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.

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The morbid truth of getting on the property ladder

There has been much talk about how first-time buyers can get on the property ladder. The Government has introduced home ownership schemes to help more first-time buyers buy a home. But with increasing house prices, expensive rents and low salaries, saving for a deposit is difficult and impossible for some....

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UK’s ideal home revealed

Ever thought about what your ideal home would look like? Two fifths of us desire a custom-built house, but what would it look like? According to a survey by GoCompare Mortgages, it’s an ‘eco-minimalist’ detached home with three bedrooms and a modest, medium-sized garden. The results also revealed that 90...

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£90,000 pw – UK’s most expensive rental property

A luxury five-bedroom penthouse flat on London’s Park Lane is the most expensive rental property in the UK. It’s within the iconic Sir Edward Lutyens building, instantly recognisable by their water towers marking each corner of Park Lane. The penthouse, accessed from its own private lift has five double bedrooms...

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Two refused London schemes given green light by Mayor

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent Two developments set to deliver affordable housing was given the go-ahead by The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Both offer high density schemes near well-connected transport hubs. Both applications were refused planning by their local borough councils....

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The best and brightest cities of 2017

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent - the estate agent comparison website Figures released last week (30 January 2017) from Centre for Cities highlights the shape of the UK's 63 biggest cities in the run-up to the triggering of Article 51. The 2017...

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World’s most sustainable residential tower

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent The Beacon, due to complete in 2018 has launched as the world’s most sustainable residential tower. It will save residents up to £11,000 a year in living expenses. Located 24 minutes from London Euston, bordered by over...

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