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Interview: Fixflo’s Rajeev Nayyar – the tech guru fixing things up for landlords

Fixflo is the software company behind a quiet revolution in the way landords and tenants arrange and manage property repairs. If you are a private landlord or property managing agent in the UK you may already be using Fixflo, but if not, there’s a fair chance you will be very soon if their exceptional growth rate is anything to go by. Read more »

Who is the best online estate agent?

Every year there are a series of industry prizes for the best estate agents in the UK. Entries cover a wide range of different areas and almost every aspect of the sector. Of course, what makes an agent ‘the best’ is not only somewhat subjective but depends on the criteria set – but here’s what the judges say about the online agencies… Read more »

Purplebricks easily most recognisable online estate agent – YouGov/SellingUp

In the month of its stock market launch, Purplebricks has been shown to be easily the most recognisable online estate agency. A poll of 1300 homeowners by YouGov for SellingUp.com found that 39% knew the Purplebricks name, even though it only launched in April 2014. Read more »

How Purplebricks brothers built £70million fortune from failure in under four years

Purplebricks online estate agent launched on the London Stock Exchange today with a valuation of £240 million. Incredibly, the company was only formed in April 2012 and in the aftermath of a disastrous business venture that had left the founders, brothers Michael and Kenny Bruce, down but definitely not out. Read more »

SellingUp/Populus survey: the property dealbreakers that could ruin your sale

Any estate agent will tell you about typical property buyers’ most obvious dealbreakers: think location, space, condition, transport links, crime, local schools and so on. But what about the many hidden factors that could make an otherwise keen property buyer reduce their offer – or worse, lose interest in the purchase entirely? Read more »

The famous names and business brains speaking for online estate agents

Celebrities and high profile business people are increasingly putting their names (and their money) behind online estate agents. But just what is the appeal of the online version of what is, after all, a notoriously unpopular profession? Read more »

Houses.co.uk NOT for sale at £3,000 – try £50,000 says domain name owner

The owner of the now defunct online estate agent Houses.co.uk has told SellingUp that his catchy domain name is for sale but for more than ten times the asking price that it was listed for last month.  Read more »

15 practical ways to make moving less stressful when selling your home

Moving house is one of the most stressful life events. The actual move itself usually comes immediately after weeks or months of tension caused by dealing with buyers, estate agents, solicitors and so on. Read more »

Cheapest online estate agents to get you on Rightmove and Zoopla

In the very first days of online estate agency, around a decade ago, the marketing message to home sellers was no frills service and substantial cost savings. Services like hosted viewings and local expertise were often downplayed while their ability to reach millions of property hunters on Rightmove and Zoopla for a bargain fixed price was the focus. Read more »

Online estate agent confusion alert: eMoov versus eMove

Have you ever heard of eMove, the online estate agent that offers to sell your property for a low fixed fee, and that claims to be “the UK’s leading online estate agent”? You may think you have, but it’s more likely you’re thinking of eMoov – which actually is one of the biggest online estate agents in the UK, with millions of pounds of backing from ex-Dragon’s Den investor James Caan among others. Read more »

Houses.co.uk puts its domain name on the market with a major price reduction

The internet domain name of start-up online estate agent Houses.co.uk is for sale for a knock down price less than two years after the site launched. Houses.co.uk was a joint-venture between high street agent Russell Bennett of Quirk Deakin in Grays, Essex and his friend, dot com car rental entrepreneur, Peter Thornton. Read more »

Online estate agent eMoov nets millions in crowdfunding campaign

Whenever the topic of online estate agents comes up in the media, traditional agents write comments saying that the concept will never work – but it’s clear that some big money investors think different. Online estate agent eMoov has just raised an incredible £2.6million through its crowdfunding campaign – almost twice as much as rival easyProperty raised last year in its own crowdfunding effort. Read more »

Proptech entrepreneurs meet to design blueprint for new UK property industry

Technology and property industry experts will meet in London on October 14 to discuss plans to revolutionise the notoriously traditional bricks and mortar industry.

Future: Property Tech Conference, which takes place at Westminster’s Millbank Tower, will bring together investors, tech developers, estate agents and other innovators from the property industry. Read more »

High end London agent leaves Zoopla as sellers demand return to Rightmove

Pressure from sellers who demanded to see their property listed on Rightmove has forced a leading estate agent to drop Zoopla and rejoin the UK’s biggest portal. Predominantly London-based residential estate agents Chestertons had stopped using Rightmove a few months earlier, preferring instead to list with number two site Zoopla plus newcomer OntheMarket.com (OTM). Read more »

easyProperty holds funeral march for high street agents – bad taste or brilliant?

EasyProperty.com, the newest online estate agent to make an impact in the market, has held a fake funeral procession through central London to mark the end of “fat fee” high street estate agents. Symbolically the starting point of the route was a branch of Foxtons in the West End – perhaps the archetypal high fee agent. Read more »

Record shortage of properties for sale set to drive prices higher

Here’s some good news for property sellers (provided they are not also buying): the number of homes up for sale is at an all-time low, starving the market and inevitably pushing prices higher. Recent figures show that the average UK estate agency has just 47 properties for sale on its books, the lowest since records began over 35 years ago. Read more »

easyProperty applies no frills approach to home sales

Perhaps you’ve flown easyJet and appreciated the low-cost, efficient service compared to traditional airlines. Now you can now apply the same approach to selling your home. Rob Ellice, a property market veteran has taken out a licence from easyJet boss Stelios Haji-Iannou to use his ‘easy’ brand for a new online estate agency: easyProperty.com. Read more »

Win a home visit from celebrity property guru Sarah Beeny

If you’ve ever watched Sarah Beeny work her magic on a property on TV and wished you could benefit from the same treatment, now’s your chance. Tepilo, the online estate agents Sarah heads up, is running a competition with a home visit from Sarah herself as the prize. Read more »

Revealed: the risk for properties not listed for sale on Rightmove and Zoopla

Leading portal Rightmove would be used by 65% of buyers starting their property search today, ahead of Zoopla on 50%, a SellingUp.com survey has found. The poll asked 1000 potential property hunters about their portal preferences to help sellers decide which sites to get listed on. Read more »

The crowdfunded site planning to ‘do an Airbnb’ to the property market

The iProperty Company is on a mission to revolutionise the way homes are bought and sold in the UK – and its plans don’t include estate agents. The SellingUp.com blog interviewed CEO John Candia about the ‘£2.5 million campaign’ to make his private property listings website the next Airbnb. Read more »

How to get your conveyancing solicitor to work harder on your sale

Hiring a solicitor is one of the first things you will do when selling your property. They provide a vital service and like estate agents are an integral cog in the property selling machine. The truth is though that you don’t actually have to use a traditional high street estate agent. Read more »

Map of the 4700+ estate agents using new property portal OntheMarket.com

The launch of new property portal OntheMarket.com means that when sellers hire an estate agent, they can no longer assume that their home will be listed on all of the major portals. Agents using OntheMarket.com are not allowed to also list properties on both Rightmove and Zoopla. Read more »

Online estate agents league table: size, growth and sales data on Zoopla

Online estate agency is a fast evolving sector with a handful of big competitors dominating and a large number of small entrants. With more than one claiming to be ‘the biggest in the UK’, SellingUp.com decided to look at who is leading in terms of number of properties listed on Zoopla. Read more »

How to negotiate the best deals with estate agents and buyers

Negotiating effectively over your sale price is a vital first step, but what would you do if your buyer cuts the offer later? This guide prepares you for re-negotiating to the finish, plus getting the best estate agent deal. Read more »

Joining OntheMarket.com could cost estate agents 15% of their customers

Estate agents that sign up to the new property portal OntheMarket.com risk losing around 15% of potential vendors according to an exclusive survey by SellingUp.com. Read more »

Closing the deal: how to get your property sale to exchange of contracts

When you’re selling a property, the deal isn’t done until you have exchanged contracts. Many obstacles can derail your sale at any point. This guide has strategies for helping you to sign off your sale. Read more »

What are online estate agents? A beginner’s guide to the new way to sell

Over the past few years a new type of property service has emerged – the ‘online estate agent’ – offering to sell your property for a low fixed fee. This guide covers who is behind them, how much they charge and what services they offer. Read more »

What services property owners want from an online estate agent

When you hire a traditional estate agent you make a lot of assumptions. It’s not that you are being lazy, it’s just that it’s generally understood what you can expect them to do. In summary you would probably imagine that they would: Read more »