by Rizwan Osman on 4th November 2019
If you’re buying a house, you need to factor the cost of stamp duty into your budget. The stamp duty on London property could be substantial. There have also been many changes to the tax over the past years, so it is important to understand how it works. Read on for our quick guide to stamp duty.
What is stamp duty?
Stamp duty land tax (to give it it’s full title – or SDLT) is a Read more…
by Rizwan Osman on 7th October 2019
If you’re selling a city flat, creating a light, spacious impression is a must. So it’s worth spending a bit of time staging your property to appeal to buyers.
You never get a second chance to make that all-important first impression. It’s reckoned to take prospective buyers just a few seconds to decide whether or not they are interested in your property. So, it is vital to present Read more…
by Rizwan Osman on 2nd September 2019
If you’re thinking about investing in London’s buy-to-let property market, the buzzy and popular south west London neighbourhoods of Tooting, Balham, Streatham and Clapham could be your best bet. With great transport links to central London, amazing amenities and night life, plenty of green spaces and good schools, there’s a lot to recommend them.
Why invest now?
Despite uncertainty Read more…
by Rizwan Osman on 2nd August 2019
With its quirky cocktail bars, gastro food options and eclectic range of stalls, multi-award-winning Tooting Market is a great place for night out - or to pick up a bargain during the day.
Close to Tooting Broadway station, Tooting’s indoor market has been operating from the site for more than 80 years. But recent improvements, alongside efforts to attract a diverse range of stallholders, Read more…
by Rizwan Osman on 1st July 2019
Everyone knows that if you’re looking to sell your home, first impressions count. We’ve all heard about creating the right ambience, giving your property kerb appeal and hitting your viewers with killer bathrooms and kitchens.
Interiors experts offer plenty of advice for making that essential impact – from loft conversions and new bathrooms to ripping out flooring and other Read more…
by Rizwan Osman on 3rd June 2019
Secret Life of Pets 2, currently in cinemas, explores what pampered pooches and felines might get up to when their owners are at work. If you’re a landlord, should you be concerned about the havoc pets might wreak on your property? Or is accommodating pets a price worth paying for happy tenants who’ll stay long-term?
Surveys show that around 70% of landlords don’t allow pets. Reasons Read more…
by Rizwan Osman on 8th May 2019
What is an accidental landlord?
An accidental landlord is anybody who unexpectedly finds themselves renting out a property. For whatever reason, they’ve become a landlord by accident, and they soon discover that being a landlord is not as simple as doing the dusting, popping up an ad, and pocketing the rent.
For example, there are over 150 laws protecting tenants, buildings and landlords Read more…
by Rizwan Osman on 17th April 2019
We will be closing as usual on 6pm on Thursday 18th April and we will be closed over the Easter weekend.
We will reopen again on Tuesday 23rd April at 9:30am.
For emergency maintenance requests during this period please call our office number -
020 8767 0022
An automated message will have our emergency number. For all non urgent requests please use our maintenance reporting system Read more…
by Rizwan Osman on 1st April 2019
The process of selling property to a cash buyer is usually quicker than selling to a buyer who needs to secure a mortgage before they can purchase a property. With 42% of sales to London landlords now independently financed and requiring no mortgage, here’s how the process works.
Which vendors seek cash buyers
1. Vendors who need to sell fast
Mortgage lenders must satisfy themselves both Read more…
by Rizwan Osman on 4th March 2019
Selling a property – and possibly buying another property at the same time – is no walk in the park. The financial burden is heavy, and the emotional burden can be equally so. The more you can do to plan ahead and prepare for the sale of your property, the better.
Planning and preparation will naturally involve setting aside money to fund the cost of selling a property (and buying another Read more…