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Our property News & Blogs are carefully selected & written by our expert, long-serving and experienced managers.
Mon 11 Oct 2021
Prime Central London has a feel of normality returning to it.
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Mon 11 Oct 2021
The bounce back in the prime London lettings market gathered pace this Autumn.
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Mon 4 Oct 2021
If you currently have a mortgage on your home but want to buy another property, you will likely need a second mortgage.
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Mon 27 Sep 2021
Research among city dwellers in London and Paris have revealed little change in people’s satisfaction with urban living, despite reports of an exodus to the country following the coronavirus pandemic.
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Mon 20 Sep 2021
A death in the family and selling a house are both up there with the most stressful life events you can experience. So, it's no surprise that selling a house you've inherited - possibly the family home you grew up in - can be emotionally draining.
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Mon 13 Sep 2021
Average house prices rose in August, by 0.7% on the previous month, according to new figures from the Halifax, taking the cost of a UK home to a record high.
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Mon 6 Sep 2021
The Tenant Fee Ban Act, first introduced in June 2019, now effects all residential landlords in England. This is a new piece of legislation that landlords can’t afford to ignore, those that do risk a large fine.
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Mon 23 Aug 2021
If you’re a landlord, the summer season is probably a time when you’re more wary about risks to your property. While summer 2021 isn’t exactly the holiday season we’re used to, people are tentatively venturing abroad or opting for staycations in the UK - leaving rental properties empty and more prone to burglary.
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Mon 16 Aug 2021
Stamp duty rates in England and Northern Ireland are changing as the stamp duty holiday starts to be phased out.
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Thu 5 Aug 2021
New advice about safe property viewings and house moves has been issued to home buyers and renters following the easing of coronavirus restrictions in England on 19 July.
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Mon 2 Aug 2021
New laws and increased taxation resulting in ever-decreasing profits are turning some landlords to a market that is proving to be very profitable: the student market. With an increasing number of overseas students looking for accommodation in London, landlords who let to international – and UK – students can expect some of the best yields compared to letting to other types of tenants.
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Mon 26 Jul 2021
Disputes among famous householders over basement conversions are often in the news - the one between Robbie Williams and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page lasted five years. But in reality, most basements are built for middle class professionals, a new study has found. And they are set to become as popular as loft conversions.
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Wed 21 Jul 2021
‘Freedom Day’ has arrived and the bounce back is underway.
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Wed 21 Jul 2021
Entering the summer there is a real optimism for the future of the prime central London property market.
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Mon 19 Jul 2021
Moving house is the third most stressful thing a person will experience in their lives. The other two, we are told, are divorce and the death of a spouse.
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Mon 12 Jul 2021
High street store John Lewis has announced plans to enter the landlord market.
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Mon 5 Jul 2021
It's beneficial to know what a solicitor does for you when buying (and/or selling) a home. The process is called conveyancing, in this article we take you step by step through the procedure.
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Mon 28 Jun 2021
Now Britain has left the European Union, the government has announced changes to its right to rent immigration checks for EU nationals.
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Mon 21 Jun 2021
Rental yield offers a valuable overview of whether a property is likely to be a profitable investment. It should be a landlord’s primary concern when buying an investment property in Marble Arch or other parts of central London.
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Mon 14 Jun 2021
Property portal Rightmove is urging landlords and homeowners to take a closer look at the recommendations contained in their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) report.
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Mon 7 Jun 2021
A homebuyer's survey could reveal structural issues with the property, saving you from an expensive mistake or meaning you're well informed about the cost of repairs if you go ahead.
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Mon 24 May 2021
Landlords will need to give most tenants four months’ notice to vacate a property from 1 June - down from the current six months.
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Mon 17 May 2021
As a landlord, you will need to pay tax on the money you make from renting out your properties. This guide gives an insight into how tax is calculated in rental income, the rates you will pay and your allowances.
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Mon 10 May 2021
Landlords are urged to get up to speed with the government’s new breathing space scheme, before attempting to seek possession of their properties.
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Tue 4 May 2021
If you sell a second home or buy-to-let property, you will need to pay capital gains tax on the profits you make. New rules, which came into force from 6 April 2020, significantly reduce the time you have to pay your GCT and reduce available tax reliefs.
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Mon 26 Apr 2021
With less than a fortnight until voters cast their ballots in the upcoming Mayoral elections on 6 May, what do the candidates have to say about housing - often the most pressing issue for Londoners?
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Mon 19 Apr 2021
The private rental sector is growing rapidly, with 30% of Londoners living in the private rental sector. As London's growth in property prices continues to outstrip wage growth, the number of renters is expected to increase significantly.
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Mon 12 Apr 2021
Moving day is a stressful business with plenty to do so it’s no surprise that some homebuyers leave items behind as they head for pastures new. The nature of these forgotten things might, however, lead you to raise an eyebrow.
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Tue 6 Apr 2021
Staging your property to impress will ensure that you sell it quickly and for the price you are looking to achieve.
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Tue 23 Mar 2021
Lockdown lingers but there is, at last, a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Spring is in the air and there is a sense of optimism starting to bloom within the property market.
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Tue 23 Mar 2021
The UK government has laid out its road map to exit lockdown, hopefully allowing borders to open up and a sense of normality to return.
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Mon 22 Mar 2021
As people ponder how the world will look post-lockdown, mega retail destination Oxford Street is among the London areas likely to see major change.
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Mon 15 Mar 2021
If you are considering buying a home in the next few months, it is a good idea to brush up on your mortgage knowledge. Here are 10 things you should know before applying for a mortgage.
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Mon 8 Mar 2021
A new mortgage guarantee scheme, backed by the government, will help buyers with 5% deposits get a foot on the housing ladder, with loans available next month. The scheme was announced by the chancellor Rishi Sunak in his 3 March budget.
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Mon 1 Mar 2021
In this article, we look at some of the taxes involved in buying and selling a property in England.
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Mon 22 Feb 2021
Buyers are still looking to move home, despite having little realistic prospect of meeting the stamp duty holiday deadline, according to a new report from property portal Rightmove.
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Mon 15 Feb 2021
London can be a difficult place to find good buy-to-let investments. High property prices in sought after areas often mean lower rental yields. Here we look at which areas give the best return and offer some tips to help you choose your investment property.
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Mon 8 Feb 2021
Pets can no longer be automatically banned from rental properties, according to the new model tenancy agreement launched by the government.
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Mon 1 Feb 2021
If you are thinking of moving house, you probably expect to sell your current property first. However, that may not always be the best financial decision. So is it better to sell or rent out your central London home, and how do you decide?
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Mon 25 Jan 2021
New data from property portal Zoopla has revealed the wish lists of people searching for a home to rent in 2021.
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Tue 19 Jan 2021
Despite the on-going national lockdown there is light at the end of the tunnel.
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Tue 19 Jan 2021
We are confident that London’s Prime Central London property market will remain attractive and that there will be many transaction opportunities.
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Mon 18 Jan 2021
If you are thinking of selling your buy-to-let property, you need to understand capital gains tax (CGT) and how much your final bill is likely to be.
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Mon 11 Jan 2021
Last year was a tough one for us all - not least landlords. As many tenants struggled to pay their rent, landlords often bore the brunt; unable to proceed with evictions or access financial support schemes. As we enter 2021, under increasingly tough lockdown rules, consumer organisation Which? highlights the key things landlords need to understand.
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Mon 4 Jan 2021
Landlords have a duty of care for their tenants and are legally responsible for providing safe accommodation for them. Failure to do so can result in hefty fines or even a prison sentence.
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Mon 21 Dec 2020
Our offices will close for the holidays from 1pm on Thursday 24th December 2020
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Mon 21 Dec 2020
Landlords have been warned about the potential costs of making their properties compliant with future legislation to combat climate change.
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Wed 16 Dec 2020
Should you list your property before Christmas?
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Mon 14 Dec 2020
2020 has been an unprecedented year, and the UK housing market has weathered many ups and downs. As we reflect on 2020, here are our most-read stories from the past 12 months.
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Mon 7 Dec 2020
The first quarter of 2021 could see 100,000 more sales than normal across the UK, as the mini housing boom continues.
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Mon 30 Nov 2020
The government has created Help to Buy schemes which give home buyers a helping hand onto the property ladder.
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Mon 23 Nov 2020
Parcels waiting in porches and on doorsteps offer rich pickings for opportunistic thieves - so called ‘porch pirates’, who may not stop at stealing deliveries.
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Mon 16 Nov 2020
Flats in sought after areas with features such as outside space will fetch premium prices which may be out of your budget. However, we would advise you to buy in the best location you can afford, even if this means comprising on the size of the flat.
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Wed 11 Nov 2020
Currently, 45% of total global carbon emissions come from the way the world produces and uses everyday products, so Buy Back represents an opportunity to address unsustainable consumption
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Thu 5 Nov 2020
This means our offices are still open and we will continue to work hard to assist both customers and clients with their property needs.
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Wed 28 Oct 2020
Last year, Danish bank Jyske introduced a ten-year fixed-rate mortgage with a rate of -0.5%. However, the mortgage attracted fees which outweighed the negative interest - meaning borrowers still had to pay a small amount for their loan.
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Thu 15 Oct 2020
Like all sound and sensible negotiations both vendor and buyer must be prepared to move from their expectations and compromise.
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Thu 15 Oct 2020
We expect the decrease in rental values to continue into the winter, but the declines will narrow and eventually stabilise before rents begin to rise in 2021 as the marked imbalance between supply and demand recedes.
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Tue 13 Oct 2020
In the survey, Kensington Palace Gardens is named the country’s most expensive road for the 12th year running with an average price tag of £35.9 million.
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Sat 10 Oct 2020
Some landlords believe that if their property is not fully furnished then they do not need an inventory. This is a grave mistake to make.
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