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HBF relaunch web-based service Building for Life 12

HBF relaunch web-based service Building for Life 12

Friday 04 April 2014
The HBF has issued a press release highlighting the launch of Building for Life 12 – a web-based service that will enable house buyers to find developments in their region identified with high quality design features. Read more…


London Assembly respond to Mayor's Housing Strategy
Friday 04 April 2014

The London Assembly has responded to the Mayor’s Housing Strategy by highlighting various weaknesses in the strategy that mean it will fail to address existing housing demand. Read more…

The Office of Fair Trading signal the end of their duties with the imposition of landmark fines
Thursday 03 April 2014

Three estate agents based in London, Northamptonshire and Cardiff have been fined a total of £246,665 by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for failing to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations 2007. Read more…

Consumer Code for Homebuilders publishes Estate Agent check list
Tuesday 01 April 2014

The Consumer Code for Homebuilders is an industry lead scheme which gives protection and rights to purchasers of new homes, ensuring that new homebuyers are treated fairly and are fully informed about their purchase before and after they sign the contract. Read more…

Shadow Housing Minister delivers keynote speech to NHF conference
Monday 31 March 2014

Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds MP delivered the keynote speech at the recent National Housing Federation’s Conference. Read more…

17,000 people have used Help to Buy scheme, says government report
Monday 31 March 2014

The Government has hailed the success of Help to Buy, following the publication of the latest figures show that more than 17,000 people have used the scheme to buy a new homes. Read more…

Mayor of London publishes his latest Housing Strategy for London
Monday 31 March 2014

The Mayor of London published his latest Housing Strategy for London. Read more…

Richard Bacon MP launches new All Party 'Self Build' Parliamentary Group
Monday 31 March 2014

Richard Bacon MP has launched a new APPG in Parliament with Grand Designs star Kevin McCloud as the key guest. The All Party Parliamentary Group on ‘Self Build, Custom Build and Independent Housebuilding’ aims to build on the progress in the Budget in helping those who want to put up their own homes, with £150 million available to help local authorities develop 10,000 “serviced plots”. Read more…

At least 200,000 private housing starts needed to ease housing shortage
Monday 31 March 2014

To coincide with House Building Federation conference, the HBF has published a report highlighting the shortage of housing in the UK. Read more…

A roundup of the 2014 Budget announcement and the industry's reaction
Friday 28 March 2014

A week after George Osborne's 2014 Budget announcement and some of the dust has settled so we thought it a suitable time to give you a roundup of the announcements as well as some of the reaction from the industry and those involved politically. Read more…

New development at Nottingham Trent Basin announced
Tuesday 25 March 2014

The HCA issued a press release outlining that plans for a new neighbourhood of up to 160 low energy homes at Trent Basin, in Nottingham, have been approved by the city council’s planning committee. Read more…

The industry responds to the 2014 Budget announcements
Friday 21 March 2014

One of the most contentious days of the political year took place yesterday as Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne made his 2014 Budget announcement. Read more…

New NAEA property guide and video page now available
Wednesday 19 March 2014

Check out our new Videos page in the Information & Guides section, where we have just uploaded our new property guide: ‘10 key elements to buying a property’. Read more…

New property news service launched
Tuesday 18 March 2014

propertyindustryeye.com has been launched as a new online news service catering for the residential sales and letting sectors. Read more…

NAEA features in the Financial Adviser
Tuesday 18 March 2014

NAEA was approached to write an article for the last week’s Financial Adviser (printed 13 March 2014), about ‘What it takes to be a real estate agent’. With a weekly circulation of over 37,000, the Financial Adviser is the most read financial intermediary title in the marketplace. Read more…

Labour respond to announcement of Help to Buy extension
Tuesday 18 March 2014

Following on from the recent announcement that the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme would be extended, the Labour Party have issued a press release commenting on the announcement. Read more…

NFB, IEA and Taxpayers' Alliance publish their Budget 2014 submissions
Monday 17 March 2014

Ahead of yesterday's 2014 Budget announcement, several key industry figures have published their Budget submissions, including the National Federation of Builders, the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Taxpayers' Alliance. Read more…

Clive Betts MP responds to NAO Help To Buy report
Monday 17 March 2014

A recent report from the National Audit Office was published last week outlining a number of concerns the NAO had with the implementation of the Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme. Read more…

London Mayor tells developers at MIPIM 'Sign new deal to sell homes to Londoners first’
Monday 17 March 2014

Mayor Boris Johnson called on developers at the international property forum at MIPIM in Cannes to join him in a new deal or concordat to market and sell London homes to Londoners first. Read more…

Why you should attend an NAEA Event
Monday 17 March 2014

On Thursday 13 February 2014, NAEA hosted their annual London Forum at the Lancaster London Hotel. The day was a great success, with delegates leaving satisfied with attending a high quality conference. Read more…

CML appoints Linda Docherty as new chair for CML Scotland
Monday 17 March 2014

Linda Docherty, senior relationship partner for Clydesdale Bank, has been appointed new chair of the Council of Mortgage Lenders in Scotland. Read more…

Big plans for the Second City
Monday 17 March 2014

Aside from the recent announcements that developers and investors were showing ever-greater interest in Birmingham’s private rented sector, due in no small part to the impending HS2, there has also been increased interest in the city’s commercial sector. Read more…

The quiet revolution in conveyancing
Monday 17 March 2014

Estate Agents hit the headlines last week with the report from the HomeOwners Alliance that their fees are more than fifty percent higher than those charged by lawyers. Read more…

Developers and investors urged to exercise caution as lending improves
Monday 17 March 2014

According to Barratt Developments, UK developers are now in a position to reap greater profits from the land they invested in. A recent report from Barratt examined the levels of return for other developers which are currently being brought through new developments. Barratt added that the last year has seen the company’s highest level of completions in the past five years. Read more…

NAEA's guide to house price indices in the marketplace
Thursday 13 March 2014

The NAEA monthly market report continues to be a respected housing market barometer, attracting good media coverage and profile for the organisation. Journalists respect and expect the report which provides a body of data to inform wider commentary. Read more…

A positive start to 2014 for NAEA and ARLA
Wednesday 12 March 2014

It's been a strong start to the year, with positive reactions to our marketing campaigns and new member materials. Read more…

NAEA and ARLA issue joint appeal to Chancellor
Monday 10 March 2014

A major theme for this year’s Budget needs to be the supply of homes and more specifically, mobility in the property market. Having a place to call home is of utmost importance to every one of us, whether we own or rent. Read more…

Second round of Build to Rent fund announced
Monday 10 March 2014

The Department for Communities and Local Government published a shortlist of developments which are able to benefit from a share of the second round of the £1 billion Build to Rent Fund. Read more…

Broadband climbing higher on tenant and homebuyer wish lists
Thursday 06 March 2014

Although ‘broadband broad broadband’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as ‘location location location’, it is fast becoming a key factor for potential tenants and home buyers. Read more…

NAO report finds flaws in implementation of Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme
Monday 10 March 2014

The National Audit Office (NAO) published a report looking at the design, implementations and outcomes of the Government’s Help to Buy Equity Loan. Read more…

NAEA board member carries away Northern Ireland Housing Award
Thursday 06 March 2014

Congratulations to our very own NAEA Board member and Northern Ireland regional executive, Sonia Millar FNAEA, who has been awarded the Raising Standards award at the Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland Housing Awards 2014. Read more…

AIPP invite NAEA members to free networking event
Thursday 06 March 2014

The Association of International Property Professionals has extended an invitation to all NAEA members to attend a free networking event this month. Read more…

NAEA release video roundup of the London Forum 2014
Tuesday 04 March 2014

NAEA release NAEA London Forum 2014 video roundup, with interviews and snippets of the action. Read more…

Former landfill site in Dagenham to see £78.4 million development
Friday 28 February 2014

The Mayor of London has issued a press release announcing that a former gravel pit and landfill site in Dagenham is to be transformed into a new £78.4 million scheme to create new homes on public land. Read more…

Government-backed schemes push 100,000 households onto property ladder
Monday 03 March 2014

DCLG has issued a press release highlighting that over 100,000 households are being helped onto the property ladder as a result of Government backed schemes, including Help to Buy. Read more…

Planning permission granted for 52,534 new homes in Q4 2013
Monday 03 March 2014

The HBF has published its latest Housing Pipeline report, which shows that planning permission was granted for 52,534 new homes in Q4 2013. This is the highest quarterly total granted since Q1 2008 and was up 17% up on Q4 2012. Read more…

Overseas buyers accounted for 15% of new London homes purchases in 2013
Thursday 27 February 2014

The BPF has issued a press release highlighting their new report that reveals that overseas buyers accounted for 15% of new homes purchases in London in 2013. Read more…

Ed Miliband outlines Labour’s plans for housing in London
Monday 24 February 2014

Labour Leader Ed Miliband MP wrote an article for the Evening Standard, outlining Labour’s policies to improve the housing market in the capital. Read more…

CIH calls for the removal of Stamp Duty on older home owners downsizing
Monday 24 February 2014

The CIH issued a press release calling on the Chancellor to consider removing Stamp Duty on older people who are planning to downsize, ahead of the Budget on 19 March. Read more…

Government sells enough brownfield sites to build 68,000 homes
Friday 21 February 2014

The Department for Communities and Local Government has issued a press release highlighting that Government departments have sold enough brownfield sites to build 68,000 homes. Over 430 sites have now been sold across the country. Read more…

Starts on new homes in 2013 totalled 122,590 according to DCLG
Friday 21 February 2014

The Department for Communities and Local Government has published the latest statistics on housebuilding, outlining that starts on new homes in 2013 totalled 122,590. Read more…

Help to Buy has pushed prices out of reach of 245,000 FTBs, says Priced Out
Thursday 20 February 2014

The PricedOut campaign has attacked the Government’s Help To Buy scheme, claiming that it has distorted the market and left the vast majority of renters unable to get on the property ladder. Read more…

London Fire Brigade issues guidance on smoke ventilation and lifts
Wednesday 19 February 2014

In a recent letter to social housing providers, London Fire Brigade raised a number of issues about smoke ventilation provisions and maintenance of lifts for use by the fire service in residential blocks of flats. Read more…

NAEA National London Forum a roaring success!
Tuesday 18 February 2014

On a brisk morning in Central London, over 170 property professionals descended upon the London Lancaster Hotel for the 2nd Annual NAEA London Forum. Read more…

Property Professional sees 94% reader satisfaction level
Tuesday 18 February 2014

Nearly 300 people took our first readership survey of the new magazine, and we are pleased to announce the response has been extremely positive! Read more…

74% of FTBs stretch themselves financially to afford first home says Money Advice Service
Tuesday 18 February 2014

The Money Advice Service has published new research showing that 74% of first time buyers surveyed said that they had stretched themselves financially to afford their first home. Read more…

Banks announce mortgage relief for flood victims
Thursday 13 February 2014

Several banks are announcing support to those affected by the floods. RBS, NatWest, Santander and HSBC are offering payment holidays and extended credit to customers and small businesses. Read more…

Average earners would need a £29k pay rise to keep up with soaring house prices
Tuesday 11 February 2014

The report – The House Price Gap – looks at the relationship between earnings and house prices to illustrate the extreme pace by which house prices have increased since 1997. Read more…

HM Treasury extend Help to Buy to include Islamic mortgages
Tuesday 11 February 2014

The government's Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme can now also be used by providers of Home Purchase Plans, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Sajid Javid, announced today. Home Purchase Plans (HPPs) are a Sharia law compliant alternative to mortgages and are often known as 'Islamic Mortgages'. Read more…

Labour Party publishes petition on ‘Tory Housing Crisis’
Monday 10 February 2014

The Labour Party launched a petition on the ‘Tory Housing Crisis’ in London, forming part of a wider campaign on affordable housing in the capital ahead of the local elections in May. Read more…