Property features

The jewels in the property crown

By Charlie Jacoby, May 20, 2016

Property shows, one would think, are the best place to meet potential housebuyers. But you are just as likely to encounter them at luxury-goods fairs. London-based estate agent Beauchamp Estates has been exhibiting at the Top Marques Show in Monaco, alongside watch companies, jewellers and supercars.

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Is London still good value?

By Charlie Jacoby, May 13, 2016

Agents have reacted angrily to new research from UBS, which says house prices in London are the most overvalued in the world and are in "bubble-risk territory".

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Rise in stamp duty fails to deliver

By Charlie Jacoby, April 22, 2016

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Auctions host ballroom darlings

By Charlie Jacoby, March 31, 2016

Auctioneers are the darlings of the UK property seller. Professional property traders are increasingly instructing estate agents less and less in favour of auctioneers which see a nine in 10 chance of a guaranteed sale on a set day.

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Boris gives Hendon a boost

By Charlie Jacoby, March 23, 2016

As London Mayor Boris Johnson spread the plans for Hendon across his desk, he knew he would be taking a risk promoting the area as a redevelopment zone. More than 20 years earlier, his mentor Michael Heseltine had done the same with the plans for London's Docklands. It was to take more than a decade for Heseltine to reap the political rewards for backing Docklands.

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Bidding in the online ballroom

By Charlie Jacoby, January 29, 2016

The first properties to be sold by Lambert Smith Hampton's online auction platform are now live. They are five covered former reservoirs, for sale by Capita Real Estate, on behalf of Severn Trent Water, which is rationalising its property estate. These will be sold using the new LSH online bidding platform with the sale closing on February 11.

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Herts breaks price barrier

By Charlie Jacoby, January 14, 2016

Is £3.5 million a record asking price for a flat in Hertfordshire? This is no ordinary flat, however. One of the apartments at Wall Hall in Aldenham is back on the market.

It was once the home of American banker John Pierpont Morgan, son of the founder of JP Morgan and visitors included the late Queen Mother.

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Investors enjoy winter buying spree

By Charlie Jacoby, December 15, 2015

The auctions market can congratulate itself on a good 2015. Elections notwithstanding, sales records have tumbled as fast as prices and catalogue sizes have increased. Lambert Smith Hampton reports a healthy auction in December. Among lots selling well, a former banking hall in Harrow went under the hammer for £660,000.

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Top award for penthouse

By Charlie Jacoby, December 15, 2015

v Palazzo in Hadley Wood, Hertfordshire, won "finest new apartment" in the International Property Awards. The prize was for the penthouse. There are six three-bedroom apartments at Palazzo, with terraces looking out into the countryside.

Five of the properties sold within weeks of coming to market. The penthouse is still for sale, at
£2.5 million, through agent Debbie Williams.

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Developers dig deep to beat London housing shortfall

By Charlie Jacoby, November 26, 2015

New homes stocks are up by a quarter. Official figures show that newly built properties rose by 25 per cent year on year in 2014-15 - the biggest increase that there has been in 28 years.

As long ago as 2007, the government was feeling the pressure of an impending housing crisis and it reacted by announcing that 4 million new homes would be built by 2020.

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