Rat and Mouse
Mon
29
Jun

Rental voids at record low [Property Industry Eye]
Estate agents named country’s worst bosses [Property Industry Eye]
Is London “eating itself”? [Observer]
Amazing sheds [Readers’ Sheds]
eMoov to pilot “no sale-no fee” model [Estate Agent Today]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Fri
26
Jun

Boris announces 12,000 new fast-track homes in across four zones [Property Industry Eye]
Luxury homes hit hard [Daily Telegraph]
Lindsay Lohan… Londoner? [Evening Standard]
26 people living in one East Ham home [Guardian]

The Rat and Mouse - London’s property blog 

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Thu
25
Jun

The move, by the Southwark Council, apparently comes following campaigning by the Walworth Society, and appears to be the final nail in the coffin for any plans to convert the old pub into a new branch. More here.

Friday morning linkage - anti-Foxtons squatters on the move [June 19, 2015]
Foxtons fixed on historic Elephant & Castle pub [June 3, 2015]

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An interesting piece in Homes & Property points to Plaistow as one of London’s last property gambles… a neighbourhood on the very edge of east London regeneration with excellent schools and interesting shared-ownership buyer opportunities. The question for early investors is whether the London property boom will continue long enough for regeneration funds to reach E13. More here.

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Wed
24
Jun

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It’s the first part, tonight (9pm, Channel 5) of a six-part series called Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords, and it promises to showcase the nastier side of the letting industry. Tonight… sub-letting scams. More here and here.

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Luxury apartments tied to and benefitting from the 24 hour services of hotels aren’t new, but here’s something interesting. These £12m+ Connaught Place apartments come with room service via Harrods, including food from the restaurants and use of the Harrods Private Air Service chopper or jet. Views are over Hyde Park, and some apartments come with cinema, gym, steam room. More here and here.

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Tue
23
Jun

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£6.95m is the guide price for the Leinster Terrace mansion where JM Barrie wrote Peter Pan. Importantly, a host of original features, including panelling and fireplaces, provide a direct link to the years in which Barrie lived in the property. Particulars here.

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Mon
22
Jun

Best time to cash in and move to the country… again [Daily Telegraph]
Londonist London architecture quiz [Londonist]
Isis murderer Emwazi’s Maida Vale property could carry a For Sale board soon [Metro]
Flats not billboards for Chiswick roundabout [Sunday Telegraph]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Fri
19
Jun

Housebuilders claim interest rate rise might further cool London market [City AM]
Property start-ups recognised in Innovator of the Year nominations [Property Industry Eye]
Anti-Foxtons squatters move into Elephant & Castle pub [London SE1]
RIBAs illustrated [Daily Telegraph]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Thu
18
Jun

A GoCompare survey WentAndCompared presenters and placed the DIY SOS host at number one, followed by Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud, in a brawn narrowly beating brains scenario. Third place went to Phil Spencer. For the all-important full rankings, go here.

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Wed
17
Jun

A low London annual growth figure of 4.3% dragged down the national figure to 5.5% (compared to 9.6% in March), the first time in nine years the London figure was below the national average. Looked at monthly, UK prices dropped 1.3%. It will be interesting to see just how badly election jitters and concerns about a potential mansion tax affected the index. 

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Tue
16
Jun

It launches on Monday 29th, on Sky Channel 238. It’s unclear as to whether it will be called PropertyTV (nice and easy to remember), PTV (catchy) or The Property Channel (sober). It will show re-runs of shows by familiar faces, plus original programming. More here and here.

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Mon
15
Jun

TV presenters join Foxtons feeding frenzy [Property Industry Eye]
Asking prices surge in London [Bloomberg]
Invasion from the north… Hunters' aggressive expansion plans [Daily Telegraph]
Elton John childhood home for sale [Evening Standard]
Meanwhile, David Furnish buys flat for personal trainer [Mail on Sunday]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Fri
12
Jun

Neither London market jitters nor digital disruption appear to be stopping the inevitable spread of the high street agent, however. News here that Hamptons is to open a new south-west London branch, and KFH plans an aggressive expansion with a new branch in south Kensington and further bases planned for Fulham, Parsons Green, Earls Court and Clerkenwell.

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Property services group LSL report dramatic falls of up to 22% in some of the capital’s smartest postcodes. K&C are down 16% since last autumn, Westminster down 22%. The report pins the blame on stamp duty reforms, and says the changes have fed through to volume, too… with the number of properties changing hands in London down 16% on the year. The survey would seem to confirm this.

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Thu
11
Jun

Buy-to-let surge [Property Industry Eye]
Secret hotel not so secret [Evening Standard]
Super-landlords The Wilsons offloading again [Money Week]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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