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KEYWORD "online agent" - 102 RESULTS
A quarter of buyers ‘bribed’ seller to secure a purchase  - claim

A quarter of homebuyers have attempted to bribe sellers with everything from cash to kindness when trying to secure a property,...

28 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - get your boxing gloves ready!

A variety of charities have received support from the property industry over the past week. If there are charitable endeavours you think...

16 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Yopa accounts shed light on restructure

Yopa’s latest accounts for 2022 have revealed a “material uncertainty” that the business could continue ahead of a restructure in 2023. The...

12 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Thousands of agency branches shut amid self-employed shift

A shift towards self-employed estate agency models has contributed to a decline in estate agency branches, research suggests. Analysis by property data...

16 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Agent negotiation skills will become more essential this year - claim

Negotiating is set to come back into fashion this year as the buyers’ market grows, an industry trainer has claimed. Charlotte Jeffrey-Campbell,...

08 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Market share of self-employed agents ‘rapidly growing’ – research

The market share of self-employed agents has grown by a third in the past year and by 500% since 2018 even...

28 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Online market share falls as sellers ‘seek traditional expertise’

The market share of online and hybrid agents for exchanges has fallen again during the third quarter. Figures from property data firm...

20 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Strike staff escape cuts as Purplebricks employees face restructure

Purplebricks staff are facing job cuts just months after the takeover by Strike. A spokesperson for Purplebricks has confirmed rumours that it...

07 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Online agency market share dwindles again

The market share of online and hybrid agents reduced further during the second quarter of 2023, new figures show. Analysis from property...

20 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Yopa boss: 'The online agent label is a misnomer'

The gap between online and traditional high street agents has shrunk, the chief executive of Yopa has claimed. Speaking at the Propertymark...

29 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Former online agency founder seeks support for new property portal

The founder of an online agency that switched to the for sale-by-owner model has turned his attention to property portals. Kae Travis...

20 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks set for stock market exit

Purplebricks ended its life on the stock market with a share price of 0.30p. It comes as the controversial online brand officially...

16 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks cuts fees in latest disruption attempt

Purplebricks has claimed it is returning to its 'disruptive roots' after unveiling a cheaper pricing model. The online agent, officially acquired by...

06 June 2023

From: Breaking News

‘Exciting plans’ ahead as Strike completes Purplebricks takeover

The boss of new Purplebricks owner Strike has said he has “exciting plans” for the brands. It comes as Strike was officially...

05 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Strike boss: Purplebricks ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ will boost our business

Strike chief executive Sam Mitchell has said he is looking forward to building a “new force” in the property industry after...

18 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Zero-fee agency franchise network plans US launch

A new mobile-based agency franchise network has attracted 50 agents during the first quarter of the year and is already planning...

16 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Online agents blamed for property searches postcode lottery

Online agents and outsourced conveyancing panels have been cited as factors delaying property sales in the UK. A trade body has warned...

15 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Mystery as major Purplebricks backers sell shareholdings

Two major Purplebricks shareholders have sold their stakes in the beleaguered brand, raising speculation over who they have sold to. Regulatory filings...

11 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Strike and Purplebricks enter takeover talks

Online agent Strike has been granted an exclusivity period to negotiate a possible takeover of its rival Purplebricks. A late stock market...

10 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks’ shares crash to new low after cash warning

Investors were licking their wounds yesterday after the Purplebricks’ share price plummeted by 60% off the back of warnings that it...

10 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks cash reserves under threat

Purplebricks has warned its cash reserves are under threat if its strategic review and sales process isn’t completed soon. A trading update...

09 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Strike falls deeper into the red as it eyes Purplebricks

Strike has fallen further into the red, its latest annual accounts show. The online agent’s financial statement for the 12 months to...

24 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Online agents hit by decline in market share 

Online agents have failed to capitalise on the cost of living crisis and have seen their market share for exchanges drop...

21 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Buyer sought for Doorsteps’ intellectual property

The liquidator for Doorsteps is seeking a buyer for the collapsed online agent’s intellectual property. Prospective buyers have been messaged by restructuring...

20 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks shares hit record low amid offer update

Purplebricks’ share price hit a new low during trading yesterday amid its latest update on the potential sale of the beleaguered...

13 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Strike given more time to decide on Purplebricks offer

Purplebricks remains in discussions with “credible bidders” about a sale of its business, a stock market update has revealed. An announcement from...

12 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Propertymark unveils heavyweight panel for industry conference

Propertymark has released details of a panel featuring several industry heavyweights at its much anticipated conference in June. Founder of emoov-turned-property-pundit and...

11 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Mystery as Barclays restricts agency account access

Agents have begun reporting concerns that Barclays has suspended access to their business bank accounts. Vijay Vashistha, co-founder of online agent 99home,...

24 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent explains why he is thankful for Purplebricks

A regional estate agent has outlined how the rise and fall of Purplebricks has actually been a good thing for high...

21 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Strike ‘interested’ in Purplebricks takeover

Online agency brand Strike is believed to be considering a bid for beleaguered rival Purplebricks. A source close to the talks has...

15 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks backer removes board representative

A representative of major Purplebricks shareholder Axel Springer has stood down from the online agent’s board. It comes as the beleaguered brand...

07 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks has received 'credible expressions of takeover interest'

Purplebricks has received “several credible expressions of interest” since putting itself up for sale last month, the online agent has revealed. The...

01 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price plummets as former agent makes £1 takeover offer

Purplebricks’ share price has continued falling after it informed the markets that it is up for sale last week. The beleaguered agency’s...

21 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks considers sale as it launches strategic review

Purplebricks is considering an alternative ownership structure to ‘better realise the potential of the group.’ The beleaguered online agent launched a strategic...

17 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks criticised over new £60 AML fee

Purplebricks has begun charging buyers and sellers a £60 fee for anti-money laundering (AML) checks. An online message to potential buyers interested...

08 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Reader poll: Will you raise your fees this year?

More than half of Estate Agent Today readers have indicated they will raise their fees this year. Several industry executives have suggested...

03 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Strike boss: We remain ‘powerful’ despite job cuts

Strike chief executive Sam Mitchell has blamed uncertainty since the September mini-Budget and rising mortgage rates for making the market more...

30 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Online agents grow market share but ‘fail’ in higher-value markets

Online agents increased their market share in 2022 but are struggling to break into higher value markets, new data has revealed. Data...

26 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Online agents to suffer from more selective sellers – claim

Sellers are set to become more selective about their estate agent this year, which could hit online brands such as Purplebricks,...

16 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to increase fees in 2023

Agents should increase their fees in 2023 so the average reaches at least 2%, a senior industry executive claims. Adam Day, founder...

04 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to ‘trim the fat’ but keep marketing in the New Year

Hatched founder Adam Day has drawn on his experiences of running the online agent during the 2008 financial crisis to advise...

30 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks shares hit new low following crunch vote 

Purplebricks’ share price hit a new low of 9.02p yesterday despite its chairman Paul Pindar surviving a crunch vote to oust him. Lecram...

20 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks chairman survives crunch shareholder vote

Purplebricks chairman Paul Pindar has survived an attempt by activist investor Lecram Holdings to oust him. The activist investor, which has a...

19 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Estate agency revenue set for 27% drop - warning

Estate agency sales revenue could have dropped by as much as 27% by the end of this year, research suggests. Analysis of...

19 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks markets itself as ‘more affordable’ agency option

Purplebricks is marketing itself as a way for homeowners to save money while selling their home amid the cost of living...

14 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Shareholders 'can't afford to wait for Purplebricks to run out of money'

Purplebricks’ activist investor Lecram Holdings has warned shareholders can’t afford to wait ‘while the business runs out of money’ in a...

09 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks regulation review highlights ‘instances of non-compliance’

An internal review has found examples of non-compliance with regulations at Purplebricks, the online agent’s half-year results have revealed, which could...

08 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks moves deeper into the red

Purplebricks chief executive Helena Marston insists the brand's turnaround plan is working after posting a half-year loss this morning and revealing...

08 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks planning to be ‘less susceptible to housing market whims’

Purplebricks is working on ways to diversify its revenue stream to be less susceptible to the whims of the housing market,...

05 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Online Estate Agents - the new dinosaurs of house selling

I’ve just read an article saying that this is the time of the online estate agency. The time in question is, of...

26 November 2022

From: Features

Purplebricks ‘too focused on brand over customer experience’ – claim

Purplebricks has got itself into a bind due to its addiction to brand awareness over addressing the customer experience of paying...

25 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: Why shareholders should vote against chairman change

Purplebricks has written to shareholders urging them to reject “disruptive” resolutions calling for chairman Paul Pindar to be sacked and replaced...

24 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks sets date for crunch chairman vote

Purplebricks has set a date for a crunch vote over the future of its chairman. It comes after shareholder Lecram Holdings used...

23 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Major Purplebricks shareholder’s stake down by half - claim

Axel Springer’s investment in beleaguered online agent Purplebricks is now worth half its original value, it has been claimed. An article by...

23 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – is this the end for fixed-fee online estate agency?

Aside from all the news surrounding the Autumn Statement this week, which will have a significant bearing on the property market...

19 November 2022

From: Features

Doorsteps owes half a million to creditors after collapse

Collapsed online agent Doorsteps owes more than half a million pounds to company creditors including Rightmove, HMRC and the Treasury, documents...

16 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks urged to bring Countrywide founder on board

Activist investor Lecram Holdings has used its new 5.16% stake in Purplebricks to call for the beleaguered online agent to remove...

09 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks finance chief leaves after just a year in post

Purplebricks chief financial officer (CFO) Steve Long is to leave the online agent after just a year in the role. The beleaguered...

27 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Online agents 'slightly' increase market share

The market share of hybrid and online agents increased slightly during the third quarter of 2022 but firms are still struggling...

20 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Activist investor hits important 5% stake in Purplebricks

Activist investor and Purplebricks critic Lecram Holdings has increased its shareholding in the beleaguered online agent to 5%. The position means it...

06 October 2022

From: Breaking News

New zero-fee agency franchise network launches 

A new mobile-based agency franchise network has launched, offering agents zero fees and what it describes as the choice of remote,...

03 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reboots ‘commisery’ campaign 

Purplebricks has launched a new advertising campaign that brings back its controversial “save yourself from commisery” slogan. The new radio and TV...

30 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Activist investor backs new Purplebricks board roles but calls for more change

A high-profile Purplebricks investor has backed the beleaguered online agent for bringing more experienced individuals to its board but has urged...

15 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks unveils high-profile board appointments

Purplebricks has unveiled two senior board appointments. The online agent has appointed Adrian Gill and Gareth Helm, two highly experienced property industry...

14 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks set for crunch AGM amid investor activist concerns

Purplebricks is set for its annual general meeting amid shareholder pressure over its performance and position of its chairman. The beleaguered online...

14 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Property commentator turned TV host slams talk of house price crash

Russell Quirk has gone from online estate agency founder to PR guru and property commentator, but has now added national talk show...

30 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks creates new director of risk role

Purplebricks has recruited Helen Martin to the newly created role of group director of risk and compliance. It comes as the beleaguered...

24 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Analyst: Three things Purplebricks must do to boost investor confidence

A prominent analyst has suggested three ways Purplebricks could boost investor confidence and contend in a recessionary market. Davy Research released an...

23 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks chairman increases stake ahead of crunch AGM

Purplebricks’ non-executive chairman has upped his stake in the beleaguered online agent ahead of the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) next month. A...

18 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Online agents ‘struggling to break into higher value markets’

The market share of hybrid and online agents has increased slightly but they are still struggling to break into the higher...

21 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Online agent partners with Help to Buy style lender to boost buyer deposits

Online agent Griffin Property Co has become the latest brand to partner with Help to Buy-style equity loan provider Proportunity. The partnership...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks shares hit new low as activist investor increases stake

Purplebricks’ share price hit a record low during trading yesterday after an activist investor upped its stake and called for the...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks delays publication of annual accounts

Purplebricks has pushed back the publication of its annual accounts. The online agent’s full year results were due to be published on...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Online agent plans international expansion

Online agent 99home is planning to go international. The brand, which lets sellers pay to list their property on the major portals...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks dominates as online agents grow market share

Online and hybrid agents have rapidly increased their market share over the past year, research claims. Analysis of new Zoopla, Rightmove and...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Exclusive interview: Ex-Purplebricks agency trainer joins easyProperty

An industry veteran who helped train Purplebricks agents has partnered with easyProperty to foster its franchisee talent. The online hybrid agent is...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents owed more than half a million from withdrawn sales last year - claim

Agents lost out on £600,000 worth of owed commission from withdrawn listings last year, industry data suggests. Withdrawn sales are an occupational hazard...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the who’s who of the industry

The property industry is fortunate in including many great people, doing great work across a range of businesses – from traditional agency...

30 April 2022

From: Features

Purplebricks removes social media claim about local home sales

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has informally resolved a complaint regarding claims made by Purplebricks about home sales. The advertising watchdog revealed...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

New Purplebricks CEO – what challenges will she face?

Yesterday afternoon, Helena Marston was finally confirmed as Purplebricks new CEO after all the due diligence checks that are required for...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of sellers enter ‘agency fee refund’ competition

Online agent Strike is preparing to name a home seller who will be reimbursed the equivalent of an estate agent fee...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

'Hundreds' of former Purplebricks agents back workers' rights legal claim

Hundreds of former Purplebricks agents have now signed up to a potential legal claim against the firm. Contractors For Justice, known as...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Lawyers ready to issue Purplebricks working rights claim 'within weeks'

Lawyers working on a class action against online agents including Purplebricks have said they will be ready to send a letter...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Essex online agent expelled from TPO scheme

It was a quiet first quarter this year for sanctions at The Property Ombudsman (TPO). The redress scheme has revealed that just...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Markets shrug as Purplebricks awaits confirmation of new chief executive

Purplebricks ended the trading day yesterday without being able to formally welcome its new chief executive but the markets appeared to...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' 'Mr Motivator' joins Boomin in senior role

A former UK national sales director at Purplebricks has been reunited with the online agent’s founder Michael Bruce at Boomin. Paul Vickerstaff,...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Appointment of new Purplebricks CEO delayed

Mystery surrounds the appointment of Purplebricks new chief executive following a stockmarket update this morning. Helena Marston was due to start as...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

It’s tough going for High Street agents says online boss

The shortage of stock in the current market is making it tough for High Street agents according to one of the...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Another online agency aims to take 10% market share

Strike, formerly known as Housesimple, is the latest online agency to claim it’s going to secure a 10 per cent market...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Low fee agents like Purplebricks not right for mass market - analyst

Low fee agents such as Purplebricks and some other online operators are generally not trusted by the public when selling their...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Falling market share for online agencies - are they doomed to fail?

The market share of hybrid and online agents has fallen again, this time to 6.7 per cent. That figure - taken at...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

High Street firm slams “nightmare” online agents who disappoint vendors

A High Street estate agent on Merseyside has criticised online rivals for creating nightmares for vendors who are then obliged to...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Six Things We DIDN’T See In 2021

We all know what did happen in 2021 - Covid and more Covid, the stamp duty holiday frenzy, a soaring rental...

11 December 2021

From: Features

Agency closure blamed on online agents’ rock bottom fees

A long-standing estate agency with three major branches has shut after 27 years of trading - blaming online competition and ‘race...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin upgrades SmartVal pledging it makes “everything easier for agents”

Boomin has revealed an upgrade to its SmartVal feature, which tries to blend real-time online valuations with local expertise from member...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agents’ market share rises - but only three brands really matter

A new survey by property consultancy TwentyCi shows that the market share of online and hybrid agents in the third quarter...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Will online agencies take over, or do we still need face-to-face contact?

Like most industries, estate agency is changing. A general trend to a more hybrid model, accelerated by the pandemic has resulted...

06 October 2021

From: Features

Striking the right note - online agent joins Tech Nation Future Fifty

Strike, the digital-first estate agent previously known as Housesimple, has been selected to join Tech Nation’s Future Fifty programme. The online agent, which...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

No-fee agent strikes £5 billion sales landmark

Strike chief executive Sam Mitchell has hailed the online agent’s no-fee model after reaching £5 billion worth of sales. The agency, previously...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Over 18% house price rise in one part of UK - government data

Average house prices increased by 13.2 per cent over the year to June - the highest annual growth rate since November...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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