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KEYWORD "Housing" - 1003 RESULTS
Controversial agency boss slams “misreporting” of lockdown working

The boss of controversial estate agency Dexters has hit out at social media reports and press articles about company staff working...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

“A Long Time Ago … In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…”

It seems an eternity ago but the housing market in February - that’s only last month - was in rude health...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in distress sales even before virus - top agent

One of London’s most experienced estate agents says there has been a very significant surge in foreclosure sales in part of...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Two new portals set to launch despite Coronavirus chaos

Two property portals insist they’re going to launch this spring despite the Coronavirus chaos effectively closing down much of the housing...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - more guidance and special deals for agents

Hello, and we trust you had as good a weekend as possible in these difficult circumstances.  As we start a new week...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Struggling agencies may be helped by new insolvency measures

Former housing minister Alok Sharma has revealed new measures to allow agencies and other businesses to avoid insolvency during the virus...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market could be ‘frozen’ to avoid Coronavirus crash

It’s been reported that the government is talking with banks and building societies about putting the housing market ‘on ice’ during the...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s offer to agents may be the most generous in the world

An international comparison of how major portals have discounted their charges to agents show Rightmove and Zoopla making “deeper and longer...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More guidance and advice to the agency industry - Conquering Corona

We'd hoped it was good news but in fact it's just good-news-yet-to-come. The Savills office in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Coronavirus crisis in...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Moving home? There's still some hope, says Law Society

The Law Society says there is still some possibility that those home movers scheduled to complete in the near future might...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Market: Brexit Bounce giving way to Corona Crippling, says agent

Although all bets are off as to what the housing market will be like after the Coronavirus subsides, there is now...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers shun Shared Ownership for Help to Buy

New research of the buying habits of first-time buyers in the UK we’ve undertaken here at reallymoving.com shows that Shared Ownership...

25 March 2020

From: Features

Figures show early lockdown effect on part of housing market

It’s far too early for authoritative figures on how devastating the Coronavirus lockdown has been on estate agents but there is...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents to shut offices immediately

Propertymark has been told the agents should shut their offices immediately - they are not “essential businesses” under the new Coronavirus...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Do house moves count as ‘essential’ under the lockdown?

*** Please see this story for the latest news on house moving, updated 12 noon on Tuesday March 24 *** The property...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

How one country’s housing market is reacting to the virus

The extraordinary past week of anger over portals’ fees plus early-warning statements like that from Foxtons indicate the anxiety in the...

21 March 2020

From: Features

Agencies set to benefit from massive emergency business schemes

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a sweeping range of financial measures to try to minimise the impact of Coronavirus...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove and Zoopla unveil offers for agents

The two major portals have unveiled their discounts and deals for agents facing a dramatic loss of business because of the...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona legal Q&A, market tracker and how one agency is handling it…

Hello - here we are with Friday’s help and advice.  A reminder, if you need it, that we want to share your...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket should use virus stoppage to reset strategy - top analyst

The current market crisis caused by Coronavirus should present OnTheMarket with an opportunity to pause its existing strategy, talk to agents...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Another out-of-date index shows market’s pre-virus potential

Another index shows how strong the market was in the build-up to the escalation in Coronavirus across the country.  The website Home...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: guidance and news for agents facing the virus

Estate Agent Today is launching a daily service to help agents facing the Coronavirus threat. This is where you’ll find news, advice...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove market report outpaced by Coronavirus impact

Rightmove’s latest market snapshot, released this morning, appears starkly at odds with the situation described by some agents in recent days. “The...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Portals Say No! They reject agents' plea for virus payment holiday

The three leading portals have rejected an appeal to give the industry a payment holiday to help firms through the Coronavirus...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

RICS’ survey shows demand growing before virus worries hit

Sales in February grew, for the third consecutive month, according to the latest market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What is Section 8?

With confirmation that Section 21 will be scrapped, how can agents get ready for life after no-fault evictions? The short answer is...

11 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Stamp Duty change and business rate holiday announced in Budget

There will be a two per cent stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of UK investment properties by non-resident overseas buyers...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Emergency interest rate cut may help housing market weather Coronavirus

The Bank of England has announced an emergency cut in the base interest rate to shore up the economy during the Coronavirus...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: mortgage holidays announced by some lenders

There has been broad support and relief amongst property industry players following announcements from several lenders that they would grant mortgage...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Average sale price was 4% below asking in pre-Boris bounce period

Sellers in the past 12 months accepted an average of 96 per cent of their asking price according to new research. Comparison...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New housing minister’s home has a roof “that leaks like a sieve”

Housing minister Christopher Pincher, who has been in the role for less than a month, has revealed that his home is...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent Qualifications: ‘Get On With It’ says architect of reform

The author of dramatic reform proposals for estate agents has given a clear message to ministers - Get On With It!  Lord...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus threat could kill off strong market start to year, warns agent

The agency behind a poll showing one in six buyers putting plans on hold because of Coronavirus is warning that if...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Intu the unknown - Could shopping centres become homes?

It may be that we’re facing another year - make that yet another year - of disruption in the housing market. Coronavirus...

07 March 2020

From: Features

Coronavirus deterring one-in-six buyers, warns agency’s survey

A survey shows over a sixth of buyers and sellers have already been deterred because of Coronavirus - and that figure...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

UK interest in free-to-list global portal ramping up in 2020

There’s been a surge in UK enquiries to global free-to-list portal Residential People, and a comparable rise in interest from Chinese...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Electrical checks – how to get ahead of the current

By now, most letting agents and landlords will have heard about the draft legislation laid in Parliament concerning a mandatory minimum...

04 March 2020

From: Features

Affordability crunch means most first time buyers quit home towns

A survey suggests that 77 per cent of first time buyers do not purchase their initial property in the same town...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus “a real issue” hurting the market says another agent

A second prominent agent has broken cover to say Coronavirus is slowing the market. Jess Simpson - an ex-Savills and ex-Strutt and...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Four-year high for mortgage approvals in pre-virus period

Mortgage lenders approved the highest number of loans for house purchase in nearly four years in January, according to Bank of...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister launches 'home of the future' competition

The government has launched a competition to attract what it calls “the best and brightest talents of the housing industry” to...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks banked £18m fees for unsold homes in 2019 - claim

Purplebricks banked more than £18m in fees for thousands of homes it did not sell last year according to this morning’s...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus fears hitting enquiry levels says leading agent

Agents and senior industry figures fear Coronavirus may derail the strong start to the  2020 housing market. One of the country’s leading...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit clarity allows house price leap - but Brexit uncertainty returns

House prices have risen 2.3 per cent in the past year - the strongest rate of inflation for property since July...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Uncle Sam vs Blighty - Two countries separated by a common language

The Atlantic Ocean is a vast space – some 4,000 miles eastwards across from the USA until land is met again....

29 February 2020

From: Features

Reservation Agreement trials delayed until late spring

Trials of reservation agreements for buyers and sellers have been delayed until the late spring. Statements last year from the Ministry of Housing, Communities...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Market surge as buyers soar over a fifth despite winter weather

New figures from the National Association of Estate Agents show a big surge in demand despite the winter weather since the...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on new-build second homes going to a vote tomorrow

Another westcountry town may ban new-build homes being sold as holiday properties, even though the idea has backfired elsewhere. Fowey in Cornwall -...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New Homes Ombudsman announced (again) with banning powers

The government has - once again - announced the introduction of a New Homes Ombudsman.  The news came yesterday when Housing Secretary...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Up, Up, Up: transactions surge in early 2020 says HMRC

There’s been a significant rise in the number of transactions recorded in January - another sign of an improving housing market...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s moving where, why and when

Hello - it’s Monday and so it’s PJT, where you can catch up on the industry major moves of recent days. Please...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets - should there be selective bans?

There’s something of a conspiracy of silence over the problem of short lets. That is a stark claim but many siren voices...

22 February 2020

From: Features

A new Housing Minister - what does it mean for the PRS?

Earlier this month, Boris Johnson carried out a reshuffle of his cabinet, telling ministers they must 'repay the trust of those...

22 February 2020

From: Features

Brexit transition period: change, or just more of the same?

Despite still being in the transition period after leaving the EU on January 31, we are seeing an upturn in the...

22 February 2020

From: Features

460 jobs lost in 2019 Your Move/Reeds Rains branch closures

It’s been revealed that the branch closure programme by Your Move and Reeds Rains last year resulted in 460 lost jobs...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Every region seeing house price rises for first time in two years

In another positive sign for the housing market, every region of the UK has seen a price rise according to the...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Cash is king - but does it really mean lower sale prices?

A new study suggests cash buyers secure lower sale prices than mortgaged purchasers - but is that really the case? The survey by...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Negative equity warning to Help To Buy borrowers

The Financial Conduct Authority has issued a shock warning that mortgage borrowers who purchased properties through the Help To Buy scheme...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rightmove hits back with record traffic and a boom spring ahead

Rightmove has hit back at critics saying it’s no longer the force it used to be by reporting record traffic for...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today: a bumper bundle of movers and shakers

Hello and welcome to the start of a new week - and it’s been a frantic seven days since the last...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Mansion Tax scrapped after PM vetoes the idea

The government will not announce a Mansion Tax at next month’s Budget. It was first reported by the Sunday Telegraph a week ago,...

16 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – who will be the property disrupters of the 2020s?

The 2010s were a good decade for disrupters. Early on, Airbnb and Uber shook up the holiday lettings/hospitality and traditional black...

15 February 2020

From: Features

Controversial housing minister named as predecessor picks up thousands

The new housing minister is Christopher Pincher, who for the past decade has been Conservative MP for Tamworth having had a...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing minister Esther McVey sacked by Boris Johnson

Esther McVey has been sacked as housing minister; she was the ninth housing minister in as many years. Her successor is the...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Reasons To Be Cheerful: buyer enquiries, sales and new instructions all up

For several years the regular monthly RICS market snapshot has made depressing reading - now, for there second month in a...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government told to raise stamp duty threshold to trigger recovery

The government has been told that raising the stamp duty threshold would both trigger more house moves, and bring the tax...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New homes portal reports 71 per cent surge in leads in a year

A new homes portal says that in the past year it’s seen a rise of 82 per cent in website visitors and...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Consumer group concerned over 30% cut price First Home scheme

The HomeOwners Alliance, a leading property consumer group, has now suggested it has some concerns about the government’s First Homes scheme. This...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents vent anger at ‘Boris Corbyn’ shock Mansion Tax proposals

Agents have reacted angrily to the government contemplating introducing a Mansion Tax, and to the Housing Secretary not ruling out the...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister McVey to be sacked this week, briefings suggest

Unsourced stories in a number of newspapers over the weekend - all likely to have come from government off-the-record briefings -...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the movers and shakers in our industry…

Hello and welcome to the latest PJT - your regular Monday fix of who’s moving where in our industry. As ever, a...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ delight at another sign that the market is on the rise

Annual house price growth increased to 4.1 per cent in January, up slightly from the end of 2019, according to Halifax...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Mansion Tax on high value houses being considered by government

Boris Johnson is considering introducing a mansion tax for high value homes according to a Sunday newspaper. The Telegraph - citing two...

08 February 2020

From: Breaking News

30% Discounts: good idea but...er…how will they work?

Not for the first time, a government policy on housing ends up begging more questions than it provides answers - but...

08 February 2020

From: Features

It's time for agents and politicians to get behind Reservation Agreements trial

Now we’re well into the second month of the year, we have reached a crucial point in the ongoing plans to...

08 February 2020

From: Features

Discounted homes for first time buyers scheme unveiled by government

The government has announced its First Homes scheme - a policy under which it says some new homes will see their...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Major coup for Zoopla as it hires top research guru from agency

One of the country’s leading housing market research experts has been poached from Knight Frank to join Zoopla. Gráinne Gilmore - a...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

What are the benefits of traditional online auctions for estate agents?

Property auctions – online or otherwise – can be hugely helpful to sellers, buyers and estate agents. Online auctions, in particular, are...

06 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Broadband seen as ‘4th utility’ by buyers and agents

New research suggests the internet and broadband coverage have become even more important to buyers and tenants. The study - involving 228...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agents offered ‘free’ refurbs of hard-to-sell properties

A new renovation start-up is operating across eight cities and claims to be able to transform properties - including ones that...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Compulsory Qualifications: politicians to meet group this week

The chair of the working group introducing mandatory examinations and qualifications for estate and letting agents says senior politicians will meet...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agencies fail once again to push market share above five per cent

An analysis of the market share of online agents shows they are on 4.8 per cent - virtually unchanged from the...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must educate sellers about realistic prices, says Zoopla

A state-of-the-housing-market survey by Zoopla has led the portal to tell agents they have an opportunity to educate sellers about prices. “We...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Two-tier system can produce winners if landlords are prepared to move

After a challenging period for the UK property market, recovery is very much on the cards and the end to uncertainty...

01 February 2020

From: Features

All Change: new TA6 Property Information Form launches next week

The Law Society has announced that there will be a new TA6 Property Information Form launching next week, on Friday February...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Reminder - Phil Spencer’s ‘help for agents’ column starts Monday

Here’s a reminder of some news we broke last week - the hugely-respected Phil Spencer starts a regular column for the...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

When it comes to big decisions, the public haven’t a clue…

Is that a headline appropriate for Brexit Day? Surely not. No, instead it’s a description of the results of a survey...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Portals to be at the heart of house buying reforms

Rightmove and Zoopla have been working with key figures from government and the agency and conveyancing industries on how to reform...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce means buyer demand soaring across the UK

Zoopla’s Hometrack data research arm says the start of 2020 has seen buyer demand up 26 per cent compared to the...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: 'time on market' from first portal listing to Land Registry sold

The average time it took a home to sell last year - measured from its first day listed on a portal...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More positive market news as agents report annual rise in sales

The housing market appears to have ended 2019 on a positive note according to the National Association for Estate Agents. Its latest...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agents offered ground-breaking new homes opportunities

Independent agents in a fast-growing trade body are to be given the opportunity to secure exclusivity on land deals and new...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements: industry and public split on whether they work

The group charged with pioneering Reservation Agreements in the house buying process admits both the industry and the public are split...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit challenges for agents and the property industry

Suddenly Brexit Day is nearly here. It may have taken three and a half years from the Referendum but the UK will,...

25 January 2020

From: Features

Phil Spencer to advise agents how to meet public expectations

The hugely-respected Phil Spencer is to write a regular column for the industry on Estate Agent Today under the auspices of...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Prices up! Transactions up! Agent forecasts a boom in 2020

Some buying agents have batted away the many signs of an improving housing market but one says the Boris Bounce is...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Home ownership amongst young people up after a decade of decline

The proportion of 25 to 34 year olds who own their own home in England has risen for the first time...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More market optimism as transactions enjoy end-of-year boost

The number of residential transactions rose by 6.2 per cent in December - an unseasonal increase - according to data from...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Future of referral fees may be revealed at upcoming conference

The annual conference of the National Association of Estate Agents takes place on February 27 - the date when the future...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - movers and shakers across the industry

Hello and welcome to a new week, and a new edition of PJT. If you’re on the move or your firm has...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Market Fever! Rightmove records highest-ever January price rise

There’s been an average asking price rise of 2.3 per cent in the past four weeks - the biggest ever increase...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Why pent-up demand will drive the property market this year

As I look towards this year, I am sure that my thoughts are the same as many within the industry. I am...

18 January 2020

From: Features

Is mortgage-provision a growth area for estate agents?

A new analysis from a financial services trade body shows that gross mortgage lending is expected to rise significantly in the...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Buyer confidence soars but stock for sale down 10% says latest index

At the end of a strong week for housing market indicators, the latest survey from the website Home suggests a major...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More market optimism as mortgage approvals show uptick

The  number of mortgage approvals rose 1.9 per cent in the final month of last year according to e.surv’s mortgage data...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce: two more signs of an improving market at last

Whisper it quietly but the housing market could be significantly stronger in 2020 than in recent years. Two key indicators in the...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tory tiff prompts gossip about yet another new Housing Minister

He’s a young and very wealthy up-and-coming MP in his 30s, a Cambridge graduate who also studied in the US and...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 - the year of Airbnb, and the opportunity for agents

Over the past decade, the short-term rental industry, now eponymised by Airbnb, has experienced meteoric growth. This has been driven by the...

15 January 2020

From: Features

£7.4 trillion - the value of all UK Housing stock

The total value of the UK’s housing stock hit £7.39 trillion in 2019, a new record high. The claim, in an analysis...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Each Purplebricks customer costs £375 for agency to acquire

A leading analyst says Purplebricks has clearly plateaued and will not reach its own target of a 10 per cent market...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Market recovery - three promising signs indicated by agents

Three signs emerged over the weekend suggesting that the market may be shaping up well for 2020. Firstly a new survey by...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Londoners quit the capital earlier to afford a home elsewhere

There’s been a long-term trend of growing numbers of Londoners quitting the capital to afford a home elsewhere - and typically...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive: time to check your compliance

Yesterday (January 10 2020), the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) became law. It forms part of ongoing international efforts to tackle...

11 January 2020

From: Features

Quarter of sales fell through in 2019 says buying firm

Almost exactly one quarter of house sales in England and Wales fell through prior to completion according to new figures. In the...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Bounce Begins?: bumper house price rise reported by the Halifax

House prices rose 4.0 per cent in 2019 according to Britain’s biggest mortgage lender Halifax, as a December bounce - some...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How can agents build an inclusive rental society and trust with tenants?

We are facing a new world in the lettings industry, with the proportion of households in the private rented sector (PRS)...

08 January 2020

From: Features

Stamp Duty: will reform of hated tax begin on March 11?

The new government has announced that its first Budget is to be held on Wednesday March 11 - and it’s giving...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Are you ready for a decade of planning ahead?

2020, the start of a new decade. Looking back, 2010 feels like such a long time ago, and looking forward to...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposits still hard to raise despite a weak decade for house prices

House price growth in the past decade was at its weakest for 30 years - and despite that it remains though...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty cut in Boris's Budget could backfire, warns top agent

A veteran agent says the new government’s Budget, expected in the next few weeks, should not provide too much help to...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents upbeat at prospects for improved market in 2020

Annual UK house price growth exceeded one per cent for the first time in 12 months in December according to the...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2020?

After a year dogged by Brexit deadlock, political turmoil, and slow growth, estate agents’ confidence in the property market hit a...

04 January 2020

From: Features

More High Street agents will go under this year - shock warning

A warning has been issued by a prominent industry figure that more bricks-and-mortar High Street agents will go under in 2020,...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Good news for market as first time buyer numbers hit 12-year high

First time buyers reached an estimated 353,436 in 2019, the highest level since 2007. This is the fifth time in six years...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

House prices to rise in 2020 according to almost all analysts

The scores are in….and it looks like house prices are going to rise gently in 2020 according to forecasts from almost...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Spike in mortgage applications may create a Happy New Year for agents

Analysts are putting a surprise surge in mortgage approvals from banks down to a spike in applications ahead of the General...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide share price soars from 7p to 360p - and here’s why

Countrywide’s share price yesterday went from little over 7p to 360p in one fell swoop. Is it the end of uncertainty about...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

North-South housing divide slammed into reverse in 2019, says Halifax

The year just ending was when the North-South divide in house prices and capital appreciation slammed into reverse gear according to...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks and Countrywide lead 2019 share price flops

For the stock market generally, 2019 has been a positive year - but a few high profile agencies and associated companies...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Five things to watch for in 2020

A new year dawns - but will 2020 bring new change for the agency industry now that the market appears to...

28 December 2019

From: Features

Digital logbooks for homes needed in 2020, says NAEA

NAEA member agents have delivered a relatively downbeat forecast for 2020 - but the organisation says an injection of digital technology...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

2020 is the year to reassess the housing market, says agency

The next 12 months will be an opportunity to reassess the housing market according to property consultancy JLL. It says price growth...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris and Brexit won’t boost transaction volumes in 2020 warns RICS

The new mood of apparent political stability promoted by supporters of Boris Johnson and Brexit appears to have failed to win...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

On The Up: UK’s city house prices rise 54% in a decade

Major UK cities have seen average house price rises of 54 per cent in the past decade - an increase of...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Bah Humbug - Do we do too much for first-time buyers?

There are reasons to be optimistic that a majority government will improve the housing market, simply by ending political and economic...

21 December 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: let’s talk about conveyancing

It’s one of the most crucial aspects of the homebuying and selling process but is too often bogged down by frustrating...

21 December 2019

From: Features

Details of 30% discounts for 'First Home' local buyers revealed

The government has given details of a scheme allowing 30 per cent reductions for what it calls ‘local first time buyers’...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Inspirational story of agent ‘going it alone’ with new venture

We’re nearing the end of another year in which many agents have faced challenging times and a frustrating market hit by...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents say latest index fails to capture post-election optimism

Government figures from the Office for National Statistics show that house prices across the UK rose by a mere 0.7 per...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

2019 housing market slightly better than 2018 says NAEA

The National Association of Estate Agents has given its analysis of 2019 - and it may have been a better year...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements: two key problems that must be overcome

A law firm has spoken out about two possible problems in the government’s much-publicised idea of considering Reservation Agreements as a...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent sells £53m of property within hours of General Election result

An estate agent in London claims he did £53m of property deals within hours of the Conservative victory in the General...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Election result gives hope for 2020 asking price rises - Rightmove

Rightmove predicts that the price of property coming to market in Britain will rise by two per cent next year. The portal...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what has the last decade meant for the property industry?

Yes, believe it or not, we’ve nearly reached the end of a whole decade. And what an eventful decade it’s been. We’ve...

14 December 2019

From: Features

The government’s PropTech plans have the potential to be good news for agents

In the firmest sign yet that PropTech has entered the mainstream, Housing Minister Esther McVey recently launched an expert advisory council...

14 December 2019

From: Features

OnTheMarket “has yet to deliver a shred of value” says City analyst

A high-profile investment advice service says as OnTheMarket nears two years listed on the stock market it “has yet to deliver...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Big Tory win: but agents warn over Stamp Duty and Section 21

It’s a substantial Tory government for the next five years: what does this mean for estate agents, property and the market? We have...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

House prices to fall in next three months according to latest forecast

House prices in England and Wales are set to fall over the next three months according to a price index produced...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the getting-close-to-Christmas edition

The election is over and there’s nothing on the agenda except the run-up to Christmas - although there’s still time for...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Blow for agents as buyer enquiries drop again ahead of today's election

The latest snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows that the UK housing market is still on hold, pending...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents upbeat after prices show bigger-than-expected rise

Agents have welcomed the surprise news from the Halifax that house prices last month saw their largest rise since the start...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Election 2019: how your home reveals how you are likely to vote

Data scientists have released a study into the characteristics of homes and how they give away the likely voting intentions of...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: The housing crisis remains a top issue

With Brexit still unresolved, the domestic agenda has been pushed from the headlines by the seemingly overwhelming public and political discord...

07 December 2019

From: Features

Half of sales fall through in some areas claims 'chain-free' agency

[Estate Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit is biggest danger to housing market say building societies

[Estate Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: where Help To Buy made the biggest impact on the market

[Estate Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

More London woe - prime prices tumble 20% in just five years

Another estate agency has provided evidence of the problems that continue to hurt the prime central London housing market. Strutt & Parker,...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

New specialist portal recruits agents to take on Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM

A new portal has been launched aiming to take on Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket in the retirement property sector - and...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents stay positive as house prices continue to creep up

House prices increased 0.5 per cent in November, which was the strongest monthly rise since April according to the Nationwide.  However, annual...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - as December arrives and temperatures fall…

It’s beginning to look a lot like…we’re running a very popular service for agents, as we’ve been inundated with more fund-raising...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Georgian pile raffled because Brexit and stamp duty deter buyers

A Georgian mansion described as an oasis of seclusion and including a lake with 2,000 fish is being raffled by its...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Michelle O’Brien, Account Manager of mio

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Michelle O’Brien, mio Account Manager for Home Counties North What is...

27 November 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Election preview - what are the key issues for agents?

In just over two weeks, the UK population will head to the polls for the fourth general election since 2010. Of course,...

27 November 2019

From: Features

Brexit and Election uncertainty continue to dampen market

The latest market snapshot from the National Association of Estate Agents continues to show how political uncertainty is dampening sentiment and...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty hike for foreign buyers ‘contradicts Brexit claim’

Agents have reacted angrily to General Election proposals by all three main political parties to hike stamp duty for foreign buyers. The...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

London agency welcomes market pick-up but says uncertainty rules

Winkworth says the central London market has picked up from its lows of a year or more ago, but warns that...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Early Christmas gift for agents as transactions show surprise rise

Data from HM Revenue & Customs has revealed that residential property transactions have increased by 4.3 per cent year-on-year. In October 2019...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges ‘revolution’ based on revamped council housing

Labour is pledging a “housing revolution” with the biggest council house building programme for decades Its manifesto being launched today will include new...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Make gazumping illegal! Overwhelming majority favour complete ban

A new survey suggests that an overwhelming majority of householders want a legal ban on gazumping. The result is likely to be...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Is property management real estate's most undervalued area?

Last week, it was announced that Plentific, the London-based tenant experience, has raised $32 million in Series B funding. Plentific’s model sees...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers report big drop in transactions as Brexit hits home

There’s been a significant drop in the number of housing transactions dealt with by conveyancers in the first nine months of...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock estimate that 10 agencies a week have gone bust in 2019

A shock prediction from a property management firm suggests that around 10 estate agencies have gone bust every week in Britain...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge slump in new sellers as Brexit and Election kill off the market

Rightmove is this morning reporting a huge fall in the number of new sellers coming to the market - a drop...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Supply plummets 10% across the UK - and crashes 30% in London

The listings website Home, which conducts a monthly survey of asking prices and wider market monitors, is reporting a show 10...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Sales held up as more searches miss 10 day deadline

A PropTech company that monitors search times for transactions says only just over two thirds of them are now completed in...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Election mean no market improvement until next year

This morning’s new market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors confirms the worst - that the market is in...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buckle-up: Bumpy few months ahead for housing market

House prices are forecast to dip as the year ends and stagnate at the start of 2020 according to the latest...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Five years in Prime London: prices down 15% and supply 45% down

The latest market snapshot of prime central London suggests that homes there are now 15.2 per cent cheaper than five years...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Is this how Reservation Agreements will work?

Reservation Agreements are the subject of the moment in the agency industry. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is to...

09 November 2019

From: Features

Market latest: Agents hope for New Year boost as prices stagnate

House prices dipped a tiny 0.1 per cent in October - but this led to the annual rate coming in at...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

 Bucking the trend: new and larger offices revealed for two agencies

It’s not-so-unlucky 13 for national property consultancy Bruton Knowles which has opened its 13th office in the country. The new office is...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

30 sellers to each buyer if Corbyn wins, predicts anti-Labour agent

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

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency’s reason for low volumes (it’s not Brexit or stamp duty)

An online agent claims to have the answer to why fewer people are buying and selling these days. It’s not Brexit, stamp...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Leading agent slams “pitiful” government record on affordable housing

One of London’s leading estate and lettings agents has criticised the government over what he calls its “pitiful” record on affordable...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Ban all boards! Council wants government backing for blanket ban

A London council wants government backing for a borough-wide Section 7 direction - effectively banning all agents’ boards being erected without...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech to digitally transform house-buying pledges housing minister

Housing Minister Esther McVey has launched an expert advisory council that the government says is “dedicated to the digital transformation of...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Logbooks, Property MOTs and agent regulation demanded by NAEA

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

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Fall Throughs: more support revealed for Reservation Agreements

Buyers and sellers changing their minds lie behind almost a third of fall-throughs - the single biggest reason why transactions collapse,...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Government blasted  over Starter Homes failure

The National Audit Office, a spending watchdog, has exposed the government’s Starter Homes policy with a damning critique of its failure The...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: agency poll shows doubt over Johnson honouring pledge

A survey undertaken for estate agency Jackson-Stops reveals that 55 per cent of people do not believe housing is a priority...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s housing energy efficiency plan to cost £60 billion

A Labour proposal to dramatically improve energy efficiency in almost every British home would cost an estimated £60 billion. The upgrades would...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Community-based letting agencies have a future in physical form

The phrase ‘death of the high street’ can be found in nearly any publication in any given week. And for fair...

02 November 2019

From: Features

Reservation Agreements may need bigger penalties says Reapit chief

Reservation Agreements may require bigger financial penalties than the £500 to £1,000 currently envisaged if they are to work. That’s the view...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Election 2019: what agents should expect from the main parties

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

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Message to new government: Sort Brexit one way or another

Agents and property industry figures have given a clear message to the government six weeks ahead of the General Election -...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

False dawn for prime London market as Brexit chaos strikes again

London Central Portfolio, the investment consultancy which  saw signs of an upturn in the prime market in the capital this autumn,...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warn of market stagnation until Election and Brexit fog clears

Agents have interpreted the latest house price figures as evidence that the market is in limbo waiting for the Brexit -...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Another agency backs Reservation Agreements to cut fall-throughs

Another estate agency has come out in favour of reservation agreements. High-end agency Chestertons says transactions currently fall through too frequently and the...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Top Tory says scrap stamp duty on most homes, slash it on others

A former 10 Downing Street adviser says stamp duty on house sales should be scrapped or at least slashed in order...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in high-end deals in recent years, despite wider market woe

The number of prime residential housing transactions has increased rapidly in the past two decades and even in the past five...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris and the house moving process - O Lucky Man!

There are many adjectives that can be applied to Boris Johnson, probably very few of them complimentary, but there’s one that...

26 October 2019

From: Features

Market worries: mortgage lending falls to six-month low

The number of new mortgages approved by banks fell to a six-month low in September - but the annual figure shows...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Bad news for Boris: a 9% slump in new homes registered

New figures released this morning by the National House Building Council show the number of new homes registered to be built...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements: Agency asks buyers for £5,000 - and it works

A London agency has told Estate Agent Today that it makes some of its buyers pay upwards of £5,000 in Reservation...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The government and its attitude towards PropTech

It was in this very column, back in July, when I wrote about how the British government was starting to take...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Autumn bounce for property transactions according to new figures

There’s been an encouraging increase in property transaction volumes according to new figures from HM Revenue & Customs. The total number of...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leading agent backs reservation agreements ahead of pilot project

One of the country’s most prominent estate agents has given renewed backing to a pilot project on reservation agreements, being tested...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing minister declares “digital revolution” for land and CPOs

Housing minister Esther McVey says Compulsory Purchase Orders and brownfield land registers are to be made digitally transparent.  This will allow CPO...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge shake-up of sellers’ information being considered

First details have emerged of the information vendors may have to provide up-front In future transactions if government house buying reforms...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements: more details emerge of New Year trial

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has given more details of the trial of reservation agreements likely to take...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Thousands of potential sellers are holding back, claims Rightmove

The latest Rightmove asking price index indicates a smaller than usual autumn bounce - that’s a sign, the portal says, of...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Big rise in London sellers slashing asking prices, admits agency

A London estate agency chain says It’s seen a 59 per cent surge in the number of its clients who have...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Why regulation is good for the deposit replacement sector

Since I started working with Zero Deposit for me the market leader in deposit replacement alternatives, the most common question I am...

19 October 2019

From: Features

More regional housing markets ‘heading for price corrections’

The latest housing market snapshot from the listings website Home suggests more regional markets are heading for price corrections. Home says that...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed: local councils with the slowest searches

A trade body has sharply criticised HM Land Registry for its slow progress on digitising local searches after a promising start...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Market optimism: Agents urge buyers to see beyond Brexit shambles

Agents have expressed quiet optimism that the market may be over the worst as it continues to show resilience in the...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Over a year - that’s the average time to sell in parts of the UK

Data from an agency comparison website reveals that in the current market it takes well over a year for a home...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Boost for Purplebricks and co as online market share rises

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

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Reservation Agreements to be trialled in the New Year

Reservation agreements locking in buyers and sellers could be trailed with some agencies and conveyancers early in 2020, a government official...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Will stamp duty reform be announced on November 6?

November 6 has been declared Budget Day - at least if there is a Brexit deal agreed in principle in the...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says fewer frustrated sellers now resort to letting out

There are fewer ‘accidental landlords’ - vendors who resort to letting out their homes because the sales market is difficult. That’s the...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency urges rivals to price realistically (even if vendors want more...)

A London agent is urging rivals to provide realistic valuations, even if vendors want more and despite temptations to over-value to...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Flying the nest - average age of first-time buyer revealed

The average age of a first-time buyer in the UK is 27, according to research from Nested.com. The online estate agency says...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers: 60% of all UK property is exempt from stamp duty

Of all the UK properties for sale over the last year, 59% would have been exempt from any type of transaction...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

'Annual house price growth at six-year low' - Halifax

The latest figures from Halifax show annual house price growth has dipped to a six-year low. Average property price growth in...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing crisis: Call for bungalows to house ageing population

A high proportion of over-65s would consider moving to a bungalow and believe more properties should be designed exclusively for older...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

How can the government help the millions of 'trapped' movers?

There’s no doubt that we live in politically charged times and every day appears to bring something new to the ‘party’. For...

05 October 2019

From: Features

Brexit uncertainty - buyers advised not to wait any longer

Prospective property buyers have been provided with several reasons why they should stop delaying purchasing decisions due to Brexit uncertainty. Buying agency...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

UK house price growth 'grinds to a halt' as uncertainty goes on

House price growth in the UK 'ground to a halt' last month, according to the latest Nationwide figures. The lender's house price...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks hopes stamp duty reform campaign will dampen criticisms

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

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

House buying reform is centre stage at special ESTAS conference

The reform of the buying process is to take centre stage at a special conference called Bold Legal LIVE! taking place...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories set to allow more homes through relaxed planning laws

Briefings from the Conservative Party to The Sun newspaper suggest that the party will this week announce further relaxation in planning...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Cash buyers in retreat because of stamp duty, says Zoopla  

Cash buyers have fallen in 90 per cent of major UK cities over the past three years according to a Zoopla...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Going Green: are agents ready for buyers wanting eco-info?

There’s a clear change of mood music in the country now regarding environmental issues. You don’t need to be old to remember...

28 September 2019

From: Features

Will the current political landscape encourage Generation Rent to vote?

In recent years, governments and local councils have sought to change the private rented sector (PRS) to make it more appealing...

28 September 2019

From: Features

Agents hate Stamp Duty - but what happens in other countries?

Stamp duty won’t take centre stage at the Conservative Party conference - that’ll be Brexit, quelle surprise. But if the government...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

House hunters out in force despite the B-word

The latest market snapshot from the National Association of Estate Agents shows that the late summer period was a good one...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Small dip in transactions as market tries to shrug off Brexit blues

The annual number of property transactions edged down slightly according to the figures released applying to August. However, buyers and sellers email...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour pledge to improve housing quality for military personnel

Shadow defence secretary Nia Griffiths is pledging to improve the quality of housing for serving military personnel if Labour gets into...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

 Has Labour backed off from its controversial Right To Buy policy?

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, who earlier this month told a newspaper that he wanted to introduce a Right To Buy policy for...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories give housing a major role at party conference next week

The Conservative Party conference agenda, now published, gives the housing issue several bites of the cherry in Manchester next week. Housing minister...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

England alone needs 340,000 new homes a year, claims new report

Around one person in seven in England are living in unaffordable, insecure or unsuitable accommodation. The claim comes from the research produced...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour bid to seize empty homes and squalid rental properties

Labour will this week discuss plans to allow councils to compulsorily purchase homes left empty for six months. Young Labour - a...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this week’s news and moves in the industry

Hello and welcome to your regular Monday PJT, the essential guide to who’s moving where in our industry. Everyone mentioned here got...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what makes for an effective CRM?

In a previous Natter, I promised to talk more about CRMs – and here I stick to that promise. Following on from...

21 September 2019

From: Features

Social media and marketing take centre stage at NAEA Conference

The first speakers have been announced for the 2020 conference of the National Association of Estate Agents, to be held on...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Seven Year Hitch: House price growth now slowest since 2012

The annual rate of growth of UK house prices has slowed to its lowest level since September 2012. Official government data from...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Missing Links: London's golf courses have land to house a million people

It’s bizarre but true (apparently). London’s golf courses could provide the land for homes that could house a million people. An interesting...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for agents as first time buyer numbers improve

There's good news for the market in at least one sector - mortgages offered to first time buyers. Latest figures from the...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

MPs slam Help To Buy for aiding only those who could buy anyway

A report by the influential Public Accounts committee of MPs has been highly sceptical of the effectiveness of Help To Buy. It...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government ‘trying to put a lid on house price rises’ admits minister

The new housing minister has admitted that her party has tried to “put a lid” on house price rises and has...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Market news: Three bedroom homes sell quickest this autumn

New research shows that three bedroom homes are the quickest selling property type this autumn. After a series of sluggish house price...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit hurting the south while north prices rise, says Rightmove

A pessimistic set of figures on asking prices, transaction volumes and stock levels culminates in Rightmove urging vendors to be willing...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Party Conferences: what agents should look out for

If you thought - perhaps hoped - that five weeks of prorogued Parliament meant a break from politics, think again: the...

14 September 2019

From: Features

Catch her if you can: latest housing minister makes key speech today

Who knows how long any housing minister will last, especially with a General Election widely expected in the coming months. So Esther...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency downgrades London and UK market forecasts

Cluttons has downgraded its forecasts for the housing markets in London and the rest of the UK for the remainder of...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: Guild backs tighter rules and is checking members for compliance

The Guild of Property Professionals has welcomed government steps to provide buyers and sellers with greater transparency in transactions - and...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to work with businesses on urban regeneration proposals

A £3.6 billion Towns Fund to support towns across England to build prosperous futures through innovative regeneration is a perfect chance...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Referral Fees: government amends guide for buyers and sellers

The government has issued a revised version of its official How To Buy and How To Sell documents, aimed at consumers...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents praise “remarkable” market for staying strong despite Brexit

Another house price index has suggested the housing market continuing to show great resilience despite the continuing economic and political uncertainty. The...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty and easier mortgages help first time buyers select larger homes

First time buyers will constitute the largest single group of purchasers in 2019, despite the apparent difficulties of deposits and securing...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Help to Buy a friend or foe to the property market?

It’s been six years since the Help to Buy scheme was launched, with the honourable intentions of helping more people onto...

07 September 2019

From: Features

London market improves thanks to buyers returning at last

A housing market monitor that for some months has been pessimistic about London and the rest of the England and Wales...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent stands up for industry as MPs squabble over Brexit and election

A leading London estate agent has written to The Times dismissing MPs who have been squabbling over Brexit and a possible...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Market may stall ‘with Boris loose at the wheel’ warns senior agent

A senior estate agency director is warning that house price growth could continue to stall “with Boris loose at the wheel”. Benham...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy housebuilders get another government bung

It’s been quite a week for news so you might have missed this story - there is yet another boost for...

31 August 2019

From: Features

When will confidence return to the property market?

I think I speak for most people when I say that we are not currently where we thought we would be...

31 August 2019

From: Features

Agency chief blasted for backing Boris Johnson, Brexit and homes policy

Estate agent turned Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake has provoked a furious response on social media by coming out in favour of...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

“Unworkable” government housing tweaks widely criticised by industry

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

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NAEA wants a single Ombudsman to cover all housing issues

The National Association of Estate Agents has told the government that it wants one single Ombudsman to provide redress across all...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top agent tells PM that stamp duty chatter is causing market “paralysis”

A well-respected agent who was president of the NAEA just five years ago has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Typical Mum and Dad now fork out £24,100 towards offspring’s new home

The Bank of Mum and Dad is now officially one of the 10 biggest mortgage lenders according to data from Legal...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks may launch new fee structure as it admits mistakes

Purplebricks has revealed it is considering changes to its pricing structure to correct “mistakes” of the past. Chief executive Vic Darvey has...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Auction numbers plunge as market slows dramatically

The Essential Information Group reports that the number of auctions held in the UK in July was just 107. This was 21...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Not-So-Grand Designs: Kevin McCloud's investors face huge losses

The Guardian has revealed that small investors lured into putting money into TV property guru Kevin McCloud’s eco-friendly housing projects -...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The price of property: charting the evolution of stamp duty

In the run up to his appointment as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson suggested that he might cut Stamp Duty Land Tax...

24 August 2019

From: Features

Would a Berlin-style rental price freeze work in the UK?

Recently a number of politicians and charities have been calling for the introduction of rent controls or rent freezes in the...

24 August 2019

From: Features

Countrywide veteran says he could float online agency on the stock market

The former Countrywide chief executive Grenville Turner says it is an option for online estate agency Yopa to go to an...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing minister McVey is “reviled” in her local area, claims newspaper

The Liverpool Echo says housing minister Esther McVey, who was born in the city, is now ”reviled” there following comments about poor families. According...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

North-South Divide at its sharpest when it comes to affordability

New figures produced by Zoopla’s research team shows for the first time the huge scale of regional variations in terms of...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal targets agents with plots for sale

A new digital platform has been set up in a bid to provide a one-stop-shop for self-build enthusiasts - and it...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency quits the UK as experts predict No Deal price slump

The international estate agency Engel & Volkers is closing its single prime central London office - despite past claims that sales...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Big fall in transactions put down to Brexit and summer

Residential property transactions totalled 86,630 in July, representing a monthly drop of 8.5 per cent and an annual fall of 12.4...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing starts and completions still below pre-recession levels

A briefing note for MPs prepared from government statistics shows that housing starts and completions have increased from the lows observed...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty chaos as new Chancellor denies he wants sellers to pay

If anyone thought a Boris Johnson government would be more decisive than Theresa May's when it came to housing policies, the last...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Homes “stuck in the legal log-jam” reach five year high says Rightmove

Rightmove says the number of homes stuck in what it calls “the legal log jam” is at its highest for over...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit not deterring first time buyers - but mortgage length is soaring

Brexit is not deterring first time buyers this year according to an analysis by the Yorkshire Building Society. It says that despite...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Here they are - the four regions where housing market slowdown is worst

The property website Home has identified the four regions of the UK where it says the current market slowdown is at...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

No Deal jitters batter housing market according to government figures

Average house prices in the UK increased by a mere 0.9 per cent in the year to June - the lowest...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Some homes worth 44% less than in 2008 claims comparison service

Some homes in the UK are now worth 44 per cent less than they were a decade ago, claims the estate...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Regulation of agents: government still pondering next steps

There’s been only a vague government response to the recommendations for an estate and lettings agency regulator. Last month the Regulation of...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Big jump in repossessions but lenders try to calm market fears

The number of owners' properties being repossessed jumped 15 per cent year on year in the second quarter of 2019. There were...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit worries mean Savills’ UK residential profits plunge 44%

Savills, once a safe bet for year-on-year growth, has seen its underlying UK residential profits plunge 44 per cent with economic...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Index claims house prices rose six per cent in ONE month alone

A new house price index that in June predicted big house price rises over the summer has now repeated its claim,...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Halifax dismisses rumours of a housing market downturn

House prices fell unexpectedly for the second month in a row in July according to the Halifax - but the mortgage...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Gloomy outlook for prices and sales volumes in latest RICS report

The latest survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests that last month’s optimistic assessment of the housing market has...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty uncertainty could bring market ‘to a grinding halt’ says online boss

Speculation surrounding whether Boris Johnson will honour his pledge to reduce stamp duty risks bringing the housing market “to a grinding...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson urged to legislate against tiny ‘Hobbit Homes’

A leading figure in urban design is urging new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to stand up for the pioneering space standards...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

London alarm - more price and supply problems hit prime areas

Despite optimistic reports on prime London’s housing performance from some sources in recent weeks, figures from subscription service LonRes paint a...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Women priced out of buying and renting in much of England - claim

Rising house prices and the gender pay gap means that there is no English region where a single woman on median...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New Regulator: Countrywide welcomes reform but warns it’ll be tough

Countrywide has thrown its weight behind the proposals for a new single industry-wide regulator taking on the roles of Trading Standards...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The week’s biggest property story - and you probably missed it

I missed the biggest property story of the week and it’s only scant consolation that almost everyone else seemed to miss it...

03 August 2019

From: Features

MHCLG gets a makeover – three key tasks for the new ministers to consider

With Boris Johnson winning the Conservative leadership election and becoming Prime Minister, he has spent his first few days in office...

03 August 2019

From: Features

Now is not the time for ‘BoJo Bravado’

If you’d asked me at the start of the year how I thought the political landscape might look now, I wouldn’t...

03 August 2019

From: Features

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

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

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: local housing markets to be hit most when Help To Buy ends

New research has identified those local housing market potentially worst hit by the planned changes to Help To Buy in 2021,...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Deal or No Deal could hit base rate and then mortgage costs

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee - which meets monthly to set the base rate on which the costs of...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - sleeping over and bowling overs…

It’s another Friday so it’s another Agents Do Charity - of course! It’s August and the height of the holidays but as...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and stamp duty uncertainties hitting the market, say agents

Seemingly-endless uncertainty over Brexit and now speculation over whether there will be an easing of stamp duty on transactions is making...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Homes sell for 96 per cent of asking price in England and Wales

Sellers across England and Wales achieve an average 95.94 per cent of their asking price according to research from estate agency...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells says it's UK's most successful estate agent despite profits dip

Connells Group has this morning announced a profits dip for the first six months of the year.  Its pre-tax profits were £26.2m...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London housing gloom may be lifting at last

There may be signs that the gloomy housing market which has hit Prime Central London for some years may finally be...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson’s stamp duty chatter could paralyse market - fear

Housing experts have expressed their concerns that speculation about a radical stamp duty reduction to be introduced by Boris Johnson’s government...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Supply dips but housing market stronger than expected say agents

The National Association of Estate Agents says that  both demand and particularly supply have dipped in the past month - but...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Market stalls in south of England cities but north begins to boom

The average house price growth across southern cities is running at the lowest level recorded since January 2012, according to Zoopla.  Prices...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide now “beyond salvation” says former chief executive

Countrywide is now “beyond salvation” according to former chief executive Harry Hill. The industry veteran, who also founded Rightmove, made the remark...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Flipping Well: buy and sell within a year makes £30k on average

Those who bought and sold the same property in 2018 made an average of £30,150 - but the number who do...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - we reveal who’s in and who’s out

Hello and welcome to the start of a new week and a new Property Jobs Today column, bringing you the industry’s...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Equity release firm woos downsizers with claims of record high wealth

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

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 July 2019

From: Features

Foxtons sales slump another 10% as agency says ‘lettings are our priority’

Foxtons’ sales slumped another 10 per cent and its total revenue dropped another 3.5 per cent according to figures released this...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Fifth of house moves delayed by uncleared funds or slow sellers

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

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

High profile housing minister named - but how long will she last?

Esther McVey is to be the new housing minister - one of the most seasoned politicians to take the job in...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The market’s in good shape, new mortgage figures suggest

Data from UK Finance, which represents most of the country’s lenders, shows that gross mortgage lending across the residential market in...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Esther McVey is Housing Minister; Robert Jenrick is Housing Secretary

The new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government is the relatively unknown Robert Jenrick -  but his new housing...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Treat Johnson’s stamp duty promises with caution, say top agents

One of the country’s most respected agents has advised the agency industry to treat Boris Johnson’s pledges with real caution. Black Brick buying...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Early challenge for Johnson: “scary” transactions drop, prices set to fall

London and South East England are to see house price falls this year and only “very modest” growth in 2020 -...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

What now for the agency industry as Boris Johnson takes over?

Our own industry’s upheaval over recent years has been no less dramatic than the turmoil at Westminster. The political earthquake has seen...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Today may be final day in office for current housing minister

This may be the final full day in office for Kit Malthouse, the latest politician to occupy the short-term position of housing...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Pundit Henry Pryor says he offers 'media balance' against estate agents

Property pundit Henry Pryor says he is invited on TV and radio in order to provide “balance” against estate agents who...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Beyond the headlines - What the new regulator really means

The industry press has given substantial space to recommendations from the Regulation of Property Agents, the government’s working party which has...

20 July 2019

From: Features

Shifting stamp duty away from buyers will boost market, says top agent

One of the country’s leading estate agents says shifting the burden of stamp duty away from the buyer - which is...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New evidence suggests equity release hurting transaction volumes

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

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

All Change: new regulator, licensing and qualifications proposed for agents

The government has published proposals for far-reaching changes to the way estate and letting agents are regulated, trained and licensed. The proposals...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents say official house price figures don't reflect recent market boost

Agents have put a brave face on official government figures which have shown a shock fall in London house prices and...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agencies in the doldrums as market share stalls

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

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Price falls ahead for overheated London and south east - warning

Online estate agency Yopa is warning of price falls ahead in London and south east England - although price rises elsewhere...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson considers asking SELLERS to pay stamp duty

Conservative Party leadership contender Boris Johnson has expressed an interest in switching the stamp duty burden from buyers to sellers. Until now Johnson’s comments on...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Market monitor shows signs for optimism in some parts of UK

Home, the property platform that often produces downbeat market forecasts, now says there are signs of improvement in London at least.  It...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Radical reform for agency industry to be signed off by minister today

Some of the most radical reforms ever proposed for estate and letting agents are expected to be signed off today by...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit blues mean it's becoming a buyer's market, warns Rightmove

The price of property coming to market fell by 0.2 per cent or an average of £656 in the past month...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the latest industry moves and news

Hello and welcome to this latest edition of PJT, your Monday catch-up on all the key appointments news in the industry. Please...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Nationwide building society goes into house-building

The Nationwide building society is to go into house building. It has received planning permission to build 239 new homes for sale...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 July 2019

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - on our greatest summer weekend of sport…

Once a year you might be perfectly justified in putting your feet up for a weekend and enjoying some great sport...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New industry regulator and qualifications ‘in place within two years’

A new industry regulator is likely to be in place within two years according to the chair of the government’s Regulation...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing market - steady as she goes, suggests RICS

A more stable trend is now emerging in the UK housing market, according to the latest results for the RICS UK...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Praise for estate agency diversifying into equity release

Specialist providers catering for the over-50s has welcomed a move by high-end estate agency Knight Frank to move into equity release. Commenting...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide brands join forces to create ‘airspace’ division

Two Countrywide brands have joined forces to launch Airspace Exchange – a service to push the idea of constructing homes and...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Theresa May’s legacy - how has housing fared under her government?

Theresa May arrived in Downing Street some three years ago - but her premiership has not been a smooth ride. As she...

06 July 2019

From: Features

Property transactions: a simple case of basic arithmetic

With somewhere in the region of 1.2 million property sales transactions being completed each year, and 16,500 estate agents actively vying...

06 July 2019

From: Features

Back to the future? A home ownership crisis

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

06 July 2019

From: Features

Summer market momentum slows as property supply dipped in June

The summer market momentum building thanks to warmer weather and reduced Brexit uncertainty took a hit in June, according to new...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - from the top of the world

Friday is Agents Do Charity day and as the country enjoys the delights of Wimbledon and rues the Lionesses' departure from...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Market Share: High Street estate agents crush online firms

New figures released show High Street estate agents taking an increasingly large market share as online operators continue to crumble. According to the...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

 Latest housing market problem - sales of £1m-plus homes stall

It’s unlikely to bring out the violins but the number of properties sold for £1m or more in Britain rose only...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – guide to property startups, Part 2

In the second part of my exploration of startups, I talk to a number of people with lived experience of creating...

29 June 2019

From: Features

Following Scotland’s lead – what next for England’s PRS regulation?

Increasing legislation and regulation has arguably been the biggest talking point in the private rented sector (PRS) over the last few...

29 June 2019

From: Features

Labour would crash housing market warns senior industry figure

The latest report commissioned by the Labour party to resolve the UK’s housing problems would crash the housing market rather than...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Cash buyers pull out of property as Brexit worries bite

The number of cash buyers in London has recently plummeted by very nearly a fifth - and every other part of...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Supply rises at last but over 80% of homes sell below asking price

New figures from the National Association of Estate Agents suggest that supply is at last creeping back up to seasonal norms...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing minister in racism row apologises for “inappropriate” words

The minister at the centre of reforms to the estate and lettings industry sector has apologised for what she calls “inappropriate...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - all the industry movers and shakers…

The weekend is over all-too-quickly but at least if it’s Monday, it’s Property Jobs Today - your weekly catch up with...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Blond ambition - Does Boris Johnson have any housing policies?

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

22 June 2019

From: Features

Incoming – a summer of change for estate and letting agents

You may be right in thinking that Brexit has dominated the thinking of the government in the last three years. However,...

22 June 2019

From: Features

LSL claims new-build sales success in fast-growing market

LSL Property Services’ Land & New Homes division says it’s set a record by selling 50 per cent of the units...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Southern England facing a year of selective price falls - Zoopla

Over a third of homes across Southern England are at risk of suffering price falls as the housing market slowdown extends...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Supply and sales fall as London and the south drag down market

The latest asking prices data from Rightmove suggests that the national housing market is being dragged down by poor performance in...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

One in 10 Britons has a second home, buy to let or overseas property

Some 10 per cent of Britons now own a second home, a buy to let or an overseas property according to...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: a guide to property startups - Part 1

All the most successful startups of recent years – from Airbnb and Uber to Just Eat and Deliveroo – have melded...

15 June 2019

From: Features

‘Slowest June since 2013’ as homes linger longer on the market

It's becoming increasingly difficult to sell a property, especially in those regions undergoing a price correction. That’s the verdict from Home, a...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Damning report says Help To Buy helped many who didn’t need it at all

The National Audit Office says many users of Help To Buy would have been able to purchase a home anyway, without...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost a million home sales lost to Brexit, new survey claims

New research by comparison website GoCompare suggests almost a million house sales have been lost because of Brexit.  The study claims that...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency amends Help To Buy press ad after complaint to watchdog

South west regional agency Luscombe Maye has amended an advertisement for a new housing development following a complaint to a watchdog. A...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Sellers are back with a vengeance, according to online agency

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

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Summer price surge set to compensate for early 2019 falls

An analysis of transactions agreed this spring suggests there will be a surge in prices which will ultimately be reflected later...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who's moving where in our industry?

Hello and here’s another PJT to start the week: we hope it’s your first port of call when you want to...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Market in limbo as wait for economic stability goes on (and on)

Average UK house prices rose 0.5 per cent in May according to the latest Halifax house price index as the long...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

There’s never been a better time for property to rise above politics

Four years ago, as we approached the general election, Andrews Property Group held a roundtable debateon the impact the election might have...

08 June 2019

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - another weekend of wonderful fund-raising…

With summer in full swing (will someone tell the weather?) we’re having bumper editions of Agents Do Charity, and this weekend’s is...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

New view of London market: lower-priced home sales worst hit, claims portal

A portal specialising in prime and super-prime London property has turned perceptions of the capital’s housing market on their head -...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Demand for shared ownership homes set to double - Savills

Demand for shared ownership properties will rise by over 15,000 units a year when Help To Buy comes to an end...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Which way will you turn at the estate agency industry’s crossroad?

The estate agency industry is at a crossroads. A turbulent market, unstable political situation and a chronic lack of public confidence has...

05 June 2019

From: Features

‘Steer clear of Foxtons’ - investors urged to stay away

A writer for the influential financial publication Money Week says investors should “steer clear” of Foxtons - at least for now. Sarah...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing minister mocked over bid to become Prime Minister

Housing minister Kit Malthouse appears to have some difficulty being taken seriously as a candidate for Conservative party leader and Prime...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

House prices are like Brexit talks - stuck, floundering, going nowhere

The latest house price index shows very little happening in the market, with analysts expecting little significant movement until Brexit is...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - talking women in property, Brexit investment and PropTech

In the first Q&A Natter for a while, I catch up with Angelica Donati - CEO of Donati Immobiliare Group, PropTech...

01 June 2019

From: Features

A moving tide of regulation making its way towards estate agents

It may well seem that the government is pre-occupied with one issue, and one issue alone. While preparations for Brexit take up a...

01 June 2019

From: Features

Sales-per-branch increase despite slump in available stock

The number of sales agreed per branch has increased for the first time this year, rising from an average of seven...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Vendors accepting larger discounts off asking prices, says Zoopla

The gap between average asking prices and average selling prices has increased in recent months according to Zoopla. Its latest study of...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock decision by housing minister Malthouse: “I want to be PM”

In a surprising announcement overnight, housing minister Kit Malthouse says he is standing to become the Conservative party leader and next...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - exactly how long it takes to buy a home in the UK

New research suggests it takes, on average, six months and 24 days to buy a home. The study, for PropTech virtual tours...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Planning rules relaxed ‘to avoid owners selling homes’

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

25 May 2019

From: Breaking News

What would a Corbyn government mean for sales and lettings?

While media attention has been on Theresa May, Brexit and the Tories, chatter in the agency industry has been about what...

25 May 2019

From: Features

Compliance clampdown on Referral Fees and Modern Method of Auction

The Property Ombudsman says its members must in future disclose referral fees in a bid to make previously-hidden costs open and...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Punish rip-off culprits’ - CMA urged to be aggressive on leasehold abuse

A firm supporting leaseholders across the UK says the ongoing Competition and Markets Authority probe should “punish” what it calls “rip off...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Replace stamp duty with tax on house sale profits, urges finance chief

An outspoken building society chief has taken the unusual step of calling for stamp duty to be replaced by capital gains...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Many regional housing markets booming despite London woe, say agents

House prices have remained roughly stagnant according to the latest figures produced by the Office for National Statistics and HM Land...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing Market stagnating as Brexit rumbles on, HMRC figures show

The number of residential property transactions across the UK fell very slightly last month according to new figures from HM Revenue...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

London market gloom - is there light at the end of the tunnel at last?

Might the central London market gloom be broken by just a sliver of light? London Central Portfolio, an investment consultancy, has recently...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says prices stay steady but London still in doldrums

Rightmove’s latest house price statistics reveal that asking prices for newly-marketed property are on average 0.9 per cent higher than a...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Here we go again … another new housing minister on the way

It appears almost certain that there will be another new housing minister named when a new Conservative leader - and thus...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Commonhold in action – one small builder’s attempts to change the system

So far in our contribution to the campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold we have outlined the stories of some of...

18 May 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: has Purplebricks' bubble now officially burst?

Whether you love or hate it, Purplebricks has undoubtedly left its mark since arriving on the scene in 2015 – much...

18 May 2019

From: Features

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

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

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Gloomy mortgage data may mark ‘start of housing slowdown’ says agent

Agents have reacted gloomily to the release of figures showing that the number of new mortgages offered to both movers and...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Time On Market soars in England and Wales according to listings website

The average time on the market for a property is soaring across the UK thanks to Brexit uncertainty, according to the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

How to thrive and not just survive in today’s market

Consumer habits have changed massively over the past few years, and regardless of which market you operate in, being able to...

15 May 2019

From: Features

Agency amends sale details after complaint sent to advertising watchdog

North East England regional agency chain Bradley Hall has amended details for a property listed on its website following a complaint...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fee ban - another failure of government policy?

With a mere matter of weeks until the Tenant Fees Act comes in to effect, I can’t help but wonder just...

11 May 2019

From: Features

Selling like hotcakes? Britain's fastest property markets revealed

Fresh analysis by Zoopla has revealed Britain's fastest moving property markets with the lowest number of average days for a seller...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Government launches ‘How to sell’ and ‘How to buy’ booklets

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has launched its long-awaited ‘How to sell a home’ and ‘How to...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Massive discounts up to 21% for prime London homes, says bank

Some of the most expensive properties in London are selling typically between 13 and 21 per cent off the asking price. And...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Equity release chiefs upbeat after record-breaking quarter

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

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - homes of the future

During our school days, most of us did that task where we imagined and drew the homes of the future, but...

04 May 2019

From: Features

The problems with incentivising downsizing through stamp duty

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

04 May 2019

From: Features

30 years in the property industry – an insider’s view

1989 was a significant time for the property industry: it marked the beginning of the end of a period of unprecedented...

04 May 2019

From: Features

Brexit breathing space leads to surge in applicants and deals done

The breathing space offered by the October Brexit deadline and the receding prospect of a No Deal exit from the EU...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News