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KEYWORD "Recommendations" - 100 RESULTS
Government criticised for ‘disappointing’ response to agent regulation inquiry

The chairperson of the House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee has hit back at the Government’s approach – or lack of...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Crafting Engaging Property Newsletters: Top Tips for Agents

In the fast-paced world of property, staying top-of-mind with your clients is crucial. And what better way to do this than...

15 May 2024

From: Marketing & Social Media

PropTech Today - Three Ways To Win In A High Reduction Market

Choosing the right prospecting software can be the difference between finishing the year on a high or finishing it below target. Although...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lender wants stamp duty rebate and cash help for owners

Stamp duty rebates and cash to improve energy efficiency are being demanded by one of the country’s biggest mortgage lenders in...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Call for improved training for Energy Performance Certificate assessors

A property consultancy is calling for improved accreditation for Energy Performance Certificate assessors. Re:solve Real Estate - which specialises in commercial property...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer - How To Prove The AI Bots Wrong

Artificial Intelligence is now a part of all our lives, but my attention was grabbed recently by an AI critique of...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Potential ticking time bomb for retrofit complaints awaits

The term ‘time bomb’ is sometimes overly used in the housing market, and while it has been linked to many things...

06 April 2024

From: Features

Lord Best: ROPA reforms won't break the bank for agents

Further estate agency regulation won’t be too expensive for the industry, Lord Best has said. Lord Best, who led the Regulation of...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Government urged to stop ‘sitting on its hands’ over agency regulations

The architect of the Regulation of Property Agents (ROPA) reforms has expressed frustration that the recommendations have failed to materialise as...

22 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank wins customer service award

The UK Residential division of agency and property brand Knight Frank has won the ‘Best Customer Satisfaction Strategy Award’ at the UK Customer...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Law Society building safety guide clarifies agent and conveyancer responsibilities

Conveyancers shouldn’t give buyers and sellers assurances about building safety remediations unless they are confident doing so, the Law Society has...

16 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Estate agent best practice conveyancing guide updated

The Conveyancing Association (CA) - the leading trade body for the conveyancing industry – has announced an update to its Estate...

20 January 2024

From: Features

Could ROPA rules finally materialise in leasehold reforms?

Estate agency regulations and minimum standards may finally see the light of day after Labour put forward amendments to the Government’s...

19 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Ad watchdog upholds ‘misleading marketing’ complaint against GetAgent

GetAgent has been ordered to make its marketing claims clearer following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The advertising watchdog...

06 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Leasehold Reform - Government must get the balance right

Three members of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners take a brief look at some of the trials and tribulations awaiting...

11 November 2023

From: Features

RICS updates Red Book valuation rules

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has published an updated UK supplement of its ‘Red Book’ – its master document...

26 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour backs ROPA rules

The Labour Party has committed to introducing the Regulation of Property Agents (ROPA) rules if it wins next year’s General Election. Shadow...

12 October 2023

From: Breaking News

New Conveyancing Association document highlights digital tools to speed up sales

The Conveyancing Association (CA) has launched a new document to help firms benefit from the range of digital services available to...

21 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Mastering the Art of Perfect Timing

Do you need help to reach your target audience with the right content at the right time? Do you wish there...

16 August 2023

From: Breaking News

AI-driven CRM systems: transforming the property industry

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already being used by the property industry and its impact is only set to grow. But while...

02 August 2023

From: Features

Andrea Banks, Property Partner at Prestige & Village

Can you start by telling us a bit about yourself and how you got into the property industry? My name is Andrea...

24 July 2023

From: 60 Second Interview

Zoopla delivers vendor lead boost for agents

Zoopla has delivered strong vendor lead performance for agents in the first half of 2023 despite the challenging macroeconomic backdrop -...

19 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Turn empty shops and offices into homes - MPs demand action

Two all-party groups of MPs and Peers have called on the government to act to turn empty buildings into good quality,...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Housing policy must go beyond election cycles - warning     

Housing policy formation must go beyond electoral cycles, academics have warned. A group of Cambridge University alumni has teamed up to urge...

05 May 2023

From: Breaking News

EPCs - chaos, confusion, and cost - an energy assessor speaks

All landlords need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPG), with few exemptions. As a property writer, landlord and Domestic Energy...

29 April 2023

From: Features

Housing Secretary: UK property supply and standards are broken

The property market is broken, Housing Secretary Michael Gove acknowledged yesterday. Despite the Conservative Party being in power since 2010, Gove insisted...

04 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents should make better use of ‘social proof superpower’ - claim

‘Social proof’ will be an agent’s most important tool during the tougher property market, it has been claimed. Industry trainer and founder...

31 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Vendors ‘prepared to pay more’ for faster sales

Viewing ‘time wasters’ and the long conveyancing process have been identified among the main frustrations among vendors when selling a property. It...

29 March 2023

From: Breaking News

The Energy Performance Certificate – is it here to stay?

The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is the direct result of European Legislation. They were introduced because of the Energy Performance of...

30 January 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Revealed! What conveyancers want from estate agents

Conveyancers have outlined ways they believe the property transaction process could be improved including shutting down or improving “dabblers” and getting...

24 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Could AI technology replace property portals?

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology could change the way buyers search for property and alter the way portals operate, a proptech boss...

23 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a positive start to 2023

Agents and property professionals have kicked off the year by supporting a range of causes. Whatever the cause you are working for,...

20 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Government still ‘considering’ ROPA rules as MPs question timeframe

Conservative MPs are continuing to question when new estate agency regulations will come in as the Government sticks to its stock...

17 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Government review proposes minimum EPC rating for home sales

Agents have expressed disappointment at the lack of support for homeowners and landlords to make their homes more energy efficient. It comes...

16 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Twenty7tec unveils mortgage acquisition

Fintech firm Twenty7tec has acquired mortgage affordability platform Broker Sense for an undisclosed sum. Broker Sense, founded by Stuart Phillips and Mark...

06 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Is your tech strategy ready for 2023?

You are aware of the business benefits of digital transformation. You understand the need for your estate agency to leverage technology to...

10 December 2022

From: Features

Regional agent puts down roots as part of sustainability drive

Yorkshire estate agent Dacre Son & Hartley is aiming to offset more than 100 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The brand is...

04 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing - Time for a Rethink?

Another piece about conveyancing? Seems like it's been a bit of free-for-all in the last couple of weeks on the woes...

06 August 2022

From: Features

Going green! Eco-friendly agency scheme launches carbon footprint calculator

The Sustainable Agent eco-scheme has launched as carbon footprint calculator to help prospective members find out what their carbon emissions are...

11 July 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

ROPA returns to Parliament but there is still no timeline for reforms

The issue of agency qualifications has finally been mentioned in the Houses of Parliament, almost three years since the landmark Regulation...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Peer calls for agency regulations to apply in leasehold sector

A high-profile peer has questioned why estate agency regulation wasn’t extended to property management companies in the Queen’s Speech this week. Lord...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents 'have nothing to fear' from ROPA exams

Agents are being urged not to fear exams when it comes to new industry qualifications for the sector. The industry is still awaiting...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property portals gear up for material info changes

Property portals are preparing to support agents in complying with a new era of upfront material information. From the end of May,...

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 - how can agents and conveyancers work better together?

In this Q&A, I catch up with Jesper With-Fogstrup, chief executive officer of Smoove (formerly ULS Technology until a very recent...

23 April 2022

From: Features

Government still committed to introducing ROPA rules

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

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency boss calls for ROPA exam clarity

The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) chief executive Gareth Samples has called for a steer on when the long-awaited Regulation of Property...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Cladding Crisis - government STILL doing too little, say cross-party MPs

Too many leaseholders will fall through the cracks of the government’s “piecemeal measures” to combat the cladding crisis.  That’s the view of...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Veteran agency boss stands down after 23 years with company

Glynis Frew will be stepping down as managing director of franchise giant Hunters from the end of this month after 20...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Let the good times roll – PayProp predicts continued lettings strength in 2022

The lettings sector looks set to steam ahead in 2022 after a record-breaking 2021, despite the financial and mobility challenges of...

22 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

The rise of outsourcing in Estate Agency

The last two years have been dramatic and decisive for many people and many businesses. Both have reassessed their work approaches...

08 January 2022

From: Features

‘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

Leasehold is here to stay - so here's what is being done to help

Leasehold, quite rightly, remains not just an emotive topic given what has happened over the past decade, but it’s very much...

18 December 2021

From: Features

Six Things We DIDN’T See In 2021

We all know what did happen in 2021 - Covid and more Covid, the stamp duty holiday frenzy, a soaring rental...

11 December 2021

From: Features

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

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

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

03 December 2021

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

Stamp Duty could be changed to promote energy efficiency - top agency

A leading estate agency says the government may have to use stamp duty and council tax as incentives to persuade owners...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure builds for agents to be licensed with mandatory training

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

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

Tips from The Guild as agents face Covid safety inspections 

Agents are being contacted by local council officers to check how Covid-safe their operations are.  Paul Offley, compliance officer for The Guild,...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Three ways to prove the value of your fees in a competitive market

With the competition for new listings between agents as fierce as ever, it can sometimes feel like a race to the...

18 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

Interim RICS boss gives salary to charity as body seeks forgiveness

The independent review into the RICS scandal of recent months and how the governance of the body failed, has thrown up...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing - how digital should your agency go?

Over the last three years there has been a quiet revolution in the tenant referencing market. Starting with the 2019 tenant...

08 September 2021

From: Features

Property tax threat returns as government sets Budget date

Lost in the noise of yesterday’s social care announcements, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has named October 27 as his next Budget Day...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Interview: experienced agents show increased appetite for training and qualifications

Since the announcement of the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA), an increasing amount of Principle, Partners and Directors (PPD) from the...

04 September 2021

From: Features

How using the right tech can help to transform an agency’s business

Tech, as has been shown more than ever during the pandemic, can be a wonderful thing – bringing people closer together,...

04 September 2021

From: Features

Business Rates: call to stop online firms being let off the hook

A plea has been made to the government to help small companies and stop letting online firms off the hook. The Federation...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: pros and cons of a tech-led approach to compliance

The growing number of lettings sector rules is a hotly debated issue, while the sales sector has been seeing its own...

01 September 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

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

RICS Fraud Risk Controversy - QC delivers 400 page report

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

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

An interview with Ben Ridgway, Managing Director of iamproperty

Ben Ridgway gives his views on the current market, material information and PropTech for agents. What is your current view of the...

21 July 2021

From: Features

New property tax demanded by MPs who want more money for councils

A group of MPs has suggested the government consider a “proportional property tax” to replace the current council tax, in a...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

ZPG snaps up access to more of the house-buying process

RVU - the ZPG-owned company that already owns Zoopla and independently-run price comparison and financial services - has acquired online mortgage broker Mojo...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Fake estate agency reviews: Watchdog probes Google and Amazon

The Competititon and Markets Authority says it’s to look into reviews on Google and Amazon, and see whether the online giants...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer advises agents: Save A Sale, Restore A Reputation!

There may well have been times in recent weeks when any agent would have been forgiven for wanting a break -...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Sir Stelios backs easyProperty agent with no property experience

easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has given his personal backing to the newest recruit of online agency easyProperty - even though...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Reviving the High Street – why a hybrid conveyancing offering is needed

“A hybrid offering, which serves customers of all needs and capabilities, is what we should all be working towards.” Following Aconveyancing opening...

12 June 2021

From: Features

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

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

09 June 2021

From: Features

Sellers want traditional agency services more than WhatsApp - survey

A new survey of some 700 estate agency customers show that they want to get traditional services like High Street branches,...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Hybrid agency records its best-ever month for new enquiries

EweMove says it’s has just recorded its best-ever month for new enquiries from sellers. In April the hybrid - which is part...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Government unveils new bid to push forward ‘commonhold’ concept

The government has set up a committee to push forward ideas on the collective form of homeownership known as commonhold. Housing Secretary...

14 May 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

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

Home-based agency lifestyle lures ex-Connells and Humberts veteran

A business that calls itself the UK’s first 24/7 home-based estate agency has announced a new franchisee.  Dorset-based Meyers Estate Agents was...

29 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

Who runs the estate agent industry? Battle hots up

The Guild of Property Professionals is to offer a formal agency qualification as it goes increasingly on the offensive in a...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Why top customer service is more important than ever in 2021

Later this year, on October 22, the ESTAS 2021 will take place in London. The glittering ceremony will welcome property professionals...

17 March 2021

From: Features

Capital Gains Tax reform could wreak huge damage on housing market

There’s a warning this morning that possible tax reforms to be unveiled next Monday could wreak huge damage on the property...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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