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Why choose us?

We are completely committed to providing a full lettings service to rental investors and looking after your buy-to-let property should you require us to manage it for you. Our success is only when we let your property and we are 100 per cent dedicated to achieving the optimum rental - always.

Our experience

Established in 1958, we have six decades of experience at letting and managing property throughout London. Our track record and localised experience has helped overseas and home-grown investors prosper in the peaks and the lows of the rentals market.

Realistic valuations

Securing a quick let to the best possible tenant is always our aim. This is only possible when a property is marketed at a realistic, achievable local rental. Through decades of experience, our advice is unbiased and tends to be accurate.

London-wide branches

Our current network of branches are highly visible and strategically placed in the most popular rental locations including Beaufort Park Colindale, Canary Wharf, the City, Ealing, Shoreditch, Fulham Reach Hammersmith, Hampstead, Highgate, Hyde Park, Imperial Wharf Fulham, Kensington, Kew, Knightsbridge, Nine Elms, Surrey Quays, the West End and Wapping.

International offices

We’ve been operating in South East Asia since 1995 and following expansion, we now operate out of five international offices in China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Singapore. Each office employs local staff with experienced, dedicated property managers providing a convenient and personalised service in your time zone. And, you receive the same level of service as our UK clients.

Attracting tenants

Our network of high traffic websites including www.benhams.com ensure our properties are seen by a constant flow of prospective tenants. We also list with the main property portals including Rightmove, Zoopla and Onthemarket. We are very active on social media and across the Google network. We also do e-marketing and use signboards - all dedicated to attracting tenants 24 hours a day. Once instructed, a property can be online within minutes and images and a virtual tour of your property will be taken by our in-house photographers to give it maximum exposure.

Peace of mind property management and accounts

Run by a fully qualified solicitor, our property management department can look after everything from organising repairs with trusted contractors; give advice on legal issues, carry out inspections and generally making sure everything runs smoothly. Our accounts centre is managed by a chartered accountant and offers a full range of financial management services including 24hr access to our online accounts providing you with secure, real-time information when you require it.

Our memberships

Governance and compliance are important to us. Benham and Reeves are founder members of ARLA Propertymark (the Association of Residential Letting Agents) and full members of The Property Ombudsman for Lettings and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme. As estate agents in London, we are also members NALS (the National Association of Estate Agents). You can learn more about this by going to our membership page.

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Hong Kongers will always consider London as a key investment

As real estate in the UK begins its recovery after subsequent lockdowns, there is more positivity around and confidence is returning to the market. Since the beginning of March, shortly after the UK Government announced a detailed roadmap for getting back to normal, our Hong Kong office saw a surge of interest, with London property investment the primary focus. When I joined Benham and Reeves Hong Kong office earlier in 2021, following the positive roll-out of vaccines in the UK, investors could see a clear way forward. And at the beginning of March, we started to see a real uptake in property sales which was a clear demonstration of the confidence that international buyers have in the wider UK economy. London property, in particular, remains at the top of the list (as ever), and we’ve also seen a surge of enquiries because of the BNO Visa scheme which provides a route to British Citizenship. Understanding what motivates Hong Kong investors is key I started my career in international residential property back in 2008 when the world was facing the global financial crisis. At that time, I had the advantage of working under the mentorship of a few London property experts whose vast experience and connections were combined with the right property propositions, made available to Asian investors, and I gained a lot of knowledge of what makes a good investment. My policy has always been to provide a customised, one-stop service to investors, from providing research and background advice on property purchase, through to leasing and management services and resale when the right opportunity arises. I have a strong base of clients who are recurring investors in the London market as they have experienced good capital appreciation and rental returns which London historically offers. I believe my experience is especially beneficial for new buyers, those looking for an overseas investment, investing in the UK market for the first time. With my property expertise, I have always ‘walked the talk’ and was a pioneer investor in the North- London regeneration project at Woodberry Down where I have seen capital values increased a staggering 96% since first launch in 2012, so I think I bought very well. Looking back, if I had that time again, I would also have bought a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment in Berkeley London’s Dickens Yard development in Ealing which was also recommended to me back in 2012 – the year when London hosted the Olympics - but Ealing was not top of my radar at that time. The area has also seen huge growth, almost doubling its value too and provides a good rental income with its continued success. Now there is Filmworks and other schemes coming to the area and the location has been totally transformed.

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Why Hong Kongers favour London as an investment Currently, there are two groups of Hong Kong buyers; those who buy mainly for investment, these are seasoned investors who know London well: London has proved that it is an extremely resilient City, an international hub for business with a prosperous jobs market and these are rudiments that underpin confidence. And there are individuals who are buying for own use as they consider migration options to the UK on the BNO Visa. There has always been an affinity in investing in London due to the long colonial history but especially so with the new BNO system which allows BNO holders and their immediate family members to live and work for an extended period of time, and the possibility of applying for the British citizenship. Zone 1 prime central London verses outer prime While Zone 1 central London due to its established market, continues to be an aspirational asset for many investors and largely preferred by established investors hunting for good deals, we are seeing more and more Hong Kong investors looking for increased value further afield. They are eyeing regeneration areas in the outer Zones 3-4 which offers good value and solid returns of beyond 4%. Families looking to relocate to London are also on the increase with high importance on a friendly neighbourhood with quality amenities and schools for their children. Family friendly areas outside of Zone 1 such as Barnet, Harrow and Greenwich are top choices for current investments. The Brexit effect on the buying habits of Hong Kong investors Now we have the conclusion of Brexit, Hong Kong investors are even stronger in their commitment to the London property market. The UK Government’s extension of the Stamp Duty tax has also provided more certainty and confidence towards the resilience of the London market. On top of this, the recent BNO visa policy has also given more Hong Kong BNO holders a reason to purchase homes in the UK. Looking to the future Here at Benham and Reeves, we act as a bespoke consultancy to Hong Kong investors. We work directly with select UK developers offering hand-picked projects that offer high quality and solid returns for all our buyers. Due to our long years of establishment, we have a good landlord base with access to of some of the best gems of the London secondary property market. 2020 saw us celebrate 25 years’ operating in Hong Kong and our ‘edge’ is not just providing buying and selling services to Hong Kong buyers, but also support on the rental, furnishing and tax filing services which our clients have come to greatly value. I think the pandemic has really refocused property investors and they are now reviewing their portfolios to ensure they have diversified sources of income. The UK continues to present attractive returns and increased growth potential. If anyone reading this would like to get in touch, our Hong Kong team can introduce a number of opportunities for new and second-hand properties.

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