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Free offer to agents to use platform giving them online presence

A firm which offers a white-labelled online estate agency platform which can be used by otherwise-traditional agencies to provide a Purplebricks-style...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Another tech company claims to be speeding up conveyancing

A search company called Big Property Data says it is working with 15 major institutions to provide automated property reports aimed...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

EweMove says one franchisee has earned £500,000 in a year

Online agency EweMove - part of The Property Franchise Group, which recently failed to agree merger terms with Belvoir - claims...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Pause of online roll-out does little to help Countrywide share price

The much-expected pause in the roll out of Countrywide's online service to vendors, confirmed yesterday, did not appear to impress investors. Countrywide's...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents are not professionals claims Times consumer journalist

The consumer affairs correspondent of The Times has savaged High Street estate agents because of the commission they charge when compared...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Jostling for position: battle of the property portals continues

The fact is that most house hunters simply do not have the time, let alone the inclination, to trawl around properties...

28 October 2017

From: Features

More High Street agents buy into 'Tinder-style' online sales system

Six more High Street estate agencies have signed up to an online platform that allows them to offer customers a fixed-fee...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: agency wins advert dispute over Local Property Experts

Complaints about a Purplebricks claim concerning its Local Property Experts have been rejected by the Advertising Standards Authority. Complaints came from PDQ...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Downward pressure on fees' blamed for estate agency closure

Ten jobs have been lost with the closure of a long-standing north of England estate agency - with the downward pressure...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Platform allowing agents to 'rival Purplebricks' wins PropTech support

Two of the leading lights in the growing Proptech sector are now working with a company which has a product it...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Will Purplebricks ruling end agents’ purple mist?

So at last someone has woken up to the fact that Purplebricks needs to be clearer about how it charges for...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks says it's more transparent than almost any other agency

Purplebricks has told Estate Agent Today it is more open about its business than almost any other agency and stridently rejects criticism about...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks TV ads declared 'misleading' after complaint over fees

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that two TV advertisements for Purplebricks cannot be shown again in their current form because...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New analysis shows Purplebricks' massive domination of online sector

A long-standing traditional agent says the real success of online agencies is not their share of the market but that they...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Record staff interviews and avoid unnecessary tribunals

Employment tribunal fees could soon become extinct, after the Supreme Court ruled they were an obstacle to the ‘access of justice’.  Once...

14 October 2017

From: Features

A new type of hybrid agency - with a high street touch-screen

A new firm has launched in Surrey describing itself as “the premium hybrid estate agency” with an innovative presence on the...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New-build glut adds volatility to improving central London market

Respected buying agency Black Brick says there is evidence that prices in prime central London may be stabilising and transactions volumes...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

London agency Douglas & Gordon embraces hybrid part-online model

London’s long-standing chain Douglas & Gordon is the latest company to embrace the concept of the Purplebricks-style hybrid estate agency. The company’s...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: investment website raises questions over its profitability

Investment website The Motley Fool says comparisons between forecast and actual profits reported by Purplebricks suggest the company’s position isn’t -...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Why Uber’s troubles are reflected in estate agency

As those of us in the industry know, there is a fine balance to strike between disruptive technology – and the...

30 September 2017

From: Features

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

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

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

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks says LPEs typically earn much more than high street agents

Purplebricks has launched something of a charm offensive to lift the lid on the experience and work of its Local Property...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks defends its Local Property Experts after website criticism

Purplebricks has issued a strong defence of its Local Property Experts after an agency comparison website’s analysis was critical of the...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Hunters rules out going online but will emphasise new 'digital tools'

Hunters says it will not be following other traditional-style estate agencies by offering online-only services to sellers - but it will...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Broker linked to Purplebricks says traditional agents are in trouble

Peel Hunt, the City investment broker that has worked closely with Purplebricks, has issued an investment note to clients with a...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - exactly how 'local' are local property experts?

An analysis conducted by estate agency comparison website GetAgent has for the first time attempted to calculate how ‘local’ agencies' local property...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Traditional agents blame onliners for chain delays and fall-throughs

There is growing concern that online agents who do not chase-up on behalf of clients are leading to delays and fall-throughs...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

How many agency business models are there today?

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

23 September 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Mr Bruce’s message of hope

When Kenneth Bruce, co-founder of Purplebricks, published an emotional post on social media this week, my first reaction was; what a...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents unfairly blamed for failings of 'antiquated conveyancing system'

The founder of a new online sales assistance service says agents are often unfairly blamed by the public for failings in...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Start-up offers free software to agents with under 50 listings

A PropTech start-up says its booking, valuation and communication tools will be available free of charge to any agency with fewer...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how Ted Dexter inspired an estate agency (well...sort of)

One of the more puzzling questions in London's estate agency industry has been resolved - how a company which appears to...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 September 2017

From: Features

Agency allows clients to make appointments directly in staff diaries

Estate agency James Pendleton says it wants to give its clients more digital advantages without becoming an online operation itself -...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Conference season - Where will I see you?

And so summer draws to a close. The slow, lazy months of July and August have come to pass and the...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency opens third office and 'plans 15 new territories in next year'

Horton Estate Agents - a hybrid agency which nonetheless claims to have ‘offices’ - says it will expand into 15 new...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency standards debated by OnTheMarket and Countrywide chiefs

One of the founding agents behind Agents’ Mutual and OnTheMarket and one of the current directors of Countrywide will be amongst...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Was this the week the agency industry changed for good?

I’ve been in France for the past few days and depending on your viewpoint, I made a spectacularly good or singularly...

09 September 2017

From: Features

Hunters emphasises online success, despite challenging market

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

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Some customers feel like 'prey' in traditional agency offices

Some customers dislike entering traditional estate agency branches, occasionally feeling 'like prey' for sales staff when they enter. This is one of...

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

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

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

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Three reasons why we need stamp duty reform

Whenever any research is released, part of me can’t help thinking of that old adage, ‘lies, damn lies and statistics’ especially...

02 September 2017

From: Features

It's now 'Jackson-Stops' as veteran firm undergoes subtle rebrand

Jackson-Stops & Staff is undergoing a rebrand including the creation of a snappier title - it’s just Jackson-Stops now - as...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Major regional agency says new online service is 'the fourth way'

A major regional agency with offices in Kent, Surrey and Sussex says its new online service - Howard Cundey LIVE -...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Demand for ‘robo-advisors’ is increasing

As someone who spends his days peering into the PropTech world, one thing I’ve observed is the way in which certain tech prompts...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New agency operates online but says 'we're no budget company'

An estate agency that has just launched in south Devon says it is giving its customers the advantages of a 24-hour...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency with online option amongst new members of regional group

Experts in Property - the network of independent estate agencies across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Bristol - has revealed two...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Asking prices fall - but that's in line with the seasonal norm

The typical asking price of a home coming on sale has fallen by 0.9 per cent, equivalent to £2,758 - precisely...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Online sales and lettings agency seeks six-figure crowdfunding cash

An online estate agency with a website claiming “a saving of 50 per cent” on local agents, is seeking £100,000 to £250,000...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Banned!  Online firm claimed High Street agents charge 1.5% to 4%

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned online agency HouseSimple from claiming that High Street agents charge “1.5% to 4% (plus 20%...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Humberts could extend online option to sales, after evaluation

Humberts, which yesterday launched an online-only option for landlord clients, says it is “not closing the door” on expanding the idea...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket member agency claims it can list online-only properties

Humberts, a member of Agents’ Mutual, is today launching an online-only option and claims it can list online-only properties on OnTheMarket. Such...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket founder backs agencies offering online-only options

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

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the stock market likes disruptors

The stock exchange seems to be on everyone’s lips at the moment. There’s Agents’ Mutual seeking to float on the Alternative Investment...

12 August 2017

From: Features

Wake up and smell the coffee – the bookshops have!

Once upon a time there were estate agents. That was it. Nice and simple. If you marketed and sold residential property,...

12 August 2017

From: Features

As you were - Purplebricks share price riding high again

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

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Trust - the fundamental flaw at the heart of tech-driven business

Even if you didn’t watch it, you’ve almost certainly heard about it by now.  The recent BBC Watchdog exposé of Purplebricks has...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

'A dog with fleas': City analysts sceptical about OnTheMarket float

There has been a sceptical reception from City analysts to Agents’ Mutual’s decision to restructure and float on the stock market...

07 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

Property Natter - a short history of estate agency

Property has been changing hands for centuries, but when did estate agents as we know them today – with their branches,...

04 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

Purplebricks: Ombudsman 'happy' with controversial deferred payment scheme

The Property Ombudsman has told Estate Agent Today that it is happy with the controversial deferred payment scheme operated on behalf of...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are we going to buy talk of a doomed high street?

You saw it, right? This article from Monday’s Guardian? It says that one in five estate agents are at risk of...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

UK home buyers 'most online-savvy in the world' says bank

House hunters in the UK are the global leaders in online property research according to a new study from HSBC.    The bank...

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

Founder of Connells-owned online agency switches to easyProperty

Adam Day, the founder of Connells-owned online estate agency Hatched, has been announced as head of operations at easyProperty.    In a statement...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

When estate agents subside to even lower levels…

It’s traditional for estate agents to support each other when they come under attack from the press or public. After all,...

28 July 2017

From: Features

Countrywide: 50% of branches will have online option within days

Countrywide says the roll out of its online sales and lettings service is on schedule to reach 50 per cent of...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The importance of sustained innovation in viewings

I would argue the property industry is fundamentally inefficient. Much of that inefficiency is now being handled by PropTech companies and...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks lands another developer deal to sell new-builds

Purplebricks has landed a deal to sell new-build homes, an activity previously done usually directly by developers or traditional high street estate...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency banned from using advert suggesting it had traditional office

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement which suggested that the firm behind it had “a physical office ... in...

19 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

Hybrid agency relaunches cheapest ever £99 sales listings

  A hybrid agency called 99Home Ltd, which made its debut back in April, appears to have relaunched with what it calls...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a half-year review – hybrids, PropTech and resilience

We’re already more than halfway through 2017 and, against all the odds, it’s pushing 2016 close in terms of eventfulness and...

14 July 2017

From: Features

£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

Purplebricks launches drive to recruit hundreds more Local Property Experts

Purplebricks has this morning announced a drive to recruit “hundreds” of new Local Property Experts” in a bid to become what...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Savvy Sellers - traditional city agency launches online option

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

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Why agents need to do more to promote value for money

The fees charged by estate agents receive a lot of coverage in the press - and rarely for positive reasons. Negative...

06 July 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Rawlings sharply critical of how agents use local press advertising

One of the industry’s leading trainers and consultants claims there is “a gaping hole” in the way agents use marketing content...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London housing bubble? Definitely not, predicts leading economist

The chief economist of Price Waterhouse Coopers says that although by some measures the London housing market looks ripe for a...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Reviews - Agency complaint about Purplebricks upheld by watchdog

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

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: nothing divides estate agency more than this

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

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial £2.875m raffle of Right To Buy house is back on

The controversial raffle of a home reportedly purchased in 2014 under the Right To Buy scheme for just £360,000 is back...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: UKPA, RICS and the vital need for open data

The UK PropTech Association (UKPA), of which I am a member of the steering committee, is an organisation with a purpose...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Another Guild link-up - this time it's with an online auction firm

The Guild of Property Professionals, which earlier this month merged with easyProperty, has now announced a new link up, this time...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Google building homes - another act of ultra-diversification

It was only a couple of weeks ago that I was writing about the Google City, in Toronto, and now the...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Traditional agents won't disappear completely says Sarah Beeny

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

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Chain management tool helping agents to deal with onliners

An estate agent claims that chain management tool View My Chain has helped his firm to deal with chains involving online...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Robert Cooney

Our client Robert Cooney – an estate agent based in Taunton, Somerset – was so intrigued by the office refurbishment process...

19 June 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Luxury global agency brand expands in Italy as market recovers

Luxury global estate agency Sotheby's International Realty has expanded its operation in Italy. The firm has opened a new office in the...

19 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

Independent network launches campaign against 'call centre agents'

A network of almost 80 independent estate agency offices has launched what it calls a hard-hitting campaign against 'internet-based call centre...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

High street agency latest to launch online service alongside traditional brand

A one branch independent estate agency has this week launched a fixed-fee sales option alongside its traditional commission-based service. WH Breading, which...

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

ASA upholds complaint against hybrid agent for viewings claim

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint made against hybrid estate agency Pink and Cow. The Portsmouth-based firm claimed on...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Boutique hybrid agency plans 20 similar operations in local areas

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

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

How to create new revenue streams for your letting agency

Our recent roundtable on the government’s proposed ban on tenant fees generated a selection of tips for growing your business. We’re now...

03 June 2017

From: Features

Should agents list for free and allow vendors to set asking prices?

Two leading voices in the PropTech sector suggest a radical overhaul of agents’ fee structures, saying that neither traditional full service nor online...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

House prices down for third month in a row - first time since 2009

House prices recorded their third consecutive monthly fall in May says the Nationwide. It's the first time this has occurred since 2009, and...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Biggest-ever study reveals why most vendors choose traditional agents

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

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency uses hi-def video and social media marketing for each property

An estate agency is offering to radically extend its marketing approach for each of its vendors’ properties to include a high...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

YOPA recruiting agents with 'chance to earn up to £12k per month'

Hybrid estate agency YOPA has launched a recruitment campaign suggesting that agents have “the chance to make between £6k and £12k per...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agencies won't hit 10% market share in next two years - ZPG

Zoopla has been reported as saying hybrid estate agencies will not reach their professed targets of achieving 10 per cent of...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 May 2017

From: Features

Rightmove might lose business to Purplebricks, suggests consultancy

Two of the most influential figures behind the PropTech sector have run a microscope over Rightmove’s business model and technology -...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Comparison service releases online agencies' performance data

The comparison service Get Agent has released the full details of its analysis of the performance of four different online estate...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Firm sees large demand for 'digital platform' to compete with hybrids

A company which last month launched a service which it claims allows High Street estate agents to compete with online and...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Trinity Mirror to fight Rightmove and Zoopla for agents' advertising spend

Trinity Mirror is aiming to secure more of agents' marketing spend after launching what it is describing as a 'fightback' against...

17 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

Revealed: Top 20 features that sell vendors' homes

New research has identified homebuyers' top 20 'must-have' features that would encourage them to purchase a seller's property. According to the survey...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Fake agents’ are crippling independents’ reputations and livelihoods

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

12 May 2017

From: Features

Countrywide announces major reorganisation of Hamptons International

Countrywide has announced an extensive reorganisation of senior management at its Hamptons International brand - with a pledge to "reach into...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Another 19 estate agency branches link with growing auction house

Network Auctions has added 19 additional estate agency offices to its network so far this year.  They include three offices of Chaffers...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a conference smorgasbord

It’s that time of year again – peak conference/event season. And, while Brexit and a shock snap general election are dominating...

06 May 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks sharply criticised at industry technology conference

Purplebricks' share price moved up over two per cent yesterday on the strength of its latest trading statement - but its...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reports '83% instruction growth' in UK

Purplebricks has this morning issued its latest trading update, reporting what it calls "strong growth" in the UK and updating investors on...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'Optimised websites' are next goal after agency group's winning streak

The Property Franchise Group says it has seen 13 consecutive years of growth for the five High Street brands within its...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide brand unveils video guides to online and full-service options

Countrywide’s Bairstow Eves brand has launched a series of video guides for customers using their £995 online agency service and for...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Guild chief says aggressive online agency marketing lacks integrity

The new chief executive of the Guild of Property Professionals has accused some online agents of carrying out “aggressive” marketing campaigns...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to be 'biggest UK agency by 2019' with 'share price up 50%'

A London investment broker says Purplebricks’ share price - currently around 300p - could rise another 50 per cent or more...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech group gets barrister's opinion over online agents' duties

As debate continues over the merits of upfront fees against post-sale commission for agents and consumers, the fledgling UK ProperTech Association...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

'Star agent' hired to lead country firm's first prime central London office

Humberts - until now known as an agency operating predominantly in market towns across southern England - is opening a Mayfair office in...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: Trussle and Revolut bring FinTech and PropTech together

News was released this week of a new PropTech partnership: banking disrupter Revolut has joined up with mortgage brokerage, Trussle, to offer...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New marketing chief for Savills-backed online agency YOPA

The new chief marketing officer of online estate agency YOPA is a figure with over 20 years experience with brands such as...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies' group pledges to attack 'fake agents'

The first meeting of fledgling trade group CIELA has ended with a pledge to expose what it calls ‘fake agents’ which...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Two more years of government pain for the industry

My apologies if this causes you to break your Easter egg with a little too much aggression, but I reckon the...

15 April 2017

From: Features

Online and traditional agents debate how to boost customer service

A debate on customer service in the agency industry has been arranged for later this month between leading lights from both...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent regional chain snaps up single-office agency

The seven branch independent sales and lettings agency Andrew's Estates has acquired a single office firm, Huyton Roberts, in the Wirral. Originally...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market review

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

Purple smoke and mirrors

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

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

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks called cynical, disingenuous by agents' trade body

The bitter war of words against Purplebricks waged by the fledgling Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents reached a new...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks steps up its attack on commission-based estate agents

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

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Technology v Traditional agency debate at Future : PropTech

It’s been revealed that next month’s Future: PropTech conference will feature a debate between ‘technologists’ and ‘traditionalists’ over the future of...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

HomeXperts announces another trio of new home-based franchisees

HomeXperts, the network of franchise agents operating from their homes and covering sales and lettings, has announced three new franchisees. They are...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Twelve new EweMove franchises added so far this year

Property Franchise Group - formerly known as Martin & Co - has announced that 12 EweMove franchises have been sold in...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: Carrying PropTech forward with visual stimulation

This week, it would be very easy for me to focus on the startling figures that easyProperty logged with Companies House...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency insists there's space for digital and traditional operators

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

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: How to improve your agency - a view from the inside

For my latest Property Natter I have sought the opinions of two well-known property consultants - Michael Day, managing director of...

01 April 2017

From: Features

The rise of the first-time buyer - is this the return of generation buy?

There are more first-time buyers (FTBs) finding a way on to the property ladder than at any time since the Financial...

01 April 2017

From: Features

James Dearsley: The teenage angst of PropTech and traditionalists

As Trussle and Placester add to 2017s bonkers tally of PropTech investment, isn’t it time we end the conflict between Tech...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks nearing Countrywide on homes sold STC, claims bank

A Financial Times article reports a bank analysis shows Purplebricks with a market share of 3.3 per cent of properties marked...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tracking exercise to reveal 'which agents are best at selling'

A City consultancy has noted every property advertised on Rightmove in recent months and will track them throughout 2017 in a...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide shares hit record low after bank downgrading

Swiss bank UBS has downgraded Countrywide’s status to ‘sell’ in a move which has prompted the troubled estate agency’s share price...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

How to find high quality local market intelligence - fast

The Office for Budget Responsibility, which released its latest economic forecasts on Wednesday, has adjusted its prediction for UK house prices…again.  It...

11 March 2017

From: Features

Online agency YOPA expects turnover of £4m to £8m this year

The man behind YOPA - the online agency that last year secured investment from high end traditional company Savills - says...

06 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

Read all about it: Will agents continue to advertise in print?

I had a very interesting chat with the man behind a new portal the other day. He was John Dixon, the portal...

04 March 2017

From: Features

Key property dates for agents’ diaries

One thing that can be guaranteed in the property world each year is a range of conferences and awards dinners. Very...

01 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

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

Analysis shows investors' faith in Purplebricks post-Brexit

An analysis of estate agents quoted on the London Stock Exchange suggests that almost all the traditional firms have suffered since...

28 February 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

Purplebricks value 'same as Countrywide and Foxtons combined'

The Purplebricks stock market bull run took yet another huge leap forwards yesterday with its share price up 20 per cent...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Future:PropTech2017 unveils sponsors - including Angels Media

Organisers of the Future:PropTech2017 conference on May 4 have revealed new sponsors involved with the event - including Angels Media, publisher...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Another Rightmove record - 131 million visits last month

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

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Purplebricks: 'formal complaint' from independent agents

The fledgling group being set up to represent independent estate and letting agents is preparing a formal complaint about Purplebricks based...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: Why agents need to look closely at this business model

London based property management startup Airsorted has raised £1.5m in a funding round led by Concetric and the ever present PiLabs.  What...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Eastern promise! Focus on Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire

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

11 February 2017

From: Features

Is building homes in factories the solution to the housing crisis?

The chronic shortage of housing supply in the UK relative to demand has been a national issue for decades. The Government...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks shares top 200p as US comment bigs up agency

The remarkable bull run on the London Stock Exchange continues for hybrid estate agency Purplebricks, which floated shares at 100p just...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

James Dearsley: One week, two major PropTech developments

The first week of February has seen some extraordinary goings on in the property sector, from which two stories particularly stand out...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Hybrid will be 'fast-growing challenger brand' says agency chief

Hybrid agency EweMove is rapidly expanding its network footprint this year and will be a “challenger brand” deliberately designed to be...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

New promoters and later date for Property Press Awards

Property4Media , an online service for journalists, has acquired the annual Property Press Awards. This year’s event will take place in late...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Vendor 'makes £67,500' by using traditional estate agent

A high street agency has turned the online sector’s advertising technique on its head. Instead of a seller revealing ‘saved’ fees by...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks says it has no idea why its share price is so high

The board of Purplebricks has issued a statement to the City saying it has no idea what lies behind the soaring...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Independent agents' group founder warns against online agencies

A founder of the new organisation seeking to be a trade body for independent estate and letting agents is warning that...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

High end agency launches Waterfront and Coastal department

Humberts is launching a dedicated nationwide Waterfront and Coastal department.  The agency, which is now franchising in a bid to expand outside...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

New agency comparison website bans online and hybrid agents

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

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Three things agents need to consider in 2017

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

18 January 2017

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks recruits TV property star for 'Commisery' campaign

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

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: City analyst less gloomy about group's prospects

Countrywide’s long-term share price decline and turbulent branch closure programme have not prevented a relatively positive endorsement of the group’s strategy and...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 January 2017

From: Features

Mergers of independent estate agencies: the market and the price

Consolidation continues apace amongst traditional estate agents. The raft of pressures on agents is increasing and these pressures have two strong...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Countrywide claims excellent results from hybrid agency pilot

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

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Former Foxtons boss invests in Viewber outsourced viewing service

Peter Rollings, the well-known former managing director of Foxtons, has taken a stake in Viewber, the recently-launched outsourced viewing service.  Viewber allows...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

EweMove's cut-price franchise offer to lure traditional agents

EweMove - the hybrid agency now part of Martin & Co’s Property Franchise Group - is slashing its up-front franchise fee...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New homes: Sajid and Gavin must do better

Now I’m not one to lose sleep over politicians, but it strikes me that Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Housing Minister...

07 January 2017

From: Features

Internet property pioneer says online agents must raise prices

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

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Human interaction with tech is a winning combination

Technology has been continuing to shape the way estate agents manage their customer service offering for years. It’s now a completely...

17 December 2016

From: Features

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

Connells-owned online agency Hatched plans 2017 regional expansion

Hatched, the online agency snapped up just over a year ago by Connells in what was described as an ‘industry defining’...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Mess with this hybrid agency and you're for the chop - literally

Some agents put success down to training; others say it’s done by putting in the hours; many insist one-to-one contact with...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Unexpectedly strong sales market figures from board company

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

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Agents Do Charity - as the countdown to Christmas commences

There’s no need to worry but...er....there are only three weeks to go until Christmas. With traditional feelings of goodwill at this time...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Invisible juggling – estate agents’ impressive skill

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

26 November 2016

From: Features

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

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

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Traditional agents have got fat and lazy says high-profile buying agent

Prominent buying agent, TV housing market commentator and hard-core tweeter Henry Pryor has accused traditional estate agents of becoming “fat and...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide hybrid agency idea came from market research, says chief

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

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Why do agents need a fast, responsive website?

In the world of property and estate agency, competition is always fierce. It’s the same when it comes to your website....

22 November 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Local Property Experts 'are more proud than traditional agents'

Purplebricks chief executive Michael Bruce has suggested that calling his area representatives ‘Local Property Experts’ means they can be more proud...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer claims older buyers priced out of traditional areas

A conveyancing firm says the buyers at former retirement hotspots such as seaside towns are getting younger because mainstream purchasers are obliged to...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

No more agents and clients sitting across a desk, says agency chief

Best Estates, named New Agency of the Year at the recent Negotiator Awards, has opened its third office which aims to...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Banned - award-winning online agency's fees comparison advert

The award-winning online agency HouseSimple has had one of its advertisements banned by the Advertising Standards Authority. The advert was a poster for...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed: secrets of the success of Britain's youngest agent

An Essex estate agent who believes he is the youngest in the industry has explained his success to Estate Agent Today...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

120,000 fewer sales next year thanks to Brexit uncertainty - Savills

Savills is the latest estate agency to warn that economic uncertainty following the Brexit vote will trigger two years of low...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Shock horror - there are too many estate agents in Islington!

It's enough to make the typical Islington resident splutter over their breakfast muesli, or perhaps feel too nervous to drive their...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief to face questions  ahead of latest results

Countrywide's second most senior management figure - Head of Retail Sam Tyrer - is to speak before an industry audience next...

01 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

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

Rising number of High Street agency offices despite online 'threat'

Despite the much-publicised 'threat' of online estate agency there were more high street offices opened in the first half of this year...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Another online agency asked to amend website after complaint

YOPA, the online agency that recently had an extensive TV campaign, has amended the content of its website following a complaint to...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

2017: If anyone says they know what’s going to happen, they’re lying

I hate to be a party-pooper, but one of the agency industry’s coming-up-to-Christmas traditions is going to be particularly hard to undertake...

22 October 2016

From: Features

Going, going, gone through the roof – sky’s the limit at auction

Auction rooms across the UK are filled with people looking to buy property, from bargain hunters to seasoned investors, ensuring that...

22 October 2016

From: Features

Estate agency group challenged over links with fracking firm

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

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Local Property Experts 'make Purplebricks a real disruptor'

One of the world’s leading property portal and online consultants says Purplebricks, which is now operating in Australia and the UK,...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Russell Quirk

In recent weeks I have been carrying out question and answer sessions with some of the key figures in the property...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Online firm resuscitates argument over traditional agents' fees

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

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Yo! Trendy new apartments are to be 'fold-down, slide-out, drop-down'

A 24-unit block of apartments designed by the company behind the Yo! Sushi chain has been given consent to be constructed...

07 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers urge Hammond to reverse Osborne property taxes

The Conveyancing Association says new Chancellor Phillip Hammond should use next month’s Autumn Statement as the opportunity to reverse controversial buy...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Glenn Ackroyd

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

30 September 2016

From: Features

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

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

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

Property Natter: Q & A with Bob Scarff

A fantastic exclusive this week as I carry out a question and answer session with one of the leading names in...

16 September 2016

From: Features

ASA upholds two of three complaints made against Purplebricks

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld two of three complaints against claims made in Purplebricks' TV and website advertising.  The watchdog upheld...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Complaint against eMoov savings claims informally resolved by ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has informally resolved a complaint made against online estate agency eMoov.  A media sales adviser for a...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: let's embrace change as an industry

Later on, the title of this piece should become clearer (at least I hope so). First, though, a few bits and...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Agency with office but no shopfront insists we're not an onliner

A firm called Proper Local has launched, insisting it is offering “a new model” for estate agency, somewhere between a traditional...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Martin & Co is latest to enter the 'hybrid' estate agency field

Martin & Co is reported to have acquired EweMove, an estate agency which describes itself as the first ‘hybrid’ service -...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

High-profile agent quits to run service for online and traditional agencies

Ed Mead, one of the most high profile estate agents in the industry, is leaving London agency Douglas and Gordon to...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Another hybrid agency claims substantial increase in completions

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

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit fears return after worse-than-expected mortgage figures

The Bank of England says the number of new mortgages fell to 60,912 in July, down from 64,152 the previous month...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agents upbeat on business performance says new survey

The bank Credit Suisse has launched a new monthly survey of online estate agents, using a simple eight-element questionnaire. The bank -...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit see-saw - now the housing market looks stronger since vote

The see-saw of conflcting post-Brexit indicators is continuing with figures from house builder Persimmon suggesting a strong housing market - contradicting...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another agency records prime London house price falls

Marsh & Parsons is the latest agency to show a price drop in prime central London - homes there were down...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: online agents – where are they now?

It’s easy to forget, but there was a time when the internet didn’t exist. When the idea behind the world wide...

19 August 2016

From: Features

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

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

19 August 2016

From: Features

What it takes to be a modern estate agent

For young people the length and breadth of the UK, Thursday of this week meant that the waiting was over and...

19 August 2016

From: Features

SDLT surcharge will hit transactions and prices of waterside homes

Knight Frank is warning that it will “take time” for the three per cent stamp duty surcharge to be absorbed into...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Asking prices dip - but it's seasonal, not Brexit, says Rightmove

The typical price of property coming to the market in the last four weeks is 1.2 per cent lower than in...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

What is ‘Compliance in a Box’ all about?

With ever increasing obligations, estate agents know that compliance matters now more than ever.  However, being able to obtain access to the...

12 August 2016

From: Features

Perception is nine tenths of the law

How do you want your agency to be perceived? Do your processes reflect both the quality and speed of service you...

11 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

05 August 2016

From: Features

All agents are online – so how can you beat the competition?

Whether you work from a traditional office, a coffee shop or a bedroom, one thing's for sure is that these days...

04 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Electronic signatures receive approval from Law Society

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

01 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide reveals first details of online sales service roll-out

Countrywide has given Estate Agent Today some early details of how its mix of online and traditional agency services will roll-out...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: 9% revenue growth and online roll-out despite Brexit concerns

Countrywide has confounded its critics with an upbeat performance in the first six months of the year, growing revenues by nine...

28 July 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

Countrywide-owned agency moves to 'premises-free business model'

An estate agency owned by Countrywide has relaunched with what it calls “an innovative, premises-free business model that seeks to redefine...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Apprentice star scales back agency as London market worsens

Haus Properties, the high-profile London estate agency started almost five years ago by Apprentice star Jamie Lester, now appears to be...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Zoopla to allow agents to 'go hybrid' and rival Purplebricks

Zoopla is to offer its members a range of options which effectively mean that those agents who wish to can offer...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank says online agents are growing, but warns on Purplebricks value

Swiss bank UBS has given an upbeat assessment of online estate agencies in the changing housing market - but it warns...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

A new Prime Minister - and will that be followed by an interest rate cut?

The news that Theresa May will be installed as Prime Minister tomorrow has immediately stabilished the share prices of estate agents...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Global property insight

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

08 July 2016

From: Features

nu: move - the future of property

nu-move online estate agents -The Future of Property Nu-move is an online venture that has been created to meet the demand...

07 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Unpicking the new world of estate agency

It’s official; the estate agency business is tougher than ever. Contrary to perceptions that may exist amongst observers and even clients, the...

24 June 2016

From: Features

Money laundering due diligence: traditional checks vs electronic checks

This debate has been running for some time, but it tends to be the online providers of electronic checks that put...

24 June 2016

From: Features

Agency explains why it's scrapping the traditional High Street office

A small estate agency is spelling out why it has taken the unusual step of scrapping its established High Street office...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Mid West Displays launches Encore Range ‘that offers more’

One of the UK’s leading manufacturer of LED light frames has introduced a new range that promises ‘a little bit more’....

20 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter – Big Data and a different kind of mortgage

A few of our Industry Views pieces this week focus on the upcoming EU referendum. I don’t think I can add...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Sarah Beeny's Tepilo agency seeks to double in size within six months

Sarah Beeny’s Tepilo agency says it intends to more than double its size in the next six months and cites Purplebricks...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks sells £2.8bn worth of property - plans to launch in Australia

In a very buoyant report to the City, Purplebricks claims it has sold £2.8 billion worth of property in the year...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency seeks to expand by selling local franchises from £5,000

Cashing in on the publicity surrounding the share price of Purplebricks and recent entries into hybrid estate agency by Countrywide and...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Consumer group says hybrid estate agency is the future

The influential consumer property body HomeOwners Alliance says Purplebricks-style hybrid estate agencies may be “the future”. In a blog on the HOA website,...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks 1, Old-style online agencies 0

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

10 June 2016

From: Features

Marketing tips: print, digital, prospecting and the telephone…

Cost-effective marketing will always be an important part of growing an estate agency business. I'm often asked about the ways in which...

10 June 2016

From: Features

2016 half year news round up for Estate & Letting agents

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

09 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Another senior Countrywide executive leaves the company

Another Countrywide executive has left the company - the latest departure is Eyal Malinger, the director of corporate development. Harvard-educated Malinger had...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency claims new investment allows it to challenge Purplebricks

Online agency HouseSimple Award claims a new £13m investment package will allow it to “challenge PurpleBricks as the UK’s leading online...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide launches 'hybrid' online and traditional sales across three brands

Countrywide is to offer vendors and buyers a choice of using an online service, a traditional high street branch or a...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

New Countrywide service changes how agents interact with customers

Countrywide's retail chief says the group's new hybrid joint online and traditional project has involved training agents to change the way...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Muted City response to Savills move in to volume and online sales

There has been a muted response from the City to the announcement just before the weekend that high-end estate agency Savills...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents told to prepare for spike in calls after the Bank Holiday

Estate agents are being urged to prepare for a surge in enquires after the Bank Holiday weekend. Telephone answering service Moneypenny claims...

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

FUTURE: PropTech - Rightmove chief's critique of modern estate agency

The main debate at this year’s FUTURE: PropTech conference - the industry’s leading technology forum, held yesterday in London - saw...

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

20% rise in transactions by 2020 - if only things hadn't changed...

Conveyancing firm My Home Move has come up with an interesting view of how the housing market could look if -...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

London slowdown largely confined to prime areas, insists agency

Recent debate about a London market slowdown has clouded the fact that the areas seeing price falls are almost entirely in...

17 May 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket has helped online agencies thrive, says Russell Quirk

Russell Quirk - whose online agency eMoov is banned from OnTheMarket - says the new portal has indirectly helped onliners rather...

17 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 agency claims traditional London agents make £1.1 billion

An online agency claims that for the second year running London’s traditional estate agents have charged well over £1 billion in...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Purplebricks wants 'first choice' status as it hires new marketing firm

One of the founders of online agency Purplebricks says his aim is for the firm to become the "first choice" for...

04 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Charles R Wright, Easymatch Founder

Who are you? I’m the champion of local owner managed estate agents, leading them in the fight to beat the competition   What...

03 May 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Online agents 'inferior for contact, know-how and trust' says survey

A survey of over 2,000 people suggests that online estate agents lose out to their traditional counterparts in terms of public...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

London agent claims record sale price for specialist mews property

Prime London agency Lurot Brand claims to have set a record sale price for a traditional London mews street in the...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Kings strike gold at the UK estate agency ‘Oscars’

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

25 April 2016

From: Features

Consumer group claims strong public support for stamp duty surcharge

A consumer group which champions home owners claims twice as many members of the public support the stamp duty surcharge as...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage data reveals drop-off in buy to let deals as SDLT deadline neared

Buy to let mortgage sales - one of the key indicators of buy to let property sales - fell drastically in...

21 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

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

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

14 April 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks hires top business consultancy as 'growth adviser'

Purplebricks has appointed Grant Thornton as its ‘growth adviser’ as the hybrid agency continues to fly high on the London stock...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the April showers edition...

It’s that time of the week where, despite stamp duty buying surges and the beginning of the traditional spring sales season,...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Auction House says stamp duty surcharge worries will force sellers its way

London-based Auction House says the new stamp duty surcharge rules will encourage more sellers to use auctioneers. The additional homes three per...

06 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove has insanely high margins but will keep dominating, says analyst

One of the leading financial advice websites in the country has said that Rightmove’s “significant market share” and “insanely high margins”...

05 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 April 2016

From: Breaking News

String of agencies announce new offices and expansions

The traditional spring season of expansions and new offices continues apace with a series of announcements in recent days. Essex-based Balgores Property...

04 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Why we're recruiting 'Property Gurus' who aren't necessarily agents

This website recently published a piece ahead of the nationwide launch of our new property platform, Be Street Smart.  It explained how...

01 April 2016

From: Features

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

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

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

High-profile agent Chris Wood joins industry training panel

Respected westcountry estate agent Chris Wood is to offer consultancy and training courses through new industry training group Agency Mentors. Wood, who...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents say first time buyer numbers up despite surge in landlord purchases

The numbers of households purchasing their first home has grown by almost seven per cent annually, despite the surge in buy...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks launches recruitment drive for 'local experts' in 17 locations

Hybrid agency Purplebricks has launched a recruitment drive for what it calls ‘local property experts’ in 17 parts of the country...

23 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the future of software

The days are getting longer, the sun is starting to appear on a more regular basis, Easter is just around the...

18 March 2016

From: Features

Should estate agent boards be banned?

Agents' boards get a lot of stick. Many see them as stains on the landscape, some see them as useless in...

18 March 2016

From: Features

Ex-Savills and Hamptons agents launch hybrid firm

Two property professionals who in the past have worked for Savills and Hamptons International, have launched a hybrid estate agency. Founded by...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

P’ing in a storm – why is the industry obsessed with price?

As any marketer will tell you, the marketing mix in its most basic form is made up of 4 P’s: Price,...

12 March 2016

From: Features

What makes a great leader?

At the end of January I was one of the many people stood listening to the presentation that our co-founder Rachel...

12 March 2016

From: Features

Huge increase in property crowdfunding websites, warns authority

There has been a surge of new crowdfunding platforms aimed at people who either cannot afford to purchase their own buy...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – it’s all about the software

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

04 March 2016

From: Features

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

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

03 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Former Countrywide guru to spearhead Connells' digital activities

Alex Bailes, until recently spearheading the Countrywide’s activities in the digital world, has now reappeared as Connells Group Head of Digital. Alongside...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

eMoov renews attack on traditional agents 'earning £922 per hour'

The never-knowingly-underquoted online agency eMoov has renewed its attack on traditional estate agents’ fees, claiming they are as much as £922...

26 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the interior revolution of estate agents’ offices

Estate agents with a difference, a twist, a unique selling point, whatever you want to call it, seem to be becoming...

20 February 2016

From: Features

Property and technology: The birth of the silicon brick?

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

20 February 2016

From: Features

Britain's first 'drive-thru' estate agency opens at former filling station

An estate agency in Cornwall has opened on the site of a former filling station and allows people to drive up,...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

£1m-plus homes to triple by 2030 - in London it'll be one-in-four

The number of UK properties worth at least £1m is expected to more than triple between now and 2030. A report from...

18 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide set to take a stake in two online companies

Countrywide is going to announce “in the very near future” that it is taking a stake in two tech start-up companies...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Some Countrywide branches to experiment with 7am to 9pm working day

Countrywide has revealed to Estate Agent Today that it is to begin a trial where selected local branch staff will work between 7am...

09 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Which? asks consumer to choose - online agents or traditional agents?

The website of the consumer group Which? is asking for readers’ experiences as to which is the better choice - using...

05 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Fine & Country is 'first premium agency' to launch TV campaign

Fine & Country is launching a series of TV advertisements on Channel 4 next month in what it believes is the...

04 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency condemns government over 3% surcharge and 'new' property duty

Scotland’s Land & Building Transaction Tax - its more radical replacement for stamp duty which still applies throughout the rest of...

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Marketing Jargon Buster

Marketing and property often go hand in hand. But from time to time you might come across certain marketing terms that...

30 January 2016

From: Features

Agents must make residential vendors aware of stamp duty changes

Predicting ho­­w the housing market might play out over the next few months is incredibly difficult. There are a significant number...

30 January 2016

From: Features

Top 5 Reasons Why Signage Still Matters

There seems to have been a seismic shift in recent years for companies to migrate everything ‘on brand’ online. However signage...

27 January 2016

From: Sponsored Content

If Purplebricks fails online game could be up admits hybrid agency chief

The co-founder of hybrid estate agency EweMove says if the newly-floated Purplebricks fails "the online agency game could be up." Glenn Ackroyd,...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Time to analyse OnTheMarket’s first year – But let’s keep it professional

And so it begins. The first anniversary of OnTheMarket’s launch was inevitably going to bring a further skirmish in the portal...

15 January 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

Purplebricks and eMoov lead panel as online and traditional agents square up

Purplebricks chief executive Michael Bruce is to speak alongside eMoov founder Russell Quirk in a debate to be held at the...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Portal switches PR firms in bid for creative and integrated content

Zoopla has instructed Brands2Life to handle its PR, taking over from Instinctif Partners. Brands2Life, which is based in prime central London, won...

13 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Attack on agents lining the pockets of their designer suits with high fees

Publicity-conscious online estate agency eMoov claims vendors in London have spent £861.5m on traditional estate agents’ fees in 2015.  eMoov accuses agents...

11 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Over quarter of transactions fell through in 2015 claims quick-sale firm

More than one in four sales across the UK fell through last year, claims a quick-sale company. Quick Move Now claims a...

07 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Business survey shows strong backing for traditional agents over online rivals

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

06 January 2016

From: Breaking News

You read it here first – what to look for in 2016

There’s been plenty of forecasting in recent weeks - banks, consultancies and high-end estate agents have predicted house prices in the...

31 December 2015

From: Features

Online agents will change the sector in 2016 claims THAT online agent

eMoov founder and managing director Russell Quirk has taken to print to explain why he believes 2016 will be the year...

24 December 2015

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

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

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

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Praise for agency diversification to cut damage from housing downturn

Investors’ Chronicle, the weekly investment magazine published by the Financial Times Group, has lavishly praised high-end agency Savills for diversifying its...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

2016 will need some thought

In many respects 2015 has been a good year. Despite global challenges, we have seen a marked improvement in the UK...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - two weeks before Christmas...

The traditional festive spirit of estate agency does not extend simply to decorating offices - it’s about doing good work, too. This...

11 December 2015

From: Breaking News

eMoov and easyProperty beef up activity as online competition grows

With Purplebricks floating next week and at least one other agent believed to be announcing the appointment of a senior staff...

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

NAEA members can see how Americans do it - and enjoy Florida sun

A partnership between the National Association of Estate Agents and the Florida Realtors Association means up to 40 NAEA members have...

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Property ownership is fine – if it’s on an industrial scale

I’m sure I’m not the only estate agent confused by the Government’s approach to residential property ownership. Many of the current ministerial...

04 December 2015

From: Features

Customer Due Diligence for the Property Sector

“Estate Agents have been highlighted by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) as under reporting relative to their vulnerability to money...

03 December 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Hybrid estate agency to 'pop-up' in an interiors shop

A company that describes itself as a hybrid between a traditional and an online estate agency is opening a new branch...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks launches in another region as stock market float nears

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

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a Facebook seller and the crowdfunding craze

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

20 November 2015

From: Features

Foreign buyers increasingly-deterred by property taxes, agents say

Reports suggest foreign buyers may be losing interest in directly owning property in London and are in some cases increasingly attracted...

19 November 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

One in nine people believe estate agents charge 10% or more

Only four per cent of people in the UK who have sold a home have used an online agent claims bricks...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Connells buys online estate agency Hatched

Connells has acquired Hatched, one of the pioneers of the online estate agency model. The acquisition is “aligned with Connells’ ambitious growth strategy...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Rightmove starts campaign to push Christmas portal visits

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

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Online agency plans string of new offices in major cities

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

05 November 2015

From: Breaking News

A latte and a new home? Agency expands with a cafe branch

An agency that offers both traditional and online sales and lettings services to clients has opened a new office - in...

03 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Keller Williams UK agency franchise to expand to 30+ 'market centres'

Keller Williams, the US-originated franchise agency with three ‘market centre’ offices in the UK says it aims to expand that number...

28 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Quirky views, website traffic and a love affair with 'hybrid'

I’m writing this from the brand spanking new Center Parks in Woburn Forest. Set within 365 acres of lush Bedfordshire forest,...

23 October 2015

From: Features

Doing the math behind the figures

We have reached an interesting point in what has been a most unusual year for the property sector.  The latest figures from...

23 October 2015

From: Features

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

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

16 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Traditional agents have been online for years

It’s interesting to read of plans to debate which business plan really is best for the customer, online or traditional estate...

09 October 2015

From: Features

The Big Debate: Online versus Traditional Agency - we want your questions

One of the industry debates of the year will be held next week when the inaugural FUTURE : Property Tech conference...

05 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Can easyProperty find its place amongst the new online establishment?

The big online estate agencies appear to have come of age. No, no - I'm not saying they're good, bad, better or...

02 October 2015

From: Features

How ‘lush’ is your CRM?

It will come as no surprise for those who have read the recently published Which? annual customer service survey which polled...

02 October 2015

From: Features

So much bleating, I thought a goat had got in!

It was interesting to see the report on Estate Agent Today about the meeting between London estate agents, NAEA, and HMRC. No,...

25 September 2015

From: Features

Property Natter: the rise of the robots?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about artificial intelligence (AI). We’ve seen it feature prominently this year on film (in...

25 September 2015

From: Features

More homes sold in August than any month since February - HMRC

HMRC says that more homes were sold in the UK in August than in any month since February last year. The Revenue...

23 September 2015

From: Breaking News

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

Alex Chesterman Q & A: The Results (Part II)

Readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were given an exclusive opportunity to pose questions to Zoopla Property Group...

16 September 2015

From: Features

No penalty for agents returning from OTM says portal chief

The chief executive of Zoopla has pledged that there will be no financial or other penalty exerted on agents who return...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Alex Chesterman Q & A: The Results

Readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were given an exclusive opportunity to pose questions to Zoopla Property Group...

14 September 2015

From: Features

Gazumping is not all bad news

We’re all familiar with 'gazumping' – most us have been 'gazumped' or indeed been the perpetrators of this practice, for it...

11 September 2015

From: Features

Video round up 11.09.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video round-up of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on the fortunes...

11 September 2015

From: Video Articles

Video round up 11.09.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video round-up of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on the fortunes...

11 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency chain admits very limited take-up of online sales option

Franchise giant Martin & Co says there has been “very limited take-up” of a no frills estate agency service that it...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

High Street agent cautions against offering 'fixed fee' sales

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

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Another flat-fee online agency launches - with extra charges

Another online estate agency has launched, claiming to save vendors thousands of pounds by “getting rid of all the unnecessary stuff...

09 September 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 September 2015

From: Features

We’re all disrupters now

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

04 September 2015

From: Features

Major agency revamps boards, offices and online platforms

One of the country largest agency chains, Connells, has unveiled an updated logo and boards, along with plans to modernise its offices...

02 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Almost a love-in from Which?

It’s always interesting when Which? produces a report that includes estate agency. It asked 1,990 people their views on buying and selling...

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

Ex-BBC presenter opens hybrid agency and advertises in local shop windows

An estate agent who co-presented BBC programme Living in the Sun has opened a hybrid estate agency with what he calls...

20 August 2015

From: Breaking News

High Street agent confronts online rivals with flat fee structure

A traditional estate agent has taken a leaf from the book of online rivals by scrapping old-style percentage commission and instead...

19 August 2015

From: Breaking News

High-end agents - new boards, new staff

John D Wood & Co’s new look For Sale and To Let boards have been unveiled in a bid to give...

14 August 2015

From: Breaking News

What do portals really cost?

There has long been the assumption and contention in the industry that portals are expensive. This, however, is not the case. Along...

07 August 2015

From: Features

13.6% drop in first time buyer registrations

First time buyer registrations have plummeted over the past year and the average price of a home purchased by FTBs has...

28 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Web traffic points to busy summer says high-end agent

Knight Frank says the summer is likely to be busier than expected for the sale of prime property as a result...

21 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Portals should carry private sales plus agents' stock - claim

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

21 July 2015

From: Breaking News

HomeOwners’ Alliance – an organisation to watch

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

17 July 2015

From: Features

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

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

16 July 2015

From: Breaking News

TV Dragons demolish property crowdfunding guru

Frazer Fearnhead, a founder of The House Crowd property crowdfunding platform, has been sharply criticised in a ‘car crash’ moment on BBC...

14 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Money laundering scandal wouldn't happen with online agents - claim

The chief executive of online agency easyProperty says the money laundering scandal exposed in Channel 4’s ‘From Russia With Cash’ would...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Online v Traditional agency debate set to dominate conference

The annual RESI conference, usually dominated by developers and debates over housebuilding totals, is this year to include a discussion on...

07 July 2015

From: Breaking News

A breath of fresh Airbnb

Two interesting developments in the past week have shown how established parts of the agency industry - on either side of...

03 July 2015

From: Features

Online site says agents charge up to 3.5% + VAT but admits figure is wrong

Online agency and DIY sales platform Settled claims on its website that traditional agents charge commission of up to 3.5% +...

02 July 2015

From: Breaking News

eMoov tests new no sale-no fee business model

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

29 June 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2015

From: Breaking News

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

Beeny dismisses rumours over Tepilo's future - it's here to stay she says

Celebrity property expert Sarah Beeny has firmly dismissed speculation that there was any uncertainty over the future of her online estate agency...

11 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Virtual viewing debate continues as another firm launches offering

A London start-up is the latest to launch virtual reality technology aimed at estate agents and property buyers.  Launched last week, VirtuEye...

09 June 2015

From: Breaking News

ASA upholds complaints against eMoov

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

03 June 2015

From: Breaking News

It’s time to consign sole agencies to history

This publication recently reported on Russell Quirk's latest attempt to upset the establishment, this time by attacking the hallowed ground of...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Cambridgeshire agency claims ‘world’s first virtual open house’

Thomas Morris Estate Agents has claimed the world’s first ‘virtual open house’ property viewing.  The firm carried out the event via the...

27 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Oh no, not another complaint...

OK, you’ve had your fun. Now let’s leave the regulators regulate and work for the public. If you don’t know what I...

22 May 2015

From: Features

eMoov lodges CMA complaint about sole agency agreements

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

21 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Online agency seething about ASA complaint from High Street agent

Online agency EweMove says it is seething about a complaint made to the Advertising Standards Authority by a high street estate...

18 May 2015

From: Breaking News