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Average prime home counties rents on the rise

The latest data from Knight Frank has revealed that the number of agreed tenancies for prime home counties properties has increased by 24% year-on-year. This year has...

Top French ski properties to invest in next year

With average French mortgage rates held at a low of 1.5%, now is still a good time to invest in a French property, says Erna Low...

The Listed Property Show returns to London next year

Celebrating its 12-year anniversary next year, The Listed Property Show will be returning to Olympia London in February 2018. The event, organised by The Listed Property Owners’...

UK ranked worst EU country for first-time buyers

The UK has been ranked the worst EU country for new homeowners and first-time buyers (FTBs), according to new research from Composite Door Experts. The company analysed...

Legal & General announces new Build to Rent site in Birmingham

Funding has been agreed on a prime Build to Rent (BTR) development site in Birmingham, Legal & General announced recently. The site, known as Newhall Square, will...

Madrid continues to attract significant property investment

The latest research by luxury estate agency Lucas Fox has revealed that Madrid is cementing its status as a key European property investment hub. In the Spanish...

Prime sales in the Alps are on the up

Prime prices in the Alps were up 4.8% in the year to June 2017 with Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in the lead, according to Knight Frank’s Ski Property Report. The...

Sales of flats collapse due to lack of demand from FTBs

First-time buyers in London are taking a step back to wait for a reasonable deal, causing a lack of demand in the capital, estate agency James...

Demand for London accommodation from Europeans remains strong

The number of European citizens searching for accommodation in London remains high despite concerns about Brexit, new research by Spotahome found. The latest figures from the rental...

Farmland values in UK drop by an average of 10%

New data from Carter Jonas has revealed that farmland values throughout the UK have declined by more than 10% in the last year. During Q3, average arable...

Auction House sales up from last year

Despite a tumultuous selling environment, Auction House has seen a rise in year-on-year sales for 2017. Compared to 2,409 sales at this point last year, the property...

Leamington Spa revealed to be happiest town in the UK

The Warwickshire spa town of Leamington Spa has been named as the happiest place to live in the UK, according to Rightmove’s Happy at Home Index. Leamington...

Landlords over 55 entitled to £50bn through equity release

Buy-to-let landlords in the UK over the age of 55 could be entitled to almost £50 billion via equity release, Retirement Advantage estimate. Research combined the most...

Prime Central London rental market dominated by overseas students

Students from overseas made up approximately 75% of applicants in Prime Central London (PCL) over the past few months, according to Pastor Real Estate. With healthy budgets...

Global urban house price index records slower growth

Knight Frank’s Global Residential Cities increased by 6.1% in the year to June 2017, down from 6.9% last quarter. In other areas of the globe, Toronto topped...

CLA accuses government of an “abdication of responsibility”

The CLA has condemned the government for an ‘abdication of responsibility’ over new energy efficiency rules for listed buildings. In a damning critique, the CLA – a...

Nottingham auction set to include semi-detached cottages

SDL Auctions will present the rare chance to buy a pair of period, stone-built cottages at the next Graham Penny auction in Nottingham at the end...

Crossrail 2 in jeopardy, but rents rise significantly in affected areas

It was revealed last week that Crossrail 2 could be delayed by up to a decade, with the £31bn infrastructure project not appearing until the 2040s...

Christie’s auctioneer receives NAVA Propertymark award

With just four sales under her belt, Georgina Hilton, a novice auctioneer at Christie’s in London, was awarded the NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year...

UK new property supply up by over a fifth in September

September saw the highest number of new sellers listing their properties in any single month in the past two years, according to the latest data from...

NAEA outlines the top factors that devalue homes

New research carried out by NAEA Propertymark has revealed the top things that will devalue a property. The trade body's findings showed that certain elements of a...

London Bridge revealed as the capital’s top rental location

Fresh data from rental accommodation platform Spotahome has revealed that London Bridge is the most searched for area for mid to long-term rentals in London. Tenants searched...

Former Apprentice contestant secures major international contract

The Apprentice is now back on our screens, but one of its former candidates – Zeeshaan Shah from series 9 – is trying to prove that...

Vail Williams recruits two property and asset management specialists

With the appointment of two new associates, property advisers Vail Williams LLP has bolstered its property asset management team. Specialising in property and asset management, service charge...

Singapore ranked as the best expat location yet again

The latest HSBC Expat Explorer survey has revealed that Singapore is the top expat destination for the third year in a row. The country was voted by...

Spain’s residential market continues to recover

After a decade of uncertainty, the Spanish prime property market finds itself on its firmest footing, according to Knight Frank’s latest Price Index. As Spain’s property market...

PBSA beds outstrip halls of residence beds in Newcastle for the first time

Research carried out by Prime Student Living has revealed that the number of private purpose-built student accommodation beds in Newcastle has, for the first time, passed...

21 years of BTL generates £1.2m portfolios for landlords

Investors could have seen their buy-to-let (BTL) returns increase by as much as 1,131% over the past two decades, according to Sequre Property Investment. Research from the...

England’s new homes shortfall will reach over 1m by 2022

England has encountered a rift between new build completions and new households being added to the population after a slow output in the housebuilding sector for...

Concierge Auctions successfully sells historic Swiss lake house

A Swiss lake house built by the founding family of haute couture was recently sold at auction by Concierge Auctions. Chateau de Promenthoux, which was on the...

The Luxury Property Show returns to London Olympia once again

The world’s top ten reported property sales were all priced above $100 million for the first time in the year to May 2017, new data from...

Strawberry Star enters London’s development market with £50m investment

London-based international property company, Strawberry Star Group, has entered the London residential property development market with the launch of “BRONZE”. Set in Wandsworth, the £50 million scheme...

Final two lots bring an end to Loveitts’ biggest auction

Loveitts’ recent bumper auction, which saw a record-breaking thirty lots up for grabs, concluded with a final two lots exceeding their individual guide prices. The two properties,...

Prime country house prices remain unchanged, Knight Frank says

Knight Frank’s research revealed prime country house prices have fallen a mere 0.1% between July and September, with annual growth remaining at 0.2%. The Index tracked price...

John Pye Property launches in the North West

Online property auction firm, John Pye Property, has set its sights on expanding further across the North West. Holding more than 650 auctions annually across its 23...

Research reveals what student tenants really want

Private student rent has remained at an average of £100 to £119 a week for the second year running, according to a new report carried out...

New barn conversions drop 34% in six months

The number of agricultural to residential conversions in the UK has dropped from 574 in the third quarter (Q3) of 2016 to just 377 in the...

Nine Group acquires part built hotel development in North Greenwich

The Greenwich Peninsula Hotel has been acquired by hotel and investment company, Nine Group, from fixed charge receivers following its fall into administration in early 2017. The...

Sales in Spain are on the up

Home sales in Spain soared by almost 50% in the first half of 2017, according to findings from estate agency Lucas Fox's half yearly Spanish property...

Allsop achieves record sale at its September auction

Against a backdrop of weak post-summer auction results elsewhere in the UK, Allsop raised £71.3m and topped its residential September sales records that had remained unchallenged...

UK tumbles down European buy-to-let league table

The UK is now the fifth worst country in Europe for buy-to-let investment, with average rental yields of just 4%. The findings, part of the latest European...

Cogress and Octopus Property to fund £7.45m residential development

Octopus Property has partnered with Cogress to strengthen equity partnership with a second financing settlement. The specialist finance provider announced that it has provided a 22-month, £5.26m...

Clive Emson Auctioneers sells land and property worth over £18m

Britain’s largest independent regional land and property auctioneer, Clive Emson Auctioneers, sold land and property worth over £18m at its September auction. The firm catalogued 140 lots,...

Proposals put forward for Bournemouth’s Winter Gardens site

The rejuvenation plans for one of Bournemouth’s most famous locations have moved a step closer after the submission of a planning application to the local council. The...

Prime Central London experiences steady recovery in sales volumes

Asking price reductions continue to stimulate demand in transaction volumes in prime central London with a steady recovery through the summer, according to Knight Frank’s research. The...

Leeds the best location for building new homes, research reveals

New research has revealed that Leeds is the best city in England for building new homes. Analysis of official figures by Argyll Property Partners has shown...

Mint Bridging launches new brand identity

Mint Bridging has pitched itself as a third-generation lender after launching its new brand and identity focusing on handcrafted loans. Since forming six years ago, the lender...

Leading property auction house appoints new investment director

Specialist commercial property auction and investment house, Acuitus, has recruited Peter Mayo as an investment director. Richard Auterac, chairman of Acuitus, commented on the new appointment. “The...

Shakespeare's home to go under the hammer

To be sold or not to be sold, that is the question. This query could be answered when Shakespeare’s Birthplace, the childhood home of the world-famous...

SDL Auctions celebrates successful expansion into North West

Marking its regional launch in the North West, SDL Auctions North West held a reception for property professionals at the Grand Pacific bar in Manchester. Chief executive...

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