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KEYWORD "Stamp Duty" - 544 RESULTS
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

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

Stamp Duty - should downsizing pensioners be exempt?

There’s been another call for the government to reform stamp duty - and this time the request is that the duty...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson wants absurdly high stamp duty to be cut

Boris Johnson is calling for a cut to Britain’s “absurdly high” stamp duty. Writing in this morning’s Daily Telegraph - the same newspaper...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty is a mess: should it be scrapped or simplified?

Research by Estate Agent Today reveals that there have been 12 different stamp duty regimes in the UK since the Millennium. What’s...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - first time buyer confusion 'shows need for a simple system'

A respected mortgage broker has found that there is widespread public uncertainty amongst the public about the effects of stamp duty...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t blame Brexit! Agent reveals who's behind housing market woe

One of London’s leading estate agents says Brexit has had at worst a neutral effect on the housing market and may...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

By George! Osborne re-appears to defend his stamp duty reforms

The former Chancellor George Osborne - architect of drastic stamp duty reform - has come out fighting to defend the tax...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty receipts plummet £317m over the past year

An analysis of HMRC stamp duty statistics for the second quarter of this year suggest that receipts are down 13.8 per...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban Gazumping! And limit overseas ownership of homes, while you're at it...

Gazumping is the biggest irritation in the property market to the general public according to a survey of over 2,000 people.  Respondents...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Another day, another gloomy report about London house sales

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

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

121,500 first time buyers since stamp duty cut, claims government

A government announcement this morning claims 121,500 first time buyers have taken advantage of the stamp duty cut introduced at the...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour wants London property tax revenue to be given to Sadiq Khan

Labour says stamp duty receipts and other tax income from properties in the capital should go to the Mayor, Sadiq Kahn,...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Prime London's four year collapse: agency figures show scale of falls

The price per square foot for homes in central London is currently £1,194 - that’s 16.9 per cent below its 2014...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Why Brexit is killing the London housing market

With the continued indecision surrounding Brexit and the final divorce settlement still months away, it seems property buyers are choosing to...

28 July 2018

From: Features

Agency reveals price falls required by prime homes before they sell

Figures from Savills suggest that there’s currently an average 1.14 price adjustments per sale across the prime regional markets of the...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Dominic Raab - another one bites the dust

Another day, another housing minister – at least that’s what it feels like! The resignation of the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson...

21 July 2018

From: Features

Storm clouds gather as house price growth dips to five-year low

Agents appear to be getting more pessimistic over the housing market as the latest government figures show prices still growing - but...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London house prices set to fall next year as well as this - PwC

House prices in London are projected to fall in the short-term, down by two per cent by the end of 2018...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

More rich foreigners buying in London is first fruit of Brexit says agent

An outspoken high-end London estate agent says millionaire foreign buyers purchasing “cheap” properties in the capital represent what he calls “the...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

At least one housing sector is booming - retirement market to rocket by 2022

If agents want to get into what looks like a guaranteed growth sector, retirement properties might just be the one if...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Transactions plummet across UK and particularly London

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

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty to blame for tumbling holiday home prices

The three per cent stamp duty additional properties surcharge is to blame for tumbling house prices in some of Britain’s holiday...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Tale of our times: flat sells after 575 days at £111,500 below asking price

The Money editor of The Mirror newspaper has finally sold a home he first put on the market in late 2016...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents clash over whether prime London still appeals to investors

Prime London’s transactions are now the preserve of so-called ‘needs-based buyers’ and not investors according to high-end agency Knight Frank -...

21 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

Shocking new figures show scale of sales slump, especially in London

The proportion of homes sold in London was lower than any other part of England and Wales last year according to...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

The biggest challenge facing estate agents today…

What is the biggest challenge in estate agency today? At the risk of sounding flippant, selling houses! It’s a unique industry...

11 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Portal data and weak pound help London agent target Chinese buyers

London estate agency Kay & Co says it is targeting Chinese buyers following research data produced by a portal. The China property...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest survey of experts blames Brexit again for London market woe

A poll of housing market experts suggests London house prices are likely to fall this year as a result of Brexit...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

First timers still have obstacles to buying, insists leading estate agent

One of the country’s leading experts on the housing market says first time buyers are still hampered from purchasing homes despite...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buyers are overpaying the stamp duty surcharge, says national agency

National estate agency Jackson-Stops claims that the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional homes is still confusing buyers, despite being in...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New land tax has huge impact on average house prices

The introduction of the Land Transaction Tax (LTT) to replace stamp duty in Wales has had a significant impact on house...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Going down - prime London at risk of another 5% price fall

Strutt & Parker has repeated its warning that the market in prime central London could see a typical house price fall...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of homes selling below asking price claims NAEA

Only one property in every eight sold in the current market succeeds in achieving its asking price - while no fewer than...

30 April 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

Vote Conservative...get Labour?

If you want to know whether buy to let, landlords and letting agents will be in the firing line for more...

28 April 2018

From: Features

Agents should educate first-time buyers now to gain clients for life

Given the level of resource and energy being put behind upping the number of first-time buyers in the UK, you might...

28 April 2018

From: Features

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

Prime London woe: price falls, slow sales and valuation mark-downs

Coutts bank has issued a starkly pessimistic snapshot of prime London’s housing landscape, reporting price falls, valuation mark-downs and slower sales...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Study exposes how little first time buyers actually know about buying

A new study reveals precisely how little first time buyers apparently understand about the buying process.  In a survey of 500 people...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

High house prices and leasehold abuse are key worries for public - survey

Stubbornly high house prices and concerns over leasehold-related charges top the list of worries amongst the public about the housing market. That’s...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains change could create “compliance nightmare” warns tax expert

A proposal by HMRC to speed up HMRC Capital Gains Tax payments for residential property sales could create a “compliance nightmare.” The...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Prices fall again in prime central London, admits Knight Frank

Average prices dropped another 1.1 per cent in prime central London in the year to March according to new figures released...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant fall in number of homes bought via company structures

Statistics published for the Annual Tax for Enveloped Dwellings show that the government appears to be succeeding in its  bid to...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Holiday home sales holding up according to estate agency's figures

Holiday home sales in one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations are holding up, despite stamp duty and the age...

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

Eight months to make a difference to UK housing

One day, I’ll sit down to write for Estate Agent Today and I won’t express my dismay at the lack of...

24 March 2018

From: Features

HMRC wins ruling over scheme claiming to cut stamp duty on homes

HM Revenue and Customs has won a key ruling concerning a tax avoidance scheme promoter which claimed to be able to...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Asking prices hit record highs in key sectors, says Rightmove

Average asking price of newly-marketed property have jumped 1.5 per cent - or over £4,500 - in the past month, says...

19 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

The government must recognise its interference is now affecting the market

In the great swathe of housing market data which is delivered each month, conveyancers’ case volumes often get overlooked, however the...

24 February 2018

From: Features

Rightmove: another massive leap in revenue thanks to agents' fees

Rightmove has reported another very large leap in revenue in 2017 and a modest rise in agency and new home customers...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Consultation underway on first time buyer duty relief in Scotland

Scotland is considering giving first time buyers relief or exemption from Land and Buildings Transaction Tax - the replacement for stamp...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

First time buyers back to the market in a big way claims agent

The number of first-time buyers has increased 16 per cent in the past month and 10 per cent year on year...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market analysis: what is the outlook for 2018?

A range of factors - including fierce competition under the supplied housing market, rising property prices and political uncertainty – have...

08 February 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Robert Reed  Head of Tarporley Office, Wright Marshall

Q. How did you get in to the property industry? My career in the property industry actually started out as a holiday...

01 February 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

First time buyers 'may be paying more because of stamp duty change'

The Mortgage Advice Bureau says early evidence suggests typical first time buyers are now spending more following the effective scrapping of stamp...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Stark warning that estate agencies could close in next 12 months

A partner at Carter Jonas says that the next 12 months could see stagnation in the market and as a result...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons reports big drop in profits and revenue with sales down sharply

Foxtons has this morning given details of a sharp fall in both profits and revenue, wirth sales significantly falling away and...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

First timers' stamp duty cuts won't help in London says ex-Rightmove chief

Rightmove’s former lettings chief Sam Mitchell has taken over as chief executive of online agency HouseSimple, which recently won another £20m...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

London agent claims capital's prime market is on the turn at last

London’s prime central market is turning around at last according to the chief executive of Belgravia estate agency Henry & James. James...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs tell government - stamp duty cut isn't really helping first time buyers

One of the most influential select committees in parliament has told the government that it needs to do more - much...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Down but not out - Haart's verdict on the national housing market

A set of figures produced by Haart suggests the market has had a difficult past 12 months - but the firm...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-Let – are we losing sight of what’s important?

Last week’s news that the lettings fee ban is unlikely to materialise before next spring was perhaps to be expected. Ever since...

20 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

Winkworth doing well despite exposure to London and Brexit uncertainty

Franchise giant Winkworth has told its shareholders that its revenues for 2017 are likely to be less than five per cent...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Here we go again - another '£1m home' is offered as a raffle prize

As the £1m-plus housing market continues to struggle in most parts of the country, so the use of stunts and gimmicks...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank wants house-buying 'education' for children and young people

The managing director of a bank has called for young people to be given more assistance in understanding the finances and processes behind...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

The cost of moving? It's £9,580 on average says new research

Buyers spent £9.7 billion on moving house in 2017 with the average individual move costing £9,580 according to comparison website Compare...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing 'promoted' to full Cabinet status in cosmetic reshuffle

The Department of Communities and Local Government has been rebadged as the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government in what...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

During industry change, service still matters most

Estate agents are facing the biggest industry changes seen in decades. The rise of online and hybrid agents alongside more traditional...

06 January 2018

From: Features

London-wide annual house prices fall for first time in eight years - index

Figures out this morning from the Nationwide show the first annual fall in London-wide house prices for eight years - and...

04 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

Price falls in prime south west London 'now worse than prime central'

More price falls have been recorded across areas of prime London according to Savills.  The pattern is not uniform - the agency...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2018?

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

30 December 2017

From: Features

First time buyer stamp duty change 'will have only limited effect'

The Nationwide says the Chancellor’s decision to effectively scrap stamp duty for the majority of first time buyers will have only...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

The Scores Are In: 2018 prices up 1% to 4% say most pundits

The last of the leading agency analysts and business consultancies have now given their predictions for the UK housing market in...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - exactly where Britain's £1m-plus homes are located

Grosvenor Crescent, located in the heart of London’s Belgravia between Hyde Park Corner and Belgravia Square, is the most expensive residential...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Transactions to dip and prices to flat-line, RICS warns

House price growth will come to a halt next year as the number of transactions reduces, according to the RICS forecast...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London: prices down 25% and sellers outnumber buyers 10-to-1

One of prime London’s most senior estate agents says stamp duty is “strangling the residential property market” in areas of the...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty replacement - new rates revealed by Welsh Government

The Welsh Government has revealed the bands and rates for its new Land Transaction Tax, which replaces stamp duty in the...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: things to look out for in 2018

Another new year is nearly upon us and, once we’ve got the season of mince pies, mulled wine, pigs in blankets,...

16 December 2017

From: Features

Agents' fees have risen only four per cent in a decade

A survey released this morning shows that estate agents’ fees have risen only four per cent in real terms since 2007...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Home owners think moving house has become much harder recently

Some 62 per cent of current home owners feel that moving house has become more difficult over the past 10 years...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents cautious despite stronger-than-expected house price figures

The Halifax reports that house prices in the last three months, that’s between September and November, were 2.4 per cent higher...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property wealth: More bad news for the young

It’s not breaking new ground to say that younger people have what many regard as the raw end of the deal...

02 December 2017

From: Features

UK housing: All change...or not as it turns out

Here we are again: another much anticipated Budget has been and gone and, yet, still nothing much has changed! Yes, of course,...

02 December 2017

From: Features

House price growth stabilises at 2.5% per year, says Nationwide

House price growth appears to have stabilised at 2.5 per cent per year according to the latest index to appear, that...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Sales market hasn't yet recovered from a quiet summer, admits NAEA

The latest market snapshot from the National Association of Estate Agents suggests that the proportion of sales made to first time...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Chains getting more fragile as market weakens, warns estate agency

The London-focussed estate agency Cluttons says chains in central London are becoming increasingly fragile thanks to general uncertainty in the wider...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide chief says housing market help should be 'tenure-neutral'

Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt says she welcomes the government’s scrapping of stamp duty for first time buyers purchasing homes under...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty income to fall but house prices to rise, says official forecast

Figures from the independent Office for Budget Responsibility suggest that house prices across the UK will rise by 3.1 per cent...

27 November 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

Property industry reacts to the Autumn Budget

Earlier this week, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the Autumn Budget with a strong focus on housing.  The decision to cut stamp duty...

25 November 2017

From: Features

Government tweaks 'additional homes' stamp duty surcharge

The small print of the Budget has revealed that the government is to make minor changes to the ‘additional homes’ three...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Scepticism at long-term benefit of Budget housing measures

Housing may have taken centre stage in the Budget but most of the industry appears to remain sceptical of whether the...

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

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist

The housing industry has set out a list of demands in advance of the government’s hotly anticipated Autumn Budget on Wednesday.  Despite...

18 November 2017

From: Features

A Short history of Stamp Duty

British politics is extraordinarily volatile right now and the ongoing battle between austerity and anti-austerity, Leave and Remain, and Conservative and...

18 November 2017

From: Features

Budget is make or break for London market, says investment firm

The London residential market is at last improving - but faces a make or break situation with next week’s Budget according...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

easyProperty backs switch in stamp duty for first time buyers

easyProperty, the online agency, says stamp duty should be paid by sellers and not by first time buyers. The online firm’s head...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Prices to stagnate in 2018 amid widespread uncertainty, says agency

Jackson-Stops predicts that average UK house prices will remain flat in 2018, with stamp duty, Brexit and political uncertainties taking their...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Most senior Tory MP yet says she's open to stamp duty reform

Nicky Morgan, a former Cabinet minister and now chair of the highly respected Commons' Treasury Select Committee, is the most senior...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Former NAEA chief ignored by minister and asks: 'Is he in hiding?'

Former National Association of Estate Agents president Simon Gerrard is renewing his campaign for the government to adopt two innovative reforms...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Chaotic stamp duty system means HMRC refunds £10m each month

HMRC has refunded £185m to some 15,000 house buyers since the introduction of the stamp duty surcharge in April of last...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Major finance company joins call for stamp duty reform

The largest mutual life pension and insurance company in the UK has added its voice to growing calls for stamp duty...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty more pressing than house buying reform, government told

The head of a major Oxford estate and lettings agency has written an open letter to Chancellor Phillip Hammond urging him...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

First time buyers massively over-estimate purchasing costs, says bank

Two thirds of first time buyers over-estimate the cost of purchasing a home according to a survey from the NatWest. The NatWest’s...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Central London market recovering from stamp duty damage - claim

Central London’s housing market is showing a recovery from price falls which followed stamp duty changes in 2014 and 2016 according...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

'Stamp duty is UK's worst tax - scrap it to help housing market'

Stamp duty on property sales is gumming up the housing market, stopping people from moving to the jobs they need, and...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

63% of homes in parts of London on sale for 12 months or more

Garrington Property Finders says some two-thirds of homes in two high-value parts of prime central London have been on sale for...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Unique data shows it takes average 201 days to move home

A breakdown of data from over 4,100 agents has revealed that it takes on average 201 days to move home, from...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Stamp Duty: pressure building on government for more reforms

Pressure is continuing to build on the government to reform stamp duty in next month’s Budget. Firstly a group of senior financial...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform at heart of NAEA's ideas for next month's Budget

Stamp duty reform lies at the heart of the submission by the National Association of Estate Agents ahead of next month’s...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Prominent Tory wants stamp duty switched from buyers to sellers

Conservative MP John Stevenson is the latest to throw his weight behind switching the burden of stamp duty from the buyer...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Back To The Future: a short history of rent controls

Like many of Labour’s recent policy proposals, its call for rent controls leaves more questions than answers.  There has been widespread criticism...

07 October 2017

From: Features

New-build glut adds volatility to improving central London market

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

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty soars to 7.5% on homes over £400,000 in Wales

The Welsh Government has set out the new levels of stamp duty for the country from next year onwards - and...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Reform high-end stamp duty and whole market would benefit - top agent

If the government slashed stamp duty for the country’s most expensive properties the entire housing market would benefit, an estate agency...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Market confidence still not recovered from election, say building societies

Confidence in buying property remains negative according to the quarterly sentiment measure undertaken by the Building Societies Association. Over a quarter of...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-NAEA chief tells government stamp duty should be paid by sellers

Simon Gerrard, a past president of the National Association of Estate Agents, has called on the government to switch the burden...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

The market’s missing homemovers

It appears activity in the housing market in 2017 will be around 15% down on 2016. The number of housing transactions...

16 September 2017

From: Features

Is the stigma of renting at odds with our broken housing market?

I’ve written before about the impact of headlines on the property industry. Interest rate speculation.   Market booms and busts. Demand...

16 September 2017

From: Features

Cost of moving rises 6% in a year - that's mostly down to stamp duty

The average cost of moving home in the UK has increased by £628 over the past year from £10,966 to £11,624...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Winkworth celebrates new franchise signings despite weaker sales

Winkworth says solid performances from its lettings and property management services, plus new franchise deals, have compensated for a challenging sales...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another call for stamp duty costs to be transferred to sellers

With party conference season around the corner and the next Budget just a couple of months away, more industry players are...

07 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

Prime London market 'possibly showing first signs of recovery'

Two years of stagnation fuelled by Brexit uncertainty and stamp duty increases may be coming to an end in prime central...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Slash stamp duty by a third, estate agency tells government

Jackson-Stops & Staff, a critic of the stamp duty system since its reform in 2014, now says the government should slash...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty: new analysis shows burden falling on Southern England

Analysis by the Nationwide suggests that the proportion of UK-wide stamp duty payments paid by purchasers in the south east of...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

'Second Steppers' face bigger challenge than first time buyers - claim

Homeowners ready to take their second step up the property ladder say it's harder than getting on it in the first...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Could tax be the excuse to introduce national private rental licensing?

It’s not just the evenings drawing in that marks the approach of autumn - it’s also the return to work of...

26 August 2017

From: Features

No crash but London market stalls 'thanks to Brexit, economy, taxes'

Ten out of 14 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News say Brexit and economic uncertainty are likely to stall London’s housing market...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Tory-led body says second home owners should be penalised more

A think tank says the penalties now levied against second home owners - such as the stamp duty surcharge and phasing...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Not just stamp duty: Treasury gets record Inheritance Tax income

An analysis of data from HM Revenue and Customs reveals that inheritance tax paid by UK families has topped £5 billion...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Buying agency turnover triples as focus shifts to owner-occupiers

Black Brick says its turnover in 2016 tripled to £3m with new business so far this year focussing increasingly on owner-occupier...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Newspapers ramp up pressure for further reform of stamp duty

Stamp duty has become the latest weapon in the ongoing war of words between different wings of the Conservative party, as...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Research shows huge damage from stamp duty in central London

The ‘lower priced’ 80 per cent of homes in prime central London are seeing price rises again, giving hope they have...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Falling living standards main cause of transactions slump - Economist

A detailed analysis of the UK housing market by The Economist suggest many reasons lie behind the slump in property transactions...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Drought - It's a lack of supply keeping prices rising, say agents

Agents say the latest Nationwide index showing a surprise rise in house prices does not change the fact that it is...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Strutt & Parker still facing challenges as it reports more London woe

The latest market snapshot by high-end agency Strutt & Parker reveals more bad news for London - despite the agency itself...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Profits plunge at Countrywide as CEO admits tough year so far

Countrywide has revealed a massive plunge in its profits for the first six months of 2017.   Pre-tax profit for the six months...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons' slump in sales means 55% of revenue now from lettings

Foxtons has reported its half-year figures for the six months to the end of June and, as expected, they show how...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Transactions down, says HMRC, as it reveals long-term stamp duty effect

The number of transactions in the housing market has fallen for the third successive month - and for the first time...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2017

With several agent partner programmes available across the country, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, with...

22 July 2017

From: Features

Sales Doctor: Winning more instructions part two

As discussed in our previous article, it’s all about the first impression. Once your team have handled that initial phone call...

22 July 2017

From: Features

Brexit uncertainty hitting transactions and prices, warns PwC

PwC says the drop in the number of property transactions is the economic indicator where the uncertainty over Brexit is most...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London’s prime housing market is no longer roaring

Being a leading world-class city comes at a price – they are the most expensive for occupiers and the most lucrative...

14 July 2017

From: Features

Isn’t it time that property remembered what is important?

For those of us working within the property sector, we’re in the very midst of what, for generations, has been one...

14 July 2017

From: Features

RICS' market gloom - supply drought, flat sales, struggling prices

The latest market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows price growth dipping further, struggling transaction volumes and the...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency chief condemns Theresa May's housing disaster

First time buyers have finances stretched beyond their means, buy to let is attracting fewer investors because of taxes, and affordability...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London: 52% of industry thinks market deteriorated in past quarter

A survey of just over 2,000 candidates and 1,000 employers across London’s residential property market suggests over half of them believe...

13 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

Countrywide poised for stronger second half of 2017 says analyst

One of the industry’s leading analysts says Countrywide’s figures for the first half of 2017 are likely to be tough -...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London housing bubble? Definitely not, predicts leading economist

The chief economist of Price Waterhouse Coopers says that although by some measures the London housing market looks ripe for a...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

41% drop in Prime Central London sales in one year, investor firm says

Sales in prime central London in the year to the end of March are a huge 41 per cent below the...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Forget stamp duty reform - There’s a new tax on the horizon

When it comes to provoking anger in property professionals, taxation takes some beating. Press releases are still arriving berating the December...

01 July 2017

From: Features

Another fall in prime London prices as Savills downgrades forecast

Prime London house prices are now 5.3 per cent lower than at the time of the EU referendum admits Savills, following...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property needs to rise above politics now more than ever

“Housing policy should be in independent hands.” That was the conclusion of a panel debate that Andrews held, not recently, but two...

17 June 2017

From: Features

Seller valuations now represent less than a third of the overall market

Just 27% of property valuations in May were requested by prospective home sellers, according to the latest data from Connells Survey...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

House price growth back on track in April, official figures show

National average house price growth bounced back in April after a slow March, according to official figures. The latest UK House Price...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing industry reacts to shock general election result

The housing industry has responded with shock, joy, and jitters, after Theresa May’s snap general election went catastrophically wrong, leaving her...

10 June 2017

From: Features

Stamp duty surcharge has shattered the market, says 'disrupter' agent

The introduction of a 3% stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of additional properties has 'shattered' the property market, according to...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

More professionals call for changes to stamp duty system

As we approach Thursday's General Election, more property professionals have criticised stamp duty and called for the Government to make changes...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Investor consultancy wants new government to lay off property

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

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

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

03 June 2017

From: Features

Another part of UK scraps stamp duty and introduces replacement tax

Scotland already has the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax instead of stamp duty - now Wales is following suit, with a...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Asking prices up for fifth month in a row says Rightmove

Asking prices of homes coming to the market have now been rising for five consecutive months says Rightmove.  Asking prices rose 2.0...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Should we be concerned by a cooling property market?

News headlines talk more and more about a slowdown in the property market, a drop in house prices and the need...

20 May 2017

From: Features

'Disrupter' agent says English sales system less efficient than Scotland

A ‘disrupter’ estate agent says the English housing market operates in a way that is far less efficient than Scotland’s -...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

City analyst uses Foxtons' figures to diss Purplebricks inventory

A respected City analyst has pointedly dissed Purplebricks over its allegedly modest inventory of homes for sale and rent. Antony Codling of...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage figures give cause for modest optimism, say commentators

Home buyers borrowed £11.2 billion in March - down on the ‘stamp duty bonanza‘ period at the same time last year...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform can win over voters, says UK's largest independent

The boss of the UK's largest independent agency has called on the government to be 'radical' and consider a range of...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London: transactions rise again

Transaction levels in Prime Central London (PCL) increased for the third consecutive quarter during Q1 2017, according to Strutt & Parker. However,...

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Fresh website for the Guild of Property Professionals

The Guild of Property Professionals, which has over 800 agent members across the country, has this week launched a new website.  The...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills warns of election hiatus for high end house sales

The next few weeks leading to the General Election on June 8 are likely to have “a short term adverse impact...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Property auctions market round-up Q1 2017

Auctions are a great way to sell property competitively, with a wide range of homes often selling under the hammer, and...

06 May 2017

From: Features

Agents' fees up 31% in a decade: surveyors, conveyancers up much more

The average cost of moving home in the UK was £9,472 in 2016 according to a survey by the Centre for...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Split stamp duty between sellers and buyers, urges top agent

Trevor Abrahmsohn, one of London’s best known estate agents and a founder of OnTheMarket, says stamp duty should be split between...

03 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

Don't make stamp duty even worse, agency warns government

The government should resist any further increase in stamp duty not only to help the property market but to help guarantee...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Consumer group names UK's best performing estate agent

The HomeOwners' Alliance says it has identified what it describes as "the UK's best performing agent" based on how much it...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

More price cuts likely in prime London, agency warns sellers

The snap General Election on June 8 adds to uncertainty but does not significantly worsen the market for prime properties in...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency figures show many more first time buyers entering the market

First time buyer registrations in the past month have jumped nearly 20 per cent across the UK and almost 30 per...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Transaction volumes rally according to latest figures from HMRC

Property transactions rose marginally in March this year, up 0.5 per cent on February’s total according to figures from HM Revenue...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform holds the key to meaningful market change

I wrote last month about how the Government, in introducing a 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes, had scored an...

22 April 2017

From: Features

Stamp Duty: no change imminent, predicts Communities Secretary

Anyone hoping that the General Election could herald an immediate change of heart by the Conservatives on high levels of stamp...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Strutt & Parker: local offices outside London 'may not be part of sell-off'

A well-informed industry article on the possible sale of Strutt & Parker to French bank BNP Paribas suggests that the deal,...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing market good news: price growth over 10% by end-2020

Average UK house price growth will reach 2.2 per cent this year, a rise of £4,460 that will see the average...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Two more years of government pain for the industry

My apologies if this causes you to break your Easter egg with a little too much aggression, but I reckon the...

15 April 2017

From: Features

Auction sector 'leading post-referendum sales recovery' - claim

A series of strong sales performances at recent auctions has led one firm to claim the sector is leading the residential industry’s...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

'Stamp duty and mortgage problems scupper 1.2m sales' - claim

A building society claims that in the past three years alone no fewer than 1.2m buyers have given up on house...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Land Registry figures: prices strong but transactions slump

Land Registry data shows that homes across the UK have risen in price by an average 5.8 per cent in the...

12 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

Purplebricks steps up its attack on commission-based estate agents

Purplebricks has stepped up its attack on what it calls “Britain's antiquated method of buying and selling homes” by describing it as...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Winkworth plans to bounce back after 25% fall in pre-tax profits

Winkworth’s annual figures for 2016 reveal a franchise turnover drop of six per cent and a pre-tax profit fall of 25.6...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Article 50 may be huge for UK but housing market stays calm

The triggering of Article 50 may have been regarded as a historic event but it appears to have left the housing...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit jitters have hit sales volumes, claims consumer group

The consumer group HomeOwners Alliance claims new research indicates that more than a million UK adults have shelved plans to purchase...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty: A year on and the government has scored an own goal

A year ago, we were days away from the introduction of a 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes – a...

24 March 2017

From: Features

London's low price growth throws doubt over market recovery

Contrary to some reports suggesting London’s housing market may be recovering, new data from Hometrack reveals the capital’s performance is still...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Savills reports 'resilient' UK home sales despite Brexit jitters

Savills has revealed relatively strong figures for 2016 in its report to the City this morning, with group revenue up 13...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London shows recovery at last, says investment firm

After a year of turbulence thanks to Brexit and the consequences of stamp duty changes, prime central London’s housing market appears...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: lavish praise from investment chiefs despite profits fall

Foxtons has received lavish praise from investment consultancy Jefferies despite long-term share price worries reflecting its mixed performance in the troubled...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Bigger than expected asking price surge - but market still cooling

The average asking price rise for homes coming to the market in the last month has been a chunky 1.3 per...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Housing must not be ignored in the clamour

We’re almost nine months on from the EU Referendum and yet the issue remains the big divide across the nation: an...

18 March 2017

From: Features

Brexit and SDLT stifling prime sales, warns top buying agency

Property Vision, one of the country’s oldest and most respected buying agencies, has added its voice to those saying that stamp...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge rakes in twice as much revenue as expected

The government has admitted that the three per cent stamp duty surcharge has raked in twice as much as expected. In November...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017: Pleas for reform fall on deaf ears

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

11 March 2017

From: Features

Agents Do Charity - and never mind the Chancellor....

There was nothing doing in the Budget - no stamp duty reform, no second look at mortgage interest tax relief changes,...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Why no stamp duty reform? Angry agents ask Hammond

Estate agents are angry that Chancellor Phillip Hammond made no attempt in his first Spring Budget to reform stamp duty -...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget: No new property taxes - but landlords may be hit

Chancellor Phillip Hammond has introduced no new property taxes in his Spring Budget - but a clampdown on those setting up...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons profits dive thanks to Brexit and stamp duty

Foxtons' figures released to the City this morning confirm a huge slump in sales in 2016 - and even lettings revenue...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: another leading agent wants it to be a seller's tax

Jeremy Leaf, the London estate agent and former RICS residential chairman, is the latest industry figure to call for the government...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

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

04 March 2017

From: Features

A look into the future of the buy-to-let market

With tax relief changes, a rise in Stamp Duty for second homes and strict mortgage affordability checks now in place, it...

04 March 2017

From: Features

Budget 2017: Should stamp duty be a tax on sellers, not buyers?

An estate agent and a building society have both advocated radical moves to reform stamp duty - and want Chancellor Phillip...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

Another Rightmove record - 131 million visits last month

Rightmove secured over 131m visits last month, an all-time high for January. The 131m total was some three per cent above January...

20 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

Mortgage rep in each agency branch boosts Connells figures

Connells Group’s mortgage services wing has recorded a 10 per cent increase in the number of mortgages in 2016 and has generated...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

A new way to buy? Mortgage lender offers to pay stamp duty

One of Britain’s biggest mortgage companies has come up with a new way to try to boost buying across the housing...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Agents critical of White Paper squandered opportunity

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

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Central London prices now down as much as 14% in a year

High-end estate agency Knight Frank says prime central London prices are down as much as 14.0 per cent in the year to...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Prime Central London sales down 21% last year says investor body

Sales in Prime Central London were down 21 per cent in the year to December according to investment consultancy London Central...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks share price at all-time high as traditional agents flounder

The stock market appears to be continuing its love affair with Purplebricks, as the hybrid agency share price rose once again...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Annual transactions highest since 2007, says HMRC

The latest HM Revenue and Customs figures show that there were 1.23 million property transactions in 2016, the highest figure recorded...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New Savills reports show more problems in prime markets

Two reports produced by Savills suggests continuing struggles for high-priced properties in prime locations to combat economic uncertainty and the deterrent...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

60 Second Interview: Shameem Golamy, Managing Director of Properstar

1.For those who are not familiar with Properstar yet, how would you summarise your services? Properstar is an online portal that helps...

16 January 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Rightmove traffic since Christmas up 5% on last year

Rightmove’s web traffic between Boxing Day and the end of last week is up five per cent on the same period...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: City analyst less gloomy about group's prospects

Countrywide’s long-term share price decline and turbulent branch closure programme have not prevented a relatively positive endorsement of the group’s strategy and...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' call for stamp duty reform backed by business chiefs

The Treasury should review the impact of stamp duty on London's market given recent political and economic changes according to London...

16 January 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

Farewell to 2016 and a cautious welcome to 2017

There is no doubt that 2016 managed to catch the world by surprise on more than one occassion.  But will 2017 be...

14 January 2017

From: Features

Savills talks of prime London sales 'boost' - but only after price falls

Sales of homes in prime central London improved towards the end of 2016 says Savills - but only after prices were...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty replacement: call for clarity over tax on 'border properties'

Welsh politicians have called for clarity over the new Land Transaction Tax that will replace stamp duty from April next year. In September...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Estate Agent Today - this is what's in store...

This is the final Estate Agent Today until Tuesday January 3 2017, so everyone at Angels Media sends all good wishes for...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

March 8 is next date for bad (or good) news on property taxes

The government has announced that its next Budget will be on March 8 next year. Until recently, Budgets and their ‘mini-me’ Autumn...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty replacement has 'eye watering' effect on high-end market

The introduction of the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax to replace stamp duty in Scotland is having an “eye watering” impact...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London - transactions down 50% according to new data

New data revealed by investment consultancy Central London Portfolio claims that transactions in prime central areas of the capital have dropped 24...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit and property taxes lead to subdued forecast for 2017 market

Brexit and wider economic uncertainties worsened by changes to property taxation have forced the Council of Mortgage Lenders to cut its...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of agencies in financial distress warns insolvency firm

An insolvency firm active in the property sector says that after a year of major taxation, legislative and economic volatility, many...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

What next for property in 2017?

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

17 December 2016

From: Features

Quote, unquote - What the industry said in 2016

Forecasts are so last year: who anticipated Bowie, Brexit or Balls for example? Quotes, on the other hand, really ARE last year...

17 December 2016

From: Features

Countrywide to put its commercial property arm up for sale

Lambert Smith Hampton, the commercial arm of Countrywide, is to be put up for sale. LSH is one of Britain's oldest and...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

New mortgage figures confirm housing market is gently slowing

New figures from the Council for Mortgage Lenders add weight to the argument that the housing market is gently slowing.  Home-owners borrowed £10.5...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London in prolonged phase of stagnation warns estate agent

Becky Fatemi of central London estate agency Rokstone says prime areas of the capital are to suffer a “prolonged phase of...

13 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

Are landlords about to ditch letting agents and go it alone?

Next year is likely to be a challenging time for letting agents, following a raft of changes introduced by the government...

09 December 2016

From: Features

Some prime London properties 'now 35% off their peak prices of 2014'

Prominent top end London estate agent Trevor Abrahmsohn says some homes in the higher levels of the market may now have...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Transactions 60% down in some parts of London, admits agency

Transaction volumes across all of London are 48 per cent lower than they were a year ago, claims an estate agency...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

After stamp duty and agents’ fees, it’s time to seize the initiative

Let me set out my stall from the beginning. Firstly with two buy to lets managed by an agency, I understand and...

03 December 2016

From: Features

Property Natter: five things we’ve learnt this year

What a mad, bonkers year it’s been. We’ve had, in no particular order: Trump, Brexit, Leicester winning the Premier League, a...

03 December 2016

From: Features

Autumn Statement: reaction and what’s next for us?

Chancellor Philip Hammond caught the lettings industry unaware with an incredulous Autumn Statement.  The buy-to-let sector took a bashing earlier in 2015...

26 November 2016

From: Features

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

ICYMI: What agents need to know from the Autumn Statement

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

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

More homes, letting fees banned, but no change to stamp duty or buy to let tax

Phillip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement, tackling amongst other things, what he called “the housing challenge.” The speech made no...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

High-end market 'toxic' thanks to stubborn sellers, foreign buyers, SDLT

Estate agency Carter Jonas has made critical comments about the high-end housing market, suggesting a combination of factors have created “a toxic landscape”. Rory...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty change 'means HMRC to miss revenue target' says agency

Recent stamp duty changes have resulted in a substantial decline in transaction numbers and HM Revenue & Customs missing its revenue...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents finalise their wish-list ahead of this week's Autumn Statement

Estate agents have spent the weekend finalising their wish-list and lobbying MPs and government ahead of Wednesday’s Autumn Statement. Top of the...

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

Five guesses about the Autumn Statement

Forecasts are a tricky business. And as I wrote in a recent Industry Views opinion piece, any prediction in the current...

19 November 2016

From: Features

Will Hammond's property past benefit the future of our industry?

We are now only days away from one of the most-anticipated events in UK politics; one which has a considerable impact...

19 November 2016

From: Features

More agents back call for lower stamp duty on expensive properties

London agency Stirling Ackroyd is the latest to call for reforms to stamp duty, with a claim that prices for the most expensive...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents back newspaper call to slash high-end homes' stamp duty

Agents selling homes at the high end of the market have generally welcomed the Daily Telegraph campaign to persuade the Chancellor...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

National newspaper launches campaign to slash stamp duty

The Daily Telegraph has this morning launched a campaign calling on Chancellor Phillip Hammond to slash stamp duty. The newspaper - a...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agents' fees up 26% in a decade - claim

The average cost of moving house now is £10,996 after an alleged 26 per cent rise in typical estate agency fees...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty cuts sale prices of Britain's most expensive homes

The number of homes sold for £1m and above has risen by 12 per cent in the first half of 2016 -...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

No crystal ball needed, just exceptional customer service

Graham Norwood recently wrote that it’s going to be harder than ever to predict the shape of the property market in...

05 November 2016

From: Features

Brexit and SDLT will slash transactions by 11% next year warns agency

Transaction levels are forecast to decline from around 1.22m this year to 1.08m next year as uncertainty causes some households to defer...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Sales in Prime Central London down 47% in a year, calculates agency

Strutt & Parker says both the volume of sales and the sum of the selling prices of homes in Prime Central London...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Four things all good estate agent websites need in 2016

All estate and letting agents now have a website – but just how effective is yours? Your 'virtual shop window' is now...

31 October 2016

From: Sponsored Content

The market is crying out for a positive Autumn Statement

We are now less than a month away from Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement to the nation, depending of course on...

28 October 2016

From: Features

Countrywide share price slides but LSL bats off City downgrade

The share prices of Countrywide and LSL Property Services diverged yesterday in response to both agency groups being downgraded by influential...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide downgraded by City investment consultancy

Jefferies, a major City adviser, is downgrading its 2016 estimate for Countrywide’s performance over the rest of this year. In a statement...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agency claims record offers from national Open House day

Strutt & Parker says it has achieved record annual sales figures from its latest National Open House day on October 8. It says...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Going, going, gone through the roof – sky’s the limit at auction

Auction rooms across the UK are filled with people looking to buy property, from bargain hunters to seasoned investors, ensuring that...

22 October 2016

From: Features

Why 'the UK housing market' no longer exists

The huge consequences of the EU referendum, and the impending Brexit negotiations, have drawn into sharp light the consequences for a...

22 October 2016

From: Features

Cabinet minister hints at property tax changes next month

The almost non-stop series of tax changes affecting all aspects of the housing market in recent years looks set to continue...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

London market slumps further as rest of UK shrugs off Brexit

The latest Hometrack cities index suggests that London house prices in the last quarter recorded the lowest growth for 20 months...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises are inevitable after tax clampdown on buy-to-let

Buy-to-let landlords may have failed in their recent legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for buy-to-let homes set to...

14 October 2016

From: Features

Top agency says London slump down to stamp duty, not Brexit

One of the most respected buying agencies in the country, Property Vision, says the estate agency industry's turnover is down not because of...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

'Cut stamp duty now' agents tell Hammond ahead of statement

Estate agents are already setting out their stalls ahead of Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s November 23 Autumn Statement with one simple message...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

20% Brexit exchange slump but agency partners get bonus boost

Knight Frank has reported a four per cent rise in annual revenues to £461m but a five per cent drop in...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit weakens housing market across the south east, says Standard Life

The housing market has not fallen over in the wake of the Brexit vote, contrary to come predictions, “but there are...

07 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers urge Hammond to reverse Osborne property taxes

The Conveyancing Association says new Chancellor Phillip Hammond should use next month’s Autumn Statement as the opportunity to reverse controversial buy...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Treasury stamp duty income falls across UK - but not in London

Despite dire warnings from some estate agents that stamp duty receipts for the government would plummet in London, it now appears...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Agency says stamp duty, not Brexit, causing prime market slowdown

New data from Knight Frank shows that prime property prices have dipped by 0.1 per cent in the three months following...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

House price growth slows in UK's biggest cities

Annual house price growth in 20 UK cities dipped to 8.2% last month, according to the latest figures from Hometrack. The research...

26 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

'Transaction levels remained steady over summer' – HMRC

Provisional figures from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs show there were 109,630 residential property transactions in the UK during August.  The figure is...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Sellers should pay stamp duty, says mortgage lender

A mortgage lender has called on the government to reform stamp duty so that it is paid by property sellers instead...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agency fees contribute to higher average moving costs, says Lloyds

Rising estate agency fees account for more almost half of the increase in average moving costs in the past year, according...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing must remain top of the government’s agenda

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

16 September 2016

From: Features

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

Highest number of second homes is in London, not tourist areas

The highest number of second homes in UK local authority areas exist not in the south west, the Lake District or...

12 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

Industry protests work – so keep them up

It’s been a heartening few weeks for those of us who thought that protest was dead – or, more precisely, that...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Franchise group grows despite Brexit and stamp duty unsettling market

Franchise network Belvoir says a combination of Brexit and stamp duty have unsettled the housing market - although despite this the...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Surprise pick-up in house price growth defies Brexit pessimism

Average house prices across the UK increased by 0.6 per cent in August, taking the annual rate of growth to 5.6...

01 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit protection schemes offer peace of mind

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

26 August 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

Huge rise in home-movers this year despite referendum jitters

No fewer than 174,000 people moved home in the first six months of 2016 - a rise of nine per cent...

15 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

Prime London prices fall as much as 7.1% in the past year says JLL

Prices of homes in Prime Central London have fallen across all sectors in the second quarter of the year and over...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers join call to scrap stamp duty in bid to bolster market

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers has become the latest body to call for the scrapping of stamp duty to give the...

08 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

Valuations cool slightly in July compared to same month a year ago

There was a small two per cent drop in residential valuations in July compared to the same month last year, according to...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Claim that housing market hurt by 'no new second homes' decision

A report says agents in the Cornish holiday home haven of St Ives admit the local market has been hit by...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

LSL says profits and revenue up but sales 'suppressed' for rest of 2016

LSL Property Services - which owns agency brands including Your Move, Reeds Rains and Marsh & Parsons - has reported strong...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Forecast of only modest market slowdown thanks to Brexit

The Centre for Economics and Business Research says that house prices across the UK are set to increase by 5.7 per...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Foxtons reviewing branch openings after huge profits slump

Foxtons is reviewing its programme of branch openings in London because of the slowdown in the capital's housing market. In figures released...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: 9% revenue growth and online roll-out despite Brexit concerns

Countrywide has confounded its critics with an upbeat performance in the first six months of the year, growing revenues by nine...

28 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New warning of older sellers deterred by high cost and poor choice

There has been another warning that older home owners are reluctant to sell and free-up family housing because of the cost...

28 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Latest mortgage figures suggest resilience despite Brexit uncertainty

The latest figures on mortgage lending suggest that higher house prices led to greater lending in June this year than 12...

27 July 2016

From: Breaking News

UK property tax not so bad compared to Europe, claims consultancy

An international accountancy consultancy says mainland Europe levies some of the highest property purchase taxes in the world - and that...

25 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

Over 80% of recent prime central London sales have had price cuts

Buying agent Johnny Turnbull claims that 83.2 per cent of the properties sold in prime central London in the second quarter...

13 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

Stamp duty surcharge: too early to say if holiday home market is hit

Countrywide says it is too early to say whether the stamp duty surcharge introduced in the spring has had any significant...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Too early to see Brexit impact on prices, says Nationwide

The chief economist who compiles Nationwide’s monthly house price index says it is too early yet to see the impact of...

30 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chiefs say transactions will fall but prices may only dip

The Council of Mortgage Lenders says the Brexit vote will hit transactions as buyers and sellers wait for the dust to...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Purplebricks, Foxtons share prices tumble - portals less so

As post-Brexit referendum vote shockwaves continue to reverberate around stock markets and currency exchanges, many publicly-quoted property companies took a hit...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Foxtons issues profits warning as Brexit jitters continue

Foxtons says the vote to leave the EU means the expected upturn in the housing market in the second half of...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

'Billionaires Row' agent says new PM and Chancellor may cut stamp duty

One of London’s most outspoken estate agents claims the prime minister who succeeds David Cameron could appoint a chancellor who will...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents pessimistic after shock Brexit vote and Cameron quitting

Agents have been giving their reaction to the shock Brexit referendum result - and their comments have ranged from the gloomy...

24 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

Index of house prices – or accumulating crisis?

So we now have a new 'official' index of house prices, and much good may it do us. For the chattering classes...

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

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

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

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty change leads to dramatic 11 per cent surge in house sales

There has been an 11 per cent increase in sales in Scotland over the past year - and one major agency...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

New ‘official’ UK House Price Index launched - prices up 8.2% annually

The first new ‘official’ UK House Price Index, released this morning, shows an annual price increase of 8.2 per cent which takes...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency Express says transaction slump now across much of UK

There is a slowdown in homes coming to the market and in those selling according to data from Agency Express based...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

2016 half year news round up for Estate & Letting agents

As we have just passed the 6 month half way point of 2016 we thought it would be a good idea...

09 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

Affordability will curb demand and prices later this year, warns Halifax

Worsening affordability caused by a sustained period of higher-than-earnings house price growth, should curb demand and result in a slowdown in...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Connells insists housing market is robust despite EU referendum jitters

Valuation activity in May rose by nearly a fifth on an annual basis despite the upcoming EU referendum according to research...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Why negotiating skills will be more crucial than ever in the months ahead

Sales skills, and the ability to negotiate in particular, have always been a core ingredient for any estate agent – and...

03 June 2016

From: Features

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

Prime Central London market 'lethargic' as EU referendum edges closer

A high-end agency claims that despite prices falling in Prime Central London (PCL), demand was subdued in May due to the prospect...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency chief says sellers need to be more realistic with their asking prices

The head of one of the country's largest estate agency chains has urged sellers to be more realistic with the asking...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing transactions break pre-MMR record

Conveyancing transactions hit a post-recession high during the first quarter of 2016, according to new figures. Search provider Search Acumen's analysis of...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

April mortgage lending hits eight-year high - even after SDLT deadline

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £18.5 billion last month - the highest April figure since...

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Prices still rising according to government's final ONS housing index

House prices across the UK increased by 9.0 per cent in the year to March, showing a significant rise from the 7.6...

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime country house prices 13.6% below peak, says high-end agency

Knight Frank says the prices of so-called ‘prime’ country houses are still on average 13.6 per cent below their peak, despite...

17 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says stamp duty fall-out acts against first time buyers

A modest 0.4 per cent rise in average asking prices over the past month conceals a nasty surprise for first time...

16 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – the top five Proptech products

Last time out I spoke about the beginnings of a PropTech revolution, with two major London-based events in the offing over...

13 May 2016

From: Features

New RICS transaction data backs up 'referendum slowdown' theory

New figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors backs up the theory that the market is slowing down significantly ahead...

13 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agency analysts warn of 'bumpy ride' for market until July

Property sales slowed dramatically in April as the market readjusted following the frenzy of buying before the stamp duty surcharge deadline...

12 May 2016

From: Breaking News

End of stamp duty buying-frenzy leads to small dip in house prices

House prices dipped by 0.8 per cent in April, the first month of the stamp duty surcharge and the period when...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surge may keep prices rising until summer - agency

Estate agency Connells says the buoyant start to 2016 created by investors trying to beat the April stamp duty deadline may...

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty rises create 'era of low transaction volumes' in London

The stamp duty increases introduced in late 2014 are still having an impact on prime areas of London and have heralded...

05 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Land Registry and Nationwide agree - UK house prices dipping

Land Registry house price data has shown a 0.5 per cent drop in March, taking annual house price inflation to 6.7...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Foxtons is now outperformed by rival agency, claims analyst

Marsh & Parsons is now “outperforming” Foxtons in terms of revenue growth in the London market, according to a comparative analysis...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

More agencies say political uncertainty hurting housing market

Another agency has warned of the likely market slowdown caused by the June 23 EU referendum and political uncertainty over the...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing initiatives put the emphasis on modernisation

Two initiatives appear to show efforts by the conveyancing industry to make its house transaction processes quicker and more appropriate to...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

'Major agency has cut fees to 0.5% on referendum fears' - claim

A City investment consultancy says one leading private agency chain has slashed its fees to 0.5 per cent in order to...

27 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

NAEA says first time buyers benefit from stamp duty surcharge fallout

The National Association of Estate Agents says there is light at the end of the tunnel for first time buyers seemingly...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

HMRC reports whopping 70% leap in transactions thanks to SDLT surcharge

There was an extraordinary 70 per cent leap in residential transaction volumes in March this year compared to the same month...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Consumer group claims strong public support for stamp duty surcharge

A consumer group which champions home owners claims twice as many members of the public support the stamp duty surcharge as...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Property transaction charges catch out first time buyers, claims survey

A new survey suggests that it is the other fees associated with moving house - not estate agents’ charges - that...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage data reveals drop-off in buy to let deals as SDLT deadline neared

Buy to let mortgage sales - one of the key indicators of buy to let property sales - fell drastically in...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Foreign elite don't mind SDLT but Brits are priced out, says ex-Savills agent

A former head of Savills’ buying arm says well-heeled overseas buyers are unphased by the recently-increased stamp duty on high value...

20 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove visits and asking prices both hit record monthly highs

The rush to beat the stamp duty surcharge deadline has pushed average asking prices to a record high according to Rightmove...

18 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

A short, sharp shock from short lets?

We’re all talking about second home stamp duty, changes to tax relief and the Prudential Regulation Authority’s suggestion that banks should...

15 April 2016

From: Features

Brexit uncertainty hitting the housing market, warn agents and auctioneers

Political and economic uncertainty caused by the upcoming EU referendum is beginning to hit the housing market according to two different...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Big boost in mortgage lending says e.surv - but will it last much longer?

Home lending in 2016 saw its best opening quarter for nine years according to the figures from chartered surveying firm e.surv.  An...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Strongest March sales figures for almost a decade, say estate agents

It’s unlikely that this is what George Osborne wanted when he announced his stamp duty surcharge but its deadline for introduction...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

The Blairs' property empire expands - just before stamp duty deadline

Research by The Guardian has revealed that the Blair family’s property empire has expanded - secured just ahead of the stamp...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Welcome for government U-turn over duty surcharge on granny annexes

There has been a broad welcome for what would appear to be a government U-turn over the imposition of the stamp...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Valuers say buy to let client collapse softened by first time buyer surge

Connells Survey and Valuation says the total number of valuations conducted in March showed a 21 per cent increase over the...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime country house prices rising for 13 successive quarters says agency

Prime country house prices have been rising for 13 consecutive quarters despite the concerns over stamp duty reform, according to Knight...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Tax and Buy-to-Let – how short are our memories?

We talk about the unstoppable rise of buy-to-let and forget that it was only as recently as the early 1970’s that...

08 April 2016

From: Features

Annual house price inflation tops 10% - but it may have peaked

House prices in the three months to March were 10.1 per cent higher than in the same quarter a year earlier...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - the April showers edition...

It’s that time of the week where, despite stamp duty buying surges and the beginning of the traditional spring sales season,...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

London agency tries fixed-fees and a contest to lure £1m-plus vendors

We’re used to agents in the provinces having to initiate incentives to attract vendors but the state of the high-end London...

07 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Auction House says stamp duty surcharge worries will force sellers its way

London-based Auction House says the new stamp duty surcharge rules will encourage more sellers to use auctioneers. The additional homes three per...

06 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Ex-Cabinet member Pickles to ask Osborne to amend stamp duty surcharge

The former secretary of state at the Department of Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, is to write to Chancellor George...

05 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Prices may stay buoyant despite stamp duty deadline passing, says analyst

The price of a typical home increased by 0.8 per cent in March, while the annual rate of house price growth...

04 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London prices down thanks to Brexit threat and global uncertainty

Savills says prices of homes in prime areas of London dipped in the first quarter of 2016 because of economic uncertainty...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - good works dispel the stamp duty blues

Forget the gloomy stamp duty news, or the prospect that a new house price index might revalue house prices downwards, or...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty deadline: warning of major problems and extra costs for buyers

A top consultancy firm is warning that the stamp duty surcharge coming into effect at the end of this week may lead...

31 March 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

Buy to let mortgage clampdown is too late and unnecessary says leading agent

New proposals to curtail mortgage borrowing in the buy to let sector have been branded as “a classic case of slamming...

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

NAEA says buy to let surge takes demand to its highest for 12 years

The National Association of Estate Agents has quantified what the industry has known for some weeks - there has been a...

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed - new restrictions on buy to let mortgage lending

A key Bank of England body has revealed its proposals for tougher borrowing standards to prevent buy to let lending overheating the wider...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Government sneaks out consultation on Land Registry privatisation

The government - which controversially launched consultation on its stamp duty surcharge between Christmas and New Year - has now used...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

High-end prime central London likely to see more price falls, warns agency

Winkworth, the franchise giant with most offices concentrated in or close to London, says the high-end of the capital’s prime market...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

The siren call of Lisbon – A tale of rejection, disappointment and betrayal

When, during his budget speech, George Osborne announced Capital Gains Tax (CGT) was going down to 20%, I experienced a mix...

25 March 2016

From: Features

The rise of an increasingly unpredictable market

Property has long been a safe investment. Before the downturn in 2008, sellers were able to gain a healthy capital return.  Post-economic...

25 March 2016

From: Features

An underwhelming Budget – perhaps that isn’t a bad thing?

George Osborne has been busy over the last year. First came the General Election which had everyone on tenterhooks until the...

25 March 2016

From: Features

Tax experts blast SDLT surcharge as incredibly unfair to joint purchasers

A group of leading tax experts claims the stamp duty surcharge coming into effect one week from today will hurt the...

25 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

Sharp rise in house prices as stamp duty surcharge deadline nears

Average house prices across the UK increased by 7.9 per cent over the year to January, up from 6.7 per cent in...

23 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Only 900 responses to government consultation on stamp duty surcharge

The government’s official consultation exercise on the stamp duty surcharge - launched in controversial circumstances over the Christmas holidays - attracted...

22 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Storm clouds darken over central London's housing market

More storm clouds appeared over central London’s housing market at the weekend. The Bank of Ireland has announced that it is capping...

21 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent conveyancing course: Why we're not playing the blame game

Last month the news of the Conveyancing Association’s (CA) newly-launched progression training course for agents and mortgage brokers, reached the news pages...

18 March 2016

From: Features

Have we reached tipping point for many private landlords?

With less than a month to go before the new rate of stamp duty kicks in for second property purchasers, we’re...

18 March 2016

From: Features

Big rise in mortgage lending on back of more jobs and higher wages

Data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders shows that gross mortgage lending reached £17.6 billion last month - that's the highest...

18 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents breathe sigh of relief after latest budget
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