Rat and Mouse
Mon
13
Jun

Bookmaker offers tempting odds on UK property prices [Business Insider UK]
One-bedroom rentals becoming unaffordable [Guardian]
Landlords are using social media to “personality check” potential tenants [Daily Telegraph] 
Number of landlords incorporating surges [Letting Agent Today]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Fri
10
Jun

London agent fined for false listings [Property Industry Eye]
Hundreds rally against punitive tax treatment of landlords [Property Industry Eye]
Chicest old people’s home, ever [Daily Telegraph]
Why lower house prices won’t mean more affordable homes [Newsweek]
Cool house pods [Homes & Property]

The Rat and Mouse - London’s property blog 

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Thu
09
Jun

The number of surveyors predicting a drop in prices outnumbered those predicting a rise by 10%… with London and East Anglia expected to be most affected. But don’t - they warn - expect a significant shift in the market. These are the short term results of EU referendum uncertainty combined with a natural cooling following a rush to complete by investors/landlords ahead of stamp duty changes. Prices may pick up again after three months. More here.

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Wed
08
Jun

Despite Brexit uncertainty historically high prices, a slowdown in London and Government policies aimed at making investment in property for rental or as a second home less affordable, the three-month to three-month annual index was still up 9.2%, with prices 0.6% up on the month . Accompanying comment, however, warned of increasing unaffordability, as prices continue to outpace wages. Read it here.

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Tue
07
Jun

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“Off-market” properties… usually the high-end homes that might be for sale if the right offer came in or the right buyer turned up, but owned by individuals not sufficiently motivated to sell to deal with the privacy concerns of a Rightmove listing and endless speculative viewings. The traditional way these properties changed hands was via clued-in buying agents. Our friend Henry Pryor has a different idea, and has launched a private Twitter feed, where personally screened potential buyers can access grey market information for a pound a day. Interesting. The pricing scheme seems slightly at odds with the nature of the sector, and it’s a little hard to tell the difference between this and the free online sales platforms, funded by buyers, that have come and gone (except, of course, for the clever take-over of Twitter technology), but who, in the property business, likes the idea of there being information out there they can’t see? More here and here. And on the subject of Twitter, don’t forget to the follow TheRatandMouse, here.

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Mon
06
Jun

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One in ten landlords don’t have tenancy agreement [Property Hawk]
Realities of the French chateau fantasy [Daily Telegraph]
Peckham Foxtons gets green light [Estate Agent Today]
If these walls could talk… Cilla Black’s Buckinghamshire home, £4.5m [Irish Mirror]
Brutalist townhouse in the Barbican… beautiful [image, Curbed]

The Rat and Mouse - London’s property blog 

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Fri
03
Jun

Does an introduction to a buyer count as a sale? Another estate agent goes to law [Property Industry Eye]
New analysis suggests average Greater London house price break through £600,000 [Introducer Today]
Southfields tops best performing suburb list [City AM]

The Rat and Mouse - London’s property blog

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Thu
02
Jun

The latest offering by hardworking online agents Hatched. Here’s founder Adam Day talking to Estate Agent Eye:

It’s very early days in the trial, so only a fraction of clients have added this service to their listing at this moment in time, but we expect uptake to increase over the coming weeks.

It’s going to be a keen vendor prepared to wake the family and hover, bleary-eyed in a corner while a caffeinated agent shows round a coke-fuelled City boy looking to spend their bonus on a rental. Worse, still… imagine the no-show. According to an agent, contributing in the comments, who already offers the service, actual viewing requests in the middle of the night are rare, but - unsurprisingly - requests to see properties before work (7-9) are more common. 

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Wed
01
Jun

Perpetually bearish MoneyWeek glances over a new report by Fathom Consulting ("The UK’s housing bubble: ready to pop?”) and asks, is the current market being kept alive by a combination of parental loans, Government schemes and near-zero per cent interest rate life support? The conclusion, clearly, is “yes”. But is it “ready to pop”? Not until enough voters want it to. More here.

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Tue
31
May

Haarts boss claims market has peaked [Guardian]
Elections and London’s property market [Ham & High]
Foxtons hires new CFO with a view to further expansion [Estate Agent Today] 

The Rat and Mouse - London’s property blog

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Fri
27
May

Just two properties at the moment, courtesy of estate agent Martyn Gerrard, and while Foxtons have been conducting VR viewings from their Islington office for a while, and there have been pop-ups in Harrods, this is still a first for Rightmove, bringing 3D immersive virtual reality property tours to homebuyers with a smartphone and a Google Cardboard headset. More here

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Thu
26
May

The new mayor is quoted here, warning Middle Eastern investors that change might be imminent:

It is possible to build 50,000 homes a year… but there is no point if they are all bought by investors in the Middle East and Asia for use as second homes or they sit empty… Nobody is against people investing in London trying to get a good rate of return. The issue is using our homes as gold bricks for investment.

The plan is to channel the money in the direction of the new Homes for Londoners project, encouraging the super-wealthy to put their cash (together with cash from institutional investors) into affordable housing projects instead. So what is this? A profound misunderstanding of why the Middle Eastern and Asian elite buy penthouses and cutting-edge developments in prime Central London? Or a visionary scheme that will change the relationship between foreign investors and London’s working population forever?

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Wed
25
May

He’s James Murray, currently Islington’s lead councillor for housing and development. Islington has the fifth highest rate of planning rejections in London, and is known for a rigid approach to development… 50% affordable housing or nothing gets built at all. It’s principled, but is it practical? Developers argue not, pointing to cases where Islington has chosen “nothing” when developers can’t make a 50% figure pay. More here and here.

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Tue
24
May

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That sub-heading, in case it’s too small to read, is “Low pollution is becoming a key criteria for Londoners choosing a new home”. The piece goes on to cite NAEA director Mark Hayward, who points out people are remaining in properties for longer and looking for a healthy place to raise kids. If Londoners were using air quality as a key criteria it really wouldn’t be surprising. What - perhaps - is surprising, is that they apparently aren’t. 

He estimated that air pollution, which scientists blame for killing up to 9,400 people a year in London, was a concern for around one in 10 house-hunters.

In what world is “a concern for around one in 10” a key criterium? 

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Mon
23
May

London estate agent caught in citizen arrest after keying car [Property Industry Eye]
The prince, the £15m home, the Kazakh oligarch [Mail on Sunday]
Treasury points to 18% property price crash on Brexit [Guardian]
London property - the price per square metre league [Evening Standard]

The Rat and Mouse - London’s property blog 

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Fri
20
May

Online agent marketshare doubles in two years [Property Industry Eye]
Diane Rigg so happy with her agents, she appears in their blog [Property Industry Eye]
The Telegraph’s crystal ball and the new property hotspots [Daily Telegraph]
VR viewings at Foxtons [What Mobile]
Is an interest rate cut inevitable? [Guardian]
Celebrity vendors in a troubled market [Ham & High]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house

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