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Digital Search Delays: Land Registry plans in disarray

HM Land Registry appears to be making painfully slow progress on digitising land charge search data - contrary to its earlier promises. Estate Agent Today reported a Registry pledge back in 2018 that 26 councils would be on board within 12 months with their charges data migrating to a centralised database.  Then in... read more

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:00:08 GMT

Is mortgage-provision a growth area for estate agents?

A new analysis from a financial services trade body shows that gross mortgage lending is expected to rise significantly in the next two years, driven by increased activity in the housing market. Earlier this week both The Property Franchise Group and the London-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kay & Co agency groups announced... read more

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:00:06 GMT

Buyer confidence soars but stock for sale down 10% says latest index

At the end of a strong week for housing market indicators, the latest survey from the website Home suggests a major shortfall of homes on sale continues - but post-election buyer confidence is rising sharply.  Home, which produces a monthly market snapshot, says the total stock of property for sale in England... read more

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:00:04 GMT

More market optimism as mortgage approvals show uptick

The  number of mortgage approvals rose 1.9 per cent in the final month of last year according to e.surv’s mortgage data monitor. There were 66,253 residential mortgages in December, adding to the rest of the year to make an annual increase of 2.7 per cent.  The proportion of small deposit borrowers dropped on... read more

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:00:02 GMT

Agents Do Charity ...Er, it’s time to spend a penny...

Welcome to another Agents Do Charity, meaning it’s not just Friday but also a day to think about fund-raising in the year ahead. Please send details of your activities to We’ll let the industry know of your good deeds…and encourage a few more donations, too. And talking of giving money, we start with... read more

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:00:00 GMT
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