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Beautiful Woodland Walks in London
25 Sep 22

Londoners typically love the hustle and bustle of the city, but we’re all human, and sooner or later, we need to escape and recharge.

Living in a capital city doesn’t immediately conjure up daydreams of idyllic woodland walks, but in fact, London has...

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The Best Schools in London (2022 Guide)
25 Sep 22

When choosing an area to live, there is so much to consider. For families, this also involves researching the best spots for educational opportunities.

While budget is inevitably a factor for most, finding a reputable school that your children will b...

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Mini budget and base rate increase
23 Sep 22

We’ve seen plenty of updates that affect the property market this week, with the base interest rate being increased again yesterday, and the mini budget being announced today. The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng, led the announcement ...

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14 Home Organisation Hacks & Storage Ideas You Need to Know About
12 Sep 22

It feels like we are only a few years away from being able to order something to be delivered to our house by blinking. In an era where all the world’s ‘stuff’ is at our virtual fingertips, it’s no wonder that creative solutions to managing clutter a...

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How have property prices performed vs forecasts so far in 2022?
9 Sep 22

In April 2020, during the first lockdown, many property forecasters were expecting the property market to fall by 5-15% with organisations, such as the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), estimating falls of 13%.

But, the opposite happe...

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How will Liz Truss becoming Prime Minister impact the economy and property market?
6 Sep 22

Since the pandemic, property prices have, on average, risen in England by 22% and by 30% in Wales according to the Government’s Land Registry data. This rise was completely unexpected with most forecasters at the time believing that property prices w...

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Has working from home changed where and how people want to live forever?
6 Sep 22

For much of 2020 and 2021, the rules and guidance around travel and social distancing meant those who could do their job from home were required or encouraged to do so. People who already had the luxury of a home office or a spare room they could con...

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What is an EWS1 or B1 Form and Can it Affect the Value of Your Property?
5 Sep 22

In response to the devastating fires at Grenfell Tower, the government brought in new fire safety regulations to ensure that buildings with cladding are free of any fire safety defects.

First introduced in 2018, the EWS1 forms (External Wall System F...

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Home office style ideas for 2022
5 Sep 22

Back in the good old eighties, working from home was a very rare occurrence. According to the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD), in those days, a mere 1.5% of the employed population of the UK worked from the comfort o...

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Front Door Colours: Our Top Picks
31 Aug 22

It’s no secret that curb appeal is an important but often overlooked aspect of home presentation when it comes to selling up. Still, whether you’re on the move or want to make the most of your property’s aesthetic, one of the features that can signif...

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10 Scents That Could Help Sell Your House Fast
31 Aug 22

It might seem a bit far-fetched to think that a particular scent in your home might help it to sell faster. While it’s true that a freshly baked batch of chocolate chip cookies may make your home smell yummy, surely it couldn’t literally be responsib...

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Why average prices do not reflect affordability
24 Aug 22

Whenever it’s reported that average property prices have risen, there’s some comment about affordability - usually that first-time buyers are being priced out of the market and many people can’t afford to trade up.

Given the double-digit average price...

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5 Ways to Add Wow Factor to Your Kitchen on a Budget
18 Aug 22

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place to cook, eat, spend quality time with loved ones, entertain guests, even work from - so much time is often spent in the kitchen. For this reason, it pays to prioritise the kitchen when it co...

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Home Office Style Ideas and Tips
15 Aug 22

Back in the good old eighties, working from home was a very rare occurrence. According to the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD), in those days, a mere 1.5% of the employed population of the UK worked from the comfort o...

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Is the housing market going to crash?
9 Aug 22

There have been lots of predictions over the last few months about the housing market ‘crashing’, ‘falling off a cliff’ and ‘bubbles bursting’, driven by media headlines of double-digit property price growth.

But just because house prices have risen r...

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How to Keep Your House Cool in the Summer
8 Aug 22

 If there’s one thing us Brits never talk about, it’s the weather. Ok, that’s in no way true. Still, with this summer’s sweltering temperatures reaching record-breaking heights, it’s only natural for it to be the talk of the country - as much as we l...

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August Bank Holiday: What to Do At Home This Weekend
8 Aug 22

The August Bank Holiday weekend is fast approaching, and while for many it signals adventuring to events and such, for many, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy some time at home.

Here are a range of great ideas to help you make the most of the Au...

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New Builds London: What's On The Market?
31 Jul 22

Amidst the cacophony of low-inventory concerns, soaring property values, and the cost of living crisis, the London property market is surprisingly robust. The capital is waking up from its Covid slumber and welcoming city dwellers back in their drove...

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6 ways to make your property more eco-friendly
19 Jul 22

The Government has signed up the UK to reduce carbon emissions by more than any other similarly developed country by 2050. This target will undoubtedly impact the property market, given that “around 22% of the UK’s carbon emissions come from our home...

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Making An Offer On A Probate Property UK
19 Jul 22

Probate properties often represent excellent value for money, but the process of buying one is a little unique. As a result, there can be some added risks and delays, and it can help to better understand the nature of probate sales to best handle the...

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Crossrail News: Average Property Prices Along The Elizabeth Line
13 Jul 22

The Crossrail opening has finally come, and with it, buyer competition continues to surge around many stops along the line.

With interest rates on the up and the cost of living crisis not yet behind us, many Londonders are taking advantage of the new...

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How Long After Signing Contracts Do You Complete In The UK?
10 Jul 22

Once you reach the contract signing stage of the property buying process, you're on the home straight, and that's an exciting time. However, while most of the hard work has been done, there is still a little more to the exchange of contracts process ...

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Garden Design Trends 2022
5 Jul 22

The conditions of the pandemic brought about so many unexpected changes as we contemplated our way of living and resigned ourselves to being at home more.

It was tough, yet being confined to our home environments also created some healthy changes for ...

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Considerations When Buying a Flat with a Short Lease
3 Jul 22

Properties for sale on short-term lease arrangements are becoming increasingly rare. Consequently, many buyers do not understand the implications of buying a short-lease property, sometimes not even being fully aware of it until far into the purchasi...

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What is a Joint Borrower Sole Proprietor Mortgage?
1 Jul 22

A Joint Borrower Sole Proprietor Mortgage (otherwise referred to as a JBSP mortgage) is a mortgage product that enables a family member (usually a parent) to contribute financially to a mortgage without assuming any ownership of the property.


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The Best Places to Live in London for Families: 2022 Data
25 Jun 22

With the UK now into the warm summer months, people are on the move, looking for more space, better commute times, gardens, and more.

Experts often discuss which London boroughs are ideal for commuters and investors, but many pockets throughout the c...

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Interest Rates Rise to 1.25% - What It Means For You
21 Jun 22

In a bid to bring inflation down, the Bank of England has made the anticipated decision to further increase interest rates by 0.25%, bringing the overall rate to 1.25%.

Interest rates are now at a 13-year high, with the increase from 1% to 1.25% has ...

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A Guide to Getting a Self-Employed Mortgage
21 Jun 22

Getting a standard mortgage as a full-time employee can be daunting enough if you're new to the process. If you are self-employed, you may be even more concerned about securing the mortgage you need.

There's actually no such thing as a 'self-employed...

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What is Ground Rent?
8 Jun 22

The concept of paying any rent on an owned property is unfamiliar to many homeowners. Yet, England and Wales are the last developed countries in which you can buy a home, but not essentially 'own' it.

Typically, homeownership falls under a freehold s...

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What Documents Do I Need To Sell My House In The UK?
3 May 22

Deciding to sell up and move is exciting. Once you’ve decided to sell, you probably just want to get on with it. But to be truly “sale ready” and avoid delays further down the line, you need to have your paperwork ready. So we’ve asked the property e...

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London House Price Predictions For The Next 5 Years
26 Apr 22

It's fair to say that the London property market is overheated. Pandemic conditions sent the supply and demand divide even further out of whack. In addition, mass migrations caused tremendous turbulence and upward pressure on house prices as Brits sc...

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How Much Deposit Do I Need To Buy A House?
18 Apr 22

When buying a house with a mortgage, you'll need to put down some money upfront as a deposit. This lump sum is then subtracted from the total borrowing figure required to make the purchase - in other words, the bigger the deposit, the less you will n...

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How To Get Your Home Ready For Spring
12 Apr 22

As we make our way out of winter hibernation, so too do our houses, and nothing feels quite so refreshing as a spring clean after the cold months have passed.

As winter fades and the flowers begin to blossom, it's a great time to carry out some home ...

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How To Create Office Space In Any Property
6 Apr 22

A recent survey of Leaders Romans Group customers has shown that in the six months from October 2020 to March 2021, the reasons for people moving home have significantly changed.

With the pandemic changing the way we work, possibly forever, the need f...

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Surveys Explained: A Guide To Different Survey Options
6 Apr 22

If you’re in the process of buying a new property, it's probably been recommended that you organise a survey for your new home. If you've not bought a property for a while (or ever!), this can be confusing as there are several survey options to choos...

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Should I Put My Home Up For Sale Before Finding A New One?
6 Apr 22

“Do I need to put my house on the market before I start looking for a new one?” is something we get asked a lot. Like the chicken and egg situation, it can be difficult knowing where to begin when selling a property, so here are some tips to help thi...

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Tips For Finding The Perfect Family Home
6 Apr 22

Family homes come in all shapes and sizes and, whether you are buying or renting is irrelevant to your list of wants and needs. As your family grows, your needs and priorities change meaning it’s hard to pin point exactly what you will want in years ...

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How To Get A Mortgage: The Complete Guide
4 Apr 22

Buying a property is a big, exciting move, especially if it's your first time. However, the prospect of navigating the buying process can be somewhat overwhelming if you're not familiar with it.

For most property buyers, being approved for a mortgage...

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How To Secure Your Dream Property, Before Someone Else Does
4 Apr 22

As a buyer, it can be very frustrating when a dream property that fits your requirements comes up for sale, only to be snapped up almost immediately by someone else.

There are, however, a few things that you can do as a buyer to boost your chance of s...

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Top Tips To Boost The Value Of Your Home
1 Apr 22

Making sure you get the best price for your home is always an important priority for any seller, especially when you may be relying on that equity to help you purchase your next property. Here are some quick house valuation tips that could help boost...

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Airbnb Short-Lets Market Update
22 Mar 22

Gone are the days where Airbnb was simply a way to make a little extra income while away or through letting out a spare room. These days, holiday/short-lets are big business, with considerable growth occurring as a result of the pandemic.

When Covid-1...

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Top Ten Properties For First Time Buyers
10 Mar 22

We've selected our top 10 properties currently on the sales market for £500,000 or less in and around London. Whether you're a first-time buyer, looking to invest in London or searching for somewhere new to lay your roots we may have the perfect prop...

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How To Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly
7 Mar 22

Eco-friendly living has never been more on-trend. As environmental concerns mount up and the cost of living increases, many are beginning to prioritise sustainability and eco-friendliness in their homes.

There are many ways to make your home more eco-...

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Living in Chigwell: Local Guide and Property Market
3 Mar 22

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 ...

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March Revealed As The Strongest Month To Sell
28 Feb 22

With the new year in full swing and the festive season behind us for another year, the question on many homeowners' lips is - is now a good time to sell?

Well, according to the latest data analysis from Rightmove, the answer is a resounding yes.

We re...

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Living in Fulham: Local Guide and Property Market
28 Feb 22

Lying on the north bank of London’s River Thames, Fulham was once an ancient parish and manor that originally encompassed Hammersmith. Fulham dates back to the 15th century, and was first recorded in the year 691 by name. In 704, the Bishop of London...

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You've Had Your Offer Accepted - But What Happens Next?
21 Feb 22

After weeks of countless viewings and scrolling property websites such as Portico, your offer on your perfect new home has been accepted. Congratulations! But what happens next?

Although you think the hard work is done, this is the first step of your ...

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Top London Regeneration Areas
21 Feb 22

Why would you want to invest, rent or buy in a regeneration area? If it’s being regenerated, there must be problems to start with. That’s the simple response, but look a little deeper and you’ll find that your purchase or home move could prove valuab...

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Why Should You Hire An Estate Agent?
17 Feb 22

Before you list a home for sale, there’s one important thing to consider – should you hire an estate agent or try to sell your property on your own? While both methods have their pros and cons, research and market sales suggest that property owners t...

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Questions To Ask When Viewing A House
7 Feb 22

Deciding on a new home is a big step. Although the potential ramifications of a poor purchase choice are far more significant than choosing the wrong rental, both can create considerable challenges.

So, whether you are looking to buy or rent a proper...

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Another Interest Rate Rise By the Bank of England: What's Next?
7 Feb 22

The Bank of England has again raised its interest rates, adding a further 0.25% for the second time in three months, taking the current base rate to 0.5%.

The first move in December saw the historically-low rate of 0.1% increase to 0.25%, as the Bank...

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Dos and Donts of Grade II Listed Buildings
6 Feb 22

When restoring, updating, or otherwise renovating a Grade II listed building, there are strict Do’s and Don’ts or rules and limitations on how the process must be handled. These  protectionary laws can make it challenging, so it’s important to know w...

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A Guide for First-Time Buyers Purchasing Property In London
1 Feb 22

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...

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Living in Leyton: Local Guide and Property Market
29 Jan 22

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.


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Is Now the Right Time to Upsize Your Home?
25 Jan 22

For most first-time home buyers, their initial purchase is a starter home designed to last them a few years before the need for more space arises. Whatever your reasons may be - working from home, a growing family, or simply the ability to afford a m...

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Government Sets Out New Plan To Protect Leaseholders And Fix The Cladding Crisis
14 Jan 22

Thousands of homeowners across England have been unable to sell their homes due to the ongoing cladding crisis since the Grenfell Tower tragedy. However, the issue could finally be resolved as the Government ramps up to tackle the cladding scandal wh...

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Airbnb Upward Trend Continues - Is It Time To Get In On The Action?
11 Jan 22

The latest UK Government travel review has eased covid testing and quarantining rules for vaccinated travellers, having already removed all 11 countries that were previously on the red list and subject to 10-day quarantines upon arrival.

These changes...

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18 First-Time Buyer Property Picks For 500k Or Less
6 Jan 22

With the stamp duty holiday over and the promise of interest rate increases on the way, UK house prices are likely to stabilise in the year ahead. While property prices have risen significantly in recent times, there are still many pockets throughout...

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Top Ten Best Winter Walks in London
5 Jan 22

With the temperature set to drop this week, we have rounded up our favourite walking routes in and around the Capital. Whether you want to make the most of the crisp Winter weather or if you just fancy a long Weekend walk, we’ve got something suitab...

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Top Interior Design Trends For 2022
16 Dec 21

Many factors shape the evolution of interior design trends - the seasons, fashion in general, and the economic climate. Essentially, interior design trends develop in response to what's happening in the world around us, taking inspiration from differ...

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Selling A House: A Guide For First-Timers
15 Dec 21

Much like buying a property for the first time, selling a house can also be a daunting prospect if you've never done it before. To help you along, we've put together this guide for selling a house for the first time.

Factoring ‘selling a house’ costs...

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Leasehold, Freehold, Share Of Freehold Explained
15 Dec 21

If you’re thinking about buying a new home and you hear the terms leasehold, freehold, share of freehold, what’s your next move? Reach for the dictionary, call a lawyer or just assume you know what you’re letting yourself in for?

We’d like to explain ...

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A Guide To The First Homes Scheme
8 Dec 21

The First Homes Scheme is the latest government initiative to give first-time buyers a leg-up onto the property ladder.

Launched in June 2021 by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, the First Homes Scheme gives eligible buyers an opportunity to save up t...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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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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 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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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...

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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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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...

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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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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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How Much Is My House Worth and How Do Valuations Work?
11 Aug 21

Have you ever wondered, ‘How much is my house worth?’ Well, can you find out very easily through a property valuation. A property valuation is an appraisal of your home that is conducted by a property expert, in order to determine just how much it is...

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Living In Whitechapel: Local Guide And Property Market
5 Aug 21

The origins of Whitechapel date back to the 13th century, when the church of St Mary Matfelon was founded and was soon dubbed ‘alba capella’ - meaning ‘white chapel’.

In the 15th century, industrialisation ushered in a new era of engineering, brewing ...

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Buying A House With A Partner: Considerations & Advice
3 Aug 21

According to recent statistics, joint mortgage applications of cohabiting couples increased by a staggering 60% year-on-year in 2020. Applications submitted by those in civil partnerships rose by 15%, whilst for married couples, the volume increased ...

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Living in Woodford: Local Guide and Property Market
28 Jul 21

Woodford’s growth dates back to the 18th century when wealthy London merchants built mansions in a green, leafy area previously populated only by small medieval hamlets. Reflecting its history, the area retains many grand Edwardian and Victorian home...

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Checklist For Buying A Second Property
28 Jul 21

According to analysis from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the number of second homes being purchased in the UK had already hit a record high before the pandemic struck.

According to the data, secondary homes - whether renta...

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Buying A House To Renovate: Pros, Cons and Considerations
21 Jul 21

If you’re currently thinking about investing your money into buying a property, chances are that you’ve considered the option of snapping up an older property and renovating it. While this can certainly be a great way to secure a more profitable retu...

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Free Broker Fees For All Vendors
21 Jul 21

If you are looking to get onto the property ladder, Portico Finance, an FCA approved mortgage broker and protection service, can help get you the best possible mortgage deal with access to over 70 lenders as well as clarify the often-confusing proper...

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Top Ten Properties for 400k or less
21 Jul 21

We've handpicked ten of our favourite properties currently for sale that are priced for £400,000 and less which are perfect for first-time buyers, investors and those looking to find a home in the City. Check out our top picks below

1. Lordship Lane, ...

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Living in Ilford: Local Guide and Property Market
20 Jul 21

Ilford has a long history and was originally part of the parish of Barking. It was created as a separate parish in 1830 before forming its own council in 1888.

For a large part of the 19th century Ilford remained a small village with large parts of t...

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Living In Walthamstow: Local Guide And Property Market
15 Jul 21
The name ‘Walthamstow’ derives from ‘Weald’ (which means ‘wood’), ‘Ham’ (which means ‘manor’ - also where the word ‘home’ originates), and ‘Stow’ (meaning ‘place’). The addition of the word ‘Stow’ was to distinguish it from nearby Waltham Cross and W...

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Free broker fees for all first time buyers
13 Jul 21
If you are a first-time buyer looking to get onto the property ladder it can be a daunting and costly process. Unexpected costs such as broker fees can often leave your budget stretched to the limit when you are wanting to furnish or decorate your fi...

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What does the end of the Stamp Duty Holiday mean?
7 Jul 21

With lockdown measures lifting and life slowly returning to normal, 30th June 2021 also saw the phased ending of the Stamp Duty holiday. First announced in July last year, the holiday removed paying stamp duty on the first £500,000 of a purchase pri...

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Top Ten Tips For A Successful Property Viewing
23 Jun 21

Whether you are looking to buy or rent, moving into a new property is an exciting time. However, a quick first viewing may not determine if the property is right for you.

At Portico, we want your moving experience to be as smooth and hassle-free as...

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How Does Help To Buy Work?
22 Jun 21

Help to Buy is a government equity loan scheme, the key advantage being that it can allow you to purchase a property with just 5% down as a deposit. Essentially this means that, under the scheme, part of your 95% mortgage is covered by the government...

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Summer London Property Market Update
16 Jun 21

The lockdowns have been lifted, summer is nearing full swing, and house prices are on the up. Rents have continued to drop somewhat in some London locations, but tenant registrations are up and the return of overseas students coupled with the reopeni...

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Top Ten Tips for First Time Buyers
15 Jun 21

Are you a first-time buyer? Buying your first property is probably the most expensive purchase you are ever going to make so you should not go into it half-heartedly. To help you, we have put together a list of our top ten tips to get your foot on th...

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Top Ten Properties with Outside Space
2 Jun 21

Having your own private garden, roof terrace, balcony, patio or even access to a communal garden has increasingly risen in popularity for many house hunters since the start of the pandemic whether looking to buy or rent.

According to Portico Dulwich...

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Top Ten London Properties For Sale Under 500k
26 May 21

30th June 2021, first-time buyers purchasing a property under the half a million mark will not have to pay any stamp duty tax on the first £500,000. This translates into a saving of up to £15,000.

Then, from the 30th June to the end of September, the...

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Top Lettings And Sales Properties With Fab Gardens
9 Apr 21

It’s no secret by now that the conditions of the pandemic have created massive shifts in the market, including significant changes in trends and preferences. Not surprisingly, in the midst of a seemingly endless lockdown, people all over the country ...

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The Best Renovations To Increase Property Value (And The Worst)
18 Mar 21

While your primary motivator when renovating may be to improve the living space for yourself or to create more space, many improvements can also considerably boost the value of your home. That being said, no two home improvements are the same when it...

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March Voted The Best Month To Put Your Property on the Market
18 Feb 21

According to research, March is the best month to put your property on the market in the UK if you want to sell quickly and for the best price - and this March is no exception. Lockdown conditions and work and lifestyle changes have been inspiring pe...

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Leasehold Property Reform in England and Wales - What Does It Mean For You?
11 Feb 21

Millions of homeowners are set to potentially save themselves thousands of pounds by freeing themselves from expensive ground rents, thanks to new leasehold reforms that the government has described as one of the biggest property law changes in 40 ye...

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Is Your Property Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, or Another Era
5 Feb 21

If you are wondering, 'How old is my house?' or ‘What era is my house?’ we are here to help!

Here we’ll go through the most common era properties – plus we’ll explain how to work out how old your home is, learn more about its history and discover more...

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Is Now The Time To Remortgage?
28 Jan 21

Are you considering a remortgage? Maybe you hope to reduce your outgoings or raise funds to improve your home. Interest rates have been low for some time now, so is this the time to make your application and save yourself some real money?

Before you ...

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Can You Still Beat The Stamp Duty Deadline?
21 Jan 21

The Stamp Duty Holiday deadline is fast approaching, and as it does, sellers, buyers and property professionals are scrambling to get their transactions over the line before 30th June 2021. In order to avoid paying Stamp Duty at a higher rate, transa...

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What Does England's Third Lockdown Mean For The Property Market?
20 Jan 21

The country’s third lockdown in less than twelve months is set to last until at least the middle of February, although the situation is under regular review. However, unlike the first lockdown in March, which effectively brought the property market t...

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Interior Trends for 2021
14 Jan 21

After a year that had most rethink their way of life, interior trends are certainly echoing a shift in needs and priorities into 2021. For many in the UK and beyond, this coming year appears to be shaping up to be much like the last - hunkering down ...

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For Sale In January
13 Jan 21

We might be in lockdown 3 but the property market is still moving and there are plenty of deals to be had in 2021, find yourself a chain free property and you may even miss paying stamp duty on your first home. Whether you're looking to get on the pr...

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Property Market Forecast & Review
6 Jan 21

2020 was certainly an interesting year. We had the pandemic, national lockdowns, restrictions on property viewings, low interest rates, a stamp duty holiday and the end of Brexit. A year to remember, but for many of the wrong reasons. So, against thi...

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Where to buy property in London in 2021
30 Dec 20

At this time of year, landlords and property investors are looking hard at the prospects for 2021. We often get asked about the next property hotspots and where to buy property in London.

Traditionally, this would have been a time for upbeat forecast...

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New Portico Sales Package
16 Dec 20

The pandemic has seen the housing market go through a roller coaster ride, with an initial slowdown as viewings ceased during the March lockdown, followed by a mini-boom triggered in part by the Chancellor’s initiative of a Stamp Duty holiday. By the...

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Black Friday Deal
17 Nov 20

It's not just the shops that are slashing their prices for this Black Friday, Portico Finance is offering a deal that is going to be hard to refuse. For just one month we are removing our broker fees, saving you £399.

If like many after the stamp dut...

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Chancellor Urged To Extend The Stamp Duty Holiday
12 Nov 20

The Government’s Stamp Duty holiday, which is due to run until the end of March 2021, has driven demand in the housing market with property transactions increasing by 27 percent between July and September.

However, the demand has also impacted lender...

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Buy in Leyton for under 500,000
11 Nov 20

With the Stamp Duty Holiday currently set to end on March 31st and there yet to be an extension, now is the time to ramp up your hunt if you're interested in getting on the property ladder or moving to a new area in London. Lockdown 2.0 allows agents...

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The Home Best Upgrades To Increase Rent Or Home Value
29 Oct 20

You’re about to sell your property or find a new tenant if you’re a landlord. Before you do, have you considered how you could get better value from your property by making a few simple upgrades?

You don’t have to plan a massive capital project that ...

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Best Yields in London This October
28 Oct 20

As we approach the end of the month, Halloween is just around the corner and although trick or treating may be off the cards for you this year, it hasn't stopped people getting creative with the fronts of their houses. We've seen some spooky sights a...

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Can I Move House And Keep The Same Mortgage?
30 Sep 20

If you’ve got a mortgage with a low interest rate, and a manageable monthly repayment, you are probably wondering, “Can I move house and keep the same mortgage?”. The short answer is yes, in some cases it is possible to take your mortgage with you wh...

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Changes to Shared Ownership Scheme For First-time Buyers
24 Sep 20

Shared Ownership is part of the Government’s ‘Help to Buy’ programme. This scheme aims to help buyers who cannot afford the mortgage on 100 percent of an existing or new-build home. Shared Ownership is available to people with an income less than £80...

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The True Cost of Buying a Property in London
9 Sep 20

Living in shared rental accommodation can be pretty hard work at the best of times, but the recent lockdown and the surge in working from home has made it even more of a challenge. If you’re getting fed up with the noise and disruption of trying to w...

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Save on property for sale in South London
7 Sep 20

We've taken a look at property that could see you save on Stamp Duty* in the North, East and West; so now its time to turn our attention to the South. If the South is where you could see yourself living then take a scroll through the properties below...

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Best Yields in London This September
4 Sep 20

The Indian Summer is upon us, with temperatures set to reach 28 degrees by Monday it looks like we are getting one final hot weekend in this particularly unusual summer. In reference to the hotting up of the weather, we have turned our attention to c...

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Properties For Sale In North London
24 Aug 20

If you're interested in taking advantage of the stamp duty break in North London, then take a look at the list of properties we've compiled below.

1) 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom | St. John Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V

£450,000 (Leasehold)

Click here for more de...

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How COVID-19 is Altering the Way We Invest in Property
22 Aug 20

The property market evolving is nothing new, the pandemic just poses new circumstances for us to adjust to. 

The truth of the matter is that over the years, buildings have been repurposed to meet demand. Yesteryear's dockland warehouses became luxury ...

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Sales Market Activity And Up And Coming Areas In London
21 Aug 20

When Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty holiday on the first £500,000 of a property purchase price, there were predictions of a boom in property sales and a sudden surge in enquiries. But, well before that announcement, London had seen its...

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House Price Rises and Up And Coming Areas In London
14 Aug 20

When Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty holiday on the first £500,000 of a property purchase price, there were predictions of a boom in property sales and a sudden surge in enquiries. But, well before that announcement, London had seen its...

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Why You Should Be Looking To Buy In East London
10 Aug 20

Last time we took a look at properties in West London, this week we turn our attention to properties in East London that you could save on stamp duty costs when purchasing. 

If you're interested in any of the properties below, contact one of our offic...

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22 Jul 20

After Boris made the announcement of the stamp duty holiday we've noticed a surge in interest so we thought we'd make it easy for you and compile a list of our top properties where you could pay absolutely no stamp duty* . We've focused our attention...

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What Do I Have To Leave When I Sell My House?
7 Jul 20

It’s a question we hear time and time again from sellers, “What do I have to leave when I sell my house?”

When selling your property, it can be challenging trying to decide what you should and should not leave behind for the new owner. There are no l...

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What does under offer mean? A glossary of buying and selling terms
29 Jun 20

The property market is full of jargon that may be unfamiliar to many buyers and sellers. Here’s a useful glossary to help you understand important buying and selling terms.

  • Advance – money provided by a lender to a buyer to secure a property.
  • Annual Pe...

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Navigating the London Property Market in 2020
28 May 20

With the lockdown extended (for now) and property sales in many parts of the UK on-hold, lots of us have questions. When will conveyancers and agents reopen their offices? When will viewings start again, so surveyors can go back to work and people ca...

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How Coronavirus Could Impact The Property Market
2 Apr 20

In recent months, the London property market has seen a lot of growth. With the general election results in December 2019 providing more political certainty, the market built up momentum and saw a rise in property prices in what has been coined the “...

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Home Renovation Ideas To Add Value And Appeal
18 Mar 20

Renovating your property, whether you’re a homeowner or landlord, can add value to your property and even boost its appeal for tenants and buyers. It’s important to be aware of what prospective buyers and tenants are looking for and are willing to pa...

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Spicer Hall - Property of The Week
19 Feb 20

You may have previously seen Spicer Hall listed with us for rent, but now this award-winning home is on the market with Portico for you to own almost exactly as you see it - that's right, the owner is leaving items of furniture in the home so it is r...

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How to Let or Sell Your Home Quickly
5 Feb 20

The weather is a little grey and miserable – and for hopeful sellers and landlords, winter’s cold can lead to a corresponding chill in leads. Fortunately, there are some tried and true methods for avoiding void periods, particularly during the winter...

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London Property For Sale
18 Dec 19

Another year over. And a new one just begun!

Thinking of buying a home or investing in buy-to-let in 2020? The new year is prime time for home searches, and we are definitely starting to see an uptick in new listings post election. There are also som...

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Where to buy property in London in 2020
16 Dec 19

London has long been considered a great place to invest in property.

While house prices have remained relatively flat over the last couple of years, wage growth has increased in the capital, making it around 10% cheaper to buy a property, opening up ...

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Price Cuts Make Clapham a First-Time Buyer Haven
3 Dec 19

Victorian terraces, apartments, maisonettes: There are a variety of beautiful homes for sale in Clapham.

Situated within easy commuting distance from central London, this neighbourhood offers great shopping, dining, delightful gastropubs and more. Th...

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Bloomsbury Property For Sale
28 Oct 19

Still looking for your own slice of the city? Look no further than this superb, Grade II listed apartment, in a prime London location. The spacious one bedroom apartment offers plenty of room, benefitting from a good-sized living room with windows st...

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A new buy-to-let refurbishment mortgage and the benefits of renovate to rent
14 Oct 19

Landlords have seen numerous changes in the past couple of years, involving the stamp duty surcharge, less tax relief, and stricter stress-testing from lenders. As a result, landlords need to find ways to adapt to the tough market conditions. Refurbi...

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Top Homes For Sale In The South
11 Sep 19

From jaw-dropping views to perfect first-time homes, we've compiled a list of our favourite homes currently on the market with us.

If you are interested in getting a valuation try our instant valuation tool or drop us an email


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Parliament Suspended for September: Property Market Update
29 Aug 19

On Wednesday the Queen approved new Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request to suspend Parliament for almost five weeks ahead of Brexit.

The pound has fallen sharply as a result, though EU officials have stated that this unexpected move may reduce the ...

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Mortgages By Portico Finance
22 Jul 19

Choosing the right mortgage provider can be a confusing and intimidating process, especially for first-time buyers or landlords facing tougher lending rules.

That’s why we decided to bring the process in-house and launch Portico Finance, an FCA appro...

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Property of the Month: Leyton
3 Jul 19

Searching for your next home? Our favourite property this month takes us East, to Upper Leytonstone, an area that's popularity continues to grow as many more move out of London in search for some extra space at half the cost.  

For sale is this superb...

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Insight Into The Private Rental Sector
5 Jun 19

The private rental sector (PRS) is in a state of constant flux – so it’s really important that landlords are clued up on the market for the best possible chance of success.

With that in mind, now seems like a good time to revisit the official English ...

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10 Homes For Sales Under 500,000
29 May 19

We've selected our top 10 properties currently on the market for under £500,000 in London. Whether you're a first-time buyer, looking to invest in London or searching for somewhere new to lay your roots we may have the property for you. 

The propertie...

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Exclusive Investment Opportunity
20 May 19

Having been named the hippest area to live in the UK by Travel Supermarket, it's no surprise investment has been pouring in for development in the area. But it's not just the trendy vibe that investors are flocking to the area for, it's the high yiel...

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Sell Your House For Free
8 May 19

You may have registered with us as a buyer this year, but you also could be looking to sell this summer!

For the next few months we will be selecting one lucky winner every month from May until August and giving them the chance to sell their house fo...

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Our Top Five Tips for Buy to Let
2 May 19

It's no secret that to make money with property these days, you need to be armed with as much knowledge as possible!

Here are our top five things to consider when thinking about investing in a buy to let property.   

1. Understand the market, at street...

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Property of the Month: Imperial Heights
16 Apr 19

A brand new luxury development occupying a commanding position on the corner of Manor Road and Hainault Road, is currently on the market with us. Imperial Heights offers a choice of one, two and three bedroom leasehold apartments. The apartments are ...

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Benefits of Using a Mortgage Broker
3 Apr 19

It’s the age-old question that many people ask when purchasing a property, should I use a broker to arrange my mortgage?

In 2018, 70% of people who moved home or remortgaged used a broker to assist with the process. The benefits of a broker are signi...

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How to Spring Clean Your Property
20 Mar 19

Spring has officially sprung, and at Portico, that means just one thing: spring cleaning. Whether you’re preparing your property for a new owner or tenant, or simply want to freshen things up around the house, we’ve compiled our best tips for spring ...

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What To Consider Before Airbnbing Your Home
12 Mar 19

Airbnb can give you an extra income – and it’s never been easier. Whether you’re on holiday, away on business or staying at a partner’s house, Portico Host, our Airbnb Management service, is on hand to deal with the hassle. 

If you’re considering rent...

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Spot the Diamond in the Rough
7 Mar 19

Searching for a new home can be tough, especially when you’re unsure as to what you’re really looking for. It is best to view a raft of properties including those you are not sure about, if only to confirm your thoughts and discount them.

We've broke...

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March Property Of The Month
6 Mar 19

Set in the heart of Leytonstone stands this stunning three-bedroom family home, in excellent condition and oozing character - don't miss out on a chance to book a viewing in straight away at this property.


The present owners have taken great care wit...

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Secrets Of Sellers
20 Feb 19

A property viewing is a make or break situation. While appearances may be deceiving, most buyers decide whether or not they would like to purchase a home within the first five minutes of the viewing. How can you make sure that potential buyers aren’t...

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Selling Your Home In The Winter
6 Feb 19

Selling a home in the wintertime can be challenging but there are many things you can do to ensure your property stands out from the others on the market in your area. Here are our top tips for selling your home during the winter months.

Tidy your ga...

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Top 8 Property Bargains
31 Jan 19

Now is your chance to grab a great deal on the property of your dreams!

Whether you're a first time buyer or looking to invest make sure you take advantage of this opportunity.

So if you’re interested in one of these reduced properties for sale, get i...

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New Year, New You
16 Jan 19

With the New Year comes plenty of new resolutions, and one of the most common resolutions is to create and maintain a healthier lifestyle. For most people, this starts in the gym. However, setting up an exercise regime that integrates with your lifes...

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10 Best Homes for Sale Under One Million Pounds
27 Dec 18

Buying property in London doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. From converted biscuit factories to charming mews homes, we’ve gathered our best properties under £1,000,000. Your dream home might be a click away, take a look!

Scroll down to view o...

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November Property of the Month
13 Nov 18

It's almost a new year and how better to start a new year than with a new start in a new home?! Our property of the month this November is a gorgeous find in Battersea. A perfect family home in the making, explore the four bedroom property here...



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10 Homes Perfect For The Royal Newlyweds - Harry and Meghan!
16 May 18
This weekend is the weekend we've been waiting for - the sun is set to shine, the British flags are out around Central London and the street parties are planned! And just in time for the Royal Wedding, we've collated our top 10 property picks which w...

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Portico Picks - our top 5 homes with a view
2 Feb 18

Living in London, it's great to spend your days out amongst the hustle and bustle of the city streets but when you get home, you want a bit of peace and somewhere serene to enjoy a glass of wine.

So, we've dug through our properties and found you fiv...

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Primary School Guide 2018
3 Jan 18

Happy New Year!

Now the excesses of the festive season are behind us, we have heaved our ample waistlines into the office and turned our attention to what 2018 has in store. First on our agenda is an important priority for many parents at this time of...

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Top 10 Properties for Sale
6 Dec 17

Picture yourself in a new home in 2018? We’ve found 10 of the most lust-worthy properties currently on the market, from dreamy starter homes from £315,000, to spacious family homes.

Scroll down to view the properties - or try our Instant Valuation too...

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Black Friday Deals
23 Nov 17

It’s not just shops up and down the country that are braced for Black Friday tomorrow! If you’re planning on buying your first property or moving home in 2018, scroll down to view some fantastic, recently reduced properties.

If you’re interested i...

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Property Market In Dulwich
14 Nov 17

Dulwich has recently been dubbed as one of the most popular places to buy in London.

Here we take a look at the property market in Dulwich, and uncover the reasons why this leafy part of south east London is so popular with homebuyers and investor...

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Compare The Best Mortgage Rates
9 Nov 17

Last week the Bank of England increased its base rate for the first time in a decade. This historic interest rate rise to 0.5% may have been expected - but it has raised lots of questions, nonetheless.

What does the rise mean for mortgages? Is now...

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Adolphus Place, New Development In Finsbury Park
2 Nov 17

London’s house-building mission is in full force, with the capital’s skyline permanently silhouetted with cranes and growing towers. But buying a new build property doesn’t have to mean high-rise living…

Adolphus Place is a brand new development, ...

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The Truth About London House Prices
25 Oct 17

What's happening with London property — is Brexit-related uncertainty starting to take its toll?

Here we take a look at the data and uncover the truth about London house prices.

Market Speculation...

There has been a huge amount of specula...

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London's Best Waterside Homes
17 Oct 17

Looking to enjoy a countryside feel in the heart of the city?

We have just taken on a stunning collection of new waterside homes, surrounded by expansive green space, beautiful nature, and panoramic views across the London skyline.

Prices start...

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Home Renovation: 10 Of The Best Projects
10 Oct 17

Are you looking for a renovation project? A property that needs just the right amount of work, so that your money stretches as far as possible and you end up with your dream home? Or a property you can fix up to generate rental income or capital grow...

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10 First-Time Buyer Properties
26 Sep 17

Are you a first time buyer desperate to make the big move?

We've rounded up 10 first-time buyer perfect properties, starting from £300,000. Give us a call on 0207 099 4000 if you’d like to view one of the homes or if you’d like us to help you with...

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Help To Buy In Loughton
19 Sep 17

London developers have started moving their attention from central London to the outer zones, where they can build homes at prices more people can afford, in districts where prices are yet to reach their full potential. And this latest Zone 6 develop...

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Period Properties of the Week
30 Aug 17

From mews cottages to Grade II listed conversions, browse our pick of the most handsome period properties currently on the market in London...

1.) 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, Glenarm Road, Hackney, E5

£375,000 (Leasehold)

  • Victorian terrace p...

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15 Properties Under 500,000
23 Aug 17

We've handpicked 15 of our favourite homes in London that are priced under £500,000 and perfect for first-time buyers, investors and those looking to put down roots in the City. Here they are in ascending price order!

1) 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom | ...

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Help To Buy: New Homes For Sale
16 Aug 17

We’ve just taken on nine stunning, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments in the Clissold Quarter development, which is supported by Help to Buy - scroll to the bottom to find out more about the scheme!

If after having a peek inside the properties you’d li...

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How Long Does It Take To Sell A London Home?
10 Aug 17

Everybody wants a quick and easy property sale. Unfortunately, the time is takes to sell a home can vary greatly depending on how you sell it and who you sell it to.

According to Rightmove data for this year, the average time it takes to sell in L...

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Solstice Point, New Development In Camden
9 Aug 17

Last Few Homes Remaining At This Award-Winning Development!

Solstice Point is a unique north London development which consists of 16 apartments and penthouses, as well as an impressive underground car park. Most of the flats have already been sna...

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Help To Buy: How To Get On The Property Ladder In London
2 Aug 17

Most of today’s young Londoners think of home ownership as an impossible dream. But is it?

From new ISAs and Help to Buy, to buying with friends and shared ownership, you no longer need an unimaginable sum of money sitting in the bank to buy property....

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An Easy Way To Boost Your Rental Income
26 Jul 17

If you live in London, there's a very good chance your house could earn more than you do! So don’t let it sit empty - here’s a hassle-free way to make money while it’s vacant…

Use Airbnb as a stop-gap

Short-term rentals mean maximum income an...

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Recently Reduced Properties For Sale London
11 Jul 17

Looking to get on the property ladder in London or invest in buy-to-let? Take advantage of this opportunity to get your dream London home, by scrolling through our recently reduced properties for sale!

If you’re interested in any of the below prop...

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10 London Renovation Projects For Sale
5 Jul 17

Looking for a property you can add real value to?

Here are 10 London renovation projects for sale with bags of potential. We’ve included the potential sale and rental prices after the works are complete, to give you an idea of how much you’d stand...

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How to Airbnb your home to pay for your summer holiday
29 Jun 17

Ah, summer holidays: long, lazy days spent reading books, sipping Piña Coladas and switching off.  Yes they may cost an arm and a leg, but what if we told you that your home could help pay for your trip - or at least clock up a nice bit of spending m...

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10 areas tipped for house price growth
29 Jun 17

Despite Brexit and political uncertainty, house prices across the UK are forecasted to rise by over 6% over the next five years, with house prices in London set to soar by 11.8% by 2021.

According to Barclays’ latest research, this healthy house p...

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When Will Interest Rates Rise?
21 Jun 17

The bank rate was cut last August to 0.25%, down from its already record low level of 0.5%, where it had remained for more than seven years.  

Will 2017 be the year that interest rates eventually rise? 

We recently attended the Landlord Investo...

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Portico's Latest Properties
21 Jun 17

Whether you’re looking to buy, invest or simply get some property inspo, check out the latest Portico properties that have got everyone talking! We’ve included hot fixer uppers with capital growth potential, first-time buyer homes for £300,000, and p...

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Latest properties and investments
14 Jun 17

Kick off your home search with our latest properties and investments.

If you’re interested in arranging a viewing, give us a call on 0207 099 4000. Or, if you're curious as to how much your property is currently worth for sales or rental, try our ...

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How much can you earn on Airbnb?
18 May 17

Londoners in their thousands are turning to Airbnb as a way to generate extra income. And despite the 90 day limit, even seasoned landlords are coming round to the fact that a combination of Airbnb and traditional tenancy will maximise their return o...

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Where to buy in Zones 3 - 4
27 Apr 17

Thanks to Crossrail and improving transport links, investors and savvy homebuyers are now looking beyond central London in favour of the capital’s outer Zones.

Our resident property expert, Mark Lawrinson, highlights the latest hotspots in Zones 3...

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This Month's Hottest Properties
10 Apr 17

A one-bed near a future Crossrail station priced at £190,000? A first buyer pad in Battersea for under £350,000? A Grade II listed family home in Stockwell?

We’ve picked out some fantastic properties for sale in London - scroll down to view the li...

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Properties For Sale On The Crossrail Line
5 Apr 17

London’s newly crowned Elizabeth line is now less than two years away from fully opening, with the first new trains between Liverpool Street Main Line and Shenfield being introduced next month.

Recent forecasts have stated that houses prices along...

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Latest Properties For Sale In London
15 Mar 17

Property is a long-term game, but you can certainly help speed up the profit process through buying at a bargain price.

If you’re looking for a new home or a great investment, check out the following properties, all of which are either below marke...

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Renovation Projects
1 Mar 17

Renovating property can be extremely profitable - particularly if you buy in an up-and-coming area and stick to a budget!

If you’re looking to make money from property, check out our top renovation projects. We’ve included the potential sale and r...

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10 First-Time Buyer Hotspots and Properties
22 Feb 17

When it comes to property, for today’s young Londoners, price is the most important factor. An affordable price tag is closely followed by transport links - as after all, who wouldn’t want a quick and easy commute?

With that in mind, we’ve asked o...

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10 flats for under 350,000
25 Jan 17

The average house price in London may have tipped the half million pound mark, but first-time buyers shouldn’t give up hope! We’ve scoured our books and found 10 flats for £350,000 or under - most of which would also make excellent buy-to-let investm...

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Using Portico Host In 2018
12 Jan 17

There's no reason to have any void periods in 2018 with Portico Host.  

At Portico we can look for a tenant for you while we rent your property out with Portico Host on Airbnb.  Or if you want to maximise the seasonality of higher rents during the sum...

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Reduced Properties & Investments
28 Dec 16

Get a glimpse into London living with our top property picks! Each listing has recently been reduced - some by £100,000 or more - so you’re guaranteed to get a great deal.

Give us a ring on 0207 099 4000 to arrange a viewing - or view all our prop...

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Top 10 Places To Buy In London In 2017
21 Dec 16

Where’s the next property hotspot in the capital?

Mark Lawrinson, Regional Director of Portico London estate agents, reveals the 10 key areas tipped for house price growth next year...

1. East Croydon

Killer reason to buy or invest here:


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Property Christmas Wish List
15 Dec 16

We’re nearly at the end of 2016 and this year we’ve instructed and sold some truly beautiful properties. From old Victorian schools and converted-church mansions, to eco-homes and cottages in the City - we’ve had properties to suit a huge range of ta...

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Will House Prices Fall in 2017?
29 Nov 16

While the long-term effects of Stamp Duty changes and Brexit on the housing market are impossible to predict, there are some things we know for certain. Transaction volumes across London are now more than half of what they were before the 2008 crash,...

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Properties & Investments on the Night Tube
9 Nov 16

Every Londoner dreams of a shorter commute, so it’s no surprise we’re willing to pay a premium to live near top transport links. And with the new 24-hour Tube service now running on the Victoria, Central and Jubilee Lines, and the Northern and Piccad...

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Top 10 Renovation Projects For Sale
26 Oct 16

Most London properties experience healthy capital growth in the long-term, but why not fast-track the process?

Renovating for profit is one of the only ways to guarantee capital growth - which is why it has become such a popular hobby in recent ye...

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Night Tube Property Hotspot: Walthamstow
20 Oct 16

Walthamstow, otherwise known as #awesomestow to its Twitterati, has a timeless appeal, boasting bags of character, the Victoria line, affordable period property and a villagey, middle-class feel.

And now thanks to the Night Tube, this pocket of ea...

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10 Things To Consider Before Buying Property Post-Brexit
6 Oct 16

Don’t be put off by Brexit blues - here’s 10 factors you need to consider in order to make a sound property investment this year…

1. Follow infrastructure improvement

If an area is experiencing infrastructure investment, it’s likely benefit f...

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Must-See September Listings
21 Sep 16

We’ve searched far and wide, (well, inside the M25), to bring you the most unique, value-for-money, and generally amazing Portico property listings.

Whether you’re looking for a student digs investment, a family home near an Outstanding school, a ...

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Reduced Properties For Sale
13 Sep 16

There’s nothing more frustrating than missing out on a great deal.

So if you’re interested in one of these reduced properties for sale, get in touch as soon as possible - the property market moves very quickly!

Give us a ring on 0207 099 4000 t...

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For Sale In Chigwell: Eden Lodges
13 Sep 16

Charles Dickens described Chigwell as “the greatest place in the world”- and we know many people who would agree!

That’s why we’re extremely excited to showcase 14 new properties for sale in Chigwell, all in the exclusive new Eden Lodges developme...

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Must-See East London Listings!
8 Sep 16

We’ve scoured east London to bring you the most must-see, value-for-money, generally wonderful property listings!

If you love one of the properties featured, give us a ring on 0207 099 4000 to arrange a viewing.

Verulam Avenue, Walthamstow, E...

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Latest Properties For Sale
4 Aug 16

Today the Bank of England cut interest rates to the historic low of 0.25% - so there has never been a better time to get a mortgage.

From period homes with landscaped gardens to sterling investment properties located near future Crossrail stations...

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SALE: Post Brexit Property Deals
28 Jul 16

Are you looking to buy in London? Now is the time to grab a bargain!

We’ve picked out some fantastic properties, which have recently been significantly reduced in price. If you’re interested in any of the featured properties, give us a call on 020...

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Crossrail 2: Property Hotspots Tipped For House Price Growth
6 Jul 16

Crossrail 2 could be coming to London! The £27 billion proposed programme will link Surrey to Hertfordshire via London destinations, plus prompt the building of 200,000 new homes.

Though the north-south line isn’t set to launch until 2030, if you ...

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5 areas tipped for house price growth
16 Jun 16

There’s nothing more satisfying than identifying a property hotspot.

And as the average London house - now standing at £531,000 - grew by 7% last year, there’s a lot to gain from buying or investing in the affordable areas and watching the value o...

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Having Trouble Selling Your Home? This could be why...
7 Jun 16

Your house isn’t selling? It may well be down to this common mistake…

It’s quite hard to notice clutter, scuffs on the walls, or mismatched furniture in your own home, but unfortunately it’s one of the first things that potential buyers notice on a vi...

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House Prices: What 550,000 Can Get You Across The Capital
1 Jun 16

The average London house price has topped the half million pound mark, now standing at a £550,000.

But while this asking price may get you a spacious family home in certain boroughs, you’ll be lucky to even find a property at that price point in o...

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Sale: Reduced Properties & BTL Investments
23 May 16

Looking for a bargain home or investment? We’ve compiled a list of value-for-money properties across London, which have just been significantly reduced in price.

If you’re interested in viewing any of the properties featured below, please give us ...

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Barclays no-deposit mortgage: a good idea?
10 May 16

It’s the news that has got everyone talking: Barclays are bringing back the 100% mortgage.

The zero-deposit deal is the first of its kind since the financial crisis, putting home ownership back within reach of a big group of potential buyers.


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The Power of Crossrail - Where should you buy along the Elizabeth Line?
2 May 16

The Elizabeth line: it’s the new, purple Tube line with the royal seal of approval.

Rightmove recently reported that asking prices for homes along the line have soared by up to a third in the last 12 months, and they’re continuing to rise, with an...

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Spring Property Sale!
14 Apr 16

Are you looking for a new home or investment at a fantastic price?

We have just reduced the price of lots of wonderful properties, from spacious family homes to fantastic buy-to-let investments.

If you’re interested in viewing any of the proper...

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Renovating property for profit
9 Mar 16

Many of us dream of making money from buying and renovating property.

And whether you’re buying-to-let, buying to flip, or you have plans to sell, renovating a property can be immensely profitable if done well.

We’ve compiled a list of our to...

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Property of the week: Glenthorne Road
26 Feb 16

Lutron lighting, Sonos AV speakers, a super-sleek kitchen and a Juliet balcony that overlooks a private courtyard - you get it all. We take a peek inside our property of the week.

The property is having an open-house on Saturday (March 5th) by app...

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Latest Listings From 340,000
18 Feb 16

If you liked it then you should’ve put an offer on it!

Your loved one didn't want a shiny diamond ring on Valentine’s Day, they wanted a shiny new set of house keys!

That’s right, new research from ING International Survey has revealed that 60%...

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2016 Interior Design Trends
18 Feb 16

A new year means new trends - or in short, an excuse to put on an old shirt and get out a paintbrush or head to Ikea. (Or give our in-house handyman team a call if you fancy putting your feet up and letting someone else do it!)

We see a lot of pro...

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Portico Property Sale!
4 Feb 16

Are you looking for a new home at a fantastic price?

We have just reduced lots of lovely properties in price, from quirky studios to large family homes. Some have been reduced by over £80,000 - so you’ll definitely be getting a great deal.

If y...

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Spotlight On New Builds
19 Jan 16

January is an extremely busy month for the property market. Huge numbers of people seize the opportunity for a fresh start, and finally decide to make the move they’ve been dreaming of. Many also decide to try their hand at something new, whether tha...

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Online Vs Traditional: The Battle Continues
18 Jan 16

Online estate agent Purplebricks has now completed its pre-Christmas IPO with shares initially valued at £240m. It’s the latest news that has once again sparked the heated debate over clicks vs bricks. 

Russell Quirk, founder of online agency eMoo...

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Selling At Christmas
15 Dec 15

The trend for house hunting in the “Twixmas” period between Christmas and New Year is on the rise, as people are using the long break and their brand new tablets and smartphones (thanks Santa) to start their online search. In fact, last year Zoopla r...

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Why do agents have an unfavourable reputation among the public?
11 Dec 15

Last week, on the latest series of The Apprentice, Lord Sugar threw his teams into the London property market. 

As expected, Twitter erupted: 'How to make an Apprentice candidate even more unlikeable: turn them into an estate agent'.

I cringed ...

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Where are the best value 'Outstanding' London state primary schools?
25 Nov 15

Parents will go to huge lengths to get their children into the top rated schools - and that includes packing up and moving house. Many even choose to temporarily rent in coveted catchment areas, desperate to beat the scramble for school places.


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London Property Market Bulletin Winter 2015
23 Nov 15

The definition of a 'Housing Bubble' is a run-up in housing prices fuelled by demand, speculation and the belief that recent history is an infallible forecast of the future.

Is a housing bubble looming?

In recent years, the London property mark...

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The benefits of buying new build
4 Nov 15

Buying a new build home comes with a huge range of benefits, from clean, modern fittings and increased safety and security, to incentivised purchase schemes and cheaper energy bills.

We’ve compiled a list of reasons why today’s buyers are ditching...

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Waiting to sell your house? It could cost you
10 Sep 15

We asked our Regional Director, Mark Lawrinson, to share his thoughts on the current market.  Here’s what he had to say….

Mortgage rates won’t stay this low forever…

As we head into autumn, we have a relatively settled market for the first time...

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The secret to selling your house fast, for the best possible price
25 Jul 15

Your house isn’t selling - and you’re not sure why.

We know how frustrating it can be when you’ve had your house on the market for a quite a while without any offers, so we thought it would be useful to share our inside knowledge on how to sell yo...

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Now could be the perfect time to sell your home
20 Jul 15

Asking prices have soared to record highs in England and Wales after the Tory election win. According to official Government data published on Tuesday, house prices in London grew by 4.7%, and house prices in the UK grew by 5.7% in the year to May. T...

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How To Choose An Estate Agent
14 Jul 15

Picking the right estate agent to market your home can make the difference between getting a great price, and not selling your house at all. It can also make a difference to the general experience – which should be a very positive one!

It’s critic...

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Tomorrow's budget set to cause a rush of home valuations
7 Jul 15

Chancellor George Osborne is presenting the “summer budget” tomorrow, and the potential inheritance tax changes are set to signal a rush of home valuations. The Conservatives’ talked of plans to slash inheritance tax in their election manifesto earli...

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Competition Time!
27 Apr 15

Feeling witty? You could be in with a chance to win a branded bottle of Portico champagne!

The latest Portico competition is a caption competition, giving you the opportunity to bring a bit of humour to the recent Tube news and developments.


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