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 ... read full article
.....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 se ... read full article
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 ... read full article
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 ... read full article
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 Londo ... read full article
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 b ... read full article
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 p ... read full article
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 Chancello ... read full article
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 fl ... read full article
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, exchangi ... read full article
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 f ... read full article
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 s ... read full article
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 ... read full article
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 alo ... read full article
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. E ... read full article
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 prop ... read full article
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 ... read full article
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 in ... read full article
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 o ... read full article
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 ... read full article
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 an ... read full article
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 ... read full article
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 com ... read full article
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 Minist ... read full article
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 ran ... read full article
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 thing ... read full article
DATE: MONDAY 19TH JANUARY
VENUE: DOUBLETREE HILTON 2-8 HANGER LANE EALING W5 3HN
TIME: 5.30PM REGISTRATION FOR A 6PM START
An evening of key answers to the following:
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