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KEYWORD "Transparency" - 187 RESULTS
Reforms win industry support as trade groups jostle for influence

Trade bodies and property firms have strongly welcomed the recommendations for root and branch reform of the agency industry - and...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

All Change: new regulator, licensing and qualifications proposed for agents

The government has published proposals for far-reaching changes to the way estate and letting agents are regulated, trained and licensed. The proposals...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Good communication helps keep vendor expectations in check’

Improved communication and increased transparency throughout the buying process can manage vendors’ expectations, improve satisfaction scores and create long-term clients. That’s the...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Becky Howes, Account Manager of mio

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

05 July 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Property Natter – guide to property startups, Part 2

In the second part of my exploration of startups, I talk to a number of people with lived experience of creating...

29 June 2019

From: Features

Modern method of auction - the online bidding process explained

The modern method of auction is proving to revolutionise the way properties are bought and sold across the UK.  By putting the...

26 June 2019

From: Features

MyBid4It offers exclusivity benefits for Estate Agents…

MyBid4It is an online auction platform which has been developed to partner with Estate Agents and revolutionise the way properties are...

26 June 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter: a guide to property startups - Part 1

All the most successful startups of recent years – from Airbnb and Uber to Just Eat and Deliveroo – have melded...

15 June 2019

From: Features

Zoopla founder reveals what made his portal different - and why it’s purple

The founder of Zoopla has explained how the portal got its name and branding, and the philosophy behind it when it...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: now is the time to understand blockchain

It’s London Tech Week, everybody! The sprawling city-wide event taking in dozens of conferences, events, workshops, panel debates and so on,...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agency joins high-end network for ‘tailored marketing’

Fine & Country has a new office in Hampshire as a result of an independent which has joined its network. Hampshirewide is...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Compliance clampdown on Referral Fees and Modern Method of Auction

The Property Ombudsman says its members must in future disclose referral fees in a bid to make previously-hidden costs open and...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

160 homes are owned by 'high corruption-risk' individuals say MPs

A Parliamentary committee has claimed that 160 properties in the UK are owned by “high corruption-risk individuals” and wants more to...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Capturing tenants when they convert to buyers

With the UK population spending longer in rental accommodation, due to the upfront expense of buying a home, their time and...

01 May 2019

From: Features

New independent agents’ group links with reviews service

The new Federation of Independent Agents - scheduled to launch this week - has revealed a partnership with reviews platform Feefo. The...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

The man who polices the agency industry - an exclusive interview

It’s clear that some agents are not fans of Trading Standards officers, described in the comments sections of the trade press...

27 April 2019

From: Features

Charlie Lancaster, Managing Director, MyBid4it

Q: What does it say on your business card? Charlie Lancaster,  Managing Director, m: 07976 507107 e:charlie.lancaster@mybid4it.com,  Blake House, 18 Blake...

16 April 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Impact of the Tenant Fees Act - how can agents cover their costs?

It has been a long time coming, but the tenant fees ban, which forbids landlords and letting agents in England from...

13 April 2019

From: Features

So farewell Theresa May and thanks for...well, not much

No, this isn’t about Brexit. But as the saga of leaving the EU is likely to bring about the downfall of...

13 April 2019

From: Features

Should the estate agency industry stop resisting regulation?

There was a time when the mere mention of the financial services industry brought with it scorn and mistrust. The issues arising...

13 April 2019

From: Features

Dodgy Dealing? Agents accused of pushing buyers to in-house mortgages

Mortgage brokers are claiming that “a big number” of buyers are being cajoled into using estate agents’ in-house brokers. The Financial Conduct...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

How can agents keep property transactions on track?

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

30 March 2019

From: Features

What do virtual tours look like for estate agents in 2019?

Virtual tours are a compelling way of enhancing a property’s potential through online marketing, increased transparency and efficiency for agents, and...

27 March 2019

From: Features

Agents ‘hide how long it takes to sell homes’ claims quick-buy firm

A quick-buy firm that buys homes at around 85 per cent of market value claims the industry is concealing how slow...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Love or loathe us - Britain’s best agents are the best in the world

This article was originally written for City AM in response to an article it published attacking letting agents. See more here.  A...

23 March 2019

From: Features

Lawyers accuse agents of failing to comply with CPRs over leaseholds

The Law Society claims that the unforeseen charges faced by some purchasers of leasehold properties could be addressed “if developers and...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over referral fees: You're in the last-chance saloon

Estate agents have been warned that if new guidance over referral fees is not taken seriously, they could be faced with...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreement firm claims it entirely eliminates fall throughs

An industry provider of reservation agreements says its services can “entirely eliminate” fall throughs and reduce failed transactions “to almost zero.” PropTech...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New ‘Modern Method of Auction’ firm tries to woo estate agents

Another new online auction company has launched and is bidding to woo traditional estate agents with the controversial ‘modern method of...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Another blow for online as agency scraps crowdfunding campaign

The online estate agency platform Love2Move has scrapped its bid for investment via a controversial crowdfunding platform. The platform - which allows...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: Onus is very much on agents insists conveyancing chief

The director of strategy at the Council for Licensed Conveyancers says “the onus is very much on estate agents” to respond...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

MPs want agents views on anti-money laundering after shock HMRC swoop

HM Revenue & Customs has issued more details of its bid to encourage estate agents to combat money laundering in the...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New Property Information Questionnaire being piloted by NAEA

A working party of NAEA Propertymark is to conduct a pilot of a new Property Information Questionnaire - part of a...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees clampdown welcomed as “a triumph for consumers”

The National Association of Estate Agents has led the support for stricter new guidelines on transparency for referral fees. The clampdown means agents...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Why traditional property management as we know it is over

Nobody likes change. It makes people feel threatened, undermines their confidence, and makes them worry about the future. But regardless of...

27 February 2019

From: Features

This needs to be the start of redress reform, not the end

The dust may have settled on the government’s recent announcement regarding housing and property complaints, but opinion is still split on...

09 February 2019

From: Features

Why agents need smart review platforms to improve customer experience

Customer experience (CX) will largely determine the future of estate agency in the UK. This is now a key battleground for...

06 February 2019

From: Features

A new approach to data can empower Generation Rent to buy

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

02 February 2019

From: Features

New guidance over Dual Fees to agents to be issued by Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman is to give agents new guidance on dual fees, following a surge in complaints from the public. In 2017, TPO received...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The importance of being part of a trade association

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

26 January 2019

From: Features

Land Registry testing Blockchain in bid to speed up house buying process

HM Land Registry’s ambitious digitisation plans continue apace with news that it is to consider Blockchain in a bid to speed...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on referral fees: new Trading Standards guidance to be issued

It’s been revealed that the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team is to deliver new guidelines to agents for referral fees...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

How can estate agents build their online reputation?

When it comes to building online reputation, Google is king. It is estimated that over 90% of consumers Google a business before...

19 January 2019

From: Features

Referral fee ban considered as part of house buying reform

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

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock study claims agent reputation and fee ‘not very important to sellers’

A survey of 6,000 members of the public and 660 estate and letting agents has revealed some striking findings about how...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s time to upgrade your AML armoury

The government has moved to crack down on money laundering in the UK with a new campaign focusing on the accountancy,...

16 January 2019

From: Features

Six quick fixes for speeding up the sales process

With the speed of property sales continuing to slow and no end to the sluggishness in sight, it’s time to take...

09 January 2019

From: Features

Conveyancing fraud on the rise as new transparency rules kick in

It’s been revealed that 37 regulated conveyancing firms have repelled attempted frauds in the past year. But 11 conveyancing firms have actually...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Seeing the wood for the trees - finding the 1% in your business

When was the last time you looked at your business and really thought about what you could do to improve? Yesterday? Last...

28 November 2018

From: Features

Controversial online auction firm generated £10.6m in fees for agents

The debate about online auction charges levied on buyers continues this morning with the release of figures showing that one company...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Do floor plans and photos really help to sell a property?

Photos and floor plans remain an essential tool in property marketing. Despite a wealth of choice from aspiring UK PropTech start-ups the...

21 November 2018

From: Features

Agents missing vast referral fees for conveyancing, says PropTech firm

Estate agents are missing around half of the conveyancing referral opportunities they could take, according to a new report.  PropTech firm OneDome...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auctions ‘work for agents and vendors’ insists digital operator

An online auction platform which works with estate agents says this method of selling homes works, with four sales in one...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show ‘hidden’ conveyancing fees deter buyers

A digital conveyancing platform says a lack of transparency in the house moving process - particularly regarding legal costs - is...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: how much is that home in the window?

It’s the most obvious visual medium high street agents have at their disposal, and for many decades has been absolutely pivotal...

03 November 2018

From: Features

Online property auction firm hits back against “murky” accusation

A firm which links with agents to operate online auctions has hit back at a consumer group's allegations that this growing sector...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Transparency and control - two conflicting tech challenges

I am currently in the back of a taxi. The deadline for this piece is looming and I am desperate to...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Action pledged on mobile homes - but government gives no timetable

The government says mobile home residents are to receive greater protection from dishonest site owners seeking to make a profit at...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Let’s focus on the real foreign property ownership problem

It’s time to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to overseas buyers of property. If you listen to Theresa...

13 October 2018

From: Features

Referral fees: agents must be more transparent, government says

A government minister has told the estate agency industry that it must be more transparent over the issue of referral fees. In...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

The link between Brexit and the online agent debate

From where I’m standing there’s a lot in common between the debate between online and traditional agents, and the argument over...

29 September 2018

From: Features

Increased Trading Standards budget should focus on CPRs compliance

You will perhaps have seen recently that the Government has decided to boost funding to the regulator, the National Trading Standards...

29 September 2018

From: Features

Stop the red tape! Agent warns on latest 'property transparency' idea

A London estate agent who works closely with High Net Worth overseas buyers has hit out a proposed law which he...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auctions - more agents offer white label options to vendors

Hunters and Fisher German are the latest agencies to offer online auctions to vendors. An announcement from PropTech property auction company Bamboo...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Out of office - absent conveyancers causing transaction delays

Fresh data from a PropTech firm suggests that 'conveyancer absenteeism' is causing severe delays to property transactions. When You Move reports that...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the opportunity

In our previous 2 blogs we have covered the definitions of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPRs) and what the practical...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

CPRs; the implications

In 2014 The Properties Misdescriptions Act was repealed and replaced with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, otherwise known as...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Four-branch regional agency snaps up single-office firm

Oakwood Homes, a four-branch sales and lettings agency operating across East Kent, has acquired Parkland Estates, a single-branch firm based in...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Marketing automation can make your business smarter

When Oakland A’s, a small-market team, stunned the baseball world 16 years ago by transforming itself into world-beaters on a shoestring-budget,...

11 August 2018

From: Features

Conveyancing body wants fees listed on law firms' websites

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers says it wants legal practice websites to list cost information, including whether they have referral arrangements. The...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 July 2018

From: Features

Improving the homebuying process – how can we deliver this ourselves?

You will notice that there is a new author for this regular column for Estate Agent Today. Last month I was...

21 July 2018

From: Features

 Property Natter: what has 2018 brought so far?

First things first, I have to mention the World Cup. The dream is over, football’s not quite coming home (not until...

14 July 2018

From: Features

Great estate agents inspire England to victory! - Our big match review

The dream goes on, and as England eases into the World Cup semi-finals, our agents’ reviews of their games continue -...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees may be banned following Trading Standards survey

National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team and two of the three industry redress organisations have launched a survey to measure the...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list property portal launched for estate agents

A property portal that describes itself as free-to-list has launched today, taking the industry by surprise - however, at least one...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers may have to publish prices, services and reviews

As the process of making buying and selling more transparent continues to gather pace, the body that regulates conveyancers says it...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: How often should you ask customers to update preferences?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent transaction solution to go 'global' after raising £3m

A PropTech startup which claims to revolutionise the speed at which property transactions can be processed has officially launched this week. When...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Top agent continues media fightback and needs your heroic stories

Respected industry spokesperson Kristjan Byfield is continuing his fightback against the negative coverage of the agency industry in the mainstream press...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Do you need consent when taking customer details?

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Major estate agencies in secret project to try to end delays in chains

Estate Agent Today understands several major national agencies and some smaller operators are involved in a project to understand why transaction...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark What is Landmark...

03 May 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

PropTech Today: technology solutions; is this even legal?

Today is the day. 1,600 people will gather in London for FUTURE: PropTech, an event I have supported when there were...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Selling my flat - community vs systems

I have total transparency. I love that.  I know how the portals are doing, I know how many people are clicking on...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Introduction of reservation agreements for buyers and sellers gaining support

As the estate agency business in England moves towards being more robust with professional qualifications and higher standards being introduced, there...

17 April 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks comes out fighting on behalf of all online and hybrid agencies

Purplebricks has returned to the fray after recent controversies with a claim that home owners saved themselves over £140m in commission...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it

‘Respect’ is the new mantra for politicians: whether it’s about street gang leaders, social media trolls or those on either side...

14 April 2018

From: Features

Anti-money laundering and property: the government has upped the ante

The announcement that MPs will set up a Select Committee to probe the scale of money laundering in the UK property...

14 April 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks tells government to order agents to publish fees

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

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More details revealed on range of agency reform proposals

  More details have emerged of the government’s proposals to enhance estate agency regulation, regulate referral fees, offer guides for buyers and...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Create a ‘plan’ of action to help sell more properties

Floor plans are an essential marketing tool, which play an important part in helping an estate agent sell a home.  A floor...

07 April 2018

From: Features

'Lack of clarity' concern over latest anti-money laundering rules

A technology company says that despite government attempts to eradicate money laundering in property transactions, agents and other industry professionals have been left...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

US TV considering news programme on Russia-UK property links

A US TV company is considering making a news programme about Russian involvement in property transactions in the UK and particularly London. The...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov well ahead of Purplebricks in new assessment of online agencies

  An assessment of nine online agencies undertaken by a property website has seen Emoov come out on top after being analysed...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: The progression of sales progression

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

24 March 2018

From: Features

New online tool promises real-time updates on conveyancing cases

Conveyancing services firm My Home Move has launched a portal which it claims gives users complete transparency checking their conveyancing progress.  eWay, which is...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

5 reasons landlords love PayProp

Your buy-to-let investment is an extremely valuable asset and you need to know the income generated from it will be safely...

05 March 2018

From: Sponsored Content

What do agents need to know about accepting payment in cryptocurrencies?

The UK property sector has been a hotbed for financial crime in recent years, with many criminals seeing it as an...

24 February 2018

From: Features

Rental market analysis: what is the outlook for 2018?

A range of factors - including fierce competition under the supplied housing market, rising property prices and political uncertainty – have...

08 February 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Property Jobs Today - latest news about agents on the move

Hello and welcome to our first Property Jobs Today, a weekly round-up of key job moves within estate and letting agencies...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How can local agents take a share of the multi-billion pound UK property auction market?

Here’s how the LetsBid Property team is helping them do it. A new property platform called LetsBid has launched in the...

24 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Platt's legacy - Countrywide's recent torrid years

It is now an industry truism to say that Alison Platt has transformed Countrywide - but recent evidence, and now doubt...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want estate agents licensed and sellers to compile log books

A conveyancers’ trade body has told the government that it wants the house buying process to be modernised by having estate...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

allAgents pours cold water on Purplebricks' reviews link with Feefo

allAgents, the specialist review website which has had a bitter dispute with Purplebricks, has poured cold water on the hybrid agency’s...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks - now it links up with second customer review service

Purplebricks is to work with respected review website Feefo - in addition to keeping its controversial existing link with Trustpilot which...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Will eMoov’s no-sell-no-fee inspire others?

Online estate agent eMoov recently set itself apart by directly addressing the issues of openness and transparency that have long dogged the online business...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers and searches in firing line of new government probe

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

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

PropTech Today: Getting cosy with the winners MIPIM NYC winners

Last week was MIPIM PropTech Summit 2017 in New York, and it was the most oversubscribed to date - proof of the...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Blockchain - who are the key players?

In his PropTech 3.0 report, Andrew Baum dedicated an entire section to blockchain; it was titled: ‘Blockchain is coming – get...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: investment bank refutes allegation of bias against agency

A leading business consultancy which advises clients on investments has refuted a claim by a prominent media analyst that it is...

24 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

Purplebricks told to slow growth and get its house in order by City analyst

After a roller-coaster day on the Stock Exchange yesterday, Purplebricks has sought to defend itself against further possible share price losses...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the new build leasehold ban is a big moment for our industry

Without wishing to blow our own trumpet at this time, we did say at the start of the year that 2017...

28 July 2017

From: Features

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

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

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

01 July 2017

From: Features

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

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

01 July 2017

From: Features

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

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

17 June 2017

From: Features

Redress schemes working together to drive out 'poor practice'

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

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2017

From: Features

Cluttons: pensions body investigating pre-pack deal to save agency

Last week’s acquisition of high-end agency Cluttons from pre-pack administration is to be investigated by the Pension Protection Fund. We reported on...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents review their fee structure?

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

06 May 2017

From: Features

Money laundering: NAEA backs new bid to list 'beneficial owners'

The National Association of Estate Agents has thrown its weight behind a government move to create a register of overseas companies...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

'Corruption drives high-end London property market' - claim

A group campaigning for the reform of money laundering and other accountability laws claims that billions of pounds worth of investment...

04 April 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

Government bags £394m 'enveloped dwellings' tax since 2013

A London property investment firm says the government has enjoyed a tax take of £394m since introducing the Annual Tax for...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Government to fund group to provide leasehold transparency

Housing minister Gavin Barwell says the government will provide “substantial investment” to ensure more transparency in leasehold tenure. “We are determined to...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Ability to cut staffing is critical to Foxtons future, says analyst

The flexibility of Foxtons’ business model - especially its ability to control headcount, including the number of agents it employs -...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 December 2016

From: Features

The winner is... Review website reveals 50 top performing agencies

Agency review website RaterAgent has listed its top 50 agents for 2016 based on customer reviews posted in the year to...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Guild follows Tepilo and ESTAS in linking with agency review platform

The Guild of Professional Estate Agents has followed in the steps on the ESTAS awards by linking up with a reviews and...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Money laundering: London in spotlight  in Criminal Finances Bill

The government has published details of the Criminal Finances Bill with prime central London property used for purposes of money laundering...

20 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

First-time buyers – how agents can help them through the legal process

Conveyancing is the most complained about area of law in England and Wales – accounting, on average, for nearly a quarter...

14 October 2016

From: Features

The ESTAS announce link up with global ratings and reviews firm

The ESTAS Group, which runs the national customer feedback scheme and produces the largest annual awards event for the residential agency...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Turning broken sales and chains into completions

As with finance broking, there can be many frustrations that come with being an estate agent – I perhaps don’t need...

30 September 2016

From: Features

Nick Dyoss, Group Business Development Director, SearchFlow

Who are you? Nick Dyoss, Group Business Development Director, SearchFlow, property intelligence specialists You have a high profile within the conveyancing search industry,...

26 September 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Swift change could be the solution for agents and conveyancers

I write this during the week that David Cameron resigned as an MP – it is quite startling how quickly politics...

16 September 2016

From: Features

Conveyancers reject government stance on leasehold sales reform

The Conveyancing Association says it is continuing to campaign to reform the leasehold transaction process, despite the government saying there is...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2016

From: Features

Conveyancers want more transparency in leasehold transactions

The Conveyancing Association has set out recommendations to end what it claims are significant delays and overcharging taking place within the...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

NAEA wants new housing minister to rethink Land Registry privatisation

The National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents have asked new housing minister Gavin Barwell to...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency's £1m investment includes cash from Silicon Valley firm

Settled, which was set up in 2015 and earlier this year announced it was hunting for an additional £1m in funding,...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Call for evidence: why technology needs to underpin house buying

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

15 July 2016

From: Features

Sterling's Brexit slump risks more money-laundering attempts - claim

The plummetting pound following the UK’s shock vote to leave the European Union risks creating more money-laundering operations through this country’s...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

ETSOS Respond to Government’s anticipated “Call for Evidence” on improving the conveyancing process

As a service provider to both Estate Agents and Conveyancing Solicitors from one platform, ETSOS sits in a fairly unique position...

06 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Land Registry privatisation decision delayed until new PM is in place

The controversy over whether the Land Registry should be sold off will now not be resolved until a new Prime Minister...

04 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers to consider how to cut costs, delays and fall-throughs

The Conveyancing Association is setting up a working group to consider how to increase transparency, cut unnecessary delays and costs, and...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

'Original' hybrid estate agency claims record sales and completions

The agency which describes itself as the UK’s first hybrid - EweMove - is claiming a record quarter of property sales...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 June 2016

From: Features

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

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

20 May 2016

From: Features

Money laundering customer due diligence: Beneficial owners

Straightforward money laundering customer due diligence (CDD) is a worry for agents, but then also having to identify beneficial owners and...

23 April 2016

From: Features

Subletting: The rogue to the legitimate

Subletting of prime London lettings properties is a lucrative business.  What began as a rogue trade over the course of several years,...

08 April 2016

From: Features

CMA publishes open letters warning against fake and misleading 'customer' reviews

The Competitions and Markets Authority has sent two open letters - one to online publishers and one to marketeers - warning...

06 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

Watchdog orders company to stop writing fake customer reviews

The Competition and Markets Authority has ordered a company to stop writing fake reviews for small businesses and to try to...

08 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

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

CMA opens investigation into unnamed review websites

The Competition and Markets Authority has updated its advice to all online review sites - including those for estate agencies and...

12 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Maud Rousseau, Searchflow Group Marketing and Communications Director

This week, SearchFlow launches it new brand. Group Marketing and Communications Director, Maud Rousseau discusses the ethos behind the new brand...

21 January 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Homebuyers set to be better protected from flood risk

This week, Storm Desmond has left devastation in its wake. Once again, the nation’s attention is drawn to the threat flooding...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Money-laundering: agents rapped for too few 'suspicious activity reports'

A report from anti-corruption campaign group Transparency International says British estate agents reported only 179 suspicions of money laundering in a...

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering on the agenda for next NAEA conference

Money laundering and the controversies raised by the From Russia With Cash documentary will be amongst the subjects under discussion at...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Why the NAEA is right to tighten money laundering screws

News from the Halifax this week that the combined values of the residential properties in London amounts to £1.13 trillion, virtually...

13 November 2015

From: Features

Anti-money laundering: NAEA awaits government response to call for action

The National Association of Estate Agents is awaiting a response from the government to its demand for four changes to sale...

11 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Money-laundering: NAEA wants government action on four fronts

The National Association of Estate Agents has teamed up with a campaigning anti-corruption body to call for four major changes to...

10 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide – A Titanic failure waiting to happen?

It’s rare for an incumbent to pivot to a disruptive business model, even in the face of compelling logic that they...

30 October 2015

From: Features

Calling all local Estate Agents…

YourLocalAgent.com Some 91% of the public use search engines to find information every day and 91% of these always or most of...

27 October 2015

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

22 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

MP wants pensioner-investors to fund first time buyer homes

One of the candidates for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party says she wants pensioners to invest in bonds which...

03 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Software firm launches digital protection service for agents

Property software firm VTUK has launched a digital security protection service for estate agents.  With a growing industry focus on digital marketing...

27 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour wants more agent diligence over money-laundering

Labour’s housing spokesperson on the London Assembly wants estate agents and mayor Boris Johnson to take money laundering in property more...

03 August 2015

From: Breaking News

New call for prime London agents to be more transparent

A pressure group is calling for estate agents to conduct additional checks to ensure the legal provenance of buyers’ funds, and...

23 July 2015

From: Breaking News

MP's Commons motion wants action on From Russia With Cash

An MP has tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the Land Registry to require greater transparency for overseas company purchases...

16 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

How to ride the digital wave legally and fairly

The internet and rapidly evolving digital landscape has revolutionised the way people buy and sell properties. With some reports suggesting 95 per...

03 July 2015

From: Features

Estate owners strongly against land reform proposals

There has been a strong reaction against proposals to reform the ownership of estates and other substantial land holdings in Scotland. The...

24 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Fee disclosure: Are you ready for an inspection?

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

29 May 2015

From: Features

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