Month: October 2018


Estate agents urged to report dirty money

The Government has extended a campaign designed to increase the amount of suspicious activity reports (SARs), in a bit to limit the impact of money laundering. The Flag It Up campaign, which has already targeted solicitors and accountants, is now looking to estate agents to reduce the number of UK properties being bought with the […]Read More


Modern online auctions under scrutiny

The Homeowners Alliance (HOA) has looked at the potential pitfalls of buying and selling by auction. Commenting on the trend, HOA Chief Executive Paula Higgins said:  “It is good to have new ways to help homeowners buy and sell their properties. However, we are concerned that estate agents and online platforms are using the modern […]Read More

Environment Organisations

Terrafirma launches The Assure, a low-cost pre-screening certificate for mining

– Environmental information and data intelligence provider aims to combat growing property search costs with the introduction of a reliable low cost option – In an aim to challenge growing property search costs Terrafirma, an expert provider of environmental information and data intelligence, has launched The Assure (2018) Certificate, a low cost pre-screening certificate which […]Read More

Property Market Technology

Consumers Pushing For Technology In Conveyancing To Bring Transparency

Consumers are pressing the conveyancing sector for new technology that will give them better access to information, but according to a survey of conveyancers, only a small fraction of conveyancing firms are dedicated to innovation. Meanwhile, a leading property services business claimed conveyancers were “very close” to implementing technology which would bring transparency to the […]Read More


Future Climate Info And Terrafirma Raise The Bar For Environmental

Two innovative environmental data experts join forces to create unique offering Future Climate Info (FCI) has teamed up with Terrafirma to deliver the most comprehensive package yet of environmental risk data, protection and support for homebuyers. Available now, the all-new Premium Plus CON29M combines Future Climate Info’s Premium residential environmental search, with Terrafirma’s new official […]Read More


Wales Release Autumn Housing Budget

There has been much speculation regarding the Autumn Budget and how it will impact the housing market in recent weeks. The Welsh Government have offered details that suggest strong support for housing professionals. Although the initial announcement indicated a significant increase in NHS spending, local authorities were left considering how they can support their services […]Read More


Increasing Housing Supply For September

The majority of house reports in the past two months have been depressing reading for those in the housing sector. However, the NAEA Propertymark Housing Report for September, offers a mixed bag with suggestions of an improving market in the future. The supply of property available to buy rose by 15% in September and the […]Read More


Rental Prices Show Shallow Growth In September

Private rental prices paid by tenants is beginning to slow according to the recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) ‘Index of Private Rental Prices, UK: Spetember 2018.’ Although the average UK rent has increased by an average of 0.9% in the last 12 months, this is also unchanged from August’s figures. This slowdown has been […]Read More


Difficult Market Conditions Halt SME Construction Growth

Growth with small and medium sized construction firms has slowed considerably this year according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Although the third quarter workloads have increased, the growth was considerably slower than quarter two data. Revenue and profit are being scuppered by rising material prices; 86% of SME construction firms have reported increases, […]Read More

Firms & People Property Market

Conveyancing Association Unveil Annual Conference And Dinner Details

The Conveyancing Association (CA), the leading trade body for the conveyancing industry, has today (25th October 2018) unveiled full details of its Annual Conference & Dinner which takes place for the first time at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, on the 6th December 2018. This year’s Conference has the theme, ‘Embracing the digital future’, is headlined […]Read More


Commercial Property Investment Is On The Rise

Many are speculating that stagnant wages and rising house prices have caused the housing market to hit an affordability ceiling point as price growth fell from 3.4% to 3.2% in September for residential property sales. Whilst residential property sales begin to decline, commercial property is beginning to boom. Simon Bath, CEO of digital conveyancing platform, […]Read More


Landlords Hopeful Of Change In Upcoming Budget

It seems as though the market has focused on First Time Buyers to bolster a stumbling market in recent years to the perceived detriment of buy-to-let landlords. Although landlords will be hoping that their plight is considered with the removal of a 3% surcharge on stamp duty, a recent study by leading online letting agent […]Read More


House Growth in England and Wales At Five Year Low

It has been difficult to look at housing news over the past two months without reading about reducing prices and dwindling demand. Keeping with tradition, the most recent Your Move index corroborates the negative sentiments regarding the current housing market. The average price for England and Wales remains over £300,000 at £302,626 and has increased […]Read More