x
By using this website, you agree to our use of cookies to enhance your experience.
KEYWORD "Government" - 1001 RESULTS
Potential sellers 'left with nowhere to go' due to fragmented housing market

The government is being urged to tailor its housing market reforms beyond solely focusing on first-time buyers. It comes as new analysis...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Why haven't politicians listened to our industry?

It’s often fashionable to criticise trade bodies and official groups, but right now I think that’s absolutely inappropriate. In well over 20...

25 June 2022

From: Features

Opinion: Bank of England rate rises are nonsense and will increase inflation

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

25 June 2022

From: Features

Slowdown or house price cliff edge? It's too early to tell

Right now, one topic seems to be dominating talk in the industry. Everywhere I go people tend to quiz me about...

25 June 2022

From: Features

Government unveils self-build boost

The government has launched a new equity loan scheme for the self-build market. The Help to Build scheme aims to help thousands...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Parkers franchisee marks three years in agency with new office

The owners of Parkers’ Witney branch have marked their third year under the sales and lettings brand by opening their second...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Government urged to review stamp duty as more first-time buyers now pay the tax

Renewed calls are being made for an “urgent review” of stamp duty as research shows rising house prices mean first-time buyers...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Opinion: Fairer lettings are not a horror story

The government’s Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper has initially caused some consternation and a strong adverse reaction from some within...

18 June 2022

From: Features

How to handle the needs of older renters

Rising property prices in the UK mean that occupiers are renting long past their forties. According to the government’s last English...

15 June 2022

From: Features

Housing Secretary: 'We don't know how Right to Buy will be funded yet'

The government’s new Right to Buy policy for housing association tenants appeared to unravel last night after the Housing Secretary said...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency trade body calls for stamp duty exemptions as part of housing reforms

Agency trade body Propertymark has called for the government’s housing market reforms to go further and has even suggested targeted stamp...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

MPs set to quiz Housing Secretary on property market proposals

Housing Secretary Michael Gove and minister Stuart Andrew are set to be grilled by MPs on their property market plans today. The...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Why are landlords so unpopular?

This question is not as flippant as it sounds because over recent years the status of the private landlord has taken...

11 June 2022

From: Features

Property market questions pace and funding of PM's housing reforms

Property professionals and MPs were left wanting more after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s much-anticipated housing announcements yesterday. Johnson yesterday promised a review...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

PM unveils mortgage and benefits review to boost homeownership

Boris Johnson has promised a review of the mortgage market and housing benefit rules to help more people to get on...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Government remains 120,000 homes short of building targets

The Government was 120,000 homes short of its own new-build targets last year, research claims. Analysis by new-build sales optimisation platform Unlatch...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

PM survives no-confidence vote - what does it mean for property industry?

The Prime Minister has tonight won a confidence vote in his leadership and hung on to his premiership. After a dramatic day at...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - Let’s get moving with digitising the upfront information agenda

Why the urgency? Because the appetite is strong. Research by the Conveyancing Association reports that 98% of consumers are overwhelmingly in...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the movers, shakers and people in the news

House price growth may be slowing but there is still plenty of movement in the property jobs market. Here are some of...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tony Blair-backed thinktank proposes mortgage market reforms

The government is being urged to expand and make the Treasury’s mortgage guarantee scheme permanent and compulsory on home loans above...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

MPs call for carbon targets on housebuilding

MPs have called for carbon emissions to be considered when it comes to house building. A report released this week by the Environmental Audit...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

40% of property firms fined For AML breaches had 'refused help'

Many of the property firms recently fined for anti-money laundering (AML) breaches have previously turned down help, Credas claims. It was revealed...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Buyers back stamp duty cut for downsizing pensioners

There are whispers in Whitehall about plans to encourage pensioners to downsize with a stamp duty tax break. The move, first reported...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents remain positive despite sales slump

Property sales slumped in April but are still above the pre-pandemic average, HMRC data shows. Provisional UK property transaction figures from the...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Industry Views - Michael Gove and His Dead Cat

In retrospect, it was perhaps inevitable that the infamous dead cat would come into the debate over government housing targets and...

21 May 2022

From: Features

Agency network aims to be first in the sector to go carbon neutral

The Federation of Independent Agents (FIA) is aiming to become the first carbon neutral estate agency network. It has teamed up with...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

ROPA returns to Parliament but there is still no timeline for reforms

The issue of agency qualifications has finally been mentioned in the Houses of Parliament, almost three years since the landmark Regulation...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Start of the slowdown? Land Registry records first dip in price growth in 2022

Agents have heralded the beginning of the house price slowdown. The latest Land Registry House Price Index yesterday showed values increased by...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Buyers ‘willing to pay more’ for most energy efficient homes

Almost half of buyers would be willing to pay more for a property with a high energy efficiency rating, research suggests. It...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC shows its teeth with bumper AML fines for agents

More than 30 agents and property firms such as auction houses and valuers were reprimanded by HMRC for anti-money laundering breaches...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Trade body hopes empty homes clampdown will boost agency stock

Propertymark has expressed hope that the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill will help boost much needed agency supply. The trade body has...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Extending Right to Buy won’t fix the housing shortage

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

14 May 2022

From: Features

The identity revolution is here…how will agency be affected?

Just this month, the Government Property Agency kicked off its search for a digital chief to lead its 10-year technology journey,...

14 May 2022

From: Features

The Renters' Reform Bill is back on the table - here’s what we need to see next

After years of delays and upheaval, the Renters' Reform Bill finally appears to be back on the agenda, in an effort...

14 May 2022

From: Features

Peer calls for agency regulations to apply in leasehold sector

A high-profile peer has questioned why estate agency regulation wasn’t extended to property management companies in the Queen’s Speech this week. Lord...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government unveils new levelling up law - what it means for estate agents

The government last night revealed more details on its flagship Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill including letting local authorities double council...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Not helping to buy! Government urged to link deposit schemes to house prices

Rising house prices have rendered the government’s Help to Buy ISA scheme useless, an analyst claims. The Help to Buy ISA saving...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents prepare for planning overhaul as sector digests Queen's Speech

Agents have pledged to keep a close eye on planning reforms amid a proposed overhaul announced in the Queen’s Speech yesterday. Prince...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Queen’s Speech: How proposed laws may help or hinder estate agents

The Queen’s Speech has unveiled proposed overhauls on planning, consumer and economic crime laws that could all have an effect on...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Queen’s Speech: What agents can expect as future laws are laid out

The government’s legislative agenda will be set out this morning in the Queen’s Speech and there are plenty of potential laws that...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents 'have nothing to fear' from ROPA exams

Agents are being urged not to fear exams when it comes to new industry qualifications for the sector. The industry is still awaiting...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to embrace tech as demand grows for shorter working week

Agents are being urged to make better use of technology to balance calls for a shorter working week and consumer demand...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Lack of home buying support blamed for Tory local election losses

A lack of support to help people onto the property ladder has been highlighted as one factor for the Tory party’s...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy - what on earth is government playing at?

What a difference two months and some local elections make. Cast your minds back to March 9 and the annual report of...

07 May 2022

From: Features

Insight - is it Time to Stamp Out SDLT?

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) has long been the bugbear of many property transactions. Even the very wealthy will lose interest...

07 May 2022

From: Features

Buyer demand 'waning' ahead of interest rate decision

The property market could be set for further upheaval when the Bank of England makes its latest interest rate decision today. The...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Cost of living crunch is hitting lower end of the prime market - Savills

A third of first-time buyers have had to reduce their budgets as a result of recent interest rate hikes and the...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Leasehold reform - what do agents and conveyancers need to know?

You will hopefully have seen that the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 has now received its Royal Assent, meaning it...

30 April 2022

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - fundraising activity in full bloom

You can tell that spring is in the air as this week's Agents Do Charity is full of outdoor fundraising pursuits...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency reviews site calls for tougher crackdown on fake feedback

The government is being urged to go further with its clampdown on fake reviews. A government announcement aimed at protecting consumers last...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency trade body backs ground rent ban and hopes for further reform

Propertymark has given its backing to the ban on ground rents for new leasehold properties and has reminded agents of their...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Why Rental Reform Is Becoming More Important By The Day

It’s easy to overestimate the importance of something in one’s own industry or work, but there seems good reason for believing...

23 April 2022

From: Features

Proptech and the future of the UK’s economy and property market

Although Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement did not include many announcements regarding housing, it did provide a good...

23 April 2022

From: Features

Insight – would a four-day working week ever work in agency?

In June, the biggest pilot scheme of a four-day working week anywhere in the world will begin in Britain, with more...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Government still committed to introducing ROPA rules

The government has insisted it is still committed to introducing agency qualifications and minimum standards in the sector. It is almost three...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Former Housing Secretary becomes first MP to welcome Ukrainian refugees

Former Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is believed to have become the first MP to take in Ukrainian refugees under the government’s...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Up your street! Residents to get a vote over road name changes

Local residents are to be given the final say on changes to the name of their street under new government plans. The...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency boss calls for ROPA exam clarity

The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) chief executive Gareth Samples has called for a steer on when the long-awaited Regulation of Property...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Client money and the regulation governing it is changing

PayProp’s recent Rental Confidence Index survey polled property professionals about their biggest concerns for 2022. Unsurprisingly, new regulations were a top...

09 April 2022

From: Features

Agents give government’s energy strategy the cold shoulder

The government’s long awaited Energy Security Strategy has failed to spark excitement among estate agents. The government unveiled its plans to create...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Queries raised over 'two-tier' AML system for agents and developers

An industry expert has questioned the fairness of a “two-tier system” that has emerged between new builds and second-hand homes when...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Home Information Packs - are they making a comeback?

Agents and conveyancers have signed up to a new buyers’s and seller’s property information form that is described as having been...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents slam government energy initiative as “drop in the ocean”

Propertymark says only a national retrofitting programme  can make UK homes more energy efficient - and it says a new government...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Search digitisation speeds up after sluggish start, claims Land Registry

A government aim to improve the home buying process by making Local Land Charge search results instantly available is well underway,...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Upfront Information - Light at the end of the Tunnel? 

They say that in fashion, if you wait for long enough, clothes that are hanging at the back of your wardrobe...

02 April 2022

From: Features

Going Green - buyers demand more eco features in their next home

Buyers are focusing increasingly on green fixtures and fittings according to a new study. Insurance firm Aviva says the most in-demand features...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Upfront Information - more demand for Property Logbooks

More vendors are wanting to use property logbooks in a bid to speed their sales and reduce the risk of fall-throughs. That’s...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents worry over new ownership transparency initiative

The introduction of a register of land owners has triggered concern from the agents’ trade body Propertymark.  A Register of Persons Holding...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax Hike - agents warn against more taxes on second homes

Propertymark is urging restraint on the part of the Welsh Government as it moves to tackle what it sees as the...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Property tax alternative to stamp duty wins support of MPs

At least 18 MPs have come out in favour of a new annual Proportional Property Tax which would be levied on...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy squeeze threatens financial nightmare for tenants and landlords

It’s not an easy time for many renters (and homeowners). The cost of living is going up across the board for...

26 March 2022

From: Features

Stamp duty bills far higher since end of SDLT holiday - claim

Typical stamp duty paid by property purchasers now is actually 84 per cent more than before the pandemic and the SDLT...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Sigh of relief that Sunak avoids hurting housing market

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

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Affordability alarm goes off as house prices hit another high

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

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Business Rates - government slammed for lack of clarity

The government has failed to take the opportunity of the Spring Statement to provide clarity on its business rates reform agenda,...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Unlocking £4.5bn of tenancy deposits is the key to the cost-of-living crisis

Earlier this month, the government’s energy regulator Ofgem announced a record 54 percent increase to the energy bill price cap. Combined...

23 March 2022

From: Features

HMRC rakes it in as stamp duty receipts surge to record high

Figures just released by HM Revenue & Customs show the Treasury enjoying a bumper year for stamp duty, with record receipts...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

The Coming ‘Budget’ - What’s In Store For Agents?

If you want to sex-up the Chancellor’s financial statement scheduled for lunchtime on Wednesday, you’d call it a Budget or a...

19 March 2022

From: Features

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

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

16 March 2022

From: Features

Cladding Crisis - government STILL doing too little, say cross-party MPs

Too many leaseholders will fall through the cracks of the government’s “piecemeal measures” to combat the cladding crisis.  That’s the view of...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Scrap Stamp Duty surcharge for a ‘double whammy’ win - call

An industry trade body wants the government to scrap the three per cent stamp duty surcharge on additional homes - and...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Homes For Ukraine launched by Housing Secretary

The government has now formally launched the Homes For Ukraine scheme, heavily leaked in recent days. The Secretary of State for Levelling...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Redress and stronger regulation needed for agents - say agents

There’s still one part of the UK where agents enjoy almost unfettered freedom without legislation or redress - and this has...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards new rules - agents urged to comment on Material Info

Propertymark is urging agents to respond to a consultation exercise being conducted by the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Second Homes Taxes will backfire on wider economy - warning

A rural body in Wales has hit out at the Welsh Government’s proposals for draconian new taxes on second homes.  Earlier this...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Insight - how do you solve a problem like conveyancing?

Those aficionados of the Sound of Music will recognise the tag line above. It came to my mind when thinking about...

12 March 2022

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - fantastic work for Ukraine in its hour of need

Hello and welcome to this week’s ADC, an opportunity for see how selfless our industry can be at times of hardship...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Russians in London given six months to reveal true ownership or sell-up

The UK government appears to have given sanctioned Russian property owners a get-out-of-jail card valid for six months.  It’s been confirmed that...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Will your agency dig deep? Plea for industry to donate to Ukraine

A prominent estate agency figure is urging the industry to dig deep to help the Ukrainian humanitarian effort. Arun Group managing director...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

COLLABORATION: THE SOLUTION AND THE BIGGEST PROBLEM FOR THE PROPERTY INDUSTRY

Ben Ridgway and Jamie Cooke, co-founders of iamproperty Group brought together industry leaders in a recent roundtable to discuss the challenges...

08 March 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Predictions 2022 - an interview with Simon Shinerock

Peta Milne, founder of Instagram growth and PR service Monimo, and a content writer at Choices Estate Agents, recently sat down...

05 March 2022

From: Features

Will ‘upfront information’ go from buzzword to conventional practice in the year ahead?

Of the many industry buzzwords, I suspect “upfront information” was up there as one of the most widely used in 2021....

05 March 2022

From: Features

Agency pledges £50,000 and 100 jobs for Ukrainian refugees

A well known UK estate agency has pledged £50,000 to help the growing Ukrainian refugee crisis. Brown & Co - the 13-branch...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

More politicians back seizure of oligarchs' London property assets

Momentum is building up in support of the government’s probe into whether the London homes of oligarchs on the sanctions list...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - for so many heart-breaking, heart-warming causes

These are undeniably darker days as news comes through of a humanitarian crisis in Ukraine - we have the first agency...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Government may seize homes of key Russians without compensation

The government is considering seizing British property owned by Russian oligarchs on the sanctions list without paying compensation. The Financial Times says Housing...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Second home buyers hit with 300% tax rise in part of UK

The Welsh Government has announced an increase to the maximum level of council tax premiums for second homes, as well as...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Estate Agents warned to ensure screening procedures are up to date as the Government toughens sanctions on Russia

Estate agents and other property businesses need to ensure their customer screening processes are robust and up to date following extensive...

02 March 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Affordability is the issue of the rent control argument

The hot topic of rent controls has remerged in recent weeks, with passionate voices on both sides of the argument speaking...

02 March 2022

From: Features

Agents told to review client identities against sanctions list

Agents are being told by a trade body to conduct more frequent risk reviews and check purchaser identities against up to...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents tell Gove empty homes could solve stock shortage

Agents have told Housing Secretary Michael Gove that his Levelling Up agenda needs to include positive efforts to bring hundreds of...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Law to reveal foreign owners may apply 20 years retrospectively

It is claimed by Propertymark that the government’s Economic Crime Bill - to be debated in the House of Commons today -...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents back stamp duty incentives to drive energy efficiency

Propertymark has backed a call for stamp duty incentives to be introduced to drive forward domestic energy efficiency. The trade body’s policy...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Seize Putin’s Properties: Mayor wants drastic response to Ukraine

London mayor Sadiq Khan says he supports the seizure of property assets connected to the allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.  The...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – meet the blockchain network quietly taking agency by storm

Until a few years ago, you would have been forgiven for not knowing who or what Coadjute was. But the company, founded...

26 February 2022

From: Features

Q&A with the RLBA - what are property logbooks and why are they important?

In the last two years digital Property Logbooks for our homes have moved from concept to reality with almost a quarter...

26 February 2022

From: Features

Opinion: The property sector should take action now, not wait for the Economic Crime Bill

The outcome of the Ukraine crisis is far from certain, but one thing has become abundantly clear. The long-overdue Economic Crime...

26 February 2022

From: Features

New curbs on second homes will hurt buyers, warns Propertymark

A bid to regulate second home ownership in part of the UK through changes to planning policy will add complexity and...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - new info must be included on all property listings

Trading Standards and the government have jointly announced compulsory new data which must appear on property listings. A property's council tax band or...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

A Lesson for Agents from the Ukraine Crisis

If the UK and its allies have been played by Russia over the Ukraine ‘invasion’, and it’s beginning to look that...

19 February 2022

From: Features

Short term lets - what’s the extent of the problem?

Timothy Douglas, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Propertymark, analyses the impact that the lack of available data is having on...

19 February 2022

From: Features

“Underwhelming” business rates review is slammed by agency

A consultation exercise on government proposals for its business rates review is totally “underwhelming” according to property agency Colliers. The consultation ends...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Australian PropTech bid to break into UK property market

An Australian PropTech platform called PEXA aims to break into the UK property industry this year, claiming to improve transaction processes. PEXA...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New homes boast of energy efficiency as price hike looms

Research by new homes sales service Unlatch has revealed how much cheaper energy bills are for new-builds, saving as much as...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Government threatens developers over cladding payments

The government is threatening to deny planning consent to developers who refuse to pay towards the removal of unsafe cladding on...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Too Many Second Homes? Campaigning MP to meet minister

A campaigning MP is to meet with a government minister to discuss controls and disincentives for second homes. Former Liberal Democrat MP...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Levelling Up to give house prices an average 3.6% uplift

The government’s heavily publicised Levelling Up initiative could benefit the UK’s overall property market by approaching £96 billion, it’s been claimed. Some...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Famous campaigner refuses to sell house to second home buyer

A famous environmental campaigner has sold his home to a local - because he feels second homes are “obscene and grotesque.” Green...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – events for agents to look out for in the first half of 2022

Property events and functions are now back in full swing, with 2022 likely to be the first ‘normal’ year for this...

12 February 2022

From: Features

Cyber-security in 2022: what do agents need to know?

I’m sure most readers would agree with me that cyber-security is vitally important for almost any business, particularly those businesses like...

12 February 2022

From: Features

Message to HMRC and Government - stamp duty is outdated

The majority of homeowners and homebuyers believe Stamp Duty Land Tax is outdated and needs reform. The mortgage lender Butterfield commissioned an...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New housing minister named in government mini-reshuffle

A new housing minister has been named this afternoon, to replace Chris Pincher. Stuart Andrew has been confirmed by Downing Street as...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Government pledge for upfront sales info hailed as big advance

The government’s call for a pack of property information to be made available upfront during the sales process has been welcomed...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Heavier Tax On Second Homes - Tories are now as keen as Labour

A poll of Conservative voters shows strong majorities for higher taxes on second homes and empty properties, and tougher demands on...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents and the law - critical webinars begin this week

Rightmove is running a series of webinars this month focused on legislation affecting agents. Tomorrow the former ARLA Propertymark supreme David Cox...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour call for foreign-owned properties register

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wants the government to put a stop to the capital being used for international money...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing ministers line up to back beleaguered PM Johnson

Housing ministers have lined up in recent days to support beleaguered Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Housing minister Chris Pincher, upon hearing of new...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Interest Rates - Do They Matter Any More?

Here’s the odd thing about interest rates - we all care about them, but they don’t directly affect that many people...

05 February 2022

From: Features

2022 - agents can benefit from planning ahead and having a plan B in mind

Without doubt, 2021 was an exceptional year in the property market, with the stamp duty holiday and favourable market conditions helping...

05 February 2022

From: Features

HS2 - is the Midlands likely to benefit more than anywhere else?

As debate rages over levelling up and a north/south property divide, in the first of a new monthly column, property expert...

05 February 2022

From: Features

Boomin boss Bruce wants government help to save housing market

Boomin chief executive Michael Bruce wants government action to help save the housing market as the cost of living crisis grows.  Following...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rising mortgage-free ownership diminishes Interest rate impact

With a Bank of England base rate rise expected as soon as tomorrow, new figures from the government add weight to...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New-style Home Information Pack proposed by government

The government’s Levelling Up White Paper, released today, contains an unexpected and shock commitment - to create a new 'lite' version...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer - Agents Have Standards … So Show The Customer!

For an unregulated industry, agents have an awful lot of regulations to deal with. For example, there’s the mandatory membership of a...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing Reform proposals to change economy by 2030

The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper, revealed this morning includes a radical reshaping of the private rental sector. Section 21 eviction...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards want public to quiz agents on referral fees

The most senior Trading Standards officer policing the agency industry says he hopes the public will ask about referral fees in...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty rebates for buyers of homes with good EPCs - call

A stamp duty cut would provide a long-term to improve energy efficiency on homes, the Chancellor has been told by an...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty loophole likely to be closed later this year

A stamp duty loophole in one part of the UK is likely to be closed later this year. Until now buying a...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Shut It! Conveyancing chief welcomes end to t-annoyance

High profile conveyancing supremo Rob Hailstone makes many announcements about government and industry housing policy - but he is less keen...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson’s Successor: what next for housing policies?

Will he stay or will he go? You don’t need me to say who ‘he’ is - it’s the only story...

22 January 2022

From: Features

Let the good times roll – PayProp predicts continued lettings strength in 2022

The lettings sector looks set to steam ahead in 2022 after a record-breaking 2021, despite the financial and mobility challenges of...

22 January 2022

From: Features

How to prepare for lettings in 2022 and beyond using PropTech

In this guest feature, James Dilgul, Head of Marketing at Fixflo, the market-leading repairs and maintenance management software provider, looks at how...

22 January 2022

From: Features

Agents’ Market Info: Britain’s Least and Most affordable locations

The Nationwide has released data listing the most and least affordable locations in Britain - background information for agents. Some entries are...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Insider gets senior Propertymark policy position

Propertymark has appointed an insider to the key role of policy adviser - effectively the position vacated last month by industry...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Upfront Property Info - huge majority of agents want it now

A survey suggests that an overwhelming proportion of estate agents believe the government should make the provision of upfront property information...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

 Lack of stock still the key reason for double-digit house price rises

Government data shows the average UK house price increasing by 10 per cent on an annual basis in November. On a monthly...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove hit by inflation fears for the housing market

Fears that the housing market may be seriously damaged by the worsening economy led to share price falls for Rightmove and others...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – my predictions for the property market in 2022

As this is the first Natter back since the Christmas break, I should like to first wish all our readers a...

15 January 2022

From: Features

Tax clampdown on second homes announced by government

Owners of second homes who abuse a tax loophole by claiming their often-empty properties are holiday lets will be forced to...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Foxtons sells off London sales agency it bought last year

Foxtons has this morning announced that it’s selling off the sales wing of a rival London agency that it bought just...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Wealth Tax proposed by former agency boss

A wealth tax on overseas owners of UK homes could raise £5 billion a year to help local people buy their...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

 Owners miss massive potential income by keeping homes empty

New research shows an estimated £200 billion worth of property sat vacant across Britain’s housing market - up 2.1 per cent...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC changes cannot be ‘one size fits all’ - trade body

Propertymark is reiterating its view that energy efficiency and EPC changes being considered by government must take account of property age...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidance to estate and letting agents

Propertymark, the main industry trade body, has this evening updated its guidance on Covid safety for estate and letting agents in...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Demand for homes still outstripping supply - for now

Another day, another house price index record. The latest, from the Halifax, shows that typical house prices increased by over £24,500 in...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New Year Message - ‘Breaking Through in 22’

The past two years have been a whirlwind of change, challenges and chance. The main catalyst has clearly been the pandemic...

08 January 2022

From: Features

New guidance on house moves for un-vaccinated buyers and tenants

The government is clamping down - at least a little - on unvaccinated buyers and tenants in some specific circumstances.  New guidelines...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

£1m-plus homes on the rise following house price boom

The housing market boom of 2021 has given rise to an increasing number of £1m-plus deals.  Government statistics analysed by mortgage firm...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Godfather’ of estate agents says larger fees would improve service

If UK agents were paid higher fees they could perform a better service to the public. That’s the view of Mark Hayward,...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Should house prices and mortgage costs be based on EPC ratings?

A new survey suggests two thirds of current or potential home owners would accept the idea of a mortgage interest rate...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC: UK government’s property taxes produce falling revenue

The UK is reported to have dropped down the league table of governments that secure vast amounts of income from property...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Transactions to be easier and faster soon says conveyancing guru

Government regulation and reform of house buying should see the process made faster and easier in 2022, it’s been predicted. Lloyd Davies - managing...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Is it time to reform the tax we all love to hate?

As we slide into Christmas, with the busiest levels of house buying since 2006 and activity still buoyant, I don’t think...

22 December 2021

From: Features

Most self-employed worried about financing their futures

With the business model for self-employed agents hotly debated within the industry, new data has suggested that most freelance professionals are...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Buyers take Covid tests before viewings - Agents support idea

Propertymark has come out in support of the Scottish government’s demand that buyers take lateral flow tests before viewings. The measure is...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned: Developer kicked out of Help To Buy because of Grenfell link

A company linked to the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower is being excluded from the government’s Help to Buy scheme, pending the outcome...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the A-Z of property for 2021 

It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas – just a week to go now. Presents all wrapped and...

18 December 2021

From: Features

Agent Regulation ‘may be tested in one part of the UK’

One part of the UK is to get a taste of the mandatory estate agent regulation that many want to see...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing IT crash exposes weaknesses in transaction process

EAT readers may have seen a piece in Friday’s property section of The Times about the long-running Simplify saga, which has...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Six Things We DIDN’T See In 2021

We all know what did happen in 2021 - Covid and more Covid, the stamp duty holiday frenzy, a soaring rental...

11 December 2021

From: Features

Are reservation agreements the future of agency? These agents think so!

You’ve heard me bang on about the wonder of reservation agreements for some time now, but it’s definitely the case that...

11 December 2021

From: Features

Capital Gains Tax on ALL homes - government told to act

A new report wants the government to consider slapping Capital Gains Tax on profits made from appreciating house values for all...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent lashes out against any relaxation of mortgage lending

An estate agency owner who is also a qualified independent mortgage adviser has hit out against the suggestion that lenders may...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

All agents should be offered flexible working from Day One - call

Estate agents, and indeed all professionals, should be offered the option of flexible working when they are appointed to the job. That’s...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks marketing chief quits after little more than a year

Purplebricks chief marketing officer Ben Carter is quitting the company; he was appointed late last year. Carter tweeted this afternoon: “Some personal...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban Referral Fees For Agents - petition demands government action

A petition is being started, urging the government to ban the payment of referral fees to estate agents. It’s reported to have...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC set to clampdown on stamp duty dodgers

HM Revenue & Customs is consulting on how it can clamp down on property professionals and buyers who allegedly try to...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Top industry company will run New Homes Ombudsman

The Dispute Service has been selected to operate the New Homes Ombudsman scheme, following what has been called ”a fiercely competitive...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS names veteran ex-civil servant to lead independent review

RICS has appointed Lord Michael Bichard to lead a wide-ranging independent review into the governance and purpose of the institution. The review...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Masks: Agents should wear them even if public not in branch - call

Agents are being advised to wear face masks at work - even if no member of the public is present.  Paul Offley,...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark blasts government as house building figures plummet

Propertymark has criticised the government over poor house building figures. New figures from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities show...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Reminder - Face masks legally required in all agents’ offices

Face masks are legally required in estate and letting agents from today according to new government guidance released overnight. The guidance makes...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC Hot Air? Most owners don’t even know their rating - survey

The government’s plan to put Energy Performance Certificates at the heart of its bid to reach Net Zero has hit a stumbling...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour changes shadow housing minister after just six months

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has promoted housing minister Lucy Powell to a more senior position after just six months. This leaves...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New build prices may soar to cover raft of energy efficiency moves

The price of new build homes could soar if developers are expected to pay for additional energy efficiency measures not necessarily...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government must help agents meet AML obligations - expert

The perception of the housing market, especially in London, being awash with ‘dirty’ money is a problem that needs to be...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

 Improving the home buying and selling process - what's the latest?

Despite the progress made in so many areas, particularly in terms of leasehold reform – although we are calling upon the...

27 November 2021

From: Features

Forget Help To Buy Equity Loan - welcome to Deposit Unlock

A housebuilding-led mortgage indemnity scheme called Deposit Unlock has now been launched nationally with 17 major developers taking part. Nationwide is the...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Pilot scheme announced to limit second home ownership

A pilot scheme has been announced to test ways of limiting second home ownership and reducing the impact additional properties have...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

A guide for Money Laundering Officers: Championing AML compliance in your agency

Increasingly rigorous Money Laundering Directives have made regulations in the property industry more stringent than ever, and Estate Agents have a...

22 November 2021

From: Legislation & Compliance

Too many homes built on at-risk floodplains, government told

The government should reset planning policy and scrap proposals for thousands of new homes in high-risk flood areas. The think-tank Localis, in...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Blighted! Hundreds of homes on scrapped HS2 route turn agents angry

The scaling back of HS2 in the north of England, contained in the government's new Integrated Rail Plan, means hundreds of homes...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Challenges facing the housing market in 2022

It’s been a busy and arguably fruitful year for the property market, with an eager consumer base pushing forwards with their...

17 November 2021

From: Features

Agents - time to make the switch to EV

The phrase ‘time is money’ is particularly pertinent for estate agents. Since the stamp duty holiday ended, the forecast drop in...

17 November 2021

From: Features

The EPC - how it’s defied sceptics, critics and Brexiteers

I’ve never written the three letters ‘EPC’ more often than I have in the past week. Law changes for the private rental...

13 November 2021

From: Features

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

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

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Fears grow that agencies may have to pay new Economic Crimes Levy

Fears are growing that large estate agency groups may have to pay a mandatory levy towards the cost of anti-money laundering...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Going Green: Demand grows for energy efficient homes, says RICS

There’s been a significant rise in buyer interest in the energy efficiency of properties - but so far it’s making no...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Out-of-London hotspots for 2022 revealed by two major agencies

Strutt & Parker has revealed where it believes the housing market will see the largest demand in 2022, outside of London. The...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty could be changed to promote energy efficiency - top agency

A leading estate agency says the government may have to use stamp duty and council tax as incentives to persuade owners...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - checking in with some of the ESTAS' biggest winners

A few weeks ago the ESTAS took place at the Grosvenor House hotel in London - the first chance for many...

06 November 2021

From: Features

Budget 2021 aftermath - did the chancellor target property for tax revenue? 

In the Autumn Budget on Wednesday 27 October, very few impending tax hikes were revealed by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak –...

06 November 2021

From: Features

Bottled It! Sigh of relief as Bank of England keeps base rate unchanged

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee has defied expectations by keeping base rate at its historic low of 0.1 per...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Commonhold - does anyone really want it?

There’s been a very low expression of interest in Commonhold, despite the government pushing the new tenure as an alternative to...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Average home hits landmark figure as market stays red hot

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

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Leading agency refunds all Covid salary cuts plus furlough funds

Knight Frank has reported a record pre-tax profit and has reimbursed staff who sacrificed some salaries during the pandemic. The agency - which has...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

U-turn on housing market forecast by government advisers

Official forecasts suggest house prices will rise for five years at least, although at well below the rate of growth seen...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Cladding scandal petition reaches key 10,000 signature stage

A petition calling on the government to set up an independent enquiry into the cladding crisis has reached a key 10,000...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lies, Damned Lies, and House Building Targets

We’ve probably all learned to be a little less cynical about politicians in recent weeks, given the tragic events. We perhaps...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Autumn Budget: will Sunak’s pledges create opportunities for agents in the new-build sector?

At first glance, Rishi Sunak’s Budget speech earlier this week didn’t offer much from a property perspective. But digging down a little...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Booming opportunity: how technology can empower finance teams to do more

In this op-ed, Warwick Haycock, accounting software specialist at The Access Group, looks at how the use of tech can empower...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Sustainability and automation – how can agents reduce their carbon footprint?

We have all heard the terrible forecasts and listened to Sir David Attenborough’s speeches on the environment and the “we still...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Why the UK property market is at the centre of global tax avoidance and financial crime

The Pandora Papers - the biggest ever leak of offshore data - has revealed that the UK’s property market is being...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Tax Shock: 1% stamp duty rise was considered for Budget

It’s been revealed that the government did consider a stamp duty RISE which would have been announced in this week’s Budget. The...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: Capital Gains Tax rules change kicked in at midnight

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget did not ignore Capital Gains Tax after all.   For those selling UK residential property the deadline to file...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Cladding Tax on Developers - not everyone is in favour

There has been criticism of the new Residential Development Tax, levied to fund remedial work on dangerous cladding on high rise blocks. The tax...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Portals hit out at lack of details over pledges for new homes

There’s been some cynicism amongst the industry in response to new homes promises made by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in yesterday’s Budget. Sunak...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget: Details of business rate changes and new development tax

The Budget has proven more generous than many expected - and with most property taxation left unchanged. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has made...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency still not a hot topic for most house buyers

New research shows that despite media attention and new government policies, better energy efficiency is not a key issue for the...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure builds for agents to be licensed with mandatory training

Pressure appears to be building for the recommendations of the Regulation of Property Agents working party finally to be implemented. It’s now...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid - Make viewings safer now to avoid winter market mayhem

An agent is warning the government it must manage Covid and not simply react ‘too late and too little’. He’s suggesting some...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Better EPCs mean bigger sale prices, according to Rightmove

Rightmove says sellers who have upgraded their Energy Performance Certificate rating to a C - from a D, E or F -...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

What Every Letting Agent Should Know about the Economic Crime Levy (ECL)

Disclaimer: This article is intended for information only and does not constitute legal advice. As part of its 2020 budget, the UK...

23 October 2021

From: Features

Could tech be the answer to inflated timescales (and tempers)?

With soaring property prices, supply continuing to be outstripped by demand and overworked and overtired industry professionals; we’re seeing the sector...

23 October 2021

From: Features

House prices will still rise even after interest rate hike, says senior analyst

Business consultancy Hargreaves Lansdown is predicting house prices will still rise, even after a possible hike in interest rates later this year or...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Another jump in house prices confirmed by government figures

House price inflation accelerated to 10.6 per cent in August, up from 8.5 per cent in July as buyers rushed to...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC ratings to become more important under Green reforms

The government has given more details of its bid to change the energy efficiency of existing and new homes to meet...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive leap in equity held by older home-owners

Over-65s saw their property wealth increase by £800 a month recently thanks to frenzied demand during the stamp duty holiday, an equity release...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells tells Gove he “must do more” to build new homes

A part of the Connells Group is telling the new Housing Secretary that he and his government “must do more” to...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

The Old Story - agents tell government to make it easier to downsize

There’s a rising number of over-65s but a short supply of suitable affordable properties for them, Propertymark has told government. The agents’...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Enforcement - time to pull our fingers out

Within weeks the focus of the industry will be on the White Paper to be issued on rental reform before Christmas. Let’s...

16 October 2021

From: Features

RICS Scandal: Establishment trio named as interim leadership team

The bid by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to re-establish itself as a trusted body continues with the naming of...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

What future for Propertymark? Chief to be quizzed by critic of NAEA

Propertymark’s chief executive - officially still in post on just an interim basis - is to face questions from a past...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket posts strong results as agents move to full-fee contracts

OnTheMarket figures for the first half of this year show stronger revenue and improved profits. Agency numbers have increased modestly since January...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC uses Rightmove and Zoopla to snoop on tax payments

It’s been revealed that HM Revenue & Customs scours the listings on both Rightmove and Zoopla to assess whether property investors...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New property tax - government releases draft legislation

The government has released details of a new property tax. It’s the Residential Property Developer Tax, first announced at the start of...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS new Rules of Conduct try to win back respect for battered body

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is trying to win back respect within the property industry with new Rules of Conduct...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: are estate agents paid enough?

Agent wages have been in the news this week, with boastful claims from a number of self-employed businesses about the sums...

09 October 2021

From: Features

Former Housing Secretary dies at the age of 53

Former Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has died at the age of 53. The Conservative ex-Cabinet minister, who was diagnosed with lung cancer...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

PM puts home ownership at heart of levelling-up agenda

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given a ringing endorsement to home ownership as a central part of the government’s levelling up...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Due diligence for buying process must improve - Propertymark

Propertymark has spoken out over the Pandora Papers leak scandal, which reveals many elite and super-rich buyers of properties in London...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

A Taxing Time: the property industry is set for increases

By the time I next write this column, we’ll be just days before the next Budget and Autumn Statement. So I’ll...

02 October 2021

From: Features

We Salute You! - industry tribute after the stamp duty holiday frenzy

The stamp duty holiday concluded at midnight, marking the end of the busiest period for the industry - all parts of...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning - top index says first time buyer deposits “very challenging”

House prices rose by just 0.1 per cent in September - but they are still increasing by 10 per cent a...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons to review policy on ‘furlough bonuses’ for senior management

Controversial London agency Foxtons is to review its policy on top management bonuses. This follows a shareholder revolt at the agency's AGM...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Second homes and Airbnb-style short lets blamed in new affordability report

A government report suggests that house prices are rising at three times the national rate in some rural and coastal areas...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Tax Threat: Labour hints at rises to pay for social care

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has hinted for the second time that he is looking towards property to help fund his...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty win for government as second home sales soar

A leading agency says the new normal likely to establish itself in the housing market after the end of the stamp...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how can estate agents improve their green credentials?

As we motor towards the next major global climate change conference – the UN’s COP26 being held in Glasgow from 31...

25 September 2021

From: Features

By jove, Gove is off at full steam ahead!

There’s good news and bad news from the shake-up in government ministers and ministries that was presented to the nation last...

25 September 2021

From: Features

How estate agents can optimise their workflows with conveyancers 

The recent stamp duty holiday and the subsequent conveyancing logjam this triggered has acted as a wakeup call for the industry....

25 September 2021

From: Features

Reservation agreements – they have been here all along

In this guest editorial, experienced property solicitor Lorraine Richardson argues that reservation agreements - designed to reduce the number of fall-throughs in...

25 September 2021

From: Features

Developer land banking ‘myth’ debunked by study, major builders say

A leading planning consultancy has claimed that ‘the myth’ that housing developers are hoarding land after gaining planning consent in order...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

How affordable is it to buy a new-build house?

Affordability has always been a hot topic when it comes to the property market, and this is doubly true for first-time...

22 September 2021

From: Features

Part exchange – why agents should be including it as part of their pitch to developers

It’s certainly the case that awareness of part exchange isn’t very high in the property and agency world, despite the potential...

22 September 2021

From: Features

Businesses, including agencies, hand back £1.3 billion in furlough money

New figures from HM Treasury have revealed that businesses, including a number of major agencies, have returned £1.3 billion in furlough...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Claim: property tax revamp could free up as many as 600,000 homes

The government has been warned that its much-talked about levelling up agenda is ‘doomed to fail’ without major reform of the...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Ministry of Housing rebrands but it’s still a bit of a mouthful

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has changed its name to reflect the government’s levelling up agenda. The department’s...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary ‘reviewing planning reforms’ amid donations scandal

New Housing Secretary Michael Gove is reported to be set to press ahead with plans to pause controversial planning reforms.  It came...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons appoints former Hamptons man following 'investor pressure'

Following speculation overnight, Foxtons - one of London's leading and most high-profile agencies - has this morning announced the appointment of Nigel Rich CBE...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pincher survives as ruthless Johnson reshuffle concludes

Boris Johnson's sudden and unexpectedly ruthless Cabinet reshuffle, which drew comparisons with Margaret Thatcher's 'purge of the wets' in 1981, ended...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

ALEP welcomes ground rents action as Countryside scraps unfair lease terms 

The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) has become the latest body to welcome the decision by Countryside Properties to scrap the requirement to pay...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Reshuffle - Gove replaces Jenrick, but will Pincher survive?

In a day of unexpected drama, Boris Johnson carried out a surprisingly brutal and widespread Cabinet reshuffle which saw a number...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

National Leasehold Campaign backs latest CMA action on ground rents

One of the biggest campaign groups calling for leasehold reform has welcomed the action taken by the Competition and Markets Authority...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Robert Jenrick sacked as Housing Secretary; Michael Gove replaces him

Robert Jenrick has been sacked from his post as Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary. He was the third major name to...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents help tenants with rent arrears?

Almost a million tenants have built up rent arrears since March 2020, according to research by National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA)....

15 September 2021

From: Features

Leasehold victory – leaseholders with Countryside freed from costly terms

In what will be seen as the latest win for leaseholders across the UK, it’s been revealed that – following action...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Free parking & government support, study reveals what new build buyers want

Warwick Estates has revealed the most in-demand features for new-build buyers. The firm has analysed Rightmove data and found that those buying...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Mandatory housebuilding targets set for the scrapheap - reports

The government is reportedly planning to abandon its next stage of planning reforms. The proposals, previously under consultation, would have given councils...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Alto Q&A - how changes made during lockdown set this agent up for success

What estate agency is going to look like in the post-pandemic world, and what the role of the physical branch will...

11 September 2021

From: Features

Shock call that stamp duty holiday should have been shorter - RICS

A surprise statement from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the stamp duty holiday, which goes on until the end...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property tax threat returns as government sets Budget date

Lost in the noise of yesterday’s social care announcements, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has named October 27 as his next Budget Day...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

High house prices here to stay thanks to Covid’s legacy

The lifestyle changes triggered by the pandemic are likely to have a lasting effect on the housing market, pushing property prices permanently...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow for self-employed agents as survey shows financial crisis

A survey conducted by a bank suggests that over half of the self-employed sector of the economy believes its financial position...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to diversify by linking with retirement developers

Estate agents are being urged to future-proof and diversify by linking with retirement developers via part-exchange services. Property investment service HBB Solutions...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Second Homes Targeted - government ‘preparing triple whammy blow’

Media reports over the weekend suggest the government is preparing a triple whammy - three measures which may reduce the number...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New forecasting model says house prices to soar by 2031

A new forecasting model from a consumer website is predicting that house prices will rise by an average 30 per cent...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - It’s Back To The Future

Few political policies have such a ring of the past as rent controls - they were last seen in this country...

04 September 2021

From: Features

Business Rates: call to stop online firms being let off the hook

A plea has been made to the government to help small companies and stop letting online firms off the hook. The Federation...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Buyers hopelessly ill-informed on mortgage process, survey suggests

Many Britains are apparently under-estimating the impact of furlough on their ability to get a mortgage and buy a property. A new...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Good EPC ratings have almost no impact on house price - Nationwide

A new survey shows that there’s just a 1.7 per cent house price premium on homes with EPC ratings A or...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Senior MP warns Lloyds Bank over grabbing first time buyer flats

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

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - will UK agents ever be seen as true professionals?

There are some parts of the world, including in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, where estate agent isn’t seen as...

28 August 2021

From: Features

PropTech platform adds first-of-its-kind sales progression feature

Zoopla-owned Proptech platform Yourkeys has launched what it calls a first-of-its-kind sales progression service for new-build shared ownership properties. It works like...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Large family homes may be bought to house Afghan refugees

Media reports suggest the government is considering offering grants to local authorities to purchase private family houses which are larger than...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday slammed for not helping “levelling up”

The Guardian has sharply criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for introducing and then extending the stamp duty holiday - because helping estate...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Self-Build Homes - government backs call for 40,000 a year

Proposals to resuscitate the self-build housing sector have been welcomed by the government. Conservative MP Richard Bacon has published an independent report...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - What Agents Should Watch For This Autumn

I’m sorry to break this to you but in 10 days’ time it will be autumn - and we will have...

21 August 2021

From: Features

Sector reform - stamp out this market malaise

Every so often it comes around – the argument that stamp duty should be reformed/removed/replaced (delete as appropriate). But why? Where’s the...

21 August 2021

From: Features

Get on with it! Leasehold reform delays hurting the market - claim

The lack of progress on the much-anticipated government reforms of the leasehold system is leaving thousands of homeowners stranded, according to...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

 Half a billion to be spent on new private shared ownership scheme

A company says it’s gathering £500m in funding to purchase properties for a “gradual home ownership” scheme - a variation on...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Over 18% house price rise in one part of UK - government data

Average house prices increased by 13.2 per cent over the year to June - the highest annual growth rate since November...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour politicians blasted over “unsustainable” house prices

A nationalist party has blasted a Labour government in one national region of the UK for its lack of intervention in...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents fined by HMRC for breaches of anti-money laundering rules

Three property agents feature on the latest list of businesses in trouble for failing to comply with money laundering regulations. The list...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrap Stamp Duty! Think tank says it worsens affordability

A highly influential think tank says stamp duty should be scrapped for all house purchases once and for all. Alexander Hammond of...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents tell conveyancers how they can improve performance

The estate agents’ trade body has set out three ways conveyancers can further help the sales process. Propertymark has made the suggestions...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Appetite for home ownership proven by Help To Buy claims Jenrick

Over 55,000 households bought homes through the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme in the past financial year - a...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – has Purplebricks dealt a fatal blow to the self-employed model?

One of the biggest trends since Covid, in the property world and elsewhere, has been a shift towards more hybrid, flexible...

14 August 2021

From: Features

Admin staff: the cornerstones to an effective agency

Admin teams in most businesses are often the lynchpins that ensure compliance and deal with issues in order to keep the...

14 August 2021

From: Features

PropTech Today: agents should no longer ignore PropTech's merits

Apart from a buoyant market, high transaction levels, and consumer confidence in the property market, one considerable additional benefit which has...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate Agency Regulation - House of Commons publishes update

The House of Commons Library has published what may be the definitive record of estate agency regulations issued in recent years...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

This is what the market will do after the stamp duty holiday (maybe)

There’s already plenty of talk about autumn - depressing huh? - with agents pondering how the housing market will respond to...

07 August 2021

From: Features

Capital Gains Tax threat returns - property “disposals” warning

A leading tax expert is advising investors to “plan your disposals” after new Capital Gains Tax figures have raised speculation of...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property firm says additional home owners should pay higher tax

A prominent property consultancy is urging the government to ensure that holiday home owners pay more tax.  Colliers claims local authorities are...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t expect a quiet August, says senior estate agent

If you were hoping for a summer lull during August, think again. That’s the messages from Nicky Stevenson, managing director of Fine...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

“Disgraceful” estate agent criticised by Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service has joined in the criticism of unemployed estate agent Lewis Hughes, who last week admitted a count...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New homes figures still below old Labour government level

The UK government will not achieve its pledge of delivering 300,000 new homes a year until 2028, according to analysis from...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

£50,000 if you move house … to an island

Here’s a new way to encourage house moves - pay the potential vendor £50,000. The Scottish Government is launching an official consultation...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC figure show new build homes more energy efficient says Jenrick

The number of Energy Performance Certificates issued for new build homes in England rose 16 per cent in the year to...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how automation can help agents keep their businesses fully secure

A recent news story will have set alarm bells ringing for agencies up and down the country, when it was revealed...

31 July 2021

From: Features

Market tectonics: will activity shift from sales to lettings?

The stamp duty holiday came and went with much fanfare. For many buyers it represented a rare opportunity to make some...

31 July 2021

From: Features

Pay Per Viewing - silence on number and identity of agencies involved

The platform behind a controversial proposal to charge prospective buyers and renters £30 or more to view a property on the...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

High value house purchases behind market frenzy says Nationwide

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

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents to issue tax information to prospective buyers

Propertymark has worked with one of the UK governments to create an information sheet which, in virtual or hard copy firm,...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Why it pays for landlords to have a property manager

Around 2.66 million landlords were operational in Great Britain in 2019, according to data estimations previously released by Hamptons International. Of those...

28 July 2021

From: Features

Government tells agents: ‘exercise Covid caution and restraint’

Agents have been told in new government guidance that the liftings of some Covid restraints in wider society “does not mark...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Is This The Alternative To Stamp Duty?

There’s gathering momentum to do ‘something’ about the unfairness of council tax and stamp duty. This isn’t new in principle. Agents have...

24 July 2021

From: Features

Now is the time for agents to educate buyers and sellers more than ever

The first stamp duty holiday deadline has now passed, and we can all sigh a slight relief after the sheer numbers...

24 July 2021

From: Features

Agency repays Covid loan early because industry has done so well

Regional hybrid agency Hortons says its repaid its £50,000 bounce back loan at the earliest opportunity - because the industry has...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New App aims to show first time buyers the purchasing ropes

A new Home Buyer App has been launched by the Mortgage Advice Bureau in a bid to educate first time buyers...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory says “rich getting a free pass” on current property tax

A young Conservative says “the rich are getting a free pass” thanks to the current council tax system, and there should...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New property tax demanded by MPs who want more money for councils

A group of MPs has suggested the government consider a “proportional property tax” to replace the current council tax, in a...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

The post-Covid outlook: what next for the lettings market?

Our long-awaited ‘Freedom Day’ approaches. From Monday all of the restrictions, introduced since the Covid-19 pandemic made an impact across the...

17 July 2021

From: Features

Forgotten mortgage problem could derail housing market - warning

The end of a largely-forgotten mortgage initiative connected with the pandemic could end up derailing the current strong housing market, agents...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-Rashford comment - Government housing chief apologises

One of the most senior politicians involved in the property industry is embroiled in a row over her anti-Marcus Rashford social...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ face masks to remain under new guidance for July 19

New guidance has been issued to agents as the government confirms that most remaining Coronavirus restrictions are to be lifted from...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agency issues statement over racist football tweet

High end agency Savills is conducting “a full investigation” into a racist tweet posted overnight. A Savills statement posted on Twitter this...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Offices: masks no longer required - announcement soon

Agents are to be told this week that employees can drop face masks, social distancing and other workplace measures put in...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 July 2021

From: Features

PropTech Today – Why has overhaul of buying and selling still not happened?

The government and property industry have been talking about it for a long time, and there have been numerous initiatives introduced...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies and businesses need not work from home from July 19 - PM

From July 19 it is likely that business owners, including agencies and industry suppliers, will no longer have to ask staff...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – why OTM’s Jason Tebb shows the importance of good hires

In the world of football – very topical at the moment, as we all enjoy the Euros – there is an...

03 July 2021

From: Features

Avoiding Future Logjams - How to Remove Roadblocks to E-Conveyancing

The race to complete home sales before the stamp duty holiday came to an end on June 30 has created what...

03 July 2021

From: Features

Labour condemns “failed approach” of stamp duty holiday

Labour says the stamp duty holiday is an example of the government’s “failed approach” to home ownership and housing affordability. Labour’s Shadow...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket shareholders’ meeting to be virtual - probably

OnTheMarket’s annual general meeting date has been set for later this month - and it’s likely to be virtual despite expected...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday has overstayed its welcome says top agency

Average house prices have risen by £29,000 over the course of the stamp duty holiday as house price annual inflation hits...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Developers defend Help To Buy’s cost to taxpayers

A new analysis claims Help To Buy has improved building volumes and has not been a drain on taxpayers. The scheme which...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty frenzy proves need to automate sales process - claim

The frenzy of activity in the housing market thanks to the stamp duty holiday shows the need for automated processes to...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Unique Property Reference Number concept backed by government

The government has thrown its weight behind the concept of Unique Property Reference Numbers as a way of speeding up transactions. UPRNs...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: interview with Angela Davey, ARLA Propertymark's President

Last weekend we spoke with Liana Loporto, NAEA Propertymark’s president, in an exclusive interview. Here we follow that up with an...

26 June 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty Holiday - first time buyers are the big losers

An authoritative study on the housing market has shown that the big losers from the pandemic have been first time buyers. The...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

People want new homes - but not just anywhere

Almost 77 per cent of people think the government must build more homes - but if that means reclassifying Green Belt...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax threat to homes put on back burner

The possible introduction of higher levels of Capital Gains Tax for the sale of buy to let, holiday homes or even...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Official guidance issued for agents to avoid Stamp Duty delays

In an unusual move, HM Land Registry has issued guidance to agents to help them reassure jittery buyers and sellers ahead...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: how tech-led will estate agency be in 10 years?

Around 18 months ago, just a few months before the pandemic hit, I did a Natter with the team at software...

19 June 2021

From: Features

Can the property market sustain its current momentum?

The property market is currently in a unique position where the number of house hunters looking for their next home is...

19 June 2021

From: Features

Surprise house price growth drop - a slowdown or a blip?

Average house prices in the year to the end of April increased by 8.9 per cent according to the government’s Office...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Could an adjustment to BTL Stamp Duty improve the lettings market?

The Stamp Duty holiday has been very beneficial for hundreds of thousands of buyers looking to take advantage of savings, even...

16 June 2021

From: Features

Buyers’ packs would help agents through market frenzy - claim

The current housing market frenzy would be easier to deal with if upfront buyers’ packs were available, improving transparency and cutting...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid Restrictions Delay will damage housing market and agents - claim

A leading agent has been in touch with EAT to vent his frustration at the government for extending most of the...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark beefs up policy and campaigns team

The policy and campaigns team at Propertymark, headed by Mark Hayward, has been expanded after what it calls “a number of...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing Market Frenzy - It’s Not Just Britain, You Know…

Right now it seems that another day means another house price record, an all-time high for transactions, and a conveyancing log-jam...

12 June 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty Reform: Government dismisses call for change

The government has dismissed a call for reform of the stamp duty system, which would have meant the tax would apply...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-Let: is the outlook improving for landlords?

There are an estimated 2.7 million landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) providing rental accommodation to multiple generations of tenant,...

09 June 2021

From: Features

Shock analysis shows very few listings have virtual viewing options

Despite the vast amount of publicity given to the concept of virtual viewing, a survey suggests relatively few properties on sale...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today – have we reached peak PropTech?

In the third part of this series, Neil Cobbold – Chief Sales Officer at rental payment automation provider PayProp – explores...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Boom after boom - price rises now at seven year high says the Halifax

Annual house price inflation is now at its strongest level in nearly seven years, says the Halifax House Price Index. The average...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back First Homes - but should government do more to boost supply?

Agents have given their backing to the government’s First Homes initiative, offering discounted houses for local people and key workers and...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: talking Brexit, Covid, USPs and mews homes with Lurot Brand

Independent agents come in all shapes, sizes and looks, many with their own USPs and little quirks. It is this variety...

05 June 2021

From: Features

The Cladding Scandal – what do you need to know?

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

05 June 2021

From: Features

Management emails to agents outside work hours should be banned - call

A trade union is demanding that the government ban emails from all employers outside office hours - and it wants emails...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Almost 20,000 property industry staff are still on furlough

Figures released from the government show 19,400 people in the real estate sector are still on furlough - suggesting some agents have back...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Crackdown on agents’ boards as code of conduct is torn up

A council cracking down on the increase of illegally positioned estate agent boards. Agents are required, under Planning and Highways legislation to...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

“Increase stamp duty immediately” urges senior MP

The MP who chairs one of the most important committees in the House of Commons has urged the government to increase...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Ministry of Housing’s new headquarters is in … Wolverhampton

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has revealed that what it calls its “second HQ” will be in Wolverhampton,...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: Government to set out response to call for change

The government is to answer a call made in an online petition for stamp duty to apply when contracts are exchanged,...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing market needs more help as Covid support measures end - call

Banks and building societies want the government to offer more help to the housing market through additional assistance to home owners...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation Today – ‘I've always believed agents should be regulated’

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I am delighted to chat with Lucy Morton, Head of Residential Agency at JLL, about...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark heaps praise on government’s First Homes policy

Propertymark has thrown its weight behind the government’s First Homes initiative, describing it as “creative” and saying it’s a sign of...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Transform home buying for good’ is goal of new strategic partnership

Digital marketing agency Angels Media and digital platform Gazeal have announced an exclusive strategic partnership to help improve and speed up...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing leader wants much slower phase-out of stamp duty holiday

The head of one of the UK’s largest conveyancing legal practices is warning the property market could “fall off a cliff...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – 5 ways estate agency has changed since May 2020

It’s now over a year since the property market officially reopened after an unprecedented two-month shutdown at the height of the...

22 May 2021

From: Features

Propertymark: your voice matters, make sure it’s heard

In an industry which is faced with constant changes in day-to-day practices and even more so given the Covid terrain which agents...

22 May 2021

From: Features

Q&A with Jerry Walters – why the AML clock is ticking for letting agents

With property fraud on the rise and an ever-increasing number of transactions taking place in the lettings sector, having strict anti-money laundering...

22 May 2021

From: Features

Capital Gains Tax and Property Sales - report calls for overhaul

A report by the Office of Tax Simplification on Capital Gains Tax has called for a series of changes. They include extending...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrap Stamp Duty and implement annual property tax - call

A think tank wants the government to scrap stamp duty and replace it with an annual property tax based on capital...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

London Calling: Transactions from Hong Kong buyers soar

London agency Benham and Reeves says a new analysis it’s conducted of the capital’s property market since last summer shows a...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Two years on - how can agents comply with the Tenant Fees Act?

It’s nearly two years since The Tenant Fees Act came into force for tenancies in England. On 1 June 2019 it...

19 May 2021

From: Features

Updated Covid guidance for estate and letting  agents

Propertymark has produced a new guide for estate agents in the wake of the latest step on the roadmap out of Covid...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Bonanza: biggest lender yet offers 95% loans

Nationwide Building Society is to become the largest mortgage provider to reintroduce 95 per cent Loan-to-Value home loans without government support.  These...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

First time buyers snap up most Help To Buy new-builds

Over 300,000 new-builds in England have been purchased using the government's Help to Buy Equity Loan since its launch in 2013. Of the...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the tide turning for the lettings industry?

It’s been quite a week for the rental sector. Lettings agents and landlords have had such a torrid time in recent years...

15 May 2021

From: Features

Cybercrime warning to estate agents holding sensitive data

A leading industry trade body is warning that remote-working agents and smaller independent agencies are particularly vulnerable to the growing threat...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Government unveils new bid to push forward ‘commonhold’ concept

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

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Future interest rate rise could crash the market, warns analyst

A relatively modest interest rate rise could trigger a crash in the housing market according to the housing analyst behind the...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Vaccine optimism gives housing market another shot in the arm

Increasing optimism at the success of the Coronavirus vaccine programme and the relaxation of restrictions have contributed to house prices rising...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Pro-Ownership and Anti-NIMBY laws likely in Queen’s Speech

Government leaks ahead of today’s Queen’s Speech suggest a major planning shake-up is set to stop NIMBY objectors to new homes. News...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New Labour shadow housing minister revealed

Labour’s new housing spokesperson is the experienced MP Lucy Powell, who until the weekend was shadow business and consumer affairs minister.  She replaces...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Prices up 10% a year? It could happen next month says agency chief

A market analysis by Fine & Country suggests that annual house price inflation could hit 10 per cent next month. Nicky Stevenson,...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

The future of the tenant experience

The last 12 months have heralded significant change across the property market and indeed we could argue across all markets in...

05 May 2021

From: Features

Soaring house price index show market boom goes on

House prices are 7.1 per cent above their level a year ago as the boom continues. The latest house price index, from...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Vote, Vote, Vote - Housing and the 2021 Local Elections

Local elections rarely set the pulse racing and this year’s poll on Thursday faces a similar problem. But this time, it’s a...

01 May 2021

From: Features

The reality of RoPA – an alternative view on estate agency regulation

We have more regulations controlling the sector than ever before and we have more ‘regulators’ involved in controlling the sector than...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Urgent warning to agencies over repayment of Coronavirus debt

There’s a new warning that the estate agency industry may be in a more fragile financial condition than before the pandemic,...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New Property Tax - consultation begins on 'cladding' tax proposal

The government has launched a formal consultation process on a new residential property developer tax which is to contribute towards cladding...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Nicky Stevenson – how do we encourage more women into senior roles?

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I chat with Fine & Country UK’s managing director Nicky Stevenson, one of the most...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Change is coming – how can we improve the homebuying process?

With property transactions taking longer than ever and many people operating at capacity, it is easy to overlook the progress made,...

28 April 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty Petition: should holiday apply when contracts exchange?

A new petition has been launched asking the government to make the stamp duty holiday apply when contracts are exchanged, rather...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Furlough funding refunded to government by major agency group

Another major agency group has agreed to repay substantial sums it claimed under the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, introduced to...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty receipts soar despite the holiday

If you’re worried the stamp duty holiday is denying the Treasury of much-needed income, think again. Stamp duty receipts soared to £1,196...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Second homes will create a “lost generation” claims nationalist

A nationalist candidate in next month’s elections claims there is a second homes crisis which may create a “lost generation” of...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Should agents track the Covid testing and vaccination status of staff?

Potential house buyers may be fine with virtual tours during lockdown periods, but as the country opens up, people are going...

24 April 2021

From: Features

Red Flag! Insolvency firm warns of growing distress in property sector

An insolvency specialist is warning that the real estate sector of the UK is seeing more firms in financial distress despite...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

£1m bonus package for Foxtons boss despite huge shareholder rebellion

Controversial Foxtons chief executive Nic Budden is to pocket a bonus package of around £1m - despite a huge shareholder rebellion at...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Deadline: it’s too late for most buyers - warning

A consumer financial service suggests it’s already too late for most buyers to meet the latest stamp duty holiday deadline of June...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back portal run by member of construction dynasty

Two leading agencies and an agent network have signed up to the UK’s first dedicated portal for those finding, researching, buying...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla unveils new My Home service and multi-million-pound marketing blitz

Zoopla today begins a new marketing drive - the latest move in the fierce battle between Rightmove, Zoopla, OnTheMarket and Boomin. Zoopla is...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

95% Mortgage Guarantee scheme - is it just a sop for the North?

From today buyers will be able to purchase properties worth up to £600,000 with just a five per cent mortgage, under...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Asking prices hit another all time high according to Rightmove

Another week begins, another record tumbles - Rightmove this morning reports a monthly price surge of 2.1 per cent has propelled...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Prince Philip: how the property landscape changed during his century

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

17 April 2021

From: Features

Make stamp duty cut permanent, international economists tell UK

The UK government has been told it should make the stamp duty cut permanent to encourage investment and make it easier...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

How can agents achieve smooth transactions as we ease out of lockdown?

We’re officially transitioning to summer – marked by the clocks going forward and warmer weather – just as restrictions start to...

15 April 2021

From: Sponsored Content