Fraudulent buy-to-let rental applications skyrocket

Radio version of this breaking news With many Malaysians investing in London property, Marc von Grundherr, Director at Benham and Reeves talks to leading radio station BFM 89.9 about the rise in fraudulent tenants and what you need to know. Listen now Research we commissioned recently has revealed the increasing level of fraudulent property rental …

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The London sales market – August 2019

Well, the votes have been counted and, as predicted, Boris Johnson is the UK’s new Prime Minister. He has already announced a raft of new appointments to the Cabinet as well as plans to recruit 20,000 new police officers across the UK – so he has hit the ground running. But of course, what we …

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The London rental market – August 2019

July, August and September are peak season for demand from students and this year is proving to be no exception. The UK is the second most popular country in which to study for international students, (with only the US ahead of us), with 458,520 international students in the UK in 2017/18, 3.6% up on the …

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What’s on in London – August 2019

London is firmly in the age of the flexi-venue and it’s making for some intriguing mashups as buildings continue to be repurposed. This month alone will see cakes displayed in an old brewery, beer drunk in an exhibition space and DJs spinning from one of the highest points in Europe. The architects of old might …

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Will Boris Johnson break the Brexit deadlock?

A new prime minister and a clean slate can bring a rejuvenated air of confidence to the UK housing market and while Boris does have a fairly good track record when it comes to housing, he’s probably not the steady hand on the tiller that many would have liked.

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Top rental yields & discounts in London – July 2019

Here’s the latest in our popular blog series showcasing the best discounts and rental yields in London. According to Rightmove, asking rents in the capital are at an all-time high with a record year-on-year increase of 8.2%; as demand for realistically priced and well-presented properties continues to outstrip supply.

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Benham & Reeves Landlords Survey

We have just released the results of our bumper survey of over 19,000 landlords on their current feelings around property investment and the future of the sector. The research found that 73% of those who responded considered property is still the best, least volatile long-term investment when compared to other conventional asset classes. However, opinion …

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The London property sales market – July 2019

The Tory leadership contest continues to dominate the UK political landscape and this in turn means that the housing market remains in the doldrums until a leader is chosen and the Brexit plan becomes clearer. The good news though is that demand is picking up and the London sales market is certainly stronger than it …

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The London rental market – July 2019

Traditionally, early summer is a very busy period for the lettings industry and this year is proving to be no exception.  Rental demand is high and in fact outstripping supply in many areas, particularly for apartments in the £400 – £600 per week price bracket.  Of course this is good news for buy-to-let landlords who …

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What’s on in London – July 2019

Stately homes in and around London always put their best foot forward during the summer season. Although most of them have some kind of year round appeal, places like Buckingham Palace, Hampton Court and Chiswick House are best viewed when natural light and temperate climate both play their part: after all, queuing outside is more …

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Are the buy-to-let boom days really over?

The UK buy-to-let market has and will continue to be a hot topic of discussion as many believe a consistent string of Government attacks on the nation’s landlords have taken the shine off investing in the sector. An increase of 3% in stamp duty tax and a reduction in tax relief benefits, removing the ability …

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The London property sales market – June 2019

The property market in London continues to face its challenges. In particular, the current political situation in the UK, with Brexit and the Conservative leadership contest still unresolved, continues to create uncertainty and property markets do not like uncertainty! This is prompting many buyers – particularly overseas investors – to continue their ‘wait and see’ …

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