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New industry Trading Standards team has just 14 to cover sales and lettings

Estate Agent Today has been given details of the new National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents Team – the body that will enforce all legislation applying to agents. A spokesperson told EAT: “Trading Standards has built a team based on resources made available by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local… Source: Estate Agent News

Purplebricks is hugely successful despite tumbling share price says analyst

A PropTech analyst insists that the tumbling share price of Purplebricks on the London Stock Exchange does not indicate that the agency is anything other than a success. Purplebricks’ share price at the start of the Easter long weekend was 125.6p – up from its 100.0p launch in December 2015 but… Source: Estate Agent News

Firm switching agents on behalf of sellers wins £500k cash injection

A PropTech firm that lists a customer’s home with successive estate agents until it is sold has raised £500,000 of startup funding. BestBid’s website it claims that an average estate agency sells only 57 per cent of its listings and 38 per cent of its listings never even get one offer.  “Call… Source: Estate Agent […]

Agents On The Run: are you running the London Marathon?

It’s London Marathon week, always a great event in the calendar and – we’re sure – an event that attracts a lot of agents and suppliers. As part of this Friday’s Agents Do Charity feature, we would love to run details of agents and other industry players who are taking part, including… Source: Estate Agent News

Homes could lose 10% of value because of Japanese Knotweed – claim

A solicitor handling cases involving Japanese Knotweed say the problem could devalue the prices of affected houses by as much as 10 per cent. Liverpool-based Cobleys Solicitors says the hot weather of the past Easter weekend risks accelerating the spread of the invasive plant species.  Spokesman Mark Montaldo says: “Usually, we’d only… Source: Estate Agent […]

Expert view on the leasehold scandal – is Commonhold the answer?

The leasehold scandal continues to generate plenty of column inches, with fresh stories emerging almost daily of people living in unsellable homes or facing sky-high ground rents. While the government recently announced a new industry pledge to tackle toxic leasehold deals – signed by leading freeholders and developers, to commit them… Source: Estate Agent News

New regulatory body for agents: will it have resources to do the job?

The jury appears to be out on whether the new enforcement body for estate and lettings agents will be resourced sufficiently to do the job. Officially the new National Trading Standards Estate & Letting Agency Team – NTSELAT – will act as the lead enforcement authority for the purposes of the… Source: Estate Agent News

Lead Generation: Peak hours and days revealed in latest Zoopla data-drop

Zoopla has been spelling out more details of prospective buyers’ and renters’ patterns of portal-watching and how they relate to leads to agents. Using seven months of data from the Zoopla portal ending in late March, and based on users who clicked ‘email agent’ on a listing’s details page, it says… Source: Estate Agent News

Independent agents' FIA trade body reveals major data partner

The fledgling trade body the Federation of Independent Agents has revealed another new partner – this one dealing with housing and market intelligence data. The new supplier, Homesearch, joins over 30 others hand-picked by the FIA’s founder, Graham Lock. The FIA is a member only organisation with the objectives of giving independents… Source: Estate Agent […]

Sex Strictly Sells: open plan and marble worktops never looked so good

You know the problem with new builds – they’re a bit Marmite aren’t they? Contemporary design is all well and good but…how do you make it look a little more appealing? Australian estate agency LJ Hooker seems to have found a way if the count on its YouTube video for a house… Source: Estate Agent News