Estate agents are the fourth most distrusted professionals behind journalists, government ministers and politicians according to a report from Mumsnet and Ipsos MORI.
Just 30% of UK adults trust estate agents to tell the truth, below bankers (37%), economists (48%) and lawyers (52%).
Nurses (93%), doctors (91%) and teachers (88%) are the most trusted, while least are politicians (15%), government ministers (20%) and us hacks (24%).
Russell Quirk, founder and chief executive of eMoov, said: “It’s good to see a poll where estate agents aren’t quite dragging their knuckles in last place where trust and truthfulness are concerned.
“Coincidence perhaps that they should rise through the ranks a tad, just as the online sector starts to strengthen its grip on the property industry.
“Although that said, the public will always treat any news source and politician with a certain degree of scepticism so beating both journalists and politicians to the punch, isn’t quite the gold start of approval it might seem.
“Interesting that estate agents should still be viewed as almost half as truthful as lawyers and three times less credible than nurses.
“It’s clear that estate agency still has a way to go until the industry is perceived with such integrity as hairdressers [who 68% trust].”