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Digital Search Delays: Land Registry plans in disarray

HM Land Registry appears to be making painfully slow progress on digitising land charge search data – contrary to its earlier promises. Estate Agent Today reported a Registry pledge back in 2018 that 26 councils would be on board within 12 months with their charges data migrating to a centralised database.  Then… Source: Estate Agent […]

Is mortgage-provision a growth area for estate agents?

A new analysis from a financial services trade body shows that gross mortgage lending is expected to rise significantly in the next two years, driven by increased activity in the housing market. Earlier this week both The Property Franchise Group and the London-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kay & Co agency groups… Source: Estate Agent News

Buyer confidence soars but stock for sale down 10% says latest index

At the end of a strong week for housing market indicators, the latest survey from the website Home suggests a major shortfall of homes on sale continues – but post-election buyer confidence is rising sharply.  Home, which produces a monthly market snapshot, says the total stock of property for sale in… Source: Estate Agent News

More market optimism as mortgage approvals show uptick

The  number of mortgage approvals rose 1.9 per cent in the final month of last year according to e.surv’s mortgage data monitor. There were 66,253 residential mortgages in December, adding to the rest of the year to make an annual increase of 2.7 per cent.  The proportion of small deposit borrowers dropped… Source: Estate Agent […]

Agents Do Charity …Er, it’s time to spend a penny…

Welcome to another Agents Do Charity, meaning it’s not just Friday but also a day to think about fund-raising in the year ahead. Please send details of your activities to press@estateagenttoday.co.uk. We’ll let the industry know of your good deeds…and encourage a few more donations, too. And talking of giving money, we start… Source: Estate […]

Boris Bounce: two more signs of an improving market at last

Whisper it quietly but the housing market could be significantly stronger in 2020 than in recent years. Two key indicators in the past 24 hours have suggested that a Boris Bounce – characterised  by much-increased buyer confidence – could be underway.  Firstly the latest market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered… Source: Estate Agent […]

Revealed – massive premiums buyers pay for new-build homes

New build homes cost 19 per cent more than comparable pre-owned properties according to a new survey – and sometimes 50 per cent. The Monmouthshire Building Society, which assesses the different markets in England and Wales during 2019, says new build properties in the North, Wales and East Midlands were particularly… Source: Estate Agent News

Big jump in London market share achieved by Winkworth

Winkworth says it’s achieved a big jump in London sales market share despite “an uncertain and difficult year that was dominated by political developments.” In the capital in 2019 Winkworth ranked second in Sales Subject to Contract with a market share of 4.2 per cent, up from 3.6 per cent in 2018. New… Source: Estate Agent […]

Tory tiff prompts gossip about yet another new Housing Minister

He’s a young and very wealthy up-and-coming MP in his 30s, a Cambridge graduate who also studied in the US and was a corporate lawyer before becoming a Member of Parliament. She’s a former Cabinet minister in her 50s, a former foster child at Barnado’s, reading law in college at London… Source: Estate Agent News

Agency’s crisp response to the recycling crisis

Barbers Estate & Letting Agents in Shropshire doing more than most on the industry to go green. It’s teamed up with TerraCycle, a recycling firm specialising in hard-to-recycle waste. Now the agency’s offices in Market Drayton, Newport, Wellington/Telford and Whitchurch are all acting as collection points for The Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme.  Once… Source: Estate […]