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KEYWORD "Government" - 1001 RESULTS
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

Foxtons Fat Cats: Has the company been milking the taxpayer?

Foxtons is facing another shareholder revolt over the bonus being given to its chief executive despite taking £7m in state Covid...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

State of the property nation survey – what did we discover?

Our recent state of the property nation survey, which yielded nearly 350 responses from directors to junior negotiators, and many others...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

95% mortgages make an impact - even before government initiative

The latest Moneyfacts monitor of the mortgage market suggests a significant number of new 95 per cent products - even without the...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

More agencies back government Kickstart scheme

Another property company has announced its participation in the Kickstart scheme. The initiative is aimed at young people aged 16 to 24...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

One in three sales fall through as market returns to near normal

One in three property sales in England and Wales fell through before completion in the first quarter of 2021. The 32 per...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: High Streets reopen - so what now for agency branches?

Today is the day that non-essential retail reopens as part of the government's roadmap out of lockdown. For the majority of the...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Boom Goes On: index shows market “resurgence”

The Chancellor’s decision to extend the stamp duty holiday has “put a spring in the step" of the housing market according...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - will there be live property events this year?

The last property event I attended in person – and I think the last physical property event held all told –...

10 April 2021

From: Features

Free to list portal insists it’s biggest challenger to Big Three

A portal says it’s the most significant challenger to the Big Three of Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket. OneDome says it bases this on...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property market evolution - it’s a balancing act for all of us

The UK property market is always evolving but never as quickly as it is now. Traditional estate agents are seriously questioning...

07 April 2021

From: Features

Anti-stamp duty campaigner fined … for stamp duty avoidance

One of the most outspoken campaigners against stamp duty has been fined for avoiding tens of thousands of pounds in … stamp...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty reform would speed sales says another leading Tory MP

The MP leading a new parliamentary committee on the housing market says a radical reform of tax would help more people move...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

First time buying cheaper than renting - if you have the deposit

First time buyers are now saving more than £800 a year in comparison with tenants, new analysis suggests.  The Halifax says the...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday has been a con, suggests property firm chief

The stamp duty holiday has backfired and buyers almost everywhere are paying more for homes, rather than less. StripeHomes analysed house price...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency offices in Wales to open again from next week

Estate agency offices in Wales, closed for many weeks as part of that country’s lockdown, will reopen from next Monday, April 12. The...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

No short-term lets regulation for now - what could this mean for the PRS?

Licensing of the short-term lets sector in Scotland was due to be introduced next month. However, it was recently announced that...

03 April 2021

From: Features

Sarah Edmundson – how Agents Together is helping the industry to talk

Mental health – and the importance of good mental health – has become a vital thing for all of us in...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

One year of Covid-19 – How have estate agents coped?

With March marking one year since the beginning of the first national lockdown across all four nations of Britain in response...

31 March 2021

From: Features

PRS policy chat - what's next for agents and landlords?

Earlier this month, Fixflo held a webinar with David Cox, legal and compliance director of Rightmove, to discuss key government policies...

31 March 2021

From: Features

Many transactions ‘taking four months from offer to exchange’

NAEA Propertymark says a record number of transactions are taking four months to move from offer to exchange. The organisation says this...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday red tape will cost taxpayers £750,000

It’s costing taxpayers £750,000 just for the government to update its IT systems to handle the stamp duty holiday.  In a document...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: meet the agent poet doing things unconventionally

As you’ll know by now, I like to use the Natter to shine a light on independent agents doing things a...

27 March 2021

From: Features

Stamp duty holiday: could the market be more vulnerable to fraud?

The Chancellor’s recent announcement that the stamp duty holiday would be extended for another three months was undoubtedly great news for...

27 March 2021

From: Features

Spring lettings market update – Pets, eviction ban and landlords selling up

Unsurprisingly it’s been a busy few months in the property market so far this year, and a busy few months in...

27 March 2021

From: Features

Tax Day was just a damp squib says leading industry analyst

The government’s highly-anticipated Tax Day was just a damp squib.  That’s the view of leading analyst Anthony Codling, who says the almost complete...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Limited property tax proposals unveiled by government

Some 30 tax documents have been released by HM Treasury this afternoon - a mix of responses to past consultations, proposals...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty pledge by Conservatives ahead of local elections

The Conservatives have promised that first time buyers would not pay tax when buying a home in Wales if the party wins...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Open up economy says Boomin boss as Covid appears to ease

Boomin co-founder Kenny Bruce says the UK economy should now be opening up thanks to the success of the Coronavirus vaccines. In...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

The end of EPCs? Government told to scrap ‘outdated’ scheme

Energy Performance Certificates ought to be scrapped because they are outdated and not fit for purpose. That’s the view of an influential...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How much? UK housing stock value hits a record high despite Covid

The total value of the UK’s housing stock has hit a record £7.56 trillion despite the pandemic. The calculation - by Savills,...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Have tenants in arrears? You need to be aware of this new law

From 4 May 2021, your agency could be blocked from charging late fees, compounding interest on missing rent and taking any...

20 March 2021

From: Features

Is flexibility the future of estate agency?

The events of the last 12 months have potentially shaped the future of our sector for years to come. There has been...

20 March 2021

From: Features

Fears grow of Capital Gains Tax changes to be unveiled next week

There is growing speculation that a raft of tax proposals to be unveiled next week will include reform of Capital Gains...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Who runs the estate agent industry? Battle hots up

The Guild of Property Professionals is to offer a formal agency qualification as it goes increasingly on the offensive in a...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Is London’s market back in business and swinging in favour of buyers?

London’s residential market appears to be showing renewed signs of life thanks to the rollout of the government roadmap and vaccine...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Quarter of agents set to recruit within the next year

A quarter of agents say they intend to recruit new staff in the next 12 months, following on from the surge...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax reform could wreak huge damage on housing market

There’s a warning this morning that possible tax reforms to be unveiled next Monday could wreak huge damage on the property...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Breakthrough on faster house sales with new digital form

An industry group charged with trying to make house buying simpler and quicker says it’s made a breakthrough on ‘upfront’ information...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech needed for agents to cope with soaring transactions - claim

Agents have been warned they are likely to require PropTech assistance to cope with a surge in transactions expected this year. The...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

It's the biggest sellers' market in a decade - Rightmove

Rightmove says the excess of demand over supply right now is bigger than at any time over the past decade -...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday: how to keep your chain intact

Following the fluctuation of the property market during the UK’s first national lockdown, the industry was given a lifeline by the...

13 March 2021

From: Features

Should Foxtons repay its furlough money?

Pressure is building on London agency Foxtons to repay its furlough funding. The company issued an upbeat trading statement on Wednesday; while...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Confidence rising as mortgage choice for buyers hits recent high

Mortgage availability has risen for the fifth consecutive month according to respected market monitor Moneyfacts. With 3,532 products on offer, this is...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid 19 Update: Every agency can now have free workplace testing

Every estate agency can now sign up for the government’s free Coronavirus workplace testing programme - the deadline is March 31. The...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How do you think Propertymark should be run?

Propertymark has set out a four point strategy for the future of the organisation. The body - which encompasses the National Association...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Market softens ahead of predicted stamp duty holiday resurgence

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

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation – Data Sharing with LonRes chief Anthony Payne

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: new cliff edge or cause for delight?

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: government clarifies Budget announcement

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty extension revealed by Chancellor Sunak

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

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

End of stamp duty holiday leads to drop in mortgage approvals

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

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour anger at low-deposit mortgages plan in Budget

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

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Big property tax increases may be held back until after Budget

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

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Budget rumours - pros and cons for agents

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

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

House buying bonanza as Budget helps low deposit purchasers

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

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty clarity must be Budget priority says top agent

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

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 February 2021

From: Features

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

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

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid-19 testing for agents available within days - government

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

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Lobby your MP over stamp duty holiday extension, agents told

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

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

How to ensure your letting business remains compliant

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

20 February 2021

From: Features

Revealed - Key challenges to agency businesses in 2021

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

20 February 2021

From: Features

Stricter EPC targets will deter buyers from moving - warning

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

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers demand stamp duty action to stop dream homes being lost

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

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Six week stamp duty holiday extension would help 160,000

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

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday may be extended for some buyers - report

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

13 February 2021

From: Breaking News

What to consider when buying or selling an estate agency business

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

13 February 2021

From: Features

Why automation could improve enforcement of PRS regulation

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

13 February 2021

From: Features

Agency apology over ‘bullying’ claims to allow Covid viewings

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

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements will win instructions for agents, says supplier

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

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Two new property taxes announced by Housing Secretary

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

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Unsellable: Thousands of flats remain impossible to mortgage or sell

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

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New property redress initiative launched, chaired by Tory MP

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

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal warning over little-known stamp duty technicality

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

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Foreign investors may be banned from some waterfront properties

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

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies with Bounce Back loans have more time to repay

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

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Has the Stamp Duty Holiday extension campaign worked?

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

06 February 2021

From: Features

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

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

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Extending Stamp Duty Holiday is top demand for Budget 2021

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

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Should agents repay Business Rates relief because offices were open?

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

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate As It Happened - What MPs Said

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Live! Watch MPs' Stamp Duty Extension debate here

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour enters cladding controversy by forcing vote in Commons

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

What will the lettings industry look like in 2021?

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

30 January 2021

From: Features

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

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

30 January 2021

From: Features

Agency closes office after staff contract Coronavirus

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

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown to continue until at least early March

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

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Failed Sales fear as Stamp Duty Holiday cliff edge approaches

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

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate Stamp Duty Holiday extension - date announced

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

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Extend stamp duty holiday for exchanged properties, say finance chiefs

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

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 January 2021

From: Features

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

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

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate: MP wants government to honour petition pledge

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

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Gag: MPs prevented from debating extension

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

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent closes branches and demands stricter Coronavirus controls

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

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Digital ID scheme for buyers and sellers wins government support

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

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Ban on repossessions extended for mortgage borrowers

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

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Dozens of Tory MPs demand stamp duty extension from Sunak

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

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Covid risk assessments for some agency offices in Wales

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

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid curbs on agents provide bonus for video viewings

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

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate stamp duty as Chancellor considers extension

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

17 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing minister resigns from government

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

16 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 January 2021

From: Features

Why Facebook is a great alternative to property portals

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

16 January 2021

From: Features

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

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

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Campaign to extend SDLT holiday nears landmark total

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

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents “forced and pressured” into unsafe viewings - claim

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

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Could autonomous transportation affect the property market?

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

13 January 2021

From: Features

Stamp Out The Duty - new campaign launched by newspaper

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

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Foxtons back new scheme to speed conveyancing

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

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency attacked by Lib Dem for selling holiday homes

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

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property viewings should stop, Labour tells government

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

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Just Window Dressing! Leasehold experts hit out at reform proposals

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

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2021

From: Features

2021 will not hold back Agents who are prepared to adapt

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

08 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rip-Off leasehold charges to be abolished by government

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

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday - Do The Right Thing Rishi!

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

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents beef up Covid protocols as viewings hit the spotlight

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

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News