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Countrywide reveals progress on Back To Basics turnaround

Countrywide has given Estate Agent Today exclusive details of progress on its Back To Basics programme as it seeks to recover market share and industry status. Back To Basics was the name of Countrywide’s Strategy and Turnaround plan announced in March ahead of a round of fundraising. The strategy was based… Source: Estate Agent News

Online property auction firm hits back against “murky” accusation

A firm which links with agents to operate online auctions has hit back at a consumer group's allegations that this growing sector is “murky” and “milking buyers for profits.” IAM Sold, which works with 1,900 estate agency branches, says the report from the HomeOwners’ Alliance – which we carried yesterday here, and… Source: Estate Agent News

Is London's market recovery underway? Hometrack says yes – in parts

An early sign of a possible recovery in the London housing market may be appearing, according to data consultancy Hometrack.  It’s just a glimmer at the moment but Hometrack’s monthly city index reports that while house prices in nearly two-thirds of London local authorities have fallen year-on-year, the proportion showing a… Source: Estate Agent News

For today only – Rightmove ruined and it’s a nightmare selling Elm Street

You know the shiver you get when the portal reps call you out of the blue? That cold sweat in the night when you think of your office’s monthly outgoings? Well, one estate agency in London has got its own back this Halloween by ruining Rightmove…or, more precisely, by putting a ruin on Rightmove. JOHNS&CO, which… Source: Estate Agent […]

PropTech Today: Transparency and control – two conflicting tech challenges

I am currently in the back of a taxi. The deadline for this piece is looming and I am desperate to get my thoughts down on ‘paper’.  Don’t believe me? Check out my instagram post as proof of this rather strange place of work! I’m struggling to figure out how to write… Source: Estate Agent […]

Agents slammed for "milking buyers for profits" via online auctions

A consumer group says agents are securing increasing income from online auctions, but it warns that for buyers there are pitfalls – and the group says the growing sector is “murky”. The HomeOwners’ Alliance says the new online auctions – frequently called the Modern Method of Auction by online operators keen… Source: Estate Agent News

Two hybrid agencies pledge to roll-out nationwide in next two years

A hybrid estate agency with ambitions to rival Purplebricks has revealed that it has significantly expanded its current footprint, with ambitions to extend nationwide. In September last year we reported that Horton Estate Agents – a hybrid which operates a hub-style service around Leicestershire - had plans to expand in 2018.  Now the… Source: Estate Agent […]

32 years on, search underway for body of Suzy Lamplugh

Police have confirmed that a search is taking place at a property in the Midlands, in the hunt for the body of Suzy Lamplugh. Estate agent Suzy was 25 when she disappeared in July 1986 after going to meet a client in Fulham in London. She worked at Sturgis and Sons agency and… Source: Estate Agent […]

Is that it? Industry downbeat after lacklustre Budget for housing

The agency industry has reacted in a broadly downbeat way at the relatively few housing-related proposals that were announced in yesterday’s Budget. Jeremy Leaf, north London estate agent and a former RICS residential chairman, sees it this way: “Nothing has been done to improve low transaction levels, which is not just… Source: Estate Agent News