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Welcome the new NAEA Regional Executive for Scotland, Matthew Gray

Welcome the new NAEA Regional Executive for Scotland, Matthew Gray

Wednesday 20 August 2014
We are pleased to announce that Matthew Gray of Gilson Gray has joined the NAEA Board, as the Regional Executive for Scotland. Read more…


Questions answered in Scottish Parliament
Wednesday 20 August 2014

Last week a number of questions were raised by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and Scottish Labour Party members relating to the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme. Read more…

What does the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Act 2013 mean for you?
Tuesday 19 August 2014

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) will replace Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in Scotland from April 1 of next year. Revenue Scotland is the tax authority that is being set up to administer the new tax and will work with Registers of Scotland to do so. Read more…

Alternative Scottish property portals defiant in the face of "big two"
Tuesday 19 August 2014

In an era of digital property search, portal choice remains a key consideration for agents, not only to market properties but in maintaining their portal armoury in the battle to win instructions. Read more…

Make the grade
Monday 18 August 2014

Getting your staff qualified will not only set your agency apart from the crowd, but will also demonstrate commitment to your employees. We talk to two managers who discuss the impact that qualifications have had on their own careers, why it is imperative to find the time for training, and the importance of investing in your staff. Read more…

Examiners required, is this you?
Monday 18 August 2014

Do you think you can make a difference and improve the standards within the sector? Read more…

Inflation projected to remain close to 2% target, says Bank of England
Thursday 14 August 2014

"Inflation is close to the MPC’s 2% target and is projected to remain close to the target in the period ahead." Read more…

Primary Authority as a member benefit
Thursday 14 August 2014

If you haven’t yet signed up to join our co-ordinated partnership with Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards, here is why you shouldn't miss out. Read more…

Announcing a new series of adverts in our regional TV campaign
Tuesday 12 August 2014

Beginning next month we will be launching another round of TV adverts with a new consumer campaign. Read more…

The NAEA ARLA Master Trust has now launched for registrations
Thursday 14 August 2014

We have now launched the NAEA ARLA Master Trust mini-site for members of all divisions to register their company as the first step towards compliance of their auto enrolment obligations. Read more…

BPF calls for council tax reboot to fund more affordable homes
Tuesday 12 August 2014

The British Property Federation (BPF) is urging all political parties to commit to a full revaluation of council tax in their election manifestos in light of research which shows that the council tax system needs to be restored to fairness. Read more…

£5 million fund will unlock 100 brownfield sites for new homes
Tuesday 12 August 2014

Councils that bring forward brownfield land for development could benefit from a share of £5 million to get work started on the new homes. Read more…

First Time Buyers face 22-year wait to get on the property ladder
Tuesday 12 August 2014

The financial capability charity The Money Charity released The Money Statistics. Read more…

Half of mortgage holders cut spending in anticipation of interest rate rise
Tuesday 12 August 2014

The latest News Index poll conducted by ComRes for ITV News has revealed that half of mortgage holders are currently cutting back on spending in case a rate rise happens soon. Read more…

Higher right to buy discounts and expert advice to help tenants become homeowners
Tuesday 12 August 2014

Hard-working council house tenants who want to own their own home will now benefit from higher Right to Buy discounts, and be guided through the home buying process by a new team of experts. Read more…

Construction sector set to grow 10% in two years
Tuesday 12 August 2014

The Construction Products Association's Summer Forecasts predict that the construction industry will grow about 10% and contribute nearly £11 billion to the UK economy over the next two years alone. Read more…

DCLG launch technical consultation on planning
Friday 08 August 2014

This consultation puts forward a range of proposals to further improve the planning system and build upon the improvements DCLG have already made. Read more…

Agents Giving announce Great British Property Cycle 2014
Wednesday 30 July 2014

Last year, Agents Giving and their supporters raised nearly £30,000 by getting on their bikes. This year they want to beat that and are asking everyone to get involved in the 2014 Great British Property Cycle in September. Read more…

MP to introduce Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Bill
Tuesday 29 July 2014

Richard Bacon MP, who won a high ranked slot in the ballot for Private Members' Bills, wants to change the law to make it easier for individuals and local communities to acquire land for developing their own housing projects, both for private purchase and for affordable renting. Read more…

Home economics: the role of housing in rebalancing the economy
Tuesday 29 July 2014

The IPPR North has published a new report called 'Home economics: The role of housing in rebalancing the economy'. Read more…

Over two thirds of homeowners fear a mortgage rate rise in next twelve months
Tuesday 29 July 2014

Legal & General's latest Mortgage Mood Survey has revealed that 68% of homeowners fear a mortgage rate rise in the next 12 months, but the majority of that group (45%) believe that rates won't increase by more than 1%. Read more…

Mayor allocates funds to build thousands more low cost homes for Londoners
Tuesday 29 July 2014

London boroughs and housing associations have been given a huge boost as the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, allocated almost half a billion pounds to over 50 housing providers to build thousands of new affordable homes in the capital. Read more…

Affordable housing programme to transform the way we build
Tuesday 29 July 2014

The government's Affordable Homes Programme will change the way homes are built in Britain, Chief Secretary of the Treasury Danny Alexander and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said. Read more…

Matthew Gray appointed NAEA Regional Executive of Scotland
Tuesday 29 July 2014

NAEA is proud to announce the appointment of Matthew Gray to the position of Scotland Regional Executive. Matthew Gray is Managing Director of Property Services for Gilson Gray Property LLP. Read more…

The industry responds to the NAEA June Housing Market Report
Monday 28 July 2014

Widespread media and political interest in key findings from NAEA members Read more…

Mayor calls for power to unlock London's housing potential
Tuesday 22 July 2014

London Mayor, Boris Johnson, is calling on the government to extend its plans to accelerate the release of disused public land to London, and enable him to unlock new development to help meet London's housing needs. Read more…

First Time Buyers squeezed even further out of the market
Monday 21 July 2014

- Number of first time buyers down 20 per cent from previous month sales and at lowest levels since May 2013 Read more…

Housing and Planning have been united under Brandon Lewis MP
Thursday 17 July 2014

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has now published the responsibilities for the new ‘Housing Minister’ Brandon Lewis. Read more…

Agents turn to drones for property pictures
Thursday 17 July 2014

An unusual trend is beginning to sweep the world of property: drone photography. Read more…

Agents' Mutual names its portal
Wednesday 16 July 2014

Agents' Mutual has announced it has decided on the name of its new agent-owned portal - On The Market. Read more…

MMR impact on lending appears subtle, rather than dramatic
Tuesday 15 July 2014

New CML data on the profile of UK lending in May 2014, including first-time buyer, home mover, remortgagor and buy-to-let lending shows the following. Read more…

Property industry responds to Bank of England rhetoric
Tuesday 15 July 2014

According to the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey, house prices in June remained positive across the UK but the Mortgage Market Review and the Bank of England rhetoric are having a drag on activity. Read more…

Will the housing market cool and will the property bubble burst?
Tuesday 15 July 2014

Leading consumer insight specialist Callcredit Information Group has, in association with YouGov, conducted independent research to highlight consumer views on the continuing rise in house prices and their future sustainability. Read more…

FCA starts debate on fairness of changes to mortgage contracts
Tuesday 15 July 2014

Consumers and firms are to be asked for their views on how fairness should be assessed when lenders make changes to the terms of mortgage contracts and whether the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) needs to make changes to its rules or guidance. Read more…

Innovative plans for 500,000 new homes unveiled to avert "emerging housing nightmare"
Tuesday 15 July 2014

Plans have been unveiled by councils which would provide half a million desperately-needed new homes for hard-pressed families by the end of the decade. Read more…

TPO launches new property Codes of Practice for sales and lettings agents
Thursday 17 July 2014

Next month The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme will be issuing revisions to the Codes of Practice for sales and lettings agents in a bid to improve standards and practices across the industry. Read more…

FPC issues lending guidance in Financial Stability Report
Tuesday 01 July 2014

The Treasury has announced that no new loans at or above 4.5 times borrowers' income can be included in the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme. Read more…

Labour's housing figures show worsening house building deficit
Tuesday 01 July 2014

The Labour Party has published figures showing the "gap" between the number of homes built since 2010 and those required to keep pace with demand has leapt to more than half-a-million - equivalent to a city the size of Birmingham. Read more…

NAEA members receive special discounted rate for Annual European Financial Crime Conference
Monday 30 June 2014

The Anti Money Laundering Professionals Forum (AMLP Forum) have announced the 8th Annual European Financial Crime Conference, scheduled on 22-23 October at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall. Read more…

Voting for Estate Agents Conveyancing Firm of the Year now open
Monday 30 June 2014

The national Conveyancing Conference for 2014 will be returning to the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday the 24th September 2014. Read more…

Take advantage of the NAEA National London Forum early bird offer
Monday 30 June 2014

Following on from the success of the 2014 event, the NAEA National London Forum 2015 will take place on 24th February at the Lancaster London. Read more…

NAVA Auctioneer of the Year Competition - Enter today!
Monday 30 June 2014

Following on from the success of our 2013 NAVA Auctioneer Competition of the Year, the next competition will take place on 24 September at the Stratford Manor Hotel, Warwickshire. Read more…

2015 Events Programme – We need your feedback!
Monday 30 June 2014

The Events Team are currently looking at the Events Programme for 2015 and want your suggestions on what you would like to see. Read more…

IPPR publishes The Condition of Britain report
Tuesday 24 June 2014

The IPPR has published a report on the Condition of Britain – a series of essays for the reform of state and social policy. Read more…

Brownfield scheme to create 50,000 London homes
Wednesday 18 June 2014

The Treasury has announced up to 50,000 London homes are to be built on 20 brownfield sites, in a £400m scheme. Read more…

George Osborne promises to let Bank of England cap mortgages
Wednesday 18 June 2014

The housing market was a focus of George Osborne's and Mark Carney's speeches with George Osborne saying he will give the Bank of England the powers it needs to cap mortgages. Read more…

Vince Cable comments on capping mortgage lending
Wednesday 18 June 2014

Speaking on Radio 4, Vince Cable said that a cap on mortgage lending is needed to stop banks from fuelling the housing boom. Read more…

Lenders meet 2020 interest-only mortgage commitment, says CML
Wednesday 18 June 2014

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has reported that mortgage lenders have successfully met a commitment they gave a year ago to contact their borrowers with interest-only mortgages. Read more…

Welcome to the new NAEA President!
Wednesday 18 June 2014

We would like to congratulate the new President of NAEA, Simon Gerrard in his appointment, as well as Martyn Baum in becoming the new President-Elect and to David Mackie who is now Vice-President. We wish them all the best in the coming year. Read more…

Property Professional announced as finalist for Magazine of the Year
Monday 16 June 2014

We are delighted to announce that Property Professional has been short listed for Magazine of the Year at the prestigious Trade Association Forum Ltd (TAF) Best Practice Awards 2014. Read more…