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KEYWORD "Flats" - 219 RESULTS
Opinion: Bank of England rate rises are nonsense and will increase inflation

The Bank of England’s continued rise in interest rates – the latest being a shift up to 1.25% - is, in...

25 June 2022

From: Features

Insight - should estate agents be using TikTok?

If a picture paints a thousand words, then compelling videos paint an entire book. Whereas photos and text can only show...

22 June 2022

From: Marketing & Social Media

Expert Analysis: How safe are homes 5 years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy?

It’s the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell fire tragedy, but are high rises any safer today than they were then? On 14th...

18 June 2022

From: Features

Analyst questions 'dangerous' use of average house price figures

A housing analyst has urged buyers to look beyond average prices. Kate Faulkner, founder of Propertychecklists.co.uk, said she is on a mission...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Extending Right to Buy won’t fix the housing shortage

Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced that he is considering extending Margaret Thatcher’s Right-to-Buy scheme, that gives council tenants the chance to...

14 May 2022

From: Features

On the house! Prime buyers continue to snub flats

Houses continued to be the preferred property type for prime London buyers last month as flat sales continue to struggle amid...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Halifax signals start of house price growth slowdown

The property market is bracing for the start of the slowdown in the rate of house price growth.  The Halifax House Price...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Savills reaches 10 offices in south west London

Savills has opened its 10th office in south west London. It takes its London presence to 42 residential branches and 132 across the country...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

London returning to dominant role in high-end market, says agency

Savills suggests that London is returning to its role as the dominant element in the high end housing market in the...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Price Shock set to hurt housing market

A leading business analyst says that house prices may appear to be defying gravity but they will soon return to normality...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Stock shortage fuels big rise in off-plan sales

The extreme shortage of properties for sale has fuelled the first rise in new homes sold off-plan since 2016.   In 2021 some...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Sigh of relief that Sunak avoids hurting housing market

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

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Affordability alarm goes off as house prices hit another high

The latest government house price data has sparked a fear that the market may be heading towards an affordability crisis. The Office...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Climate Innovation District - low carbon suburb to be built

A so-called Climate Innovation District is to be constructed in central Leeds with low carbon homes at its heart. The developer Citu...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

How to attract high-value landlords using a data-driven approach

A shift is occurring in the rental market across the UK. The Government is planning to reform the sector with increased...

16 March 2022

From: Features

New flats marketed as ‘work from home’ units

A developer has converted a 1979s office block into flats which are now being sold as £180,000 to £215,000 work from...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Double-digit annual house price growth now in seven UK regions

The market boom goes on, for now at least. In February, house prices rose at their fastest since June 2007 according to...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - a bumper bundle of new movers in agency

Welcome to the latest edition of Property Jobs Today, your chance to catch up with who’s going where and why in...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC Stamp Duty Crackdown - more experts warn of problems

Yesterday we reported on how the Chartered Institute of Taxation was warning of problems with new HMRC stamp duty rules to...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC Stamp Duty Crackdown ‘may make home buying even slower’

HM Revenue & Customs has been warned by financial experts that its latest crackdown on stamp duty abuse could make the...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Could be tough times ahead for the housing market’ - warning

A financial analyst says there could be tough times ahead for the housing market, despite another upbeat set of figures regarding...

18 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Running On Empty! Agents' inventories running almost at zero

Some regional property markets are perilously close to running out of any stock to sell. That’s the news from property data...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

“No market” for some prime London flats without outside space

A leading buying agency says that while prime central London’s property market shows clear signs of recovery, a weak area remains...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

For Sale Boards - agency runs competition to spot worst offenders

An estate agency is running a competition to encourage residents to photograph badly-located For Sale and To Let boards. The Basingstoke branch...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Super-rich buyers return to London as Covid subsides - Savills

London’s super-prime residential market has recorded its strongest year since 2013, according to high end agency Savills. In total, there were 522...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Vendors’ profits soar - but not in London or if they sold a flat

Strong house price growth since the pandemic began has boosted seller gains with the typical vendor who bought two decades ago...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New tax likely to fund additional cladding removal from low-rise flats

Leaseholders in lower-rise blocks of flats will not have to take out loans to remove dangerous cladding under new government rules...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove computes strongest sellers’ markets in the UK

Rightmove has identified the UK’s strongest sellers’ market - and it’s in Easton, Bristol. Four of the top 10 sellers’ markets are...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Amazing - One in every 16 homes has been sold this year

By the end of 2021, one in 16 homes will have changed hands, making it the busiest property market since 2007...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

 Property Jobs Today - who’s moving where in our industry

Hello and welcome to a new week - and even as Christmas approaches there remains plenty to report about people moving...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

London Market - it’s not yet business as usual, says agency

The latest update on the prime central London market from agency Knight Frank warns that it’s still not business as usual,...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London market to see price rises again after years of falls

Savills has set out its annual house price forecast for prime London - and after years of price falls, the prediction...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock warning - bad EPCs 'could reduce value of older homes'

A business analyst is warning that the growing emphasis on energy efficiency of homes could spell trouble for the value of...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the strongest buyers’ and sellers’ markets right now

Rightmove has revealed the strongest markets for sellers and buyers this autumn.  Grays in Essex has topped the list of the strongest...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Average home hits landmark figure as market stays red hot

The average price of a house in the UK has hit £250,000 for the first time as the  market shows no...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing market to stay strong in 2022 says buoyant Halifax

House prices rose by the most in almost 15 years in September ahead of the end of the stamp duty holiday.  The...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Recovery signs at last for Prime London prices

Prices in prime central London have risen for the past two quarters, prompting a tentative claim that the market may be...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

This is how much house prices have risen EVERY DAY since Covid began

Zoopla has calculated how much the average house price has risen every single day since the start of the pandemic in...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Quids in! Agency listing mistakenly goes live with £1 asking price

Every agent likes to have their phones ringing off the hook. So London agent Robert Irving Burns must have been excited when...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior MP warns Lloyds Bank over grabbing first time buyer flats

The chairman of the Commons housing, communities and local government committee has criticised the institutional bulk-buying of existing homes for denying...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

95% mortgages fall flat as few deals actually agreed, claims broker

A broker claims the high profile return of the 95 per cent mortgage has actually made little impact on the housing...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Market boom to go on as supply shortage set to last into 2022

The very strong housing market seen throughout this year is set to extend into 2022 as a stock shortage is forecast...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Detached house prices soar TEN TIMES the rate of flats - Rightmove

Rightmove data released this morning shows that the average asking price of a detached house has risen literally 10 times the...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

“No meaningful price growth” in prime central London, admits agency

Savills has revised its price forecasts for prime property market across the UK, but when it coms to prime central London...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

High value house purchases behind market frenzy says Nationwide

Annual house price growth remains above 10 per cent despite a small monthly dip in July according to the Nationwide. A 0.5...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

House-Flat price gap widening as demand for larger properties soars

Demand for all types of houses, from terraced to detached, has more than doubled in the current housing market - creating...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ clarity over leasehold sales backed by Propertymark

Propertymark has welcomed the move by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to help make certain leasehold flats more attractive to would-be buyers...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Boots joins John Lewis and Lloyds in entering the property sector

Boots is the latest company to dip its toe into the water of the property sector.  Modular housing company ilke Homes has...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

The Holiday Home Debate - Don’t Let Politicians Get Away With It

At first sight it’s a tough ask to defend holiday homes when there’s evidence that many who want to buy can’t,...

10 July 2021

From: Features

Crisis? What Crisis? Five-star £500m new-build scheme launched

London’s housing market may be distinctly lacklustre compared to much of the rest of the UK right now but one development...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

The Cladding Scandal – what do you need to know?

The Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017 exposed the dangers of inflammable cladding on residential tower blocks, and what has come...

05 June 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty boost will make 2021 market one of the busiest ever

The number of transactions is scheduled to reach 1.52 million this year - way above the norm of between 1.0 and...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Cities and Flats are Back! Demand switches from rural to urban

An analysis of over 1.6m listings by Rightmove shows a big return to normality - demand for smaller city centre properties...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Government unveils new bid to push forward ‘commonhold’ concept

The government has set up a committee to push forward ideas on the collective form of homeownership known as commonhold. Housing Secretary...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Stock shortage crisis as listings now down by 25 per cent

Parts of the UK property market face a supply shortage with a quarter fewer properties listed for sale in England and...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Prince Philip: how the property landscape changed during his century

For many, the funeral of HRH Prince Philip will be a solemn affair, while for some it will also be a...

17 April 2021

From: Features

Desire for apartment living remains strong, insists property firm

While lengthy lockdowns have caused many to re-evaluate their homes, the apartment lifestyle remains an ambition for many. That’s the view of...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Turbo-charged housing market - prices still rising 7.5% a year

Another house price index shows a super-charged housing market with prices rising 7.5 per cent in the year to January according...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - more appointments news from across the UK

Hello - another Monday dawns but the good news is that we can update you on the industry’s latest appointments. Everyone here...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Unsellable: Thousands of flats remain impossible to mortgage or sell

Agents and a wide range of property experts have demanded yet more government funds to end the cladding crisis that is...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New tax and billions more for cladding - but is it enough?

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced “an exceptional intervention” promising that leaseholders in high-rise buildings above 18 metres will bear no...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned? Another housing hotspot ponders second home curbs

One of the country’s most popular tourist destinations may ban the sale of new builds to second home buyers. The council in Padstow -...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

What is happening to house prices during the third lockdown?

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

27 January 2021

From: Features

Rip-Off leasehold charges to be abolished by government

Millions of leaseholders will be given the right to extend their lease by a maximum term of 990 years at zero...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Country houses are big winners from the pandemic, say agents

The pandemic has reignited the flagging country house market and boosted demand for larger homes with gardens, claims Savills. Larger country houses...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Flipping makes a comeback with big profits made by investors

The mixture of the stamp duty holiday and generally fast-rising house prices has led to a resurgence of flipping. Data released this...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will relaxed EWS1 safety checks allow thousands of flats to be sold?

Safety checks which are apparently now preventing thousands of owners selling flats are to be eased - but there is confusion...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - spotlight on independents: the backbone of our industry

Firstly, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Lockdown 2, as it’s being known, is now with us, but fortunately...

07 November 2020

From: Features

Many overseas buyers don’t even visit Brexit bargain purchasers

A London property investment consultancy says 22 per cent of properties it’s advised overseas purchasers on this year have been bought sight-unseen. London...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Selling a flat with a short lease

Many agents, certainly those in London, will have faced the difficult task of selling a flat with a shorter lease. A...

09 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agents are ’spivs with tape measures’ says angry press article

A right wing magazine once edited by Boris Johnson has called estate agents “spivs with tape measures” who conceal information from...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says prices for 'second-time-buyers' at record high

The so-called ‘trade up gap’ for people buying for the second time has grown to a record £67,761 according to Rightmove. The...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Cladding scandal hurts entire housing market says top industry figure

Ed Mead has joined a growing chorus demanding government action on the cladding crisis. He is one of the industry’s leading figures from...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Solve this NOW! Campaign to make cladding flats sell-able again

Survivors and bereaved family members from the Grenfell Tower fire have joined forces with residents trapped in allegedly dangerous flats in...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - perception vs reality - why do agents have a bad rep?

It’s fair to say that UK estate agents don’t have the best of reputations, often featuring in the lists of the...

29 August 2020

From: Features

Houses selling much faster than flats according to Zoopla data

Figures from Zoopla quantify how Coronavirus is changing the market, with houses selling significantly faster than flats. The latest market report from...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Selling apartments? It might be more difficult from today…

One of the country’s highest-profile mortgage lenders, HSBC, is restricting loans on apartments from today. Only buyers of flats who have a...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Flats fall out of favour with buyers says latest Rightmove publicity

The latest in the recent surge of consumer information publicised by Rightmove suggests that demand for flats has fallen significantly as...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Market set for long-term recovery despite short-term dips

The housing market is set for long-term recovery, despite dips in the road on the way.  That's the message from the latest house...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a week in the life of…agents in lockdown!

Lockdown measures are still in place for another two weeks, at least, with the possibility of them being extended beyond that....

25 April 2020

From: Features

Ban on new-build holiday homes likely in another tourist hotspot

Another west country tourist hotspot looks set to ban any future new-build home being sold as a holiday or additional property. Bigbury...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in distress sales even before virus - top agent

One of London’s most experienced estate agents says there has been a very significant surge in foreclosure sales in part of...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Apartments branded ‘least popular’ property type based on sales

A PropTech website has broken down the sales recorded by HM Land Registry in 2019 into property types - and apartments...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on new-build second homes going to a vote tomorrow

Another westcountry town may ban new-build homes being sold as holiday properties, even though the idea has backfired elsewhere. Fowey in Cornwall -...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

“Fat cat freeholders” would be stopped by Commonhold - claim

The government is being urged to make commonhold ownership compulsory on all new apartments - and the move could even begin a...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager

  Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager What is your ‘company name’...

06 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Auctioneer building agent contacts ahead of first sale by new branch

Auction House, which says it’s the largest property auctioneer in the UK, is opening a new branch in Kent, with its...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2020

From: Features

Revealed - massive premiums buyers pay for new-build homes

New build homes cost 19 per cent more than comparable pre-owned properties according to a new survey - and sometimes 50...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More reforms on their way as government ponders leasehold changes

The Law Commission has set out three ways to cut the cost that leaseholders have to pay to buy the freehold...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Portals say future changes will be for agents - not to be simply 'disruptive'

Here’s the final part of our questioning of the three portals based on comments and queries from our readers - thanks...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - plenty of movers as Christmas nears

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

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Election 2019: how your home reveals how you are likely to vote

Data scientists have released a study into the characteristics of homes and how they give away the likely voting intentions of...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

The changing profile of first-time buyers

Recent Zoopla reports stating that first-time buyers are deciding against purchasing one-bedroom flats came as no surprise to me, or I’m...

23 November 2019

From: Features

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

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

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Breakthrough as agent sells apartments without ground rents

A London estate agency says a new scheme of apartments being launched for sale this weekend will be the first ever...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Regulating agents is key demand from leasehold campaigner

A 10 point manifesto to drive forward leasehold reform has been published by prominent campaigner Louie Burns, of The Leasehold Solutions Group. The 10...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Backfired! Ban on second homes makes it harder for locals to buy

A new study by the London School of Economics suggests that a high profile ban on the sale of new homes...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Government tells sellers how much green space adds to house values

This is stating the obvious to estate agents but the government has revealed that homes near parks, gardens, playing fields and...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - Day in the life of…a PropTech founder

In a revival of the Natter’s day in the life of series, I catch up with Rajeev Nayyar, managing director of...

05 October 2019

From: Features

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

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

05 October 2019

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - as temperatures plummet

It may only be October 4, but temperatures have already started to drop this week as preparations for winter begin. As we...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Has Airbnb met its match, what could this mean for agents?

I suspect that at some time we have all rented an Airbnb (I am sitting on the couch of one as...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned to be in a redress scheme for ALL aspects of their work

Estate and letting agents are being urged to check that they are signed up with an approved redress scheme that covers...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

 Backfired! Ban on new-build second homes leads to higher house prices

A bid to ban the building of new homes for out-of-town buyers has backfired on a Cornish community - and now...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - on our greatest summer weekend of sport…

Once a year you might be perfectly justified in putting your feet up for a weekend and enjoying some great sport...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Blond ambition - Does Boris Johnson have any housing policies?

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

22 June 2019

From: Features

Family home for £1m in London? You'll be lucky, says OnTheMarket

Research from OnTheMarket shows that 40 per cent of London homes costing around £1m have only two bedrooms or fewer. And only...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Making the transition from estate agency to property development

Property developing is an incredibly diverse and exciting career choice, and something that many people aspire to do in the UK.  I...

15 June 2019

From: Features

Property Natter - homes of the future

During our school days, most of us did that task where we imagined and drew the homes of the future, but...

04 May 2019

From: Features

The problems with incentivising downsizing through stamp duty

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

04 May 2019

From: Features

Some London houses 25% below peak as transactions plummet - new index

It’s a new index but it tells an old story - how prime central London prices have dropped significantly since their...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Expert view on the leasehold scandal - is Commonhold the answer?

The leasehold scandal continues to generate plenty of column inches, with fresh stories emerging almost daily of people living in unsellable...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest key industry moves

Hello and welcome to Property Jobs Today - your final chance before the Easter break to catch up with the key...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – we’re backing the campaign!

The leasehold scandal has received plenty of press coverage, with horror stories of people living in homes that are impossible to...

06 April 2019

From: Features

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

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

30 March 2019

From: Features

Selling for 8.5% above asking price: why is Scotland's market so strong?

As the sales market across much of Britain appears to be mired in political and economic uncertainty, figures from Scotland appear...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned: home 'ownership' advertisement is branded misleading

A poster advertising shared ownership, promoting homes from a housing association, has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority. The poster, for...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let slump leads to small dip in prices of flats and maisonettes

The average prices of flats and maisonettes bucked the trend by falling very slightly in the year to December, according to...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: new key to agent success is a threat to the big portals

At the end of January the Asian PropTech company PropertyGuru announced the imminent launch of beta-phase testing of its cutting-edge new product, PropertyGuru Lens. This...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty continues to hit prime London - Knight Frank

Average prices of flats and houses in prime central London are now the same as they were six years ago; meanwhile...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Micro-homes: could they solve the first time buyer crisis?

A think tank is suggesting that micro-homes could be the answer to London’s shortage of available homes for first time buyers. The...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2019?

As 2018 draws to a close, it is fair to say that stretched affordability and uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations has...

29 December 2018

From: Features

Flips Flop: ‘Some new flats sold on for 25% below reservation prices’

Property analysts say ‘flippers’ - those who buy new homes and sell them quickly, hopefully for a profit - are losing...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Offices converted to housing are denying affordable homes - claim

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

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Agents - here’s why you need to differentiate more

I remember renting flats when I was a 25-year-old negotiator at Foxtons. Many of you will remember my love for the...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Budget briefing - Seven things to watch for today

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

27 October 2018

From: Features

Three-year tenancies - should they be compulsory?

An open rental market, where neither landlord nor tenant is in a dominant position, enables rents to rise and fall, which...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: estate agency on a bus

No, I haven’t lost the plot. Such a thing exists – and if you’re familiar with North London, there is a...

20 October 2018

From: Features

'Slump City' house prices set to rebound, claims agency

A city’s housing market that suffered badly because of the collapse in North Sea oil prices is now likely to rebound...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyers 'taken for a ride' as new-build leasehold house prices soar

The cost of new-build leasehold properties has surged 16 times faster than freeholds according to research from property investment platform. The revelation...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Transaction volumes plunge in London - prime central areas hit worst

There’s more bad news for the long-troubled Prime Central London market. A new analysis shows that transaction volumes have plunged 11.6 per cent...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome consultation into new leasehold reform proposals

The National Association of Estate Agents has given broad support for radical proposals from the Law Commission to end leasehold abuse...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Leasehold scandal continues - almost all buyers regret their purchase

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Speed up ban on abusive leasehold rules, law firm urges government

A specialist property law firm is calling on the government to speed up changes in the law to avoid abusive leasehold...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the part of Britain where homes sell 6% above asking price

The latest quarterly house price report published by property portal s1homes reveals that properties across Scotland sell on average at six...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - should downsizing pensioners be exempt?

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

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New service aims to help 'Right Of First Refusal' leasehold flat owners

A new website has been set up specifically to help leasehold flat owners who have been served a Section 5 Notice...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy and similar schemes curtailed on new leasehold houses

The government says its funding schemes such as Help To Buy will no longer be applied to what it calls “unjustified...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Average house prices fall in all but one English region

Average property prices fell in all but one English region during March, according to the latest official UK House Price Index. Overall,...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers cash in as buyers are increasingly willing to pay above asking price

Property sellers in Scotland are profiting from buyers' willingness to pay above asking price for a home.  This is according to portal...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

London has almost 600 one-bed flats on sale at £1m or (well) above

London has 585 one bed flats on the market at £1m or more according to research by online agency HouseSimple.  HouseSimple says...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Treasury set to rake in record CGT this year - with more to come

A forecast suggests HM Revenue & Customs will rake in no less than £8.8 billion in Capital Gains Tax in 2018...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Average property selling for £10,000 over asking price, says Scottish portal

Scottish portal s1homes.com has reported that the average property in Scotland sold for £10,000 higher than its asking price during the...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Don't bend the rules - Uri Geller promotes lottery of new-build flat

Readers of a certain age may remember the spoon-bending eccentric Uri Geller, self-proclaimed friend of Michael Jackson and an almost permanent...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property deals account for one-third of all money laundering alerts

Almost a third of all ‘Suspicious Activity Reports’ concerning possible anti-money laundering infringements and reported to the National Crime Agency have...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

108 days - the longest average time for a home to go under offer

  A new league table showing how long it takes homes to sell on average in different postcodes across England and Wales...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Lease Extensions – getting it right

While there is a distinct market for flats held on particularly short leases, there is a middle ground where flat owners...

13 January 2018

From: Features

Group slams 'incredibly weak' government leasehold reforms

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

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget is make or break for London market, says investment firm

The London residential market is at last improving - but faces a make or break situation with next week’s Budget according...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New appointments announced by several agencies

Despite growing concern about the health of the housing market, a string of estate agencies have made appointments this week. Connells Residential...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The future? Another vendor wants a buyer to use Bitcoin

The owner of a penthouse flat in London says he is willing to accept the cryptocurrency Bitcoin - providing the buyer...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency that started at dining table celebrates 20 years in business

An estate agency that started its life at a kitchen table in 1997 is now celebrating 20 years in business. City living specialist...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: here’s why crowdfunding is the future

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

28 October 2017

From: Features

Sales of flats in London have collapsed 47% in one year, says agency

Estate agency James Pendleton says the sales of flats across London have collapsed 47 per cent in only a year -...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

Leasehold reform: major political parties don't promise enough, says group

The Conservative and Labour party manifestos do not go far enough to tackle problems with the leasehold system. That’s the view of...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

How service drives up standards of student lets

Student accommodation is positively luxurious compared with the drafty digs of my student days. En-suites, studio flats, even cinemas in halls...

27 May 2017

From: Features

North/South completions divide – London movers wait two weeks longer

Analysis of over 500,000 transactions shows that completions are slowest in London and the South East. The average progress from an offer...

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News

The world is your oyster! Q & A with AIPP’s Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson, CEO of AIPP – Association of International Property Professionals – shines a light onto the international property market. Some UK...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Property hotspots: Manchester, Liverpool and Preston

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

24 March 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty: A year on and the government has scored an own goal

A year ago, we were days away from the introduction of a 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes – a...

24 March 2017

From: Features

Brexit and SDLT stifling prime sales, warns top buying agency

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

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 February 2017

From: Features

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

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

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

28 January 2017

From: Features

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

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

28 January 2017

From: Features

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

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

21 January 2017

From: Features

Research shows huge potential to use garage sites for new homes

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

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Surprise, surprise - new-build homes are actually getting larger

After years of surveys suggesting the UK’s new-build homes were getting smaller, and may even be the smallest in much of...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Could we benefit from a US-style conveyancing system?

I recently came across a consumer comment expressing frustration at the length and complexity of UK conveyancing and raising the question...

17 December 2016

From: Features

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

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

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

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

22 October 2016

From: Features

Government tipped to reveal major housing policy changes today

Speculation was rife over the weekend that the government would today announce major changes to housing policy - possibly shifting the...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Will Apple save London's landmark new housing developments?

Some of London’s ailing new homes schemes may have been thrown a lifeline by the decision of technology giant Apple to occupy...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Two named as joint sole agents on Britain's tallest-ever residential tower

JLL and CBRE are the joint sole agents for Spire London, which at 771 feet and 67 storeys is to be the...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

The city that never sleeps – London welcomes the Night Tube

In the capital, people will pay a premium to live near great transport links, and as we’ve seen from Crossrail and...

02 September 2016

From: Features

More bad news for central London's landmark new developments

Square foot prices at one of central London’s most controversial new developments - Nine Elms - are down eight per cent...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

nu: move - the future of property

nu-move online estate agents -The Future of Property Nu-move is an online venture that has been created to meet the demand...

07 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Buyers risk 'deposit deficit' if they move from a flat to a house

No fewer than 44 per cent of ‘second time’ buyers have no plans to save for a deposit to buy their...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

'Buy now - but you can get your deposit back if the UK votes for a Brexit...'

A developer is making an offer to buyers of selected units at his new scheme in Slough - buy now but...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Sales Doctor: How do I qualify applicants without sounding robotic?

Dear Sales Doctor, I'm aware I sound robotic when qualifying an applicant and don't know how to change it; any ideas? When an...

03 June 2016

From: Features

Firm identifies key phrases most used by buyers searching online

A digital marketing agency says it has identified ‘top key phrases’ used by would-be buyers when they begin their property searches...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

London market in trouble? Landmark flats held back from sale

The developer of Battersea Power Station is holding back around 150 apartments in phase three of the landmark scheme. In an interview...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

Agents Do Charity - abseiling, tennis-playing and teddy-delivering...

Another Friday, another impressive array of agents doing superb work for causes close to their hearts.  Every week we salute agents helping communities...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Research reveals huge rise in service charges on new-build flats

The service charges for new-build flats coming on to the market this year are on average 96 per cent higher than...

09 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Why Help to Buy London is a sign of things to come in the capital

As we know, the property market in London is notorious for sitting a long way outside the conventions of the wider UK...

27 February 2016

From: Features

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

Major portals awash with resales of landmark London flats, claims paper

A newspaper article claims that Rightmove and Zoopla are “awash” with what it calls “the unofficial resales of flats in developments...

02 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency research reveals 'explosion' of high end flats across London

An impressive piece of research by London agency Kay & Co chronicles a huge surge in the volume and price of...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Homebuyers set to be better protected from flood risk

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

11 December 2015

From: Features

Property Natter: a Facebook seller and the crowdfunding craze

An interesting story caught my eye a few weeks ago. A man from Lytham St Annes in Lancashire attempted to sell...

20 November 2015

From: Features

Stamp Duty change now damaging lower end of the market - claim

The head of a central London property firm says an unintended consequence of the new stamp duty thresholds is that fewer...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent – What we learn from Germany and the US

I make no apologies for returning to Build To Rent, the institutional investment in building and managing blocks of flats to...

13 November 2015

From: Features

Price rises for flats far exceeds other property types over 10 years - Halifax

The average price of an apartment has risen by 60 per cent over the past 10 years, far ahead of the...

07 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents' windows are damaged in separate protest incidents

A protest march in London's fashionable Shoreditch area turned nasty when the windows of a Marsh & Parsons estate agency branch...

28 September 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2015

From: Features

Corbyn will end Right To Buy and keep Green Belt

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

06 August 2015

From: Breaking News

You're Inspired - Lord Sugar's high-spec London flats

Lord Sugar is to work with former TV Dragon and interior design guru Kelly Hoppen to design luxury apartments in the...

15 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Rightmove listings reveal large-scale PCL new-build flipping

Research by the Financial Times shows that large numbers of flats at exclusive new London developments - led by Nine Elms...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Developer to sell London flats with 'UK buyers first' policy

A developer is proposing to launch 345 new-build flats at Canary Wharf with a policy of selling to UK buyers before...

25 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agency ordered to vacate Westminster pub

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

01 June 2015

From: Breaking News

The internet versus the window display

If it is true (and who would doubt it?) that 90% of property searches start online, then how does this affect...

26 May 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Hollinrake backs Right To Buy extension despite controversy

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

20 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Property makes the rich richer, shows Rich List

There is one common denominator amongst the majority of those who dominate the latest Sunday Times Rich List, regarded as the...

27 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Valuing the flat above the Girl Band

About ten years ago, I was working as the branch manager of an estate agency based in an affluent part of...

23 April 2015

From: Features

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