Cheating or competing? Ignorance won’t help agents who break the law

Friday 28 February 2020

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has issued a warning to businesses with a new campaign, which asks firms if they are Cheating or Competing?

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Competition watchdog plans action against mis-sold leasehold homes

Friday 28 February 2020

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced it has found evidence of mis-selling of leasehold homes and it will launch enforcement action.

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Propertymark takes the lead to speed up sales

Friday 28 February 2020

With so much change facing agents, Propertymark took the lead and launched a Sales Protocol Toolkit, created with the Property Transaction Reform Working Group, at the 2020 NAEA Propertymark National Conference.

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How to benefit from the Propertymark Sales Protocol Toolkit

Thursday 27 February 2020

NAEA Propertymark has today launched a new toolkit, designed to support agents to comply with Consumer Protection Regulations, speed up transactions and reduce fall through rates.

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Number of house hunters up 22 per cent in January

Wednesday 26 February 2020

January's Housing Report suggests that year-on-year, the number of prospective buyers has increased by more than a quarter since January 2019, while supply of available housing fell.

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Housing Secretary announces New Homes Ombudsman

Monday 24 February 2020

Homebuyers who are faced with shoddy building work in their new homes will be protected by a new, independent Ombudsman, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed.

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Selling Tenanted Property

Friday 21 February 2020

A significant period of political uncertainty, along with changes in landlord’s taxation and legislation, has contributed to landlords selling and exiting the Private Rented Sector. However, that reduction can’t all be attributed to political and taxation changes, many landlords decide to sell to release equity.

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Northern Ireland house prices end the decade showing continuous growth

Wednesday 19 February 2020

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency have released their findings for the Northern Ireland House Price Index for the period between October and December 2019 and show the positive figures from previous quarters have continued throughout the year.

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Scotland house prices end the year over 2 per cent higher

Wednesday 19 February 2020

The most recent report from the Registers of Scotland has revealed the average house price for a property in Scotland during December 2019 was £151,603, an annual price increase of 2.2 per cent.

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£16 million to go to survivors of domestic violence

Monday 17 February 2020

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed that 75 councils across England will benefit from funding to help boost their domestic abuse refuge services.

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Christopher Pincher is tenth Housing Minister in a decade

Friday 14 February 2020

Christopher Pincher MP has been appointed Housing Minister in the cabinet reshuffle replacing Esther McVey. Mr Pincher is the MP for Tamworth and was previously the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas.

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MHCLG responds to business rates concerns

Wednesday 12 February 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has responded to Propertymark’s concerns about the level of business rates faced by agents on the high street.

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Housing Secretary greenlights £1 billion support for builders

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Millions of pounds in new loans will be paid out to support small and medium-sized firms, the Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has confirmed in an announcement to Parliament.

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Law Society Property Information updated in response to Knotweed review

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Propertymark is not the only organisation to have updated their documents on property information, as new guidance is issued by The Law Society.

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Voices added to Propertymark’s call for Flood Re to be extended

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Building on Propertymark’s calls for Flood Re to be extended to leasehold property and the private rented sector, Aviva’s chief executive of general insurance Colm Holmes also believes it should be extended to more homes.

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Propertymark supports Fire Kills campaign

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Propertymark is partnering with the UK Government’s fire safety campaign in order to spread the message of everyday fire hazards and urge agents to do the same to ensure people install smoke alarms on every floor of their property.

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Propertymark puts forward suggestions for spring budget

Monday 10 February 2020

Suggestions have been sent to HM Treasury on new policy ideas for both estate and letting agents to be included in 2020’s Spring Budget.

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Helping buyers choose the best option - conveyancer or solicitor

Friday 07 February 2020

Conveyancers and solicitors are vital to keeping the property purchase process on track, as well as a necessary part – but which is the most suitable to meet the needs of consumers?

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Apprenticeships – good for the future of your business

Friday 07 February 2020

National Apprenticeship Week 2020 takes place 3 to 9 February 2020. Recruiting an apprentice at your agency is an effective way of developing skilled, professional staff who will benefit your business.

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Government’s First Homes scheme to cut the cost of new homes by a third

Friday 07 February 2020

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced plans to cut costs of a proportion of new homes by a third for first-time buyers.

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Guidance on workplace safety

Tuesday 04 February 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued guidance on the Brexit transition period until 31 December 2020, while negotiations with the EU take place about the future relationship.

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