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Rightmove on the ropes? 2,500 branches interested in new portal

Some 2,500 estate agency branches have expressed an interest in a new portal, Homesearch, launching next month.  Although the Homesearch website lists the branches as having “joined” the new portal, a statement from the two founders refers to the branches as having “signed up to register their interest and follow the… Source: Estate Agent News

Phil Spencer: How to stay in touch with consumers during the market hiatus

I won't be the first or last person to say that society and the property industry in which we operate is facing unprecedented and uncertain times. At the time of writing this column, the latest government advice is that agents are not essential businesses and therefore that offices must be closed…. Source: Estate Agent News

Agency targeted by scammers leaving fake negative reviews

An estate agency has been targeted by scammers who leave fake reviews if they haven’t been given a pay-off. Minors & Brady in Norfolk received a Facebook message saying it would be the victim of a “reputation attack” unless a payment of £199 was made via the Bitcoin cryptocurrency system. The agency… Source: Estate Agent […]

Agency Training at home, new PropTech tools – we’re Conquering Corona

Week three of the lockdown begins – we hope you’re faring well with these temporary restrictions. We’re here to help where we can. If you have any appropriate advice or guidance to offer to the industry please let us know on press@estateagenttoday.co.uk and we’ll share it. Today we start with a pair… Source: Estate Agent […]

Working from home? Please send us your pictures and videos…

Almost every part of the agency industry is operating remotely these days – and we would love to know how you’re getting on. We’re interested in what your home office looks like and we’d like to know a ‘top tip’ on home working that you’d like to pass on to the… Source: Estate Agent News

Market Forecast: 38% collapse in transactions plus modest price fall

The latest market forecast comes from Knight Frank which says that by the end of the year there will have been a 38 per cent collapse in transactions. This is based on the assumption that the current lockdown will remain in place through April and May, with a gradual lifting through… Source: Estate Agent News

Agents and suppliers paid via dividends demand government help

Industry operators who receive dividends as part of their monthly income are pressing the government to include this in its financial help during the Coronavirus crisis. Currently many self-employed agents, consultants and small-scale suppliers operate through small companies, often consisting of just themselves and a business or personal partner serving as… Source: Estate Agent News

NAEA/ARLA ask government to include commission in pay rescue deal

The NAEA and ARLA have this afternoon jointly written to the government asking it to include agents’ commission in its plans to help those financially disadvantaged at the moment. The move follows talks with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy about the plight of agents whose income is heavily dependent… Source: Estate Agent News

Purplebricks asking sellers to draw their own floorplans

Purplebricks Local Property Experts are asking sellers who are not allowing agents into their homes during the virus crisis to draw their own floorplans. Or, as an alternative, old floorplans from historic sales details will be used. The suggestions were made on a leaflet circulated last month, and which you can see… Source: Estate Agent […]

Good News: Housing market damage may be ‘much less’ than expected

The Nationwide says government measures mean the impact of Coronavirus on the housing market may be “much less” damaging than many may expect. However, the building society is warning that house price movements may be difficult to calculate in the next months because of the temporary near-halt to transactions. The statements come… Source: Estate Agent […]