Rat and Mouse
Fri
04
Sep

It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic. A Bethnal Green rental in which the bedroom was a tiny shed in the living room, just enough room for a mattress on the floor. Worse, still, the living room was communal, shared by other flat mates. Cost? £530 a month. More, including pics, here.

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Thu
03
Sep

A stable quarters after it was built in 1734, a lock-up for the famous Bentley Boys in the 1920s, a luxurious seven-bedroom house after developer Fenton Wheeler got his hands on it last year, 43 Reeves Mews in Mayfair is said to have been sold to Hamad Khalifa Abdullah Al-Attiyah, Qatar’s former deputy prime minister for £24m, a muse house world record. More here.

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Wed
02
Sep

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Congratulations to Rafael Vinoly, whose 20 Fenchurch Street, otherwise known as the Walkie Talkie, overcame stiff competition, including Lambeth’s Parliament house, which looks like it got broken while it was being constructed, and north Acton’s cereal box student housing complex, to pick up top honours in BD Magazine’s Carbuncle Cup. The Walkie Talkie, perhaps best known for burning cars and shop fronts on sunny days, blowing pedestrians off their feet on windy days and looming over the neighbourhood like a school ground bully, won these words from BD’s editor:

The result is Londoners now have to suffer views of this bloated carbuncle crashing into London’s historic skyline like an unwelcome guest at a party from miles away.

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Tue
01
Sep

Transactions down in the first half of the year [Property Industry Eye]
Beautiful pre-fab solutions [Daily Telegraph]
For the best place to raise a family… go north, and keep on going [Daily Mirror]
Social cleansing in London [Guardian]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Fri
28
Aug

Newcastle Building Society is the latest to enter the buy-to-let market, with a number of products, all at 75% loan-to-value, and starting at 2.35%. The announcement comes as the number of loans available to landlords tops 1,000 for the first time since April 2008, according to data from Moneyfacts. More here.

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Thu
27
Aug

Student accommodation… like you’ve never seen it before [Evening Standard]
Re-mortgaging doubles in response to future rate rise fears [This Is Money]
How to make a lender like you [Daily Telegraph]
International economic and currency turmoil hits high-end London property [VC Post]
Sting’s property sting [Daily Mail]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Wed
26
Aug

According to new predictions by BNP Paribas, we could be looking at 10.1% for 2015, then 7.5%, 5.9%, 5.8% and 3.7%. Compounded, that pushes prices 80% above their 2007 peak. More here.

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An interesting piece in Property Industry Eye this morning, about VTUK… an estate agency software company offering a new service aimed at protecting agents’  new media reputations. They’ll take an audit and they’ll monitor, so agents can fix smears and social media troll attacks. And we all know… not all trolling comes from members of the public.

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One’s in Surbiton, the other in Croydon, and they’ll both open with the usual 0% commission deal for new vendors. The Croydon branch will be the seventh new Foxtons to open this year. 

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Tue
25
Aug

… and why, according to Sarah Beeny, it’s never been more crucial for vendors to get it right. 

In the last few years, the kitchen has come to be seen as the centrepiece of many homes. It’s no longer just a place where people cook and bake; it’s a place for eating and socialising and somewhere for the kids to do their homework. The success of programmes like The Great British Bake Off and MasterChef, as well as the rise in popularity of farmers markets and street food, shows the appetite for all things foodie is higher than it’s ever been in the UK.

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Rightmove gives you the particulars for the house of the future, including 3D printing, smart mirrors and… wait for it… the foldaway toilet. It’s a fun graphic with a sliding date scale. It’s here.

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Mon
24
Aug

Henry Pryor steps up Twitter campaign for openness on property and money-laundering [Property Industry Eye]
Oxford and Cambridge top pice rises for UK’s cities [This Is Money]
On the rise of Marylebone [Sunday Telegraph]
Beware the letting/relocation agents charging to show flats [Observer]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Fri
21
Aug

Enabling residents to swim from one tower to the next, 10 storeys about Battersea. 

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The exclusivity might be disappointing, but the ambition’s laudable. More here.

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Thu
20
Aug

Figures from Knight Frank show the proportion of properties worth £10m or more sold to thirtysomethings rose from 7.1% to 14.8% between June 2014 and June 2015. Accompanying comment singles out tech and IT money as the source. The overall proportion of UK buyers also rose.

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Wed
19
Aug

According to this in the Independent, Battersea’s lost 10% in a year and investors in the power station redevelopment are becoming increasingly jittery as currency volatility and domestic economic problems are having an affect on the Malaysian and Singaporean investors who have fuelled the fire in the region. In Nine Elms, there’s talk of “flat flipping” before Asian investors start to pull out en masse. Read the full story, it’s interesting.

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Tue
18
Aug

20150818hampstead

And it’s in Hampstead Heath. Langtry House is all but invisible from the road… just a shallow wood-clad building the height of the garage it replaced. Below ground… three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a gym, wine cellar and cinema. It’s unique and beautiful and - perhaps most surprisingly - light… thanks to the clever patio garden. Guide price £4.5m. More here. Particulars here.

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