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KEYWORD "downsizing" - 100 RESULTS
General Election: estate agents react to Tory manifesto

The Conservative Party’s General Election manifesto has committed to resurrecting the Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme and temporarily removing Capital...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

LRG sets out its stall for election 2024

With election day looming, in the first of a series of articles, experts from property services organisation, Leaders Romans Group, offer...

01 June 2024

From: Features

Stamp Duty Revolution - call for sellers to pay instead of buyers

A prominent estate agent has started an online petition to reverse stamp duty so it is paid by the vendor, not...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Owners deterred from downsizing by cost and hassle of moving

The cost and time consuming nature of the house moving process is deterring older owners from downsizing, it’s been alleged. An upfront...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Downsizing incentives needed as homeowners stay put for longer - research

Homeowners, particularly those in larger homes are staying put for longer, research shows. Analysis of Land Registry data between 2019 and 2022...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Revealed! The areas where downsizers could earn the most (and free-up housing stock)

Downsizers across England and Wales could unlock an average £305,090 by moving from a four bed to a two-bed home, according...

22 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement: Treasury pledges £3m to ‘improve homebuying process'

The Autumn Statement ended up being silent on Stamp Duty reforms and direct housing market stimulus but there were some nuggets...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cut could be bad for first-time buyers -warning

Rumours about tax cuts in this week’s Autumn Statement are continuing but there are warnings that a Stamp Duty cut may...

21 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to introduce Stamp Duty cut for downsizers

Agency brand Chestertons has joined calls for Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to include Stamp Duty reform in his Autumn Statement. Hunt will deliver...

10 November 2023

From: Breaking News

How trading down can help save you money and live a little

By Kevin Shaw, National Sales Managing Director, Leaders Romans Group As the cost-of-living crisis continues to impact the UK, many of us...

28 October 2023

From: Features

Bank of Family foot the bill to get young people on housing ladder

There’s growing evidence that wider family members - not just Mum and Dad - are stumping up cash to help younger...

03 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Downsizers willing to move but held back by lack of stock - Savills

A lack of stock and emotional attachment are the biggest constraints stopping homeowners from downsizing, research suggests. Analysis by Savills found half...

19 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals demand for downsizing

A third of those opting to move home in the current market are downsizers, research claims. However, it’s not the increased cost...

25 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Homeowners considering downsizing and even renting to avoid rising mortgage costs

A quarter of homeowners are considering selling up and going back to renting amid rising mortgage costs. New Moneyfacts figures shows the...

22 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Mortgage rates surpass 6% in new blow for housing market

Mortgage rates have officially broken the 6% barrier. Average rates for home loans are now back at the level that prompted the...

20 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Home mover activity hits record low but buyers are getting younger

The average age of a UK home mover has dropped but the number of actual moves has hit a record low,...

30 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Money saving tips for movers as costs rise 24%

The cost of moving home has soared in the past year, new figures reveal. According to new data compiled by insurers Admiral...

20 May 2023

From: Features

Housing policy must go beyond election cycles - warning     

Housing policy formation must go beyond electoral cycles, academics have warned. A group of Cambridge University alumni has teamed up to urge...

05 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Homeowners ‘more open to downsizing’ amid higher living costs - claim

Higher energy costs and rising interest rates are leading to a surge in the number of homeowners looking to downsize, a...

24 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary: UK property supply and standards are broken

The property market is broken, Housing Secretary Michael Gove acknowledged yesterday. Despite the Conservative Party being in power since 2010, Gove insisted...

04 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Competitive mortgage market ‘may dampen downsizing boom’

A more competitive mortgage market may actually dampen hopes of a downsizing boom, an agent has predicted. Many property professionals last year...

17 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Downsizing incentives and first-time buyer support top Budget wishlist

From first-time buyer support to Stamp Duty changes or just doing nothing at all, there is plenty that agents and property...

13 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Downsizing on the rise amid cost of living crisis

Record energy bills and the cost-of-living crisis has prompted a surge in downsizing activity over the past 12 months, new research...

03 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Winkworth was second most active agent for exchanges in 2022 - claim

Winkworth agents ranked second when it came to property exchanges in London last year, the franchise agency brand claims. A trading update...

12 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Owners risk living in unsuitable homes due to stress of moving - warning

Homebuyers have highlighted the most stressful aspects of a property purchase, and agents appear to be off the hook. Analysis by conveyancing...

09 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Homeowners consider downsizing to tackle rising mortgage costs - claim

Homeowners are starting to consider solutions to deal with their rising monthly mortgage costs including downsizing, research claims. A survey of more...

22 December 2022

From: Breaking News

'Once in a generation homes' set to hit the market

Downsizers could help drive the sales market as owners look to cut energy and maintenance costs, Winkworth claims. Dominic Agace, chief executive...

16 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Downsizing ‘a consideration’ as homeowners struggle with mortgages

A third of adults are struggling to pay their monthly rent or mortgage payments, new data shows. The figures from the Office...

26 October 2022

From: Breaking News

The Do’s & Don’ts When Downsizing

Empty nesters may be considering downsizing their home this September as their children set off to university, whilst other downsizers are...

05 September 2022

From: Marketing & Social Media

Savills calls for change in attitudes to downsizing

Downsizing could become more attractive to older homeowners as the cost of living crisis intensifies, Savills claims. It comes as analysis by...

01 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Buyers back stamp duty cut for downsizing pensioners

There are whispers in Whitehall about plans to encourage pensioners to downsize with a stamp duty tax break. The move, first reported...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyers in hotspot to get £5,000 public cash for deposit

A scheme to help people to get on the housing ladder in one of the UK’s most expensive local housing markets...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Office demand surges - so are major cities returning to normal?

Rightmove says the level of business owners enquiring about leasing office space has now surpassed even pre-pandemic levels in January. Demand is...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Call for under-occupying older owners to downsize

Research suggests there are substantial numbers of older Londoners using too-large properties but unable to downsize because of a lack of...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

The Old Story - agents tell government to make it easier to downsize

There’s a rising number of over-65s but a short supply of suitable affordable properties for them, Propertymark has told government. The agents’...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Is your business ready to offer the best digital experience to your customers?

In this thought leadership article, Videosign CEO Steven Tallant looks at electronic signatures and conveyancing and whether the time is nigh for the...

16 October 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty: should it change to promote much more downsizing?

An interesting demand has been made of Chancellor Rishi Sunak - to consider reforming stamp duty with thresholds revised to reflect...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer - Why agents MUST get their communications right

Day in, day out, I see how good estate agents really are.  Whether it’s in my day job on Location, Location, Location...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back First Homes - but should government do more to boost supply?

Agents have given their backing to the government’s First Homes initiative, offering discounted houses for local people and key workers and...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Calls grow to reform ALL property taxes, not just stamp duty

Pressure is building for widespread property tax reform beyond short term issues regarding stamp duty. Many MPs in this week’s 65-minute special...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Offset Mortgage launched for borrowers who miss deadline

A mortgage has been launched targeting borrowers who believe they are unlikely to complete their purchase before the stamp duty holiday’s...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

The caveat emptor of buying a new house is ‘Let The Buyer Beware.’ This is especially the case for homes that have an ageing boiler.  Before...

29 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agencies’ ‘hub’ business model may apply in other industries

The so-called hub model of estate agency adopted by a growing number of firms appears to be part of a wider...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Call for mortgage guarantee scheme plus longer stamp duty holiday

The National Association of Estate Agents wants the government to initiate a mortgage guarantee scheme to encourage more 95 per cent...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today: Movers and shakers and new appointments

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of PJT - we know some agencies are reshaping their structures and downsizing but this...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Fall throughs – the impact and the solutions revealed: Part Two

In the second of a series of articles, Emma Vigus, Managing Director of mio, the Estate Agents Sales Progression platform, explores...

11 July 2020

From: Features

Downsizers should get stamp duty cuts just like first timers - call

Family houses are under-occupied and only incentives to downsize can help improve the housing market - with a stamp duty cut...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

First insight into buyers’ and sellers’ changing priorities post-virus

Savills has given the industry an insight into how buyers’ and sellers’ priorities may change as the industry returns to work...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New campaign wants controlled viewings, loans for buyers and SDLT holiday

NAEA Propertymark has today launched a campaign for the government to introduce what it calls a Property Sector Support Package. This would...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New ‘silver’ website bans agents and bids to cut downsizing

A new website called Silver Sharers says it’s chief objective is to help older home owners remain in their properties without...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Equity Release market drops at last after years of growth

It looks like the Equity Release bubble may have burst, with latest figures showing a four per cent fall in the...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Why agents need to embrace the incremental revenue

It’s easier than you might think. For any agent the challenge of making a business successful is hard work with the focus...

20 November 2019

From: Features

Call to scrap stamp duty for so-called ‘last time buyers’

An equity release specialist says the scrapping of stamp duty for so-called last time buyers would lead to more downsizing, freeing...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: would these three radical reforms work?

A blog for the British Property Federation has come up with three radically different proposals for stamp duty, providing food for...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the industry's latest moves and appointments

Yes it’s Monday, so it’s another edition of PJT, your guide to the key moves and changes in the agency and...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty uncertainty could bring market ‘to a grinding halt’ says online boss

Speculation surrounding whether Boris Johnson will honour his pledge to reduce stamp duty risks bringing the housing market “to a grinding...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty campaign hots up: top bank wants incentive for downsizers

A report by Santander says stamp duty cuts should be used as incentives for older home owners to downsize and allow...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Equity release firm woos downsizers with claims of record high wealth

An equity release provider says there is now £382 billion worth of equity available within older homeowners’ properties following recent house...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New evidence suggests equity release hurting transaction volumes

There’s more ammunition today for those agents who argue that equity release stops people moving and thus cuts the number of...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Praise for estate agency diversifying into equity release

Specialist providers catering for the over-50s has welcomed a move by high-end estate agency Knight Frank to move into equity release. Commenting...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Another boost for Equity Release: does it lead to fewer house sales?

Retired homeowners are increasingly using property wealth to clear unsecured debts and mortgages to strengthen their later life finances, a new...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Replace stamp duty with tax on house sale profits, urges finance chief

An outspoken building society chief has taken the unusual step of calling for stamp duty to be replaced by capital gains...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Equity release chiefs upbeat after record-breaking quarter

Equity release, seen by many agents as a reason why fewer older homeowners are downsizing these days, has reported more growth...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The problems with incentivising downsizing through stamp duty

The issue of ‘intergenerational fairness’ has been raised in recent weeks, some might say somewhat ironically by a House of Lords’...

04 May 2019

From: Features

Explained - the future of tenant referencing after the fees ban

Low risk letting is everyone’s aim, but unless legitimate guidelines are followed it’s difficult to know if a tenant will prove...

17 April 2019

From: Features

Bad news for transactions as Equity Release grows again

New figures from the Equity Release Council suggest more growth in this sector, alarming those agents who see this as a...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Why age-proofing homes could lead to market stagnation

A survey by the Centre for Ageing Better recently showed that 72% of people want to see every new home built...

16 March 2019

From: Features

AML Fines for estate agents published

Estate agent anti-money laundering (AML) compliance is under scrutiny again following the publication of figures detailing the fines levied for AML...

13 March 2019

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech Today: $200m investment for a storage firm – where is the potential?

A couple of weeks ago, SoftBank’s Vision Fund led a whopping $200 million investment injection into Clutter, the US-based on-demand storage...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Number of movers now only half the level before financial crisis

The number of movers has declined by around 50 per cent since the halcyon days of 2006, before the global financial...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

More equity release growth means fewer downsizers selling up

There’s been more growth in the equity release sector, suggesting that fewer older owners are downsizing and are instead using their...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit: where does our industry stand? and where do you stand?

It’s the word on everyone’s lips: after two and a half years of debate, and months before that leading up to...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips - how to make your letting agency more efficient

For any business, regardless of size, age or industry, operating efficiently is fundamental to your success. When faced with challenges like we...

31 October 2018

From: Features

New portal claims to offer an alternative to part-exchange

A service which describes itself as an alternative to part exchange has been launched to facilitate sales to ‘corporate property buyers’. It’s...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the surge in Equity Release killing the downsizing market?

The rise and rise of Equity Release continues with a more-than-doubling of the number of product options on the market in...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Downsizing stamp duty exemption 'would boost market and Treasury'

Over a fifth of pensioners say they would be encouraged to downsize if there was a stamp duty incentive - particularly...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Should equity release be taxed to encourage down-sizing?

There’s little doubt that downsizing is less of a factor in the housing market than it used to be - so...

25 August 2018

From: Features

Stamp Duty - should downsizing pensioners be exempt?

There’s been another call for the government to reform stamp duty - and this time the request is that the duty...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents seeing more demand from downsizers, says equity release firm

An equity release consultancy says the result of its survey of estate agencies suggest an increase in interest from prospective downsizers. The...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

London house prices set to fall next year as well as this - PwC

House prices in London are projected to fall in the short-term, down by two per cent by the end of 2018...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents clash over whether prime London still appeals to investors

Prime London’s transactions are now the preserve of so-called ‘needs-based buyers’ and not investors according to high-end agency Knight Frank -...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'Perfect storm' for agents involved in retirement housing sales

The retirement housing sector has increased its market share considerably in the last two years, creating a 'perfect storm' for estate...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive wealth of older owners and buyers revealed by new survey

The massive wealth of owners over 55 has been revealed by a new survey. They own £938 billion of UK housing, a figure...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Downsizing just not on the agenda for most older owners, warns bank

Some 45 per cent of so-called Empty Nesters - older owners whose children have left home permanently - say they are...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Big surge in equity release as more older owners choose not to downsize

There has been a big rise in activity in the equity release market based on data from the first quarter of...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - discounts on prime properties achieved by buying agency

The well-respected buying agency Black Brick has revealed the scale of discounts it secures on prime properties being sold for different...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property wealth: More bad news for the young

It’s not breaking new ground to say that younger people have what many regard as the raw end of the deal...

02 December 2017

From: Features

'Stamp duty is UK's worst tax - scrap it to help housing market'

Stamp duty on property sales is gumming up the housing market, stopping people from moving to the jobs they need, and...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Three reasons why we need stamp duty reform

Whenever any research is released, part of me can’t help thinking of that old adage, ‘lies, damn lies and statistics’ especially...

02 September 2017

From: Features

Not just stamp duty: Treasury gets record Inheritance Tax income

An analysis of data from HM Revenue and Customs reveals that inheritance tax paid by UK families has topped £5 billion...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Planning homes for the future

In their election rhetoric all the political parties informed us that the UK is experiencing a ‘housing crisis’, with all promising...

17 June 2017

From: Features

Agents agree on downsizer shortage but disagree over attachment theory

The vast majority of estate agents believe that not enough people are downsizing to free up family homes, according to conveyancing...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Baby boomers bemoan lack of suitable downsizing properties

A research report compiled by Strutt & Parker in partnership with Octopus Healthcare has revealed what the baby boomer generation expects...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - why so few older owners move home, despite difficulties

New research gives an insight into the difficulties that older home owners have coping with their properties - and highlights the...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform can win over voters, says UK's largest independent

The boss of the UK's largest independent agency has called on the government to be 'radical' and consider a range of...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Nearly half the public want help for downsizers to move home

A survey from a financial organisation suggests that nearly half of the UK public says they would support a government incentive...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Retired homeowners' property wealth hits yet another high

Total property wealth owned by over-65s who have paid off their mortgages grew to a new record high of £1.072 trillion...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Don’t undervalue Which? as a useful marketing tool

The guys at Which? are at it again, all over estate agents like a rash for “over valuing” properties so they...

17 February 2017

From: Features

Long-awaited Redfern Review into housing expected tomorrow

Labour’s long-awaited Redfern Review, set up a year ago after the party’s defeat in the general election, finally reports tomorrow. Although it...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents 'warn downsizers not to over-estimate property profit'

Older homeowners are unrealistic about how much money they will raise from downsizing, and estate agents are warning them to manage...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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