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The calm after the storm

Property Market

Following the recent general election, the only certainty at this moment is that everything is uncertain, with plenty of new housing policies potentially set to be introduced, leaving buyers and sellers across the country with lots of important questions to ask about the state of the UK property market, amid a cloud of Brexit uncertainty.

Casa Pillagua Barranco

Architecture

Pillagua Barranco is a project of three detached houses located in the warm valley of Cumbaya, near Quito. The long terrain where the houses are located is characterized by a steep slope. The greatest potential of the land is precisely the view it has towards the small and intimate valley of Pillagua, as well as towards its green surroundings.

Biophilic Design

Interior

Biophilic Design - Never hear of it? Well you aren’t the only one. Without many of us realising it a slow revolution has been taking place at home and at work. Centring on the ideal that our spaces inside should reflect the great outdoors to improve people’s lives.

ON THE RISE

For Landlords

New year, new challenges, new opportunities. In London’s rental market, those challenges and opportunities revolve around a combination of Government legislation, which may have led to a lack of supply in the market, and ultimately, the price increases that comes with it. Some of the legislation which we think could be contributing to an unsettled market include the following:

Best Buy

For Buyers

The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled, was convincing buyers to go for a property based on the finish of a newly installed kitchen. Okay: we may have paraphrased that a bit, but the sentiment’s true.

The Selling Equation

For Owners

Introducing the The Parento Principal, also known as the 80/20 rule, or the law of the vital few. The law states that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. It’s used in sports (20% of the exercises and habits have 80% of the impact and the trainee), health and safety (20% of the hazards account for 80% of the injuries), and business (0% of sales come from 20% of clients). And now we’re applying it to selling your property. Let us explain.

Which Way Is Up?

Books

Back in 2012-14 the London property market went interstellar with massive price rises. However with the uncertainty of Brexit that has loomed omnipresent, many people are wondering which way is up?

Uncertainty, a never ending issue for Brexit Britain

Property Market

It has now been more than three years since the UK voted to leave the EU, and Brexit continues to dominate the headlines. Indeed, the process is actually getting longer. Initially the deadline for Brexit was March 29. That date was then changed to April 12, then to October 31. If Britain fails to agree a Brexit deal by October 31, then ‘no-deal’ is the default option. Britain will automatically leave on that date unless the government changes the date again, subject to consent from EU leaders, or revokes the Article 50 process.

Duplex De Waterkant

Architecture

This duplex apartment is part of the Mirage Development in De Waterkant, a trendy suburb located in the heart of Cape Town. ARRCC was given the brief to create a sanctuary for slickers and to create a space that captures ‘urban chic,’ combining contemporary living with high design.

Handles, knobs and locks

Interior

Door knobs no longer have to be boring!

Get Shorty

For Landlords

Remember that long hot summer of 2012, when the whole country came together to celebrate the Olympic Games in London, and a few canny homeowners in the capital made an absolute killing renting out their property to ticketholders from all over the world? Simpler times.

What's the real price; no really?

For Buyers

It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned purchasing professional, there’s no getting around it; buying a property is expensive. And if and when you do find a property you like, it’s important to remember the number at the bottom of the listing should be treated as a starting point.

Home Tech Q4 '19

Gadgets

Technology has made a lot of things redundant: high street travel agents, DVD players, doing a ‘big shop’ at the weekends... And with the advent of smart locks on our homes, we can now consign great big bunches of keys to the technological history books, too. Here are five of the best keyless entry systems.

Up, Up and Away

For Owners

How to sell your home for the highest value.

Brik Magazine Q2 2019

Books

Like a ship at sea, the London property market stoically forges forth through everything thrown at it, whilst everything else lurks in the depths below. Where is it headed, and what port can it call home?

Stay the Course

Property Market

The UK economy has had a turbulent 12 months or so, amid Brexit-related uncertainty, and this, along with stretched affordability, has stifled housing market activity in some parts of the country. But while it looks unlikely that the next few months will be plain sailing, today’s property market is well-insulated against any macro-financial situations that may occur.

TWO FEATHERS

Architecture

For Two Feathers to create this wonderful space, they were given a brief that called for occupant-orientated design, radical openness, flexibility, risk, and experimentation.

A New Language

Interior

Discerning the difference between rugs can be challenging without a trained eye. Rowena offers her insight into how to tell a good rug, from a great one.

Dress to Impress

For Landlords

First impressions count, and if you’re in the rental business, so do second and third impressions. When your target demographic has time and money to shop around for the perfect place, marketing your property is crucial if you want to get your investment filled and start it making money. No one likes an empty rental property. The good news is that it’s not as hard (or as expensive) as you think to get your rental filled. Whether your property is brand new or a period piece, some simple changes can make all the difference when you put it on the maker.

Fulham’s Favourites

For Buyers

Let’s take a closer look at two of the most popular types of property in Fulham and the surrounding area. These are the types of home that are most sort after and the ones Brik is frequently instructed on. It won’t come as much of a surprise to know they include three to four-bed terraces or semis, and one or two bed garden flats.

Home Tech Q2 '19

Gadgets

Spring has sprung, so it’s time to start getting your garden ready for summer with this new tech.

Choosing the Right Agent

For Owners

Whether it’s personal or professional, building a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with someone is an art. And when you come to sell a property, you’ll find that choosing the right agent to get you the best results is a weird combination of personal AND proffesional. Sure this is a transaction; money will change hands, but it’s also a highly emotional experience. It’s your life on the line and this being property, there are countless curve balls that can, and often do, head your way. A good agent will nullify some of these problems, ideally before you’re aware of them. And remember, good agents are not unicorns, they do exist. Here’s some totally impartial advice about how to find the right one for you.

Brik Magazine Q1 2019

Books

If like many, you've been battening down the hatches on any thoughts of 'property' over the last few years, now might be the time to stick your head above the parapet.

Signs of Recovery

Property Market

UK house price growth is currently at its lowest level since May 2013 amid political uncertainty, but the outlook is not gloomy and there is life in the market beyond Brexit.