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...

The “property” Oscars 2015

By Steve Taggart   With awards season drawing to a close, it is not only movies and actors that deserve recognition for their work. Global real estate network Lamudi rolls out the red carpet for the Property Oscars - recognizing some of the leaders in international real estate.  Category: Tallest Building And the Oscar goes to…the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is 829.9 metres (2,722ft) high and has claimed the official title of tallest building in the...

Top 10 home improvements to add value to your home

 By Tim Roe, Managing Director, Rated People Everyone wants to add value to their home, whether they are staying for a decade or selling up and buying bigger next year. Research by the Nationwide Building Society has found that adding a double bedroom and en-suite bathroom to a house will see its value increase by 23 per cent. With return on investment so strong, it seems sensible to get the builders in. The great news is that adding value to...

Your Dream Rural Retreat for £50,000

By Steve Taggart Owning a second property is a dream for many, whether as a savvy investment or simply for enjoyment as a holiday home. Yet as travel abroad becomes increasingly expensive, more Brits than ever are looking closer to home for an accessible second purchase. The reality of volatile property markets however can make for risky investments, and with the average house price in Britain now over £270,000 (Guardian, 2014) many buyers have been priced out of second home...

Portal Wars – What does this mean for you?

By Bea Patel, Director of www.shopforanagent.co.uk This year has seen the biggest shake up in the property industry with the arrival of a new property portal OnTheMarket.com. Dominating estate agent news, the portal launched on the 26th January and was formed by Agents’ Mutual, a not-for-profit organisation consisting of a group of some reputable national estate agents including Savills, Douglas and Gordon, Glentree Estates and more. Tired of paying increasing fees to the existing portals, their aim is to break the...

10 Ways To Make Your House a Home

By Adele Shotton-Pugh, Interior Designer of www.TerrysFabrics.co.uk A place we can call home is high-up on most people's success and achievement list. A house is just a house after all, but add in some minor and some major aspects and you can easily turn a house into a home. A place to lay your hat, start a family and a place of refuge from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Defying the logic Letting your heart rule your head...

Property Hotspots on The London Underground

By Steve Taggart Online estate agent eMoov.co.uk have released its latest insight for property across the London tube network. The research illustrates the price and demand for property across the London tube map. The London Underground has 11 separate lines provide the vital transport links for travelling the London landscape. Sought after properties within a mile of a tube station is high up the wish list of most potential buyers in London, who are in the pursuit of a smooth...

A coastal lifestyle with a London commute

By Steve Taggart With fast connections to London in just under an hour, living by the coast and working in the capital can now be a reality for buyers in Brighton and Hove. Hyde New Homes’ latest developments, SuperB in Brighton and One Hove Park in Hove, are just moments from the station allowing you to live outside of the capital and still be at your desk in a central London office by 9am. Located on the doorstep of Brighton...

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