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The red-hot property market of 2021 looks set to continue into 2022 after statistics show this January has been the strongest in the property market since 2005. 

Statistics from Nationwide have shown annual house price growth has risen by 11.2%, taking the average value of a property in the UK to £255,556 after the sixth consecutive month of monthly increases. 

December 2021 to January 2022 saw an increase of 0.8% increase month on month, further demonstrating the continual price growth. 

The stamp duty holiday scheme was a major driving force behind the statistics we are currently seeing, with property demand and high mortgage approval rates also playing their part. 

With stock levels in the property market down after the rush of making the stamp duty deadline last September, this has led to buyers sparking a bidding war for properties, driving property prices in the process. 

Not only are property prices increasing, but property transactions throughout 2021 also reached the highest since 2007. 

With the current market conditions suiting those wanting to sell, and Spring often being seen as the best time to sell a property, now is the time to act. 

Value your property this February, contact us for a consultation.

 



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Rouges are presenting the BIG 90’S Night, following on from the sell out 70’s / 80’s Disco nights. We have another night up our nostalgic mix tape with our fabulous and resident DJ Kobayashi.

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Mamma Mia! The Party, in Greenwich

Spend a magical summer evening with friends in a special Greek island taverna, where the host's only rules are dance, dine and have the time of your lives!

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Blackheath Music Festival 2022

Blackheath Music Festival will be held as an in-person festival on Saturday 30 April, Sunday 1 May and Monday 2 May (Bank Holiday).

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<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica; font-weight: bold; font-size: 18px;">How to purchase a buy-to-let property in 2022</span>

 

If you're thinking about becoming a landlord, there’s a lot of things to think about and understand before you buy a property. 

The process of purchasing a buy-to-let home differs from purchasing a residential property for yourself, so it's important to know what to expect. 

Because our staff specialise in buy-to-let guidance, we've created a simple guide to buying a buy-to-let property. 

What is a buy-to-let? 

First and foremost, the fundamentals: A buy-to-let property is one that has been purchased with the idea of renting it out. 

A buy-to-let mortgage is different from a residential mortgage, and you'll need to apply for one if you can't afford to buy the house outright. 

When applying for a regular mortgage, your income is considered, however when applying for a buy-to-let loan, the lender considers the anticipated rental income as your major source of income, while your personal income is considered secondary. 

What type of property should you buy? 

The location of the property in relation to facilities and transportation, as well as the neighbourhood and demand in the area, are all key considerations. 

Just like you would when looking for a home, you should conduct thorough research into the area where you want your buy-to-let property to be placed. 

Consider the type of tenant you want to attract and include that into your research. 

Finding a property in the suburbs near decent schools is your best choice if you're wanting to rent to families. 

A home near a university, as well as good yet inexpensive restaurants and nightlife, is essential if you want to rent to students. 

Is it necessary to use a letting agent? 

This answer is contingent on your financial situation and the level of engagement you want in your buy-to-let property. 

You may not want to go via a letting agent or agency if you want to be a very hands-on landlord, but if you want to be more hands-off, it is a good idea to seek the services of a professional, experienced lettings firm. 

Credit checks on possible tenants, drafting a lease contract, chasing late rental payments for you, assisting with any on-site maintenance, and assisting with obligatory gas and energy safety and efficiency assessments are all services provided by letting agents like us. 

In general, if you're a budding landlord, using our lettings services will relieve you of a significant amount of stress! 

Contact our team of experts for specialist guidance on buying a buy-to-let property. 

 



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People become residential landlords for a variety of reasons. 

Often, it’s because someone wants to do more with their savings and sees property as a safe investment with a regular income.  

Here are a few things to consider when becoming a landlord if you want to take advantage of the current lettings climate:

1. Furnished or unfurnished

You must decide whether you want to rent out a completely furnished or unfurnished property early on. 

If you've inherited a furnished property, the decision may be straightforward. If this is the case, you may find that this appeals to a potential tenant, and you may be able to negotiate a better monthly rent. 

If you rent out a property that isn't furnished, you won't have to buy anything for it. Some potential tenants prefer this since they can furnish it with their own belongings and make it their own home. 

Don't forget, carrying out an inventory is a smart idea because it will impact your insurance coverage and may help to avoid disagreements at the end of a contract. 

2. Paperwork 

Being properly organised and up to date with paperwork from the beginning is one of the best suggestions for becoming a landlord. 

Having a lot of paperwork can be intimidating, but organisation is crucial. 

Not only will this ensure that you are not in violation of any legal obligations, but it will also ensure that you are aware of where everything is at all times. (It's also helpful when doing your accounts or double-checking information.) 

3. DIY or use a lettings agency 

Using a lettings service to find a tenant and set up the first agreements will relieve you of some stress. 

Our lettings experts use their local rental market knowledge to assist our valued landlords in managing their properties. For further information, contact our helpful staff today. 

4. Legals & Responsibility 

You'll need an up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate for a property before it can be let. 

Each gas appliance in the property must have a gas safety certificate, and each property must have smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide detector. Any appliances or furniture must also meet the required safety standards.    

There are other regulations concerning a tenant's deposit and how it is held in a government-approved programme. We can help you with any of these if you need support. 

For expert property advice and becoming a landlord, contact our team of professionals below. 

 



INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY - Pepys Road, Telegraph Hill, London, SE14

This house will be coming available in the next couple of months.  It is a large semi-detached house arranged over two floors with a large basement level. These houses have frequently been converted into 3 large flats, however there is increasing demand from people wanting these houses as 1 large home. The property needs a full refurbishment. So this property will only be available to CASH buyers only, who understand what a brilliant investment and opportunity this could be.

 

OFFERS IN EXCESS OF £1,000,000


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Campshill Road, Lewisham SE13<br />

Coming to the market soon. A newly (ish) built end of terrace house. With a decent sized front and rear garden.  3 Bedrooms.

 

Price OIEO £500,000


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