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Rightmove charges blamed for helping some agents go bust

A free-to-list portal says the costs of listing on the established sites - especially Rightmove - are contributing to estate agencies going bust. “Property portals make money by charging to list on their site, regardless of a sale or let being made. Depending on the quality of listings, brand notoriety, area of... read more

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 12:00:10 GMT

Conveyancer claims pioneering app will speed up transactions

A conveyancing firm has launched what it claims to be one of the first ever apps for vendors and buyers in England and Wales. The app - specially designed for clients of the firm Rowlinsons - allows users to access key documents and information on their transaction and check on progress 24/7... read more

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 12:00:08 GMT

Flooded houses could suffer 30% hit on asking prices, says agent

Buying agents are making waves about the hit on asking prices suffered by properties that have been flooded or are at risk of future floods. In a Daily Telegraph article the buying agent Jess Simpson - a former Savills director who has also worked for Strutt & Parker - admits there is... read more

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 12:00:06 GMT

“Fat cat freeholders” would be stopped by Commonhold - claim

The government is being urged to make commonhold ownership compulsory on all new apartments - and the move could even begin a long-term phasing out of the increasingly controversial leasehold tenure. The call comes from the Leasehold Solutions Group, ahead of the upcoming publication of the Law Commission’s report looking at alternatives to... read more

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 12:00:02 GMT

Agents Do Charity - from Down Under to the London Marathon…

Hello and welcome to the end of the week…which must mean Agents Do Charity. There’s plenty to admire in this week’s entries; if you want support and publicity across the industry for your upcoming fund-raising, please email us at and of course we’d be delighted to help. Here we go with this... read more

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 12:00:00 GMT
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