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The power of emotion

Looking at the current market there are two key challenges - the first is high Stamp Duty and the second is Brexit. This is important to make clear because I believe that these movements have caused the mentality of the buyer to shift. Whereas in the past the market was forgiving, in today’s market if a property is not truly exceptional – it will not sell and if it does, certainly not for a good price. The key to succeeding in such conditions is to build a home that creates an emotional... Read More >

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Students graduating The UK’s strongest performing property sector Why investors should pay attention to purpose-built student accommodation
Purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) differs from the student accommodation many of us remember. Today’s students are shunning the traditional house shares and out-of-date halls of residence as they’re perceived to be below par, with Read More >
London Eye London’s property market in 2018 Camilla Dell of Black Brick looks at the trends projected for prime London property in 2018
Last year was interesting in London’s property market, to say the least. It was challenging, with flat or falling prices in many market segments, limited stock, and high transaction costs, dampening activity and making it a true buyer’s Read More >
High rise buildings with balconies Are service charges a curse or a blessing? A commonly overlooked part of residential maintenance - and why investors should pay attention
Someone far more erudite than me once described service charges as being like batteries – no-one likes paying for them, but when you don’t, things cease to function quite quickly. A common source of angst between landlord and leaseholder, Read More >
The outlook for the UK property markets in 2018 Charlie Ellingworth shares his predictions for the commercial and residential sectors
Though Donald Rumsfeld was much mocked for his ‘known unknowns’ speech, he was right. It’s the ‘unknown unknowns’ that get you when you try to predict the future because, of course, they are unknown. The only thing you can do is look at Read More >
A house roof with two dormer windows and the sun shining between them What’s in the residential investment crystal ball? Three tips for success when choosing a long-term residential property investment
The approach of a new year is always the time when people start to gaze into their crystal balls, highlighting future trends for the year ahead. I have decided to cast the net a considerable bit further and see what trends we should look out for Read More >
London street with phone box and bright lights Should investors be cautious about prime central London property? The present state of the prime London property market - and what challenges it may face
Prime central London property has long been seen as an asset class in its own right, rather than simply a costlier version of UK real estate in general. It responds to a separate set of economic and financial developments, services a distinct Read More >
Close up of person signing a contract How to make the most of your leasehold property Blake Morgan's specialist in leasehold enfranchisement explains the complexities of the Section 42 Notice
When it comes to selling a property, everyone wants to make the most of what they own, whether it is by giving it a fresh lick of paint or sprucing up the garden. However, for residential tenants of long leases, there may be one further step they Read More >
On forecasting and market insight Savills' Director of Residential Research explains what the team are considering currently
Just over ten and a half years ago I was working as a land agent specialising complex tax valuations, when I received a call from one of Savills’ head honchos asking me if I would like to go to his house on a Sunday morning for a cup of coffee Read More >
Digital map showing key features of a neighbourhood Five golden rules for investing in a successful buy-to-let purchase Residential investment specialist Ben Keating shares his top tips
Further to last month’s article I am following this with specific local factors to look out for when investing in residential property. Once you’ve done your homework on the precise area you are targeting and the amount you can invest, Read More >
Skeleton key hanging on wooden door Be careful what you wish for: the unintended consequences of political intervention in the ground rent market Paul Winstanley explains the dilemma the government is currently facing
I, like most people, detest seeing people get ripped off, especially so in the residential property industry. While I am proud to be part of an industry who, through organisations such as the BPF and ULI, genuinely wants to raise standards, Read More >
A typical Victorian residential building in London Developers should consider style as well as substance How can developers appeal to buyers who don’t want just another new build?
Should you buy new or used? A mattress – always new. Appliances – new if you can afford it. Furniture – new unless it is a nice antique piece. A home? Who wouldn’t want the brand new, well-proportioned, well-insulated two-bedroom Read More >
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As I touched upon in my last article, long term out-performance is the principal aim for a residential investor in our era of lower returns. Residential investment is a completely different mindset from choosing your own home to live in. It is Read More >
Close-up of stacks of pennies Which property makes the best investment? Ben Keating explores good decision-making now the 'easy money' days of residential investment are over
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Creative designers listening to a presentation in bright creative office Build to Rent: right time, right product? Our resident(ial) investor Ben Keating looks at a new trend in property investment
Ben is a highly regarded residential property investment and development expert. He has a reputation for creating superior investment returns with a considered approach, borne out by the success of his own property portfolio. In this column he Read More >

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