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Prime London property sales drop by 27% as Brexit bites

Thu 28 Nov 2019

Research by estate agency Benham & Reeves shows faltering confidence overall but brisk demand for London's 'super streets'.

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OnTheMarket boss blasts Rightmove over pricing when agents are having tough time

Thu 28 Nov 2019

OnTheMarket boss Ian Springett has reiterated the portal’s commitment to “fair pricing” – while heavily criticising Rightmove.

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EYE Exclusive: Resurrect ‘one other portal’ regime, OnTheMarket boss urges agents

Mon 25 Nov 2019

OnTheMarket boss Ian Springett has called on agents to revive the ‘one other portal’ regime – and not to keep feeding Rightmove.

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Lowest number of new instructions for over ten years as ‘thousands’ of sellers postpone plans

Mon 18 Nov 2019

The number of new sellers bringing their homes to the market is down 14.9% compared with this time a year, Rightmove reports this morning.

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This is how much you were paying for portals – and now it could be double

Mon 18 Nov 2019

Exactly five years ago, in November 2014, EYE conducted a seminal industry survey on the rates paid by agents to the portals.

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Countrywide disciplinary hearing involving surplus client money set to go ahead today

Wed 30 Oct 2019

A disciplinary hearing involving Countrywide Residential Lettings is due to begin this morning at the RICS offices in Birmingham.

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Agent who says he had to close two branches after ultimatum challenges Rightmove’s ‘fairness’

Wed 30 Oct 2019

An agent has revealed that he was given 14 days by Rightmove to close down two of his three branches or pay subscriptions for all three.

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Landlord ordered to pay almost £6,000 for failing to comply with the council

Wed 30 Oct 2019

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay almost £6,000 after the council was unable to determine if his property in Ashford, Kent, was occupied by multiple tenants.

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House prices in central London now 17% below peak – but is market finally ticking up?

Thu 17 Oct 2019

Transactions in the prime central London market picked up 14% in the third quarter of this year, estate agents’ data platform LonRes has reported.

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Fallen star fund manager Woodford cuts stake in Purplebricks as his entire empire crumbles

Thu 17 Oct 2019

Woodford Investment Management cut its stake in Purplebricks to less than 5% as his entire investment empire lay in ruins yesterday.

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Yopa losses widen to over £30m as it predicts ‘significantly improved performance’ ahead

Mon 14 Oct 2019

Yopa made a pre-tax loss of over £30m, its latest accounts have reported.

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Labour demands Section 21 be scrapped - and now!

Mon 14 Oct 2019

A senior Labour housing spokesman is urging the government to press on with plans to outlaw the use of Section 21 - despite the overwhelming opposition of the lettings industry.

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Leeds BS adds new BTL product and cuts rates

Mon 14 Oct 2019

The Leeds Building Society has announced a new buy-to-let mortgage product and a series of rate reductions.

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Courts breaching repossession rules and scrapping Section 21 will make it worse

Mon 07 Oct 2019

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has accused courts across the country of failing to follow their own rules when it comes to landlord repossessions

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RLA calls for new housing court to speed up justice for landlords and tenants

Mon 07 Oct 2019

A new, properly funded housing court is urgently required to cope with proposed regulatory changes, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

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Purplebricks denies claims that it manipulates Trustpilot reviews to get positive feedback

Fri 27 Sep 2019

Purplebricks has strongly refuted claims that it has tried to skew Trustpilot reviews in favour of positive feedback. It has also denied that it invites customers to post their reviews at too early a stage of transactions.

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Where has seen the greatest rental price growth over the last five years?

Fri 27 Sep 2019

Fresh analysis looking at rental prices across the UK and how they have increased over the last five years shows that York, Manchester, and Ipswich have seen the strongest growth during that period.

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Leaders Romans report £30m pre-tax loss – but cash in the bank and ready to hit acquisition trail

Fri 27 Sep 2019

The latest Leaders Romans Group accounts show a £30m pre-tax loss in 2018 plus debts falling due in the next five years – but £11m in the bank, and underlying operational profits of £17.6m.

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Rightmove boss picks up almost £1.4m in shares sale after exercising options

Mon 23 Sep 2019

Rightmove bosses have exercised their share options and enjoyed a pay day.

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Zoopla says it expects more branch closures in ‘really tough environment for agents’

Mon 23 Sep 2019

Zoopla has confirmed that it is seeing a contraction in agents’ membership and is expecting to see more branch closures.

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Concerns over ‘safeguarding of tenancy deposits’ as high street agent enters liquidation

Mon 23 Sep 2019

An estate agent has gone into liquidation with concerns about possible missing client money.

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Scrapping Section 21 could fuel a rise in homelessness, warns Landlord Action

Mon 23 Sep 2019

Tenant eviction specialist, Landlord Action, reports that up to half of Section 21 cases they handle are as a consequence of tenants wanting to be re-housed by the council

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London price correction is complete despite ‘Brexit hysteria’ – claim

Fri 13 Sep 2019

Property website Home.co.uk has hailed the end of the ‘price correction’ in London and predicted that price growth will return to the capital and southern regions of England and Wales.

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Purplebricks reveals it is in discussion with HMRC over anti-money laundering

Fri 13 Sep 2019

Purplebricks has warned shareholders that it is in discussion with HMRC over its anti-money laundering procedures, and that there could be a potential cost.

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Stamp Duty: would these three radical reforms work?

Fri 13 Sep 2019

blog for the British Property Federation has come up with three radically different proposals for stamp duty, providing food for thought as the government ponders how to fulfil its pledge to reform the tax in the near future.

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Rise in mortgage possession actions driven by one mystery lender

Sat 10 Aug 2019

The number of homes repossessed by lenders in the second quarter of this year was up by 15% on the same period last year – while a rise in mortgage possession actions has been driven by just one large lender, whose identity has not been revealed.

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Government urged to bring forward its plans for court reform

Sat 10 Aug 2019

It now takes private landlords an average of 22.5 weeks from making a claim to the courts for a property to be repossessed to it actually happening, up from 21.6 weeks since the beginning of the year, new data shows.

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Wrong advice on Stamp Duty cost buyers £30,000 – and broker must pay up

Thu 08 Aug 2019

Care should be taken if discussing or corresponding in any way about Stamp Duty with buyers, following a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman about a broker who gave incorrect information.

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Wrong advice on Stamp Duty cost buyers £30,000 – and broker must pay up

Thu 08 Aug 2019

Care should be taken if discussing or corresponding in any way about Stamp Duty with buyers, following a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman about a broker who gave incorrect information.

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Rightmove issues its half year results to investors – profits and revenue both up 10%

Sat 27 Jul 2019

Rightmove reported strong results this morning with revenue and profits up 10%, despite a 3% drop in agency numbers in the first half of this year.

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Boris mulling over new form of part-buy, part-rent plan to ramp up focus on home ownership

Sat 27 Jul 2019

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering putting public funds into a new part-buy, part-rent plan.

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Changes to possession rules and their impact on landlords and tenants

Sat 27 Jul 2019

These days, housing probably ranks right up with the NHS and education as a political battleground and over recent years, politicians made a particular effort to win the hearts and minds (and votes) of renters and first-time buyers (two groups in which there is likely to be a lot of crossover).

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Southern England property market experiencing house price falls

Sat 27 Jul 2019

More than a third (36%) of homes in Southern England are in property markets experiencing house price falls as slowdown ripples out from London, according to Zoopla research.

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Average UK rent rose sharply in Q2 2019, DPS report finds

Sat 27 Jul 2019

The latest edition of The Deposit Protection Service Rent Index has revealed that the UK experienced a sharp rise in average rent – from £757 to £771 (up by 1.79%) – during the second quarter of 2019.

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Tenant who pretended to be landlord carved up five houses into illegal homes

Mon 15 Jul 2019

A tenant pretending to be a landlord has been ordered to pay more than £21,000 after he carved up five family homes he rented into unsafe bedsits – putting the lives of at least 40 vulnerable residents at risk.

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Agents told to prepare for ‘crescendo’ of complaints over deposit replacement schemes

Mon 15 Jul 2019

The Property Ombudsman has warned agents that complaints about deposit replacement schemes could start coming in during the next six to nine months.

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Plans outlined to introduce ‘property MOT’ for the rental sector

Mon 15 Jul 2019

Savills is to integrate a minimum standards-style checklist into its systems as part of plans to introduce a “property MOT” for the rental sector.

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Radical reform for agency industry to be signed off by minister today

Mon 15 Jul 2019

Some of the most radical reforms ever proposed for estate and letting agents are expected to be signed off today by housing minister Heather Wheeler MP.

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Financial watchdog urged to review regulation of deposit replacement schemes

Mon 03 Jun 2019

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has been urged to review how deposit replacement scheme products are being sold to tenants.

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Seconds away – Government leaves it to literally the last minute on fees ban

Mon 03 Jun 2019

In a literally last minute move, and as the industry entered an era of huge change, the Government waited until 60 seconds before the fees ban came in before it issued the final and vital paperwork.

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Remortgagers locking into five-year fixed deals for certainty

Mon 03 Jun 2019

The number of people remortgaging on to five-year fixes remains high ahead of a potential increase in interest rates.

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Fees ban countdown: Agents warned of ‘unintended consequence’ as tenants make multiple applications

Wed 29 May 2019

Agents who fear that the tenancy fees ban could result in tenants making multiple applications have been warned that exactly this is happening in Scotland.

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Online lettings agency operating for 12 years opens High Street office

Wed 29 May 2019

An online lettings agency that has been operating for 12 years has now opened a High Street office.

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State-backed national estate agency ‘could be launched by a Corbyn government’

Wed 29 May 2019

A State-backed national estate agency could be launched by a Corbyn government.

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Nearly half of landlords and letting agents likely to bow out of market

Wed 22 May 2019

Nearly half (46%) of landlords and letting agents are more likely to remove their investment – some or all of it – in the private rented sector as a result of the Government’s plans to end so-called ‘no fault’ evictions by the abolition of Section 21.

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Rental growth stalls as previously strong regions falter

Wed 22 May 2019

Rental growth last month was almost flat across England and Wales despite regional variations.

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Transaction numbers across the UK slide 5% between March and April

Wed 22 May 2019

Transactions in the UK sales market dipped last month. HMRC recorded 90,330 residential property sales for April, down 5.1% on a monthly basis.

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MP calls on police to act over deposits missing from collapsed agency

Thu 16 May 2019

A local newspaper is reporting anger after £30,000 worth of tenancy deposit money allegedly went missing from an agency.

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Halifax House Price Index under fire after posting ‘erratic’ figures

Thu 09 May 2019

Questions have been raised about the reliability of the Halifax House Price Index after it recorded a 5% annual boost in property values for April 2019.

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Purplebricks boss Michael Bruce was ‘shown the door’ says former City analyst

Thu 09 May 2019

Former City analyst Anthony Codling has said that Purplebricks founder and CEO Michael Bruce was pushed from his job. Bruce’s departure, announced yesterday morning, prompted a 12% fall in Purplebricks’ share price.

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Still counting the cost: The millions poured into online agents

Thu 09 May 2019

In February last year (2018), EYE reported that almost £250m (£249.5m) had been raised between ten online agents alone. Of that money, nearly 40% had been raised by Purplebricks.

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Landlord ordered to repay £52,000 within three months or face prison

Thu 09 May 2019

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is threatening Oxford Council with a judicial review of its landlord and letting agent accreditation scheme.

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Online agent’s collapse problems won’t go away as more sellers reveal their anguish

Mon 29 Apr 2019

Mounting numbers of House Network vendors have been contacting EYE after the online agent went into administration and the apparent buyers bought it out, only to decide against trading just days later.

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House price growth hits a five-year low – Land Registry

Thu 21 Mar 2019

House price growth hit a five-year low in January 2019, Land Registry data shows. Its figures revealed that house prices grew 1.7% annually at the start of the year to an average of £228,147, and fell 0.8% on a monthly basis.

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Labour leader Corbyn hints that party will scrap ‘no fault eviction’ if it comes to power

Thu 21 Mar 2019

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has heavily hinted that his party will end Section 21 – the means by which landlords can regain possession of the properties without having to give a reason – if and when it comes to power.

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What our clients are saying

Mon 11 Mar 2019

Stressful experience, but made so much easier by the amazing team at Gould Harrison, any issues that arose were quickly and professionally dealt with effectively and they found me the perfect new Home

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Rental growth outpacing cost of living across the UK

Mon 11 Mar 2019

Rental growth outstripped inflation in all parts of the UK last month, research shows. Data from tenant referencing provider HomeLet found that the average UK rent on new tenancies in February was £940 a month, up 3.8% annually.

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Bashing for Rightmove shares as City is concerned over agency numbers

Mon 04 Mar 2019

Rightmove’s share price fell hard on Friday, despite the firm announcing record results on the back of its advertisers paying an average of over £1,000 a month for the first time.

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Shortlisted for ESTAS

Mon 04 Mar 2019

Proud to announce that Gould Harrison have been shortlisted for the upcoming ESTAS awards.

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Demand from landlords wanting to purchase rental homes plummets by over a third

Mon 04 Mar 2019

Haart is urging the Chancellor to relax the buy-to-let taxation crackdown after its data showed the number of landlord registrations was down by more than a third during January.

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RIP the open house…the return of the high street agent?

Sat 02 Mar 2019

Cast your minds back to the summer of 2014. It’s 9.55 am somewhere in east London ‘Sorry I’m late’ offers the young underprepared estate agent as he crosses the street weaving between 30 to 35 people

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EYE NEWSFLASH: Right to Rent ‘breaches human rights’ court ruling

Sat 02 Mar 2019

Right to Rent, by which letting agents and landlords have to check the immigration status of all prospective tenants, breaches human rights laws, the High Court has ruled.

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Rightmove announces major rise in revenue and profits

Sat 02 Mar 2019

Rightmove this morning announced a 10% rise in revenue along with an 11% increase in operating profits for last year.

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Claims that Emoov did not tell investors about losses are ‘fake news’, says founder

Mon 25 Feb 2019

Emoov founder Russell Quirk yesterday described a story in the Mail on Sunday as “full of exaggeration” and “fake news”.

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Rightmove named as ‘most outstandingly profitable business’ on stock market

Mon 25 Feb 2019

Rightmove has been named as ‘probably the most outstandingly profitable business listed on the UK stock market’.

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legal firm has renewed its criticism of local authority licensing schemes

Sat 16 Feb 2019

A legal firm has renewed its criticism of local authority licensing schemes, accusing them of “persecuting” landlords.

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Staff at Reeds Rains and Your Move are continuing to push to be recognised as a ‘collective’ by their employer LSL

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Staff at Reeds Rains and Your Move are continuing to push to be recognised as a ‘collective’ by their employer LSL, as the days count down to next Tuesday when they say their redundancies become official.

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Repossessions last year fell to their lowest level for almost 30 years.

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Repossessions last year fell to their lowest level for almost 30 years. There were 4,580 home-owner possessions, the lowest since 1980.

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Brexit causing “measurable market slowdown” warns buy to let lender

Sat 16 Feb 2019

A survey of mortgage experts conducted by one of the largest specialist buy to let lenders suggests that Brexit is hitting the market and deterring borrowers

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Agents’ anger as Rightmove puts up their subscriptions – ‘Our annual slap in the face’

Sat 02 Feb 2019

Rightmove has sent out letters to agents telling them that their subscriptions are to rise. The portal has strongly defended its hikes.

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City shrugs off Foxtons’ sales woes as share price stays resilient

Sat 02 Feb 2019

Foxtons’ share price held up yesterday despite the firm reporting that revenue from sales had fallen by £7m.

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First-time buyer relief pushes number of transactions paying Stamp Duty to four-year low

Sat 02 Feb 2019

Only two-thirds of residential transactions were liable for Stamp Duty during 2018, the taxman has revealed.

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Landlord hits out at agency's portrayal of buy to let tax clampdown

Sat 02 Feb 2019

A leading landlord has hit out at a lettings agency’s portrayal of buy to let tax changes.

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Tenants stay an average 4.1 years, says government's own figures

Sat 02 Feb 2019

Private rental sector tenants in England stay an average of 4.1 years in their property - casting doubt over the justification put forward by the government for the introduction of longer tenancies.

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Agents call for delay in launch of stricter mandatory electrical checks

Sat 02 Feb 2019

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it backs the stricter rules on mandatory electricity checks in rental properties announced by the government - but it’s called for a delay on their introduction.

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BBC presenter accuses deposit scheme of denying ‘natural justice’ to tenants

Fri 11 Jan 2019

A tenancy deposit scheme was accused on a national radio programme yesterday of denying tenants “natural justice”.

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Agent protests about alleged practice where negotiators subside their own minimum wages

Fri 11 Jan 2019

An estate agent is protesting about the practice whereby he alleges that employees who do not hit their sales targets have their basic pay topped up to meet minimum wage levels – but then have to repay that money.

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Online agency firm loses £9m with liabilities of almost £23m after easyProperty deal

Fri 11 Jan 2019

New accounts filed at Companies House show that E-Prop Limited lost £9m, with liabilities of £22.8m, in the period from October 1, 2016, to the end of December 2017.

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Nine agencies have gone bust each week since 2010 - claim

Fri 11 Jan 2019

A new property management firm claims that an average of nine estate agencies have gone bust each week since 2010.

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Zoopla is the “only credible alternative to Rightmove”, its boss has claimed.

Wed 19 Dec 2018

Charlie Bryant, managing director of ZPG’s property division, stressed: “There is absolutely a renewed focus on ensuring that our portal delivers the best solutions for both agents and those looking to rent, sell or buy their home.”

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House price growth in the UK’s main cities is at its lowest level since 2011

Wed 19 Dec 2018

House price growth in the UK’s main cities is at its lowest level since 2011, new figures suggest.

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Landlords are continuing to exit the property market

Wed 19 Dec 2018

The company said that in the third quarter of this year, its offices showed an increase from 48% to 52% of landlords selling up to three properties, and a similar number selling between four to five properties, compared with the second quarter.

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Stamp duty first time buyer help massively favours south of England

Wed 19 Dec 2018

More than 75 per cent of first time buyers have benefited from the changes to stamp duty thresholds for introduced a year ago - but the measure is hugely more helpful to purchasers in the south of England than to those elsewhere.

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See you in court! Right To Rent judicial review to be heard today

Wed 19 Dec 2018

The High Court today begins a Judicial Review of the government’s controversial Right to Rent scheme.

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Market Leading - The numbers tell a story

Wed 19 Dec 2018

Trust the sale of your home to a market leading agent with unrivalled experience and local knowledge.

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Angry agent serves rent rise on Cabinet minister in fury at deposit cap

Thu 06 Dec 2018

An angry lettings agent has emailed Cabinet minister James Brokenshire to show his disgust at the government’s U-turn over deposit caps.

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‘Fat cat’ pay director at Countrywide to step down, claims

Thu 06 Dec 2018

The Countrywide director who drew up a controversial £20m executive pay plan is to step down after an investor revolt.

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Boxroom’ landlord ordered to pay record penalty of £1.5m or go to prison for nine years

Thu 06 Dec 2018

landlord has been ordered by a judge to pay a record-breaking penalty of almost £1.5m – or spend nine years behind bars.

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Housing market in a ‘parlous state’: No more new taxes, plea to Chancellor

Thu 06 Dec 2018

Chancellor Philip Hammond is being warned that the property market is “in a parlous state”.

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EYE NEWSFLASH: Emoov – administrators are appointed

Thu 06 Dec 2018

Russell Quirk has sent this email out to staff:

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Politicians again hurting our industry, say agents and landlords

Thu 06 Dec 2018

Agents and landlords have united against what is being seen as the latest attack on the private rental sector by the government.

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Shock figures show councils unable to enforce HMO regulations

Thu 06 Dec 2018

Shock figures released by an insurance company suggest that councils are woefully unable to police new regulations regarding mandatory HMO licensing.

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Landlords who have had enough of being ‘bashed’ to organise boycott of businesses that support Shelter

Wed 21 Nov 2018

Landlords who have had enough of being ‘bashed’ to organise boycott of businesses that support Shelter

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House building hits a decade-high but pace of growth halves in last year

Wed 21 Nov 2018

The Government has insisted it is on track to hit its target of delivering 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020’s as official figures show house building hit a decade-high last year.

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Banned! Misleading guaranteed rent advert must not appear again

Wed 21 Nov 2018

An advertisement on a property management firm’s website suggesting that rental income would be guaranteed to landlords has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority.

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Homelessness triggered by Housing Benefit not private rental sector

Wed 21 Nov 2018

A substantial study by university academics suggests that changes to the benefit system lie behind the long-term rise in homelessness from private rented housing.

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Online agents that charge customers hundreds of pounds upfront but do not sell their homes are operating a scam

Mon 05 Nov 2018

Online agents that charge customers hundreds of pounds upfront but do not sell their homes are operating a scam – says a pioneer of the online industry.

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upcoming ban on tenants’ fees could impact most on the poorest areas of the country.

Mon 05 Nov 2018

An analysis of 30,000 tenancies by PropTech firm Goodlord suggests that the upcoming ban on tenants’ fees could impact most on the poorest areas of the country.

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All Agents Award

Mon 22 Oct 2018

Further recognition of the services we provide to our clients.

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additional tax on property purchases by overseas investors has been backed by the Association of Accounting Technicians

Sat 06 Oct 2018

additional tax on property purchases by overseas investors has been backed by the Association of Accounting Technicians

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32 per cent of landlords would be less likely to buy new rental property

Sat 06 Oct 2018

The shock findings of a new survey suggest that 32 per cent of landlords would be less likely to buy new rental property if the government were to introduce compulsory three-year tenancies.

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Online agents are lambasted by solicitors for causing hold-ups in transactions

Wed 19 Sep 2018

Solicitors have hit out at online agents as causing delays in transactions. At a recent round table event, one solicitor said they were a cause for concern.

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Council acts against agent and says tenants "pay through the nose"

Wed 19 Sep 2018

lettings agent described as ‘rogue’ by a London council, along with two lettings companies, have been heavily fined for operating a dangerous unlicensed HMO.

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Tenant Fees Bill returns to Parliament amid calls for further crackdown on agents

Mon 03 Sep 2018

The Tenant Fees Bill returns to the Parliamentary agenda this week with Shelter among those turning up the pressure for it to go further.

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An extraordinary property scam is apparently gaining ground

Mon 13 Aug 2018

An extraordinary property scam is apparently gaining ground, whereby prospective tenants are being asked for “viewing deposits” by people who do not own the property in question

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First-time buyers are now paying £209,000 to get on the housing ladder

Mon 13 Aug 2018

First-time buyers are now paying £209,000 to get on the housing ladder – a 21% hike over the last ten years.

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help and support of the great team at Gould & Harrison

Mon 13 Aug 2018

We sold our home with the help and support of the great team at Gould & Harrison whilst living abroad

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excellent service from start to finish with Gould and Harrison

Mon 13 Aug 2018

We have received excellent service from start to finish with Gould and Harrison from valuation to selling

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Purplebricks to withhold commission from Local Property Experts after over 450 breaches

Sat 04 Aug 2018

Purplebricks is witholding commission from Local Property Experts because of breaches of anti-money laundering rules.

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Massive down-valuations on properties creeping across Britain, say mortgage brokers

Sat 04 Aug 2018

Massive down-valuations on properties creeping across Britain, say mortgage brokers

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Countrywide is in the last-chance saloon say its own advisers

Sat 04 Aug 2018

Countrywide is in the last-chance saloon say its own advisers

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stamp duty receipts for the second quarter are down 13.8 per cent, or £317m

Sat 04 Aug 2018

An analysis of HMRC stamp duty statistics for the second quarter of this year suggest that receipts are down 13.8 per cent, or £317m, from the same period of 2017.

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The Government has launched a consultation into EPCs.

Sat 28 Jul 2018

The Government has launched a consultation into EPCs. It wants to hear from sales and letting agents, and is in particular looking at the quality of EPCs; their availability; and whether they encourage action to improve energy efficiency

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Broker reveals buy to let impact of "road crash Brexit negotiations

Sat 28 Jul 2018

No fewer than 93 per cent of landlords financing buy to let property chose a fixed rate mortgage in the second quarter of this year according to respected broker Mortgages for Business.

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Why Brexit is killing the London housing market

Sat 28 Jul 2018

With the continued indecision surrounding Brexit and the final divorce settlement still months away, it seems property buyers are choosing to adopt a wait and see attitude towards the housing market.

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More environmentally sustainable homes, say Brits

Sat 28 Jul 2018

Some 78% of Britons place high importance on environmental sustainability when choosing a new home, according to a recent survey by BLP Insurance.

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A highly successful Q2, testament to the continued hard work of our team

Thu 12 Jul 2018

A highly successful Q2, testament to the continued hard work of our team

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A cull of agencies is “inevitable” as the industry landscape changes, a leading industry figure has said.

Thu 12 Jul 2018

A cull of agencies is “inevitable” as the industry landscape changes, a leading industry figure has said.

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increased new instructions failed to offset more gloom

Thu 12 Jul 2018

A second successive month of increased new instructions failed to offset more gloom from estate agents in the latest RICS Residential Market Survey.

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Average UK rents have risen 1.8 per cent in the last year, equating to a typical £16 monthly hike.

Thu 12 Jul 2018

Average UK rents have risen 1.8 per cent in the last year, equating to a typical £16 monthly hike.

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The Association of Residential Letting Agents has heaped praise on a local authority which has fined 27 lettings and managing agents between £1,000 and £10,000 each.

Thu 12 Jul 2018

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has heaped praise on a local authority which has fined 27 lettings and managing agents between £1,000 and £10,000 each.

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hit out at the government over its proposals for three year tenancies

Thu 12 Jul 2018

Yet another leading lettings agent has hit out at the government over its proposals for three year tenancies being the norm in the private rental sector.

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How does your agent compare

Fri 29 Jun 2018

We receive a lot of calls from clients who are struggling to sell their homes, having received poor advice and a string of broken promises.

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House prices are growing at their slowest rate for five years, Nationwide claims.

Fri 29 Jun 2018

House prices are growing at their slowest rate for five years, Nationwide claims. The Nationwide House Price Index for June put annual growth at 2%, down from 2.4% in May and the slowest rate of growth since 2013 when figures of 1.3% were reported.

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Sellers rushed to list their properties last month ahead of the summer slowdown but it made little difference to sales, agents claim.

Fri 29 Jun 2018

Sellers rushed to list their properties last month ahead of the summer slowdown but it made little difference to sales, agents claim.

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A crunch weekend could be on the cards for Countrywide, with ‘stress testing’ of its loans tomorrow (Saturday, June 30) against its likely earnings.

Fri 29 Jun 2018

A crunch weekend could be on the cards for Countrywide, with ‘stress testing’ of its loans tomorrow (Saturday, June 30) against its likely earnings.

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Countrywide shares fell to yet another new low yesterday, finishing at around 49p.

Thu 28 Jun 2018

Countrywide shares fell to yet another new low yesterday, finishing at around 49p.

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House prices are growing at their slowest rate for five years, Nationwide claims.

Thu 28 Jun 2018

House prices are growing at their slowest rate for five years, Nationwide claims. The Nationwide House Price Index for June put annual growth at 2%, down from 2.4% in May and the slowest rate of growth since 2013 when figures of 1.3% were reported.

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The Times has issued ‘Sell’ advice to investors over Rightmove shares.

Thu 10 May 2018

The Tempus column in The Times has issued ‘Sell’ advice to investors over Rightmove shares. Friday’s column, by Miles Costello, said Rightmove’s “growth options look limited in a market that is already wildly competitive and set to become more so”.

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So how much does our new housing Secretary of State know about, well, housing?

Wed 02 May 2018

What do you know about James Brokenshire? Or, put another way, what does our new housing Secretary of State know about housing?

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Rent freedom day finally draws near after 86 working days

Wed 02 May 2018

A year’s rent takes up all the net pay earned by full-time workers until now – the first week of May.

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Massive surge in buy to let mortgage choice - now over 2,000 products

Wed 02 May 2018

The number of buy to let mortgage products on the open market has passed the 2,000 mark for the first time.

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Estate agents will in future have to hold a professional qualification and also be transparent about the referral fees they receive.

Mon 09 Apr 2018

Estate agents will in future have to hold a professional qualification and also be transparent about the referral fees they receive.

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Tepilo ended its last financial year with a loss of almost £2.3m

Mon 09 Apr 2018

Online agent Tepilo ended its last financial year with a loss of almost £2.3m and owing nearly £5m to creditors, with amounts due within 12 months.

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At last!” - Industry embraces reform of buying and selling processes

Mon 09 Apr 2018

Agents and representatives from other property sectors have reacted enthusiastically to proposals to professionalise the industry.

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sales tactics of Countrywide and Connells suggest the two agency are “harming consumers,

Wed 21 Mar 2018

A magazine claims its investigations into the sales tactics of Countrywide and Connells suggest the two agency are “harming consumers, stopping them from getting the best deals and even causing house sales to collapse.”

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Affordability worries mount as new asking prices hit record highs and Bank sounds warnings

Wed 21 Mar 2018

New asking prices have hit record highs this month, jumping by 1.5%, with 5% fewer properties coming to the market compared with this time last year.

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New industry body aims to simplify and modernise buying and selling

Mon 26 Feb 2018

Representatives from estate and lettings agencies as well as professional organisations have formed The Home Buying And Selling Group with a common theme of being “motivated by a genuine desire to effect change.”

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Rightmove said average revenue per advertiser (ARPA) was up 10% to £922

Mon 26 Feb 2018

Some 200 traditional branches have quit Rightmove but hybrid/online agents have more than made up the slack.

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Only 17 per cent of tenants get mandatory How To Rent booklet - claim

Mon 26 Feb 2018

A specialist insurance firm claims that only 17 per cent of tenants receive the latest version of the mandatory How To Rent booklet when they begin their tenancies.

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new official figures indicate the start of the pendulum swinging back in the other direction?

Wed 14 Feb 2018

After a slump in residential transactions in 2017, could new official figures indicate the start of the pendulum swinging back in the other direction?

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The number of first-time buyers in the market has hit a decade-long high, according to new figures.

Wed 14 Feb 2018

The number of first-time buyers in the market has hit a decade-long high, according to new figures. Nonetheless, growth in the mortgage market still looks set to be subdued this year, thanks largely to the faltering buy-to-let market.

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new figures from the Office for National Statistics show a gentle increase.

Wed 14 Feb 2018

Despite a string of property pundits suggesting the market is slowing down, new figures from the Office for National Statistics show a gentle increase. Prices increased 5.2 per cent in 2017 according to ONS data just released, a rise from the 5.0 per cent in the 12 months to the end of November.

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New City analyst report claims Purplebricks sells ‘only’ about half of properties listed

Fri 02 Feb 2018

City analyst Anthony Codling, working in conjunction with industry consultant Robert May, has given Purplebricks a damning ‘underperform’ rating.

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Rightmove’s enormous growth in profits makes audience gasp

Fri 02 Feb 2018

In the same presentation yesterday at the Guild of Property Professionals conference, Anthony Codling also offered his view on the success of Rightmove and the growth in its profits, relative to the estate agents it serves.

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Home Office braced for legal challenges against Right to Rent scheme

Fri 02 Feb 2018

Two legal bids have been mounted against the Government’s controversial Right to Rent scheme, whereby agents have to check a prospective tenant’s immigration status.

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Revealed: the cities with the largest price rises over the past 10 years

Fri 02 Feb 2018

Lloyds Bank has revealed a league table of the cities which have seen the highest price growth over the past decade - and top of the heap is Cambridge.

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Countrywide shares struggle as theory emerges on Platt departure

Thu 25 Jan 2018

If Countrywide thought its fortunes would immediately improve following the departure of chief executive Alison Platt, it has to think again - its share price languished only just above the 100p mark yesterday, for the second day in a row.

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Bad news for leaseholders as Appeal Court backs estate owners

Thu 25 Jan 2018

Home owners seeking lease extensions may now have to pay more as a result of a controversial judgement handed down by the Court of Appeal.

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number of transactions last year dropped to 1.22m

Thu 25 Jan 2018

The number of transactions last year dropped to 1.22m - a minor 0.8 per cent drop on the year before and the lowest total since 2014 according to HM Revenue and Customs.

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tax checks to private rental sector licensing schemes

Thu 14 Dec 2017

HM Revenue & Customs has launched a consultation on adding tax checks to private rental sector licensing schemes - in other words, checking up on landlords to ensure they are paying their fair share of tax.

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rental payment record counts towards their credit rating.

Thu 14 Dec 2017

The House of Lords has given the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill its second reading and a step forward to ensuring that tenants’ rental payment record counts towards their credit rating.

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database of rogue letting agents and landlords and new banning orders

Mon 04 Dec 2017

A database of rogue letting agents and landlords and new banning orders, first promised in the Housing and Planning Act announced almost exactly a year ago, are to come into effect from early April 2018.

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House of Lords has given the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill its second reading

Mon 04 Dec 2017

The House of Lords has given the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill its second reading and a step forward to ensuring that tenants’ rental payment record counts towards their credit rating.

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government is to make minor changes to the ‘additional homes’ three per cent

Sat 25 Nov 2017

The small print of the Budget has revealed that the government is to make minor changes to the ‘additional homes’ three per cent stamp duty surcharge.

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number of new BTL mortgages being taken out has dropped

Sat 25 Nov 2017

One of Britain’s best known and highest profile buy to let specialist lenders says the number of new BTL mortgages being taken out has dropped since a raft of new restrictions and regulations were introduced by the government.

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No Stamp duty up to £300,000 for FTB's

Wed 22 Nov 2017

From today, all first time buyer purchases up to £300,000 have NO stamp duty, and if the FTBs are inside London there will be no stamp duty on the first £300,000 of their purchase.

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defence against possible legal action by Purplebricks.

Wed 22 Nov 2017

The website AllAgents has failed in its bid to raise the £50,000 it says it requires to pay for a defence against possible legal action by Purplebricks.

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stagnating market by slashing asking prices according to Rightmove

Mon 13 Nov 2017

Sellers have launched "their own sale" in response to the stagnating market by slashing asking prices according to Rightmove - but some sellers have not cut enough.

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HMRC has refunded £185m

Sat 11 Nov 2017

HMRC has refunded £185m to some 15,000 house buyers since the introduction of the stamp duty surcharge in April of last year according to new research by Which?.

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bid to help leaseholders who, he says, "feel trapped in their homes".

Sat 11 Nov 2017

Labour MP Justin Madders is working on a Private Members' Bill creating leasehold reform in a bid to help leaseholders who, he says, "feel trapped in their homes".

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Yet another formal government consultation is under way

Sat 11 Nov 2017

Yet another formal government consultation is under way, this time into smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the private rental sector - although it does not suggest any likely change in the current regulations.

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ARLA has set out the main reasons why tenants don't get their deposits back in every case.

Sat 11 Nov 2017

ARLA has set out the main reasons why tenants don't get their deposits back in every case. A survey of its members has revealed that some 88 per cent of letting agents say the main reason is because tenants leave the property dirty or messy.

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put their homes on the market no later than Tuesday if they are serious about selling by Christmas.

Sat 14 Oct 2017

The HomeOwners’ Alliance says vendors must put their homes on the market no later than Tuesday if they are serious about selling by Christmas.

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legal case against Purplebricks.

Sat 14 Oct 2017

A donor with the name ‘Michael Bruce’ has contributed - at least a little - to a fighting fund for review site AllAgents to mount a legal case against Purplebricks.

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Excellent care from initial approach to exchange of contracts

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Lee Blackman is pretty tenacious when he sees a good buyer

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FANTASTIC 3D SHOWCASE

Mon 25 Sep 2017

See our fantastic 3D showcase presentation which enhances buyers interaction with properties, creates more views online and increases the number of suitable viewings.

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online agents who do not chase-up on behalf of clients are leading to delays

Mon 25 Sep 2017

There is growing concern that online agents who do not chase-up on behalf of clients are leading to delays and fall-throughs in chains - with traditional agents sometimes having to do the work instead.

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The Association of Residential Letting Agents has thrown its weight behind Gas Safety Week, which runs until tomorrow.

Mon 25 Sep 2017

“As Gas Safety Week draws to a close, ARLA Propertymark highlights the campaign and the importance of gas safety. Agents and landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants, so it’s important they ensure that maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer” says David Cox, ARLA chief executive.

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why it has suspended the Purplebricks agency.

Tue 19 Sep 2017

Review service AllAgents has issued a statement explaining why it has suspended the Purplebricks agency.

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how much, on average, it costs to operate a privately rented property.

Tue 19 Sep 2017

New figures assembled by the Nationwide reveal precisely how much, on average, it costs to operate a privately rented property.

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Experiment shows how sloppy marketing pics damage property value

Mon 18 Sep 2017

An experiment conducted by insurance company AXA has revealed how sloppy photographs can alter the perception of a property in the eyes of the public - and can therefore make a home harder to sell, and possibly fetch a lower sale price.

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kept me updated throughout the process

Mon 28 Aug 2017

they responded promptly and provided me with useful advice on what we needed to do

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London slowdown bottoms out, but only low price growth in long-term

Sat 26 Aug 2017

London slowdown bottoms out, but only low price growth in long-term

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The typical asking price of a home coming on sale has fallen by 0.9 per cent

Mon 21 Aug 2017

The typical asking price of a home coming on sale has fallen by 0.9 per cent, equivalent to £2,758 - precisely in line with the summer seasonal norm according to Rightmove.

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A think tank says the penalties now levied against second home owners

Mon 21 Aug 2017

A think tank says the penalties now levied against second home owners - such as the stamp duty surcharge and phasing out of buy to let mortgage interest tax relief - are not enough to address what it calls “the preserve of the wealthy.”

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Once again Gould Harrison delivered

Mon 21 Aug 2017

From the initial valuation through to completion, Lee, Jo and Nigel managed the whole process with excellent communication

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British Property Awards 2017

Wed 16 Aug 2017

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Gold standard in the British Property awards 2017.

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The government is thought to be reviewing Help To Buy

Mon 07 Aug 2017

The government is thought to be reviewing Help To Buy which, it is claimed, could end with the scheme being scrapped or replaced before its scheduled end in April 2021.

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third of buyers will view between four and eight houses before putting an offer in

Mon 07 Aug 2017

Well over a third of buyers will view between four and eight houses before putting an offer in on their choice, while just under another third will visit only up to three properties.

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Know your knotweed from your regular weeds

Sat 29 Jul 2017

Japanese knotweed deters nearly eight in 10 people in the UK from buying a property according to new research.

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New anti-money laundering regulation is here!

Sat 29 Jul 2017

New anti-money laundering regulation has come into force which directly effect estate agents and estate agency businesses.

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Government ban on new-build leaseholds

Sat 29 Jul 2017

The Government plans to put an end to the "leasehold scandal" by banning developers from selling new-build houses in England as leasehold.

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Top tips for selling your home this summer

Sat 29 Jul 2017

Katie Griffin, President, NAEA Propertymark says: “If you need to put your home on the market during the summer, it’s important to understand your target market and who will be the most interested in buying your home

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agencies have been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman

Sat 29 Jul 2017

Three agencies have been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman for two or more years, after failing to pay awards or comply with the scheme’s codes of practice.

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Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint over a Purplebricks website

Sat 29 Jul 2017

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint over a Purplebricks website statement featuring testimonials from clients; the complaint was made by a rival agency.

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Over 285,000 use Help To Buy to purchase homes, says government

Fri 07 Jul 2017

Figures released by the government suggest that over 285,000 people, including 240,000 first time buyers, have used one or more of the Help to Buy schemes

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better-off buyers who are most likely to benefit.

Fri 07 Jul 2017

Government schemes like Help To Buy, supposedly assisting more people get on the ladder, have little impact on improving social mobility - and that’s because it’s the better-off buyers who are most likely to benefit.

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RICS debate urges industry to unite and simplify house buying process

Sat 01 Jul 2017

A gathering of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has called on the industry to unite and improve the buying and selling process for the public.

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All agents are not the same......

Mon 29 May 2017

I can say that from my experience when dealing with Jo she will be kind, honest whilst maintaining a professional disposition throughout. 5 *

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Reasons to Choose Gould & Harrison...

Mon 29 May 2017

The team was so successful with this approach that an offer was accepted during the first week.

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a slowdown in the property market,

Fri 19 May 2017

News headlines talk more and more about a slowdown in the property market, a drop in house prices and the need for sellers to reduce their asking prices in order to secure a sale.

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a move expected to save 4.3 million households hundreds of pounds

Fri 19 May 2017

In November 2016 when the Autumn Statement was delivered by Chancellor Philip Hammond, the announcement was made to ban letting agent fees for tenants in England, in a move expected to save 4.3 million households hundreds of pounds.

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‘fake agents’ - are costing every agent without exception.

Fri 19 May 2017

For as long as agency has existed, people have been setting up businesses which seek to cut out or undermine traditional estate agents.

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spring increase in the stock of homes coming to the market has been bucked this year.

Wed 10 May 2017

Is it the Brexit triggering of Article 50, the snap General Election or the cold weather we have had until recently? Whatever the cause, it appears the usual strong spring increase in the stock of homes coming to the market has been bucked this year.

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Cash is becoming an increasingly large proportion of the funding

Wed 10 May 2017

Cash is becoming an increasingly large proportion of the funding used to buy homes according to a new analysis of transactions and mortgage lending.

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Which agent is the best choice for your personal circumstances?

Fri 28 Apr 2017

Even some of the most successful professionals from other professions fail to grasp the most important point when it comes to selling or letting their home.

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books decreased to 39 last month - the lowest amount recorded for March since National Association of Estate Agents records began 15 years ago.

Thu 27 Apr 2017

The number of properties available to buy on agents’ books decreased to 39 last month - the lowest amount recorded for March since National Association of Estate Agents records began 15 years ago.

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First time buyer registrations in the past month have jumped nearly 20 per cent

Thu 27 Apr 2017

First time buyer registrations in the past month have jumped nearly 20 per cent across the UK and almost 30 per cent in London according to one agency.

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out “aggressive” marketing campaigns that have been “lacking in integrity.”

Tue 25 Apr 2017

online agents of carrying out “aggressive” marketing campaigns that have been “lacking in integrity.”

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resist any further increase in stamp duty not only to help the property market

Tue 25 Apr 2017

resist any further increase in stamp duty not only to help the property market

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Five per cent of homeowners say they will definitely not be buying a property until the Brexit process is over

Tue 25 Apr 2017

two thirds of those aged 18 to 24 admit they have reconsidered their property plans because they are "losing faith in the economy."

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bitter war of words against Purplebricks

Fri 07 Apr 2017

money taken by Puprlebricks even though they didn't sell their home” says Wright.

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Supply shortage means 'average house price up £52,000 by 2021'

Fri 07 Apr 2017

average house prices across the UK will rise by £52,000 between now and 2021.

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Excellent Customer Feedback

Fri 07 Apr 2017

First class customer feedback....

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Compare our feedback

Fri 07 Apr 2017

Take a look at how our feedback compares with that left for an online offerring, in particular the experiences when a buyer is not forthcoming immediately.

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The Improvements That Add Value to Your Home

Fri 07 Apr 2017

advice on how property owners can add value to their homes by making improvements.

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BANNING OF TENANT FEES

Fri 07 Apr 2017

The Government’s long awaited consultation on banning tenant fees has finally been published this morning

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“keep rolling in” to Rightmove

Fri 07 Apr 2017

The money is just going to “keep rolling in” to Rightmove – provided that agents stay afloat

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AWARDS SHORTLIST

Sat 25 Mar 2017

Gould & Harrison shortlisted for the ESTAS 2017

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Annual house price inflation now at 6.2% says government

Sat 25 Mar 2017

House prices in the UK increased by 6.2 per cent in the year to January according to government figures.

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Retired homeowners' property wealth hits yet another high

Fri 24 Mar 2017

Total property wealth owned by over-65s who have paid off their mortgages grew to a new record high of £1.072 trillion in February

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letting agent ordered to pay £25,000

Thu 23 Feb 2017

A convicted Surrey letting agent who used his clients’ money to cover his business debts has been ordered to pay £25,000 to compensate his victims.

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buyers in London dropped to a four-year low in 2016

Wed 22 Feb 2017

The number of home buyers in London dropped to a four-year low in 2016 while the number of loans taken out by purchasers plummeted to its lowest level for a quarter of a century, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

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HouseSimple has been told “advert must not appear again"

Wed 22 Feb 2017

Online agency HouseSimple has been told that by the Advertising Standards Authority that its TV advertisement including the claim ‘sell your home for just £495’ “must not appear again in the form complained about.”

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ask purchasers for £1,000 deposits to indicate the seriousness of their intent to buy.

Mon 06 Feb 2017

The Property Ombudsman’s office has defended a change to its code of practice which, according to a national newspaper, means agents in England and Wales can ask purchasers for £1,000 deposits to indicate the seriousness of their intent to buy.

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three per cent stamp duty surcharge

Mon 06 Feb 2017

An analysis by Savills shows that so-called ‘additional homes’ - that is, those carrying a three per cent stamp duty surcharge - made up one in five of all sales in the second half of 2016.

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Total number of homemovers fell during 2016

Wed 25 Jan 2017

There were an estimated 354,000 homemovers in 2016, a fall of 4% compared to the 367,000 recorded the previous year.

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The housing market ended 2016 on a positive note, according to the latest report from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).

Wed 25 Jan 2017

The housing market ended 2016 on a positive note, according to the latest report from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA). The organisation reports that in December the prospective number of buyers registered with the average agency branch was 386, up 12% on November's figure.

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COMING SOON

Fri 20 Jan 2017

NEWLY CONVERTED APARTMENT BLOCK IN ASHFORD TOWN CENTRE

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First-time home buyers at highest level since 2007, Halifax say

Fri 13 Jan 2017

There were more first-time home buyers in 2016 than at any time since the start of the financial crisis, according to research by the Halifax.

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OnTheMarket is to advertise across 40 channels this month

Fri 06 Jan 2017

OnTheMarket is to advertise across 40 channels this month, in the build up to its second anniversary at the end of January.

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Young to inherit more but in less equal amounts, says IFS

Thu 05 Jan 2017

Younger generations will inherit much more money than their predecessors - but the amounts they get will be very unequal, according to new research.

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Conveyancers are to be told to publish the charges for their house-moving services

Mon 19 Dec 2016

Conveyancers are to be told to publish the charges for their house-moving services in a bid to help consumers and to encourage competition.

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prices in London are now rising at 7.6 per cent per year

Mon 19 Dec 2016

House prices in London are now rising at 7.6 per cent per year - the lowest figure for 39 months according to property data consultancy Hometrack

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Mark Hayward Shares his Property predictions for 2017

Fri 16 Dec 2016

After a year of political surprises and economic uncertainty, Mark Hayward rounds up 2016 by giving his property predictions for the next 12 months.

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America's central bank has raised it benchmark interest rate

Thu 15 Dec 2016

America's central bank has raised it benchmark interest rate for only the second time in 10 years.

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crack down on what it calls ‘rogue property agents’ and ‘rogue landlords.’

Wed 14 Dec 2016

The government has launched an official consultation process on a package of measures to crack down on what it calls ‘rogue property agents’ and ‘rogue landlords.’

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OnTheMarket have given their first reactions to Rightmove's portal juggling

Wed 14 Dec 2016

Yesterday Rightmove revealed it had updated its technology to allow listings to be relaunched on to the site and sent out in property alerts only if they had been off the site for 14 weeks or longer.

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Local Government’s consultation on ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation

Wed 14 Dec 2016

Association of Residential Letting Agents has responded to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s consultation on ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation and residential property licensing reforms’.

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housing market will get off to a slow start in 2017

Mon 12 Dec 2016

A lack of homes for sale means that the housing market will get off to a slow start in 2017, according to surveyors.

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Countrywide stays silent on rumours of Bairstow Eves closures

Thu 08 Dec 2016

speculation that some Bairstow Eves offices in the south of England have been told that they are amongst the latest closures to be announced by the troubled company.

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Latest index confirms trend that house price growth will slow in 2017

Thu 08 Dec 2016

Latest index confirms trend that house price growth will slow in 2017

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House prices to stall next year 'but no Armageddon' promises NAEA

Wed 07 Dec 2016

House prices will stall in 2017 and there won’t by any significant improvement in affordability for many hard-pressed buyers......

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A TIMELY REMINDER ABOUT PERSONAL SAFETY

Mon 05 Dec 2016

A health service tribunal has found that a senior paramedic tried to sexually assault an estate agent

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Britain’s biggest, seemingly in trouble

Wed 30 Nov 2016

It’s a tale of two estate agencies - Britain’s biggest, seemingly in trouble, and the second biggest, winning a seal of approval from a respected investment consultancy.

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AUTUMN STATEMENT

Sat 26 Nov 2016

In case you missed it, here’s a summary of everything relating to property that was in Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s Autumn Statement:

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BANNING OF TENANT FEES

Sat 26 Nov 2016

Journalists ask questions about how these unjustifiable fees can be justified and self-righteous politicians revel in their self-righteousness.

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good news to end a difficult week for the letting agency industry

Fri 25 Nov 2016

There is good news to end a difficult week for the letting agency industry - there’s been a further drop in typical costs of buy to let mortgages over the past three months

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GP BETWEEN EARNINGS AND HOUSE PRICES AT RECORD LEVELS

Thu 24 Nov 2016

Housing data consultancy Hometrack says the disparity between average earnings and house prices is reaching record levels in certain parts of the country.

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COUNTRYWIDE SHARES DROP FURTHER

Thu 24 Nov 2016

Share prices for both Foxtons and Countrywide took a significant tumble yesterday as news of the ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants sunk in to investors.

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Otterpool Park Garden Town near Folkestone Racecourse

Sat 12 Nov 2016

Otterpool Park Garden Town near Folkestone Racecourse given go ahead by government for 12,000 homes around Lympne, Westenhanger and Sellindge

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Stamp Duty - "Buy as you go"

Mon 07 Nov 2016

government is to introduce a 'buy as you go' system in the Autumn Statement

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120,000 fewer sales

Mon 07 Nov 2016

two years of low price growth and challenging transaction levels across the housing market.

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Feedback - Reasons to choose Gould Harrison

Mon 07 Nov 2016

See our twitter page showcasing the excellent feedback left by our recent clients.

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Does it pay to sell a home online?

Mon 07 Nov 2016

Does it pay to sell a home online?

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Low stock and declining transactions but prices holding

Sun 09 Oct 2016

Low stock and declining transactions but prices holding up says Halifax

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Government reveals major housing policy changes today

Mon 03 Oct 2016

Speculation was rife over the weekend that the government would today announce major changes to housing policy - possibly shifting the emphasis from David Cameron’s affection for home ownership to accepting substantial growth in the private rental sector.

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Two firms stole over £1m worth of client

Sun 02 Oct 2016

Two letting agent firms, both members of ARLA, each misappropriated more than £500,000 worth of client money.

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Ombudsman revises Codes of Practice to address portal juggling

Mon 26 Sep 2016

The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO) has announced that it will be issuing updated versions of all its Codes of Practice on October 1.

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Building on green belt is now 'inevitable', says land agent

Mon 26 Sep 2016

An agency specialising in land and planning claims that campaigners in favour of maintaining the green belt must accept that some of it will have to be built on.

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Around 400 homes sold off by infamous buy to let investment couple

Sun 11 Sep 2016

"The day of the amateur landlord is over" Fergus Wilson told the FT.

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Leading Tory joins clamour for government to end Help To Buy ISA

Tue 23 Aug 2016

An influential backbench Conservative MP is the latest to speak out

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Housing market looks stronger since vote

Tue 23 Aug 2016

The see-saw of conflicting post-Brexit indicators is continuing with figures from house builder

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NAEA wades into row over Help To Buy ISA 'deception' by government

Mon 22 Aug 2016

The NAEA has waded into the row created by the revelation that the government’s Help To Buy ISA is not - after all - going to help first time buyers with saving for a deposit for their home.

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Housing market boost

Tue 16 Aug 2016

Housing market boost as tracker mortgages fall to lowest-ever cost

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House prices rising faster than expected

Thu 28 Jul 2016

House prices rising faster than expected 'but may not yet reflect Brexit'

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Valuation uncertainty post referendum

Mon 25 Jul 2016

It has now been several weeks since the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union. My previous communication reflected on the response of valuers to this outcome in the early days

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Purplebricks blasted over sales totals

Thu 21 Jul 2016

Purplebricks blasted over sales totals and speed of completions

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NAEA wants new housing minister to rethink Land Registry privatisation

Tue 19 Jul 2016

NAEA wants new housing minister to rethink Land Registry privatisation

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HomeBuyer Reports Without a Valuation

Thu 14 Jul 2016

Surveyors now have option of HomeBuyer Report without a valuation

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Housing market 'falters amid Brexit campaign and vote'

Wed 13 Jul 2016

Housing market 'falters amid Brexit campaign and vote'

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Recent Prime Central London Sales Had Price Cuts

Tue 12 Jul 2016

Over 80% of recent prime central London sales have had price cuts

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New Forms May Trigger Delays

Sun 19 Jun 2016

Search company warns that new forms may trigger conveyancing delays

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Uncertainty Is Hitting Vendor Numbers

Sun 19 Jun 2016

Rightmove: 'referendum deterring sellers and Brexit may unsettle market'

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What if Britain leaves the EU?

Sun 19 Jun 2016

What will happen to the housing market if Britain leaves the EU?

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Bank of England confirms tougher buy to let mortgage lending regime

Tue 29 Sep 2015

The Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority has confirmed that tighter regulations will apply to lenders providing mortgages for buy to let investors.

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