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KEYWORD "Council" - 374 RESULTS
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

Forget For Sale boards - spend the money on digital marketing instead

The head of a new property portal is urging agents to forget about spending money on For Sale and To Let...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges ‘revolution’ based on revamped council housing

Labour is pledging a “housing revolution” with the biggest council house building programme for decades Its manifesto being launched today will include new...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the delays that make house-buying painfully slow

A PropTech firm has calculated the different delays that lead to transactions taking an average 120 days (and often much longer)...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent fined £30,000 for failing to tell buyer of Grenfell-style cladding

An estate agency has been fined £30,000 for waiting until minutes after the sale of a flat was completed to tell...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Ban all boards! Council wants government backing for blanket ban

A London council wants government backing for a borough-wide Section 7 direction - effectively banning all agents’ boards being erected without...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech to digitally transform house-buying pledges housing minister

Housing Minister Esther McVey has launched an expert advisory council that the government says is “dedicated to the digital transformation of...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today: what’s happening where in our industry

Hello there and welcome along to the latest PJT, your weekly catch-up on who’s moving where in agency, amongst suppliers and...

04 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

Agents Do Charity - especially with an hour’s extra sleep…

It’s that time again, with the clocks going back an hour to mark the start of slightly brighter mornings and significantly...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Bad news for Boris: a 9% slump in new homes registered

New figures released this morning by the National House Building Council show the number of new homes registered to be built...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed: local councils with the slowest searches

A trade body has sharply criticised HM Land Registry for its slow progress on digitising local searches after a promising start...

17 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

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

Three agents instructed to sell home seized by squatter

When Jasmine Fakir moved from her home in Brent, north London, to look after her ill mother she certainly did not...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour bid to seize empty homes and squalid rental properties

Labour will this week discuss plans to allow councils to compulsorily purchase homes left empty for six months. Young Labour - a...

23 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

Council takes 50 working days to complete a search

A London council admits that it typically takes 50 working days for a search - which means a Local Land Charge...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why do people swap career paths to become agents?

With the often negative portrayal of agents in the media and popular culture, you might ask yourself why anyone would want...

10 August 2019

From: Features

Boris Johnson urged to legislate against tiny ‘Hobbit Homes’

A leading figure in urban design is urging new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to stand up for the pioneering space standards...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Searches delayed by council IT issues but no total shutdown

A local authority that last week warned that it could not provide any local searches for over six weeks has now...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents beware as council cannot take search queries for six weeks

A local authority in the Home Counties says it will not be possible to accept search queries for six weeks starting...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Equity release firm woos downsizers with claims of record high wealth

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

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

It Might Not Be A Popular Opinion But…Licensing – Just For Dogs And Pigs?

How many of you are in favour of estate agents being licenced? Would most agents rather not be overseen by a regulator...

25 July 2019

From: Features

Shock as Land Registry admits big delay in search digitisation

The city of Norwich has become the sixth part of the UK to switch from council Local Land Charges to digital...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Back to the future? A home ownership crisis

With this summer marking forty years since Margaret Thatcher came to power, her legacy continues to invoke both celebration and consternation...

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

Landlords forced to conduct more background checks in post-Brexit Britain

Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ policy that was implemented in 2012 was designed to make staying and residing in the UK as...

08 June 2019

From: Features

What next for Countrywide and Purplebricks after day of turmoil?

Two of Britain’s largest and best known estate agencies have endured a day of turmoil at the hands of investors -...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

A moving tide of regulation making its way towards estate agents

It may well seem that the government is pre-occupied with one issue, and one issue alone. While preparations for Brexit take up a...

01 June 2019

From: Features

Easier extensions - mixed response from industry and planners

There’s been a mixed response to the government’s surprise announcement that it would make permanent the right of home owners to...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Equity release chiefs upbeat after record-breaking quarter

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

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The man who polices the agency industry - an exclusive interview

It’s clear that some agents are not fans of Trading Standards officers, described in the comments sections of the trade press...

27 April 2019

From: Features

Agency fights back on boards after being accused of “taking the mickey”

An estate agency accused of “taking the mickey” over the number of boards it has erected has fought back. The mayor of...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New industry Trading Standards team has just 14 to cover sales and lettings

Estate Agent Today has been given details of the new National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents Team - the body...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

DPS adjudication case study: rent arrears vs property condition

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

20 April 2019

From: Features

New regulatory body for agents: will it have resources to do the job?

The jury appears to be out on whether the new enforcement body for estate and lettings agents will be resourced sufficiently...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New body to police estate and lettings agents, taking over from NTSEAT

A new team has been set up to police all estate and letting agency legislation including the upcoming tenants' fees ban. The...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

So farewell Theresa May and thanks for...well, not much

No, this isn’t about Brexit. But as the saga of leaving the EU is likely to bring about the downfall of...

13 April 2019

From: Features

13th time not unlucky as Savills the Superbrand strikes again

Savills has been named the winner of the real estate agents/advisor league table in the UK Business Superbrand list for the...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency charged over fees and “undue influence”

A family run estate agency faces a string of charges relating to commission fees and “undue influence” exerted on clients. The charges...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Bad news for transactions as Equity Release grows again

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

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter and Generation Rent? Radical? Don’t make me laugh…

Campaigning groups like Generation Rent and Shelter like to think they are simultaneously edgy and radical; likewise some think tanks believe...

30 March 2019

From: Features

Building better homes is good for everyone – not just older people

It’s no secret that the UK’s housing sector is in crisis. Headlines scream about the shortage of new-build homes. TV pundits...

30 March 2019

From: Features

Agency backs London air initiative despite £4,500 impact on some residents

A new emission zone becomes effective in central London in 10 days time and could cost residents who use their car...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Value added to house is 'confiscated' by Proceeds of Crime Act

An owner who enhanced the price of his property by illegally hacking branches off a tree has ordered to pay back...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Struggling easyProperty tells its agents: ‘Charge sellers whatever you like’

The easyProperty online agency has abandoned an across-the-board fee structure, allowing its licensee agents to charge what they like. “Each local market is unique...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Stop indulging councils over rental licensing and local schemes

It’s time, surely, for government to crackdown not just on rogue agents and landlords but on rogue councils that confuse the...

09 March 2019

From: Features

Brexit splits first time buyers across the country say Guild agents

It’s not just the high-end market for homes in the south east that’s hit by Brexit according to the Guild of...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: Onus is very much on agents insists conveyancing chief

The director of strategy at the Council for Licensed Conveyancers says “the onus is very much on estate agents” to respond...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Our homes are ‘woeful’ for older people, claims pressure group

The vast majority of people want homes built as standard for all age groups - a contrary view to those in...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Bye Bye Boards? Council considers blanket ban on all For Sale/To Let signs

A London council is considering a borough-wide ban on agents’ boards of all kinds. Labour-controlled Camden already has a ban for a...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

More equity release growth means fewer downsizers selling up

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

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris visits an estate agency - not his special place in hell, presumably

He may not yet have had time to produce a Brexit plan but Boris Johnson has at least had a few...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Faster transactions for buyers and sellers now priority for search group

With far-reaching reforms of conveyancing and other aspects of house buying high on the government’s agenda, a trade body has revealed...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Will any portal ever beat Rightmove?

If you want an engaging page-turner novel for cold winter evenings, my recommendation is Our House by Louise Candlish, a bestseller...

26 January 2019

From: Features

Reservation Agreements set to become part of the buying process

Politicians and officials are studying a ‘model’ two page reservation agreement drawn up by a law firm as a possible way...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on referral fees: new Trading Standards guidance to be issued

It’s been revealed that the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team is to deliver new guidelines to agents for referral fees...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

House sales slumped in 2018, early Land Registry figures suggest

A new analysis claims transaction numbers fell in 241 of 374 local authority areas of the UK last year. Analysis of Land...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this year's final update on new appointments

If you thought Christmas Eve meant no more news in terms of industry movers and shakers…well, think again - we’ve one...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

When renting a property out, letting agents and landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant...

15 December 2018

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - a huge it's-nearly-Christmas edition...

So this is (almost) it. Next week may be a quiet one for business as vendors and landlords alike begin to...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing fraud on the rise as new transparency rules kick in

It’s been revealed that 37 regulated conveyancing firms have repelled attempted frauds in the past year. But 11 conveyancing firms have actually...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Offices converted to housing are denying affordable homes - claim

Communities have missed out on more than 10,000 affordable homes in the past three years as a result of government rules...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Digital searches: Blackpool rocks as it becomes fourth location to go live

The town of Blackpool has become the fourth part of the UK to switch from council Local Land Charges to digital...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

High end agent says mansion prices may rise thanks to new homes plan

Every cloud has a silver lining, and a high end prime central London estate agent appears to have found one from...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Another government clampdown: will it hit second home sales?

A business rates tax break which benefits holiday home owners is to be reviewed by ministers, who have now launched a formal...

08 November 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

We need to wake up before we sleepwalk into a housing crisis

It’s now almost a month since the government introduced new rules on Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), as part of its...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Action pledged on mobile homes - but government gives no timetable

The government says mobile home residents are to receive greater protection from dishonest site owners seeking to make a profit at...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Referral fees: agents must be more transparent, government says

A government minister has told the estate agency industry that it must be more transparent over the issue of referral fees. In...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks slapped on wrist (again) after complaint over radio ads

Purplebricks has been the subject of another complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority - and the issue has again been categorised...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexiteer agent scolds 'Maybot' over stamp duty threat to foreign buyers

One of London’s highest profile and most outspoken estate agent chiefs has scolded ‘Maybot’ Theresa May on the day she is to...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Some conveyancers to give upfront service and price information

Some conveyancers must publish some price and service information on their websites and in other media from December 6, according to...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the surge in Equity Release killing the downsizing market?

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

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Holiday home market could be hit by Labour's £560m tax plan

Sales of holiday homes could be hit as a result of a new £560m tax proposal put forward by Labour.  Under the...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

What now for faster house sales as search roll out ‘could take seven years’?

HM Land Registry says the full roll-out of its Local Land Charges digital register could take up to seven years, with...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Meet Tili, the free digital assistant that’s delivering new revenue streams for the property industry

Tili does all the work to deliver a smooth home move for customers and income for agents. An innovative and easy to...

17 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

Leasehold scandal continues - almost all buyers regret their purchase

Almost all buyers of new build houses who purchased a leasehold regret doing so, and the vast majority say they definitely wouldn't...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

TPO announces key changes as membership nears 20,000

The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO) has announced a series of changes to both its board and internal processes. The organisation has also...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Approved: rules to make it easier for consumers to choose conveyancers

New rules set out by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), which aim to support consumer choice, have been approved by...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Another online agency’s savings claim under scrutiny

An online estate agency run by one of the country’s youngest entrepreneurs has agreed to change a reference about savings on...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Should equity release be taxed to encourage down-sizing?

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

25 August 2018

From: Features

CPRs; the practicalities

In our previous blog, we looked at the definitions outlined by the CPRs. In our next blog we’ll look at the...

21 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Agent defying advertising watchdog demands details of his 'penalties'

The estate agent who is refusing to abide by a decision of the Advertising Standards Authority is now demanding details of...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government quietly scraps controversial sell-off of large homes

The government has quietly scrapped a proposal to force councils to sell off their most valuable assets, which would have included...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing body wants fees listed on law firms' websites

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers says it wants legal practice websites to list cost information, including whether they have referral arrangements. The...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour wants London property tax revenue to be given to Sadiq Khan

Labour says stamp duty receipts and other tax income from properties in the capital should go to the Mayor, Sadiq Kahn,...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Home win for Purplebricks: Kenny Bruce buys football stadium

One of the brothers behind Purplebricks has bought a football stadium in his home town. Kenny Bruce last year put £500,000 into...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Big tax rise on empty homes as government clamps down

Councils across England will have new powers to charge dramatically more council tax on homes left empty for many years following...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Improving the homebuying process – how can we deliver this ourselves?

You will notice that there is a new author for this regular column for Estate Agent Today. Last month I was...

21 July 2018

From: Features

Is this why transactions have slumped? Equity Release hits a new high...

Only 24 hours after the Land registry released data showing a 20 per cent slump in housing transactions, new figures from...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

125,000 buyers to benefit from Land Registry's early digitisation

HM Land Registry calculates that 125,000 buyers will benefit from just the first phase of its digitisation programme for Local Land...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New twist in row over agent refusing to delete claims about Purplebricks

There’s a new twist in the row between a Cornish agent and the Advertising Standards Authority. The row revolves around a tweet...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

At last - Local Land Charge searches 'can take just seconds'

Automated search companies have heaped praise on HM Land Registry following the digitisation of local land charge data - the LLC1...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Another massive vote banning new-build holiday homes

Part of the South Hams area, a popular tourist hotspot in south Devon, has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a ban...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency chief didn't pay fixed penalty notice - ends up with big fine

The director of an estate agency has been ordered to pay more that £1,800 for failing to dispose of waste properly. Adebayo...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Corbyn's 'Healthy Homes Zones' will aim to save money for NHS

Labour says it wants ‘Healthy Homes Zones’ in a bid to reduce housing-related health inequalities which are estimated to cost the NHS £1.4...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

'Hands off our For Sale boards' says leading London agency chief

The head of London’s largest estate agency brand has hit back at a council in the capital which wants enhanced powers...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban The Boards! Council bid to outlaw For Sale and To Let signs

A London council is seeking widespread powers to ban For Sale and To Let boards which it claims are seen by...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Pioneering digital search service to be launched by Land Registry

A new digital search service is being launched next month by HM Land Registry, marking the latest phase in its attempt...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent to face trail - he denies lying over sales information

It is understood that an estate agent from Cornwall is to face trial over allegations that he misled potential customers over...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers may have to publish prices, services and reviews

As the process of making buying and selling more transparent continues to gather pace, the body that regulates conveyancers says it...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agent threatened with legal action over fundraising banners

An estate agency has been threatened with legal action by its local council for displaying fundraising event banners above its office. Country...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

May's new housing adviser is ex-Shelter ex-Livingstone policy chief

Theresa May has appointed a controversial former Shelter executive as her new housing policy adviser working in Whitehall. Toby Lloyd was until...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest moves around our industry...

Hello and welcome to the latest PJT, our regular Monday round-up of moves around our industry. Please let us know what’s happening...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Vote Conservative...get Labour?

If you want to know whether buy to let, landlords and letting agents will be in the firing line for more...

28 April 2018

From: Features

Agency hit by penalties because it didn't produce waste disposal paperwork

An estate agency has been ordered to pay £841 to a council - because it failed to provide paperwork about its...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Searches ‘very rarely the cause of delays in transactions’ claims industry group

An umbrella body representing search organisations says searches “are very rarely the cause of delays” in transactions. The Council of Property Search...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it

‘Respect’ is the new mantra for politicians: whether it’s about street gang leaders, social media trolls or those on either side...

14 April 2018

From: Features

Conveyancers back government reforms of buying and selling processes

The conveyancing industry regulator has thrown its weight behind the government’s proposals to improve the buying and selling process.  Stephen Ward, director of strategy...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Holiday home sales holding up according to estate agency's figures

Holiday home sales in one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations are holding up, despite stamp duty and the age...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - climbing, bidding, and most of all fund-raising...

So here’s another week’s great work being done by colleagues in our industry - and we’re very pleased to salute them. Everybody...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Russian-owned property in UK appears to have escaped 'spy sanctions'

UK measures to retaliate against alleged Russian government-sponsored nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal have excluded any attempt to...

15 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

Property Jobs Today - all the moves from across the industry

Welcome once again to Property Jobs Today, the notice-board for agents, suppliers and other property professionals moving within, out or in...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - books, sailing, and a lot of work for the homeless

Thanks very much to everyone getting in touch to publicise their efforts for good causes: we’re always delighted to help. Just let...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Senior agents say wider issues must be addressed in housing debate

An estate agent and former chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the government’s latest drive to build new...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Quicker conveyancing pledged as Land Registry puts council searches online

HM Land Registry has taken another step towards its aim to “make conveyancing simpler, faster and cheaper” for the general public. The...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils aim to address housing crisis with home ownership register

Three councils are encouraging local residents to sign a new register which aims to bring more quality homes for sale to...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency calls for EAT readers’ help after car crashes into office - twice

An estate agency has started a petition to get bollards erected outside its branch after two accidents, in each of which...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – Q & A with Isobel Thomson, NALS

This week I carry out a question and answer session with one of the most high-profile names in property. Isobel Thomson has...

10 February 2018

From: Features

Right To Buy is unsustainable without new homes, say councils

Right To Buy is unsustainable without local councils being given the right to set discounts for their areas and replacing every...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - huge drop in home ownership levels amongst the under-45s

The latest release of data from the English Housing Survey reveals that the number of under-45s owning their own homes has...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour MP says council tax should be doubled on highest-value homes

Labour MP Chris Williamson, regarded as an ally of party leader Jeremy Corbyn, is suggesting that high-value homes in England should...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Reveal referral fees early but don't ban them says conveyancing body

The body that regulates conveyancers says controversial referral fees should be disclosed earlier in the house buying process - but they...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Popular London agent joins executive board of French parent firm

Andy Martin, the popular and respected senior partner at Strutt & Parker from 2009 to earlier this year, has been appointed...

21 December 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

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

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

Conveyancers want government hand-out to modernise house buying

A conveyancing body says it wants the government to allocate “a small fund” in next week’s Budget to promote research into...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New portal targets agents to sell and let ex-council flats and houses

A new portal has been launched aimed at marketing ex-council properties for sale or to let through agencies.  Ex-Council.com says it is...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks: agency wins advert dispute over Local Property Experts

Complaints about a Purplebricks claim concerning its Local Property Experts have been rejected by the Advertising Standards Authority. Complaints came from PDQ...

25 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 to hold housing summit tomorrow as it scrambles for ideas

It has been revealed that the beleaguered government of Theresa May is to hold a summit at 10 Downing Street tomorrow...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Party conference season - A housing plan for UK Plc

And so concludes another party conference season.  We’ve followed the great and the good (both terms are debatable) around Torbay, Bournemouth,...

07 October 2017

From: Features

Dismay as Tories admit extra housing cash means only 25,000 homes

The Conservative party, in a press statement released to clarify comments made by Theresa May, says the government’s proposed extra £2...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

London council wants to levy first-ever mansion tax on high-value homes

A Conservative council in London says it is to be the first local authority in the UK to levy a voluntary...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with your chance to win new funding too...

Every week we carry reports of how great causes are helped by individual agents and other property professionals - this week...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

The market’s missing homemovers

It appears activity in the housing market in 2017 will be around 15% down on 2016. The number of housing transactions...

16 September 2017

From: Features

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

Boards should be 'confined to Room 101', says campaigning agent

An estate agent who is campaigning for boards to be banned in his local area says they should be 'confined to...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Slash stamp duty by a third, estate agency tells government

Jackson-Stops & Staff, a critic of the stamp duty system since its reform in 2014, now says the government should slash...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Could tax be the excuse to introduce national private rental licensing?

It’s not just the evenings drawing in that marks the approach of autumn - it’s also the return to work of...

26 August 2017

From: Features

Agents broadly welcome better-than-expected mortgage data

New data from UK Finance - previously the Council of Mortgage Lenders - paints a relatively optimistic assessment of the UK-wide...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour and Conservative square up over second home taxes

The two main political parties have squared up to each other over the issue of increasing council tax on second homes...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Building bridges: Q&A with Daniel Owen-Parr of Together

As the mainstream mortgage market braces itself for yet another clampdown on buy-to-let lending, a growing number of property investors are...

04 August 2017

From: Features

HIP, HIP, Hooray - The Other 10-Year Anniversary

  You’ll see a lot of 10th anniversary stories in the property industry and consumer media in the coming days: early August...

28 July 2017

From: Features

Big surge in equity release according to sector trade body

The equity release sector is claiming a record quarter between April and June with the number of new customers and total...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils demand immediate fast-track review of building regulations

Local councils say there must be an immediate and fast-moving review of building regulations in the light of the Grenfell Tower...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London agent angry at Grenfell council's long-term empty homes record

A London agency says it’s angry that out of 200,000 homes officially classified as long term empty across the UK, just...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Scrap the bureaucracy and let’s have simple rental regulation

That the private rental sector has become the government’s whipping boy for housing problems - landlords in particular, letting agents almost...

14 July 2017

From: Features

An inconvenient truth - Help To Buy mostly helps the better off

Government schemes like Help To Buy, supposedly assisting more people get on the ladder, have little impact on improving social mobility...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Regulators call for conveyancing to become more competitive, transparent

The Competition and Markets Authority has released a set of recommendations on how conveyancing, and other legal services, could be made...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial £2.875m raffle of Right To Buy house is back on

The controversial raffle of a home reportedly purchased in 2014 under the Right To Buy scheme for just £360,000 is back...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

The nine week wait: sales fall through because of slow searches

Estate agents are angry over delays in processing land searches by a local authority in the south west. The average land search time...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chiefs downgrade buy to let forecast for next 18 months

The Council of Mortgage Lenders’s buy to let forecast for 2017 and 2018 has been revised down from previous expectations at...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Guild training programme approved by Trading Standards

Independent estate agency network The Guild of Property Professionals has announced that its training scheme has been given formal approval. The Associate...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing industry reacts to shock general election result

The housing industry has responded with shock, joy, and jitters, after Theresa May’s snap general election went catastrophically wrong, leaving her...

10 June 2017

From: Features

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

Theresa May’s call for a snap general election on June 8 took many by surprise. But estate agents have been broadly...

03 June 2017

From: Features

Leading agent disappointed over slowing mortgage lending

A prominent agent admits to being “disappointed” at what appears to be slowing mortgage figures at a time of year when...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing quango chief is new chair of Ombudsman council

Baroness Diana Warwick (below right) has been appointed chair of The Property Ombudsman scheme’s independent council. A life peer for the past 18...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Manifesto wants new Land Value Tax and urges Right To Buy scrapped

The Green Party, one of the final political groups to launch their manifesto for the June 8 General Election, wants an end...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

New homes must be marketed to Britons first, say Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have set a building target of 300,000 new homes a year, have pledged to scrap housing association Right...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage figures give cause for modest optimism, say commentators

Home buyers borrowed £11.2 billion in March - down on the ‘stamp duty bonanza‘ period at the same time last year...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

More holiday home 'bans' approved in local referendums

Two more local referendums have, as expected, agreed neighbourhood plans which ban the sale of new-build homes to anyone other than...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

First time buyers 'still missing out because of high deposits'

More than one in three first time buyers have missed out on potential home deals because their deposit was too small...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils 'spending millions' buying back Right To Buy properties

An investigation by the BBC has revealed that councils are spending million buying back homes they sold at a discount under...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Vendors shouldn't assume they'll achieve the same price no matter who's selling

Even some of the most successful professionals from other professions fail to grasp the most important point when it comes to...

29 April 2017

From: Features

Mortgage rates now at their lowest-ever level, says bank

Mortgage rates continue to fall with the average new lending rate at a record low of 2.2 per cent: as a...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Two more years of government pain for the industry

My apologies if this causes you to break your Easter egg with a little too much aggression, but I reckon the...

15 April 2017

From: Features

'Stamp duty and mortgage problems scupper 1.2m sales' - claim

A building society claims that in the past three years alone no fewer than 1.2m buyers have given up on house...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New independent housing research unit to launch this summer

A substantial new research body is to be launched this summer with a remit of looking at six overlapping aspects of...

12 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

Council imposes 49 fines on agents leaving up 'old' boards

A London council has issued 49 fines to estate and letting agents in the first two months of a crackdown that...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

The rise of the first-time buyer - is this the return of generation buy?

There are more first-time buyers (FTBs) finding a way on to the property ladder than at any time since the Financial...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Property hotspots: Manchester, Liverpool and Preston

The property market in northern England, supported in part by the Northern Powerhouse concept, has attracted a lot of media attention,...

24 March 2017

From: Features

Competition and Markets Authority to review new-build warranties

The Competition and Markets Authority is to review the operation of new home structural warranties issued by the National House Building...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgages for buyers approach two-year low as market flattens

Data from the Council for Mortgage Lenders show that loans taken out by buyers have hit a near two-year low.   Home buyers...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Another part of the UK prepares to scrap Right To Buy

Wales is the latest part of the UK to formally scrap the policy which was once the flagship of Margaret Thatcher’s...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

How can estate agents plug the gap in sales with financial services?

Recent stats from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that last year 360,000 people moved homes, meaning the number has stayed...

11 March 2017

From: Features

Portillo attacks Tory government over owner-occupier 'freefall'

Former Conservative minister Michael Portillo has made an outspoken attack on his former party over its switch of housing policy emphasis from...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage 'forces councils to spend £2m a day on B&Bs'

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is forcing councils to spend more than £2m a day on temporary accommodation for homeless...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards takes agency sales claim to advertising watchdog

The trading standards team of a county council has taken the unusual step of challenging the sales claim of an estate...

01 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

London market: fewest mortgages for buyers since 1991

The number of home buyers in London dropped to a four-year low in 2016 while the number of loans taken out...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

A-ha! Agency gives public chance to name a block of flats

What would Norwich’s own Alan Partridge say? An estate agency in the city is offering residents a one-off opportunity - the...

20 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

And now for something completely different...Co-Living

We’re used to stories on how the buying and renting of ‘formal’ accommodation - flats and houses - has become increasingly...

17 February 2017

From: Features

Eastern promise! Focus on Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire

The East Midlands, which consists of several areas including Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, and much of Lincolnshire, has an ancient...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Property Natter – a conference wrapped in Guild

Excuse the puntastic (or not) title, but as you’ve no doubt already deciphered I took a trip northwards a couple of...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Housing minister tells agents: 'no quick fix' for homes shortage

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has told the NAEA conference that there is no quick fix for the country’s housing shortage -...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Crisis? What Crisis? Mortgage arrears plunge to 35-year low

The number of properties taken into possession last year declined by almost 25 per cent and has hit the lowest level in 35...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing White Paper - what to expect from today's release

A series of leaks to national newspapers and a flurry of broadcast interviews by housing minister Gavin Barwell means we already know...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - zipped up tight, defying the storm...

Whatever the weather, whatever the season, our industry excels itself at good work - and we are always delighted to publicise...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Row over council paying 18 estate agents to find homes to buy

A row has broken out over council tax funds being used to pay 18 estate agencies to find homes for a...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Council's For Sale/To Let board fines come into effect tomorrow

A controversial scheme in a London borough, limiting the size and duration of letting and estate agents’ boards on display, comes...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

What homes will we build – where will government policy go next?

Over 168,000 new homes were completed in the year to March 2016, according to data released by the government, over 15,500...

28 January 2017

From: Features

House prices in the East head north on demand from the South

The East of England, which takes in areas from Hertfordshire to Norfolk, has recorded the biggest hike in property prices over...

28 January 2017

From: Features

Market boost as mortgage lending rises - with further to go

Gross mortgage lending reached a remarkable £246 billion in 2016 - that’s 12 per cent higher than the previous year and...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Total number of homemovers fell during 2016

There were an estimated 354,000 homemovers in 2016, a fall of 4% compared to the 367,000 recorded the previous year. Analysis by...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils serving Fixed Penalties on agents leaving up For Sale boards

A number of local authorities are now serving £100 or £120 fixed penalty notices on estate agents who display For Sale...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

How to distinguish yourself in the build-to-rent game in 2017

The end of 2016 saw the launch of 30,000 new build-to-rent (BTR) projects in London alone. With market growth projected to...

21 January 2017

From: Features

Research shows huge potential to use garage sites for new homes

As the wait goes on for the government’s White Paper on Housing, due this month, one funding organisation has suggested that...

17 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

New homes: Sajid and Gavin must do better

Now I’m not one to lose sleep over politicians, but it strikes me that Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Housing Minister...

07 January 2017

From: Features

Compliance update: Council Tax liability – Tenancy agreements

In a recent landmark Council Tax case, the Court of Appeal (Leeds City Council V Broadley 2016) upheld that the use...

07 January 2017

From: Features

Restrictions may be coming to advertising events on agents' boards

A local council says it is considering restricting how estate agent use boards for advertising community events like school sports days...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing crisis: number of 25-year-old owners 'halved in past 20 years'

Home ownership rates among 25-year-olds have plummeted by more than half in 20 years, council leaders have warned.  New analysis for the...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit and property taxes lead to subdued forecast for 2017 market

Brexit and wider economic uncertainties worsened by changes to property taxation have forced the Council of Mortgage Lenders to cut its...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

New mortgage figures confirm housing market is gently slowing

New figures from the Council for Mortgage Lenders add weight to the argument that the housing market is gently slowing.  Home-owners borrowed £10.5...

15 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

Most estate agents think market is worse after Brexit vote, poll shows

House prices will rise 2.0 per cent in 2017, below the rate of inflation and just under half the rise predicted...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Tribunal finds agent suffered attempted sexual assault on viewing

A health service tribunal has found that a senior paramedic tried to sexually assault an estate agent as she prepared for...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agents' board ban extended - for no less than 10 years

A ban on For Sale and To Let boards in central areas of Bath has been extended - for no less...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Property in the capital - London’s night economy

London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s aim of creating a 24-hour city is one step closer with the appointment of London’s first Night...

26 November 2016

From: Features

Good news for London market - mortgage demand up in third quarter

There’s good news for London’s troubled market - a report from the CML shows that buyers in the capital took out 12...

24 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

'Why are searches taking 17 weeks?' estate agent asks MP

An estate agent has blasted his local council for "unacceptable" delays that mean searches can take up to 17 weeks. Mark Parker,...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

High Court says ban on selling new-builds to holiday home buyers will remain

The result of a referendum in a tourist hotspot seeking a ban on the sale of new-build flats and houses to...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Shock horror - there are too many estate agents in Islington!

It's enough to make the typical Islington resident splutter over their breakfast muesli, or perhaps feel too nervous to drive their...

02 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

Agents Do Charity - and not a ghost of a chance we'd forget...

It may be Halloween but here at Estate Agent Today we’re not getting distracted from honoured our heroic industry’s efforts to...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Russell Quirk

In recent weeks I have been carrying out question and answer sessions with some of the key figures in the property...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Second homes 'ban': High Court judge to make key decision soon

A key decision that may have far-reaching implications for the sale of holiday homes has been delayed by a High Court...

10 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

Agents dismiss call for property listings to include flood 'traffic lights'

The National Association of Estate Agents report has batted away an idea which has been resuscitated by the insurance industry, suggesting...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Vital court case to be held next week to decide 'second homes ban'

Next week sees a court case which will decide whether there will have to be a re-run of the ‘second homes...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of home owners under 45 drops by 850,000 in just six years

The Labour Party claims there has been a strikingly large reduction in the number of under-45s who own a home -...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Controversial ex-councillor banned from entering estate agents

A former Lancashire councillor has been banned from entering a local estate agency. Noel O'Brien, who has served as a Labour and...

26 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency hit with fine for 'false advertising'

An estate agency has been fined by a local authority for putting up a 'Sold' board outside a house more than...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Sellers should pay stamp duty, says mortgage lender

A mortgage lender has called on the government to reform stamp duty so that it is paid by property sellers instead...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Highest number of second homes is in London, not tourist areas

The highest number of second homes in UK local authority areas exist not in the south west, the Lake District or...

12 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

Here's the next property tax - £8,000-plus for a basement extension

A London council is seeking to impose an average £8,000 fee for securing planning consent on a below-ground extension - already...

05 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

Estate agency fined after 'misleading' statements on its website

An estate agency has been fined after a trading standards team accused it of making misleading statements on its website. Warwickshire county...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Little England is out of step – on Right To Buy, at the very least

If you want an indicator that the United Kingdom isn’t so united any more, have a look at Right To Buy. The...

12 August 2016

From: Features

Boost for housing market as mortgage arrears slump to record low

The number of mortgages in arrears is now at its lowest level since records began more than 20 years ago.  Data from...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Councils replacing only one-in-six homes sold under Right To Buy

Councils have started replacing just one sixth of the number of homes sold under Right To Buy in England in the...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

October court date for review of ban on new-build second homes

There is likely to be an October court date set for a judicial review into a ban on new-build houses and...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent warns that board ban must be policed if it is to be effective

A leading estate agent in a town where the local council wants to dramatically extend a ban on For Sale and...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another part of the UK is set to scrap Right To Buy

Wales has confirmed that it is to scrap the former flagship Thatcherite policy of Right To Buy. Since 1980, 138,423 homes have been...

09 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

London agency branch fined for dumping rubbish in street

An estate agency has been ordered to pay a £400 fine after dumping a load of rubbish in a London street.   Wandsworth...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

First part of the UK finally scraps Right To Buy

Right To Buy - the controversial sell-off of council and housing association homes initially introduced as a flagship of Margaret Thatcher’s...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Look what Labour’s Owen Smith has done to me

Older readers may recall a terrific movie called Network where a character, disillusioned by life, shouts from a window: “I’m as...

29 July 2016

From: Features

For Sale board ban to be widened - with agreement of some agents

A ban on agents' For Sale and To Let boards is being widened out across a city six years after a...

28 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Sheffield is primed for growth: explains why Chinese will invest £1bn

Sheffield in South Yorkshire, which was once one of the leading industrial cities in Britain and is still recognised for its...

22 July 2016

From: Features

Agent faces £7,500 bill after 'misleading' ads about homes on sale

An estate agent has been ordered by a court to pay more than £7,500 after admitting advertising holiday homes as permanent...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New housing minister opposes homes scheme in his own constituency

It has been revealed that the new housing minister, Gavin Barwell, appears to be campaigning to oppose a new housing scheme...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit-focussed May eventually names Gavin Barwell as housing minister

Housing appears to have a disappointingly low priority in the new Theresa May-led Cabinet - at least judging from the time...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

MIRAS: Could Theresa May go back to the future?

I’m indebted to one of the most enthusiastic estate agents I’ve had the pleasure of meeting for suggesting the subject of...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Mortgage chiefs say transactions will fall but prices may only dip

The Council of Mortgage Lenders says the Brexit vote will hit transactions as buyers and sellers wait for the dust to...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Council in Right To Buy media probe prosecutes fraud-case tenant

A man has been prosecuted for fraudulently attempting to purchase a Right To Buy council property from one of the local...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Search company warns that new forms may trigger conveyancing delays

A search company says the introduction of new search forms aimed at making council reporting easier to understand may lead to...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Conservatives say estate agents' boards ban should be extended

The Conservatives on the council in Brighton and Hove have called for a ban on estate agents’ boards to be extended...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing market in the doldrums as owner occupier borrowing falls

Home-owners borrowed £8.1 billion for house purchases in April, which was four per cent down on the same month a year ago. There...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Mixed reviews from industry figures for launch of new UK House Price Index

The first new ‘official’ UK House Price Index, released yesterday, has received mixed reviews from the industry. On the one hand there...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

New e-conveyancing system launches ahead of national roll-out

A new e-conveyancing platform has been launched in Edinburgh ahead of a roll-out across all of Scotland. This system, Altis, is the...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Foxtons wins green light despite opposition to latest branch proposal

Foxtons has won planning consent for an office in the south London suburb of Peckham after another controversy involving opposition from...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Bridging the gap

While buy-to-let lenders brace themselves for further interventions as part of proposals currently being drawn up by the Prudential Regulation Authority...

01 June 2016

From: Features

Time to stick it up: Agents still not complying with transparency law

Running a business is not easy, but sometimes it becomes harder because we are expected to modify our behaviour due to...

20 May 2016

From: Features

April mortgage lending hits eight-year high - even after SDLT deadline

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £18.5 billion last month - the highest April figure since...

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Massive increase in mortgage loans - and not only for buy to let

There has been a 58 per cent rise in the past year for mortgages for house purchase purposes, according to the...

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Repossessions now running at their lowest-ever recorded level

The Council of Mortgage Lenders says the number of repossessions in the first quarter of 2016 was 2,100 - the lowest...

13 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Another year of low repossession levels likely, says mortgage firm

A mortgage servicing company is forecasting that the number of UK houses repossessed this year will represent only 0.09 per cent...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Court case could undo controversial ban on new-build second homes

A judicial review into the process surrounding the controversial 'second homes referendum' in St Ives means the result could, in theory,...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency defends itself against attacks on ugly eyesore banners

An estate agency is defending itself after sharp criticisms from local groups following the display of the firm’s banners on lampposts. Greene...

05 May 2016

From: Breaking News

London mayoral election: A referendum on housing

The race to replace London Mayor Boris Johnson has entered its final few days, and like never before, housing is the...

29 April 2016

From: Features

Agent says new house price index is cover to raise council tax

An estate agent is suggesting that the goverrnment’s new price index, coming into force in June, could be used to revalue...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents told they risk a £2,500 fine rising £250 a day for an 'illegal board'

Agents in a London borough have been warned that the local council now has new powers to fine the firms behind...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Welcome for government U-turn over duty surcharge on granny annexes

There has been a broad welcome for what would appear to be a government U-turn over the imposition of the stamp...

13 April 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

OnTheMarket 'may change name' to appeal to wider audience

In what some industry observers may see as a shrewd marketing move, OnTheMarket is believed to be considering a name change...

01 April 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

50,000 Right To Buy homes sold since 2012 but only 5,000 replacements started

Government figures claim almost 50,000 households in council and other forms of social housing have taken up their Right To Buy...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Zoopla introduces 'running costs' tool to emphasise consumer focus

Zoopla is this week introducing a new 'running costs' tool, being launched with the help of new TV advertising, to increase...

22 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Should estate agent boards be banned?

Agents' boards get a lot of stick. Many see them as stains on the landscape, some see them as useless in...

18 March 2016

From: Features

Big rise in mortgage lending on back of more jobs and higher wages

Data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders shows that gross mortgage lending reached £17.6 billion last month - that's the highest...

18 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Councils hold the key to affordable housing crisis, says land agent

An agency which specialises in land is calling on local councils to play a greater part in the push to create...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Boards: Council to ban ‘scourge’ of town centres

A local council is banning estate and letting agents’ boards after it has been handed legal powers to ‘prevent their spread’. Agents...

14 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Fines imposed on agencies boycotting top property portal (but not in UK)

Here’s a story with more than a little in common with Britain’s own property portal wars. A long-running legal saga between Danish...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents' boards: Tory says they're like litter and demands clampdown

A prominent Conservative activist is calling for a strict clampdown on estate agents’ boards which she describes as “a form of...

09 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Bungalows vulnerable under government sell-off, says think-tank

Bungalows are likely to be sold-off as a by-product the government’s plans to extend Right To Buy, but are unlikely to...

04 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents watching for effects of sharp rise in council tax on high-end homes

There are to be significant increases in council tax paid by the owners of the most expensive homes across Scotland, in...

03 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents' boards: no more gentle reminders threat by authority

A local authority has written to all known estate and letting agents in its area criticising those who have allegedly broken...

02 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want to cut delays - by getting estate agents on a course

The Conveyancing Association is launching a training course for estate agents, as the debate swirls over whether a shortage of conveyancers...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Analyst berates cheeky government over home ownership figures

A respected housing market analyst says “it's a bit cheeky” of housing minister Brandon Lewis to claim credit for figures suggesting...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents and mortgage experts welcome surge in first time borrowers

There has been a warm welcome given to figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders showing that lending to first time...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Lords enter row over affordability (or not) of Starter Homes

An influential committee of the House of Lords has waded into the argument over whether the government’s new Starter Homes are...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Good news for market as first time buyers lead surge in borrowing

In December 2015 first time buyers borrowed £4.5 billion for house purchases - that’s up seven per cent on November and...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Government Starter Homes will be unaffordable for most families - claim

Discounted starter homes could be out of reach for the majority of families in need of an affordable home in many...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Flood checks set to be standard for property purchases

With the scale of devastation from flooding witnessed recently, anxiety about purchasing a property in a flood risk area is heightened....

16 February 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Agency fined for illegal display of For Sale board on a telegraph pole

Dacorum council in Hertfordshire has prosecuted an estate agency for what it calls the “illegal display” of a For Sale board...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Search company backs regulatory board in criticism of very poor councils

Conveyancing search company SearchFlow has joined the attack on councils which are slow at conducting searches and threaten to delay transactions. Yesterday...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Regulator slams councils for very poor searches that delay transactions

A body that regulates property searches has criticised some councils for providing “very poor service” which delays transactions. The Property Codes Compliance...

15 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing reviews: A little less conversation, a little more action...

As we all know, Peter Redfern is critical to the future of the British housing market and.... What? Wait? You don’t know...

13 February 2016

From: Features

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

City council wants to introduce its own local version of mansion tax

Edinburgh city council is seeking the permission of the Scottish Government to introduce a local mansion tax through new bands of...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending suffers one-month dip but shows full-year increase

Mortgage lending for home buyers dipped by nine per cent in November according to new data - but it is up...

15 January 2016

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

Countrywide sets housing challenges for London mayoral candidates

Countrywide has taken the unusual step, for an estate agency group, of stepping into next year’s London mayoral election by setting...

22 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Could you be risking a fine?

There are a number of fairly recent regulations that agents need to comply with. One of them, now just over a year...

18 December 2015

From: Features

Homebuyers set to be better protected from flood risk

This week, Storm Desmond has left devastation in its wake. Once again, the nation’s attention is drawn to the threat flooding...

11 December 2015

From: Features

Property Natter: the end of an era

It was an end of an era in the property world this week. Christopher Hamer stepped down as the Property Ombudsman...

04 December 2015

From: Features

Ex-Which? man joins The Property Ombudsman council

A former employee of consumer body Which? has been appointed to the council of The Property Ombudsman, one of the industry’s three...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

Competition among regulators is healthy – or is it?

When it comes to the regulation of the conveyancing industry, this question is a topic of open and ongoing debate. Licensed conveyancers...

20 November 2015

From: Features

70,000 new households a year can't afford to buy or rent says agency

Over the next five years at least 70,000 new households a year in England alone will be unable to afford to...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Most agents don't check vendor-neighbour disputes - claim

An insurance company claims that around 60 per cent of estate agents do not check with their vendor clients about disputes...

10 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Twitter campaign resumes against 'illegal' agents' boards

An anonymous group or individual campaigning to identify and publicise boards which it claims are erected in “illegal” locations has resumed...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

NHBC toolkit to help agents selling new-build homes

It’s been revealed that the National Home Building Council has been helping the National Association of Estate Agents with a toolkit...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New legislation means letting agent training is more important than ever

With a raft of new legislation introduced recently now will be the ideal time to think about whether staff are up...

06 November 2015

From: Features

Reasons to be cheerful (Even if you’re involved in buy to let)

A reader of Industry Views is unlikely to need converting to the virtues of buy to let, but anyone involved in...

30 October 2015

From: Features

Developer wants agents for luxury Cabo Verde resort

The Resort Group, the developer of the all-suite Llana Beach Hotel and Spa, which is due to open in 2016, has...

20 October 2015

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Out with the old, in with the new (homes)

Property journalists, and more than a few estate agents, are beginning their annual autumn ritual – forecasting what’s going to happen...

16 October 2015

From: Features

Money laundering skews London prices: 'we all know it' says legal expert

A legal expert suggests central London’s house prices may have been skewed because of money-laundering - “and we all know it.” Jonathan...

14 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

City wants permanent ban on boards - 16 years after 'temporary' ban began

A local council is attempting to introduce a permanent ban on estate and letting agents’ boards in almost two-thirds of a...

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Whatever Cameron says we're still waiting to see new homes says NAEA

There has been a mixed response from the agency world to David Cameron's pledge to reform planning, promise that 200,000 new...

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour wants more affordable housing from private developers

The new shadow housing minister says Labour will build 100,000 new council houses and housing association homes a year with more...

29 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Sheffield: an example of how a local authority can enforce compliance

It’s been nearly a year since all lettings and property management agents have been legally required to join a redress scheme...

25 September 2015

From: Features

Labour's top priority 'to halt decline in home ownership'

The newly-appointed shadow housing minister says his first priority is to arrest the long-term fall in home ownership in Britain. John Healey...

24 September 2015

From: Breaking News

New Property Ombudsman is ex-head of Planning Inspectorate

Katrine Sporle is to be the new ombudsman at The Property Ombudsman, one of the three government-approved redress services for the...

21 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency says space for 1.4m new homes in 'high-density London'

Another 1.4m homes could be built across London if councils make better use of land and if local authority planners allowed...

17 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour mayor hopeful details housing policies

Labour’s newly-elected candidate for next year’s London mayoral election says he will name and shame rogue landlords and create a public...

17 September 2015

From: Breaking News

New Trading Standards 'toolkit' to beef up policing of estate agents

A new ‘enforcement toolkit’ has been designed to assist local authority trading standards teams beef up its policing of local estate...

08 September 2015

From: Breaking News

HMOs – a boom in buy-to-let or a drain on resources?

You can't help but notice that it's back to school time – the shops are full of school uniforms and pencil...

04 September 2015

From: Features

Corbyn: We could ban off-shore firms buying homes

Labour leadership front-runner Jeremy Corbyn has suggested a party run by him would consider a ban on the purchase of homes...

04 September 2015

From: Breaking News

High-end agency director quits after being found guilty of charity theft

A sales director of a branch of Humberts has resigned after being found guilty of stealing £2,500 from a charity. Jane Hale...

01 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Strong government support for foreign property investors

Housing minister has Brandon Lewis has thrown his weight behind the right of foreign investors to purchase buy to let properties,...

18 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent secures £1.2m record price for an ex-council flat

London agency Barnard Marcus has secured what is believed to be a record sale price for a former council flat -...

17 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Repossessions and arrears fall to lowest on record

The repossession rate has fallen again in the second quarter of 2015, and is at the lowest rate since records began. The...

14 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Lending edges back for first timers and owner-occupiers

Figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that lending to first time buyers bounced back in the second quarter of...

12 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Government fund to encourage more starter homes

The government has launched a £26m fund for house builders and developers to demonstrate the range of high quality homes appropriate...

11 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Corbyn will end Right To Buy and keep Green Belt

Labour leadership front-runner Jeremy Corbyn says he would vote for a complete end to all forms of Right To Buy and...

06 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Summer’s here but don’t drop the ball while you play - by Nicola Jackson, Property Team Manager at telephone answering specialist, Moneypenny

THE UK housing market is reported to be picking up according to figures this month from the Council of Mortgage Lenders...

29 July 2015

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Latest Right To Buy idea may be watered down

The House of Lords has set the cat amongst the pigeons on the government proposal to give housing association tenants the...

22 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour council bids to stop investors 'buying to leave'

Islington’s Labour-controlled council has adopted pioneering new planning measures that require new homes in the borough to be regularly occupied in...

20 July 2015

From: Breaking News

HomeOwners’ Alliance – an organisation to watch

There is a very interesting but easily-overlooked piece of information at the end of the National Trading Standards Estate Agent Team’s...

17 July 2015

From: Features

Delayed Exchanges – Why are they increasing?

A number of my member firms (Bold Legal Group) have reported that, compared to three years ago, the time to get...

17 July 2015

From: Features

Portals given credit for Connells 27% sales surge

Connells says its sales figures for June show a 27.5 per cent rise on the same month last year.  The agency has...

17 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market waking up as summer bounce beckons

Lending for house buying is still down compared to this time last year but there are signs that the market is...

15 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Out of Hour cover for areas under Landlord licensing

Many Councils are now introducing Landlord Licensing within different boroughs, for those that have one of the requirements is a 24...

13 July 2015

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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

Crowded house: are you super vigilant?

I don't think there is one person in lettings and property management who isn't alarmed at the scenes just over the...

03 July 2015

From: Features

Boris lobbying government to change Right To Buy

The Financial Times says London Mayor and new Conservative MP Boris Johnson is lobbying the government in a bid to persuade...

02 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Big rise in new-build volumes, latest figures suggest

Registrations for new private homes rose 17 per cent in the three months to the end of May when compared to...

01 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Why 2015 is the year of the lender

The Conveyancing Association (CA) has embarked on a mission to engage with the lender community with a view to initiating a...

26 June 2015

From: Features

Government says 36,000 Right To Buy sales in three years

The government claims that over 36,000 new home owners have been created through Right to Buy since 2012. Figures released by the...

26 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Foxtons frustrated by latest twist in pub-office saga

The long running story of the south London pub which Foxtons wants to convert to a new office has taken another...

25 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Sales fall through because of search delays, say agents

Estate agents in Wiltshire say chains are breaking and sales collapsing because of the length of time it takes the county...

25 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Now squatters take over pub set to become Foxtons branch

In the latest twist in the story of Foxtons’ attempt to turn a pub into an agency office, squatters have moved...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Can we panic yet?

When do we really start to worry about rising rents and house prices? Despite an apparent slowdown in house price inflation...

19 June 2015

From: Features

PRS Announce Partnership with Small Claims Mediation

The Property Redress Scheme (PRS) is delighted to announce their partnership with the award winning mediation provider, Small Claims Mediation (SCM) The...

11 June 2015

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Campaign against latest Foxtons branch gathers pace

A proposed Foxtons branch in Elephant and Castle has been criticised by a local councillor as the campaign against it begins...

05 June 2015

From: Breaking News

250-year-old pub to make way for Foxtons

A 250-year-old pub in Elephant and Castle looks set to become Foxtons’ latest branch.  The pub, named The Elephant & Castle, closed...

03 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agency ordered to vacate Westminster pub

An estate agency that has been operating in a historic pub in St. John’s Wood has been ordered to vacate by...

01 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Right to Buy extension confirmed in Queen’s Speech

The Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge to extend the Right to Buy scheme was confirmed in yesterday’s Housing Bill.  The Bill was part...

28 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Hollinrake backs Right To Buy extension despite controversy

Hunters founder and new Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake says he supports the Tory policy of extending Right To Buy to housing...

20 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Do estate agents use undue influence?

The issue of some estate agents insisting that buyers and/or sellers use a particular solicitor or conveyancer has reared its ugly...

08 May 2015

From: Features

Call to give cities power to set their own stamp duty

A pressure group says cities across England and Wales - including mid-size cities as well as the big urban conurbations -...

07 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent blasts unnecessarily restrictive lending

The Aston Mead estate agency says “unnecessarily restrictive mortgage criteria" have caused the number of home loans to drop sharply in...

07 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Yield is king for buy-to-let investors

With pension reform, council licensing changes and a General Election on the horizon, many are anticipating a boom in the buy-to-let...

22 April 2015

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Double tax on second homes, urges Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats want local authorities to have the power to charge 200 per cent council tax on second homes. Party leader...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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