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NAEA comments on failure of CHAPS system and impact on house transactions

NAEA comments on failure of CHAPS system and impact on house transactions

Tuesday 21 October 2014
Mark Hayward, Managing Director, National Association of Estate Agents, comments on the failure of the CHAPS system and the impact on house transactions and home moves that should be going through today: Read more…


An update on the Scottish mortgage market's performance according to CML
Thursday 16 October 2014

The Council of Mortgage Lenders' latest lending figures for the first half of 2014 show that growth in mortgage lending remains primarily driven by an increase in house purchase lending with re-mortgage activity showing a year on year decline. The second quarter of the year saw the highest number of first time buyers in Scotland since 2007. Read more…

Scotland Regional Executive Matthew Gray comments on stamp duty reform proposals
Monday 13 October 2014

Matthew Gray, NAEA Regional Executive for Scotland and Managing Director of Property Services at Gilson Gray LLP, comments on the proposed reforms to stamp duty tax announced in the Scottish Budget: Read more…

A summary on housing issues from the Conservative Party Conference
Thursday 09 October 2014

During his conference speech, Prime Minister David Cameron said buying a home shouldn't be an impossible dream for people, and he announced the Conservatives would deliver up to 100,000 new homes to be offered to first-time buyers under the age of 40 at a discount of 20%. Read more…

Mobile phone operators roll out 4G networks across Midlands and East Anglia
Thursday 09 October 2014

at800 have announced 4G will be rolled out across the country and are advising landlords, tenants and agents that this may cause some interference with Freeview services. Read more…

Reminder: Primary Authority as a member benefit
Wednesday 08 October 2014

NFoPP Regulation continues to build a library of advice as part of the Primary Authority agreement with Warwickshire County Council. Read more…

Flood Re regulations fail to address property concerns, says BPF
Thursday 09 October 2014

The British Property Federation (BPF) has expressed concerns over the lack of flexibility in the regulations for Flood Re in its response to a government consultation on the affordable flood insurance scheme. Read more…

A roundup of the NFoPP Awards
Thursday 09 October 2014

The NFoPP Awarding Body, sponsored by MOL held its annual awards ceremony at the ICEBAR London on Friday 19th September. Read more…

Tim Wakelin supports former ARLA President's Chordoma UK charity by taking part in Great South Run
Thursday 09 October 2014

Tim Wakelin FNAEA will be taking part in The Great South Run to raise funds for Chordoma UK. Read more…

The money laundering risks in real estate
Friday 03 October 2014

Further details of the AMLP 8th Annual European AML & Financial Crime Conference have been announced. Read more…

International property sales - new free seminar dates announced 24th October & 18th November
Thursday 02 October 2014

NAEA & ARLA agents are now discovering incremental revenue streams by selling vetted Spanish property direct from the Developer. Read more…

NAEA Housing Market Reports shows that thirty somethings dominate first time buyer market as young remain priced out
Monday 01 September 2014

The younger generation continues to be squeezed out of the housing market, as the number of buyers aged between 18 to 30 remains at an all-time low at just three per cent of recorded sales for August, according to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA). Read more…

Gross mortgage lending £18.6bn in August, says CML
Thursday 25 September 2014

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £18.6 billion in August. Read more…

Builders to make the case for new housing at party conferences
Thursday 25 September 2014

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) and the National House Building Council (NHBC) are jointly hosting a series of fringe events at this year's political party conferences. The purpose of the evenets will be to call for new housebuilding to be a priority for the next government. Read more…

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis MP delivers speech to NHF conference
Thursday 25 September 2014

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis MP spoke to the National Housing Federation's annual conference and social housing exhibition 2014. Read more…

New house price figures show planning liberalisation more urgent than ever
Thursday 25 September 2014

Commenting on the news that house prices have reached a record high across the UK, Mark Littlewood Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), said that although concerning, the figures are unsurprising considering that politicians of all stripes "continue to turn a blind eye to mounting evidence that inflexible planning restrictions on greenfield and green belt sites are a key driver of house prices." Read more…

Bank of England issue their quarterly bulletin for Q3.2014
Thursday 25 September 2014

A major development in UK household balance sheets in the decade before the financial crisis was the build-up of household debt, which as a share of income rose from around 100% in 1999 to a peak of 160% in 2008. Read more…

Immigration Act seminars in pilot areas to support members
Wednesday 24 September 2014

What is the Landlords Checking Scheme? How will new Immigration Act measures be enforced and what are the penalties? Read more…

The end of Agent TV and the options we’re considering
Wednesday 24 September 2014

Agent TV, hosted and managed by Powershift for use on members own websites, is due to end on Friday 31st October. The content which remains in use by a small number of member agents is subject to review. Further details will be available shortly. Read more…

What the referendum result means for the Scottish property market
Friday 19 September 2014

The National Association of Estate Agents provides its view on what the result of the Scottish referendum now means for the Scottish property market. Read more…

NCA publish new policy on closure of SARs cases requesting consent
Wednesday 10 September 2014

The National Crime Agency has issued a press release explaining the latest policy that states how they will be dealing with SARs that request consent. Read more…

First edition of the NAEA & ARLA Scottish Newsletter receives positive response
Thursday 11 September 2014

The first edition of the NAEA and ARLA Scotland Newsletter was launched 20th August. The newsletter, sent to all NAEA and ARLA members based north of the border, has so far received wholly positive feedback. Read more…

New UK sales agents wanted for Spanish properties
Tuesday 09 September 2014

Meet the property developers & AIPP MD at three FREE events in UK this Autumn: Read more…

New and improved interactive gas map ahead of Gas Safety Week
Tuesday 09 September 2014

Ahead of Gas Safety Week, which ARLA is supporting, next week, research carried out by the Gas Safe Register shows that, 1 in 3 gas consumers in Great Britain (around 7.69 million households) admit they’ve never had their gas appliances checked or maintained, despite 8 in 10 people (82%) recognising that they should do so in order to prevent incidents. It is their challenge, therefore, not only to raise awareness of gas safety, but to actively encourage people to change their behaviour towards gas safety. Read more…

Home Office announces Immigration Act pilot areas
Wednesday 03 September 2014

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire has today announced that the pilot of the Immigration Act requirement to ID check all prospective occupiers will be delivered in Birmingham and Wolverhampton. 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…

Prize draw: Name our key character and win an iPod Nano
Tuesday 02 September 2014

By now you’ve probably seen our new advert on TV, on our website and via our social media. A big part of the new ad is our friendly key character, who helps the Licensed NAEA and ARLA agent find the couple their dream property. Read more…

Property Professionals wanted for Workshop: Water Efficient House of the Future
Wednesday 27 August 2014

Waterwise are looking for property professionals to take part in this important workshop. We need your views and expertise. Read more…

New regional TV campaign starting on Monday
Thursday 28 August 2014

On Monday we will be launching another round of TV adverts with a new consumer campaign. Read more…

NAEA student grade – what it's all about
Friday 22 August 2014

Becoming an NAEA Student will help you build your career in estate agency, with the full support of the Association as you develop and learn. Read more…

Dip in transactions down to housing shortage and MMR says Bank of England
Friday 22 August 2014

The Bank of England has published its Agents' Summary of Business Conditions for August 2014. Among the findings of the report, the Bank found that though transactions had dipped, growth in construction output remained strong. Read more…