Friday, 18 September 2009

Balvernie Grove, SW18 5RU


Investment opportunity




SW18 5RU


This style of property is rarely available and would ideally suit a purchaser with experience of completely refurbishing a home to suit their own tastes. With no onward chain and access to good local schools, serious buyers who are able to take on a project of this size, a 4 bedroom semi detached Victorian family house. Arranged over 3 floors with own side access and a secluded rear garden.


Basic financials







This style of property is rarely available and would ideally suit a purchaser with experience of completely refurbishing a home to suit their own tastes. With no onward chain and access to good local schools, serious buyers who are able to take on a project of this size, a 4 bedroom semi detached Victorian family house. Arranged over 3 floors with own side access and a secluded rear garden.


Specialist opinion – proposed work



By extending the loft with a dorma, this can add a extra room and bathroom. Behind the kitchen is also the possibility to open the area and space for a WC.





The property is situated approximately a quarter of a mile from Southfields tube Station in a good family orientated community. Easy access to local schools and shops.





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Sales comparisons


4 bedroom house for sale Sutherland Grove, Southfields

Located close to amenities, this charming four bedroomed house is bright and airy with good-sized rooms and an attractive 75' garden.



4 bedroom terraced house for sale Brookwood Road, Southfields

A beautifully bright and spacious family home located in the heart of the ever popular Southfields Grid.


5 bedroom terraced house for sale Ravensbury Road, Earlsfield

A hugely spacious end of terrace period house set in a prime central location very close to all amenities and Earlsfield Station.


Balvernie Grove




Sutherland Grove




Brookwood Road




Ravensbury Road





Rent comparisons


4 bedroom house for rent Sutherland Grove, Southfields
£2900 pcm

Located close to amenities, this charming four bed-roomed house is bright and airy with good-sized rooms and an attractive 75' garden.



5 bedroom house to rent Seymour Road Southfields SW18

£2490 pcm


A fabulous 5 bedroom end of terrace house, with a stunning lawned garden and excellently located in the heart of Southfields, perfect for families or professional sharers alike. The property comprises reception, dining room, kitchen and conservatory, with access out to a huge lawned garden.


4 bedroom house to rent Hambledon Road, Southfields

£2300 pcm

This beautifully presented four bedroomed house offers stylish living space arranged over three floors, with 21' kitchen/dining room, two bathrooms and lovely garden.


Balvernie Grove




Sutherland Grove




Seymour Road




Hambledon Road




Who are we?


LONDON PROPERTY TRADER is a property investment specialist in the UK. Formed in 2007 as part of the Egoli UK group of companies, LONDON PROPERTY TRADER has sourced outstanding property deals for Egoli and other investors.

Buying investment property abroad or far from your base can be a risky business and it is important to know that you have all the necessary management services in place to ensure that your property will be looked after and maintained at all times.



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Ongoing improvement & development opportunities


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Why invest with us?

At LONDON PROPERTY TRADER we understand the risks involved and have put together a range of management services to take care of absolutely every eventuality that might arise at your property.

We take care of everything right from the beginning when the market research needs to be done, straight through to the final stages when your appliances and installations need to be insured.

Contact Us


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London, United Kingdom, E11 1HP


Tel: +44 (0) 208 988 9110

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Tuesday, 15 September 2009

UK House prices continue to rise

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said that more agents had reported a rise, rather than a fall in values, in August. The net balance was +11% last month versus minus 6% in July. That's the highest proportion since May 2007.
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Friday, 28 August 2009

UK Rental Yields on the Up

A monthly study by show that rental income has increased for 2 consecutive months. The report further indicates that the average asking rental is the highest since March 2009 at £825pcm. This maybe merely due to a surge in rent during the summer months and students returning from their summer breaks or is this as a result of the recession? What does this mean for the landlord and investor in a market where mortgages are hard to get for the average wannabe homeowner?
We have seen many articles expecting a surge in rental demand as a result of the recession, surely if you have a deposit (of up to 30%!!) then now is the time to start your new venture into the buy-to-let and become a landlord in the UK! House prices are rock bottom, interest rates are at their lowest in history and rental income is on the up! But I need to warn the novice investor, you need to look at the hard facts before departing on this new venture in a foreign country! Although recent statistics show that rental return is on the up and is the highest since March, you still need to look at the history and check what is unique to this supposedly good rental market.
The facts are: Rental return is on the up, but still lower than last year. What does this mean?
At the start of the recession when house prices were still at a relative high rental yields were also at a high! Most of us will expect the theory of demand and supply to be applied. People owned their own homes and there were a lesser demand for rent, now that people were forced to sell at rock bottom prices, and are out of work they can only afford to rent. Out of work being the key words and this equal RENT ARREARS! Can you afford that with your hard earned Rands from your local portfolio?
We have seen a lot of Landlords in the UK putting their properties on the market, this only following a small increase in the demand for properties again. Surely you will say fewer landlords, fewer supply of buy to let so increase in rent! This may be supported by the increase in asking Rent, but what the reports don’t tell us are:
Occupancy levels, void periods, rent arrears, who are the tenants, your repair cost (not to mention finding a reliable maintenance company) and how this will increase in asking price and hopefully increase in actual rental income affect the inflation? We have seen the Footsie had its biggest increase in 50 years, how will this affect the interest rates for next year? Will they increase the rates again to curb inflation? How much does your rental income need to increase to cover you against the risks of void periods with more jobs cuts expected in 2009/10 and an increase in interest rates, at what cost will you get that 2-5 year fixed rate?
With your average yields in the UK now at 4.55% (2008 – 4.66% - source houses have seen the most stable returns at 4.33%, although flats showed higher yields (avg 0.9% more), you need to look at what can you do to add to these yields. While you are restricted to increase the value of your flat with some DIY decorating or will you rather build an extension to the back of your house and increase your rental income and equity in your property!!
You make the maths.
How will you overcome your short term risks while you wait for your equity to realise? Ask professional help! Here at London Property Trader we take all of these risks and opportunities into consideration when sourcing your property in the UK and then we provide you with a rental guarantees, fixed monthly maintenance fees and arrange a competitive mortgage rate to give you a head start on the rest. With our own maintenance teams and large tenancy client base you will never have an empty house and your repairs will be done in no time. With our years of experience we anticipate the life expectancy of most common repairs and take prevention action rather than wait for the tenant to call.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Investment information

A Typical Investment with LPT

Location: London
Tenancy: Freehold
Purchase Price: £275 000
Bedrooms: 3
Reception Rooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Rental Income: £1350pm
Monthly Expenses:
• Building and Contents Insurance
• Letting Fee 10%
• General Maintenance Insurance 15%
• Appliance Cover
Capital Required:
• Deposit
• Stamp Duty
• Mortgage Arrangement fees
• Conveyance
• Surveyor
• Sourcing Fees
• Furniture & Decorating

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Welcome to London Property Trader

LONDON PROPERTY TRADER offers specialist advice and investment opportunities in the UK property market. We offer fully comprehensive property investment solutions through a series of key services that include property management, maintenance and rent guarantee. We serve the ever increasing demand for stable property investment in international markets like the UK, and specifically London.

We recognize the needs and demands of the foreign investor in the UK. As a predominantly South African company, we understand our investors as well as we understand the UK property market.

We will match your expectations!!!