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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...

Impact on the housing sector

Monday 02 November 2020

Following Saturday evening's announcement about further Covid-19 restrictions coming into force across England from Thursday 5 November, we have been working to understand exactly what this means for our members.

Secretary of State for Housing, Robert Jenrick confirmed on Twitter that house moves can go ahead and the housing market will remain open throughout this period. The restrictions are subject to a vote in parliament on Thursday which is expected to pass, in part through the support of Labour MPs.

The Job Retention Scheme which allows employers to pay staff who cannot work, 80% of their salaries including commission returns for the period through to 2 December.

This news comes as many members are already grappling with delays caused by increased demand for conveyancing during the Stamp Duty holiday. Propertymark has been seeking firm clarification for circumstances where staff need to work in branch and deal with external parties over keys etc along with conducting valuations, viewings, maintenance, inspections and surveys.

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We welcome the news that the housing market is to remain open throughout this second lockdown period, and it is essential that all agents continue to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus through following all relevant guidance. Agents must operate in accordance with Government and Propertymark guidelines, to keep the market moving through these uncertain times.

Mark Hayward

Mark Hayward
NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive