• Feb 27th 2017

Capital appreciation on housing far outstrips other property types

Residential property has performed far better than any other property-type in terms of appreciation over the last year, according to new data.Any agent faced with reluctant buyers unsure of the investment potential can take heart from the fact that while ... more

  • Feb 20th 2017

Going, going, gone… auctions are shaking off the spectre of diminishing returns

Jamie Cooke, Managing Director of IAM Sold, offers his predictions for the UK property auction market and explains why more and more agents are switching on to the benefits of selling at auction: “We anticipate major growth in the sector and appetite ... more

  • Feb 17th 2017

Tenants face rent rises of 30% warns ex-Bank of England chief

Tenants face potential rent increases of between 20 and 30 per cent as a result of tax rises hitting landlords, says a former independent member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee.David Miles, now Professor of Financial Economics at ... more

  • Feb 15th 2017

Agents blasted by Which? for asking price 'over-valuations'

The consumer body Which? claims that 19 per cent of properties sold in the year to September went for prices five per cent or more below their initial asking price - and it claims this was the result of “estate agent over-valuations”.Which? analysed ... more

  • Feb 10th 2017

Lobby MPs against buy to let tax changes ... urges a Tory MP

Saturday is traditionally the day many MPs hold their constituency surgeries, listening to grievances and opinions from their electors. Conservative member of parliament James Gray wants you to use this route to get hold of your MP, perhaps in the next ... more

  • Feb 8th 2017

House prices cool as Halifax warns 2017 will see a slowdown

Annual growth in house prices slowed in January - a taste of things to come in 2017 according to the house price index produced by Britain’s biggest lender, the HalifaxHouse prices rose 5.7 per cent in the year to the end of January - effectively this ... more

  • Feb 6th 2017

White Paper: huge shift of government emphasis towards renting

Government leaks to the Observer newspaper suggest that the Housing White Paper will show a huge policy shift towards renting - and may trigger the start of formal consultations over banning letting agents’ fees on tenants in England.The newspaper ... more

  • Feb 2nd 2017

Stamp duty windfall 'justifies scrapping buy to let tax changes'

The government should think again about punitive tax changes to the private rented sector after receiving greater-than-expected revenue from the three per cent additional homes stamp duty surcharge.Last April, when the surcharge was introduced, the government ... more

  • Feb 1st 2017

ARLA wants agents' fees spread over six months, not up-front

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has repeated it call for the government to ban up-front letting agent fees at the start of a tenancy and instead spread the cost across the first six months of a rental agreement.New research conducted for ... more