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Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

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

15 December 2018

From: Features

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

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

15 December 2018

From: Features

Towards 2019…with certainty in an uncertain world

It’s that time of year when we gaze to the future, when we ponder what the coming year will bring, and...

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

Emoov listings owner wants more agents to help sell them

The auction company that has acquired some 5,000 vendor listings from the failed Emoov and Tepilo agencies says it wants more agents...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills snaps up independent chain to expand London presence

Savills has snapped up an independent London estate agency in what is likely to be one of the last deals of...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Email sent to agents was professional attempt at deception

The HomeOwners Alliance says a hack on its IT infrastructure was “a professional attempt at deception” by people who uploaded 5,000...

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

Emoov and Tepilo listings 'bought by north of England high street agency'

A Newcastle-based property company says it has acquired the listings of Emoov and Tepilo. It has emailed and texted vendors to say...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

OTM offers shares to new members in return for five-year lock-ins

OnTheMarket had told its shareholders this morning that it now has over 12,000 branches listing and is offering share incentives to...

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

Yet ANOTHER online agency wants £750,000 crowdfunding investment

Vesta, which describes itself as “the new online marketplace for buying and selling rental property” has launched a bid to raise...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

 Emoov investor row: Crowdcube pledges to update angry crowdfunders

It is now known that at least 32 formal complaints have been received by the crowdfunding platform that helped Emoov raise...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Emoov administrators ‘want £100,000 for remaining vendor listings’

Estate Agent Today has been given details of responses made by administrators to an enquiry about the possible acquisition of some...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agencies bite the dust as property sector insolvencies rise

There’s been a four per cent rise in the number of estate agencies becoming insolvent according to a new report. In the...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM denounced as “corporate dinosaurs

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

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry legend Peter Knight steps down as Agents Giving chairman

Peter Knight, co-founder and public face of Agents Giving, is stepping down as the charity’s chairman. He is to be succeeded by...

10 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

Christmas party this week? More decs to get you in the mood...

It’s the start of a new week and many agents may well be having their office parties this week - if...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

House price rises at their slowest for six years ahead of Christmas lull

House price rises are now the slowest they have been for six years according to the Halifax. Across the UK, property values...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov’s humiliation - the fallout for the industry

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

08 December 2018

From: Features

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

Brexit Bedlam: Rightmove and agency give housing market warnings

The chief executive of online agency HouseSimple says “sellers need to be prepared and willing to lower their expectations” in the current...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' success in the US is not assured says top analyst

A leading digital analyst says Purplebricks’ success in the US market is not assured and has expressed concern over whether it...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Countrywide pay chief quits after ‘Fat Cats' controversy

Countrywide, which was hit by a row over executive pay during the summer, is now on the look out for a...

06 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

What do modern renters want from letting agents?

The UK renting demographic is diversifying at a rapid pace. While the current market poses many challenges for traditional letting agents,...

05 December 2018

From: Features

Exclusive: Emoov halved its £100m valuation during crowdfunding pitch

Investment platform Crowdcube has told Estate Agent Today that defunct online estate agency Emoov revised down its company valuation from £104m...

05 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

Banned! Advert for 'park home' lodges deemed misleading

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement calling properties for sale ‘park homes’ when the buildings themselves could not be...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov was never going to find a buyer, says leading agency analyst

The demise of Emoov, Tepilo and lettings platform Urban raises question marks over the long-term viability of online agencies according to...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov boss and portal head in vicious Twitter spat before firm folds

The chief executive of Emoov and the founder of the new portal Rummage4Property had a dramatic spat on Twitter just hours...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New portal signs up Countrywide and 30 agencies ahead of 2019 launch

A new portal is launching next year with Countrywide and some 30 other estate agency groups signed up, as well as...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov: Rival agents try to poach vendors as public complaints mount

At least some calls from potential customers to Emoov are being cut off and rival estate agents are now plundering the...

03 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 Jobs Today - the industry's key moves and appointments

Has no one told the industry that it’s December and things are supposed to be slowing down? This week’s Property Jobs...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Prices inch up but buyers still waiting for Brexit clarity

House prices showed an unexpected pre-Christmas boost last last month but worries about Brexit remain foremost for buyers according to the...

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

Why the best PropTech isn’t expensive

PropTech has been mainstream for a few years now, and as more agents are familiar with the range of products and...

01 December 2018

From: Features

DPS adjudication case study: charges for court appearances?

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

01 December 2018

From: Features

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

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

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Emoov lining up administrators - report

Sky News says the online estate agency Emoov is preparing to call in administrators in a last-ditch attempt to salvage its...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

HIPs-style 'Home Owner Passport' launching to speed up conveyancing

A firm is launching a new Home Owner’s Passport this weekend in a bid to speed up conveyancing.  With characteristics reminiscent of the much-derided Home...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Offices converted to housing are denying affordable homes - claim

Communities have missed out on more than 10,000 affordable homes in the past three years as a result of government rules...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks boss warns on dangers of borrowing more than one can afford...

The global chief executive of Purplebricks, Michael Bruce, has warned mortgage lenders against offering so-called ‘super-sized’ home loans to borrowers.  Bruce is...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: New tech offerings require action from the high street

I’m spending a lot of time in airport terminals waiting for flights. They’re not the most comfortable of surroundings, but at...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Diversify or die - now an agent is selling a box in the Royal Albert Hall

High-end agency Harrods Estates is not content with selling homes in London’s infamous challenging market - now it’s marketing a box...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

 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

More branch closures likely if Brexit uncertainty goes on - forecast

The closure of Foxtons’ Park Lane office and five other branches in the capital are merely the start of things to come...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group beefs up mortgage side with £3.6m acquisition

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

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

12-branch independent signs with OnTheMarket as portal returns to court

East Midlands estate and lettings agency Jackson Grundy has signed up to OnTheMarket. The firm, with its Northampton headquarters, has 10 sales...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

'Co-Marketing' - two more agencies agree to list properties jointly

A sales and lettings agency specialising in waterside property along the Thames is linking up with a larger business to co-market...

26 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

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to the latest Property Jobs Today - the last one in November. Career moves tend to slow this time...

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

Inside the new Regulation of Property Agents working party

The title may be unfamiliar but most agents know by now that in the corridors of Whitehall a working party exists...

24 November 2018

From: Features

Deal or no deal – how could Brexit affect the property market?

A no-deal Brexit The biggest impact of a no-deal Brexit in relation to housing is a potential fall in house prices -...

24 November 2018

From: Features

Another agency shuts all its branches and joins the Hub club

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

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Only fittest will survive’ says agent making eighth acquisition of 2018

Yorkshire agency Linley & Simpson is on the acquisition trail yet again - and it’s revealed its eighth deal of the...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

No Deal Brexit would see ‘buyers and sellers hit the brakes’ - top agent

The chief executive of Haart, Paul Smith, is warning that a No Deal exit from the EU could leave Britain with...

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

Agents advised: Don't head off ho-ho-home too early this Christmas

Estate and letting agents are being warned not to slow down too early in the run up to Christmas as it...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Gazumping - so is it declining or is it getting worse?

The latest research from online estate agency Emoov shows at least one silver lining to the current Brexit-hit housing market -...

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

Size Matters: Agents slammed for 'inconsistent, inaccurate' floorplans

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a new guide in a bid to end what it calls inconsistencies and...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

I'm A Purplebricks Boss - Get Me Out Of Here! Australian CEO quits

Purplebricks chief executive in Australia, Ryan Dinsdale, is quitting the firm after two and a half years. The influential Australian Financial Review...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Two FREE tickets to the Agents Giving Christmas Ball - you could be there!

We are delighted to have two completely FREE tickets available for the industry event of the season - the Charity Christmas...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: Why winter may be key for deciding its future

A leading buying agent says the first quarter of 2019 may be crucial in determining the future of the current stamp...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Canny or downright desperate? Online agency slashes fee to just £1

Online agency Doorsteps is slashing its flat fee to just £1 with no commission charge - but for only 48 hours. The...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves in and out of our industry

It’s not just the Cabinet and the government where jobs are in flux - there are plenty of moves to announce...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 November 2018

From: Features

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

It’s time for conveyancing to up its game

Conveyancing regularly adds unnecessary and costly delays to the home buying process and improvement could be far quicker than any efforts...

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

Join Us! Call for “disillusioned” agents to become prime London entrepreneurs

A new prime London hybrid agency wants what it calls “disillusioned property professionals” to join the firm and take advantage of...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auctions ‘work for agents and vendors’ insists digital operator

An online auction platform which works with estate agents says this method of selling homes works, with four sales in one...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyers warned: Don’t cut corners by trying DIY conveyancing

Hard-pressed buyers who try to minimise house moving costs by doing their own conveyancing have been warned of the disastrous consequences...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

What is the key to a smooth and efficient pre-tenancy process?

People now expect a streamlined, digital-first experience from every single service they interact with - and the lettings industry is no...

14 November 2018

From: Features

Rival agency opens new London office within hours of Foxtons’ closures

London estate agency JOHNS&CO, which specialises in new homes, has opened its seventh office in the capital - the announcement came...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Agents - here’s why you need to differentiate more

I remember renting flats when I was a 25-year-old negotiator at Foxtons. Many of you will remember my love for the...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Forget the south - Manchester is where capital appreciation is highest

A leading property consultancy has called out Manchester as the location which has seen the highest urban price growth of anywhere...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov sale may force a change to online model, claims agency

An online agency launched by a traditional high street agent to ward off competition says the online business model might have...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

“Confident” OnTheMarket still signing agents ahead of appeal

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

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Automated valuation system generates over 100,000 leads in just one month

The ValPal Network, an automated valuation system, has for the first time provided over 100,000 leads to agents in just one...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

John Lewis guru to tell estate agents how customer service is done

The man responsible for defining John Lewis’ legendary customer service, and preserving its Never Knowingly Undersold pledge, is to address the...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Extraordinary £120m investment for agency that ‘breaks chains’ for sellers

It’s been reported that Nested, an estate agency launched two years ago, has received a massive £120m cash injection from venture capitalists. Nested, which...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - key industry moves and a ‘Rock Star Agent’ invitation

Hello and welcome to our latest edition of Property Jobs Today, a weekly run-through of the key job moves within our...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Are online agencies in trouble? Investors will decide

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

10 November 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - including one agency’s First World War fund-raising

Hello and welcome to another Agents Do Charity, our round-up of great work done by our industry to raise funds for...

09 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

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

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

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Another government clampdown: will it hit second home sales?

A business rates tax break which benefits holiday home owners is to be reviewed by ministers, who have now launched a formal...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

London house marketed for £25m but sells for ‘only’ £15m

A house in Mayfair that was sold for £19.175m in 2014 and put on the market this year at £25m has...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov troubles ‘do not mean the end for hybrid agents’

The high profile financial difficulties faced by Emoov and the recent fall in the share value of Purplebricks do not mean...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks watch out - David Brent has become an estate agent!

He’s got a fax machine for PropTech, he’s got an answerphone so he’s open 24/7, and he’s got 2.5 per cent...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Emoov advert triggers another complaint to watchdog

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

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions Trauma - Brits now move house every 19 years

New data from Barclays Mortgages suggests Britons are now likely to stay in their homes for almost 19 years between house...

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

London agency with 17 branches signs up to OnTheMarket

London agency chain Portico has signed up to OnTheMarket.  The 17 branch firm, which handles both sales and lettings, has offices in...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest industry moves and appointments

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

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New 'Residential Agent Zone’ to feature at 2019 FUTURE PropTech

There’s to be the first-ever Residential Agent Zone at next year’s FUTURE PropTech event to be held on May 14. The zone will...

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

A quiet Budget – but there’s still enough to keep everyone busy

On the face of it, this year’s Budget was not what you could describe as ‘housing heavy’ in terms of the...

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

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

Market gloom from Savills: London, SE and Buy To Let downbeat for years

Savills has issued its forecast for the housing market for the next five years, and while it highlights some bright spots...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and it's November already...

You don’t need EAT to remind you that Christmas is now just next month.  Many agents are gearing their fund-raising to that...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov sale price 'likely to be far below £100m merger cost'

Fresh details have emerged about the financial difficulties suffered by Emoov, its search for a buyer and its possible sale price. A...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov for sale, Purplebricks down, Hatched gone - what now for Online?

As scary Halloweens go, yesterday was quite a shocker for Britain’s online estate agency sector - and not in a good...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

We're off! First agency prediction for 2019 and it's (fairly) upbeat

It’s November so forecasts for next year are beginning to emerge from high-end agencies with research departments - and the first one...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Overseas buyers set to take advantage of stamp duty surcharge delay

Experts suggest that overseas buyers are likely to act quickly to take advantage of a delay in any stamp duty surcharge on...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov goes up for sale - just months after merger

Sky News says Emoov is to be sold, just months after the controversial online agency merged with Sarah Beeny's Tepilo and the...

31 October 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

Countrywide reveals progress on Back To Basics turnaround

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

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Agents offer glasses not headsets for Virtual Reality viewing of properties

Estate agency and property consultancy JLL is offering a clip-on accessory which it claims can be put on to a mobile...

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

Revealed: ages, incomes and purchase plans for buyers with mortgages

New figures from the Mortgage Advice Bureau give an insight into the changing demographics of home buyers and buy to let...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Priced Out: owning a home not a top priority for Millennials

Millennials aged 18 to 34 are putting plans for romance, children and even hobbies on ice as they make huge sacrifices...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Havoc, Grim and Short Term - Property taxes under fire once again

It’s Budget day and the government is once again on the receiving end of a blast from one of the country’s...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

High-end agency opens new office with PropTech to the fore

Strutt & Parker is bucking the trend on High Street offices by opening a new one - and in this case,...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a bumper week for industry moves

Hello and welcome to a bumper edition of Property Jobs Today, your weekly insight into the key moves within our industry. Everyone...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents they have moral obligation to report suspicions

The government has told the estate agency industry that it has a “moral” obligation to report suspicions about potential money laundering. Figures...

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

40 years under the floorboards - the life of a Chartered Surveyor

It is a sobering thought that 40 years have slipped by since I first ran a tape measure across the inside...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the-clocks-go-back-an-hour edition...

We all get an extra hour in bed this weekend, giving us more energy to fund-raise for good causes, right? That seems...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Simpler surveys - RICS wants to scrap three current survey options

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says it wants to simplify the system of surveys by scrapping the three current options...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

The dos and don’ts of email marketing

Given that ‘UK buyers are the most digitally active home hunters’, with HSBC’s Beyond the Bricks report stating that 90% of...

24 October 2018

From: Features

Huge cash reward for estate agents who blow the whistle on price-fixing

The Competition and Markets Authority is stepping up its campaign to identify and prosecute companies behind cartels - and it’s offering...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Deal or No Deal? Housing market will improve post-Brexit says top agent

One of London’s most prominent buying agencies says post-Brexit the interest in buying in the capital will return - whether there...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sales dip slightly says HMRC - but supply up according to NAEA

Data from HM Revenue & Customs shows some 98,400 homes were sold across the UK in September - that’s slightly lower...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sales plummet thanks to Brexit and taxes says investment guru

Transactions across England and Wales in September dropped 7.6 per cent year on year while Prime Central London now sees fewer than...

23 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

Hired not fired! Apprentice estate agents come a step closer

A new junior estate agent apprenticeship standard has been launched with skills being offered for residential, commercial and auction sectors. Created by...

23 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

Second EU Referendum would help housing market, claims agent

A London buying agent has called for a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership, suggesting that it would give more certainty...

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

Stamp Duty - is it as big a problem as we think?

Few things anger the industry more than the effect of stamp duty and other costs on property transactions (well, maybe Purplebricks...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

What's in a domain name? Your chance to own Property.co.uk

What may just be the UK’s ultimate property domain names have come up for sale - property.co.uk and realestate.co.uk. Both domains, which...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Taxi! New agency takes buyers for a ride (but in a good way)

A new estate agency has come up with a novel way of taking prospective purchasers around its patch - by using...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Market value of homes typically 59% higher than rebuild cost, claims insurer

An insurer claims there is a huge gulf between the cost of rebuilding a house and its market value because around...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property viewings - how to keep up with evolving consumer demands

The culture of impatience and instant gratification has a lot to answer for. It has forced the hand of the property...

17 October 2018

From: Features

New portal claims to offer an alternative to part-exchange

A service which describes itself as an alternative to part exchange has been launched to facilitate sales to ‘corporate property buyers’. It’s...

17 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

'Slump City' house prices set to rebound, claims agency

A city’s housing market that suffered badly because of the collapse in North Sea oil prices is now likely to rebound...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ridiculous moving day delays hit almost one-in-five buyers - claim

Just under one in five buyers in the past two years have suffered moving day delays, either because funds have been...

16 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

Buyers 'taken for a ride' as new-build leasehold house prices soar

The cost of new-build leasehold properties has surged 16 times faster than freeholds according to research from property investment platform. The revelation...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks has 70% of UK online market and confirms expansion

Purplebricks says its performance in the UK “is currently showing double-digit growth year-on-year in monthly instructions.” In a brief UK trading update...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Whatever happened to the autumn price bounce? asks Rightmove

We’re sorry to be starting the week with more evidence of the housing market in the doldrums, but Rightmove’s latest index...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Let’s focus on the real foreign property ownership problem

It’s time to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to overseas buyers of property. If you listen to Theresa...

13 October 2018

From: Features

Dear Mr Chancellor…this is what we need on October 29…

I’ve spoken many times before of my desire to see government take property more seriously. For more than just lip service...

13 October 2018

From: Features

Can negative google and Facebook reviews damage brand reputation?

Local business reviews are becoming increasingly important for reputation management, with recent research showing 90% of consumers read online reviews before...

13 October 2018

From: Features

Government unveils new body 'to raise agency standards'

The government has unveiled a new body which, it claims, will raise agency standards. There is a long-standing commitment from the government...

12 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

Read all about it: Property supplement publisher up for sale

Johnston Press, the company which owns the i national newspaper and some 200 local titles - many with property supplements carrying...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and if it's Friday, it must be fund-raising...

Hello and welcome to another Agents Do Charity - your opportunity to salute those in our industry working hard for great...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket figures reveal staff growth and 'New & Exclusive' emphasis

OnTheMarket’s trading figures for the six months to the end of July show, as predicted, losses while the company is building...

11 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

Property Radio launches next month with Radio 2 presenter on team

A new internet and DAB radio station specialising on the subject of property will launch from purpose built studios next month. Property...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned advert highlights dangers of sales claims about rental yields

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

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price slumps to 18-month low - but why?

Purplebricks’ share price dropped yesterday to barely over 200p - its lowest level for some 18 months and reflecting a near...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says industry-leading technology allows it to close branches

Foxtons says its use of technology allows it to increase the reach of its branches - and claims this is behind...

10 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

OnTheMarket to reveal first six months 'float' figures tomorrow

OnTheMarket plc, the company which operates the OTM portal, gives its first formal stock market figures tomorrow morning, for the six...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons shuts another office, relocating team to nearby branch

Estate Agent Today can reveal that Foxtons has closed another London agency office - this time at Barnes in the borough...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Referral fees: agents must be more transparent, government says

A government minister has told the estate agency industry that it must be more transparent over the issue of referral fees. In...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t be hasty in ditching your high street office

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

06 October 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: what impact has Google had on the property market?

Google celebrated its 20th birthday last month. Yes, it might be hard to recall a time when it wasn’t integral in...

06 October 2018

From: Features

Why Facebook’s property listings are a bigger threat to portals than agents

When Facebook first announced it would be entering the property listings market a few weeks ago it sent shockwaves across the...

06 October 2018

From: Features

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

Agents Do Charity - independents and corporates, we salute you...

Hello and welcome to another weekly update on the industry’s good work - and a chance for us to show that...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

50-branch Andrews chain is the latest signing for OnTheMarket

Andrews, which has over 50 branches across the south of England, is the latest major chain to sign up to OnTheMarket. In...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Branches fight back: 'Six reasons why agents should stay on High Streets'

One of the industry’s best respected trainers and consultants has outlined six key reasons why agents should keep offices on the...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks slapped on wrist (again) after complaint over radio ads

Purplebricks has been the subject of another complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority - and the issue has again been categorised...

03 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

Gentle house price rise welcomed as good news by leading agent

House prices grew two per cent year on year for September according to new figures - and a senior agency chief...

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

Former Countrywide pair claim to generate £140,000 a month at EweMove

A branch of EweMove - which operates from a traditional High Street office - claims to have generated £140,000 income in...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

OTM branch total hits 11,000 - but founder pushes 'three portals' idea

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that it now has signed listing agreements with more than 11,000 estate agency offices - over...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Independent agency celebrates 50 years with new High Street offices

The independent Essex estate agency Beresfords is celebrating its 50th anniversary next week - and is doing so in style with...

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

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

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov figures claim it sells homes for £6,000 more than rival agents

A competitive pricing analysis undertaken for hybrid estate agency Emoov claims that it sells for an average £6,000 more than rival...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Treasury takes billions in stamp duty - and that’s BEFORE new surcharge

Figures released by HMRC over the weekend show another huge rise in stamp duty going to the Treasury - and that’s...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Overseas buyers to take advantage of stamp duty surcharge delay

Experts suggest that overseas buyers are likely to act quickly to take advantage of the delay in any stamp duty surcharge...

01 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

Increased Trading Standards budget should focus on CPRs compliance

You will perhaps have seen recently that the Government has decided to boost funding to the regulator, the National Trading Standards...

29 September 2018

From: Features

Ditch High Street branches and use serviced offices, urges agency chief

Increasingly cash-strapped traditional estate agencies should consider abandoning their High Street offices and work from serviced offices or similar lower-profile and...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Purplebricks claims 81% of listings sold within 12 months

The latest figures from Purplebricks, contained within the agency’s annual report released this week, claim that 81 per cent of its...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Coup for Yopa as ex-Knight Frank man joins to lead London agents

Yopa - the online agency with huge financial backing from Savills - has attracted a Knight Frank agent to become its...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Millions wiped off Britain's most expensive homes, says Zoopla

Zoopla has once again released its list of the costliest streets in the UK - but for the second year running...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

A five-point plan for buying a new agency website

Having delivered over 1,800 websites for estate agents over the last 15 years, I have come to recognise one major common...

26 September 2018

From: Features

How can PropTech be made easier for agents? Key debate today

Today’s long-awaited debate staged by fledgling PropTech platform Best Agent will address the issue of how the agency industry can most...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

PropTech Today: Is it time we had digital connectivity ratings for the home?

I am a patient man; a pacifist. Yet there is little in life right now that would satisfy me more than...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Six-figure Park Lane refurb for The Guild and Fine & Country now open

The six-figure refurb of the office on London’s Park Lane occupied by The Guild and Fine & Country is officially launching...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks to expand further overseas thanks to total cultural shift

Purplebricks has this morning announced that it’s to expand its US activities still further, breaking into Florida for the first time. It...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Not fake news - the truth about Britain's new homes

We’ve all heard the comments - the countryside is being covered in concrete, new houses are springing up everywhere, our green...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Online firms ‘have forced other agents to be more competitive on fees’

An estate agency comparison website claims the rise of online and hybrid estate agencies has obliged traditional agents to be more...

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

What now for online agents after shock closure of Connell's Hatched?

The shock immediate closure of Hatched, the online agency heavily invested in by Connells, has raised question marks over the online...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - autumn fund-raising in full swing...

We’re well and truly back from summer with a flurry of fund-raising to report on this week: thanks to each and...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Another OnTheMarket signing - now it's a regional agency and auction firm

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that it’s signed up the north east of England regional agency Pattinson, which has 27 branches...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price still in the doldrums despite Peter Long move

Shareholders in the ailing Countrywide agency group appeared to remain largely indifferent to the news that their executive chairman Peter Long...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Independent agents try to woo developers with PX collaboration

The Land & New Homes Network has announced a part exchange and assisted move collaboration with Relocation Agent Network in a...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: will Unmortgage change our industry forever?

Those of you who receive (and read) my Sunday PropTech Review will know that, by far and away, the most shared...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Buying agency secures prime London home almost 40% below asking price

A buying agency says it has secured a prime London property for one of its clients at almost 40 per cent...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Are online auctions now a key feature for agents?

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

18 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks tries 'pay half upfront, half when home sells' model in Australia

Purplebricks has introduced its second price rise of the year so far in Australia, and is pioneering a model under which...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Stop the red tape! Agent warns on latest 'property transparency' idea

A London estate agent who works closely with High Net Worth overseas buyers has hit out a proposed law which he...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Investor-to-investor agency claims strong quarter despite market woe

Yieldit, an online agency that specialises in selling investment houses and apartments with tenants in situ, is claiming a strong quarter...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Robo-firm' backed by Your Move parent company wins new funding

A new ‘robo-adviser’ mortgage service which is backed by LSL Property Services has won another £3.8m in funding from investors.  Robo-advisers provide...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Agent in court this week over HMRC issue as fate of firm still in balance

The estate agent behind the troubled high end Sanderson Young company is reported to be appearing in court this week as...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your chance to catch up on the major moves in the agency industry over...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Forget narrow demands - Work together for more homes

Any day now we’ll hear the date for the Autumn Budget: it may be delayed to wait for a Brexit deal...

15 September 2018

From: Features

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

Agents Do Charity - and it's time to show off your talent...

Yes, there’s no getting away from it - although the autumn has only just begun, charity work is firmly aiming at...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove claims it's UK's fifth largest online agency - and is in profit

EweMove is the country’s fifth largest online agency group based on transactions, and continues to make a profit according to its owner,...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Another national agency returns to Zoopla and Primelocation

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Online reviews: huge and growing distrust from the general public

There’s been a huge vote of no-confidence in online reviews, often used for marketing by many online agencies and some traditional...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

US franchise network owned by Warren Buffett enters London market

A well-known London estate agency says it signing up to a US-based real estate franchise network run by billionaire Warren Buffett. From...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket TV campaign promotes controversial 'New & Exclusive' feature

OnTheMarket today launches a new TV advertising campaign which aims to highlight its 'New & Exclusive' marketing feature. Agents listing with the...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman calls for new build homes to be included in consumer redress

The Property Ombudsman has urged the government to bring the new homes build sector under consumer redress. New builds are not currently...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Crossing borders - The Guild to launch in Northern Ireland

The Guild of Property Professionals is set to launch in Northern Ireland later this month. The 800-strong network of independent estate agents...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: setting the record straight on SEO and subdomains

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

08 September 2018

From: Features

Leasehold scandal continues - almost all buyers regret their purchase

Almost all buyers of new build houses who purchased a leasehold regret doing so, and the vast majority say they definitely wouldn't...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG founder Alex Chesterman to step back from business

Zoopla Property Group's founder and chief executive, Alex Chesterman, is to step back from day to day operations at the end...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Hunters income and profits on the rise in spite of shaky market

Franchise giant Hunters has reported its latest results to the city, showing impressive growth despite a slow-moving property market. In the six...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity: more heart-warming stories from our industry

This week may have marked the landmark moment of Facebook entering the UK property market but as the industry prepares for...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Out of office - absent conveyancers causing transaction delays

Fresh data from a PropTech firm suggests that 'conveyancer absenteeism' is causing severe delays to property transactions. When You Move reports that...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents and suppliers to appeal to CRMs for better PropTech collaboration

An upcoming event will see a panel of well-known agents and suppliers appeal for better collaboration between industry stakeholders, particularly CRM...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Young adults make a splash in waterside living market

Young adults rather than the older generations are driving demand in the waterside living market, according to Strutt & Parker. The agent's...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

AML compliance – why the smart money is on automation

Technology is transforming the way we comply with Anti Money Laundering (AML) regulation. It is providing a consistent approach, reliable outcomes...

05 September 2018

From: Features

OnTheMarket TV ad banned by watchdog over new and exclusive claims

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

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Agent commission fees are second biggest daylight robbery' - Emoov

Hybrid agency Emoov has released research in which it claims consumers rank high street estate agency commission fees as the second...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

National agency agrees to amend website after ASA complaint

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

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Help to Buy scheme facing the axe in government review

Speculation is growing that the Help to Buy scheme is set to be discontinued following a review by government ministers. Recent research...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Approved: rules to make it easier for consumers to choose conveyancers

New rules set out by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), which aim to support consumer choice, have been approved by...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a roundup of the latest industry moves

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

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Countrywide price slides further on first day of new shares trading

Following the first day of trading its new shares yesterday, Countrywide's share price finished at 12.52, down almost 4%. The new shares were...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

We are fastest growing premium estate agent, says Fine & Country

Fine & Country is claiming to be the fastest growing premium estate agency brand in England and Wales over the last...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Winding up: agency closes and 30 complaints made about customer money

An established estate agency in Guernsey is being listed as 'voluntarily winding up' and liquidators have been appointed. Concerns about Sarnia Estate...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity – from Sheffield to Monte Carlo, via Aylesbury

As summer turns to autumn over the next few weeks, that won't stop the nation's agents and property professionals from raising...

31 August 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

Downsizing stamp duty exemption 'would boost market and Treasury'

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

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the opportunity

In our previous 2 blogs we have covered the definitions of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPRs) and what the practical...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

CPRs; the implications

In 2014 The Properties Misdescriptions Act was repealed and replaced with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, otherwise known as...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

OnTheMarket signs up 11-branch regional agency

OnTheMarket has signed up an estate and lettings agency firm run by a family and with 11 offices across west Devon...

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

Brexit and SDLT 'causing market to stagnate' warns property specialist

A downbeat report from property investment specialist London Central Portfolio says “there are very few causes for optimism in the domestic...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent upset at online firm's huge over-valuation spills the beans...

OK, so the headline has drawn you into the story - but you’ll enjoy the video we have below. It’s the...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

£20m cash boost for Yopa from big-name investors

Yopa, which says it is the second largest hybrid agency when measured by listings, has received a major new £20m investment. Savills -...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide General Meeting today set to endorse rescue plan

Countrywide’s eagerly-awaited General Meeting for shareholders takes place today and is widely expected to back the ailing agency group’s controversial rescue...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

A quarter of cities 'struggle to match house prices of a decade ago'

House prices in a quarter of the UK’s largest cities are struggling to recover to the level they were at during...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Should equity release be taxed to encourage down-sizing?

There’s little doubt that downsizing is less of a factor in the housing market than it used to be - so...

25 August 2018

From: Features

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

OnTheMarket now has 57% of branches but warns again on charges

OnTheMarket has seen another increase in listings to more than 10,500 offices, but it is repeating a warning that its free...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide fights back as share price rises over 6% in a day

Countrywide’s share price defied the expectations of some analysts and rose over six per cent yesterday with the company moving from...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Reapit claims new tool helps traditional agents compete with onliners

Reapit has teamed up with a new tool called mio, which is promising “a smarter way to manage the home buying...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Top London sales agents team up to form new buying service

Lucie Hirst and Delphine Colombo, two of Prime Central London’s most high profile sales agents, have combined forces to set up Hirst...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Speed up ban on abusive leasehold rules, law firm urges government

A specialist property law firm is calling on the government to speed up changes in the law to avoid abusive leasehold...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Purplebricks told not to say it advertises on all major portals

Purplebricks has been the subject of another complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority, this time over a claim on its website...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Devastating impact of stamp duty revealed in buying agency's data

Data from the buying agency Black Brick reveals just how big an impact has been made by the additional homes stamp...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

New blow to house raffles - refunds after unforeseen circumstances

The brief but troubled history of individuals and companies attempting to raffle homes as prizes has received another blow as a...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

allAgents takes on OnTheMarket as it says it will become a portal

Independent review website allAgents says its ultimate ambition is to be a serious rival to existing portals like OnTheMarket. Unveiling a new...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide loses its Mojo in mortgage brand name tussle

It’s not just the bosses’ pay incentives that have been a problem for Countrywide’s senior management - it appears the company...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

One of country's oldest agencies marks 275 years in business

South east agency RH & RW Clutton is marking its 275th year in business, with the claim that it is thought...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide backtracks on bid to give top managers huge incentives

Countrywide appears to have backtracked on a move which could have seen its three most senior executives receive some £20m in...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Buckle Up - High Street agencies in for a tough autumn says KPMG

Traditional estate agencies could be in for a stormy autumn and face being the next casualty of the high street shake-out...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Fake Sales: jail threat to lying estate agent caught up in CPR fraud

A maverick Cornish estate agent who falsely gave the impression to customers that his business was highly successful has been hit...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Google to address PropTech conference for industry suppliers

The team behind a new ‘open platform’ targetting smaller agencies in need of Proptech support have revealed a heavyweight line up...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the industry's latest moves...

  Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT - a thinner than usual edition as the industry enjoys the last of the...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

The market needs stamp duty cuts for all

Were it not for climate change, I would be very close to predicting that the summer is close to being over,...

18 August 2018

From: Features

Window displays: Digital signage vs light pockets

In the past decade or so there has been a movement towards the use of digital signage screens within a number...

18 August 2018

From: Features

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

Countrywide fat cats: crunch day for agency group's rescue deal

Today sees the first of a series of important deadlines which will determine the success of otherwise of Countrywide’s controversial rescue...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov 'could be capitalised at £500m to £700m in next two years'

The chief executive of the newly-expanded Emoov group has been giving details of the merger with Tepilo and the possibility of...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy - new figures show 420,000 completions

More than 420,000 people have now used the government’s Help to Buy schemes to get themselves on to the housing ladder...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

'Voluntary Right To Buy' pilot launched in one region

A regional pilot has been launched for what is called the Voluntary Right to Buy - a scheme giving housing association...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent defying advertising watchdog demands details of his 'penalties'

The estate agent who is refusing to abide by a decision of the Advertising Standards Authority is now demanding details of...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government quietly scraps controversial sell-off of large homes

The government has quietly scrapped a proposal to force councils to sell off their most valuable assets, which would have included...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Why letting agents need to be ready for a challenging market this autumn

The buy-to-let sector, which has been under sustained pressure for a number of years now thanks to tax changes designed to...

15 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

Trouble ahead? House price falls set to spread, website warns

A sales platform that monitors the market is warning that house price falls are likely to spread beyond London and the...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Stamp Duty - should downsizing pensioners be exempt?

There’s been another call for the government to reform stamp duty - and this time the request is that the duty...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

London agency opens its second 'virtual' office

JLL has opened a new ‘virtual’ office with dedicated sales and lettings staff to serve the Westminster and St James’s areas...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket sales rep wrote critical review of agency after cold call

An OnTheMarket sales rep - who now no longer works for the company - wrote a critical review of an independent estate...

14 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

Countrywide: could it really be snapped up by Foxtons or Connells?

Rumours abound over the future of Countrywide, which lost further share value on Friday, closing very slightly down on the day...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson wants absurdly high stamp duty to be cut

Boris Johnson is calling for a cut to Britain’s “absurdly high” stamp duty. Writing in this morning’s Daily Telegraph - the same newspaper...

13 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

Property Natter: Q&A with Stephen Ludlow, ludlowthompson

Next week ludlowthompson celebrates its 25th anniversary. Here, I catch up with Stephen Ludlow, co-founder and now executive director of the...

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

Stamp Duty is a mess: should it be scrapped or simplified?

Research by Estate Agent Today reveals that there have been 12 different stamp duty regimes in the UK since the Millennium. What’s...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news - mortgage arrears and repossessions continue to fall

There’s been another drop in mortgage arrears and possessions for owner occupiers - although an increase for some elements of the...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

More trouble for Countrywide as bank slashes key 'target price'

The Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse has slashed its target share price for the company from 77p to only 17.2p.  The reason...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - first time buyer confusion 'shows need for a simple system'

A respected mortgage broker has found that there is widespread public uncertainty amongst the public about the effects of stamp duty...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Top economists still pessimistic about housing market fortunes

The EY ITEM Club, regarded as one of the most influential groups of economists in the UK, says it’s still “dubious”...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t blame Brexit! Agent reveals who's behind housing market woe

One of London’s leading estate agents says Brexit has had at worst a neutral effect on the housing market and may...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket signs up 12-branch regional agency

OnTheMarket has signed up 12-office regional agency Robert Oulsnam and Company.  The firm, which handles sales and lettings, has 12 offices in...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock as average house price reaches its highest-ever level

In a surprise announcement, house prices picked up in July with the annual rate of growth rising from 1.8 per cent...

08 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

GDPR Weekly: Anti-money laundering regulations and data protection

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

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Redress scheme admits some agents may have missed 'quit' deadline

The redress scheme which formally quit the housing sector admits some estate agencies may have missed its deadline - and are thus...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide bosses blasted  over ‘unequal’ rescue plan

Countrywide is under fire again over the controversial rescue plan it announced last week. On Friday the troubled agency group’s share price -...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Pundit Henry Pryor in scathing attack on house price indices

Outspoken property commentator and buying agent Henry Pryor has made a scathing attack on some of the main house price indices. In...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government reminds agents there are just two redress schemes now

The government has revised its guidance to agents over redress schemes - amending it to take account of the fact that...

06 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

Estate agency – it’s still about interactions not transactions

Making my way to our London office on a busy commuter train, my mind got busy thinking about the new do-it-yourself...

04 August 2018

From: Features

OnTheMarket price rise could be the right move for some of us

It was interesting to see the recent story on Estate Agent Today about OnTheMarket (OTM) raising its fees after signing up...

04 August 2018

From: Features

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

Countrywide is in the last-chance saloon say its own advisers

Small print in the Countrywide rescue plan announced yesterday spells out in stark terms what could happen if the company’s bid...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Stamp duty receipts plummet £317m over the past year

An analysis of HMRC stamp duty statistics for the second quarter of this year suggest that receipts are down 13.8 per...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

It's not a big deal - agents try to brush off rate rise impact

Most estate agents have tried to dismiss the impact of the Bank of England’s base rate rise, which came following a...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price plummets after rescue plan announcement

Countrywide's share price has dropped sharply following the announcement of the company's rescue plan - but the firm itself says this...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise today 'could hurt housing market balance' - warning

A leading estate agent is warning that an interest rate increase today ould hurt the delicate balance of the housing market. The...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents seeing more demand from downsizers, says equity release firm

An equity release consultancy says the result of its survey of estate agencies suggest an increase in interest from prospective downsizers. The...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban Gazumping! And limit overseas ownership of homes, while you're at it...

Gazumping is the biggest irritation in the property market to the general public according to a survey of over 2,000 people.  Respondents...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

How can agents save time on their core marketing activities?

In a world increasingly obsessed with all things digital, it's no surprise that many estate agents are choosing to experiment with...

01 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Exclusive: estate agencies closing - data shows how many and where

Data prepared for the BBC and shared with Estate Agent Today gives a snapshot of how estate agencies, lettings agencies and...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide 'failed in fund-raising effort earlier this year' - FT

The Financial Times this morning says that Countrywide suffered a failed bond issue earlier this year, forcing it to rely on...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Connells Group pre-tax profits dip, blaming difficult market conditions

Connells Group - which now says it’s the country’s largest estate agency by market share and numbers of homes sold -...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Another day, another gloomy report about London house sales

Prices and transaction volumes have both fallen again in Prime Central London according to the index produced by Central London Portfolio,...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove - can it remain profitable in the long term?

As if to prove there are two ways to interpret every figure, a new analysis of Rightmove’s recent trading statement suggests...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Your Move parent firm sees 11% sales slump but good lettings performance

The parent company of Your Move, Reeds Rains and other agency brands has succeeded where Foxtons yesterday did not - in...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Join our revolution - new agency boss appeals to rival firms

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

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Prime London's four year collapse: agency figures show scale of falls

The price per square foot for homes in central London is currently £1,194 - that’s 16.9 per cent below its 2014...

30 July 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

Countrywide ‘to raise more money than originally thought’ - National press

Press speculation suggests that Countrywide’s much-anticipated rights issue will this coming week aim to raise £125m - not just the £100m...

29 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government goes on holiday as agents go on waiting

It’s holiday time: schools have broken up, quite a few estate agents are taking time off, and the MPs are in...

28 July 2018

From: Features

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

Why Brexit is killing the London housing market

With the continued indecision surrounding Brexit and the final divorce settlement still months away, it seems property buyers are choosing to...

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

Fees row: Spotlight on Ombudsman after court case decision

The couple at the centre of a court case about agents’ fees say the issue could have been resolved earlier had...

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

Play the 'luxury' game! Startling advice to traditional estate agents

Traditional estate agencies should make their work appear more of a luxury and even showcase the prices of individual elements that...

26 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

PropTech platform BestAgent reveals new supplier partner

The emerging Proptech platform BestAgent has announced its latest partnership - this one is with sales progression company ViewMyChain. BestAgent, run by...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide - change it, close it or sell it? Four experts have their say

The agonisingly painful decline of Countrywide continues, with no one sure whether it is the darkest hour before the dawn or...

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

Shock figures: Agents may have lost £4 billion in fees in 2017

A report drawn up by Reapit and data consultancy Dataloft suggests that agents in 2017 lost a potential (and jaw-dropping) £4...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news on mortgages - no arrangement fees on 40% of them

The mortgage industry may be throwing agents and the housing market something of a lifeline - it’s been revealed that 40...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide delays publishing figures as search for funds goes on

Countrywide, the troubled estate agency group thought by some to be near collapse, has delayed issuing its interim figures which were...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Surveyors accused of covering their backs by down-valuing

The debate over alleged ‘down-valuing’ by mortgage lenders has flared again with one leading agent claiming that surveyors are just “covering...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Making conveyancing quicker and better - that’s the promise...

The Law Commission has unveiled proposals that it claims could stop property fraudsters in theirb tracks and improve conveyancing at the...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Doubt over Countrywide rights issue as Purplebricks wins price boost

It’s being suggested that Countrywide’s rights issue, previously expected to be announced this week, may now be delayed. The Times says the...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Sales figures ahead of last year, says upbeat franchise agency

At least one estate agency appears to be doing better than expected in the current challenging market - Hunters says sales...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Online chief’s outburst against living in the past High Street agents

The former head of Rightmove’s lettings division has blasted High Street estate agencies for “living in the past, charging exorbitant fees...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Big tax rise on empty homes as government clamps down

Councils across England will have new powers to charge dramatically more council tax on homes left empty for many years following...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide ‘to seek new investment of £100m’

It’s being reported this morning that Countrywide will seek new investment of over £100m, probably in the next few days.  The Sunday...

22 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 July 2018

From: Features

Improving the homebuying process – how can we deliver this ourselves?

You will notice that there is a new author for this regular column for Estate Agent Today. Last month I was...

21 July 2018

From: Features

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

OnTheMarket vs Rightmove?

As you probably know, I have been no fan of OnTheMarket (OTM) over the years. You may see this admission as...

20 July 2018

From: Features

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

We're not trying to disrupt agents insists market website chief

The creators of a website using market data to define postcodes as hosting a seller’s market or a buyer’s market have...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

125,000 buyers to benefit from Land Registry's early digitisation

HM Land Registry calculates that 125,000 buyers will benefit from just the first phase of its digitisation programme for Local Land...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and they're undeterred by the heatwave...

It’s holiday season shortly and we’ve got just the weather for it - good news for some, perhaps less so for...

20 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

Ex-Savills agent to head up fourth city office for family-run firm

The Welsh estate agency Jeffrey Ross has opened its fourth branch in Cardiff, with a former Savills agent as its head....

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide boss quits another boardroom to try to save agency

Peter Long, executive chairman of Countrywide, has resigned from another boardroom to focus on saving the troubled estate agency. Long has chosen...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov's 'final' crowdfunding tops £1.5m with two weeks left to run

Emoov’s latest crowdfunding campaign has now gone well over £1.5m, making it already 50 per cent over-funded already from its original...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Scrap rival redress schemes! Ombudsman Services backs government call

One of three schemes with government backing to offer redress for complaints about estate and letting agents has reignited the debate...

18 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

Give Purplebricks more credit, says analyst rejecting criticism of agency

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

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

£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