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Six ways innovation is transforming the lettings sector

Tenant enquiries and property viewings unsurprisingly slowed this spring, due to the necessary government restrictions brought in to manage the pandemic....

24 October 2020

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and it’s a big one as the clocks go back…

Shorter days and darker nights deflate the spirits, especially in today’s challenging circumstances, but there’s some bright news - a large...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to make client accounting software migration a breeze

When letting agents are preparing to migrate from one piece of client accounting software to another, it can sometimes seem like...

17 October 2020

From: Features

Cladding scandal hurts entire housing market says top industry figure

Ed Mead has joined a growing chorus demanding government action on the cladding crisis. He is one of the industry’s leading figures from...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Insight - what’s really going on in the property market?

If you’re in any way connected to estate agency all it takes is a quick glance at Facebook or LinkedIn to...

12 September 2020

From: Features

New Covid clampdown will push people to sell says leading agent

A leading agent says the government’s new Coronavirus clampdown from Monday will push more home owners to sell. Caspar Harvard-Wills, a partner at...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is there any such thing as a portal war?

For a mixture of reasons, I now only write this column every two weeks. At first, I missed the weekly consideration...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A lot less: Houses at auction achieve 40% less than via private treaty

With estate agents increasingly offering auction options to vendors, new research makes interesting reading - and suggests that homes sold via...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

No experience needed? Agency defends recruiting from outside industry

One of the UK’s market centres set up by US-led agency Keller Williams has strongly defended its policy of recruiting newcomers...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – what does agency look like Down Under?

In my last Natter, I explored the differences between estate agency in the UK and the US with the help of...

15 August 2020

From: Features

Estate agents – here’s your cheat sheet for the next 90 days

One of the main points I’ve had reinforced to me from agent after agent over the last year of hosting a...

01 August 2020

From: Features

Rightmove's new fees cut just kicks can down the road, say campaigners

The Say No To Rightmove campaign says the portal has merely kicked the fees can down the road, deferring a long-term...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Horses for courses - the rise of the personal agent

The phrase ‘game-changer’ has been hugely overused. But when applied to how Covid-19 is changing the way estate agents will work...

20 June 2020

From: Features

PropTech Today: Do we care that tech can now halve transaction times?

Tuesday mornings at 6am is usually my time to review all the latest PropTech news. This fires off ideas for my...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Market improving slowly after lockdown, latest RICS figures suggest

The latest sentiment snapshot produced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors confirms the trend that the market is still improving...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agency post-Covid-19: more evolution than revolution

The Covid-19 crisis hasn’t caused the revolution it has been reported to have. Despite the challenges it has brought, fundamentally, the...

27 May 2020

From: Features

Watchdog launches probe into fake and misleading online reviews

The Competition and Markets Authority has launched an investigation into fake and misleading online reviews. The announcement from the watchdog does not...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

All Change! Agents should reform ‘before government intervenes’

The industry should continue to prepare for large-scale reforms such as mandatory agency training, the licensing of agents and a new...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty tax break MUST happen, surveyors tell government

A large majority of property professionals polled by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors say a stamp duty holiday would be...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tomorrow on Estate Agent Today - team spirits flying high...

Tomorrow, Bank Holiday Friday, we’re revealing what agents have been doing to maintain morale in their teams during lockdown. You’ve been generous...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents - this is why buyers aren’t seeing your print ads...

We all know the world has gone digital—nothing new there. Every time you jump online, you’re one of 4.5 billion internet...

29 April 2020

From: Features

Let Us Open! Agency backs call for industry to lead UK out of lockdown

A regional agency has thrown its weight behind an independent report which says estate and lettings agents could lead the economy...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New government advice on Corona activities, and property management tips

Hello, this is the final Conquering Corona for the week as we continue to help agents with advice and guidance through...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Home is a shelter from storm – all kinds of storms

Just a month ago our homes felt, for many of us, to be a mere pitstop on a centrifuge of work,...

11 April 2020

From: Features

Government told: Housing market needs stamp duty holiday to recover

The government has been called upon by one of the industry’s most respected bodies to announce a stamp duty holiday to...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Ignore 2024, discover 11 home truths happening now

On April 4, EAT published a piece titled: ‘It’s 2024: what will the industry look like, post corona-virus’. To me, this...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Planning for post-lockdown - how to hit the ground running

Over the last two weeks we’ve seen the country come to a standstill and the property market effectively put on ice...

01 April 2020

From: Features

Property Natter – how is the industry coming together during self-isolation?

Where else to start? Since my last Natter two weeks ago, all our lives have changed more than we could ever...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Why negative reviews are the secret to success for agents

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

18 March 2020

From: Features

Property Natter – who will be the property disrupters of the 2020s?

The 2010s were a good decade for disrupters. Early on, Airbnb and Uber shook up the holiday lettings/hospitality and traditional black...

15 February 2020

From: Features

Reasons To Be Cheerful: buyer enquiries, sales and new instructions all up

For several years the regular monthly RICS market snapshot has made depressing reading - now, for there second month in a...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 February 2020

From: Features

Property Natter - is local property advertising now yesterday’s fish and chip paper?

For a very long time, it was one of the best ways – if not the best way – of generating...

01 February 2020

From: Features

Lifetime deposits – what are the potential challenges and benefits for lettings?

Last November, as part of the Conservatives’ general election campaign, Boris Johnson made a surprise announcement that his party would introduce...

01 February 2020

From: Features

Tory tiff prompts gossip about yet another new Housing Minister

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

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

20 agents recruited by Hub-style agency even before official launch

A new branch of Keller Williams UK - operating from a so-called market centre office rather than a traditional shopfront branch...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group's latest branch takes it to new part of the UK

Chancellors Estate Agents is next month opening its newest branch in Swindon - the first time the company has operated in...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Be kind to your mind - talking anxiety in estate agency

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

18 December 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today - will the home of 2040 be a blank physical space?

“There won’t be a single home but millions of different homes”, is one quote.  “There will be an end to gadgets”, is...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: a new year, a new you - resolutions for 2020

Yes, you can promise yourself that you won't eat all the mince pies, or yet another roast potato, nor drink as...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: do agents need to adapt to modern communication methods?

As we know, the world’s moving very fast and how we communicate now is drastically different to even 10 years ago....

16 November 2019

From: Features

Why you should donate your unwanted coats to charity this winter

Last winter, Agents Giving had a fantastic response to our Winter Coat Drive, which saw the collection of more than 1,500...

16 November 2019

From: Features

Portals: How much does YOUR branch pay?

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

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent fined £30,000 for failing to tell buyer of Grenfell-style cladding

An estate agency has been fined £30,000 for waiting until minutes after the sale of a flat was completed to tell...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - especially with an hour’s extra sleep…

It’s that time again, with the clocks going back an hour to mark the start of slightly brighter mornings and significantly...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Start touting! Agents told to knock on doors and steal their rivals' vendors

A controversial estate agent and former head of an online agency is urging agents to knock on the doors of vendors...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Why has Upad gone down?

Upad, the national online letting agent set up by entrepreneur James Davis has announced that it is “closed to new business”...

15 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

28 September 2019

From: Features

Tories give housing a major role at party conference next week

The Conservative Party conference agenda, now published, gives the housing issue several bites of the cherry in Manchester next week. Housing minister...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what makes for an effective CRM?

In a previous Natter, I promised to talk more about CRMs – and here I stick to that promise. Following on from...

21 September 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: Maybe the portals should just take over?

I remember the day well; the day we all fell foul of addiction, the day our website was launched. Until then, at...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Three top online chiefs abandon sector and buy into full-fee agency

Three former online estate agency founders - including the controversial Russell Quirk - are going into mainstream full fee agency. They are...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

First time buyers may get discounts if they buy locally, government says

The Housing Secretary says he wants to make home ownership more affordable for first time buyers - which could mean discounts...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: three holiday books and why you might want to ignore them

This week, you find me in Italy. Now that we’ve entered that languid month of August, where all of real estate...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchise brand opens new office - 20 years after launching its first

The owners of four branches of a franchise agency in Berkshire have launched a new office in the county, just over...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide wins new deal with lenders to continue ‘turnaround plan’

In a trading statement this morning, Countrywide says it has “a new covenant package with lenders provides the financial flexibility to...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Early challenge for Johnson: “scary” transactions drop, prices set to fall

London and South East England are to see house price falls this year and only “very modest” growth in 2020 -...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Pundit Henry Pryor says he offers 'media balance' against estate agents

Property pundit Henry Pryor says he is invited on TV and radio in order to provide “balance” against estate agents who...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing market - steady as she goes, suggests RICS

A more stable trend is now emerging in the UK housing market, according to the latest results for the RICS UK...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Advertising tips: be big, bold and back it up

My experience in marketing over the last 10 years has been an interesting journey, however I don’t want to bore you...

08 June 2019

From: Features

Which way will you turn at the estate agency industry’s crossroad?

The estate agency industry is at a crossroads. A turbulent market, unstable political situation and a chronic lack of public confidence has...

05 June 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: Market disruption do’s, don’ts and value propositions

We’ve reached the final instalment of my market transformation do’s and don’ts.  In previous articles, we’ve looked at: Do encourage, don’t deter;...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty revenue collapses by over a quarter as transactions tumble

A new and comprehensive analysis of the housing market shows a jaw-dropping collapse in stamp duty revenue going to the Treasury...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and good luck to Marathon runners this weekend…

The London Marathon may be just one of literally thousands of fund-raising events but we know it’s a favourite with many...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Prices to fall slightly for next six months, warns RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says house price sentiment improved by a small amount last month for the first time...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

How can agents keep property transactions on track?

More than 800 property transactions fall through daily, which can have repercussions both practically and financially, as agents fail to get...

30 March 2019

From: Features

UK agents 'charge lowest commission anywhere in EU' says new research

UK estate agents charge the lowest commission in the European Union according to new research from a comparison website. Despite high levels...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2019

From: Features

Referral Fees: Onus is very much on agents insists conveyancing chief

The director of strategy at the Council for Licensed Conveyancers says “the onus is very much on estate agents” to respond...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency alleged to have told staff they may not be paid

House Network, one of the first ever online estate agencies, is alleged to be considering calling in administrators. Two reliable sources close...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agencies: the final curtain call?

It’s been a theatrical week in Westminster with talk of defections and duplicity worthy of Shakespeare. Yet the estate agency world has...

23 February 2019

From: Features

 New portal is free-to-list for agents and ready to launch in the UK

A new free-to-list property portal is launching in the UK, and has a pledge to serve over 20 counties by the...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Why agents need smart review platforms to improve customer experience

Customer experience (CX) will largely determine the future of estate agency in the UK. This is now a key battleground for...

06 February 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: new key to agent success is a threat to the big portals

At the end of January the Asian PropTech company PropertyGuru announced the imminent launch of beta-phase testing of its cutting-edge new product, PropertyGuru Lens. This...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons could blossom 'by moving beyond London and going online' - Quirk

The former chief executive of Emoov says he has the answer to Foxtons’ current downbeat performance - it should exploit its...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

A new approach to data can empower Generation Rent to buy

Purchasing a property. It’s a key life goal that so many Millennials aspire to - yet one that has become frustratingly...

02 February 2019

From: Features

Rightmove's charges 'are good value for agents' insists ex-agency boss

Property industry commentator and former online agency chief executive Russell Quirk has defended Rightmove’s charges to agents, saying that compared to...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Ewe-turn for independent agents joining hybrid franchise

EweMove, the hybrid agency owned by The Property Franchise Group, has announced five new franchisees - several of them are independent...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Beccy Moore. Office Manager for Nicholas Humphreys

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Beccy Moore. Office Manager for Nicholas Humphreys Tell us more about Nicholas...

14 January 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Funniest Photoshop Requests from 2018

How do you remove an estate agent from an oven? How would you remove an Estate Agent from an oven? Sounds...

09 January 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter – A to Z of the property market for 2018

Another year is nearly done – and what an eventful year it’s been. We’ve had more than our fair share of breaking...

22 December 2018

From: Features

Three key dates for letting agents in 2019

With a new year nearly upon us, it’s always a good idea to be aware of the major events that are...

21 December 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Was 2018 Peak PropTech…or is the best yet to come?

In the past year it seems every other story has been about PropTech - the big stuff like Purplebricks and the...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Emoov, Brexit, Agents Got Talent and a partridge in a pear tree

Hard not to mention two major breaking news stories of recent days; one directly affecting the property market and one which...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Towards 2019…with certainty in an uncertain world

It’s that time of year when we gaze to the future, when we ponder what the coming year will bring, and...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and it’s beginning to feel a lot like winter...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Agents Do Charity - it’s our weekly round-up of good work done by the industry. Everyone...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

“Sun is setting on the market” as supply soars and demand drops

The market is now over-supplied with homes to sell while at the same time demand is dipping and there are widespread...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - including one agency’s First World War fund-raising

Hello and welcome to another Agents Do Charity, our round-up of great work done by our industry to raise funds for...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a bumper week for industry moves

Hello and welcome to a bumper edition of Property Jobs Today, your weekly insight into the key moves within our industry. Everyone...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

The dos and don’ts of email marketing

Given that ‘UK buyers are the most digitally active home hunters’, with HSBC’s Beyond the Bricks report stating that 90% of...

24 October 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: Understand real estate robotics and we better understand tech

The last couple of weeks’ articles were penned very much for a specific agent readership, something I am trying to be...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Can negative google and Facebook reviews damage brand reputation?

Local business reviews are becoming increasingly important for reputation management, with recent research showing 90% of consumers read online reviews before...

13 October 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – legislation, legislation, legislation

Landlords and letting agents might feel they’ve taken a bit of a battering from the government in recent years – and...

22 September 2018

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your chance to catch up on the major moves in the agency industry over...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: So why is PropTech just like teenage sex?

DISCLAIMER: The author of this article retains no responsibility for any reader discomfort experienced when recalling the seemingly endless horrors of...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What has happened to creative innovation?

I received a press release yesterday - one of many that get sent my way - and, as I always do,...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide is in the last-chance saloon say its own advisers

Small print in the Countrywide rescue plan announced yesterday spells out in stark terms what could happen if the company’s bid...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What do Rightmove and WeWork have in common?

There have been two stories dominating the PropTech headlines over this past week. As WeWork places a gentle arm around the...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mixed messages: transactions slump again but London prices improve

The latest transaction figures from HM Revenue and Customs make depressing reading - a three per cent drop between May and...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

We're not trying to disrupt agents insists market website chief

The creators of a website using market data to define postcodes as hosting a seller’s market or a buyer’s market have...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Volume of asking price cuts reaches six-year high in 'stock glut' areas

There’s more gloomy reading for vendors from a new report by website Home, which says the volume of properties slashing their...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Double whammy: Two agencies report more prime London price falls

Two more price reports from high-end agencies make grim reading about the prime London housing market. New data from Savills suggests that...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The estate agent in 2050 - utopia or dystopia?

By now we’ve all seen news about the long-term decline in property sales and competition from online alternatives leading to ‘more...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Back to the future? - Industry experts predict estate agency in 2028

A decade ago we were still years away from Purplebricks, Countrywide was a colossus in the industry, no one had thought...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – ten years of Estate Agent Today!

Cast your mind back to July 2008 – Gordon Brown was Prime Minister, the Euros were in full swing in Austria/Switzerland...

30 June 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: Can Viewber become an essential part of the agent toolbox?

What a big week for PropTech! With the very first MIPIM PropTech conference, taking place in Paris today and tomorrow, comes...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the growing importance of content, social media and design

As promised a few weeks ago, this week’s Natter concentrates on the importance of content, design and social media, three easily...

19 May 2018

From: Features

The ten worst mistakes to make when selling your business

I have sold hundreds of lettings businesses over the last twenty-five years. Based on this experience, these are the mistakes that you...

02 May 2018

From: Features

Online agency defends fees, saying 98% of homes sell at ‘valuation price’

Online estate agency House Network claims that “the percentage of houses sold at the original valuation price is 98 per cent”.  The...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Slowing? Growing? What’s really happening in today’s property market?

The sun has finally returned to ours skies and you’re on the lookout for a little bit of summer reading. As...

21 April 2018

From: Features

Row rumbles on over Raab’s comments about immigration and house prices

The government has published data related to a claim by housing minister Dominic Raab, who prompted controversy last week by suggesting...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Do you need consent for direct marketing?

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

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - books, sailing, and a lot of work for the homeless

Thanks very much to everyone getting in touch to publicise their efforts for good causes: we’re always delighted to help. Just let...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Report exposes online agents over very poor sales progression

A new report by the residential property team of a legal firm has found widespread criticism of online agents’ over their...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

TV ad campaign to emphasise online agency's 'full service' for sellers

House Network, which describes itself as the UK’s first online estate agency, is using TV advertising to promote a new "20-point...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Market woe as RICS says buyer numbers, instructions and sales drifting down

The housing market has started 2018 as it ended 2017 according to the RICS, with new buyer enquiries, instructions and sales...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate 'minimum EPC' proposal again next month

MPs will next month debate a Bill which aims to have the energy efficiency of all UK homes brought up to...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Is print advertising for estate agents dead and buried?

The printing industry is in the midst of a decline as digital products and services displace printed materials, which is why...

03 February 2018

From: Features

Who should run Countrywide? What should they do? - our panel speaks out

The story of this week - the ousting of Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt - prompts two key questions. Firstly, who takes...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with a new home, a food bank, and some Angels...

Oh we do love a busy Agents Do Charity page, and this week’s is busy indeed - thanks to everyone for...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove claims 9% rise in visits but no rush to market from vendors

Rightmove says its visits so far in January are running over nine per cent higher than the same period a year...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Fake News! - housing minister 'Dominic Raab' hits out on Twitter

It didn’t take long - within 24 hours of high-flying Tory Dominic Raab being named as housing minister, so there was...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency identifies top commuter hot-spots - and the winner is...

With an average house price of £252,896 and trains to London taking as little as 24 minutes, Luton has been named...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: huge differences in data used to compile house price indices

HM Land Registry has revealed how major house price indices are compiled - showing the huge variation in transactions behind the headline figures. The critique,...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: Estate Agent Today's experts look behind the latest figures

Here it is - the industry’s verdict on the latest set of figures from Purplebricks. The agency doesn’t play by any of...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: A to Z of the property industry for 2017

As we hurtle towards the end of 2017, it’s time to reflect on the year that’s just been.   Even better, this property-based...

25 November 2017

From: Features

London tech-centres may boom despite Brexit, agency forecasts

An estate agency has used the experiences of Cambridge, Oxford and other cities to forecast that pockets of central London's housing...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

70 per cent of homes sell for below asking price, says RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has issued a downbeat snapshot of the current housing market with "subdued sales trends" across...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Here we go - your Spooktacular Halloween pics and videos

Thanks so much to those agents who rapidly responded to our shout-out for pics of your Halloween-decorated offices: the first ones...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - our salute to the industry's heroes

It’s been a big week for property news - controversies surrounding Purplebricks, merger discussions between big franchise operators, and another government...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Weekend reading: The future’s digital – have you had your say?

As we outlined in our EAT and LAT stories earlier this week, we (Angels Media) are seeking responses from estate and...

14 October 2017

From: Features

Buyer enquiries and sales now flatter than any time since Brexit vote

The latest RICS market survey shows that buyer enquiries and transactions slipped back last month with expectations pointing to “a subdued...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove amongst most profitable portals in the world, says top analyst

One of the most thorough analyses of property portals ever undertaken shows that Rightmove is the world’s most profitable portal company...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing market: London and south east are weakest regions - RICS

The housing market remains mixed across different parts of the UK but London and the south east remain the weakest areas...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Was this the week the agency industry changed for good?

I’ve been in France for the past few days and depending on your viewpoint, I made a spectacularly good or singularly...

09 September 2017

From: Features

Estate Agent Today Panel: what next for agents and OnTheMarket?

Let’s be honest - few people saw this coming. The 89 to 11 per cent majority amongst Agents’ Mutual members for...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Boards should be 'confined to Room 101', says campaigning agent

An estate agent who is campaigning for boards to be banned in his local area says they should be 'confined to...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees are vendors' biggest concern - but only 25% are willing to negotiate

Nearly all home owners (96%) consider fees to be the most important factor when choosing an estate agent, according to research...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide woe continues as share price hits new record low

Countrywide’s share price hit a record low during trading yesterday afternoon when it dropped to 137.75p, having opened the day at...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Sell Purplebricks shares, urges writer as sales data mystery remains

The Sunday Times made uncomfortable reading for Purplebricks yesterday as the newspaper raised more questions about the number of homes the...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate Agent Today Panel - Agents’ Mutual: the arguments continue

No one can say Agents’ Mutual has failed to provoke debate within the industry. The project was the centre of fierce argument...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Market being hurt by low stock, political uncertainty and tax - RICS

Record low stock numbers, political uncertainty and the aftermath of tax changes are the obstacles hindering the housing market, according to...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

'A dog with fleas': City analysts sceptical about OnTheMarket float

There has been a sceptical reception from City analysts to Agents’ Mutual’s decision to restructure and float on the stock market...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Online reviews: New report sheds light on how they drive leads

A new report reveals how clients’ reviews and star ratings - used by many online estate agents in particular - are...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister Sharma at centre of Twitter and speech disputes

Housing minister Alok Sharma has blocked some of his Twitter followers, accusing them of “abusive language”.   Sharma has a relatively modest 9,169 followers...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

RICS' market gloom - supply drought, flat sales, struggling prices

The latest market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows price growth dipping further, struggling transaction volumes and the...

13 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

Industry reacts to appointment of new housing minister

The property industry has broadly welcomed the appointment of a new housing minister, which was made yesterday evening. Reading West MP Alok...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Cluttons announces return to marketing with Zoopla

High profile estate agency Cluttons has returned to marketing with Zoopla Property Group (ZPG).  The firm rejoined the portal at the end...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

High street agency latest to launch online service alongside traditional brand

A one branch independent estate agency has this week launched a fixed-fee sales option alongside its traditional commission-based service. WH Breading, which...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Home ownership has halved for young families in parts of the UK

Home ownership has halved for young families across some parts of the UK according to a charity.  The Resolution Foundation says its...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Down-valuations and asking price cuts spreading, warns broker

The director of a respected mortgage broker is warning that market sentiment is changing with more down-valuations from surveyors and some...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild chief says aggressive online agency marketing lacks integrity

The new chief executive of the Guild of Property Professionals has accused some online agents of carrying out “aggressive” marketing campaigns...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the never-mind-the-ballots edition

There’s no sign yet that the snap General Election is distracting our industry from continuing its fine record of doing good...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New on Estate Agent Today: more information, easier to navigate

You may have noticed some subtle changes to Estate Agent Today in recent weeks, aimed at improving the ‘user experience’ we...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must not ignore bad online reviews, urges social media guru

Agents who ignore critical reviews of their services do so at their peril as new figures reveal high levels of readership...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage 'forces councils to spend £2m a day on B&Bs'

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is forcing councils to spend more than £2m a day on temporary accommodation for homeless...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Read all about it: Will agents continue to advertise in print?

I had a very interesting chat with the man behind a new portal the other day. He was John Dixon, the portal...

04 March 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the half term edition...

Let’s not be distressed that we’re already over 10 per cent of the way through the year - yes, really -...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

CIELA – you’re breaking my heart

When I read about the possible formation of yet another ‘mutual’ with the aim of furthering and protecting the interests of...

21 January 2017

From: Features

Tribunal finds agent suffered attempted sexual assault on viewing

A health service tribunal has found that a senior paramedic tried to sexually assault an estate agent as she prepared for...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Market defies Brexit for now - but 2017 will be 'notably slower'

Estate agency Knight Frank says that the UK housing market has rebounded more strongly than expected after the Brexit referendum -...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Two more agents try the Mannequin Challenge - how about you?

Many thanks to the good people at Templeton Robinson and Miles & Barr, the latest agencies to let us know about...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Leeds eyes sustainable ripple effect

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

28 October 2016

From: Features

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

How can agents manage negative feedback left on review sites?

Online reviews play an increasingly vital role in shaping the decisions of customers. Practically everyone using the internet to compare estate...

22 October 2016

From: Features

Let’s take the higher ground on foreign workers and buyers

Some of this week’s headlines - ‘Firms must list foreign workers’ and ‘NHS to no longer rely on foreign doctors’ -...

07 October 2016

From: Features

Turning broken sales and chains into completions

As with finance broking, there can be many frustrations that come with being an estate agent – I perhaps don’t need...

30 September 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - in taxis, on bikes and up mountains

Despite storms in the North and September sun in the South, estate agents haven't been deterred from giving their all for charity this...

16 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Savills-backed online agency claims instructions up five-fold in 2016

YOPA, the online agency which now has financial investment from Savills, says its instructions have risen five-fold since February. It also says...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

International survey reveals worldwide concern over portal listings

A data consultancy says it will shortly release the findings of an online survey on estate agents’ concerns over how their...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Four new branches open for the 'original' hybrid estate agency

EweMove Sales and Lettings, which describes itself as the UK's first hybrid estate agency, has opened four new branches, taking its...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Claim that housing market hurt by 'no new second homes' decision

A report says agents in the Cornish holiday home haven of St Ives admit the local market has been hit by...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Squeezed activity shows why we should be grateful for new PM

What a month it has been. By the time you read this, we'll have a new Prime Minister, a new Cabinet,...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Estate agents: compliance quiz shows a few industry own goals...

A month ago we ran a quiz compiled by compliance training expert David Beaumont - and the results do not make...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Those dire Brexit housing market warnings - were they just 'Brexcuses'?

An equities analyst has suggested that some of the most extreme warnings of housing market chaos after a Brexit vote came...

08 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents talk up market as Brexit uncertainty starts to recede at last

Estate agents from around the country are reporting only limited damage to business or prices caused by the Brexit result of...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

'Game-changer' agency converts branch into pop-up shop for new homes

One of the many estate agencies hoping to market increasing numbers of new homes has been praised by a developer client...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Land Registry privatisation decision delayed until new PM is in place

The controversy over whether the Land Registry should be sold off will now not be resolved until a new Prime Minister...

04 July 2016

From: Breaking News

If your fees are justified, you shouldn't be afraid to publicise them

The old and eternal debate over whether or not tenant fees should be banned continues to rumble on. It’s a major concern...

10 June 2016

From: Features

Agents do Charity – as June approaches

As we approach another Bank Holiday weekend, estate and letting agents across the country have again been raising thousands of pounds...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2016

From: Features

Conveyancing delays are not the only reason transactions fall through

In this business you get used to dealing with regular customer and third-party feedback, input, and (occasionally) complaints.  Much like the agency market...

13 May 2016

From: Features

Drunk-driving estate agent banned from driving for two years

An estate agent has pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving after being found almost three times above the legal alcohol...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

What does the future hold for buyers' online property searches?

I recently read an article in City A.M. titled: ‘Five ways we will be buying property in 2025’ – it makes...

25 March 2016

From: Features

Chris Coates, Oakford Homes MD

Who are you? Chris Coates What does it say on your business card? Chris Coates As a small team we don’t have a hang up...

16 February 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Apprentice star's estate agency snaps up leading ex-Foxtons negotiator

Haus Properties - the agency run by former Apprentice finalist Jamie Lester - has secured a former Foxtons staff member who...

08 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency steps up bid to expand across southern England

Lomond Capital has acquired John Shepherd Estate Agent in Birmingham as it continues to 'expand south.' The deal, which includes Marwood Homes...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Marketing Jargon Buster

Marketing and property often go hand in hand. But from time to time you might come across certain marketing terms that...

30 January 2016

From: Features

The CHAPS debate: This needs to be discussed in adult fashion

A riposte to Rob Hailstone's article: 'C'mon CHAPS, Don't be faized'. Good Day, and a late Merry Christmas. Sorry for the delay in...

08 January 2016

From: Features

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

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

06 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Corporate agencies and analysts predict market for 2016 and beyond

The scores are in: Estate Agent Today has collated forecasts from 10 of the leading estate agency corporates and major business...

31 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Festive photos and a Merry Christmas from us (but we're here tomorrow…)

We know that many agents will be shutting up shop at the end of today for a well-earned Christmas break -...

23 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Rightmove visited 110 million times each month in 2015

There were 110 million visits to Rightmove on average every month in 2015. Results for the site, which measured hits from January 1...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

This will brighten your Wednesday - yet more agents' Christmas pictures

We’re receiving more photographs from agencies showing just how much you’re getting into the Christmas spirit - and making your offices...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

22% of sellers 'consider' using online agents - but few actually do so

A large survey of home movers reveals that over one in five of them considered using only an online-only estate agent...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

'Tis the season….for agents to decorate themselves and their offices

The Christmas cheer continues - here’s our fourth selection of estate agents’ offices, and agents themselves, who are entering into the...

11 December 2015

From: Breaking News

A New Year’s Resolution for every landlord – make someone love you

Once you go beyond the industry’s anger about the Chancellor’s three per cent stamp duty surcharge – and that’s an anger...

27 November 2015

From: Features

Estate agents accused of ignoring voluntary ban on boards

Estate agents have been accused of flouting the rules by erecting For Sale and To Let signs despite a voluntary ban. The...

11 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Academics give stark warning over threat of London housing bubble

A body called the UK Housing Market Observatory - consisting of economists at Lancaster University Management School - is giving a...

04 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the spooky edition...

It’s Halloween weekend but the spirit that burns in many estate agents is a force for good not evil - as...

30 October 2015

From: Breaking News

More bad London sales news - agent says market suffering a contagion

An estate agency claims there is a “contagion” spreading across the prime London housing market with sales reduced drastically thanks to...

27 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Mutual’s latest ‘letter of intent’: what’s in it for agents?

The consumer is King and to protect sellers and buyers' best interests estate and letting agents have to operate in the...

09 October 2015

From: Features

Has Corbyn Labour-proofed lettings?

The party's over. It's probably the best double entendre in the world of politics right now. For centre or right-leaning Labour...

25 September 2015

From: Features

Growing agency claims to be strongest property brand in its area

Estate agency Romans has claimed that it is the 'strongest property brand' in the Thames Valley.  The Romans Group recently commissioned a...

20 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency chains report strongest July sales since 2007

LSL Property Services, owner of Reeds Rains and Your Move amongst other high street chains, says last month’s sales market was the...

13 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Deregulation Act: Agents in the know stand out

After the passing of the Deregulation Act deposits deadline this week, Richard Price, Executive Director of UKALA, is in a contemplative...

26 June 2015

From: Features

4 ways to make sure your agency gets noticed - by Nicola Jackson, Property Team Manager for telephone answering specialist Moneypenny

Everywhere we look there’s talk of the high numbers of agents clambering for our attention on the crowded high street. So...

17 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

A victory V sign to the housing sector?

The Conservatives’ election victory came as a surprise, so much so that television pundits spent all night after the vote rubbishing...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Agents must differentiate in an ultra competitive market

No agent reading this will be under any illusions that the agency market is a particularly competitive sector to operate in.  I...

23 April 2015

From: Features

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