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House price growth back on track in April, official figures show

National average house price growth bounced back in April after a slow March, according to official figures. The latest UK House Price Index – compiled by the Land Registry and the Office for National Statistics – shows that average prices increased by 1.6% between March and April. This comes after a fall… Source: Estate Agent […]

Conveyancing: ASA investigates complaint against Law Society

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has published the details of its investigation into a complaint made against the Law Society. The complaint was made against a web page on the Law Society website which carried details of the organisation's Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditation. Seen last November, text on the web page… Source: Estate Agent […]

Video interview: new easyProperty boss explains GPEA merger

The chief executive of eProp Services Ltd – the company formed by a merger between easyProperty and GPEA Ltd (the parent company of The Guild and Fine & Country) – says the deal is a response to changing consumer behaviour. In a video interview with Estate Agent Today, Jon Cooke suggests… Source: Estate Agent News

Sealed bids: buying agent says process should be more transparent

The sealed bids process – where purchasers submit their final offer by a specific time and date – should be more transparent, according to a buying agent. George Barkes, who represents Stacks Property Search & Acquisition's Cotswolds office, describes the sealed bids process as 'badly outdated'. "They should be restructured, formalised and made… Source: Estate Agent […]

Agents' property descriptions are improving, says SEO expert

Estate and letting agents' property descriptions are becoming increasingly likely to appear in keyword searches, according to a web marketing expert. Director of web consultancy Sub@moic, Steve Whiting, says we have reached a tipping point for the presence of 'good descriptive copy' in property listings. After seeing a TV advert promoting PrimeLocation's… Source: Estate Agent […]

Baby boomers bemoan lack of suitable downsizing properties

A research report compiled by Strutt & Parker in partnership with Octopus Healthcare has revealed what the baby boomer generation expects from retirement housing. A survey of 2,200 adults aged 65 or over found that 42% believe there is currently a lack of suitable properties to downsize into. Some 73% indicated they… Source: Estate Agent […]

Ex-housing minister appointed chief of staff as industry awaits replacement

Former housing minister Gavin Barwell has been appointed as Theresa May's chief of staff. Barwell lost his South Croydon seat – and role as housing minister – at last Thursday's General Election. There has yet to be an announcement on a new housing minister, who will be the sixth politician to take… Source: Estate Agent […]

Guild training programme approved by Trading Standards

Independent estate agency network The Guild of Property Professionals has announced that its training scheme has been given formal approval. The Associate Scheme – which covers sales and lettings – has been approved by Cambridgeshire Trading Standards. The in-house training is available to all staff working for one of The Guild's 800… Source: Estate Agent […]

Valuations analysis reveals cheapest and most expensive regions

Analysis of over 120,000 sales valuations has revealed some of the UK's most expensive and cheapest property regions. Central London's 'W' postcode is the UK's most expensive with an average valuation price of £1,155,015, followed by Kingston's 'KT' postcode with an average of over £550,000. The analysis was carried out by instant… Source: Estate Agent […]

Four branch agency and auctions firm announces board restructure

Midlands estate agency and property auctions firm Loveitts has announced a series of internal promotions to bolster its board. Former associate directors Sally Smith, Paul Barnes and Chris Edsall have all been given full board responsibility. They will work alongside company directors Peter Rosier, Kendall Head and John Pugh to steer the… Source: Estate Agent […]