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December 4, 2018

Conveyancing fraud on the rise as new transparency rules kick in

It’s been revealed that 37 regulated conveyancing firms have repelled attempted frauds in the past year. But 11 conveyancing firms have actually been victims of fraud – of those, eight had experienced it once, two firms twice and the other… Read Full Article
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December 4, 2018

Fewer sales, supply static, first time buyers down – that was 2018

An end-of-year analysis from the National Association of Estate Agents shows the state of the industry – and it confirms just how tough a year it was. Over the course of 2018, demand was lower than last year with an… Read Full Article
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December 3, 2018

Prices inch up but buyers still waiting for Brexit clarity

House prices showed an unexpected pre-Christmas boost last last month but worries about Brexit remain foremost for buyers according to the Nationwide Building Society. Its latest figures show that annual house price inflation rose from 1.6 per cent to 1.9… Read Full Article
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November 30, 2018

Up they go – rents to rise in 2019 despite tenants negotiating reductions

There’s been a large jump in the number of tenants successfully negotiating rent reductions according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents. It says September’s 2.0 per cent figure leapt to 3.7 per cent in October – this is the… Read Full Article
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November 29, 2018

Paws For Thought: should agents and landlords allow pets?

The first-ever pet think tank has launched to address what is claimed to be a lack of pet-friendly rental accommodation in the private sector. The think tank was formed by online lodging platform SpareRoom in a bid to generate new… Read Full Article
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November 29, 2018

Emoov lining up administrators – report

Sky News says the online estate agency Emoov is preparing to call in administrators in a last-ditch attempt to salvage its future. Sky – which has had a number of Emoov exclusives in the past 12 months – says the… Read Full Article
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November 29, 2018

Transactions to rise in 2019 says top agent (well, after Brexit is sorted)

One of the country’s top buying agents says he expects 2019 to be a much better year than 2018 as Brexit uncertainty subsides. James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search says: “There are an estimated 6m households living in the wrong… Read Full Article
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November 28, 2018

Landmark tax ruling could be good news for holiday home market

The holiday home market may still be struggling in the wake of the three per cent additional homes stamp duty surcharge but a law firm says a recent court ruling could indirectly give the sector a boost. The case most… Read Full Article
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November 27, 2018

Brexit Shambles: No Deal impact on house prices to take centre stage

Newspapers are reporting that Brexit’s impact on house prices – especially if there is No Deal – are likely to take centre stage in the next 48 hours. The London Evening Standard, edited by former Chancellor George Osborne, quotes unnamed… Read Full Article
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November 16, 2018

Brexit Shambles: Housing minister Malthouse backs Theresa May

Housing minister Kit Malthouse appears to be backing Theresa May as Brexit chaos consumes the government. A request from Estate Agent Today to the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government to find out Malthouse’s precise views on the proposed… Read Full Article
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November 12, 2018

Online agent blames Brexit, legal fees and stamp duty for supply slump

There was a drop in the number of new listings across the UK last month, suggesting that the usual autumn rush to move before Christmas hasn’t materialised. New property listings in October fell by 5.5 per cent across the UK… Read Full Article
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November 6, 2018

Yet more buy to let expense as EPC rules tightened by government

Buy to let investors in England and Wales who own particularly cold homes are being targeted by new regulations. Since April this year, landlords who own some of the coldest privately rented homes have been required to improve these properties… Read Full Article
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November 3, 2018

A quiet Budget – but there’s still enough to keep everyone busy

On the face of it, this year’s Budget was not what you could describe as ‘housing heavy’ in terms of the measures announced but dig a little deeper and there was enough to keep everyone busy. The big changes to… Read Full Article
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November 2, 2018

Emoov for sale, Purplebricks down, Hatched gone – what now for Online?

As scary Halloweens go, yesterday was quite a shocker for Britain’s online estate agency sector – and not in a good way. During the day Purplebricks’ share price – which earlier this year was approaching an extraordinary 500p mark –… Read Full Article
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October 27, 2018

We need to wake up before we sleepwalk into a housing crisis

It’s now almost a month since the government introduced new rules on Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), as part of its drive to crack down on rogue landlords. October 1 2018 was hailed as a ‘Year Zero’, when safety and… Read Full Article