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Fri
18
Dec

Yes, according to Berkeley Homes chairman Tony Pidgley, who points out how tight financing is these days, with off-plan purchasing often providing the funding for the very completion of properties. More here.

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Thu
17
Dec

Joint ARLA-NAEA report warns of future property pain [CityAM]
620,000 property millionaires and counting [Daily Telegraph]
And it’s all adding to east London gentrification problems [Guardian]
Foxtons begins share buy-back after challenging year [Estate Agent Today]
The US interest rate rise, what it means for the rest of us [BBC News]

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Wed
16
Dec

In yesterday’s FT, he talked about his concerns that landlords would flood the market with properties in the event of slumping house prices. What’s he going to do about it? Act soon, introducing “micro-prudential” lending policies to regulate lending while interest rates are low. But then again… we’ve heard that before. The pertinent question is: okay, when?

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The headlines for October (these are the old DCLG figures and so come in a little late) are a 7% rise n the year across the UK, led by 10.3% in Northern Ireland and trailed by 1% in Wales. Seasonally adjusted, prices rose 0.8% on the month. Get your own copy here.

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Tue
15
Dec

The catch? Most of them don’t exist yet. These are the off-plan purchases made by foreign buyers in the newbuild feeding frenzy. Now - according to Cluttons - a strong pound and weak oil prices are about to contribute to a giant fire-sale, of as many as 30,000 apartments, half the 60,000 due to be finished in 2016 and 2017. More here.

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Mon
14
Dec

Stamp duty surcharge equivalent to 11 months’ rent to new landlords [Property Industry Eye]
No seasonal slump for London prices [City AM]
Global crackdown on buy-to-let imminent [Property Hawk]
EU referendum and London house prices [Property Forum]
David Tennant loses Chiswick planning battle [Get West London]
Fraud… Max Hastings on why you need to check your tenants [Daily Mail] 

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Fri
11
Dec

SUV parks inside Sevenoaks estate agency… well-timed slash saves agent’s life [Property Industry Eye]
London’s best extensions [Daily Mail]
In case you didn’t notice, Bank keeps rates unchanged, again [BBC]
Foster + Partners one of shortlisted four in bid to Westminster revamp [Curbed]

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Thu
10
Dec

We’ve covered them before - the Wilsons - including rumours that they were selling, about to sell, considering selling. This time, it appears to be a done deal, with their entire Kent rental empire going to a multi-national consortium of buyers for a figure of £250m. More here.

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Wed
09
Dec

CBRE has done a bit of number crunching to highlight the rise of “City fringe” property prices. Since 2008, prices are up 62% across Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and Wapping, compared to 36% across the London market as a whole. Main driver? London’s tech sector… with businesses driving the gentrification with the need for shops and restaurants. The data also confirms lower average ages living in the fringe. More here.

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Tue
08
Dec

Kirstie Allsopp takes time from a busy tree-decorating schedule to make friends in the online agency sector.

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[via Property Industry Eye]

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Mon
07
Dec

Plans for new City skyscraper to rival Shard [Sunday Telegraph]
RIBA attacks “rabbit hutch” new builds [Sky]
More than 40,000 sign petition defending landlords from Osborne [Letting Agent Today]
Qoob - it’s Tinder for the property market [Estate Agent Today]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Fri
04
Dec

Following a 35% fall in value since launch, the estate agency was dropped after failing to post a good enough share price at the end of November. With offices based densely in London and the south east, the firm’s particularly sensitive to the London market. 

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Thu
03
Dec

Up 5% in October, according to Mortgage Advice Bureau, with London homebuyers needing to save an average deposit of £179,248. They also recorded the highest number of mortgage applications in the capital since 2009 when they started collecting data.

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Wed
02
Dec

With social housing at emergency low levels and rules on lending stricter than ever, you’d have thought the private rented sector might be allowed to feel a little more valued. But after punitive tax law changes and a surprise stamp duty hike from the Government, the Bank of England has weighed in with a Financial Stability Report pointing the finger at buy-to-let. The report points to growth in buy-to-let lending as a major stability concern, with landlords increasingly sensitive to future rate rises (hardly surprising given the highly mobile goalposts in recent years). Some are predicting new powers for the Bank’s Financial Policy Committee to police the buy-to-let market. 

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Tue
01
Dec

Mayfair’s “largest luxury pad”, according to the Telegraph, at 3,588 square feet, although only a whisker over its 3,486 neighbour which appears to have already sold… it’s part of the Mellier building conversion, an ex-limousine showroom now featuring brightly coloured and contemporary interior design by Studio Mackereth. The cost of owning the largest residential space in Mayfair? Guide price: £15.95m. Particulars here.

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Mon
30
Nov

Land Registry - transactions continue to fall [Property Industry Eye]
But prices continue to rise {Introducer Today]
The stamp duty deadline… a time for landlords to take profits? [Property Hawk Blog]
And the effects on the global rich [Daily Telegraph]
Jon Hunt wins in battle with French embassy [Estate Agent Today]
Another micro-flat [ITV News]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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