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House prices in Scotland continue to grow faster than the rest of the UK.

19 July 2019

The May house price index has again shown the average house price in Scotland has increased compared to the same month last year and has also increased each month since May 2016. Read More...

Regulation of Property Agents Working Group (R0PA) report to Government

18 July 2019

Today, Thursday 18 July 2019, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) released a report on the recommendations of the Regulation of Property Agents Working Group (RoPA) proposing a new regulatory framework to cover estate agents across the UK and letting and managing agents in England only. Read More...

Leasehold Reform Task Group Report released for Wales

17 July 2019

A Task and Finish Group, which included participation from NAEA Propertymark, has released its report on Residential Leasehold Reform. Read More...

Past winners success – Propertymark Qualifications Awards

16 July 2019

Nominations are in full swing for the 2019 awards and Propertymark spoke to last year’s winners to hear what they’ve achieved since receiving their much-coveted award. Read More...

The passing of a former NAEA Propertymark President

15 July 2019

David Ware, founder of the Ware & Co estate agent, based in Taunton, sadly passed away on 23 June aged 74. Read More...

Is help coming for existing leaseholders?

09 July 2019

Mark Hayward appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning talking to Business reporter Steph McGovern about leasehold. Read More...

Government release consumer how to buy and sell guides

Tuesday 07 May 2019

Official guidance for homeowners and prospective homeowners has been released covering ‘How to Buy’ and ‘How to Sell’ properties in England and Wales.

Both guides include a glossary of terms as a jargon buster for consumers and lay out the process for buyers and sellers in clear steps covering mainly freehold properties. Both guides have many mirrored topics and helpful hints on moving preparations and post-move. Other topics include:

  • Leasehold or freehold
  • Referrals
  • Searches
  • Instructing a legal representative
  • Negotiating
  • Exchange and deposit

View guides - How to Buy and How to Sell.

All estate agents should make use of these guides to make consumers aware. Official Government guidance is an extremely good resource to fall back on. These are a positive outcome to a  Propertymark consultation response on Improving the Home Buying and Selling Process where we called for additional ‘How to’ guides to make consumers aware of the purchasing or selling process, which organisations can help and where to go for further information.

Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark comments on the publication of the Government’s Help to Buy/How to Sell guides: “These guides will be a very helpful source of information to consumers in understanding the house-buying and selling process. Arming consumers with the right sorts of questions to ask will make them much more informed and the process easier in the longer term.”

Referral Fees Transparency

Both guides outline referral fees, and all agents need to be transparent with regards to these. The industry is in a period of review regarding referral fees, with the announcement on 28 February that new guidance on the transparency of fees would be released, and subsequent communication from The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team (NTSEAT) to make previously hidden fees open and transparent to consumers. Heather Wheeler, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government made it clear that the Government would consider banning fees if the industry could not achieve the transparency.

New Guidance on Fees from Trading Standards
Referral Fees Guidance must be taken seriously

ID checks

With the threat of money laundering and fraud, all estate agents, lawyers and mortgage lenders are required by law to check identities. Consumers need to be aware that this may happen during several stages of the property buying or selling process.

Propertymark Passport, a Propertymark member benefit, enables members to verify customers’ identities and support compliance with HMRC Regulations and anti-money laundering.

Leasehold reform

The new ‘How to’ guides link to other steps in the Government’s measures to improve the house buying and selling process, namely leasehold reform -  How to Lease Guide. Propertymark produced its own research and importantly the understanding leasehold guide for estate agents. All positives in educating the consumer and making them informed as possible.

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