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KEYWORD "New Build" - 242 RESULTS
Regulating agents is key demand from leasehold campaigner

A 10 point manifesto to drive forward leasehold reform has been published by prominent campaigner Louie Burns, of The Leasehold Solutions Group. The 10...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Backfired! Ban on second homes makes it harder for locals to buy

A new study by the London School of Economics suggests that a high profile ban on the sale of new homes...

05 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

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

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

Zoopla locks horns with OnTheMarket for new homes listings

Zoopla has unveiled new functionality that it claims will make searching for new homes easier for consumers - and resumes the...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Consumer demand for new build homes at lowest level since 2013

Consumer demand for new build homes has dropped to a six-year low, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The organisation's House...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Four agencies working with expanded new-build reviews platform

Savills, Knight Frank, Cushman & Wakefield and JLL are the main estate agencies now working with a review website allowing buyers...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket on the ropes as fewer agents than forecast pay full-tariff

A trading statement from OnTheMarket reveals that fewer agents than anticipated have so far converted from free or discounted deals to...

27 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

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

Barratt is first house builder to list on OnTheMarket

Barratt Developments’ three consumer brands - Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes and Barratt London - are the first developers to list...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - the news you need on the industry’s top moves

Hello and welcome to the latest PJT, your weekly opportunity to catch up on key moves within the industry. Everyone mentioned here...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

High end agency opens new training centre in London branch

Knight Frank has expanded its residential London network with the addition of a new South Bank office. While many agencies have shut...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

New home registrations fall 9% in just one year

The number of new homes registered to be built in the UK during July was nine per cent lower than a...

02 September 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

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

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

It Might Not Be A Popular Opinion But…

Innovate or Die. But What is Innovation? It Isn’t just PropTech A certain Mr Dick Whittington Esquire was once convinced that the...

22 August 2019

From: Features

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

 Backfired! Ban on new-build second homes leads to higher house prices

A bid to ban the building of new homes for out-of-town buyers has backfired on a Cornish community - and now...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Charge! New homes set to have compulsory car-charging points

All new-build homes could soon be fitted with an electric car charging point. The government has issued a consultation on the move,...

17 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

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

Making the transition from estate agency to property development

Property developing is an incredibly diverse and exciting career choice, and something that many people aspire to do in the UK.  I...

15 June 2019

From: Features

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

TV ads claim new homes are premium alternatives to second hand ones

A volume house builder is launching a TV advertising campaign claiming its properties are a “premium alternative” to second hand homes...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal says key USP is attracting foreign buyers to UK

A recently-launched free-to-list portal says it’s uniquely positioned to attract overseas buyers and investors interested in purchasing in major UK cities. Residential...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

“Sales go on falling and falling” warns London property consultancy

Respected investment consultancy London Central Portfolio is warning that “sales go on falling and falling” across the capital, fuelled by Brexit...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Sex Strictly Sells: open plan and marble worktops never looked so good

You know the problem with new builds - they’re a bit Marmite aren’t they? Contemporary design is all well and good but…how...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Help To Buy a Rip Off? First time buyers pay 12% premium

First time buyers purchasing new homes using the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme paid on average 12 per cent...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New Homes Ombudsman to be 'tested' before formally launching

The government has revealed that it’s to ‘test’ the workings of the New Homes Ombudsman before the scheme formally launches. Housing Secretary...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Leasehold scandals deter buyers wanting new-builds - claim

A survey of owners has revealed that recent leasehold scandals have deterred many would-be buyers from considering new build homes.  The survey,...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Why age-proofing homes could lead to market stagnation

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

16 March 2019

From: Features

Agents slam “regurgitated rhetoric” in Hammond’s damp squib statement

Estate agents have responded cynically to the small-fry property sector announcements made by Chancellor Phillip Hammond in yesterday’s spring statement mini-Budget. Overshadowed...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - your weekly round-up of the big moves

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your weekly chance to catch up on major moves in our industry. Everyone here has...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 March 2019

From: Features

Property Jobs Today - your one-stop-shop for the industry's jobs news

Hello and welcome to this week’s PJT, your regular catch-up on key appointments news in our industry. It’s been a difficult seven...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide brand backs review website set up by former agent

A review website has launched that describes itself as “a new and powerful research and marketing tool in the residential property...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'New build market as important as sales and lettings' says Winkworth

Winkworth has set up a dedicated land and new homes division. The franchise agency, which has most of its offices in and...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT issues new guidance on redress in leasehold disputes

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency team has issued new guidance for those seeking redress over leasehold disputes.  This guidance contains a...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New-build premiums may have to be cut to maintain sales - warning

A respected property investment consultancy is warning that the current premium put on the prices of new-build homes - around 15...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

NAEA and Guild back government's new Housing Complaints service

  The National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Lettings Agents have thrown their weight behind the government’s latest...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Government unveils 'Complaints Resolution Service' for property industry

The government has this morning set out wide-ranging changes to redress systems for agents, the sales and lettings sectors, and other...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Big sole agency deal won by hub agent thanks to social media

A firm which recently joined the ‘hub club’ of agencies using centralised services offices says its won a major new build...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy boosts housebuilder’s profits once again

While even agents of the calibre of Savills struggle in today’s market - see the agency’s figures here - it’s a...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

House prices to grow 13% by 2023 despite Brexit - forecast

One of Britain’s foremost property consultancies has given a relatively upbeat prediction for the UK housing market over the next five...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Distressed sellers offer 20% discounts on London off-plan homes

A leading buying agent says 2019 is likely to see the continuation of last year’s trend where distressed sellers accept discounts...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tom Durrant, Director of Doctor Photo

Are you a real Doctor? Not in the conventional sense no, sorry to disappoint! I’m Tom Durrant and I’m the Creative Director...

09 January 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Redress revamp: more details to be revealed within weeks

The government says it will be releasing details of its ideas to revamp redress systems concerning agents and new homes “in...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Fewest houses built since WW2’ claims new analysis

With one year to go, the 2010s will see housebuilding figures in England come in below any decade since the Second...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Developer’s scam leaves buy to let purchasers £12m out of pocket

Six directors have been banned from office after misleading over 300 people who bought new build homes in the north of...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer slams developers over leasehold houses

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

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Yet ANOTHER online agency wants £750,000 crowdfunding investment

Vesta, which describes itself as “the new online marketplace for buying and selling rental property” has launched a bid to raise...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Flips Flop: ‘Some new flats sold on for 25% below reservation prices’

Property analysts say ‘flippers’ - those who buy new homes and sell them quickly, hopefully for a profit - are losing...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Good or bad? Help To Buy surge reignites debate about scheme

Figures released by the government over the weekend show that 14,867 Help To Buy equity loans were taken out in the...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

More branch closures likely if Brexit uncertainty goes on - forecast

The closure of Foxtons’ Park Lane office and five other branches in the capital are merely the start of things to come...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

High end agent says mansion prices may rise thanks to new homes plan

Every cloud has a silver lining, and a high end prime central London estate agent appears to have found one from...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New builds ‘rise in value far quicker than existing homes’

New build property values are rising at a much greater rate than existing property values according to a study by DJ Alexander. The...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rival agency opens new London office within hours of Foxtons’ closures

London estate agency JOHNS&CO, which specialises in new homes, has opened its seventh office in the capital - the announcement came...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rollo Miles, from Agent & Homes

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? It just says “Agent” for, at the end of the...

08 November 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Havoc, Grim and Short Term - Property taxes under fire once again

It’s Budget day and the government is once again on the receiving end of a blast from one of the country’s...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Budget briefing - Seven things to watch for today

Perhaps it’s been our pre-occupation with Brexit, or on the other hand maybe we’re bored with politics, but this year’s Budget...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Buyers 'taken for a ride' as new-build leasehold house prices soar

The cost of new-build leasehold properties has surged 16 times faster than freeholds according to research from property investment platform. The revelation...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents want help for existing leaseholders as well as new ones

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

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to make new homes freehold with ground rents capped

The vast majority of new-build houses are to be sold as freehold with ground rents for new leases capped at £10...

14 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned advert highlights dangers of sales claims about rental yields

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement for a new development in London after complaints over claims about the yields...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New build house price rises massively outstrip mainstream market

New build house prices rose 5.1 per cent in the year to the end of August - substantially more than the...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Yet another Ombudsman - this time one covering only new homes

The government, which only recently said there would be one Ombudsman covering the entire housing sector, has announced that there is...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

'Desperate' stamp duty surcharge will hurt London market - warning

Agents have continued to express their shock and opposition to the announcement by the government that it wants a stamp duty...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Transaction volumes plunge in London - prime central areas hit worst

There’s more bad news for the long-troubled Prime Central London market. A new analysis shows that transaction volumes have plunged 11.6 per cent...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Amazing but true - homes are larger (not smaller) than years ago...

A housing academic claims that while popular belief has it that homes are getting smaller, the typical living space in England...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman calls for new build homes to be included in consumer redress

The Property Ombudsman has urged the government to bring the new homes build sector under consumer redress. New builds are not currently...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Leasehold scandal continues - almost all buyers regret their purchase

Almost all buyers of new build houses who purchased a leasehold regret doing so, and the vast majority say they definitely wouldn't...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Crackdown on agents likely as government doubles funding for regulator

In a surprise weekend announcement the government has almost doubled funding for the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team - the...

01 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Another day, another gloomy report about London house sales

Prices and transaction volumes have both fallen again in Prime Central London according to the index produced by Central London Portfolio,...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

40% of central London new-builds sold with large bulk discounts

A report in the Financial Times lays bare the scale of the housing market downturn in central London - it suggests...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - with one eye on 'the match'...

Hello and welcome to this week’s hat-tip towards those in our industry doing so much to help others in need. Summer fund-raising...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Another massive vote banning new-build holiday homes

Part of the South Hams area, a popular tourist hotspot in south Devon, has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a ban...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions plummet across UK and particularly London

Transactions across Greater London have plummeted - they were down 7.9 per cent over the past three months and a whopping...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

London market pain goes on as top builder warns on Brexit

High-end housebuilder Berkeley Homes says “macro and political uncertainty, including Brexit” is leading to some developers previously building in London to...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge 90% vote to ban new-build second homes in another hotspot

There’s been a landslide vote to ban new-build second homes in another tourist hotspot. Some 90 per cent of those who voted...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'Perfect storm' for agents involved in retirement housing sales

The retirement housing sector has increased its market share considerably in the last two years, creating a 'perfect storm' for estate...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - and it's a bumper week for moves...

Hello and welcome to this week’s Property Jobs Today, our weekly feature on who’s moving where throughout our industry. And it’s...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman: few agent complaints compared to those over new homes

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

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fast turnover of ministers has worsened housing crisis says agency chief

James Brokenshire - yesterday appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government - joins the rank of senior politicians...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The Property Ombudsman waives joining fee for redress rival’s agents

The battle to become the single ombudsman service after the government rationalises the redress system across housing has taken an unexpected...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Emoov woos developers with online package to sell new homes

Hybrid agency Emoov is now offering a tailored sales package aimed at attracting developers listing and selling new homes. Rather than paying...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

First time buyer numbers still 11% below pre-recession levels

The proportion of first time buyers in the market is still 11 per cent below the level seen before the 2008...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More details revealed on range of agency reform proposals

  More details have emerged of the government’s proposals to enhance estate agency regulation, regulate referral fees, offer guides for buyers and...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New mortgage offers preferential rates on homes with best EPC ratings

Barclays is next week launching a so-called ‘green mortgage’ which links the loan to the Energy Performance Certificate rating of the...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Could embracing Commonhold put an end to leasehold nightmare?

At any given moment it’s difficult to say which issue dominates our marketplace, but I think it’s fair to acknowledge during...

31 March 2018

From: Features

Ombudsmen get ready to slug it out for dominance

Have you noticed a new turf war going on on the fringes of the agency world? It’s not a high-profile battle like...

17 March 2018

From: Features

Top agent urges existing owners to be 'more accepting' of new homes

Estate agency Jackson-Stops says it has discovered precisely how many existing home owners understand the difficulties facing first time buyers in...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New house price index claims superiority over rivals - even Land Registry

Investment consultancy London Central Portfolio has launched a new index which it claims uses “the most comprehensive data available” to assess...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Senior agents say wider issues must be addressed in housing debate

An estate agent and former chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the government’s latest drive to build new...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Japanese knotweed: what estate agents need to know

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

03 March 2018

From: Features

It’s time to show off your assets in a crowded market

When it comes to growing your business sustainably, maintaining a brand that is eye-catching and identifiable with your audience is vital...

01 March 2018

From: Sponsored Content

More expansion for Dexters brand via new homes deal with Stirling Ackroyd

London estate agency chain Dexters is expanding its brand once again thanks to a new partnership with Stirling Ackroyd New Homes.  Dexters...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Connells celebrates doubling of new homes and land activities

Land and investment deals achieved by Connells Group in 2017 will add a further 2,750 units to its new homes pipeline,...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches surprise consultation on property redress

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

18 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Don't bend the rules - Uri Geller promotes lottery of new-build flat

Readers of a certain age may remember the spoon-bending eccentric Uri Geller, self-proclaimed friend of Michael Jackson and an almost permanent...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions dip as credit agency gives pessimistic view of housing market

The number of transactions last year dropped to 1.22m - a minor 0.8 per cent drop on the year before and...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing agency launched with aim of 300,000 new homes a year

A new national housing agency – Homes England – has been launched by the newly-rebadged Ministry of Housing Communities and Local...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2018?

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

30 December 2017

From: Features

Group slams 'incredibly weak' government leasehold reforms

A specialist leasehold enfranchisement firm has branded government leasehold reforms as "incredibly weak". In an announcement lost in the noise following Damian Green’s sacking,...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Senior Tory wants 50% of new London homes reserved for Britons

Chris Philp, a Conservative MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chancellor Phillip Hammond, says 50 per cent of new homes in...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget to reveal massive housebuilding programme ... again

Another Budget, another pledge of new house building: it appears from statements made over the weekend by Chancellor Phillip Hammond that...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

House building figures for last quarter are best in a decade - NHBC

New figures out this morning show that house builders registered nearly 38,000 new homes in the UK during the third quarter...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy inflating new build prices, says research chief

The residential research associate director of Cushman & Wakefield says there is now evidence that the Help to Buy equity loan...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty ‘could be linked to energy efficiency’ says minister

A minister has floated the idea that stamp duty could be reduced on homes where sellers have improved energy efficiency. Climate Change...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New-build glut adds volatility to improving central London market

Respected buying agency Black Brick says there is evidence that prices in prime central London may be stabilising and transactions volumes...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

England's new homes shortfall 'will exceed one million by 2022' - claim

England faces a growing gulf between new build completions and new households being added to the population according to a new...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

No key speech by Labour housing spokesman at party conference

Labour’s shadow housing minister John Healey is reported to be one of a number of prominent front bench opposition spokespeople being...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Family-run London agency opening new office in Google building

Long-established central London estate agency Kay & Co is opening what it calls “a stylish new boutique office” on the ground...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's surveying division in link-up with Virgin Money

Countrywide Surveying Services has been appointed by Virgin Money as its partner to support borrowers for new build, custom build and...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Government says house building figures now highest since 2008

The government says the number of new build homes that have started to be built has surged to the highest level...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Charity blasts stamp duty critics 'wanting to sell £1m-plus mansions'

Shelter, the campaigning charity that has been hugely critical of private landlords and letting agents in recent years, has now launched...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills suffers fall in sales in London, country and new-build sectors

Savills has reported strong figures for the first half of 2017 across its worldwide activities, but its UK residential divisions have...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Government tries to stamp out speculation over Help To Buy

The government has poured cold water over industry speculation that Help To Buy could be phased out or significantly modified between...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy: is the government about to scrap or modify it?

The government is thought to be reviewing Help To Buy which, it is claimed, could end with the scheme being scrapped...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 July 2017

From: Features

Industry backs leasehold reform as government releases more details

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

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Government set to ban leaseholds on new-builds in England

The government says it wants to ban “unfair” leasehold charges imposed on buyers of new-build homes in England.  Under the measure, subject to...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

NIMBYs tell government: We won't be bribed over new homes

The government has published the findings of research which suggest that very few local opponents to new homes will be bought...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks lands another developer deal to sell new-builds

Purplebricks has landed a deal to sell new-build homes, an activity previously done usually directly by developers or traditional high street estate...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove warns supply is low and 45% of agents' stock is SSTC

The housing market is approaching something of a standstill as the summer holiday season begins according to a downbeat report from...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for action over 'forgotten casualties' of ground lease scandal

A leasehold enfranchisement expert wants government action over what he calls the "forgotten casualties" of the recent ground rent scandal.    Louie Burns,...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

An inconvenient truth - Help To Buy mostly helps the better off

Government schemes like Help To Buy, supposedly assisting more people get on the ladder, have little impact on improving social mobility...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New LonRes product aims to boost flagging new build sales in capital

LonRes has launched a new product which it says helps developers and agents ensure maximum exposure to previously untapped buyers. A new...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers set out their ideas for leasehold reform

A cluster of conveyancing and legal experts, known as the Legal Sector Group, has published a raft of proposals on leasehold...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Investor consultancy wants new government to lay off property

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

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

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

03 June 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Uber and Moda Living collaborate on Build to Rent

It has been announced that Uber, the taxi company, has teamed up with build to rent firm, Moda Living, to ‘revolutionise renting’.    This...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Can TWPN really help promote your business on a global scale?

Given that around 95% of property searches now start online, it is more important than ever that an agent has an...

12 May 2017

From: Features

New homes: where is the supply being concentrated?

Since the seventies, housing starts and completions across England and Wales have been on a downward trajectory. The long run average...

12 May 2017

From: Features

Praise for Nationwide's crackdown on leasehold mortgage conditions

There has been widespread praise for the Nationwide building society's crackdown on criteria for mortgages for leasehold new build homes.   From May...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Two more areas voting on second home sales restrictions

Residents in two parts of Cornwall will vote tomorrow on whether to join the holiday resort of St Ives in banning...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing policy progress will suffer thanks to snap General Election

Not only did Theresa May stun everyone with her decision to call a ‘snap election’ but with the campaign now underway...

29 April 2017

From: Features

Developers want SDLT and tax changes reversed to boost sales

More than three quarters of developers want to see the government go into reverse on its stamp duty and mortgage interest...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

London to be chronically undersupplied with new homes - agent

The number of new homes built in London will reach record levels in 2017, according to high-end agency Savills - but...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Homes on heavily-polluted main roads may fall in price, says expert

“I predict that within a few years, folks advertising properties for rent or to buy will start to show if their property is a...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

The world is your oyster! Q & A with AIPP’s Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson, CEO of AIPP – Association of International Property Professionals – shines a light onto the international property market. Some UK...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Property hotspots: Manchester, Liverpool and Preston

The property market in northern England, supported in part by the Northern Powerhouse concept, has attracted a lot of media attention,...

24 March 2017

From: Features

Competition and Markets Authority to review new-build warranties

The Competition and Markets Authority is to review the operation of new home structural warranties issued by the National House Building...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

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

11 March 2017

From: Features

Portillo attacks Tory government over owner-occupier 'freefall'

Former Conservative minister Michael Portillo has made an outspoken attack on his former party over its switch of housing policy emphasis from...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

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

04 March 2017

From: Features

Developer to build fewer homes after 'poor quality' issues

A house builder has set aside £7m to spend on repairs to its own new properties after a series of complaints...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

A-ha! Agency gives public chance to name a block of flats

What would Norwich’s own Alan Partridge say? An estate agency in the city is offering residents a one-off opportunity - the...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Is building homes in factories the solution to the housing crisis?

The chronic shortage of housing supply in the UK relative to demand has been a national issue for decades. The Government...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Agents critical of White Paper squandered opportunity

The government’s attitude of “Nanny knows best” has “squandered another opportunity” to make a real difference to the housing crisis, according...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Here are all 29 key points in the Housing White Paper

The government has set out 29 key points in its Housing White Paper.   Introducing it in the Commons this afternoon, Communities Secretery Sajid...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

White Paper: poor new-build figures as emphasis shifts to renting

There's bad news for the government in the form of house building targets on the eve of its long-awaited Housing White...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

How can estate agents secure more new build housing instructions?

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

28 January 2017

From: Features

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

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

28 January 2017

From: Features

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

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

28 January 2017

From: Features

How to distinguish yourself in the build-to-rent game in 2017

The end of 2016 saw the launch of 30,000 new build-to-rent (BTR) projects in London alone. With market growth projected to...

21 January 2017

From: Features

Government deadlines slip on agents' fees and new-build targets

The government appears to have slipped back on two deadlines concerning measures key to the property industry. Firstly the consultation on the...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Surprise, surprise - new-build homes are actually getting larger

After years of surveys suggesting the UK’s new-build homes were getting smaller, and may even be the smallest in much of...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit could worsen crippling skills shortage warns top house builder

The chief executive of one of Britain’s top house builders is warning that the industry must do more to prevent an...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices could rise 4% in 2017 but transactions will drop - Halifax

The Halifax says house prices across the UK will rise between 1.0 and 4.0 per cent in the next 12 months...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

2017 will see 200,000 new homes built for first time since 2008 - Redrow

2017 is set to be the first year since 2008 that the UK constructs 200,000 new homes, suggests Redrow, one of...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Right-wing think tank blasts 'more than a little misleading' Shelter

The Adam Smith Institute, a right-wing think-tank, has blasted the campaigning charity Shelter over its allegations of land-banking by house builders in...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2017?

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

17 December 2016

From: Features

Agency backs new networking service to link developers and agents

Humberts says it is throwing its weight behind a fledgling organisation set up to bring estate agencies and new-build developers together...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices to stall next year 'but no Armageddon' promises NAEA

House prices will stall in 2017 and there won’t by any significant improvement in affordability for many hard-pressed buyers - but...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit and 'attack on buy to let' cuts demand for homes by 20%

A housebuilder that has in the past profited from its concentration on high-end London schemes says demand for its units is...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Firm warns of wave of litigation against new-build conveyancers

A firm is warning of “a wave of litigation from home owners who were given inadequate advice from their solicitors or...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

ICYMI: What agents need to know from the Autumn Statement

In case you missed it yesterday, here’s a summary of everything relating to property that was in Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Second homes 'sales ban': solicitor asks how it can be enforced

A solicitor has asked how the ban on the sale of new-build apartments and houses to holiday home buyers in a...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Barratt Homes slashes up to 10% off some new London properties

Barratt Homes, the UK’s largest housebuilder, is slashing the asking prices of some of its most expensive London homes by 10 per cent. In...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Trump wins: industry reacts but agency share prices generally stable

Some sectors of the industry have been giving their initial reactions to the shock Donald Trump victory in the US presidential election.  Camilla...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Big under-supply of retirement housing, warns leading agency

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

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another agency launches new office at controversial Nine Elms scheme

Another agency has opened an office in the troubled Nine Elms scheme in central London - this time the new entrant...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Leeds eyes sustainable ripple effect

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

28 October 2016

From: Features

Campaign group in high-priced area wants more new homes built

A campaign group says it wants to state the case for more new homes in a county which until now has...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

More house builders report strong post-referendum market

Countryside Properties and Telford Homes are the latest housebuilders to report good trading conditions following the result of the EU referendum. Countryside,...

14 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Second homes 'ban': High Court judge to make key decision soon

A key decision that may have far-reaching implications for the sale of holiday homes has been delayed by a High Court...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Government pledges substantial house building ideas by Christmas

The government has signalled that it is going to publish a housing White Paper later this year with “significant measures” to...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

No reprieve for Help To Buy mortgage scheme which ends this year

The government says its latest release of figures from its various Help to Buy schemes show that over 185,000 people have...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Will Apple save London's landmark new housing developments?

Some of London’s ailing new homes schemes may have been thrown a lifeline by the decision of technology giant Apple to occupy...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Vital court case to be held next week to decide 'second homes ban'

Next week sees a court case which will decide whether there will have to be a re-run of the ‘second homes...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Government's housebuilding figures are flawed, says HBF

The government's most publicised measure of housebuilding excludes around a fifth of all new build completions each year, according to a...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing must remain top of the government’s agenda

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

16 September 2016

From: Features

Another house builder starts post-Brexit vote period with strong figures

Barratt Homes is the latest housebuilder to report strong figures - for the period up to the EU referendum - with...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Leading house builder rips into government over housing policy

The government’s housing policy, while helpful outside London, has had a negative effect on the capital according to one of the...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

London's overseas property buyers win support from an unlikely quarter

The importance of overseas buyers in underpinning increasing elements of the capital’s housing market and won support from an unlikely quarter...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

The city that never sleeps – London welcomes the Night Tube

In the capital, people will pay a premium to live near great transport links, and as we’ve seen from Crossrail and...

02 September 2016

From: Features

Brexit see-saw - now the housing market looks stronger since vote

The see-saw of conflcting post-Brexit indicators is continuing with figures from house builder Persimmon suggesting a strong housing market - contradicting...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Government to reveal housing stimulus package in the autumn - claim

The industry publication Property Week says it has exclusively discovered that the government is preparing a housing market stimulus package to...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another £20m funding for pioneering Rent To Buy business

Rentplus, a business providing Rent To Buy homes, has announced that it has new funding of £20m - on top of...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

More bad news for central London's landmark new developments

Square foot prices at one of central London’s most controversial new developments - Nine Elms - are down eight per cent...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

More evidence that Brexit impact on market is less than expected

There has been another indicator that the Brexit effect on the UK housing market has been less severe than some anticipated. Bovis...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Councils replacing only one-in-six homes sold under Right To Buy

Councils have started replacing just one sixth of the number of homes sold under Right To Buy in England in the...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

October court date for review of ban on new-build second homes

There is likely to be an October court date set for a judicial review into a ban on new-build houses and...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Savills' fee income up but it warns 'Brexit effect' on market still unclear

Savills residential fee income rose 10 per cent in the first six months of 2016 but the firm warns that it’s...

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

High-end agency's new branch pledges to expand into new-builds

Jackson-Stops & Staff has opened a new branch in in Blandford, Dorset, expanding the agency’s west country presence to nine offices.   Simon...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 July 2016

From: Features

New housing minister opposes homes scheme in his own constituency

It has been revealed that the new housing minister, Gavin Barwell, appears to be campaigning to oppose a new housing scheme...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Global property insight

With the new Formula One season now well underway, we delve into the fast lane to take you on a whirlwind...

08 July 2016

From: Features

nu: move - the future of property

nu-move online estate agents -The Future of Property Nu-move is an online venture that has been created to meet the demand...

07 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

High-end agency woos retirees with quick-sale 'personal assistant'

Humberts is introducing what it calls a ‘personal assistant’ for retirees in a bid to woo the growing market of elderly...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Reservations from buyers of new homes down 20%, warns builder

Berkeley Group, which has given a trading report to the City, says reservations for its new homes are down 20 per...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty slated as a tax on development, not on wealthy buyers

Property consultancy Arcadis, which monitors construction and development around the world, wants Chancellor George Osborne to offer temporary stamp duty relief...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - new official UK House Price Index launching next week

The government is launching the new official UK House Price Index - to be known in short-form as the UK HPI...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Sales Doctor: How do I qualify applicants without sounding robotic?

Dear Sales Doctor, I'm aware I sound robotic when qualifying an applicant and don't know how to change it; any ideas? When an...

03 June 2016

From: Features

Surge in complaints over service charges on leasehold properties

The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners says more leaseholders are complaining of inflated service charges for maintenance, upkeep and communal areas.  The...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide acquires Mortgage Bureau to cement new build sector links

Countrywide has taken another step into the residential development mortgage market by acquiring Mortgage Bureau, which works with national house builders as...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Research reveals huge rise in service charges on new-build flats

The service charges for new-build flats coming on to the market this year are on average 96 per cent higher than...

09 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Property consultancy exposes London's new-build glut and premiums

Research from a residential investment consultancy throws light on the extraordinary large pipeline of new homes to be built in central London,...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank says Brexit could contribute to 20% fall in high-end new home prices

Morgan Stanley says fears over a possible UK exit from the EU and other global economic uncertainty could lead to “a...

03 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge will force London new-build price falls warning

JLL says the stamp duty surcharge on buy to let properties and second homes has obliged it to downgrade its forecast...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 February 2016

From: Features

New-builds edging up as a proportion of overall sales market

A detailed analysis by Hometrack reveals that new-build transactions - running at roughly 10 per cent of all house sales for...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Government Starter Homes will be unaffordable for most families - claim

Discounted starter homes could be out of reach for the majority of families in need of an affordable home in many...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Major portals awash with resales of landmark London flats, claims paper

A newspaper article claims that Rightmove and Zoopla are “awash” with what it calls “the unofficial resales of flats in developments...

02 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Can Stamp Duty really change the face of the buy-to-let sector?

With a little over two months to go until changes to Stamp Duty are introduced that will impact purchasers of second...

22 January 2016

From: Features

easyProperty to launch Land and New Homes division

Online estate agency easyProperty is marking the start of 2016 by launching a Land and New Homes division. “It’s obviously one of...

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Property ad banned after suggesting guaranteed capital gain

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement from a property company selling new homes in East London, after it was...

30 December 2015

From: Breaking News

2016 will need some thought

In many respects 2015 has been a good year. Despite global challenges, we have seen a marked improvement in the UK...

11 December 2015

From: Features

'Over 50% of new homes too small for families' - claim

More than half of the new homes being built today are not big enough to meet the needs of the people...

02 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Ban foreigners buying existing homes, says right wing think tank

The Bow Group - a think-tank that was previously a solid backer of the Tories but has recently flirted with UKIP...

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

NHBC toolkit to help agents selling new-build homes

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

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Doctor Photo marketing expert launches Digital Surgery concept

The agency marketing expert Doctor Photo has launched what he calls a ‘digital surgery’ to provide agents and developers with images...

04 November 2015

From: Breaking News

High-end agency launches retirement sales and consultancy division

High-end property business Savills has launched a new service called Retirement Living, aimed at securing business from retirement scheme developers. The team...

22 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Out with the old, in with the new (homes)

Property journalists, and more than a few estate agents, are beginning their annual autumn ritual – forecasting what’s going to happen...

16 October 2015

From: Features

Great Scott Marty! What happened to the UK housing market?

On Wednesday 21st October future and reality will collide. Back to the Future’s Marty McFly will arrive in the DeLorean to...

16 October 2015

From: Features

Government fund to encourage more starter homes

The government has launched a £26m fund for house builders and developers to demonstrate the range of high quality homes appropriate...

11 August 2015

From: Breaking News

RICS backs government call for ex-troops to build homes

The Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors says it supports a call by housing minister Brandon Lewis for personnel retiring from the...

02 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Big rise in new-build volumes, latest figures suggest

Registrations for new private homes rose 17 per cent in the three months to the end of May when compared to...

01 July 2015

From: Breaking News

As much as I enjoy a lock-in, this lock-out looks promising!

In my recent article, ‘Is Gazeal for Real?’ I reported on the imminent launch of this new product that claimed it...

26 June 2015

From: Features

Developer to sell London flats with 'UK buyers first' policy

A developer is proposing to launch 345 new-build flats at Canary Wharf with a policy of selling to UK buyers before...

25 June 2015

From: Breaking News

First ever new-build online sales auction attracts 28,000

Over 28,000 people visited websites connected with the first ever online-only auction for new build properties, according to the event’s organisers,...

24 June 2015

From: Breaking News

HMRC making anti-money laundering spot checks on agents

The National Association of Estate Agents says HMRC have been making unscheduled visits to individual agency offices to check on their...

19 June 2015

From: Breaking News

‘Overseas agents remain a lynchpin for Brits buying abroad’

Working with a well-connected local estate agent should be a priority for British house-hunters looking for property overseas, according to an...

10 June 2015

From: Breaking News

A first - online auction to be used to sell new homes

Auction house Allsop is launching the country’s first ever online-only auction for new build homes - and claims it's a first. The...

13 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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