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Party Conferences: what agents should look out for

If you thought - perhaps hoped - that five weeks of prorogued Parliament meant a break from politics, think again: the...

14 September 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: Has Airbnb met its match, what could this mean for agents?

I suspect that at some time we have all rented an Airbnb (I am sitting on the couch of one as...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy housebuilders get another government bung

It’s been quite a week for news so you might have missed this story - there is yet another boost for...

31 August 2019

From: Features

Agency chief blasted for backing Boris Johnson, Brexit and homes policy

Estate agent turned Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake has provoked a furious response on social media by coming out in favour of...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Housesimple boss renews his attacks on High Street agents

The head of online agency Housesimple has made another strident attack on the integrity of High Street agents by saying some...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - how to prepare for Generation Z and Alpha

They will be the doctors, lawyers, teachers, thinkers, leaders and captains of industry of the not too distant future, but is...

24 August 2019

From: Features

Speculation grows about Yopa’s future as LSL chief quits board

Speculation is growing about the future of online agency Yopa. This follows a key resignation from Yopa’s board and one expert’s analysis...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Jailed agent on sex offenders’ register for next 10 years

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

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: the rot has set in but share price has jumped

A few details of a possible takeover or acquisition of Countrywide have started to emerge. The possibility was first floated in yesterday’s...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Twitter, FB or Instagram: agents urged to boost social media performance

The Guild of Property Professionals is launching its second tour of 2019 with an added bonus - a free training session...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty chaos as new Chancellor denies he wants sellers to pay

If anyone thought a Boris Johnson government would be more decisive than Theresa May's when it came to housing policies, the last...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Don’t read all about it - are local property ads dying?

It’s that time again. Each year I take a look at newspaper readership - not from the angle of journalists, but...

17 August 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: why do people swap career paths to become agents?

With the often negative portrayal of agents in the media and popular culture, you might ask yourself why anyone would want...

10 August 2019

From: Features

How can technology help letting agents become more efficient?

Have you asked yourself why technology is so important in letting agency today? Just look around and you will know why. Almost...

03 August 2019

From: Features

The week’s biggest property story - and you probably missed it

I missed the biggest property story of the week and it’s only scant consolation that almost everyone else seemed to miss it...

03 August 2019

From: Features

Ex-Countrywide complainers ‘betray those who stayed loyal’ - claim

Former Countrywide employees who take to social media or the mainstream press to criticise the company are betraying those who remained...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide now “beyond salvation” says former chief executive

Countrywide is now “beyond salvation” according to former chief executive Harry Hill. The industry veteran, who also founded Rightmove, made the remark...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what’s it like to work for the world’s biggest agency?

Nicky Stevenson has had a very varied and interesting career in property. She started out as a lettings negotiator for Nicholas...

27 July 2019

From: Features

Pundit Henry Pryor says he offers 'media balance' against estate agents

Property pundit Henry Pryor says he is invited on TV and radio in order to provide “balance” against estate agents who...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Beyond the headlines - What the new regulator really means

The industry press has given substantial space to recommendations from the Regulation of Property Agents, the government’s working party which has...

20 July 2019

From: Features

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

Property Natter - is a no deal Brexit real life, or is it just fantasy?

It’s now more than three years since the EU referendum result in June 2016, and we’re still no clearer on when...

13 July 2019

From: Features

Theresa May’s legacy - how has housing fared under her government?

Theresa May arrived in Downing Street some three years ago - but her premiership has not been a smooth ride. As she...

06 July 2019

From: Features

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

Purplebricks founder Kenny Bruce pledges: “I’ll be back - and soon”

Purplebricks’ founder Kenny Bruce has promised that his departure from the firm does not mean he won’t be heard of again. Kenny - whose brother...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Blond ambition - Does Boris Johnson have any housing policies?

Britain lives in fundamentalist black-and-white times - all the more surprising when the country's most divisive point of contention sits on...

22 June 2019

From: Features

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

Emoov and Countrywide merge: it could have happened…

Emoov and Countrywide: what a pair, observers might say. They present a tale of two failures - although, in the case of...

08 June 2019

From: Features

Property Natter - talking women in property, Brexit investment and PropTech

In the first Q&A Natter for a while, I catch up with Angelica Donati - CEO of Donati Immobiliare Group, PropTech...

01 June 2019

From: Features

Easier extensions - mixed response from industry and planners

There’s been a mixed response to the government’s surprise announcement that it would make permanent the right of home owners to...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

What would a Corbyn government mean for sales and lettings?

While media attention has been on Theresa May, Brexit and the Tories, chatter in the agency industry has been about what...

25 May 2019

From: Features

Commonhold in action – one small builder’s attempts to change the system

So far in our contribution to the campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold we have outlined the stories of some of...

18 May 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: has Purplebricks' bubble now officially burst?

Whether you love or hate it, Purplebricks has undoubtedly left its mark since arriving on the scene in 2015 – much...

18 May 2019

From: Features

Property Natter - homes of the future

During our school days, most of us did that task where we imagined and drew the homes of the future, but...

04 May 2019

From: Features

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

Property Natter - events agents need to keep an eye out for

With Easter now upon us (happy Easter, by the way, and hope you’re enjoying the long weekend, the Easter eggs and...

20 April 2019

From: Features

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

Online agents hit out at High Street rivals about ‘over-valuations’

Online estate agents have seized on the recent national newspaper article accusing estate agents of over-valuing properties to earn higher fees. The...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Over-valuing: agents fight back after press allegations

There’s anger in the industry over an article in The Times which accused agents of overvaluing properties - although why this was happening...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – we’re backing the campaign!

The leasehold scandal has received plenty of press coverage, with horror stories of people living in homes that are impossible to...

06 April 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: great advertising campaigns for independent estate agents

When you think of the best ad campaigns – from moustachioed opera singers and talking meerkats to millions of bouncing balls...

06 April 2019

From: Features

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

Shelter and Generation Rent? Radical? Don’t make me laugh…

Campaigning groups like Generation Rent and Shelter like to think they are simultaneously edgy and radical; likewise some think tanks believe...

30 March 2019

From: Features

Property Natter – is 9 till 6 still the way to make a living?

For many years, the majority of agents have stuck to the tried-and-tested 9am-6pm opening hours framework. But is this now changing,...

16 March 2019

From: Features

Stop indulging councils over rental licensing and local schemes

It’s time, surely, for government to crackdown not just on rogue agents and landlords but on rogue councils that confuse the...

09 March 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: should you be making your agency Instagram-friendly?

Instagram (or, as the younger generation would have it, Insta) is, by any measure, massive.  Only launched in October 2010, it’s a...

02 March 2019

From: Features

Online agencies: the final curtain call?

It’s been a theatrical week in Westminster with talk of defections and duplicity worthy of Shakespeare. Yet the estate agency world has...

23 February 2019

From: Features

NAEA conference just old white men with grey hair says online boss

The head of an online agency has accused the National Association of Estate Agents’ conference of being “a sea of old...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 February 2019

From: Features

Absolutely Love-ly: can any agency match this beautiful display?

It’s Valentine’s Day (have you remembered?) and at least one agency has decided that it’s pretty in pink to celebrate the...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' biggest critic ditches High Street and takes his estate agency online

Purplebricks might have the last laugh - its biggest critic is ditching his High Street office and making his own agency online. Controversial...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: will the real Housing Minister please stand up?

Kit Malthouse has been making headlines this week, but – in keeping with his tenure as Housing Minister so far -...

02 February 2019

From: Features

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

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

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Will any portal ever beat Rightmove?

If you want an engaging page-turner novel for cold winter evenings, my recommendation is Our House by Louise Candlish, a bestseller...

26 January 2019

From: Features

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

Property Natter: a bone to pick with Rightmove and takeaways

I don’t think I can add anything more to the excellent 2019 pieces we’ve seen on EAT in recent weeks –...

19 January 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: Fatigue - should estate agents bother with technology?

“Estate Agents must be suffering from supplier fatigue. Where do you even begin? Most agents haven’t got the time.” So started the...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Top government minister thrilled to see Purplebricks success

The Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James, has used social media to say she is “thrilled to see...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Newspapers are in freefall - what does it mean for agents?

It’s been an interesting week of contrasts when it comes to online replacing ‘the old school’. Data from that clever consultancy The...

12 January 2019

From: Features

Emoov/Tepilo customers still trying to contact firms despite collapse

Customers are still trying to get hold of Emoov, Tepilo and Hatched months after they closed down. Estate Agent Today has seen...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Six things to watch for in 2019

Hello and welcome to 2019. These are less predictions and more expectations - developments following on from what’s happened in the past...

31 December 2018

From: Features

What next for property in 2019?

As 2018 draws to a close, it is fair to say that stretched affordability and uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations has...

29 December 2018

From: Features

The top 10 property personalities of 2018

There’s nothing new about identifying 10 figures who have helped shape an industry over the past year, but that doesn’t mean...

28 December 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks boss takes swipe at London-centric property industry

Purplebricks’ global chief executive Michael Bruce has taken a swipe at the property and mainstream media for being too London-centric in...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from everyone at Estate Agent Today!

Everyone at Estate Agent Today wishes all our readers, agents and suppliers to the industry, a peaceful and loving Christmas. If at...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Festive floorplans? Yes really - and you'll recognise the houses...

Anything can get a Christmas makeover these days, and if you thought it was a sprig of holly too far to...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 December 2018

From: Features

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

When renting a property out, letting agents and landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: Emoov, Brexit, Agents Got Talent and a partridge in a pear tree

Hard not to mention two major breaking news stories of recent days; one directly affecting the property market and one which...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Emoov’s humiliation - the fallout for the industry

Whatever one thinks about online estate agencies, it’s a cause of genuine sadness when people lose their jobs - close proximity...

08 December 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks may be about to help out Emoov's stranded clients

A tweet from Purplebricks’ chief executive Michael Bruce suggests that the agency may be about to play a role in the Emoov...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov boss and portal head in vicious Twitter spat before firm folds

The chief executive of Emoov and the founder of the new portal Rummage4Property had a dramatic spat on Twitter just hours...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: 5 things you should be doing this Christmas

Every other advert on the TV is featuring Santa Claus, snowmen or reindeer, the tinsel, trees and decorations are out in...

01 December 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks boss warns on dangers of borrowing more than one can afford...

The global chief executive of Purplebricks, Michael Bruce, has warned mortgage lenders against offering so-called ‘super-sized’ home loans to borrowers.  Bruce is...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Celebrate Christmas with #festivefloorplans

Popular floor plan drawing service Metropix is excited to announce some festive fun to celebrate reaching a significant milestone. #festivefloorplans is being...

26 November 2018

From: Sponsored Content

ZPG’s Charlie Bryant talks exclusively to Estate Agent Today

To say legendary ZPG founder and CEO Alex Chesterman left big boots to fill when he stepped back from day-to-day operations...

24 November 2018

From: Features

Inside the new Regulation of Property Agents working party

The title may be unfamiliar but most agents know by now that in the corridors of Whitehall a working party exists...

24 November 2018

From: Features

Who comes out on top in the battle of the property portals?

Given that online property portals, dominated by a handful of websites, are by far the most popular home search method, it...

17 November 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: could these innovations change the market forever?

How will things be done in the future? There’s no knowing, of course, given the many variables at play, but it’s...

17 November 2018

From: Features

Brexit Shambles: Housing minister Malthouse backs Theresa May

Housing minister Kit Malthouse appears to be backing Theresa May as Brexit chaos consumes the government. A request from Estate Agent Today...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Are online agencies in trouble? Investors will decide

However mild the weather may have been for most of us, it’s a cold autumn for the online estate agency market...

10 November 2018

From: Features

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

Budget briefing - Seven things to watch for today

Perhaps it’s been our pre-occupation with Brexit, or on the other hand maybe we’re bored with politics, but this year’s Budget...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Twitter Storm: complaints about house competition

A Twitter account dedicated to the private sale of a multi-million pound waterside home in Berkshire has prompted complaints to the...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: estate agency on a bus

No, I haven’t lost the plot. Such a thing exists – and if you’re familiar with North London, there is a...

20 October 2018

From: Features

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

Property Radio launches next month with Radio 2 presenter on team

A new internet and DAB radio station specialising on the subject of property will launch from purpose built studios next month. Property...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what impact has Google had on the property market?

Google celebrated its 20th birthday last month. Yes, it might be hard to recall a time when it wasn’t integral in...

06 October 2018

From: Features

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

PropTech Today: Is it time we had digital connectivity ratings for the home?

I am a patient man; a pacifist. Yet there is little in life right now that would satisfy me more than...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov boss tells Labour conference how to solve housing crisis

Emoov’s founder Russell Quirk has outlined how he would help Britain get out of its current housing crisis to a Labour...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – legislation, legislation, legislation

Landlords and letting agents might feel they’ve taken a bit of a battering from the government in recent years – and...

22 September 2018

From: Features

Emoov boss in Twitter outburst describing Mark Carney as dangerous

Bank of England governor Mark Carney says a no-deal Brexit exit could lead to a 35 per cent house price crash. The...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: So why is PropTech just like teenage sex?

DISCLAIMER: The author of this article retains no responsibility for any reader discomfort experienced when recalling the seemingly endless horrors of...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: setting the record straight on SEO and subdomains

Fake news has become the popular catchphrase of a certain orange-tinted president in recent years. And everyone, from tech giants like...

08 September 2018

From: Features

Should equity release be taxed to encourage down-sizing?

There’s little doubt that downsizing is less of a factor in the housing market than it used to be - so...

25 August 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: are we on the verge of a cashless, paperless society?

Out and about recently, I got to thinking: how often do I actually have the call for cash anymore? Or, for...

25 August 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - a bumper bundle for the long weekend...

Dare we mention it but this is the final Bank Holiday weekend of the year before Christmas - so what a...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Window displays: Digital signage vs light pockets

In the past decade or so there has been a movement towards the use of digital signage screens within a number...

18 August 2018

From: Features

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

It’s a good time for agencies to list on the stock market - no, really...

At first sight, to suggest this is a good time for an agency business to go for an IPO - that...

11 August 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: Q&A with Stephen Ludlow, ludlowthompson

Next week ludlowthompson celebrates its 25th anniversary. Here, I catch up with Stephen Ludlow, co-founder and now executive director of the...

11 August 2018

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, the place where you find all the key agency industry moves over recent days. Please...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government goes on holiday as agents go on waiting

It’s holiday time: schools have broken up, quite a few estate agents are taking time off, and the MPs are in...

28 July 2018

From: Features

Don’t fall foul of anti-money laundering rules

Does your company apply adequate customer due diligence measures when carrying out estate agency work?  Does it establish and maintain appropriate policies...

28 July 2018

From: Features

'Resi Richard' - guru teams up with top London estate agency

One of the property industry’s best known figures, Richard Berridge, has teamed up with estate agency My London Home to lead...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Kit Malthouse - We’ve obviously had enough of experts

It may not be a good idea for a journalist to be personal about a politician, so I write about our...

14 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

Rebel agent turns fire on ZPG as advertising watchdog ponders sanctions

The Advertising Standards Authority says its compliance team is considering its next steps following the refusal of estate agency PDQ Estates...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned! Maverick agent must not repeat claims about Purplebricks

An agent from Cornwall who has waged a long-running campaign against online agencies in general and Purplebricks in particular has been...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Let Our Tech Do the Heavy Lifting

PayProp clients power through their monthly invoicing, collections, settlements and payouts in just a few clicks – whether they're managing 1...

02 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Strike The Pose! Expert guidance on how to win instructions (maybe)

We all need to lighten up from time to time, especially at the start of another working week at the height...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – ten years of Estate Agent Today!

Cast your mind back to July 2008 – Gordon Brown was Prime Minister, the Euros were in full swing in Austria/Switzerland...

30 June 2018

From: Features

July - it might just be the industry’s busiest month of the year

So here’s the thing. It’s summer - not much going on, school holidays about to start, industry publications filling out space...

30 June 2018

From: Features

Call for Countrywide management to quit after huge share price slide

Senior management at Countrywide came in for a pasting on Twitter yesterday as TV market commentator and buying agent Henry Pryor...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Peter Rollings

Peter Rollings is one of the most respected and best-known figures in property, having helped to rapidly grow Foxtons (where he...

16 June 2018

From: Features

Shopping is changing - Time to rewrite those property details

Location, Location, Location: it’s no coincidence the TV show seized on that title because the importance of a property’s position is...

16 June 2018

From: Features

How can agents make money from TV, broadband and utilities?

Letting agents are being advised to think seriously about how they can recoup costs to help compensate for the introduction of...

09 June 2018

From: Features

Controversial Labour MP says property better than pensions for retirement

A Labour MP who has in the past been fiercely critical of estate and lettings agents now says that property is...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – marketing magic, Mr T and GDPR fever

Last time out I looked at the growing importance of content, social media and design – but these should only form...

02 June 2018

From: Features

It’s happening in the US too - a new portal and industry consolidation

A recent holiday in the US gave me an opportunity to catch up with property news over there - and surprisingly,...

02 June 2018

From: Features

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: Virtual tours - fab or fad?

Firstly, my sincere apologies - it has now been over a month since my last PropTech blog, doesn’t time fly!  In the...

26 May 2018

From: Features

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

Property Natter: the growing importance of content, social media and design

As promised a few weeks ago, this week’s Natter concentrates on the importance of content, design and social media, three easily...

19 May 2018

From: Features

Agents on the go - why your smartphone is one of your most valuable tools

Gone are the days of having to rush back to your office every time you win an instruction to market the...

16 May 2018

From: Features

The future for Countrywide - Paul Creffield interview

The rise and fall - and perhaps rise again - of Countrywide has been of enduring interest to the agency industry...

12 May 2018

From: Features

Top Man! Mike Day celebrates 15 years as leading consultant

Mike Day, one of the best known and most popular figures in the agency business, is celebrating 15 years as one...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Day in the life of…a property journalist

Ever wondered what it’s like to be on the frontline of property journalism? Well, wonder no more, as our very own...

05 May 2018

From: Features

Social media 'may be better than reviews to assess some estate agents'

Emoov founder Russell Quirk says that in some cases social media might give a more accurate picture of an estate agency’s...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Vote Conservative...get Labour?

If you want to know whether buy to let, landlords and letting agents will be in the firing line for more...

28 April 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and you're still walking for good causes...

The London Marathon may have been and gone but there are plenty of agents and others in our industry still prepared...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: agents bucking the high street downturn

Maplin, Toys R Us, Carpetright, Warren Evans – what do they have in common? All are well-known high street chains that...

21 April 2018

From: Features

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

PropTech Today: Selling my flat part two - how did my valuations go?

To say I had a lot of reaction to last week's column about selling my flat would be an understatement. I've never...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Property Natter: Day in the life of…a Local Property Expert

With the rise of Purplebricks in recent years, many will be eager to know what the hybrid agency’s Local Property Experts...

07 April 2018

From: Features

Online agency uses V-logger to promote property on social media

The online agency HouseSimple is to use a video blogger to stay in a property on sale and promote it via...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks is changing: Which way will it go?

As always seems to be the case with Purplebricks, the hybrid agency has had a good week...and a bad one. Undeniably impressive...

31 March 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: Day in the life of...a Group Managing Director

For part two of the 'Day in the life of' series, I spoke to Peter Kavanagh, who first joined Romans in...

24 March 2018

From: Features

CMA urges people to report unfair cartels that cheat customers

The Competition and Markets Authority, which is believed to be actively investigating estate agents’ alleged infringement of the Competitions Act, is...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Fast track to franchise success - are you ready to be your own boss?

For many estate agents seeking to become entrepreneurs, the idea of starting their own business is undoubtedly daunting, especially when going...

17 March 2018

From: Features

Ombudsmen get ready to slug it out for dominance

Have you noticed a new turf war going on on the fringes of the agency world? It’s not a high-profile battle like...

17 March 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: Day in the life of…Winkworth’s head of brand

In the first of an ongoing series exploring the people who make the property industry tick, I catch up with James...

10 March 2018

From: Features

Online agents will have to employ sales progression teams

The operation of ‘online estate agencies’ has changed substantially in the relatively short few years of their existence: I have spotted...

03 March 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – a property invasion on our tellies

The death of traditional TV – where viewers sit down together to watch shows at defined times – has been much...

24 February 2018

From: Features

Modern agency comes to prime central London

The other day I met with two agents who have 30 years of property sales experience between them, and yet also...

17 February 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – Q & A with Isobel Thomson, NALS

This week I carry out a question and answer session with one of the most high-profile names in property. Isobel Thomson has...

10 February 2018

From: Features

Housing Minister ‘does a Trump’ by accusing trade publications of fake news

Housing minister Dominic Raab took to Twitter to make a Trump-style criticism of trade magazine The Negotiator and its editor, the...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Henry Pryor gives High Street agents 10-point guide to raise their game

Outspoken buying agent Henry Pryor has set out 10 points that he claims many traditional agents overlook when they debate the...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Is print advertising for estate agents dead and buried?

The printing industry is in the midst of a decline as digital products and services displace printed materials, which is why...

03 February 2018

From: Features

Housing: its part in Theresa May's downfall

It’s probably unwise to write too much about politics these days. The most fanciful predictions turn out to be less wild...

03 February 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: an eco-friendly approach and the importance of GDPR

In recent years January has become the month of detoxes, fad diets, health kicks such as Dry January and Veganuary, and...

27 January 2018

From: Features

Branding - game, set and match to the onliners?

According to The Branding Journal, a brand is “a name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller's...

20 January 2018

From: Features

PropTech goes mainstream as Which? backs technology to sell homes

In a sign of how technology has become a mainstream part of the house sales process. the consumer group Which? has...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Fake News! - housing minister 'Dominic Raab' hits out on Twitter

It didn’t take long - within 24 hours of high-flying Tory Dominic Raab being named as housing minister, so there was...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Consultations - Why do so few participate?

It’s no surprise that figures don’t always show the results or consequences we expect - even if they are entirely accurate. Look...

06 January 2018

From: Features

What next for property in 2018?

What a year it’s been! Back in 2016 we had Brexit, a new prime minister, Donald Trump’s election, and so when...

30 December 2017

From: Features

New portal removes listings and insists 'we're not a portal after all'

The operators of a new website which earlier today claimed to have 500,000 property listings appear to have now removed the...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Five things that didn’t happen in 2017

It’s traditional before Christmas to either review the year past or anticipate the one ahead - but I’m intrigued about what...

16 December 2017

From: Features

Watchdog defends 'informal resolution' of complaints over online agencies

Outspoken estate agent Chris Wood has criticised the Advertising Standards Authority for its succession of ‘informally resolved’ judgements on complaints against...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the 25 people doing the most to spread the PropTech word

The LendInvest PropTech Influencer List has been revealed, naming the 25 figures in the property world that have done most to...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property wealth: More bad news for the young

It’s not breaking new ground to say that younger people have what many regard as the raw end of the deal...

02 December 2017

From: Features

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

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

25 November 2017

From: Features

New tool verifies leads by checking on buyers via social media

A new software tool claims to be able to verify leads by checking on buyers via social media.  Using Facebook, LinkedIn and...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

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

18 November 2017

From: Features

A Short history of Stamp Duty

British politics is extraordinarily volatile right now and the ongoing battle between austerity and anti-austerity, Leave and Remain, and Conservative and...

18 November 2017

From: Features

London tech-centres may boom despite Brexit, agency forecasts

An estate agency has used the experiences of Cambridge, Oxford and other cities to forecast that pockets of central London's housing...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – here’s how to drive traffic, convert and monetise

Winter seems to be firmly with us now, if the plunging temperatures are anything to go by. After a ridiculously mild...

11 November 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the first Pudsey-tactic edition...

There's just a week to go to Children In Need, the UK's largest fund-raising event of the year - as we...

10 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

Why the last fortnight might not matter

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

04 November 2017

From: Features

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

Property Natter: here’s why crowdfunding is the future

Crowdfunding is nothing new. As I pointed out in a previous Natter, it dates back centuries, playing a part in the...

28 October 2017

From: Features

'Government has no ideas at all #idiots' - industry reacts to probe

There has been a wide range of views from trade bodies and individual agents on the government’s surprise ‘call for evidence’...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation isn’t a substitute for action

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

21 October 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: reputation, renewables and an online revolution

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

14 October 2017

From: Features

Back To The Future: a short history of rent controls

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

07 October 2017

From: Features

Agency risks losing instruction after speaking out on Boris Johnson 'joke'

Westcountry estate agency Wilkinson Grant is standing  by its opposition to a ‘joke’ about dead bodies made by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry criticism of Tories' monumental mistake in boosting Help To Buy

Figures in the property industry have sharply criticised the announcement made at the Conservative party conference to pump an estimated £10...

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

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

Trustpilot to remove UK Purplebricks reviews posted to US site

Trustpilot has announced it is to remove UK reviews of Purplebricks which it says were "mistakenly invited" by the agency to be...

20 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

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

Online agency YOPA and Savills launch TV ad campaigns this weekend

Online estate agency YOPA - well known recently for advertisements featuring the Village People - is this evening launching a new...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: it’s time to party (political-style)

In this week’s Natter I’m going to get all political. Don’t worry, I won’t be giving my opinions on Brexit, Trump...

02 September 2017

From: Features

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

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

26 August 2017

From: Features

Could tax be the excuse to introduce national private rental licensing?

It’s not just the evenings drawing in that marks the approach of autumn - it’s also the return to work of...

26 August 2017

From: Features

When you add up the costs, it can be miles cheaper to lease a car

Not so long ago, new UK car sales were racing ahead, fuelled by confidence in the economic recovery, but car production...

19 August 2017

From: Features

Property Natter – are you GDPR-ready?

Are you protecting your data right? This may sound like the sort of direct warning you get from cold callers or...

19 August 2017

From: Features

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

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

Purplebricks' shares stabilise as NAEA stays distinctly non-committal

The share price of beleaguered hybrid agency Purplebricks has recovered some of the ground it lost earlier in the week after...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

HIP, HIP, Hooray - The Other 10-Year Anniversary

  You’ll see a lot of 10th anniversary stories in the property industry and consumer media in the coming days: early August...

28 July 2017

From: Features

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2017

With several agent partner programmes available across the country, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, with...

22 July 2017

From: Features

Housing minister Sharma at centre of Twitter and speech disputes

Housing minister Alok Sharma has blocked some of his Twitter followers, accusing them of “abusive language”.   Sharma has a relatively modest 9,169 followers...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London’s prime housing market is no longer roaring

Being a leading world-class city comes at a price – they are the most expensive for occupiers and the most lucrative...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Scrap the bureaucracy and let’s have simple rental regulation

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

14 July 2017

From: Features

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

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

08 July 2017

From: Features

Five things you should know about data mining

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

08 July 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Are we doing enough to protect property’s core values?

Supporting the adoption of technology does not mean we have to stop protecting the core values of the property industry. In...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Forget stamp duty reform - There’s a new tax on the horizon

When it comes to provoking anger in property professionals, taxation takes some beating. Press releases are still arriving berating the December...

01 July 2017

From: Features

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

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

01 July 2017

From: Features

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

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

23 June 2017

From: Features

Learning and growth - top tips for upskilling

Our recent roundtable on the government’s proposed ban on tenant fees generated 10 tips for growing your business. Since then, we’ve been...

23 June 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

Ex-housing minister appointed chief of staff as industry awaits replacement

Former housing minister Gavin Barwell has been appointed as Theresa May's chief of staff. Barwell lost his Croydon Central seat – and...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing industry reacts to shock general election result

The housing industry has responded with shock, joy, and jitters, after Theresa May’s snap general election went catastrophically wrong, leaving her...

10 June 2017

From: Features

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

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

Theresa May’s call for a snap general election on June 8 took many by surprise. But estate agents have been broadly...

03 June 2017

From: Features

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

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

27 May 2017

From: Features

Reform of buying and selling - The industry should prepare now

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

27 May 2017

From: Features

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

Estate Agent Today editor named as Social Media Influencer of the Year

Graham Norwood, who edits Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, has won the title of Social Media Influencer of the...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents strike gold at the ESTAS

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

20 May 2017

From: Features

Can TWPN really help promote your business on a global scale?

Given that around 95% of property searches now start online, it is more important than ever that an agent has an...

12 May 2017

From: Features

Property auctions market round-up Q1 2017

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

06 May 2017

From: Features

Will the Conservatives introduce Capital Gains Tax on family homes?

Speculation has grown that the Conservatives may make a manifesto pledge to remove some family homes’ long-established exemption from Capital Gains...

02 May 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

How to get press coverage for your business

Being featured in newspapers, magazines and websites, as well as on radio and TV, can be a great way to build...

22 April 2017

From: Features

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

Happy Easter from everyone at Estate Agent Today

Good wishes for a happy Easter for everyone in the industry from Estate Agent Today, and from our publisher Angels Media. Our...

13 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

The world is your oyster! Q & A with AIPP’s Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson, CEO of AIPP – Association of International Property Professionals – shines a light onto the international property market. Some UK...

01 April 2017

From: Features

A poor advert for the agency industry

There’s good and bad in every industry and at first sight, this week has been one where the good have won...

01 April 2017

From: Features

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

EAT and Angels Media strong contenders at Property Press Awards

Estate Agent Today and its sister publications published by Angels Media feature strongly on the long-list for the 2017 Property Press...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

'Sleazy' estate agency advert removed after sexism furore

LSL-owned London estate agency Marsh & Parsons has removed what one Twitter users called a ‘sleazy’ advertisement, following a row over...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Property hotspots: Manchester, Liverpool and Preston

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

24 March 2017

From: Features

Brexit: Housing must not be ignored in the clamour

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

18 March 2017

From: Features

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

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

11 March 2017

From: Features

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

Independent agents' group renews criticism of Purplebricks

The new group for independent owner-managed estate and letting agencies, to be formally inaugurated this week, has stepped up its campaign...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: high praise for agency from ex-Countrywide chief

Harry Hill - former chief executive of Countrywide and the founder of Rightmove, and one of the most respected figures in the...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

A-ha! Agency gives public chance to name a block of flats

What would Norwich’s own Alan Partridge say? An estate agency in the city is offering residents a one-off opportunity - the...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 February 2017

From: Features

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

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

Portal peace in our time

It’s over. Done. The only ones interested are those with too much time on their hands. For God’s sake - behind...

04 February 2017

From: Features

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

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

How can estate agents secure more new build housing instructions?

Lots of people buy new-build due to the perceived lack of hassle with maintenance, as they are built to the latest...

28 January 2017

From: Features

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

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

28 January 2017

From: Features

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

Independence may be the undoing of the Independents

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

21 January 2017

From: Features

What next for the rental market in 2017?

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

14 January 2017

From: Features

Housing White Paper out on Monday... or Tuesday... or...

Confusion surrounds the timing of the government’s eagerly-anticipated White Paper on housing. Respected property industry weekly magazine Estates Gazette has tweeted that...

12 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

What next for property in 2017?

Following a strong start to 2016, particularly in the lower to middle range of the UK housing market, that lasted up...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Quote, unquote - What the industry said in 2016

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

17 December 2016

From: Features

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

A flurry of agents' Christmas windows - let it snow, let it snow...

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic response to our request for pictures of your fabulous office windows and decorations - they’re...

05 December 2016

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

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

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

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

19 November 2016

From: Features

Five guesses about the Autumn Statement

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

19 November 2016

From: Features

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

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

12 November 2016

From: Features

Brexit: housing minister tells both sides to tone down the rhetoric

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has taken to Twitter to tell those for and against Brexit to "tone down the rhetoric" that...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Redressing the wrongs of agents remains fair and impartial

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

05 November 2016

From: Features

Whither Countrywide

Although Brexit, portal juggling and portal wars have stolen property industry headlines in recent months, there's been one story almost constantly...

05 November 2016

From: Features

Leeds eyes sustainable ripple effect

As many northern cities struggled to recover from the 2008 global financial crisis, the north-south divide returned to plague the British...

28 October 2016

From: Features

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

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

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

14 October 2016

From: Features

Let’s take the higher ground on foreign workers and buyers

Some of this week’s headlines - ‘Firms must list foreign workers’ and ‘NHS to no longer rely on foreign doctors’ -...

07 October 2016

From: Features

Sceptical welcome to government's new housing market  policies

There has been widespread scepticism from many within the industry that the government will miss its latest house building targets, despite...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market defies Brexit jitters as rates hit record lows

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

30 September 2016

From: Features

Countrywide: former chief executive warns of 'market share disaster'

The former chief executive of Countrywide, Harry Hill, has tweeted that on a four mile walk encountering hundreds of estate agents’...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing must remain top of the government’s agenda

With the number of new homes being built across the UK still significantly below the level needed to meet demand, housebuilders...

16 September 2016

From: Features

Industry's top PropTech tweeters revealed

As the PropTech industry continues to expand, with dedicated events and more innovative startups entering the world of UK property, online...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 September 2016

From: Features

Industry protests work – so keep them up

It’s been a heartening few weeks for those of us who thought that protest was dead – or, more precisely, that...

09 September 2016

From: Features

The future looks bright for Bristol

A campaign has been launched to make Bristol the colour capital of the UK by ensuring that more homes are painted...

02 September 2016

From: Features

Savills-backed online agency claims instructions up five-fold in 2016

YOPA, the online agency which now has financial investment from Savills, says its instructions have risen five-fold since February. It also says...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit protection schemes offer peace of mind

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

26 August 2016

From: Features

Why agents will always need portals

It’s a headline from an Australian business journal this week but it has a familiar ring to it: “Estate agents’ attempts...

26 August 2016

From: Features

Online agency launches agent-recruitment campaign on Twitter

Online agency YOPA has launched a recruitment campaign via social media. Tweets began appearing over the weekend and the latest, posted yesterday,...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Leading Tory joins clamour for government to end Help To Buy ISA

An influential backbench Conservative MP is the latest to speak out, urging the government to resolve the growing argument over the...

24 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

Mystery surrounds fate of 'closed' hybrid estate agency

Mystery surrounds the fate of Fresh Chilli, a north of England-based hybrid estate agency that launched with a fanfare last autumn,...

19 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 August 2016

From: Features

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

Agents Do Charity - and they're gold medal winners...

Britain’s gathering Olympics medal haul is heart-warming, but our heroes in Rio are not the only ones doing great work and...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Look what Labour’s Owen Smith has done to me

Older readers may recall a terrific movie called Network where a character, disillusioned by life, shouts from a window: “I’m as...

29 July 2016

From: Features

Does Brexit mean the end of the Northern Powerhouse?

Plans for the Northern Powerhouse scheme, designed to rival London and the South East as the main driver of economic growth...

29 July 2016

From: Features

Housing shortage will continue to drive up UK prices

Property prices were at the forefront of the EU debate in the run-up to the referendum, with the now former Chancellor...

22 July 2016

From: Features

Sheffield is primed for growth: explains why Chinese will invest £1bn

Sheffield in South Yorkshire, which was once one of the leading industrial cities in Britain and is still recognised for its...

22 July 2016

From: Features

Brexit-focussed May eventually names Gavin Barwell as housing minister

Housing appears to have a disappointingly low priority in the new Theresa May-led Cabinet - at least judging from the time...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

MIRAS: Could Theresa May go back to the future?

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

15 July 2016

From: Features

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2016

With a number of agent partner programmes available nationwide, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, especially...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: flashmobs, a Spice Girls tribute band and girls on stilts

The joke doing the rounds last week still seems to be just as relevant this week: “the only man with a...

08 July 2016

From: Features

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

Six Things We’ve Learned From The Referendum

It’s over. A win is a win, whichever side you backed. It’s true that everyone seems a lot less happy than...

01 July 2016

From: Features

Housing minister backs Theresa May for Tory leader and new PM

Brandon Lewis, the housing minister, is backing Theresa May as a crowded field of candidates begin seeking support to become leader...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

The only certainty is uncertainty. So what next for the industry?

One estate agency leader - you’d all recognise his name - described the victory of the Leave camp in the referendum...

24 June 2016

From: Features

Agency supplier warns of 'apocalyptic' Brexit ahead of Twitter debate

Property software supplier VTUK is the latest to warn that a Brexit could have a damaging effect on the supply of...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

NAEA formally welcomes new President and Vice President

The National Association of Estate Agents has formally welcomed its new presidential team for the next year.  David Mackie succeeds Martyn Baum...

21 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

Property Natter:  a conference bonanza!

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

27 May 2016

From: Features

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

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

20 May 2016

From: Features

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

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

20 May 2016

From: Features

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

Hold the front page? Don’t bother – no one reads it any more

I wish it were otherwise, but there’s a crisis just beginning to sweep over newspapers – with, a bit beneath the...

06 May 2016

From: Features

Seven unanswered questions about the OTM/CMA affair

By accident or design, the PR machine at OnTheMarket was beefed up last week.  Just as well. With the portal still reeling...

23 April 2016

From: Features

Sleazy does it: why estate agency needs to get a better look

It’s all too easy to look sleazy in the eyes of a sceptical world, and there’s a danger right now that...

08 April 2016

From: Features

What's going on at Countrywide – will retail work for estate agency?

What Countrywide are getting at is that they want to think more like retailers to engage better with customers.  If this is...

01 April 2016

From: Features

Confidence: too little is a bad thing, but too much is catastrophic

Despite being round the block quite a few times in the property world, it was only in 2008 that the importance...

25 March 2016

From: Features

Increase leads with better property photos

In a digital age where we have an abundance of information at our fingertips via desktops, tablets and smartphones, our attention...

16 March 2016

From: Sponsored Content

You read it here first: What to look for in Osborne’s Budget

When it comes to Budgets and Property, you have to hope that the old adage that ‘things happen in threes’ turns...

12 March 2016

From: Features

Industry Insights Report - The State of the UK Property Market

We have some exciting news for all estate and lettings agents and property enthusiasts. We've produced our first Industry Insights Report...

10 March 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Online agency to use Periscope to 'broadcast' property viewing

The online estate agency House Network is to use the live video streaming service Periscope to produce what it says is...

09 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Another estate agency considers running a TV advertising campaign

Savills is the latest estate agency to consider a TV advertising campaign. The agency’s marketing director Alison Dean has told Estate Agent...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

How does an agency get the best out of training sessions?

Training or as I prefer to call it team development is something every managing director or owner I meet says is...

04 March 2016

From: Features

Agents' boards: no more gentle reminders threat by authority

A local authority has written to all known estate and letting agents in its area criticising those who have allegedly broken...

02 March 2016

From: Breaking News

That referendum: Should agents get off the fence?

And so it begins. Four months and counting before we vote to leave or remain. For a country apparently so divided about...

27 February 2016

From: Features

Housing reviews: A little less conversation, a little more action...

As we all know, Peter Redfern is critical to the future of the British housing market and.... What? Wait? You don’t know...

13 February 2016

From: Features

Knowing too much about property can be a disadvantage

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

30 January 2016

From: Features

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

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

OnTheMarket chiefs speak out to bolster portal ahead of anniversary

The directors of Agents’ Mutual say they have “every confidence” in OnTheMarket as the portal approaches its first anniversary on January...

04 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

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

Agents Do Charity - the final push before Christmas

We know so many agents do good fund-raising during the festive season - here are just a few who made contact...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Open All (Christmas) Hours: Are you shutting down or gearing up?

The possibility of agents having to keep offices open until 7pm from next summer to accommodate late key releases has put...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Why do agents have an unfavourable reputation among the public?

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

11 December 2015

From: Features

Analysts dismiss online agency's claim of Rightmove listings slump

Many industry analysts have dismissed a claim by an online estate agency that a 21 per cent fall in new listings...

10 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the end of an era

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

04 December 2015

From: Features

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

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

27 November 2015

From: Features

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

Agents Do Charity - and it's a bumper week...

It was perhaps inevitable that as Christmas looms closer so agents’ fund-raising efforts would grow even stronger - and we’re always...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 November 2015

From: Features

Twitter campaign resumes against 'illegal' agents' boards

An anonymous group or individual campaigning to identify and publicise boards which it claims are erected in “illegal” locations has resumed...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Content, Content, Content

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

06 November 2015

From: Features

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

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

30 October 2015

From: Features

Out with the old, in with the new (homes)

Property journalists, and more than a few estate agents, are beginning their annual autumn ritual – forecasting what’s going to happen...

16 October 2015

From: Features

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

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

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

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

18 September 2015

From: Features

Labour's 'rents U-turn' shadow minister quits over Corbyn

Labour’s low profile housing spokesperson during the coalition government Emma Reynolds has resigned from the opposition front bench in protest at...

14 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide boss explains 'redundancy' letters sent to managers

The chief executive of Countrywide, Britain’s largest estate and letting agency group handling around one in 10 of all residential transactions,...

11 September 2015

From: Breaking News

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

Tepilo unveils new ad - and a prize visit from Sarah Beeny

Tepilo has launched a new TV advertisement and is offering new clients the chance of a personal visit to their home...

02 September 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 August 2015

From: Features

Property Natter: Let's embrace the social web

So, has everyone been enjoying the fine summer weather we’ve been experiencing? Oh, wait…fear not, I will attempt to inject a...

07 August 2015

From: Features

Ex-Countrywide boss says company going backwards

Harry Hill, the former Countrywide chief executive, has described his old company as “going backwards” following the publication of its half-year...

31 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

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

CMA tweets out warnings to agents over trade group rules

The Competition and Markets Authority has used Twitter to inform agents of the risks of joining trade assocaitons with loosely-worded or...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Let’s get our act together

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

19 June 2015

From: Features

Society’s Golden Ratio

As estate agents, business people and just plain people for that matter, we can't help looking at the way our society...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Property Natter: Networking, teamwork and a fake England captain

Hello and welcome to my brand new blog! Every month I’ll be giving you an insight into the varied, exciting and...

05 June 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

Whoops…Lewis in charge despite government mix-up

If the first few hours of the new government’s approach to housing are anything to go by, it could be a...

13 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Over the next five years, let’s talk - but not to ourselves

So, a sigh of relief.  Most agents will be pleased with the election result - even if they are not Tory supporters...

08 May 2015

From: Features

Portal launches 'Zoopla-Size Me' marketing offer

Property portal Zoopla is offering member agents the opportunity to publicise nominated properties across a range of media, and across the...

08 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Vandals trash Foxtons in anti-Yuppie protest

Vandals seeking to ‘reclaim Brixton’ have used a road sign to smash the windows of a Foxtons branch on the high...

27 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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