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Demystifying lease extensions and buying a share of freehold

Demystifying lease extensions and buying a share of freehold

by Adrian Black, Friday 20 May 2016

  We often get asked how the length of a lease can affect the value of a property. It is a pretty well defined determination requiring a set process and a certain level of judgement and possibly the involvement of the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (LVT). Fundamentally, the process considers the remaining length of lease, ground rents and what is called a marriage value -

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Is a luxury new build flat in London a “bank with benefits” to international Ultra High Net Worths ‘UHNW’?

Is a luxury new build flat in London a “bank with benefits” to international Ultra High Net Worths ‘UHNW’?

by Adrian Black, Thursday 03 September 2015

New build prices are reaching the stratosphere and so we thought it worthwhile to offer a perspective. Some very clever developers realised a few years back that the best suites at the Dorchester get booked up fast when UHNWs want to spend time in London.  This is very irritating for a small very demanding group who expect without comprise, security, privacy, flexibility, quintess

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Green Belt

Green Belt

by Adrian Black, Thursday 26 February 2015

More supporting argument to build on a little green belt offered by Baron Valentine in today’s City A.M. We have run the arguments in previous blogs but doesn’t do any harm to continue supporting them. Main points: Only one fifth of London’s Green Belt is environmentally-protected land, parks and public access land 76% of the Gre

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Average sold prices drop

Average sold prices drop

by Adrian Black, Thursday 18 December 2014

Average sold prices have been dropping in our London areas since peaking in July (see the graphic below, the data is correct up to the first two weeks of October). The recent stamp duty changes will cause further price falls as it has essentially increased the cost of buying property in our areas. Average sold prices can be substantially effected by the mix of property sold - a very high

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Comments on FT article on ways to cool the property market

Comments on FT article on ways to cool the property market

by Adrian Black, Thursday 11 September 2014

Good article in FT on ways to cool the property market - that said I don't think we should be cooling it but we should be making it bigger, also I think an important aspect was missed.  For the financiers amongst us we all understand capital adequacy - one great way of managing lending is to change weights on risk assets and hence the capital required to support them. Some oth

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More help to supply support

More help to supply support

by Adrian Black, Friday 27 June 2014

Really good article by Samuel Brittain in the FT on 19th June supporting building on a small part of the greenbelt http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/06b74300-efed-11e3-a943-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz35pwM0ch7 He also referenced a comment by Prof Paul Cheshire  in the London School of Econ

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