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30 years since Suzy Lamplugh disappeared, what's changed?

30 years since Suzy Lamplugh disappeared, what

Friday 23 September 2016
It's 30 years this year since estate agent Suzy Lamplugh went missing whilst out on a house viewing. Read more…


1 in 10 Britons would sacrifice windows for lower house prices
Thursday 22 September 2016

Running water, windows and ceiling lighting feature among the ‘home essentials’ Britons would ditch in a bid to make property prices more affordable, a new poll of would-be homeowners has revealed. Read more…

UK House Price Index - a member's perspective
Monday 19 September 2016

NAEA Licensed agent and CEO of March and Parsons comments on the latest UK House Price Index which replaces the previous house price indices separately published by the Land Registry and the Office for National Statistics. Read more…

Are you promoting your agency effectively? Stuart Goff is!
Monday 19 September 2016

NAEA Licensed agency Hunters have been in the news talking about about local market conditions and their unique approach. Read more…

TPO Conference - don’t miss out, sign up now!
Wednesday 21 September 2016

TPO’s line up for this year’s national Conference is not to be missed with new speakers, a live housing debate from an Expert Panel and extended workshops for sales & lettings agents… Read more…

Have you booked your table for Property Week Management All-Stars?
Friday 02 September 2016

With the shortlist announced and places filling up fast, don’t forget to secure your table for the premier date in the Property Management industry this October! Read more…

Historic Bill for Wales Introduced today
Monday 12 September 2016

The Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill has finally been introduced to the Welsh Parliament today. Read more…

Scottish Government reveals plans for 2016-17
Friday 09 September 2016

Last week Nicola Sturgeon unveiled her government’s plans for the coming year in the context of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Read more…

Plans to privatise Land Registry postponed say FT
Thursday 08 September 2016

A plan to privatise the Land Registry, the body that has recorded the ownership of property in the UK since 1862, has been quietly postponed by the government. says the Financial Times. Read more…

National minimum wages increases from 1 October
Tuesday 06 September 2016

National minimum wages increases will take effect from 1 October. Read more…

Help get mandatory CMP introduced once and for all
Thursday 25 August 2016

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched a review into Client Money Protection (CMP) and whether it should be introduced for all letting agents. Read more…

Bidwells’ Heritage Team doubles in size
Monday 22 August 2016

NAEA Licensed agent and Leading Property Consultancy Bidwells’ new Heritage Team, which was launched earlier this year, has already doubled in size in order to manage its growing work portfolio. Read more…

NAEA supports Gas safety Week
Wednesday 24 August 2016

We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2016, taking place 19 – 25 September. Read more…

HMRC launch Making Tax Digital consultations
Wednesday 24 August 2016

HMRC has launched a series of Making Tax Digital Consultations, which set out radical detailed plans on how they propose the make tax digital and simplify the tax system. Read more…

Help to Buy ISA is deception
Wednesday 24 August 2016

Last week there was more damning news for first-time buyers looking to get on the housing ladder as it came to light that the Government bonus for the much lauded Help to Buy ISA would only be awarded to savers after the sale of the house had completed. Read more…

Meet David Mackie, your new NAEA President!
Tuesday 19 July 2016

Appointed in June, David, has over 25 years’ experience in the residential property market working as an estate agent, letting agent and consultant. Read more…

Portals drive applicants, but your website drives valuations and instructions.
Friday 22 July 2016

Yes, that’s right: your website is almost certainly a crucial driver of valuations and instructions – and if it isn’t, then you’re missing some real opportunities to pick up more business. Read more…

Economic Affairs Committee say's home building target not tough enough
Friday 29 July 2016

The cross-party Economic Affairs Committee released their report 'Building More Homes' on 15 July and has said that the Government's target for building new homes in not nearly tough enough to make a dent in the housing supply issues this country faces. Read more…

Proceeds of Crime report published
Thursday 28 July 2016

The Home Affairs Select Committee have released their Proceeds of Crime report, and it doesn't make for comforting reading. Read more…

Find out how an integrated approach can help your business
Wednesday 27 July 2016

Robin Jessop Ltd is a family-run Chartered Surveyor, Property Auctioneer, Valuer, Land and Estate Agent with offices in the picturesque North Yorkshire town of Bedale and nearby Leyburn and prides itself on its professionalism, customer service and the quality of information it provides to its clients. Read more…

Questions raised in the House of Commons about the housing market following Brexit result
Thursday 14 July 2016

On 6 July 2016 Andrew Rosindell MP (Conservative, Romford) asked Chancellor George Osborne what steps he has taken to ensure stability in the housing market and increase the confidence of property developers since the EU referendum of 23 June 2016. Read more…

MPs call for a New Homes Ombudsman
Thursday 14 July 2016

A cross party group of MPs who sit on the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Excellence in the Built Environment has called for the creation of a new Homes Ombudsman to mediate disputes between homebuyers and housebuilders. The new body, which would be paid through a housebuilders’ levy, is needed the MPs say, to facilitate the construction of one million new homes by 2020. Read more…

Law Commission publishes progress report on event fees
Thursday 14 July 2016

On 28 June 2016 the Law Commission of England and Wales published a progress report on their work relating to the issue of event fees. The progress report sets out the Law Commission’s initial policy conclusions and recommends next steps to address problems in this area. Read more…

Full steam ahead for the Northern Powerhouse project?
Thursday 14 July 2016

On 8 July 2016 former Communities Secretary Greg Clark MP spoke at the ResPublica “Finding True North” conference in Salford and said that local leadership is the key to unlocking the potential of the country’s towns, cities and regions. Read more…

Size of English households to drop by 2039 according to National Statistics
Thursday 14 July 2016

On 12 July the Department for Communities and Local Government released statistics on the projected number of households in England up to 2039. The report describes the household projections, methodology and highlights where changes have been made for 2014-based projections. Read more…

Disposal of public land for new homes – more action needed
Thursday 14 July 2016

A report released on 12 July 2016 by the National Audit Office (NAO) shows that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have made progress in setting up their new programme to release enough public sector land for 160,000 homes by 2020, but so far only land with capacity for an estimated 8,580 homes has been disposed of. Read more…

HR Matters - top tips when taking on new starters
Thursday 14 July 2016

As part of our continuing series of articles taking a look at common HR issues facing estate agents, Honest Employment Law Practice (HELP), specialist HR and employment law advisors, take a look at procedures that you should follow when taking on new starters. Read more…

Business as usual despite EU negotiations
Monday 04 July 2016

On 23 June 2016 a majority of citizens in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Similar to the lead up to the vote, arguments and counter-arguments are being made about what the future will hold. There is still uncertainty as to what the UK’s new relationship will look like with the EU and the wider world. However, it is going to be some time until this becomes clear. Read more…

Can I advertise this property as new to the market?
Friday 01 July 2016

Our Primary Authority scheme continues to mature as a member benefit with the bank of issues covered by Assured Advice - in response to topics requested by members - growing regularly. Read more…

Is the Government about to U-turn on its plans to privatise the Land Registry?
Friday 01 July 2016

On Thursday 30 June 2016 Members of Parliament (MPs) debated the Government’s plans to move the operations of the Land Registry to the private sector and a possible U-turn is in sight. Read more…

NAEA responds to the Government’s Action Plan for anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist finance
Friday 01 July 2016

In April 2016 the Home Office and HM Treasury published its Action Plan for anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist finance and NAEA has made its views known regarding the role of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) and Supervisory Regimes for anti-money laundering. Read more…

NAEA members having their say
Friday 01 July 2016

While it has been an extraordinary week, organisations have fought to be heard within a busy and focused media agenda. NAEA has worked to deliver the findings of member research as a trusted authority for the property industry, refraining from unhelpful sensation or melodrama. Read more…

Concerns raised by MPs about the proposed privatisation of the Land Registry
Friday 17 June 2016

Only months after the Government closed its consultation on moving Land Registry operations to the private sector MPs have raised their concerns with the Business Secretary, Sajid Javid MP. Read more…

Property Week Management AllStars
Friday 17 June 2016

Are you a shining star in the property management world? Property Week recently launched the Property Week Management All-Stars (26th October, Grosvenor Hotel, London), inaugural awards created specifically for the property management community. The awards will both champion the industry and celebrate the best talent amongst property managers and their partners performing at the top of their game. Read more…

Consumer organisation report 28 % of sales fall through
Friday 17 June 2016

Consumer organisation Which? have reported that almost three in 10 buyers have seen their house purchase fall through after making an offer - typically leaving them almost £3,000 out of pocket as a result. Read more…

Labour and skill concerns around Brexit from Knight Frank
Friday 17 June 2016

An increasing number of positive and negative aspects are becoming apparent around the UK’s possible exit from the EU. Some are quite obtuse but one that is a concern to the housing sector and house building targets is the threat to the supply of foreign labour. Read more…

New Official House Prices Index launched
Thursday 16 June 2016

On 14 June 2016 the new Official House Prices Index (HPI) was launched. The index replaces those previously produced by the Office for National Statistics, Land Registry, Land and Property Services Northern Ireland and Registers of Scotland. The aim of the index is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive picture of house prices across the UK. Read more…

How do you deal with under-performing staff?
Friday 03 June 2016

Employee’s work performance can suffer at any time and this can happen for a variety of different reasons – ill health, issues with personal life, lack of interest. So what do you do when these issues arise? Read more…

Financial help for owners affected by HS2
Wednesday 01 June 2016

On 26 May 2016 the Department for Transport announced that it has extended its compensation and assistance measures for eligible persons living near the HS2 route between the West Midlands and Crewe, known as the phase 2a route. Read more…

Law Commission publish analysis of responses to consultation on event fees
Thursday 02 June 2016

On 25 May 2016 the Law Commission published analysis of the responses received to their Consultation Paper on Residential Leases: Fees on Transfer of Title, change of Occupancy and Other Events. The Law Commission received 168 responses to the consultation including a submission from the NAEA. Read more…

New National Strategy to combat money laundering on the Isle of Man
Friday 20 May 2016

In March the Isle of Man Government released its new National Strategy to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Read more…

Congratulations Sharon Smart NFoPP Awards' Student of the Year
Friday 20 May 2016

NFoPP Awarding Body held its annual NFoPP Awards ceremony in true style at the prestigious Banking Hall in London on Friday 13 May. The annual awards were open to anyone who achieved an NFoPP Awarding Body qualification during 2015. Could you be in the running for next year? Read more…

What is the Beneficial Ownership register?
Friday 20 May 2016

As part of the recent international Anti Corruption summit David Cameron made a headline grabbing announcement that foreign companies (currently estimated to hold more than 100,000 UK properties) will have to reveal their true owners. Read more…

US Congressional visit
Thursday 19 May 2016

NAEA President Martyn Baum and MD Mark Hayward recently fitted in a brief visit the US to attend the Realtors Legislative Meeting at the US Congress. Read more…

Voting in EU Referendum
Thursday 19 May 2016

The UK populace faces a fork in the road on 23 June and the government are keen to make sure that all eligible votes are registered, empowered and have their say. Your vote could be the difference between remaining in the EU and leaving. You can vote in person, by proxy or by post. If you, your staff or clients are not already registered to vote, you need to do so by 7 June. Read more…

FOUR AND A HALF MONTHS IN, ARE YOU LOGGING YOUR CPD?
Monday 09 May 2016

Continuing professional development (CPD) is essential to NAEA membership. NAEA members have to meet high standards to join and it's a requirement of membership that you continue to learn and develop your professional skills - this is what makes you stand out from your competitors. Read more…

True excellence in training
Friday 06 May 2016

Shortlisted candidates have been notified, the menu has been selected and final preparations are being made for the biggest event to celebrate training in the property industry. Read more…

MP debate ahead of the PM's Anti-Corruption Summit
Friday 06 May 2016

Last Tuesday, as part of preparations for the Prime Minister’s Anti Corruption summit taking place this Thursday, MPs took part in a Westminster Hall debate. Read more…

Are the best school leavers considering joining your company?
Friday 06 May 2016

NAEA is working to encourage more school leavers to consider a career in estate agency. Our Property Professional Careers work consists of several projects which aim to attract high calibre candidates from a broad range of backgrounds to join the property industry. Read more…

What's going on with our Trailblazer?
Friday 06 May 2016

In recent weeks the Trailblazer group has consulted employers in the sector to gather feedback on the apprenticeship standard. The standard details the knowledge, skills and behaviours that the profession would expect a 16-18 year old newcomer to the industry to attain at the end of the one-year apprenticeship programme. Read more…