At the risk of blowing our own trumpet, here at Trading Places, we are delighted to be able to tell you that we won gold at the British Property Awards this year. Our first place ranking means we came first mean the estate agencies in the E11 postcode area. A prize-winning team effort from all … Continue reading Trading Places Offers You Award Winning Services

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The recent ARLA PropertyMark survey revealed that the lack of available (close gap) properties for rent in the Capital in January this year was ‘at a critical point.’ This was because there was 46 percent less rental properties available than the UK national average. London rental property numbers in steep decline There were, for instance, … Continue reading London on the Look-out for More Landlords

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The value of property in Leytonstone continues to increase, owners who are about to put their homes on the market will be delighted to hear. The amount prices have jumped by over the past month is 1.1 percent, according to the monthly Rightmove Price Index portal. It brings the average price in the area now … Continue reading Leytonstone Property Prices See Second Highest Rise in Capital

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More would-be property buyers secured mortgage funding approval in January this year compared to the previous month, according to latest figures revealed by the Bank of England. A total of 67,478 mortgages were approved while another 49,242 remortgages went through, analysts reported. The reason for the increase is partly down to the fact those households … Continue reading Prospective House Buyers Act Before Anticipated Bank Hike

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Living in Leytonstone and keeping a keen eye on the property market, you could be forgiven for thinking the world of house buying and selling was all a little fickle. Why? Because last month property prices in the area had taken a real slump – 3.3 per cent down on the previous month and a … Continue reading Property Prices in Leytonstone See Biggest London Rise in February

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Stamp Duty is a tax levied on the purchase of a house in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (in Scotland it’s known as Land and Building’s Tax). It’s a tax based on a sliding scale in terms of the more the property is valued at, the higher the stamp duty will be (and the higher … Continue reading Delivering an Understanding of Stamp Duty

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Once February 2018 is done and dusted there is a very strong chance that mortgage rates will start going up. Why? Because, quite simply, there is no longer anything to stop them. Or at least, the Term Funding Scheme (TFS) comes to an end. Introduced by the Bank of England just days after Britain voted … Continue reading Why You Really Should Consider that Remortgage – Pronto!

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Been thinking of selling your home for a while now but keep putting it off because well… it can be pretty daunting having to keep your home looking its best 24/7 for several weeks while potential buyers call round? So, in order to make your house sell as quickly as possible here’s three top house … Continue reading Put a Spring in your House Sales

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The newly-published guidance for the government’s proposed new minimum energy efficiency standard is starting to draw attention, and with only a few months left before its arrival, many landlords are starting to ask questions. As from April 2018, landlords whose properties have a poor Energy Efficiency Rating will need to act if they are to … Continue reading Landlords to take heed of new EPC guidance

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Not surprisingly, considering the time of year, there were fewer buyers out and about over the recent festive period which is one of the reasons property owners in TFL’s zone three saw a fall in the value of property last month. According to online property portal Rightmove’s House Price Index, the average property in Leytonstone, … Continue reading Competitive Pricing by New Sellers in Zone Three Hits House Prices

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There’s no hard and fast rule about when the best time to put your home on the UK property market is. It depends on a number of factors, not least the season, whether or not interest rates are about to go up and how your own house hunting is going. Then there is the local … Continue reading When’s the Right Time to Sell your Property?

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If you happen to be a millennial today – and one of the thousands of individuals or couples struggling to get on the UK housing ladder then, understandably, you may be looking to the “Bank of Mum and Dad” for help. There’s not much else you can today anyhow if you’re looking for finance. And … Continue reading Millennials too Late to Benefit from Huge Inheritance

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Our home is our castle, as the adage goes – but that’s not always the case. Because a castle – or rather a fortress – is somewhere we regard as being secure and impervious to invaders. And yet between April and June last year, there were 44,363 residential burglary cases recorded by police forces across … Continue reading How to Improve your Home Security

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On Rightmove, price reductions are becoming a daily occurrence with agents across the capital spending more of their time trying to sell their stock and successfully progress their sales. The market has changed, but more importantly, the industry has changed, so what might this mean for 2018. When the market gets tough, the true value … Continue reading When the Going Gets Tough

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When it comes to choosing your Christmas wine selection, why not take advantage of the expert advice available to you right here in Leytonstone, at the Theatre of Wine. Take a look at their Christmas offers, there’s something for everyone. Christmas+Offer+2017      

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The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has today announced a rise in the Bank of England base rate of 0.25% – the first increase in over a decade. The base rate is the figure on which mortgage rates, in particular, are based, and a whole generation of aspiring homeowners will be wondering what to … Continue reading Interest Rate Rise – Market Comment

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When: 5 November Where: Chestnuts Field, Waltham Forest Town Hall This November 5th sees the return of the annual Waltham Forest Bonfire Night.  Come and enjoy the free dazzling spectacle at Chestnuts Field, Walthamstow between 6.30pm – 9pm. Expect the show to be bigger than ever, with gates opening for the fun fair at 6.30pm. … Continue reading Annual Waltham Forest Bonfire Night

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There now seems to be a very different vibe to the property market, with a number of reports suggesting that in some areas the market is changing from being a sellers’ market something that looks a lot more like the beginning of a buyers’ market. The latest survey by the RICS reports a 20% increase … Continue reading October 2017 Market Comment

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Located in East London, as part of Waltham Forest borough, Leytonstone is just 7 miles from Charing Cross. With a population in excess of 12,000 people, it may not be the biggest area of the East End but a lot of people like the mixture of new and old that is found in modern day … Continue reading Leytonstone: Your Essential Area Guide

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We are often asked by our clients whether they should withdraw their property from the market once an acceptable offer has been made. There are a number of angles on this subject which should be considered in the context of each specific set of circumstances. Firstly, from an ethical perspective, it could be argued that … Continue reading Should I cease marketing my Property following an Offer?

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If you’re thinking of moving, beware of the latest ploy being used by some a number of desperate agents. It works like this. The agent advertises a surprisingly low commission to entice you, as a prospective seller, to invite that agent to your home with a view to listing your property with them. They might … Continue reading WARNING! Up-front estate agency fees do not add up!

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August is a tricky time to comment on the property market. The market is usually understandably subdued during prime holiday season. Spring 2017 was hardly deluged with fresh stock, so many buyers have remained active this summer. This is one of the reasons why prices have generally been upheld during this traditionally quieter period, with … Continue reading Monthly Market Comment

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Trading Places' monthly market report for July 2017. Including information about identity theft when moving house and consent to let.

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“Phew, what a scorcher” as the tabloids would say. The hot weather we experienced last week is a mixed blessing; if you’re on holiday, then the warm sunny days certainly bring out the best of the British coast and countryside. But if you’re working either outside or in a non-air-conditioned office then life can be very uncomfortable.  

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Landlords will most likely be aware that from April 2018 the MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) Regulations will make it unlawful to let buildings (both commercial and domestic) in England and Wales which do not achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘E’.

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Leytonstone Arts Trail 2017 It’s that time of year again when it seems everything is going on (you’ll be spoilt for choice in July). The Leytonstone Arts Trail takes place between 1st & 9th July, with exhibitions, open studios and events taking place across Leytonstone and surrounding areas, featuring local artists. To find out more … Continue reading Local News

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Trading Places' Property Market Report for June 2017.

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From types of paint to floor coverings, bathroom fittings and woodwork, we present our best tips for landlords.

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We understand the disappointment of vendors whose experience of the sales process has fallen short of their expectations. This disappointment can sometimes be the result of setting your expectations too high or perhaps being influenced by having such high expectations in the first place, as a result of poor advice and decision making. It can be difficult trying to adapt mentally, especially if choices and decisions are based on achieving a certain figure. A prime example where this can be particularly stressful is when selling for the final time, with dependence and reliance on the money generated from the sale. Unfortunately, once a property has been on the market for some months, the chances of finding a buyer willing to pay your desired price are reduced.

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The unexpected hung parliament might appear to have once again cast a shadow over the housing market. Or maybe not! We know that the stability and strength proposed by Theresa May might not be delivered after all, but is that really so bad for a market already in danger of overheating? Certainly, the lack of … Continue reading Election Special Market Comment

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This year we welcome our first ever Summer Fest to the borough. The latest addition to the Get Together series sees a new summer festival which combines craft beer and sport. Check out the latest offering from HemingwayDesign, take part in Tour De Waltham Forest and watch some great sports or event have a go … Continue reading Summer Fest

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The Repair Café Leytonstone When: 11am – 2pm Waltham Forest Council has partnered with The Restart The Repair Café Leytonstone lets residents learn how to fix their electrical items, clothes and bikes for free. There will also be free advice on how to upcycle furniture and clothes, which can all be enjoyed over a slice … Continue reading The Repair Café Leytonstone

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Estate agency is an intensely local business. It is essential that agents are fully conversant with the issues of the day relating to property within what is often no more than a mile or two from their office. Ideally, they will themselves be resident in the area in which they are selling.

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Election periods usually add a degree of confusion to the property market, but this effect appears to be less pronounced this time around. Indeed, the level of sales agreed nationally is actually 2% up on that recorded during the run-up to the last election in 2015, albeit down 2% on the same period last year. … Continue reading Monthly Market Report & Newsletter

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EPC Ratings – new minimum rating requirement, less than a year to go The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 mean that, from April 2018, private non-domestic (and domestic) landlords must ensure that properties they rent in England and Wales reach at least an EPC rating of E before granting a tenancy to new … Continue reading Property Gossip May 2017

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Trying to secure finance on a property where Japanese knotweed is growing in the garden can be extremely problematic. If Japanese Knotweed is growing on land adjacent to the property being financed, this too can pose a problem. But what do you know about this herbaceous perennial plant? If you have a garden, here are … Continue reading Japanese Knotweed

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Analysing and understanding the UK property market is notoriously difficult. Conflicting reports and biased perspectives often confuse people who simply want a degree of reassurance that their purchase or sale is well-timed. Many people who currently have no intention of moving are also naturally curious about the value of their home, which is usually their … Continue reading Property Market Report April 2017

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There can be nothing better suited to the internet than property, and hits to property websites far outnumber those of any other industry. The ability to be able to search in the comfort of your own home, usually without having to provide any personal details, is certainly attractive and has transformed the way the public … Continue reading Will the Internet Replace Estate Agents?

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Wednesday’s budget was noticeable for the absence of any mention of the housing market. This oversight was met with derision from almost ever organisation with an interest in the property sector. There has been a succession of housing ministers over recent years, each of which has introduced several, mostly ill-considered, policies which have effectively damaged … Continue reading 2017 Budget Comment

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Theatre of Wine As reported in The Bush Telegraph, Leytonstone has a new addition to the High Road in the shape of Theatre of Wine, an established independent wine retailer with branches in Greenwich and Tufnell Park. They do weekly wine tastings so if you enjoy a drop of “the grape”, why not pop in … Continue reading Local News March 2017

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We love the challenge of matching a tenant to a property, or a property to tenant, and in our opinion the right tenant will usually make for a happy landlord. Letting negotiators/consultants often feel the pressure of having to find a willing tenant, and quickly. A company operating a low basic and high commission salary … Continue reading Right Tenant, Happy Landlord

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No dinner party would be complete without talk of property values, gazumping, or someone who has made a killing, or a loss, on their home. We are obsessed with our bricks and mortar.  More of us own our own home than any other European country – although this is decreasing as values have risen to … Continue reading Don’t Panic Mr Mainwaring

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As we approach Valentine’s Day it would seem that there’s a fair bit of love involved in estate agency! Estate agents are, if anything, matchmakers after all and just as people fall in love with the right person, so buyers also need to fall in love with a property if the sale is to succeed. … Continue reading Cupid the Estate Agent?

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The courts have been busy with private rented sector related cases and in this article we look at three of them. The decision around Section 24 tax changes (not being able to offset mortgage interest at the highest marginal rate of the tax payer) was a judicial review of changes yet to have its full … Continue reading Courting Change

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What is CMP and does your agent have it? Rogue letting agent Manish Manek was found guilty of 17 counts of theft involving tenants’ deposits and rent owed to landlords. He stole £47,000 before fleeing the UK in October 2012. A police investigation found that Manek had been putting tenant deposits and rent into his … Continue reading Property Gossip January 2017

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