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Jun 19 2017
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You may have recently seen or heard about so called 'Naked Homes'. In a fairly radical trial, 22 homes to be built in London that are almost entirely stripped back to basics, with only essential plumbing, no partition walls or flooring. The m ... read full article

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Well, if you were surprised by the outcome of the general election, perhaps you missed the last few years of unexpected outcomes when democracy takes its course. In hindsight, calling this election was a massive own goal not only for Theresa May but ... read full article

May 15 2017
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Our flagship office at 51, The Mall, Ealing Broadway, is expanding as we are moving our commercial and international offices. We've made the executive decision to snap up the opportunity of free space becoming available alongside our main office.Loca ... read full article

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Parliament has been dissolved, and we're now right in the thick of it, with the familiar back and forth between political opponents. Despite no manifestos to investigate, there are some differing views materialising on taxation; though it is particul ... read full article

May 1 2017
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The bluster of a snap general election has dominated much of the conversation about the government at present, but behind the scenes there is work being done to curb unfair fees for tenants. At the time of announcement, though there was not much deta ... read full article

Rightmove has long been established as the most popular property portal, and although the market has been referred to as a duopoly, particularly with OntheMarket.com trying to gain its share, it might surprise you to know that Rightmove attracts 2.4 ... read full article

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With the recent triggering of Article 50 taking the UK a step further through the process of Brexit, some have been quick to suggest that property in London is overvalued, at that this might bring downward pressure on prices.The National Association ... read full article

Apr 10 2017
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Next week will see the arrival of the new tax relief rules that have been introduced for landlords. Essentially, if you did not already know, finance costs will no longer be taken into account to determine taxable profits, instead tax relief will onl ... read full article

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Homeowners Alliance have been calling the government to take action against estate agents offering in-house financial services to buyers. Of course, it is easy to see why at first this would appear attractive. For the buyer to have to deal with one l ... read full article

Mar 26 2017
No sooner had our article gone to print about what the budget had in store for not just those involved in property, but the self-employed and small businesses, than the chancellor had backed down from the increase in National Insurance contributions ... read full article

Mar 14 2017
Now that Philip Hammond has made his first, and as it happens, last spring budget, we are able to reflect on the brave changes he has ushered in that will tackle the stagnation of the prime market, and marvel at his even handed approach to landlords, ... read full article

Mar 10 2017

On the Market

There are a number of reasons we choose to use OntheMarket as one of our key methods of marketing properties online. Significantly, we find that for both sellers and buyers the user experience of the website is superior to other property portals. On ... read full article

Mar 3 2017

Learning To Fly

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One of my hobbies outside of work has been the pursuit of learning to fly. It goes without saying that the experience has been full of ups and downs (pun intended), and there is much that could be talked about; from nerve-wracking take-offs, shaky la ... read full article

Feb 24 2017
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It's something we're all guilty of at times; looking at short-term goals to the detriment of our longer-term vision. Certainly it's something UK governments are prone to do, given that their life cycles typically last in instalments of 5 years. It's ... read full article

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Just before the Housing White Paper surfaced last week, there were promising sounds coming from Gavin Barwell, with him providing interviews which gave the impression that the government were considering stamp duty cuts for older people looking to do ... read full article

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.....then hope I sell your property, whilst I seek out other customers, no longer having any financial incentive to actually sell your property. Would you really do that deal?? A lot of noise is made about the savings that people selling their h ... read full article

Jan 27 2017
As the co-founder of an estate agent that started up in Ealing over three decades ago, the importance of having knowledge of the local market and competition has not escaped me. Part of what helps to create that picture of what is happening in the ar ... read full article

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A shift has been taking place for property investors moving their capital from buy-to-let to commercial property. This was predicted back when the government began to make things more difficult for residential landlords. We are looking at a largely a ... read full article

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Last week, we saw the announcement that the government were looking to allocate £60 million to a new fund; “The Community Housing Fund”, awarded to 150 councils around the UK. The aim of the fund is to support areas of the UK where there are high lev ... read full article

Jan 6 2017
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We are delighted to be seeing the return of Scott Gilder to our flagship Ealing office, where it all started back in 1983. Scott is a perfect representative of our company ethos, having been part of the team for 16 years now. Having lived and worke ... read full article

Jan 6 2017
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Firstly, may Rolfe East wish you all a Happy New Year! Replete with turkey and brimming with chocolate, it seems as good a time as any to look ahead into 2017 and how things are shaping up. Pricing continues to be steady in the London suburbs, not ... read full article

Dec 15 2016

Rental Poverty Trap

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A study; “Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2016” was published last week by the New Policy Institute. The report shows a positive trend for pensioners in the UK, as despite growth in this age bracket of 1.7 million over a decade, 400,000 fewer ... read full article

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As we enter 2017, taking pause to look at the events of 2016, it’s easy to forget the significant events, given that so much happened. From the shock of Brexit right through to Trump winning the US presidency, financial markets have on the whole been ... read full article

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In the lead up to Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement, we were particularly focussed on the way that Stamp Duty is affecting the property market, particularly at the 'prime' end of the market. Unfortunately, Philip seems to have ignored calls from prop ... read full article

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As this is article is written before Philip Hammond delivers his Autumn Statement on Wednesday, we are hoping that he takes note of what many commentators are saying. We are looking for stability in the property market, and hope that the Chancellor w ... read full article

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A public consultation earlier this year lead to the announcement that from January 2017 landlords will need to obtain a licence to operate any house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Ealing. Properties falling under this criteria are any house or flat ... read full article

Nov 4 2016
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Philip Hammond will deliver his first Autumn Statement as chancellor on 23rd November. This is the first opportunity of the present government to adjust spending since Cameron and Osborne decided they’d had enough. In the media, the chancellor has su ... read full article

Oct 28 2016
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In a document “City for all Londoners” released this week; London Mayor Sadiq Khan reminds us that not enough new homes are being built. This is hardly news to anyone who has been paying attention, apparently half the number of required homes to meet ... read full article

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Last week we attended a property conference, and like with many conferences, some of the most interesting portions of the event arise from interactions with a larger group of individuals  working in the same field. After much gossip, exchanging ... read full article

Oct 14 2016
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We are fast approaching the deadline by which all estate agents are required to sign up to a client money protection scheme. It’s good to see the government taking positive steps to ensure that both landlords and tenants have adequate safeguards from ... read full article

Oct 7 2016
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The conservative conference has been humming along this week, and various snippets may have reached your attention. In particular, Theresa May made the announcement that the government would be triggering article 50 no later than March of 2017. This ... read full article

Sep 30 2016
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We are fast approaching the deadline by which all estate agents are required to sign up to a client money protection scheme. It’s good to see the government taking positive steps to ensure that both landlords and tenants have adequate safeguards from ... read full article

Sep 23 2016
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Sometimes, unexpected conversations and interactions outside of the usual can lead to useful lessons in both life and business. I’d like to share a recent example.Visiting a gym ‘off-patch’, that is to say not in an area that Rolfe East traditionally ... read full article

Sep 16 2016

It’s a wild world

The summer’s Brexit upheaval and the run up to the US election serve as fairly keen reminders that the world of politics can be at times unpredictable and frankly disconcerting. There’s no lack of coverage on the Trump vs Clinton circus, so this is n ... read full article

Sep 9 2016
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As regular readers will know, I’m not shy to make predictions about where the property market, government policy and all things property are headed. Last week I discussed the problems of the government tinkering with stamp duty and mortgage relief, a ... read full article

Sep 2 2016
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Team GB turned out a wonderful performance over the course of the Rio Olympics, placing second only to the US on the medal table. That our small population is able to churn out this number of successful competitors per capita must say something about ... read full article

Aug 12 2016
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It’s not long ago that the Monetary Policy Committee surprised us all (most media commentators included) by voting to hold interest rates at the same level post-Brexit. At the time there was limited economic data on the immediate impact of the vote t ... read full article

Aug 12 2016
It’s been an exciting time as we are now in the 8th week of running our new Sherborne office away from home in London. Already we are putting down roots, getting settled in and meeting the locals on Cheap Street. Two of the sales we have already agre ... read full article

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You may have missed the announcement, but this week Natwest warned its business customers that it may start charging customers negative interest rates on money held in their account. This certainly feels like unprecedented territory, and obviously no ... read full article

Jul 29 2016

A chance for change

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Both the Residential Landlord’s Association and the Taxpayer’s Alliance have seized the opportunity to urge the new government to make changes in the upcoming Autumn statement. The 3% surcharge for those buying additional properties has only been in ... read full article

Jul 21 2016
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We were all left slightly surprised last week as cooler heads prevailed ahead of this heatwave. It was widely predicted by almost all of the key pundits that the Bank of England would move to cut interest rates to 0.25%. A Financial Times survey sugg ... read full article

Jul 15 2016

Signs of life

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Last Tuesday, we ran one of our best attended seminars to date, as an eclectic audience gathered to process the outcome of the referendum. Undoubtedly, there were those who were disappointed with the result, and those who were pleased, but overall th ... read full article

Jul 8 2016
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Following up on discussions that we have had over the Government recent policy direction on buy-to-let property investors and the criticisms from important figures including the former property ombudsman, a letter from our offices was sent to Cheryl ... read full article

Jun 28 2016

BrEXIT

So, the big decision has been made and its one that 51.8% of voters who voted to exit the EU should be happy with. Whilst we at Rolfe East are keeping firmly in the middle, it seems that those playing on the right-wing are delighted that we’re out of ... read full article

Jun 27 2016
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So, it’s all over and, as this is written before the Brexit decision, whether we have left or stayed you still need a “real estate agent” more than ever!The media is full of new online agents saying they will sell your house for a fraction of the cos ... read full article

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Pavyotts Mill Farm, Pavyotts Lane, Yeovil, BA22 http://rolfe-east.com/property/res0070056c1/ba22/pavyotts-lane/yeovil/house/8-bedroomsJust over 2 hours by train to London Waterloo! 50 acre residential farm with lucrative carp fishing and equestrian b ... read full article

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This is a FREE seminar, but booking is essential.DATE: TUESDAY 5TH JULYVENUE: DOUBLETREE HILTON, 2-8 HANGER LANE, EALING, LONDON W5 3HNTIME: 5.30PM REGISTRATION FOR A 6PM STARTYour local property specialists and hosts, Rolfe East Estate Agents are jo ... read full article

Jun 10 2016
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It is my belief that a person should have an opportunity to own their own home. Perhaps home ownership is even a right, although obviously affordability is crucial. The demand for homes driving up prices in the market shows that I’m likely not alone ... read full article

Jun 3 2016
An astronaut? A footballer? A policewoman? I’m sure you may recall many other professions that children and young people have celebrated as what they aspire to do once they hit the employment market, or that you as a child said you would become. Equa ... read full article

May 27 2016

Goodbye Blue Sky

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It’s now less than a month until the UK public places our vote on whether to remain part of the EU or to go it alone, in what by now, we all know as ‘Brexit’. If the rhetoric was frustrating and prone to exaggeration before, it’s now at what I think ... read full article

May 20 2016
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Some dust has now settled since the government made April changes to increase Stamp Duty Land Tax by 3% for additional homes. Others at Rolfe East have commented on this in the past, suggesting it is a factor that is reducing stability in the propert ... read full article

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The local election results came in at the end of last week – and there are a few points of significance. Both Conservatives and Labour lost seats, Conservatives losing a rather large 48 seats, Labour losing 18. Significant gains were made for the Lib ... read full article

May 6 2016

Lease Extensions

We recently had a number of enquires regarding extending the leases on leasehold properties. It’s an area of information that while not relevant for all those buying homes, a significant chunk of flats, in fact over 5 million UK properties fall into ... read full article

Apr 29 2016
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The other day I was listening to a BBC radio 5 live phone-in regarding buying property. It highlighted for me how wonderfully imperfect our system is; some people seemed to understand some of the system, others seemed to understand none, but the over ... read full article

Apr 22 2016

Property Portals

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Until recently, Rightmove and Zoopla have operated somewhat of a duopoly of the Property Portal market. Obviously Rightmove has been long established since its inception in 2000, while Zoopla has made big strides in a shorter time having been founded ... read full article

Apr 15 2016
Rhetoric is starting to ramp up to June’s vote on whether Britain should remain part of the EU or go our own way. There were complaints as it emerged that the government are spending £9m to post out leaflets to every home in Britain explaining the fa ... read full article

Apr 8 2016

Market Stabilising

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It’s fair to say that the UK government of late is not opting for a light-touch when it comes to policy on property. Those who have kept abreast of the topic will know that they are using a number of measures – from a 3% stamp duty surcharge on any p ... read full article

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Our international team are happy to announce that we will be exhibiting at this year’s 2016 ‘A Place In The Sun Live’ at the Olympia London. 6th – 8th May 2016Come visit our stand to talk about your property needs. Our team will have available to you ... read full article

As you read this there seems to be something of a media frenzy about the future of estate agency in general. For many homebuyers, just what an estate agent will do may be a small mystery.  What does the traditional agent do?-Has a pool of local ... read full article

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Coming out of last week’s budget it’s a slightly confusing message from the Chancellor. On the one hand, first-time-buyers are again encouraged by more government help – this time in the form of the Lifetime ISA – essentially first time buyers can pu ... read full article

Mar 18 2016

Buy-To-Let Lives!

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There is plenty of doom and gloom around concerning the tax changes to be made in April, and that as a result people may well consider that property is not as lucrative as it used to be with regards to returns on investment.True, buy-to-let landlords ... read full article

Mar 11 2016
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My crystal ball is proving rather reliable, as crystal balls go.  As I have repeatedly said after looking into it, interest rates were not going to change any time soon.This prediction has been born out by the fact that Mr Carney, at The Bank, h ... read full article

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If we go will there be trouble?  If we stay will it be double?  So, come on and let us know?A slight rehash of the well-known Clash song seems to fit pretty well with the ongoing debate on membership of the EU that is dominating the news; o ... read full article

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Did you know that there are now more than 4.4 million households renting privately?  That’s quite a considerable number, isn’t it?  Of course, the great majority of those who rent have landlords who are fully attentive and responsible.  ... read full article

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There’s more than one way to skin a cat…And there’s more than one way to buy and sell property. If you’re selling a property you’ve most likely considered normal private treaty sales. For some clients, certainty and pace in a transaction can often be ... read full article

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The Government can be very light-footed when it comes to the housing market, introducing some good and encouraging schemes (especially for first-time buyers), but sometimes it just blunders on in with its “large size tens”.  One of these occasio ... read full article

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If someone said this to you I imagine you would be put on your guard, at least I hope so!  You certainly don’t have to adopt a generally mistrustful attitude to life but, unfortunately, it pays to be a little wary these days; especially with reg ... read full article

Jan 22 2016

Knock Knock…

It is often said that a silver lining can be to be found in virtually any bad situation and this old adage could certainly be applied in relation to the housing cloud.  As has been commented on rather ad nauseam, there is a massive need for hous ... read full article

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West London estate agents, Rolfe East, have joined forces with current NAVA auction house of the year Network Auctions, to offer regular auction sales under the branding Rolfe East Network Auctions.Founded in 1983, Rolfe East offer a comprehensive ra ... read full article

Jan 15 2016
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There’s little doubt that 2015 will go down as an unpopular (financial) year for buy-to-let landlords.  This is because the Government has taken several steps over the course of it to ensure this type of investment is less attractive and, worryi ... read full article

Jan 8 2016
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As we all dive headlong into 2016 there is already some good news for Rolfe East and their customers.  This is because we are delighted to announce even further experience and expertise will be added to our excellent team.We are very happy to te ... read full article

Dec 18 2015
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So, as we look fondly – or not so fondly – at the final glowing embers of 2015, what will emerge from its ashes in the New Year?Raking through the hot grey powder and disturbing the phoenix’s sleep a bit, Mystic Ashley can make the following propheci ... read full article

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Little doubt exists that, when buying a property, there are two little words that will likely be greeted with gritted teeth…stamp and duty.It was certainly one of the important issues I argued strongly in favour of a good shake of on a number of occa ... read full article

Dec 4 2015
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Home and property owners are always nervously on the look out from being “zapped” by the latest news on when interest rates will rise.  So, looking into my crystal ball again, I can tell you all to relax because you will be shock free of an incr ... read full article

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Rolfe East recently held another of its popular seminars on property matters, hosted at the excellent Double Tree by Hilton Hotel.  The latest occasion was for the benefit of landlords and prospective landlords and, once again, proved to be a gr ... read full article

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You may remember, as I do, the classic Minder television series that featured Arthur Daley, a dodgy wheeler-dealer car salesman and "entrepreneur".  In one episode he says, “Yes, I’m going all the way to Hounslow!” – as if it was the other side ... read full article

Nov 13 2015
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No, in this case I’m not talking about spirits or apparitions, I will stay respectfully well away from that subject, I am referring to those figures that exist in the real (property) world.The practice is known as “ghost-listing” – which is illegal u ... read full article

You may remember Reginald Perrin and his oppressive boss of “Sunshine Desserts”, CJ, in the “comedy classic” a few years back – far too many than I’d like to remember!In the programme, CJ’s regular retort to any issue placed before him was always pre ... read full article

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Since I became sales manager, back in July, the property market in Isleworth has been incredibly robust, with achieved prices for homes in the area continuing to boom.  This is, in part, as a result of the increased demand for properties because ... read full article

Oct 16 2015
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This will hardly come as much of a surprise to you, as I and many others have regularly shouted about it (from one of the diminishing rooftops!) but we have a severe shortage of houses.So, it was very encouraging to hear the Prime Minister recently w ... read full article

Oct 2 2015
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In the late 1990s, there was a very popular children’s television programme called Bob The Builder.  Essentially, in each episode, Bob and his group (both boys and girls!) help with renovations, construction, and repairs and with other projects. ... read full article

Sep 25 2015
“An Englishman’s home is his castle” is a well-known maxim that, in general terms, means that people liked to own their own home because it was a secure and personal safe haven and could do what they liked within its walls without outside interferenc ... read full article

“Interest rates predicted to rise to 1.75% over the next 4 years.”“Tax relief reduction for buy-to-let landlords, from up to 45% to down to 20%.”“We won’t be able to afford our mortgages anymore.”“Buy-to-let landlords will throw their properties en m ... read full article

Aug 14 2015
But not something borrowed, although either could be painted blue I suppose!Anyway, whether to buy a new property or an old one is one of those old chestnuts when mulling over where to live or to invest in; and is a subject that has often cropped up ... read full article

Rolfe East has hosted many property seminars, and will continue to do so, which are proving to be highly successful and popular.  These have covered a range of issues; including first-time buying, commercial and residential property investment, ... read full article

Aug 4 2015
Steve and Nikki were originally interested in purchasing a property in Spain, to be used as a holiday home and potentially a full-time residence, as they worked towards retirement.Nikki however has never been to Spain and due to a number of factors i ... read full article

Captain James T. Kirk didn’t precisely say these inspiring words before setting off on his bold five-year mission, nevertheless, space is certainly a valuable commodity in London generally and particularly in and around the “Rolfe East area”; and the ... read full article

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In my view there really is no need to fear them at all.  But then again I’m talking with regards to interest rates, not about those dubious types of people who you probably are better off avoiding if you can.The relevance of this is that the Ban ... read full article

In my post last week, Talkin’ About My (Rent) Generation, I spoke about how there will soon be a generation of "pensioner landlords", as an increasing number of people are buying – or considering buying – property as the best way to save for retireme ... read full article


Jun 26 2015
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“Things are looking better and the outlook is brighter,” to quote an oft used weather forecast cliché but one which can certainly be applied to the current property forecast.With the Bank of England holding firm in keeping its steady nerve in maintai ... read full article

Jun 19 2015
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I don’t think it will come as too much of a shock to say that available properties are in short supply; no peering into Mystic Ashley’s crystal ball necessary there!You may well have noticed less agent boards in the streets as a result of these short ... read full article

Jun 12 2015
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While listening keenly to the recent Queen’s Speech, Her Majesty reading the prepared outlining of the Government's agenda for the new session, my ears pricked up when there appeared to be mention of compulsory legislation for landlords rather random ... read full article

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When buying a property two words that will, no doubt, be greeted with ‘disappointment’ when combined together are ‘stamp and duty’; a levy which is probably on a par in popularity with Inheritance Tax.Stamp Duty, or Stamp Duty Land Tax to give it its ... read full article

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While listening keenly to the recent Queen’s Speech, Her Majesty reading the prepared outlining of the Government's agenda for the new session, my ears pricked up when there appeared to be mention of compulsory legislation for landlords rather random ... read full article

May 31 2015
Karolina recently took advantage of one of Rolfe East International’s ‘investigative visits’ to see for herself the exciting opportunity to buy a beautiful holiday home in Calabria,Italy.  After returning, Karolina was asked what she thought abo ... read full article

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When buying a property two words that will, no doubt, be greeted with ‘disappointment’ when combined together are ‘stamp and duty’; a levy which is probably on a par in popularity with Inheritance Tax.Stamp Duty, or Stamp Duty Land Tax to give it its ... read full article


May 18 2015
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The dust has now settled following all the excitement and surprises of a remarkable General Election campaign and, whatever people’s leanings, it is a more positive situation that the event has now concluded because it has brought much needed stabili ... read full article

May 11 2015
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I have to say, along with everyone else it seems, it was a completely unpredicted and surprising General Election night, a very much “out of the blue and in with the blue”.Despite the mounting evidence, straw polls and, er, people threatening to eat ... read full article

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There is clearly a sturdy mortgage trap in the housing market, filled with many frustrated people who are grasping the bars tightly and shaking them as hard as they can to try and escape.As this piece is written before ‘Big Vote Day’ who knows what w ... read full article

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You may have noticed on our website, Rolfe-East.com, and on our literature that we proudly display the ‘Investors In People’ logo.  This is because it is something we take great pride in and place strong emphasis on, and why we have been part of ... read full article

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“All those in favour of leases being owner-occupier only please raise your right hand.”  *Raises hand quickly*.Quite clearly one of the main issues with the housing market is the widespread shortage of properties around the country.  This i ... read full article

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I recently attended a local business event at Metro Bank in Ealing, along with a number of other estate agents, which was also attended by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.  A prime opportunity I thought to impart my views to him, so I did! Th ... read full article

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Excuse the egg sucking, but an inventory is a listing of all the contents of a property and a record of the condition of the property, also referred to as a "schedule of condition".  Its purpose is to help monitor the 'accurate state of things' ... read full article

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Sounds like a pretty good offer deal on the face of it!  Well, out of the battered red briefcase – held aloft by Chancellor George Osborne – came this proposal and was one of the big announcements from the recent budget.  The Government ini ... read full article

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There have been a number of articles in the media to remind those it may affect that, essentially, from April 6th anyone over 55 with a defined-contribution pension plan will no longer be required to buy an annuity, i.e. an insurance contract that pa ... read full article

Mar 13 2015
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Apart from this one of course.  Headlines are designed to catch the eye, aren’t they, that’s their purpose.  The problem with them is they are quite often used just to draw you in and they don’t tell you the whole story - tabloids are renow ... read full article

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As you may of heard, there was a very interesting Government announcement made recently with regards to a new property scheme, called The Starter Home Initiative, which is offering 100,000 first-time buyers the opportunity to push the start button on ... read full article

“Thinking outside the box; a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel or creative thinking.”This can be certainly be applied to the approach to Buy to Let by adding a pin ... read full article

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What Do You Think of It So Far….?The New Year began with a new view of things, as on 26th January OnTheMarket launched and with it - via the new portal on the block at OnTheMarket.com - you can now view hundreds of thousands of properties to buy or r ... read full article

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Greenford, Ripe for Picking!As with all Rolfe East branches, the Greenford office - based in The Broadway - offers the same vital level of established knowledge of the local market and property cycles, in addition to the reputation earned for excelle ... read full article

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Rolfe East Tailors Suits YouPeople decide to move for a whole variety of reasons; and because they want to or they have to; and some want a fanfare and some don’t. Whatever the circumstances it can be a complex and emotional journey, with an awful lo ... read full article

How Do You Turn From Blue To Pink?As we approach the end of January, and the post Christmas blues have been shaken off, the mind wanders to warmer days and summer holiday plans – and now is a prime opportunity to firm these up and put yourself in the ... read full article

There’s More Than One Good String To Our Bow!Over recent months there has been a massive increase in the commercial market. It is buoyant and sustained from both sides, with tenants wanting premises and landlords wishing to buy freeholds. As the lead ... read full article

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And Today’s Lesson Is…Adding Up!In January last year the BBC asked a panel of experts for their property predications for the year, and with their mystic powers they forecast that property prices would increase in the 8% bracket across the UK – which ... read full article

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Start The New Year With A New View!What did I do last summer? Well, among other things, I wrote an article which began, “If I looked through a portal what would I see? Only Zoopla and Rightmove looking back at me.” The piece was with regards to the f ... read full article

New Year, New Opportunities Rolfe East hopes that you had a very enjoyable time over Christmas and the New Year, have fully recovered, and wishes you every success with whatever your hopes and plans are in what promises to be quite a year!In the comi ... read full article

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DATE: MONDAY 19TH JANUARYVENUE: DOUBLETREE HILTON 2-8 HANGER LANE EALING W5 3HNTIME: 5.30PM REGISTRATION FOR A 6PM START An evening of key answers to the following:• How to harness the most out of your current portfolio• Getting the right Tenant and ... read full article

Rolfe East Achieves High StandardsA little while ago Rolfe East received an invite from London Mayor, Boris Johnson, to join his London Rental Standard (LRS) – an initiative designed to raise professional standards in London’s private rented sector b ... read full article

Rolfe East Achieves High StandardsA little while ago Rolfe East received an invite from London Mayor, Boris Johnson, to join his London Rental Standard (LRS) – an initiative designed to raise professional standards in London’s private rented sector b ... read full article

Dec 5 2014
Chancellor George Osborne announced that when the clocks hands ticked over into the 4th December the much criticised tax transformed into a “progressive tax”, which should certainly benefit the majority of people who will now pay less tax under the n ... read full article

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Beware Of Double AgentsWe are not exactly talking James Bond territory here, but there is a story to tell involving Rolfe, Rolfe East and a ‘Goldfinger’ agent – but probably not quite as well dressed, glamorous or violent, it is also set with regards ... read full article

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Mystic Ashley?Far be it from me to say, “I told you so,” so I won’t, and I haven’t got a crystal ball in the Rolfe East office, but over the months…he continues!...and as a ‘reminder’ I spoke…pretty often!...about the fact that the property market wa ... read full article

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You Have Three Choices…Renting, selling, or buying a home is a very big decision, and in the latter two cases is highly likely to be the most expensive one you are likely to take – and is quite often an emotional one too. In a highly competitive mark ... read full article

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Answer Time To Question TimeRolfe East recently hosted a Property Question Time event - in conjunction with Prince Evans Solicitors - for the benefit of Landlords, Property Investors (Residential or Commercial) and First-Time Buyers. In what was a fu ... read full article

How Would a Mansion Tax Work? Er, It Wouldn’tThe unwelcome concept of a “mansion tax” has, worryingly, been bandied about again in the news, essentially meaning that owners of properties worth more than £2m would face an annual charge. A good idea? M ... read full article

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“Knock Knock.” “Who’s There?” “Mortgage Demand.” “Go Away!”The downbeat line trotted out in the media is that the mortgage industry is reporting that the demand for loans is low, down, small, limited - or whatever other negative word is fitting - and ... read full article

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Wanted, Deal Orientated People With Preconceived Ideas.Some agencies may well do but certainly not us at Rolfe East.We are continuing to expand and are currently conducting lots of interviews in our exacting search for the right people to join us. Ho ... read full article

An Inspector CallsAs you may be aware - but more than likely not - the legislation that governs estate agents ‘For Sale’ and To Let’ boards, their size and where and when they can be placed etc., is the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertise ... read full article

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Last week I flagged up that landlords had their own investment model of what worked for them and they felt comfortable with and posed the question, if you were considering joining the party what type of landlord you would be and what makes a good buy ... read full article

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We Know Your Type Any landlord has their own investment model of what works for them and they feel comfortable with. After all, circumstances are individual and there’s a lot to consider. What type of landlord are you - or would you like to be - and ... read full article


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