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Posted: 30th June
By: rlf

Property renovation: 3 top tips

With the popularity of TV programmes like “Property Ladder” and “Homes under the Hammer,” it seems that everyone wants to try their hand at property renovation. And there are lots of different reasons why. Maybe you bought your dream house in the ideal location, but in order for it to truly feel like home, it needs some work; or perhaps after many years, you want to modernise your property.

Either way, if ...

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Posted: 22nd June
By: rlf

Is property crowdfunding a false economy?

Who can afford to buy a house in the UK? Looking at the property prices, you’d think the answer would be nobody. In London alone, the price-to-income ratio is at an all time high — 15.7 times, and it averages well above five times across the rest of the country.

But over inflated prices aren’t putting wannabe homeowners off. Ask anyone what they want to invest in and the answer is almost always property. If ...

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Posted: 15th June
By: rlf

Covent Garden Market development project

New Covent Garden Market is set to be revamped in a multi-phase, 10-year development project costing £2bn.

Redevelopment of the 57-acre Nine Elms site is set to begin in the summer, after development partners VINCI St Modwen Properties and the Covent Garden Market Authority announced that commercial contracts and planning agreements for the development project have gone unconditional.

The fruit, vegetable and ...

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Posted: 8th June
By: rlf

Expats urged to have UK property revalued

Before April 6th of this year, it was possible for expats to sell their UK property tax-free before returning home. However, following changes in legislation, non-resident homeowners are now liable to pay capital gains tax (CGT) on any profits they make on the sale of their UK properties.

To give you some context, in December 2013, George Osborne announced a new tax which would affect foreign owners of UK propert...

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Posted: 1st June
By: rlf

When old buildings get rediscovered

Sometimes, buildings pop up by chance. Southwark Park Station hasn’t seen a commuter in 100 years, having opened in 1902 and closing down in 1915. But thanks to engineers working on the Thameslink building project, it has been rediscovered.

Located on a viaduct above Rotherhithe New Road, Southwark Park was one of several stations in the area, including its more famous neighbour up the road - Spa Road that clos...

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Posted: 1st June
By: rlf

June 2015

The General Election is now behind us and, with the Conservative Government still at the helm, there is little change to industry forecasts.   Whilst the Tories’ agenda is definitely driven by austerity measures, the short and medium term remains optimistic in most of our sectors.

Our attention politically will now focus on the Government’s drive to introduce devolution, giving greater degree of control on e...

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