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KEYWORD "government" - 101 RESULTS
Spring bounce? Average house price rises for second consecutive month

Average UK house prices rose for a second month in a row during April, Land Registry data shows. The latest Land Registry...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour faces barriers to 'getting Britain building'

After much anticipation, the Labour Manifesto for ‘Change’ was launched this week. Held in Manchester the launch event included personal reflections...

15 June 2024

From: Features

Agents’ Verdict - We Need More Details in Labour Manifesto

There’s been a broadly warm response from much of the property industry to Labour’s manifesto, but a call for more detail...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

General Election: estate agents react to Tory manifesto

The Conservative Party’s General Election manifesto has committed to resurrecting the Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme and temporarily removing Capital...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

General Election has caused ‘minor drop’ in market activity - claim

Around a fifth of estate agents have seen a drop in buyer activity and almost a third claim sellers have gone...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Foxtons reveals General Election wish list

Stamp Duty reform and first-time buyer support tops the list of what Foxtons would like to see from the next Government. The...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Industry Views - Labour Agrees New Housing Policies

You may not have realised, but yesterday, the new government’s housing policy was agreed. No, I’m not talking about the new ‘Freedom...

08 June 2024

From: Features

Winds of change set to blow through the PRS

Win, lose or draw for the political hopefuls standing as candidates in the upcoming general election, it is likely that the...

08 June 2024

From: Features

PRS crying out for fiscal reform, says LRG

In the second of their Election Wishlist series, Leaders Romans Group turn the spotlight on the Private Rented Sector (PRS). Here, National...

08 June 2024

From: Features

The Netflix effect! Buying London boosts agency business​

Prime property agency London House, which features in the new Netflix series Buying London, has seen a 30% increase in global...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Finding landlords is agents' biggest worry - PayProp survey

To put it simply – letting agents are our business. When they overwhelmingly voice a concern about something, we take that...

01 June 2024

From: Features

LRG sets out its stall for election 2024

With election day looming, in the first of a series of articles, experts from property services organisation, Leaders Romans Group, offer...

01 June 2024

From: Features

Could buyer dropouts become a thing of the past?

Anyone who has ever bought or sold a house, knows the frustration and disappointment when a sale falls through. The excitement of...

01 June 2024

From: Features

Unintended consequences of 'rushed' leasehold law

In what are some of the biggest changes to the residential leasehold sector in the last 21 years since the Commonhold...

01 June 2024

From: Features

Stamp Duty reform tops General Election property wish-lists

Stamp Duty reform and more housebuilding top the General Election wish-lists for the property sector. General Election manifestos are yet to be...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

'A muted win' – leasehold reform bill passes

The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill was the final piece of legislation to pass before Parliament closed ahead of the General...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

After delays, departures and disruption, Renters (Reform) Bill finally runs out of steam

The Government’s controversial Renters (Reform) Bill has fallen victim to Rishi Sunak’s election announcement and has been shelved. The legislation – which...

25 May 2024

From: Features

Scottish property taxes raise over £623m in last 12 months

Property taxes in Scotland exceeded £623m over the last twelve months according to analysis of the latest statistics by a leading...

25 May 2024

From: Features

Interest rate cuts more important for housing than election - claim

Affordability is a bigger factor for buyers than the confirmed General Election, Savills claims. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has set a date...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

JONATHAN ROLANDE: Sunak really needs to work on his kerb-appeal

Even the most junior of estate agents will tell you that if you are going to bet the house on pulling...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents do Charity - walking the walk

A variety of charities have received support from the property industry this week. If there are charitable endeavours you think the rest...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

General Election date set – will the property market pause?

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak yesterday confirmed a date for the General Election. Voters will go the polls on 4 July, meaning the...

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Government criticised for ‘disappointing’ response to agent regulation inquiry

The chairperson of the House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee has hit back at the Government’s approach – or lack of...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Estate agents fined more than £3m for failing to register for AML

Estate agents were fined a total of more than £3m in the nine months to September 2023 for failing to register...

22 May 2024

From: Features

‘Punitive’ Scottish property taxes aren’t deterring buyers (yet)

High property taxes in Scotland may eventually deter buyers, one of the country’s major agents has warned. Analysis by DJ Alexander has...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour unveils plans for new towns

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

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Growing financial risk for 'go-it-alone' landlords

Housing minister Jacob Young recently scotched rumours that the property portal proposed in the Renters (Reform) Bill would remove the need...

18 May 2024

From: Features

There is a future in buy-to-let

High interest rates, slow price growth and more stringent tax rules have eroded Buy-to-Let’s (BTL) charm for a number of landlords,...

18 May 2024

From: Features

Use of Help to Buy ISA-backed property deposits slumps

The number of properties purchased using a Help to Buy ISA-backed deposit fell to record lows last year, official data shows. Government...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Mastering Tenant Deposits: A Guide for Letting Agents

Managing tenant deposits is a crucial part of any letting agent’s responsibilities. Ensuring compliance with regulations and safeguarding both landlord and...

08 May 2024

From: Features

Savills makes drastic U-turn on housing market forecast for 2024

Savills has today upgraded its five-year UK mainstream house price forecast to reflect the stronger than expected start to the year...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Adding Value to a Home For Sale? Forget solar panels….

Sellers seeking to differentiate their homes from others on the market may consider solar panels - but they should be wary...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour - The Housing Policies Coming Our Way Soon

You don’t have to be a mind-reader to believe there will be a large majority Labour government by the end of...

04 May 2024

From: Features

EPC targets come back, all is forgiven

April 22nd marked ‘Earth Day’, yet it seemed to pass relatively unnoticed within the mortgage market. While the market was once abuzz...

04 May 2024

From: Features

Complete Overhaul of EPCs demanded by key consumer body

An influential consumer body is demanding a complete overhaul of Energy Performance Certificates. Which? says that with millions of households across the...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Jonathan Rolande - More To Be Done To Address Housing Imbalance

A recent announcement by housing giants Persimmon has been heralded as a welcome boost to the property sector. In a trading update they...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

MPs demand scrapping of ground rents on leasehold properties

Sky News is reporting that up to 30 Conservative MPs are threatening to rebel against the government’s approach to ground rents...

02 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Ban Gazumping - strong public support for new law

A survey of homebuyers has found overwhelming support for a legal ban on gazumping. A mortgage lender - MFS - spoke with...

02 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Free Property Report tool rolled out to Alto users

Alto is rolling out free Property Valuation Reports for agents.  The tool can be accessed directly from individual property record pages, and...

02 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Eco Retro-fitting Homes - call for consumer protections

A coalition of organisations representing consumers, financial institutions and energy suppliers has written to the Department for Energy Security and Net...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Revolution - call for sellers to pay instead of buyers

A prominent estate agent has started an online petition to reverse stamp duty so it is paid by the vendor, not...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - Here comes Summer.... or maybe Autumn?

We all know that first-time buyers have had a tough time of it lately. Mad mini-budgets resulting in higher interest rates...

27 April 2024

From: Features

Clarity needed on Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill report

Last weekend a story by The Sunday Times’ Deputy Political Editor indicated that the Government is proposing implementing a £250 cap...

27 April 2024

From: Features

Mortgage lender wants stamp duty rebate and cash help for owners

Stamp duty rebates and cash to improve energy efficiency are being demanded by one of the country’s biggest mortgage lenders in...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Huge survey to assess housing problems in ‘crunch county’

Thousands of people will be invited to take part in new research to help provide information on why one particularly badly...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

House prices fall for 15 months in Wales - now transactions down too

The average price of a home in Wales fell to £229,263 in the first quarter of 2024, making this the fifth...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Market Update - slowest and fastest sales so far in 2024

Detached homes in Wales are the slowest property types to sell across the UK and take an average of 92 days...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyer aged 67 shows affordability issue worsening

New data from one of Britain’s largest mortgage lenders shows that nearly one in five first-time buyers are now aged 40...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Cut possible in Mini-Budget - government briefing

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

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Why does it take SO long to complete a sale? Reapit has an idea...

A veteran PropTech figure with extensive experience of working at leading estate and sales agencies has told the government to act...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Green Belt and Labour - broad industry support for new approach

There’s been broad support from within the agency and wider property sectors for Labour’s proposal to build on selected parts of...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Industry Views - Airbnb Crackdown - this time it's not just Michael Gove...

It’s tempting to think that Michael Gove’s proposed clampdown on Airbnb-style short lets is a uniquely British form of small-mindedness, part...

20 April 2024

From: Features

Tax-Free Childcare info for self-employed property professionals

The new financial year is often an opportunity to get organised for the year ahead. For self-employed property professionals who are...

20 April 2024

From: Features

Guarded support for Labour's 'grey belt' plans

Keir Starmer set out Labour’s policy for housebuilding this week and targeted ‘ugly’ parts of the Green Belt. It will be a...

20 April 2024

From: Features

Home Buying and Selling Group launches logbook pilot

The Home Buying and Selling Group (HBSG) has arranged a new pilot scheme for a group of lawyers and conveyancers to...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Why we must stop favouring first-time buyers for housing delivery

The plight of the nation’s first-time buyers may be the focus when it comes to government housing initiatives, but our latest...

13 April 2024

From: Features

The true cost of green space premiums faced by dog-owning house-buyers

Dog-owning house buyers who want to live in areas of abundant green space in which to walk their four-legged friends are...

13 April 2024

From: Features

Key actions conveyancers must take to protect against fraud risk

Fraud poses a significant challenge for residential conveyancers, with criminals often attempting to exploit the transaction process for money laundering purposes. The...

13 April 2024

From: Features

£50bn price tag for London's empty homes

Southwark, Barnet, Camden, Croydon and Newham are the top five London boroughs with the highest number of vacant properties amid a...

13 April 2024

From: Features

Propertymark proposes ‘infrastructure-first’ approach to housing supply

Propertymark has urged the UK Government to consider other ways of boosting the supply of homes for purchase.  The Government has two...

09 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Potential ticking time bomb for retrofit complaints awaits

The term ‘time bomb’ is sometimes overly used in the housing market, and while it has been linked to many things...

06 April 2024

From: Features

Buyer confidence hits two-year high despite General Election - research

The majority of buyers and sellers in the prime housing market will not be deterred by the upcoming General Election, according...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - some cracking charitable endeavours

A variety of charities have received support from the property industry this week. If there are charitable endeavours you think the rest...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Blip or trend? House prices fell in March

House prices dipped on a monthly basis during March but annual growth improved, Nationwide data shows. The latest Nationwide House Price Index...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Homebuilding targets needed as supply slides - warning

A senior agency industry figure has criticised the lack of homebuilding targets after the latest Government data showed a drop in...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - An Englishman's home is his castle.....more or less!

Interesting report this week in Estate Agent Today on an analysis by the Resolution Foundation thinktank which suggests that the UK’s...

30 March 2024

From: Features

A game changer? Yorkshire Building Society launches 99% loan-to-value mortgage for first-time buyers

The Government may have backtracked on plans for 100% loan-to-value (LTV) mortgages but Yorkshire Building Society has come up with its...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

MPs launch inquiry into home buying and selling process

MPs have launched an inquiry on improving the home buying and selling process in England. The Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC)...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Lord Best: ROPA reforms won't break the bank for agents

Further estate agency regulation won’t be too expensive for the industry, Lord Best has said. Lord Best, who led the Regulation of...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Ground rent reform set for scrapheap - reports

Plans to set ground rents at a ‘peppercorn rate’ are reported to have been dropped amid opposition from freehold campaigners and...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

A Property Tale For Our Times - and it doesn't end well

If you want to hear of a tale for our industry’s times - featuring housing shortages, planning disputes, rampant  inflation and...

23 March 2024

From: Features

Material Information Guidance - A Critical View

In the first of a short series of articles, David Beaumont, managing director of Compliance Matters, casts a professional eye over...

23 March 2024

From: Features

The NPPF, 'Beauty' and 'Gentle Density'

Both 'beauty' and ‘gentle density’ are central themes of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).. The notes which accompany the NPPF state...

23 March 2024

From: Features

Government urged to stop ‘sitting on its hands’ over agency regulations

The architect of the Regulation of Property Agents (ROPA) reforms has expressed frustration that the recommendations have failed to materialise as...

22 March 2024

From: Breaking News

 Land Registry HPI: Annual house price declines star to slow

Annual house price declines slowed in January and values returned to growth on a monthly basis, Land Registry data shows. The latest...

21 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Think tank calls for Oz-inspired housing ‘sin taxes’

The UK Government should make better use of property taxes to deter foreign buyers, boost property supply and raise tax revenue,...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Government orders London Mayor to build more homes

The Government has taken the unusual step of intervening in the London Plan to boost housebuilding in the capital.   Housing Secretary Michael...

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

What would a real property industry Budget look like?

The Spring Budget last Wednesday rounded out to be mostly a disappointment for the property industry, but it was also perhaps...

16 March 2024

From: Features

The impact of abolishing Multiple Dwellings Relief on Housing

Today, I am reflecting on the Chancellor’s surprise Spring budget decision to abolish multiple dwellings relief for Stamp Duty Land Tax...

16 March 2024

From: Features

Jonathan Rolande: Times to ask serious questions about the UK's social housing crisis

Last week the Government published new housing data which has largely gone unreported.  The vacuum was probably linked to the Budget, and...

15 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Councils granted extra powers in empty homes clampdown

The Government has given local authorities powers to double the council tax charged on long-term empty homes after 12 months. The time...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

The importance of open data for building a fully digital property market

The property market is awash with data. A quick Google search and any prospective buyer can find property prices, listing history,...

13 March 2024

From: Features

Economy brightens Budget gloom for property professionals

Following the disappointment of his Autmn statement, many property professionals were hoping for a kick-start to property sales in Jeremy Hunt’s...

09 March 2024

From: Features

Jonathan Rolande: A Budget that could see the Chancellor moving out of Number 11

When the Chancellor stood up to deliver the Spring Budget on Wednesday, those of us in the property business could be...

08 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Spring Budget disappoints but OBR revises housing forecasts

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has almost halved its house price forecasts after another relatively quiet fiscal update for the...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Spring Budget: Will there be help for housing?

Agents are hopeful of support for the property market in today’s Spring Budget. It could be the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s final fiscal...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Government intervention needed on property transaction times – claim

Property professionals have called for the Government to allocate its promised £3m towards improving the home buying and selling process to...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Winkworth boss warns Chancellor against scrapping non-dom status

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is reported to be considering scrapping non-dom status in the latest rumour ahead of this week’s Budget. It comes...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

The need to fill the void in the aftermath of Help to Buy

As the Budget approaches and the housing crisis intensifies, it is important to consider what the Chancellor could – and should...

02 March 2024

From: Features

Government's leasehold reform proposals come under the spotlight

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

02 March 2024

From: Features

Mortgage approvals rise again but sales hit a decade low in January

Mortgage approvals increased for the fourth consecutive month in a row during January but that hasn’t fed into official sales yet, data...

01 March 2024

From: Breaking News

JONATHAN ROLANDE: Is it time to accept the Government can’t build the houses we need

There are often very grim snapshots of the current property crisis.  But one of the most shocking I’ve read in a long...

01 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour fails in latest attempt to get ROPA rules introduced

Attempts to get the long-awaited Regulation of Property Agents (ROPA) rules introduced into the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill have failed. The...

29 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency trade body reveals Spring Budget wishlist

Propertymark has added its name to calls for Stamp Duty reform and has also urged lenders to develop more affordable mortgage...

29 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Rightmove calls for regional Stamp Duty thresholds

Rightmove has joined growing calls for Stamp Duty reform ahead of the Spring Budget next week. The property portal has outlined three...

28 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Millions of young people ‘unlikely’ to follow parents on property ladder

Almost 2m aspiring homeowners do not think they will be able to follow in the footsteps of their parents by owning...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Property expert slams 1% mortgages as Government considers introduction

The Government’s proposal to introduce a new 1% deposit mortgage scheme to help young people onto the property ladder is unworkable...

24 February 2024

From: Features

 Chancellor finalising ‘high-risk’ 1% mortgage scheme - reports

Rumours of the launch of a 1% mortgage deposit scheme have re-emerged with just weeks to go until the Spring Budget  Chancellor...

23 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Jonathan Rolande: How I would rescue the buy-to-let sector

Every year the media writes a lot about house price crashes, and often pose the question whether this is the year...

23 February 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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