An employer that cares for its carers is one I care about

Did you know that every day in the UK another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility? That’s equal to more than 2 million people each year. According to Carers UK, 1.3 million people provide more than 50 hours of care per week and during the COVID-19 pandemic around 13.6 million people provided care for relatives, friends and neighbours on an...
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How To Get Ahead in a Stamp Duty Fuelled Market – Secrets to a Successful Transaction

Complete video tutorials on everything you need to know about the buying and selling process
WiggyWam, the all-in-one property platform, has launched a unique consumer-facing education library for home buyers and sellers, providing them with all of the vital tricks of the trade when it comes to finding, viewing and even making an offer in a highly competitive property market. Current market conditions are tricky, with huge levels of buyer ...
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A year in the life of Local Land Charges

It has been a year since I was asked to lead HM Land Registry’s Local Land Charges Programme. This groundbreaking service digitises and migrates millions of separately held local land charges records from local authorities into a central, digital register. In October I wrote about how we are delivering Local Land Charges and planning for the future...
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Balancing my faith and work

My name is Aishah and, after graduating from university, I joined HM Land Registry in January 2021 as a trainee Registration Officer in Coventry Office. Right from the get-go HM Land Registry has been an accommodating and understanding employer that prioritised the health and wellbeing of me and my colleagues during a time of great uncertainty. Thi...
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It is time for estate agents and lawyers to call a truce?

There is industry-wide consensus that property sales take too long to complete. This has created a unified voice within the industry that is calling for (tech-enabled) solutions to improve on existing processes. This voice is being passionately harmonised by those of mainstream media and the consumer. One naturally assumes that in such instances of...
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Are Agents or Conveyancers to Blame? Industry-Wide Survey Aims to Identify Why the Property Process Is Stuck in a Rut

Who Is To Blame? Agents or Conveyancers?
It is widely agreed that completing the purchase of a home takes far too long, an issue which has been given additional prominence since the government introduced the stamp duty holiday and placed the housing market under unprecedented and seemingly exponential demand, leading to sales now taking roughly a third longer than they did a year ago, wit...
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Why work for HM Land Registry?

Some people are lucky. They’ve always known they want to be a rocket scientist, marine biologist, brain surgeon or prima ballerina. Others have no idea, can’t decide or find they are better at history than biology and can’t dance. What we all want from our work, though, is a decent employer who treats us with respect, gives us the tools and trusts ...
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Home Review concept launched by Surveyors to cut fall-throughs

A surveyors group has launched a new 'Home Review' service which it claims will identify structural problems which create an immediate obstacle to sale. The Residential Property Surveyors Association describes the review as "a snapshot analysis of key structural risks to provide buyers, sellers and agents with advanced warning of any major issues w...
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77% of Homeowners Believe Estate Agents Have Failed to Improve - but Are They in a Position to Judge?

 Research from WiggyWam, the all-in-one property platform, has found that 80% of homeowners believe the process of buying a house has remained largely the same or has actually become worse during their lifetime, while over three quarters (77%) also believe that the service provided by the industry has also declined or remained static. When ask...
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The Cyber Support team’s technical remediation and support activities

During the cyber security discovery last year, we identified five areas of opportunity for MHCLG to support councils in improving their cyber health. One of these areas was technical remediation: providing support to councils identified through the survey on mitigating malware and ransomware. In November, a Cyber Support team was formed within the ...
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