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Tory-led body says second home owners should be penalised more

A think tank says the penalties now levied against second home owners – such as the stamp duty surcharge and phasing out of buy to let mortgage interest tax relief – are not enough to address what it calls “the preserve of the wealthy.”   The Resolution Foundation – which has prominent… Source: Estate Agent […]

New tool allows portal searches by lifestyle needs, not by property

OneDome has launched a new online tool that allows users to scour Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket by setting up lifestyle criteria, instead of finding a property and then researching whether its location has the facilities the prospective buyer wants.   Users of the tool, called Discovery, firstly nominate a county to live… Source: Estate Agent […]

Agency with online option amongst new members of regional group

Experts in Property – the network of independent estate agencies across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Bristol – has revealed two new members.   One is Harding & Wakefield, a Falmouth agency owned and run by directors Samuel Harding and Ben Wakefield. It has a traditional full service option for customers and… Source: Estate Agent […]

Asking prices fall – but that's in line with the seasonal norm

The typical asking price of a home coming on sale has fallen by 0.9 per cent, equivalent to £2,758 – precisely in line with the summer seasonal norm according to Rightmove.   This drop is very much in line with the average for this time of year, which has been a dip… Source: Estate Agent […]

Latest Countrywide restructure gives more work to chief executive

Countrywide has announced another management restructure, this time with chief executive Alison Platt appearing to take on additional responsibilities. The announcement makes no reference to the departure of retail managing director Sam Tyrer, revealed on Estate Agent Today yesterday and announced to staff yesterday morning. However, some of Tyrer’s responsibilities now appear… Source: Estate Agent […]

Status, shares and subscriptions dominate Agents' Mutual roadshow

The roadshow of presentations of Agents’ Mutual’s plans to float on the stock market have just passed the half-way mark. Remaining sessions are scheduled today at Swansea and Exeter, and then next week in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Norwich, Brighton and Bournemouth. Reports from agents attending the sessions in the first half of… Source: Estate Agent […]

Purplebricks: interview gives insight into LPE recruitment structure

An interview in an online magazine aimed at the small business sector lifts the lid on some of the structure surrounding Purplebricks’ Local Property Experts. The SMEWeb interview is with Paul Brown, a former Countrywide agent who joined Purplebricks two years ago; he is the LPE for Sheffield, Doncaster and South Yorkshire. One… Source: Estate Agent […]

Cyber attack – small agencies accused of being unprepared

An insurance provider says small estate agencies are peculiarly vulnerable to cyber attack yet are amongst the least prepared amongst their business peers. PolicyBee asked 500 small and medium sized enterprises in the UK about their preparedness, with a third believing a cyber attack was inevitable at some point.  The firm claims… Source: Estate Agent […]

100th agency branch partner named by Network Auctions

Network Auctions has revealed its 100th partner estate agency office ahead of its next auction in three weeks’ time. Rolfe East in Sherborne makes it 100 not out for the auction company, which has added over 20 branches so far this year alone; some Rolfe East branches in London are alreadyy… Source: Estate Agent News

Agents Do Charity – the 'so much for a quiet August' edition…

Remember when August used to be quiet with not much news? This year, whether it’s industry upheavals at Countrywide, Purplebricks and Agents’ Mutual, or global news from the US and Brexit talks, it’s been non-stop. But as ever this is an opportunity to reflect on the stories of good work done by… Source: Estate Agent […]