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Pincher survives as ruthless Johnson reshuffle concludes

Boris Johnson's sudden and unexpectedly ruthless Cabinet reshuffle, which drew comparisons with Margaret Thatcher's 'purge of the wets' in 1981, ended...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC targets property transactions after slump in tax income

HM Revenue & Customs is reported to be targeting recent home buyers after a slump in income from property taxes during...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Deals collapse because of confusion over stamp duty changes

Propertymark says confusion over new stamp duty rules has led to a surge in fall-throughs. Since April 1 homes bought in England...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

“Disgraceful” estate agent criticised by Crown Prosecution Service

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

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Why it pays for landlords to have a property manager

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

28 July 2021

From: Features

Agency chief - 'I wish we could bring HIPs back, but just better executed!'

In this week’s In Conversation Today, we have another industry big-hitter and one of the most high-profile female leaders in property...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks bosses win gold - and it’s nothing to do with the Olympics

Almost a million shares in Purplebricks have been ‘awarded’ to the two most senior men in the organisation. The golden handcuff deal...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Offices: masks no longer required - announcement soon

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

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Avoiding Future Logjams - How to Remove Roadblocks to E-Conveyancing

The race to complete home sales before the stamp duty holiday came to an end on June 30 has created what...

03 July 2021

From: Features

People want new homes - but not just anywhere

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

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2021

From: Features

Prepare for surge in stamp duty sales collapsing - warning

Agents should prepare for a surge in fall throughs and collapsed sales thanks to the first stamp duty holiday period expiring...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

At last - Prime Central London shows house prices growth again

Prices in prime central London grew by 0.3 per cent in the year to May - tiny rise but a significant...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Leading politician says sales tax on homes could help local buyers

One of the country’s leading politicians says a yet-to-be-revealed way of taxing property sales could be one way of helping homes...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New build prices set to rise thanks to severe material shortages

Shock price rises in materials are set to make new build homes more expensive if a warning from leading industry figures...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Q&A with Jerry Walters – why the AML clock is ticking for letting agents

With property fraud on the rise and an ever-increasing number of transactions taking place in the lettings sector, having strict anti-money laundering...

22 May 2021

From: Features

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

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

10 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agents rush to get qualified as restrictions start to ease

Propertymark Qualifications is reporting a surge in exams being taken and booked as restrictions ease allowing test centres to reopen. Since they...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

The reality of RoPA – an alternative view on estate agency regulation

We have more regulations controlling the sector than ever before and we have more ‘regulators’ involved in controlling the sector than...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Land Registry says info change will speed applications

New Land Registry rules mean conveyancers and solicitors must have written evidence to show they have tried to resolve a request...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Ten useful tools to aid end of tenancy deposit deductions

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

24 April 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty reform would speed sales says another leading Tory MP

The MP leading a new parliamentary committee on the housing market says a radical reform of tax would help more people move...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 April 2021

From: Features

PRS policy chat - what's next for agents and landlords?

Earlier this month, Fixflo held a webinar with David Cox, legal and compliance director of Rightmove, to discuss key government policies...

31 March 2021

From: Features

Stamp duty holiday: could the market be more vulnerable to fraud?

The Chancellor’s recent announcement that the stamp duty holiday would be extended for another three months was undoubtedly great news for...

27 March 2021

From: Features

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

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

20 March 2021

From: Features

Uncertain market means additional revenue streams are more important than ever

Uncertain market means additional revenue streams are more important than ever The last year has been an uncertain period for many business...

18 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Stamp Duty: government clarifies Budget announcement

The government has issued an official note to detail the announcement made yesterday by Chancellor Rishi Sunak regarding stamp duty holiday...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand by for Capital Gains Tax changes later this year - experts

Tax experts suggest the widely expected reform of Capital Gains Tax is unlikely to be announced in tomorrow’s Budget - at...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How to ensure your letting business remains compliant

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

20 February 2021

From: Features

Stricter EPC targets will deter buyers from moving - warning

Propertymark has slammed government energy efficiency proposals as being “unrealistic, too simplistic and could deter people from moving home.” A formal consultation...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Why automation could improve enforcement of PRS regulation

It’s now more than a year since the government offered an additional £4 million to councils to combat rogue landlords. At the...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Legal warning over little-known stamp duty technicality

There’s been a huge focus on both the stamp duty holiday and Help To Buy deadlines at the end of March...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrap stamp duty cliff edge ‘to help people stick to Covid guidelines’

The government needs to step in to rescue two valuable property incentives before they expire at the end of March, a...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t let shops be converted to homes, urges developers’ trade body

A property industry body representing developers wants the government to think again about making it easier for redundant High Street shops...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Better communication will be key for agents now and in the future

There is little doubt that the last year was one which none of us will easily forget both personally and professionally....

27 January 2021

From: Features

Why don’t agencies list on the stock market anymore?

There’s been a flurry of recent activity involving agencies quoted on the London Stock Exchange: Hunters, The Property Franchise Group and...

23 January 2021

From: Features

Buyers ‘travelling hundreds of miles to viewings’ despite Covid rules

The BBC says some buyers are taking advantage of lockdown rules to travel hundreds of miles to view homes. The story suggests...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Covid risk assessments for some agency offices in Wales

Estate agency offices in Wales with five or more staff will have to carry out a Coronavirus risk assessment under new...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan wants review of Covid estate agency openings in London

London mayor Sadiq Khan is reported to be asking the Prime Minister to review the status of ‘essential retail’ which can...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC names agencies breaching anti-money laundering processes

Estate agencies have been named by HM Revenue & Customs for breaching anti-money laundering regulations. The list of those breaching the rules...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rip-Off leasehold charges to be abolished by government

Millions of leaseholders will be given the right to extend their lease by a maximum term of 990 years at zero...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tier 5 Lockdown - will housing market remain open?

The government is considering stricter tier structures for the coming weeks as the number of Coronavirus infections continues to rise. There is...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

You guessed it…10 things to watch for in 2021

Here’s hoping you managed to have as good a Christmas and New Year as Covid rules allowed. Journalism in early January is...

02 January 2021

From: Features

2021 preview – what do letting agencies need to prepare for?

As we approach the end of the year, there is no doubt that it has been a turbulent 12 months for...

02 January 2021

From: Features

Dominic Cummings - the Rightmove connection revealed...

He’s gone from Downing Street but the legacy of Dominic Cummings lives on in Rightmove’s top searches of 2020. Barnard Castle -...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Current regulation of estate agents unenforceable admits Propertymark

Propertymark has told the government that it needs to introduce overarching regulation of agents now, because existing piecemeal provisions are unmanageable...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

More affordable mortgages may boost 2021 housing market

The Bank of England is to review the affordability tests imposed on  borrowers, opening the door to a possible relaxation of...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can work in Tier 4 as government publishes guidelines

The Westminster government has published extensive guidance on the operation of the new Tier 4 Coronavirus restrictions in England. This includes a...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Banking barriers for start-ups and how to overcome them

Start-up letting agents looking to enter the market are finding it increasingly difficult to set up in business as banks point...

19 December 2020

From: Features

Is it time to allow tenants to keep pets?

This is a time of year when many people consider buying a pet as a present but for the millions of...

16 December 2020

From: Features

What leaving the EU means for anti-money laundering legislation

The coronavirus pandemic has somewhat eclipsed Brexit this year – which is no mean feat. Cast your mind back to pre-Covid...

12 December 2020

From: Features

Indoor air quality and the Homes Act – what are the challenges?

The Homes Act requires landlords to consider whether their tenants' indoor air is safe. Five key air contaminants are listed in...

12 December 2020

From: Features

Takeover: Hunters gives January 1 deadline to Property Franchise Group

The Property Franchise Group has approached Hunters about a possible takeover. Confirmation came this morning in a statement from Hunters, which you can...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tougher Corona restrictions: Agents to be told how market will work

Agents should know in the next 36 hours how new Coronavirus restrictions will affect how they work. The Prime Minister is announcing...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must be crystal clear on fees, watchdog tells industry

The advertising watchdog has told the agency industry to clean up its act on four issues, with clarity over fees being...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Watchdog to probe merger of popular agency crowdfunding sites

The Competitions and Markets Authority is to probe the proposed merger of two crowdfunding sites used by numerous property industry companies. Crowdcube...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax Bombshell: CGT could double under new proposals

A report commissioned by the government suggests a doubling of Capital Gains Tax on profits from the sale of second homes. The government -...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

How auctions can help agents through the second lockdown

As we embark on another nationwide lockdown, the team at SDL Auctions are keen to help agents ride the storm, beat...

11 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Investors in Countrywide prepare for bargaining with Connells

Various investors in Countrywide have submitted early online paperwork to The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers - the red tape required to...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions law – get specialist advice if you’re unsure

As lockdown – Season 2, the sequel no one asked for – gets underway in England, landlords, tenants and agents will...

10 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agents back to work today after 17-day ‘fire break’ in Wales

While England’s national lockdown exempts the housing market and allows agents to operate normally, it’s not been the same in Wales...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will extended furlough help struggling agents and suppliers?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the furlough scheme until the end of March. It will continue under the current rules, with the...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Is Boris letting down the poor? Agency in rare criticism of government

High end agents usually keep their powder dry when it comes to party politics, to avoid upsetting customers. However Knight Frank has...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New official guidance: What agents can do in lockdown

The government has unveiled the public health regulations which will underpin the second national lockdown in England - and the exemptions...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue agents flouting AML rules ‘will be prosecuted’ says NAEA chief

A leading board member of NAEA Propertymark warns a small number of rogue agents continue to flout anti-money laundering regulations - and...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency stung by lockdown criticism reveals policy for next four weeks

An agency in London which was stung by fierce criticism in the spring lockdown has announced its policy for branch activity...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters' Reform Bill delay - what does it mean for the lettings market?

Housing Minister Christopher Pincher announced that the introduction of the Renters' Reform Bill will be delayed for an indefinite period due...

31 October 2020

From: Features

New stamp duty surcharge may push up house prices - claim

The new two per cent stamp duty surcharge applying to non-resident buyers may cause a wide range of properties to be...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest legislation – how can agents and landlords be compliant?

In recent years, the extent and role of the private rented sector (PRS) in the housing market has seen significant changes. The...

24 October 2020

From: Features

Tax expert claims buyers of homes-with-annexes may pay excess SDLT

A tax expert says his research suggests some buyers of homes with annexes may have paid too much stamp duty on...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Book review of ‘Parasite - The Secret Diary of a Landlord’

Book review by Graham Norwood, editor of Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and Landlord Today. If a letting agent wants to...

17 October 2020

From: Features

Property Natter – five ways to enable your agency to thrive this winter

The only certainty at the moment is ongoing uncertainty. It’s something we’ve got used to in 2020, but it’s still not...

10 October 2020

From: Features

Agents told off for not being ready for Anti-Money Laundering regs

A security company says it is “disappointing” the estate agency industry is only around 55 per cent through preparations to cope...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to carry out check-ins and check-outs in a Covid-compliant way

The latest government rules combined with the Prime Minister’s recent address to the nation is clear – tougher measures are required...

03 October 2020

From: Features

Electrical checks: rules for new tenancies vs existing tenancies explained

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 have been in place for several months now. While letting...

03 October 2020

From: Features

Are agents swimming upstream against the Electrical Safety Regulations?

Are agents swimming upstream against the Electrical Safety Regulations? 3 months on from the introduction of the ‘Electrical Safety Standards in the...

29 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

New Purplebricks non-exec director has 36 other company roles

Purplebricks has named a new non-executive director - and currently she has 36 other company directorships or partnerships to her name. Elona...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Commercial office space of the future

With no clear end in sight and conflicting Government advice as to whether we should work from home or go to...

24 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Tips for growing your management portfolio in uncertain times

Despite the recent effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is still much opportunity in the market for letting agents to grow...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Business Interruption Insurance: High Court rules in favour of agents

The result of a test case over Business Interruption Insurance involving agents has been handed down by the High Court. It has...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Why diversifying into auctions can boost post-lockdown cashflow

Following the easing of lockdown restrictions on England’s property market in May, NAEA Propertymark reported a sharp increase in business for...

05 August 2020

From: Features

Furlough Fraud: HMRC targets property firms for investigation

A law practice says HM Revenue & Customs is launching a probe into companies that have allegedly abused the Coronavirus furlough...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: agents can capitalise on an improving public image

Agents have long been the victim of a poor public reputation, from scoring highly in most disliked profession polls to being...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what are the differences between UK and US agents?

We have had a special relationship for many years and are bonded as countries in many ways – historically, politically and...

01 August 2020

From: Features

Code of Practice marks welcome progress for RoPA recommendations

Earlier this month, it was revealed that property industry bodies have joined a new Code of Practice Steering Group to enact...

25 July 2020

From: Features

Capital Gains Tax - could it be applied to first homes over £500,000?

Speculation is mounting that Capital Gains Tax could for the first time be applied to gains made when owners sell first...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what will property conferences and events of the future look like?

Conferences, events and awards dinners are a hugely important part of the property calendar, bringing the great and the good of...

18 July 2020

From: Features

Agents slammed for failing to protect staff and clients in virus crisis

The estate agency industry has been sharply criticised for its record on protecting staff and customers during the Coronavirus crisis. The compliance...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Electrical checks - clarity and efficiency are crucial for compliance

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 - which require increased electrical testing in rental properties...

15 July 2020

From: Features

Facemasks: Propertymark hints that agents may have to wear them

More than 24 hours after the government's announcement about the compulsory wearing of facemasks by shoppers in England, and there is...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Will agents and clients have to wear facemasks in branches?

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets is to be made mandatory in England.  Anyone failing to comply with the order...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday should be backdated, demands law firm

A property law firm is calling on the government to backdate the stamp duty holiday to include those buyers who completed...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: How can agents help sellers overcome unsettled buyer market?

The property market has been reopen for almost eight weeks now and during that time demand from prospective buyers has soared. Rightmove...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who are the industry’s major trade bodies?

They are the names we hear about often, pushing for this or seeking clarifications on that. They are the representatives of...

04 July 2020

From: Features

Horses for courses - the rise of the personal agent

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

20 June 2020

From: Features

Ker-ching!  Stamp duty refunds soar during Coronavirus crisis

A tax and legal specialist says there’s been a huge rise in stamp duty refund cases between March and June -...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to report rivals breaking lockdown in still-closed market

The devolved government in Wales - where the housing market is still officially closed - has urged agents to report rivals...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Delay property tax change until market revives, experts tell government

A taxation institute is urging the government to delay Capital Gains Tax changes relating to housing transactions until the virus crisis...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

'No DSS' lawsuits - what do letting agents need to know?

Over the last few years, there have been a number of high-profile court cases in which renters took action against letting...

30 May 2020

From: Features

Housing ministers steer clear of Cummings row - until last evening

Housing Minister Chris Pincher and Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick stayed well clear of the Dominic Cummings row over the weekend -...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

The two most expensive mistakes the property sector is making right now

The fallout from Covid-19 has hit everyone hard. With breaking news today that agents are able to look at how to...

13 May 2020

From: Features

Back-To-Work guidance for agents expected this week

The chief executive of NAEA Propertymark says he expects specific government guidance later this week for estate agents to return to...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons shareholder rebellion expected at tomorrow’s AGM

There's widespread expectation that Foxtons’ senior management will face sharp criticism at the company’s Annual General Meeting today. The hottest issue at...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of breaking lockdown before new rules announced

Details being presented to Parliament today may include information on how agents can return to work in some sort of ‘new normal.’ A 50...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what will agent offices look like post-lockdown?

There has been much speculation about when agents will be allowed back to work, and what the new office working environment...

09 May 2020

From: Features

Fury over agent breaching government rules on opening to public

There’s been a furious response to the agent who appears to have breached government rules by opening his branch to the...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

First agent reopens High Street branch to the public

An estate agent has reopened his High Street office to the public with social distancing and other safety measures in place. It’s...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide pleads to government to allow agents to return to work

Countrywide has added its weight to the campaign asking the government to allow agents to get back to work - and...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Land Registry relaxes rules to allow property deals to continue

HM Land Registry is making it easier to verify individuals’ ID from today. In addition to conveyancers and chartered legal executives, verification...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘accused’ in national paper all abided by social distancing

The Mail Online is running a story on estate agents allegedly breaking the lockdown by conducting physical viewings in recent weeks...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendors may have to estimate CGT on sales under new rule

A property tax specialist is warning that sellers of buy to lets or holiday homes may have to estimate their own...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Plan revealed for agents to work safely when lockdown relaxes

A six-point guide is to be issued today to agents reopening offices when the government gives the go ahead, possibly in...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock survey shows only one-third of agents want to resume normal working

Only 33 per cent of agents want to return to working the same way as before the Coronavirus crisis, according to...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies still getting leads and completing deals despite lockdown

It may seem a long time since normal trading took place but many agencies are now finding they are picking up...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New government advice on Corona activities, and property management tips

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

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Fund-raising lifeline thrown to Countrywide, Purplebricks and others

New temporary rules have thrown a lifeline to troubled agencies like Countrywide and Purplebricks which may need to raise additional funds...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More mortgage lenders easing rules on automated valuations

A leading estate agency says it has observed that some banks previously opposed to accepting remote and desktop valuations have started...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: How to stay in touch with consumers during the market hiatus

I won't be the first or last person to say that society and the property industry in which we operate is...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Furloughing - should it include agents’ commission as well?

One of the biggest issues for agencies at the moment is furloughing - a safety net being offered by the government...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers agree new rules for house moves during virus period

New guidance has just been agreed by conveyancers on house moves during the Coronavirus crisis. The procedures - made pubic only last...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Open letter – why agents need lead generation to help them through the crisis

In response to the current coronavirus pandemic, which is having such an impact on all parts of life, including the property...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Government tells agents to shut offices immediately

Propertymark has been told the agents should shut their offices immediately - they are not “essential businesses” under the new Coronavirus...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty is a Southern tax and won’t hurt wealthy foreign buyers

The stamp duty surcharge for non-resident investment buyers announced in yesterday’s Budget is dwarfed by discounts they receive thanks to the...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

LSL warns over Coronavirus as takeover talks with Countrywide continue

LSL Property Services says the Coronavirus crisis has led to a softening of "lead sales indicators" - and it warns of...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Electrical checks – how to get ahead of the current

By now, most letting agents and landlords will have heard about the draft legislation laid in Parliament concerning a mandatory minimum...

04 March 2020

From: Features

Trading Standards to probe house raffle problems

Future complaints about property raffles by individual home owners seeking to avoid estate agency fees will in future be handled by...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

First merger disclosure forms filed by Countrywide and LSL

Both Countrywide and LSL Property Services have submitted early online paperwork to The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, an independent body...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide faces crunch deadline for decision on its future

It’s been revealed that under takeover rules, LSL Property Services and Countrywide have until March 23 to make merger or takeover...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Embracing the self-employed model – an agent’s view

The landscape of the estate agency market in the UK is evolving to reflect changes in the way we live our...

19 February 2020

From: Features

Mansion Tax on high value houses being considered by government

Boris Johnson is considering introducing a mansion tax for high value homes according to a Sunday newspaper. The Telegraph - citing two...

08 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Urgent Referral Fees survey of agents launched by Trading Standards

The National Trading Standards Estate & Letting Agency Team and The Property Ombudsman have launched an urgent survey to assess awareness...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

How can agents keep up with the ‘on-demand’ economy?

The ‘on-demand’ economy is reshaping our world. The way we order food, get around, and even access healthcare has changed irreversibly...

05 February 2020

From: Features

Two-tier system can produce winners if landlords are prepared to move

After a challenging period for the UK property market, recovery is very much on the cards and the end to uncertainty...

01 February 2020

From: Features

Airbnb not subject to estate agency or lettings agency rules, says EU

The European Union’s highest court has ruled that Airbnb is not subject to strict rules governing estate and lettings agents in...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Big Tory win: but agents warn over Stamp Duty and Section 21

It’s a substantial Tory government for the next five years: what does this mean for estate agents, property and the market? We have...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Why is compliance a growing issue for letting agents?

It’s been clear for a while that the additional regulation landlords and agents are facing has helped professionalise the private rental...

30 November 2019

From: Features

London agency welcomes market pick-up but says uncertainty rules

Winkworth says the central London market has picked up from its lows of a year or more ago, but warns that...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Why agents need to embrace the incremental revenue

It’s easier than you might think. For any agent the challenge of making a business successful is hard work with the focus...

20 November 2019

From: Features

Labour’s housing energy efficiency plan to cost £60 billion

A Labour proposal to dramatically improve energy efficiency in almost every British home would cost an estimated £60 billion. The upgrades would...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax changes: owners advised to seek financial advice

A tax expert is urging owners of second homes, as well as property investors and existing landlords, to seek independent financial...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide settles funds controversy by repaying client accounts

Countrywide has this afternoon released a statement suggesting it has, in its eyes, settled the controversy over unclaimed lettings funds being...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 8 and safeguarding landlords’ rights - what agents need to know

In recent months, we’ve seen headlines dominated by changes to tenancy rules, government consultations and more than a few scare stories. Landlords...

30 October 2019

From: Features

Countrywide warns sellers: septic tanks are a ticking timebomb

Countrywide’s upmarket brand Hamptons International is urging all owners of homes with septic tanks to prepare for new regulations that kick...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements: Agency asks buyers for £5,000 - and it works

A London agency has told Estate Agent Today that it makes some of its buyers pay upwards of £5,000 in Reservation...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leading agent backs reservation agreements ahead of pilot project

One of the country’s most prominent estate agents has given renewed backing to a pilot project on reservation agreements, being tested...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry bodies back Modern Method of Auction best practice guide

Three key industry organisations have endorsed a best practice guide for the controversial Modern Method of Auction. The iamsold guide is aimed at...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories set to allow more homes through relaxed planning laws

Briefings from the Conservative Party to The Sun newspaper suggest that the party will this week announce further relaxation in planning...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents hate Stamp Duty - but what happens in other countries?

Stamp duty won’t take centre stage at the Conservative Party conference - that’ll be Brexit, quelle surprise. But if the government...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Missing Links: London's golf courses have land to house a million people

It’s bizarre but true (apparently). London’s golf courses could provide the land for homes that could house a million people. An interesting...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: Guild backs tighter rules and is checking members for compliance

The Guild of Property Professionals has welcomed government steps to provide buyers and sellers with greater transparency in transactions - and...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal says it can add to client databases depleted by GDPR

A free-to-list portal says it’s an ideal way to capture potential leads so as to augment agents’ client databases that have...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm wants to clean up image of Modern Method of Auction

A company operating the controversial Modern Method of Auction says it is trying to improve the sector’s image after a series...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The price of property: charting the evolution of stamp duty

In the run up to his appointment as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson suggested that he might cut Stamp Duty Land Tax...

24 August 2019

From: Features

More portals needed to disrupt Rightmove and Zoopla says new rival

A free-to-list property portal says that contrary to opinion within parts of the agency industry, the more portals there are the...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agents face new guidelines as advertising complaints rocket

The Advertising Standards Authority has issued a guidance note warning online estate agents, after complaints about them have “grown dramatically”. “Property is big...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Beyond the headlines - What the new regulator really means

The industry press has given substantial space to recommendations from the Regulation of Property Agents, the government’s working party which has...

20 July 2019

From: Features

Four ways to maximise your lead-handling

In a marketplace as competitive as the property industry, you may think that generating leads is the most important focus for...

20 July 2019

From: Features

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

Surveyors' bid to improve floorplan accuracy doesn’t measure up - claim

A PropTech firm has repeated claims it first made in March about allegedly inaccurate floorpan measurement and says a new initiative...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords forced to conduct more background checks in post-Brexit Britain

Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ policy that was implemented in 2012 was designed to make staying and residing in the UK as...

08 June 2019

From: Features

A moving tide of regulation making its way towards estate agents

It may well seem that the government is pre-occupied with one issue, and one issue alone. While preparations for Brexit take up a...

01 June 2019

From: Features

Estate agencies top league table of shop closures across Britain

New figures released to Estate Agent Today show that a net total of 284 agents’ offices closed down in 2018. This number -...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Easier extensions - mixed response from industry and planners

There’s been a mixed response to the government’s surprise announcement that it would make permanent the right of home owners to...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Planning rules relaxed ‘to avoid owners selling homes’

Homeowners will be able to extend properties more easily instead of moving home. In a surprise announcement this morning - less than...

25 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Compliance clampdown on Referral Fees and Modern Method of Auction

The Property Ombudsman says its members must in future disclose referral fees in a bid to make previously-hidden costs open and...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The man who polices the agency industry - an exclusive interview

It’s clear that some agents are not fans of Trading Standards officers, described in the comments sections of the trade press...

27 April 2019

From: Features

Impact of the Tenant Fees Act - how can agents cover their costs?

It has been a long time coming, but the tenant fees ban, which forbids landlords and letting agents in England from...

13 April 2019

From: Features

Labour plans to control house prices dismissed as “bordering on the insane”

Labour is proposing two methods of controlling house price rises should it win the next General Election - and the ideas...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Mortgage prisoners given hope of escape route by City regulator

Mortgage prisoners - borrowers unable to switch lenders despite being up-to-date with payments - may have an escape route in sight...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reviews are accurate insists Trustpilot

Controversial reviews service Trustpilot insists Purplebricks and Foxtons are not gaming its platform and accuses The Times of “misrepresenting” how it operates. Over...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Why stamp duty should be abolished and not just reformed

Over the last few years, there have a number of changes to the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) regime, which have...

23 March 2019

From: Features

40-year mortgages help buyers beat stricter affordability rules

Over 50 per cent of all mortgage products available to home buyers in the UK currently have a standard maximum term...

19 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

Stop indulging councils over rental licensing and local schemes

It’s time, surely, for government to crackdown not just on rogue agents and landlords but on rogue councils that confuse the...

09 March 2019

From: Features

Agents Behaving Badly? Accusations fly over listings and boards

A slew of allegations have been made against agents and sometimes even by agents, over alleged misdemeanours over property listings as...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide hit with £215,000 fine in HMRC swoop on agents

It’s been revealed that Countrywide has been hit with a £215,000 fine as part of a swoop by HMRC cracking down...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees clampdown welcomed as “a triumph for consumers”

The National Association of Estate Agents has led the support for stricter new guidelines on transparency for referral fees. The clampdown means agents...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons rules out new branch closures but suffers huge fall in transactions

Foxtons has ruled out further branch closures as it continues to struggle against what it calls “the continued weakness” of the...

28 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

Exclusive - the final three Quirk interviews

“You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over,” is an oft-quoted saying of Richard...

09 February 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks' biggest critic ditches High Street and takes his estate agency online

Purplebricks might have the last laugh - its biggest critic is ditching his High Street office and making his own agency online. Controversial...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

The importance of being part of a trade association

When it comes to letting a property, it is important that landlords and renters have faith in their agent. The more...

26 January 2019

From: Features

Warm welcome for regulator's bid to help 'mortgage prisoners'

There’s been a warm welcome from the property and consumer sectors for a suggestion that the Financial Conduct Authority may be...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents' pay scandal: Campaign demands minimum wage

An agent has started an online petition demanding negotiators and others in the agency industry be paid the legal minimum wage...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Just the ticket (not). Another house raffle closed down by authorities

Yet another property raffle has had to be abandoned because it has been deemed illegal under Gambling Commission rules. A Yorkshire couple,...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Welcome to 2019: The Year of Brexit and Ban

It’s safe to say that the majority of agents will be glad to see the end of the past two years....

02 January 2019

From: Features

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

Stamp duty first time buyer help massively favours south of England

More than 75 per cent of first time buyers have benefited from the changes to stamp duty thresholds for introduced a...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Offices converted to housing are denying affordable homes - claim

Communities have missed out on more than 10,000 affordable homes in the past three years as a result of government rules...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Raffles: just the ticket or a complete waste of time?

Raffles are in the news as a way of ‘selling’ homes, and not just because an Irish club has won a...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Referral fees: agents must be more transparent, government says

A government minister has told the estate agency industry that it must be more transparent over the issue of referral fees. In...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Increased Trading Standards budget should focus on CPRs compliance

You will perhaps have seen recently that the Government has decided to boost funding to the regulator, the National Trading Standards...

29 September 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – legislation, legislation, legislation

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

22 September 2018

From: Features

'Robo-firm' backed by Your Move parent company wins new funding

A new ‘robo-adviser’ mortgage service which is backed by LSL Property Services has won another £3.8m in funding from investors.  Robo-advisers provide...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Approved: rules to make it easier for consumers to choose conveyancers

New rules set out by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), which aim to support consumer choice, have been approved by...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Should equity release be taxed to encourage down-sizing?

There’s little doubt that downsizing is less of a factor in the housing market than it used to be - so...

25 August 2018

From: Features

Speed up ban on abusive leasehold rules, law firm urges government

A specialist property law firm is calling on the government to speed up changes in the law to avoid abusive leasehold...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What has happened to creative innovation?

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

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - first time buyer confusion 'shows need for a simple system'

A respected mortgage broker has found that there is widespread public uncertainty amongst the public about the effects of stamp duty...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t blame Brexit! Agent reveals who's behind housing market woe

One of London’s leading estate agents says Brexit has had at worst a neutral effect on the housing market and may...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing body wants fees listed on law firms' websites

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers says it wants legal practice websites to list cost information, including whether they have referral arrangements. The...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

How can agents save time on their core marketing activities?

In a world increasingly obsessed with all things digital, it's no surprise that many estate agents are choosing to experiment with...

01 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter: a changing of the guard?

The big story to break this week in the property world was the announcement by the new owner of Humberts that...

28 July 2018

From: Features

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

Historic agency to abandon branches and move to 'Humberts Hubs'

The new owner of Humberts is to ultimately close many of the traditional branches and move to what he is calling...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

Rebel agent turns fire on ZPG as advertising watchdog ponders sanctions

The Advertising Standards Authority says its compliance team is considering its next steps following the refusal of estate agency PDQ Estates...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – ten years of Estate Agent Today!

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

30 June 2018

From: Features

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

Right To Buy: top agency hints at need for 'fundamental review'

Savills has suggested that it may be time for a fundamental review of what’s left of the flagship policy of Margaret...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

How can agents make money from TV, broadband and utilities?

Letting agents are being advised to think seriously about how they can recoup costs to help compensate for the introduction of...

09 June 2018

From: Features

Conveyancers may have to publish prices, services and reviews

As the process of making buying and selling more transparent continues to gather pace, the body that regulates conveyancers says it...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – marketing magic, Mr T and GDPR fever

Last time out I looked at the growing importance of content, social media and design – but these should only form...

02 June 2018

From: Features

It’s happening in the US too - a new portal and industry consolidation

A recent holiday in the US gave me an opportunity to catch up with property news over there - and surprisingly,...

02 June 2018

From: Features

GDPR Weekly: Best practice for gaining consent

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

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency adverts rank high in 'most complained about' league table

The annual report from the Advertising Standards Authority and the Committees of Advertising Practice, out today, shows that the estate and...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

GDPR Weekly: Passing data to third parties

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

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: yet more for government despite 69,000 first time buyers

Figures from the Treasury suggest that the annual revenue from stamp duty for the year to the end of March is...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Unsolicited emails and letters - what do you need to know?

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

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents’ qualifications will cut competition and increase fees - claim

Estate agent licensing will reduce competition, make buying and selling homes more expensive, and add another layer of red tape to...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Legitimate interest for estate and letting agents

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

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it

‘Respect’ is the new mantra for politicians: whether it’s about street gang leaders, social media trolls or those on either side...

14 April 2018

From: Features

GDPR Weekly: Can agents use 'soft opt-in'?

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

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: Marvellous maintenance

Just like that, the Easter Bank Holiday has come and gone and I find myself now looking ahead to the Summer.  The...

07 April 2018

From: Features

'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: Evidence and documentation of marketing consent

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

03 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

HMRC wins ruling over scheme claiming to cut stamp duty on homes

HM Revenue and Customs has won a key ruling concerning a tax avoidance scheme promoter which claimed to be able to...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Investigating your role as a data controller

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

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: The right to erasure and the right to be informed

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

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Who should oversee your compliance?

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

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Exploring the requirements for personal data

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

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Advertising watchdog rules on another complaint about Purplebricks

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled on another complaint lodged about Purplebricks. Although the latest appears minor it adds to a lengthy list...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Don't bend the rules - Uri Geller promotes lottery of new-build flat

Readers of a certain age may remember the spoon-bending eccentric Uri Geller, self-proclaimed friend of Michael Jackson and an almost permanent...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

allAgents and agency group CIELA reignite disputes with Purplebricks

The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents says Purplebricks is still not complying with a ruling made by the Advertising...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: an eco-friendly approach and the importance of GDPR

In recent years January has become the month of detoxes, fad diets, health kicks such as Dry January and Veganuary, and...

27 January 2018

From: Features

Agents fined hundreds of thousands but they're not made public, claims NAEA

Estate agents have been hit with six- and seven-figure fines under new anti-money laundering and anti-tax evasion regulations according to the...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the marketing trends to look out for in 2018

After the fun and over-indulgence of the festivities, most of us are now back to the world of work. And, with...

13 January 2018

From: Features

Consultations - Why do so few participate?

It’s no surprise that figures don’t always show the results or consequences we expect - even if they are entirely accurate. Look...

06 January 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity: It's going to be a wonderful year

Welcome to 2018 and if your charitable activities are an indicator, it’s going to be a busy year with plenty happening...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t lose SEO ranking over Google’s ‘mobile first’ index changes

In 2018, Google will introduce changes to the way it ranks websites, meaning sites will be ranked on the quality of...

02 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Agents reminded of GDPR responsibilities as implementation nears

A major industry supplier has reminded estate and letting agents that they have to check their responsibilities and systems ahead of...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Independent agents’ group to fight ‘poor industry image’

The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents has told Estate Agent Today that it WILL formally launch after all, in...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove accused of ignoring agents allegedly re-listing sold properties

Rightmove has been accused of ignoring instances where agents have allegedly re-listed properties that have been sold in a bid to...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Watchdog defends 'informal resolution' of complaints over online agencies

Outspoken estate agent Chris Wood has criticised the Advertising Standards Authority for its succession of ‘informally resolved’ judgements on complaints against...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 November 2017

From: Features

Government tweaks 'additional homes' stamp duty surcharge

The small print of the Budget has revealed that the government is to make minor changes to the ‘additional homes’ three...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

The housing industry has set out a list of demands in advance of the government’s hotly anticipated Autumn Budget on Wednesday.  Despite...

18 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

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

Back To The Future: a short history of rent controls

Like many of Labour’s recent policy proposals, its call for rent controls leaves more questions than answers.  There has been widespread criticism...

07 October 2017

From: Features

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

Property Natter: Why Uber’s troubles are reflected in estate agency

As those of us in the industry know, there is a fine balance to strike between disruptive technology – and the...

30 September 2017

From: Features

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

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

30 September 2017

From: Features

Hunters rules out going online but will emphasise new 'digital tools'

Hunters says it will not be following other traditional-style estate agencies by offering online-only services to sellers - but it will...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency's new website offers different content to different users

Carter Jonas has launched a new website which it says ”reflects and enhances the business’ role in delivering a highly personalised...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' Mutual using same float advisers as Purplebricks

The investment consultancy chosen by Agents’ Mutual to advise on its float plans - Zeus Capital - is the same one...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry backs leasehold reform as government releases more details

There has been general support from the industry for the government’s apparent intention to ban new homes in England being sold...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

 PropTech Today: Facebook building homes in California - London next?

Facebook has finally released more details about its previously announced plans to build 1,500 homes, 30 miles south of San Francisco,...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Forget stamp duty reform - There’s a new tax on the horizon

When it comes to provoking anger in property professionals, taxation takes some beating. Press releases are still arriving berating the December...

01 July 2017

From: Features

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

PropTech Today: UKPA, RICS and the vital need for open data

The UK PropTech Association (UKPA), of which I am a member of the steering committee, is an organisation with a purpose...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering rules will slow buying process, lawyer warns

The new anti-money laundering regulations introduced this week will delay the routine buying and selling of homes, a lawyer warns -...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Google building homes - another act of ultra-diversification

It was only a couple of weeks ago that I was writing about the Google City, in Toronto, and now the...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers set out their ideas for leasehold reform

A cluster of conveyancing and legal experts, known as the Legal Sector Group, has published a raft of proposals on leasehold...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to prepare for EU data protection rule changes

An audit and tax consultancy is urging estate agencies across the UK to prepare for new EU General Data Protection Regulation...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing policy progress will suffer thanks to snap General Election

Not only did Theresa May stun everyone with her decision to call a ‘snap election’ but with the campaign now underway...

29 April 2017

From: Features

First-ever electronic e-signature exchange of contracts

The first ever electronic e-signature exchange of contracts for a residential property transaction in the UK has been completed this month,...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents back likely Conservative victory in June General Election

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

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

James Dearsley: The teenage angst of PropTech and traditionalists

As Trussle and Placester add to 2017s bonkers tally of PropTech investment, isn’t it time we end the conflict between Tech...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Competition and Markets Authority to review new-build warranties

The Competition and Markets Authority is to review the operation of new home structural warranties issued by the National House Building...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why estate agents need to take compliance seriously

Some big news in the agency world last week won’t have escaped the attention of many in the industry. Last Thursday news...

14 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget this week pledging extra funding for the NHS, transport in the Midlands and the...

11 March 2017

From: Features

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

Agency claims OnTheMarket has lost 200 branches in three weeks

OnTheMarket has swatted away the latest criticism from a long-term critic, online estate agency head Russell Quirk - although it has...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Watchdog orders online agency not to re-run TV advert

Online agency HouseSimple has been told that by the Advertising Standards Authority that its TV advertisement including the claim ‘sell your...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Portal's 'win a house' competition ad banned by watchdog

A competition organised by Real Hot Property - which says it “aims to be Europe’s largest property portal” - has been...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells still looking for 'selective acquisitions' in 2017

Connells Group’s estate agency business recorded an eight per cent increase in exchanges in 2016 over the previous year, and says...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Housing White Paper - first details start to emerge

First details of the long-awaited Housing White Paper have emerged in stories in newspapers frequently used by government to float ideas. The...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' group CIELA sets out lengthy 'rules of entry'

The fledgling organisation seeking to represent independent estate agents has issued a lengthy statement setting out what it calls ‘rules of...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Inquiry rules shock or dry-drowning responsible for agent's death

An inquest has ruled that the death of an estate agent was caused by shock or dry-drowning. Twenty-eight-year-old Daniel Hutton died last...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Three things agents need to consider in 2017

2016 was quite a year – eventful, dramatic, shocking and impossible to predict. In no particular order, we saw Leicester winning...

18 January 2017

From: Sponsored Content

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

Brexit: estate agent recruitment guru slams anti-migration report

The managing director of the UK’s oldest estate agent recruitment consultancy has slammed a report which claims a cap on skilled...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2017?

Following a strong start to 2016, particularly in the lower to middle range of the UK housing market, that lasted up...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Zoopla and OTM give their response to Rightmove portal juggling change

Zoopla and OnTheMarket have given their first reactions to Rightmove's portal juggling extension of its property re-listing deadline from two weeks to...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

'Whistle-blower' estate agent was unfairly dismissed, rules tribunal

An estate agent at an office of London agency Felicity J Lord, who alleged unethical practices were taking place in the...

28 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

2017: If anyone says they know what’s going to happen, they’re lying

I hate to be a party-pooper, but one of the agency industry’s coming-up-to-Christmas traditions is going to be particularly hard to undertake...

22 October 2016

From: Features

New rules being considered to handle mortgage arrears

The Financial Conduct Authority is consulting on new guidance to lenders on how to measure and treat the repayment of arrears...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises are inevitable after tax clampdown on buy-to-let

Buy-to-let landlords may have failed in their recent legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set to...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Watchdog explains why agency complaints 'informally resolved'

The Advertising Standards Authority has explained to Estate Agent Today why many of the complaints made against estate and letting agents...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Second homes 'ban': High Court judge to make key decision soon

A key decision that may have far-reaching implications for the sale of holiday homes has been delayed by a High Court...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Bank of England confirms tougher buy to let mortgage lending regime

The Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority has confirmed that tighter regulations will apply to lenders providing mortgages for buy to...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT wants agents and public to report future portal juggling issues

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team has followed up the recent announcement by The Property Ombudsman to counteract portal juggling by...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Leaders and Romans take aim at competitors with acquisitions claim

Merged estate agents Leaders and Romans, known also as the Property Services Holdings Group (PSH), have taken aim at their competitors...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

RICS to expel agent exposed in Channel 4 documentary

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is to expel an estate agent for breaking several of its membership rules.  Dion Beard,...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

Agent warns that board ban must be policed if it is to be effective

A leading estate agent in a town where the local council wants to dramatically extend a ban on For Sale and...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide rules out agency acquisitions for rest of 2016

Countrywide says there will “almost certainly” be no more acquisitions of agencies or other firms for the group over the rest...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

For Sale board ban to be widened - with agreement of some agents

A ban on agents' For Sale and To Let boards is being widened out across a city six years after a...

28 July 2016

From: Breaking News

What can the lettings industry learn from AirBnB, Vrumi and JustPark?

Barely a week goes by without news of the latest disastrous AirBnB experience suffered by an unsuspecting landlord.   Whether it’s damage...

22 July 2016

From: Features

Squeezed activity shows why we should be grateful for new PM

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

15 July 2016

From: Features

Brexit means fewer transactions as price growth 'slackens' says Savills

One of the first major pieces of research to come from an estate agency following the EU referendum suggests the short-term...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

Four ways to instantly impress with your customer communication skills

A few years ago one of our property receptionists took a call from a vendor whose husband had passed away.  The client,...

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

Agency quits OnTheMarket following CMA's collusion warning

A London agent says he has quit OnTheMarket and Agents’ Mutual as a result of the intervention of the Competitions and Markets...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

The stamp duty rush should help us to improve on deadlines

It’s almost impossible to write about the conveyancing market and not reflect on the activity levels of the past month or...

15 April 2016

From: Features

A short, sharp shock from short lets?

We’re all talking about second home stamp duty, changes to tax relief and the Prudential Regulation Authority’s suggestion that banks should...

15 April 2016

From: Features

Tax and Buy-to-Let – how short are our memories?

We talk about the unstoppable rise of buy-to-let and forget that it was only as recently as the early 1970’s that...

08 April 2016

From: Features

Auction House says stamp duty surcharge worries will force sellers its way

London-based Auction House says the new stamp duty surcharge rules will encourage more sellers to use auctioneers. The additional homes three per...

06 April 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

Should estate agent boards be banned?

Agents' boards get a lot of stick. Many see them as stains on the landscape, some see them as useless in...

18 March 2016

From: Features

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

Agents must make residential vendors aware of stamp duty changes

Predicting ho­­w the housing market might play out over the next few months is incredibly difficult. There are a significant number...

30 January 2016

From: Features

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

Sean Hooker, Head of Redress, PRS

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

23 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Bill McClintock, The Property Ombudsman Scheme

What is the biggest change you’ve seen in the agency industry during your time at TPO?  For me, the biggest change has...

18 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

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

Agency to help forces personnel on Help To Buy and Buy To Let

Estate agency Keller Williams has set up a specialist team to help military personnel with mortgages and property investment.   "The needs of...

09 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents say shared ownership expansion not enough to meet demand

The National Association of Estate Agents has given a cautious welcome to new government plans to expand shared ownership.  David Cameron has...

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Competition among regulators is healthy – or is it?

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

20 November 2015

From: Features

Foreign buyers increasingly-deterred by property taxes, agents say

Reports suggest foreign buyers may be losing interest in directly owning property in London and are in some cases increasingly attracted...

19 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Why the NAEA is right to tighten money laundering screws

News from the Halifax this week that the combined values of the residential properties in London amounts to £1.13 trillion, virtually...

13 November 2015

From: Features

Anti-money laundering: NAEA awaits government response to call for action

The National Association of Estate Agents is awaiting a response from the government to its demand for four changes to sale...

11 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agents accused of ignoring voluntary ban on boards

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

11 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Money-laundering: NAEA wants government action on four fronts

The National Association of Estate Agents has teamed up with a campaigning anti-corruption body to call for four major changes to...

10 November 2015

From: Breaking News

We need to make sure that lettings isn’t viewed as an industry of 'rogues'

Headlines across the lettings industry often focus on the behaviour of ‘rogue’ landlords – those that are slow to become compliant...

30 October 2015

From: Features

Anti-money laundering: NAEA says many agencies haven't nominated key roles

The National Association of Estate Agents admits that “take up has been low” in its bid to persuade each member agent to...

26 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 October 2015

From: Features

Big rise in houses purchased with gifted deposits

Over 64,000 property purchases over the last year involved the buyer relying on a gift of cash for all or part...

14 September 2015

From: Breaking News

No clue as to whether MMR review will boost housing market

The Financial Conduct Authority is remaining tight-lipped as to whether its newly-announced assessment of MMR will lead to easier access to...

08 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Official watchdog to review MMR impact on consumers and housing market

The Financial Conduct Authority says it is to hold a review of the mortgage market after last year’s controversial MMR to...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News

HMOs – a boom in buy-to-let or a drain on resources?

You can't help but notice that it's back to school time – the shops are full of school uniforms and pencil...

04 September 2015

From: Features

What do this week's housing market figures really mean?

We’ve had a flurry of data for all of us involved in the property sector to mull over on our sun...

21 August 2015

From: Features

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

Why estate agents must come to terms with change

A riposte to Paul Smith's article 'Why Estate Agents Must Stand Up to the Power of the Portals' I just read an...

17 July 2015

From: Features

Agents give enthusiastic thumbs-up to planning reforms

Estate agents have given an enthusiastic endorsement to Chancellor George Osborne’s proposals to help boost housing building totals through changes to...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Crowded house: are you super vigilant?

I don't think there is one person in lettings and property management who isn't alarmed at the scenes just over the...

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

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

Agency review website to name and shame fake reviewers

Estate and letting agency review site raterAgent says an analysis of its own website suggests that 17 per cent, or just...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

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 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

Fee disclosure: Are you ready for an inspection?

Earlier this week we passed the official deadline for letting agents to fully publicise their fees as well as providing evidence of...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Government 'rules out estate agency regulation'

The government has allegedly ruled out any regulation of estate agents for fear that it would lead to higher fees and...

26 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords must register old tenancy deposits – now!

In 2007, the government introduced a compulsory deposit protection scheme as part of the Housing Act 2004 to help protect tenants...

22 May 2015

From: Features

Advertising watchdog rules against Hamptons fees ad

Hamptons International has been slapped down by the Advertising Standards Authority for not making it clear that some lettings fees were...

23 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Will the surge of buy-to-let boom or bust?

Under new pension freedom reforms, people aged 55 and over can access as much of their savings from their defined contributions...

23 April 2015

From: Features

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