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Property Natter – four ways agents can improve brand recognition this winter

As a character from a fairly well-known TV show once said, winter is coming and we’re all contemplating where 2021 has...

23 October 2021

From: Features

Could tech be the answer to inflated timescales (and tempers)?

With soaring property prices, supply continuing to be outstripped by demand and overworked and overtired industry professionals; we’re seeing the sector...

23 October 2021

From: Features

House prices will still rise even after interest rate hike, says senior analyst

Business consultancy Hargreaves Lansdown is predicting house prices will still rise, even after a possible hike in interest rates later this year or...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

High end agency launches in murdered MP’s beloved new city

Southend on Sea, soon to be designated a city out of respect for murdered MP Sir David Amess, is to see...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - it’s that Friday good works feeling…

Hello and welcome to the end of the week - an opportunity for you to catch up with charity news from...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Simply Conveyancing nominated for Supplier of the Year at property Oscars

The ESTAS – often known as the property world’s version of the Oscars – returns as an in-person event this Friday...

21 October 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Cost of moving soars for second year in a row

Research by price comparison service MoneySuperMarket has itemised the additional fees incurred by people moving home. This year’s 12 per cent rise...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks faces legal action from agents over holiday and pension pay

A claims firm wants to commence proceedings against online estate agency companies such as Purplebricks and Yopa. It's on behalf of thousands...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: are you meeting the expectations of modern consumers?

If there is one thing that modern consumers have come to expect, it’s convenience. As a nation, we’re driven by on-demand...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC ratings to become more important under Green reforms

The government has given more details of its bid to change the energy efficiency of existing and new homes to meet...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

UK's 'poshest estate agency' gets new name and new management

A business once called “the UK’s poshest estate agent” has revealed that it’s under new management. Bective - formerly called Bective Leslie...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate Rise coming - could it actually be good for house sales?

Rightmove is warning that it’s “highly likely” interest rates will rise in the near future. The portal believes this now seems inevitable...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest autumn leavers and movers

Hello and welcome to the latest PJT, your chance to catch up with who’s moving where in our industry. If you have...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent murdered after online house sale goes wrong in US

Media reports from the US state of Virginia say an 84-year-old man killed his estate agent after buying a property ‘sight...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Is your business ready to offer the best digital experience to your customers?

In this thought leadership article, Videosign CEO Steven Tallant looks at electronic signatures and conveyancing and whether the time is nigh for the...

16 October 2021

From: Features

Agents’ photos ‘mislead buyers over true size of properties’ - claim 

A portal says many buyers feel disappointed when viewing a property becuase it is typically smaller than agents’ photographs suggest.  MoveStreets claims...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket to offer agency bosses free coaching from Property Academy

OnTheMarket has signed an exclusive commercial partnership with business coaching specialists, Property Academy.  OTM will provide full fee-paying customers with free access...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Werewolf runs rampant in London agency branch

Howl you doing? Yes, it’s just a fortnight until Halloween and time to wheel out unspeakably awful puns and the occasional...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Suzy Lamplugh suspect may be allowed home visits and day release

The convicted murderer and rapist John Cannan, who is the prime suspect in the still-unsolved murder of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh,...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s the return of the Viking…

We’re building up towards both Christmas and the Awards season right now, and that gives plenty of opportunities for fund raising,...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks shock as finance chief quits at short notice

Purplebricks has this morning announced that chief financial officer Andy Botha is quitting at the end of the month. In a terse...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS Scandal: Establishment trio named as interim leadership team

The bid by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to re-establish itself as a trusted body continues with the naming of...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

What future for Propertymark? Chief to be quizzed by critic of NAEA

Propertymark’s chief executive - officially still in post on just an interim basis - is to face questions from a past...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should be confident of fees they charge says data analyst

Estate agents who differentiate themselves from competitors should not be afraid of charging more - and should have confidence when doing...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

How technology can shape the customer experience beyond 2021

2021 redefined what it meant to offer exceptional customer experiences for consumers across multiple industries, but particularly for the residential property...

13 October 2021

From: Features

The Modern Method of Auction is fast, transparent and the future

The Modern Method of Auction (MMoA), also known as Conditional auction, can sometimes get a bad rap. However, much of the...

13 October 2021

From: Features

Agents urged to conduct extra legal checks on buyers

Agents are being advised to go above and beyond the legal requirements for anti-money laundering requirements.  Paul Offley, compliance officer for The...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent group says talented women lost to industry due to menopause

The Women In Property group claims talented females are being lost to the industry due to the menopause.  It says panic attacks,...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket posts strong results as agents move to full-fee contracts

OnTheMarket figures for the first half of this year show stronger revenue and improved profits. Agency numbers have increased modestly since January...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Working From Home 'set to boost agencies in key areas'

Fine & Country has opened another office - this time in Exeter, one of the most popular locations to which people...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS new Rules of Conduct try to win back respect for battered body

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is trying to win back respect within the property industry with new Rules of Conduct...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Celebrity host revealed for AllAgents Customer Experience Awards

TV property personality Amanda Lamb has been named as the presenter of the first ever allAgents Annual Customer Experience Awards in...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: are estate agents paid enough?

Agent wages have been in the news this week, with boastful claims from a number of self-employed businesses about the sums...

09 October 2021

From: Features

Revealed: what to consider before setting up your own agency

Many agents working in the industry, whether for large corporates or smaller independents, might one day have ambitions to branch out...

09 October 2021

From: Features

How the 2021 consumer will impact the residential property industry

The property industry and its many stakeholders are key participants in a global digital transformation that has been underway for quite...

09 October 2021

From: Features

The complete business phone system in a mobile app for property professionals

The telecoms solutions company behind "Phone-in-a-Phone" (PiP) now brings property professionals the UK's first mobile-only business phone system in an app...

07 October 2021

From: Sponsored Content

TikTok! 25-second virtual tours launched by Purplebricks

British homebuyers take an average of 25 seconds to decide whether a house is right for them, according to Purplebricks. As a...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Burglar who ransacked independent agency escapes jail

A burglar who ransacked an independent agency’s branch office and stole equipment worth almost £2,000 has escaped prison. Bilal Hemmi of Windsor...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Will online agencies take over, or do we still need face-to-face contact?

Like most industries, estate agency is changing. A general trend to a more hybrid model, accelerated by the pandemic has resulted...

06 October 2021

From: Features

PM puts home ownership at heart of levelling-up agenda

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given a ringing endorsement to home ownership as a central part of the government’s levelling up...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Content Is King - time to crown your agency website

It’s a truism that most property enquiries from buyers these days come through portals but there are several reasons why agents...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals four new Modern Method of Auction providers

Rightmove - which for some time has linked solely with iamsold to provide the controversial Modern Method of Auction system to...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC probe into suspicious property deals revealed in leaked files

Chancellor Rishi Sunak says HM Revenue & Customs will probe any alleged wrongdoing in property purchases included in the so-called Pandora...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove in revolutionary TV advertising move

Rightmove is at the centre of a revolutionary advertising initiative involving Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location. Using Artificial Intelligence technology, a digital...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency launches high-end division to woo rich buyers

Foxtons has launched a new high-end department called Foxtons Private Office in a bid to woo the richest domestic and international...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Regional hubs introduced to handle Hamptons expansion

Hamptons is to expand the provision of New Homes and residential development services across all of its 90 branches, after a...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

A Taxing Time: the property industry is set for increases

By the time I next write this column, we’ll be just days before the next Budget and Autumn Statement. So I’ll...

02 October 2021

From: Features

Alto Q&A - behind the scenes of a growing agency, with a family ethos at heart

Luke Thirkettle heads up the lettings division at Stratfords, a single-branch lettings and sales agency based in Milton Keynes. Here, he speaks to...

02 October 2021

From: Features

Locked or open-door policy - has Covid changed the way offices operate forever?

In this piece, Tom Davis, press officer at Propertymark, explores the debate surrounding a locked or open-door policy, and whether the...

02 October 2021

From: Features

Why agencies should be careful when agents use personal phones for business

Estate agents, even before Covid-19 reared its ugly head, were flexible, hybrid workers. It is a job that requires a significant...

02 October 2021

From: Features

We Salute You! - industry tribute after the stamp duty holiday frenzy

The stamp duty holiday concluded at midnight, marking the end of the busiest period for the industry - all parts of...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the deadline for marketing a home and ‘being in for Christmas’

We’re not sure if agents will agree with this but a high profile consumer group has come up with the final...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it’s not just the London Marathon this weekend…

Hello and welcome to the end of the week - another opportunity to see how our industry is doing great work...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS Scandal - apology given to whistleblowers amid major overhaul

The governing council of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has issued a public apology to the whistle blowers whose actions...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: £5m to be spent on self-employed agents in 100 areas

An online operator called Nested is to spend £5m to promote the self-employed estate agency concept in 100 parts of the...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Hunters says new ‘Personal Agent’ franchise allows flexible working

Hunters, now part of The Property Franchise Group, has announced its first so-called ‘Personal Agent’ signing - and says it’s ideal...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks executive bonuses given massive shareholder support

Shareholders in Purplebricks have given overwhelming backing to the company’s remuneration policy - including substantial bonuses for senior executives which had...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Second homes and Airbnb-style short lets blamed in new affordability report

A government report suggests that house prices are rising at three times the national rate in some rural and coastal areas...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks staff set up new agency and reveal big expansion

The self-employed partnership known as The Agency UK - founded by three refugees from Purplebricks - has announced a major expansion. The...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency reveals second acquisition in successive months

An agency has announced its second acquisition in just a matter of weeks. Legal and estate agency Pacitti Jones has acquired Kilsyth-based...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty win for government as second home sales soar

A leading agency says the new normal likely to establish itself in the housing market after the end of the stamp...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to the first PJT of autumn - an update on who’s moving where right now. Please let us know...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Crisis: Better EPCs boost house values - claim

The Halifax claims that homes with the highest energy ratings are worth up to £40,000 more on average compared to less...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency run from family home expands into new territories

The hybrid agency Paton & Co is moving into new territories in Berwickshire and Northumberland. The company has been Borders-based since launching...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how can estate agents improve their green credentials?

As we motor towards the next major global climate change conference – the UN’s COP26 being held in Glasgow from 31...

25 September 2021

From: Features

By jove, Gove is off at full steam ahead!

There’s good news and bad news from the shake-up in government ministers and ministries that was presented to the nation last...

25 September 2021

From: Features

How estate agents can optimise their workflows with conveyancers 

The recent stamp duty holiday and the subsequent conveyancing logjam this triggered has acted as a wakeup call for the industry....

25 September 2021

From: Features

Video interview – is a single PropTech solution the way forward for agents?

In this latest exclusive video interview, EAT’s video reporter Chris Buckler – an agent himself – chats with Peter Grant, chairman of the board at...

25 September 2021

From: Features

Reservation agreements – they have been here all along

In this guest editorial, experienced property solicitor Lorraine Richardson argues that reservation agreements - designed to reduce the number of fall-throughs in...

25 September 2021

From: Features

Purplebricks launches multi-million pound advertising campaign today

Purplebricks is launching its biggest advertising campaign in five years this evening. The multichannel campaign kicks off with a 60-second spot on Channel 4’s...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warned about sensitive data being included in listings

Agents are being warned about removing personal data and information from marketing material. Paul Offley, compliance officer at The Guild of Property...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Mark Hayward sets new retirement date (once he finds his replacement)

Mark Hayward has set a new retirement date for the end of this year. Hayward, previously chief executive of Propertymark, was due...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New easyProperty franchise lands in Luton, home of easyJet

The latest easyProperty franchise has landed in Luton, the spiritual home of the easy brand as it’s the place where budget...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Drones to night shots - what are the top photo tips for agents?

Photography has become an increasingly important weapon in an agent’s armoury in recent years as listings compete for space on portals,...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Review website set for first-ever in-person awards ceremony this November

The UK’s largest review website for the property industry has announced that its first ever in-person awards event will be held...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

How affordable is it to buy a new-build house?

Affordability has always been a hot topic when it comes to the property market, and this is doubly true for first-time...

22 September 2021

From: Features

Part exchange – why agents should be including it as part of their pitch to developers

It’s certainly the case that awareness of part exchange isn’t very high in the property and agency world, despite the potential...

22 September 2021

From: Features

The Great Suit Debate – what does the property industry think?

Our story yesterday on whether agents should continue to dress formally post-pandemic seemed to relight the fire on a long-time debate...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - how can tech help the smooth running of tenancies?

There are a huge array of products and services covering the entire journey of lettings, from prospecting all the way through to...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Boost for Winkworth - leading agents take over brand’s Ealing and Acton franchise 

Jonny Dyson, a leading London estate agent and the former regional director of John D Wood & Co., has joined Winkworth...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Homesearch and KWUK agree multi-million pound long-term agreement

In a 'coup' for property data firm Homesearch, Keller Williams UK, which has some 400 agents under its banner across the UK,...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Could you market a property based on its quirky postcode?

Forget en-suites and garden rooms, could you boost viewings with the postcode of a property? Research by comparison website Money.co.uk has identified...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers securing mortgages online as bank branches close

First-time buyers are shifting to online-only banks to help get a mortgage. A survey by personal finance website NerdWallet found that with...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Ministry of Housing rebrands but it’s still a bit of a mouthful

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has changed its name to reflect the government’s levelling up agenda. The department’s...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents report record August for above asking price sales

Record numbers of properties sold above asking price in August, agents claim. Data from NAEA Propertymark shows that despite the summer lull,...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

360° virtual tours require GDPR and CPR compliance

As virtual tours start to get even more popular, and in some cases become the norm for the majority of letting...

18 September 2021

From: Features

Foxtons appoints former Hamptons man following 'investor pressure'

Following speculation overnight, Foxtons - one of London's leading and most high-profile agencies - has this morning announced the appointment of Nigel Rich CBE...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pincher survives as ruthless Johnson reshuffle concludes

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

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents need a software system to match the changing working day, says provider

A cloud-based software provider has claimed that agents need to prepare for the future – and a very different working day...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity – pies in faces, Agent Rainmaker and Three Peaks heroics

It’s been a dramatic week in the world of politics – and this has led to another new Housing Secretary, in...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Reshuffle - Gove replaces Jenrick, but will Pincher survive?

In a day of unexpected drama, Boris Johnson carried out a surprisingly brutal and widespread Cabinet reshuffle which saw a number...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing – is industry-wide UPRN adoption on the cards?

Industry-wide adoption of Unique Property Reference Numbers could be one step closer after an announcement by a major trade body. The Conveyancing...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Platform - proof of funds vitally important as stamp duty holiday end nears

Being able to show proof of funds in a quick, transparent and simple way is more crucial than ever to keep fall-throughs...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Forum - can agents and conveyancers work better together?

The property market over the last 18 months has seen unprecedented activity - as a result of changed priorities, the stamp...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty boost for first-time buyers? Not a bit of it, claims research

First-time buyers are £25,000 worse off thanks to the stamp duty holiday, according to estate agent comparison site GetAgent. The website revealed...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Robert Jenrick sacked as Housing Secretary; Michael Gove replaces him

Robert Jenrick has been sacked from his post as Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary. He was the third major name to...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

How estate agents can ensure success in the fourth quarter of 2021

The worst of the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be firmly in the rear-view mirror as we move into the last quarter...

15 September 2021

From: Features

Poor connection! A third of buyers would pull out of an offer over bad wi-fi

Picky buyers are walking away from property deals after realising the internet connection at a property is poor, research claims. A poll...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Dramatic! Ex Emmerdale star is now an estate agent

A soap star has swapped scripts for property sales. Actor Marc Silcock was involved in one of ITV soap Emmerdale’s biggest storylines,...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent comes up with solution to clear up offer confusion

A Midlands estate agency has come up with a solution to avoid confusion over property offers. Forget poor connections or bad handwriting that...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: talking the secret to good photography and working for Foxtons

Good property marketing photos have arguably never been more important in an increasingly visual and tech-led world. We saw just the...

11 September 2021

From: Features

City exodus: will the return to the office see a reversal of activity?

2020 gave rise to an exodus from the city as work from home became the mandated norm for large swaths of...

11 September 2021

From: Features

RICS Scandal - Senior figures quit but “no fraud or crime” says QC

The independent QC leading a review into the governance scandal at the RICS says there was “no fraudulent or criminal misbehaviour”...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Interim RICS boss gives salary to charity as body seeks forgiveness

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

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Police probe into sacked Savills agent still ongoing

The police investigation into the Savills agents who allegedly racially abused England players on Twitter after the Euros 2020 final is...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Better AML solutions needed amid warnings of possible impacts of Afghanistan exit on financial crime

Regulators are warning the UK’s property, finance and legal sectors to be aware of the possible impacts of the exit from...

09 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Savills sacks 'racist abuse' agent after Euros tweet

The Savills member of staff who allegedly racially abused England players online after the Euros 2020 final has been sacked. The Metro...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

House prices to fall next year if market cycle continues - agency

An estate agency says it’s analysed the housing market’s long term cycles and forecasts that house price rises will continue -...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS scandal - more details expected to be revealed today

A news conference today is expected to reveal more details of the governance scandal which has engulfed the Royal Institution of...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London shrugs off end of stamp duty holiday

Exchanges of properties in prime central London, following the end of the largest part of the stamp duty holiday, suggest the...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS scandal - chief executive in talks to stand down

The chief executive of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Sean Tompkins, is in talks to step down according to an...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing - how digital should your agency go?

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

08 September 2021

From: Features

Independent agents’ group celebrates passing key milestone

The Federation of Independent Agents has passed the key milestone of 50 member branches covering in excess of 200 exclusive postcode...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to diversify by linking with retirement developers

Estate agents are being urged to future-proof and diversify by linking with retirement developers via part-exchange services. Property investment service HBB Solutions...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

£180,000 for estate agent who wanted to leave work early

A prominent prime London estate agent has been awarded £180,000 by a compensation panel following her victory earlier this year in...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Twenty new High Street branches announced by leading agency

Jackson-Stops, which currently has 42 branches across the UK, has revealed it’s going to have another 20 by the end of...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Interview: experienced agents show increased appetite for training and qualifications

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

04 September 2021

From: Features

Avoid sleepless nights by choosing the right sales and lettings software

We are living in the age of information. Our working and personal lives are underpinned by software, data and technology to...

04 September 2021

From: Features

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

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

04 September 2021

From: Features

Ex-Countrywide director become agency chief executive

The former group marketing director at Countrywide has been appointed as global chief executive of Fine & Country. Simon Leadbetter has also...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Named And Shamed - Councils with slowest search responses 

Homebuyers are suffering huge delays in receiving responses to their search requests to council according to a study of local authorities. Consumer...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

£100m price tag as London agency chain put up for sale

Chestertons, the London high-end estate agency chain, is reported to be looking for a buyer. Sky News says it’s hired Deloitte, the...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons - “too aggressive and too nasty” admits former boss

The man who admits he was “the acceptable face of Foxtons” in its golden period says he finally left because it...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Who needs stamp duty holiday? Prices rise again in August

The first house price index for August suggests they rose 2.1 per cent in just a month - despite forecasts that the...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rich Pickings: Agency sells £100m of homes on one estate in 2021

Knight Frank has sold homes collectively valued at over £100m on just one exclusive estate so far this year alone.  The Wentworth...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Buyers hopelessly ill-informed on mortgage process, survey suggests

Many Britains are apparently under-estimating the impact of furlough on their ability to get a mortgage and buy a property. A new...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday taper leads to reduced mortgage borrowing

Mortgage approvals declined over the last month as the tapering stamp duty holiday deterred home purchases, according to data from the...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Christmas already? Agents get advice for prospective sellers

It may be the final day of August but Propertymark has first out of the blocks with advice for agents to...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Opinion: Do 360 virtual tours impact leads?

360 tour technology company Made Snappy has grown rapidly over the past 18 months and whilst many agents have grasped the...

28 August 2021

From: Features

95% mortgages fall flat as few deals actually agreed, claims broker

A broker claims the high profile return of the 95 per cent mortgage has actually made little impact on the housing...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform adds first-of-its-kind sales progression feature

Zoopla-owned Proptech platform Yourkeys has launched what it calls a first-of-its-kind sales progression service for new-build shared ownership properties. It works like...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Buying a home is expensive - keeping it is even more…

An estate agency comparison website has conducted research into how much it costs to simply keep an average home in a...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents – back to the office, please

There’s a lot being said about how the workforce will operate in the post-pandemic world. We’re still largely remote at Homesearch but as...

25 August 2021

From: Features

HMRC brings agents back down to earth - big drop in transactions

House sales slumped nearly two thirds last month as the main deadline for the stamp duty holiday passed.  HM Revenue and Customs...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Executive Pay - Purplebricks shareholders get date for key vote

A date has been set for Purplebricks’ shareholders to give their verdict on a controversial remuneration package given to the agency’s...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Large family homes may be bought to house Afghan refugees

Media reports suggest the government is considering offering grants to local authorities to purchase private family houses which are larger than...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: OnTheMarket’s biggest critic will list with portal

A long-standing critic of OnTheMarket, who was once excluded from a presentation by the portal’s leadership, has spoken enthusiastically of the...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the late summer moves in our industry

Hello and welcome to our final Property Jobs Today before the start of autumn - and it’s good to see people...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New market appraisal guides go live on OnTheMarket

OnTheMarket’s new market appraisal guides - first announced some months ago - have this morning gone live.  In June OTM announced a...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - What Agents Should Watch For This Autumn

I’m sorry to break this to you but in 10 days’ time it will be autumn - and we will have...

21 August 2021

From: Features

OTM reconciliation - why I've decided to join a portal I previously criticised

Things can change. For those who remember, it’s no secret that I became one of the industry's strongest critics of OnTheMarket (OTM). My reasons...

21 August 2021

From: Features

Look After Your Team. Or Someone Else Will

Like most aspects of life since the pandemic hit, the employment arena has been hit hard. But not just with uncertainty...

21 August 2021

From: Features

Sector reform - stamp out this market malaise

Every so often it comes around – the argument that stamp duty should be reformed/removed/replaced (delete as appropriate). But why? Where’s the...

21 August 2021

From: Features

It’s over: Market frenzy settles down to near-normal business

Agents are reporting fewer sales and fewer deals above the asking price, as summer and the tapering stamp duty holiday take...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Auction house brings back physical events

Bramleys says it’s to resume property auctions in October. The auction will be the first held since March 2020. Previous auctions have been...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warned after HMRC reveals protocol breaches

Propertymark has issued a warning to agents following the fines imposed on three property agencies by HM Revenue & Customs for...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency’s first ever full time employee retires - after 40 years!

A director of Essex estate agency Beresfords has announced his retirement after 40 years with the company - and after being...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

What leads to a fall through? A property firm investigates…

A bulk quick buy company has surveyed purchasers who have been deterred from continuing their transactions to discover what the biggest...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

How to minimise pandemic disruption in your estate agency

Last month it was reported that up to 500,000 people had been ‘pinged’ by the NHS in a week. While the...

18 August 2021

From: Features

Covid leads to agency quitting city centre - is this the industry’s future?

A Midlands property firm has quit its city centre premises after 25 years and says the pandemic has proved it can...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent claims buyer exodus from London is still in full flow

Estate agents have gone on the record to say the flow of purchasers from London to country and market town locations...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - how can tech deliver a better sales process for all?

My neighbour had been seeking to move home for some time. Suggestions that he wanted to get away from his neighbours...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour politicians blasted over “unsustainable” house prices

A nationalist party has blasted a Labour government in one national region of the UK for its lack of intervention in...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agency links with global sales platform

An independent agency has signed up to an international property sales platform designed to place UK new build developments on the...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Flexible working? Get flexible compliance!

Recent research shows that when asked what their ideal working set up would be, most agents said ‘hybrid’* and with proposals...

16 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

First asking price drop of 2021 - market cooling in latest Rightmove index

The average asking price, as recorded by Rightmove, has fallen for the first time this year. In another sign that the market...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Admin staff: the cornerstones to an effective agency

Admin teams in most businesses are often the lynchpins that ensure compliance and deal with issues in order to keep the...

14 August 2021

From: Features

Insight - Is The Resi Market About To Turn?

Following a month in which the number of property transactions was the highest since records began, it might seem a little...

14 August 2021

From: Features

Exclusive: ‘Realtor franchise’ scheme launched by long-standing agency

An estate agency is celebrating its 21st anniversary by launching a new ‘realtor’ franchise model based on enhanced technology and personalised...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Five top portals to face Question Time with legendary agent Quirk

Representatives of Rightmove, Zoopla, OnTheMarket, Boomin and OneDome portals are to be quizzed in an industry Question Time session next month. Russell...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and the funds keep on coming for good causes…

Hello and welcome to another round-up of our industry’s wonderful work for good causes. Before we salute this week’s heroes, our usual...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS Fraud Risk Controversy - QC delivers 400 page report

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

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent faces prison after defrauding pensioner out of £160,000

An estate agent with stomach cancer faces a prison sentence after pleading guilty of defrauding an 80 year old pensioner out...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid-cautious vendors still worried about in-person viewings

A new survey suggests the majority of vendors remain wary of allowing too many unknown people into their home during viewings. Some...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the type of buyer who moved during stamp duty holiday

A report claims the flurry of transactions over recent months has been down mostly to families moving into larger homes and...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Fixflo and MRI – A shared philosophy makes for a strong partnership

Guided by our philosophy of being open and connected, at MRI we are constantly evolving and developing relationships and partnerships with...

11 August 2021

From: Features

Boomin’s valuation tool is the most accurate anywhere - claim

Michael Bruce says the new SmartVal automated valuation system he is this month introducing on Boomin will be the most accurate...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: agents should no longer ignore PropTech's merits

Apart from a buoyant market, high transaction levels, and consumer confidence in the property market, one considerable additional benefit which has...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks admits short term disruption but CEO makes pay pledge

The chief executive of Purplebricks says he wants to move his agency’s 600 Local Property Experts from self-employed to employed status...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock intervention by Trading Standards in 'charging for viewing' row

The controversial proposal by a PropTech start up to charge potential viewers of properties to let or for sale has been...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Game Changer’ funding idea uses investor cash for first time buyers

A company says it will fund first time buyers’ bids to get on the property ladder by matching them with property...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer - viewings help agents so why charge for them?

Viewings are in the news right now and with good reason.  As the impact of the stamp duty holiday fades, and transaction...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers

Even at the height of summer (or the British wet season, as some call it) there are substantial numbers of job...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday impact fades as market returns to near-normal

House prices in July rose after falling in June, according to the Halifax. They were 0.4 per cent higher than in June,...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing supply slumps 40% since January as agents woo sellers

Propertymark says the supply of homes on the market has dwindled almost continuously since the start of the year, with 40...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

This is what the market will do after the stamp duty holiday (maybe)

There’s already plenty of talk about autumn - depressing huh? - with agents pondering how the housing market will respond to...

07 August 2021

From: Features

Can landlords and agents take photographs during property inspections?

Taking photographs or video footage during a routine property inspection can be a contentious subject. While landlords have every right to...

07 August 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and we’re getting ready to r-r-r-rumble again!

It’s a great sign of our slow but reassuring return to normality when much-missed fundraising events make a welcome comeback -...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Manage your lettings activity with  Task Plans in Reapit’s AgencyCloud

Trust the process: subscribe your landlords and tenants to Task Plans and receive automated prompts when it’s the right time to...

05 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

MAKING THE MOST OF THE MARKET – WITHOUT THE BURNOUT

Are you experiencing Estate Agent burnout? As The Stamp Duty Holiday has begun to tail off, it didn’t bring the relaxation in...

05 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Don’t expect a quiet August, says senior estate agent

If you were hoping for a summer lull during August, think again. That’s the messages from Nicky Stevenson, managing director of Fine...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Record figures for Your Move parent firm as it swings to finance

LSL Property Services - parent company of Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - has reported record figures as...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove can be even more profitable, says bank in investor U-turn

A bank which a year ago told investors to sell Rightmove shares has now changed its tune - radically. In August 2020...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

“Disgraceful” estate agent criticised by Crown Prosecution Service

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

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency shows startling growth from property, financial services

Belvoir has issued another upbeat trading report, saying its revenue for the first six months of the year is up 53...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

No appetite amongst agents for charging for viewings - Propertymark

NAEA Propertymark says there’s no appetite that it can see amongst its representatives across the UK for charging people £30 for...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Popular high profile veteran agent retires after 40 years

Kevin Thomas, the long time director at Thomas Morris Sales & Lettings, is retiring from the industry after more than 40...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry leader’s podcast lifts the lid on self-employed agents

One of the best known faces in estate agency has launched his own podcast - and is giving Estate Agent Today...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: half-year review – what has 2021 brought so far?

Well, we’re technically more than halfway through the year already, but we’ll let that slide. And what a year it’s been...

31 July 2021

From: Features

Revealed - how automation can help agents keep their businesses fully secure

A recent news story will have set alarm bells ringing for agencies up and down the country, when it was revealed...

31 July 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - with an Olympic surge in fund-raising…

We’re about to enter August and second half of the Olympic Games - and fund-raising is happening at a Gold medal...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the estate agents appointed to Boomin’s strategic board

Boomin has announced the appointment of six agents, described as independent representatives, who are now on the new portal’s strategic board. The...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Why it pays for landlords to have a property manager

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

28 July 2021

From: Features

Purplebricks exec directors’ bonuses increase five-fold in 2021

Purplebricks’ annual report has revealed that a short term bonus scheme to provide incentives for executive directors to meet financial and...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Fall-through rate “supercharged by stamp duty deadline” - claim

The already-high fall-through rate for transactions is likely to be supercharged by the impending end of the tapered stamp duty holiday...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Portal Boost - OnTheMarket figures show further improvement

OnTheMarket, which is holding its shareholders’ annual general meeting today, says early figures show the success of initiatives introduced by chief...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Pay-per-view wins Propertymark green light but agents warned

Propertymark says a new pay-per-viewing service is “interesting” but warns agents to protect themselves by abiding by consumer protection regulations. The warning has come following...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Post stamp-duty - keep the home market’s fires burning

Remember the early days of lockdown when there was a general panic? Perhaps the hot demand for toilet rolls was a sign...

24 July 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - even in a mini heatwave…

Boy it’s been hot out there - yet even 30 degrees or more have failed to stifle the enthusiasm of our...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS governance scandal - another delay before report appears

The publication of a report following a controversial RICS investigation has been pushed back another month. Last month it was announced that...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC warns of “negative impacts” of Coronavirus on sales figures

HM Revenue & Customs has warned of what it calls the “negative impacts” of the pandemic on the latest property transactions...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents and Conveyancers: forum aims to unite professions

A new online forum wants to unite estate agents and conveyancers, and ditch the traditional rivalry between the two professional disciplines. It’s...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New App aims to show first time buyers the purchasing ropes

A new Home Buyer App has been launched by the Mortgage Advice Bureau in a bid to educate first time buyers...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents – breaking habits to deliver different results

It’s a big ask to expect anyone to suddenly change what they have always done, particularly if their results have proven...

21 July 2021

From: Features

An interview with Ben Ridgway, Managing Director of iamproperty

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

21 July 2021

From: Features

PropTech Today: stock shortage - how can agents prospect effectively?

The biggest challenge facing many agents in the current climate is the general shortage of stock, both for sales & lettings. Let’s...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies must adapt to compete with self-employed lifestyle - claim

A leading industry personnel expert says agencies must do more to attract new staff, including adapting how they work to compete...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Self employed say pandemic and rising house prices mean they can’t buy

A bank’s latest study suggests that self employed people are increasingly pessimistic about the chance of them being able to get on...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: how can agents ensure they don’t suffer costly missed opportunities?

Let it never be said that this column isn’t here to help out agents directly. In this week’s Natter, I speak...

17 July 2021

From: Features

The post-Covid outlook: what next for the lettings market?

Our long-awaited ‘Freedom Day’ approaches. From Monday all of the restrictions, introduced since the Covid-19 pandemic made an impact across the...

17 July 2021

From: Features

What’s Your Reputation?

I want you to ask yourself a question, what is your reputation? By that I mean your personal reputation and your...

15 July 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Virtual viewings supplier quantifies apparent savings to agents

A supplier of virtual viewings claims physical viewings cost £233 of an agent’s time on average - and that’s without fuel...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Savills agent arrested by police over racist tweet

Greater Manchester Police have arrested the Savills estate agent who allegedly posted a racist tweet about black England football stars after...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Guide: How to become a more productive real estate agent

Working in real estate can be incredibly rewarding, but it takes a lot of hard work to be able to succeed...

13 July 2021

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

Criticism of agency over racist tweet controversy - but is it fair?

There is growing criticism of Savills on social media following the controversy over a racist tweet apparently sent from the personal...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-Rashford comment - Government housing chief apologises

One of the most senior politicians involved in the property industry is embroiled in a row over her anti-Marcus Rashford social...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket takes on Rightmove and Zoopla with new market survey

OnTheMarket, which until now has lagged behind the leading two portals in terms of consumer-facing housing market information, has today launched...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Racist Tweet: Agent suspended, Police now investigating

The police have now received complaints about the tweet believed to have been sent from a personal account of a Savills...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agency issues statement over racist football tweet

High end agency Savills is conducting “a full investigation” into a racist tweet posted overnight. A Savills statement posted on Twitter this...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Strike names ex-Foxtons chief in senior role, as new TV ad debuts

Strike - which over the weekend announced a new £11m investment package - has now revealed it has a new chief...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

The Holiday Home Debate - Don’t Let Politicians Get Away With It

At first sight it’s a tough ask to defend holiday homes when there’s evidence that many who want to buy can’t,...

10 July 2021

From: Features

Channel 4 and finance chief sink millions into online agency

Channel 4 Ventures is one of a number of investors who have collectively put the equivalent of £11m into the online...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Lights! Camera! Estate Agent! - Oscar winner’s son joins hybrid

The son of an Oscar winner has been named as the latest estate agent working under the easyProperty banner. Damian Wanstall is...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agency groups bag £88m in dramatic sell-off

Two of Britain's largest agency groups have sold their stakes in a property search firm. Both LSL and Connells have announced the sale...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

They think it’s all over - is the housing boom at an end?

The Halifax is reporting a 0.5 per cent monthly drop in house prices, plus a fall in the annual rate from...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

England player is early graduate of estate agency academy

A former England international is an early graduate of a new estate agency academy in Yorkshire. Rebecca Rayner, a former England under-18...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: England bite back against Great Danes - our Agent Report

How are the fingernails? After a tense night and with England destined for their first international tournament final in 55 years...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today – Why has overhaul of buying and selling still not happened?

The government and property industry have been talking about it for a long time, and there have been numerous initiatives introduced...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to offer money-back guarantee if homes don’t sell

Purplebricks has addressed its critics on house sales by pledging to return vendors’ upfront fees if the agency fails to find...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies and businesses need not work from home from July 19 - PM

From July 19 it is likely that business owners, including agencies and industry suppliers, will no longer have to ask staff...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Bankrupt took hundreds of thousands ‘to build retirement home’

A bankrupt builder from Devon persuaded pensioners to pay him £271,000 to construct a home - but his poor workmanship has...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this summer’s movers and shakers…

It may be the height of summer but the industry is still super-busy and new appointments continue to come thick and...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent accosting Whitty was “unacceptable” say trade bodies

The industry’s two leading trade bodies have spoken out about the incident in which an agent accosted England’s chief medical officer,...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – why OTM’s Jason Tebb shows the importance of good hires

In the world of football – very topical at the moment, as we all enjoy the Euros – there is an...

03 July 2021

From: Features

We could see more chains breaking down – why agents need a plan B

By any measure, the housing market has been unprecedently busy in recent months, fuelled not just by the stamp duty holiday...

03 July 2021

From: Features

Agents urged to train to get most from existing PropTech

A PropTech entrepreneur is urging agents to maximise their training on existing PropTech to ensure they optimise its effectiveness. Anton Babkov, chief...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Steal a march by choosing ‘virtual first’

It doesn’t seem that long ago that 2D floorplans were considered cutting edge – but it’s safe to say they’re now...

01 July 2021

From: Sponsored Content

“Thug” estate agent sacked for accosting Professor Chris Whitty

An estate agent has been sacked after being identified as one of two people accosting England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty. A...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Imagine there’s no stamp duty - It’s easy if you try…

A third of owners would consider moving more regularly if the stamp duty holiday on the first £500,000 of a purchase...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New NAEA President aims to champion professionalism

New NAEA Propertymark president Liana Loporto-Brown has assumed office, hoping to reset the organisation after a tumultuous year. In February chief executive...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the reasons why most fall throughs happen…

The leading reason for property sales falling through is gazumping, according to new research from Comparethemarket. Over the past year, nearly two-fifths of...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket shareholders’ meeting to be virtual - probably

OnTheMarket’s annual general meeting date has been set for later this month - and it’s likely to be virtual despite expected...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla Q&A – products, user experience, market momentum and the vision

Back in April, leading portal Zoopla launched a new multi-million-pound marketing campaign, its biggest ever, to help agents capitalise on the...

30 June 2021

From: Features

As buyers race to save, agents should focus on sales, not compliance

The property market was expected to struggle to recover after the first lockdown, but, thanks to the stamp duty holiday and...

30 June 2021

From: Features

App claims to instantly arrange viewings on leads for agents

Property portal app MoveStreets says the latest upgrade to its app sends leads to agents’ inboxes and allows users to instantly arrange...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents begin the process of becoming more important than Rightmove

For many, paying money to use an estate agent is primarily because that company has a database of buyers or tenants....

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ commission income rises up to 10% claims website

Estate agency comparison website GetAgent has calculated the typical fees charged to vendors in different parts of the country. It says agents...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Fake estate agency reviews: Watchdog probes Google and Amazon

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

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Crazy times, hazy memories - looking back at more than 35 years in the industry

There are just three working days until the end of the stamp duty holiday for most buyers. That’s not even enough time...

26 June 2021

From: Features

Can a veteran High Street agent make an online agency successful?

Peter Everett - a veteran High Street estate agent with a quarter of a century at LSL and a decade at...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with special fundraising for Samaritans …

It’s been another terrific week for good deeds by our industry - so often under-reported but so important for agents and...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Dramatic slump in instructions for Purplebricks, according to data

There’s been a dramatic slump in instructions for online agencies, particularly Purplebricks, according to data produced by one online firm itself. 99Home...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Top agent - We have no interest in digitalising the personal side of agency

In this week’s In Conversation Today, we have one of the most familiar names in agency on board for a Q&A....

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Removals Crisis as buyers try to beat deadline

A rush to beat next week’s stamp duty holiday deadline has caused a 200 per cent increase in demand for removal...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the cost of trading up to a home with extra bedroom

New research has thrown light on how much buyers must pay on average to trade up to a property with one...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents told they can ‘work as they wish’ with hybrid agency

A self employed franchise estate agent business model has been launched by one of the brands in The Property Franchise Group. Hunters...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: automating lettings - challenges and opportunities

As agents, we’ve finally got used to the word PropTech - some of us even like it! What’s more, PropTech has,...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday - first time buyers are the big losers

An authoritative study on the housing market has shown that the big losers from the pandemic have been first time buyers. The...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: Joy and heartbreak- our Agent Match Reports

It was never going to be easy for Scotland - and there was no sense of jeopardy for an already-through England. Yet...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Thom Hudson, photographer at Meyers Estate Agents

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  Thom Hudson, photographer at Meyers Estate Agents What is Meyers...

22 June 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

New Propertymark chief reveals Digital Expansion Programme

Industry trade body Propertymark has unveiled a digital expansion programme. A statement from the organisation says this initiative shows new chief executive...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Leading independent agency in five year portal deal

The intense rivalry between portals continues today with Zoopla announcing one of its longest-standing agent customers has renewed for five more...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Pattinson move to Openview to achieve true, advanced automation

The Oxfordshire-based PropTech founders and software developers of Openview, today announced they have welcomed Pattinson Estate Agents to their list of clients.   Peter Grant, Managing...

21 June 2021

From: Features

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

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

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the movers, shakers and people in the news

Welcome to the start of another week and as the housing market continues at full pelt, so does the movement of...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: Agents’ take on Steely Scotland, Exasperating England

For a match between two great rivals, the England-Scotland 0-0 draw on Friday may have brought both nations together. After all it’s...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2021

From: Features

Exclusive: interview with Liana Loporto, NAEA Propertymark President

In the first of a two-part special with the presidents of the UK’s largest property trade organisation, we carry out an...

19 June 2021

From: Features

Can the property market sustain its current momentum?

The property market is currently in a unique position where the number of house hunters looking for their next home is...

19 June 2021

From: Features

Sir Stelios backs easyProperty agent with no property experience

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

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Vetting Buyers: row escalates over ‘proof of funds’ demand

The row over whether agents should be allowed to vet people who view properties on the basis of their wealth has...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Prepare for surge in stamp duty sales collapsing - warning

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

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Chris Hodgkinson, Managing Director at HBB Solutions

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Well I rarely use them now! Chris Hodgkinson, Managing Director What...

16 June 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Should buyers show ‘proof of funds’ to be allowed to view a home?

A traditional problem for agents has been ‘tyre kickers’ who come to view a home out of curiosity with little or...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Buyers’ packs would help agents through market frenzy - claim

The current housing market frenzy would be easier to deal with if upfront buyers’ packs were available, improving transparency and cutting...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Insurers start paying out Business Interruption claims - at last

The long running saga of insurance firms failing to honour agents’ Business Interruption claims appears to be making progress at last. A...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Restrictions Delay will damage housing market and agents - claim

A leading agent has been in touch with EAT to vent his frustration at the government for extending most of the...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket in stock market bid to woo new investors

OnTheMarket, which a few days ago indicated it was in profit for the first time, is to woo potential new investors...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark beefs up policy and campaigns team

The policy and campaigns team at Propertymark, headed by Mark Hayward, has been expanded after what it calls “a number of...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: Reality Czech for the Scots (but will they boogie against England?)

Welcome to our second Euros Agent Match Report, when we get leading agents’ and suppliers’ takes on the matches featuring England and Scotland.  Today...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin reveals yet another senior management figure

A former commercial director of Zoopla, who worked at the portal for 12 years, has been named as managing director of...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Expansion and another branch for fast-growing regional agency

The youngsRPS agency now has a fifth branch in the north of England - it’s in Darlington and will cover the...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

30 and going strong - Q&A with Michael Jones as firm reaches milestone

Michael Jones & Company celebrates its 30-year anniversary this year and, in an effort to both celebrate the work of local...

12 June 2021

From: Features

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

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

12 June 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - well done Agents Together and industry fund-raisers

Hello and we’re at the end of another week celebrating all those in our industry who do great work. And this...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin adds 600 branches and signs up major independent

Boomin says it’s added over 600 new agency branches during May, with the latest signing being the large Pattinson independent with...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Over 500,000 buyers will have benefited from stamp duty holiday

Over 500,000 homebuyers in England are set to benefit from the stamp duty holiday to the tune of £3.4 billion, according...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-Let: is the outlook improving for landlords?

There are an estimated 2.7 million landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) providing rental accommodation to multiple generations of tenant,...

09 June 2021

From: Features

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

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

09 June 2021

From: Features

UK estate agents are excellent value - and that’s official!

New research shows that UK estate agents are amongst the best value in the world. Using data from the Global Property Guide...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket success: agency numbers up, in profit, repays furlough

OnTheMarket’s new chief executive has posted his first full year’s trading figures - and they suggest the portal is making progress...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

What A Gem! Delighted buyers give jewellery to brilliant agents

A delighted couple sent “thank you” gifts of jewellery to three staff at an agency after moving into their dream home. The...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers’ higher fees ‘reflect high demand in stamp duty frenzy’

The editor of the legal publication the Law Gazette has taken an estate agent to task for daring to suggest that...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents capitalise on soaring high-street footfall with digital window signage

As the high-street sees a dramatic increase in footfall1, a trend that is set to continue, agents are elevating their window...

07 June 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter: talking Brexit, Covid, USPs and mews homes with Lurot Brand

Independent agents come in all shapes, sizes and looks, many with their own USPs and little quirks. It is this variety...

05 June 2021

From: Features

The Cladding Scandal – what do you need to know?

The Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017 exposed the dangers of inflammable cladding on residential tower blocks, and what has come...

05 June 2021

From: Features

Revealed: how digital innovation is transforming estate agency

The growth of the internet and technology has transformed virtually every aspect of our lives, including how we approach the property...

05 June 2021

From: Features

Boomin to “reinvent YouTube” and wants agents involved

Boomin says it’s going to “reinvent the YouTube channel for property.” The portal’s new YouTube channel has gone live with five unique...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons reveals big sales leap - and ignores investor criticism

In a trading statement this morning Foxtons has revealed that following a 49 per cent increase in sales revenue in the...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

“Huge un-tapped market for agents” amongst disgruntled owners - Zoopla

Zoopla says just over half of current home owners say they are stuck in a property that’s unsuitable for their needs...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as agent and senior company figure dies aged just 44

A senior figure in the UK activities of the Keller Williams estate agency has died at the shockingly young age of...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agents can now speed up their AML checks - here’s how

As estate agencies are covered by Money Laundering Regulations, agents are legally obliged to take customer due diligence measures to limit...

01 June 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agents switch to self-employment as brand celebrates 200 recruits

eXp UK - an agency brand with roots in the US - says it now has 200 self-employed agents operating under its...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

How Open Banking will transform the lettings industry

Banking has gone through radical changes in the past few years, in step with technology and the sheer amount we can...

29 May 2021

From: Features

Housing market needs more help as Covid support measures end - call

Banks and building societies want the government to offer more help to the housing market through additional assistance to home owners...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Digital onboarding service launches with 900 agency branches

Movebutler, the digital onboarding platform from online auction specialist iamproperty, says it has some 900 agency branches signed up. These include Martin...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Inclusion, fund-raising and giving…

Hello, and we’re at the start of a long weekend - and as the weather (finally) improves, perhaps that’s the opportunity...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation Today – ‘I've always believed agents should be regulated’

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I am delighted to chat with Lucy Morton, Head of Residential Agency at JLL, about...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Sellers want traditional agency services more than WhatsApp - survey

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

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark heaps praise on government’s First Homes policy

Propertymark has thrown its weight behind the government’s First Homes initiative, describing it as “creative” and saying it’s a sign of...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency drops claim that it's number one in its area after complaint

A firm has agreed to amend its claim that it was the number one selling agent in its town in 2020,...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - bad product or bad plan?

In the previous edition of PropTech Today, Nathan Emerson highlighted the importance of effective implementation, linking poor staff engagement to the...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Not just first time buyers facing affordability issues, research shows

The apparent plight of first time buyers hits the headlines frequently but new research shows that second steppers face a wide...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property marketing - keeping personal data protected

After a recent incident involving an Estate Agent based in Devon in which a property virtual tour they published revealed a...

25 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Conveyancing forecast is for price boom to continue over summer

An unusual price forecast based on conveyancing quotes suggests the housing market is to continue busy over the summer with more...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as family’s ‘last holiday ever’ motorhome is stolen

A family is appealing for help in tracing the whereabouts of a motorhome stolen from outside their house at Whitstable in Kent...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Some solicitors charge exorbitant fees to hit SDLT deadline, says top agent

One of the country’s leading estate agents claims some solicitors are charging exorbitant fees on transactions as they near the latest...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket announces another PropTech partnership

OnTheMarket has signed a new deal with a PropTech partner - the second in successive weeks. This latest one is a 12...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin names Bruce brothers’ charity chief as portal strategy leader

Sarah Edmundson, the chief executive of the Agents Together charity - set up by the Bruce brothers, Michael and Kenny -...

23 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – 5 ways estate agency has changed since May 2020

It’s now over a year since the property market officially reopened after an unprecedented two-month shutdown at the height of the...

22 May 2021

From: Features

Propertymark: your voice matters, make sure it’s heard

In an industry which is faced with constant changes in day-to-day practices and even more so given the Covid terrain which agents...

22 May 2021

From: Features

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

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

22 May 2021

From: Features

Agents to be told which streets have biggest fee-earning potential

The Guild of Property Professionals is launching a new PropTech platform called Fee Street, which is in its own words “dedicated...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing boom may outlast stamp duty holiday, says Bank chief

The Bank of England’s deputy governor says it’s possible that the current housing market boom may continue even after the end...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - we’re free to go inside (and fundraise outside)

It’s great to enjoy hospitality inside now...but it’s even better to fundraise, perhaps outside in the spring and summer weather. It’ll...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks excluded from industry league table despite surge in instructions

A controversial league table of corporate agents’ market share is deliberately excluding Purplebricks and other online agencies.  This is despite Purplebricks this...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

London Calling: Transactions from Hong Kong buyers soar

London agency Benham and Reeves says a new analysis it’s conducted of the capital’s property market since last summer shows a...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Two years on - how can agents comply with the Tenant Fees Act?

It’s nearly two years since The Tenant Fees Act came into force for tenancies in England. On 1 June 2019 it...

19 May 2021

From: Features

Major announcements from Rightmove, Zoopla and Boomin

Three of the leading portals have made major announcements as the fierce rivalry between the big players continues apace.  Firstly Zoopla claims its latest...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Updated Covid guidance for estate and letting  agents

Propertymark has produced a new guide for estate agents in the wake of the latest step on the roadmap out of Covid...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Portal Data Breaches: security should tighten says tech expert

The man behind the free-to-list portal Residential People says security across all portals should be tightened, with so-called Two Factor Authentication...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Want to be a self-employed agent? Recruitment roadshow starts

eXp UK - an agency brand with roots in the US and led by Adam Day, a veteran of three online firms -...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s moving where, why and when

Welcome to another working week and with it, our regular update on appointments and moves within our industry. Please let us know...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Ker-ching! Average asking price hits a third of a million pounds

The asking price of a typical home in the UK has hit a third of a million pounds for the first...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Watch: how to launch a premium brand, luxury estate agency

In a video interview for Estate Agent Today, Dominic Murphy, Managing Director of DM & Co. in the Midlands, speaks to...

15 May 2021

From: Features

What A Corrie On! Purplebricks to sell the Rovers Return

Purplebricks has pulled off another publicity coup - it’s to sell the Rovers Return in Coronation Street. The hybrid agency, which already...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and however you do it, get the miles in!

The end of the week is always charity day here on EAT, and this week we have a typical cross section...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

The 5 best questions to ask your competitors' vendors (and when to do it)

We know the industry-wide statistic that more than 50% of all vendors end up selling with the second (or sometimes third)...

13 May 2021

From: PropTech & Innovation

 Bal Arora – Managing Director at Orlando Reid

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  Bal Arora – Managing Director In your experience, what is the...

13 May 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

OnTheMarket data deal means free market appraisal guides for agents

OnTheMarket has signed an exclusive commercial partnership with property data specialist Sprift, to provide free market appraisal guides. These can be customised...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New agency formed by ex-directors of legendary London firm

Two former directors of the prestigious Beauchamp Estates agency in central London have set up their own new company. They say their...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Sam Hunter – ‘does Homesearch pass the Ronseal test? Yes, we do’

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I speak to someone who has made an excellent impression on the property industry in...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Vendor rejects higher offers to guarantee sale to local buyer

A first-time-buyer couple in a part of the country renowned for its second homes and shortage of stock has praised a...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - how agents can choose the right PropTech solutions

In the first of our revamped PropTech Today series - which will see six industry experts discussing a range of issues...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Estate agents’ fees are least important issue for sellers

A league table of the most important issues facing vendors places the scale of estate agents’ charges at the bottom - and this...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Rightmove Data Security change in new bid to deter fraudsters

Rightmove is to roll-out two-factor authentication within Rightmove Plus to try to protect agents against attempts by fraudsters to steal leads and...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

What are the key qualities modern consumers are looking for in estate agents?

Even before the pandemic, the estate agency sector was evolving considerably as a younger generation started buying, selling and letting homes,...

10 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Phil Spencer: agents should make their own website stand out from the crowd

Changes to the way the property market operates over the last year - with increased flexibility and remote interactions - has...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New Labour shadow housing minister revealed

Labour’s new housing spokesperson is the experienced MP Lucy Powell, who until the weekend was shadow business and consumer affairs minister.  She replaces...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Self-Employed Surge - agency has 100 new applicants since January

A company which was once an early adopter of using a central resource for self-employed agents working under its name, says...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Prices up 10% a year? It could happen next month says agency chief

A market analysis by Fine & Country suggests that annual house price inflation could hit 10 per cent next month. Nicky Stevenson,...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Day in the life of Simon Brown, ESTAS founder

In a return to a favourite series of mine, as it gives an excellent insight into the very many facets of...

08 May 2021

From: Features

Propertymark chair takes up leadership role in Conveyancing body

The interim executive chair of Propertymark has now taken up a leading role in The Conveyancing Association Nicky Heathcote is becoming the...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

ASSESSING THE FUTURE FITNESS OF YOUR BUSINESS IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT NOW

The current crisis has led to many of us to re-evaluate our lives to ensure that we put ourselves in the...

06 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Capital Gains Tax fear for properties with dedicated home offices

An agent has contacted Estate Agent Today to issue what he calls “an urgent alert” about the risk of Capital Gains...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reveals team taking over from departed sales boss

Purplebricks has revealed how it’s going to fill in following the departure of chief sales office Chris Beckwith last week for...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Demand for prime country houses goes through the thatched roof

The so-called race for space as the pandemic drives buyers to reconsider their lifestyle options has led to prices for prime...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

The future of the tenant experience

The last 12 months have heralded significant change across the property market and indeed we could argue across all markets in...

05 May 2021

From: Features

Is flexibility key in auction partnerships?

Whilst it was once seen as a way to sell niche or run-down properties, auction is now a mainstream method of...

05 May 2021

From: Features

Rejected - vast numbers of first time buyers turned down for mortgages

One one in five first time buyers have been able to get a mortgage on the first attempt over the past...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents rush to get qualified as restrictions start to ease

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

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty ‘not key factor in housing market now’ insists agency

A leading agency says the stamp duty holiday is not a big influence on the current housing market frenzy - and...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS governance crisis - Leading lawyer wants your views

The independent review into the governance of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is calling for comments. Earlier this year RICS was the...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Vote, Vote, Vote - Housing and the 2021 Local Elections

Local elections rarely set the pulse racing and this year’s poll on Thursday faces a similar problem. But this time, it’s a...

01 May 2021

From: Features

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

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

01 May 2021

From: Features

What would you do with an extra 6.5 hours a week?

You could make about 65 more cold calls, or hold 13 more viewings, or you could take a power-nap every day...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Online KYC checks help estate agents battle rising fraud

As an estate agent, you should of course be performing robust Know Your Customer (KYC) checks as part of your Anti-Money...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Agency Consolidation - Rival commuter belt brands join forces

Hertfordshire based agency Ashtons has acquired an independent agency operating in the same county, Aitchisons Residential. Aitchisons’ offices in St Albans and...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - what buyers look for when viewing properties online

Online agency Strike has used specialist eye-tracking software to analyse what attracts a buyer’s attention when scrolling through homes online — and...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - now, where are my Plus Fours?

Hello and welcome to Agents Do Charity as we are on the threshold of May why not get on to the...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Agency’s New Idea - selling houses is NOT the top priority

Britain’s second largest estate agency has outlined radical new plans to shift direction, making financial services and not sales or rentals...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New guidance to agents over Dual Fees and vendor dis-instruction

Agents are being advised on what course of action they should take to safeguard their right to fees should they be dis-instructed...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Nicky Stevenson – how do we encourage more women into senior roles?

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I chat with Fine & Country UK’s managing director Nicky Stevenson, one of the most...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing: what can be done? Answers expected today…

Propertymark is staging a webinar today tackling the challenging issue of conveyancing - just as the market is at its busiest...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Changes to the moving process that agents and consumers want to see

The private treaty process has been in need of modernisation for a long time. When we open an account with a...

28 April 2021

From: Features

Ex-Foxtons man slams “relentless culture” of some agencies

A former senior Foxtons and Douglas & Gordon agent has hit out at “the relentless key performance indicator culture” of some agencies. Matthew...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Is this the beginning of the end for the portals?

It’s hard to remember a time at any point in the last 20 years when agents have been looking for a...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

High profile agency adopts franchise system for major expansion

Independent estate agency Dacre, Son & Hartley plans to significantly grow its franchise network across Yorkshire and beyond. Dacres currently employs 125...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Market Madness - all-night queue at estate agency by buyers

Around 30 people spent all night queuing outside an estate agent ahead of 14 homes going on sale - the most...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why agency must never become a closed shop

The biggest news story in town this last week – which has brought people who don’t usually like or watch football...

24 April 2021

From: Features

Ten useful tools to aid end of tenancy deposit deductions

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

24 April 2021

From: Features

Why the pandemic should not be the end for physical agency offices

I was not surprised when I came across an industry article recently citing that over half of home buyers never visit...

24 April 2021

From: Features

Should agents track the Covid testing and vaccination status of staff?

Potential house buyers may be fine with virtual tours during lockdown periods, but as the country opens up, people are going...

24 April 2021

From: Features

Buying Unseen - not as mad as it seems says leading agent

A leading buying agent says the phenomenon of ‘buying unseen’ is the most dramatic property trend to have emerged from the...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

£1m bonus package for Foxtons boss despite huge shareholder rebellion

Controversial Foxtons chief executive Nic Budden is to pocket a bonus package of around £1m - despite a huge shareholder rebellion at...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sequence agency chain links with part exchange service

The land and new homes division of Sequence has signed a deal to offer fully-funded part exchange and home buying services...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - this week it’s all about young people and, er, bees

Hello and welcome to a sunny Friday and this week’s round-up of the industry’s good works. We’re keen to feature agents and...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks downgrade signals booming independent agents - claim

International investment bank UBS has double-downgraded Purplebricks from ‘buy’ to ‘sell’ - and that could be good for independent agents, a...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket’s crunch date for agent membership

OnTheMarket is to release its full year performance figures to shareholders on June 8. This will be for its trading year to January...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty deadline creating ‘frenzy’ over property listings

A major agency is reporting a “frenzy” with branches inundated with enquiries as soon as homes are listed. Nicky Stevenson, managing director of...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

What’s in a name? A lot, if it includes the word ‘Hill’

Research by an estate agency comparison service has revealed which type of road address produces the highest average price.  GetAgent has analysed...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide investor’s warning shot at underperforming Foxtons

The veteran estate agent who led criticism of Countrywide’s former management is turning his glare on Foxtons. The London estate agency has...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency announces national expansion and recruitment

A hybrid agency which until now has been active only in London is launching new hubs in Manchester and Brighton. Agent &...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: Conveyancer tells agents how to beat deadline

Agents are being urged to push through their pipelines before the upcoming stamp duty deadlines. The plea comes from Simply Conveyancing, which...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Prince Philip: how the property landscape changed during his century

For many, the funeral of HRH Prince Philip will be a solemn affair, while for some it will also be a...

17 April 2021

From: Features

Virtual viewings and personal data – what do agents need to know?

If someone broke into your house and took a video of lots of personal information, like photos of family and pets,...

17 April 2021

From: Features

OnTheMarket to become a software house as well as portal

Jason Tebb, the ex-Foxtons agent who is now chief executive of OnTheMarket, has given his first in depth public interview since...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals launch date for Modern Method of Auction operation

Rightmove’s new Modern Method of Auction service launches on Monday.  The service - which Rightmove calls Online Conditional Auctions - will involve...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

How can agents achieve smooth transactions as we ease out of lockdown?

We’re officially transitioning to summer – marked by the clocks going forward and warmer weather – just as restrictions start to...

15 April 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Adrian Gill – talking agency consolidation, PropTech, retail and Boomin

This time out, I speak to one of the industry’s biggest-hitters. Adrian Gill may have retired from frontline agency, having had...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Index puts average house price growth at almost 10% per year

One housing market index suggests that average house prices in England and Wales have risen by 9.8 per cent in the...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove flying with record visits as buying frenzy continues

Rightmove has so far this year recorded 20 of its busiest ever days for visits to the site as the current...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Virgin chief to chair Boomin as portal seeks £25m - report

Sky News is reporting that new portal Boomin is to announce the former chief executive of Sir Richard Branson’s business empire...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - staff turnover rates at leading estate agencies

One of the industry’s leading consultants has calculated staff turnover rates at the country’s leading estate agencies. Christopher Watkin, the consultant who...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Will Facebook act after agency is victim of “vile” Prince Philip slur?

An estate agency has apologised after a bogus employee posted offensive comments about Prince Philip on a newly-created fake Facebook account. This...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday has only limited impact on housing market - claim

A leading agency claims the stamp duty holiday has actually had a minimal impact in the mainstream market, despite many suggestions...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

One in three sales fall through as market returns to near normal

One in three property sales in England and Wales fell through before completion in the first quarter of 2021. The 32 per...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency opens 56th High Street branch - and more to come

Chancellors today opens its 56th and newest branch with what it calls its most generous ever offer to potential customers. The office...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News