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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.
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.
How to sell your home for the highest value.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spring has sprung, so it’s time to start getting your garden ready for summer with this new tech.
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.
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.
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.
Completed in June 2017, Tactile House is a split-level, beautifully designed family home in Dulwich.
In April of this year, the Tenant Fee Ban will come into effect. This means that landlords and agencies will no longer be able to charge for items including charging for a guarantor, inventories, cleaning services, references, admin and more. It will not affect holding deposits, rent, deposits and charges for defaulting on the contract.
You can hear it whispered in offices, pubs, restaurants and parks. Between first time buyers, wannabe landlords, new families and those looking to downsize after the kids have gone… is now a good time to buy?
The latest gadgets to future proof your home
As stated in the Buyer’s Guide, the ball is currently in their court. Prices in prime South West London have decreased, largely due to insecurities in the market linked to the last two years of uncertainties regarding the referendum. But that certainly doesn’t mean that all is lost for sellers, the market is still active, but there may be instances where you have to adjust expectations, make some smart moves and hold your nerve where applicable. Below we’ve imagined a range of reasons someone may be moving, with tips and advice for that situation.
It’s been announced that stamp duty on properties £500,000 and below be lifted until 30th June 2021.
When the team at the Collins English Dictionary come together to decide on the 2020 Word of the Year, they’ll be spoiled for choice, but there will undoubtedly be a theme to the shortlist. In 2019, it was ‘climate strike’ that topped the list, but in 2020 they can choose from any number of new words and phrases that have entered the everyday lexicon, not just of people here in the UK, but around the world: Self-isolation, social-distancing, lockdown, unprecedented, viral-load, panic-buying, hoarding, toilet-paper…the list could go on, but these words will forever be tied to 2020 and beyond.
There are countless reasons why you might be selling a property. Most good, some not. But whatever the rationale behind your decision, you’ll have to walk the same path.
With the U.K. in the tangle of Brexit woes and the property market in London thawing, what lies ahead?
After an eventful couple of years on both the world and local stages, life on planet earth shows no plans to take it easy in the next two.
London-based firm Cousins and Cousins Architects have recently completed a refurbishment and unique rear extension to ‘De Beauvoir House’.
Here’s a heads-down guide to rental yield, the golden number that will help you decide whether to invest in a new rental and where.
Colour is a powerful communication tool and can also affect the the mood of a room. Here’s a guide to getting it right.
From a cat scratcher to cool crockery, we've curated ten pretty little things for your Q1 2018 wishlist.
Fulham is a wonderful place. It boasts a fine selection of properties to suit any house hunter.
Interior designers Magenta Pink have picked out twelve products that make use of the colour of the moment, pink.
Would you invite a stranger into your home? There was a time when that was an easy question.
There are a lot of factors that need to be accounted for when pricing a property. Take a look at these five top tips.
As 2017 draws to a close, the pattern of slower property price growth continues, along with uncertainty about the impact that Brexit will have on the property market.
Fulham is starting to look like good value as sellers push back on softening prices.
Now that the usual summer slowdown is over many prospective buyers are resuming home-hunting, but what’s been happening in the Fulham property market?
London-based De Rosee Sa Architects have designed a brilliant house on a small plot of land in West London which had previously been used as a wood yard.
How much should you be charging as a Landlord in Fulham? It’s a difficult line to walk.
If you run a business from home or simply have a pile of personal admin to trawl through, you’ll need a home office.
We've curated ten pretty little things for your end-of-2017 wishlist.
If you want to know why SW6 is the postcode of choice for smart people, look at the competition.
Let’s get tropical! Interior designers Magenta Pink look at the best of the ‘jungalow’ trend which has swept the city.
Check out the latest tech designed to future-proof your home.
Maximise your profit margins with some indispensable tips, tricks and advice
The tide may be turning for homebuyers as a slowdown starts to bite.
What does the general election result mean for the local housing market?
The market looks like it's bouncing back after brexit but there are likely challenging times ahead.
Experts anticipate an increase in activity levels as reflected by the rise in the number of properties listed for sale in Fulham and the volume of buyers lining up to buy them.
London-based interior design firm Studio MacLean have renovated a substantial family home in West London with Crittall dividers and classic finishes.
If you are considering becoming a landlord, now might be the right time, but be weary about tax changes that have recently come into force.
Spring has sprung and our thoughts now turn to our benighted balconies, terraces and gardens.
We've curated ten Pretty Little Things to add to your wishlist in Q2 2017.
Advice from the experts on taking advantage of a buyers-market and getting a great deal
Interior designers Magenta Pink pick out the best in free-standing baths for the perfect bathroom. Bring on the bubbles!
Exploring the benefits of taking out multiple mortgages.
It’s time to get your garden Summer ready with the latest technology.
Whatever your situation, we’ve got some sound advice on how to sell your property in this market.
With Article 50 about to be triggered, what lies in store for the Fulham property market?
What impact will triggering Article 50 have on the economy and the London housing market?
Deep breath, everyone. We made it. A bit shell shocked, perhaps, but we made it. 2016 is over. Wherever your politics lie, it is undeniable that the past 12-months have been some of the most turbulent in recent memory.
There have been an unprecedented number of hurdles, all with serious consequences, on the London property market since early 2014. What can we expect from the property market in 2017?
An old garment factory in East London has been converted into a bright and totally unique two bedroom home by talented London-based architecture studio Paper House Project.
Seller nerves have resulted in an oversupply of rental properties. But what now for the burgeoning rental market?
From towel racks and radiators to fire places, interior designer Rowena Vaughan looks at new ways to warm your home.
Ten Pretty Little Things to add to your wishlist in Q1 '17
Those looking to trade up are in the strongest position since 2009 with political factors creating both uncertainty and a buyers market. Marc da Silva discusses how to get the best deal.
These days, most kitchens are designed with breakfast bars. Interior designers Magenta Pink pick out the best bar stools.
Make your life a whole lot warmer this winter with the latest in app-controlled thermo gadgets.
House hunters currently have the upper hand in a difficult market. How does one entice price sensitive buyers?
How will the Autumn Statement impact the property market?
What affect will the US presidential election have on the economy and the London property market?
Is there ever escaping 'Brexit' in news? It seems not but how will this looming shadow affect the property market in the coming year?
Britain’s decision to leave the European Union surprised many people. Within hours of the votes being counted, global markets plunged, David Cameron had resigned as Prime Minister, and sterling crumbled to a 31-year low against the dollar.
Planning for the future in an unpredictable market.
A bright and sunny remodeled house in Montreal and a minimalist apartment in Taiwan.
What does life look like for landlords post-Brexit?
Interior designer Rowena Vaughan delves into current trends in furniture and picks out some perfect pieces for your home.
Ten pretty little things to add to your wishlist for Q4 2016.
Since the UK made a historic decision to vote in favour of Brexit, the financial markets have been reacting and adjusting to the implications of Britain’s future outside of the EU.
For any Londoners considering buying a new property, be it their first step onto the ladder or a move to a larger property, it has been difficult to ignore the post-Brexit headlines and not feel a frisson of insecurity.
Interior designers Magenta Pink offer a stylish selection of bathroom fittings and fixtures, ranging from minimalist to ornate.
The latest gadgets to drag your house into the 21st Century.
Southwest London holds its own in a choppy market.
What impact are we likely to see on the Fulham property market post Brexit?
As we enter 2016, there are signs that demand from buyers is rising once more, on the back of greater consumer confidence supported by a surge in gross mortgage lending, which hit a seven-year high in October last year.
Predicting the future can be a hazardous and uncertain task, but what are the potential consequences for the UK housing market if the people of Britain vote to exit the 28-member block?
The upcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union has sparked off considerable debate.
A modular apartment boasting clever hidden features, an epic childrens’ room and a fantastic staircase.
Investors rushed out of their socks to snap up homes before the extra 3% stamp duty tax came in, but what other obstacles are in store?
Interior designer Rowena Vaughan shares 16 tips on maximising space and practicality in tight bathrooms.
Ten pretty little things to add to your wishlist for Q2 2016.
How could securing finance be affected in the event of a Brexit?
The housing market in London faces a slowdown ahead of the EU referendum.
Interior designers Magenta Pink give you some stunning suggestions if you're in the market for a floor lamp.
A round up of the must have home tech for the second quarter of 2016.
We reflect on 2015 and look at what market trends we can expect in the year ahead.
Who knew that concrete could have such a warm and welcoming feeling?
What are the new Landlord taxes, and how they will affect the property market going forward...
Rowena Vaughan goes through the pros and cons of various floor finishes.
Ten pretty little things for Q1 2016.
The housing experts have offered their predictions for 2016 and it looks like a good time to buy at the right price.
Future proof your homestead with these shiny little things.
There are certain pricing mistakes that sellers need to avoid because overpricing a home creates a damaging effect.
The story of the Piper building and its evolution from laboratory to creative living space.
Whether eating or entertaining, the table is the heart of the dining area. Here are 12 tables to create a sociable space.
With sales turnover down over 30% in Hammersmith and Fulham, according to recent data from the Land Registry, and UBS warning of a bubble, what effect has it had on the market and what can you expect as a buyer or seller?
London’s housing market continues to hold up well despite global market volatility.
Oh how we love the simplicity, geometry and minimalism that’s often brought forward in contemporary design. Too often perhaps?
With interest rates forecast to rise, what’s the story behind it, why now and why at all?
London’s housing market may have caught a chill over the past 12 months, but what next for house prices?
Lighting is such a vast and diverse subject. When considering your lighting scheme you should think of ‘layers’ – high level, mid level and low level.
Changing circumstances and ultra-low mortgage borrowing rates is creating a new generation of landlords.
Get set for the Autumn, it's pretty much here! So here are ten cool items to cozy up your interior. Enjoy.
New tech to keep you and yours safe, whether you’re tucked up in bed, or taking a well earned holiday.
What is clear is that London property is one of the de-facto safe havens of the global rich. As the wealth and population of the planet increases, it becomes smaller, and the demand for the uber brand of ‘London property’ will become much more intense...
Despite more caution among buyers, sellers can still expect to secure a quick sale at the right price if they do things right.
If you like the occasional Scotch, Martini, a cocktail perhaps, make a feature out of the beautiful bottle collection. Here are twelve drink-trollies to mix up your interior.
Everyone wants to know what their property could be worth. The easiest way to get a rough idea is to look at your neighbours property, what sold, what's on the market and what's going on on your street.
Being in the property market, we were literally on the edge of our seats as the election unfolded. A new government always means new policies, and new policies mean uncertainty, which always negatively affects the market.
With the general election looming and speculation that interest rates would rise in early 2015, the residential property market was widely expected to grind to a halt during the first half of this year.
It seems Poland is making its mark in architecture, with the Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin recently winning the Mies van der Rohe prize, the most prestigious prize in European architecture.
Those looking for an industrial warehouse for conversion always look East. But how to do it?
Markets and investors, of all sorts, hate uncertainty and speculation and so a majority Government of any colour, I think, would have been welcomed.
Decorating a room for a child is difficult, but don’t think that fun for the kids has to compromise a stylish interior. The only question is, do you decorate for now or the future?
Get those windows open and let the warm summer breeze in. Maybe it's time for a little redecorating?
Your average Fulham buyer is attracted to the rows of beautiful Victorian terraced properties that make up the majority of homes across the borough. However don’t write off a new build property before you’ve had a chance to hear both sides of the story!
Some arguments are more difficult than others to solve. Like the eternal argument between those who have chosen to make London their home, and those who have not.
Most of us encounter the District Valuer (DV) at some time in connection with Probate, where Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will consult the DV on values submitted for Inheritance Tax (IHT).
With the British Government moving ahead with programs that will introduce driverless cars to our roads (they’ve promised a full review of current legislation, including the Highway Code, by 2017), it seems that the future is well and truly here. This makes it as good a time as any to take a look at all the bright, shiny things that will be ushering our homes into the chrome plated future.
When you’re searching for a new property, there are certain things you look for. Proximity to good schools, industrial fittings perhaps, a macabre history or the kind of exterior that could withstand a military assault? What are the real deal-breakers for you when you’re hunting for your home?
The Ottoman was brought to Europe from the Ottoman Empire in the late 18th century and is a piece of furniture consisting of a padded, upholstered seat or bench, usually having neither a back nor arms, often used as a stool, footstool or, in some cases, as a coffee table.
What’s in store for the unpredictable property market this year?
We have the privilege to look at amazing architecture and interior design every day, but we often forget to put our design-vanity aside, escape the metropolis and enjoy the un-designed landscape we call nature.
Remembering the fifties, Ikea is reissuing some of their early signature pieces from the 1950’s.
A home is certainly a place to relax in, but often forgotten is the way the occupants can move within the space.
Mostly, people don’t like the idea of limitations, they are often thought of as the synonym for hindrance. PKMN Architects thought differently, and considered limitations to be the first step towards innovation.
How do the new rules on Stamp Duty effect getting a mortgage?
The kitchen, the most important space in the house, do it proud!
Are you looking to improve your home but concerned about who to use to do the work due to fear of falling victim to a rogue trader?
Who wants to live in a high-rise new build? Who wouldn’t?
With Christmas long gone, and spring in sight, perhaps it's time to get the winter out of your interior and freshen it up with some new goodies. Here's some inspiration.
Don’t get caught out with costly maintenance on your home before you’ve even had a chance to move in.
I am getting an expensive mortgage valuation, will I need a survey as well?
Why does property cost so much?
Letting? How do you make your property stand out from the competition.
Add a hint of an industrial feel to your interior by adding a copper or brass detail. Here's some inspiration.
The Spring Brik magazine is here. Bear or Bull Market? With the long shadow of the general election putting the market on ice in terms of 'deals done', will bear buyers now get bullish or continue to hold out for sellers to crack and reduce their prices? Time will tell!
December issue of the Brik Magazine is here. Find out what's stewing in the increasingly hard to predict London property market. What will the new year 2015 bring? A rise in demand driven by the recent 'correction' or a further freezing of the market as the chill of the general election threatens to put everything on ice.
Considering moving or remortgaging? Then you’ve never had it so good as rates tumble across the board.
There’s no doubt about it: The general election will influence the direction of the residential property market significantly, in the coming months, especially in London.
Shoreditch: eat your heart out! With the recently finished Beard and Moustache Championships now over, most Londoner’s beards now aren’t worth a passing glance, let alone a mention.
Extending into the basement and garden comes in many shapes and forms, but more often you see the ‘good olde’ kitchen-opening-out-onto-garden arrangement.
You may have noticed that mortgage rates, especially five year fixed, have fallen again. This clearly is rather embarrassing, as I (and to be fair, the rest of my industry) have been telling you that rates are on the up and you need to remortgage now to lock in them in. So what has happened?
Industrial style interiors are not a new concept. Disused factory spaces have been converted into trendy warehouse style apartments,
...or is it a waste of money? Last year the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) commissioned a survey of recent property purchasers.
The holiday's are closing in, a time for giving and receiving presents. If your wish-list is still incomplete or looking for that one present for you better half. Big or small, here's some inspiration.
Whether you’re buying your first home, upgrading to a family sized property, or downgrading after the kids have left in order to free up some capital and maybe take that trip you’ve been planning, there really is no shame in wanting your property to appreciate in value.
So you’re thinking about investing in property? Or perhaps you already hold a portfolio and are looking for the next buy. Whichever category you fall into, you obviously will be asking yourself that all-important question: where is the next hot spot?
If you have a property on the market and you’re struggling to sell it, fear not, there are myriad reasons why this might be the case, from seasonal market fluctuations, to simple coincidences, and there are many simple tricks and tips to employ to make sure your property doesn’t stall your future plans.
Alistair Hargreaves candidly explains the most effective way to find the best mortgage and also gives advice on how and why to choose a mortgage broker should you wish to.
Before the great crash of 2008 interest only mortgages were abused horribly. They're still around and still very useful but as Alistair Hargreaves explains they are very much more difficult to come by.
Expert mortgage broker Alistair Hargreaves from John Charcol explains the process through which you can re-mortgage your property and the advantages of doing so, should you wish to.
Lenders will look at something called your 'Credit Score' when deciding to lend to you or not. Alistair Hargreaves explains how this is made up from more than just the info your bank holds on you.
Lettings expert Tyrone Olivier explains how it's always possible to leave a tenancy early especially if you're on good terms with your landlord.
Lettings expert Tyrone Olivier explains the basics of tenancy contracts and break clauses.
Loft Extension #10: Peter Couldridge from Uber Contracts explains how important it is to avoid changing your mind mid-way through the building process.
Mortgage expert and consultant Alistair Hargreaves explains what a Buy-to-Let mortgage is, their availability and also how they are exempt from the new restrictions in the mortgage market.
Loft Extension #9: Peter Couldridge from Uber Contracts explains the importance of ensuring you have a contract of payment with your builder or building company prior to works beginning.
Tyrone Olivier explains the basics of the tenants deposit and why it is required.
Loft Extension #8: Building expert Peter Couldridge explains the process of initial architects drawings to submitting and obtaining the relevant planning permissions.
Mortgage consultant Alistair Hargreaves explains how increasing the length of term for your mortgage can reduce your monthly repayments but will increase the overall amount you'll repay.
Tyrone Olivier explains the basics of break clauses within a tenancy agreement.
Loft Extension #7: Peter Couldridge from Uber Contracts offers some friendly advice on how to choose the right builder for your product.
Mortgage consultant Alistair Hargreaves from John Charcol explains what the term Loan to Value means and how it is used to calculate the size of your loan against the value of your property.
Tyrone Olivier explains what 'Break Clauses' are and how and when they are often applied within a tenancy.
Loft Extension #6: Expert builder Peter Couldridge explains what 'Building Regulations' are and when you'll need them, how much they'll cost and the best way of satisfying this requirement.
Alistair Hargreaves, mortgage consultant from John Charcol explains what Loan to Value means and how it can affect how much you can afford to borrow and subsequent repayments.
Lettings expert Tyrone Olivier explains the best process for putting forward your rental offer to your potential landlord, what to watch out for and some common 'gotchas' to avoid.
Experienced lettings manager Tyrone Olivier talks you through your options as a Landlord when deciding whether or not you should furnish your rental property.
Loft Extension #5: If you're planning on doing works to your property and you're a leaseholder then you'll need a 'License to Alter'. Peter Couldridge explains what this is and when you'll need one.
Mortgage consultant Alistair Hargreaves explains how to roughly work out how much you should be able to borrow based on how big your deposit is and how much you earn.
Tyrone Olivier explains how tenants deposits are held within third party deposit protection schemes.
Tyrone Olivier explains the simple things (often overlooked by landlords) that you should be doing before putting your property on to the lettings market.
Loft Extension #4: Peter Couldridge explains what a Party Wall Agreement is and when it is legally required.
Mortgage consultant Alistair Hargreaves explains what the recently implemented Mortgage Market Review (MMR) is and how it effects the mortgage application process.
Lettings expert Tyrone Olivier explains how, as a new tenant, you will be required to be referenced. This ensures that you can afford to pay the asking rent and checks you are who you say you are.
James Sims and Mike Horne run down the full costs of purchasing a property on top of the asking price, including stamp duty, solicitors fees and searches, to name a few.
Lettings expert Tyrone Olivier explains the rough costs and legal requirements that you will be required to fulfil as a Landlord. Including Gas Safety certificates and EPC's etc.
Loft Extension #3: Peter Couldridge from Uber Contracts candidly explains the various routes available to you when looking to appoint a builder or building contractor.
Mortgage consultant Alistair Hargreaves (from John Charcol) explains the process in which a mortgage company will assess you for a loan. Including your credit score and affordability.
As a tenant there are a few different types of tenancy contracts that you can be asked to sign-up to. Tyrone Olivier helps you recognise the differences between them here.
Selling experts Mike Horne and James Sims explain how the information you provide alongside your offer can have a large bearing on how successful your offer ultimately will be.
Tyrone Olivier explains the process in which to set an effective asking price for your rental property.
Loft Extension #2: Expert builder Peter Couldridge explains the approximate time and costings for your extension into the loft.
Expert mortgage consultant Alistair Hargreaves from John Charcol describes how mortgage companies assess your circumstances in order to offer you a loan.
When renting you need to take into account not just the asking rent but additional costs such as the deposit, referencing and inventory fees, amongst others...
James Sims and Mike Horne explain the quickest way to begin to understand the market place you intend on buying within. They also discuss the advantages of talking to a mortgage broker before looking.
Tyrone Olivier candidly explains the importance of ensuring that your letting agent is a member of ARLA (Association of Residential Lettings Agents).
Loft Extension #1: Considering extending into your loft space? Seasoned builder Peter Couldridge from Uber Contracts explains the first step in the process.
James Sims, Mike Horne and Alex Weldon explain the conveyancing the process. The process that occurs between an excepted offer and completion (when your buyer picks up the keys). This is where an experienced estate agent really earns their keep.
Mike Horne, James Sims and Chris Littlewood explain the pitfalls to look out for when receiving or accepting an offer.
Mike Horne, James Sims, Alex Weldon and Chris Littlewood explain how setting the right asking price can help you achieve a higher price. They also talk about tricks and tips on marketing your property.
Mike Horne, Chris Littlewood, James Sims and Alex Weldon candidly explain how to choose your estate agent and avoid getting the wool pulled over your eyes by an unscrupulous one.
James Sims explains the seasonality of the London property market and when the best times of the year are to sell.
Working from West London, we get bombarded with properties with amazing interiors. This two-bedroom maisonette on Hurlingham Road in Fulham is a particularly good example.
With the stay-inside-weather approaching, you might be considering a new sofa to snuggle up on in front of the TV, perhaps. Here's some inspiration.
With the outlook for savers looking grim, growth in the buy-to-let sector looks set to continue, despite mounting speculation that interest rates will soon increase.
Originally introduced in 1991, the Property Misdescriptions Act is described, in the official tongue of the government, as ‘an Act to prohibit the making of false or misleading statements about property matters in the course of estate agency business and property development business.’
With more and more investment pouring into London from the fields of technology, media and finance, it’s still the place to be for affluent young professionals looking to build a life. Whether you’re one of these young upstarts or a landlord looking to capitalise on the market, here are some areas that are holding their own in the competition to be the most desirable place to live in London, and a couple of upstarts vying for poll position…
A compilation of Pretty Little Things that get our design-senses tingling.
Dragging over from last year into the spring and early summer there has been a considerable problem for buyers in obtaining timely mortgage valuations. In a recent mystery shopping exercise, carried out by Mortgage Strategy magazine, three of the biggest surveying companies – Colleys, E.Surv and Connells were contacted for a HomeBuyer report and separately for a valuation for a property in London SW15, with a mortgage from Halifax. Connells and e.surv were not accepting new instructions and Colleys had a waiting time of over a month.
The internet is good for a lot of things: Shopping, music, movies, cooking, dating and even buying a home have all been revolutionized by the online world...
I’ve lost count of the number of times that a client has asked me if ‘Interest Only’ is a thing of the past – and I always answer that no, it still exists, but only for specific clients and only in specific circumstances.
Space is a premium in the crowded city of London, but studio Alma-Nac knew exactly what to do with this 2.3 meter wide gem of a house in south London (yes it really is only 230cm wide).
Often it’s suggested that design is a personal choice. But time and time again it has been evident that time is the ultimate decider, with the power to strip away modern fads and leave just the purity of balance that is enduring.
A certain thing that definitely gets our adrenaline cooking is the beauty of properly build motor vehicles. Derick van den Bussche, the founder of VDBMoto, feels the same way and build this beauty of a beast.
If only we understood our cognitive limitations as well as our physical limitations, the world would be a more rational place.
Some purchasers are now baulking at higher property prices in the capital, which leapt by a staggering 20.1% in the year to May, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), helping to push the national average increase to 10.5%.
The September 2014 issue of the Brik Magazine is out the door. This issue we offer some perspective on the rumour that the bubble is about to burst, and some inspiration for your place's interior as well.
The Autumn and New Year are always the best times of year to sell, and with Fulham prices looking like topping out, now could be the best time in the next year, or even two, to put your home on the market.
Don't underestimate the power of accessories. Here's some inspiration to take the edge off moody designer seating areas in your home.
The benefits of being a buy-to-let landlord cannot be underestimated. Indeed, the Telegraph reported at the end of May the value of property owned by Britain’s thousands of buy-to-let investors nearly matching that of the entire country’s pension savings.
When looking to sell your property and move on, you will of course be eager to find ways to maximize the value of your house. And it has long been assured that renovation is a sure fire way to add the potential for a serious uplift in your property’s value when it does go to market.
Buying a property, whether it’s a new family home, a starter for the kids, or a place to secure your savings is a stressful experience. It’s right up there with all of life’s major hurdles.
So you have bought a leasehold house, however that does not mean that you own it forever in the same way as if you had bought a freehold house.
Ready for some design to bring the summer in your home (or outside your home)? Here's 10 pretty little things which keep the summer going.
The last three months have been somewhat of a bumpy ride for the mortgage industry.
In the world of property prices, passing the million pound mark has long been a major milestone. Until relatively recently, owners of homes worth £1million+ belonged to an exclusive club.
While we’ve long been fans of connected domestic appliances for upping our home control and a little light showing off, the use of them as guilt-appeasing eco-warriors is on the rise. From energy app alerts to integrated iEfficiency systems, it’s never been simpler, or techier, to be seen to be green.
A friend of mine recently informed me that he wants to move back to London having lived abroad since 2008. As a Londoner born and bred, he knows all about living in the capital. But a lot has changed since he left the city six years ago.
An existing Victorian family home, completely overhauled and converted into a contemporary family home.
Wedged between two existing properties, Studio 54 designed this two bedroom house to fit perfectly in the awkward angular plot.
We love it when we meet another company driven by passionate people and a love for what they do. Eat, Sleep, Live is the living proof of how passion makes high quality products.
With levels of demand in the capital incomparable to the rest of the country, London’s housing market is quite simply red hot.
The summer issue of the Brik Magazine is here! Bulging with interesting articles on the property market, home-improvement, tips and tricks for sellers, and we also compare property values across different areas of London.
Selling can be a bumpy road and without the proper know-how might very well end in a ditch rather than a smooth sale.
Sometimes you need to be able to put your Chateau Petrus down whilst you continue your chat on modernist philosophy. These side tables should do the trick.
Quick fixes, handy hints and unbreakable rules: here are some top tips for new landlords or those thinking about investing in buy to let; minus all the boring stuff like taxes, licenses, tenancy deposit schemes, surveys and all the paperwork…
We’ve all heard the rules about what to do and what not to when you’re preparing your house for market and that strange period when you must invite strangers into your (soon to be ex) home to judge it: Put the oven on low and bake some bread (here’s a secret, heating up some supermarket pastries will give you the same effect with half the fuss), put on some coffee, clean away the kids toys and take the dog for a walk.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a first time buyer, looking to make an upgrade for a growing family, thinking about getting a Buy To Let property, or a seasoned pro, you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t have a couple of questions. So here, we’ll attempt to answer a few of the biggest head scratchers.
With the sun peaking through the grey clouds, we can definitely feel the spring. Time for a spring freshing-up of your house, here's 10 Pretty Little Things to bring the spring inside.
So you’ve bought a flat! Congratulations. In the majority of cases, this will be the right to occupy the flat for a fixed number of years. The next step: buying the freehold and the property is definitely yours.
You may have been aware via the media of the Mortgage Market Review (MMR) that has been implemented on 26th April this year. So far it looks like it’s been a seismic shift in how residential mortgages are underwritten, and will have impacts on both the amount of money that can be lent (especially to those of you with children, school fees or unsecured debts) and the time it will take to get offers out.
Purchasing a property often means inheriting the living habits of the previous occupants.
For some time, wider press coverage of contemporary art was generally limited to mocking articles about galleries wasting public cash on piles of old bricks (specifically, the Tate’s purchase of Carl Andre’s Equivalent VIII).
It’s all well and good filling your designer digs with the most stylish, connected and futureproof of technology to enrich and upgrade your life, but if your first line of defence against someone breaking in and swiping it all doesn’t stretch beyond bedside light timers and having a friend pop round to turn the telly on and off, it could all be in vain.