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KEYWORD "Stress" - 434 RESULTS
Brokers baffled as Bank of England drops mortgage affordability tests

The Bank of England has confirmed plans to withdraw the requirement for lenders to conduct interest rate stress tests on mortgage...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Expert Analysis: How safe are homes 5 years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy?

It’s the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell fire tragedy, but are high rises any safer today than they were then? On 14th...

18 June 2022

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - doing it for the kids

There are some inspiring examples of agents and property professionals raising money for all-important children's charities this week. Remember, if you have...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

‘More demanding’ clients damaging conveyancer relations - claim

Relationships between conveyancers and estate agents have improved since the manic stamp duty-holiday driven days of the pandemic, but it is...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

The art of collaboration - why it can help benefit the home buying and selling process

If there’s not a book called ‘The Art of Collaboration’ then there should be. Update: a quick Google search shows there...

11 June 2022

From: Features

'Collaborative' conveyancing proptech secures new funding

A proptech startup launched by former Conveyancing Association chairman Eddie Goldsmith has secured a second round of investment. YouConvey, which aims to...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Savills warns house price correction chatter is overstated

House price growth is set to slow but talk of a correction is overstated, Savills claims. The latest house price forecasts from...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Tech Talk: Property experts explain Material Information shake-up

Next month will see new rules around upfront Material Information for property sales and lettings come into force in the UK...

18 May 2022

From: Features

Would fewer emails and more lunches boost agent and conveyancer relations?

Referral fees, lack of trust and too much email have been identified as barriers to greater collaboration between conveyancers and estate...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents - give yourself a Mental Health Day

With this week being Mental Health Awareness Week, Sam Hunter - COO at Homesearch and a keen mental health advocate -...

14 May 2022

From: Features

Agents urged to embrace tech as demand grows for shorter working week

Agents are being urged to make better use of technology to balance calls for a shorter working week and consumer demand...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Why speedy transactions could be leaving the door wide open to fraudsters

In this guest piece, Colum Smith, a property expert at law firm Taylor Rose MW, sets out why speedier transactions could...

07 May 2022

From: Features

Leasehold reform - what do agents and conveyancers need to know?

You will hopefully have seen that the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 has now received its Royal Assent, meaning it...

30 April 2022

From: Features

Collaborative Conveyancing - is this the panacea to the home moving process?

I attended a forum in London a couple of weeks ago, which for the first time brought estate agents and conveyancers...

30 April 2022

From: Features

Q&A - how can agents and conveyancers work better together?

In this Q&A, I catch up with Jesper With-Fogstrup, chief executive officer of Smoove (formerly ULS Technology until a very recent...

23 April 2022

From: Features

Insight – would a four-day working week ever work in agency?

In June, the biggest pilot scheme of a four-day working week anywhere in the world will begin in Britain, with more...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Research – blurred lines increase stress and fatigue for property professionals

More than half of those working within the property sector are suffering from higher levels of fatigue or stress, due to...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning - new checks on mortgage applications could hit house hunters

A property expert has predicted that mortgage applicants are likely to find it 'much harder' to be approved for loans as...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Law firm backs home moving proptech to help tackle fraud

Law firm Taylor Rose MW has acquired a stake in proptech firm SlothMove in an effort to help combat property fraud. SlothMove...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Qué? It is quicker to learn a language than to sell a house - claim

The typical time taken to sell a property has got so long that people could learn a language before a transaction...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Fall Throughs - are mortgage lenders to blame in part?

A survey of 700 borrowers by a high net worth lender suggest almost four out of 10 have lost a mortgage...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

The death of data migration – is there a solution for agents?

One of the most valuable assets to any company is the data it stores. According to a recent study completed by...

30 March 2022

From: Features

Interview with eXp's Glenn Sanford - 'some agents will always prefer self-employed'

The self-employed model, after years of not really catching on fully, was given a major boost by the pandemic and the...

26 March 2022

From: Features

The real life horror behind the drama - why we must be on our guard against fraud

In a new column, solicitor Colum Smith, an expert in combating fraud at Taylor Rose MW Solicitors, explains why those looking...

26 March 2022

From: Features

More leaseholders freed from doubling ground rents

Fifteen businesses which had bought freeh­olds from housing developer Countryside have now given formal undertakings to remove terms that cause ground...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

What can estate agents learn from tech companies?

When was the time you actively learned something new from your clients or competitors? If it’s a difficult question to answer quickly,...

19 March 2022

From: Features

Second Home Owners urged to take in Ukrainian refugees

This probably isn’t what wealthy buyers in one of the UK’s most expensive areas expected to hear, but a plea has...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: agency with a new concept and terrific fundraising

As regular readers will know, I like to use this column to shout out about the independent agents who are the...

12 March 2022

From: Features

Insight - how do you solve a problem like conveyancing?

Those aficionados of the Sound of Music will recognise the tag line above. It came to my mind when thinking about...

12 March 2022

From: Features

Agents must do more to help mental health, says industry supplier

A prominent trade body says the property industry must do more to recognise and support those with mental health issues. The Association...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Affordability is the issue of the rent control argument

The hot topic of rent controls has remerged in recent weeks, with passionate voices on both sides of the argument speaking...

02 March 2022

From: Features

Massive mortgages on the way? Old restrictions may be ditched

The Bank of England has issued a consultation on changing the affordability tests for large mortgages introduced in the wake of...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC Stamp Duty Crackdown ‘may make home buying even slower’

HM Revenue & Customs has been warned by financial experts that its latest crackdown on stamp duty abuse could make the...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Q&A with the RLBA - what are property logbooks and why are they important?

In the last two years digital Property Logbooks for our homes have moved from concept to reality with almost a quarter...

26 February 2022

From: Features

Australian PropTech bid to break into UK property market

An Australian PropTech platform called PEXA aims to break into the UK property industry this year, claiming to improve transaction processes. PEXA...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New acquisition takes fast-growing agency to nine branches

One of Scotland’s leading legal and estate agency, Pacitti Jones, is continuing to expand. This week it has snapped up Tip Top...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Government pledge for upfront sales info hailed as big advance

The government’s call for a pack of property information to be made available upfront during the sales process has been welcomed...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

 Agents Do Charity - from here to Africa…

Hello and welcome to the latest Agents Do Charity, our weekly round-up of who’s-doing-what-good-deeds in our industry. Want to be involved? Well...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New-style Home Information Pack proposed by government

The government’s Levelling Up White Paper, released today, contains an unexpected and shock commitment - to create a new 'lite' version...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

A day in the life of a Sales and Investment Consultant

From first-time buyers to serial investors, no two days are ever the same for a Sales and Investment Consultant at Walton...

15 January 2022

From: Features

Agents’ New Year resolution must be to slash business costs

The objective of estate agents in 2022 must be to cut their business costs and employ technology to replace - and...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing IT crash - company slammed for ‘wall of silence’

A consultancy specialising in data protection issues has sharply criticised the Simplify Group for its ongoing lack of communications over its...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the A-Z of property for 2021 

It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas – just a week to go now. Presents all wrapped and...

18 December 2021

From: Features

Pay-what-we’re-worth conveyancing firm set up

A conveyancing company is asking clients to set their own fee - with some strings. Zen Move Solicitors is a year-old digital...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

From agency to software guru: meet MRI Software’s new Agency Solutions expert

MRI Software’s newest Agency Solutions expert, Michael Connolly, made the leap from working on the front line of an estate agent...

15 December 2021

From: Features

Conveyancing IT crash exposes weaknesses in transaction process

EAT readers may have seen a piece in Friday’s property section of The Times about the long-running Simplify saga, which has...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Are reservation agreements the future of agency? These agents think so!

You’ve heard me bang on about the wonder of reservation agreements for some time now, but it’s definitely the case that...

11 December 2021

From: Features

The presents agents need for Christmas to improve their business in 2022

With 2022 swiftly approaching, businesses in the property industry are likely to be reflecting on the trials and tribulations that have...

04 December 2021

From: Features

Estate agents urged to assess compliance procedures after sloppy AML checks lead to man’s house being stolen

Estate agents are being urged to ensure their compliance procedures are up to scratch after fraudsters stole a man’s identity and...

02 December 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Countdown to Christmas: Letting agent's guide to a stress-free holiday

While the Christmas season is usually heralded by an influx of terrible Christmas adverts, the launch of Starbucks’ gingerbread lattes, Adam...

01 December 2021

From: Features

 Improving the home buying and selling process - what's the latest?

Despite the progress made in so many areas, particularly in terms of leasehold reform – although we are calling upon the...

27 November 2021

From: Features

Property Natter – catching up with The Singing Estate Agent

In this latest Natter piece zoning in on independent agents doing things differently, following on from the one I did with...

20 November 2021

From: Features

Where is all the stock? How can you get in touch with it?

We have been speaking with many agents over the past months and the story appears the same with them all. There...

10 November 2021

From: Features

Property Natter - checking in with some of the ESTAS' biggest winners

A few weeks ago the ESTAS took place at the Grosvenor House hotel in London - the first chance for many...

06 November 2021

From: Features

HMRC debt-chasing as thousands of property firms hit ‘financial distress’

Despite the roaring housing market, a new report says that no fewer than 70,500 real estate and property businesses are showing...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Cladding scandal petition reaches key 10,000 signature stage

A petition calling on the government to set up an independent enquiry into the cladding crisis has reached a key 10,000...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

Most agents have faced unsafe incidents, according to survey

Some two thirds of agents and other property professionals who have worked alone have suffered an incident endangering their safety, according to...

13 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

PropTech can reassure agents in post-SDLT holiday market - claim

The right technology can reassure agents that transactions will complete on time - vital to retaining business following the end of the...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

Agents tell conveyancers how they can improve performance

The estate agents’ trade body has set out three ways conveyancers can further help the sales process. Propertymark has made the suggestions...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Now is the time for agents to educate buyers and sellers more than ever

The first stamp duty holiday deadline has now passed, and we can all sigh a slight relief after the sheer numbers...

24 July 2021

From: Features

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

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

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Interview with Matt Ratliff, CTO at Sort Group

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Matt Ratliff, Chief Technology Officer of Sort Group. How has your...

07 July 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

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

Exclusive: interview with Angela Davey, ARLA Propertymark's President

Last weekend we spoke with Liana Loporto, NAEA Propertymark’s president, in an exclusive interview. Here we follow that up with an...

26 June 2021

From: Features

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

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

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

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

Boost for app promoting off-market homes to potential buyers

An app that promotes both on- and off-market homes to prospective buyers has linked up with a moving service PropTech platform.  Houso...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers told: Manage agents' stamp duty expectations

The Law Society has published new guidance for what it calls “under-pressure conveyancing solicitors” as the stamp duty deadline of June...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Have buyers been conned about the stamp duty holiday benefits?

An estate agency says disgruntled and delayed property buyers are fast falling out of love with the stamp duty holiday, which...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

Agents - what do you think about improving housing supply?

Agents’ views are being sought by Propertymark on how best to improve the housing supply in Northern Ireland. The province’s Department for...

25 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

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

Combat stress with Propertymark mental health awareness training

Propertymark is backing the current Mental Health Awareness Week - and says the market boom is a possible cause of additional...

12 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

Estate agent case studies: ‘abandoning the corporate world for the new’

Keller Williams now boasts 377 estate agency partners across the UK - agents that have set up and run their own...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Change is coming – how can we improve the homebuying process?

With property transactions taking longer than ever and many people operating at capacity, it is easy to overlook the progress made,...

28 April 2021

From: Features

Red Flag! Insolvency firm warns of growing distress in property sector

An insolvency specialist is warning that the real estate sector of the UK is seeing more firms in financial distress despite...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

First time buyers can now borrow 5.5 times their income

The Nationwide Building Society has launched a product which, controversially, allows some first time buyers to borrow 5.5 times their income. From...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Why direct mail has never been more effective

We’ve all spent the past nine months adapting to a more digital way of life. Whether that’s been working from home,...

10 April 2021

From: Features

Cheap PropTech is a false economy, agents are warned

Agents who use cheap PropTech could end up spending a lot more than they expect, according to an industry expert. Anton Babkov,...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency says it will buy vendors' properties from them

Emoov’s new 'guaranteed offer' service means fall-thoughs and chain-related delays are effectively eliminated, the agency claims. Emoov - now owned by a firm...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency says branches are old hat and sets 30 day target to sell homes

A new estate agency says it aims to sell homes within 30 days - and dismisses the idea of a traditional...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - is working from anywhere the future for UK estate agency?

One of the biggest trends in recent times, as a direct result of the pandemic, is the concept of working from...

13 March 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and we’re putting our best foot forward

Hello and welcome to the end of another week - and a step in the right direction towards the easing of...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

eBay and Amazon use omnichannel marketing - why don’t you?

As a property agent, fancy marketing terminology such as ‘omnichannel’ might not hold too much interest for you right now. We’re in...

06 March 2021

From: Features

The right PropTech can avert lockdown chaos – and forever revolutionise rental payments

With one of the world’s most successful vaccine rollout programmes under way in the UK, the chances of a complete lockdown...

01 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Radical end to stamp duty holiday suggested by legal bodies

A radical way to end the current stamp duty holiday has been suggested by three different legal bodies. The Society of Licensed...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Here's everything you need to know about remortgaging

In this tips article, the experts at GoodMove provide expert insight into the remortgage process. Remortgaging is the process of changing your...

24 February 2021

From: Legislation & Compliance

Conveyancing work output surges despite ‘creaking processes’

Conveyancing volumes rose 27 per cent in just one month as the sector attempts to cope with huge demand prompted by...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Mayhem: Is a six week extension long enough?

Agents and conveyancers are expressing doubt over whether a possible six week extension to the stamp duty holiday will be enough...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New tax and billions more for cladding - but is it enough?

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced “an exceptional intervention” promising that leaseholders in high-rise buildings above 18 metres will bear no...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Many buyers are scared of negotiating with agents - claim

A leading bank says as many as one in three buyers pay too much for a property because they are afraid...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate As It Happened - What MPs Said

Labour and Conservative MPs have expressed a unanimous view on their desire to see an extension of the stamp duty holiday...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Crisis: No physical auctions this year for top auctioneer

One of the country’s top auctioneers is not going to stage any ballroom auctions this year - and it’s keeping its 2022...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Soaring distressed property firms are ‘just tip of large iceberg’

Despite the booming housing market the whole property sector - a key indicator of the economy's performance - has seen 11,000...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the property industry at a crossroads?

The property market became somewhat fractious during 2020. After receiving a much-needed boost with the promise of stamp duty relief, things...

20 January 2021

From: Features

Property Natter: exclusive Q&A with Tim Balcon, Propertymark’s new CEO

Propertymark, the overarching body aiming to bring five different associations (ARLA, NAEA, NAVA, ICBA and APIP) into a single brand, was...

16 January 2021

From: Features

Could autonomous transportation affect the property market?

In the not-too-distant future, it will be possible to order a driverless car to collect you and then drive you to...

13 January 2021

From: Features

Modern Method of Auction firm says public needs to be educated

The largest company involved in the controversial Modern Method of Auction says it’s producing a “disruptive digital market campaign to address...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

More affordable mortgages may boost 2021 housing market

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

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Banking barriers for start-ups and how to overcome them

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

19 December 2020

From: Features

Agents demand immediate tax action to help market

NAEA Propertymark has written to the Scottish Government demanding it extend the current Land and Buildings Transaction Tax holiday - the...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty rush causing mental health issues for conveyancers

Solicitors’ leaders say members of their industry are suffering mental health problems as a result of the workload to meet the...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Change what you’re doing to complete sales before March 31

‘Many are in complete denial about the time it takes and still think it’s eight to 10 weeks.’ I won’t tell you...

05 December 2020

From: Features

Are you prepared for a seasonal upswing in missed rental payments?

It’s that time of year again. Black Friday has been and gone and the run-up to Christmas is well and truly...

02 December 2020

From: Features

Backer of self-employed agent model admits: ‘There are risks’

One of the biggest supporters of the self employed estate agent business model admits there are risks and it’s not for...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Communicating with people who are panicking

Moving home is emotionally fraught. Buyers and sellers will get upset and unfortunately some people will take it out on you....

25 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Is a collaborative conveyancing solution the answer?

Searches that are bound by the Search Code, protecting the seller, buyer and lender, are property and not client specific. As...

21 November 2020

From: Features

Will Boomin’s “fair fees” tempt agents to quit Rightmove?

The new property portal Boomin has revealed its fees structure for agents. Tapping into the industry debate over portal fees, Boomin describes...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: how to cope with technological change

A slight change to the normal column this week. I was very fortunate to be given the virtual floor at the...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyer Information Packs give agents an edge over fall-throughs - claim

Estate agents can stand out from the crowd and help consumers through lockdown by providing a more secure sales process, a...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Top 10 things to consider before picking rental payment PropTech

According to the annual Property Week PropTech survey, almost 48% of property businesses had tested new technology because of the COVID-19...

14 November 2020

From: Features

Covid-19 and the potential impact on the buy-to-let market

Property is considered to be a safe investment. The buy-to-let market is booming, fuelled by a generation unable to get on...

13 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Capital Gains Tax hike is GOOD news for agents, insists top analyst

One of the industry’s leading commentators says an unintended consequence of a possible Capital Gains Tax increase could be a bonus...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax Bombshell: CGT could double under new proposals

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

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions law – get specialist advice if you’re unsure

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

10 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

How can Open Banking benefit landlords and letting agents?

Letting agents and landlords have faced huge change and uncertainty this year, with Covid-19 the major driver. But even before the...

05 November 2020

From: PropTech & Innovation

The small things agents can do to reduce consumer stress

Purplebricks recently launched a meditation service to help buyers and sellers manage stress. You might disagree with the idea, but moving...

04 November 2020

From: Features

PropTech Today: Using technology to underpin your lettings division

I remember so clearly in my Foxtons days, working as a lettings manager in Putney, that lettings, though less sexy than...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide meeting later this month to decide company fate

Countrywide is to hold a special general meeting on November 18 to consider its future ownership and structure. Last month Countrywide group...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 October 2020

From: Features

How to Reach More Landlords Part 2 - Using Innovative ‘Feet Up’ Campaign to Win Business

Independent agent uses innovative ‘feet up’ campaign to win business. An independent letting agency has invited landlords to put their ‘feet up’...

27 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

How can agents work with property price data and indices?

Staying on top of the numbers and figures in a constantly changing industry can be stressful. Changing property prices can be...

27 October 2020

From: PropTech & Innovation

Mortgage struggles and house-buying complexity hit first timers

A new survey reveals the uphill struggle first time buyers appear to be having in securing a mortgage. A study of 1,000...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Six ways innovation is transforming the lettings sector

Tenant enquiries and property viewings unsurprisingly slowed this spring, due to the necessary government restrictions brought in to manage the pandemic....

24 October 2020

From: Features

Major Countrywide shareholder rejects investment proposal

One of Countrywide’s largest shareholders has come out against a £90m investment package in the company proposed by a private equity...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide gets £90m lifeline and top management clear-out

The troubled Countrywide group has announced a £90m investment by Alchemy Partners, a private equity company that specialises in investing in...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ big new idea - meditation for movers

Purplebricks is the first estate agency in the country to launch a meditation service to ease “the emotional rollercoaster felt by...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to make client accounting software migration a breeze

When letting agents are preparing to migrate from one piece of client accounting software to another, it can sometimes seem like...

17 October 2020

From: Features

Could employee ownership be a good option for estate agencies?

In July, here at Environet UK, we transferred 100% ownership of the company to our employees, in the form of an...

07 October 2020

From: Features

Tories pledge “revolutionary” low deposit mortgages for FTBs

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to create a ‘Generation Buy’ to help young people purchase homes with low-deposit mortgages. In...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents handling private treaty sales accused of being behind the times

A quick buy firm which typically purchases homes from sellers at below market levels has accused estate agents and the private...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The PRS is broken - here’s how to fix it

The pandemic and the way the government has reacted to the private rental sector (PRS) has got me thinking about the...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Son of ex-Savills boss slams traditional buying agents as “outdated”

A buying agency targeting what it calls the “prime and super-prime” London market is offering clients not only a sourcing service, but also...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Keep your market moving

Be proactive, have a plan, and keep prospecting.  After the easing of lockdown measures, it’s safe to say the property market picked...

09 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Buyer beware? High numbers of purchasers disillusioned by process

Research by Zoopla has revealed the scale of the mistakes by and regrets for disillusioned home buyers. For large numbers of people...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

AML checks for estate agents who don’t have time for compliance

The last few months have been tough for the property sector, and the pressure will continue as estate agents across the...

19 August 2020

From: Features

Purplebricks refunds widow after press intervenes in case

An intervention by a magazine has led to Purplebricks refunding the up-front fee to a seller whose husband died suddenly and...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Record number of property firms suffer ‘Red Flag’ financial distress

There’s a record number of property industry companies, including agencies, in financial distress according to the latest Red Flag alert monitor. The...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Leading online agency Housesimple rebrands with immediate effect

The online agency Housesimple has rebranded to become 'Strike' with immediate effect. The news comes as a surprise given the apparent success...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Heard the one about the agent, the conveyancer and the surveyor?

Emma Vigus, managing director of sales progression platform mio, in discussion with key suppliers in the residential property industry on operating...

18 July 2020

From: Features

Stamp duty holiday should be backdated, demands law firm

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

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Fall throughs – the impact and the solutions revealed: Part Two

In the second of a series of articles, Emma Vigus, Managing Director of mio, the Estate Agents Sales Progression platform, explores...

11 July 2020

From: Features

Agents can sell properties at record speed with this key combination

There’s no doubt that Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the UK’s property market, after hundreds of thousands of house...

11 July 2020

From: Features

Fall throughs – the impact and the solutions revealed

In the first of a series of articles, Emma Vigus, managing director of mio, the estate agent sales progression platform, explores the...

04 July 2020

From: Features

The fraud risks facing the property sector as a result of Covid-19

Businesses across all sectors have struggled to adapt to the changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. One group that have bucked...

01 July 2020

From: Features

PropTech Today: another attempt at solving a problem that doesn't exist?

"New property website launches. Not immediately sure what it does differently, what its USP is or who will use it, but...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

£41,000 award for agent discriminated against because of pregnancy

An estate agent has been awarded over £41,000 by an employment tribunal - after her offer to settle for £10,000 was...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Distressed agents may benefit from latest commercial eviction ban

Estate agents facing crippling running costs as the wider impacts of the Coronavirus crisis hit home may benefit, at least in...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Darren Loftus, Commercial Director at OfferPal

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I'm Darren Loftus and it says Commercial Director on...

18 June 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Thought-provoking video series for agents and landlords launches today

A new thought-provoking five-part video series is launching to the industry today. ‘Simon says…’ is being hosted by Property Tribes with...

08 June 2020

From: Features

Property Natter – who are the challenger portals?

The only story that has come remotely close to pushing coronavirus – and its various knock-on effects – off the top...

06 June 2020

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - industry’s latest movers, shakers, appointments

Although the shake-out in the industry is ongoing - online agency Settled and established new-build agency Cushman & Wakefield have both...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

The three key factors influencing the UK property market

The outlook for the housing market is still taking shape, but here I take a look at three market indicators to...

30 May 2020

From: Features

The property industry needs to prioritise mental health more than ever

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week, and there is a great deal of positive things to be said about a...

30 May 2020

From: Features

What are your views on well-being and Corona recovery? New survey

A mystery group, believed to consist of high-level former agents and suppliers, is asking the industry for its feedback on current...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

'Furlough could wreck housing market' - warning to government

The government is jeopardising the success of the housing market relaunch through the inflexibility of the furlough scheme, claims a group...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent sends reassuring letting to sales and lettings clients

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

5 ways agents can manage expectation when times get tough

Over the past few weeks, estate agents have been forced to close high street branches and adapt to working from home,...

14 May 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Mental health warning to agents as lockdown eases

There’s a warning today to agency chiefs to keep in touch with their staff as lockdown eases across England in a...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Official house price index suspended but Bank warns of 16% drop

The government has temporarily suspended its official house price index as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. In a long and far-reaching announcement...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 75% of agency branches will close within five years

“A lot of people have learned that they can work at home, or that there’s other methods of conducting their business......

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Three reasons why estate agency should be first out of lockdown

The coming week’s stories in the mainstream media - inevitably focused on Coronavirus - will be dominated by two things. Firstly there...

02 May 2020

From: Features

Sales progression: We need to talk about speed

Buying and selling a house is often referenced as being one of the most stressful life experiences that we can go...

02 May 2020

From: Features

How have your teams kept up morale during lockdown?

Lockdown may be over soon - but who knows what a relaxation of the current restrictions will really mean for our...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property firms hit ‘critical distress’ level even before worst of virus

Property and construction are amongst the worst hit sectors for businesses in so-called ‘critical distress’ according to figures taken before the worst...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Why working from home isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be

Let me start by wishing everyone well in these uncertain and precarious times. I truly hope you, your families, friends and...

18 April 2020

From: Features

Technology and service are the future of the property market

The last five years have seen unprecedented changes to the property market and agents and their clients have never faced such...

15 April 2020

From: Features

Franchisees advised on government loan schemes by Winkworth HQ

Individual franchisees operating under the Winkworth banner are receiving what the company calls “comprehensive help” on a range of issues, including...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - self-employment webinar, more PropTech offers

Good morning and welcome to today’s edition, helping agents find a way through the Coronavirus crisis by sharing information with the...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency to train agents in other activities during virus crisis

LSL Property Services says one of its measures to “rightsize” the organisation during the Coronavirus crisis will be to put agents...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in distress sales even before virus - top agent

One of London’s most experienced estate agents says there has been a very significant surge in foreclosure sales in part of...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage offers likely to be extended up to three months

Two financial trade bodies say most mortgage providers will give customers who have exchanged contracts the option to extend their mortgage...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how is the industry coming together during self-isolation?

Where else to start? Since my last Natter two weeks ago, all our lives have changed more than we could ever...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Enough is enough – an alternative view on portal subscription fees

It’s time to draw a line in the sand and condemn our rival portals for their current charging structure. Little will...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Self-employed agents set to benefit from government aid package

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced new measures to help the self-employed - likely to be welcomed by self-employed estate agents. The Chancellor...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

It doesn’t have to be like Spicerhaart - another agent’s approach…

While controversy swirls around the approach and motives of the sackings and branch closures at Spicerhaart, other agents are showing how...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Why negative reviews are the secret to success for agents

We all know how stressful buying a home is, whether it’s your very first step onto the ladder or your final...

18 March 2020

From: Features

Conquering Corona: guidance and news for agents facing the virus

Estate Agent Today is launching a daily service to help agents facing the Coronavirus threat. This is where you’ll find news, advice...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What is Section 8?

With confirmation that Section 21 will be scrapped, how can agents get ready for life after no-fault evictions? The short answer is...

11 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Phil Spencer: Communication is king – how can agents wear the crown?

Agents are consistently being told that they need to get on board with change. And one could quite easily make the...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Agents will be a big part of Zoopla’s growth’ - Q&A with Charlie Bryant

More than 18 months on from the acquisition of ZPG for £2.2 billion by Silver Lake Partners, a US private equity...

29 February 2020

From: Features

Agents - please don’t leave a message after the tone

Why should agencies leave voicemail in the last decade and make 2020 the year to invest in a more modern solution? Voicemail...

22 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

19 February 2020

From: Features

Mandatory qualification legislation - an educator’s view

As residential sales and lettings professionals we are conditioned to adapt to change, it’s the nature of the profession. However, developments...

15 February 2020

From: Features

It's time for agents and politicians to get behind Reservation Agreements trial

Now we’re well into the second month of the year, we have reached a crucial point in the ongoing plans to...

08 February 2020

From: Features

What are the benefits of traditional online auctions for estate agents?

Property auctions – online or otherwise – can be hugely helpful to sellers, buyers and estate agents. Online auctions, in particular, are...

06 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager

  Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager What is your ‘company name’...

06 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

PropTech Today: What can 80 conveyancers teach PropTech?

“It appears conveyancers either aren’t too concerned with PropTech right now, or they don’t yet have all the information needed to...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and what’s that rumble I hear?

Hello and welcome to the last day of January, Brexit Day and - perhaps most importantly - the latest edition of...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

‘The Google of Estate Agency’ - firm recruits 100 for call centre

An estate agency is setting up a call centre employing some 100 people in a bid to become “a one stop...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Owners’ Logbooks essential for easier house-buying, say conveyancers

Logbooks about properties must be made available up-front at the point of marketing and not later in the buying process if...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More agents and property firms show “significant financial distress”

Insolvency firm Begbies Traynor says the estate agency and property industry sector of the UK economy has seen a big rise...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency boss has near-death experience and warns about work-stress

The founder of an online agency has spoken publicly for the first time about how his near-death experience led him to...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Reapit takes another step towards end-to-end digital home buying

Reapit has joined a consortium attempting to make the long-anticipated end-to-end digital home buying process a reality. It’s joined the IPN Consortium,...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Quarter of sales fell through in 2019 says buying firm

Almost exactly one quarter of house sales in England and Wales fell through prior to completion according to new figures. In the...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How can agents build an inclusive rental society and trust with tenants?

We are facing a new world in the lettings industry, with the proportion of households in the private rented sector (PRS)...

08 January 2020

From: Features

Higher fees generated through PropTech says senior agent

A senior regional estate agent says the appliance of PropTech has helped his company streamline communications, reduce sales times, and generate...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: let’s talk about conveyancing

It’s one of the most crucial aspects of the homebuying and selling process but is too often bogged down by frustrating...

21 December 2019

From: Features

Be kind to your mind - talking anxiety in estate agency

Our mental health affects how we think, feel and act. It affects how we handle anxiety, relate to others and impacts...

18 December 2019

From: Features

Delivering client care with a wow – the case for outsourcing

Outsourcing important business functions such as marketing, HR and IT to attract cost savings, leverage expertise and gain greater competitive advantage is...

14 December 2019

From: Features

Anti-money laundering – acting on your suspicions

The Fifth Money Laundering Directive becomes law in the UK on January 10 2020, strengthening the responsibilities placed on private companies...

07 December 2019

From: Features

EA Today: mio welcomes a refreshing take on estate agents’ attitudes to sales progression

28th NOVEMBER 2019: Christopher Watkin’s recent thought-provoking interview with Dan Marsden sheds light on the property industry today and offers an...

27 November 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Why agents need to embrace the incremental revenue

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

20 November 2019

From: Features

Agents Do Charity: the close shave for the hairy upper lip edition…

If you haven’t noticed, it’s November already - a month where it’s increasingly popular for men to grow moustaches for charity....

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency’s reason for low volumes (it’s not Brexit or stamp duty)

An online agent claims to have the answer to why fewer people are buying and selling these days. It’s not Brexit, stamp...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

A focus on professional development could improve our industry

Being a market leader means staying on top of industry trends. The more aware you are of what's happening in the...

02 November 2019

From: Features

‘I want to be a founder’ - Be careful what you wish for

News broke last weekend of a further online estate agency casualty as letting agent Upad announced on its website that it...

17 October 2019

From: Features

Agency takes pioneering role during #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

An estate agency service in the Lake District has rolled out a new benefit to all its staff - and in...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Video interview – how to nurture leads and increase profit

How can estate and letting agents nurture leads who aren't ready to sell or let a property instantly? It's a question many...

28 September 2019

From: Features

Shocking story of agency owing thousands ‘asking sellers to pay upfront’

A sales and lettings agency which has entered insolvency is reported by a local newspaper to have offered vendors cut-price fees...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Power to the People

‘Workers of the world, unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains’. So is written on the tombstone of the father...

19 September 2019

From: Features

Stamp duty and easier mortgages help first time buyers select larger homes

First time buyers will constitute the largest single group of purchasers in 2019, despite the apparent difficulties of deposits and securing...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Online boss slams ‘disorganised’ and ‘cloaked’ estate agency industry

A new online estate agency has attacked the industry for being “largely cloaked and ambiguous” - and says that of all...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Viewings - these problems deter would-be buyers

A new survey claims to have discovered the sights and experiences that most deter would-be buyers when they view homes on...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Enjoy the long weekend because Tuesday will be VERY busy...

We’re fast approaching the last Bank Holiday before Christmas (ugh) so enjoy it - because on Tuesday we’re all going to...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Jailed agent on sex offenders’ register for next 10 years

An estate agent has been jailed for 19 months and will have to be on the sex offenders’ register for the...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: why are the wrong people driving our innovation agenda?

I wrote last week about Keller Williams and how their leader, Gary Keller, is doing an admirable job of driving innovation through...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your weekly update on who’s moving where

Hello and welcome to PJT, breaking you in to the working week every Monday with news of the movers and shakers...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty campaign hots up: top bank wants incentive for downsizers

A report by Santander says stamp duty cuts should be used as incentives for older home owners to downsize and allow...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Deal or No Deal could hit base rate and then mortgage costs

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee - which meets monthly to set the base rate on which the costs of...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Eric Woodhams, Account Manager of mio

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Eric Woodhams F.N.A.E.A. mio Account Manager What is mio and what...

26 July 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Tenant fees ban – post-apocalyptic or the dawn of a new age?

Sometimes having prior knowledge of a stressful event can be more stressful than the event itself, just look at Brexit for...

24 July 2019

From: Features

Early challenge for Johnson: “scary” transactions drop, prices set to fall

London and South East England are to see house price falls this year and only “very modest” growth in 2020 -...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

REVEALED: Britain’s Biggest Moving Home Fails

A recent study has revealed what the biggest moving home fails are in the UK, including damaged furniture, scratched walls and...

18 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Do Charity - on our greatest summer weekend of sport…

Once a year you might be perfectly justified in putting your feet up for a weekend and enjoying some great sport...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Back to the future? A home ownership crisis

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

06 July 2019

From: Features

Becky Howes, Account Manager of mio

  Who are you and what does it say on your business card?             Becky Howes, mio Account Manager What...

05 July 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

ONE WAY TO BEAT THE INDUSTRY BLUES

 – use technology to build a trusted brand as a people-focused custodian of client money Non-stop regulatory changes in the industry are...

01 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech Today: Six property management firms worth knowing about

I want to take the time this week to look at an area of PropTech and real estate which is seeing...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

The evolution of tenant demands explored

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

29 May 2019

From: Features

The six things you need to know about live chat

In a world where people want instant gratification, it’s important to find ways to connect and engage with customers when they...

08 May 2019

From: Features

Explained - the future of tenant referencing after the fees ban

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

17 April 2019

From: Features

5 reasons estate agents need a telephone answering service

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

08 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

How can agents keep property transactions on track?

More than 800 property transactions fall through daily, which can have repercussions both practically and financially, as agents fail to get...

30 March 2019

From: Features

The government must stop using agents to carry out their dirty work

I don’t believe it’s unfair to state that our government, indeed, the entire political establishment is in some turmoil at the...

16 March 2019

From: Features

Agent shuts business and rips into 'lying sellers and lazy solicitors'

Maverick Cornish estate agent Chris Wood has quit the industry with a stinging attack on those who have “taken their toll”...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchising: why finding your premises could be the biggest obstacle

The road to opening up your own business can be a long one. If you’ve never done it before, there are...

09 March 2019

From: Features

Agents Behaving Badly? Accusations fly over listings and boards

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

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

For Sale By Owner website set up ‘out of frustration with estate agents’

Another For Sale By Owner website has been launched - this one, apparently, because the founder was “frustrated” with estate agents’...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

RIP the open house…the return of the high street agent?

Cast your minds back to the summer of 2014. It’s 9.55 am somewhere in east London ‘Sorry I’m late’ offers the...

23 February 2019

From: Features

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

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

16 February 2019

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and is there a Spring in our step?

The end of the snow has given way to warmer weather, and while it’s a little early to speak of spring...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

A new approach to data can empower Generation Rent to buy

Purchasing a property. It’s a key life goal that so many Millennials aspire to - yet one that has become frustratingly...

02 February 2019

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and here's proof it's not remotely grim up north...

There’s a distinctly northern flavour to some of the great fund-raising this week - and in particular Yorkshire. This isn’t the only...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Red Flag Alert after surge in agencies hitting financial distress

There has been a nine per cent rise over the past year in estate agency and property industry firms in so-called...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry chief says No Deal is worst outcome as London prices drop 20%

The British Property Federation has made an outspoken intervention into the Brexit debate, telling politicians that No Deal is the worst...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The importance of being part of a trade association

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

26 January 2019

From: Features

Micro-homes: could they solve the first time buyer crisis?

A think tank is suggesting that micro-homes could be the answer to London’s shortage of available homes for first time buyers. The...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral fee ban considered as part of house buying reform

The civil servant leading work to reform the house buying has revealed key areas of government thinking - with a ban on...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Case Study: Noise issue could cost agent £9000

Our latest case study come from a recent news item to have hit the industry and national press. A disgruntled tenant is claiming...

16 January 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Beccy Moore. Office Manager for Nicholas Humphreys

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Beccy Moore. Office Manager for Nicholas Humphreys Tell us more about Nicholas...

14 January 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Distressed sellers offer 20% discounts on London off-plan homes

A leading buying agent says 2019 is likely to see the continuation of last year’s trend where distressed sellers accept discounts...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

In Light of the Fee Ban, Can PropTech Firms Damage Control?

Recent years have seen tighter regulation and new legislation hit the lettings industry. Combined with the fee ban, there is no...

10 January 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks wins apology from agency that claimed it was going bust

A branch of the Haart estate agency is reported to have apologised to Purplebricks for claiming that the hybrid agency was...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Welcome to 2019: The Year of Brexit and Ban

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

02 January 2019

From: Features

Property Natter – A to Z of the property market for 2018

Another year is nearly done – and what an eventful year it’s been. We’ve had more than our fair share of breaking...

22 December 2018

From: Features

Brexit's housing silver lining (but only for overseas buyers, it seems...)

A high-end estate agency selling some of the country’s most expensive homes says the possible currency falls resulting from Brexit chaos...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s time for conveyancing to up its game

Conveyancing regularly adds unnecessary and costly delays to the home buying process and improvement could be far quicker than any efforts...

17 November 2018

From: Features

What is the key to a smooth and efficient pre-tenancy process?

People now expect a streamlined, digital-first experience from every single service they interact with - and the lettings industry is no...

14 November 2018

From: Features

Market gloom from Savills: London, SE and Buy To Let downbeat for years

Savills has issued its forecast for the housing market for the next five years, and while it highlights some bright spots...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Why estate and letting agents need to futureproof their businesses

A recent 'red flag alert' report from an insolvency firm warned that the number of real estate businesses defined as being...

31 October 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

27 October 2018

From: Features

'Significant financial distress' soars for agencies and property firms

An insolvency firm is warning that the real estate sector of the economy is showing a growing number of businesses defined...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Second EU Referendum would help housing market, claims agent

A London buying agent has called for a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership, suggesting that it would give more certainty...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers ‘should have mortgage funds the day before completion’

A call has gone out for conveyancers to have all monies - including mortgage funds - in place the day before...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Marco Ferrara, Director of Tili

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Marco Ferrara, Director of Tili What is Tili and what does...

26 September 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Countrywide share price still in the doldrums despite Peter Long move

Shareholders in the ailing Countrywide agency group appeared to remain largely indifferent to the news that their executive chairman Peter Long...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Meet Tili, the free digital assistant that’s delivering new revenue streams for the property industry

Tili does all the work to deliver a smooth home move for customers and income for agents. An innovative and easy to...

17 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Not fit for purpose! Estate agency is UK's least active profession

This may not be a great way to start the week but a survey suggests that estate agents are Britain’s least...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit and SDLT 'causing market to stagnate' warns property specialist

A downbeat report from property investment specialist London Central Portfolio says “there are very few causes for optimism in the domestic...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

My journey from franchisee to MD at the UK’s original hybrid agency

After gaining my MBA qualification from Edinburgh Business School in 2005, I took careful consideration over my career moves and prospective...

22 August 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: How can agents boost revenue with Open Banking?

Since January 2018, nine of the UK’s biggest banks have allowed competitors direct access to customer data as part of the...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures: Agents may have lost £4 billion in fees in 2017

A report drawn up by Reapit and data consultancy Dataloft suggests that agents in 2017 lost a potential (and jaw-dropping) £4...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant financial distress felt by many more agencies

A report out today shows a 19 per cent rise in the number of property businesses classified as being in “significant...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 July 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: The estate agent in 2050 - utopia or dystopia?

By now we’ve all seen news about the long-term decline in property sales and competition from online alternatives leading to ‘more...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Does your estate agency need to be more flexible?

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

23 June 2018

From: Features

The Split - Agency sets up team to handle divorcing clients

London-focussed Buying agency Black Brick has launched a specialist service to cater for divorcing couples. The company - increasingly regarded by some...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

First digital mortgage paves the way for smoother property processes

As the world becomes ever more digital and people increasingly look to technology to provide convenient solutions to sometimes complex problems,...

08 May 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide chief says: We're not ruling out online forever

Countrywide’s Group Operations Director Paul Creffield - one of three figures now at the top of the organisation - says he...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts ‘inundated with offers’ - but some redundant employees unpaid

The managing director of troubled estate agency Humberts says he has been “inundated” with prospective buyers since news broke over last...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Agencies and sector 'facing significant financial distress'

The UK’s real estate sector, embracing estate agencies as well as other aspects of the property industry, has been facing “increased...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Searches ‘very rarely the cause of delays in transactions’ claims industry group

An umbrella body representing search organisations says searches “are very rarely the cause of delays” in transactions. The Council of Property Search...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents’ qualifications will cut competition and increase fees - claim

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

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks tells government to order agents to publish fees

Purplebricks has issued a provocative response to the government’s new measures to promote a more professional and transparent house buying process.  The...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

“At last!” - Industry embraces reform of buying and selling processes

Agents and representatives from other property sectors have reacted enthusiastically to proposals to professionalise the industry. As we reported yesterday, the government...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: The progression of sales progression

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

24 March 2018

From: Features

Surcharge for 'five day exchange and completion' is slammed as rip-off

A critic of the conveyancing process has accused a law firm’s charge of £95 for “exchange and completion within five working...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Robert Reed  Head of Tarporley Office, Wright Marshall

Q. How did you get in to the property industry? My career in the property industry actually started out as a holiday...

01 February 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

 Is the Land Registry about to drag property purchasing into the 21st century?

If you were under any misconceptions about how pivotal a role HM Land Registry is going to play in the future...

27 January 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: Can agents improve fall-through rates with innovation?

Fall-through rates have long been a problem for the UK residential property market, the issue is nothing new. Today, however, the...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers fight back against 'errors' league table publication

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers says it is worried that HM Land Registry’s decision to publish details of apparent errors in...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Group slams 'incredibly weak' government leasehold reforms

A specialist leasehold enfranchisement firm has branded government leasehold reforms as "incredibly weak". In an announcement lost in the noise following Damian Green’s sacking,...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

First sale completes under new Conveyancers Code for Completion

The first residential transaction has taken place under the so-called Conveyancer’s Code for Completion - a new procedure in which the...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The battle of the reports

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

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Government tweaks 'additional homes' stamp duty surcharge

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

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Should agents pay for an increased Trading Standards budget?

A large part of the DCLG’s Call for Evidence on the home buying and selling process focuses on the role of...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Q&A with Moneypenny Receptionist Josh Tanton

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

13 November 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Government should be wary of introducing goodwill agreements

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

28 October 2017

From: Features

Conveyancers are piloting HIPs-style 'Digital Home Reports'

The Conveyancing Association says some of its members are piloting HIPs-style Digital Home Reports in a bid to reduce fall-throughs and...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers and searches in firing line of new government probe

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

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Government launches consultation into house buying and selling

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

22 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant uses emotional video to win buyers and landlords

The UK’s largest high street property franchise, Belvoir, has launched a new video called #MovingMemories to attract buyers and landlords to...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart confirms butters john bee acquisition

Following speculation earlier in the week, Spicerhaart has confirmed that it has purchased 19 branch regional agency butters john bee. The acquisition...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

SOS: are you a business in distress?

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

02 September 2017

From: Features

Ombudsman warns that expelled agency may be trading illegally

The Property Ombudsman has expelled a London lettings and estate agency for a year and is warning that the firm may...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Cyber attack - small agencies accused of being unprepared

An insurance provider says small estate agencies are peculiarly vulnerable to cyber attack yet are amongst the least prepared amongst their...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Quiet at the back - agency reveals noise issues which deter buyers

Jackson-Stops & Staff has revealed what it believes to be the main noise problems that deter buyers and distress existing owners. A...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 August 2017

From: Features

OnTheMarket holding 20 meetings across UK with agents this month

OnTheMarket is this month holding 20 meetings for member agents to explain “progress and plans” for the portal.   The meetings - sometimes...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

£3m boost for start-up helping traditional agents challenge onliners

PropTech start-up OneDome - which describes its products as allowing traditional estate agents to challenge Purplebricks and other online rivals -...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

The Queen's Speech marks another step forward for leasehold reform

The political ebb and flow continues - seemingly with all the subtlety of a Boris Johnson rugby tackle on a 10-year...

01 July 2017

From: Features

The nine week wait: sales fall through because of slow searches

Estate agents are angry over delays in processing land searches by a local authority in the south west. The average land search time...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Uncertainty over government 'aim' to streamline house buying process

The detailed paperwork accompanying the Queen’s Speech includes the Conservative party manifesto pledge to streamline house buying - but gives no...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property needs to rise above politics now more than ever

“Housing policy should be in independent hands.” That was the conclusion of a panel debate that Andrews held, not recently, but two...

17 June 2017

From: Features

Industry reacts to appointment of new housing minister

The property industry has broadly welcomed the appointment of a new housing minister, which was made yesterday evening. Reading West MP Alok...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Video interview: new easyProperty boss explains GPEA merger

The chief executive of eProp Services Ltd - the company formed by a merger between easyProperty and GPEA Ltd (the parent...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Charlie Wright, CIELA

To give you a nice distraction from the post-election madness, here’s an interview with Charlie Wright, founder of CIELA (or The...

10 June 2017

From: Features

What do estate and letting agencies usually sell for?

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

10 June 2017

From: Features

Conveyancers back Tories' call to modernise house buying process

Conveyancers have backed a call by the Conservatives for reform of the house buying process - and says more up-front information...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tories backtrack on HIPs but still want massive house sales reform

The Conservative Party says it wants greater competition and more digitisation to cut the costs and reduce the amount of time...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tories insist HIPs are not on their way back after all

The Conservatives now say they are not resuscitating Home Information Packs, despite a suggestion by a prominent former minister that they "had...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q1 2017

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

06 May 2017

From: Features

How can Intelligent Call Routing Help Your Estate Agency Grow?

First impressions are the most important when meeting new people and this is no less true for new customers finding your...

02 May 2017

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

29 April 2017

From: Features

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

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

15 April 2017

From: Features

5 steps to golden customer service

Walk in your customers’ shoes Experiencing your business as your customers do would be our number one rule. How often do you...

13 April 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Mortgage market review

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

easyProperty group may seek extra funding after £11m operating loss

Figures lodged at Companies House by online agency easyProperty suggest parent company EProp Services will seek additional funding this year. A strategic...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Property hotspots: Manchester, Liverpool and Preston

The property market in northern England, supported in part by the Northern Powerhouse concept, has attracted a lot of media attention,...

24 March 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Goodlord and Nested raise funding for second time

In a week that I am recovering from the exuberance of MIPIM, there are two big pieces of fundraising news that...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why estate agents need to take compliance seriously

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

14 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Fear that probate fees rise could be 'a new inheritance tax'

Ministry of Justice probate fee changes coming into effect this spring will affect all individuals inheriting an estate worth more than...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Guilty agency deeply distressed by buyer's 30-foot fall at viewing

The estate agency which was fined £200,000 after a prospective house buyer fell 30 feet into a well during a viewing...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Will incorporation affect the agent/landlord relationship?

The buy-to-let market has gone through significant change in the last year and with the Budget just around the corner, what...

25 February 2017

From: Features

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

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

17 February 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the half term edition...

Let’s not be distressed that we’re already over 10 per cent of the way through the year - yes, really -...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Mergers of independent agents: how to achieve completion

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

04 February 2017

From: Features

How to avoid the disconnect associated with outsourcing

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

04 February 2017

From: Features

A short-term lettings storm at the seaside

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

28 January 2017

From: Features

Property auctions market round-up Q4 ‘16

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

21 January 2017

From: Features

Thousands of agencies in financial distress warns insolvency firm

An insolvency firm active in the property sector says that after a year of major taxation, legislative and economic volatility, many...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Are landlords about to ditch letting agents and go it alone?

Next year is likely to be a challenging time for letting agents, following a raft of changes introduced by the government...

09 December 2016

From: Features

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

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

12 November 2016

From: Features

Agent and conveyancer relationships must go beyond the bottom line

Working relationships between estate agents and conveyancers can be mutually beneficial with the referral of work between parties. However, they are missing...

12 November 2016

From: Features

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

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

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Redressing the wrongs of agents remains fair and impartial

When a tenant paid his initial one month’s rent in addition to a tenancy deposit in exchange for the keys to...

05 November 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: on my travels

It’s all been kicking off in recent weeks, hasn’t it? Marmite wars, the endless Trump v Clinton debate, Samsung phones blowing...

28 October 2016

From: Features

eMoov's petition wants agency licensing because standards are poor

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

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market defies Brexit jitters as rates hit record lows

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

30 September 2016

From: Features

Bank of England confirms tougher buy to let mortgage lending regime

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

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

More upheaval at Countrywide as London reshuffle continues

The UK's largest estate agency has announced another key departure from its senior management team.  Graham Bell, managing director for London, is...

26 September 2016

From: Breaking News

The rise of virtual reality viewings

More estate agents are using – or at least considering using – virtual reality viewings as part of their services. But what...

22 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

YOPA launches TV ads starring The Village People

Hybrid estate agency YOPA is today launching a nationwide TV advertising campaign starring The Village People, the band best-known for the...

16 September 2016

From: Breaking News

How can Agents survive in an increasingly competitive market?

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

13 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Consumer group says 'last time buyers' could free-up housing market

The HomeOwners’ Alliance claims that over the past two years alone over 500,000 owners aged 55-plus have had to ditch plans...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit could wipe 30% off London house prices, warns major bank

A note to investors sent out yesterday by the international bank Societe Generale is warning that Brexit could wipe 30 per...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agent becomes a hero by saving man from drowning

The head of Oasis estate agency in Staines has become a hero after saving a man from drowning after a pair...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove: Asking prices dip but it's down to summer, not Brexit

Rightmove’s latest house price index, covering two weeks either side of the EU referendum at the end of June, suggests average...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Call for evidence: why technology needs to underpin house buying

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

15 July 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - or should that be May do charity?

We’re used to remarkable changes in just a short time - a week ago, who would have thought Theresa May would...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Carney says owners and buyers should budget for interest rate rises

House owners and buyers with mortgages in today’s market should budget to ensure they can “have enough headroom” for a rise...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

easyProperty hires psychology guru to look at Open House 'stress'

Online estate agency easyProperty has brought in a veteran psychology expert to look at the stress of buying a home -...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agents – here's why your software needs to be cloud-based

You may have heard a lot about 'the cloud' in the last few years. In fact, it's become a bit of...

16 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

2016 half year news round up for Estate & Letting agents

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

09 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Bridging the gap

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

01 June 2016

From: Features

Women buyers more likely to 'mentally move into a home' than men

Women property buyers are more instinctive when buying a home and are therefore 13% more likely to 'mentally move into a...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Ex-agent takes former employer to tribunal over constructive dismissal

A former estate agent has taken her ex-employer to a tribunal, claiming constructive dismissal. Charlotte Lloyd resigned her post at Callaways Estate...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the top five Proptech products

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

13 May 2016

From: Features

Online, traditional – can we learn anything from the conveyancing industry?

I have spent the last 20 years working within the conveyancing business, alongside estate agents and I can’t help feeling a...

06 May 2016

From: Features

Four ways to instantly impress with your customer communication skills

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

06 May 2016

From: Features

OnTheMarket rebel agents launch website and prepare legal seminar

Rebel agents unhappy with the beleaguered portal OnTheMarket have set up a website with plans of a meeting with legal representatives...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Home Buyer Report- What is it?

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

27 April 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Kings strike gold at the UK estate agency ‘Oscars’

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

25 April 2016

From: Features

The ESTAS – the people’s choice

The People Awards, which honour the very best individuals in residential agency for 2016, are one of the highest accolades any...

20 April 2016

From: Features

See the award winners here: full list of ESTAS 2016 winners

The complete list of this year’s ESTAS award winners has now been released after a hugely successful ceremony in London hosted...

19 April 2016

From: Breaking News

The stamp duty rush should help us to improve on deadlines

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

15 April 2016

From: Features

Team Selection: Choosing conveyancing and financial services partners

Having urged agents to think about the full marketing mix and not just price, we must look at our business relationships...

08 April 2016

From: Features

Stamp duty deadline: warning of major problems and extra costs for buyers

A top consultancy firm is warning that the stamp duty surcharge coming into effect at the end of this week may lead...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage clampdown is too late and unnecessary says leading agent

New proposals to curtail mortgage borrowing in the buy to let sector have been branded as “a classic case of slamming...

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - crack open those Easter eggs...

So this is Easter - a busy time for many agents although once again the industry has shown its compassionate side...

25 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 February 2016

From: Features

Why I've said no to PLC approaches

Do you remember Martha Lane-Fox? She was the poster girl for lastminute.com and an icon of the dot.com bubble that ended...

15 January 2016

From: Features

Online Vs traditional – the battle continues

Online estate agent Purplebricks has now completed its pre-Christmas IPO with shares initially valued at £240m. It’s the latest news that...

08 January 2016

From: Features

Sean Hooker, Head of Redress, PRS

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

23 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Is there a gender split in the property industry?

Diversity is a hot topic in offices across the UK as issues regarding the difference in pay and opportunities are being...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Why do agents have an unfavourable reputation among the public?

Last week, on the latest series of The Apprentice, Lord Sugar threw his teams into the London property market.  As expected, Twitter...

11 December 2015

From: Features

House prices rising 9% in a year, but pace of growth slowing

The Halifax says UK-wide house prices are rising on average by nine per cent per year, but the rate of growth...

09 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Connells Group beats Countrywide with 'defining' online deal

Connells Group says it is still on the prowl for traditional estate agencies to acquire after its announcement that it has...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

'Revenge porn' online pictures lead to jail for jilted estate agent

An estate agent who was jilted by his girlfriend has been jailed for sending explicit sexual images of her to another...

29 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents and conveyancers – It’s not rocket science

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

02 October 2015

From: Features

HQ of London's oldest independent agency wins listed status

An estate agency that has occupied the same London office for 135 years has now seen the property receive formal listed...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News