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Thu
13
Aug

In west Dorset… weak link council searches collapsing chains [Property Industry Eye]
Zoopla fight back [Daily Telegraph]
London property prices and white collar crime [NPR, no less]
London’s ftbs need an extra £28,000 since this time last year [Homes & Property]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house

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Wed
12
Aug

The odd Chinese whispers regarding Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal to extend right-to-buy to private tenancies remain to be clarified. Depending on who’s talking, they were either a sinister portent of confiscation or a satirical one-liner… a joke. According to Moneyweek, they’re a “reason to think very carefully before getting into the buy-to-let market”. Really? Even though...

If he were ever to be given any actual power he would, he says, extend the right to buy to all tenants renting from large-scale landlords. We obviously can’t be sure what large-scale means at this point, and I am all but certain that no sentient electorate would take on Corbyn as leader.

So what’s the issue? The real policy concern rarely comes from the extreme wing in British politics, it’s a shift in the centre-ground.

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An interesting report by Barclays Mortgages and Hometrack reveals the different subtext an address has in different regions. A lane is posher than a street by an average of £100k across the UK as a whole. But in London, living on a street costs a premium of more than £140k. “Towers” doesn’t appear to get a mention. More numbers here

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Tue
11
Aug

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Next door to the Adelphi, and above a posh burger shop, Gatti House apartments feature original architectural details that inspired work in the Titanic and a pizza lift from Nell Gwynne Tavern directly to the bedrooms. For the full story behind its name, go here.

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They’re up 11.8% on a three month-to-three month annual average according to Homelet. The equivalent figure in 2014 was 8.2% and it was 3.7% in 2013. Focussing on London, the magic number is 9.5%. Get the full breakdown here.

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Mon
10
Aug

And we’re back… slightly stressful vacation if truth be told (London estate agents are nothing compared to wild boars, snakes and scorpions) but thanks for asking. Here’s a bit of linkage...

For sale: Romney Marsh’s Dungeness Estate, the UK’s only desert [Sunday Telegraph]
Tolerance and the dearth of London’s gay scene [Yahoo]
Corbyn’s Islington [Observer]
Kim and Kanye eye Hampstead home [Music News]

The Rat and Mouse - London’s property blog 

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Tue
28
Jul

But back on August 10. So until then, stay focussed and enjoy your summer.

Fri
24
Jul

It’s gone for around £26m, which translates to £7,000 a square foot, a 2015 record. The buyer (or flipper) will, or won’t, get three bedrooms over two floors, a roof terrace, screening room, servants quarters and car parking spaces. Completion is expected in 2016. More here.

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Friend Stephen Malley said: “I never knew there even was a Zone 36, let alone that places were so affordable there."

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Thu
23
Jul

It’s all happening in court. On the one hand.. a former Goldman Sachs partner, living yards away in a £10m mansion and the new owner of the freehold on the mews house, trying to kick his geriatric tenants out into the street after they’ve lived there for more than 50 years, enjoying reduced rental rates on a statutory tenancy. On the other, (apparent) video evidence that the elderly couple (a retired lawyer and his wife), have been living the high-life in their second home Dorking, while keeping the central London property on for jollies while it’s cheap. Ugly. And only in London. Full story here.

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Wed
22
Jul

From 1.5% just four months ago to 4.7%, based on an increasing scarcity of available homes. The forecast follows a report by Rightmove showing available properties down 10.6% on the year, and enquiries up 22%.

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Tue
21
Jul

In a very interesting piece, the Guardian explains the historical background to a demonstration in Norton Folgate - linking Bishopsgate to Shoreditch High Street - in which 500 people turned up on Sunday to join hands in symbolic protest of plans to demolish and rebuild. In the 18th Century, the area received a legal “freedom” from the City, a kind of independence. In the 1970s, it survived a clash with British Land, thanks to a campaign that featured contributions from Dan Cruikshank and John Betjeman. Now, whether it survives in the face of pressure to build more high-rise “perfume bottles”, is being seen as a symbol of a battle for the very identity of the capital. Read it here.

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Mon
20
Jul

Rightmove reports dramatic drop in sellers [Property Industry Eye]
… and rising prices in north east, falling prices in London [Guardian] 
Daytime property value gameshow starting from next Monday…  [Estate Agent Today]
Expect tougher btl mortgage rules soon [Citywire]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Fri
17
Jul

Conspicuous consumption? Tick. Gender stereotyping. Tick. Nice gaff, though.

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Thu
16
Jul

AA to enter mortgage market [Property Industry Eye]
Silly season… the invisible carpet [Daily Mail]
RIBA shortlist in pictures [Daily Telegraph]
Solving London’s housing crisis… fresh ideas welcome [Londonist]
And in Portland… powerlines appear to grow hundreds of dildos [Curbed]

The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house 

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Wed
15
Jul

Lord Sugar is said to have hired Kelly Hoppen to design a couple of apartments located in Bennet House, on the corner of St James’s Street and Bennet Street. Estimated price guides? Somewhere between £7m and £10m.

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