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First rail line of its kind in 100 years set for Marylebone

Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A proposed new rail link from Oxford to Marylebone will be the first new route from a city into London for 100 years.

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London property values increase by more than £103,323 in four years

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014

In just four years the average London property has risen in value by £103,323, new research by Gocompare reveals.

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Which London areas are still ripe for property investment?

Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

London's property market has been responsible for countless column inches just this year alone. The volatile coupling of a white-hot marketplace and renewed access to finance among property seekers has sent prices skyward. The result is that some individuals claim the best time to have invested in London property was a year or so ago. If this is indeed true, that makes the second best time to invest in London property right now. Here are some of the best areas in which to do just that. 

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Demystifying block management - what is it and why is it so beneficial?

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014

Block management has become an increasingly important service in recent years, largely due to the steadily rising number of apartment and office blocks in modern towns and cities. So what exactly are property owners paying for when they have a block manager?

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Johnny Depp and fiancee considering London property

Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014

London residents may soon have Hollywood A-listers as neighbours, after it emerged Johnny Depp and fiancée Amber Heard were looking for a new home in the capital.

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Why You Need a Mortgage in Principle

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013

When you are buying a home, it is likely that you will need a mortgage to fund some of the cost of your new property. Before you even start viewing houses and flats, it is wise to have a mortgage agreement in principle in place first so you are fully aware of how much you can borrow. It is imperative that you obtain one before you make an offer on a property you wish to buy.

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The New Help To Buy Scheme Explained

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

In the most recent budget, the Chancellor George Osborne announced a new Help To Buy scheme that is designed to help people buy their own home. In recognition of the fact that many people are struggling to raise the large sums needed for a deposit, this scheme aims to loan buyers up to 20% of the value of a new build home.

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Investment from Overseas Boosts Prime Rental Sector in London

Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013

In recent years, overseas investment has started playing a large role in the new build market in London and now it looks like this is set to have a positive effect on the capital’s rental market.

Foreign investors from areas such as Asia who have bought property in the city are now looking to rent out these homes to earn a good return on their investment.

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Do I Have to Pay Capital Gains Tax When I Sell my Property?

Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

When you sell a flat or house that is not your main residence, you will usually have to pay Capital Gains Tax. While you should not have to pay this tax when you sell your main home thanks to Private Residence Relief, you will be liable for it when you sell property that is considered to be an asset.

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House Prices Rise Year-on-Year for the First Time Since 2011

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The housing market is again showing strong signs of a recovery with the news that house prices have reported their first annual rise in two years. Property prices also rose higher quarter on quarter than they have for the last three years.

Although prices did dip slightly by 0.2% during January, lender Halifax says that house prices rose 1.9% over the quarterly period and 1.3% year-on-year. This marks the largest leap in prices since January 2010 and the first annual increase for more than two years.

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How to Choose a Reputable Landlord and Letting Agent When You Rent

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

When you rent a flat or house, it important to choose a good landlord and letting agent. While the majority of landlords are very reliable and reputable, there are some less honest ones out there who can turn your life into a living nightmare. Before you sign a tenancy agreement, read our 15 step-guide to finding a reputable letting agent or landlord in London.

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Top 10 Tips for Renting a Home

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Renting a home can lead to unwanted stress if you unwittingly choose a bad property or landlord. However, this can be avoided if you take the time to make a well-informed decision.

To help you choose wisely when you rent a property in London, we have compiled a list of our top 10 tips.

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House Prices set to Surpass their 2007 Peak Next Year

Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013

Property experts predict that house prices will increase in the coming years and they will rise above their pre-recession peak as soon as next year.

While some have feared that property prices would not return to their previous high levels, the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) believe that, by the end of 2014, prices will be 0.7% higher than they were at their 2007 peak, with the average property costing £223,000.

The typical price of a house is expected to rise 0.8% during 2013 to reach £219,000 according to the CEBR.

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Increase the Value of Your Home With a New Kitchen

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013

Whether you have just bought your home or are hoping to sell it in the near future, adding a new kitchen is a great way to add value to your property.

While many buyers would love to do up a home to suit their tastes, the reality is that most of them are too busy to carry out the work and they will happily pay more for a home that has a new, stylish kitchen so they can move straight in.

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Your Rights And Obligations As A Landlord Or A Tenant

Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, when you sign a rental agreement you are granted a number of rights and you take on certain responsibilities too.

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London's Most Expensive Houses and Exclusive Addresses

Posted on Monday, January 21, 2013

London features some of the UK’s grandest homes and it is bursting with beautiful architecture and elegant properties.

Recently, the capital’s most expensive home was placed on the market - a mansion close to Hyde Park with 45 bedrooms that was once owned by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Sultan bin Abdulaziz. The asking price? A mere £300 million.

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How To Be A First-Time Buyer

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

If you have decided to take your first step onto the property ladder this year, then you may still be feeling a little apprehensive and confused by the process that lies ahead.

Well, there’s no need to be too worried. While buying your first home can be a stressful time, if you adopt a positive attitude and make sure you are fully informed and prepared, then you should avoid coming across any pitfalls.

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Young Couples Are Delaying Marriage To Buy A House

Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2012

A wedding day and a first home are two of the biggest expenses a young couple will ever experience. However, with the average wedding costing at least £20,000 and mortgage lenders requiring large deposits, it is becoming difficult for couples to afford one of these life events, never mind both.

 

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Mortgage Lending Reaches an 11-Month High

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mortgage lending is on the rise, offering positive signs for the housing market. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) says that lending hit an 11-month high in October and there was a year-on-year increase of 4%.

 

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How To Move House By Christmas

Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas can be as stressful as it is enjoyable, so it is not the best time to consider moving house. However, if your house purchase has just completed or you need to move out of your rented flat, then you may be left with no choice.

 

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Where To Rent A Flat In London

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Price always plays a large factor when choosing a flat to rent in London, but remember to pick one that will fit your lifestyle and everyday needs too. If you’re looking for somewhere to live, then read on to find out the best places to live in the capital.

 

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How To Negotiate When You Buy A House

Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012

If you are looking to buy a house, you will want to make sure you get the best property you can for your money. It is possible to secure a fantastic deal by negotiating the lowest price possible when you buy a new home. In this blog post, we show you how.

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House Prices Rise By 6.3 Percent In London

Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012

House prices increased 1.8% across the UK during the last 12 months, but that growth is all thanks to a larger rise in the capital. In its latest figures, the Office Of National Statistics (ONS) revealed that properties in London saw a price rise of 6.3% in the 12 months to August.

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Rental Tennants Can Spend £4,000 More A Year Than Buyers

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Traditionally, the popular belief has always been that it is cheaper to rent a home than buy a property. However, recent figures reveal that it is becoming increasingly more expensive to rent and renting now costs more than an interest-only mortgage in 44 of the UK’s 50 largest cities and towns.

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A Guide To Choosing Your Property Surveyor

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Once you have had an offer accepted on your dream property, you need to find a surveyor. A good surveyor will value your home and assure you it is worth what you're paying for it as well as identifying any problems that the house or flat may have.

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Premium Property Values In London Continue To Rise

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Prime London properties continue to defy the recession after it was announced that their prices grew by 0.5 per cent during the three months to September. The cost of a premium property in the capital is now at a record high level that even outstrips the 2008 peak prices seen before the financial crisis.

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The Pros And Cons Of Buying A Newly Built Property

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Many people believe new builds are a safer bet than older homes. While older properties have period features and a certain charm, they often need a lot of love and care. On the other hand, new homes are crisp, clean and newly decorated and it is unlikely that you'll need to spend much time or money doing them up. However, even new builds come with some drawbacks.

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How Do Property Prices Differ From One London Location To The Other?

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Everyone knows that property prices are higher in London than the rest of the country, but how do house values differ across the capital?

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Renting Checklist – Essential Questions To Ask When Viewing A Property

Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

When you are viewing a rental property, it pays to be prepared and ask the right questions. While you may not be buying your own home, you will still be living in this house for some time so it is important to make sure you will be happy there.

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How Does The NewBuy Housing Scheme Work?

Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012

Since the recession began, many lenders are refusing to offer mortgages unless the buyer has at a deposit of at least 10 per cent. These tight conditions have made it difficult for first time buyers to obtain a mortgage and get a foot on the property ladder.

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London House Prices Soar Ahead Of The Rest Of The Country

Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012

Everyone knows that property is more expensive in London than the rest of the country, but recent figures reveal that the gap has grown even wider over the past year!

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How To Understand Mortgage Jargon With Our Mortgage Jargon Buster

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Whilst the concept of a mortgage is one you no doubt understand, many people are still baffled by a lot of the jargon surrounding mortgages. So if you want to know your “LTVs” from your “MIPs”, then read on, as we help you get to grips with the most common mortgage “industry speak”.

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Top 10 Tips For Creating Buy-to-Let Property Investing Success

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012

With the levels of uncertainty surrounding the current state of the global economy, many investors are sticking to the most reliable investments.If you're an investor, buy-to-let properties can offer an you attractive income, especially with interest rates so low that savings accounts often seem less appealing.

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Eurozone Drives Property Market Growth in Central London

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012

The Central London residential property market has certainly shown clear signs of strengthening in recent months, with a 78% rise in instructions in the first quarter of 2012.

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Increasing Olympic 2012 Rentals For Tenants

Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012

No sooner have the fervent, flag-waving, fanatics of the Diamond Jubilee put away their Union Jacks, the nation is again poised for an even bigger event – this time it's the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games!!

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London's Garden Squares Are On The Rise

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Aside from London being a vibrant and buzzing capital, with its magnificent architecture, monuments and thousands of cultural and culinary hotspots, it is also the greenest capital in Europe.

In fact, alongside all of its fantastic parks, London has over 600 wonderful garden squares!

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Millions To Face Mortgage Payment Rises

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012

The financial future for homeowners is soon to become more expensive, with mortgage rates due to increase.

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London studio flat more appealing than six-bed Scottish mansion

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, -1

Brits would sooner spend a quarter of a million housing pot on a small flat in London than a huge mansion in Scotland, huffingtonpost.co.uk reports.

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