Cedar House, Caen St, Braunton EX33 1AH

November 2020

Stamp duty clampdown revealed by HMRC and advertising watchdog

HM Revenue and Customs and the Advertising Standards Authority are working together to cut out misleading marketing by promoters of stamp duty and other tax avoidance schemes. A statement from the Treasury says: “The joint enforcement notice aims to disrupt the activity of promoters and protect people from being presented with... Source: Estate Agent...

Referral Fees – agents should disclose them up-front insists Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has joined calls for greater disclosure of referral fees by agents.  The issue has become a hot topic in recent months after the submission of a report to government by the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agent Team. NTSELAT’s report recommends mandatory disclosure to improve transparency and ensure... Source: Estate Agent...

Tragedy as young branch manager dies from Coronavirus

A young Kent estate agent has died after contracting Covid 19 at the age of 28.  Chris Cane was branch manager of Wards estate agents in Birchington and local media reports suggest that he leaves behind his partner Shanice, and daughters Ava and Daisy. Shanice is expecting their third child, due in... Source: Estate Agent...

Property Jobs Today – the latest movers and shakers

We are on the threshold in December with the pandemic still dominating but we’re delighted there is still positive jobs news to share with the industry. If you have information to pass on, please email press@estateagenttoday.co.uk and you could feature in one of our Monday jobs updates. Thank you. Now let’s begin... Source: Estate Agent...

Hundreds of agents sign up to free-to-list portal group

Free-to-list portal group OneDome claims 425 estate agency branches joined its listing services last month,  OneDome Group operates two portals, OneDome and Nethouseprices, which it says generate up to 1.7m unique monthly visitors and over 170,000 buyer and tenant leads for agents monthly. The group says it’s now focusing on growing the... Source: Estate Agent...

Agents still worried about cliff-edge threat to stamp duty holiday

NAEA Propertymark has renewed its warning that a cliff-edge threatens housing market stability as the stamp duty holiday ends. The organisation’s outgoing chief executive Mark Hayward says: “The pressure of completing sales ahead of the Stamp Duty holiday ending means that we have seen the number of potential buyers and the number... Source: Estate Agent...

Boomin wins backing of ‘anti-Purplebricks’ industry guru

One of the highest profile figures in the agency industry - and a past critic of Purplebricks - has come out as a vociferous supporter of the new portal Boomin. Iain White - who has 30 years experience in the industry, running his own independent agency and working for corporates including Countrywide and Romans... Source: Estate Agent...

“Knackered” Countrywide suffers media onslaught

Criticism of the management of Countrywide has reached new levels of derision as the mainstream media have attacked the chaos surrounding the agency group.  The Times’ business commentator Alistair Osborne referred to the company as a “knackered estate agency group” which was being fought over by “two former bookies.” Those are...

Valuations and transactions cooling as tougher Tiers arrive

The housing market in England and Wales is stabilising, according to analysis of web traffic from a property advice site.  Valuation requests on Property Price Advice are now roughly in line with the four-year average, having fallen back from their early summer level of almost 70 per cent above the four... Source: Estate Agent...

Agency wins key role in growing retirement community sector

The high profile Yorkshire agency chain Dacre, Son & Hartley has been appointed by the largest charity care provider for older people in England, Scotland and Wales to market homes within its retirement communities. The 70 communities owned and operated by Methodist Homes - known as MHA - stretch across a... Source: Estate Agent...

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