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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.

TACTILE HOUSE

Architecture

Completed in June 2017, Tactile House is a split-level, beautifully designed family home in Dulwich.

New Legislation

For Landlords

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.

Is now a good time to buy?

For Buyers

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?

Home Tech Q1 '19

Gadgets

The latest gadgets to future proof your home

Who's Selling Their Home?

For Owners

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.

Stamp Duty Holiday

Property Market

It’s been announced that stamp duty on properties £500,000 and below be lifted until 30th June 2021.

Market Comment | Q2 2020

Books

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.

You Can't Handle The Truth!

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.

Brik Magazine Q1 2018

Books

With the U.K. in the tangle of Brexit woes and the property market in London thawing, what lies ahead?

A new dawn

Property Market

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.

De Beauvoir House

Architecture

London-based firm Cousins and Cousins Architects have recently completed a refurbishment and unique rear extension to ‘De Beauvoir House’.