Jennet Siebrits' Blog
Buy to let borrowing has had a stronger and longer recovery compared to the mainstream housing market. The number of financial advances for buy to let borrowers began increasing consistently at the start of 2011, growing on average by 23% per year.
The 2015 General Election has been probably the most exciting and uncertain election of this generation. Up until the exit polls it was too close to call.
A buyer must include any transaction costs, like stamp duty and other ongoing taxes and fees. These costs vary across countries and sometimes within countries. But, while the purchase and living costs of high value properties in London and New York are broadly similar, these costs are dwarfed by those in Hong Kong.
This year's Cityscape proved to be the most successful yet, with the launch of our Global Living report and thousands of people to meet and greet, there was barely time to catch our breath...
With prices in the capital forever soaring, commuter towns remain popular with families looking for space, proximity and value for money. But when you take into account the extra travel time and costs involved, you have to ask: is the move out of the city really worth it and, if so, what are the best options?
The tradtional route to adulthood is changing with a new style of European living becoming more normal...
Looking at lists and numbers in isolation can only take you so far when painting a cohesive picture of Global property markets. Indeed, sometimes one factor in isolation can be misleading; it is necessary to look at how everything hangs together to get a true feel.
Help-to-Buy: the name sounds promising, doesn’t it? After all, who doesn’t want a bit of ‘help to buy’ a house? But how does it work? And what does it actually mean in terms of savings?
So where in the world has the highest rents? The lowest house prices? The best growth? Our Global Living Report answers all these questions and more, but here is a sneak peak:
Comments, musings and updates from our Head of Residential Research, Jennet Siebrits
Despite the uncertainty caused by the EU referendum, the London property market remains underpinned by a strong economic backdrop and renewed global interest.
London remains one of the most popular global cities, and if you are looking to buy a residential property in the capital, the good news is we’ve identified the top ten most affordable boroughs to buy in, from our Hot 100 report.
With 70 towers currently under construction in London and another 102 with planning permission, the skyline of London is changing. Our trend towards residential towers cannot be denied, but why the strong move to tower-living?
Head of Research, Jennet Siebrits, looks at the benefits of regeneration
In our latest regional development land report we investigate how the key land markets have been performing around the UK in Q2 2015.
The way people rent in London is changing. As more and more struggle to get on to the property ladder young professionals are now looking to rent in new builds.
In our most recent piece of research, British living, we compare the housing market across 29 of Britain’s most well-known towns and cities and were struck by one of the not-so-obvious ones: universities.
North, south, east, west – grab your compass folks, it turns out that might be your most valuable tool in figuring out where your next pad may be.
In the second half of 2015, the Government made two announcements that will fundamentally change the buy-to-let landscape: as from April 2016, investors will be subject to an additional 3% stamp duty levy and, from 2017, a reduction of tax relief on rental income will be phased in. These higher tax rates may well discourage some investors.
Wellness is about striving towards ‘physical, mental and social wellbeing’. So while it’s imperative one gets enough physical exercise, to ensure overall wellbeing one needs to attend to other aspects of life.
Probably the most alluring trait of new build apartments, aside from the fact that all the door knobs work and you don’t have to climb the stairs to the 27th floor, is that they come with an array of amenities: concierge, pool, gym, cinema room – the list is endless. But the question is this: with our busy London lifestyles, how many of these do we actually use?
People are continually looking to stay up to date with the latest technological trends. Here we look at the next design trends in the home...
Depending on the area you choose to live renting in London can often be expensive. This is rarely a shock to anyone, even if they’ve never set foot in the capital.
After an interesting year for the capital, we take a look at reasons why the world still loves London.
With London Rugby fans anticipating the World Cup kick-off in September, we thought it might be interesting to compare house prices of the favoured teams to see if there was any correlation between winning teams and winning house prices:
The property market in outer London has heated up over the last year, with average growth of 16% in 2014, according to our recent Borough by Borough report. Despite these increases, you will find many areas around the 93 tube stations in Zone 3 still have a relatively affordable housing market.
Zone 4 - It’s basically like living in the country isn’t it? A long old commute to work, but without the benefit of the actual countryside? Well would it surprise you to know that the average travel time into the centre of town from Zone 4 was 33 minutes?
Outer London is starting to experience a resurgence in popularity as more people head to Zone 5 for cheaper homes with reasonable commutes.
Zone two is starting to spark interest as buyers realise the potential for growth, but which Zone 2 underground stations will give you the best bang for your buck?