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September 15, 2015

‘A Word From’ our International Department, Annabel Smith

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Annabel Smith BWJackson-Stops & Staff International is the UK’s premier Italian property specialist, operating in 16 of the 20 regions, and probably has the broadest portfolio of Italian properties in the UK.

 

This wide ranging and exciting portfolio is backed by specialist knowledge of, and a close relationship with, all aspects of the Italian property market.

We promote over 1000 properties and have access to many more through a network of over 30 Associations across the country.

We also have a fantastic property portfolio for Spain, Portugal and the Caribbean.

 

With the Pound strong against the Euro, we have seen a huge increase in enquiries for our European properties this year, which is also reflected in our increase in sales for 2015 so far. Interestingly, the majority of our buyers are looking in Italy – they love the variety the country has to offer across its 20 regions, and are buying into the wonderful lifestyle they can enjoy there.

 

Another location to keep an eye on is Sotogrande in Spain, it seems to be ‘kicking off’ and many are getting wind of this. During my recent visit to the area last month, I could see the potential and fell in love with the location instantly…anybody who loves golf or polo cannot fail to love it too!

 

I thoroughly enjoy running the International Department, and delight in helping others to find their ideal holiday home, or retirement property in the sun!

September 11, 2015

Sounding the trumpets for Elephant & Castle

SkylineThings are coming up trunks this week for Elephant & Castle, with the Maccabees’ frontman Orlando Weeks telling of the band’s love affair with this vibrant area of London, as seen in this week’s Evening Standard. The band is set to release their documentary dedicated to the area, entitled Elephant Days, and it seems that their love of the area is largely down to its enduring feeling of homeliness. Since forming their five-piece band as teenagers in 2004, the local Maccabees’ boys have witnessed exciting, significant changes to Elephant & Castle, including the £1.5 billion regeneration project currently taking place.

Our Residential Development department has this spectacular three bedroom, two bathroom apartment in the iconic One The Elephant development.  Designed by world renowned architects Squire & Partners, with interiors by one of the most influential designers working today, Tara Bernerd, this incredible penthouse is one of just three apartments creating the ‘Skyscape Collection’ at One The Elephant. Multi-award winning developers, Lend Lease, have combined the extraordinary talents of each specialist team to create these prestigious homes featuring some of the largest, private penthouse terraces in London.  Occupying a prime London Zone 1 location, One the Elephant is located within close proximity to the superb transport links. In just under 2 minutes’ walk from Elephant & Castle Station, residents will benefit from quick and easy access to many of London’s key destinations. The area hosts one mainline station, links to 28 different bus routes, and frequent underground services via the Northern and Bakerloo Lines.  The Pavilion at One The Elephant is an exciting new development encompassing high quality, sustainable homes in the heart of the Elephant & Castle regeneration area and offers three floors of boutique-style living, in a more intimate environment, with open walkways leading to homes with integral private balconies overlooking a residents’ reading garden.

Please call 020 76646649 to find out more.

 

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September 10, 2015

Legionella Risk Assessment

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hand-101003_640As your Agent we need to bring to your attention the following changes that affect your responsibility as a Landlord in respect of Legionella bacteria and Legionnaires’ disease.

What is Legionnaires disease?
Legionnaires’ disease is caused by Legionella bacteria infecting your lungs. Legionella bacteria is commonly found in water. The bacteria multiply if they find their way into artificial water supply systems, where temperatures are between 20-45°C and nutrients are available. It’s usually caught by breathing in small droplets of contaminated water.

The best way to prevent an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease is to ensure that any water system under your control is properly maintained and conforms to relevant health and safety regulations.

This mainly involves keeping water either cooled below 20C or heated above 60C. The water supply should also be kept free of impurities and moving, so that it doesn’t stagnate.

What change in the law applies to Legionnaires disease and Legionella bacteria?
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 1999 provide guidance including the control of bacteria in water including hot water, cold water, heating and cooling systems. The relevant legislation can be viewed at www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires

What is my responsibility as a Landlord?
Landlords who provide residential accommodation, as the person in control of the premises or responsible for the water systems in their premises, have a legal duty to ensure that the risk of exposure of tenants to legionella is properly assessed and controlled. This duty extends to residents, guests, tenants and customers. They can carry out a risk assessment themselves if they are competent, or employ somebody who is.


What is a Legionella Risk Assessment (LRA) and how much is going to cost?
In the UK this type of specialist risk assessment is required by law and is specifically identified by the Health & Safety Executive in their Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8 “Legionnaires’ disease. The control of legionella bacteria in water systems”.

A Legionella Risk Assessment is an essential risk management process and comprises a detailed examination of the risks presented by man-made water systems, and seeks to identify and assess the risks associated with Legionnaires’ disease through exposure to legionella bacteria.

The Legionella Risk Assessment needs to be completed every two years. To try and help Landlords with this added burden Jackson-Stops & Staff have negotiated a cost of £99 plus VAT for the service. However please be aware that the Legionella Risk Assessment can be completed with a supplier of your choice directly.

This charge can be debited directly from your account upon receipt of written authority. As your managing agent it is our duty to make you aware of this risk. To ensure that we have acted in your best interest please can you advise overleaf how you would like us to proceed?

We regret that this places yet another burden upon you, the Landlord, but as a professional management agency we cannot ignore compliance issues, particularly in relation to Tenant Health and Safety matters.

September 9, 2015

The Queen and Crown Reach

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Crown Reach

As we celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as our longest serving UK monarch, we here in Pimlico and Westminster are proud to be located in this wonderful part of London which is the Queen’s London home. Having let many properties in the shadows of Buckingham Palace over the years, we are also proud to reign as one of the longest standing estate agents in this area, with our current Sales and Lettings Directors having accrued over 20 years of experience in the area between them.  queen-63006_1280

Our Pimlico sales property fit for a Queen is in Crown Reach, one of the areas most revered developments.  Opportunities to acquire apartments in this building do not usually come to the open market – often trading privately, in true royal style.

The secluded and professionally maintained gardens face the river and are shielded in terms of noise from the building itself making it a superb place to spend time. With the aforementioned concierge and secure parking this development makes for an ideal home, grown up pied-a-terre or lock up and leave for the international investor.  For more information on this “majestic” property please call our Pimlico team on 0207 828 4050.

 

 

September 4, 2015

Important new requirement on landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

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match-631729_1280We all know that we should have working smoke alarms in our homes. Yet even when you find out that you are four times more likely to die without a smoke alarm than with one and around 200 people die in house fires every year, it is one of those chores it is easy to keep putting off.

But soon landlords will no longer have the option to ‘overlook’ this safety necessity. From 1 October this year, landlords will be legally required to install and check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.

The law will apply to landlords renting residential accommodation to one or more tenants who occupy the property as their home.

The key requirements are:

  1. A smoke alarm must be fitted on every floor of the property where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation.
  2. A carbon monoxide alarm must be placed in any room where solid fuel is burnt, such as wood, coal or biomass. This includes open fires but does not include gas, oil or LPG.
  3. Landlords will have to make sure the alarms work at the start of every tenancy, for example by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds.
  4. Landlords are also required to demonstrate that the alarms are working at the start of the tenancy. To prove this, we will advise landlords to get a receipt signed by the tenant confirming that the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working. Alternatively, it should be added to the inventory signed by the tenant at check-in.

A few things to note:

  1. A bathroom or toilet is classed as a room used for living accommodation.
  2. A ‘room’ includes a hall or landing, and stairways also fall within the regulations. So, if you have a flat above a shop but you enter through stairs on the ground floor, a smoke alarm will be required in the stairway.

The new rules will be enforced by local authorities who will have the right to impose a fixed penalty charge (like a parking ticket) of up to £5,000 on landlords who do not comply.

If you have any queries about the new rules or would like to find out about Jackson-Stops & Staff’s property management services, please call Simon Quinn on 020 8879 1199 or email simonquinn@jackson-stops.com

September 3, 2015

Open House London – 4 not to be missed events

OHLWLogo2015Open House London, a celebration of the buildings, places and spaces we live and work in, returns on 19 and 20 September. More than 700 buildings across the capital will open their doors to the public this year and the diversity is breathtaking. As well as award-winning homes and iconic skyscrapers, you will find pumping stations and sports centres, community gardens and a dredger.

Open House also includes a host of walks, talks, tours and cycle rides. And best of all, everything is free.

To save you having to pour over the programme (although part of the fun is seeking out hidden treasures opened up for the festival), we’ve picked out an event in some of our areas for you to enjoy.

Pimlico 10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA  Downing Street has been the official residence of British Prime Ministers since 1735.  Our Pimlico office rents properties to many government employees, making Westminster/Pimlico an excellent area for investment landlords.

Richmond Ham House and Garden, Ham Street, Ham, TW10 7RS  Built in 1610 for a Knight Marshall of James I, Ham House was greatly extended in the 1670s.   Ham is a suburban district of south-west London, close to Richmond-upon-Thames and Kingston-upon-Thames which adjoins the River Thames and the Thames Path National Trust.

Wimbledon15 Edge Hill, Wimbledon, London, SW19 4LR  A chance to view an exciting new build rear extension to this Victorian house, entailing extensive remodelling of ground floor to create a large open plan flow-through living, dining and kitchen space.

TeddingtonGarrick’s Temple to Shakespeare, Garrick’s Lawn Hampton Court Road, Hampton, TW12 2EJ  Georgian garden building (1756). Tribute to Shakespeare built in the Ionic style by actor David Garrick. If you love this building, or if you love Shakespeare, we have the property for you right in Garrick’s Villa.

Open City takes place on the weekend of 19 and 20 September 2015. All events are free.  

September 2, 2015

‘A Word From’ Oliver Griffiths, Richmond Sales Manager

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Oliver Griffiths BW LowResThe Richmond market has remained surprisingly steady over the summer months, with a record number of sales being agreed by us in July and August. There remains, however, a genuine shortage of stock available in the market for the strong levels of slightly frustrated buyers looking to find a property in Richmond. September is traditionally an excellent month to market your home in the Borough, as buyers are frequently highly motivated to purchase a new home in time for the Christmas festive period.

 

Having been the manager of our Richmond office for almost three years, I continue to feel genuinely privileged to work in such a  beautiful part of London, being able to help people find their dream home gives me a real sense of satisfaction. Buyers are most often drawn to Richmond for its excellent schools, semi-rural feel, superb transport links into central London and its family friendly environment. Of course the eyes of the world will be upon us from the 18th September once the Rugby World Cup begins, with viewers from across the globe being able to appreciate this great borough of London. I would wish England all the very best in the upcoming tournament, but as a loyal Welshman and with England being in our group, I will just leave it at that for now!

 

If you are considering a move this autumn please do to pop into our office on Lichfield Terrace for a coffee and a discussion, or call me to book a convenient time for an up to date appraisal of your property.

August 25, 2015

Proud to continue our sponsorship of African water pumps

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We are proud to announce that thanks to our ongoing support of AquAid Water Coolers we are sponsoring another water well in Africa – this time a new design Elephant Pump in Mozambique.

While our original Elephant Pump helps to bring clean and safe drinking water to many hundreds of people in a large village; in Mozambique, communities are more dispersed with small clusters of families, so a smaller pump is ideal. That plus the fact that the water table in Mozambique is not as deep, has led to this new, quicker to erect and more cost-effective water well design.

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Proud Sponsors of AquAid

As before, we look forward to adding photos and a letter of thanks from the community to our site in the near future.

 

August 21, 2015

‘A Word From’ our Wimbledon Lettings Manager, Elizabeth Wightwick

Elizabeth Wightwick NEW BWOur newly refurbished Wimbledon Village office is located in the very heart of Wimbledon village on Church Road. Our lettings team here is very well established, we offer a large portfolio of properties ranging from one bedroom apartments in central Wimbledon through to large seven bedroom houses on the Common. We are currently extending the area we cover, with new rental instructions in New Malden, Coombe and Kingston upon Thames.

These areas cater for professional couples and families, as well as students, offering quaint cottages, new build developments overlooking Kingston Riverside and mansions located in the secluded private Coombe Estate. Wimbledon is a superb location to live, with speedy access into central London in under 20 minutes as well as easy access to the A3 and the M25.

Both Wimbledon and Kingston offer fantastic educational opportunities with some of the best schools in the country, including Tiffin School and King’s College School. There is also a strong international presence, with the Norwegian School on Arterberry Road as well as Marymount School positioned within the Coombe Estate. We have a number of corporate companies that relocate to Wimbledon via relocation agents; when searching for properties the schools and commute to town are often the primary factors when making their decisions.

As we are entering the end of the summer holidays, the market in Wimbledon has become increasingly busy, attracting corporate embassy relocations, graduates starting new jobs and families looking to rent for the schools. A number of tenants have decided to renew their current lease, which means that there is a lower number of properties on the market and therefore more competition.

If you are considering renting out your property, please do contact me or any member of my Jackson-Stops & Staff Wimbledon lettings team, on 020 8947 7351 or wimbledon@jackson-stops.com; we would be delighted to hear from you.

 

August 14, 2015

‘A Word From’ our Weybridge Sales Manager, Tim Firth

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Tim Firth BWWith the prospect of a new school year beginning in September, we suspect that the pace of the Elmbridge property market will really start to gather momentum in the coming months. The conditions are firmly in place for a superb autumn market, when months of pent-up demand are expected to come to the fore. The key to taking advantage of these conditions is threefold:

1. Your agent — Is your agent using the major websites like Rightmove and On The Market? Do they have experienced staff giving you honest and credible feedback? Do they contact you regularly? Do they do what they say they are going to do?

2. Your price — Overly high pricing stops you moving. Everybody wants to make the most of their house price but is your advertised price accurate enough for people to want to view?

3. Your marketing — How does your house present itself? Does the photography show your home off in its best light? Is your agent promoting your home actively through social media avenues, as well as more traditional advertising forums?

These tips and more will help you achieve the best price for your property that the market conditions will allow. The decisions from thereon after are in your hands. Do pop in to see us on Queens Road if there is anything you would like to discuss, we would be delighted to hear from you.

August 7, 2015

‘A Word From’ our Teddington Lettings Manager, Mark Birch

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I have worked in Teddington for the last eleven years, which makes me feel like a fully-fledged ‘Teddingtonite’ with a true passion for this fantastic area.

 

Teddington is a special place, full of people who are genuine, friendly and relaxed. It’s the kind of place that when you walk down the High Street a smile is met by a smile…even the traffic wardens give you an extra minute if you ask nicely.

 

This vibrant town provides a plethora of properties, ranging from historic, listed riverside houses, chocolate box Victorian cottages, 1970s Span developments, through to high-end contemporary edifices exploiting the benefits and beauty of glass and wood. There is something for everyone, which serves to make it a very accessible area.        

 

It is also one of those rare places that manages to balance work and pleasure well. Well-known local employees include the NPL, Haymarket Publishing and Pace Sports Management; the town provides excellent transportation to work, with efficient bus links (Heathrow is located less than five miles from the start of the M3 and a late train service runs to Richmond, Wimbledon and Clapham Junction).

 

At the heart of Teddington is the sublime Bushy Park, the second largest of the Royal Parks which provides a mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grasslands and is home to free roaming herds of Red and Fallow Deer, bordered by the River Thames and Hampton Court Palace. There is a wide range of bespoke boutique independent shops on the High Street, balanced with the retail giants including John Lewis based in neighbouring Kingston.

 

Whether walking, running, shopping or meditating to relax is your passion, Teddington has it all. For somewhere which seems to have it all, I am often asked if it is a good area to invest in…

 

Teddington prices have remained strong throughout the recent economic turbulence. Although the high valued properties may not offer the highest rental yields they have offered good capital growth and security. A good example of this is Harrowdene Gardens, a complex of 280 one and two bedroom units adjacent to Bushy Park and surrounded by award-winning communal gardens; one such unit sold in 2005 at £180K, £200K in 2010 and today it is selling at £320K +. In comparison, in the same period of time the rents haven’t risen quite so quickly, averaging £750pcm in 2005 up to £1,050 in 2010, to £1,150 in 2015, but the capital growth, low costs and short void periods have made these units work very well for our clients.

 

Whether you are looking to address your work life balance or looking for a secure investment, property in Teddington remains a secure option.      

 

And if you’re looking for someone who remains passionate about the area, the people, the property, the places, do pop in and visit me at our office on the High Street, I would be delighted to see you.

July 31, 2015

‘A Word From’ our Chelsea Sales Manager, Charles Puxley

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Charles Puxley BWLife in Chelsea has been busy since the events of the general election in May; however, the expected return of confidence has not yet materialised fully and asking prices have largely remained at the same, steady levels since May. In terms of the sales enquiries we receive at our office in Chelsea, we are finding that a large proportion of potential purchasers tend to be investors from overseas and UK developers. As a consequence of this demographic shift and in order to satisfy the demand of these purchasers we are expanding the area in which we operate. Recently, we brought to the market a large house in York Terrace East, just off Regents Park at £8,750,000, and were able find the right buyer within a short timescale.

 

Our local residents return from their traditional long August break in time for the busy September market and we are looking forward to being of service to them during that time. For a no obligation market appraisal or any advice on selling, please do get in touch or pop in to see me.

 

July 24, 2015

‘A Word From’ our Richmond Lettings Manager, Edward Simpson

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Ed SimpsonMarch through until to July are traditionally the busiest months for the Richmond Lettings department; however, the General Election in May saw the market stagnate somewhat and served to delay the rush by a month or so. June and July have been notably busier for both long and short term rentals and we have been experiencing good levels of enquiries and new instructions coming to the market. More recently, we have secured several corporate lets with families looking to move in before the start of the school term in September. There has also been an increase in the number of relocation agent searches for overseas’ executives looking to base themselves in Richmond, a town which remains a perennial favourite of professional singles and families alike.

There is something about Richmond in the sunshine, it really does come alive and acts as a magnet for people looking to move to the area during the brighter months of the year. We can understand why, it’s hard to beat the combination of beautiful parks, wonderful boutiques and riverside walks available within in close proximity to the capital.

We are currently marketing a fabulous four bedroom period mansion apartment to let which overlooks Richmond Bridge. If you are looking to soak up some of Richmond’s summer atmosphere then this property has a bird’s eye view of the River Thames and is a must see.

 

Richmond Park also attracts many people at this time of year, everybody from picnickers to cyclists can enjoy the open parkland and the spectacle of grazing deer, whilst admiring impressive views of the city beyond.  So, if you are a landlord looking to rent your property in the Borough of Richmond I would be delighted to talk to you about the service we can offer, please do get in touch.

July 21, 2015

World class cycling comes to town

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Apartment to rent Mary Crellin House

Britain’s very own Chris Froome could repeat his 2013 success at the Tour de France, as the race enters the critical mountain stages.

It has also just been confirmed that Rohan Dennis, the fastest individual time trialist in the Tour de France, will be joining London’s Prudential Ride London on the 2nd August later this Summer.

The event broadly follows the original Olympic route through London and Surrey, taking in parts of Kingston and Hampton Court along the way, which gives spectators an excellent opportunity to see world class cyclists competing in the area.

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Apartment to rent Mary Crellin House

If you are feeling inspired by all this and want to buy some cycling gear for yourself, Sigma Sports is located just off the official race route in Hampton Wick and is one of the UK’s leading road bike shops.

So, now you have the gear here’s an idea: why not rent Mary Crellin House, a contemporary apartment situated in a gated development in Hampton Wick. The property also comes with use of a residents’ only gym in the basement of the block, a perfect way to get your training started.

July 17, 2015

Filipino Fun on the Farm

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jq57309gThis weekend, Apps Court Farm celebrates all things Filipino when it plays host to the Barrio Fiesta sa London festival taking place on 18th and 19th July. Apps Court Farm is located nearby to our Teddington office and describes itself as being ‘a beautiful, multipurpose 82 acre park next to the Thames at Sunbury Lock, between Hampton Court Palace and Walton on Thames.’ There will be a host of events and music to celebrate this vibrant culture, along with Pinoy fun and entertainment featuring the best of Filipino cultural performances and stars from the Philippines. The event is free and open to all the general public and is aimed particularly at families to come along and enjoy…children are sure to enjoy the fun fair.

The Filipino Embassy in London is on Suffolk Street and we at Jackson-Stops & Staff have a number of offices covering the Westminster area, including our Pimlico office which is currently marketing a newly refurbished 5th floor apartment on Stafford Place

 

July 16, 2015

‘A Word From’ our Wimbledon Sales Manager, Stuart Mills:

Stuart Mills BWWith another wonderful Wimbledon Tennis championship now over, the Village returns to normal – well, Summer normal, at least. Private schools have already broken up for the holidays and the local state schools will be doing the same later this week. In terms of property, this will no doubt signal the start of a cooling of the pace within the market whilst many families enjoy sunnier climes during this period. However, period properties in particular continue to sell over the summer period and it can be a good time to buy, as there may be less competition from other buyers. Do make sure you are in regular contact with us as we frequently hold properties discreetly which may not be advertised on the open market, so relying on the internet alone could mean that you lose out.

2015 has proven to be an interesting year for the market so far. The earlier months prior to the election felt slightly jittery, with talk of mansion taxes and the prospect of a Labour government’s changing housing policies. With a convincing win for the Conservatives, it was widely predicted within the industry that the market would take off immediately. In fact, this has not proven to be the case. The market has no doubt benefitted from knowing the outcome but I think that many buyers perhaps feel they have time on their side and are therefore not rushing to make that purchase. Mortgage rates remain historically low, and with the real shortage of homes in the UK, it is in some ways rather perplexing as to why sales remain at a lower point than might be expected. This is very likely to mean that with growing, pent-up demand we will see a surge in the market, possibly not necessarily in prices but certainly in the number of sales completed.

All this means that if you are considering selling then now is a great time to get any minor works done to your property and then arrange for Jackson-Stops to give you an up-to-date market appraisal, in readiness for the Autumn market.

Some properties within our patch have been on the market for some time. If this rings true with your own home it can often be beneficial to have a reappraisal. I was looking at properties online recently and was amazed by how many still had Spring images of their garden showing…no leaves on the trees is big give away and makes you wonder how much care and attention is being given by the agent. Of course, being realistic about your own property’s value can, quite simply, mean that the move you want to make does indeed happen. We have been very successful in selling properties that have been on the market for some time with other agents; bringing enthusiasm, experience and a fresh pair of eyes to a property really can make all the difference.

My team and I would be delighted to offer advice to you, whether you are looking to sell, buy, let or rent. We are here in the Village to help in any way we can – do make that move.

July 11, 2015

‘A Word From’ our Mayfair Lettings Manager, Camilla Molyneux:

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Camilla Molyneux BWMayfair remains in a class of its own

Although the prime central London Lettings Market is generally being reported as continually buoyant, with rental prices seeing strong annual increases, Mayfair as ever remains an isolated market with its own trends. At this time of year we usually experience the gradual build towards the traditionally busy months of July, August and September. It is during this time that we experience an influx of prospective tenants from overseas, typically looking for a 1-2 bedroom high specification apartments in Mayfair and the surrounding areas of St James and Marylebone. As demand at this time of year is usually at its strongest, balancing demand against supply always proves a challenge. It is very much a case of ‘the early bird catches the worm’ and those tenants who have started their search now in anticipation of an August/September move-in have managed to secure a good property quickly. It is these elements that combine to make now an excellent time for Landlords to bring their property to the market in order to achieve the best rental price.

July 10, 2015

Summer Budget reaction

Nicholas Leeming - BWA new downsizing market will emerge as a result of the inheritance tax reforms, according to leading property expert Nicholas Leeming, chairman of national estate agents Jackson-Stops & Staff. He said: “The changes in inheritance tax are a step towards encouraging older home owners to downsize and so free up larger properties for families who need more space.”

Nicholas Leeming also highlighted that changes in buy to let tax relief will hit many small and older private investors. He said: “This a major blow to a sector that is heavily reliant on private investors and who provide a crucial supply of property to the private rental sector.”

On the move to abolish permanent non-dom status, he commented: “It is vital that the capital retains its attraction to non doms. The stricter rules being applied to non doms, while having some merit, will inevitably further dampen demand from international buyers in central London where the market for higher valued properties has already slowed sharply following last year’s changes in stamp duty. This will affect the London economy, impacting restaurants, clubs and retail in prime central London.”

 

July 2, 2015

‘A Word From’ our Mayfair Sales Manager, Nicholas Austin:

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Well, celebrity homes seem to be the latest trend in our Mayfair office at the moment, having taken on two lovely properties recently with celebrity connections.  We are currently marketing a wonderful three bedroom apartment just behind Grosvenor Square that was once owned by Christina Onassis. Christina was the daughter of the shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, who married Jackie Kennedy in 1968 following the untimely death of her husband, President John F Kennedy. Christina lived in the apartment during the 1970’s and 1980’s up till her death in Argentina in 1988, and her parents were regular visitors. Apart from being a fabulous apartment, the property also comes with an added, extremely rare gem in Mayfair, a wonderful roof garden measuring approximately 930 sq ft.  If you are looking instead for a freehold, we also have a fantastic mews house that was once the home of champion racing driver, Stirling Moss.  The house is a technical whizz’s dream, as everything can be controlled from your iPad and also comes with its own private cinema. If you are hoping to bump into Stirling himself then this is the house for you; when he sold it, he simply moved next door to a property with a larger garage.  Mayfair is steeped in a rich history and has many secrets still to uncover.  Properties with the blue plaque factor always receive a huge amount of interest from buyers.  If you would like any more information on these properties, or indeed on Mayfair in general, then please do pop in and see me at 17 Curzon Street, I would be delighted to meet you.       

July 1, 2015

It’s Hot! Hot! Hot!

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With the gorgeous summer weather in London, who doesn’t want a house with an air conditioning unit?  Here is just a selection of properties from some of our offices that will keep you feeling cool!

Sophia House in Wimbledon has a “heat recovery air conditioning system” providing “state of the art air handling to leisure facilities”.  And the leisure facilities include a pool… the perfect way too cool off in this hot weather!

 

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Penthouse to rent South Audley Street W1K 1HA

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House for sale Queen’s Gate Mews SW7 5QJ

 

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Property to rent Greystoke Place, EC4A

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Detached House for sale Sophia House, Wimbledon SW20 0EP

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Property for sale St. Dunstans House,Fetter Lane EC4A

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House for sale Winchester Street, London SW1V

 

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Apartment for sale Fairlawns, Wimbledon SW19 5LR

 

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Apartment to rent High Street, Teddington TW11 8JD

 

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