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KEYWORD "Chancellor" - 412 RESULTS
Insight - is it Time to Stamp Out SDLT?

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) has long been the bugbear of many property transactions. Even the very wealthy will lose interest...

07 May 2022

From: Features

Proptech and the future of the UK’s economy and property market

Although Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement did not include many announcements regarding housing, it did provide a good...

23 April 2022

From: Features

Revealed! The first paid-up agents joining Boomin

Foxtons, Chancellors and Douglas & Gordon have been named among the first paid-up agency brands on Boomin. The challenger portal, launched by...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Property tax alternative to stamp duty wins support of MPs

At least 18 MPs have come out in favour of a new annual Proportional Property Tax which would be levied on...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Sigh of relief that Sunak avoids hurting housing market

The industry has reacted to the Spring Statement by breathing a sigh of relief that nothing was likely to cause damage...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Business Rates - government slammed for lack of clarity

The government has failed to take the opportunity of the Spring Statement to provide clarity on its business rates reform agenda,...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Income Tax cut and VAT scrapped on home energy efficiency measures

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a dramatic future income tax cut, changes to National Insurance thresholds and scrapping VAT on more...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC rakes it in as stamp duty receipts surge to record high

Figures just released by HM Revenue & Customs show the Treasury enjoying a bumper year for stamp duty, with record receipts...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

The Coming ‘Budget’ - What’s In Store For Agents?

If you want to sex-up the Chancellor’s financial statement scheduled for lunchtime on Wednesday, you’d call it a Budget or a...

19 March 2022

From: Features

Agents braced for third interest rate rise as economic woes grow

Storm clouds continue to gather over the UK economy with growing inflation, another likely interest rate rise, and a warning from...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents back stamp duty incentives to drive energy efficiency

Propertymark has backed a call for stamp duty incentives to be introduced to drive forward domestic energy efficiency. The trade body’s policy...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty rebates for buyers of homes with good EPCs - call

A stamp duty cut would provide a long-term to improve energy efficiency on homes, the Chancellor has been told by an...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians to set limits on second homes, with higher council taxes

It appears almost certain that there will be limits imposed on the number and location of second homes in Wales, following...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

High Street Endorsement - agencies celebrate new branch openings

The concept of the High Street estate agency branch has been given an endorsement by two companies announcing new offices. Fine &...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget 2021 aftermath - did the chancellor target property for tax revenue? 

In the Autumn Budget on Wednesday 27 October, very few impending tax hikes were revealed by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak –...

06 November 2021

From: Features

Lies, Damned Lies, and House Building Targets

We’ve probably all learned to be a little less cynical about politicians in recent weeks, given the tragic events. We perhaps...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Autumn Budget: will Sunak’s pledges create opportunities for agents in the new-build sector?

At first glance, Rishi Sunak’s Budget speech earlier this week didn’t offer much from a property perspective. But digging down a little...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Tax Shock: 1% stamp duty rise was considered for Budget

It’s been revealed that the government did consider a stamp duty RISE which would have been announced in this week’s Budget. The...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: Capital Gains Tax rules change kicked in at midnight

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget did not ignore Capital Gains Tax after all.   For those selling UK residential property the deadline to file...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Cladding Tax on Developers - not everyone is in favour

There has been criticism of the new Residential Development Tax, levied to fund remedial work on dangerous cladding on high rise blocks. The tax...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Portals hit out at lack of details over pledges for new homes

There’s been some cynicism amongst the industry in response to new homes promises made by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in yesterday’s Budget. Sunak...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget: Details of business rate changes and new development tax

The Budget has proven more generous than many expected - and with most property taxation left unchanged. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has made...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS Scandal: Establishment trio named as interim leadership team

The bid by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to re-establish itself as a trusted body continues with the naming of...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: are estate agents paid enough?

Agent wages have been in the news this week, with boastful claims from a number of self-employed businesses about the sums...

09 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

HMRC probe into suspicious property deals revealed in leaked files

Chancellor Rishi Sunak says HM Revenue & Customs will probe any alleged wrongdoing in property purchases included in the so-called Pandora...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

A Taxing Time: the property industry is set for increases

By the time I next write this column, we’ll be just days before the next Budget and Autumn Statement. So I’ll...

02 October 2021

From: Features

Property Tax Threat: Labour hints at rises to pay for social care

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has hinted for the second time that he is looking towards property to help fund his...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Businesses, including agencies, hand back £1.3 billion in furlough money

New figures from HM Treasury have revealed that businesses, including a number of major agencies, have returned £1.3 billion in furlough...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Platform - proof of funds vitally important as stamp duty holiday end nears

Being able to show proof of funds in a quick, transparent and simple way is more crucial than ever to keep fall-throughs...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty boost for first-time buyers? Not a bit of it, claims research

First-time buyers are £25,000 worse off thanks to the stamp duty holiday, according to estate agent comparison site GetAgent. The website revealed...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property tax threat returns as government sets Budget date

Lost in the noise of yesterday’s social care announcements, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has named October 27 as his next Budget Day...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday slammed for not helping “levelling up”

The Guardian has sharply criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for introducing and then extending the stamp duty holiday - because helping estate...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - What Agents Should Watch For This Autumn

I’m sorry to break this to you but in 10 days’ time it will be autumn - and we will have...

21 August 2021

From: Features

Capital Gains Tax threat returns - property “disposals” warning

A leading tax expert is advising investors to “plan your disposals” after new Capital Gains Tax figures have raised speculation of...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Is This The Alternative To Stamp Duty?

There’s gathering momentum to do ‘something’ about the unfairness of council tax and stamp duty. This isn’t new in principle. Agents have...

24 July 2021

From: Features

Top Tories set up firm to buy back former council houses

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and strategist Sir Lynton Crosby - the architect of many Conservative election campaigns -...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

App claims to instantly arrange viewings on leads for agents

Property portal app MoveStreets says the latest upgrade to its app sends leads to agents’ inboxes and allows users to instantly arrange...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Leading independent agency in five year portal deal

The intense rivalry between portals continues today with Zoopla announcing one of its longest-standing agent customers has renewed for five more...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax threat to homes put on back burner

The possible introduction of higher levels of Capital Gains Tax for the sale of buy to let, holiday homes or even...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks excluded from industry league table despite surge in instructions

A controversial league table of corporate agents’ market share is deliberately excluding Purplebricks and other online agencies.  This is despite Purplebricks this...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Challenger portal signs up agency’s 55 branches

Free-to-list portal OneDome has signed up the 55 branch agency network Chancellors. The agency will consequently list all of its residential sales...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - staff turnover rates at leading estate agencies

One of the industry’s leading consultants has calculated staff turnover rates at the country’s leading estate agencies. Christopher Watkin, the consultant who...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Boom Goes On: index shows market “resurgence”

The Chancellor’s decision to extend the stamp duty holiday has “put a spring in the step" of the housing market according...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency opens 56th High Street branch - and more to come

Chancellors today opens its 56th and newest branch with what it calls its most generous ever offer to potential customers. The office...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cliff edge could “derail” market warns mortgage firm

A mortgage firm specialising in high net worth clients says the stamp duty holiday cliff edge will not impact the most expensive...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-stamp duty campaigner fined … for stamp duty avoidance

One of the most outspoken campaigners against stamp duty has been fined for avoiding tens of thousands of pounds in … stamp...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Market pause or boom over? Surprise house price fall as Easter arrives

Annual house price growth remains strong but it has slowed significantly according to the Nationwide. Prices dropped 0.2 per cent on average...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: meet the agent poet doing things unconventionally

As you’ll know by now, I like to use the Natter to shine a light on independent agents doing things a...

27 March 2021

From: Features

Stamp duty holiday: could the market be more vulnerable to fraud?

The Chancellor’s recent announcement that the stamp duty holiday would be extended for another three months was undoubtedly great news for...

27 March 2021

From: Features

Good news - Building societies report booming market sentiment

The Building Societies Association says there’s been a surge in consumer confidence in the housing market following the Budget. Some 37 per...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Transactions and prices to boom over next five years - forecast

Transactions and house price forecasts for the mainstream housing market are being revised upwards by Savills following the Budget. The new predictions follow an...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

 Stamp Duty deadline - here’s the last date to market a property in time

Agents in England are told that sellers should market their homes by March 23 - only 18 days from now - if...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour attacks stamp duty break as “a half billion pounds giveaway”

Labour says Chancellor Rishi Sunak “will give away half a billion pounds to second homeowners and landlords through the stamp duty...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: new cliff edge or cause for delight?

Rarely do Budgets produce positive sentiments from the agency industry but Chancellor Rishi Sunak appears to have won widespread support for...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: government clarifies Budget announcement

The government has issued an official note to detail the announcement made yesterday by Chancellor Rishi Sunak regarding stamp duty holiday...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty extension revealed by Chancellor Sunak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak says the stamp duty holiday on properties up to £500,000 will be extended from March 31 to June 30; from...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget Briefing: Four things to watch for in today’s Budget

Today’s Budget is the most eagerly-anticipated for many years, as it juggles to shore up the economy with the longer-term issue...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Should stamp duty holiday extension be for ALL buyers, or just current ones?

No fewer than 79 per cent of people want the stamp duty holiday extended according to a survey conducted by an...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand by for Capital Gains Tax changes later this year - experts

Tax experts suggest the widely expected reform of Capital Gains Tax is unlikely to be announced in tomorrow’s Budget - at...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour anger at low-deposit mortgages plan in Budget

Labour has accused the government of promoting “sky high mortgages” instead of providing stable accommodation for younger households. A new mortgage guarantee...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Radical end to stamp duty holiday suggested by legal bodies

A radical way to end the current stamp duty holiday has been suggested by three different legal bodies. The Society of Licensed...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Budget rumours - pros and cons for agents

With just two days to go, it's fair to say the property industry is eagerly awaiting Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Budget statement...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

House buying bonanza as Budget helps low deposit purchasers

A new mortgage guarantee scheme to help buyers with small deposits will be revealed on Wednesday at the Budget. Chancellor Rishi Sunak...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty clarity must be Budget priority says top agent

A leading agent says the worst thing that could happen with Wednesday’s Budget is if the Chancellor does not deliver on...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Honesty – and a leak - see the property market through ‘crisis’

Honesty is a concept that journalists will tell their readers is non-existent for estate agents. Yeah, right! But as the end...

27 February 2021

From: Features

Bad Idea? Stamp Duty Holiday extension could backfire...

A prominent conveyancer has hit out at the extension to the stamp duty holiday, which is now ending in late June and...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday extension agreed -  but is it a new cliff edge?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will extend the stamp duty holiday deadline until the end of June - a three month extension. The lead...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surge shows signs of weakening says HMRC

Transaction totals took a tumble last month for the first time since last summer as HMRC figures suggest the stamp duty...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Lobby your MP over stamp duty holiday extension, agents told

Propertymark - still reeling over two senior resignations in less than a week - says its lobbying sessions with politicians are...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

One in eight sellers will pull out if they miss stamp duty holiday

Some 12 per cent of buyers will pull out of their transaction if it does not complete in time for their stamp...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers demand stamp duty action to stop dream homes being lost

The Law Society for England and Wales says it wants action now to prevent tens of thousands of  transactions collapsing at...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Six week stamp duty holiday extension would help 160,000

The Chancellor’s rumoured six week extension to the stamp duty holiday has been backed by Rightmove. Over last weekend the Daily Telegraph,...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday may be extended for some buyers - report

The Chancellor is considering extending the stamp duty holiday for a short period according to a newspaper report this morning. The Daily...

13 February 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s time to stamp on stamp duty speculation

You can always tell when Budget day is approaching. There’s lots of comment from every imaginable quarter about what the Chancellor of...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Sellers and buyers must bargain as March 31 cliff edge nears - call

A leading agency chief suggests there will have to be substantial bargaining between buyers and sellers as the stamp duty holiday cliff...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Boris backer calls for stamp duty to be scrapped

One of the chief figures behind Brexit and Boris Johnson’s role as London Mayor is now advising that stamp duty should be...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies with Bounce Back loans have more time to repay

Smaller independent agencies that took out government Bounce Back loans to help them through the Coronavirus crisis now have more time...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Has the Stamp Duty Holiday extension campaign worked?

There is no scientific formula, no list of must-have elements in a successful campaign. That’s especially the case for a campaign involving...

06 February 2021

From: Features

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

Extending Stamp Duty Holiday is top demand for Budget 2021

A 10-point ’must have’ list of demands for Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget on March 3 has been issued by NAEA Propertymark. It’s...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New Property Tax Grab: Wealth tax supporters repeat call for levy

A group that last year floated the concept of a one-off wealth tax - which would include taxing main homes as...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Market to slow sharply if stamp duty holiday ends March 31 - warning

The Nationwide has pulled no punches with Chancellor Rishi Sunak - it’s made it clear that if the stamp duty holiday...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate As It Happened - What MPs Said

Labour and Conservative MPs have expressed a unanimous view on their desire to see an extension of the stamp duty holiday...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown means viewings and sales will fall, says Phil Spencer

Property commentator Phil Spencer says lockdown - which we know will now last for another six weeks at least, and possibly...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

What is happening to house prices during the third lockdown?

Homeowners staying at home during another lockdown are doing more than sharing memes of groundhog day or doing family quizzes on...

27 January 2021

From: Features

Soaring distressed property firms are ‘just tip of large iceberg’

Despite the booming housing market the whole property sector - a key indicator of the economy's performance - has seen 11,000...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Dozens of Tory MPs demand stamp duty extension from Sunak

The Northern Research Group, which has the backing of over 50 Conservative MPs in the north of England, wants the Chancellor...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate stamp duty as Chancellor considers extension

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is considering an extension to the current stamp duty holiday according to media reports today - and the...

17 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: exclusive Q&A with Tim Balcon, Propertymark’s new CEO

Propertymark, the overarching body aiming to bring five different associations (ARLA, NAEA, NAVA, ICBA and APIP) into a single brand, was...

16 January 2021

From: Features

Campaign to extend SDLT holiday nears landmark total

The online petition calling for an extension to the stamp duty holiday is set to pass 100,000 signatures today. This means the...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of “feigning hysterics” over stamp duty cliff-edge

Two of the most outspoken agents in the industry have criticised those calling for an extension to the stamp duty holiday...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Out The Duty - new campaign launched by newspaper

A national newspaper is today launching a campaign for the stamp duty holiday to be extended. The Daily Telegraph says its campaign...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday extension - This horse ain’t dead yet

Just a week ago, I thought it was all over. Christmas and New Year had gone, as had the passionate calls...

09 January 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty Holiday - Do The Right Thing Rishi!

There’s growing optimism that an extension to the stamp duty holiday - thought to be off the agenda just days ago...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents beef up Covid protocols as viewings hit the spotlight

Agents have been outlining how they have beefed up their measures to combat the risk of Coronavirus, especially during property viewings. “We...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Banks may not be able to cope with mortgage demand, warns agency

New figures from the Bank of England show that mortgage approvals rose 7.0 per cent in November to reach 105,000 -...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty cliff-edge could throw away market growth - warning

The sudden end of the stamp duty holiday at the end of March could throw away the market gains achieved in...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Chancellor announces help for businesses until spring

The Chancellor has announced new measures to help businesses in the light of the lockdown announced in the past 24 hours. The...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Sort Out Searches! Government asked to intervene over council delays

A trade body has called on House Secretary Robert Jenrick to intervene over the growing problem of delays in councils providing...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: What challenges lie ahead as 2021 gets underway?

Following a turbulent 2020 in which the property market and the professionals working within it excelled in the face of unprecedented...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

You guessed it…10 things to watch for in 2021

Here’s hoping you managed to have as good a Christmas and New Year as Covid rules allowed. Journalism in early January is...

02 January 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty increase - could it happen across the UK?

The shock and almost immediate increase in stamp duty on additional homes in Wales has prompted one question in the industry...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 review - property market survives everything that’s thrown at it

Well, what a year it has been for everyone, including the property market. I don’t think there’s anyone out there who...

19 December 2020

From: Features

Budget date is in time for U-turn on stamp duty holiday extension...

The next Budget will be held on March 3 next year - in time for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to change his...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax hike may LOSE money, says investment chief

A leading property consultancy is suggesting that a possible increase in Capital Gains Tax could end up losing money for the...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

UK’s property taxes highest in world according to official figures

The UK has topped the rankings for the highest property taxes as a percentage of overall taxation in the developed world...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

If you want a stamp duty holiday extension, sign here…

A petition has been launched demanding a stamp duty holiday extension. The online petition is the idea of Jonathan Steel - a layperson...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property tax rises and falling house prices coming in 2021

Property tax rises and falling house prices look as if they are on the way according to the small print accompanying...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Money in the bank – how can agents insulate their pipelines?

You probably don’t have to listen closely to hear estate agents across the country starting to cheer. It’s been a big...

25 November 2020

From: Features

Sunak pledges new homes but does not hike property tax - yet

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has resisted changing any property taxes in the short term, but has used his Spending Review statement to...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s Big Day: “Don’t make knee-jerk property tax rises” he’s told

Today sees the government’s Spending Review, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak taking centre stage as he presents a 12 month spending plan to...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - backbone of our industry: Golders Green to South Coast

As regular readers will know, the Natter kickstarted a series last time out zoning in on local independent agents – the...

21 November 2020

From: Features

Capital Gains Tax hike is GOOD news for agents, insists top analyst

One of the industry’s leading commentators says an unintended consequence of a possible Capital Gains Tax increase could be a bonus...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax Bombshell: CGT could double under new proposals

A report commissioned by the government suggests a doubling of Capital Gains Tax on profits from the sale of second homes. The government -...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing firm to tell buyers they will miss stamp duty holiday

A leading firm of conveyancers will this week tell new clients that their property purchases are likely to miss the stamp...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices soar 7.5% in a year but it may all change soon

House prices by the end of October were running 7.5 per cent above their level a year ago - but the...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will extended furlough help struggling agents and suppliers?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the furlough scheme until the end of March. It will continue under the current rules, with the...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Is Boris letting down the poor? Agency in rare criticism of government

High end agents usually keep their powder dry when it comes to party politics, to avoid upsetting customers. However Knight Frank has...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Interest rate unchanged despite unusual early announcement

The Bank of England’s monthly interest rate decision was made today - but instead of it being announced at 12 noon,...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Too Late! Third of England set to miss stamp duty holiday deadline

Buyers in around 30 per cent of English cities are almost certainly already too late to complete a purchase by March 31...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Conveyancing - don't battle what you can't control

We can all agree that the recovery of the property market since May has been outstanding. The latest data from Zoopla...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday Mayhem - Sunak urged to avoid 'cliff-edge'

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been told to avoid a stamp duty holiday cliff-edge next March at any price - because it...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

SDLT holiday could be tapered or restricted to first timers - top agent

One of Britain’s most respected agents is suggesting Chancellor Rishi Sunak could ‘taper’ the stamp duty holiday to avoid a cliff-edge...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak tells estate agents: I'm helping to keep you in a job

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is taking credit for saving thousands of agency jobs through increased transactions prompted by the stamp duty holiday. A...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Why we’re backin’ Boomin - top agents speak out for new portal

The senior management from four of the agencies announced as founding members of Boomin have spoken out in favour of the...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Top Ten! Boomin portal reveals high profile founding agencies

The new Boomin portal being launched shortly has named 10 high profile agency chains as founding members. The 10 give the new portal...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How will the end of the furlough scheme affect the rental market?

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, better known as the furlough scheme, was introduced by the chancellor Rishi Sunak in March to...

26 September 2020

From: Features

Agencies and businesses offered new tax and jobs schemes

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined his measures to help agencies and other businesses survive Coronavirus. His announcements - endorsed by both the...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Will agencies benefit from Sunak’s new ‘after-furlough’ measures?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today reveals his latest measures to help businesses - including agencies, suppliers and other parts of the property...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government claims credit for housing market boom

The government claims its stamp duty holiday has supported nearly 750,000 jobs thanks to the ripple effect in the economy. A statement from HM...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Safety first: five-step risk assessment for agents’ offices

With the high street open again, and the Chancellor’s temporary stamp duty holiday helping to stimulate the market, estate and letting...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Autumn 2020 - seven things to watch

It’s no surprise the mainstream news remains dominated by coronavirus - not so much the actual effect of it right now,...

05 September 2020

From: Features

Big rises in property taxes expected to pay for virus spending

Hefty increases in taxes on the purchase and sale of holiday homes and buy to let properties are expected in the...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

It’s a trap! Stamp duty holiday could lead to property taxes - claim

A prominent industry figure says the current stamp duty holiday could effectively be a trap to lure in buyers who will...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Why diversifying into auctions can boost post-lockdown cashflow

Following the easing of lockdown restrictions on England’s property market in May, NAEA Propertymark reported a sharp increase in business for...

05 August 2020

From: Features

Purchase tax on some UK prime homes now amongst lowest in Europe

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s stamp duty holiday means prime property in the UK now enjoys lower tax rates than most European countries. Buyers...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday: the first change to benefit landlords in years

As expected within the property industry, the Chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday in his Summer Statement. This now means that...

25 July 2020

From: Features

Tax grab on house values proposed in new 'Property CGT'

Tens of billions of pounds of new taxes should be levied through a Capital Gains Tax imposed on main homes, not...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday giving southern England biggest boost - Zoopla

Zoopla's Research and Insight Director Richard Donnell writes: Just over a fortnight on since the Chancellor announced the Stamp Duty holiday and...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax Threat: new warning it could hurt housing market

Large scale increases in and changes to the Capital Gains Tax regime could seriously hurt the housing market, a senior figure...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax - could it be applied to first homes over £500,000?

Speculation is mounting that Capital Gains Tax could for the first time be applied to gains made when owners sell first...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says no to massive windfall from taxpayers

Rightmove says it’s going to reject over £150,000 in payouts from the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The portal furloughed 160 employees...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty holiday ends ‘one of few advantages for young buyers’

A think tank says the stamp duty holiday introduced a week ago is understandable and may be helpful to the housing...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent breaks ranks and calls stamp duty holiday “cowardly”

A London estate agent has broken ranks with much of the industry and instead of welcoming the stamp duty holiday has...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday should lead to council tax reform, says agency

A major agency is warning that the current stamp duty holiday could leave the housing market in a state of lethargy...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty equivalent in Wales expected to be changed this week

The Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford, has suggested that there will be further housing market lockdown easing later this month. His announcement...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday should be backdated, demands law firm

A property law firm is calling on the government to backdate the stamp duty holiday to include those buyers who completed...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Scotland caves in and relaxes its stamp duty equivalent

The threshold at which Scotland’s Land and Buildings Transaction Tax is paid by purchasers is to be raised from £145,000 to...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak’s stamp duty holiday was never going to be enough

You have to feel for Rishi Sunak - well, at least a little. Leave to one side that he carries more presentational...

11 July 2020

From: Features

SDLT Bonanza! Mortgage enquiries and property portal visits soar

Evidence is pouring in that the stamp duty holiday introduced 48 hours ago has already produced huge levels of interest from...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Is Rightmove the biggest winner from the stamp duty holiday?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak - and the agency industry - will no doubt be delighted to know that visits to Rightmove soared...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty holiday unlikely to be replicated in Scotland

It looks like the stamp duty holiday for England and Northern Ireland, already in effect following yesterday’s announcement, is unlikely to...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty changes and Furlough Bonus scheme announced by Sunak

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced that there will be no stamp duty on homes selling for £500,000 or...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cuts WON’T help the market - a contrary view

An industry analyst is challenging the long-established agents’ view that reducing or temporarily scrapping stamp duty would help the market. On the...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage enquiries surge as prices dip slightly in latest index

Mortgage enquiries in June surged to double the rate of the previous month according to the latest halifax house price index. Although...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty dithering could kill the market, warn angry agents

Agents have spoken out angrily against any uncertainty in the market caused by government leaks about future stamp duty changes. In recent...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost 90% of sales could have zero stamp duty says Zoopla

One of the possible stamp duty options floated by Chancellor Rishi Sunak could mean 89 per cent of sales would be...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty changes being considered by Sunak - but when?

Unnamed government sources quoted in many newspapers today suggest stamp duty reforms may be announced later this year. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is to...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

'Furlough could wreck housing market' - warning to government

The government is jeopardising the success of the housing market relaunch through the inflexibility of the furlough scheme, claims a group...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough changes: Agencies and suppliers must pay some wages

The Chancellor has revealed how he will wean businesses off the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - meaning that agencies and suppliers...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

How’s the housing market? Ask again in September…

Rightmove has taken the unusual step this weekend of issuing its usual monthly asking price index on a Saturday instead of...

16 May 2020

From: Features

Some agents still financially insecure despite furlough extension

The announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that he was extending the furlough scheme until the end of October appears...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: Furlough scheme now extended until end of October

The Chancellor has announced that the furlough scheme is to be extended until the end of October. He made the announcement in...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Business rates boost for agencies as revaluation is deferred a year

Agencies, many of which campaigned vigorously to be included in the business rates holiday announced in March by the government, have...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents and suppliers paid via dividends demand government help

Industry operators who receive dividends as part of their monthly income are pressing the government to include this in its financial...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Help for self employed agents and new lettings info: Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to the latest Conquering Corona - our guide for agents to get through these challenging times. Please let us...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agents set to benefit from government aid package

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced new measures to help the self-employed - likely to be welcomed by self-employed estate agents. The Chancellor...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies closed in lockdown exempt from business rates for one year

Estate and lettings agencies that have closed temporarily as a result of the Coronavirus lockdown are to be to exempted from...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart under fire for “inhumane” and “disgraceful” sackings

There has been scepticism across the industry as to the motives behind an unspecified number of lay-offs and permanent branch closures...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies set to benefit from massive emergency business schemes

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a sweeping range of financial measures to try to minimise the impact of Coronavirus...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide’s desperate plea to government over business rates

Beleaguered estate agency group Countrywide has asked the government to give agents a business rates holiday. Measures announced in last week’s Budget...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty is a Southern tax and won’t hurt wealthy foreign buyers

The stamp duty surcharge for non-resident investment buyers announced in yesterday’s Budget is dwarfed by discounts they receive thanks to the...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty change and business rate holiday announced in Budget

There will be a two per cent stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of UK investment properties by non-resident overseas buyers...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Emergency interest rate cut may help housing market weather Coronavirus

The Bank of England has announced an emergency cut in the base interest rate to shore up the economy during the Coronavirus...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

How will the coronavirus affect estate agents?

The coronavirus outbreak has highlighted once again how fragile and interconnected our societies have become. We don’t know yet how dangerous Covid-19...

07 March 2020

From: Features

Ex-Purplebricks territory owner sets up latest hub for Keller Williams

Keller Williams has announced another new market centre, and this time its operating principal is a former Purplebricks territory owner.  JP Downes...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty change set to take centre stage in Budget next week

Increasing numbers of reports suggest that the government will use next week’s Budget to confirm a three per cent stamp duty...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

A new Housing Minister - what does it mean for the PRS?

Earlier this month, Boris Johnson carried out a reshuffle of his cabinet, telling ministers they must 'repay the trust of those...

22 February 2020

From: Features

Brexit transition period: change, or just more of the same?

Despite still being in the transition period after leaving the EU on January 31, we are seeing an upturn in the...

22 February 2020

From: Features

Another high end agent joins Keller Williams hybrid hub

Another former Savills agent has joined freelance agency operation Keller Williams, the second in recent weeks. In January it was revealed that...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Mansion Tax scrapped after PM vetoes the idea

The government will not announce a Mansion Tax at next month’s Budget. It was first reported by the Sunday Telegraph a week ago,...

16 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government told to raise stamp duty threshold to trigger recovery

The government has been told that raising the stamp duty threshold would both trigger more house moves, and bring the tax...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Johnson’s Mansion Tax: angry Tories hit out at ‘socialism lite’

Conservatives have been lining up to criticise a mansion tax which may be introduced on expensive homes to fund infrastructure improvements...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Mansion Tax on high value houses being considered by government

Boris Johnson is considering introducing a mansion tax for high value homes according to a Sunday newspaper. The Telegraph - citing two...

08 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Two-tier system can produce winners if landlords are prepared to move

After a challenging period for the UK property market, recovery is very much on the cards and the end to uncertainty...

01 February 2020

From: Features

Stamp Duty sell-out? Agents doubt Chancellor will reform tax

A survey of readers of Estate Agent Today suggest that the majority believe the Chancellor will fail to honour a pledge...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: will reform of hated tax begin on March 11?

The new government has announced that its first Budget is to be held on Wednesday March 11 - and it’s giving...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group's latest branch takes it to new part of the UK

Chancellors Estate Agents is next month opening its newest branch in Swindon - the first time the company has operated in...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what has the last decade meant for the property industry?

Yes, believe it or not, we’ve nearly reached the end of a whole decade. And what an eventful decade it’s been. We’ve...

14 December 2019

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - plenty of movers as Christmas nears

Hello and welcome to PJT: even with little more than a fortnight before Christmas it seems there are still plenty of...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Election preview - what are the key issues for agents?

In just over two weeks, the UK population will head to the polls for the fourth general election since 2010. Of course,...

27 November 2019

From: Features

Stamp Duty Reform: have the Conservatives got cold feet?

Pressure is building on the Conservative party to honour its previous commitment to reform stamp duty for British buyers and sellers...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Election 2019: what agents should expect from the main parties

It’s on - although judging by the early lack of enthusiasm amongst the British public, you might be forgiven for thinking...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Will stamp duty reform be announced on November 6?

November 6 has been declared Budget Day - at least if there is a Brexit deal agreed in principle in the...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

How can the government help the millions of 'trapped' movers?

There’s no doubt that we live in politically charged times and every day appears to bring something new to the ‘party’. For...

05 October 2019

From: Features

Tories set to allow more homes through relaxed planning laws

Briefings from the Conservative Party to The Sun newspaper suggest that the party will this week announce further relaxation in planning...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Will the current political landscape encourage Generation Rent to vote?

In recent years, governments and local councils have sought to change the private rented sector (PRS) to make it more appealing...

28 September 2019

From: Features

Agents hate Stamp Duty - but what happens in other countries?

Stamp duty won’t take centre stage at the Conservative Party conference - that’ll be Brexit, quelle surprise. But if the government...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

 Has Labour backed off from its controversial Right To Buy policy?

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, who earlier this month told a newspaper that he wanted to introduce a Right To Buy policy for...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories give housing a major role at party conference next week

The Conservative Party conference agenda, now published, gives the housing issue several bites of the cherry in Manchester next week. Housing minister...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Is stamp duty to blame for a 20% drop in transactions in some areas?

An estate agent is linking a drop in transactions of as much as 20 per cent with the stamp duty increases...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Party Conferences: what agents should look out for

If you thought - perhaps hoped - that five weeks of prorogued Parliament meant a break from politics, think again: the...

14 September 2019

From: Features

Agency downgrades London and UK market forecasts

Cluttons has downgraded its forecasts for the housing markets in London and the rest of the UK for the remainder of...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent stands up for industry as MPs squabble over Brexit and election

A leading London estate agent has written to The Times dismissing MPs who have been squabbling over Brexit and a possible...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: will conveyancers help buyers wanting to pay less?

A London estate agency says one of its buyers wants to delay completion until November 1 “just in case stamp duty...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The price of property: charting the evolution of stamp duty

In the run up to his appointment as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson suggested that he might cut Stamp Duty Land Tax...

24 August 2019

From: Features

Would a Berlin-style rental price freeze work in the UK?

Recently a number of politicians and charities have been calling for the introduction of rent controls or rent freezes in the...

24 August 2019

From: Features

Sort it out, Chancellor! Top agent leads attack on stamp duty chatter

One of the country’s leading estate agents is leading the calls on Chancellor Sajid Javid to sort out the government’s stamp...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty chaos as new Chancellor denies he wants sellers to pay

If anyone thought a Boris Johnson government would be more decisive than Theresa May's when it came to housing policies, the last...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson’s stamp duty chatter could paralyse market - fear

Housing experts have expressed their concerns that speculation about a radical stamp duty reduction to be introduced by Boris Johnson’s government...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

High profile housing minister named - but how long will she last?

Esther McVey is to be the new housing minister - one of the most seasoned politicians to take the job in...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

What now for the agency industry as Boris Johnson takes over?

Our own industry’s upheaval over recent years has been no less dramatic than the turmoil at Westminster. The political earthquake has seen...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Shifting stamp duty away from buyers will boost market, says top agent

One of the country’s leading estate agents says shifting the burden of stamp duty away from the buyer - which is...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Theresa May’s legacy - how has housing fared under her government?

Theresa May arrived in Downing Street some three years ago - but her premiership has not been a smooth ride. As she...

06 July 2019

From: Features

Blond ambition - Does Boris Johnson have any housing policies?

Britain lives in fundamentalist black-and-white times - all the more surprising when the country's most divisive point of contention sits on...

22 June 2019

From: Features

What would a Corbyn government mean for sales and lettings?

While media attention has been on Theresa May, Brexit and the Tories, chatter in the agency industry has been about what...

25 May 2019

From: Features

Historic property details create modern buzz for regional agency

A set of historic property details unearthed by a local resident have created a buzz on social media and in the...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Impact of the Tenant Fees Act - how can agents cover their costs?

It has been a long time coming, but the tenant fees ban, which forbids landlords and letting agents in England from...

13 April 2019

From: Features

Over-valuing: agents fight back after press allegations

There’s anger in the industry over an article in The Times which accused agents of overvaluing properties - although why this was happening...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Light may become an issue thanks to extended PDR - claim

Extended Permitted Development Rights unveiled in the Chancellor’s recent Spring Statement could create issues concerning Right To Light for homes near...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents slam “regurgitated rhetoric” in Hammond’s damp squib statement

Estate agents have responded cynically to the small-fry property sector announcements made by Chancellor Phillip Hammond in yesterday’s spring statement mini-Budget. Overshadowed...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency defends Trustpilot online reviews as transparent and honest

Chancellors says it has over 10,000 reviews on Trustpilot, making it the most reviewed High Street agency on the platform.  In a statement...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New stamp duty surcharge: consultation starts over foreign buyers

The government has launched an official consultation about a new stamp duty surcharge - the long-awaited additional one per cent for...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Big fall in stamp duty 'take' shows reform backfiring on government

If former Chancellor George Osborne thought his 2014 stamp duty reform would produce more income for the government, it appears he...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering system to be beefed up by new government board

The National Association of Estate Agents has met with other members of a high-level government board to look at ways of...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Don't rely on politicians to solve housing crisis, says Phil Spencer

Phil Spencer is on the warpath against “constant tinkering” by government in housing matters - and instead, he wants the problems...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Bum rap: Honey G ‘sacked’ as an estate agent

Infamous X Factor rapper Honey G, who just last week was lauded for becoming an estate agent, now says she’s been...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Good or bad? Help To Buy surge reignites debate about scheme

Figures released by the government over the weekend show that 14,867 Help To Buy equity loans were taken out in the...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit Shambles: No Deal impact on house prices to take centre stage

Newspapers are reporting that Brexit’s impact on house prices - especially if there is No Deal - are likely to take...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Who comes out on top in the battle of the property portals?

Given that online property portals, dominated by a handful of websites, are by far the most popular home search method, it...

17 November 2018

From: Features

A quiet Budget – but there’s still enough to keep everyone busy

On the face of it, this year’s Budget was not what you could describe as ‘housing heavy’ in terms of the...

03 November 2018

From: Features

Is that it? Industry downbeat after lacklustre Budget for housing

The agency industry has reacted in a broadly downbeat way at the relatively few housing-related proposals that were announced in yesterday’s...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty relief for first time buyers extended by Chancellor Hammond

Stamp duty relief for first time buyers of full-priced houses and apartments is to be extended to first time buyers of...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Budget briefing - Seven things to watch for today

Perhaps it’s been our pre-occupation with Brexit, or on the other hand maybe we’re bored with politics, but this year’s Budget...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Dear Mr Chancellor…this is what we need on October 29…

I’ve spoken many times before of my desire to see government take property more seriously. For more than just lip service...

13 October 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – legislation, legislation, legislation

Landlords and letting agents might feel they’ve taken a bit of a battering from the government in recent years – and...

22 September 2018

From: Features

Forget narrow demands - Work together for more homes

Any day now we’ll hear the date for the Autumn Budget: it may be delayed to wait for a Brexit deal...

15 September 2018

From: Features

Devastating impact of stamp duty revealed in buying agency's data

Data from the buying agency Black Brick reveals just how big an impact has been made by the additional homes stamp...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Why letting agents need to be ready for a challenging market this autumn

The buy-to-let sector, which has been under sustained pressure for a number of years now thanks to tax changes designed to...

15 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Property Redress Scheme adds 1,750 members after redress shake-out

The Property Redress Scheme says it’s recruited another 1,750 members following the shake-out last week when one of its rival redress...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty is a mess: should it be scrapped or simplified?

Research by Estate Agent Today reveals that there have been 12 different stamp duty regimes in the UK since the Millennium. What’s...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t blame Brexit! Agent reveals who's behind housing market woe

One of London’s leading estate agents says Brexit has had at worst a neutral effect on the housing market and may...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

By George! Osborne re-appears to defend his stamp duty reforms

The former Chancellor George Osborne - architect of drastic stamp duty reform - has come out fighting to defend the tax...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

More rich foreigners buying in London is first fruit of Brexit says agent

An outspoken high-end London estate agent says millionaire foreign buyers purchasing “cheap” properties in the capital represent what he calls “the...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Peter Rollings

Peter Rollings is one of the most respected and best-known figures in property, having helped to rapidly grow Foxtons (where he...

16 June 2018

From: Features

Vast majority of homes selling below asking price claims NAEA

Only one property in every eight sold in the current market succeeds in achieving its asking price - while no fewer than...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: yet more for government despite 69,000 first time buyers

Figures from the Treasury suggest that the annual revenue from stamp duty for the year to the end of March is...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Chairman of major agency was trampled to death by his own horses

The chairman of Chancellors was trampled to death by his own horses after taking them out for a carriage driving exercise,...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

NAEA says first time buyer stamp duty cut working - but more needed

The National Association of Estate Agents says the government’s first time buyer stamp duty incentive “seems to be having the desired...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

60,000 first time buyers have benefitted from stamp duty change - Hammond

  Chancellor Phillip Hammond claims over 60,000 first time buyers have already benefitted from the stamp duty relief he announced at his...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New ZPG figures suggest more agencies now listing on three portals

New figures released by ZPG suggest increasing numbers of agents are listing on three portals. Amongst the latest agencies to renew long...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket announces 243 new listings agreements in past 10 days

In an unexpected trading statement this morning, OnTheMarket says it has signed 243 new listing agreements within its first 10 days...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister ‘does a Trump’ by accusing trade publications of fake news

Housing minister Dominic Raab took to Twitter to make a Trump-style criticism of trade magazine The Negotiator and its editor, the...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs tell government - stamp duty cut isn't really helping first time buyers

One of the most influential select committees in parliament has told the government that it needs to do more - much...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing 'promoted' to full Cabinet status in cosmetic reshuffle

The Department of Communities and Local Government has been rebadged as the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government in what...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: mystery surrounds PM's 16,000 first timers helped claim

Mystery surrounds a claim made by Prime Minister Theresa May that the stamp duty changes for first time buyers made in...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2018?

What a year it’s been! Back in 2016 we had Brexit, a new prime minister, Donald Trump’s election, and so when...

30 December 2017

From: Features

First time buyer stamp duty change 'will have only limited effect'

The Nationwide says the Chancellor’s decision to effectively scrap stamp duty for the majority of first time buyers will have only...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Senior Tory wants 50% of new London homes reserved for Britons

Chris Philp, a Conservative MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chancellor Phillip Hammond, says 50 per cent of new homes in...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Chancellors Group agencies now rebranded under Chancellors name

Anscombe & Ringland and Russell, Baldwin & Bright are tobe rebranded under the Chancellors name.  The agencies - Anscombe & Ringland in...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New OnTheMarket contract ‘imposes restriction on acquisitions’

The new contract for firms joining or re-signing to OnTheMarket is reported to have a restriction on acquisitions. It is said to...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

UK housing: All change...or not as it turns out

Here we are again: another much anticipated Budget has been and gone and, yet, still nothing much has changed! Yes, of course,...

02 December 2017

From: Features

OnTheMarket announces another agency sign-up as IPO nears

Franchise agency Hunters has signed up to the OnTheMarket portal.  This comes as speculation mounts that an announcement is imminent on stock market...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Chancellors Group signs five year deal with OnTheMarket portal

Chancellors Group has signed a five year deal to list its sales and lettings properties with the OnTheMarket portal. The group has...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property industry reacts to the Autumn Budget

Earlier this week, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the Autumn Budget with a strong focus on housing.  The decision to cut stamp duty...

25 November 2017

From: Features

Not everyone in the industry likes the stamp duty change...

Agents and even the Labour Party have backed the government’s scrapping of stamp duty for first time buyers’ purchases up to...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Scepticism at long-term benefit of Budget housing measures

Housing may have taken centre stage in the Budget but most of the industry appears to remain sceptical of whether the...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform, more new homes, possible longer tenancies

Stamp duty reform for first time buyers has taken pride of place in the Budget speech of Chancellor Phillip Hammond.   From today,...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget to reveal massive housebuilding programme ... again

Another Budget, another pledge of new house building: it appears from statements made over the weekend by Chancellor Phillip Hammond that...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

The housing industry has set out a list of demands in advance of the government’s hotly anticipated Autumn Budget on Wednesday.  Despite...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Most senior Tory MP yet says she's open to stamp duty reform

Nicky Morgan, a former Cabinet minister and now chair of the highly respected Commons' Treasury Select Committee, is the most senior...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Former NAEA chief ignored by minister and asks: 'Is he in hiding?'

Former National Association of Estate Agents president Simon Gerrard is renewing his campaign for the government to adopt two innovative reforms...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Chaotic stamp duty system means HMRC refunds £10m each month

HMRC has refunded £185m to some 15,000 house buyers since the introduction of the stamp duty surcharge in April of last...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty more pressing than house buying reform, government told

The head of a major Oxford estate and lettings agency has written an open letter to Chancellor Phillip Hammond urging him...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

'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

Consultation isn’t a substitute for action

Another week, yet more consultations - the agency industry can’t complain about not being asked for its views recently. The latest were on...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty tinkering will make the whole process more complicated

With the Budget just over a month away, the steady stream of ‘leaks’ continues to grow as journalists and the industry...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Stamp Duty: pressure building on government for more reforms

Pressure is continuing to build on the government to reform stamp duty in next month’s Budget. Firstly a group of senior financial...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry criticism of Tories' monumental mistake in boosting Help To Buy

Figures in the property industry have sharply criticised the announcement made at the Conservative party conference to pump an estimated £10...

02 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

Charity blasts stamp duty critics 'wanting to sell £1m-plus mansions'

Shelter, the campaigning charity that has been hugely critical of private landlords and letting agents in recent years, has now launched...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Newspapers ramp up pressure for further reform of stamp duty

Stamp duty has become the latest weapon in the ongoing war of words between different wings of the Conservative party, as...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Research shows huge damage from stamp duty in central London

The ‘lower priced’ 80 per cent of homes in prime central London are seeing price rises again, giving hope they have...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - a short history of estate agency

Property has been changing hands for centuries, but when did estate agents as we know them today – with their branches,...

04 August 2017

From: Features

London’s prime housing market is no longer roaring

Being a leading world-class city comes at a price – they are the most expensive for occupiers and the most lucrative...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Queen’s speech: Property industry reacts to proposed tenant fee ban

The Queen’s speech to the British parliament this week was a scaled-back affair, which was unsurprising given the Grenfell Tower fire,...

23 June 2017

From: Features

Why we’re absorbing tenant fees until a decision is made

In November 2016 when the Autumn Statement was delivered by Chancellor Philip Hammond, the announcement was made to ban letting agent...

20 May 2017

From: Features

Split stamp duty between sellers and buyers, urges top agent

Trevor Abrahmsohn, one of London’s best known estate agents and a founder of OnTheMarket, says stamp duty should be split between...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit threat to London market if financial services jobs go overseas

New research by business information firm Bloomberg suggests many thousands of London’s financial services jobs are under threat thanks to Brexit...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market review

In recent years the mortgage industry has gone through some testing times. Recession and regulation have led to more stringent lending...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: Q & A with David Cox, ARLA Propertymark

In this Natter we have an exclusive interview with David Cox, CEO of ARLA Propertymark and one of the best-known figures...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Brexit: Housing must not be ignored in the clamour

We’re almost nine months on from the EU Referendum and yet the issue remains the big divide across the nation: an...

18 March 2017

From: Features

Brexit and SDLT stifling prime sales, warns top buying agency

Property Vision, one of the country’s oldest and most respected buying agencies, has added its voice to those saying that stamp...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget this week pledging extra funding for the NHS, transport in the Midlands and the...

11 March 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and never mind the Chancellor....

There was nothing doing in the Budget - no stamp duty reform, no second look at mortgage interest tax relief changes,...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why no stamp duty reform? Angry agents ask Hammond

Estate agents are angry that Chancellor Phillip Hammond made no attempt in his first Spring Budget to reform stamp duty -...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget: No new property taxes - but landlords may be hit

Chancellor Phillip Hammond has introduced no new property taxes in his Spring Budget - but a clampdown on those setting up...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

Looking ahead to the Spring Budget this week, the Chancellor Philip Hammond will be obliged to face up to the implications...

04 March 2017

From: Features

Budget 2017: Should stamp duty be a tax on sellers, not buyers?

An estate agent and a building society have both advocated radical moves to reform stamp duty - and want Chancellor Phillip...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

What does the future hold for the buy-to-let market?

Over the past two decades, investing in buy-to-let has been a relatively easy way to make money, which is why so...

25 February 2017

From: Features

Government bags £394m 'enveloped dwellings' tax since 2013

A London property investment firm says the government has enjoyed a tax take of £394m since introducing the Annual Tax for...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let mortgages: What opportunities and challenges lie ahead?

The rapid growth in popularity of buy-to-let in recent years, fuelled in part by the failings of the pensions industry, has...

17 February 2017

From: Features

Government deadlines slip on agents' fees and new-build targets

The government appears to have slipped back on two deadlines concerning measures key to the property industry. Firstly the consultation on the...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' call for stamp duty reform backed by business chiefs

The Treasury should review the impact of stamp duty on London's market given recent political and economic changes according to London...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

What next for the rental market in 2017?

The rental market has had to face a raft of changes over the past year, including the introduction of the 3% stamp...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Inheritance Tax will be next obstacle to London's recovery - claim

The extension of Inheritance Tax from April is likely to hinder the recovery of the battered prime central London market according...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills talks of prime London sales 'boost' - but only after price falls

Sales of homes in prime central London improved towards the end of 2016 says Savills - but only after prices were...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

March 8 is next date for bad (or good) news on property taxes

The government has announced that its next Budget will be on March 8 next year. Until recently, Budgets and their ‘mini-me’ Autumn...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London - transactions down 50% according to new data

New data revealed by investment consultancy Central London Portfolio claims that transactions in prime central areas of the capital have dropped 24...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2017?

Following a strong start to 2016, particularly in the lower to middle range of the UK housing market, that lasted up...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Are landlords about to ditch letting agents and go it alone?

Next year is likely to be a challenging time for letting agents, following a raft of changes introduced by the government...

09 December 2016

From: Features

Is a long-term housing policy too much to ask for?

Just a couple of weeks ago, we waited with anticipation to see what the new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, would say in...

09 December 2016

From: Features

The PRS is set to benefit from a flourishing tech sector

One of the key factors associated with an active private rental market in the UK, as detailed in the Dataloft PRS...

09 December 2016

From: Features

Some prime London properties 'now 35% off their peak prices of 2014'

Prominent top end London estate agent Trevor Abrahmsohn says some homes in the higher levels of the market may now have...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement: reaction and what’s next for us?

Chancellor Philip Hammond caught the lettings industry unaware with an incredulous Autumn Statement.  The buy-to-let sector took a bashing earlier in 2015...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Countrywide: big transactions slump - with warning of worse to come

A trading update released by Countrywide this morning shows a 29 per cent slump in London exchanges in the third quarter...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Anger over Chancellor ignoring industry's pleas on stamp duty

The industry has reacted angrily to the Chancellor declining to change stamp duty despite pleas from agents and suppliers ahead of the Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

ICYMI: What agents need to know from the Autumn Statement

In case you missed it yesterday, here’s a summary of everything relating to property that was in Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

More homes, letting fees banned, but no change to stamp duty or buy to let tax

Phillip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement, tackling amongst other things, what he called “the housing challenge.” The speech made no...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement: The property industry's wish list for Philip Hammond

It may still be too early to start compiling a Christmas wish list, but it is the right time to provide...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Five guesses about the Autumn Statement

Forecasts are a tricky business. And as I wrote in a recent Industry Views opinion piece, any prediction in the current...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Will Hammond's property past benefit the future of our industry?

We are now only days away from one of the most-anticipated events in UK politics; one which has a considerable impact...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Agents back newspaper call to slash high-end homes' stamp duty

Agents selling homes at the high end of the market have generally welcomed the Daily Telegraph campaign to persuade the Chancellor...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

National newspaper launches campaign to slash stamp duty

The Daily Telegraph has this morning launched a campaign calling on Chancellor Phillip Hammond to slash stamp duty. The newspaper - a...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty cuts sale prices of Britain's most expensive homes

The number of homes sold for £1m and above has risen by 12 per cent in the first half of 2016 -...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

The market is crying out for a positive Autumn Statement

We are now less than a month away from Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement to the nation, depending of course on...

28 October 2016

From: Features

Going, going, gone through the roof – sky’s the limit at auction

Auction rooms across the UK are filled with people looking to buy property, from bargain hunters to seasoned investors, ensuring that...

22 October 2016

From: Features

Cabinet minister hints at property tax changes next month

The almost non-stop series of tax changes affecting all aspects of the housing market in recent years looks set to continue...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises are inevitable after tax clampdown on buy-to-let

Buy-to-let landlords may have failed in their recent legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set to...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Ye cannae change the laws of physics

It is a tedious fact, but the housing market is underpinned by economic fundamentals. This won’t be a surprise.  However, at a...

14 October 2016

From: Features

'Cut stamp duty now' agents tell Hammond ahead of statement

Estate agents are already setting out their stalls ahead of Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s November 23 Autumn Statement with one simple message...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers urge Hammond to reverse Osborne property taxes

The Conveyancing Association says new Chancellor Phillip Hammond should use next month’s Autumn Statement as the opportunity to reverse controversial buy...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Government pledges substantial house building ideas by Christmas

The government has signalled that it is going to publish a housing White Paper later this year with “significant measures” to...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market defies Brexit jitters as rates hit record lows

Fears raised over the UK housing market in the wake of the Brexit vote have so far proved to be ‘wide...

30 September 2016

From: Features

Housing must remain top of the government’s agenda

With the number of new homes being built across the UK still significantly below the level needed to meet demand, housebuilders...

16 September 2016

From: Features

Is buy-to-let investing still a safe bet?

The huge rush to acquire buy-to-let property in the first quarter of the year ahead of the stamp duty change deadline...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Industry protests work – so keep them up

It’s been a heartening few weeks for those of us who thought that protest was dead – or, more precisely, that...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Leading Tory joins clamour for government to end Help To Buy ISA

An influential backbench Conservative MP is the latest to speak out, urging the government to resolve the growing argument over the...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

NAEA wades into row over Help To Buy ISA 'deception' by government

The National Association of Estate Agents has waded into the row created by the revelation that the government’s Help To Buy...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy ISAs exposed as not helping first time deposits after all

The Daily Telegraph appears to have exposed the government’s much-vaunted Buy To Let ISA scheme - billed as helping first time...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

What has been the Brexit impact on the housing market so far?

The morning after the EU referendum, and Westminster, Britain, Europe and the world were left in shock at the news that...

05 August 2016

From: Features

Institute bucks trend by saying Cameron leaves a proud housing legacy

A housing body says that, rather than presiding over a worsening housing crisis as many suggest, David Cameron has actually left...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Senior Tory MP is latest to raise concern at Land Registry sell-off threat

MP Bernard Jenkin, the chairman of the public administration committee, is the latest to raise concerns at the possible privatisation of...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Does Brexit mean the end of the Northern Powerhouse?

Plans for the Northern Powerhouse scheme, designed to rival London and the South East as the main driver of economic growth...

29 July 2016

From: Features

Housing shortage will continue to drive up UK prices

Property prices were at the forefront of the EU debate in the run-up to the referendum, with the now former Chancellor...

22 July 2016

From: Features

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2016

With a number of agent partner programmes available nationwide, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, especially...

15 July 2016

From: Features

'Billionaires Row' agent says new PM and Chancellor may cut stamp duty

One of London’s most outspoken estate agents claims the prime minister who succeeds David Cameron could appoint a chancellor who will...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

What will happen to the housing market if Britain leaves the EU?

The sense of gathering momentum for the Leave campaign ahead of the upcoming EU referendum is causing high levels of uncertainty...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Stamp duty slated as a tax on development, not on wealthy buyers

Property consultancy Arcadis, which monitors construction and development around the world, wants Chancellor George Osborne to offer temporary stamp duty relief...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit – does anyone know, does anyone care?

The glorious thing about the referendum on our EU membership is that four weeks today it will all be over –...

27 May 2016

From: Features

House prices to fall if Britain leaves the EU, says Osborne

George Osborne has claimed that average house prices could fall by up to 18% if the UK leaves the EU following...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit has upside for London's foreign investors - property advisers

A property investment firm says a British exit from the EU may cause minimal damage to the prime London market and...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit would mean 'significant hit' for house prices, warns Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne has moved his campaign for the UK to remain in the EU on to housing issues with a...

09 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Tax and Buy-to-Let – how short are our memories?

We talk about the unstoppable rise of buy-to-let and forget that it was only as recently as the early 1970’s that...

08 April 2016

From: Features

Ex-Cabinet member Pickles to ask Osborne to amend stamp duty surcharge

The former secretary of state at the Department of Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, is to write to Chancellor George...

05 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage clampdown is too late and unnecessary says leading agent

New proposals to curtail mortgage borrowing in the buy to let sector have been branded as “a classic case of slamming...

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

NAEA says buy to let surge takes demand to its highest for 12 years

The National Association of Estate Agents has quantified what the industry has known for some weeks - there has been a...

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Government sneaks out consultation on Land Registry privatisation

The government - which controversially launched consultation on its stamp duty surcharge between Christmas and New Year - has now used...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

An underwhelming Budget – perhaps that isn’t a bad thing?

George Osborne has been busy over the last year. First came the General Election which had everyone on tenterhooks until the...

25 March 2016

From: Features

Tax experts blast SDLT surcharge as incredibly unfair to joint purchasers

A group of leading tax experts claims the stamp duty surcharge coming into effect one week from today will hurt the...

25 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Only 900 responses to government consultation on stamp duty surcharge

The government’s official consultation exercise on the stamp duty surcharge - launched in controversial circumstances over the Christmas holidays - attracted...

22 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with just a week to go before Easter

The Budget's over, Easter is a week away, and agents are preparing for the busiest time of year - whatever the...

18 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents breathe sigh of relief after latest budget

Yesterday George Osborne delivered his eighth budget as chancellor, announcing an extra £3.5 billion in spending cuts by 2019-20. The Office for...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Budget: Stamp duty surcharge confirmed, no buy-to-let bombshells

In today's budget, the Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced a number of measures which will impact the property industry.  The Chancellor confirmed...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Budget: further stamp duty surcharge details expected today

Later today chancellor George Osborne will make his latest budget speech. The announcement is expected to confirm the details of the 3%...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Another online petition - this time against stamp duty surcharge

Another online petition has been launched against one of Chancellor George Osborne’s fiscal measures seen as an attack on the private...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

How do you define a landlord?

I want to take this opportunity to share some findings from the National Landlord Association’s latest Quarterly Landlord Panel. The first is...

13 February 2016

From: Features

Figures reveal stamp duty income dropping after government's reform

There has been a £620m decline in stamp duty income for the government in the first nine months of 2015 according...

10 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents have only days left to add their views to stamp duty consultation

There is less than a week to go before formal consultation ends on the introduction of the so-called stamp duty surcharge...

26 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty and buy to let tax changes: Readers' views put to David Cameron

In January readers of Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today were given the opportunity to give their views on proposed...

25 January 2016

From: Features

Rush to purchase buy-to-lets keeping housing market buoyant says RICS

Landlords trying to beat Chancellor George Osborne’s stamp duty surcharge deadline are behind the latest upbeat assessment of the housing market...

22 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide upgrades profits forecast - just months after a profits warning

The UK’s largest estate agency group has upgraded its profits forecast to the City - just over 10 weeks after issuing...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Affordability and buy to let taxes will curb market warns ITEM Club

The housing market will slow in the next three years as affordability problems and buy to let taxes combine to offset...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says 'supply famine' easing after small rise in stock on sale

Rightmove is reporting this morning that there has been a 6.6 per cent increase in the number ot homes with two...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Tax return threat to small agencies will be debated by MPs this month

The prospect of quarterly tax returns being imposed on some businesses - including small estate agencies and other small firms servicing...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Consultation action confirms buy-to-let contempt

My suspicion in my December Industry Views column that the Chancellor, George Osborne, holds certain types of property owners in contempt...

08 January 2016

From: Features

Estate agency group takes majority stake in mortgage company

Chancellors has acquired a majority stake in the brokers Alexander James Mortgage Services. The deal means that the Bracknell-based firm – one...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Only four weeks for industry to comment on 3% stamp duty surcharge

There is just four weeks left for the official consultation period set by the government over its controversial proposal to levy...

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Will small agencies be hit by Osborne's four-times-a-year tax returns?

There are fears that a little-publicised proposal could mean some of the country's smallest estate agencies would have to file tax returns...

31 December 2015

From: Breaking News

You read it here first – what to look for in 2016

There’s been plenty of forecasting in recent weeks - banks, consultancies and high-end estate agents have predicted house prices in the...

31 December 2015

From: Features

Stamp duty surcharge: row brewing over consultation timetable

Controversy is growing over the government’s surprise consultation period for its proposal to levy a three per cent stamp duty surcharge...

30 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Government launches consultation on second homes stamp duty surcharge

The government chose Christmas Bank Holiday Monday to launch its formal consultation on the ‘additional properties’ stamp duty surcharge, first announced...

28 December 2015

From: Breaking News

My winners and losers in 2015

It’s time to take a pause, to reflect and put into context—and what a year it has been for our industry...

24 December 2015

From: Features

Scotland to levy 3% 'stamp duty' surcharge on buy to lets, second homes

The Scottish finance minister John Swinney is to introduce a three per cent surcharge on the full purchase price above £40,000...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Land Registry privatisation - the public doesn't want it, survey suggests

A survey of over 1,000 adults by respected polling company Survation shows little public appetite for the privatisation of the Land...

15 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty and stock shortage mean 'winter of higher prices' says top agent

The director of two major agencies says George Osborne’s stamp duty surcharge and stock at an “historically low level” will force...

10 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Property ownership is fine – if it’s on an industrial scale

I’m sure I’m not the only estate agent confused by the Government’s approach to residential property ownership. Many of the current ministerial...

04 December 2015

From: Features

Countrywide says London market stagnation not caused by stamp duty

Countrywide says the current malaise in the central London housing market is not, as many agents and commentators suggest, simply down...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty income to soar by 50 per cent in five years, says Treasury

The Treasury has admitted that stamp duty ‘take’ is expected to soar from £11.2 billion this year to £17.8 billion in...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

A New Year’s Resolution for every landlord – make someone love you

Once you go beyond the industry’s anger about the Chancellor’s three per cent stamp duty surcharge – and that’s an anger...

27 November 2015

From: Features

Possible Land Registry sell-off prompts concern over searches

The possibility of the Land Registry being amongst £4.6 billion of public assets earmarked for privatisation has provoked protests across the...

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement: Osborne to unveil mortgage and Help To Buy ISA details

It is anticipated that the government will reveal more details of how it proposes to simplify mortgage fees and make mortgage...

25 November 2015

From: Breaking News

High end agents demand Chancellor reverses stamp duty reform

Chancellor George Osborne remains convinced that his stamp duty reforms of a year ago benefit over 95 per cent of home...

23 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: this, that and a little bit of something else

We’ve enjoyed a bit of an Indian summer this week. Not sure it makes up for one of the coldest and...

11 September 2015

From: Features

Say no to George before housing crisis

A new website has been launched to fight back against the attack George Osborne made in the Summer Budget on the...

21 August 2015

From: Features

Estate agents urged to 'saynotoGeorge'

A new campaign says it’s not just the buy to let sector that will be penalised by changes to landlord tax...

13 August 2015

From: Breaking News

London investors split deals to minimise stamp duty - claim

The recent changes in stamp duty means some investors in high value locations like London are splitting their purchases to reduce...

10 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Has buy-to-let become too popular for its own good?

Here's a thought. The Chancellor may have done the buy-to-let industry a small favour with his emergency Budget in July. What...

07 August 2015

From: Features

Budget tax changes will cut demand and prices says credit agency

Credit rating service Moody’s is warning that restrictions on mortgage interest relief for buy-to-let landlords will slow house price growth in...

06 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Most Labour hopefuls dismiss threat of Mansion Tax 2

Three of the four candidates standing for the Labour leadership have effectively dismissed any possibility of reintroducing mansion tax if they...

21 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Manage your landlords effectively as tax changes take hold

Consider the scene. It is July 8th and new Chancellor, Ed Balls, stands at the Dispatch Box giving his first Budget...

17 July 2015

From: Features

Agents give enthusiastic thumbs-up to planning reforms

Estate agents have given an enthusiastic endorsement to Chancellor George Osborne’s proposals to help boost housing building totals through changes to...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords' plans will change in wake of tax relief cut

Wednesday’s budget proved a grim viewing for those who have worked in the rental sector for some time and watched the...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Summer Budget's fiddly tax changes well worth a second glance

This week the Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered the first Conservative Budget for almost 20 years. While Mr Osborne claimed that it marked...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Budget - Buy To Let interest relief changes plus Non-Dom clampdown

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced a series of measures impacting on the property industry, including:   Mortgage interest relief for buy-to-let homebuyers...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency figures make last-gasp pleas to Osborne

Estate and letting agents and other figures in the property industry have been making their last-minute calls on Chancellor George Osborne...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Government housing action plan coming this week

The government says it will publish an action plan this week to explain how it is going to implement some of...

06 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Could cross-party support solve supply conundrum?

Given that I wrote my last article on the day of the General Election but well before the result was known,...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Homeowners save £701million since stamp duty overhaul

Homeowners have saved £701million in the six months since the stamp duty system was reformed last December.   Research carried out by...

04 June 2015

From: Breaking News

A comfy seat at the table

This week RICS reported a further drop in the number of people putting their homes up for sale; new instructions fell...

15 May 2015

From: Features

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