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17 May 2024
Insistence on higher cladding standards is delaying sales

Propertymark has written to Housing Minister Lee Rowley, MP, to highlight a growing trend for insurers to decline or charge more for cover on properties that have been remediated within the funding limits provided by the UK Government, leading to more costs for hard-pressed leaseholders.

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09 May 2024
Committee explores chief obstacles to stress-free home buying and selling

The cross-party Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee (LUHCC), chaired by Clive Betts, MP, is gathering evidence on the stumbling blocks to improvements, and has highlighted a lack of transparency around conveyancing services, ‘referral fees’, and the regulation of estate agents as key areas of focus. Propertymark has submitted written evidence to the LUHCC and our Head of Policy and Campaigns, Timothy Douglas, spoke to the Committee in person on 13 May 2024.

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26 Apr 2024
Next steps for Smart Data-driven home buying and selling

The UK Government has set out the actions it will take over the next two years to facilitate the data economy and drive growth and innovation in a range of sectors including the property market. By Summer 2024, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is expected to launch some pilot projects which will inform future digitalisation of the home buying and selling process.

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23 Apr 2024
Logbook pilot launched to address Working Group concerns

The Home Buying and Selling Group (HBSG) has arranged the test and learn scheme involving a group of lawyers and conveyancers to iron out specific barriers to the adoption and use of logbooks for property transactions. For logbooks to be effective, widespread adoption across the industry is essential, and the HBSG is also planning engagement with surveyors and estate agents.

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22 Apr 2024
Essential HM Land Registry services for estate agents

There are numerous ways that upfront information can help agents in today’s property market, including making it easier to value and list a property, and streamlining the buying and selling process . Propertymark encourages members to verify property details with HM Land Registry (HMLR) as best practice, particularly following the publication of Trading Standards’ full material information guidance in November 2023.

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08 Apr 2024
Propertymark backs the next proptech revolutionaries

We’ve formed a landmark co-investment partnership with TDS to boost funding for REACH UK, a technology scale-up program which helps innovative new technology companies grow in the property sector through education, mentorship, and market exposure.

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08 Apr 2024
The future of home buying and selling

Propertymark’s position paper comes off the back of the renewed efforts to improve the home buying and selling process. In this paper, we have presented the agents’ perspective to ensure that future regulations reflect the evidence our members are seeing on the ground and that future actions respond to the largest challenges affecting the process.

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08 Apr 2024
Agents need land revenue services to be accessible and affordable

HM Land Revenue (HMLR) provides vital information for agents listing properties to let and sell and completing the sales process. Quick, cost-effective access to these services is more important than ever as the industry adjusts to the latest material information guidance.

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01 Mar 2024
Public trust is vital for adoption of digital identity services

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) has published findings following a public dialogue, with simplicity, keeping control of personal data and robust complaints procedures emerging as key issues for digital identity services.

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30 Jan 2024
Communicating correctly about leasehold properties

If the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill becomes law, it’s expected that the sales market for leasehold properties will be reinvigorated. Leasehold is a complex area and can be intimidating for agents and consumers, so what are the fundamentals of the current situation, and how will this change if the Bill is introduced?

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17 Jan 2024
Future direction of digital property sector mapped

Propertymark is a founding member of the Digital Property Market Steering Group (DPMSG) which represents areas of the sector with the greatest potential for accelerated digital adoption. Today, 17 January 2024, sees the group publish its roadmap to drive crucial change in the land and property market, with information sharing, digital ID checks and AI research among the first key priorities.

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05 Jan 2024
Data sharing framework to enable digital homebuying

The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill (DPDI) passed its Second Reading in the House of Lords on 19 December 2023 and once introduced, it will support the development of secure digital identity services which promise to speed up property purchases, reduce fraud and revolutionise the customer experience.

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30 Nov 2023
Full Material Information guidance published

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) has released comprehensive new guidelines covering all three phases of the programme, which aims to improve and standardise disclosures in property listings, helping agents to meet their legal obligations.

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24 Nov 2023
Conveyancing partnership aims to accelerate the sales process

NAEA Propertymark has agreed on a joint approach with the Law Society and RICS as part of ongoing work to improve conveyancing for clients across Northern Ireland.

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12 Oct 2023
Home Buying & Selling Group seek industry views on home moving roadmap

Property agents are invited to engage with proposals that set out a plan to transform the process of buying or selling a home within the next five years.

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08 Aug 2023
Digital Deed Pack launched to create property logbooks

Fifteen conveyancers have started to use a new pack that has been created by the Residential Logbook Association (RLBA) for each property sale at the point of completion, which will enable integration between logbook systems and case management platforms.

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