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Estate agency industry faces "worst staffing crisis for a generation"

The estate agency sector “is experiencing the worst staff shortages in a generation at a point when the property market is going through a very challenging time” according to the industry’s longest-standing recruitment supremo.   Property Personnel managing director Anthony Hesse says the need to attract the right recruits to estate agency… Source: Estate Agent News

The Property Ombudsman waives joining fee for redress rival’s agents

The battle to become the single ombudsman service after the government rationalises the redress system across housing has taken an unexpected turn. Now The Property Ombudsman, the largest of the three existing redress systems for agents, says it is to allow members of another redress scheme – Ombudsman Services: Property -… Source: Estate Agent News

GDPR Weekly: Unsolicited emails and letters – what do you need to know?

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 – is something which all businesses are expected to comply with. For a while, many estate and letting agents will have been working hard to prepare for the new rules.  To help… Source: Estate Agent […]

Agency hit by penalties because it didn't produce waste disposal paperwork

An estate agency has been ordered to pay £841 to a council – because it failed to provide paperwork about its waste. Anglowide Estates in Dagenham failed to produce the relevant documents that show waste is being disposed of correctly when council officers visited as part of a routine inspection in September 2017. The… Source: Estate Agent […]

Study exposes how little first time buyers actually know about buying

A new study reveals precisely how little first time buyers apparently understand about the buying process.  In a survey of 500 people planning to buy their first home in the next three years, undertaken in February, some 67 per cent claimed it was the responsibility of the surveyor or the estate… Source: Estate Agent News

Warning issued about "many years" before leasehold reform becomes law

A leasehold reform campaigning group is warning that “it is likely to be many years” before promised leasehold reform becomes law. Leasehold Solutions says it welcomes the publication of the Law Commission's terms of reference for its Residential Leasehold Law Reform project, which scopes out the wide-ranging review it is considering. The Law Commission document says it… Source: Estate Agent […]

War of words goes on between Purplebricks and allAgents

The long running spat between review website allAgents and hybrid agency Purplebricks reignited over the weekend following a Facebook post. A Purplebricks area manager posted on Facebook: “Over 40,000 positive reviews on Trustpilot, verified users of Purplebricks. allAgents is an unregulated site where anyone and everyone (including the competition) can post… Source: Estate Agent News

Emoov woos developers with online package to sell new homes

Hybrid agency Emoov is now offering a tailored sales package aimed at attracting developers listing and selling new homes. Rather than paying a commissioned-based fee for each property sold, as has traditionally happened with house builders and High Street agents, developers will now have the option to sell each unit for… Source: Estate Agent News

Property Jobs Today – who’s on the move in our industry?

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, the regular Monday update on who’s moving where within our industry. Let us know what’s happening with your colleagues and companies by emailing us at press@estateagenttoday.co.uk. – Let’s start this week with Johnny Morris, who’s left his position as head of research at Countrywide; he joined… Source: Estate […]

London homes to be raffled by start-up entrepreneur for £5 a ticket

A flat in Brixton is being raffled for £5 a ticket by a start-up entrepreneur who claims this is just the first of a series of London homes in the capital to be ‘sold’ this way. Benno Spencer, who has created a dating app called ‘type’, claims the property – a… Source: Estate Agent News