Does your vendor’s septic tank meet the required standards?

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Sewage discharge legislation is changing, with the deadline for changes to be made – 1 January 2020 – fast approaching. The General Binding Rules (GBR) for small sewage discharges (SSDs) have been put in place to protect England’s river and streams from pollution caused by septic tanks and other small-scale sewage treatment plants.

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FTB sales hit seven-month high ahead of Brexit deal

Wednesday 30 October 2019

NAEA Propertymark’s September Housing Report has shown that sales to FTBs increased to the highest level seen since February. Year-on-year, this is an increase of 8 percentage points from September 2018 when it stood at 22 per cent.

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Which? data shows high postcode disparity on estate agent fees

Tuesday 29 October 2019

The cost of selling a home through a high street estate agent can vary by as much as 261 per cent depending on your postcode, according to research by Which? Money.

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Homes England unlocks Help to Buy: Equity Loan calculator

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Brokers and financial advisers will be better able to check the likely success of their clients Help to Buy: Equity Loan applications, following an update to the Homes England sustainability calculator.

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Government plans for green centre of housebuilding in the North of England

Friday 25 October 2019

The north of England has the potential to become a world-leader in the creation of modern, high-quality homes, Housing Minister Esther McVey suggests.

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Propertymark Qualifications Awards 2019 Winners

Thursday 24 October 2019

The winners of the Propertymark Qualifications Awards were announced on 23 October, celebrating learners and those who commit to their professional development.

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Housing minister calls for a digital revolution in the property sector

Tuesday 22 October 2019

Housing minister Esther McVey has announced plans for a new data and technology drive, to aid homebuilders and communities throughout the UK. McVey said the proposals will help small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) homebuilders to find build sites.

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Propertymark meets CEPI counterparts in London

Monday 21 October 2019

NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive Mark Hayward will host property professionals from all over Europe this week, as the European Association of Real Estate Professionals (CEPI) meets in London.

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Are you transparent on referral fees?

Monday 21 October 2019

National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) issued Guidance in early 2019 on Transparency of Fees Involving Property Sales. It aims to ensure that consumers are equipped with all relevant information before making a transactional decision.

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A thirst to get qualified at the Propertymark Wales National Conference

Friday 18 October 2019

With so much change for agents in Wales in 2019, the delegates at the Propertymark Wales National Conference heard a legislative reminder on anti-money laundering, referral fees and the regulation of the industry.

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Homeowners more than £350k better off than private renters over 30 years

Friday 18 October 2019

The average homeowner in the UK could be £352,500 better off than the average private renter over the next 30 years, new research from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA) says. However, the report also outlines the financial and social barriers that younger people face in becoming homeowners and suggest that rising house prices may not be the main cause.

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Changes to shared ownership announced

Friday 18 October 2019

Plans for a new national model for shared ownership will help thousands of lower earners step onto the housing ladder. A package of measures to help people on lower incomes get onto the housing ladder have been confirmed by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.

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UK House Price Index – latest figures

Friday 18 October 2019

The latest UK House price index shows that, on average, house prices have risen by 0.8 per cent between July and August 2019. An annual price rise of 1.3 per cent makes the average property in the UK valued at £234,853

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Marketing Help to Buy homes effectively - what agents need to know

Thursday 17 October 2019

Meeting advertising requirements may not be the first thing you think of when you think Help to Buy. But it’s very important when advertising to homebuyers interested in the Government’s Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme. If you don’t know the rules you may mislead customers, and be suspended from the scheme.

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Reservation Agreements may be trialled in 2020

Thursday 17 October 2019

Reservation Agreements locking home buyers and sellers into a transaction could be tested in a limited trial next year if Ministers see merit in it.

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Housing Minister hails first time buyer numbers - now at 12 year high

Wednesday 16 October 2019

New mortgage data reveals the number of first-time buyers getting a mortgage, and a foot on the property ladder, increased to 35,010 in August 2019.

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Enhancing proptech without disruption

Wednesday 16 October 2019

Propertymark Industry Supplier, OneDome, is using a range of digital tools to simplify the property journey for home buyers and sellers. These tools also help businesses generate more revenue opportunities.

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Ban for solicitor who enabled £62,000 overpayment on property

Wednesday 16 October 2019

A solicitor who allowed his client to overpay for a property has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

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First time buyers using Help to Buy pay more for new homes

Tuesday 15 October 2019

First time buyers in England buying a new home using the Government’s Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme are paying on average 10 per cent more than those buying new homes without Help to Buy, research from reallymoving has discovered.

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Urban green spaces raise nearby house prices by an average of £2,500

Tuesday 15 October 2019

Homes close to parks, gardens, playing fields and other publicly accessible green spaces in urban areas of England and Wales are more expensive than they would be if they were further away, Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis reveals

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New Homes Ombudsman announcement

Monday 14 October 2019

In today’s Queen’s Speech, it was announced that ministers will introduce a raft of new measures including the introduction of a New Homes Ombudsman.

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The importance of looking after your employee’s mental health

Monday 14 October 2019

This year’s World Mental Health Day put mental wellbeing firmly under the spotlight. Richard Gould, Director of Commercial at Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing, considers the proactive steps we can all take to look after our mental health.

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NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year winner

Thursday 10 October 2019

David Henwood, from Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers, has been named NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year.

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MSP progresses home-buyer protection bill

Wednesday 09 October 2019

A final proposal for a member’s bill to improve protection for buyers of new-build homes has been lodged at the Scottish Parliament. Graham Simpson MSP submitted draft proposals in April for a bill establishing standards for the sale of new-build homes, and redress for purchasers who experience construction defects.

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Government addresses PAC recommendations on housing market.

Friday 04 October 2019

The Government has responded to the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) report “Planning and the broken housing market”, and has agreed with recommendations that the Government should set out what measures to take when local authorities fail to produce local plans.

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Housing Secretary unveils plans for a green planning revolution

Thursday 03 October 2019

Housing Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has unveiled plans for a new green standard for new build homes, and a consultation on changes to the planning system.

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Regulation is coming to the sector

Tuesday 01 October 2019

Following years of campaigning for higher professional standards for the property industry, Propertymark is urging its members to become compliant with the RoPA report recommendations before the time comes.

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Propertymark supports Empty Homes campaign

Tuesday 01 October 2019

There are currently more than 200,000 empty homes across the UK, around two thirds of the Government’s housebuilding target of 300,000 per year. Many of these could be used to provide a good quality home to someone that needs it.

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