Cedar House, Caen St, Braunton EX33 1AH

2021

HMRC set to clampdown on stamp duty dodgers

HM Revenue & Customs is consulting on how it can clamp down on property professionals and buyers who allegedly try to game the current system. The consultation closes on February 22 next year, suggesting new policies could be introduced as early as next spring. It’s looking at two specific measures which HMRC... Source: Estate Agent...

Hotspot premiums likely to be blamed for pricing out locals

New data from Rightmove has analysed millions of supply, demand and pricing data points across the property market, to assess activity in coastal locations in 2021 compared with 2020. Bounemouth is this year’s most in-demand coastal location for people searching potential places to live, followed by Southampton and Brighton.  Average asking prices... Source: Estate Agent...

It’s back – the agency showing its most expensive houses

The agency that last year was showcased in the one-off Channel 4 show Britain's Most Expensive Houses is now to star in a four-episode series. Guy Bradshaw, managing director of UK Sotheby’s International Realty, says: “Following the success of the pilot show in December last year and the positive feedback from old... Source: Estate Agent...

Top industry company will run New Homes Ombudsman

The Dispute Service has been selected to operate the New Homes Ombudsman scheme, following what has been called ”a fiercely competitive tendering process.”  The New Homes Ombudsman will be independent and provide redress for purchasers of new build homes -  an initiative which the government claims will deliver a step change... Source: Estate Agent...

A sign that Christmas is here – Santa’s Hat!

Decorating a branch isn’t the only way an agency can celebrate Christmas, as the ingenious folk at Stonefield Agents in Ayr have shown. “We’re also putting Santa hats on all our boards all in an effort to spread some Christmas cheer in these tough times” explains managing director Richard Thomson. Thanks so... Source: Estate Agent...

Agents Do Charity – a tribute to Stephen Brown

Hello and welcome to a very special edition of Agents Do Charity - a tribute to someone who has arguably done more for charitable work than anyone else in our industry. Stephen Brown’s Computers for Schools campaign has raised over £80,000 through donations from agents and suppliers, and Stephen now wants... Source: Estate Agent...

House price rises similar to those before 2007 crash – Nationwide

Annual house price growth hit 10.0 per cent last month - and is now tracking close to the level seen before the 2007 crash. Prices rose 0.9 per cent in month-on-month terms, after taking account of seasonal effects, says the Nationwide.  As a result, house prices are now almost 15 per cent... Source: Estate Agent...

RAN 2021! Conference and Awards tomorrow in Birmingham

Tomorrow sees the Relocation Agent Network’s first in-person conference since 2019.   The event, at the Metropole Hilton in Birmingham, will focus on shifts and trends in estate agency management and the broader real estate economy in general.   Keynote speaker Roger Martin-Fogg leads off the event with his well-known blend of economic, policy... Source:...

Record conveyancer training despite transaction frenzy and Covid

A record number of conveyancers have been trained in the last 18 months, despite the challenges of the pandemic and extended lockdowns. That’s the claim of the Conveyancing Academy: it says nearly 400 staff from 148 legal practices and property companies across the UK have undertaken its courses since March 2020. Business... Source: Estate Agent...

Christmas Countdown – what else but a snowman?

We’re already on December 2 - and what better way to celebrate the countdown to Christmas than by showing off a super snowman? The team at the Stephenson Browne agency have already kindly provided us with some images of branches but this one of the Congleton office (see main image) is particularly... Source: Estate Agent...

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