Cedar House, Caen St, Braunton EX33 1AH

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Quids in! Agency listing mistakenly goes live with £1 asking price

Every agent likes to have their phones ringing off the hook. So London agent Robert Irving Burns must have been excited when it was getting lots of enquiries about a new office listing in Euston. It was listed on Rightmove as a “well-located mid-terrace building” close to Regents Park and University College... Source: Estate Agent...

Tips from The Guild as agents face Covid safety inspections 

Agents are being contacted by local council officers to check how Covid-safe their operations are.  Paul Offley, compliance officer for The Guild, said that in a number of local authorities, agents are being contacted by an external source acting on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to undertake a... Source: Estate Agent...

Homesearch and KWUK agree multi-million pound long-term agreement

In a 'coup' for property data firm Homesearch, Keller Williams UK, which has some 400 agents under its banner across the UK, has signed up to provide their agents with the firm's paid data and prospecting services in a multi-million pound, long-term agreement. “We had 30% of our agents paying for Homesearch themselves,... Source: Estate Agent...

Could you market a property based on its quirky postcode?

Forget en-suites and garden rooms, could you boost viewings with the postcode of a property? Research by comparison website Money.co.uk has identified where house prices have grown the fastest over the past twelve months as well as the most unusual and rudest postcodes in the UK and their effect on property values. The Cornish market... Source: Estate Agent...

First-time buyers securing mortgages online as bank branches close

First-time buyers are shifting to online-only banks to help get a mortgage. A survey by personal finance website NerdWallet found that with Britain’s biggest banks closing more than 300 branches this year, 63 per cent of 25 to 44-year-olds are now comfortable getting a mortgage online or via an app, without any human... Source: Estate Agent...

Ministry of Housing rebrands but it’s still a bit of a mouthful

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has changed its name to reflect the government’s levelling up agenda. The department’s name is still a mouthful and a nightmare for journalists trying to keep to tight word counts, though. It will now be called the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and... Source: Estate Agent...

Think tank rehashes ‘mansion tax’ to replace council tax and stamp duty

A think tank has proposed scrapping Council Tax and stamp duty in favour of an annual property levy.  The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) claims the council tax system favours wealthy homeowners as valuations were set 30 years ago and the charge hasn’t kept up with the rise in property... Source: Estate Agent...

Housing Secretary ‘reviewing planning reforms’ amid donations scandal

New Housing Secretary Michael Gove is reported to be set to press ahead with plans to pause controversial planning reforms.  It came as Gove was caught up in a donations scandal just days into the role.  Critics have called for him to return £100,000 in donations from property developer Zachariasz Gertler in August... Source: Estate Agent...

Asking prices hit record high as buyer demand heats up – Rightmove

Buyer demand per property for sale is more than double that of pre-pandemic levels, Rightmove claims. The property portal’s latest House Price Index for September suggests competition for properties is “hotter than ever.” Average time to secure a buyer was 37 days in August, down from 53 in the same month of... Source: Estate Agent...

No-fee agent strikes £5 billion sales landmark

Strike chief executive Sam Mitchell has hailed the online agent’s no-fee model after reaching £5 billion worth of sales. The agency, previously known as HouseSimple, raised eyebrows among the property industry in 2018 when it shifted to a no-fee model. Its main form of revenue is by selling extras such as marketing... Source: Estate Agent...

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