s importance to new PM, says expert

A property expert has claimed that it remains to be seen where housing will feature in the upcoming political agenda. Nicky Stevenson,...

12 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the importance of personal content on social media

What do Tilly Ramsay and Kim Kardashian have in common? Other than both having well-known fathers, they’ve both also mastered the art...

10 August 2022

From: Features

Debate - should the property industry trial a four-day week?

Earlier this year, we ran a story asking whether agency would ever embrace a four-day week. This came ahead of the...

10 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Opinion: BoE turns gloomier as base rate rises - how will the market respond?

A property expert has warned that the Bank of England’s gloomy economic forecasts and last week’s rise in interest rates could...

09 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Greg Clark caught up in Rishi Sunak ‘deprived areas’ furore

Housing Secretary Greg Clark, who is also the Levelling Up Secretary, has been caught up in the storm surrounding Rishi Sunak...

08 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks, Liz Truss and George Orwell - double-think about it

Double-think, for those who have not read George Orwell, is when people are expected to accept two conflicting beliefs as truth,...

06 August 2022

From: Features

The Property Franchise Group reports strong growth in latest figures

The Property Franchise Group, the UK's largest property franchisor, has provided a trading update ahead of publishing its interim results on Tuesday...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Dye & Durham considers possible appeal against CMA merger decision

Dye & Durham says it could potentially appeal the decision by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) to effectively disallow its acquistion...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

What could a digitally enabled future look like for estate agents?

For years now estate agents have been on a journey from digital infancy to digital maturity. But what does the future...

03 August 2022

From: Features

How to prepare for the Fairer Private Rented Sector Shake-Up

With the government releasing details on the Fairer Private Rented Sector, landlords and letting agents are looking for ways to maintain...

03 August 2022

From: Features

Purplebricks fallout – CEO bemoans ‘series of missteps’ after annual results

Yesterday’s publication of Purplebricks’ annual results – which made for very difficult reading for the troubled brand – came as part...

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

EAT poll: Who do agents back as the next Prime Minister?

A quarter of agents have indicated they may prefer Rishi Sunak as the next Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister –...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Analyst: ‘Agents can’t do without Rightmove’

Rightmove has been backed to weather the cost of living crisis and a property market downturn. Analysis by investment service Wealth Club,...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – is LinkedIn something agency can no longer ignore?

For some time, LinkedIn was seen – fairly or unfairly – as stodgy, dull, corporate and formal. The uncool uncle to...

30 July 2022

From: Features

Opinion - there is hope for a better conveyancer-agent relationship

The relationship between estate agents and conveyancers is undoubtedly a complex one and has certainly had ‘its moments’ over the years,...

30 July 2022

From: Features

How to meet consumer demands in an evolving property market

Thanks to a relentless market, the property market has enjoyed a purple patch over the past few years. But now that...

30 July 2022

From: Features

Popular agency AML platform receives government kitemark

Anti-money laundering platform Credas Technologies has become one of the first companies of its kind to be certified against the UK...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket issues new shares for agents signing longer term listing deals

OnTheMarket has issued new shares for agents who have signed new long-term listings agreements. The listed portal said in a stock market...

27 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rishi-Tweedle-Dum and Liz-Tweedle-DumDum

When it comes to housing policy, the Conservative MPs have given their party a choice between Tweedle Dum and Tweedle DumDum. Rishi...

23 July 2022

From: Features

Insight - why hybrid presentation is key to the future of agency

Recent statistics published by the government’s Business Insights and Conditions Survey revealed the extent to which many real estate businesses have...

23 July 2022

From: Features

What is Right to Buy and am I eligible?

In this Guides & Tips piece, the team at Together set out what Right to Buy is and who is eligible. If...

21 July 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

House price growth hits nine month high ‘but slowdown is coming’

The housing market continues to defy expectations after the latest Land Registry figures show annual price growth in May hit its...

21 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed – UK-first PropTech launches agents need to know about

Automation is the direction the industry is moving in and it’s gathering pace every day. Forward-thinking agents are using automation and...

20 July 2022

From: Features

Property Natter – why is the property market joining the podcast party?

If there’s one thing that received a boost as a result of Covid and lockdowns, it’s podcasts – which reached whole...

16 July 2022

From: Features

Tech and innovation can help tackle the challenges conveyancing faces

The current challenges facing the conveyancing sector have put the industry in the spotlight. Here, property expert Colum Smith, Chief Vision...

16 July 2022

From: Features

Phil Spencer: Today's First Time Buyers and Tomorrow's Vendors

The other day I read a story here on Estate Agent Today, which was both depressing and inspiring. It reported a study...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Estate agency bosses urged to help junior staff with cost of living crisis 

Agency bosses are being urged to do more to help staff with the cost of living crisis if they want to...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Portal listings without material information ‘will eventually be rejected’

Trading Standards has indicated that non-compliant listings will eventually be rejected from portals as it urges agents to use their “professional...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Material information update: Agents reminded of disclosure requirements

Agents are being reminded that they still have an obligation to provide all material information as the sector awaits Part B...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks shares hit new low as activist investor increases stake

Purplebricks’ share price hit a record low during trading yesterday after an activist investor upped its stake and called for the...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Upmarket agent predicts ‘gradual reset’ of the housing market

Fine & Country is predicting the impending housing market slowdown will be gradual. Nicky Stevenson, managing director of Fine & Country UK...

07 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - top five social media tips for estate agents

A client called asking for advice on their social media marketing strategy. They’d thrown a lot of budget at it, but...

06 July 2022

From: Features

Property Natter - why conveyancers should charge more for a better service

The ongoing debate about how to boost agent and conveyancer relations, and improve the homebuying system for all, continues to rage,...

02 July 2022

From: Features

More upfront information when buying a car vs buying a house! Is it time for change?

I look back on when my dad helped me buy my first car and shared his pearls of wisdom on what...

02 July 2022

From: Features

Cost of living crisis makes simple bills more crucial than ever for agents

Unless you have been living under a rock since the end of last year, you won’t need to be told about...

29 June 2022

From: Features

Agency boss: ‘Why we desperately need ROPA rules’

A senior agency executive has said minimum standards and qualifications are “desperately needed” in the property sector. Adam Day, international expansion leader...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks delays publication of annual accounts

Purplebricks has pushed back the publication of its annual accounts. The online agent’s full year results were due to be published on...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Why free online logbooks are little more than Dropbox

There have been many articles about ‘digitising upfront information’, following the publication of DLUHC’s Levelling-Up white paper and National Trading Standards...

25 June 2022

From: Features

Insight - should estate agents be using TikTok?

Images can have the ability to paint a vivid image, but video content can take this to the next level if...

22 June 2022

From: Marketing & Social Media

RICS commits to speedy reforms following independent review

The interim chairman of the RICS governing council has vowed to get the beleaguered body in a “good position” for reforms...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Bichard RICS Review: Need for change is 'urgent' and 'unarguable'

A high-profile review of the governance and purpose of the RICS has said the need for change at the institution is...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Upmarket agent launches book on most famous and expensive instructions

The founder of prime London estate agency Beauchamp Estates is set to reveal all on his most prestigious property sales. Gary Hersham has...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

White paper calls for intergenerational mortgages to help first-time buyers

A group of mortgage advisers has proposed a range of reforms to reduce barriers to home ownership for first time buyers. The...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - do agents need to worry about the metaverse?

Between you and me, dear reader, I had little to no idea about what the metaverse was before researching it for...

18 June 2022

From: Features

Expert Analysis: How safe are homes 5 years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy?

It’s the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell fire tragedy, but are high rises any safer today than they were then? On 14th...

18 June 2022

From: Features

Revealed! What buyers want from their homes and estate agents

Energy efficiency, gardens and garages as well as speedy sales are top of buyer’s wishlists, Zoopla claims. The portal has published the...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Over-55s worried about chances for Gen Z to get on the property ladder

A survey earlier this week may have shown the older generation feel younger people’s spending habits are destroying their chances of...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

How to handle the needs of older renters

Rising property prices in the UK mean that occupiers are renting long past their forties. According to the government’s last English...

15 June 2022

From: Features

OnTheMarket boss confident agents will remain once IPO tie-in ends

OnTheMarket has been having “positive discussions” with founding shareholder agents about renewing their contracts once they expire next year. Agents who invested...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards: Portals should refuse non-compliant listings

The head of the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) has suggested the material listings rules should be...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Homes with EV chargers will sell at a premium due to public shortage

Accessibility to charging facilities is becoming an increasingly important factor for home buyers in affluent neighbourhoods where electric vehicle adoption is...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency trade body calls for stamp duty exemptions as part of housing reforms

Agency trade body Propertymark has called for the government’s housing market reforms to go further and has even suggested targeted stamp...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Takeaways and Netflix blamed for young people failing to get on housing ladder

Almost half of the UK public think young people cannot afford to buy their own home because they spend too much...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents account for half of this year's AML registration cancellations

Four estate agents have had their anti-money laundering (AML) registrations cancelled by HMRC so far this year. The taxman has published its...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Secret sellers! Off-market sales soar due to stock shortage

Record numbers of homes are being sold off-market and for a premium due to the property supply shortage. Off-market sales are traditionally...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: ‘the only way to bring about change is to be proactive’

In this latest ‘Women in Property’ edition of the Natter, I check in with Collette Allen, who was recently appointed as...

28 May 2022

From: Features

Agents - it's time to get clever with property tech

Estate agents use property technology each and every day for residential property transactions, but is there more they can do with...

28 May 2022

From: Features

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

Tech can help agents expand and improve their bottom line – here’s how

Technology can be utilised to grow and advance a company's income. That’s not a new or controversial statement, but here I...

21 May 2022

From: Features

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

HMRC shows its teeth with bumper AML fines for agents

More than 30 agents and property firms such as auction houses and valuers were reprimanded by HMRC for anti-money laundering breaches...

17 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

New material information rules will benefit consumers and agents

Millions of people use online property portals every year to conduct their property search, whether it be for sales or for...

11 May 2022

From: Features

Right To Buy - what on earth is government playing at?

What a difference two months and some local elections make. Cast your minds back to March 9 and the annual report of...

07 May 2022

From: Features

Insight - is it Time to Stamp Out SDLT?

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) has long been the bugbear of many property transactions. Even the very wealthy will lose interest...

07 May 2022

From: Features

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

POA: So how many agency listings could be 'unlawful?'

Agency trade bodies have backed the “clarity” provided by Trading Standards after it deemed “price on application” listings unlawful. It comes as...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards: Why POA listings are unlawful

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) deemed yesterday that the use of POA or “price on application”...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

 ‘Price on application’ in property listings deemed unlawful

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) has deemed that the use of POA or “price on application”...

04 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

Leasehold reform - what do agents and conveyancers need to know?

You will hopefully have seen that the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 has now received its Royal Assent, meaning it...

30 April 2022

From: Features

Collaborative Conveyancing - is this the panacea to the home moving process?

I attended a forum in London a couple of weeks ago, which for the first time brought estate agents and conveyancers...

30 April 2022

From: Features

Barking mad? Warren Buffett agency runs contest to win pet-size home

The UK affiliated agency of Warren Buffett’s global real estate company is offering members of the public the chance to win...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Why Rental Reform Is Becoming More Important By The Day

It’s easy to overestimate the importance of something in one’s own industry or work, but there seems good reason for believing...

23 April 2022

From: Features

Q&A: What do new material information rules mean for estate agents?

From the beginning of April, long-awaited rules from the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) came into effect....

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

Agency heavyweight joins property investment PropTech platform

One of the biggest names in agency has been appointed as chairperson of the board at BidX1, one of Europe’s leading...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents encouraged to go green this Friday for climate change awareness

Estate agents are being encouraged to go green this Friday to raise awareness for the upcoming World Earth Day. Jerry Lyons who...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Boomin reveals latest wave of paid-up agents

Boomin has unveiled its latest round of paying agents. The challenger portal, launched by former Purplebricks founder Michael Bruce, has revealed 10...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Analyst suggests Boomin financial backing is more significant than branches

A property analyst has warned against comparing the number of branches on Boomin to Rightmove. Challenger portal Boomin revealed its first batch...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

Revealed! The first paid-up agents joining Boomin

Foxtons, Chancellors and Douglas & Gordon have been named among the first paid-up agency brands on Boomin. The challenger portal, launched by...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Are these the first cracks in the reign of the portals?

In this piece, the team at Iceberg Digital look at whether the first cracks are appearing in the portals. For the last...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards reminds agents to update SSTC listings amid legal debate

Trading Standards has advised agents to update listings once they reach the "sold subject to contract" (SSTC) stage. It comes after legal...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Search digitisation speeds up after sluggish start, claims Land Registry

A government aim to improve the home buying process by making Local Land Charge search results instantly available is well underway,...

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

Agents worry over new ownership transparency initiative

The introduction of a register of land owners has triggered concern from the agents’ trade body Propertymark.  A Register of Persons Holding...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency chooses London for its first-ever international office

An agency specialising in Nigerian clients has opened its first international office in London. Jide Taiwo & Co’s office will open next...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Gazumping: Public have had enough and want it made illegal

The overwhelming majority of buyers want the gazumping to be made illegal, a poll shows. Some 89 per cent think it’s wrong...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

New London branch for agency in fast-emerging hotspot

The JLL property consultancy is opening a branch handling sales and lettings in an area of London often by-passed by rival...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

New co-ownership scheme ‘completely different to Timeshare’

A new service launched in the UK this week selling one-eight to one-half ownership of luxury holiday homes insists it is...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Income Tax cut and VAT scrapped on home energy efficiency measures

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a dramatic future income tax cut, changes to National Insurance thresholds and scrapping VAT on more...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Fall-Through Mayhem - over 50,000 deals collapse since New Year

A prominent industry supplier has produced startling statistics about the numbers of fall throughs in just the first 10 weeks or...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Best ever spring market for vendors as prices hit new record

There’s been a remarkable 1.7 per cent increase in the average asking price of homes coming to the market in just...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove ponders: Will Ukraine hurt the UK housing market?

The jury is still out on whether the Ukraine crisis will damage public confidence in the UK housing market. Rightmove’s property data...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

Tragedy as campaigning agent dies just days after cancer diagnosis

A popular and respected estate agent in Essex, who also campaigned nationally against homelessness, has died just days after bing diagnosed...

16 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

Homes For Ukraine launched by Housing Secretary

The government has now formally launched the Homes For Ukraine scheme, heavily leaked in recent days. The Secretary of State for Levelling...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: agency with a new concept and terrific fundraising

As regular readers will know, I like to use this column to shout out about the independent agents who are the...

12 March 2022

From: Features

Reviews site allAgents makes new allegations about rival services

The war of words between various property review platforms continues apace. The latest accusation concern comparison website GetAgent, and specifically reviews of...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyers in hotspot to get £5,000 public cash for deposit

A scheme to help people to get on the housing ladder in one of the UK’s most expensive local housing markets...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Confiscate oligarchs’ homes and sell them to raise cash for Ukraine - call

The Mayor of London is demanding ministers take sanctioning Russian oligarchs seriously by moving immediately to seize assets that can then...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Review row over company making allegations about OnTheMarket

A row has broken out over a company which has made allegations about Trustpilot reviews of OnTheMarket. A company called KwikChex says...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Will The Lights Go On Again In Central London?

Almost exactly a decade ago I wrote a blog on the back of a spate on mainstream news stories about prime...

05 March 2022

From: Features

Government may seize homes of key Russians without compensation

The government is considering seizing British property owned by Russian oligarchs on the sanctions list without paying compensation. The Financial Times says Housing...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Second home buyers hit with 300% tax rise in part of UK

The Welsh Government has announced an increase to the maximum level of council tax premiums for second homes, as well as...

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

Chris Watkin: “I had to find out more” - property expert checks out Lifesycle

Well-known property expert and video interviewer Chris Watkin independently investigates how one piece of software is having such a big effect...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC Stamp Duty Crackdown ‘may make home buying even slower’

HM Revenue & Customs has been warned by financial experts that its latest crackdown on stamp duty abuse could make the...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Law to reveal foreign owners may apply 20 years retrospectively

It is claimed by Propertymark that the government’s Economic Crime Bill - to be debated in the House of Commons today -...

01 March 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

Revealed - why Trading Standards wants changes to property listings

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agent Team has released background information on how it came to make changes to...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Lawyer says some agents can’t cope with more regulation

A leading property lawyer says some agents will struggle to meet the demand for more ‘material information’ put forward by Trading...

23 February 2022

From: Breaking News

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

A Lesson for Agents from the Ukraine Crisis

If the UK and its allies have been played by Russia over the Ukraine ‘invasion’, and it’s beginning to look that...

19 February 2022

From: Features

Knowledge is power - why PDTF is a positive step forward for buying and selling

‘Knowledge is power’ goes the old saying, and one variation on that theme is a quote from academic, Robert Boyce, who...

19 February 2022

From: Features

Introducing Reapit Elements

Reapit Elements is an open-source, cross-platform design system that gives designers and developers a framework to quickly create responsive, device-agnostic, and...

18 February 2022

From: Sponsored Content

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

Will Purplebricks quit stock market or 'do a Countrywide'?

Seven years after it launched on the London Stock Market, speculation continues that Purplebricks may be about to de-list and return...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Levelling Up to give house prices an average 3.6% uplift

The government’s heavily publicised Levelling Up initiative could benefit the UK’s overall property market by approaching £96 billion, it’s been claimed. Some...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency service rebrands after legal threat from easyJet

A new company claiming to save money on buyers’ legal and estate agent fees has been forced to rebrand. Easyfees - launched...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – events for agents to look out for in the first half of 2022

Property events and functions are now back in full swing, with 2022 likely to be the first ‘normal’ year for this...

12 February 2022

From: Features

Insight - an estate agents’ guide to AML

The UK property industry has long been a target of fraudsters due to the low levels of transparency and the fact...

12 February 2022

From: Features

Achieve excellent sales and lettings performance with PropTech

MRI Software explores the use of PropTech to enhance the performance of the sales and lettings processes and how to select...

09 February 2022

From: Features

Trustpilot hits back after attack by property reviews website

Reviews website Trustpilot has hit back after being attacked by property website allAgents.  allAgents chief Martin McKenzie is calling for Trustpilot chief...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Air Quality may be latest factor to influence asking prices

A study suggests that 70 per cent of buyers would be willing to pay more for a property with good indoor...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer - Agents Have Standards … So Show The Customer!

For an unregulated industry, agents have an awful lot of regulations to deal with. For example, there’s the mandatory membership of a...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing Reform proposals to change economy by 2030

The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper, revealed this morning includes a radical reshaping of the private rental sector. Section 21 eviction...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Bottoms Up! Agent brews his own beer and it’s in a local pub

An estate agency has brought cheer - or should that be cheers? - to the local community by brewing a beer. Neil...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Low fee agents like Purplebricks not right for mass market - analyst

Low fee agents such as Purplebricks and some other online operators are generally not trusted by the public when selling their...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks admits uncertainty ahead after sharp drop in revenue

Purplebricks says there’s an uncertain period ahead following a sharp loss of revenue in the first half of its trading year. In...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards want public to quiz agents on referral fees

The most senior Trading Standards officer policing the agency industry says he hopes the public will ask about referral fees in...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the agency helping homeless people move closer to their own home

Our Agents Do Charity column each Friday does a fantastic job of highlighting the amazing charitable work of agents up and...

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

“No market” for some prime London flats without outside space

A leading buying agency says that while prime central London’s property market shows clear signs of recovery, a weak area remains...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents and Conveyancers work together? Forum aims to make it happen

The ESTAS Forum scheduled for March says its aim is to encourage agents and conveyancers to work more closely together.  “There doesn’t...

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

Get ready: Blockchain is coming to a property transaction near you

Imagine a world where you, as an agent, could focus on what you do best. Building and managing relationships, showing properties,...

19 January 2022

From: Features

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

Foxtons sells off London sales agency it bought last year

Foxtons has this morning announced that it’s selling off the sales wing of a rival London agency that it bought just...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

Exclusive: Setback for house buying reform as top expert moves job

Estate Agent Today understands that the civil servant who has been at the heart of plans to reform the house buying...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidance to estate and letting agents

Propertymark, the main industry trade body, has this evening updated its guidance on Covid safety for estate and letting agents in...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New tax likely to fund additional cladding removal from low-rise flats

Leaseholders in lower-rise blocks of flats will not have to take out loans to remove dangerous cladding under new government rules...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New Year Message - ‘Breaking Through in 22’

The past two years have been a whirlwind of change, challenges and chance. The main catalyst has clearly been the pandemic...

08 January 2022

From: Features

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

Wishing all our readers a Happy New Year

The team at Estate Agent Today and our publisher, Angels Media, wish all agents a very prosperous New Year.  Thank you for your...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Angels on our Christmas video … and EAT is back next week

We’ve had a terrific display of agency and supplier videos running every weekday since late November - a wonderful lead-in to...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin more innovative and forward thinking than rivals - claim

The chair of the strategic board of fledgling Boomin says most existing portals are merely operating like digital newspapers with listings,...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the A-Z of property for 2021 

It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas – just a week to go now. Presents all wrapped and...

18 December 2021

From: Features

£100m deal for famous London agency - 'talks underway'

Sky News reports that the little-known Lomond Group - backed by private equity money - is in exclusive talks to buy one...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should be trained - then tell the public how well-trained they are

The chief executive of Propertymark says agents should be trained - but it’s then vital they use their training as a...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Spot Checks on agents by Propertymark as ‘semi-regulator’

Propertymark conducts spot checks on agents to ensure they are compliant - but perhaps gives too little publicity to its role. The...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Keeping pace with the property boom - effective communications are critical to real estate operations

As the UK housing market faces an ongoing boom, there’s one profession that’s certainly rushed off its feet — estate agents....

11 December 2021

From: Features

Identity theft and fraud - how it happens and how to prevent it

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on all aspects of our lives, but undoubtedly one major negative side effect...

11 December 2021

From: Features

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

Independent agents’ trade group meets in person this week

The Federation of Independent Agents is to hold its third ‘in person’ conference - called FIACON - this coming Friday in...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - video interview with Stephen Brown and RAN 2021!

In a first for the Natter, this week's interview is a video affair, with me posing the questions to Stephen Brown,...

04 December 2021

From: Features

How my predictions on agency and PropTech from recent years have come true

The last 18 months have been full of ups and downs, but the property market has coped remarkably well during the...

04 December 2021

From: Features

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

Top industry company will run New Homes Ombudsman

The Dispute Service has been selected to operate the New Homes Ombudsman scheme, following what has been called ”a fiercely competitive...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

RAN 2021! Conference and Awards tomorrow in Birmingham

Tomorrow sees the Relocation Agent Network’s first in-person conference since 2019.   The event, at the Metropole Hilton in Birmingham, will focus...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS names veteran ex-civil servant to lead independent review

RICS has appointed Lord Michael Bichard to lead a wide-ranging independent review into the governance and purpose of the institution. The review...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Masks: Agents should wear them even if public not in branch - call

Agents are being advised to wear face masks at work - even if no member of the public is present.  Paul Offley,...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Reminder - Face masks legally required in all agents’ offices

Face masks are legally required in estate and letting agents from today according to new government guidance released overnight. The guidance makes...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent - why is it so cold and unfriendly?

Let’s begin with total transparency from this author: I believe there’s a place for Build To Rent in the wider portfolio...

27 November 2021

From: Features

Agency makes commitment to become carbon neutral

Buying agency Middleton Advisors has made a commitment to go carbon neutral - and its method may be a template for...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents in part of the UK advised to work from home again

Estate agents and other workers in Northern Ireland are being urged to work from home "where possible" in a bid to...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Politicians to set limits on second homes, with higher council taxes

It appears almost certain that there will be limits imposed on the number and location of second homes in Wales, following...

23 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

Blighted! Hundreds of homes on scrapped HS2 route turn agents angry

The scaling back of HS2 in the north of England, contained in the government's new Integrated Rail Plan, means hundreds of homes...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – catching up with The Singing Estate Agent

In this latest Natter piece zoning in on independent agents doing things differently, following on from the one I did with...

20 November 2021

From: Features

Why trust is the strongest tool for agents in 2022

Trust has always been vital for building and nurturing good relations between an agent and their customer. Maintaining trust will keep...

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

Market to get tougher despite upbeat house price figures

The prospect of higher mortgage interest rates mean the housing market may get tougher soon despite another set of upbeat house...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Some London vendors asking too much, says  agency

Cluttons has given its market snapshot for the sales market in central London - and it’s echoing the familiar story of...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Startling rise in foreign ownership of homes in England and Wales

Surprise figures released through Freedom of Information requests show that the number of homes in England and Wales with owners registered...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

The EPC - how it’s defied sceptics, critics and Brexiteers

I’ve never written the three letters ‘EPC’ more often than I have in the past week. Law changes for the private rental...

13 November 2021

From: Features

'Forgotten' new stamp duty surcharge imposed on 5,500 sales

A stamp duty surcharge which has been labelled ‘forgotten’ because of its low profile has nonetheless bagged £45m for HM Treasury in...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

High Street Endorsement - agencies celebrate new branch openings

The concept of the High Street estate agency branch has been given an endorsement by two companies announcing new offices. Fine &...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin publishes figures - but only about what children like

Fledgling portal Boomin has published figures - but not the long-awaited ones about its users or agents.   Instead, it’s released data...

08 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

Budget 2021 aftermath - did the chancellor target property for tax revenue? 

In the Autumn Budget on Wednesday 27 October, very few impending tax hikes were revealed by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak –...

06 November 2021

From: Features

Reservation Agreements give “absolute certainty” to agents - claim

Reservation Agreements provide agents with absolute certainty that both sellers and buyers are being honest. “If they’re lying or… shall we say,...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Sacked: estate agent convicted of glassing attack in pub

A Connells senior negotiator has received a suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of wounding following an attack at a...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

360° virtual tours vs video walk-throughs

Virtual tours are becoming an increasing necessity for agents when listing properties for sale or let. Covid has of course accelerated this...

03 November 2021

From: Features

RICS’ latest top appointment has had 42 years as a Civil Servant

RICS has appointed a former civil servant with a 42-year career as its new audit committee chair. Mike Driver, currently president of...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

House price rises prompt HMRC to launch Inheritance Tax probes

Increasing house prices has encouraged HM Revenue and Customs to launch huge numbers of probes into Inheritance Tax payments. According to law...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lies, Damned Lies, and House Building Targets

We’ve probably all learned to be a little less cynical about politicians in recent weeks, given the tragic events. We perhaps...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Booming opportunity: how technology can empower finance teams to do more

In this op-ed, Warwick Haycock, accounting software specialist at The Access Group, looks at how the use of tech can empower...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Sustainability and automation – how can agents reduce their carbon footprint?

We have all heard the terrible forecasts and listened to Sir David Attenborough’s speeches on the environment and the “we still...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Why the UK property market is at the centre of global tax avoidance and financial crime

The Pandora Papers - the biggest ever leak of offshore data - has revealed that the UK’s property market is being...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Self-employed agency expanding beyond London for first time

The Nested online agency, which recently revamped its business model to attract more self-employed agents, is expanding outside London for the...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Success for online valuation tool for five years in a row

The ValPal Network has won the ESTAS’ Supplier Awards – Best in Sector: Online Valuation Tool prize for the fifth year...

27 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

What Every Letting Agent Should Know about the Economic Crime Levy (ECL)

Disclaimer: This article is intended for information only and does not constitute legal advice. As part of its 2020 budget, the UK...

23 October 2021

From: Features

HMRC SDLT Refunds: Agents warned about ‘ambulance chasers’

A property specialist is warning about “modern day ambulance chasers” who try to convince buyers they have paid too much stamp duty.  “An increasing...

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

1,100 expected at tomorrow’s ESTAS awards

Some 1,100 guests are expected to attend the ESTAS awards tomorrow - the first time agents, conveyancers and brokers will gather...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

We spook too soon - here are more Halloween properties

Adorning homes with a Halloween-inspired look is becoming increasingly popular giving people an opportunity to show off their creativity. Really? Well that’s...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC ratings to become more important under Green reforms

The government has given more details of its bid to change the energy efficiency of existing and new homes to meet...

20 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

Rental Sector Enforcement - time to pull our fingers out

Within weeks the focus of the industry will be on the White Paper to be issued on rental reform before Christmas. Let’s...

16 October 2021

From: Features

Very few buyers care about energy efficiency, new study shows

Despite increasing public debate and media spotlight on energy efficiency, the issue appears relatively unimportant to seven out of eight buyers according to...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS Scandal: Establishment trio named as interim leadership team

The bid by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to re-establish itself as a trusted body continues with the naming of...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

What future for Propertymark? Chief to be quizzed by critic of NAEA

Propertymark’s chief executive - officially still in post on just an interim basis - is to face questions from a past...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

How technology can shape the customer experience beyond 2021

2021 redefined what it meant to offer exceptional customer experiences for consumers across multiple industries, but particularly for the residential property...

13 October 2021

From: Features

Online agency model is flawed but industry must prove it - call

The existence of online agencies means some consumers believe real life estate agents are unnecessary in a deal - but the rest of...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS new Rules of Conduct try to win back respect for battered body

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is trying to win back respect within the property industry with new Rules of Conduct...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Forum delayed until 2022 because of Supply Chain Crisis

The ESTAS Forum scheduled for the morning of the annual awards ceremony on October 22 has been postponed - but the...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: are estate agents paid enough?

Agent wages have been in the news this week, with boastful claims from a number of self-employed businesses about the sums...

09 October 2021

From: Features

Boomin’s SmartVal service has over 10,000 requests since launch

Fledgling portal Boomin says its new SmartVal tool has received over 10,000 requests since launching in early September. SmartVal is powered in part by...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

PM puts home ownership at heart of levelling-up agenda

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given a ringing endorsement to home ownership as a central part of the government’s levelling up...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Due diligence for buying process must improve - Propertymark

Propertymark has spoken out over the Pandora Papers leak scandal, which reveals many elite and super-rich buyers of properties in London...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

A Taxing Time: the property industry is set for increases

By the time I next write this column, we’ll be just days before the next Budget and Autumn Statement. So I’ll...

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

RICS Scandal - apology given to whistleblowers amid major overhaul

The governing council of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has issued a public apology to the whistle blowers whose actions...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: £5m to be spent on self-employed agents in 100 areas

An online operator called Nested is to spend £5m to promote the self-employed estate agency concept in 100 parts of the...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons to review policy on ‘furlough bonuses’ for senior management

Controversial London agency Foxtons is to review its policy on top management bonuses. This follows a shareholder revolt at the agency's AGM...

29 September 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 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

Reservation agreements – they have been here all along

In this guest editorial, experienced property solicitor Lorraine Richardson argues that reservation agreements - designed to reduce the number of fall-throughs in...

25 September 2021

From: Features

Agents warned about sensitive data being included in listings

Agents are being warned about removing personal data and information from marketing material. Paul Offley, compliance officer at The Guild of Property...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

How affordable is it to buy a new-build house?

Affordability has always been a hot topic when it comes to the property market, and this is doubly true for first-time...

22 September 2021

From: Features

Businesses, including agencies, hand back £1.3 billion in furlough money

New figures from HM Treasury have revealed that businesses, including a number of major agencies, have returned £1.3 billion in furlough...

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

Think tank rehashes ‘mansion tax’ to replace council tax and stamp duty

A think tank has proposed scrapping Council Tax and stamp duty in favour of an annual property levy.  The Institute for Public...

20 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

Conveyancing – is industry-wide UPRN adoption on the cards?

Industry-wide adoption of Unique Property Reference Numbers could be one step closer after an announcement by a major trade body. The Conveyancing...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Forum - can agents and conveyancers work better together?

The property market over the last 18 months has seen unprecedented activity - as a result of changed priorities, the stamp...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: talking the secret to good photography and working for Foxtons

Good property marketing photos have arguably never been more important in an increasingly visual and tech-led world. We saw just the...

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

PropTech during Covid has attracted younger property buyers - claim

The UK’s biggest property auctioneer is considering whether to bring its sales back into the auction room in the near future. Managing...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock call that stamp duty holiday should have been shorter - RICS

A surprise statement from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the stamp duty holiday, which goes on until the end...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS scandal - more details expected to be revealed today

A news conference today is expected to reveal more details of the governance scandal which has engulfed the Royal Institution of...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Work Smarter with Reapit AgencyCloud’s MI Analysis Suite

Business intelligence is paramount to companies looking to gain a competitive edge, particularly in saturated markets like estate agency. Each client...

08 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

RICS scandal - chief executive in talks to stand down

The chief executive of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Sean Tompkins, is in talks to step down according to an...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

TV campaign begins today for Boomin’s SmartVal service

A TV advertising campaign begins today to promote SmartVal, its real-time valuation tool available on the Boomin portal. The advertisements will start...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Avoid sleepless nights by choosing the right sales and lettings software

We are living in the age of information. Our working and personal lives are underpinned by software, data and technology to...

04 September 2021

From: Features

Can an agent REALLY earn £100k a year (by watching 22 videos)?

An agent promoting self-employed business models has launched a course showing how estate agents can earn £100,000 per year. The set of...

31 August 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

Estate agency scandal shows Trading Standards work is vital - claim

The work of the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team is “vital” it claims - and the case of the...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Self-Build Homes - government backs call for 40,000 a year

Proposals to resuscitate the self-build housing sector have been welcomed by the government. Conservative MP Richard Bacon has published an independent report...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Surveys must show climate change risks to buyers, says mortgage chief

A  mortgage expert says surveyors should improve their standard services to cover the threat of climate change.  This comes after a summer...

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

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

Agents fined by HMRC for breaches of anti-money laundering rules

Three property agents feature on the latest list of businesses in trouble for failing to comply with money laundering regulations. The list...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – has Purplebricks dealt a fatal blow to the self-employed model?

One of the biggest trends since Covid, in the property world and elsewhere, has been a shift towards more hybrid, flexible...

14 August 2021

From: Features

Five top portals to face Question Time with legendary agent Quirk

Representatives of Rightmove, Zoopla, OnTheMarket, Boomin and OneDome portals are to be quizzed in an industry Question Time session next month. Russell...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer - viewings help agents so why charge for them?

Viewings are in the news right now and with good reason.  As the impact of the stamp duty holiday fades, and transaction...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate Agency Regulation - House of Commons publishes update

The House of Commons Library has published what may be the definitive record of estate agency regulations issued in recent years...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks hires new PR agency ahead of next marketing onslaught

Purplebricks has hired another creating PR agency to work on its consumer campaign. Taylor Herring - part of the larger Publicis group...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Record figures for Your Move parent firm as it swings to finance

LSL Property Services - parent company of Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - has reported record figures as...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

“Disgraceful” estate agent criticised by Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service has joined in the criticism of unemployed estate agent Lewis Hughes, who last week admitted a count...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Popular high profile veteran agent retires after 40 years

Kevin Thomas, the long time director at Thomas Morris Sales & Lettings, is retiring from the industry after more than 40...

02 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

Revealed - how automation can help agents keep their businesses fully secure

A recent news story will have set alarm bells ringing for agencies up and down the country, when it was revealed...

31 July 2021

From: Features

Why it pays for landlords to have a property manager

Around 2.66 million landlords were operational in Great Britain in 2019, according to data estimations previously released by Hamptons International. Of those...

28 July 2021

From: Features

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

LSL is NOT selling off mortgage brokerage in near future

LSL Property Services has told Estate Agent Today that the company did not agree to a potential sale of its mortgage arm at...

26 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

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

Agents' Covid help service closes its door after 17 months

An agent support service set up in the early days of the pandemic has closed down with its architect saying “If...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: how can agents ensure they don’t suffer costly missed opportunities?

Let it never be said that this column isn’t here to help out agents directly. In this week’s Natter, I speak...

17 July 2021

From: Features

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

Agency chief demands action now over racism in the industry

A prominent London estate agency owner wants an industry anti-racism campaign to counter what she describes as the “discrimination and prejudice...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ face masks to remain under new guidance for July 19

New guidance has been issued to agents as the government confirms that most remaining Coronavirus restrictions are to be lifted from...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agency issues statement over racist football tweet

High end agency Savills is conducting “a full investigation” into a racist tweet posted overnight. A Savills statement posted on Twitter this...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Offices: masks no longer required - announcement soon

Agents are to be told this week that employees can drop face masks, social distancing and other workplace measures put in...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

The Holiday Home Debate - Don’t Let Politicians Get Away With It

At first sight it’s a tough ask to defend holiday homes when there’s evidence that many who want to buy can’t,...

10 July 2021

From: Features

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 told to emphasise their local expertise to win business

Estate agents are being advised to emphasise to customers that they are local experts. “Show [the public] that you really know your...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons chairman quits, blaming Brexit and Covid for poor performance

Foxtons’ chairman and longest-serving board member is to stand down at the end of this year at the latest, after a...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Agencies and businesses need not work from home from July 19 - PM

From July 19 it is likely that business owners, including agencies and industry suppliers, will no longer have to ask staff...

06 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

Agent who accosted Whitty charged with common assault

The estate agent who accosted England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, has been charged with common assault. Lewis Hughes, 23 and...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

“Thug” estate agent sacked for accosting Professor Chris Whitty

An estate agent has been sacked after being identified as one of two people accosting England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty. A...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket shareholders’ meeting to be virtual - probably

OnTheMarket’s annual general meeting date has been set for later this month - and it’s likely to be virtual despite expected...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: Agent Match Report - is football really finally coming home?

So, who would have thought it? England finally beat Germany in a knockout game at a major competition - and it...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents begin the process of becoming more important than Rightmove

For many, paying money to use an estate agent is primarily because that company has a database of buyers or tenants....

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

High profile online agency founder splits from company

One of the highest profile supporters of the online estate agency concept has quit the company he founded. Akshay Ruparelia, who is...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark’s names non-execs from outside property world

Propertymark has named two new non-executive directors described as having “a wealth of knowledge and independence.” A statement says their appointments “will expand...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cliff-edge means price renegotiations underway

Price renegotiations are underway between buyers and sellers in danger of missing Wednesday’s stamp duty holiday deadline, says Knight Frank. The agency...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Top agent - We have no interest in digitalising the personal side of agency

In this week’s In Conversation Today, we have one of the most familiar names in agency on board for a Q&A....

24 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

People want new homes - but not just anywhere

Almost 77 per cent of people think the government must build more homes - but if that means reclassifying Green Belt...

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

Official guidance issued for agents to avoid Stamp Duty delays

In an unusual move, HM Land Registry has issued guidance to agents to help them reassure jittery buyers and sellers ahead...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: how tech-led will estate agency be in 10 years?

Around 18 months ago, just a few months before the pandemic hit, I did a Natter with the team at software...

19 June 2021

From: Features

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

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

Crisis? What Crisis? Five-star £500m new-build scheme launched

London’s housing market may be distinctly lacklustre compared to much of the rest of the UK right now but one development...

18 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

Covid Restrictions Delay will damage housing market and agents - claim

A leading agent has been in touch with EAT to vent his frustration at the government for extending most of the...

15 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

EUROS: Our first Agent Match Report - England finally kick off with a win!

Hello and welcome to our first Euros Agent Match Report, a really engaging piece on England's triumphant campaign start yesterday. Our thanks go to...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Homes near transport hubs still carry massive premium

A home within 500 metres of a tube or railway station in London will carry a massive premium compared to a...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

Shock analysis shows very few listings have virtual viewing options

Despite the vast amount of publicity given to the concept of virtual viewing, a survey suggests relatively few properties on sale...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today – have we reached peak PropTech?

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

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Conveyancers’ higher fees ‘reflect high demand in stamp duty frenzy’

The editor of the legal publication the Law Gazette has taken an estate agent to task for daring to suggest that...

08 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

Almost 20,000 property industry staff are still on furlough

Figures released from the government show 19,400 people in the real estate sector are still on furlough - suggesting some agents have back...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Broadband ever-more important for buyers

New research has found that homebuyers would prioritise buying a home with superfast broadband over being close to a good school.  A...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

“Increase stamp duty immediately” urges senior MP

The MP who chairs one of the most important committees in the House of Commons has urged the government to increase...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency’s surprise claim that it’s made industry ‘more trusted’

An online agency has issued an outlandish statement that it, and other online agencies, have made the profession more trusted amongst...

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

Book Review: The Keys To The Capital by James Macleod

Books about property are, relatively speaking, commonplace - books by estate agents are far less so, hence the interest in The...

29 May 2021

From: Features

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

Rightmove probing online agency with controversial past

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

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property marketing - keeping personal data protected

After a recent incident involving an Estate Agent based in Devon in which a property virtual tour they published revealed a...

25 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

‘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

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

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

22 May 2021

From: Features

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

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

22 May 2021

From: Features

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

Capital Gains Tax and Property Sales - report calls for overhaul

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

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing boom may outlast stamp duty holiday, says Bank chief

The Bank of England’s deputy governor says it’s possible that the current housing market boom may continue even after the end...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

What A Corrie On! Purplebricks to sell the Rovers Return

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

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Leaving the EU does not mean leaving Anti-Money Laundering Laws behind

Brexit means that the UK’s anti-money laundering laws are no longer governed by the European Union (EU), but any estate agents...

10 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Boomin enjoying strongest start of any portal says Michael Bruce

Boomin founder Michael Bruce says his new site has enjoyed a stronger start than any other portal in terms of visits, viewings,...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Day in the life of Simon Brown, ESTAS founder

In a return to a favourite series of mine, as it gives an excellent insight into the very many facets of...

08 May 2021

From: Features

What should agents do with cool customers in a hot market?

Property owners who play it cool when it comes to marketing their home find their frustration soon becomes overheated. The constant we...

08 May 2021

From: Features

Is flexibility key in auction partnerships?

Whilst it was once seen as a way to sell niche or run-down properties, auction is now a mainstream method of...

05 May 2021

From: Features

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

The Homesearch portal 12 months on - the inside story

This time last year the industry was awaiting the launch of a new portal - the free to list public site...

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

Is this the beginning of the end for the portals?

It’s hard to remember a time at any point in the last 20 years when agents have been looking for a...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Two of UK’s largest agency groups in mortgage link-up

The Property Franchise Group and LSL Property Services are linking up mortgage and related activity. This agreement means that LSL will be...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ performance measured by PropTech firm’s new dashboard

Software provider Rex has launched three new live dashboards for agencies, one of which covers agent performance. Rex says the dashboards -...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency investigating Nazi swastika appearing on property details

An estate agency is investigating how a swastika appeared in a photograph accompanying property details about a house on sale. The Grantham...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why agency must never become a closed shop

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

24 April 2021

From: Features

Ten useful tools to aid end of tenancy deposit deductions

The TDS annual review 2020 indicates that deposit disputes have remained low over the last year, at around 1%. This is...

24 April 2021

From: Features

Should agents track the Covid testing and vaccination status of staff?

Potential house buyers may be fine with virtual tours during lockdown periods, but as the country opens up, people are going...

24 April 2021

From: Features

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

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

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks downgrade signals booming independent agents - claim

International investment bank UBS has double-downgraded Purplebricks from ‘buy’ to ‘sell’ - and that could be good for independent agents, a...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back portal run by member of construction dynasty

Two leading agencies and an agent network have signed up to the UK’s first dedicated portal for those finding, researching, buying...

22 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

OnTheMarket to become a software house as well as portal

Jason Tebb, the ex-Foxtons agent who is now chief executive of OnTheMarket, has given his first in depth public interview since...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 April 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Index puts average house price growth at almost 10% per year

One housing market index suggests that average house prices in England and Wales have risen by 9.8 per cent in the...

15 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

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

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

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

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Fake Reviews: Watchdog pushes Facebook into action

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

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - will there be live property events this year?

The last property event I attended in person – and I think the last physical property event held all told –...

10 April 2021

From: Features

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

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

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency offices in Wales to open again from next week

Estate agency offices in Wales, closed for many weeks as part of that country’s lockdown, will reopen from next Monday, April 12. The...

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

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

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

03 April 2021

From: Features

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

German company pours £5m into UK online estate agency

A company in the German Axel Springer publishing empire - which also invested in Purplebricks in the past - has put...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Estate agents trusted more than politicians (yes, that old story)

First the good news - estate agents are trusted more than politicians and no less than bankers. Now the bad news:...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How will electric cars change conveyancing and the housing market?

Conveyancers should consider the provision of electric vehicle parking and charging in transactions according to a legal company. Law firm says that...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Can your agency beat this? Property has 18 viewings in 24 hours

As an indication of the frenzied property market, this may take some beating - an agent has had 18 viewings on...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: meet the agent poet doing things unconventionally

As you’ll know by now, I like to use the Natter to shine a light on independent agents doing things a...

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

Tax Day was just a damp squib says leading industry analyst

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

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Limited property tax proposals unveiled by government

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

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Open up economy says Boomin boss as Covid appears to ease

Boomin co-founder Kenny Bruce says the UK economy should now be opening up thanks to the success of the Coronavirus vaccines. In...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

The end of EPCs? Government told to scrap ‘outdated’ scheme

Energy Performance Certificates ought to be scrapped because they are outdated and not fit for purpose. That’s the view of an influential...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Ground rent scandal: Housebuilders bite back after attack by watchdog

Two of Britain’s largest house builders have reacted sharply to calls by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick and the Competition and Markets...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2021

From: Features

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

Agent warns public of perils of Modern Method of Auction

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

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Should Non-Disclosure Agreements be banned in the property industry?

The controversy over the use of Non-Disclosure Agreements in the world of property resurfaced over the weekend in a BBC programme. A...

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

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

Huge majority want more info and more speed during transactions

A PropTech firm says the public wants an easier way to buy and sell property.  A survey of 672 existing home owners...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Insurance Scandal: Help for agents in Business Interruption saga

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

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin advertising extravaganza as portal launches

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

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Call My Agent! Celebrities find it’s not so easy to sell and buy homes…

One of the biggest TV hits of lockdown has been the Netflix show Call My Agent! It’s a surprise success, perhaps, because...

06 March 2021

From: Features

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

In Conversation – Data Sharing with LonRes chief Anthony Payne

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: 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

Budget Briefing: Four things to watch for in today’s Budget

Today’s Budget is the most eagerly-anticipated for many years, as it juggles to shore up the economy with the longer-term issue...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Big property tax increases may be held back until after Budget

It’s been revealed that some far reaching changes to property taxes may not be unveiled at Wednesday’s Budget and may wait...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Budget rumours - pros and cons for agents

With just two days to go, it's fair to say the property industry is eagerly awaiting Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Budget statement...

01 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

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

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

27 February 2021

From: Features

Rightmove reveals how much money it makes from agents

Rightmove has revealed its figures for the full year 2020 - down in terms of profit and revenue because of the impact...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group reveals entry criteria for new members

The Federation of Independent Agents has released details of the entry criteria for agencies interested in joining the growing group. “We’re already...

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

Covid-19 testing for agents available within days - government

A trade body says it’s been contacted by the government explaining how agencies can get Coronavirus asymptomatic testing for staff. The Guild of...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

150,000 and rising! Stamp Duty Extension petition wins more support

The online petition which prompted a debate by MPs has now won the support of around 150,000 signatures. Typically public support for...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket trails in value-for-money portal league table

A report drawn up by a software firm analyses sales, lettings and valuation leads from agents listing on Rightmove, Zoopla and...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark latest - “We have no further comment”

When it comes to communications, Propertymark could do with a lot fewer confidentiality agreements and a lot more transparency. And I...

20 February 2021

From: Features

How to ensure your letting business remains compliant

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

20 February 2021

From: Features

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

Game Over for Propertymark? What future after shock resignations?

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

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News