Cedar House, Caen St, Braunton EX33 1AH

May 2021

Agents rush to get qualified as restrictions start to ease

Propertymark Qualifications is reporting a surge in exams being taken and booked as restrictions ease allowing test centres to reopen. Since they were allowed to resume operating in mid-April, the centres have seen over 750 exams taken, with another 850 exams already booked for this month.  The demand has been so great... Source: Estate Agent...

Rightmove wins! Hundreds of millions wasted trying to beat it – claim

One of the world’s leading analysts of portals has warned Boomin, OnTheMarket and others challenging Rightmove - millions have been spent so far on the attempt, but all efforts have failed badly. In a critique of how challenger portals try to beat Rightmove - and similar attempts in the US to try to... Source: Estate Agent...

Stamp Duty ‘not key factor in housing market now’ insists agency

A leading agency says the stamp duty holiday is not a big influence on the current housing market frenzy - and it hasn’t been for months. Getting on the property ladder is now the most influential factor for moving, representing 25 per cent of buyers' motivations according to the Leaders Romans Group. Coming... Source: Estate Agent...

Soaring house price index show market boom goes on

House prices are 7.1 per cent above their level a year ago as the boom continues. The latest house price index, from the Nationwide, says it’s still the stamp duty holiday driving business. "Just as expectations of the end of the stamp duty holiday led to a slowdown in house price growth... Source: Estate Agent...

Agency is UK’s first to white-label sales-streamlining app

Century 21 UK is the first agency in the country to white label an app which covers transaction components from property viewings to signing documents to completing a sale.  The app is from Moovshack, which launched four years ago and offers users instant messaging services, in-app scheduling for viewings or valuations... Source: Estate Agent...

Urban Flight – move to rural homes only for well off, says think tank

A think tank claims that ‘urban flight’ - when people leave cities and head for towns and villages - is merely a pipedream for less well off families. The Resolution Foundation says the pandemic has prompted a search for inside and outside space, but that was unthinkable for many currently living in overcrowded homes. The... Source: Estate Agent...

RICS governance crisis – Leading lawyer wants your views

The independent review into the governance of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is calling for comments. Earlier this year RICS was the subject of allegations, chiefly in the Sunday Times, about apparent failures by RICS senior figures to act on a report by accountancy firm BDO. This report said that two years... Source: Estate Agent...

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