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Property Natter: things to look out for in 2018

Another new year is nearly upon us and, once we’ve got the season of mince pies, mulled wine, pigs in blankets,...

16 December 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Bitcoin is technology, not just currency

Bitcoin has smashed into the headlines again recently with major news outlets describing the ever increasing worth of this wildly volatile...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New software helps agents list unsold properties on short-let sites

The short let management company Lavanda - backed by Harry Hill, former chief of Rightmove and Countrywide - has launched software...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Carbon monoxide myths: what do letting agents need to know?

Landlords are being urged to step up and ensure that all rented properties and accommodation meet recent laws relating to carbon...

02 December 2017

From: Features

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

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

25 November 2017

From: Features

Property industry reacts to the Autumn Budget

Earlier this week, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the Autumn Budget with a strong focus on housing.  The decision to cut stamp duty...

25 November 2017

From: Features

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

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

18 November 2017

From: Features

Why the last fortnight might not matter

It’s something of an understatement to say it’s been a busy fortnight for the industry in terms of announcements, consultations and...

04 November 2017

From: Features

Financial crime – are estate agents at risk?

The spread and sophistication of financial crime in the UK in recent years has been unprecedented.  Figures from UK Finance show that...

04 November 2017

From: Features

Former Countrywide agent moves into property staging business

A former estate agent has teamed up with two interiors experts to offer a home staging rental service to dress properties...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Agents worried about 2018 should sell up now' advises analyst

An industry analyst says some agents may find it tough to survive in 2018 if they’re hit by a double whammy...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation isn’t a substitute for action

Another week, yet more consultations - the agency industry can’t complain about not being asked for its views recently. The latest were on...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: reputation, renewables and an online revolution

They say presentation is key (something that Theresa May now knows all too well after her calamitous conference speech). But equally...

14 October 2017

From: Features

Back To The Future: a short history of rent controls

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

07 October 2017

From: Features

Party conference season - A housing plan for UK Plc

And so concludes another party conference season.  We’ve followed the great and the good (both terms are debatable) around Torbay, Bournemouth,...

07 October 2017

From: Features

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

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

30 September 2017

From: Features

Can estate management open doors for letting agents?

The UK is home to four million leasehold properties in private ownership, according to government figures. The majority of which require...

30 September 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - with your chance to win new funding too...

Every week we carry reports of how great causes are helped by individual agents and other property professionals - this week...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Q&A with Moneypenny Team Manager Nicola Jackson

What does your role involve? As team manager for the property team, I make sure PAs and clients are happy and...

21 September 2017

From: Sponsored Content

No key speech by Labour housing spokesman at party conference

Labour’s shadow housing minister John Healey is reported to be one of a number of prominent front bench opposition spokespeople being...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

The return of the Green Deal - are you ready for MEES?

Some good news is here for landlords and letting agents worried about the energy efficiency rating of their property – the...

09 September 2017

From: Features

Tips for surviving the ban on letting agent fees

Parliament is sitting again and the entire lettings industry is waiting with bated breath for more detail on the government’s proposal...

09 September 2017

From: Features

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

When a tenant failed to pay any rent after the first month his tenancy last year, the landlord did not expect...

26 August 2017

From: Features

Nil deposit schemes – a new era for the rental market?

Research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research has shown that the cost of the average rental deposit is expected...

19 August 2017

From: Features

“Super short-term rentals” and subletting: the future of the private rented sector

Historically, short-term rentals have been an unattractive business for the majority of estate agents and property managers. Scarcity of demand from tenants...

04 August 2017

From: Features

The Property Ombudsman expels three agencies

Three agencies have been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman for two or more years, after failing to pay awards...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons' slump in sales means 55% of revenue now from lettings

Foxtons has reported its half-year figures for the six months to the end of June and, as expected, they show how...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The long-term future of renting is short-term lettings

You may have heard that Airbnb and property management company, Lavanda has closed a £1 million angel investment round.  Backers include Purplebricks...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Scrap the bureaucracy and let’s have simple rental regulation

That the private rental sector has become the government’s whipping boy for housing problems - landlords in particular, letting agents almost...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Isn’t it time that property remembered what is important?

For those of us working within the property sector, we’re in the very midst of what, for generations, has been one...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - even in this great week of sport...

Wimbledon finals and the British Grand Prix await us this weekend and The Open begins a few days later, completing what...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Huge overhaul of agents' data protection systems needed, says expert

Estate and letting agents are being urged to prepare for new data protection legislation coming into effect next year - but...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Avoid unwanted hassles: Q & A with Jack Webb-Heller, Rent4sure IT director

Living next to inconsiderate neighbours can be a nightmare, but letting to bad tenants can prove costly, especially when issues, which...

08 July 2017

From: Features

How independent agents use SEO to take on national brands

How many property professionals are truly happy with their revenue? High levels of competition from new market entrants is a significant...

08 July 2017

From: Features

Are the professional bodies singing with one voice?

As an agency business, how much are you spending on professional body memberships? Perhaps it’s time to question how much you...

08 July 2017

From: Features

Five things you should know about data mining

Our recent roundtable on the government’s proposed ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants generated ten tips for growing your...

08 July 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: Q & A with Mark Goddard, MD of ZPG Property Services

Mark Goddard was the founder and CEO of The Property Software Group (PSG), a property software solutions firm established in 2007,...

01 July 2017

From: Features

Queen’s speech: Property industry reacts to proposed tenant fee ban

The Queen’s speech to the British parliament this week was a scaled-back affair, which was unsurprising given the Grenfell Tower fire,...

23 June 2017

From: Features

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

Conveyancers set out their ideas for leasehold reform

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

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says Brexit destabilising sales but allowing lettings to thrive

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

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Would you ‘let’ a property go under the hammer?

The popularity of property auctions in the UK has increased enormously in recent years, supported by popular TV shows such as...

17 June 2017

From: Features

Redress schemes working together to drive out 'poor practice'

The industry’s three government-approved redress schemes have this week issued an updated version of their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU is...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Uber and Moda Living collaborate on Build to Rent

It has been announced that Uber, the taxi company, has teamed up with build to rent firm, Moda Living, to ‘revolutionise renting’.    This...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

The ESTAS – the UK’s best letting agents have their say

The recent rise in consumer complaints against sales and letting agents suggests that there is a general lack of trust and...

27 May 2017

From: Features

Reform of buying and selling - The industry should prepare now

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

27 May 2017

From: Features

How service drives up standards of student lets

Student accommodation is positively luxurious compared with the drafty digs of my student days. En-suites, studio flats, even cinemas in halls...

27 May 2017

From: Features

ZPG reports big surge in agents and listings over past six months

ZPG has published its half-year figures this morning showing a six per cent rise in the number of agents and a...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing quango chief is new chair of Ombudsman council

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

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents strike gold at the ESTAS

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

20 May 2017

From: Features

Why we’re absorbing tenant fees until a decision is made

In November 2016 when the Autumn Statement was delivered by Chancellor Philip Hammond, the announcement was made to ban letting agent...

20 May 2017

From: Features

Tories propose house buying reforms in election manifesto

The Conservatives have this morning announced a reform of the house buying process in the party’s manifesto for the June 8...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Fresh website for the Guild of Property Professionals

The Guild of Property Professionals, which has over 800 agent members across the country, has this week launched a new website.  The...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils 'spending millions' buying back Right To Buy properties

An investigation by the BBC has revealed that councils are spending million buying back homes they sold at a discount under...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Online reviews - They’re here to stay

Odds are that you use TripAdvisor when you book a restaurant or hotel; perhaps you scroll down Amazon before clicking ‘buy...

29 April 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Generation Z are coming - agents, are you ready?

I was recently contributing to whitepaper by a major bank about the future of the property industry and, as I was...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the never-mind-the-ballots edition

There’s no sign yet that the snap General Election is distracting our industry from continuing its fine record of doing good...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Property Natter: Q & A with David Cox, ARLA Propertymark

In this Natter we have an exclusive interview with David Cox, CEO of ARLA Propertymark and one of the best-known figures...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Looking back at ten years of tenancy deposit schemes

Ten years ago this month (April 2007) tenancy deposit schemes were first introduced in England and Wales.  You need to go a...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Agency claims 25% sales and instructions boost thanks to global portal

Agents should remember to target overseas buyers and tenants according to the head of a business management system aimed at maximising international...

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

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

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

24 March 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Goodlord and Nested raise funding for second time

In a week that I am recovering from the exuberance of MIPIM (I didn't want to focus on it in this...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Housing must not be ignored in the clamour

We’re almost nine months on from the EU Referendum and yet the issue remains the big divide across the nation: an...

18 March 2017

From: Features

Why ‘let only’ has been given the last rites

Dust off your black tie and grab a tissue as we’re entering a period of mourning. It’s a bold claim, but...

18 March 2017

From: Features

Clients of agency and mortgage firm asked to come forward

Former clients of a Scottish estate and letting agency and mortgage company are being asked by a corporate insolvency firm to...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: A MIPIM startups update from Cannes

This week I’m lucky enough to be out here in Cannes as a PropTech Ambassador for MIPIM, the international real estate...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Another part of the UK prepares to scrap Right To Buy

Wales is the latest part of the UK to formally scrap the policy which was once the flagship of Margaret Thatcher’s...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

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

11 March 2017

From: Features

Portillo attacks Tory government over owner-occupier 'freefall'

Former Conservative minister Michael Portillo has made an outspoken attack on his former party over its switch of housing policy emphasis from...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

Looking ahead to the Spring Budget this week, the Chancellor Philip Hammond will be obliged to face up to the implications...

04 March 2017

From: Features

A look into the future of the buy-to-let market

With tax relief changes, a rise in Stamp Duty for second homes and strict mortgage affordability checks now in place, it...

04 March 2017

From: Features

James Dearsley: The blooming symbiosis of PropTech and FinTech

There has been some really interesting talk recently of the relationship between FinTech (Finance Technology) and PropTech (Property Technology). A few...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

What does the future hold for the buy-to-let market?

Over the past two decades, investing in buy-to-let has been a relatively easy way to make money, which is why so...

25 February 2017

From: Features

And now for something completely different...Co-Living

We’re used to stories on how the buying and renting of ‘formal’ accommodation - flats and houses - has become increasingly...

17 February 2017

From: Features

Property Natter – a conference wrapped in Guild

Excuse the puntastic (or not) title, but as you’ve no doubt already deciphered I took a trip northwards a couple of...

11 February 2017

From: Features

What we learnt about the Government post-White Paper

If you work in lettings, I’ll already have a pretty good idea on how you feel about the current Conservative Government.  The...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Here are all 29 key points in the Housing White Paper

The government has set out 29 key points in its Housing White Paper.   Introducing it in the Commons this afternoon, Communities Secretery Sajid...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents - it’s time to get back to basics

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

04 February 2017

From: Features

 Opportunity for letting agents as landlords struggle with new law

Legal firm Kirwans have released shocking statistics which state that 70% of eviction notices issued by landlords to tenants may be...

30 January 2017

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

28 January 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks share price at all-time high as traditional agents flounder

The stock market appears to be continuing its love affair with Purplebricks, as the hybrid agency share price rose once again...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Independence may be the undoing of the Independents

The story of the week has been the first steps of a trade body to represent independent estate agents - as...

21 January 2017

From: Features

How to distinguish yourself in the build-to-rent game in 2017

The end of 2016 saw the launch of 30,000 new build-to-rent (BTR) projects in London alone. With market growth projected to...

21 January 2017

From: Features

Government deadlines slip on agents' fees and new-build targets

The government appears to have slipped back on two deadlines concerning measures key to the property industry. Firstly the consultation on the...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Three things agents need to consider in 2017

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

18 January 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Research shows huge potential to use garage sites for new homes

As the wait goes on for the government’s White Paper on Housing, due this month, one funding organisation has suggested that...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

What next for the rental market in 2017?

The rental market has had to face a raft of changes over the past year, including the introduction of the 3% stamp...

14 January 2017

From: Features

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

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

14 January 2017

From: Features

It’s time to look North for lettings income

If you provide a service, you expect to be paid for it. Sound fair? But with the forthcoming ban on tenant...

07 January 2017

From: Features

Shelter says many owners will struggle if mortgage payments rise £50

Campaigning charity Shelter predicts as many as four in 10 owners or renters in one part of the UK would struggle...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

March 8 is next date for bad (or good) news on property taxes

The government has announced that its next Budget will be on March 8 next year. Until recently, Budgets and their ‘mini-me’ Autumn...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Quote, unquote - What the industry said in 2016

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

17 December 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - with just one week to Christmas...

Only a week to the Christmas break and still our industry goes above and beyond the call of duty to raise...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Boris, Corbyn, Trump and co - one agency's REALLY unusual Christmas card

Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn, Phillip Hammond, Tony Blair and Bob Geldof, all in one image...is this truly the nightmare...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government consults over 'banning orders' for 'rogue property agents'

The government has launched an official consultation process on a package of measures to crack down on what it calls ‘rogue...

14 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

The fees ban will force agents to seize the day

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

09 December 2016

From: Features

Compliance update: Immigration Act 2016

With effect from the 1st December 2016, amendments to the Immigration act 2014 were made through the Immigration Act 2016.    The soundbite...

09 December 2016

From: Features

After stamp duty and agents’ fees, it’s time to seize the initiative

Let me set out my stall from the beginning. Firstly with two buy to lets managed by an agency, I understand and...

03 December 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: five things we’ve learnt this year

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

03 December 2016

From: Features

The market is dead, long live the market

Listening to all the coverage of the tenant fee ban, all I hear is consumer groups talking about how some agents...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Autumn Statement: reaction and what’s next for us?

Chancellor Philip Hammond caught the lettings industry unaware with an incredulous Autumn Statement.  The buy-to-let sector took a bashing earlier in 2015...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Countrywide: big transactions slump - with warning of worse to come

A trading update released by Countrywide this morning shows a 29 per cent slump in London exchanges in the third quarter...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Foxtons and other property shares tumble thanks to Hammond

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

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

ICYMI: What agents need to know from the Autumn Statement

In case you missed it yesterday, here’s a summary of everything relating to property that was in Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

More homes, letting fees banned, but no change to stamp duty or buy to let tax

Phillip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement, tackling amongst other things, what he called “the housing challenge.” The speech made no...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement: The property industry's wish list for Philip Hammond

It may still be too early to start compiling a Christmas wish list, but it is the right time to provide...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Five guesses about the Autumn Statement

Forecasts are a tricky business. And as I wrote in a recent Industry Views opinion piece, any prediction in the current...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Why are you so understaffed on a Tuesday?

There were some absolutely brilliant figures released recently by telephone answering specialist, Moneypenny.  The highest call volumes diverted from agents to Moneypenny occurred between 10am-11am...

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

Government tipped to introduce 'buy as you go' in Autumn Statement

Media reports over the weekend suggest that the government is to introduce a 'buy as you go' system in the Autumn...

07 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

Anti-money laundering: Agents' network running consultation survey

The Independent Network of Estate Agents is running a survey to collate agents' responses ahead of the closure of the official...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Four things all good estate agent websites need in 2016

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

31 October 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Deal likely on controversial estate where Foxtons withdrew from sale

A Labour MP says a deal is now on the cards for an estate to be purchased after months of controversy,...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

How can agents manage negative feedback left on review sites?

Online reviews play an increasingly vital role in shaping the decisions of customers. Practically everyone using the internet to compare estate...

22 October 2016

From: Features

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

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

14 October 2016

From: Features

30 years after her disappearance, we still have to learn from Suzy’s story

Suzy Lamplugh was just 25 years old when she disappeared whilst working as an estate agent in London in 1986. She’d...

07 October 2016

From: Features

The power of floor plans

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

23 September 2016

From: Features

Is a fear of online agents justified?

Barely a week goes by without an announcement relating to the latest player entering the online agency world and when they...

23 September 2016

From: Features

More agents refuse to sell homes on controversial estate

Several agencies have refused to market properties on a social housing estate which was bought by private investors in January. The Mirror...

23 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

Agents that find balance for their clients are going from strength to strength

Given the uncertainty that shrouded the immediate build up to, and aftermath of, the EU referendum, the current lettings market in...

16 September 2016

From: Features

New website for clients to register details with local agents

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

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

How can Agents survive in an increasingly competitive market?

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

13 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Is buy-to-let investing still a safe bet?

The huge rush to acquire buy-to-let property in the first quarter of the year ahead of the stamp duty change deadline...

09 September 2016

From: Features

The city that never sleeps – London welcomes the Night Tube

In the capital, people will pay a premium to live near great transport links, and as we’ve seen from Crossrail and...

02 September 2016

From: Features

Tenancy deposit protection schemes offer peace of mind

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

26 August 2016

From: Features

Foxtons pulls out of sale 'after appeal by local community'

Foxtons has removed its listing for the sale of a property on an estate in Walthamstow after concerns expressed by nearby...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another £20m funding for pioneering Rent To Buy business

Rentplus, a business providing Rent To Buy homes, has announced that it has new funding of £20m - on top of...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Little England is out of step – on Right To Buy, at the very least

If you want an indicator that the United Kingdom isn’t so united any more, have a look at Right To Buy. The...

12 August 2016

From: Features

Councils replacing only one-in-six homes sold under Right To Buy

Councils have started replacing just one sixth of the number of homes sold under Right To Buy in England in the...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another part of the UK is set to scrap Right To Buy

Wales has confirmed that it is to scrap the former flagship Thatcherite policy of Right To Buy. Since 1980, 138,423 homes have been...

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Third of would-be buyers 'worried by a crash triggered by Brexit'

Over 37 per cent of prospective buyers are worried that concern over Brexit will trigger a housing market crash according to...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

First part of the UK finally scraps Right To Buy

Right To Buy - the controversial sell-off of council and housing association homes initially introduced as a flagship of Margaret Thatcher’s...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 July 2016

From: Features

MIRAS: Could Theresa May go back to the future?

I’m indebted to one of the most enthusiastic estate agents I’ve had the pleasure of meeting for suggesting the subject of...

15 July 2016

From: Features

How digital technology can help estate agents connect with customers

‘Digital technology in the property industry is here to stay’ was very much the opinion drawn from the recent FUTURE: PropTech...

24 June 2016

From: Features

Council in Right To Buy media probe prosecutes fraud-case tenant

A man has been prosecuted for fraudulently attempting to purchase a Right To Buy council property from one of the local...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

No Letting Go wins coveted award

No Letting Go have won Bronze at the Lettings Agency of the Year 2016 Awards.   They have been accredited with the Bronze...

17 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

If your fees are justified, you shouldn't be afraid to publicise them

The old and eternal debate over whether or not tenant fees should be banned continues to rumble on. It’s a major concern...

10 June 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - a bumper edition, scoring just before the Euros

Let’s face it - the biggest distraction for many estate agents in the coming weeks may well be the Euro 2016...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

2016 half year news round up for Estate & Letting agents

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

09 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

How UK estate agents are embracing Multi Listing Services

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

07 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

OnTheMarket signs up five branch agency

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

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter:  a conference bonanza!

It’s nearly June – June! – already. Seriously, where has this year gone? This means summer is nearly upon us, with a...

27 May 2016

From: Features

Isn’t it time to embrace ‘Generation Rent’?

Use of the term ‘generation rent’ has grown beyond all measure in recent years, but it’s not always quoted in the...

27 May 2016

From: Features

Education, Education, Education – and renting and buying, too

So what is it with young people failing to stand up for themselves and not making the most of their money...

20 May 2016

From: Features

Time to stick it up: Agents still not complying with transparency law

Running a business is not easy, but sometimes it becomes harder because we are expected to modify our behaviour due to...

20 May 2016

From: Features

Shawn Brown, PayProp Business Development Director

Q: What does it say on your business card? Director of Business Development Q: Who are PayProp? PayProp is an automated payment and reconciliation...

12 May 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

What does Sadiq Khan’s victory mean for housing in London?

The new mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged to do all in his power to help make London “better” after...

12 May 2016

From: Features

Britain’s best letting agents

Here are the top letting agents in Britain who go above and beyond to help their customers, as voted for by...

10 May 2016

From: Features

London mayoral election: A referendum on housing

The race to replace London Mayor Boris Johnson has entered its final few days, and like never before, housing is the...

29 April 2016

From: Features

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

Property Natter – why deposit protection schemes matter

This week, as the title suggests, I turn my attentions to the world of deposit protection schemes. Landlords have been legally obliged...

15 April 2016

From: Features

A short, sharp shock from short lets?

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

15 April 2016

From: Features

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

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

08 April 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: out and about

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

01 April 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - good works dispel the stamp duty blues

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

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

50,000 Right To Buy homes sold since 2012 but only 5,000 replacements started

Government figures claim almost 50,000 households in council and other forms of social housing have taken up their Right To Buy...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

The rise of an increasingly unpredictable market

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

25 March 2016

From: Features

An underwhelming Budget – perhaps that isn’t a bad thing?

George Osborne has been busy over the last year. First came the General Election which had everyone on tenterhooks until the...

25 March 2016

From: Features

Money laundering obligations – Who do they apply to?

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

18 March 2016

From: Features

Bungalows vulnerable under government sell-off, says think-tank

Bungalows are likely to be sold-off as a by-product the government’s plans to extend Right To Buy, but are unlikely to...

04 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Mutual founder's website relaunches rich with consumer features

London estate agency Douglas & Gordon, one of the firms which founded Agents’ Mutual, has launched a new website with a...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

An empty vessel makes the most noise

What are we going to do about Generation Rent? Only as recently as February 2016 did tenants steal the headline away...

27 February 2016

From: Features

Do tenants want longer tenancies?

Shelter has been tirelessly campaigning for longer tenancies for the last few years.  The charity has led the case for change and...

20 February 2016

From: Features

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

Honesty pays: £15,000 over asking price for flat that comes with fleas

A two bedroom apartment with an asking price of £125,000 has sold for £140,000 despite - or perhaps because - its...

10 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Watchdog tells estate agents to improve handling of clients' data

The estate agency industry has been ticked off by an official watchdog for the way many of its businesses handle clients'...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Knowing too much about property can be a disadvantage

Public relations used to be a minor part of estate agency, something only ‘the big boys’ paid for and with little...

30 January 2016

From: Features

Advertising watchdog bans ad by controversial 'sting' estate agency

A letting agency that has been the subject of a BBC investigation and has gone into liquidation in controversial circumstances has...

27 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty and buy to let tax changes: Readers' views put to David Cameron

In January readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were given the opportunity to give their views on proposed...

25 January 2016

From: Features

Can Stamp Duty really change the face of the buy-to-let sector?

With a little over two months to go until changes to Stamp Duty are introduced that will impact purchasers of second...

22 January 2016

From: Features

Dated rental properties in Prime Central London, are their days numbered?

It is no secret that Prime Central London lettings offerings vary from the exquisite to the plain and ugly.  The exquisite boasting...

22 January 2016

From: Features

Agency chain refreshes brand with new logo, app and website

South of England agency chain Andrews has launched a new app and website as part of its brand-refreshing programme for 2016.  The...

13 January 2016

From: Breaking News

My winners and losers in 2015

It’s time to take a pause, to reflect and put into context—and what a year it has been for our industry...

24 December 2015

From: Features

Property Natter: the end of an era

It was an end of an era in the property world this week. Christopher Hamer stepped down as the Property Ombudsman...

04 December 2015

From: Features

Unintended consequences of PRS-meddling could cause real damage

You might recall a collective sigh of relief emitted by stakeholders in the housing market and private rental sector back in...

04 December 2015

From: Features

A New Year’s Resolution for every landlord – make someone love you

Once you go beyond the industry’s anger about the Chancellor’s three per cent stamp duty surcharge – and that’s an anger...

27 November 2015

From: Features

Osborne's property-related Autumn Statement measures

- From April 2016 buy to let landlords and people buying second or holiday homes will have to pay an additional...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Shock extra buy to let stamp duty; house building programme confirmed

George Osborne has announced a shock additional 3.0 per cent stamp duty on second homes and buy to let properties. Details are...

25 November 2015

From: Breaking News

The weather outside is frightful – A new starter home would be delightful

So this weekend some of us will see our first snow of the season. Harsh weather, Christmas adverts and winter generally...

20 November 2015

From: Features

LSL Property Services plc acquire another agency

LSL Property Services plc has announced another lettings acquisition, this time in Elgin and Inverness. The agency they have bought, PHP Lettings,...

17 November 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Build To Rent – What we learn from Germany and the US

I make no apologies for returning to Build To Rent, the institutional investment in building and managing blocks of flats to...

13 November 2015

From: Features

The ESTAS agency of the month is revealed… and it could be you

Estate agent Butters John Bee based at Nantwich in Cheshire has won the latest ESTAS Agent of the Month title.   The...

13 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Content, Content, Content

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

06 November 2015

From: Features

Hindsight is too late – leaders must make the right decisions at the right time

It’s hard not to have been influenced by the Rugby World Cup over the past month and a half – while...

06 November 2015

From: Features

New legislation means letting agent training is more important than ever

With a raft of new legislation introduced recently now will be the ideal time to think about whether staff are up...

06 November 2015

From: Features

Reasons to be cheerful (Even if you’re involved in buy to let)

A reader of Industry Views is unlikely to need converting to the virtues of buy to let, but anyone involved in...

30 October 2015

From: Features

Countrywide may invest in digital start-up to boost online offer

The chief executive of Countrywide, Alison Platt, has hinted her firm may invest in, or acquire, an internet start-up company to...

27 October 2015

From: Breaking News

The scores are in - here is the ESTAS estate agent of the month

next2buy Property Retailers has scooped the September ESTAS Estate Agent of the Month title.   The Tyne & Wear based agency won...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

A tale of rising rents and ageing occupants

It would seem that now is a better time than ever for investors to join the buy-to-let market.  The Royal Institute of...

16 October 2015

From: Features

Government clampdown on slow planners in bid to get more new homes

The government is telling councils to produce local plans for new homes in their area by 2017 – or Whitehall will...

13 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Has Corbyn Labour-proofed lettings?

The party's over. It's probably the best double entendre in the world of politics right now. For centre or right-leaning Labour...

25 September 2015

From: Features

Sheffield: an example of how a local authority can enforce compliance

It’s been nearly a year since all lettings and property management agents have been legally required to join a redress scheme...

25 September 2015

From: Features

New rental index can shed light on increasingly confusing marketplace

This month it was announced that Landbay mortgage lenders will release a new rental Index, alongside Zoopla and data-modelling experts MIAC.  The...

18 September 2015

From: Features

Billy Idol, Generation Rent and happiness

So housing made itself top of the list of questions by the new Leader of the Opposition’s first PMQs on Wednesday...

18 September 2015

From: Features

Build To Let: A threat or a challenge to agents?

If there’s one thing that looks like a good move right now, it’s becoming a letting agent.  Whereas some years ago we...

18 September 2015

From: Features

Labour mayor hopeful details housing policies

Labour’s newly-elected candidate for next year’s London mayoral election says he will name and shame rogue landlords and create a public...

17 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: this, that and a little bit of something else

We’ve enjoyed a bit of an Indian summer this week. Not sure it makes up for one of the coldest and...

11 September 2015

From: Features

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

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

04 September 2015

From: Features

We’re all disrupters now

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

04 September 2015

From: Features

The reign of the renter

This month analysis by the Office for National Statistics revealed that the average home in England and Wales cost a record...

28 August 2015

From: Features

Why agents need to do their ‘right to rent’ homework

Stories of migrants attempting to make their way to the UK are now a daily feature in our news bulletins and...

28 August 2015

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - as summer turns to autumn

The Bank Holiday weekend heralds the end of August and the return to a more normal sales and lettings market for...

28 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Say no to George before housing crisis

A new website has been launched to fight back against the attack George Osborne made in the Summer Budget on the...

21 August 2015

From: Features

Property Natter: how to make PR work for you

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

21 August 2015

From: Features

Growing agency claims to be strongest property brand in its area

Estate agency Romans has claimed that it is the 'strongest property brand' in the Thames Valley.  The Romans Group recently commissioned a...

20 August 2015

From: Breaking News

The ESTAS' new agent of the month - is it you?

Three agents have been announced as winners of The ESTAS Agent of the Month competition - with Butters John Bee the...

19 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agents urged to 'saynotoGeorge'

A new campaign says it’s not just the buy to let sector that will be penalised by changes to landlord tax...

13 August 2015

From: Breaking News

It’s a scandal more property scandals aren’t exposed

I received a call from a prominent agent known to many in the industry this week, asking an unexpected question: he wanted...

07 August 2015

From: Features

Corbyn will end Right To Buy and keep Green Belt

Labour leadership front-runner Jeremy Corbyn says he would vote for a complete end to all forms of Right To Buy and...

06 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Is it a luxury or does it provide peace of mind?

Roy Fuller Managing Director at Everything Lettings says: By having in place an Out Of Hours help line such as we...

28 July 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Latest Right To Buy idea may be watered down

The House of Lords has set the cat amongst the pigeons on the government proposal to give housing association tenants the...

22 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Manage your landlords effectively as tax changes take hold

Consider the scene. It is July 8th and new Chancellor, Ed Balls, stands at the Dispatch Box giving his first Budget...

17 July 2015

From: Features

Out of Hour cover for areas under Landlord licensing

Many Councils are now introducing Landlord Licensing within different boroughs, for those that have one of the requirements is a 24...

13 July 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Summer Budget's fiddly tax changes well worth a second glance

This week the Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered the first Conservative Budget for almost 20 years. While Mr Osborne claimed that it marked...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Budget - Buy To Let interest relief changes plus Non-Dom clampdown

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced a series of measures impacting on the property industry, including:   Mortgage interest relief for buy-to-let homebuyers...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Government housing action plan coming this week

The government says it will publish an action plan this week to explain how it is going to implement some of...

06 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Crowded house: are you super vigilant?

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

03 July 2015

From: Features

Boris lobbying government to change Right To Buy

The Financial Times says London Mayor and new Conservative MP Boris Johnson is lobbying the government in a bid to persuade...

02 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Are you offering the very best service you can for your Landlords and tenants?

In today’s highly competitive market place, no company can afford to miss a business opportunity. Roy Fuller Managing Director at Everything Lettings...

25 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter: Agents, target your websites better!

OK, you’re being spoilt. This column is now going to be on a bi-weekly rather than monthly basis. You lucky people,...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Let’s get our act together

This month has marked a real change in the way the private lettings sector is perceived - and it’s a perception...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Could cross-party support solve supply conundrum?

Given that I wrote my last article on the day of the General Election but well before the result was known,...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Video round up 19.06.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video roundup of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on the resignation...

19 June 2015

From: Video Articles

Video round up 19.06.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video roundup of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on the resignation...

19 June 2015

From: Breaking News

PRS Announce Partnership with Small Claims Mediation

The Property Redress Scheme (PRS) is delighted to announce their partnership with the award winning mediation provider, Small Claims Mediation (SCM) The...

11 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

First time buyers miss out as buy to let booms says Connells

The post-election period has triggered a flurry of interest in buy to let but a sharp decline in business from first...

11 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Inaugural ESTAS Agent of the Month winner revealed

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

04 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Fee disclosure: Are you ready for an inspection?

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

29 May 2015

From: Features

Reaction: The Immigration Bill and immigration checks

"Stop right there. Hands above your head. Don't move. Mavis, dial 999." Mr D Smith (MARLA, NFoPP) removes his Glock 19...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Agents Do Charity – the great work continues

Despite it being a short working week, we have once again been inundated with stories of estate and letting agents’ charity...

29 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Right to Buy extension confirmed in Queen’s Speech

The Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge to extend the Right to Buy scheme was confirmed in yesterday’s Housing Bill.  The Bill was part...

28 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Property industry reacts to Housing Bill

The  new government has announced its legislative plans for housing in the coming year.  In the first all-Conservative Queen’s Speech since 1996,...

28 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords must register old tenancy deposits – now!

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

22 May 2015

From: Features

What can you get for just £25 per week

Roy Fuller, owner at Everything Lettings’, says:  for just £25 per week you can have in place our emergency helpline 365...

21 May 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Hollinrake backs Right To Buy extension despite controversy

Hunters founder and new Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake says he supports the Tory policy of extending Right To Buy to housing...

20 May 2015

From: Breaking News

A victory V sign to the housing sector?

The Conservatives’ election victory came as a surprise, so much so that television pundits spent all night after the vote rubbishing...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Not Invested In Light Panels Yet

Not Invested In Light Panels Yet In this economical climate you might think that investing in new window displays is a...

11 May 2015

From: Sponsored Content

The spotlight on our sector will not diminish, despite the result of the election

I write this article on the day of the General Election so you’ll forgive the political analogies. In particular, how any...

08 May 2015

From: Features

'One million landlords exit the PRS' - the headline you don’t want to read

Ian Wilson, the head of Martin & Co, recently threw his hat into the ring regarding Labour’s stated intention to cap...

04 May 2015

From: Features

Advertising watchdog rules against Hamptons fees ad

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

23 April 2015

From: Breaking News

MPs and their own housing policy

It is to the credit of our political parties - and our own industry’s lobbying - that so many housing-related matters...

23 April 2015

From: Features

800 see ESTAS winners revealed at glittering ceremony

The 800 lettings and estate agents and industry suppliers who packed the ballroom at London’s Park Lane Hilton on Friday witnessed...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in referrals to The Property Ombudsman

There was a whopping 42 per cent rise in referrals to The Property Ombudsman last year according to the annual report...

21 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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