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KEYWORD "Consultation" - 120 RESULTS
Consultations - Why do so few participate?

It’s no surprise that figures don’t always show the results or consequences we expect - even if they are entirely accurate. Look...

06 January 2018

From: Features

Group slams 'incredibly weak' government leasehold reforms

A specialist leasehold enfranchisement firm has branded government leasehold reforms as "incredibly weak". In an announcement lost in the noise following Damian Green’s sacking,...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want estate agents licensed and sellers to compile log books

A conveyancers’ trade body has told the government that it wants the house buying process to be modernised by having estate...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Five things that didn’t happen in 2017

It’s traditional before Christmas to either review the year past or anticipate the one ahead - but I’m intrigued about what...

16 December 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: things to look out for in 2018

Another new year is nearly upon us and, once we’ve got the season of mince pies, mulled wine, pigs in blankets,...

16 December 2017

From: Features

Government to consult on a single Ombudsman across all housing issues

The government says it is going to look at “bold options” to improve consumer redress across all aspects of housing -...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: A to Z of the property industry for 2017

As we hurtle towards the end of 2017, it’s time to reflect on the year that’s just been.   Even better, this property-based...

25 November 2017

From: Features

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

PropTech experts to debate how moving and buying could be improved

A round table will take place tomorrow between some of the country’s leading PropTech experts and the British Property Foundation to...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Should agents pay for an increased Trading Standards budget?

A large part of the DCLG’s Call for Evidence on the home buying and selling process focuses on the role of...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Why the last fortnight might not matter

It’s something of an understatement to say it’s been a busy fortnight for the industry in terms of announcements, consultations and...

04 November 2017

From: Features

Buying Reform: call for legally-binding Reservation Agreements

An influential consumer group has responded to the government’s commitment to reform the house buying process by advocating legally-binding reservation agreements...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of agents admit sales process is out of date

A survey conducted by the National Association of Estate Agents reveals that 79 per cent of agents regard the current home-buying...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: here’s why crowdfunding is the future

Crowdfunding is nothing new. As I pointed out in a previous Natter, it dates back centuries, playing a part in the...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Government should be wary of introducing goodwill agreements

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has launched a consultation on proposals to reform the house buying...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Agency tells government: probe gazundering as well as gazumping

The government should take a close look at gazundering as well as gazumping in its review of the house sales process,...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers are piloting HIPs-style 'Digital Home Reports'

The Conveyancing Association says some of its members are piloting HIPs-style Digital Home Reports in a bid to reduce fall-throughs and...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers and searches in firing line of new government probe

Conveyancers and the speed of local council searches have come in for criticism as details have emerged of the government’s consultation...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Government has no ideas at all #idiots' - industry reacts to probe

There has been a wide range of views from trade bodies and individual agents on the government’s surprise ‘call for evidence’...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Government launches consultation into house buying and selling

The government has launched a consultation this weekend calling for evidence on how to make the home buying process “cheaper, faster...

22 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

Agents Do Charity - our salute to the industry's heroes

It’s been a big week for property news - controversies surrounding Purplebricks, merger discussions between big franchise operators, and another government...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agents' group CIELA nearly (but not quite) scrapped

The long-running saga of whether independent agents’ group CIELA is ever going to launch appears to be nearing its end game...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Ban leasehold houses and new ground rents, MPs urge government

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold and Commonhold Reform has made a hard-hitting submission to formal government consultations on the...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Summer of love? More like summer of leasehold

Even so close to the event, I don’t think anyone will be deeming 2017 as the ‘summer of love’.  The summer of...

16 September 2017

From: Features

OnTheMarket rebel agent makes last-ditch bid to overturn float proposal

An early Gold member of OnTheMarket is making a last-ditch bid to stop its parent company, Agents’ Mutual, from floating on...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Tips for surviving the ban on letting agent fees

Parliament is sitting again and the entire lettings industry is waiting with bated breath for more detail on the government’s proposal...

09 September 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: it’s time to party (political-style)

In this week’s Natter I’m going to get all political. Don’t worry, I won’t be giving my opinions on Brexit, Trump...

02 September 2017

From: Features

It's now 'Jackson-Stops' as veteran firm undergoes subtle rebrand

Jackson-Stops & Staff is undergoing a rebrand including the creation of a snappier title - it’s just Jackson-Stops now - as...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Distinctive office design with a 10% discount

MPL Interiors has not one but two brilliant things to give away this summer. We want to encourage as many estate...

03 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Why the new build leasehold ban is a big moment for our industry

Without wishing to blow our own trumpet at this time, we did say at the start of the year that 2017...

28 July 2017

From: Features

Industry backs leasehold reform as government releases more details

There has been general support from the industry for the government’s apparent intention to ban new homes in England being sold...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Government set to ban leaseholds on new-builds in England

The government says it wants to ban “unfair” leasehold charges imposed on buyers of new-build homes in England.  Under the measure, subject to...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Yet more consultation starts over anti-money laundering measures

The government wants the views of estate agents and other professionals affected by anti-money laundering legislation, in a new consultation launched...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' group's outburst over law flouters and anonymous trollers

The troubled trade group Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents - which has suggested it may not have enough support...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Conveyancers set out their ideas for leasehold reform

A cluster of conveyancing and legal experts, known as the Legal Sector Group, has published a raft of proposals on leasehold...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Election preview: Could we be heading for a ‘black swan moment’?

In years to come, students of political history might come to look at the 2017 General Election campaign with some interest....

03 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

Stamp duty reform holds the key to meaningful market change

I wrote last month about how the Government, in introducing a 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes, had scored an...

22 April 2017

From: Features

Money laundering: NAEA backs new bid to list 'beneficial owners'

The National Association of Estate Agents has thrown its weight behind a government move to create a register of overseas companies...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

CMA releases details of ZPG/Expert Agent enforcement order

The Competitions and Markets Authority has released more details of its ‘calling-in’ of the acquisition of Expert Agent by Zoopla Property...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

ZPG's acquisition of Expert Agent called in by Competition and Markets Authority

The Competitions and Markets Authority is reviewing the acquisition of Expert Agent by ZPG, parent company of Zoopla and PrimeLocation. A statement...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Fear that probate fees rise could be 'a new inheritance tax'

Ministry of Justice probate fee changes coming into effect this spring will affect all individuals inheriting an estate worth more than...

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

Agents - it’s time to get back to basics

Welcome to February! It means that 2017 is well under way and we’re edging closer to Spring – a time when...

04 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

Three things agents need to consider in 2017

2016 was quite a year – eventful, dramatic, shocking and impossible to predict. In no particular order, we saw Leicester winning...

18 January 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter: Q & A with Countrywide’s Sam Tyrer

A post-Christmas treat this week, as I carry out a Q & A with one of the leading figures in property,...

14 January 2017

From: Features

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

Quote, unquote - What the industry said in 2016

Forecasts are so last year: who anticipated Bowie, Brexit or Balls for example? Quotes, on the other hand, really ARE last year...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Countrywide share price dips as commercial sell-off revealed

Countrywide’s share price closed slightly down again yesterday to finish trading at 176.0 after news emerged that the group was selling...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government consults over 'banning orders' for 'rogue property agents'

The government has launched an official consultation process on a package of measures to crack down on what it calls ‘rogue...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Countrywide stays silent on rumours of Bairstow Eves closures

Countrywide says it is unable to comment on speculation that some Bairstow Eves offices in the south of England have been...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

Conveyancers demand sweeping changes to buying process

The Conveyancers' Association has called for sweeping changes to the house buying and moving system to create a "more certain and...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering: Agents' network running consultation survey

The Independent Network of Estate Agents is running a survey to collate agents' responses ahead of the closure of the official...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Leeds eyes sustainable ripple effect

As many northern cities struggled to recover from the 2008 global financial crisis, the north-south divide returned to plague the British...

28 October 2016

From: Features

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

Bank of England confirms tougher buy to let mortgage lending regime

The Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority has confirmed that tighter regulations will apply to lenders providing mortgages for buy to...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

80 branch agency network becomes 'the Experts in Property'

The network of independent estate agents known as the Property Sharing Experts has become the Experts in Property. The change of name...

19 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Land Registry privatisation delayed - or possibly abandoned?

The government is reported to have yet again delayed a decision on whether to privatise the Land Registry. The Financial Times says...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

The future looks bright for Bristol

A campaign has been launched to make Bristol the colour capital of the UK by ensuring that more homes are painted...

02 September 2016

From: Features

Revealed - list of Countrywide branches to close in the near future

Estate Agent Today has received a list of around 60 Countrywide Group estate agency offices expected to close in the next...

02 September 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

NAEA wants new housing minister to rethink Land Registry privatisation

The National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents have asked new housing minister Gavin Barwell to...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Uncertainty over timing of Labour's housing review exercise

The timing of Labour’s housing review, which has until now been closely associated with John Healey, appears uncertain following the shadow housing...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

CMA repeats concern over 'monopoly' privatised Land Registry

The Competition and Markets Authority has reiterated controversial remarks about the government’s proposed privatisation of the Land Registry. Last month it surprised...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour housing policy consultation exercise closes tomorrow

Tomorrow, June 8, is the closing date for submissions to the Labour Party’s latest consultation on housing policy: it is seeking...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Land Registry privatisation consultation closes today

The government's consultation on the proposed privatisation of the Land Registry closes today. Interested parties have had since March 24 to give...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

CMA challenges government over Land Registry privatisation

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has challenged the government over its renewed attempt to privatise the Land Registry. Last week's Queen's...

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

CHAPS extended hours confirmed from Monday June 20

Operating hours for CHAPS - the payment system used to trasfer funds for property transactions - will be extended by one...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Land Registry: anti-privatisation campaign gathers momentum

An online petition against the privatisation of the Land Registry now has around 225,000 signatures with just over a week to...

17 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Hospital listed for sale on estate agency's website 'was a hoax'

An NHS foundation trust has had to issue a statement to defuse fears that a local hospital was up for sale...

12 May 2016

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT urges agents to comment on Cutting Red Tape initiative

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team is urging the industry to comment on a government initiative aimed at cutting red...

09 May 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

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

Stamp duty surcharge: Treasury goes public on multiple dwelling 'loophole'

Unlikely as it seems, the Treasury has tipped-off the 909 individuals and organisations that responded to formal consultation over the stamp...

24 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

Home owners' consumer group says Brexit may lead to house price falls

The influential Home Owners’ Alliance pressure group says Britain pulling out of the EU would probably depress house prices. The HOA - a...

22 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

Warning that housing market is likely to fall back in spring and summer

The Nationwide is warning that the busy start to 2016 in the housing market is driven at least partly by the...

04 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let surge takes mortgage lending to almost a two year high

Banks have approved the highest number of mortgages for almost two years as the rush to purchase buy to let properties...

25 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge: call for exemptions on homes bought for children

The Chartered Institute of Taxation has called on government to introduce an exemption from the stamp duty surcharge for parents buying...

24 February 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

Will government push through 3% stamp duty surcharge despite consultation?

A letter from the Financial Secretary to the Treasury appears to suggest that the government is set on implementing the three...

12 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Consumer group hits out at dangerously flawed stamp duty surcharge

A consumer group which supports the principle of a stamp duty surcharge on second homes and buy to let properties has...

01 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

Cameron dismisses industry's concerns over stamp duty and tax changes

Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed out of hand appeals and comments from Estate Agent Today readers to reconsider the recent...

25 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

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

RICS bid to make Home Buyer Report valuations optional for buyers

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors wants to make a valuation an optional element of the long-standing Home Buyer Report. This will...

07 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty and buy to let tax changes - put your views to David Cameron

Estate Agent Today readers are being given the rare opportunity to have their concerns about proposed stamp duty increases and recent...

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

Competitions authority to assess accuracy of review websites

The Competition and Markets Authority says one of its priorities for 2016-17 is to pursue a project analysing the accuracy and...

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

50-day wait for a mortgage threatens transactions, warns NAEA

A typical 50-day wait for a buyer to receive a mortgage offer “increases the risk that sales will collapse and puts...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Government's single 'official' house price index to be launched by June

A single definitive ‘official’ government house price index is to be launched by June. During the summer the Office for National Statistics...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Anger over CHAPS change that will force agents to open longer

The little-publicised extension of the CHAPS settlement day - taking the closure up to 6pm from next summer - has received...

07 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

Standout Displays for James Griffin

After visiting the Fairfield showroom in the Fleet office, Simon Silby at James Griffin Estate Agents decided to meet with a...

30 November 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Government clampdown on slow planners in bid to get more new homes

The government is telling councils to produce local plans for new homes in their area by 2017 – or Whitehall will...

13 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Fairfield Displays & Lighting shortlisted for Negotiator award third year in succession

You know you’re doing something right when for the third year running you are shortlisted for the Supplier of the Year...

25 September 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide boss explains 'redundancy' letters sent to managers

The chief executive of Countrywide, Britain’s largest estate and letting agency group handling around one in 10 of all residential transactions,...

11 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide senior managers 'facing redundancy threat'

Restructuring turmoil continues within Countrywide, Britain’s largest estate and letting agency group, with several managers reportedly being handed notices referring to...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Do you have a vision?

Unbelievable transformation from start to finish Harper & Woods Estate Agents approached Fairfield Displays with an idea of creating a stylish and...

07 September 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Agents invited to Trading Standards review briefing

Agents and other property professionals are being invited to a briefing on how new trading standards guidance will affect the industry. The...

30 July 2015

From: Breaking News

New government house price index 'early in 2016'

It now appears likely that there will be a new government house price index launched in the first half of next...

15 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Veyo: Let’s celebrate this birth

So spring has sprung and the Hare is on the loose. After a very long gestation period, the Veyo leveret has...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Your agency could look like this

Gareth Styles of Grants Independent Estate Agents, Woking writes: When considering opening a new office in Woking Surrey I met with several...

23 April 2015

From: Sponsored Content

James Wells, Managing Director, Propia Limited

Q: What does it say on your business card? Other than my personal details, the business card carries our logo with our...

22 April 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Fairfield Displays shines out for Michael Poole

Mike Poole was keen to update the window display of his Middlesbrough branch and decided that LED Light Pockets™ were the...

22 April 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Regents Estates and Mortgages “seduced” by Fairfield’s LED Light Pockets™

Regents Estate Agents and Mortgages (REM) contacted Fairfield with the intentions of updating their old displays with bright LED Light Pockets™....

22 April 2015

From: Sponsored Content