Deck the halls…

Christmas means guests! If you're lucky enough to be one, please offer to peel the sprouts. If you're hosting, stop grinding your teeth at night! We have the perfect solutions for entertaining in small spaces, as well as some wonderful interiors ideas inspired by local homes on the market Words: Georgina Blaskey How you use your home at Christmas varies from any other time of year. With multi-generational visitors to accommodate — for the day or longer (although I would like to introduce you … [Read more...]

Property Predictions 2017

  "Property prices will show little in the way of movement, with a few sector exceptions. Lack of supply, together with uncertainty about our future in Europe, and a Trump-led America, will result in zero price change," says Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Search. . "The market for large country houses with 6+ bedrooms and 10-40 acres will stagnate. Nobody wants the responsibility or the cost," says James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search. "The holy grail of country property … [Read more...]

Is 15th December the best day for making an offer on a property? And why winter is a good time for a property search

  "Possibly the best date to put in an offer in the whole year is the 15th December," says Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Search. The vendors will be staring down the barrel of a potential three months of non-activity and are likely to welcome an offer that may have sounded aggressive in September. And it leaves just enough time for everyone to instruct solicitors before they disappear for the Christmas break. . "But even if you don't make an offer this side of Christmas, the dark … [Read more...]

What will the Autumn statement mean for the property market?

Next week on the 23rd November, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, will deliver his first Autumn Statement. Portico London estate agents look at what to expect from the Autumn Statement 2016 in terms of housing, tax and infrastructure…   Tackling the housing shortage Philip Hammond has decided to take a different fiscal stance to George Osborne, abandoning his pledge to balance the books by the end of this parliament. This will enable him to borrow more money - and … [Read more...]

Hamptons – Market Update- 9th November 2016

Good morning everyone, For those of you who are new to these reports I add all of our current sellers, past valuations and current buyers to a list of recipients for a monthly report of what’s really happening in the market.  There’s no sales patter and no pushiness, it’s just an honest and open take on the market as we see it.  As ever, if you want to be taken off the list please just ask. Well what an October we have had here in Battersea, I am not sure if it was the turning back of the … [Read more...]

Party Wall Awards

'With so many people undertaking building works in the area, the following blog about Party Wall Awards by Run Projects could make useful and interesting reading'... click here for further information. runprojects.co.uk   … [Read more...]

TOP 10 PLACES TO BUY-TO-LET IN LONDON REVEALED

Portico London estate agents have revealed their list of the top 10 places to buy-to-let in London. The areas are listed in order of highest potential yield to lowest potential yield, according to their Interactive Rental Yield Map. Along with a potential yield, Portico’s Regional Director, Mark Lawrinson, has given his expert opinion on why each area is a buy-to-let hotspot. The majority of area’s touted as hotspots are located in the outer London boroughs - Ilford, Hounslow, Greenford, … [Read more...]

POST-BREXIT PROPERTY QUESTIONS ANSWERED

With many prospective buyers, investors and sellers still unsure of the right move to make post Brexit, Portico London estate agents have put some key questions to their resident property guru Mark Lawrinson, and financial experts, Capricorn Financial Consultancy. Is now a good or bad time to buy property in London? "If it’s an investment you’re after, then as long as you use the advice available to you, you can protect your assets and minimise any risk. Buy in areas that are undergoing … [Read more...]

Is it still worth investing in buy-to-let post Brexit?

"In short, yes. If you are lucky enough to have the capital, there are still some great places to buy-to-let. In east London, areas within Ilford, Barking and Forest Gate are still achieving extremely healthy >5.5% yields, with some streets and areas even returning a yield of up to 8%*", answers Mark Lawrinson, Regional Director, Portico. As Portico’s Interactive Yield Map shows, in Chadwell Health in Barking and Dagenham, for example, landlords can achieve a potential 8% yield, and … [Read more...]

Spotlight on Battersea

Are you looking to make the move to the famous Nappy Valley? We’ve handpicked some fantastic properties in the area that are currently available for sale - and some have even been recently reduced in price. If you’re interested in any of the featured properties, give Portico London estate agents a call today on 0207 099 4000. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom | Albion Avenue, Clapham North, SW8 | £464,999 (Leasehold) A three bedroom property ideally located just a short walk from Stockwell and Clapham … [Read more...]

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