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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

Prices rise strongly in north and south west as London lags again

House price growth has been strongest in the north west of England according to the latest government figures from the Office...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

More agencies report slowdown in price growth and sales

Your Move and Reeds Rains, both part of LSL Property Services, are the latest agencies to admit a slowdown in house...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Major finance company joins call for stamp duty reform

The largest mutual life pension and insurance company in the UK has added its voice to growing calls for stamp duty...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

How can agents use the interest rate rise to re-engage with clients?

We recently witnessed the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) increase the base interest rate for the first time since...

07 November 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Market analysis: Is the North-South divide outdated?

The notion of a North-South divide in the UK has been around for as long as I can remember – certainly...

04 November 2017

From: Features

'One in eight transactions in 2017 has been subject to gazumping'

Some 12 per cent of transactions in England and Wales so far this year have been subject to gazumping, being sold...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills' gloomy market warning on sentiment, Brexit and interest rates

Savills has given a pessimistic outlook for the mainstream housing market for the next five years.  It says average house prices across...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Base Rate UP - how will it affect the housing market?

The Bank of England has raised the base rate from 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent. The Bank’s monetary policy committee was...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Market unlikely to be impact by small rate rise - even if it happens

Experts suggest that a possible interest rate rise this morning - if it is backed by a majority of members of...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Central London market recovering from stamp duty damage - claim

Central London’s housing market is showing a recovery from price falls which followed stamp duty changes in 2014 and 2016 according...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals for buyers down for second month in a row

As the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee consider whether to increase base rate later this week, new figures from the...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

'Downward pressure on fees' blamed for estate agency closure

Ten jobs have been lost with the closure of a long-standing north of England estate agency - with the downward pressure...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Agents worried about 2018 should sell up now' advises analyst

An industry analyst says some agents may find it tough to survive in 2018 if they’re hit by a double whammy...

24 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

Stamp duty tinkering will make the whole process more complicated

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

21 October 2017

From: Features

Interest rate rise on the cards after house price hikes fuel inflation

Analysts believe a rise in the Bank of England base rate is on the cards next month as a result of the...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Transactions plummet 20 per cent in one year, says Your Move

Annual house price inflation is 1.3 per cent according to Your Move - even though prices dipped 0.1 per cent in...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: reputation, renewables and an online revolution

They say presentation is key (something that Theresa May now knows all too well after her calamitous conference speech). But equally...

14 October 2017

From: Features

Revealed: price per square metre variations in England and Wales

Homes in the most expensive area of England and Wales cost 25 times as much as in the cheapest area, according...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Some mortgage costs rising already, anticipating base rate hikes

Respected mortgage market monitor Moneyfacts says that the costs of some mortgages are already rising in the expectation of a base...

10 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

Pre-completion fall-through rate now up to 28% says quick-buy company

More than one in four house sales across England and Wales fell through before completion in the third quarter of 2017...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty soars to 7.5% on homes over £400,000 in Wales

The Welsh Government has set out the new levels of stamp duty for the country from next year onwards - and...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

England's new homes shortfall 'will exceed one million by 2022' - claim

England faces a growing gulf between new build completions and new households being added to the population according to a new...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

More London house price woe but UK market is stable - Nationwide

UK house price inflation is now running at a modest 2.0 per cent but London's housing market has recorded its worst...

02 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

Petition claims many Rightmove listings are speculative and over-priced

A mystery online petition is urging Rightmove to filter its advertisements “in a bid to curb down inflationary / speculative / fake...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

London sluggish but England and Wales price average nears £300,000

The latest data from Your Move reveals London as still being the area of England and Wales with the lowest house...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how Ted Dexter inspired an estate agency (well...sort of)

One of the more puzzling questions in London's estate agency industry has been resolved - how a company which appears to...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

No key speech by Labour housing spokesman at party conference

Labour’s shadow housing minister John Healey is reported to be one of a number of prominent front bench opposition spokespeople being...

18 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

Transactions slumping despite stronger-than-expected price rises

Government figures suggest house prices are still rising by 5.1 per cent a year, with the average property value in the...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Whistleblower claims dodgy practices by agents cost public thousands

The Daily Telegraph claims that what it calls “dodgy practices” are leaving customers “thousands of pounds out of pocket.” The article quotes...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

easyProperty relaunches, claiming to be UK's second-biggest hybrid

easyProperty has unveiled details of its relaunch, declaring itself to be the UK’s second largest hybrid estate agency - second only...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Part 3: Free photography course for estate agents (until 25th September)

Over the past few months, hundreds of agents across the UK have been improving their photography skills by taking part in...

01 September 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Agents cautious on improved mortgage approval figures

There’s good news for the housing market from new mortgage and remortgage approval figures showing growth in July after three flat...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty: new analysis shows burden falling on Southern England

Analysis by the Nationwide suggests that the proportion of UK-wide stamp duty payments paid by purchasers in the south east of...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

When a tenant failed to pay any rent after the first month his tenancy last year, the landlord did not expect...

26 August 2017

From: Features

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

Countrywide says Brexit is biggest risk to housing market

Countrywide has issued forecasts for the housing market over the next two years amidst a warning that Brexit volatility is the...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency with online option amongst new members of regional group

Experts in Property - the network of independent estate agencies across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Bristol - has revealed two...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Asking prices fall - but that's in line with the seasonal norm

The typical asking price of a home coming on sale has fallen by 0.9 per cent, equivalent to £2,758 - precisely...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Not just stamp duty: Treasury gets record Inheritance Tax income

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

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing market stable across UK although London still lags

UK house prices grew by 4.9 per cent in the year to the end of June according to the government’s official...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Newspapers ramp up pressure for further reform of stamp duty

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

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Market being hurt by low stock, political uncertainty and tax - RICS

Record low stock numbers, political uncertainty and the aftermath of tax changes are the obstacles hindering the housing market, according to...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Regional portal chief welcomes end of One Other Portal rule

The head of a regional portal in the north of England has welcomed the likely demise of the controversial One Other...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

20 London areas now average over £5,000 per square metre

Twenty areas in Greater London have an average price in excess of £5,000 per square metre according to new research from...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - a short history of estate agency

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

04 August 2017

From: Features

Part 2: Free photography course for estate agents (until 21st August)

Let’s start with a quick fire quiz. How many more leads do you think you’d get with photos that have been...

01 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

North-South housing market divide is back - with a vengeance

New figures produced by estate agency Carter Jonas show that the long-term consequences of the credit crunch have exacerbated the historic...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

City house prices rising despite Brexit worries, says Hometrack

The latest figures from business consultancy Hometrack shows that house price inflation in the UK’s major cities is likely to reach...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2017

With several agent partner programmes available across the country, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, with...

22 July 2017

From: Features

Brexit uncertainty hitting transactions and prices, warns PwC

PwC says the drop in the number of property transactions is the economic indicator where the uncertainty over Brexit is most...

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

Your Move says General Election exacerbated market downturn

Your Move says the surprise General Election and the creation of a weaker minority government has exacerbated the slowdown in the...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London’s prime housing market is no longer roaring

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

14 July 2017

From: Features

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

Call for action over 'forgotten casualties' of ground lease scandal

A leasehold enfranchisement expert wants government action over what he calls the "forgotten casualties" of the recent ground rent scandal.    Louie Burns,...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing market in a period of stagflation claims website

The UK property market has entered a period of stagflation where house price growth is consistently lower than the rate of...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Most £1m-plus sales this year likely to take place outside Greater London

Gently rising house values in the mainstream market and problems facing the prime market in the capital mean that over half...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Many mortgage rates still falling for now, market monitor says

The housing market may appear stagnant but one of the leading monitors of the mortgage market says many rates for borrowers...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

'Nationalist' group claims to be targeting second home sales

An organisation that calls itself the Cornish Republican Army - and which has claimed responsibility for starting a fire in one...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Avoid unwanted hassles: Q & A with Jack Webb-Heller, Rent4sure IT director

Living next to inconsiderate neighbours can be a nightmare, but letting to bad tenants can prove costly, especially when issues, which...

08 July 2017

From: Features

Solo first time buyers - should they purchase with friends instead?

We’ve had the Bank of Mum and Dad so is the next big thing to hit the market a growing number...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

25% fall-through rate is major improvement, claims quick sale firm

Over a quarter of prospective house sales completed in the past three months had fallen through at some stage according to...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Free photography course for estate agents pt 1

**The free photography course for estate agents (part one) offer has now expired. It is still available in special circumstances so...

03 July 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Forget stamp duty reform - There’s a new tax on the horizon

When it comes to provoking anger in property professionals, taxation takes some beating. Press releases are still arriving berating the December...

01 July 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the Game, Set and Match edition...

The start of Wimbledon means we’re reaching peak summer - even if the weather suggests otherwise. But distractions like sporting events...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

RICS debate urges industry to unite and simplify house buying process

A gathering of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has called on the industry to unite and improve the buying and selling process...

26 June 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

Consumer group criticises estate agency industry awards

A consumer group says it is giving what it calls “the top 1,000 estate agents in England and Wales” badges to...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Uncertainty over government 'aim' to streamline house buying process

The detailed paperwork accompanying the Queen’s Speech includes the Conservative party manifesto pledge to streamline house buying - but gives no...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime sector - London prices fall; agency rebrand; new office

Average prices in prime central London remained flat in May but are down 6.6 per cent on the year according to...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property needs to rise above politics now more than ever

“Housing policy should be in independent hands.” That was the conclusion of a panel debate that Andrews held, not recently, but two...

17 June 2017

From: Features

Planning homes for the future

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

17 June 2017

From: Features

House price growth back on track in April, official figures show

National average house price growth bounced back in April after a slow March, according to official figures. The latest UK House Price...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge has shattered the market, says 'disrupter' agent

The introduction of a 3% stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of additional properties has 'shattered' the property market, according to...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Sales progression tool claims to identify chain bottlenecks

A sales progression tool claims to have analysed how long it takes to expedite sales chains of different lengths, and to...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

London average price rises plummet from 13% to 3.5% in a year

The latest measure of house price rises in key UK cities by the property consultancy Hometrack shows house price in many...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

The ESTAS – the UK’s best letting agents have their say

The recent rise in consumer complaints against sales and letting agents suggests that there is a general lack of trust and...

27 May 2017

From: Features

Home ownership has halved for young families in parts of the UK

Home ownership has halved for young families across some parts of the UK according to a charity.  The Resolution Foundation says its...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents strike gold at the ESTAS

The best estate and letting agents in the UK were recognised at the prestigious ESTAS luncheon and ceremony, which was held...

20 May 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

Tories insist HIPs are not on their way back after all

The Conservatives now say they are not resuscitating Home Information Packs, despite a suggestion by a prominent former minister that they "had...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'Disrupter' agent says English sales system less efficient than Scotland

A ‘disrupter’ estate agent says the English housing market operates in a way that is far less efficient than Scotland’s -...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - is this peak-fundraising week?

This might just be one of the busiest Agents Do Charity columns we’ve ever had with many firms having a mixture...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tories propose house buying reforms in election manifesto

The Conservatives have this morning announced a reform of the house buying process in the party’s manifesto for the June 8...

18 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

New homes: where is the supply being concentrated?

Since the seventies, housing starts and completions across England and Wales have been on a downward trajectory. The long run average...

12 May 2017

From: Features

London prices drop but regional markets performing well

Average asking prices in London have fallen, while the majority of regional markets are performing strongly, according to the latest index...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Disappointing mortgage figures suggest housing market is increasingly cautious

The Bank of England is warning that approvals of mortgages for property purchases in March were at a lower-than-expected 66,837, the weakest...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Property group buys majority stake in regional agency

Lomond Capital has purchased a majority stake in one of the south coast of England’s major estate and letting agency groups,...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide MD takes charge of Lomond's latest acquisition drive

Lomond Capital has secured up to £37.5m for new acquisitions of sales and lettings agencies across the south of England -...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency figures show many more first time buyers entering the market

First time buyer registrations in the past month have jumped nearly 20 per cent across the UK and almost 30 per...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

'Star agent' hired to lead country firm's first prime central London office

Humberts - until now known as an agency operating predominantly in market towns across southern England - is opening a Mayfair office in...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Transaction volumes rally according to latest figures from HMRC

Property transactions rose marginally in March this year, up 0.5 per cent on February’s total according to figures from HM Revenue...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 200,000 long-term empty homes in England - and not only in London

England has 200,145 long-term empty homes according to an analysis of government figures by an investment company.  In London alone, there were...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Finding a safe home for hard-earned income

By Wednesday April 19th, a UK citizen, on an average income, had earned £7,789 from their day job so far this...

22 April 2017

From: Features

Annual house prices up just 3.3% in England and Wales says agency

Your Move’s latest house price index shows that the average house price in England and Wales is now £301,278 after a...

18 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

'Stagnating' housing market say surveyors and listings website

The website Home, which monitors asking prices, says prices have rallied strongly in the last month but thanks to growing inflation...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Land Registry figures: prices strong but transactions slump

Land Registry data shows that homes across the UK have risen in price by an average 5.8 per cent in the...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Transaction levels to remain sluggish this year, warns top agency

Savills is warning that while low interest rates will probably keep house prices relatively static, transaction volumes are likely to remain...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market review

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

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

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

Looking back at ten years of tenancy deposit schemes

Ten years ago this month (April 2007) tenancy deposit schemes were first introduced in England and Wales.  You need to go a...

08 April 2017

From: Features

Over a third of sales fall through before completion - claim

More than one in three house sales across England and Wales fell through before completion in the first quarter of 2017,...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

New leasehold scandal? Retirement villages face clampdown

A two year investigation by the Law Commission has ended with a claim that some owners of leasehold retirement properties, and...

03 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

Agents Do Charity - the ball, eggs and under-the-stars edition ...

It’s been another busy week of fund-raising for agents across the industry, sparing time to do good works despite the market...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit jitters have hit sales volumes, claims consumer group

The consumer group HomeOwners Alliance claims new research indicates that more than a million UK adults have shelved plans to purchase...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency reveals 'managed transition' of some staff to rival company

Carter Jonas is expanding its activities in south west England by opening new branches and through the unusual route of a...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

London's low price growth throws doubt over market recovery

Contrary to some reports suggesting London’s housing market may be recovering, new data from Hometrack reveals the capital’s performance is still...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a heartening end to a tragic week...

At the end of a week dominated by grim news, it is worth remembering our capacity for good far outweighs rare...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Analysis of Rightmove data shows UK's slowest housing markets

An analysis of homes listed for sale on Rightmove has identified what one estate agency claims to be the slowest-moving local...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New on Estate Agent Today: more information, easier to navigate

You may have noticed some subtle changes to Estate Agent Today in recent weeks, aimed at improving the ‘user experience’ we...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Annual house price inflation now at 6.2% says government

House prices in the UK increased by 6.2 per cent in the year to January according to government figures. The Office for...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Expansions and acquisitions unveiled by franchise agencies

Hunters has boosted its office network over the 200 mark through the acquisition of Besley Hill, one of the longest established...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing affordability? It's UN-affordability that is the problem...

Forget the popular term ‘housing affordability’ - the latest government figures suggest the real issue may be housing un-affordability. Data from the...

20 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

Public prejudice against online house sales is waning, insists agency

An online estate agency which says it could be the next Purplebricks says prejudice against internet property transactions is waning  “With Neil...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Higher house prices mean fewer burglaries, insurance firm claims

New analysis shows what appears to be the correlation between rising house prices and falling burglary rates across the country.  The research,...

17 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

Transactions dip but house prices still growing says LSL

House prices grew at their fastest pace for 12 months in February, with average values increasing 0.6 per cent -  that’s...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

How to find high quality local market intelligence - fast

The Office for Budget Responsibility, which released its latest economic forecasts on Wednesday, has adjusted its prediction for UK house prices…again.  It...

11 March 2017

From: Features

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

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

Agency disputes rival firm's claim that it 'sells homes faster'

An estate agency in the north of England has complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about a rival firm’s claims saying...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 February 2017

From: Features

House prices going nowhere in real terms warns latest index

The property website Home is warning that while prices may show an early spring uplift there’s a long-term slowing of the market underway...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents blasted by Which? for asking price 'over-valuations'

The consumer body Which? claims that 19 per cent of properties sold in the year to September went for prices five...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Unlikely location was UK's house price rise hotspot of 2016...

It is perhaps a sign of how difficult it is to read the UK housing market right now that the latest...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency says average home in England and Wales is now £300,000

The market got off to a strong start in 2017 with prices growing 0.3 per cent in January to push the...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Here are all 29 key points in the Housing White Paper

The government has set out 29 key points in its Housing White Paper.   Introducing it in the Commons this afternoon, Communities Secretery Sajid...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO defends code change over buyers' pre-contract deposits

The Property Ombudsman’s office has defended a change to its code of practice which, according to a national newspaper, means agents...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Government to fund group to provide leasehold transparency

Housing minister Gavin Barwell says the government will provide “substantial investment” to ensure more transparency in leasehold tenure. “We are determined to...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

How can estate agents secure more new build housing instructions?

Lots of people buy new-build due to the perceived lack of hassle with maintenance, as they are built to the latest...

28 January 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: why people crave instant gratification

Instant gratification is nothing new. It’s been around for millennia. It’s an in-built survival instinct for humans – that want, that...

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

Purplebricks share price at all-time high as traditional agents flounder

The stock market appears to be continuing its love affair with Purplebricks, as the hybrid agency share price rose once again...

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

South West London is 'risky' mortgages hotspot

The highest number of 'risky' mortgages issued during 2015 was in South West London, according to new analysis of the latest...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

High end agency launches Waterfront and Coastal department

Humberts is launching a dedicated nationwide Waterfront and Coastal department.  The agency, which is now franchising in a bid to expand outside...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Good news - cheap mortgage deals likely to remain in place

A new report from the NatWest Bank nips in the bud any speculation that rising inflation may end the current cheap...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister Barwell to face questions from estate agents

The National Association of Estate Agents has lured housing minister Gavin Barwell to speak at its conference next month.  Barwell will outline...

18 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

Farewell to 2016 and a cautious welcome to 2017

There is no doubt that 2016 managed to catch the world by surprise on more than one occassion.  But will 2017 be...

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

Stamp duty replacement: call for clarity over tax on 'border properties'

Welsh politicians have called for clarity over the new Land Transaction Tax that will replace stamp duty from April next year. In September...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Experts give sceptical welcome to government new homes pledge

The government’s blizzard of New Year announcements about new homes has received a distinctly frosty welcome from many within the property...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Estate Agent Today - this is what's in store...

This is the final Estate Agent Today until Tuesday January 3 2017, so everyone at Angels Media sends all good wishes for...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the UK's most expensive streets where you can buy a home...

Eaton Square, in the heart of London’s wealthy Belgravia district, has been crowned the most expensive street in England and Wales,...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Numbers of Londoners buying homes outside capital reach 10-year high

Hamptons International says that in 2016 the number of Londoners buying a home outside the capital reached the highest level since...

29 December 2016

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

Transactions down 7.3% in the past year, according to HMRC

Data from HM Revenue & Customs shows that the sale of residential properties rose a marginal 0.8 per cent last month...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Another major forecaster says price rises will be sluggish next year

The Nationwide is the latest major industry forecaster to predict a sluggish average house price rise of two per cent in...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2017?

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

17 December 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - with just one week to Christmas...

Only a week to the Christmas break and still our industry goes above and beyond the call of duty to raise...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Transaction volumes fall up to 40% according to latest official figures

The latest official house price index, released by the Office for National Statistics, shows that house price growth was 6.9 per...

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

Connells-owned online agency Hatched plans 2017 regional expansion

Hatched, the online agency snapped up just over a year ago by Connells in what was described as an ‘industry defining’...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and everyone's at it before Christmas...

There’s been a bumper mailbag sent to press@estateagenttoday.co.uk this week to mark what must be the height of the fund-raising season...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Save Our Staff: how to stop your office from killing employees

Forget a machine injury, a nasty fall or even being stabbed in the back by a jealous colleague, a death in...

03 December 2016

From: Features

Market defies Brexit for now - but 2017 will be 'notably slower'

Estate agency Knight Frank says that the UK housing market has rebounded more strongly than expected after the Brexit referendum -...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove boss Shipside to speak at NAEA conference next year

Rightmove’s commercial director Miles Shipside, who makes relatively few appearances at industry events, is to be a speaker at the NAEA...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

The winner is... Review website reveals 50 top performing agencies

Agency review website RaterAgent has listed its top 50 agents for 2016 based on customer reviews posted in the year to...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 November 2016

From: Features

Pay As You Go online agency promises to 'disrupt the disruptors'

An estate agency described as operating a ‘pay as you go’ business model says it wants to “disrupt the disruptors” operating...

25 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

No action over ad claiming flats were 'waterfront' - when they weren't

The latest round of complaints made to the Advertising Standards Authority against property firms’ ads have once again ended only with...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Humberts using franchise model to expand beyond southern England

Humberts, long established as a southern England agency specialising in rural and semi-rural areas, says it is now going to use...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Market confidence high in southern England but less so elsewhere

The latest housing market confidence index measured by agency Knight Frank says householders in every region of the UK expect their...

21 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

Land Registry figures reveal sales tumble after Brexit referendum

Figures released by the government show sales during July - the first month after the EU referendum - tumbling by well over...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

What does a Donald Trump win mean for the UK property market?

It is fair to say that 2016 is a year full of surprises. Anyone who had the foresight to predict Britain...

12 November 2016

From: Features

Typical home now six times average salary - highest since 2008

House prices were unchanged in October according to the latest Nationwide house price index, but a typical home now costs six...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty goes on as mortgage approvals drop 10% year-on-year

The latest Bank of England data on mortgage approvals - a key barometer for likely transactions for agents - shows Brexit...

01 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

Market sentiment dips - but still up on immediately after Brexit vote

Most householders taking part in a sentiment survey by estate agency Knight Frank say they believe the value of their home...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide head moves to rival; new Fine & Country office

Several estate agencies have announced expansions and new offices - and once again a former Countrywide management figure is revealed to...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

New rules being considered to handle mortgage arrears

The Financial Conduct Authority is consulting on new guidance to lenders on how to measure and treat the repayment of arrears...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices still rising - but is there Brexit trouble ahead?

Data just released from the Land Registry shows that the average price of a property in the UK is now £218,964...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buyers hold upper hand across southern England says portal

Available stock levels across Greater London, the east of England, plus the south east and the south west are now 16...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 October 2016

From: Features

First-time buyers – how agents can help them through the legal process

Conveyancing is the most complained about area of law in England and Wales – accounting, on average, for nearly a quarter...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Ye cannae change the laws of physics

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

14 October 2016

From: Features

Price-cutting of homes on sale at three-year high says website

A property website monitoring the housing market claims that the propertion of homes cutting their prices whilst on the market has...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Online firm resuscitates argument over traditional agents' fees

In the first half of this year, vendors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, could have saved over £1.87 billion in...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit weakens housing market across the south east, says Standard Life

The housing market has not fallen over in the wake of the Brexit vote, contrary to come predictions, “but there are...

07 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Treasury stamp duty income falls across UK - but not in London

Despite dire warnings from some estate agents that stamp duty receipts for the government would plummet in London, it now appears...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Crisis? - What Crisis? Surge in mortgages in 100 days since Brexit

Research from the consumer organisation Which? suggests that the number of mortgages on the market has increased by 13 per cent...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

House price growth slows despite big London and south east rises

The pace of annual house price growth slowed to 5.3 per cent in September from 5.6 per cent in August according...

03 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

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

Yes - there really are places where you can buy a home for £10,000

Data from the Land Registry suggests that - perhaps contrary to most agents’ expectations - there are some places in the...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Building on green belt is now 'inevitable', says land agent

An agency specialising in land and planning claims that campaigners in favour of maintaining the green belt must accept that some...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Auctioneer launches online selling platform

Auction house Clive Emson has launched a digital service through which vendors can sell land and property via an online auction. Clive...

21 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

Swift change could be the solution for agents and conveyancers

I write this during the week that David Cameron resigned as an MP – it is quite startling how quickly politics...

16 September 2016

From: Features

House prices continued to rise post-Brexit, official figures show

House prices increased by 0.4% between June and July, according to the latest UK House Price Index. The data for July, the...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

09 September 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - at home and abroad

While we as a country salute our paralympic heroes in Rio, our industry does the same for those agents and other...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank of England to cut base rate again in November, economists forecast

The Bank of England may cut its base rate again, but probably not until November predicts a survey of 59 leading...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

OnTheMarket announces latest multi-branch agency to join portal

  OnTheMarket says Andrew Milsom Estate Agents, a six branch agency in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, has joined the portal.   The website says the...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers reject government stance on leasehold sales reform

The Conveyancing Association says it is continuing to campaign to reform the leasehold transaction process, despite the government saying there is...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit fears return after worse-than-expected mortgage figures

The Bank of England says the number of new mortgages fell to 60,912 in July, down from 64,152 the previous month...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Retiring? Rely on property not pension, Bank of England boss advises

Many people think property a better prospect than a pension when it comes to long term financial security in retirement -...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit protection schemes offer peace of mind

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

26 August 2016

From: Features

Marked slowdown in cities' house price growth says Hometrack

There has been a marked slowdown in house price growth in major UK cities in the past three months - led...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Website claims London now has Brexit-inspired 'panic selling' at cut prices

The sales website Home claims that London house prices have dropped an average of 1.2 per cent in the past four...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

More Brexit bad news: consultancy says house prices to flatline

The investment advice company UBS Wealth Management says it is likely that UK house prices will flatline by the end of...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says Brexit means house prices will dip in next 18 months

Brexit is set to weaken the wider economy and will lead to a small house price dip of one per cent...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds fate of 'closed' hybrid estate agency

Mystery surrounds the fate of Fresh Chilli, a north of England-based hybrid estate agency that launched with a fanfare last autumn,...

19 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Open Houses no longer useful in faltering London market, claims agent

The managing director of an agency operating in prime central London and other high-value locations in southern England says the Open...

19 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing market boost as tracker mortgages fall to lowest-ever cost

There has been a spur in activity in the mortgage market since the Bank of England base rate dropped to 0.25...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New government figures show 8.7% house price rise in year 'pre-Brexit'

Average house prices across the UK rose 8.7 per cent in the year to the end of June - so including...

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

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

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

Bank of England cuts base rate to 0.25 per cent

  The Bank of England has, as expected, cut its base rate to 0.25 per cent after a record seven years at...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Electronic signatures receive approval from Law Society

The Law Society of England and Wales have moved to clarify the legal position of electronic signature and have endorsed their...

01 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Does Brexit mean the end of the Northern Powerhouse?

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

29 July 2016

From: Features

Gloomy Brexit sentiment data released ahead of key Foxtons figures

There has been a gloomy response to the latest Knight Frank measure of house price sentiment - the first of its...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Flood of 20- and 30-somethings leaving London says estate agency

There are more people quitting London than ever before, with 20- and 30-somethings leading the exodus according to high-end agency Humberts.   The...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q & A with Peter Brodnicki

As promised, this week’s Natter is dedicated to a question and answer session with Peter Brodnicki, the man who has been...

22 July 2016

From: Features

Bank of England says housing transactions 'resilient' despite Brexit

The Bank of England says there has been a dip in the housing market activity after the Brexit referendum result -...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Buying agency becomes the first to be accredited by the RICS

Stacks Property Search & Acquisition has become the first independent buying agency to become a member of the Royal Institute of...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Average house price rose £16,000 over the year before referendum

The price of an average house or flat in the UK rose by £16,000 in the year to May after another...

20 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

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2016

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

15 July 2016

From: Features

Squeezed activity shows why we should be grateful for new PM

What a month it has been. By the time you read this, we'll have a new Prime Minister, a new Cabinet,...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Agents say interest rate cut still likely despite surprise Bank vote

Estate agents and mortgage experts have reacted to the Bank of England’s surprise decision to keep base rate unchanged at 0.5...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agents: compliance quiz shows a few industry own goals...

A month ago we ran a quiz compiled by compliance training expert David Beaumont - and the results do not make...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

No change - Bank of England base rate stays at 0.5% for now

The Bank of England has kept its base rate to 0.50 per cent despite many analysts expecting it would be cut...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit means fewer transactions as price growth 'slackens' says Savills

One of the first major pieces of research to come from an estate agency following the EU referendum suggests the short-term...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Index claims London and some regions showing first Brexit price falls

London house prices have fallen by 1.1 per cent in the past month - mostly since the Brexit vote on June...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Carney says owners and buyers should budget for interest rate rises

House owners and buyers with mortgages in today’s market should budget to ensure they can “have enough headroom” for a rise...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

A new Prime Minister - and will that be followed by an interest rate cut?

The news that Theresa May will be installed as Prime Minister tomorrow has immediately stabilished the share prices of estate agents...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: flashmobs, a Spice Girls tribute band and girls on stilts

The joke doing the rounds last week still seems to be just as relevant this week: “the only man with a...

08 July 2016

From: Features

The post-Brexit landscape

As I sit and write this piece, even with the FTSE 100 back up and sterling having recovered some of its...

08 July 2016

From: Features

Carney warns housing market: Brexit conditions will be difficult

The Bank of England’s governor is warning future mortgage borrowers who buy homes that “conditions will be difficult” as a result...

06 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Possible Brexit base rate change: key committee to comment today

The Bank of England is expected to set out its latest thinking on the UK’s Brexit economic changes today - including...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as an amazing week finally ends...

It’s been a remarkable week for Britain and a challenging week for the agency industry - with possibly many more to...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Land Registry reports almost 76,000 sales last month

The Land Registry’s monthly ‘price paid data’ has revealed that there were 75,937 land and property sales in England and Wales...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Unpicking the new world of estate agency

It’s official; the estate agency business is tougher than ever. Contrary to perceptions that may exist amongst observers and even clients, the...

24 June 2016

From: Features

Conveyancers to consider how to cut costs, delays and fall-throughs

The Conveyancing Association is setting up a working group to consider how to increase transparency, cut unnecessary delays and costs, and...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Some regional house price rises now unsustainable says website Home

The property website Home is warning that some regional house price rises are unsustainable. It says that prices in the East of...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

High-end agency reveals hot- and cold-spots ahead of Brexit vote

An analysis of 750,000 homes on sale across the UK reveals areas where activity remains high despite economic uncertainty surrounding the...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as the Euros become a real nail-biter...

Well, the Euros have turned into a nail-biter for the home teams - but that appears not to be deterring you...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Reservations from buyers of new homes down 20%, warns builder

Berkeley Group, which has given a trading report to the City, says reservations for its new homes are down 20 per...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

New ‘official’ UK House Price Index launched - prices up 8.2% annually

The first new ‘official’ UK House Price Index, released this morning, shows an annual price increase of 8.2 per cent which takes...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Supply drought not enough to prevent price falls, warn industry experts

Three separate surveys appear to suggest that even a long-term shortage of homes on sale is not enough to stop a...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Proved - the vast majority of vendors buy no more than 20 miles away

It’s long been considered the case that vendors tend to move only relatively close distance but new research has quantified the...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a bumper edition, scoring just before the Euros

Let’s face it - the biggest distraction for many estate agents in the coming weeks may well be the Euro 2016...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - new official UK House Price Index launching next week

The government is launching the new official UK House Price Index - to be known in short-form as the UK HPI...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Back of the net! Agency staff's time off for England's Euro 2016 matches

With Euro 2016 kicking off in Paris on Friday evening and employment chiefs urging firms to be flexible with working hours...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent says a million homes by 2020 is 'perfectly possible'

A leading land agent has criticised those doubting the government's ability to build a million new homes by 2020. Adam Hesse, land...

02 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Working to combat conveyancing fraud

Fraudsters attacking the conveyancing sector, successfully stealing large sums of money from homebuyers, are making national headlines at a depressing rate....

27 May 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

Prices still rising according to government's final ONS housing index

House prices across the UK increased by 9.0 per cent in the year to March, showing a significant rise from the 7.6...

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

NAEA welcomes anti-money laundering 'beneficial ownership' clampdown

The National Association of Estate Agents says it welcomes the government’s commitment to establish a public register of beneficial ownership information...

16 May 2016

From: Breaking News

All change? Industry to be asked how to shake-up house buying

The government is staying tight-lipped about it for the moment but there may be a major shake-up in house buying on...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Britain’s best letting agents

Here are the top letting agents in Britain who go above and beyond to help their customers, as voted for by...

10 May 2016

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - the unexpectedly hot weather edition...

We seem to have skipped spring completely and moved from winter to summer in just one week - so what better...

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency recruitment consultancy beefs up key south east team

Rayner Personnel is increasing its firepower in the key south east of England recruitment market with the announcement that husband and...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Land Registry and Nationwide agree - UK house prices dipping

Land Registry house price data has shown a 0.5 per cent drop in March, taking annual house price inflation to 6.7...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

SearchFlow partners with Decision First to offer protection against fraud

SearchFlow, property intelligence specialists, has partnered with Decision First to offer an unrivalled service to protect conveyancers and homebuyers from the...

26 April 2016

From: Sponsored Content

OnTheMarket tally still over 6,500 if letters of intent are included

Beleaguered challenger portal OnTheMarket has recruited the 25-branch south of England agency Goadsby and says this takes its total of sales...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Kings strike gold at the UK estate agency ‘Oscars’

Winners’ reactions and views from a fantastic day of celebration! The Kings Group scooped the gold award for Best Estate Agent in...

25 April 2016

From: Features

The perennial school dilemma in this new market we call normal

The summer term – rounders, cricket and hayfever. It's also the last dash before the housing market supposedly closes down for...

23 April 2016

From: Features

Want to save for a deposit? Then move back to Mum and Dad, says agency

Hamptons International says single first time buyers and couples can significantly cut the time it takes to save for a deposit...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – why deposit protection schemes matter

This week, as the title suggests, I turn my attentions to the world of deposit protection schemes. Landlords have been legally obliged...

15 April 2016

From: Features

Strongest March sales figures for almost a decade, say estate agents

It’s unlikely that this is what George Osborne wanted when he announced his stamp duty surcharge but its deadline for introduction...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

The Blairs' property empire expands - just before stamp duty deadline

Research by The Guardian has revealed that the Blair family’s property empire has expanded - secured just ahead of the stamp...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Annual house price inflation dips to 7.6% according to government figures

House prices rose by 7.6 per cent in the year to February, according to the government’s Office for National Statistics.  This is a...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Treasury grabs huge increase in Inheritance Tax thanks to rising property values

Inheritance tax receipts taken by HM Revenue and Customs jumped to a record high of £4.6 billion in 2015-2016 according to...

06 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 April 2016

From: Breaking News

New 'official, single' house price index previewed ... and compared to others

The government's Office for National Statitsics has confirmed that a new single, official house price index is to be launched in...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Land Registry: prices up 6.1% in a year, sales of £1m-plus homes up too

The Land Registry says average house prices in England and Wales rose 6.1 per cent in the year to the end of ...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

60 second interview: Shameem Golamy, Managing Director of Properstar

Who are you? My name is Sham, I am based in the UK and my core experience is in running cross border...

29 March 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Revealed - new restrictions on buy to let mortgage lending

A key Bank of England body has revealed its proposals for tougher borrowing standards to prevent buy to let lending overheating the wider...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Government sneaks out consultation on Land Registry privatisation

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

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Rightmove visits up 14% as the average asking price exceeds £300,000

Rightmove says the average asking price of a property coming to market in England and Wales has now passed £300,000 for the...

21 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Have we reached tipping point for many private landlords?

With less than a month to go before the new rate of stamp duty kicks in for second property purchasers, we’re...

18 March 2016

From: Features

House prices to rise 20 per cent over next four years says bank

Average house prices will rise by 20.1 per cent by the end of 2019 with a typical home then costing £236,691...

18 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency launches training academy to 'nurture rising stars'

An estate agency has launched an internal academy to provide training for its rising stars.  Humberts, which has 23 offices across England,...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket enters Northern Ireland's portal sector

OnTheMarket, the property portal founded by Agents' Mutual, has announced its launch in Northern Ireland. The website is aiming to go head-to-head...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices to rise by 20% in next four years

The average house price in the UK is set to increase by over 20% to £236,691 by the end of 2019,...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Property buying ‘frenzy’ spreads across the country

A property buying spree recorded in the East of England last month has now spread across the rest of the UK.  The...

14 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Another estate agency considers running a TV advertising campaign

Savills is the latest estate agency to consider a TV advertising campaign. The agency’s marketing director Alison Dean has told Estate Agent...

07 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

Talks ongoing over independent OTM agents acquired by Connells

Talks are ongoing about portal choices for Cheshire-based estate agency Gascoigne Halman - acquired by Connells last year - and no decision has...

02 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents cautious after Land Registry reports surge in house prices

Agents have reacted cautiously to a surprisingly-high 2.5 per cent increase in house prices - in just one month - announced...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Celebrating 70 years as we think our founder would have wanted

Birthdays aren’t just something for family and friends to celebrate.   Businesses too can justifiably use these milestones to remember their roots and...

27 February 2016

From: Features

House sales drop up to 20% in major cities, says Hometrack

Hometrack claims that the number of sales over the past 12 months has fallen by two per cent on average across...

26 February 2016

From: Breaking News

North-South house price gap grows much bigger in 10 years

New research shows that the north-south divide over house prices is not only continuing but is getting significantly worse.  High-end agency Savills,...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Fall in home ownership stops after over a decade - but for how long?

The goverrnment says new figures show that after a year-after-year decline in the number of people owning their home, starting in...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices up 6.7% in 2015 as agents report more stock since New Year

House prices in the UK rose by 6.7 per cent in 2015, down from 7.7 per cent in the year to...

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

Series of independent agencies sign up to Property Sharing Experts

Property Sharing Experts, which says it is the largest network of independent estate agencies in the south west of England, has...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Credit agency accuses Bank of England of fuelling high house prices

The credit agency Standard & Poor’s has taken the radical line of accusing the Bank of England’s low interest-rate regime of...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Figures reveal stamp duty income dropping after government's reform

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

10 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty deadline-beaters create unexpected mortgage lending surge

Increased competition amongst mortgage lenders and the rush to buy investment properties before the April 1 stamp duty surcharge deadline have...

02 February 2016

From: Breaking News

First peek at high-end Countrywide brand's new cinema advert

John D Wood, one of Countrywide's two high-end brands operating in London and southern England, has produced a cinema commercial to be...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency steps up bid to expand across southern England

Lomond Capital has acquired John Shepherd Estate Agent in Birmingham as it continues to 'expand south.' The deal, which includes Marwood Homes...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

New bid to launch 'digital platform' to speed up conveyancing

Only months after the collapse of the Veyo system aimed at creating a conveyancing portal for England and Wales, the Law...

29 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - so let us publicise your great work

With February around the corner and spring just about on the horizon (if you can see it for the driving rain...

29 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - from England to Africa...

In charitable works, as in the rest of our industry, January is a time to reflect on what’s been achieved and...

22 January 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices up 8.3% in England and 7.8% in all-UK according to ONS

The latest government house price index from the Office for National Statistics shows that house prices across the UK rose by...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency says higher end of market is recovering from duty increase

Your Move claims the higher end of the Scottish housing market is recovering from the introduction of Land and Building Transaction...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal Ombudsman issues conveyancing guide after buyer's £20,000 bill

The Legal Ombudsman has published new guidance for first time buyers as a result of conveyancing problems topping the list of...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency chief says typical home in England and Wales will soon cost £300,000

A major estate agency chain’s price index says average house prices in England and Wales have grown 6.6 per cent in...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Sellers throwing caution to the wind on prices as supply hits new low

Sellers know there is a shortage of supply of homes on the market and are therefore throwing caution to the wind...

13 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency chain refreshes brand with new logo, app and website

South of England agency chain Andrews has launched a new app and website as part of its brand-refreshing programme for 2016.  The...

13 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency YOPA prepares to launch across England and Wales

Hybrid estate agency YOPA - standing for YOur Property Agent - says it is going to launch across England and Wales...

12 January 2016

From: Breaking News

NFOPP charity offers cash help to flood-hit past and present members

The Arbon Trust is allocating £10,000 to help past and present NFOPP members in financial difficulties as a result of flooding...

11 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Century 21 UK owner snaps up major agency and auction house

Shepherd Direct Limited - best known for owning the Century 21 UK franchise business which has 50 operators across England -...

08 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - it's 2016 and we're back and fund-raising...

Happy New Year to all those (bet you’re a little bored of hearing that now, aren’t you?) - but we know...

08 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Land Registry says typical home now costs £186,325

The average property value in England and Wales at the start of 2016 is £186,325 according to the Land Registry.  Its data...

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Surge in number of Londoners cashing in their equity in 2015

The number of Londoners moving out of the capital, buying homes in other parts of the country, surged in 2015. Research by...

30 December 2015

From: Breaking News

And the biggest house price increase this year has been in...

Newham in London recorded the biggest percentage rise in house prices among major UK towns and cities over the past year,...

30 December 2015

From: Breaking News

New England office as Scottish-based agency expands south of the border

Rettie & Co. is opening a branch at Jesmond in Newcastle, hot on the heels of the firm’s recent new office...

23 December 2015

From: Breaking News

 Longer completion days: removals’ body steps up opposition to CHAPS change

The British Association of Removers has entered the dispute over changes to the CHAPS arrangements for the transfer of monies on...

22 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise likely to be delayed further, hints key Bank of England figure

One of the leading members of the Bank of England's influential Monetary Policy Committee has suggested that the recent fall-back in...

22 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Quite a present - over 5% of buyers given their deposits by their parents

Over one in 20 home buyers this year used a gift for all or part of their deposit, helping to fund...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – five highs of 2015

Right, so it’s one more week till Christmas and two more weeks until we head face first into 2016. Both these...

18 December 2015

From: Features

Open letter launches fierce criticism of failed conveyancing portal Veyo

There has been a fierce attack on failed conveyancing portal Veyo, in the form of an open letter from one of the...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Prime London prices now average £2.3m but agency warns growth slowing

Prime Central London’s residential values have risen 4.3 per cent over the past 12 months and now average £2.3m per property...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 December 2015

From: Breaking News

47% fewer homes for sale in England and Wales than in December 2007 - claim

There are 47 per cent fewer properties for sale across England and Wales than in December 2007 with the general shortage...

15 December 2015

From: Breaking News

22% of sellers 'consider' using online agents - but few actually do so

A large survey of home movers reveals that over one in five of them considered using only an online-only estate agent...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Open All (Christmas) Hours: Are you shutting down or gearing up?

The possibility of agents having to keep offices open until 7pm from next summer to accommodate late key releases has put...

11 December 2015

From: Features

2016 will need some thought

In many respects 2015 has been a good year. Despite global challenges, we have seen a marked improvement in the UK...

11 December 2015

From: Features

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

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

10 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise delay would unleash major house price surge

A leading bank is forecasting that if interest rates do not rise next year - as some experts predict - then...

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents say shared ownership expansion not enough to meet demand

The National Association of Estate Agents has given a cautious welcome to new government plans to expand shared ownership.  David Cameron has...

08 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 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

Unintended consequences of PRS-meddling could cause real damage

You might recall a collective sigh of relief emitted by stakeholders in the housing market and private rental sector back in...

04 December 2015

From: Features

Home repossessions decline across UK as economy strengthens

Repossession levels in the north and south of England have closed by 80 per cent since the end of the recession,...

04 December 2015

From: Breaking News

'Over 50% of new homes too small for families' - claim

More than half of the new homes being built today are not big enough to meet the needs of the people...

02 December 2015

From: Breaking News

The enduring allure of the UK's historic homes

The UK is filled with popular historic locations. Naturally, Surrey is a popular choice for buyers looking for homes with historic...

27 November 2015

From: Features

Possible Land Registry sell-off prompts concern over searches

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

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Shock and anger from agents at extra 3% stamp duty on some homes

There’s been shock and anger from agents - especially those in London - at the surprise news of an additional three...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

The weather outside is frightful – A new starter home would be delightful

So this weekend some of us will see our first snow of the season. Harsh weather, Christmas adverts and winter generally...

20 November 2015

From: Features

Urban house price inflation nears 10% per year warns Hometrack

Hometrack says its index of house price growth in major cities is already 9.4 per cent per annum and looks set...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

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

Why the NAEA is right to tighten money laundering screws

News from the Halifax this week that the combined values of the residential properties in London amounts to £1.13 trillion, virtually...

13 November 2015

From: Features

High-value southern cities see largest property churn

Homes in the South East, South West and London change hands much more frequently than those in other parts of England.  Analysis...

13 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Prices rising but transactions sluggish, warn estate agencies

Another house price index has suggested a strong mainstream housing market but a struggling one at the high end. The latest LSL...

12 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Stock shortage holding back country market buoyancy says agent

Humberts says property values across the south east of England have seen robust growth of almost eight per cent over the...

11 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

Hindsight is too late – leaders must make the right decisions at the right time

It’s hard not to have been influenced by the Rugby World Cup over the past month and a half – while...

06 November 2015

From: Features

Interest rates - no change until 2017 according to some commentators

Economic and housing market commentators have interpreted the latest raft of Bank of England data as indicating that interest rates may...

06 November 2015

From: Breaking News

High-end agency predicts strong five years for south and east of England

Strutt & Parker is early off the marks with its forecast for 2016 and beyond, predicting the strongest market growth in...

04 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New offices for franchise giant Hunters and for Apprentice star's agency

Hunters has four more offices in south east England - the former Black & White Estates branches in Ashford, Folkestone, Hythe...

03 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Land Registry says 10% slump in sales but prices up 5.3% over a year

The Land Registry says the average house price in England and Wales now costs £186,553, an annual increase of 5.3 per...

29 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency chain expands after £250,000 bank loan

Franchise agency chain HomeXperts is expanding as a result of a £250,000 loan.  HomeXperts has 27 franchisees in England from Thirsk in...

20 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Stock coming to market down as much as 74% on pre-downturn levels

Property portal Home says in some regions of the UK the number of properties coming to the market is 74 per...

14 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: reaching the Holy Grail of more vendors and landlords

Well, the hosts have left the party early. England have crashed out of their own Rugby World Cup after a demoralising...

09 October 2015

From: Features

Strongest September for home sales since 2007 according to LSL

Last month was the strongest September since 2007 for home sales, with a distinct north-south divide when it comes to transactions...

09 October 2015

From: Breaking News

20% year-on-year surge in mortgage approvals for purchasing homes

The number of house purchase mortgage approvals has risen by 19.8 per cent over the last 12 months.  Data from eSurv suggests...

09 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Third sign in one week that housing market is strengthening

First came a Bank of England prediction that the market will strengthen in the autumn; then lenders reported a surge in...

01 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Ex-England cricketer Chris Tremlett joins online estate agency

Ex-England, Surrey and Hampshire cricketer Chris Tremlett, who recently retired from the sport because of injury, has joined Berkshire-based agency The...

01 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Mortgage surge shows housing market is strengthening

In a new sign that the housing market is strengthening, mortgage lending increased in August by the largest amount since 2008. Data...

30 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Has Help To Buy helped the market? The jury's out says agency analyst

An estate agency analyst has queried whether the £2 billion spent on the equity loan Help To Buy scheme in England...

30 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Over half of home owners will struggle if rates rise, warn building societies

Over half of Britain's home owners will hit problems if interest rates rise. The Building Societies Association says new research which it...

30 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Over-65s enjoy vast property wealth, especially in London and the south

Homeowners aged 65 and above have seen their property wealth grow by nearly £17.5 billion in the past three months alone...

29 September 2015

From: Breaking News

New Land Registry data shows fall in transactions and price rises slowing

The number of homes sold over the spring and early summer this year was down on 2014 while house price rises...

29 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent helping ex-MoD veterans wants industry to do its bit

An agent is using social media to help homeless ex-service personnel move into empty properties free of charge - and he...

22 September 2015

From: Breaking News

High-end agent boosts 2015 forecast and issues 2016 prediction

Average house prices in England and Wales are expected to rise by 5.0 per cent in 2015 and by 4.5 per...

21 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

Build To Let: A threat or a challenge to agents?

If there’s one thing that looks like a good move right now, it’s becoming a letting agent.  Whereas some years ago we...

18 September 2015

From: Features

New data shows stock famine still pushing up prices

The average London home has risen 12.8 per cent or roughly £60,000 in the past year. Data from property website Home says...

17 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Green Belt new home building levels halve in 20 years

New research from Countrywide reveals the homes built on the Green Belt surrounding towns and cities over the last 20 years...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency group says house prices up, transactions down

Average house prices across England and Wales jumped £1,900 in August – the fastest rise seen for past 12 months according...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

HQ of London's oldest independent agency wins listed status

An estate agency that has occupied the same London office for 135 years has now seen the property receive formal listed...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agency giant invests £5m in valuation service

Connells Group has announced a new £5m annual investment into growing its team of chartered surveyors across the UK.   The announcement follows...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Land Registry data shows annual house price growth dip

The latest data released by the agents’ favourite house price source, the Land Registry, shows that prices in England and Wales...

01 September 2015

From: Breaking News

The reign of the renter

This month analysis by the Office for National Statistics revealed that the average home in England and Wales cost a record...

28 August 2015

From: Features

Starter Homes scheme will fail, says Shelter

Controversial housing charity Shelter has published a report which claims that the government's Starter Homes scheme will fail the people it...

27 August 2015

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket queries Zoopla’s listings inventory

OnTheMarket has queried the listings inventory detailed in Zoopla’s half-year trading statement. Zoopla Property Group reported that its listings inventory had increased...

24 August 2015

From: Breaking News

More homes are being delivered, government reports

There were over 131,000 housebuilding completions in the past year, according to the latest government data. The figure represents a 15% increase...

24 August 2015

From: Breaking News

What do this week's housing market figures really mean?

We’ve had a flurry of data for all of us involved in the property sector to mull over on our sun...

21 August 2015

From: Features

First-time buyers face £45,000 deposits within next decade, claims agent

An out-spoken estate agent has claimed that first-time buyers in the North East of England will need to save deposits of...

21 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Andrews announces record turnover

Eighty branch agency Andrews & Partners has reported a 12.9% rise in revenue, representing the company's highest ever turnover figure and...

20 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Key Bank of England figure hints at interest rate rise

A member of the Bank of England’s key Monetary Policy Committee says waiting too long to raise interest rates risks undermining...

18 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - this week's update...

We are always happy to salute those agents who work tirelessly to improve their communities and those who need help more...

14 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Forecast of even stronger price growth in next 12 months

The imbalance of supply and demand in the housing market “will lead to even stronger price gains over the next 12...

14 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency chains report strongest July sales since 2007

LSL Property Services, owner of Reeds Rains and Your Move amongst other high street chains, says last month’s sales market was the...

13 August 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 August 2015

From: Features

Mortgage rates may rise despite unchanged base rate

At first sight the decision by the Bank of England not to raise base rate appears good news for the industry...

07 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Bank of England to break interest rate tradition tomorrow

The Bank of England is to publish three previously-separate pieces of information on interest rates tomorrow in a bid to avoid...

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty shake-up transforms agents' asking prices

An analysis of homes on sale six months after the scrapping of the ‘slab’ system of stamp duty has revealed a...

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Land Registry: prices finally above pre-slowdown level

Data for June from the Land Registry shows that the annual price increase of 5.4 per cent takes the average property...

29 July 2015

From: Breaking News

A new twist on the right to buy

Competition is hot among home buyers in my part of southern England to take ownership of properties that come onto the...

24 July 2015

From: Features

The interest rate warning bell has been rung

When Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, recently announced that interest rates would have to start to rise sooner...

24 July 2015

From: Features

CHAPS working hours to be extended next year

CHAPS has confirmed that its operational hours will be extended from summer 2016, enabling high-value payments to be made until 6pm. The...

24 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Portal's figures point to no post-election bounce

The average value of homes across Britain rose by 2.7 per cent or almost £7,000 during the first six months of...

23 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents' telephone data paints mixed market picture

Data from the estate and letting agency answering service Moneypenny appears to confirm what we have been thinking for some weeks...

22 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Over 3,800 agents now signed to PRS redress body

The first annual report from Property Redress Services, one of the three government-approved redress schemes applying to both the sales and...

22 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Public confidence in market slips back says Halifax

Confidence in the outlook for house price growth hit its highest level in four years following the general election in May...

20 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Manage your landlords effectively as tax changes take hold

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

17 July 2015

From: Features

Stamp Duty replacement hits house prices and transactions

Scottish house prices may have risen 10.3 per cent since May 2014 – twice that of England & Wales - but...

16 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Housing market still bubbling with 5.7% average price rise

There’s still life left in the housing market according to the government’s Office for National Statistics, which say house prices across...

15 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents give enthusiastic thumbs-up to planning reforms

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

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: The rise of agent-rating websites

The rising phenomenon of agent-rating and review websites is a topic that seems to have caused considerable division and controversy among...

10 July 2015

From: Features

A financial crisis refresher course?

In case we didn’t learn the lesson last time around, we appear to be on the brink of a refresher course...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Landlords' plans will change in wake of tax relief cut

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

10 July 2015

From: Features