Rat and Mouse
Wed
17
Sep

It’s the kind of story everyone loves. Purple suited estate agent is caught stealing tenant’s chocolate bar from a Walthamstow flat. But it gets better. The whole sorry tale's caught on camera. He’s named and shamed, and his grovelling text message apology’s printed for good measure. He’s now apparently been fired, too. For the theft, not the suit.

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Tue
16
Sep

It’s a 0.9% rise in asking prices August-to-September, according to Rightmove. It’s not just a pick-up, it’s an early pick-up, coming at a time when the market’s usually still coasting from the summer. Some commentators are reading it as a portent of a busy autumn. In London, the monthly change matched the England-and-Wales gain of 0.9%, significantly below the 2% gain seen in the south east (excluding the capital). It leaves London asking prices up 13% on the year.

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Mon
15
Sep

The benefits to the London property market of a yes vote [Bloomberg]
Incredible underground spa in Mayfair [designboom]
French cave transformed [Curbed]
Two-thirds of first-time buyers rely on parents’ money [Daily Telegraph] 

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house

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Fri
12
Sep

That’s according to figures by Acadata and LSL Property Services, which pegs the average London property at £473,893 and the average UK property at a £185, 496. More here.

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Thu
11
Sep

With both the Liberal Democrats and Labour likely to go into the next General Election with a mansion tax policy, Savills agents - high-end London agents likely to be affected by any major tax implications to expensive London properties - suggest an alternative: Make council tax fair by introducing new bands with minimum charges

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"There are signs that the London market is gradually moving onto a more sustainable footing with a modest increase in the number of instructions coming through slowly helping to create a better balance with demand, and in the process, taking the edge off price gains."

That’s RICS chief Simon Rubinsohn on the latest house price survey which shows (mildly) less agent confidence in increasing house prices both in London and nationally, where interest rate uncertainty is said to be having a cooling effect.

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Wed
10
Sep

A Royal Photographic Society London project aiming to shoot every London street by the end of October. You’re invited to contribute. More here.

[via Londonist]

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How many other industries does the Treasury specifically try to make it harder for small businesses to raise finance? Which other group of entrepreneurs gets targeted for price controls, or anti-tax avoidance campaigns?

And - I kid you not...

By comparison, even the cocaine industry gets let off fairly lightly.

(Which immediately draws landlords closer to drug dealers in the minds of many readers, possibly not what the writer was aiming for.)

While the Rat and Mouse is by no means anti-landlords, some of the statements in this piece make us blush. And the failure to at least acknowledge the argument of a link between low-interest loans to landlords (to invest in starter homes) and the would-be first-time buyers priced out of the market is either wilful or just daft. The Telegraph’s approach to property is normally more sophisticated.

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Tue
09
Sep

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The China Post points the spotlight on Principal Tower in Shoreditch and The Landau (CGI, pictured) in Fulham. There’s definitely no risk of a bubble, they say. However, at home...

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Not a whole lot of obvious change in the trends - property prices up 9.7% on the year, 3% quarterly, 0.1% monthly. But accompanying comment points to an increase in supply, of both new and “second-hand” homes. More here.

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Mon
08
Sep

Lisa Faulkner on her Barnet home [Daily Telegraph]
A “yes” vote and its implications for Scottish borrowers [Sunday Telegraph]
London’s smallest flat? [Evening Standard]
Vanessa Warwick on Property Tribes (audio) [Landlord Law Blog]
Graham Norwood on regulation [Estate Agent Today] 

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house

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Fri
05
Sep

An interesting piece in the Telegraph claims English buyers investing in high-value Edinburgh properties or Scottish holiday homes are favouring a clause allowing them to pull out of the deal in the case of a yes vote. More here.

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Thu
04
Sep

For sale: The King's Speech house [Daily Telegraph]
Could Kim Kardashian be considering a London move? [Daily Mirror]
Stamp Duty and fiscal creep… debated to in the Commons [Estate Agent Today]
Woolwich Central wins Carbuncle Cup [bdonline.co.uk]
Harringay’s skinniest house [Independent]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Wed
03
Sep

From January, agents hoping to erect a To Let board in four important residential areas of the city will need to apply for planning permission first, or face a fine. The National Landlord Association doesn’t sound impressed, and - no doubt - fears other local authorities might be encouraged to follow suit. Story here.

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Tue
02
Sep

Echofon 5

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I don’t know. There are so few compared to years ago I rarely notice them. And don’t they eventually decompose naturally? Whereas chewing gum...

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Mon
01
Sep

According to the woman in question, her childcare arrangements fell through, and so she brought her daughter into work. The end result? An apparently pre-teen girl, duster in hand, cleaning the Hampstead branch of Foxtons in the small hours, photographed by the Foxtons-haters of London and plastered across London’s papers, accompanied by child-labour headlines. Ouch. 

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