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Online estate agency ceases trading and customers refunded

The online estate agency Settled appears to have ceased trading with its customers refunded. It was launched in 2014 by former Google executive Gemma Young and her brother Richard.  In 2017 it secured £1.2m in funding in a new investment fund-raise. But a statement on the website today says: “In light of… Source: Estate Agent […]

Agency in lockdown row reopens with staff temperature checks

The agency at the heart of a fierce row over staff safety in the lockdown says it's now insisting local managers take staff temperatures. London chain Dexters says it’s re-opening its network of 70 offices and re-starting physical viewings with a string of anti-Coronavirus safeguarding and social distancing procedures.  Seven weeks ago… Source: Estate Agent […]

Stamp Duty tax break MUST happen, surveyors tell government

A large majority of property professionals polled by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors say a stamp duty holiday would be an effective way of kick-starting the housing market. RICS has welcomed the re-opening of agents’, conveyancers, surveyors and removal company offices but it warning that the government must do more… Source: Estate Agent News

Foxtons says latest shareholder rebellion over bonuses is “satisfactory”

Foxtons – which has recently closed branches and furloughed staff - has described a shareholder rebellion over senior management bonuses and pay as “satisfactory”. For the second year running the agency’s AGM has produced a situation where almost all of the resolutions won a majority vote of approaching 99 per cent -… Source: Estate Agent News

Virtual viewings here to stay, government urges in new guidance

Guidance issued by the government explicitly advises agents, buyers and sellers that more activity should be done online if possible. “The process of finding and moving into a new home will need to be different given those involved in the process will have to adapt practices and procedures to ensure that… Source: Estate Agent News

Company gurus to advise agents on new strategies post-Covid

An estate agency is running a series of five webinars aimed at helping agent discover new business strategies for the post-Covid era. The series – called Re-imagining Your Business and run by Fine & Country’s Nicky Stevenson – is open to all agents. In the first session today business guru Pete Wilkinson will… Source: Estate Agent […]

Apartment sold for £2.5m solely through virtual viewing

Although few expect virtual viewings to continue their popularity now that lockdown restrictions have been eased, there’s news this morning that one agency has sold a London apartment for £2.5m solely through an online viewing. Knight Frank’s new homes team sold the one-bedroom penthouse in Old Queen Street, St James’ Park,… Source: Estate Agent News

Sales centres reopen next week with deals already beating 2019

House builder Taylor Wimpey says its reopening show homes and sales centres next week, but for pre-booked appointments only. In a message to shareholders the firm says that during lockdown it sold 48 homes and averaged a private sales rate of 0.3 homes per outlet per week, despite restrictions.  Cancellation rates have… Source: Estate Agent […]