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Martin & Co wants name change to Property Franchise Group

Martin & Co wants its shareholders to agree that the firm’s name should be changes to The Property Franchise Group.  A note...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: another Countrywide chief quits to join independent

Another senior Countrywide figure is leaving the organisation to join an independent agency - itself set up by a former Countrywide...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Rightmove reminder on 14-week anti-portal juggling time limit

Rightmove has reminded agents of its new 14-week re-listing timescale, first announced just before Christmas as part of its crackdown on...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents blasted by Which? for asking price 'over-valuations'

The consumer body Which? claims that 19 per cent of properties sold in the year to September went for prices five...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Flurry of new appointments made by estate agency groups

Marsh & Parsons has expanded its Residential Development & Investment team - just one of a number of agencies to announce...

14 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide loses another long-standing director

Estate Agent Today understands that Vince Corley, a senior director at Countrywide, is leaving the company. He is one of the longest-standing...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Eastern promise! Focus on Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire

The East Midlands, which consists of several areas including Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, and much of Lincolnshire, has an ancient...

11 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

Agents Do Charity - the kids, bags and kits edition...

Fund-raising is vitally important to so many organisations as one of our agency contributors this week shows - but as other...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

New Leaders sales chief as merged firm seeks to expand

Prominent south east property figure Adam Howell has joined Leaders to oversee its sales operations in Surrey and Kent.  Howell, who has...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

What's in a name? Well, if you're Mrs Fenn and Mrs Wright...

It’s a public relations dream come true. The new Sudbury branch of the East Coast independent agency Fenn Wright has secured a...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO defends code change over buyers' pre-contract deposits

The Property Ombudsman’s office has defended a change to its code of practice which, according to a national newspaper, means agents...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Homes with 3% surcharge 'made up 20% of late-2016 sales'

An analysis by Savills shows that so-called ‘additional homes’ - that is, those carrying a three per cent stamp duty surcharge...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents - it’s time to get back to basics

Welcome to February! It means that 2017 is well under way and we’re edging closer to Spring – a time when...

04 February 2017

From: Features

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

How to avoid the disconnect associated with outsourcing

If this past year is anything to go by, outsourcing is firmly on the agenda for estate agents. Rather than being...

04 February 2017

From: Features

Article 50 will create uncertainty but Brexit worst over, says agency chief

Brexit and the economic uncertainty since the EU Referendum have not prevented Connells delivering overall growth in 2016 - despite a...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London sales down 21% last year says investor body

Sales in Prime Central London were down 21 per cent in the year to December according to investment consultancy London Central...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Up and up - Purplebricks confirms 'record-breaking January' claim

Purplebricks has issued its second statement to the City on successive trading days - and its share price has risen by...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

House prices in the East head north on demand from the South

The East of England, which takes in areas from Hertfordshire to Norfolk, has recorded the biggest hike in property prices over...

28 January 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - for a hospice, the homeless, and for Harry...

It’s always a privilege to publicise fund-raising work by our industry, to show the caring nature of a profession that is...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency's sales area has Versace carpets and Harrods windows

The Middle Eastern property development company Emaar - at one time the owner of Hamptons International estate agency - is using...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech: voice control software to be introduced for sales apps

The property marketing company Pelican Media is preparing to launch what it claims is the industry’s first voice control software across...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Why more US investors are looking for UK property

Following the election of Donald Trump, there has been a rise in the number of United States investors searching for property...

25 January 2017

From: Sponsored Content

NAEA: Supply, demand and first-time buyer sales all up in December

The housing market ended 2016 on a positive note, according to the latest report from the National Association of Estate Agents...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Another agency selected to join new homes network

Sawyer & Co., an agency operating sales and lettings in Brighton and Hove, is the latest firm to be chosen to...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions 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

Portals: Romans' and Leaders' 150 branches sign up to Zoopla

Property Service Holdings - parent company of the 150 branches trading under the Romans and Leaders names - has signed up...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New agency comparison website bans online and hybrid agents

A new website that will allow vendors and landlords to compare the expertise and fees of estate and letting agents has banned online...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Instruct agents with largest local share, advises consumer group

Sellers should try to instruct estate agents with the largest local share of the market, even if that means ignoring well-known...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency's new office launch defies prime London slowdown

Prime central London’s housing market may be suffering a well-publicised downturn but one agency has defied the negative mood by launching...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

60 Second Interview: Shameem Golamy, Managing Director of Properstar

1.For those who are not familiar with Properstar yet, how would you summarise your services? Properstar is an online portal that helps...

16 January 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Agents' call for stamp duty reform backed by business chiefs

The Treasury should review the impact of stamp duty on London's market given recent political and economic changes according to London...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Property Natter: Q & A with Countrywide’s Sam Tyrer

A post-Christmas treat this week, as I carry out a Q & A with one of the leading figures in property,...

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

Countrywide claims excellent results from hybrid agency pilot

Countrywide’s controversial hybrid estate agency business has produced “fantastic results” according to Sam Tyrer, the group’s Managing Director, Retail & London. In...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit boost for Savills as foreign buyers push profits higher

A surge in sales of London properties to overseas buyers taking advantage of the Pound’s post-referendum collapse has helped Savills exceed...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Trio of agency staff celebrate 25 years in the same company

Three members of staff are celebrating 25 years with the same company this month.  Gail Shepherd, Frances Slocombe and Cath Bradbury all...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

LonRes launches customised reports information for subscribers

Agents who subscribe to LonRes are being offered a personalised report builder offering sales and lettings data at postcode level, and...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

First for estate agency as it acquires Channel Island company

Savills has acquired Guernsey-based company Montagu Evans Channel Islands Limited to create the company’s first presence on the island, and to...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' network secures exposure to London buyers

Experts in Property, a network of independent agencies with 80 offices across the west country, has secured a new affiliate to...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: 'people may never accept technology-only sales'

One of the founders of hybrid agency Purplebricks says sellers in the UK may never accept the sale of their property...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Seek and ye shall find

I have a confession to make. In 1988 I became a Seekers franchisee. For those of you who don't know who...

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

Savills talks of prime London sales 'boost' - but only after price falls

Sales of homes in prime central London improved towards the end of 2016 says Savills - but only after prices were...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Another high-end agency opens office near Foxtons 'protest' branch

Marsh & Parsons is the latest high-end agency to open in Brixton, a stone’s throw from the controversial Foxtons office targetted...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

'Expect more big agency firms to back online projects in 2017' - claim

The head of a new ‘disruptive’ online mortgage service says 2017 will see more major estate agency and other property businesses...

30 December 2016

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

Agents Do Charity - the bit-in-the-middle edition...

It’s that strange period - the bit-in-the-middle between Christmas and New Year, when most agents are back in the office for...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency adopts the spirit of Christmas by helping homeless people

Thomas Morris Sales & Lettings didn’t entirely shut down for the Christmas period - instead, one of its staff helped the...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Three year record high for proportion of homes sold below their asking prices

No fewer than 84 per cent of homes sold for less than their asking prices last month - the highest number...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London - transactions down 50% according to new data

New data revealed by investment consultancy Central London Portfolio claims that transactions in prime central areas of the capital have dropped 24...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit and property taxes lead to subdued forecast for 2017 market

Brexit and wider economic uncertainties worsened by changes to property taxation have forced the Council of Mortgage Lenders to cut its...

20 December 2016

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

Quote, unquote - What the industry said in 2016

Forecasts are so last year: who anticipated Bowie, Brexit or Balls for example? Quotes, on the other hand, really ARE last year...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Could we benefit from a US-style conveyancing system?

I recently came across a consumer comment expressing frustration at the length and complexity of UK conveyancing and raising the question...

17 December 2016

From: Features

More Christmas office pictures - and here's Santa cutting the ribbon...

Thanks for your continuing enthusiasm sending in your office photographs as we continue the countdown to Christmas. We’ll be publishing more next...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Transaction volumes fall up to 40% according to latest official figures

The latest official house price index, released by the Office for National Statistics, shows that house price growth was 6.9 per...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Your latest agency Christmas pictures - today it's all about clothing

We’re taking a temporary break from showing images of your terrific agency windows and decorations - and instead, we’re concentrating on...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove visits up 9% in better-than-expected post-Brexit market

There’s been a fall in the typical asking price of a home on sale of 2.1 per cent according to Rightmove...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Leave it out! Top TV hardman heads today's Christmas agency pictures...

With under a fortnight left before Christmas your photographs have been coming thick and fast - but today we start with...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Commercial and industrial agency goes into residential sales and lets

A commercial and industrial property agency in Manchester has launched a residential sales and lettings business.   Founded in 1999 and based in...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

The fees ban will force agents to seize the day

Carpe diem, seize the day – whatever you call it, it’s something all of us in the property industry should be looking...

09 December 2016

From: Features

New property portal Yellf to launch with strong social media emphasis

A new property portal is to launch in April, and has this week started recruiting estate and letting agency members while...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency tries £1 stunt fee offer to drive Christmas web traffic

A single-branch agency operating around Blackpool is offering vendors ultra-low fees if they register their homes for sale online on Boxing...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and everyone's at it before Christmas...

There’s been a bumper mailbag sent to press@estateagenttoday.co.uk this week to mark what must be the height of the fund-raising season...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Some prime London properties 'now 35% off their peak prices of 2014'

Prominent top end London estate agent Trevor Abrahmsohn says some homes in the higher levels of the market may now have...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Transactions 60% down in some parts of London, admits agency

Transaction volumes across all of London are 48 per cent lower than they were a year ago, claims an estate agency...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks now in profit and gets £1,000 per instruction

Purplebricks says it is receiving an average revenue per customer of £1,000, has more than doubled instructions and is now generating...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Unexpectedly strong sales market figures from board company

The latest data from board supplier Agency Express suggests November was a surprisingly buoyant month for the housing market, with only...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

A flurry of agents' Christmas windows - let it snow, let it snow...

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic response to our request for pictures of your fabulous office windows and decorations - they’re...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

How to spot fake estate agent reviews

2016 has undoubtedly shone a spotlight on the reviews industry and drawn into question the legitimacy of online customer reviews.  Amazon, amongst...

03 December 2016

From: Features

Agency Christmas decorations - it seems pretty merry already...

Thanks to agencies who have already responded to our request for photographs of their Christmas windows and office decorations - it’s...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Another agency cuts London staffing because of sales slump

Knight Frank is the latest agency to cut staff on the prime London sales side because of the downturn. In an announcement...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove boss Shipside to speak at NAEA conference next year

Rightmove’s commercial director Miles Shipside, who makes relatively few appearances at industry events, is to be a speaker at the NAEA...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Record sales to first time buyers in 'bounce back' market

Almost a third of total sales in October were to first time buyers according to the National Association of Estate Agents...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

The winner is... Review website reveals 50 top performing agencies

Agency review website RaterAgent has listed its top 50 agents for 2016 based on customer reviews posted in the year to...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide regional director joins independent + Connells moves

Gareth Overton, until recently regional director at Countrywide’ Gascoigne Pees brand, has joined regional independent Henry Adams as head of residential...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Leasehold group wants conveyancers' home moving reforms to go further

Leaseholds Solution - the company behind the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners - says it wants recent proposals to modernise the...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Invisible juggling – estate agents’ impressive skill

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

26 November 2016

From: Features

Countrywide: Platt's revolution goes on despite latest share price slump

Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt has told Estate Agent Today the transformation she wishes to see within the group may take...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Pay As You Go online agency promises to 'disrupt the disruptors'

An estate agency described as operating a ‘pay as you go’ business model says it wants to “disrupt the disruptors” operating...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and there's been no ban on this...

It’s been a difficult week for agents, with a ban on some fees and gloomy market forecasts abounding, so it’s a...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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, suppliers and property consultancies...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Foxtons and other property shares tumble thanks to Hammond

Share prices for both Foxtons and Countrywide took a significant tumble yesterday as news of the ban on letting agents’ fees...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide hybrid agency idea came from market research, says chief

Countrywide’s marketing chief says the estate agency group’s controversial hybrid sales model - to be rolled out to a quarter of...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Auction House claims sale within seven hours of winning instruction

Auction House London claims it has sold a £1m property for its full asking price within seven hours of receiving the...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit leads to 25% slump in Brits buying homes overseas

Foreign exchange giant Moneycorp says the number of Britons buying homes abroad has slumped 25 per cent since the EU referendum. In...

21 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

Sarah Beeny's online Tepilo opens new HQ after turnover doubles

Tepilo, Sarah Beeny’s online estate agency, has opened a new headquarters in central London after doubling its turnover in the past...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Foxtons' transactions to drop 10% in 2016 then flat in 2017 - forecast

Jefferies, the City investment service known for its analysis of major residential sector firms, forecasts Foxtons’ transactions to fall 10 per...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Second homes 'sales ban': solicitor asks how it can be enforced

A solicitor has asked how the ban on the sale of new-build apartments and houses to holiday home buyers in a...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it's getting cold out there...

It’s perhaps appropriate that we kick off this week’s Agents Do Charity with an appeal for winter clothing for the homeless...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Firm owning two agencies blasts lack of sound advice from agents

A building society that owns two estate agency companies has hit out at what it calls “a lack of sound estate...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Land Registry figures reveal sales tumble after Brexit referendum

Figures released by the government show sales during July - the first month after the EU referendum - tumbling by well over...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News