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'Local Property Agents' wanted as onliner launches recruitment drive

eMoov, the online agency which last month secured an additional £9m funding from investors, has launched a recruitment drive for what it’s calling Local Property Agents.  LPAs will be self-employed with on-target earnings of £50,000 according to eMoov’s website, which is also advertising a one-off post listed as Head of Local… Source: Estate Agent News

It's now 'Jackson-Stops' as veteran firm undergoes subtle rebrand

Jackson-Stops & Staff is undergoing a rebrand including the creation of a snappier title – it’s just Jackson-Stops now – as well as a revamped website and new logos and boards. The decision comes after what the firm, one of the oldest in British estate agency, calls “a detailed consultation period… Source: Estate Agent News

Countrywide's surveying division in link-up with Virgin Money

Countrywide Surveying Services has been appointed by Virgin Money as its partner to support borrowers for new build, custom build and shared ownership properties. The company employs over 400 chartered surveyors and will provide what it describes as “a specialist and operational team” as part of the link.  In addition, Virgin Money… Source: Estate Agent […]

Prime London market 'possibly showing first signs of recovery'

Two years of stagnation fuelled by Brexit uncertainty and stamp duty increases may be coming to an end in prime central London according to an analysis by an investment firm.  London Central Portfolio says an increase in average prices paid in the second quarter of the year – the latest data… Source: Estate Agent News

Agents Do Charity – on the official first day of autumn…

Really? The first day of autumn? Well yes, according to weather professionals who say September 1 is the start of meteorological autumn. But whether you’re anticipating an Indian summer for the next few weeks or looking forward to cooler weather, there is no stopping the charitable work of our industry. We look… Source: Estate Agent […]

Savills stays silent on valuation allegation and High Court order

Savills is remaining silent on the issues surrounding the apparent filing of a High Court order that may oblige the agency to hand over emails, texts and other documents relating to a legal battle involving the Candy developers. According to The Guardian, the High Court order from businessman Mark Holyoake follows… Source: Estate Agent News

Summer stock levels were lowest for at least 15 years – NAEA

Stock levels for estate agents at the height of summer were their lowest for at least 15 years according to the National Association of Estate Agents.  The number of properties available to buy on member agents’ books dropped from 37 in June to 35 in July according to figures just released… Source: Estate Agent News

Slash stamp duty by a third, estate agency tells government

Jackson-Stops & Staff, a critic of the stamp duty system since its reform in 2014, now says the government should slash it by a third across the UK. A statement from the agency says that the duty has had such a negative impact on home sales in prime central London that… Source: Estate Agent News

Agents cautious on improved mortgage approval figures

There’s good news for the housing market from new mortgage and remortgage approval figures showing growth in July after three flat months. The data, from the Bank of England, reveals that there were 68,689 house purchase approvals in July, up from 65,318 in June. The figure for May was 65,574 and… Source: Estate Agent News

First time buyers should ponder more options, urges mortgage analyst

Independent financial service Moneyfacts says first time buyers who opt for a fixed rate deal might be better off if they chose a discounted variable rate deal. Moneyfacts says the current average fixed rate at 95 per cent loan-to-value is 0.82 per cent more expensive than the current average discounted variable rate. Spokeswoman… Source: Estate Agent […]