New ‘Qoob’ App for viewing property

Tuesday 08 December 2015  / Ruth Montia

Qoob is a new app allowing people to use a smartphone to view homes put on the market by private sellers. The app has been created by technicians at the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences and it will also allow users to upload pictures of their...


Halifax Data suggests a quiet market in 2016

 / Ruth Montia

Halifax data indicates the housing market will slow down next year with average price rises of 4% to 6%, which is lower than the current 9.7%. They warn there are increasing complications initially to get on the housing ladder, as well as a growing prospect...


RIBA suggest new build homes are too small

Thursday 03 December 2015  / Ruth Montia

According to research from the Royal Institute of British Architects, more than half of new homes being built are not meeting the needs of the people who are buying them.The research suggests the size of our houses is depriving thousands of families...


NAEA say build more homes!

Wednesday 02 December 2015  / Ruth Montia

According to the National Association of Estate Agents, the number of sales made to first time buyers has mounted for the second month running making its highest level in six years.Averagely in October, out of nine sales made per estate agent branch...


What the stamp duty income will look like in years to come…

Monday 30 November 2015  / Ruth Montia

The Treasury has admitted that the stamp duty ‘take’ is expected to climb from £11.2 billion this year to £17.8 billion in 2020/21.The figures were released after George Osborne’s Autumn Statement last week. The figures are not only based...


Can the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge be legally avoided?

Friday 27 November 2015  / Ruth Montia

The 3% stamp duty surcharge has obviously caused debate throughout the industry and some estate agents and accountants are beginning to investigate whether there are legal ways of avoiding the surcharge.Maskells Estate Agents, Charles Curran of says...