An average of nine estate agents have gone bust every week in England and Scotland since 2010, says new research.
Of the overall 4,258 failures, 3,903 were in England and 355 in Scotland.
All went through a formal process of liquidation or administration before being closed down.
The highest number of failures was in 2013 at 540, and the lowest was in 2017 with 361 going under.
The figures, which do not include any agency failures in Wales or Northern Ireland, cover the period from the start of 2010 to the end of the third quarter of 2018, the latest period for which figures are available.
The number-crunching has come from apropos, a new online lettings and property management business, which does not see its own future on Britain’s high streets and looks to be using the figures for its own PR purposes.
The brand, which will use Purplebricks-style local experts, is to be rolled out across the UK by Scottish property management firm D J Alexander.
David Alexander, managing director, said: “These figures show that the erosion of the high street estate agent has been going on for some time as the market changes and consumers demand a different service.
“Of course, the problems of bricks and mortar businesses are not limited to estate agents as can be seen by the numerous business failures in casual dining, retail and other high street fixtures.
“The shift online in the property market has been relentless, and generationally there has been a major move by customers under 40 who run their lives through their phones, tablets and computers.
“This group would never now consider going into an estate agent for information and they are the future, so the market must shift to cater for this group.”
He went on: “High rents with long leases and rising business rates have played a central part in causing the closure of many city and town centre businesses, and there appears to be little sign of this situation abating.”