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Reviewal date set for housing market in Wales to fully open

10 July 2020

First Minister, Mark Drakeford has today, 10 July 2020 announced in his statement reviewing the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations that the Welsh Government will consider reopening the housing market, to allow viewings in occupied properties, from 27 July 2020. Read More...

LBTT threshold must be implemented immediately

09 July 2020

In response to the Chancellor's Summer Statement at Westminster, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Kate Forbes MSP, has said that the Scottish Government will raise the threshold for Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) from £145,000 to £250,000. Read More...

Air pollution disclosure may become more important in sales

Monday 18 November 2019

Estate agents may see an increase in queries about air pollution figures from homebuyers, as a non-profit campaign to bring the data into general use steps up its efforts.

Pressure group The Central Office of Public Interest (COPI) launched addresspollution.org in the summer of 2019. This online database uses data from King's College London to give the level of nitrogen dioxide – an air pollutant that is relatively easy to monitor – at a given postcode.

The site covers data for London, but COPI plans to expand this across the UK.

Speaking in summer 2019 Mark Hayward, Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark said: “Air quality is now public information. It is important that agents make all information affecting a property available to buyers, and environmental consideration is vital in offering consumers an informed choice.”

NAEA Propertymark encourages all agents to disclose this information where it is available, as information that is likely to be relevant to a decision to buy. Momentum is certainly building to inform buyers about the air quality of their homes, with several property portals starting to incorporate this data on their websites.

Propertymark Guides – before you make an offer

Propertymark offers a series of consumer guides, including a guide on what considerations a buyer should make before making an offer.

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