Rat and Mouse
Fri
29
May

20150529tomford

Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a roof terrace, skylight and solid oak flooring in SW10 mark out this extremely pleasant top floor flat. Immaculate? It would be. Former owners include the immaculate Tom Ford. Guide price: £1.15m. Particulars, here.

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Thu
28
May

Mayfair squatters granted extension by courts [Guardian]
Record complaints against estate agents [Property Industry Eye]
Sharp fall in lending for London property [This Is Money]
London’s pools and ponds [Homes & Property]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Wed
27
May

according to Homes & Property. Apparently, a quarter of a million Londoners are leaving the capital each year, tempted by better value in the property market, better schools and stamp duty savings following recent legislation (family homes in the Home Counties tend to fall within the price range that did best from the new rules).

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Tue
26
May

World’s first virtual open house? [Property Industry Eye]
Forecasting a house price emergency [Daily Telegraph]
High-end property lifted by end of mansion tax threat [City AM]
Andy Burnham damaged by London flat expenses claim [Independent on Sunday]
Benedict Cumberbatch spends £2.7m on Dartmouth Park property [Brampton Guardian]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Fri
22
May

If you think free sachets of Nescafe and unlimited use of the trouser press is luxury living, read about plans for a new set of apartments attached to the Wanda Vista Hotel… valet parking, maids and room service, plus your own private entrance.

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Thu
21
May

It looks bad at first. A rise from 68,200 to 70,900 (first quarter-to-first quarter) in the total of households in “severe” rent arrears. But the figure needs balancing against rising numbers of renters. More here.

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We’ve followed the fortunes of innovative property search engine Nestoria from its launch by two former Yahoo technicians with ambitions to make property search more intelligent to its international growth into nine markets. But its biggest step came yesterday, with news that it had been purchased by Spanish online classifieds group Mitula. Bringing Nestoria together with Mitula’s presence in South America and South East Asia, under the chairmanship of ex-REA head Simon Baker, the combined businesses will have unparalleled international reach. Congratulations to Ed and the team.

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Wed
20
May

It’s a location-based app on the IOS platform, giving you listings on the move in an easily navigable format. It’s clever and it’s free. The only downside… it’s currently Zoopla-only. And with the recent loss of a quarter of Zoopla's agency membership, that might be a problem. 

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Tue
19
May

According to Homes & Property, £221m from the Mayor means London’s largest borough is about to shed its chrysalis. 

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Mon
18
May

Think twice before plunging your pension into btl {Letting Agent Today]
Zoopla/OnThe Market war of words continues [Property Industry Eye]
Online/high street agency ad spat [Estate Agent Today]
Regeneration at Nine Elms [Homes & Property]
Strong pound hits high-end London property [Daily Telegraph]
Helen Lederer’s neighbours - a nightmare [Daily Telegraph]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house

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Fri
15
May

20150515startrek

Full story courtesy of the Telegraph.

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Thu
14
May

According to surveyors/agents it’s the first time prices have been seen rising in all regions of the UK since August last year, with London prices back on the boil. No coincidence, the supply of homes fell at its fastest rates since May 2009. Accompanying comment, urging the Government to support the building sector, describes the situation as “a national emergency”.

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Wed
13
May

Property Industry Eye has some interesting data regarding prosecutions of landlords and letting agents across the last financial year. There were 580 in London, with Newham alone accounting for 359. That’s more than a prosecution a day for a variety of offences including failure to comply to improvement notices, prohibition orders and regulations regarding HMOs. More here.

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Tue
12
May

From a renters’ plea to a demand for more brownfield sites… five things the London property industry wants from David Cameron.

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Mon
11
May

NAEA boss welcomes election results [Property Industry Eye]
Agents agree… and look forward to “bun fight” [Evening Standard]
Top end of the London market… from gazundering to gazumping in 24 hours [Daily Telegraph]
Savills expects surge in build-to-rent too [Letting Agent Today]
A new housing minister… some contenders [Estate agent Today]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Fri
08
May

New data from Lonres, the property research body, found that 64pc of those homes already reduced in asking price, dropped again as the vendor was on the verge of completion. Apart from the end of 2014, such high levels of gazundering in the luxury quarter of the capital had not been seen since 2012 when the country was hauling itself out of recession.

Regrets? I suspect some recent vendors have woken up this morning with a few.

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