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KEYWORD "UK Economy" - 100 RESULTS
Better news for economy gives confidence boost to property market

The best news for the property sector to come from Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Spring Budget statement came not from any fiscal...

20 March 2024

From: Features

Government’s ‘laughable’ planning reforms overshadow ‘real-time property market’

A senior estate agent has described the Government’s pledge to compel councils to cut red tape in favour of development as...

20 February 2024

From: Breaking News

2023 - That was year that was...

As Conveyancers we operate in such a volatile market, where government economic policy can and has repeatedly made our professional lives...

13 January 2024

From: Features

The cost of living crisis highlights the need for a choice of rental deposits

As the UK economy faces a period of uncertainty characterised by a cost of living crisis and soaring inflation rates, many...

25 October 2023

From: Features

Housing Market Weak but cautious optimism from analysts

UK housing market activity "remains weak" according to the Nationwide. Its latest house price index shows that prices declined 5.3 per cent...

03 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Good economic news could be bad for housing market - warning

Experts are warning that the weekend’s better than expected economic news could indirectly hurt the housing market. The UK economy grew by...

14 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - 'Swipe right for business revolution'

After a bumpy six months media-wise, I was fascinated to see that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose a tech-based project...

05 August 2023

From: Features

How the circular economy can defend the holiday let industry

Sustainability has become a watch word for businesses the world over but there’s one element of this equation that is too...

27 May 2023

From: Features

Agency backer slams ‘outdated housing market metrics’

Toscafund Asset Management chief economist Savvas Savouri has slammed the use of ‘outdated metrics’ when measuring the housing market. The investment firm...

15 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Tackling fraud in the current climate - what’s the reality for agents?

Property fraud is a significant risk for agents, particularly as fake IDs become increasingly prevalent, and the economic climate remains challenging....

06 May 2023

From: Features

Guild boss identifies housing market ‘green shoots’

Lower mortgage rates than the end of last year and slowing inflation should sustain the housing market as it enters the...

21 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Gender inequality across the property industry is too big to ignore

According to Women Count 2022, an Insights report from The Pipeline, women still face entrenched systemic barriers on their route to...

04 March 2023

From: Features

Agenda-setting campaign exposes AML loopholes

SmartSearch, the UK’s leading provider of digital compliance, has published an agenda-setting whitepaper to highlight the anti-money laundering shortcomings and sanctions...

25 February 2023

From: Features

Short term rental sector creates jobs boost, says report

The growth of the short term rentals sector has helped to create an economy featuring several new types of jobs that...

11 February 2023

From: Features

Everything You Need To Know About the 2023 Housing Market

New year, old worries: what’s happening in the housing market? We’ve asked experts and collated forecasts, 15 in total. On the one...

07 January 2023

From: Features

Property market ‘recalibration’ is underway - claim

The property market is ‘recalibrating’ but should be seen in context of economic events, agents are being urged. Kris Mclean, managing director...

06 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers - why preparing for the worst is a wise move

A report earlier this month warned that conveyancing firms should stress test their businesses for a sharp decline in work volumes. These businesses...

03 December 2022

From: Features

Buyers advised to wait until 2024 to buy a home - claim

In a statement likely to rile plenty of estate agents, a proptech firm is suggesting aspiring homebuyers should wait until 2024...

24 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty cut - much needed boost or short term fix? Either way, estate agents need to prepare for the rush

The Government’s mini budget on September 23 was anything but ‘mini’ with several major announcements one of the most significant of...

17 October 2022

From: Sponsored Content

SDLT cut ‘a shot in the arm’ for sales, but government could have done more

Now that the industry has had the weekend to digest Kwasi Kwarteng’s short and dramatic mini-Budget, more reaction has been filtering...

27 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Gazundering returns as property market weakens – warning

Increasing numbers of buyers are gazundering or ‘price chipping’ on their offers to force property sellers and agents into last minute...

24 August 2022

From: Breaking News

New lender prepares to launch 30-year fixed rate mortgages

A new lender is preparing to enter the mortgage market with long-dated fixed rate mortgages in a move seen by some...

19 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Uncertainty remains over housing’s importance to new PM, says expert

A property expert has claimed that it remains to be seen where housing will feature in the upcoming political agenda. Nicky Stevenson,...

12 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Hammer time! Auctions could benefit from tougher property market, says firm

The auction industry could end up taking advantage of the upcoming downturn in the property market, because it provides the quickest...

09 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Opinion: Bank of England rate rises are nonsense and will increase inflation

The Bank of England’s continued rise in interest rates – the latest being a shift up to 1.25% - is, in...

25 June 2022

From: Features

Slowdown or house price cliff edge? It's too early to tell

Right now, one topic seems to be dominating talk in the industry. Everywhere I go people tend to quiz me about...

25 June 2022

From: Features

AML expert issues fraud warning amid speedy sales market

The fast-moving property sales market is increasing the risk of fraud, an anti-money laundering expert claims. Olly Thornton-Berry, co-founder of risk management...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: ‘the only way to bring about change is to be proactive’

In this latest ‘Women in Property’ edition of the Natter, I check in with Collette Allen, who was recently appointed as...

28 May 2022

From: Features

Proptech and the future of the UK’s economy and property market

Although Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement did not include many announcements regarding housing, it did provide a good...

23 April 2022

From: Features

Income Tax cut and VAT scrapped on home energy efficiency measures

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a dramatic future income tax cut, changes to National Insurance thresholds and scrapping VAT on more...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents braced for third interest rate rise as economic woes grow

Storm clouds continue to gather over the UK economy with growing inflation, another likely interest rate rise, and a warning from...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Mortgage trends and interest rates - what could happen in 2022?

As 2021 draws to a swift close, there is much speculation about what 2022 will have to offer. Despite the emergence of...

18 December 2021

From: Features

Lucky For Vendors: 13 buyers for every home on sale, says agency

There were 13 new buyers for every property listed for sale in the UK in September according to Knight Frank.  Over the...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty boost for first-time buyers? Not a bit of it, claims research

First-time buyers are £25,000 worse off thanks to the stamp duty holiday, according to estate agent comparison site GetAgent. The website revealed...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Future interest rate rise could crash the market, warns analyst

A relatively modest interest rate rise could trigger a crash in the housing market according to the housing analyst behind the...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-stamp duty campaigner fined … for stamp duty avoidance

One of the most outspoken campaigners against stamp duty has been fined for avoiding tens of thousands of pounds in … stamp...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Open up economy says Boomin boss as Covid appears to ease

Boomin co-founder Kenny Bruce says the UK economy should now be opening up thanks to the success of the Coronavirus vaccines. In...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

How do you think Propertymark should be run?

Propertymark has set out a four point strategy for the future of the organisation. The body - which encompasses the National Association...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty: new cliff edge or cause for delight?

Rarely do Budgets produce positive sentiments from the agency industry but Chancellor Rishi Sunak appears to have won widespread support for...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty reform “very unlikely” says Conservative housing guru

An MP demanding a root and branch reform of property taxation, including scrapping stamp duty, says the chance of fundamental reform is...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Property industry set to lead economy out of the Covid slump

The property sector is set to lead the UK out of its Covid slump according to Ernst & Young’s latest forecast....

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax hike may LOSE money, says investment chief

A leading property consultancy is suggesting that a possible increase in Capital Gains Tax could end up losing money for the...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 November 2020

From: Features

How can we ensure the second half 2020 doesn’t become a blip?

Recent figures emanating from the mortgage and housing market suggest that – since lockdown was ended in mid-May – transaction levels...

31 October 2020

From: Features

Electronic signatures are helping agents to weather the 2020 storm

2020 has definitely been a year of change. With little warning, the pandemic disrupted the day-to-day operations of almost every industry...

17 October 2020

From: Features

How will the end of the furlough scheme affect the rental market?

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, better known as the furlough scheme, was introduced by the chancellor Rishi Sunak in March to...

26 September 2020

From: Features

Warning bell rings - market boom could lead to bust, says RICS

The latest market snapshot by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors warns the current boom may not continue as government support measures...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Record number of property firms suffer ‘Red Flag’ financial distress

There’s a record number of property industry companies, including agencies, in financial distress according to the latest Red Flag alert monitor. The...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty dithering could kill the market, warn angry agents

Agents have spoken out angrily against any uncertainty in the market caused by government leaks about future stamp duty changes. In recent...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit clarity allows house price leap - but Brexit uncertainty returns

House prices have risen 2.3 per cent in the past year - the strongest rate of inflation for property since July...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ delight at another sign that the market is on the rise

Annual house price growth increased to 4.1 per cent in January, up slightly from the end of 2019, according to Halifax...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Owners’ Logbooks essential for easier house-buying, say conveyancers

Logbooks about properties must be made available up-front at the point of marketing and not later in the buying process if...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More agents and property firms show “significant financial distress”

Insolvency firm Begbies Traynor says the estate agency and property industry sector of the UK economy has seen a big rise...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks hopes stamp duty reform campaign will dampen criticisms

Purplebricks - which is at the centre of a string of controversies - has joined the growing campaign for stamp duty...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property market reality – it’s time to promote confidence

Although property transactions have, unsurprisingly, recently seen a decline which is almost certainly in part due to the ‘B-word’, this doesn’t...

28 September 2019

From: Features

Brexit: Deal or No Deal could hit base rate and then mortgage costs

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee - which meets monthly to set the base rate on which the costs of...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords forced to conduct more background checks in post-Brexit Britain

Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ policy that was implemented in 2012 was designed to make staying and residing in the UK as...

08 June 2019

From: Features

Property Natter - talking women in property, Brexit investment and PropTech

In the first Q&A Natter for a while, I catch up with Angelica Donati - CEO of Donati Immobiliare Group, PropTech...

01 June 2019

From: Features

Estate agents 'no longer biggest money laundering risks', report suggests

A survey undertaken by the respected Economist Intelligence Unit and a risk solutions company suggests that estate agency may be one...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: front-office headcount under review as branch closures save £3m

Foxtons has revealed that its six branch closures announced towards the end of last year will save the company £3m in...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide sets out reasons to invest, despite share price fall

Countrywide’s senior executives have set out reasons why investors should put their money into the group, despite its troubled recent years. Yesterday...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Top government minister thrilled to see Purplebricks success

The Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James, has used social media to say she is “thrilled to see...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Why estate and letting agents need to futureproof their businesses

A recent 'red flag alert' report from an insolvency firm warned that the number of real estate businesses defined as being...

31 October 2018

From: Sponsored Content

'Significant financial distress' soars for agencies and property firms

An insolvency firm is warning that the real estate sector of the economy is showing a growing number of businesses defined...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

No house price rises until 2023 - that's what left-wing think tank wants...

A left-leaning think tank is urging the Bank of England to manipulate the housing market to ensure house prices don’t rise...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Agencies and sector 'facing significant financial distress'

The UK’s real estate sector, embracing estate agencies as well as other aspects of the property industry, has been facing “increased...

26 April 2018

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

Financial crime – are estate agents at risk?

The spread and sophistication of financial crime in the UK in recent years has been unprecedented.  Figures from UK Finance show that...

04 November 2017

From: Features

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

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

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit impact on property industry is one of 58 unpublished reports

It has been revealed that a paper on Brexit’s impact on the property market, prepared by a government department, is one...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Property Natter – are you GDPR-ready?

Are you protecting your data right? This may sound like the sort of direct warning you get from cold callers or...

19 August 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

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

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

House prices haven't got the memo - and they're still rising

With almost every pundit predicting house prices to moderate in 2017 - perhaps even fall - it comes as some surprise...

02 March 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

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

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

28 January 2017

From: Features

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

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

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

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

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Another major forecaster says price rises will be sluggish next year

The Nationwide is the latest major industry forecaster to predict a sluggish average house price rise of two per cent in...

21 December 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

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

What does a Donald Trump win mean for the UK property market?

It is fair to say that 2016 is a year full of surprises. Anyone who had the foresight to predict Britain...

12 November 2016

From: Features

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

Countrywide rules out agency acquisitions for rest of 2016

Countrywide says there will “almost certainly” be no more acquisitions of agencies or other firms for the group over the rest...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Does Brexit mean the end of the Northern Powerhouse?

Plans for the Northern Powerhouse scheme, designed to rival London and the South East as the main driver of economic growth...

29 July 2016

From: Features

Brexit could wipe 30% off London house prices, warns major bank

A note to investors sent out yesterday by the international bank Societe Generale is warning that Brexit could wipe 30 per...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Index claims London and some regions showing first Brexit price falls

London house prices have fallen by 1.1 per cent in the past month - mostly since the Brexit vote on June...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

The post-Brexit landscape

As I sit and write this piece, even with the FTSE 100 back up and sterling having recovered some of its...

08 July 2016

From: Features

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

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 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

Agents' Mutual founder says housing market may be unaffected by Brexit

A high-end estate agent who was one of the founding directors of Agents' Mutual says a British exit from the EU may not...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

The true cost of bad weather – can you afford to be unprepared?

We’ve been facing some pretty adverse weather recently. Gales, storms and terrible flooding in parts of the country have upturned the...

13 February 2016

From: Features

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