Here we are – EYE’s final contribution for what has been an extraordinary 12 months in the industry in the shape of a Quiz of the Year.
There is just one correct answer lurking in each of the multi-choices.
The last 12 months have proved unpredictable, and we suspect that next year will prove even more so: interesting, but not too interesting, we hope.
Meanwhile, we would like to wish all our readers a very happy festive break with gratitude that you continue on a daily basis to read and interact with us.
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We intend being back on January 3 – but who knows? If something major happens between now and then, we will of course tell you about it.
1 Which country did Purplebricks expand into this year?
2 What happened on April 1 this year?
Britain voted to leave the EU
America voted for Trump
The re-introduction of HIPs became an amendment of the new Housing and Planning Bill
Buyers of additional homes had to start paying an additional 3% Stamp Duty surcharge
3 Which estate agent brand saw the biggest share price fall the day after the EU referendum result?
4 Portal juggling is:
A game loosely based on a cross between real tennis and giant tiddlywinks and which is due to become a recognised Olympic sport in time for the 2020 Games – the UK intends fielding a team
An abuse of the listing of properties on portals
5 Whom did Gavin Barwell replace as housing minister in July?
6 Which big agency brand took a stake in online agent YOPA in June?
Martin & Co
7 What happened after George Osborne announced in his March budget that he would call for evidence into the house buying process “shortly”?
The call was issued at midnight
The call was issued so secretly that no one apart from Mike Ockenden knew about it
Before any call can be issued, there will have to be EU approval followed by a statutory consultation, judicial review, impact assessment, scrutiny by a House of Commons committee chaired by Keith Vaz, and then primary legislation followed by the actual regulations
The definition of “shortly” was changed nine months later by DCLG to “in due course”
8 When will the lettings fee ban in England be introduced?
Some time, never
Whenever the Government decides it needs more votes in a hurry (although not, obviously, from agents)
We don’t know
9 Who is the current Property Ombudsman?
The post has been abolished as part of Brexit negotiations
It’s become a job share
10 Countrywide is currently carrying out a strategy called:
Destroying our future
I’m sorry, I haven’t a clue
Building our future
Will the last person to leave please turn out the lights
11 Which estate agent started this year off by appealing for agents anywhere in the UK to get in touch if they wanted to sell?
12 Who decided to stand down from their CEO role in March?
13 Also in March, which two organisations merged?
Countrywide and Foxtons
Humberts and Chesterton
Dexters and Felicity J Lord
Romans and Leaders
NAEA and RICS
14 Who called the top of the market in May?
15 What appeared for the first time in June?
The new official house price index
The announcement that the NAEA is going to have another crack at launching a property portal
A new Government policy making it illegal to be an agent called The Abolition of Estate Agents and Letting Agents (England) (Trading in Property) Bill 2016-12-17
16 In July, who was said to be shutting some 60 branches?
Hmm. Just the 60?
17 What happened in August?
Nothing – that’s August for you
Three Foxtons agents lost their jobs after getting caught up in a brawl with class activists
The Sun revealed that agents have collectively raised a record £50m for charity in the year to date, all in their own time. Disgraceful! There is universal horror while the paper lambasts agents as ‘greedy’ and ‘failing to do their bit’ for society. Chancellor Philip Hammond announces further crackdowns
18 Which is the most recognised of all the UK property portals?
Rightmove – that’s why it’s always so happy
Houser – er, yes. Who?
19 As far as we know, what will the Government do in 2017?
Introduce a ban in England on letting fees charged to both tenants and landlords
Introduce a ban on all estate agency fees charged to vendors, but make online agents an exception
Make it illegal for managing agents to make a profit
Continue to allow letting agents to steal tenants’ deposits and rental money without necessarily having to face prosecution
Introduce rent controls
Introduce a 40% ‘higher rate’ of Stamp Duty on all properties bought by higher-rate income tax payers, after the Government announces it wishes to align the two taxes
Introduce a new, and more punishing, tax regime for landlords, starting in February
20 What was the stand-out event of 2016?
Kevin Hollinrake being appointed housing minister
Abolition of Stamp Duty Land Tax
Purplebricks saying it made a profit
A property coming on the market in London
The proptech industry re-branding, saying it now wishes to be known as “software”
Simon Whale being knighted for services to fashion