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22 Jul 2024
Sector-specific guidance would give agents confidence to fight money laundering

Propertymark has responded to the HM Treasury consultation on improving the effectiveness of the Money Laundering Regulations (MLR), drawing on member survey data to illustrate the current challenges for agents and how targeted improvements could enhance the system.

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17 Jul 2024
King's Speech: what will impact property agents

Opening the new session of Parliament, King Charles III announced more than 40 Bills the UK Government has committed to introduce, with housing and planning firmly in the spotlight. Housebuilding, renters’ rights, and leasehold reform are all on the legislative agenda, along with significant devolution of powers to local authorities.

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15 Jul 2024
Greater Manchester plans to tackle housing crisis

A UK-first deal for renters and landlords will see standards across the rental sector improve under the Good Landlord Charter, as announced by Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Mayor on 12 July, along with the promise of delivering thousands of new homes.

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15 Jul 2024
And the rest is politics: How Propertymark amplifies member voices

To represent Propertymark members’ views and the property sector to ensure their voices are heard, we interpret key policy developments and lobby for change. Working with members, we research and survey to develop evidence-based arguments to campaign for policy change across the devolved nations on issues, including supply of property, tenancy management, economic crime, property taxation, enforcement, material information, and welfare reform.

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10 Jul 2024
Five property Bills included in First Minister's legislative plan

Rt Hon Vaughan Gething, MS, has set out his priorities for the rest of this Senedd term, with building safety, homelessness, visitor accommodation, and planning all forming part of the programme. Radical and transformative change which matters most in people’s lives is what the Welsh Government will be concentrating on, and the First Minister is looking forward to a renewed, genuine partnership with the new UK Government to unlock opportunities across Wales.

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09 Jul 2024
Westminster encourages local councils to take on more powers

In a roundtable meeting with all the regional mayors in England, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have discussed how to scale up devolution and give regional governments greater control over unlocking economic growth, powered by housebuilding, in their areas. Local Growth Plans were also on the agenda, and the mayors were tasked to identify local specialisms and contribute to a national industrial strategy.

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05 Jul 2024
The new government must address the country's housing crisis promptly

The UK General Election has returned the Labour Party to power with a parliamentary landslide, ending 14 years of Conservative government. Aiming to channel the spirit of Clement Attlee with a proactive and strategic approach to housing, the party campaigned on a manifesto that promised significant changes to planning rules, strict targets for delivery of new homes, reform of the private rented sector (PRS), long-term schemes to help young people onto the housing ladder, and local powers for councils to take over empty commercial premises.

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28 Jun 2024
Elected Board members and division Vice-Presidents announced

At the Propertymark AGM today, 28 June 2024, we welcomed three newly elected members of the Propertymark Board and marked the beginning of fresh Presidential terms for the ARLA Propertymark and NAEA Propertymark Advisory Panels. This year's successful Vice-Presidents were also announced and will join the presidential teams for the sales and lettings divisions.

28 Jun 2024
Stunning Fort sales highlight thriving auction market

The sale of two historic sea island forts, each auctioned for significantly more than their initial asking prices, demonstrates that sale by auction is becoming increasingly popular for all kinds of property.

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27 Jun 2024
Commercial Outlook Q1 2024

Although challenges remain, key economic indicators give cause for optimism. GDP is trending upward, and inflation is edging closer to the Bank of England’s target. Member sentiment varies by sector, but there is notable positivity in the Land and Yards and Industrial sectors. Supply and demand imbalances remain, most notably in the Pubs and Restaurants sector, which continues to be impacted by changing trends.

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20 Jun 2024
General Election 2024: housing policy round up

The property industry urgently needs a clear strategy and strong, consistent leadership from the next UK Government. As the nation prepares to go to the polls on Thursday 4 July Propertymark has examined the manifesto promises on housing from major parties to see what is on offer to voters who care about the future of our sector.

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18 Jun 2024
Auctions Barometer: Q1 2024

2024 has started well. In the Residential and Commercial property sectors, there seems to be a return of confidence, probably helped by the hold in interest rates. Catalogue numbers remain strong and registered bidder levels are also high. Our Fine Art and Chattels members report that 2024 has started buoyantly with plenty of bidders keen to get out of the blocks and acquire lots at all price levels and across all fields of collecting and furnishing.

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17 Jun 2024
Propertymark One is a roaring success leading members in the pursuit of excellence

Insights galore, new initiatives and tangible learning were the top takeaways from #PMOne that took place on Friday 14 June 2024 at ExCel London, where over 1500 delegates joined us to hear 50 speakers all experts in their field impart their wisdom and knowledge to help agents and their businesses grow.

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17 Jun 2024
Next Government must implement leasehold measures immediately

The Leasehold and Freehold Act received Royal Assent on 24 May 2024 and brought an immediate ban on most new leasehold houses. However, only four other sections of the Act are enforced which will come into effect on 24 July 2024.

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17 Jun 2024
New, flexible modular property qualification will help grow careers

A brand new Propertymark Qualifications Level 3 (Level 6 SCQF) Certificate in Property Agency was opened for registrations on 14 June 2024 at Propertymark One. This revolutionary new qualification is, for the first time, modular-based, enabling learners to personalise their units relating to specialisms and location with the ability to complete extra units to gain wider sector expertise.

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14 Jun 2024
Propertymark powers new UK-wide referral network

Connect is an exciting new intuitive, bespoke tech platform offering property agents an unprecedented opportunity to deliver potential instructions, increase portfolios and harness an additional income stream.

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