Hamptons International – Market Update – 9th January 2017

Welcome to the Hamptons Battersea and Wandsworth end of year review and forecast for 2017. The idea is to give you a sense of what we experienced though 2016 and some insight into what we expect from 2017. The year started with plenty of optimism, we had just seen some of the most profitable years in recent times and capital growth was rife. The feeling amongst the industry was one of confidence and there was little worry that much would change. We entered 2016 with the looming increase in … [Read more...]

Where To Buy In 2017

10 London hotspots to make money from property Mark Lawrinson, Regional Director of Portico London estate agents, reveals the key areas tipped for house price growth next year: 1. East Croydon Killer reason to buy or invest here: “Young professionals are looking for a mix of luxury and affordable living and East Croydon fits the bill perfectly. The area is currently undergoing huge development, which is likely to increase demand and push up property prices. East Croydon is generating … [Read more...]

Hamptons International – Market Update- 19th December 2016

As we all begin our countdown to the Christmas period, I thought it would be a good time to look back over 2016 and a couple of wishes for 2017 over a mince pie! Well it has been a tempestuous year to say the least with unexpected political twists and turns and although there have been some highlights I think it is safe to say we will be happy to start a fresh in January! We started 2016 with all the joys of unbroken resolutions after our best year on record since we opened, with plans to … [Read more...]

Free Prosec-ho-ho-ho, anyone?

  Portico launches 25 days of free giveaways & offers through a digital advent calendar Portico London estate agents are spreading some Christmas cheer by giving Londoners 25 amazing offers and prizes throughout December! The London agents have launched an interactive, digital advent calendar for the festive period, which can be found at www.portico.com/advent. Portico’s interactive advent calendar - which is mobile-friendly - invites you to open a door to reveal a daily … [Read more...]


Daniel Neves, a.k.a. “The Terminator”, is a vocational biologist and founder of Inoculand Ltd - a London-based pest control company with a dynamic approach to pests. So, why did you decide to start up your business? The idea for Inoculand hit me while I was working for Lambeth council as a pest control officer. I was shocked to find out that a huge number of companies - and even councils - were using temporary solutions to pest control, rather than looking for a more permanent option. … [Read more...]

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...]

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