What is the long-term vision for the North West?

By Peter Vinden, managing director of The Vinden Partnership More funding is announced for the North West: but how much hope should we have for the long-term vision? The latest investment to be ploughed into the North West has been announced, with cultural funding added to the Government’s ongoing ‘Northern Powerhouse’ initiative. With £78bn pledged to Manchester for The Factory, a multimedia arts and culture space located at St John’s, Cameron and co hope to solidify their position as investors...

Selling your home through auction is not just for distressed properties

By Bea Patel, Director of Shop for an agent – The Estate Agent Comparison Site “We believe that whether you are buying or selling a property, the process should be exciting, simple and certain. Auctions are a way to achieve this,” says the CEO of Bamboo Auctions. In Australia, 40-50 per cent of properties are sold through auction compared to 3-4 per cent in England and Wales. With over 110,000 new homes built last year, Robin Rathore, CEO of Bamboo Auctions...

Make Your Home as Marketable as Possible

 By Michael Bruce, CEO of Purplebricks The first part of the year is an exciting time, as we look ahead and begin making plans for the coming months. It is also a time when many people feel inspired to make a fresh start, and contemplate putting their homes on the market. However, with lots of people thinking along the same lines, how do you ensure that your property stands out from the crowd? Here Michael Bruce, CEO of hybrid estate...

Silvertown Quays redevelopment – the new heart of the East End?

By Steve Taggart A huge new development site will transform the East End of London. The Silvertown Quays redevelopment is a 62 acre site, located to the south of the Royal Victoria Dock, beside the ExCel centre in Newham. It is hoped the scheme will become the beating heart of London's new East end, due to it close proximity to City Airport and the golden triangle of the O2, Canary Wharf and the Olympic Park. By 2018 it will be...

First Annual Dubai Property Show arrives in London

 By Steve Taggart The first annual Dubai Property show takes place at the  London Olympia from February 27th-March 1st. The free event will host over 120 exhibitors, offering private islands, beach resorts and luxury villas. Dubai is now the Brit’s third most preferred destination to invest in, and this three-day show will offer prospective buyers direct access to every part of the regions real estate industry, from consultants and brokers to developers and marketing agents. A bustling metropolis and poised to...

To rent or to buy? That is the question

 By Mark Coulter, Managing Director, Coulters  In 1918 homeownership was at a mere 23%, but this accelerated from 1953 and this was solidified further by Thatcher’s ‘right to buy scheme’ scheme in the early 1980’s. Britain has traditionally been a nation obsessed by property and house price inflation. Everyone has traditionally aspired to home ownership and a rising housing market has a disproportionate effect on peoples feeling of wealth the direct health of the economy, and even perceived social status....

Luxury student accomodation is flooding into the market

 By Steve Taggart The days of students living like the TV show The Young Ones are long gone. Cold beans, even colder rooms and holes in the wall, have been replaced by private cinema rooms, gyms and reading rooms. 2014 saw a record number if university applicants. UCAS recorded over 500,000 people were accepted onto a course, a growth of almost 3 and a half per cent on the previous year. It was the first time the figures ever surpassed the...

Redbridge Council’s proposed Private Rented Property Licensing Scheme

By Bea Patel, Director of Shop for an agent - The Estate Agent Comparison Site It’s not too late to have your say on Redbridge Council’s proposed Private Rented Property Licensing Scheme Redbridge Council is making proposals for a Private Rented Property Licensing Scheme across the borough. In its consultation phase, its aim is to design a scheme that works with both the council and landlords, and to consult with as many local landlords, tenants, managing agents, residents, business and other...

You need a psychologist to find perfect flatmate

By Lucy Beresford, psychologist and ambassador of flatsharing network Weroom Recently there has been a huge increase in the number of people living in rented accommodation across the British Isles. There were 2.5 million people renting a decade ago, now there are 4.8 million. Another 1.1 million are predicated to join the rental sector over the next five years. With this in mind, more of us than ever need to live with other people, often strangers. You don't want to feel...

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