Where to Live in London: Seven Reasons to Choose Mile End

Choosing where to live in London is no mean feat. If you’re looking to rent or buy somewhere new, spare a thought for Mile End, a vibrant corner of the East End with bundles of character, charm and community spirit. Here are seven reasons Mile End is a great place to live. Lots of green space With Victoria Park and Mile End Park on your doorstep, you’re never more than a short stroll away from a beautiful green space. Victoria Park is the largest park in Tower Hamlets, and one of London’s most important historic parks. With two cafés, two More ›

Investing in Buy-to-Let Property: Advice for Aspiring Landlords

Investing in buy-to-let property is still an attractive prospect for many people, despite recent changes in the way buy-to-let investments are taxed. The changes mean that landlords are no longer able to offset all their mortgage interest against their profits – but investing in buy-to-let can still pay off. However, the changes mean that if you do want to enter the buy-to-let market, you need to do things properly if you want to see a return. Here’s our essential advice for anyone considering investing in buy-to-let property. Research the market and know the pitfalls Before you invest, be sure that More ›

Stamp Duty Changes for First-Time Buyers: What Do They Mean?

Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced the Autumn Budget on 22 November 2017, and one of the most talked-about changes was a cut in stamp duty for first-time buyers. But what do the stamp duty changes mean? Stamp duty changes – the facts As part of a range of measures designed to boost home-building, Hammond abolished stamp duty for first-time buyers on all properties up to £300,000 with immediate effect. For properties costing between £300,000 and £500,000, first-time buyers will pay no stamp duty on the first £300,000, but will pay the standard 5% on the remaining amount. For homes costing more More ›

Survey Advice for Home Buyers: Everything You Need to Know

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned mover, the list of things to do when purchasing a new house can seem endless. One of the many jobs to sort out is the survey – but with so many different options out there, it’s difficult to know what’s best for your needs. Here’s our simple survey advice for home buyers. Don’t be led by cost Although getting a survey might seem like another unnecessary cost at a time when you’re already spending a lot of money, getting the right one can save you thousands of pounds in the long run More ›

Moving Out Checklist for Tenants: The Essentials

Moving out of a rental property can be stressful. On top of all the packing, cleaning and heavy lifting, there’s the threat of having money deducted from your deposit if you miss anything. To help make the process as smooth as possible, we’ve come up with this handy moving out checklist to work through. Pay your rent First things first – make sure your rent is paid up to and including the last day of your tenancy. Check your inventory Give your inventory a thorough check and make sure all the items listed are still present and in their original More ›

UK House Prices Since 1995: An Interactive Infographic

Think you’re clued up about house prices across the UK? You might be surprised to find out which cities have experienced the largest percentage increases since 1995. If you’d like to brush up on your knowledge, check out our interactive infographic below – simply click on a city to get started and see how prices have changed since 1995! So London’s house hunters could end up shelling out around £500,000 more than their 1995 counterparts, but things haven’t changed quite so drastically outside the Big Smoke. The past two decades have seen some huge increases in London, Brighton and Hove More ›

Leasehold vs Freehold: Understanding the Differences

When looking for a property to buy, aspiring homeowners may be faced with a choice: leasehold vs freehold. But what are the differences? Leasehold vs freehold: the basics The main difference between leasehold and freehold is that if you buy a leasehold property, you own the property but not the land it stands on. With a freehold property, you own both the building and the land. In England and Wales, the majority of flats are leasehold, while houses are usually sold as freehold properties. Buying a leasehold property With leasehold properties, the land the building stands on is owned by More ›

Selling a Property in London: Why Now is a Great Time

Thinking of selling a property in London but not sure if it’s a good time? We’ve looked at all the latest data, and concluded that now could very well be the perfect time to make the move and sell up. Read on to find out why… Prices continue to rise Property prices in London have seen phenomenal growth in the last decade. The price of the average British home has risen by 18% since 2007, but in the capital the number is close to 80%. That’s almost twice the growth seen in the next best performing region, the South East. This More ›

Fire Safety Advice for Landlords: Keeping Tenants Safe

In the wake of the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, you may be concerned about ensuring the safety of your tenants. We’ve put together the following fire safety advice for landlords to help you. What are my responsibilities as a landlord? All landlords have legal obligations regarding fire safety. The legislation that applies to you will depend on the type of property you own and who lives in it. The principle pieces of legislation that cover fire safety in housing are the Housing Act 2004, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations More ›

The Best London Areas for First-Time Buyers

Getting onto the property ladder can be one of the highlights of your life – but rising house prices make it a distant dream for some. To help make that dream a reality, we’ve put together a guide to the best London areas for first-time buyers. Brockley With an average home costing £525,775, Brockley is one of south east London’s first-time buyer hotspots. Next door to buzzing Peckham and bohemian New Cross, Brockley is quiet, leafy and has a handful of quirky pubs, cafes and restaurants. It also boasts one of the best views in London from the top of More ›