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Regional agency snaps up another independent business

Regional agency Manning Stainton has completed its second acquisition in the last four months with the purchase of independent agency Clear Properties. Clear Properties, established in 2004, handles sales and lettings in the Leeds suburb of Adel and the surrounding areas. Manning Stainton currently has 19 sales and lettings branches across… Source: Estate Agent News

Quiet at the back – agency reveals noise issues which deter buyers

Jackson-Stops & Staff has revealed what it believes to be the main noise problems that deter buyers and distress existing owners. A survey of 1,000 people reveals that 69 per cent would be unwilling to buy if they believed loud music was common next door, while 63 per cent would be… Source: Estate Agent News

Banned! Online firm claimed High Street agents "charge 1.5% to 4%"

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned online agency HouseSimple from claiming that High Street agents charge “1.5% to 4% (plus 20% VAT)” after upholding two complaints about a TV advertisement and website content. In February this year the HouseSimple website stated on its ‘Estate Agent Fees explained’ section that “High street… Source: Estate Agent News

PropTech Today: Two new solutions prove property is ready to go mobile

I’m excited to write this piece. I love it when something comes along and delivers that genuine thrill; the thrill of experiencing a game changer.   Last week, I had one of those experiences and, above everything else, it’s confirmed my belief that the sooner property goes mobile, the better.  Our entire… Source: Estate Agent […]

Not just stamp duty: Treasury gets record Inheritance Tax income

An analysis of data from HM Revenue and Customs reveals that inheritance tax paid by UK families has topped £5 billion a year for the first time in history. The reason, says legal firm Miller Hendry, is that IHT – once considered a burden only for the very wealthy – is… Source: Estate Agent News

Housing market stable across UK although London still lags

UK house prices grew by 4.9 per cent in the year to the end of June according to the government’s official index.  This is a tiny 0.1 per cent lower than in the year to the end of May; although the annual growth rate has slowed since mid-2016 it has remained… Source: Estate Agent News

UK home ownership "is in structural decline" warns Barclays bank

The price of houses in the UK will remain high because a “structural decline” means fewer homes are being sold and let, thus fuelling an excess of demand over supply.  That is the view of Barclays analyst Jon Bell, whose note to investors claims that UK home sales reached a high… Source: Estate Agent News

EweMove boss named as part of Property Franchise Group new blood

A new managing director has been named for EweMove – with the promise of more high-level appointments to come for the Property Franchise Group which owns the hybrid agency. The new EweMove boss is Nick Neill, who launched the York franchise of the agency only three years ago.  His background includes pioneering… Source: Estate Agent […]

Agency sorry after email about home that "didn't look like much"

Savills has apologised to a potential client who accidentally received emails between agents saying one was “lumbered” with an enquiry about a home coming to the market which “didn’t look like much.” The Shropshire Star reports that vendor Alan Williams, from Wellington, was accidentally copied into an email discussion between two… Source: Estate Agent News

Humberts could extend online option to sales, after evaluation

Humberts, which yesterday launched an online-only option for landlord clients, says it is “not closing the door” on expanding the idea to sales, too. Yesterday Humberts revealed a fixed fee online-only option for landlords, called Humberts Lettings Direct. Landlords pay £199 plus VAT for marketing of their property on Rightmove,  on… Source: Estate Agent News