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Government announces rise in new homes built last year

20 January 2021

Figures published in January 2021 show a 111 per cent increase in housebuilding in England from July to September 2020 compared with the previous quarter. Data for the same period also show a quarterly rise of 185 per cent more dwellings completed. Read More...

Winter weather precautions

20 January 2021

Propertymark Industry Supplier, Gallagher offers practical steps that can help agents and their clients reduce the risk of damage to property as areas of the nation are set to see further warnings of more inclement weather to come. Damage caused by the escape of water from frozen pipes and other equipment can be extremely costly in repairs and disruption. Read More...

New Help to Buy: Equity Loan Scheme

19 January 2021

First-time buyers looking to purchase a home in England will continue to receive Government support under the revised Help to Buy: Equity Loan Scheme (2021-2023), which is now open for applications with buyers able to move into their new properties from 1 April 2021. Read More...

Further calls to Government to extend Stamp Duty cut

15 January 2021

A group of 50 Conservative MPs are calling on the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak to extend the stamp duty cut for properties worth less than £500,000 a further 12 months in a major boost alongside The Telegraph’s ‘Stamp Out the Duty’ campaign. Read More...

New building safety regulators proposed for Wales

15 January 2021

The Welsh Government’s Building Safety White Paper covers all multi-occupied residential buildings, from houses converted into flats through to high rise apartment blocks. It sets out major reforms to how properties are designed, built, managed, and lived in whilst proposing clear lines of accountability and a stronger regulatory system. Read More...

Support growing for Fire Safety Bill amendments that add protection for leaseholders

15 January 2021

In November, the House of Lords passed an amendment to the UK Government’s Fire Safety Bill making changes to the current legislation to protect leaseholders from having to pay for historical fire safety remedial work, including the removal of dangerous cladding. Read More...

Propertymark Qualifications celebrate successful year with four top students

Tuesday 15 December 2020

On Tuesday 15 December, Propertymark Qualifications hosted an online event to celebrate the fantastic achievement of four students, who, over the course of 2019/2020, achieved Distinction in their Level 4 Certificate in Residential Letting and Property Management, one of the highest-level qualifications awarded by Propertymark Qualifications.

It has undoubtedly been a hard year across the UK but, despite the challenges, the four candidates, Frances Boyt (Chestertons), Naomi Murdoch (Dexters), Melissa Knox (Knight Frank), and Mikolaj Jachowicz (Jorgensen Turner), were all able to attain an average mark of 70 per cent or higher across all six units of their qualification, each with a two-hour written exam.

Along with Michael Smith, Head of Propertymark Qualifications, the four candidates were joined by Tim Green, Chair of Propertymark Qualifications Governing Body, ARLA Propertymark’s Vice President, David Votta, and Tim Balcon, Propertymark CEO, who virtually presented the candidates with their certificates and awards while congratulating them on their hard work.

Celebrating success

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We appreciate that it has been a challenging and difficult year for many of us, both at home and work, but what has shone through during this time is agents’ commitment to professional development and the pursuit of qualifications. There aren’t many candidates that achieve Distinction, so in the absence of this year’s annual Propertymark Qualifications Awards event, we wanted to take the opportunity to spotlight their success and achievements and to celebrate them with the wider property sector.

Tim Balcon

Michael Smith
Head of Propertymark Qualifications

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One of my key targets as Propertymark CEO is to raise the professional status of property professionals so they are looked at in the same light as other professionals. One of the most effective ways we can do this is by increasing the number of qualified agents across the country.

As recently qualified Level 4 students, Frances, Naomi, Melissa and Mikolaj will serve as exceptional role models for a highly qualified profession and are leading the way in raising their professional profile.

Tim Balcon

Tim Balcon
Propertymark CEO

Thinking about becoming qualified?

Last year, the RoPA Working Group recommended all staff delivering ‘reserved activities’ employed within the residential agency business should at minimum hold a qualification at Level 3 or above.

Propertymark Qualifications offer both Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications that will meet the requirements of the RoPA Working Group recommendations. Both are Ofqual regulated and are available for sales and lettings.

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