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03 Nov 2021
Issue 45: October / December 2021

In keeping with the zeitgeist, commentator Christopher Watkin gives three routes to generate those much needed listings, Nicola Broomham provides practical advice on recruitment and we outline the implications of the Fire Safety Act for members in England and Wales.

28 Oct 2021
Homes selling for over asking price falls

September saw the reduction in the number of properties selling over the asking price drop to 27 per cent from 37 per cent in August which could be a signal of the end of the bidding wars.

27 Sep 2021
Digital identity trust scheme pilot for home buying and selling

Propertymark is working with Etive and other industry stakeholders on a project to develop a digital identity trust scheme for the home buying and selling sector.

15 Sep 2021
Leaseholders freed from expensive terms by developer

Clauses which see ground rents doubling in price every ten or fifteen years are to be removed from contracts supplied by Countryside Properties (Countryside).

27 Aug 2021
Fraudulent documents slipping through the cracks

Propertymark members report sophisticated counterfeit documents are passing even the most vigorous reputable referencing agency checks.

02 Jun 2021
SDL Property Auctions puts people first in a high-tech business

Andrew Parker, MD and Auctioneer at SDL Property Auctions is a strong proponent of technical innovation but also believes human relationships are just as, if not more, important than ever in the 21st Century.

25 May 2021
Properties sold over asking price at all time high

HOUSING REPORT: One in three properties (32 per cent) sold for more than the original asking price—the highest figure on record which massively raises the bar from 19 per cent set in May 2014.

23 Apr 2021
PropTech partnership to speed up property transactions

We have teamed up with Hipla whose distinctive platform combines our Property Information Questionnaire (PIQ) with the Law Society’s transaction protocol forms: TA6, TA7 and TA10.

20 Apr 2021
Agents’ views sought on property listings

NTSELAT has launched a consultation to gather information to develop guidance as to what should be considered material information on property listings and portals.

19 Apr 2021
Record breaking activity in regional markets across the UK

Market activity continues to grow and the appetite from prospective buyers is such that many properties are not being listed on the property portals, as agents focus on fulfilling Consumer Protection Regulations, completing Property Information Questionnaires, and marketing properties to those proceedable buyers, already registered with the agency.

13 Apr 2021
Safety remains a priority as restrictions ease

Yesterday, 12 April 2021, the UK Government amended advice on house moves following the easing of restrictions in England. Following measures to re-open retail in England, there is now more flexibility for branch managers to allow unscheduled visitors, however, adherence to safety guidance remains paramount.

08 Apr 2021
HM Land Registry has ways to speed up transactions

With current figures showing long lead times for buying and selling property, HM Land Registry tools will help those involved speed up the process, including its fast-track service and incoming national Local Land Charges (LLC) register.

01 Apr 2021
FAQs: Mortgage Guarantee Scheme

The Chancellor announced a new policy to support homebuyers who can only afford a five percent deposit with a mortgage guarantee. The scheme is not applicable when buying second homes or buy-to-let properties.

12 Mar 2021
Homebuyers now able to use smartphones to prove identities

HM Land Registry has launched its first Digital Identity Standard to make identity verification safer and more convenient for anyone buying property in England and Wales.

16 Dec 2020
Housing demand continues surge with busiest November since records began

HOUSING REPORT: Our November report confirms back-to-back record-breaking months as November 2020 becomes the busiest November on record for housing demand and sales.

10 Dec 2020
FAQs: Generation Buy Scheme

The Generation Buy Scheme will give first-time buyers the chance to take out a long-term fixed rate mortgage of up to 95 per cent of the value of the home.

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