Cedar House, Caen St, Braunton EX33 1AH

10th February 2020

Mystery of Countrywide’s "indisposed" Monaco buyer deepens

The mystery of why Countrywide’s crucial sale of its commercial arm has failed to go through as scheduled deepened over the weekend. Friday’s highly-unusual announcement that the shareholder-backed sale of Lambert Smith Hampton had hit an unexplained delay led share prices to fall by five per cent at one point; they... Source: Estate Agent...

Seven days left for agents to defend referral fees to Trading Standards

Agents now have only seven days to complete a referral fees survey, announced late on Friday by Trading Standards and The Property Ombudsman. The closing date is February 17 and the results of the survey will feed into an assessment being made at the end of this month by the National... Source: Estate Agent...

Agents vent anger at ‘Boris Corbyn’ shock Mansion Tax proposals

Agents have reacted angrily to the government contemplating introducing a Mansion Tax, and to the Housing Secretary not ruling out the idea in a TV interview. Yesterday we reported that a Sunday Telegraph article revealed from two separate sources that a tax of the most expensive homes was being considered both... Source: Estate Agent...

Housing Minister McVey to be sacked this week, briefings suggest

Unsourced stories in a number of newspapers over the weekend - all likely to have come from government off-the-record briefings - suggest that housing minister Esther McVey is to be sacked this week. Both The Times and The Daily Telegraph say she is for the chop in a major government reshuffle,... Source: Estate Agent...

Property Jobs Today – the movers and shakers in our industry…

Hello and welcome to the latest PJT - your regular Monday fix of who’s moving where in our industry. As ever, a reminder that we’d love to share your appointments announcements: just email press@estateagenttoday.co.uk and let us know. Thanks. - Now, let’s go this week with a big scalp claimed by Zoopla -... Source: Estate Agent...

Agents’ delight at another sign that the market is on the rise

Annual house price growth increased to 4.1 per cent in January, up slightly from the end of 2019, according to Halifax house price data released over the weekend. In the latest quarter, house prices were 2.3 per cent higher than in the preceding three months says Russell Galley, managing director of... Source: Estate Agent...

Consumer champion backs 30% discount scheme for local first timers

One of the leading consumer groups has backed the government’s controversial First Homes policy, which aims to give 30 per cent discounts to ‘local’ first time buyers of new homes built to fit with the policy. Paula Higgins, chief executive of the Homeowners Alliance, says: “We know that first-time buyers will... Source: Estate Agent...

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