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Challenger firms take advantage as conveyancing market bounces back in Q3

The UK conveyancing market bounced back in the mid-summer following a significant drop in activity in Q2 2017, with challenger firms taking full advantage of a revival in transaction numbers across the property market.

November 20th, 2017 | Comments Off on Challenger firms take advantage as conveyancing market bounces back in Q3

Search Acumen comments on the latest ONS House Price Index, September 2017

Andy Sommerville, Director at Search Acumen, comments on the latest ONS House Price Index, September 2017

November 14th, 2017 | Comments Off on Search Acumen comments on the latest ONS House Price Index, September 2017

The Beginning Of The End – Commercial Property Searches Are Changing Forever

It’s the beginning of the end for searches as we know them in the commercial property market. And that’s a very good thing.

October 30th, 2017 | Comments Off on The Beginning Of The End – Commercial Property Searches Are Changing Forever

Search Acumen comments on the UK Prime Minister’s housing pledge at the Conservative Party Conference

Our country needs to embark on the greatest housing boom the UK has witnessed in a century. For decades, UK governments have neglected the critical issue of our nation’s housing shortfall and as a result we estimate by 2022 the UK will be short of a million homes

October 4th, 2017 | Comments Off on Search Acumen comments on the UK Prime Minister’s housing pledge at the Conservative Party Conference

England’s new homes shortfall will reach more than one million by 2022

England is on course to be lacking more than one million new homes to meet the demands of a growing population after years of reducing new home build development.

October 2nd, 2017 | Comments Off on England’s new homes shortfall will reach more than one million by 2022

Search Acumen comments on DCLG Help-to-Buy Equity Loan Scheme Statistics to June 30th, 2017

“The good news in the most recent Help-to-Buy loan scheme figures is just papering over the cracks in our housing market. A record number of borrowers in Q2 2017 took advantage of the programme and that’s an admirable thing. But, borrowers had to take on more debt than ever to make their homeownership dreams a reality. In London in particular, many first-time buyers are resorting to taking on equity loans of up to 40%.”

September 28th, 2017 | Comments Off on Search Acumen comments on DCLG Help-to-Buy Equity Loan Scheme Statistics to June 30th, 2017

There remains a national failure to build enough homes to meet demand

Search Acumen comments on ONS House Price Stats for Small Areas, year to March 2017

September 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on There remains a national failure to build enough homes to meet demand

Search Acumen comments on August’s RICS Residential Market Survey

Andy Sommerville, Director at Search Acumen, comments on the latest RICS Residential Market Survey

September 14th, 2017 | Comments Off on Search Acumen comments on August’s RICS Residential Market Survey

What productivity puzzle? Conveyancers’ output soars 69% since 2012

Productivity levels in the conveyancing market have soared, rising by 69% in just four years from 71 cases per year in 2012 to 120 cases per year in 2016. With cases continuing to rise but the number of conveyancers falling, those who remain are faced with an ever-increasing workload and are being forced to find more ways to work smarter.

July 26th, 2017 | Comments Off on What productivity puzzle? Conveyancers’ output soars 69% since 2012

Survey: “conveyancer numbers fall while caseloads and efficiency grow”

More property transactions and fewer people doing the work have increased conveyancers’ caseloads, but amid mounting pressure their productivity has grown by 70% since 2012, according to a survey. Among other things, it found that in 2016 conveyancers were spending a day and a half less per case and doing one case a week more than four years earlier.

July 26th, 2017 | No Comments »