Separate beds – a new trend for two master bedrooms

07 July 2016

New research shows that as many as one in six couples sleep in separate bedrooms. It’s not that relationships are on the rocks, nor is it a new method of contraception. Modern lives have become more hectic, meaning that sleep is not only more necessary but also more hard-won. After a hard day of client negotiations and meetings, the last thing anyone needs is a snoring partner keeping them awake. Many sleep therapists recommend sleeping alone for a better night, … Read more ›

EU Referendum Results – Bargain UK property for overseas investors

24 June 2016

With last night’s astonishing referendum result in favour of leaving the EU, it’s not just the 48% of Britons who voted remain who have gone into shock. At one point in the last few hours, sterling had fallen to its lowest position since 1985, a mere 1.32 against the dollar. The extent of the fall was made considerably worse by an over-confident climb earlier in the day, based on opinion polls.

The pound will inevitably strengthen so investors should buy sooner … Read more ›

Fish Island – a new focus for the East End

17 May 2016

Fish Island is located near Bow, just west of Stratford, and across the water from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, built for the 2012 games. The community is a wonderful mix, with artists and creatives buying property on Fish Island as well City workers looking to break from the corporate world when they get home.

Chloe Robinson, Branch Manager at Henry Wiltshire’s Bow Office, says, “London’s East End was once the capital’s industrial heart, with Fish Island playing an important part. … Read more ›

How to avoid gazumping – will new legislation help?

12 May 2016

If a house buyer has an offer accepted, and then another buyer comes along and makes a higher offer that the seller decides to accept instead, the first buyer has been gazumped. This is currently legal in the UK, but the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) is calling for evidence that will help it redraft property-buying legislation to speed up the process and make gazumping a thing of the past.

The estate agent is obliged to pass on all … Read more ›

Enness in Conversation – insights from one of London’s top mortgage brokers

05 May 2016

With the EU Referendum coming hot on the heels of the 2016 budget, the property market is being bombarded by change and uncertainty from a number of directions. The two key issues are the changes to stamp duty land tax (SDLT) and anxiety about the outcome of the referendum and Britain’s possible exit from the EU.
A recent discussion with David Ewington, Mortgage Broker at Enness Private Clients, brought out some interesting views and valuable insights.

Stamp duty

The way stamp duty … Read more ›

Where to Live in London – Royal Docks, E16

28 April 2016

With regeneration in London’s East End going from strength to strength, Royal Docks is the capital’s newest area for development.

Docks and location

The Royal Docks comprise four historic shipping quays on the north bank of the Thames: Victoria Dock, Royal Albert Dock, King George V Dock and Pontoon Dock, located just east of Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs.

Business opportunities
The new Business Port is expected to attract many Asian companies and generate huge economic growth.

Chinese business district development company ABP … Read more ›