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PropTech Today: Rightmove fails to understand first rule of innovation

The recent announcement of a clicktopurchase partnership demonstrates some much-needed progression from Rightmove. In doing so, however, it could be said it...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Vendors urged to sell now as prospect of no deal Brexit looms

Property sellers have been urged to list their properties now in the hope of selling their properties for maximum value within...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Back to the future? A home ownership crisis

With this summer marking forty years since Margaret Thatcher came to power, her legacy continues to invoke both celebration and consternation...

06 July 2019

From: Features

Give All Your £ to Google

In the last ten years Google's revenue, largely from pay per click ads (Adwords), has grown by 527% (Source: Statista). In...

03 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Government blasted over ‘scandalous’ leasehold reform proposals

A leasehold reform campaigner says government proposals risk creating a two-tier market and do nothing to assist leaseholders already hit by...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – guide to property startups, Part 2

In the second part of my exploration of startups, I talk to a number of people with lived experience of creating...

29 June 2019

From: Features

130 jobs at risk as agency and auction firm appoints administrators

It’s been reported that a Cheshire estate agent and auction house has gone into administration putting 130 jobs at risk. Around 40...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over 50% of leads at risk because of slow responses

A PropTech firm which claims its products offer “industry-leading” response times says agents lose a majority of their leads due to slow...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Cash buyers pull out of property as Brexit worries bite

The number of cash buyers in London has recently plummeted by very nearly a fifth - and every other part of...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Watchdog upholds complaints and finds new problem with house raffle

A company which promotes property raffles have been told that it cannot repeat certain elements of its advertisements on Facebook and...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks hires PR firm that aims to fuel fandom

Purplebricks has hired the Weber Shandwick PR firm to handle much of its non-investment related public relations. Weber Shandwick has its global...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Southern England facing a year of selective price falls - Zoopla

Over a third of homes across Southern England are at risk of suffering price falls as the housing market slowdown extends...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a guide to property startups - Part 1

All the most successful startups of recent years – from Airbnb and Uber to Just Eat and Deliveroo – have melded...

15 June 2019

From: Features

Zoopla founder reveals what made his portal different - and why it’s purple

The founder of Zoopla has explained how the portal got its name and branding, and the philosophy behind it when it...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Some homes should not be marketed on portals, says agency chief

Properties sold off market by a London agency found buyers more quickly, and for nearer the asking price, than those on the...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - talking women in property, Brexit investment and PropTech

In the first Q&A Natter for a while, I catch up with Angelica Donati - CEO of Donati Immobiliare Group, PropTech...

01 June 2019

From: Features

The evolution of tenant demands explored

In today’s crowded property marketplace, the needs of tenants have changed. With a greater emphasis on quality of living, tenants are increasingly...

29 May 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: We can’t ignore the technological underclass

One of my biggest concerns in all of my writing, speaking and influencing around PropTech is that for the people we...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Flurry of new laws and regulations to come, whoever is Prime Minister

The head of the Property Redress Scheme is urging agents to prepare for yet more regulation and legislation changes likely to...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Many estate agencies at risk over data security, claims IT firm

An IT firm says small and medium-sized estate agencies without the infrastructure of large corporates are putting themselves and their customers...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

160 homes are owned by 'high corruption-risk' individuals say MPs

A Parliamentary committee has claimed that 160 properties in the UK are owned by “high corruption-risk individuals” and wants more to...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering: the key myths and misconceptions

The UK property market can be seen by criminals as an effective vehicle to conceal the proceeds of economic crime. Criminally...

18 May 2019

From: Features

Estate agents 'no longer biggest money laundering risks', report suggests

A survey undertaken by the respected Economist Intelligence Unit and a risk solutions company suggests that estate agency may be one...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Do’s & Don’ts of transformation - Countrywide, Foxtons

It’s not often we can enjoy beautiful sunshine on bank holidays, but I suppose this one was a particularly blessed weekend,...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Homes could lose 10% of value because of Japanese Knotweed - claim

A solicitor handling cases involving Japanese Knotweed say the problem could devalue the prices of affected houses by as much as...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Explained - the future of tenant referencing after the fees ban

Low risk letting is everyone’s aim, but unless legitimate guidelines are followed it’s difficult to know if a tenant will prove...

17 April 2019

From: Features

5 reasons estate agents need a telephone answering service

Of the hundreds of headaches that come with agent territory, worrying about what’s happening to your calls shouldn’t be one of...

08 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide “investible again” says bank - and even Foxtons is upgraded

The investment bank which on Friday put Purplebricks under the cosh has now given a boost to two High Street estate...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Halifax says latest index “partly corrects” last month’s shock figure

House prices rose slightly more rapidly in the first three months of the year but growth is likely to remain subdued...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks stock downgraded 80% by investment bank

Analysts at Berenberg Bank have sharply reduced their price target for Purplebricks by over 80 per cent from 470p to 80p, accusing...

05 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

Why the future of the property industry should be paperless

When they first came onto the scene, online-only estate and lettings agents were predicted to swiftly spell the end for traditional...

30 March 2019

From: Features

Over 40 jobs at risk as agency chain plans to shut four branches

Local media in the east Midlands report that four estate agency offices operated by the Nottingham building society are to close...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Nationwide proves that collaboration is worth the risk

Whether it is legacy providers with new, young businesses, or large banks with PropTech startups, all types of cross-collaboration are vital. It’s...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Love or loathe us - Britain’s best agents are the best in the world

This article was originally written for City AM in response to an article it published attacking letting agents. See more here.  A...

23 March 2019

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: landlords claiming re-protection deposits

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

23 March 2019

From: Features

Hunters' founder becomes latest MP to join TPO Conference panel

The founder of the Hunters franchise agency group, Kevin Hollinrake - now a Conservative MP - is the latest parliamentarian to...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: MIPIM competition suggests sensors and IoT are the future

This month’s MIPIM conference in Cannes once again played host to the final round of the much coveted MIPIM Startup Competition.  The...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New ‘Modern Method of Auction’ firm tries to woo estate agents

Another new online auction company has launched and is bidding to woo traditional estate agents with the controversial ‘modern method of...

18 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

Rent controls won’t solve London’s shortage of affordable housing stock

The topic of introducing rent controls in London crops up time and time again in our industry. But it’s been hitting...

16 March 2019

From: Features

AML Fines for estate agents published

Estate agent anti-money laundering (AML) compliance is under scrutiny again following the publication of figures detailing the fines levied for AML...

13 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Implementing your risk assessment

The Money Laundering Regulations require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation to...

11 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Dual Fees: first agent ‘must have done viewing’ to claim fees

The Property Ombudsman has issued new guidance over what it calls “a growing issue” - that is, disputes over dual fees. TPO...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

No more ‘no DSS’ – is the government wasting its time?

Last week, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government announced a number of measures aimed at further tackling homelessness, including...

09 March 2019

From: Features

How to keep landlords happy in 2019

Competition for landlords will be fiercer than ever this year. Landlords are facing a raft of changes and will likely be...

06 March 2019

From: Features

Named and shamed: property portal database of rogue traders includes murderers

The controversial property portal Propertyheads has compiled a blacklist of tradesmen who have a criminal record. The website says this is the...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What are HMRC looking for?

The Money Laundering Regulations require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation to...

25 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Agents doing not nearly enough to report money laundering - claim

The government’s anti-money laundering campaign Flag It Up has published an A to Z which it claims will help agents understand...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What is the risk?

The Money Laundering Regulations require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation to...

20 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech Today: Money for good behaviour? PropTech helping renters

Interesting news this week from South Africa where the PropTech startup, Flow, has raised R20m in the country’s 'biggest PropTech seed...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit causing unprecedented damage to housing market says Reapit

A 36 per cent collapse in sales between November and January has created an “unprecedented” five year low in the number...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

NAEA conference just old white men with grey hair says online boss

The head of an online agency has accused the National Association of Estate Agents’ conference of being “a sea of old...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Humberts says: 'risks we took in 2018 are paying off in 2019'

The radically-restructured Humberts estate agency claims the risks it took last year in scrapping branches and moving to ‘hubs’ has paid...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: referral fees, HIPs & Bee Gees tributes - Rob Hailstone Q & A

With the home buying and selling process firmly on the news agenda of late – everything from a possible ban on...

16 February 2019

From: Features

80 and still paying a mortgage? No problem, say lenders

Mortgage lenders are relaxing age limits so that house buyers can still be paying off their home loan well into their...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency reform chief to speak at The Property Ombudsman conference

The Property Ombudsman’s annual conference is to hear from the chair of the government’s ‘Property Agents Working Group’ - just days...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Consultations start on ‘500’ Your Move and Reeds Rains jobs at risk

Formal consultations have started concerning the job losses and branch closures for Your Move and Reeds Rains, revealed yesterday by their...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

Why we need to be able to move when we want, not when we have to

A review of the housing market at present, particularly when it comes to purchase transactions, might not necessarily feel overly positive.  The...

26 January 2019

From: Features

Online agents charge too little and risk looking 'cheap' - Russell Quirk

The former chief executive of Emoov says online estate agencies charge too little, so risk appearing cheap and ineffective to potential...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a bone to pick with Rightmove and takeaways

I don’t think I can add anything more to the excellent 2019 pieces we’ve seen on EAT in recent weeks –...

19 January 2019

From: Features

It’s time to upgrade your AML armoury

The government has moved to crack down on money laundering in the UK with a new campaign focusing on the accountancy,...

16 January 2019

From: Features

Online love-in: Purplebricks founder heaps praise on Emoov boss Quirk

Kenny Bruce, one of the founders of sector-leading online agency Purplebricks, has sent his good wishes to Russell Quirk, who founded...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Six quick fixes for speeding up the sales process

With the speed of property sales continuing to slow and no end to the sluggishness in sight, it’s time to take...

09 January 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks praised for being unbeatable 'with a vast budget for risk'

One of the world’s leading PropTech analysts says Purplebricks has turned the UK online/hybrid estate agency business into “a one horse...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit bites as house price growth drops to near six-year low

A slew of property experts and commentators have put the blame on Brexit for a surprise drop in house price growth...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Explained - the process of getting a new estate agency website

Having built over 1900 websites for estate and lettings agents in the last 16 years, we know a thing or two...

19 December 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks shares sink and Emoov dies: game over for online agencies?

Has the bell finally tolled for online agencies? Emoov’s collapse and an investor revolt over crowdfunding have left a large question...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov’s humiliation - the fallout for the industry

Whatever one thinks about online estate agencies, it’s a cause of genuine sadness when people lose their jobs - close proximity...

08 December 2018

From: Features

Conveyancing fraud on the rise as new transparency rules kick in

It’s been revealed that 37 regulated conveyancing firms have repelled attempted frauds in the past year. But 11 conveyancing firms have actually...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and  OMG it's December tomorrow...

With Christmas less than four weeks away (yes, really) the countdown to the festive season begins tomorrow when December begins. Charity...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Seeing the wood for the trees - finding the 1% in your business

When was the last time you looked at your business and really thought about what you could do to improve? Yesterday? Last...

28 November 2018

From: Features

Brexit Shambles: No Deal impact on house prices to take centre stage

Newspapers are reporting that Brexit’s impact on house prices - especially if there is No Deal - are likely to take...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Deal or no deal – how could Brexit affect the property market?

A no-deal Brexit The biggest impact of a no-deal Brexit in relation to housing is a potential fall in house prices -...

24 November 2018

From: Features

Future of Emoov in the balance

The future of online agency Emoov remains in the balance this weekend with talks continuing between the management and possible buyers. On...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

No Deal Brexit would see ‘buyers and sellers hit the brakes’ - top agent

The chief executive of Haart, Paul Smith, is warning that a No Deal exit from the EU could leave Britain with...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Do floor plans and photos really help to sell a property?

Photos and floor plans remain an essential tool in property marketing. Despite a wealth of choice from aspiring UK PropTech start-ups the...

21 November 2018

From: Features

Agents advised: Don't head off ho-ho-home too early this Christmas

Estate and letting agents are being warned not to slow down too early in the run up to Christmas as it...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Size Matters: Agents slammed for 'inconsistent, inaccurate' floorplans

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a new guide in a bid to end what it calls inconsistencies and...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning of down-valuation risk for London market

Coutts Private Bank is the latest institution to express its concern over London’s housing market. The latest Courts London Prime Property Index...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rollo Miles, from Agent & Homes

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? It just says “Agent” for, at the end of the...

08 November 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Top tips - how to make your letting agency more efficient

For any business, regardless of size, age or industry, operating efficiently is fundamental to your success. When faced with challenges like we...

31 October 2018

From: Features

We need to wake up before we sleepwalk into a housing crisis

It’s now almost a month since the government introduced new rules on Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), as part of its...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Three-year tenancies - should they be compulsory?

An open rental market, where neither landlord nor tenant is in a dominant position, enables rents to rise and fall, which...

27 October 2018

From: Features

When and why are your customers getting in touch?

It’s been nine years since we created a dedicated team of property receptionists to answer telephone calls on behalf of agents,...

20 October 2018

From: Features

Help To Buy - will it continue? (and does it deserve to?)

Is Help To Buy going to remain in existence for much longer? Question marks over the scheme’s future are being raised through...

16 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

Knight Frank hits out at foreign buyer tax after announcing profits boost

Knight Frank appears to have shrugged off the problems hitting the high end of the housing market, reporting a 14 per...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a new agency and plenty of other key moves...

Hello and welcome to a new working week, which means your chance to catch up on the key moves in our...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyer tax is just ‘bid to win over Brexiteers’ says property portal

The head of a leading Chinese property portal has taken the unusual step of commenting on a British tax policy -...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide puts 'restructuring and turnaround' expert on the board

Countrywide has announced the appointment of a new board member with “substantial restructuring and turnaround expertise.” Mark Shuttleworth became a non-executive director...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

London house prices 'in the bubble risk zone' warns leading bank

London has been identified as one of a number of ‘bubble risk cities’ in a report by Swiss bank UBS. In a...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the housing minister known as 'the invisible minister'

A new book has revealed that one of the long line of recent housing ministers was known as “the invisible minister”...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Is it time to take more notice of Brexit?

“Baton down the hatches. Stockpile the food cupboard. Brexit is coming and it’s little more than six months away!” I jest, but there is...

15 September 2018

From: Features

AML compliance – why the smart money is on automation

Technology is transforming the way we comply with Anti Money Laundering (AML) regulation. It is providing a consistent approach, reliable outcomes...

05 September 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: Stories from Australia - PropTech is like teenage sex

Last week, I wrote about the speed of innovation in the Far East. This week I’d like to do the same...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the opportunity

In our previous 2 blogs we have covered the definitions of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPRs) and what the practical...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

CPRs; the implications

In 2014 The Properties Misdescriptions Act was repealed and replaced with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, otherwise known as...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

CPRs; the practicalities

In our previous blog, we looked at the definitions outlined by the CPRs. In our next blog we’ll look at the...

21 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech Today: If agents are overvaluing, is it time to look elsewhere?

My eye was caught yesterday morning by news that PropTech company, Agent Software, is claiming that ‘some agencies deliberately over-value properties...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Redress Scheme adds 1,750 members after redress shake-out

The Property Redress Scheme says it’s recruited another 1,750 members following the shake-out last week when one of its rival redress...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Business funding options - what choices do you have?

When you are starting up a new business, it is unlikely that you will already have enough capital to invest. Taking...

10 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

More trouble for Countrywide as bank slashes key 'target price'

The Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse has slashed its target share price for the company from 77p to only 17.2p.  The reason...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Anti-money laundering regulations and data protection

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning over asking prices not standing up to professional scrutiny

A leading buying agency is warning about asking prices that are higher than those acceptable to mortgage companies who therefore down-value...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t fall foul of anti-money laundering rules

Does your company apply adequate customer due diligence measures when carrying out estate agency work?  Does it establish and maintain appropriate policies...

28 July 2018

From: Features

GDPR Weekly: What security measures do agents need to take?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Referral fees – why a ban won’t make services cheaper

We are currently engaged in consultations with our members to help to find a practical solution to the concern of the...

21 July 2018

From: Features

Dominic Raab - another one bites the dust

Another day, another housing minister – at least that’s what it feels like! The resignation of the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson...

21 July 2018

From: Features

£200 a month to run your own estate agency says company boss

The UK division of Keller Williams, the world's largest estate agency, says it can help entrepreneurial agents to set up their...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Kit Malthouse - We’ve obviously had enough of experts

It may not be a good idea for a journalist to be personal about a politician, so I write about our...

14 July 2018

From: Features

Three-year tenancies will have biggest impact when things go wrong

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal which could have serious ramifications for private landlords, and those who...

14 July 2018

From: Features

Top tips - Get the most out of your agency boards

As any agent will know, the task of ordering, erecting and maintaining boards can be time- consuming and cumbersome. While ultimately working...

11 July 2018

From: Features

Banned! Maverick agent must not repeat claims about Purplebricks

An agent from Cornwall who has waged a long-running campaign against online agencies in general and Purplebricks in particular has been...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London dominates 'high risk mortgage lending' league table

Locations in the capital dominate a league table of locations where the largest numbers of so-called ‘high risk’ mortgages are taken...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: How should agents deal with security breaches?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? Blog 3

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

09 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 2)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

02 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

153 estate agents go bust and 7,000 at risk, says insolvency firm

An insolvency firm claims 153 estate agencies have gone bust in the past year with more than 7,000 “showing signs of...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest Prime Central London property trend - buy a wreck and do it up

Wary buyers reluctant to risk buying a premium-priced property in the volatile prime central London market are adopting a perhaps-surprising tactic...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Security deposit cap – where do landlords and tenants stand?

We’re lucky enough to interact with thousands of landlords and tenants every month. As a result, we get the chance to...

27 June 2018

From: Features

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 1)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

25 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Does your estate agency need to be more flexible?

It’s no secret that technology has changed the way businesses operate, in all sectors. With that has come changes to the...

23 June 2018

From: Features

London market pain goes on as top builder warns on Brexit

High-end housebuilder Berkeley Homes says “macro and political uncertainty, including Brexit” is leading to some developers previously building in London to...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency boss tells redundant shop workers they should 'join us'

The managing director of independent agency network Spicerhaart says shop workers who are unemployed because of the latest round of retail...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

The biggest challenge facing estate agents today…

What is the biggest challenge in estate agency today? At the risk of sounding flippant, selling houses! It’s a unique industry...

11 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech Today: What’s the true value of an estate agent in the world of tech?

Is there really any true value to an estate agent in our current climate? Will there be a role for traditional agents...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Going down - prime London at risk of another 5% price fall

Strutt & Parker has repeated its warning that the market in prime central London could see a typical house price fall...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark What is Landmark...

03 May 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Time is money.

How much more of it would you have if you could do all your month-end payments and reconciliations in a couple...

03 May 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Vote Conservative...get Labour?

If you want to know whether buy to let, landlords and letting agents will be in the firing line for more...

28 April 2018

From: Features

Anti-money laundering and property: the government has upped the ante

The announcement that MPs will set up a Select Committee to probe the scale of money laundering in the UK property...

14 April 2018

From: Features

‘HMRC should work harder to get agents to abide by AML regulations’

A 15-month research project says HMRC should do more to engage estate agents in recognising the importance of complying with anti-money...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

'Lack of clarity' concern over latest anti-money laundering rules

A technology company says that despite government attempts to eradicate money laundering in property transactions, agents and other industry professionals have been left...

06 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' PropTech Toolshed: The progression of sales progression

Three weeks has flown by (I missed an early deadline last week - apologies) and I find myself writing the next...

24 March 2018

From: Features

Rightmove, ZPG, OnTheMarket - are they about to be eclipsed by Google?

A property technology analyst has floated the idea that portals could become eclipsed by powerful alternatives such as Google, triggered by...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agents will have to employ sales progression teams

The operation of ‘online estate agencies’ has changed substantially in the relatively short few years of their existence: I have spotted...

03 March 2018

From: Features

What do agents need to know about accepting payment in cryptocurrencies?

The UK property sector has been a hotbed for financial crime in recent years, with many criminals seeing it as an...

24 February 2018

From: Features

GDPR Weekly: Taking the first steps towards compliance

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

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Free service allows agents to advertise listings 'before leaving appraisals'

A new PropTech platform is providing a service to help agents market their new listings instantly across portals and social media. BestAgent...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – Q & A with Isobel Thomson, NALS

This week I carry out a question and answer session with one of the most high-profile names in property. Isobel Thomson has...

10 February 2018

From: Features

Client Money Protection insurance: Protecting you and your clients

A new year means new predictions for what’s to come in the letting industry. Sometimes things come to fruition as expected....

10 February 2018

From: Features

OTM - A good buy, or is it goodbye?

OnTheMarket has finally completed its stock market float, with less capital raised, at a lower than planned valuation and, as I write,...

09 February 2018

From: Features

Housing: its part in Theresa May's downfall

It’s probably unwise to write too much about politics these days. The most fanciful predictions turn out to be less wild...

03 February 2018

From: Features

Branding - game, set and match to the onliners?

According to The Branding Journal, a brand is “a name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller's...

20 January 2018

From: Features

Combatting a knotty problem for estate agents

Japanese knotweed, the invasive plant brought over to Britain in the Victorian era, threatens millions of pounds worth of property transactions...

20 January 2018

From: Features

AI investment shows increasing importance of new tech for agents

For a while now, property and technology have been combining seamlessly to offer the industry innovative solutions to often complex problems....

19 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Lease Extensions – getting it right

While there is a distinct market for flats held on particularly short leases, there is a middle ground where flat owners...

13 January 2018

From: Features

Agencies back sales progression tool that cuts completion times

A chain tracking platform claims a trial by Leaders Group during 2017 shows its sales progression tool improving completion times by...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

During industry change, service still matters most

Estate agents are facing the biggest industry changes seen in decades. The rise of online and hybrid agents alongside more traditional...

06 January 2018

From: Features

GDPR: new warning about data security, including job applications

There’s a new warning being issued for estate agents and all other businesses to ensure they are prepared for the General...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: mystery surrounds PM's 16,000 first timers helped claim

Mystery surrounds a claim made by Prime Minister Theresa May that the stamp duty changes for first time buyers made in...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

The Scores Are In: 2018 prices up 1% to 4% say most pundits

The last of the leading agency analysts and business consultancies have now given their predictions for the UK housing market in...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: things to look out for in 2018

Another new year is nearly upon us and, once we’ve got the season of mince pies, mulled wine, pigs in blankets,...

16 December 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Bitcoin is technology, not just currency

Bitcoin has smashed into the headlines again recently with major news outlets describing the ever increasing worth of this wildly volatile...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Advertising watchdog slaps down House Raffle competition wording

The Advertising Standards Authority has told the organisers of a house raffle that they must not repeat a promotion because of...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Carbon monoxide myths: what do letting agents need to know?

Landlords are being urged to step up and ensure that all rented properties and accommodation meet recent laws relating to carbon...

02 December 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: The battle of the reports

Hands up if you’ve read all of the property reports that have been published in the past week or so? Forever...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Q&A with Moneypenny Receptionist Josh Tanton

What does your role involve? By answering my estate agent clients’ telephone calls, I assist in their day-to-day office needs.  An...

13 November 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Selling ‘off-grid’: helping agents with alternative fuels

In the UK, there are over 3.9 million homes situated in off-grid areas with no access to mains gas, so it’s...

11 November 2017

From: Features

Major finance company joins call for stamp duty reform

The largest mutual life pension and insurance company in the UK has added its voice to growing calls for stamp duty...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London prices may fall another 5% in 2018 warns agency

Strutt & Parker is warning that Prime Central London prices could drop as much as five per cent in 2018 -...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Financial crime – are estate agents at risk?

The spread and sophistication of financial crime in the UK in recent years has been unprecedented.  Figures from UK Finance show that...

04 November 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Avoiding the Trough of Disillusionment

With more news of PropTech investment, this time with Spotahome and Nested, one can’t help but wonder if this boom period is...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Will Purplebricks ruling end agents’ purple mist?

So at last someone has woken up to the fact that Purplebricks needs to be clearer about how it charges for...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Stamp Duty: pressure building on government for more reforms

Pressure is continuing to build on the government to reform stamp duty in next month’s Budget. Firstly a group of senior financial...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents just aren't ready for GDPR legislation, lawyers warn

The UK estate agency and construction industries are not ready for the huge workload and responsibilities involved in the General Data...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Record staff interviews and avoid unnecessary tribunals

Employment tribunal fees could soon become extinct, after the Supreme Court ruled they were an obstacle to the ‘access of justice’.  Once...

14 October 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - this week, mostly for children

There’s a particularly heart-warming theme to Agents Do Charity this week...several of our heroic industry figures are raising funds for children and...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Warning: Don’t fall foul of competition rules after CMA fines

The decision by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to fine five estate agents for engaging in a price fixing cartel has...

07 October 2017

From: Features

Countrywide non-executive director quits - no reason given

The latest departure from troubled estate agency group Countrywide is non-executive director Richard Adam, who was chair of the audit and...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency risks losing instruction after speaking out on Boris Johnson 'joke'

Westcountry estate agency Wilkinson Grant is standing  by its opposition to a ‘joke’ about dead bodies made by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of sellers say local branch staff are key to selecting agent

The vast majority of sellers surveyed by a consumer group say rapport with branch staff in a locally-based office is important...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

London housing market may yet become a bubble, warns bank

UBS says London's housing market still faces the risk of becoming a bubble - although that risk has marginally eased over...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is the industry solving a non-existent problem?

90% of PropTech’s work is good and vital, but that final ten has the potential to damage the rest. In my Sunday...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

CMA releases details of estate agents' cartel scheme

The Competition and Markets Authority has for the first time published details of the findings against a group of six estate...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: estate agency then, now and in the future

How has the world of estate agency changed in the last few decades? That’s the question this week’s Natter is going...

16 September 2017

From: Features

Tips for surviving the ban on letting agent fees

Parliament is sitting again and the entire lettings industry is waiting with bated breath for more detail on the government’s proposal...

09 September 2017

From: Features

SOS: are you a business in distress?

Despite the fact that eight out of 10 statistics are reportedly made up (if you can believe that figure), I bet...

02 September 2017

From: Features

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

When a tenant failed to pay any rent after the first month his tenancy last year, the landlord did not expect...

26 August 2017

From: Features

Countrywide says Brexit is biggest risk to housing market

Countrywide has issued forecasts for the housing market over the next two years amidst a warning that Brexit volatility is the...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Nil deposit schemes – a new era for the rental market?

Research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research has shown that the cost of the average rental deposit is expected...

19 August 2017

From: Features

Why the stock market likes disruptors

The stock exchange seems to be on everyone’s lips at the moment. There’s Agents’ Mutual seeking to float on the Alternative Investment...

12 August 2017

From: Features

Building bridges: Q&A with Daniel Owen-Parr of Together

As the mainstream mortgage market braces itself for yet another clampdown on buy-to-let lending, a growing number of property investors are...

04 August 2017

From: Features

“Super short-term rentals” and subletting: the future of the private rented sector

Historically, short-term rentals have been an unattractive business for the majority of estate agents and property managers. Scarcity of demand from tenants...

04 August 2017

From: Features

Foxtons told: 'More digital innovation or risk being left behind'

Two leading property technology experts have warned Foxtons that it risks failing to keep up with the digital revolution which the...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are we going to buy talk of a doomed high street?

You saw it, right? This article from Monday’s Guardian? It says that one in five estate agents are at risk of...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

One in five estate agencies 'at risk of going broke' warns analyst

Some 19 per cent of estate agents in the UK currently show warning signs that indicate they are at risk of going...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

HIP, HIP, Hooray - The Other 10-Year Anniversary

  You’ll see a lot of 10th anniversary stories in the property industry and consumer media in the coming days: early August...

28 July 2017

From: Features

When estate agents subside to even lower levels…

It’s traditional for estate agents to support each other when they come under attack from the press or public. After all,...

28 July 2017

From: Features

NAEA to stage anti-money laundering classes and trial new app

The National Association of Estate Agents is rolling out a series of masterclasses to prepare members for the European Fourth Anti-Money...

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

Cash deals and off-market sales more popular says leading buying agent

The buying agency Black Brick says 38 per cent of its transactions the first half of the year were off market...

18 July 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

Avoid unwanted hassles: Q & A with Jack Webb-Heller, Rent4sure IT director

Living next to inconsiderate neighbours can be a nightmare, but letting to bad tenants can prove costly, especially when issues, which...

08 July 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Are we doing enough to protect property’s core values?

Supporting the adoption of technology does not mean we have to stop protecting the core values of the property industry. In...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent agrees not to repeat advertisement knocking OnTheMarket

Major westcountry agency Wilkinson Grant has told the Advertising Standards Authority it will not re-use wording following a complaint from a...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

An inconvenient truth - Help To Buy mostly helps the better off

Government schemes like Help To Buy, supposedly assisting more people get on the ladder, have little impact on improving social mobility...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove: might it become an estate agency with sellers listing directly?

Another senior industry analyst says the time is fast approaching for Rightmove to either shift its focus to take account of...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial £2.875m raffle of Right To Buy house is back on

The controversial raffle of a home reportedly purchased in 2014 under the Right To Buy scheme for just £360,000 is back...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' group carrying on - for now at least

The group seeking to represent independent agents says a recruitment meeting scheduled for tomorrow is carrying on despite growing doubts about...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Consumer group criticises estate agency industry awards

A consumer group says it is giving what it calls “the top 1,000 estate agents in England and Wales” badges to...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Would you ‘let’ a property go under the hammer?

The popularity of property auctions in the UK has increased enormously in recent years, supported by popular TV shows such as...

17 June 2017

From: Features

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

What do estate and letting agencies usually sell for?

There’s barely a week that goes by when you don’t read about an estate or letting agency business that’s been acquired...

10 June 2017

From: Features

'Public misunderstanding contributes towards agents' poor image' - CIELA boss

The man behind fledgling trade body The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents (CIELA) says that public misunderstanding of the...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide announces further changes to senior leadership team

The UK's largest estate agency has announced a series of internal promotions, bolstering its senior leadership team. Yesterday evening Countrywide confirmed that...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is Zoopla about to make a push for agents’ jobs?

Not in vain the distance beacons. Forward, forward let us range, Let the great world spin forever down the ringing grooves of...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

Theresa May’s call for a snap general election on June 8 took many by surprise. But estate agents have been broadly...

03 June 2017

From: Features

Reform of buying and selling - The industry should prepare now

The banning of letting fees levied on tenants has dominated the industry headlines in recent months but this election campaign suggests...

27 May 2017

From: Features

Help To Buy ISAs 'offer little help to first time buyers' says Moneyfacts

First time buyers who were supposed to be helped by the high-profile Help To Buy ISA have in fact found it...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Reviewing your business objectives – five top tips

Our recent roundtable on the proposed ban on tenant fees generated ten tips for growing a lettings business. We’re exploring each tip in more...

20 May 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - is this peak-fundraising week?

This might just be one of the busiest Agents Do Charity columns we’ve ever had with many firms having a mixture...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'Raffle Property' stunts risk contravening gambling legislation

An attempt to raffle a property - like the much-publicised case of an owner in south east London, which reached some...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Praise for Nationwide's crackdown on leasehold mortgage conditions

There has been widespread praise for the Nationwide building society's crackdown on criteria for mortgages for leasehold new build homes.   From May...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Vendors shouldn't assume they'll achieve the same price no matter who's selling

Even some of the most successful professionals from other professions fail to grasp the most important point when it comes to...

29 April 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks to be 'biggest UK agency by 2019' with 'share price up 50%'

A London investment broker says Purplebricks’ share price - currently around 300p - could rise another 50 per cent or more...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Finding a safe home for hard-earned income

By Wednesday April 19th, a UK citizen, on an average income, had earned £7,789 from their day job so far this...

22 April 2017

From: Features

Stamp Duty: no change imminent, predicts Communities Secretary

Anyone hoping that the General Election could herald an immediate change of heart by the Conservatives on high levels of stamp...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

#GE2017: Housing minister will leave his post on May 3

Yesterday’s decision by MPs to agree to Theresa May’s snap General Election on June 8 means that the current government -...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

In the eye of the storm – why agents need good lines of communication

It’s never more obvious how important good communication is for letting agents than in times of bad weather. Havoc caused by...

15 April 2017

From: Features

Mortgage market review

In recent years the mortgage industry has gone through some testing times. Recession and regulation have led to more stringent lending...

08 April 2017

From: Features

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

'Corruption drives high-end London property market' - claim

A group campaigning for the reform of money laundering and other accountability laws claims that billions of pounds worth of investment...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

The world is your oyster! Q & A with AIPP’s Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson, CEO of AIPP – Association of International Property Professionals – shines a light onto the international property market. Some UK...

01 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

Agents' websites with log-in pages are 'vulnerable to attack'

A US technology company is warning that estate agency websites with log-in pages are “at risk of data theft, account takeover...

27 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

Countrywide shares hit record low after bank downgrading

Swiss bank UBS has downgraded Countrywide’s status to ‘sell’ in a move which has prompted the troubled estate agency’s share price...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why do great estate agents end up with particularly poor lawyers?

Estate agency is a tough business, no doubt about it. It’s probably tougher now to win a listing and tie up...

15 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

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

Buy-to-let mortgages: What opportunities and challenges lie ahead?

The rapid growth in popularity of buy-to-let in recent years, fuelled in part by the failings of the pensions industry, has...

17 February 2017

From: Features

Don’t undervalue Which? as a useful marketing tool

The guys at Which? are at it again, all over estate agents like a rash for “over valuing” properties so they...

17 February 2017

From: Features

Property Natter – a conference wrapped in Guild

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

11 February 2017

From: Features

Christopher Merriman, Land and Planning Director at Intro Crowd

What does it say on your business card? Christopher Merriman, Land and Planning Director at Intro Crowd Who are Intro Crowd? Intro...

10 February 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Here are all 29 key points in the Housing White Paper

The government has set out 29 key points in its Housing White Paper.   Introducing it in the Commons this afternoon, Communities Secretery Sajid...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Mergers of independent agents: how to achieve completion

From the outset of any merger, it is vital that each agency understands and can identify its purpose and the USP...

04 February 2017

From: Features

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

How can estate agents secure more new build housing instructions?

Lots of people buy new-build due to the perceived lack of hassle with maintenance, as they are built to the latest...

28 January 2017

From: Features

A short-term lettings storm at the seaside

The south’s seaside resorts are stealing the headlines for all the wrong reasons and at the heart of the troublesome issue...

28 January 2017

From: Features

South West London is 'risky' mortgages hotspot

The highest number of 'risky' mortgages issued during 2015 was in South West London, according to new analysis of the latest...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

Mergers of independent estate agencies: the market and the price

Consolidation continues apace amongst traditional estate agents. The raft of pressures on agents is increasing and these pressures have two strong...

14 January 2017

From: Features

New homes: Sajid and Gavin must do better

Now I’m not one to lose sleep over politicians, but it strikes me that Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Housing Minister...

07 January 2017

From: Features

It’s time to look North for lettings income

If you provide a service, you expect to be paid for it. Sound fair? But with the forthcoming ban on tenant...

07 January 2017

From: Features

Restrictions may be coming to advertising events on agents' boards

A local council says it is considering restricting how estate agent use boards for advertising community events like school sports days...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Estate Agent Today - this is what's in store...

This is the final Estate Agent Today until Tuesday January 3 2017, so everyone at Angels Media sends all good wishes for...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices could rise 4% in 2017 but transactions will drop - Halifax

The Halifax says house prices across the UK will rise between 1.0 and 4.0 per cent in the next 12 months...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Another major forecaster says price rises will be sluggish next year

The Nationwide is the latest major industry forecaster to predict a sluggish average house price rise of two per cent in...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government consults over 'banning orders' for 'rogue property agents'

The government has launched an official consultation process on a package of measures to crack down on what it calls ‘rogue...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Is a long-term housing policy too much to ask for?

Just a couple of weeks ago, we waited with anticipation to see what the new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, would say in...

09 December 2016

From: Features

The PRS is set to benefit from a flourishing tech sector

One of the key factors associated with an active private rental market in the UK, as detailed in the Dataloft PRS...

09 December 2016

From: Features

Save Our Staff: how to stop your office from killing employees

Forget a machine injury, a nasty fall or even being stabbed in the back by a jealous colleague, a death in...

03 December 2016

From: Features

Anger over Chancellor ignoring industry's pleas on stamp duty

The industry has reacted angrily to the Chancellor declining to change stamp duty despite pleas from agents and suppliers ahead of the Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement: The property industry's wish list for Philip Hammond

It may still be too early to start compiling a Christmas wish list, but it is the right time to provide...

19 November 2016

From: Features

What does a Donald Trump win mean for the UK property market?

It is fair to say that 2016 is a year full of surprises. Anyone who had the foresight to predict Britain...

12 November 2016

From: Features

Why a mediocre conveyancer could cost you your fee

It's sometimes easy to overlook the fact that the majority of estate agents only receive payment for the weeks, if not...

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

Buyers hold upper hand across southern England says portal

Available stock levels across Greater London, the east of England, plus the south east and the south west are now 16...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers – how agents can help them through the legal process

Conveyancing is the most complained about area of law in England and Wales – accounting, on average, for nearly a quarter...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Ye cannae change the laws of physics

It is a tedious fact, but the housing market is underpinned by economic fundamentals. This won’t be a surprise.  However, at a...

14 October 2016

From: Features

30 years after her disappearance, we still have to learn from Suzy’s story

Suzy Lamplugh was just 25 years old when she disappeared whilst working as an estate agent in London in 1986. She’d...

07 October 2016

From: Features

Government fund will buy new-build homes that fail to sell

The government has revealed that its £2 billion accelerated construction fund will be used to guarantee housing schemes, including deals to...

07 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: Weaknesses ahead over completions, warns financial analyst

An equity specialist has warned that shareholders may now choose this is the time to sell their stakes in Purplebricks because...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Sceptical welcome to government's new housing market  policies

There has been widespread scepticism from many within the industry that the government will miss its latest house building targets, despite...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market defies Brexit jitters as rates hit record lows

Fears raised over the UK housing market in the wake of the Brexit vote have so far proved to be ‘wide...

30 September 2016

From: Features

Agents dismiss call for property listings to include flood 'traffic lights'

The National Association of Estate Agents report has batted away an idea which has been resuscitated by the insurance industry, suggesting...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Nick Dyoss, Group Business Development Director, SearchFlow

Who are you? Nick Dyoss, Group Business Development Director, SearchFlow, property intelligence specialists You have a high profile within the conveyancing search industry,...

26 September 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

The power of floor plans

When marketing a property for sale, there are a number of attributes that buyers and sellers today expect ‘as standard’, but...

23 September 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: Q & A with Bob Scarff

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

16 September 2016

From: Features

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

Land Registry privatisation delayed - or possibly abandoned?

The government is reported to have yet again delayed a decision on whether to privatise the Land Registry. The Financial Times says...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Leading house builder rips into government over housing policy

The government’s housing policy, while helpful outside London, has had a negative effect on the capital according to one of the...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

The future looks bright for Bristol

A campaign has been launched to make Bristol the colour capital of the UK by ensuring that more homes are painted...

02 September 2016

From: Features

Tenancy deposit protection schemes offer peace of mind

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

26 August 2016

From: Features

Government to reveal housing stimulus package in the autumn - claim

The industry publication Property Week says it has exclusively discovered that the government is preparing a housing market stimulus package to...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Selling homes – what's the secret to the perfect transaction?

With almost a fifth of house sales in Britain collapsing every year, it’s now more vital than ever that we –...

19 August 2016

From: Features

What is ‘Compliance in a Box’ all about?

With ever increasing obligations, estate agents know that compliance matters now more than ever.  However, being able to obtain access to the...

12 August 2016

From: Features

Does Brexit mean the end of the Northern Powerhouse?

Plans for the Northern Powerhouse scheme, designed to rival London and the South East as the main driver of economic growth...

29 July 2016

From: Features

Money laundering back on the agenda in government

After all the recent Whitehall upheaval we can perhaps get back to business; and first item on the agenda seems to...

21 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

CMA says agents' cartel fine of £735,000 was comparatively small

A fine of £735,000 imposed on an association of estate and letting agents and a local newspaper publisher has been described...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Call for evidence: why technology needs to underpin house buying

Nearly three quarters of people who have sold or bought a property deem it more stressful than having a child or...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Sterling's Brexit slump risks more money-laundering attempts - claim

The plummetting pound following the UK’s shock vote to leave the European Union risks creating more money-laundering operations through this country’s...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Carney warns housing market: Brexit conditions will be difficult

The Bank of England’s governor is warning future mortgage borrowers who buy homes that “conditions will be difficult” as a result...

06 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Possible Brexit base rate change: key committee to comment today

The Bank of England is expected to set out its latest thinking on the UK’s Brexit economic changes today - including...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents can limit Brexit price falls by holding their nerve, says analyst

One of the country’s leading property experts says she expects buyers to hold off over the summer as a result of...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

The only certainty is uncertainty. So what next for the industry?

One estate agency leader - you’d all recognise his name - described the victory of the Leave camp in the referendum...

24 June 2016

From: Features

Money laundering due diligence: traditional checks vs electronic checks

This debate has been running for some time, but it tends to be the online providers of electronic checks that put...

24 June 2016

From: Features

How digital technology can help estate agents connect with customers

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

24 June 2016

From: Features

Agents pessimistic after shock Brexit vote and Cameron quitting

Agents have been giving their reaction to the shock Brexit referendum result - and their comments have ranged from the gloomy...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

CMA repeats concern over 'monopoly' privatised Land Registry

The Competition and Markets Authority has reiterated controversial remarks about the government’s proposed privatisation of the Land Registry. Last month it surprised...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Buyers risk 'deposit deficit' if they move from a flat to a house

No fewer than 44 per cent of ‘second time’ buyers have no plans to save for a deposit to buy their...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

What will happen to the housing market if Britain leaves the EU?

The sense of gathering momentum for the Leave campaign ahead of the upcoming EU referendum is causing high levels of uncertainty...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Should estate agents vote In or Out?

I pride myself as a logical person, so much so that it amazes me how most people seem to struggle to...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Affordability will curb demand and prices later this year, warns Halifax

Worsening affordability caused by a sustained period of higher-than-earnings house price growth, should curb demand and result in a slowdown in...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Carole Marsden, SearchFlow UK Sales Director

  Who are you? Carole Marsden   What does it say on your business card? UK Sales Director What attracted you to join SearchFlow?  SearchFlow has...

07 June 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Bridging the gap

While buy-to-let lenders brace themselves for further interventions as part of proposals currently being drawn up by the Prudential Regulation Authority...

01 June 2016

From: Features

Working to combat conveyancing fraud

Fraudsters attacking the conveyancing sector, successfully stealing large sums of money from homebuyers, are making national headlines at a depressing rate....

27 May 2016

From: Sponsored Content

CMA challenges government over Land Registry privatisation

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has challenged the government over its renewed attempt to privatise the Land Registry. Last week's Queen's...

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Time to stick it up: Agents still not complying with transparency law

Running a business is not easy, but sometimes it becomes harder because we are expected to modify our behaviour due to...

20 May 2016

From: Features

Agent is victim of deluge of calls after 'spam leads' on Rightmove

An agent has expressed his anger and frustration at being the subject of an apparent cyber-attack which involved his office telephone...

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Barclays no-deposit mortgage: a good idea?

It’s the news that has got everyone talking: Barclays are bringing back the 100% mortgage.  The market has taken a bit of...

13 May 2016

From: Features

Another year of low repossession levels likely, says mortgage firm

A mortgage servicing company is forecasting that the number of UK houses repossessed this year will represent only 0.09 per cent...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Money laundering ID – what to do when acting for private individuals

Conducting Customer Due Diligence on clients and beneficial owners is a requirement for all estate agents.   The articles in this series...

06 May 2016

From: Features

New credit risk rules could curtail mortgages for first time buyers

First time buyers with small deposits are among those likely to suffer as a result of new regulations on credit risk...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Home Buyer Report- What is it?

It's a high quality RICS approved report, carried out by one of our RICS accredited local surveyors. The RICS HomeBuyer Survey is...

27 April 2016

From: Sponsored Content

SearchFlow partners with Decision First to offer protection against fraud

SearchFlow, property intelligence specialists, has partnered with Decision First to offer an unrivalled service to protect conveyancers and homebuyers from the...

26 April 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Portal juggling: analyst claims possible inflated prices and 'false impressions'

Research by data company Propcision claims that portal juggling - the listing and re-listing of the same properties - risks inflating...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Seven unanswered questions about the OTM/CMA affair

By accident or design, the PR machine at OnTheMarket was beefed up last week.  Just as well. With the portal still reeling...

23 April 2016

From: Features

Money laundering customer due diligence: Beneficial owners

Straightforward money laundering customer due diligence (CDD) is a worry for agents, but then also having to identify beneficial owners and...

23 April 2016

From: Features

OnTheMarket and CMA: agency director says portal choice was independent

One of the directors of Agents’ Mutual, parent body of portal OnTheMarket, has told Estate Agent Today that his firm does...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Right-wing think tank slates London Labour candidate's housing plans

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the free market Centre for Policy Studies think tank says the proposals put forward by Labour’s London Mayor candidate...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents told they risk a £2,500 fine rising £250 a day for an 'illegal board'

Agents in a London borough have been warned that the local council now has new powers to fine the firms behind...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Government sneaks out consultation on Land Registry privatisation

The government - which controversially launched consultation on its stamp duty surcharge between Christmas and New Year - has now used...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Property men hiring prostitutes is a reputational issue for industry - claim

Estates Gazette has published a candid article suggesting the explicit hiring of prostitutes by delegates to the annual MIPIM conference may...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

The siren call of Lisbon – A tale of rejection, disappointment and betrayal

When, during his budget speech, George Osborne announced Capital Gains Tax (CGT) was going down to 20%, I experienced a mix...

25 March 2016

From: Features

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

Tax experts blast SDLT surcharge as incredibly unfair to joint purchasers

A group of leading tax experts claims the stamp duty surcharge coming into effect one week from today will hurt the...

25 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Only a third of conveyancers do electronic anti-money laundering checks - claim

Just a third of conveyancers are carrying out the most thorough electronic anti-money laundering checks for all transactions, it is being...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

What makes a great leader?

At the end of January I was one of the many people stood listening to the presentation that our co-founder Rachel...

12 March 2016

From: Features

Property consultancy exposes London's new-build glut and premiums

Research from a residential investment consultancy throws light on the extraordinary large pipeline of new homes to be built in central London,...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Huge increase in property crowdfunding websites, warns authority

There has been a surge of new crowdfunding platforms aimed at people who either cannot afford to purchase their own buy...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – it’s all about the software

Software. You might not give it much thought a lot of the time, but it’s an absolutely crucial part of how...

04 March 2016

From: Features

Tightening up money laundering obligations is a really bad idea

Money laundering compliance is the hot topic at the moment, with various organisations making statements about the need to change and...

04 March 2016

From: Features

Spring

After battening down the hatches you have finally seen out the winter months. You have survived all that Mother Nature can...

03 March 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter: the interior revolution of estate agents’ offices

Estate agents with a difference, a twist, a unique selling point, whatever you want to call it, seem to be becoming...

20 February 2016

From: Features

Lords enter row over affordability (or not) of Starter Homes

An influential committee of the House of Lords has waded into the argument over whether the government’s new Starter Homes are...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Flood checks set to be standard for property purchases

With the scale of devastation from flooding witnessed recently, anxiety about purchasing a property in a flood risk area is heightened....

16 February 2016

From: Sponsored Content

The true cost of bad weather – can you afford to be unprepared?

We’ve been facing some pretty adverse weather recently. Gales, storms and terrible flooding in parts of the country have upturned the...

13 February 2016

From: Features

Conveyancers predict flood-checks will be mandatory during transactions

A poll of conveyancers suggests that the vast majority believe environmental searches to identify the risk of flooding will become standard...

10 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London prices may stagnate thanks to EU uncertainty warns major agency

Cluttons is warning that the prime central London market may stagnate for at least the early part of this year thanks...

08 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Modest acceleration in house price growth likely, says Nationwide

Housing market appreciation continued at 4.4 per cent in the year to late January, continuing an eight month run of price...

28 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty and buy to let tax changes: Readers' views put to David Cameron

In January readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were given the opportunity to give their views on proposed...

25 January 2016

From: Features

SearchFlow unveils new brand identity and brings further innovative conveyancing search solutions

SearchFlow’s rebrand and positioning as the specialist in ‘property intelligence’ is a response to new technological advancements and the changing market...

21 January 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Maud Rousseau, Searchflow Group Marketing and Communications Director

This week, SearchFlow launches it new brand. Group Marketing and Communications Director, Maud Rousseau discusses the ethos behind the new brand...

21 January 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

OTM Fury Road(Show)

I'm sure most of you have seen, or at least heard of the Mad Max series of post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasies.  The latest...

18 January 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: pay what you want – yes or no?

First of all, welcome back everyone. Hope everyone had a great and relaxing break for Christmas and New Year. (Is anyone...

15 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

Anti-Money Laundering: HMRC webinar for agents to be held next week

HMRC is staging its next anti-money laundering webinar for estate agents next Wednesday. Entitled ‘Customer Due Diligence for Estate Agency Businesses’ it...

07 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty and buy to let tax changes - put your views to David Cameron

Estate Agent Today readers are being given the rare opportunity to have their concerns about proposed stamp duty increases and recent...

05 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

You read it here first – what to look for in 2016

There’s been plenty of forecasting in recent weeks - banks, consultancies and high-end estate agents have predicted house prices in the...

31 December 2015

From: Features

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

50-day wait for a mortgage threatens transactions, warns NAEA

A typical 50-day wait for a buyer to receive a mortgage offer “increases the risk that sales will collapse and puts...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

House prices up 3% to 6% in 2016 even if interest rates rise - Nationwide

The Nationwide says house prices will rise three to six per cent in 2016, despite the prospect of interest rate rises during...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

The scores are in: 10 agents and analysts forecast the 2016 housing market

The scores are in: here are the top 10 high-end agencies and property analysts' predictions for what 2016 has in store...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Praise for agency diversification to cut damage from housing downturn

Investors’ Chronicle, the weekly investment magazine published by the Financial Times Group, has lavishly praised high-end agency Savills for diversifying its...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

C'mon CHAPS, don't be Faized!

Earlier this week removal man Matt Faizey had an article published by Estate Agent Today in which he commented about the...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Homebuyers set to be better protected from flood risk

This week, Storm Desmond has left devastation in its wake. Once again, the nation’s attention is drawn to the threat flooding...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Property Natter: the end of an era

It was an end of an era in the property world this week. Christopher Hamer stepped down as the Property Ombudsman...

04 December 2015

From: Features

Customer Due Diligence for the Property Sector

“Estate Agents have been highlighted by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) as under reporting relative to their vulnerability to money...

03 December 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Christmas is no time for agents to wind down

No sooner was Halloween done and dusted than attentions turned to Christmas: shops were dressed with festive decorations; town centre lights...

27 November 2015

From: Features

Possible Land Registry sell-off prompts concern over searches

The possibility of the Land Registry being amongst £4.6 billion of public assets earmarked for privatisation has provoked protests across the...

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Money-laundering: agents rapped for too few 'suspicious activity reports'

A report from anti-corruption campaign group Transparency International says British estate agents reported only 179 suspicions of money laundering in a...

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a Facebook seller and the crowdfunding craze

An interesting story caught my eye a few weeks ago. A man from Lytham St Annes in Lancashire attempted to sell...

20 November 2015

From: Features

Colin Breavington, SearchFlow Operations Director

Who are you? Colin Breavington What does it say on your business card? Operations Director We hear SearchFlow is expanding next year, can you give...

16 November 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

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

Countrywide – A Titanic failure waiting to happen?

It’s rare for an incumbent to pivot to a disruptive business model, even in the face of compelling logic that they...

30 October 2015

From: Features

‘Between a rock and a harder place'

Stephen Moss, CEO of Pring.co.uk the UK’s leading property investment search engine, takes a look at the impact of ‘Corbynmania’ on...

28 October 2015

From: Sponsored Content

eMoov hits out at Countrywide's 'cursory, arrogant' online ambitions

Controversial online agency chief Russell Quirk has described aspects of Countrywide’s newly-revealed digital ambitions as “cursory” and showing “arrogance.” Yesterday Estate Agent...

28 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agency says vendors can choose what to pay, even if it's nothing

North London estate agency Anthony Pepe has introduced what it calls a Zero to Hero fees policy, allowing vendors to choose...

15 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Traditional agents have been online for years

It’s interesting to read of plans to debate which business plan really is best for the customer, online or traditional estate...

09 October 2015

From: Features

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

How ‘lush’ is your CRM?

It will come as no surprise for those who have read the recently published Which? annual customer service survey which polled...

02 October 2015

From: Features

Third sign in one week that housing market is strengthening

First came a Bank of England prediction that the market will strengthen in the autumn; then lenders reported a surge in...

01 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Alex Chesterman Q & A: The Results (Part II)

Readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were given an exclusive opportunity to pose questions to Zoopla Property Group...

16 September 2015

From: Features

Gazumping is not all bad news

We’re all familiar with 'gazumping' – most us have been 'gazumped' or indeed been the perpetrators of this practice, for it...

11 September 2015

From: Features

Countrywide boss explains 'redundancy' letters sent to managers

The chief executive of Countrywide, Britain’s largest estate and letting agency group handling around one in 10 of all residential transactions,...

11 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide senior managers 'facing redundancy threat'

Restructuring turmoil continues within Countrywide, Britain’s largest estate and letting agency group, with several managers reportedly being handed notices referring to...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

A call for questions from Alex Chesterman and Zoopla Property Group

What will Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) do if it is overtaken in agent numbers by OnTheMarket?  Does the acquisition of uSwitch risk...

04 September 2015

From: Features

Why agents need to do their ‘right to rent’ homework

Stories of migrants attempting to make their way to the UK are now a daily feature in our news bulletins and...

28 August 2015

From: Features

Key appointment at e.surv

Chartered surveying firm e.surv has announced the appointment of a new corporate governance director. Beginning in September, Paul Collins will  be responsible...

25 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Key Bank of England figure hints at interest rate rise

A member of the Bank of England’s key Monetary Policy Committee says waiting too long to raise interest rates risks undermining...

18 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Has buy-to-let become too popular for its own good?

Here's a thought. The Chancellor may have done the buy-to-let industry a small favour with his emergency Budget in July. What...

07 August 2015

From: Features

C’mon, CHAPS, let’s have the truth

Last month it was announced that the CHAPS payment system will be extended by one hour and forty minutes from summer...

07 August 2015

From: Features

It’s a scandal more property scandals aren’t exposed

I received a call from a prominent agent known to many in the industry this week, asking an unexpected question: he wanted...

07 August 2015

From: Features

Scepticism greets first time buyer crowd funding website

A crowdfunding website has been set up with the aim of raising money to assist first time buyers purchase their homes. It...

06 August 2015

From: Breaking News

CMA is watching estate agents, warns competition lawyer

The estate agency industry is “in the sights of” the Competitions and Markets Authority according to a competition lawyer. “All the evidence...

04 August 2015

From: Breaking News

'Housing emergency' committee of MPs is set up

A new All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Planning has been announced to address what it calls “the national housing emergency”...

29 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency rapped again over data protection

An estate agent that reportedly left a client’s passport and tax information in the street over 18 months ago has been...

27 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Money laundering: agents warned by National Crime Agency

Estate agents have been warned by the National Crime Agency that they must not hesitate to inform the authorities if they...

27 July 2015

From: Breaking News

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

Agents told to push buyers towards independent surveys

The not-for-profit Residential Property Surveyors Association wants estate agents to tell clients they should commission 'real' surveys and not settle for automated valuations.  Recently...

06 July 2015

From: Breaking News

A breath of fresh Airbnb

Two interesting developments in the past week have shown how established parts of the agency industry - on either side of...

03 July 2015

From: Features

How to ride the digital wave legally and fairly

The internet and rapidly evolving digital landscape has revolutionised the way people buy and sell properties. With some reports suggesting 95 per...

03 July 2015

From: Features

Fracking may cut house prices 7% - but it will boost renting

Fracking could reduce house prices by as much as seven per cent and make homes harder to sell because of traffic...

03 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Beware Greeks bearing money to buy in London?

Within 12 hours of Greece defaulting on repayment of part of a loan to the International Monetary Fund, a prime central...

02 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Centre referred to competitions watchdog over advertising of homes

The Competition and Markets Authority is reported to have received two complaints about a property centre, accusing it of breaking anti-competition...

30 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Online agency scraps concept of seller tie-in

Online estate and letting agency EweMove says it is scrapping compulsory tie-ins.  “If any seller is not happy with our service, for...

29 June 2015

From: Breaking News

As much as I enjoy a lock-in, this lock-out looks promising!

In my recent article, ‘Is Gazeal for Real?’ I reported on the imminent launch of this new product that claimed it...

26 June 2015

From: Features

CMA tweets out warnings to agents over trade group rules

The Competition and Markets Authority has used Twitter to inform agents of the risks of joining trade assocaitons with loosely-worded or...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

It's time for OTM to drop the exclusivity rule

Yesterday we heard about the letter from the CMA warning agents about anti-competitive behaviour. Today, in a scoop for Estate Agent...

04 June 2015

From: Features

NTSEAT to meet with CMA over OTM cartel complaints

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team (NTSEAT) is to meet with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to discuss complaints...

04 June 2015

From: Breaking News

It’s time to consign sole agencies to history

This publication recently reported on Russell Quirk's latest attempt to upset the establishment, this time by attacking the hallowed ground of...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Veyo: Let’s celebrate this birth

So spring has sprung and the Hare is on the loose. After a very long gestation period, the Veyo leveret has...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Reaction: The Immigration Bill and immigration checks

"Stop right there. Hands above your head. Don't move. Mavis, dial 999." Mr D Smith (MARLA, NFoPP) removes his Glock 19...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Oh no, not another complaint...

OK, you’ve had your fun. Now let’s leave the regulators regulate and work for the public. If you don’t know what I...

22 May 2015

From: Features

House prices will be more volatile in future

The reluctance of existing mortgaged homeowners to move house is starving the market of a source of new supply and risking...

22 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency backs Zoopla in continuing spat with OTM

The ex-Savills and ex-Romans agent who heads the estate agency Capital & Coastal, Michael Riley has stepped into the row between...

19 May 2015

From: Breaking News

A comfy seat at the table

This week RICS reported a further drop in the number of people putting their homes up for sale; new instructions fell...

15 May 2015

From: Features

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

Not Invested In Light Panels Yet

Not Invested In Light Panels Yet In this economical climate you might think that investing in new window displays is a...

11 May 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Agents contradict mortgage brokers on effect of MMR

Two thirds of estate agents report decrease in buyers following the Mortgage Market Review, says the National Association of Estate Agents. Mark...

24 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Too few homes and too high prices, say buyers

A survey conducted on behalf of Rightmove comes out with predictable results - the two biggest problems facing would-be buyers are...

23 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Yield is king for buy-to-let investors

With pension reform, council licensing changes and a General Election on the horizon, many are anticipating a boom in the buy-to-let...

22 April 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Tory housing chief says Right To Buy 'is risky'

Former Conservative housing minister Kris Hopkins warned two years ago that allowing housing associations to sell their stock was a policy...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News