Top Five Tips on How to sell your home (and some bonus ones!)

Just a quick google and there is no shortage of articles from various sources, including Phil Spencer himself, giving you top tips for selling your house. There are those who advocate baking bread and making coffee, or even parking a new expensive car outside your home, to help boost the sale. But which tips are legit?

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Custom Build Finance

If you’re looking to build your own custom home, you will find that your financing options are different from buying a finished property. Traditional high-street lenders will only lend on properties that are completed and habitable, so you will have to look elsewhere for funding if you don’t have cash assets to fund your build.

In this blog, we’ll discuss the various custom build options, and how they impact funding.

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London Property: To buy or not to buy?

Hi, I’m Gus Zogolovitch, and I’m the founder of Rare Space. There’s been a lot of talk about house prices going up and down, so what is the current state of the market?

What I'm telling people, and what I believe, is that house prices in London have come down quite a lot, actually. I think they're nearing the bottom. So maybe the wider question is whether or not you would buy a place now if you had the resources to. Or should you wait?

What I say to people who ask me those questions - because I get those questions a lot - is that it depends.

Obviously.

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Top 10 Safest Neighbourhoods in London for Under £400K

Earlier this week, we looked at neighbourhoods in London that had the lowest crime rates for homes under £600,000, which could qualify for Help to Buy.

Today, we're looking at a lower budget range of under $400,000, since just because you might have a lower budget, doesn't mean you should have to compromise on vital considerations like safety.

Crime rate was compiled from the Metropolitan Police website, and average house prices are accurate as of Nov 2018 from Zoopla UK.

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Top 10 Safest neighbourhoods in London for under £600K

It's no secret that house prices in London are high. A budget that might net you a 5 bed detached house in Bradford will get you a 1 bedroom flat in Central London.

But just because you may have a lower budget for London standards, doesn't mean you have to compromise on important considerations like safety.

In this blog, we take a look at the safest neighbourhoods in London, based on crime rate, for budgets of less than £600,000, within the range where you would qualify for Help to Buy.

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The Houseboat

In today's blog, we're down in Poole, specifically Hamworthy, a little place just outside Poole, at the Houseboat. You may have seen this in magazines, it's been captured by the press. It's an amazing house, was built by my father Roger Zogolovitch and designed by Mole Architects and Rebecca Granger.

I'm getting my dad Roger to walk us around, so hopefully that will give you kind of an interesting idea.

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What are there so few design-led homes?

So the question I've been asked today is 'Why are there not more design-led homes?' Why is it so difficult to find them?

And I think the answer comes down fundamentally to an idea about incentives. Now hopefully I won't get too elaborate and complicated here. But bear with me for a minute as I try and explain what I mean by that.

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Tax rebate for 'good landlords'

(thoughts on the Guardian article “Treasury weighs up tax break for landlords who sell to generation rent” 5 October 2018)

I like the fact that the Government is considering different proposals around housing. However, housing and population are inextricably linked, so in principle, converting a flat/house from being rented out to being owned doesn't bring a new home into existence and therefore the fundamental supply demand imbalance remains and house prices become unaffordable for most. 

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Leverage your design skills and learn how to be a property developer

If you are an architect or someone who is interested in becoming a property developer, it's difficult to know where to start and who to talk to.

There are plenty of opportunities out there - as Colm Lacey, of Brick by Brick, the Croydon private developer said, "architects are pretty much the only people who can develop these sites. Berkeley Homes aren't going to do it. Barratt's aren't going to do it, so don't stop and don't be afraid of going at it. There will be challenges along the way but it's not necessarily a challenge you won't be able to solve."

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Streatham House Tour

Today we're touring a beautiful new house in Streatham. You can see Streatham Common stretching for a number of acres, next to the park on a very interesting road, full of late 19th century early 20th century housing up and down.

The story of this site is that originally it was some garages. It was pretty traditional for these big houses at the front to have garages, which eventually fell into disrepair and disuse.

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Weston Street

Hi everyone, my name is Gus Zogolovitch and I run Rare Space. We're an agency interested in new amazing design-led homes, and we decided that we'd put together a few reviews of spaces that we really love. Spaces that we're involved with or not involved with, things that architects have built around town, and maybe out of town, that we think you might be interested in seeing.

So we thought today we'd start with a building that my father Roger Zogolovitch has just built and designed by Simon Allford of AHMM.

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How to Develop Small Sites Conference

At least 130,000 homes could be built on London’s unused publicly owned land. But finding and then acquiring these surplus sites remains a problem two years after the London Land Commission published its register.

Availability of land emerged as the most difficult challenge facing small developers at the ‘How to Develop Small Sites’ Archiboo and Rare Space conference, held in London in April 2018.

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