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New tool verifies leads by checking on buyers via social media

A new software tool claims to be able to verify leads by checking on buyers via social media.  Using Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, the tool from OneDome generates a file of publicly available information on the customer. OneDome claims it takes around 15 viewings to sell a property; 30 per cent may be… Source: Estate Agent […]

Agency claims strong boost in brand awareness amongst target group

Fine & Country claims it has increased its brand awareness amongst its target audience – homeowners aged over 35 and earning over £50,000. It says the audience brand awareness amongst this group is now 47.79 per cent, an increase of around eight per cent since April 2016. Customer satisfaction was 98.96 per… Source: Estate Agent […]

Brexit is damaging London agents and market, warns global giant

Coldwell Banker, the huge US-based international estate agency business, is warning that Brexit is beginning to damage the market and the agency industry in London. Writing on the US realtor industry website Inman, Laurent Demeure – the founder and chief executive of Coldwell Banker in France and Monaco – says other… Source: Estate Agent News

PropTech experts to debate how moving and buying could be improved

A round table will take place tomorrow between some of the country’s leading PropTech experts and the British Property Foundation to explain how technology could be used to improve the much-criticised house buying and selling process. The UK PropTech Association and the BPF are jointly holding the event to address issues… Source: Estate Agent News

Online agency ‘has approached Facebook to list properties’

Estate Agent Today understands that a high-profile online estate agency in the UK has approached Facebook with a view to operating a joint listings service. No other details are available and the agency wishes to remain anonymous at this stage: Estate Agent Today has asked Facebook for its comments. However, the development… Source: Estate Agent […]

Agents should ‘counter media idea that it's an unaffordable market’

A housing market expert says agents should be more pro-active and explain to the public that contrary to popular belief, some homes really are affordable and it is possible for first time buyers to get on the ladder. Kate Faulkner – who advises agencies, is a housing commentator for Which? and… Source: Estate Agent News

Budget to reveal massive housebuilding programme … again

Another Budget, another pledge of new house building: it appears from statements made over the weekend by Chancellor Phillip Hammond that Wednesday’s Budget will promise 300,000 new homes a year will be constructed.  Hammond told The Sunday Times that the government would be staging “an intervention” because the new-build housing market… Source: Estate Agent News

Free offer to agents to use platform giving them online presence

A firm which offers a white-labelled online estate agency platform which can be used by otherwise-traditional agencies to provide a Purplebricks-style hybrid service is offering its product to new users – for free. The Hystreet platform has the functionality of online agencies and customers can request valuations, book viewings, make offers,… Source: Estate Agent News

Major GoCompare investor reported to be seeking higher ZPG offer

News agency Reuters says a top five shareholder in price comparison service GoCompare says the firm should respond “positively” if ZPG makes a larger offer for the firm.  Last week it was revealed that ZPG – owner of the Zoopla and PrimeLocation portals and agency support services such as the Property… Source: Estate Agent News

Purplebricks chief executive now involved in AllAgents peace talks

Estate Agent Today can reveal that the ‘peace talks’ between the AllAgents review website and Purplebricks now involve the agency’s chief executive, Michael Bruce. Back in September AllAgents, for the first time ever, suspended an account – that of Purplebricks – because of what it described as "repeated threats of legal action… Source: Estate Agent News