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4 Quarters Info & Blog

Best Yacht under 100ft 2016

Vanquish Yachts, a 4-year-old Dutch brand, fully customizes each VQ50, and for hull number 1 it included an unusual feature: a mid-hull tender garage, on the starboard side, with a 4-by-7-foot opening. The garage is equipped with a hydraulic winch to launch and retrieve the yacht owner’s Williams Jet Tenders …

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Seoul’s booming Luxury Market

Propelled by a lust for luxury and beauty, South Korea’s ultramodern megacity has become a new capital of culture. Of the many enigmatic sights in East Asia, perhaps none are as indicative of a cultural creed as South Korea’s burial mounds. For hundreds of years, the structures—hillocks constructed over clay-sealed …

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A Rainforest in a Hotel; only in Dubai!

The world's first hotel with its own rainforest is scheduled to open 2018 , complete with artificial beach,  pool and trees that spray mist. At a reported build cost of £230 mn, the Rosemont Hotel & Residences is the latest example of luxury in the Emirates, a go-to destination for holidaymakers …

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London, Pockets of Affordability

  The China Walk estate was built by the London County Council between 1928 and 1934. Today, an extra 70 units are being fitted into two spaces - a former car park and a garage space - among its half-dozen interwar blocks, built in Bedford, brought to the capital by …

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Brent Cross Regeneration

A major regeneration scheme to provide thousands of  jobs and homes has moved a significantly closer following the agreement between Barnet Council and its development partners, Argent Related & Hammerson and Standard Life Investments. The multi-billion pound Brent Cross Cricklewood scheme will create a new town centre, incorporating 7,500 homes, …

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A Nervous Rental Market.

Around 12%  of letting agents are reporting falling rents over the past few weeks. One in nine have experienced an immediate dip in rents following the EU referendum. “What we need is some certainty from the new government that housing remains a priority with the rental market playing a central role. For example, …

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The Slow Death of the Buying Agent !

Buyers agents - those who broker property on behalf of buyers rather than sellers are quickly dwindling.  “In 2014 we were working with 320 buying agents — now the number is down to 150,” said Charles McDowell, who runs a prime London estate agency. “The network is getting ever smaller.” …

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Camerons Housing Legacy

"Housing is the first of the social services,” said the manifesto.  The incoming government pledged to build 300,000 council homes a year and to make that target “second only to national defence”. This was the Conservatives in 1951 – and they kept their word achieving the target in December 1953, …

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Decline in UK Housebuilding.

A fall in housebuilding ahead of the EU referendum has halted construction sector in May as firms mothballed projects and delayed new work. Housing construction fell 3.2% during the month the biggest drop since February 2014. The UK’s biggest housebuilder, Barratt, said it could reduce the rate at which it builds …

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Heavy Investment in Property from Sovereign Wealth Funds.

Sovereign wealth funds are piling into property at an unprecedented pace in a bid to improve performance as the world’s largest investors grapple with low interest rates. State-backed investment vehicles, which are used by countries either to save for a rainy day or to provide money for future generations  

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