Cedar House, Caen St, Braunton EX33 1AH

May 2021

Housing market needs more help as Covid support measures end – call

Banks and building societies want the government to offer more help to the housing market through additional assistance to home owners struggling as a result of Covid.  Specifically, the lenders’ trade body - UK Finance - wants changes to the way the Support for Mortgage Interest scheme is administered to some... Source: Estate Agent...

Two thirds of sales valuations conducted virtually, says agency

An agency says two thirds of its sales valuations in London in the first quarter of the year have been conducted virtually.  The precise figure - 64 per cent of all valuations - shows how the industry adapted to function so well during the pandemic, says the two-office Orlando Reid company. Co-directors... Source: Estate Agent...

Digital onboarding service launches with 900 agency branches

Movebutler, the digital onboarding platform from online auction specialist iamproperty, says it has some 900 agency branches signed up. These include Martin & Co (Derby), Robert Watts, DDM Residential, and Linley & Simpson. The platform is designed to simplify the house moving process and give agents more opportunity increase revenue, while improving... Source: Estate Agent...

New build prices set to rise thanks to severe material shortages

Shock price rises in materials are set to make new build homes more expensive if a warning from leading industry figures is to be believed. The chief executives of the Builders Merchants Federation and the Construction Products Association, John Newcomb and Peter Caplehorn, say the availability of materials has sharply worsened... Source: Estate Agent...

Buying agents level playing field with estate agents, says Phil Spencer

Buying agents level the playing field with estate agents according to Phil Spencer - the TV property expert who started his career in the industry setting up his own buying agency. Spencer, in a video interview for his Move iQ service, says he loved his time as a buying agent, and... Source: Estate Agent...

Agents Do Charity – Inclusion, fund-raising and giving…

Hello, and we’re at the start of a long weekend - and as the weather (finally) improves, perhaps that’s the opportunity for even more people from our industry to do great work for good causes.  Please let us know what you’re doing - just email press@estateagenttoday.co.uk and you could be here... Source: Estate Agent...

Stamp Duty Rip-Off? Conveyancer admits hiking fees to deter clients

An anonymous conveyancer has admitted increasing fees to deter buyers and sellers in the frenzied housing market during the stamp duty holiday. The admission is reported in the Law Gazette, which runs a feature prompted by an Estate Agent Today story earlier this week. The solicitor told the Law Gazette that: “Some... Source: Estate Agent...

Sellers want traditional agency services more than WhatsApp – survey

A new survey of some 700 estate agency customers show that they want to get traditional services like High Street branches, email communications and strong word of mouth recommendations - and they don’t particularly like WhatsApp. The analysis comes from Alto, a software brand operated by Zoopla, which found that amongst... Source: Estate Agent...

Crystal Balls? House price movements can be forecast – claim

A global financial software and analytics firm says it’s launching a new PropTech tool which promises in the near future to be able to forecast house prices and rental yields. A pre-launch statement from about the Property Analytics platform from MIAC claims it will “add further value to the services already... Source: Estate Agent...

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