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KEYWORD "Labour" - 101 RESULTS
Industry Views - The Housing Battleground for General Election 2024

So we’ve been sent the ‘Save The Date’ card - it’s July 4. Now all we need is the invitation to the...

25 May 2024

From: Features

After delays, departures and disruption, Renters (Reform) Bill finally runs out of steam

The Government’s controversial Renters (Reform) Bill has fallen victim to Rishi Sunak’s election announcement and has been shelved. The legislation – which...

25 May 2024

From: Features

General Election date set – will the property market pause?

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak yesterday confirmed a date for the General Election. Voters will go the polls on 4 July, meaning the...

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour unveils plans for new towns

The Labour Party has committed to building 1.5m new homes across the country over the next parliament. Shadow Housing Secretary Angela Rayner...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour - The Housing Policies Coming Our Way Soon

You don’t have to be a mind-reader to believe there will be a large majority Labour government by the end of...

04 May 2024

From: Features

Only Realistic Sellers succeed in today’s market - leading agent

Only realistic sellers willing to negotiate prices are successful in the current market, says one of the country’s leading estate agents. The...

02 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Industry Alert: The Digital Takeover Transforming Estate Agency now!

In this latest article from the team at Iceberg Digital, they discuss how the digital realm is transforming Estate Agency.   The...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Green Belt and Labour - broad industry support for new approach

There’s been broad support from within the agency and wider property sectors for Labour’s proposal to build on selected parts of...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Guarded support for Labour's 'grey belt' plans

Keir Starmer set out Labour’s policy for housebuilding this week and targeted ‘ugly’ parts of the Green Belt. It will be a...

20 April 2024

From: Features

Propertymark welcomes new First Minister for Wales

Propertymark has welcomed the appointment of the new leader of Welsh Labour and subsequently First Minister for Wales Vaughan Gething. The agency...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour fails in latest attempt to get ROPA rules introduced

Attempts to get the long-awaited Regulation of Property Agents (ROPA) rules introduced into the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill have failed. The...

29 February 2024

From: Breaking News

JONATHAN ROLANDE: Fall in new home registrations is creating crisis for the sector

With the exception of lockdown, new home registrations have bumped along consistently for the last 15 years. But things are changing...

09 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges to boost mortgage choice for first-time buyers

The Labour Party has committed to working on ways to offer longer-term fixed rate mortgages to support first-time buyers. Outlining its plan...

01 February 2024

From: Breaking News

High mortgage payments force Government minister to quit - claim

It usually takes a scandal or a reshuffle to remove a Government minister so it came as a bit of a...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Housebuilders back Labour to get Britain building

Housebuilders have indicated that they would prefer a Labour government is formed after the next General Election. The latest Land Index and...

30 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Could ROPA rules finally materialise in leasehold reforms?

Estate agency regulations and minimum standards may finally see the light of day after Labour put forward amendments to the Government’s...

19 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Leasehold reform bill returns to Parliament – will it be improved?

Parliamentary news may have been dominated by the fallout from the Rwanda Bill yesterday but another important piece of legislation also...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Navigating economic shifts in estate agency

In this latest article from the team at Iceberg Digital, they discuss a beacon of hope for agencies looking to thrive...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour proposes longer-term fixed rate mortgages

The Labour Party has proposed introducing 25-year fixed term mortgages should it win the next General Election. Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves suggested...

15 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Will housing be a major battleground in the 2024 general election?

After months of negative messaging and anti-development sentiment, espoused both nationally by the Government, and locally during May’s local election campaigning,...

13 January 2024

From: Features

Tardy Renters (Reform) Bill is running against the clock

As the world marches relentlessly forward to 2024, the government’s flagship legislation for the private rented sector (PRS) remains in limbo. This...

30 December 2023

From: Features

New developments look set to catch election fever

Landowners seeking to sell their land for development will have to adjust their expectations as the market, the planning system and...

30 December 2023

From: Features

Jonathan Rolande: Five questions everyone is asking about the 2024 property market

What will happen to house prices? Should I rent or buy? Will a Labour or Tory Government be better for homeowners....

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

The Housing Market and the Election - Does It Matter Who Wins?

The factor most likely to influence the housing market next year is entirely outside the industry’s control: the General Election. Knight Frank...

16 December 2023

From: Features

Agency trade body backs latest brownfield housebuilding fund

Propertymark has backed the launch of the Government’s £80m brownfield regeneration scheme. Councils across England can now bid for a share of...

14 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Leasehold reform bill passes second reading

The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill passed its second reading in Parliament last night. Housing minister Lee Rowley pledged that the legislation...

12 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Revolutionising leasehold -the road ahead for owners and managers of blocks of flats

The United Kingdom stands on the precipice of a historic overhaul in property ownership. With the King's speech unveiling the anticipated...

25 November 2023

From: Features

Propertymark renews calls for agency regulation

Propertymark has written to the Housing Secretary Michael Gove to reiterate its longstanding call for regulation of property agents. The agency trade...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Will the Renters (Reform) Bill really reduce homelessness?

By Neil Cobbold Recent data from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities show that 24,260 households served a valid Section...

04 November 2023

From: Features

Interest rates held but will it tempt homebuyers back to the market?

Interest rates were held for a second consecutive month yesterday, giving agents renewed hopes that the cost of borrowing has reached...

03 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Party leaders quiet on PRS at conferences

Housing supply rather than the private rented sector (PRS) made the headlines during the Conservative and Labour Party conferences this year...

14 October 2023

From: Features

Labour backs ROPA rules

The Labour Party has committed to introducing the Regulation of Property Agents (ROPA) rules if it wins next year’s General Election. Shadow...

12 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour leader vows to make home ownership a 'privilege for the many'

Home ownership has become a “luxury for the few rather than a privilege for the many”, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer...

11 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Propertymark urges Labour to lead on agency regulation

The Labour Party is being urged to take the lead on estate agency regulation and help driving up standards in the...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Housing Market Weak but cautious optimism from analysts

UK housing market activity "remains weak" according to the Nationwide. Its latest house price index shows that prices declined 5.3 per cent...

03 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Council buys private homes to improve their EPC ratings

A Labour council has revealed that it’s bought 15 open market homes, beefed up  their energy efficiency and will use them...

03 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Propertymark aims to put housing on party conference agenda

Propertymark is extending its political engagement and reach by exhibiting at the party conferences this week. The agency trade body will be...

02 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy upgrades; down but not out

While some landlords may have breathed a sigh of relief following Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak’s announcement on energy upgrades, I suspect...

30 September 2023

From: Features

Interest rates unchanged but it’s not the end for house price drops

The Bank of England has held off on further interest rate rises for now but agents warn that there is still...

22 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank: Mortgage rate rollercoaster is ending

The mortgage rate rollercoaster is finally winding down but pressure will remain on the property market, Knight Frank claims. New commentary from...

19 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Should landlords receive BTL mortgage support?

To help or not to help: that is the question the government is facing with regard to under-pressure private rented sector...

16 September 2023

From: Features

Government urged to resurrect Help to Buy

The Government is facing calls to resurrect the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme. The housing support scheme, which provided a Government-backed...

11 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Party Time - housing policies from Labour, Tories and the rest

And suddenly it’s autumn. It’s just six weeks before the clocks change, days are getting shorter and - the real sign...

09 September 2023

From: Features

Labour appoints Rayner to take on Gove

Labour’s Deputy Leader, Angela Rayner is to add the housing brief to her deputy leader role. She takes over from Lisa Nandy...

05 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Why we need a reasoned approach to Green Belt release

Keir Starmer’s announcement about building on the Green Belt attracted some contentious headlines. It immediately thrust housing and planning into the...

26 August 2023

From: Features

Property Natter - The long arm of the law that changed the property market

It was a genuine pleasure to read this week about Yorkshire estate agent Ian Bradbury who clocked up 40 years selling...

19 August 2023

From: Features

Will housing be a major battleground in the 2024 general election?

After months of negative messaging and anti-development sentiment, espoused both nationally by the Government, and locally during recent local election campaigning,...

19 August 2023

From: Features

Whatever Happened To Good Councils?

Like most parts of the UK, the one I live in has a bit of a beef about parking. More precisely,...

29 July 2023

From: Features

Money-saving hacks to help you cut costs on home insurance

According to research, the average cost of home insurance was £300 in 2022 – a record low. However, this could increase...

22 July 2023

From: Features

Speculation about Gove future as reshuffle likely in September

It may be all change - again - at the Department of Levelling Up, Communities and Local Government if media speculation...

17 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Mayhem - Labour summit wins support from industry

The Labour Party has announced it will be hosting an emergency mortgage summit this week. The summit, happening in London tomorrow, is...

11 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Slowdown in housebuilding will lead to chronic lack of supply, warns RSM UK

The UK is heading for a further drop in housebuilding, according to the latest Purchasing Managers Index data by S&P and...

08 July 2023

From: Features

Jonathan Rolande: It won’t be politicians who get us out of this crisis

The National Association of Property Buyers’ Jonathan Rolande gives his take on why it’s those working across the sector who will help drag us...

07 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Shadow Chancellor slammed for mortgage costs claim

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves has been criticised for figures she used when highlighting how much mortgage borrowers are set to see...

04 July 2023

From: Breaking News

House price declines continue ‘but soft landing is possible’

Annual house price growth remained negative in June as mortgage rates hit buyer budgets but there is still a chance of...

03 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour leader and PM clash over housebuilding targets

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak clashed over housebuilding and housing market support yesterday. Sir Keir questioned Sunak’s...

29 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Jonathan Rolande: The Government can no longer ignore the property market

The National Association of Property Buyers’ Jonathan Rolande gives his take on a manic week for the property market. This is the week when...

23 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Pressure grows for mortgage support fund

MPs have urged Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to hold an emergency summit in Downing Street with banks and mortgage lenders to...

15 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country: Why the housing market is heading for soft landing 

A strong labour market, growing consumer confidence and an increasing acceptance of a higher mortgage rate environment will support the housing...

13 June 2023

From: Breaking News

House prices drop for first time since 2012 and more will follow - Halifax

Two sets of housing data have suggested a declining property market, with further price drops on the horizon. Halifax has recorded the...

08 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Housing market ‘freezes’ as it hits the summer months

The property market appears to have stalled in April and May, with official data showing a dip in house prices and...

02 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour to use Compulsory Purchase Orders to buy cheaper land

Labour says it will reform how land is valued under Compulsory Purchase Order powers in a bid to increase house building...

31 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour: We will abolish leasehold in first 100 days

The Labour Party has pledged to introduce legislation within its first 100 days of Government to abolish leasehold if it wins...

24 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Money saving tips for movers as costs rise 24%

The cost of moving home has soared in the past year, new figures reveal. According to new data compiled by insurers Admiral...

20 May 2023

From: Features

Jonathan Rolande: Are bungalows the answer to the housing crisis?

It has been another busy week in the property sector.  In his latest column, property commentator Jonathan Rolande, provides his take on...

19 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour leader vows to ‘back builders not blockers’ in new housing pledge

Labour leader Keir Starmer took to the airwaves yesterday, promising to "back the builders not blockers" when it comes to homeownership. Speaking...

18 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency backer slams ‘outdated housing market metrics’

Toscafund Asset Management chief economist Savvas Savouri has slammed the use of ‘outdated metrics’ when measuring the housing market. The investment firm...

15 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Halifax: Higher mortgage rates push house prices down

Average UK house prices declined last month for the first time in three months, Halifax claims. The lender’s latest House Price Index...

10 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Housing policy must go beyond election cycles - warning     

Housing policy formation must go beyond electoral cycles, academics have warned. A group of Cambridge University alumni has teamed up to urge...

05 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Mini-Budget fallout ‘fading’ as Nationwide reveals monthly house price gains

The impact of last year’s mini-Budget on the property market are “fading,” agents have claimed after the latest Nationwide housing data...

03 May 2023

From: Breaking News

10 reasons to ditch paper-based tenancy documents

Despite most businesses across industry now adopting some form of digital alternative to traditional work methods, many in the private rental...

03 May 2023

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - caring communities

Check out some of the latest charitable endeavours from agency and property brands this week. Agents Giving: Entries are now open for...

14 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour outlines housing market policy

The Labour Party has outlined three ways it will help first-time buyers onto the housing ladder as it ramps up its...

12 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Government ‘working with’ Trading Standards on conditional selling

The issue of conditional selling in estate agency has hit Westminster. There have been several reports in recent months about agents requiring...

11 April 2023

From: Breaking News

House price growth slows but remains positive - Halifax

The latest Halifax House Price Index gave estate agents renewed optimism last week amid the ongoing market crash debate after the...

11 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Only 41% of homes in England meet recommend energy rating

New 2023 research from Open Property Group found that just 41% of homes in England meet the recommended Energy Performance Certificate...

29 March 2023

From: Features

Families 'facing financial hardship' from hard-to-sell inherited homes

The important issue of hard-to-sell inherited properties has been raised in Parliament. Labour MP Zarah Sultana issued a written question asking what...

23 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent slams Scottish Labour’s £1 homes scheme

A promise to sell homes for £1 by Scottish Labour has been labelled as a “politically led housing gimmick” by estate...

23 February 2023

From: Breaking News

 Our Oldest House Price Index - happy birthday Halifax

Readers of a certain age may remember 1983. The Space Shuttle Challenger made its first flight, Neil Kinnock was elected Labour leader,...

14 January 2023

From: Features

Everything You Need To Know About the 2023 Housing Market

New year, old worries: what’s happening in the housing market? We’ve asked experts and collated forecasts, 15 in total. On the one...

07 January 2023

From: Features

House prices on worst run since 2008 – Nationwide

House prices fell for the fourth consecutive month in December, the worst run since 2008, according to Nationwide. The lender’s final House...

03 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Nationwide: A relatively soft landing is possible for the housing market

The housing market is struggling to regain momentum following the mini-Budget but a ‘soft landing’ is possible, Nationwide suggests. The lender is...

21 December 2022

From: Breaking News

2023 - this is what’s going to happen

Is it really just a year ago that we were nervously wondering whether yet another Christmas would be Covid-affected? Little did we...

10 December 2022

From: Features

Agents urged to play greater role in housebuilding demand

Agents should use their market position to advise town halls about local housing needs, a senior MP has suggested. Labour and Co-op...

08 December 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Largest monthly drop since 2008’- Halifax highlights slowing market

Average house prices fell by their largest level since October 2008 last month, Halifax data shows. It is the latest sign of...

08 December 2022

From: Breaking News

House prices hit by largest fall for two years

House price growth slowed annually and fell for the third month in a row during November, Nationwide data shows. The latest Nationwide House...

02 December 2022

From: Breaking News

PM sticks to debunked 'record housebuilding' claim

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak yesterday repeated previously debunked claims that the Government is building record numbers of homes. Housebuilding have returned to...

01 December 2022

From: Breaking News

World Cup Agent Match Report: ‘Only a disaster can stop England qualifying’

Things can only get better from both an English and Welsh perspective in the final game of Group B this evening...

29 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents deterred by self-employed model - claim

Online and Americanised models of self-employed agency have deterred new agents from entering the sector amid a wider decline of professionals...

28 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Help to Buy home sellers hit by building safety issues

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has committed to look into issues with the Building Safety Act after MPs claimed leaseholders and Help to...

22 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Kristjan Byfield: 'Why I'm boycotting the World Cup'

It hurts! I have loved the ups (and inevitable downs) of supporting England in the Euros and World Cup every two...

21 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Q&A - meet the lettings professional doing his bit for army veterans

The property industry often gets a bad rep, despite all the work that agents and others in the sector do for...

12 November 2022

From: Features

‘Fixer’ Gove will struggle to hit homebuilding targets – warning

The Government’s target of constructing 300,000 new homes annually by 2025 has been called into question due to a lack of...

04 November 2022

From: Breaking News

House prices drop as Nationwide warns of slowing market

Annual house price growth hit an 18-month low during October and fell on a monthly basis for the first time since...

02 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Housing Under Rishi - don’t expect much (but be grateful for that)

And…breathe. For a while back there, the only certainty for the housing market was uncertainty. That isn’t to say the election of Rishi...

29 October 2022

From: Features

MPs back Stamp Duty cut as Labour queries its benefits

A Bill to bring the Government’s Stamp Duty reductions into legislation reached its second reading in the Houses of Parliament this...

26 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Scottish property taxes may deter buyers as market slows - warning

Scotland may face “serious labour shortages” due to its relatively high property buying taxes compared with in England, a leading agent...

21 October 2022

From: Breaking News

If You Think Truss Is Bad, Look At The System...

How did the housing market transform from incredibly strong - almost too strong - early in the year, to a situation...

15 October 2022

From: Features

Banned! Watchdog censures Government over levelling up adverts

Seven adverts pushing the Government’s flagship levelling up policy have been banned. The advertising watchdog censured the Department for Levelling Up, Housing...

12 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Halifax HPI – house prices dip slightly as market shows more signs of slowing

House prices fell marginally (down by 0.1%) in September as the market displayed further signs of slowdown. That was according to Halifax’s...

10 October 2022

From: Breaking News

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