COVID-19 affects the future supply of housing in Northern Ireland

Friday 28 August 2020

The latest figures in the Department for Communities Housing Bulletin, released on 27 August, perhaps unsurprisingly, shows the number of new dwellings started over the period April to June 2020 fell significantly compared to the same period in 2019 as the effects of the lockdown start to show.

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Number of houses sold hits thirteen-year high due to stamp duty holiday

Wednesday 26 August 2020

Propertymark’s July Housing Market Report shows that one in ten properties sold for more than the original asking price, a trend that has continued for a second month.

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Draft Scottish Advice Note on cladding fire risk released and open for feedback

Wednesday 26 August 2020

On 30 March 2020, the Scottish Government approved the launch of a Technical Working Group tasked with developing a Scottish Advice Note to determine the fire risk of external wall systems in multi-storey residential buildings.

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Changes to local land charge information makes searches easier

Friday 21 August 2020

From 20 August, HM Land Registry updated its Local Land Charges (LLC) service to make searches easier to read and understand.

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First ever Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship end-point-assessment delivered

Wednesday 19 August 2020

A major milestone for apprentices in the property industry was marked on 20 July when Propertymark Qualifications remotely delivered its first ever end-point-assessment for a Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship and Charlie Maidment of Fox & Sons, Southampton, became the first ever qualified Junior Estate Agent.

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Market outlook is strong

Friday 14 August 2020

With the demand for rental property on the increase and the sales market experiencing a significant rise in mortgage applications lockdown hasn’t been a deterrent for buyers and renters determined to make a change.

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Propertymark responds to Flood Insurance Review 2020

Thursday 13 August 2020

An estimated seven million homes remain excluded from the Flood Re insurance obligation, including 1.1 million leasehold homes, and three million homes in urban areas. Propertymark has long held the view that the scheme should be extended to cover the leasehold and private rented sector.

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Building Safety Fund in England is open for applications

Wednesday 12 August 2020

The Building Safety Fund (BSF) opened for applications on 31 July, following the announcement in March of a new £1bn Non-ACM Cladding Systems Remediation Fund.

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House price growth rebounds in July as activity bounces back

Wednesday 12 August 2020

The latest UK House price index shows that, on average, house prices have risen by 1.7 per cent in July 2020, offsetting the 1.6 per cent fall in June.

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HM Land Registry portal enhancements – a benefit to the property industry

Tuesday 11 August 2020

Following the announcement on 27 July that transfers of ownership of property, leases, mortgages, and other property dealings can be signed electronically, HM Land Registry has also confirmed that customers in Wales and England can now manage all portal applications and correspondence in one central place.

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Government urged to speed up cladding remediation process

Monday 10 August 2020

The second report from the Industry Safety Steering Group on the progress of culture change in the construction sector was issued on 5 August, which highlighted the need for further change for the industry now, ahead of the legislation.

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Consultation to reform planning system launched

Thursday 06 August 2020

Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick announced today, 6 August, the Government is ‘Planning for the Future’ and aims to overhaul outdated systems and reform the way the country builds.

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Property market to continue through Aberdeen lockdown

Thursday 06 August 2020

Following the announcement on 5 August by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, that Aberdeen is in lockdown for a period of at least seven days, the Scottish Government has published regulations clarifying the property market can still function.

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COVID-19 not dampened enthusiasm to get OnTheMarket

Thursday 06 August 2020

A property market online portal has seen the number of agent branches listing exclusively rise by 1,619, which is a year-on-year rise of 42 per cent.

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Staying safe whilst lifting lockdown

Tuesday 04 August 2020

COVID-19 is a powerful disruptor, responsible for the delay of almost 450,000 property transactions. It goes without saying that everyone has to take action in order to minimise the ongoing impact.

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Robert Jenrick greenlights £1.3 billion investment in homes, infrastructure and jobs

Tuesday 04 August 2020

More than 300 “shovel-ready” projects in England will share £900 million investment with further resources for development of brownfield sites.

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Survey shows safer homes, younger owner-occupiers, and precarious savings

Tuesday 04 August 2020

The latest English Housing Market Survey, published in July, looked at the housing circumstances of an estimated 23.5 million households and their circumstances including the conditions of energy efficiency in England.

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Government extends Help to Buy scheme

Monday 03 August 2020

House buyers using the Help to Buy scheme, now have until 30 March to complete their transactions. The Government extension to the deadline was introduced following the many building sites which were closed during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Clarity provided for agents in North of England

Monday 03 August 2020

On the evening of Thursday 30 July, the UK Government announced a tightening on restrictions for some areas within the North of England in order to protect against the risks to public health arising from Coronavirus.

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