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Purplebricks, Liz Truss and George Orwell - double-think about it

Double-think, for those who have not read George Orwell, is when people are expected to accept two conflicting beliefs as truth,...

06 August 2022

From: Features

Dye & Durham considers possible appeal against CMA merger decision

Dye & Durham says it could potentially appeal the decision by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) to effectively disallow its acquistion...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Keep summer stress-free – preventing neighbour disputes

As temperatures rise and the holidays begin many of us will be looking to enjoy our gardens and make improvements to...

02 August 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

Purplebricks - revenue down as CEO says performance 'not good enough'

Purplebricks has this morning announced its long-awaited annual results, delayed since July 12 due to internal changes. It shows that revenue...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Number of £1m-plus homes on the rise, says research

Despite the cost-of-living crisis causing many to tighten their belts and the beginnings of a slowdown of the property market, the...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Analyst: ‘Agents can’t do without Rightmove’

Rightmove has been backed to weather the cost of living crisis and a property market downturn. Analysis by investment service Wealth Club,...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

The big question on everyone’s lips right now…are we actually heading for a crash?

As uncertainty continues to prevail across the industry, aided by a government in crisis, the challenges in the months ahead feel...

29 July 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Revenue growth per agent hits record levels for Rightmove

Rightmove’s average revenue per agent has reached record levels as firms continue to spend more on the portal’s services. The property website...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: why most agents aren’t getting the most out of their PropTech

It may be cliche to say, but technology is advancing at such a fast pace. So fast, in fact, that according...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the movers, shakers and people in the news

The temperature may be heating up outside and there are also few signs of the jobs market cooling down for agents...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

AML platform secures investment from three major estate agencies

Anti-money laundering (AML) platform Thirdfort has secured funding from three high profile estate agents. Knight Frank, Chestertons and Savills’ proptech subsidiary Grosvenor...

27 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Extra time! Knight Frank extends partnership with sports network

Knight Frank is entering the sixth year in the lineup of the Premier Sports Network’s (PSN) suppliers to provide services and...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed – UK-first PropTech launches agents need to know about

Automation is the direction the industry is moving in and it’s gathering pace every day. Forward-thinking agents are using automation and...

20 July 2022

From: Features

PropTech Today - be ballroom brave!

To be fair, there aren't a lot of things that scare me. That's not because I think I'm particularly brave, it's...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today – PropTech shows Britain can still be a leader on the world stage

The last week has been dramatic even by the standards of UK politics, with a Cabinet and junior minister rebellion bringing...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the movers, shakers and people in the news

There has been plenty of movement in the property jobs market this month. Here are some of the latest moves that took...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - turning up the heat

Agents and property professionals haven't let the mini-heatwave stop them sweating and stepping up for charity. Here are some of the sector's...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Opinion: Fairer lettings are not a horror story

The government’s Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper has initially caused some consternation and a strong adverse reaction from some within...

18 June 2022

From: Features

How to handle the needs of older renters

Rising property prices in the UK mean that occupiers are renting long past their forties. According to the government’s last English...

15 June 2022

From: Features

Takeaways and Netflix blamed for young people failing to get on housing ladder

Almost half of the UK public think young people cannot afford to buy their own home because they spend too much...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Savills warns house price correction chatter is overstated

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

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket-backed proptech adds digital signatures

OnTheMarket subsidiary teclet has integrated with digital e-signature offering Signable. The partnership will mean agents using teclet’s property management and customer relationship...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: ‘the only way to bring about change is to be proactive’

In this latest ‘Women in Property’ edition of the Natter, I check in with Collette Allen, who was recently appointed as...

28 May 2022

From: Features

Agents doing what they've always done cost viewings

There are many myths about using virtual tours to sell or let properties. The most common perceptions are that virtual property...

28 May 2022

From: Features

Revealed! How much agents earn from sales compared with lettings

Sales remain the predominant source of income for most estate agency brands, research claims. The analysis warns that agents shouldn’t ignore lettings...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency groups announce major mortgage acquisitions

The Belvoir Group has announced the acquisition of mortgage broker TIME. The agency franchise and financial services brand has acquired the entire issued...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Sales instructions hit new highs

Agency listings appear to be on the rise with major brands seeing a spike in valuations and instructions. Data from national agent Jackson-Stops...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Is it time to do the world a favour?

Estate agents are in a unique position – we handle the meeting of people’s aspirations probably more than any other profession....

21 May 2022

From: Features

Agency network aims to be first in the sector to go carbon neutral

The Federation of Independent Agents (FIA) is aiming to become the first carbon neutral estate agency network. It has teamed up with...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property data company hits back amid watchdog's merger concerns

Property data company Dye & Durham has promised to “work collaboratively” with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) after the watchdog...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Competition watchdog blocks property data merger

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has warned that it may block the merger of two property search firms as it...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Hamptons boosts international offering with new acquisition 

Hamptons has created a new international department after its latest acquisition. The agent this week revealed it has acquired Venres, a specialist...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - bikes, boats and Bond

Fundraising efforts featuring bikes, boats and James Bond all feature in this week's edition of Agents Do Charity. Remember, if you have...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Knotweed season: New research reveals hotspots for the invasive plant

New research has revealed the regional hotspots where Japanese knotweed has been identified. The data could be of interest to estate agents...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Long way to go’ for equality in estate agency - claim

Two senior agency figures have suggested there is more work needed to level the playing field for women in the sector. The...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents owed more than half a million from withdrawn sales last year - claim

Agents lost out on £600,000 worth of owed commission from withdrawn listings last year, industry data suggests. Withdrawn sales are an occupational hazard...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the who’s who of the industry

The property industry is fortunate in including many great people, doing great work across a range of businesses – from traditional agency...

30 April 2022

From: Features

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

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

30 April 2022

From: Features

Savills reaches 10 offices in south west London

Savills has opened its 10th office in south west London. It takes its London presence to 42 residential branches and 132 across the country...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Letting agents – why reconcile your client account?

Accountancy terminology can be a turn off to many business owners, understandably so given that the majority aren’t working in lettings...

27 April 2022

From: Features

Estate agent complaints rise but fewer are upheld

The number of complaints about estate and letting agents increased last year but fewer gripes were upheld. Data based on members of...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks removes social media claim about local home sales

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has informally resolved a complaint regarding claims made by Purplebricks about home sales. The advertising watchdog revealed...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Proptech and the future of the UK’s economy and property market

Although Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement did not include many announcements regarding housing, it did provide a good...

23 April 2022

From: Features

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

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

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency heavyweight joins property investment PropTech platform

One of the biggest names in agency has been appointed as chairperson of the board at BidX1, one of Europe’s leading...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

New analysis reveals the 'hottest' seller's markets

All regions of the UK remain in a seller’s market as the traditional spring selling season begins for agents. Housing market consultancy...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Essex online agent expelled from TPO scheme

It was a quiet first quarter this year for sanctions at The Property Ombudsman (TPO). The redress scheme has revealed that just...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Ukraine crisis: A refugee responds

The property sector has continuously been showing its generosity Ukrainian refugees amid the ongoing Russian invasion. Support ranges from financial donations to...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Upfront Information - Light at the end of the Tunnel? 

They say that in fashion, if you wait for long enough, clothes that are hanging at the back of your wardrobe...

02 April 2022

From: Features

Michael Bruce secures massive new funding for Boomin portal

Sky News is reporting that Boomin, the portal founded by Purplebricks creator Michael Bruce, is close to finalising a new round...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 March 2022

From: Features

Stock shortage fuels big rise in off-plan sales

The extreme shortage of properties for sale has fuelled the first rise in new homes sold off-plan since 2016.   In 2021 some...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Property tax alternative to stamp duty wins support of MPs

At least 18 MPs have come out in favour of a new annual Proportional Property Tax which would be levied on...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Boomin says it’s beating other portals for YouTube views

Boomin claims that one of the online influencers it has commissioned to create YouTube content has won has many viewers as...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency accuses rivals of copying Hybrid Property Centre model

haart, part of the Spicerhaart estate agency group, has accused rival agencies of copying its hybrid working model. Spicerhaart group managing director...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Question marks remain after death of young Estate Agent

A coroner says there is insufficient evidence to determine the cause of death of a 23-year-old estate agent found on a...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Insight - how do you solve a problem like conveyancing?

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

12 March 2022

From: Features

Rise in buyer interest for renovation projects - claim

Buying agency Stacks Property Search is reporting g rising buyer demand for wrecks requiring significant levels of renovation. The agency says that...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Foxtons chief named as head of growing agency network

Lomond Group, which says it is the UK’s fastest-growing estate agency network, has appointed Ed Phillips as its new Group Chief...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Veteran agency boss stands down after 23 years with company

Glynis Frew will be stepping down as managing director of franchise giant Hunters from the end of this month after 20...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Will The Lights Go On Again In Central London?

Almost exactly a decade ago I wrote a blog on the back of a spate on mainstream news stories about prime...

05 March 2022

From: Features

Agency reveals PropTech breakthrough after year-long research project

Hybrid agency EweMove has this morning announced that it’s moving all of its 170 branches to a new fully-automated cloud-based system...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Government may seize homes of key Russians without compensation

The government is considering seizing British property owned by Russian oligarchs on the sanctions list without paying compensation. The Financial Times says Housing...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Second home buyers hit with 300% tax rise in part of UK

The Welsh Government has announced an increase to the maximum level of council tax premiums for second homes, as well as...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Russians own substantial number of homes outside London too

A new analysis has revealed those areas of England and Wales with the largest numbers of Russian-owned homes. Credas Technologies analysed Land...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Boomin boss and buoyant agents say no sign yet of housing market slowdown

The founder of fledgling portal Boomin says the latest Nationwide house price index findings demonstrate that there’s no sign yet of...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC Stamp Duty Crackdown - more experts warn of problems

Yesterday we reported on how the Chartered Institute of Taxation was warning of problems with new HMRC stamp duty rules to...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Russian property sanctions will only hit prime central London

A leading surveyor in London says the likely introduction of a register of overseas property ownership and sanctions making it difficult...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

No chains mean fast sales - but hefty premiums too

Properties selling without a chain not only sell more quickly, as one might expect, but also appear to attract a substantial...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 February 2022

From: Features

Sanctions on Russian property could prompt exodus from UK - claim

An estate agency says retrospective investigations into Russian ownership of London properties could lead to substantial amounts of wealth moving out...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Reform of properties listings welcomed by industry leaders

Industry figures have come out in favour of the long-term programme of new compulsory information to be contained on property listings. From...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

House Price Crisis - affordability worsening across the UK

The Chartered Institute of Housing, set to unveil its latest annual housing review next month, has indicated that to no one’s...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Kirstie Controversy - newspaper has corrected my comments, says TV star

Kirstie Allsopp says the Sunday Times has amended its report of an interview in which she says first time buyers may...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents to get 1,500% return on investment claims PropTech firm

A PropTech platform claims its “unique” features will help its subscribers get a 1,500 per cent return on investment by the...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Australian PropTech bid to break into UK property market

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

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Trade group slashes membership fees in bid to boost membership

The Experts in Property trade group has cut its subscription and rolled out marketing initiatives in a bid to woo new...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Going granular - why digging deep into residential property data is a must

With the new year in full swing, agents around the UK are likely to be making changes to the way they...

12 February 2022

From: Features

Achieve excellent sales and lettings performance with PropTech

MRI Software explores the use of PropTech to enhance the performance of the sales and lettings processes and how to select...

09 February 2022

From: Features

Allsopp fights back after criticism of first time buyer comments

Location Location Location co-presenter Kirstie Allsopp has fought back after her comments on first time buyers were sharply criticised oil social...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Call for under-occupying older owners to downsize

Research suggests there are substantial numbers of older Londoners using too-large properties but unable to downsize because of a lack of...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket subsidiary joins Coadjute Blockchain platform

Coadjute, the blockchain network for the UK property market that claims it can radically simplify home purchasing, has revealed that PropTech...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks admits uncertainty ahead after sharp drop in revenue

Purplebricks says there’s an uncertain period ahead following a sharp loss of revenue in the first half of its trading year. In...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the agency helping homeless people move closer to their own home

Our Agents Do Charity column each Friday does a fantastic job of highlighting the amazing charitable work of agents up and...

29 January 2022

From: Features

Pioneering self-employed agency names latest recruit

The London agency that was at the forefront of introducing the ‘serviced office hub’ concept of working for self-employed agents has...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Covid All-Clear - Agency reopens office after two years of closure

An agency has re-opened its head office after a two-year break because of Covid. Davidsons Estates has kept open a city centre...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rummage4 tech acquired by property marketing platform

PropTech firm CoreLogic UK has acquired the property search and marketing platform Rummage4. Rummage4 was founded in 2015 by agent Robert May...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove hit by inflation fears for the housing market

Fears that the housing market may be seriously damaged by the worsening economy led to share price falls for Rightmove and others...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency that said branches were dead has just opened second office

An estate agency that launched in 2018 saying that High Street offices were dead…has now opened its second physical branch in...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Super-rich buyers return to London as Covid subsides - Savills

London’s super-prime residential market has recorded its strongest year since 2013, according to high end agency Savills. In total, there were 522...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Recruitment and staffing – how automation can help reduce the burden

Work patterns and the employee experience have changed dramatically because of Covid, with a substantial rise in home, flexible and hybrid...

13 January 2022

From: PropTech & Innovation

Revealed: the hidden threat to 2022’s housing market

At the risk of mixing my metaphors, any mention of energy has become something of a blue touch paper in the...

08 January 2022

From: Features

Price rises again after New Year, says conveyancing service

A housing market forecast based on conveyancing instructions says average prices will dip this month. Average prices will fall by 1.1 per...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer - Now is the perfect time to reassess your agency

Christmas - time for a much-needed rest for our industry after getting through a workload which reached almost unprecedented levels in...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency’s new hub integrates three previously-separate offices

Hertfordshire agency Sewell & Gardner has cut the ribbon on a refurbished and extended office, which will incorporate two previously-separate branches...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Investigation opens into Purplebricks as agency hit by latest crisis

Propertymark is to probe Purplebricks over its lettings fiasco - and as the agency becomes a subject of ridicule in the...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing IT crash exposes weaknesses in transaction process

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

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Why Meyers Home Based Agency is Attracting the Biggest & the Best

Mark Meyer, CEO, Meyers Estate Agents: “We’re on a mission to revolutionise the traditional concept of estate agency.   We don’t have...

03 December 2021

From: Sponsored Content

7 must-haves for a 2022 estate agency website

There are many features and functionalities a website must have to be successful. Ultimately, the purpose of your website should be...

03 December 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Covid Reminder - Face masks legally required in all agents’ offices

Face masks are legally required in estate and letting agents from today according to new government guidance released overnight. The guidance makes...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Amazing - One in every 16 homes has been sold this year

By the end of 2021, one in 16 homes will have changed hands, making it the busiest property market since 2007...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin upgrades SmartVal pledging it makes “everything easier for agents”

Boomin has revealed an upgrade to its SmartVal feature, which tries to blend real-time online valuations with local expertise from member...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Why trust is the strongest tool for agents in 2022

Trust has always been vital for building and nurturing good relations between an agent and their customer. Maintaining trust will keep...

20 November 2021

From: Features

Purplebricks apologises over conveyancing problem for customers

With the conveyancing crisis at the Simplify Group now approaching two weeks old, it appears Purplebricks has been the worst affected...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Challenges facing the housing market in 2022

It’s been a busy and arguably fruitful year for the property market, with an eager consumer base pushing forwards with their...

17 November 2021

From: Features

Net Zero carbon scheme launched for agents

A new membership scheme aiming to increase the industry’s energy efficiency credentials is being launched next year by allAgents. The Sustainable Agent...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

The EPC - how it’s defied sceptics, critics and Brexiteers

I’ve never written the three letters ‘EPC’ more often than I have in the past week. Law changes for the private rental...

13 November 2021

From: Features

360° virtual tours vs video walk-throughs

Virtual tours are becoming an increasing necessity for agents when listing properties for sale or let. Covid has of course accelerated this...

03 November 2021

From: Features

Purplebricks’ record-breaking web traffic despite Google slump - claim

A property media analyst claims Purplebricks has record-breaking website traffic thanks to its “relentless” and vast budget marketing. “Whether you like to...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Stock famine means agents must work harder at prospecting - PropTech chief

A PropTech chief says agents are now competing with each other for substantially less stock on the market - meaning their...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lies, Damned Lies, and House Building Targets

We’ve probably all learned to be a little less cynical about politicians in recent weeks, given the tragic events. We perhaps...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Sustainability and automation – how can agents reduce their carbon footprint?

We have all heard the terrible forecasts and listened to Sir David Attenborough’s speeches on the environment and the “we still...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Agent Alert: Capital Gains Tax rules change kicked in at midnight

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget did not ignore Capital Gains Tax after all.   For those selling UK residential property the deadline to file...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC SDLT Refunds: Agents warned about ‘ambulance chasers’

A property specialist is warning about “modern day ambulance chasers” who try to convince buyers they have paid too much stamp duty.  “An increasing...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

UK's 'poshest estate agency' gets new name and new management

A business once called “the UK’s poshest estate agent” has revealed that it’s under new management. Bective - formerly called Bective Leslie...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents get freebie ski trip as firm shifts to work-from-home model

Spicerhaart - which is radically reshaping its structure to encourage hybrid operations and working from home as part of a new...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

What future for Propertymark? Chief to be quizzed by critic of NAEA

Propertymark’s chief executive - officially still in post on just an interim basis - is to face questions from a past...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

How technology can shape the customer experience beyond 2021

2021 redefined what it meant to offer exceptional customer experiences for consumers across multiple industries, but particularly for the residential property...

13 October 2021

From: Features

OnTheMarket posts strong results as agents move to full-fee contracts

OnTheMarket figures for the first half of this year show stronger revenue and improved profits. Agency numbers have increased modestly since January...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - the importance of additional revenue streams for agents

I recently took part in a webinar hosted by ICG (The Innovation Collaboration Group) – titled ‘New estate agency revenue streams...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Content Is King - time to crown your agency website

It’s a truism that most property enquiries from buyers these days come through portals but there are several reasons why agents...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Due diligence for buying process must improve - Propertymark

Propertymark has spoken out over the Pandora Papers leak scandal, which reveals many elite and super-rich buyers of properties in London...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Amazing 37 promotions announced by national agency

A remarkable 37 staff promotions have been made by a national estate agency, Fisher German.  The agency - which has a substantial...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Recovery signs at last for Prime London prices

Prices in prime central London have risen for the past two quarters, prompting a tentative claim that the market may be...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Regional hubs introduced to handle Hamptons expansion

Hamptons is to expand the provision of New Homes and residential development services across all of its 90 branches, after a...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

We Salute You! - industry tribute after the stamp duty holiday frenzy

The stamp duty holiday concluded at midnight, marking the end of the busiest period for the industry - all parts of...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks executive bonuses given massive shareholder support

Shareholders in Purplebricks have given overwhelming backing to the company’s remuneration policy - including substantial bonuses for senior executives which had...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to the first PJT of autumn - an update on who’s moving where right now. Please let us know...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

How estate agents can optimise their workflows with conveyancers 

The recent stamp duty holiday and the subsequent conveyancing logjam this triggered has acted as a wakeup call for the industry....

25 September 2021

From: Features

How affordable is it to buy a new-build house?

Affordability has always been a hot topic when it comes to the property market, and this is doubly true for first-time...

22 September 2021

From: Features

Businesses, including agencies, hand back £1.3 billion in furlough money

New figures from HM Treasury have revealed that businesses, including a number of major agencies, have returned £1.3 billion in furlough...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pincher survives as ruthless Johnson reshuffle concludes

Boris Johnson's sudden and unexpectedly ruthless Cabinet reshuffle, which drew comparisons with Margaret Thatcher's 'purge of the wets' in 1981, ended...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Reshuffle - Gove replaces Jenrick, but will Pincher survive?

In a day of unexpected drama, Boris Johnson carried out a surprisingly brutal and widespread Cabinet reshuffle which saw a number...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Robert Jenrick sacked as Housing Secretary; Michael Gove replaces him

Robert Jenrick has been sacked from his post as Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary. He was the third major name to...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: talking the secret to good photography and working for Foxtons

Good property marketing photos have arguably never been more important in an increasingly visual and tech-led world. We saw just the...

11 September 2021

From: Features

City exodus: will the return to the office see a reversal of activity?

2020 gave rise to an exodus from the city as work from home became the mandated norm for large swaths of...

11 September 2021

From: Features

6 tips for targeting Generation Z renters

The Victorian phrase “as safe as houses” well surmises the security of the housing market as, whether they are buying or...

09 September 2021

From: Marketing & Social Media

 Agency chief hails “superb” sales growth of 78 per cent

Belvoir’s chief executive haas taken to Twitter to hail his company’s latest results as “superb” - with sales for the franchise agency...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Interview: experienced agents show increased appetite for training and qualifications

Since the announcement of the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA), an increasing amount of Principle, Partners and Directors (PPD) from the...

04 September 2021

From: Features

Avoid sleepless nights by choosing the right sales and lettings software

We are living in the age of information. Our working and personal lives are underpinned by software, data and technology to...

04 September 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - good causes galore, thanks to our industry’s efforts

The Karma Club: An industry partner has celebrated its second birthday by reaching a landmark of more than £15,000 donated to...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Who needs stamp duty holiday? Prices rise again in August

The first house price index for August suggests they rose 2.1 per cent in just a month - despite forecasts that the...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyers return to prime London says leading buying agent

A prominent London-focussed buying agent says she is seeing more foreign buyers returning to the UK capital - with more expected...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Four high-performing agencies that have benefited from Reapit’s AppMarket

A career in property can be fun and rewarding, but it’s a busy world to live and work in. As we...

26 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

 Online market share rises with Purplebricks the big winner

A new survey of online and hybrid agents claims that they are now taking a 13 per cent share of the...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Surveys must show climate change risks to buyers, says mortgage chief

A  mortgage expert says surveyors should improve their standard services to cover the threat of climate change.  This comes after a summer...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New market appraisal guides go live on OnTheMarket

OnTheMarket’s new market appraisal guides - first announced some months ago - have this morning gone live.  In June OTM announced a...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank to buy 50,000 homes in coming years

The housing market could be in for a financial boost of an unusual kind as a High Street bank plans to...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Psychology of COVID’ responsible for house moving frenzy

A housing expert says the psychology of a population coping with the pandemic lies behind the house moving frenzy of recent...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

What leads to a fall through? A property firm investigates…

A bulk quick buy company has surveyed purchasers who have been deterred from continuing their transactions to discover what the biggest...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Pioneering agency debt solutions firm snapped up by business group

Sinclair Taylor, the first company to offer debt solutions to estate agencies, has been acquired by The Broadriver Group, a diverse...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Over 100,000 sellers renting before finding home to buy

Connells-owned Hamptons says it’s calculated that no fewer the 117,500 sellers this year have chosen to rent before buying their next home.  The...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents tell conveyancers how they can improve performance

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

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers

Even at the height of summer (or the British wet season, as some call it) there are substantial numbers of job...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyers deterred by environmental issues

A survey suggests that almost half of first time buyers have at some time pulled out of deals because of environmental...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Nearly 200 agents join portal panel to test product innovations

Zoopla has revealed that some 200 agents have joined its new Product Research Panel, testing new innovations introduced by the portal. First...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Manage your lettings activity with  Task Plans in Reapit’s AgencyCloud

Trust the process: subscribe your landlords and tenants to Task Plans and receive automated prompts when it’s the right time to...

05 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Leap in house sales income for Savills as Covid bounce back continues

Savills has reported a bounce back after the Covid-hit performance in 2020. The agency has substantial overseas and commercial property and consultancy...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Record figures for Your Move parent firm as it swings to finance

LSL Property Services - parent company of Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - has reported record figures as...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

No appetite amongst agents for charging for viewings - Propertymark

NAEA Propertymark says there’s no appetite that it can see amongst its representatives across the UK for charging people £30 for...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: half-year review – what has 2021 brought so far?

Well, we’re technically more than halfway through the year already, but we’ll let that slide. And what a year it’s been...

31 July 2021

From: Features

Pay Per Viewing - silence on number and identity of agencies involved

The platform behind a controversial proposal to charge prospective buyers and renters £30 or more to view a property on the...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Controversial pay-per-viewing service to seek investors soon

The controversial ViewRabbit service, which proposes to charge prospective buyers and tenants for viewing properties, may seek international investment. The site has...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency repays Covid loan early because industry has done so well

Regional hybrid agency Hortons says its repaid its £50,000 bounce back loan at the earliest opportunity - because the industry has...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

The post-Covid outlook: what next for the lettings market?

Our long-awaited ‘Freedom Day’ approaches. From Monday all of the restrictions, introduced since the Covid-19 pandemic made an impact across the...

17 July 2021

From: Features

Estate agency issues statement over racist football tweet

High end agency Savills is conducting “a full investigation” into a racist tweet posted overnight. A Savills statement posted on Twitter this...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Transactions time – how long and how much of a difference can agents make?

Anyone working in residential property knows it is taking longer and longer to get from SSTC (sold subject to contract) to...

10 July 2021

From: Features

Foxtons chairman quits, blaming Brexit and Covid for poor performance

Foxtons’ chairman and longest-serving board member is to stand down at the end of this year at the latest, after a...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Disgraced agent’s accomplice charged over Chris Whitty incident

The second man to appear in a notorious video showing an estate agent accosting Professor Chris Whitty has now been charged...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies and businesses need not work from home from July 19 - PM

From July 19 it is likely that business owners, including agencies and industry suppliers, will no longer have to ask staff...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this summer’s movers and shakers…

It may be the height of summer but the industry is still super-busy and new appointments continue to come thick and...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent who accosted Whitty charged with common assault

The estate agent who accosted England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, has been charged with common assault. Lewis Hughes, 23 and...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Steal a march by choosing ‘virtual first’

It doesn’t seem that long ago that 2D floorplans were considered cutting edge – but it’s safe to say they’re now...

01 July 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Unique Property Reference Number concept backed by government

The government has thrown its weight behind the concept of Unique Property Reference Numbers as a way of speeding up transactions. UPRNs...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Dramatic slump in instructions for Purplebricks, according to data

There’s been a dramatic slump in instructions for online agencies, particularly Purplebricks, according to data produced by one online firm itself. 99Home...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents told they can ‘work as they wish’ with hybrid agency

A self employed franchise estate agent business model has been launched by one of the brands in The Property Franchise Group. Hunters...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: automating lettings - challenges and opportunities

As agents, we’ve finally got used to the word PropTech - some of us even like it! What’s more, PropTech has,...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

EUROS: Joy and heartbreak- our Agent Match Reports

It was never going to be easy for Scotland - and there was no sense of jeopardy for an already-through England. Yet...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Pattinson move to Openview to achieve true, advanced automation

The Oxfordshire-based PropTech founders and software developers of Openview, today announced they have welcomed Pattinson Estate Agents to their list of clients.   Peter Grant, Managing...

21 June 2021

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - the movers, shakers and people in the news

Welcome to the start of another week and as the housing market continues at full pelt, so does the movement of...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Official guidance issued for agents to avoid Stamp Duty delays

In an unusual move, HM Land Registry has issued guidance to agents to help them reassure jittery buyers and sellers ahead...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Can the property market sustain its current momentum?

The property market is currently in a unique position where the number of house hunters looking for their next home is...

19 June 2021

From: Features

Could an adjustment to BTL Stamp Duty improve the lettings market?

The Stamp Duty holiday has been very beneficial for hundreds of thousands of buyers looking to take advantage of savings, even...

16 June 2021

From: Features

Sell Purplebricks! Stock market advisers tell investors to quit agency

Swiss investment bank UBS has advised investors to sell their Purplebricks shares as the market share for the controversial agency appears...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Homes near transport hubs still carry massive premium

A home within 500 metres of a tube or railway station in London will carry a massive premium compared to a...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Reform: Government dismisses call for change

The government has dismissed a call for reform of the stamp duty system, which would have meant the tax would apply...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

At last - Prime Central London shows house prices growth again

Prices in prime central London grew by 0.3 per cent in the year to May - tiny rise but a significant...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Almost 20,000 property industry staff are still on furlough

Figures released from the government show 19,400 people in the real estate sector are still on furlough - suggesting some agents have back...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin to “reinvent YouTube” and wants agents involved

Boomin says it’s going to “reinvent the YouTube channel for property.” The portal’s new YouTube channel has gone live with five unique...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing agency group snaps up mortgage firm from building society

Franchise agency giant Belvoir has acquired share capital in a small mortgage company. Nottingham Mortgage Services Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Book Review: The Keys To The Capital by James Macleod

Books about property are, relatively speaking, commonplace - books by estate agents are far less so, hence the interest in The...

29 May 2021

From: Features

Sellers want traditional agency services more than WhatsApp - survey

A new survey of some 700 estate agency customers show that they want to get traditional services like High Street branches,...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing forecast is for price boom to continue over summer

An unusual price forecast based on conveyancing quotes suggests the housing market is to continue busy over the summer with more...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Market intelligence platform launched by free-to-list portal

Free to list portal Residential People has launched a market intelligence platform called Prospr. This has been developed with the aim of...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks excluded from industry league table despite surge in instructions

A controversial league table of corporate agents’ market share is deliberately excluding Purplebricks and other online agencies.  This is despite Purplebricks this...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Emoov Controversy: senior figure returns with Facebook initiative

One of the men behind the defunct Emoov online estate agency has re-emerged as the head of a marketing service. The service...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax glitch hits property sales, says accountancy firm

Some sellers are suffering cash flow issues as a result of glitches in the Capital Gains Tax reporting system, according to...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

What A Corrie On! Purplebricks to sell the Rovers Return

Purplebricks has pulled off another publicity coup - it’s to sell the Rovers Return in Coronation Street. The hybrid agency, which already...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Cybercrime warning to estate agents holding sensitive data

A leading industry trade body is warning that remote-working agents and smaller independent agencies are particularly vulnerable to the growing threat...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New Zoopla deal backs ambitious growth plans of agency group

Zoopla has issued a statement saying it’s entering into a long-term partnership with the Leacders Romans Group, which will be “curated...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Day in the life of Simon Brown, ESTAS founder

In a return to a favourite series of mine, as it gives an excellent insight into the very many facets of...

08 May 2021

From: Features

Ambitious agency’s new branch is start of long-term national growth

London-based estate agency Orlando Reid is opening an additional office in Manchester - the start of a long-term growth programme for...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Vote, Vote, Vote - Housing and the 2021 Local Elections

Local elections rarely set the pulse racing and this year’s poll on Thursday faces a similar problem. But this time, it’s a...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Furlough funding refunded to government by major agency group

Another major agency group has agreed to repay substantial sums it claimed under the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, introduced to...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ performance measured by PropTech firm’s new dashboard

Software provider Rex has launched three new live dashboards for agencies, one of which covers agent performance. Rex says the dashboards -...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why agency must never become a closed shop

The biggest news story in town this last week – which has brought people who don’t usually like or watch football...

24 April 2021

From: Features

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

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

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks downgrade signals booming independent agents - claim

International investment bank UBS has double-downgraded Purplebricks from ‘buy’ to ‘sell’ - and that could be good for independent agents, a...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Deadline: it’s too late for most buyers - warning

A consumer financial service suggests it’s already too late for most buyers to meet the latest stamp duty holiday deadline of June...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back portal run by member of construction dynasty

Two leading agencies and an agent network have signed up to the UK’s first dedicated portal for those finding, researching, buying...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the thinking behind Zoopla's new look, features and functionality

As the property market continues to boom, competition between portals such as Zoopla, Rightmove, OnTheMarket and Boomin has been hotting up...

21 April 2021

From: Features

OnTheMarket’s crunch date for agent membership

OnTheMarket is to release its full year performance figures to shareholders on June 8. This will be for its trading year to January...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency announces national expansion and recruitment

A hybrid agency which until now has been active only in London is launching new hubs in Manchester and Brighton. Agent &...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Prince Philip: how the property landscape changed during his century

For many, the funeral of HRH Prince Philip will be a solemn affair, while for some it will also be a...

17 April 2021

From: Features

Make stamp duty cut permanent, international economists tell UK

The UK government has been told it should make the stamp duty cut permanent to encourage investment and make it easier...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

State of the property nation survey – what did we discover?

Our recent state of the property nation survey, which yielded nearly 350 responses from directors to junior negotiators, and many others...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla founder has new idea to disrupt how agents buy and sell

The founder of Zoopla has returned to the property market with a new proposal to disrupt how agents buy and sell homes. Alex...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: High Streets reopen - so what now for agency branches?

Today is the day that non-essential retail reopens as part of the government's roadmap out of lockdown. For the majority of the...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - will there be live property events this year?

The last property event I attended in person – and I think the last physical property event held all told –...

10 April 2021

From: Features

Agency plans five new offices a year despite profit slump

Winkworth says Covid and its aftermath will not derail plans to open five offices a year.  In a trading statement to shareholders...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency chief executive forsakes £1m in bonuses during Covid

The annual report of a major estate agency has revealed that its chief executive took two large cuts to bonus payments...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Surveyors launch Home Review concept to cut fall-throughs

A surveyors group has launched a new ‘Home Review’ service which it claims will identify structural problems which create an immediate...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive drop in physical viewings thanks to PropTech - claim

There’s been a drop of no less than 16,000 in the number of physical viewings over the past year thanks to just...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Multiple Dwellings Relief – what do property agents need to know?

Estate agents play a key role in identifying tax savings that can benefit all parties. If a purchaser can benefit from...

03 April 2021

From: Features

Portal Wars: Boomin’s early launch and Zoopla’s membership surge

The Bruce brothers' new portal Boomin has launched a day early - and no, this isn't an April Fool. The site went live...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sarah Edmundson – how Agents Together is helping the industry to talk

Mental health – and the importance of good mental health – has become a vital thing for all of us in...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

German company pours £5m into UK online estate agency

A company in the German Axel Springer publishing empire - which also invested in Purplebricks in the past - has put...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yopa raises its profile in battle with Purplebricks and Strike

Yopa has instructed two companies to help with its brand building as it battles with other major online players. It’s appointed M.i. Media...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Can your agency beat this? Property has 18 viewings in 24 hours

As an indication of the frenzied property market, this may take some beating - an agent has had 18 viewings on...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: meet the agent poet doing things unconventionally

As you’ll know by now, I like to use the Natter to shine a light on independent agents doing things a...

27 March 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and there’s extra daylight for fund-raising now…

Normal life still seems far away so there hasn’t been the usual spotlight on a good-news-feeling that comes every year on...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

High-end agency expands with 170-mile wide sales patch

A new licensee at Fine & Country is taking the brand into a new territory with a sales patch 170 miles wide...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks removes misleading claim after complaint

Purplebricks has removed advertising claims which suggested it sold homes for a higher sum, on average, than rival agencies. The Advertising Standards...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC's amazing transaction figures down to Stamp Duty and vaccine joy

Residential transactions totalled 147,050 last month according to HMRC - that’s 23 per cent higher than the previous month and an...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Open up economy says Boomin boss as Covid appears to ease

Boomin co-founder Kenny Bruce says the UK economy should now be opening up thanks to the success of the Coronavirus vaccines. In...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

State of the property nation survey…have your say!

Will Rightmove still be the dominant portal by 2030? Will Boomin really shake up the industry as Purplebricks did before it?...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Is London’s market back in business and swinging in favour of buyers?

London’s residential market appears to be showing renewed signs of life thanks to the rollout of the government roadmap and vaccine...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Why top customer service is more important than ever in 2021

Later this year, on October 22, the ESTAS 2021 will take place in London. The glittering ceremony will welcome property professionals...

17 March 2021

From: Features

Estate agency opens click and collect coffee shop

A Sheffield estate agency is pioneering a new form of branch office - one that sells homes at the same time...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent warns public of perils of Modern Method of Auction

A prominent estate agent has warned buyers and sellers about the perils of the controversial Modern Method of Auction. MMA is now...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s going where this spring?

If it’s Monday, it’s jobs news day on EAT - welcome to the latest update. Want to be featured in our next...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday: how to keep your chain intact

Following the fluctuation of the property market during the UK’s first national lockdown, the industry was given a lifeline by the...

13 March 2021

From: Features

Transactions and prices to boom over next five years - forecast

Transactions and house price forecasts for the mainstream housing market are being revised upwards by Savills following the Budget. The new predictions follow an...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Photo-refreshing property listings attracts big rise in traffic

Automatically changing the main marketing photo on a portal listing can attract up to 40 per cent more traffic, it has...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Dan Muir, Area Sales Manager, LetsBid Property

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  Dan Muir, Area Sales Manager, LetsBid Property What is LetsBid and...

05 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Jake Field - Area Sales Manager, LetsBid Property

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  Jake Field - Area Sales Manager What is lets bid Property...

05 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

In Conversation – Data Sharing with LonRes chief Anthony Payne

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I speak with Anthony Payne, Managing Director and co-founder of LonRes, a data and network...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket isn’t just limping along insists new chief executive

OnTheMarket has hit out at a newspaper claim that it is just “limping along.” Patrick Hosking, a prominent financial columnist at The...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Slow conveyancers should suffer financial penalties, says PropTech man

The head of a PropTech platform wants financial penalties on conveyancers if transactions miss deadlines. “The only way to accelerate the current...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons “strategic step change” may pay off, says commentator

A leading market commentator says the acquisition of London agency Douglas & Gordon represents “a strategic step change” for Foxtons -...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Every Stamp Duty cliff-edge fall-through costs an agent over £4,000

New research from Propertymark suggests a typical fall through costs an agent £4,123.  The association says that if the stamp duty holiday...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ delight as stamp duty extension helps another 300,000 deals

Much of the agency industry has reacted with delight at the extension of the stamp duty holiday deadline until June. Rightmove estimates...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Popular agency websites supplier wins international PropTech funding

Agency websites supplier Property Webmasters has secured a substantial but undisclosed cash injection to expand internationally. The investment comes from Net Ventures...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Controversial Modern Method of Auction wins £80k for Zoopla agents

Zoopla says it has so far delivered almost £80,000 in agent fees through its access to the Modern Method of Auction. MMA...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

150,000 and rising! Stamp Duty Extension petition wins more support

The online petition which prompted a debate by MPs has now won the support of around 150,000 signatures. Typically public support for...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Dexters wins private equity investment - NO it’s NOT been sold

Wild speculation about the sale of Dexters yesterday turned out to be plain wrong - and instead the company has landed substantial investment. Oakley Capital, a...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sarah Beeny – Will she be returning to estate agency after Tepilo?

This week’s In Conversation Today interviewee needs no introduction. One of the property industry’s most recognisable names, she has been a...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - more appointments news from across the UK

Hello - another Monday dawns but the good news is that we can update you on the industry’s latest appointments. Everyone here...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove courts controversy with Modern Method of Auction link

Rightmove is the latest portal to forge a link with the controversial Modern Method of Auction service being offered to agents. A...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed: what are the latest rental trends as we move through 2021?

As we move towards the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the first lockdown, it is a good time to reflect...

13 February 2021

From: Features

What to consider when buying or selling an estate agency business

Estate agents might be expert at advising on buying and selling properties on their books but when it comes to buying...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - why not fund-raise instead of going on holiday?

As the official advice over holidays descends into farce - can we go this year? if so at home or away?...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sellers and buyers must bargain as March 31 cliff edge nears - call

A leading agency chief suggests there will have to be substantial bargaining between buyers and sellers as the stamp duty holiday cliff...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty panic may lead to Japanese Knotwood legal action

Experts are warning that buyers rushing to complete before the March 31 cliff edge for the stamp duty holiday may miss...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Has the Stamp Duty Holiday extension campaign worked?

There is no scientific formula, no list of must-have elements in a successful campaign. That’s especially the case for a campaign involving...

06 February 2021

From: Features

‘Very few new portals can seriously compete with us’ - claim

This time out, I’m in conversation with one of the big three established portals. Since it was founded in 2007, Zoopla...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

“The sensible thing” - Agents urge tapered end to stamp duty holiday

Estate agents have kept up the pressure on the Westminster government to consider some kind of tapered ending to the stamp...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Victory? Hint of possible 'phased' end to holiday

The government is keeping everyone guessing about the stamp duty holiday but one comment by a senior minister suggests movement towards a...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Should agents repay Business Rates relief because offices were open?

Almost a year ago the government announced that estate and lettings agencies were to be included in the business rates relief...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t let shops be converted to homes, urges developers’ trade body

A property industry body representing developers wants the government to think again about making it easier for redundant High Street shops...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate As It Happened - What MPs Said

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

D-Day - will MPs back industry call for stamp duty holiday extension?

Today’s the day when Parliament debates a possible extension to the stamp duty holiday beyond its March 31 cliff edge deadline...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – will 2021 be the year of the merger?

At the back-end of last year and the start of this, the biggest news stories in town – besides debates over...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Why 2021 is the year agents should move away from being technologists

Technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years, undoubtedly improving many parts of the moving process for both estate...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Is letting properties sight unseen the future of the rental market?

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we evaluate our lives and, looking more specifically at the property market, it...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Failed Sales fear as Stamp Duty Holiday cliff edge approaches

A large majority of estate agents fear a surge in 'failed sales’ as the stamp duty holiday cliff edge gets ever-closer. The latest National...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells/Countrywide deal going to shareholders next month

Countrywide shareholders will next month have the opportunity to vote on the Connells bid to purchase the troubled estate agency group. The...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation Today – Q&A with the man behind a 2020 success story

By any available metric, Belvoir had a good 2020. Already a well-known and well-established name, it was highly praised for its...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday: is it really just a subsidy for London buyers?

London buyers have been by far the biggest winners from the stamp duty holiday according to new research. The Keller Williams UK...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 January 2021

From: Features

Countrywide and Foxtons back new scheme to speed conveyancing

Countrywide and Foxtons have thrown their weight behind an idea to identify every single UK residential property with a unique number. The...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Investors ready to bankroll agents moving from employee to ownership

An appeal has gone out to agents wanting to jump from being employees to running their own businesses - and there are...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property viewings should stop, Labour tells government

Sir Kier Starmer has told the government it should look again at whether estate agents’ viewings of properties for sale and...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 will not hold back Agents who are prepared to adapt

With the Government announcement this week of another national lockdown across England amid the surging coronavirus infections, it once again puts...

08 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

How can we improve property matchmaking beyond the online portals?

Over the last 20 years, the growth of online property portals – including Zoopla, Rightmove and PrimeLocation – has transformed the...

06 January 2021

From: PropTech & Innovation

Banks may not be able to cope with mortgage demand, warns agency

New figures from the Bank of England show that mortgage approvals rose 7.0 per cent in November to reach 105,000 -...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Sort Out Searches! Government asked to intervene over council delays

A trade body has called on House Secretary Robert Jenrick to intervene over the growing problem of delays in councils providing...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells reveals its plan for Countrywide branches and staff

Connells has revealed that it’s to keep the existing Countrywide branch structure and staff headcount when the acquisition process is completed...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: backbone of our industry – Aspire-ing and roaring to greatness

Firstly, Happy New Year – here’s to 2021 being less chaotic than the last! In the final part of our series on...

02 January 2021

From: Features

Revealed - where house prices rose nearly £80 a day in 2020

Zoopla has revealed precisely how much house prices have risen over the course of 2020. Across the UK as a whole prices...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Country houses are big winners from the pandemic, say agents

The pandemic has reignited the flagging country house market and boosted demand for larger homes with gardens, claims Savills. Larger country houses...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Dominic Cummings - the Rightmove connection revealed...

He’s gone from Downing Street but the legacy of Dominic Cummings lives on in Rightmove’s top searches of 2020. Barnard Castle -...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin founder agency also returns to Zoopla

One of the founder agencies of the new Boomin portal, scheduled to launch in the New Year, has also rejoined Zoopla. Farrell...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Fall throughs hit 50% but Covid buyer panic now subsiding

The proportion of sales that fell through at the worst point of this year was 52 per cent it’s been claimed. However...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 review - property market survives everything that’s thrown at it

Well, what a year it has been for everyone, including the property market. I don’t think there’s anyone out there who...

19 December 2020

From: Features

Could down valuations lead to professional negligence claims?

Down valuations could leave some surveyors liable to professional negligence claims, a law firm says. Nelsons law firm says down valuations have...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Cash buyers bagging big discounts in London says agency

A prominent London agency says cash buyers are securing substantial discounts in prime areas of the capital. The biggest cash discount currently...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Connells makes increased offer for Countrywide

Connells has this morning made a dramatic improvement in its bid to takeover Countrywide. It has increased its cash offer from 250p...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: sellers can avoid January blues with positivity from agents

As we approach the most unusual of festive periods, many property professionals will already be thinking about the January market and...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Giraffe360 invests £3.5m in ‘camera-as-a-subscription’ service for agents 

Here at Giraffe360, the PropTech startup, we have raised a £3.5 million funding round to further accelerate our product development and...

05 December 2020

From: Features

Agents can do more to speed up transactions by adopting technology

Recent debate about urgent need for reform and better collaboration within the property industry, has once again come under the spotlight...

04 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Private equity firm wanting control of Countrywide says it’s nearly there

The private equity company which wants to take control of Countrywide has issued a statement saying it now has the support...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 December 2020

From: Features

Rural property benefits from Covid-19 and the property use revolution

The secure Conservative victory in the 2019 General Election meant the property market in the sunlit uplands was set for a...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Property tax rises and falling house prices coming in 2021

Property tax rises and falling house prices look as if they are on the way according to the small print accompanying...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents – how can you provide the best service for consumers during lockdown?

So, we’re back to where we were in the spring, more or less. England is in a national lockdown again to...

25 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Sunak pledges new homes but does not hike property tax - yet

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has resisted changing any property taxes in the short term, but has used his Spending Review statement to...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s Big Day: “Don’t make knee-jerk property tax rises” he’s told

Today sees the government’s Spending Review, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak taking centre stage as he presents a 12 month spending plan to...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide faces multiple risks if it doesn’t sell to Connells - claim

Connells has increased the temperature in its bid for Countrywide with a surprise statement this morning outlining risks run by Countrywide if...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must be crystal clear on fees, watchdog tells industry

The advertising watchdog has told the agency industry to clean up its act on four issues, with clarity over fees being...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Joe Biden’s housing market - well, it’s just like over here…

With a new President elected and the old one reluctant to move out, this is a good time to see how...

14 November 2020

From: Features

Watchdog to probe merger of popular agency crowdfunding sites

The Competitions and Markets Authority is to probe the proposed merger of two crowdfunding sites used by numerous property industry companies. Crowdcube...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

TV consumer champion demands action to free ‘mortgage prisoners’

A new report funded by high profile consumer champion Martin Lewis says the government must do more to help ‘mortgage prisoners’. These...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin signs up hundreds of new franchise branches

The six brands that make up The Property Franchise Group are the latest signings for yet-to-launch portal Boomin. TPFG’s brands are national...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents wanted to work with high-funded quick buy company

A relaunched home buying service says it wants to partner with agents to unlock sales if the housing market deteriorates. The service...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Major English Football League deal for High Street agency

Your Move is to become the English Football League’s official Communities Supporter for the coming season. The agency is already an Official...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents offered ‘leniency options’ to confess about industry cartels

New guidance spells out how leniency can be exercised on agencies or individuals who inform on anti-competition cartels of the kind that...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency chief criticises Trump and Farage over ‘victory’ claim

Hunters chairman and Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake has hit out at allegedly false claims made by Donald Trump and Nigel Farage. Trump’s...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New house survey launched by fledgling rival to RICS

A new survey has been launched by the Residential Property Surveyors Association. The RPSA - which wants to rival the RICS as...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin portal reveals how agents will be charged for listings

Boomin is to levy a traditional monthly fee for estate and letting agents listing on the site, in line with other...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Fears grow over lockdown impact on transactions

The national lockdown beginning on Thursday makes the case for an extension to the stamp duty holiday, according to a tax...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies and branch closures continue at Countrywide

An extensive culling of branches and staff continues apace at Countrywide as it significantly reduces the size of both its office...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies’ ‘hub’ business model may apply in other industries

The so-called hub model of estate agency adopted by a growing number of firms appears to be part of a wider...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Deferred-payment scheme for high-price London homes

A developer operating in prime central London is offering buyers a deferred-payment scheme. K10 Group says it’s doing this because of the...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping the property market moving

It’s been an unexpected year for the property market, shaped by the effects of the pandemic. We didn’t quite anticipate the...

27 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

How to sell your agency business in 11 key steps

Agents spend their whole careers telling vendors and landlords why they will be able to achieve a better sale price or...

27 October 2020

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

Quick Read Top Tips  - 5 best practices for all businesses

Here is a quick read focusing on 5 things you can check your business is doing while on your tea break....

27 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Property Jobs Today - the inside track on who’s going where

Hello and welcome to a new week - and evenings that get darker earlier.  As winter approaches we’re continuing to bring you...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Free health and well-being package offer to smaller agencies

A health business is offering a free support package to estate agencies with between three and 100 employees, to help staff...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s new team caters for Covid house moving trend

Countrywide’s high-end brand John D Wood and Co has launched a new country house department, to take advantage of growing demand...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral fee transparency shows why panel management is outdated

The latest review by the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team into referral fees places the outdated practice of...

10 October 2020

From: Features

House price inflation at four year high but concern over virus

House prices in September were 7.3 per cent higher than a year earlier – the highest house price inflation since June 2016. The Halifax...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Online market share revealed - with Purplebricks way ahead

A new survey of the market share split between High Street and online agencies shows that Purplebricks remains the digital market...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

London house prices over-valued despite Brexit doldrums - bank

London’s properties are “over-valued” according to a leading bank. UBS, which has what it calls a Global Real Estate Bubble Index, says...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Major regional agency unveils pioneering ‘super hub’ structure

One of the country’s major regional agencies has unveiled a ‘super hub’ structure which began life as a lockdown measure but...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal company wins another £5m funding

Property technology company OneDome, which operates two portals - OneDome and Nethouseprices - has raised another £5m in funding.  It says it...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers for the industry

Hello and at the start of another working week, welcome to our regular jobs slot announcing who’s moving where within the...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Safety in agents’ offices: understanding the law on whistleblowing

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has encouraged people to complain if they are unhappy about working conditions and thousands of complaints...

26 September 2020

From: Features

New sleaze allegation against Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick

The Times has revealed new allegations concerning the behaviour of Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. The Cabinet member has been under the spotlight...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Commercial office space of the future

With no clear end in sight and conflicting Government advice as to whether we should work from home or go to...

24 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Propertymark names new leader for revamped organisation

Propertymark, which will from later this year combine both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: Agents WILL have to wear masks in branch offices

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that all retail staff will be obliged to wear masks when working - and it's now...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents tell Housing Minister to 'get empty homes back in use'

NAEA Propertymark has written a letter to Housing Minister Christopher Pincher, asking what measures the government is taking to get more...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why haven’t the Big 4 tech firms got involved with property?

For a number of years now, predictions have been made that one of the major tech giants will eventually enter the...

12 September 2020

From: Features

Rightmove’s loss “10 times any other top portal in the world”

Rightmove, which recently posted a 37 per cent drop in revenue for the first six months of 2020, has lost almost...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New warning to estate agents over illegal price-fixing

The estate agency industry is still under the spotlight for possible illegal price fixing cartels according to the Competition and Markets...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New Covid clampdown will push people to sell says leading agent

A leading agent says the government’s new Coronavirus clampdown from Monday will push more home owners to sell. Caspar Harvard-Wills, a partner at...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency outpaces High Street brands, company results show

Hybrid agency EweMove has outperformed its traditional sister companies within The Property Franchise Group over the past six months. That’s the clear...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing log-jam warning from Rightmove, despite faster sales

Rightmove is warning of a conveyancing log-jam that may delay sales, despite the ongoing frenzy of activity and faster transactions for...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Ground-breaking agent mentoring scheme wins lavish praise

A self-employed agent has gone public to lavish praise on the mentoring scheme which is part of the Agents Together charity. Cameron Carter,...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: start-ups win investor backing in changing world

An overview of the global PropTech sector is often what I am asked to cover at conferences around the world. This generally...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

275,000 sign up for portal programme about moving house

Some 275,000 subscribers have signed up for the latest Zoopla email education programme under the Zooploma banner. This one is aimed at...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla wins £50k free advertising for ‘out of lockdown’ campaign

Zoopla has been awarded £50,000 of premium ad space with the Telegraph Media Group in recognition of a campaign to help the UK...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Major Countrywide shareholder demands “bold action to save company

One of Countrywide’s biggest shareholders has written a second letter to the company to demand bold action to save the agency...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks bonus bonanza despite anti-money laundering blunder

If anyone thought the days of Purplebricks bosses making millions were in the past,  think again. The chief executive and chief finance...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Multi-agency sales operation wins high-profile new investor

An unusual property sales concept, which signs up vendors and then effectively sub-contracts their sales to strongly-performing local estate agents, has...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy Purplebricks shares, urges investment bank in latest turnaround

Swiss bank UBS has upgraded its investment rating on Purplebricks, raising its price target and urging investors to buy. In a note...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: What today's renters want, need and expect

Life as we know it has changed – for everybody – and what tenants want, need and expect in this post-pandemic...

15 August 2020

From: Features

Land Registry unveils latest digital upgrade for agents and others

HM Land Registry customers - including agents and conveyancers - can now manage all of their applications and correspondence including notices,...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove has nothing to fear but Rightmove itself

It must have been a close thing on Friday as to whose faces were looking the most glum - those at...

08 August 2020

From: Features

Redundancies at OnTheMarket ‘under consideration’ admits portal

OnTheMarket has confirmed it is “considering” making redundancies - the second of the large portals to be in this position. Rumours have been...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Purchase tax on some UK prime homes now amongst lowest in Europe

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s stamp duty holiday means prime property in the UK now enjoys lower tax rates than most European countries. Buyers...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New Purplebricks board member is one of world’s top digital execs

Purplebricks has revealed that its new board member is one of the world’s leading digital executives.  Dr Stephanie Caspar is the new...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Faster conveyancing? Land Registry accepts electronic signatures

HM Land Registry is now accepting witnessed electronic signatures on documents for the  transfer of ownership of property, the creation of...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Can you lead Propertymark? You have one week to apply

Do you want to run the newly-merged Propertymark, embracing both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Regulation - is there a better way of becoming a better industry?

If a week is a long time in politics (an old phrase, for younger readers), then a year is a very long...

25 July 2020

From: Features

Code of Practice marks welcome progress for RoPA recommendations

Earlier this month, it was revealed that property industry bodies have joined a new Code of Practice Steering Group to enact...

25 July 2020

From: Features

What next for Purplebricks after latest international sell-off?

Purplebricks’ sale of its Canadian operation for some £35m begs the question - where can it now recoup some of its losses...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Biggest monthly asking price rise for six years, says latest index

The latest monthly index suggests that the average asking price in England and Wales has jumped 1.5 per cent in the...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks sells its Canadian business for £35m

Purplebricks is selling its Canadian business. The sale comes little over a year after the troubled agency closed both its failed Australian and...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Big Rightmove losses predicted, but it's recovering fast - bank

The investment bank UBS says it’s forecasting that Rightmove revenues will be down £53m in the first half of this year. “The...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s stamp duty holiday was never going to be enough

You have to feel for Rishi Sunak - well, at least a little. Leave to one side that he carries more presentational...

11 July 2020

From: Features

Good news on mortgages - another rise in product choice

There’s been another increase in the number of mortgage products available to buyers and landlords - a sign of all aspects...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Should ‘Master' bedroom be dropped from property descriptions?

The Black Lives Matter debate has reached the property industry with some agents dropping the term ‘Master bedroom’ from descriptions. The Times...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London-based hub agency triples in size during lockdown

A London agency says it’s seen over 30 new agents join its hub franchise operation during the lockdown, taking the total...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Younger buyers’ moving plans hit by mortgage changes - Zoopla

A survey of 2,000 prospective movers by Zoopla shows the vast majority still intent on buying - but younger purchasers’ plans...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Property licence plates’ launched - agents should use them says Propertymark

Propertymark is calling in the government for agents to be trained in the use of software operating the Unique Property Reference...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove campaign chief signs up to new free-to-list portal

The estate agency group spearheading the Say No To Rightmove campaign has signed its 36 branches up to new portal Homesearch. The...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New-build market bouncing back quicker than second-hand market

Buyer demand for new-build property has bounced back 66 per cent in the six weeks since the resumption of the housing...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks director stands down after two years

One of the key members of the Purplebricks board has stood down after two years. Andreas Wiele joined the Purplebricks board in...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 50 jobs lost as agency collapses into administration

Over 50 jobs have been lost as a result of a Midlands regional estate agency falling into administration. The Shropshire Star reports...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus made us abandon branches for hubs, says agency

A regional agency in the east of England says the Coronavirus lockdown working environment has made it rethink its structure -...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New owners for agency that shut branches and created ‘hub’ structure

Midlands regional chain Andrew Grant, which last year closed some branches as it moved to a ‘hub’ structure, appears to have...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - the property industry should track Zoom’s phenomenal growth

“Let’s Zoom later”, “are we Zooming in the morning or afternoon?” “Yeah, I zoomed the client earlier” – variations on these...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Agency aiming to rival Purplebricks announces regional expansion

A hybrid agency which set a target of rivalling Purplebricks when it launched has announced a recruitment drive and expansion in...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Another agency chief targeted by CMA for future disqualification

The Competition and Markets Authority - which yesterday announced it had disqualified two estate agency directors for their parts in a...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Technology is central to solving property’s mismeasurement issue

To most people, purchasing a home is the single most significant financial commitment made across a lifetime. Given the impact and...

13 June 2020

From: Features

9,000 branches on paying contracts with OnTheMarket, portal says

OnTheMarket says in a trading statement this morning that as of May 31 only some 9,000 branches were on paying contracts...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

National auctioneer seeks agency partners for new sales initiative

National property auctioneer Pugh & Co is launching an initiative to partner with estate agents across the UK. Via a new network...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who are the challenger portals?

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

06 June 2020

From: Features

Downturn’s silver lining: our two cents on the property market

There’s no doubt we’re in a less-than-rosy phase of the property cycle. This, however, is not another doom and gloom piece:...

06 June 2020

From: Features

Conveyancing fraud warning issued by leading consumer group

Consumers are not as worried as they should be about conveyancing fraud, putting them at risk of losing life-changing sums of...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

'No DSS' lawsuits - what do letting agents need to know?

Over the last few years, there have been a number of high-profile court cases in which renters took action against letting...

30 May 2020

From: Features

Housing Secretary Jenrick in hot water again as he admits bias

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick - accused by some of breaking the lockdown some weeks ago - is now in more hot...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agents - the way forward for the industry?

Many of the leading advocates of the self-employed estate agent business model have talked about why many want new recruits with...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what happened when big lenders had their own estate agencies?

All my recent Natters have been focused on one particular topic, the coronavirus crisis, for obvious reasons. But there has been...

23 May 2020

From: Features

Exclusive: Independent agents' group links with soon-to-launch portal

The fast-growing trade group for independent estate agents has launched a partnership with the soon-to-launch Homesearch portal. Of the various free-to-list portals...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

The stricter the lockdown ‘the faster housing market recovers’

An analysis of seven countries which underwent different forms of lockdown during the pandemic suggests the British and Italian housing markets...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

How’s the housing market? Ask again in September…

Rightmove has taken the unusual step this weekend of issuing its usual monthly asking price index on a Saturday instead of...

16 May 2020

From: Features

Unsafe to return to work: Most agents are worried, polls show

A series of polls taken by Estate Agent Today suggest substantial numbers of agents remain uncomfortable about returning to trading even...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Company gurus to advise agents on new strategies post-Covid

An estate agency is running a series of five webinars aimed at helping agent discover new business strategies for the post-Covid...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Top agency warns of steeper price falls, but good news on transactions

A respected estate agency has revised downwards its price forecast for the housing market for the second time since the start...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents in England can return to work tomorrow!

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is expected to announce tomorrow that the housing market in England can resume with estate and letting...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says Covid crisis could be catalyst for change in portals

The acting chief executive of OnTheMarket says the Coronavirus crisis could indirectly create a catalyst for change in the portals marketplace. Clive...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

First details emerge of how businesses will reopen after lockdown

First details of the government’s programme to allow businesses to reopen have begun to emerge - with little comfort for estate...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Poor communication the biggest cause of Ombudsman complaints

There’s been a substantial 20 per cent rise in formal complaints about agents taken up by The Property Ombudsman.  The figures refer...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London Labour council opposes 30% discount for first time buyers

A Labour council in London has come out against the government’s plan to offer 30 per cent discounts to first time...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New-build buyers failing to complete on time ‘may risk legal action’

There could be a wave of legal disputes as off-plan buyers seek to get out of purchase deals after the lockdown...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove launches social media recruitment drive

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has started buying social media advertising space in a bid to recruit agents. In a ‘promoted’...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New ‘lockdown portal’ uses Google and Facebook to find buyers

The Haart estate agency chain has launched a portal called Off Market which it describes to sellers as being “a unique...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday essential to kick-start market, says top consumer body

A major consumer survey of existing home owners and potential movers has resulted in a plea to government to allow house...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Buckle up - Wave of law cases possible if off-plan buyers pull out

There’s a warning today that the housing market could face a wave of legal disputes if buyers of off-plan new builds...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a week in the life of…agents in lockdown!

Lockdown measures are still in place for another two weeks, at least, with the possibility of them being extended beyond that....