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It’s 2024: what will the industry look like, post-Coronavirus?

There’s a sense that we really are on the verge of a huge change in the industry. It’s too early to be...

04 April 2020

From: Features

Agents beware - buyers shoulder Japanese knotweed risk following TA6 changes

Based on our historical data over twenty years of nationwide operation and a survey conducted in partnership with YouGov, we estimate...

04 April 2020

From: Features

NAEA/ARLA ask government to include commission in pay rescue deal

The NAEA and ARLA have jointly written to the government asking it to include agents’ commission in its plans to help those financially...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks asking sellers to draw their own floorplans

Purplebricks Local Property Experts are asking sellers who are not allowing agents into their homes during the virus crisis to draw...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Poorly-treated agents will change firms after the virus - forecast

A leading human resources expert predicts that agents who are poorly treated by their employers now will wreak revenge and move...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Furloughing - should it include agents’ commission as well?

One of the biggest issues for agencies at the moment is furloughing - a safety net being offered by the government...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Planning for post-lockdown - how to hit the ground running

Over the last two weeks we’ve seen the country come to a standstill and the property market effectively put on ice...

01 April 2020

From: Features

How To Furlough - a key way to keep staff as we're Conquering Corona

Welcome to the latest edition of our daily service dedicated to advice and guidance on how agents can best cope with...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Open letter – why agents need lead generation to help them through the crisis

In response to the current coronavirus pandemic, which is having such an impact on all parts of life, including the property...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Enough is enough – an alternative view on portal subscription fees

It’s time to draw a line in the sand and condemn our rival portals for their current charging structure. Little will...

28 March 2020

From: Features

Say No To Rightmove - the fight goes on says campaign leader

The key figure behind the Say No To Rightmove campaign says the fight for more realistic fees goes on - and...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market could be ‘frozen’ to avoid Coronavirus crash

It’s been reported that the government is talking with banks and building societies about putting the housing market ‘on ice’ during the...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More guidance and advice to the agency industry - Conquering Corona

We'd hoped it was good news but in fact it's just good-news-yet-to-come. The Savills office in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Coronavirus crisis in...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Market: Brexit Bounce giving way to Corona Crippling, says agent

Although all bets are off as to what the housing market will be like after the Coronavirus subsides, there is now...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Removal firms cancel all bookings not already started

Advice to removal companies from their main trade body has put a stop to most transactions not already at a very...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks still expecting 25 instructions a day during crisis

Purplebricks is anticipating “a prolonged period of low activity” during the Coronavirus crisis with 25 instructions a day according to a...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

It doesn’t have to be like Spicerhaart - another agent’s approach…

While controversy swirls around the approach and motives of the sackings and branch closures at Spicerhaart, other agents are showing how...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

How one country’s housing market is reacting to the virus

The extraordinary past week of anger over portals’ fees plus early-warning statements like that from Foxtons indicate the anxiety in the...

21 March 2020

From: Features

Rightmove and Zoopla unveil offers for agents

The two major portals have unveiled their discounts and deals for agents facing a dramatic loss of business because of the...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons warns it will take “all necessary steps” to keep business afloat

In an ominous and unexpected trading statement this morning, Foxtons says it will take “all necessary steps” to remain in business. It...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona legal Q&A, market tracker and how one agency is handling it…

Hello - here we are with Friday’s help and advice.  A reminder, if you need it, that we want to share your...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Why I've Quit Rightmove, by one of the country's top agents

One of Britain’s most outspoken and high profile agents has quit Rightmove in spectacular fashion, using an open letter to the...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Another Purplebricks refugee moves over to Keller Williams

The former director of customer experience at Purplebricks has been announced as a new partner in a Keller Williams franchise. Sarah Downes,...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide loses two-thirds of market cap in just two days

Countrywide shares fell by just over 30 per cent yesterday as the stock market blood-letting continued for property stocks. The value fell 30.86...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Move iQ Pro Coming Soon

Property expert Phil Spencer will soon be sharing his unique insight into Move iQ’s engaged consumer audience alongside advice from other...

16 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks faces takeover as shares slump, predicts analyst

Purplebricks faces an imminent takeover bid following the collapse of its share price, predicts a leading industry analyst. Andrew Stanton has already...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

LonRes at 20: the lightbulb moment behind one of the first PropTech firms

The lightbulb moment for LonRes was born out of sheer frustration. I’d just missed out on a deal and the postman...

14 March 2020

From: Features

Coronavirus: mortgage holidays announced by some lenders

There has been broad support and relief amongst property industry players following announcements from several lenders that they would grant mortgage...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ian Springett sacked by OnTheMarket board with immediate effect

OnTheMarket has announced this morning that it has given notice to its chief executive, Ian Springett, with immediate effect. The troubled portal's...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent repays ‘non-returnable’ reservation fee after property row

An agency has repaid a £6,000 reservation fee to someone who thought they had purchased a property for £83,000 but was later...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent Qualifications: ‘Get On With It’ says architect of reform

The author of dramatic reform proposals for estate agents has given a clear message to ministers - Get On With It!  Lord...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this week's movers and shakers in the industry

Hello and another Monday means PJT Day, your regular update on movers in the industry. You know the drill by now: if...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - wonderful sentiments in challenging times

Hello and because it’s Friday there are two pieces of good news: it’s nearly the weekend and it’s the day for...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty change set to take centre stage in Budget next week

Increasing numbers of reports suggest that the government will use next week’s Budget to confirm a three per cent stamp duty...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Electrical checks – how to get ahead of the current

By now, most letting agents and landlords will have heard about the draft legislation laid in Parliament concerning a mandatory minimum...

04 March 2020

From: Features

Corporates lose more and more agents to self-employment - claim

There’s a growing trend for estate agents to quit big-name corporates and either go independent or join US-style brokerages, a top...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce subsides as agent admits London sales slump

There are fears that the so-called Boris Bounce which saw a surge in activity after the General Election may be hitting...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: No change “for a while” but reform coming

The Trading Standards report on the future of referral fees is almost completed and will be sent to government next week. However, James...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to probe house raffle problems

Future complaints about property raffles by individual home owners seeking to avoid estate agency fees will in future be handled by...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

First merger disclosure forms filed by Countrywide and LSL

Both Countrywide and LSL Property Services have submitted early online paperwork to The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, an independent body...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Agency mergers and new business models

What an interesting few days it’s been. I don’t think the topic of this week’s column is doing anything good for our...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Underpaid agents told: ‘You can earn £200k a year in a hybrid firm’

An estate agent who has himself made the move from the High Street to a hybrid operation has urged anyone in...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and LSL planning £500m 'super-agency' merger - claim

Sky News claims that Countrywide and LSL Property Services are discussing a merger to become a £500m super-agency.  In an exclusive it...

23 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - from Down Under to the London Marathon…

Hello and welcome to the end of the week…which must mean Agents Do Charity. There’s plenty to admire in this week’s entries;...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

460 jobs lost in 2019 Your Move/Reeds Rains branch closures

It’s been revealed that the branch closure programme by Your Move and Reeds Rains last year resulted in 460 lost jobs...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Nice Try! HMRC challenge stops bid to win stamp duty discount

A legal challenge by HM Revenue and Customs has stopped a bid to secure a stamp duty discount on a property. The...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

A joint venture! Agency on a roll in medical cannabis experiment

Savills has smoked out another money-making opportunity with a new enterprise which it claims has “enormous growth potential.” The property consultancy is teaming...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who will be the property disrupters of the 2020s?

The 2010s were a good decade for disrupters. Early on, Airbnb and Uber shook up the holiday lettings/hospitality and traditional black...

15 February 2020

From: Features

Joanne Tattum, Channel Manager of Moneypenny

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Joanne (Jo) Tattum. Channel Manager - Property What is Moneypenny and...

14 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Use small portals and social media to stop Rightmove and Co, agents told

A challenger portal says agents should reduce their reliance on the likes of Rightmove and Zoopla by using smaller rival portals...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - even with another storm beating down on us…

Another weekend, another storm: it’s hard to put a smile on your face when winter goes on this long but the...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Mansion Tax on high value houses being considered by government

Boris Johnson is considering introducing a mansion tax for high value homes according to a Sunday newspaper. The Telegraph - citing two...

08 February 2020

From: Breaking News

30% Discounts: good idea but...er…how will they work?

Not for the first time, a government policy on housing ends up begging more questions than it provides answers - but...

08 February 2020

From: Features

Boris Bounce on hold? Swathes of London still in the doldrums

Coutts has identified areas of London where house prices are still below peak. Although the wealth manager and private bank says there...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Is this why Countywide, Purplebricks and Foxtons are struggling?

An outspoken industry commentator says some of the country’s leading agencies are failing because they’re not actually run by experienced agents. Russell...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and what’s that rumble I hear?

Hello and welcome to the last day of January, Brexit Day and - perhaps most importantly - the latest edition of...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

48 hours with...the largest estate agency in the world

'It's a recipe, not a menu' is a mantra championed by a host of Keller Williams' millionaire estate agents. But what are...

25 January 2020

From: Features

Brexit challenges for agents and the property industry

Suddenly Brexit Day is nearly here. It may have taken three and a half years from the Referendum but the UK will,...

25 January 2020

From: Features

A fundamental misalignment of interests between agents and portals

Property portals generate revenue from estate agents regardless of the outcome of the transaction. This relationship has resulted in a fundamental...

25 January 2020

From: Features

New ‘silver’ website bans agents and bids to cut downsizing

A new website called Silver Sharers says it’s chief objective is to help older home owners remain in their properties without...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

“Rip off” portal accused of charging for branch that has closed

An agent is defying attempts by a property portal to get him to pay subscriptions for two branches - because he...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New Hub agency with two fee options is recruiting agents

Another hub-based agency has launched in the capital, following in the footsteps of operations like Harding Green, Orchards and Keller Williams. Mariel...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tory tiff prompts gossip about yet another new Housing Minister

He’s a young and very wealthy up-and-coming MP in his 30s, a Cambridge graduate who also studied in the US and...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

EweMove and Martin & Co parent firm sets up mortgage arm

The Property Franchise Group - which operates five High Street agency brands and the EweMove hybrid - has set up a...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal pledges to remain free to list for agents - forever

A property portal says that it’s going to remain free to list for estate and letting agents - and that pledge...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Bank says Brexit worries may lead to base rate reduction in spring

Multi-national financial institution UBS says there could be a cut in the Bank of England base rate as early as May...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cut in Boris's Budget could backfire, warns top agent

A veteran agent says the new government’s Budget, expected in the next few weeks, should not provide too much help to...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents upbeat at prospects for improved market in 2020

Annual UK house price growth exceeded one per cent for the first time in 12 months in December according to the...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More High Street agents will go under this year - shock warning

A warning has been issued by a prominent industry figure that more bricks-and-mortar High Street agents will go under in 2020,...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Spike in mortgage applications may create a Happy New Year for agents

Analysts are putting a surprise surge in mortgage approvals from banks down to a spike in applications ahead of the General...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket will be profitable by Easter says advisor

The financial consultancy advising OnTheMarket says the portal company will be in profit by Easter next year. “We now expect OnTheMarket to...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Estate Agent Today - enjoy the festivities!

This is our last edition of Estate Agent Today until Friday December 27 and everyone at Angels Media, EAT and the...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: let’s talk about conveyancing

It’s one of the most crucial aspects of the homebuying and selling process but is too often bogged down by frustrating...

21 December 2019

From: Features

Reservation Agreements: two key problems that must be overcome

A law firm has spoken out about two possible problems in the government’s much-publicised idea of considering Reservation Agreements as a...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent sells £53m of property within hours of General Election result

An estate agent in London claims he did £53m of property deals within hours of the Conservative victory in the General...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Searches: consumer chief and Propertymark leader join trade body

The Council of Property Search Organisations has named three industry figures as members of its newly-formed compliance committee, set to regulate...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what has the last decade meant for the property industry?

Yes, believe it or not, we’ve nearly reached the end of a whole decade. And what an eventful decade it’s been. We’ve...

14 December 2019

From: Features

Delivering client care with a wow – the case for outsourcing

Outsourcing important business functions such as marketing, HR and IT to attract cost savings, leverage expertise and gain greater competitive advantage is...

14 December 2019

From: Features

Big Tory win: but agents warn over Stamp Duty and Section 21

It’s a substantial Tory government for the next five years: what does this mean for estate agents, property and the market? We have...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Market intelligence boost for independent agents in new trade body

Agents who join the fast-growing Federation of Independent Agents will have full access to the new Homesearch mine of data. Homesearch debuted...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Portals say they're ready for big changes to agencies and house sales

The portals say they are ready and willing to play their part in changes approaching the industry, ranging from new agency...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Humberts one-stop-shop hub experiment comes crashing down

Humberts' experiment rejecting branches and promoting a supposedly one-stop-shop for property related services has failed with reports that the firm is likely...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: The housing crisis remains a top issue

With Brexit still unresolved, the domestic agenda has been pushed from the headlines by the seemingly overwhelming public and political discord...

07 December 2019

From: Features

New portal led by agents will do what OnTheMarket failed to do

A new portal claims it will do what OnTheMarket failed to do, and offer an agent-led operation charging every agency branch...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Training - how can you be the best estate agent?

Here at sales progression and communication tool mio, we recently caught up with Sarah Edmundson, co-director of The AllStars Group, the...

30 November 2019

From: Features

Technology can give letting agents new life instead of a slow death

No one would argue that unfair fees and practices by rogue landlords is a problem that should be ignored, but the...

30 November 2019

From: Features

Tax Probe: family returns homes worth £8m and repays £368,000 rent

Properties worth a combined £8.1m have been surrendered to the National Crime Agency following a tax probe. The properties included 16 homes...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Live market’ info to be available on paid-for Homesearch service

Homesearch, the data service which launched this year as free-to-use with a subscription model launching in 2020, has announced it’s introducing...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Facebook Marketplace the new Rightmove? asks top agent

A prominent regional agent says the industry owes it to vendors to try competing marketing outlets for property, and not to...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Reform: have the Conservatives got cold feet?

Pressure is building on the Conservative party to honour its previous commitment to reform stamp duty for British buyers and sellers...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - if it’s Monday, it’s who-moves-where time...

Hello and welcome to the regular Monday Property Jobs Today feature, your chance to catch up with who’s moving where in...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: do agents need to adapt to modern communication methods?

As we know, the world’s moving very fast and how we communicate now is drastically different to even 10 years ago....

16 November 2019

From: Features

Online agency removes Trustpilot and Google reviews after complaint

Fledgling online estate agency Emoov - now owned by PropTech firm Mashroom - has removed reviews and endorsements from its website...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove in the clear over amazing claim made in advertisement

Rightmove has been given the green light to continue using the claim that “every second someone contacts an estate agent about a...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: “multiple agents may quit Rightmove” says new group

“Multiple”members of the new trade body, the Federation of Independent Agents, are considering cancelling their subscriptions to Rightmove. FIA founder Graham Lock...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

ESTAS launches its own fully-fledged review platform

ESTAS, the national customer service award scheme which recognises estate and letting agents,  conveyancers and mortgage advisors, has now fully launched...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

TPO increases fees - and agents who generate most complaints pay more

The Property Ombudsman scheme is increasing its fees in January for the first time in six years - and it’s implementing...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket share price flops as Rightmove complaints rise

OnTheMarket’s share price slumped to an all-time low just before the end of trading last week. The price fell to 69.0p during trading on...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent fined £30,000 for failing to tell buyer of Grenfell-style cladding

An estate agency has been fined £30,000 for waiting until minutes after the sale of a flat was completed to tell...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Backfired! Ban on second homes makes it harder for locals to buy

A new study by the London School of Economics suggests that a high profile ban on the sale of new homes...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents to receive one million shares from OnTheMarket this week

OnTheMarket will on Wednesday of this week issue over a million shares to agents who have signed new long-term listing agreements...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons income drops again thanks to Brexit and fees ban

Foxtons' latest trading statement shows another fall in sales revenue - but this time lettings income is down too. In an announcement...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency to sell mortgages, insurance and illness cover

Troubled online agency Yopa has launched an in-house subsidiary to sell mortgages and other financial services - and not just to Yopa...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris and the house moving process - O Lucky Man!

There are many adjectives that can be applied to Boris Johnson, probably very few of them complimentary, but there’s one that...

26 October 2019

From: Features

Introducing the purpose-driven lettings agency

Enhanced customer care strategies, relationship-building schemes, cost-cutting measures and new revenue streams can’t help the lettings industry if the fundamental underlying...

23 October 2019

From: Features

Property Natter - Day in the life of a Yopa Territory Owner

Yopa – launched in 2015 as part of the new breed of hybrid operators seeking to shake up the industry –...

19 October 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks in Canada - is it the agency’s secret success story?

Controversy and Purplebricks have gone hand in hand since the agency was first launched in 2012, through its float on the...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

UK agents promised true wealth if they follow US-style industry training

The US-based real estate firm Keller Williams says it is aiming to be this country’s leading agency training organisation. Ben Taylor, who...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Zero Deposit’s Jon Notley talks exclusively to Estate Agent Today

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

12 October 2019

From: Features

Estate agency comparison platform nears crowdfunding target

A yet-to-launch estate agency comparison site is nearing its crowdfunding target of £50,000. Invite Agents, which is crowdfunding on crowdcube, had, as...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty - buyers advised not to wait any longer

Prospective property buyers have been provided with several reasons why they should stop delaying purchasing decisions due to Brexit uncertainty. Buying agency...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Yopa on the hunt for new CEO as Ben Poynter stands down

Hybrid agency Yopa has announced that its chief executive, Ben Poynter, will be standing down at the end of October to...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks hopes stamp duty reform campaign will dampen criticisms

Purplebricks - which is at the centre of a string of controversies - has joined the growing campaign for stamp duty...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ biggest investor buys online agency ahead of Euro roll-out

The German-based Alex Springer publishing company, which is already the largest single investor in Purplebricks, has acquired a prominent online estate...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories set to allow more homes through relaxed planning laws

Briefings from the Conservative Party to The Sun newspaper suggest that the party will this week announce further relaxation in planning...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Pioneering 'hub' agency is recruiting from rival freelance firms

One of the first so-called ‘hub’ hybrid estate agencies using self-employed freelances instead of staff says it’s moving to bigger premises...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Mandatory qualifications for agents - will they help the industry?

Earlier this year, the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) working group announced the initial details of plans for mandatory qualifications and...

18 September 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: Is PropTech about to burst?

There are those who say that PropTech is at risk of becoming a bubble market, and others who say bubbles don’t...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Sales progression even more vital with Brexit and election imminent

Continuing political uncertainty over Brexit and now a significant chance of an autumn or winter General Election makes the case for...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Click & Collect! PropTech firm offers online buy, refurb and let service

A PropTech start-up says its service allows investors from anywhere in the world to buy property in the UK which can...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Branch closures: Large number of offices quit the High Street

A comprehensive report into the changing complexion of the High Street suggests that some 143 estate agents’ offices closed in the...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agency is changing

One of the biggest changes seen in the property market over the last decade is technology growth. With the likes of Rightmove...

11 September 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks spends £382 per instruction on marketing alone

Purplebricks has spent £26.7m on marketing in the past year - that represents £382 per instruction.  The figures, revealed in the agency’s...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New blow for Purplebricks as City expert claims it's grossly over-valued

Purplebricks’ recent strong share price rise is not a good sign for the agency but an indication that it may be...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency boss-turned MP will resign Tory whip if government breaks law

Hunters chairman Kevin Hollinrake, who is also a Conservative MP, has given notice that he would resign the party whip if...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Three top online chiefs abandon sector and buy into full-fee agency

Three former online estate agency founders - including the controversial Russell Quirk - are going into mainstream full fee agency. They are...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Help to Buy a friend or foe to the property market?

It’s been six years since the Help to Buy scheme was launched, with the honourable intentions of helping more people onto...

07 September 2019

From: Features

Dodgy survey boosts online agents - including one that doesn’t exist

A survey claims that millions of potential sellers would use online estate agents - and bizarrely, this includes an online agency...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Will sellers come back to the market this month after the August lull?

The number of new property listings in the UK fell by a whopping 13.2 per cent in August according to online...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm launches anti-money laundering audit checks for agents

A PropTech firm is marketing anti-money laundering audit checks for agents to help the industry comply with tighter regulation. Identity verification business...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Property Marketplace’ allows sellers to invite agents to pitch for business

A new PropTech online platform called BestAgent Property Marketplace is to launch next year following a series of 12 meetings this autumn. It...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

It's not so bad for First Time Buyers as affordability improves

No less than 56 per cent of properties across the UK are in areas that are affordable for first time buyers...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy housebuilders get another government bung

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

31 August 2019

From: Features

Data service to reduce free info for agents and introduce subscription option

A new service which launched in June and pledged to provide estate and letting agents with “game changing” access to property...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - how to prepare for Generation Z and Alpha

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

24 August 2019

From: Features

Would a Berlin-style rental price freeze work in the UK?

Recently a number of politicians and charities have been calling for the introduction of rent controls or rent freezes in the...

24 August 2019

From: Features

Sort it out, Chancellor! Top agent leads attack on stamp duty chatter

One of the country’s leading estate agents is leading the calls on Chancellor Sajid Javid to sort out the government’s stamp...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Off-market service launched in bid to combat sales slowdown

Prime London subscription-based property platform LonRes has launched an off-market service for its subscribers. It says that as transactions across prime London...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Crowdfunding site used by agents claims “it’s business as usual”

A newspaper claims that a crowdfunding site used by some estate agencies and other property industry companies has suspended trading on...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the industry's latest moves and appointments

Yes it’s Monday, so it’s another edition of PJT, your guide to the key moves and changes in the agency and...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 August 2019

From: Features

Stamp duty uncertainty could bring market ‘to a grinding halt’ says online boss

Speculation surrounding whether Boris Johnson will honour his pledge to reduce stamp duty risks bringing the housing market “to a grinding...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

London alarm - more price and supply problems hit prime areas

Despite optimistic reports on prime London’s housing performance from some sources in recent weeks, figures from subscription service LonRes paint a...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The trouble with traditional property portals, and how Zillios is spearheading the next step forward

Traditionally speaking, users who are looking to buy, rent, or sell their property to customers on an international basis have been...

05 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

New Regulator: Countrywide welcomes reform but warns it’ll be tough

Countrywide has thrown its weight behind the proposals for a new single industry-wide regulator taking on the roles of Trading Standards...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 August 2019

From: Features

Embracing the hybrid model – disruption should not equal extinction

When an industry disruptor enters a marketplace the impact on existing operators can be significant. It has been seen most notably...

31 July 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket offering more shares to long-term agency sign-ups

OnTheMarket has applied to the London Stock Exchange for the release of over a million new shares to agents who have...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Branch closures boost profits at Your Move and Reeds Rains

LSL Property Services, parent firm of Your Move and Reeds Rains, says the company’s branch closure programme was a success with profits...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Eric Woodhams, Account Manager of mio

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Eric Woodhams F.N.A.E.A. mio Account Manager What is mio and what...

26 July 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Rightmove: agency numbers fall 3% but profits and revenue soar 10%

Rightmove’s half year figures this morning continue to show strong growth in profits and revenue - but there are the first...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the Phew What A Scorcher edition...

Welcome to this week’s ADC…and what a week it’s been. Politics? No, hot air of a different kind - the weather.  Yet...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: UK government is beginning to take PropTech seriously

I feel I am in a fortunate position. I have been central to the PropTech movement for a number of years,...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

 Backfired! Ban on new-build second homes leads to higher house prices

A bid to ban the building of new homes for out-of-town buyers has backfired on a Cornish community - and now...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Attracting genuine movers – why agents need the right software and website

‘Property ghosting’ is a problem that nearly all estate and letting agencies will face at one time or another. Ghosting, which is...

23 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

London agent says worried Hong Kong investors already fleeing to UK

High end London estate agency Aston Chase says there’s already been a surge in interest in property in the UK capital...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New industry regulations: clarity and speed are vital

A leading figure in the PropTech sector says clarity and speed are vital to ensure agencies can adequately prepare for a...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Beyond the headlines - What the new regulator really means

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

20 July 2019

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - a constant source of pride in the industry…

The trade headlines may be dominated by a revolution proposed for how agents are regulated, licensed and trained but one thing...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to ‘get ahead of the game’ on mandatory qualifications

Trade organisations including the National Association of Estate Agents have welcomed today’s publication of the report of the Regulation of Property...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Rightmove fails to understand first rule of innovation

The recent announcement of a clicktopurchase partnership demonstrates some much-needed progression from Rightmove. In doing so, however, it could be said it...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Price falls ahead for overheated London and south east - warning

Online estate agency Yopa is warning of price falls ahead in London and south east England - although price rises elsewhere...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket AGM today expected to hear latest conversion figures

Shareholders at today’s annual general meeting of OnTheMarket will hear the latest conversion figures showing how many agents on free or...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Radical reform for agency industry to be signed off by minister today

Some of the most radical reforms ever proposed for estate and letting agents are expected to be signed off today by...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson stamp duty plans disastrous for one part of the country

A leading agent has suggested that some parts of the UK would face “a property exodus” if Boris Johnson’s proposals for...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide sets next key progress date following minor share recovery

The next key date to measure the progress of Countrywide’s controversial Back To Basics programme is at the end of this...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide brands join forces to create ‘airspace’ division

Two Countrywide brands have joined forces to launch Airspace Exchange – a service to push the idea of constructing homes and...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: How will estate agents win and lose talent?

The PropTech era is changing the way in which employees decide where they are going to work. As CBRE has discovered in...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 July 2019

From: Features

 Latest housing market problem - sales of £1m-plus homes stall

It’s unlikely to bring out the violins but the number of properties sold for £1m or more in Britain rose only...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – guide to property startups, Part 2

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

29 June 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks ex-CEO hits out at untrue claim that agency sold only 50%

The former chief executive of Purplebricks UK says the agency completes on over 80 per cent of the homes it lists...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Transactions tumble but glimmer of hope in prime London market

London Central Portfolio, a respected property consultancy that has been pessimistic about the market in prime areas of the capital, says...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a guide to property startups - Part 1

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

15 June 2019

From: Features

Making the transition from estate agency to property development

Property developing is an incredibly diverse and exciting career choice, and something that many people aspire to do in the UK.  I...

15 June 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket converts just 1,000 branches from free to paid deals

Figures released from OnTheMarket this morning suggest that its conversion programme for agents shifting from free deals to paid membership is...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tricks of the trade: buying agent reveals tips for purchasers using portals

A buying agent has revealed how she advises potential clients to use portals when looking for a property to buy -...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov and Countrywide merge: it could have happened…

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

08 June 2019

From: Features

Online ‘veteran’ to lead virtual estate agency launching in UK

A veteran of three online estate agencies has been named as the first UK head of a US real estate operation...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Shares Frenzy: Investors jostle for Purplebricks and Foxtons

It's been another busy 24 hours for publicly-quoted estate agencies. Swiss investment bank UBS has increased its stake in the troubled London...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New service allows buying agents to fast-track requirements to selling agents

Subscription-based business-to-business prime London platform LonRes has launched a new service for retained agents.   The Retained Agent Buyer Alert enables buying agents...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Is yours a family-run agency? If so, you could be a reality TV star

A TV production company is looking for family-run estate agencies to be considered for a possible reality TV show. Curve Media -...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

A moving tide of regulation making its way towards estate agents

It may well seem that the government is pre-occupied with one issue, and one issue alone. While preparations for Brexit take up a...

01 June 2019

From: Features

The evolution of conveyancing referrals – how can agents replace lost revenue?

In recent years, estate and letting agents have been faced with a series of tough challenges to absorb and react to. There...

01 June 2019

From: Features

Going for a jar? Agency shows how to make selling a mite easier…

Like many good agencies, Savills understands that selling a long-loved family home can be tough for a vendor. So it was with...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Easier extensions - mixed response from industry and planners

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

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

What would a Corbyn government mean for sales and lettings?

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

25 May 2019

From: Features

Veteran to lead agency that says it’s “shaking up the industry”

An agent with over 29 years of experience has taken over as  chief executive officer at Humberts - just as the...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Regressor or impresser - what kind of estate agency are you?

As we move closer to the halfway point of 2019, property market conditions for agents and their clients remain challenging. Brexit may...

22 May 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: Market disruption do’s, don’ts and value propositions

We’ve reached the final instalment of my market transformation do’s and don’ts.  In previous articles, we’ve looked at: Do encourage, don’t deter;...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Many estate agencies at risk over data security, claims IT firm

An IT firm says small and medium-sized estate agencies without the infrastructure of large corporates are putting themselves and their customers...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

London market gloom - is there light at the end of the tunnel at last?

Might the central London market gloom be broken by just a sliver of light? London Central Portfolio, an investment consultancy, has recently...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: has Purplebricks' bubble now officially burst?

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

18 May 2019

From: Features

Gloomy mortgage data may mark ‘start of housing slowdown’ says agent

Agents have reacted gloomily to the release of figures showing that the number of new mortgages offered to both movers and...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran launches hybrid and offers to sell 50 homes for free

An industry veteran is launching a new hub-based hybrid agency and is offering to sell 50 homes for free to raise the...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Major agency announces first acquisition since new ownership

Major regional agency Humberts, which was bought out of administration last year, has announced the first acquisition since its new owners...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price slides further following Michael Bruce departure

Following yesterday's surprise news that founder Michael Bruce is leaving the business and its Australian operation is closing down, Purplebricks encountered...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: agents drop Rightmove in favour of OnTheMarket

OnTheMarket has revealed several agents have signed up to the portal on long-term contracts and stopped listing properties on Rightmove. The agencies...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Caught Red Handed - Agents ‘lying and deceiving’ to poach instructions

A London sales and lettings agent has revealed to Estate Agent Today some of the tactics used by his rivals in...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - homes of the future

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

04 May 2019

From: Features

New blow for Purplebricks as another bank slashes share forecast

Another bank has slashed its forecast for Purplebricks, citing concerns over its the long-term viability of its international activities in particular. As...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The man who polices the agency industry - an exclusive interview

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

27 April 2019

From: Features

Trading Standards speak out: We do NOT favour online estate agencies

The head of the new Trading Standards authority regulating estate agents says Online firms are treated exactly the same as High...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Major agency launches lifestyle service to bolster sales and lettings income

Humberts, the agency which was one of the first to ditch High Street offices in favour of fewer larger hubs, has...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty plummets by £1 billion following surcharge backfire

New figures from HM Revenue and Customs suggest that stamp duty receipts have fallen by no less than £1 billion. The drop...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Raffle Rumpus: another property competition in hot water with watchdog

Another property raffle - this time with what appeared to be a castle as its main prize - has hit trouble...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Tiny market share for online agents despite millions spent on marketing

A new snapshot of market share claims that online agents accounted for 7.0 per cent of all exchanges in the first...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Millionaire with no property experience puts cash into online agency service

A millionaire who has not previously invested in the property industry has taken the plunge by funding an online agency network. The...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 April 2019

From: Features

Owner complains about home listed on Zoopla when it wasn’t for sale

The owner of a home for sale has complained to the Advertising Standards Authority after seeing it marketed on Zoopla -...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Older ‘Last Time Buyers’ now a growing part of the market, figures reveal

As many as one transaction in three is now undertaken by a so-called Last Time Buyer - twice as many as...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Over-valuing: agents fight back after press allegations

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

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Transactions ‘cut from three months to three weeks’ Blockchain trial claims

PropTech players behind a recent trial claim that use of Blockchain can cut a transaction time from a typical three months...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

US estate agency reveals UK expansion plans for more ‘hubs’

The US estate agency Keller Williams says it is on course to have 10 hubs, called market centres, across the UK...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Should agents build, buy, or partner? That is the question

Foxtons and Quintain have both recently made an important decision about their technological innovation, the same decision must also be made...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property details must use Imperial Measurements after Brexit

A statement this morning from the government says that property details must use Imperial Measurements after Britain leaves the EU. The Imperial...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

How can agents keep property transactions on track?

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

30 March 2019

From: Features

Foxtons: front-office headcount under review as branch closures save £3m

Foxtons has revealed that its six branch closures announced towards the end of last year will save the company £3m in...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency backs London air initiative despite £4,500 impact on some residents

A new emission zone becomes effective in central London in 10 days time and could cost residents who use their car...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reviews are accurate insists Trustpilot

Controversial reviews service Trustpilot insists Purplebricks and Foxtons are not gaming its platform and accuses The Times of “misrepresenting” how it operates. Over...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2019

From: Features

Why stamp duty should be abolished and not just reformed

Over the last few years, there have a number of changes to the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) regime, which have...

23 March 2019

From: Features

Purplebricks and Foxtons reviews on Trustpilot come under scrutiny

Purplebricks’ and Foxtons’ apparent success on Trustpilot have come under scrutiny in a Times newspaper analysis of the review platform. The Times’...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Lawyers accuse agents of failing to comply with CPRs over leaseholds

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

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2019

From: Features

Rent controls won’t solve London’s shortage of affordable housing stock

The topic of introducing rent controls in London crops up time and time again in our industry. But it’s been hitting...

16 March 2019

From: Features

Savills claims online firm Yopa ‘is UK’s sixth biggest estate agency’

Savills has this morning talked up its investment in onliner Yopa, which it claims is the sixth largest estate agency in...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Guild claims highest market share and targets big rise in membership

The Guild of Property Professionals says its network of over 800 independent estate agents across the UK has, collectively, the highest...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

First time buyers slam fees for mortgages, removers and conveyancers

Half of first time buyers say they made expensive mistakes during their process of purchasing their home, with mortgage brokers, removal...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Dual Fees: first agent ‘must have done viewing’ to claim fees

The Property Ombudsman has issued new guidance over what it calls “a growing issue” - that is, disputes over dual fees. TPO...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Savills silent on Yopa after massive write-down by LSL

Savills has declined to comment on whether it will follow in the footsteps of LSL Property Services and write down its...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How to keep landlords happy in 2019

Competition for landlords will be fiercer than ever this year. Landlords are facing a raft of changes and will likely be...

06 March 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: $200m investment for a storage firm – where is the potential?

A couple of weeks ago, SoftBank’s Vision Fund led a whopping $200 million investment injection into Clutter, the US-based on-demand storage...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Mikus Opelts, CEO of Giraffe360

Who are you? Mikus Opelts, CEO of Giraffe360 What is Giraffe360 and what does it do? Giraffe360 is a unique digital photography subscription service...

05 March 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

LSL writes down value of Yopa stake as it pins faith in High Street branches

LSL Property Services, the parent company of Your Move and Reeds Rains, has substantially 'written down' its investment in online estate...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket blasts Rightmove with aggressive email to agents

OnTheMarket has stepped up its attack on Rightmove with a stridently-worded email to agents explaining how a drop in leads from...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency defends Trustpilot online reviews as transparent and honest

Chancellors says it has over 10,000 reviews on Trustpilot, making it the most reviewed High Street agency on the platform.  In a statement...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning over reservation fees in the Modern Method of Auction

A member of a prominent legal network is warning buyers and their conveyancers to be ”wary” of the Modern Method of...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove and Zoopla agree - the market's slowing gradually

Both major portals have this morning revealed more evidence of a gently slowing housing market. The average time to sell a property...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Challenging Rightmove and Zoopla “at best expensive, at worst futile”

One of the world’s leading digital analysts has given his latest verdict on the UK portal market and offers a major...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New group fighting for independent agencies wins big early support

A new group called the Federation of Independent Agents has been set up as a network of like-minded independent agents who...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Humberts says: 'risks we took in 2018 are paying off in 2019'

The radically-restructured Humberts estate agency claims the risks it took last year in scrapping branches and moving to ‘hubs’ has paid...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buying service to focus on doer-uppers and pledges capital appreciation

A design and renovation business has set up a property sourcing business which will find homes requiring renovation. What’s more, it claims...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent avoids fall-throughs by making sellers and buyers shake hands on deals

A London estate agent says his system of ‘moral agreements’ between sellers and buyers prevents chains collapsing and means his company has...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Trustpilot changing review system to disclose 'suppressed' complaints

The review website Trustpilot is to make it easier for the public to see whether companies have tried to stop complaints...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket listings now 80 per cent of Zoopla, 60 per cent of Rightmove

New figures released this morning from OnTheMarket claim its listing inventory bis now over 80 per cent of the size of...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge branch closures announced for YourMove and Reeds Rains

A major restructuring of LSL Property Services has just been announced to shareholders, with substantial numbers of branch closures. The statement says...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket ads get fit for purpose in gyms, on TV and radio

OnTheMarket is to continue its TV advertising campaign throughout February - and this time it’s ad is also going to be...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

A new approach to data can empower Generation Rent to buy

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

02 February 2019

From: Features

League table of London's 'top 10 boutique agencies' revealed

The online publication aimed at London’s high-rolling property professionals, Prime Resi, has named what it believes to be the capital’s 10...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The importance of being part of a trade association

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

26 January 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket over the moon about latest court victory

Connells’ brand Gascoigne Halman has lost its appeal against OnTheMarket. Gascoigne Halman challenged OTM’s old ‘one other portal’ rule at the Competition...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a bone to pick with Rightmove and takeaways

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

19 January 2019

From: Features

Referral fee ban considered as part of house buying reform

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

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agents’ weak spots: they don’t appeal to high value sellers in key regions

The share of the market taken by online agencies in the final quarter of 2018 slipped from last summer’s high of...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Big sole agency deal won by hub agent thanks to social media

A firm which recently joined the ‘hub club’ of agencies using centralised services offices says its won a major new build...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s time to upgrade your AML armoury

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

16 January 2019

From: Features

‘No 1 on Rightmove’ claim triggers complaint to advertising watchdog

A Scottish estate agency has changed its website following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. The complaint relates to West Property...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov spent £800,000 a month towards the end says Russell Quirk

Former Emoov chief executive Russell Quirk has made his first on-the-record comments about the factors behind the dramatic collapse of his...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Does your tenant require an increased power supply?

‘I need more power’ - it’s a common request experienced by landlords, letting agents and commercial estate agents across the country. Be...

12 January 2019

From: Features

Brexit: where does our industry stand? and where do you stand?

It’s the word on everyone’s lips: after two and a half years of debate, and months before that leading up to...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tom Durrant, Director of Doctor Photo

Are you a real Doctor? Not in the conventional sense no, sorry to disappoint! I’m Tom Durrant and I’m the Creative Director...

09 January 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Brexit bites as house price growth drops to near six-year low

A slew of property experts and commentators have put the blame on Brexit for a surprise drop in house price growth...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency expands beyond London after recruitment surge

A hybrid estate agency which uses freelance agents operating from a central hub is now expanding from London into the Home...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: Swiss bank snaps up almost 10 per cent of agency

UBS, a Swiss multinational investment bank and financial services company based in Zurich and Basel, now owns approaching 10 per cent...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov collapse forces online rival to scrap crowdfunding pitch

The online sales and lettings platform TheHouseShop has scrapped its £500,000 crowdfunding pitch - and it’s blaming the collapse of online...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Up to 25 agents could join 'market centre agency' each month in 2019

Keller Williams, which yesterday revealed two new market centres in the south of England, says up to 25 agents in the...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New 'market centres' to be opened in south of England by US agency

Estate Agent Today can reveal that US-owned franchise agency Keller Williams has ‘soft-opened’ two new market centres in the south of...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals its busiest date of 2018

Rightmove has revealed which day was its busiest in 2018 in terms of page views. It says February 19 was the date,...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Six things to watch for in 2019

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

31 December 2018

From: Features

Phil Spencer slams developers over leasehold houses

Developers have continued to sell thousands of new-build houses with leaseholds, despite a government pledge to ban the “unscrupulous” practice a...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 December 2018

From: Features

Online agencies ‘could be described as Ponzi schemes’ - claim

A new analysis of the online estate agency business model claims that it ‘could be described as a Ponzi scheme’. The accusation...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

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

15 December 2018

From: Features

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

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

15 December 2018

From: Features

Agents beware! Hack emails sent from HomeOwners Alliance address

Agents should be on the alert after what appears to be the hacking of the email account of the consumer group...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov staff hardship appeal flops - only £30 raised in 36 hours

A crowdfunding bid to Emoov’s staff to win financial help over the Christmas period has flopped badly with a paltry £30...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM denounced as “corporate dinosaurs

The head of the portal PropertyMutual has accused Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket of being “corporate dinosaurs” and has called on agents...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov’s humiliation - the fallout for the industry

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

08 December 2018

From: Features

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

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

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock Emoov twist - Russell Quirk in talks to set up property PR firm

The circus surrounding the fate of online agency Emoov has taken an unexpected turn. Yesterday Sky News revealed that the company was...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Cut the crap: estate agency calls time on over-used industry buzzwords

Last year it was ‘disruptor’ and before that came ‘exclusive’ - now, according to one estate agency at least, the over-used...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions to rise in 2019 says top agent (well, after Brexit is sorted)

One of the country’s top buying agents says he expects 2019 to be a much better year than 2018 as Brexit...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

The Hub Club - another agency shuts branches and opens central office

Yet another estate agency has announced that it’s shutting branches and opening a centralised hub. This time it’s Newman Property Experts, a...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group beefs up mortgage side with £3.6m acquisition

Belvoir has this morning announced that it has acquired MAB Glos, part of the Mortgage Advice Bureau.  The £3.6m deal, done through...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Another agency shuts all its branches and joins the Hub club

Orchards of London is abandoning its current branch network and instead opening a single Hub from the middle of next month. Orchards,...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Don't bank on 'prime' vendors cutting prices again, warns agent

A senior figure in the Knight Frank agency says those buyers who may be expecting Brexit-inspired bargains in the so-called ‘super...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial hub opens as Humberts goes high tech, high touch

Humberts’ revolution continues apace as it opens its first controversial hub in Dorset and accompanies it with a brand new vocabulary...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov sale ‘must be done in days - time is of the essence'

Time appears to be running short for the sale of troubled online agency Emoov. An Emoov insider has told Estate Agent Today...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 November 2018

From: Features

Sales slump as fall-throughs and gazumping soar

New research shows 35 per cent of deals fall through within three weeks of a seller receiving an offer and a...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

“Confident” OnTheMarket still signing agents ahead of appeal

OnTheMarket has issued an upbeat statement about the Court of Appeal setting a date to hear Connells-owned Gascoigne Halman's challenge to a ruling...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Round two! OnTheMarket anti-competitive case goes back to court

Here we go again - the Court of Appeal is to hear Connells-owned Gascoigne Halman's challenge to a ruling that cleared...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Are online agencies in trouble? Investors will decide

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

10 November 2018

From: Features

Agency using hub-style Market Centres now has 130 UK agents

Keller Williams, the US agency which allows agents to work from hub-like ‘market centres’, says it now has 130 freelance agents in this...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov advert triggers another complaint to watchdog

The troubled Emoov hybrid estate agency, currently up for sale, has removed an advertisement after a complaint to a watchdog over...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov insider claims “insane” staff churn and “astounding” complaint levels

One of Emoov’s agents in the field has contacted Estate Agent Today to give an insight into how the agency has...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry moves and appointments

The first signs of a seasonal slowdown are appearing according to some agents in touch with EAT, but there are still...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 November 2018

From: Features

Countrywide reveals progress on Back To Basics turnaround

Countrywide has given Estate Agent Today exclusive details of progress on its Back To Basics programme as it seeks to recover...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

For today only - Rightmove ruined and it’s a nightmare selling Elm Street

You know the shiver you get when the portal reps call you out of the blue? That cold sweat in the...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents slammed for milking buyers for profits via online auctions

A consumer group says agents are securing increasing income from online auctions, but it warns that for buyers there are pitfalls...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies - should they be compulsory?

An open rental market, where neither landlord nor tenant is in a dominant position, enables rents to rise and fall, which...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks boss scores with 'biggest football disruption for decades'

One of the founders of Purplebricks is on course to create what the BBC calls “one of the biggest game-changers in...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove: estate agents really p****d off says Emoov boss

Outspoken online estate agency chief Russell Quirk says the estate agency industry is “really p****d off” with Rightmove trying to ride...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hubs not branches the future, says agent who rejected easyProperty

An agent in the Guild is launching a ‘hub’ style operation from December 1 and says the concept of traditional estate...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Valuation tool earns £363m commission for agents in two years

Almost one in five online sales valuations generated by The ValPal Network over a two-year period resulted in a completion with...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ditching the High Street and launching 'The Hub' pays off for Humberts

The estate agency group Humberts, which narrowly avoided collapse early this year, now claims to have turned around its fortunes thanks...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Understand real estate robotics and we better understand tech

The last couple of weeks’ articles were penned very much for a specific agent readership, something I am trying to be...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket 'not profitable until 2021, but share price could rise 35%'

One of the brokers working with OnTheMarket says the portal will not be profitable until 2021, but predicts that its target...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned advert highlights dangers of sales claims about rental yields

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement for a new development in London after complaints over claims about the yields...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Young buyers face far more obstacles now than 20 years ago - report

Even the cheapest local homes are out of reach for at least 40 per cent of young adults according to a...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a new agency and plenty of other key moves...

Hello and welcome to a new working week, which means your chance to catch up on the key moves in our...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t be hasty in ditching your high street office

Several agents have asked me whether they should consider ditching their high street offices and move to an out of town...

06 October 2018

From: Features

Blame the accountants - they admit lobbying PM demanding foreign buyer tax

An accountancy trade body has revealed that last year it briefed MPs - including the Prime Minister and Housing Minister of...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide puts 'restructuring and turnaround' expert on the board

Countrywide has announced the appointment of a new board member with “substantial restructuring and turnaround expertise.” Mark Shuttleworth became a non-executive director...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property fraud: insurance firm offers cover, as police seek help on new case

An insurance company is launching a policy which it says will protect consumers with comprehensive cover in the event of a...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New build house price rises massively outstrip mainstream market

New build house prices rose 5.1 per cent in the year to the end of August - substantially more than the...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-Savills man launches For Sale By Owner service cutting out agents

A website has officially launched this morning, aiming to push the concept of US-style For Sale By Owner online property marketing...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

'Desperate' stamp duty surcharge will hurt London market - warning

Agents have continued to express their shock and opposition to the announcement by the government that it wants a stamp duty...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

eProp cements PropTech role as well as running Guild and Fine & Country

A statement to the London Stock Exchange by eProp Services has cemented its role primarily as a PropTech firm. This is in...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

London house prices 'in the bubble risk zone' warns leading bank

London has been identified as one of a number of ‘bubble risk cities’ in a report by Swiss bank UBS. In a...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov changes ‘save thousands’ wording after watchdog steps in

Emoov has agreed to change the wording of a Google search advertisement after a complaint was made to the Advertising Standards...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency refuses to return pre-contract deposit - now expelled by TPO

An estate agency trading under two different names has been expelled by The Property Ombudsman after refusing to refund a £2,000...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: Peter Long 'to focus full time on agency group recovery'

Peter Long, the chairman of the troubled Royal Mail organisation, has stepped down from that role to focus full time on...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Are online auctions now a key feature for agents?

With the news that Hunters and Fisher German are the latest agencies to offer online auctions to sellers, is this something...

18 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

A surge in sellers pricing sensibly - Rightmove reports a mini-boom

Rightmove is reporting a mini-boom as the autumn market gets into gear, with a surge in buyers and a one-month rise...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Franchise applicants rush to Winkworth despite Brexit hitting market

The number of new franchise applicants reported by Winkworth in the first half of the year rocketed 135 per cent -...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Another national agency returns to Zoopla and Primelocation

Humberts - which when it was operating jointly with Chestertons was a prominent supporter of Agents’ Mutual and OnTheMarket - has...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Soap star scrubs up well - and becomes an estate agent...

A former star of Emmerdale and I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here has switched career for the (more glamorous?) world...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: setting the record straight on SEO and subdomains

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

08 September 2018

From: Features

OnTheMarket TV ad banned by watchdog over new and exclusive claims

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld one of two complaints made against OnTheMarket's TV and print advertising. The complaints refer to...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

National agency agrees to amend website after ASA complaint

An estate agency which operates nationally has agreed to amend its website following a complaint made to the Advertising Standards Authority...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a roundup of the latest industry moves

Following a break for last week's final Bank Holiday before Christmas, we're back with a bumper edition of Property Jobs Today. We're...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Downsizing stamp duty exemption 'would boost market and Treasury'

Over a fifth of pensioners say they would be encouraged to downsize if there was a stamp duty incentive - particularly...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Another online agency’s savings claim under scrutiny

An online estate agency run by one of the country’s youngest entrepreneurs has agreed to change a reference about savings on...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Price correction to hit parts of UK as expert warns “Don't buy at peak”

A property management company is warning that some areas of the UK could be in line for a price correction this...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 August 2018

From: Features

Humberts ex-country house chief switches from selling to buying

The former head of Humberts’ country house department, who has spent 30 years selling homes, has switched to buying. Jeremy Campbell-Harris was...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide passes latest fund-raising test despite falling short

In yet another statement to the London Stock Exchange and shareholders, Countrywide says its last-gasp £140m fund-raising is likely to be...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says it's a 'summer sale' - with Connells leading price cuts

Rightmove says the housing market is now into a ‘summer sale’ as newly-marketed property shows an average asking price fall of...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Desperate agents deliberately overvaluing, claims PropTech company

A PropTech firm has adopted the unusual position of claiming some agencies deliberately over-value properties in a bid to win instructions. Agent...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Business funding options - what choices do you have?

When you are starting up a new business, it is unlikely that you will already have enough capital to invest. Taking...

10 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Transactions slump 6% in prime London, says LonRes

LonRes says transactions in prime locations in London dropped another six per cent when the second quarter of 2018 is compared...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Join our revolution - new agency boss appeals to rival firms

The new owner of Humberts says he would consider acquiring or working alongside existing agencies who want to be part of...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a changing of the guard?

The big story to break this week in the property world was the announcement by the new owner of Humberts that...

28 July 2018

From: Features

Don’t fall foul of anti-money laundering rules

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

28 July 2018

From: Features

Agency branches spend almost £1,000 per month on average on Rightmove

‘Up’ is the key word in Rightmove’s figures for the first half of 2018, released to the City and to shareholders...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

I know the secret behind Purplebricks, says industry newcomer

A businessman who’s just entered the estate agency industry says he’s got the secret behind Purplebricks’ success - even though he...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Historic agency to abandon branches and move to 'Humberts Hubs'

The new owner of Humberts is to ultimately close many of the traditional branches and move to what he is calling...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: What security measures do agents need to take?

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

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Japanese Knotweed remains problem for sellers despite recent 'all clear'

Japanese Knotweed remains a major problem for a property sale - and that’s despite a recent study suggesting that the growth...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 July 2018

From: Features

'Local property experts' - controversial advice issued by ad watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has today issued a three-point guidance note for estate agents, including controversial interpretations of what constitutes a...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show some London homes take average 220 days to sell

A new market snapshot shows how there’s now a two-tier market with homes in London taking substantially longer to sell than...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Give Purplebricks more credit, says analyst rejecting criticism of agency

One of the top PropTech analysts in the world, Mike DelPrete, says Purplebricks deserves more credit for its performance in the...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove may be threatened by OnTheMarket says investment mag

An article in Investors’ Chronicle says the dominance of Rightmove and ZPG in the portal market could be under threat from...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned! Maverick agent must not repeat claims about Purplebricks

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

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: How should agents deal with security breaches?

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

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? Blog 3

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

09 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

More investment in Purplebricks as Axel Springer increases its stake

The German publishing company Axel Springer has increased its stake in Purplebricks to 12.5 per cent - and says it may...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves...

Hello, and welcome to this week’s regular Monday summary of all the major jobs moves in our industry.  The industry is still...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Analyst predicts Purplebricks will report increased losses this week

Purplebricks is reported to be set to reveal increasing losses when it issues its full-year financial results to the London Stock...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – ten years of Estate Agent Today!

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

30 June 2018

From: Features

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

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

30 June 2018

From: Features

Yopa and Emoov slugging it out to be second to Purplebricks - analyst

A leading digital analyst says online agency Yopa has doubled its listings this year and is fighting the merged Emoov-Tepilo operation...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'We want talented mums as agents' says agency on recruitment drive

The UK arm of the US-based estate agency Keller Williams says it is making a specific bid to recruit more women...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Chestertons shuffles top team - and appears to scrap CEO role

Chestertons has announced two changes to its management team in order to, in its own words, “help lead the business into...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals 9% boost in sales listings since start of year

Countrywide says its Back To Basics strategy has seen a nine per cent increase in properties for sale with the group...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: US agency opens fourth UK office with more to come

Estate Agent Today can reveal that Keller Williams, the US-led firm that has 170,000 agents worldwide, is to open its fourth...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Boost for Purplebricks as fund manager Woodford increases his stake

The famed fund manager Neil Woodford has increased his stake in hybrid agency Purplebricks, which last week announced an expansion of...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Up, up and up again - Rightmove asking prices rise despite sales dip

The average asking price of newly marketed property continues to rise according to Rightmove - and this is despite a dip...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks announces major expansion of its US business

Purplebricks is expanding its US activities by entering the markets of Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, in the state of Arizona. A...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Major online agencies unaffected by Supreme Court ruling

Major online agencies appear to be unaffected by yesterday’s Supreme Court decision over workers' rights in the so-called 'gig economy'.  Yesterday’s case concerned...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves...

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, and although we’re well into the summer season now there are still plenty of...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Uproar over new property portal claiming some agents as 'partners'

The entrepreneur behind a free-to-list property portal claiming support from 17 estate agencies has defended the description of them as ‘partners’ -...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

easyProperty names new agency chief as online shake-out continues

The online agency shake-out and consolidation continues apace. Former YOPA director Russell Humphrey has been named as the managing director of estate...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents duplicating over 90% of floor plans

Many agents are missing out on significant time saving opportunities when it comes to their floor plans say Landmark, parent of the Metropix...

30 May 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

26 May 2018

From: Features

Are cultural stereotypes damaging the UK property sector?

100 years ago, 90% of the UK population rented a home. Today, that figure has flipped, and over two thirds are...

26 May 2018

From: Features

Crisis? What crisis? London agents' success stories defy market

High-end London chain Marsh & Parsons, part of the LSL Property Services empire, has opened in 30th office in Chiswick.  “Chiswick’s wonderful...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New infrastructure tax - if it happens, will it hit house prices?

It went largely unreported when news broke last week but now the suggestion that home owners should pay a surcharge if...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The future for Countrywide - Paul Creffield interview

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

12 May 2018

From: Features

ZPG shares rocket 30% on news of sale to US tech firm

ZPG shares have rocketed up in value by 30 per cent this morning on the back of a £2.2 billion bid...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla to be sold to US technology funds company

There's been a shock announcement that ZPG - operator of Zoopla, PrimeLocation and Hometrack, as well as uSwitch - has accepted a £2.2...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency comparison site to advertise on TV

GetAgent, an estate agent comparison website, has won investment from a growth fund that also provides a 10 month advertising campaign on...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sigh of relief as interest rate rise put off for now

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has decided to keep the base rate unchanged at 0.5 per cent this month. The...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket - Is it now taking aim at Rightmove?

An online question-and-answer article with OnTheMarket chief executive Ian Springett has suggested that its focus of criticism may be shifting from...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief says: We're not ruling out online forever

Countrywide’s Group Operations Director Paul Creffield - one of three figures now at the top of the organisation - says he...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Best practice for gaining consent

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

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 May 2018

From: Features

Portals: OTM links with Reapit, while ZPG gets boost for MoveIT tool

OnTheMarket has announced that industry software company Reapit is introducing a real time data feed for its clients to upload their properties...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Award winning floor plan app close in on milestone

Floor plan software provider Metropix celebrated their win at The ESTAS on Friday by announcing an upcoming landmark. Having scooped the “Best...

03 May 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Estate agency industry faces worst staffing crisis for a generation

The estate agency sector “is experiencing the worst staff shortages in a generation at a point when the property market is...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Big surge in equity release as more older owners choose not to downsize

There has been a big rise in activity in the equity release market based on data from the first quarter of...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

99.98% of Purplebricks shareholders back new investment programme

Purplebricks has issued a statement saying that 99.98 per cent of its shareholders have backed the new investment to expand its...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 April 2018

From: Features

Mortgage numbers dip but market ‘stronger than in late 2017’

The latest mortgage snapshot from e.surv has reinforced recent claims from other sources that London’s housing market remains the most difficult...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a marathon edition (and talking of marathons...)

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Agents Do Charity - it’s a bumper edition with plenty of fantastic fund-raising going...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

First time buyer numbers still 11% below pre-recession levels

The proportion of first time buyers in the market is still 11 per cent below the level seen before the 2008...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Can agents use 'soft opt-in'?

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

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More details revealed on range of agency reform proposals

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

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves around our industry...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, our regular Monday look at key moves inside our industry. Everyone mentioned here...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 April 2018

From: Features

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: Marvellous maintenance

Just like that, the Easter Bank Holiday has come and gone and I find myself now looking ahead to the Summer.  The...

07 April 2018

From: Features

Prices fall again in prime central London, admits Knight Frank

Average prices dropped another 1.1 per cent in prime central London in the year to March according to new figures released...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Evidence and documentation of marketing consent

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

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Could embracing Commonhold put an end to leasehold nightmare?

At any given moment it’s difficult to say which issue dominates our marketplace, but I think it’s fair to acknowledge during...

31 March 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: Is AI set to transform the world of property?

Last week, a story was published by CNBC about a couple who sold their home, for above the asking price, without...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge new investment announced for Purplebricks

Purplebricks has announced what it describes as “a strategic investment from Axel Springer, Europe’s leading digital publisher” - but this comes...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: The progression of sales progression

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

24 March 2018

From: Features

Rightmove, ZPG, OnTheMarket - are they about to be eclipsed by Google?

A property technology analyst has floated the idea that portals could become eclipsed by powerful alternatives such as Google, triggered by...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - despite getting an hour's less sleep this weekend...

It’s spring at last! Although we’ve only just finished wiping the snow off our boots, it’s great news that the clocks...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Connells accused of pressuring buyers over mortgages

A magazine claims its investigations into the sales tactics of Countrywide and Connells suggest the two agency are “harming consumers, stopping them from...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 March 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks under pressure after bank warns of slowing growth

Market analysts at Swiss bank UBS are warning that Purplebricks’ meteoric growth in the UK may be slowing. The bank has cut...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills reveals other PropTech investments as well as Yopa online agency

High-end international estate agency company Savills claims Yopa, in which it has invested substantial sums, is now the UK’s 10th largest...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says another 1,000 agency branches listed in past five weeks

OnTheMarket says estate agencies with some 1,000 offices have joined the portal in the five weeks since it floated on the...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov has to amend fee info on website after ad watchdog intervenes

Online agency Emoov has amended its website following the intervention of the Advertising Standards Authority.  The authority says the agency’s site included...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals 'Back To Basics' plan for 2018 and scraps online service

The troubled Countrywide group has this morning revealed its recovery plan to get - in its words - ‘back to basics’...