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  1. This is in Get Reading local news but a couple of snippets: https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/business/reading-been-named-one-worlds-18816507 Reading was 13th place in the Tier 2 Cities of the Future ranking, compiled by FDI Intelligence. The report looks at second cities and other major non-capital hubs that excel in a range of categories around economic, social, education and technology. The town was also 9th in the separate ranking for Business Friendliness, which looks at factors to do with how easy it is to set up and do business in the the town. Reading was 13th out o
  2. Hi all, If you were young and care free, and had some capital to spare. What business would you look at starting in this current London economy? Disclaimer: I might steal your idea
  3. Nothing on here so far about this? Or should this be limited to the Greater London thread. Anyway - thoughts? Perhaps ones opinion on whether caps or other form of control is a good idea aligns with ones opinion on the mayor in general
  4. https://www.metro.news/blitz-on-mcmafia-millions-inquiry-into-property-bought-with-dirty-cash/995084/ Front page today. Like the politicians haven't known all about this for years? Who are they kidding? Nothing in Osbornes Evening lack of Standards, just a one paragraph jobby acknowledging the -1.0% and a full double page spread hatchet job on Corbyn.
  5. Well ... Stoke Newington to be exact: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-72439538.html The bathroom (just):
  6. It's behind a paywall: https://www.ft.com/content/10ed0332-2d06-11e8-97ec-4bd3494d5f14 Headline summary: * Italian & French buyers' retreat from South Ken. * International buyers down from 75% to < 50% * Price down 16.8% from peak (2014) * Transaction volumes down 47% between 2013 - 2016 What can you buy for: * £1m: a two-bedroom flat just off Gloucester Rd. * £3.5m: a five-bedroom mews house on Stanhope Gardens. * £18: a five-bedroom townhouse set back from Hyde Park
  7. My first thought on reading this was what can you buy for £350k in London? Unless they’re admitting/expecting a drop in prices. The more I read at the moment, the more I think we are seeing the death throes of a property bubble. http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-5353137/UK-buyers-dibs-London-new-builds-350k.html
  8. Been lurking on this site for a very long time (almost 10 years I think) and I've found it a great source of information to explain the madness we've witnessed in the last 10 years. I've been looking at this corner of South West London, and couldn't find a thread to track it specifically - so here goes. Been renting in this area since 2010, pretty much straight after landing my first decently paid job in London. It was a relatively undiscovered part, living in the shadows of its more famous cousin (Wimbledon) though has gone absolutely mental in terms of rental and sale prices ever
  9. The words 'negative' and 'equity' have finally appeared in the ES http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/london-firsttime-buyers-95-per-cent-mortgages-combined-with-slowing-property-prices-increase-a110941.html
  10. https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/property-prices/london/ Graphs below the map on price change and volume are interesting, although the article is not sensational.
  11. Excellent article in the Guardian on the insanity of the London's "luxury" apartment development. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/apr/04/the-property-billboards-that-reveal-the-truth-about-britains-luxury-housing-market We are all now familiar with the stories of apartment blocks being thrown up to sell to middle and far eastern investors and this analysis really digs through the issues. I think it is important to recognise that these are not properties that were being built to meet residential demand and that foreign investors just happen to be buying them, but rather
  12. "London house price growth is now so slow, it has fallen to 55th place in a ranking of the 150 global cities with the fastest house price growth." Which either means it's everywhere else's turn to go coco or we're possibly witnessing the crash (albeit in very slow motion).
  13. Looks like the FT are not the only ones to this were on the edge of small corrections price corrections (10%). Hopefully, the actions match the words. I used to be a home owner in Ruislip and bought a home in 2005 for £205k I recently saw a house for sale on the same street for £650k. It was a shock to me how much a three-bedroom terraced house is going for in London, especially when the salaries have been stagnant or dropping in some cases. I almost feel that an elite is trying to remove those who grew up in an area, to make way for richer cliental from abroad. http://uk.businessi
  14. Posted this on the News blog, but as my submissions never seem to appear there, I thought I'd post it here too: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/oct/13/properties-seized-assets-corrupt-cash-crackdown-criminal-finances-bill-tax-haven We'll see how this pans out; but if it has any teeth at all, then it's yet another measure that will discourage foreign "investment" (cough). We've had a drip-drip-drip of legislation this year, all designed to discourage (in one way or another) the idea that property is simply an investment vehicle - and sooner or later, it has to bite. And whil
  15. Back onto house prices instead of politics or racism! List what you have seen and see if we can start a snowball rolling.....
  16. Hi, one conundrum for you guys. London HAS or HAS NOT a property bubble ?. After reading articles from both sides for the last 2 years in the London property market, here two examples: Business Insider: These charts show how London's property bubble may burst at any moment http://www.businessinsider.com.au/hsbc-london-house-price-and-earnings-charts-2015-12 Absolutely the opposite ... Will UK Interest Rate Rises Crash House Prices? http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article51903.html This just seems unsustainable but with an increasing immigration, house shortage, help-to-buy scheme with g
  17. Finding this interesting, Landsdowne auction results (London auction room today)https://www.eigroup.co.uk/onlineauctions/ Live Auction Results - 20 April 2016The auction is now complete. Please note: The results shown below are provisional and are subject to approval by the auctioneer. Lot Status Last Bid 38 Sold £205,000 33 Unsold £500,000 32 Unsold £270,000 28 Unsold 25 Unsold £243,000 24 Sold £380,000 20 Unsold £690,000 19 Sold £215,00
  18. I've just read Zac Goldsmith's housing manifesto. One bit particularly struck me (my emphasis): Would a three to five year tenancy be considered an AST? From my (probably poor) understanding, no it won't. Don't BTL mortgages generally insist on ASTs? I believe so. This would seem to be another nail in the coffin for debt powered BTL in London, if Zac won of course...
  19. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-named-worlds-most-expensive-city-in-which-to-live-and-work-a3192981.html? Yay. We win. Bow to my mad paint.net skillz.
  20. From http://www.idealista.com/news/inmobiliario/internacional/2016/01/25/740704-el-piso-mas-barato-de-londres-es-un-estudio-de-7-m2-que-ha-costado-111-000 [spanish] Can anyone verify this. The source is Idealista, Spain's version of rightmove. It sounds just about credible for the madness in the market, however, just becuase it has been put on the market does not mean it is going to sell.
  21. Don't think this has bee mentioned on here? Rent caps as the solution though... ignore the casue, treat the symptom...
  22. Morning all - been a while but I'm back for the second leg of HPC. RICS monthly report out today shows things getting underway in London: - new buyer enquiries down, new vendor instructions up - tenant demand down, rent expectations down And there was this gem among the comments from surveyors: "Landlords sitting on vacant, over-valued flats are looking to independent agents for advice. We anticipate an interesting year ahead."
  23. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27360032 Viva Austeriteh! Viva the London real estate asset class! Viva Boris!
  24. Going to keep a copy of this to see if this pans out as predicted. Some interesting comments too, especially about the confidence of predicting the future: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11977163/Which-London-boroughs-will-see-the-biggest-house-price-rises-by-2020.html
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