Time and time again, we are reminded of the average property value in London and how it seems to always be reaching new highs. We are often told of how these prices came to be and how the international investors are to blame. But we have new, possibly game changing news for you &...


With the Crown Estate sitting on over £800 million worth of empty properties within London, reports expose the scale of the monarch’s property footprint in the city.  However, according to the Crown Estate, these properties are not vacant in the traditional sense...


With the rate of growth in the capital slowing for the fourth consecutive month, surveys show that as a result house prices in East Anglia and the East Midlands are rising at a faster pace. However, the rise in price within prime areas across the South East has slowed due to the...


Landlords; we are here to help you, to help your property succeed, but above all, to ensure your most valuable asset reaches its full potential. This is why renewal fees matter. They help us help you. Many don't see the point in renewal fees, as they see this as less money...


With the number of properties sold rising each year, we are starting to see that more and more of those sales are by cash buyers. What this means is that older purchasers, who have built their housing wealth over the past decade, have been able to invest in properties that more...


With Chinese inflation and purchasing power continuing to drag, the worry has now turned to the effect this will have on the future of global markets. When the GFC occurred in 2008, China authorised its banks to lend the funds needed in order to maintain their double digit growth...


In a recent report it has been revealed that London’s property market towers over that of New York and every other major city in the world. The past five years have seen this capitals prices and sales soar, making it a hot spot for prime real estate. In 2009, there were...


When it comes to a landlord's property and a tenant's deposit, one of the most commonly misunderstood factors is that without any inventory reports, you can not withhold those funds. It is absolutely vital that as a landlord your are ensuring the most efficient...


Landlords, do you really know your tenants? Now, we’re not asking you if you know the ins and outs of their entire life story but we are asking if you know these individuals who are living in your property?  At the end of the day you are entrusting not only your...


When you graduate from university, you momentarily feel this sense of freedom which is shortly washed away by the dreaded wave of responsibility. For many young graduates they are faced with the eventful mission of relocating to London, which involves the usual tasks of finding a...


We all know the London property market is a battleground. More often than you would ever hope to, you find yourself fighting for your right to live in something with four walls and a roof that won’t devour your monthly pay. Phrases like ‘tenancy end date’ or &...


As of October 2015, new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) regulations are to be put in place. What this means is that all private rental sector landlords will need to improve the fire safety of all of their tenants and also offer protection against carbon monoxide...


In December 2014, the UK government instructed the first pilot scheme for landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants in the West Midlands. This pilot scheme is now due to be imposed here in London, where it will make it harder for people to reside in the...


For all of those complaining about rental prices in London, you should be thanking your lucky stars that you’re not in San Francisco, where reports show that renting a tent, yes a tent, can cost £600 per month. It is reported that the average two-bedroom flat costs...


In response to the increased need for new homes across the country, the Government has pledged to match the £50 million promised by Lloyds Banking Group. This is something that Lloyd’s have welcomed with great support as it is predicted to double the capability of...


Lord Alan Michael Sugar is a true rags to riches tale. Born in Hackney in 1947, Lord Sugar now has an estimated fortune of £770 million and was ranked 89th on the Sunday Times Rich List in 2011. Other than his business ventures, take Amstrad for example and his work with...


So, let’s get down to business and talk deposit schemes. For some of you it is standard procedure, but for others it is that “inconvenient” extra step that you think you could go without. But deposit schemes aren’t there to waste your time; in fact they...


In a recent move, a bailiff has evicted activists from more than a dozen prime properties in London who they believe are playing their own ‘game of Monopoly’. Jonathan Chatfield, a high court enforcement officer and his team from the Burlington Group found themselves...


Reports are showing further evidence of weakness in the London property market as details emerged that there has been a fall in lending to house buyers. The Council for Mortgage Lenders has stated that there was 17 per cent fewer loans for house purchase in Greater London during...


When looking for a new home, there is no doubt that any form of outdoor area is at the top of the list for Londoners. Whether it’s a balcony, roof terrace or a private back garden- you’ve hit the jackpot there, just somewhere where one can enjoy the UK’s...


London has changed, as over the years we have seen the dynamic of this city transform. No longer are areas specific to a “type” or group of people, defined by their career or united in their political beliefs but they are now inhabited by those who can afford it. If...


New plans are available of the proposed massive redevelopment of Hampstead School. These redevelopments appear to be entirely necessary as at least one of the main buildings is currently subsiding. The submitted plans themselves say that “The school’s facilities need...


Online estate agent Emoov has released a Property Hotspots Index showing surprising new trends in property sale. This data measures the popularity of locations by the total number of properties sold during the first quarter of the year when compared to the number of those on sale...


The city of London has seen the biggest growth in demand for commercial office property in years. A new record for the highest ever office rent paid in London has been set by art dealers, the Nahmads, at a whopping £185 per square foot at 8 St James’s Square. Although...


Residents of Hampstead Village are up in arms over a planned basement expansion of the mansion that was the home of writer John Galsworthy from 1918-1933. The numerous objections to the planned excavation project mostly concern the excessive noise and disruption that would...


If the foreign investment trends of 2014 are anything to go by, 2015 looks to be a year dominated by Chinese and US investment. 70% of the spending in the London market for 2014 was by foreign investors, according to Savills: that accounts for somewhere near £14.6 billion...


In the last few months London has seen a significant decline in demand for its properties, according to online estate agentseMoov.co.uk. The most significantly low-performing of the London boroughs were Westminster, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham. In fact Westminster saw a...


‘Homillionaire’ is a term used to describe the rising trend of homeowners who, by the forces of inflation and plain old good luck, have found themselves owning houses in excess of £1 million, but who are in fact average-to-moderate income earners. The term was...


New data from Home.co.uk shows dramatic price falls in central and greater London that seem to herald the end of the London housing bubble, which is bad news for both landlords and vendors. Doug Shephard, the director of Home.co.uk , says that despite the predictions of an...


A new forecast by the Centre for Economics and Business Research predicts that UK house prices will drop by 0.6% in 2015, with London prices set to fall by 3.3%. This is in stark contrast to last year’s rise of 16.8% in London house prices. There are a number of reasons...


For parts of London 2014 was a very good year for property values, some rising as much as 20%. Concerns about the property bubble, affordable housing, and the potential mansion tax in 2015 meant that London was always in the forefront of UK property news, and indeed UK property...


The near future of London’s property market seems impossible to call at this point, as numerous commentators have given contrasting opinions about whether prices will rise or fall, and how the May election will could affect the market in the whole of the UK. Alex Newall of...