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Shock as Ombudsman stops handling agency complaints – for now

One of the three government-approved redress schemes for estate and letting agents says it’s quitting the sector this year – but wants to propose an alternative system with just one Ombudsman for all of housing. Ombudsman Services says it is to begin “a managed withdrawal” from the current schemes it operates… Source: Estate Agent News

Purplebricks row should trigger call for regulations of agents, says expert

Leading independent property expert Kate Faulkner says the current row regarding the accuracy of Purplebricks’ sales figures should be the trigger for government regulation of the industry. Faulkner – who works with consumer group Which? and who was a key contributor to last Sunday’s BBC Radio 5 Live programme investigating online… Source: Estate Agent News

For Sale By Owner site breaks cover in wake of Purplebricks rumpus

Former estate agent Nick Ferrand has gone public with a new website which says home owners decide when and to whom they sell their property without the involvement of estate agencies.  Ferrand contacted journalists yesterday saying that “with everything that happened over the weekend” they may be interested in his new site. Yannups,… Source: Estate Agent […]

allAgents and agency group CIELA reignite disputes with Purplebricks

The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents says Purplebricks is still not complying with a ruling made by the Advertising Standards Authority last October about one of its internet advertisements. Some five months ago the ASA upheld CIELA's complaint against Purplebricks, finding that its "commisery" advertisement breached the UK Code… Source: Estate Agent News

2018 to be "challenging" for housing market says forecasting group

This year is going to be “challenging” for the housing market according to the influential Ernst & Young ITEM Club, a forecasting group. It says that what seems like good news early in the year – Nationwide’s surprisingly buoyant housing market report for January, for example – has to be set… Source: Estate Agent News

Right To Buy is unsustainable without new homes, say councils

Right To Buy is unsustainable without local councils being given the right to set discounts for their areas and replacing every home sold with a new one. The warning has come from the Local Government Association, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales.  It says that since the government increased the… Source: Estate Agent […]