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New appointments announced by several agencies

Despite growing concern about the health of the housing market, a string of estate agencies have made appointments this week. Connells Residential...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Veteran agent loses employment tribunal after giving false evidence

An estate agent with a career of nearly 24 years has lost his employment tribunal after a judge ruled he gave...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Get paid on time: Q&A with PayProp's Neil Cobbold

Having launched 13 years ago, PayProp, part of Humanstate Group, an international private technology services group, has grown into a leading...

30 September 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - with your chance to win new funding too...

Every week we carry reports of how great causes are helped by individual agents and other property professionals - this week...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Growing regional agency launches sixth office in city centre location

North eastern agency Bradley Hall is celebrating further business expansion with the launch of a new office in Sunderland - its...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Appointments - Ex-Savills man joins Harrods; New country consultant

Harrods Estates has recruited an ex-Savills sales negotiator with 10 years of experience working in prime central London. Michael Harte, who will work...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-NAEA chief tells government stamp duty should be paid by sellers

Simon Gerrard, a past president of the National Association of Estate Agents, has called on the government to switch the burden...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 September 2017

From: Features

RICS Blue Book: latest guide for ethical and professional agency launched

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a comprehensive guide to what it calls “the responsibilities of residential property agents...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Propertymark TV advert to reach 30 million adult viewers

Today sees the launch of ARLA and NAEA Propertymark's first national television advertisement. The ad is intended to highlight the importance of...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG acquires major estate agency marketing firm Ravensworth

ZPG has acquired Ravensworth, a major provider of print and creative marketing services to estate and letting agents.  Ravensworth, based in Northumberland, specialises in...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Professional Indemnity explained for property professionals

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

31 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

CMA reveals details of go-ahead for ZPG/Expert Agent merger

The Competition and Markets Authority has released the full wording on its decision to give the go-ahead to ZPG’s acquisition of Expert...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2017

With several agent partner programmes available across the country, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, with...

22 July 2017

From: Features

Scrap the bureaucracy and let’s have simple rental regulation

That the private rental sector has become the government’s whipping boy for housing problems - landlords in particular, letting agents almost...

14 July 2017

From: Features

More details emerge of Purplebricks' LPE expansion programme

Purplebricks has released more details of expansion plans to recruit hundreds of additional Local Property Experts. The recruitment drive was launched yesterday...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: nothing divides estate agency more than this

Few things provoke argument within the industry more than the online v traditional agency debate - and within that debate, nothing...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 June 2017

From: Features

New NAEA and ARLA Propertymark presidents appointed

Industry trade bodies NAEA and ARLA Propertymark have announced the appointment of their new presidents. At an AGM on Friday, Katie Griffin...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Charlie Wright, CIELA

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

10 June 2017

From: Features

Independent agents' chief wants NAEA to expel 'insulting' online firms

The founder of the trade group seeking to represent independent agencies says he hopes the National Association of Estate Agents considers...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tories insist HIPs are not on their way back after all

The Conservatives now say they are not resuscitating Home Information Packs, despite a suggestion by a prominent former minister that they "had...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a conference smorgasbord

It’s that time of year again – peak conference/event season. And, while Brexit and a shock snap general election are dominating...

06 May 2017

From: Features

Agents back likely Conservative victory in June General Election

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

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New independent housing research unit to launch this summer

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

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

Looking back at ten years of tenancy deposit schemes

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

A poor advert for the agency industry

There’s good and bad in every industry and at first sight, this week has been one where the good have won...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Analysis of Rightmove data shows UK's slowest housing markets

An analysis of homes listed for sale on Rightmove has identified what one estate agency claims to be the slowest-moving local...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

4 Reasons Why Virtual Furnishing Really Is The Future

It seems prop-tech is exploding at a scary rate, and the latest brands are all trying to grab our attention by...

17 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Do Charity - the 'no U-turns here' edition ...

It’s been a week dominated by an embarrassing U-turn in political circles. But when it comes to fund-raising, agents aren’t for...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

NAEA/ARLA Propertymark to advertise at Sky Sports events

Propertymark, the new brand umbrella for the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents, is to...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

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

04 March 2017

From: Features

Key property dates for agents’ diaries

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

01 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

25 February 2017

From: Features

Housing minister tells agents: 'no quick fix' for homes shortage

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has told the NAEA conference that there is no quick fix for the country’s housing shortage -...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Propertymark: new consumer branding for NAEA and ARLA

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

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove to give NAEA and ARLA market info and regulatory news

Rightmove is teaming up with the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents to offer what...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Guarantee blue skies! Bad weather doesn’t mean bad photos when you use Doctor Photo

Annoying isn’t it. You take on a stunning property, agree a compelling asking price and your Vendor is desperate to get the...

02 February 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Property auctions market round-up Q4 ‘16

No longer just a domain for investors, developers and property traders, the auction room is now the preferred option of buying...

21 January 2017

From: Features

Independence may be the undoing of the Independents

The story of the week has been the first steps of a trade body to represent independent estate agents - as...

21 January 2017

From: Features

What next for the rental market in 2017?

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

14 January 2017

From: Features

Are landlords about to ditch letting agents and go it alone?

Next year is likely to be a challenging time for letting agents, following a raft of changes introduced by the government...

09 December 2016

From: Features

After stamp duty and agents’ fees, it’s time to seize the initiative

Let me set out my stall from the beginning. Firstly with two buy to lets managed by an agency, I understand and...

03 December 2016

From: Features

Invisible juggling – estate agents’ impressive skill

As circus performers, most estate agents would fail. Some of you might find that difficult to comprehend. After all, many uninformed members...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Redressing the wrongs of agents remains fair and impartial

When a tenant paid his initial one month’s rent in addition to a tenancy deposit in exchange for the keys to...

05 November 2016

From: Features

Whither Countrywide

Although Brexit, portal juggling and portal wars have stolen property industry headlines in recent months, there's been one story almost constantly...

05 November 2016

From: Features

Franchise giant launches its own agency training qualifications

Hunters has developed a formally recognised estate agency qualification for its own network of branches.  The qualification - which Hunters claims is...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agency claims record offers from national Open House day

Strutt & Parker says it has achieved record annual sales figures from its latest National Open House day on October 8. It says...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Going, going, gone through the roof – sky’s the limit at auction

Auction rooms across the UK are filled with people looking to buy property, from bargain hunters to seasoned investors, ensuring that...

22 October 2016

From: Features

There's a property person in The Apprentice - and this is where she'll be living

The Apprentice returns this evening on BBC1 at 9pm and, as usual, there’s a property person amongst the 18 hopefuls seeking...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing must remain top of the government’s agenda

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

16 September 2016

From: Features

How can Agents survive in an increasingly competitive market?

The key lies in improving your customer experience through technology For Agents, the tremendous growth in online estate agents highlights a strong...

13 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

09 September 2016

From: Features

Bricks and Brexit will worsen housing shortage, warns NAEA

The National Association of Estate Agents says a huge shortage of bricks and the possible consequences of Brexit are two reasons...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Win new vendors by advertising internationally

What is Properstar? Properstar helps UK estate agents cross the chasm from local to global in respect of advertising their properties. Using...

16 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Halve your website costs

Paying too much every month for your website? Move your website to us and we guarantee to halve your monthly bill I want...

16 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

05 August 2016

From: Features

UK property tax not so bad compared to Europe, claims consultancy

An international accountancy consultancy says mainland Europe levies some of the highest property purchase taxes in the world - and that...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

NAEA wants new housing minister to rethink Land Registry privatisation

The National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents have asked new housing minister Gavin Barwell to...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2016

With a number of agent partner programmes available nationwide, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, especially...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Firm says Brexit price falls may be good for leasehold flat owners

The possibility of short-term falling house prices caused by Brexit may be good news for the UK’s four million leasehold flat...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Six Things We’ve Learned From The Referendum

It’s over. A win is a win, whichever side you backed. It’s true that everyone seems a lot less happy than...

01 July 2016

From: Features

Decision Day - industry and wider public vote in EU Referendum

Members of the property industry join the rest of the country in going to the polls today to decide whether the...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency supplier warns of 'apocalyptic' Brexit ahead of Twitter debate

Property software supplier VTUK is the latest to warn that a Brexit could have a damaging effect on the supply of...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

NAEA formally welcomes new President and Vice President

The National Association of Estate Agents has formally welcomed its new presidential team for the next year.  David Mackie succeeds Martyn Baum...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove: 'referendum deterring sellers and Brexit may unsettle market'

Rightmove says fewer new sellers are coming to market, with this month’s total some 5.3 per cent below the monthly average...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Home loans slow as EU referendum torpor sets in to housing market

Home loans activity has fallen to a 12 month low as market torpor sets in ahead of the EU referendum.  According to...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Expansions and appointments announced at growing agencies

A number of estate and letting agents have this week announced key appointments and business expansions.  Estate agency John Shepherd is set...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit could have damaging consequences warn NAEA and ARLA

The National Association of Estate Agents and Association of Residential Letting Agents say that although there are no conclusive ‘leave’ or...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Britain’s best letting agents

Here are the top letting agents in Britain who go above and beyond to help their customers, as voted for by...

10 May 2016

From: Features

60 second interview: Shameem Golamy, Managing Director of Properstar

Who are you? My name is Sham, I am based in the UK and my core experience is in running cross border...

29 March 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

The rise of an increasingly unpredictable market

Property has long been a safe investment. Before the downturn in 2008, sellers were able to gain a healthy capital return.  Post-economic...

25 March 2016

From: Features

Only 900 responses to government consultation on stamp duty surcharge

The government’s official consultation exercise on the stamp duty surcharge - launched in controversial circumstances over the Christmas holidays - attracted...

22 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Talks ongoing over independent OTM agents acquired by Connells

Talks are ongoing about portal choices for Cheshire-based estate agency Gascoigne Halman - acquired by Connells last year - and no decision has...

02 March 2016

From: Breaking News

NFoPP awards - agents have until late March to apply

The NFoPP Awarding Body will hold its annual awards ceremony this May to recognise outstanding achievements in property qualifications completed during...

02 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief executive says: We're in retailing, the same as Tesco

Alison Platt, the chief executive of Countrywide, has made clear her belief that the transformation of the agency group to become...

25 January 2016

From: Breaking News

50 years Man & Boy: Celebrating half a century in the industry

I started work in 1966 in Exeter with Fox & Sons then moved to a local company in Honiton soon after....

22 January 2016

From: Features

New year. New look?

Let Mid West Displays get your window in shape! Never underestimate the power of high street presence. Image is everything, and what...

14 January 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Hunters celebrates most successful year and continues TV ad in 2016

Franchise giant Hunters says 2015 was its most successful year to date.  The firm opened in 32 new locations during the past...

12 January 2016

From: Breaking News

NFOPP charity offers cash help to flood-hit past and present members

The Arbon Trust is allocating £10,000 to help past and present NFOPP members in financial difficulties as a result of flooding...

11 January 2016

From: Breaking News

My winners and losers in 2015

It’s time to take a pause, to reflect and put into context—and what a year it has been for our industry...

24 December 2015

From: Features

Sean Hooker, Head of Redress, PRS

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

23 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Could you be risking a fine?

There are a number of fairly recent regulations that agents need to comply with. One of them, now just over a year...

18 December 2015

From: Features

NAEA members can see how Americans do it - and enjoy Florida sun

A partnership between the National Association of Estate Agents and the Florida Realtors Association means up to 40 NAEA members have...

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Ban foreigners buying existing homes, says right wing think tank

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

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Competition among regulators is healthy – or is it?

When it comes to the regulation of the conveyancing industry, this question is a topic of open and ongoing debate. Licensed conveyancers...

20 November 2015

From: Features

Agents expelled from Property Ombudsman over compensation dispute

Two more agents have been expelled by TPO because they failed to pay awards when ordered to pay compensation, and because...

11 November 2015

From: Breaking News

High-end agency predicts strong five years for south and east of England

Strutt & Parker is early off the marks with its forecast for 2016 and beyond, predicting the strongest market growth in...

04 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as the clocks go back...

Don’t forget there’s an extra hour in bed on Saturday night - a chance to get some extra stamina for your...

23 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Major independent agency sets up training academy

A major independent agency is launching a training academy for current and future employees.    The Dacres Academy, will provide all eligible employees...

25 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour's 'rents U-turn' shadow minister quits over Corbyn

Labour’s low profile housing spokesperson during the coalition government Emma Reynolds has resigned from the opposition front bench in protest at...

14 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Sales problems in leasehold-dominated 'private town'

An unusual story of hard-to-sell homes has emerged from Northumberland where a kind of new town, established in the 1960s, is...

03 September 2015

From: Breaking News

House prices soften as agents prepare for autumn

Average house prices across the UK increased by 0.3 per cent in August but the annual pace of house price growth...

28 August 2015

From: Breaking News

More homes are being delivered, government reports

There were over 131,000 housebuilding completions in the past year, according to the latest government data. The figure represents a 15% increase...

24 August 2015

From: Breaking News

So what will house prices do this autumn?

Agents across the country, hopefully refreshed by a nice holiday somewhere warm, will be gearing up for the phones to start...

14 August 2015

From: Features

Agent claims Rightmove listings down 13% in July

Online estate agent HouseSimple claims that in July the number of vendors listing homes on Rightmove plummetted by 13.2 per cent...

12 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Star Fit – Martin & Co. Witney Office

Mid West Displays have had the recent pleasure of working with Martin & Co at their Witney Office giving their window...

29 July 2015

From: Sponsored Content

A financial crisis refresher course?

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

10 July 2015

From: Features

Agency figures make last-gasp pleas to Osborne

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

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

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