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KEYWORD "Surcharge" - 232 RESULTS
Stamp duty revenue collapses by over a quarter as transactions tumble

A new and comprehensive analysis of the housing market shows a jaw-dropping collapse in stamp duty revenue going to the Treasury...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty plummets by £1 billion following surcharge backfire

New figures from HM Revenue and Customs suggest that stamp duty receipts have fallen by no less than £1 billion. The drop...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Can 3% stamp duty surcharge be challenged after tribunal ruling?

It’s being suggest that a recent tax tribunal verdict might just open the way to challenges to the three per cent...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Why stamp duty should be abolished and not just reformed

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

23 March 2019

From: Features

Agents criticised after ‘wrong advice’ given in bid to avoid stamp duty

A solicitor is warning estate agents and the public about allegedly wrong advice relating to the additional homes stamp duty surcharge. Julie...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New stamp duty surcharge: consultation starts over foreign buyers

The government has launched an official consultation about a new stamp duty surcharge - the long-awaited additional one per cent for...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Big fall in stamp duty 'take' shows reform backfiring on government

If former Chancellor George Osborne thought his 2014 stamp duty reform would produce more income for the government, it appears he...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Welcome to 2019: The Year of Brexit and Ban

It’s safe to say that the majority of agents will be glad to see the end of the past two years....

02 January 2019

From: Features

What next for property in 2019?

As 2018 draws to a close, it is fair to say that stretched affordability and uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations has...

29 December 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – A to Z of the property market for 2018

Another year is nearly done – and what an eventful year it’s been. We’ve had more than our fair share of breaking...

22 December 2018

From: Features

 Landmark tax ruling could be good news for holiday home market

The holiday home market may still be struggling in the wake of the three per cent additional homes stamp duty surcharge...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Overseas buyers set to take advantage of stamp duty surcharge delay

Experts suggest that overseas buyers are likely to act quickly to take advantage of a delay in any stamp duty surcharge on...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Is that it? Industry downbeat after lacklustre Budget for housing

The agency industry has reacted in a broadly downbeat way at the relatively few housing-related proposals that were announced in yesterday’s...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty relief for first time buyers extended by Chancellor Hammond

Stamp duty relief for first time buyers of full-priced houses and apartments is to be extended to first time buyers of...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Budget briefing - Seven things to watch for today

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

27 October 2018

From: Features

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

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in overseas buyers ahead of latest stamp duty surcharge

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

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Let’s focus on the real foreign property ownership problem

It’s time to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to overseas buyers of property. If you listen to Theresa...

13 October 2018

From: Features

Knight Frank hits out at foreign buyer tax after announcing profits boost

Knight Frank appears to have shrugged off the problems hitting the high end of the housing market, reporting a 14 per...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New agency's stamp duty question: Do we need another property tax

“Do we really need another tax?” - that’s the question from a new buying agency, querying why the government wants to...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Foreign buyer tax is just ‘bid to win over Brexiteers’ says property portal

The head of a leading Chinese property portal has taken the unusual step of commenting on a British tax policy -...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Blame the accountants - they admit lobbying PM demanding foreign buyer tax

An accountancy trade body has revealed that last year it briefed MPs - including the Prime Minister and Housing Minister of...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexiteer agent scolds 'Maybot' over stamp duty threat to foreign buyers

One of London’s highest profile and most outspoken estate agent chiefs has scolded ‘Maybot’ Theresa May on the day she is to...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Overseas buyers to take advantage of stamp duty surcharge delay

Experts suggest that overseas buyers are likely to act quickly to take advantage of the delay in any stamp duty surcharge...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New stamp duty surcharge to be imposed on foreign buyers

The government has used this week’s Conservative party conference to announce a new stamp duty tax of one per cent to three...

30 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – legislation, legislation, legislation

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

22 September 2018

From: Features

Agent escapes jail after drink-driving and assaulting police officer

A Huddersfield estate agent who crashed her car while four times over the drink-drive limit has been banned from driving for...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Devastating impact of stamp duty revealed in buying agency's data

Data from the buying agency Black Brick reveals just how big an impact has been made by the additional homes stamp...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

Property Natter – ten years of Estate Agent Today!

Cast your mind back to July 2008 – Gordon Brown was Prime Minister, the Euros were in full swing in Austria/Switzerland...

30 June 2018

From: Features

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

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 infrastructure tax - if it happens, will it hit house prices?

It went largely unreported when news broke last week but now the suggestion that home owners should pay a surcharge if...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Proportion of sales to cash buyers falls back, says Nationwide

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

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Surcharge for 'five day exchange and completion' is slammed as rip-off

A critic of the conveyancing process has accused a law firm’s charge of £95 for “exchange and completion within five working...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Treasury set to rake in record CGT this year - with more to come

A forecast suggests HM Revenue & Customs will rake in no less than £8.8 billion in Capital Gains Tax in 2018...

23 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Property auctions market round-up Q4 ‘16

No longer just a domain for investors, developers and property traders, the auction room is now the preferred option of buying...

21 January 2017

From: Features

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

Agency hit with fine for 'false advertising'

An estate agency has been fined by a local authority for putting up a 'Sold' board outside a house more than...

22 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

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

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

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

City's new 15% surcharge on foreign buyers - could it happen here?

One of the western world’s ‘hottest’ city residential markets has introduced a near-instant 15 per cent price surcharge on properties purchased...

27 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

Agent faces £7,500 bill after 'misleading' ads about homes on sale

An estate agent has been ordered by a court to pay more than £7,500 after admitting advertising holiday homes as permanent...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Pre-referendum sales market makes up ground in Scotland

House prices in Scotland rose 0.9 per cent in May, taking the average value to £172,119 - still down on a...

20 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yesterday George Osborne delivered his eighth budget as chancellor, announcing an extra £3.5 billion in spending cuts by 2019-20. The Office for...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Budget: Stamp duty surcharge confirmed, no buy-to-let bombshells

In today's budget, the Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced a number of measures which will impact the property industry.  The Chancellor confirmed...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Budget: further stamp duty surcharge details expected today

Later today chancellor George Osborne will make his latest budget speech. The announcement is expected to confirm the details of the 3%...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Property buying ‘frenzy’ spreads across the country

A property buying spree recorded in the East of England last month has now spread across the rest of the UK.  The...

14 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty responsible as largest auctioneer issues record results

The UK’s largest property auctioneer has announced that February was the best ever sales month in the company’s nine-year history.  Auction House...

14 March 2016

From: Breaking News

You read it here first: What to look for in Osborne’s Budget

When it comes to Budgets and Property, you have to hope that the old adage that ‘things happen in threes’ turns...

12 March 2016

From: Features

Lawyers told to inform agents if stamp duty deadline cannot be met

The Law Society is calling on its members to warn not just clients but also estate agents if there is a...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Supply of homes on sale is at its lowest level for 14 years says NAEA

The supply of homes to buy is at its lowest level in 14 years according to the National Association of Estate...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents cautious after Land Registry reports surge in house prices

Agents have reacted cautiously to a surprisingly-high 2.5 per cent increase in house prices - in just one month - announced...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let surge takes mortgage lending to almost a two year high

Banks have approved the highest number of mortgages for almost two years as the rush to purchase buy to let properties...

25 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge: call for exemptions on homes bought for children

The Chartered Institute of Taxation has called on government to introduce an exemption from the stamp duty surcharge for parents buying...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency chain complains of conveyancer shortage delaying transactions

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

23 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Another online petition - this time against stamp duty surcharge

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

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency fined for illegal display of For Sale board on a telegraph pole

Dacorum council in Hertfordshire has prosecuted an estate agency for what it calls the “illegal display” of a For Sale board...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Will government push through 3% stamp duty surcharge despite consultation?

A letter from the Financial Secretary to the Treasury appears to suggest that the government is set on implementing the three...

12 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers issue warning: Stamp duty surcharge likely to delay transactions

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers is calling on the government to reconsider the three per cent stamp duty surcharge being introduced...

08 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency condemns government over 3% surcharge and 'new' property duty

Scotland’s Land & Building Transaction Tax - its more radical replacement for stamp duty which still applies throughout the rest of...

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty deadline-beaters create unexpected mortgage lending surge

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

02 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Consumer group hits out at dangerously flawed stamp duty surcharge

A consumer group which supports the principle of a stamp duty surcharge on second homes and buy to let properties has...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Cameron dismisses industry's concerns over stamp duty and tax changes

Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed out of hand appeals and comments from Estate Agent Today readers to reconsider the recent...

25 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rush to purchase buy-to-lets keeping housing market buoyant says RICS

Landlords trying to beat Chancellor George Osborne’s stamp duty surcharge deadline are behind the latest upbeat assessment of the housing market...

22 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency says higher end of market is recovering from duty increase

Your Move claims the higher end of the Scottish housing market is recovering from the introduction of Land and Building Transaction...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency demands urgent clarification on 3% second homes surcharge

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

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Consultation action confirms buy-to-let contempt

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

08 January 2016

From: Features

Last chance for agents to send stamp duty and tax views to David Cameron

Today is the last chance for Estate Agent Today readers to have their concerns about proposed stamp duty increases and recent...

07 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty and buy to let tax changes - put your views to David Cameron

Estate Agent Today readers are being given the rare opportunity to have their concerns about proposed stamp duty increases and recent...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge: row brewing over consultation timetable

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

30 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Government launches consultation on second homes stamp duty surcharge

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

28 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Scotland to levy 3% 'stamp duty' surcharge on buy to lets, second homes

The Scottish finance minister John Swinney is to introduce a three per cent surcharge on the full purchase price above £40,000...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty and stock shortage mean 'winter of higher prices' says top agent

The director of two major agencies says George Osborne’s stamp duty surcharge and stock at an “historically low level” will force...

10 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says London market stagnation not caused by stamp duty

Countrywide says the current malaise in the central London housing market is not, as many agents and commentators suggest, simply down...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty income to soar by 50 per cent in five years, says Treasury

The Treasury has admitted that stamp duty ‘take’ is expected to soar from £11.2 billion this year to £17.8 billion in...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

A New Year’s Resolution for every landlord – make someone love you

Once you go beyond the industry’s anger about the Chancellor’s three per cent stamp duty surcharge – and that’s an anger...

27 November 2015

From: Features

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

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

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Osborne's property-related Autumn Statement measures

- From April 2016 buy to let landlords and people buying second or holiday homes will have to pay an additional...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

High-end agency director quits after being found guilty of charity theft

A sales director of a branch of Humberts has resigned after being found guilty of stealing £2,500 from a charity. Jane Hale...

01 September 2015

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