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Market softens ahead of predicted stamp duty holiday resurgence

The latest house price index from the Halifax suggests the market has softened ahead of the original scheduled end of the stamp...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Mess: agents face three different cliff edges across the UK

Varying decisions across the country means the dreaded stamp duty cliff-edge will hit the market at different times in different UK...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation – Data Sharing with LonRes chief Anthony Payne

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I speak with Anthony Payne, Managing Director and co-founder of LonRes, a data and network...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: new cliff edge or cause for delight?

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: government clarifies Budget announcement

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty extension revealed by Chancellor Sunak

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

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

End of stamp duty holiday leads to drop in mortgage approvals

Mortgage approvals declined slightly in January as the market braces itself for the end of the stamp duty holiday - currently...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour anger at low-deposit mortgages plan in Budget

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

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Big property tax increases may be held back until after Budget

It’s been revealed that some far reaching changes to property taxes may not be unveiled at Wednesday’s Budget and may wait...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Budget rumours - pros and cons for agents

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

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

House buying bonanza as Budget helps low deposit purchasers

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

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty clarity must be Budget priority says top agent

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

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Video - How can agents thrive in a more tenant-centric market?

In a video interview for Letting Agent Today, property professional Chris Buckler speaks to Mike Dawson, Group Head of Sales at...

27 February 2021

From: Features

Every Stamp Duty cliff-edge fall-through costs an agent over £4,000

New research from Propertymark suggests a typical fall through costs an agent £4,123.  The association says that if the stamp duty holiday...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ delight as stamp duty extension helps another 300,000 deals

Much of the agency industry has reacted with delight at the extension of the stamp duty holiday deadline until June. Rightmove estimates...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid-19 testing for agents available within days - government

A trade body says it’s been contacted by the government explaining how agencies can get Coronavirus asymptomatic testing for staff. The Guild of...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

150,000 and rising! Stamp Duty Extension petition wins more support

The online petition which prompted a debate by MPs has now won the support of around 150,000 signatures. Typically public support for...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Lobby your MP over stamp duty holiday extension, agents told

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

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

How to ensure your letting business remains compliant

Being a letting agent today means keeping up to date with the long list of rules and regulations governing how a...

20 February 2021

From: Features

Revealed - Key challenges to agency businesses in 2021

Fixflo’s webinar on February 9 saw an industry panel debate 2021’s threats and opportunities for letting agents. The panel discussed a range...

20 February 2021

From: Features

Stricter EPC targets will deter buyers from moving - warning

Propertymark has slammed government energy efficiency proposals as being “unrealistic, too simplistic and could deter people from moving home.” A formal consultation...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers demand stamp duty action to stop dream homes being lost

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

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Six week stamp duty holiday extension would help 160,000

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

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Mayhem: Is a six week extension long enough?

Agents and conveyancers are expressing doubt over whether a possible six week extension to the stamp duty holiday will be enough...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday may be extended for some buyers - report

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

13 February 2021

From: Breaking News

What to consider when buying or selling an estate agency business

Estate agents might be expert at advising on buying and selling properties on their books but when it comes to buying...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Why automation could improve enforcement of PRS regulation

It’s now more than a year since the government offered an additional £4 million to councils to combat rogue landlords. At the...

13 February 2021

From: Features

Agency apology over ‘bullying’ claims to allow Covid viewings

An online agency has apologised to a single mother who felt pressured into allowing viewings of a property she was renting. Local media in...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements will win instructions for agents, says supplier

Agents should put as much emphasis on ensuring a house move actually happens as on winning the instruction to begin with,...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Two new property taxes announced by Housing Secretary

The government has given details of two new taxes to provide funds to address the cladding problem on high rise tower blocks...

11 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

New property redress initiative launched, chaired by Tory MP

A new body which says it will “champion better outcomes for buyers” is described as independent but is to be chaired...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal warning over little-known stamp duty technicality

There’s been a huge focus on both the stamp duty holiday and Help To Buy deadlines at the end of March...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Foreign investors may be banned from some waterfront properties

The high-end housing market on Jersey has been rocked by a plan from the island’s government which may ban foreign investors from...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies with Bounce Back loans have more time to repay

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

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Has the Stamp Duty Holiday extension campaign worked?

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

06 February 2021

From: Features

‘Very few new portals can seriously compete with us’ - claim

This time out, I’m in conversation with one of the big three established portals. Since it was founded in 2007, Zoopla...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Extending Stamp Duty Holiday is top demand for Budget 2021

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

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Official data shows why phased end to SDLT break is key - top agent

New government figures show that stamp duty transactions in the final quarter of last year were 43 per cent higher than in...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

“The sensible thing” - Agents urge tapered end to stamp duty holiday

Estate agents have kept up the pressure on the Westminster government to consider some kind of tapered ending to the stamp...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrap stamp duty cliff edge ‘to help people stick to Covid guidelines’

The government needs to step in to rescue two valuable property incentives before they expire at the end of March, a...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Victory? Hint of possible 'phased' end to holiday

The government is keeping everyone guessing about the stamp duty holiday but one comment by a senior minister suggests movement towards a...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Should agents repay Business Rates relief because offices were open?

Almost a year ago the government announced that estate and lettings agencies were to be included in the business rates relief...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t let shops be converted to homes, urges developers’ trade body

A property industry body representing developers wants the government to think again about making it easier for redundant High Street shops...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate As It Happened - What MPs Said

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Live! Watch MPs' Stamp Duty Extension debate here

You can watch the Parliamentary debate on a possible Stamp Duty Holiday extension here, using the streaming link at the bottom of...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

D-Day - will MPs back industry call for stamp duty holiday extension?

Today’s the day when Parliament debates a possible extension to the stamp duty holiday beyond its March 31 cliff edge deadline...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour enters cladding controversy by forcing vote in Commons

Labour has entered the cladding controversy by calling a vote in the House of Commons to force government action on the...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

What will the lettings industry look like in 2021?

As part of our third PayProp Special Report on COVID-19 rental arrears in the UK, we surveyed over 600 agents, tenants...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Is letting properties sight unseen the future of the rental market?

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we evaluate our lives and, looking more specifically at the property market, it...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Agency closes office after staff contract Coronavirus

Members of staff at an estate agency branch in the Midlands tested positive for Coronavirus in consecutive weeks, triggering a temporary...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown to continue until at least early March

The Prime Minister this afternoon stated that lockdown will remain in effect until early March at the earliest. He told the House...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Failed Sales fear as Stamp Duty Holiday cliff edge approaches

A large majority of estate agents fear a surge in 'failed sales’ as the stamp duty holiday cliff edge gets ever-closer. The latest National...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate Stamp Duty Holiday extension - date announced

It's been announced that MPs will after all debate the Stamp Duty Holiday extension following a hugely popular online petition. The 90-minute...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Extend stamp duty holiday for exchanged properties, say finance chiefs

The stamp duty holiday should be extended to include properties that have exchanged but have yet to complete, a leading accountancy...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Video – Phil Spencer and Henry Pryor on lockdown, stamp duty and 95% mortgages

In a wide-ranging video interview for his Move iQ service, Phil Spencer speaks to buying agent and TV property pundit Henry...

23 January 2021

From: Features

Buyers ‘travelling hundreds of miles to viewings’ despite Covid rules

The BBC says some buyers are taking advantage of lockdown rules to travel hundreds of miles to view homes. The story suggests...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate: MP wants government to honour petition pledge

The MP who presides over online petitions such as the one calling for an extension of the stamp duty holiday says...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation Today – Q&A with the man behind a 2020 success story

By any available metric, Belvoir had a good 2020. Already a well-known and well-established name, it was highly praised for its...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Gag: MPs prevented from debating extension

The government may be stopping MPs debating an extension to the stamp duty holiday - despite a pledge they would do...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent closes branches and demands stricter Coronavirus controls

An estate agent has shut both branches of his business for safety reasons and wants tighter Coronavirus restrictions on the industry.  ITV...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Digital ID scheme for buyers and sellers wins government support

A PropTech company has won a grant for a project to improve ID verification in the buying and selling process, via...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban on repossessions extended for mortgage borrowers

The Financial Conduct Authority is extending the ban on repossessions by two months until April 1, in light of the pandemic. The...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Dozens of Tory MPs demand stamp duty extension from Sunak

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

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Covid risk assessments for some agency offices in Wales

Estate agency offices in Wales with five or more staff will have to carry out a Coronavirus risk assessment under new...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Pipeline surge not enough to stop Your Move/Reeds Rains revenue drop

Revenues for LSL Property Services - owner of Your Move and Reeds Rains - dropped last year by 15 per cent. Although...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid curbs on agents provide bonus for video viewings

Government guidance on how agents can continue working during the lockdown has given a new importance to virtual viewings, says an...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate stamp duty as Chancellor considers extension

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

17 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing minister resigns from government

Housing minister Kelly Tolhurst has resigned from the government for personal reasons. Tolhurst had formal responsibility for the government’s policies to combat...

16 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 January 2021

From: Features

Why Facebook is a great alternative to property portals

While the property industry has suffered far less than other sectors during the past year, it would be short of the...

16 January 2021

From: Features

Cliff-edge end to Stamp Duty Holiday will not hurt market, says analyst

One of the housing market’s senior analysts says the end of the stamp duty holiday on March 31 would not be...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Campaign to extend SDLT holiday nears landmark total

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

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark says it’s only agent body with influence on government

Propertymark is the only agency trade body with sufficient influence on, and links with, government to achieve major gains for the...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents “forced and pressured” into unsafe viewings - claim

An online petition wants all agents’ offices to close during the pandemic. Keeping them open means agents feel "forced and pressured" to conduct...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Could autonomous transportation affect the property market?

In the not-too-distant future, it will be possible to order a driverless car to collect you and then drive you to...

13 January 2021

From: Features

Stamp Out The Duty - new campaign launched by newspaper

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

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Foxtons back new scheme to speed conveyancing

Countrywide and Foxtons have thrown their weight behind an idea to identify every single UK residential property with a unique number. The...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency attacked by Lib Dem for selling holiday homes

An estate agency is being criticised for marketing properties as second homes in an area reportedly suffering a housing shortage. Local media...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property viewings should stop, Labour tells government

Sir Kier Starmer has told the government it should look again at whether estate agents’ viewings of properties for sale and...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Just Window Dressing! Leasehold experts hit out at reform proposals

Leading leasehold experts have sharply criticised the much-hyped reforms announced by the government last week. The Leasehold Group of Companies - formerly led by...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2021

From: Features

2021 will not hold back Agents who are prepared to adapt

With the Government announcement this week of another national lockdown across England amid the surging coronavirus infections, it once again puts...

08 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Boomin's Michael Bruce reveals portal's aims - and the lessons of Purplebricks

To kick off 2021, we have a Q&A with one of the most high-profile – and, it has to be said,...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Stamp Duty Holiday - Do The Right Thing Rishi!

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

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents beef up Covid protocols as viewings hit the spotlight

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

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents have “moral obligation” to restrict physical viewings - call

There’s a call this morning for estate and letting agents to regard the physical viewing of any property on sale or...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Chancellor announces help for businesses until spring

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

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents split over viewings and office opening during Lockdown

Agents are sharply split over how they should operate during the current phase of the Coronavirus crisis.  In a poll of almost...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents CAN continue working through national lockdown

Agents and the housing market in England are still in business even during the third national lockdown which begins on Wednesday and...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Sort Out Searches! Government asked to intervene over council delays

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

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tier 5 Lockdown - will housing market remain open?

The government is considering stricter tier structures for the coming weeks as the number of Coronavirus infections continues to rise. There is...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

You guessed it…10 things to watch for in 2021

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

02 January 2021

From: Features

2021 preview – what do letting agencies need to prepare for?

As we approach the end of the year, there is no doubt that it has been a turbulent 12 months for...

02 January 2021

From: Features

Tier 4 Reminder: All agents can continue working under these restrictions

Many agents have been operating under Tier 4 Coronavirus restrictions for some days, but today sees another 20 million residents in...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Current regulation of estate agents unenforceable admits Propertymark

Propertymark has told the government that it needs to introduce overarching regulation of agents now, because existing piecemeal provisions are unmanageable...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Should agents scrap viewings in Tier 4 areas? This one has...

An agency operating in the new Tier 4 area has abandoned viewings and visits to homes until New Year, even though the...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty increase - could it happen across the UK?

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

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Fall throughs hit 50% but Covid buyer panic now subsiding

The proportion of sales that fell through at the worst point of this year was 52 per cent it’s been claimed. However...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock stamp duty rise on additional homes in Wales

There’s been a shock one per cent increase in the Welsh equivalent of stamp duty on second homes, coming into effect...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can work in Tier 4 as government publishes guidelines

The Westminster government has published extensive guidance on the operation of the new Tier 4 Coronavirus restrictions in England. This includes a...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough Fraud: MPs want agencies and other claimants named

MPs want the government to publish the names of estate agencies and other companies claiming furlough funding. The all-party Public Accounts Committee of...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Phase It Out - Calls grow for ‘tapered’ end to stamp duty holiday

Pressure is building on the government to agree a tapered end to the stamp duty holiday, even if a full-blown extension now...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market stays open in new Tier 4 areas

The housing market is to stay open across the UK, including in the new Tier 4 areas of England. An announcement from Housing Secretary...

20 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Online and super-prime agencies blasted by government report

Around half of all estate agencies selling homes for £5m or more have not even registered for anti-money laundering processes, and/or...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Madness! Government refusal to extend SDLT holiday provokes anger

Agents and property experts have reacted angrily to the government's refusal to extend the stamp duty holiday. The government has told campaigners that...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Losing Money: Fall throughs cost £10k a month per branch

Fall throughs which could be avoided by Reservation Agreements have cost agency branches an average £10,000 per month. That’s the claim from digital...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents demand immediate tax action to help market

NAEA Propertymark has written to the Scottish Government demanding it extend the current Land and Buildings Transaction Tax holiday - the...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Top pandemic tips for estate agents

Described on this site as a ‘powerful disruptor’ in March 2020, few would deny that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on...

16 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Christmas pics and vids - our most fantastic selection yet…

Christmas is creeping up on us and, for some agents at least, a short seasonal closedown beckons. To get us in the...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty rush causing mental health issues for conveyancers

Solicitors’ leaders say members of their industry are suffering mental health problems as a result of the workload to meet the...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

What leaving the EU means for anti-money laundering legislation

The coronavirus pandemic has somewhat eclipsed Brexit this year – which is no mean feat. Cast your mind back to pre-Covid...

12 December 2020

From: Features

Indoor air quality and the Homes Act – what are the challenges?

The Homes Act requires landlords to consider whether their tenants' indoor air is safe. Five key air contaminants are listed in...

12 December 2020

From: Features

Many buyers feel ‘pressured by agent to use in-house mortgage firm’

A study of 2,000 home owners shows that over a third have felt pressured by an agent into use its in-house mortgage...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Exclusive - Agents' training and licensing latest from the chair of RoPA

First off, hello and welcome to this new series – appearing in Estate Agent Today’s Breaking News section each month –...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Do we want Flood Performance Certificates as well as EPCs?

A not-for-profit group of government and insurance industry representatives wants a Flood Performance Certificate to be issued for every home. The group,...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax hike may LOSE money, says investment chief

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

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Market losing steam as RICS worries about slowdown in 2021

The sales market is currently strong but the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has issued a warning about a slowdown next...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

“Deplorable” government slammed for years of housing problems

A scathing document produced by MPs slams the government for its “deplorable” housing policies which are "invented, abandoned and reinvented" -...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New homes slated for “stubbornly low” design quality

The design quality of new homes and neighbourhoods across the UK remains stubbornly low, according to a new report by academics.  The...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘are good at pretending they’re qualified’ says agency CEO

A London estate agency chief executive says agents "have become good at pretending that they are qualified and regulated when the...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property transaction delays - where ARE the searches?

Delays with the return of property searches is one key factor for sales taking longer to complete. As conveyancers start to warn...

05 December 2020

From: Features

What should agents look for in a software provider in 2021?

If this year has taught us anything, it's that estate agents need their software provider and specifically their CRM, to help...

05 December 2020

From: Features

Agents can do more to speed up transactions by adopting technology

Recent debate about urgent need for reform and better collaboration within the property industry, has once again come under the spotlight...

04 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

New industry regulator could use versions of TPO codes of practice

The industry regulator who comes into force when the Regulation of Property Agents’ recommendations are adopted may take over versions of...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Are you prepared for a seasonal upswing in missed rental payments?

It’s that time of year again. Black Friday has been and gone and the run-up to Christmas is well and truly...

02 December 2020

From: Features

NAEA chief delays retirement to help restructure Propertymark

Mark Hayward, who was scheduled to retire at the end of this month, is to stay on at NAEA Propertymark as...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty clampdown revealed by HMRC and advertising watchdog

HM Revenue and Customs and the Advertising Standards Authority are working together to cut out misleading marketing by promoters of stamp...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees - agents should disclose them up-front insists Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has joined calls for greater disclosure of referral fees by agents.  The issue has become a hot topic in...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PRS regulation - could more authorities follow the lead of Westminster?

Back in September, Westminster Council launched a new strategy to help 'protect tenants' and 'ensure they live in good-quality and well-managed...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Rural property benefits from Covid-19 and the property use revolution

The secure Conservative victory in the 2019 General Election meant the property market in the sunlit uplands was set for a...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Why agents were in a stronger position to deal with Lockdown 2.0

As what now seems like a common occurrence everything has changed again since I last sat down to write about the...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Property tax rises and falling house prices coming in 2021

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

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holidays don’t help market, claims tax expert

Stamp duty breaks have historically done little to help the housing market - and it’s the same now. So says David Hannah,...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents – how can you provide the best service for consumers during lockdown?

So, we’re back to where we were in the spring, more or less. England is in a national lockdown again to...

25 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Lobby your MP over stamp duty holiday extension, says Guild

The Guild of Property Professionals is urging the industry - all agents, not just its own members - to lobby MPs...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Update: Agents seeking urgent guidance from government

Propertymark is in touch with the government to see how the new Tier structure being introduced on December 3 will affect...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Bring on agency regulation and training, say new industry chiefs

The agency industry’s new leaders for the coming year have expressed strong support for reform recommendations promoted by the Regulation of...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tougher Corona restrictions: Agents to be told how market will work

Agents should know in the next 36 hours how new Coronavirus restrictions will affect how they work. The Prime Minister is announcing...

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

Keeping the market moving is vital for more than just the economy

Tenants, landlords, agents, and house buyers all breathed a sigh of relief on Halloween when the government announced that home moves...

21 November 2020

From: Features

Conveyancer attacks “outdated” and “age old processes”

The director of a conveyancing technology company has hit out at what he calls “an over-reliance on outdated processes” and “age-old...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to advise Boomin on referral fees disclosure

The Boomin portal, which incentivises agents to cross-sell and benefit from referral fees, is to receive advice on fee disclosure from...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Where will agents find the most lucrative housing markets?

New research attempts for the first time to identify the most lucrative property markets in the country - with surprising results...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Price caps revealed for buyers using new Help To Buy scheme

The government has revealed new regional price caps for its revamped Help To Buy Equity Loan scheme, set to operate between...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Why the delay? Leasehold lobby presses government for action

A leasehold group has written to Housing Minister Chris Pincher pressing for an update on the government’s approach to reform for...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge over-supply means London facing “perfect storm” - warning

The Home website, which publishes a detailed monthly snapshot of the market, has raised the alarm over London because of a...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

A rare shining light: property must be protected and allowed to flourish

Watching the government’s surprise press conference a couple of weekends ago the message was clear; we were heading into a gruelling...

14 November 2020

From: Features

What lessons did agents learn from the first lockdown?

The second England-wide lockdown is here. The good news is that this time round, the property market remains open for business,...

14 November 2020

From: Features

Covid-19 and the potential impact on the buy-to-let market

Property is considered to be a safe investment. The buy-to-let market is booming, fuelled by a generation unable to get on...

13 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Allow sales that have exchanged to have stamp duty holiday - call

A law firm wants the government to agree that properties that have exchanged but not yet completed can definitely benefit from the...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent threatened with prosecution for opening office to the public

An unidentified estate agency has been threatened with prosecution by a local council after opening its office to the public during...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax Bombshell: CGT could double under new proposals

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

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

TV consumer champion demands action to free ‘mortgage prisoners’

A new report funded by high profile consumer champion Martin Lewis says the government must do more to help ‘mortgage prisoners’. These...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents back to work today after 17-day ‘fire break’ in Wales

While England’s national lockdown exempts the housing market and allows agents to operate normally, it’s not been the same in Wales...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Will extended furlough help struggling agents and suppliers?

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

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New official guidance: What agents can do in lockdown

The government has unveiled the public health regulations which will underpin the second national lockdown in England - and the exemptions...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue agents flouting AML rules ‘will be prosecuted’ says NAEA chief

A leading board member of NAEA Propertymark warns a small number of rogue agents continue to flout anti-money laundering regulations - and...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency stung by lockdown criticism reveals policy for next four weeks

An agency in London which was stung by fierce criticism in the spring lockdown has announced its policy for branch activity...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Fears grow over lockdown impact on transactions

The national lockdown beginning on Thursday makes the case for an extension to the stamp duty holiday, according to a tax...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday set to be extended as housing market stays open

There’s one key takeaway for agents from the weekend’s announcements on the next England-wide lockdown - the housing market is staying...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: Housing market stays open during national lockdown

The housing market is to remain open in the four week lockdown in England. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government...

31 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters' Reform Bill delay - what does it mean for the lettings market?

Housing Minister Christopher Pincher announced that the introduction of the Renters' Reform Bill will be delayed for an indefinite period due...

31 October 2020

From: Features

How can we ensure the second half 2020 doesn’t become a blip?

Recent figures emanating from the mortgage and housing market suggest that – since lockdown was ended in mid-May – transaction levels...

31 October 2020

From: Features

Common sense tips for dealing with student tenants

Clear communication and common-sense actions by landlords, letting agents and students at the start of a tenancy can drastically improve the...

31 October 2020

From: Features

Drastic consequences if stamp duty holiday ends in March - agents’ chief

The housing market’s recovery will be threatened with drastic consequences for buyers and sellers if the stamp duty holiday isn’t extended beyond...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Boilers And Central Heating: What To Consider When Moving Home

The caveat emptor of buying a new house is ‘Let The Buyer Beware.’ This is especially the case for homes that have an ageing boiler.  Before...

29 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Mandatory qualifications for agents “within two or three years”

The mandatory qualifications expected of agents have not been forgotten and will come into effect in two or three years. That’s the...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

He’s back: ARLA’s David Cox joins Rightmove as compliance chief

David Cox is joining Rightmove next week in a dramatic return to the industry. Cox left the ARLA Propertymark in late July after...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Regulation of Property Agents - update for industry expected today

A progress report on the Regulation of Property Agents recommendations will be made today by a key RoPA committee member, Mark...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping the property market moving

It’s been an unexpected year for the property market, shaped by the effects of the pandemic. We didn’t quite anticipate the...

27 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Living without Section 21 evictions – lessons from the Scottish market

The announcement of the Renters’ Reform Bill in the Queen’s speech last December caused a collective groan across the country from...

27 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

How can agents work with property price data and indices?

Staying on top of the numbers and figures in a constantly changing industry can be stressful. Changing property prices can be...

27 October 2020

From: PropTech & Innovation

Unlocking Property Management with PropTech Innovations

2020 has been a testing year right from the start. With Storms Ciara and Dennis causing £184m+ worth of damage to...

27 October 2020

From: PropTech & Innovation

Chaos” ahead when stamp duty holiday ends, warns NAEA chief

The outgoing chief executive of the National Association of Estate Agents is warning that the sales system continues to struggle with...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the inside track on who’s going where

Hello and welcome to a new week - and evenings that get darker earlier.  As winter approaches we’re continuing to bring you...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Logbooks: New bid to make them part of sales process

Another attempt is being made to introduce property logbooks to the selling and buying process, and agents are invited to play a...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

It's a cover up! Free face masks from Propertymark's charity

They’ve got it covered - the charitable arm of Propertymark is offering free face coverings to member agents. The Arbon Trust is...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: why diversification is the spice of life for agents

The property market has bounced back with all of the expected resilience and flexibility that is its hallmark since it reopened...

24 October 2020

From: Features

Six ways innovation is transforming the lettings sector

Tenant enquiries and property viewings unsurprisingly slowed this spring, due to the necessary government restrictions brought in to manage the pandemic....

24 October 2020

From: Features

Latest legislation – how can agents and landlords be compliant?

In recent years, the extent and role of the private rented sector (PRS) in the housing market has seen significant changes. The...

24 October 2020

From: Features

Top tips - how can agents provide a 24/7 remote service?

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the way every industry operates and the property sector is no exception. Following an enforced seven-week...

23 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Lockdown Plea: Let agents work in offices, not at home

One of the industry's senior agency leaders says it would be a mistake for agents to be stopped from working in...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: ‘Don't blame us, we are not the problem - you are’

I had a wry smile when I read the article on Monday from the conveyancers complaining about people getting off their...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Call for mortgage guarantee scheme plus longer stamp duty holiday

The National Association of Estate Agents wants the government to initiate a mortgage guarantee scheme to encourage more 95 per cent...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown Announced - agency branches in Wales to shut for two weeks

Most agents' branches in Wales are expected to close for just over two weeks from 6pm this Friday, October 23 - moving...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Book review of ‘Parasite - The Secret Diary of a Landlord’

Book review by Graham Norwood, editor of Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and Landlord Today. If a letting agent wants to...

17 October 2020

From: Features

Online agents and deals run bigger money laundering risks - government

The government has issued new guidance to estate and lettings agencies on their obligations regarding money laundering issues - and online...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Offers and instructions show signs of promise in Prime London

New instructions almost doubled across prime areas of London in September compared to the same period a year ago, while the...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – five ways to enable your agency to thrive this winter

The only certainty at the moment is ongoing uncertainty. It’s something we’ve got used to in 2020, but it’s still not...

10 October 2020

From: Features

How to stay on top of arrears during a global pandemic

How to stay on top of arrears during a global pandemic Many have speculated, though much of it is anecdotal – how...

08 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

House price inflation at four year high but concern over virus

House prices in September were 7.3 per cent higher than a year earlier – the highest house price inflation since June 2016. The Halifax...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

End of mortgage holiday could spell disaster for many - claim

A new paper from a think tank warns that many low income owner occupiers risk losing their homes when the mortgage...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Reveal referral fees now and don’t wait for law change, says NAEA

The National Association of Estate Agents has thrown its weight behind the recommendation of Trading Standards that agents must by law be...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tories pledge “revolutionary” low deposit mortgages for FTBs

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to create a ‘Generation Buy’ to help young people purchase homes with low-deposit mortgages. In...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords - shout louder about the good you’re doing!

We all know what the problem is, but what’s the solution? The problem is that landlords, thinking they offer a valuable service...

03 October 2020

From: Features

How to carry out check-ins and check-outs in a Covid-compliant way

The latest government rules combined with the Prime Minister’s recent address to the nation is clear – tougher measures are required...

03 October 2020

From: Features

Agents MUST disclose referral fees, Trading Standards tells government

Customers must be told about third party referral fees when buying or selling a home says the National Trading Standards Estate...

02 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

We’re left behind! First time buyers hit by Coronavirus impact

Almost half of the country’s first time buyers say their plans have been delayed - or worse - thanks to Coronavirus,...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Redundancies, PropTech and furlough cash help Hunters recover

Franchise network Hunters has recorded strong figures for the first half of 2020 but a trading statement reveals the measures it...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit deal and vaccine vital for stable market - forecast

The first leading agency to make a 2021 forecast says the market should be stable next year - so long as...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the latest movers and shakers for the industry

Hello and at the start of another working week, welcome to our regular jobs slot announcing who’s moving where within the...

28 September 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

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

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

26 September 2020

From: Features

New sleaze allegation against Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick

The Times has revealed new allegations concerning the behaviour of Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. The Cabinet member has been under the spotlight...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Commercial office space of the future

With no clear end in sight and conflicting Government advice as to whether we should work from home or go to...

24 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agencies and businesses offered new tax and jobs schemes

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

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark names new leader for revamped organisation

Propertymark, which will from later this year combine both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal promotes “free money” referral fees despite industry probe

One of the many new portals recently launched has made a pitch for agents to join because of its referral fees...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents work just two-thirds of their maximum hours - claim

Figures drawn up by a property industry recruitment guru show that estate agents work only two thirds of the hours they...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government claims credit for housing market boom

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

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: Agents WILL have to wear masks in branch offices

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that all retail staff will be obliged to wear masks when working - and it's now...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Most owners believe their house price is static or falling - survey

A survey of over 2,300 home owners across the UK suggests market sentiment is mixed, with most doubting house prices have risen. The...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

The PRS is broken - here’s how to fix it

The pandemic and the way the government has reacted to the private rental sector (PRS) has got me thinking about the...

19 September 2020

From: Features

Tips for growing your management portfolio in uncertain times

Despite the recent effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is still much opportunity in the market for letting agents to grow...

19 September 2020

From: Features

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

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

19 September 2020

From: Features

Agents tell Housing Minister to 'get empty homes back in use'

NAEA Propertymark has written a letter to Housing Minister Christopher Pincher, asking what measures the government is taking to get more...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance: High Court rules in favour of agents

The result of a test case over Business Interruption Insurance involving agents has been handed down by the High Court. It has...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty: 'Zero likelihood' tax rise for overseas buyers will be scrapped

A tax expert says that there is 'zero likelihood' of the government changing its mind on stamp duty changes for overseas...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New Covid clampdown will push people to sell says leading agent

A leading agent says the government’s new Coronavirus clampdown from Monday will push more home owners to sell. Caspar Harvard-Wills, a partner at...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

High-end agency launches auctions to hedge bets in uncertain market

Knight Frank has launched an auction business to give vendors a wider range of sale options as market uncertainty remains because...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge - details emerge for non-resident purchases

The government has published draft legislation giving further details on the two per cent stamp duty surcharge on non-residents purchasing residential...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Remain vigilant with client money as we return to the office

The letting industry has come a long way over the past few years, embracing regulation and taking pride in doing good...

09 September 2020

From: Features

Marcus Rashford criticises tweet from estate agency chairman MP

Hunters chairman Kevin Hollinrake - who is also a backbench Conservative MP - has been criticised on Twitter by Manchester United...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Navigating through the Covid crisis and beyond with AI

There will not be a single business within the property sector that did not start the year in vastly different circumstances...

05 September 2020

From: Features

A lot less: Houses at auction achieve 40% less than via private treaty

With estate agents increasingly offering auction options to vendors, new research makes interesting reading - and suggests that homes sold via...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we’re back to school at last…

For many agents it’s been a big week…not because of the surge of buyers, but because their children have returned to...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Which Virtual Tour? A closer look at the differences

Whilst Estate and Letting Agents have adapted their operations during COVID-19, to ensure safer working practices under Government guidance, ‘virtual property...

03 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Stewart McRae, Sales Director at CoreLogic UK

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Stewart McRae, Sales Director at CoreLogic UK What is ‘company name’...

01 September 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Big rises in property taxes expected to pay for virus spending

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

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Agents will be crucial during extended eviction ban

The ban on evictions was due to end earlier this month, but following a last-minute U-turn from the government, it has...

29 August 2020

From: Features

Labour to spend two years debating property and housing issues

Labour’s shadow housing minister has revealed that it will be two years at least before the party sets out its long-term...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Explained for agents - Electrical Safety Standards Regulations

Since June 1, under The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, landlords in England have been...

26 August 2020

From: Features

Agency breaks tradition by holding first-ever August auction

In another sign of the buoyant housing market, estate agency Savills is breaking tradition by staging its first ever August auction...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

How could the recession affect the property market?

It was officially announced last week that the UK is in recession for the first time since 2009, and although this...

22 August 2020

From: Features

Housing Secretary Jenrick confident of keeping job in reshuffle

Controversial Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, tipped by some for sacking when the Cabinet is reshuffled next month, appears to be confident...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

AML checks for estate agents who don’t have time for compliance

The last few months have been tough for the property sector, and the pressure will continue as estate agents across the...

19 August 2020

From: Features

Agents Offices: mandatory face masks, no TVs or music in Scotland

Estate agents’ offices have been explicitly mentioned by the Scottish Government as locations where face masks must now be worn by...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Official UK House Price Index returns this week

You may not actually have missed it, but the UK House Price Index - the official government index - returns this...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: What today's renters want, need and expect

Life as we know it has changed – for everybody – and what tenants want, need and expect in this post-pandemic...

15 August 2020

From: Features

Warning bell rings - market boom could lead to bust, says RICS

The latest market snapshot by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors warns the current boom may not continue as government support measures...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents told to use Kickstart scheme to encourage talent at no cost

The government’s new Kickstart scheme is the ideal way for agents to encourage new talent without incurring any cost. That’s the view of The...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

First time buyers lose out whatever happens to house prices - claim

Many young people are stuck unable to purchase their first home even if house prices fall in the wake of the...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

The true benefits of virtual property marketing

It has been three months since the property market was given the green light to reopen. During this time, we have...

12 August 2020

From: Features

Agents must check where customers holidayed - compliance guru

Agents should check where buyers and sellers have been on holiday as part of their approach to safety during the Coronavirus...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Make stamp duty holiday permanent suggests top agency

Knight Frank says the stamp duty holiday for properties at £500,000 and below should be made permanent. The holiday is due to...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: 30% discount for first time buyers under new scheme

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed that the First Homes scheme will provide newly built homes at a 30 per cent...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency's new remote auction technique heralded as major success

Savills has held its fourth remote auction, raising some £32m with an 82 per cent success rate - making it the...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Leaseholders advised not to wait for reform - it could take years

Wholesale reform of leasehold issues is still some years away, despite recent proposals by the Law Commission and pledges by the...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Now prices are going UP again, says latest Nationwide index

The Nationwide says annual house price growth has recovered to 1.5 per cent. Its July house price index says the fall in...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agents – here’s your cheat sheet for the next 90 days

One of the main points I’ve had reinforced to me from agent after agent over the last year of hosting a...

01 August 2020

From: Features

Business Interruption Scandal: agents await decision on pay-out

Agents are awaiting the outcome of a test case regarding Business Interruption Insurance, which may determine whether they receive thousands of...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ delight as mortgage lending bounces back

Mortgage approvals - a key indicator of short-term activity in the housing market - beat expectations in June according to Bank...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Here we go again - Help To Buy looks likely to be extended

Government leaks to mainstream and building trade media suggest the controversial Help To Buy scheme will be extended beyond its end-of-2020 deadline. An...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Hong Kong buyers double in number in five weeks, agency reports

The number of Hong Kong buyers looking at property in London has doubled in just five weeks according to an agency...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons claims over £4m of government help - trading statement

A trading statement from Foxtons this morning reveals that 85 per cent of staff are now off furlough, and that the...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Record number of property firms suffer ‘Red Flag’ financial distress

There’s a record number of property industry companies, including agencies, in financial distress according to the latest Red Flag alert monitor. The...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Regulation - is there a better way of becoming a better industry?

If a week is a long time in politics (an old phrase, for younger readers), then a year is a very long...

25 July 2020

From: Features

Code of Practice marks welcome progress for RoPA recommendations

Earlier this month, it was revealed that property industry bodies have joined a new Code of Practice Steering Group to enact...

25 July 2020

From: Features

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

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

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Face Coverings in Branches - agents given new guidance

New guidance on face coverings for agents working in branches, and for those dealing directly with visitors, was issued last evening. A statement...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday giving southern England biggest boost - Zoopla

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

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons office damaged by political agitators - four arrested

A branch of London agency Foxtons has been targeted by a group of political agitators called Beyond Politics, which says it’s...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must show “greater diligence” dealing with Russian buyers

NAEA Propertymark is calling on agents to show “greater diligence” when dealing with Russian buyers, in the light of the report...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreement PropTech free to agents - not to consumers

A PropTech platform that aims to lock-in sellers and buyers via a mutually agreed reservation agreement system is being offered free...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Going Up: two-storey extensions allowed without full consent

Home owners in England will be entitled to add up to two storeys to the height of their home via a...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Big day for Leasehold reform as Law Commission issues reports

It’s a big day for leasehold reform today with the Law Commission due to publish three residential leasehold and commonhold reports. They...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says no to massive windfall from taxpayers

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

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what will property conferences and events of the future look like?

Conferences, events and awards dinners are a hugely important part of the property calendar, bringing the great and the good of...

18 July 2020

From: Features

Heard the one about the agent, the conveyancer and the surveyor?

Emma Vigus, managing director of sales progression platform mio, in discussion with key suppliers in the residential property industry on operating...

18 July 2020

From: Features

Agents Boards: Labour council wins government help for stiff controls

A London Labour council has won draconian powers to effectively ban For Sale and To Let boards in several parts of...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Electrical checks - clarity and efficiency are crucial for compliance

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 - which require increased electrical testing in rental properties...

15 July 2020

From: Features

Facemasks: Propertymark hints that agents may have to wear them

More than 24 hours after the government's announcement about the compulsory wearing of facemasks by shoppers in England, and there is...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New home sales duty takes effect today north of the border

The new thresholds for the Scottish equivalent of stamp duty come into effect today - a week after the SDLT holiday...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Will agents and clients have to wear facemasks in branches?

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets is to be made mandatory in England.  Anyone failing to comply with the order...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday should be backdated, demands law firm

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

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Scotland caves in and relaxes its stamp duty equivalent

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

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 July 2020

From: Features

Stamp Duty mayhem? Conveyancers may not cope, warn agents

An estate agency is warning that the likely rush of transactions when the new stamp duty holiday ends next spring will...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty holiday unlikely to be replicated in Scotland

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

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendors on HS2 route must accept offers at 85% of asking price

The latest guidance from the government on the next phase of the HS2 high-speed railway confirms the previous demand that vendors...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

First-ever transaction with chain using Reservation Agreements

A PropTech supplier claims that an agency has secured the first ever transaction where the complete chain used Reservation Agreements.  Harrison Residential,...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage enquiries surge as prices dip slightly in latest index

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

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty dithering could kill the market, warn angry agents

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

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents stay open in future local lockdowns but auction houses shut

Government guidelines regarding future Leicester-style local lockdowns suggest that branches can remain open and viewings can continue. However auction houses must shut. So...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty changes being considered by Sunak - but when?

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

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: How can agents help sellers overcome unsettled buyer market?

The property market has been reopen for almost eight weeks now and during that time demand from prospective buyers has soared. Rightmove...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who are the industry’s major trade bodies?

They are the names we hear about often, pushing for this or seeking clarifications on that. They are the representatives of...

04 July 2020

From: Features

NAEA Propertymark chief executive to quit at the end of 2020

The chief executive of the National Association of Estate Agents, Mark Hayward, is to retire at the end of this year.  The...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Property licence plates’ launched - agents should use them says Propertymark

Propertymark is calling in the government for agents to be trained in the use of software operating the Unique Property Reference...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cut would NOT help the market, claims tax specialist

A prominent tax specialist has suggested that stamp duty cuts would not help improve the housing market, despite many agents suggesting...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Leicester lockdown is warning to agents to abide by ‘new normal’

The return of non-essential businesses to lockdown in Leicester as a result of a localised spike in Coronavirus cases is a...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency regulation: still no government action, one year on

The recommendations to regulate and train the estate agency industry put forward a year ago remain on the Housing Secretary’s desk...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

220,000 London homes owned by Chinese: more to come, say agents

Government figures show the 218,975 properties within Greater London have Chinese owners - and two agents say there will be more...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Jenrick - Why his scandals matter to agents

It may be that by the time you read this it’s all over for Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for...

27 June 2020

From: Features

How to avoid delays as the property market recovers

Buyer registrations and sales enquiries are reportedly back to pre-Covid levels. Completions, however, are lagging behind. This is probably down to...

27 June 2020

From: Features

Countrywide loses 30% of income thanks to lockdown

Countrywide has released details of its trading performance, including the knock its income has received as a result of the housing...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Management pay cuts and furlough returns revealed by high-end agency

Savills has revealed the measures it has taken to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus on its activities and balance sheet. The...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Distressed agents may benefit from latest commercial eviction ban

Estate agents facing crippling running costs as the wider impacts of the Coronavirus crisis hit home may benefit, at least in...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Jenrick scandal to be debated as “pigs in trough” allegations mount

Controversial Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is the subject of a harshly critical cartoon in The Times which depicts “pigs in the...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents allowed partial resumption of sales and moves in Wales

The Welsh housing market is back in business today - at least in part. Letting and estate agents can reopen their offices...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - the property industry should track Zoom’s phenomenal growth

“Let’s Zoom later”, “are we Zooming in the morning or afternoon?” “Yeah, I zoomed the client earlier” – variations on these...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Agents continue to adapt as property market bounces back from lockdown

The property market is used to change, and I’m confident it will bounce back from any lockdown effects. Despite being acutely aware...

20 June 2020

From: Features

Scottish surge - agents and movers resume work on June 29

It’s been confirmed by the Scottish Government that the housing market north of the border resumes for business - and house...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide CEO’s high praise for online agency’s success

A former chief executive of Countrywide has issued a string of extravagant claims about the lockdown success of the online agency...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks and Emoov founders call for radical stamp duty reform

Online sector veterans Russell Quirk and Kenny Bruce have used social media to call for a temporary scrapping of all stamp...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to report rivals breaking lockdown in still-closed market

The devolved government in Wales - where the housing market is still officially closed - has urged agents to report rivals...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Cashflow crisis likely for agents later this year - warning

Estate agents are likely to get through the next five to six months even if the market falls away - but...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Logbooks: working party to consider how they could work

A working party of property professionals is being set up to look at whether and how property logbooks could help speed...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Why every political party is pro-tenant, anti-landlord

Back in the day, party politics and the private rental sector used to be straightforward. Conservatives were pro-landlord, Labour were pro-tenant, while...

13 June 2020

From: Features

First time buyers take four in 10 mortgages since market resumes

Today is one month since the government lifted restrictions on agents and the housing market - and since that time the...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide branch faces police and HMRC threat after furlough allegation

The managing director of a Winkworth branch is threatening to report a senior member of a nearby Countrywide office to the...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ biggest challenges now are handling instructions in ‘new normal’

A survey of estate agents conducted through trade publications has revealed that market uncertainty and the handling of transactions within government...

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 – who are the challenger portals?

The only story that has come remotely close to pushing coronavirus – and its various knock-on effects – off the top...

06 June 2020

From: Features

Eviction ban extended for another two months

The government is extending the eviction ban for a further two months. A tweet early this evening from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of ignoring virus safety guidelines

An agent in the unusual position of operating across the England and Welsh border says many of his competitors appear to...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

LSL bring staff back off furlough as board takes one third pay cut

LSL Property Services has this morning released details of its response to the Coronavirus crisis. All members of its board have taken...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

EweMove, Martin & Co and other franchises using PropTech to reopen

The Property Franchise Group - parent company of six agency brands including EweMove and Martin & Co - says all of...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Desk Shields & Social Distancing Signage from Kremer Signs

Social distancing will be part of our daily routine moving forward for the foreseeable future and if you run an estate...

04 June 2020

From: Sponsored Content

 Rightmove to enhance online viewing features in roll-out to agents

Rightmove has contacted all member agents saying it has enhanced its automated online viewing feature first introduced in April. As part of...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech is the key to dealing with post-lockdown surge

The Covid-19 crisis has forced the UK property industry to rethink the way it operates. With little warning, the pandemic disrupted the...

03 June 2020

From: Features

Delay property tax change until market revives, experts tell government

A taxation institute is urging the government to delay Capital Gains Tax changes relating to housing transactions until the virus crisis...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Downsizers should get stamp duty cuts just like first timers - call

Family houses are under-occupied and only incentives to downsize can help improve the housing market - with a stamp duty cut...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Over third of vendors expect price falls of 6% or possibly much more

A survey of sellers by a high-end agency suggests that around a third expect price falls of six per cent or...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Give first time buyers a break, mortgage lenders tell government

Restrictions introduced a decade ago after the financial crisis are holding back many first time buyers from purchasing a home. That’s the...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Dominic Cummings - lessons for the agency industry

Dominic Cummings has been at worst a cause of huge anger to a nation that’s already extremely anxious. At best, he’s been...

30 May 2020

From: Features

The three key factors influencing the UK property market

The outlook for the housing market is still taking shape, but here I take a look at three market indicators to...

30 May 2020

From: Features

'No DSS' lawsuits - what do letting agents need to know?

Over the last few years, there have been a number of high-profile court cases in which renters took action against letting...

30 May 2020

From: Features

The property industry needs to prioritise mental health more than ever

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week, and there is a great deal of positive things to be said about a...

30 May 2020

From: Features

Exclusive: Say No To Rightmove to offer 'options for agents'

The Say No To Rightmove campaign is to release a set of options for member agents to consider if the portal...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday could add £1,331 to a mortgage, owners warned

The financial services industry’s much-hyped mortgage holiday scheme, heavily endorsed by the government, could cost home owners hundreds of pounds in...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday - Zoopla shows how it could help the housing market

Zoopla’s head of research says a stamp duty holiday could encourage more home owners to move which in turn could help...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary Jenrick in hot water again as he admits bias

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick - accused by some of breaking the lockdown some weeks ago - is now in more hot...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

'Furlough could wreck housing market' - warning to government

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

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Furlough changes: Agencies and suppliers must pay some wages

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

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday extension - new details released by FCA

The Financial Conduct Authority has published new draft guidance for lenders which will set out options available to their customers in the extended...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing ministers steer clear of Cummings row - until last evening

Housing Minister Chris Pincher and Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick stayed well clear of the Dominic Cummings row over the weekend -...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Green Smileys, travel paths and IT help this agency stay safe

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent sends reassuring letting to sales and lettings clients

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark’s 29-point guide for offices, teams and activities

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holiday extension welcomed despite ‘cliff edge’ worry

There’s been a cautious welcome for the extension to the current mortgage holiday scheme, due to run out for ‘early adopters’...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Return of the property market - how to become a mortgage advisor

During March, the coronavirus pandemic put the brakes on the property market with an enforced period of shutdown. However, almost two...

21 May 2020

From: Sponsored Content

All Change! Agents should reform ‘before government intervenes’

The industry should continue to prepare for large-scale reforms such as mandatory agency training, the licensing of agents and a new...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Physical valuations now undertaken by most lenders in England

The Bank of Ireland UK is the latest mortgage lender to resume physical valuations of properties in England, subject of course...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Two thirds of agents want to go self-employed and/or work from home

A survey of agents’ attitudes which two weeks ago showed a big majority of agents wanting to work as self employed...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide explains softly-softly approach to re-opening branches

Countrywide has refuted claims that none of its branches have so far re-opened for business but has issued an explanation why...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Highest-ever number of leads for agents claimed by two portals

The surge in consumer activity encouraged by the government's decision to reopen the property market last week led to two portals...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS awards go virtual - here’s the date when winners will be named

The biggest awards for the agency sector - The ESTAS - will now be a virtual event on Friday July 3,...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 May 2020

From: Features

Unsafe to return to work: Most agents are worried, polls show

A series of polls taken by Estate Agent Today suggest substantial numbers of agents remain uncomfortable about returning to trading even...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Volume of portal listings carrying virtual viewings surges during pandemic

There’s been a very significant increase in the number of listings carrying virtual viewings, accelerating during the period of the Coronavirus crisis and...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online estate agency ceases trading and customers refunded

The online estate agency Settled appears to have ceased trading with its customers refunded. It was launched in 2014 by former Google...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Craig Fenner, a Customer Success Director at Feefo

Who are you? I’m Craig Fenner, a Customer Success Director at Feefo.  I work directly with Feefo’s Enterprise clients to ensure they...

14 May 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Agency in lockdown row reopens with staff temperature checks

The agency at the heart of a fierce row over staff safety in the lockdown says it's now insisting local managers...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty tax break MUST happen, surveyors tell government

A large majority of property professionals polled by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors say a stamp duty holiday would be...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virtual viewings here to stay, government urges in new guidance

Guidance issued by the government explicitly advises agents, buyers and sellers that more activity should be done online if possible. “The process...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers and removers join agents on ‘Back To Work Day’

It’s back to work today for England’s estate agents and the housing market - but it’s the start of a new...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Some agents still financially insecure despite furlough extension

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

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Do only one-in-three agents really want to work as before?

The second part of a survey which has already thrown up shock results has been launched with an appeal for agents...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: Furlough scheme now extended until end of October

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

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Back-To-Work guidance for agents expected this week

The chief executive of NAEA Propertymark says he expects specific government guidance later this week for estate agents to return to...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Don't give in to buyers wanting viewings, agents told

There’s been a surge in buyers wanting to view properties - but agents must sit on their hands and wait for...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

First details emerge of how businesses will reopen after lockdown

First details of the government’s programme to allow businesses to reopen have begun to emerge - with little comfort for estate...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of breaking lockdown before new rules announced

Details being presented to Parliament today may include information on how agents can return to work in some sort of ‘new normal.’ A 50...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Official house price index suspended but Bank warns of 16% drop

The government has temporarily suspended its official house price index as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. In a long and far-reaching announcement...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what will agent offices look like post-lockdown?

There has been much speculation about when agents will be allowed back to work, and what the new office working environment...

09 May 2020

From: Features

Rightmove launching biggest-ever marketing campaign - no news on fees

Rightmove says it’s to launch its biggest ever national marketing campaign in a bid to kick-start the market once lockdown eases. The...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Fury over agent breaching government rules on opening to public

There’s been a furious response to the agent who appears to have breached government rules by opening his branch to the...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New plea to help self-employed agents missed by Corona schemes

NAEA Propertymark has made a series of demands on the government in the light of the Coronavirus crisis.  In a formal written...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Business rates boost for agencies as revaluation is deferred a year

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

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

First agent reopens High Street branch to the public

An estate agent has reopened his High Street office to the public with social distancing and other safety measures in place. It’s...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: 75% of agency branches will close within five years

“A lot of people have learned that they can work at home, or that there’s other methods of conducting their business......

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London Labour council opposes 30% discount for first time buyers

A Labour council in London has come out against the government’s plan to offer 30 per cent discounts to first time...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Let Sales Resume! Pressure piles on government from agents and suppliers

Three of the highest profile industry suppliers and house moving services have given government a four-step plan to restart the housing...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide pleads to government to allow agents to return to work

Countrywide has added its weight to the campaign asking the government to allow agents to get back to work - and...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove accused of 'sinister' changes to listings of agent who quit

Listings from an agent who ended his contract with Rightmove were not removed as he expected - instead, he is accusing...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says vast majority of buyers will go ahead after lockdown

A study by Rightmove suggests that 94 per cent of buyers and sellers currently in the market are determined to go...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Strong market recovery likely after lockdown, claims Nationwide

The housing market is likely to rebound relatively strongly after the Coronavirus lockdown eases, according to the Nationwide. House prices grew at...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing minister drawing up plans for agents to resume work

Housing minister Chris Pincher is drawing up guidelines which could allow agents to return to something like normal working in the near...

03 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Three reasons why estate agency should be first out of lockdown

The coming week’s stories in the mainstream media - inevitably focused on Coronavirus - will be dominated by two things. Firstly there...

02 May 2020

From: Features

New campaign wants controlled viewings, loans for buyers and SDLT holiday

NAEA Propertymark has today launched a campaign for the government to introduce what it calls a Property Sector Support Package. This would...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Business Interruption Insurance Scandal: class actions begin to form

The scandal over Business Interruption Insurance policies is hotting up, with class actions being discussed against insurance firms and the Financial Conduct Authority announcing...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide senior staff have pay cut as 78% of workforce furloughed

Countrywide’s senior staff earning over £45,000 per year have had their pay cut by a fifth while some 78 per cent...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Say No To Rightmove launches social media recruitment drive

The Say No To Rightmove campaign has started buying social media advertising space in a bid to recruit agents. In a ‘promoted’...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New ‘lockdown portal’ uses Google and Facebook to find buyers

The Haart estate agency chain has launched a portal called Off Market which it describes to sellers as being “a unique...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday essential to kick-start market, says top consumer body

A major consumer survey of existing home owners and potential movers has resulted in a plea to government to allow house...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘accused’ in national paper all abided by social distancing

The Mail Online is running a story on estate agents allegedly breaking the lockdown by conducting physical viewings in recent weeks...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance for removals could mean housing market back in action

The government of one part of the British Isles has produced guidelines for removal firms. Until now, house moving in an era...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Vendors may have to estimate CGT on sales under new rule

A property tax specialist is warning that sellers of buy to lets or holiday homes may have to estimate their own...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown Losses - three attempts to quantify cost of crisis to agents

Business consultancy TwentyCi is the latest to try to put a value on the potential losses to the property industry and...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove to access government’s large-scale loan facility

Rightmove has announced that it’s eligible to access the government’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility - the major loan facility made available to some...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Plan revealed for agents to work safely when lockdown relaxes

A six-point guide is to be issued today to agents reopening offices when the government gives the go ahead, possibly in...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

One agent’s fight for Business Interruption Insurance pay-out

Agents and in some cases their brokers continue to do battle with insurers in a bid to secure pay-outs on their...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Reducing the time between sale agreed and completion will be key post-lockdown

At the moment, it somehow seems like tempting fate to think too far into the future, especially in terms of the...

25 April 2020

From: Features