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KEYWORD "Homeowners" - 311 RESULTS
30 sellers to each buyer if Corbyn wins, predicts anti-Labour agent

A stridently anti-Labour estate agent has launched a stinging attack on the Opposition’s policies and has issued a stark warning of...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Logbooks, Property MOTs and agent regulation demanded by NAEA

The National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents have issued their manifesto for next month’s General...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Election 2019: what agents should expect from the main parties

It’s on - although judging by the early lack of enthusiasm amongst the British public, you might be forgiven for thinking...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

A winning combination: pick ‘n mix the best practices from Aus

The Australian agent is a very different beast to his or her British counterpart - no surprises there. And it’s not...

29 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Countrywide warns sellers: septic tanks are a ticking timebomb

Countrywide’s upmarket brand Hamptons International is urging all owners of homes with septic tanks to prepare for new regulations that kick...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s business as usual…for a week

It has been said time and time again that the uncertainty around Brexit is causing, well, uncertainty. As I write this, the...

26 October 2019

From: Features

Be tech-savvy and attentive to woo young buyers, agents advised

Young homebuyers want tech-savvy, astute and attentive estate agents who are able to handle their complex requirements via a range of...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Sometimes, people don’t want technology

A few weeks ago, I came across a couple of really interesting articles which I immediately thought worth writing a piece...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent to combine property knowledge with PropTech in new venture

A new franchisee says she will combine 20 years of property knowledge with state-of-the-art PropTech to provide customers with what she...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Boost for Purplebricks and co as online market share rises

There has been a surprise, but small, increase in the market share of online estate agents according to the latest survey. Business...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Estate agency comparison platform nears crowdfunding target

A yet-to-launch estate agency comparison site is nearing its crowdfunding target of £50,000. Invite Agents, which is crowdfunding on crowdcube, had, as...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks hopes stamp duty reform campaign will dampen criticisms

Purplebricks - which is at the centre of a string of controversies - has joined the growing campaign for stamp duty...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Why agents need to warn clients about mortgage fraud

As an agent, it’s part of your role to protect and advise your clients throughout the buying and selling process. Mortgages are...

26 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Buyers falsify and alter documents as mortgage fraud cases rise

There’s been a five per cent rise in the cases of mortgage fraud as increasing numbers of house buyers appear to...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

How much do first timers know about buying a home? Not a lot...

A study from Santander Mortgages has blown the cover on first time buyers, suggesting they know almost nothing and research very...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Great news: Agents' charges fall despite higher cost of moving house

The typical estate agency fee paid by a seller has actually fallen one per cent in the past year according to...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Dodgy survey boosts online agents - including one that doesn’t exist

A survey claims that millions of potential sellers would use online estate agents - and bizarrely, this includes an online agency...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Trying Times: Agent’s rugby marketing wheeze could cost him £250,000

An estate agent in Cardiff has come up with a marketing wheeze in a bid to win more instructions - but...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

It's not so bad for First Time Buyers as affordability improves

No less than 56 per cent of properties across the UK are in areas that are affordable for first time buyers...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm wants to clean up image of Modern Method of Auction

A company operating the controversial Modern Method of Auction says it is trying to improve the sector’s image after a series...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

“Unworkable” government housing tweaks widely criticised by industry

There has been a sceptical response by agents and others in the property industry to the government’s latest headline-grabbing tweaks to...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

First time buyers may get discounts if they buy locally, government says

The Housing Secretary says he wants to make home ownership more affordable for first time buyers - which could mean discounts...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Third of London vendors slash asking prices pre-Brexit, says agency

The London market has “plummeted” because almost a third of vendors have cut their asking prices in anticipation of Brexit. Using data...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

This is it - the busiest week of the year for house moves

This is the busiest week of the year for house moves, with the single busiest day being Friday according to a...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents slammed for “exaggerated valuations” and “disservice” to sellers

Estate agents have collectively been fiercely criticised for allegedly exaggerating valuations to win instructions, doing a disservice to vendors and not...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents say ‘staged’ homes sell three times faster - report

A property industry trade body claims 85 per cent of agents believes a ‘staged’ property sells three times faster than a...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Good News: Agents’ fees not considered a key worry for consumers

One of the largest surveys of housing concerns amongst consumers suggests that agents fees - once a major issue - is...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty campaign hots up: top bank wants incentive for downsizers

A report by Santander says stamp duty cuts should be used as incentives for older home owners to downsize and allow...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Up! Up! Up! UK house prices rise £11 a day … but London prices drop

British homes have increased in value by an average of £11 per day since the beginning of the year, but with...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Equity release firm woos downsizers with claims of record high wealth

An equity release provider says there is now £382 billion worth of equity available within older homeowners’ properties following recent house...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson’s stamp duty changes – who would be the winners and losers?

We now have a new Leader of the Conservative Party and, rather more importantly, a new Prime Minister. That individual is Boris...

27 July 2019

From: Features

Agents charge average 1.2% but highest hits 2.9% says comparison website

Some estate agents are charging as much as 2.9 per cent commission according to a survey by comparison website GetAgent. While the...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Fifth of house moves delayed by uncleared funds or slow sellers

Some 115,000 house moves are delayed annually because of funds not being cleared on time or because sellers have not vacated...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New evidence suggests equity release hurting transaction volumes

There’s more ammunition today for those agents who argue that equity release stops people moving and thus cuts the number of...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

REVEALED: Britain’s Biggest Moving Home Fails

A recent study has revealed what the biggest moving home fails are in the UK, including damaged furniture, scratched walls and...

18 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Online agencies in the doldrums as market share stalls

There’s more bad news for online estate agencies this morning as a survey reveals that they have only a seven per cent...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - is a no deal Brexit real life, or is it just fantasy?

It’s now more than three years since the EU referendum result in June 2016, and we’re still no clearer on when...

13 July 2019

From: Features

104 viewings in one day and 22 offers - is this a record in a 'slow' market?

Stories of a slow property market due to an ongoing lack of supply and Brexit woes have been well-documented in recent...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Back to the future? A home ownership crisis

With this summer marking forty years since Margaret Thatcher came to power, her legacy continues to invoke both celebration and consternation...

06 July 2019

From: Features

Moving with the times? Average owner moves home every 21 years

The average British homeowner stays in their property for 20.8 years, according to new research by Zoopla. The property portal analysed the...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Achieving asking price and selling quickly are top criteria for vendors

A survey of property sellers has revealed that 'achieving the asking price' (43%) and 'selling properties quickly' (35%) are the most...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Blond ambition - Does Boris Johnson have any housing policies?

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

22 June 2019

From: Features

Four agencies acted illegally in fee price cartel, says watchdog

The Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found that four agencies broke competition law by taking part in a price fixing...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Sellers are back with a vengeance, according to online agency

Sellers are back with a vengeance according to figures from online agency HouseSimple.  It claims the Brexit date extension has given sellers...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

CMA launches investigation into sale of leasehold properties

The Competition and Markets Authority has formally launched an investigation into the sale of leasehold properties - including possible mis-selling. This follows...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Sentiment Soars: 80% of homeowners expect prices to rise this year

Over 80 per cent of home owners say they expect house prices to rise in their area before the end of...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Easier extensions - mixed response from industry and planners

There’s been a mixed response to the government’s surprise announcement that it would make permanent the right of home owners to...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Planning rules relaxed ‘to avoid owners selling homes’

Homeowners will be able to extend properties more easily instead of moving home. In a surprise announcement this morning - less than...

25 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Is click & collect the future for the property market?

In recent years click & collect has become a popular way for retailers, supermarkets and online shopping sites such as Amazon...

24 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Another boost for Equity Release: does it lead to fewer house sales?

Retired homeowners are increasingly using property wealth to clear unsecured debts and mortgages to strengthen their later life finances, a new...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome CMA probe into 'mis-selling' of leasehold properties

The National Association of Estate Agents has welcomed the commitment by the Competition and Markets Authority to investigate the mis-selling of...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Quick Sale trade body boasts of few complaints after five years

The trade body representing so-called quick sale companies is marking five years in business with two feathers in its cap. Firstly the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest Brexit delay attracts sellers back to the market

Thousands of homeowners listed their properties for sale in the days following the latest Brexit delay on April 12, new research...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Equity release chiefs upbeat after record-breaking quarter

Equity release, seen by many agents as a reason why fewer older homeowners are downsizing these days, has reported more growth...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The problems with incentivising downsizing through stamp duty

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

04 May 2019

From: Features

Quiz A Minister: send your questions on replacing leasehold with commonhold

In recent weeks our campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold has continued to gather momentum both in the press and across...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Capturing tenants when they convert to buyers

With the UK population spending longer in rental accommodation, due to the upfront expense of buying a home, their time and...

01 May 2019

From: Features

Tiny market share for online agents despite millions spent on marketing

A new snapshot of market share claims that online agents accounted for 7.0 per cent of all exchanges in the first...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Mortgage approvals show modest uptick as market improves

On the same day as one of the most optimistic Rightmove market snapshots of recent months, the latest mortgage monitor from...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New portal showing ‘property potential’ to roll out across UK

A ‘property potential’ portal which claims to be highly successful across the south east of England is now going to launch...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Older ‘Last Time Buyers’ now a growing part of the market, figures reveal

As many as one transaction in three is now undertaken by a so-called Last Time Buyer - twice as many as...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2019

From: Features

Fall-Throughs: Insurance firm claims crime deters 80 buyers a day

An insurance company claims that over 29,000 property deals fall through in a year because buyers get cold feet over their...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Stay calm about the market; 'Once Brexit is sorted, demand will return'

Agents appear to be speaking with one voice in response to the latest house price index, saying that once Brexit is...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

One in eight planning to buy in next six months 'delay because of Brexit'

One in eight people buying or selling in the next six months say they will delay their plans because of Brexit...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Mortgage prisoners given hope of escape route by City regulator

Mortgage prisoners - borrowers unable to switch lenders despite being up-to-date with payments - may have an escape route in sight...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty and conveyancing are growing worries for home owners

A large-scale survey by a consumer group has revealed that over half of home owners regard stamp duty as a growing...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New ‘Modern Method of Auction’ firm tries to woo estate agents

Another new online auction company has launched and is bidding to woo traditional estate agents with the controversial ‘modern method of...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent controls won’t solve London’s shortage of affordable housing stock

The topic of introducing rent controls in London crops up time and time again in our industry. But it’s been hitting...

16 March 2019

From: Features

Why age-proofing homes could lead to market stagnation

A survey by the Centre for Ageing Better recently showed that 72% of people want to see every new home built...

16 March 2019

From: Features

First time buyers slam fees for mortgages, removers and conveyancers

Half of first time buyers say they made expensive mistakes during their process of purchasing their home, with mortgage brokers, removal...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

How can estate agents close the deal ‘off-grid’?

The demand for rural properties is high, and with 20.7% of England’s population in countryside areas, estate agents have a large...

02 March 2019

From: Features

Warning over reservation fees in the Modern Method of Auction

A member of a prominent legal network is warning buyers and their conveyancers to be ”wary” of the Modern Method of...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed: property portal database of rogue traders includes murderers

The controversial property portal Propertyheads has compiled a blacklist of tradesmen who have a criminal record. The website says this is the...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: referral fees, HIPs & Bee Gees tributes - Rob Hailstone Q & A

With the home buying and selling process firmly on the news agenda of late – everything from a possible ban on...

16 February 2019

From: Features

Online agency business tries to avoid Emoov fall-out with ‘realistic’ crowdfund

The first major estate agency business to launch a crowdfunding bid since the controversial collapse of Emoov has emphasised its “realistic”...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

This needs to be the start of redress reform, not the end

The dust may have settled on the government’s recent announcement regarding housing and property complaints, but opinion is still split on...

09 February 2019

From: Features

Agents shrug off gloomy New Year price figures from Halifax

Agents have suggested that the latest price figures from the Halifax may be masking increased activity in the market in recent...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents' fees unchanged in past year but moving costs hit record high

An annual study of transaction charges shows that house moving costs are now at a record average high of almost £10,000...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

One in six buyers rejected for a mortgage in the past, says Which?

One in six mortgage holders has been rejected for a mortgage in the past, according to new research from Which? It says...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

On second thoughts…not all government legislation is bad

I often speak of my wish to see property taken out of the hands of politicians. Indeed, this is likely to...

19 January 2019

From: Features

Phil Spencer slams developers over leasehold houses

Developers have continued to sell thousands of new-build houses with leaseholds, despite a government pledge to ban the “unscrupulous” practice a...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Knock, Knock - new website says sellers can avoid agents’ fees

A new website is offering to contact owners of homes that are not for sale, on behalf of people who would...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Email sent to agents was professional attempt at deception

The HomeOwners Alliance says a hack on its IT infrastructure was “a professional attempt at deception” by people who uploaded 5,000...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents beware! Hack emails sent from HomeOwners Alliance address

Agents should be on the alert after what appears to be the hacking of the email account of the consumer group...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

First time buyers have it easy if they have wealthy parents, says report

Young people whose parents have property wealth are now almost three times as likely to be homeowners by the age of...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks may be about to help out Emoov's stranded clients

A tweet from Purplebricks’ chief executive Michael Bruce suggests that the agency may be about to play a role in the Emoov...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Remaining listings on Emoov 'may be bought within days'

A statement by the administrators appointed by Emoov says there are prospective buyers for the listings on the online agency and...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial online auction firm generated £10.6m in fees for agents

The debate about online auction charges levied on buyers continues this morning with the release of figures showing that one company...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Deal or no deal – how could Brexit affect the property market?

A no-deal Brexit The biggest impact of a no-deal Brexit in relation to housing is a potential fall in house prices -...

24 November 2018

From: Features

Online auction buyers 'must pay stamp duty on reservation fee' shock

A consumer group which has already expressed alarm at some aspects of the so-called ‘Modern Method of Auction’ says it has...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

No Deal Brexit would see ‘buyers and sellers hit the brakes’ - top agent

The chief executive of Haart, Paul Smith, is warning that a No Deal exit from the EU could leave Britain with...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Gazumping - so is it declining or is it getting worse?

The latest research from online estate agency Emoov shows at least one silver lining to the current Brexit-hit housing market -...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Sales slump as fall-throughs and gazumping soar

New research shows 35 per cent of deals fall through within three weeks of a seller receiving an offer and a...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Online auctions ‘work for agents and vendors’ insists digital operator

An online auction platform which works with estate agents says this method of selling homes works, with four sales in one...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agent blames Brexit, legal fees and stamp duty for supply slump

There was a drop in the number of new listings across the UK last month, suggesting that the usual autumn rush to...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Data is a conversation starter (really!)

Rather like doctors, estate agents are present at critical points in our lives – moving in together, bidding farewell to a...

07 November 2018

From: Features

Transactions Trauma - Brits now move house every 19 years

New data from Barclays Mortgages suggests Britons are now likely to stay in their homes for almost 19 years between house...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

A quiet Budget – but there’s still enough to keep everyone busy

On the face of it, this year’s Budget was not what you could describe as ‘housing heavy’ in terms of the...

03 November 2018

From: Features

Online property auction firm hits back against “murky” accusation

A firm which links with agents to operate online auctions has hit back at a consumer group's allegations that this growing sector...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents slammed for milking buyers for profits via online auctions

A consumer group says agents are securing increasing income from online auctions, but it warns that for buyers there are pitfalls...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Is that it? Industry downbeat after lacklustre Budget for housing

The agency industry has reacted in a broadly downbeat way at the relatively few housing-related proposals that were announced in yesterday’s...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Sales plummet thanks to Brexit and taxes says investment guru

Transactions across England and Wales in September dropped 7.6 per cent year on year while Prime Central London now sees fewer than...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Second EU Referendum would help housing market, claims agent

A London buying agent has called for a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership, suggesting that it would give more certainty...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

More market mayhem? Fall-Throughs rise as uncertainty grips buyers

The number of house sales falling through before completion is on the increase according to data collated by a home buying...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ridiculous moving day delays hit almost one-in-five buyers - claim

Just under one in five buyers in the past two years have suffered moving day delays, either because funds have been...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy - will it continue? (and does it deserve to?)

Is Help To Buy going to remain in existence for much longer? Question marks over the scheme’s future are being raised through...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents want help for existing leaseholders as well as new ones

The National Association of Estate Agents has welcomed the government’s move to ensure most future new-build houses are sold as freehold...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Young buyers face far more obstacles now than 20 years ago - report

Even the cheapest local homes are out of reach for at least 40 per cent of young adults according to a...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what impact has Google had on the property market?

Google celebrated its 20th birthday last month. Yes, it might be hard to recall a time when it wasn’t integral in...

06 October 2018

From: Features

Why Facebook’s property listings are a bigger threat to portals than agents

When Facebook first announced it would be entering the property listings market a few weeks ago it sent shockwaves across the...

06 October 2018

From: Features

Guess how much first timers need to earn to buy in a major city...

The income first-time buyers need to purchase a home in the UK’s largest cities has shot up by 18 per cent...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: will Unmortgage change our industry forever?

Those of you who receive (and read) my Sunday PropTech Review will know that, by far and away, the most shared...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Meet Tili, the free digital assistant that’s delivering new revenue streams for the property industry

Tili does all the work to deliver a smooth home move for customers and income for agents. An innovative and easy to...

17 September 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Is it time to take more notice of Brexit?

“Baton down the hatches. Stockpile the food cupboard. Brexit is coming and it’s little more than six months away!” I jest, but there is...

15 September 2018

From: Features

Inheritance is key for some first time buyers, new data shows

A full 100 per cent of 20 to 24 year olds hope to buy their own home one day -  but...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

A quarter of cities 'struggle to match house prices of a decade ago'

House prices in a quarter of the UK’s largest cities are struggling to recover to the level they were at during...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: are we on the verge of a cashless, paperless society?

Out and about recently, I got to thinking: how often do I actually have the call for cash anymore? Or, for...

25 August 2018

From: Features

Buyers are increasingly just the older generation and well-off young

Home ownership among the young has fallen across all income groups according to a large scale research project looking at adults...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Marketing automation can make your business smarter

When Oakland A’s, a small-market team, stunned the baseball world 16 years ago by transforming itself into world-beaters on a shoestring-budget,...

11 August 2018

From: Features

It's not a big deal - agents try to brush off rate rise impact

Most estate agents have tried to dismiss the impact of the Bank of England’s base rate rise, which came following a...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Why Brexit is killing the London housing market

With the continued indecision surrounding Brexit and the final divorce settlement still months away, it seems property buyers are choosing to...

28 July 2018

From: Features

Not just Mum and Dad - more evidence that families help people move

Many existing homeowners wanting to trade up now rely on financial help from family and friends to help make the jump...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Why rent? It's now cheaper to buy than rent in every UK region

Potential first-time buyers in every area of the UK would have lower monthly outgoings if they bought a property rather than...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Kane so able but England so frustrating! Our guest reviewer’s verdict...

So what did you think of the match? A deserved 2-1 win or a lucky victory snatched from the jaws of...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Wealthy older homeowners - pensioners are now better-off than ever

The average over-65 homeowner in Britain has seen her or his property wealth gain £159,000 – or £7,000 annually - in...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Recently-purchased Humberts announces new management structure

The new owner of Humberts has announced the new management structure of the rural estate agency which he bought out of...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Are cultural stereotypes damaging the UK property sector?

100 years ago, 90% of the UK population rented a home. Today, that figure has flipped, and over two thirds are...

26 May 2018

From: Features

Confidence is returning to the housing market, says Zoopla

Research by Zoopla suggests that homeowners' confidence in the property market is on the rise.  The property website's latest Housing Market Sentiment...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers losing thousands because of fall-throughs says group

One in five sellers suffer a fall-through costing them an average £2,700 - but many lose £5,000 or more. These are the...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

First digital mortgage paves the way for smoother property processes

As the world becomes ever more digital and people increasingly look to technology to provide convenient solutions to sometimes complex problems,...

08 May 2018

From: Sponsored Content

The ten worst mistakes to make when selling your business

I have sold hundreds of lettings businesses over the last twenty-five years. Based on this experience, these are the mistakes that you...

02 May 2018

From: Features

Ombudsman: few agent complaints compared to those over new homes

One of the three official redress bodies serving the estate and lettings agency industry has conducted a survey of complaints across...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive wealth of older owners and buyers revealed by new survey

The massive wealth of owners over 55 has been revealed by a new survey. They own £938 billion of UK housing, a figure...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

May's new housing adviser is ex-Shelter ex-Livingstone policy chief

Theresa May has appointed a controversial former Shelter executive as her new housing policy adviser working in Whitehall. Toby Lloyd was until...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: Unsolicited emails and letters - what do you need to know?

Coming into force on May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 -...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

High house prices and leasehold abuse are key worries for public - survey

Stubbornly high house prices and concerns over leasehold-related charges top the list of worries amongst the public about the housing market. That’s...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Introduction of reservation agreements for buyers and sellers gaining support

As the estate agency business in England moves towards being more robust with professional qualifications and higher standards being introduced, there...

17 April 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Purplebricks comes out fighting on behalf of all online and hybrid agencies

Purplebricks has returned to the fray after recent controversies with a claim that home owners saved themselves over £140m in commission...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More backing for buying reforms from conveyancers and agents

The Conveyancing Association has backed the government’s calls for extensive reform of the buying and selling process, announced at the weekend. The...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove branch total now up to 122 following latest franchise deals

Hybrid agency EweMove says it has seen four portfolio acquisitions and 29 new areas ‘purchased’ by franchisees since June 2017, taking...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trouble ahead thanks to older home owners, lenders warn

Gross mortgage lending is set to reach its highest level since 2007 despite Brexit, says the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association. But its...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Asking prices and agents' commission more important than reviews to vendors

A survey by consumer body Which? suggests askng prices and agents' fees are the most significant factors considered by a vendor choosing an...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman seeks public views on problems with agents and wider industry

Ombudsman Services, which recently announced it was quitting its role as one of three approved redress schemes for estate and lettings...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agents most popular with sellers in strong markets, research shows

New research appears to show that Purplebricks, HouseSimple, Yopa and other prominent online agencies are most popular with vendors selling in...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Japanese knotweed: what estate agents need to know

When it comes to property, ‘Japanese knotweed’ are the two words most homeowners and prospective buyers do not want to hear.  With...

03 March 2018

From: Features

The government must recognise its interference is now affecting the market

In the great swathe of housing market data which is delivered each month, conveyancers’ case volumes often get overlooked, however the...

24 February 2018

From: Features

The very best day to market a home? That'll be March 17 then...

An online agency says it knows exactly when a home should be marketed in order to sell in the optimum timeframe.  And...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches surprise consultation on property redress

The government has launched a surprise consultation on the creation of a new redress system for customers of agents and others...

18 February 2018

From: Breaking News

40 per cent increase in new vendors coming to market, agency claims

There has been a 40 per cent increase in new vendors registering their properties for sale according to an online estate...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: There’s no better time than now to invest in VR

I had an interesting meeting last week with a VR company called Garou. Based in New York, they claim to have...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Is print advertising for estate agents dead and buried?

The printing industry is in the midst of a decline as digital products and services displace printed materials, which is why...

03 February 2018

From: Features

Purplebricks sells 51.6% of homes within 10 months, new analysis shows

An analysis of one month’s listings on Purplebricks by City consultancy Jefferies concludes that it sold 51.6 per cent of its...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Combatting a knotty problem for estate agents

Japanese knotweed, the invasive plant brought over to Britain in the Victorian era, threatens millions of pounds worth of property transactions...

20 January 2018

From: Features

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

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

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity: fund-raising and grant-giving for great causes

With the year in full swing we have some more heroic fund-raising and grant-giving stories to tell this week. Thanks so much...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of pressuring sellers and buyers into additional services

Estate agents are making buyers and sellers feel pressured into paying for additional services so as not to miss out on...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2018?

What a year it’s been! Back in 2016 we had Brexit, a new prime minister, Donald Trump’s election, and so when...

30 December 2017

From: Features

Property Natter: things to look out for in 2018

Another new year is nearly upon us and, once we’ve got the season of mince pies, mulled wine, pigs in blankets,...

16 December 2017

From: Features

Home owners think moving house has become much harder recently

Some 62 per cent of current home owners feel that moving house has become more difficult over the past 10 years...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says buyers take eight minutes to decide to purchase

Foxtons says it takes just eight minutes for a purchaser to know whether they will go ahead with buying a home.  The...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for new-build buyers to retain 2.5% of price 'to improve quality'

The consumer group HomeOnwers’ Alliance says buyers of new build homes should be able to retain 2.5 per cent of the...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property industry reacts to the Autumn Budget

Earlier this week, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the Autumn Budget with a strong focus on housing.  The decision to cut stamp duty...

25 November 2017

From: Features

Over 10 per cent of sellers change their minds because of rate rise

A survey suggests that over 10 per cent of existing homeowners have been deterred from selling thanks to the recent interest rate...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Not everyone in the industry likes the stamp duty change...

Agents and even the Labour Party have backed the government’s scrapping of stamp duty for first time buyers’ purchases up to...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency claims strong boost in brand awareness amongst target group

Fine & Country claims it has increased its brand awareness amongst its target audience - homeowners aged over 35 and earning...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

The housing industry has set out a list of demands in advance of the government’s hotly anticipated Autumn Budget on Wednesday.  Despite...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Selling ‘off-grid’: helping agents with alternative fuels

In the UK, there are over 3.9 million homes situated in off-grid areas with no access to mains gas, so it’s...

11 November 2017

From: Features

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

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

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Video and marketing bid to promote No Sale, No Fee agency model

The Guild of Property Professionals is launching a marketing campaign to promote the benefits of the No Sale, No Fee estate...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buying Reform: call for legally-binding Reservation Agreements

An influential consumer group has responded to the government’s commitment to reform the house buying process by advocating legally-binding reservation agreements...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buoyant mortgage lending fuels talk of interest rate rise next week

New figures from UK Finance, the umbrella body for finance houses, show gross mortgage lending in September rose to £21.4 billion...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers take a bow at first ESTAS awards for the sector

Three hundred of the UK’s top conveyancers have celebrated the success of the industry at the first ever ESTAS Conveyancer Awards. The...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Government has no ideas at all #idiots' - industry reacts to probe

There has been a wide range of views from trade bodies and individual agents on the government’s surprise ‘call for evidence’...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Will Purplebricks ruling end agents’ purple mist?

So at last someone has woken up to the fact that Purplebricks needs to be clearer about how it charges for...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Stamp Duty: pressure building on government for more reforms

Pressure is continuing to build on the government to reform stamp duty in next month’s Budget. Firstly a group of senior financial...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Teenage online boss says his estate agency is already one of UK's biggest

The 19 year old boss of online agency Doorsteps claims that his website has sold £100m worth of homes, currently lists...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Put your home on market by Tuesday if you want to move by Christmas'

The HomeOwners’ Alliance says vendors must put their homes on the market no later than Tuesday if they are serious about selling by...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform at heart of NAEA's ideas for next month's Budget

Stamp duty reform lies at the heart of the submission by the National Association of Estate Agents ahead of next month’s...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of sellers say local branch staff are key to selecting agent

The vast majority of sellers surveyed by a consumer group say rapport with branch staff in a locally-based office is important...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

The market’s missing homemovers

It appears activity in the housing market in 2017 will be around 15% down on 2016. The number of housing transactions...

16 September 2017

From: Features

Summer of love? More like summer of leasehold

Even so close to the event, I don’t think anyone will be deeming 2017 as the ‘summer of love’.  The summer of...

16 September 2017

From: Features

Another call for stamp duty costs to be transferred to sellers

With party conference season around the corner and the next Budget just a couple of months away, more industry players are...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees are vendors' biggest concern - but only 25% are willing to negotiate

Nearly all home owners (96%) consider fees to be the most important factor when choosing an estate agent, according to research...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Three reasons why we need stamp duty reform

Whenever any research is released, part of me can’t help thinking of that old adage, ‘lies, damn lies and statistics’ especially...

02 September 2017

From: Features

'Second Steppers' face bigger challenge than first time buyers - claim

Homeowners ready to take their second step up the property ladder say it's harder than getting on it in the first...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory-led body says second home owners should be penalised more

A think tank says the penalties now levied against second home owners - such as the stamp duty surcharge and phasing...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New tool allows portal searches by lifestyle needs, not by property

OneDome has launched a new online tool that allows users to scour Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket by setting up lifestyle criteria,...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Banned!  Online firm claimed High Street agents charge 1.5% to 4%

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned online agency HouseSimple from claiming that High Street agents charge “1.5% to 4% (plus 20%...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - a short history of estate agency

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

04 August 2017

From: Features

Almost 2m would stay together 'unhappy' if it meant they could buy

Some 1.8m UK adults have stayed or would stay in a relationship chiefly in order to get on the housing ladder,...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why the new build leasehold ban is a big moment for our industry

Without wishing to blow our own trumpet at this time, we did say at the start of the year that 2017...

28 July 2017

From: Features

Industry backs leasehold reform as government releases more details

There has been general support from the industry for the government’s apparent intention to ban new homes in England being sold...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New trade group wants agents to display 'seal of integrity'

The fledgling trade body CIELA says it is going to institute a kitemark-style service for all estate agents to be able...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rawlings sharply critical of how agents use local press advertising

One of the industry’s leading trainers and consultants claims there is “a gaping hole” in the way agents use marketing content...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are we doing enough to protect property’s core values?

Supporting the adoption of technology does not mean we have to stop protecting the core values of the property industry. In...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Enjoy Glastonbury? Now one agent says it can boost house prices...

It’s the morning after the festival before for the 150,000 estimated revellers who enjoyed the Glastonbury Festival which drew to a...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Consumer group criticises estate agency industry awards

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

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Online estate agent secures another £1.2 million in funding

Online estate agency Settled has raised £1.2 million in funding to further develop its product. Settled describes itself as a 'powerful digital...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents agree on downsizer shortage but disagree over attachment theory

The vast majority of estate agents believe that not enough people are downsizing to free up family homes, according to conveyancing...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Homeowners trust Tories to run UK housing market

British homeowners have the most confidence in the Conservative Party to run the nation's housing market. A survey of almost 4,500 homeowners,...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Investor consultancy wants new government to lay off property

London Central Portfolio, a property investment consultancy, has set out a five point plan for the next government elected this week...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

Theresa May’s call for a snap general election on June 8 took many by surprise. But estate agents have been broadly...

03 June 2017

From: Features

'Top High Street agents significantly out-perform onliners' says group

A consumer group which has consistently promoted online agencies says they achieve closer to sellers’ original asking price than the national...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 250,000 'given up on owning a home' claims consumer group

Over 250,000 non-homeowners appear to have given up on the dream of owning their own property in the past year alone,...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Cash makes up 42% of funding for buying homes - should we worry?

Cash is becoming an increasingly large proportion of the funding used to buy homes according to a new analysis of transactions...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Consumer group names UK's best performing estate agent

The HomeOwners' Alliance says it has identified what it describes as "the UK's best performing agent" based on how much it...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit forces many to reconsider property plans, says agency survey

Five per cent of homeowners say they will definitely not be buying a property until the Brexit process is over, while...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency figures show many more first time buyers entering the market

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

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Finding a safe home for hard-earned income

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

22 April 2017

From: Features

Nearly half the public want help for downsizers to move home

A survey from a financial organisation suggests that nearly half of the UK public says they would support a government incentive...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market review

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

Consumer group claims only 2% of new-build homes are snag-free

The results of a survey conducted by the Home Builders Federation has been attacked by consumer group, the HomeOwners Alliance. For over...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: How to improve your agency - a view from the inside

For my latest Property Natter I have sought the opinions of two well-known property consultants - Michael Day, managing director of...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Brexit jitters have hit sales volumes, claims consumer group

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

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Retired homeowners' property wealth hits yet another high

Total property wealth owned by over-65s who have paid off their mortgages grew to a new record high of £1.072 trillion...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Higher house prices mean fewer burglaries, insurance firm claims

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

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget this week pledging extra funding for the NHS, transport in the Midlands and the...

11 March 2017

From: Features

Agent fined by CMA says responsible partner 'acted alone'

One of the four estate agents fined by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for price-fixing has spoken about the details...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

Looking ahead to the Spring Budget this week, the Chancellor Philip Hammond will be obliged to face up to the implications...

04 March 2017

From: Features

What does the future hold for the buy-to-let market?

Over the past two decades, investing in buy-to-let has been a relatively easy way to make money, which is why so...

25 February 2017

From: Features

How can estate agents secure more new build housing instructions?

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

28 January 2017

From: Features

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

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

28 January 2017

From: Features

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

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

28 January 2017

From: Features

South West London is 'risky' mortgages hotspot

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

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Instruct agents with largest local share, advises consumer group

Sellers should try to instruct estate agents with the largest local share of the market, even if that means ignoring well-known...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

What next for the rental market in 2017?

The rental market has had to face a raft of changes over the past year, including the introduction of the 3% stamp...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Agents worry that over-55s are latest to suffer mortgage restrictions

Around six in 10 estate agents say their experience shows that mortgage lending restrictions targeting customers aged 55 or over are...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Zoopla and ValPal both report record lead numbers for agents

Zoopla says it delivered a record number of unique appraisal leads to its agent members in December, up 112 per cent...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Experts give sceptical welcome to government new homes pledge

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

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing crisis: number of 25-year-old owners 'halved in past 20 years'

Home ownership rates among 25-year-olds have plummeted by more than half in 20 years, council leaders have warned.  New analysis for the...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

March 8 is next date for bad (or good) news on property taxes

The government has announced that its next Budget will be on March 8 next year. Until recently, Budgets and their ‘mini-me’ Autumn...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2017?

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

17 December 2016

From: Features

London house price growth falls to lowest for over three years

House prices in London are now rising at 7.6 per cent per year - the lowest figure for 39 months according...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over-65s see average property value rise £26,000 this year

Retired home owners have gained an average of £26,000 tax-free this year from their houses, new analysis from an over-55s financial...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement: The property industry's wish list for Philip Hammond

It may still be too early to start compiling a Christmas wish list, but it is the right time to provide...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Five guesses about the Autumn Statement

Forecasts are a tricky business. And as I wrote in a recent Industry Views opinion piece, any prediction in the current...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Firm owning two agencies blasts lack of sound advice from agents

A building society that owns two estate agency companies has hit out at what it calls “a lack of sound estate...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Long-awaited Redfern Review into housing expected tomorrow

Labour’s long-awaited Redfern Review, set up a year ago after the party’s defeat in the general election, finally reports tomorrow. Although it...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Banned - award-winning online agency's fees comparison advert

The award-winning online agency HouseSimple has had one of its advertisements banned by the Advertising Standards Authority. The advert was a poster for...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents 'warn downsizers not to over-estimate property profit'

Older homeowners are unrealistic about how much money they will raise from downsizing, and estate agents are warning them to manage...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Big under-supply of retirement housing, warns leading agency

There are now around 715,000 homes classed as ‘retirement housing’ which is equivalent to about 2.6 per cent of total housing stock. The...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Leeds eyes sustainable ripple effect

As many northern cities struggled to recover from the 2008 global financial crisis, the north-south divide returned to plague the British...

28 October 2016

From: Features

Sentiment survey shows 'second steppers' are optimistic

Confidence amongst ‘second steppers’ - those aiming to sell up to move to larger homes - is improving according to a...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Ye cannae change the laws of physics

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

14 October 2016

From: Features

Mortgage market defies Brexit jitters as rates hit record lows

Fears raised over the UK housing market in the wake of the Brexit vote have so far proved to be ‘wide...

30 September 2016

From: Features

Three months on – which way is the Brexit wind blowing?

Those working within the UK housing market would have felt considerable worry about the immediate impact of the vote to leave...

23 September 2016

From: Features

Estate agency pays vendors to market their properties

A London estate agency has revealed that it is offering local homeowners cash incentives for valuations and instructions. Keating Estates, based in...

19 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing must remain top of the government’s agenda

With the number of new homes being built across the UK still significantly below the level needed to meet demand, housebuilders...

16 September 2016

From: Features

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

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

09 September 2016

From: Features

The future looks bright for Bristol

A campaign has been launched to make Bristol the colour capital of the UK by ensuring that more homes are painted...

02 September 2016

From: Features

PropTech firm links with consumer group to push 'Find A Pro' offer

PropTech firm Plentific has teamed up with the HomeOwners Alliance to give another platform for its ‘Find a Pro’ service highlighting...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another day, another two Brexit housing market surveys...

Surveys claiming to show the housing market’s reaction to Brexit continue to be released - there are two new ones this morning.  Firstly...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

RICS says owners should not confuse valuations with surveys

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the controversial findings of an insurance firm’s research shows that millions of homeowners may...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

What has been the Brexit impact on the housing market so far?

The morning after the EU referendum, and Westminster, Britain, Europe and the world were left in shock at the news that...

05 August 2016

From: Features

New warning of older sellers deterred by high cost and poor choice

There has been another warning that older home owners are reluctant to sell and free-up family housing because of the cost...

28 July 2016

From: Breaking News

What can the lettings industry learn from AirBnB, Vrumi and JustPark?

Barely a week goes by without news of the latest disastrous AirBnB experience suffered by an unsuspecting landlord.   Whether it’s damage...

22 July 2016

From: Features

Sheffield is primed for growth: explains why Chinese will invest £1bn

Sheffield in South Yorkshire, which was once one of the leading industrial cities in Britain and is still recognised for its...

22 July 2016

From: Features

Consumer group says 'last time buyers' could free-up housing market

The HomeOwners’ Alliance claims that over the past two years alone over 500,000 owners aged 55-plus have had to ditch plans...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Carney says owners and buyers should budget for interest rate rises

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

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Consultancy claims 1.7m owners less likely to move thanks to Brexit

A survey from property consultancy Plentific suggests 1.7m households in the UK may be less likely to sell up in the...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

What will happen to the housing market if Britain leaves the EU?

The sense of gathering momentum for the Leave campaign ahead of the upcoming EU referendum is causing high levels of uncertainty...

17 June 2016

From: Features

The current state of play in the property portal market

With more house-hunters than ever now starting their search for a new home by typically looking online on one of the major...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Index of house prices – or accumulating crisis?

So we now have a new 'official' index of house prices, and much good may it do us. For the chattering classes...

17 June 2016

From: Features

Firm urges agents to short-let homes that are sticking on the sales market

A firm says it wants to help agents and sellers frustrated by a stagnating housing market to short-let homes using controversial...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Consumer group says hybrid estate agency is the future

The influential consumer property body HomeOwners Alliance says Purplebricks-style hybrid estate agencies may be “the future”. In a blog on the HOA website,...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Barclays no-deposit mortgage: a good idea?

It’s the news that has got everyone talking: Barclays are bringing back the 100% mortgage.  The market has taken a bit of...

13 May 2016

From: Features

Estate agency analysts warn of 'bumpy ride' for market until July

Property sales slowed dramatically in April as the market readjusted following the frenzy of buying before the stamp duty surcharge deadline...

12 May 2016

From: Breaking News

This vendor knows how to Panda to Rightmove visitors...

It's become the sensation of Rightmove and it's being described as the ultimate cameo made in a house sale video by a...

09 May 2016

From: Breaking News

London mayoral election: A referendum on housing

The race to replace London Mayor Boris Johnson has entered its final few days, and like never before, housing is the...

29 April 2016

From: Features

New credit risk rules could curtail mortgages for first time buyers

First time buyers with small deposits are among those likely to suffer as a result of new regulations on credit risk...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

The perennial school dilemma in this new market we call normal

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

23 April 2016

From: Features

Consumer group claims strong public support for stamp duty surcharge

A consumer group which champions home owners claims twice as many members of the public support the stamp duty surcharge as...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

A short, sharp shock from short lets?

We’re all talking about second home stamp duty, changes to tax relief and the Prudential Regulation Authority’s suggestion that banks should...

15 April 2016

From: Features

Budget: further stamp duty surcharge details expected today

Later today chancellor George Osborne will make his latest budget speech. The announcement is expected to confirm the details of the 3%...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Link stamp duty to energy efficiency urges right-wing think tank

A centre-right think tank founded by Tory former planning minister Nick Boles is urging a review of stamp duty to link...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 February 2016

From: Features

Flood checks set to be standard for property purchases

With the scale of devastation from flooding witnessed recently, anxiety about purchasing a property in a flood risk area is heightened....

16 February 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Government claims Help To Buy has allowed new homes to be built

The government claims 43 per cent of new homes built since the introduction of the Help to Buy equity loan scheme...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Consumer group hits out at dangerously flawed stamp duty surcharge

A consumer group which supports the principle of a stamp duty surcharge on second homes and buy to let properties has...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Controversial private sales website takes over disability property register

The Accessible Property Register, a website specialising in promoting wheelchair-accessible homes, has been taken over by TheHouseShop.com.  APR was set up by...

13 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks easily outstrips online rivals' brand recognition says poll

Purplebricks is very easily the most recognisable online estate agency, according to a survey of 1,300 home owners by respected polling...

23 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Bill McClintock, The Property Ombudsman Scheme

What is the biggest change you’ve seen in the agency industry during your time at TPO?  For me, the biggest change has...

18 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Homebuyers set to be better protected from flood risk

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

11 December 2015

From: Features

Agents say shared ownership expansion not enough to meet demand

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

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Consumer group wants property details to include price per square foot

The influential lobbying group the HomeOwners’ Alliance wants estate agents to quote the price per square foot of properties to allow...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Over 40 per cent say conveyancing is too slow and complicated

A new survey of over 1,350 homeowners across the UK shows that a large number regard the conveyancing process as too...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 November 2015

From: Features

High-value southern cities see largest property churn

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

13 November 2015

From: Breaking News

NHBC toolkit to help agents selling new-build homes

It’s been revealed that the National Home Building Council has been helping the National Association of Estate Agents with a toolkit...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

A million owner-occupied homes switch to lettings in a decade

Around one million homes that were owner-occupied in 2005 have in the intervening decade been sold and switched to being privately...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Online agency plans string of new offices in major cities

Up Estates, an online estate agency operating chiefly in Coventry, Nuneaton and Hinckley, says it will next year open a string...

05 November 2015

From: Breaking News

The Big Debate: Online versus Traditional Agency - we want your questions

One of the industry debates of the year will be held next week when the inaugural FUTURE : Property Tech conference...

05 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Gazumping on the decline, says eMoov

The number of buyers being gazumped has fallen by 40% since October 2014, according to online estate agent eMoov. The agency surveyed...

25 August 2015

From: Breaking News

The interest rate warning bell has been rung

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

24 July 2015

From: Features

HomeOwners’ Alliance – an organisation to watch

There is a very interesting but easily-overlooked piece of information at the end of the National Trading Standards Estate Agent Team’s...

17 July 2015

From: Features

Agents unhappy at Osborne's Buy To Let and Non Dom measures

Agents have expressed their disappointment at the decision by the government to restrict mortgage interest relief for Buy To let investors...

09 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Online site says agents charge up to 3.5% + VAT but admits figure is wrong

Online agency and DIY sales platform Settled claims on its website that traditional agents charge commission of up to 3.5% +...

02 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Heard the one about the shy estate agent?

What do we actually do as estate agents to serve our wonderful public? Some might think we go out, value houses, advise...

26 June 2015

From: Features

Government says 36,000 Right To Buy sales in three years

The government claims that over 36,000 new home owners have been created through Right to Buy since 2012. Figures released by the...

26 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Can we panic yet?

When do we really start to worry about rising rents and house prices? Despite an apparent slowdown in house price inflation...

19 June 2015

From: Features

7 Ways to Increase the Value of your Home

A house is pretty much the largest investment a person will make in their lifetime, and it’s natural to want the...

16 June 2015

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Stamp duty revenue soars despite reforms

Stamp duty revenue raised in England and Wales increased by an estimated £1.5 billion to £7.7 billion in the year to...

15 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Homeowners save £701million since stamp duty overhaul

Homeowners have saved £701million in the six months since the stamp duty system was reformed last December.   Research carried out by...

04 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Green Upgrades Could Increase Property Values

Search the internet and you will find a multitude of articles claiming that upgrading a property with green improvements can add...

02 June 2015

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House prices will be more volatile in future

The reluctance of existing mortgaged homeowners to move house is starving the market of a source of new supply and risking...

22 May 2015

From: Breaking News

The spotlight on our sector will not diminish, despite the result of the election

I write this article on the day of the General Election so you’ll forgive the political analogies. In particular, how any...

08 May 2015

From: Features

Regional cities outpace Central London on house prices

Twelve of the UK’s largest regional cities are now seeing higher price rises than central London as the capital’s performance continues...

24 April 2015

From: Breaking News

James Wells, Managing Director, Propia Limited

Q: What does it say on your business card? Other than my personal details, the business card carries our logo with our...

22 April 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Yield is king for buy-to-let investors

With pension reform, council licensing changes and a General Election on the horizon, many are anticipating a boom in the buy-to-let...

22 April 2015

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