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Demand for property soars as sales stock diminishes

Wednesday 22nd January 2014

The sales market recovery is stuttering due to a serious shortage of property. According to the latest research from the National Association of Estate Agents house hunter numbers are at their highest for almost seven years but stocks are at a six year low...

Estate Agency Foundation gets new chairman

Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Estate Agency Foundation Chairman Bill McClintock has stepped down from his position after a three year stint at the helm of the charity...

Website developed to drive business to agents

Wednesday 22nd January 2014

A new website has been set up aimed squarely at helping estate agents generate new business. needavaluation...

'UK now operating two housing markets'

Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Two distinct property markets are now operating in the UK, according to estate agents Jackson-Stops & Staff...

Positive growth or house price bubble?

Wednesday 22nd January 2014

There might be some disparity between the myriad property price indicators - but they are at least in alignment on one issue: UK property prices are at last moving in an upwards direction...

Change afoot as Land Registry aims to widen powers

Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Land Registry has launched a consultation which it says is aimed at making the house buying process easier by bringing efficiencies to the property sector, digitising government services and making public data more easily accessible for the benefit of the wider economy...

Estate agency offers glimpse of Google Glass technology

Wednesday 22nd January 2014

An estate agent has gone ultra high-tech with a proposition that will allow potential buyers to look around property using Google Glass technology Aston Chase is working with real estate video production company VistaBee to create what is described as a high quality cinematic video of a luxury penthouse in St John’s Wood using new Google Glass technology...

Staff resignation? Don't panic – we can get you back on track!

Tuesday 21st January 2014

As a partner, branch manager or business owner, there's one thing guaranteed to make your heart miss a beat...

Rob Hailstone Blog

Monday 20th January 2014

I am pleased to be contributing a regular property/legal column to Estate Agent Today. I have been involved in the property industry since I started work as a 16 year old office boy in a Bristol law firm in 1974...

2014 starts with a bang for property prices

Monday 20th January 2014

The latest market figures from Rightmove reveal what the firm describes as the strongest ever start to a new year for national average asking prices...

Agents to benefit from Trading Standards partnership

Monday 20th January 2014

The National Federation of Property Professionals has teamed up with Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service, to deliver what it says will be clear and consistent business advice to the UK’s property industry, cutting red tape and helping businesses grow...

'Total wreck!' goes on market for £2m

Monday 20th January 2014

A property described by an estate agent as a 'Total wreck!" has apparently been put on the market for £2million...

Heart attack man saved by estate agent

Monday 20th January 2014

An estate agent helped save the life of a client who had a heart attack while they discussed business on the phone...

'Landslide shift to digital listings in 2014'

Monday 20th January 2014

A landslide shift to digital-only listings in 2014 has been predicted by online estate agent I Am The Agent...

Ultra rich increase holdings in property

Monday 20th January 2014

As the rich appear to be getting wealthier globally they are investing increasingly in property portfolios around the world...

Romans property auctions clear £22m

Monday 20th January 2014

Romans Auctions has announced that it has had its most successful year since 2007 with more than £22million of property selling across South East England during 2013...

60: Second Interview with : Tom Cummuskey, Sales & Marketing Executive for Kremer Signs

Friday 17th January 2014

Q: Who are Kremer Signs? Kremer Signs are the UK’s leading supplier to the property market. We Design, Print, Manufacture and install a wide range of high quality signage, from For Sale boards through to Illuminated Fascia Signs...

Fairfield work in Didsbury to transform two JP & Brimelow offices

Friday 17th January 2014

JP & Brimelow had an especially unique display brief as they have two offices across the road from each other, and wanted to pursue different designs in each of these...

Agents' Mutual - beginning of the end of estate agency as we know it?

Friday 17th January 2014

Rightmove and ZPG have 90% of the market between them Both have spent tens, if not hundreds, of millions building huge consumer followings Both deliver lots of exposure and enquiries to agents on a national scale Agents’ Mutual is seeking to disrupt the market...

Zoopla claims huge spike in visitors on all platforms

Friday 17th January 2014

Zoopla has fired the latest shot in its war of words with Agents Mutual by giving Estate Agent Today exclusive access to new figures showing a big rise in visits to the firm’s websites, number of page views and mobile app downloads since the New Year...

Agents tell EAT about strong start to 2014

Friday 17th January 2014

Industry insiders from around the country are telling EAT that even after only two weeks of the year, demand is up...

Home website rains on recovery parade

Friday 17th January 2014

Just as everyone seems to be using the word ‘recovery’ so Home.co.uk pours cold water on the housing market by saying affordability is probably worse than ever...

Fine & Country heads UK branch of global body

Friday 17th January 2014

A Fine & Country representative has become president of the UK chapter of FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation, and promises to improve networking...

Caution from RICS but reassurance from BoE

Friday 17th January 2014

The number of homes sold per chartered surveyor reached its highest point since March 2008 last month, according to the latest survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors...

Property Ombudsman puts heat on buying agents

Friday 17th January 2014

The Property Ombudsman Christopher Hamer is urging buying agents not to fall foul of the law by failing to register with a redress scheme such as the TPO...

92% of Estate Agents report significant improvement within 4 weeks of joining Complete My Sale

Thursday 16th January 2014

Complete My Sale, the UK’s largest sales progression service for Estate Agents, Mortgage Brokers and Property Developers today have today released a report detailing how their ‘white label’ service can improve the overall sales performance of their estate agents clients within just 4 weeks...

Brian Murphy Blog

Wednesday 15th January 2014

2013 was something of a renaissance year for the housing and mortgage markets and wider UK economy...

High pressure sales tactics are back, warn lawyers

Wednesday 15th January 2014

High pressure tactics like Open House viewings, sealed best bids and gazumping are back, especially in London and south east England according to property law firm Boodle Hatfield...

Valuation volumes spike in another recovery signal

Wednesday 15th January 2014

The number of residential valuations grew 35 per cent in 2013 according to Connells Survey & Valuation, an increase considered “almost impossible” just a year ago it says...

Countrywide shows fascinating late-2013 market burst

Wednesday 15th January 2014

EAT has noticed a fascinating trend buried in the detail of Countrywide PLC’s trading update released this week...

NHBC backs Labour housing pledge

Wednesday 15th January 2014

The National House Building Council says it welcomes Labour’s pledge to guarantee access to land for smaller house builders...

Transaction and volumes up as recovery heads North

Wednesday 15th January 2014

Figures show housing market recovery is now stretching across much of the UK, with transactions in Edinburgh and nearby regions showing a 47 per cent rise in the final quarter of last year...

Wealthy foreign buyers 'push up London prices'

Wednesday 15th January 2014

An Oxford University report claims that house price rises in parts of London can be attributed directly to high-end buyers sheltering their money in ‘safe haven’ bricks and mortar after political turmoil in their own countries...

Another day, another index - and more recovery

Wednesday 15th January 2014

EAT’s scepticism about the almost-daily flurry of UK house price data is well known but the latest, from the Office for National Statistics, is at least an ‘official’ government figure...

Atkinson McLeod choose Kremer Signs

Tuesday 14th January 2014

Kremer Signs have recently supplied London based agent Atkinson Mcleod with internal & external office signage for their new office in Hackney...

Shocking weather forecast alerts! Is your emergency plan in place yet?

Monday 13th January 2014

Nothing sums up wintery Britain like the song 'In the Bleak Midwinter' and with a shocking forecast for January, February and March, now is the time to put an emergency plan in place...

Building firm uses new site to swipe at agents

Monday 13th January 2014

Another day, another free-to-list online service launches for those wanting to sell property without using an estate agent...

Britain's best known estate agent steps up

Monday 13th January 2014

Estate Agent Today can reveal that one of Britain's highest-profile estate agents, Ed Mead, is taking up a new role...

New local info source for agents

Monday 13th January 2014

A free-to-use UK postcode information service has been launched which can be used by estate agents to offer prospective buyers large volumes of information about a locality...

Big cheeses warn about London housing market

Monday 13th January 2014

Some of the property industry’s biggest names have used a newspaper article to warn about possible London housing market worries in 2014...

Strong start for Welsh Help to Buy

Monday 13th January 2014

The Welsh Government has reported a strong first two weeks for its version of Help To Buy, despite criticism from some opposition politicians...

'Handbag Developer' gives it away again

Monday 13th January 2014

Give It Away, a non-profit-making organisation that has already donated over £1m to charities with the help of estate agents, has launched another property project...

Eat, drink, be merry - buy a home

Monday 13th January 2014

Lucky people who received smartphones, iPads and new PCs in their Christmas stockings apparently got into the festivs spirit by logging on to estate agents' websites, straight after downing turkey and pudding...

Adam J Walker: Top tips for selling your business

Friday 10th January 2014

Good presentation and marketing can make a huge difference to the price that a vendor achieves when selling a house and the same is true when selling a business...

Michael Robson, Chief Executive of Andrews & Partners

Friday 10th January 2014

Despite our long history in the marketplace many people are unaware that we were founded by Cecil Jackson Cole, who went on to establish Oxfam, Help the Aged, Action Aid and other household charitable names...

NAEA premieres television adverts

Friday 10th January 2014

The National Association of Estate Agents is hitting the small screen with a television advert aimed at reminding consumers of the importance of choosing a licensed agent...

Douglas and Gordon enjoys another record year

Friday 10th January 2014

Agents Douglas and Gordon have revealed a record year for property sales values in 2013. It said the value of properties sold in D&G land in 2013 was heading towards £10...

Location, location, location - the real secret

Friday 10th January 2014

Location, location, location is the oft used and misused mantra of many when it comes to determining what is the most important selling factor for a property...

Government pushes Right to Buy agenda for 2014

Friday 10th January 2014

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles ushered in the new year by announcing that the Government was taking further steps to reinvigorate the Right to Buy scheme...

Sharp rise in first-time buyer numbers

Friday 10th January 2014

The annual Halifax First Time Buyer Review has indicated that the number of first-time buyers continued to increase in 2013 - rising by an impressive 22%...

Country house prices to continue to rise in 2014

Friday 10th January 2014

Latest data from Knight Frank reveals that prime country house prices are set to continue increasing through 2014 after rising again during the final quarter of 2013...

'House price growth picks up across all regions'

Friday 10th January 2014

The price of a typical UK house rose by 2.7% in Q4 2013, after allowing for seasonal effects, according to the latest data from Nationwide...

Most expensive addresses in England and Wales revealed

Friday 10th January 2014

The most expensive residential streets in England and Wales remain in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, according to Lloyds Bank...

How does an estate or letting agent use the internet to maximum effect?

Thursday 9th January 2014

We can all agree that using the internet is now an obligatory part of any and every estate and letting agent’s marketing effort...

Fixflo’s picture-based repair reporting system is continuing to make inroads across the UK.

Thursday 9th January 2014

On average one new agency client is signing up with Fixflo every working day with several national chains committed to rolling Fixflo out over the coming months...

A new year, a new name for ARPM

Wednesday 8th January 2014

ARPM Property Management has been successfully providing comprehensive services in the area of outsourced lettings for many years now...

Understanding the house price contradiction

Wednesday 8th January 2014

House prices are going up - there is no doubt about that. But how much and where depends on the data looked at...

Estate Agent Today – Editorial update

Wednesday 8th January 2014

As you may have noticed, we have been undergoing some editorial changeover on EAT and LAT. Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to Rosalind Renshaw, our fantastic editor since 2008...

Sales fears over flood-hit property

Wednesday 8th January 2014

Christmas and new year brought misery to thousands of people around the UK with widespread flooding and windstorm damage...

Help to Buy drives further expansion

Wednesday 8th January 2014

Three months on from the start of the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme and more than 6000 people have put in offers on a home and applied for a mortgage...

'Estate agents living on borrowed time'

Wednesday 8th January 2014

Estate agents have had a tough time since the financial crisis started five years ago. But those agencies which battled through look set to be rewarded as the market which has been stirring slowly into life during 2013 looks set to enjoy an even bigger turnaround in fortunes this year...

8.4% increase in house prices seen in 2013

Wednesday 8th January 2014

UK house prices were last month 8.4% higher than in December 2012 after going up by 1.4% in December...

Rise in interest rates could slow property sales growth

Wednesday 8th January 2014

Influential economic research group the Cebr has made a number of predictions for the new year. Strong growth across the UK, with a powerful boom in London, will propel the economy forwards over the next 12 months...

£1m+ housing market exceeds 2007 peak

Wednesday 8th January 2014

More proof if it were ever needed of the improving health of the property market. Hamptons International estimates that the number of £1million+ homes sold in 2013 would be 10% higher than the peak levels of 2007...

*January Offers* Kremer Signs are looking forward to working with you in 2014

Tuesday 7th January 2014

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas & New Year. The award winning Kremer Signs team are now fully re-charged (after the morning coffee) and we are now ready to get moving with what will hopefully be a great year for all of us...

60: Second Interview : Robert Hoare, Managing Director, Wallpapered

Monday 6th January 2014

    As Wallpapered continues to expand its operation we speak to Managing Director Robert Hoare about the growth of this unique service...

EAT predicts a positive 2014 - with a note of caution

Monday 6th January 2014

After five tough years for estate agents, 2013 finally saw the property market spark into life. The Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme certainly generated much-needed activity among first-time buyers...

A brand new shiny EAT and LAT…oh, and LandlordToday.

Monday 6th January 2014

As 2014 is now in full swing, we are happy to announce that we will be re-launching better than ever TODAY sites - that's Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and Landlord Today  - in the coming weeks...

Agents' Mutual: Who and how will you choose 'one other portal'?

Monday 6th January 2014

The next 12 months are set to focus the minds of estate agents who have committed to Agents’ Mutual...

Thousands facing new year mortgage shortfall

Monday 6th January 2014

One in eleven people in Britain fear they won’t be able to afford their rent or mortgage at the end of this month...

Three-quarters of housing markets make gains

Monday 6th January 2014

Three-quarters of postcodes ended the year with higher prices than at the start, according to Hometrack...

Cluttons makes changes for 2014

Monday 6th January 2014

Cluttons has announced a number of changes for the new year. From 12 February 2014 Cluttons said it would be launching an updated brand as a public demonstration of the profound changes which are transforming the company...

January sales come to property market

Monday 6th January 2014

January is the month for sales and attitudes towards the property market are no exception it appears...

'Market is not overheating' - Marsh & Parsons

Monday 6th January 2014

The latest transaction figures from HMRC prove that the UK housing market is returning to form, according to Marsh & Parsons CEO Peter Rollings...

Have a merry, not manic, Christmas

Monday 23rd December 2013

Will you be enjoying a silent night over Christmas? Or will the school carol concert, your Christmas dinner or the countdown to New Year be disturbed by your mobile phone going off? The stark truth is those not prepared for the festive period will have to work unsociable hours and Bank Holidays, while the smart and organised will be enjoying themselves...

Fairfield top choice in Didsbury

Monday 23rd December 2013

2013 has seen Fairfield continue an effective national service, evidenced by a number of transformations in Didsbury, Manchester...

David Cantell Blog

Monday 23rd December 2013

Do open house days really work and do they produce the best sale? Many estate agents profess that they do, and as a consequence they bombard consumers with statistics in support of justifying their claims...

Clock ticks for legal firms as they desperately cling on

Monday 23rd December 2013

The number of law firms still operating but which will have to close within a matter of days because they have no Professional Indemnity insurance now stands at 117...

Agents' Mutual hits double its investor target after surge of support

Monday 23rd December 2013

Agents’ Mutual has finished the year on a high, having hit double its Gold member target. It has also revealed that the launch date of the new, as yet un-named portal, will now not be late 2014 but January 2015 – answering those who had queried how it would enforce the ‘only one other portal’ advertising rule for agents who would still be on annual contracts with Rightmove and Zoopla...

Record entries for next year's ESTAS announced

Monday 23rd December 2013

The ESTAS, the largest awards in the property industry, has finished the year with record entries to next years’ awards...

Agents selling two homes per month to Help to Buy purchasers, claim

Monday 23rd December 2013

House prices in the UK will increase 8% next year, the RICS has forecast. It says the rise will be driven by the “acute imbalance between burgeoning buyer demand and sluggish supply, with new instructions to estate agents close to stagnating”...

Rightmove looks back over a (very) purple period

Monday 23rd December 2013

Rightmove had a purple moment this year – with a property, spectacularly decked out in that colour, attracting no fewer than three million views...

Agent to give up his own Christmas to help the homeless

Monday 23rd December 2013

For the fourth year running, an estate agent will sacrifice his own Christmas celebrations to volunteer at London's homeless charity, Crisis...

Knight Frank set to sell the world's most expensive homes

Monday 23rd December 2013

Knight Frank is set to be the world’s most successful agent next year – at least in terms of the most expensive properties sold across the globe...

Connells to invest £6m into its survey and valuation business

Monday 23rd December 2013

Connells is to invest £6m next year into growing its survey and valuation arm. Ross Bowen, managing director of Connells Survey & Valuation, said the firm had already expanded surveying capacity by over 30% in the last 12 months and will take on 100 new surveyors next year...

Do open house days really work or are they a gimmick?

Monday 23rd December 2013

Is an open house event a good way of marketing a property? Do they benefit the seller – or are they a lazy agent’s gimmick? David Cantell, of Cantell & Co in Richmond, Surrey, does not mince his words in today’s blog, which we have abbreviated from the full one that appears on his own website and which is more aimed at consumers...

Brick kilns to keep working over Christmas for first time in years

Monday 23rd December 2013

Brick kilns will keep fired up over Christmas for the first time in years because of the rise in demand for new homes created by the Help to Buy scheme...

Research pays off for John Whiteman in Bushey Heath

Thursday 19th December 2013

John Whiteman, specialists in lettings and property management did a lot of market research before choosing Fairfield to redesign their window display...

Guardian sells property software business in management buyout

Thursday 19th December 2013

Estate agency software firm GMG Property Services has changed hands in a management buy-out heavily backed by a bank...

Martin & Co shares climb as firm launches on to stock market

Thursday 19th December 2013

Martin & Co became the latest property agency firm to trade on the stock market when it made its debut on AIM yesterday...

Four quick sale firms promise OFT to mend their ways

Wednesday 18th December 2013

No further action is to be taken over the ‘quick house sale’ industry, despite calls for regulation to protect vulnerable  people...

House prices rise by 5.5% in a year, claims ONS

Wednesday 18th December 2013

In the 12 months to October, UK house prices increased by 5.5%, the ONS has claimed, and rose 1.4% between September and October...

Spicerhaart boss tells minister: "License agents now"

Wednesday 18th December 2013

Brandon Lewis, a minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government, yesterday visited the Colchester head office of estate agents Spicerhaart to discuss the impact of Help to Buy...

Vote of no confidence passed in Law Society chiefs

Wednesday 18th December 2013

A vote of no confidence in the Law Society was passed yesterday. While the vote, by 228 to 213, specifically addressed solicitors’ concerns about criminal legal aid, there are possible repercussions on conveyancing...

Lack of knowledge about agents' CPR duties "amazing"

Wednesday 18th December 2013

If you are an agent who believes they are up to speed with CPR, then give yourself a pat on the back – you could be in a minority...

Repeat business as agent sells home for third time in 65 years

Wednesday 18th December 2013

It’s the kind of family home most agents would like to have on their books. And in the case of this particular property, Myddelton & Major has had it for sale on all three of the occasions it has been on the market – in 65 years...

Michael Day Blog

Wednesday 18th December 2013

Consumer Protection Regulation – Embrace? Panic? Avoid? In this short article, I give some background and information about the regulations and suggest that agents wake up to their responsibilities and obligations before they find themselves in potential hot water...

Do you wish you were able to send a letter like this?

Tuesday 17th December 2013

Dear tenant, With winter well underway and Christmas on the horizon, it is time to think about your property during the colder months...

Interview: Russell Quirk

Monday 16th December 2013

What do you hope to get from your partnership with HBRE? When eMoov first launched I was looking for investment but as the business progressed and I found out more about venture capital firms, it was less about the money and more about the team that HBRE could assemble...

Ex-Dragon funds eMoov in bid to take online agency mainstream

Monday 16th December 2013

Former Dragon James Caan is investing in online agent eMoov, it was announced this morning. The aim is to make the online agent a mainstream option for consumers...

Calls mount for law firms facing closure to be named

Monday 16th December 2013

Calls are mounting for the law firms which are operating without Professional Indemnity insurance to be named...

Prices and transactions to rise next year, Rightmove forecasts

Monday 16th December 2013

Rightmove is forecasting both price growth and a rise in transactions next year. This morning it said that asking prices in 2014 are likely to rise 6% to 8% – unless more properties come to market...

Little sign of seasonal slowdown, declares Sequence

Monday 16th December 2013

There is little sign of a seasonal slowdown in the housing market, Sequence has reported this morning...

Bank warns market could boil over in "economic seconds"

Monday 16th December 2013

Britain’s housing market could turn ‘from lukewarm to scalding hot in a few economic seconds’, the Bank of England has warned...

Big scramble for Help to Buy mortgages, says MAB

Monday 16th December 2013

Mortgage hunters are scrambling to make the most of Help to Buy’s 95% mortgages, according to new findings from the Mortgage Advice Bureau...

Agents' Mutual signs up major group in north-east

Monday 16th December 2013

A group of more than 30 independent agents in the north-east of England have committed themselves to supporting the new agent-owned property portal to be launched by Agents’ Mutual...

Many more conveyancing firms hit trouble, agents warned

Friday 13th December 2013

Estate agents are warned that many more law firms than was previously thought are in deep trouble, including those specialising in conveyancing...

National inventory of homes for sale hits all-time low

Friday 13th December 2013

The national inventory has hit an all-time low, property search engine Home has reported. It says the overall volume of property for sale is now 38% lower than six years ago in December 2007...

First-time buyer applicants up nearly 80% in a year, claim

Friday 13th December 2013

The number of first-time buyer registrations across branches of haart is up 78.4% annually, the firm has said...

Foxtons makes FTSE 250 after storming stock market debut

Friday 13th December 2013

Foxtons has gained promotion to the FTSE 250. The elevation this week comes after Foxtons’ debut on the London Stock Exchange in September with shares at 230p, valuing the company at £694m...

Major developer rapped over "We'll buy your home for 100%" advert

Friday 13th December 2013

A major developer offering a part exchange service has been told to stop telling customers that it will offer them 100% of the market value of their existing home – unless it explains prominently what this means...

It's that time of year – Jonathan Hammond's charity Christmas quiz

Friday 13th December 2013

It is time for estate agent Jonathan Hammond’s famous Christmas quiz. Hammond, who uses his quiz to raise money for his local branch of ChildLine, says: “My fingers are crossed for a huge response from estate agents over the winter period – if the housing market quietens down!” Last year, his quiz raised £1,506, with over 1,100 entries from all over the UK, plus America, France, Germany, Turkey, Cyprus, New Zealand and Patagonia...

French estate agents show spirit of entente cordiale

Friday 13th December 2013

French estate agency Leggett Immobilier has appointed a Briton as its new chief executive. Graham Downie takes over from another Briton, Trevor Leggett, who founded the company in 1997 and who becomes chairman...

Mortgage lending for house purchase soars, says CML

Friday 13th December 2013

New mortgage lending data shows that the number of house purchase loans in October were up 17% from the month before and 24% from October last year...

Not Invested In Light Panels Yet?

Thursday 12th December 2013

Not Invested In Light Panels Yet? In this economical climate you might think that investing in new window displays is a financial risk, however now is the time to ensure that your business stands out from your competitors...

60: Second Interview: Josh McGann, Managing Director, Complete My Sale

Wednesday 11th December 2013

Q: What does it say on your business card? Josh McGann, Director - Complete My Sale Q: Who are Complete My Sale? Complete My Sale is the UK’s leading sales progression service for estate agents, property developers and mortgage brokers...

5 Top Tips For Block Managers For A Happy Xmas!

Wednesday 11th December 2013

Lost keys It’s Friday the 20th December. The festive season is in full swing. Office Christmas parties and late nights with copious amounts of alcohol lead to things going missing...

Install+Protect™ a new boiler lease and maintenance service

Wednesday 11th December 2013

Do you have a paper diary? Maybe you input all your important dates into an online calendar.  Or are you the type of person who writes a note on a scrap of paper and then promptly loses the scrap? Keeping track of landlord obligations is a serious job, especially when it comes to gas safety...

Blog: The decline of “caveat emptor”

Wednesday 11th December 2013

By Aoife Cantillon, solicitor at law firm Seddons Recent changes to legislation mean that sellers, and certainly selling agents, must now refocus their attention when marketing properties for sale...

New instructions grind to halt while buyer interest soars, claims RICS

Wednesday 11th December 2013

The flow of properties coming on to estate agents’ books has almost ground to a halt, the RICS has said...

Help to Buy is drawing in first-time buyers as confidence rises

Wednesday 11th December 2013

Help to Buy is being successfully used by first-time buyers, Connells has reported. The group says that a number of purchases have completed using the Help to Buy mortgage indemnity scheme...

Housing market recovery could peak inside two years, say lenders

Wednesday 11th December 2013

There is plenty of potential for further housing market recovery without any danger of a “runaway” market, according to lenders...

Agents' Mutual builds momentum as it smashes Gold member target

Wednesday 11th December 2013

Agents’ Mutual has smashed its target of recruiting 1,000 Gold member offices, with the figure having now passed 1,750...

Cluttons poised for a new brand after business reorganisation

Wednesday 11th December 2013

Cluttons, the property company which operates in over 50 countries, is to have a new look next year as part of a business transformation...

Kremer Signs wins estate agency supplier of year award

Wednesday 11th December 2013

Kremer Signs has won the supplier of the year award. It picked up the gong at last week’s Estate Agency of the Year awards...

Centuries old law firm gears up to become UK's largest conveyancer

Wednesday 11th December 2013

A 200-year-old law firm which is aiming to become the UK’s largest conveyancer within three years has expanded...

WORD UP! 'WORDLE' WALL ART TAKES OFF IN ESTATE AGENCY

Tuesday 10th December 2013

The power of the written word is providing estate agents with motivation, says office refurbishment specialist MPL Interiors...

Finding it hard to keep up with lettings obligations?

Monday 9th December 2013

If you thought the issue of Legionnaire's disease was confined to the facilities managers of offices and hospitals, think again...

Mark Riddick Blog

Monday 9th December 2013

Is it a sad indictment of our society that “selfie” – a digital self-portrait – is the Oxford Dictionary “Word of the Year”? Or am I just a curmudgeon (my candidate for 2014 btw)?   I suppose it’s when the already self-absorbed “C” listers harness it and the Hello magazine readers lap it up that it moves from harmless fun to something less healthy and I start to feel my blood boil...

Zoopla to expel private listing aggregators from its websites

Monday 9th December 2013

Zoopla is to remove aggregators of private seller and landlord listings, and which do not provide agency services, from its sites...

House prices shoot up but still 12% below peak values

Monday 9th December 2013

House prices rose 7.7% across the UK, the Halifax has said, reporting on the year to November. The lender puts the average house price for last month at £174,910, up 1...

Firm that stays open all hours wins Estate Agent of the Year

Monday 9th December 2013

A firm which stays open until midnight during the week and until 10pm at weekends has been crowned Estate Agent of the Year...

UK portals down the charts in terms of Facebook likes

Monday 9th December 2013

A couple of weeks ago, a Brazilian property portal surpassed one million ‘likes’ on Facebook...

Home owners may need to sell quickly to avoid CGT, warns tax expert

Monday 9th December 2013

The clock is ticking for a large number of property owners who, says a tax expert, should get on and sell their homes quickly to avoid having to pay Capital Gains Tax...

So, what is the best way for an agent to give to people?

Monday 9th December 2013

It is the time of year when agents do many good and charitable deeds. They rattle tins, support local charities, act as collection centres, volunteer their staff, and generally turn out their pockets for a whole variety of causes...

5 Tips For Block Managers to Have a Happy Xmas!

Friday 6th December 2013

Lost keys It’s Friday the 20th December. The festive season is in full swing. Office Christmas parties and late nights with copious amounts of alcohol lead to things going missing...

Landlords why not consider leasing your next boiler via Install+Protect™

Friday 6th December 2013

£600, £650, £700, £750, £800.....plus VAT, labour and parts?? If the cost of a new boiler is hitting you where it hurts – i...

Rob Clifford Blog

Friday 6th December 2013

One million is a number that appears to hold continued significance and importance in all our lives...

Buyers in second undisclosed mineshaft case awarded £350 by TPO

Friday 6th December 2013

The Property Ombudsman awarded would-be purchasers £350 after they withdrew from a sale because of a mineshaft...

Help to Buy remains a mystery to many, says Rightmove

Friday 6th December 2013

More than one in five people are planning to buy a home in the next 12 months as a direct result of Help to Buy, or are bringing their plans forward because of it...

Osborne introduces CGT for foreign property owners

Friday 6th December 2013

George Osborne has confirmed that Capital Gains Tax will be payable in future by foreign property owners, providing them with a 15-month window to sell up to avoid the tax...

House purchase loans top 70,000 for first time since crisis

Friday 6th December 2013

November was the strongest month for house purchase lending since January 2008, as the number of home loans topped 70,000 for the first time since the financial crisis...

LSL boss David Newnes to recycle prize in aid of charity

Friday 6th December 2013

It’s what you might call a bit of a nightmare in terms of a charitable gesture. You give away a great prize – and then your boss goes and wins it...

Aston Mead acquires seventh office in home counties

Friday 6th December 2013

Surrey and Berkshire estate agent Aston Mead has acquired its seventh office in the region.   The latest acquisition is Claud Waterer Estate Agents in Chertsey, Surrey, together with its office (pictured)...

Regulation, Regulation, Regulation!

Wednesday 4th December 2013

Ordinarily as a general election approaches we expect the fiscal war chest to be opened and tax breaks and increased spending to underpin a renewed sense of optimism...

Stamp Duty threshold has devastating effect on sales, Chancellor told

Wednesday 4th December 2013

The £250,000-plus threshold at which Stamp Duty becomes payable at 3% has a ‘devastating’ effect on sales, says new research...

Unseasonal bounce in half of country as sales flourish

Wednesday 4th December 2013

There was an increase described as “unseasonal” in homes being sold in November, according to our latest ‘man with the boards’ survey...

Xperience becomes latest network to sign up to Agents' Mutual

Wednesday 4th December 2013

With strong words about the existing duopoly, the Xperience franchised network that is part of Legal & General has signed up to Agents' Mutual, it was announced this morning...

Whathouse? goes back to the future with print newspapers

Wednesday 4th December 2013

WhatHouse? is returning to the consumer print world, seven years after it canned its hard copy magazine...

Property portal that introduces Chinese buyers to UK property

Wednesday 4th December 2013

Andrew Taylor: Two minute interview What does it say on your business card? (Laughs) Well, half of it is in Chinese...

OFT launches probe into leasehold management after rip-off complaints

Wednesday 4th December 2013

The OFT is to launch a study into residential leasehold properties in England and Wales after complaints of rip-off charges and bad service by managing agents...

Online Estate Agents sells its thousandth home this year (or not)

Wednesday 4th December 2013

Well, here is that oddity again – a firm apparently calling itself Online Estate Agents which is doing spectacularly well...

Hairy and scary – that was Movember for you

Wednesday 4th December 2013

We know that a number of fine gentlemen agents supported Movember by sporting facial hair in a good cause...

Free Real Estate Mobile Website

Tuesday 3rd December 2013

Browsing the internet has changed, and so has the way we reach our customers online. In today's fast paced world, the majority of people browse the internet using their mobile devices whilst on the move...

Kremer Signs Chosen Sign Supplier For New Nationwide Franchise

Tuesday 3rd December 2013

Starting with an initial run of 500 boards back in June 2013, Kremer Signs were the chosen supplier to help realise the board designs for new nationwide franchise, EweMove...

Fixflo: Property managers – just 2 minutes to an easier life

Monday 2nd December 2013

Getting the information that you need about a repair from a tenant can feel like getting blood from a stone...

Broken boilers can often derail a smooth-running tenancy

Monday 2nd December 2013

  Boilers and budgeting. Not two words that you would usually pair together but with the new Install+Protect™ boiler lease scheme available from Everything Lettings you can budget accurately where domestic heating and servicing in rental properties is concerned...

No housing bubble outside London, says Hometrack

Monday 2nd December 2013

Rising demand and contracting supply have pushed house prices up 0.5% in the last month, Hometrack reported this morning...

Zoopla relaunches three former Trinity Mirror websites

Monday 2nd December 2013

Zoopla Property Group has relaunched three niche brands acquired in the summer from Trinity Mirror Digital Property, and integrated them on to its platform...

So, did Rightmove actually make the wrong move?

Monday 2nd December 2013

Here is an intriguing thought: with Zoopla coming from nowhere to hot on Rightmove’s heels in the space of five years, should Rightmove have bought Propertyfinder? Simon Baker, global property portal guru, certainly thinks so...

Estate agent picked as one of Britain's most inspirational firms

Monday 2nd December 2013

An estate agent has been named as one of Britain’s 1,000 top firms by the London Stock Exchange...

Agents urged to get baking for homeless causes this Christmas

Monday 2nd December 2013

The Great British Property Christmas Cake Bake, an annual event organised by the Estate Agency Foundation, is set to raise funds for homeless charities through a series of seasonal themed coffee mornings throughout the UK...

Estate agent delivers baby in middle of traffic jam

Monday 2nd December 2013

Congratulations to estate agent Matt Lehan and his wife Lisa on the successful arrival of their second daughter, Jessie – born in their car...

It’s not too late to instruct Santa’s little helper!

Friday 29th November 2013

Christmas is all about a jovial atmosphere in the office, last minute dashes to the shops and maybe even a company party...

Land Registry releases house price data going back years

Friday 29th November 2013

The Land Registry has now made available all of its historic price paid data. Covering over 18m sales in England and Wales going back almost 18 years, it is free to download...

Annual house prices leap up as transactions rise

Friday 29th November 2013

House prices across the country are 6.5% up on a year ago, Nationwide reported this morning. The lender, reporting on house prices this month, puts the average at £174,566 – up 0...

Funding for Lending scrapped as housing bubble fears grow

Friday 29th November 2013

The Funding for Lending mortgage scheme is to be scrapped in a bid to prevent the housing market from overheating...

Traffic to property portals soars as Zoopla and Rightmove battle it out

Friday 29th November 2013

New independent data shows that traffic to Rightmove and Zoopla has surged by a total of 64% over the last 12 months, while traffic to other property websites has risen 35%...

Crossrail to stoke London prices by up to 27%, forecast

Friday 29th November 2013

Europe’s largest infrastructure project, Crossrail, will boost London prices. They are expected to rise by an average of 13%  – and by a lot more in some places – when the first lines become operational in 2018, according to property firm CBRE...

Labour would build homes on huge scale, says Balls

Friday 29th November 2013

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has vowed that a Labour government will build new homes on a scale “not seen for decades”...

Estate agent raises much-needed funds for air ambulance

Friday 29th November 2013

When one of estate agent Mullucks Wells’ suppliers had a serious motorbike accident, Hertfordshire air ambulance flew to the rescue...

Hamlet Homes turned into a strong brand by the award winning Fairfield

Wednesday 27th November 2013

Hamlet Homes wanted to be different in order to utilize their central Reading location and teamed up with Fairfield Displays to create a display at the forefront of current trends...

Lack of housing supply sparks jitters over Bank of England's role

Wednesday 27th November 2013

House prices are now rising nationwide, the head of the Bank of England has said. Meanwhile, economists are divided as to whether – and how – an overheating housing market could be damped down...

Buyers are flooding into the market, says Sequence

Wednesday 27th November 2013

Buyers are “flooding” into the market, pushing up prices while supply falls far short, according to Sequence, part of Connells...

Help to Buy's new phase will boost sales, say agents

Wednesday 27th November 2013

The majority of estate agents (85%) believe that Help to Buy will boost property sales by up to 30% in their areas...

NAEA urges Chancellor to reform "unfair" Stamp Duty

Wednesday 27th November 2013

The National Association of Estate Agents has again called on the Chancellor to review Stamp Duty, saying it remains a huge barrier in the housing market...

Zoopla wins crown for best UK property website

Wednesday 27th November 2013

Zoopla has been named ‘Best Website’ and also voted ‘Most Popular Website’ in the Housing & Interior category at the Website of the Year Awards 2013...

Wales to launch own version of Help to Buy in New Year

Wednesday 27th November 2013

Wales is to launch its own version of Help to Buy in January. It will be only the shared mortgage equity scheme, and available only on new builds...

"Trust me, I'm an estate agent" – and all in good cause

Wednesday 27th November 2013

Sales progression firm Complete My Sale launched an unusual campaign last Friday, which caught the imagination of a number of agents...

Thatched cottage on Rightmove available for just £6,500

Wednesday 27th November 2013

At £6,500 it has to be one of the cheapest properties ever advertised on Rightmove. Newly re-thatched, reglazed and repainted, this freehold cottage is fully furnished, with beds, armchairs and a grandfather clock...

Has this house had the biggest price reduction in history?

Wednesday 27th November 2013

For those agents who cannot imagine what a £35m house even looks like, never mind being instructed on one, the link below is for you...

Fake tan and other modern menaces

Monday 25th November 2013

The lettings industry has taken on a more glamorous sheen of late thanks to a news story about fake tan ruining mattresses...

Sales Verses Lettings – how to combat the battle of limited resources

Monday 25th November 2013

Help to Buy in full swing, mortgage deals improving and first-time buyer numbers on the rise...

West country group of agents opts for Agents' Mutual

Monday 25th November 2013

The Property Sharing Experts, an 80-strong network of independent agents in the west country, has decided to back Agents’ Mutual...

Public awareness of Zoopla catches up with that of Rightmove

Monday 25th November 2013

Zoopla brand awareness is now neck and neck with that of Rightmove, it has been claimed. New research shows that spontaneous awareness levels of the Zoopla brand amongst all UK adults nationally is now identical to that of Rightmove and in some areas is higher...

Sell, sell, sell, Spicerhaart pleads as the shelves empty

Monday 25th November 2013

Help to Buy fuelled an immediate 92% annual rise in the number of new buyer inquiries – but supply limped downwards...

Gazumping and sealed bids head out to the suburbs

Monday 25th November 2013

Gazumping and sealed bids, described as “the worst symptoms of an overheating property market”, are radiating out of central London...

Help to Buy wrong for allowing remortgaging, claims Ed Balls

Monday 25th November 2013

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has claimed that Help to Buy will help people who have no intention of moving but can use the scheme to remortgage to 95% at the taxpayers’ risk...

Olympic hopeful in court after smashing estate agent's plate glass window

Monday 25th November 2013

An athlete who is hoping to compete for Britain at the next Olympics in Rio has appeared in court after smashing an estate agent’s window...

Estate agents raise £5,600 after sleeping out for homeless

Monday 25th November 2013

A team from London agents Douglas & Gordon have raised £5,600 after taking part in the 2013 Annual Sleep Out event, to raise awareness and money for homeless charity Centrepoint...

Kremer Signs running for 'Supplier of the Year'

Friday 22nd November 2013

Kremer Signs will be entering the 'Supplier of the Year' at the prestigious Estate Agency of the Year Awards in association with The Sunday Times & The Times and sponsored by Zoopla...

Get your properties on Rightmove for £50, Beeny tells sellers

Friday 22nd November 2013

A tweet by Sarah Beeny has highlighted how sellers might ditch their agents if they could find a cheap way of getting their properties on to Rightmove...

New app exposes how property indices lie about house prices

Friday 22nd November 2013

UK house price indices are making major misinterpretations of data, it has been claimed, with unsold, over-priced houses skewing statistics and inflating a false property bubble...

London house price boom is outstripping 2007 bubble, claim

Friday 22nd November 2013

Prices in London are now 15.9% higher than in November 2007 – but with  house prices rising at a faster rate...

Mortgage lending soars, while repossessions fall

Friday 22nd November 2013

Mortgage lending was its highest last month in five years, say lenders. The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that total gross mortgage lending increased to £17...

Solicitor sent to jail after conveyancing sting

Friday 22nd November 2013

A solicitor who attempted to pocket £133,000 in a tax fraud by changing conveyancing documents and lying to his clients has been jailed...

'Emphatic turnaround' reported in residential auction sales

Friday 22nd November 2013

There was a big increase of residential lots at auction last month, Essential Information Group has reported...

Brian Murphy Blog

Wednesday 20th November 2013

The last few weeks have seen further evidence of a recovery in the wider economy, with significant positive data painting an increasingly favourable picture of the UK as a whole, and of the housing market...

Online agent rapped over Offers in Excess Of advertising

Wednesday 20th November 2013

Two complaints have been upheld against the online agent Express Estate Agency by the advertising watchdog...

What a difference a dot makes! Foxtons tipped for more success

Wednesday 20th November 2013

Foxtons could be a major beneficiary of a new domain name for the capital – .London The new domain name means that London businesses will be able to rename their websites as ...

TPO to launch new Code of Practice for buying agents

Wednesday 20th November 2013

The Property Ombudsman is launching a new Code of Practice for buying agents. It has been designed to create a uniform set of standards for buying agents to protect the interests of consumers and to promote best practice in the industry...

Help to Buy sparks big surge in mortgage activity

Wednesday 20th November 2013

The early launch of the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee prompted a surge of activity from lenders and borrowers across the market during October, according to the Mortgage Advice Bureau...

Buyers rush to convert period office buildings back into homes

Wednesday 20th November 2013

Period buildings in London that used to be homes and were then turned into offices are being turned back into homes again...

"We've saved our clients £1m in fees," claims online estate agent

Wednesday 20th November 2013

In a little over a year since being founded, My Online Estate Agent claims to have saved house sellers over £1m in traditional agents’ fees...

Thomas Morris wins Relocation Agent Network's top award

Wednesday 20th November 2013

Thomas Morris, from Cambridgeshire, has been awarded the title of Relocation Agent Network’s Agent of the Year...

Missed rent = lost revenue + unhappy landlords

Tuesday 19th November 2013

Accounts - probably the most important part of a lettings business but often the most neglected...

Increase Instructions for Your Lettings Business

Monday 18th November 2013

It is easy to think you can be all things to all landlords, but through knowing your business and understanding how your customers perceive you, you can more effectively grow your business...

Help to Buy fails to shake or stir housing market so far

Monday 18th November 2013

New seller asking prices have dropped by 2.4%, Rightmove reported this morning. But asking prices are 4% higher than in November last year – the highest annual inflation for a November since 2007...

Whathouse to unveil new valuation service in run-up to launch

Monday 18th November 2013

Whathouse, which is set to launch into the estate agency property portals market in mid-January, is due to unveil a valuation service today...

Local area property apps being released for agents

Monday 18th November 2013

A series of local property apps has been developed, enabling browsers to search for homes in one particular area while on the move with a mobile device...

More buyers emerge as inventory dwindles, says NAEA

Monday 18th November 2013

A large growth in applicants has been coupled with a sharp drop in properties for sale, the NAEA has confirmed...

Is shortage of stock a huge problem in your area?

Monday 18th November 2013

Famine or feast? How are instructions shaping up for you? With focus on a shortage of properties for sale in much of the country, EAT took a look to see how the local inventory in our corner of north-east Hampshire is looking – and, even allowing for the time of year, the shortage of available stock is striking...

Calls to estate agents up by a fifth, says Moneypenny

Monday 18th November 2013

Telephone answering specialist Moneypenny has seen a 22% increase in calls to its estate agent clients based on a comparison of incoming calls taken this October compared with October 2012...

Former estate agent has a novel idea

Monday 18th November 2013

A former estate agent has written a novel about the “cut-throat” world of estate agency...

Fairfield top choice for award winning agency displays

Friday 15th November 2013

Fairfield transforms the appearance of Marsh & Parsons window displays, gold award winner for overall large estate agent Marsh & Parsons are a prestigious estate agency chain and to them bespoke, unique appearances are a crucial aspect of presentation...

Samantha Ashdown Blog

Friday 15th November 2013

How to future-proof your estate agency When you look into your crystal ball, what do you see for your agency in, say, 2050? Does your office look like the control room of the Starship Enterprise? Are your staff all wearing metallic lycra one-pieces? (Heaven help us...

Help to Buy could swell transactions by 75%, says Knight Frank

Friday 15th November 2013

The second phase of Help to Buy could boost current transaction levels by 75% a year, Knight Frank has said...

Online agent endorsed by Ian Botham to expand staff to 200

Friday 15th November 2013

Online firm Express Estate Agency has said it needs to increase its workforce by 25% to cope with growing activity in the property market...

Advertising watchdog raps Land Registry firm over 'official' claims

Friday 15th November 2013

The advertising watchdog has rapped a website that looked as though it was providing official Land Registry information on behalf of the Government...

Supply drops to new post-crisis low, says Home website

Friday 15th November 2013

Supply has dropped to a new post-crisis low, says website Home. Doug Shephard, director at the site which takes its listings from virtually every other property website and portal in the UK, said: “Potential buyers, especially those in London and the south-east, are set for more frustration for the rest of 2013 and into 2014...

Last rites for Harry Hill's In-Deed conveyancing venture

Friday 15th November 2013

Harry Hill’s ill-fated conveyancing company In-Deed Online disappeared this week. After acquiring a firm called Epic Group, it changed its name to Learning Technologies Group...

Agents' pedal power raises thousands for homeless charities

Friday 15th November 2013

Estate agents and industry suppliers taking part in this autumn’s Great British Property Cycle have raised £26,000 for charity...

Winkworth extends lead as London's largest estate agent

Friday 15th November 2013

Winkworth has extended its lead as London’s largest estate agency with a new office in Marylebone...

Zoopla gets to use taxi cabs' roofs to put its message across

Friday 15th November 2013

Zoopla is to pioneer the use of taxi roofs in a new marketing trial. It is a new media platform that will use data from the Zoopla website and intelligently broadcast property availability throughout London...

Relieve the Stress of Property Management

Thursday 14th November 2013

From the point at which a tenant moves into a property, most communications between a tenant and their property manager are about things that have gone wrong...

SHOULD ONE USE YOUR FACEBOOK PERSONAL ACCOUNT FOR NETWORKING?

Thursday 14th November 2013

Although business networking and posts should mainly be conducted via your Professional Company Page on Facebook, there are opportunities for networking and referrals via your personal Facebook Account...

Belvoir! – Rebrand Rollout

Wednesday 13th November 2013

Over the last 12 months Mid West Displays have supplied displays to over 25 branches of Belvoir. We have worked very closely with Belvoir and developed a range of products that are specific just to them and give continuity across their offices...

Acadata Blog

Wednesday 13th November 2013

David Thorpe, Acadata, blog: House price indices Each ‘house price index’ provides a unique measure...

Radarhomes launches its mutual offering for agents nationwide

Wednesday 13th November 2013

Radarhomes has thrown down the gauntlet in the mutual portal stakes. It has launched nationally, complete with an updated website, which it says represents “a complete, ground-up overhaul of the way portals work in the UK”...

Annual house price inflation still growing, says official statistician

Wednesday 13th November 2013

Annual UK house price inflation has continued to grow, the Office for National Statistics has reported...

Did BBC deliberately use ONS figures in 'housing bubble' Panorama?

Wednesday 13th November 2013

On Monday night, Panorama pursued the argument that house prices are in a bubble. However, the use of ONS figures by Panorama was not explained by the programme, which could equally well have used the much lower, and just as official, Land Registry prices...

Number of new instructions dwarfed by rocketing buyer interest

Wednesday 13th November 2013

House prices jumped once again last month as rocketing interest from would-be buyers dwarfed the amount of properties coming on to the market, the RICS has reported...

Fewer sellers chopping their asking prices, says Zoopla

Wednesday 13th November 2013

Fewer properties are having their asking prices cut, says Zoopla. It says that in the last two years, the proportion has fallen from 40% to 31%...

Help to Buy already a big success, claims Government

Wednesday 13th November 2013

The second phase of Help to Buy has launched successfully, the Government declared this week – but agents remain divided on the scheme, concerned that it may be ramping up demand but not supply...

Mortgage lending for house purchase the highest in years

Wednesday 13th November 2013

Mortgage lending for house purchase in the third quarter this year was the highest for any quarter since 2007...

NeedAProperty.com partners Hearst Magazines UK

Tuesday 12th November 2013

More than 3.7 million women across the UK now have direct access to NeedAProperty’s thousands of flats and houses for sale and for rent, through their favouritemagazine websites...

Are you missing the Section 21 slot?

Tuesday 12th November 2013

Getting a tenant into a property is time-consuming in itself. Getting a tenant out of a property after the agreement has expired is another matter...

Are Photos Worth A Thousand Words During Inventory Checks?

Monday 11th November 2013

  Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, letting inventory services in the UK are an essential part of property rental...

Round table: Debate Blog

Monday 11th November 2013

The annual VTUK round table luncheon at L’Escargot in London’s Soho saw VTUK once again welcome innovative and influential agents to discuss one of the most pressing challenges in today’s market: “How the demand for 24/7 data is affecting the industry...

House prices in 'astonishing leap' across country, claim

Monday 11th November 2013

House prices have risen across all regions in England and Wales to stand at an average £237,161 – a new record high, the LSL/Acadametrics survey has claimed, ahead of tonight's Panorama programme looking at the question of a house price bubble...

Top agent warns of zombie market as sellers stay away

Monday 11th November 2013

The spectre of a ‘zombie’ property market in London until after the next election has been raised by agent Ed Mead...

Countrywide chairman quits after just months in the role

Monday 11th November 2013

Countrywide chairman Robert Davies is stepping down from his role for ‘personal reasons’, the property group announced on Friday...

When it comes to buying a home, our armed services get shabby treatment

Monday 11th November 2013

Few people can fail to have been moved by the Remembrance commemorations at the weekend, and the sacrifices made by those brave men and women in our armed services over the years...

Does estate agency's 24/7 mean you never switch off?

Monday 11th November 2013

Agents have traditionally worked very long hours. But are you now finding it almost literally impossible to switch off with the 24/7 demands of today’s consumer? Do you and your colleagues feel under pressure to deliver an instant response to an inquiry, even if it comes in on a Sunday afternoon? And how much, or little, of your interaction is now done face to face? These were just some of the questions discussed in a round table debate, hosted by software supplier VTUK and chaired by EAT’s Rosalind Renshaw, which was attended by some remarkably forward-thinking (and hard-working) agents...

London property firm snapped up by global giant CBRE

Monday 11th November 2013

Alan Selby & Partners, an upmarket London development consultancy, sales and lettings agency, has been acquired by CBRE for an undisclosed sum...

Auction House sells its 2,000th lot this year

Monday 11th November 2013

Auction House has sold its 2,000th lot of 2013 – and believes it is the first property auctioneer in the UK to achieve the total this year...

Josh Rayner Blog

Friday 8th November 2013

Successful estate agents are, by their nature, driven, determined, independently-minded individuals...

Spicerhaart throws its weight behind Agents' Mutual

Friday 8th November 2013

One of the biggest chains, Spicerhaart, has pledged its support for Agents’ Mutual. The owned-by-agents site, as yet unnamed, is currently being built and is due to go live next year to challenge Rightmove and Zoopla...

Agents up their spending on Rightmove as traffic breaks new records

Friday 8th November 2013

Agents are spending more with Rightmove as new records are broken in visitors and leads, the company has told shareholders...

LSL set to make £12m further provision for valuation claims

Friday 8th November 2013

The fall-out from the last property boom has returned as an unwanted guest to LSL’s accounts...

Foxtons is best estate agent in UK, says City analyst

Friday 8th November 2013

The debt-free Foxtons has been hailed as the best estate agent in the UK after reporting a 17.9% rise in group turnover for the quarter to the end of September, to stand at £41...

Age of growing home ownership is over, says Savills

Friday 8th November 2013

Savills is forecasting that the rate of house prices rises will be steeper in the south-east than in London over the next five years, as buyers priced out of the capital turn to commuter territory...

Lenders call for reform of 'badly designed' Stamp Duty

Friday 8th November 2013

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has criticised Stamp Duty, saying it is a “badly designed tax” which discourages transactions, causes market distortion and reinforces problems caused by an acute shortage of supply...

Rightmove weeds out cannabis farm listing

Friday 8th November 2013

Photographs of a cannabis farm have been taken down from Rightmove, after the listing was picked up by the social media fraternity...

White Label Sales Progression Service Cuts Fall Through Rates and Increases Customer Satisfaction

Thursday 7th November 2013

Why outsourcing your sales progression can be good for customers as well as your business. Sales Progression is an essential part of the Estate Agent's sales process – each and every sales needs to be carefully and efficiently managed from the point a sale has been agreed, right through to completion, with any inefficiencies reflecting poorly in their overall fall-through rates...

Convey Law Achieve Legal Eye Quality Standard

Wednesday 6th November 2013

National Conveyancing specialists secure accreditation from independent legal consultants. Convey Law, one of the largest specialist residential conveyancing companies in the UK, has achieved the coveted Legal Eye Quality Standard following a 6 month review with the legal consultancy...

Tenant administration should never be rushed

Wednesday 6th November 2013

No matter how you look at it, moving a tenant into a rental property is always a quick-turnaround...

Peter Grant Blog

Wednesday 6th November 2013

Responsive design technology is all a buzz at the moment. Leading the way are sites like Foxtons, who are taking advantage of the changing browsing habits of the nation to ensure maximum exposure and the very best customer experience for the properties that they market...

Relaunch of Tepilo means new era for online agents, says Sarah Beeny

Wednesday 6th November 2013

The relaunch of Sarah Beeny’s property website Tepilo has been described as heralding “a new era of online estate agency”...

Thousands of agents to be wiped off high street, forecast

Wednesday 6th November 2013

Online estate agents will wipe out over 7,000 high street estate agency offices across the UK over the next few years...

What property price bubble, asks buy-to-let firm

Wednesday 6th November 2013

Talk of a property price bubble is premature, says a buy-to-let specialist. Assetz says that yields, especially outside London and the south-east, are healthy because property is not overpriced – and there is little sign of speculation...

Huge confusion among consumers over Help to Buy

Wednesday 6th November 2013

There is massive confusion among consumers over the next phase of the Help to Buy scheme, says a lenders’ trade body...

Dubai property firm DAMAC to float on London stock exchange

Wednesday 6th November 2013

DAMAC Properties, which specialises in the Dubai luxury market, is to float on the London stock exchange...

Hunters' women run a poignant Race for Life

Wednesday 6th November 2013

A group of 20 women from Hunters’ branches in York, Wetherby, Easingwold and Harrogate took part in York’s Race for Life...

Are you ready for the New Year?

Tuesday 5th November 2013

Kremer Signs have been market leaders for supplying estate agency boards & fascia signage for almost 30 years to the UK property market This time of year tends to be a popular period where Estate Agents review their current branding and look to refresh their image / make amendments ready for the New Year...

WhatHouse Blog

Monday 4th November 2013

WhatHouse: Interview with managing director Daniel Hill Q. Why did you decide to enter the used-property portal market? A...

Latest portal entrant casts doubt on Agents' Mutual restrictive business model

Monday 4th November 2013

The latest declared runner and rider into the property portal market, WhatHouse, says that it does not feel threatened by Agents’ Mutual’s business model, which insists that its agents must use only one other portal...

Transactions will pick up over next three years, says Hamptons

Monday 4th November 2013

Hamptons is forecasting that transactions will pick up over the next three years – although not to pre-crisis levels...

Conveyancing firms set up 'dating service' to merge or sell

Monday 4th November 2013

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers has today formally launched a ‘dating service’ to bring together law firms that are interested in acquisition (whether being acquired or acquiring) or mergers in respect of their conveyancing business...

Solicitor escapes jail after Stamp Duty frauds

Monday 4th November 2013

A solicitor who prospered during the property boom has escaped jail after pleading guilty to seven counts of fraud...

Huge surge in investors looking to build property portfolios

Monday 4th November 2013

Homes finder Garrington says it is experiencing hugely increased interest from investors looking to buy residential property...

New move to tax foreign property owners could backfire, warning

Monday 4th November 2013

Reported moves by George Osborne to introduce Capital Gains Tax for foreign owners of UK homes have come in for strong criticism...

Here's a new reason to buy a home – envy

Monday 4th November 2013

There are many reasons to buy a home – but until yesterday, we hadn’t thought that envy was one of them...

CPR Blog

Friday 1st November 2013

Should you disclose a murder at a property on your books – or not? This is a question that agents are trying to get to grips with after the abolition of the Property Misdescriptions Act in favour of consumer protection legislation (CPR)...

Would you have disclosed the murder at this House of Horrors for sale?

Friday 1st November 2013

Should you disclose a murder that has taken place at a property on which you are instructed? So far, there has been no case law under the duties of disclosure that make an agent liable for prosecution under CPR...

Neil Patel returns to estate agency market – complete with social conscience

Friday 1st November 2013

Some names never quite disappear from the property industry and we were intrigued to get an update from Canada, where Neil Patel now lives...

Countrywide forecasts rise in transactions due to Help to Buy

Friday 1st November 2013

Countrywide has reported a surge in house sales and revenue for the third quarter of this year – and says that it is looking forward to the next phase of the Help to Buy scheme Countrywide says it views the scheme as “a credible and well thought-out policy which will benefit the whole of the UK housing market”...

Total of 153 law firms confirmed as facing closure

Friday 1st November 2013

A total of 153 solicitor firms have now been confirmed as facing closure in the Professional Indemnity crisis facing the profession...

Repossessions fall but north-south divide widens

Friday 1st November 2013

There has been a sharp fall in the number of repossessions, but the north-south divide has widened to its largest in six years...

House prices bounce up 5.8% in a year, says Nationwide

Friday 1st November 2013

House prices continued to rise in October, by 1% over the month, to stand at 5.8% higher than last October...

Zoopla gets set to move into smart new prime location

Friday 1st November 2013

This is the very smart new building which will be home to Zoopla in the New Year. Zoopla has signed a lease to take 14,400 sq ft in the new Harlequin Building in Southwark, SE1...

Rob Clifford Blog

Wednesday 30th October 2013

If you believe critics, the Help to Buy Scheme – the mortgage guarantee element – has the potential to set us all up for a house price bubble followed by a correction when State support is withdrawn at the end of its three-year term...

Another law firm crashes as big and small fight for survival

Wednesday 30th October 2013

The survival of more law firms is under threat, it has been revealed. Nearly 200 have this month been unable to get Professional Indemnity insurance, following the collapse of a previous provider...

New Get A Move On campaign aims to shake up home buying and selling

Wednesday 30th October 2013

A new campaign is being launched aimed at shaking up the way residential property is bought and sold...

Estate agents trying their luck with quick sales, claim

Wednesday 30th October 2013

Nine out of ten ‘quick sale’ companies advertising on the internet are estate agents in disguise...

Mortgage lending the highest in five years, says Bank of England

Wednesday 30th October 2013

There were 66,735 loan approvals for house purchase in September, the Bank of England has reported...

Century 21 opens latest office in Westminster

Wednesday 30th October 2013

Century 21 UK has opened its latest branch on Buckingham Palace Road in central London. The franchise is owned by Brighton resident Paul Corcut who has spent much of his career working in London as well as gaining experience in international markets including Russia...

Agents invited to join homeless charity's Sleep Out night

Wednesday 30th October 2013

Estate agency recruiter Josh Rayner is hoping to persuade 30 of his clients to join him in a sleep-on-the-streets event for charity...

Stunning solution to “headache” of a window display in Berkshire

Tuesday 29th October 2013

“We have a listed building and our biggest headache was to devise a system that would work for our small window panes...

Outsource to concentrate on new business with Everything Lettings

Tuesday 29th October 2013

Sales agents that have diversified into lettings might be feeling the pinch about now - with lettings staff working extra hard trying to win new business to satisfying growing tenant demand, and an 'all hands on deck' situation in sales as buying/selling picks up pace...

Dodgy estate agency practices put under spotlight in TV programme

Tuesday 29th October 2013

Questionable – and potentially illegal – practices by estate agents and mortgage advisers came under the spotlight in a Channel 4 Dispatches programme last night...

Law Society unveils plans to launch 'revolutionary' e-conveyancing portal

Tuesday 29th October 2013

The Law Society has announced plans which could revolutionise all residential property transactions in England and Wales by putting them online...

Nethouseprices pulls out of race to launch agent-owned property portal

Tuesday 29th October 2013

Nethouseprices has pulled out of the two-horse race to become an agent-owned property portal. Its decision leaves Agents’ Mutual as the only such offering, intended to put up credible opposition to the duopoly of Rightmove and Zoopla...

'Chronic' lack of supply driving higher house prices, says Hometrack

Tuesday 29th October 2013

House prices rose this month, Hometrack reported. Separately, the Land Registry reported house prices in England and Wales up by an average of 3...

Average house price in London soars as supply drops by one third

Tuesday 29th October 2013

The average asking price of a home in London is now a record £400,096, and rising. Property search engine Home says that London house prices are now 15...

So, is there a bubble in London and is it the media's fault?

Tuesday 29th October 2013

The big question is: is there a bubble, will it burst, and if so when? This is actually not an issue for the majority of the UK’s housing market...

Another agency firm considers floating on stock market

Tuesday 29th October 2013

Property chain Martin & Co is reportedly considering a float on the stock market. The firm was started in 1986 and today has some 200 offices, almost all of which are operated as franchises...

**Kremer Signs Offer** FREE SITE SURVEY

Monday 28th October 2013

At Kremer Signs, we design, manufacture and install high quality signage in London and throughout the UK...

Invisibility, Cobwebs and Rituals….Avoid a ghastly situation with Inventories Everywhere

Monday 28th October 2013

October means Halloween, and all things spooky, superstitious and scary.  Unfortunately, for Landlords who believe that unfurnished Inventories are a waste of time and money they can end up being left in a ghastly situation at any time of the year...

Ed Mead Blog

Friday 25th October 2013

Anyone reading Twitter will have gathered that I’m angry. Angry about how Rightmove have trumpeted some absurd statistics that are seriously damaging the property market...

Agent's war of words over Rightmove's house price survey

Friday 25th October 2013

Rightmove has been slammed for producing “damaging, lazy statistics” that are seriously hurting the property market...

Estate agency staff devastated by colleague's murder

Friday 25th October 2013

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of estate agent Nicole Waterhouse and the attempted murder of her colleague and flatmate Karen Browne...

Most expensive-ever council house due to go under the hammer

Friday 25th October 2013

Savills is due to auction a property on Monday which is likely to be the most expensive council house on record...

So estate agents DO still have their uses

Friday 25th October 2013

Almost 95% of people looking for a new home start their search on the internet – and in the 18-24 age group the proportion rises to 100%...

Wallpaper for estate agents – now there's an idea

Friday 25th October 2013

It must be one of the best-kept secrets in the industry – a business that has a sideline in doing wallpapers for agents...

NFoPP awards top marks to the magnificent dozen

Friday 25th October 2013

The NFOPP Awarding Body has congratulated the winners of its awards for outstanding achievement in property qualifications in a special ceremony...

A brighter future for hardworking tenants

Thursday 24th October 2013

In this article we highlight three key points from the press release for landlords and letting agents...

Prepare now for winter by outsourcing to ARPM Property Management

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

We've already seen a Facebook post featuring a Santa showing how many days left until Christmas but far from shock you, this should act as a timely reminder that winter is just around the corner...

Eric Walker Interview

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Why did you become an estate agent? I actually fell into the business by accident working initially in Hampshire, then one day decided to head to London … and that was down to my brother...

NFoPP ditches PropertyLive to go with Agents' Mutual

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

NFoPP has thrown its weight behind Agents’ Mutual, the new owned-by-agents-for-agents portal due to go live at the end of next year...

What House? to enter estate agency property portal market

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Whathouse.co.uk, the specialist new homes portal, is to go into estate agency sales and lettings in the new year...

Spicerhaart threatens to report local independent to advertising watchdog

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Spicerhaart is threatening to report an independent competitor to the Advertising Standards Authority...

New franchise group plans to grow to major national force

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

A new agency franchise business says it has signed up 20 franchisees since its launch in June and expects another ten sign-ups by Christmas...

Surveyor shortages are endangering market recovery, warns lender

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Surveyor availability is rapidly worsening, and is posing a threat to the residential property market recovery...

Walker announces plans to grow Northwood to 100 offices

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Eric Walker has revealed plans to expand franchise chain Northwood to 100 offices. The firm, founded in 1995, currently has 80 offices and was run by the late Nick Cooper...

Completions take a dip after the summer heights

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

There were 95,460 completed UK residential property transactions in September, HMRC has reported. This was a fall from 107,070 in August, and lower than the 98,500 HMRC reported for July...

Don't let a deposit go up in a puff of smoke!

Tuesday 22nd October 2013

Expensive, unattractive and unhealthy. No-one can argue that smoking is good for you but millions of people continue to puff away on cigarettes...

Colin Shairp Blog

Monday 21st October 2013

There is scepticism over the claim by Johnston Press that home owners decide which local estate agent they will instruct long before they’re ready to put their properties up for sale and that they will probably make their decision based on whether the agent advertises in the local paper: apparently, it’s important for 79% of people...

No risk of house price bubble outside London, says Rightmove

Monday 21st October 2013

Asking house prices in London have risen to “unsustainable” levels, pumped up by foreign investors – while outside the capital, asking prices fell in two regions over the last month...

Winners of annual awards announced by allAgents

Monday 21st October 2013

A nine-branch agent has been named the best in the UK by ratings site allAgents. Choices, with branches in the south-east, won the overall award with 896 reviews, and a five star rating...

Hundreds turn up to exhibition of online agents (or not)

Monday 21st October 2013

An incredible 900 potential clients turned up to an online estate agents’ two-day event in a midlands hotel...

Why agents should use their local newspapers to advertise

Monday 21st October 2013

Agents who do not use local newspapers to advertise their properties may be cutting costs, but they aren’t using all the marketing tools at their disposal...

Highest quarterly lending since 2008, says CML

Monday 21st October 2013

Gross mortgage lending held steady in September and was an estimated £16.2bn, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders...

Industry suppliers invited to enter the ESTAS

Monday 21st October 2013

Are you one of the best suppliers in the industry? If the answer is ‘YES’ then it’s time to enter the ESTAS Supplier of the Year category...

Drop in number of residential properties at auction

Monday 21st October 2013

Residential lots offered at auction last month fell sharply. They fell by 10.4% in number, compared with September last year...

ESTATE AGENCY EVENTS

Friday 18th October 2013

There are still 3 major Estate Agency Events to squeeze in to your busy schedules this year, and Mid West Displays are please to announce that we will be there showcasing our products at all 3 venues...

Zoopla picked as UK top 50 firm as Rightmove soars on stock market

Friday 18th October 2013

Zoopla has been chosen as one of the first beneficiaries of a scheme intended to give 50 UK high-tech start-ups a year a head start on the international stage...

Acceleration of housing market keeps valuers busy

Friday 18th October 2013

Housing market activity accelerated strongly last month, with the volume of residential valuations 55% higher than August and 65% up on September last year...

Newspaper advertising boosts agent's chances of instruction, claim

Friday 18th October 2013

Home owners decide which local estate agent they will instruct long before they’re ready to put their properties up for sale...

Aspiring first-timers struggle to get to grips with Help to Buy

Friday 18th October 2013

Aspiring first-time buyers are confused by the Help to Buy scheme. A poll by discount website VoucherCodesPro...

Competition hotting up for the ESTAS

Friday 18th October 2013

Our weather might be cooling down, but competition for next year’s ESTAS competition is hotting up again...

U-turn for Capital Economics now forecasting big price rises

Friday 18th October 2013

Capital Economics – the one that always forecasts the end of the world and house prices dropping through the hatch – has cheered up...

Agents urged to buy 'plots' to help Prince's Trust

Friday 18th October 2013

Plots on a portal are being sold to agents in a bid to raise as much money as possible for charity by the end of this year...

House prices climb to their highest ever, claims ONS

Wednesday 16th October 2013

House prices rose across much of the UK during August breaking previous records, the Office for National Statistics has claimed...

Shelter calls on ministers to rethink Help to Buy

Wednesday 16th October 2013

Shelter has called on the Government to rethink its Help to Buy mortgage indemnity scheme because of its concerns over house price rises and Britain’s continuing boom and bust housing market cycles...

Autumn property market is 'buzzing', says haart boss

Wednesday 16th October 2013

Estate agent chain haart has described the autumn property market as “buzzing”. The firm says that new first-time buyers are up 69...

More mortgage applications so far this year than for whole of 2012

Wednesday 16th October 2013

There have already been more mortgage applications this year than for the whole of 2012, the Mortgage Advice Bureau has reported...

Asking prices up again as property supply dwindles

Wednesday 16th October 2013

In a further flurry of information about the residential property market, the Home portal said that asking prices are now up 5...

Agency boss hits out at high Help to Buy mortgage rates

Wednesday 16th October 2013

An estate agent has lambasted the “rip off” mortgage rates in the Help to Buy scheme. Brendan Cox, managing director of Waterfords which has branches in the home counties, said that buyers using the scheme will be penalised by its high costs...

New insurance policy for agents sued in CPR cases

Wednesday 16th October 2013

Agents have been warned that purchasers could prove to be extremely litigious following the repeal of the Property Misdescriptions Act and its replacement by the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations...

STAND OUT FROM YOUR COMPETITION

Tuesday 15th October 2013

Site Signs have seen a significant increase in requests for Non standard Property Boards over the last 6 months...

Sarah Beeny property portal turns into paid-for online estate agent

Monday 14th October 2013

Sarah Beeny’s private house sale site has now been changed into an online estate agent. It now prominently displays the Rightmove logo on its home page, saying that is where home buyers look...

First-time buyers come back – even before Help to Buy

Monday 14th October 2013

The house buying market bounced up in August – with the number of first-time buyers sharply up...

Talk of a housing bubble is 'hysteria', says think tank

Monday 14th October 2013

Fears of a housing market bubble stoked by the Help to Buy scheme are pure “hysteria”, says a leading think-tank...

House where estate agent fell through floor withdrawn from sale

Monday 14th October 2013

A house where a horrific accident happened during a viewing was withdrawn from auction at the end of last week...

Don't take a chance on Chancel, by Rob Hailstone

Monday 14th October 2013

Rob Hailstone, founder of the Bold Group, provides a brief update on the changes to Chancel Repair Liability (CRL) that took place over the weekend...

Help to Buy could be godsend for bankers on half a million

Monday 14th October 2013

Hankies ready? Then let the violins strike up. Here’s today’s blubfest. Apparently, Londoners on salaries of half a million are having an absolutely horrible time of it...

So, what's wrong with being an estate agent from Chelmsford?

Monday 14th October 2013

An upmarket law firm which told its staff not to dress as though they were estate agents from Chelmsford has failed to upset estate agents from Chelmsford...

MPL INTERIORS' NEW PARTNERSHIP LEADS THE WAY IN TOUCH-SCREEN TECHNOLOGY

Saturday 12th October 2013

MPL Interiors has teamed up with InTouch Property Search to offer estate agents the latest touch-screen technology...

THE ART OF INTEGRATION - WHEN TWO BRANDS MEET UNDER ONE ROOF

Saturday 12th October 2013

Andrews incorporates the Fine & Country brand into six of its office, with MPL Interiors at the fit-out helm When estate agent Andrews decided to broaden its appeal and target a higher calibre of vendor, it knew it would have to incorporate a different element into its brand...

Brian Murphy Blog

Friday 11th October 2013

The early introduction of the second phase of the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme has certainly caused some frenetic activity in the housing and mortgage markets...

Agents' offices flooded with hopeful buyers after early launch of scheme

Friday 11th October 2013

Spicerhaart has reported a “frenzy of activity” since the second phase of Help to Buy was announced...

Help to Buy is still needed everywhere, says LSL

Friday 11th October 2013

First-time buyers are already returning to the market and house sales are 12% up on last year – but the Help to Buy scheme is still needed, one of Britain’s biggest estate agents argued this morning...

Brain drain warning as first-time buyers priced out of south east

Friday 11th October 2013

There could be a ‘brain drain’ from London and the South-East as first-time buyers are forced to move out of the region in order to be able to afford to step on the housing ladder...

Dramatic jump in sales activity across central London

Friday 11th October 2013

Sales figures – both prices and sales volumes – across prime central London have jumped dramatically...

Movehut names new chairman after Harry Hill's shock departure

Friday 11th October 2013

Property portal Movehut – which sets out to be the Rightmove of the commercial property world – has appointed a new chairman...

Agent donates 27th Sunshine coach in as many years

Friday 11th October 2013

Special needs children have started their school year with a new coach, donated by London and Kent agents Robinson Jackson...

Distinctive display featuring beautifully curved window in Leeds

Wednesday 9th October 2013

Exceptional customer service Spencer Properties, Leeds, office manager Yasir Fariq had only brilliant feedback for Fairfield Displays and Lighting...

Big conveyancing firm is shut down by legal regulator

Wednesday 9th October 2013

A legal firm that offered cheap conveyancing in a ‘pile it high’ type of operation has been shut down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority...

Help to Buy second phase opens to business

Wednesday 9th October 2013

The second phase of Help to Buy has now officially launched – amid fresh warnings of an uncontrollable housing bubble from the Treasury Select Committee, and a suggestion from the mortgage industry that it is unnecessary...

Dismay as housing minister role is relegated to junior status

Wednesday 9th October 2013

A new and very junior minister has been given responsibility for housing, in a clear downgrading of the housing minister role...

Another new property portal launches

Wednesday 9th October 2013

Another new property portal has launched, called Gaffsearch.co.uk It says it aims to gain a foothold in the UK market by providing house hunters with an intuitive property search experience both on mobile and the web, and by helping estate agents get greater exposure...

Move to speed up leasehold sales comes into effect

Wednesday 9th October 2013

A new legal process aimed at speeding up the sales of leasehold properties such as flats in blocks comes into effect tomorrow...

RICS warns on stock shortage as house prices rise

Wednesday 9th October 2013

The RICS has expressed concern at the growing mismatch between property supply and buyer demand. Reporting for September, its housing market survey says that many more of its members are reporting increases in applicants than are reporting a rise in new instructions...

Knight Frank launching an annual Day of Giving

Wednesday 9th October 2013

Tomorrow, Knight Frank is holding its first annual Day of Giving. Participants will be all Knight Frank departments and offices around the UK, raising money for five chosen charities...

Do you really know your gas engineers?

Tuesday 8th October 2013

The boiler season is now in full swing, with tenants switching on the central heating in their droves...

Lawyers could have field day over agents' duties to disclose property information

Monday 7th October 2013

A lawyers’ field day looks to be on the horizon after experts disagreed on what needs to be disclosed in property marketing under a legal regime which now dispenses with the Property Misdescriptions Act...

Stand by for Help to Buy stampede, agents told

Monday 7th October 2013

The take-up of the second phase of Help to Buy – which launches this week – looks set to be highly significant...

Countrywide signs up to Rightmove in five year deal

Monday 7th October 2013

Rightmove’s shares have been shooting up – and this may bring forward a decision by Zoopla to join its rival on the stock market...

Zoopla confirms arrangement with Propertini

Monday 7th October 2013

The existence of an agreement has been confirmed between Propertini, the new free portal that launched in the UK last week, and Zoopla...

Repossessed flat at One Hyde Park sells in 24-hour exchange deal

Monday 7th October 2013

Strutt & Parker’s Knightsbridge office has exchanged contracts within 24 hours of agreeing the sale of a one-bedroom resale flat at One Hyde Park following multiple bids...

Move with Us to stage industry events for agents

Monday 7th October 2013

Move with Us, a network of independent estate agents, is hosting events which have been designed to impart valuable insights on the residential property market and unveil new instruction-winning tools to help estate agents...

Agents Mutual reaches funding milestone necessary for launch

Friday 4th October 2013

Agents Mutual has passed a milestone after recruiting its 1,000th gold member office – the threshold it needed to reach to achieve start-up funding, with £3...

New Propertini portal will be covered by ban, says Springett

Friday 4th October 2013

Yesterday’s UK launch of Propertini, a free portal to agents, could come under threat because of the Agents Mutual model...

Whosoldwhere website launches to public with 700 agents aboard

Friday 4th October 2013

The website whosoldwhere.co.uk, which lets would-be sellers see the recent track records of local agents in terms of deals done, has now launched to the public...

Average UK house prices leap 6.2% in a year, says Halifax

Friday 4th October 2013

Average UK house prices have jumped 6.2% in a year, Halifax claimed in its latest index. Reporting for September, Halifax said house prices were 0...

Exchanges up 40% at Jackson-Stops & Staff

Friday 4th October 2013

Upmarket agent Jackson-Stops & Staff has reported that exchanges across its network are up by 40% and properties under offer by 20% on a year ago...

New boss announced at Harrison Murray after Nick Salmon's departure

Friday 4th October 2013

Following the departure of well known industry figure Nick Salmon, the Nottingham Building Society and Harrison Murray have appointed Su Snaith as their new head of estate agency...

Founders float estate agency on New York stock exchange

Friday 4th October 2013

RE/MAX, founded in 1973, has floated on the New York stock exchange. It opened for trading on Tuesday when RE/MAX founders David and Gail Liniger, together with their CEO Margaret Kelly, celebrated the company’s first day of trading by visiting the stock exchange floor...

Five key issues for landlords and letting agents

Thursday 3rd October 2013

Eric Pickles (Communities Secretary) has proposed a tenants' charter that, in his words, will: "…raise the quality and choice of rental accommodation, root out the cowboys and rogue operators in the sector, and give tenants the confidence to request longer fixed-term, family-friendly tenancies that meet their needs...

‘For Sale’ boards & office fascia signage in high demand from Kremer Signs

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

Kremer Signs have been market leaders for supplying estate agency boards & fascia signage for almost 30 years to the UK property market, due to quality in product and service...

ARPM Property Management becomes an official ESTAS Partner

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

ARPM Property Management is delighted to announce it has become an official ESTAS Partner for the 2014 awards...

Josh Rayner Blog

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

I’ve talked in the past about the need for estate agents to look at the whole package they’re offering to attract top talent and explained that simply adding a couple of thousand to the job offer will not entice the best people to up sticks...

New OFT guidance issued on definition of estate agents

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

The government department of Business, Innovation and Skills has issued new guidance, saying that private sales portals do not need to conform to the Estate Agents Act...

New – and free – property portal goes live in UK

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

A new property portal is launching in the UK on Thursday (October 3). It says it will not be charging agents now or in future, and regards the charging model as outdated and broken...

House prices everywhere set for big rises, says economic think tank

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

An economic think tank has forecast that the second phase of Help to Buy will lift house prices following the early launch of the scheme...

Traffic to Rightmove and Zoopla soars on Help to Buy announcement

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

Activity on property portals jumped within hours of David Cameron’s surprise Help to Buy announcement...

Transactions set to rise with new housing boom on the cards

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

Spicerhart boss Paul Smith is predicting a rise in transactions over the next year of between 10% and 15% because of the second phase of Help to Buy...

Profits at Knight Frank shoot up on back of London market

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

Pre-tax profits at global agents Knight Frank soared 7% to £102.7m for the year to the end of March, the firm has reported...

Mortgage approvals for house purchase highest in over five years

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

The number of mortgage approvals for house purchases in August was 62,226, the Bank of England has reported...

One easy way to help avoid being shocked by the condition of a property at Check-Out

Tuesday 1st October 2013

You remember the day that you handed over the keys to the brand new 3 bedroom terrace house on Church Road, like it was yesterday – however, that was nearly a year ago now...

Help to Buy scheme brought forward: latest

Monday 30th September 2013

The second phase of Help to Buy is to be launched next week after David Cameron unexpectedly announced bringing it forward by three months...

Sarah Beeny's private sales site Tepilo to relaunch as online agent

Monday 30th September 2013

Tepilo, the private sale-by-owner site started by Sarah Beeny, is relaunching imminently as an online agent...

Allagents denies pulling agent off site over non-payment

Monday 30th September 2013

An agent claims it has been removed from the Allagents site after refusing to pay for a service it did not want...

House prices rise across 41% of Britain, says Hometrack

Monday 30th September 2013

House prices had their strongest increase this month since May 2007, Hometrack reported this morning...

Bent agent loses appeal over prison sentence

Monday 30th September 2013

A former estate agent has lost his appeal against a six-year jail sentence. Irish agent Eamonn Kelly, who ran two RE/MAX agencies, had duped investors into buying into sites in the UK, including a bogus property operation in Manchester...

Eric Walker Blog

Friday 27th September 2013

Ed Miliband announced that developers who sat on land would be told to ‘use it or lose it’ in what seemed like a new policy...

Challenger property portal gets set to double in size

Friday 27th September 2013

Challenger portal NeedAProperty.com is to offer 5,000 agents who do not currently use the site a free trial for six months, aiming for a rapid doubling in size...

Countrywide snaps up commercial property firm in multi-million pound deal

Friday 27th September 2013

Countrywide has made a dramatic move into commercial agency after agreeing a £34.1m deal to buy Lambert Smith Hampton – the firm which handled the sale of the BBC Television Centre for £200m...

Osborne has second thoughts over Help to Buy

Friday 27th September 2013

Chancellor George Osborne has asked the Bank of England to take a look at his controversial Help to Buy scheme, among fears that it could stoke a housing bubble...

Miliband's use it or lose it land threat draws anger

Friday 27th September 2013

Labour leader Ed Miliband's ‘use it or lose it’ threat to developers has met with a highly critical reception...

Estate agent among four men charged over bank cyber crime

Friday 27th September 2013

An estate agent is among the group of alleged cyber plotters charged with stealing £1.3m from a Barclays bank branch by taking control of its computer system...

Chinese buyers storming into UK housing market

Friday 27th September 2013

Maybe it’s house price inflation in their own country that is driving Chinese property investors to the UK...

Bank of England will burst housing bubble if necessary

Friday 27th September 2013

The Bank of England has promised to ‘closely monitor’ the housing market and intervene if it feels there is danger of a house price bubble...

Further Expansion at Convey Law National Conveyancing Specialists continue to expand their legal team

Thursday 26th September 2013

Convey Law, one of the largest specialist residential conveyancing companies in the UK, continues its expansion this year in hiring three new Conveyancers...

Samantha Ashdown Blog

Wednesday 25th September 2013

You’ve just been instructed on a terrific property. The signed agreement is tucked lovingly in your folder as you speed back to the office to be congratulated by the whole team on bringing in the highest priced property so far this year...

Foxtons' boss pockets £52m from sale of shares

Wednesday 25th September 2013

Foxtons, which has its full listing on the stock market today, has made its chief executive a rich man...

London's KFH announces aggressive ambition plans across capital

Wednesday 25th September 2013

Leading London agent Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward has announced ambitious expansion plans. With 50 branches across the capital, the independent opened three new offices earlier this year and says it plans further openings next year...

Winkworth opens latest office in affluent Guildford

Wednesday 25th September 2013

Winkworth is opening a new office in one of the UK’s most affluent places – Guildford, the county town of Surrey...

Property Network launches new market intelligence reports for agents

Wednesday 25th September 2013

Property Network is launching market intelligence reports on home movers – people it defines as interested in moving through property searches on its app or from their social media activity...

We'll build 200,000 new homes a year, promises Miliband

Wednesday 25th September 2013

Labour leader Ed Miliband is to set up a commission to review his party’s housing policy under the chairmanship of former BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons...

Housing transactions up nearly 20% on a year ago

Wednesday 25th September 2013

There were almost 90,000 UK residential property transactions in August, HMRC has reported. The “seasonally adjusted” provisional figure – an estimate of 89,460 – was just 0...

Banish boiler breakdowns with on-going care with Everything Lettings

Tuesday 24th September 2013

It's the telephone call property managers and landlords dread receiving - "My boiler is broken"...

Rejuvenated Window and Interior Display

Tuesday 24th September 2013

Fairfield Displays and Lighting have succeeded to re-energize the window & interior at Christopher Edwards’s estate agency on Rayners Lane, Harrow...

Rob Clifford Blog

Monday 23rd September 2013

With the party political season in full swing, a range of politicians across all parties are targeting the housing market in numerous ways...

Foxtons makes a 'stunning' debut on to London stock exchange

Monday 23rd September 2013

Foxtons stormed on to the stock market ahead of its full listing, due to take place on Wednesday. On Friday, shares bounced up more than 20%, starting at 230p and hitting highs of 286p in conditional or ‘grey’ trading, valuing the firm at more than double the £360m paid for Foxtons at the height of the property market boom in 2007 by private equity firm BC Partners...

Households who buy are 10% better off a year than tenants

Monday 23rd September 2013

Households are £875, or 10%, a year better off buying instead of renting – provided they can raise the deposit, says the Halifax...

Twenty five prosecutions of agents by one council over boards

Monday 23rd September 2013

There have been 25 successful prosecutions of estate agents for illegal ‘For Sale’ signs in one London borough over the last 18 months...

When should an agent release a key and to whom?

Monday 23rd September 2013

When should an estate agent release the keys of a property when the sale has yet to complete, and to whom? A builder, perhaps, or the buyer? Could the key find it its way to another agent or someone from an auction house? An interesting debate on an online forum tells quite a story...

More properties find their way into auction sales rooms

Monday 23rd September 2013

Only 53 property auctions took place in August, the Essential Information Group has reported Lots offered and sold were both up on 2012 by 10% and 17% respectively, while the total raised jumped 36% to £65...

Harry Simons Blog

Friday 20th September 2013

The national press is tying itself in knots trying to make sense out of the current property market...

Spicerhaart rapped again by watchdog over 'handwritten' notes

Friday 20th September 2013

Spicerhaart has found itself in hot water with the advertising watchdog. Once again, the problem was caused by a touting flyer, using what looks like handwriting...

A tale of two Britains in 'bipolar' housing market

Friday 20th September 2013

Hype about a housing market boom is misplaced, because analysts are ignoring regional differences in vendor behaviour...

Foxtons shares leap as firm debuts on stock exchange

Friday 20th September 2013

Shares in Foxtons soared at the start of trading today. The offer price had been set at 230p a share, which valued the firm at £650m, but the price leapt to around 280p in the first half hour of frentic trading as more than 44 million shares changed hands...

Mortgage lenders saying no to people who had payday loans

Friday 20th September 2013

People with payday loans are being routinely turned down for mortgages. One broker said that in the last 12 months, 85% of mortgage applications it has dealt with have been turned down where applicants had payday loans on their credit history...

One Hyde Park flat up for sale after repossession

Friday 20th September 2013

A one-bedroom flat at One Hyde Park – Britain’s most expensive block of flats, developed by the Candy brothers – has been repossessed and is on the market for £5...

Golfers have whale of a time for Estate Agency Foundation

Friday 20th September 2013

A golf day organised by the Estate Agency Foundation has raised £4,500 for homeless charities...

The new estate agency software from Norfolk-based PinMyMove

Wednesday 18th September 2013

The new estate agency software from Norfolk-based PinMyMove retains all of the components popular in the established software packages and adds new features and functionality, whilst offering unheard-of-value for money...

House prices reach a record high, claims Office for National Statistics

Wednesday 18th September 2013

House prices in England have reached a record high, according to the Office for National Statistics...

New no-sale, no-fee agent aims to be cheapest in UK at £99

Wednesday 18th September 2013

A new national online agent is to launch which will charge £99 on a ‘no-sale, no-fee’ basis...

Estate agents are an army of invaders who must be stopped, says Cable

Wednesday 18th September 2013

Vince Cable has described estate agents as part of an army of “invaders” who must be stopped...

Zoopla named sixth fastest growing tech company in Britain

Wednesday 18th September 2013

Zoopla Property Group, owner of Zoopla and PrimeLocation, has been named the sixth fastest-growing private technology, media and telecoms business in Britain in this year’s Sunday Times’ Tech Track 100 list...

Conveyancer myhomemove delivers record profits

Wednesday 18th September 2013

Giant conveyancer myhomemove has announced its strongest ever results. Its 2012 profits before tax and costs such as depreciation were £3...

Records tumble at Auction House sale in London

Wednesday 18th September 2013

Records tumbled at the latest Auction House sale in London, when it both offered and sold the most lots in one sale...

Surveyors association to run marketing skills courses

Wednesday 18th September 2013

The Residential Property Surveyors Association is launching a series of courses to help its members sell themselves...

The implications of a releasing keys to tenants before an Inventory has been conducted

Tuesday 17th September 2013

For the vast majority of lettings professionals, the thought of releasing keys to a tenant before an Inventory has been conducted would make them shudder, however, on occasions this practice can happen, especially towards the end of month when there is a rush for a tenancy to proceed...

Outsourcing to ARPM could help future-proof your business in many different ways

Tuesday 17th September 2013

Do you believe that regulation for letting agents is a dead cert? Maybe you think the current speculation is another puff of hot air...

Modern office transformation

Monday 16th September 2013

David Conway on Northolt Road, Harrow, chose Fairfield to help redesign their ageing office inside and out...

Rightmove raises forecast for this year's house price rises to 6%

Monday 16th September 2013

Rightmove has this morning raised its forecast for house price inflation to 6% for this year – above the 5% cap suggested by the RICS to trigger action by the Bank of England...

RICS call to cap house prices at 5% is shot down in flames

Monday 16th September 2013

The call by the RICS for house price inflation to be capped at 5% annually by official measures has met with widespread condemnation in the property industry...

Is Britain becoming a nation of estate agents? The answer is no

Monday 16th September 2013

The ‘fact’ that there are now 562,000 estate agents spawned a mass of headlines and got itself on to the front page of papers including The Times...

Thornley Groves is snapped up by acquisitive property firm

Monday 16th September 2013

Major regional estate agent Thornley Groves has been bought by Lomond Capital, a fast-growing property firm...

Two new Century 21 branches open in England

Monday 16th September 2013

Franchising chain Century 21 UK has opened two new branches in England. One is at Woolton Village, Liverpool, owned by Ian Ambrose and Dan Pennington...

New BBC series will chart fortunes of ten estate agents

Monday 16th September 2013

A new BBC2 series is to chart the fortunes of ten estate agents across the UK. The working title is The Estate Agents, and it looks like being a chunky series – six hour-long episodes looking at the property industry over six months in a BBC2 series...

Record number of people in real estate (but surely not all are agents)

Friday 13th September 2013

The number of people working in “real estate activities” leapt 9.9% between March and June, according to the Office for National Statistics...

Online agent Hatched loses to new ruling by advertising watchdog

Friday 13th September 2013

Two complaints against online estate agent Hatched have been upheld by the advertising watchdog. Hatched has now been told that claims as to the amounts it saved consumers over high street agents were misleading and must not be repeated...

RICS calls on Government to set 5% cap on annual house price inflation

Friday 13th September 2013

The Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee should consider introducing a specific policy which would limit annual house price inflation to 5% to prevent another housing bubble...

Asking prices jump as supply of homes on market stays low

Friday 13th September 2013

Asking prices have jumped 5.1% over the last year, property search engine Home has said. At the same time, the total number of properties on the market has fallen 14% and is now 30% lower than five years ago...

House price inflation set to gather pace, prediction

Friday 13th September 2013

House prices in the UK are set to rise by a cumulative 33% between 2007 and the end of 2017, with prices due to rise by an average of 2...

More lenders dragging their heels over mortgage offers

Friday 13th September 2013

Despite mortgage lending being up this year, lenders are taking longer to come up with offers – and in many cases, not coming up with offers at all – delaying house sales...

Agents get on their bikes for this month's Great Property Cycle

Friday 13th September 2013

Thames Valley based agents Davis Tate got the wheels turning at this month’s Great British Property Cycle, when 17 members of staff rode 35 miles in about three hours...

JACKSON STOPS & STAFF REVEALS A NEW LARGER OFFICE IN WEYBRIDGE

Thursday 12th September 2013

Weybridge in Surrey is now home to one of the freshest looking branches of Jackson Stops & Staff, thanks to the design and installation speciality of MPL Interiors...

Outstanding Interiors

Wednesday 11th September 2013

Don’t let the dull weather get you down, brighten your offices with LED Light Panels from Mid West Displays...

House sales keep conveyancers busy in record-breaking month

Wednesday 11th September 2013

The UK’s largest conveyancer has reported a record August, completing 3,938 cases in the 22 working days...

Foxtons muscles up for big valuation on stock exchange

Wednesday 11th September 2013

Foxtons has set a price range of 190p to 230p for its shares. This implies a market capitalisation of between £550m and £650m and would propel the firm into the FTSE 250, according to The Times, although some believe the value could soar much higher...

Agents among biggest customers for electoral register data

Wednesday 11th September 2013

Estate agents are among the biggest customers who buy electoral register information from local councils...

We will build more new homes, developers promise housing minister

Wednesday 11th September 2013

A group of big house builders have told housing minister Mark Prisk that the support measures introduced by the Government are working and will lead directly to more new homes being built...

Ombudsman staff learn more about property auctions

Wednesday 11th September 2013

Guy Charrison, a chartered surveyor and immediate past president of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA), recently accepted an invitation from Christopher Hamer, the Property Ombudsman, to speak to his colleagues at the Ombudsman’s offices in Salisbury...

Curchods' Glover wins Zoopla charity golf tournament

Wednesday 11th September 2013

The challenge to find this year’s Best Golfer in UK Residential Property was concluded at the final of the Zoopla Property Group Charity Classic 2013, which took place at the world-famous The Belfry golf course...

Standout From The Competition This Winter with a new illuminated office fascia sign.

Tuesday 10th September 2013

At Kremer Signs, we design, manufacture and install high quality signage in London and throughout the UK...

TPO Members enjoy unique new scheme for Professional Indemnity Insurance (PI) and Client Money Protection (CMP)

Monday 9th September 2013

Members of The Property Ombudsman (TPO) are now able to take advantage of highly competitive rates for Professional Indemnity Insurance and Client Money Protection...

Zoopla mulls billion pound flotation on stock market

Monday 9th September 2013

Zoopla is considering a flotation on the stock market which could value it at up to £1.3bn. The company was founded five years ago by entrepreneur Alex Chesterman (pictured), who is its chief executive and took advantage of the property market downturn to steer the company through a string of acquisitions which he has admitted he could not have afforded in better times...

Eric Walker quits Your Move for new role at Northwood

Monday 9th September 2013

One of estate agency’s best known figures, Eric Walker, has moved on from Your Move just months after joining the corporate world...

LSL bosses cash in shares to profit by millions

Monday 9th September 2013

Three directors at LSL, parent company of estate agency brands including Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons, have pocketed over £21m by selling some of their shares in the business...

Foxtons gets set to woo investors on both sides of Atlantic

Monday 9th September 2013

Foxtons takes a step closer to its planned stock market flotation today with the launch of investor roadshows in London, New York and mainland Europe...

Surveyor and ex-policeman sentenced after massive mortgage fraud

Monday 9th September 2013

A former police officer, a surveyor and a solicitor are among five people who have been sentenced for a total of 21 years for their parts in a ‘breathtaking’ fraud – the UK’s biggest mortgage scam to date...

Government stimulus of housing market creates 25,000 new home owners

Monday 9th September 2013

Government-backed housing schemes have created 25,000 new home owners to date – with more in the pipeline...

Convey Law & Friends Complete the Ty-Hafan Taff Trail Cycle Challenge

Friday 6th September 2013

Newport Conveyancing Company succeeds in Brecon to Cardiff charity event. The staff and friends of Convey Law, one of the UK’s largest specialist residential conveyancing companies, successfully completed the Ty-Hafan Taff Trail Cycle Challenge in support of the Cardiff based Childrens Hospice...

Brian Murphy Blog

Friday 6th September 2013

The last month or so has continued the more positive and upbeat theme that has been gaining momentum since the early spring...

Zoopla buys Mirror's property portals for £3.3m

Friday 6th September 2013

Zoopla has bought the property portals owned by the Daily Mirror’s parent company, Trinity Mirror, for £3...

Belvoir Lettings to trial launch into residential sales

Friday 6th September 2013

Belvoir Lettings is launching into the residential sales market. The franchise chain has announced a sales pilot, with a total of 14 offices participating in a 12-month nationwide trial...

Thousand-plus agents ask about new Property Network venture

Friday 6th September 2013

Property Network, the social network for the UK property market, claims that its new Community Pages are proving popular among agents and consumers...

First-time buyer numbers the greatest for six years

Friday 6th September 2013

The number of first-time buyers is at its highest since 2007, two property businesses have separately said...

House sales hold up well in normally sleepy holiday period

Friday 6th September 2013

The estate agency market continued to thrive in the traditionally quieter month of August, our ‘man with the boards’ survey has said...

Property market recovery spreads to Scotland

Friday 6th September 2013

The property market recovery has spread north of the border. The Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre reports that the number of homes sold through it between June and August was up 35...

First Impressions Count!

Thursday 5th September 2013

How The Doctor can help create the very best first impression for your properties; and consequently, your brand...

How do you sell an empty house?

Wednesday 4th September 2013

Whether you are a residential or letting agent, or even an investor, you will find that empty houses often take longer to sell or rent and require more input as far as your time and marketing budget...

Massive expansion ahead for Romans after £50m-plus management buyout

Wednesday 4th September 2013

Private equity firm Bowmark Capital is backing the management buyout of the Romans Group at a valuation in excess of £50m...

Online agent Hatched throws down the gauntlet over VAT

Wednesday 4th September 2013

Online estate agent Hatched has revamped its pricing structure to include VAT. It now shows charges from £540 including VAT...

Agent earns record-breaking £2m from Move with Us

Wednesday 4th September 2013

An agency has become the first to earn over £2m from the network Move with Us. Newton Fallowell, based in the East Midlands with 14 branches, has earned the money over a period of 11 years from corporate property sales and conveyancing transactions...

Mansion tax would have to hit more homes, says Knight Frank

Wednesday 4th September 2013

Mansion tax, as proposed by both Labour and the Lib Dems, would not raise amounts that the parties have declared as their goals...

New Situ Homes business launched as five agents collaborate

Wednesday 4th September 2013

A regional property company called Situ Homes launched by five agents in the West Midlands is now up and running...

Rural agency business buys firm in Sussex

Wednesday 4th September 2013

BTF Partnership, an RICS firm in the south-east specialising in rural agency, has acquired Charles Clark & Co in Heathfield, Sussex...

ARPM Property Management has the accreditations to bolster your business

Tuesday 3rd September 2013

What happens when a tenant or landlord asks what industry bodies you're a member of? Do you stutter, change the topic or whip out a file full of testimonials to justify your business? Lettings is a dynamic and fast-paced industry in which to work...

Top Tips on Finding your Perfect Home

Monday 2nd September 2013

Selecting a home is, for most people, the biggest decision they will make in their lives, plus the most money they will spend too...

Josh Rayner Blog

Monday 2nd September 2013

The next big challenge in estate agency will be the battle for talent in what is now a candidate-driven market...

House prices dip, says Nationwide (although apparently they rose)

Monday 2nd September 2013

House prices fell in August, Nationwide has reported. The price slipped from £170,825 in July to £170,514 in August...

Zoopla ups the ante with massive new TV ad campaign

Monday 2nd September 2013

Zoopla is today launching a new TV-led marketing campaign as it ups the ante in its battle with Rightmove...

Nick Salmon quits after sale of agency to building society

Monday 2nd September 2013

Well known industry figure Nick Salmon has resigned from his position as head of estate agency at Nottingham Building Society...

A new housing bubble? Watch it, Bank is told

Monday 2nd September 2013

The Chancellor and Bank of England have been warned of the dangers of re-creating the same boom conditions that led to the last financial meltdown...

World's second largest agent planning to rev up presence in UK residential market

Monday 2nd September 2013

Jones Lang LaSalle is planning to increase its market share in the residential market, its chief executive has revealed...

Many potential second steppers still stuck in their first homes

Monday 2nd September 2013

There were around 149,000 mortgages for home movers in the first six months of this year – 2% fewer than for the first half of 2012...

Oliver Wharmby Blog

Friday 30th August 2013

Rarely does a day go by without an article in the press relating to another cyber attack – the latest being on Foxtons...

Two bed flats in London will cost £1m in six months, agent predicts

Friday 30th August 2013

The average price of a two-bedroom property in prime London could reach £1m in six months. The prediction comes as the latest Land Registry house price index gives annual inflation for homes in England and Wales at 0...

New planning guidance calls for more bungalows to be built

Friday 30th August 2013

New national planning guidance could change the face of local communities. Launched yesterday, it is aimed at streamlining the planning system, replacing 7,000 pages of current guidance contained in over 230 separate documents...

Think tank calls for Help to Buy to be abandoned

Friday 30th August 2013

Think tank the Adam Smith Institute has called for ministers to abandon Help to Buy. Instead, it wants to see other initiatives – in particular, the jettisoning of mandatory affordable housing obligations, which developers say can cost them so much that schemes become unviable...

Shelter calls for huge expansion of shared ownership homes

Friday 30th August 2013

Shelter has called for a huge expansion of shared ownership homes, to help both first-time buyers and people stuck in homes that have become too small for them...

New property networking forum launches in Sussex

Friday 30th August 2013

A new forum enabling  property professionals in Sussex to network, exchange ideas and build business relationships is being launched in September...

I don't know but could this put a smile on your face?

Friday 30th August 2013

Summer is drawing to an end, you have probably had your holiday and before you know it, you’ll be going home in the dark...

Sam Ashdown Blog

Wednesday 28th August 2013

How not to let social media overwhelm you Are you feeling completely outfaced by the whole topic of social media? Are you fed up with ‘experts’ telling you that you should be on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc etc?? If so, you’re not alone...

Foxtons to double in size after stock market flotation

Wednesday 28th August 2013

Foxtons has confirmed its intention to launch on the London stock market in a move that could mean a £100m windfall for senior staff...

Rise in number of estate agency insolvencies as transactions stay low

Wednesday 28th August 2013

The number of estate agents entering insolvency was 77 in the 12 months to June, a report says. The figure is up from 49 for the comparable period a year earlier...

Cellar's nightmare for home owners who dig trendy basements

Wednesday 28th August 2013

Householders who dig basements to give more space to their homes could be heading for a cellar’s nightmare...

Countrywide launches new surveyor training scheme for estate agents

Wednesday 28th August 2013

Countrywide is looking to recruit estate agents who want to train to become RICS surveyors. The business, part of the Countrywide chain, is launching the first major surveyor trainee scheme in the industry to attract and develop new talent to join the surveying profession and has launched a fast track trainee surveyor programme...

Mortgage broker jailed after fixing fraudulent loans

Wednesday 28th August 2013

A former mortgage broker has been jailed for six years after arranging nearly £2m worth of fraudulent mortgages...

Red hot London house prices up for 34th consecutive month

Wednesday 28th August 2013

House prices in prime central London have grown for the 34th consecutive month and are now 60% higher than their market low in March 2009, says Knight Frank...

Your Invitation To The Chislehurst Ball

Friday 23rd August 2013

Ladies, get your most glamorous gowns ready, gentlemen, dust your black ties; and join us at the amazing Chislehurst Ball on Saturday 21st September! Formerly known as The Foxbury Ball and after taking a break for 2012, this year’s Chislehurst Ball is expected to shine as never before...

LSL's boss Simon Embley to step aside after 12 years

Friday 23rd August 2013

Simon Embley is stepping aside as group chief executive of LSL Property Services after 12 years. Still only in his early fifties, he is to hand over his job on September 9 and move to the new role of deputy chairman...

Zoopla scores a first with launch of Property Movies

Friday 23rd August 2013

Zoopla has scored a first by allowing property videos to be played on its site. The launch of Property Movies is in partnership with VistaBee, a real estate video company...

Agents' Mutual will be a 'lifeboat' for our industry, says latest sign-up

Friday 23rd August 2013

Agents' Mutual has been described as the “industry’s lifeboat” by its latest recruit...

Allagents threatens to expose fake reviewers as cheating agents

Friday 23rd August 2013

Review site Allagents is threatening to put the word ‘Cheat’ on the page of any agent found to be writing reviews about themselves or any other agent...

Housing transactions in 18.5% annual rise, HMRC claims

Friday 23rd August 2013

There were 88,690 residential property transactions in July – a slight monthly decrease, but 18...

Proud of what we do: Big T stands up for estate agents

Friday 23rd August 2013

Before EAT signs off for the Bank Holiday, a big thank you to Big T for making a stand for estate agents...

Rayhan Rafiq Omar Blog

Thursday 22nd August 2013

Agents' Mutual vs Rightmove Agents hate Rightmove. But is that enough for Agents’ Mutual to succeed? Ian Springett thinks bigger is better...

Fairfield produces an innovative new office design for Bowen Son & Watson

Thursday 22nd August 2013

Eddie Bowen, director of Bowen Son & Watson in Ellesmere, Shropshire, envisioned a fresh new look for his large office that features extremely high ceilings...

Foxtons in claims that hackers have stolen 10,000 customer details

Wednesday 21st August 2013

Foxtons is at the centre of claims that its IT system has been hacked into and nearly 10,000 records stolen...

Fewer sellers having to discount their asking prices, says Zoopla

Wednesday 21st August 2013

The number of properties that have had their asking prices reduced has fallen, although four in ten sellers in the North are still having to chop values...

Mortgage market recovers to best since credit crunch

Wednesday 21st August 2013

The number of mortgage products available has topped 10,000 – for the first time since September 2008...

Calls for ministers to pull Help to Buy out of booming London

Wednesday 21st August 2013

The controversial Help to Buy mortgage scheme should either be totally abandoned or scaled back in London...

Thousands of pensioners set sights on becoming last-time buyers

Wednesday 21st August 2013

Almost a quarter of pensioners who own their own home are planning to become last-time buyers. New research from the Prudential says that 73% of the UK’s 10...

Residential auctions enjoy their month in the sun as more lots sell

Wednesday 21st August 2013

Auctioneers sold 2,334 residential lots last month – up 17% on July last year. A total of 3,105 residential lots were offered, up 8% on a year ago...

Chanel Miller Blog

Tuesday 20th August 2013

  How to manage your agency’s Twitter account in 5 steps 1)    Have a strategy Do some research on your Twitter community...

Angels Media SEO Service for Estate and Letting Agencies

Monday 19th August 2013

This week we feature our very own SEO expert, Avanti Kumari. Here she explains how the SEO process works and explains her role in delivering an excellent client service...

Marshall King: Fracking

Monday 19th August 2013

The UK is hungry for energy. Its population growth demands more resources at a time when it must reduce its dependency on coal, rapidly dwindling North Sea oil and imported energy...

Shortage of stock squeezes housing market as demand rises

Monday 19th August 2013

Asking prices have taken a tumble for the first time this year, Rightmove reported this morning. It said that the average asking price for a property new to the market is now £249,199, down 1...

Romans 'about to be sold for £50m', says Sky News

Monday 19th August 2013

There is speculation that Romans, the estate agency group based in Berkshire, is about to sell to a private equity group for around £50m...

Campaigners demand major reforms on Stamp Duty to raise transaction levels

Monday 19th August 2013

The TaxPayers’ Alliance has upped its Stamp Out Stamp Duty campaign, calling for substantial reforms which it says would increase house buying and selling volumes...

Traffic soars at year-old NeedAProperty portal

Monday 19th August 2013

NeedAProperty says that 14 months after launch, it has become the fourth largest property portal in the UK, with nearly 4,000 agents listing on it and traffic up 105% on this time a year ago...

Will fracking hit local housing markets?

Monday 19th August 2013

We have already got electricity pylons, solar farms and wind farms. But what will fracking do to local house prices? Will prospective purchasers be put off? Could fracking blight neighbourhoods, or simply hit prices for a while? These may be unanswerable questions – but only for the time being...

City where nine out of ten homes are unaffordable to first-time buyers

Monday 19th August 2013

Chichester is the least affordable place to buy or rent in the UK, whereas Hull and Belfast are the most affordable, according to new analysis by job and property search engine Adzuna...

Mortgage adviser who conned widow out of £105,000 will repay a fiver

Monday 19th August 2013

A mortgage adviser who conned a newly widowed woman out of £105,000 has been ordered to pay back just £5...

Shares in Countrywide take a tumble after investors sell stock

Friday 16th August 2013

Shares in the UK’s largest estate agent Countrywide wobbled this week after two of its major backers, Oaktree and Apollo, both sold more than a quarter of their stakes more than a month ahead of schedule...

Mortgage Advice Bureau marks its busiest month on record

Friday 16th August 2013

The Mortgage Advice Bureau, whose 500 advisers work chiefly out of estate agency branches, has had its most successful month ever...

Westminster Council looks to block richer housing developments

Friday 16th August 2013

Westminster Council, in the heart of London, is considering options that could prick what many are seeing as the super-prime housing bubble...

Agents' Mutual gains momentum as it recruits Acorn Group

Friday 16th August 2013

The Acorn Group has been announced as the latest sizeable recruit to Agents’ Mutual, the company planning to launch an owned-by-agents property portal that will challenge Rightmove and Zoopla...

Boss's wife hit with cancer inspires staff's charity challenge

Friday 16th August 2013

Staff at property industry software provider VTUK are to take part in the notoriously challenging Spartan Race later this month...

Banned agent who went on working lands up in court

Friday 16th August 2013

An estate agent who was banned by the OFT but who continued to work has been fined. John Shepherd, 68, ran Grove Estates in Newport, Gwent, but was banned from estate agency work on June 1 last year after he failed to join an ombudsman scheme...

Q & A with Christopher Hamer Blog

Wednesday 14th August 2013

What are complaint levels like at this moment on (a) sales and (b) lettings? Workload so far this year is around 25% up on last year...

House sales continue to be hit by 'lengthy' delays, warning

Wednesday 14th August 2013

Estate agents are being warned that buyers and sellers will continue to experience “lengthy waits” for valuations and surveys, as well as delays in conveyancing, for the foreseeable future...

Ombudsman announces Trading Standards approval of estate agency code

Wednesday 14th August 2013

The Property Ombudsman has had its Code of Practice for sales agents approved by The Trading Standard Institute (TSI) under their Consumer Code Approval Scheme...

House prices soar as 'property market turns corner'

Wednesday 14th August 2013

In a flurry of seemingly upbeat news about the housing market, the Office for National Statistics has reported a surge in prices and the RICS has said that there has been a big pick-up in buyer interest...

New homes bonanza as 10,000 queue up for Help to Buy

Wednesday 14th August 2013

New figures show that there have been 10,000 reservations of new-build homes under the Help to Buy equity loan scheme, with nearly 3,000 sales already completed...

Lending to first-time buyers at highest for six years

Wednesday 14th August 2013

Lending to first-time buyers is at its highest for six years. According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, lending in June to first-time buyers was up 30% on the same month last year, while the total lent in the second quarter of this year was the highest quarterly total since 2007...

Estate agent helps bring conman to justice

Wednesday 14th August 2013

An estate agent has played a key role in bringing a charity conman to justice. Harold Davies, 48, was working in Taylors Estate Agents in the Headington area of Oxford when a man came in claiming to be collecting money for cancer charities...

The benefits of outsourcing property management to ARPM

Tuesday 13th August 2013

Outsourcing. It seems quite an Americanised word, doesn't it? But what does outsourcing mean to you in the lettings industry? Simply, it means getting someone else to do the work for you...

Communications tech is key to faster completions

Tuesday 13th August 2013

Dr Peter Gradwell, founder and MD at leading independent communications provider, Gradwell, explores how technology can help estate agencies excel against their competitors by evolving the way they communicate with their clients...

SUPPORTING THE BRITISH ECONOMY

Tuesday 13th August 2013

Mid West Displays are proud to support the British economy by not only operating from a UK based office but by manufacturing products from their own factory in the heart of England...

Jason Tebb Blog

Monday 12th August 2013

For those of you who don’t know, Ivy Gate is a new estate agency that myself, Stuart Ripley and Matt Martin launched three months ago with the backing of James Caan...

Hamptons threatens online agent with legal action over testimonial

Monday 12th August 2013

In a David and Goliath battle, Hamptons International has threatened an online agent with legal action unless it removes a comment from its website...

Couple who conned estate agents found guilty of frauds

Monday 12th August 2013

A couple who conned agents and house sellers into thinking they were super-wealthy purchasers are awaiting sentencing...

Big bounce in profit as Savills rides the London market

Monday 12th August 2013

Savills has posted a 40% rise in profits for the first half of this year, thanks to the seemingly unstoppable London property market...

Empty shops to become homes from next spring

Monday 12th August 2013

Empty shops are set to be turned into homes under permitted development rights and without the need for planning permission...

American-style service is our key offering, says Ivy Gate's Tebb

Monday 12th August 2013

Ivy Gate, the new London estate agency backed by ex-Dragon James Caan, is run by a trio of former Your Move agents...

Oops! Here's the bedroom and this is me!

Monday 12th August 2013

Eagle eyes were enthralled to see a property listing appear on Rightmove on Friday morning with a very unusual photograph...

Kremer signs up to support the ESTAS

Monday 12th August 2013

Kremer Signs has been announced as an official ESTAS partner for 2014.  The ESTAS is a national award scheme which recognises the best agents based on feedback from buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords...

PARKERS' NEW THEALE OFFICE OPTS FOR BIGGEST LIGHT PANEL AVAILABLE FOR MAXIMUM IMPACT AS IT ARRIVES ON THE HIGH STREET

Friday 9th August 2013

When successful South East sales and lettings agent Parkers embarked on opening a new branch in Theale, Reading, it needed to make a big impact as it was taking over a previous estate agency's premises, whose high street presence had become tired and dated...

Q & A with Ian Springett Blog

Friday 9th August 2013

What is the latest state of play with Agents’ Mutual? The response has been excellent and we are gathering commitments at a much faster rate than we had anticipated...

Estate agents warned as fake viewer steals expensive gems

Friday 9th August 2013

Agents are warned that at least one fraudster claiming affluent foreign connections has been stalking sales of upmarket houses and stealing expensive jewellery during viewings...

New fraud hotline at Land Registry gets hundreds of alerts

Friday 9th August 2013

Six months on from the launch of the Land Registry’s property fraud line, 505 alerts have been received via phone and email...

Our new portal will serve ALL agents, pledges Springett

Friday 9th August 2013

Agents’ Mutual has announced another big win as it garners support for its agent-owned property portal – the 42 offices of Jackson-Stops & Staff have confirmed their support for the venture...

London house prices: we've not seen anything yet, prediction

Friday 9th August 2013

House prices in Greater London are set to grow by 6.9% this year, says estate agent Cluttons, It is forecasting house price growth of 8...

New mortgage lender targets those with poor credit history

Friday 9th August 2013

A new mortgage lender, Magellan Homeloans, is piloting a mortgage service aimed at borrowers disenfranchised by traditional high street lenders...

Next phase of Help to Buy could harm British economy, warns Fitch

Friday 9th August 2013

More criticism has been levied at the Government’s controversial Help to Buy scheme – this time from the influential credit rating agency Fitch Ratings...

Ready for regulation? Future-proof your business by partnering with ARPM

Wednesday 7th August 2013

Do you believe that regulation for letting agents is a dead cert? Maybe you think the current speculation is another puff of hot air...

Agent calls for new 2% tier in Stamp Duty as concern mounts

Wednesday 7th August 2013

An estate agent has called for a new 2% tier of Stamp Duty to be introduced to cut taxes for purchasers of properties between £250,000 and £375,000...

Mortgage lenders creaming off 'secret profits' from surveyors, claim

Wednesday 7th August 2013

Lenders and mortgage brokers are creaming off ‘secret profits’ from surveyors carrying out mortgage valuations, it has been claimed...

Mystery as ex-Countrywide boss is 'sacked' from top role at portal

Wednesday 7th August 2013

In unexplained circumstances, former Countrywide boss Harry Hill has left the property website that was due to do for the commercial world what Rightmove did for the residential sector...

OFT slates quick house sale market for dodgy practices

Wednesday 7th August 2013

The OFT this morning issued a highly critical report of the ‘quick house sales’ business...

House prices up six months in a row, says Halifax

Wednesday 7th August 2013

Average house prices stood at £169,624 during July, the Halifax has reported. It says this is 4...

Winkworth forges ahead with 61st opening in London

Wednesday 7th August 2013

Winkworth is opening in Greenwich. It will be the firm’s 61st office in London. Winkworth is London’s largest estate agency, ahead of the 52 offices owned by Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, and Foxtons with around 38...

Top Tips on Finding your Perfect Home

Tuesday 6th August 2013

Selecting a home is, for most people, the biggest decision they will make in their lives, plus the most money they will spend too...

New Social Media Lite package, a starting point for agencies

Monday 5th August 2013

Have you already set-up the Social Media accounts for your estate or lettings agency? And, more importantly… Are you managing them properly? Angels Media has launched a Social Media Lite service aimed at estate or letting agencies that need an extra hand with their Social Media...

House sale hit as police called in to probe scam over missing money

Monday 5th August 2013

Police have been called in to investigate a case whereby a law firm’s identity and address were stolen, with the result that the buyer’s completion money was not received by the seller’s solicitor and the funds went elsewhere...

Estate agency couple launch charity after cancer ordeal

Monday 5th August 2013

A pair of husband and wife estate agents are launching a charitable foundation to help cancer sufferers after their own terrible ordeal, which could easily have lost them their business...

'Robust' rise for house prices, says Nationwide

Monday 5th August 2013

House prices went up by 0.8% in July compared with June, Nationwide has reported, with prices standing at £170,825...

Could crowdfunding be way forward for buyers to raise deposits?

Monday 5th August 2013

It has just launched in America and may well happen here – a property portal which can be used by people to raise money to buy their own homes via crowdfunding...

Fine and Country hails international conference a success

Monday 5th August 2013

Fine & Country says its annual international conference last month was the biggest and most successful yet...

New five-minute listing app launches in beta version

Monday 5th August 2013

A new listing app is being tested among agents which claims to do the job within five minutes, allowing agents to list a property from their mobile phones...

Winkworth merges with agent in West Country city

Monday 5th August 2013

Winkworth has merged with a local agent in Exeter. Although Winkworth will be the sign above the door, the amalgamation means that current Winkworth directors Simon Scott-Nelson and Christopher Baker have equal footing with Oliver Hale of Solo Property Services...

Countrywide and Connells hungry to buy up agency businesses

Friday 2nd August 2013

The rising fortunes of the housing industry have been revealed in results by two of the UK’s large corporate agents...

Agents' Mutual announces another significant recruit

Friday 2nd August 2013

Agents’ Mutual Ltd has announced its latest recruit to back its plans for a new 100% agent-owned property portal – the Thamesview Group...

House sales sizzle ahead of usual downturn, says our man with the boards

Friday 2nd August 2013

The heatwave has sent sales hotting up in seven out of 12 regions, our ‘man with the board’ survey has revealed...

Allagents announces its top agency employees

Friday 2nd August 2013

Review site Allagents has announced the results of its first annual estate and letting agents staff awards...

Mortgage lending may have reached a plateau, warning

Friday 2nd August 2013

Mortgage lending may have reached a plateau, an industry expert has warned – at half of its peak pre-credit crunch...

Here's a message for all Gmail users

Friday 2nd August 2013

If you are a Gmail user, as I am, you will have noticed some recent changes as to how your inbox is organised...

Agents get ready to join the Great British Property Cycle

Friday 2nd August 2013

Nearly 150 are signed up to the Great British Property Cycle in September. The ride is in aid of The Estate Agency Foundation, which will distribute money raised to homelessness charities...

Kremer Signs Go Mobile

Thursday 1st August 2013

Introducing new smartphone friendly website with new features Smartphones are now common place, so we thought we would put together an easy to use mobile friendly version of our website...

Samantha Ashdown Blog

Wednesday 31st July 2013

Estate agency is a complicated job these days. Once upon a time, all you had to do to sell a property was to take two or three photographs (after all, you needed to get at least ten properties out of a roll of film), have the typist prepare the ‘particulars’, stick an ad in the local paper, call your registered list of buyers, and Bob’s your uncle...

Rightmove profits rise as agents pay more

Wednesday 31st July 2013

Rightmove announced its half-year results this morning, showing a big rise in both profits and revenue, with agents paying 14% more on average per month to list their properties than last year...

Facebook's Property Network launches 'revolutionary' Community Pages

Wednesday 31st July 2013

Property Network, the property app which is aiming to topple Rightmove and Zoopla via its use of Facebook and other social media, has launched a new function...

NeedAProperty does deal with women's magazine publishers

Wednesday 31st July 2013

Challenger portal NeedA Property has done a deal with women’s magazine publishers Hearst. Hearst Magazines UK claims to be the largest digital publisher in the UK, with a reach that extends to one woman in three...

Branch closures at LSL as it swings back into profit

Wednesday 31st July 2013

LSL Property Services, owners of estate agency chains Your Move and Reeds Rains as well as mortgages and surveying businesses, has announced a pre-tax profit of £8...

Chesterton Humberts open sixth branch in royal borough

Wednesday 31st July 2013

Chesterton Humberts has opened a sixth branch in the same London borough. Its latest branch in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is in trendy Notting Hill...

Rebrand with Kremer Signs for Autumn Market

Tuesday 30th July 2013

Rebranding your company has never been easier, with a free design service. Through the month of August we here at Kremer Signs will be offering a free design service for all agents, existing and new...

John Pring Blog

Monday 29th July 2013

Anybody who works in an estate agency office gets used to being asked by friends, relations or the man in the pub: “What is happening to the property market?” People just love to talk about property, and what better person to ask for information than you? If we could guarantee our answers to be right, we would all be very rich...

It's not all about sales, new estate agency league table shows

Monday 29th July 2013

A new study has shown a wide variation in productivity across some of the best known estate agents...

Foxtons revenue climbs ahead of stock market launch

Monday 29th July 2013

House sales at Foxtons fell last year, but the rental market did its best to compensate. Half of Foxtons’ revenue in 2012 came from lettings...

Conveyancing and surveying delays add five weeks to sales times

Monday 29th July 2013

Delays in getting valuation surveys carried out and conveyancers struggling with increased workloads are stretching sales out by well over an extra month – leaving buyers’ and sellers’ nerves jangling...

Households put off moving by mortgage fees and Stamp Duty

Monday 29th July 2013

Buyer demand for property has slipped this month, while supply has improved, Hometrack reported this morning...

National house price rises fed by London inflation, says Land Registry

Monday 29th July 2013

Average house prices in England and Wales last month were £162,621, the Land Registry has reported...

Rats! Auctioneer sells 'impossible' property for three times estimate

Monday 29th July 2013

An  auctioneer who sold what appeared to be an impossible lot has won an award for the ‘most notable auction’...

Agent convicted of property frauds still working in industry

Friday 26th July 2013

The former Connells branch manager, Thomas Kelly, who was sentenced earlier this week on fraud charges, is continuing to work in the industry...

Winkworth announced as latest recruit to Agents' Mutual

Friday 26th July 2013

Winkworth has been announced as the latest recruit to the new agent-owned property portal Agents’ Mutual...

Agents' fears on house prices and wind farms over-ruled by watchdog

Friday 26th July 2013

The advertising watchdog has ruled that campaigners cannot claim house prices will fall if a wind farm is built nearby...

Bumper first half of year reported by Auction House

Friday 26th July 2013

Auction House is reporting a bumper first half of 2013.   It sold 1,129 lots in the first six months which was more than 20% up on the same period last year, with a success rate of 80...

Agent markets car parking space (not garage) at more than a home

Friday 26th July 2013

A London estate agent has been instructed on a leasehold car parking space that costs more than a flat they sold last week...

Estate agents' charity walk boiled over into near-disaster

Friday 26th July 2013

A walk by estate agents in aid of charity on the hottest day of the year had a brush with disaster when three pulled out because of injury and others were struck by sickness and fainting...

Poor state of repair will cost you money

Thursday 25th July 2013

Wear and tear in a rental property is inevitable. You'd expect an oven to break, a window to get smashed or a pipe to burst...

Legal Eye Headlines

Wednesday 24th July 2013

Fees due for employment tribunal claims and appeals will be charged to the claimant – as from 29th July 2013...

Rob Clifford Blog

Wednesday 24th July 2013

In life there are always ‘tipping points’. For instance, as we ‘enjoy’ the current spell of hot weather, I’m sure there are many out there wishing for a ‘tipping point’ that brings with it a cooler outlook...

Crucial details still missing from 'mad' Help to Buy scheme

Wednesday 24th July 2013

With five months to go, crucial detail is still missing from the next stage of the Help to Buy scheme, despite a Downing Street meeting yesterday to discuss progress...

Are you taking on the right instructions? New report

Wednesday 24th July 2013

New property portal PropertySoldBy has launched a market information report for agents. The Property Data Insights report called “Are you taking on the right instructions? An analytical approach to winning the instructions that matter”, is available free on the website although agents will first have to activate a free profile...

Big surge in first-time buyer numbers, says agent

Wednesday 24th July 2013

First time buyers last month were up 68% on June last year, haart estate agents has said. The firm says that total new applicants to its network of some 100 offices in June were up 29% on a year ago, but that stock is continuing to dwindle – down 5...

Mortgage approvals a third up on a year ago, say banks

Wednesday 24th July 2013

House purchase mortgage approvals by high street banks last month were 37,278 – up from 36,290 in May...

Network Auctions unveil new saleroom in London

Wednesday 24th July 2013

Network Auctions are moving their London saleroom venue to the Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch. For the last two years, the firm – which partners with estate agents and auctioneers across the country – has been holding its sales at the less central Glaziers Hall...

Time for agents to vote for their favourite conveyancer

Wednesday 24th July 2013

Just a reminder that voting is open for the estate agents Conveyancing Firm of the Year award.   Agents can vote at the link below until Monday, August 12, and perhaps prove that a small one-office local law firm can provide a better service than some of the giant nationals – and deserve recognition...

NAVA launches Auctioneer of the Year competition

Wednesday 24th July 2013

Fancy yourself with a gavel? The National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA) has launched its Auctioneer of the Year Competition for 2013, where novices’ skills will be put to the test in a simulated auction room complete with bidders...

Do you lose buyers between branches?

Tuesday 23rd July 2013

How your branches and franchises can work together to sell faster Here's what Amanda, a proceedable buyer who had already agreed the sale of her own property had to tell us about dealing with multi-branch agencies...

NEWS EXTRA: Former Connells estate agents sentenced after frauds

Tuesday 23rd July 2013

Two estate agents, together with the wife of one of them, have been sentenced for fraudulent property sales which netted them a total of £133,000 in illicit profits...

Aisling Brennan Blog

Monday 22nd July 2013

Aisling Brennan: Blog The fact that faxes these days can be paperless is important, as property selling times drop fast...

New agency to charge sellers on 'pay per viewing'

Monday 22nd July 2013

A new online agent has launched that charges sellers on a pay-per-viewing of the property. Wesold charges £99 in upfront fees and then £35 for every completed viewing – up to a cap of £420, or the equivalent of 12 viewings...

Online agent launches first franchise operation

Monday 22nd July 2013

Online agent eMoov has announced the launch of its first franchise, with an office in Milton Keynes...

Savills tear up house price forecasts (but it's all very odd)

Monday 22nd July 2013

For many long weary months, EAT has been a lone voice in pointing out the huge discrepancies between the various house price surveys...

House price gains outpacing inflation, claim

Monday 22nd July 2013

House prices are creeping up faster than inflation, estate agency chain Sequence has said. It says that they are currently rising by 5...

Consumer confidence in housing market on the rise

Monday 22nd July 2013

Happier days are here again, according to a new Lloyds TSB Spending Power Report, out this morning...

Mortgage lending picks up as housing market makes 'meaningful' recovery

Monday 22nd July 2013

Mortgage lending for both house purchase and remortgage purposes is trending upwards, say two new sets of data...

A personal apology: sorry if EAT sent you a spam email

Monday 22nd July 2013

Rosalind Renshaw, EAT’s editor, apologises for sending a lot of people spam emails yesterday morning...

Lose the lettings legwork - free up resources by outsourcing

Friday 19th July 2013

Normally there is an equilibrium in the property market - when sales are strong, lettings is usually quiet and vice versa...

How to use the WOW factor to gain more sales

Friday 19th July 2013

Whether you are a residential or letting agent, or even an investor, you will find that empty houses often take longer to sell or rent and require more input as far as your time and marketing budget...

A New type of Recycled ‘Black Out’ For Sale Board

Friday 19th July 2013

Kremer Signs the UK’s leader manufacturer of estate agency boards are pleased to announce an exclusive new type of correx board that has been launched since the 1st July 2013...

Fairfield produces an innovative new office design for Bowen Son & Watson

Friday 19th July 2013

Eddy Bowen, director of Bowen Son & Watson in Ellesmere, Shropshire, envisioned a fresh new look for his large office that features extremely high ceilings...

Rightmove just weeks away from launching five second uploads

Friday 19th July 2013

Rightmove has confirmed that it is just weeks away from releasing a new real-time datafeed that will allow agents to list new properties within five seconds flat from their mobiles...

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward joins founders of Agents' Mutual

Friday 19th July 2013

Agents' Mutual has announced that Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward has joined founder agents Knight Frank, Savills, Strutt & Parker, Chesterton Humberts, Douglas & Gordon and Glentree Estates in backing its project to develop a new, 100% agent-owned property portal to compete with the existing major portals...

Supply plummets 30% in London property drought

Friday 19th July 2013

A big drop in the amount of property for sale has driven up prices by nearly 10% in central London already this year, a leading agent has said...

Mortgage brokers and estate agent sentenced for scam

Friday 19th July 2013

An estate agent and two mortgage brokers have been sentenced following a huge mortgage scam involving 13 defendants...

Estate agent to sail round Britain in RNLI challenge

Friday 19th July 2013

Good luck and best wishes to estate agent Michael Brain, who is gearing up to do a particularly daring challenge that will involve going round Britain in small inflatable boats – within nine days, nine hours and nine minutes...

Mortgage borrowers most confident of house price growth

Friday 19th July 2013

Households in every region expect the value of their home to rise over the next 12 months, says the latest Knight Frank / Markit confidence report...

Convey Law Granted ABS Licence

Wednesday 17th July 2013

Residential Conveyancing Specialists achieve CLC approval. Convey Law, one of the UK’s largest specialist residential conveyancing companies, has joined a privileged group who have achieved ABS (Alternative Business Structure) certification from the CLC (Council for Licensed Conveyancers)...

Rightmove traffic breaking yet more records

Wednesday 17th July 2013

Rightmove has reported record levels of traffic and leads to agents in the first six months of this year...

Ombudsman Services rejects complaint that agent did not tell buyer about ghost

Wednesday 17th July 2013

Ombudsman Services – the rival scheme to TPO – resolved 27% more property complaints last year...

Estate agent hit with £1,500 penalty after putting up board

Wednesday 17th July 2013

A For Sale board has cost an estate agent nearly £1,500 because it was put up in an area where the local council has banned them...

HMRC to go after 900 house sales where Stamp Duty was dodged

Wednesday 17th July 2013

The taxman is poised to go after around 900 purchasers of residential properties after winning a major case over Stamp Duty avoidance...

Tory MPs call for Stamp Duty burden to be shifted to seller

Wednesday 17th July 2013

A group of 40 Tory MPs representing the party’s most marginal seats are calling for the burden of Stamp Duty to be changed from buyer to seller...

House prices still sizzling upwards, says ONS

Wednesday 17th July 2013

The average house price in May for England was £248,000. In Wales, it was £157,000, while in Scotland it was £180,000 and in Northern Ireland, £134,000...

New estate agency board launched that defies the sun

Wednesday 17th July 2013

Estate agency signs firm Kremer has launched a new type of board which seems particularly fitting for heatwave weather...

Manning Stainton seek only the best for their 14 offices

Tuesday 16th July 2013

Manning Stainton have a network of 14 branches in prime locations across Leeds and Wakefield. As part of their commitment to providing the whole package to their customers the company has been steadily refurbishing their window displays...

Developers run out of bricks as house prices hit fresh record

Monday 15th July 2013

Asking prices for homes have risen to a record high – up on last month, which was itself an all-time record...

My site will be bigger than Rightmove in five years, says entrepreneur

Monday 15th July 2013

The founder of Property Network, which operates via Facebook and other social media, has been named Yorkshire’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year...

First-time buyers bounce back but is a slowdown ahead?

Monday 15th July 2013

There were 42% more first-time buyers in May than a year ago, say lenders. But a warning has been sounded that first-time and other purchasers could decide to hold back later this year and wait for the Help to Buy scheme...

Century 21 ups recruitment drive for new franchisees

Monday 15th July 2013

Century 21 UK, the estate and letting agency franchise business, has launched a business to business recruitment website specifically for those looking to operate a franchise...

Court rules that home bought by fraudster can be repossessed

Monday 15th July 2013

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a lender can repossess a property, even though mortgage payments were being made...

Fall-through rate for country homes 'never been higher', claim

Monday 15th July 2013

The fall-through rate in country house sales has never been so high as it is now, Knight Frank has reported...

Agent that used 'TPO compliant' advert has it banned by watchdog

Friday 12th July 2013

An estate agent that sent out a a touting flyer that it believed was fully within TPO guidelines has been told it breaches the standards of the advertising watchdog and ordered to withdraw it...

RICS to launch independent inquiry after sales fall-through claims

Friday 12th July 2013

The RICS is commissioning an independent inquiry into surveying problems  after reports said that sales were falling through because of delays in getting mortgage valuations...

Valuations business is back to pre credit crunch peak, says Connells

Friday 12th July 2013

The number of residential valuations so far this year has jumped 1% of activity that took place at the peak of the housing market in 2007...

Lending to first-time buyers at best for nearly five years, claim

Friday 12th July 2013

House purchase lending to borrowers with small deposits has hit a near-five year high, it has been predicted...

Gavin & Stacey star Smithy pops along to agents' weekly meeting

Friday 12th July 2013

For some agents, it would be their dream team meeting. For others, well, it might be a bit of a nightmare having Gavin & Stacey star James Corden turn up out of the blue as his alter ego Smithy...

Location, Location, Location makers look for their next big star

Friday 12th July 2013

A TV company is looking for a an estate agent to star in a forthcoming documentary. TWC Media, producers of Location, Location, Location, are developing a new property series and say they are looking for “exciting and charismatic” estate agents to follow as part of the programme...

Agents invited to nominate their favourite conveyancer

Friday 12th July 2013

Estate agents can once again vote for their favourite conveyancer and put them in the frame to win a national award...

Parkers gets a whole lot bigger!

Thursday 11th July 2013

Parkers have announced an initial success to their campaign to recruit quality independent agents in the Thames Valley...

Reclaim your lunch hour by outsourcing your emergency helpline

Thursday 11th July 2013

How much did your lunch cost today? Sandwich, bag of crisps and maybe a drink? We bet you didn't get much change from £6...

Angels launches new Value My Property website tool

Wednesday 10th July 2013

A new web tool designed to drive leads to estate agents is being rolled out this week after trials...

More prosecutions of agents in offing, warns ombudsman

Wednesday 10th July 2013

There could be a sharp rise in both criminal and civil cases against agents who breach their duties of disclosure...

Who sold what? New agent performance website launches

Wednesday 10th July 2013

A second property website has launched which allows consumers to look for estate agents and see how they performed on the basis of past sales...

Auction of distressed properties abandoned amid angry scenes

Wednesday 10th July 2013

An auction had to be abandoned after the crowded saleroom was invaded by protesters furious about the sale of homes that had been repossessed...

Sun is shining on our housing market, says RICS

Wednesday 10th July 2013

The sun is shining, Andy Murray won Wimbledon – and the RICS is in chirpy mood. The property market is continuing to show signs of recovery, says its latest housing market survey – which has more net balances than a tennis champion could swing a racquet at...

Agent in court after using disabled permit to park company car

Wednesday 10th July 2013

An agent who used his wife’s disabled parking permit to put his branded company car near his workplace has been sentenced...

Estate agents take to the streets to protest as sales plunge

Wednesday 10th July 2013

It is hard to imagine the NAEA organising anything quite like it in Britain, but 23,000 estate agents staged a public demonstration in Hong Kong, hoping to draw attention to their plight as transactions levels plunge...

Murray's final game means a huge drop shot for Rightmove

Wednesday 10th July 2013

Rightmove suffered its biggest ever drop in traffic during Andy Murray’s final service game...

Agents badly shaken in robbery ordeal

Wednesday 10th July 2013

Staff at an estate agent’s were subject to a terrifying ordeal when three man burst into their office wearing balaclavas and brandishing a wheel wrench, machete and knife...

Brand blog no.14 - newsletters: like giving a pill to a dog

Tuesday 9th July 2013

If you have a database of customers, doing an email newsletter is a must. In fact, NOT doing an email newsletter is a tragic waste of this valuable resource...

TPO Members enjoy unique new scheme for Professional Indemnity Insurance (PI) and Client Money Protection (CMP)

Monday 8th July 2013

Members of The Property Ombudsman (TPO) are now able to take advantage of highly competitive rates for Professional Indemnity Insurance and Client Money Protection...

Interview: Alex Chesterman, founder of Zoopla

Monday 8th July 2013

Q. Congratulations on your latest win, Alex. Can you remind us why you started Zoopla in the first place? And is it hard to remain entrepreneurial as your business grows in size and scale? Thanks, Ros...

Property firms face high court battle over 'negligent' valuation claims

Monday 8th July 2013

A claim has been lodged in the High Court  against two property firms, CBRE and Warwick Street, formerly known as King Sturge LLP, over valuations undertaken seven years ago...

Agents' Mutual exclusivity clause not in public interest, says Zoopla boss

Monday 8th July 2013

Zoopla boss Alex Chesterman has hit out at the exclusivity offering that is set to underpin the challenger portal proposed by Agents’ Mutual...

Century 21 steps up recruitment drive in UK

Monday 8th July 2013

Century 21 UK is set to unveil a new lettings proposition tomorrow, as it steps up recruitment of new franchisees – and, for the first time, looks to create partnerships with existing agents...

Try it for free – estate agents' picture editing service

Monday 8th July 2013

Estate agents are often dab hands at taking photos – but is Photoshop perhaps best left to the specialists? A firm called Repixl says it can’t turn water into wine but it can make grey skies look blue and kitchen work surfaces shine...

Estate agency signs business triumphs in national awards

Monday 8th July 2013

Estate agency boards company Agency Express has won bronze in the Franchisor of the Year awards. The firm, which claims to have a 40% market share, was commended for its bespoke online estate agent board management system...

Allagents release latest estate agency league tables

Friday 5th July 2013

We’d be interested to know what readers make of the Allagents league tables which are now out...

House prices still rising, says Halifax

Friday 5th July 2013

UK house prices went up in June, to stand at £167,984. The “seasonally adjusted” figure is from Halifax, which says that June house prices were up 0...

Sealed bids make a comeback as London market boils

Friday 5th July 2013

Sealed bids have returned to the London property market, agents are reporting, because of fierce competition in the face of a severe shortage of property for sale...

HMRC announces sting in the tail for super-rich house buyers

Friday 5th July 2013

Super-wealthy property buyers who have purchased UK property worth £2m through company or other vehicles, are to be stung with an annual tax charge of up to £140,000...

Nick Leeming appointed to head up Jackson-Stops & Staff

Friday 5th July 2013

Nicholas Leeming, the property portal pioneer, has been appointed chairman of national estate agents Jackson-Stops & Staff...

Princess Royal drops in to open estate agent's office

Friday 5th July 2013

It isn’t every estate agent who can manage to persuade a member of the Royal Family to open their newest branch...

Think tank calls for buy-to-let activity to be curtailed

Friday 5th July 2013

Buy-to-let lending should be severely curtailed and landlords stopped from buying new homes altogether...

Major lettings opportunities in Manchester

Thursday 4th July 2013

Century 21 UK is hosting two franchise recruitment seminars in Manchester on Tuesday 9th of July. In less than 1 hour, you can understand how and why running a Century 21 franchise can transform your business...

Are you looking for a change of career?

Thursday 4th July 2013

Sales Consultant – Essex £30,000 - £80,000 OTE Our client is looking for a dynamic, passionate, hardworking, sales focused individual who is ready to take on a new and exciting opportunity in the Building Services industry as a Sales Consultant...

How much is my house worth? The three main methods to property valuation

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

Many people require property valuations, mainly when trying to ascertain the value of their property when looking to sell...

More For Sale boards go up – as do more Sold signs

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

When in doubt as to what the property market is really doing (as per our story on Monday), ask the ever-reliable man with the estate agency boards...

Boris launches new Rightmove style portal for affordable homes

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

London Mayor Boris Johnson has launched a new property portal. It is aimed at people in London looking for somewhere affordable to buy or rent...

Calls mount to bin Scotland's version of Home Information Packs

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

Calls are mounting for the urgent reform of Home Reports – the Scottish equivalent of Home Information Packs...

Spicerhaart shuts Must be Sold auction arm with immediate effect

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

Must be Sold, Spicerhaart’s auction wing, has been abruptly closed down in England after a fall in business...

Auction House spreads its wings north of the border

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

Auction House has expanded north of the border into Scotland via a partnership with Ross Harper Property Auctions who will cover the whole of the country from their Glasgow auction room...

Super-rich foreign buyers show jitters over Labour government prospect

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

In the first sign that interest from super-rich foreign buyers may be cooling, a London agent has said that the prospect of Labour winning the next election could be scaring them away...

RICS inaugurates its new presidential team

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

The RICS has installed its new presidential team, with Michael Newey succeeding Alan Collett as president...

A full lettings service without the work - White label property management

Monday 1st July 2013

Today's tenants and landlords have come to expect a professionally managed lettings service...

Cyber Crime threat to property professionals

Monday 1st July 2013

Cyber Crime is a genuine threat which all businesses reliant upon ecommerce are exposed to. Unfortunately, nobody is immune to cybercrime, and with governments recent announced to invest £650m in their National Cyber Security Strategy http://www...

Brian Murphy: Blog

Monday 1st July 2013

Have we reached the bottom of the interest rate cycle? The Government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) has confirmed that the period of economic activity previously referred to as a recession that the UK plc experienced in the final quarter of 2011 and first quarter 2012 did not actually occur...

Challenger portals step up battle to win over agents

Monday 1st July 2013

The challenger portals are gearing up in their fight to win over estate agents. Agents’ Mutual, Nethouseprices and Facebook’s Property Network are all staking their individual claims – while being united in their bid to topple the duopoly of Rightmove and Zoopla...

So, just who can you believe about the real state of housing market?

Monday 1st July 2013

Does anyone really have a clue what’s going on in the property market at the moment? Certainly the statisticians don’t...

Land Registry throws its house price records open for free

Monday 1st July 2013

The Land Registry is making its historical Price Paid Data records, going back to 1995, available free...

It's another property portal – but with a difference

Monday 1st July 2013

Just when you were thinking, “Oh no, not another portal”, here comes one with a difference...

Flood insurance deal rescues thousands from property blight

Monday 1st July 2013

The property and mortgage industries have largely welcomed confirmation that flood insurance will still be available to households at risk...

Second-time buyers who are trapped by negative equity

Monday 1st July 2013

Over a quarter of people who would like to become second-time buyers are stuck because of negative equity or because their home has not increased enough in value to allow them to move on...

PropCo Enterprise Accelerates

Friday 28th June 2013

For most agencies, staying on top of the latest technology is almost impossible. 'The cloud' seems like such a strange concept to most people, while in fact it is quite simple: using software supplied from 'the cloud' is like running your software on the biggest computers on earth, without any of the costs of investment in all that equipment...

Claims made by online agent are perfectly OK, says watchdog

Friday 28th June 2013

An online agent which said that it provided “a complete estate agency service at a fraction of the cost” has been found not guilty of illegal or misleading advertising...

Surveyors won't do valuations because of risks and low pay, says RICS

Friday 28th June 2013

The RICS has hit back at persistent reports that, as the housing market picks up, sales are falling through because of mortgage valuation delays caused by lack of surveyors...

More sponsors announced for Great British Property Cycle

Friday 28th June 2013

The Estate Agency Foundation has announced further sponsors for The Great British Property Cycle in September...

New accolade for London agent Peter Rollings

Friday 28th June 2013

Congratulations to Marsh & Parsons CEO Peter Rollings who  has been awarded an honorary fellowship by the RICS...

Fisks puts a tank on streets of Canvey Island

Friday 28th June 2013

Shoppers at Canvey Island, Essex, were somewhat taken aback when a large armoured vehicle, mounting a fearsome 105mm gun capable of firing a high explosive shell a distance of 19 miles, suddenly appeared on their streets last weekend...

Are you looking for a change of career?

Thursday 27th June 2013

Sales Consultant – Croydon £30,000 - £80,000 OTE Our client is looking for a dynamic, passionate, hardworking, sales focused individual who is ready to take on a new and exciting opportunity in the Building Services industry as a Sales Consultant...

ROBINSONS CHOOSE MID WEST DISPLAYS IN THEIR WINDOWS

Wednesday 26th June 2013

Mid West Displays have designed, manufactured and installed window displays at Robinsons Darlington and Crook offices...

Samantha Ashdown: Blog

Wednesday 26th June 2013

A friend of mine, Helen, has recently moved house. It was a fraught time.  She was on the phone to me a lot (naturally), complaining about her buyer and her agent...

Mortgage approvals for house purchase up 24%, say banks

Wednesday 26th June 2013

Mortgage approvals for both house purchase and remortgaging by high street banks shot up last month, boosted by Government schemes...

Allagents says it is in active talks with potential investors

Wednesday 26th June 2013

Allagents, the agency review site, has revealed that it is in active discussions with a number of potential investors...

Zoopla adds new features to its sites to aid users

Wednesday 26th June 2013

Zoopla has introduced a new ‘grid view’ for property results together with a new filter search, allowing users to look for properties by a number of attributes and keywords...

New part-exchange portal launches for home hunters

Wednesday 26th June 2013

A new website featuring house builders’ pre-owned part-exchanged properties has been launched in Scotland...

Agent's training programme wins landmark approval

Wednesday 26th June 2013

Property agents Andrews has had its own management training programme formally recognised by the Chartered Management Institute...

Should RICS lose its Royal Charter, ask members

Wednesday 26th June 2013

Should the RICS be stripped of its Royal Charter? This is the subject of a conversation on the Linked In group, which often makes for some interesting reading...

Ivor Dickinson confirms departure from Douglas & Gordon

Wednesday 26th June 2013

Ivor Dickinson, the managing director of one of London’s best known firms, Douglas & Gordon, will not be returning to his post...

French agent starts mobilising in UK to set up national network

Monday 24th June 2013

A new style of portal agency is crossing the Channel and is poised to break into the UK estate agency market...

NFoPP goes on recruiting drive for new Executive Chair role

Monday 24th June 2013

NFoPP is recruiting for a new position of Executive Chair of the Board. An advert which appeared in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph says that remuneration for the role – which will require a commitment of one or two days a month – will be by negotiation...

Transactions up but stock shortages worry agents

Monday 24th June 2013

Home sales ticked up 6% in May compared with April – and by 9% on May a year ago. The figure is from HMRC but does not seem that straightforward, as it is a provisionally “seasonally adjusted estimate” or, in other words, not the real number and not the final estimate...

Housing market recovery threatened by low volume, claim

Monday 24th June 2013

Despite talk about housing market recovery, with a pick-up in both prices and sales, turnover has fallen so low that it is a real threat to estate agency, the mortgage industry and conveyancers, and to local economies...

EPCs are a complete waste of time, says buyers' agent

Monday 24th June 2013

Buyers could not care less about Energy Performance Certificates, a property search company has said...

Sale and rent-back dealer is hit with £1m fine

Monday 24th June 2013

A property agent who dealt in sale and rent-back transactions has been fined almost £1m and been banned from the financial industry...

Lenders warn ministers on Help to Buy bubble danger

Monday 24th June 2013

The Building Societies Association has become the latest body to warn that the Government’s Help to Buy scheme could create a house price bubble...

Victoria Ufondu, founder, ReviewMyPad.co.uk

Friday 21st June 2013

Victoria Ufondu, founder, ReviewMyPad.co.uk Q: What's different about the site? A: ReviewMyPad is  brand new portal that puts the house-buyers in the driving seat a bit more and helps to make estate agents' job that little bit easier...

New London branch is just the job for LCA Recruitment

Friday 21st June 2013

SPECIALIST recruitment consultants, LCA Recruitment, is celebrating its first year in Central London with the appointment of a new Recruitment Manager, as it builds on a successful period of expansion and development...

Second agent-owned portal reports 'flood of interest' in launch

Friday 21st June 2013

Nethouseprices, which last week announced an agent-only portal venture, has reported “a flood” of interest...

UK's biggest high street chain held talks with online agent

Friday 21st June 2013

The UK’s largest high street agent, Countrywide, says it has no plans to move into online estate agency although it confirmed having been in talks with one of the players, eMoov...

LSL gets new £100m backing from banks

Friday 21st June 2013

LSL has upped its funding from the banks to £100m. Four high street banks are now backing the group, which operates estate agency chains Reeds Rains and Your Move as well as Marsh & Parsons, and also runs surveying, mortgages and other services...

Big rise in mortgage business takes even the lenders by surprise

Friday 21st June 2013

A big rise in mortgage lending for house purchase has taken lenders by surprise. Gross mortgage lending shot up by an estimated 21% in May, the Council of Mortgage Lenders has estimated...

Fixed mortgage rates fall to their lowest in years

Friday 21st June 2013

The cost of five-year fixed mortgages is below an average 4% for the first time in years. According to the Mortgage Advice Bureau, the average five-year fixed rate last month was 3...

Former Co-op bank boss quits Countrywide board

Friday 21st June 2013

The former chief executive of the Co-operative Bank, Neville Richardson, has resigned from the board of the UK’s largest estate agency and mortgage chain, Countrywide...

Moneypenny goes on recruiting spree as estate agents get busier

Friday 21st June 2013

The telephone answering service Moneypenny, which has more than 700 agents across the UK as clients, has created 50 new jobs so far this year, with more to come...

Conversations overheard in property management

Thursday 20th June 2013

"So John, it's your turn to be on call this week for tenant emergencies. Hope you didn't have any nights out planned...

Do you lose buyers between branches?

Thursday 20th June 2013

“I wanted to view a property but the agent told me it wasn’t for sale with them. Then ‘maybe it’s with our other branch’...

K3 Showhome Design – the essential marketing tool to selling new homes at the maximum price

Wednesday 19th June 2013

First impressions really do count…this is the motto that K3 Showhomes live and work by. Fiona Sandland and Karen Kerridge, interior designers at the Cambridgeshire based company, have proven over and over again that a showhome is a powerful selling tool because it attracts homebuyers on so many physical and emotional levels...

iam-sold Sponsors The Ultra6 World Record Challenge

Wednesday 19th June 2013

New charity challenge aims to set world record to aid war heroes in 6 days iam-sold are proud to be the premier sponsors of the upcoming “Ultra6 World Record Challenge”...

Springett says Agents' Mutual finances are stacking up

Wednesday 19th June 2013

Agents’ Mutual, the venture aimed at setting up a new agents-owned portal for the industry to challenge Rightmove and Zoopla, says it is continuing to gather interest...

Houses with good EPCs sell for more, claims government

Wednesday 19th June 2013

Homes with good EPCs are worth on average 14% more. This claim – which is interesting, since our readers constantly tell us that no one looks at EPCs when buying – comes from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, which says that making energy improvements to a property could boost its value by even more than the average, by as much as 38%...

Average UK house prices on the rise, says ONS

Wednesday 19th June 2013

The average UK house price in April stood at £238,000, the Office for National Statistics has said...

More young people despair of ever getting on the home ownership ladder

Wednesday 19th June 2013

Young people remain pessimistic about their chances of getting on the property ladder, with only a third prepared to save for a deposit for more than three years before abandoning their plans...

Mortgage broker in estate agent's office continued to work despite ban

Wednesday 19th June 2013

A former mortgage broker who was working out of an estate agency could go to jail after he continued to give mortgage advice despite a ban...

Estate agent is sent for trial on fraud charges

Wednesday 19th June 2013

An estate agent has appeared in court accused of defrauding clients out of over £18,000. Tim Glasson, 50, of Tim Glasson Estate Agents in Camborne, Cornwall, is facing 12 charges of abusing his position intending to cause loss or exposure to risk of loss to individuals between 2010 and 2013 in Camborne...

Felicity J Lord rebrand with Kremer Signs

Monday 17th June 2013

Kremer Signs have recently supplied Felicity J Lord for both the office fascia signage and their residential estate agency boards as part of their company rebrand...

Spicerhaart loses four-year court battle with Fine & Country

Monday 17th June 2013

Spicerhaart has lost its costly four-year battle against Fine & Country over the use of its Fine brand...

Asking prices hit their highest ever, says Rightmove

Monday 17th June 2013

Asking prices across England and Wales have breached the £250,000 mark for the first time, Rightmove reported this morning...

New presidential teams announced for NAEA and ARLA

Monday 17th June 2013

The NAEA and ARLA have named their new incoming presidential teams.   Jan Hӱtch, from Arnolds Keys, Norfolk, is president of the NAEA, while Susan Fitz-Gibbon succeeds Jane Ingram as ARLA...

Estate agent found guilty in mortgage fraud case

Monday 17th June 2013

A former estate agent and two mortgage brokers were among five people found guilty for their roles in a £3m mortgage fraud case...

Housing market may be permanently shrunk, warning

Monday 17th June 2013

The home-buying market could be permanently downsized post-recession, and home-ownership levels could continue to fall...

Conveyancing work levels on the rise, say solicitors

Monday 17th June 2013

The amount of conveyancing work being undertaken has risen 15% over the last year.   A national survey of conveyancing and legal firms by property search provider SearchFlow found that 59% have reported a rise in business over the last 12 months, with just 7% seeing a fall...

60 seconds with David Boswell, LCA Recruitment

Friday 14th June 2013

What’s your role at LCA Recruitment? I have recently been appointed as the new Recruitment Manager for the agency, based in the Central London branch in Bank What’s your property background? I ran my own successful land and property development business for ten years in Hertfordshire, working with clients in the UK, and internationally...

How to look like you’re in the branch while you’re on a viewing

Friday 14th June 2013

“I called, they weren’t there, somebody took a message, I missed the call back (because I work), I tried again at 5:30...

Harry Simons: Blog

Friday 14th June 2013

So you have succumbed to the internet and email. Totally essential, seeing as Rightmove and Zoopla are the powerhouses of modern estate agency...

A second owned-by-agents property portal unveils plans for launch

Friday 14th June 2013

New plans for a second low-cost agent owned portal have been announced. Nethouseprices would be in head-to-head competition with Agents Mutual, which announced its own plans just weeks ago...

Online estate agency is booming, says eMoov founder

Friday 14th June 2013

Online agent eMoov is claiming record growth this year, saying that it is fuelled by the public’s disenchantment with high street agents...

House prices hit a new record high, says Acadametrics

Friday 14th June 2013

House prices have shot up to their highest on record thanks to ‘steroid’ injections in the mortgage market, it was reported this morning...

Agents accused of tying purchasers in to mortgage services

Friday 14th June 2013

It is not exactly a new accusation – but once again, estate agents have been accused of pressuring buyers into using their own in-house mortgage advisers...

Men using scam money to launch online estate agency are jailed

Friday 14th June 2013

Two men who planned to use money that had been obtained fraudulently to set up an online estate agent have been jailed...

New Great British Property Cycle event announced

Friday 14th June 2013

A new version of the Great British Property Cycle is to take place this year, to raise money for the Estate Agency Foundation which will pass on the funds to a range of homeless charities...

Social Media in the workplace

Thursday 13th June 2013

Social Media has a big influence on our work and home lives and according to the CIPD (Harnessing Social Media for Organisational Effectiveness, May 2012 CIPD Report) the influence of social media is growing...

Property Websites – the Essentials Explained

Wednesday 12th June 2013

Just as it has for all other areas of life and commerce, the Internet has given Estate Agencies and especially Lettings Agents both a great opportunity and a real challenge...

Samantha Ashdown: Blog

Wednesday 12th June 2013

I worked with a lovely agent last year who kindly invited me to shadow him on a valuation. He had asked me for help to win more instructions without discounting, so I was there to figure out what he was saying, and where I might be able to suggest changes...

Sales of homes at three-year high, claims RICS

Wednesday 12th June 2013

The number of homes sold in the UK over the past three months reached its highest level for over three years...

Agents Mutual to be a site for all agents everywhere, says Springett

Wednesday 12th June 2013

A new Agents Mutual portal will NOT be another PrimeLocation, says the man masterminding its future...

House prices to go up by a third in next five years, claim

Wednesday 12th June 2013

House prices will rise 5.5% by the end of this year and accelerate by nearly 30% over the next five years, Chesterton Humberts has predicted...

A sign of the times? More Sold boards being bought

Wednesday 12th June 2013

Property sales are rising, says national estate agency boards firm Agency Express. It says that in the last five months, it has supplied 8% more Sold boards than for the same period last year...

New for sale by owner site taking agents' listings

Wednesday 12th June 2013

A new ‘for sale by owner’ property portal is offering agents free listings. BuyMyHome has been set up by Chris Hall, a graphic designer, who was selling his own home through a local agent and stumbled across a ‘for sale by owner’ website...

Co-op might like to come to a place near you

Wednesday 12th June 2013

Agents in East Anglia who have commercial wings to their businesses might be interested in meeting the Co-op...

New Agents Mutual portal shapes up to promising start

Monday 10th June 2013

Five hundred firms have expressed interest in the new property portal which would be run by agents for agents...

Foxtons' stock market launch labelled as 'disturbing'

Monday 10th June 2013

Foxtons’ plans to launch on the stock market have been described as “disturbing” by a top City commentator...

Inquiries from portals dwindle, says estate agent

Monday 10th June 2013

Inquiries through property portals have gone down, a leading agent has said. The claim has come from Ed Mead of London agents Douglas & Gordon, which has 14 offices in the capital...

Four thousand use Help to Buy in first two months

Monday 10th June 2013

Around 4,000 people have reserved a new home using the Help to Buy scheme in the two months since it was launched...

It's back to bank of mum and dad for second steppers

Monday 10th June 2013

Almost one in five ‘second steppers’ are considering going back to the bank of mum and dad to help with their next move...

Lender ups borrowing limit for first-time buyers to half a million

Monday 10th June 2013

A major lender is today upping the minimum amount it will lend first-time buyers from £300,000 to £500,000...

Five Steps to Success Part 3 Blog: by Samantha Ashdown

Friday 7th June 2013

And so we come to the third and last of the Five Steps to Success series. We’ve already covered Get every valuation and Win every instruction; today’s topic is: Sell every property Of course, you can be great at generating market appraisals, and be a wonderful converter, listing most of the properties you visit...

Watchdog bans agent's ad which used VizziHome market data

Friday 7th June 2013

An estate agent which used VizziHome data to claim in a radio advert that it sold more homes than other local agents has been told not to make the same claim again...

New property portal edges out of the shadows

Friday 7th June 2013

A new property portal is claiming to have 10,000 agents already signed up to it, even though it has yet to hard-launch...

Number of first-time buyers on rise despite deposit demands

Friday 7th June 2013

The number of first-time buyers is rising, according to estate agency and mortgage group LSL. It estimates that numbers of first-time buyers went up 15% in April, and that between January and April there were 9,600 more FTBs than in the same period last year...

Foxtons gets closer to a launch on the stock market

Friday 7th June 2013

The owners of Foxtons are getting set to launch the business on the stock market this autumn, in a move that could value it at over £400m...

Forces hero steals the show at estate agents' event

Friday 7th June 2013

Over 100 estate agents from offices throughout the South-West from Penzance to Bristol attended the Property Sharing Experts AGM and conference...

NFoPP asks members to help shape its priorities

Friday 7th June 2013

The National Federation of Property Professionals is asking its members about how it can improve. It has emailed them a survey asking NAEA and ARLA members about the websites, benefits and services...

House prices on the up again, says Halifax

Friday 7th June 2013

House prices crept up 0.4% last month to stand at an average of £166,898, the Halifax has reported...

Chanel Miller Blog

Thursday 6th June 2013

  Chanel Miller is the Head of Social Media at Angels Media One of the first questions I usually ask our Estate Agency clients is if they have googled their agency yet or not...

Free boiler upgrades via Everything Lettings

Wednesday 5th June 2013

At Everything Lettings we know it is important to be informed about what is happening within the industry , that’s why by working with us many of our clients are NOW about to receive FREE boiler replacements as part of affordable warmth upgrades...

PropCoTM Enterprise Completes its Solution

Wednesday 5th June 2013

The quiet giant of the property software industry, PropCoTM software by Technology Blueprint has been building year on year to bring the dream of a total software solution for Lettings, Property Management, and Client Accounts to completion...

NewBuy fails to wow buyers as sales slip 17%

Wednesday 5th June 2013

There have been 2,291 home purchases completed in its first year under the NewBuy Guarantee scheme in England – seemingly a fraction of what ministers originally hoped...

Asking prices for £1m-plus properties hold up, says PrimeLocation

Wednesday 5th June 2013

The number of £1m-plus properties on Primelocation that have had their asking prices cut has fallen to the lowest level for three years...

All-Stars set to place nearly 500 candidates in first year

Wednesday 5th June 2013

The Estate Agency All-Stars training programme, which seeks to recruit and train beginners before they start work, says it is planning to place several hundred recruits in its first year...

Lending falls despite Government's flagship scheme

Wednesday 5th June 2013

Banks and building societies participating in the Funding for Lending Scheme shrunk their lending by £300m in the first three months of year...

Residential property world's football team of the year is crowned

Wednesday 5th June 2013

The challenge to find the best football team in UK residential property was concluded at the weekend in the Zoopla 7-a-side charity football tournament, where over 48 matches were played across four pitches in one day...

Estate agent follows in her father's footsteps

Wednesday 5th June 2013

Estate agent Louisa Fairhall has been elected chairman of the Portsmouth Property Association. The PPA has 143 members and was established 93 years ago, in 1920...

Customer satisfaction is key to profit

Tuesday 4th June 2013

As all good businesses will know, profit is a by-product of customer satisfaction. Apple is a great example of a business that creates brand loyalty through listening to their customers and innovating, and is a model which many businesses aim to replicate...

Estate Agents flock to VEBRA ALTO

Monday 3rd June 2013

After only 3 weeks, it is clear that the market leaders in estate agency software, Vebra Solutions, have a runaway hit on their hands...

Zoopla swoops to buy VizziHome

Monday 3rd June 2013

Zoopla has acquired VizziHome, the market intelligence business set up by estate agent Kevin Hollinrake and widely used by the industry, for an undisclosed sum...

Help to Buy may not help first-time buyers, warning

Monday 3rd June 2013

The increasingly controversial Help to Buy scheme could pump up the market without being of any help to first-time buyers...

Mortgage lending fails to lift up to expectations

Monday 3rd June 2013

Despite increasing hype that happy days could be here again, mortgage approvals for house purchase stayed flat in April, the Bank of England has reported...

High street agents to find themselves in different habitats

Monday 3rd June 2013

High street agents could find themselves working in areas that are increasingly residential. A new report by a retail research group has called for failed shop units to be turned into new homes...

PrimeLocation goes in to bat for England cricket

Monday 3rd June 2013

PrimeLocation is to be splashed across all international cricket this summer. Zoopla, which owns the brand, has agreed an exclusive partnership with the English Cricket Board for PrimeLocation...

ARPM Property Management will be delighted to give you the credit for their hard work

Friday 31st May 2013

The number of lettings professionals who use an outsourced white label property management service is probably greater than most people think...

Mortgage firm 'on target' to open hundreds of estate agencies

Friday 31st May 2013

Mortgage advice firm Charles Derby says it is on track with its ambitious plans to gatecrash the UK estate agency market...

Teenage tycoon to take For Sale boards business nationwide

Friday 31st May 2013

A teenage tycoon has announced plans to expand his business supplying boards to agents nationwide...

House prices soar in places but plummet in others

Friday 31st May 2013

House prices rebounded last month – but behind the headline figure is a story of completely different markets...

Fine & Country extends into Scotland for first time

Friday 31st May 2013

Fine & Country is extending its brand into Scotland for the first time. Although the brand has previously been established abroad, it has rather curiously not before gone north of the border in the UK...

Stately home sells after agent's record-breaking auction

Friday 31st May 2013

The agents of a country pile which sold via an auction where it was the only lot have said that their strategy was successful...

Estate agency football teams named for Zoopla charity tournament

Friday 31st May 2013

Good luck to the 20 teams who will be competing in this Sunday’s seven-a-side football tournament being put on by Zoopla...

The Conveyancing Team at Convey Law Continues to Grow

Thursday 30th May 2013

Residential conveyancing legal specialists Convey Law continue to expand their conveyancing team, despite the poor economic climate...

As Tenants become more experienced, can Landlords take the risk of forgoing a professional Inventory?

Wednesday 29th May 2013

With the average age of a first time buyer now reported to be 29 years old or 33 (if they don't have financial assistance), gone are the days of renting being more commonly for the very young, inexperienced tenant...

Five Steps to Success Part 2 Blog: by Samantha Ashdown

Wednesday 29th May 2013

Today is part two of a three-part series on Five Steps to Success.  Being an estate agent is hard work! If you’ve done everything in my first post – Get Every Valuation – your phone should be ringing with new valuations...

Estate agents accused of favouring buy-to-let purchasers

Wednesday 29th May 2013

Estate agents have been accused of deliberately favouring buy-to-let landlords over private buyers as purchasers, so that their lettings departments can also win business...

Guardian newspaper set to sell property software business

Wednesday 29th May 2013

The owners of the Guardian have hoisted a For Sale sign above their estate agency software business, GMG Property Services...

Harry Hill's InDeed firm mulls its future

Wednesday 29th May 2013

Harry Hill’s conveyancing business In-Deed Online has announced it is reviewing its operations...

Stamp Duty wrecking housing market, says lobby group

Wednesday 29th May 2013

The cost of Stamp Duty Land Tax is strangling the housing market, a lobbying group has said. It is calling for buy-to-let investors to pay more, allowing Stamp Duty rates to be slashed for people buying for their own occupation...

We're running out of homes to sell, say agents

Wednesday 29th May 2013

Agents in parts of London and the South-East are running out of houses to sell. According to the latest Hometrack report, there is a widening gap between supply and demand...

New laws open up sales of park homes

Wednesday 29th May 2013

New laws have come into force this week governing the buying and selling of park homes. From now on, park home operators will not be allowed to buy and sell properties on their site...

Fairfield creates a display to enhance their new brand image for Robb Residential in Glasgow

Tuesday 28th May 2013

Robb Residential was looking for a way to communicate their new image that would reflect the high value properties...

Five Steps to Success Blog: by Samantha Ashdown

Friday 24th May 2013

In any successful estate agency, there are three components you need to get right: you have to get the valuations, win the instructions and then sell the properties...

Support pours in for new agent-owned property portal

Friday 24th May 2013

The launch of a new national property portal, to be owned by agents for agents, has received an overwhelming response from the industry...

Help to Buy scheme could backfire, IMF warns

Friday 24th May 2013

More high-level concerns have surfaced over the Government’s Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme aimed at people with only 5% deposits...

Estate agent charged with 12 counts of fraud

Friday 24th May 2013

An estate agent has been charged with 12 counts of fraud. Tim Glasson, 50, of Tim Glasson Estate Agents in Trelowarren Street, Camborne, Cornwall, will appear at Truro Magistrates Court on June 13...

Two new directors for Clive Emson are announced

Friday 24th May 2013

Two members of staff at Clive Emson Auctioneers have been promoted to the board.   Ben Snelling and Sam Kinloch join five fellow directors at the expanding firm, which works with a network of 600 estate agency outlets and which has recorded sales of more than £1bn since being founded in 1989 by one of the auction world’s true characters, philanthropist Clive Emson – he genuinely does lots for charity...

Agent to run Race for Life one year after husband's death

Friday 24th May 2013

As we have said before, we cannot mention all the countless good deeds and charity fundraising events that our big-hearted readers do for good causes...

Hunters say thanks with a trip to Barcelona

Friday 24th May 2013

North-based Hunters has marked its best year in business by taking its top performers on an all-expenses-paid trip to Barcelona...

Location, Location, Location makers look for TV agency stars

Friday 24th May 2013

Fancy your agency being the subject of a TV fly on the wall documentary? The makers of Location, Location, Location are looking for a “charismatic and exciting” firm of estate agents to feature in a new observational-style documentary series...

New agent-owned portal is planned by top names in industry

Thursday 23rd May 2013

A group of top agents are putting together a new national property portal which would be wholly owned by agents themselves and aimed at toppling – or cutting down to size – the duopoly of Rightmove and Zoopla...

Ex-Your Move trio launch new James Caan-backed agency

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

The James Caan-backed estate agency launch of Ivy Gate is being led by three former Your Move senior figures – and is going on a staff-poaching spree...

Winkworth launches into India property market

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Winkworth has launched into India. It has signed up a master franchisee, Narayanan Soundararajan, and opened in Bangalore...

Guild offers new de-cluttering service

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

The Guild of Professional Estate Agents has launched a de-cluttering service with a difference. Sellers using member firms can have their surplus furniture and belongings shipped off site and stored free for four weeks...

Team agents enjoy first place on Google status

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Over 92% of Team agents are on the first page of Google – generally in first or second place – when using the most common search criteria...

RICS overseas trip angers members

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

There is something about world travel that gets up the noses of estate agents and surveyors in this country...

Time still running out for households in flood areas

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Time is continuing to run out for households living in flood-prone areas. However, while there is no new agreement in sight, the Association of British Insurers has agreed that its members will continue to offer flood insurance for an extra month beyond the end of the current agreement with the Government...

Mortgage lending picks up, says cautious CML

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Mortgage lending rose by 4% last month, and by 21% on April last year. But the Council of Mortgage Lenders warned that “meaningful comparisons” with last April are difficult...

Brian Murphy Blog

Monday 20th May 2013

In recent weeks we have had confirmation from the Chancellor that the Funding for Lending scheme (FLS) is to be extended to 2015...

Asking prices hit their highest ever, says Rightmove

Monday 20th May 2013

New records have been set in sellers’ asking prices, Rightmove said this morning. The average asking price of a property new on the market is touching £250,000 for the first time, while in London it has soared past the half a million pound mark for the first time...

PropertyLive could make a comeback, says NFoPP

Monday 20th May 2013

PropertyLive, the NFoPP portal which faced abrupt closure early this year before an outcry led to a stay of execution, could have a viable future...

Estate agents in survey fraud are sent to prison

Monday 20th May 2013

Two former estate agents who carried out a £250,000 property survey fraud have both been sent to jail for 16 months...

Help to Buy properties advertised at 'misleading' prices

Monday 20th May 2013

Developers who are selling shared-equity homes under the Government’s Help to Buy scheme are advertising them on Rightmove at four-fifths of their real price...

Slow start to the year then things improve, says LSL

Monday 20th May 2013

LSL, parent company to Your Move and Reeds Rains, has reported a slow start to the year, with lower transaction levels...

Energy inspector is jailed after VAT fraud

Monday 20th May 2013

An energy inspector has been sent to prison for 12 months after a VAT fraud. John Cahill, 52, of Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, tried to steal £47,000 in fraudulent VAT repayments and was jailed last week as part of HMRC’s crackdown on tax dodgers...

Why should I use an inventory company?

Friday 17th May 2013

As No Letting Go Inventory Management open their latest operation covering Guildford, you may be asking some obvious questions...

Spicerhaart pulls its Fine brand to launch Chewton Rose

Friday 17th May 2013

Spicerhaart is dramatically pulling its Fine brand today and replacing it with a new offering called Chewton Rose...

Agents reporting their best month since the crash

Friday 17th May 2013

Estate agents across London and the South are reporting a significant spring bounce in the market – but say that lack of stock is a concern...

Sellers come under less pressure to cut asking prices

Friday 17th May 2013

Properties for sale are having their prices trimmed less often and by lower amounts, Zoopla has reported...

Home owners set to lose their rights to light

Friday 17th May 2013

A Law Commission consultation ended yesterday which could see laws protecting home owners’ historical rights to light extinguished for good...

Penthouses rise up the desirability stakes for buyers

Friday 17th May 2013

Penthouses have become among the most sought-after homes in the capital, and it is now impossible to buy one for under £1m anywhere in London, property consultancy firm CBRE has said...

UK's top two portals in world ranking for social media

Friday 17th May 2013

Rightmove and Zoopla have both made it into the global top ten of portals with most clout on Twitter...

Floorplanner expands to help bridge the Imagination Gap for home buyers

Thursday 16th May 2013

70% struggle to picture themselves living in a property, even after viewing it in person London, UK – 15th May 2013 –New research commissioned by Floorplanner, the leading online 3D floor-planning platform, has discovered that 73% of people experience the “Imagination Gap”; an inability to visualise themselves, their furniture or their belongings in a property for sale or to rent, even after viewing pictures online...

Mortgage firm 'on track' to enter estate agency market

Thursday 16th May 2013

A firm of mortgage advisers which announced plans to enter the estate agency market in March says it has secured premises in eight locations and is looking at another 16...

From Vision To Reality: The Everything-lettings innovation Process

Thursday 16th May 2013

Innovation is a joint process by which companies abandon old ways of doing things and make significant advances with new partners...

Software tools in the form of Visual Building to create 2D floor plans

Wednesday 15th May 2013

Until now we have been providing Estate Agents with comprehensive software tools in the form of Visual Building to create 2D floor plans...

Video reviews now on MeetMyAgent!

Wednesday 15th May 2013

Here at MeetMyAgent, we believe in doing things that are a cut above the rest. We are therefore delighted to announce the launch of our new video review service - the first and only platform of our kind to offer this! - giving you the opportunity to receive even more compelling and engaging feedback...

CFPwinMan Launches NEW Marketing Functionality

Wednesday 15th May 2013

CFP Software, the UK’s market leading provider of lettings and property management software, is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new marketing functionality in its latest release of CFPwinMan SDB...

Paul Smith Blog

Wednesday 15th May 2013

As reported by Estate Agent Today, the Government has now confirmed its plans to amend the 1979 Estate Agents Act (EAA) to exempt private sales portals from its scope and at the same time repeal the Property Misdescriptions Act of 1991...

Estate agents and surveyors beg to differ on state of market

Wednesday 15th May 2013

Buyer demand for property rose to its highest level in over three years last month, the RICS said...

First-time buyer activity is thriving, say lenders

Wednesday 15th May 2013

First-time buyer activity remained strong in March with the number of first-time buyers increasing by 20% over February, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders...

Zoopla launch Top 100 of best agents for social media

Wednesday 15th May 2013

Britain’s most upmarket agents dominate a new leaderboard for the UK’s most influential agents on social media – proving that you can never be too posh to tweet...

EAT publishers to sponsor ESTAs again

Wednesday 15th May 2013

Angels Media, publishers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, have been announced as media partner for next year’s ESTAs...

Independent agent rebrands to Winkworth after 22 years

Wednesday 15th May 2013

An agent who has run his own independent business for 22 years has rebranded to Winkworth. The Martin Treasure business in St Albans brings the Winkworth network to 91 offices in the UK...

Savills clinches RESI estate agent of year title

Wednesday 15th May 2013

Savills won the title of UK estate agent of the year at the 2013 RESI awards, while Knight Frank scooped the title of international estate agent of the year, and the letting agency of the year gong went to Chesterton Humberts...

NEW window displays from Mid West Displays

Tuesday 14th May 2013

Mid West Displays are excited to share with you our latest innovation in window displays. We have combined our 2 best selling products, the Bevelled Edge Light Panel and Rotating Light Panel to bring you ROTATING BEVELLED EDGE LIGHT PANELS...

iam-sold launch new auction centres and celebrate 1st international sale

Tuesday 14th May 2013

Property auction has become an increasingly popular method of sale across the UK & Ireland and with the overall property market transactions continuing at an all-time low, there is a necessity to explore new income streams to help maintain a healthy business...

Chanel Miller Blog

Monday 13th May 2013

As head of social media at Angels Media, I am delighted to introduce my first in a series of blogs on how to use social media to benefit your agency...

Four in ten 'trapped' tenants could turn FTBs with Help to Buy

Monday 13th May 2013

Nearly 40% of tenants who are trying to escape being part of today’s ‘Generation Rent’ could become home-buyers when the 95% Help to Buy scheme is implemented in January...

Man with grudge against agents goes on boards wrecking spree

Monday 13th May 2013

A man with a grudge against agents went on a revenge spree by cutting down more than 100 boards. Anthony Bennett, 39, went out in his van two nights running and used a Stanley knife to hack down the signs...

Mortgage market really is picking up, says forecaster

Monday 13th May 2013

House purchase lending rose 2% in April, one of the industry’s most accurate forecasters has predicted...

Record profits announced for Mortgage Advice Bureau

Monday 13th May 2013

The Mortgage Advice Bureau, whose 500-strong network operates almost entirely out of estate agents’ offices, has announced a record pre-tax group profit of £2...

Beatles' former Apple Store becomes an estate agent

Monday 13th May 2013

London agents Marsh & Parsons are opening their 19th office on the site of the former Beatles Apple Store in Baker Street...

Agent gets set to take to the skies – big time

Monday 13th May 2013

Up, up and away – or at least, that’s the idea unless the weather says differently...

Fairfield are exhibiting at the Surrey Landlord Property Investment Show on 16th May

Friday 10th May 2013

This is an absolutely free opportunity to meet local landlords and find out what the industry experts are saying...

LEGAL & GENERALSUPPORT THE LAUNCH OF THE ANCHOR COMMUNITY BAND

Friday 10th May 2013

Legal & General has joined with Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit housing and care provider for the over 55’s and Contact the Elderly, the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people, to support the launch of the Anchor Community Band’s bid for stardom and to place in the official singles charts...

Rightmove announces new records in traffic and revenue

Friday 10th May 2013

The money-making juggernaut that is Rightmove continues to roll on, setting astonishing new records that sent its shares soaring...

'Reckless' Help to Buy scheme could spark new bubble, warning

Friday 10th May 2013

The Help to Buy 95% mortgage scheme to be introduced in January has come under renewed attack. Fathom Consulting, which is run by former Bank of England economists, has warned of a dangerous new housing bubble...

Foxtons owner 'getting ready to sell or float' business

Friday 10th May 2013

The owners of Foxtons are getting ready to sell or float the company, a Sky News report has claimed It says that BC Partners, the US private equity firm which regained control of Foxtons last year, is looking to hire investment bankers this month to advise on strategic options for the business...

Property prices are slowly picking up, says Halifax

Friday 10th May 2013

House prices stood at an average of £166,094 in April, the Halifax has reported. It says this represents a monthly increase of 1...

Facebook property firm claims huge success for marketing blitz

Friday 10th May 2013

Facebook business Property Network has claimed “huge success” for an intensive marketing operation on London...

Estate Agency Foundation recognised with charity award

Friday 10th May 2013

The Estate Agency Foundation has been presented with an award by homeless charity Broadway. The award recognises the Zoopla British Cycle ride of last summer, led by agents Jon Cooke, Sean Newman and Martin Farrington...

Government on track to implement estate agency reforms this autumn

Wednesday 8th May 2013

The Government has confirmed it is to implement its amendment to the Estate Agents Act as soon as the parliamentary timetable allows...

Estate agency phone answering service moves staff to New Zealand

Wednesday 8th May 2013

The next time someone telephones your estate agency office out of hours, the call is likely to be answered by someone working in sunny New Zealand...

Central London house prices going up at rate of £27 per hour

Wednesday 8th May 2013

Property prices across England and Wales stand at an average of £234,962, according to latest Land Registry data which is available to purchase...

Affordable homes now out of reach for many, warns institute

Wednesday 8th May 2013

The cost of both buying and renting has soared, says the Chartered Institute of Housing. It warns that an affordable home is out of reach for many people, and could become increasingly so because of the Help to Buy scheme...

Online bidding introduced for first time at Network Auctions sale

Wednesday 8th May 2013

A total of 26 lots went under the hammer at Network Auctions latest sale in central London. A record number of 418 legal packs were downloaded beforehand and the sale was the first for which Network Auctions provided an online bidding facility...

Meet the Experts at the Guild of Letting & Management Conference

Tuesday 7th May 2013

The ability to develop and excel as a manager and leader is a key competency for business. At our Conference Sean Riches will show you how to build on your skills in order to bring out the best in people you work with – your colleagues or your clients...

Crystal Horwood Blog

Friday 3rd May 2013

In a recent blog on the CLG website, housing minister Mark Prisk points out that the Government is taking steps to protect landlords and tenants from what he calls ‘unscrupulous lettings agents’...

RICS calls for compulsory qualifications for all agents

Friday 3rd May 2013

The RICS has called for estate agents to be compulsorily required to have qualifications. It says it wants to see all agents required to sign up to a professional regulation scheme, to ensure customers are dealing with an agent who is suitably qualified to broker their sale and can advise on the processes involved...

It's all about lettings now, Countrywide tells shareholders

Friday 3rd May 2013

Countrywide has told shareholders: “It’s all about lettings.” In its first interim management statement since returning to the stock market, the property chain which is the UK’s largest estate agent and mortgage broker, shone the light almost exclusively on its lettings business...

Rightmove reaches £2bn landmark as boss bows out

Friday 3rd May 2013

Rightmove’s market capitalisation surpassed the £2bn mark this week for the first time – as the firm’s founding boss, Ed Williams, bowed out...

Nationwide: House prices go up (or should that be down?)

Friday 3rd May 2013

The average price of a house in the UK is now £165,586, Nationwide has reported. It says that the price, for April, is a 0...

Estate agent gives parents' flat at children's hospice a make-over

Friday 3rd May 2013

An estate agent has given parents’ accommodation at a children’s hospice a £20,000 make-over...

Regulator acts to head off another mortgage crisis

Friday 3rd May 2013

Everyone with an interest-only mortgage is to be contacted by their lender and asked how they will repay their loan...

Control your reputation with whitelabelled independent reviews

Wednesday 1st May 2013

Your reputation is your most important trading tool, and MeetMyAgent exists to provide agents with the most dynamic platform to manage and promote their independently verified feedback...

New home buying and selling service launches for the over-55s

Wednesday 1st May 2013

An equity release finance specialist is launching a new national business that will work closely alongside estate agents...

Mortgage approvals up but actual new lending down

Wednesday 1st May 2013

The number of mortgage approvals for house purchase crept up to 53,504 in March, up from 51,947 in February and compared with an average of 53,113 over the previous six months...

Facebook's Property Network announces move to city offices

Wednesday 1st May 2013

Facebook business Property Network is to open in Leeds, taking over the former offices of Dacre Son & Hartley, one of Yorkshire’s oldest estate agents...

Estate agent celebrates 21st birthday with 21st branch

Wednesday 1st May 2013

The Robinson Jackson Group is marking its 21st year in business – with a new 21st branch. The company, which trades across south-east London and Kent, has opened its latest office in Barnehurst...

National Conveyancing Specialists join the Conveyancing Association.

Tuesday 30th April 2013

National Conveyancing specialists Convey Law have re-affirmed their position as one of the UK’s leading Conveyancing companies by joining the Conveyancing Association...

Shortage of stock proves headache for estate agents

Monday 29th April 2013

A house price increase this month has been fuelled by a shortage of stock – and by the roaring London market, which is now back to the top-of-the-boom levels of 2007...

Xperience pulls plug on Allagents sites

Monday 29th April 2013

Mystery surrounds a decision to take down most of the Xperience brands from the review site Allagents...

Wish our stake was bigger, says Rightmove's largest shareholder

Monday 29th April 2013

Rightmove’s biggest shareholder has described the site as an ‘all you can eat’ model for agents – and says he regrets not buying more of the shares...

First-time buyer delays could cost taxpayers dearly

Monday 29th April 2013

Delays in getting on the housing ladder will cost the average first-time buyer more than £270,000 over their lifetime...

LSL brand Lauristons hits acquisition trail

Monday 29th April 2013

LSL, owners of national chains Your Move and Reeds Rains, is upping its presence in London where it owns Marsh & Parsons and Lauristons...

Software provider VTUK appoints Clare Yates

Monday 29th April 2013

Software provider VTUK has recruited a leading industry figure, Clare Yates, as its national sales manager...

Inventories Everywhere stands out in Pink, but would Landlords be happy with a bright pink property?

Friday 26th April 2013

Throughout the private rental sector, there remains confusion as to whether unfurnished properties require an Inventory or whether it is just an unnecessary expense...

Rediscover the Magic of Your Business

Friday 26th April 2013

Our conference on May 16th of this year will centre on driving real value into your business. Using classic PEST and SWOT analysis tools to review the property market and scan the horizon, our speakers, all prominent in their fields, will map out current trends and emerging systems, technologies and processes...

For richer and for Poundland: a tale of two property cities

Friday 26th April 2013

It’s a tale of two property cities. London’s property boom has radiated out, reaching once-unfashionable parts outside the traditional prime central area, but which are now themselves regarded as prime...

Household confidence grows in house prices rising

Friday 26th April 2013

Home owners are expecting house prices to rise by 4.5% over the next six months, according to new research from Zoopla...

Fears that FLS revamp will hit mortgage lending

Friday 26th April 2013

Mortgage approvals by high street banks for house purchase nudged up in March to stand at 31,227. The news came as the Government announced extending its Funding for Lending Scheme, but diverting it towards small businesses – a move which one critic described as risky for the mortgage market...

How cardboard moving boxes can help young homeless

Friday 26th April 2013

A youth homelessness charity Depaul UK has launched a new business, selling cardboard boxes to home movers...

Myhomemove delegates raise £7,000 for Estate Agency Foundation

Friday 26th April 2013

Delegates attending the myhomemove conference last week at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire raised £7,000 for the Estate Agency Foundation...

Agent (and his dog) hand household intruder over to police

Friday 26th April 2013

The most surprising aspect about the estate agent who woke to find an intruder trying to get into his house was not that the police weren’t interested (they let him go), but the role of his dog...

Colourful world of Kremer Signs...

Wednesday 24th April 2013

Kremer Signs have been market leaders for supplying estate agency boards & signage for almost 30 years to the UK property market and have seen designs drawn out on the back of cigarette boxes, through to 50 page document on brand guidelines for top design agencies...

Taxman chases home buyers in unpaid Stamp Duty scandal

Wednesday 24th April 2013

Hundreds of people who bought homes in recent years are being pursued for extra money after their Stamp Duty was apparently based on purchase prices that were mis-stated to the taxman by their conveyancers...

New US-style realtor opening in UK backed by ex-Dragon Caan

Wednesday 24th April 2013

A new US-style realtor is due to be launched next month, with backing from James Caan. Ivy Gate is the brainchild of British estate agent Jason Tebb, who was with Your Move until February, and before that was with Chesterton Humberts and Foxtons...

Marketing of London homes to foreigners comes under fire

Wednesday 24th April 2013

Rich – and naïve – foreigners are being lured to buy new homes in London in a ‘feeding frenzy’, it has been claimed...

Quelle disaster for Brits stuck with second homes in France

Wednesday 24th April 2013

Apparently, the estate agent doesn’t even always bother to open. And Brits who own homes there sound desperate – not to mention up the creek without the proverbial paddle...

No plans to reform house buying, Prisk tells MPs

Wednesday 24th April 2013

There are no plans to reform the house buying process in England and Wales, housing minister Mark Prisk has said...

Martin Cunningham joins Auction House as head of sales

Wednesday 24th April 2013

Auction House has appointed Martin Cunningham as head of sales. Cunningham, 47, has 27 years’ experience in the property industry – including time as a financial adviser, and as an estate agent within Countrywide’s Abbotts and Bairstow Eves brands...

Help to Buy could have unintended consequences, MPs warn

Monday 22nd April 2013

The 95% mortgage scheme being launched under the Help to Buy flag in January could have serious and unintended consequences, MPs have warned...

Kings Group branch named best estate agent in UK

Monday 22nd April 2013

Kings Group proved that the only way is Essex, when it pulled off an astonishing coup with its Harlow office named as the best estate agent in the UK while also scooping silver for its Walthamstow office just up the road in east London...

Trade body accused of spinning health of housing market

Monday 22nd April 2013

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has come under fire after issuing upbeat data which grabbed headlines but which critics say is misleading...

New owner takes over Century 21 UK

Monday 22nd April 2013

Century 21 has a new owner in the UK. Shepherd Direct has acquired the licence to operate the Century 21 estate agency and lettings brand through the UK, Channel Island, Gibraltar and Isle of Man...

Andrews hands over thousands to charitable trust

Monday 22nd April 2013

Andrews, the estate agency chain whose majority shareholder is a charitable trust, has handed over a £394,688 gift aid payment...

Home ownership slides for first time in a century

Monday 22nd April 2013

The proportion of owner-occupied homes in England and Wales has fallen to 64%, say new figures analysed from the latest Census conducted in 2011...

An opportunity to work for Angels Media (publishers of EAT and LAT)

Saturday 20th April 2013

Angels Media, owners the Today publications, require an experienced, client-facing marketing consultant...

Impossible for house sales to hit million this year, says Countrywide boss

Friday 19th April 2013

Housing transactions will not reach the million mark this year – and are unlikely to do so for some time...

Agents asked for help in OFT's probe of quick sales scams

Friday 19th April 2013

The Office of Fair Trading has launched an inquiry into ‘quick sale’ companies, saying that desperate sellers are in danger of being misled...

Hunters set to expand with 30 more branches this year

Friday 19th April 2013

North-based Hunters estate agency has announced that it will open 30 new branches across the UK this year...

Wealthy property group Grosvenor warns London bubble could burst

Friday 19th April 2013

One of the UK’s most high-profile property groups has sounded a warning that the surge in the London residential market cannot last...

Newspaper property boss joins Estate Agency Foundation board

Friday 19th April 2013

The Estate Agency Foundation has announced that Mark Butler, who oversees property websites for local newspapers, has joined the board...

Zoopla launches football tournament for agents

Friday 19th April 2013

Zoopla has announced the launch of its inaugural seven-a-side charity football tournament for the property industry...

EstateAgent.me joins the NAEA as an Affiliate partner

Wednesday 17th April 2013

EstateAgent.me the chain checking website launched late last year has become an Affinity partner of the NAEA...

Big drop in sellers as they watch prices soar at 'feverish pace'

Wednesday 17th April 2013

Home owners in London are enjoying such an extraordinary housing market rally that many are putting plans to sell on hold...

First-time buyers paying £173,000, says official statistician

Wednesday 17th April 2013

UK average house prices increased by 1.9% over the year to February 2013, the Office for National Statistics has reported...

Buyer's test case over 'negligent' valuation withdrawn from Supreme Court

Wednesday 17th April 2013

An important test case with implications for valuers, lenders and buy-to-let purchasers has been unexpectedly withdrawn from the Supreme Court...

Strutt & Parker open day breaks new records

Wednesday 17th April 2013

Strutt & Parker’s latest National Open House Day resulted in 1,177 viewings of 550 properties, an initial £50m worth of offers – and 14 sales...

New owner takes over 'after online agent goes into administration'

Wednesday 17th April 2013

Mystery surrounds a national cut-price online agent, House Tree, which appears to have gone into administration with a subsequent change of ownership...

Fairfield are exhibiting at the Property Investor Show

Monday 15th April 2013

You may have seen advertisements and articles about how Letting Agencies Displays are radically changing across the UK...

BBC says agents charge a 'king's ransom' to sell properties

Monday 15th April 2013

How do estate agents’ have the cheek to charge a king’s ransom for selling a house? That’s not EAT asking the question – it’s the BBC...

Agents under fire over discrepancies in measuring up

Monday 15th April 2013

Estate agents are measuring up properties with huge discrepancies. A report in the Financial Times says that the difference in measurements between two sets of floor plans for the same properties was as much as 300 sq ft...

Shortage of properties pushes asking prices up to near-record

Monday 15th April 2013

A shortage of sellers has pushed asking prices up by 6.9% so far this year, Rightmove reported this morning...

Another fall in house purchase lending forecast by LSL firm

Monday 15th April 2013

House purchase lending fell 7% in March – the third consecutive monthly fall, which could mean the property market has gone into reverse gear...

Fracking could hit house prices, warn surveyors

Monday 15th April 2013

Ministers are wrong to say that fracking will not blight house prices, a national surveying service has warned...

Housing transactions set to pick up to million, forecast

Monday 15th April 2013

A think tank is predicting that housing transactions will pick up this year to a million. Ernst & Young’s Item Club is forecasting a 7...

Agency boss Ivor Dickinson takes sabbatical leave

Monday 15th April 2013

One of London’s most high-profile estate agents has stepped down from his job – for the time being...

Help to Buy scheme will not help us, say one third of FTBs

Friday 12th April 2013

Fewer than one in three potential first-time buyers believe they will be helped to get on to the property ladder by the Help to Buy scheme...

Home ownership still the dream for eight in ten people

Friday 12th April 2013

Home ownership remains the aspiration of almost all people in the UK, with private renting well down the list, a new YouGov survey has shown...

New review site launches for properties for sale

Friday 12th April 2013

There may be the germ of an idea here – a review site of properties for sale. ReviewMyPad is being marketed to consumers as “What the estate agent isn’t telling you”...

Seven out of eight people use Rightmove at work (just don't tell the boss)

Friday 12th April 2013

It was, of course, only to be expected after the lunch – sorry launch – of Rightmove’s latest TV ad, showing Samantha from accounts spraying bits of Golden Delicious all over her computer while dreaming of properties...

Estate agent set to join Rolling Stones at Glastonbury

Friday 12th April 2013

The Rolling Stones are to play Glastonbury this year – but so is estate agent James Baring. The pictures show him in his day job and, as unsuspecting clients would never imagine, in his rock band incarnation...

Tenth annual ESTAs awards bash just one week away

Friday 12th April 2013

So you weren’t invited to the Emmys and you couldn’t make it to the OSCARS. Never mind – just make sure you don’t miss out on the most important awards of the red carpet season...

Agency run by ex-Hamptons boss lines up acquisitions

Friday 12th April 2013

YOUhome, a business run by a former boss of Hamptons International, says it will be making further acquisitions this year after buying an agency in Dorset...

Hunters Team up with MySocialAgency to Develop Market Leading New Website

Thursday 11th April 2013

New marketing initiative includes super-fast website unrivalled by other property search Hunters Estate Agentshas teamed up with leading creative design and digital marketing company, MySocialAgency, to bring its customers a new experience when it comes to buying and selling property...

Create 2D floor plans with Visual Building

Thursday 11th April 2013

Until now we have been providing Estate Agents with comprehensive software tools in the form of Visual Building to create 2D floor plans...

Ian Wilson Blog

Wednesday 10th April 2013

Margaret Thatcher had a huge role in shaping the modern housing market as we know it today, and every letting and estate agent has cause to thank her...

Estate agent fined over data protection regime

Wednesday 10th April 2013

An estate agent has been prosecuted for failing to register under the Data Protection Act, with other agents laying themselves open to prosecution...

New Property Page function on Facebook 'is big deal for agents' claim

Wednesday 10th April 2013

Property Page, a new property search function that can be added to estate agency business pages on Facebook, could challenge the likes of Rightmove and Zoopla...

Negative equity threat for leasehold properties

Wednesday 10th April 2013

Up to 1.43 million homes in England and Wales are at risk from shortening leasehold terms – threatening borrowers and lenders with negative equity...

Facebook's Property Network brings in ex-Rightmove PR boss

Wednesday 10th April 2013

Facebook property business Property Network has brought in the former head of PR for Rightmove to help it become a ‘portal killer’...

Transactions reach three-year high, RICS claims

Wednesday 10th April 2013

The number of homes sold in the UK reached a three-year high during March, the RICS has reported. It puts the rise down to greater confidence, saying that its members sold an average of 17...

Zoopla wins deal for Barclays new home owner app

Wednesday 10th April 2013

Zoopla Property Group has signed an exclusive partnership agreement to power the property search function for the new Barclays Homeowner App...

Win more business and £500 to spend with Kremer Signs

Tuesday 9th April 2013

At MeetMyAgent we are all about helping good agents use independently verified feedback to win more business...

The Status of the Estate Agency Profession: Consumer Perception Versus Reality

Tuesday 9th April 2013

I am a student currently studying Property Agency and Marketing at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester (RICS accredited degree)...

Diggins & Cross Estate Agents give their offices a fresh new look

Tuesday 9th April 2013

Mid West Displays have supplied and installed new window displays in 2 offices for Diggins & Cross this year...

Property transactions online ready to revolutionise estate agency, claim

Monday 8th April 2013

The first UK residential sale where offer, acceptance and legal exchange all take place within minutes of each other online could take place this year...

Major growth after ex-Team agents strike out on their own

Monday 8th April 2013

Property Sharing Experts, the breakaway Team network of independent agents in the South-West, has made major strides...

University boffins invent new type of For Sale board

Monday 8th April 2013

University boffins have invented a new form of For Sale sign – so tiny it can barely be seen...

Countrywide launches its own Technical Qualification for agents

Monday 8th April 2013

The UK’s biggest estate agent, Countrywide, has developed a formally recognised estate agency qualification...

Modest house prices rises ahead, says Halifax

Monday 8th April 2013

House prices nudged up just 0.2% in March, the Halifax has said. The lender puts house prices for the first quarter of this year 1...

Embrace social networking, Leeming urges agents

Monday 8th April 2013

He is the man who invented the internet for estate agents when he and his brother came up with Propertyfinder...

Brand Blog no13: Danger! Beware of No-Man’s-Brand!

Friday 5th April 2013

One of the central tenets of good marketing, whatever your product or service, is to remember that customers come in many shapes and sizes...

Wintry weather puts spring recovery on ice for agents

Friday 5th April 2013

Snow and bitterly cold weather nipped what looked to have been a promising spring upturn for the housing market firmly in the bud...

Cities in South pricing out local buyers and renters

Friday 5th April 2013

Winchester has been named as the least affordable place in the UK to live, based on local salary levels and the cost of buying...

New online service launched for 'under notice' properties

Friday 5th April 2013

A new service has been set up to help residential property investors looking for repossessed properties...

One in five home buyers regret their purchase, says RICS

Friday 5th April 2013

Over a fifth of home buyers who did not have a survey would never have bought their property if they had been aware of its true condition, according to new research by the RICS...

Help to Buy could prompt 'bloodbath' in housing market fear

Friday 5th April 2013

A former executive at the US state-backed lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has warned of the dangers of the forthcoming 95% mortgage Help to Buy scheme – while a UK pundit has said it could prompt a ‘bloodbath’ in the housing market...

My real-life nightmare: an estate agent tells her story

Friday 5th April 2013

Like so many agents, Denise Barnes built up a profitable and highly successful local business, complete with her name above the door...

Nick Evans Blog

Wednesday 3rd April 2013

A new property is only ‘new’ for a very brief period of time, and you will be paying a premium of as much as 25% for its newness, much as you do when you drive a new car out of a showroom...

Poorer home buyers fall by wayside, Land Registry figures show

Wednesday 3rd April 2013

The Land Registry has put the average house price in England and Wales during February at £162,606, up just 0...

House purchase approvals down, Bank of England confirms

Wednesday 3rd April 2013

Mortgage lending fell for a second successive month in February, the Bank of England has confirmed...

Trio of estate agents await sentencing after fraud

Wednesday 3rd April 2013

Three estate agents have admitted a property survey fraud. After pleading guilty at Carlisle Crown Court, the trio – Donald Smith and his wife Lynne, both of Windermere, and their former business partner, Simon Hindle, of Gloucestershire – were warned they could face jail...

Rightmove's new TV advert: what do you think?

Wednesday 3rd April 2013

Have you caught the latest Rightmove TV advert yet – and what do you make of it? It was due to start airing on Easter Monday and EAT must confess to being totally bemused by our preview of it...

Help to Buy mortgage scheme to 'send prices soaring' claim

Wednesday 3rd April 2013

The Government’s 95% mortgage scheme, due to kick in next January in the second phase of the Help to Buy programme, will send house prices soaring...

New wave of buyers could line up for new homes

Wednesday 3rd April 2013

A new wave of buyers could be interested for the first time in buying a new-build home, prompted by the Help to Buy scheme...

The latest No Letting Go office opens covering the Guildford area

Tuesday 2nd April 2013

Neil Cassin has opened the latest office of No Letting Go serving the Guildford lettings market. Neil will be bringing his expertise and wealth of experience to letting agents and landlords around the Guildford areas...

Angels launches new social media division for agents

Thursday 28th March 2013

Angels Media, publisher of Letting Agent Today and Estate Agent Today, has set up a new social media wing...

Mortgage lending by high street banks in 6% drop

Wednesday 27th March 2013

Mortgage approvals for house purchase dropped in February for a second consecutive month. New data from the British Bankers Association ties in with a similar report from the Council of Mortgage Lenders relating to a drop in mortgage advances during February which was issued on Budget day last week...

Big changes to Council Tax kick in within days

Wednesday 27th March 2013

Agents are reminded that as from Monday (April 1), local authorities will have the discretion to charge full Council Tax on empty properties...

Row as solicitors opt for separate representation in conveyancing

Wednesday 27th March 2013

House purchasers in Scotland will have to pay more for conveyancing after the Law Society said buyers and lenders can no longer use the same solicitor...

Shares in Savills take sharp tumble as investor sells stake

Wednesday 27th March 2013

Shares in Savills went down sharply yesterday. The fall of about 7% took the price down to about 535p, below its 52-week high of 608p...

Angels launches new social media division for agents

Wednesday 27th March 2013

Angels Media, publisher of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, has set up a new social media wing...

Phil Spencer appointed to new role at Zoopla

Wednesday 27th March 2013

TV presenter Phil Spencer has been made brand ambassador for Zoopla. He will be working on a variety of consumer-facing initiatives covering social media, advice forums and competitions as well as making appearances and speaking at a number of Zoopla-hosted industry events...

Take your happy clients to valuations

Tuesday 26th March 2013

When you go on an valuation and are explaining what a great job you will do for the vendor, don't you sometimes wish that you had a previous client with you to say what a great job you did for them? In a lot of ways, this is made possible with MeetMyAgent! We provide a marketing platform that enables you to collect independent feedback from your clients, enabling potential clients to see that you come recommended...

Winkworth rebrand boards with Kremer Signs

Monday 25th March 2013

Kremer Signs have recently supplied new look for sale & to let boards for premier brand, Winkworth Kremer Signs have rebranded many agents across the country and have enjoyed high conversion rate at the start of 2013, with Winkworth being one of the higher profile agents to change their estate agency board designs...

Brian Murphy Blog

Monday 25th March 2013

The Budget, as is generally the case, has been met with mixed reaction depending on where one sits on the political divide...

House prices in biggest jump for three years, says Hometrack

Monday 25th March 2013

House prices are being kept up by lack of stock – but affordability appears to be driving new buyers away...

Help to Buy set to boost housing transactions

Monday 25th March 2013

The Help to Buy mortgage indemnity scheme which kicks in next January is expected to raise both house transaction levels and property prices...

Mortgage guru questions need for government intervention in market

Monday 25th March 2013

Question marks continue to be asked over the Budget initiatives for the housing market, with the launch next January of what have been described as ‘Fannie Mae-style’ government backed mortgages...

House sales leap up as cash is king

Monday 25th March 2013

There were 85,710 house sales in the UK last month, up from 81,390 in January and a 9.6% rise on February last year...

Badger agents raise £80,000 for children's hospice

Monday 25th March 2013

Staff at Badger Holdings, parent company of Townends and Regents estate agents in the South-East, have raised nearly £80,000 for a children’s hospice...

Imagine yourself behind the wheel of a Foxtons mini

Monday 25th March 2013

As talk surfaces of a stock market float for Foxtons, you may have wondered what it would be like to be driven around in one of those foxy little Foxtons cars...

Who should apportion blame on Check-Outs? Inventories Everywhere provides their views

Friday 22nd March 2013

As everyone knows, the Inventory Industry is not regulated, given this, throughout the country there are Inventory providers producing reports to varying different standards, with some choosing to make the decision to apportion blame in their Check-Outs and others choosing not to...

War of words over Budget's mortgages for all scheme

Friday 22nd March 2013

The ministers responsible for housing, Eric Pickles and Mark Prisk, have spoken of their support for the Help to Buy scheme – as criticism of the idea was mounting...

Nearly all house sales could qualify for Help to Buy

Friday 22nd March 2013

According to Rightmove, 97% of new-build homes currently listed by developers and 93% of resale homes listed by estate agents have an asking price of £600,000 or below...

Foxtons mulls float on stock exchange as backer looks to cash in

Friday 22nd March 2013

Foxtons is considering a float on the stock market, six years after its ill-timed acquisition by a US private equity firm...

Zoopla appoints ex-Betfair boss as financial director

Friday 22nd March 2013

Zoopla has appointed a big hitter as its chief financial officer. Stephen Morana, who takes up his post next month, joins from Betfair where he was chief financial officer from 2006, and where he has spent the last year as interim CEO...

Little Britain star fronts awards ceremony for Spicerhaart

Friday 22nd March 2013

Comedian David Walliams hosted the annual Spicerhaart conference and awards bash. Held in London, over 600 members of staff attended after what the company said was an “extremely strong year”...

Fairfield supplies displays to flagship store in Nottingham

Thursday 21st March 2013

Fairfield Displays has just completed the new displays for Nottingham Building Society.   The office is divided into two clearly defined areas, one selling properties and the other providing building society services...

Win more vendor instructions and increase buyer potential

Thursday 21st March 2013

With the housing market still being an uncertain place for buyers and sellers it is ever more important for estate agents to have that competitive edge to help win vendor instructions and sell properties...

How Budget will help buyers of new and secondhand homes

Thursday 21st March 2013

Estate agents and home builders are counting themselves among the beneficiaries of the Chancellor’s new ‘Help to Buy’ scheme...

Shops into homes proposals to go out for consultation

Thursday 21st March 2013

Also in the Budget are promises to provide more affordable homes, and to consult on proposals allowing shops to change into homes, and agricultural use to change to residential...

Shares in agents and builders in Budget bounce

Thursday 21st March 2013

Shares in house builders and estate agents bounced up yesterday afternoon following the Budget. Shares in LSL, the property group that is parent to chains Your Move and Reeds Rains, rose after Countrywide's successful flotation in the morning...

Countrywide launches on the stock market with a bang

Wednesday 20th March 2013

Countrywide launched with a bang on the stock market this morning, with trading racing away beyond expectations...

Rightmove delivers 57% more leads to agents than last year

Wednesday 20th March 2013

Record-breaking traffic levels on Rightmove are being converted into a record number of leads for member advertisers, the site has claimed...

Office for National Statistics says annual house prices are up

Wednesday 20th March 2013

UK average house prices rose by 2.2% over the year to January, to stand at an average £234,000...

First-time buyers would still be tempted by 100% mortgages

Wednesday 20th March 2013

Over one third of first-time buyers want 100% mortgages, and one in five would be happy with a 120% loan...

Expanding Acorn Group acquires five-branch agency

Wednesday 20th March 2013

The independent Acorn Group has acquired a five-branch business amid speculation that it is to expand further...

Landlord Packs: Providing a simple solution

Tuesday 19th March 2013

Maintenance issues can be a strain on any lettings business, ask the majority of property managers what is the one thing that takes up most of their time and nearly everyone will come back with the answer ‘maintenance issues’...

Asking prices swing up to new record for March

Monday 18th March 2013

Asking prices for properties new to the market have shot up to hit an all-time record high for March, boosted by buy-to-let investors “piling into the market”...

Speaker line-up announced for first AIPP conference

Monday 18th March 2013

The Association of International Property Professionals has announced the line-up for its conference in London on April 10...

Milestone candidate for Guild training programme

Monday 18th March 2013

The Guild of Professional Estate Agents says its 2,000th associate has just passed its in-house training programme...

Big rise in mortgage business for Connells

Monday 18th March 2013

The Connells Group says it is writing ‘substantially’ more mortgages so far this year...

Dragon James Caan looking for estate agency's next big hitter

Monday 18th March 2013

So, who will be the next Jon Hunt of the estate agency world? And is he (or she) already out there? Hunt was the man who famously sold Foxtons – founded as a single office estate agent – for £390m at the height of the market...

Network agents honoured at Cartus conference in US

Monday 18th March 2013

Representatives of Cambridge agents Thomas Morris have returned from Phoenix, Arizona, where they waved the flag for Britain...

Mortgage figures 'best for five years' claim is spin, says critic

Friday 15th March 2013

This year started with the best figures for mortgage lending in five years, it has been claimed. But the rosy picture painted by the Council of Mortgage Lenders is disputed...

Boris caught in crossfire over London housing 'bubble'

Friday 15th March 2013

London Mayor Boris Johnson has been told in no uncertain terms to butt out of the property market...

Shares in Savills rise after 21% jump in profits

Friday 15th March 2013

Shares in Savills lifted yesterday after it announced a 21% rise in pre-tax profits to £60.8m last year...

Auction activity goes back to pre-crunch levels

Friday 15th March 2013

Auction sales in February struck a new high, with business back to pre-credit crunch levels. The overall figure of 3,083 lots sold is the highest since 2007, but contained both residential and commercial lots...

Beresfords on the expansion trail

Friday 15th March 2013

Essex estate agent Beresfords has bought family-run agency Foxton Hayes – and announced it plans more acquisitions...

New role for former Digital portals boss Milner

Friday 15th March 2013

Former Digital websites boss Mark Milner has been appointed CEO of Landmark Information Group, also in the ownership of the Daily Mail...

Estate agents now selling more houses, says RICS

Wednesday 13th March 2013

The number of houses sold reached its highest level in over two-and-a-half years, with chartered surveyors selling an average of 16...

Changes to Funding for Lending scheme could hit housing market

Wednesday 13th March 2013

Plans to put the Government’s flagship Funding for Lending scheme on ‘steroids’ could harm the housing market...

Mortgage firm expands into estate agency via franchising

Wednesday 13th March 2013

A firm of mortgage and financial advisers has unveiled ambitious plans to become a major player in the estate agency and lettings market...

Green Deal loan could harm home's chances of selling, warning

Wednesday 13th March 2013

Home owners who take out Green Deal loans may find that they have hampered their chances of selling their properties in future...

OFT slaps fine on agent that is no longer in business

Wednesday 13th March 2013

An estate agency that is no longer in business has been fined £2,000 for failing to register with the Office of Fair Trading...

Fully fledged Minister of State needed for housing, call

Wednesday 13th March 2013

Lenders have called on the Government to appoint a Minister of State for Housing. The Building Societies Association says the post – which would have cabinet status – should be created to boost housing and deliver more ambitious policies across all parts of the market...

VM ONE from Albion Display - light pockets without equal.

Tuesday 12th March 2013

Albion Display is now the exclusive UK distributor for VM ONE, the brightest, easiest to install and most adaptable LED widow display system in the UK...

Convey Your Property in 45 Minutes

Monday 11th March 2013

Residential Conveyancing Lawyers, Convey Law are at the very forefront of the e-Conveyancing revolution...

Absence of first-time buyers helps keep second steppers trapped

Monday 11th March 2013

Nearly two-thirds of first-time home owners who wanted to move up the property ladder last year found themselves stuck...

CBI says NewBuy should be extended to those in negative equity

Monday 11th March 2013

The CBI is today calling on the Chancellor to make the housing market the central plank of this month’s Budget...

Countrywide gears up for FTSE 250 launch

Monday 11th March 2013

Britain’s largest estate agent and mortgage network, Countrywide, could raise as much as £750m when it floats on the stock market – where it expects to be in the FTSE 250...

ESTAS shortlists announce top suppliers and best agency staff

Monday 11th March 2013

The ESTAS have announced their final two shortlists for 2013 including the Supplier of the Year category sponsored by Estate Agent Today & Letting Agent Today...

RICS members use social media to vent their feelings

Monday 11th March 2013

The person who wrote a comment on an RICS forum last month inadvertently, but well and truly, lit the blue touch paper...

Are full structural surveys worth the money?

Monday 11th March 2013

Can anyone help Trevor Kent with your views and perhaps a willing case study? Big T is doing something for the BBC on the subject of structural surveys and whether buyers get value for money when they pay for one to be done...

TWO NEW ‘ALL-STARS’ GIVEN JOBS WITH STREETS AHEAD ESTATE AGENTS

Friday 8th March 2013

London, 8 March 2013--Innovative new property recruiter, Estate Agency All-Stars, is pleased to announce the successful placement of two more ‘All-Stars’, this time with Croydon-based estate agency group, Streets Ahead...

Mark Dealtry Blog

Friday 8th March 2013

Recent comments on EAT about fake reviews and poor operating standards at review sites include familiar fears: “Lose control of your brand to malicious people” … “open to abuse” … “can never be never properly policed” … “slandered for no good reason” … “a disgrace” … “zero credibility”, and so on...

Allagents under fire for allowing agents to 'manipulate' reviews

Friday 8th March 2013

Allagents has come under fire for selling agents products whereby they can manipulate reviews  – their own and, it is alleged, those of their competitors...

Rural properties lose their shine for buyers, says Primelocation

Friday 8th March 2013

Asking prices for properties in towns have risen, while asking prices for rural homes are sharply down...

Mortgage approvals drop as buyer demand fades

Friday 8th March 2013

Mortgage approvals fell to their lowest level in seven months in February, a national firm of valuers forecasts today...

Andrews involves Ombudsman in new CPR training

Friday 8th March 2013

Staff at Andrews’ 440-strong team of estate and letting agents have received in-depth training in Consumer Protection Regulation (CPR)...

More repossessions help drive Auction House success

Friday 8th March 2013

Property brand Auction House has experienced its most successful month in the company’s six-year history, with record numbers of lots being entered and sold in February...

Taxman goes after sellers of second homes

Friday 8th March 2013

People who have sold second homes or buy-to-let properties are being targeted by HMRC in a new campaign...

New ruling orders letting agents to put fees in adverts

Wednesday 6th March 2013

In a landmark ruling, the advertising watchdog has today ruled that all letting agents must clearly disclose what their fees are when they market rental properties...

Foxtons announces five new offices with more to come

Wednesday 6th March 2013

Foxtons has announced it will be opening five new offices in London this spring as part of its ongoing expansion plan...

Buyers will compromise on garden before anything else

Wednesday 6th March 2013

Buyers will compromise most on their gardens, followed by a downstairs cloakroom, while least up for negotiation is the number of bedrooms...

Myhomemove defies market to triple in size

Wednesday 6th March 2013

Conveyancing firm myhomemove has announced ambitious plans to treble in size over the next three years...

First-time buyers on increase, say mortgage lenders

Wednesday 6th March 2013

The number of first-time buyers in London rose 15% last year. According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the figure was 37,000, up from 32,400 the year before, although still a long way behind the 60,000 in 2007...

FIRST ‘ALL-STAR’ OFFERED JOB WITH LAWRENCE RAND ESTATE AGENTS

Tuesday 5th March 2013

London, 1 March 2013–Innovative new property recruiter, Estate Agency All-Stars, is pleased to announce the successful placement of its first ‘All-Star’ with Ruislip-based estate agents, Lawrence Rand...

Why Parry’s Property chose Rotating Light Panel Window Displays

Tuesday 5th March 2013

Mid West Displays have recently designed, supplied and installed a new window display in Parry’s Monmouth office...

60 second Interview: Andrew Potter of My Online Agent

Monday 4th March 2013

    We speak to Andrew Potter of My Online Estate Agent Interview by David Fowle, Angels Media What is your background? Tell us a little bit about yourself...

We'll run a joint enterprise portal with you, firm offers agents

Monday 4th March 2013

A new prototype property portal is gearing up for launch this spring, with agents being given the opportunity to take a stake in it and to shape its direction...

North South divide sharpens for housing market, says Hometrack

Monday 4th March 2013

A country of two halves is painted by the Hometrack survey of the housing market, out this morning...

Stamp Duty bonanza for taxman despite transactions fall

Monday 4th March 2013

Last year’s hikes in Stamp Duty have hit the London sales market by reducing volumes 15%, Knight Frank said this morning...

Needaproperty splashes some cash in consumer competition

Monday 4th March 2013

New property portal Needaproperty has launched an online competition for consumers to win £25,000...

Network launches referrals prize draw for agents

Monday 4th March 2013

Relocation Agent Network – formerly Home Sale Network – has launched its 2013 referral prize draw, giving members the chance to win an Apple iPad in a monthly prize draw and the opportunity to win a final national cash prize of £10,000...

Get your testimonials working harder for you today!

Friday 1st March 2013

With client recommendation being one of the biggest drivers of new business, agents often place testimonials on their websites (and even on their stationary) in order to win new clients...

Rightmove announces new record breaking results

Friday 1st March 2013

Rightmove's revenue and profits have soared while the profit margin has increased yet further...

LSL reveals its £11.8m stake in Zoopla

Friday 1st March 2013

LSL has revealed that it increased its shareholding in Zoopla ahead of its merger with the Digital Property Group portals...

Connells lay claim to UK's most profitable estate agency

Friday 1st March 2013

Connells has announced pre-tax profits for 2012 of £36.2m, a performance which it said is likely to consolidate its position as the most profitable UK estate agency group...

Thousands of homes bought since credit crunch sell at loss

Friday 1st March 2013

Around 130,000 homes in England and Wales that have been bought and sold since 2007 have gone for a loss...

Government housing policies blasted as 'schizophrenic'

Friday 1st March 2013

Housing policies were blasted by a succession of speakers at a buy-to-let event in Westminster yesterday...

More house hunters than for five years, says NAEA

Friday 1st March 2013

The number of house hunters rose in January to its highest level in five years, the NAEA has claimed, while this morning, Nationwide reported that the average house price for February stood at £162,638 – a 0...

iam-successful, iam-exciting, iam-sold – 170 properties sold in February

Wednesday 27th February 2013

What a fantastic start to 2013 it has been for iam-sold and their partner agents.  Recent market statistics released by the Essentials Information Group has revealed that between January 2012 and December 2012, iam-sold are now the 6thlargest auction house, based on the number of properties sold, and the 2nd largest auction provider in the UK...

Ombudsman hits out at changes to law for estate agents

Wednesday 27th February 2013

The Property Ombudsman has hit out at changes to legislation that will affect estate agents and their business environment...

More complaints against estate agents reviewed by Ombudsman

Wednesday 27th February 2013

Complaints about agents to the Property Ombudsman rose last year by 12%, while the number of complaints about estate agents specifically also rose, as did the number that went on to review...

Fury over fake review on Allagents after agent posed as buyer

Wednesday 27th February 2013

A formal complaint is being made about the alleged behaviour of an estate agent who first posed as a prospective purchaser and then wrote a damning review about another agent on a review site...

We're delivering record levels of leads to agents, says Rightmove

Wednesday 27th February 2013

Home movers are continuing to search and research Rightmove in record numbers, the site has reported just days ahead of its annual results...

High street banks report slump in mortgage lending

Wednesday 27th February 2013

Mortgage approvals for house purchase by Britain’s high street banks dropped 14% last month, compared with January last year...

Free Boiler Replacement via Everything Lettings

Monday 25th February 2013

At Everything Lettings we know it’s important to be able to offer something different to the competition...

Would your branch like a free vendor lead? (No need to give any payment details)

Monday 25th February 2013

In the competitive world of property sales, quality estate agents need a way of standing out from their peers in order to secure new business from vendors...

Brand Blog 12: How you can get a brand as strong as Apple’s

Monday 25th February 2013

Ask 100 people what they think is strongest brand in the world and a large number would say ‘Apple’...

Ombudsman: Complaints about sales take a back seat to lettings

Monday 25th February 2013

Just 27% of complaints to the Property Ombudsman were about sales agents last year. The majority (53%) related to lettings...

Fewer home sellers are cutting prices, says Zoopla

Monday 25th February 2013

The number of properties on the market that have had the asking price reduced at least once has fallen to its lowest level in over two and half years, says Zoopla...

Housing transactions start year on a nine-month low

Monday 25th February 2013

There were 64,490 housing transactions throughout the UK last month, HMRC has reported. The figure compares with 81,140 in December, and is the lowest since last April...

Sales in jeopardy as banks drag their heels over mortgages

Monday 25th February 2013

Some banks are taking weeks to process mortgage applications, causing delays, or even sales to fall through...

Metropix updates its interactive floor plans

Monday 25th February 2013

Metropix has relaunched its interactive floor plan tool, PicturePlus.   The new tool combines a property’s floor plan layout with integrated high resolution photos...

Mortgage lending falls despite hype over cheap rates

Friday 22nd February 2013

Mortgage lending fell last month, letting down previous optimistic forecasts – despite the mortgage rate war created by Funding for Lending...

Small local agents out-gunning the big boys, says Stacks

Friday 22nd February 2013

Property search company Stacks has noted the rise of the smaller estate agent as a marked trend. The firm says that even wealthy buyers are no longer dazzled by the top-end names – and that smaller, local ones are doing a better job...

Rightmove defends its 'geographic' pricing model

Friday 22nd February 2013

Rightmove has defended its decision to charge extra to agents marketing properties which are at a distance from their offices...

Collapse in number of new homes sends out fresh alarm signals

Friday 22nd February 2013

Statistics for new house building show there was an 11% collapse in the number of new home starts last year...

Houses put up for sale at just one quid each

Friday 22nd February 2013

Got a quid to spare? Then you could buy a home in Kensington. No, not THAT Kensington. The Kensington we’re talking about is in Liverpool, where the city council is offering homes for just £1...

Meet the very model of an estate agent

Friday 22nd February 2013

An estate agent is in line to win the UK’s Top Model competition.  Furthermore, voting for him will raise money – hopefully a lot – for the charity, Children with Cancer UK, based at Great Ormond Street...

How to find more vendors and landlords

Thursday 21st February 2013

Ask agents on the front line what is the one thing that they need to improve business, and the answer is usually more instructions from vendors and landlords...

Harry Simons Blog

Wednesday 20th February 2013

We read a Tweet the other day that said “The phrase ‘a stone’s throw’ has been discontinued...

Countrywide confirms it will float on stock exchange

Wednesday 20th February 2013

Countrywide this morning confirmed that it is to float on the London Stock Exchange, after releasing its results for last year and confirming its place as the UK’s number one estate agency...

Judge rules agent did not mislead buyer in mineshaft case

Wednesday 20th February 2013

An agent did not mislead a potential buyer by failing to disclose the existence of a mineshaft at a property, a judge has ruled...

Eric Walker takes up senior role at Your Move

Wednesday 20th February 2013

Your Move estate agents has announced the appointment of well-known industry figure Eric Walker as regional managing director for its South-East division...

Agents trusted to tell truth more than politicians (or journalists)

Wednesday 20th February 2013

Oh no, it’s another of those polls. And frankly, EAT is slightly less than enthusiastic. According to an Ipsos MORI survey earlier this month of 1,018 adults aged 18-plus across Britain, estate agents are among the least trusted professionals in the UK...

Charity reaps benefit of Relocation Agent Network rebrand

Wednesday 20th February 2013

Members of the Relocation Agent Network have raised £5,000 for the children’s charity Make-A-Wish-Foundation...

Dominic Hiatt: Blog

Monday 18th February 2013

Estate agents: are you as fed up as I am, watching the same old rent-a-gobs spout forth their views in the national property media? Read The Sunday Times Home supplement, Bricks & Mortar in The Times, Homes & Property in the Standard,  and all those other supplements, and you’ll see the same old spokespeople being wheeled out, week in, week out...

Three month stay of execution for PropertyLive

Monday 18th February 2013

PropertyLive, the NFoPP property portal, has been given a three-month stay of execution. In that time, it is to be hosted by an unnamed external party, and will continue to function as a property portal...

Asking prices shoot up to new records, says Rightmove

Monday 18th February 2013

Asking prices for properties new on the market have shot up this month. Rightmove described the 2...

Shortlists announced for this year's ESTAS

Monday 18th February 2013

The ESTAS shortlist has been announced for 2013 – the result of 23,000 sellers, buyers and landlords rating their agents during the course of 2012...

Here's why the same old estate agency names crop up in the press

Monday 18th February 2013

Do you ever get tired of the same old estate agency names popping up in all the property supplements? Do you sometimes wonder if national property journalists even know there is a world that operates outside the somewhat rarefied worlds of Knight Frank and Savills? In today’s blog, a professional PR for the more ordinary mortals in the estate agency world, Dominic Hiatt, takes a swipe at the ‘same old spokespeople’ – and the lazy journalists who always opt for the easy stories...

So, how does an agent brand its years of experience?

Monday 18th February 2013

Branding, rebranding and getting your messages across are always difficult for estate agents – given that there’s usually one next door to you and another over the road that may, as far as the consumer is concerned, look much the same...

Kremer Signs recruiting for expansion

Friday 15th February 2013

Kremer Signs are dedicated to the property market and have been focused on offering estate and lettings agents with the highest quality signage since 1984...

Estate agency firms 'will last just one generation' warning

Friday 15th February 2013

Most estate agency firms will survive for just one generation. The warning has come from Adam Walker, a broker who specialises in the sale of estate agency and lettings businesses...

Estate Agency Foundation publishes this year's charity list

Friday 15th February 2013

The Estate Agency Foundation has announced the five charities for the homeless that it will be supporting this year – and Shelter is not on the list...

There's a national housing crisis, say consumers (but not where I live)

Friday 15th February 2013

A public opinion poll has found that four out of five people think there is a housing crisis in Britain – but not on their back doorstep...

Zoopla signs long-term sponsorship of house builder awards

Friday 15th February 2013

Zoopla has signed a long-term deal to become the headline sponsor of awards for home builders. The What House? Awards, now in their 32nd year, are considered the ultimate symbol of prestige and excellence in the new homes industry...

Xperience boss Michael Stoop awarded highest RICS honour

Friday 15th February 2013

Industry veteran Michael Stoop, pictured, has been awarded a fellowship of the RICS – the highest honour that can be bestowed on members...

Robinson Jackson Residential Board Rebrand

Thursday 14th February 2013

Robinson Jackson chose Kremer Signs to rebrand estate agency boards. We supplied Robinson Jackson with an order of over 2,000 For Sale and To Let T Boards with their rebranded design for all thirty branches throughout London and Kent...

Lettings Firms Sell For Record Prices

Thursday 14th February 2013

Despite the downturn in the housing market, lettings agents are being sold for record prices.  My record price for a sale last year was 2...

Protect your business

Thursday 14th February 2013

Estate agents, letting agents, property professionals. All have one thing in common. They earn their living by presenting, advising, talking and ultimately selling! So, they may be unaware of it but for most estate agents one of their biggest risks is the risk of professional negligence...

Complete Estate Agents – Beautiful inside & Out

Wednesday 13th February 2013

Complete Estate Agents have got their new year off to a bright start with new illuminated window displays from MID WEST DISPLAYS...

Brian Murphy Blog

Wednesday 13th February 2013

There are positive signs for this year, with 2013 continuing where 2012 left off. Lenders are increasingly slugging it out in an ever more competitive mortgage pricing war...

Transaction levels pick up across UK, claims optimistic RICS

Wednesday 13th February 2013

Housing  transactions are continuing to pick up across the UK, the RICS has claimed. Transactions have now increased for four consecutive months, says the RICS...

House prices on the rise, says ONS

Wednesday 13th February 2013

Growth in the South-East and London drove house prices up by 3.3% in 2012, according to the Office of National Statistics...

First-time buyer market is best in five years, say lenders

Wednesday 13th February 2013

The number of first-time buyers in 2012 reached the largest yearly total in five years – with the market now said to be primed for growth...

New property portal relaunches website

Wednesday 13th February 2013

Property portal needaproperty has relaunched its website so that it can now scale to desktop, tablet and smart phones...

Glitch at Zoopla over putting up new property listings

Wednesday 13th February 2013

Zoopla has had problems putting up new listings since before the weekend, the site said yesterday afternoon...

First-time buyers take ten years to save for deposit

Wednesday 13th February 2013

It now takes first-time buyers three times as long to save for a deposit as it did ten years ago, new research has claimed...

Charles Derby to launch UK-wide estate agency franchise

Tuesday 12th February 2013

Charles Derby is pleased to announce that it is launching an estate agency franchise throughout the UK...

Rightmove and Zoopla in battles to exorcise ghost properties

Monday 11th February 2013

Rightmove is continuing to remove huge numbers of ‘ghost’ properties from its website, while Zoopla said that out-of date listings are its single biggest cause of complaints, leading to expulsion of agents in extreme cases...

This year 'will prove as good as any', says Strutt & Parker

Monday 11th February 2013

There was a marked increase in buyers flocking to the country house market in January, while the London market continues to soar, according to Strutt & Parker...

Buyer demand shoots up (again) in London, say agents

Monday 11th February 2013

London agents are reporting that buyer demand has shot up. Ed Mead, of Douglas & Gordon, said: “January reaffirms our hunch that 2013 will be a good year for sellers as stock levels are 10% down compared to this time last year and we received 50% more offers from what felt like more motivated buyers...

Bushells buyer to hunt for more acquisitions

Monday 11th February 2013

The London agent who bought Bushells last year has said he will be looking for similar deals. Robert Nichols, pictured, of Edmund Cude, has also revealed how he accidentally began his entrepreneurial career in estate agency – which has seen his business grow from one branch and one employee to 110 employees and 11 offices in just six years...

New chairman is announced for Team Association

Monday 11th February 2013

Paul Bonett has been confirmed as the new chairman of Team Association, the network of independent agents...

Home ownership falls back as more turn to private renting

Monday 11th February 2013

The latest English Housing Survey has shown that more people are deserting home ownership to live in the private rented sector...

Why are Property Visits so important? Inventories Everywhere explains all!

Friday 8th February 2013

Whilst it may have taken a few years to filter through the entire country, for the most part, the majority of Landlords and Letting Agents now agree that Inventories, Check-Ins and Check-Outs are essential tools for managing and protecting a property...

Just launched inspirational ideas site!

Friday 8th February 2013

Fairfield Displays & Lighting have just launched their new inspirational website designed to help Estate Agents...

UK Sales Progressors really getting a move on!

Friday 8th February 2013

UK Sales Progressors Limited has great plans for 2013 and beyond. The UK's most experienced, established outsourced sales progression company is really going places, not only literally by moving into a  much larger office but also by upgrading their telephones and by developing a bespoke software system to enhance their current award winning operation...

Boris's ideas on Stamp Duty are flawed, warns agent

Friday 8th February 2013

Calls by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, for London to retain all Stamp Duty receipts raised on its property sales, have been called into question by a leading estate agent...

RICS launches new commission on housing crisis

Friday 8th February 2013

The RICS has launched a commission into the housing crisis, and is calling on both members and others in the property sector to submit evidence...

Estate Agency Foundation announces record donations for homeless

Friday 8th February 2013

The Estate Agency Foundation, which raises money to help homeless people, has exceeded its £150,000 fundraising target for last year, raising over £156,600...

Things are looking up in mortgage market, say Connells

Friday 8th February 2013

A positive message for the housing market has been sounded by national firm Connells Survey & Valuation – with first-time buyers out and about...

Rightmove gets behind new All Stars training programme

Friday 8th February 2013

A new programme has launched which will select and then train new recruits in the industry before they start work...

Foxtons prepare to open in . . . Brixton

Friday 8th February 2013

You might not normally associate Foxtons with the slightly more down-town areas of town, but here’s a sign that Brixton could be the next big up-and-coming place...

Guaranteed traffic from local vendors and landlords

Thursday 7th February 2013

Instructions are the lifeblood of any agency, and with the competition being fierce it is crucial that you have a visible presence and are able to differentiate yourself...

How to gain more instructions from vendors and landlords

Thursday 7th February 2013

With property portals providing a steady stream of applicants, many agents find that the issue isn't selling or letting properties but rather finding the stock in the first place...

Need more properties on your books?

Wednesday 6th February 2013

Are you looking for ways to gain more property instructions? Sign up here with Which Property Agent to get a completely free vendor or landlord lead...

Land Registry accused of under-cooking house prices in 'sham' surveys

Wednesday 6th February 2013

The Land Registry has been accused of under-cooking house price figures in ‘sham’ indices...

'House price index measures change, not price' says Land Registry

Wednesday 6th February 2013

What the Land Registry says: “The difference between our HPI and the ONS figures arises because they use different data sets and methodologies and inevitably throw up different results...

Stamp Duty bill for buyers about to soar, warns property firm

Wednesday 6th February 2013

Around 80,000 house purchasers in England and Wales could find their Stamp Duty bill triples this year...

New property fraud hotline is launched

Wednesday 6th February 2013

A new property fraud line has launched, allowing owners who are concerned their property might be subject to a fraudulent sale or mortgage to quickly alert the Land Registry...

Estate Agency Foundation pulls plug on giving more funds to Shelter

Wednesday 6th February 2013

The Estate Agency Foundation, the industry’s own charity dedicated to helping homeless people, has decided to stop handing out sums of money to Shelter...

The 3 biggest benefits of Cloud technology (over plain-old web-based)

Tuesday 5th February 2013

Have a read of our latest blog post: The 3 biggest benefits of Cloud technology (over plain-old web-based) to find out more...

Reach for the stars!

Tuesday 5th February 2013

An exciting new business headed up by a number of renowned and respected estate agency figures is about to introduce a new concept to the industry...

60: Second Interview : Joshua Rayner, Founder of Estate Agency All Stars

Tuesday 5th February 2013

    We speak to Joshua Rayner, Founder of Estate Agency All Stars...

Brian Murphy Blog

Monday 4th February 2013

The mortgage and housing market has, it appears, finally started to rise out of what can be only described as a very severe trough in the last four and five years...

PropertyLive still has a pulse, puzzled agents find

Monday 4th February 2013

PropertyLive has not closed down after all – yet, anyway. EAT was unable to get a reply from NFoPP regarding any update on the closure, which had been flagged up to members for last Thursday night...

New consumer portal partners with Rightmove

Monday 4th February 2013

A new one-stop consumer property portal is to launch this month, with an estate agent search facility powered by Rightmove...

Banks lose that lending habit, as alternatives ramp up

Monday 4th February 2013

Have you checked out the state of lending on the high street recently? Here are three reports that tell an interesting story...

Three in four new builds in London bought by foreigners

Monday 4th February 2013

UK buyers are purchasing only just over a quarter of new-builds in London, with most going to overseas investors...

Winkworth London franchisee opens third office in commuter belt

Monday 4th February 2013

Winkworth has opened in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire – its second new opening this year. The franchisee is Ian Fraser, who already owns two franchises in London...

Harry Simons blog

Saturday 2nd February 2013

Tumbleweed in your office? So Christmas has been and gone, and no doubt thousands of people will be clutching new smartphones or tablets...

Estate agency firm bought by UK's ninth largest building society

Friday 1st February 2013

The country’s ninth largest building society has acquired East Midlands estate agents Harrison Murray, the firm headed by its managing director, well known industry figure Nick Salmon...

FTBs who lost out by trying to beat Stamp Duty deadline

Friday 1st February 2013

A strange year for first-time buyers saw numbers hit 24,200 in March 2012 to beat the Stamp Duty deadline...

OFT publishes names of more banned agents

Friday 1st February 2013

The Office of Fair Trading has continued to update its site by publishing the names of agents who were banned last year, but whose bans were not publicised at the time – apparently the result of an administrative omission...

Property prices go up (sort of), says Nationwide

Friday 1st February 2013

According to Nationwide, property prices went up last month – or down. The building society said that house prices had gone up 0...

Funding for Lending 'playing into hands' of wealthier Londoners

Friday 1st February 2013

The Funding for Lending Scheme is encouraging richer Londoners to recycle their property wealth. According to central London agent Marsh & Parsons, the Government’s flagship FLS  – which has led to lenders concentrating on borrowers with larger deposits – has helped London property owners make a move...

NewBuy scheme adds part exchange to its offering

Friday 1st February 2013

The controversial NewBuy scheme has added a part-exchange feature to its offering after reaching 3,000 reservations...

Would your branch like a free vendor or landlord lead?

Wednesday 30th January 2013

Estate agent comparison website Which Property Agent is offering agents a completely free vendor or landlord lead when they register their branch...

How to attract vendors and landlords to your agency

Wednesday 30th January 2013

WhichPropertyAgent.co.uk puts the best agents in the UK in touch with property owners who are looking to instruct an agent to sell or manage their property...

Agents to count cost after being told to remove OFT logos

Wednesday 30th January 2013

Furious agents will be counting the cost of having to remove all traces of the OFT from their marketing after shock news that authorisation is being withdrawn from March 31...

Slump in monthly housing transactions, Land Registry reports

Wednesday 30th January 2013

Average house prices in England and Wales ended the year at £162,080 – 1.79% higher than 12 months earlier...

Property tax measures were 'cobbled together', peers are told

Wednesday 30th January 2013

Last year’s Budget measures aimed at getting rich overseas property purchasers to pay tax were ‘cobbled together’ with very little thought, peers have been told...

Hamptons launches training academy for newcomers

Wednesday 30th January 2013

Hamptons International has announced the launch of the ‘Hamptons Academy’, a new training programme designed specifically for individuals wanting to embark on a career in property...

Government launches its own Rightmove style property portal

Wednesday 30th January 2013

The Government has launched its own ‘Rightmove’ site. It lists government-owned properties, including buildings and land, that are available to rent or buy...

Estate agency database sparks complaint to advertising watchdog

Wednesday 30th January 2013

A firm selling a database of estate agents’ and letting agents’ contact information has been told to withdraw its ‘money back’ offer in its marketing...

3 reasons why you should never sign estate agency software contracts

Tuesday 29th January 2013

There was a time when it was essential to have a contract between you and your estate agency software provider, not least because there was physical installation and maintenance necessary  Have a read of our latest blog post '3 reasons why you should never sign estate agency contracts' to find out more...

NAEA boss says 'We're listening to members' over PropertyLive

Monday 28th January 2013

With the days ticking towards PropertyLive’s scheduled demise on Thursday, NAEA boss Mark Hayward has said he is looking at possible alternative options...

Private sales site launches free listings to agents

Monday 28th January 2013

Estate agents are being offered a new and free listing portal service covering the country. However, the offer comes from a controversial source – the for-sale-by-owner website Little House Company...

Facebook property site ramps up agent recruitment drive

Monday 28th January 2013

Property Network – the Facebook service that launched a year ago as Property Place – is today upping the stakes with the launch of a new agency recruitment drive...

Needaproperty founder says he is determined to provide 'credible alternative'

Monday 28th January 2013

Among the contenders circling the property portal industry, new website Needaproperty has stressed it is serious about taking on Rightmove and Zoopla...

Any new agents portal must put consumers at its heart, call

Monday 28th January 2013

A new, or relaunched, property portal that is owned by agents for agents must set out its stall for consumers, an expert has said...

Will sellers cold shoulder Green Deal?

Monday 28th January 2013

The Green Deal finance schemes launch officially today, bringing new obligations of disclosure for agents, sellers and landlords, and the conveyancing profession...

Year gets off to slow start but agents hopeful for spring

Monday 28th January 2013

Flat house prices and a lack of supply have been the story of the housing market so far this new year – but nearly eight in ten agents are optimistic that volumes will grow...

The Brand Blog no. 11

Friday 25th January 2013

Will January 2013 turn out to be a turning point for the high street?  Many other industries and their customers have migrated from the high street to the internet – travel agents, insurance brokers, DVD rentals, and of course the retailers of standardised goods like electronics...

Support floods in after Nick Salmon’s call on portals

Friday 25th January 2013

Nick Salmon's call to agents to support the concept of PropertyLive as an agent-owned site becoming a ‘line in the sand' against excessive portal charges has provoked a very strong and positive response, he said last night...

Different audiences use Rightmove and Zoopla, says analyst

Friday 25th January 2013

The audiences of Rightmove and Zoopla are very different, with little crossover between the major property portals...

Agent fined by OFT over money laundering regulations

Friday 25th January 2013

An estate agent has been fined almost £12,000 for failing to comply with anti money laundering regulations...

Mortgage approvals slip in 'terribly depressing' year

Friday 25th January 2013

High street banks last year approved 2% fewer mortgages for house purchase than in 2011, while their approvals for remortgaging and other loans were respectively 23% and 21% lower...

Conveyancing firm set to expand offering for independent agents

Friday 25th January 2013

One agent earned £48,000 in conveyancing commissions from one firm, and plans to raise it to £60,000 this year...

Surely the Land Registry still tells it like it is

Friday 25th January 2013

New statistics from the Land Registry have shown that between January and November last year, there were 588,385 house sales in England and Wales...

State of housing market throws 'experts' into a tizz

Friday 25th January 2013

Is the housing market picking up or not? Is the Council of Mortgage Lenders right to be forecasting 900,000 transactions for last year when the Land Registry records give only 588,385 for the first 11 months? Well, time will tell...

Housing market recovery IS here, insist lenders

Wednesday 23rd January 2013

Mortgage lenders are insistent that the housing market recovery is under way. The Council of Mortgage Lenders says it “may be easy to overlook the recovery that has already quietly been under way”, with consumer sentiment having not yet caught up...

Rightmove climbs to sixth place in UK's top ten websites

Wednesday 23rd January 2013

Rightmove has climbed the top ten UK websites to take sixth place – way ahead of nearest rival Zoopla...

How using thebu2iness.com grows clients' market share faster

Tuesday 22nd January 2013

Have a read of our latest blog post 'How using thebu2iness.com grows clients' market share faster' Please feel free to leave a comment on our blog post if you have any questions or opinions...

This is the moment for agents to act on portals, by Nick Salmon

Monday 21st January 2013

Today, I believe we have a chance to pull together as an industry, and I also believe it is a chance that will not come again: to draw a line in the sand over property portal charges...

Countrywide getting set to return to stock market listing

Monday 21st January 2013

Countrywide, the UK’s largest chain of estate agents and mortgage network, is planning a return to the stock market...

Green shoots may be emerging, says Rightmove

Monday 21st January 2013

There are signs of green shoots in the housing market, Rightmove said this morning. It said traffic to the site is up 27% on this time a year ago, and new listings have increased by 22%...

Large deposits make inventories more important than ever

Sunday 20th January 2013

With such large sums of money at stake, ARLA has called on tenants and landlords to consider the benefits of establishing a comprehensive inventory upon the commencement of a new let...

Estate Agents to benefit from UK’s first online ‘Storage Sharing’ Scheme

Friday 18th January 2013

Storemates.co.uk  - the UK’s first ‘Storage Sharing Scheme’ - will provide Estate Agents with a unique new service to help them improve sales and market visibility through: The improved marketing and sales of newly de-cluttered properties...

Agents in angry protest over demise of PropertyLive

Friday 18th January 2013

Zoopla has said it is not surprised by the decision to ditch PropertyLive, while there was fury at this week’s meeting of agents in Surrey over NFoPP's closure of the portal after a cost thought to be over £2m...

Peer faces setback in battle to have letting agents included in EAA

Friday 18th January 2013

Baroness Hayter has failed in her bid to get letting agents recognised in law as estate agents – for the time being...

Allsop predicts selling more repos at auction this year

Friday 18th January 2013

Allsop Residential auctions has been named the UK’s top residential auctioneer after selling a total of 1,649 residential lots last year, raising nearly £314m...

Selling stampede at Battersea Power Station sets new records

Friday 18th January 2013

Jones Lang LaSalle has been appointed as international sales agent on Battersea Power Station – which is unquestionably a great gig to get...

Global estate agency franchise group to expand in UK

Friday 18th January 2013

Global estate agency franchise group Engel & Völkers is planning to expand in the UK after announcing the best financial results in its 35-year history...

Countrywide uses Rightmove Partners to promote itself

Friday 18th January 2013

Rightmove Partners have sent out an email to consumers promoting Countrywide. One agent who received it said he was extremely unhappy and another described it as “naughty”...

Estate agent comparison site Which Property Agent celebrates its first birthday.

Thursday 17th January 2013

Which Property Agent, the original agent comparison site, celebrated 12 months of trading on January 14th...

Facebook property site gears up to be 'Rightmove killer'

Wednesday 16th January 2013

Property Place, the Facebook-based property search engine, has secured a seven figure investment from three funds – and says it is in a position to take on Rightmove...

Record levels of visitors flocking to Zoopla sites

Wednesday 16th January 2013

Zoopla says it has seen record levels of activity on its websites during the first half of January...

Online agent Hatched gets set for regional expansion

Wednesday 16th January 2013

An online estate agent is predicting a bumper year, with expansion in site, after claiming that it agreed sales on over 760 homes nationwide in 2012...

RICS predicts 'significant' uplift in UK house sales

Wednesday 16th January 2013

House sales across the UK look set to increase as chartered surveyors’ expectations for the coming three months rose significantly, says the latest RICS housing market survey...

CLG clarifies 'key partners' it has kept in the loop over EPCs

Wednesday 16th January 2013

The Government department for Communities and Local Government has now clarified the ‘key partners’ it informed over the latest changes to EPCs...

First-time buyers 'yet to benefit from Funding for Lending'

Wednesday 16th January 2013

Lending to first-time homebuyers increased 11% in 2012, the highest level since the onset of the credit crunch...

The cash is in the credibility

Tuesday 15th January 2013

“Credibility is everything” – a term widely used both in business and in life, and how true it is...

The lesson all businesses should learn from the Propertylive fiasco – don’t listen to techies

Tuesday 15th January 2013

We met the guys from Propertylive when we were launching thebu2iness.com back in 2008. They were enthusiastic promoters of our system as we were offering completely free Portal Uploads...

Landlord Packs come to the rescue

Tuesday 15th January 2013

It is at this time of year that many lettings agents struggle to cope with property maintenance issues, especially out of hours and emergencies , Everything Lettings believe they have the perfect solution...

ARPM Property Management reflect on 2012

Tuesday 15th January 2013

The New Year is full of promise.  It’s at this time of year that many owners of lettings businesses have the bottom line in mind – the focus being on how to make it bigger this year...

The speed and power of auto-matching applicants with properties

Tuesday 15th January 2013

Negotiators are called negotiators for a reason. If they were meant to match people and property, they would be called “Matchers” but they aren’t...

How should we deal with one tenant leaving during a tenancy?

Monday 14th January 2013

It’s always a situation you hope, as a landlord, you don’t have to deal with – when a tenant leaves early...

Crooked agent went to work for chain after admitting fraud

Monday 14th January 2013

A crooked agent tried to start a new life by working as branch manager for a large chain after he admitted to police that he had committed fraud...

Parliament set to debate legal recognition of letting agents

Monday 14th January 2013

An amendment has been proposed that would legally classify letting agents as estate agents. It is due to be discussed today in the House of Lords...

Have agents been sufficently briefed over EPC changes?

Monday 14th January 2013

Do you feel that, as an agent, you have been given sufficient guidance about the latest changes to EPCs? We would appreciate your comments, as we feel we may need to take this further...

Top property journalist names his 20 favourite agents

Monday 14th January 2013

Shock and horror! A national property journalist has written an article in praise of local estate agents...

White-labelled news service proving a hit with agents

Friday 11th January 2013

The news service launched by Angels Media, publishers of Estate Agent Today, is proving a hit with agents...

Agent threatens Allagents with legal action over 'defamation'

Friday 11th January 2013

An agent is threatening to sue review site Allagents and has issued preliminary legal proceedings for defamation...

Portal's TV advert is banned by advertising watchdog

Friday 11th January 2013

A property portal which claimed to be Scotland’s biggest property website will not be allowed to make that claim again, following a protest to the advertising watchdog by Rightmove...

Winkworth launches new website with a difference

Friday 11th January 2013

Winkworth has launched a new website which it says breaks new ground. It has no home page as such, but a series of four ‘landing pages’, together with a live chat function, while as well as the main site, each local Winkworth office has its own microsite which they create and manage, complete with local area guides and office blogs...

Agent gets set to give away car of the year

Friday 11th January 2013

It’s that time of the year when agents come up with all kinds of incentives aimed at picking up more instructions...

More people struggling with mortgage and rent payments, says Shelter

Friday 11th January 2013

The number of people who are in arrears with their rent or mortgage is now 1.4m, while the number of those struggling to meet their monthly payments has risen by 44% to stand at 7...