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“Rip off” portal accused of charging for branch that has closed

An agent is defying attempts by a property portal to get him to pay subscriptions for two branches – because he says he has only one. Ian King of Humberstones Homes in the West Midlands has contacted Estate Agent Today on several occasions in recent months, including details of invoices from… Source: Estate Agent News

Purplebricks goes for Gold with massive marketing campaign

Purplebricks today launches its media campaign as ‘The Official Estate Agent of Team GB’ for this summer’s Olympic Games. Today’s PR onslaught is believed to feature four-time cycling Olympic gold medallist Laura Kenny and Olympic bronze medallist and triple World Taekwondo champion Bianca Walkden. Reports in the marketing trade press say the… Source: Estate Agent […]

Off-market and hush-hush – so let’s put up a For Sale board

When is a property really off-market? There may be many answers to that question but it’s likely that few would consider a property off-market if it has a For Sale board erected. However, that’s the unusual policy of a London agency – Invisible Homes. The issue came to a head when one… Source: Estate Agent […]

PropTech Today: Mortgage brokers vs robo advisers – who will win?

“Give me 100 leads and I will make five-times more good appointments than any AI you put me up against,” stated the comment left beneath last week’s rather contentious column about the future of the negotiator. The commentator may have been correct that he would personally excel in that particular scenario…. Source: Estate Agent News

easyProperty franchise gets over the line with rugby star buyer

A rugby star has signed a deal to operate the easyProperty franchise in his home town area. Castleford Tigers prop forward Liam Watts, 29, says the plan is to prepare for life after he retires, which will follow the completion of his current extended contract at the end of the 2023… Source: Estate Agent News

More market optimism as transactions enjoy end-of-year boost

The number of residential transactions rose by 6.2 per cent in December – an unseasonal increase – according to data from HM Revenue & Customs. There were 104,670 residential property transactions last month, when traditionally deals drop because of Christmas. The industry is happy with the unexpected boom. “These figures are encouraging because… Source: Estate […]

Agents warned they will be accused of mis-selling

A leasehold reform campaigner claims estate agents face “growing calls to be held accountable for mis-selling leasehold properties.” Louie Burns, managing director of the Leasehold Solutions Group, says: “Estate agents are facing mounting pressure to ensure they are listing leasehold properties correctly by providing prospective buyers with the information they need to make… Source: Estate Agent News

Agents tell government: Business Rates are driving us out of business!

The NAEA and ARLA have written a joint letter to government on the impact of business rates on High Street agency branches. In unusually forthright terms, the two industry bodies tell Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom that lettings and estate agents fall under the category of ‘offices’ for business rates, despite being… Source: Estate Agent News

Future of referral fees may be revealed at upcoming conference

The annual conference of the National Association of Estate Agents takes place on February 27 – the date when the future of referral fees may well be decided. On February 28 2019 – so almost exactly a year earlier than the conference date – the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting… Source: Estate Agent News

Agents can capture automated valuation leads even if they quit process

The ValPal Network claims its new product allows agents to gather the maximum amount of information from customers using its automated valuation tool – even if they fail to complete the valuation exercise. ‘Before You Go’ sliders are triggered if a user of the valuation process close a valuation page before… Source: Estate Agent News