Short leases are a familiar part of the London property landscape. Apartments frequently come on the market with 100, 80 years and sometimes much shorter leases. Some buyers will avoid them, but others might be tempted to learn more.
But how short can a lease on a property be before you should have second thoughts about buying it? A generation ago, many were nervous of any leases shorter than 50 years. Now, according to chartered surveyor Will Robinson, an expert in the field, the majority of purchasers would be happier with over 100 years if possible.Read More
We celebrate life in Chelsea through photographs taken by local residents. Catherine Bell, recollects moments from the past around SW3.
Everyone dreams of going back to their roots, but few of us achieve it. Catherine Bell was a bit more adventurous than many. The mother of five has lived everywhere from Papua New Guinea to the South of France on a houseboat. Yet she didn’t realise that her life began in SW3.Read More
Predicting future property prices is a notoriously inexact science, and the experts have had their work cut out for 2016. There are an unusual number of imponderables to be factored into the normal calculations.
Interest rates, long unchanged, seem certain to rise at some point in the course of the year or possibly next year. Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, has made it clear that the current, historically low, rates cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely. But when will rates rise and by how much? And what will be the knock-on effect on house prices? Economists are suggesting that rates may increase at the end of 2016, while the money markets are predicting 2017. Time will tell.Read More
As we countdown to Christmas, legendary chef, Michel Roux Jr reveals how to stay calm in the kitchen, what he can’t live without and everything you should know about sprouts. Here is the Michel Roux Jr Christmas special:
Q. Any advice for staying calm in the kitchen on Christmas Day?
A. Preparation is key – do everything you can do the day before, and make sure you stick to your timings on the big day! Try not to over-complicate things and try recipes you’ve never done before, keep it simple.Read More
If you are the romantic type and feel like buying your other half their very own London property this Christmas, you have come to the right place!
Here are ten homes for sale across the capital. But what will they cost you if you feel like splashing out? Why not test your knowledge of the London property market with our light-hearted seasonal quiz? Click here to have a go!Read More
George Osborne has put a smile on his face and thousands of people’s faces across the nation after today’s Autumn Statement.
James Bailey, the chief executive of Henry and James estate agents saw glimpses of the sun starting to shine through the clouds.
“For many months now, we have been talking about the housing chain and the importance of getting first-time buyers on the ladder. It has been an incredibly positive Autumn Statement,” says Bailey.Read More
As the government’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement approaches, James Bailey (Chief Executive) of Henry & James, reveals his property wish list.
“I would like to see an Autumn Statement that steadies the British economy and steers the ship in the right direction. George Osborne, the chancellor, has already carried out a number of measures to curb property prices, so now it is time for consolidation,” says James Bailey, Chief Executive of Henry & James.Read More
Continuing our monthly series, we meet Philip Lawless from Motcombs in Belgravia. He reveals his inspirations, foods he can’t live without and his recipe for success.
Q. It’s more than thirty years since you first bought Motcombs, when it was a small café. What has been the key to its successful expansion? And what makes a well-managed restaurant tick?Read More