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A thirst to get qualified at the Propertymark Wales National Conference

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. Read More...

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

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. Read More...

Changes to shared ownership announced

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. Read More...

UK House Price Index – latest figures

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 Read More...

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.

The report set out recommendations by the Committee – whose remit is to scrutinise value for money on public spending – on the Government’s plans to build 300,000 new homes per year from the middle of 2020.

It also agreed to setting milestones for the Planning Inspectorate’s performance improvements across the full range of all its services, and to monitor whether reforms to the Community Infrastructure Levy and section 106 are having the impact that is necessary and adjust or adapt accordingly.

However the Government disagreed with recommendations that it should set out, in a single publicly available document, the full set of actions it is taking to achieve the target of 300,000 new homes and include year-on-year projections for the number of new homes it expects to be built.

It also rejected recommendations to set out its expectations for the types, tenures, and amounts of affordable and social housing to be delivered, and on what a sufficient quantity of final build should look like.

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