Rat and Mouse

Trash it.

Seriously, has any 2-bedroom flat had as much exposure on the national press as this one? Which is featured in the Telegraph, the Mirror, the Standard and the Mail. And the main focus appears to be on the home-staging.

20140318tulsehill 2

20140318tulsehill2 2

20140318tulsehill3 2

Technorati Tags: ,

Mon
17
Mar

According to Rightmove, the new average London asking price is £552,530, up 2.1% on the month and 11.3% on the year. Interestingly, prime London wasn’t the driver this time (in Kensington & Chelsea asking prices managed to fall by 2.4%), whereas Haringey saw an astonishing 9.5% surge. Nationally, there was a new record, too (of £255,962) with prices up 1.6% on the month and 6.8% on the year. Get your own copy of the report here.

Technorati Tags: ,

Fri
14
Mar

Violinist’s fascinating Acton almshouse [Daily Telegraph]
Ukraine politics and London property [Mortgage Solutions]
Chancel repair liability… what’s that all about? [BBC]
Demand weakening? [BBC]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

Technorati Tags: ,

Thu
13
Mar

According to research by Shelter it’s a problem, with as many as 200,000 tenants receiving eviction notices as a result of complaining their landlord about a problem with the property. Really? When the eviction process is so notoriously long-winded, expensive and difficult, even in cases when the tenant is behind on the rent? Some coverage, and an interesting comments section here

Technorati Tags: ,

Wed
12
Mar

He’s said it before. And he said it again, yesterday. There’s nothing the Bank can do to control runaway London house prices if they’re being driven by foreign investment. His concern? Another lending/house price bubble, in which borrowers are stretch to keep up with cash investors, and rising interest rates force another crisis. A 2.5% base rate in the next few years is a real possibility, he said.

Technorati Tags: ,

Tue
11
Mar

£15.4m is to be returned to shareholders after Foxtons’ first year as a public company has ended in record profits. The dividend breaks down as 1.70p a share regular dividend, 3.74p special dividends. Pre-tax profits are up 57%.

Technorati Tags: ,

Mon
10
Mar

London property gains… are they sustainable? [Sunday Telegraph]
At home in Stamford Brook, with writer Julian Mitchell [Sunday Telegraph]
Time to stop wooing foreign property investors? [BBC]
Foxtons profits get 50% boost [This is Money]
For rent… Richard Branson’s yacht [Curbed]

The Rat and Mouse - blogging about property since 2005 

Technorati Tags: ,

Fri
07
Mar

“It is simply unacceptable that there is not a coherent plan to evaluate Help to Buy or to even understand its impact on other housing initiatives,” Margaret Hodge, chair of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinizes NAO reports, said in a statement. “You have to ask why the department thinks that providing loans to people who are buying homes worth 600,000 pounds is actually benefiting those most in need.”

Technorati Tags: ,

Apologies for the late-running of this scheduled Halifax index update… a family medical emergency has meant I’m away from the office for the moment, attending to business when I can. The news from Halifax is a 2.4% rise in February, surpassing expectations, leaving the three-month-on-three-month annual change at 7.9%. Accompanying comment highlighted improved consumer confidence and healthy employment data. 

Technorati Tags: ,

Thu
06
Mar

How the starchitects live [designboom]
Scientific study shows female tenants are more trouble [Property Hawk]
Ten most expensive cities in the world for property [Daily Telegraph]
How the Ukrainian crisis could boost London property [Daily Telegraph]
Foxtons profit forecasts [Investors Chronicle]

The Rat and Mouse - London’s property blog, since 2005 

Technorati Tags: ,

Wed
05
Mar

20140305miami 3

20140305capone

It’s Al Capone’s sunshine hideaway, and Capone’s alibi for the Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929, on the market for £5.06m. Fascinating story, here.

Technorati Tags: ,

Tue
04
Mar

Funding is said to now be in place for the first stage of a £150m mixed use redevelopment of Shepherds Bush Market, which will eventually see 211 residential units, 14,000 square feet of shopping and leisure plus something like a nod to the current market. More here.

Technorati Tags: ,

Mon
03
Mar

According to research by Rightmove, broadband speeds now outrank schools and transport links in importance to house hunters, and so has started including connectivity speed in listings. More here.

20140303rightmove 8

Technorati Tags: ,

Fri
28
Feb

 

According to Joshi Herrmann, writing in the Evening Standard, the rape of Ovington Street’s basement space has turned resident upon resident in a battle that might have consequences for the rest of the capital.

Technorati Tags: ,

Thu
27
Feb

Landlords and some housing charities have been asked to attend a government working group, which met last month. Officials asked them to “comment on, shape, and influence DCLG’s [the local government department's] emerging proposals to speed up the eviction process for private landlords.”

It’s a strange piece, though… somehow attempting to balance the difficulties experienced by honest landlords faced with non-paying or destructive or subletting tenants in a slow-moving system further delayed by spending cuts with the plight of low-paid tenants trying to afford to rent privately. They’re not opposite ends of a spectrum. 

Technorati Tags: ,

The effects are negative, according to the latest electoral registration data, with five wards in Westminster losing 2,000 voters in 12 years, with significant falls in all the other most desirable boroughs. The falls coincide with an increase in the number of properties. More here.

Technorati Tags: ,

 

 


POSTCODES
THANKS TO
ENTRIES BY MONTH
ABOUT
UK PROPERTY RESOURCES
US / INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY BLOGS
LONDON BLOGS
CREDITS
Publisher Editor Technical and Design Hosting Software