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Rush to purchase buy-to-lets before SDLT surcharge

Estate agents report that there has been a significant increase in the number of buy-to-let investors attempting to push sales through before this Friday’s stamp duty deadline. Landlord investors are naturally keen…

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Housing Market

Bank of England to consult on buy-to-let ‘prudence’

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The Bank of England has published a consultation paper (CP) which seeks views on its proposals which could result in strict limitations for buy-to-let mortgages. David Smith (left), the Residential Landlords Association’s…

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Agencies & People

Leaders join forces with Romans

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Leading letting agents Romans and Leaders have merged to create one of the largest property services providers in the UK, with more than 40,000 properties under management. The groups, which have branches…

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Housing Market

Scottish house sales hit 8-year high

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Residential property sales in Scotland reached the highest level for eight years in January, as buyers rushed to avoid an LBTT surcharge, the latest Scotland House Price Index from Your Move reveals.…

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Products & Services

Rightmove website was not compromised, says portal

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Rightmove has dismissed claims that its portal has been compromised after ITV London had claimed to have uncovered a new scam targeting renters in the capital. ITV issued a news report last…

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Regulation & Law

Budget 2016: Housing reaction

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George Osborne’s eighth Budget was another intriguing one for the property market, particularly the residential market. He confirmed that the 3 per cent higher rate of stamp duty for those acquiring a…

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Agencies & People

The Negotiator wins at LSL Property Press Awards

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The Negotiator magazine was recognised as the leading residential estate agency magazine at the LSL Property Press Awards 2016, beating all other residential agency entrants. The Negotiator magazine won the Bronze Award…

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Agencies & People

Agent job site off to flying start

Job to advertise? Or are you looking to move? The Negotiator magazine has launched a new job board – www.thenegotiatorjobs.co.uk – specifically aimed at estate and letting agents and the residential property…

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Agencies & People

Ex-Countrywide Chief joins butters john bee

Former Countrywide estate agency leader, Bob Scarff, has been appointed Non-Executive Director at butters john bee. Scarff, who starts his new role with immediate effect, previously built and navigated the estate agency…

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Regulation & Law

Landlords aim to beat tax rises

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A growing number of property investors are choosing to acquire buy-to-let homes through corporate vehicles to get around paying an extra 3 per cent above existing stamp duty rates on second homes,…

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