Rat and Mouse
Tue
07
Jul

According to research by Lloyds Bank, property prices in the Olympic Park area have been boosted by an average of £1,500 per month since the bid was won in 2005. Since September 2012, they’ve led the country, including the rest of London, in house price gains, adding 33%, compared to 25% (London as a whole) and 12% (England and Wales). The survey doesn’t focus on a tiny sample of property, either, but includes 14 postcodes closest to the Olympic Park. More here.

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Mon
06
Jul

Countrywide merge sales and lettings and appoint ex-Dixons/Carphone chief [Property Industry Eye]
A tour of the £1 house [Daily Mail]
Secret plans for London super-skyscraper [Sunday Telegraph]
Will Tories curb buy-to-let tax subsidies? [Letting Agent Today]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Fri
03
Jul

Market report - slight slump according to Nationwide [Guardian]
But it’s hot in the suburbs [Independent]
Croydon landlords rise up [Property Industry Eye]
Minicab v construction site… outside Robbie Williams’s house [Daily Mail]
London’s too small [Conservative Home]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Thu
02
Jul

With buy-to-let borrowing making up 18% of new mortgages, the Bank of England, in its biannual Financial Stability Report, expresses concerns about the sector’s outlook in a context of rising interest rates, and its power to affect the rest of the market. While pressure on properties by potential landlords can push up prices in the short-term, extending general debt levels, landlords’ vulnerability to rising interest rates (resulting from narrow margins) and their capacity to put properties up for sale at short notice, could drive prices down just as quickly and cause a negative equity crisis for homeowners. More here.

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Wed
01
Jul

Parts were published, but there were 63 redactions. Now Andrea Leadsom MP has told Parliament that - despite DEFRA’s own position - the entire document “will” be published, as per the Information Commissioner’s wishes. With Liz Truss’s DEFRA considering an appeal, expect fisticuffs. Her worries? The accuracy of the report… and that publication will prove “damaging”. Blimey. That’s guaranteed to give affected homeowners the jitters. More here.

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Tue
30
Jun

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We’re talking about 10 Park Drive, a Stanton Williams-designed Canary Wharf block of 354 apartments. Unlike other high-profile recent developments, this - the developers promise - won’t be sold off-plan in the Far East before Londoners get a look in. It’s getting a UK-only launch (although non-UK citizens resident here will, of course, be eligible to buy). More here.

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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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