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London property: a foreign investor’s view

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Brexit jitters continue to affect the UK property market with a significant dip in the value of the pound and domestic investors holding their breath. This has provided foreign investors and landlords with a golden opportunity, particularly those seeking property in Prime Central as well as Greater London. This month, I look at the opportunities and the considerations when investing in London property.
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To commute or not to commute

Commuting has become an inevitable necessity for many Londoners priced out of the central London postcodes. A recent survey of our tenants threw up some surprising results, transport links are quite critical with over two third of the respondents unwilling to live more than ten minutes away from a transport station.
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City living, village feel

The whole concept of a London village might seem like an oxymoron to some, but London is essentially a city of villages, each with their own distinctive charm. Londoners who yearn to experience that laid-back rural lifestyle don’t need to plan a move to the Cotswolds just yet, there are plenty of places in the Capital that enjoy a sense of community and a strong ‘village’ vibe, where residents can experience the best of both worlds, their own little tranquil oasis in the midst of this bustling metropolis. What’s more, they can be transported from the rural idyll to their swanky high rise city office within minutes! Continue reading

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Celebrity Moves – May 2017

Whether its marriage, retirement or a new family addition, milestones rarely come and go without affecting how we regard our living arrangements. What seemed to be a home for life can suddenly become emotionally restricting, even if it has plenty of room. New opportunities can mean new travel arrangements which might bring us into contact with a totally different part of London than we’re used to, which is mostly a positive thing. Even a short move down the road might make us use the park more or take a river taxi for the first time. London has a habit of surprising even its most blasé residents with a new deli, here, or a refurbished piece of history, there.
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The London rental market – May 2017

London Dock development

Although rental demand across London remains high, the market is challenging at the moment against the backdrop of recent political developments such as Brexit and the signing of Article 50, as well as a snap election being called for June. Many tenants are keen to play safe and remain in their current property until the outlook becomes clearer and with many renewing their existing tenancies the market generally is slower than usual at this time of year. Having said that we have seen enquiries picking up noticeably after Easter and new developments in particular continue to hold huge appeal for tenants looking for a new rental home. The most exciting new phases to launch over the last few weeks have been the two new buildings at Nine Elms – Sky Gardens and Ambrose House, at London Dock in Wapping and the latest phases of Surrey Quays and we are pleased to report that demand is high here.
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What’s on in London – May 2017

With the announcement of a general election, one member of the public seemed to echo the mood of an entire nation live on TV. Sure enough, this coming month will be full of hollow promises, on air gaffes and inaccurate polls as the country once again cast its vote. With Brexit rarely out of the news, things might get tactical, leading to some surprise results locally. Don’t expect the political map to change much, though, because irrespective of political opinion, London likes nothing better than to get on with business.
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Which room rents your property?

Which room really rents your London property? Hint: it’s an old favourite.

The kitchen is still king! At least that’s what the majority of London tenants believe. From the trendy white gloss kitchens in fashionable high rises to the charming country style kitchens in period conversions, the kitchen still rules the roost. Quite literally.
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The London rental market – April 2017

Spring is in the air and there is a real sense of confidence in the London lettings market. Many of our 16 London letting offices are seeing an increase in tenants choosing to move home at the end of their tenancy which is bringing more movement back to the market. This, coupled with the launch of a number of high profile new developments, is offering tenants plenty of choice.
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Celebrity Moves April 2017

This month’s activities have a distinct musical theme. Social media and the streaming of content enables musicians to operate from multiple bases while experimenting with multiple genres and disciplines. There is definitely more to being a recording artist than the old write/record/tour cycle that the Beatles had to endure. Artistes like Dave Stewart can score a film, develop an app and plan their tour: all from the comfort of wherever they might be staying. For such individuals, owning a home needn’t mean that you won’t be renting somewhere down the line. Flexibility is the key.
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What’s on in London – April 2017

Racing takes place in many guises and with all kinds of drama. As the F1 season gets under way in Australia, London plays host to a few more sedate contests in the form of two boat races and a 26 mile mass stagger…sorry, run around parts of the Thames Path. The university boat race involves precision, power and timing while the Tall Ships event relies on the wind, which shouldn’t be a problem in April. The London Marathon, apart from the professionals, is largely a blood and guts affair, where determination and pride push protesting bodies round the Docklands Peninsula for five hours – then it’s back to chocolate biscuits in front of the telly for the rest of the year. At least those calories have been earned the hard way. Continue reading

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New Japan desk for our corporate services department

I am delighted to be heading Benham and Reeves Lettings’ new Japan desk – an important addition to our Corporate Services department. I know it will be a useful service for our many Japanese clients and I’m really excited to be a part of this exciting venture.  But before I tell you about what we offer clients, first I’d like to introduce myself to you. Continue reading

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A day in the life of…

Melvin Koh – Manager, Malaysia office

Our overseas landlords, many of whom are based in South East Asia, find it invaluable to have a local branch (we have offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and India as well as Malaysia) where they can contact experienced staff easily, chat to them in their own language and discuss the management of their London investment properties. But working across so many time zones is a feat of organisation by our staff on both sides of the world.  So how does Melvin Koh, manager of our Malaysia branch, make property management across the miles work so seamlessly? Continue reading

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Let of the Month March 2017

We do love a quick let and this apartment at the Canary Gateway development was let within a day of being listed with our Canary Wharf branch. Properties that have outstanding presentation always let quicker. Apartments like the one we’ve illustrated above are always popular with corporate and professional tenants who like renting in the financial district.
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