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February 25, 2015

Surrey is one of three counties outside London to record double digit house price growth

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , — JSS London @ 10:16 am

NEW LOGOLondon is not the only winner in the housing market this year, as Surrey, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire all recorded double digit house price growth, topping the county league tables outside of London, according to new research for national estate agents Jackson-Stops & Staff, with 44 offices nationwide.

Surrey recorded price growth of 10 per cent, coming fourth in the overall league table behind London at 16 per cent, Oxfordshire at 15 per cent and Hertfordshire at 12 per cent.  The remaining top ten performing counties all recorded eight per cent or nine per cent annual average price inflation and included Wiltshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, East Sussex and Buckinghamshire.

In the top 10 table for price growth for detached homes, North-west London was first at 15 per cent, with Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire close behind. Greater Manchester showed growth of 10 per cent, along with Dorset and Cambridgeshire.

The research into the performance of house prices by county in 2014 in England and Wales for Jackson-Stops & Staff, which has more than a century of experience in the prime property market, showed that Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Surrey are the top performing counties across all price ranges outside London, with double digit average price growth and strong price inflation across the whole range of property stock. In Hertfordshire, average asking prices reached £636,368 in December, up from £569,870 the previous year whereas Oxfordshire has seen year on year price growth of 15 per cent, just below Greater London at 16 per cent. Surrey meanwhile, has seen average asking prices rise to £732,235.

Counties including Wiltshire, Cambridgeshire and Berkshire all displayed nine per cent annual average price inflation, highlighting wider levels of recovery throughout southern England, with strong price growth beyond London and the Home Counties. This is a positive message for those counties outside of the traditional commuter belt, with steady growth recorded in Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.

While Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire performed well in all property sectors, the top performing counties differed depending on property type and bedroom count. In terms of first time buyers of one or two bedroom properties, there are six counties appearing in the top 10 for both property types – Hertfordshire, Warwickshire, Berkshire, West Sussex, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire, excluding London. Berkshire saw a 12 per cent and 18 per cent rise in asking prices for one and two bedroom properties respectively, whereas West Sussex recorded 11 per cent and 10 per cent respective price growth.

While Wales and Northern England have seen stagnation or deflation of up to -3 per cent, price growth is slowly dispersing across the UK with levels of steady growth beginning to creep into the Midlands and beyond. The area is set to see rising property values and economic Nicholas Leeming - BWgrowth, thanks to Government plans for increased investment in infrastructure, which should have positive repercussions in the next few years.

Nicholas Leeming, Chairman of Jackson-Stops and Staff, comments: “The economic recovery remains on track but is still fragile in areas of the country well away from London and the south east. Although there  is clear evidence of a slowdown in some parts of Central  London, this research shows much to be positive about in 2015. Some counties in south-east England have recorded growth just shy of the levels experienced in London and this is having a knock on effect further afield, with counties such as Dorset, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire, outside of the traditional commuter belt experiencing steady levels of growth.”

The data was sourced from home.co.uk December 2014 by Insight Advantage for Jackson-Stops & Staff and is based on average asking prices.

www.jackson-stops.co.uk/London

 

 

February 17, 2015

Interview: This year’s house price predictions for #Richmond

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , — JSS London @ 11:09 am

NEW LOGOHouse prices in Greater London are up 9.7 percent annually and 2.8 percent in the past month, according to figures out today from leading listings website Rightmove.

But what are the predictions for the housing market in Richmond for the rest of 2015? This Is Our Town Richmond spoke to the sales and lettings team at Estate Agents Jackson-Stops & Staff to ask them for their forecasts for the borough.

According to Land Registry figures for 2014, house prices in Richmond surpassed 20% for the year.  Greater London surpassed inner London (Kensington & Chelsea saw an 11.5% rise for example). Why do you think this happened? Has this pace continued so far in 2015?

The Richmond borough has enjoyed sustained and stable house price growth historically and 2014 was clearly no exception, as we witnessed incredibly strong house prices being achieved in the Borough. A combination of factors was responsible for this, including improved economic health, on-target inflation and low interest rates, which all helped to fuel demand. All London boroughs recorded double digit annual growth in 2014; however, Richmond clearly enjoyed an incredibly strong ‘ripple effect’ out from central Prime London areas, which were beginning to reach saturation towards the end of 2014 and which, in turn, made Richmond appear relatively better value to buyers. So far this year, we continue to see strong demand from buyers and particularly renters, many of whom are looking to find a property, enjoy the excellent commuting links, great quality of life, brilliant schools and then settle long-term into this beautiful area as their families grow up.

The new progressive stamp duty rules introduced in December is a bit of a mixed blessing for Richmond. Over 5% of all million pound plus house sales in the whole of the UK in 2014 were in Richmond Upon Thames (according to research last year by Lloyds Bank). What impact is this new system having on house sales in the area?Boat and Bridge - Copy

In an affluent borough such as Richmond, the percentage of those affected by the stamp duty rises at the upper levels is clearly significantly higher than the national average. It is difficult to predict how the market will react so early on; however, we could find in the coming months that the rises will allow some purchasers to reduce their offers accordingly, in order to accommodate the hike in their overall purchase costs. It’s perhaps worth remembering that the new levels of stamp duty introduced back in December will benefit financially 98% of all property purchasers in the UK; indeed, we are seeing less price sensitivity around the old threshold prices such as £250,000 and £500,000, which are still relevant to Richmond residents.

A couple of weeks ago, Jackson-Stops & Staff hit the headlines because they were marketing an unbelievably small property (322 square feet – see picture below) in Twickenham for £300,000. This seems excessive. Is this the property market going mad or have you overpriced?  

I’m delighted to report that this property went under offer within just a few days of being brought to the market by us; because it was something rather unique, it garnered a huge amount of interest and there were a large number of viewings across our Teddington and Richmond offices. As always, we did our research and looked at comparable properties in terms of location, style and size that have sold in the area, and we priced it accordingly; the buyer particularly loved the location of the property and we wish him happiness in his new home.

Traditionally, is the property market quite cautious ahead of a general election? Is that the case now. Should people be putting their house on the market this side of a general election or should they hold fire?

691A0456_tonemappedEditIt’s certainly true that a general election tends to cause a slightly more ‘wait and see’ approach amongst buyers and sellers alike, as there is an inevitable period of uncertainty in the run-up campaign. Housing is, of course, a major issue in the political arena and whilst there is a cross party consensus to increase supply, there are also very real differences of opinion when it comes to taxation. The latest stamp duty overhaul signals continued political interest regarding intervention in the housing market. In our Richmond office, we have not started to see the effects just yet but we do expect that market could slow slightly for property sales; however, we continue to register large numbers of applicants looking to buy, the majority of whom are looking to purchase for their own use and aspirations, as opposed to any political timescale. We never forget that a house is an emotional purchase for most people, a home, not simply a financial transaction.

The Mansion Tax on £2m plus homes will be introduced if Labour wins the next election. It is a hugely contentious issue especially in Richmond where residents will be particularly hit. Would this completely stall the top end of the market in Richmond?

The Mansion Tax on £2m plus homes has been viewed by some as uneconomical and unfair. There is also concern over those ‘asset rich’ but ‘cash-poor’ households who have seen their property rise in value over £2m over a long period of time; this would certainly apply to a large number of long-term Richmond residents. Labour has tried to counter this problem through allowing such owners to defer payments until the property is sold. Having said all that, we generally find that if people are motivated to move then they will be keen to make it happen according to their personal timescales, irrespective of political issues such as mansion tax or stamp duty changes. It is impossible to predict how much the tax could stall the market at this stage and we will be monitoring all party manifestos on this topic closely during the lead-up to the election in May.

If people want to find an up and coming part of Richmond to buy in at the moment, where would you suggest would be a good investment for the future?

Well, it’s true that most areas in and around Richmond have truly ‘up and come’ in recent years! However, your budget will stretch a little further if you look out beyond the Hill and The Green towards the other side of the A316 in East Twickenham and also off the Kew Road. North Sheen and Lower Mortlake Road have seen several new developments being built recently and we certainly have Landlords who have purchased buy-to-lets in these schemes, which are producing strong rental yields.

What are the main reasons people want to move from other boroughs into Richmond?

There are so many reasons why people want to move from other boroughs into Richmond, it’s hard to beat on so many levels: there’s a great feeling of community spirit amongst its loyal residents, who enjoy the expansive green spaces and vibrant array of boutiques, cafes and bars on their doorstep. For families, schooling is a real pull, with some of the finest state and private schooling options in the country; commuters enjoy the excellent transport links into central London and our clients tell us frequently that Richmond offers them the best of town and country living.View with paintingEdit

What are the main reasons people leave the borough to go elsewhere?

We find that many of our clients choose to stay long-term in the borough if work commitments allow; this is particularly true of families once parents see their children settled happily in the local schools. Quite apart from the usual reasons for leaving an area – job relocation, returning to childhood roots, downsizing or upsizing – we do unfortunately see a relatively small number of people ‘priced out’ of the borough if they are looking to move to a larger property. However, the strength of the market does provide huge stability to those homeowners who have lived here for many years and who have seen an excellent return on their property investment.

What are your best Richmond-based properties for sale or rent at the moment?

For those looking to buy a stunning period property in a prime location off Richmond Hill Road, we are delighted to have brought a house to the market for the first time in 45 years; the accommodation is spread across three floors and offers six bedrooms, four receptions, three bathrooms, large entrance hallway, garden with side access, double garage and cellar. For those looking to rent in Richmond, we have a fantastic three bedroom apartment situated in a modern residential development that’s located 0.5 miles from Richmond centre and station. Do get in touch with our Richmond office to find out more about these and all of our other instructions, we’d be delighted to help : Oliver Griffiths, Sales Manager; Edward Simpson, Lettings Manager; 020 8940 6789; jackson-stops.co.uk/london

Sarah Bruce-Ball, from This is Our Town Richmond, spoke to Oliver Griffiths, Sales Manager and Edward Simpson Lettings Manager at Jackson-Stops & Staff Richmond. 

 

 

 

February 12, 2015

Jackson-Stops … we’re Inn!

jackson_stops_front2014We recently received a visit to our Pimlico Office from a former landlord of a pub called ‘The Jackson Stops’ in Rutland and we thought you might be interested to find out how it came to take its rather unusual name. The pub was originally known as the ‘White Horse’ and was converted from an old farmhouse. Over time, the ‘White Horse’ sign was lost or taken down; when the property was put up for sale in 1955, the only sign remaining was the ‘For Sale’ sign of the selling agent, Jackson-Stops & Staff; since that time, the public house has been known as ‘The Jackson Stops’. A review tells us that ‘the pub has one of the only two nurdling benches (a game involving old pennies) left in Britain.’ jackson_stops_fine_food_3

 

Back to today and the kitchen creates hearty dishes with an international slant, from crayfish and avocado ‘baskets’ to Thai fishcakes, from local sausages and mash to pan-fried duck breast with rosemary potatoes and confit rhubarb. There’s also an extensive blackboard menu of paninis and baguettes with an impressive choice of up to 30 ingredients for mixing and matching.


The pub has three beautifully furnished, intimate dining rooms, a comfortable main bar complete with sofas and a snug noted for its traditional ‘nurdling bench’ and games of ‘pitch and toss’.jackson_stops_fine_food_4

Jackson Stops Inn is also featured in the Michelin Guide, AA Guide.

A Jackson-Stops & Staff pub? We’ll drink to that!

 

January 30, 2015

Flat For Sale in Poirot’s Whitehaven Mansions

202805_BAR150003Star of 33 books, 1 play and over 50 short stories spanning a lifetime of more than 50 years, Hercule Poirot is one of the literary icons of the 20th century and synonymous with the diminutive Belgian Detective is his Mayfair home of Whitehaven Mansions. When a number of the books were serialised for the small screen during the late 1980’s, television producers scoured London’s property scene in search of the perfect building to replicate the 1930’s art deco Whitehaven Mansions that had been so meticulously described in the books. After compiling and subsequently whittling down a long list of potentially suitable blocks the producers decided upon Florin Court in Clerkenwell.

Florin Court is a ten-storey block of flats that was built between 1935 and 1937 (almost the exact scope of the television series chronology) for Charterhouse Ltd by architects Guy Morgan & 202805_BAR150003MPartners and builders J. Gerrard & Sons. In 1988, the block was refurbished and modernised for Regalian Properties at a cost of about £2 million by architects Hildebrand & Glicker. That was when the building acquired its current name, Florin Court. More importantly, however, this was also exactly when the first series of Poirot started shooting.

The serendipity of the find was almost too good to be true, at the precise time they needed to commence filming a block precisely matching the description of Whitehaven Mansions, lovingly restored to former glories and entirely devoid of occupants was found. Unfortunately the vacant nature of the block was not going to last and as such the producers set about filming every conceivable angle of the block and its’ environs, in light and darkness, for a 72 hour non-stop period. But for a few exceptions in later incarnations, the footage shot that weekend has been used to recreate Whitehaven Mansions ever since.

In post Poirot days Florin Court has maintained its’ reputation as one of the most sought after blocks in Clerkenwell. Sitting around the historic Charterhouse Square the building offers superb facilities to its residents including a swimming pool and roof garden with stunning panoramic views west across London.202805_BAR150003O202805_BAR150003N

January 27, 2015

Timekeeping in Teddington

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , , , — JSS London @ 4:09 pm

td59462bThis year marks the 60th anniversary of the first successful atomic clock built by Louis Essen and Jack Parry at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington.  The most recent Atomic clock in the building, named the NPL-csF2, has been revealed recently as being the most accurate long term timekeeper in the world; it plays an essential part in global communications, satellite navigation and the time shaping of financial transactions. Read more

 

This year, there is one man who hopes time will stand still for him; Andy Green, the driver of Blood Hood SSC, will be attempting to break the world land speed record this year but attempting to travel up to 1000mph faster than a bullet.td59462

 

A number of companies have provided technology and support for the project, including BMT, a company based in the iconic NPL building in Teddington.

 

Jackson-Stops & Staff is proud to present a stunning spacious Victorian conversion apartment located opposite the NPL, where the high ceilings large windows and luxury interiors will ensure a viewing is time well spent. 

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For more information, please get in touch with Mark Birch in our Teddington office.

 

January 20, 2015

UK property portal, OnTheMarket.com

OTM_26JAN_Colour-01With the New Year comes the launch on 26 January 2015 of major new UK property portal, OnTheMarket.com.

At Jackson-Stops & Staff, we pride ourselves on being progressive in our approach and we are delighted to have joined thousands of other prominent estate and letting agents in supporting the most important new venture of its type in many years. We have reviewed our overall digital strategy and firmly believe that OnTheMarket.com will rapidly become a major player in the market and a ‘must view’ destination for serious property seekers.

OnTheMarket.com is launching with a multi-million pound marketing budget which will include sustained TV advertising on the main terrestrial and digital channels. In addition, it is running a high-profile press campaign in titles such as the Daily Telegraph, Times, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Scotsman, Glasgow Herald and Western Mail, as well as in key magazines such as Country Life, The London Magazine and Fabric. There will also be a very heavy digital display and pay-per-click campaign.

As a mutual organisation, OnTheMarket.com has no external shareholders and, as such, it is able to plough profits back into improving the property-searching experience and connecting motivated buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords. So, from Monday 26 January 2015, we will be displaying all our instructed properties at OnTheMarket.com. We believe that the state-of-the-art website will provide the most uncluttered, user-friendly and modern UK property search service. Because the technology is new, OnTheMarket.com will adapt seamlessly to whichever type of device and screen size its visitors use.

In the words of David Parris, our Group Operations Director, ‘we look forward to supporting the launch of the new OnTheMarket.com property portal from 26 January. So, whilst we will not be renewing our contract with Zoopla, we shall continue to market all of our properties on Rightmove, which remains the UK’s largest property portal and which provides us with the highest volume and value of leads. After extensive analysis of web traffic and the quality and quantity of leads generated for our clients’ properties, we have decided that this combination of portals will best serve our clients in reaching the highest quality of prospective buyers and tenants. Naturally, we shall continue to market our instructed properties on our own award-winning website, jackson-stops.co.uk, as well as working as closely as ever with our valuable database of registered buyers and tenants.

For further information please contact your nearest Jackson-Stops & Staff branch office.

January 7, 2015

OnTheMarket.com

OTM_26JAN_Colour-01Jackson-Stops & Staff will feature all of its properties at OnTheMarket.com, a new property website which launches in January as a direct competitor to Rightmove and Zoopla, the national upmarket agent announced.

Properties from across all Jackson-Stops & Staff 44 offices nationwide, including seven London offices, will feature on the new property website. In addition, all Jackson-Stops & Staff will continue to be listed with Rightmove.

Jackson-Stops & Staff has more than a century of experience in the prime property market from houses and apartments in London’s smartest districts, to country houses, farms and estates and listed buildings, from residential development and new homes sales to professional services.

OnTheMarket.com – which launches on Monday 26 January 2015 – is a mutual organisation focused on providing an outstanding service for property searchers, estate and letting agents, vendors and landlords. The venture already has the support of more than 4,000 estate and lettings agency branches nationwide, including those of leading national, regional and local firms. OnTheMarket.com is expecting many more to join in the coming weeks as momentum continues to grow. Its member agents will be moving hundreds of thousands of properties to OnTheMarket.com from other websites to create a unique set which cannot be found elsewhere.

When OnTheMarket.com launches, neither Rightmove nor Zoopla will be able to claim their property listings cover the entire market because many estate and letting agents will be leaving them to join OnTheMarket.com as the best platform to showcase their properties in the clearest and simplest way.

The property search at OnTheMarket.com will be slick, simple, fast and state-of-the-art, compatible with the latest technologies. The website will adapt seamlessly to fit the screen of any device being used to view it. There will be no clutter from irritating and distracting third party adverts, nor any spam email.

Every property at OnTheMarket.com will be marketed by a locally-based estate or letting agent because OnTheMarket.com knows the majority of the public recognises the benefits of having a local professional in place who can manage the sales or lettings process on their behalf. Also, there is no substitute for their detailed knowledge of a property, the local area, the current market conditions and the vendor’s/landlord’s personal circumstances.  OnTheMarket.com will not feature properties marketed by online-only agents.

Tim Dansie, on behalf of Jackson-Stops & Staff, said: “Our directors and staff combine a first-class understanding of residential property with the very highest standards of services for clients. We believe OnTheMarket.com will rapidly grow to become a major player in the portal market because it will provide a clean, crisp and simple search function and a highly effective platform for our vendor and landlord clients and be a great place to launch new properties onto the market.”

Ian Springett, Chief Executive of OnTheMarket.com, said: “We are delighted Jackson-Stops & Staff has committed to OnTheMarket.com and we look forward to matching motivated buyers and tenants with all the properties our member agents are marketing for their clients across its 44 offices nationwide.”

Notes to editors:

OnTheMarket.com is the property website of Agents’ Mutual Ltd. Agents’ Mutual is a company limited by guarantee and was established in 2013. Its purpose is to provide a first-class property search service to local estate and lettings agents, their clients and the property-seeking public and it is not driven by narrow shareholder value motives.

Every estate or letting agent firm which lists properties with it becomes a member of the company and has an equal interest in it. One firm = one member = one vote, irrespective of the number of offices a firm has. OnTheMarket.com member agents have provided more than £8 million of pre-launch development funding for the new venture. This has been provided by way of loans and pre-launch subscriptions made in proportion to the number of offices each firm has.

The property websites market was reviewed by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in 2012 when it considered the merger of Digital Property Group (parent DMGT) and Zoopla Group (a private equity backed business). It found that the market was not working well and there was too little competition and choice for property market participants. The OFT approved the merger which created Zoopla Property Group in April 2012.

In 2013, Rightmove income was £140M and profits were £104M (74% profit margin).  Zoopla’s profits were £29.4M.

The senior management team behind OnTheMarket.com has proven expertise in creating, running and growing successful brands and businesses. They were responsible for the founding and the development of Primelocation.com which is now part of Zoopla Property Group.

All estate and letting agents joining OnTheMarket.com commit to list all their properties at OnTheMarket.com and a maximum of one other competing property website, which in practice means in most cases removing their properties and their listing fees from either Rightmove or Zoopla. This element of the strategy is widely seen as essential in enabling the business to disrupt the duopoly which currently exists in the property website market.

OnTheMarket.com will not accept listings from private vendors and landlords.

OnTheMarket.com will cover the whole of the UK and its member agents are spread according to the national market distribution.  Approximately 70% of its member firms are located outside of London and 30% inside London.

For further information, please contact:

Vikki Thomas on Vikki.thomas@agentsmutual.co.uk or call 0203 714 3985

Marion Hardman, for Jackson-Stops & Staff, on 0203 697 4358 or jss@fourcommunications.com

December 15, 2014

Lettings and Property Management Services from Jackson-Stops & Staff

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Jackson-Stops & Staff would be delighted to provide you with a seamless lettings and property management service for your buy-to-let investment property, or portfolio of investment properties. We operate from our well-established network of 12 prime office locations in North, City and South West London, covering a wide geographical area across London.  All our offices are linked through industry specific software which contains the properties’ attributes and details; we record tenant requirements and send out electronic alerts when suitable matches are found.  We offer a range of stunning properties, from studio apartments through to large family homes in the prime areas of Mayfair, Chelsea, Pimlico, Holland Park, Richmond, Teddington, Weybridge and Wimbledon, as well as key central locations in The City, Bloomsbury and Southbank.

Client management and service excellence
In order to work successfully for you we make sure that we listen carefully to your specific requirements and deliver on the services we promise, aiming to exceed your expectations whenever possible. The starting point is our people; your dedicated team would bring together the relevant mix of sector, client management, lettings and property management expertise. We enjoy unrivalled knowledge of the areas local to our offices and we are willing and able to respond to any enquiries you may have. Our experienced teams are industry qualified and able to deal with all levels of enquiries.  As the only current firm of estate agents to take up membership to the Institute of Customer Service, we have placed client service firmly at the top of our business agenda, carrying out the necessary audits and staff training in order to attain accreditation from this highly-regarded organisation.  We work hard to provide a flexible, bespoke service to our clients. By listening closely, the Jackson-Stops & Staff team will take time to hear the things that others can miss.

Knowledge and experience – an unrivalled track record
We have a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from working with other Landlords and high profile corporate companies and we would be happy to discuss this in further detail with you. The talent and experience that Jackson-Stops & Staff can offer is unequalled and the proficiency of our professionals is endorsed by the following list of major clients, for whom we work across the globe.

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Our dedicated, experienced property management department is based at our newly refurbished Wimbledon office and ensures that our managed properties are fully compliant with all safety regulations (including Gas Safety, Electrical Safety and Furniture and Furnishings Acts) and that they meet with the Association of Regulated Lettings Agents (ARLA) standards; this provides an assurance to our clients that we are specialist advisors on the letting process, from the initial enquiry through to ending the tenancy and handling the deposit. 

Our people, your team
Jackson-Stops & Staff is confident of the value its staff will bring to you. Tracey Cumming, as Head of Lettings, and Simon Quinn, as Head of Property management, will work hard to ensure that we deliver beyond the required service levels to you; that we exceed your expectations and that our relationship with you is managed effectively at all levels.

We believe that good communication is key to successful collaborative working and we are completely committed to ensuring we maintain an ongoing, effective dialogue with you.

Costs
We are able to offer very competitive rates and would be happy to discuss this in further detail once we progress to the next stage.

Why Jackson-Stops & Staff?

  • An unrivalled knowledge of the property sector;
  • A bespoke estate agent with long and existing property management department, enhanced continually over the years;
  • Innovative leadership which provides a dedicated resource of highly experienced people ready to facilitate your immediate needs;·
  • A single point of contact for Landlord and Tenant in Property Management;·
  • Access to experienced and trusted portfolio of Contractors;·
  • Regular property inspections with full written report and photos;
  • COMING IN 2015: Landlord Login with ability to access statements, invoices, and inspection reports.

December 9, 2014

The Great Christmas Pudding Race

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Victoria George Fran Rob Tina Rob (2) - CopyThe morning of Saturday 6th December saw Tina Evans, Georgina Rabl, Francesca Phillips & Victoria Ogilvie from the Frank Harris & Co. City Office take part in the Annual Great Christmas Pudding Race in Covent Garden. The four ladies made up the ‘Property Puddings’ team alongside two colleagues from Jackson-Stops & Staff; Robert Dawson from the Pimlico branch and Robert Butterworth from the Holland Park Office.The Pudding - Copy

The morning consisted of a costume parade which saw the six ‘Property Puddings’ model their fetching Christmas Pudding hats and branded t-shirts. The competitors then took part in a Zumba workout to warm themselves up as the weather was bitterly cold! This lead to the event itself- an obstacle course relay race throughout which all the competitors were carrying a Christmas Pudding! The course included several inflatable obstacles, whipped cream and icing sugar. Everyone that took part had such fun and it was made all the more worthwhile due to the £1100.00 raised so far for Cancer Research.

December 1, 2014

6 tips for making buying or selling your home less stressful

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , , , — JSS London @ 10:53 am

Buying or selling a property is the most stressful part of modern life, according to a recent report. The anxiety of moving is rated as worse than being made redundant or even getting divorced. The reasons for the sleepless nights include the huge sums involved, slow solicitors and the risk of the deal falling through, to name but a few.

To help take the stress out of your next move, just follow these simple tips from David Williams, our Head of Sales for London.

1.  Consider holding an open day

Holding viewings can be disruptive and it’s stressful having to keep your home tidy all the time. One way round this is to hold an open day. This can create a buzz around your property and help find a buyer in a short space of time.

2.  Get a good solicitor

Don’t shop solely on price: the cheapest solicitor is unlikely to be the best. Engage one who has been recommended to you and knows the area you are selling or buying your home in. This is likely to be the biggest transaction you ever undertake so getting the right solicitor is important.

3.  Put your home on the market for the right price

You will want to maximize the amount you sell for, of course, but if your asking price is too high you risk having it on the market for months on end. Worse still, it can get stale so may not sell even if you later reduce the price. Make sure your estate agent can justify the asking price they suggest to you.

4.  Instruct your solicitor as soon as your home goes on the market

Ask your solicitor to prepare a draft contact and apply for the title deeds before you have even secured a buyer. This can shave weeks off the time it takes to exchange contracts.

5.  Get all your paperwork in order

Your buyer will want to see all the planning permissions, building regulations consents, FENSA and other guarantees relating to your property. Having this paperwork to hand can save frustrating delays on your sale.

David Williams6.  Ask your agent questions

Buying or selling a home is complex and stressful and it’s not always easy to know what’s going on or why it is being delayed. Don’t be shy to tap into your agent’s expertise to find out what is going on or to explain the reason for any hold ups.

David can be found at our Chelsea office on 59 Cadogan Street, London SW3 2QJ.  You can contact him on 020 7581 5881 or at davidwilliams@jackson-stops.com.

November 28, 2014

Teddington Lights Up

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , — JSS London @ 3:08 pm

Night exteriorTeddington was well and truly lit up in style last night, as huge numbers of people of all ages from the local community congregated along the High Street to enjoyed a host of pop-up festive events and attractions.

Our Jackson-Stops office threw its doors open to hundreds of visitors, many of whom were local school children clambering to ‘guess the number of sweets’ adorning our stunning gingerbread house, which had been baked with love by our very own Meena Patel, Senior Lettings Negotiator in Teddington. Meena

We were fortunate enough to make use of Rob Waller’s (Photos and Floorplans) wonderful image of a stag, taken in nearby Bushy Park, who duly became ‘Rudolf’ for the night, allowing children to take turns to ‘pin the red nose’ on the ‘reindeer’! For our more grown-up visitors, the bubbles flowed alongside the mince pies and little house-shaped chocolates, which were handmade by our staff and included Santa’s secret magical ingredient…

Most importantly, we were delighted to raise money for our chosen charity, Tearfund, which works tirelessly in its fight against poverty across the globe.

The highlight of the evening for our Teddington office was a visit from Joshua, a Year 5 pupil from St. Mary’s and St. Peter’s School who was the winner of our Christmas Card design competition this year!

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November 19, 2014

Jazz, Blues & Property

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This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the seminal Jazz record label Blue Note Records

This momentous date for jazz enthusiasts is being celebrated by this year’s London Jazz Festival at venues across London, from the 14th November until the 23rd November 2014.

We are delighted to see that Christian Brewer, a leading figure on the Jazz screen who has played with pop artists including Paul Weller, Seal and Otis Grand, will be performing at Retro Bistro on Teddington High Street on the 25th November 2014, which is bound to be worth a visit.

Just a stone’s throw away, Jackson-Stops & Staff is proud to present a newly refurbished spacious and bright apartment located off Teddington High Street…the high ceilings and large windows are guaranteed to beat the blues! This property is located moments from the centre of Teddington, with its wide array of cafes, restaurants and boutiques, so you’re sure not to miss a beat. Please call Mark Birch and the Teddington Lettings Team on 0208 943 9955  to find out more.

 

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November 14, 2014

Teddington Lights Up

IMG_3504Our Teddington office is already getting into the festive spirit and preparations are well underway for this year’s Teddington Lights Up event, which is taking place on Thursday 27th November from 4-10pm.

Join us for an afternoon and evening of festive fun for all the family, with plenty of exciting events planned for everyone.

Teddington Lights UpDo pop into our office on the High Street and take part in our home-themed competition…the recent ‘Great British Bake Off’ has inspired our very own Meena Patel to try her hand at producing another of her wonderful gingerbread houses, which will be decorated with sweets!

Children and adults alike will be able to guess the number of sweets adorning the cake and we will present the winner with the gingerbread house and all its contents shortly after the day of the event.

Do come along and help us support local charity Tearfund, we look forward to seeing you!

 

November 13, 2014

Just launched: Two new developments in historic #SouthBank buildings

West Apartment Bear Pitt2It’s not often you get the chance to buy a new build South Bank home set in a historic building. But this month we’ve launched two new schemes, each with a fascinating history.

The Bear Pit takes its name from the 16th century theatre and bear-baiting arena that once stood on the site. You can see it clearly shown on London’s oldest surviving map, published by Braun and Hogenberg in 1572.

To modern ears, bear-baiting doesn’t sound much fun but it was hugely popular in Tudor times. Thankfully those days are long past and it’s now a Grade II listed building that has been converted into two meticulously designed duplex apartments. Properties of such character and grandeur rarely come onto the market as new builds.Bear Pit interior

Step out from the front door and you are in the heart of London’s BanksideThe Globe Theatre and the river Thames are literally round the corner. Few properties offer such access to sophisticated London living. The Tate Modern and Borough Market are both within 500m; Blackfriars, London Bridge and Southwark tube stations are all an easy walk.

For more details about the two apartments, Pepys House and Davies House, click here.

You would be hard pressed hard to find a Victorian building more splendid than Dover House. It has been restored to its former glory to create nine breathtaking apartments. The interiors are by the world-renowned Argent Design.

These are now being sold off plan. Completion is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2015.

Built in 1895, the building was formerly the Dover Castle Hotel and Restaurant. The Dover House exteriorornate billiard room and mirrored grill room are fine examples of Victorian good taste and craftsmanship. This has been echoed in the development. Argent Design have spared no detail and the lavish interiors do more than justice to the majestic exterior.

Dover House is located on Lower Marsh at the centre of London’s cultural quarter. It’s a short stroll the Old and Young Vic theatres, the National Theatre and the South Bank’s eclectic bars and restaurants. A hop over Waterloo Bridge and you’re in Covent Gardens and the West End’s shops and theatres. Or, if your taste buds are twitching you can wander down the road to sample the delights of nearby Borough Market.

For more details about Dover House, click here.

November 10, 2014

6 tips for making buying or selling your home less stressful

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Buying or selling a property is the most stressful part of modern life, according to a recent report. The anxiety of moving is rated as worse than being made redundant or even getting divorced. The reasons for the sleepless nights include the huge sums involved, slow solicitors and the risk of the deal falling through, to name but a few.

To help you move home without having to tear your hair out, Sam Ball, sales manager of our Bloomsbury office, gives us his top tips.

1.  Consider holding an open day

Holding viewings can be disruptive and it’s stressful having to keep your home tidy all the time. One way round this is to hold an open day. This can create a buzz around your property and help find a buyer in a short space of time.

2.  Get a good solicitor

Don’t shop solely on price: the cheapest solicitor is unlikely to be the best. Engage one who has been recommended to you and knows the area you are selling or buying your home in. This is likely to be the biggest transaction you ever undertake so getting the right solicitor is important.

3.  Put your home on the market for the right price

You will want to maximize the amount you sell for, of course, but if your asking price is too high you risk having it on the market for months on end. Worse still, it can get stale so may not sell even if you later reduce the price. Make sure your estate agent can justify the asking price they suggest to you.

4.  Instruct your solicitor as soon as your home goes on the market

Ask your solicitor to prepare a draft contact and apply for the title deeds before you have even secured a buyer. This can shave weeks off the time it takes to exchange contracts.

5.  Get all your paperwork in order

Sam - Black and WhiteYour buyer will want to see all the planning permissions, building regulations consents, FENSA and other guarantees relating to your property. Having this paperwork to hand can save frustrating delays on your sale.

6.  Ask your agent questions

Buying or selling a home is complex and stressful and it’s not always easy to know what’s going on or why it is being delayed. Don’t be shy to tap into your agent’s expertise to find out what is going on or to explain the reason for any hold ups.

Sam can be found at our office on 104 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4BN. You can contact him on 020 7405 4444 or at samball@frankharris.co.uk.

7 interior design tips and trends for 2015

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One of the more interesting aspects of being an estate agent is seeing so many different interiors. Some are stylish and elegant, while others are, let’s just say, less inviting.

We know how tricky it can be to get that perfect design inspiration. Today’s fashions change so quickly, it’s hard to know what’s ‘now’ and what’s as dated as avocado bathrooms.

To help you through the maze of interior design, we spoke to interior designer Rebecca Allan, of Alexander James Interior Design. Rebecca recently designed the beautiful show home for the Bear Pit apartments that we have just launched from our Mayfair Office. She talked to us about the trends we can expect to see in 2015 and gave us her top tips for transforming your home.

1. Boutique bedrooms

“A lot of our clients want a bedroom that feels as luxurious as a five star hotel but has the warm feeling of home. A sou140170_04classic way to achieve this is to start with a ‘wow’ bed. Add a subtle fabric headboard that blends in with the other materials in the room, plenty of lamps to create atmosphere and scattered cushions, throws and furs for a sensuous feel. If a bed with endless cushions isn’t your thing, opt for beautiful bedding with decorative piping and edging to create a refined finish.”

2. Panelled walls

“If you have the budget, panelled walls give a special sophistication to flat surfaces. These can be upholstered in linen, suede or even leather, adding interest and shape to what could be a bland, flat wall.”

3. Artwork

“Be bold with your artwork. It’s a great way to add a burst of colour without being too full on. For the Bear Pit, I chose a neutral, almost white backdrop to keep the space feeling light and airy. I then commissioned an artist to produce bespoke pieces that incorporated the colours and tones I’d chosen for the cushion fabrics and flowers.”

4. Dress your bathroom to perfection

“People love extravagant hotel bathrooms. It’s amazing how a few rolls of thick white towels, flowers and the display of high end toiletry products can transform any bathroom into a luxurious high-end space.”

5. From runway to room

“Clothing designers aren’t the only ones influenced by fashion week. Well-received colours and prints often find their way into the interior design world, too. Next year, I expect to see textile designs incorporating loose geometric shapes, hand painted techniques and blurred lines influenced by Asian and Moroccan designs. I also anticipate lots of blues and yellows.”

Bear Pit interior6. Brass, gold and antique

“We’ve seen a lot of chrome over the last few years but this is now being replaced with brass, gold, silver leaf and antique finishes. A lot of new furniture and fixtures in 2015 will have these elegant finishes.”

7. The finishing touches

“Less is more when it comes to choosing decorative objects for your home. Ditch the clutter and stick to key pieces that reflect your taste and style. It’s much better to spend your budget on a selection of impacting pieces that you love instead of a collection of purposeless accessories.”

November 7, 2014

Bloomsbury flat for sale once belonged to British comedy legend

Filed under: Latest News — JSS London @ 3:34 pm

bea28fc5-c132-4821-9e3b-0eaecd81f232Bloomsbury is well known for its blue plaques. Lift your head as you wander the streets and you’ll see them adorning the homes once lived in by literary and scientific giants such as Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf and Charles Darwin, to name but a few.  It’s not all writers and scientists though.

A rather unspectacular mansion block in Ridgmont Gardens was the unlikely first London address of reggae artist Bob Marley.

And a few minutes’ walk away in Marchmont Street is a plaque that bears the name of one Britain’s best-loved comedians, Kenneth Williams.

Born in Caledonian Road in 1926, at the age of nine Williams moved with his family to a flat above the barber shop his father ran at 57 Marchmont Street. It’s still a hairdressers today.

Williams, who is best known for starring in the Carry On films (he appeared in 26 of the 31 that were made), lived there until he was 30. The plaque in his honour was unveiled by radio presenter Nicholas Parsons as recently as 2009.mar140124_08

In fact, Williams spent most of his life in flats in and around the area. One of these was in Endsleigh Court on Upper Woburn Place. He paid £800 for his lease in this imposing 1930′s block.

Scottish comedian Stanley Baxter once suggested to Williams that they share the flat as work was bringing him to London. “I could no more share a flat with anyone than I could fly,” was Williams’ tart response. You can imagine him saying it in his trademark nasal drawl.

Williams lived there for three years during the late 1950′s and his diaries reveal how much he enjoyed it there.

Frank Harris & Co. have been instructed to sell the flat and it’s on the market for £395,000. It is just off Tavistock Square, less than a five-minute walk to Euston Station. It has recently been painted and measures 34sq m. For more details, click here.

This is a chance to live in a property that once belonged to a British comedy legend.

November 4, 2014

Parade Around EC4

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The Lord Mayor’s Show is a time old tradition which has taken place in the City of London since the 16th Century. The Lord Mayor of London represents solely the City of London; the title is bestowed on a new candidate each year following elections at Common Hall comprising Livery Men from all of the City’s Livery Companies.  The new Lord Mayor is sworn in during the second week of November, the day before the Lord Mayor’s Parade.

Originally the parade was a flotilla of barges going down the Thames from the City to the Royal Cour202805_BAR140246Ets in the City of Westminster. 1856 was the last year the show went by barge, it has taken place on dry land ever since. The state coach was commissioned for the parade in 1757, this was considered a much safer way for the Mayor on which to make his way to Westminster following an incident with a drunken flower girl one previous year which resulted in the Lord Mayor falling from his horse and breaking his leg! The procession starts at Guildhall and weaves its way through the City of London winding up at The Strand to where the Royal Courts of Justice have been located since moving from Westminster in 1882.

202805_BAR140246CThis year, the parade will be on Saturday 8th November. The procession meanders past St Paul’s Cathedral and Ludgate Circus not far from where Frank Harris & Co. have taken on a charming one bedroom property on Carter Lane. Situated along one of London’s historic lanes, this second floor property takes advantage of large window which light up the bright living room with open plan kitchen. The bedroom has gorgeous high ceilings and a walk-in wardrobe. A separate marble shower room puts the cherry on top of this fantastic City flat. Please give Frank Harris & Co. a call on 020 7600 7000 to book a viewing.

October 31, 2014

#Halloween – Things That go Bump in the Night

Boo2If you’re local to Teddington there’s no need to feel spooked if you haven’t managed to sort out your evening for Halloween yet, we have everything you need to make some scary plans…

 

Why not book your place on the Hampton Court Palace Ghost Tours? Find out what spooked some of the palace’s historical residents as you are guided around the palace courtyards at night.  If you are left wanting more, why not seek out our local gothic masterpiece, Strawberry Hill House, the following morning?

 

You’ll have a bit of time to recover from your ghastly experiences in time for the Ghost Stories taking place on 13th December in Teddington’s Normansfield Hospital, or what is now known to as Langdon Down Centre, the perfect setting for a spooky evening out.

 

Do call Russell Gooden or Mark Birch for all your Teddington property needs on 0208 943 9777

October 28, 2014

Look Mum No Hands!

Filed under: Latest News — JSS London @ 3:49 pm

ViewLook Mum No Hands! is an exciting local business on Old Street and makes for the perfect place for those who like cycling, coffee and beer in no particular order!

Head to the café during the day for an artesian coffee and slice of homemade chocolate Guinness cake; take your bike with you as there are two workshops on the premises to facilitate any repairs or improvements on your set of (two) wheels. Later on and perhaps once the bike has been safely put away for the evening, head there for a craft beer while you watch all major cycling events shown on the big screens.

This fantastic local business is just one of the varied array you will find in the Old Street area. Frank Harris & Co. are delighted to have this two bedroom property for sale on Old Street; featuring a large open plan reception room, a brand new kitchen, two bathrooms and two double bedrooms- topped off by a South-facing roof terrace with views over the City skyline. Please call Frank Harris & Co. City Office to view this wonderful property.

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