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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:33:06 +0000

Following some changes made to our web servers, the Rat and Mouse has been rather poorly. We are working to fix the problem and normal service will be restored soon....

Monday morning linkage - going for gold, but not like Trump

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:38:46 +0000

What if taxi drivers were treated like landlords…? [Property118]YourMove index sees London’s annual rate of growth crash [CityAM]39,723 tenant households evicted in last 12 months [24Housing]Mesut Ozil buys in London [Sun]Interior design… going for gold, but not like Trump [Curbed] The Rat and Mouse -...

First ever "Mars show home" revealed

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:45:51 +0000

Martian bricks, recycled spacecraft parts for that eco-credibility and a double air-locked entrance to keep out the chill, situated in the sought-after Valles Marineris on the Martian equator. The show home is a collaboration between National Geographic, some Greenwich Observatory...

Thursday morning linkage - could US voters have just saved the London market?

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:32:43 +0000

Simon Cowell’s period as estate agent “most miserable” time of his life [Property Industry Eye]New London luxury property glut [Bloomberg]But could American voters have just saved the London market? [Evening Standard]Most optimistic… Strutt & Parker predict market-leading 16.5% property price growth in London...

Market report - HBOS report unexpected pick-up

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:37:10 +0000

Not exactly “a surge”, but a surprising 1.4% rise in October, when economists were predicting something like 0.2%. The three-month-to-three-month period showed an annual rise of 5.2%, again higher than expected. Prices are being supported by low interest rates and...

Cheers, clapping, whooping and backslapping

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 09:25:40 +0000

It sounds like the Negotiator Awards were a noisy affair this year, with some controversy around the nature of the noise itself. Reports, here, of booing when the HouseSimple picked up the “Online Estate Agent of the Year” award have...

Monday morning linkage - Americans planning to flee to UK after Trump victory?

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:17:25 +0000

Americans look to UK property in case of Trump victory [Property Industry Eye]New York more affordable than London [CityAM]Savills predict rents will rise fast than prices in the next five years [BBC] The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your house  Technorati Tags:...

Robbie Williams calls in exorcist to rid house of Michael Winner's spirit

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 09:28:49 +0000

You what? He bought Winner’s £17.5m Holland Park mansion in 2014 but - according to this - his missis is having a few issues with redecoration, as she feels she’s being watched over and her decisions second-guessed by the previous...

House price inflation slowing, but P/E ratio at record high

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:01:07 +0000

The average home costs six times the average salary, according to the latest figures from Nationwide, after three years in which house prices have risen 20% but wages just 6%. The last time the P/E ratio was this high, was...

London rents on the rise again

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 07:58:06 +0000

Nationally, annual rental inflation was unchanged at 2.3% in September, according to the ONS, but in London the figures shifted back into the black for the first time in seven months, with a lift of 2.7%. More here. Technorati Tags:...

Prefabs to sprout?

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:11:59 +0000

Hopefully not, according to Simon Jenkins, in an entertaining piece for the Evening Standard. After misleadingly comparing the modern prefab with the, literally, Jerry-built bungalows of old, he goes on, however, to make this valuable point. There is no evidence...

People are borrowing, banks are lending

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 09:47:43 +0000

New Bank of England figures show a mixed bag of mortgage lending data, but the headlines are that after two months of falls, new loans and remortgages were both up on the month in September. Annually, however, lending on house...

Monday morning linkage - Jemima Khan's super-mews on the market

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:34:24 +0000

M25 commuter belt properties rise 551% in 30 years [Homes & Property]Exactly how tough is it for “Generation Rent”? [Daily Telegraph]For sale: Jemima Khan’s £8m west London mews [Mail on Sunday] The Rat and Mouse - London’s property blog  Technorati Tags: property, real...

Friday morning linkage - where are all the estate agents going?

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:17:54 +0000

Estate agent numbers shrinking [Property Industry Eye]London market will be slowest to recover from Brexit [City AM]Build-to-rent threatened by Khan’s discount flats plan [PropertyWeek]The UK’s most haunted [Daily Telegraph]And in America… a bargain for modernism fans [Curbed] The Rat and Mouse - it’s about your...