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

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…

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…

FMB asks who needs A-levels anyway?
Thursday 21 August 2014

On the day that school pupils across the country will receive their GCSE results, the Federation of Master Builders is urging young people to consider a construction apprenticeship as a real and viable alternative to doing A-Levels, as the industry looks to fill 182,000 jobs in the next five years. 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…

Welcome to 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…