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How Would a Hard Brexit Affect Clapham House Prices?

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I have been asked a number of times recently what a hard Brexit would mean to the Clapham property market. To be frank, I have been holding off giving my thoughts, as I did not want to add fuel to the stories being banded around in the national press. However, it’s obviously a topic that you as Clapham buy to let landlords and Clapham homeowners are interested in ... so I am going to try and give you what I consider a fair and unbiased piece on what would happen if a hard Brexit takes place in March 2019.

After the weather and football, the British obsession on the UK property market is without comparison to any other country in the world. I swear The Daily Mail has the state of the country’s property market on its standard weekly rotation of front-page stories! Like I have said before on my blog, there are better economic indexes and statistics to judge the economy (and more importantly) the property market. If you recall, I said the number of transactions was just as important, if…

Clapham Property Market: Is Sell to Rent the new Buy to Let?

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It doesn’t seem two minutes ago that it was 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade (32 degrees Celsius for my younger readers), hosepipe bans looked likely and it was simply too hot to sleep at night, yet early indications were, that as the temperatures soared, the Clapham property market appeared to be doing the reverse and was already starting to cool down.

33.90% less people moved home in the Lambeth Borough in the first part of 2018, when compared to the average number of people moving home (in the same time frame) between 2014 and 2017

The average number of households who sold and moved locally between 2014 and 2017 in the winter and spring months was 353 homes a month.. yet in the same time frame in 2018, only 234 (on average) sold and moved.


So, what is the issue? Many have cited Brexit as the issue – but I think its deeper than that.

Brexit seems to be the “go to excuse” for everything at the moment – my neighbour even blamed it for the potholes! Anyway a few weeks ago, I was…

Clapham House Prices vs Clapham Rents since 2006

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The Clapham housing market is a fascinating beast and has been particularly interesting since the Credit Crunch of 2008/9 with the subsequent property market crash. There is currently some talk of a ‘property bubble’ nationally as Brexit seems to be the ‘go-to’ excuse for every issue in the Country. Upon saying that, looking at both what we do as an agent, and chatting with my fellow property professionals in Clapham, the market has certainly changed for both buyers and sellers alike (be they Clapham buy to let landlords, Clapham first time buyers or Clapham owner occupiers looking to make the move up the Clapham property ladder).

Clapham house values are 5.7% lower than a year ago, and the rents Clapham tenants have to pay are 0.3% lower than a year ago

When we compare little old Clapham to the national picture, national property values have risen by 0.4% compared to last month and risen by 3.0% compared to a year ago, and this will surprise you even more, as nationally, property v…

Clapham Property Market - Summer 2018 Update

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I was recently reading a report by Rightmove that a North South Divide has started to appear in the UK property market – so I wanted to see if Clapham was falling in line with those thoughts. In the North, there are 7.12% less properties on the market than 12 months ago, whilst in contrast, in the South, there are 14.7% more properties on the market than 12 months ago.

With the decline in the number of properties for sale in the North compared to 12 months ago, that means the North is more of a sellers’ market. However, on the other side of the coin, there is a significant rise in buyer choice in all of the Southern regions, showing there are signs of a buyers’ market, which in some markets is a driving force for a buyers’ market and some downwards price pressure.

So, looking closer to home at asking prices and the number of homes on the market. In the London region, according to Rightmove, the average asking prices of new to the market properties are 1% lower than 12 months ago…

Great(er) Expectations: Why Clapham Home Sellers are Having to Reduce Their Asking Prices by an Average of £54,500 Each

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As we leave the memorably hot summer behind us, some interesting statistics have come to light on the Clapham Property Market which will be thought provoking for both homeowners and buy to let landlords alike.

Over the last 12 months 756 households have changed hands in Clapham, interesting when compared with the 10-year average of 1,159 households per year.

Yet, for the purpose of this week’s article, I want to discuss the pricing of the current crop of Clapham’s property sellers and the prices they are asking for their homes and the prices they are achieving (or not as at the case may be). It is so important for all property owners to know the real story, so they can judge for themselves where they stand in the current Clapham housing market, thus enabling them to make suitable and informed decisions… and that is why, in my blog about the Clapham Property Market, I pride myself in telling the people of Clapham the real answers, not just the ones they want to hear.

The national a…

Latest Peckham project - complete!

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As you will know I'm always working on a project or two, but I've been so busy recently I've not had a moment to post the most recent completion (of refurbishment that is).
I've made a little video walkaround so that you can see the finished product. A light blue (Ocean Skies) theme this time; fresh, bright and airy. In brief this property was fully refurbished. This included rewiring, new plumbing, new woodwork throughout and of course a new kitchen (in a new location) and a new bathroom.
Have a look at the video and I look forward to hearing your comments.

Living Room - Before
Living Room - After












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Video 21/30 - 7 Top Tips to Refinance Your Investment Property Like a PRO!

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I have purchased rather a few properties in the last few years, all of which I have added substantial value to. Naturally it's key to refinance in order to take some of that newly created equity out. I thought I'd share 7 Top Tips with you, so here we go!

Remember - if you're looking to acquire an investment property and you need help, drop me a line and let's start the conversation. Whether you would like to have me help you acquire your next property or whether you would like a more hands-off investment, there's never been a better time than now to enter the market. I am currently fundraising for further projects so if you have savings in the bank that are not earning enough get in touch to see how you can earn 10x returns.

All done and LET at £3225pcm - East Surrey Grove SE15

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Well another successful refurbishment has been completed, and it's about time I tell you a bit more about it.
This particular property was much unloved, as you probably noticed in the previous video I did when I acquired it. Good news, the refurb is complete and went without any hitches; completed largely on time and no snags worth mentioning at all! Best yet, I had a group of tenants waiting to move in as the builders removed their tools on their last day because they had missed out on the last refurbishment project I did in Peckham.
So here are a few before and after pictures to wet your appetite. 






















Look at the complete video here.


I am currently raising further funds for my next project in the pipeline. Are you looking to increase returns on your savings through passive investment in one of my projects? Perhaps you are looking to learn how to invest for yourself? Get in touch: jeroen@claphampropertyblog.com!

7 Reasons Why Clapham Buy To Let Landlords Shouldn’t Be Criticised

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There is no escaping the fact that over the last couple of decades, the rise in the number buy to let properties in Clapham has been nothing short of extraordinary. Many in the “left leaning” press have spoken of a broken nation, the fact many youngsters are unable to buy their first home with the rise of a new cohort of younger renters, whom have been daubed ‘Generation Rent’ as landlords hoover up all the properties for their buy to let property empires. Government has been blamed in the past for giving landlords an unfair advantage with the tax system. It is also true many of my fellow professionals have done nothing to avail themselves in glory, with some suspect, if not on some rare occasions, downright dubious practices.

Yet has the denigration and unfair criticism of some Clapham landlords gone too far?

It was only a few weeks ago, I read an article in a newspaper of one landlord who had decided to sell their modest buy to let portfolio for a combination of reasons, one o…

2.6% Drop in the Clapham and Lambeth Property Market

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The number of residential property transactions in Lambeth will be 2.6 per cent lower in 2018, compared to 2017.

According to my research, the seasonally adjusted statistics for our local authority area suggest with the number of properties already sold in 2018, and the number of properties currently under offer or sold subject to contract (allowing for property sales to fall through before exchange of contracts) we, as an area, will end the year 2.57 per cent lower compared to 2017.

So why are transaction numbers so important to Clapham homeowners, Clapham landlords and potential first-time buyers?

Many economists and property market commentators believe transaction numbers give a more precise and truthful indicator of the health of the property market than just house values. In the six years before the Credit Crunch in 2007/8, the average number of completed property transactions in the local area (the local authority covered by Lambeth) stood at 5,896 per year .. yet in the three…

76 Days to Sell a Property in Clapham

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Whether you are a Clapham landlord looking to liquidate your buy to let investment or a homeowner looking to sell your home, finding a buyer and selling your property can take an annoyingly long time. It is a step-by-step process that can take months and months. In fact, one of the worst parts of the house selling process is the not knowing how long you might be stuck at each step. At the moment, looking at every estate agent in Clapham, independent research shows it is taking on average 76 days from the property coming on the market for it to be sold subject to contract.

But trust me ... that is just the start of a long journey on the house selling/buying process. The journey is a long one and therefore, in this article, I want to take you through the standard itinerary for each step of the house selling procedure in Clapham.

Step 1 – Find a Buyer

You need to instruct an estate agent (of course we can help you with that) who will talk through a marketing strategy and pricing str…

Value of Clapham Property Market falls £29.4m

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The combined value of Clapham’s housing market has fallen by £29,400,762 in the last 6 months, meaning the average value of a Clapham property has decreased in value by an average of £7,222.

This is great news for Clapham first time buyers and Clapham buy to let landlords, as there is a slight hesitation in the market because of the uncertainty over Brexit. As I have always said, investing in Clapham property, be it for you to live in or as a buy to let investment, is a long-term game. In the grand scheme of things, this minor change over the last 5 or 10 years is nothing.

The RICS’s latest survey of its Chartered Surveyor members showed that nationally the number of properties actually selling has dropped for the 16th month in a row. Locally in Clapham, certain sectors of the market are matching that trend, yet others aren’t. It really depends which price band and type of property you are looking for, as to whether it’s a buyers or sellers market.

The RICS also said its membe…

Clapham Property Market – How Does It Compare Historically to the Greater London and National Property Market’s?

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Living in our own homes or owning buy to let property in Clapham and the surrounding areas, it’s often easy to ignore the regional and national picture when it comes to property. As a homeowner or landlord in Clapham, consideration must be given to these markets, as directly and indirectly, they do have a bearing on us in Clapham.

Locally, the value of property in Clapham and the number of people moving remain largely steady overall, although looking across at the different regions, there are certainly regional variations. Talking to fellow property professionals in the posh upmarket central London areas of Mayfair and Kensington, the number of people looking to buy and registering interest with agents is continuing to climb after 18 months in the doldrums, whilst in other parts of the UK, there is restraint amongst both buyers and sellers in some locations.

The things that affect the national property market are the big economic numbers. Nationally, over the last few months, thank…

‘Taxing’ Time for the 3,159 Clapham Buy To Let Landlords

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Over the last twenty years, there has been a shift in the way the Clapham (and the UK’s) property market works. In the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, a large majority of twenty somethings saved up their 5% deposit, went without life’s luxuries of going out and holidays etc., for a couple of years and then bought their first home with their hard earned savings.

By 2000, 29.3% of Clapham 25 to 29 years owned their own home (compared to 46% Nationally (and 40.9% of Clapham 30 to 34 year olds in 2000 owned their own home – again compared to 64.2% nationally) whilst the remaining youngsters mostly rented from the Council and in some rare cases, privately rented.

Now it’s 2018, and those levels of homeownership have slipped dramatically and now only 15.6% of Clapham 25 to 29 year olds own their own home and 27.5% of Clapham 30 to 34 year olds own their own home.


There was concern in Government since the late Noughties that this shift from homeownership to private renting wasn’t good for t…

What Will Happen to Clapham Property Values if Interest Have Risen?

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The current average value of a property in Clapham currently stands at £851,200, so what will the recent increase in the base rates at 0.75% do to the local property market (especially property values)? In many of my articles, I talk about what is happening to property values over the short term (i.e. the last 12 months or the last 5 years), but to answer this question we need to go back over 40 years, to 1975.

The average value of a Clapham property in 1975 was £41,208

However, since 1975, we have experienced in the UK, inflation of 807.5%.

Back in 1975, the average salary was £2,291 and average car was £1,840. A loaf of bread was 16p, milk was 28p a pint and a 2lb bag of sugar was 30p. Inflation has increased prices, so comparing like for like, we need to change these prices into today’s money. In real spending power terms, an average value of a Clapham house in 1975, expressed in terms of today’s prices is £374,011.

That means in real terms, property costs a lot more today, th…