Headlines for Sunday 18th February 2018

‘Try before you buy’ tenants boost London’s super-prime lettings scene

“Renting becomes more accepted as a tenure model in the super-prime market”, says Knight Frank

Chinese conglomerate flips NYC’s record-breaking ‘Wildenstein’ mansion

Famous 25,000 square foot townhouse changes hands for $90m, less than a year after selling for $79.5m…

Five of the Best: Prime properties with libraries to write home about

Engrossing reading rooms in Kensington, Staffordshire, Chelsea, Hampshire and West Sussex…

‘Ambassadorial’ 22-bed Marylebone mansion goes up for rent

Vast Wimpole Street pile offered fully-furnished at £20,000 per week…

Buying in London for less than five years ‘doesn’t warrant the transaction costs’

HNWIs now seeing renting as a more commercial alternative, says buying agency

New ISA looks to build interest in British heritage projects

Oaksmore ISA ‘allows investors to pledge their hard-earned savings to a cause in which they have a genuine interest’

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