The London property market 2019 – a year in review

There is no doubt about it: demand for rental properties in London has been incredible this year! At the beginning of 2019 we could not have imagined how strong demand would be. This is clearly good news for our landlords, the majority of whom are experiencing only the very shortest voids. This will be helping …

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The London rental market – November 2019

Demand for rental accommodation in London remains quite literally, phenomenal! Many of our London lettings branches have completely run out of rental property stock recently and this has presented us with quite a challenge as try to keep up with demand from good quality, professional applicants. And while there are several new residential developments completing …

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The London Help to Buy Scheme – taking the first step on the property ladder in London

Buying your first home in London is often believed to be beyond the reach of many young professionals – and it certainly isn’t easy. But a sluggish property market, softening house prices, low mortgage interest rates, discounts from developers and the London Help to Buy scheme – mean that this could be the best opportunity …

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The London rental market – October 2019

A shortage of rental properties remains a serious issue for us, meaning we do not have enough rental accommodation to meet applicants’ needs. This is becoming a significant problem across London. But why? Well, of course we know that some landlords have exited the market, deterred by changes to the UK’s tax system.

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Carmen Ching joins Benham and Reeves in Shanghai

Carmen Ching has joined Benham and Reeves as its new Regional Director. Responsible for the Greater China area, her appointment is vital to the company’s ongoing expansion plans in the region as it seeks to broaden the range of property investment services available to Chinese investors in the UK and in other overseas locations.

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The London rental market – September 2019

Rental demand in London is simply phenomenal at the moment. The combination of strong demand from students, young graduates moving to London to take up their first job and professional renters generally (from the UK and overseas), means that enquiry levels are at an all time high.

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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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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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The London rental market – June 2019

The rental market in London remains relatively strong – we are seeing many new developments or phases of developments completing now and this will continue over the summer months, increasing stock levels. Beaufort Park in Colindale has transformed this previously overlooked area into one of the most popular places to live in this part of …

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The London rental market – May 2019

I have just returned from one of our international roadshows where many investors are keen to get an update about what is really happening on the ground here at the heart of the buy-to-let London property scene. With so many voices in the media and being thousands of miles away from their investment, I guess …

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The London rental market – April 2019

London is one of the most expensive cities in the world to rent a home. And understandably, if renters are paying top dollar, they expect their apartment to offer that luxury lifestyle – a sophisticated home where they can simply unpack their belongings and get on with their life. So while we continue to see …

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The London rental market – March 2019

We’ve talked a lot recently about the growing shortage of good rental stock in London.  A major factor contributing to this is that tenancy renewals are at a high at the moment so stock is simply not coming back onto the market.  In some areas, renewals are running at 90%!  But why?  A few years …

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