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  • The lure of central London, capital of the world


    As the tube reports its busiest week since March 2020, it looks like London is coming back to life. Some of those people who moved out of town for a quieter lifestyle are now, it seems, moving back – or at least facing a new commute to the office. This is all reflected in a new surge of interest in the property market, with demand significantly up compared to recent months.

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    September 17, 2021

  • Is buy-to-let still viable?


    Until fairly recently, the phenomenon of buy-to-let seemed unstoppable. Everybody with any degree of financial nous seemed to be taking advantage of cheap buy-to-let mortgage deals to become a landlord, and then sit back and watch their investments grow. It was almost a no-brainer.

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    September 10, 2021

  • School catchment issues


    Moving house to get your child into a London primary school? Here’s how much it costs to live near the best schools.

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    September 03, 2021

  • City of Westminster additional licencing scheme for HMOs


    Landlords letting out multi-tenanted properties in Westminster now need an additional licence, according to a new scheme introduced by Westminster City Council.

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    September 03, 2021

  • Mansion blocks – space and style in central London


    Many Londoners believe that owning a house is the ultimate property goal. There’s something fundamentally British about valuing a dwelling with stairs and its own front door to the street, even if the accommodation inside is inconvenient and poky.

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    August 31, 2021

  • Party pads fit for entertaining


    With restrictions now eased and people enjoying having friends and family back over in their homes, we explore a selection of properties with entertaining space, perfect for partying.

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    August 20, 2021

  • Why are city dwellers moving to surburbia?


    It's no secret that the past 18 months has seen a mass exodus from London, with people moving out of the city in search of space and beautiful surroundings. But while there has been a big focus on people moving to the country or coast, there's another significant move happening too, as people move from the inner city to the suburbs.

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    August 16, 2021

  • How much deposit do I need to buy a house?


    It’s the big question. Anyone considering buying property for the first time knows that they will have to put down a large lump sum – but exactly how large does it have to be?

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    August 06, 2021

  • Should I buy a new build?


    New builds are not universally popular, and sometimes seen as less wise investments than older, character properties. Is this justified? Investing in a newly constructed property is actually a very wise move, says Adam Stackhouse, head of investments and commercial developments at Winkworth. Here we explain the benefits...

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    July 30, 2021

  • Mortgage market returning to normal following pandemic


    In our latest mortgage update from Trinity Financial, we hear about the latest news on who's offering the cheapest mortgages, record-breaking lending activity for 2021 and how larger houses with space are still most in demand. Finally, as we move further towards some normality, it appears the mortgage market is returning back to normal following the pandemic.

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    July 29, 2021

  • Looking for a project? We ask whether buying a doer-upper is still a reliable way of making profit


    Everybody's doing work to their properties. Builders and materials are in short supply and houses obscured by scaffolding are a common sight. Optimising our living space is a national hobby, especially now that we've spent so much time in it. But is it still possible to buy a property, do it up and make a significant profit on it, like it used to be?

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    July 23, 2021

  • Why are Londoners moving to Kent in their droves? Winkworth investigates


    With many people moving away from London and flocking to the country, Kent is an area that has become very popular with Londoners, but why so? Winkworth investigates.

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    July 15, 2021

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