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KEYWORD "Purchases" - 323 RESULTS
Property Wealth Tax proposed by former agency boss

A wealth tax on overseas owners of UK homes could raise £5 billion a year to help local people buy their...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Demand for homes still outstripping supply - for now

Another day, another house price index record. The latest, from the Halifax, shows that typical house prices increased by over £24,500 in...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Savvy agents use PropTech because Covid’s here long-term - claim

A leading PropTech entrepreneur with a lengthy pedigree as an estate agent says agents should use more technology in a bid...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage borrowing set to slow after record year

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

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Identity theft and fraud - how it happens and how to prevent it

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on all aspects of our lives, but undoubtedly one major negative side effect...

11 December 2021

From: Features

Forget Help To Buy Equity Loan - welcome to Deposit Unlock

A housebuilding-led mortgage indemnity scheme called Deposit Unlock has now been launched nationally with 17 major developers taking part. Nationwide is the...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Pilot scheme announced to limit second home ownership

A pilot scheme has been announced to test ways of limiting second home ownership and reducing the impact additional properties have...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Another London agency snapped up by firm on sale for £100m

Chestertons, which is itself currently on sale, has snapped up independent London Residential, a firm operating in the north west of...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax Shock: 1% stamp duty rise was considered for Budget

It’s been revealed that the government did consider a stamp duty RISE which would have been announced in this week’s Budget. The...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech pilot scheme next month to make sales safer and faster

There’s been another step to make house sales more secure and speedier, with a pilot scheme starting next month. Five major identity...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Fake conveyancers diverting purchase funds into fraudsters’ wallets

Buyers are being warned about scams conning people out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. The Law Society of England and Wales...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Laying out a welcome mat for Airbnb - a breath of fresh air for deals

There are plenty in the estate agency and lettings world who don’t like the concept of Airbnb and similar enterprises. But they...

16 October 2021

From: Features

HMRC probe into suspicious property deals revealed in leaked files

Chancellor Rishi Sunak says HM Revenue & Customs will probe any alleged wrongdoing in property purchases included in the so-called Pandora...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning - top index says first time buyer deposits “very challenging”

House prices rose by just 0.1 per cent in September - but they are still increasing by 10 per cent a...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

By jove, Gove is off at full steam ahead!

There’s good news and bad news from the shake-up in government ministers and ministries that was presented to the nation last...

25 September 2021

From: Features

Mortgage lending hit record highs before stamp duty holiday ended

The value of mortgage lending hit a record high in the final months of the stamp duty holiday. Figures from the Bank...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed! The cash buyer hotspots as London lags behind

Scotland and the south west of England have been identified as cash buyer hotspots. Analysis by Barrows and Forrester, found 27 per...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

House price growth set to slow as stamp duty holiday ends

The property market is unlikely to enter a last-minute rush before the final stamp duty holiday ends in October, research claims. Analysis...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Holiday taper leads to reduced mortgage borrowing

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

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrap Stamp Duty! Think tank says it worsens affordability

A highly influential think tank says stamp duty should be scrapped for all house purchases once and for all. Alexander Hammond of...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday over - but still big house price rises

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

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Deals collapse because of confusion over stamp duty changes

Propertymark says confusion over new stamp duty rules has led to a surge in fall-throughs. Since April 1 homes bought in England...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 July 2021

From: Features

Market tectonics: will activity shift from sales to lettings?

The stamp duty holiday came and went with much fanfare. For many buyers it represented a rare opportunity to make some...

31 July 2021

From: Features

High value house purchases behind market frenzy says Nationwide

Annual house price growth remains above 10 per cent despite a small monthly dip in July according to the Nationwide. A 0.5...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New App aims to show first time buyers the purchasing ropes

A new Home Buyer App has been launched by the Mortgage Advice Bureau in a bid to educate first time buyers...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Could an adjustment to BTL Stamp Duty improve the lettings market?

The Stamp Duty holiday has been very beneficial for hundreds of thousands of buyers looking to take advantage of savings, even...

16 June 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty Reform: Government dismisses call for change

The government has dismissed a call for reform of the stamp duty system, which would have meant the tax would apply...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Boom after boom - price rises now at seven year high says the Halifax

Annual house price inflation is now at its strongest level in nearly seven years, says the Halifax House Price Index. The average...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Have buyers been conned about the stamp duty holiday benefits?

An estate agency says disgruntled and delayed property buyers are fast falling out of love with the stamp duty holiday, which...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

The Cladding Scandal – what do you need to know?

The Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017 exposed the dangers of inflammable cladding on residential tower blocks, and what has come...

05 June 2021

From: Features

Revealed: how digital innovation is transforming estate agency

The growth of the internet and technology has transformed virtually every aspect of our lives, including how we approach the property...

05 June 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty: Government to set out response to call for change

The government is to answer a call made in an online petition for stamp duty to apply when contracts are exchanged,...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

First time buyers snap up most Help To Buy new-builds

Over 300,000 new-builds in England have been purchased using the government's Help to Buy Equity Loan since its launch in 2013. Of the...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

SDLT not a problem for most first time buyers even as holiday ends

Some 80 per cent of the property market will remain free of stamp duty for first-time buyers, even after the current...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Make stamp duty cut permanent, international economists tell UK

The UK government has been told it should make the stamp duty cut permanent to encourage investment and make it easier...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

One in three sales fall through as market returns to near normal

One in three property sales in England and Wales fell through before completion in the first quarter of 2021. The 32 per...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Surveyors launch Home Review concept to cut fall-throughs

A surveyors group has launched a new ‘Home Review’ service which it claims will identify structural problems which create an immediate...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Multiple Dwellings Relief – what do property agents need to know?

Estate agents play a key role in identifying tax savings that can benefit all parties. If a purchaser can benefit from...

03 April 2021

From: Features

Is flexibility the future of estate agency?

The events of the last 12 months have potentially shaped the future of our sector for years to come. There has been...

20 March 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty surcharge likely to hit foreign investment in UK property - warning

The UK is only the eighth most popular country for Asian investment buyers, and accounts for just three per cent of...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday: how to keep your chain intact

Following the fluctuation of the property market during the UK’s first national lockdown, the industry was given a lifeline by the...

13 March 2021

From: Features

Stamp Duty: government clarifies Budget announcement

The government has issued an official note to detail the announcement made yesterday by Chancellor Rishi Sunak regarding stamp duty holiday...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty extension revealed by Chancellor Sunak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak says the stamp duty holiday on properties up to £500,000 will be extended from March 31 to June 30; from...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

End of stamp duty holiday leads to drop in mortgage approvals

Mortgage approvals declined slightly in January as the market braces itself for the end of the stamp duty holiday - currently...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

House buying bonanza as Budget helps low deposit purchasers

A new mortgage guarantee scheme to help buyers with small deposits will be revealed on Wednesday at the Budget. Chancellor Rishi Sunak...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

 March 31 deadline extended for Help To Buy completions

The deadline to complete the purchase of a home under the current Help to Buy scheme in England has been extended...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Mayhem: Is a six week extension long enough?

Agents and conveyancers are expressing doubt over whether a possible six week extension to the stamp duty holiday will be enough...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Many buyers are scared of negotiating with agents - claim

A leading bank says as many as one in three buyers pay too much for a property because they are afraid...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sellers drop asking prices in attempt to keep buyers on board

An estate agency says 10 per cent of its sellers have already dropped their asking prices to keep buyers on board,...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Debate As It Happened - What MPs Said

Labour and Conservative MPs have expressed a unanimous view on their desire to see an extension of the stamp duty holiday...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Failed Sales fear as Stamp Duty Holiday cliff edge approaches

A large majority of estate agents fear a surge in 'failed sales’ as the stamp duty holiday cliff edge gets ever-closer. The latest National...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

‘No-search indemnity insurance’ now accepted by mortgage lender

A mortgage lender says it will now accept ‘no-search indemnity insurance’ for residential purchases in a bid to speed up the...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Country houses are big winners from the pandemic, say agents

The pandemic has reignited the flagging country house market and boosted demand for larger homes with gardens, claims Savills. Larger country houses...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Introducing NurturingAI - PropTech to identify customers and preferences

Free to list portal Residential People is launching a new cloud-based platform which it says will help agents use Amazon-style technology...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Cyber attack hits council searches and will take months to recover

A cyber-attack on a London council has caused some transactions to fall through and others to be significantly delayed. The attack occurred...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

On The Fence! - MPs stay neutral over stamp duty holiday extension

MPs lobbied by agents to extend the stamp duty holiday are staying firmly on the fence with standard answers and no...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Transaction hold-ups: a different view on why sales are delayed

A leading conveyancing sector spokesmen says some mortgage lenders are making the current delays in the house buying process worse. Rob Hailstone,...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Can mortgage offers be withdrawn between exchange and completion?

An alarming story has appeared in the mortgage trade press, highlighting an apparent pitfall in the house buying process that has...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing market defies gravity as prices now hit five year high

Annual house price inflation is now running at 6.5 per cent according to the latest Nationwide index after a 0.9 per...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom still not over as mortgage approvals hit 13-year high

The housing market may be slowing as we enter December but the latest snapshot suggests there’s still momentum with mortgage approvals...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Why agents were in a stronger position to deal with Lockdown 2.0

As what now seems like a common occurrence everything has changed again since I last sat down to write about the...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Agents – how can you provide the best service for consumers during lockdown?

So, we’re back to where we were in the spring, more or less. England is in a national lockdown again to...

25 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Sunak’s Big Day: “Don’t make knee-jerk property tax rises” he’s told

Today sees the government’s Spending Review, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak taking centre stage as he presents a 12 month spending plan to...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Flipping makes a comeback with big profits made by investors

The mixture of the stamp duty holiday and generally fast-rising house prices has led to a resurgence of flipping. Data released this...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping the market moving is vital for more than just the economy

Tenants, landlords, agents, and house buyers all breathed a sigh of relief on Halloween when the government announced that home moves...

21 November 2020

From: Features

Conveyancing firm to tell buyers they will miss stamp duty holiday

A leading firm of conveyancers will this week tell new clients that their property purchases are likely to miss the stamp...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Many overseas buyers don’t even visit Brexit bargain purchasers

A London property investment consultancy says 22 per cent of properties it’s advised overseas purchasers on this year have been bought sight-unseen. London...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Fears grow over lockdown impact on transactions

The national lockdown beginning on Thursday makes the case for an extension to the stamp duty holiday, according to a tax...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Does being Covid-safe at home artificially lift house prices?

A leading market analyst says the widespread belief that we are ‘safe’ in our homes may indirectly lead to the recent...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Market boom to carry on into 2021 as mortgage lending soars

The housing market boom looks set to continue for some months yet as mortgage approvals for home purchases hit their highest...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How can agents work with property price data and indices?

Staying on top of the numbers and figures in a constantly changing industry can be stressful. Changing property prices can be...

27 October 2020

From: PropTech & Innovation

New stamp duty surcharge may push up house prices - claim

The new two per cent stamp duty surcharge applying to non-resident buyers may cause a wide range of properties to be...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax expert claims buyers of homes-with-annexes may pay excess SDLT

A tax expert says his research suggests some buyers of homes with annexes may have paid too much stamp duty on...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: the challenge with iBuyers

Recently, when giving speeches, I have discussed investment trends and industry trends that the built environment is experiencing. They are quite...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Here's how mio can help agents comply with RoPA framework

As the review of the recommendations of the Regulation of Property Agents Working Group continues, Emily Hawthorne, mio Account Manager and...

01 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Sales boom goes on and agents see no end in sight

Agents have universally welcomed new Nationwide data showing annual price growth picked up to 5.0 per cent last month - the highest rate...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Crisis? What crisis? Mortgage lending hits 13 year high

Mortgage approvals for house purchases have soared to a 13 year high according to Bank of England figures up to the...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents handling private treaty sales accused of being behind the times

A quick buy firm which typically purchases homes from sellers at below market levels has accused estate agents and the private...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge - details emerge for non-resident purchases

The government has published draft legislation giving further details on the two per cent stamp duty surcharge on non-residents purchasing residential...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Watchdog launches probe into unfair sales tactics of leasehold homes

The Competition and Markets Authority is today opening enforcement cases focusing on the sale of leasehold homes by four leading housebuilders. They...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Bank of Mum and Dad still vital to house sales, figures show

Recent speculation that the so-called Bank of Mum and Dad would be playing a reduced role in the housing market has...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Estate agents’ network links with part exchange operator

The agency affiliation group Relocation Agent Network is linking with HBB Solutions, a part exchange and ‘guaranteed purchase’ operator.  HBB says a...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

It’s a trap! Stamp duty holiday could lead to property taxes - claim

A prominent industry figure says the current stamp duty holiday could effectively be a trap to lure in buyers who will...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Supply of homes might dry up after “unprecedented” buyer demand

The supply of homes coming to the market could struggle to meet the demand from buyers shown in recent weeks, with...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Here we go again - Help To Buy looks likely to be extended

Government leaks to mainstream and building trade media suggest the controversial Help To Buy scheme will be extended beyond its end-of-2020 deadline. An...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Purchase tax on some UK prime homes now amongst lowest in Europe

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s stamp duty holiday means prime property in the UK now enjoys lower tax rates than most European countries. Buyers...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday: the first change to benefit landlords in years

As expected within the property industry, the Chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday in his Summer Statement. This now means that...

25 July 2020

From: Features

Agents must show “greater diligence” dealing with Russian buyers

NAEA Propertymark is calling on agents to show “greater diligence” when dealing with Russian buyers, in the light of the report...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Streamlined completions promised by latest PropTech platform

Another new PropTech platform claims it can streamline the completion process - this time by coordinating the work of estate agents...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday should be backdated, demands law firm

A property law firm is calling on the government to backdate the stamp duty holiday to include those buyers who completed...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

220,000 London homes owned by Chinese: more to come, say agents

Government figures show the 218,975 properties within Greater London have Chinese owners - and two agents say there will be more...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks and Emoov founders call for radical stamp duty reform

Online sector veterans Russell Quirk and Kenny Bruce have used social media to call for a temporary scrapping of all stamp...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tune into consumer behaviour to accelerate business recovery

It’s official – the property market is back open for business. Estate agents have started to unfurlough staff and many are...

10 June 2020

From: Features

Demand and sales agreed both soaring - but may not last, warns Zoopla

There’s been a strong rebound in demand for homes and an “unprecedented” bounce in new sales agreed according to Zoopla. The portal...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Downsizers should get stamp duty cuts just like first timers - call

Family houses are under-occupied and only incentives to downsize can help improve the housing market - with a stamp duty cut...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

“Don’t buy a new home before selling old one” tax experts tell buyers

A group representing 600 tax experts working in UK legal and accounting firms is warning buyers not to purchase a new...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - what happened when big lenders had their own estate agencies?

All my recent Natters have been focused on one particular topic, the coronavirus crisis, for obvious reasons. But there has been...

23 May 2020

From: Features

Housing market reboot triggers surge in mortgage applications

A daily monitor of mortgage market activity has reported “significant volumes” of business across the sector, even over the weekend. Mortgage technology...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage demand rises as market sees light at the end of the tunnel

The demand for mortgages in April was scarcely a quarter of what it was in March - but the figures show...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide senior staff have pay cut as 78% of workforce furloughed

Countrywide’s senior staff earning over £45,000 per year have had their pay cut by a fifth while some 78 per cent...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London market may take until early 2021 to resume fully - agent

One of prime central London’s most respected estate agencies is warning that it could take until spring 2021 for the luxury...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Mortgage offers likely to be extended up to three months

Two financial trade bodies say most mortgage providers will give customers who have exchanged contracts the option to extend their mortgage...

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

Agents Beware: definitive government guidance on buying and selling

The government has at last issued extensive advice on home moving and the activities of estate agents during the continuing Coronavirus crisis. This...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Sales to crash by 60% says Zoopla: will estate agents survive?

New sales agreed have already plummeted by 15 per cent and over the next three months there’s going to be a...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty must be cut says Boris Johnson’s ‘own’ magazine

The right wing political magazine that Boris Johnson used to edit has called on him to cut stamp duty. The Spectator says...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The future of renting for property service providers

The property management industry is evolving at a rapid pace, thanks almost entirely to the rise in PropTech. Hundreds, if not thousands...

26 February 2020

From: Features

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

Death of buy to let has been greatly exaggerated, new figures show

Predictions that landlords are not buying properties to let out because of tougher rental taxes and regulations appear to be short...

19 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

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

The Whole Nine Miles - the distance of a typical house move in 2019

The typical house move in 2019 turned out to be just nine miles - and large numbers of buyers moved within...

08 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

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

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

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

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

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

Cash no longer King? Proportion of cash buyers hits all-time low

A report from Countrywide says the proportion of homes in Great Britain bought with cash fell to a mere 28 per...

25 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

More first time buyers but fewer landlords, according to mortgage data

There was an increase in the number of first time buyers getting on the property ladder in September compared to the...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

Purplebricks predicts hybrid agencies to take 30% market share

The chief executive of Purplebricks UK says the struggling hybrid agency is definitely not for sale, despite recent sales of stakes...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Why agents need to warn clients about mortgage fraud

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

26 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Buyers falsify and alter documents as mortgage fraud cases rise

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

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Data service to reduce free info for agents and introduce subscription option

A new service which launched in June and pledged to provide estate and letting agents with “game changing” access to property...

28 August 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

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

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

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

Why trusted partnerships are key for agents

When employing a new member of staff there are a lot of checks and balances put in place by any business...

19 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

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

Measuring Up - bid to improve floorplan accuracy and consistency

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is running a Certified Property Measurer course aimed at training agents and others in the...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Help To Buy equity loans drive over 210,000 home sales since 2013

Data produced by the government showed that some 211,000 homes have been bought using the Help to Buy: Equity Loan. The scheme...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Northern city house prices storm on as south succumbs to Brexit slowdown

House prices in 20 UK cities analysed by Zoopla show an average 1.7 per cent increase over the 12 months to...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Another property tax backfires on government as revenue plummets

HM Revenue & Customs is set to pocket £60m less from one of its property taxes than it forecast. An analysis of...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Why stamp duty should be abolished and not just reformed

Over the last few years, there have a number of changes to the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) regime, which have...

23 March 2019

From: Features

Rightmove drops PropTech app promoting private sales

Rightmove is undertaking an investigation into a PropTech app that has tried to list private sales on the portal. The perhaps-ironically named...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Who benefits from Help To Buy? First time buyers or fat cat developers?

The row over whether Help To Buy benefits house builders’ personal wealth more than it assists the housing market is continuing...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Good market news at last as first time buyer borrowers hit a 12-year high

After several days of gloomy market news, here's something more optimistic - there were 370,000 new first time buyer mortgages completed in...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Number of movers now only half the level before financial crisis

The number of movers has declined by around 50 per cent since the halcyon days of 2006, before the global financial...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let slump leads to small dip in prices of flats and maisonettes

The average prices of flats and maisonettes bucked the trend by falling very slightly in the year to December, according to...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Con-man agent jailed for swindling over £300,000 from company

An estate agent who stole per £300,000 from an estate agency spent the money on designer goods and expensive holidays -...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Why we need to be able to move when we want, not when we have to

A review of the housing market at present, particularly when it comes to purchase transactions, might not necessarily feel overly positive.  The...

26 January 2019

From: Features

London sales market on the road to recovery ... thanks to the rental sector

A property platform that has chronicled the London sales market’s problems in recent years says the recovery will start in 2020...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

On second thoughts…not all government legislation is bad

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

19 January 2019

From: Features

Mortgage approvals now more than 30% down on long-term norms

The latest Bank of England mortgage figures suggest that approvals for home buyers are running at more than a fifth below...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

What are the biggest challenges facing letting agents in 2019?

There is a perfect storm brewing in the lettings market, and as the saying goes, “you can’t change the direction of...

12 December 2018

From: Features

Transactions to rise in 2019 says top agent (well, after Brexit is sorted)

One of the country’s top buying agents says he expects 2019 to be a much better year than 2018 as Brexit...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Sellers take a reality check says agent after lending rises

Mainstream bank lending for house purchases grew by 3.6 per cent in October compared to the same month last year. However the...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Size Matters: Agents slammed for 'inconsistent, inaccurate' floorplans

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a new guide in a bid to end what it calls inconsistencies and...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Market gloom from Savills: London, SE and Buy To Let downbeat for years

Savills has issued its forecast for the housing market for the next five years, and while it highlights some bright spots...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Agents want Budget to help remedy slump in mortgage approvals

Mortgage approvals fell again in September - this means that every month of 2018 so far has seen a drop against...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - is it as big a problem as we think?

Few things anger the industry more than the effect of stamp duty and other costs on property transactions (well, maybe Purplebricks...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in overseas buyers ahead of latest stamp duty surcharge

A leading London estate agency is reporting a surge in overseas buyers sealing deals ahead of the government’s new stamp duty...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit to blame for two-year pause on growth in prime markets - Savills

Savills is warning that heightened uncertainty around Brexit negotiations will delay recovery in the prime central London housing market for up...

12 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

Treasury takes billions in stamp duty - and that’s BEFORE new surcharge

Figures released by HMRC over the weekend show another huge rise in stamp duty going to the Treasury - and that’s...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – legislation, legislation, legislation

Landlords and letting agents might feel they’ve taken a bit of a battering from the government in recent years – and...

22 September 2018

From: Features

Agents mocked by minister over lax anti-money laundering approach

A government minister has made a pointed jibe at estate agents who appear not to regard cash purchases of high-value properties...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

The market needs stamp duty cuts for all

Were it not for climate change, I would be very close to predicting that the summer is close to being over,...

18 August 2018

From: Features

Market woe - house price growth slumps to a five year low

House prices are rising at their slowest rate for nearly five years as London suffers its largest decline in prices since...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Why letting agents need to be ready for a challenging market this autumn

The buy-to-let sector, which has been under sustained pressure for a number of years now thanks to tax changes designed to...

15 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Top economists still pessimistic about housing market fortunes

The EY ITEM Club, regarded as one of the most influential groups of economists in the UK, says it’s still “dubious”...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Estate agency – it’s still about interactions not transactions

Making my way to our London office on a busy commuter train, my mind got busy thinking about the new do-it-yourself...

04 August 2018

From: Features

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

Brexit and political fears now key drivers of prime London says agency

The battered prime central London market is now suffering from the UK’s wider political volatility, the lack of stability of the...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

'Buyers sitting on their hands' as mortgages for purchase fall again

Total mortgage approvals by the main High Street banks increased three per cent in May over the same month last year...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

More gloom and doom: economists say market won't improve this year

The housing market “is clearly currently struggling to gain traction” and any real upturn ”will remain elusive over the coming months”...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank of Mum and Dad remains open and contributes towards 25% of purchases

The Bank of Mum and Dad will provide funding towards around a quarter of property purchases this year, according to research. By...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Remortgaging surge is another sign of slowing housing market

A service that tracks different types of mortgage demand reveals that remortgaging is on the rise while borrowing for new purchases...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Proportion of sales to cash buyers falls back, says Nationwide

Research from the Nationwide suggests that the share of cash transactions has declined over the past 18 months, at least partly...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: yet more for government despite 69,000 first time buyers

Figures from the Treasury suggest that the annual revenue from stamp duty for the year to the end of March is...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Surprise boost for housing market as mortgage volumes soar

Property purchases for buyers requiring mortgages reached 50,000 in February, the highest level for the month since 2007.  The data, from mortgage...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of fall throughs in past quarter hits 10-year high

The number of house sales falling through pre-completion during the first quarter of 2018 reached its highest level for this time...

10 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

First-ever mortgage with digital signature is lodged at Land Registry

The first-ever ‘digital mortgage’ deed has been lodged at HM Land Registry, for a property at Rotherhithe in London.  Coventry Building Society...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trouble ahead thanks to older home owners, lenders warn

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

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

NAEA says first time buyer stamp duty cut working - but more needed

The National Association of Estate Agents says the government’s first time buyer stamp duty incentive “seems to be having the desired...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

60,000 first time buyers have benefitted from stamp duty change - Hammond

  Chancellor Phillip Hammond claims over 60,000 first time buyers have already benefitted from the stamp duty relief he announced at his...

13 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

What do agents need to know about accepting payment in cryptocurrencies?

The UK property sector has been a hotbed for financial crime in recent years, with many criminals seeing it as an...

24 February 2018

From: Features

2018 to be challenging for housing market says forecasting group

This year is going to be “challenging” for the housing market according to the influential Ernst & Young ITEM Club, a...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

 Is the Land Registry about to drag property purchasing into the 21st century?

If you were under any misconceptions about how pivotal a role HM Land Registry is going to play in the future...

27 January 2018

From: Features

Stamp duty change hasn't boosted first time buyer demand - RICS

An overwhelming 86 per cent of RICS members questioned in a survey claim they have seen no increase in interest from...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: mystery surrounds PM's 16,000 first timers helped claim

Mystery surrounds a claim made by Prime Minister Theresa May that the stamp duty changes for first time buyers made in...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

'Half of home movers feel lack of control' says conveyancing sector firm

A company supplying the conveyancing industry claims that new research reveals 55 per cent of home-movers are frustrated by a lack...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: A to Z of the property industry for 2017

As we hurtle towards the end of 2017, it’s time to reflect on the year that’s just been.   Even better, this property-based...

25 November 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty change - government defines 'the first time buyer'

The government has defined the ‘first time buyers’ who will benefit from its immediate scrapping of stamp duty for FTB purchases...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform, more new homes, possible longer tenancies

Stamp duty reform for first time buyers has taken pride of place in the Budget speech of Chancellor Phillip Hammond.   From today,...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills' gloomy market warning on sentiment, Brexit and interest rates

Savills has given a pessimistic outlook for the mainstream housing market for the next five years.  It says average house prices across...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents’ commission – some common failings

The Estate Agent’s Act 1979 is rapidly approaching its 40th anniversary, yet still agents make mistakes and can all too easily...

28 October 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty tinkering will make the whole process more complicated

With the Budget just over a month away, the steady stream of ‘leaks’ continues to grow as journalists and the industry...

21 October 2017

From: Features

Anti-money laundering: only 1 in 300 foreign deals triggers a 'red flag'

One one in every 300 property purchases by overseas buyers trigger a so-called ‘red flag’ with the National Crime Agency -...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending boost brightens housing market outlook

Mortgage lending reached £24.2 billion in August according to latest estimates by UK Finance. There were some 41,807 house purchase approvals, with...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart confirms butters john bee acquisition

Following speculation earlier in the week, Spicerhaart has confirmed that it has purchased 19 branch regional agency butters john bee. The acquisition...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Three reasons why we need stamp duty reform

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

02 September 2017

From: Features

Transactions down says Lloyds, while HMRC data shows static market

The number of existing home owners moving house fell two per cent in the first six months of 2017 compared with...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Building bridges: Q&A with Daniel Owen-Parr of Together

As the mainstream mortgage market braces itself for yet another clampdown on buy-to-let lending, a growing number of property investors are...

04 August 2017

From: Features

Savills says credit crunch still shapes housing market, 10 years on

High end estate agency Savills says the credit crunch - roughly 10 years old next month - is still having an...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agencies seen as threat to 'quick sale' buying firms

A third of ‘quick sale’ companies - those that buy homes in bulk at discounted prices - say the rise of...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Most £1m-plus sales this year likely to take place outside Greater London

Gently rising house values in the mainstream market and problems facing the prime market in the capital mean that over half...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

What do estate and letting agencies usually sell for?

There’s barely a week that goes by when you don’t read about an estate or letting agency business that’s been acquired...

10 June 2017

From: Features

What’s in a name? The value of an address

As Dataloft’s home town and having been declared the best place to live, we needed no further excuse to have a...

27 May 2017

From: Features

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

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

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Disappointing mortgage figures suggest housing market is increasingly cautious

The Bank of England is warning that approvals of mortgages for property purchases in March were at a lower-than-expected 66,837, the weakest...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Government trousers 16% more stamp duty despite transactions dip

HMRC says there has been a five per cent drop on the number of transactions attracting stamp duty in the first...

02 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

Mortgage market review

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

08 April 2017

From: Features

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

The rise of the first-time buyer - is this the return of generation buy?

There are more first-time buyers (FTBs) finding a way on to the property ladder than at any time since the Financial...

01 April 2017

From: Features

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

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

25 February 2017

From: Features

Will incorporation affect the agent/landlord relationship?

The buy-to-let market has gone through significant change in the last year and with the Budget just around the corner, what...

25 February 2017

From: Features

London market: fewest mortgages for buyers since 1991

The number of home buyers in London dropped to a four-year low in 2016 while the number of loans taken out...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Government bags £394m 'enveloped dwellings' tax since 2013

A London property investment firm says the government has enjoyed a tax take of £394m since introducing the Annual Tax for...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Buy-to-let mortgages: What opportunities and challenges lie ahead?

The rapid growth in popularity of buy-to-let in recent years, fuelled in part by the failings of the pensions industry, has...

17 February 2017

From: Features

Eastern promise! Focus on Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire

The East Midlands, which consists of several areas including Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, and much of Lincolnshire, has an ancient...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Homes with 3% surcharge 'made up 20% of late-2016 sales'

An analysis by Savills shows that so-called ‘additional homes’ - that is, those carrying a three per cent stamp duty surcharge...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

What next for the rental market in 2017?

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

14 January 2017

From: Features

Transactions down 7.3% in the past year, according to HMRC

Data from HM Revenue & Customs shows that the sale of residential properties rose a marginal 0.8 per cent last month...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Strutt & Parker counts the cost of central London stamp duty hike

Strutt & Parker has seen a fall in revenue and profits for the year ending April 30 - and it puts...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Anger over Chancellor ignoring industry's pleas on stamp duty

The industry has reacted angrily to the Chancellor declining to change stamp duty despite pleas from agents and suppliers ahead of the Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit leads to 25% slump in Brits buying homes overseas

Foreign exchange giant Moneycorp says the number of Britons buying homes abroad has slumped 25 per cent since the EU referendum. In...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 November 2016

From: Features

Brexit uncertainty goes on as mortgage approvals drop 10% year-on-year

The latest Bank of England data on mortgage approvals - a key barometer for likely transactions for agents - shows Brexit...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Heathrow: at least 4,500 homes face CPO or 'airport purchase'

The company that owns Heathrow airport is reported to have said that it will buy 750 homes on the site of...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers – how agents can help them through the legal process

Conveyancing is the most complained about area of law in England and Wales – accounting, on average, for nearly a quarter...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Let’s take the higher ground on foreign workers and buyers

Some of this week’s headlines - ‘Firms must list foreign workers’ and ‘NHS to no longer rely on foreign doctors’ -...

07 October 2016

From: Features

Mortgage market defies Brexit jitters as rates hit record lows

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

30 September 2016

From: Features

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

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

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

23 September 2016

From: Features

Stamp duty to be replaced with Land Transaction Tax in Wales

The Welsh Government has announced that from April 2018, Stamp Duty Land Tax will be replaced with a Land Transaction Tax.  The...

13 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 September 2016

From: Features

SDLT surcharge will hit transactions and prices of waterside homes

Knight Frank is warning that it will “take time” for the three per cent stamp duty surcharge to be absorbed into...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Rating agency worried over Brexit effect on buy to let purchases

An investment report from credit ratings agency Moody’s suggests it is concerned about the effects of Brexit on the housing market,...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 August 2016

From: Features

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

More bad news for London transactions and prices from Hometrack

London’s rising supply of homes on sale and relatively low level of transactions are “pointing to slower house price growth in...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank of England says housing transactions 'resilient' despite Brexit

The Bank of England says there has been a dip in the housing market activity after the Brexit referendum result -...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2016

With a number of agent partner programmes available nationwide, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, especially...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Agency defies Brexit gloom by adding eight new branches in one month

Leaders’ plans for significant expansion in 2016 remain undeterred by Brexit with eight new branches added to its national network in...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Valuation totals grew in June despite market's referendum jitters

The pace of property valuations conducted last month grew on both an annual basis and since the previous month, despite jitters...

12 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

Hometrack warns Brexit will trigger sizeable decline in transactions

Hometrack is the latest property organisation to forecast that the referendum result will impact turnover far more than house prices in...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents can limit Brexit price falls by holding their nerve, says analyst

One of the country’s leading property experts says she expects buyers to hold off over the summer as a result of...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

HMRC reveals vast drop-off in sales after stamp duty deadline

The latest figures from the HMRC show the scale of sales market drop-off following the surge in purchases by buy to...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2016

From: Features

Housing market in the doldrums as owner occupier borrowing falls

Home-owners borrowed £8.1 billion for house purchases in April, which was four per cent down on the same month a year ago. There...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Home loans slow as EU referendum torpor sets in to housing market

Home loans activity has fallen to a 12 month low as market torpor sets in ahead of the EU referendum.  According to...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

28 per cent of house sales fall through after offers are accepted

Almost three in 10 buyers have seen their house purchase fall through after making an offer - typically leaving them almost...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Bridging the gap

While buy-to-let lenders brace themselves for further interventions as part of proposals currently being drawn up by the Prudential Regulation Authority...

01 June 2016

From: Features

All change? Industry to be asked how to shake-up house buying

The government is staying tight-lipped about it for the moment but there may be a major shake-up in house buying on...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

New credit risk rules could curtail mortgages for first time buyers

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

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Cash is now king in prime London market says agency chief

Buy to let investors and second home owners were behind three in five property purchases made in prime London during the...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

The stamp duty rush should help us to improve on deadlines

It’s almost impossible to write about the conveyancing market and not reflect on the activity levels of the past month or...

15 April 2016

From: Features

Rightmove achieves busiest-ever first quarter for leads to agents

There was a significant drop in interest in purchasing buy to let properties in March as the April 1 stamp duty surcharge...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents say first time buyer numbers up despite surge in landlord purchases

The numbers of households purchasing their first home has grown by almost seven per cent annually, despite the surge in buy...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge: Treasury goes public on multiple dwelling 'loophole'

Unlikely as it seems, the Treasury has tipped-off the 909 individuals and organisations that responded to formal consultation over the stamp...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the future of software

The days are getting longer, the sun is starting to appear on a more regular basis, Easter is just around the...

18 March 2016

From: Features

Warning that housing market is likely to fall back in spring and summer

The Nationwide is warning that the busy start to 2016 in the housing market is driven at least partly by the...

04 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Growing number of vendors say their plans are on ice until after EU referendum

A survey of 1,000 people shows that a significant number in each region of the UK are putting their sales plans...

02 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent fears 'abandoned sales' if completions miss stamp duty deadline

An estate agent has spoken out about the threat of ‘abandoned sales’ if a completion bottleneck prevents purchases of properties going...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

No change of course says Countrywide chief after 37% profits slump

The chief executive of Countrywide says there’s “no change of course” after a 37 per cent slump in operating profits were...

25 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want to cut delays - by getting estate agents on a course

The Conveyancing Association is launching a training course for estate agents, as the debate swirls over whether a shortage of conveyancers...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency chain complains of conveyancer shortage delaying transactions

Haart says a shortage of conveyancers and lawyers is leading to delays in transactions, made worse by the high volume of...

23 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Another online petition - this time against stamp duty surcharge

Another online petition has been launched against one of Chancellor George Osborne’s fiscal measures seen as an attack on the private...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents and mortgage experts welcome surge in first time borrowers

There has been a warm welcome given to figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders showing that lending to first time...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Good news for market as first time buyers lead surge in borrowing

In December 2015 first time buyers borrowed £4.5 billion for house purchases - that’s up seven per cent on November and...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Flood checks set to be standard for property purchases

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

16 February 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Almost 4,000 high-end owner-occupied homes actually owned by companies

Analysis of government data suggests there are 3,990 properties valued over £500,000 which are owner-occupied but purchased by so-called ‘corporate wrappers’...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers predict flood-checks will be mandatory during transactions

A poll of conveyancers suggests that the vast majority believe environmental searches to identify the risk of flooding will become standard...

10 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

Stamp duty deadline-beaters create unexpected mortgage lending surge

Increased competition amongst mortgage lenders and the rush to buy investment properties before the April 1 stamp duty surcharge deadline have...

02 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Knowing too much about property can be a disadvantage

Public relations used to be a minor part of estate agency, something only ‘the big boys’ paid for and with little...

30 January 2016

From: Features

Agents have only days left to add their views to stamp duty consultation

There is less than a week to go before formal consultation ends on the introduction of the so-called stamp duty surcharge...

26 January 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

Countrywide upgrades profits forecast - just months after a profits warning

The UK’s largest estate agency group has upgraded its profits forecast to the City - just over 10 weeks after issuing...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending for house purchases soars 12.5% in just one year

Mortgage lending has risen 12.5 per cent in the past year, despite a small dip at the end of 2015. Chartered surveying...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency demands urgent clarification on 3% second homes surcharge

A major estate agency is demanding urgent clarification on a three per cent tax levy - a ‘mini-me’ version of the...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

First time buyer numbers buoyant, despite substantial house price rises

The number of first time buyers is estimated to have totalled 310,000 in 2015, virtually unchanged over the past year despite...

12 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Consultation action confirms buy-to-let contempt

My suspicion in my December Industry Views column that the Chancellor, George Osborne, holds certain types of property owners in contempt...

08 January 2016

From: Features

Only four weeks for industry to comment on 3% stamp duty surcharge

There is just four weeks left for the official consultation period set by the government over its controversial proposal to levy...

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge: row brewing over consultation timetable

Controversy is growing over the government’s surprise consultation period for its proposal to levy a three per cent stamp duty surcharge...

30 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Government launches consultation on second homes stamp duty surcharge

The government chose Christmas Bank Holiday Monday to launch its formal consultation on the ‘additional properties’ stamp duty surcharge, first announced...

28 December 2015

From: Breaking News

 Longer completion days: removals’ body steps up opposition to CHAPS change

The British Association of Removers has entered the dispute over changes to the CHAPS arrangements for the transfer of monies on...

22 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Quite a present - over 5% of buyers given their deposits by their parents

Over one in 20 home buyers this year used a gift for all or part of their deposit, helping to fund...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Anger over CHAPS change that will force agents to open longer

The little-publicised extension of the CHAPS settlement day - taking the closure up to 6pm from next summer - has received...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents ponder 'legal avoidance' of 3% stamp duty surcharge

Estate agents and accountants are investigating whether there are legal ways of circumnavigating the three per cent stamp duty surcharge that...

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Shock and anger from agents at extra 3% stamp duty on some homes

There’s been shock and anger from agents - especially those in London - at the surprise news of an additional three...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyers increasingly-deterred by property taxes, agents say

Reports suggest foreign buyers may be losing interest in directly owning property in London and are in some cases increasingly attracted...

19 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent – What we learn from Germany and the US

I make no apologies for returning to Build To Rent, the institutional investment in building and managing blocks of flats to...

13 November 2015

From: Features

Developer wants agents for luxury Cabo Verde resort

The Resort Group, the developer of the all-suite Llana Beach Hotel and Spa, which is due to open in 2016, has...

20 October 2015

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20% year-on-year surge in mortgage approvals for purchasing homes

The number of house purchase mortgage approvals has risen by 19.8 per cent over the last 12 months.  Data from eSurv suggests...

09 October 2015

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Mortgage surge shows housing market is strengthening

In a new sign that the housing market is strengthening, mortgage lending increased in August by the largest amount since 2008. Data...

30 September 2015

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Has Help To Buy helped the market? The jury's out says agency analyst

An estate agency analyst has queried whether the £2 billion spent on the equity loan Help To Buy scheme in England...

30 September 2015

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Fast-expanding estate agency group snaps up another company

The Romans Group has confirmed its fourth acquisition of the year - it has now merged with Campsie’s residential and commercial...

18 September 2015

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Big rise in houses purchased with gifted deposits

Over 64,000 property purchases over the last year involved the buyer relying on a gift of cash for all or part...

14 September 2015

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Help To Buy schemes assist 120,000 buyers says government

Help to Buy’s equity loan and mortgage guarantee schemes have helped nearly 120,000 people buy a home, according to government figures.  Since...

14 September 2015

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Mortgage lending for house purchases hits 18-month high

August saw 69,220 house purchase approvals, up 9.3 per cent on the same month last year and an 18 month high. On...

10 September 2015

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'Quarterly house price growth hits 11 year high' - Hometrack

UK house prices increased by 4.3% in the three months to July 2015, the highest quarterly growth for eleven years, according...

21 August 2015

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London investors split deals to minimise stamp duty - claim

The recent changes in stamp duty means some investors in high value locations like London are splitting their purchases to reduce...

10 August 2015

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Investors' influence growing in prime London says agency

Investors are extending their influence over the property market in prime central parts of London according to agency Marsh & Parsons. The...

06 August 2015

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Money laundering: agents warned by National Crime Agency

Estate agents have been warned by the National Crime Agency that they must not hesitate to inform the authorities if they...

27 July 2015

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£5m windfall for share-buying Zoopla agents

Some 87 per cent of Zoopla members who bought discounted shares in the firm last year have made additional purchases this summer...

22 July 2015

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Manage your landlords effectively as tax changes take hold

Consider the scene. It is July 8th and new Chancellor, Ed Balls, stands at the Dispatch Box giving his first Budget...

17 July 2015

From: Features

MP's Commons motion wants action on From Russia With Cash

An MP has tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the Land Registry to require greater transparency for overseas company purchases...

16 July 2015

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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

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Investors 'one third of prime London buyers' says agency

Investors now account for almost a third of buyers in prime central London according to one of the capital’s largest chains,...

30 April 2015

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Over 10% drop in mortgage approvals

The number of mortgage loans approved by banks fell year-on-year for the ninth consecutive month in March. Data from the British Bankers’...

29 April 2015

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Labour scraps first time buyer stamp duty

In a dramatic intervention in the sales market, Labour says it will scrap stamp duty for first time buyer purchases of...

27 April 2015

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