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Tory ex-housing minister says White Paper isn't bold enough

Grant Shapps, housing minister between 2010 and 2012, has said the measures in the current government’s White Paper are not bold enough to solve the UK housing shortage. Speaking on the BBC’s Daily Politics programme Shapps – MP for Welwyn Garden City and now a back-bencher having not been given a… Source: Estate Agent News

New Leaders sales chief as merged firm seeks to expand

Prominent south east property figure Adam Howell has joined Leaders to oversee its sales operations in Surrey and Kent.  Howell, who has 14 years experience in the industry, is charged with growing the company’s sales services across the region.  “After working for several well established estate agents, I was attracted to Leaders… Source: Estate Agent […]

What's in a name? Well, if you're Mrs Fenn and Mrs Wright…

It’s a public relations dream come true. The new Sudbury branch of the East Coast independent agency Fenn Wright has secured a memorable first sale with a deal between – you guessed it – a Mrs Fenn and Mrs Wright. The sale of the period detached cottage in Sudbury is described as… Source: Estate Agent […]

PropTech: conveyancing firms talk up technological advantages

Two conveyancing sector companies are claiming major advances for their products. Free2Convey, which claims to be the first conveyancing portal offering free real time access to chain status information, says it’s seen a 55 per cent rise in live users over recent months, doubling its number of users since inception last… Source: Estate Agent News

Agents critical of White Paper "squandered opportunity"

The government’s attitude of “Nanny knows best” has “squandered another opportunity” to make a real difference to the housing crisis, according to one estate agent whose views on the Housing White Paper have been echoed by others in the industry. Jeff Doble, chief executive of London agency chain Dexters, says many… Source: Estate Agent News

James Dearsley: One week, two major PropTech developments

The first week of February has seen some extraordinary goings on in the property sector, from which two stories particularly stand out and both support PropTech growth:  Zoopla has announced it will be buying Hometrack for £120m, and Trussle has received a further £4.5m in investment from some of Europe’s top FinTech… Source: Estate Agent News

Foxtons network is now 67 despite London slowdown

Foxtons says its branch network is about to hit a record high of 67 despite the downturn in central parts of the capital. New branches in Wembley and Wood Green, being opened on February 11 and 25 respectively, is in line with what the firm calls its “organic growth strategy that… Source: Estate Agent News

Quick Sale company in hot water over website 'offer'

The Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in following a complaint about a TV ad for a Quick Sale company, National Homebuyers.  The ASA says the advertisement showed a cartoon man in a superhero outfit outside a house saying: "Are you trying to sell your property? At National Homebuyers we guarantee to… Source: Estate Agent News

House prices cool as Halifax warns 2017 will see a slowdown

Annual growth in house prices slowed in January – a taste of things to come in 2017 according to the house price index produced by Britain’s biggest lender, the Halifax House prices rose 5.7 per cent in the year to the end of January – effectively this meant a drop of… Source: Estate Agent News

Here are all 29 key points in the Housing White Paper

The government has set out 29 key points in its Housing White Paper.   Introducing it in the Commons this afternoon, Communities Secretery Sajid Javid confirmed many of the policies already announced or leaked in recent days and weeks.   He said that in addition to the ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants… Source: […]