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Protest at Auction of Social Housing in London

Tenants opposed to the social cleansing of city centres will protest outside an auction at a luxury hotel where property developers and private landlords will bid for £7.2m worth of former social flats and houses. Nearly one in 10 of the lots, which are being auctioned by leading estate agent …

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Separate Homes Bringing Couples Together

It’s more than having a sink of one’s own. Interior designers and architects are creating separate spaces that simultaneously reflect differing tastes and bring couples together in their home The growing trend for separate ‘his and hers’ spaces, including bedrooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms and studies, might suggest that when space …

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The Most Expensive Property Rentals in the World…..Probably!

In New York City, luxury rents average £2,300 (US$3,238) per week, making the city home to the most expensive prime rentals in the world, according to an analysis being released tomorrow by the Savills World Research team. The price increase of 5.4% from last year has been aided by a …

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Lack of Full Disclosure when Buying Property could Land you in Jail.

Frontmen who help wealthy investors from Russia and other states use foreign shell companies to hide the ownership of luxury London properties face up to two years in jail and unlimited fines, Britain’s government said on Thursday.   Article by Reuters.

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A Bear Market for 2018

Prime London home prices (Mayfair, Kensington, Belgravia, Chelsea) are now down 20% from their pre-Brexit peaks. Theresa May’s general election gamble and the surprising success of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn has negatively impacted foreign investor sentiment, despite ‘cheap’ sterling exchange rates against the US dollar, euro, Russian rouble …

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It’s Better in Japan!

Be more like Japan. That is the takeaway from a Bloomberg column by the always-interesting Noah Smith. His is the latest article to look at Tokyo’s approach to housing for answers to the spiralling cost of homes in comparable Western cities. On the surface, the lessons are straightforward, with Tokyo …

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A Footballers View of Social Housing

  A year ago, former England captain Rio Ferdinand, West Ham United skipper Mark Noble and ex-Brighton striker Bobby Zamora turned up at the conference to unveil their Legacy Foundation – a regeneration charity with a plan to build a series of social and privately rentable housing schemes, backed by …

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Decline in the London Luxury Property Market

The wealthy are avoiding the London property market, with sales of “super prime” £10m-plus homes in the capital collapsing by 86% over the past year. Just five properties were sold for more than £10m in the three months to August 2016, according to Land Registry data, compared with 35 in the same …

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Chinese firm to build Europe’s tallest residential tower in London

On the eve of crucial talks between the British and Chinese over investment in the UK, Shanghai’s biggest property developer is to go ahead with an £800m tower in London, poised to be western Europe’s tallest residential skyscraper.     Source: The Guardian www.4qtrs.com

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Best Yacht over 100ft 2016

Don’t be fooled by Atlante’s gray hull and black superstructure. They make this four-deck, 180-footer from the Ferretti Group’s custom superyacht brand look like a battleship. But no military vessel has ever had such a refined interior.

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