Should You Let Your Tenants Keep Pets? 5 Pros and Cons

Letting tenants keep pets has become a sticking point for landlords concerned about upsetting the neighbours and protecting their property from avoidable wear and tear. But with an estimated 78% of pet owners reportedly having difficulty finding properties which allow their fluffy friends, permitting pets brings a raft of benefits too. This includes happier tenants, longer leases, and more revenue due to fewer renting gaps and the ability to charge higher rent. So with 46% of UK renters owning a pet, can you afford to exclude almost half the market? Here’s a list of pros and cons to consider before More ›

Where to Live in London: Seven Reasons to Choose Mile End

Choosing where to live in London is no mean feat. If you’re looking to rent or buy somewhere new, spare a thought for Mile End, a vibrant corner of the East End with bundles of character, charm and community spirit. Here are seven reasons Mile End is a great place to live. Lots of green space With Victoria Park and Mile End Park on your doorstep, you’re never more than a short stroll away from a beautiful green space. Victoria Park is the largest park in Tower Hamlets, and one of London’s most important historic parks. With two cafés, two More ›

The Best London Areas for First-Time Buyers

Getting onto the property ladder can be one of the highlights of your life – but rising house prices make it a distant dream for some. To help make that dream a reality, we’ve put together a guide to the best London areas for first-time buyers. Brockley With an average home costing £525,775, Brockley is one of south east London’s first-time buyer hotspots. Next door to buzzing Peckham and bohemian New Cross, Brockley is quiet, leafy and has a handful of quirky pubs, cafes and restaurants. It also boasts one of the best views in London from the top of More ›

How do General Elections Affect House Prices?

Following Theresa May’s announcement of a snap general election in June, those looking to buy or sell houses may be asking themselves the question: how do general elections affect house prices? It’s a pertinent question, as political uncertainty is often linked to fluctuations in the property market. Property is arguably more volatile than any other sector, and the status of the market generally represents the overall mindset of the property-owning public. With the general election upon us, we’ve looked back at how historical elections have affected house prices, and predicted what we can expect this time around. Looking to the More ›

Extending Your Home: What’s Permitted, What’s The Cost And Is It Worth It?

Extending Your Home: What’s Permitted, What’s The Cost And Is It Worth It? More people than ever before are choosing to stay put and upgrade their homes rather than upping sticks to upsize. In fact, the concept has become so popular that Channel 4 has made a television show out of it. “Love it or List It?”, featuring Kirsty Allsopp and Phil Spencer, helps families trying to decide just that – whether to start afresh somewhere new or use the money they would otherwise spend on a house sale and purchase to renovate their property. The fact is that for More ›

Home ownership falls to 29 year low

Home ownership falls to 29 year low Fears over the housing crisis grow as home ownership drops for the 11th consecutive year, whereas the number of people privately renting continues to rise. Recent data from the Government’s English Housing Survey  shows that only 63% of people live in a property that they actually own or have with a mortgage. On the other hand, the private rental sector has increased by 19%. Furthermore, figures show that, for the first time, there are more homeowners without a mortgage than with one.  This illustrates just how difficult it has become for first-time buyers More ›

Landlords’ Tax Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Landlords’ Tax Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Since the buy to let market exploded in the 1990s, business has been booming for landlords. However, there are a number of common tax mistakes made by new landlords when first dipping their toes into the world of buy to let. Many of these stem from the failure to see buy to let for what it is. Buy to let is not just a secondary income stream or a proven pension investment, it is as much a business as running your own shop and HMRC are starting to clamp down on landlords More ›

Kentish Town market update

Kentish Town market update – Sales Spring has finally sprung in Kentish town. The clocks have gone forward, the days have got longer and the Kentish Towners couldn’t be happier to welcome in the beginning of summer! The buzz on the high street is very apparent and we’re feeling it here too. Now that the days are longer the offers have increased and our instruction levels are higher than ever! It seems as though confidence is high amongst our applicants and viewing levels are through the roof. Our applicants are more inclined to view now that the evenings are longer More ›

Hackney market update

Hackney market update – Sales It’s been another great month for Hackney all round! The area received some fantastic National press in March with Hackney mentioned as “one of the best places to live in Britain” with particular popularity among affluent under-forties and has also been described as “a borough bursting with experimental eateries and Scandinavian design”. The most coveted areas include London Fields, Dalston, Chatsworth Road, Lower Clapton, Church Street in Stoke Newington and Victoria Park Village. The housing market continues to be extremely buoyant with good stock levels being released, giving buyers more choice than last year. This in More ›

Stratford market update

Stratford market update – Sales 2015 so far has been a productive year at Keatons, Stratford. Spring is now upon us, (traditionally when the market comes alive). The hopefully balmier weather (vendors now keen to showcase their gardens if applicable) and crucially lighter evenings tends to stir viewers in to action. In 2014, 40% of our properties sold for a record price and we are confident that by offering a bespoke marketing strategy for all our clients we are well placed to exceed that result this year. We are proud of our achievements and the standards we have set and More ›