Property in London – hot or not?

By Steve Taggart When it comes to buying property in the UK, London has always been the exception rather than the rule. Just as estate agencies are generally able to predict which way the market is going, there’s always something extra to think about when it comes to the capital. So while recent research from property experts has shown a drop in demand for property in most if not all central boroughs, in stark contrast house prices are on the...

Home Is Where The Heart is

By Dr Stephen Fear, British Library's Entrepreneur in Residence and Chairman of Fear Group   A home is somewhere we can be ourselves. Somewhere we can dress how we like, slob out on the sofa with an Indian takeaway, or watch exactly what we like on TV!   Sadly this isn't the case for hundreds of thousands of young and old people across the United Kingdom.   It is estimated by some that we are 200,000 homes short of the...

The Millennial Attitude Towards Property

By Emily Maree, Creative Content Editor for Plentific.com Renting versus buying has always been a tough choice, never more so than the last 10 years. Many moons ago, our parents would have bought a property and are probably still at that address now - they’ve hung up their coats and they’re there for the long haul. However, Generation Y have a very different way of looking at property and the way they engage with it. Shorter attention spans and itchy...

Why Wembley? The ongoing transformation of one of London’s most iconic areas

By Steve Taggart Wembley Park is one of the most significant regeneration projects in London and the area is being transformed to create a thriving neighbourhood with excellent transport links to central London. New public spaces, shopping and leisure facilities have already opened, alongside the four star Hilton London Wembley hotel, the landmark Brent Civic Centre and new library. The latest phase of apartments at the area’s North West Village are now available for purchase, so now is a fantastic...

First Time Student Renting: A Beginner’s Guide

By Michael Bruce, CEO at hybrid estate agency Purplebricks.com Millions of students across the country are now thinking about accommodation for next term. Finding your perfect property in the perfect location can be a long process, and with lots to think about it’s easy to get stressed out with the whole thing. Here, Michael Bruce, CEO at hybrid estate agency Purplebricks.com, shares his top tips on what to think about when looking for next term’s accommodation. Prime location A key...

Royal Wharf – at London’s Royal Docks – releases its next phase

By Steve Taggart The second phase of Royal Wharf, the residential centerpiece of the Royal Docks in East London, is now available for sale. Phase two, bordered by the park and riverfront, releases 760 new properties to the market. Royal Wharf, by Oxley and Ballymore, will be a new neighborhood of 3,385 riverside properties, complete with a high street of shops, bars and restaurants, garden squares, two new parks and three pocket parks, new community infrastructure which will include a...

Help to Buy misunderstood by large parts of UK

 By Steve Taggart Property buyers across large parts of the UK have confessed to ‘never hearing of the Help to Buy scheme’ or have admitted to ‘hearing the name but not knowing what it was’, according to a new report. The research, carried out by Bishop’s Move, surveyed 1000 people and found exactly a quarter (25 per cent) of homeowners and current buyers in the North East had never heard of the scheme with a further 28 per cent in...

From swamp to swank: The evolution of the Mayfair property market

By Steve Taggart Mayfair has long been the playground of the rich, the royal and the renowned. So, it’s no wonder that it is the most expensive square on the Monopoly board. But, Mayfair hasn’t always been the capital’s most desirable place to live. In fact, had Monopoly been around three centuries earlier than its introduction to the world in the 20th century, the priciest piece of the board would definitely not have been Mayfair. The May Fair The area...

I want to live in…Kensal Rise (Green)

“I Dreamed of Kensal-Kensal Kensal raise, whoa-oh-oh oh-oooh oh-oh-oh Kensal Rise”, is what Chris Martin should have written, if he wasn’t preoccupied with his “conscious uncoupling.” Well Coldplay’s loss is Kensal Rise (and my cover bands) gain. NW10 is so hot right now; ok it has been for a while. I am not about to “discover” this slice of North West London, much better journos have done that. I prefer standing on giant’s anyway; better view. However, just to clear...

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