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New online agency SealedBid targets high-end buyers and sellers

An online agency which claims to be the first in the world to be dedicated to sealed bid property sales, is...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

96 days - the average time it takes to sell a home

The average UK property takes 96 days to sell, according to a new report. The survey, by Post Office Money and the...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Firm’s record month in increasingly-competitive auction market

Auction House says it sold more properties in October than during any other month in the company’s 10 year history. The firm...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

easyProperty backs switch in stamp duty for first time buyers

easyProperty, the online agency, says stamp duty should be paid by sellers and not by first time buyers. The online firm’s head...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency withdraws claim it was ‘only way’ to get highest sale price

The RE/MAX estate agency has withdrawn a claim in one of its promotional leaflets that its representative was "the only person"...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide online 'pause' is unforgivable says leading analyst

Countrywide's decision to 'pause' the roll-out of its online option for sellers and landlords is "unforgivable and dumbfounding" according to a...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Former NAEA chief ignored by minister and asks: 'Is he in hiding?'

Former National Association of Estate Agents president Simon Gerrard is renewing his campaign for the government to adopt two innovative reforms...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says sellers over-price and should be more realistic

Sellers have launched "their own sale" in response to the stagnating market by slashing asking prices according to Rightmove - but...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country offers vendors an auction option from next year

Fine & Country is to offer auction sales options to vendors in its 200 offices from next year. “The modern method of...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New 'For Sale By Owner' site by-passes agents and charges £65

A new website which completely by-passes all kinds of estate agents and allows vendors to upload details of their own properties...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New raffle-a-house website will name the winner on TV

The raffle-a-home gimmick appears to be gaining strength with the arrival of a new website - Rafflemyhouse.com - which will also...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

House Buying Review pushes PropTech firms into action

The government's call for evidence from agents and others in a bid to improve the house buying process has pushed some...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Base Rate UP - how will it affect the housing market?

The Bank of England has raised the base rate from 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent. The Bank’s monetary policy committee was...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buying Reform: call for legally-binding Reservation Agreements

An influential consumer group has responded to the government’s commitment to reform the house buying process by advocating legally-binding reservation agreements...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: here’s why crowdfunding is the future

Crowdfunding is nothing new. As I pointed out in a previous Natter, it dates back centuries, playing a part in the...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Government should be wary of introducing goodwill agreements

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has launched a consultation on proposals to reform the house buying...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Agency tells government: probe gazundering as well as gazumping

The government should take a close look at gazundering as well as gazumping in its review of the house sales process,...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild launches marketing tool to lure vendors from rival agencies

The Guild and Fine & Country are launching what they call “an automated prospecting service” to enable members to target sellers...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

£36m investment for agency that offers a guaranteed sale price

Innovative London agency Nested has raised an additional £36m in funding - brining the total behind the company to almost £50m. Nested,...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers and searches in firing line of new government probe

Conveyancers and the speed of local council searches have come in for criticism as details have emerged of the government’s consultation...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Unique data shows it takes average 201 days to move home

A breakdown of data from over 4,100 agents has revealed that it takes on average 201 days to move home, from...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Government launches consultation into house buying and selling

The government has launched a consultation this weekend calling for evidence on how to make the home buying process “cheaper, faster...

22 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: pressure building on government for more reforms

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

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Win a home for £2 ... but pay 5% commission when you sell

A new online property competition platform has launched that gives entrants the opportunity to win a home for £2 - but...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Asking prices show biggest October rise since 2014 says Rightmove

Asking prices have risen by an average of 1.1 per cent or £3,432 in the past month according to Rightmove.  This is...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty ‘could be linked to energy efficiency’ says minister

A minister has floated the idea that stamp duty could be reduced on homes where sellers have improved energy efficiency. Climate Change...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Prominent Tory wants stamp duty switched from buyers to sellers

Conservative MP John Stevenson is the latest to throw his weight behind switching the burden of stamp duty from the buyer...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 October 2017

From: Features

UK agency commission amongst lowest in world, new survey shows

UK estate agency commission levels are amongst the lowest in the world according to a league table compiled by an international...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

NAEA figures suggest summer slowdown was no worse than usual

Figures just released by the National Association of Estate Agents suggest that the number of house hunters registered at agencies dropped...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Private sellers and agents to list on new off-market sales website

The agent behind a new online service covering off-market homes in part of prime central London says his service will expand...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

How many agency business models are there today?

It used to be so easy. Around 20 years ago there were what we now call full-service estate and letting agencies, and...

23 September 2017

From: Features

Ex-NAEA chief tells government stamp duty should be paid by sellers

Simon Gerrard, a past president of the National Association of Estate Agents, has called on the government to switch the burden...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Market - no sign of the early autumn bounce, warns Rightmove

Rightmove’s monthly price index says the average asking price of homes coming to the market has fallen 1.2 per cent in...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 September 2017

From: Features

Exclusive: Trustpilot review company explains its Purplebricks policy

Online review organisation Trustpilot has issued an open letter regarding its Purplebricks reviews. In it, the review company - which is often...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Former portal strategist says: Investing in OnTheMarket is a horrible idea

One of the world’s leading property technology experts, who at one time was head of strategy at a property portal, says investing...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Transactions slumping despite stronger-than-expected price rises

Government figures suggest house prices are still rising by 5.1 per cent a year, with the average property value in the...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Service lists High Street agents that are 'Purplebricks Price Beaters'

An online platform that allows the public to compare the services and fees of traditional estate agents in their areas has...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Whistleblower claims dodgy practices by agents cost public thousands

The Daily Telegraph claims that what it calls “dodgy practices” are leaving customers “thousands of pounds out of pocket.” The article quotes...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Hunters emphasises online success, despite challenging market

Hunters’ figures for the six months to the end of June show small rises in income and turnover but a substantial...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

easyProperty relaunches, claiming to be UK's second-biggest hybrid

easyProperty has unveiled details of its relaunch, declaring itself to be the UK’s second largest hybrid estate agency - second only...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another call for stamp duty costs to be transferred to sellers

With party conference season around the corner and the next Budget just a couple of months away, more industry players are...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency earns £350,000 in commission from 'disgruntled' online sellers

Arun Estates reports that it has netted an additional £350,000 in fees thanks to a scheme designed to woo vendors using online...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Summer stock levels were lowest for at least 15 years - NAEA

Stock levels for estate agents at the height of summer were their lowest for at least 15 years according to the...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

London slowdown bottoms out, but only low price growth in long-term

Property consultancy Hometrack says London’s 12 month market slowdown has bottomed out with the annual growth rate rising to 2.8 per...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Full-service agents achieve over 5% higher sale price, research shows

Research in the United States shows that traditional full-service estate agencies achieve better sale prices than the biggest alternative in that...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Transactions down says Lloyds, while HMRC data shows static market

The number of existing home owners moving house fell two per cent in the first six months of 2017 compared with...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket founder backs agencies offering online-only options

One of the founding figures behind OnTheMarket, which currently bans listings from online agencies, now says bricks and mortar agencies that...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

As you were - Purplebricks share price riding high again

Purplebricks’ share price has now recovered all of the value it lost after being criticised on two BBC consumer programmes and...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

London agent defies downturn by opening new office next month

Marsh & Parsons will be opening a new office in Islington on September 4 - defying many analysts who say the...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agencies set up anti-money laundering and part-exchange services

The Guild of Professional Estate Agents and Fine & Country are offering agent members the option to have in-person reviews and...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price dips after agency slated on BBC show

Purplebricks’ share price this afternoon dropped to a recent low of 406.50p before recovering to close down about five per cernt...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 July 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks faces new hybrid rival as it attempts to break into Australia

Purplebricks’ well-publicised attempt to break into the Australian market with a similar model to the one being used here has come...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Speculation grows over Countrywide's 2017 performance to date

Speculation is growing over whether figures to be released by Countrywide on Thursday may prompt another fall in the troubled company’s...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2017

With several agent partner programmes available across the country, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, with...

22 July 2017

From: Features

Online agencies seen as threat to 'quick sale' buying firms

A third of ‘quick sale’ companies - those that buy homes in bulk at discounted prices - say the rise of...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove warns supply is low and 45% of agents' stock is SSTC

The housing market is approaching something of a standstill as the summer holiday season begins according to a downbeat report from...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London’s prime housing market is no longer roaring

Being a leading world-class city comes at a price – they are the most expensive for occupiers and the most lucrative...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Savvy Sellers - traditional city agency launches online option

A traditional estate agency has launched a new online package to give vendors the opportunity “to save thousands.” FranKeys in Lincoln has...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Reviews - Agency complaint about Purplebricks upheld by watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint over a Purplebricks website statement featuring testimonials from clients; the complaint was made...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit and election result are stopping people moving, leading agent says

One of the country’s leading buying agents says over six million people are living in the wrong property because they are...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild and Fine & Country launch new app for sales referrals

The Guild of Property Professionals and Fine & Country have launched a new referral system app which allows its members to...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks sells 83 per cent of the homes it lists, agency chief says

The chief executive of Purplebricks, often criticised by detractors for failing to reveal completion rates as opposed to listings, says his...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: nothing divides estate agency more than this

Few things provoke argument within the industry more than the online v traditional agency debate - and within that debate, nothing...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Online platform aims to cut house buying time to ... just two days

A new PropTech venture aims to do what the ill-fated Veyo system failed to achieve -  creating an online platform bringing...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

General Election hurt demand and house prices, admits NAEA

The National Association of Estate Agents says the General Election led to a drop in the number of registered house hunters...

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

easyProperty says 500 new agency licences prove naysayers wrong

Over 500 members of the Guild of Property Professionals have requested an easyProperty licence following the merger between the two organisations.   The...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

RICS debate urges industry to unite and simplify house buying process

A gathering of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has called on the industry to unite and improve the buying and selling process...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Big rise in complaints and compensation says The Property Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman’s annual report reveals a significant increase in the number of formal complaints resolved by the scheme and a...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Consumer group criticises estate agency industry awards

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

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Traditional agents won't disappear completely says Sarah Beeny

TV property expert and online agency owner Sarah Beeny says there will always be some sellers who prefer to use traditional...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says Brexit destabilising sales but allowing lettings to thrive

The managing director of lettings at Foxtons says Brexit and domestic political uncertainty have become ‘the new norm’ in the London...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

How to extend your opening hours

Any good estate agent knows that they have to be available for customers when they need them. But many forget that...

16 June 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Online estate agent secures another £1.2 million in funding

Online estate agency Settled has raised £1.2 million in funding to further develop its product. Settled describes itself as a 'powerful digital...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Seller valuations now represent less than a third of the overall market

Just 27% of property valuations in May were requested by prospective home sellers, according to the latest data from Connells Survey...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Online estate agency to sell vendors' homes for just £25

A new online estate agency is offering vendors a sales package for just £24.99. MoveSelf, which is based in Manchester, allows vendors to...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing industry reacts to shock general election result

The housing industry has responded with shock, joy, and jitters, after Theresa May’s snap general election went catastrophically wrong, leaving her...

10 June 2017

From: Features

Property valuation calls to agents increased significantly during spring

Calls made to estate agents to book property valuations increased by 26% this spring, according to telephone answering service Moneypenny. Enquiries made...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

More professionals call for changes to stamp duty system

As we approach Thursday's General Election, more property professionals have criticised stamp duty and called for the Government to make changes...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Boutique hybrid agency plans 20 similar operations in local areas

A distinctive boutique estate agency that describes itself as a hybrid between traditional and online operators, and which set up a...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

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

03 June 2017

From: Features

How to extend your opening hours

Any good estate agent knows that they have to be available for customers when they need them. But many forget that...

01 June 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Biggest-ever study reveals why most vendors choose traditional agents

A study described as the biggest of its type seeks to explain why vendors choose - or avoid - online agents. The...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Top High Street agents significantly out-perform onliners' says group

A consumer group which has consistently promoted online agencies says they achieve closer to sellers’ original asking price than the national...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Just eight sales agreed per branch last month as election hits the market

The number of house hunters registered per estate agency branch fell last month to 381 - well down on its figure...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Reform of buying and selling - The industry should prepare now

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

27 May 2017

From: Features

Property Natter – awards success, purple and the future of agency

Since we last spoke, the ESTAS – the biggest and best property awards ceremony in the UK – has been and...

27 May 2017

From: Features

Conveyancer wants sellers to agree pre-viewing property info questionnaire

A conveyancing expert is calling for sellers to complete and return their property information questionnaire to their conveyancer before there have...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing quango chief is new chair of Ombudsman council

Baroness Diana Warwick (below right) has been appointed chair of The Property Ombudsman scheme’s independent council. A life peer for the past 18...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents strike gold at the ESTAS

The best estate and letting agents in the UK were recognised at the prestigious ESTAS luncheon and ceremony, which was held...

20 May 2017

From: Features

Should we be concerned by a cooling property market?

News headlines talk more and more about a slowdown in the property market, a drop in house prices and the need...

20 May 2017

From: Features

More London vendors quitting the capital according to LonRes

Almost half the agents in London surveyed by LonRes say that 10 per cent or more of their vendor clients intend...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage figures give cause for modest optimism, say commentators

Home buyers borrowed £11.2 billion in March - down on the ‘stamp duty bonanza‘ period at the same time last year...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Viewber network now over 1,200 as startup closes funding round

Viewber, the outsourced property viewing service and brainchild of high-profile former estate agent Ed Mead, says its network of 'Viewbers' now...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Fake agents’ are crippling independents’ reputations and livelihoods

Think ‘fake agents’ are no threat to your business? Think again. The rise of online agents - dubbed by some as...

12 May 2017

From: Features

Stock supply drops as market bucks usual spring surge

Is it the Brexit triggering of Article 50, the snap General Election or the cold weather we have had until recently?...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q1 2017

Auctions are a great way to sell property competitively, with a wide range of homes often selling under the hammer, and...

06 May 2017

From: Features

Split stamp duty between sellers and buyers, urges top agent

Trevor Abrahmsohn, one of London’s best known estate agents and a founder of OnTheMarket, says stamp duty should be split between...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 April 2017

From: Features

Supply drought goes on as NAEA declares stock level 'a record low'

The number of properties available to buy on agents’ books decreased to 39 last month - the lowest amount recorded for...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

More price cuts likely in prime London, agency warns sellers

The snap General Election on June 8 adds to uncertainty but does not significantly worsen the market for prime properties in...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Firm offers online system for High Street agents to 'take on Purplebricks'

A firm is claiming to be allow high street agents to offer vendors an online sale services as well, without the...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform holds the key to meaningful market change

I wrote last month about how the Government, in introducing a 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes, had scored an...

22 April 2017

From: Features

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

Agents broadly welcome election despite short-term uncertainty

The industry has broadly welcomed the shock announcement of a June 8 General Election as a chance to end long term...

18 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

Purple smoke and mirrors

Purplebricks’ advertising is very negative and critical of the competition. They talk about 'commisery', trying to make potential sellers feel ripped...

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

Using Rightmove alone would be the wrong move

It’s easy to be dismissive of the value of local newspapers for advertising residential property but things are never as straightforward...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks steps up its attack on commission-based estate agents

Purplebricks has stepped up its attack on what it calls “Britain's antiquated method of buying and selling homes” by describing it as...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Over a third of sales fall through before completion - claim

More than one in three house sales across England and Wales fell through before completion in the first quarter of 2017,...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price, once over 685p, falls below 150p

Countrywide’s share price, which just over three years ago was riding high at just above 685p, has hit a new low...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

'Quick buy' company cleared of breaching advertising code

The Advertising Standards Authority has given the green light to an circular which provoked complaints suggesting it deliberately did not appear...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency insists there's space for digital and traditional operators

A firm that offers online, hybrid and traditional estate and lettings agency services says the digital side of its business is...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty: A year on and the government has scored an own goal

A year ago, we were days away from the introduction of a 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes – a...

24 March 2017

From: Features

Expansions and acquisitions unveiled by franchise agencies

Hunters has boosted its office network over the 200 mark through the acquisition of Besley Hill, one of the longest established...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Multi-million investment for agency giving 'guaranteed price' to sellers

Nested, the chain-breaking estate agency that offers vendors a guaranteed sale of their property within 90 days, has secured a new...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Survey shows website reviews are key for driving online agent leads

A survey of over 2,000 sellers who used online agency eMoov reveals that review websites were the overwhelmingly largest driver of...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Bigger than expected asking price surge - but market still cooling

The average asking price rise for homes coming to the market in the last month has been a chunky 1.3 per...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Redressing the balance: why we need more women in agency

Earlier this week it was Dads4Daughters Day – a campaign that strives to promote gender equality in the workplace.  I have three...

18 March 2017

From: Features

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

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

15 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

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

Countrywide reveals annual cost of restructuring

Countrywide has revealed that in 2016 it spent over £8.1m on redundancies, some £7.4m on contract costs relating to closed premises,...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Only 11% of sellers think face-to-face contact with an agent is key

Only one in nine customers of estate agents regard face-to-face contact as the most important element of the process to determine...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks entering US market just as estate agency use soars

Purplebricks' entry into selective areas of the US market comes just as new evidence suggests the use of estate agencies by...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: another leading agent wants it to be a seller's tax

Jeremy Leaf, the London estate agent and former RICS residential chairman, is the latest industry figure to call for the government...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New agency offers 'guaranteed price' to vendors ahead of sale

A new London-based online estate agency called Nested says it has had a “superb start” to trading, using its unusual business...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017: Should stamp duty be a tax on sellers, not buyers?

An estate agent and a building society have both advocated radical moves to reform stamp duty - and want Chancellor Phillip...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

What can we learn from the Property Week Awards PropTech shortlist?

So, Property Week has announced its Property Awards shortlist for 2017. Looking at the entries for PropTech Company of the Year, I'm surprised...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Another Rightmove record - 131 million visits last month

Rightmove secured over 131m visits last month, an all-time high for January. The 131m total was some three per cent above January...

20 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

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

US firm plans to take UK by storm with 5,000 agents in five years

The Keller Williams franchise agency, one of the largest in the world, is relaunching in the UK on Wednesday with the...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why people crave instant gratification

Instant gratification is nothing new. It’s been around for millennia. It’s an in-built survival instinct for humans – that want, that...

28 January 2017

From: Features

Property auctions market round-up Q4 ‘16

No longer just a domain for investors, developers and property traders, the auction room is now the preferred option of buying...

21 January 2017

From: Features

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

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

Online agents accused of being 'callous exploiters' by founder of new group

Online estate agents have been accused to “the callous exploitation of naive sellers” by the software executive behind the idea to...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks recruits TV property star for 'Commisery' campaign

The average fee paid by sellers to high street estate agents in the past year is £4,055 claims Purplebricks - an...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

Internet property pioneer says online agents must raise prices

One of the earliest entrepreneurs to found a website to allow for-sale-by-owner property listings back in 2000, predicts current online agents...

05 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

Ex-agent wins £1,000 'commission' by selling home on Facebook

A former estate agent is reported to have won £1,000 ‘commission’ from a seller - simply because she shared a sale-by-owner...

29 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

Prime London in prolonged phase of stagnation warns estate agent

Becky Fatemi of central London estate agency Rokstone says prime areas of the capital are to suffer a “prolonged phase of...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: five things we’ve learnt this year

What a mad, bonkers year it’s been. We’ve had, in no particular order: Trump, Brexit, Leicester winning the Premier League, a...

03 December 2016

From: Features

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

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

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

High-end market 'toxic' thanks to stubborn sellers, foreign buyers, SDLT

Estate agency Carter Jonas has made critical comments about the high-end housing market, suggesting a combination of factors have created “a toxic landscape”. Rory...

23 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

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

Online v High Street: enemies no more, possibly converging...

A debate discussing how online and traditional estate agency would develop in the future, organised by City investment consultancy Jefferies, has...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents 'warn downsizers not to over-estimate property profit'

Older homeowners are unrealistic about how much money they will raise from downsizing, and estate agents are warning them to manage...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Four things all good estate agent websites need in 2016

All estate and letting agents now have a website – but just how effective is yours? Your 'virtual shop window' is now...

31 October 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Why a mediocre conveyancer could cost you your fee

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

28 October 2016

From: Features

Greedy sellers' high asking prices blasted by mortgage firm

The average UK property takes 91 days to sell - and that’s down to greedy sellers according to the mortgage arm...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Fracking row: agency group responds to protest organisation

The Fisher German group has responded to a protest body which accused the firm of conflicts of interests in representing sellers...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agency group challenged over links with fracking firm

A campaign organisation is asking estate agency group Fisher German how professional assistance it is giving to fracking development can be...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agent says Rightmove false allegations are gross abuse

An online estate agency delisted by Rightmove for apparently breaching its terms and conditions has accused the portal of “gross abuse”...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buyers hold upper hand across southern England says portal

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

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Ye cannae change the laws of physics

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

14 October 2016

From: Features

Online firm resuscitates argument over traditional agents' fees

In the first half of this year, vendors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, could have saved over £1.87 billion in...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

eMoov's petition wants agency licensing because standards are poor

eMoov founder and chief executive Russell Quirk has launched another online petition, this time calling for mandatory licensing of estate agents. The...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

The gloom lifts – and so does the property market

It’s curious how gloom, gloom pre-Brexit Britain’s property market has gained a much brighter outlook now that the result of the...

07 October 2016

From: Features

The Property Ombudsman tells estate agents: 'raise your standards'

The Property Ombudsman scheme’s annual report, just released, reveals that there has been a dramatic 32 per cent surge in the...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Glenn Ackroyd

This week we have the Head Shepherd of EweMove, Glenn Ackroyd, in the hotseat. He’s been co-owner of EweMove Sales and Lettings,...

30 September 2016

From: Features

The power of floor plans

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

23 September 2016

From: Features

Sellers should pay stamp duty, says mortgage lender

A mortgage lender has called on the government to reform stamp duty so that it is paid by property sellers instead...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Auctioneer launches online selling platform

Auction house Clive Emson has launched a digital service through which vendors can sell land and property via an online auction. Clive...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agency fees contribute to higher average moving costs, says Lloyds

Rising estate agency fees account for more almost half of the increase in average moving costs in the past year, according...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

UK's largest open house weekend to take place later this week

More than 900 sales branches will be taking part in the UK's 'largest open house weekend' later this week.  The event, which...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agency pays vendors to market their properties

A London estate agency has revealed that it is offering local homeowners cash incentives for valuations and instructions. Keating Estates, based in...

19 September 2016

From: Breaking News

New website for clients to register details with local agents

A new website has launched with the aim of providing vendors, landlords, buyers and tenants with an easy way of registering...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

How can Agents survive in an increasingly competitive market?

The key lies in improving your customer experience through technology For Agents, the tremendous growth in online estate agents highlights a strong...

13 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Rightmove reveals its autumn TV advertising campaign

Rightmove has launched its autumn TV advertising offensive, the latest to follow the Find Your Happy theme.   The new ad -...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

How can we encourage closer collaboration between estate agents and solicitors?

With an anticipated “Call for Evidence” from the Dept of Business Innovation & Skills looking into the home-buying experience ETSOS is...

01 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Another hybrid agency claims substantial increase in completions

EweMove, which describes itself as the UK’s first hybrid estate agency, claims it has seen completions over the past two months...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Website claims London now has Brexit-inspired 'panic selling' at cut prices

The sales website Home claims that London house prices have dropped an average of 1.2 per cent in the past four...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit prompts slump in buyer numbers to three-year low claims NAEA

Against the trend of some recent market snapshots, the National Association of Estate Agents says there has been a sharp drop...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2016

From: Features

Brexit: survey says only 50% are confident about housing market

Surveys on housing and Brexit are coming thick and fast - the latest have Haart estate agency reporting a £30,000 price...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

What has been the Brexit impact on the housing market so far?

The morning after the EU referendum, and Westminster, Britain, Europe and the world were left in shock at the news that...

05 August 2016

From: Features

Electronic signatures receive approval from Law Society

The Law Society of England and Wales have moved to clarify the legal position of electronic signature and have endorsed their...

01 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

New warning of older sellers deterred by high cost and poor choice

There has been another warning that older home owners are reluctant to sell and free-up family housing because of the cost...

28 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Sheffield is primed for growth: explains why Chinese will invest £1bn

Sheffield in South Yorkshire, which was once one of the leading industrial cities in Britain and is still recognised for its...

22 July 2016

From: Features

Global property insight

With the new Formula One season now well underway, we delve into the fast lane to take you on a whirlwind...

08 July 2016

From: Features

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

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

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Buyers active but some sellers withdrawing stock, says online agent

Buyer numbers remain broadly unchanged but some sellers are withdrawing their homes from the market accoding to the chief executive of...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chiefs say transactions will fall but prices may only dip

The Council of Mortgage Lenders says the Brexit vote will hit transactions as buyers and sellers wait for the dust to...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Purplebricks, Foxtons share prices tumble - portals less so

As post-Brexit referendum vote shockwaves continue to reverberate around stock markets and currency exchanges, many publicly-quoted property companies took a hit...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Foxtons issues profits warning as Brexit jitters continue

Foxtons says the vote to leave the EU means the expected upturn in the housing market in the second half of...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 June 2016

From: Features

Online agency emoov in hot water with advertising watchdog - again

For the second time this month, the Advertising Standards Authority has had to intervene over the wording of an ad from...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove: 'referendum deterring sellers and Brexit may unsettle market'

Rightmove says fewer new sellers are coming to market, with this month’s total some 5.3 per cent below the monthly average...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2016

From: Features

The current state of play in the property portal market

With more house-hunters than ever now starting their search for a new home by typically looking online on one of the major...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Firm urges agents to short-let homes that are sticking on the sales market

A firm says it wants to help agents and sellers frustrated by a stagnating housing market to short-let homes using controversial...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks 1, Old-style online agencies 0

Forgive the footballing headline – perhaps inevitable now that Euro 2016 has started – but several decisions and statements across the...

10 June 2016

From: Features

Proved - the vast majority of vendors buy no more than 20 miles away

It’s long been considered the case that vendors tend to move only relatively close distance but new research has quantified the...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

2016 half year news round up for Estate & Letting agents

As we have just passed the 6 month half way point of 2016 we thought it would be a good idea...

09 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

eMoov ad banned by watchdog after complaint about three of its claims

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an ad by online agency emoov after a complaint disputing the duration of a fee...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

How UK estate agents are embracing Multi Listing Services

It's great to hear how new proptech is being embraced by a number of front line agents in order to network...

07 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

OnTheMarket signs up five branch agency

Property portal OnTheMarket has announced that it has signed up five branch estate agency Meller Braggins.  The firm, which is based in...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Property expert says agents have learned their lesson from financial crisis

Property expert and housing analyst Kate Faulkner says estate agents have 'learned their lesson' from the property market slump in 2007-2008. In...

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency chief says sellers need to be more realistic with their asking prices

The head of one of the country's largest estate agency chains has urged sellers to be more realistic with the asking...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of consumers prefer a 'personal agent'

Some 82% of consumers say they would prefer to work with a 'personal agent' who can manage the whole process of...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide agency to launch 'conveyancing hub' for its clients

Hamptons International has announced that it is to launch a 'private conveyancing hub' later this year. The initiative has been designed to...

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Private sales site tells vendors they can sell their home for a pound

A new private sales website is offering sellers the chance to market their property for 28 days for just £1. After the...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Prices still rising according to government's final ONS housing index

House prices across the UK increased by 9.0 per cent in the year to March, showing a significant rise from the 7.6...

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the top five Proptech products

Last time out I spoke about the beginnings of a PropTech revolution, with two major London-based events in the offing over...

13 May 2016

From: Features

Two online agencies seek six-figure crowdfunding investments

Two estate agencies have looked to a crowdfunding platform to try to raise investment. Online agency HouseSpotters wants £150,000 to “ensure the...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Kings strike gold at the UK estate agency ‘Oscars’

Winners’ reactions and views from a fantastic day of celebration! The Kings Group scooped the gold award for Best Estate Agent in...

25 April 2016

From: Features

How excellent branding can help estate agents stand out in a crowd

Recently, I was speaking to the owner of a chain of estate agents which is thinking of refreshing its company image. They...

15 April 2016

From: Features

How can traditional estate agents adapt their customer experience to compete with online?

In 2014 there were 19,000 estate agent branches in the UK. Of which 18,000 were registered to list properties on the...

14 April 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Online agency accuses traditional agents of 'hiding' VAT on fees

Online agent House Network has accused unspecified numbers of traditional estate agents of hiding their VAT fees.  A statement from the agency...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Estate agents' offices already improving to combat online rivals, says display guru

An estate agency display specialist is strongly refuting comments made by a digital marketing company that agents are doing too little...

05 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Online sales site seeks £1m investment and claims amazing fall-through rate

Settled, the online property sales site which launched last year, is now looking for an additional £1m in investment from funds...

05 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Prices may stay buoyant despite stamp duty deadline passing, says analyst

The price of a typical home increased by 0.8 per cent in March, while the annual rate of house price growth...

04 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: out and about

Storm Katie (makes it sound so harmless when they give it a name like that, doesn’t it?) might have given the...

01 April 2016

From: Features

Money laundering customer due diligence on buyers – is it an obligation?

There is a substantial amount of misunderstanding over this question, which needs clarifying.   In general terms, the Money Laundering Regulations require...

01 April 2016

From: Features

Agents advised to make offices more fun and hi-tech to defeat online threat

Estate agents have been urged to follow the example of the travel agency industry and make high street offices more stimulating...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - good works dispel the stamp duty blues

Forget the gloomy stamp duty news, or the prospect that a new house price index might revalue house prices downwards, or...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

60 second interview: Shameem Golamy, Managing Director of Properstar

Who are you? My name is Sham, I am based in the UK and my core experience is in running cross border...

29 March 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

The rise of an increasingly unpredictable market

Property has long been a safe investment. Before the downturn in 2008, sellers were able to gain a healthy capital return.  Post-economic...

25 March 2016

From: Features

Traditional agencies don't care about getting best sale price claims agent

Controversial online estate agent and industry commentator Russell Quirk has hit out at the fee structure of traditional agents, claiming it...

21 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Money laundering obligations – Who do they apply to?

There is widespread misunderstanding within agency concerning money laundering obligations.  The first thing to note is that contrary to popular belief the...

18 March 2016

From: Features

Property Natter – it’s all about the software

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

04 March 2016

From: Features

Rightmove's next move: running agencies' back-office operations?

One of the property portal sector’s leading analysts is suggesting that Rightmove may be about to increasingly involve itself with services...

03 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Growing number of vendors say their plans are on ice until after EU referendum

A survey of 1,000 people shows that a significant number in each region of the UK are putting their sales plans...

02 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Property and technology: The birth of the silicon brick?

The amount of column inches taken up by ‘property’ is at an all-time high.  In my mind there are two major contributing...

20 February 2016

From: Features

OTM testimonials continue as Rightmove reveals record leads and visits

An OnTheMarket director says his portal can still challenge Rightmove - despite record figures from Rightmove itself. As we reported yesterday, Rightmove says...

05 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agency office of the future? I'll have a latte and a home….

An agent has broken new ground by creating an open-plan shop which includes an agency office, a cafe and an interiors...

29 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency launches No Sale-No Fee option for vendors - with strings

Online agency HouseSimple is introducing a High Street agency style No Sale-No Fee option for vendors, with a reduced fee if they...

27 January 2016

From: Breaking News

The value of a brand in property

For the team at Andrews, the new year started a long time ago. Almost two years ago to be precise as...

15 January 2016

From: Features

Sellers throwing caution to the wind on prices as supply hits new low

Sellers know there is a shortage of supply of homes on the market and are therefore throwing caution to the wind...

13 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Business survey shows strong backing for traditional agents over online rivals

A survey of 1,000 members of the public suggests that 60 per cent of people would prefer to buy or sell a...

06 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Age and history of an estate agency is of little interest to clients

A survey of 2,000 existing and former house sellers in London suggests that relatively few regard the age and history of...

06 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Another online agency scraps compulsory up-front fees for sellers

Tepilo is the latest online estate agency to introduce an option for sellers to pay after a sale is completed, instead...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Open All (Christmas) Hours: Are you shutting down or gearing up?

The possibility of agents having to keep offices open until 7pm from next summer to accommodate late key releases has put...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Chris Rundle, Managing Director of GK Signs

Who are you?  Chris Rundle, What does it say on your business card? Managing Director of GK Signs.  How long has GK Signs...

07 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

New 'Tinder-style' smartphone app aims at private sellers and buyers

A new app, Qoob, allows people to use a smartphone to swipe through homes put on the market by private sellers...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Christmas is no time for agents to wind down

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

27 November 2015

From: Features

Onliner takes a swipe at estate agents who 'lose interest' in vendors' homes

An online estate agency claims it has evidence traditional agents have attention spans “not that much longer” than goldfish when it...

25 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks launches in another region as stock market float nears

Purplebricks has launched in another region of the UK as speculation continues over the date of its expected flotation.  It has now...

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Private sales website announces January marketing campaign

The private sale website EMOH has announced that it's to have a "hard hitting marketing campaign" in the New Year in...

23 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a Facebook seller and the crowdfunding craze

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

20 November 2015

From: Features

Colin Breavington, SearchFlow Operations Director

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

16 November 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Rightmove starts campaign to push Christmas portal visits

Rightmove has used its latest monthly house price index to launch its bid to push up its visits to record levels...

16 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

Property Natter: Content, Content, Content

Someone told me the other day that it’s now only seven Mondays till Christmas. Now there’s a scary thought. Best get...

06 November 2015

From: Features

Online agency plans string of new offices in major cities

Up Estates, an online estate agency operating chiefly in Coventry, Nuneaton and Hinckley, says it will next year open a string...

05 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Far fewer sellers hampered by chains, says new Countrywide research

New research from Countrywide suggests that the growth of the private rental sector and the higher number of mortgages means far...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents 'missing out on income by not charging for referrals' - claim

A company is claiming that estate agents are missing out on substantial potential income by not charging for referrals of clients...

22 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Out with the old, in with the new (homes)

Property journalists, and more than a few estate agents, are beginning their annual autumn ritual – forecasting what’s going to happen...

16 October 2015

From: Features

Not Online, not High Street - future agencies to be Hybrid says Countrywide

The future estate agency model is going to be neither the traditional High Street office nor the online-only alternative - instead...

16 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 October 2015

From: Breaking News

New website plans to identify homes where buyers can try for discounts

A new website promises ultimately to identify 'mispriced' properties, including those which have the highest probably of being secured at a...

12 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

Strongest September for home sales since 2007 according to LSL

Last month was the strongest September since 2007 for home sales, with a distinct north-south divide when it comes to transactions...

09 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Keller Williams franchise agent slams complacent, unimaginative industry

One of the UK franchise holders of US-based Keller Williams has accused this country's agency industry of being "complacent and unimaginative"...

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Fall-through rate at lowest level for three years according to buying firm

The fall-through rate on transactions in the UK has dropped to its lowest level since late 2012, with fewer than a...

07 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents and conveyancers – It’s not rocket science

Wind back the clock a few years and the working relationships I had with most estate agents was productive, beneficial and...

02 October 2015

From: Features

Is 2015 the year that changed property?

There was once a time when you knew where you were in the year by virtue of what was happening in...

02 October 2015

From: Features

High-end agent boosts 2015 forecast and issues 2016 prediction

Average house prices in England and Wales are expected to rise by 5.0 per cent in 2015 and by 4.5 per...

21 September 2015

From: Breaking News

For Sale By Owner website launches - will it succeed?

Another day, another website for online property sales - but this site does not describe itself as an estate agent and...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

ASA bans agent's ad quoting customer recommendations

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement by estate agency Redman Casey accusing it of misleading statements over customer recommendations...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Zoopla will never accept private sales and letting listings

The chief executive of Zoopla has ruled out allowing private sellers and landlords to list properties directly on Zoopla or PrimeLocation.  In...

15 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Pay-as-you-go estate agency launches TV campaign

An estate agency offering what it calls “pay as you go” fees for vendors is launching its first TV and London...

11 September 2015

From: Breaking News

High Street agent cautions against offering 'fixed fee' sales

A High Street estate agent has cautioned others within the industry against being tempted to go down the route of charging...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agency giant invests £5m in valuation service

Connells Group has announced a new £5m annual investment into growing its team of chartered surveyors across the UK.   The announcement follows...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News

A chain view that works, don’t make me laugh!

The internet has changed the way that most businesses operate. In many cases, the opportunities opened up by the emergence of...

04 September 2015

From: Features

We’re all disrupters now

It’s become almost obligatory for start-ups in many industries – frequently online agents in the selling and letting business – to...

04 September 2015

From: Features

Country Life website to use OnTheMarket search facility

The website of Country Life, the iconic rural pursuits magazine, is using OnTheMarket to provide its property search tool. The magazine -...

01 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Gazumping on the decline, says eMoov

The number of buyers being gazumped has fallen by 40% since October 2014, according to online estate agent eMoov. The agency surveyed...

25 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: how to make PR work for you

Public relations is big business these days. Whole companies are set up purely to provide this service. Major corporations have in-house...

21 August 2015

From: Features

What are you getting out of the market at the moment?

How do you best sum up the current market status quo? Given the specific regional nature of the housing market in...

07 August 2015

From: Features

C’mon, CHAPS, let’s have the truth

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

07 August 2015

From: Features

3 lifehack services to ease an estate agent’s woes

Let’s face it: the work of an estate agent can be a thankless task. With clients on both sides of the...

06 August 2015

From: Sponsored Content

LonRes says prime central London now a buyer's market

Transactions in prime central London have plummeted and prices per square foot have dipped. Data from LonRes shows that in the second...

04 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Online agent in bid to move away from upfront fees

eMoov has entered into a partnership with peer-to-peer lender RateSetter in another bid by an online estate agency to find an...

27 July 2015

From: Breaking News

A new twist on the right to buy

Competition is hot among home buyers in my part of southern England to take ownership of properties that come onto the...

24 July 2015

From: Features

Spicerhaart whistleblower: OTM

An interesting point of view from a young sales negotiator working for Spicerhaart, whose chief executive Paul Smith recently wrote an...

24 July 2015

From: Features

Portals should carry private sales plus agents' stock - claim

An opinion poll of over 2,000 people conducted for The House Shop shows that a majority of people would use a...

21 July 2015

From: Breaking News

HomeOwners’ Alliance – an organisation to watch

There is a very interesting but easily-overlooked piece of information at the end of the National Trading Standards Estate Agent Team’s...

17 July 2015

From: Features

Online agent tries pay-as-you-go fee structure

Online estate agent HouseSimple has launched what it calls a “weekly pay-as-you-go estate agent service” which asks sellers to pay from...

16 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: The rise of agent-rating websites

The rising phenomenon of agent-rating and review websites is a topic that seems to have caused considerable division and controversy among...

10 July 2015

From: Features

How it works – for agents

The first step is making a commitment to providing good customer service. Then sign up to AgentTracker and we’ll get you...

02 July 2015

From: Sponsored Content

High-end market pauses over stamp duty change

Knight Frank says the high-end market in Scotland has slumped as buyers and sellers allow the new Land and Buildings Transaction...

01 July 2015

From: Breaking News

High-end central London market in doldrums says some agents

The high-end market in parts of prime central London is in the doldrums because of a glut of £2m-plus homes put...

29 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Online agency scraps concept of seller tie-in

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

29 June 2015

From: Breaking News

eMoov tests new no sale-no fee business model

One of the country’s most prominent online estate agencies is trying to confound critics by offering a no sale-no fee model,...

29 June 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 June 2015

From: Features

RICS pondering removing valuation from HomeBuyers Report

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says it is working on a revised HomeBuyer Report which will not include the ‘historic’...

24 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Market has lowest price reductions for five years says portal

Buyers are finding haggling over house prices increasingly difficult with the typical property currently reduced by just 6.05 per cent from...

23 June 2015

From: Breaking News

New online estate agency claims 'no upfront fees'

Another week, another online estate agency launches - but the latest, called YOPA, claims not to charge any upfront fee to...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Buying agency talks down DIY sales, talks up 'Big Two' portals

Stacks Property Search, one of Britain’s largest buying agencies, has entered the debates over portals and the use of DIY house...

19 June 2015

From: Breaking News

DIY house sales service says 'these four websites will value your home'

An online property sales platform - with a catchphrase that says traditional agents’ fees “are bigger than a Texan’s waistband and...

19 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Asking prices surge 3% in just one month

The unexpected outcome of the general election has given a shot in the arm to sellers and agents leading to a...

15 June 2015

From: Breaking News

New investment portal has ‘thousands of listings’ from agents

A new portal aimed at investors looking to purchase buy-to-let property has reported that it has thousands of listings from agents...

10 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency comparison site wants to work ‘with not against’ the industry

The managing director of a new estate agency comparison website says he wants to work with and not against the industry.  Ben...

10 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Networking, teamwork and a fake England captain

Hello and welcome to my brand new blog! Every month I’ll be giving you an insight into the varied, exciting and...

05 June 2015

From: Features

Inaugural ESTAS Agent of the Month winner revealed

The ESTAS has announced the winner of the first ever Agent of the Month award. Southend agent 1st Call Sales & Lettings...

04 June 2015

From: Breaking News

ASA upholds complaints against eMoov

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld two complaints made against online estate agency eMoov.  The first centred around eMoov’s claim that...

03 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

The internet versus the window display

If it is true (and who would doubt it?) that 90% of property searches start online, then how does this affect...

26 May 2015

From: Sponsored Content

eMoov lodges CMA complaint about sole agency agreements

Online estate agency eMoov has lodged a complaint with the Competition and Markets Authority over high street agents’ implementation of sole...

21 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Rightmove insists there will be post-election bounce

With some agents squabbling about whether there has been or will be a post-election bounce, Rightmove has come down firmly insisting...

18 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Do estate agents use undue influence?

The issue of some estate agents insisting that buyers and/or sellers use a particular solicitor or conveyancer has reared its ugly...

08 May 2015

From: Features

Technology is arming high street agents in the online battleground

The presupposed notion still exists that new online agents are ‘tech savvy’ whilst the seemingly old fashioned high street agents are...

06 May 2015

From: Features

NAEA, Foxtons and LSL blame election for slump

Demand for property is at the lowest level it has been since March 2014, according to the National Association of Estate...

01 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Pre-election market 'squeezed' says agent

The housing market across the UK is in a pre-election ‘squeeze’ with several indicators used by agents suggesting a significant slump...

27 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Valuing the flat above the Girl Band

About ten years ago, I was working as the branch manager of an estate agency based in an affluent part of...

23 April 2015

From: Features

Prices up 0.9% in a month claims Haart

Haart estate agency claims average UK property prices have risen 5.6 per cent annually and 0.9 per cent in March, to...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Asking prices soar - and so does Rightmove traffic

Rightmove is reporting its highest ever average asking price as a result of a slump in the number of homes being...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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