Rat and Mouse
Fri
30
Sep

UK’s most expensive streets [Daily Telegraph]
But prices on the most expensive of all are falling fast [Guardian]
ONS’s latest private rental index [ONS]
Help-to-Buy mortgage guarantee scheme dumped [Daily Telegraph]
The worst view in London? [Borehamwood Times]

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Thu
29
Sep

Controversial, but a problem-solver according to a new report by The Centre for London, which claims adding new storeys to current developments and demolishing estates and replacing them with high-rise living could provide as much as a fifth of London’s housing needs, or 8,000 homes a year. Complications include the numbers of properties converted to private ownership following Right To Buy and - we presume - the tower block’s current bad rep. Yet “densification” remains - according to CfL’s research manager Kat Hanna - a considerable source of “untapped potential”. More here and here.

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Wed
28
Sep

Swiss bank UBS’s “bubble index” lists London second in the top ten cities most likely to experience a severe property price correction, commenting that it’s particularly vulnerable to increased interest rates, a sharp increase in supply or weakening interest from international buyers. Interestingly, all major European cities were considered overvalued, except Milan. I’m selling up and moving there immediately. 

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Tue
27
Sep

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The button takes you two different ways to gain exposure to UK property by investing as little as £100. The options are “Property ISA”, in association with Bricklane.com, which manages a portfolio of rental properties to provide under-the-tax-radar returns from capital gains and rental income; and “Peer to peer lending”, an association with Landbay, a peer-to-peer mortgage investment platform lending to landlords. More here.

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Mon
26
Sep

Save £450k by living an hour’s commute from London [Mortgage Introducer]
Incoming celebrity alert… are Emily Blunt and John Krasinski planning a London move? [IB Times]
Gentrification, a closer look [Guardian]
In the north-east, secret 250-year-old homes found underground [Daily Express]

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Fri
23
Sep

Hometrack reports slowing price growth [Property Industry Eye]
Surge in planning might contribute to falling house prices in Tower Hamlets [City AM]
It takes seven years longer to get on the property ladder in the south east [The Week]
Foxtons to open two more branches [Estate Agent Today] 

The Rat and Mouse - London’s property blog

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Thu
22
Sep

An estate agent gets asked some searching questions about Leo DiCaprio’s Malibu beach house. 

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Wed
21
Sep

Expect falls of 9% in London’s top postcodes this year and don’t expect an upturn until 2019, says Savills. The EU referendum result has only added momentum to a market hat has been on a downturn for two years. A reversal, argues the agency, will depend on a favourable tax situation and London retaining its vital position in finance. More here.

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And almost half are over 46, according to new research by YourMove. And while 80% of 18 to 25-year-olds wanted to own their own homes in the future, 81% of tenants across the age groups said that renting suited their lifestyles. More data here.

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Tue
20
Sep

It’s the Bracknell three-bedroom cul-de-sac property used in the film as 4, Privet Drive. Virtually unchanged - apparently - and still featuring a cupboard under the stairs (not photographed in the particulars). Guide price: £475k. More here. Owl’s eye view, from the film:

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From the particulars:

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Mon
19
Sep

House prices physically divide the generations [Observer]
London Mayor’s plans for affordable house building [Guardian]
First-time buyers hit by pre-Stamp Duty surcharge surge [Telegraph]
Brixton estate agent will pay you to let them value your home [Evening Standard]

The Rat and Mouse - London’s property blog 

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Fri
16
Sep

Experts predict shift to more “professional” private rented sector [Property Industry Eye]
CML: mortgage borrowing down in July [The Week]
Avoiding marriage to avoid the Stamp Duty surcharge [The Guardian]
Sadiq Khan's plans for affordable housing for artists [AOL]
Foxtons door-to-door confidence-boosting campaign [City AM]

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Thu
15
Sep

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Online agents EasyProperty claim to have identified a relationship between craft breweries and resilient house prices in the capital. The theory is… when a craft brewery appears, usually in a light industrial area or disused railway arch in Zones 3 or 4, it’s a sign land’s cheap and the hipsters (above) are coming… the Shoreditch phenomenon. (The agency isn’t suggesting that the hipsters are being lured by the smell of the hops, but that a craft brewery is a very early sign of gentrification.) They site evidence from Walthamstow (which has seen 105% house price gains in five years) and Lee Valley (94%). More here

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Wed
14
Sep

The ONS’s property price data for July are out and they show average prices up 8.3% on the year (down from 9.7% the previous month). Wage growth for the same period was just 2.4%. In London, prices climbed 12.3% July-to-July, leaving the average London home at £485,000. Not all London postcodes saw gains, however, with Kensington & Chelsea scraping the bottom nationally with a 3% fall. Brexiteers will claim the index as their own… further evidence that the economic fallout following the referendum result hasn’t been what was predicted. But a reversal from 9.7% to 8.3% is significant, and the slow earnings growth might make property prices look vulnerable to the more cautious. More here.

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Tue
13
Sep

HSBC takes a different view to Your Move on rent rises, pinning current annual growth at well under 1.5% and charting a dramatic fall since the beginning of the year. The question - asked here - is why? Particularly when P/E ratios on property are a whisker under 6%, having risen for 15 consecutive quarters, and stocks per agent are close to an all-time low? The piece, in Business Insider, suggests a slowing of investment in buy-to-let as a contributing factor, but wouldn’t that add pressure to rents on a supply/demand model?

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Mon
12
Sep

Eighty per cent of tenants pay asking price [Property Industry Eye]
Ninety-five per cent mortgages for first-time buyers unaffected by property market jitters {Daily Telegraph]
Five point two per cent annual rise for average UK rents [Guardian]
One hundred per cent disturbing… scariest bedroom ever [Loaded]

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