Can a garden be too big? And when is a garden too small?

Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search says, "We often hear that 'a garden should be the right size for the house'. We've done our best to establish exactly what that means". When it comes to gardens, size is very important. A good starting point is to establish a stand-out example of what isn't big enough. A garden that is smaller than the footprint of its house for a rural or edge-of-village new development is not big enough. Yet this is what many new developers provide. It's incredible … [Read more...]

Battersea Q1 Market Review

The colder months tend to be the quietest for lettings, however we have still had a number of properties come on to the market and had interest from a number of applicants looking to move. In fact, our lovely clients kept us busy right up until Christmas Eve, as many were determined to move into a new home before the New Year! There are still a lot of rental properties on the market in Battersea, thanks to the glut of new-build properties that have been built on the riverside and nearer to … [Read more...]

Fixing our broken housing market| Portico

The government released the housing white paper, but what does it mean for landlords, first-time buyers, homeowners and renters in London? Portico London estate agents have summarised the five key points to be aware of: Get Britain building more homes! The white paper starts with a passionate pledge from Prime Minister Theresa May to get Britain building: “We need to build many more houses, of the type people want to live in, in the places they want to live… This will slow the … [Read more...]

Hamptons International – Market Update- 9th February 2017

Wow, what a start to the year we’ve had, not just in Battersea but right across London! Whist January is usually a quiet-ish month and activity doesn’t normally pick up until mid-February, it seems like the floodgates have opened and released a huge amount of pent up demand.  2016 was a year of uncertainty and shock with the referendum and US election unsettling the financial markets – which has a knock on effect on the London property market, especially with so many of our buyers and sellers … [Read more...]

How much can you earn renting your London property or room on Airbnb?

Londoners in their thousands are turning to Airbnb as a way to generate extra income. And despite the 90 day limit, even seasoned landlords are coming round to the fact that a combination of Airbnb and traditional tenancy will maximise their return on investment. So exactly how much money can you make from Airbnb? We’ve done some research and estimated the average potential Airbnb day rate for a two bedroom property in each London borough. We've also shown the number of active hosts in … [Read more...]

Market Update- 3rd February 2017

Wow, what a start to the year we’ve had, not just in Battersea but right across London! Whist January is usually a quiet-ish month and activity doesn’t normally pick up until mid-February, it seems like the floodgates have opened and released a huge amount of pent up demand.  2016 was a year of uncertainty and shock with the referendum and US election unsettling the financial markets – which has a knock on effect on the London property market, especially with so many of our buyers and sellers … [Read more...]

10 Tips For Making Money On Airbnb

Airbnb’s popularity is on an inexorable rise. London is embracing the lucrative ‘sharing economy’ trend with open arms - and there’s huge demand to stay in less traditional accommodation that offers home comforts and favourable rates - two things that larger hotels cannot. Currently there are a staggering 31,408 hosts in the capital letting out their properties on Airbnb. And thanks to the emergence of Airbnb management services - like Portico Host - it’s easier than ever to cash in on … [Read more...]

White Paper – Downsizing

In light of the anticipated Government White Paper offering financial incentives to encourage people to downsize in retirement, James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search says, "This is a politically toxic move on the part of the government and is insufficient in the face of the scale of the problem. Many people would take the view that the older generation who have too much space should be penalized by inflicting a spare bedroom levy, rather than incentivised to move somewhere smaller. "The … [Read more...]

5 Property Resolutions for 2017

Is it time to get your finances in order? Start the New Year on a positive note with these five property financial resolutions from PorticoLondon estate agents.   Consider increasing your mortgage payments  With interest rates at record lows, now is the perfect time to reduce the amount you owe on your mortgage. If you can afford to make overpayments - even if it’s an extra £50 a month - you’ll pay off your mortgage quicker and reduce your overall interest payments. This could … [Read more...]

Portico Launches Airbnb Property Management Service Portico Host

Portico London estate agents launch a premium Airbnb management service that handles bookings, 24/7 check-ins, guest communication and vetting, and laundry services. Portico announces the launch of Portico Host, a rental management service for Airbnb hosts. Portico Host is run by a team of experienced Account Managers who handle bookings, guest communication and vetting, and laundry services. Dedicated Account Managers work tirelessly to ensure guests have a fantastic stay, … [Read more...]

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