Property features

Agent offers key to independence

By Charlie Jacoby, October 14, 2010

Advised by local property specialist Preston Bennett, Jewish Blind & Disabled has won planning consent for its new building after a six-year search for a site. Pictured far right (from left) are Preston Bennett chairman Ronnie Preston, JBD chief executive Hazel Kaye and Village Homes directors Warren Rosenberg and Mervyn Graver, in front of what will be the entrance to the Bushey complex.

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No need to make a scene

By Charlie Jacoby, October 7, 2010

It's like a tragedy that's been running in the West End for the past two years. Day after day our heroine, the property market, dies in dramatic fashion for an open-mouthed audience. Her performance is front-page news. Yet the following day she turns up for work at the theatre to go through it all over again.

Latest rumours of the death of the property market are as exaggerated as ever, says Trevor Abrahmsohn of north London agent Glentree. "Sales of new-build properties have been very active over the year and have only started to calm down during the summer holiday season.

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Mill Hill welcomes Martyn Gerrard

By Charlie Jacoby, September 2, 2010

Estate agent Martyn Gerrard has opened an office in Mill Hill. This is its eighth area office. The firm already covers Kentish Town, Finchley, Whetstone and Crouch End.

It has been quick to pick up instructions in Mill Hill. At the lower-priced end of the market, it is offering a two-bedroom ground-floor garden flat at Wardell Close, NW7, within walking distance of Mill Hill Broadway shops and local amenities, for £219,950.

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Consultancy brings an expert team to the rostrum

By Charlie Jacoby, September 2, 2010

National commercial property consultancy, Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) is making an entrance into the auctions market. The auctions team joins from Colliers International and consists of Simon Riggall, Richard Argles and Graham Johnston, Its client base draws largely from the public sector, private and institutional investors and the insolvency sector.

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A wealth of space

By Charlie Jacoby, August 26, 2010

Affluent buyers looking for extra space are now able to purchase a prime apartment six times the average UK house size on London's Billionaires' Row, with the launch of 14 palatial properties at 49 The Bishops Avenue.

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To rent or to buy?

By Charlie Jacoby, August 12, 2010

New research by Zoopla.co.uk shows that buying a home beats renting in 74 per cent of cases around Britain, in financial terms. And the conclusion is that it is still cheaper to buy than rent in London, despite high prices. Huddersfield tops the list of places where renting beats buying.

According to the Zoopla statistics, buying remains cheaper than renting in around three quarters (74 per cent) of the locations studied, with average monthly mortgage repayments being eight per cent lower than the cost of renting (assuming interest-only mortgage at five per cent interest per annum).

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Sunny outlook for new homes

By Charlie Jacoby, August 4, 2010

New homes are selling well, even as the wider market cools.

The average price of a new home slipped by -1.2 per cent to £217,845 in June, as a number of short-term factors prevented the continuation of the recent steady growth. However, with the three-month change standing at +0.8 per cent and annual growth at +1.4 per cent, underlying market trends remain positive.

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Hold your house parties here

By Charlie Jacoby, July 28, 2010

Looking for modern luxury? Perhaps you are a footballer with Tottenham or West Ham and want easy access to your training ground? Perhaps you simply want a family home with every facility money can buy? Heywood House, Emerson Park consists of six bedrooms, kitchen, gym, sauna, indoor swimming pool, as well as formal reception rooms. Set over three floors, the house has underfloor heating throughout, walnut and glass staircase, Crestron management control system, Lutron mood lighting system and the whole building is 6,796 sq ft. The price? £3.4 million

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Chic homes in celebrity suburb

By Charlie Jacoby, July 1, 2010

House prices in the South East edged up in May, says the latest survey from the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors. The government's decision to abolish HIPs gave supply a boost - and in the new homes market, more and more developers are bringing their schemes forward, especially at the upper end of the market.

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Hendon highlights

By Charlie Jacoby, June 17, 2010

Estate agent Richard James has opened a new office in Hendon and has already sold two large houses there. The estate agent, which has been established in Mill Hill for six years, has sold two high-value properties in Manor Hall Drive, Hendon. One of them is a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house with scope to extend. The asking price was £1.125 million. The other is on a double-width plot and totals 3,600 sq ft with six bedrooms, three bathrooms an outdoor swimming pool and a Mark Wilkinson kitchen. Its asking price was £1.75 million.

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