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  • Property-a-holics

    Where to buy in London?

    Hi PT,

    This is my first post so please go easy on me.

    My plan is to buy a 1 bed in a promising area for capital growth in greater London. I will be looking for a property that I can do a light refurb on in order to refinance in the short to mid term.

    I've been looking at potential areas for investment in terms of fundamentals - transport, investment, schools, shops etc but I feel that I might be doubling up on this work being done by someone else with similar goals.

    Can anyone recommend a thread/person/website where this is covered? Or is this not enough detail?

    I'm excited to be on PT and hope that I can offer some value at some point to everyone.


    Hi Tom,

    Welcome to Property Tribes.

    London is a very hot market at the moment, so you and everyone else are looking for one bed flats with a bit of refurb potential. Smile

    Where I invest in North London, I was struggling to find any decent one bed flats below £250K!

    My advice would be to research tenant demand first.

    Choose a few tube stations where house prices look more reasonable, and then work out the tenant demand.

    You can buy a one bed flat in Edmonton, N9/N19 for around £150K and there is high tenant demand there, for example.

    You could also look for properties that are already tenanted, as this will give you an immediate yield calculation, and also give you peace of mind that you will have the property let from Day One.

    If you need a contact for an estate agent in North London, I use Stadium Residential. You can email Violeta on VT (at) stadiumresidential.com ... she has a few one beds that are already tenanted, but they are in the £315K region, which shows how good value the Edmonton flats are, as they are just a matter of a few miles away, but half the price. Smile

    Some interesting news just in:

    London has witnessed a massive rise in the size of the private rented sector over the past ten years

    Between 2001 and 2011 the 33% of boroughs had growth over 100% and there has not been a single borough that has been immune to some level of growth in this sector.

    [Image: private-rented-London.jpg]

    Source: Planet Property

    [Image: house.png]Round up of London property discussions:

    16 London hotspots tipped for growth

    Ten things to look for when looking for investment property in London

    Crossrail's effect on London house prices

    Archway/North London


    I think that the new cross rail extension is a game changer for transport in London in the same way that the DLR. If you make no assumptions at all about the London market, crossrail will improve the value of properties relative to non crossrail affected towns. The current research suggests £1.25 billion in uplift. I hate figures like this but crossrail uplift must be worth something.


    I am also of the view that for the long term investor it is a question of marginal improvement i.e which town gets the biggest shot in the arm from Crossrail? Londoners love period architecture....always worth remembering. I'm invested in Peckham. If I was starting now Id look at woolwich. Its cheap (you will get sustainable yield here), it has pockets of georgian property and victorian property. Commuting will be transformed here. Custom house also has potential. Crossrail 2 should make bits of west London suburbia feel more accessible but
    its a long wait.
    Founder of Repolist Ltd, the UK's largest real time database of repossession and refurbishment properties.
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    It seems that Peckham, the home of Del Boy and Rodney Trotter, is on the up!

    Peckham has seen a huge surge in its popularity over the last few years. With prices in the surrounding areas of Dulwich and Camberwell having risen significantly, more people than ever before are looking at SE15 as an affordable alternative where buyers can get a bit more for their money. However, even prices here are not as cheap as they used to be and we’ve seen values for many properties increase by more than 30% in the past year.

    Part of the appeal of Peckham is in its location and excellent transport links. Residents can live only moments away from the bars and restaurants on Lordship Lane without having to pay the premium of East Dulwich. In addition, Peckham’s own amenities are improving and the impressive selection of independent shops on Bellenden Road and the large array of fresh meat produce and market stalls are equally popular. Good transport links have certainly influenced Peckham’s desirability and the addition of Peckham Rye and Queens Road stations to the East London Line Extension has resulted in a change of demographic for the area.

    City professionals and families alike now favour the area, while first time buyers see Peckham as the perfect area to jump onto the property ladder. We’ve seen a 70% increase in first time buyers looking to buy compared to 2012 and have also seen an increase of around 40% in families looking to upsize. The assortment consists of Georgian and Victorian period properties, many of which still retain their beautiful period features and sought after original detailing. In addition, Peckham also offers an array of character filled modern flats, warehouse conversions and school conversions.

    Read the full article >>> here.