April 2024

How Mortgages Differ around the World – A Guide for London Homeowners

If you’re paying off a mortgage on a property in , you’ll be well aware of how the mortgage market works in the UK. But how do they do things in the rest of the world? Let’s look at how people in other countries get on the housing ladder. The Netherlands While UK lenders offer the choice of a fixed-rate or variable mortgage, the Dutch do things differently. A Dutch-style mortgage is a...

How to Boost Your London Rental Property’s Value and Appeal

Some landlords, actually many, have an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach to their rental property’s upkeep. But by proactively refurbishing and modernising your rental properties, you can realise a host of benefits that will attract premium tenants and add long-term value to your investment. Here are seven ways why, and how, astute property upgrades benefit forward-thinking...

How NOT to Sell Your London Home: Five Mistakes That Deter Buyers

Most home sellers want three things: to get the best possible price for their property, to complete the sale in good time and to avoid bucket-loads of stress. These three goals may sound simple and achievable, but you’d be surprised how many sellers lose their way during the marketing process. As a result, they waste time and money and cause themselves more anxiety than necessary. To help you...

How London Landlords Can Build a Good Relationship with Their Letting Agents

If you’re a landlord looking to save time and money (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), a good letting agent can be a game-changer. They’ll manage your rental property day to day (so you’re free to focus on your other responsibilities), regularly check in with your tenants (to ensure there are no issues) and remind you of your legal obligations. A top letting agent can also look ahead and,...

The Pros and Cons of Taking Your Children to Property Viewings in London

If you’re looking for a new family home in , viewings will play a key role in your quest to find ‘The One’. While marketing photos and virtual tours serve an important purpose, nothing rivals seeing the décor, layout and location with your own eyes. Viewings also give buyers the chance to discuss the property with the agent and learn more about its history and the seller’s...

Making Tax Digital: A Timeline for London Landlords on the Upcoming Changes

Did you know that HMRC plans to introduce new rules on how landlords file their tax returns? Here’s an update on what these changes involve and a timeline for when they’ll come into force. Making Tax Digital (MTD) is an initiative designed to streamline the tax system by fully digitising it. As MTD has been mooted for quite some time and its implementation delayed twice already, you may have...

Stress Less: Unusual Ways to Unwind in London This April

It’s been described as a curse of modern times. It’s omnipresent in most of our everyday lives. And for some, its impact is dangerous and, in the worst-case scenarios, deadly. In the tune of the 1990 hip-hop hit – let’s talk about stress. April is Stress Awareness Month, a perfect time to discover new relaxation and stress relief techniques. Beyond the usual advice, let’s take a...

Managing and Reducing Void Periods in London

Owning a rental property isn’t just about what happens while tenants are in place; effectively managing periods when your property is unoccupied is equally important. Every landlord faces void periods as a natural part of property letting, making it essential to prepare financially and strategically to manage its impact. Void periods mean not only the loss of rental income but also the burden of...

Five Home Staging Tips for London Homeowners

Are you planning to sell your home this year? Or just curious about what your property may be worth in the current market? Good news – this article will give you five easy-to-follow tips highlighting how effectively staging your home can boost its appeal to potential buyers. Styling your home can also potentially speed up the sale and even increase the value of offers you receive. Let’s...

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