Landlords across England and Wales have seen returns eclipsed by those in the capital, according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from LSL Property Services plc.
London landlords have seen total annual returns of 14.6% in the year to January 2014, up from 11.4% in the previous twelve months. Continue reading
The chancellor should use next month’s budget to make better use of existing homes, increase house building and encourage higher standards of housing.
The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) says the government should consider removing stamp duty when older home owners who receive Pension Credit move to smaller properties, which would make downsizing more affordable for older people on low incomes and free up bigger homes for larger families. Continue reading
London estate agent Douglas & Gordon has partnered with storage-by-the-box company, WeStore.co.uk, to offer Londoners a complimentary decluttering service.
Because they know that finding space to keep your things in London can be difficult, Douglas & Gordon are offering clients instructing them as sole agents three months of this service for free. Continue reading
The Chief Executive of Citizens Advice has warned that reforms to Housing Benefit “cannot be done safely” without urgent action to increase the availability of affordable homes, following Court of Appeal rulings on two of the Government’s welfare reforms recently.
Citizens Advice Chief Executive, Gillian Guy, said: Continue reading
Which? HAS launched a new campaign calling on insurance companies to show last year’s premium alongside renewal quotes, as people tell us it would prompt them to look for a better deal.
New Which? research finds that the majority of consumers support having their previous premium on their renewal quote, with nearly nine in ten (85%) saying it would be useful. Continue reading
UK rents have increased by 8% annually to £758 per month as the market picks up momentum according to new data from Sequence.
London rents remained stable at £1,395, up just 1% annually and down 2% on month. Continue reading
New housing figures confirm Britain is building again according to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.
The latest statistics reveal starts on new homes in 2013 totalled 122,590, up by 23% on the previous year, and the highest since 2007. Continue reading
A landlord’s success can be measured in a myriad of ways – from the number of properties in a portfolio, to the profits predicted and yields achieved.
But how can we make sure we get it right and what common mistakes do we need to avoid along the way? Belvoir have produced this guide to the dos and don’ts of becoming a landlord… Continue reading
Average UK house prices rose 11% annually to £209,685 – an astonishing rate of growth when compared with the best fixed rate ISA paying 1.85% for one year according to a new report by Sequence.
London’s house prices rose by 21% annually to £461,477 – 11 times the growth of an ISA interest rate whilst London’s sales transactions increased by 20% annually as buyers continued to flock into the market. Continue reading
Eurolink, the leading residential property software and services provider has announced that Brightwater Estates, a New Milton based Estate and Letting Agency, has selected Eurolink Veco-onesystem™ software to streamline its estate agency and lettings operations and create a simplified user experience, enhancing the level of customer service for its clients.
The implementation and integration of Veco-onesystem™ will allow the agency to take advantage of their current infrastructure to increase operational efficiencies and improve customer services. Continue reading