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KEYWORD "Housing" - 1003 RESULTS
Agents remain positive despite sales slump

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

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Sales instructions hit new highs

Agency listings appear to be on the rise with major brands seeing a spike in valuations and instructions. Data from national agent Jackson-Stops...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Industry Views - Michael Gove and His Dead Cat

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

21 May 2022

From: Features

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

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

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Regional agent goes musical for its latest move

Independent Kent agent Miles & Barr took a musical approach to an office relocation last weekend. Miles & Barr, which has 12...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank warns property market against talking itself into recession

Buyers and sellers should focus on the Bank of England’s actions rather than words when it comes to the housing market,...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Trade body hopes empty homes clampdown will boost agency stock

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

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Extending Right to Buy won’t fix the housing shortage

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

14 May 2022

From: Features

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

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

14 May 2022

From: Features

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

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

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Lack of home buying support blamed for Tory local election losses

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

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Halifax signals start of house price growth slowdown

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

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 May 2022

From: Features

Insight - is it Time to Stamp Out SDLT?

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

07 May 2022

From: Features

Why speedy transactions could be leaving the door wide open to fraudsters

In this guest piece, Colum Smith, a property expert at law firm Taylor Rose MW, sets out why speedier transactions could...

07 May 2022

From: Features

Buyers urged to get moving on a mortgage as rates hit 13-year high

Buyers are being urged to act now to secure decent mortgage pricing as interest rates hit a 13-year high yesterday. The Bank...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Buyer demand 'waning' ahead of interest rate decision

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

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency stock shortage 'slowly easing' - Zoopla

The property supply shortage may be easing but Zoopla has warned it will still take some time for stock to be...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Northern Ireland election: Propertymark calls for housing to top the agenda

Elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly are due to be held on 5 May and agents are hoping that housing remains...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

House price growth slows as cost of living crisis starts to hits the market

House price growth is expected to hit single digits by the end of the year as the cost of living crisis...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the who’s who of the industry

The property industry is fortunate in including many great people, doing great work across a range of businesses – from traditional agency...

30 April 2022

From: Features

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

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

30 April 2022

From: Features

Agents offered free video to attract 'fence-sitting' sellers

Agents are being offered a free video that could help persuade homeowners who are unsure about listing their property. Industry trainer and...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rising house prices help boost HMRC’s tax take

Rising house prices boosted HMRC’s coffers during the previous tax year. Analysts suggest the booming housing market has meant HMRC has attracted...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Lack of agency stock pushes value of accepted offers to record highs

The proportion of offers accepted at or above asking price has hit a record high, research shows. The latest Propertymark Housing Report,...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Record numbers of homes are being purchased chain-free

Record numbers of buyers are now purchasing homes chain-free research suggests. Analysis by Hamptons has found that an increase in the share...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Why Rental Reform Is Becoming More Important By The Day

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

23 April 2022

From: Features

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

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

23 April 2022

From: Features

Q&A - how can agents and conveyancers work better together?

In this Q&A, I catch up with Jesper With-Fogstrup, chief executive officer of Smoove (formerly ULS Technology until a very recent...

23 April 2022

From: Features

Former Housing Secretary becomes first MP to welcome Ukrainian refugees

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

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Longer term mortgages offset stamp duty holiday savings for buyers - claim

The stamp duty holiday last year has caused a surge of borrowers taking on mortgages with terms of more than 35...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

New analysis reveals the 'hottest' seller's markets

All regions of the UK remain in a seller’s market as the traditional spring selling season begins for agents. Housing market consultancy...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Analyst suggests Boomin financial backing is more significant than branches

A property analyst has warned against comparing the number of branches on Boomin to Rightmove. Challenger portal Boomin revealed its first batch...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

'Whiff of uncertainty' as spring market begins

The Ukraine conflict and cost of living crisis is likely to but a dent in the spring market for agents, an...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Should agents restrict repeat viewings to combat rising petrol prices?

Agents are preparing their businesses for the cost of living crunch, with considerations on fuel use, heating and window display lighting. Much...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency stock warning issued as cost of living crisis could further reduce supply

The lack of housing stock, rising inflation and rising mortgage rates could all lead to agents running out of stock in...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Markets shrug as Purplebricks awaits confirmation of new chief executive

Purplebricks ended the trading day yesterday without being able to formally welcome its new chief executive but the markets appeared to...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Appointment of new Purplebricks CEO delayed

Mystery surrounds the appointment of Purplebricks new chief executive following a stockmarket update this morning. Helena Marston was due to start as...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Home Information Packs - are they making a comeback?

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

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Price Shock set to hurt housing market

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

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

“A whiff of yesterday’s news” - agent plays down rocketing house prices

One of the country’s leading estate agents has played down the significance of the latest house price index which at first...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s hotspot league table - are you here?

Rightmove has created a league table to identify where new buyer competition is hottest across the UK housing market. Across the country...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Banned! Touting letter trying to buy homes without using agents

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned a property investment firm from using a letter claiming that it wanted to buy homes...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Ukraine - call for estate agencies to provide jobs for refugees

An estate agency which has already donated £50,000 to help the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, is now calling on other firms...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Not-so-prime London - demand falls ahead of Ukraine uncertainty

Demand in prime areas of London has fallen in the first quarter of the year, says estate agency Benham and Reeves. The...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax Hike - agents warn against more taxes on second homes

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

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy squeeze threatens financial nightmare for tenants and landlords

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

26 March 2022

From: Features

The real life horror behind the drama - why we must be on our guard against fraud

In a new column, solicitor Colum Smith, an expert in combating fraud at Taylor Rose MW Solicitors, explains why those looking...

26 March 2022

From: Features

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

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

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis to the fore

Hello and welcome to another Agents Do Charity, the weekly round up of fund-raising in our industry. Once more our thoughts are...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Sigh of relief that Sunak avoids hurting housing market

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

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 March 2022

From: Features

First sign of a slowdown? Transactions drop sharply says HMRC

House sales in February were around a fifth lower than the same month in 2021, according to HM Revenue and Customs...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing market overvalued across the UK, claims ratings agency

The mainstream UK housing market is overvalued by up to 20 per cent and the London market overvalued by as much...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Are housing sanctions against Oligarchs just a waste of time?

A Russian billionaire says he no longer owns many of his former properties in the UK, raising question marks over the...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Fall-Through Mayhem - over 50,000 deals collapse since New Year

A prominent industry supplier has produced startling statistics about the numbers of fall throughs in just the first 10 weeks or...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents forget basic selling skills when market is super-strong - opinion

There is a danger that some agents forget to undertake basic activities after a lengthy period of a super-strong market. That’s the...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Buyers already tightening their belts, says leading agency

Buyers are already tightening their belts and choosing not to borrow as much as they could, but instead calculate what they...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Countrywide brands and branches critical to success of new owners

The Skipton Building Society, which owns Connells estate agency, says the house-selling arm helped it reach a record profit pre-tax profit...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Best ever spring market for vendors as prices hit new record

There’s been a remarkable 1.7 per cent increase in the average asking price of homes coming to the market in just...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove ponders: Will Ukraine hurt the UK housing market?

The jury is still out on whether the Ukraine crisis will damage public confidence in the UK housing market. Rightmove’s property data...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

More leaseholders freed from doubling ground rents

Fifteen businesses which had bought freeh­olds from housing developer Countryside have now given formal undertakings to remove terms that cause ground...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Consumer confidence drops sharply amongst potential buyers

The Building Societies Association’s regular confidence tracker about the housing market shows rising pessimism over interest rates, the escalating cost of...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Sales Push - transactions per agency branch at a five-month high

Sales agreed per Propertymark member branch are now running at eight per month - the highest figure since last October according...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Fury as agent tells buyers to skip Greggs to save for a deposit

An estate agent has suggested on social media that people who buy a Greggs breakfast each day could save well over...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Going Up - another interest rate rise just announced

The Bank of England has confirmed that base rate is to rise again, for the third time in three months, to a...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Inflation may overtake house price growth soon - warning

Rising inflation may soon overtake house price growth even in the most buoyant areas of the UK, a property market analysis...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2022

From: Features

Upbeat results from agency group despite forecast of transactions slump

The LSL Property Services group - which is increasingly focussing activities in the mortgage and personal finance world - has issued...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Homes For Ukraine launched by Housing Secretary

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

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents braced for third interest rate rise as economic woes grow

Storm clouds continue to gather over the UK economy with growing inflation, another likely interest rate rise, and a warning from...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Second Homes Taxes will backfire on wider economy - warning

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

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Russian sanctions won’t hurt prime London claims high-end agent

High end estate agency Savills says the imposition of sanctions on Russians, amid new measures obliging overseas buyers to be more...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rise in buyer interest for renovation projects - claim

Buying agency Stacks Property Search is reporting g rising buyer demand for wrecks requiring significant levels of renovation. The agency says that...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Sharp fall in mortgage products as market starts to tighten

There’s been a marked reduction in mortgage product availability for a second consecutive month.  Independent mortgage market monitor Moneyfacts says there are...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyers in hotspot to get £5,000 public cash for deposit

A scheme to help people to get on the housing ladder in one of the UK’s most expensive local housing markets...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Ukraine crisis will put brakes on runaway housing market, warns analyst

Despite the latest Halifax house price index showing a 10.8 per cent annual rise, a leading housing market analyst is warning...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Will The Lights Go On Again In Central London?

Almost exactly a decade ago I wrote a blog on the back of a spate on mainstream news stories about prime...

05 March 2022

From: Features

Phil Spencer: Time for agents to grab the gavel as market slows

The market’s likely to slow this year as the rising cost of living saps some buyer confidence, so agents are understandably...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

More politicians back seizure of oligarchs' London property assets

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

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

More listings and inflation woe signal price growth slowdown - Zoopla

A new housing market snapshot from Zoopla suggests that in the supply of homes coming to the market has triggered a...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

War and inflation may kill 2022 housing market - agents warned

An analyst is warning that the latest buoyant house price figures could be the last hurrah before a significant depression. The Nationwide’s...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Government may seize homes of key Russians without compensation

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

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Boomin boss and buoyant agents say no sign yet of housing market slowdown

The founder of fledgling portal Boomin says the latest Nationwide house price index findings demonstrate that there’s no sign yet of...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Affordability is the issue of the rent control argument

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

02 March 2022

From: Features

Russian property sanctions will only hit prime central London

A leading surveyor in London says the likely introduction of a register of overseas property ownership and sanctions making it difficult...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents tell Gove empty homes could solve stock shortage

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

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Can Boomin be the portal to topple Rightmove? An analyst asks…

Housing market analyst and PropTech entrepreneur Anthony Codling says that the next few weeks will determine whether Boomin is the portal...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Will Ukraine, Interest Rates and Energy Prices hurt housing market?

One of the UK’s leading economic experts is to be the speaker at a Rightmove seminar this week, considering whether events...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 February 2022

From: Features

Interest rates and inflation won’t blow housing market off course - claim

One of the country’s leading agencies says the recent and expected interest rate rises, and the surging inflation, will not blow...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

House Price Crisis - affordability worsening across the UK

The Chartered Institute of Housing, set to unveil its latest annual housing review next month, has indicated that to no one’s...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

 Why Work? Typical home appreciates more than its owner earns

An average home appreciated more in 2021 than its owner will have earned, according to Savills. The agency says that with annual...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Asking prices show largest monthly jump in over 20 years

Rightmove - which issues its annual figures to shareholders later this week - has released a bullish snapshot of the housing...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Crunch week for Rightmove as it reveals revenue from agents

Analysts are gearing up for the full year figures to be revealed by Rightmove to its shareholders at the end of...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2022

From: Features

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

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

18 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Do interest rates matter? Number of mortgaged homes falls

Only 6.8m homes in England now have mortgages, just 28 per cent of the overall market and about two per cent...

18 February 2022

From: Breaking News

It’s tough going for High Street agents says online boss

The shortage of stock in the current market is making it tough for High Street agents according to one of the...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Fall throughs kill off one-in-five transactions - claim

Fall throughs remain a significant problem with transaction collapses costing buyers and sellers a wasted £880m in 2021 according to new...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Interest rate U-turn ‘sooner rather than later’ says market analyst

A prominent analyst says he expects a U-turn on the “folly” of interest rate rises sooner rather than later - but...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Australian PropTech bid to break into UK property market

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

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Government threatens developers over cladding payments

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

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Too Many Second Homes? Campaigning MP to meet minister

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

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency heralds “truly remarkable” change in market conditions

An agency is warning some house hunters that they face a more competitive time this year following a “truly remarkable” change...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove pushing reluctant sellers to come to market within weeks

The number one portal is making a big marketing and research push to get reluctant owners to put up the For...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket insists interest rate rise not weakening buyer sentiment

OnTheMarket says buyer and seller confidence has not been adversely affected by the first base rate rise in more than three...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 February 2022

From: Features

Going granular - why digging deep into residential property data is a must

With the new year in full swing, agents around the UK are likely to be making changes to the way they...

12 February 2022

From: Features

Time-On-Market returns to pre-pandemic level says RICS

Selling a home - the period from listing to completion - is now back to its pre-pandemic levels of 16 weeks...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Asking prices show no sign of Levelling Up

Average asking prices in Britain have risen by 53 per cent over the past 10 years according to Rightmove. They have risen...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive rise in first time buyers’ contribution to housing market

There’s been a huge rise in the amount of money contributed to the housing market by first time buyers. They paid over...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Choice Falls - but does it mean housing market in retreat?

After a long period of improvement in the level of product choice for borrowers, February has seen mortgage availability fall for the...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Guru predicts ‘Roaring 2020s’ boom for London’s richest

The estate agent known to his thousands of followers on Twitter as Mayfair Guru is predicting a ‘Roaring 2020s’ for the...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New housing minister named in government mini-reshuffle

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

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Running On Empty! Agents' inventories running almost at zero

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

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents are not shysters - Industry figure  rejects lawyer’s attack

A leading estate agency figure has hit back at a lawyer’s claim that agents who use exclusivity agreements are “shysters”.  Last week...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents wary as house price growth slows significantly

The latest house price data from the Halifax shows another absolute record but with a sharply reduced monthly rise indicating a...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Government pledge for upfront sales info hailed as big advance

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

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents and the law - critical webinars begin this week

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

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing ministers line up to back beleaguered PM Johnson

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

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Interest Rates - Do They Matter Any More?

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

05 February 2022

From: Features

Boomin boss Bruce wants government help to save housing market

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

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals massive visitor figures as market boom goes on

Rightmove has revealed a major rise in visits to its site and app as the housing market boom shows no sign...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rising mortgage-free ownership diminishes Interest rate impact

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

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Call for under-occupying older owners to downsize

Research suggests there are substantial numbers of older Londoners using too-large properties but unable to downsize because of a lack of...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Exclusivity Agreements? They’re for “shysters” claims lawyer

The Property Ombudsman should ban agents from using so-called exclusivity agreements on sales, claims a law firm.  Donal Blaney, founder of Griffin...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Interest rates could rise five fold by the end of 2022 - claim

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee is set to meet today to consider a possible rise in base rate -...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the postcode where sellers got 117% of asking price

The average home sale in England and Wales in 2021 achieved 98 per cent of the asking price - slightly improved...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New-style Home Information Pack proposed by government

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

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Data holds the key to the property market's evolution – here's why

Data, when used to its full potential, holds the key to the property market’s growth. The reason for this is the...

02 February 2022

From: Features

Housing Reform proposals to change economy by 2030

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

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

House prices rising £500 a week - how long can this last?

The level of house price growth is at a 17 year high at 11.2 per cent according to the Nationwide. The annual...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New housing market boom as one-in-five want to buy this year

Results of a study of 2,000 adults suggest that almost one in five of them want to buy or invest in...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Outstanding year for EweMove hybrid agency as parent firm booms

Hybrid agency EweMove - which has a mix of working-from-home agents and High Street branches - has had an outstanding year...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Low fee agents like Purplebricks not right for mass market - analyst

Low fee agents such as Purplebricks and some other online operators are generally not trusted by the public when selling their...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

London still hogs property value despite ‘race for space’

The total value of all UK homes broke the £8 trillion barrier in 2021 according to Savills - and London is...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks admits uncertainty ahead after sharp drop in revenue

Purplebricks says there’s an uncertain period ahead following a sharp loss of revenue in the first half of its trading year. In...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Supply up in every part of the country according to Rightmove

The supply of new properties coming to the market is up on this time last year in every single region of...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the agency helping homeless people move closer to their own home

Our Agents Do Charity column each Friday does a fantastic job of highlighting the amazing charitable work of agents up and...

29 January 2022

From: Features

Sale Prices Up 25% - the housing sector with massive inflation

There’s been huge sale price inflation in the rarified high-end country estate market according to a buying agent. Jess Simpson, who runs...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Shut It! Conveyancing chief welcomes end to t-annoyance

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

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Good News Exclusive - Most agencies plan to expand in 2022

Research based on questioning almost 1,000 estate agents suggests that around 70 per cent are set to expand their business this...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

First time buyer average age creeps up across UK

The average age at which someone buys their first home has risen to 32, up from 29 in 2011 and is...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning To Agents - inflation could hurt housing market, experts say

Inflation could deal a double blow to the housing market, an agency expert warns. Last week it was revealed that UK inflation...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Falling market share for online agencies - are they doomed to fail?

The market share of hybrid and online agents has fallen again, this time to 6.7 per cent. That figure - taken at...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2022

From: Features

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

 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

Surge in number of sellers resorting to quick buy firms - claim

There’s been a surge in the number of sellers who resort to using quick buy firms, according to the sector’s trade...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - London’s busiest housing markets

An estate agency has revealed which London boroughs have been the busiest in terms of the number of homes sold as...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Barnstorming market means six figure price rise for some owners

House prices are up by as much as £100,000 on this time last year according to a mortgage company. Research by the...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Older owners not selling? It’s because of Equity Release

If agents wonder why more older home owners don’t sell and downsize, it may be because they’re taking equity out of...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

House sales faster despite conveyancing overload and buying frenzy

Agents finding it difficult to persuade potential vendors to come to the market this early in the year have new ammunition...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

OTM chief warns: We’re near the top of the market

OnTheMarket chief executive Jason Tebb is warning that we might be near the top of the market. His portal’s latest sentiment index...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Up! Up! Up!  Rightmove reports more buyers and more competition

Rightmove’s first housing market report of 2022 starts when last year’s ended - on a high.  The average price of property coming...

17 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

Inflation wiping out house price growth in many areas - claim

Soaring inflation means that house price growth in much of the country is being wiped out, according to a leading housing...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Setback for house buying reform as top expert moves job

Estate Agent Today understands that the civil servant who has been at the heart of plans to reform the house buying...

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

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

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

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

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Crash Coming? Warning from veteran estate agency chief

A prominent agency chief is warning that record house prices could lead to a housing bust if lending gets out of...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New Normal means fewer house sales and less lending

Mortgage lenders serving the housing market are set for a quieter 2022 after the unprecedented levels of activity seen in 2021,...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC consulting on new Stamp Duty threat to property sales

A leading accountant is warning of a possible stamp duty change affecting residential property this year. HMRC is currently consulting on a...

10 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

Revealed: the hidden threat to 2022’s housing market

At the risk of mixing my metaphors, any mention of energy has become something of a blue touch paper in the...

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

Buy a home for under £150,000? You’ll be lucky…

The number of locations where average house prices still stand at below £150,000 has shrunk by 28 per cent in recent...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Big surge in first time buyers - but it won’t last…

For the first time since before the global financial crisis of 2008, the number of first-time buyers is estimated to have...

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

First figures of 2022 show housing market returning to normal

The latest figures for mortgage approvals show demand as being relatively unchanged - a development welcomed by agents. House purchase mortgage approvals...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Supply shortage to go on as planning stifles house building goals

Planning delays, labour shortages and the surging price of building materials are combining to sharply cut the number of new homes...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Propertymark rejects claim its housing market data is inaccurate

Propertymark’s chief executive has rejected claims that his organisation’s housing market data inaccurately states the numbers of prospective buyers for each...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Omicron set to hit viewings and housing market in 2022

The surge in Omicron cases and possible future restrictions are set to hit the housing market in 2022 - and may...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

It’s a record: House prices end 2021 on a high

House prices in the UK have ended the year of yet another record high. The Nationwide says annual house price growth increased...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand By - upsizers committing to move as agents return to work

As agents return to work after the Christmas break, here’s an insight into possible new instructions. A quarter of owners apparently think...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Sellers flee London in record numbers as market elsewhere booms

This year, Londoners purchased 112,780 homes outside the capital, the highest number since 2007. New data, from Connells-owned agency Hamptons, shows that...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Price rises again after New Year, says conveyancing service

A housing market forecast based on conveyancing instructions says average prices will dip this month. Average prices will fall by 1.1 per...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Breakthrough in ground rents and leasehold controversy

A probe by the Competition and Markets Authority has led housebuilder Taylor Wimpey to make changes for the benefit of leaseholders.  Taylor...

23 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

Expert’s shock warning: “Don’t buy until ‘price bubble’ bursts”

A property finance expert is telling buyers to sit on their hands and not commit to purchases - as he believes...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Vendors In The Money - Britain’s most expensive streets revealed

Halifax has revealed the UK’s most expensive streets in 2021 - and it’s no surprise that the very dearest examples are...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

29 buyers for each home on sale, according to Propertymark

The last Propertymark housing market snapshot for 2021, based on date from the end of November, finds that there is an...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage rate rises will normalise market next year - warning

UK house prices have reached an all time high - but 2022 will see a more normalised housing market thanks to...

21 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

Revealed - where house prices rose 31% in 2021

Rightmove has revealed the UK’s property hotspot of 2021 - where prices have risen 31 per cent in just a year. The...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage trends and interest rates - what could happen in 2022?

As 2021 draws to a swift close, there is much speculation about what 2022 will have to offer. Despite the emergence of...

18 December 2021

From: Features

No Impact: interest rate change not hurting housing market

The Bank of England has raised interest rates for the first time in more than three years, in response to surging...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove computes strongest sellers’ markets in the UK

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

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Another strong market in 2022 says latest forecast

Demand will continue to outpace supply well into next year.  That’s the view of the Reallymoving House Price Forecast, based on an...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage borrowing set to slow after record year

Lenders’ umbrella group UK Finance has given its housing and mortgage market forecasts for 2022 and 2023 together, plus a year-end report for 2021. It estimates...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s beginning to look a lot like a normal housing market

Data out today from Rightmove shows the predictable seasonal effect of around 0.7 per cent knocked off the typical asking price. The...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Keeping pace with the property boom - effective communications are critical to real estate operations

As the UK housing market faces an ongoing boom, there’s one profession that’s certainly rushed off its feet — estate agents....

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

Stock and appraisals plummet AGAIN according to RICS analysis

There’s been yet another month of declining property listings according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors market snapshot. Those responding...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise may be put off despite another house price record

Increasing numbers of commentators are forecasting that the Bank of England will not, after all, raise the base rate next week. It...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove to work with buyers to reduce fall-through risk

Rightmove is to try to help potential buyers get their finances in order much earlier in the transaction process, to reduce...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Importance of agents’ own websites emphasised in new survey

A survey of sellers shows that 61 per cent of them visit the agent’s website before instructing them. According to respondents the...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Omicron throws housing market stability into doubt, agency admits

A leading agency has admitted that the uncertainty over the effects of the Omicron Covid variant has thrown forecasts for the...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Hotspot premiums likely to be blamed for pricing out locals

New data from Rightmove has analysed millions of supply, demand and pricing data points across the property market, to assess activity...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

House price rises similar to those before 2007 crash - Nationwide

Annual house price growth hit 10.0 per cent last month - and is now tracking close to the level seen before...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

RAN 2021! Conference and Awards tomorrow in Birmingham

Tomorrow sees the Relocation Agent Network’s first in-person conference since 2019.   The event, at the Metropole Hilton in Birmingham, will focus...

02 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

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

Unsustainable! Agents’ chief speaks out about lack of supply

The chief executive of Propertymark says the number of homes on sale has fallen to an average of just 21 per branch. “Figures from...

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

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

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

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Build To Rent - why is it so cold and unfriendly?

Let’s begin with total transparency from this author: I believe there’s a place for Build To Rent in the wider portfolio...

27 November 2021

From: Features

 Relocation Agent Network ponders global options for growth

Relocation Agent Network, the network of primarily independent agencies, says it’s looking at global options for growth thanks to its relationship...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

First Time Buyer Crisis: finding a deposit seems harder than ever

High house prices relative to average earnings make raising a deposit a big barrier for first time buyers, a new study...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove marketing boost to agents working in ‘happy’ locations

Rightmove claims to have found the happiest place in the UK - and it’s in Northumberland. The market town of Hexham has...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

 Interest rate hike won’t hurt housing market, lenders claim

Figures from the Building Societies Association show continued momentum in the housing market, with gross lending by building societies up 22...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Will surge in Equity Release help or hinder housing market?

The equity release market is on course for a record year after customers took out £1.049 billion in property wealth in...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Treasury’s Stamp Duty take soars - so much for the holiday...

The Treasury has enjoyed a record period for stamp duty income. In England from April to October this year - so almost entirely...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry chiefs to address Relocation Agent Network annual conference

The Relocation Agent Network has unveiled its speakers for its national conference and exhibition early next month. Called RAN Live! 2021 it...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Market to get tougher despite upbeat house price figures

The prospect of higher mortgage interest rates mean the housing market may get tougher soon despite another set of upbeat house...

18 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

Stock and price data shows strength of market as year-end nears

The average asking price across the UK is now £43,000 higher than it was in late 2019 according to data and...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Boomin launches new tech claiming to reduce fall-throughs

Boomin has launched a new tool - Chainmaker - which it claims cuts fall throughs and introduces agents to ‘hot buyers’. The software...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Where do estate agents charge the highest commission?

A comparison website dealing with estate agency charges says commission varies hugely across 20 major cities of the UK.  GetAgent looked at...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket delivers record number of instant valuations

OnTheMarket says it delivered a record number of instant valuation enquiries last month, beating its previous best period in June of...

10 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

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

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

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Agency reports sellers already preparing for Spring 2022 listing

Knight Frank says it’s already being contacted by prospective vendors wanting their homes to be listed for sale next spring. James Cleland,...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

House prices could grow up to 35% by 2025 says leading agency

A leading agency predicts that prime central London house prices, so long in the doldrums throughout the pandemic, will bounce back...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

'Forgotten' new stamp duty surcharge imposed on 5,500 sales

A stamp duty surcharge which has been labelled ‘forgotten’ because of its low profile has nonetheless bagged £45m for HM Treasury in...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

You guessed it - ANOTHER house price record as market stays hot

Annual house price growth increased to 8.1 per cent in October according to the Halifax.  The average UK property price is now...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate Worries - warning about inflation and base rate

The head of research at a leading agency is warning that although the housing market remains buoyant, there may be macro-economic...

08 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

Purplebricks share price crashes after huge business slump

Purplebricks' share price tumbled a remarkable 34 per cent this morning when trading opened on the London Stock Exchange. The price crashed...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Stand by for a possible interest rate rise today

Analysts suggest there is a 50:50 chance of a base rate rise being announced by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy...

04 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

HMRC debt-chasing as thousands of property firms hit ‘financial distress’

Despite the roaring housing market, a new report says that no fewer than 70,500 real estate and property businesses are showing...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Murdered MP’s legacy could include housing boost for constituents

Sir David Amess, murdered at a constituency surgery last month, may have an unexpected housing market legacy for his constituents. To commemorate...

03 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

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

Number of homes selling over asking price dips as market softens

The proportion of properties selling above asking price has dipped according to Propertymark - a likely sign the market is softening at...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

“It leaves a lot to be desired” - Propertymark’s Budget verdict

Agents trade body Propertymark has given its verdict on yesterday’s Budget with this statement - “Some good news but it leaves...

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

This year's transactions set to be their highest for 14 years

The housing market is on track to record its strongest year since 2007 for transactions and house price inflation says Zoopla.  The...

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

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

Housing Market: supply shortage for fifth month in a row

Another market snapshot has identified low supply as the chief characteristic of the sales landscape this autumn. Landmark Information Group’s latest Property...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate Rise coming - could it actually be good for house sales?

Rightmove is warning that it’s “highly likely” interest rates will rise in the near future. The portal believes this now seems inevitable...

18 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

Housing leaders pay tribute to murdered MP

Leading politicians operating in the housing industry have paid tribute to murdered backbencher Sir David Amess. Housing Secretary Michael Gove tweeted: “David...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Is your business ready to offer the best digital experience to your customers?

In this thought leadership article, Videosign CEO Steven Tallant looks at electronic signatures and conveyancing and whether the time is nigh for the...

16 October 2021

From: Features

Brexit and Covid crises may undo recent house price gains

Rising inflation triggered by the supply chain crisis following Brexit and the pandemic may undermine recent house price gains according to...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Britain’s housing value soars 20% in five years - much of it in 2021

The total value of homes in Britain has risen 20 per cent - that’s £1.6 trillion – in the past five...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

London’s Changing Market: What’s hot and what’s not

One of the country’s leading buying agents has set out what’s hot and what’s not in London’s housing market as it...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Most agents have faced unsafe incidents, according to survey

Some two thirds of agents and other property professionals who have worked alone have suffered an incident endangering their safety, according to...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Supply still trails demand in prime London, says leading agent

The  housing market is not immune from the supply shortage hitting the economy, according to Knight Frank - with London the...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Lucky For Vendors: 13 buyers for every home on sale, says agency

There were 13 new buyers for every property listed for sale in the UK in September according to Knight Frank.  Over the...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

How the 2021 consumer will impact the residential property industry

The property industry and its many stakeholders are key participants in a global digital transformation that has been underway for quite...

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

Supply Chain Crisis will push up house prices, warns consultancy

A leading business consultancy is warning that supply chain shortages as a result of Brexit and the pandemic will push up...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing market to stay strong in 2022 says buoyant Halifax

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

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today - the importance of additional revenue streams for agents

I recently took part in a webinar hosted by ICG (The Innovation Collaboration Group) – titled ‘New estate agency revenue streams...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London recovery gathers pace for higher-priced homes says top agent

The latest market snapshot of prime London by estate agency Benham and Reeves shows demand up 5.8 per cent annually for...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Will online agencies take over, or do we still need face-to-face contact?

Like most industries, estate agency is changing. A general trend to a more hybrid model, accelerated by the pandemic has resulted...

06 October 2021

From: Features

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

Phil Spencer: Content Is King - time to crown your agency website

It’s a truism that most property enquiries from buyers these days come through portals but there are several reasons why agents...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: should it change to promote much more downsizing?

An interesting demand has been made of Chancellor Rishi Sunak - to consider reforming stamp duty with thresholds revised to reflect...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC figures trigger fear of housing market slump

A leading market commentator is warning that transactions and prices will fall without the stimulus of the stamp duty holiday. Karen Noye,...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the deadline for marketing a home and ‘being in for Christmas’

We’re not sure if agents will agree with this but a high profile consumer group has come up with the final...

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

Agents Do Charity - and it’s not just the London Marathon this weekend…

Hello and welcome to the end of the week - another opportunity to see how our industry is doing great work...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - success of tax break shows why reform is needed

One of the leading figures in trade body Propertymark wants stamp duty to be reformed, and claims that the success of...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Former BBC boss selects agents to sell £35m housing project

Former BBC Director General Greg Dyke has been revealed as the man behind a £35m project to developer a historic part...

30 September 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

Agency charges buyers not sellers, and plans to roll out nationwide

An estate agency that charges buyers not sellers is proposing to roll out nationwide. FreeAgent247.com, has been set up by Daniel Lewis...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

Labour wants radical house buying changes if it comes to power

Labour is to reveal a raft of new housing policies at its party conference this weekend - and it claims it’s...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Mark Hayward sets new retirement date (once he finds his replacement)

Mark Hayward has set a new retirement date for the end of this year. Hayward, previously chief executive of Propertymark, was due...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

All out of homes – estate agent temporarily ‘sold out’ of all housing stock

An estate agent has been ‘marketing properties so well’ in a Worcestershire town that it has temporarily ‘sold out’ of all...

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

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

Think tank rehashes ‘mansion tax’ to replace council tax and stamp duty

A think tank has proposed scrapping Council Tax and stamp duty in favour of an annual property levy.  The Institute for Public...

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

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

Agents Do Charity – pies in faces, Agent Rainmaker and Three Peaks heroics

It’s been a dramatic week in the world of politics – and this has led to another new Housing Secretary, in...

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

Platform - proof of funds vitally important as stamp duty holiday end nears

Being able to show proof of funds in a quick, transparent and simple way is more crucial than ever to keep fall-throughs...

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

Stamp duty boost for first-time buyers? Not a bit of it, claims research

First-time buyers are £25,000 worse off thanks to the stamp duty holiday, according to estate agent comparison site GetAgent. The website revealed...

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 estate agents can ensure success in the fourth quarter of 2021

The worst of the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be firmly in the rear-view mirror as we move into the last quarter...

15 September 2021

From: Features

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

Property Natter: talking the secret to good photography and working for Foxtons

Good property marketing photos have arguably never been more important in an increasingly visual and tech-led world. We saw just the...

11 September 2021

From: Features

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

City exodus: will the return to the office see a reversal of activity?

2020 gave rise to an exodus from the city as work from home became the mandated norm for large swaths of...

11 September 2021

From: Features

6 tips for targeting Generation Z renters

The Victorian phrase “as safe as houses” well surmises the security of the housing market as, whether they are buying or...

09 September 2021

From: Marketing & Social Media

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

House prices to fall next year if market cycle continues - agency

An estate agency says it’s analysed the housing market’s long term cycles and forecasts that house price rises will continue -...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London shrugs off end of stamp duty holiday

Exchanges of properties in prime central London, following the end of the largest part of the stamp duty holiday, suggest the...

09 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

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

 Agency chief hails “superb” sales growth of 78 per cent

Belvoir’s chief executive haas taken to Twitter to hail his company’s latest results as “superb” - with sales for the franchise agency...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Bumper end of year likely despite summer sales dip - Homesearch

Newly instructed properties across the country dropped by 10 per cent in August compared to July’s numbers, according to Homesearch. The company,...

07 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

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

Who needs stamp duty holiday? Prices rise again in August

The first house price index for August suggests they rose 2.1 per cent in just a month - despite forecasts that the...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Prices to soar more than expected - despite stamp duty return

Scotland was the first UK nation to scrap the equivalent of its stamp duty holiday, yet already the official economic monitor...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday taper leads to reduced mortgage borrowing

Mortgage approvals declined over the last month as the tapering stamp duty holiday deterred home purchases, according to data from the...

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

Shocking number of down valuations, claims agency

An agency claims that across the UK there have been very nearly 400,000 property transactions down valued in the last year...

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

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

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

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Older buyers being excluded from housing market, warns agency

An estate agent says the housing market now has a hidden characteristic - an absence of homes that are friendly for...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Buying a home is expensive - keeping it is even more…

An estate agency comparison website has conducted research into how much it costs to simply keep an average home in a...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC brings agents back down to earth - big drop in transactions

House sales slumped nearly two thirds last month as the main deadline for the stamp duty holiday passed.  HM Revenue and Customs...

25 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

Auction service claims agents swinging in its favour

Auction service Iamsold says a small-sample survey it conducted of agents suggests that increasing numbers are looking favourably on auctions as...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Is your agency operating in one of the UK’s new £1m-plus markets?

There are 19 new distinct £1m-plus property markets in the UK thanks to the soaring house prices of the past 15...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Politicians “worried” after house prices rise £100,000 in one year

Politicians in one of the most exclusive property enclaves are complaining after average house prices have risen around £100,000 in just...

24 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

Stamp Duty Holiday did NOT cause market frenzy - claim

An unexpected claim was made over the weekend - that the long-running stamp duty holiday was not, after all, behind the...

23 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

Lloyds Bank to buy 50,000 homes in coming years

The housing market could be in for a financial boost of an unusual kind as a High Street bank plans to...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Psychology of COVID’ responsible for house moving frenzy

A housing expert says the psychology of a population coping with the pandemic lies behind the house moving frenzy of recent...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s over: Market frenzy settles down to near-normal business

Agents are reporting fewer sales and fewer deals above the asking price, as summer and the tapering stamp duty holiday take...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

Stamp duty holiday over - but still big house price rises

House prices in Wales - where the equivalent of the stamp duty holiday has fully ended - rose to a new...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency doubles price rise prediction for 2021

High end agency Strutt & Parker is doubling its prediction for this year’s house price growth. For the UK-wide mainstream market the...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Over 100,000 sellers renting before finding home to buy

Connells-owned Hamptons says it’s calculated that no fewer the 117,500 sellers this year have chosen to rent before buying their next home.  The...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

First asking price drop of 2021 - market cooling in latest Rightmove index

The average asking price, as recorded by Rightmove, has fallen for the first time this year. In another sign that the market...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New record figures for Modern Method of Auction operator

The largest player in the Modern Method of Auction sector has reported a record average number of bids per property. In July...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

In The Money! Equity in British homes reaches all-time high

Almost £730 billion of equity is available in British homes - a record figure. The sum, assessed during the second quarter of...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Insight - Is The Resi Market About To Turn?

Following a month in which the number of property transactions was the highest since records began, it might seem a little...

14 August 2021

From: Features

Still a Seller's Market - demand dips but supply shrinks further

Yet another housing market snapshot is reporting the stock of property for sale plummeting further downwards.  Property website Home says that while...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New buyers thin out as market slowdown continues over summer

The market slowdown continues with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors reporting that new buyer enquiries have reduced for the first...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the type of buyer who moved during stamp duty holiday

A report claims the flurry of transactions over recent months has been down mostly to families moving into larger homes and...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock intervention by Trading Standards in 'charging for viewing' row

The controversial proposal by a PropTech start up to charge potential viewers of properties to let or for sale has been...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Market back to normal by autumn as stamp duty effect falls away

A major agency is predicting that the imbalance between supply and demand, which has characterised the housing market for all of...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

London still in trouble as transactions tumble once again

Transaction volumes in prime London fell in July according to data from LonRes. Transactions were down 22 per cent compared with July...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday impact fades as market returns to near-normal

House prices in July rose after falling in June, according to the Halifax. They were 0.4 per cent higher than in June,...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Housing supply slumps 40% since January as agents woo sellers

Propertymark says the supply of homes on the market has dwindled almost continuously since the start of the year, with 40...

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

MAKING THE MOST OF THE MARKET – WITHOUT THE BURNOUT

Are you experiencing Estate Agent burnout? As The Stamp Duty Holiday has begun to tail off, it didn’t bring the relaxation in...

05 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Leads For Agents - Boomin and Zoopla at odds over ‘what is a lead’

Zoopla has issued a data-heavy statement on its services for agents - just days after Boomin criticised it for being over...

05 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

Housing market’s Gold medal performance in ex-Olympic locations

As the Tokyo Olympics draws to a close this weekend, the Nationwide Building Society has analysed long-term capital appreciation in locations regenerated...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Taylor Wimpey profits over twice sum spent on cladding safety work

Volume house builder Taylor Wimpey has announced a pre-tax profit for the first half of this year of £287.5m - and...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove can be even more profitable, says bank in investor U-turn

A bank which a year ago told investors to sell Rightmove shares has now changed its tune - radically. In August 2020...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how much stamp duty holiday property has sold in 2021

An estate agency has calculated precisely how much residential property has been sold so far this year, fuelled by the stamp...

03 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

Agents have sold seven in every 10 homes in current market

A much higher than usual proportion of homes on sale in the current market have successfully found a buyer, according to...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Buying process reform will boost agents’ business long-term - claim

A prominent advocate of a reformed transaction process says more secure moving systems can help agents maintain high business levels when...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Could the MMoA offer the post-Covid solution that agents need?

Some 18 months on, we’re only just beginning to understand the impact of Covid-19 and how it’ll shape the future economy...

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

Does the rental sector need a smart tech overhaul?

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, technology has proven to be the answer for many problems faced by sectors across...

30 July 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agents’ fees to Rightmove soar as portal enjoys record performance

Rightmove has reported a dramatic bounce back in its fortunes - and it’s making more money from agents even than before...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Listings for sale at historic lows according to Homesearch

Available residential property listings across the country are at historic lows according to property data firm Homesearch. The company, which focuses its...

30 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

Hybrid hoped to be national by 2021 but now targets next five years

An estate agency which at one time hoped to be operating nationwide this year has now revised its target. Hortons says it...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: Buyers caught out as higher prices trigger tax take

New research shows that the surge in house prices this year has taken homes in at least 25 areas of England...

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

Hero estate agent saves woman from drowning

A young estate agent is being praised because of his heroic actions to save a woman from drowning.  Austin Mellor - just...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks exec directors’ bonuses increase five-fold in 2021

Purplebricks’ annual report has revealed that a short term bonus scheme to provide incentives for executive directors to meet financial and...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 price rises could unwind next year - but no major correction

One of the leading housing market analysts says some of the extreme house price rises seen this year could unwind during...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Each property on sale has 19 potential buyers, claims agency body

“There is an average of 19 buyers for every available property on the market” according to Propertymark’s latest market snapshot for...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New look for long-standing independent buying agency

One of the country’s longest-standing independent buying agencies has rebranded. Haringtons, established in 2004 and covering both London and the country, has...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ clarity over leasehold sales backed by Propertymark

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