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Land Transaction Tax (LTT) nil rate band extended

04 March 2021

On 3 March 2021, the Welsh Government announced that the temporary increase to the nil rate band of LTT for residential property transactions will be extended to 30 June 2021. Read More...

Campaign leads to extended Stamp Duty holiday

03 March 2021

The Chancellor has listened to Propertymark’s calls to avoid a cliff-edge deadline to the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday in the UK Government’s budget, today, 3 March 2021. The nil rate band up to £500,000 will end on 30 June, instead of March. A transitional nil rate band up to £250,000 will be in place until the end of September and then return to £125,000 from October, with first-time buyers continuing not to pay stamp duty on properties up to £300,000. Read More...

Estate agents lose over £4,000 for every property sale that falls through

25 February 2021

Research carried out by Propertymark over the last year found an average of 17 property sales fell through, with 42 per cent of respondents saying failed sales are a significant problem for businesses. Read More...

Possible stamp duty extension

24 February 2021

Propertymark’s Chief Policy Advisor Mark Hayward has today welcomed speculation in The Times that the Chancellor may extend the Stamp Duty Holiday in England until the end of June, in next week’s budget. Read More...

Property expert Nathan Emerson becomes Interim CEO of Propertymark

24 February 2021

The Board of Propertymark has asked Nathan Emerson to assume the role of Interim CEO with immediate effect. Nathan’s appointment will provide great stability for the organisation, its staff and its members and will ensure that the operational delivery of its new and exciting strategy is taken forward. Read More...

Increased asymptomatic testing for anyone unable to work from home

23 February 2021

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) is expanding asymptomatic COVID-19 testing which will be available for workforces via two different routes: either the workplace or community testing. Read More...

Propertymark’s Scottish Parliament election manifesto focuses on 12 key areas

23 February 2021

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections scheduled to take place on 6 May 2021, Propertymark has released its key asks to support the housing sector. Read More...

Dialogue with politicians supports Propertymark’s lobbying efforts

18 February 2021

Lobbying is key to ensuring that our members have a voice as Government and politicians make decisions affecting the sector. One strand of lobbying work is Propertymark’s Ask The Experts parliamentary sessions, which give legislators the chance to get answers to questions on important property sector issues. Read More...

 

 

Continuous mental health support for the sector

Wednesday 17 February 2021

With everyone spending more time at home, many regular social activities no longer available and agents’ day-to-day work practices changing, Propertymark highlights the importance of nurturing your mental health and provides simple changes to our routines which can make a big difference.

Tips from Mind, a charity that provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem, states that there are lots of things you can try to take care of your wellbeing. However, it's not always easy to start, these tips may come in handy:

  • only try what feels comfortable
  • give yourself time to figure out what works for you, going at your own pace
  • take small steps. Pick one or two things that feel achievable at first, before moving on to try other ideas.

Propertymark’s support

Propertymark introduced a COVID and wellbeing committee in 2020, which puts staff members' wellbeing at the forefront of any decision-making processes and is set to continue beyond the pandemic. Mental health first aiders have also been introduced, which have been put through relevant training to provide support to their colleagues and recognise signs of mental health difficulties.

Resources from Propertymark include two new online courses with valuable information on how to take care of your own and others' mental health. The courses are for managers to help ensure they know how to identify and treat stress and also on personal stress which explores what work-related stress is, how it is caused and how to recognise the signs.

Other online resources are recordings of webinars on stress management and nurturing your mental health, plus an upcoming webinar on tips to boost your health and wellbeing taking place on 23 February.

Register for upcoming wellbeing webinar

Our regular Property Professional magazine contains regular articles on mental health, as well as other useful information to help better understand and nurture your own and others' mental health.

Propertymark members at PPD grade can also take advantage of the Employment Advisory Service is also available to members which offers free confidential advice from leading Employment Law and Health & Safety specialists, Ellis Whittam. Log in to the member area on the NAEA Propertymark website to view resources available.

Leading from within, Propertymark has collated information to help individuals and agencies to make small changes to their day-to-day lifestyle and working practices to help improve mental health wellbeing, both at home and in the workplace.

Staying in touch

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with many difficulties including not being able to see our loved ones face-to-face. Make sure you are keeping in contact with people regularly on social media, email or on the phone, as they are still good ways of being close to the people who matter to you. 

Managing stress and upping your relaxation

Stress can often present itself in the workplace especially when working towards deadlines and targets and is often unavoidable. Knowing what triggers your stress and knowing how to cope is key in maintaining good mental health. Try to manage your responsibilities and worries by making a list or a schedule of when you can resolve each issue. Often if you break down your worries and stresses and write them down, you realise that they are manageable.

Mind has produced this video on eight relaxation tips to help you look after your mental wellbeing.

Get a good sleep

There's a close relationship between sleep and mental health. Living with a mental health problem can affect how well you sleep, and poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health. For tips on how to get better sleep visit Healthline’s website.

Get yourself out and about

As many of our daily routines remain restricted during the Coronavirus pandemic, it can be difficult to find the motivation to exercise. Activity and exercise are essential in maintaining good mental health. Walking not only gets you out into the fresh air but provides a great opportunity to schedule in a phone call with friends or family, or you might prefer to go it alone with a podcast.

Find some more tips on the NHS’s website which lists some cheap and fun gym-free activities to improve your health and fitness.

Do something you enjoy

Try to make time for doing the fun things you enjoy. If you like going for a walk, painting or a specific TV show, try to set aside time to enjoy yourself.

Do things for others

Helping someone else is not only good for others but good for you – it can help with your self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself. Feeling as though you're playing a part in your community by volunteering for a local charity, or just being neighbourly can help improve your mental health.

Agents from across the board have pulled together during this difficult time and volunteered to help the NHS, their communities and most recently, raised money to help schools and families without access to devices.

Ask for help

Recognising when you're not feeling good, and knowing when to ask for help is crucial in order to keep yourself mentally healthy. There's no shame in asking someone for support if you're feeling low or stressed.

Try speaking to your friends or family, or even your GP. There are also plenty of charities and contacts for you to reach out to when you’re feeling low and your mental health is getting on top of you. You can find a list of contacts on the NHS’s website.

Quote mark

The work Propertymark continues to do to provide support for members and the wider sector is fantastic and I’m proud to be a part of that. I would urge anyone feeling like their mental health is getting on top of them to reach out to someone, whether that be friends, family or colleagues. An important factor is for businesses to ensure that their staff and business as a whole is well-equipped with the knowledge and skillset to recognise and support colleagues who are facing mental health issues, so please take advantage of the webinars, courses and information Propertymark provides.

David Votta

David Votta
ARLA Propertymark Vice President