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London remains attractive to experienced Malaysian investors

The UK property market was at its height and really booming when I joined Benham and Reeves in the middle of 2016. This was before Brexit when we were experiencing exciting times whereby real estate agents could close double digit sales on any weekend exhibition showcase of UK or London properties.  Fast forward: Britain left the …

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The London rental market – July 2021

At last we are starting to feel that it is more like ‘business as usual’, with tenant demand increasing and once again shortages of good properties in many London areas – a situation that we haven’t seen since the start of 2020! Apartments in most residential developments are now letting very quickly, some in just …

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Can my employer force me back to the office after lockdown?

Despite the government “roadmap” which has encouraged businesses to implement home-working arrangements wherever possible, the law does not currently oblige employers to grant permanent work-from-home status to employees after the UK pandemic restrictions are lifted. As long as appropriate precautions are in place (i.e. distancing, sanitiser, screens etc), your employer can insist that you return …

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Saving Tax for Landlords: Our latest webinar attracts landlords and property investors from around the world

Our latest webinar – Saving Tax for Landlords: Should you restructure your business to be more tax-efficient in 2021? – has proved to be our most successful ever, with nearly 500 investors attending from around the world. The webinar was aimed at anyone who owns a rental property in their own name looking for ways …

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Upscale Mayfair, London living at its finest

Many parts of London seek to dazzle, seduce and occasionally exceed expectations but Mayfair trumps them all. Prestige and affluence are thoroughly ingrained into the DNA of this City of Westminster neighbourhood, which has symbolised blue-chip excellence for over two centuries. A pristine pocket of red brick elegance, punctuated by gorgeous garden squares and elegant …

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Welcome back Wimbledon Championships 2021

Marc von Grundherr, Director at Benham and Reeves reports from outside the All-England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, a venue that has hosted some of the most breath-taking moments in sport. It’s a place where legends are created as each year during the Championships, the world’s elite players compete for what is arguably the greatest grand …

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London’s reliability and resilience makes a sound investment for overseas investors

The last two decades have seen London undergo a radical shift in infrastructural priorities as it continues to forge ahead as one of the world’s leading financial, educational and technological centres. As someone with extensive experience of managing property sales teams throughout South East Asia and the UK, I take pride in being part of …

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The London property sales market – June 2021

It’s no secret that the recent lockdowns have prompted many of us to reassess our priorities when choosing a home, as we look for more space as well as a garden or open space nearby. For some homebuyers this has meant a property search in London’s peripheral boroughs to find the space (inside and out) …

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The London rental market – June 2021

There is a growing feeling of optimism in the London rental market as enquiry levels have continued to increase significantly over the last few weeks as the UK continues to open up post-lockdown.  Much of this is thanks to the UK’s extremely successful vaccination programme which is driving forward the re-opening of businesses and the …

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London property and the return of international investors

As lockdown restrictions lift in the UK, we are seeing the return of international investors to the London residential property market, with demand extremely high and homes with outside space driving market activity. But, there have been tax changes that could impact the market, particularly the new 2% Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) surcharge for …

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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 …

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The London property sales market – May 2021

Demand for residential properties in London remains high but after months of lockdown, many homebuyers are re-evaluating what they want from their home, so we are seeing a shift in the types of property in highest demand. Perhaps the most significant new trend is the need for larger homes, with more space, both inside and …

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