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New online agency SealedBid targets high-end buyers and sellers

An online agency which claims to be the first in the world to be dedicated to sealed bid property sales, is...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency ‘has approached Facebook to list properties’

Estate Agent Today understands that a high-profile online estate agency in the UK has approached Facebook with a view to operating...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

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

18 November 2017

From: Features

A Short history of Stamp Duty

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

18 November 2017

From: Features

Should agents pay for an increased Trading Standards budget?

A large part of the DCLG’s Call for Evidence on the home buying and selling process focuses on the role of...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Firm’s record month in increasingly-competitive auction market

Auction House says it sold more properties in October than during any other month in the company’s 10 year history. The firm...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want government hand-out to modernise house buying

A conveyancing body says it wants the government to allocate “a small fund” in next week’s Budget to promote research into...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Most senior Tory MP yet says she's open to stamp duty reform

Nicky Morgan, a former Cabinet minister and now chair of the highly respected Commons' Treasury Select Committee, is the most senior...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide online 'pause' is unforgivable says leading analyst

Countrywide's decision to 'pause' the roll-out of its online option for sellers and landlords is "unforgivable and dumbfounding" according to a...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Former NAEA chief ignored by minister and asks: 'Is he in hiding?'

Former National Association of Estate Agents president Simon Gerrard is renewing his campaign for the government to adopt two innovative reforms...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New leasehold reform Bill to help those stranded in their homes

Labour MP Justin Madders is working on a Private Members' Bill creating leasehold reform in a bid to help leaseholders who, he...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

House Buying Review pushes PropTech firms into action

The government's call for evidence from agents and others in a bid to improve the house buying process has pushed some...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the last fortnight might not matter

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

04 November 2017

From: Features

Buying Reform: call for legally-binding Reservation Agreements

An influential consumer group has responded to the government’s commitment to reform the house buying process by advocating legally-binding reservation agreements...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The story of the $500 billion Prince

Saudi Arabia has announced it’s to build a new mega-city, rising out of the desert sands in the kingdom’s north, adorning...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Jostling for position: battle of the property portals continues

The fact is that most house hunters simply do not have the time, let alone the inclination, to trawl around properties...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: here’s why crowdfunding is the future

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

28 October 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Avoiding the Trough of Disillusionment

With more news of PropTech investment, this time with Spotahome and Nested, one can’t help but wonder if this boom period is...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers are piloting HIPs-style 'Digital Home Reports'

The Conveyancing Association says some of its members are piloting HIPs-style Digital Home Reports in a bid to reduce fall-throughs and...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

£36m investment for agency that offers a guaranteed sale price

Innovative London agency Nested has raised an additional £36m in funding - brining the total behind the company to almost £50m. Nested,...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers and searches in firing line of new government probe

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

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove marketing chief named one of 1,000 top Londoners

The head of marketing at Rightmove has been named as one of London’s most influential people - a sign of the...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Government launches consultation into house buying and selling

The government has launched a consultation this weekend calling for evidence on how to make the home buying process “cheaper, faster...

22 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation isn’t a substitute for action

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

21 October 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty tinkering will make the whole process more complicated

With the Budget just over a month away, the steady stream of ‘leaks’ continues to grow as journalists and the industry...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Win a home for £2 ... but pay 5% commission when you sell

A new online property competition platform has launched that gives entrants the opportunity to win a home for £2 - but...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise on the cards after house price hikes fuel inflation

Analysts believe a rise in the Bank of England base rate is on the cards next month as a result of the...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Getting cosy with the winners MIPIM NYC winners

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

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Government to hold housing summit tomorrow as it scrambles for ideas

It has been revealed that the beleaguered government of Theresa May is to hold a summit at 10 Downing Street tomorrow...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New 'speed sharing' format for agents' national conference

The upcoming national conference for the Relocation Agent Network is introducing an innovative format for part of its agenda - speed...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

A new type of hybrid agency - with a high street touch-screen

A new firm has launched in Surrey describing itself as “the premium hybrid estate agency” with an innovative presence on the...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - this week, mostly for children

There’s a particularly heart-warming theme to Agents Do Charity this week...several of our heroic industry figures are raising funds for children and...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Remind your clients: UK agency fees are competitive

There’s much said in the mainstream press about estate agency fees and how costly they can be for consumers. But one point...

11 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech Today: Remember who you are dealing with

If an industry, which is going through a major change is going to truly implement change at every level, it must...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Management buy-out for Reapit with major new PropTech investment

After some months of speculation within the industry, high-profile supplier Reapit has confirmed today that it is the subject of a...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Prominent Tory wants stamp duty switched from buyers to sellers

Conservative MP John Stevenson is the latest to throw his weight behind switching the burden of stamp duty from the buyer...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Back To The Future: a short history of rent controls

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

07 October 2017

From: Features

Party conference season - A housing plan for UK Plc

And so concludes another party conference season.  We’ve followed the great and the good (both terms are debatable) around Torbay, Bournemouth,...

07 October 2017

From: Features

Agency beefs up London presence ahead of potential headwinds

Carter Jonas has made three key appointments to beef up its London team. Simon Scott has joined as an associate partner in...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New-build glut adds volatility to improving central London market

Respected buying agency Black Brick says there is evidence that prices in prime central London may be stabilising and transactions volumes...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the falling leaves edition...

It’s not just that the days are shortening and the occasional smell of smoke lingers in the evening - the weather...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Dismay as Tories admit extra housing cash means only 25,000 homes

The Conservative party, in a press statement released to clarify comments made by Theresa May, says the government’s proposed extra £2...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

England's new homes shortfall 'will exceed one million by 2022' - claim

England faces a growing gulf between new build completions and new households being added to the population according to a new...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

London council wants to levy first-ever mansion tax on high-value homes

A Conservative council in London says it is to be the first local authority in the UK to levy a voluntary...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: investment website raises questions over its profitability

Investment website The Motley Fool says comparisons between forecast and actual profits reported by Purplebricks suggest the company’s position isn’t -...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Why Uber’s troubles are reflected in estate agency

As those of us in the industry know, there is a fine balance to strike between disruptive technology – and the...

30 September 2017

From: Features

Get paid on time: Q&A with PayProp's Neil Cobbold

Having launched 13 years ago, PayProp, part of Humanstate Group, an international private technology services group, has grown into a leading...

30 September 2017

From: Features

Can estate management open doors for letting agents?

The UK is home to four million leasehold properties in private ownership, according to government figures. The majority of which require...

30 September 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - with your chance to win new funding too...

Every week we carry reports of how great causes are helped by individual agents and other property professionals - this week...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Traditional agents blame onliners for chain delays and fall-throughs

There is growing concern that online agents who do not chase-up on behalf of clients are leading to delays and fall-throughs...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Private sellers and agents to list on new off-market sales website

The agent behind a new online service covering off-market homes in part of prime central London says his service will expand...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Over a quarter choose to buy their property on the first viewing

A survey of over 1,700 people has revealed that over a quarter who have purchased their home in the last 12 months...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the helping children edition...

Agents’ charity fundraising obviously spans a wide range of genuinely good causes, but it’s noticeable that at the end of each...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Mr Bruce’s message of hope

When Kenneth Bruce, co-founder of Purplebricks, published an emotional post on social media this week, my first reaction was; what a...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: estate agency then, now and in the future

How has the world of estate agency changed in the last few decades? That’s the question this week’s Natter is going...

16 September 2017

From: Features

The market’s missing homemovers

It appears activity in the housing market in 2017 will be around 15% down on 2016. The number of housing transactions...

16 September 2017

From: Features

Is the stigma of renting at odds with our broken housing market?

I’ve written before about the impact of headlines on the property industry. Interest rate speculation.   Market booms and busts. Demand...

16 September 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Conference season - Where will I see you?

And so summer draws to a close. The slow, lazy months of July and August have come to pass and the...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Service lists High Street agents that are 'Purplebricks Price Beaters'

An online platform that allows the public to compare the services and fees of traditional estate agents in their areas has...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Viewber marks its first year with its 6,500th appointment

Viewber, the outsourced viewing service, has marked its first anniversary by notching up its 6,500th appointment.  Launched in early September 2016 by...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Famous prime London agency expands after merger with rival

Beauchamp Estates has announced that it will have a fourth prime central London office following its merger with Marylebone-based Hanover.  The Marylebone...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

The return of the Green Deal - are you ready for MEES?

Some good news is here for landlords and letting agents worried about the energy efficiency rating of their property – the...

09 September 2017

From: Features

Tips for surviving the ban on letting agent fees

Parliament is sitting again and the entire lettings industry is waiting with bated breath for more detail on the government’s proposal...

09 September 2017

From: Features

Estate Agent Today Panel: what next for agents and OnTheMarket?

Let’s be honest - few people saw this coming. The 89 to 11 per cent majority amongst Agents’ Mutual members for...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Hunters emphasises online success, despite challenging market

Hunters’ figures for the six months to the end of June show small rises in income and turnover but a substantial...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit is not a consideration for majority of home movers

New research has revealed that Britain's impending exit from the European Union is not a consideration for 71% of consumers. A study...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 September 2017

From: Features

Three reasons why we need stamp duty reform

Whenever any research is released, part of me can’t help thinking of that old adage, ‘lies, damn lies and statistics’ especially...

02 September 2017

From: Features

Savills stays silent on valuation allegation and High Court order

Savills is remaining silent on the issues surrounding the apparent filing of a High Court order that may oblige the agency...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency subject of another complaint about website wording

Online agency HouseSimple has once again been the subject of a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. Earlier this month a HouseSimple advertisement...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Why consolidation and collaboration are badly needed

“When an industry is new, still finding its feet, finding its purpose, the tendency is for those few people within it...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty: new analysis shows burden falling on Southern England

Analysis by the Nationwide suggests that the proportion of UK-wide stamp duty payments paid by purchasers in the south east of...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

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

26 August 2017

From: Features

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

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

26 August 2017

From: Features

Countrywide woe continues as share price hits new record low

Countrywide’s share price hit a record low during trading yesterday afternoon when it dropped to 137.75p, having opened the day at...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman warns that expelled agency may be trading illegally

The Property Ombudsman has expelled a London lettings and estate agency for a year and is warning that the firm may...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket: no comment on 'deferred debt for Yes votes' claim

OnTheMarket is declining to comment after suggestions were floated that some debts by its member agents could be deferred, or in some...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory-led body says second home owners should be penalised more

A think tank says the penalties now levied against second home owners - such as the stamp duty surcharge and phasing...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2017

From: Features

Property Natter – are you GDPR-ready?

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

19 August 2017

From: Features

Charity blasts stamp duty critics 'wanting to sell £1m-plus mansions'

Shelter, the campaigning charity that has been hugely critical of private landlords and letting agents in recent years, has now launched...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Banned!  Online firm claimed High Street agents charge 1.5% to 4%

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned online agency HouseSimple from claiming that High Street agents charge “1.5% to 4% (plus 20%...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Two new solutions prove property is ready to go mobile

I’m excited to write this piece. I love it when something comes along and delivers that genuine thrill; the thrill of...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

UK home ownership is in structural decline warns Barclays bank

The price of houses in the UK will remain high because a “structural decline” means fewer homes are being sold and...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

EweMove boss named as part of Property Franchise Group new blood

A new managing director has been named for EweMove - with the promise of more high-level appointments to come for the...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Humberts could extend online option to sales, after evaluation

Humberts, which yesterday launched an online-only option for landlord clients, says it is “not closing the door” on expanding the idea...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket member agency claims it can list online-only properties

Humberts, a member of Agents’ Mutual, is today launching an online-only option and claims it can list online-only properties on OnTheMarket. Such...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Newspapers ramp up pressure for further reform of stamp duty

Stamp duty has become the latest weapon in the ongoing war of words between different wings of the Conservative party, as...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the stock market likes disruptors

The stock exchange seems to be on everyone’s lips at the moment. There’s Agents’ Mutual seeking to float on the Alternative Investment...

12 August 2017

From: Features

Labour and Conservative square up over second home taxes

The two main political parties have squared up to each other over the issue of increasing council tax on second homes...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Building bridges: Q&A with Daniel Owen-Parr of Together

As the mainstream mortgage market braces itself for yet another clampdown on buy-to-let lending, a growing number of property investors are...

04 August 2017

From: Features

Property Natter - a short history of estate agency

Property has been changing hands for centuries, but when did estate agents as we know them today – with their branches,...

04 August 2017

From: Features

“Super short-term rentals” and subletting: the future of the private rented sector

Historically, short-term rentals have been an unattractive business for the majority of estate agents and property managers. Scarcity of demand from tenants...

04 August 2017

From: Features

What does Agents’ Mutual’s proposed flotation mean for agents?

I hate to be the guy to say ‘I told you so’…but I told you so! It seems that my predictions...

04 August 2017

From: Features

What now for Agents’ Mutual?

Agents’ Mutual (oops, that name might need to change…read on) has been touting its recent legal victory and is about to...

03 August 2017

From: Features

FUTURE:PropTech 2018 - conference on industry technology confirmed

The highly-popular FUTURE:PropTech conference, regarded as the leading event for showcasing and debating industry technology, has been confirmed again for next...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons told: 'More digital innovation or risk being left behind'

Two leading property technology experts have warned Foxtons that it risks failing to keep up with the digital revolution which the...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket holding 20 meetings across UK with agents this month

OnTheMarket is this month holding 20 meetings for member agents to explain “progress and plans” for the portal.   The meetings - sometimes...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

UK home buyers 'most online-savvy in the world' says bank

House hunters in the UK are the global leaders in online property research according to a new study from HSBC.    The bank...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 July 2017

From: Features

Rightmove reports rise in agents, traffic and revenue per advertiser

In its latest report to shareholders, Rightmove has revealed yet more growth in agent numbers, traffic to its website, revenue per...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

The Property Ombudsman expels three agencies

Three agencies have been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman for two or more years, after failing to pay awards...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The importance of sustained innovation in viewings

I would argue the property industry is fundamentally inefficient. Much of that inefficiency is now being handled by PropTech companies and...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2017

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

22 July 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: The long-term future of renting is short-term lettings

You may have heard that Airbnb and property management company, Lavanda has closed a £1 million angel investment round.  Backers include Purplebricks...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister Sharma at centre of Twitter and speech disputes

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

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a half-year review – hybrids, PropTech and resilience

We’re already more than halfway through 2017 and, against all the odds, it’s pushing 2016 close in terms of eventfulness and...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Scrap the bureaucracy and let’s have simple rental regulation

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

14 July 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - even in this great week of sport...

Wimbledon finals and the British Grand Prix await us this weekend and The Open begins a few days later, completing what...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Most £1m-plus sales this year likely to take place outside Greater London

Gently rising house values in the mainstream market and problems facing the prime market in the capital mean that over half...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Huge overhaul of agents' data protection systems needed, says expert

Estate and letting agents are being urged to prepare for new data protection legislation coming into effect next year - but...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Savvy Sellers - traditional city agency launches online option

A traditional estate agency has launched a new online package to give vendors the opportunity “to save thousands.” FranKeys in Lincoln has...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 July 2017

From: Features

Search firm wants conveyancers to commission more fracking reports

A Conservative commitment to allow more fracking is the trigger for conveyancers to gather yet more environmental information during the search...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Reviews - Agency complaint about Purplebricks upheld by watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint over a Purplebricks website statement featuring testimonials from clients; the complaint was made...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

An inconvenient truth - Help To Buy mostly helps the better off

Government schemes like Help To Buy, supposedly assisting more people get on the ladder, have little impact on improving social mobility...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 July 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks: nothing divides estate agency more than this

Few things provoke argument within the industry more than the online v traditional agency debate - and within that debate, nothing...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial £2.875m raffle of Right To Buy house is back on

The controversial raffle of a home reportedly purchased in 2014 under the Right To Buy scheme for just £360,000 is back...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New housing minister to make first key industry speech this week

New housing minister Alok Sharma is set to make his first key speech this week, at the Housing 2017 conference in...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 June 2017

From: Features

Uncertainty over government 'aim' to streamline house buying process

The detailed paperwork accompanying the Queen’s Speech includes the Conservative party manifesto pledge to streamline house buying - but gives no...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Another Guild link-up - this time it's with an online auction firm

The Guild of Property Professionals, which earlier this month merged with easyProperty, has now announced a new link up, this time...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran Harry Hill slams crass housing minister appointment

Harry Hill - former chief executive of Countrywide and founder of Rightmove - has sharply criticised the appointment of Theresa May’s...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2017

From: Features

Property needs to rise above politics now more than ever

“Housing policy should be in independent hands.” That was the conclusion of a panel debate that Andrews held, not recently, but two...

17 June 2017

From: Features

Planning homes for the future

In their election rhetoric all the political parties informed us that the UK is experiencing a ‘housing crisis’, with all promising...

17 June 2017

From: Features

Online estate agent secures another £1.2 million in funding

Online estate agency Settled has raised £1.2 million in funding to further develop its product. Settled describes itself as a 'powerful digital...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency urges Tories to implement housing white paper policies

A regional estate agency has urged the Government and the new housing minister to implement the policies outlined in the housing...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry reacts to appointment of new housing minister

The property industry has broadly welcomed the appointment of a new housing minister, which was made yesterday evening. Reading West MP Alok...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

High street agency latest to launch online service alongside traditional brand

A one branch independent estate agency has this week launched a fixed-fee sales option alongside its traditional commission-based service. WH Breading, which...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing industry reacts to shock general election result

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

10 June 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Is Zoopla about to make a push for agents’ jobs?

Not in vain the distance beacons. Forward, forward let us range, Let the great world spin forever down the ringing grooves of...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Homeowners trust Tories to run UK housing market

British homeowners have the most confidence in the Conservative Party to run the nation's housing market. A survey of almost 4,500 homeowners,...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Investor consultancy wants new government to lay off property

London Central Portfolio, a property investment consultancy, has set out a five point plan for the next government elected this week...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems change name of their 'mock estate agency'

If a political party wants to run a country, it’s probably a good idea that it shows it can at least...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

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

03 June 2017

From: Features

Election preview: Could we be heading for a ‘black swan moment’?

In years to come, students of political history might come to look at the 2017 General Election campaign with some interest....

03 June 2017

From: Features

Biggest-ever study reveals why most vendors choose traditional agents

A study described as the biggest of its type seeks to explain why vendors choose - or avoid - online agents. The...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Uber and Moda Living collaborate on Build to Rent

It has been announced that Uber, the taxi company, has teamed up with build to rent firm, Moda Living, to ‘revolutionise renting’.    This...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Oops - Lib Dems open fake estate agency, but use name of real firm

Vigilant followers of the Liberal Democrats may have spotted a blog in the name of Mark Pack early yesterday morning, commenting...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Leasehold reform: major political parties don't promise enough, says group

The Conservative and Labour party manifestos do not go far enough to tackle problems with the leasehold system. That’s the view of...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 May 2017

From: Features

Reform of buying and selling - The industry should prepare now

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

27 May 2017

From: Features

Property Natter – awards success, purple and the future of agency

Since we last spoke, the ESTAS – the biggest and best property awards ceremony in the UK – has been and...

27 May 2017

From: Features

Conveyancers back Tories' call to modernise house buying process

Conveyancers have backed a call by the Conservatives for reform of the house buying process - and says more up-front information...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - more heart-warming examples of kindness

As we end an especially tragic week, it is heart-warming to remember how our industry - along with so many other...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer wants sellers to agree pre-viewing property info questionnaire

A conveyancing expert is calling for sellers to complete and return their property information questionnaire to their conveyancer before there have...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG reports big surge in agents and listings over past six months

ZPG has published its half-year figures this morning showing a six per cent rise in the number of agents and a...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Google announce plans for world’s first Smart City

Google, under the command of parent company, Alphabet, has set its sights on building the world’s first digital city, in Toronto,...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Manifesto wants new Land Value Tax and urges Right To Buy scrapped

The Green Party, one of the final political groups to launch their manifesto for the June 8 General Election, wants an end...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove might lose business to Purplebricks, suggests consultancy

Two of the most influential figures behind the PropTech sector have run a microscope over Rightmove’s business model and technology -...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tories backtrack on HIPs but still want massive house sales reform

The Conservative Party says it wants greater competition and more digitisation to cut the costs and reduce the amount of time...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Home ownership has halved for young families in parts of the UK

Home ownership has halved for young families across some parts of the UK according to a charity.  The Resolution Foundation says its...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2017

From: Features

Tories insist HIPs are not on their way back after all

The Conservatives now say they are not resuscitating Home Information Packs, despite a suggestion by a prominent former minister that they "had...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Comparison service releases online agencies' performance data

The comparison service Get Agent has released the full details of its analysis of the performance of four different online estate...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - is this peak-fundraising week?

This might just be one of the busiest Agents Do Charity columns we’ve ever had with many firms having a mixture...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tories propose house buying reforms in election manifesto

The Conservatives have this morning announced a reform of the house buying process in the party’s manifesto for the June 8...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

City analyst uses Foxtons' figures to diss Purplebricks inventory

A respected City analyst has pointedly dissed Purplebricks over its allegedly modest inventory of homes for sale and rent. Antony Codling of...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Viewber network now over 1,200 as startup closes funding round

Viewber, the outsourced property viewing service and brainchild of high-profile former estate agent Ed Mead, says its network of 'Viewbers' now...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform can win over voters, says UK's largest independent

The boss of the UK's largest independent agency has called on the government to be 'radical' and consider a range of...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Top 20 features that sell vendors' homes

New research has identified homebuyers' top 20 'must-have' features that would encourage them to purchase a seller's property. According to the survey...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Fake agents’ are crippling independents’ reputations and livelihoods

Think ‘fake agents’ are no threat to your business? Think again. The rise of online agents - dubbed by some as...

12 May 2017

From: Features

New homes: where is the supply being concentrated?

Since the seventies, housing starts and completions across England and Wales have been on a downward trajectory. The long run average...

12 May 2017

From: Features

'Raffle Property' stunts risk contravening gambling legislation

An attempt to raffle a property - like the much-publicised case of an owner in south east London, which reached some...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Cash makes up 42% of funding for buying homes - should we worry?

Cash is becoming an increasingly large proportion of the funding used to buy homes according to a new analysis of transactions...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

More mortgage products available now than at any time since 2008

There are more mortgage products available to buyers now than at any time since 2008 according to respected finance monitor service...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Is Countrywide in trouble over sale of commercial arm LSH?

Reports in the commercial property industry publication Property Week suggest there may be difficulties concerning the sale of Countrywide’s commercial operation,...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q1 2017

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

06 May 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: a conference smorgasbord

It’s that time of year again – peak conference/event season. And, while Brexit and a shock snap general election are dominating...

06 May 2017

From: Features

Councils 'spending millions' buying back Right To Buy properties

An investigation by the BBC has revealed that councils are spending million buying back homes they sold at a discount under...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Will the Conservatives introduce Capital Gains Tax on family homes?

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

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Vendors shouldn't assume they'll achieve the same price no matter who's selling

Even some of the most successful professionals from other professions fail to grasp the most important point when it comes to...

29 April 2017

From: Features

Housing policy progress will suffer thanks to snap General Election

Not only did Theresa May stun everyone with her decision to call a ‘snap election’ but with the campaign now underway...

29 April 2017

From: Features

Guild's new chief exec goes on the road to meet agents across UK

The Guild of Property Professionals is holding its annual regional meetings next month at 10 sporting venues across the UK under...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: no change imminent, predicts Communities Secretary

Anyone hoping that the General Election could herald an immediate change of heart by the Conservatives on high levels of stamp...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Top PropTech influencers target agents and others with new venture

Two figures with high profiles in the world of PropTech have formed a consultancy to try to sell their services to...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

#GE2017: Housing minister will leave his post on May 3

Yesterday’s decision by MPs to agree to Theresa May’s snap General Election on June 8 means that the current government -...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents back likely Conservative victory in June General Election

Estate agents have been broadly supportive of the decision by Prime Minister Theresa May to push for a snap General Election...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency basement reopens 16 months after devastating flooding

Work has been completed on the £300,000 refurbishment of the lower ground floor of city living specialist estate agency Morgans in...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Two more years of government pain for the industry

My apologies if this causes you to break your Easter egg with a little too much aggression, but I reckon the...

15 April 2017

From: Features

Gavriel Merkado, REalyse CEO & Founder

Q: What does it say on your business card? Gavriel Merkado, Founder and CEO of REalyse Q: Who are REalyse? REalyse is a big...

13 April 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

5 steps to golden customer service

Walk in your customers’ shoes Experiencing your business as your customers do would be our number one rule. How often do you...

13 April 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Hunters profits up 31% in agency's first year on the stock market

Hunters has told investors that its revenues rose 15 per cent to £13.8m in the year to the end of December,...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Developers want SDLT and tax changes reversed to boost sales

More than three quarters of developers want to see the government go into reverse on its stamp duty and mortgage interest...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Parents pay £825 for child's first owned home or £631 for first rental

A survey of 1,000 parents has apparently revealed just how much they pay when their offspring first leaves home to live...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

London to be chronically undersupplied with new homes - agent

The number of new homes built in London will reach record levels in 2017, according to high-end agency Savills - but...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market review

In recent years the mortgage industry has gone through some testing times. Recession and regulation have led to more stringent lending...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Purple smoke and mirrors

Purplebricks’ advertising is very negative and critical of the competition. They talk about 'commisery', trying to make potential sellers feel ripped...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: Q & A with David Cox, ARLA Propertymark

In this Natter we have an exclusive interview with David Cox, CEO of ARLA Propertymark and one of the best-known figures...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Looking back at ten years of tenancy deposit schemes

Ten years ago this month (April 2007) tenancy deposit schemes were first introduced in England and Wales.  You need to go a...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the getting-close-to-Easter edition

It’s peak business season for many agents right now and yet they still have time to do good work for charities...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

How to take better property photos with sunny weather

Finally! Spring has arrived so your property photos should look brighter and more cheerful shouldn’t they? I say, ‘should’ advisedly, because...

05 April 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Twelve new EweMove franchises added so far this year

Property Franchise Group - formerly known as Martin & Co - has announced that 12 EweMove franchises have been sold in...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Global agency to open offices across London and the UK

A Cincinatti-based international property agency, Barnes, has acquired a majority stake in the high end consultancy Hanover Private Office. “We believe there...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New agents group seeks 'pre-launch' members - and says it may float

The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents has started its ‘pre-launch’ membership drive - and says it ultimately want to...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

How to take better property photos with sunny weather

Finally! Spring has arrived so your property photos should look brighter and more cheerful shouldn’t they? I say, ‘should’ advisedly, because...

03 April 2017

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

01 April 2017

From: Features

Conveyancing: Market problems relate to flawed system, not staff

The publication of our Strategic Plan, ‘Building the framework for the future’, met with an anticipated degree of positive and not-so-positive...

01 April 2017

From: Features

James Dearsley: The teenage angst of PropTech and traditionalists

As Trussle and Placester add to 2017s bonkers tally of PropTech investment, isn’t it time we end the conflict between Tech...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency reports new homes scheme sells out in four hours

A scheme of eight individual apartments in Leamington Spa has sold out in just four hours. Estate agency ehB Residential sold all...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency reveals 'managed transition' of some staff to rival company

Carter Jonas is expanding its activities in south west England by opening new branches and through the unusual route of a...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Multi-million investment for agency giving 'guaranteed price' to sellers

Nested, the chain-breaking estate agency that offers vendors a guaranteed sale of their property within 90 days, has secured a new...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Housing must not be ignored in the clamour

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

18 March 2017

From: Features

Redressing the balance: why we need more women in agency

Earlier this week it was Dads4Daughters Day – a campaign that strives to promote gender equality in the workplace.  I have three...

18 March 2017

From: Features

4 Reasons Why Virtual Furnishing Really Is The Future

It seems prop-tech is exploding at a scary rate, and the latest brands are all trying to grab our attention by...

17 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Conveyancers want 'log book' and 'home report' for each property

The Conveyancing Association wants the creation of a ‘log book’ and ‘Home Reports’ for each home on sale - reminiscent in...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Another part of the UK prepares to scrap Right To Buy

Wales is the latest part of the UK to formally scrap the policy which was once the flagship of Margaret Thatcher’s...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

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

11 March 2017

From: Features

Portillo attacks Tory government over owner-occupier 'freefall'

Former Conservative minister Michael Portillo has made an outspoken attack on his former party over its switch of housing policy emphasis from...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New agency offers 'guaranteed price' to vendors ahead of sale

A new London-based online estate agency called Nested says it has had a “superb start” to trading, using its unusual business...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage 'forces councils to spend £2m a day on B&Bs'

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is forcing councils to spend more than £2m a day on temporary accommodation for homeless...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

Looking ahead to the Spring Budget this week, the Chancellor Philip Hammond will be obliged to face up to the implications...

04 March 2017

From: Features

Read all about it: Will agents continue to advertise in print?

I had a very interesting chat with the man behind a new portal the other day. He was John Dixon, the portal...

04 March 2017

From: Features

A look into the future of the buy-to-let market

With tax relief changes, a rise in Stamp Duty for second homes and strict mortgage affordability checks now in place, it...

04 March 2017

From: Features

Key property dates for agents’ diaries

One thing that can be guaranteed in the property world each year is a range of conferences and awards dinners. Very...

01 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

James Dearsley: The blooming symbiosis of PropTech and FinTech

There has been some really interesting talk recently of the relationship between FinTech (Finance Technology) and PropTech (Property Technology). A few...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

What does the future hold for the buy-to-let market?

Over the past two decades, investing in buy-to-let has been a relatively easy way to make money, which is why so...

25 February 2017

From: Features

Will incorporation affect the agent/landlord relationship?

The buy-to-let market has gone through significant change in the last year and with the Budget just around the corner, what...

25 February 2017

From: Features

Agency disputes rival firm's claim that it 'sells homes faster'

An estate agency in the north of England has complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about a rival firm’s claims saying...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Questions asked over government's '1m new homes' figure

A trade publication claims the UK’s statistics watchdog is to hold talks with a Whitehall department about the government’s much-vaunted 'one...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 February 2017

From: Features

Agents' Mutual one other portal hearing: no immediate decision

The Competition Appeals Tribunal hearing between Agents’ Mutual and Connells-owned agency Gascoigne Halman is to be concluded on Monday - but...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – a conference wrapped in Guild

Excuse the puntastic (or not) title, but as you’ve no doubt already deciphered I took a trip northwards a couple of...

11 February 2017

From: Features

What we learnt about the Government post-White Paper

If you work in lettings, I’ll already have a pretty good idea on how you feel about the current Conservative Government.  The...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Is building homes in factories the solution to the housing crisis?

The chronic shortage of housing supply in the UK relative to demand has been a national issue for decades. The Government...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Christopher Merriman, Land and Planning Director at Intro Crowd

What does it say on your business card? Christopher Merriman, Land and Planning Director at Intro Crowd Who are Intro Crowd? Intro...

10 February 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Here are all 29 key points in the Housing White Paper

The government has set out 29 key points in its Housing White Paper.   Introducing it in the Commons this afternoon, Communities Secretery Sajid...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing White Paper - what to expect from today's release

A series of leaks to national newspapers and a flurry of broadcast interviews by housing minister Gavin Barwell means we already know...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO defends code change over buyers' pre-contract deposits

The Property Ombudsman’s office has defended a change to its code of practice which, according to a national newspaper, means agents...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

White Paper: poor new-build figures as emphasis shifts to renting

There's bad news for the government in the form of house building targets on the eve of its long-awaited Housing White...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Mergers of independent agents: how to achieve completion

From the outset of any merger, it is vital that each agency understands and can identify its purpose and the USP...

04 February 2017

From: Features

Housing White Paper - first details start to emerge

First details of the long-awaited Housing White Paper have emerged in stories in newspapers frequently used by government to float ideas. The...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Guarantee blue skies! Bad weather doesn’t mean bad photos when you use Doctor Photo

Annoying isn’t it. You take on a stunning property, agree a compelling asking price and your Vendor is desperate to get the...

02 February 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Article 50 will create uncertainty but Brexit worst over, says agency chief

Brexit and the economic uncertainty since the EU Referendum have not prevented Connells delivering overall growth in 2016 - despite a...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Row over council paying 18 estate agents to find homes to buy

A row has broken out over council tax funds being used to pay 18 estate agencies to find homes for a...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Vendor 'makes £67,500' by using traditional estate agent

A high street agency has turned the online sector’s advertising technique on its head. Instead of a seller revealing ‘saved’ fees by...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

 Opportunity for letting agents as landlords struggle with new law

Legal firm Kirwans have released shocking statistics which state that 70% of eviction notices issued by landlords to tenants may be...

30 January 2017

From: Sponsored Content

How can estate agents secure more new build housing instructions?

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

28 January 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: why people crave instant gratification

Instant gratification is nothing new. It’s been around for millennia. It’s an in-built survival instinct for humans – that want, that...

28 January 2017

From: Features

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

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

28 January 2017

From: Features

A short-term lettings storm at the seaside

The south’s seaside resorts are stealing the headlines for all the wrong reasons and at the heart of the troublesome issue...

28 January 2017

From: Features

PropTech: voice control software to be introduced for sales apps

The property marketing company Pelican Media is preparing to launch what it claims is the industry’s first voice control software across...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q4 ‘16

No longer just a domain for investors, developers and property traders, the auction room is now the preferred option of buying...

21 January 2017

From: Features

Independence may be the undoing of the Independents

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

21 January 2017

From: Features

Purplebricks recruits TV property star for 'Commisery' campaign

The average fee paid by sellers to high street estate agents in the past year is £4,055 claims Purplebricks - an...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Top industry trainer promises to 'rattle industry cages' on tour

One of the country’s leading estate agency consultants and trainers, Richard Rawlings, this week embarks on a six-week tour of the...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

What next for the rental market in 2017?

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

14 January 2017

From: Features

Mergers of independent estate agencies: the market and the price

Consolidation continues apace amongst traditional estate agents. The raft of pressures on agents is increasing and these pressures have two strong...

14 January 2017

From: Features

MP backs petition demanding alleged killers of estate agent are tried

A Conservative MP has backed a petition calling for the alleged killers of an estate agent to be handed over to...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

EweMove's cut-price franchise offer to lure traditional agents

EweMove - the hybrid agency now part of Martin & Co’s Property Franchise Group - is slashing its up-front franchise fee...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit: estate agent recruitment guru slams anti-migration report

The managing director of the UK’s oldest estate agent recruitment consultancy has slammed a report which claims a cap on skilled...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New homes: Sajid and Gavin must do better

Now I’m not one to lose sleep over politicians, but it strikes me that Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Housing Minister...

07 January 2017

From: Features

Seek and ye shall find

I have a confession to make. In 1988 I became a Seekers franchisee. For those of you who don't know who...

07 January 2017

From: Features

Internet property pioneer says online agents must raise prices

One of the earliest entrepreneurs to found a website to allow for-sale-by-owner property listings back in 2000, predicts current online agents...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

'Expect more big agency firms to back online projects in 2017' - claim

The head of a new ‘disruptive’ online mortgage service says 2017 will see more major estate agency and other property businesses...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Estate Agent Today - this is what's in store...

This is the final Estate Agent Today until Tuesday January 3 2017, so everyone at Angels Media sends all good wishes for...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing crisis: number of 25-year-old owners 'halved in past 20 years'

Home ownership rates among 25-year-olds have plummeted by more than half in 20 years, council leaders have warned.  New analysis for the...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Mid West Displays and Wrights Plastics, perfect partners to achieve customer satisfaction

Richard Morris MD at Hartleys Estate Agents, part of the Newton Fallowell Group, approached Mid West Displays looking for a team...

21 December 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Government pledges to tackle leasehold abuses in the new year

Housing minister Gavin Barwell says the government will put forward proposals in the new year to stop abuses of the leasehold...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Quote, unquote - What the industry said in 2016

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

17 December 2016

From: Features

Human interaction with tech is a winning combination

Technology has been continuing to shape the way estate agents manage their customer service offering for years. It’s now a completely...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - with just one week to Christmas...

Only a week to the Christmas break and still our industry goes above and beyond the call of duty to raise...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government consults over 'banning orders' for 'rogue property agents'

The government has launched an official consultation process on a package of measures to crack down on what it calls ‘rogue...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Newly-launched PropTech company joins ESTAS sponsor roll-call

The ESTAS awards have a new main category sponsor - PropTech company OneDome. The OneDome service, launched last month, provides free-to-use information...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Car parks: the answer to Britain's affordable homes shortage?

One of Britain’s best known housing innovators says he may just have found one way of helping overcome the UK’s shortage...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Are landlords about to ditch letting agents and go it alone?

Next year is likely to be a challenging time for letting agents, following a raft of changes introduced by the government...

09 December 2016

From: Features

The PRS is set to benefit from a flourishing tech sector

One of the key factors associated with an active private rental market in the UK, as detailed in the Dataloft PRS...

09 December 2016

From: Features

Connells-owned online agency Hatched plans 2017 regional expansion

Hatched, the online agency snapped up just over a year ago by Connells in what was described as an ‘industry defining’...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

More of your pictures - Santas, sleighs and trees in the offices!

It may have been a challenging year for parts of the industry but there’s no lack of motivation when it comes...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: five things we’ve learnt this year

What a mad, bonkers year it’s been. We’ve had, in no particular order: Trump, Brexit, Leicester winning the Premier League, a...

03 December 2016

From: Features

Estate agents' board ban extended - for no less than 10 years

A ban on For Sale and To Let boards in central areas of Bath has been extended - for no less...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

24-hour tube gives nearby homes 10% uplift says data consultancy

One of Britain’s most prominent property data companies says homes near London Underground tube stations with 24-hour trains will see a...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

The market is dead, long live the market

Listening to all the coverage of the tenant fee ban, all I hear is consumer groups talking about how some agents...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Property in the capital - London’s night economy

London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s aim of creating a 24-hour city is one step closer with the appointment of London’s first Night...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Anger over Chancellor ignoring industry's pleas on stamp duty

The industry has reacted angrily to the Chancellor declining to change stamp duty despite pleas from agents and suppliers ahead of the Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Foxtons and other property shares tumble thanks to Hammond

Share prices for both Foxtons and Countrywide took a significant tumble yesterday as news of the ban on letting agents’ fees...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

ICYMI: What agents need to know from the Autumn Statement

In case you missed it yesterday, here’s a summary of everything relating to property that was in Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

More homes, letting fees banned, but no change to stamp duty or buy to let tax

Phillip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement, tackling amongst other things, what he called “the housing challenge.” The speech made no...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

High-end market 'toxic' thanks to stubborn sellers, foreign buyers, SDLT

Estate agency Carter Jonas has made critical comments about the high-end housing market, suggesting a combination of factors have created “a toxic landscape”. Rory...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Why do agents need a fast, responsive website?

In the world of property and estate agency, competition is always fierce. It’s the same when it comes to your website....

22 November 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Relocation Agent Network celebrates 28 winners in 2016

Relocation Agent Network has ended the year handing out 28 awards to individuals and firms at a gala dinner in London. The...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

So just who is Britain's most successful modern housing minister?

The Daily Mail has calculated which of the 13 housing ministers in office before this autumn has been the most successful,...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents finalise their wish-list ahead of this week's Autumn Statement

Estate agents have spent the weekend finalising their wish-list and lobbying MPs and government ahead of Wednesday’s Autumn Statement. Top of the...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 November 2016

From: Features

Five guesses about the Autumn Statement

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

19 November 2016

From: Features

Will Hammond's property past benefit the future of our industry?

We are now only days away from one of the most-anticipated events in UK politics; one which has a considerable impact...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Sarah Beeny's online Tepilo opens new HQ after turnover doubles

Tepilo, Sarah Beeny’s online estate agency, has opened a new headquarters in central London after doubling its turnover in the past...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

More agents back call for lower stamp duty on expensive properties

London agency Stirling Ackroyd is the latest to call for reforms to stamp duty, with a claim that prices for the most expensive...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rajeev Nayyar, FixFlo Managing Director

What does it say on your business card? Rajeev Nayyar, Managing Director of Fixflo We’re here to talk about your new product,...

15 November 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Conveyancers demand sweeping changes to buying process

The Conveyancers' Association has called for sweeping changes to the house buying and moving system to create a "more certain and...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: how to build a brand

Good branding is absolutely crucial to any successful business or product, even more so in a world of social media, instant...

12 November 2016

From: Features

Agent and conveyancer relationships must go beyond the bottom line

Working relationships between estate agents and conveyancers can be mutually beneficial with the referral of work between parties. However, they are missing...

12 November 2016

From: Features

Banned - award-winning online agency's fees comparison advert

The award-winning online agency HouseSimple has had one of its advertisements banned by the Advertising Standards Authority. The advert was a poster for...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Online v High Street: enemies no more, possibly converging...

A debate discussing how online and traditional estate agency would develop in the future, organised by City investment consultancy Jefferies, has...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Redressing the wrongs of agents remains fair and impartial

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

05 November 2016

From: Features

Whither Countrywide

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

05 November 2016

From: Features

No crystal ball needed, just exceptional customer service

Graham Norwood recently wrote that it’s going to be harder than ever to predict the shape of the property market in...

05 November 2016

From: Features

Predicting rental success – which factors matter?

The growing size and scale of the private rented sector is not new news. Headlines shout about the changing profile of...

05 November 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - let's honour our industry's sparklers

Bonfire Night is upon us but the brightest lights this weekend are those from our industry tirelessly working for good causes. As ever, those...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

OTM – is this the end of the Odyssey?

It is with no pleasure and a touch of sadness that I took in the significance of OTM's recent performance in...

28 October 2016

From: Features

Leeds eyes sustainable ripple effect

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

28 October 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: on my travels

It’s all been kicking off in recent weeks, hasn’t it? Marmite wars, the endless Trump v Clinton debate, Samsung phones blowing...

28 October 2016

From: Features

The market is crying out for a positive Autumn Statement

We are now less than a month away from Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement to the nation, depending of course on...

28 October 2016

From: Features

New online agency with 'local experts' says it is Britain's cheapest

An online agency called DoorStepAgents.com claims to have set up a service which is both the cheapest and ‘best value’ sales...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and not a ghost of a chance we'd forget...

It may be Halloween but here at Estate Agent Today we’re not getting distracted from honoured our heroic industry’s efforts to...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Another online agency asked to amend website after complaint

YOPA, the online agency that recently had an extensive TV campaign, has amended the content of its website following a complaint to...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Deal likely on controversial estate where Foxtons withdrew from sale

A Labour MP says a deal is now on the cards for an estate to be purchased after months of controversy,...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Going, going, gone through the roof – sky’s the limit at auction

Auction rooms across the UK are filled with people looking to buy property, from bargain hunters to seasoned investors, ensuring that...

22 October 2016

From: Features

Why 'the UK housing market' no longer exists

The huge consequences of the EU referendum, and the impending Brexit negotiations, have drawn into sharp light the consequences for a...

22 October 2016

From: Features

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

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

14 October 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: Q & A with Russell Quirk

In recent weeks I have been carrying out question and answer sessions with some of the key figures in the property...

14 October 2016

From: Features

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

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

07 October 2016

From: Features

Genuine concern for staff well-being is the most powerful motivator

After two long years, Moneypenny finally moved into its new headquarters over the summer.  It was a milestone we had all been...

07 October 2016

From: Features

Government fund will buy new-build homes that fail to sell

The government has revealed that its £2 billion accelerated construction fund will be used to guarantee housing schemes, including deals to...

07 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and have a Ball while they're doing it...

One of the great events of the agency year is the Agents Giving Ball, hosted a few days ago at The Lancaster...

07 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Sceptical welcome to government's new housing market  policies

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

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Government pledges substantial house building ideas by Christmas

The government has signalled that it is going to publish a housing White Paper later this year with “significant measures” to...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Government tipped to reveal major housing policy changes today

Speculation was rife over the weekend that the government would today announce major changes to housing policy - possibly shifting the...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Glenn Ackroyd

This week we have the Head Shepherd of EweMove, Glenn Ackroyd, in the hotseat. He’s been co-owner of EweMove Sales and Lettings,...

30 September 2016

From: Features

Ombudsman revises Codes of Practice to address portal juggling

The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO) has announced that it will be issuing updated versions of all its Codes of Practice on...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Three months on – which way is the Brexit wind blowing?

Those working within the UK housing market would have felt considerable worry about the immediate impact of the vote to leave...

23 September 2016

From: Features

More agents refuse to sell homes on controversial estate

Several agencies have refused to market properties on a social housing estate which was bought by private investors in January. The Mirror...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

OTM has not worked, says agency returning to Zoopla

An eleven-branch estate agency has announced that it will stop listing with OnTheMarket and is returning to Zoopla Property Group (ZPG). Howard...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

The rise of virtual reality viewings

More estate agents are using – or at least considering using – virtual reality viewings as part of their services. But what...

22 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Expanding hybrid franchise agency looking for new recruits

A hybrid franchise agency is looking for new partners to expand its reach in the Midlands. Campbells says it is looking for...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agency fees contribute to higher average moving costs, says Lloyds

Rising estate agency fees account for more almost half of the increase in average moving costs in the past year, according...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

UK's largest open house weekend to take place later this week

More than 900 sales branches will be taking part in the UK's 'largest open house weekend' later this week.  The event, which...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing must remain top of the government’s agenda

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

16 September 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: Q & A with Bob Scarff

A fantastic exclusive this week as I carry out a question and answer session with one of the leading names in...

16 September 2016

From: Features

Complaint against eMoov savings claims informally resolved by ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has informally resolved a complaint made against online estate agency eMoov.  A media sales adviser for a...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry's top PropTech tweeters revealed

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

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

How can Agents survive in an increasingly competitive market?

The key lies in improving your customer experience through technology For Agents, the tremendous growth in online estate agents highlights a strong...

13 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Around 400 homes sold off by infamous buy to let investment couple

Fergus and Judith Wilson, at one time considered to be Britain’s biggest private landlords, have sold off an estimated 400 of...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 September 2016

From: Features

Industry protests work – so keep them up

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

09 September 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: let's embrace change as an industry

Later on, the title of this piece should become clearer (at least I hope so). First, though, a few bits and...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Land Registry privatisation delayed - or possibly abandoned?

The government is reported to have yet again delayed a decision on whether to privatise the Land Registry. The Financial Times says...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Another house builder starts post-Brexit vote period with strong figures

Barratt Homes is the latest housebuilder to report strong figures - for the period up to the EU referendum - with...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Zoopla seminars aim to showcase Property Software Group products

Zoopla Property Group is organising a series of seminars for agent members next month, aimed at promoting products offered by its...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Leading house builder rips into government over housing policy

The government’s housing policy, while helpful outside London, has had a negative effect on the capital according to one of the...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Two named as joint sole agents on Britain's tallest-ever residential tower

JLL and CBRE are the joint sole agents for Spire London, which at 771 feet and 67 storeys is to be the...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Land Registry no longer accepting 'confidential' documentation

The Land Registry is no longer accepting any applications or correspondence relating to applications if they are marked ‘Private and Confidential’...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals its autumn TV advertising campaign

Rightmove has launched its autumn TV advertising offensive, the latest to follow the Find Your Happy theme.   The new ad -...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as we head into autumn (ugh...)

Schools going back, final Bank Holiday over until Christmas, and agents returning from their summer breaks. It can only mean September. But...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

How can we encourage closer collaboration between estate agents and solicitors?

With an anticipated “Call for Evidence” from the Dept of Business Innovation & Skills looking into the home-buying experience ETSOS is...

01 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Brexit fears return after worse-than-expected mortgage figures

The Bank of England says the number of new mortgages fell to 60,912 in July, down from 64,152 the previous month...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Advertising watchdog intervenes over Purplebricks' VAT claim

The Advertising Standards Authority has intervened following a complaint about VAT savings on Purplebricks‘ website. A member of the public contacted the...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Foxtons pulls out of sale 'after appeal by local community'

Foxtons has removed its listing for the sale of a property on an estate in Walthamstow after concerns expressed by nearby...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit see-saw - now the housing market looks stronger since vote

The see-saw of conflcting post-Brexit indicators is continuing with figures from house builder Persimmon suggesting a strong housing market - contradicting...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Open Houses no longer useful in faltering London market, claims agent

The managing director of an agency operating in prime central London and other high-value locations in southern England says the Open...

19 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agencies announce expansions across UK and across all sector

Several agencies have unveiled expansion plans despite the EU referendum, economic uncertainty and fears of a major downturn in the London...

19 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another £20m funding for pioneering Rent To Buy business

Rentplus, a business providing Rent To Buy homes, has announced that it has new funding of £20m - on top of...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Win new vendors by advertising internationally

What is Properstar? Properstar helps UK estate agents cross the chasm from local to global in respect of advertising their properties. Using...

16 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech firm links with consumer group to push 'Find A Pro' offer

PropTech firm Plentific has teamed up with the HomeOwners Alliance to give another platform for its ‘Find a Pro’ service highlighting...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Does your team have the mindset for success?

By Iain C. White, Agency Mentors One of the best pieces of advice I have been given over the years is to...

15 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

My favourite grouse…lazy agents who tout for my properties

As I sit here writing this on the Glorious 12th, I realise I’m going on about my favourite grouse – agents...

12 August 2016

From: Features

Perception is nine tenths of the law

How do you want your agency to be perceived? Do your processes reflect both the quality and speed of service you...

11 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Surveyors are latest to come out against Land Registry privatisation

The Residential Property Surveyors Association is the latest of many trade bodies to come out against government proposals to privatise the...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent warns that board ban must be policed if it is to be effective

A leading estate agent in a town where the local council wants to dramatically extend a ban on For Sale and...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another part of the UK is set to scrap Right To Buy

Wales has confirmed that it is to scrap the former flagship Thatcherite policy of Right To Buy. Since 1980, 138,423 homes have been...

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Tories want 'innovative' ideas on building more and cheaper homes

The Tory Reform Group has launched a public call for evidence seeking “innovative policy proposals to address the two-fold challenge of...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the sun has put its hat on (sort of)

Summer finally arrived, the transport system (as always) went into meltdown, everyone complained that it was too hot and the sun...

05 August 2016

From: Features

Canadian firm partners Pi Labs in bid to spot UK PropTech innovations

Pi Labs, which has ex-TV Dragon James Caan and Countrywide amongst its investors, is partnering with a Canadian company in a...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals first details of online sales service roll-out

Countrywide has given Estate Agent Today some early details of how its mix of online and traditional agency services will roll-out...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Senior Tory MP is latest to raise concern at Land Registry sell-off threat

MP Bernard Jenkin, the chairman of the public administration committee, is the latest to raise concerns at the possible privatisation of...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Look what Labour’s Owen Smith has done to me

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

29 July 2016

From: Features

Does Brexit mean the end of the Northern Powerhouse?

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

29 July 2016

From: Features

For Sale board ban to be widened - with agreement of some agents

A ban on agents' For Sale and To Let boards is being widened out across a city six years after a...

28 July 2016

From: Breaking News

What can the lettings industry learn from AirBnB, Vrumi and JustPark?

Barely a week goes by without news of the latest disastrous AirBnB experience suffered by an unsuspecting landlord.   Whether it’s damage...

22 July 2016

From: Features

How to win more customers using word of mouth

A client recently told me how much their estate agency spends on advertising and marketing every year.  It wasn’t pennies, and even...

22 July 2016

From: Features

Award-winning property market content tool

It’s never been more important to show clients you know the market. Using market intelligence is a powerful tool. It allows...

21 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide-owned agency moves to 'premises-free business model'

An estate agency owned by Countrywide has relaunched with what it calls “an innovative, premises-free business model that seeks to redefine...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

PropTech crowdfunding platform lays off 30% of staff as business falls

The high-profit property crowdfunding site Property Partner has laid off 13 of its employees - equivalent to around 29 per cent...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

NAEA wants new housing minister to rethink Land Registry privatisation

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

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit-focussed May eventually names Gavin Barwell as housing minister

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

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

MIRAS: Could Theresa May go back to the future?

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

15 July 2016

From: Features

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2016

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

15 July 2016

From: Features

Squeezed activity shows why we should be grateful for new PM

What a month it has been. By the time you read this, we'll have a new Prime Minister, a new Cabinet,...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Call for evidence: why technology needs to underpin house buying

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

15 July 2016

From: Features

Tech start-up already linked to portals secures £2m funding boost

Plentific - a proptech startup that operates a ‘find a professional’ service - has secured £2m in funding.  The service, which lists...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

May's Day: PM-designate hints at her housing priorities

Details have come out of what Theresa May thinks about the current housing market, as she approaches taking over as Prime...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

The post-Brexit landscape

As I sit and write this piece, even with the FTSE 100 back up and sterling having recovered some of its...

08 July 2016

From: Features

nu: move - the future of property

nu-move online estate agents -The Future of Property Nu-move is an online venture that has been created to meet the demand...

07 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

'Game-changer' agency converts branch into pop-up shop for new homes

One of the many estate agencies hoping to market increasing numbers of new homes has been praised by a developer client...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Still no Labour shadow housing spokesman after Healey resignation

In case you were wondering, it appears that the Labour party has still to find someone to replace John Healey as...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Land Registry privatisation decision delayed until new PM is in place

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

04 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing minister backs Theresa May for Tory leader and new PM

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

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexiteer property chief takes swipe at agents wringing their hands

The director of a high-end foreign-owned estate agency in prime central London says he is surprised that so many other figures...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

'Billionaires Row' agent says new PM and Chancellor may cut stamp duty

One of London’s most outspoken estate agents claims the prime minister who succeeds David Cameron could appoint a chancellor who will...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 June 2016

From: Features

Unpicking the new world of estate agency

It’s official; the estate agency business is tougher than ever. Contrary to perceptions that may exist amongst observers and even clients, the...

24 June 2016

From: Features

Money laundering due diligence: traditional checks vs electronic checks

This debate has been running for some time, but it tends to be the online providers of electronic checks that put...

24 June 2016

From: Features

Agents pessimistic after shock Brexit vote and Cameron quitting

Agents have been giving their reaction to the shock Brexit referendum result - and their comments have ranged from the gloomy...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

CMA repeats concern over 'monopoly' privatised Land Registry

The Competition and Markets Authority has reiterated controversial remarks about the government’s proposed privatisation of the Land Registry. Last month it surprised...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

High-end agency reveals hot- and cold-spots ahead of Brexit vote

An analysis of 750,000 homes on sale across the UK reveals areas where activity remains high despite economic uncertainty surrounding the...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Search company warns that new forms may trigger conveyancing delays

A search company says the introduction of new search forms aimed at making council reporting easier to understand may lead to...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Conservatives say estate agents' boards ban should be extended

The Conservatives on the council in Brighton and Hove have called for a ban on estate agents’ boards to be extended...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

What will happen to the housing market if Britain leaves the EU?

The sense of gathering momentum for the Leave campaign ahead of the upcoming EU referendum is causing high levels of uncertainty...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Property Natter – Big Data and a different kind of mortgage

A few of our Industry Views pieces this week focus on the upcoming EU referendum. I don’t think I can add...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Index of house prices – or accumulating crisis?

So we now have a new 'official' index of house prices, and much good may it do us. For the chattering classes...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - as the Euros become a real nail-biter...

Well, the Euros have turned into a nail-biter for the home teams - but that appears not to be deterring you...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Reservations from buyers of new homes down 20%, warns builder

Berkeley Group, which has given a trading report to the City, says reservations for its new homes are down 20 per...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

High-end agency 'mystery shops' Purplebricks - with very mixed results

One of the country’s leading high-end buying agencies says it has ‘mystery shopped’ Purplebricks - with mixed results. For while it found its...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Tory-supporting agent says Cameron pushing housing market into recession

A high end international London estate agent says a Brexit will lead to increased sales of homes in prime central London...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 June 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - a bumper edition, scoring just before the Euros

Let’s face it - the biggest distraction for many estate agents in the coming weeks may well be the Euro 2016...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

eMoov ad banned by watchdog after complaint about three of its claims

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an ad by online agency emoov after a complaint disputing the duration of a fee...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Why negotiating skills will be more crucial than ever in the months ahead

Sales skills, and the ability to negotiate in particular, have always been a core ingredient for any estate agent – and...

03 June 2016

From: Features

Bridging the gap

While buy-to-let lenders brace themselves for further interventions as part of proposals currently being drawn up by the Prudential Regulation Authority...

01 June 2016

From: Features

Rightmove trials VR as another agency launches virtual viewings

Rightmove has begun testing a virtual reality viewing platform which will allow prospective buyers to view properties without leaving their own...

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter:  a conference bonanza!

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

27 May 2016

From: Features

eMoov secures £500,000 loan to fund lettings and international expansion

eMoov has announced that it has secured a loan of £500,000 to help it expand into lettings, international transactions and license...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Land Registry privatisation consultation closes today

The government's consultation on the proposed privatisation of the Land Registry closes today. Interested parties have had since March 24 to give...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

CMA challenges government over Land Registry privatisation

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has challenged the government over its renewed attempt to privatise the Land Registry. Last week's Queen's...

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide agency to launch 'conveyancing hub' for its clients

Hamptons International has announced that it is to launch a 'private conveyancing hub' later this year. The initiative has been designed to...

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Private sales site tells vendors they can sell their home for a pound

A new private sales website is offering sellers the chance to market their property for 28 days for just £1. After the...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 May 2016

From: Features

Land Registry: anti-privatisation campaign gathers momentum

An online petition against the privatisation of the Land Registry now has around 225,000 signatures with just over a week to...

17 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the top five Proptech products

Last time out I spoke about the beginnings of a PropTech revolution, with two major London-based events in the offing over...

13 May 2016

From: Features

What does Sadiq Khan’s victory mean for housing in London?

The new mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged to do all in his power to help make London “better” after...

12 May 2016

From: Features

All change? Industry to be asked how to shake-up house buying

The government is staying tight-lipped about it for the moment but there may be a major shake-up in house buying on...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Britain’s best letting agents

Here are the top letting agents in Britain who go above and beyond to help their customers, as voted for by...

10 May 2016

From: Features