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Owners’ Logbooks essential for easier house-buying, say conveyancers

Logbooks about properties must be made available up-front at the point of marketing and not later in the buying process if conveyancing and house purchase are to become more efficient and effective.  That’s the view of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers, meeting today in London; the organisation has issued a White… Source: Estate Agent News

More agents and property firms show “significant financial distress”

Insolvency firm Begbies Traynor says the estate agency and property industry sector of the UK economy has seen a big rise in the number of firms showing what it calls “significant financial distress.” In its latest Red Flag warning report, highlighting companies with apparent difficulties, it says the property sector -… Source: Estate Agent News

More positive market news as agents report annual rise in sales

The housing market appears to have ended 2019 on a positive note according to the National Association for Estate Agents. Its latest market snapshot shows that in December the number of sales agreed per member branch fell, as is usually the case at Christmas, from seven in November to six. But year-on-year… Source: Estate Agent […]

Purplebricks is controversial winner of ‘trusted service’ award

Purplebricks has won a ‘trusted service’ award – described as “an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers.” Given controversies around the validity of some customer reviews, and recent allegations of Purplebricks’ encouraging reviews from staff members and their families in Canada, the… Source: Estate Agent News

Quick-sale agents’ tactics exposed by BBC and Trading Standards

A BBC Radio probe into quick-sale firms claims some of them can lose sellers many thousands of pounds. It says Trading Standards officers across the country have seen dozens of cases of people losing tens of thousands of pounds off the market value of their homes. The Radio 4 Money Box programme… Source: Estate Agent […]

See you in court! Agent sued over alleged mis-measurement

A buyer is apparently suing a London estate agent over a discrepancy in a property description. The Mirror newspaper reports that the buyer – named only as Kevin – bought a one-bedroom flat in central London for £695,000 in June 2017. He was given property details and the agent took him on… Source: Estate Agent […]

Independent agents offered ground-breaking new homes opportunities

Independent agents in a fast-growing trade body are to be given the opportunity to secure exclusivity on land deals and new development resales in their areas. Estate Agent Today has been told that the opportunity is being offered by the Federation of Independent Agents, set up by Graham Lock with the aim… Source: Estate Agent News

Property Jobs Today – who’s in? who’s out? who’s moving?

Hello – if it’s Monday it’s PJT day, so welcome to the latest update on key moves within our industry. Let us know if there are new appointments in your firm: just email press@estateagenttoday.co.uk and we’ll share the news with the industry. Let’s start this week with Leaders Romans Group, which has… Source: Estate Agent […]

Reservation Agreements: industry and public split on whether they work

The group charged with pioneering Reservation Agreements in the house buying process admits both the industry and the public are split on whether the initiative will be a success. The admission comes in an update report from the group, seen by Estate Agent Today. The Home Buying and Selling Group – set… Source: Estate Agent […]

Humberts bought by consortium of franchise owners

It's been confirmed that Humberts has been sold for an undisclosed amount to a consortium of franchisees – and that the new ownership will see the continuation of the Humberts name.  A statement released by the company on Friday evening says: "Humberts, a firm of national residential and commercial property agents that… Source: Estate Agent […]