Rat and Mouse

Garages turned into “invisible eco-homes” using mirrors [Evening Standard]
The story of a Victorian house, clad in steel [Wall Street Journal]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Thu
19
Jun

A “weekend retreat, for Depp and his partner Amber Heard… that’s the rumour.

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Wed
18
Jun

Leeds Building Society even kinder to buy-to-let borrowers [Property Hawk]
Buying London property with bitcoin [OppConnect] 
London’s biggest bee house [Daily Telegraph]
Yesterday’s ONS property price figures compared to the Chinese housing bubble [Zero Hedge]
For sale, Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi’s six-bedroom Putney property [Stratford Observer]

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

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Tue
17
Jun

Margaret Thatcher’s former home in Belgravia’s Chester Square is expected to reach the market for around £35m after the current owners have completed a significant refurbishment (to include a basement excavation and extension into a separate mews property behind it). Thatcher sold the property a year before her death for just £4.16m. More here.

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There’s been some interesting speculation on this morning’s Today programme (BBC Radio 4) about Thursday’s Financial Policy Committee meeting, which is expected to flex its new house price control muscles. A Capital Economics analyst has suggested they might recommend stress testing mortgage applications against higher interest rates. Which sounds sensible.

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Mon
16
Jun

There’s a bubble so buy? Does Kelly Hoppen know what a bubble is? [Metro]
Asking prices fall… Rightmove points to “affordability cap” [Guardian]
A mystical journey through time and space [Sunday Telegraph]
Are mortgage caps a step too far? [Guardian]
We blame the Chinese [Daily Mail]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Fri
13
Jun

Fancy leasing from Steven Spielberg, William H Macy, Salma Hayek? Only in LA.

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The big surprise at yesterday’s annual Mansion House speech came not from the Chancellor but from Mark Carney, who suggested that the first interest rate rise since the crisis might be more imminent than widely expected and may even happen before the end of the year. While Carney’s been traditionally more forthright than Osborne about his fears of a destabilising property price bubble, he also insisted he wasn’t considering using interesting rates to control property prices. (After all, new powers granted to the Bank of England to limit loan-to-earnings ratios would help to do that.) His concern, he said, was purely household debt. However, to suggest that a rise in interest rates won’t affect homeowners is of course mis-guided. However where it’s likely have its most significant effect, is in areas that haven’t profited from rises in property values, and where employment/wages are depressed. We watch with interest, so to speak.

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Thu
12
Jun

In an interview with the BBC he described himself as “appalled” at banks lending as much as five times an applicant’s salary, and called for a cap of x3.5. Meanwhile, the latest RICS report today pointed to slowing momentum in the housing market as a lack of supply, high prices and more cautious lending criteria were all feeding through to potential buyers. More here.

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Wed
11
Jun

The research from BRDC indicates that the average landlord takes almost £60,000 in rental income from a portfolio valued at £1.2 million and comprising of 8-9 properties. This is over double the average wage of £27,174.

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Tue
10
Jun

In an interesting (and contentious) letter in the Guardian, a QC answers Monbiot’s demands for council tax reform:

Council tax is computed to discharge the relevant local authority outgoings as between the residents of a particular borough; not to punish property owners for being wealthier than George Monbiot likes.

Go here to read more.

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Mon
09
Jun

In defence of the private landlord [Daily Telegraph]
Canaccord give thumbs up to Foxtons [WKRB]
IMF wary of housing bubble [BBC]
Controversial “anti-homeless spikes” create Twitter outrage [Independent] 

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house

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Fri
06
Jun

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London rental yields compared [Property Hawk]
The world’s maddest self-builds [Daily Telegraph]
Lack of supply is leading to catastrophe [CityAM]
Beautiful brutalist prints [Londonist]

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

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Thu
05
Jun

According to research by the Future Foundation, single women looking to become less single should move to London, specifically the City and Newham where men outnumber women 1.55 to 1 and 1.26 to 1 respectively. If you’re a single man, London still holds promise, but the FF suggests you focus your nights out in Enfield and Wandsworth. More here.

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Wed
04
Jun

Michael Brown will be replaced by chief operating officer Nic Budden. Brown has apparently been on compassionate leave since April, after joining the company in 2002 and taking charge in 2007. More here.

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Tue
03
Jun

It’s a 0.7% monthly increase in May, according to Nationwide, with annual house price inflation edging up from 10.9% to 11.1%. Accompanying comment, however, points to the relatively low monthly rise (compared to 1.2% in April) and forecasts a “moderation” in coming months.

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