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10 tips for refurbishing your rental property

As a rental investor, have you ever been tempted to overlook the reality of a property because of its potential? Taking on a property that needs significant work can be a daunting task and it’s easy to go over budget and schedule in pursuit of your vision for what it could be. Here’s our 10 step guide to getting a refurbishment right. Continue reading

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New Year, New Home

There is no time like the New Year for new beginnings, and nothing says a fresh start like moving into a new home. With renting becoming the norm for a majority of Londoners, January is a busy time in the London rentals market with applicants busy making enquiries and keen to move home. Whether you’re starting a new job, wanting to size up, or simply looking to move to a different area, renting gives you the flexibility to live in different parts of the capital.
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The London rental market – January 2018

It may be almost impossible to pick up a newspaper without reading about Brexit, but for most professionals life goes on as normal and so the demand for rental accommodation in London remains strong, principally due to a continuing shortage of housing stock, lack of affordability for homebuyers and the need by tenants for flexibility to accommodate more fluid lifestyles. As a result of this continuing high demand, our view on the London rental market in 2018 is that the year will continue in a similar vein to 2017.
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What’s on in London – January 2018

The coming year will be a time when the various creative industries in London prepare for the changes ahead. Planning tends to go hand in hand with funding, therefore theatres, venues and galleries in the capital will soon be facing up to some fairly decisive post-Brexit realities. Attending a concert or visiting an exhibition is now set to be an act of support and solidarity for some of our most treasured cultural institutions.
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Top 10 tips for property investment in London

More than 1.4 million people in the UK are buy to let landlords. Traditionally, it has been viewed as a stable market where low interest rates and high tenant demand have meant property investors have been able to fortunate enough to be able to build lucrative property portfolios over the past years. If however, you don’t wish to rely on luck alone, especially in times of more challenging market conditions, here are our top ten tips for buy-to-let property investment success. Continue reading

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The London rental market 2017, a year in review

Resilience has been the byword for the London rental market in 2017. In many areas, demand has been stronger than we anticipated at the beginning of the year, with tenancy volumes up 19.7% on 2016, while enquiry numbers were up 16.5%. Rental demand from overseas professionals remained high and while some areas saw a dip in the number of Europeans moving to London, we saw an increase in professionals relocating from the USA, Australia, Asia, South America, Japan and China. We also saw a huge jump in the number of mainland Chinese investor clients using our services – up 85% – indicating that they continue to see very good long-term potential in the London property market.
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What’s on in London – December 2017

With the announcement of a 2018 Royal Wedding, London will once more be getting ready to hang out the flags after giving the streets an extra spring clean. Prince Harry is getting hitched to Meghan Markle and it’s the fairytale aspect of this event at Windsor Castle that will draw visitors from across the globe. Of course, Christmas is peak time for fairy stories and tales of true love, so whether you’re watching a magical ballet performance, having a romantic dinner or sampling some pink fizz with your loved one, raise a glass to the lovely couple and wish them the best.
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Top 10 furnishing tips to maximise your investment

With over 30 years of market experience, we know a thing or two about property, and one of the most important aspects of any property are the furnishings. It changes a property into a home, gives it the ‘wow’ factor and helps prospective tenants imagine themselves living there. In our experience, unfurnished properties don’t let so quickly and can lead to expensive void periods – something which every landlord wants to minimise. If your property is sticking, and you need some advice on how to freshen it up, we’re here to help with these furnishing tips to help you get the best possible rental for your property: Continue reading

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Should a landlord risk a void period by holding out for a higher rent?

Most landlords will experience a void period at some point and in a competitive rental market this is a real worry. When a property is untenanted it quickly starts to cost the landlord money, affecting their rental yield. So what is the best course of action when a landlord receives a lower offer than expected? Should they accept the lower offer in order to let the property quickly or hold out for the asking rental and perhaps risk a longer void period which could lose them many weeks of rent in the longer term? Of course, it depends on the landlord’s own situation and the rental market in their area so there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer but there are a number of issues they should consider.
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Focus On Sovereign Court, Hammersmith, W6

Located a few streets away from Hammersmith’s picturesque Thames shoreline, Sovereign Court is property developer’s St George’s response to West London’s healthy housing market. It is situated just across the road from the excellent Godolphin & Latimer School and is part of an ongoing mini regeneration surge in the heart of W6. Sovereign Court’s beautifully designed one, two and three bedroom apartments epitomise a new kind of urban luxury that integrates perfectly into the busy lifestyles of corporate professionals hoping to rent a home in this family-friendly location.
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Renting in the City of London

The first thing that strikes you about the City of London, apart from the imposing architecture, is the sheer compactness that has led to it being nicknamed “The Square Mile”. Everything is within walking distance from each other: offices, restaurants, transport hubs and, more importantly, luxurious rental accommodation is popping up like never before. Before reading on, if you are not too familiar with the area, take a look at our video area guide here.
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Celebrity Moves – November 2017

The space and time necessary to visualise and create is important to Londoners – no matter what stage of their development they find themselves in. Writing a script or designing a jacket may look like sedentary but sometimes the creator has to move around in order to be creative. London homes provide that freedom and if space runs out, the surrounding streets more than make up for it – in fact sometimes it’s better to just grab your camera/sketch pad/pet and hit the pavement for some true inspiration.

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