May is peak buying season in the UK property market

‘The traditional buying seasons remain apparent in both London and the regions’, says Knight Frank, after analysing sales activity over the last three years; vendors urged to act now if they want to ‘hit the sweet spot’

Deals, Disputes & Dilemmas: On the complicated business of dual fees

Following the publication of new TPO guidance on dual fees, designed to curb the rising number of disputes, veteran agent Trevor Abrahmsohn steers us through the labyrinthine world of inter-agency dealings, offering his thoughts on best practice, and harking back to a high-profile – and complex – case involving one of London’s finest mansions…

Long in the tooth? Analysing the 2014-2019 bear market from a historical perspective

At the end of last year, fund manager-turned-buying agent Fraser Slater set out ten reasons why he expects Q1 2019 to mark the low point of the Prime Central London property market; here, he looks back at how the current downturn compares to others over the last 30 years, and assesses if there are grounds to believe that prices have indeed bottomed out…

MPs set out blueprint for leasehold reform

HCLG Committee ‘demolishes’ the current system with a series of wide-ranging recommendations, including a wholesale shift to commonhold ownership and a lid on ground rents