Residential property transactions up 7.1% in November: HMRC

There were 104,200 residential property transactions in November, according to the latest report from HMRC, an increase of 7.1 per cent on the same month last year on a seasonally adjusted basis. The number of transactions in November also reflects an increase of 0.6 per cent from October 2017. There have been 1,127,450 residential property […]


ULS pens three-year deal with Metro Bank

ULS has been signed a three-year deal to give Metro Bank customers conveyancing services. The conveyancing technology firm has designed a bespoke technology package for the lender as part of the deal. ULS chief executive Ben Thompson says: “We very much look forward to evolving our conveyancing related technology with Metro Bank and exploring how […]


Valunation MD Alison Beech to step down

Valunation Chartered Surveyors managing director Alison Beech is retiring after eight years leading the firm. Beech will leave at the end of January 2018. She will be replaced by Paul Lancaster, who is operations director of Valunation’s parent, Spicerhaart Group. Beech has had profit and loss responsibility for Valunation since 2010 and was formally appointed […]


Mortgage approvals dip in September: e.surv

There was a slight dip in mortgage approvals between August and September, figures from the latest e.surv mortgage monitor have found. Statistics from the chartered surveyor show that there were 66,185 mortgage approvals in September, on a seasonally adjusted basis, down by 0.6 per cent from August. However, approvals are well up on September 2016, […]


Accountants call for sellers to pay stamp duty

An accountancy group is calling on the Government to make sellers pay stamp duty, rather than buyers. The Association of Accounting Technicians, which has more than 140,000 members, made the suggestion in its Budget submission to the Chancellor this week. The AAT says: “In recent weeks there have been calls from politicians, the property industry […]