Hard on the heels of news that Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer, is plotting to take on high street solicitors by launching a property conveyancing service comes intense speculation that they are also about to launch a service for house sellers. Using the newly acquired technology company Hikso, which theyContinue Reading

Earlier this summer Savills launched The Grove onto the market in Cambridge. A good 6 bed 2 bath house with about an acre of garden including planning consent for a new five bed house. Not a typical Cambridge property but in the right part of town and available in twoContinue Reading

An international elite is pricing British citizens out of the housing market with the help of government tax breaks for foreigners living in the country, figures reveal. More than half of London’s multimillion-pound houses are now bought by “nondoms” (nondomiciles) who, unlike most British citizens, are able to use offshoreContinue Reading

Talks are described as at an ‘advanced stage’ between two of the best names in the agency world. Lane Fox, a relative newcomer, is in merger talks with Strutt & Parker who were founded over 120 years ago to create a  50 office rival to the biggest national firms. TheContinue Reading

The long awaited HIPs (Home Information Packs) are coming this June 1st but surprisingly only 45% of British homeowners actually know what they mean! A fish4homes poll reveals a worrying third (36%) think HIPs is a new strain of hayfever allergy whilst 1 in 10 (9%) believe it relates toContinue Reading

During the rumbustious debate today in the House of Commons on the Tory motion to scrap Home Information Packs, the shadow environment spokesman suggested that “the countries largest HiPs provider (Spicer Haart) has confirmed that they only have enough Domestic Energy Assessors to undertake 40% of their work”. It remainsContinue Reading

The watered-down home information packs that will be mandatory from June 1 focus on energy-efficiency ratings.Jon Nealelooks at the implications and puts three British homes to the test On a remote ridge in the Welsh Marches, a surveyor is hard at work, tape measure in hand. But this is noContinue Reading

The major bodies involved in residential property have reacted with fury after the Government first refused to meet them, then cold-shouldered them, and finally attacked them for their opposition to Home Information Packs on the grounds that they had “vested interests”. Peter Bolton King, chief executive of the National AssociationContinue Reading

Over 80% of home buyers attach little or no importance to the energy efficiency rating of a house being offered for sale, and even the Government’s own “Better Regulation Commission” has described the introduction of energy performance certificates as “ill considered”. With the introduction of the Government’s Home Information Packs firagoContinue Reading

The idea behind lonres.com was developed by William Carrington and Anthony Payne. Between them, they have over 40 years of agency and valuation experience in the Central London property market. In this time, many trends came and went, but they recognised the internet as a source of information, which wasContinue Reading