Property features

Views from the penthouse

By Charlie Jacoby, July 16, 2015

London remains attractive for the world's billionaires, but estate agents would like to see more done to attract them. Agents for property in the £10 million-plus bracket are reacting to the budget with caution.


Hotspot for high-flyers

By Charlie Jacoby, June 25, 2015

Where do the super-wealthy like to go? The Caribbean. That's the conclusion of a new report by Wealth-X, which monitors the super-rich. The Caribbean ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) population increased by 2.1 per cent last year. The kind of property they buy includes Palazzate on Barbados (pictured).


Auctions buoyant, dinghy included

By Charlie Jacoby, June 25, 2015

Andrew Scott Robertson posted record-breaking results in its June sale - but the firm has demerged its auction department, which will go back to being called Andrews & Robertson. The auction team will remain unchanged and the company will continue to operate from its offices in Chelsea and Camberwell.


Spirits high in post-election market

By Charlie Jacoby, June 4, 2015

Allsop broke records at its May residential auction, raising £90 million with 81 per cent of the 285 lots offered sold. This is the UK's biggest single-day residential auction, beating the previous record from Allsop Residential's May 2014 sale by £12 million. Some 21 lots sold for more than £1 million.


Auctions: what next?

By Charlie Jacoby, May 26, 2015

The next round of property auctions is happening now - and they will be popular, if the spring series is anything to go by. Andrew Scott Robertson raised more than £14.1 million from its second auction of 2015. A diverse residential and commercial portfolio brought a strong 82 per cent success rate.


Election result boosts the market

By Charlie Jacoby, May 14, 2015

With the Conservatives back in, property buyers are back out. With renewed confidence in the market and the threat of the mansion tax receding, estate agents agree that now is a good time to sell a house - especially a new house.


Election prospects cast no shadow

By Charlie Jacoby, April 23, 2015

As the election campaigns hot up, the property market should be cooling down. But with all the party leaders showing warmth towards property development, the real estate industry has plenty to look forward to.


Demand takes off - and so do the prices

July 18, 2014

How good is it? If you are a property developer, the answer is very good. If you are an estate agent, the answer is - often as not - even better. In fact, if estate agency sales are one sign of a good market, then so are the reports coming out of the property industry.


Tasty trends for dining rooms

By Simon Barry, July 18, 2014

The 21st-century home can be filled with gadgets. Electronically operated cupboards that close soundlessly and ovens with controls based on the iPhone; a television built into the foot of the bed, appearing and disappearing at the touch of a button; a media room with smart TV and computers; an electric loo flush and seat...

One room, however, seems unaffected by wizardry - the dining room.


Best seats for summer sports fans

By Anthea Gerrie, July 18, 2014

For once, amazingly Wimbledon didn't open to rain this year and the fact that both the tennis and the World Cup coincided with a heatwave was a wake-up call to garden-owners who found themselves obliged to stay indoors to follow the action.