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Leading analysts fiercely critical of Guild merger with easyProperty

Two leading property analysts have written a fiercely critical assessment of the merger between easyProperty and the Guild of Property Professionals.   The merger, announced earlier this month, will see GPEA - the Guild’s parent company - licence the Easy brand to its membership, with participating agents offered the chance to use marketing... read more

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:08 GMT

Over 285,000 use Help To Buy to purchase homes, says government

Figures released by the government suggest that over 285,000 people, including 240,000 first time buyers, have used one or more of the Help to Buy schemes.   The average house price across the schemes is £193,826, which is below the cost of the typical UK home, and over 90 per cent of completions using... read more

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:06 GMT

Mortgage chiefs downgrade buy to let forecast for next 18 months

The Council of Mortgage Lenders’s buy to let forecast for 2017 and 2018 has been revised down from previous expectations at the end of last year, reflecting tax and prudential burdens in the housing and mortgage markets.   The CML now expects buy to let lending of £35 billion in 2017 and £33... read more

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:04 GMT

London price slowdown beginning to bottom out, claims Hometrack

The steep drop in price growth for homes across London is beginning to bottom out according to Hometrack, which says values will end 2017 some two to three per cent above those at the start of the year.    The latest Hometrack UK cities index reveals that house price growth in the 20... read more

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:03 GMT

Agents Do Charity - the longest list of heroes yet...

Today we’re publishing what we think is our longest-ever list of charitable activities being conducted by agents and their supporters - testimony to the unsung work done by our industry. Well done everyone!   Please let us know your activities by dropping an email to - we’ll gladly doff our cap to... read more

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
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