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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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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Premiership Pads: North London home to high numbers of footballers

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent With the 2017-18 Premier League kicking off its 26th season on Friday 11 August, homes near clubs and training grounds are receiving high levels of interest from players, coaches and managers. Footballers in Britain are renowned for...

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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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Average reduction in asking prices at almost £25,000

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent There are opportunities for buy-to-let investors to snap up property at a cheaper price. And there could be hope for first time buyers looking to save money when buying their first property. Some people are fortunate to...

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Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch on the market for £54m

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent Michael Jackson’s former Neverland ranch is on the market for just under £54m. There is almost a third off the asking price since it was for sale back in 2015, then on the market for £82m. [caption...

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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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Government introduces bold new plan to fix broken housing market

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent On 7 February 2017, the Government announced its plan to fix the broken housing market, as published in the 104-page housing white paper. The Government admits the housing market is broken and sets to build more affordable...

The London Economic

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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Shared ownership viable option for first-time buyers

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent - the estate agent comparison website First-time buyers purchasing a home hit a record high according to the National Association of Estate Agents. 32 per cent of total property sales in October 2016 was made to first...

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Family Factors Still Largest Influence When Moving Home

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent - the estate agent comparison website There are many reasons why you may need to move home – most commonly because of marriage, upsizing as the family gets larger or divorce. Latest research by eMoov reveals not...

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Online Property ISA Gains Tax Efficient REIT Status

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent With property prices increasing rapidly, many are priced out of the market. Cash based savings are underperforming making it harder to save money. A new online Property ISA lets you invest in property from £100. Launched in...

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Landlords warned of ‘holiday-sublets’ over festive period

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent Landlords are being warned to look out for tenants who go away over the Christmas holidays and sublet their rental properties without consent. Total Landlord Insurance has revealed a 14 per cent increase in the number of...

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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...

The London Economic

22 cheapest boroughs in the capital for first-time buyers

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent According to the Aldermore First-Time Buyer Index, getting on the property ladder is ‘extremely difficult’, said nearly four in ten first-time buyers. The two biggest obstacles were raising a large deposit and increasing house prices. We compare...

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440,000 landlords forced up tax bracket from April 2017

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent - the estate agent comparison site. More than four hundred-thousand landlords who pay the basic rate of tax will be forced into a higher tax bracket from April 2017, as planned changes to landlord taxation come in...

The Lpndon Economic

Mayor of London Boosts Number of Affordable Homes

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has approved plans for the first major housing development at the Old Oak regeneration site in West London. The Oaklands development will see 605 new homes built, together with a nursery,...

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Interest rate cut: how it affects your mortgage

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent The Bank of England has cut interest rates from 0.5 per cent to 0.25 per cent after a record seven years. The cut comes as an attempt to offset the threat of a post Brexit vote recession....

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18 million could be living with a water leak at home

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent 18 million people could currently be living with leaks at home. A study by HomeServe Labs revealed that 19.1 per cent of UK adults currently have a dripping tap at home, and 8.5 per cent are stuck...

Intercontinental Hotel - O2

InterContinental hotel at The O2 opened its doors on London’s Greenwich Peninsula

The InterContinental London at the O2 opened just over six months ago on the Greenwich Peninsula, London’s rejuvenated historic, entertainment and financial gateway. It’s surrounded by impressive architecture, maritime heritage, state-of-the-art entertainment venues and spectacular views of the River Thames, Canary Wharf and iconic London landmarks. With the hotel incorporating...

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Brexit Ends 19-Month House Price Rally

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent Confidence among sellers has been dampened by the outcome of the Brexit vote. Figures published by home.co.uk show London prices, which were already looking the most overvalued, have been hit the hardest, falling 1.1 per cent in...

The London Economic

New petition urges Government to scrap EPCs

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent In 2007 the UK Government introduced EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates). The Housing Act 2004 made it a mandatory requirement that an energy assessment is made on all properties listed for sale in Britain and late also applied...

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The state of Londoners that fly the nest

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent The average Londoner is 23 years old when they move out of home for the first time. Perhaps advanced in numerous ways, but new research reveals young Londoners lack basic skills when they fly the nest. From...

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Brexit: What’s next for UK property market?

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent On Thursday 23 June 2016 Britain faced its biggest decision for decades. We took to the polls to vote if Britain should leave or remain in the EU. Pre-EU referendum, we saw much uncertainty in the property...

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Euro 2016: Group stage property results

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent With the kick off of Euro 2016 on 10 June 2016, estate agent eMoov has taken a property view at how the teams match up, and what the potential outcome of the tournament could be. Each team...

The London Economic

Brexit uncertainty causes market jitters

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent As we approach the EU referendum vote on 23 June 2016, property activity has dampened as many buyers and sellers wait for the outcome of the vote. In London, the average property price declined 0.2 per cent...

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Which London Mayor Candidate is Best for London Homeowners?

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent The 2016 London Mayoral election will take place tomorrow (5 May). With Boris Johnson choosing not to run, Labour candidate Sadiq Khan and Conservative representative Zac Goldsmith battle it out as the two front runners. So what...

London Marathon 2016

Cost to rent a room along the London Marathon route

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent Yesterday (Sunday 24 April 2016) was the 36th London Marathon. The 26.2-mile route had runners weaving through some of London’s famous landmark’s. Flatsharing website Weroom.com reveal the average cost of a room along the route, starting from...

Are the perfect housemates based on profession or behaviour?

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent The recent reunion of TV show Friends, and the return of its diverse mix of characters shows the range of different professions and personalities that can live together in a modern day flatshare. New research from flatshare...

The London Economic

New stamp duty land tax hit homebuyers

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent The new three per cent stamp duty land tax (SDLT) levy on top of the current standard rate hit homebuyers on 1 April 2016. Announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s 2015 Autumn statement, it affects domestic and foreign...

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Why you should consider investing in India

As the Indian Property Show returns to Olympia London, we tell you why it's the ideal time to invest in India. By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent The steady growth of the Indian economy is having a huge influence on the real estate...

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Moving out of London? Discover your best commuter options

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent If it’s time to make the move out of London and get on the property ladder, you may need to consider moving to one of the commuter towns that sit in, around and outside the greenbelt. With...

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Tune in! LBC radio launches ‘The Property Hour’

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent Clive Bull's award winning show attracts 332,000 listeners each week. Direct Line Landlord Insurance has now signed as the sponsor of LBC's 'The Property Hour' segment. Property expert and advocate of landlord rights Paul Shamplina, founder of...

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