Property features

To step on to the property ladder, use the rostrum

By Charlie Jacoby, May 26, 2011

Savills' May property auction in London proved a great success, with more than 500 buyers in the auction room. Some 85 per cent of auction lots sold, raising almost £27 million.

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Spain set to reign again

By Charlie Jacoby, May 12, 2011

The Spanish property basket case is puzzling the experts. How come prices are so low, yet Marbella, for example, reported tourism at a five-year high last year?

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Healthy savings in Enfield

By Charlie Jacoby, May 12, 2011

Some of the most affordable new homes in north London were in the spotlight recently, when the Mayor of Enfield, Councillor Jayne Buckland unveiled the name of the new development.

The homes, which are being built by OriginHousing at Watermill Lane, are to be called The Bloc.

The site is being redeveloped to offer 221 high-quality, contemporary affordable homes.

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Lots of action for auction houses

By Charlie Jacoby, March 31, 2011

Spring auctions have seen good take-up. In March, Auction House London achieved 86 per cent sales to a packed room. Among lots sold were a flat in London NW6, with permission to extend, which went for £268,000 and a garden flat in Hove, for £176,000.

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Self-cleaning super-house for sale

By Charlie Jacoby, March 24, 2011

City been good to you? Do you have five bars to spend on a new house?

Preston Bennett is selling Lakeside, a new house on Pine Close, off Stanmore Hill, for £4.975 million. The 7,500 sq ft property is set in a leafy, south-facing garden of 0.6 acres with its own naturally-fed lake. It stands at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac.

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Rush to view prime house in Stanmore

By Charlie Jacoby, March 17, 2011

Chester House, one of two large Octagon family homes in Reenglass Road, Stanmore, has been sold. Cavendish House remains at £2.4 million.

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Agent builds on success

By Charlie Jacoby, March 17, 2011

Preston Bennett, the Stanmore-based agency, has promoted James Zamchick to the position of new homes manager.

James, 22, who joined the firm 18 months ago, has shown exceptional ability in helping develop and maintain the firm's position as the region's leading new homes specialists.

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Film and TV location for new Herts homes

By Charlie Jacoby, March 10, 2011

Taylor Wimpey has launched its Oaktrees development in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.

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Auctions upbeat

By Charlie Jacoby, March 10, 2011

Property auctioneers report a positive start to sales in 2011, though still a long way short of the boom years.

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More sparkle in the 2011 market

By Charlie Jacoby, January 27, 2011

When the champagne corks went pop at midnight on December 31, 2010, it was a poorer vintage than usual among property auctioneers - and the clink of glasses was to salute the future, with no more than a nod to the past. For 2010 was not a great year. But 2011 is looking stronger. "This year should offer real opportunities in the auction room for both buyers and sellers," says Richard Auterac, of Acuitus. "The gulf in the expectations of the two sides of the auction equation that stalled the sale of some assets in the summer is now narrowing.

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