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Does the future of the UK’s rental market lie in the hands of the Build-to-Rent sector?

Does the future of the UK’s rental market lie in the hands of the Build-to-Rent sector?

As the UK government addresses the housing crisis, there have been calls for the current state of the rental sector to be addressed.

According to ResPublica, in 2015, the private rental sector (PRS) accounted for 22% of all UK households.

This number is expected to grow, with the experts at PwC predicting that around 59% of 24 to 30 year olds in England will rent private accommodation by 2025.

The cutting shortage of housing in the UK is very clear.

Since 2004, house building ...

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London flat owners trapped on first rung of property ladder

London flat owners trapped on first rung of property ladder

The high cost of flats and other starter homes in London and south-east England is not the only reason why record numbers of young people are leaving the capital, according to skip hire broker Proskips.

Evidence gathered before Britain voted to leave the European Union shows more than 280,000 people decided to move away from the capital in 2015, an increase of 3% compared with 2014.

Many commentators point to the chief reason for this exodus, led by people in ...

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Turning a House into Flats

Turning a House into Flats

Converting houses into flats is becoming increasingly popular. There’s a high demand for flats in London, and splitting a property into units can maximise both rental income in the short-term, and profit on sale in the long-term.

But where do you start? Here’s Portico London Estate Agent’s quick guide on everything you need to know about converting a house into flats…

Research the market

Before you even start thinking about conversion, you must make sure the flats you’re planning on building ...

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UK rental price increases shows no sign of slowing

UK rental price increases shows no sign of slowing

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that average UK rental price rose by 2.6 percent in the year to April 2016.

The increase was highest in England where rent rose 2.8 percent during the period. Scotland and Wales saw lesser increases at 0.5 and 0.2 percent respectively.

In the year up to April 2016, all the nine English regions saw an increase in private rental price.

Locally, London recorded the highest annual rental price increase at 3.7 percent, followed ...

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Why new-build homes in Enfield are hot property

Why new-build homes in Enfield are hot property

The number of new homes being built in inner London has risen by more than 40% since the start of 2015, according to Proskips.

The London-based skip hire broker says research published in the Financial Times shows 19,000 residential properties are under construction in 30 inner London postcodes – a 43% rise on the 13,400 units under construction 18 months ago.

But although 54,000 homes are planned for inner London, housebuilding is also taking place in Enfield, where 10,000 new ...

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Could Your Spare Room Earn You A Small Fortune?

Could Your Spare Room Earn You A Small Fortune?

Spare bedrooms can often become a neglected space and a haven for storing household and personal possessions that can’t fit anywhere else, and is probably used most of the time as a junk or overflow room than it is as an actual spare room for people to sleep in!

However, did you know that you could actually be making a profit on your spare room by utilising the space to rent out to lodgers? This notion is becoming more and more ...

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Uncharacteristic house price fall shows how Brexit affects market

Uncharacteristic house price fall shows how Brexit affects market

Many people across the nation were shocked last week when the Leave campaign took a slight lead for the first time in the polls surrounding the EU referendum, after it had seemed for so long as if the Remain campaign was moving towards a certain, if unconvincing, victory. 

However, as the big day on June 23rd draws ever closer, it seems that the uncertainty this vote is causing in the property market is more prominent than ever. In May, according to the ...

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How to Refurbish to Get the Best Price for Your Property

How to Refurbish to Get the Best Price for Your Property

9 ways to add value to your property

 We all want to add value to our properties. However, it isn’t always the intuitive property changes that add the most value. In this articles we will focus on the changes that will help you maximize the sale price of your property.

  1. Fix Any Structural Problems

Before you consider what cosmetic improvements or additions you could make, be sure to investigate structural problems and repair them if possible. Superficial additions like new kitchens, flooring, bathroom ...

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Prime central London remains a wise investment

Prime central London remains a wise investment

Demand for property in prime areas of central London continues to outstrip the availability of homes on the sales or rental market. 

The rental market in Belgravia, for example, remains strong and is likely to offset the extra 3% levy now being applied to standard stamp duty rates on all purchases of property that is not intended to be the buyer’s main home.

While the UK government has also ruled that residential property is excluded from a tax cut that will see ...

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Why property values in central London will hold firm

Why property values in central London will hold firm

Fears that property values in the West End of London are on the verge of collapse are false. 

While values in upmarket Kensington High Street have dropped 11.8% to reduce the average value of a home in this exclusive neighbourhood to  a fraction under £1.8m, values in east and west Soho and nearby Regent Street have climbed between 24.4% and 30% in the 12 months to April 2016

In fact, the average price of a studio flat in Soho now stands at ...

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