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Meet David Mackie, your new NAEA President!

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…

Competing with pure online agencies
Thursday 21 April 2016

There’s a new breed of competitors in town. Actually, they’re not in town, but they’re making a lot of noise. They are the pure-play online agents, who operate away from the high street, and who use the power of the internet to attract and service their customers. Your customers. Read more…

ARLA's campaign for compulsory CMP takes a positive turn
Friday 22 April 2016

There was welcome news for ARLA's campaign for mandatory Client Money Protection (CMP) last week as the amendment was added to the Housing and Planning Bill after being accepted by Government at report stage. Read more…

Transparency and anti-corruption
Thursday 21 April 2016

There's been a lot of action over the last couple of weeks aimed at tackling corruption and increasing transparency from both Parliament, in the form of a Private Members Bill which aims to create a register of property owners for London, and the Government who announced a taskforce following the release of the Panama Papers. Read more…

ICO says understanding of Data Protection needs to improve
Thursday 14 April 2016

The Information Commissioner's Office has released its findings from an enquiry aimed at gaining a better understanding of the data handling practices, information risks and challenges facing organisations in the residential sales and lettings sector. Read more…

House of Commons Library release detail on planning reforms
Friday 08 April 2016

The House of Commons Library released its briefing paper detailing the various planning reforms proposed by the Government. Read more…

NAEA response to consultation on Beneficial Ownership Transparency
Tuesday 05 April 2016

The BIS consultation on Beneficial Ownership Transparency aimed at preventing corruption in the UK has now closed. We said that the current system makes it extremely difficult for Estate Agents to determine the beneficial owner when a property is owner by a foreign trust or corporate entity and gave our reasoning for implementation of the new register. Read more…

Labour consultation on housing policy
Friday 08 April 2016

You have until 8 June to make your views about housing policy known to the Labour party. Ideas and solutions will then be discussed a the National Policy Forum in the summer. Read more…

NAEA on the radio - SDLT
Thursday 07 April 2016

The 3% stamp duty surcharge came into effect on 1 April for buy-to-let properties which sees stamp duty go from £2,500 to £10,000 on a typical £250,000 property. This meant that many investors were keen to get deals done to avoid paying more post 1 April. Read more…

Back to basics - what are NAEA Masterclasses?
Wednesday 06 April 2016

To be at the top of your game as a property professional, you need to understand the frequently changing legislation that governs your industry, and how it impacts on your business. Doing so will ensure you can continue to offer the best advice to your clients, win new business and earn that commission! Read more…

House Price Index shows a massive 7.9% increase
Wednesday 06 April 2016

It's been a busy month for the ONS, having released their latest House Price Index report which shows a massive 7.9% increase in house prices across the UK, and also announcing a big shake up in the way the report will be produced. Read more…

Government plans for 1 in 5 new builds to be a Starter Home
Monday 04 April 2016

DCLG have announced its plans to introduce legislation that will ensure 1 in 5 new homes on sites of 10 or more must be Starter Homes. Read more…

50% price premium for best river views of the Boat Race
Monday 28 March 2016

Following Sunday’s annual Cancer Research UK Boat Race, analysis from London estate agents Marsh & Parsons finds that homes with all-year-round views of the Thames can attract price premiums of over 50% compared to ones without. Read more…

Primary Authority agreement now extends to Scottish members
Wednesday 23 March 2016

NFoPP’s Primary Authority partnership with Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Department continues to develop with more member companies being enrolled in to the partnership on a weekly basis. Read more…

Budget 2016 - was it a sweet deal for the property sector?
Wednesday 16 March 2016

With the furore of the 2016 Budget now over, we take a look at some of the biggest announcements that Chancellor George Osborne made. You've probably heard how it wasn't a sweet success for the drinks industry, but what about the property industry, planning policy, businesses and employees? Read more…

£50 million in charitable bonds for Scotland
Monday 21 March 2016

Four housing associations will benefit from this year's £25 million bonds – Kingdom in Fife, Eildon in the Borders, Orkney and Ayrshire. A further £25 million is earmarked for 2016-17. Read more…