Bea Patel

Bea Patel

Bea is the Property Editor for The London Economic. She's also a writer and journalist, writing for a variety of publications and websites, including Estate Agent Networking, The Royal British Legion and The Asian World Media Group.

Bea is also Director of a property tech business – Shop for an Agent – an estate agent comparison site that lets homeowners and landlords compare estate agents' fees and services.

She has a BSc (HONS) degree in Multimedia Studies from the University of East London.

Co-ownership living in second homes

The rise of co-ownership

The 'co' model isn't just for those who want to live or work with like-minded people, it extends to people looking for second homes too.

Happy older people

Increase in number of older buy to let investors

Comparing buy to let mortgage applications by age demographics, only two brackets increased their proportion of overall applications during 2018. 25-34-year olds recorded a tiny increase of 0.03 per cent. The biggest increase came from the 65 to 75 year old group, with buy to let applications increasing by 5.43...

Energy saving appliances - TLE

Energy efficient changes to your home could save you over £200 per year

Many homeowners look to make their homes environmentally friendly, but this can be a costly and lengthy process. There are many options available - renewable or energy efficient appliances. But do you know which has the best return on investment? A study by MoneySuperMarket investigated the difference between renewable and...

Chestertons branded all-electic BMW i3 - TLE

London’s largest estate agents go all-electric

One of London’s largest estate agents has made a decisive move to help improve London’s air quality by becoming the first major estate agency group to replace its entire fleet of company cars with electric vehicles that produce no emissions. Chestertons currently have 33 offices across London and a fleet...

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What is the perfect office space?

We spend many years of our lives working from an office. But is there a perfect office space? Yes. The perfect office space is open plan, has lots of natural light, a café, comfy chairs, fixed desks and free snacks, according to a new Business Insurance study from MoneySuperMarket. 1,000...

Students in their property - TLE

Students more interested in living next to a supermarket than pub

How can landlords succeed within the student market? There are a number of key things to consider if you want to find the perfect property to rent. From location, price and type of property to communication methods, getting each right could save guard your business. A survey of 500 undergraduate...

Detached houses - TLE

New permitted development rules are good for planning and homeowners

Under new permitted development rules, homeowners in terraced and semi-detached homes can put single story extensions of up to six metres at the rear of their properties without obtaining planning permission. Those in detached homes can extend by up to 8 metres. Kit Malthouse, housing minister, said: “These measures will...


Bankside Autograph Collection: hotel review

The five-star Bankside Autograph Collection hotel doesn’t disappoint. Minutes from Blackfriars station, it’s nestled in the heart of authentic London. You’ll be greeted by friendly staff seated in an open desk area. This in itself created a warm, open welcome and eliminated the distance often created by standard hotel receptions....


The rise of the micro-homes phenomenon

Micro-homes have become a growing trend. First time buyers face increasing difficulty getting on to the property ladder, so could micro-homes be the answer? Micro-apartments can offer smart living, luxury and social spaces at an affordable cost. They’re smaller homes consisting of a kitchen, bathroom and a sitting and sleeping...


How big are our homes in England and Wales?

According to an analysis of 2016 property prices by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the average house sold had a floor area of 104 metres squared. This is two-fifths the size of a tennis court. Flats averaged at 49 metres squared – this is excluding corridors, hallways, landings and...

The easiest and hardest places to get planning permission in England

The process of applying for planning permission yourself or through an agent can be difficult and frustrating. Thousands of applications are still denied each year resulting in numerous re-attempts. Overlooking/loss of privacy was the main reason for declining applications. However, it’s now easier to get planning permission in England, with...


Predictions for the rental market in 2018

With renting becoming the new norm for London’s millennials and the government continuing to fall far short of its self-made targets for new homes being built, what does the future of renting look like in the Capital over the next 12 months? Rents cooling down, but for how long? Despite...

The London Economic

Axe property height rules in Autumn Budget, urges property industry

An influential group of housing associations have written to the Chancellor, Philip Hammond. They urge him to allow properties to be extended in height, matching the tallest tree or building in the area - without seeking planning approval. The group of housing associations, Placeshapers, Orbit, G15, Place for People and...


New home buyers and gas safety checks revealed

Buying a house is a huge investment - but two in three people don’t know if they’re purchasing a potential death trap. New research by CORGI HomePlan has uncovered a lack of safety checks being carried out by home buyers. With £1.2m property transactions taking place in the UK each...


Draft Tenant Fees Bill introduced to ban letting agent fees for tenants

Today (1 November 2017), a new draft Tenant Fees Bill will be introduced to Parliament. It sets out the Governments approach to banning letting agents from charging tenant’s costly upfront fees in England. The Government claims the new bill will improve transparency in the rental market, as well as affordability...

The London Economic

UK’s 10 scariest Halloween property price drops

It has been a spooky year for some UK homeowners. Brexit and a snap election brought about an uncertain market, with some seeing the price of their property fall in line with a lack of buyer demand. With Halloween upon us - and the ghastly things that come along with...


Slough named best place to work and live

Job site Glassdoor has ranked Slough as the best town to work and live in. Results are based on the cost of living, job satisfaction and how easy it is to get a job. Slough has a high average salary and is close to major transport links, such as Heathrow...

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