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CIELA “Birth” unlikely with current support levels, unless more agents join now

CIELA, the Charter for Independent Estate and Lettings Agents which aims to represent the collective interests of independent agents, said today that it was not currently receiving enough support to have a realistic chance of launching on 1st October. Presently it is in its pre-launch “incubation” period until 30 September - it is inviting owners [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

June 21st Decision-Makers’ Debate Manchester details CONFIRMED

CIELA Decision-Makers! We have confirmed the following details for our event this Wednesday in Manchester: Location - Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel. Hale Barns, Hale Road, Altrincham, WA15 8XW. Time - 9:30AM - 11:30AM. *open to all independent agency owners including non member agents* If you have not registered for your free ticket, do so here. [...]

By | June 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why “focusing on being better” is killing the independent industry’s reputation

Opinion piece by Charles Wright, Founder of CIELA. [A comment on my LinkedIn article about forcing PurpleBricks to publish their actual completion rates has prodded me into writing this article.] Ladies and gentlemen. In the name of the livelihoods of the more than 100,000 employees of independent agents, please, please stop saying “let’s just prove [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why “focusing on being better” is killing the independent industry’s reputation

CIELA ignores threats from PurpleBricks lawyers and reiterates request for proof of completed sale rate.

In response to this Telegraph article, PurpleBricks's lawyers have written to CIELA for a second time claiming that the statement by CIELA Founder Charlie Wright is defamatory. On Wednesday CIELA responded (attached) to Norton Fulbright's letter dismissing their letter as classic corporate bullying tactics with no substance and requesting clarification of the facts.     Charlie Wright [...]

By | May 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on CIELA ignores threats from PurpleBricks lawyers and reiterates request for proof of completed sale rate.

Fake Agents’ misleading marketing is crippling independents’ reputations and livelihoods

Opinion piece by Charlie Wright, Founder of CIELA Think fake agents are no threat to your business? Think again. The rise of online agents - dubbed ‘fake agents’ - are costing every single business in the industry without exception. Below explains why. For as long as Estate Agency has existed there have been people setting [...]

By | May 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fake Agents’ misleading marketing is crippling independents’ reputations and livelihoods

Independent Agents: We need a collective voice now to correct public opinion

Owners of independent agencies from the four corners of England and Wales met in Oxfordshire yesterday to express their views on the challenges they face. There was unanimous agreement that the lack of a shared PR resource to represent the industry to counter the effects of misleading corporate marketing is the most urgent problem, but [...]

By | April 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Independent Agents: We need a collective voice now to correct public opinion

ResiAnalytics to attend the First Official Meeting of Members

Tuesday 11th April The first formal meeting of members of CIELA, the Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents, is being held at a venue in Bicester, Oxfordshire tomorrow. The owners of the first independent agencies to join CIELA, including Founder and Regional Officer members, are traveling from around the country to meet to discuss [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on ResiAnalytics to attend the First Official Meeting of Members

CIELA defends Independent Agents from offensive PB report

The Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents (CIELA) today expressed its outrage at the grossly misleading and misrepresentative portrayal of high street estate and letting agents by Purplebricks. The wildly inaccurate claims issued by the company’s recent press release cite that high street estate agents are lazy, outdated and are a rip off, as [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on CIELA defends Independent Agents from offensive PB report

Why CIELA wrote to Purplebricks as its first action

Our goal is to increase market share for independent agents by taking market share from corporations, many of whom are misleading consumers.  We can think of no other single organisation doing more harm to the reputation of estate agents whilst at the same time as misleading consumers into parting with money that they may well [...]

By | March 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why CIELA wrote to Purplebricks as its first action

A Clarion Call to independent agents: it’s time to act

A Clarion Call to independent agents Dear independent agency owner, I write to ask if you would like to join the Collective Voice of independent agents showing the public the true value of a well chosen agent, and to commit your support to the fight against unfair corporate domination of your industry. CIELA will use the collective [...]

By | March 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Clarion Call to independent agents: it’s time to act