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KEYWORD "Speech" - 101 RESULTS
Labour unveils plans for new towns

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

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Cut possible in Mini-Budget - government briefing

A report in the Times newspaper says Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is planning a stamp duty cut in the early autumn. The paper...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer to give Blue Sky speech to estate agents

TV property guru, Move iQ founder and Estate Agent Today columnist Phil Spencer to be a keynote speakers at Propertymark One...

19 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Government's leasehold reform proposals come under the spotlight

The complexities of the government’s leasehold reform proposals affecting millions of homeowners came under the spotlight at a seminar organised by...

02 March 2024

From: Features

Another year of change? How property law will evolve in 2024

Yulia Barnes is founder and managing partner of Barnes Law   2024 is set to be another significant year for the property...

20 January 2024

From: Features

ESPC hails 100% pass rate for first SPC Property Practice graduates

Scottish property portal ESPC has announced the inaugural graduation of its first qualification, with a 100% pass rate. EPSC revealed that 55...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Zoopla to launch ‘buyers’ market’ ad campaign on Christmas Day

Forget the King’s Speech, Zoopla is hoping for a Christmas Day boost with the launch of its new marketing campaign. The portal...

15 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - I feel the need. The need for speed-ier house purchases

It was actor Charlies Sheen who said: ‘I have one speed. I have one gear. Go!’ The same might not be said...

25 November 2023

From: Features

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

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

25 November 2023

From: Features

Jonathan Rolande: A Prosecco rather than Champagne Autumn Statement

It wasn’t exactly a champagne statement. More like Prosecco.  But, nevertheless, there are reasons to be cheerful in the wake of Jeremy...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement: Treasury pledges £3m to ‘improve homebuying process'

The Autumn Statement ended up being silent on Stamp Duty reforms and direct housing market stimulus but there were some nuggets...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - Going for growth? United we stand...

It was US disability rights advocate, Helen Keller, who said: ‘alone, we can do so little, together we can do so...

11 November 2023

From: Features

Leasehold Reform - Government must get the balance right

Three members of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners take a brief look at some of the trials and tribulations awaiting...

11 November 2023

From: Features

Government unveils proposals to reform ground rents

The Government has outlined five proposals to reduce ground rents for existing leaseholders as its latest attempt to reform the sector...

10 November 2023

From: Breaking News

King’s Speech: ‘Disappointing for existing leaseholders’

Campaigners and commentators have reacted cautiously to leasehold reform proposals put forward in the King’s Speech. The King took part in his...

08 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Date set for 2024 Propertymark One conference

A date has been set for next year’s Propertymark One conference. The landmark conference was launched by the agency trade body at...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Propertymark backs leasehold reform proposals

Propertymark has given its backing to commitments from the Housing Minister on the long-awaited next steps of leasehold reform. Timothy Douglas, head...

01 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove resurrects bid to phase out leasehold system for houses

All new houses in England and Wales will have to be sold as freehold properties under government plans to phase out...

30 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Women in Estate Agency Award debuts at the ESTAS

The first Women in Estate Agency Award winners were announced at the ESTAS last week. The ESTAS Awards marked its 20th anniversary last...

23 October 2023

From: Breaking News

 Agents invited to learn about future of energy efficiency rules

The Property Energy Professionals Association (PEPA) has opened its annual conference in Derby to estate agents and conveyancers for the first...

17 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Party leaders quiet on PRS at conferences

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

14 October 2023

From: Features

Jonathan Rolande: A missed opportunity on housing

I listened carefully, and I even played it back afterwards.  But, even now, I remain astonished by what I didn’t hear.  On Wednesday, in his...

06 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary: We (still) need to do more on home ownership

More families need a home they can call their own, the Housing Secretary Michael Gove has claimed. Speaking at the Tory Party...

04 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to TedTalk-style success summit

Industry figure Sean Newman has launched a new TedTalk-style event called the ‘Estate Agent Success Summit’. Speakers will be given 30 minutes...

28 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - supportive September

Check out some of the latest charitable endeavours from agency and property brands this week. If you have a charitable event or...

22 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Estate agents dinner returns for extra helpings

The EA Directors Club dinner, hosted by the Baldock Brothers returns on September 21st after its summer break. The event, which is...

06 September 2023

From: Breaking News

The land industry must separate itself from politics

The process from a Local Plan allocation to a digger on site typically stretches beyond the length of a five-year political...

12 August 2023

From: Features

Gove criticised for “unhelpful” leasehold pledges amid reform delays

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has been slammed for “unhelpful” comments about abolishing leasehold after it emerged that there may not be...

12 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Going for gold! Final keynote speaker revealed for Propertymark conference

Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, has been announced as Propertymark’s final keynote speaker for its landmark conference next month. She will...

10 May 2023

From: Breaking News

‘Fundamental’ leasehold reform promised in King’s Speech

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has signalled that legislation to allow for further leasehold reform will be included in the next parliamentary...

21 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Property lawyers warn about copycat cases after landmark Tate Modern ruling

Property developers and policymakers have been warned about copycat cases following a Supreme Court decision this week that ruled neighbours of...

02 February 2023

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Opportunities for agents if they adopt ‘systems and tech’

Automated rental payment specialists PayProp recently held a high-profile event in London - PayProp Connect - which included a number of...

02 December 2022

From: Breaking News

The Agency UK plans industry exhibition

Self-employed estate partnership brand The Agency UK (TAUK) is to host its first industry exhibition. Titled Grow your Agency in 23, the...

21 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty cut to remain as Hunt scraps mini-Budget

The new Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, has reversed almost all of the tax cuts set out in Kwasi Kwarteng's disastrous mini-Budget three...

17 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Starmer speech: Labour would set goal of getting home ownership up to 70%

Sir Kier Starmer has used his speech at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool to set out plans of getting home...

27 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Dear New Prime Minister - here's your housing to-do list

We are only a fortnight away from having a new Prime Minister, following a contest in which housing has played a...

20 August 2022

From: Features

Agent calls for housing tsar as minister quits and Gove is sacked

Independent agent Barrows and Forrester has called for the appointment of a housing tsar for a fixed term as yet another...

07 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Why everyone in the property industry must focus on supply

Anyone working in the property market should have at least one eye on supply. Of course, it’s a constant issue for...

02 July 2022

From: Features

MPs set to quiz Housing Secretary on property market proposals

Housing Secretary Michael Gove and minister Stuart Andrew are set to be grilled by MPs on their property market plans today. The...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

PM unveils mortgage and benefits review to boost homeownership

Boris Johnson has promised a review of the mortgage market and housing benefit rules to help more people to get on...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Mortgage and Right to Buy overhaul expected today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to unveil a flagship policy today to help more people onto the property ladder. It is...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

AML expert backs data reforms to speed-up sales

Data reforms announced in the Queen’s Speech earlier this month could speed-up property sales, an anti-money laundering (AML) expert claims. While property...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Industry Views - Michael Gove and His Dead Cat

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

21 May 2022

From: Features

Trade body hopes empty homes clampdown will boost agency stock

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

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 May 2022

From: Features

Peer calls for agency regulations to apply in leasehold sector

A high-profile peer has questioned why estate agency regulation wasn’t extended to property management companies in the Queen’s Speech this week. Lord...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government unveils new levelling up law - what it means for estate agents

The government last night revealed more details on its flagship Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill including letting local authorities double council...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents 'have nothing to fear' from ROPA exams

Agents are being urged not to fear exams when it comes to new industry qualifications for the sector. The industry is still awaiting...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government still committed to introducing ROPA rules

The government has insisted it is still committed to introducing agency qualifications and minimum standards in the sector. It is almost three...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – from barmaid to branch manager to Countrywide’s top negotiator

In this week’s Natter, I carry out a Q&A with Lisa Knight, who has taken the impressive journey from barmaid to...

09 April 2022

From: Features

Government may seize homes of key Russians without compensation

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

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Opinion: The property sector should take action now, not wait for the Economic Crime Bill

The outcome of the Ukraine crisis is far from certain, but one thing has become abundantly clear. The long-overdue Economic Crime...

26 February 2022

From: Features

Budget 2021 aftermath - did the chancellor target property for tax revenue? 

In the Autumn Budget on Wednesday 27 October, very few impending tax hikes were revealed by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak –...

06 November 2021

From: Features

Autumn Budget: will Sunak’s pledges create opportunities for agents in the new-build sector?

At first glance, Rishi Sunak’s Budget speech earlier this week didn’t offer much from a property perspective. But digging down a little...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Sustainability and automation – how can agents reduce their carbon footprint?

We have all heard the terrible forecasts and listened to Sir David Attenborough’s speeches on the environment and the “we still...

30 October 2021

From: Features

PM puts home ownership at heart of levelling-up agenda

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given a ringing endorsement to home ownership as a central part of the government’s levelling up...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

A Taxing Time: the property industry is set for increases

By the time I next write this column, we’ll be just days before the next Budget and Autumn Statement. So I’ll...

02 October 2021

From: Features

Property Tax Threat: Labour hints at rises to pay for social care

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has hinted for the second time that he is looking towards property to help fund his...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Insight - Is The Resi Market About To Turn?

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

14 August 2021

From: Features

Paying For Viewings - will charging buyers really work?

A new service launched over the weekend, proposing to charge buyers £30 for a “guaranteed” viewing, has split opinions amongst estate...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

People want new homes - but not just anywhere

Almost 77 per cent of people think the government must build more homes - but if that means reclassifying Green Belt...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

What could the Planning Bill mean for the property market?

The Planning Bill, which will introduce changes to the planning system in England, was announced last week in the Queen’s Speech....

22 May 2021

From: Features

Is the tide turning for the lettings industry?

It’s been quite a week for the rental sector. Lettings agents and landlords have had such a torrid time in recent years...

15 May 2021

From: Features

Pro-Ownership and Anti-NIMBY laws likely in Queen’s Speech

Government leaks ahead of today’s Queen’s Speech suggest a major planning shake-up is set to stop NIMBY objectors to new homes. News...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Property viewings should stop, Labour tells government

Sir Kier Starmer has told the government it should look again at whether estate agents’ viewings of properties for sale and...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak pledges new homes but does not hike property tax - yet

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has resisted changing any property taxes in the short term, but has used his Spending Review statement to...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Using technology to underpin your lettings division

I remember so clearly in my Foxtons days, working as a lettings manager in Putney, that lettings, though less sexy than...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters' Reform Bill delay - what does it mean for the lettings market?

Housing Minister Christopher Pincher announced that the introduction of the Renters' Reform Bill will be delayed for an indefinite period due...

31 October 2020

From: Features

Living without Section 21 evictions – lessons from the Scottish market

The announcement of the Renters’ Reform Bill in the Queen’s speech last December caused a collective groan across the country from...

27 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

PropTech Today: ‘Don't blame us, we are not the problem - you are’

I had a wry smile when I read the article on Monday from the conveyancers complaining about people getting off their...

21 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

Buyer sues conveyancer for £4.6m eight years after purchase

A woman who bought a London house in 2012 is now suing the conveyancers that worked for her at the time...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tories pledge “revolutionary” low deposit mortgages for FTBs

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to create a ‘Generation Buy’ to help young people purchase homes with low-deposit mortgages. In...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: start-ups win investor backing in changing world

An overview of the global PropTech sector is often what I am asked to cover at conferences around the world. This generally...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: what will property conferences and events of the future look like?

Conferences, events and awards dinners are a hugely important part of the property calendar, bringing the great and the good of...

18 July 2020

From: Features

Sunak’s stamp duty holiday was never going to be enough

You have to feel for Rishi Sunak - well, at least a little. Leave to one side that he carries more presentational...

11 July 2020

From: Features

Property People Register launched: today’s Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to Wednesday’s update on what offers and advice are available to agents at this most difficult and challenging...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Help for self employed agents and new lettings info: Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to the latest Conquering Corona - our guide for agents to get through these challenging times. Please let us...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – how did agents advertise in the pre-portal days?

In the last few Natters I’ve focused on the slow death of local newspaper advertising, and how many agents are now...

29 February 2020

From: Features

New Homes Ombudsman announced (again) with banning powers

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

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial housing minister named as predecessor picks up thousands

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

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing minister Esther McVey sacked by Boris Johnson

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

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Lifetime deposits – what are the potential challenges and benefits for lettings?

Last November, as part of the Conservatives’ general election campaign, Boris Johnson made a surprise announcement that his party would introduce...

01 February 2020

From: Features

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

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

21 December 2019

From: Features

30% ‘first timer’ discount: Top agent’s key questions for government

A former residential chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has posed key questions for the government to answer over...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

PropTech Today: A lesson about agents, technology and human contact

Everyone thought John Bercow was short. It probably didn’t help that I was on stage just before him. 5ft 6 versus...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Order! Order! Bercow to be key speaker at property conference

The controversial former Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, is to be the keynote speaker at a property industry...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: The biggest mistake you can make is to do nothing

This line is one that I use a lot in my speeches and presentations, often as part of the final slide. I...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Will the current political landscape encourage Generation Rent to vote?

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

28 September 2019

From: Features

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

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

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories give housing a major role at party conference next week

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

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Party Conferences: what agents should look out for

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

14 September 2019

From: Features

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

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

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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