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Countrywide boss in bonus controversy wins key role in takeover

Paul Creffield, a veteran figure at Countrywide involved in a controversy over bonuses, is staying on to “support” the transition into new...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How do you think Propertymark should be run?

Propertymark has set out a four point strategy for the future of the organisation. The body - which encompasses the National Association...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Thanks Rishi! - Transactions and prices to rise this year say experts

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

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Photo-refreshing property listings attracts big rise in traffic

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

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London bounces back - prices to soar up to a fifth by 2025

Savills has upgraded its house price and transaction forecasts following the Budget - and prime London, especially the centre, is tipped to...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Not Keeping Mum! Agency shows off Mother’s Day celebration window

An agency has made a fabulous Mother’s Day display in its branch window - and it’s definitely not keeping Mum about...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin advertising extravaganza as portal launches

Boomin has revealed its launch date after months of high-profile publicity. It’s to be three and a half weeks from now on...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to this edition of Property Jobs Today, a chance to catch up with who’s moving where in the...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Market softens ahead of predicted stamp duty holiday resurgence

The latest house price index from the Halifax suggests the market has softened ahead of the original scheduled end of the stamp...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Takeover fever continues as biggest agencies seal deals

The extraordinary consolidation in the estate agency industry continues apace today with two of the biggest deals reaching critical points. Firstly Hunters’...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agency industry celebrates International Women’s Day

Agencies and suppliers today mark International Women’s Day with events and declarations shining a light on the achievements of female colleagues and...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Be Kind We Care’ initiative launched across property industry

A conveyancing organisation has launched an initiative called Be Kind We Care to promote kindness and wellbeing within the property industry. The...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Call My Agent! Celebrities find it’s not so easy to sell and buy homes…

One of the biggest TV hits of lockdown has been the Netflix show Call My Agent! It’s a surprise success, perhaps, because...

06 March 2021

From: Features

eBay and Amazon use omnichannel marketing - why don’t you?

As a property agent, fancy marketing terminology such as ‘omnichannel’ might not hold too much interest for you right now. We’re in...

06 March 2021

From: Features

Watch: will property viewings ever be the same?

A panel of estate agents recently participated in a webinar to discuss the benefits of livestream open house viewings. The webinar, part...

06 March 2021

From: Features

Letting agents unite to support others during the pandemic

It might be tempting during the pandemic to focus simply on the business, yet many agents have been turning their attention...

06 March 2021

From: Features

Dan Muir, Area Sales Manager, LetsBid Property

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

05 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Jake Field - Area Sales Manager, LetsBid Property

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

05 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

 Stamp Duty deadline - here’s the last date to market a property in time

Agents in England are told that sellers should market their homes by March 23 - only 18 days from now - if...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech takeover - another big acquisition by epropservices

epropservices - parent company of The Guild and Fine & Country - has made another significant PropTech acquisition, its second in three...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Mess: agents face three different cliff edges across the UK

Varying decisions across the country means the dreaded stamp duty cliff-edge will hit the market at different times in different UK...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour attacks stamp duty break as “a half billion pounds giveaway”

Labour says Chancellor Rishi Sunak “will give away half a billion pounds to second homeowners and landlords through the stamp duty...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Going Green - one of UK's biggest agency groups to use recycled boards

Leaders Romans Group is to use only fully recycled material to create its sales and lettings boards across all of its...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity … Who’s sponsored to climb the cliff edge?

Another week and another frenzy of news, culminating in the Budget and the extension of the stamp duty holiday. A cliff edge...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Takeover frenzy continues: Connells acquires another agency

Connells Group, which is of course acquiring Countrywide, has announced it's snapped up another agency - albeit a much smaller one. It...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation – Data Sharing with LonRes chief Anthony Payne

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: new cliff edge or cause for delight?

Rarely do Budgets produce positive sentiments from the agency industry but Chancellor Rishi Sunak appears to have won widespread support for...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket isn’t just limping along insists new chief executive

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Firm behind iamsold auctions enters private treaty sale sector

The firm behind iamsold, the leading operator in the controversial Modern Method of Auction arena, is entering the private treaty sales...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent opens new city centre office despite pandemic woe

An independent agency has announced the opening of another office in what it calls a vote of confidence for the local housing...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lifesycle reinvents matching, registrations and viewing feedback

Fundamental changes to the way in which agents can work were shown at the online launch of Lifesycle 2 by Iceberg...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property portals – how is the latest tech improving ROI for agents?

When I joined Zoopla, I took the same approach that I always take whenever I enter a new sector: I was...

03 March 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty extension revealed by Chancellor Sunak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak says the stamp duty holiday on properties up to £500,000 will be extended from March 31 to June 30; from...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Slow conveyancers should suffer financial penalties, says PropTech man

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

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget Briefing: Four things to watch for in today’s Budget

Today’s Budget is the most eagerly-anticipated for many years, as it juggles to shore up the economy with the longer-term issue...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Top PropTech provider snapped up by parent firm of The Guild and F&C

epropservices, parent company of The Guild of Property Professionals and Fine & Country, has acquired estate agency website supplier Starberry. The firm is...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Demand surge offers hope for market after stamp duty break ends

A surge in demand from buyers, even those unlikely to benefit from the stamp duty holiday, offers hope for the market...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Watchdog intervenes after complaint over property listing

An agency has changed a property listing on its website following an intervention by the Advertising Standards Authority. The agency was Campbell...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons buys major rival agency - both continue as separate brands

It's been confirmed that Foxtons has bought rival London-focussed agency Douglas & Gordon. In a trading statement this morning Foxtons tells its...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Should stamp duty holiday extension be for ALL buyers, or just current ones?

No fewer than 79 per cent of people want the stamp duty holiday extended according to a survey conducted by an...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

End of stamp duty holiday leads to drop in mortgage approvals

Mortgage approvals declined slightly in January as the market braces itself for the end of the stamp duty holiday - currently...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London agency uses cash injection to hit acquisition trail

Dexters, which last week secured a reported £130m in new investment for the coming years, has snapped up the historic Roy...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand by for Capital Gains Tax changes later this year - experts

Tax experts suggest the widely expected reform of Capital Gains Tax is unlikely to be announced in tomorrow’s Budget - at...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour anger at low-deposit mortgages plan in Budget

Labour has accused the government of promoting “sky high mortgages” instead of providing stable accommodation for younger households. A new mortgage guarantee...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group signs up to challenger portal

Challenger portal OneDome has signed up one of the larger UK agencies, the Leaders Romans Group. LRG will list all its residential sales...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

The right PropTech can avert lockdown chaos – and forever revolutionise rental payments

With one of the world’s most successful vaccine rollout programmes under way in the UK, the chances of a complete lockdown...

01 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Radical end to stamp duty holiday suggested by legal bodies

A radical way to end the current stamp duty holiday has been suggested by three different legal bodies. The Society of Licensed...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Mark Meyer, CEO of Meyers Franchising

  Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  Mark Meyer, CEO, Meyers Franchising What is Meyers and what...

01 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Big property tax increases may be held back until after Budget

It’s been revealed that some far reaching changes to property taxes may not be unveiled at Wednesday’s Budget and may wait...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Budget rumours - pros and cons for agents

With just two days to go, it's fair to say the property industry is eagerly awaiting Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Budget statement...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

House buying bonanza as Budget helps low deposit purchasers

A new mortgage guarantee scheme to help buyers with small deposits will be revealed on Wednesday at the Budget. Chancellor Rishi Sunak...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

I-Packs launched - up-front information for buyers supplied by agency

An estate agency is this month launching packs of up-front information for buyers in a bid to speed sales and reduce fall-throughs.  Miles...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide sets out timetable for its demise

The Countrywide name is set to disappear from the stock market in a week’s time - and may soon be gone...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty clarity must be Budget priority says top agent

A leading agent says the worst thing that could happen with Wednesday’s Budget is if the Chancellor does not deliver on...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - are virtual viewings now absolutely integral for agents?

Pre-pandemic, virtual and video viewings were a nice little add-on for some agents, but they were far from universally used and...

27 February 2021

From: Features

Honesty – and a leak - see the property market through ‘crisis’

Honesty is a concept that journalists will tell their readers is non-existent for estate agents. Yeah, right! But as the end...

27 February 2021

From: Features

Video - How can agents thrive in a more tenant-centric market?

In a video interview for Letting Agent Today, property professional Chris Buckler speaks to Mike Dawson, Group Head of Sales at...

27 February 2021

From: Features

Rightmove reveals how much money it makes from agents

Rightmove has revealed its figures for the full year 2020 - down in terms of profit and revenue because of the impact...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin blasts Rightmove as bleak, broken and bloated

An open letter from Boomin chief executive Michael Bruce shows how fierce the competition is going to be in the portal field...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ group reveals entry criteria for new members

The Federation of Independent Agents has released details of the entry criteria for agencies interested in joining the growing group. “We’re already...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity…as we can see a roadmap to freedom…

Hello, welcome to our latest charity roundup, and as the weather improves and the vaccine roll-out lifts the spirits, so we...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Bad Idea? Stamp Duty Holiday extension could backfire...

A prominent conveyancer has hit out at the extension to the stamp duty holiday, which is now ending in late June and...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Reapit deal set to bring Australian PropTech to UK agents

CRM supplier Reapit, backed by private equity funding, has entered into an international deal to acquire a leading Australian PropTech provider...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers call for less aggression in house buying process

A conveyancing trade publication wants those involved in residential transactions to be kind to each other - especially as the stamp duty...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Popular agency websites supplier wins international PropTech funding

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

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday allows older owners give more help to younger

Older homeowners gifted an average of £42,500 to younger relatives to help them buy in the past year, according to new...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Here's everything you need to know about remortgaging

In this tips article, the experts at GoodMove provide expert insight into the remortgage process. Remortgaging is the process of changing your...

24 February 2021

From: Legislation & Compliance

Five questions to ask your competitors' vendors (and when to do it)

We know the industry-wide statistic that more than 50% of all vendors end up selling with the second (or sometimes third)...

24 February 2021

From: Features

Industry veteran takes over Propertymark as interim leader

Propertymark has named a veteran industry figure as interim chief executive - and says it has a "new strategy." Nathan Emerson has some...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday extension agreed -  but is it a new cliff edge?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will extend the stamp duty holiday deadline until the end of June - a three month extension. The lead...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells says it's UK's leading agency even before Countrywide acquisition

Connells Group says it is the UK's largest estate agency group by market share - and that's before the Countrywide acquisition...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surge shows signs of weakening says HMRC

Transaction totals took a tumble last month for the first time since last summer as HMRC figures suggest the stamp duty...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents won’t lose investment buyers after SDLT holiday - claim

A new study suggests that the end of the stamp duty holiday should not significantly dent the purchasing pattens of buy...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing work output surges despite ‘creaking processes’

Conveyancing volumes rose 27 per cent in just one month as the sector attempts to cope with huge demand prompted by...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells buys Countrywide - five reasons why it will be a success

The acquisition of Countrywide by Connells might just be the deal of the century in the British estate agency industry. That’s the...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin’s Michael Bruce says: “We’re ready to launch”

The Bruce brothers’ latest project, Boomin, is “ready to launch” some two months after it was expected to see the light...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid-19 testing for agents available within days - government

A trade body says it’s been contacted by the government explaining how agencies can get Coronavirus asymptomatic testing for staff. The Guild of...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraudster agent escapes prison after scamming insurance company

An agent working for a Countrywide brand in Lancashire has been given a suspended jail sentence after being found guilty of...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket to boost investment in new products

OnTheMarket says it’s going to increase investment in new products and services, and invest further in ‘internal website development resources’. In a...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons in talks to buy rival London agency chain

Foxtons is in talks to takeover rival London agency Douglas & Gordon. A statement from Foxtons to shareholders this afternoon says: "Further to...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Lobby your MP over stamp duty holiday extension, agents told

Propertymark - still reeling over two senior resignations in less than a week - says its lobbying sessions with politicians are...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket trails in value-for-money portal league table

A report drawn up by a software firm analyses sales, lettings and valuation leads from agents listing on Rightmove, Zoopla and...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

One in eight sellers will pull out if they miss stamp duty holiday

Some 12 per cent of buyers will pull out of their transaction if it does not complete in time for their stamp...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency claims it’s No 1 seller of prime central London property

An agency says it now sells more prime London properties than any of its rivals. Chestertons makes the claim based on figures...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Portal hits record number of users since start of 2021

OneDome says it’s seen a surge in consumer activity in 2021, culminating in its two websites growing to a combined visitor...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Biggest stamp duty savings identified by estate agency

A study by estate agency Coulters has revealed which areas of the country make the biggest savings courtesy of the stamp...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark latest - “We have no further comment”

When it comes to communications, Propertymark could do with a lot fewer confidentiality agreements and a lot more transparency. And I...

20 February 2021

From: Features

How to ensure your letting business remains compliant

Being a letting agent today means keeping up to date with the long list of rules and regulations governing how a...

20 February 2021

From: Features

Revealed - Key challenges to agency businesses in 2021

Fixflo’s webinar on February 9 saw an industry panel debate 2021’s threats and opportunities for letting agents. The panel discussed a range...

20 February 2021

From: Features

How is the property market coping with the third lockdown?

We’re now well into the third national lockdown and as the nation’s thoughts start to focus on how and when we’ll...

20 February 2021

From: Features

Scam Alert! Fake agent lists on Zoopla and joins redress scheme

A high-profile London agency is asking the police and property industry bodies including Trading Standards to investigate a fake company posing under...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Reapit and ex-Boomin star joins Connells to spearhead tech drive

Former Reapit chief Gary Barker is to join Connells Group, just as the company is taking over Countrywide. Barker - who last...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stricter EPC targets will deter buyers from moving - warning

Propertymark has slammed government energy efficiency proposals as being “unrealistic, too simplistic and could deter people from moving home.” A formal consultation...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers demand stamp duty action to stop dream homes being lost

The Law Society for England and Wales says it wants action now to prevent tens of thousands of  transactions collapsing at...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and an agent with Covid raises thousands…

Hello and welcome to Friday, the day when we highlight agents’ great work to raise funds for good causes despite the continuing...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

EAvolution21 – A UK PropTech event hosted by Dezrez and its partners

On March 23rd 2021, Dezrez and its partners are hosting EAvolution21 the event that showcases the latest in PropTech using an...

18 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Game Over for Propertymark? What future after shock resignations?

Members of Propertymark are left wondering today what if any future there is for the industry’s trade body. The shock resignation yesterday...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Accountant steals agency cash leading to firm’s closure

An agent has told a court she was 'heartbroken' to discover her accountant had stolen cash from her business, which then...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

London still dominates sales market despite ‘exodus to the countryside’

London still dominated the league table of locations with the highest volumes of sales by value in 2020, despite the apparent...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news for first time buyers as lenders allow smaller deposits

First time buyers with just a 10 per cent deposit - for long almost excluded from the mortgage market - now...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

How the other half borrow - wealthy purchasers denied mortgages

High net worth individuals are struggling when it comes to successfully applying for a mortgage, according to a lender.  Research by Butterfield...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the most commonly misunderstood deposit protection terms

Knowing adjudication terms and phrases can make all the difference in a deposit dispute. The DPS has been helping landlords and letting...

17 February 2021

From: Features

Propertymark chief executive resigns after just four months

An announcement from Propertymark this afternoon says: The Board of Propertymark has accepted the resignation of its CEO, Tim Balcon. Following four...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Who’s trusted more - Rightmove, Zoopla or OnTheMarket?

A survey of portal usage shows a low level of trust and customer satisfaction from agents, and a majority of agencies saying they...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New Propertymark CEO Balcon stays silent on leadership resignation

The new chief executive of Propertymark has declined to answer questions relating to the resignation of the NAEA president only half...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Six week stamp duty holiday extension would help 160,000

The Chancellor’s rumoured six week extension to the stamp duty holiday has been backed by Rightmove. Over last weekend the Daily Telegraph,...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New self-employed agents must choose optimum PropTech tools - claim

Estate agents quitting companies and setting up on their own will prosper only by tapping into the most appropriate level of...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Free welcome boxes available for agents to give to movers

A new service is offering agents free welcome boxes which can be passed over to buyers and tenants who move in. The...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreement firm sponsors Agency categories at ESTAS

Reservation Agreement specialist Gazeal is to sponsor the Estate Agent categories at The ESTAS later this year. Gazeal chief executive Bryan Mansell...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty rush provides agents with opportunity to generate additional revenue

A huge number of additional transactions completing in the next few weeks due to the stamp duty holiday provides estate agents...

16 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Mystery deepens over resignation of NAEA Propertymark president

Mystery over the unusual nature of the resignation of the NAEA President, announced last weekend, has deepened in the past 24...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid fears and home-schooling leading to drop in supply

A leading estate agent says fear of strangers coming into people’s homes is leading to a fall in supply of properties...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Mothers overcome personal challenges to open new digital agency

Two mothers have launched a new estate agency using a virtual office - and they have overcome personal challenges to achieve their...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-footballer and BBC pundit launches new estate agency

Former Reading player and manager Mick Gooding has launched a new estate agency in the town. Gooding - a pundit at his...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Shirty! Get your kids hot under the collar for a great cause…

Industry supplier Kerfuffle and high-profile training service Marvellous have launched a competition for the children of agents and suppliers. The kids are...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty loss: 70,000 agreed sales will miss deadline

A new forecast suggests 70,000 buyers will miss the March 31 stamp duty holiday deadline. Zoopla has undertaken a new analysis to...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

 March 31 deadline extended for Help To Buy completions

The deadline to complete the purchase of a home under the current Help to Buy scheme in England has been extended...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide Deal Done - Shareholders back Connells offer

Countrywide shareholders have overwhelmingly backed the offer by Connells to buy the company. At a special virtual AGM today 99.58 per cent...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Mayhem: Is a six week extension long enough?

Agents and conveyancers are expressing doubt over whether a possible six week extension to the stamp duty holiday will be enough...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge scandal of Business Insurance brush-off in defiance of court

An agent is challenging the insurer Hiscox over its interpretation of whether to honour a Business Interruption Insurance policy. A standard letter...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock resignation of NAEA President after bout of ill health

NAEA Propertymark President Kirsty Finney has quit just six months into her year in office. An email was sent to the association's members...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - more appointments news from across the UK

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

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove courts controversy with Modern Method of Auction link

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

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Self-employed brand now has 150-plus agents across the UK

eXp UK - an agency brand with roots in the US and led by Adam Day, a veteran of three online agencies -...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday may be extended for some buyers - report

The Chancellor is considering extending the stamp duty holiday for a short period according to a newspaper report this morning. The Daily...

13 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - ‘I work for myself, not by myself’ – a self-employed agent’s tale

In this week's Natter, I focus on the inspiring story of Clare Hughes, who has bounced back in the last 12 months...

13 February 2021

From: Features

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

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

13 February 2021

From: Features

It’s time to stamp on stamp duty speculation

You can always tell when Budget day is approaching. There’s lots of comment from every imaginable quarter about what the Chancellor of...

13 February 2021

From: Features

What to consider when buying or selling an estate agency business

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

13 February 2021

From: Features

Why automation could improve enforcement of PRS regulation

It’s now more than a year since the government offered an additional £4 million to councils to combat rogue landlords. At the...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Agency apology over ‘bullying’ claims to allow Covid viewings

An online agency has apologised to a single mother who felt pressured into allowing viewings of a property she was renting. Local media in...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Walk-ins to High Street branches “more a liability than an advantage”

The rise and rise of portal listings and changing consumer habits during the pandemic may mean the death of the High...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements will win instructions for agents, says supplier

Agents should put as much emphasis on ensuring a house move actually happens as on winning the instruction to begin with,...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Your Move owner building up financial services empire

LSL, owner of Reeds Rains and Your Move, is boosting its financial services sector through a £2.4m acquisition. It’s snapped up Mortgage...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Speedy agents are Number 1 when it comes to call answering

Estate and letting agencies are the best performing businesses for low call waiting times in the UK. A survey of 1,000 people...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Two new property taxes announced by Housing Secretary

The government has given details of two new taxes to provide funds to address the cladding problem on high rise tower blocks...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty reform “very unlikely” says Conservative housing guru

An MP demanding a root and branch reform of property taxation, including scrapping stamp duty, says the chance of fundamental reform is...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

The Sales Hunter to tell estate agents how to boost market share

Agents will soon have a chance to hear a US motivational speaker described as one of the world’s most influential sales...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Unsellable: Thousands of flats remain impossible to mortgage or sell

Agents and a wide range of property experts have demanded yet more government funds to end the cladding crisis that is...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to home staging webinar today

Agents are invited to a webinar at lunchtime today to discuss how home staging can improve sales prospects for properties. Lemon and...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Why 2021 is set to be 'the year for good broadband' in the rental market

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and shifting tenant requirements are reinforcing the need for good broadband in the rental market...

10 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Three reasons why you should embrace omnichannel marketing

Let’s address the elephant in the room first - the property sector and how we market properties is changing. Gone are the...

10 February 2021

From: Features

New tax and billions more for cladding - but is it enough?

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced “an exceptional intervention” promising that leaseholders in high-rise buildings above 18 metres will bear no...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents offered shares as incentive to go self-employed

One of the early operators of the self-employed agency model has launched a scheme under which its agents receive shares in the...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Many buyers are scared of negotiating with agents - claim

A leading bank says as many as one in three buyers pay too much for a property because they are afraid...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Porn? If only Rightmove would make a TV ad this good...

Property porn as a popular pastime is as big in the US as it is here, as fans of shows like Netflix’s...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news for market as mortgage choice hits 12-month high

There’s now more choice in the mortgage market than at any time since last March, before the pandemic reached a peak. The...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark celebrates large rise in apprenticeship qualifications

Propertymark’s qualifications division says it’s seen a 30 per cent rise in apprenticeship registrations since the start of this year. In a...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Why is the launch of Lifesycle 2 so important for the industry?

It seems like a week does not go by without a new ‘gamechanging’ piece of technology being announced to the industry. 2020...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Boris backer calls for stamp duty to be scrapped

One of the chief figures behind Brexit and Boris Johnson’s role as London Mayor is now advising that stamp duty should be...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Beware: Scams galore in Quick Buy property sector - claim

Scams are rife in the quick house buying sector with many companies seeking to take advantage of sellers in desperate situations. That’s...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow for first time buyers - Affordability at its worst for 10 years

Affordability across the housing market is at its worst for 10 years according to an analysis by a London agency. Benham and Reeves...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

 They’re Hired! 100 Apprentice agents pledge by London firm

Some 100 new apprentice estate agents are to be recruited in London. Dexters, which has 70 offices across the capital including 12...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New property redress initiative launched, chaired by Tory MP

A new body which says it will “champion better outcomes for buyers” is described as independent but is to be chaired...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

ESTAS 2021 confirms autumn date for Awards and Forum

The biggest awards in the residential property sector, The ESTAS, has confirmed an autumn date for its main 2021 event.  Traditionally the...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty may not be so bad after all, argues leading analyst

A housing market analyst says stamp duty, for all its unpopularity within the property industry, may not be so bad after...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal warning over little-known stamp duty technicality

There’s been a huge focus on both the stamp duty holiday and Help To Buy deadlines at the end of March...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty cliff edge leads to market running out of steam

House price growth is running out of steam ahead of the stamp duty holiday cliff-edge. That’s the suggestion from the Halifax; its latest...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Foreign investors may be banned from some waterfront properties

The high-end housing market on Jersey has been rocked by a plan from the island’s government which may ban foreign investors from...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies with Bounce Back loans have more time to repay

Smaller independent agencies that took out government Bounce Back loans to help them through the Coronavirus crisis now have more time...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty panic may lead to Japanese Knotwood legal action

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

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Has the Stamp Duty Holiday extension campaign worked?

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

06 February 2021

From: Features

How is tech changing the role of letting agents for the better?

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, we have all seen a dramatic change in that way that we live and work,...

06 February 2021

From: Features

Video – Married couple ditch the high street for self-employed model

In a video interview for Estate Agent Today, property professional Chris Buckler speaks to Justin and Victoria Bhoday - a married...

06 February 2021

From: Features

Calls grow to reform ALL property taxes, not just stamp duty

Pressure is building for widespread property tax reform beyond short term issues regarding stamp duty. Many MPs in this week’s 65-minute special...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin pledges ‘highly memorable’ TV ads as launch date nears

Boomin, created by Michael and Kenny Bruce, promises “highly memorable and engaging” TV and radio ads at its launch in the near...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Offset Mortgage launched for borrowers who miss deadline

A mortgage has been launched targeting borrowers who believe they are unlikely to complete their purchase before the stamp duty holiday’s...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sellers drop asking prices in attempt to keep buyers on board

An estate agency says 10 per cent of its sellers have already dropped their asking prices to keep buyers on board,...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove fights back with record visits and longer stays on site

After high levels of publicity for Zoopla and Boomin in recent weeks, Rightmove has struck back with figures suggesting it’s enjoyed...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - even as the snow comes down again…

It’s pretty cold out there, making a difficult time that much worse - except for fans of sledging of course. But many...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Extending Stamp Duty Holiday is top demand for Budget 2021

A 10-point ’must have’ list of demands for Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget on March 3 has been issued by NAEA Propertymark. It’s...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Texts to potential sellers will win instructions, says PropTech supplier

Agents can win more instructions by using text messages to prospective sellers as part of a short term ‘nurture’ campaign, according...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech start-ups get boost in Propertymark development programme

REACH, a programme encouraging start-ups in the property world, has released a list of UK companies that will feature in its...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

All In The Family - agency celebrates 30 years under same ownership

A branch of franchise agency CJ Hole is marking what it calls “an incredible 30 years of success” this month. The Burnham-on-Sea...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Official data shows why phased end to SDLT break is key - top agent

New government figures show that stamp duty transactions in the final quarter of last year were 43 per cent higher than in...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed – top 3 work from home tips for agents

We’re now in Lockdown 3.0 and most of us have become used to juggling home-working, home schooling and a million and...

03 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Exchanging during lockdown – How to progress your pipeline

We are now over four weeks in to our third national lockdown in the UK. Although the property market remains open,...

03 February 2021

From: Features

Customer Data Breach: Foxtons at centre of newspaper allegations

A newspaper claims that thousands of customers’ financial details held by Foxtons Group are being freely accessed on the so-called dark...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New Property Tax Grab: Wealth tax supporters repeat call for levy

A group that last year floated the concept of a one-off wealth tax - which would include taxing main homes as...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrap stamp duty cliff edge ‘to help people stick to Covid guidelines’

The government needs to step in to rescue two valuable property incentives before they expire at the end of March, a...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Setback for online agents in latest survey of sellers’ preferences

A new survey suggests online agents are favoured by only three per cent of sellers. The study involved a modest sample -...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Market to slow sharply if stamp duty holiday ends March 31 - warning

The Nationwide has pulled no punches with Chancellor Rishi Sunak - it’s made it clear that if the stamp duty holiday...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks rated as only 10th best online agency

Purplebricks has been rated as only the 10th best online agency in the country in a controversial new league table. The list...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Should agents repay Business Rates relief because offices were open?

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

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday still providing big boost for housing market

Mortgage approvals decreased slightly in December but remain well above pre-Covid levels thanks to the continuing incentive of the stamp duty...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned? Another housing hotspot ponders second home curbs

One of the country’s most popular tourist destinations may ban the sale of new builds to second home buyers. The council in Padstow -...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate As It Happened - What MPs Said

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Live! Watch MPs' Stamp Duty Extension debate here

You can watch the Parliamentary debate on a possible Stamp Duty Holiday extension here, using the streaming link at the bottom of...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Proactive agents will beat portals for winning instructions

Property portals remain an essential marketing tool for estate agents and their value is clearly appreciated by consumers. However, with a...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - February kicks off with flurry of movers

Welcome to the start of another week and this catch up on the latest moves within the agency world. Everyone featured here...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells and Countrywide to be test-bed for Zoopla innovations

Connells Group, now on the threshold of taking the ailing Countrywide empire under its wings, has signed a five year partnership...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent launches petition for radical overhaul of house buying process

An online petition has been started by an independent estate agent seeking a radical overhaul of how homes are sold in...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour enters cladding controversy by forcing vote in Commons

Labour has entered the cladding controversy by calling a vote in the House of Commons to force government action on the...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 January 2021

From: Features

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

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

30 January 2021

From: Features

What will the lettings industry look like in 2021?

As part of our third PayProp Special Report on COVID-19 rental arrears in the UK, we surveyed over 600 agents, tenants...

30 January 2021

From: Features

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

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

30 January 2021

From: Features

Do you know what tenants want in 2021?

As we now find ourselves in the UK’s third national lockdown in 10 months, what tenants want, and need from their...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Boomin dismisses speculation of ‘direct sales’ cutting out agents

Boomin has denied that it will ever allow direct property sales, cutting out estate agents. Founder Michael Bruce says the new service...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency closes office after staff contract Coronavirus

Members of staff at an estate agency branch in the Midlands tested positive for Coronavirus in consecutive weeks, triggering a temporary...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday - broker warns most lenders won’t make deadline

A leading mortgage broker is warning that over half the lenders in a key segment of the market are already unable...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Transaction hold-ups mean sales now taking almost one third longer

Properties are currently taking 29 per cent longer than average to sell once under offer, according to research by a home...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Winter market surge not enough to prevent new build slump

Covid-19 has caused the number of new homes registered by UK house builders to fall 23 per cent in 2020. The NHBC...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - there’s a hard drive on for laptops…

Hello and welcome to Agents Do Charity, the regular round-up of industry good work. Whatever the cause, it’s great to publicise agents’...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Graeme Edwards, General Manager at Ravensworth

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I am the General Manager of Ravensworth, which is what...

28 January 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Lockdown means viewings and sales will fall, says Phil Spencer

Property commentator Phil Spencer says lockdown - which we know will now last for another six weeks at least, and possibly...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

It's A Deal! Hunters set to be taken over but job losses likely

It now looks likely that Hunters will be taken over by The Property Franchise Group after several months of talks, subject...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla reveals multi-million-pound revolutionary changes

Zoopla has revealed a multi-million-pound programme of future developments which have taken 18 months to finalise. Chief executive Charlie Bryant has told...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency in bid to raise £800,000 through crowdfunding

It’s been some time since online agencies have ventured into crowdfunding to raise investment, but easyProperty has now done so -...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Is Propertymark’s new chief executive up to the job?

The new chief executive of Propertymark, now combining five agency trade bodies including the NAEA and ARLA, has no experience at...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Suzy Lamplugh: brother's new appeal for information, 35 years on

A new appeal has been launched to discover what happened to missing London agent Suzy Lamplugh. She disappeared in July 1986, aged 25....

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

What is happening to house prices during the third lockdown?

Homeowners staying at home during another lockdown are doing more than sharing memes of groundhog day or doing family quizzes on...

27 January 2021

From: Features

Better communication will be key for agents now and in the future

There is little doubt that the last year was one which none of us will easily forget both personally and professionally....

27 January 2021

From: Features

Lockdown to continue until at least early March

The Prime Minister this afternoon stated that lockdown will remain in effect until early March at the earliest. He told the House...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Failed Sales fear as Stamp Duty Holiday cliff edge approaches

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

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Top portal is latest to urge stamp duty holiday extension

Zoopla's latest figures suggest 70,000 transactions are likely to miss the stamp duty holiday deadline of March 31.  And the portal says: “The...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Not coping with Covid? Shock figures about agents’ mental health

A new working group on mental health in the agency industry is being set up following a poll revealing 62 per cent...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Farewell – what we’ve learnt and where do we go next?

I have written this column for over four years. I started writing it at a time when no-one really knew anything...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Trade groups slug it out - Guild says it saves agents £33,500 a year

Just as the new chief executive of Propertymark holds interviews across the industry, so The Guild of Property Professionals is coming out...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property industry set to lead economy out of the Covid slump

The property sector is set to lead the UK out of its Covid slump according to Ernst & Young’s latest forecast....

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate Stamp Duty Holiday extension - date announced

It's been announced that MPs will after all debate the Stamp Duty Holiday extension following a hugely popular online petition. The 90-minute...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Extend stamp duty holiday for exchanged properties, say finance chiefs

The stamp duty holiday should be extended to include properties that have exchanged but have yet to complete, a leading accountancy...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent sorry for “crass” flyer calling Covid “blessing in disguise”

An estate agency has issued an abject apology for calling the Covid pandemic “a blessing in disguise.” There was a huge social...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Allow agents to do more conveyancing during sales - call

A PropTech supplier says the conveyancing process is “antiquated” and buyers and sellers would be better served if they were ’shadowed’...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New high-end agency opens - and it’s not in London

A new firm has been launched by two agents who formerly worked at Carter Jonas and are aiming at the £400,000...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide latest - Connells snap up rival shareholders’ stake

Connells, which already has the explicit support of a majority of Countrywide shareholders for its takeover of the company, has now...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

40% price fall and 54% price rise -  Prime London snakes and ladders

An international property and residency consultancy claims the sold prices of homes in some prime London locations have collapsed by up to 40...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Crisis: No physical auctions this year for top auctioneer

One of the country’s top auctioneers is not going to stage any ballroom auctions this year - and it’s keeping its 2022...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Why are only 25% of estate agents in NAEA Propertymark?

Propertymark, combining both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents, claims to speak for the...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents offered trip to Dubai - as Health Secretary warns against it...

High profile agency owner Sean Newman is offering his entire self-employed team of 100 agents and mortgage advisors a chance for...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks revamping publicity in bid to increase market share

Purplebricks’ new chief marketing officer appears to be on the threshold of making major changes in the agency’s publicity drive. Advertising industry...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells/Countrywide deal going to shareholders next month

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

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Franchise Mega Agency - Hunters and TPFG talk for another week

Talks continue between The Property Franchise Group and Hunters with both companies agreeing a new deadline of next Friday, January 29. Just...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Why don’t agencies list on the stock market anymore?

There’s been a flurry of recent activity involving agencies quoted on the London Stock Exchange: Hunters, The Property Franchise Group and...

23 January 2021

From: Features

Video – Phil Spencer and Henry Pryor on lockdown, stamp duty and 95% mortgages

In a wide-ranging video interview for his Move iQ service, Phil Spencer speaks to buying agent and TV property pundit Henry...

23 January 2021

From: Features

What can estate agents learn from retailers?

If your house is anything like mine, the postman has a path beaten to your door over the last nine months. In...

23 January 2021

From: Features

Handle with care – why 2021 is the year to look after your leads

The last few months have seen property agents work hard to continue delivering quality client communications and maintain an increasingly digital...

23 January 2021

From: Features

Here we go again! What does lockdown 3 mean for the market?

Well, what a start to 2021! None of us thought things would change as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s...

23 January 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty Holiday: Did market need it? Have buyers really benefitted?

A leading analyst is questioning whether buyers have benefitted from the stamp duty holiday because demand has purshed up prices far...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS in dramatic U-turn after newspaper allegations

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors last night announced a dramatic U-turn in the controversy over a report by an independent...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Decision Day for takeover talks between Hunters and Property Franchise Group

Today will see a firm decision on whether The Property Franchise Group will take over rival franchise network Hunters.  In early December TPFG...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Challenger portal says it’s now fourth largest

Free-to-list portal One Dome has launched a dedicated New Homes section - in line with the longer-established paid-for portals - and...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency and franchise giant announce expansion plans

A hybrid agency is appealing to corporate estate agents to jump ship and try its self employed business model. Mr & Mrs...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - we’re back in business with a vengeance…

The New Year lull is well and truly over and this week’s Agents Do Charity show fundraising is back in business despite...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Buyers ‘travelling hundreds of miles to viewings’ despite Covid rules

The BBC says some buyers are taking advantage of lockdown rules to travel hundreds of miles to view homes. The story suggests...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate: MP wants government to honour petition pledge

The MP who presides over online petitions such as the one calling for an extension of the stamp duty holiday says...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks wins award for the quality of customer reviews

Purplebricks - which for some years has been the focus of controversies over reviews - has been given a prestigious award...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Another new portal opens in bid to woo independent agents

Another group of independent estate agents have launched a portal - a rival to a similar project launched by other agencies...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New high taste agency employs ‘guild of creatives and thinkers’

A new estate agency listing historic houses is to have “a select group of creatives and thinkers” that will assist in the...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the property industry at a crossroads?

The property market became somewhat fractious during 2020. After receiving a much-needed boost with the promise of stamp duty relief, things...

20 January 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty Gag: MPs prevented from debating extension

The government may be stopping MPs debating an extension to the stamp duty holiday - despite a pledge they would do...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent closes branches and demands stricter Coronavirus controls

An estate agent has shut both branches of his business for safety reasons and wants tighter Coronavirus restrictions on the industry.  ITV...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency branches each waiting on £105,000 fees on average

A property platform claims the current pipeline stock is so large that the average UK agency branch is waiting on £105,000...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned! Online agencies must not advertise house for sale

Two mysterious online agencies have had their advertisements for the same property banned by the Advertising Standards Authority. The agencies - Manchestersalerent and...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Big majority of first time buyer mortgages now over 25 years

Some 70 per cent of first time buyers in 2020 took out mortgages in excess of 25 years, says the Nationwide. A decade...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Will Thompson, Associate Director at Pugh & Co Auctions

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Will Thompson, Associate Director at Pugh & Co Auctions. I...

19 January 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Data Fraud Warning: lockdown makes agents’ systems more vulnerable

A trade body is warning that increased home working triggered by Coronavirus makes the agency industry more vulnerable than ever to...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Work-from-home agency aims at national roll-out with industry novices

A firm calling itself the UK’s first 24/7 home-based agency says it wants to roll out nationally with a network of franchisees...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Digital ID scheme for buyers and sellers wins government support

A PropTech company has won a grant for a project to improve ID verification in the buying and selling process, via...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

High-profile property sourcing and management firm rebrands

The buying and property management service run by high profile agent Jo Eccles has changed its name. SP Property Group has now...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban on repossessions extended for mortgage borrowers

The Financial Conduct Authority is extending the ban on repossessions by two months until April 1, in light of the pandemic. The...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Dozens of Tory MPs demand stamp duty extension from Sunak

The Northern Research Group, which has the backing of over 50 Conservative MPs in the north of England, wants the Chancellor...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Fall-throughs to rise as 100,000 face stamp duty disappointment

The latest Rightmove analysis shows it now takes 126 days from the time an offer is accepted until legal completion -...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Covid risk assessments for some agency offices in Wales

Estate agency offices in Wales with five or more staff will have to carry out a Coronavirus risk assessment under new...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Pipeline surge not enough to stop Your Move/Reeds Rains revenue drop

Revenues for LSL Property Services - owner of Your Move and Reeds Rains - dropped last year by 15 per cent. Although...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid curbs on agents provide bonus for video viewings

Government guidance on how agents can continue working during the lockdown has given a new importance to virtual viewings, says an...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech provider claims “most comprehensive report” on any property

A PropTech firm claims its new interactive property reports are “the most comprehensive on any UK property” and reduce the need...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate stamp duty as Chancellor considers extension

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is considering an extension to the current stamp duty holiday according to media reports today - and the...

17 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing minister resigns from government

Housing minister Kelly Tolhurst has resigned from the government for personal reasons. Tolhurst had formal responsibility for the government’s policies to combat...

16 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 January 2021

From: Features

Why Facebook is a great alternative to property portals

While the property industry has suffered far less than other sectors during the past year, it would be short of the...

16 January 2021

From: Features

Supreme Court backs agencies in Business Interruption Insurance dispute

There's good news for thousands of estate agencies awaiting pay outs under Business Interruption Insurance schemes. The agents are amongst 370,000 businesses whose...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Cliff-edge end to Stamp Duty Holiday will not hurt market, says analyst

One of the housing market’s senior analysts says the end of the stamp duty holiday on March 31 would not be...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Campaign to extend SDLT holiday nears landmark total

The online petition calling for an extension to the stamp duty holiday is set to pass 100,000 signatures today. This means the...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark says it’s only agent body with influence on government

Propertymark is the only agency trade body with sufficient influence on, and links with, government to achieve major gains for the...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing market rebound will depend on vaccine speed and success

The speed and success of the Coronavirus vaccine programme holds the key to the housing market rebounding in the second half...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we're back to school, in a good way

Hello and welcome to the end of a busy, busy week for agency news.  It’s easy to assume the agency business is...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Market still resilient but can it really withstand the Covid recession?

A housing index says the market continues to defy Coronavirus and Brexit worries with asking prices up 4.9 per cent in...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents “forced and pressured” into unsafe viewings - claim

An online petition wants all agents’ offices to close during the pandemic. Keeping them open means agents feel "forced and pressured" to conduct...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan wants review of Covid estate agency openings in London

London mayor Sadiq Khan is reported to be asking the Prime Minister to review the status of ‘essential retail’ which can...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of “feigning hysterics” over stamp duty cliff-edge

Two of the most outspoken agents in the industry have criticised those calling for an extension to the stamp duty holiday...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Make sellers pay stamp duty, senior industry figure suggests

One of the most respected figures in the industry, trainer and consultant Richard Rawlings, is suggesting that stamp duty should be...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing market stays open in Scotland despite tighter restrictions

The housing market remains open in Scotland, despite tighter restrictions announced yesterday by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The only significant difference specific...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New PropTech for auctioneer to work more closely with agents

Property auctioneer Pugh, which has 11 offices across the UK, has unveiled bespoke new technology to support its work with estate...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus fall-out is main deterrent to potential buyers and sellers

Even the prospect of a stamp duty holiday is not enough to persuade many buyers and sellers to enter the market...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Could autonomous transportation affect the property market?

In the not-too-distant future, it will be possible to order a driverless car to collect you and then drive you to...

13 January 2021

From: Features

Stamp Out The Duty - new campaign launched by newspaper

A national newspaper is today launching a campaign for the stamp duty holiday to be extended. The Daily Telegraph says its campaign...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Working From Home: Is the shift away from offices permanent?

A leading business consultancy says the level of working-from-home in the UK by 2025 will be five times that before the pandemic. Estate...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Young agent with Covid says “I didn’t think I was going to make it”

An estate agent who caught Coronavirus and spent 10 days in hospital has said “I didn’t think I was going to...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Foxtons back new scheme to speed conveyancing

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

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Five sessions from RE:Connect you need to watch

The ‘future of residential’ is a huge term to contend with but one that was addressed last week through our RE:Connect...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal - Decision Day later this week

The Supreme Court will give its judgment on the long-running Business Interruption Insurance case on Friday. In November a Supreme Court appeal...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Land Registry extends requisition deadline to up to 60 days

HM Land Registry is extending the time its customers have to respond to requests for information to up to 40 days...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC names agencies breaching anti-money laundering processes

Estate agencies have been named by HM Revenue & Customs for breaching anti-money laundering regulations. The list of those breaching the rules...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Investors ready to bankroll agents moving from employee to ownership

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

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency attacked by Lib Dem for selling holiday homes

An estate agency is being criticised for marketing properties as second homes in an area reportedly suffering a housing shortage. Local media...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Free training for Rightmove agents on AML due diligence

A customer due diligence training webinar is being held for Rightmove members next week. This is the third anti-money laundering training webinar...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property viewings should stop, Labour tells government

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

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

“Chaos and mayhem!” Phil Spencer’s warning over stamp duty extension

Property expert Phil Spencer is warning that “chaos” and “mayhem” looms in the housing market if the stamp duty holiday is...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS finance controversy - new allegations made by newspaper

The Sunday Times has made new and detailed allegations regarding the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. For some weeks the newspaper has...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the New Year shakers and movers…

Hello and welcome to the first Property Jobs Today of 2021 - we’re less than a fortnight into the New Year...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin signs up another 15 independents ahead of delayed launch

Boomin has announced another 15 independents as members of the site, which is expected to launch in the near future. “The latest...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Price growth slows as supply and demand start to fall into line

The average UK house price is now a record £253,374 according to the Halifax - but the rate of growth is...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Just Window Dressing! Leasehold experts hit out at reform proposals

Leading leasehold experts have sharply criticised the much-hyped reforms announced by the government last week. The Leasehold Group of Companies - formerly led by...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday extension - This horse ain’t dead yet

Just a week ago, I thought it was all over. Christmas and New Year had gone, as had the passionate calls...

09 January 2021

From: Features

The PropTech revolution is re-invigorating the rental market

There’s no doubt that the property market underwent a tumultuous year in 2020, where efficiency was required more than ever. Since the...

09 January 2021

From: Features

2021 will not hold back Agents who are prepared to adapt

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

08 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Independent agents launch portal alternative to Rightmove

Independent agents inspired by the Say No To Rightmove campaign are to launch a rival portal next month. Wearethemarket is a portal...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Warren Buffett’s estate agency launches UK television ad campaign

The UK outlet of Warren Buffett's estate agency empire is launching its first TV advert in this country.  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kay &...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Good news for first time buyers as 10% deposits make a return

HSBC UK is re-introducing its 90 per cent Loan To Value mortgages from next week - a possible lifeline for first...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove hits back at rivals by claiming busiest ever New Year

Rightmove says it’s recorded the busiest ever start to a New Year in its two decade history with visits to the...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we start with a good old sing song (Covid-style)

Hello and welcome to the first Agents Do Charity of 2021.  Somehow, this year is only eight days old yet already seems...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin's Michael Bruce reveals portal's aims - and the lessons of Purplebricks

To kick off 2021, we have a Q&A with one of the most high-profile – and, it has to be said,...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rip-Off leasehold charges to be abolished by government

Millions of leaseholders will be given the right to extend their lease by a maximum term of 990 years at zero...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday - Do The Right Thing Rishi!

There’s growing optimism that an extension to the stamp duty holiday - thought to be off the agenda just days ago...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit data protection measures may mean more red tape for agents

A leading property law expert says agents with international clients in parts of Europe should prepare for additional processes which may...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents beef up Covid protocols as viewings hit the spotlight

Agents have been outlining how they have beefed up their measures to combat the risk of Coronavirus, especially during property viewings. “We...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

‘No-search indemnity insurance’ now accepted by mortgage lender

A mortgage lender says it will now accept ‘no-search indemnity insurance’ for residential purchases in a bid to speed up the...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Chris Summers, Head of Franchising at Century21 UK

1. How would you say Century 21 franchisees have adapted to the challenges during 2020?  If someone had told me at the...

06 January 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

How can we improve property matchmaking beyond the online portals?

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

06 January 2021

From: PropTech & Innovation

How to make process optimisation your New Year’s resolution

January presents an opportune time for agency leaders to resolve and plan for resilience, performance and growth in 2021. With most of...

06 January 2021

From: Features

Agents have “moral obligation” to restrict physical viewings - call

There’s a call this morning for estate and letting agents to regard the physical viewing of any property on sale or...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s former management slammed by industry veteran

Countrywide’s former management seriously damaged the company’s share value and status by adopting a flawed business plan - and then executing...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty cliff-edge could throw away market growth - warning

The sudden end of the stamp duty holiday at the end of March could throw away the market gains achieved in...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove tells buyers to check whether agents issue PPE

Rightmove has issued a lengthy guidance note to prospective buyers, including a suggestion they ask estate agents whether PPE will be...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Chancellor announces help for businesses until spring

The Chancellor has announced new measures to help businesses in the light of the lockdown announced in the past 24 hours. The...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents split over viewings and office opening during Lockdown

Agents are sharply split over how they should operate during the current phase of the Coronavirus crisis.  In a poll of almost...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents CAN continue working through national lockdown

Agents and the housing market in England are still in business even during the third national lockdown which begins on Wednesday and...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency to open six new London offices - and dismisses Stamp Duty holiday

London’s largest independent estate agency, Dexters, suggests that the stamp duty holiday ending in 12 weeks time will have relatively little...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Sort Out Searches! Government asked to intervene over council delays

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

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent, aged 20, ditches Purplebricks for rival online company

A young estate agent - who by the age of 20 has already had a year working with Purplebricks - has...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Dumb Perignon! Daily Mail mocks champagne-quaffing housing minister

The Daily Mail has mocked housing minister Chris Pincher for advising people to going £174-a-bottle champagne while awaiting the rollout of...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tier 5 Lockdown - will housing market remain open?

The government is considering stricter tier structures for the coming weeks as the number of Coronavirus infections continues to rise. There is...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit could be good for house prices predicts top market commentator

Anthony Codling, the City analyst who made his name as a scourge of Purplebricks, says Brexit may be good news for the...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells reveals its plan for Countrywide branches and staff

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

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: What challenges lie ahead as 2021 gets underway?

Following a turbulent 2020 in which the property market and the professionals working within it excelled in the face of unprecedented...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency launches new business models to attract agents hit by Covid

An estate agency group has launched new franchise business models to help those in the industry impacted by Covid-19. Century 21 UK...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

High profile agent opens up on his mental illness issue

One of the country’s most experienced estate agents has spoken out about mental illness in the industry and his own condition...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

You guessed it…10 things to watch for in 2021

Here’s hoping you managed to have as good a Christmas and New Year as Covid rules allowed. Journalism in early January is...

02 January 2021

From: Features

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

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

02 January 2021

From: Features

2021 preview – what do letting agencies need to prepare for?

As we approach the end of the year, there is no doubt that it has been a turbulent 12 months for...

02 January 2021

From: Features

Connells buys Countrywide - deal to be completed in New Year

In a dramatic New Year’s Eve statement on the London Stock Exchange, Countrywide has agreed the terms of a recommended offer...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

The year of Covid ends on a house price high

House prices surged in December to post their fastest growth in six years, according to the Nationwide.  Prices rose 7.3 per cent...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tier 4 Reminder: All agents can continue working under these restrictions

Many agents have been operating under Tier 4 Coronavirus restrictions for some days, but today sees another 20 million residents in...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Online auction fees controversy: One operator to publish all charges

An auction house that's made a transition from ballroom operations to online streaming is to publish all fees for all lots -...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

League table of Britain’s biggest 2020 house price rises

London and other urban areas dominate the league table of locations seeing the biggest house price rises of 2020. This is despite...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Estate Agent Today and Angels Media

Many agents will be closed on New Year’s Day - the last Bank Holiday for some months and at the start...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

2021 to start with price corrections, predicts market index

A house price index that is routinely one of the most pessimistic about the market claims the New Year will see...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit deal will mean more foreign buyers in 2021 says agency

The Brexit deal agreed in dramatic form on Christmas Eve is one part of a cocktail eventually boosting the London market...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

ZPG snaps up another price comparison website business

ZPG, parent company of Zoopla, is to buy another comparison website business, in addition to running its existing Uswitch service. Insurance group...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Hunters takeover talks extended until late January

Hunters has agreed to extend the deadline for talks about a possible takeover by its rival, The Property Franchise Group. In early...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Country houses are big winners from the pandemic, say agents

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

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Dominic Cummings - the Rightmove connection revealed...

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

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Top online agency reveals £17.8m loss - can online ever be profitable?

A £17.8m pre-tax loss has been reported by Yopa in its latest financial statement filed at Companies House. Figures lodged just before...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Coup for agency with fly-on-the-wall Channel 4 show

One of the country’s most exclusive agencies, UK Sotheby’s International Realty, was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary last evening. The...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency quantifies buyer exodus from London - and where they end up

High end agency Hamptons has quantified the trend of Londoners quitting the capital in the light of the pandemic. It says that...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property searches hit new Boxing Day record as boom continues

Zoopla saw a record 70.5 per cent increase in traffic on Boxing Day as signs suggest the pre-Christmas boom is set...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide brand’s first-ever TV campaign begins on Boxing Day

One of Countrywide’s top-end brands begins a TV advertisement campaign on Boxing Day.  Hamptons’ ad is the first ever TV promotion from the agency and...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Current regulation of estate agents unenforceable admits Propertymark

Propertymark has told the government that it needs to introduce overarching regulation of agents now, because existing piecemeal provisions are unmanageable...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Modern Method of Auction firm says public needs to be educated

The largest company involved in the controversial Modern Method of Auction says it’s producing a “disruptive digital market campaign to address...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Heartwarming response to agents’ Yuletide NHS appeal

Community spirit is definitely alive and well in the Midlands where people have gone above and beyond to support a local...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Estate Agent Today and Angels Media

With just one day to go to Christmas, it’s time - we hope - for all of us in the industry...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Introducing NurturingAI - PropTech to identify customers and preferences

Free to list portal Residential People is launching a new cloud-based platform which it says will help agents use Amazon-style technology...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency and auction house links with Mortgage Advice Bureau

99Home, the agency that describes itself as the country’s fifth largest hybrid, has teamed up with the Mortgage Advice Bureau. MAB will...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Hold the tinsel! Ditch the mistletoe! The house won’t sell…

We’re sure agents have been working hard to urge vendors to take it easy on the dodgy decorations if there are...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Why the year ahead will change estate agency forever

At the start of December 2020, a select handful of agents attended a private online event to see the latest news...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Should agents scrap viewings in Tier 4 areas? This one has...

An agency operating in the new Tier 4 area has abandoned viewings and visits to homes until New Year, even though the...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty increase - could it happen across the UK?

The shock and almost immediate increase in stamp duty on additional homes in Wales has prompted one question in the industry...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

More affordable mortgages may boost 2021 housing market

The Bank of England is to review the affordability tests imposed on  borrowers, opening the door to a possible relaxation of...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Fall throughs hit 50% but Covid buyer panic now subsiding

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

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Another Christmas video - and it looks with hope to 2021

As Christmas gets ever-closer, today’s video from an industry supplier is a touching montage of how bad things got this year...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Just a few days left to sign up to ESTAS Awards 2021

Entrants for the 2021 ESTAS Customer Service Awards have only until December 31 to sign up. Founder Simon Brown says: “The bounce...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock stamp duty rise on additional homes in Wales

There’s been a shock one per cent increase in the Welsh equivalent of stamp duty on second homes, coming into effect...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can work in Tier 4 as government publishes guidelines

The Westminster government has published extensive guidance on the operation of the new Tier 4 Coronavirus restrictions in England. This includes a...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough Fraud: MPs want agencies and other claimants named

MPs want the government to publish the names of estate agencies and other companies claiming furlough funding. The all-party Public Accounts Committee of...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Phase It Out - Calls grow for ‘tapered’ end to stamp duty holiday

Pressure is building on the government to agree a tapered end to the stamp duty holiday, even if a full-blown extension now...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Christmas Gift for Agents: a market that’s one-third busier than 2019

Figures from Zoopla suggest there’s a Christmas present being unwrapped by agents across the country - a far busier housing market tha this...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide brand teams up with tax haven island agency

One of Countrywide’s high-end brands, Hamptons, has joined in what it calls “a new residential partnership” with an agency on the...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

An uplifting Christmas video to show 2020 wasn’t all bad…

Hello and welcome to Christmas week! There are just a few days to go before the industry’s festive break. On that subject,...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market stays open in new Tier 4 areas

The housing market is to stay open across the UK, including in the new Tier 4 areas of England. An announcement from Housing Secretary...

20 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - backbone of our industry – the London way

Many independents will be based in the capital, but given its size and breadth they may get drowned out even more...

19 December 2020

From: Features

How can PropTech adapt within an uncertain market?

Ever since the initial ripples of innovation in the 1990s, PropTech has proceeded to reshape our market beyond recognition; going on...

19 December 2020

From: Features

Banking barriers for start-ups and how to overcome them

Start-up letting agents looking to enter the market are finding it increasingly difficult to set up in business as banks point...

19 December 2020

From: Features

Sell high, sell fast - selling for the best price with home staging

The importance of marketing properties is something that is often undervalued. Big budgets are dedicated to selling everyday items such as...

19 December 2020

From: Features

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

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

19 December 2020

From: Features

Zoopla launches marketing onslaught and urges branches to stay open

A 10 week marketing campaign is being launched by Zoopla - and the portal urges agents to stay open as much...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Online and super-prime agencies blasted by government report

Around half of all estate agencies selling homes for £5m or more have not even registered for anti-money laundering processes, and/or...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Boomin signs another two agencies - more to be named soon

The Bruce brothers’ portal Boomin has signed two high profile regional agencies from the north of England. Manning Stainton and Farrell Heyworth...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget date is in time for U-turn on stamp duty holiday extension...

The next Budget will be held on March 3 next year - in time for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to change his...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Your Christmas images - and we’ve got the man himself

Hello and a final ‘send your pictures and videos’ message from us to you. There’s still time to email images to press@estateagenttoday.co.uk...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the final fund-raising of 2020

Here we are, on the brink of a festive season like never before, and approaching the end of 2020. Although a dreadful...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Madness! Government refusal to extend SDLT holiday provokes anger

Agents and property experts have reacted angrily to the government's refusal to extend the stamp duty holiday. The government has told campaigners that...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Losing Money: Fall throughs cost £10k a month per branch

Fall throughs which could be avoided by Reservation Agreements have cost agency branches an average £10,000 per month. That’s the claim from digital...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance - agents must wait even longer

The hundreds of estate and lettings agencies involved in various Business Interruption Insurance policies must wait even longer to find their...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Another record for house prices as official figures show rapid growth

Another day, another index, another record - house prices rose 5.4 per cent annually in October according to official figures from the Office...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Sheepish grins, woolly jumpers, and Ewe-tide greetings

With a headline like that, we can only be talking about the annual EweMove Christmas video, consisting of the hybrid agency’s...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents demand immediate tax action to help market

NAEA Propertymark has written to the Scottish Government demanding it extend the current Land and Buildings Transaction Tax holiday - the...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News