Rat and Mouse
Mon
08
Aug

Fifteen flat owners in block are holding deeds to the wrong apartments [Property Industry Eye]
Market report… prices slip in July [BBC]
Conveyancers call for stamp duty to be scrapped [Property Industry Eye]
In eye of the prime London property storm, Sotheby’s opens new office in Belgravia [Estate Agent Today]
The winners and losers from the new record low base rate [Mail on Sunday]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

Technorati Tags: ,

Fri
05
Aug

Knightsbridge values down 7.3% on the year, in post-Brexit collapse [The Week]
Blowjob cafe… an unlikely addition to London’s list of attractions [Elite Daily]
New UK copyright rules mean end to popular designer rip-offs [Curbed]
Landlords respond to Corbyn rent control proposals [Property Industry Eye]

The Rat and Mouse - London’s property blog 

Technorati Tags: ,

Thu
04
Aug

And there we have it… widely predicted but still an astonishing thing to contemplate. The base rate is now 0.25%, quantitive easing has been boosted by £60bn and the Bank has slashed next year's growth forecast from 2.3% in its May forecast to 0.8%. In the last few minutes, the pound has started falling against the dollar.

Technorati Tags: ,

With - for a second time this summer - all eyes on the MPC and the expectation of an interest rate cut announcement today, the Independent asks what are the benefits. Few, appears to be the answer. After a rush to convert from tracker mortgages to fixed rate in recent years (after noises from the Bank of England about a rate rise), few homeowners are set to profit. History also suggests that banks are slow to pass on rate cuts to business borrowers, and applications are way down anyway. They’re quick, however, to kill off the best deals for savers. Pensions could be hit negatively, as could the pound. More here.

Technorati Tags: ,

Wed
03
Aug

… up 46% between Q1 and Q2, and the rate of approval to application was 76%, according to data from agents Stirling Ackroyd. Year-on-year, however, the data’s not so thrilling, falling 22%. More detail, here

Technorati Tags: ,

Tue
02
Aug

Research by The Resolution Foundation finds levels of home ownership plummeting since a 71%  peak in 2003, with Manchester leading the fall. Current levels were last seen in 1986. The UK figure now stands at 64.1%. More here.

Technorati Tags: ,

Mon
01
Aug

London’s best mews [Savills]
Record inheritance tax take driven by London/South East house price gains [This Is Money]
RICS urges caution re. post-Brexit valuations [Property Industry Eye]
Countrywide’s online service for autumn roll-out,.. some early details [Estate Agent Today]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

Technorati Tags: ,

Fri
29
Jul

An average 0.5% rise in the month, compared to 0.2% the month before, leaving the annual pace of house price inflation up 0.1% at 5.2%. Accompanying comment, however, warns that its data comes at an early stage, and is based on mortgage offers, which might not come to fruition if a buyer decides not to move ahead.

Technorati Tags: ,

The Brexit vote gets the blame for a dramatic fall in pre-tax profits in the first half of the year, from £18.1m in 2015 to £10.5m. The evidence? At the heart of the problem, sales revenue in the second quarter, down from £18.2m in Q2 2015 to £11.4m. More here.

Technorati Tags: ,

Thu
28
Jul

A survey by flatshare marketplace weroom claims to reveal the top lies flatmates tell flatmates. Perhaps surprisingly (and innocently) the very first is the excuse to get out of attending a party, followed by avoiding coming clean to pulling a dubious sickie from work. In third place - perhaps more predictably - hiding a crush on a fellow housemate and - fourth - failing to own up to damaging something. In fifth - that old one - eating a flatmate’s food from the fridge and denying all knowledge. For the rest, go here.

Technorati Tags: ,

Wed
27
Jul

New York agents adopt Facebook Live and Snapchat [Curbed]
Major UK agents’ capitalisations halved in a year [Property Industry Eye]
Brexit hits land values [Independent]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

Technorati Tags: ,

Tue
26
Jul

A Wandsworth woman is taking Viridian Housing to court in an attempt to stop one of their tenants cooking spicy food. She’s complained the “pungent toxic fumes” are so strong in her own flat that she’s “choked in her sleep” and “staggered to her balcony gasping for air”. More here

Technorati Tags: ,

Mon
25
Jul

Surge in interest from Chinese buyers attracted by weak pound [Daily Telegraph]
What does a £108k-a-month rental look like on the inside? [Homes & Property]
Living close to a major supermarket boosts house prices [BT News]
TaxPayers’ Alliance calls for scrapping of stamp duty surcharge, in best interests of tenants [Letting Agent Today]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house

Technorati Tags: ,

Fri
22
Jul

The return of the slum [Sky News]
But not in Holland Park… Beckhams are finally ready to move in [Woman’s Day]
Have we seen peak property gains? [City AM]
Online service brings interior design to the people [Daily Telegraph]

The Rat and Mouse - London’s property blog 

Technorati Tags: ,

Wed
20
Jul

In a little break from post-referendum property crash predictions for the top-end of the London market, a new record appears to have been set. It’s 15,000 sq ft in Admiralty Arch, no less - 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, private off-road valet parking - and there are reports of a £150m guide price… beating previous record holder 1 Hyde Park by £10m. More here and here.

Technorati Tags: ,

Tue
19
Jul

It’s a possibility, say Société Générale, in what they’ve described as something of a “back of an envelope” calculation based on 500 high-earners relocating to mainland Europe. 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