App, App and away

By Paddy Kent, Account Director Whilst the property industry awaits the Government’s next steps on the Planning White Paper, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has been busy creating apps, apparently to make the planning system easier for homeowners. One app will help homeowners with their applications for extensions/ loft conversions. A second…

Barcelona is blazing a superblock trail

By Emma Goodwin Recently, as I was wandering the streets of Poblenou – one of Barcelona’s coolest and most creative neighbourhoods – I came across a rather confusing sight.  I’d walked down a strangely quiet street and found myself at the centre of what should have been a busy crossroads. Except, there were no cars….

Meet your new landlord, John Lewis

By Alice Wilkinson Iconic British retailer, John Lewis, made headlines this week with the announcement that it plans to build 10,000 rental homes over the next decade. The properties, ranging from compact studio flats to four-bedroom houses, will be built on sites owned by the chain, on land next to the company’s distribution centres, or…

The one holiday I’m grateful to have missed

By Alina Haritonova The much-debated Stamp Duty holiday, introduced in the UK in July 2020 to support the property market following the outbreak of Covid-19, has finally come to an end, leaving a somewhat bitter aftertaste. The measure, originally introduced to help more people get on and move up the housing ladder, has arguably achieved…

Experiencing the other side of the property market

By Megan Sawh Working in SEC Newgate’s residential property team for almost three years now, I’ve spent a lot of time visiting and looking around new homes and marketing suites. Having recently started the hunt for my own first home, in the middle of the pandemic, it was rather a different experience being on the…

Is renting the new buying?

By Laura Sears The UK is a nation of homeowners, the aspiration of which is viewed by many as a major life goal, the product of a lot of hard work and saving. However, new research from agents Hamptons has revealed that it’s cheaper to rent a home than it is to buy one, with…

Property portal wars: is it game on?

By Rishi Banerjee If you’re like me, the first thing you do is go online to look at your next dream home. Most property searches start online because we can do this from the comfort of our own home, in our own time and filter our preferences by price, house type, location and connectivity. Until…

Government eyes up renter reform as part of latest round of levelling-up

By Joe Cooper One of the more overlooked aspects of the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda has been the recently announced reforms to the private rented sector (PRS). There are 4.4 million households in the private rented sector in England, comprising 19 per cent of total households and making it the largest tenure behind owner-occupiers. In…