January 2024

How to Keep Your London Home Condensation-Free This Winter

In the winter, we’re guaranteed a few things. It’ll be raining when we least want it to. A local postie will still be wearing shorts, no matter how cold it is. And condensation will appear at some point – often in our homes. While you can’t do anything about the weather (or the postie’s clothing choices), you can take some simple steps to combat condensation. We’ve come up with...

Simple Ways to Bring More Sunlight into Your London Home

Who doesn’t love it when the sun’s out? Well, apart from vampires, mushrooms and raincoat makers. But seriously, natural light, especially sunlight, has significant mood-enhancing effects on our minds and homes. For homeowners and residents, understanding how to harness this natural marvel in home design isn’t just about aesthetics but also a step towards a healthier lifestyle. Let’s...

Saving for a Mortgage Deposit: Tips for First-Time Buyers in London

One of the biggest challenges first-time buyers (FTBs) face is getting a deposit together. Saving a large sum of cash while covering all your living expenses during a cost-of-living crisis is no mean feat. But having a good plan and clear goals can make this daunting task more achievable. Here are some tips to help you save for a mortgage deposit. Number crunch You’ll need a deposit that’s...

The Telltale Signs Your London Property Is Being Illegally Sublet

Did you know that one in ten tenants admit to illegally subletting their rental property*? The practice is even more common among young people; in a recent survey, 25% of tenants aged 18 to 24 confessed to secretly subletting all or part of their rental. So why should landlords be concerned about illegal subletting? After all, if the rent still gets paid on time, what’s the problem? Here are a few...

Energy Saving Week: A Guide for London Households

Energy Saving Week is taking place this week from 17 – 23 January. But what is it, and why should you care? Well, it’s a campaign encouraging UK households to become more aware of their energy use. It’s an annual campaign started in 2012 by the Citizens Advice Bureau and government departments. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to get more energy-smart, financially savvy and...

Home-Buying Psychology: The Emotional Factors Shaping London Property Choices

As estate agents, we understand that buying a home is more than just a financial investment. It's an emotional journey, influenced by a range of psychological factors. For sellers, understanding the different emotional factors can help them better understand how they (and their estate agent) can achieve the best possible price for their home. The emotional connection At the heart of every home...

Is Your London Rental On Trend? How the Lettings Market Stacks Up Today

Whether you’re a first-time investor or an experienced landlord looking to expand your portfolio, it pays to know what tenants want. Understanding current trends in the market will help you fine-tune your rental marketing strategy and ensure that any improvement work you undertake proves to be of good value. So, what are tenants looking for in 2024? Let’s take a look. Affordability Given...

Brewing Positivity: How Brew Monday is Combatting Blue Monday

Blue Monday, often labelled as the most challenging day of the year, falls on the third Monday of January.   But what exactly makes this day particularly blue?   Well, a travel company originally coined the name, and Blue Monday is thought to be the day when the festive cheer has faded, resolutions have hit the rocks, and these cold, dark days seem never-ending.   But, it’s not all doom,...

Don’t Try This at Home: Property Experts Reveal Their Biggest Blunders

They’ve graced our TV screens for years and made millions buying and selling homes.  But, like the rest of us, famous property gurus also make mistakes.  From rotten renovation jobs to disappointing deals, here’s a rundown of some of the biggest blunders made by property experts.  Phil Spencer  The unflappable Location, Location, Location co-presenter made a rookie error early in his...

Generation Guppie: The Rise of Long-Term Renters in London’s Property Market

Ever heard of Guppies in the property sector? No, we're not talking about the fish. 'Guppies' is a catchy term for a significant demographic in the rental market. It refers to tenants aged 18-39 who are embracing long-term renting, a group people have termed 'Generation Guppie.' Why Guppies? The nickname stems from 'Given Up on Property.' This generation often sees property ownership as a distant dream,...

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