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Referral fee ban considered as part of house buying reform

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

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

More market woe: four regions now showing year-on-year price falls

Another housing market snapshot is showing a pessimistic start to 2019 as the property platform Home reports that four regions of...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock study claims agent reputation and fee ‘not very important to sellers’

A survey of 6,000 members of the public and 660 estate and letting agents has revealed some striking findings about how...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Maverick agent threatens ‘yellow vest’ civil protest over Brexit

A maverick estate agent pictured wearing a yellow vest has threatened to mount what he calls a “civil protest” if Brexit...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla now engaged in “significant change in strategy”

Zoopla is radically changing its strategy by exploiting the freedom it has under its new private equity ownership. That’s the conclusion of...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering system to be beefed up by new government board

The National Association of Estate Agents has met with other members of a high-level government board to look at ways of...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Beccy Moore. Office Manager for Nicholas Humphreys

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Beccy Moore. Office Manager for Nicholas Humphreys Tell us more about Nicholas...

14 January 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Top government minister thrilled to see Purplebricks success

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

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Warm welcome for regulator's bid to help 'mortgage prisoners'

There’s been a warm welcome from the property and consumer sectors for a suggestion that the Financial Conduct Authority may be...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

£7.29 TRILLION - amazing value of UK’s fast-growing housing stock

There may be a cloud over the economy right now but growth of 2.7 per cent in house prices last year...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Distressed sellers offer 20% discounts on London off-plan homes

A leading buying agent says 2019 is likely to see the continuation of last year’s trend where distressed sellers accept discounts...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

In Light of the Fee Ban, Can PropTech Firms Damage Control?

Recent years have seen tighter regulation and new legislation hit the lettings industry. Combined with the fee ban, there is no...

10 January 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Six quick fixes for speeding up the sales process

With the speed of property sales continuing to slow and no end to the sluggishness in sight, it’s time to take...

09 January 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: The under-appreciated 2019 property events near you

It’s time to think about planning the 2019 events calendar. This year, there are more PropTech conferences scheduled than ever before,...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov collapse forces online rival to scrap crowdfunding pitch

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

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Welcome to 2019: The Year of Brexit and Ban

It’s safe to say that the majority of agents will be glad to see the end of the past two years....

02 January 2019

From: Features

Don't rely on politicians to solve housing crisis, says Phil Spencer

Phil Spencer is on the warpath against “constant tinkering” by government in housing matters - and instead, he wants the problems...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Redress revamp: more details to be revealed within weeks

The government says it will be releasing details of its ideas to revamp redress systems concerning agents and new homes “in...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Six things to watch for in 2019

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

31 December 2018

From: Features

What next for property in 2019?

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

29 December 2018

From: Features

The top 10 property personalities of 2018

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

28 December 2018

From: Features

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

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

22 December 2018

From: Features

Was 2018 Peak PropTech…or is the best yet to come?

In the past year it seems every other story has been about PropTech - the big stuff like Purplebricks and the...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Bum rap: Honey G ‘sacked’ as an estate agent

Infamous X Factor rapper Honey G, who just last week was lauded for becoming an estate agent, now says she’s been...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - our last roll of honour of 2018…

Well here we are, at the last Agents Do Charity of the year. It’s been a record haul of good works, as...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Knock, Knock - new website says sellers can avoid agents’ fees

A new website is offering to contact owners of homes that are not for sale, on behalf of people who would...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Christmas gifts for the PropTech obsessive

For my final EAT contribution of 2018, I’ve put together a list of Christmas gifts that you could buy your PropTech-loving...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

'Snow joke: portal makes six month offer to agents selling ski properties

A specialist property portal says it’s offering estate agents “a captive audience for the ski properties on their books.” SnowOnly says that...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 December 2018

From: Features

Great relationships are at the heart of a premium customer service

Over the past year I've had so many conversations with agents telling me how they feel that offering a premium customer...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks shares sink and Emoov dies: game over for online agencies?

Has the bell finally tolled for online agencies? Emoov’s collapse and an investor revolt over crowdfunding have left a large question...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a huge it's-nearly-Christmas edition...

So this is (almost) it. Next week may be a quiet one for business as vendors and landlords alike begin to...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: huge revenue growth plus £100m for “relentless innovation”

Purplebricks says it has £100m net cash to exercise “relentless innovation” and benefit from an industry shake-out that will ”expose undercapitalised traditional...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

What are the biggest challenges facing letting agents in 2019?

There is a perfect storm brewing in the lettings market, and as the saying goes, “you can’t change the direction of...

12 December 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: My predictions for 2019

It’s that time of year again where we start saying goodbye to 12 months of hard work and start looking forward...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla trials Property Valuation Report concept ‘to win leads’

Zoopla claims a new Property Valuation Report being trialled in nine areas will win more leads for agents.  The PVR will use...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry movers and shakers

Two weeks to Christmas but no sign of our industry slowing down with more job moves announced in recent days.  Please let...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

VR - the third consideration stage for property buyers

Thanks to vast improvements in processing powers, the use of virtual reality (VR) in some sectors is becoming more evident than...

08 December 2018

From: Features

Zoopla targets agency growth under new ex-Apple marketing boss

The ‘new broom’ owners of Zoopla have revealed that Gary Bramall is to be the firm’s new chief marketing officer charged with...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Flips Flop: ‘Some new flats sold on for 25% below reservation prices’

Property analysts say ‘flippers’ - those who buy new homes and sell them quickly, hopefully for a profit - are losing...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Professor names four issues agents need to be aware of

In his keynote speech at the recent Negotiator Conference, Professor Andrew Baum sparked debate throughout the property industry. Baum’s speech, which began...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla founder accelerates towards £30m used car idea

Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman - who sold the portal company for more than £2.2 billion to US private equity fund Silver...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: 5 things you should be doing this Christmas

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

01 December 2018

From: Features

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

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

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and  OMG it's December tomorrow...

With Christmas less than four weeks away (yes, really) the countdown to the festive season begins tomorrow when December begins. Charity...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Seeing the wood for the trees - finding the 1% in your business

When was the last time you looked at your business and really thought about what you could do to improve? Yesterday? Last...

28 November 2018

From: Features

 Landmark tax ruling could be good news for holiday home market

The holiday home market may still be struggling in the wake of the three per cent additional homes stamp duty surcharge...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

We're not bringing down Rightmove says website seeking investors

A platform that allows individual private sellers and landlords to list their properties alongside those from professional agents says it’s not...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial online auction firm generated £10.6m in fees for agents

The debate about online auction charges levied on buyers continues this morning with the release of figures showing that one company...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG’s Charlie Bryant talks exclusively to Estate Agent Today

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

24 November 2018

From: Features

Online auction buyers 'must pay stamp duty on reservation fee' shock

A consumer group which has already expressed alarm at some aspects of the so-called ‘Modern Method of Auction’ says it has...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Would housing market improve if owners switched mortgages?

Shock figures out this morning show that a staggering £15.4 billion of annual interest is being paid by mortgage borrowers sitting...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Do floor plans and photos really help to sell a property?

Photos and floor plans remain an essential tool in property marketing. Despite a wealth of choice from aspiring UK PropTech start-ups the...

21 November 2018

From: Features

Property website allowing private sales claims to be valued at £10m

A website that lists private sale properties and calls itself “the all in one property marketplace” has valued itself on a...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Could AI play a role in the lettings sector?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly important role in our lives – from virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and...

20 November 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

17 November 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: could these innovations change the market forever?

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

17 November 2018

From: Features

Brexit Shambles: Housing minister Malthouse backs Theresa May

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

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning of down-valuation risk for London market

Coutts Private Bank is the latest institution to express its concern over London’s housing market. The latest Courts London Prime Property Index...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Typical asking price cut on a ‘doer-upper’ is 17% or  £40,000

Homes that require major structural work have asking prices which are on average £40,000 below the market norm, according to research...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rollo Miles, from Agent & Homes

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? It just says “Agent” for, at the end of the...

08 November 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

PropTech Today: It’s time for agents to adapt or die

This won’t be a long article. Just to the point and hopefully with a nice angle to it.  I get asked at...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Interview About the Venture

1.             Who are you and what do you do? HeyJuno Property is a business dedicated to empowering estate and letting agents throughout...

06 November 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Reservation agreements back on the agenda thanks to former agent

A new company is claiming to reduce chain collapses during sales by creating a lockout agreement, also known as a reservation agreement. Property...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry moves and appointments

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

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 November 2018

From: Features

Portal claims it can help agents avoid some GDPR restrictions

The head of a controversial property portal says agents can by-pass some GDPR marketing restrictions by using his service’s social network. Ben Davis,...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Ex-High Street pair launch hybrid agency to take on traditional rivals

Two former High Street agents say their new hybrid agency has enjoyed an impressive launch gathering 40 instructions in just four...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Raffles: just the ticket or a complete waste of time?

Raffles are in the news as a way of ‘selling’ homes, and not just because an Irish club has won a...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips - how to make your letting agency more efficient

For any business, regardless of size, age or industry, operating efficiently is fundamental to your success. When faced with challenges like we...

31 October 2018

From: Features

Why estate and letting agents need to futureproof their businesses

A recent 'red flag alert' report from an insolvency firm warned that the number of real estate businesses defined as being...

31 October 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Online property auction firm hits back against “murky” accusation

A firm which links with agents to operate online auctions has hit back at a consumer group's allegations that this growing sector...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Transparency and control - two conflicting tech challenges

I am currently in the back of a taxi. The deadline for this piece is looming and I am desperate to...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents slammed for milking buyers for profits via online auctions

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

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Two hybrid agencies pledge to roll-out nationwide in next two years

A hybrid estate agency with ambitions to rival Purplebricks has revealed that it has significantly expanded its current footprint, with ambitions...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Is that it? Industry downbeat after lacklustre Budget for housing

The agency industry has reacted in a broadly downbeat way at the relatively few housing-related proposals that were announced in yesterday’s...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty relief for first time buyers extended by Chancellor Hammond

Stamp duty relief for first time buyers of full-priced houses and apartments is to be extended to first time buyers of...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

We need to wake up before we sleepwalk into a housing crisis

It’s now almost a month since the government introduced new rules on Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), as part of its...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Three-year tenancies - should they be compulsory?

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

27 October 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: Are consumers abandoned by online and hybrid agents?

Not so long ago, the best estate agents were those who did the best work for their clients and therefore built...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Twitter Storm: complaints about house competition

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

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New online agency says it wants to expand across the UK

A new online agency says it is currently focussing on one large city but will expand to cover the whole of...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Shock: Sole agency commission plunges 34% since 2011

New research by TheAdvisory consultancy, shared exclusively with Estate Agent Today, reveals exactly how fees have fallen for traditional agents in...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Hubs not branches the future, says agent who rejected easyProperty

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

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: estate agency on a bus

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

20 October 2018

From: Features

When and why are your customers getting in touch?

It’s been nine years since we created a dedicated team of property receptionists to answer telephone calls on behalf of agents,...

20 October 2018

From: Features

Surge in overseas buyers ahead of latest stamp duty surcharge

A leading London estate agency is reporting a surge in overseas buyers sealing deals ahead of the government’s new stamp duty...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency drops traditional branch in favour of serviced office

An estate agency is moving from its traditional branch to new city centre serviced offices as it expands. East of Exe -...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit to blame for two-year pause on growth in prime markets - Savills

Savills is warning that heightened uncertainty around Brexit negotiations will delay recovery in the prime central London housing market for up...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency sells home via first-ever Artificial Intelligence auctioneer

A platform which previously offered online private treaty exchanges says a sale of a home in the Republic of Ireland has...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: UK government backs blockchain - what next?

When Professor Andrew Baum’s PropTech 3.0 report was first published, a small event was held to celebrate the very first academic...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyer tax is just ‘bid to win over Brexiteers’ says property portal

The head of a leading Chinese property portal has taken the unusual step of commenting on a British tax policy -...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

House buying reform - should we all sell homes the Scottish way?

It seems a lifetime ago but in fact we’re approaching just the first anniversary since the government triggered its Call for...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: “You’re not listening,” agents tell suppliers

Last week, the first of a new kind of industry event took place; an open debate between agents and PropTech suppliers. Strong...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexiteer agent scolds 'Maybot' over stamp duty threat to foreign buyers

One of London’s highest profile and most outspoken estate agent chiefs has scolded ‘Maybot’ Theresa May on the day she is to...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Yet another Ombudsman - this time one covering only new homes

The government, which only recently said there would be one Ombudsman covering the entire housing sector, has announced that there is...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves amongst agencies and suppliers

Hello and welcome to our weekly catch-up on the major moves within our industry. Remember, you can let the rest of the...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New stamp duty surcharge to be imposed on foreign buyers

The government has used this week’s Conservative party conference to announce a new stamp duty tax of one per cent to three...

30 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Some conveyancers to give upfront service and price information

Some conveyancers must publish some price and service information on their websites and in other media from December 6, according to...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - £1m to £1...it's all hugely appreciated

Hello and welcome to this week’s Agents Do Charity - another chance to hear about the remarkable fund-raising done by our...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the housing minister known as 'the invisible minister'

A new book has revealed that one of the long line of recent housing ministers was known as “the invisible minister”...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Marco Ferrara, Director of Tili

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Marco Ferrara, Director of Tili What is Tili and what does...

26 September 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Competition offering house as a prize is blasted as 'misleading'

The perils of property competitions and raffles have once again been demonstrated, this time with the Advertising Standards Authority upholding three...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov boss tells Labour conference how to solve housing crisis

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

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – legislation, legislation, legislation

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

22 September 2018

From: Features

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

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Would you like to meet the world's leading PropTech innovators?

Propteq Global Property Technology and Innovation summit takes place in London on 26 - 27 Sep. 75 of the world's leading...

17 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Meet Tili, the free digital assistant that’s delivering new revenue streams for the property industry

Tili does all the work to deliver a smooth home move for customers and income for agents. An innovative and easy to...

17 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Agents transferred to rival as prominent firm quits resi property sector

The eight strong residential estate agency team of a prominent Scottish law firm is being off-loaded to a rival, according to...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

No commission, no fees - meet the agency selling homes 'for free'

An estate agency is pioneering a new business model in which it charges no commission whatsoever to the vendor. Freeagent247, an online...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auctions - more agents offer white label options to vendors

Hunters and Fisher German are the latest agencies to offer online auctions to vendors. An announcement from PropTech property auction company Bamboo...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

3 steps to building a strong brand

What are the magic ingredients for building a strong brand, attracting new customers and building trust with your target market? Gareth Helm,...

13 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Amazing but true - homes are larger (not smaller) than years ago...

A housing academic claims that while popular belief has it that homes are getting smaller, the typical living space in England...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Stories from Australia - PropTech is like teenage sex

Last week, I wrote about the speed of innovation in the Far East. This week I’d like to do the same...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Second office for 'new breed' agency with no shop front

A 'new breed' estate agency with no shop front, which uses bloggers to market its properties, has announced the opening of...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Extra funding for agent-partnering online auction platform

The online auction platform BidX1 has announced a strategic investment which will be used to accelerate its growth. The investment comes from...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

It's an early bath for downstairs bathrooms - agents say they wipe off value

A downstairs bathroom could knock up to 6% off the value of a property, according to estate agents.  Having a family bathroom...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in online survey scams, warns leading chartered surveyor

A warning to people selling their homes to beware of internet-based scams offering cut-price surveys has been sounded by a leading...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Another online agency’s savings claim under scrutiny

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

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What can the UK market learn from Eastern wisdom?

A few stories caught my eye this week from China, all of which announce the arrival of cutting-edge technological innovation in...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 August 2018

From: Features

Five simple ways to improve renter satisfaction

For too long the private rented sector has been complacent towards customer satisfaction. In the changing rental landscape, the smartest letting...

25 August 2018

From: Features

My journey from franchisee to MD at the UK’s original hybrid agency

After gaining my MBA qualification from Edinburgh Business School in 2005, I took careful consideration over my career moves and prospective...

22 August 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: What has happened to creative innovation?

I received a press release yesterday - one of many that get sent my way - and, as I always do,...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the practicalities

In our previous blog, we looked at the definitions outlined by the CPRs. In our next blog we’ll look at the...

21 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Judging a book by its cover: Why user experience matters in PropTech

Why do we choose to engage with one application more than another, or find ourselves returning to the same piece of...

18 August 2018

From: Features

How much is your EGO costing you?

Estate and lettings agency is arguably one of the most fierce, ruthless and relentless industries going. And, with fluctuating stock levels,...

15 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech Today: If agents are overvaluing, is it time to look elsewhere?

My eye was caught yesterday morning by news that PropTech company, Agent Software, is claiming that ‘some agencies deliberately over-value properties...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Another agency teams up with online and in-room auction house

Another agency has teamed up with an auction company to allow it to offer vendors the choice of both in-room and...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

'Brexit smog' blamed for long-term slump in Foxtons' share price

The investment bank Jefferies says Foxtons’ long-running share price slump is a reflection of Brexit uncertainty “until we find out what...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Marketing automation can make your business smarter

When Oakland A’s, a small-market team, stunned the baseball world 16 years ago by transforming itself into world-beaters on a shoestring-budget,...

11 August 2018

From: Features

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

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

11 August 2018

From: Features

Business funding options - what choices do you have?

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

10 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Do Charity... and oh dear, we're mentioning December already!

The heatwave is gone and summer is in its closing stages (sorry!) so it comes as no surprise that there’s already...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The buzzwords of modern property

Hello again from Italy. Only another week or so left out here, working every day from the same table at my...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

By George! Osborne re-appears to defend his stamp duty reforms

The former Chancellor George Osborne - architect of drastic stamp duty reform - has come out fighting to defend the tax...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

What's bad for Foxtons is good for working Londoners says business editor

The business editor of right wing political weekly The Spectator says “what’s bad for Foxtons is on the whole likely to...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Property concierge: could this be one of agents’ future tenant services?

With all the recent change and upheaval in the rental sector it may be time to consider how letting agencies will...

04 August 2018

From: Features

No sell off! - Countrywide's crown jewels are safe says new boss

The newly-appointed Group Managing Director of Countrywide says rumours of Hamptons International or other ‘crown jewels’ being put up for sale...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and the heatwave's coming back...

Our glorious endless summer has a return visit to many areas this weekend - but it’s still not too hot for...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing body wants fees listed on law firms' websites

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers says it wants legal practice websites to list cost information, including whether they have referral arrangements. The...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What do Rightmove and WeWork have in common?

There have been two stories dominating the PropTech headlines over this past week. As WeWork places a gentle arm around the...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves

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

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a changing of the guard?

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

28 July 2018

From: Features

Don’t fall foul of anti-money laundering rules

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

28 July 2018

From: Features

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

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

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Home win for Purplebricks: Kenny Bruce buys football stadium

One of the brothers behind Purplebricks has bought a football stadium in his home town. Kenny Bruce last year put £500,000 into...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Customer service - why is it so important to your agency?

It’s a highly competitive environment out there, where there's a constant and never-ending struggle that every agency manager, director or owner...

25 July 2018

From: Features

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

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

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: How can agents boost revenue with Open Banking?

Since January 2018, nine of the UK’s biggest banks have allowed competitors direct access to customer data as part of the...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Mixed messages: transactions slump again but London prices improve

The latest transaction figures from HM Revenue and Customs make depressing reading - a three per cent drop between May and...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - plenty of industry moves as the holidays start...

Hello and welcome to the regular Monday feature, Property Jobs Today. There’s plenty going on despite the summer holidays beginning for many...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Dominic Raab - another one bites the dust

Another day, another housing minister – at least that’s what it feels like! The resignation of the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson...

21 July 2018

From: Features

Why property software needn’t be as changeable as the Housing Minister

With the shelf life of recent housing ministers being on a par with football managers, it's perhaps little surprise that we're...

20 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Agents' fees cartel : investigation blows the lid on how it was planned

A disciplinary investigation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has blown the lid on the infamous fee-fixing cartel scandal involving estate...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons share price hits new low - other traditional agents suffer too

Foxtons share price hit a new low yesterday, dropping to only 46p early in the afternoon: it eventually closed narrowly up...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

40% of central London new-builds sold with large bulk discounts

A report in the Financial Times lays bare the scale of the housing market downturn in central London - it suggests...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Who wants £20,000 from government to develop a business?

Before I get into the nitty gritty of the government (well, one of its startup accelerator schemes) giving away £20,000, let...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

£200 a month to run your own estate agency says company boss

The UK division of Keller Williams, the world's largest estate agency, says it can help entrepreneurial agents to set up their...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Kit Malthouse - We’ve obviously had enough of experts

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

14 July 2018

From: Features

 Property Natter: what has 2018 brought so far?

First things first, I have to mention the World Cup. The dream is over, football’s not quite coming home (not until...

14 July 2018

From: Features

Three-year tenancies will have biggest impact when things go wrong

Amid the headline-grabbing political manoeuvring over Brexit, a policy proposal which could have serious ramifications for private landlords, and those who...

14 July 2018

From: Features

Success for 20 year old agency owner with big plans for the future

An agent who is only 20 - and who set up his own firm when he was still a teenager -...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New Housing Minister makes his first statement - all 93 words of it

The new housing minister, Kit Malthouse, has made his first formal statement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. It...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

If we’re to be taken seriously, our industry needs a Tsar says agency chief

A leading agency chief says the frequent churn of housing ministers means there is only one answer if our industry wants...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Why doesn’t Rightmove create its own co-working business?

I loved my Foxtons office. I started in the Battersea branch. It was the old-style office; traditional carpets, actual properties in...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional hybrid agency launches with upfront fee of £1,500 including VAT

A hybrid estate agency has launched in Bury, one of the first of its kind to operate in the UK on...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Little-known Conservative MP Kit Malthouse is new housing minister

The little-known Conservative MP Kit Malthouse has been named as the new housing minister. He takes over from the high-flying Dominic Raab,...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing minister Raab now takes over David Davis exit-EU role

It’s been announced this morning that Dominic Raab - who became housing minister just a few months ago - is to...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

More investment in Purplebricks as Axel Springer increases its stake

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

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PRS 2.0 – it’s time to focus on retention rather than churn

Renting has long been characterised as a stepping stone onto the housing ladder for the younger generations. But in recent years,...

07 July 2018

From: Features

Bonjour! Meet the prime London agent who lives in the south of France

A senior agent says an innovative business model allows him to work in prime central London - even though he lives in France.  Former...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The estate agent in 2050 - utopia or dystopia?

By now we’ve all seen news about the long-term decline in property sales and competition from online alternatives leading to ‘more...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

At least one housing sector is booming - retirement market to rocket by 2022

If agents want to get into what looks like a guaranteed growth sector, retirement properties might just be the one if...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov hints at IPO in 2019 and raises £1m from crowdfunding

Emoov has launched a crowdfunding campaign giving investors, it says, “a final chance” to put their money into the hybrid agency...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Corbyn's 'Healthy Homes Zones' will aim to save money for NHS

Labour says it wants ‘Healthy Homes Zones’ in a bid to reduce housing-related health inequalities which are estimated to cost the NHS £1.4...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 2)

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

02 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Back to the future? - Industry experts predict estate agency in 2028

A decade ago we were still years away from Purplebricks, Countrywide was a colossus in the industry, no one had thought...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – ten years of Estate Agent Today!

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

30 June 2018

From: Features

Estate agency as it used to be - EAT looks back at 2008

Estate Agent Today is 10 years old this weekend. We hope you’ll agree that’s a cause for celebration and a great...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Raab says government aim is to make housing market more affordable

In what is regarded as his most important speech since becoming housing minister, Dominic Raab has told a conference that it...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Dressing a home boosts sale price up to six per cent, say agents

The vast majority of estate agents say dressing a property for sale improves its chances of a sale by leaving a...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest Prime Central London property trend - buy a wreck and do it up

Wary buyers reluctant to risk buying a premium-priced property in the volatile prime central London market are adopting a perhaps-surprising tactic...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Security deposit cap – where do landlords and tenants stand?

We’re lucky enough to interact with thousands of landlords and tenants every month. As a result, we get the chance to...

27 June 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: I’m a screamer - which generation do you belong to?

The time has come for full PropTech/property integration and only those who open themselves to the globe will be part of...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 1)

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

25 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Does your estate agency need to be more flexible?

It’s no secret that technology has changed the way businesses operate, in all sectors. With that has come changes to the...

23 June 2018

From: Features

Summer is no time to check out if you’re an estate agent

In recent weeks, you could have been forgiven for thinking that you’re not actually in the UK.  Flash floods aside, the...

23 June 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: Can Viewber become an essential part of the agent toolbox?

What a big week for PropTech! With the very first MIPIM PropTech conference, taking place in Paris today and tomorrow, comes...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy: top agency hints at need for 'fundamental review'

Savills has suggested that it may be time for a fundamental review of what’s left of the flagship policy of Margaret...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New online firm charges 0.75% fee on completion with no contract period

A new online agency has started charging only 0.75 per cent commission, payable only on completion, with no VAT and no...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Major online agencies unaffected by Supreme Court ruling

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

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

All-expenses trip to New York: now THAT'S an estate agency bonus...

Over 100 ‘top achievers’ from Connells Group have just enjoyed an all-expenses paid trip to New York as a thank you...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Corporate living? No thanks

The pace of change is extraordinary. As we reach the middle of one conversation, rumblings of the next already begin. I think...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Shocking new figures show scale of sales slump, especially in London

The proportion of homes sold in London was lower than any other part of England and Wales last year according to...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Three reasons why PropTech has become more than an industry buzzword

Having recently attended FUTURE: PropTech in London, it struck me just how far the integration of property and technology has progressed...

09 June 2018

From: Features

Free-to-list property portal launched for estate agents

A property portal that describes itself as free-to-list has launched today, taking the industry by surprise - however, at least one...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: What’s the true value of an estate agent in the world of tech?

Is there really any true value to an estate agent in our current climate? Will there be a role for traditional agents...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister Raab's speech seen as key to Theresa May's future

It may seem innocuous enough but a speech at a party by pro-Brexit housing minister Dominic Raab is being interpreted by...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It's not just Purplebricks - another agency boasts thousands of Trustpilot reviews

It’s not just Purplebricks that makes much of its apparently- favourable online reviews - now EweMove has issued a statement expressing...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: new firm selling off-market homes starts hunt for agents

Estate Agent Today can reveal that a new property firm is being launched specialising solely in the sale of off-market homes...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT - this is the first edition for a fortnight as last Monday was a...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – marketing magic, Mr T and GDPR fever

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

02 June 2018

From: Features

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

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

02 June 2018

From: Features

Agent battered by GDPR tells government: Cut the red tape!

An outspoken estate agent has given the government a clear message - get off our backs , ease the red tape...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agent threatened with legal action over fundraising banners

An estate agency has been threatened with legal action by its local council for displaying fundraising event banners above its office. Country...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 May 2018

From: Features

Top agent continues media fightback and needs your heroic stories

Respected industry spokesperson Kristjan Byfield is continuing his fightback against the negative coverage of the agency industry in the mainstream press...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Letting my flat – who won, tech or traditional?

Well last week was interesting. The column about my decision to put the property on with a letting agent went viral.  This was...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

'Business as usual' for Humberts following sale to luxury holiday firm

It will be 'business as usual' for Humberts following the announcement of its sale to Natural Retreats, says the agency's new...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Which hybrid agents and PropTech firms made the top 100 startups list?

Two online agents and a number of PropTech companies have been named in startups.co.uk's Startups 100 index. Coming in at number 64...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today – this week’s movers and shakers revealed

Welcome back to Property Jobs Today - EAT's weekly roundup of all the big moves going on in our industry. If you...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 May 2018

From: Features

Professionalising the estate agency sector – how long could this take?

As housing market stakeholders we’ve all had a month or so to try and digest the government’s own response to its...

19 May 2018

From: Features

Letting agents – here’s why your landlords should be targeting middle-aged renters

There is a common misconception that the private rented sector (PRS) is entirely made up of young professionals and students. While...

18 May 2018

From: Sponsored Content

 PropTech Today: Selling my flat - even tech can’t help a quiet market

That’s it. I’ve given up. The lull has continued and it’s becoming quite a bore.  The price drop hasn’t worked. The revamped...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Utter Madness! - recruitment chief slams inflexible agencies

The chief of the UK’s longest-established estate agency recruitment consultancy has described the inflexibility of the industry towards people returning to...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

A revolution: 'Local agents may not survive much into next decade'

The prospect of technology transforming the selling and buying process, including more power for portals and especially online agents, dominated parts...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - and it's a bumper week for moves...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, our weekly feature on who’s moving where throughout our industry. And it’s...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the Willy Wonka edition...

Hello and welcome to this week’s celebration of the industry’s fund-raising activities. Remember it’s easy to get publicity and additional support for...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Major estate agencies in secret project to try to end delays in chains

Estate Agent Today understands several major national agencies and some smaller operators are involved in a project to understand why transaction...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: UK PropTech Awards 2018 - the winners

There is a lull in my imminent flat sale. Just no activity at all, despite a price reduction!  So, I am forced...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Humberts expected to name buyer of troubled agency in next 48 hours

Estate Agent Today understands that Humberts will announce a possible buyer of some of its agency activities this week - on...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

£1m sales up but Brexit may be deterring buyers says Lloyd’s Bank

New data from a private bank shows a five per cent rise in the number of £1m-plus homes sold in 2017.  The...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: UK estate agent fees 'are the lowest in the world'

Here’s some good news to take into the Bank Holiday weekend.  Research undertaken by Estate Agent Today suggests that fees charged by...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - on a sunny Bank Holiday weekend...

Hello and welcome to our latest chronicle of fund-raising exploits by our industry: the onset of fine weather and the Bank...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auction houses claim bumper start to the year

New online auction house BidX1 says it has raised £2,087,000 from its second UK auction, posting a 70 per cent success...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

May's new housing adviser is ex-Shelter ex-Livingstone policy chief

Theresa May has appointed a controversial former Shelter executive as her new housing policy adviser working in Whitehall. Toby Lloyd was until...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Vote Conservative...get Labour?

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

28 April 2018

From: Features

Searches ‘very rarely the cause of delays in transactions’ claims industry group

An umbrella body representing search organisations says searches “are very rarely the cause of delays” in transactions. The Council of Property Search...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Future:PropTech hits 1,200 delegates with new speakers and launches announced

The Future: PropTech conference takes place in under a fortnight’s time on May 2 and over 1,200 delegates have now been...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents’ qualifications will cut competition and increase fees - claim

Estate agent licensing will reduce competition, make buying and selling homes more expensive, and add another layer of red tape to...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Introduction of reservation agreements for buyers and sellers gaining support

As the estate agency business in England moves towards being more robust with professional qualifications and higher standards being introduced, there...

17 April 2018

From: Sponsored Content

HouseSimple becomes first online agency to completely scrap upfront fees

Online agency HouseSimple has become a completely No Sale No Fee agency - and is thought to be the only online...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters says recent franchisees have ‘beaten the market’

Franchise giant Hunters says independent agencies which joined the firm in recent years have typically beaten the performance of the housing market. Chief...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More backing for buying reforms from conveyancers and agents

The Conveyancing Association has backed the government’s calls for extensive reform of the buying and selling process, announced at the weekend. The...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks tells government to order agents to publish fees

Purplebricks has issued a provocative response to the government’s new measures to promote a more professional and transparent house buying process.  The...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More details revealed on range of agency reform proposals

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

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman to hold Rightmove webinar as redress race hots up

The Property Ombudsman, Katrine Sporle, is to hold a briefing on the government’s redress reform on Wednesday - five days before...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Reforms to house buying process and agents’ qualifications announced

The government has announced further measures which will, in its words, “professionalise” house buying and the estate agency business. In yet another Sunday...

08 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: Marvellous maintenance

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

07 April 2018

From: Features

What do estate agents need on their website?

In the modern marketplace – where people live their lives on their smartphones and tablets, social media has a bigger influence...

06 April 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Significant fall in number of homes bought via company structures

Statistics published for the Annual Tax for Enveloped Dwellings show that the government appears to be succeeding in its  bid to...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Selling my flat - can I put my money where my mouth is?

It’s all very easy, talking and evangelising about the use of technology in the property market, but, now that I’m selling...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove branch total now up to 122 following latest franchise deals

Hybrid agency EweMove says it has seen four portfolio acquisitions and 29 new areas ‘purchased’ by franchisees since June 2017, taking...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks is changing: Which way will it go?

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

31 March 2018

From: Features

Estate agents - Ignore building regulations at your peril

With reports continuing to focus on a slowing property market and an understanding that not enough properties are being marketed for...

31 March 2018

From: Features

Chairman of major agency was trampled to death by his own horses

The chairman of Chancellors was trampled to death by his own horses after taking them out for a carriage driving exercise,...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks begins search for lifetime relationship with customers

Purplebricks has given details of how it intends to use some of its new investment, and in particular is spelling out...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge new investment announced for Purplebricks

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

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov well ahead of Purplebricks in new assessment of online agencies

  An assessment of nine online agencies undertaken by a property website has seen Emoov come out on top after being analysed...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

It's Purplebricks vs Jefferies at the Future:PropTech event in May

The Future:PropTech event on May 2 is now under six weeks away and more details have been released about speakers and...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 March 2018

From: Features

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: The progression of sales progression

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

24 March 2018

From: Features

Eight months to make a difference to UK housing

One day, I’ll sit down to write for Estate Agent Today and I won’t express my dismay at the lack of...

24 March 2018

From: Features

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

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

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The value of smart technology and intelligent buildings

Smart sensors, and smart technology as a whole, are enjoying a period of accelerated innovation and adoption.  It’s my opinion that such...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 March 2018

From: Features

Phil Spencer launches new online advice service for buyers

TV property expert Phil Spencer is launching an online advice service for buyers and tenants, including offering guidance on the specific...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: MIPIM Startup Competition - meet the finalists

Greetings from Cannes, where the sun is finally shining over MIPIM. I’m sure many of you are out here, too, and...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Simple tips to take professional property photos

Getting your property marketing right is vital, and the starting point is with professional images.  With most buyers browsing the internet for...

07 March 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: Who would you vote for at the UKPA Awards?

The UK PropTech Awards are fast approaching. The window is open for applications and nominations and on May 2, the winners...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: Choosing and leveraging your software

Firstly, a huge thanks to everyone who shared and commented on my first blog and for all those that emailed me...

03 March 2018

From: Features

Portals and onliners 'force agents into innovation' says global advisory firm

A mergers and acquisitions specialist says traditional agencies have been pushed into becoming more innovative by the rise of portals and...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Five questions to ask before choosing new software

Whether you’re an estate agent, letting agent or property manager, having the right software in place – to enhance, upgrade and...

01 March 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Online agents' poor sales progression can improve through technology - claim

One of the country’s leading PropTech entrepreneurs has responded to recent criticism of online estate agencies and their allegedly-poor record of...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: In the age of technology, customer service is timeless

We think about technology all the time. At least, I do. And there’s nothing left in property that technology hasn’t touched...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New industry body aims to simplify and modernise buying and selling

Representatives from estate and lettings agencies as well as professional organisations have formed The Home Buying And Selling Group with a...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – a property invasion on our tellies

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

24 February 2018

From: Features

The government must recognise its interference is now affecting the market

In the great swathe of housing market data which is delivered each month, conveyancers’ case volumes often get overlooked, however the...

24 February 2018

From: Features

Strong trading update from Hunters, despite Norfolk troubles

National franchise giant Hunters has delivered a strong trading update, despite what it describes as 'challenging conditions'. Earlier this week, it was...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 'We’re no longer real estate' says world’s largest real estate firm

Co-Founder Gary Keller has declared that Keller Williams (KW) is, 'no longer a real estate company...we are a technology company No....

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches surprise consultation on property redress

The government has launched a surprise consultation on the creation of a new redress system for customers of agents and others...

18 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Modern agency comes to prime central London

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

17 February 2018

From: Features

Agents' PropTech Toolshed: Who am I and recruiting PropTech

PropTech has been the industry soundbite for the last couple of years. For many of my fellow agents, I think it’s one...

17 February 2018

From: Features

Advertising watchdog rules on another complaint about Purplebricks

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled on another complaint lodged about Purplebricks. Although the latest appears minor it adds to a lengthy list...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: boards up, shares down?

Why I won’t buy Purplebricks shares and why if I had any, I’d sell fast… In its latest adverts, Purplebricks attempts to...

13 February 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – Q & A with Isobel Thomson, NALS

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

10 February 2018

From: Features

Rental market analysis: what is the outlook for 2018?

A range of factors - including fierce competition under the supplied housing market, rising property prices and political uncertainty – have...

08 February 2018

From: Sponsored Content

MPs to debate 'minimum EPC' proposal again next month

MPs will next month debate a Bill which aims to have the energy efficiency of all UK homes brought up to...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: There’s no better time than now to invest in VR

I had an interesting meeting last week with a VR company called Garou. Based in New York, they claim to have...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

For Sale By Owner site breaks cover in wake of Purplebricks rumpus

Former estate agent Nick Ferrand has gone public with a new website which says home owners decide when and to whom...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - news about agents on the move...

Hello and welcome to our latest Property Jobs Today; if you missed the launch last week, each Monday we will provide...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing: its part in Theresa May's downfall

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

03 February 2018

From: Features

Conveyancing: It's not about referral fees

Whisper it quietly, but there seems to be change in the air when it comes to agents recommending lawyers based on...

03 February 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks' new UK chief to face the industry for the first time

Purplebricks’ new UK chief executive officer, Lee Wainwright, is to address a major industry conference in May - his first address...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and this week you've got a vote, too...

We seem to be getting more and more contact from agents and others in the industry who are doing great work...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: These are the UK events you have to attend

I have high expectations for this year’s PropTech events and property conferences.  Those that I attended in 2017 demonstrated a real step...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

OTM float - the OOP is dead, long live the OOP

Whatever else you say about OnTheMarket, you can’t say it’s not consistent, consistent in treating its core membership shabbily.  We already know...

29 January 2018

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - latest news about agents on the move

Hello and welcome to our first Property Jobs Today, a weekly round-up of key job moves within estate and letting agencies...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 January 2018

From: Features

 Is the Land Registry about to drag property purchasing into the 21st century?

If you were under any misconceptions about how pivotal a role HM Land Registry is going to play in the future...

27 January 2018

From: Features

Who should run Countrywide? What should they do? - our panel speaks out

The story of this week - the ousting of Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt - prompts two key questions. Firstly, who takes...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Disruption in agency industry will push more sales to auctioneers - claim

Auction House says it has maintained its number one industry ranking, selling 3,485 lots last year – four per cent up...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How can local agents take a share of the multi-billion pound UK property auction market?

Here’s how the LetsBid Property team is helping them do it. A new property platform called LetsBid has launched in the...

24 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Ten top tips for selling your business in 2018

What do you need to know if you are considering selling your sales or lettings business?  Here’s ten top tips to think...

24 January 2018

From: Features

MPs tell government - stamp duty cut isn't really helping first time buyers

One of the most influential select committees in parliament has told the government that it needs to do more - much...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: another senior Countrywide exec is leaving the company

Another member of Countrywide's top table is leaving the company. Kate Brown, Countrywide’s human resources chief with the responsibility for implementing what...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Branding - game, set and match to the onliners?

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

20 January 2018

From: Features

Buy-to-Let – are we losing sight of what’s important?

Last week’s news that the lettings fee ban is unlikely to materialise before next spring was perhaps to be expected. Ever since...

20 January 2018

From: Features

AI investment shows increasing importance of new tech for agents

For a while now, property and technology have been combining seamlessly to offer the industry innovative solutions to often complex problems....

19 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Do Charity: fund-raising and grant-giving for great causes

With the year in full swing we have some more heroic fund-raising and grant-giving stories to tell this week. Thanks so much...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Can agents improve fall-through rates with innovation?

Fall-through rates have long been a problem for the UK residential property market, the issue is nothing new. Today, however, the...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How Virtual Staging Boosts Real Estate Sales

Virtual Staging is about presenting a property in the most appealing way to potential buyers. Many consider virtual staging is deceiving...

16 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter – the marketing trends to look out for in 2018

After the fun and over-indulgence of the festivities, most of us are now back to the world of work. And, with...

13 January 2018

From: Features

Housing agency launched with aim of 300,000 new homes a year

A new national housing agency – Homes England – has been launched by the newly-rebadged Ministry of Housing Communities and Local...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is this the start of industry failure?

In last week’s column, I asked 14 industry leaders to give their predictions for the year ahead. Well, it seems a handful of...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

High-flying Dominic Raab appointed housing minister in reshuffle

In a surprise announcement this lunchtime, Dominic Raab has been appointed as housing minister. Raab, the 16th housing minister in the past...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency unveils radical 'low-cost traditional High Street business model'

Arun Estates has launched what it describes as “a major new departure” - a fully-staffed High Street office but covering a...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Consultations - Why do so few participate?

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

06 January 2018

From: Features

Agency group says No to online but backs TV ads and PropTech

Arun Estates says his group’s four main operating companies are to become ‘premium brands’ through a mixture of marketing and PropTech...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Tepilo dismisses industry rumours of fee structure overhaul

Online estate agency Tepilo has denied industry speculation that it is to change its fee structure now that it is under...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New 'national economic crime centre' to tackle money laundering

The Home Office has announced a new division to tackle fraud issues, including money laundering. A new national economic crime centre within...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 14 industry leaders give their  2018 predictions

Well, I don’t know about you but after the holidays I've got an imprint just below my navel where my belt...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New franchise estate agency wants housing associations to sign up

A housing association which for over two years has operated its own estate agency now wants similar organisations to join up...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by expanding regional hybrid

Independent agency Coast and Castle has been acquired by Signature, a chain in the north east of England with 18 other...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Popular London agent joins executive board of French parent firm

Andy Martin, the popular and respected senior partner at Strutt & Parker from 2009 to earlier this year, has been appointed...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency reported to have £20m new funding 'to rival Purplebricks'

HouseSimple is reported to have secured £20m in growth capital which it says will help it “challenge Purplebricks as the UK’s...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Independent agents’ group to fight ‘poor industry image’

The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents has told Estate Agent Today that it WILL formally launch after all, in...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: We all have the power to instigate change

This week, news broke of the ‘first bitcoin homes’ being sold in the UK by Go Move, an estate agency in...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Senior Tory wants 50% of new London homes reserved for Britons

Chris Philp, a Conservative MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chancellor Phillip Hammond, says 50 per cent of new homes in...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Five things that didn’t happen in 2017

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

16 December 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: things to look out for in 2018

Another new year is nearly upon us and, once we’ve got the season of mince pies, mulled wine, pigs in blankets,...

16 December 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the strictly nearly Christmas edition...

Christmas is just around the corner and we’re all looking forward to a break - but before then we know many...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency predicts 3% London price drop as affordability worry kicks in

The investment service arm of international ratings agency Moody's is warning that affordability issues are likely to lead to a slowdown...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: is it about to increase its share of the online market?

Financial analysts over the weekend have been giving their view on Purplebricks, which later this week issues its figures for the...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property wealth: More bad news for the young

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

02 December 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: The battle of the reports

Hands up if you’ve read all of the property reports that have been published in the past week or so? Forever...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 November 2017

From: Features

Property industry reacts to the Autumn Budget

Earlier this week, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the Autumn Budget with a strong focus on housing.  The decision to cut stamp duty...

25 November 2017

From: Features

Not everyone in the industry likes the stamp duty change...

Agents and even the Labour Party have backed the government’s scrapping of stamp duty for first time buyers’ purchases up to...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: How Augmented Reality has gone from zero to hero

As Augmented Reality (AR) and Microsoft’s Hololens showcase the finest in modern architecture, it’s time for me to think again about...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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