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

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...

Cost to rent a room along the London Marathon route

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?

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...

Councils’ ‘Carol Beer’ stance on extensions to hit 20k households

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent Local councils’ ‘computer says no’ attitude led to 18,500 unfair planning permission rejections last year. According to Just Planning, the UK’s householder appeals specialist, this is set to increase in 2016 if likely changes to planning law...

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UK offers best quality accommodation, says students

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent Student pads have come a long way and we’ve continued to see growth in the student accommodation market in the UK. Overseas students coming to the UK is growing year on year, and the UK university experience...

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Cast your vote for the First Time Buyer Awards

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent The First Time Buyer Awards is in its seventh year. The industry-recognised awards celebrate initiatives undertaken by UK-wide companies who provide support to first time buyers looking to get onto the property ladder. The judges have announced...

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The London Underground Property Price Tube Map

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent Across the tube network, one stop can make a huge difference in property price. Of the 280 tube stations on the London underground network, research by eMoov shows which tube stops offer the best value where house...

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Launch of new Property Finance Expo

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent The Property Finance Expo will launch this year, designed to make the property finance sector better connected. Aimed at investors, developers, buy-to-let professionals and both accomplished and first time landlords, the show will take place on 15th...

Snap up a world-class address in Westminster

Snap up a world-class address in Westminster

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent Westminster’s concentration of historic landmarks and visitor attractions is one of the highest in London. It includes the Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. Now there’s a rare opportunity to buy a home...

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Could your house pay for your commute in just seven days?

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent With rising rail fare prices hitting commuters across the UK in 2016, could your house pay for your commute? Website data analysed by Zoopla from 2015 compared average annual house price increases in some of the UK's...

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Growing demand for luxury city centre living in Liverpool

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent Liverpool's overall city centre population rose by 160 per cent between 2001 and 2011. Its younger residents - aged 22-29 -more than quadrupled in number. It has a growing reputation as the start-up capital for the North,...

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London property prices leap into 2016

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent There was much talk over the imbalance of supply and demand in 2015. But has much changed as we enter 2016? According to search engine Home, supply of homes on the market has fallen to a new...

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Record year for family-financed property predicted in 2016

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent Rising demand and higher property prices make it increasingly difficult for buyers to stand on their own two feet. Indications point to a worsening picture during the next 12 months, despite recent government moves to help first-time...

Terry’s Chocolate Works to Re-Open as ‘The Residence’

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent The landmark factory building at the Terry's Chocolate Works site in York will re-open next year as ‘The Residence’. Apartments will range from one bedroom to stunning luxury duplex penthouses surrounded in a historic setting. Developers converting...

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