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.

Best and worst office views: the competition has begun

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent, the estate agent comparison site Procrastinating… Thinking… Daydreaming? Ever gazed out of the office window? Ever actually thought about what you see? Is it inspiring or an eyesore? At some point in time, many of us have...

Do you know the true value of your property?

By Perry Power, property sales specialist at Perry Power Let me begin by saying that the value of your house should be based on its true market value at the time you want to sell it, rather than what price you’d like or think you should achieve. Sometimes there’s a...

London Borough’s breakdown: find your flatshare area match

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent, the estate agent comparison website Souring rental prices in the city has forced many couples and singles to flat share with strangers. This figure is set to rise over the next few years, as experts forecast millions...

It’s a 5* hotel – surely? No? Luxury Student Accommodation?

By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent, the estate agent comparison site Single beds, cramped rooms, shared kitchen and bathrooms, mould and leaks are the stereotypical student pads of old. It was, as they say, the ‘norm’. But has this all changed? Over the...

How to choose the right estate agent

By Perry Power, property sales specialist at Perry Power Unless you live in a remote area with little competition, it can be difficult to decide which estate agent to use to sell your house. You may lean toward the ‘new kid on the block’ who promises the earth, the one...

‘Cleaning up Croydon’

New development puts affordable housing in reach of working Londoners By Bea Patel, TLE Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent - the estate agent comparison site Croydon is getting a much needed facelift by Property developer Inspired Asset, who are opening Green Dragon House on 26th June...

Why setting the right marketing price for your property is vital

By Perry Power, property sales specialist at Perry Power Have you ever stopped to ask your estate agent exactly why they’ve decided to market your property at a particular price? Not the value itself necessarily (which should be based on the current market and sales prices for similar properties in...

Seven in Ten Brits Unhappy with their Home

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  Seven in ten Brits admit they aren’t happy with their home, new research has revealed, with size and location coming out as big factors but décor topping the list. The study found millions of Brits are living in homes we dislike, with more than 20 per...

How to attract more property viewings

By Perry Power, property sales specialist at Perry Power Has your home been languishing on the market for months? Many clients come to me exasperated, as not only have they not yet received an attractive offer on their property, but that viewing numbers have also dwindled. The harsh reality is...

Post Election: what it means for first-time buyers

By Dean Jones, managing director at SoSmart Money First-time buyers were set firmly within the sights of the majority of parties in the build up to the recent general election, and it appears that this target market may have been key to the outcome. During their last term in office...

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Buying abroad? Avoid pitfalls with top tips from experts

By Bea Patel, Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent, the estate agent comparison site Buying property abroad is tempting. With undervalued properties with long-term financial potential, many people spending more time in their favourite sunny destinations, and when the currency is stronger from the buyer’s country, the...

Coulters Property

The Importance of Choosing the Right Property Management Company

By Mark Coulter, Managing Director of Coulters Property For professional landlords, choosing the right property management company is not just about protecting your investment; its also about protecting your business and your livelihood. It’s a sad fact that there are some unscrupulous companies operating in the property world, and making...

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Allsop launches first online-only auction for new build homes

By Bea Patel, Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent, the estate agent comparison site Allsop, the UK's market leader in commercial and residential property auction is set to change the landscape of purchasing new build and off plan properties globally. With over 100 years of industry experience,...

Election 2015

Post-election housing market views

By Bea Patel, Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent, the estate agent comparison site Housing was a key policy in the election. With the Conservatives securing the popular vote to form a majority government, many look forward to seeing policies they’ve pledged come through, such as first...

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Main political parties’ housing pledges

By Bea Patel, Property Editor and Director of Shop for an Agent, the estate agent comparison site It's not surprising that the political parties' are including housing as a key policy in their manifesto for the upcoming election tomorrow. We're in the midst of a housing crisis, with half the...

Petty Estate Agent

Pension changes sees interest boom in the buy-to-let market

By Simon Westwell, Lettings Manager for Petty Estate Agents With the pension regulation changes that have taken effect in April 2015, Petty’s is already seeing a boom in interest in the buy-to-let market across East Lancashire. The new regulation allows people aged 55 and over to access part or all...

Money House

How to save money when selling your home

By Michael Bruce, CEO of Purplebricks.com When it comes to selling your home, it seems that every stage is another money pit. With pulls on your finances from legal fees, estate agents, surveyors and moving costs – all on top of making sure your home is picture perfect – it...

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