The Top Love Nest Property Price Performances from Romantic Films

The Top Love Nest Property Price Performances from Romantic Films As the scent of roses and chocolate fills the air this Valentine’s Day, one of the best ways to get into the mood for love is to watch a feel good romantic film. However, with London seeing the lowest level of house price growth of all regions in the UK, homeowners across the capital could be forgiven for not feeling the love this Wednesday. As a result, leading Hybrid Estate Agent Emoov.co.uk has looked at some of top British romantic flicks set in London and how the leading stars from a bricks and mortar perspective have fared for price growth since the films first hit the screens. Notting Hill (1999) Flat in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Current House Price: £1,102,761 Increase Since Release Date: 328% Topping the list for largest increase by a long shot is Hugh...
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Are the Costs of Buying Investment Property in London Still Worthwhile?

The cost of buying property in London is famously high and compared to the rest of the UK, it always has been. However, as more people than ever before are now choosing to relocate out of the UK’s capital because they cannot afford to buy a property, it begs the question – is investing in property in London still a viable option?It depends where you want to investLondon is a big place, and like any other part of the country it has areas which are much more expensive to live than others. Due to developments made within different parts of the capital, some areas have become a much more of a lucrative investment than others. If you have the capital, the more popular areas such as Chelsea, Battersea and Mayfair are still very much worth investing in. However, you may also want to consider areas such as Nine Elms, Tooting,...
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Checklist: Preparing before choosing an office space in London

Regardless of where you want to set up shop, preparation before moving into new premises is a must. Whilst it’s possible to move into an office space with haste, there is a risk that you may find yourself in the wrong space at the wrong time. To make sure your business doesn’t fall into this trap, here is a checklist of things to do before choosing new premises. Work out what you can afford In London, you’ll find all kinds of office spaces. Big ones, small ones, shared ones - there’s plenty of choice, with 8.2m sq ft of office space in the City of London waiting to be built. That being said, you still need to find value for money. A quick look at your balance sheet will tell you how much you have to spend. Pick a location in London In an ideal world, every business would be...
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NLA CHALLENGES NEW MAYOR TO ‘PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS’

The National Landlords Association (NLA would like to welcome Sadiq Khan to the office of Mayor of London with a challenge: To use just a fraction of his £17bn budget to help support London’s PRS. More than 1 in 4 households in the Capital rent from a private landlord. Private landlords provide more than 860,000[i] homes for the people of London, people working in the Capital on wages which are unlikely to ever allow them to buy. Without the private-rented sector the public services and businesses which make this City great could not hope to fill their vacancies. Despite this we have seen little from this election campaign that demonstrates anything but disdain for private landlords and the homes they provide. We call upon Mr Khan to work with the NLA to achieve a targeted crackdown on criminal landlords. London boroughs already have the power to enforce standards and prosecute...
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Londoner’s annual rent to increase by over £5,000 in next five years

  As the new buy-to-let stamp duty surcharge takes hold, and landlords look for ways to offset the additional expenditure they are incurring on new purchases and take the sting off the proposed reduction in tax relief that will come into effect from 2017. Londoners renting in the capital could be facing an average increase in annual rental charges of £5,3281 by 2021, equating to an average monthly rent of £1,965 – up from today’s current average of £1,521.2 Claire Hodges, who lets a studio flat in Greenwich, has found her rent has increased already this year.  She said: “I was originally paying £725 per month when I signed my contract last year however in February I was notified this would be increased by another £25 per month to £750 from April.  It may not sound like a lot, but it certainly makes a difference to me. “Unfortunately it’s difficult...
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First-time buyers in London up 17% in the third quarter

New CML data on the characteristics of lending in Greater London in the third quarter of 2015 outlining mortgage lending to first-time buyers, home movers and remortgagors. Lending in the third quarter 2015: First-time buyer loans totalled 12,800 in London - up 17% on the previous quarter but down 1% on the third quarter in 2014. First-time buyers borrowed £3.4 billion - up 24% on the previous quarter and 4% on the same quarter in 2014. There were 10,800 home-mover loans in London, up 32% on the previous quarter and 5% on the third quarter of 2014. Total value of these loans was £4bn, up 38% on the second quarter and 11% on the third quarter 2013. Remortgage lending increased 8% by volume and 10% by value compared to quarter two. Compared to the third quarter last year, it was up 15% by volume and 25% by value. Paul Smee, director general of the CML, commented: In London, as in the UK, the market...
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Online Estate Agent Funeral PR Stunt - Its Dead Wrong

With yet another online estate agent joining the sector in easyProperty, the growing popularity of the online route to sell in the UK is clear for all to see. The latest online venture will mark its entry to the sector with a PR stunt through London tomorrow (29th September). The stunt will be in the form of a slow drive funeral procession through the streets of London, supposedly marking the death of the high street estate agency sector. A three mile New Orleans-style funeral procession, band included, will travel through Westminster, starting outside a Foxtons office and ending at Piccadilly. The online sector has come a long way since industry leader eMoov.co.uk began selling homes for a much fairer fee than the high street back, in 2010. It is no longer just about providing a cheaper alternative, but about providing a better, more empowering service for the consumer, than found on the...
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The Most Desirable Business Property Locations in London Today

As a global powerhouse for business there are constantly fantastic opportunities to invest in London property. As the market is forever changing and trends come and go, the best times to invest in certain areas can soon pass by. An office in London’s central business district in the City will forever be the goal for most companies aiming for the top. Purchasing or renting property in this area requires a massive initial cost though, and there are other just as desirable London areas for business property. Shoreditch The hip end of London, Shoreditch has seen a boom in an eclectic mix of businesses. From environmental, independent start-ups to serious tech companies, a lot of the area’s success is down to the latter. Known as Tech City or Silicon Roundabout, the area stretches from around Old Street as far out as Stratford. The centre-point is in Shoreditch and has seen investment...
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How to Create a Sense of Place

Here is an interesting article from our new Architecture Expert, Deborah Shaw. Deborah has grown a reputation delivering both simple and complex projects, ranging from small domestic extensions to large municipal buildings encompassing urban design. She is able to advise on both architectural and developmental matters as she has worked on a number of architectural projects in London and the South East. A sense of place A sense of place is the ability to create places which are meaningful; as quality and character depends entirely on the ability to define space with buildings. This essentially means to employ the vocabulary, syntaxes, grammar, rhythms and patterns of architecture in order to inform us who we are. The public realm has two roles: it is the dwelling place of our civilization and our civic life and it is the physical manifestation of the common good.  When the public realm is degraded, its ramification...
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Londons Housing Boom In 2014 Infographic

The housing boom in London is a widely discussed topic and it continues to keep so many of us guessing as time goes on. As much as some people like to believe they have a sixth sense when it comes to buying and selling at the right time, we do all rely on many factors which are out of our hands. For first time buyers it must be a nervous time as you see the prices rise then realise that you no longer have the funds to buy your ideal home in the location you desire. For those lucky enough to have purchased a London property from the early 90’s to the mid 00’s, you will be amazed as to how much money you have earned from your investment. Thanks to http://www.freehold-sale.co.uk/ for the article

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6% more first-time buyers in London than a year ago says CML

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) released today its various regional releases for the Regulated Mortgage Survey that reflect the different areas of the UK.
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Average UK house price in August 2014 was £274,000 says ONS

UK average house prices increased by 11.7% over the year to August 2014, unchanged from an increase of 11.7% in the year to July 2014. This follows the moderate house price increases the UK has experienced since April 2012 (Figure 1) and is driven in large part by increases in London. The average UK house price in August 2014 was £274,000.
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Gross mortgage lending steady in September says CML

There is growing evidence that mortgage lending activity, and the housing market, are sitting on a plateau.
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Price of property coming to market increased by 2.6%

The price of property coming to market this month has increased by 2.6% (+£6,784) continuing the usual October trend of a substantial uplift in new sellers’ price expectations. While this is the lowest rise at this time of year for six years, sellers may still find that their asking prices are too optimistic in parts of the country where the supply of property exceeds buyer demand.
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House Prices to rise 30% by 2019

According to RightMove and Oxford Economics average house prices in England and Wales are set to rise by 30% in the next 5 years. It states that London prices are set to rise by 33%, but the South East is set to rise by 39% by 2019! Despite being the slowest riser, the North West will still increase by 24%.
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London market comes off the boil

  The RICS Residential Market Survey for September 2014 reports a more balanced picture nationally, as the London market comes off the boil. The rental market remains firm due to strong demand and tight supply. The September RICS Residential Market Survey indicates fading, albeit still robust, price momentum at the headline level. This comes on the back of a more balanced demand picture, in part related to less buoyant expectations of future price rises. Crucially however, the supply trend remains more or less flat with no indication of a pick up in new vendor instructions. London Price Balance The London price balance turned slightly negative in September for the first time since the beginning of January 2011, ending the longest continuous period of price growth that the RICS survey has recorded for the capital. Expectations for price growth over the coming three months remain positive with only surveyors in the London market expecting to see...
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Property Prices in the UK Accelerated in August

The UK’s property market has been on a bull run for the last few years. It has transformed from a doldrum of economic ruin to an engine of the UK’s economy.
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The Office for National Statistics reports 11.7% house price increase

The Office for National Statistics July price index shows year on year and month on month price increases.
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Free tickets to The London Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show at Olympia, London

The London Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements makes its national debut at Olympia with new feature highlights and experts
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Place Invaders

London Live, the new 24/7 entertainment channel for London has commissioned 20x60 factual entertainment series, called Place Invaders a show that reflects London’s exciting and diverse property market. Produced by Ricochet, Place Invaders’ showcases some of the capital’s luxurious multi-million pound properties, provides insight into the reality of renting and uncovers smart ways to live in the metropolis for less. Throughout the series Radio 1 and 1xtra DJ, hip hop artist and property developer Charlie Sloth will bring both his expert knowledge and entertaining wit to exploring high-end living. Showcasing 40 multi-million properties ranging from £1 million to £37 million, Charlie will unveil London’s swankiest designer homes, innovative interiors and most desired gadgets for the home, but can he correctly guess the market value of each one? Featuring top tips and property market insight from a range of experts, estate agents, and developers, Place Invaders reveals what life is really...
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