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Fade-away in first-time buyers worries NAEA

Friday 7th September 2012

The housing market experienced an overall decrease in activity in July, according to the National Association of Estate Agents...

New housing minister must be 'game changer', says Countrywide boss

Friday 7th September 2012

Estate agency and mortgage group Countrywide has called on new housing minister Mark Prisk to be a ‘game changer’ in the market...

Hit spoof film agent comes up with new video idea

Friday 7th September 2012

What does an estate agent do with an office in a great position but so tiny that it has room for only three small desks at a squeeze? For several years Ivor Dickinson, boss of Douglas & Gordon, had no answer other than to use it as a showcase for local art...

Britain's priciest house, but is it in the best possible taste?

Friday 7th September 2012

In a way, you just have to feel sorry for estate agent Trevor Abrahmsohn. He’s almost certainly the UK’s most successful agent, but doesn’t the poor man ever long to sell a nice house, instead of simply an expensive one? His latest instruction on billionaires’ row, Bishops Avenue in north London, is reckoned to be the priciest property currently on the UK market at a cool £100m...

Fairfield Displays provide interior displays for Balfour

Thursday 6th September 2012

The new office interior has been designed to give an up market feel and the properties displays certainly enhance the image...

ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT SELLING YOUR LETTINGS BUSINESS?

Wednesday 5th September 2012

There is currently very strong demand for good quality lettings businesses so if you are thinking of selling now could be an excellent time to do so...

New housing minister Mark Prisk is surveyor

Wednesday 5th September 2012

A chartered surveyor, Mark Prisk, has become housing minister in succession to Grant Shapps who has been appointed Conservative Party co-chairman and who will move into the cabinet as a minister without portfolio...

Zoopla takes precedence in naming of group

Wednesday 5th September 2012

The newly merged business of Zoopla and Digital Property Group is to be called Zoopla Property Group...

Former Digital boss Milner is MD of Landmark

Wednesday 5th September 2012

The former boss of FindaProperty and Primelocation has landed a new job within the Daily Mail organisation...

Time for agents to sign up to the ESTAS

Wednesday 5th September 2012

Competition for the coveted ESTAS sponsored by Zoopla gears up once again as the awards celebrate their tenth anniversary...

Auction House gears up for its biggest sale yet

Wednesday 5th September 2012

Auction House, which sells properties in partnership with a network of local estate agents, is gearing up for its biggest ever sale this month, with 370 lots...

Estate agent fees highest moving cost for most, claim

Monday 3rd September 2012

Estate agents’ fees are 80% higher than Stamp Duty for the majority of home movers, new research has found...

Number of hopeful first-time buyers creeps up

Monday 3rd September 2012

Some 27% of people planning to buy a home in the next 12 months will be doing so for the first time – and statistically, most will be graduates...

How to make a mobile ring tone work for you

Monday 3rd September 2012

A new service which turns the ringing tones on business mobile phones into an advertising medium is apparently proving a particular hit with estate agents...

Who will apply for top job at NAEA?

Monday 3rd September 2012

You only have a few days left in which to apply, but at last we can bring you details of the search going on for the new managing director of the NAEA...

Prices in prime central London hit another new record

Monday 3rd September 2012

House prices in central London rose to yet another new high in August, says Knight Frank. They grew 0...

Mortgage market 'game changer' announces launch date

Monday 3rd September 2012

Castle Trust – which describes itself as a new type of financial institution planning to unlock the UK housing market – has announced its launch into mortgages on October 1 with its shared equity products...

Outsourced Lettings – are service standards jeopardised? At ARPM Property Management they’re not....

Friday 31st August 2012

ARPM Property Management, one of the largest outsourced lettings providers, recently conducted a Survey via LAT and EAT regarding the Outsourced Lettings Industry and are interested by the fact that in general property professionals were put off outsourcing their back-office lettings functions as they are worried service standards would be jeopardised...

Zoopla squares up to Rightmove fight with biggest TV ad campaign yet

Friday 31st August 2012

Zoopla’s latest advertising campaign – its biggest yet – kicks off this weekend on TV as it steps up its battle to mount a credible alternative to Rightmove...

House prices up by a whisker, says Land Registry

Friday 31st August 2012

House prices across England and Wales grew an average of 0.8% in July to stand at £162,900, the Land Registry has reported...

More agents should use Pininterest, says networking guru

Friday 31st August 2012

It’s got more recipes and hairstyles than you could ever feasibly want in a lifetime, but Pininterest – the fastest growing social network site of all time – doesn’t seem to have much of one thing: estate agents...

Connells boss marks 35 years with the company

Friday 31st August 2012

Connells chief executive Stuart Flavell has notched up his 35th anniversary with the company.   Flavell has held a variety of senior roles within Connells, becoming chief executive of Connells Residential in 2009...

Calnea launches new valuation website for property professionals

Friday 31st August 2012

A new website has been launched by Calnea Analytics, the Daily Mail-owned company that is official number cruncher to the Land Registry...

Squatting becomes a criminal offence at weekend

Friday 31st August 2012

Squatting in a residential property becomes a criminal offence from tomorrow in England and Wales...

Mortgage approvals' monthly rise still leaves them at a low

Friday 31st August 2012

The number of mortgages approved for home purchase rose in July from June’s 18-month low – but still down on the recent monthly average...

Ian Laverty Blog

Wednesday 29th August 2012

In my last article I discussed making sure you get your message right. What makes you different and better, what tone do you take and how does this fit with image you want to project and the customers you want to attract...

House prices drift down as buyers lose interest

Wednesday 29th August 2012

House prices drifted fractionally lower for a second month running in August, estate agents have reported, while demand slipped again...

House building drive could end in tears, warns think tank

Wednesday 29th August 2012

A taxpayer-backed drive to boost house building could backfire and cause a house price crash, leading to a fresh wave of difficulties for banks and triggering another credit crunch...

Agent trials 'pay now, complete in 20 years time' concept

Wednesday 29th August 2012

Winkworth has begun trialling a new way of selling a property which will create the concept of a deferred purchase agreement...

Mortgages most affordable in 15 years, says Halifax

Wednesday 29th August 2012

Despite difficulties in getting new mortgages, those who succeed benefit from the lowest mortgage payments as a proportion of disposable earnings for 15 years...

Agents urged to support industry bike marathon

Wednesday 29th August 2012

Fisks in Benfleet, Essex, gave a welcome for Sean Newman, Jon Cooke, Sam Lindley and their fellow riders taking part in the 3,000-mile fund-raising event...

ARPM Property Management: Helping Clients with more than just outsourcing

Friday 24th August 2012

ARPM Property Management is committed to developing relationships with its Clients and building long-lasting partnerships...

Changing Estate Agents Act would be 'wrong direction of travel' – NAEA

Friday 24th August 2012

The NAEA told its members this week that it submitted a ‘full response’ to the Department for Business Innovation & Skills’ consultation on changing the Estate Agents Act...

That huge difference between house price surveys? It's awfully academic

Friday 24th August 2012

Maths has never been EAT’s strong point, although we are often puzzled as to why the national media has failed to pick up on the yawning £70,000 discrepancy between the Government’s two ‘official’ house price indices – the Office for National Statistics and the Land Registry...

Funding for Lending scheme 'not yet working', says mortgage expert

Friday 24th August 2012

Major concerns about the Funding for Lending scheme have surfaced amid new data showing that mortgage approvals are lagging well behind those of last year...

Agent converts to become latest Century 21 franchise

Friday 24th August 2012

A three-branch estate agent in south London has converted to become a Century 21 franchise. Tim Purnell, who operated Abbey Estate Agents in Stockwell, Tooting and Mitcham, has been in the industry for over 15 years...

Voila! London agent opens new French-speaking office

Friday 24th August 2012

London agents Douglas & Gordon have added a new French-speaking branch in South Kensington, opposite the French Lycée – which Madonna chose for her children...

Zoopla charity cycle ride pedals towards the finish line

Friday 24th August 2012

The Great Zoopla British Property Cycle in aid of the Estate Agency Foundation is now in its final week of a 32-day pedal challenge around the UK...

Conveyancer shells out to agents in Olympics competition

Friday 24th August 2012

Conveyancing firm Myhomemove gave out 159 prizes of points to estate agents in its ‘summer of sport’ competition which took place during the Olympics...

Acadametrics Blog

Thursday 23rd August 2012

“ONS PUTS HOUSE PRICES MUCH HIGHER THAN LAND REGISTRY” - £231,000 SAYS ONS £161,777 SAYS LAND REGISTRY...

Adam J Walker and Associates – UK’s leading property trainer and business consultant

Wednesday 22nd August 2012

Adam Walker offers and outstanding range of training courses for Estate Agents and Lettings Agents which respond to the ever changing market place...

Zoopla squaring up to big fight with Rightmove

Wednesday 22nd August 2012

Zoopla is reporting all-time record traffic to its website along with record levels of inquiries to agents so far in August...

Pair jailed after property franchise scheme fraud

Wednesday 22nd August 2012

Two men have been sent to jail for their roles in running a fraudulent property franchise business which conned scores of people across the UK out of their life savings...

Lord Mayor to greet property cycle heroes

Wednesday 22nd August 2012

A civic reception awaits the Zoopla cycling team when they reach Portsmouth on Saturday. It is being organised by local Fine & Country estate agent Colin Shairp, with the city’s Lord Mayor to greet the riders, who are aiming to raise £100,000 for the Estate Agency Foundation...

Big jump in liar mortgage applications

Wednesday 22nd August 2012

There was a 23% jump in attempted mortgage fraud in the second quarter of this year, Experian has reported...

On the eve of UK Sales Progressors’ 2nd anniversary, Estate Agent Today talks to managing director Debra Frampton to see how the business has been developing

Tuesday 21st August 2012

Q:For those who don't know yet, who are UK Sales Progressors? We provide a professional sales progression service that enables estate agents to outsource the post-sales administration through to the exchange of contracts...

EAT'S 60 second bite size interview: Cars4Agents

Tuesday 21st August 2012

    As Cars4Agents continues to expand its operation we speak to Managing Director Gary Rose about the business and an exciting year ahead...

3 Outstanding Training Courses with a Money Back Guarantee From Adam J Walker

Monday 20th August 2012

3 Outstanding Training Courses with a Money Back Guarantee From Adam J Walker I don’t know about you but most people’s greatest fear when they book a training day is that they will spend their time and money attending the course and not learn anything useful...

Archer & Co Estate Agents make an impact 24/7 with Mid West Displays

Monday 20th August 2012

Archer & Co Estate Agents have had LED illuminated Bevelled Edge A3 Light Panels installed in their office...

Conor Murphy Blog

Monday 20th August 2012

The housing market will never be the same again, I believe. When the first signs of the credit crunch appeared in August 2007, nobody could possibly have foreseen the impact it would have, the scale of the problems it would have or the long-term consequences it would unleash...

Sellers slash prices as agents get pickier

Monday 20th August 2012

Asking prices of houses fell 2.4% over the last month – the largest ever fall in August that Rightmove has yet seen...

Shapps accused of housing failure as home building tumbles

Monday 20th August 2012

New homes activity has slowed markedly, with developers showing reduced appetite for building – sparking a political points-scoring row...

Agent gets ready for twin charity cycle rides

Monday 20th August 2012

As the Zoopla charity cycle ride pedals towards a close, here’s a special mention for one of its supporters...

Property auctions take a hammering

Monday 20th August 2012

The property auctions market took a hammering in July, with lots offered down 6.3% compared with the same month in 2011, and lots sold down by 6...

Retirement home provider does deal with estate agent

Monday 20th August 2012

Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people, has signed a deal with an estate agent...

ARPM Inventories: Helping to explain the advantages of utilising Independent Inventory Clerks

Friday 17th August 2012

ARPM Inventories: Helping to explain the advantages of utilising Independent Inventory Clerks ARPM Inventories, one of the largest nationwide providers to the lettings industry offers consistent reporting, on-line booking technology and always likes the opportunity to promote the advantages of utilising independent Inventory Clerks...

Foxtons set to triple branch numbers after turnaround in fortunes

Friday 17th August 2012

Foxtons is planning to triple the number of its branches in London after posting a set of solid results for 2011 – sealing an extraordinary turnaround in its fortunes...

North south divide widens over house prices

Friday 17th August 2012

The north south divide has widened in terms of what people think of house prices. The latest Knight Frank Markit survey of 1,500 households across the UK shows that London remains the only region where households felt the value of their home rose over the past month...

Train fare hikes will stop people moving out of London, claim

Friday 17th August 2012

The hike in commuter train fares could make younger families think twice about moving out of London...

Halfway point for the Zoopla charity cycle ride

Friday 17th August 2012

The halfway point reached has been reached by the Zoopla British Property Cycle team as they battle around England and Wales, and travel most of the length of Scotland...

So is this ex-council house the real record breaker?

Friday 17th August 2012

No sooner does EAT run a story on the property believed to be Britain’s most expensive former council flat to come on the market – in Kensington, London W8, at £949,950 – then, just like a London bus, another two turn up...

Expansion for LSL's Davis Tate

Friday 17th August 2012

Davis Tate, the Thames Valley estate agents which are now part of the LSL group, have acquired Appleton Estate Agents, based in Reading and Maidenhead...

Mortgage that started price war is pulled after just a month

Friday 17th August 2012

HSBC, which made waves by introducing the lowest-ever five-year fixed rate, pulled the product yesterday – after just one month...

Fairfield helps independent agent struggling for design ideas

Thursday 16th August 2012

Fairfield helps independent agent struggling for design ideas. Fairfield Displays was called in by the Property Shop in Ross-On-Wye, who have celebrated their tenth anniversary this year and wanted something to take them into the next ten years with a “bang”...

ONS puts house prices much higher than Land Registry

Wednesday 15th August 2012

The Government’s latest official house price index shows that first-time buyers paid £173,000 for a property in June...

House prices set to carry on downwards, says RICS

Wednesday 15th August 2012

The RICS has reported a drop in house sales and falling prices during July. The RICS said that 5% more surveyors reported falls in buyer interest than reported rises in demand, while the number of homes coming on to the market continued to fall...

Four in ten property sellers cut their prices

Wednesday 15th August 2012

Nearly four in ten properties have had their prices cut since being launched on the market, says Zoopla...

Viewers stay away but sales rise during London Olympics hiatus

Wednesday 15th August 2012

Marsh & Parsons are the first agents out of the blocks to report on the Olympics effect. The Games failed to slow down the London housing market, despite a big drop in viewings, the agents say...

Countrywide's Sotheby's opens up a sixth office

Wednesday 15th August 2012

UK Sotheby’s International Realty, now operated by Countrywide, has opened its sixth regional office...

Most expensive ex-council house for sale at almost £1m

Wednesday 15th August 2012

What has been claimed to be the most expensive former council flat is on for market for nearly £1m and is being marketed by a local agent...

Agents to use Freedom of Information requests to get truth from Vince Cable

Monday 13th August 2012

Pressure on Vince Cable’s government department to extend the deadline on the consultation on changing the Estate Agents Act failed – and now the explaining will have to start...

Consultation letter was released in early June, reveals Ombudsman

Monday 13th August 2012

Unknown to the large majority of the industry who remained in ignorance until last week, a consultation letter was sent out on June 8 by the Government’s Business, Innovation and Skills department about amending the Estate Agents Act...

Repossessions fall below expectations

Monday 13th August 2012

The number of repossessions in the second quarter of 2012 fell, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders...

Ian Dobrin joins Connells as recruiter in chief

Monday 13th August 2012

Property recruitment veteran Ian Dobrin has joined Connells as group recruitment director. Dobrin started his career in estate agency, including running his own small independent firm in the early eighties...

Agent tells Mail columnist that her property isn't worth it

Monday 13th August 2012

After the Mail columnist Liz Jones found that the sale of her home had fallen through at the last minute, she put the property with a new agent, Savills...

Purchase a multi license copy of Visual Building Basic for the cost of a single license

Friday 10th August 2012

For a limited period Visual Building Ltd is offering all subscribers to Estate Agent Today the ability to purchase a multi license copy of Visual Building Basic for the cost of a single license (£49...

ARPM Property Management: Helping Lettings Departments across the UK

Friday 10th August 2012

ARPM Property Management:  Helping Lettings Departments across the UK ARPM Property Management actively seeks to support and encourage new start lettings departments, or stand-alone businesses, to reach their desired goals...

Madeleine Thomson Blog

Friday 10th August 2012

For estate agents operating as a partnership, promotion and ownership of the business can be controlled by means of operating different levels of partnership...

Consultation WILL close tonight, insists Vince Cable department

Friday 10th August 2012

Here is an urgent update on the proposed change to the Estate Agents Act designed to allow new entrants such as supermarkets and private sale websites into the market who can operate outside the scope of the legislation...

Private sales website would welcome change to EA Act

Friday 10th August 2012

Moves to change the Estate Agents Act to allow more entrants into the market, who would be able to operate outside its scope, have been welcomed by a private sales site...

Chesterton Humberts revises forecasts downwards

Friday 10th August 2012

Chesterton Humberts has revised downwards its forecast for the housing market in 2012. It is now predicting that prices will end the year 2...

Savills profits hit by drop in transactions

Friday 10th August 2012

Savills has announced increased revenue of 5% – but a 9% drop in profits due to a fall in transaction earnings...

Spicerhaart buys Sussex agent as it ramps up acquisitions

Friday 10th August 2012

Spicerhaart has acquired Harper James, an independent agent in Sussex, for an undisclosed sum – and made it clear that it is hungry for more acquisitions...

When partners at an estate agent part company

Friday 10th August 2012

What happens if partners at an estate agency business fall out and one of them is made to leave? Could that partner then claim unfair dismissal? What would be his or her rights? Can partners in professional partnerships claim employment status? Top employment lawyer Madeleine Thomson gives invaluable advice in today’s blog...

Why weren't we told? Angry agents demand answers

Thursday 9th August 2012

Calls are mounting for Vince Cable’s Department for Business Innovation & Skills to defer the closing date of the consultation on changing the Estate Agents Act because so few people knew anything about it...

Not for us to have told agents, says Ombudsman scheme

Thursday 9th August 2012

This is The Property Ombudsman statement in full: The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO) is providing responses to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) with regard to proposals to amend the Estate Agents Act 1979...

Ian Laverty Blog

Wednesday 8th August 2012

You don’t have any unique selling points. You probably never have. Trying to tell somebody that you do, loses you credibility before you get a chance to get your message across...

Explosive proposals could risk estate agency jobs

Wednesday 8th August 2012

A very quiet yet potentially explosive consultation to amend the Estate Agents Act 1979 has been under way and ends this Friday...

NAEA warns over rapid rise of quick-sell property sites

Wednesday 8th August 2012

The NAEA has expressed its alarm over what it says is a sharp rise in quick-sell property websites...

Latest HMRC figures show extent of Stamp Duty rush

Wednesday 8th August 2012

There were 466,000 home sales in the first six months of this year, HM Revenue and Customs has reported...

BTL only bright spot in mortgage market as slowdown drags on

Wednesday 8th August 2012

The mortgage market has continued to slow, with buy-to-let the only segment showing growth as lenders applied the brakes everywhere else, Connells Survey & Valuation has reported...

Politicians urged to work together over older people's housing

Wednesday 8th August 2012

A specialist in retirement homes has written an open letter to the main political parties, asking them to put their differences to one side and launch a joint consultation into the housing needs of the older population...

Appeal for agents to join Scottish leg of UK charity cycle ride

Wednesday 8th August 2012

Calling all Scottish agents who have been inspired by Sir Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins – you are needed to take part in the Zoopla British Property cycle ride...

NAEA members rebuked for being rude to staff

Wednesday 8th August 2012

Some members of the NAEA have had a ticking off from acting chief executive Mark Hayward for being rude to staff...

Monetise your reputation

Tuesday 7th August 2012

Your reputation is your most powerful marketing tool. But even if your vendor would recommend you, their friends may not currently be selling or even live in the same locality as you – meaning that good, qualitative information about your service is being lost...

Kremer Signs offer FREE design service

Monday 6th August 2012

Kremer Signs have been supplying estate agents across the UK for over 27 years with property signage including ‘for sale’ boards & ‘to let’ boards through to office fascia signs and have the expertise and experience to help you stand out from the crowd...

Romans estate agents choose Kremer Signs

Monday 6th August 2012

The Romans branch in Lower Earley, has been through a two-month refurbishment and Kremer Signs were chosen to deliver a unique type of signage add the finishing touch to the office The front of the building is just over 7metres wide with the side return of 4metres...

Brian Murphy Blog

Monday 6th August 2012

The Olympic Games are going brilliantly and Great Britain is building momentum in the medal table...

Agents get blame as more people think houses are too dear

Monday 6th August 2012

Half of people planning to buy a home in the next year think house prices are too high, but only around one-third of people planning on selling agrees with that view...

Long term challenges for housing market, says property firm

Monday 6th August 2012

The UK housing industry is facing serious headwinds, both immediate and long-term, says property firm Jones Lang LaSalle...

Solicitors hit out at Santander's cull of conveyancers

Monday 6th August 2012

Santander has become the latest bank to remove a number of smaller firms from its conveyancing panel...

Tesco mortgages could sit on the shelves

Monday 6th August 2012

Tesco is today putting mortgages on its shelves – but the long-awaited launch coincides with a rate-cutting war, and Tesco’s deals already look to be past their sell-by date...

Home owners warned to get to grips with church repairs

Monday 6th August 2012

Thousands of home owners are set to receive letters from the Land Registry warning them that they could face large bills to repair their local churches...

ARPM Inventories: Helping to change the perception of the Inventory Industry!

Friday 3rd August 2012

ARPM Inventories, one of the largest nationwide providers to the lettings industry offers consistent reporting, on-line booking technology and always likes the opportunity to separate fact from fiction when it comes to people’s perceptions of the Inventory Industry...

Connells profits soar despite shadow of valuation claims

Friday 3rd August 2012

Profits at Connells rose by £4m from £15m last year to £19m in the first half of this year – despite the group having to put aside a contingency for claims concerning property valuations which lenders now feel were too high...

Signs of surprise uplift in housing market

Friday 3rd August 2012

An upturn in the property market has been reported by estate agency signs firm Agency Express, which also points to a slowing of the London market (see next story)...

London prices hit new record as market slows

Friday 3rd August 2012

The London property market IS slowing down, Knight Frank has said. The firm confirms this week’s Hometrack report which said that the slowdown was finally hitting the capital...

Online agent launches referral service to boost listings

Friday 3rd August 2012

Online property business I Am The Agent has launched a referral service which will reward people who refer sellers and landlords...

Land Registry to cut its fees

Friday 3rd August 2012

The Land Registry is to cut its fees by an average of 10% after making annual efficiency savings of around £33m...

Agent hands over 26th Sunshine bus as gift

Friday 3rd August 2012

In an incredible achievement, estate agents Robinson Jackson have just handed over their 26th Sunshine bus in as many years...

Clever ways to maximise space in a small apartment

Thursday 2nd August 2012

We can’t all live in a three-storey townhouse or a sprawling country pile, but there’s no reason why even the smallest apartments can’t embrace the space on offer...

Rightmove announces big hike in profits

Wednesday 1st August 2012

Revenues and profits both bounced up at Rightmove, the site said this morning in reporting its half-year results for 2012...

Agency chain to make branch closures after posting losses

Wednesday 1st August 2012

LSL Property Services has dropped two bombshells. First, it announced a pre-tax loss of £7.9m in the first half of this year after having to set aside £17...

Spicerhaart loses court battle to Fine & Country

Wednesday 1st August 2012

Spicerhaart has lost its court battle against Fine & Country after the High Court found that Spicerhaart’s Fine brand was a ‘passing off’ and an infringement of copyright...

Property fraudster Watmuff is sent back to jail again

Wednesday 1st August 2012

Serial property fraudster David Watmuff – also known as David Kelso and David Kit Kelso – has been sent back to jail after breaching company director law when he set up a property company whilst still in prison...

Walker steps away from day to day role at Bushells

Wednesday 1st August 2012

Eric Walker has stepped down as managing director of Bushells after its acquisition by Edmund Cude...

New 'big brother' property database launches

Wednesday 1st August 2012

A new database covering every single home in the UK has been launched by credit agency Experian in conjunction with property portal Rightmove...

Mortgage lending slips to 18-month low

Wednesday 1st August 2012

The sun’s failure to shine on the housing market so far this summer has been confirmed by grim figures from the Bank of England...

Win more business through recommendation

Tuesday 31st July 2012

Research by the Property Academy showed that 77% of vendors would recommend their estate agent to a friend, yet typically only 20% of new business comes through referral – a huge gulf between the number recommending versus the number recommended...

What Makes Mid West Displays Light Panels Different?

Tuesday 31st July 2012

Mid West Displays are able to customise each Light Panel so that it is truly unique to you. We manufacture in-house at our factory in Shrewsbury, which allows us to provide custom made Light Panels at affordable prices...

Latest Adam Walker Training Dates

Monday 30th July 2012

Adam Walker will be running three Open Training courses in central London in September.  On Wednesday 5th September he will be running a course entitled Essential Selling Skills for negotiators...

Home sales plummet nearly 20%, says Land Registry

Monday 30th July 2012

Housing transactions tumbled by nearly 20%, according to latest Land Registry data, but average prices in England and Wales crept up by a 0...

We have 100,000 borrowers facing trouble, says lender

Monday 30th July 2012

UK Asset Resolution, the state-owned lender set up to take on mortgages from Bradford & Bingley and Northern Rock, has 100,000 customers who could default on their loans...

New home starts take a 24% tumble

Monday 30th July 2012

The house building industry’s serious difficulties have been revealed by new figures for the second quarter of this year, showing that new home registrations were down by 24% on the same period last year...

Estate agents are best when it comes to using smartphones

Monday 30th July 2012

Estate agents have emerged as leading lights when it comes to using smartphones to help their businesses...

New head office for expanding Chancellors

Monday 30th July 2012

Chancellors has relocated its head office from Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, to Bracknell, Berkshire...

Going ape – the most unusual listing on Rightmove yet

Monday 30th July 2012

There is nothing usually too odd about a three-bed semi being advertised on Rightmove. The owners are what you might call motivated sellers, as they certainly have a need to move on...

Are you managing your reputation effectively?

Friday 27th July 2012

As a business owner, your reputation will be the most important thing to you. As they say, reputation is everything – an old adage, but one that has always been true...

Visual Building – Floor plan power without the price.

Friday 27th July 2012

Create your own floor plans with Visual Building: No monthly subscription! No fee per floor plan! No permanent internet connection required…...

Going ‘back to the floor’ this summer is an excellent time to review whether outsourcing could improve your lettings business

Friday 27th July 2012

For most small to medium lettings operations, it is often the business owners themselves who have to step into the shoes of negotiators and property managers during periods of annual leave and with the busy summer months approaching, it is likely that lettings bosses throughout the country will be ‘going back to the floor’ over the next 4-6 weeks...

Eric Walker agency snapped up by fast-expanding Edmund Cude

Friday 27th July 2012

Bushells, the London estate and letting agent headed by Eric Walker, has been sold to London’s oldest lettings agency, Edmund Cude...

Mortgage broker expands into home sales

Friday 27th July 2012

A mortgage adviser is to launch an online house sales service designed to challenge estate agents with financial services...

Countrywide to review mortgage division after profits dive

Friday 27th July 2012

Countrywide, the UK’s largest chain of estate agents and mortgage brokers, is to undertake a cost-cutting review of its financial services division...

Property portal visionary Nick Leeming steps down

Friday 27th July 2012

A legend of the UK property portal business, Nick Leeming, is standing down from his role at Zoopla...

Rethink on empty homes council tax could hit sellers

Friday 27th July 2012

New plans to give local authorities power to charge council tax on homes as soon as they become empty could hit sellers and landlords hard – and give agents an administrative headache...

Warning over London housing market 'bubble'

Friday 27th July 2012

London’s property market is at risk of turning into a housing bubble, because of the amount of money being ploughed in by rich foreigners who buy houses that they don’t live in...

Rentman’s Scott Emmons has had his tireless charity work recognised by friends, family and associates who nominated him

Thursday 26th July 2012

Scott Emmons was invited to run with the torch through Barking and Dagenham on July 22nd. The 27-year-old is among 8,000 people who have been given the opportunity to represent Great Britain...

The Brand Blog no.7: R – RELEVANT

Thursday 26th July 2012

The Brand Blog no.7: R – RELEVANT Welcome to the seventh of ten, step-by-step guides on building your estate agency or lettings agency brand – although this applies equally to many other businesses as well...

RICS urges ministers to launch mortgage aid for FTBs

Wednesday 25th July 2012

The RICS is today calling for a taxpayer-backed NewBuy type of mortgage scheme to be made available for first-time buyers of secondhand properties...

Chain to spend £5m on new 'your best interests at haart' campaign

Wednesday 25th July 2012

Estate agency chain haart is to spend over £5m in the coming months on a new consumer campaign called ‘Always your best interests at haart’...

Mortgage approvals in shock 20% fall, say banks

Wednesday 25th July 2012

Mortgage approvals by banks for house purchase fell unexpectedly in June, to stand at 20.5% lower than a year ago...

On your bikes for estate agency's big UK fund-raiser!

Wednesday 25th July 2012

They’ve been growing their sideburns (obviously) and training hard in preparation – and on Saturday, they’re off! We wish the intrepid trio of Jon Cooke, Sean Newman and Martin Farrington the very best of luck in their Tour de Britain challenge – the Great Zoopla British Property Cycle...

Agent disciplined by NAEA is disqualified as director

Wednesday 25th July 2012

An ex-NAEA agent who failed to protect tenants’ deposits and owed landlords money, collapsing with debts of £410,000, has been disqualified as a director for eight years following an investigation by the Insolvency Services...

Chesterton Humberts open new office number three

Wednesday 25th July 2012

Chesterton Humberts has announced the opening of a third new office this year. The latest is in Kensington Church Street, London, not far from its existing Kensington High Street branch...

Harry Simons Blog

Tuesday 24th July 2012

Are national property reports damaging local markets? Not a week passes without another national housing report making news headlines...

Fever Media are looking for Britain's best estate agents

Monday 23rd July 2012

Fever Media are looking for Britain's best estate agents to take part in an exciting new TV property programme...

Borrowers set to cash in as mortgage war kicks off

Monday 23rd July 2012

Clear signs are emerging of greater competition opening up amongst lenders, as Santander becomes the second within days to offer a record-breaking five-year fix at 2...

Rightmove launches new 'get the price right' campaign

Monday 23rd July 2012

Rightmove  is today launching a major ‘get your price right’ campaign aimed at consumers...

'Millionaire trader' private sales site goes quiet

Monday 23rd July 2012

Hablib, a private sales and rental property site launched in November 2009 by ‘millionaire trader’ Anton Kreil, appears to have failed to achieve lift-off...

House prices at Olympics site go for gold

Monday 23rd July 2012

With just a few days to go before the Olympics, new research reveals that Eastenders living close to the main site have seen the value of their home rise by nearly £70,000 since London’s winning bid in July 2005...

Home ownership out of reach for four in ten tenants

Monday 23rd July 2012

Home ownership is out of reach for 42% of tenants, who say they cannot afford to save for a deposit at all, and others are unable to save enough...

UK housing costs third highest in Europe

Monday 23rd July 2012

Families in the UK are the third worst off in Europe when it comes to housing costs. Findings by the European Union and highlighted by the housing charity Shelter, show that only Denmark and Greece have higher housing costs than the UK...

Removals industry ups the bar on membership

Monday 23rd July 2012

Members of the British Association of Removers (BAR) will have to undergo more stringent checks in future...

How much would you pay for a £5k instruction?

Friday 20th July 2012

Every month, estate agents pay thousands of pounds to market themselves to vendors and buyers. Portal costs, boards and print materials cost around £2,000 per month for a typical branch even before factoring in newspaper and other forms of advertising...

60: Second Interview : Susie Crolla, CEO, The Guild of Letting and Management

Friday 20th July 2012

    As The Guild of Letting & Management continues to expand its operation we speak to C...

Take the stress out of summer: Let ARPM Inventories lend a helping hand whilst your Clerk is on holiday

Friday 20th July 2012

ARPM Inventories, one of the largest nationwide providers to the lettings industry offers consistent reporting, on-line booking technology and is always prepared to lend a helping hand to potential Clients during busy seasonal and peak periods...

Lending set to fall to lowest for decade, warns CML

Friday 20th July 2012

Mortgage activity plummeted in June, says the Mortgage Advice Bureau. The number of mortgage applications for house purchase fell by 19...

UK faces prolonged house market slump, warns IMF

Friday 20th July 2012

Britain faces an 'extended housing market slump, the International Monetary Fund has said. The IMF has warned that UK house prices are too high and should drop by 10-15%...

Under-45s say house prices will go up, older people expect falls

Friday 20th July 2012

All age groups under 45 expect house prices to rise over the next 12 months, while all of those aged over 45 expect prices to fall...

Shapps accused of inflating Twitter followers

Friday 20th July 2012

Housing minister Grant Shapps, recently cleared of fiddling with housing statistics, has been caught up in a new numbers row, this time on Twitter...

Estate agents singled out in car parking row

Friday 20th July 2012

Estate agents in leafy SW19, the Wimbledon area of London, have been accused of abusing a local council’s parking system after it was claimed that they had more permits than allowed...

Success rate at auction falls back

Friday 20th July 2012

A total of 2,115 residential lots were put up for auction last month. Of these, 1,473 sold – a success rate of 69...

Get More Sales Leads For Free From My Homes Unlimited

Thursday 19th July 2012

We set up My Homes Unlimited to give agents access to an alternative, affordable property portal which supplies access to new vendors from all areas of the UK...

Land Registry house price index set to fall from favour

Wednesday 18th July 2012

The average UK house price rose 2.3% over the year to May to stand at £228,000 – a rise of 1...

RICS Ombudsman deals with just 464 complaints

Wednesday 18th July 2012

The organisation which provides ombudsman services to the RICS handled just 464 complaints last year, with three-quarters being upheld...

Agent who gambled shackled by bankruptcy restrictions

Wednesday 18th July 2012

An estate agent who gambled and gave away part of his house whilst insolvent has been made subject to five years of bankruptcy restrictions...

Metropix hits four millionth landmark floorplan

Wednesday 18th July 2012

Metropix has produced its four millionth floor plan. Sandersons Estate and Letting Agent, which operates three offices across the South-East, was the team to produce the landmark plan for a three-bedroom instruction in Canterbury...

Newman picks up award for best Fine & Country branch

Wednesday 18th July 2012

Fine & Country agents from around the globe have had their annual international conference and awards bash...

Agent set to cycle length of Britain for charity

Wednesday 18th July 2012

Good luck to Wimbledon estate agent Tom Millington, who is getting set to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats...

Conveyancing Commission – Is It For You?

Monday 16th July 2012

Estate Agents have been able to earn commission from referring clients to chosen suppliers of additional conveyancing services for many years now, all be it from energy assessors, surveyors, mortgage brokers or conveyancers...

Countrywide tells ministers: sort out housing market

Monday 16th July 2012

Countrywide has today thrown down the gauntlet to the Government, telling it in no uncertain terms to get its housing market in order...

Sellers chop asking prices as buyers thin out

Monday 16th July 2012

New sellers have chopped their asking prices by 1.7% – the largest monthly cut in a July for four years, Rightmove said this morning...

More success for Network Auctions

Monday 16th July 2012

The July Network Auctions sale sold a total of 27 lots from the 35 offered, producing a 78% sales success rate...

Bridgfords raise £20,000 for cancer hospital

Monday 16th July 2012

A sincere well done to Countrywide chain estate agents Bridgfords who have smashed their pledge to raise £20,000 for Manchester’s The Christie and the NSPCC over two years, with the team hitting that target after just 15 months...

Kremer moves into 24/7 boards production

Monday 16th July 2012

Estate agency boards firm Kremer Signs has put in place a 24/7 operation, after recruiting extra staff and investing in new printing machines...

Housing market trapped 'in 17-year downward cycle'

Monday 16th July 2012

The housing market is not expected to recover until 2024, a report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers has said...

Mortgage bounce could be flash in the pan – warnings

Friday 13th July 2012

Mortgage lending bounced in May, with loans for house purchase up by 36% compared with April – and by 29% compared with May of last year...

Call for PropertyLive to tackle Rightmove head-on

Friday 13th July 2012

A new call has been issued for PropertyLive, the NFoPP portal, to challenge Rightmove, FindaProperty and Zoopla head-on...

Government's flood-risk proposals condemned by RICS

Friday 13th July 2012

Surveyors have attacked the Government proposals on flooding insurance as vague and unfair, and has again warned that without a workable solution, within a year some properties could become blighted and unmortgageable...

Shapps cleared of fiddling housing figures

Friday 13th July 2012

Objections to the use of statistics by housing minister Grant Shapps have been over-ruled by the UK Statistics Authority...

Facebook's Property Place grows listing to 550,000

Friday 13th July 2012

Property Place, the Facebook property application, says it has trebled its inventory since launching six months ago, and now has a portfolio of 550,000 properties...

Agent chooses new 'smartphone generation' growth strategy

Friday 13th July 2012

An estate agent has closed its district offices to create ‘super-branches’, saying that increasing numbers of people access property information online, particularly via smartphones...

60: Second Interview : Sohail Rashid, CEO, Property Place

Thursday 12th July 2012

    As Property Place continues to expand its operation we speak to C...

The Brand Blog no.6 BELIEVABLE

Wednesday 11th July 2012

The Brand Blog no.6: B – BELIEVABLE Welcome to the sixth of ten, step-by-step guides on building your estate agency or lettings agency brand – although this applies equally to many other businesses as well...

Any portal in a brainstorm­?

Wednesday 11th July 2012

Online traffic heading in the direction of new homes has plenty of signposts both to guide and confuse...

Housing market stays in the doldrums – RICS

Wednesday 11th July 2012

The UK housing market stayed in the doldrums last month, as demand failed to pick up and supply of new property fell back, according to the RICS housing market survey...

Mortgage market tightening, say valuers

Wednesday 11th July 2012

The mortgage market is growing at its slowest annual rate in two years, says Connells Survey & Valuation...

Agents under fire for 'over-valuing' properties

Wednesday 11th July 2012

Agents have come under fire for over-valuing properties in order to gain instructions. The criticism comes from The Buying Solution, the property-finding arm of Knight Frank, which also says that the Stamp Duty hikes on £2m-plus properties are having a profound effect on the market...

Mansons pick up Guild top award for second year

Wednesday 11th July 2012

Northern agent Mansons Property Services has won the Guild of Professional Estate Agents top award for the second year running...

Franchise group announces big expansion drive

Wednesday 11th July 2012

Country Properties has opened its newest franchise operation and says it plans considerable further expansion...

Estate agents to have crack at Three Peaks challenge

Wednesday 11th July 2012

Good luck to the eight-strong team from Bridgfords in the North-West who are undertaking the Three Peaks challenge to raise money for The Christie cancer treatment hospital in Manchester and the NSPCC...

Fairfield Displays transforms the window’s of Wye Residential

Tuesday 10th July 2012

Wye Residential in High Wycombe have doubled the size of their office.  The new office and especially the window have increased the profile quite considerably...

Attention ‘LET ONLY’ Agents. ARPM Property Management has an important message for you!

Tuesday 10th July 2012

Last month it was reported on EAT and LAT that properties coming on to the rental market are continuing to increase, whilst sales listings are in the majority of cases are declining...

Visual Building – Floor plan power without the price

Monday 9th July 2012

Create your own floor plans with Visual Building: No monthly subscription! No fee per floor plan! No permanent internet connection required…...

No reforms on gazumping, Shapps tells parliament

Monday 9th July 2012

Housing minister Grant Shapps has ruled out taking any action to stamp out gazumping. He was replying to a question from Gordon Henderson, Tory MP for Sittingbourne & Sheppey in Kent...

Zoopla delivers its 15 millionth lead in three years

Monday 9th July 2012

Zoopla has reported that in the three years since it launched, it has delivered over 15 million property inquiries from consumers to agents...

Agents lead disaster fund in wake of explosion

Monday 9th July 2012

Estate agents in Shaw, Oldham, where a gas explosion killed a young child and wrecked several homes, have led fundraising in aid of the victims...

Estate agents hit by arson attack reopen

Monday 9th July 2012

The agents whose office was wrecked by fire in a suspected arson attack in February, have now moved back into premises opposite their old branch...

New home builds in drastic shortfall

Monday 9th July 2012

The number of new homes being built each year in England will fall below 100,000 if current trends continue...

Floods to cost insurers billions but households will pay the price

Monday 9th July 2012

Flooding over the last few days could cost the insurance industry £2.5bn. That was the scale of the loss to the industry five years ago...

Home ownership in latest fall as renting rises

Friday 6th July 2012

The number of owner-occupied households has continued to fall, says the latest English Housing Survey...

House prices up 1% in monthly rise

Friday 6th July 2012

UK house prices went up 1% in June compared with the month before, Halifax has reported. However, on an annual basis, prices are down 0...

Tributes pour in after death of former estate agency leader

Friday 6th July 2012

Tributes have been paid to one of the greatest figures of UK estate agency who has died at the age of 69...

EAT survey: thanks for all your honest opinions

Friday 6th July 2012

Thankyou very much to all EAT and LAT readers who responded to our recent survey, asking you what you thought of our news sites...

Agents name their favourite conveyancers for top title

Friday 6th July 2012

Entries have now closed for the national conveyancing awards as voted for by readers of Estate Agency Today...

Winners line up to take UK property golfing trophy

Friday 6th July 2012

The regional golf heats of the Zoopla Charity Classic 2012 are now complete. The four winners and nine other highest placed finishers from each of the heats will now battle it out in the grand final on September 19 at The Belfry for the ultimate title of ‘Best Golfer in UK Residential Property’...

My Homes Unlimited: The UK’s First Affordable, Alternative Property Portal

Thursday 5th July 2012

Sick of paying out megabucks to advertise on property portals? Here’s the thing; you don’t have to fork out a fortune to secure quality advertising and sales leads...

A review site that works with the industry

Wednesday 4th July 2012

It might sound like a contradiction – surely a review site will be mainly about the negative side of things, naming and shaming agents with only some standing to benefit? Well actually, here at MeetMyAgent it’s not...

Whathouse.co.uk to Sponsor Wolves

Wednesday 4th July 2012

Award-winning new homes portal, whathouse.co.uk, have become an Official Partner of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club (Wolves) and the website will appear on the back shouldersof all home and away first team shirts...

Take the stress out of summer: Instruct ARPM Inventories to undertake your Property Visits

Wednesday 4th July 2012

ARPM Inventories, one of the largest nationwide providers to the lettings industry offers consistent reporting, on-line booking technology and support to lettings businesses when they need it most...

Ian Laverty Blog

Wednesday 4th July 2012

How do you make sure that marketing is an investment and not a cost? Marketing is one of the most fundamental activities of running any business...

Lettings chain Martin & Co enters sales charging no commission

Wednesday 4th July 2012

Lettings chain Martin & Co is entering the estate agency sales market with a pricing model that threatens to disrupt the traditional ‘no sale, no fee’ system – and could, it is claimed, undercut it by up to 90%...

New free property site to launch – banning agents

Wednesday 4th July 2012

A new online property listings service, described as an app to zap estate agents’ fees, has been launched...

London boom boosts national housing market picture

Wednesday 4th July 2012

House prices crept up in May by 0.5% to stand at an average of £161,677 in England and Wales, according to the Land Registry, which says prices were 0...

Sales to first-time buyers slump, claims NAEA

Wednesday 4th July 2012

The number of sales to first-time buyers fell to its lowest level in seven months during May, according to the NAEA...

New president takes over at RICS

Wednesday 4th July 2012

The RICS has a new president with Alan Collett succeeding See Lian Ong as the 131st president of the institution...

OPEN DAYS FOR ESTATE AGENTS FROM ULTRA IT

Tuesday 3rd July 2012

UltraIT are holding Open Days on 25th and 26th July 2012 from 10am until 3pm at The Base, Dartford Business Park, Victoria Road, Dartford, Kent DA1 5FS...

Samuel Wood Increase Footfall with Personalised LED Light Panels

Tuesday 3rd July 2012

Samuel Wood Estate Agents have installed LED illuminated Bevelled Edge and Rotating Light Panels in their branches...

Monday 2nd July

Monday 2nd July 2012

It promised to be a classic and it certainly didn’t disappoint as Spain ran riot in last night’s Euro 2012 final by thumping Italy 4-0...

Sunday 1st July

Monday 2nd July 2012

We finally reach the finale of what has been a gripping three weeks of Euro 2012 action in Kiev tonight...

Saturday 30th June

Monday 2nd July 2012

England’s Howard Webb’s hope of refereeing the European 2012 Championship were dealt a blow last night after UEFA decided to appoint Portuguese referee Pedro Proença to oversee Sunday’s showpiece...

Fragile housing market fails to shine . . .

Monday 2nd July 2012

A picture of a fragile and lacklustre housing market overshadowed by the UK economy and wider eurozone worries is painted by Hometrack this morning...

. . . But optimism rises among first-time buyers

Monday 2nd July 2012

While Hometrack portrays a worried market, Rightmove this morning says that first-time buyers are ‘surprisingly’ upbeat...

Prime central London boom finally pauses for breath

Monday 2nd July 2012

Prime central London’s house price boom is finally slowing after a seemingly unstoppable run of nearly three years...

Facebook's Property Place launches lifestyle feature

Monday 2nd July 2012

Property Place, the Facebook property application, has a new feature which will allow an estate agent’s properties to be sent directly to a user according to their lifestyle...

RICS updates self-build valuation advice

Monday 2nd July 2012

The RICS says it wants to stimulate lending on new homes, including self-builds. It has updated its ‘Valuation of Individual New Build Homes Guidance’ to increase confidence in valuations, it says...

Friday 29th June

Friday 29th June 2012

They say cometh the hour, cometh the man and Mario Balotelli finally delivered on the biggest stage possible to send Italy into the Euro Championship final against Spain on Sunday night...

Huge mortgage fraud case between Savills and Barclays is settled

Friday 29th June 2012

A huge mortgage fraud case that had been keenly awaited in the legal world has been settled out of court at the last minute...

New property portal falls foul of RICS

Friday 29th June 2012

A new property portal which has launched claiming to be regulated by the RICS has been told to remove the references...

Transactions fall – but it's called 'summer'

Friday 29th June 2012

Sales this month dropped by 6.3% compared with May, but estate agency boards supplier Agency Express said the fall was mainly seasonal, repeating historic trends of previous years with a monthly slowdown...

...and house prices slip back, says Nationwide

Friday 29th June 2012

Average house prices in the UK slipped back 0.6% in June compared with May, to stand at £165,738 – 1...

Digital portals marketing man quits

Friday 29th June 2012

Sherez Dar, marketing director of the Digital Property Group, has left. His departure comes hot on the heels of Digital’s merger with Zoopla and the announcement that Zoopla’s chief executive Alex Chesterman will lead the new merged business...

Mortgage lending by high street banks falls to 13-month low

Friday 29th June 2012

House purchase approvals by high street banks tumbled to just 30,238 in May – the lowest figure so far this year and 3...

Thursday 28th June

Thursday 28th June 2012

It was billed as the international el classico, the likely game of the tournament, but it proved anything but as the game never really got going and petered out towards penalties...

Wednesday 27th June

Wednesday 27th June 2012

It’s semi final time at Euro 2012, with a mouth watering clash at the Donbass Arena between Spain and Portugal...

Brian Murphy Blog

Wednesday 27th June 2012

Recent weeks have seen further turbulence in markets, but through the gloom we continue to see some rays of light peeking through...

Shared ownership becomes a trap for thousands

Wednesday 27th June 2012

Shared ownership schemes designed to help first-time buyers take their first step on to the housing ladder are leaving many trapped, unable to sell or move...

Gaping North-South divide over repossessions

Wednesday 27th June 2012

A gaping North-South divide has emerged in housing repossessions, with northern regions seeing a higher number than in the Southern, according to research by e...

First-time buyers a 'fragile sector' with little support, says NAEA chief

Wednesday 27th June 2012

The Government’s decision to remove the Stamp Duty holiday for first-time buyers in March has left a ‘fragile sector’ with little support...

New review site launches for public to check out agents

Wednesday 27th June 2012

A new review website has launched, encouraging customers to rate professional advice and service companies...

Essex agent beats off all-comers for growing business

Wednesday 27th June 2012

Congratulations to agents Elwell Taylor in Chelmsford, Essex. The firm beat off county-wide competition to win the award for ‘Growing Business of the Year’ at the 2012 awards of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales...

Five challenges, five days and £40,000 raised for hospice

Wednesday 27th June 2012

A team of estate agents has completed five different challenges in five days, raising £40,000 for a children’s hospice...

Everything you need to know about Employment Law in just 3 hours

Tuesday 26th June 2012

We know Employment Law isn't the most exciting subject in the world, nor is it something you want to spend your time and energy on...

Tuesday 26th June

Tuesday 26th June 2012

Steven Gerrard and John Terry have nothing to fear over their England future, as Hodgson insisted that the old guard still has a big part to play in the World Cup qualifiers for Brazil 2014...

ARPM simplifies Inventories & offers Clients the ability to earn additional income too!

Monday 25th June 2012

ARPM Inventories, one of the largest nationwide providers to the lettings industry simplifies the Inventory process through consistent reporting, enhanced booking technology and also offers clients the ability to earn additional revenue...

Use a review site that understands your business

Monday 25th June 2012

You have probably seen a number of stories in EAT about review sites in the past few months. The issue of review websites have resulted in divided opinion, strong emotion and a great deal of controversy...

Monday 25th June

Monday 25th June 2012

Germany, Spain, Portugal and Italy are the last teams standing, as we enter the semi finals of Euro 2012...

Sunday 24th June

Monday 25th June 2012

Vicente del Bosque is concerned that his Spanish side is drained and face a real disadvantage in the semi final against Portugal, who have had an extra two days rest...

Saturday 23rd June

Monday 25th June 2012

With Portugal and Germany safely navigating themselves to the semi finals, it is time for four of European football’s heavyweights to battle it out for a place in the last four and in contrasting styles...

House transactions hit by bank computer glitch

Monday 25th June 2012

House sale completions due to take place over the last few days were hit by the computer system problems at NatWest and RBS banks, leaving buyers and sellers stuck...

Team bullish despite defection

Monday 25th June 2012

A major regional consortium has quit the Team association, but Team insists that despite the defection, it is continuing to recruit new members elsewhere and remains in good shape...

Foxtons give bigger website picture via mobiles

Monday 25th June 2012

If you like to get the big picture, then take a look at Foxtons’ revamped website – preferably on a mobile device...

Castle among Irish auction lots

Monday 25th June 2012

Dozens more distressed properties are to be auctioned off in Ireland, where prices have plummeted by up to 70% since the property market’s spectacular crash began...

Busier month in auction salesrooms

Monday 25th June 2012

More residential lots went under the hammer in Britain’s salesrooms last month, and with a higher success rate, than in May last year...

Friday 22nd June

Friday 22nd June 2012

Laurent Koscielny believes that the tear-up in the France dressing room, following their 2-0 defeat against Sweden, could actually do the national team favours as the French get ready to face-off against Spain on Saturday...

Zoopla insists: 'We do NOT support private sales and lettings'

Friday 22nd June 2012

Zoopla has clarified that it does not list properties that are for sale or rent privately, and does not support the idea...

Mortgage lending bounces up 24%

Friday 22nd June 2012

Gross mortgage lending bounced 24% in May, the Council of Mortgage Lenders has reported. It stood at an estimated £12...

Moody's downgrades three UK banks

Friday 22nd June 2012

Credit ratings agency Moody's has downgraded 15 banks and financial institutions, including  the UK's Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and HSBC...

Householders believe property values have fallen for two years

Friday 22nd June 2012

Householders believe the value of their property has fallen again this month, with a solid decline every month for the last two years...

Number of property millionaires up 12% in a year

Friday 22nd June 2012

There are now nearly one quarter of a million property millionaires in the UK, up 12% from this time a year ago...

Rawlings set to launch another 'raise your fees' seminar tour

Friday 22nd June 2012

Estate agency trainer Richard Rawlings is about to launch the latest version of his acclaimed ‘Raising Fees Instantly’ morning seminars at 18 venues across the UK, starting with Brighton, Maidstone and Cheadle next week...

Henry Adams acquires local Cluttons business

Friday 22nd June 2012

Henry Adams, a firm of estate agents and chartered surveyors based in Chichester, Sussex, has announced the acquisition of the business of Cluttons’ Chichester office...

Thursday 21st June

Thursday 21st June 2012

Tonight sees the first quarter final in Euro 2012 taking place between Portugal and the Czech Republic at the National Stadium in Warsaw, as we finally enter the business end of the tournament...

Wednesday 20th June

Wednesday 20th June 2012

Vincent Kompany has condemned the consistency of UEFA’s disciplinary panel, following the decision to fine Nicklas Bendtner £80k for his Paddy Power underpants stunt, while Croatia only get fined £65k for the racist behaviour of their supporters...

David Dalby Blog

Wednesday 20th June 2012

As I complete four years as RICS Residential Director and start to face up to the realities of retirement, it is probably an opportune moment to reflect on what has happened in the agency field during that time and what the future of the sector might look like...

Estate Agents Act to be amended – but not in a good way, say lobbyists

Wednesday 20th June 2012

The Estate Agents Act is set to be amended – but not in the way that lobbyists have hoped. The Government has ignored increasing pressure to amend the 1979 legislation to bring letting agents into its scope, and is instead likely to be taking some of the Act’s provisions out...

House prices on the up, says government statistician

Wednesday 20th June 2012

Average house prices in the UK rose by 1.4% in the year to April 2012, the Office of National Statistics has reported...

Rightmove removing 1,000 property listings a day

Wednesday 20th June 2012

Rightmove is currently removing properties at the rate of 1,000 a day from its website It says that they are out-of-date listings identified by its new data quality programme, which was rolled out at the start of December...

Piers Morgan and a twit from Savills

Wednesday 20th June 2012

When Piers Morgan was woken up three times one night in his American bed by transatlantic phone calls from Savills, he wasn’t awfully amused...

Merger was timely for Digital property portals, says guru

Wednesday 20th June 2012

The merger between the The Digital Property Group and Zoopla could not have come at a better time for the Digital portals, says guru Simon Baker...

Tuesday 19th June

Tuesday 19th June 2012

Kevin Kilbane fears for Giovanni Trapattoni’s future as the Republic of Ireland's campaign at Euro 2012 ended in the same way it began, in defeat and by conceding poor goals from set plays...

Thinking about recruiting a part-time lettings administrator? Speak to ARPM Property Management first

Monday 18th June 2012

Historically at this time of year lettings businesses will start to consider whether they should be recruiting any additional members of staff, particularly part-time members, in the hope of elevating the pressure during the busier periods by assisting with pre-tenancy administration tasks such as referencing, registering deposits and producing AST’s...

Monday 18th June

Monday 18th June 2012

The FA will contest UEFA’s charge against them, following the behaviour of England fans during and in the aftermath of the Sweden game...

Sunday 17th June

Monday 18th June 2012

Raúl Albiol has scoffed at suggestions that both Spain and Croatia will deliberately play for a draw in their final Group game, to ensure that Italy will fail to make it out of the group...

Saturday 16th June

Monday 18th June 2012

Shay Given has hit back at suggestions made by Roy Keane that the Republic of Ireland’s attitude towards the tournament was all wrong and that the supporters were just seeing the Euros as a place to have a good old ‘sing, song’...

Search starts for NAEA boss, but no new chief for NFoPP

Monday 18th June 2012

Changes to the management structure at NFoPP were announced this morning. No new chief executive of NFoPP will be appointed, while three new managing director roles are being created in a move which underlines that the umbrella body will now take a back seat and take on a purely operational role...

Agents' shock as newspaper launches private property portal

Monday 18th June 2012

Zoopla has signed a deal with a major newspaper group, seemingly unaware of the group’s plans to simultaneously launch a property portal aimed at private landlords and which deliberately cuts out agents...

Asking prices edge up to yet another record high

Monday 18th June 2012

Asking prices for property have edged up yet again, to set a third consecutive record, Rightmove reported this morning...

BoE's £80bn plan given cautious welcome by housing market

Monday 18th June 2012

Countrywide, the UK’s largest chain of estate agents and mortgage brokers, has repeated its call for compulsory lending targets...

Network Auctions gathers in lots of interest

Monday 18th June 2012

Network Auctions will be holding its next auction at its national auction room at Glaziers Hall overlooking the River Thames in London on July 4 at 1pm...

Ray Bohringer: Blog

Friday 15th June 2012

I was reflecting the other day on some of my favourite quotes: you know, the usual Oscar Wilde and Winston Churchill stuff...

Friday 15th of June 2012

Friday 15th June 2012

Nicklas Bendtner has been warned by the Danish FA to change his underwear, after the Dane’s little publicity stunt in Denmark’s 3-2 defeat against Portugal...

Facebook's Property Place wins financial backing for expansion

Friday 15th June 2012

Property Place, a Facebook application that enables estate agents to advertise properties on the social networking site, has won new financial backing and appointed a heavyweight industry figure as its chairman...

New keep-it-local property portals launch

Friday 15th June 2012

An entrepreneur has entered the estate agency portals market with a series of local boutique websites...

Chancellor acts after lending to first-time buyers plummets 70%

Friday 15th June 2012

The housing market could be about to improve, if a dramatic new move by Chancellor George Osborne pays off...

Ex-CEO returns to the Fine & Country fold

Friday 15th June 2012

Mike Bidwell, former chief executive of Fine & Country, has returned to the franchise business just over a year after quitting...

Still time to name your favourite conveyancer

Friday 15th June 2012

Estate agents have just two weeks left to nominate their favourite conveyancer for a national awards – Estate Agents’ Conveyancer of the Year...

What would you give to see an agent fall out of a plane?

Friday 15th June 2012

How much would you pay for 12 estate agents to chuck themselves out of a plane? Good luck to Paramount Properties, based in West Hampstead, London, who are sending a team to the skies this weekend, hopefully to raise an ambitious £10,000 for the Estate Agency Foundation...

Thursday 14th of June 2012

Thursday 14th June 2012

Russia has been made to pay for the conduct of their supporters in the opening game against the Czech Republic and their part in the riotous scenes in Warsaw on Tuesday that saw over 200 arrests...

Ian Laverty: Blog

Wednesday 13th June 2012

When times are tough, as they have been for longer than most of us would like, how do you decide where to invest and what to leave alone? Technology can be a substantial investment, and there are so many options just waiting to take hard-earned capital out of your business...

Wednesday 13th June 2012

Wednesday 13th June 2012

Football violence has marred the Euro Championships with Polish and Russian fans clashing in the streets of Warsaw...

Housing minister accused of fiddling with figures

Wednesday 13th June 2012

A war of words has erupted between housing minister Grant Shapps and his shadow counterpart Jack Dromey, after the latter all but called Shapps a liar...

Agent jailed after secretly trying to let out house

Wednesday 13th June 2012

An estate agent has been jailed after he tried to make money on the side by renting an empty home his firm had been instructed to sell...

House sales still 40% below peak in 'ghastly' market

Wednesday 13th June 2012

House sales across the UK are almost 40% lower than five years ago at the peak of the boom. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says that in May, the average number of completed sales per estate agency branch was 15...

Mortgage valuation activity picks up again

Wednesday 13th June 2012

Mortgage valuation activity returned to growth in May following the post-Stamp Duty deadline slowdown in April, according to Connells Survey & Valuation...

Parents under strain as FTBs struggle to get on housing ladder

Wednesday 13th June 2012

The struggles facing young people as they try to get on the property ladder are affecting the financial future of their families, with the bank of mum and dad feeling the strain...

Tuesday 12th June 2012

Tuesday 12th June 2012

UEFA are taking a positive stand against racism by instructing both Poland and the Ukraine to send more police to matches in order to help pick out the perpetrators of racial abuse...

Monday 11th June 2012

Monday 11th June 2012

UEFA are certainly not holding back in punishing national federations at the Euros, as Germany join Russia in getting a disciplinary order from Europe’s governing football body...

Saturday 9th June 2012

Monday 11th June 2012

Euro 2012 officially kicked off last night and with only two games in, we have already witnessed some great performances, quality goals and two sending off’s...

Friday 8th June 2012

Monday 11th June 2012

Dust off those glad rags ladies and gentlemen, get that retro England shirt out of the dusty depths of your wardrobe, Euro 2012 is upon us and for the first time in recent memory it promises to be a very open tournament with competitive groups galore...

Global 4 launches HIGH SPEED FIBRE BROADBAND for Agents

Monday 11th June 2012

Global 4 the largest supplier of telecoms in the UK to the lettings and estate agents marketplace rolls out its Fibre broadband offering at realistic prices...

Thinking about recruiting an in-house Property Manager? Speak to ARPM Property Management first

Monday 11th June 2012

The majority of new start lettings business begin life with one or two staff and as the business grows it quickly becomes apparent that a dedicated Property Manager will be required...

First-time buyers staying stuck on the initial rung

Monday 11th June 2012

Young adults who make it on to the housing ladder are increasingly getting stuck on the first rung, with over half unable to fund their next deposit...

Third parties should be given right to complain about lawyers

Monday 11th June 2012

Home buyers and sellers whose transactions are messed up or delayed by someone else’s solicitor could be given rights to complain to the Legal Ombudsman...

House prices falter round most of the world

Monday 11th June 2012

House prices are faltering right round the world, with falls in 24 out of 36 countries surveyed. Research business Global Property Guide says Ireland’s price declines have been ‘catastrophic’ with a fall of 18...

Badger agents get set to raise £75,000 for children's hospice

Monday 11th June 2012

Badger Holdings, parent company to Townends and Regents estate agents, has kicked off its annual campaign for Shooting Star CHASE, a children’s hospice...

More agents weigh anchor at Waterside Network

Monday 11th June 2012

Three agents in south Devon have joined the Waterside Network, a specialist agent for the sale and letting of waterfront property, boats and moorings...

CLG department lacks leadership

Monday 11th June 2012

The Government’s Communities and Local Government department is lacking leadership, CLG’s own report has said...

The Brand Blog no.5: MR - MEMORABLE & RECOGNISABLE

Friday 8th June 2012

Welcome to the fifth of ten, step-by-step guides on building your estate agency or lettings agency brand – although this applies equally to many other businesses as well...

Simpson & Partners Stop The Traffic with Super Bright LED Light Panels from Mid West Displays...

Friday 8th June 2012

Light Panels have become the most popular display choice for Estate Agents because they are extremely bright, energy efficient and are easy to use...

Phil Bowden Blog

Friday 8th June 2012

What’s the point of a sales meeting – and how can you make it work for you? I was asked once to help a senior manager develop as part of a long-term programme...

Strutt & Parker wins exclusive deal with Christie's

Friday 8th June 2012

Strutt & Parker has unveiled ambitious plans to double its turnover after beating off rivals Savills and Knight Frank to become the sole UK affiliate of international auction house Christie’s...

Major mortgage reforms pushed through by MEPs

Friday 8th June 2012

The European directive on credit agreements relating to residential property (CARRP) has had its final amendments voted through – leaving the UK buy-to-let industry heaving a cautious sigh of relief, and seeking to change some fundamentals in the house-buying market...

Marks & Spencer to start offering mortgages in branches

Friday 8th June 2012

Marks & Spencer is about to shake up the financial services industry by opening banking facilities in its branches, which will offer first bank accounts and then mortgages...

House prices tiptoe back up again

Friday 8th June 2012

House prices in May went up by 0.5% following a 2.3% decline in April. The average house price now stands at £160,941 – virtually identical to this time a year ago, Halifax has reported...

Scotland set to abolish Stamp Duty

Friday 8th June 2012

Stamp Duty is to be abolished in Scotland, it has been announced. John Swinney, finance minister, said that it would be replaced by a new 'fairer' Land and Buildings Transactions tax in 2015...

Charity headed by Richard Hair scoops Queen's Award

Friday 8th June 2012

Warmest congratulations to Essex estate agent Richard Hair. He helps run a charity which has just received a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service...

Agents come together to stage homes exhibition

Friday 8th June 2012

A country and prestige homes exhibition put on by Beresfords at stately home Boreham House, on the outskirts of Chelmsford, proved an excellent example of independent agents working together...

Estate Agents to benefit from All Products Direct

Wednesday 6th June 2012

All Products Direct (APD) has developed a number of specialist products and services aimed at improving property management for estate agents and letting agents...

Thinking of selling your lettings business? Speak to ARPM Property Management first!

Wednesday 6th June 2012

Most people who work within the lettings industry will agree that from time-to-time it can be very stressful...

What do you think of EAT? Tell us!

Wednesday 6th June 2012

Angels Media, who publish EAT and LAT, have sent out a reader questionnaire in the last couple of days asking for your (honest) opinions of how you find the sites, what we’re not doing but should be, and what we are doing but you wish we wouldn’t...

Uncertainty over wealth tax on property set to drag on

Wednesday 6th June 2012

Disruption and uncertainty at the top end of the property market is set to continue for some months, with the Government having only just issued a consultation on its controversial Budget proposals, including an annual wealth tax on homes...

London property market at crossroads, say pundits

Wednesday 6th June 2012

The £2m-plus property market in London appears so far to have accepted the hike in Stamp Duty for individual buyers to 7% – but it could still be a major issue, Knight Frank has said...

Zoopla boss Chesterman picked to lead challenger portal

Wednesday 6th June 2012

Alex Chesterman, the entrepreneur who founded Zoopla, is to be chief executive of the newly merged business with the Daily Mail’s Digital Property Group...

New portals offer agents free trials

Wednesday 6th June 2012

Despite the restructuring of the property portal market into what has been loudly proclaimed as a two-horse race, more portals have continued to launch...

Angels launches white-labelled news services for agents

Wednesday 6th June 2012

Angels Media, publishers of EAT and LAT, is launching a service for agents which will allow you to publish news on your own website, as well as your own white-labelled e-newsletter for clients...

New chairman for Residential Property Surveyors Association

Wednesday 6th June 2012

The Residential Property Surveyors Association has a new chairman to lead its future plans for growth...

RICS warns ministers that NewBuy scheme could hurt whole housing market

Friday 1st June 2012

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has delivered a stinging attack on the Government’s NewBuy mortgage scheme, suggesting it could wreck the entire housing market...

House prices up by the merest whisker

Friday 1st June 2012

House prices rose in May by just 0.3% to stand at an average of £166,022, up from April’s figure of £164,134...

Queen was on the throne - but women couldn't get a mortgage

Friday 1st June 2012

We are now building fewer new homes than when the Queen came to the throne – and while homes are getting smaller, house prices have shot up and the mod cons have changed out of all recognition...

Henry Adams marks his own 60 years in property

Friday 1st June 2012

In 1952, Queen Elizabeth came to the throne, and 16-year-old Henry Adams embarked on a career in property, joining Wyatt & Son in Chichester, Sussex...

What do you think of EAT? Tell us!

Friday 1st June 2012

Angels Media, who publish EAT and LAT, have sent out a reader questionnaire in the last couple of days asking for your (honest) opinions of how you find the sites, what we’re not doing but should be, and what we are doing but you wish we wouldn’t...

Get on your bikes to join the Great Zoopla Cycle Ride

Friday 1st June 2012

The route of the Great British Zoopla Cycle is now complete – but a few more agents are needed to get on their bikes...

Time for a revamp?

Thursday 31st May 2012

Time for a revamp? Fairfield Displays report a ripple of change that’s gaining momentum as agents re-vamp their windows and interiors...

Ian Laverty Blog

Wednesday 30th May 2012

A quick look at some of the mobile phone contracts that are on offer these days and you can see that most of them come with a package of ‘free’ texts...

'Drunk' housing market being propped up by BTL and wealthy

Wednesday 30th May 2012

Property prices in England and Wales dipped by 0.3% between March and April to stand at £160,417 – 1% lower than last year, according to the Land Registry...

Expanding Chesterton Humberts bag big gun from Savills

Wednesday 30th May 2012

Chesterton Humberts has appointed Allan Collins, financial director of Savills, as its new chief financial officer...

Town where one in two homes is worth more than £1m

Wednesday 30th May 2012

Virginia Water in Surrey is the UK’s number one property millionaire hotspot, according to PrimeLocation...

New crackdown on empty homes announced

Wednesday 30th May 2012

Second home owners who leave their properties empty are to be hit with extra council taxes. If they leave the property empty for two years, they will have to pay an extra premium, of a 50% extra tax...

ARPM Property Management simplifies White Label Property Management

Monday 28th May 2012

“White Label”, two little words that are increasingly finding their way into the Lettings Industry – but when used in the context of property management, does everyone really know what they mean?  Put simply, Agents who chose to outsource their Property Management can select to have the service ‘white labelled’ which means that the whole solution is branded as the clients own, e...

Harry Simons Blog

Monday 28th May 2012

Success, I believe, can be all in the mind. There’s no need to tell you it’s a competitive market out there...

House buyers lose interest, says Hometrack

Monday 28th May 2012

House prices have crept up just 0.2% this month – but only thanks to price rises in London where they went up 0...

Zoopla in long-term play with premier football club deal

Monday 28th May 2012

Now what are we to make of this? The Daily Mail seemed to carry a bit of a give-away on Friday when it reported on its profits forecast for this year...

Property investment fund gets FSA go-ahead

Monday 28th May 2012

Hearthstone Investments, the buy-to-let fund quarter-owned by the estate agency chain Connells, is to launch this summer after receiving FSA approval...

New house building in 11% fall

Monday 28th May 2012

Building of new housing has fallen sharply this year. According to the Office for National Statistics, there were 24,140 house-building starts in the first quarter, down 11% on the previous quarter...

NAEA calls for FTB Stamp Duty break to be reinstated

Friday 25th May 2012

The National Association of Estate Agents has called for the Stamp Duty break for first-time buyers to be reinstated...

New insurance launches to protect buyers against planning breaches

Friday 25th May 2012

A new insurance policy has been launched to protect home buyers and owners from breaches of planning regulations that may have been committed in the past without their knowledge...

Co-op unveils plans to be UK's biggest law firm

Friday 25th May 2012

The Co-op has set out its stall to become the largest consumer law firm in the UK, dealing with conveyancing, probate, will writing, personal injury, family law and employment law...

Vote for your favourite conveyancer (and small could be beautiful)

Friday 25th May 2012

Since the launch less than two weeks ago of the award for the Best Conveyancing Firm as voted for by estate agents, over 150 entries have been received...

Those irritating pop-ups on our site – blame Europe!

Friday 25th May 2012

We apologise for some truly irritating pop-ups which have appeared on our sites this week. We're sure they have the best of intentions, but you should know that it’s Europe that’s making us do it...

Stop playing it so safe, lenders are told

Friday 25th May 2012

Lenders need to return to pricing for risk and there needs to be more 100%, cashback and sub-prime mortgage product availability if the mortgage market is to return to any sort of health...

Do you own a lettings business you want to sell?

Thursday 24th May 2012

If so we have a retained client you need to be talking to. Whether you are relocating, exploring other business interests or planning to retire we are interested in acquiring your business...

The Brand Blog no.4: TELL THE STORY

Wednesday 23rd May 2012

Welcome to the fourth of ten, step-by-step guides on building your estate agency or lettings agency brand – although this applies equally to many other businesses as well...

Ombudsman warns agents over sloppy paperwork

Wednesday 23rd May 2012

Agents have been warned to tighten up on their record-keeping after a surge in initial complaints to the Property Ombudsman...

FTBs' scramble to save 1% Stamp Duty puts their prices up

Wednesday 23rd May 2012

First-time buyers paid 2.8% more for their homes in March as they tried to make savings of 1% in Stamp Duty...

Housing transactions wobble downwards, says HMRC

Wednesday 23rd May 2012

The number of housing transactions in April was down markedly in April. A total of 72,000 homes across the UK were sold, according to HMRC – down from 88,000 in April, although up on the 70,000 sold in April last year, when the Royal Wedding proved a distraction...

Another agent for the Olympic high jump

Wednesday 23rd May 2012

Estate agents may well be advised to call off their Olympics celebrations now – or at least, make sure they’re not for the high jump over them...

Mortgage lending tumbles 19% as banks tighten their belts

Wednesday 23rd May 2012

Gross mortgage lending tumbled by 19% in April, its downward trajectory propelled by the ending of the first-time buyers’ Stamp Duty holiday...

LSL scoops top award for recruitment initiative

Wednesday 23rd May 2012

LSL Property Services has scooped a Chartered Institute of Personnel Development HR award, beating off contenders including Tesco...

ARPM Property Management simplifies Full Management Service

Monday 21st May 2012

Lets’ face it, property management can be hard work (which is why the majority of Landlords employ Lettings professionals to undertake it on their behalf!)...

Chris Baguley Blog

Monday 21st May 2012

Auction houses up and down the country are joining the social media revolution. Through social media channels such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, they are now increasingly engaging with other property professionals and picking up useful market information...

Asking prices static as spring market loses momentum

Monday 21st May 2012

Asking prices of properties new to the market have not risen in May – and this is the first time in a decade that this has happened...

Bargain hunters snap up cheap properties at auction

Monday 21st May 2012

A total of 1,479 homes were sold at auctions in April. The collective amount raised was £149m, so each residential property went for an average of just over £100,000...

Property fraudster is jailed after fleecing his own mother

Monday 21st May 2012

Notorious property fraudster David Watmuff has been jailed for three and a half years after stealing from his own mother...

Valuations firm explains its calls to agents

Monday 21st May 2012

A company called Express Valuations has tried to clear up the mystery of its persistent phone calls to estate agents...

The Success at the Strike of the Gavel Continues for the GNPA

Friday 18th May 2012

The results of the recent Great North Property Auction (GNPA) held on the night of May 15th at the Ramside Hall Hotel in Co Durham have been announced and the event concluded in style with yet another successful night...

Ombudsman passed membership database to Yellow Pages

Friday 18th May 2012

The Property Ombudsman released – and apparently gave away – its database of estate agents to Yellow Pages six years ago...

Agent scolded for suggesting money better in property than a bank

Friday 18th May 2012

An advert which suggested that people would do better to put their money into bricks and mortar than keep it in the bank has landed an estate agent in trouble...

Call for Government to introduce lending targets as euro crisis worsens

Friday 18th May 2012

Countrywide, the UK’s largest estate agent and mortgage broker, has called for the Government to introduce mortgage lending targets...

Harry Hill's In-Deed splashes out on legal firm

Friday 18th May 2012

Former Countrywide boss Harry Hill’s company, In-Deed, has bought one of the country’s top ten firms of licensed conveyancers for up to £4m after admitting that it had failed to make headway in its original ambitions...

Spicerhaart wins battle to call itself 'independent'

Friday 18th May 2012

Spicerhaart has won a battle with the advertising watchdog to be able to describe itself as ‘independent’...

Just five sales so far under NewBuy scheme

Friday 18th May 2012

Just five homes have been sold between six of the UK’s biggest house builders under the Government’s flagship NewBuy scheme...

HSBC in U-turn over conveyancing row

Friday 18th May 2012

HSBC has largely climbed down over its decision to restrict its choice of conveyancers, following widespread protests and complaints – plus a petition to the Government with over 2,000 signatures...

ARPM Property Management simplifies Rent Collection Services

Thursday 17th May 2012

The dreaded day has arrived, today will be the day when you find out whether that difficult Tenant, who is always in arrears with their rent has paid – and guess what, they haven’t!  Now it’s time to once again pick up the telephone to the Landlord to advise that the rent has not come in and as usual, there will be a barrage of questions and accusations made by the Landlord who at this stage is truly frustrated and is finding it hard to pay two mortgages...

Cars4Agents – Why Should You Contract Hire Your Next Sign-Written Vehicle?

Wednesday 16th May 2012

John Paul Getty, known as one of the Richest men of all time once said: “If it appreciates buy it, if it depreciates, lease it” At Cars4Agents we fully believe in John’s quote and can prove to you that leasing is certainly the way forward...

New Window Displays for King Relocation Services, LED Light Panels from Mid West Displays...

Wednesday 16th May 2012

New Window Displays for King Relocation Services, LED Light Panels from Mid West Displays... "As a new business, we wanted to make a statement when opening our new agency and chose Mid West displays as their light panels gave the desired effect...

The Brand Blog no.3 | SOLVE THEIR PAIN

Wednesday 16th May 2012

Welcome to the third of ten, step-by-step guides on building your estate agency or lettings agency brand – although this applies equally to many other businesses as well...

Top agents admit to flouting rules on EPCs

Wednesday 16th May 2012

A number of estate agents flouting rules on EPCs look set to escape prosecution – for the time being at least – and some may not even be challenged...

Mortgage lending to hit a new low this year, says MAB boss

Wednesday 16th May 2012

Mortgage lending this year will fall to a new low, the head of Mortgage Advice Bureau has said. CEO Peter Brodnicki estimates that the total mortgage market in 2012 will be £125bn...

Asking prices edge up as supply of For Sale stock drops

Wednesday 16th May 2012

Asking prices for homes on the market in England and Wales have moved up 0.5% over the last month, as the shortage of property for sale becomes more marked...

D-Day dawns for thousands of households at risk of flood

Wednesday 16th May 2012

Lenders have been officially warned that an increasing number of properties are to become uninsurable and unmortgageable, creating mortgage prisoners marooned in their own homes...

Agents in personal crusades to raise funds for charities

Wednesday 16th May 2012

Estate agents are a generous crowd when it comes to charity and, with the best will in the world, we simply cannot find space to mention all that you do...

Theo Paphitis Gives Estate Agency Recruiter a boost on Twitter.......

Tuesday 15th May 2012

Last month Richard Knight, Director of Estate Agency Recruitment firm Zara Lewis was invited to an event for a selected number of small business owners hosted by Theo Paphitis in Birmingham...

Est8pro- the New Integrated Marketing & Management Platform...

Tuesday 15th May 2012

Est8pro- the New Integrated Marketing & Management Platform Aimed Specifically At The Independent Real Estate Professional & Smaller Real Estate Agency...

Veteran property website folds after purchase by Zoopla

Monday 14th May 2012

The veteran local information website UpMyStreet has hit a dead end after its surprise purchase last week by Zoopla...

Public optimistic about outlook for housing market

Monday 14th May 2012

Despite the welter of uncertain news about the housing market, optimism among home owners is on the up with more than one third expecting house prices to be higher in 12 months’ time...

Repossessions may not be as bad as feared

Monday 14th May 2012

Official forecasts for the number of repossessions this year may be reduced this summer, down from the initial prediction of 45,000...

Call for agents to nominate their favourite conveyancer

Monday 14th May 2012

Who does your conveyancing and do they deserve to win an award? Whether they are a big national firm or a small local practice, you have the chance to nominate a conveyancer you would like to see get recognition...

FindaProperty launches new TV app

Monday 14th May 2012

FindaProperty.com has released two apps, for Smart TV and iPad. The smart TV app lets users search for a new home on an internet-enabled Samsung TV...

Agents' pipeline business hit as first-time buyers bow out

Friday 11th May 2012

The surge of first-time buyers in March before the end of the Stamp Duty holiday is now having a significant impact on agents’ business pipelines...

One third of house sellers cut their asking prices

Friday 11th May 2012

One third (34%) of properties currently for sale have been reduced in price since first coming on to the market, says property portal Zoopla...

House prices set to rise again from next year

Friday 11th May 2012

Although values will fall marginally this year, house prices will start to rise again next year and could increase by as much as 8% over the next three years...

More conveyancers support search code

Friday 11th May 2012

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers (SLC) has announced that it will be recognising the Search Code and will be urging its members to only accept and commission searches from Code compliant subscribers, with immediate effect...

Winkworth report raised profits as expansion continues

Friday 11th May 2012

Pre-tax profits at AIM-listed Winkworth crept up from £1.1m to £1.2m last year. Reporting on its preliminary results for the year to December 31, 2011, it said that gross property sales and lettings turnover was £35...

Strutt & Parker in new green deal organisation

Friday 11th May 2012

Agents Strutt & Parker are a founding member of a new Green Deal not-for-profit organisation, the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings...

Outsourcing your sales progression will enhance your overall service

Thursday 10th May 2012

UK Sales Progressors has been providing a very successful outsourced sales progression service for a number of agents throughout the country since being founded nearly 2 years ago...

ARPM Property Management simplifies Pre Tenancy Administration

Thursday 10th May 2012

Lettings offices can be busy places with a never ending ‘to do list’.  Firstly there’s the need to source new Landlords and then there’s the race to find a Tenant for the new instruction...

Strategic Property Think Tank, Growth and Co-Ordination

Wednesday 9th May 2012

Predicting what happens next in estate agency is a tough call. In the last decade traditional agency has had to embrace the web, a industry change so great, that the web has created dedicated online agents (without the traditional office part)...

The Brand Blog no.2 |SHOW EVIDENCE OF BRILLIANCE

Wednesday 9th May 2012

Welcome to the second of ten, step-by-step guides on building your estate agency or lettings agency brand – although this applies equally to many other businesses as well...

David Dalby Blog

Wednesday 9th May 2012

We all know that Britain needs more homes. We also know that these will not be built unless there is an adequate supply of finance: finance to fund development, particularly in the growing rental sector, and sufficient levels of mortgage finance to allow first-time buyers to get on to the home-ownership ladder and for existing owners to be able to move on to another home...

Housing market recovery 'runs out of steam'

Wednesday 9th May 2012

The more optimistic outlook for the residential property market appears to have run out of steam in April, the RICS has reported...

Banking giant launches new property app with FindaProperty

Wednesday 9th May 2012

Halifax is launching a ‘home finder’ app, designed to be a one-stop shop for home hunters...

NAEA tells Alex Salmond to ditch Scottish HIPs

Wednesday 9th May 2012

The NAEA is urging the Scottish Government to scrap Home Reports – the Scottish version of Home Information Packs...

Theo Paphitis Gives Estate Agency Recruiter a boost on Twitter...

Tuesday 8th May 2012

Last month Richard Knight, Director of Estate Agency Recruitment firm Zara Lewis was invited to an event for a selected number of small business owners hosted by Theo Paphitis in Birmingham...

Phil Bowden Blog

Friday 4th May 2012

As a property industry trainer, I am amazed at the number of confessions from sales people that no one had ever shown them how to conduct a viewing properly...

Mortgage lending sinks to lowest for 38 years

Friday 4th May 2012

Lending for house purchase last year was the lowest for 38 years, the Council of Mortgage Lenders has reported...

House prices nationwide manage to go up and down

Friday 4th May 2012

House prices slipped 2.4% in April, the Haifax reported this morning, more than wiping out March's rise of 2...

New 'clarification' issued to agents on EPCs

Friday 4th May 2012

New 'clarification' on EPCs has been issued by the Government department for Communities and Local Government...

London agents hold their breath over £2m plus market

Friday 4th May 2012

The fall-out from the Chancellor’s Budget, clamping down on tax avoidance by rich property owners, is still working its way through the £2m-plus prime London market...

Conveyancing firm to reimburse buyers who are gazumped

Friday 4th May 2012

A law firm is to reimburse buyers if they are gazumped. Stephensons Solicitors LLP has launched a service called Homebuyers Plus, which will be offered to buyers that instruct the firm for conveyancing...

Duo's 'Trust me - I'm an estate agent' talk raises funds for charity

Friday 4th May 2012

We hear it’s going down a storm – the ‘Trust me, I’m an estate agent’ double act by Wirral duo David Bradshaw and Richard Henderson...

Agent Tracker have announced their estate agent of the year

Thursday 3rd May 2012

AgentTracker have announced their estate agent of the year according to their verified customer feedback website...

Are Mobile Apps useful?

Thursday 3rd May 2012

There is a lot of discussion about mobile search but many Estate Agents are unsure of how useful it is to clients...

ETSOS hits right note at PROPERTYdrum B2B awards

Thursday 3rd May 2012

Online search specialist and ancillary service provider, ETSOS, has hit just the right note at this year’s PROPERTYdrum B2B awards, scooping top honours in the Outsourced Services category...

Kremer Signs Rebrand Orchards of London

Thursday 3rd May 2012

Kremer Signs have recently supplied new look office signage and estate agency boards to Orchards of London estate agents, with two offices, based in Chiswick & Ealing, London...

Agent Tracker announces their estate agent of the year...

Wednesday 2nd May 2012

AgentTracker have announced their estate agent of the year according to their verified customer feedback website...

The Brand Blog no.1 : IDENTIFY YOUR CORE SEGMENTS

Wednesday 2nd May 2012

The Brand Blog no. 1: IDENTIFY YOUR CORE SEGMENTS
 
Welcome to the first of ten step-by-step guides on building your estate agency or lettings agency brand –although this applies equally to other businesses...

London house prices in surprise tumble, says Land Registry . . .

Wednesday 2nd May 2012

House prices dropped by 0.6% in March, the Land Registry has reported, bringing the average selling price in England and Wales to £160,372 – also 0...

... But pipeline business showing signs of life

Wednesday 2nd May 2012

The UK housing market is showing signs of improving pipeline business, says the ‘man with the boards’...

Parking mad! Garage that's for sale at over £500k

Wednesday 2nd May 2012

Have we all gone parking mad? The strength of the London market is about to be tested by a double garage in Knightsbridge which is for sale at £525,000 – about three times the national average house price, and a new UK record for a garage...

New service launches to help sort out estate agents' leads

Wednesday 2nd May 2012

A new service has launched to sort and identify leads sent from portals and lead generation services...

House prices nudge up but falls likely as demand slows

Monday 30th April 2012

House prices nudged up for the second month running, by just 0.1% this month, but slowing growth in demand and rising supply is set to reverse the price trend, Hometrack reported this morning...

Digital portals sign up 15,000th member

Monday 30th April 2012

The Digital Property Group has registered its 15,000th member. It is Glenthorne Properties in Fulham, London...

Watchdog warns of growth in property hijacking

Monday 30th April 2012

The Financial Services Authority has sent out a warning about ‘property hijacking’ – the practice whereby fraudsters try to raise mortgages on empty properties that they do not own...

Agent earns 40 years worth of plaudits

Monday 30th April 2012

Best-loved, staunch ethics and exquisite manners? Who on earth can they be talking about? Refreshingly, it’s an estate agent – and one with quite a few stories to tell...

Buyers ignoring valuations in Home Reports

Monday 30th April 2012

Buyers are taking little notice of the house price valuation given in Home Reports – the Scottish version of HIPs...

College offers new training for agents

Monday 30th April 2012

A new sales and lettings training company based in the North-East is offering funded, nationally recognised property-based qualifications...

True confessions of an estate agent

Monday 30th April 2012

Journalist Rosalind Russell spent eight years editing one of the property industry’s funniest columns, The Diary of an Estate Agent, for the London Evening Standard...

Fairfield LED Light Pockets illuminate Woodgale in the New Forest

Friday 27th April 2012

"What a difference! I am absolutely delighted with the stunning new window display supplied by Fairfield Displays & Lighting...

Peter Ambrose Blog

Friday 27th April 2012

With transactions becoming more complex, anti-money laundering restrictions more onerous and lenders more demanding, agents know that a client’s choice of lawyer has never been more critical to the success or otherwise of a deal...

Countrywide boss slams Government over housing policies

Friday 27th April 2012

Countrywide, the UK’s largest estate agent and mortgage broking network, has announced its strongest Q1 financial results since the market collapsed in 2007 – and simultaneously torn into the Government over its ‘ineffective’ housing policies...

Agents pass inspections over lone worker safety

Friday 27th April 2012

An inspection of estate agents across the Bristol area to assess their policies on lone working has resulted in a clean bill of health...

Fresh concerns as more lenders clamp down on conveyancing

Friday 27th April 2012

Agents are already advising clients that if they go to HSBC for a mortgage, they could experience long conveyancing delays...

New listings 'just keep coming', says Move with Us

Friday 27th April 2012

Estate agency network Move With Us says that agents’ new additions to property listings have reached a six-month high – and that buyers are not baulking at rising asking prices...

£1m house sales drop for first time in two years

Friday 27th April 2012

Sales of million-pound homes fell for the first time in two years. But at the very top end of the market, multi-million home sales to the super-rich were at an historic high before the hike in Stamp Duty...

iam-sold: The Complete Auction Solution for Estate Agents

Thursday 26th April 2012

Auction has become an increasingly popular method of sale within the residential property market and with the property market currently at a low, Estate Agents now beginning to explore new income streams to help maintain a healthy business...

Public grows in confidence over housing market

Wednesday 25th April 2012

People are growing in confidence about the housing market, two new surveys have claimed - ironically, on the same day that official figures show Britain has slipped back into recession...

CLG confirms – opting-out of EPC database can be done

Wednesday 25th April 2012

The Government’s department for Communities and Local Government has responded to EAT’s story on Monday which revealed that opting out of the EPC public database has been made possible...

London buyers shrug off hike in Stamp Duty, say agents

Wednesday 25th April 2012

Last month’s rise in Stamp Duty to 7% on £2m-plus properties has apparently had little effect on the prime central London market...

Shapps launches bid to turn Britain into nation of self-builders

Wednesday 25th April 2012

A package of measures to give as many people as possible the opportunity to build their own homes has been launched by housing minister Grant Shapps – amid the astonishing claim that 14,000 people a year are already self-building...

Auctioneer steps down after 53 years with same employers

Wednesday 25th April 2012

Is there something in the water in Sevenoaks? Last year, EAT reported on how Ibbett Mosely branch manager Ian Beagley was marking 40 years with the same Kent employers, having started with them as a 16-year-old junior...

Stephanie proves quick on the floorplan draw

Wednesday 25th April 2012

The winner of the Metropix competition to see which agent could draw a floor plan quickest is Stephanie Dunn-Fox from Findahome Online Estate & Letting Agents...

Three-branch agent raises £60,000 to say thankyou

Wednesday 25th April 2012

As we have said before, with the best will in the world, EAT cannot mention all our charitably-minded readers...

Dominic Hiatt Blog

Monday 23rd April 2012

Tapping into the breaking news agenda should be high on your PR priorities. As agents, you want all kinds of PR...

New EPC twist: Government allows people to opt out of database

Monday 23rd April 2012

People WILL be able to opt out of having their EPCs made publicly available on the national database...

Countrywide branch wins best estate agent in UK

Monday 23rd April 2012

The best UK sales agent is Mann Countrywide Yeovil, the ESTAS have announced. Runner-up was Bond Residential with silver, followed by Whiteheads Bognor Regis with bronze...

Conveyancers fight back against lenders' clampdowns

Monday 23rd April 2012

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers is fighting back against moves to restrict lenders’ panels...

Allagents launches staff awards scheme

Monday 23rd April 2012

Allagents, the review site which bans naming individuals, is to launch an awards scheme for individual staff members...

Estate agency firms announce merger

Monday 23rd April 2012

Two major Norfolk agents are to merge their businesses as from May 1. Arnolds and Keys, both based in Norwich, will form a new firm, Arnolds Keys, employing a total of 95 partners and staff, operating out of a total of nine offices plus an auction salesroom...

Bradshaw Henderson choose Kremer Signs for new look LED office sign…

Friday 20th April 2012

Kremer Signs have recently supplied new look signage to Bradshaw Henderson estate agents based in Cheshire, creating a very eye catching new look...

Harry Simons Blog

Friday 20th April 2012

At a guess, social media is now on your marketing agenda. However, as we have been finding out in our own company, you have to get your brains round it and do it properly...

Zoopla and Digital integration set to take months

Friday 20th April 2012

Both Zoopla and Digital are continuing to act as competitors, despite the OFT having given the go-ahead for their merger this week...

First-time buyers may have vanished after Stamp Duty rush

Friday 20th April 2012

Demand from first-time buyers nudged up in March, according to the NAEA in a report published today...

Rightmove clocks up 1m views for FirstBuy

Friday 20th April 2012

The FirstBuy homepage on property portal Rightmove has reached the landmark of achieving one million page views...

New ratings site launches - with a difference

Friday 20th April 2012

A new service has launched allowing agents not only to see how their vendors and landlords rate and comment on each part of their customer service, but also to gain greater insight into the cost-effectiveness of each element of their marketing...

Blanket ban on agents' signs extended for record ten years

Friday 20th April 2012

A blanket ban on all estate agents and letting agents’ signs in a large area of London has been extended for another ten years, after a spate of prosecutions...

Is this the real Grant Shapps or a bit of a twit?

Friday 20th April 2012

When a mortgage publication used Twitter to quiz housing minister Grant Shapps on whether he had any regrets about the NewBuy scheme, it got back a reply which may have had it fooled for all of two seconds...

Nationally rental arrears are increasing but ARPM continues to buck the trend!

Thursday 19th April 2012

According to ‘The Tenant Arrears Tracker’ a reported 9.3% of all rent was paid late or unpaid in November 2011 and furthermore, when the last quarter of 2011 was compared with the same period in 2010, nationally there had been an 18% increase in tenancy arrears...

The quick reference guide when buying property in West London’s Notting Hill

Thursday 19th April 2012

Arguably, the best places to live in West London are the tranquil green streets of Notting Hill. It is an oasis of classic Victorian terraced homes and walled communal gardens nestled into the heart of the capital...

Fine & Country Choose LED Light Panel Displays from Mid West Displays...

Wednesday 18th April 2012

Mid West Displays have proudly supplied brand new window LED Light Panel displays to Fine & Country, Brookmans Park...

Brian Murphy Blog

Wednesday 18th April 2012

Recent reports paint a mixed picture as to the direction of travel of the UK economy.  On one hand we read that expansion has been reported in the service, construction and manufacturing sectors, but conversely retail sales during February fell against the same period in 2011...

New official statistician's survey shows house prices rising

Wednesday 18th April 2012

The latest Government house price index has claimed that the average house price in February stood at £224,473 – a rise of 0...

Agents puzzle over why portals get EPC exemption

Wednesday 18th April 2012

The property portals and Government are continuing to put the onus fairly and squarely on agents when it comes to complying with the new rules on Energy Performance Certificates...

Zoopla and Digital merger: let the fight begin

Wednesday 18th April 2012

With the OFT having finally announced their decision to allow a merger between Zoopla and the Digital group of portals, the latest website traffic figures make interesting reading...

New portal launches for super-rich property hunters

Wednesday 18th April 2012

A new UK property portal has launched called Rhodium which targets the super-prime property hunters...

Don't miss this week's Property Business Show

Wednesday 18th April 2012

Agents still have time to book places at the free Property Business Show, starting tomorrow and continuing on Friday...

Stamp Duty Land Tax Planning

Tuesday 17th April 2012

Stamp Duty Land Tax Planning All properties purchased in the UK are subject to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)...

ARPM Clients can now benefit from faster AST sign-up times!

Monday 16th April 2012

With ARPM outsourced property management declaring this month that their new ‘electronic signatures’ will help to speed up AST sign-up times, we wanted to find out more...

NEWSFLASH: Merger between Digital and Zoopla gets the go-ahead

Monday 16th April 2012

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has finally given clearance for the proposed merger between Digital Property Group  and Zoopla to go ahead...

Ian Laverty Blog

Monday 16th April 2012

QR codes: Quick Response or Quickly Rejected? Really, that’s down to you and how you use them...

Property asking prices jump 2.9% to all-time record high

Monday 16th April 2012

Asking prices for property have climbed to an all-time record high. The Rightmove portal reported this morning an astonishing 2...

Connells under fire for 'strong arm' mortgage tactics

Monday 16th April 2012

Connells has come under fire for allegedly trying to pressurise a buyer at a Barnard Marcus branch into using its legal and financial services...

Concerns mount as EPC debacle rumbles on

Monday 16th April 2012

Landmark, the privately owned firm which operates the national EPC Register, has told agents that it was never asked by the Government to develop a system that would give agents access to the single page of an EPC...

Twenty ex-Bairstow Eves branches quit after sale to Hunters

Monday 16th April 2012

Twenty former Bairstow Eves branches have left the network since the franchise business was bought from Countrywide by north-based Hunters last September...

Still (just) time to join Phil Spencer at the ESTAS

Monday 16th April 2012

The ESTAS are coming!   This Friday sees the long-awaited ESTAS award ceremony when 500-plus of the UK’s finest agents and suppliers will descend on the Hilton in London’s Park Lane...

Are QR codes just an ugly face – or worthwhile?

Monday 16th April 2012

They have their critics as well as supporters. They’re eyesores, say the detractors, but they’re oh so modern, say the evangelists...

Rightmove on collision course with Government over EPCs

Friday 13th April 2012

Rightmove and the other big property portals are set on a collision course with the Government over EPCs...

Truth about housing market: even the spin doctor looks confused

Friday 13th April 2012

Two statements flatly contradicting each other about the mortgage market were put out by the same PR company at almost exactly the same time yesterday...

RICS moves to quell employees' insider plot

Friday 13th April 2012

Employees of the RICS have left the organisation after they tried to set up an alternative ombudsman-style business to the one they were meant to be offering to members...

Property asking prices shoot up to four-year high

Friday 13th April 2012

Asking prices for homes on the market in England and Wales have moved up a further 0.8% since March, showing the highest annual growth for four years...

NAEA chief demands action on agent licensing

Friday 13th April 2012

NFoPP has called once again for estate agents and letting agents to be properly regulated. Mark Hayward, acting chief executive since the departure of Peter Bolton King, said that rogue agents would continue to rip off consumers unless action is taken...

Your chance to ask about agency review sites

Friday 13th April 2012

Are the new breed of agent review sites friend or foe? One of the most contentious issues in agency circles at the moment is that of the ‘Trip Advisor’-style review sites...

Shh! Agents warned against using the O word

Friday 13th April 2012

Here is an awful warning to estate agents even thinking about what, to be on the safe side, we shall now call the event that dares not speak its name...

Mobile Apps supplied to over 550 Estate Agents

Thursday 12th April 2012

EstateApps have supplied over 550 Estate Agents in UK with more than 2,000 Apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and Mobile Web...

Conveyancing Commission – Is It For You?

Thursday 12th April 2012

Estate Agents have been able to earn commission from referring clients to chosen suppliers of additional conveyancing services for many years now, all be it from energy assessors, surveyors, mortgage brokers or conveyancers...

Reach your customers in 5 seconds with Textlocal.com

Thursday 12th April 2012

Building relationships with your customers is vital in the property industry. Whether you need to find out their search status, to notify them of up and coming viewings, or to let them know when a property is new on the market...

Following the successful launch of our Rental Package, we have added even more

Wednesday 11th April 2012

Following the successful launch of our Rental Package, we have added even more, a Dedicated C.A.R...

Bolton King in surprise move to RICS

Wednesday 11th April 2012

Peter Bolton King, who left his post as chief executive of NFoPP last week, is to join the RICS on April 25 to head up the residential faculty...

House sales slump back to 2008 levels

Wednesday 11th April 2012

Potential buyers continued to test the market during March as the Stamp Duty holiday for first-time buyers came to an end, according to the latest RICS housing market survey...

Controversial Allagents claims public turning to review sites

Wednesday 11th April 2012

Allagents has claimed that a survey it has carried out among 1,000 vendors and landlords shows that more and more consumers are turning to review sites...

Advertising watchdog bans review after questioning authenticity

Wednesday 11th April 2012

A review posted on TripAdvisor and which reappeared on an advertising site was not proven to be genuine before it was re-published and should not have been used, the advertising watchdog has ruled...

EPC changes branded a 'farce' by agents

Wednesday 11th April 2012

Agents who have been told that, since last Friday, they must attach the front page of the EPC to all their property particulars, have been left scratching their heads in frustration...

Ten top reasons to go to the Property Business Show

Wednesday 11th April 2012

Ten reasons to attend next week's Property Business Show: 1  It really does mean business: So, if you want to look at new and different possible revenue streams, such as property auctioneering, or what franchising could do for you, then don’t miss out...

Entries now open for What House? Awards 2012

Thursday 5th April 2012

With many of last year’s winners still basking in their achievements, entries are now being invited for the What House? Awards 2012, considered to be the Oscars of the UK’s housebuilding industry...

60: Second Interview : Stephen Hall, Managing Director, Parking Space Rentals Ltd

Thursday 5th April 2012

    As Parking Space Rentals continues to make strides in the estate agency field, we speak to Managing Stephen Hall about this unique service...

Agents warned not to ignore 'onerous' EPC changes

Wednesday 4th April 2012

You almost certainly need no reminding … but please be aware that the changes to EPC regulations come into force in two days’ time, on Good Friday, April 6...

OFT makes agents' money laundering register public

Wednesday 4th April 2012

A searchable register of estate agents supervised by the OFT for anti-money laundering purposes has gone public for the first time...

Over 2,000 bidders turn up for Allsop auction

Wednesday 4th April 2012

An auction sale held in central London by Allsop raised over £36m from 182 lots, with a success rate of 86%...

Rawlings braves cyclones and crocodiles to win over Aussie agents

Wednesday 4th April 2012

Leading agency trainer Richard Rawlings has just returned from a 27,000-mile tour of Australia where he delivered a series of conference speeches and training seminars for estate agents across the country...

Local councils launch court battle against high speed rail link

Wednesday 4th April 2012

A group of local authorities has launched its fight against the high-speed rail project. The 18-strong consortium, called 51m because they claim that the scheme would cost each parliamentary constituency £51m, has lodged a judicial review of the £33bn HS2...

Britain of two halves as market increasingly splinters

Monday 2nd April 2012

A Britain increasingly of two halves emerges in this morning’s Hometrack report, which paints a picture of house price rises in the South, and of widespread falls throughout the East Midlands, Wales and North...

Four in ten agents say one-third of their homes are over-priced

Monday 2nd April 2012

An astonishing poll of estate agents claims that nearly four in ten believe that property on their books is over-priced...

Is that a tiger in your tank? No, it's Big T

Monday 2nd April 2012

Never let it be said that an estate agent does not have ideas by the gallon when it comes to attracting new instructions...

Shelter backs controversial mortgage reforms

Monday 2nd April 2012

Shelter has launched a new three-minute video about the housing market, released to show their backing for the FSA’s Mortgage Market Review which advocates lending practices that supporters welcome as ‘safe’ and its critics slate as ‘non-lending’...

Winkworth raise nearly £7,000 in a day for cancer charity

Monday 2nd April 2012

A 50-strong team of bucket-shaking volunteers from Winkworth did a fantastic job raising money for the Marie Curie cancer charity...

Ombudsman publicly expels 'illegal' agent

Friday 30th March 2012

The Ombudsman has expelled an agent from its scheme after it failed to pay an award made against it...

Mortgage approvals slide as Nationwide casts muddle on prices

Friday 30th March 2012

Mortgage approvals for house purchase approvals dropped sharply in February, according to the latest Bank of England figures...

Radical Rawlings set to go down a storm at Property Business Show

Friday 30th March 2012

Just back from a sell-out speaking tour of Australia, radical UK estate agency trainer Richard Rawlings’s inspired seminars are set to be one of the highlights of next month’s Property Business Show...

Government's NewBuy mortgage scheme hits crisis

Friday 30th March 2012

The Government’s much-vaunted NewBuy scheme, intended to help first-time buyers and others purchase new homes with a taxpayer-backed 95% mortgage, is in disarray...

Rent-a-roof solar households at risk without lender's prior approval

Friday 30th March 2012

Householders who have signed up to solar rent-a-roof schemes may come a cropper unless there has been compliance with Council of Mortgage Lenders guidance...

haart launches electronic chat feature

Friday 30th March 2012

haart estate agents have launched a new service that enables the public to chat electronically to staff while browsing its website...

Five reasons to outsource your lettings operations (that go beyond money!)

Thursday 29th March 2012

With an increasing number of lettings businesses considering the idea of outsourcing, we asked one the largest outsourced providers in the industry for five reasons why agents should outsource their pre-tenancy administration and property management that went beyond cost savings! Regain time to focus on core business As an agent’s lettings proposition grows, there will need to be an increased amount of focus on the time consuming elements of lettings, such as pre-tenancy administration and property management...

Planning reforms set to boost agents' new homes businesses

Wednesday 28th March 2012

A resurgence in estate agents’ land and new homes businesses could be on the cards following the Government’s long-awaited National Planning Policy Framework...

Agents warned on saleability of solar 'rent a roof' homes

Wednesday 28th March 2012

Have any of our readers found that households that have rented out their roofs to solar companies are finding it impossible to sell? Thousands of households are thought to have agreed to rent their roofs to solar panel companies, usually for 25 years, in return for free electricity...

Auctioneering forum will help agents examine business stream

Wednesday 28th March 2012

A new national event for estate agents and letting agents is to feature a ‘must attend’ forum on auctions – aimed at any agent who wants to explore a new income channel...

Got that winning touch? ESTA shortlists revealed

Wednesday 28th March 2012

The ESTAS have finally announced the shortlists for 2012.    The scheme recognises the best agents in the country through research carried out among customers who are asked a series of questions about the service they have received from their agent...

Big institutions set to move into 'build to let' sector

Wednesday 28th March 2012

New rules could encourage institutional investors into the private rented sector – and be a game-changer...

Spicerhaaart chief operating officer quits after a few months

Wednesday 28th March 2012

Spicerhaart’s first Chief Operating Officer has quit after just months in the job. Spicerhaart announced the appointment of Martin Dorchester only last September...

How To Deal With An Employment Tribunal Claim

Tuesday 27th March 2012

Employment tribunals Dealing with a Tribunal claim against your company can be a stressful and costly experience...

Save up to 60% with UK Mails print and mail solution

Monday 26th March 2012

‘Using imail will dramatically reduce your postal costs associated with canvassing mail, sale agreements, sale instruction letters or any other postal output...

Blog Paul Harmsworth

Monday 26th March 2012

Blog: Paul Harmsworth gives his guide to managing Money Laundering Regulations In order to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations you must: 1...

Official EPC guidance finally arrives, complete with muddle

Monday 26th March 2012

With just two weeks to go, the Government has finally produced its Q & A guidance on the changes to Energy Performance Certificates – complete with one glaring anomaly...

Worried agents set up consortium after Stamp Duty mayhem

Monday 26th March 2012

A consortium of estate agents is forming in the wake of last week’s twin Stamp Duty bombshells...

House prices falling in real terms for another three years

Monday 26th March 2012

Property prices rose by a tiny 01% across England and Wales to stand at £161,588, according to the Land Registry...

Rightmove launches new Android app

Monday 26th March 2012

Rightmove has launched a new Android app. Rightmove said the app will extend the reach of member agents’ properties by capitalising on the rapid growth in Android phones, which now number over 10m in the UK...

A toast to ex-estate agent – master of events

Monday 26th March 2012

Congratulations to John Oakley, former estate agent turned toastmaster. The former chairman of his local NAEA branch in Kent and still very loyal to the industry, John has been inducted as President of the Association of the UK School of Professional Toastmasters...

London market hits meltdown within hours of Budget

Monday 26th March 2012

The London property market plunged into meltdown yesterday. The effects were seen in the rapid wake of the Chancellor’s bombshell announcement that purchasers  using companies as the buying vehicles of £2m-plus properties would be stung by 15% Stamp Duty as from midnight...

Ian Laverty Blog

Friday 23rd March 2012

Apps don’t work. They’re a waste of money for most businesses, and an appsolute waste of time...

Agents speak of their longest day in the post-Budget hours

Friday 23rd March 2012

London agents have been telling of their busiest day ever. In the hours after the Budget, deals were both clinched and fell through, and small fortunes in commissions were won and lost...

Agents are cautioning over HSBC, says Law Society chief

Friday 23rd March 2012

Estate agents are advising people against using HSBC because of its decision to cut its conveyancing panel to just 42 firms, the Law Society has claimed...

New industry event for agents to open its doors

Friday 23rd March 2012

A new event for estate agents and letting agents opens its doors on April 19 and 20. The Property Business Show will run side by side with the well-established Property Investor Show, which attracts landlords and residential property investors from all over the UK as well as overseas...

Electoral Commission appeals to agents for help

Friday 23rd March 2012

The Electoral Commission wants to enlist the help of estate agents, to remind buyers to register to vote or even giving them electoral registration forms...

Two more contenders for estate agents' beauty contest

Friday 23rd March 2012

Here are two more contenders for Britain’s loveliest estate agency office. First up is the charming office in Reigate, Surrey, of James Dean, all mellow red brick and lovely casement windows...

Outsourcing your property management doesn’t mean losing your income streams!

Thursday 22nd March 2012

It’s a common misconception that when businesses outsource their pre-tenancy administration and property management that they give away their potential income streams...

60 Second Interview : Brendan Hegarty, Head of Sky Communal TV Solutions

Thursday 22nd March 2012

    We speak to Brendan Hegarty, Head of Sky Communal TV Solutions and Independent Retailers, about the business and the digital switch over...

Mixed reactions from property world over 7% Stamp Duty hike

Thursday 22nd March 2012

The hike in Stamp Duty to 7% for properties over £2m has provoked mixed reactions. Some heaved a sigh of relief, saying it was better than a Mansion Tax, others said it could affect the entire property market, and some said its impact would be negligible...

The Power of the Modern Method of Auction

Wednesday 21st March 2012

iam-sold, a white labelled property auction management provider,  have seen a huge demand for the new Modern Method of Auction service...

Amanda Wilson Blog

Wednesday 21st March 2012

Amanda Wilson is sales director of one of the several new – and controversial – estate agency review sites...

No redactions to be allowed on domestic EPCs, says Government

Wednesday 21st March 2012

Major concerns have been raised about people’s privacy and security threats to empty properties because, barring a U-turn, ‘redacted’ domestic EPCs will not be allowed...

OFT drags its heels over Zoopla and Digital merger

Wednesday 21st March 2012

Amid mounting speculation that the proposed merger between the Digital property portals and Zoopla will be referred to the Competition Commission, the OFT said yesterday that it had still not made a decision...

RICS calls on Government to stop ignoring need for agent regulation

Wednesday 21st March 2012

The RICS has called on the Government to stop turning a blind eye to what  is going on in the property sector...

Conveyancing firm at centre of fraud investigation

Wednesday 21st March 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has confirmed it is investigating a number of claims for compensation against a legal firm specialising in conveyancing that it closed down ten months ago...

Mortgage Advice Bureau expands with acquisition of rival

Wednesday 21st March 2012

Mortgage Advice Bureau, which operates out of estate agency offices, has completed the acquisition of former rival Mortgage Talk, in exchange for shares in the MAB group...

Did you know even trains have EPCs?

Wednesday 21st March 2012

Did you know that trains have EPCs? This, in the ‘you couldn’t make it up category’, is proof – if it were needed – that the world may have gone clinically insane...

New Homes Digital Magazine Launched by What House?

Tuesday 20th March 2012

What House? digital magazine. Conceived by specialist new homes portal http://www.whathouse.co.ukand launching the week commencing 19th March 2012, this monthly publication will be sent initially to some 600,000 house-hunters who are considering purchasing a brand new home...

Reeds Rains Choose Light Panel Displays from Mid West Displays...

Monday 19th March 2012

Mid West Displays have proudly supplied brand new window displays to Reeds Rains in Nantwich. The windows feature A4 portrait and A3 landscape Bevelled Edge Light Panels...

Ray Bohringer Blog

Monday 19th March 2012

As the mortgage and property expert for BBC Radio Somerset, I was asked to voice my opinion/concern about the possibility of a future repossession boom...

NFoPP directors to thrash out issues surrounding future

Monday 19th March 2012

In the wake of Peter Bolton King’s resignation as chief executive of NFoPP on Friday – the same day that the Archbishop of Canterbury and Hector Sants, head of the Financial Services Authority, also gave notice – questions about the future of the body itself have been raised...

Property asking prices shoot up nearly 5%

Monday 19th March 2012

Asking prices for properties that have come on to the market in the last month have gone up by 1.6%, Rightmove reported this morning...

An extra four in ten FTBs have gained from Stamp Duty break

Monday 19th March 2012

An extra four in ten first-time buyers have been exempt from paying Stamp Duty as a result of the Government raising the starting threshold from £125,000 to £250,000 over the past two years...

Foxtons' backer makes second stab at gaining control . . .

Monday 19th March 2012

Foxtons is set to be acquired for a second time by the US private equity firm that bought it for £360m at the height of the market...

. . . Meanwhile Jon Hunt says no to £300m for his house

Monday 19th March 2012

We don't know what Jon Hunt, who famously sold Foxtons for £390 million in May 2007 at the peak of the housing market boom, thinks of what has happened to his creation since...

Mass turn-out of Winkworth staff for Marie Curie

Monday 19th March 2012

Commuters travelling through Waterloo station, London, on Wednesday (March 21) can expect a treat for the eyes in the form of a flurry of Marie Curie’s yellow daffodils, being sold to raise funds for cancer care...

How to work with conveyancing solicitors

Saturday 17th March 2012

The following is a guide to choosing the best solicitor when buying or selling a property. The author, Stephen Hill is a partner at Bolt Burdon Kemp and specialises in professional negligence claims...

Award Winning Agency set to expand through partnerships with independents

Friday 16th March 2012

With transaction levels still running at less than half of what they were a decade ago in the South West, independent agents face an ever-tougher squeeze on income whilst contending with rising business operating costs...

NEWSFLASH: Peter Bolton King resigns

Friday 16th March 2012

Peter Bolton King, chief executive of NFoPP, has resigned. He is to leave in early April. This morning, he said that an announcement about his next move is likely within the next ten to 14 days...

Urgent warning: Agents told to ignore scam HMRC fax

Friday 16th March 2012

Agents are warned that a major new ID scam looks to be doing the rounds – and one which could land them in serious trouble...

Countrywide boss calls on Chancellor for FTBs' tax breaks

Friday 16th March 2012

Countrywide, the UK’s largest estate agent, has called on the Government to act now to boost the property market, saying that the current low level of house sales is ‘unsustainable’...

Households more hopeful about property prices

Friday 16th March 2012

Households expect house prices to rise over the next 12 months, despite most feeling that prices have dropped back so far this year...

Rapist estate agent is jailed for six years

Friday 16th March 2012

An estate agent found guilty of raping a teenager has been jailed for six years. He was caught when his victim's mobile phone accidentally went off...

Savills makes £50m profits on back of London market

Friday 16th March 2012

Savills, which managed sales at One Hyde Park and is currently listing 50 properties in London each at £15m-plus, has announced a 7% rise in both revenue and pre-tax profits last year...

Another contender for UK's most beautiful estate agent office

Friday 16th March 2012

EAT’s suggestion earlier this week that the new Winkworth office in Grantham, Lincolnshire, might be the most gorgeous estate agency building may have been a little premature...

Understand furniture and sell more houses

Thursday 15th March 2012

For some buyers, the idea of a blank canvas is a dream, but for others, it can be difficult to see beyond a series of plain white walls...

60 Second Interview : Richard Dalton, Managing Director, Contact Counts

Thursday 15th March 2012

    As Contact Counts continues to expand its operation we speak to Managing Director Richard Dalton about the growth of this unique service...

Dominic Hiatt Blog

Wednesday 14th March 2012

Have you ever wondered about this PR malarkey and why it is always the same old suspects who appear plastered across the media, mouthing off about the housing market? We all know who they are...

Rogue letting agents - we cannot let situation go on, says Ombudsman

Wednesday 14th March 2012

A 26% rise in complaints against letting agents last year has prompted the Ombudsman to demand that something is done urgently to protect consumers and support decent operators in the industry...

EPC changes: agents say timescales will be impossible

Wednesday 14th March 2012

Changes that estate agents will have to make to their IT systems are simply not capable of being done by the time the new EPC regime kicks in...

New listings 'fall 18% in a year' as spring drought bites

Wednesday 14th March 2012

Asking prices for homes on the market in England and Wales have nudged up 0.3% since February, as the number of properties coming on to the market dropped...

Rightmove launches new Presenter app

Wednesday 14th March 2012

Rightmove today launches its Rightmove Presenter, an iPad app available to all Rightmove member agents as part of their existing membership package...

Ten firms shortlisted for estate agency supplier of year

Wednesday 14th March 2012

Ten firms have been shortlisted for the ESTAs Supplier of the Year Award. They are up for the gold, silver and bronze awards to be announced at the ESTAs on April 20, in recognition of the quality of service they provide and the value they bring to agents’ businesses...

Lending plunges 25% as year gets off to a bumpy start

Wednesday 14th March 2012

The housing market began this year with a Christmas hangover as lending for house purchase fell dramatically from December...

NewBuy scheme will not help most buyers, say agents

Wednesday 14th March 2012

The Government’s NewBuy 95% mortgage scheme duly launched on Monday, with just three lenders participating...

Referring Clients to Conveyancers? Read on...

Monday 12th March 2012

Referring clients to solicitors and conveyancers can be of great benefit, on the proviso that the service provided is of the highest standard, failing which the referral could have a detrimental affect on your reputation...

Brian Murphy Blog

Monday 12th March 2012

The announcement of a rise in the Standard Variable rate of interest charged by the Halifax came as something of a surprise, but provides a salutary reminder of just how things can change...

Government denies keeping agents in dark over EPC changes . . .

Monday 12th March 2012

Guidance for estate agents on changes to EPCs has been issued, Communities and Local Government insisted on Friday...

. . . As CLG hits back at EAT over coverage

Monday 12th March 2012

EAT has been pressing CLG for weeks about the changes to EPCs. Unfortunately, lack of communication meant that we were unable to include CLG’s views in our coverage...

Mortgage indemnity scheme launches amid criticism

Monday 12th March 2012

The Government-backed NewBuy scheme, set to be launched at 9.30am today, will provide a major boost for first-time buyers, a survey has suggested...

Seasonal pick-up in housing market under way

Monday 12th March 2012

The housing market showed signs of good seasonal recovery last month, with more For Sale boards converting to Sold...

Is this the most gorgeous estate agency office ever?

Monday 12th March 2012

With the best will in the world, EAT cannot cover every new estate agency opening or closure. However, we were struck by Winkworth’s announcement of opening a new office in Grantham, Lincolnshire – birthplace of Lady Thatcher, the place where Isaac Newton went to school, and now where franchisee Adam Lascelles will be running his business...

And the Roy Brooks memorial prize goes to . . .

Monday 12th March 2012

Newspapers spent the weekend happily presenting the Roy Brooks memorial award to Mike Rogerson Estate Agents of Morpeth...

C.A.R.L. Communications is pleased to announce that it has added even more to its Purchase…

Friday 9th March 2012

C.A.R.L. Communications is pleased to announce that it has added even more to its Purchase & Rental Agreements...

David Callcott Blog

Friday 9th March 2012

EPC Regulations – what you need to know from April 6 A number of changes are soon to come into force surrounding the residential and commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regulations...

Reputations on the line as Allagents launch 'staff profiling'

Friday 9th March 2012

Controversial agency review site Allagents is introducing individual staff profiling, based on what reviewers say about the people they encounter in agencies...

Just one-quarter of our members are women, NAEA reveals

Friday 9th March 2012

Just one-quarter of NAEA members are women, the organisation has revealed. Taking its own database of members, the NAEA says that nationally, 25...

Four weeks to go until EPC changes but still no official guidance for agents

Friday 9th March 2012

With exactly four weeks go to, there is still no news about when specific guidance to estate agents will be issued about changes to Energy Performance Certificates...

LSL forecasts 21% crash in mortgage approvals as FTBs fizzle away . . .

Friday 9th March 2012

Loans for house purchase fell 21% in February as the rush of first-time buyers trying to beat the Stamp Duty deadline fizzled out...

. . . But Connells insist FTB activity soars to three-year high

Friday 9th March 2012

First-time buyer activity hit its highest level last month since March 2009, according to a new activity report from Connells Survey and Valuation...

Corrupt Land Registry worker jailed after property scam

Friday 9th March 2012

The Land Registry worker who helped a gang steal properties by handing over title deeds and signatures has been jailed...

iam-sold’ s Modern Method of Auction can help you sell lots and lots of lots

Thursday 8th March 2012

iam-soldunderstand the auction market like you understand your local market and with the housing market currently taking a negative turn agents are exploring new income streams to help maintain a healthy business...

Up to nine in ten people who want to move are stuck

Wednesday 7th March 2012

The downturn in the housing market has left the UK a nation of frustrated house-movers, a think-tank has said...

House prices now £40,000 under peak, says Halifax

Wednesday 7th March 2012

House prices fell 1.9% year-on-year in February, with a monthly decline of 0.5% largely reversing the 0...

Taxman expects to reap £7m in unpaid tax on London property deals

Wednesday 7th March 2012

A taskforce set up by HMRC focusing on property transactions in London is to bring in about £7m, the taxman has revealed...

Zoopla wins Johnston Press website contract

Wednesday 7th March 2012

Johnston Press, which publishes local newspapers, has launched a new property platform across all of its 273 local websites courtesy of Zoopla...

Mr 'Raise your Fees' Rawlings takes his message to Australia

Wednesday 7th March 2012

Estate agency trainer Richard Rawlings has taken off to Australia to present a series of training seminars to agents...

Estate agents put through their strides on YouTube

Wednesday 7th March 2012

They’re obviously very cheery people at Simon Miller & Company. The all-singing, all-dancing Kent agents have seven offices and the business is run by Simon and Amanda Miller...

Timetable on EPCs continues to slip but changes WILL go ahead

Monday 5th March 2012

Although no guidance to agents appears to have been issued last week by the Communities and Local Government department – as had been promised – an insider says the changes will definitely go ahead on April 6...

Countrywide ups its profits despite tough year

Monday 5th March 2012

Countrywide has announced an increase in revenue last year of 7% on 2010 plus a rise in profits. It said its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation were £9...

Land Registry worker helped gang to steal properties

Monday 5th March 2012

A worker at the Land Registry, a solicitor, a bank manager and drug traffickers formed a property fraud gang that made millions by stealing other people’s homes...

Home Reports unpopular with sellers – sounds familiar?

Monday 5th March 2012

Concern is growing that the Scottish version of HIPs – Home Reports – are failing to help the housing market north of the border and are proving unpopular...

Rightmove bosses given shares in bonus hand-outs

Monday 5th March 2012

Rightmove has handed out bonuses worth hundreds of thousands of pounds in the form of free shares to three of its top executives...

EAT challenge: Try your hand at some very fine copy writing!

Monday 5th March 2012

EAT has had rather a lot of time on our hands recently, waiting for phone calls to be returned by civil servants...

LED Light Pockets glow in the new office of Dunderdale Asquith – Lancashire

Friday 2nd March 2012

Dunderdale Asquith in Lancashire has just opened a new larger office in a highly prominent position in Lytham...

PropCo embraces iPads with new mobile App to be launched at ARLA

Friday 2nd March 2012

Attention Letting Agents! Want to have the freedom to take your office with you anywhere you want? Well, now there's an app for that! Introducing (drum roll please...

Ian Laverty Blog

Friday 2nd March 2012

There are a huge number of places your customers and potential customers can gain exposure to your business...

Ex-Gumtree duo launch new UK property website

Friday 2nd March 2012

The former boss of Gumtree has launched a new property search engine, Adzuna, which aims to take the concept of ‘with a little help from your friends’ to new extremes...

Housing market boost may be 'temporary blip' warns Nationwide

Friday 2nd March 2012

House prices were up 0.6% in February on the previous month, Nationwide has said, with a rise in activity likely to be a temporary blip caused by first-time buyers trying to beat the end of the Stamp Duty holiday...

Mortgage lenders tell Chancellor not to can FTB Stamp Duty break

Friday 2nd March 2012

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has called on the Chancellor not to allow the Stamp Duty holiday for first-time buyers to expire on March 24...

Another Spicerhaart advert is banned by watchdog

Friday 2nd March 2012

Spicerhaart has had its knuckles rapped yet again by the advertising industry watchdog. The watchdog had earlier banned four ads by Spicerhaart in 2010 and three in 2009...

LSL profits slide after 'investment for the future'

Friday 2nd March 2012

LSL Property Services, parent company to Reeds Rains and Your move, has reported a slide in pre-tax profits to £17...

Designed to make a difference within the residential lettings sector, C.A.R.L. offers Lettings Management Software for agents and landlords

Thursday 1st March 2012

C.A.R.L. (Computer Aided Residential Lettings) enables agents and landlords to discover the benefits of a streamlined working process through one simple to use application...

Civil servants scramble to get EPC changes back on track

Wednesday 29th February 2012

Changes to rules about EPCs are due to be implemented on April 6 – but with just over five weeks to go, the whole matter appears to be in total disarray...

Profits at Connells slide – but better than expected

Wednesday 29th February 2012

Connells Group has announced pre-tax profits for 2011 of £35.8m, down from the £48m it made  in 2010 and the £54...

Estate agency chain acquires stake in buy-to-let fund

Wednesday 29th February 2012

The estate agency chain Connells has acquired a 25% strategic stake in a residential property fund manager, Hearthstone Investments...

House prices rise 1.1%, but skewed by London boom

Wednesday 29th February 2012

House prices went up 1.1% in January compared with December, the Land Registry has reported. The average house price in England and Wales now stands at £161,545 – an annual fall of 1%...

Auction held in London cinema was a good show

Wednesday 29th February 2012

The first UK property auction to be staged in a cinema was worth an Oscar, says Auction House London...

Shh! Just don't mention the 350-foot TV mast by the back door

Wednesday 29th February 2012

The views, according to the locals, are absolutely fantastic – and indeed, the estate agent’s particulars agree, saying that the property commands “superb country and coastal views”...

Referring Clients to Conveyancers? Read on…

Monday 27th February 2012

Referring clients to solicitors and conveyancers can be of great benefit, on the proviso that the service provided is of the highest standard, failing which the referral could have a detrimental affect on your reputation...

Martin & Co beefs up plans to enter sales market

Monday 27th February 2012

All 180 franchisees of the lettings chain Martin & Co have been sent letters inviting them to take out an additional franchise in estate agency sales – for just £1...

At last, rays of sunshine on housing market

Monday 27th February 2012

Green shoots in the housing market are reported by Hometrack this morning. It said there has been “a marked improvement in housing market conditions” this month...

FindaProperty rapping ads score a hit with charity fundraisers

Monday 27th February 2012

Okay, it’s more like Marmite than Marmite in that we’ve yet to find a single EAT reader who actually likes the FindaProperty rapping ads, but apparently the response has been beyond all expectations...

Tickets go on sale for annual ESTAs awards lunch

Monday 27th February 2012

So you weren’t invited to the BRITS and you couldn’t make it to last night’s Oscars? Never mind – just make sure you don’t miss out on the most important awards in our industry...

e-petition demands action over HSBC conveyancing panel

Monday 27th February 2012

An e-petition has been lodged calling for the Government to put pressure on HSBC to reverse its decision to cut its conveyancing panel to just over 40 firms...

Knight Frank puts Battersea power station on market

Monday 27th February 2012

Knight Frank is to start marketing Battersea power station this week – the first time that the listed building has been on the open market in its history...

Rightmove announces 23% surge in profits

Friday 24th February 2012

Rightmove this morning unveiled fresh rises in both turnover and profits. The profits for last year were an astonishing £69...

No record of payouts, says ASA, as PropertyWikia claims are banned

Friday 24th February 2012

A company spotlighted by EAT last year has been banned by the advertising industry watchdog from making certain claims...

Behind headline figure, just 23,392 mortgages actually lent by banks

Friday 24th February 2012

New sets of figures reveal the gaping disparity between actual mortgages lent and the 'seasonally adjusted' mortgages which banks claim to have lent...

Allagents claim to be 'only' customer feedback firm challenged

Friday 24th February 2012

EAT has been asked by Referenceline to carry the following: “Further to our story about Allagents and their claim that they are the only site that can provide this data based solely on your customers’ experience, we have been asked by Referenceline to point out that they also provide data based solely on customers’ experiences...

Countrywide's Sotheby's opens at Canford Cliffs

Friday 24th February 2012

United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty, the luxury division of Countrywide, has opened at Canford Cliffs near Poole, Dorset...

David Pollock: Blog

Wednesday 22nd February 2012

Property indices have been friend and foe to estate agents over the years, but the recent turbulent market has created sharp contradictions which have caused me on many occasions to question their reliability and accuracy...

Allagents starts to spill beans on Best and Worst 500 agents

Wednesday 22nd February 2012

Allagents, the highly controversial self-styled ‘trip advisor’ review site for estate agents, is to publish league tables of the top 500 and worst 500 agents in the UK, based on what the site insists is entirely genuine customer feedback...

Taxman suggests FTB uplift as sales levels rise

Wednesday 22nd February 2012

New figures from HMRC appear to suggest the extent to which first-time buyers are ramping up the property market in an attempt to beat the March 24 deadline for the end of the Stamp Duty exemption...

House buyer will get all money back if football club wins promotion

Wednesday 22nd February 2012

We’ve heard of houses being offered in raffles, top-of-the-range cars being given away with houses, and even, on one occasion, a luxury cow being given away with a cottage (a Jersey, since you ask, let’s say no moo)...

Central London stock levels dive 25% as buyers slug it out

Wednesday 22nd February 2012

Stock levels in prime central London are down by 25% on last year, say Cluttons – resulting in ‘extraordinary’ levels of competition...

Agent's website claim to be 'leading' unproven, says advertising watchdog

Wednesday 22nd February 2012

An estate agent’s adverts which said it had become the leading agent in its area were reported to the advertising watchdog after a competitor complained...

LetMC is proud to provide software to Arun Estates

Tuesday 21st February 2012

LetMC.com, lettings software supplier for the UK, has won the prestigious contract to supply software to Arun Estates...

Sellers raise asking prices in biggest hike for ten years

Monday 20th February 2012

In a burst of optimism, new sellers have raised their asking prices by 4.1% – the highest monthly increase since April 2002, and some £70,000 ahead of current actual selling prices...

Rightmove overtakes BBC in Top Ten portals list

Monday 20th February 2012

Rightmove, which is due to announce its results on Friday after a 71% net profit margin last year, has announced record traffic in January, propelling it to seventh place in the chart of most page-viewed websites in the UK...

Spicerhaart valuations firm goes into liquidation

Monday 20th February 2012

A valuations subsidiary of Spicerhaart is being put into liquidation because of escalating claims against it by ‘ambulance chasers’ – even though it ceased trading five years ago...

House prices back to boom levels in only two places

Monday 20th February 2012

House prices have not recovered to 2007 boom levels anywhere in the UK apart from in just two local authority areas...

HRC fires warning over Stamp Duty cheating

Monday 20th February 2012

Conveyancers have been put on red alert not to become involved in Stamp Duty avoidance schemes – for example, where residential property deals are structured to avoid the tax...

Blaze shuts down estate agent's office

Monday 20th February 2012

A man has been charged following a fire at the New Romney office of Andrew & Co in Kent. The blaze, early last Friday morning, has damaged the building so badly that staff have had to shut up shop...

White Labelled Property Management

Friday 17th February 2012

ARPM has worked hard over the years to build its brand, and the qualities and characteristics associated to it that make ARPM special and we know our clients are no different...

When is a sale a sale? Auctions in huge shift to 'modern' methods

Friday 17th February 2012

Claims by an auction house that it sold 89% of lots at its last sale have been challenged, on the grounds that the sales were all subject to contract...

Facebook's Property Place 'recruiting ten agents a day'

Friday 17th February 2012

Property Place, the Facebook app for property sales, says it is recruiting at the rate of ten agents a day...

Stop being so stubborn over Stamp Duty, NAEA tells ministers

Friday 17th February 2012

The NAEA has told the Government to stop being so stubborn about the Stamp Duty break for first-time buyers, after HSBC said nine in ten FTBs had not paid the tax since the exemption began two years ago...

Government house indices poles apart once again

Friday 17th February 2012

Average house prices increased by 0.4% in December, taking the average price to £205,269. The Communities and Local Government ‘official’ house price index showed average prices decreased by 1...

Radar Homes team goes on the road to meet agents

Friday 17th February 2012

The team behind property portal Radar Homes has announced a busy schedule of local visits to meet agents and talk about the business...

Mortgage lenders call on Government to extend FTB Stamp Duty break

Wednesday 15th February 2012

The Council of Mortgage Lenders is calling for the Stamp Duty break for first-time buyers to be extended beyond March 24 amidst fears of a spring slump...

Ex-Bairstow Eves franchisees move over to Winkworth

Wednesday 15th February 2012

Two former Bairstow Eves franchisees have moved over to Winkworth. The two offices are in Cheam, and Worcester Park, both on the edge of Greater London...

Home sellers lambasted for 'folly' as they raise asking prices

Wednesday 15th February 2012

Asking prices for homes in England and Wales have risen 0.5% since the start of the year, despite ‘poor market fundamentals’...

Spicerhaart named as Apprentice of Year employer

Wednesday 15th February 2012

Spicerhaart is on a recruitment drive to expand its call centre at its headquarters in Colchester...

Zoopla pledges to raise £25,000 for Shelter

Wednesday 15th February 2012

Zoopla has announced a commitment to raise at least £25,000 for Shelter this year.      As part of the fund-raising, Zoopla employees have agreed to donate £7,500 via payroll giving, while some will be attempting Shelter’s annual Vertical Rush next month, which involves scaling the 920 steps of Tower 42 in the City...

Have old fashioned applicants disappeared?

Monday 13th February 2012

Have old fashioned applicants disappeared? Do you still get people calling to say "please register me, I've just started to look"? We've got some fascinating figures on this from across our 1200 member branches, who between August and November had: ·        209,000 applicant registrations ·        105,000 of which have made one or more viewing appointments ·        Of that 105,000, over 90% booked a viewing at registration time...

Mortgages now funding just 46% of housing transactions

Monday 13th February 2012

Cashflow has become king and mortgages a less dominant feature of the housing market, with most sales now financed by equity...

Local councils given money to help people stave off repossession

Monday 13th February 2012

Housing minister Grant Shapps has announced a £20m fund for local housing authorities which they can use to help people facing repossession...

Fine & Country launches global golf brand

Monday 13th February 2012

Fine & Country is to launch a global Fine & Country Golf brand, to market property in elite golf developments around the world...

Auction House to hold first sale in a cinema

Monday 13th February 2012

Auction House is to premiere its first auction of the year in a north London cinema. The organisation has chosen the Everyman Cinema in Belsize Park as the venue for its February 22 sale...

Anti-HIP petitions to become part of academic research

Monday 13th February 2012

Twon anti-Home Information Pack petitions on the Downing Street website are to be part of an academic research project...

Picture our car, says agent, and we'll donate to charity

Monday 13th February 2012

It’s a cheeky idea – but who’s going to knock it when the beneficiary is a local cancer charity? Wirrall agent Bradshaw Henderson is using a branded Fiat 500 in the promotion...

The Great North Property Auction dominating the North East with the Gavel

Friday 10th February 2012

The first Great North Property Auction (GNPA) of 2012 has most certainly set the bar high for other auctions operating in the North Eastregion...

Finally, an inventory provider who thinks outside of the box!

Friday 10th February 2012

Have you ever found that inventory providers can be a little rigid in their approach and often shy away from assisting with non-standard report booking requests?  Simon Duce of ARPM, explains why after successfully operating within the inventory industry for more than two years that he made the bold decision to invest heavily in new technology and employ one of the industry’s leading inventory business practitioners to change the direction of the business and in turn put really ARPM Inventories on the map...

Brian Murphy Blog

Friday 10th February 2012

Data for the fourth quarter of 2011 tell us that the UK economy fell back once again into negative growth territory, recording a -0...

Mouseprice relaunching free property portal for agents

Friday 10th February 2012

Mouseprice, acquired 18 months ago by the Daily Mail, is relaunching its website, including its free-to-list property portal...

FTBs show signs of life as Stamp Duty deadline looms

Friday 10th February 2012

Two big national survey and valuation firms have said that first-time buying activity is showing some signs of strength as the end of the Stamp Duty holiday nears...

Repos fall in 'calm before the storm'

Friday 10th February 2012

The total number of properties repossessed by lenders last year was 36,200, below the estimate of 40,000 and the lowest annual total since 2007...

Home ownership continues to fall as renting rises

Friday 10th February 2012

The steady decline of home ownership and the social rented sector, together with the unassailable rise of the private rented sector in the wake of the credit crisis, have been confirmed in latest Government figures...

Thames Valley firm Davis Tate joins LSL group

Friday 10th February 2012

Davis Tate, one of the best-known firms in the Thames Valley, has joined the LSL group, parent company of Your Move and Reeds Rains...

Agent wins holiday in New York

Friday 10th February 2012

An estate agent from Durham has returned from a dream holiday for two in New York after winning the prize from conveyancer myhomemove...

Bank of England to get new powers to limit mortgage amounts

Wednesday 8th February 2012

Chancellor George Osborne is set to hand new powers to the Bank of England to regulate the mortgage market by allowing it to set loan-to-value ratio limits...

Home sellers cut asking prices by record amounts

Wednesday 8th February 2012

Over a third (36.7%) of UK properties currently for sale have been reduced in price at least once since first coming on to the market...

Law firms step up campaign against 'draconian' HSBC

Wednesday 8th February 2012

High street law firms up in arms over HSBC’s new conveyancing policy are being invited to display a poster in their windows telling the public they might want to consider getting a mortgage elsewhere...

Central London prices up 12% in a year, says Knight Frank

Wednesday 8th February 2012

Estate agents operating outside the gold-paved streets of London might want to look away now – but Knight Frank is reporting that prices of prime central London property have risen 11...

Chancellor may be wrong about Stamp Duty avoidance, says agent

Wednesday 8th February 2012

The Chancellor may not have done his sums properly on Stamp Duty avoidance, a leading London estate agent has suggested...

Last word on that FindaProperty ad? Well sick!

Wednesday 8th February 2012

Since the FindaProperty TV ads are going to be cited in the EAT divorce papers, we have been doing some research via Twitter on what everyone else thinks...

Property Moving Today- A Revolutionary New Online Property Venture Launched By Two Successful Entrepreneurs

Monday 6th February 2012

Two entrepreneurs are set to make big waves in the UK property industry with a new property portal known as propertymovingtoday...

Jan Bartlett Blog

Monday 6th February 2012

Goodbye NAEA and ARLA – will you miss me? Yes, the day has dawned! With a 300% increase in the cost of the accounting report required to stay on as a member, CPD requirements which mean members have to pay to attend events to get their hours – even though they may be doing stacks of things which could be logged as CPD – I have resigned from both Associations...

First-time buyer applicants surge 'through the roof'

Monday 6th February 2012

A chain of estate agents claims it is seeing a last-minute surge of interest from first-time buyers looking to buy before the end of the Stamp Duty holiday in March...

Lack of first-time sellers hits FTBs

Monday 6th February 2012

A new hurdle has emerged for first-time buyers – a lack of suitable properties on the market...

Enough is enough, says Bartlett, as she quits NFoPP

Monday 6th February 2012

One of the longest-serving members of NFoPP has resigned, saying that after 36 years ‘enough is enough’...

FindaProperty new TV ad takes (annoyingly) to the air waves

Monday 6th February 2012

FindaProperty’s new rapping TV advert – the one that is proving to be more like Marmite than Marmite – aired for the first time last night...

Two agents make it to Sunday Times top 100 list

Monday 6th February 2012

Two agents have been named in the top 100 firms backed by private equity with the fastest growing profits...

Flashback – HIPs about to be introduced

Monday 6th February 2012

We are beginning to think we are living in a parallel universe. Or – reminiscent of when Bobby Ewing stepped out of his shower in Dallas and it had all been a dream that he was killed off in the previous series – perhaps EAT has simply imagined the years since 2007...

LED Light Pockets glow in the new office of Dunderdale Asquith – Lancashire

Friday 3rd February 2012

Dunderdale Asquith in Lancashire has just opened a new larger office in a highly prominent position in Lytham...

Taxpayer-backed mortgage indemnity scheme extended to all new-home buyers

Friday 3rd February 2012

The government-backed 95% mortgage indemnity scheme originally intended for first-time buyers and those buying cheaper new homes is to be extended to all  buyers of new homes costing up to £500,000...

Penitent Property Place announces details of new deals for agents

Friday 3rd February 2012

Property Place, the new Facebook property platform, has released details of its deals for agents. It is charging £50 per month per agency (not branch), and will fix its fees for two years...

Estate agents' review site launches consumer awareness campaign

Friday 3rd February 2012

New estate agent review site Meet My Agent has launched a consumer campaign aimed at generating consumer reviews and increasing public awareness of the site...

PropertyLive doubles traffic in a year

Friday 3rd February 2012

PropertyLive, the NFoPP website, more than doubled traffic last year. Members have also been told that the number of property listings significantly increased...

Estate agent's 'have a go' bravery commended in court

Friday 3rd February 2012

It is not often that an estate agent gets commended in court, so congratulations to ‘have a go’ hero Sam Woodward...

Countrywide's Sotheby's brand opens second London office

Friday 3rd February 2012

Countrywide’s Sotheby’s International Realty brand has opened its second London office, in Chelsea...

5 Reasons Why Light Panels Could Help Generate Sales...

Wednesday 1st February 2012

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...

Property Place founder says sorry after 'no one likes estate agents' headline

Wednesday 1st February 2012

The founder of the first Facebook app to market property has issued an abject apology to agents after finding itself at the centre of a row over a press release which said in its headline that ‘No one likes Estate Agents’...

Hunters boss says ending Stamp Duty break would make FTBs 'extinct'

Wednesday 1st February 2012

The boss of Hunters estate agents – which, since its acquisition of the Bairstow Eves franchised businesses from Countrywide, has become the largest independent estate agency franchise operator in the UK – is calling on the Government to delay reintroducing Stamp Duty for properties under £250,000...

New warnings on homes in flood areas

Wednesday 1st February 2012

New warnings have been issued about properties at risk of flooding which could be both uninsurable and un-mortgageable within months...

House sales nudge down, says Land Registry

Wednesday 1st February 2012

The average house price slipped just 0.2% in January, to stand at £162,228, Nationwide reports this morning...

Strange advice for first-time buyers

Wednesday 1st February 2012

It’s the website of the year (which makes EAT very jealous) and its guide for first-time buyers was (apparently) updated only yesterday afternoon...

Cars4Agents – Why Should You Contract Hire Your Next Sign-Written Vehicle?

Tuesday 31st January 2012

John Paul Getty, known as one of the Richest men of all time once said: “If it appreciates buy it, if it depreciates, lease it” At Cars4Agents we fully believe in John’s quote and can prove to you that leasing is certainly the way forward...

Albion Display fits the bill at Home House Estates

Tuesday 31st January 2012

Home House Estates are central London Estate Agents and Chartered Surveyors specialising in residential property for sale, letting and investment in the capital’s best addresses and postcodes...

The Modern Method of Auction Continues to Give Agents the Competitive Edge

Tuesday 31st January 2012

 iam-sold understands the auction market like you understand your local market, and with the housing market currently taking a negative turn agents are exploring new income streams to help maintain a healthy business...

Ray Bohringer Blog

Monday 30th January 2012

The Year of the Dragon has now begun, so what can agents expect from the mortgage market and mortgage lenders? While the Dragon in Chinese culture stands for prosperity for the year, and indeed for anybody born in that year, I do not see any likelihood of a Chinese influence in the UK market, I’m afraid...

Radar Homes management company in liquidation

Monday 30th January 2012

Radar Homes, the regional portals set up by agents for agents, are continuing to operate despite having been dealt a heavy blow with the collapse of the company that created and managed the concept...

Sellers and buyers stay away from 'uncertain' property market

Monday 30th January 2012

Sellers and buyers are staying away from the market, the Hometrack report revealed this morning, as sales fall away...

Fine & Country sets out its stall for more growth

Monday 30th January 2012

Fine & Country has announced a new strategy for growth, after opening 27 new branches last year...

Greene men pop up in City of London

Monday 30th January 2012

Greene & Co has launched a new office in Clerkenwell to service the City. It will focus on the high-end sales market and new investment and rental market opportunities for landlord clients...

Estate agents blamed for huge hike in moving costs

Friday 27th January 2012

Estate agents are blamed today for the soaring cost of moving home, which new research says has risen faster than house prices over the past decade, and now stands at nearly £9,000...

Chesterton Humbert claims a first with Facebook property search

Friday 27th January 2012

Chesterton Humbert is claiming to be the first – and only – national estate agent to offer a property search function on Facebook...

Expansion for both Winkworth and Sotheby's International Realty

Friday 27th January 2012

Winkworth has signed its first new office of the year, in Canterbury. Coutts Byers has now become part of the Winkworth franchise network, trading as Winkworth Canterbury...

Pawnbroking returns to the high street as banks say no

Friday 27th January 2012

In a telling sign of the times, a high street pawnbroker has announced plans to open 50 new shops this year, creating 300 new jobs...

TV star behind business aiming to be UK's biggest estate agent

Wednesday 25th January 2012

A new business which sets out to be the future of estate agency in the UK, with ambitions to be the biggest inside three years, is backed by the actress Lynda Bellingham...

Agent up in arms over 'malicious' Allagents ratings

Wednesday 25th January 2012

A successful agent has complained that 17 apparently malicious reviews on Allagents have resulted in his firm coming 8,367 out of 8,385 estate agents...

Green Deal must not repeat earlier fiasco, ministers warned

Wednesday 25th January 2012

Serious concerns have been raised about the Green Deal, amid fears of a repeat of the scandal whereby thousands of DEAs handed over huge sums for training, only to find that neither the work nor the lucrative earnings ever materialised...

Property insolvencies rise as house sales slip

Wednesday 25th January 2012

Insolvencies in property businesses rose by just over 17% last year, Experian reported today. Its figures come as new HMRC figures show that house sales fell by just over 1% last year, with only 890,000 completitions...

Rebrand for Kent's Ward & Partners

Wednesday 25th January 2012

Footfall – or its lack – into agents’ shops continues to be a fraught talking point, but the issue is not stopping some businesses from investing heavily in the look of their offices...

One in five agents 'won't reveal their fees'

Monday 23rd January 2012

Estate agents are often secretive about what they charge sellers, it has been alleged, whilst there is great variation in the levels of fees that they charge...

More record traffic, this time at Zoopla

Monday 23rd January 2012

Another of the ‘big four’ portals has reported record traffic levels this month. Zoopla says it had three million visitors in the second week of January, with over 450,000 in a single day, marking a new daily record for the property website by some margin...

FindaProperty new marketing product a hit with agents, says Digital

Monday 23rd January 2012

Digital Property Group says that an innovation introduced last week which allows agents to brand themselves within a postcode search area is proving a hit...

Country house market hit as sellers get cold feet at last minute

Monday 23rd January 2012

The country house market is waning, according to Knight Frank, as wealthy buyers get cold feet at the last minute and walk away from deals...

Move with Us signs up mobile site provider

Monday 23rd January 2012

throughMobile, a specialist mobile marketing provider, has been signed up to Move with Us. The new partnership agreement means throughMobile will develop and supply all mobile websites, mobile apps and integrated Facebook searches to the movewithus estate agency network...

Agent comes up with a n-ice idea

Monday 23rd January 2012

Many agents hand out freebies but we feel that due respect should be shown to Essex agents The Home Partnership for their pre-dawn pre-emptive strike...

How to raise your Lettings fees

Friday 20th January 2012

In December 2011 ARPM, a market leading outsourced property management company teamed up with Adam Walker the UK's leading agency trainer to hold the first of its Lettings seminars on ‘How to raise your lettings fees’...

Ombudsman Blog

Friday 20th January 2012

Christopher Hamer looks back on five years as the Property Ombudsman   How did you come to take up the role of Property Ombudsman? My career prior to taking up the role included many years in ombudsman schemes...

New Facebook app launches to sell houses

Friday 20th January 2012

The first property transactions app on Facebook was due to go live first thing this morning, with over 400,000 properties...

Harry Hill property firm gets set to wind down

Friday 20th January 2012

JKM, the property company set up by the former owners of Burchell Edwards estate agents and chaired by former Countrywide boss Harry Hill, is set to close after clearing its existing business...

Rightmove announces new record in site traffic

Friday 20th January 2012

Rightmove has announced an all-time record of visitors to its site, with over 34 million pages of traffic on Monday...

House prices going down, say consumers for 19th consecutive month

Friday 20th January 2012

House prices are perceived to have fallen again this month, for the 19th consecutive month. The Knight Frank/Markit report this morning said that in its latest survey of 1,500 households, property values were perceived to have fallen throughout the UK, including London...

New window of opportunity for Property Ombudsman

Friday 20th January 2012

The Property Ombudsman is in talks with the glazing industry’s trade body, FENSA, about proving an independent dispute resolution service to consumers...

HIPs finally (and officially) bite the dust

Friday 20th January 2012

Hurrah! HIPs have finally been abolished. A couple of years ago, this news would have sent us into a tailspin and EAT would have put out a special extraordinarily well-read news alert just when you weren’t expecting it...

Meet My Agent Blog

Wednesday 18th January 2012

Estate agency comparison site Meet My Agent answers our questions in today’s blog. Liya Fateh, 24, and former agent Ashley Alexander, 26, are both directors of the business...

Harry Hill launches 'fire' your agent game – as he slates poor service

Wednesday 18th January 2012

Frustrated buyers are being invited to take part in a new online game where they can vent their anger by 'firing' estate agents out of a cannon...

Fine network gets set to double in three years

Wednesday 18th January 2012

Spicerhaart’s Fine brand is planning a major recruitment drive, aiming to double its network over the next three years...

Furious backlash over bank's new conveyancing panel

Wednesday 18th January 2012

A lender’s launch of a new conveyancing panel, to be run by Countrywide, has provoked a furious backlash from high street solicitors who say that consumers are being bludgeoned into using the new service – but will ultimately lose out through conveyancing delays causing both them and estate agents headaches...

Estate agents ratings site answers our questions

Wednesday 18th January 2012

Agents’ ratings sites are one of today’s biggest talking points in the industry. Allagents has set the pace, but is not without its critics...

Boss who updated his Linked-in profile HAS left, says firm

Wednesday 18th January 2012

The boss of a property firm who revealed on a social networking site that he has gone on gardening leave has left, his former company has confirmed...

Smoking In and around business premises: what is allowed and what is not?

Monday 16th January 2012

Although the Smoke-free Premises Regulations have been in force since July 2007, we continue to receive questions about the requirements and whether provision can or should be made for employees who smoke...

New listings dry up to lowest level ever seen

Monday 16th January 2012

Estate agents’ branches are selling less than one new property a week each – the lowest level of new listings ever seen...

Latest app from Rightmove turns TVs into search machines

Monday 16th January 2012

Agents have been told to gear up for a new supersized marketing era, with home hunters now able to do a search on Rightmove via their TV screens...

Mortgage payments take lowest slice of income for 14 years

Monday 16th January 2012

Mortgage payments for a new borrower in the second half of 2011 were at their lowest as a proportion of earnings for 14 years...

Most home owners still expect prices to rise (especially theirs)

Monday 16th January 2012

Fewer home owners expect house prices to rise over the next six months than at any point in the last year...

FindaProperty's rap ads win industry plaudits

Monday 16th January 2012

Okay, Mrs EAT liked it. Mr EAT hated the look of it so much he couldn’t bear to watch. And when the story appeared here, opinions were similarly divided over the latest FindaProperty ‘rap’ ads – ‘divided’ being a polite word for what most of you were thinking...

Success rate at auctions picks up

Monday 16th January 2012

A total of 2,744 lots were offered at residential property auction sales in December. Of these, 1,996 sold – a success rate of 72...

Boost New Year Sales with New Window Displays

Friday 13th January 2012

Start the New Year as you mean to go on by installing our latest window displays. If you are looking for a display that will blow the socks off your competitors and attract savvy house hunters then Rotating Light Panels are the product for you! Manning Stainton was one of the first Estate Agents in the UK to have our Rotating Light Panels installed and they couldn't be more pleased with them, "They look amazing!  They really make the office stand out of the whole parade and make our competitors windows look shameful!" - Wendy Wood, Director...

Brian Murphy Blog

Friday 13th January 2012

My belief is that we should now see the market continue to build. 2011 is now behind us and although for the wider economy the news has in general been somewhat downbeat, it was a year for the mortgage market where further stability returned and a significantly greater degree of confidence was re-established, particularly within the intermediary sector...

Zoopla and Digital merger held up as OFT decides to act

Friday 13th January 2012

The proposed merger between Zoopla and Digital – in a bid to do battle with the supremacy of Rightmove – is being held up while it is studied by the Office of Fair Trading...

Homes lingering a record five months on market

Friday 13th January 2012

Houses are taking longer to sell than at any time for at least six years, spending an average of five months on the market...

Crooked estate agent is sent to jail

Friday 13th January 2012

A crooked former estate agent who spearheaded a £1m property fraud has been sent to prison for three years...

Appeal to agents to support industry's mega bike ride for charity

Friday 13th January 2012

Agents throughout England, Wales and Scotland are being asked to support a huge national bicycle ride this summer - an industry initiative in aid of charity...

New chief operating officer takes helm at TPO

Friday 13th January 2012

Gerry Fitzjohn has become chief operating officer for the company running The Property Ombudsman Scheme...

Refresh For Sale Boards & Office Fascia Signs

Wednesday 11th January 2012

Leading signage supplier, Kremer Signs are offering a FREE design service throughout January & February to help estate agent across the UK update their image for the start of 2012...

Peter Hendry Blog

Wednesday 11th January 2012

Why have prices remained almost static whilst sales have dropped to a trickle? The answer has to be price, price, price...

HS2 go-ahead to blight thousands of properties for years

Wednesday 11th January 2012

The high-speed rail link which got the go-ahead from the Government yesterday will blight thousands of properties and create years of nightmare trading for estate agents...

Regional housing markets paint a picture of sharp contrasts

Wednesday 11th January 2012

The number of properties achieving ‘Sold’ status in 2011 dropped by 2.8% compared to 2010, and the number of new ‘For Sale’ listings recorded throughout 2011 also fell, down by 5...

More first-time buyers plan to beat stamp duty deadline

Wednesday 11th January 2012

Mortgage valuation activity in the final quarter of 2011 outstripped business a year ago, according to Connells Survey and Valuation...

Unrealistic pricing hampering transaction levels, says RICS

Wednesday 11th January 2012

Unrealistic price expectations on the part of sellers is hampering transaction levels, the RICS has reported...

£1m-plus houses the most likely to gain in price

Wednesday 11th January 2012

More expensive houses are the ones most likely to go up in value, with owners and agents unafraid to up their asking prices...

Agency chain gets ready to float on stock exchange

Monday 9th January 2012

Belvoir, the lettings chain, announced its intention to float on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange at 7am this morning...

House prices end year just 1.3% down

Monday 9th January 2012

Average house prices fell by 1.3% last year, according to the latest monthly survey from the Halifax, to finish at £160,063...

Bailed-out banks 'could need more money' as new losses loom

Monday 9th January 2012

Both Lloyds and RBS face running up more losses over the next three years, whilst Northern Rock has been downgraded by a ratings agency following its purchase by Virgin...

Sequence adds new business to William H Brown network

Monday 9th January 2012

William H Brown, part of the Sequence Group owned by Connells, has acquired a two-branch business in Norfolk...

Chinese delegation visits TPO on fact-finding mission

Monday 9th January 2012

A party of 20 officials from the Chinese Government has called on Property Ombudsman Christopher Hamer as part of a fact-finding tour of the UK...

Money Laundering Blog: Paul Harmsworth

Friday 6th January 2012

The Money Laundering Regulations have been in place for four years now. But research indicates that only a very small minority of estate agents and surveyors have taken the issue seriously enough to have properly investigated what is necessary to avoid a financial penalty – or worse the loss of the business, and in extreme circumstances even a term sewing mailbags at Her Majesty’s pleasure...

Henry Pryor Blog

Friday 6th January 2012

With the results for November released by HM Land Registry, we can now begin to assess just how 2011 was for the housing market...

OFT to drop softly-softly approach on money laundering

Friday 6th January 2012

The Office of Fair Trading is expected to clamp down hard this year on estate agents who have not registered for anti-money laundering...

North-South gap in housing fortunes becomes a gulf

Friday 6th January 2012

Average house values in Britain finished last year unchanged at £221,331, down just £854 (0...

Struggling households use 4,000% payday loans for their mortgages

Friday 6th January 2012

Almost one million people have had to take out a payday loan within the last year to pay their mortgage or rent...

Just look who used to be an estate agent

Friday 6th January 2012

On the basis that this is the time of year when a little trivia goes down well (not to mention taking our minds off the unfolding eurozone crisis), we would like to mention that Corrie babe stunner Natalie Gumede used to work for an estate agent...

New Facebook app set to launch to sell houses

Wednesday 4th January 2012

The first use of social media as a specific platform for the proactive selling and letting of residential property is set for launch this month...

Knight Frank forecasts 'perfect storm' for house prices

Wednesday 4th January 2012

November house prices went up 0.3% compared with October, to stand at £160,780, an annual price decrease of 1...

The Negotiator magazine is acquired by Property Drum

Wednesday 4th January 2012

The Negotiator magazine has been acquired by its former rival, Property Drum, for an undisclosed price...

One-third more FTBs will have to pay Stamp Duty, warns Halifax

Wednesday 4th January 2012

One-third more first-time buyers will have to pay Stamp Duty this year than last, it has emerged, after the number of first-time buyers fell to its lowest level last year since 1974...

Flats out of favour with home buyers

Wednesday 4th January 2012

The cheapest house to sell in England and Wales last year was a terrace home in Middlesbrough which went for £16,000...

PBK turns the tables on EAT's editor

Wednesday 4th January 2012

As we move into a New Year, NFoPP chief executive Peter Bolton King turns the tables on EAT's Rosalind Renshaw and asks the questions   PBK: Ros – perhaps I could start out by congratulating you on your recent Outstanding Contributor Award...

What Being A Savvy Agent Can Do For You...

Tuesday 3rd January 2012

How SavvyAgent can help win new business for you... In a fiercely competitive market, you need to be on top of your game and Savvy Agent is the perfect solution for you! We provide lettings and sales estate agents real-time market knowledge to allow you to win new business, assess your performance and keep an eye on your competition...

60 Second Interview: Chris Raniere CEO of Imfuna

Tuesday 3rd January 2012

  Q: Who are Imfuna? Imfuna is a technology company focused on helping the real estate industry become more efficient by using mobile devices and cloud computing...

Anger as self-service site says 'how to lose your agent'

Friday 23rd December 2011

An email flyer sent out to private landlords entitled ‘How to lose your agent in 73 seconds’ has sparked anger...

House sales in monthly rise – but in annual slide

Friday 23rd December 2011

The number of house sales in November was the highest of the year – but failed to boost transactions for the first 11 months of this year to 2010 levels...

Firm rapped over claim to sell one property every two hours

Friday 23rd December 2011

A property firm which claimed to be selling one property every two hours has been scolded by the advertising watchdog...

A to Z of the highs and lows of 2011

Friday 23rd December 2011

Here is EAT’s traditional A to Z of the year, with grateful thanks to all the rogues and bureaucrats who have made our job such a joy during 2011...

Hark! The herald angel Zimmer sings…

Friday 23rd December 2011

It is that time of year when peace and bonhomie extend to everyone – including EAT’s competitors...

Three in a row sales success for estate agent

Friday 23rd December 2011

Well done to Leeds estate agent Simon Ketteringham for his three-in-a-row success. Ketteringham, director of Castlehill, sold three neighbouring houses with a combined price of £645,000...

Save up to 60% with UK Mails print and mail solution

Wednesday 21st December 2011

‘Using imail will dramatically reduce your postal costs associated with canvassing mail, sale agreements, sale instruction letters or any other postal output...

Brian Murphy Blog

Wednesday 21st December 2011

This week has seen the publication of the much anticipated Mortgage Market Review, with the FSA setting out its proposals on changes it wants to bring about in the mortgage arena...

Just 62 borrowers sign up to last government's mortgage help scheme

Wednesday 21st December 2011

The Homeowners Mortgage Support scheme, introduced by the last Government, has not had to make any payments out of the public purse after attracting only a handful of borrowers...

On the first day of Christmas . . .

Wednesday 21st December 2011

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: the next Douglas & Gordon film. I hope it will be even funnier than the last, although we’re still not sure what the film is actually for...

Agents canvass for nice reviews on Allagents site

Wednesday 21st December 2011

EAT would like to thank the kind estate agent that sent her a sparkly calendar – complete with an invitation to post up a review of the firm on Allagents, the controversial estate agency comparison website...

MPs tells government to rewrite its planning reforms

Wednesday 21st December 2011

The Government should rewrite its proposals for planning reform, an influential group of MPs said this morning...

Auctions network bows out of year on 85% success rate

Wednesday 21st December 2011

Network Auctions’ last sale of the year has taken place at Hatfield House with an 85% success rate...

Estate agent Blundell joins Sheffield United board

Wednesday 21st December 2011

Estate agent Mike Blundell has joined the board of league one football club Sheffield United. Founder of Blundells Estate Agency, which became part of Countrywide in July, Blundell has invested in the club where he will work closely with chairman Chris Steer, owner Kevin McCabe and director Scott McCabe...

New property education packs make life easier for consumers and the industry!

Tuesday 20th December 2011

Kate Faulkner who runs an education company Designs on Property Ltd has secured the support of Channel 4 Homes to create the UK’s first property project packs...

Health & Safety what the Employer must do

Tuesday 20th December 2011

The Health & Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 Introduced in 1974, as an Act of Parliament, it came onto the statute books as a CRIMINAL LAW Under its auspices are other statutes, regulations, orders, codes of practice, guidance notes etc...

Sparkling new window displays created by Fairfield Displays

Tuesday 20th December 2011

Fairfield Displays has helped to transform the appearance of Ella Homes in Winslow, Bucks.  The design had to compliment the structure of the building and maximise the number of properties displayed in the window...

EAT Editor Wins Oustanding Contribution Award

Monday 19th December 2011

Estate Agent Today would like to congratulate Rosalind Renshaw, our editor,  on winning the The Sunday Times Outstanding Contribution To Estate Agency Award 2011...

Tighter mortgage lending could hit a million borrowers

Monday 19th December 2011

Mortgages could become harder to get, with one in ten borrowers currently eligible for a mortgage being turned down in future...

Asking prices slip in splintered house sales market

Monday 19th December 2011

Asking prices slipped 2.7% over the last month, Rightmove reported this morning – and it urged sellers to get them down further...

Second-time buyers are 'stuck' in their homes

Monday 19th December 2011

Next-time buyers are having it even tougher than first-time buyers, says a new report from Lloyds TSB...

London agents running out of houses to sell

Monday 19th December 2011

A dearth of new instructions has plunged stock levels to ‘perilous’ lows right across central London, and right across the capital there has been a ‘massive’ drop in new instructions...

House sales to fall 'more than first predicted' next year

Friday 16th December 2011

Forecasts for mortgage lending and house sales for next year have both been revised sharply downwards...

Battle on the high street? Let Mary Portas know what you think

Friday 16th December 2011

Ah ha! This could be time for estate agents to get their own back on Mary Portas. This week, she of the orange hair came up with her critique of high streets...

Christmas pudding effect strikes early, says NAEA

Friday 16th December 2011

Activity in the UK housing market contracted in November, signalling the start of the traditional Christmas slowdown, the NAEA reported this morning...

More consumers accept the value of their home is going down

Friday 16th December 2011

Consumers have ruled out the idea of house prices rising in the near future, and most perceive them to be falling at a faster pace...

Search firm suspended from codes board

Friday 16th December 2011

The Property Codes Compliance Board has suspended one of its members. London-based Legal & More is said to have failed to meet the required standards set out by the Code and has been removed from the PCCB register with immediate effect...

The best estate agent in the world: but will Harrods accept our challenge?

Friday 16th December 2011

t’s been officially voted as not just the best agency in the country, but in the world: Harrods Estates in Knightsbridge, London...

Henry Pryor Blog

Wednesday 14th December 2011

This week, the monthly charade that is the RICS’s ‘sentiment survey’ was published with the collective views of about 250 chartered surveyors and what their gut instincts say has happened to house prices in the past four weeks...

London prices shoot up £1,200 a day – but no recovery elsewhere

Wednesday 14th December 2011

The central London property market continues to shoot through the roof – but elsewhere, economic uncertainty continues to hold back any meaningful recovery...

The lesser-spotted FTB to remain an endangered species

Wednesday 14th December 2011

First-time buyers will remain an endangered species for at least the next year, Rightmove reported this morning...

Homes bought under MIG scheme 'could devalue overnight'

Wednesday 14th December 2011

Properties sold to first-time buyers under the Government’s 95% mortgage indemnity guarantee scheme could instantly depreciate in value, the RICS has warned...

ESTAS: Time to let the public have their say

Wednesday 14th December 2011

Congratulations to the winners – and now let the public have their say! With some very deserved agents basking in glory after last week’s Estate Agency of the Year Awards, the race is now on to see who can rise to the challenge at the ESTAS, the next industry awards on the calendar, taking place in April...

Prices may go up or down, says uncertain Halifax

Wednesday 14th December 2011

House prices next year will barely shift, Halifax has predicted, in one of those statements that make you wonder why they bothered...

A One Stop Auction Shop...

Tuesday 13th December 2011

The Modern Method of Auction, introduced to the housing market by iam-sold in 2009, has inspired many estate agents to encourage vendors to pursue the sale of their house through auction...

Cleaning remains a big problem for landlord and agents

Tuesday 13th December 2011

According to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC), landlords and agents are increasingly faced with dirty properties at the check-out stage, which has led to cleaning accounting for 40 per cent of deposit disputes...

Top 10 tips to build the best defence at tribunal

Monday 12th December 2011

1.    Paper trail Probably the most important rule to remember for an employer when carrying out any process is to document everything on paper so that a tribunal can see what you have done and when...

First-time buyers 'roll up their sleeves' to get on housing ladder

Monday 12th December 2011

More house purchase mortgages were approved last month than at any time since December 2009 – and first-time buyers tired of paying high rents are ‘rolling up their sleeves’ to get on the housing ladder...

Mortgage affordability rises but lenders clamp down

Monday 12th December 2011

Monthly mortgage payments in October were the most affordable for nearly eight years, but lending numbers dropped...

Agent which claimed 17 office addresses rapped by watchdog

Monday 12th December 2011

Estate agent Maurice MacNeill Iona which trades as Century 21, has been censured by the advertising watchdog after it advertised 17 office addresses under the heading ‘Scottish Office Directory’...

What effect will Cameron's Euro decision have on UK housing market?

Monday 12th December 2011

What will Britain’s decision to stay out of the EU pact mean to the booming (until now) London house market? Just how booming it has been – driven by investors seeking to put their money in a safe place as the Euro crisis has steadily deepened – is amply illustrated by figures from London agent Marsh & Parsons...

NFoPP changes exams partner

Monday 12th December 2011

NFoPP has switched to a different partner, Pearson VUE, for its qualifications. It means that NAEA and ARLA members will be able to sit their exams at a centre close to their home or place of work...

Romans named as UK estate agent of the year … and top honour goes to Rosalind

Friday 9th December 2011

Congratulations to Romans on its win as Estate Agency of the Year. The firm won the accolade in yesterday’s packed-out awards ceremony in central London...

Agents warned over public's rights under data protection

Friday 9th December 2011

Our report on Wednesday about a third estate agent being hit with a fine after not registering under the Data Protection Act evoked a wide range of responses – from irritation to anger and confusion...

'Under market value' agent scolded by advertising watchdog

Friday 9th December 2011

An estate agent which advertised homes for sale at under market value has been reprimanded by the advertising watchdog...

Repos help boost auction results

Friday 9th December 2011

National property auctioneer Auction House had a record-breaking November, helped by numbers of repossession lots...

Christmas giving gets nearer, thanks to signs

Friday 9th December 2011

Site Signs, the Bristol-based sign maker to the UK’s property market, is once again donating factory space to one of the world’s most touching charity initiatives...

Rotating Light Panels the Next Generation in Window Displays

Thursday 8th December 2011

Mid West Displays are proud to be the only UK manufacturer of LED Rotating Light Panel displays. If you are looking for a display that will blow the socks off your competitors and attract savvy house hunters then Rotating Light Panels are theproduct for you! We have found that Estate Agents are looking for the next step up from Light Panels in window displays...

Estate Agent IT Managers Networking

Wednesday 7th December 2011

A small number of progressive Estate Agents have set up a networking group on Linked In dedicated solely to Estate Agency IT...

Third agent taken to court over Data Protection Act

Wednesday 7th December 2011

Another agent has been fined by a court for failing to register under the Data Protection Act after a crackdown on the industry was announced last year...

'We could not afford to extend Stamp Duty break', says Shapps

Wednesday 7th December 2011

The loophole that allows wealthy individuals to dodge Stamp Duty on expensive property transactions by buying through offshore companies is to be closed...

First-time buyers face years of having to save

Wednesday 7th December 2011

Someone living in London and earning an average salary would have to save up for over 19 years to afford the deposit for a home...

Sellers stay away as year winds down

Wednesday 7th December 2011

The property market started its traditional seasonal decline in November, says estate agency boards firm Agency Express...

Agent's average house price tops £1.2m this year

Wednesday 7th December 2011

London West End estate agent LDG has reported that the average price of property it sold this year was £1...

House prices in gentle slide, says Halifax

Wednesday 7th December 2011

House prices went down 0.9% in November, Halifax reported yesterday. It says the average house price now stands at £161,731 – 1% lower than a year ago...

Christmas Temps

Tuesday 6th December 2011

It is the time of year now when many companies start looking at taking on temporary staff to cover the increased demand over the Christmas period...

Public refuses to believe that house prices have gone down

Monday 5th December 2011

Consumers have given a decisive clue as to why asking prices have been slow to register any decline – most simply do not believe that house prices will go down...

Traditional applicants stop knocking on estate agents' doors

Monday 5th December 2011

Traditional applicants have vanished from estate agents’ offices, with nine out of ten prospective buyers now booking viewings online only when they want to see a specific property...

New estate agency review site gets ready to launch

Monday 5th December 2011

A new estate agency review site is to launch next month into what is rapidly becoming a crowded market...

TV programme to reveal empty homes numbers in property scandal

Monday 5th December 2011

There are two million people on housing waiting lists – and yet one million properties are lying empty...

60 Second Interview : Debra Frampton, Managing Director, UK Sales Progressors

Friday 2nd December 2011

    As UK Sales Progressors continues to make strides in the estate agency field, we speak to Managing Director Debra Frampton about the rapid growth of this unique outsourced service...

More households than thought are in trouble with mortgages

Friday 2nd December 2011

Mortgage borrowing costs are likely to rise next year, the Bank of England has warned, whilst revealing that between 5% and 8% more households than known about are in trouble with their mortgages – but lenders are showing them forebearance and so their woes are not showing up on official figures...

Lenders sound caution on new mortgage indemnity scheme

Friday 2nd December 2011

The number of new mortgages that will be lent under the new mortgage indemnity scheme is uncertain – and some would have been loaned anyway...

Property industry told to wake up to looming flood blight

Friday 2nd December 2011

Campaigners are stepping up their efforts to make householders more aware of how flood risks could blight their properties, making them unsaleable, unmortgageable and uninsurable...

Big T, our (very) occasional columnist, makes his come-back

Friday 2nd December 2011

He’s back! Our (very) occasional columnist Trevor Kent has finally returned to write a little Something for the Weekend...

Something for the Weekend: the Trevor Kent column

Friday 2nd December 2011

Bonjour mes enfants.   For some reason I still continue to be the recipient of copious press releases, despite rarely writing or broadcasting any more...

Thomas Morris named Home Sale Network agent of year

Friday 2nd December 2011

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Home Sale Network ‘estate agent of the year’ award...

Everything you need to know about Employment Law in just 3 hours

Thursday 1st December 2011

We know Employment Law isn't the most exciting subject in the world, nor is it something you want to spend your time and energy on...

LANCE

Wednesday 30th November 2011

Lance and Lawrence on the end of an era

Anger as Government gives up on first-time buyers Stamp Duty break

Wednesday 30th November 2011

Chancellor George Osborne has not extended the Stamp Duty holiday for first-time buyers despite massive lobbying from the mortgage and estate agency industries...

TEAM gets property portal ready for cloud

Wednesday 30th November 2011

Team Association has relaunched its website. The site has been re-engineered to accommodate Teamworks v6, the cloud-based version of the Association’s multi-listing software, due for launch shortly...

Solicitors launch new national property portal for Scotland

Wednesday 30th November 2011

Solicitors Property Centres (SPCs) in Scotland have joined forces to launch a new national property website which goes live today...

Former 'Apprentice' starts up own estate agency

Wednesday 30th November 2011

Former 2010 Apprentice candidate Jamie Lester has started his own estate agency, Haus Properties. Lester said: “Appearing on The Apprentice was a life-changing experience which spurred me on to to set up my own estate agency, having started out in the business as a Saturday job whilst I was at school...

RICS launches consultation on knotweed nightmare

Wednesday 30th November 2011

The RICS is consulting on a new information paper which aims to help valuers consider the implications of the thuggish Japanese Knotweed plant,  when undertaking valuations of residential property in the UK...

There's a new housing reality dawning on Britain: is your business ready to evolve?

Tuesday 29th November 2011

 For years now, decades even, letting agents have remained firmly positioned as the 'poor relation' against their estate agent counterparts, however, with the British Housing Market reportedly only one generation away from becoming a nation of renters, the tables may well be changing!   Even with the recent 5% new build deposit government initiative aimed to kick start the somewhat stagnant sales market, the current economic climate is thought to be proving detrimental to confidence levels...

Zettu - the new high impact window display

Tuesday 29th November 2011

Fairfield has just launched the very latest way to increase the impact of your property displays.  The Zettu unit has clean, crisp contemporary lines finished with a top in a high gloss acrylic...

Allagents ratings site set for major expansion

Monday 28th November 2011

The controversial Allagents estate agency review site is poised for growth, after soft-launching a Rightmove-style portal...

Transactions in 2011 set to be lowest for 40 years

Monday 28th November 2011

This year looks set to have the lowest number of housing transactions in 40 years. A total of 840,000 transactions are predicted, almost 50% lower than in 2007, and the equivalent of the average home changing hands just once every 26 years...

Shapps denies cover-up in furious radio row

Monday 28th November 2011

Housing minister Grant Shapps has denied a cover-up over the publication of figures showing a collapse in affordable housing...

Rightmove enters into the spirit of Christmas

Monday 28th November 2011

The spirit of Christmas has spluttered into life at Rightmove, where they are running a festive competition for its devoted home browsers...

Damage to property during the winter months

Friday 25th November 2011

As we head towards Christmas and potentially severe weather in the New Year, AIIC (The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks) is urging agents and landlords to be vigilant about checking their properties to ensure that tenants are safe from fire and that they avoid water damage...

First-time buyers melt away to three-year low

Friday 25th November 2011

Sales to first-time buyers have fallen to a three-year low, the NAEA reported this morning. The Association’s market report for October claims that just 16% of overall sales made last month went to FTBs, down from 22% in September...

Rightmove says consumers want to see adverts on its pages

Friday 25th November 2011

Rightmove has started carrying adverts on its pages. Over the last two weeks, it has been running an advertising campaign for Lloyds TSB, promoting its mortgages...

Bank of England man warns that housing market will never return to what it was

Friday 25th November 2011

A member of the Bank of England’s MPC has suggested that the housing market will never go back to what it was...

Knight Frank conjures up some new areas for prime central London

Friday 25th November 2011

A few years ago, London estate agents stood accused of inventing upmarket-sounding village areas within the capital...

Here's an emergency - send for another housing bubble!

Friday 25th November 2011

For those of you who still thirst for knowledge about this week’s housing market strategy, trust the Daily Mash to tell it like it is...

Hairy moments as agents sprout moustaches for a good cause

Friday 25th November 2011

They’ve got a long way to go before they reach Mike Ockenden’s famously bristling standards, but moustaches are the must-have accessory this month for staff at two of Hereford’s agents – Andrew Morris and Connells...

Stars of estate agent head off to Las Vegas to celebrate their triumphs

Friday 25th November 2011

It's like the good old days, shades of 2006 and those happy times: an estate agency taking its top performers off to Las Vegas for a no-expenses spared five day break to celebrate their triumphs...

How do some Agents make significant revenue from conveyancing where others struggle?

Thursday 24th November 2011

Ben Carroll, Managing Director at Live, explores how to turn your conveyancing proposition into a cash cow...

Brian Murphy Blog

Wednesday 23rd November 2011

The last few weeks have again been a rollercoaster ride on the world stock and bond markets with the occasional positive day being outweighed by the sheer number of negative ones due to the ongoing crisis gripping the Eurozone...

Estate agency bodies kept in dark over final housing strategy document

Wednesday 23rd November 2011

Stakeholders in the property industry were left in the dark about the Government’s housing strategy, published this week...

New mortgage indemnity scheme could hit mainstream homes market

Wednesday 23rd November 2011

The country’s biggest housebuilders and lending giants are to back the mortgage indemnity scheme for new-builds, announced in this week’s Coalition’s housing strategy, as critics of the scheme increasingly voice their concerns...

Ombudsman to keep 'naming and shaming' of agents under review

Wednesday 23rd November 2011

The Property Ombudsman is to keep the idea of ‘naming and shaming’ agents under review, although consumer pressure could grow to shed the secrecy covering agents against whom complaints are regularly upheld...

RICS to compile dossier for government on how to boost market

Wednesday 23rd November 2011

The RICS is to present a dossier to the Government, based on what its member agents believe would boost the housing market...

Two in five homes for sale have their prices cut

Wednesday 23rd November 2011

Over 40% of all UK properties currently on the market have experienced at least one price reduction, with the average chop over £19,500 – or 7...

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Tuesday 22nd November 2011

In the current climate agents are experiencing tough times, especially owner managed independent agents competing with the corporates...

Time to come clean on repos, urges agent

Monday 21st November 2011

An independent estate agent has queried the ethics – and possible legality – of disguising the status of a repossessed property when it is marketed for sale...

Mortgage guarantees to be introduced for first-time buyers

Monday 21st November 2011

Sixteen thousand new homes will be built with the help of taxpayers' subsidies worth £400m, and taxpayers will also help underwrite mortgages for first-time buyers - but of new homes only...

Asking prices plummet as sellers stay away

Monday 21st November 2011

New sellers have been spooked into lowering their asking prices by 3.1%, Rightmove reported this morning...

First-time buyer market on 'brink of paralysis'

Monday 21st November 2011

he first-time buyer market is at the brink of paralysis, a leading property industry figure has warned...

Estate agents' auction network moves to London saleroom

Monday 21st November 2011

Network Auctions is moving its saleroom from Hatfield House in Hertfordshire into Glaziers Hall, central London...

Free floor plans offer for new customers

Monday 21st November 2011

Metropix, supplier of floor plan based products to the residential estate agency market, has launched a promotion to encourage estate agents to try its service for free between now and the end of December...

Londoner would need to earn nearly £90k to get on housing ladder

Monday 21st November 2011

A Londoner could need to earn as much as £87,000 – triple the current average salary in the capital – to buy a property in London, according to a new report by the National Housing Federation...

New eBay-style site will let agents bid against clock for instructions

Friday 18th November 2011

A new online service is launching where agents will pay to bid against the clock to win a sales or lettings instruction...

Richer households expect property prices to rise next year

Friday 18th November 2011

Consumers perceive house prices still to be falling – but some are a little more upbeat about house price growth in the next 12 months...

UK house prices falling, say CLG 'official' figures

Friday 18th November 2011

Average UK house prices fell by 0.7% in September, according to the latest ‘official’ figures from Communities and Local Government...

Mortgage lenders call on Government to prolong stamp duty holiday

Friday 18th November 2011

Calls are mounting for the Government to extend its first-time buyer stamp duty holiday, due to end next March...

Booming London market helps Savills to overcome difficult times

Friday 18th November 2011

The booming London housing market has helped Savills to perform in line with expectations, making up for under-performance in continental Europe...

Richard Rawlings embarks on new 'Raise Fees Instantly' tour

Friday 18th November 2011

Estate agency trainer Richard Rawlings has announced the launch of a new UK tour of his ‘Raising Fees Instantly’ seminar at ten venues starting with Watford and Birmingham next week...

West Country agents hit new record with fund-raising ball

Friday 18th November 2011

Congratulations yet again to the wonder-women of Woods in the west country, for raising over £10,000 via their annual charity ball...

AIIC opens nominations for Inventory Clerk of The Year Award

Wednesday 16th November 2011

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has opened nominations of the Inventory Clerk Of The Year Award and is inviting letting agents and landlords to email their vote via the AIIC website...

Insolvency firm launches distressed property portal

Wednesday 16th November 2011

Company administration business Begbies Traynor has launched an online portal listing a wide range of distressed properties available for immediate sale...

More first-time buyers turn to second jobs to raise deposits

Wednesday 16th November 2011

More than a quarter of aspiring first-time buyers are so desperate to raise a deposit that they will take out an unsecured loan...

It's all in purple: the celebs who once lived here

Wednesday 16th November 2011

If Keith Chegwin, Kerry Katona or Dappy from N-Duz had once lived in your house, would you want the world to know? Would they be a marketing tool or something to keep as your guilty secret? That is for you to decide: Zoopla has come up with a scheme by which it awards ‘purple plaques’ on homes where celebrities once lived – and it wants to enlist the help of agents in locating deserving cases of bricks and mortar...

Horrifying incident ends with youth tasered in estate agent office

Wednesday 16th November 2011

A horrifying incident in which a youth ran into an estate agent after apparently slashing his wrists with a broken bottle ended with him being tasered by police for his own safety...

Angels Media & Property Investor Media announce the launch of...

Wednesday 16th November 2011

  Event:               Property Business Show Launch Date:  19 & 20 April 2012                           Location:          ExCeL London   The major NEW event of the 2012 property exhibition season will be the launch of Property Business Show at ExCeL London on 19 & 20 April...

Valuations topple by 17% in a month, says Connells

Wednesday 16th November 2011

The number of mortgage valuations fell 17% between September and October, according to Connells’ survey arm...

Make sure your estate agency gets found online

Tuesday 15th November 2011

Getting your estate agency and the properties you have for sale, to rent and to let found online is crucial to the success of your business...

Ask the employment expert?

Tuesday 15th November 2011

Friday is always a busy day for my business and so I want to limit the number of Fridays my employees can take off as holiday each year to 3 each...

LANCE

Monday 14th November 2011

Lance and Lawrence look a gift horse in the mouth

UK's three biggest agency chains get together in major deal

Monday 14th November 2011

The three big corporate estate agents have drawn closer together after announcing a major joint venture, which has implications for independents...

Google change could force agents to rethink their websites

Monday 14th November 2011

Google’s latest algorithm change – its so-called freshness update – could spell all-change for estate agents’ websites...

Lending stutters downwards as home-movers stay put

Monday 14th November 2011

Loans for both house purchase and remortgage dipped in September, the Council of Mortgage Lenders has confirmed...

Votes start to pile in for next year's ESTAS

Monday 14th November 2011

Competition for the coveted ESTAS is set to the intense as entries reach record levels. Already nearly 400 firms have registered for the competition and over 7,000 votes have been submitted by their clients...

Repos set to fall below forecast as lenders hold off

Monday 14th November 2011

Forecasts that there will be 40,000 repossessions this year now look over-egged. The Council of Mortgage Lenders says that arrears are continuing to fall and that repossession numbers are stable...

Home Sale Network gets set for annual bash

Monday 14th November 2011

The annual Home Sale Network conference is being held this week, on November 18, at the Park Plaza Riverbank hotel in London...

Transactions in sharp fall, as Savills halves forecasts

Friday 11th November 2011

There was a sharp fall in transactions last month, the LSL Acadametrics house price survey reported this morning...

Harry Hill's In-Deed looks to buy high street conveyancing firms

Friday 11th November 2011

In-Deed, Harry Hill’s online conveyancing service with ambitious plans to take the market by storm, is to invest in high street law firms...

More agents join Rightmove to boost site's revenues

Friday 11th November 2011

More agents have flocked to join Rightmove this year. In an interim management statement to the stock exchange yesterday, the site said that estate agency and lettings membership at the end of October stood at 15,192 – a 2...

Pre-exchange bond service goes live

Friday 11th November 2011

AssuredSale, an online service which aims to reduce fall-throughs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, has now gone live and is recruiting agents...

CBI calls for mortgage indemnity guarantees

Friday 11th November 2011

A call for mortgage indemnity guarantees to help first-time buyers has been made by the CBI. In a report out this morning, Unfreezing the housing market, the business group also called for stamp duty to be reviewed, and suggested that first-time buyers could be allowed to borrow, at low interest rates, against their own pension savings...

New records for London prices – but jittery investors worried by stream of bad news

Friday 11th November 2011

New Land Registry quarterly sales figures show house prices across England and Wales were 2% down in the third quarter of this year, compared with the same period last year...

Lending levels slump as banks tighten up

Friday 11th November 2011

Lending for house purchase slumped for the second successive month in October, it has been forecast...

Lettings without headaches - Rental market growth, can you afford to miss out

Wednesday 9th November 2011

The average age of a first time buyer in the UK is now 42 compared to 33 in 2005.  In 2005/6 the number of households renting privately was 2...

Health and safety: Lone working

Wednesday 9th November 2011

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) call centre receives on average 150 calls per month about issues around Lone Working...

Connells snaps up 16-branch independent chain

Wednesday 9th November 2011

Connells has acquired Burchell Edwards, a 16-office firm in the Midlands, for an undisclosed sum. The sale comes just three years after Burchell Edwards Estate Agents went into voluntary administration in the autumn of 2008 in the depths of the housing recession...

Agents warned as 200,000 homes start to become uninsurable

Wednesday 9th November 2011

Around 200,000 homes could become uninsurable in less than two years’ time, leaving some unsaleable and making valuations by estate agents and surveyors all but impossible...

House prices down but activity picks up, says RICS

Wednesday 9th November 2011

House prices dipped last month but activity in the housing market edged up as sellers got realistic over house prices, the RICS claimed in its latest survey...

One-third of first-timers have never heard of FirstBuy

Wednesday 9th November 2011

Over one third of potential first-time buyers have never heard of the FirstBuy scheme, and of those that have, 22% said they did not understand whether it would help them or not...

National Homes Network set to hold annual conference

Wednesday 9th November 2011

The National Homes Network is holding its annual conference this Friday, on Remembrance Day, at the Puckrup Hall Hotel, Tewkesbury, Gloucester...

Buyers splash their cash on auction lots

Wednesday 9th November 2011

A plot of land in Walthamstow, London, with a guide price of £7,000 was sold by Auction House London for an unexpected £23,000 – more than three times the guide – in its latest sale...

LANCE

Monday 7th November 2011

Lance and Lawrence discuss the RICS

Global 4 takes top award

Monday 7th November 2011

Global 4 the main UK supplier to the Estate Agents market place for telephone lines, calls, broadband and systems, recently attended the NEC EMEA Partner Conference in Valencia, and came back with the award for ’Best Reseller’ for the second consecutive year...

LSL seals £50m deal to buy Marsh & Parsons . . .

Monday 7th November 2011

LSL has bought Marsh & Parsons, the London agent, in a deal worth £50m – more than ten times what was originally paid for the business just six years ago by Peter Rollings and his then backers, and around eight times the last reported annual profits...

... but LSL sounds caution over next year's housing market

Monday 7th November 2011

LSL, parent company of Reeds Rains and Your Move – and now also of Marsh & Parsons – has sounded a note of caution about the prospects for next year’s housing market...

OFT tells agents to check out non-clients for money laundering

Monday 7th November 2011

Estate agents must carry out due diligence on their sellers – even where one of them is not their client...

Rightmove rolls out QR technology to agents

Monday 7th November 2011

Rightmove is launching a series of new initiatives that will bring Quick Response code (QR) technology to its member agents...

Could shine be starting to come off London market?

Monday 7th November 2011

Prime central London prices have hit new record levels, rising nearly 40% since March 2009, Knight Frank has reported...

London agent goes to Greece to woo buyers

Monday 7th November 2011

Property group Jones Lang SaSalle is to start selling London homes in Greece. According to Reuters, it will be selling property worth up to £5m sight-unseen to rich Greeks who need somewhere safe to stow their wealth...

AIIC launches new check-out workshop

Friday 4th November 2011

End of tenancy ‘check-out’ inspections can be contentious if not handled correctly and can cause wasted time, energy and money for all parties...

Shock as Trevor Kent quits NAEA in protest

Friday 4th November 2011

Trevor Kent, arguably the UK’s best known estate agent and a former President of the NAEA, has resigned from the organisation...

Home-owners with solar roofs 'could have blighted their properties', says RICS

Friday 4th November 2011

The RICS says home owners who have rented out their roof space to solar energy companies could be blighting their properties when they come to sell...

Strutt & Parker first to roll out high-tech For Sale boards

Friday 4th November 2011

Strutt & Parker is set to be the first national agent to roll out the new Kremer Signs’ smartboards, which have QR code and NFC technology combined...

Andrews launches fair trade scheme to boost charities

Friday 4th November 2011

Andrews is launching a new campaign in conjunction with three UK charities that it had a hand in establishing...

Taxpayers to fund training for estate agency staff

Friday 4th November 2011

The estate agents apprenticeship academy Bloom is launching government-funded NFoPP NVQs for people already working in estate agents’ and letting agents’ offices...

Agent to act as eyes and ears of local paper as it leaves town

Friday 4th November 2011

Here is an object lesson in how to make your local presence felt in the property market. The local newspaper in Marlborough, owned by Newsquest, has closed its offices, leaving the Wiltshire town without a newspaper office for the first time in more than 200 years...

House prices in surprise pick-up, but consumers not so sure

Wednesday 2nd November 2011

House prices appeared to pick up a surprise 0.4% in October, Nationwide has reported, bringing them 0...

Signs of life for housing market, says For Sale boards firm

Wednesday 2nd November 2011

The UK’s residential property market showed signs of life in October. According to estate agency boards firm Agency Express, the number of properties converting from For Sale to Sold bounced up 7...

Hamptons first out of the traps with 2012 forecasts

Wednesday 2nd November 2011

Someone had to be first, and as November comes around, Hamptons International is off the starting blocks with its housing market forecasts specifically for next year...

Fine & Country appoints lawyer as new CEO as courtroom battle awaits

Wednesday 2nd November 2011

The battle between Fine & Country and Spicerhaart’s Fine brand looks set to hot up, with both now having appointed new heavyweights to head them up...

Letting agents help Home Telecom to record growth

Monday 31st October 2011

As Home Telecom approaches its 10,000th customer, this is the first time agents earn from an excellent service with little effort, so we took the opportunity to reflect on the exceptional growth we have achieved in the past 12 months...

RICS parks tanks on lawn over estate agency standards

Monday 31st October 2011

The RICS has today launched a new two-pronged estate agency initiative which could challenge the NAEA’s licensed scheme...

Public should consult Licensed Agents, NFoPP says again

Monday 31st October 2011

A new press release, suggesting that there are  times when only a licensed NAEA or ARLA agent will do, has drawn fresh anger...

House price falls to accelerate, says Hometrack

Monday 31st October 2011

An acceleration in house price falls is predicted this morning in the latest Hometrack report. The survey, covering October, shows house prices tiptoed down 0...

Taxman set to crack down on stamp duty avoidance schemes

Monday 31st October 2011

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs is to mount a court challenge to stamp duty tax avoidance schemes set up for home buyers...

We've decided not to sell after all, say more vendors

Monday 31st October 2011

The number of sellers pulling out of residential property deals simply because they have changed their minds has risen sharply this year and is the main reason for fall-throughs...

Applicants rise to four year high, but sales stay grounded

Friday 28th October 2011

Applicant levels have reached a four-year high after increasing for a second consecutive month in September, the latest NAEA housing report claimed today, but the number of sales has stalled...

Over-hopeful sellers of prime property up their asking prices

Friday 28th October 2011

Asking prices of Britain’s most expensive properties are still rising in a seven-month rally, according to Primelocation – but one estate agent specialising in the sector says that one in ten prime properties is having to have its price cut every month in order to attract any interest...

Father of missing woman warns agents on social networking

Friday 28th October 2011

Agents with personal safety issues on their agenda should beware of how they and their colleagues use social networking sites...

Metropix launches free floorplan webinars

Friday 28th October 2011

Metropix, a supplier to the residential estate agency market, is to hold free training webinars to help customers get the best from their floor plans...

Ooh Matron! This is what people are doing in bed

Friday 28th October 2011

It’s the latest thing, apparently: browsing in bed. For those who specifically want to know the detail, it’s people browsing for properties on their mobiles in bed on a Sunday morning...

Brian Murphy Blog

Wednesday 26th October 2011

More bad news has emerged for consumers in the last few days. Headline consumer price inflation has now climbed above the 5% level...

Agents prompted over OFT consultation that could make over-valuing illegal

Wednesday 26th October 2011

Agents are reminded that an ongoing and important consultation into the future conduct of the industry is still open for responses...

17,000 first-time buyers left in the cold as mortgage market 'staggers on'

Wednesday 26th October 2011

Banks approved 6% fewer house purchase mortgages in September than in August, with 17,000 would-be first-time buyers left out in the cold...

NAEA's Find an Agent service is 'divisive', says furious member

Wednesday 26th October 2011

Turn yourself into a home hunter or seller, and try looking for an agent on the NAEA’s Find an Estate Agent service...

'Take the blo*dy money', hesitant vendors are told

Wednesday 26th October 2011

She’s our favourite blogger because she writes some home truths in a pithy and witty way. Tracy Kellett, of buying agents BDI Home Finders, thinks that anyone serious about selling a home and who is made any half-decent offer should accept it fast...

Estate agents' customers magazine up for seven national awards

Wednesday 26th October 2011

We’ve raved about it before and we were delighted when a customer magazine produced by an estate agency swept all before it at the national publishing awards – beating the likes of well-known supermarket and airline titles...

Countrywide CEO to take part in New York marathon

Wednesday 26th October 2011

Good luck to Grenville Turner, Countrywide's CEO, and Nigel Stockton, financial services director, when they run the New York marathon on November 6 to raise money for charity...

Move Over Light Panels, There's a NEW Display In Town!

Tuesday 25th October 2011

Light Panels have fast become the favorite display choice for Estate and Letting Agents, however, Mid West Displays are once again leading the way with the latest in display technology and have designed and manufactured the first ever ROTATING Light Panel display...

LANCE

Tuesday 25th October 2011

Lance and Lawrence discuss the dark side

ARLA will not back 'just another kitemark' SAFE scheme

Monday 24th October 2011

ARLA has failed to support the SAFEagent scheme, suggesting that it is just another window sticker...

Knight Frank partners share £73m bonus pot

Monday 24th October 2011

Knight Frank staff shared a bonus pool of nearly £73m after boosting turnover and profits in the last financial year...

Agent expelled from Ombudsman scheme after 'offensive language'

Monday 24th October 2011

An estate agency that failed to pay a £500 award made against it and which was rude to the complainant has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme...

Kremer launches new lead-generating boards

Monday 24th October 2011

A new website launches today giving agents a demonstration of a new type of For Sale or To Let  sign...

Cluttons warns that housing crisis will hit London jobs

Monday 24th October 2011

Estate agency Cluttons warns today that London’s housing crisis will hit job creation. A report out today says over 200,000 professionals are expected to join the London jobs market over the next decade...

Three-quarters of brokers cannot find mortgage for at least one customer

Monday 24th October 2011

Nearly three-quarters of mortgage brokers could not source a mortgage for at least one of their clients during the third quarter of this year, helping to fuel tenant demand for the private rented sector...

Sales of £1m homes recover to pre-crunch levels

Monday 24th October 2011

Sales of homes worth £1m or more have reached their highest level since the peak of the housing market in 2007, according to Lloyds TSB...

Flood warnings sound as insurers' deadline draws nearer

Friday 21st October 2011

EAT would be interested to hear from agents who operate in flood-prone areas to see if they have experienced any problems with possible property blight, due to the fact that homes could become uninsurable after June 2013...

Government admits it could be fined £10m by EU over non-EPC compliance

Friday 21st October 2011

The Government could, by its own admission, be fined £10m for failing to comply with the EU’s Energy Performance Directive by which owners of buildings must produce EPCs when they are rented or sold...

First managing director appointed for Fine

Friday 21st October 2011

Spicerhaart’s upmarket brand Fine has appointed its first managing director as it sets out on a programme of acquisitions,with a legal battle against Fine & Country still unsettled...

Home owners increasingly pessimistic on property values

Friday 21st October 2011

Home owners are not expecting house prices to rise in the foreseeable future, marking a sharp reversal in consumer confidence...

Milestone of 20 millionth electronic search is reached

Friday 21st October 2011

The 20 millionth electronic NLIS conveyancing search has been undertaken, through SearchFlow.   In the year in which NLIS celebrates its tenth anniversary, its 20 millionth search was completed on behalf of Streeter Marshall solicitors...

Property agency DTZ puts itself up for sale

Friday 21st October 2011

DTZ has put itself up for sale after takeover talks with its largest shareholder, French firm Saint George Participations, broke down...

Rightmove and a case of some VERY enthusiastic branding

Friday 21st October 2011

To those who feared that Rightmove is secretly hatching a plot to become an estate agent, this picture seems to prove the point...

Damage to unfurnished properties is costing Landlord thousands

Thursday 20th October 2011

Landlords with unfurnished properties often fall into the trap of thinking that as there are no actual 'loose' contents, there will be nothing to worry about at the end of a tenancy...

Property values tumble across Britain

Wednesday 19th October 2011

Average property values in Britain have fallen £7,527 over the last year and now stand at £219,243, property portal Zoopla has said...

Hunters starts rebranding Bairstow Eves businesses

Wednesday 19th October 2011

The first 20 Bairstow Eves branches are to be rebranded to Hunters next month, following Countrywide’s controversial sale of its franchised division to the Yorkshire-based business...

Sotheby's International to open in four more prime UK locations

Wednesday 19th October 2011

Sotheby’s International Realty, the single-office business now operated by Countrywide under licence in the UK, is to open four new offices in affluent locations...

Winkworth announces its best-ever September for sales

Wednesday 19th October 2011

Winkworth has announced its best-ever September in terms of sales completions, with transactions up 27% on September of last year...

More property goes under the hammer at auction

Wednesday 19th October 2011

A success rate of 68.7% was recorded at property auction sales in the UK during September – a rise from 65...

Millionaire conmen who scammed Candy brothers given legal aid

Wednesday 19th October 2011

Two millionaire criminals who cheated the Candy brothers in a £6.5m property fraud were given more than £200,000 in legal aid, it has emerged...

Nat Daniels Blog (EAT'S Publisher)

Tuesday 18th October 2011

So this last week has been quite eventful with the amazing news of the merger between the Digital property group and Zoopla...

NALS Conference 2011 – Great Success

Monday 17th October 2011

A note from the show... We have had great feedback from the NALS event at the Guoman Hotel Tower bridge this year...

Digital and Zoopla merger likely to take months

Monday 17th October 2011

The merger between Digital and Zoopla is likely to take some months. The two businesses – Zoopla is independent, but backed by private venture capital, and the Digital websites are owned by the Daily Mail – have told the OFT of their proposal...

Asking prices on Rightmove shoot up nearly 3%

Monday 17th October 2011

Despite most house price indices showing that house prices have gone down, asking prices on Rightmove have shot up by 2...

Wanted by ESTAS: top suppliers to estate agents

Monday 17th October 2011

After the success of their introduction last year, the ESTAS are again launching the Supplier of the Year Award category...

We need to build at least 200,000 homes a year, says Shapps

Monday 17th October 2011

Housing minister Grant Shapps has said that the Government needs to build more than 200,000 homes a year...

Expansion for Network Auctions

Monday 17th October 2011

Three new partner agents have joined Network Auctions. Castles in Tottenham, Shaw & Co in Hounslow and Link Up Properties in Ashford, Kent, are now offering auction services to their clients...

Metropix launches artists' competition

Monday 17th October 2011

Metropix, a supplier of floor plans, has launched a competition that invites members of the industry to test their artistic skills by creating a work of art within the floor plan system...

Saturday 15th October 2011

  OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION ROSALIND RENShAW We are thrilled to publicly acknowledge Rosalind Renshaw for her dedication and commitment to the estate agency industry over the past 30 years...

IPS 2011, job done. Well almost!

Friday 14th October 2011

With less than a month to go until the Innovative Property Show on 3rd November at the iconic Wembley Stadium it is great to see everything coming together...

Lettings – ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’

Friday 14th October 2011

Not another..... •    Out of hours maintenance call •    Non payment of rent •    Deposit dispute Are we making money from this service?  Business will get to a point when they start to ask themselves just this...

NEWSFLASH: Digital portals and Zoopla to merge

Friday 14th October 2011

The Digital Property Group and Zoopla have just announced that they have agreed to merge their respective businesses...

The role of sales conversion in maximising conveyancing income

Friday 14th October 2011

There are several conveyancing providers within the industry, at face value offering similar services...

Anger over Rightmove's direct advertising to customers

Friday 14th October 2011

Agents have expressed their outrage after discovering that their customers have received emails direct from Rightmove plugging services in competition with what many agents themselves offer...

Round three as agents take their feud to advertising watchdog

Friday 14th October 2011

A feud between two local estate agents has once again come to the boil, with a new complaint to the advertising watchdog...

New estate agency maps show buyers how long it takes to get to work

Friday 14th October 2011

Foxtons has become the first estate agent to use new mapping technology which show commuting times...

More housing surveys paint confused picture of market

Friday 14th October 2011

A flurry of different housing market and mortgage surveys out today paints a mixed picture, with one saying that lenders are clamping down hard, another suggesting that mortgage applications have spiralled upwards although giving no clues as to the success rate, and a third saying that transactions have soared due to easier mortgage conditions...

Disappointed house buyer launches new pre-exchange bond service

Friday 14th October 2011

A buyer whose house purchase fell through at the last minute is to launch a pre-exchange bond coupled with an online service where buyers, sellers and agents can communicate...

More repos go into auction salesrooms

Friday 14th October 2011

Auction House has reported a highly successful third quarter, with sales raising more than 42.4m from 427 lots sold out of 541 lots offered – representing a success rate of 79%, compared to the national average of 71%...

IT Specialists for the Property Sector

Thursday 13th October 2011

  As a specialist provider of IT support services to Estate and Lettings Agents, Parachute IT is aware of just how much reliance is put on your IT systems and the need to keep property databases and vendor/buyer  contact details up-to-date and secure...

Assure your sale

Thursday 13th October 2011

AssuredSale is an innovative, new service set up by Tim Price after he became disillusioned with the UK house buying system...

CLG house price figures attacked as 'misleading'

Wednesday 12th October 2011

The latest official UK house price statistics claim that the average house price now stands at £208,476...

Sellers desert the market as confidence takes a bash

Wednesday 12th October 2011

House prices continue to wane as transaction volumes crumble and fewer people put their homes up for sale, the RICS has reported...

'My home is not for sale', says man in new Secret Agent show

Wednesday 12th October 2011

A man whose house will be featured on the new Phil Spencer C4 programme Secret Agent has revealed that his home is not even for sale – something that he says he told the producer about before filming even started...

Countrywide's open house weekend brings in 3,000 sales

Wednesday 12th October 2011

Countrywide’s Big September Move campaign, which included an open house weekend, resulted in over 63,800 viewings of 16,000 participating properties...

Jackson-Stops & Staff claims a scorching summer for sales

Wednesday 12th October 2011

Jackson-Stops & Staff has reported a significant rise in sales and properties going under offer, according to chairman Andrew Froude...

New fraud-busting squad will crack down hard on scams

Wednesday 12th October 2011

Thirty-seven organisations have joined forces as of today to launch a new anti-fraud strategy. The 37 backers of ‘Fighting Fraud Together’ include the Council of Mortgage Lenders, Financial Services Authority, British Bankers Association, Land Registry and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – but not the NAEA...

Jack Dromey becomes Labour's shadow housing minister

Wednesday 12th October 2011

Jack Dromey has replaced Alison Seabeck as shadow housing minister after Ed Miliband shuffled his shadow cabinet...

Mortgage lending recovers to highest in over a year

Wednesday 12th October 2011

The number of mortgages lent for house purchase rose 7% in August from the month before, to reach 52,000...

Stephen Hayter Blog

Monday 10th October 2011

Same day exchanges causing nightmare move days? That was one of the stories that EAT carried last week...

Mortgage borrowing costs plummet, but with a sting in the tail

Monday 10th October 2011

The cost of borrowing has fallen to rock-bottom while the number of mortgages available has risen to its highest in three and a half years...

Pioneer of 'extreme house selling' takes extreme hit on property price

Monday 10th October 2011

A man who pioneered a concept called ‘extreme house selling’ and who founded a website called Property Selling Strategy, offering consultancy to help individuals and estate agents (at £1,000 per day plus expenses), has had to concede defeat on the sale of his own property...

London sellers dwindle by 20% as moving costs soar

Monday 10th October 2011

Stock for sale in London, already at a scarcity, is set to dwindle more. Douglas & Gordon report that valuations are down by 20% compared with a year ago, with potential sellers put off by the cost of moving...

No place like gnome – seller sued over garden ornaments

Monday 10th October 2011

A home seller is being asked to pay £160 after the buyer found six gnomes in the garden. Paul Urch sold the bungalow in Wrington, Somerset, which belonged to his late father, through Debbie Fortune Estate Agents...

LSLi's Goodfellows snaps up competitor agent

Monday 10th October 2011

Goodfellows, part of the LSL group, has acquired Reynolds Sales and Lettings in Raynes Park, south-west London...

RICS to raise money from library sales

Monday 10th October 2011

The RICS is to sell off a number of valuable books from its library. They include a set of 18th century atlases of Great Britain, estimated at £30,000 to £40,000, and a first edition of Samuel Johnson’s dictionary, estimated at £4,000 to £6,000...

Illuminated Fascia Signs & Reflective estate agents boards offer you 24 hour advertising

Friday 7th October 2011

Kremer Signs have been supplying agents across the UK for over 25 years with high quality signage, with a product range including for sale boards, to let boards through to office fascia signs...

Brian Murphy Blog

Friday 7th October 2011

The latest revised economic growth figures paint a continuing picture of an economy struggling to move forward...

Spicerhaart in hot water with advertising watchdog over 'independent' claim

Friday 7th October 2011

Spicerhaart may have to reconsider its claim that its agents are ‘independent’ following yet another rebuke by the Advertising Standards Authority...

Agent prosecuted for claiming NAEA membership

Friday 7th October 2011

A Manchester agent has been prosecuted by Bury Council Trading Standards for falsely claiming membership of the NAEA and ARLA...

Andrews registers 9,000 new applicants in open house event

Friday 7th October 2011

Andrews has reported success for its open house event last month. Social media, posters and press and online advertising were all used by Andrews to create awareness of the campaign, where many of the vendors were persuaded to cut prices...

Prices slip a little as housing market lacks direction

Friday 7th October 2011

House prices slipped by 0.5% in September compared with August and now stand at £161,132, according to Halifax...

Sky’s the Limit – Property Experts Excel with Cloud-based Solution

Thursday 6th October 2011

For leading estate agency, Gibbs Gillespie, the switch to Parachute IT’s cloud platform proved to be an invaluable move...

PICTURE PERFECT

Wednesday 5th October 2011

The recent TDS Guidance Notes on Disputes states that good detailed evidence at the start of a dispute case, plus a few photographs to back it up, helps to win cases...

Same-day exchanges causing nightmare move days

Wednesday 5th October 2011

Late hand-over of keys and same-day exchange and completions are among the factors causing greatest stress to people moving home – as well as the removals industry...

Fury grows over NFoPP advice only to use ARLA licensed agents

Wednesday 5th October 2011

A leaflet published by NFoPP has sparked a major row – because it says that members of the public should not use any type of letting agent other than an ARLA licensed agent...

Spooky! Spy whose cover was as an estate agent

Wednesday 5th October 2011

It’s possible that you were watching Downton Abbey on Sunday night, and being driven mad by the length of the ad breaks...

Right to Buy scheme set to give first-time buyers deposits

Wednesday 5th October 2011

Money raised from Right to Buy sales of council houses is set to be used by one local authority to help first-time buyers into private home ownership by giving them a deposit of up to £50,000...

haart offers buyers free searches if first property falls through

Wednesday 5th October 2011

haart is offering buyers free legal searches on a second property if their first purchase falls through...

New apprenticeship training scheme launches for agents

Wednesday 5th October 2011

A national apprenticeships and training organisation, Positive Outcomes, has launched a new professional apprenticeship-based qualification for estate agents...

Scots property firm recovers after disastrous foray into English HIPs

Wednesday 5th October 2011

The Edinburgh Solicitors’ Property Centre has made a profit for a second year running – after having to write off debts made in a ‘disastrous’ foray into the HIP market in England and Wales...

URGENTLY WANTED: Passionate Sales Professionals

Tuesday 4th October 2011

If you are a passionate sales person looking to get into the property market, we want to hear from you...

A custom design for Marshall Estate Agent by Fairfield

Tuesday 4th October 2011

Is your image up to date?  Are you standing out from the crowd on the high street? Estate Agent style and design is changing fast and is your company keeping up with modern trends...

LANCE

Tuesday 4th October 2011

Lance and Lawrence discuss unlikely events in estate agency

The Property Jungle

Monday 3rd October 2011

When you have a web site built you want to work with a company with proven expertise in property web sites...

Imfuna takes mission to democratise the inventory process to the NALS Letting Conference

Monday 3rd October 2011

Digital inventory platform company, Imfuna, will be attending the NALS Letting Conference on October 6th, offering lettings agents, landlords and estate agents an opportunity to bring their inventory processes into the 21st Century, significantly decreasing the amount of time and money spent on inventory reporting...

An Estate Agent that also does lettings...

Monday 3rd October 2011

With so many letting only agent saying ‘As a Specialist Letting Agent, we deal solely with lettings rather than 'an estate agent that also does lettings’...

Buyers fall by the wayside as more houses stick on market

Monday 3rd October 2011

Buyers fell by the wayside once again last month – whilst the number of new sellers also edged down...

Could Hollywood be beckoning the Douglas & Gordon team?

Monday 3rd October 2011

Three production firms have contacted London estate agents Douglas & Gordon with a view to turning their ‘mockumentary’ into a film or TV programme...

Muted September for housing market, says our 'man with a board'

Monday 3rd October 2011

 The UK’s residential property market showed a small decline in September, according to our monthly ‘man with a board’ survey...

Ex-property whizzkid Simon Morris facing jail

Monday 3rd October 2011

Former property tycoon and Leeds United director Simon Morris is facing jail after being found guilty of conspiring to blackmail a former business partner as he slid towards bankruptcy...

Radio Times turns on Phil and Kirstie

Monday 3rd October 2011

One always used to think of the Radio Times as the sort of thing your granny would read: a champion of all the programmes that could do no wrong, such as Songs of Praise, Antiques Roadshow, Gardeners World and, of course, Phil and Kirstie...

Country house market fails to match London boom

Monday 3rd October 2011

The London millionaires’ property boom stops dead in its tracks at the M25, Knight Frank has reported...

Super-rich Greeks pile into London as Eurozone worries deepen

Monday 3rd October 2011

Yet another central London agent has described a feverish market as the Eurozone crisis deepens. WA Ellis said its inquiry levels are at fever pitch, with foreign investors desperate to put their money into the London property market, amid escalating concerns in the world economies...

Economists predict 4% house price falls

Monday 3rd October 2011

House prices will fall another 4% before stabilising some time next year as the economy toughens, a new Reuters poll of 23 economists has shown...

It's THE END (and a brilliant one) for the film of the year

Friday 30th September 2011

Could the Douglas & Gordon soap opera which has had us hooked this week get any more brilliant than this? Here’s the denouement,  and we absolutely love it...

CBI leader calls on Osborne to jump start housing market

Friday 30th September 2011

Director-general of the CBI John Cridland as called on the Government to boost activity in the housing market, in particular by encouraging first-time buyers...

Housing transactions bumping along the bottom, says Land Registry

Friday 30th September 2011

Average house prices slipped by 0.3% in August, to reach £162,347 while monthly sales volumes have slid year on year, according to the latest Land Registry figures...

CLG top civil servant accused of 'cashing in' as he switches to private sector

Friday 30th September 2011

A senior civil servant at Communities and Local Government is quitting to take up a lucrative role in the private sector, advising on major new building developments...

Buy-to-let is 'propping up' lending market

Friday 30th September 2011

Sunny figures from the Bank of England showing a rise in mortgage approvals could disguise the fact that buy-to-let is propping up the market, analysts said...

More mortgages available – but not necessarily more lending

Friday 30th September 2011

The number of mortgage products available to prime residential borrowers has hit 3,035, the highest level since February 2008...

Buying now cheaper than renting across 90% of UK, says Zoopla

Friday 30th September 2011

Buying is now cheaper than renting across 90% of the country, says property website Zoopla. Tenants pay 13% more on average per year than if they were buying, while renting in London costs almost £6,000, which is £5,959 more each year than owning...

Elmhurst adds warning about EPC firm

Friday 30th September 2011

Accreditation firm Elmhurst Energy is the latest to have written to DEAs warning them about EPC firm PayOnTheDay...

More agents will close, Winkworth boss warns

Wednesday 28th September 2011

More estate agencies will close as transactions stay at drought levels, Winkworth has told its shareholders – whilst also revealing that it has had approaches from 35 agents this year which want to sell up...

It's out! Part two of THAT film

Wednesday 28th September 2011

Hurrah! It’s out – part two of the Douglas & Gordon estate agent video everyone is talking about...

Warning to agents as property conman resurfaces

Wednesday 28th September 2011

Once again, we must warn about David Watmuff, sometimes known as David Kelso or David Kit Kelso. Last November, Watmuff was jailed under the name of David Kit Kelso...

Britons still aim to buy property – but not just yet

Wednesday 28th September 2011

Despite a stagnant housing market and rising inflation, Britons remain upbeat about their chances of buying a new property – but not just yet...

Auctions score success as more repos expected

Wednesday 28th September 2011

The latest auction run by Network Auctions at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire was one of its most successful yet...

Rural life is only for the rich, says Hometrack

Wednesday 28th September 2011

Only higher-rate income tax payers can afford to buy housing in rural areas, property analyst Hometrack has said...

Ex-Savills boss parachuted in to help bailed-out RBS

Wednesday 28th September 2011

Former Savills boss Aubrey Adams, 61, has been appointed head of property in Royal Bank of Scotland’s global restructuring arm...

Parachute IT offers Estate Agents IT solutions they can rely on

Tuesday 27th September 2011

As a specialist provider of IT support services to Estate Agents, Parachute IT is aware of just how reliant the sector is on IT systems and the need to keep property databases and client contact details up-to-date and secure...

AIIC launches new training workshop

Tuesday 27th September 2011

Following many requests for a ‘live’ training day, The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) is running a new hands-on workshop covering inventories and check-in and check-out reports...

Former agency boss given suspended sentence after fraud offences

Monday 26th September 2011

The former boss of a Redditch and Worcester-based lettings agency has been given a suspended jail sentence for fraud offences which led to hundreds of clients losing money they had paid as deposits...

Douglas & Gordon film upsets tabloid journalists

Monday 26th September 2011

Oh dear. It had to happen. The Mail on Sunday, swiftly followed by The Sun,  discovers that a “film starring estate agents as sleazy, greedy liars is made … by top estate agent”...

Eurozone crisis driving London house prices crazy

Monday 26th September 2011

The Eurozone crisis is driving property prices in central London higher and higher, Knight Frank reported today...

Changes to EPCs are delayed yet again at last minute

Monday 26th September 2011

Important changes to rules on EPCs have been postponed until next April. They could have been implemented as early as next week, but are now set to kick in on April 6, 2012...

Movewithus founder gets set to launch new business

Monday 26th September 2011

Robin King, co-founder of Movewithus, is planning to raise money to launch a company that will help house builders get rid of their unsold properties...

Thamesview snaps up Square Mile agents

Monday 26th September 2011

Thamesview, the agency group whose trading names include Dexter and which recently bought Friend & Falke out of receivership, has made another major acquisition...

New twist in EPC firms' saga

Monday 26th September 2011

Just when you thought that the saga of the EPC firms which operate reverse auctions, and which may or may not be connected to each other, a new twist has emerged...

Landlords 'don't realise how difficult managing property is'

Friday 23rd September 2011

Landlords shy away from using property management companies because they believe they can do the job themselves, an expert has claimed...

Brian Murphy Blog

Friday 23rd September 2011

Another month has passed with no change to the Bank of England base rate following the monthly Monetary Policy Committee meeting earlier in September...

Complaints to Ombudsman drop for both sales and lettings

Friday 23rd September 2011

Complaints about estate agents to the Ombudsman have slowed to just 43% of the total proportion, while lettings complaints have gone up by 25%...

House sales slide by 6,000 in August, says taxman

Friday 23rd September 2011

The taxman has reported that the number of homes that changed hands in August fell by 6,000 on July’s figure...

Former Winkworth employee found guilty of £10,000 fraud

Friday 23rd September 2011

An estate agency employee suspected by her Winkworth boss of operating a benefits scam was reported to the authorities...

Launch of new agent for ultra-rich causes ripples

Friday 23rd September 2011

The imminent opening of a  new upmarket agent is causing ripples in the super-wealthy estate agency market...

Burnley? It's better than Notting Hill, says agent

Friday 23rd September 2011

Estate agents often get hot under the collar – and rightly so – when their home turf comes under attack...

Controversy grows over reverse auction EPC firms

Friday 23rd September 2011

The row over EPC company NextDayEPC is continuing, with the site continuing to display industry accreditation logos...

GMG Property Services offers its customers that little bit extra

Thursday 22nd September 2011

When an agent signs up to one of GMG Property Services’ market leading software products, they get a lot more than just a great piece of software...

Lights, camera – and estate agents' action like you've not seen before!

Thursday 22nd September 2011

Here’s something to brighten your day – an absolutely hilarious video which demonstrates that estate agents know how to indulge in some heavyweight parody...

Agents uneasy as NAEA tries to recruit more to licensing scheme

Wednesday 21st September 2011

NAEA members continue to be divided about the body’s licensing scheme, as the NAEA tries to boost recruitment...

'Sustainability' should count in a property's valuation, says RICS

Wednesday 21st September 2011

A property’s ‘sustainability’ should be taken into account in its valuation. The RICS has come up with the proposal in a new paper...

Ombudsman warns on clarity of new conduct rules for estate agents

Wednesday 21st September 2011

The Property Ombudsman has cast doubts over the clarity of the Consumer Protection Regulations, on which the OFT’s new guidance to estate agents focuses...

Auction House hammers home new records

Wednesday 21st September 2011

Auction House has almost doubled both the number of lots sold and the amount of money raised in the space of a year...

Independent agent converts to Winkworth brand

Wednesday 21st September 2011

Independent agents Tarrant & Robertson have joined the Winkworth franchise and are rebranding this week...

Foxtons gets set to open office close to Olympics site

Wednesday 21st September 2011

Foxtons is to open its 32nd office on October 1, in Stratford, East London. It is the firm’s eighth new opening this year and the new branch will be cheek by jowl with the new Westfield shopping centre and the Olympics site...

LANCE

Tuesday 20th September 2011

Lance and Lawrence discuss portal price rises - again!

Top five reasons why agents would benefit from a refurb

Tuesday 20th September 2011

Competition in the high street amongst estate agents is as fierce as ever, as they fight to win every potential instruction...

NEWS EXTRA: OFT publishes new advice on how estate agents should act

Tuesday 20th September 2011

Agents who deliberately overvalue in order to gain an instruction will be guilty of a breach of the law, new guidance has underlined...

New rise in asking prices baffles Rightmove

Monday 19th September 2011

Ever-hopeful sellers new to the market raised asking prices by 0.7% in the last month, Rightmove reported this morning...

So, what do real people think about house prices?

Monday 19th September 2011

Estate agent Knight Frank’s ‘house price sentiment index’ shows that most households believe property prices have fallen for 15 months in a row...

It's not gazumping, it's not gazundering – it's gazanging

Monday 19th September 2011

In-Deed, the new conveyancing service launched by ex-Countrywide boss Harry Hill, has coined a new phrase for the property market in the launch of a new consumer video today, fronted by Phil Spencer...

Deposits rise tenfold, whilst incomes only double

Monday 19th September 2011

The deposits required to buy houses have increased tenfold in the last 20 years – but household income has only doubled...

Abolish 'obviously stupid' Stamp Duty, says top think tank

Friday 16th September 2011

Stamp Duty on the purchase of homes should be abolished, Britain’s leading economic think tank has said...

Mortgage applications up 35% over last August, says MAB

Friday 16th September 2011

Mortgage applications for house purchase in August had a monthly fall of 2.3% but, claims the Mortgage Advice Bureau, were an astonishing 34...

Councils overwhelmed by 26% rise in homeless people

Friday 16th September 2011

New Government figures on homelessness in England show that the number of people applying to councils for help with housing has increased by 14% over the last year...

Former agent unveils social media marketing service

Friday 16th September 2011

A new social media service for agents has launched, called Agent Media. Its aim is to help agents who are baffled by the likes of Facebook and Twitter, and may be wondering why no one from Linked In, well, never links in again after that first can’t-refuse invitation which makes you feel that you are popular after all and may not have virtual BO...

Agent takes Bairstow Eves director to High Court over commission

Friday 16th September 2011

An argument over estate agent’s commission is set to be decided by the High Court, the Daily Telegraph has reported...

Top five reasons why agents would benefit from a refurb

Wednesday 14th September 2011

Competition in the high street amongst estate agents is as fierce as ever, as they fight to win every potential instruction...

EPC boss hits out at internet claims about his business

Wednesday 14th September 2011

The boss of a new EPC business has strongly denied allegations that it is connected with another firm which has been accused by DEAs of slow payments...

Estate agent faces jail after masterminding property scam

Wednesday 14th September 2011

An estate agent who was an undischarged bankrupt is awaiting sentencing after masterminding a property scam worth over £1m...

Agents selling homes at the rate of just one a week, says RICS

Wednesday 14th September 2011

Estate agents are selling property at the rate of just one home a week, says the RICS. The institution’s new report, out this morning, says that the number of sales per estate agency member has slipped to an average of 14 in the three months to the end of August – taking transaction levels to a 26-month low...

We don’t do lettings, is your business missing out?

Tuesday 13th September 2011

Is your business passing sales and income opportunities to the competition – by not offering lettings you are and may not realise...

Countrywide gets ready for return to stock market

Monday 12th September 2011

Countrywide, Britain’s biggest estate agency and financial services network, is considering returning to the stock market next year...

UK estate agent in prison after terrorist plot to kill British soldiers

Monday 12th September 2011

An estate agent is starting a six-year jail sentence after being found guilty for his part in a terrorist recruitment ring...

Phil Spencer set to become TV 'estate agent'

Monday 12th September 2011

Could Phil Spencer be about to take an instruction off you – and if so, would you mind? The genial Phil (what, no Kirstie?) is joining Channel 4’s daytime line-up in a new programme, ‘Phil Spencer: Secret Agent’, in which he comes to the aid of home owners trapped in properties that refuse to sell...

Prices in central London set to rocket, says Knight Frank

Monday 12th September 2011

A new report from Knight Frank predicts that property prices in parts of central London will more than double in the next four years...

Agent launches new Sat Nat service via mobile phones

Monday 12th September 2011

North-West agent Farrell Heyworth has released three new marketing tools – Sat Nav directions to all of its properties, the use of a mobile exploiting Augmented Reality technology to search for other nearby properties, plus QR codes...

Angry Bairstow Eves franchisee takes legal advice on enforceability of sale

Friday 9th September 2011

The dust is refusing to settle after the surprise sale of Countrywide’s Bairstow Eves franchised business to northern independent Hunters...

Agency review site Allagents launches 'kitemark' scheme

Friday 9th September 2011

Allagents, a controversial website where the public rate and slate estate agents, has launched a ‘best practice’ scheme called the Transparent Agent Kitemark...

London housing market bubble 'shows signs of bursting'

Friday 9th September 2011

A property firm which buys up distressed property has forecast that the London housing market bubble will burst, with the catalyst being the riots...

Negative equity to double if house prices fall another 10%

Friday 9th September 2011

Around 1.7m households in the UK will be in negative equity if house prices fall a further 10%. The warning, from Skipton Building Society subsidiary HML, follows the latest Halifax report which shows that house prices fell 1...

Law Society warns first-time buyers on affordable housing schemes

Friday 9th September 2011

The Law Society has sent out a strong warning to first-time buyers to be wary about affordable housing schemes...

Thirsty work ahead for Network Auctions

Friday 9th September 2011

Network Auctions, a consortium of 22 local estate agents, will be holding its next auction next week, on September 13 at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire...

LANCE

Thursday 8th September 2011

Lawrence and Lance go back to school

EAT SPECIAL REPORT: Propertywikia website and the mystery of its rich rewards

Thursday 8th September 2011

A property website is making an extraordinary series of ‘get rich quick’ offers, and has ambitions to take over the property listing world...

Property conman Keith Fryer is sent to jail

Wednesday 7th September 2011

Property conman Keith Fryer, 68, has been sentenced to three years in jail and been banned from being involved in the management or formation of a company for five years...

Questions asked in wake of Bairstow Eves sale

Wednesday 7th September 2011

The Hunters purchase of the Bairstow Eves franchised business from Countrywide has raised some pivotal questions...

House prices 25% too high, says ratings agency Fitch

Wednesday 7th September 2011

House prices are still overvalued by around 25%, according to Fitch Ratings, which is apparently launching a new house price model...

Estate agency chains to trial new 100% first-time buyer mortgage

Wednesday 7th September 2011

Aldermore is to launch a 100% LTV mortgage for first-time buyers which will be trialled through two estate agency chains, Connells and Arun...

House prices plunge in Scotland

Wednesday 7th September 2011

House prices are falling across much of Scotland. The Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre reports that in Edinburgh itself, house prices are down 3...

Is your window ready for the Autumn?

Monday 5th September 2011

A totally new property display concept is appearing in areas all around the country that will completely change the way Estate Agents display properties...

NEWS FLASH: Countrywide sells Bairstow Eves business to Hunters

Monday 5th September 2011

In a surprise move, Countrywide has sold all of its Bairstow Eves franchised branches to Yorkshire independent Hunters...

RICS president-elect joins firm launching mortgage-free buying service

Monday 5th September 2011

One of Britain’s leading property figures, who is president-elect of the RICS, is to advise the company which aims to revolutionise the housing market by a co-investment model which will allow purchasers to buy mortgage-free...

Referral fees are taking a back seat, says movewithus boss

Monday 5th September 2011

Estate agents are increasingly looking for a quality conveyancing service, rather than simply one that delivers referral fees...

Councils told to house homeless people in boats and caravans

Monday 5th September 2011

Councils in England will be encouraged to house homeless people in caravans and houseboats from next year, as well as in the private rented sector...

Brian Murphy Blog

Friday 2nd September 2011

The buy-to-let market has recently been the focus of a lot of column inches in both trade and consumer press...

House prices in 0.6% monthly fall, says Nationwide

Friday 2nd September 2011

House prices dropped by 0.6% in August, Nationwide has reported. The lender said house prices now stand at an average of £165,914, a drop of 0...

We may have put your asking price too high, Andrews boss tells his sellers

Friday 2nd September 2011

The chief executive of Andrews has urged his sellers to try a price reduction, ahead of his firm’s open house weekends this month...

New anti-fraud scheme will let taxman check info on mortgage applictations

Friday 2nd September 2011

A new scheme has been launched to combat mortgage fraud. Whilst extra checks will be performed on some applications, anxious borrowers are being told that there should not be delays...

Housing survey that talks of millions is based on tiny response

Friday 2nd September 2011

A survey which this week sensationally claimed that job instability and a shortage of suitable homes for sale is delaying three million household moves was based on an online survey of just 168 consumer responses...

Town up in arms as council goes to an outside agent

Friday 2nd September 2011

Everyone hates estate agents, don’t they? Well, that’s certainly not the case in Helston, Cornwall (population 9,780) where they love theirs...

60 second interview: Gary Rose

Thursday 1st September 2011

    As Cars4Agents continues to expand its operation we speak to Managing Director Gary Rose about the business and an exciting year ahead...

Property Deals on Wheels

Thursday 1st September 2011

First of its kind firm helps Estate and Letting Agents to get on the road First it was the Smart car, then came the Mini...

Lettings without headaches

Thursday 1st September 2011

Simon at ARPM: ‘lettings without the headaches’ when setting up my lettings business one of the top tips I was given, was stick to your knitting – if you do something you know, love and understand it will increase your chances of success...

Ray Bohringer Blog

Wednesday 31st August 2011

We live in a funny old world. The press tell us that we are heading for a double-dip recession and the stock market collapses...

Home ownership to sink in 'dysfunctional' housing market

Wednesday 31st August 2011

Home ownership in the UK will fall back to 1980s levels, forcing both rents and house prices to rise by around 20% in the next five years...

First-time buyers pay out £110 more to rent

Wednesday 31st August 2011

The monthly cost of a home for a first-time buyer is £110 less than if they were renting. According to new research by Halifax, the average first-time buyer will spend £567 a month on mortgage repayments and other costs, while rent for the same property would be £677...

Transaction levels stutter along the bottom

Wednesday 31st August 2011

Transaction levels took a dive this spring, the latest Land Registry data has shown. In the months February to May, volumes averaged just 45,489 a month – a decrease from the same period last year when transaction volumes averaged 49,600...

London puts gloss on UK housing market

Wednesday 31st August 2011

Weakening demand from buyers is likely to accelerate house price drops, Hometrack has reported. With a drop in applicants of 1...

Central London house prices up 36% in two years

Wednesday 31st August 2011

House prices in central London have risen 10.5% in the last year and 36.3% since their credit crunch low in March 2009...

LANCE

Tuesday 30th August 2011

Lance and Lawrence discuss lunch  

Foxtons fortunes soar two years after rescue

Tuesday 30th August 2011

Foxtons has chalked up record profits – less than two years after it had to be rescued from collapse...

Marsh & Parsons could fetch £52m in sale to LSL

Tuesday 30th August 2011

Marsh & Parsons, the estate agency spearheaded by former Foxtons managing director Peter Rollings, is reportedly about to be sold to LSL, the firm that owns estate agency chains Your Move and Reeds Rains...

Planning permissions mean less than half of necessary homes will be built

Friday 26th August 2011

Less than half of the planning permissions needed for the development of new homes required in England were granted in the second quarter of this year...

Andrews to rev up autumn market with open days

Friday 26th August 2011

Andrews, the southern-based chain, has announced three open house weekends in September, on consecutive Saturdays (September 10, 17 and 24)...

Ordinary family homes in London now cost £1.5m, says Winkworth

Friday 26th August 2011

Prices of family houses in all parts of London have shot up to average over £1m, Winkworth has reported...

Douglas & Gordon opens new branch on edge of London

Friday 26th August 2011

Douglas & Gordon has opened a new sales and lettings office in Southfields, on the edge of south-west London...

New boss for city estate agents association

Friday 26th August 2011

Steve Alford, director of Robert Williams, has been appointed chairman of Exeter Estate Agents Association...

Mobile Internet Access… Opportunity or Problem?

Thursday 25th August 2011

The growth of those accessing our property websites by mobile phones is increasing at a rate that presents us with either an opportunity or a problem...

allAgents.co.uk launches Agent Transparency Kitemark Scheme for UK Estate and Letting Agents

Thursday 25th August 2011

allAgents.co.uk, the UK No.1 directory and review portal for Estate and Letting Agents has introduced its own best practice benchmark scheme to encourage agents to become more open with their customer experiences...

New Expert Agent Marketplace makes essential products and services easier to access and better value

Wednesday 24th August 2011

Expert Agent members can now access a range of products and services that will help them win instructions, improve service and reduce costs...

Chink of light after monthly transactions fall 10,000 in a year

Wednesday 24th August 2011

The number of homes sold in July in the United Kingdom totalled just 79,000 – over 10,000 fewer completed transactions than in July last year, according to HMRC...

Academy sets out its stall for estate agency apprentices

Wednesday 24th August 2011

Although experienced negotiators are key to any agent’s success, most employers also like to bring on trainees...

Owner occupation at lowest level this century

Wednesday 24th August 2011

Owner occupation of homes is now at its lowest for 11 years, whilst one in every six homes in England is now a private rental property, new figures from Communities and Local Government have revealed...

So What's All the Fuss About?

Tuesday 23rd August 2011

LED Light Panels - More than Just a Display Choice Thinking of updating your window displays? Why not consider LED Light Panels? LED Light Panels are the latest in display technology, they have become the 'must have' display choice for Estate and Letting Agents...

Foxtons goes after former employee in High Court

Monday 22nd August 2011

Foxtons is suing a former employee for more than £300,000 after he started an upmarket property search company in the same area...

First-time buyers hope to purchase when they're 35

Monday 22nd August 2011

Prospective first-time buyers believe they will be able get on to the property ladder when they are 35 – 12 years older than first-time buyers in the 1960s...

Badger goes on pre-expansion hiring spree

Monday 22nd August 2011

Badger Holdings, parent company to Townends and Regents Estate Agents, expects to have taken on its 100th new member of staff this year by the end of this month...

Rich pickings for agent in exclusive county

Monday 22nd August 2011

Knight Frank sold an incredible £158m worth of top-end property in one tiny area - north Surrey -  in the space of four months...

Property Overseas Today

Sunday 21st August 2011

  Property Overseas Today is a website aimed at delivering daily overseas property news and information, compiled by leading international property journalists...

LANCE

Friday 19th August 2011

Lawrence and Lance discuss absent friends  

Firm sold after collapse and administrators warn of other agents in trouble

Friday 19th August 2011

Well-known London agent Friend & Falcke, which went quietly into administration last month, has been sold...

Savills profits soar on back of London boom

Friday 19th August 2011

Savills has posted increased revenue and profits for the first half of this year. Its revenue was up 10% to £335...

House sales fall back as mortgage lending slides

Friday 19th August 2011

Gross mortgage lending in July dropped to an estimated £12.6bn, and housing transactions also fell...

Suzy Lamplugh's mother dies

Friday 19th August 2011

The mother of murdered west London estate agent Suzy Lamplugh has died. Diana Lamplugh became a vocal personal safety campaigner after her daughter vanished in 1986, having left her office to meet a client known only as Mr Kipper...

More £1m-plus properties go up for sale

Friday 19th August 2011

Research commissioned by Investec Specialist Private Bank reveals that there were 21,319 residential properties on the market for £1m or more during the second quarter of 2011...

Spicerhaart buys Bristol independent

Friday 19th August 2011

Spicerhaart has completed the acquisition of Bristol-based residential sales and lettings company Barons...

TV star Jasmine to promote haart

Friday 19th August 2011

Jasmine Harman, presenter of Channel 4’s ‘Place in the Sun – Home or Away’, is to feature on a new website being launched by haart...

More sellers having to turn to price cuts

Wednesday 17th August 2011

Two in five properties on the market have had their price lowered at least once, with the average reduction being 7...

Government stays quiet on discrepancies in its house price surveys

Wednesday 17th August 2011

House prices edged up by 0.6% between May and June, official government figures claim. The CLG house price survey for June said the average selling price of a UK home was £204,981...

Investigators prepare to swoop on more agents over parking scam

Wednesday 17th August 2011

In case you are wondering what that strange noise is emanating from our capital city, then we can enlighten you...

Agent to take unpaid fee claim to High Court

Wednesday 17th August 2011

A former estate agent is taking a claim to the High Court over what he says is an unsettled introduction fee...

Sales board in conservation area costs agent £500

Wednesday 17th August 2011

An agent who was ordered to pay £500 after putting up a board outside a property in what had, without his knowledge, become a conservation area has spoken out in support of the council that prosecuted him...

Could this registration plate have your number on it?

Wednesday 17th August 2011

We think you’ll agree this is the perfect registration number for an estate agent – or at least, one with a sense of humour...

EPC firm reported to advertising watchdog

Wednesday 17th August 2011

An EPC firm has been reported to the advertising watchdog after its website showed as its headquarters the address of a bungalow in Poole, Dorset, alongside a picture of a building said to be in Reading...

Kremer Signs offer FREE design service

Tuesday 16th August 2011

Kremer Signs have been supplying agents across the UK for over 25 years with property signage including ‘for sale’ boards & ‘to let’ boards through to office fascia signs and have the expertise and experience to help you stand out from the crowd...

Brian Murphy Blog- Should world stock and debt markets impact the UK mortgage market?

Monday 15th August 2011

To date the recent turbulence engulfing the world’s stock and debt markets has not had any direct impact on the UK mortgage market...

Gap between asking and selling prices finally starts to narrow

Monday 15th August 2011

Asking prices for homes new to the market have fallen 2.1% in the last month, Rightmove reported this morning...

Bank told victim made homeless by riots to keep paying mortgage

Monday 15th August 2011

A bank has apologised after it initially refused to give a victim made homeless by last week’s riots a mortgage payment holiday...

Riots helpline set up by taxman

Monday 15th August 2011

Agents who may have been adversely affected by the riots and as a result are worrying about how to meet tax bills, can call a new helpline...

Estate agent jailed after arson attacks

Monday 15th August 2011

An estate agent has been jailed for five years after he was convicted on three counts of arson. James Starr, 32, of Reading, Berkshire, had denied starting two fires in February 2008 at an underground car park and a third fire on the same night in another car park...

UK's most expensive house sells at record £140m

Monday 15th August 2011

The price was so high and the commission so vast that Knight Frank’s accounts department queried it...

First-time buyers tumble 8% in last year

Friday 12th August 2011

First-time buyers were 8% lower by both volume and value in June this year than last, the Council of Mortgage Lenders has reported...

Police called in after EPC firm gives out address

Friday 12th August 2011

A businessman whose home address, a bungalow in Dorset, is given online as the headquarters of an EPC firm, has told of his anguish and fury as bailiffs and angry customers turn up on his doorstep...

Warnings that repossession figures mask what is really going on

Friday 12th August 2011

News that repossessions have fallen has failed to impress one mortgage finance specialist, who says latest figures do not represent what is now happening in the market...

Brandon Weston: no trial

Friday 12th August 2011

In an article on our sister site, Letting Agent Today, on July 26, we wrongly stated that Brandon Weston had been due to face a trial on fraud charges on July 18...

Worry for market as agent shuts all six offices

Friday 12th August 2011

A well-established estate agent in Scotland, Goodfellow, has shut all six of its branches. It had been established in Ayrshire for over 60 years and employed 70 staff...

Is The Apprentice coming to the Innovative Property Show 2011?

Thursday 11th August 2011

We have been inundated with questions and comments about the show so we thought we would address a few of them this week...

CFPwinMan proves to be a great support for a newly established lettings agency in Wimbledon

Thursday 11th August 2011

Winchester White, an award winning lettings agency based in Wimbledon, has found CFPwinMan  - the innovative lettings and property management software from CFP – to be a great support to its business, which was established just over a year ago...

LANCE

Thursday 11th August 2011

Lance and Lawrence consider rioting  

Business Director - Rental Management,OTE £50k Cambridgeshire

Wednesday 10th August 2011

Business Director - Rental Management,OTE £50k Cambridgeshire You will have at least five years of management experience delivering high quality rental management services to a portfolio of a minimum of 1,000 properties...

Ray Bohringer Blog

Wednesday 10th August 2011

Life is full of surprises! An excellent trip to Preston, and Arsenal fail to beat Red Bulls, wiping out my Betfair account...

Agents' offices smashed in city riots

Wednesday 10th August 2011

Estate agents in riot-hit parts of London are counting the cost as their offices came under ferocious attack at the weekend and, in particular on Monday night...

Another EPC requirement on horizon for agents

Wednesday 10th August 2011

Estate agents may be forced to display EPCs – for their own offices. The requirement could kick in as early as next year...

One in seven borrowers in negative equity

Wednesday 10th August 2011

Nearly one million households are in negative equity, the Council of Mortgage Lenders has said. It equates to one in seven mortgages, with the figure rising to one in four in the North-East and Yorkshire & Humberside...

New business development director for Venmore

Wednesday 10th August 2011

Venmore /Bradshaw Farnham and Lea, Merseyside estate agents, have appointed Maria Barrigan as business development director...

First-time buyer numbers slide 10% over last year

Monday 8th August 2011

Two reports out this morning both show that first-time buyer numbers are continuing to fall dramatically, with some unable to buy and others unwilling...

One-office estate agent is best user of Twitter

Monday 8th August 2011

A single-office agent has been named as the most influential estate agency user of Twitter. Step forward Neil Kurz, of Neil Douglas Property Management in Aylesbury, Bucks, who has been found to have the most Klout, a method of scoring users of the social media site...

Spicerhaart buys another London agency

Monday 8th August 2011

Spicerhaart has completed the acquisition of Brooks, an independent in North London.   Brooks, which is based in Church Street, Stoke Newington, has been in business for over 25 years, providing sales and lettings services...

The latest dead cert for property investors?

Monday 8th August 2011

We all heard about those land-banking plots, the get-rich schemes where you put no money down and made millions with someone else’s money, and the off-plan apartments whose value could only ever go up...

House prices in Olympics area fail to race ahead

Monday 8th August 2011

House prices in East London have not received a golden glow from the Olympics effect. They have gone up by an average of nearly £60,000 since London was awarded the Olympic Games in July 2005...

I've been made a scapegoat, says agent in Ombudsman row

Friday 5th August 2011

The agent at the centre of the row with the Ombudsman says he was kicked out of the scheme simply because he belonged to it...

Fake EPCs 'uncovered by Trading Standards' claim

Friday 5th August 2011

Agents and their customers are being strongly advised to check the validity of EPCs if they have any doubts about them...

Owners warned on 'dramatic' change in law to leaseholds

Friday 5th August 2011

A ticking time bomb change in the law could affect the values of properties let out on long leases – and effectively blight the owner’s ability to sell, a lawyer has warned...

Revenues at LSL rise despite poor market

Friday 5th August 2011

Property group LSL has posted increased revenue for the first six months of this year, but a drop in profits...

Surveyors act to stop allegations of bad valuing

Friday 5th August 2011

Following a sharp rise in legal claims against surveyors alleging properties were over-valued, the surveying industry can now utilise a new technology –  instant automatic valuation checking...

Team agents launch new prize draw for sellers

Friday 5th August 2011

Westcountry Team has launched a free prize draw for its member offices with one lucky home owner in the region set to bag up to £5,000...

Is there anything worse than agents writing verse?

Friday 5th August 2011

Oh dear, we rather wish they wouldn’t. Estate agents writing poetry, that is. Stick to the day job, is our advice...

A USP to win more Vendors= More Sales!

Thursday 4th August 2011

In a climate where so many Agents are competing for so few, the selection of properties we offer can be key in attracting those elusive buyers...

LANCE

Thursday 4th August 2011

Lance and Lawrence sell another one  

OFT under rising pressure to ban agent after 'obscenity'

Wednesday 3rd August 2011

The Ombudsman scheme has stepped up calls for the OFT to ban the West Midlands estate agent whose director Amerjit Singh Dhuga was convicted of fraud earlier this year...

Agents must change or die, warns Bending

Wednesday 3rd August 2011

Controversial Somerset estate agent Jules Bending has called for agents to change the way they operate or risk a future where everyone will be selling their own properties...

EAT goes global as overseas market receives confidence boost

Wednesday 3rd August 2011

The Association of International Property Professionals (AIPP) is launching a new range of insurance services to help restore confidence to the overseas property market, while EAT can announce a brand new international offering...

Summer standstill for much of UK housing market

Wednesday 3rd August 2011

There was further evidence of stagnation in the UK housing market, according to July data released from estate agency signs firm Agency Express...

Hamptons in flurry of new office openings

Wednesday 3rd August 2011

Hamptons International is expanding its branch network across the south of England, with new offices in Bath, Farnham, Oxford, Gerrards Cross, Marlow and Muswell Hill...

Brothers plan to build up new estate agency chain

Wednesday 3rd August 2011

A new business has entered the estate agency market, aiming to build up a network in the North-West...

New technology is key for lettings: open new doors for your business with Imfuna at the Innovative Property Show

Tuesday 2nd August 2011

Digital inventory platform, Imfuna, will be attending the Innovative Property Show on November 3rd, providing all involved in the lettings space with an insight into why adopting new technology will revolutionise the lettings industry...

Blending Great Technology and Great People

Tuesday 2nd August 2011

Blending great technology and great people in equal measure, Obligo’s goal is to establish itself as the definitive authority source for the independent mortgage sector...

Peter Bolton King blog

Monday 1st August 2011

Estate agents have always been proud of being able to move with the times and, due to the fluctuating nature of the housing market, a degree of flexibility has always been central to what we do...

Agent convicted for fraud thrown out of Ombudsman scheme

Monday 1st August 2011

An estate agent with three convictions for fraud has been expelled from voluntary membership of The Property Ombudsman scheme...

New multi-listing tool 'could be a gorilla challenge' to portals

Monday 1st August 2011

After five years of development, national group the Independent Network of Estate Agents has announced that it has 660 agent members – and a new multi-listing proposition which could challenge the supremacy of the property portals...

Prime London prices hit new records

Monday 1st August 2011

Prime London property prices are at record highs for both sales and lettings. House prices in exclusive areas such as Knightsbridge and Mayfair have risen by 9...

Government set to encourage private for sale by owner websites

Friday 29th July 2011

The Government looks set to encourage the growth of private ‘for sale by owner’ websites, in order to encourage competition in the market...

House prices edge down in year-long slide across country

Friday 29th July 2011

House prices have fallen across the whole country in the last year apart from London, latest figures from the Land Registry show...

Surveyor's fall from grace as she goes to jail for six years

Friday 29th July 2011

A senior surveyor who accepted bribes worth £1m as part of a £10m mortgage scam has been jailed for six years...

Over 200 already signed up to next year's ESTAS

Friday 29th July 2011

The Estate & Letting Agent Awards, better known as the ESTAS, will once again be recognising the efforts of individuals within agencies next year...

Buyers turned away as they swamp block viewing

Friday 29th July 2011

haart in Leicester had to turn people away when over 100 arrived for a block viewing on a property last week...

Watch out! There's a headhunter about

Friday 29th July 2011

Here’s a conundrum for estate agency owners with excellent staff – should you perhaps be encouraging them to have a few off days? Dress down, stop being so polite to customers, take their time answering the phone – that sort of thing? Or take some holiday? Word has reached EAT’s ear that recruiter Josh Rayner and his team are currently on an undercover headhunting mission in the south-east...

Ray Bohringer: Blog

Wednesday 27th July 2011

What a week! I spent two days out and about in Hertfordshire, seeing a variety of agents introducing our mortgage proposition for estate agents, followed by presentations in Bromley, Brixton, Ilford and North London, and finishing up with a pro-am golf tournament to finish the week at a fantastic course...

New EPC changes would mean one page more on particulars

Wednesday 27th July 2011

Proposed changes to EPCs have been watered down – but will not save agents on extra paper...

Lending down say bankers, but NAEA says house sales are up

Wednesday 27th July 2011

Mortgage lending by the major banks dropped 6% year on year last month, the British Bankers Association has reported...

Profits at Connells tumble by nearly £13m

Wednesday 27th July 2011

Skipton Building Society advanced £717m in new mortgages in the first six months of this year, a dramatic 409% increase on the £141m lent during the same period last year...

Family law firms continue to be culled by lenders

Wednesday 27th July 2011

The cull by lenders of their conveyancing panels is set to continue. Conveyancing Alliance, an online conveyancing distributor, said that many local and family solicitors have lost their places on the panels, allowing only specialist conveyancing firms to remain if they can continue to meet standards and deal with significant volume...

LANCE

Tuesday 26th July 2011

Lance and Lawrence discuss phone hacking

Estate Agents Shape the Future of Cloud Computing

Monday 25th July 2011

London Estate Agents are being given a unique opportunity to shape the landscape of their industry’s future technology...

Anarchists smash windows in rage against all estate agents

Monday 25th July 2011

A Bristol agency has had its windows smashed in by a group of anarchists. In a post by Act for Freedom, the demonstrators said their vandalism was an expression of rage against all estate agents...

Low transactions have become the new reality, says Hometrack

Monday 25th July 2011

The housing market as a whole looks to be going nowhere, according to this morning’s Hometrack report...

Banks under fire over FirstBuy mortgage rates

Monday 25th July 2011

Banks have come under fire for charging FirstBuy applicants hefty premiums. The scheme, launched at the beginning of the month, aims to provide 10,000 loans to first-time buyers helped by equity being pumped in by developers and the Government...

Nearly half of consumers say houses are over-priced

Monday 25th July 2011

Nearly half of consumers believe that properties for sale in their local areas are over-priced, but only a quarter expect prices to drop in the next 12 months...

Independents warned as corporates look to ramp up market share

Monday 25th July 2011

Estate agency and financial services guru Frank Lowe has warned that independent estate agents should draw up strategies for survival, with corporates on the prowl to extend their distribution networks...

Auction scores success in shifting 'difficult' properties

Monday 25th July 2011

Homes put into auction sales because they haven’t sold through an agent don’t always end up at rock bottom prices...