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How To Buy a Home With a Gifted Deposit
2 Dec 21

Undoubtedly the biggest hurdle to buying your first home is saving for the deposit. As house prices continue to rise, it’s no surprise more people are turning to relatives to help them buy. So, we’ve asked the property experts at the HomeOwners Allia...


Landlord Advice
Where To Buy In London In 2022
2 Dec 21

As the end of the year draws near, investors and landlords begin to seriously consider what the next twelve months may have in store, and where the next property hotspots may be found.

Since the pandemic, the property market has been in full recovery ...


How to Let or Sell Your Home Quickly

Where To Buy In London In 2022? Here at Portico, we've compiled a list of some of the best London property hotspot… https://t.co/zPbKoPrltb


Tenant Advice
Top 10 London high streets to live near
1 Dec 21

When you've just moved to London or are looking for a new area, it's hard to know if you're near the places that are important to you. Whether it's what parks you're near, what markets are closeby or how good the transport links are, we're here to he...


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How To Carry Out A Loft Conversion
23 Nov 21

Loft conversions are a great way to add more usable space to your home, and can often result in an increase to your property's market value. However, the realities of carrying out a conversion can feel daunting.

For starters, you will need to determi...


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35 Percent House Price Growth Forecast - What's Really In Store for 2022?
18 Nov 21

The UK housing market has undoubtedly seen some significant growth in recent times, with the pandemic sparking an expected frenzy of activity. Mass metro exodus; people fleeing to the suburbs for more space; dramatic drops in inventory supply coupled...

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the average price of a UK home rose by £25,000 y… https://t.co/H1aamju37N


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Tenant Advice
CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY
17 Nov 21


We are making this Christmas a #communitychristmas and we are looking for 4 people who deserve an extra special gift this year!


We are asking you to nominate someone who has done something to help others in 2021 and deserves recognition for this.


The w...




Tenant Advice
Great British Bake Off Ready Kitchens
16 Nov 21

It's that time of the year again where we've been hit with baking fever! As the Bake Off final approaches, we've pulled together the best kitchens we've found on Portico so find your favourite below!

1. Turpins Road, Chigwell, IG8 - £700,000

A charming...

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Tenant Advice
The Best London Parks To Rent Near This Autumn
11 Nov 21

With shades of red, orange and gold lining the streets of London and the crunch of leaves underfoot, walking around the capital in the midst of autumn is particularly magical. But while there are many beautiful sights to take in, it’s the capital’s p...


Tenant Advice
10 things to check on a property viewing
11 Nov 21

Moving into a new property is an exciting time, whether you're renting or buying, but the excitement can soon fade if you don't ask some valuable questions before you sign on the dotted line.

Here at Portico, we want your home moving experience to be ...

#allAgentsAwards Congratulations to @porticoprop who have won an award for Lettings in E10 - https://t.co/WzAPhTCEUx


Leading experts go head to head at Brexit Debate

Tenant Advice
Help to Save: The Government Scheme With a 50% Savings Bonus
4 Nov 21

The Help to Save scheme is a government initiative that launched in September 2018 to assist low-income earners who claim working tax credit or universal credit to build some savings.

With so many Brits struggling with lost income as a result of the ...


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Living In Acton: Local Guide and Property Market
3 Nov 21

Acton - meaning Oak Town in Saxon - was first recorded as far back as 1181, but likely began as an Anglo-Saxon settlement. In the 16-1700s, the wealthier London residents owned summer houses in Acton for a quiet getaway, with the Acton Wells attracti...

#allAgentsAwards Congratulations to @porticoprop who have won an award for Sales in IG8 - https://t.co/Q9U30WPhWm


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Autumn Budget 2021: Key Takeaways for Homeowners, Landlords and Tenants
28 Oct 21

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has now announced his Autumn 2021 Budget. The Budget includes the long-awaited announcement on Residential Property Developers Tax, as well as some key housing-related investments and reliefs.

There were ...


Tenant Advice
Our Top Property Picks For First Time Buyers
25 Oct 21

Are you a first-time buyer and looking to get your foot onto the London property market? Check out our top ten picks which are perfect to call your first home for £500,000 or less! If you are interested in any of the properties featured, please click...

#allAgentsAwards Congratulations to @porticoprop who have won an award for Lettings in SW6 - https://t.co/31cEOlTcej


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Living In Camden: Local Guide and Property Market
25 Oct 21

Once part of the manor of Kentish Town, Camden was named after the 1st Earl Camden, Charles Pratt. Sir Pratt began developing the area in 1791, gradually adding houses and estates along the main stretch, in an attempt to create a new area for middle ...

#allAgentsAwards Congratulations to @porticoprop who have won an award for Sales in Woodford Green - https://t.co/9wUOnekW5L


Vendor Advice
Moving Up The Property Ladder: A Guide
18 Oct 21

There are a multitude of reasons that can lead homeowners to want to move up the property ladder. Perhaps a new addition to the family is on its way and you need more space, your financial circumstances have improved, or maybe your property needs hav...


Having Trouble Selling Your Home? This could be why...

Tenant Advice
10 Tips For Packing To Move House
18 Oct 21

Moving house can be a stressful experience as most home movers would agree. To help you out, we have put together our top ten most helpful tips below on how make moving to your next home as hassle-free as possible.

1. Declutter

Before you start packing...

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Spotlight On The Hammersmith Property Market
14 Oct 21

The riverside borough of Hammersmith has a long history, with evidence of Roman habitation and a Saxon fishing village. The name, which probably means a forge, first appeared in 1294.

In the Middle Ages, the riverside location was seen as a healthy re...


Property interiors that tenants love

Autumn Budget 2021: Key Takeaways for Homeowners, Landlords and Tenants The Budget includes the long-awaited anno… https://t.co/BvPO8OqMfe


Landlord Advice
Best Rental Yields In London Quarter 4
13 Oct 21

The London rental market has seen a year of transition as demand grew and supply fell. According to recent data, the number of rental properties available in London fell by 58 percent between August 2020 and August 2021. In the same period, there was...


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Living In Highbury: Local Guide and Property Market
6 Oct 21

Until the 1820s when many of its stunning homes were built, Highbury was an open, undeveloped space. When plans for a 500-acre park fell through, the neighbourhood began to grow, surrounding the old village centre of Highbury Barn. In 1897, Highbury ...


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Landlord Advice
Care for Your Home this Autumn
5 Oct 21

As the coldest months are ahead of us, it is now more important than ever to be proactive in maintaining your property to avoid extra costs during autumn and winter. From water damage to freezing pipes, colder months present a whole host of potential...


Vendor Advice
Airbnb Hosts Set To Cash In On Sleighcation Boom
4 Oct 21

The final easing of long-term lockdowns and travel restrictions may have wet the appetite of some when it comes to heading abroad, but the domestic staycation boom isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

It has long been an English tradition to opt for a...


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Party With The Academy Mews Dance Studios
30 Sep 21

Our friends at the Academy Mews Dance Studios are hosting a virtual show, party and workshop and invite you to join in with the fun on Sunday 24th October. You will find performances, activities and even a DJ set. But more than that, a space to conne...


Where to find the best rental yields in London

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Our Top Property Picks For Upsizing
28 Sep 21

As many predicted, the pandemic has led to an increase in demand for larger homes with outdoor and office space. With working from home and lockdown restrictions, the latest Nationwide and Zoopla house price index from July 2021 has revealed that fam...


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How To Avoid Inheritance Tax On Property
28 Sep 21

Inheritance tax is a somewhat controversial topic, since the logic is that the money you inherit has most likely already been taxed once and should therefore be free of tax once it is passed on. Nevertheless, much as we may loathe it, inheritance tax...


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How Long Is The Process Of Buying A House?
21 Sep 21

So, you’ve got your deposit ready and you’re excited to buy a property, but how long is the process of buying a house?

Once you’ve found the property and had your offer accepted, the transferring of land and property ownership is a complex process tha...


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Top Picks For First Time Buyers
20 Sep 21

We have handpicked our favourite properties currently on the sales market for under £500,000, suitable for anyone looking to get a foot on to the London property ladder.

If you would like more information on any of the properties featured, please cal...


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LIVING IN BATTERSEA: LOCAL GUIDE AND PROPERTY MARKET
15 Sep 21

Battersea was such an undesirable location in Victorian times, that, in order to alter the perception of the area, town planners named its station ‘Clapham Junction.’ This station name has remained the same ever since, despite the fact that it sits s...


Vendor Advice
Top Victorian Houses Currently For Sale
10 Sep 21

Spanning the reign of Queen Victoria between 1837 and 1901, the Victorian era was arguably the most radical historical period for Britain in terms of modernisation, and such change was reflected in the architecture of the time.

Victorian buildings pr...


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Landlord Advice
A Complete Guide To Private Residence Relief
9 Sep 21

When you dispose of any house (all or part thereof), or even part of a garden attached to your property, you would normally be required to pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on any gain made as a result of the sale. However, pursuant to certain eligibility ...


Landlord Advice
A Guide To Capital Gains Tax Implications For Landlords 2021
9 Sep 21

If you own property for rental and you decide to sell, you will be liable for Capital Gains Tax (CGT) as well as personal income tax. CGT is payable on the profit you make when you sell the property, so it’s important to understand how to calculate y...


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Ofsted Outstanding Primary Schools: Complete List and House Price Guide 2021
7 Sep 21

If you’re a parent with young children, it’s likely you keep a close eye on the Ofsted ratings. Schools rated as ‘outstanding’, the highest Ofsted grade, are highly sought after, and homes near these top-rated schools usually come at a premium.

And ou...


Tenant's Top 5 Reasons for Rejecting a Property

Vendor Advice
UK House Prices: Which Areas Are Seeing Prices Soar?
2 Sep 21

As the UK steps further out of lockdown, while there is some trepidation, there is also a lot of renewed activity. According to data from the Land Registry’s UK House Price Index, average British home prices for May 2021 had risen 10% annually - an i...


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Living in Forest Gate: Local Guide and Property Market
2 Sep 21

Living in Forest Gate is becoming increasingly popular. The area in East London is part of the borough of Newham. The district derives its name from a gateway that was built to prevent cattle from Wanstead Flats and Epping Forest from straying onto t...


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Living in Leyton: Local Guide and Property Market
25 Aug 21

Leyton in East London takes its name from the River Lea and was originally known as the settlement by the Lea. From its origins as a small village, it grew with the coming of the railway and the subsequent growth of industry and associated housing.

T...


The secret to selling your house fast, for the best possible price

Tenant Advice
10 ways to make your rented property feel like home
25 Aug 21

Even if you’re just renting a property, it’s important it feels like home. There’s loads of ways you can add your own touch and make it a little more cosy without making changes to the existing property or breaking the bank. Why not try one of our to...


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A Guide for First-Time Buyers Purchasing Property In London
24 Aug 21

There’s no denying it - London can certainly be an expensive place to purchase property, and a tricky place to start with when it comes to getting yourself on the property ladder. According to the Office of National Statistics, the average property p...


Landlord Advice
The Benefits of Using a Property Manager for Landlords
16 Aug 21

The rental market is booming, with many landlords considering getting in on the action. Whether you are a first-time landlord with no experience, or a go-it-alone landlord who has had enough of dealing with hassles like weekend maintenance calls, eng...


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Living in Chigwell: Local Guide and Property Market
16 Aug 21

Famed for its stunning architecture and relationship to historical figures, Chigwell is among the best areas to live in the county of Essex. Dickens himself described it as ‘the greatest place in the world.’ While it’s far less of a stand-alone town ...


Tenant Advice
10 Ways To Improve Your Credit Score
16 Aug 21

When buying a house it’s vital your credit score is at a certain level, otherwise your mortgage could be declined. If you wait until you decide to get a mortgage, it’s impossible to make quick changes to your score to improve it. It’s important in th...


Tenant Advice
New Rental Properties For August
11 Aug 21

Whether you're looking to find a new rental property or just fancy a browse, why not scroll through some of our favourite rental properties new to the Portico market! If you’re interested in any of the below properties, click through for further deta...


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