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Estate agent carpeted over 'StudentVille' signs

An estate agent has taken down advertising signs and a Facebook page after offending local residents in a part of Chester.

09 Feb 2015
Estate agent carpeted over 'StudentVille' signs
First-time house buyers 'have shaky understanding of purchasing process'

A Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors survey has revealed that many first-time buyers are not receiving the information they need from their estate agents to understand the purchasing process.

03 May 2013
First-time house buyers 'have shaky understanding of purchasing process'
Estate agents 'will find it tough in 2012'

Non-luxury moves are the only relocations taking place at present.

28 Dec 2011
Estate agents 'will find it tough in 2012'
New lettings code may be approved by OFT

Landlords may have to adhere to new regulations under the code.

02 Aug 2011
New lettings code may be approved by OFT
Estate agents 'are operating without commitment to standards'

The property ombudsman has criticised the standards of many estate agents.

17 Mar 2011
Estate agents 'are operating without commitment to standards'
Housing market 'hit hard' by winter weather

December sales figures in the housing market were the lowest since January 2003.

17 Jan 2011
Housing market 'hit hard' by winter weather
Tidy your property 'to increase its selling probability'

A clean house may be easier to sell, it has been suggested.

07 Jan 2011
Tidy your property 'to increase its selling probability'
Estate agents 'will be penalised' for AML non-compliance

Raising awareness of the benefits of sustainable homes will persuade house builders to construct more environmentally-friendly properties.

20 Sep 2010
Estate agents 'will be penalised' for AML non-compliance
Demand for UK property rising, figures show

More people appear to be interested in buying a home in the UK, as the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has observed an increase in demand.

16 Jul 2010
Demand for UK property rising, figures show
Some 40% of estate agents have lost their job

Estate agents across the UK have "slashed and burned" their staff, which has resulted in 40 per cent of the industry losing their job, according to one expert.

15 Dec 2009
Some 40% of estate agents have lost their job
Estate agents use 'unfair practices'

Many UK estate agents are boosting profits by pressuring buyers into using additional services that will earn agency staff greater commission.

30 Nov 2009
Estate agents use 'unfair practices'
One-third of home buyers considering online estate agents

More than a third of buyers and sellers are considering using an online estate agent, putting their property on sale at an auction or privately vending, according to new research.

23 Nov 2009
One-third of home buyers considering online estate agents
'Demand for property exceeds supply'

Demand for property in the UK is exceeding supply, according to the latest National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) monthly survey of the housing market.

06 Nov 2009
'Demand for property exceeds supply'
NAEA: Mortgage proposals must find right balance

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) must find the right balance with its mortgage proposals, according to the professional body for estate agents in the UK.

20 Oct 2009
NAEA: Mortgage proposals must find right balance
First-time buyer market share 'down 10%'

The percentage of property buyers who were purchasing their first home in September dropped from 36 to 26 per cent in September, compared to August.

08 Oct 2009
First-time buyer market share 'down 10%'
Rics aims to improve property industry standards

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has teamed up with the Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents have created the Property Standards Board.

18 Sep 2009
Rics aims to improve property industry standards
Summer property market dip assessed

The expected summer property market dip was not as bad as had been feared, according to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).

03 Sep 2009
Summer property market dip assessed
Some estate agents 'charge 50% more for Hips'

Those looking to sell their house should shop around when it comes to purchasing a Home Information Pack (Hip), one industry spokesperson explained.

24 Aug 2009
Some estate agents 'charge 50% more for Hips'
'More confidence in property market'

The latest property figures from April show that confidence is returning to the home-buying market, according to National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) chief executive Peter Bolton King.

19 May 2009
'More confidence in property market'
Complaints against estate agents still high, despite fall in market activity

Even though the number of properties being bought and sold has fallen over recent months, complaints made against estate agents has remained 'surprisingly high', it has been revealed.

18 Mar 2009
Complaints against estate agents still high, despite fall in market activity
Rightmove property feed now accepted at Houseladder

After many requests, Houseladder has updated their website to be able to accept Rightmove version 3 and 3a bulk property data feeds for FREE.

16 Dec 2008
Rightmove property feed now accepted at Houseladder
Houseladder release Estate and Letting Agents property feed

Houseladder have just released a new part to their website to allow estate and letting agents to upload their properties to Houseladder. This will allow an agent to include their property listings absolutely free.

13 Nov 2008
Houseladder release Estate and Letting Agents property feed
Estate agents 'ignorant on green issues'

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) has criticised estate agents for their alleged lack of knowledge over the green issues affecting the housing market.

27 Aug 2008
Estate agents 'ignorant on green issues'
New redress scheme 'to keep estate agents in line'

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has given approval to a new redress scheme because of the growing number of complaints being lodged by buyers and sellers against estate agents.

22 Aug 2008
New redress scheme 'to keep estate agents in line'
Estate agents accused of not providing buyers with Hips

A number of estate agents have been accused of breaking the law by not providing prospective buyers with Home Information Packs (Hips).

04 Aug 2008
Estate agents accused of not providing buyers with Hips
Estate agents warned about commission

Cash-strapped sellers who want to avoid paying large sums to third parties may want to consult the Ombudsman for Estate Agents, a body which settles disputes between estate agents and consumers.

21 Jul 2008
Estate agents warned about commission
New measures to protect public from 'shoddy estate agents'

A government minister has ordered that all residential estate agents belong to a redress scheme to provide additional protection for those buying and selling homes.

02 Jul 2008
New measures to protect public from 'shoddy estate agents'
Optimistic outlook for the housing market

There is a new sense of optimism in the UK housing market, according to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).

22 Feb 2008
Optimistic outlook for the housing market
More Brits turning away from estate agents

A new survey has revealed that 92 per cent of Brits do not believe that estate agents are worth the cost of the fees they charge and many are selling their homes privately.

24 Oct 2007
More Brits turning away from estate agents
Estate agents are not trusted

Many homeowners in Britain believe that they did not get everything they wanted once they purchased their property.

20 Sep 2007
Estate agents are not trusted
Out-of-date homes on agents' websites

Estate agents are being attacked for leaving properties on their websites months after they have been sold.

13 Jul 2007
Out-of-date homes on agents' websites
'Unpopularity' of estate agents grows

Estate agents have never been as unpopular as they are today, according to a new survey from The Ombudsman for Estate Agents, reports the Press Association.

14 May 2007
'Unpopularity' of estate agents grows
"Greedy" estate agents criticised in survey

A new survey has concluded that resentment of estate agents is at an all time high, as consumers become increasingly unhappy with the amount of their assets they have to hand over in commission to them.

05 Apr 2007
"Greedy" estate agents criticised in survey
Survey shows estate agents not ready for HIPs

A new survey has indicated that more than two-thirds of estate agents are not ready for the introduction of the government's new Home Information Packs (Hips).

04 Apr 2007
Survey shows estate agents not ready for HIPs
Dodgy estate-agent regulation plans launched

Plans to make dodgy estate agents sign up to compensation schemes have been launched in Parliament

20 Mar 2007
Dodgy estate-agent regulation plans launched
Estate agents experience 'biggest supply shortages for seven years'

Potential buyers on the housing market are in stiff competition for properties as a new survey reports a shortage in housing supply

13 Mar 2007
Estate agents experience 'biggest supply shortages for seven years'
Agents reveal top tips for finding growth potential

Seeing plenty of skips and scaffolding on the streets is a sure sign that an area is on the up, estate agents have said

23 Feb 2007
Agents reveal top tips for finding growth potential
Estate agents back tougher regulation to root out cowboys

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has said that it is backing a call for mandatory licensing for agents to weed out cowboys hurting the industry's reputation

31 Jan 2007
Estate agents back tougher regulation to root out cowboys
Estate agents need licensing says Halifax

All estate agents should be subject to licensing and regulatory oversight Halifax has said, claiming that a new government bill does not go far enough to reign in the sector

30 Jan 2007
Estate agents need licensing says Halifax
Agents may be forced to push energy efficiency

Estate agents could be required to supply energy efficiency ratings to potential buyers when they view a property, new government guidelines have proposed

26 Jan 2007
Agents may be forced to push energy efficiency
Agent offers sales tips

Despite a 30 per cent increase in the number of buyers registering interest at the end of 2006, estate agent haart has warned that buyers cannot afford to be complacent

10 Jan 2007
Agent offers sales tips
Agent warns of market jitters

The founder of one of the UK's biggest property websites has warned that he has detected what could be the first signs of market jitters about the direction of prices

05 Jan 2007
Agent warns of market jitters
Hips influence underestimated claims agent

Home information packs (Hips) will have a bigger than expected influence on the way that the property market works when the are launched next year, estate agents have said

06 Dec 2006
Hips influence underestimated claims agent
Most people who deal with estate agents regret it says survey

Most people who have dealt with estate agents are left with a lasting sense of distrust, a damning report from consumer rights group Which? has found

05 Dec 2006
Most people who deal with estate agents regret it says survey
Estate agents supplying tax authorities with home info

Estate agents have been secretly supplying council tax authorities with detailed information on properties they have sold, including pricing and floorplans

04 Dec 2006
Estate agents supplying tax authorities with home info
Agent recommends relocating for growth

Estate agent haart has advised first-time buyers to consider uprooting and settling down in areas of high-growth potential in order to claim their slice of property wealth

27 Nov 2006
Agent recommends relocating for growth
Estate agents could face prosecution over sharp practices

Estate agents could face prosecution if they knowingly inflate the value of a property under new legislation that will be announced in the forthcoming Queen's speech

14 Nov 2006
Estate agents could face prosecution over sharp practices
Agents reveal how to add value

Adding a downstairs extension is the most sure-fire method to add value to your property through home improvement, estate agents have reported

07 Nov 2006
Agents reveal how to add value
New code of practice for UK estate agents

A new code of practice for estate agents has been launched in the UK.

29 Sep 2006
New code of practice for UK estate agents
Landlords at risk from unprofessional letting agents

Letting agents who take on a massive amount of houses to let and then provide a low standard of service are putting landlords at risk.

31 Jul 2006
Landlords at risk from unprofessional letting agents
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