News

Competing with pure online agencies

Competing with pure online agencies

Thursday 21 April 2016
There’s a new breed of competitors in town. Actually, they’re not in town, but they’re making a lot of noise. They are the pure-play online agents, who operate away from the high street, and who use the power of the internet to attract and service their customers. Your customers. Read more…


ARLA's campaign for compulsory CMP takes a positive turn
Friday 22 April 2016

There was welcome news for ARLA's campaign for mandatory Client Money Protection (CMP) last week as the amendment was added to the Housing and Planning Bill after being accepted by Government at report stage. Read more…

Transparency and anti-corruption
Thursday 21 April 2016

There's been a lot of action over the last couple of weeks aimed at tackling corruption and increasing transparency from both Parliament, in the form of a Private Members Bill which aims to create a register of property owners for London, and the Government who announced a taskforce following the release of the Panama Papers. Read more…

ICO says understanding of Data Protection needs to improve
Thursday 14 April 2016

The Information Commissioner's Office has released its findings from an enquiry aimed at gaining a better understanding of the data handling practices, information risks and challenges facing organisations in the residential sales and lettings sector. Read more…

House of Commons Library release detail on planning reforms
Friday 08 April 2016

The House of Commons Library released its briefing paper detailing the various planning reforms proposed by the Government. Read more…

NAEA response to consultation on Beneficial Ownership Transparency
Tuesday 05 April 2016

The BIS consultation on Beneficial Ownership Transparency aimed at preventing corruption in the UK has now closed. We said that the current system makes it extremely difficult for Estate Agents to determine the beneficial owner when a property is owner by a foreign trust or corporate entity and gave our reasoning for implementation of the new register. Read more…

Labour consultation on housing policy
Friday 08 April 2016

You have until 8 June to make your views about housing policy known to the Labour party. Ideas and solutions will then be discussed a the National Policy Forum in the summer. Read more…

NAEA on the radio - SDLT
Thursday 07 April 2016

The 3% stamp duty surcharge came into effect on 1 April for buy-to-let properties which sees stamp duty go from £2,500 to £10,000 on a typical £250,000 property. This meant that many investors were keen to get deals done to avoid paying more post 1 April. Read more…

Back to basics - what are NAEA Masterclasses?
Wednesday 06 April 2016

To be at the top of your game as a property professional, you need to understand the frequently changing legislation that governs your industry, and how it impacts on your business. Doing so will ensure you can continue to offer the best advice to your clients, win new business and earn that commission! Read more…

House Price Index shows a massive 7.9% increase
Wednesday 06 April 2016

It's been a busy month for the ONS, having released their latest House Price Index report which shows a massive 7.9% increase in house prices across the UK, and also announcing a big shake up in the way the report will be produced. Read more…

Government plans for 1 in 5 new builds to be a Starter Home
Monday 04 April 2016

DCLG have announced its plans to introduce legislation that will ensure 1 in 5 new homes on sites of 10 or more must be Starter Homes. Read more…

50% price premium for best river views of the Boat Race
Monday 28 March 2016

Following Sunday’s annual Cancer Research UK Boat Race, analysis from London estate agents Marsh & Parsons finds that homes with all-year-round views of the Thames can attract price premiums of over 50% compared to ones without. Read more…

Primary Authority agreement now extends to Scottish members
Wednesday 23 March 2016

NFoPP’s Primary Authority partnership with Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Department continues to develop with more member companies being enrolled in to the partnership on a weekly basis. Read more…

Budget 2016 - was it a sweet deal for the property sector?
Wednesday 16 March 2016

With the furore of the 2016 Budget now over, we take a look at some of the biggest announcements that Chancellor George Osborne made. You've probably heard how it wasn't a sweet success for the drinks industry, but what about the property industry, planning policy, businesses and employees? Read more…

£50 million in charitable bonds for Scotland
Monday 21 March 2016

Four housing associations will benefit from this year's £25 million bonds – Kingdom in Fife, Eildon in the Borders, Orkney and Ayrshire. A further £25 million is earmarked for 2016-17. Read more…

Electoral Registration and why it's important for movers
Wednesday 16 March 2016

For house buyers, informing the Local Electoral Registration Officer that they have moved home is probably not top of their list when dealing with the challenges and demands of a house move. However it is important for a number of reasons, not just voting - and it is a requirement in law. Read more…

Have your say on 'upward extensions' in London
Monday 14 March 2016

London is in dire need of more property, but is also short on ground space. In order to address this problem DCLG and the Mayor of London are proposing changes to planning policy trying to make it easier to build upwards. Read more…

Deposit protection all under one roof
Monday 14 March 2016

Belvoir Leamington Spa currently have over 300 tenancies registered with Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) Insured, and with the launch of TDS Custodial on 1 April, TDS will be pleased to welcome Belvoir Leamington Spa’s custodial business into the TDS family. Read more…

Help end corruption within the property sector
Friday 11 March 2016

In a bid to help prevent the UK from being a safe haven for corrupt money from around the world, the Department for Business Innovation & Skills has began a consultation entitled Beneficial Ownership Transparency. Read more…

NAEA Conference 2016 receives rave reviews
Wednesday 24 February 2016

NAEA London Forum, held at the London Lancaster Hotel last Tuesday has received rave reviews from across the industry. Read more…

Don't forget to check out our handy CPR forms
Thursday 25 February 2016

If you've attended any of our recent Masterclasses you'll have heard Mark Hayward make reference to the importance of disclosing information that would affect the 'average consumer's' decision to buy. Read more…

Scottish Government respond to Finance Committee on LBTT
Tuesday 23 February 2016

Earlier in the year we submitted our response to the Scottish Finance Committee's consultation on LBTT changes. Read more…

Mortgage repossessions on downward spiral
Wednesday 17 February 2016

The Ministry of Justice has released their quarterly figures showing Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics for England for the forth quarter of 2015. Read more…

Scottish Finance Committee endorses NAEA's recommendations
Friday 12 February 2016

The Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee has published its Stage 1 Report on the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill and recommended two issues to the Scottish Government that were highlighted by NAEA. Read more…

Scottish rate of income tax change
Friday 12 February 2016

The Scottish Rate of Income Tax (SRIT) comes into force on 6 April 2016, meaning some of the Income Tax paid by people living in Scotland will go to the Scottish government - at a rate set by the Scottish Parliament. Read more…

NAEA gives evidence to the Scottish Parliament
Wednesday 10 February 2016

On Wednesday 3 February 2016, Daryl McIntosh NAEA’s Business Development Executive attended the Scottish Parliament and gave evidence to the Finance Committee about the proposed LBTT supplement on additional residential properties. Read more…

Our response to Law Commission's consultation on residential leases
Friday 29 January 2016

Following on from last week's newsletter where we raised awareness on 'event fees', we're pleased to announce that we have now submitted our official response to the Law Commission's consultation on Transfer of Title and Change of Occupancy Fees in Leaseholds. Read more…

LBTT supplement for second homes in Scotland
Friday 29 January 2016

A couple of weeks ago we reported on the Scottish Government's proposal for the introduction of a 3% LBTT supplement on second homes. We submitted our own written response before the Scottish Finance Committee's consultation ended, providing reasoned arguments for the pros and cons of the issues raised. Read more…

Buckle up for an adrenaline fuelled day of racing for charity
Thursday 28 January 2016

After the successful launch of the Agency Express Soapbox Challenge in 2015, Agency Express are pleased to announce that on 25 June at Penn House Estate, Buckinghamshire the challenge is returning for a second year of fast paced fun and it’s all in aid of Agents Giving. Read more…

NAEA informed about developments in Anti Money Laundering supervision
Monday 18 January 2016

The National Association of Estate Agents has received a letter from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) informing them about developments in HMRC Anti Money Laundering supervision (AMLS). Read more…

ARLA Licensed agent launch unique online stamp duty calculator
Monday 18 January 2016

ARLA Licensed agent Romans have released an updated version of their online Stamp Duty Calculator following the announcement of forthcoming surcharge for buy-to-let properties and second homes. So you can now easily compare what you are currently paying to what you will pay come 1 April. Read more…

NAEA supports Law Commission proposals on ‘event’ fees
Monday 18 January 2016

The National Association of Estate Agents is supporting the Law Commission in its quest for the introduction of stringent codes of practice to require developers, operators and managing agents to bring ‘event’ fees to the attention of prospective buyers. Read more…

Turning a blind eye to employees taking ‘working holidays’ is not an option
Friday 08 January 2016

The number of employees absent from work due to stress and mental health conditions is rising. Read more…

Agents on the run!
Friday 08 January 2016

Channel 4's hit television series Hunted is back! Read more…

Estate Agent takes his passion for property to Nepal for Christmas
Friday 18 December 2015

Estate agent and NAEA Fellow Paul Campbell from Campbells in Daventry left for Nepal on Sunday to help re-build some of the homes which were destroyed in the earthquakes back in April. Read more…

NAEA submits evidence on the economics of the UK housing market
Thursday 17 December 2015

The House of Lords Select Committee's inquiry into the state of the UK housing market has now closed. Read more…

The deadline to submit your 2015 CPD is fast approaching
Thursday 10 December 2015

The deadline to submit your 2015 CPD is fast approaching Read more…

Christopher Hamer joins NAEA and ARLA as property advisor
Tuesday 01 December 2015

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) are pleased to announce Christopher Hamer will today be joining the Associations as a Special Advisor. Read more…

National planning policy consultation
Thursday 17 December 2015

DCLG are proposing changes to the national planning policy in England. This could have an impact on your business and your clients business, so it's important you make your views known. Read more…

House prices to soar 50% and rent by over a quarter by 2025
Thursday 17 December 2015

Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) and National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) have worked with the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) to analyse home ownership issues facing the property market over the next 10 years and the steps that must be taken. Read more…

Kevin Mcloud plans his biggest and most sustainable development to date
Tuesday 01 December 2015

Kevin Mcloud plans his biggest and most sustainable development to date Read more…

Belfast Telegraph Property Awards 2015
Thursday 03 December 2015

Hundreds of people from across the Northern Ireland property industry gathered recently at the packed out Culloden Hotel to celebrate the best the industry has to offer. Read more…

Support ARLA's campaign for compulsory Client Money Protection
Wednesday 02 December 2015

Support ARLA's campaign for compulsory Client Money Protection Read more…

Help to Buy ISA launches
Tuesday 01 December 2015

The new Help to Buy ISA launched last week, with 14 big names providers already signed up to provide the products. Read more…

Five Point plan for housing announced in Spending Review
Thursday 03 December 2015

At the Autumn Statement and Spending Review the Chancellor announced what he called 'opportunities for home ownership: Five Point Plan'. Read more…

NAEA continues the campaign for Client Money Protection
Friday 18 December 2015

On the final day of debate in Parliament, in which the Public Bill Committee looked at the Government’s Housing and Planning Bill 2015, ARLA’s proposed amendment to make membership of a Client Money Protection scheme compulsory for all letting agents was rejected. Read more…

UK Government urged to deliver on promise of property transparency
Tuesday 24 November 2015

In a joint statement, the National Association of Estate Agents and Transparency International UK have called on the UK Government to begin the process to make ownership of property in the UK fully transparent and deliver on the message that ‘there is no place for dirty money in Britain’. Read more…

NFoPP Awarding Body get award of their own
Thursday 19 November 2015

The NFoPP Awarding Body proved just how FAB they are at a recent awards ceremony for awarding bodies. Read more…

EA LIVE and Estate Agency of the Year 2015
Friday 06 November 2015

One of the biggest events of the property calendar, EA LIVE and the Estate Agency of the Year Awards 2015, returns on the 4 December. Read more…

Mark Hayward speaks in Parliament at APPG on Anti-Corruption
Thursday 05 November 2015

On 3 November 2015 Mark Hayward, Managing Director of the National Association of Estate Agents, spoke in Parliament at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption who along with Transparency International-UK hosted a screening of From Russia with Cash followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Read more…