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Aaron James

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  1. Anyone know much about this property? http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-25838619.html Not too many terraces left within sight of Henry Cavendish go on under 800k these days? Property Bee Log: Thu Mar 14 12:34:31 2013 Price changed: from '£789,999' to '£775,000' Fri Feb 15 16:56:28 2013 Price changed: from '£825,000' to '£789,999' Mon Feb 4 14:41:52 2013 Initial entry found.
  2. Were in a similar position to you in 2011, and hummed and harred about whether to wait, in the end just bought and it was the right decision. I don't know for how much longer SW12/17/2 prices can keep going up, but rents are so high that the cost of a mortgage even allowing for maintenance and costs of ownership it works out in favour of owner occupier. There's not many bargains to be had though. Hyde Farm flats are overpriced for the size, the Wandsworth side of Balham is now an extension of Battersea and well over the 500k mark for decent 2 bedroom flats. Telford Park (below Thornton Avenue) is now starting to tap out too at or over 500k (but the properties are ~10% bigger than the equivalent Hyde Farm flats). I would start looking at anything between Thornton Ave and the A23, particularly in Kirstall rd, and Kirkstall Gdns. Even those properties have gone up a fair bit, but I feel they have some room to go up further and the walk to Balham Station is about 15-17 minutes which is tolerable.
  3. Emmanuel Road, if it's in top-spec is probably 500+ at the moment. The 1st floor flats probably could achieve 550 actually. So that one isn't (sadly) completely off the richter scale.
  4. Prices both asking and completing have gone up a lot here in the past 12 months. I thought it might cool down as the bankers felt the effects of the mess they helped cause, but it it hasn't really affected the lower end of the market. But this place is on the wrong road for that sort of asking price. If it was Haverhill, Scholars or Pentney or even the park end of Telford / Rastell Ave I could maybe understand it. But Cambray and Midmoor are probably among the least desirable roads in Hyde Farm. Anyway it'll be a very interesting one to watch and see what it ends up going for. Maybe high 400s, but definitely not > 500.
  5. Prices both asking and completing have gone up a lot here in the past 12 months. I thought it might cool down as the bankers felt the effects of the mess they helped cause, but it it hasn't really affected the lower end of the market. But this place is on the wrong road for that sort of asking price. If it was Haverhill, Scholars or Pentney or even the park end of Telford / Rastell Ave I could maybe understand it. But Cambray and Midmoor are probably among the least desirable roads in Hyde Farm. Anyway it'll be a very interesting one to watch and see what it ends up going for. Maybe high 400s, but definitely not > 500.
  6. Been a while but looking around seeing what the prices are like at the moment and saw this one and nearly fell off my chair. 2 bed flat, no dedicated living room, builders spec finish. 550k. Foxtons are trying to play the KFH, Aspire game of telling vendors stupid numbers to get their instructions. http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-40835453.html Even in this frothy market I can't see that one going > 500k.
  7. Not so much around our way in Telford park. A few that went on very bullish have come down, but the 2-3 bed maisonettes in reasonable condition in the 400-470 range seem to move fast.
  8. Telford Park is starting to test the 500k limit atm. The maisonettes are more attractive than the Hyde Farm ones because they are usually anywhere from 50-150 sq ft bigger, and few of them have had the lofts done.
  9. There have been some pretty epic asking prices around upper Hyde Farm/Telford Park recently. KFH the usual culprit but James Pendleton too, have been treating vendors to some insane overvaluations. It seems these guys are trying to muscle in on Andrews and Jackons who have traditionally been strong in the area. Best way to do that is to tell people what they want to hear. Like their 1.5 bedroom 700 square foot side-return flat is worth 470k. Then you get something truly special like this one from KFH, which really is a treat. 630k for a 3 bed upper floor maisonette. For added roffle factor, they include the uninhabitable eaves in their square ft calculations... http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-21776271.html I know there's very few instructions going around at the moment but some of these Balham estate agents are getting dirty in order to get business.
  10. I was thinking just that, although hopefully he isn't too worried about the 'jealousy factor' of friends in making a home decision. Clapham, Battersea, Balham, and bits of Streatham Hill (below Thornton Ave) 250k doesn't buy you much.
  11. Mmm to be honest although it's gobsmacking and that place is probably going to need 200+k to bring it up to the standard of neighbouring properties, it's probably on the best 'street' in the area. Annoying though some places in that street sold for. Circa 200k 15 years ago...
  12. As a serious response it really depends where In the area you're looking at as prices vary wildly. If you compare nightinggale with the tulse hill side of streatham hill it's easily half the price. Generally you will be looking between 250 and 350k for a one bed in an anyway desirable area in sw12 and between 150 and 300k for sw2. I personally wouldn't buy right now (although we just did... ) as there is so little stock on the market, it's really geared towards sellers.
  13. No idea what the couple are like in real life, but they didn't come across well on TV it had to be said. Mmm I wonder where that flat was they ended up with anyway? I cringe a bit when I work out the price per square foot. They had half our budget but got a 3rd of the floorspace. While they avoided stamp duty, they will find when they come to sell people prepared to live in a 300 sq ft flat are going to want to avoid stamp as well. Doesn't bode well for capital appreciation.
  14. Yeah I would agree. On the flip side the benefit of the area is the nice housing stock (late victorian / edwardian) and good transport links. The other thing to take into account is if you're in hyde farm/telford park, or nightinggale you have Tooting Common and Wandsworth Common quite literally on your doorstep.
  15. Ahh let me correct this, sleepy + still can't do imperial measurements properly! I meant here the average size from what I've seen tends to be around 5-6 metres deep (15-18ft) and about 4-5 metres (12-15ft) wide. Naturally these can vary and I've seen instances of skinny long gardens and short and squat ones. Ours for example in Telford Park is pretty square, about 5 metres deep and 6 or so wide.
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