Where to Buy in Zones 3-4

Thanks to Crossrail and improving transport links, investors and savvy homebuyers are now looking beyond central London in favour of the capital’s outer Zones. Portico London estate agent’s resident property expert, Mark Lawrinson, highlights the latest hotspots in Zones 3 and 4 that offer affordability, improving transport links and potential for capital appreciation. Here’s where to buy in Zones 3 and 4…   Tottenham Hale Where? Zone 3 Average house price: … [Read more...]

London sales transactions at lowest ever recorded volume pre-election

London sales transactions are at an all-time low, according to the latest Land Registry data analysis by Portico London estate agents. The data shows there were just 55 transactions in the whole of the Westminster borough in February this year*, the lowest ever number recorded by Land Registry open data, and 60% lower than in February 2009 immediately after the last market crash. Portico’s research shows that there is a clear correlation between General Elections and sales … [Read more...]

What shouldn’t worry rural buyers – and what should!

"Urban buyers, looking for a rural property, are often horrified to discover that services they thought were universal are sometimes unavailable at their new dream home," says Clare Coode of Stacks Property Search. "Mains gas is frequently unavailable at rural properties; some properties rely – partially or fully, on non-mains water; 80% of rural properties have no mains sewerage, relying on a septic tank; and while off-grid properties are unusual, the sight of a big old generator in an … [Read more...]

How will Article 50 affect London’s property market?

Mark Lawrinson, Regional Sales Director of Portico London estate agents, has spoken out about the possible effects of Brexit on the London housing market, saying, “I don’t think the triggering of Article 50 will affect the property market directly from today. In one sense it removes the uncertainty surrounding when Britain’s withdrawal process from the EU will start, but in another way it will create economic uncertainty until we know what deal we will strike and therefore what Brexit actually … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Rental Property

Flooring in a property can make a considerable impact on first impressions, so it pays to get it right. Here are Portico’s top tips on choosing the right flooring for your rental property… Consider the property’s use The first step in choosing the right flooring for your rental property is to consider who will be living there. If your target tenant type will be families, for example, you’d want to avoid flooring types that can’t be easily refinished or could be ruined by a loose crayon … [Read more...]

Potential impact the Battersea Power Station project could have on the Chelsea market

A report by Chelsea estate agents Russell Simpson, which focuses on the potential impact the Battersea Power Station project could have on the Chelsea market.   Some of the key findings: The report has found that Chelsea property has risen 169% in 10 years, which could be driving young first-time buyers and elder downsizers across the river in search of better value The average property in Chelsea is 32% more expensive than in Battersea (the difference rises to 40%when … [Read more...]

Northern Line Extension to Battersea

Tunnelling work on the £1.2 billion Northern Line extension to Battersea Power Station begins this month! The Northern Line will soon be extended to Battersea via Nine Elms, set for completion in 2020. The historic Tube extension (which is the first since the 1990s) will bring Battersea and the surrounding areas within 15 minutes of the West End and City. ‘’Despite 2016/2017 market changes, I’ve seen a lot of interest in pre-owned properties in the Battersea and Nine Elms areas. The … [Read more...]

What does Brexit mean for land and rural homeowners?

Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Search says, "Who wants gold when you can buy land? Land is a secure asset, and it outperforms gold in terms of capital growth. Yields tend to be low, but thanks to the Single Farm Payment (SFP), landowners who own more than five hectares have been receiving £75 per acre per annum." "But post-Brexit, will it remain politically correct for wealthy land owners to receive this subsidy? The expectation is that, post-Brexit, there will be some kind of means test … [Read more...]

Property as a Vehicle for Achieving Wealth

The Budget has been set and the Chancellor will not be reversing the mortgage interest tax relief changes expected to come into effect next month, with many reacting to this by saying that the heady easy money days of buy-to-let property investment are well and truly over. But is this really the end of the buy-to-let property dream? We recently attended the Landlord Investor Show, where Paul Mahoney of Nova Financial gave an interesting talk on whether property can still be profitable in 2017. … [Read more...]

Start Earning Now – Airbnb Management

Free up your time and Portico make you money until you find a tenant, sell your property or while you're on holiday! Here's everything you need to know about their new Airbnb management service, Portico Host. How does Portico Host work? Pass the keys - we’ll do the rest! We provide a complete management package so all you need to do is let us know when you’d like your property rented out and we’ll get to work. Here's the step-by-step process...   Why Portico … [Read more...]

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