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07 February 2018

Jennet Siebrits, Head of Residential Research, discusses how demand and growth remains highest in cities that offer a safe harbour for wealth and a robust political and economic environment.

01 February 2018

CBRE Residential Chairman, Mark Collins, discusses the resilience of the London property market and how investor confidence is transforming its boroughs.

08 January 2018

With new builds accounting for an increasing proportion of the residential market, the amenities and services that can be exclusively offered within this space are becoming just as important as the apartments themselves. In an age of ultra-convenience where everyone is time-poor, Roshan Wial, Sales Negotiator, explores what is truly valued as an amenity, and what’s now deemed a given within new build developments. 

05 January 2018
2017 was a positive year, with good activity across the residential and commercial markets. The year saw some of the largest commercial acquisitions London has ever seen, with over £8 billion invested in London from Hong Kong and China alone. This activity highlights the confidence that global investors have in the capital.
CBRE's latest video explores what made London one of the most attractive global cities to invest in in 2017. 


30 December 2017

London is an ever changing city, constantly evolving around those who live and work here. Take a look below to see how London's economy and the London lifestyle has changed in the last decade.

21 November 2017

Education, language, employment, transport, history and culture are just a few of the reasons why numerous people move to London every year.

Watch the video below to find out what CBRE loves about our capital and what compelled some of our people to move to this amazing city. 

21 November 2017

Different parts of London are popular for different reasons. Some interest professionals looking to progress up the career ladder, some appeal to students and young people because of the social life, while others resonate with couples and young families looking for excellent schools, good house prices and numerous employment opportunities. 

20 November 2017

Living and working in London appeals to different people for different reasons. For some it’s the lure of the multi-cultural, ever-developing capital city of England and all that it has to offer; while for others it is the prospect of finding the kind of careers that they can enjoy and progress in. 

03 November 2017

Luke Mills, Head of Development Consultancy looks at London's love affair with the Thames, and why riverside living appeals to all.

01 November 2017

California-native Tracy Hughes has lived everywhere from Hawaii to Bali during her property career, but has called London home since 2012. 

31 October 2017

James Thornett, Head of Lettings, looks at how the London rental market has changed, offering residents an increasing variety of choice

27 October 2017

Lisa Hollands, Head of Boutique Residential discusses how the boutique market go beyond size and geography

09 October 2017

As more people look to get on to the housing ladder and buy their first property, we've drawn up a CBRE guide on how to make the most of the UK government's Help to Buy scheme, with handy tips and hints on how to benefit. Scroll down to find out more and to view our developments that currently offer a Help to Buy option.

05 October 2017

Blackwall Reach E14 is a new destination consisting of over 1,500 brand new apartments located in the heart of one of Europe's most dynamic regeneration schemes. Find out why you should buy property in Blackwall here. 


22 September 2017

Although located on opposite sides of London, our chosen rental properties this week share beautiful and bespoke aesthetics whilst capturing perfectly the essence of their surrounding locations.

25 July 2017

This week's rent property of the week, is a truly spectacular two bedroom split level maisonette on the Isle of Dogs, E14.  

21 June 2017

Woolwich is a vibrant area with excellent transport links, live entertainment and an amazing future ahead. Find out why you should buy property in Woolwich here. 

14 June 2017

Welcome to the first edition of the CBRE Residential University Guide in which we will be covering everything you need to know about being a student in the capital. In our guide we’ll focus on everything from student lettings in London and how to find yourself a student flat close to your chosen University, which educational institution to study at and how to adapt to life as a student in London. 

31 May 2017

London is a vibrant city with plenty to see and do whether you’re someone moving to the capital from another part of the UK, moving across the city to find your first student property with friends or course mates, or coming to the UK to study for the first time.

27 May 2017

What was the one deciding factor when you moved in to your home? Was it the location? Perhaps the distance to work, maybe the size of the bedrooms or were you looking to move into a property with unique interior design? We’ve all got certain things that we look for when it comes to renting or buying a property and different aspects will be higher up the “must have” list than others so the CBRE Residential team thought we’d do some investigating…

23 May 2017

When it comes to new property development in London, it’s not surprising that top of a buyers wish list is close proximity to transport links, local attractions and amenities, city views and a desirable location. However, guesswork doesn’t always meet the genuine requirements of potential buyers, which is why the CBRE Residential team has undertaken a survey looking at the most popular amenities in new developments, to help understand exactly what prospective buyers are looking for from their new build property.

01 May 2017

One of the biggest factors for couples and young families when choosing a new home is the quality of nearby schools. Across the entire 33 boroughs of London there are currently 3,118 primary schools. In total 658 of these schools, equating to 21%, have been rated ‘outstanding’.

26 April 2017

Here at CBRE we pride ourselves on our knowledge of the residential property market here in London and the wider UK, but we understand that some people need a bit more information about a number of the areas we work in. For instance, it might not be completely clear how we can work with national agents to find the perfect locations for investors and developers and we want to clear this up once and for all.

25 April 2017

Will Porritt, Senior Lettings Negotiator for our Covent Garden office, shares his top tips on where best to go in Covent Garden over the spring and summer months. 

16 April 2017

In the latest edition of the CBRE Hot 100 we’ve researched a number of locations around London and identified the top ten boroughs for Shopaholics. This means we’ve pinpointed exactly where you need to move to if you simply love shopping, want to live close to a great coffee shop or need easy access to the best restaurants to meet with friends and family.

12 April 2017

Daniel Eamer, Senior Lettings Negotiator for our Battersea and Nine Elms office provides his recommendation of a quiet little retreat in Vauxhall, Bonnington Café. 

11 April 2017

Michelle Dunbar, Senior Lettings Negotiator for our Canary Wharf Office shares her experiences of her first couple weeks at CBRE. 

04 April 2017

Millennials – defined as those born between 1980 and 2000 – make up a quarter of the UK’s current population. Our latest research examines how this often discussed, but little understood, group of people are shaping our society.

03 April 2017

As summer arrives in the capital, thoughts turn to enjoying the great outdoors. As a sprawling city, you might not expect London to be great for nature and wide open spaces but we can officially dispel this myth.

03 April 2017

Alex Evagora, Lettings Negotiator at our Covent Garden office, shares his favourite haunts in and around Covent Garden. 

30 March 2017

The word boutique instantly expresses exclusivity: a small shop with one-off pieces; a design-led hotel where no two bedrooms are the same; or a niche investment house which treats every client like family.

24 March 2017

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. 

23 March 2017

Our Battersea and Nine Elms Lettings Manager, James Hughes, discusses a typical week at CBRE Residential...

20 March 2017

Samuel Anderson, Lettings Manager of our Canary Wharf office, shares his thoughts on The Arora Tower development in North Greenwich. 

17 March 2017

St. Patrick’s Day conveniently lands on a Friday this year and, in true Irish style, the celebrations will continue over the weekend.  We’ve picked out our favourite events and activities with something for everyone.

16 March 2017

Luke Mellor, Lettings Valuer for our Covent Garden office shares his thoughts on the soon to be completed 190 Strand development. 

14 March 2017

On Saturday 11th March, James Hughes, Lettings Manager at our Battersea and Nine Elms office, held a fantastic fundraising event for CBRE’s UK charity partner, Shelter.  

13 March 2017

Lydia Minto, Lettings Negotiator at our Henrietta House office provides her insider tips on where to eat in and around Marylebone. 

01 March 2017

I recently flew to the beautiful city state of Bahrain to speak to a select group of women about investment in property. My focus was on female empowerment, and investment as a way to exercise financial freedom and economic power.

01 March 2017

CBRE are delighted to announce that on Saturday 4th March Hemsley + Hemsley sisters are hosting 2 cooking workshops at London City Island. 

27 February 2017

The trend towards car-free cities is picking up speed and when you think about, this idea should not seem like such a radical one, because cars have only been around for a century or so.

20 February 2017

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to have a great night out, a cosy date for two, or just a slap up meal, we know the very best places in central London. Our Covent Garden and Soho experts have personally tested and approved each of these venues, to create our very own top 10 favourite haunts. 

09 February 2017

Our recent Wellness research highlights the impact the design of a home can have on the wellbeing of its inhabitant. The Chinese have known this for centuries; their system of Feng Shui is a set of principles that govern the layout and design of a home

07 February 2017

As the Government issue their Housing White Paper, Jennet Siebrits, Head of Residential Research at CBRE, comments:

03 February 2017

January is a time when a lot of us take our health, fitness and general wellbeing more seriously. But wellness isn’t just about feeling fit and healthy or free from those pesky coughs and colds going around the office.

26 January 2017

The lettings team at our Henrietta House office have joined forces with The Marylebone Hotel. Ben Brower explains more about this new venture for the team. 

16 December 2016

In this video, we discuss the attraction and benefits of investment in PRS in London.

17 November 2016

Mark Collins, CBRE Residential Chairman and Chairman of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (LCCI) Property and Construction Committee, shares his views on Crossrail, after a sneak preview of progress.

15 November 2016

Mike Knowles, Associate Director for our Covent Garden office, comments on the various benefits of living in new development after recently moving into one a few months ago. 

27 October 2016

Lisa Hollands defines the ultimate penthouse

12 October 2016

For many years, London has been an attractive choice for international investors who have been drawn to the London property market due to the capital growth and good rental returns. Most investors take a long term view and will look to rent properties for many years.  

22 September 2016

An evening of lifestyle and music at the Stage, Shoreditch. 

20 September 2016

Mark Collins, Chairman of Residential at CBRE:

19 September 2016

Residential chairman, Mark Collins, updates us on the key discussions at last week's RESI Conference.

16 September 2016

Samuel Anderson, Lettings Manager for our Canary Wharf office has given his main reasons why all landlord should condsider using our fully managed lettings service. 

01 September 2016

Mark Collins, Chairman of Residential at CBRE UK:

08 July 2016

The Pathé Building, situated in the heart of W1, houses fifteen luxury apartments, including two penthouses.

05 May 2016

Halifax have recently announced the introduction a new mortgage product with the cut off age of 80....

03 May 2016

On the fifth of May, we, the people of London, will vote to elect a new London Mayor. While many will be sad to see the ever-popular Boris Johnson retire into his well-earned “bucolic existence”, there are five main candidates competing to replace him. And the two front-runners, Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan, both have the London housing market at the top of the agenda. 

03 May 2016

Covent Garden is the central hub for all transport links in London. It is inundated with tube stations nearby connecting you to all parts of London – North, South, East, West as well as the Home Counties. 

22 April 2016

Our Lettings Negotiator, Emily Poole, recommends her favourite places to rent around Covent Garden...

22 March 2016

Covent Garden is an exciting and vibrant place to rent. Negotiator Alie Horton looks at the top tips for renting in Covent Garden...

22 March 2016

When looking to buy or rent in London the local amentities, restaurants and bars are always something to consider. Covent Garden is spoilt for choice, especially with delicious food. CBRE's negotiator, Johnny Rogers, picks his top three! 

21 March 2016

Having worked and lived in a variety of different areas in London, I can wholeheartedly state that Covent Garden is my favourite place in London. The vibrancy, selection of restaurants and bars, the world famous theatres, shops and excellent transport links make it an exciting and vibrant place and one of the best places to live in London. Renting a flat in Covent Garden means you have everything right there on your doorstep.

17 March 2016

A beautiful top floor flat is now available to rent in Covent Garden, WC2. Located on the prestigious address of King Street, the apartment exemplifies everything that is great about living in Covent Garden. Surrounded by the best of London, this penthouse flat has it all. 

11 March 2016

The first of April emerges in the distance, and the recent changes in stamp duty for people purchasing a second home begin to take place

07 March 2016

Negotiator Craig Simpson looks at properties with the greatest outdoor spaces...

23 February 2016

Over the last 20 years developments in Canary Wharf have evolved just as the area has...

10 February 2016

Right to Rent: Immigration Act 2014. Following a successful pilot scheme in the Midlands, the government has passed legislation that from the 1st February 2016 all tenancies must pass mandatory checks for the tenancy to proceed.

10 February 2016

As rents continue upwards it is no surprise to see tenants requesting longer and longer tenancies.Traditionally in lettings it has only been corporate tenants who offered landlords any form of long term commitment, ie, longer tenancies with built in rent reviews.

14 January 2016

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? 

14 January 2016

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?

08 January 2016

A short let is a tenancy agreed over a shorter period of time by the Landlord and the Tenant and typically last anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months, subject to any local authority restrictions. They are usually fully furnished and often include the utility bills.

17 November 2015

So here’s the scoop: Iranian sanctions are due to be lifted soon. Yes, the moment the International Atomic Energy Agency verifies that Tehran has upheld its side of the bargain and restrained its nuclear program to be in line with the international agreement (JCPOA), everything changes. That day will be affectionately known as: implementation day.

22 October 2015

London’s skyline is forever changing, and anyone living and working in the capital will have noticed new buildings emerging throughout the city....

20 October 2015

CBRE have extensive experience in the new-build London property market.  As the lettings and management arm of CBRE Residential, our teams often work with investor landlords who purchase apartments before they are completed.  What should buy to let landlords look for when making a decision on where, and what to buy?

08 October 2015

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?

07 October 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.

01 October 2015

It's been confirmed in the last few days that The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 will come into force from 1st October 2015.  It stipulates that:

15 September 2015

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:

15 September 2015

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.

10 September 2015

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...

09 September 2015

Our latest research, Global Living, provides a snapshot of house prices in 31 global cities across the world.

07 September 2015

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:

04 September 2015

Tax advice for landlords of residential property is perhaps not the most exciting of topics to talk about but nonetheless, proper advice in this area is absolutely vital to avoid paying too much tax, or falling foul of the HMRC.

26 August 2015

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?  

26 August 2015

To understand your target market is critical to making the right choice on whether to furnish a property and can also enable you to maximise rental income. 

14 August 2015

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?

14 August 2015

Following a period of pre-election caution – mainly precipitated by the threat of a potential mansion tax – the market bounced back on the news of a Conservative party majority. 

12 August 2015

This is one of the first questions that most Landlords will pose to our staff...

11 August 2015

Head of Research, Jennet Siebrits, looks at the benefits of regeneration

04 August 2015

James Thornett discusses choosing a suitable agent for your property search

31 July 2015

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. 

30 July 2015

Lateral flats are incredibly popular within our patch, however have we forgotten about the benefits of buying freehold?

24 July 2015

James Thornett discusses why short lets are becoming increasingly popular for both landlords and tenants in London

23 July 2015

Shaun Macnamara discusses how restrictions from Westminster on office to resi conversions could affect stock levels

17 July 2015

Our sales teams across London have seen a change in buyers’ appetite for properties above the £2,000,000 mark. Prior to the election there were a lot of nerves around these properties however with the Conservative government instated and the threat of mansion tax diminished it was predicted that the flood gates would open.

16 July 2015

Stay up to date with the latest news and advice from our lettings team...

15 July 2015

The summer lettings market is now in full swing! Feedback from our teams show a rise in tenants, however, stock levels have not increased by as much highlighting that demand is outstripping supply.

13 July 2015

The tradtional route to adulthood is changing with a new style of European living becoming more normal...