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Land Registry to Remain in the Public Sector

Land Registry to Remain in the Public Sector

Friday 02 December 2016
In his written Autumn Statement, Philip Hammond announced that HM Land Registry will remain in the public sector, with any plans for privatisation being shelved. Read more…


Criminal Finances Bill
Friday 02 December 2016

The Criminal Finances Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 13 October 2016 with the aim of improving the Government’s ability to tackle money laundering and corruption, recover the proceeds of crime and counter terrorist financing. Read more…

MOL & CLC Announce New Partnership
Thursday 01 December 2016

Leading professional training provider MOL have partnered with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) to support people who work in the conveyancing, probate and property industries in their career development. Read more…

Home Identity Fraud Protection
Thursday 01 December 2016

An identity fraud victim has been left "scared" and "terrified" after he discovered his £500,000 home had been listed for sale on a popular property website. Read more…

Portals drive applicants, but your website drives valuations and instructions.
Tuesday 29 November 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…

Autumn Statement - Chancellor Announces Housing Measures
Monday 28 November 2016

During his Autumn Statement last week, Philip Hammond pledged to respond to the UK’s housing crisis, with the focus very much on housing provision, affordable homes and higher Stamp Duty Land Tax costs for the purchase of additional residential properties. Read more…

London Thames River Crossing Given Go Ahead
Friday 18 November 2016

Sadiq Khan has signalled the go ahead for three new Thames river crossings, including the four-lane Silvertown Tunnel. They are expected to provide a major boost for residential development in east London. Read more…

New Build Leasehold Trap
Friday 18 November 2016

Newly built homes are being left unsaleable after catching house buyers in a leasehold property trap, with owners being asked to fork out five figure sums for freeholds. Read more…

UK Housing Shortage Crisis
Thursday 17 November 2016

Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell has announced a new £18 million ‘capacity fund’ to help speed up larger housing builds, targeting sites of 1,500 units or more across the UK. Councils can bid for a share of the funding which is aimed at tackling planning issues and speeding up any delays. Read more…

Tough new penalties for using a mobile phone whilst driving
Thursday 17 November 2016

Using a mobile phone whilst driving has been an offence since 2003. The government has now proposed changes to current policy to increase the penalty for anyone who is found to be using a hand-held mobile device when driving. Read more…

How Will a Trump Win Affect the UK Property Market?
Wednesday 16 November 2016

Many questions were raised about the Republican candidate during his presidential campaign and what effect his appointment as President of the United States would have on the rest of the world. Read more…

HS2 Route to Midlands, Leeds and Manchester
Tuesday 15 November 2016

Last week the government set out its plans for phase two of the HS2 scheme, boasting the economic impact the construction is due to have on the surrounding areas. Although claiming to create a wealth of jobs from the initial build to the overall maintenance, the future for residents who are directly affected, remains unclear. Read more…

Have you logged your CPD for 2016?
Monday 14 November 2016

With the end of the year nearing, now is the time if you haven’t already, to log your CPD. This needs to be completed no later than 31 January 2017. Read more…

Heathrow expansion gets the go ahead
Friday 04 November 2016

The Government has decided to expand runway capacity at Heathrow Airport despite widespread disagreement even amongst MPs from the same parties. Read more…

How important is Professional Indemnity?
Wednesday 08 June 2016

It’s often the case that we don’t appreciate how important having the correct insurance is until we need to make a claim. At this time, the policy you’ve paid for is put to the test for how comprehensive the cover is, and also the quality of the claims service. Read more…

Event Fees Code of Practice consultation
Friday 07 October 2016

In January this year we responded to the Law Commission consultation on event fees. This has helped shaped a proposed draft code of practice and now is your final opportunity to influence what elements will be carried forward to the final code of practice. Read more…

Have your say on the law governing residential leases
Thursday 06 October 2016

The Law Commission wants your views on reform to the law governing residential leases. Read more…

Sadiq Khan inquiry into impact of foreign investment
Monday 03 October 2016

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian Sadiq Khan stated that he will launch the UK’s most comprehensive inquiry into the impact of foreign investment flooding London’s housing market, amid growing fears about the scale of gentrification and rising housing costs in the capital. Read more…

Conservative Party Conference
Thursday 06 October 2016

The party conference season is now in full swing and housing featured prominently on day two of the Conservative party conference in Birmingham. Read more…

First-time buyer market booming
Monday 17 October 2016

CML monthly lending trends show that lending is up 11% compared to a year ago, with first time buyers forming an large percentage of the total market. Read more…

3% stamp duty for additional homes gets the go ahead in Wales
Tuesday 18 October 2016

In a disappointing move, the Welsh Government has announced that they will follow the UK's approach to revenue raising by keeping the 3% surcharge for additional homes post-devolution of Stamp Duty Land Tax powers. This continues what NAEA and ARLA MDs have called a "Punative regime" for Buy to Let landlords. Read more…

Committee scrutinises Homelessness Reduction Bill
Wednesday 19 October 2016

The Homelessness Reduction Bill 2016-17 has been scrutinised by the Communities and Local Government Committee ahead of it's second hearing at the House of Commons. Read more…

Make sure you check the HMRC Frozen Asset Review List
Wednesday 05 October 2016

HMRC place financial restrictions on individuals who may pose a threat to the UK, are involved in terrorism or part of other regimes. Read more…

30 years since Suzy Lamplugh disappeared, what's changed?
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?
Monday 12 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…