First Time Buyers can beat the 5.7% London Price Increase by Being Flexible Say

The Office of National Statistics has recently carried out a survey of National House Prices. Across England and Wales a rise of 2% on the average purchase price was reported, and in London a rise of 5.7%. For the 20 somethings of today, getting a foot on the property ladder seems to many like an unachievable dream. Young people struggle to save any money towards a deposit in order to purchase a home. Lack of disposable income thanks to low salaries and poor job prospects makes saving money near on impossible for most. Those lucky enough to have a job could well struggle to be approved for a mortgage based on affordablity of monthly payments.
London (PRWEB UK) 21 September 2012

Christopher Marriot of Property Property Property believes that the answer for some young people is to be more flexible in their choice of property. “Lots of young people think they can’t afford to buy aproperty in London so they just give up on the idea. But actually if they looked a little further afield for a starter home they’d be surprised what they could get for their money. We have 8 homes for sale in London via our agents under £100,000 and with new agents signing up every day we expected this list of affordable home to keep growing and growing. Living a little way out of town or in a smaller property is a good sacrifice for young people to make for becoming a homeowner instead of spending money on rent that pays off someone else’s mortgage”

Christopher’s point is a very valid one. The average price of a 1 bedroom flat in the majority of North London Boroughs in £275,000 but in Enfield this week the average offer accepted on a 1 bedroom flat is less than half that at £120,000.

“For a single person to be able to afford a £100,000 flat a £25,000 salary is enough to find a mortgage” Says Christopher. “There are so many great websites for finding he best mortgage deals and doing a little homework can go a long way”

Aside from changing priorities when looking for their first home, young people can also help themselves by learning about the negotiation process a little better. Knowing how to communicate well with your estate agent could help first time buyers to find a way of bargaining a fantastic price for a house in London that they might otherwise have believed was beyond their budget.

In a recent article published on [This is Money Simon Lambert states that vendors should “be willing to lower their expectations, if they want to get a sold sign up outside their house” It seems first time buyers would do well to do their homework and search around the internet before ruling out their chances of becoming a homeowner completely.

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Best Running Routes in London

When people think of ‘London’ and ‘running’, they usually think only of running for a train or a bus. You don’t normally associate the city with getting around at a quick pace due to the crowds of shoppers and business and large groups of tourists who occupy the main streets and landmarks. This is a massive misconception, because residents in London have a whole host of landmarks and lush sceneries to take in while puffing away, with which to inspire them. Rocky can keep his icy mountains and power-rock montage!

Hopefully, some of the promotional material for the recent Olympic and Paralympic Games, which have emphasised London’s everyday streets and famous spots, will put the idea in people’s heads to make the most of the city as their own running track.

We at PPP don’t just like to sell or let property in London and leave you to it; we also want to go that step further and educate you about the area and how to get the most from it. It’s not all about where you live but how you live. So below, we list three great places to run in London with help from

Route 1: Moorgate to King’s Cross

Route 2: Sion Hall – Blackfriars Bridge – Vauxhall Bridge

Route 3: Aldgate to Regent Road via Burgess Park


Win a Free Cinema Trip!

While we at PPP spend our days helping you find the perfect property in London and around the UK, we like nothing more than to spend our evenings curled up watching a good film. So, to celebrate our #FilmWeekatPPP and the fact that it’s Friday, we’re giving away a cinema voucher to see one film for free!

The voucher is for £10 to spend at a Cineworld chain anywhere in the country. There’s lots on  right now like the big screen-remake of The Sweeney, romantic comedy Hope Springs and action thriller, Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt; plus Skyfall comes out next month as well. It can be a bit pricey to see a film, with all the extra trimmings, so enjoy a great flick and evening out, on us.

All you have to do is share the URL or link for this blog on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ with the hashtag #FilmWeekAtPPP, and then comment below with the link where you’ve shared this. We’ll be posting this on our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ so you can quickly share it from there.

Remember though to come back to the blog and tell us when and where you’ve posted it in the comments section. While you’re at it, feel free to tell us the last great film you saw and where. The film geek in us would love to know!

The deadline for the competition is the end of the month (October 1st at 00.00).

Good luck!


London on Film: Living on a Famous Street

This week, to celebrate the release of the The Sweeney on the big screen, we’re celebrating Film Week at PPP (#FilmWeekAtPPP), which has us all talking about our favourite films at the office.

Location is one of the most important decisions that a film writer has to make. Sometimes they want to write a love letter to a place they are personally fond of, like Woody Allen did in Manhattan. Usually the architecture, historical relevance, people and “feel” of a place dictate the moods which the auteur wishes to convey. Other times, it’s just cheaper to film it there.

London on Film

If you wander around London on foot, especially if it’s your first time visiting, you’ll probably be flooded with scenes from films you’ve seen; from Michael Caine walking along the Thames in Alfie, to Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman going Christmas shopping in Oxford Street in Love Actually. London has so many different nooks and crannies, with such a wide disparity in socio-economic statuses that it has served for a variety of moods and genres. You may also consider that London is an entertainment capital in the world.

Films as Location Advertisements

London has been at the heart of many great films, both British and from Hollywood, and can serve as an excellent 2 hour advertisement to live there. Notting Hill for instance, put the area on the map in a much larger way; just think of the tourism and housing boost which it did for the Notting Hill area, with billboards placed worldwide with the place name in big letters. Many who grew up elsewhere, like further up north, received their primary exposure to the “big city” through the films they grew up watching too.

Using Films to Decide Where To Live

Many who are considering a big move don’t realise the potential for films to paint a picture of a place where they would like to live. It certainly saves on making multiple train trips to size up whether you would like to live there, though of course, you shouldn’t base all your beliefs on fictional films. They do help though, and even subconsciously, you would be surprised how much of your perception of a place is constructed through the images you see on film.

If you’re planning to rent in London, next time you’re watching a film, ignore the characters and story at the forefront of a scene for a moment, and take in where the action is taking place.  If you want to get an idea of the kind of property in London you can expect, take in those exterior shots which set a scene. These can give you an idea of where you might want to move to next especially if you’re still young and without many responsibilities.

Property Searches Increase by 70% Post Summer Holidays

Search Uplift Indicates Post Summer Push for House Movers

Online directory, Property Property Property noticed a sharp increase to its site this week at least 70% more searches.

Since its launch in March 2012, the latest online house hunting directory, Property Property Property (PPP) has seen a steady increase of web traffic in line with its rapidly growing property portfolio. However PPP directors were surprised at the exponential uplift in visits to the site since the beginning of September 2012.

“Whilst we anticipated a surge in unique hits after the summer holidays, we didn’t expect the dramatic increase as indicated in our figures”, says Michael Goodwin, PPP’s Client Services Director.

“Combined with the fact that we now have a larger list of properties than ever,” he continues “we feel that people are also likely to move following an extended holiday period – a time when they are more motivated to act on major decisions”.

Since the last week of August 2012, the search property portal noticed a daily increase to around 170,000 hits per week compared to forecast figures at 130,000 hits per week (30%) increase.

PPP scours residential agencies to build its directory of the UK’s largest portfolio of properties. The company is expected to monitor the number of daily searches with a view to revisiting its future website traffic projections.


Tips for Moving to University

It’s September, which used to be simple enough if you have kids. A week of panic-buying of stationary and uniform, and then the slow adjustment to early starts again. Now, for many, it’s a case of leaving them with strangers in a new house, flat or halls to properly fend for themselves as university students. It can be all too emotional and chaotic to prepare them with everything they might need. If you’re a student, no matter how independent you consider yourself to be from your parents, it can be even a little daunting when the time comes. Some of us at Property Property Property were students ourselves, so we know how it feels!

Below are a few tips that we hope will help when it comes to moving away for the first time to university:

1) Insurance

Ensure you’re fully insured for valuables like laptops, phones and any equipment you take with you, including that which you’ll need for your course (e.g. if you study computing or music). Often an insurance company will have a booth at your Freshers’ Fair and be able to advise you further.

2) Storage and packing

A thrifty tip would be to try and save your boxes, crates and wrapping for when you move out at the end of the year. You’ll be doing a bit of moving about from house to house, or back home, in the next three years, so keep that in mind. If you live in a particularly student-populated area, it might be hard to get these at the end of term. If your next tenancy doesn’t begin straight away or you live too far away to bring stuff back home with you, consider a storage facility to tide you over.

3) Priority Packing

Pack only what you really need. For instance, do you need your entire DVD collection  with you? Can you not watch these things online? The same goes for clothing. Do you need your summer apparel for your first term from September to December? Prioritise what is important and pick up other stuff when you’re next at home. If you end up with a smaller room it can be hard to fit everything in if you take too much.

4) Your Car

Most student areas have excellent transport services so you won’t need your own car. It can also be very difficult to find and afford parking all the time. The best bet would be to get to know the area in your first week and find out about travel tickets online for weekly, monthly or even yearly periods.

5) Utensils and Bedding

For things like kitchen utensils or bed linen, many shops, either on campus or department stores, offer all-in-one packs specially for students which saves you buying bits and pieces, here and there and possibly doubling up or forgetting stuff.

While these tips can come in very handy, many find that it’s when you’re in need of something that you make new friends at university as a way to break the ice; so don’t worry too much about making sure you have everything so much that you don’t enjoy your first few weeks away.

Student housing

First police raids due to new squatting law

Two 22-year-olds and a 29-year-old have been taken into custody while two other men, who were on the roof of the building in Brighton , made their way down and were not arrested, according to police.

While squatting was previously treated as a civil matter, new legislation that came into effect at the weekend has created a new offence punishable by up to six months’ jail and fines up to £5,000 in England and Wales.

Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, is backing Sussex Police in making the first raid in the country which uses the new squatting law which came into force on 1st September.

Mike can confirm that Sussex Police reviewed the new legislation and decided to take action on a squat on London Road in Brighton. The property in question has a commercial ground floor with a residential flat above. Squatters have so far attempted to resist arrest by gluing themselves inside the building and by climbing out onto the roof.

Mike has been campaigning for squatting to be criminalised since his election to Parliament in 2010 and has been supported by the Prime Minister, as well as his colleague the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP, Secretary of State for Justice. Squatting is a huge problem in Brighton & Hove, with numerous instances of this organised and frequently menacing behaviour blighting the lives of ordinary people. Irate squatters have dubbed the new law “Weatherley’s Law” following Mike’s campaign to introduce the new legislation. The law came into force on Saturday 1st September.

Commenting, Mike said: 

“I’m fully behind Sussex Police taking this swift action to enforce these new powers. Squatters knew that their anti-social actions would face consequences from 1st September, so it is welcome news the new law is being enforced. I have been campaigning since my election to Parliament to have squatting criminalised, so it is encouraging to see justice finally served.”

R-Patz Seeks Property in London?

R-Patz Packs For London

Having recently split with long term partner Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson looks to be selling his glamorous Los Angeles mansion and heading back to London. With the temptation of a pint in his local pub and a Sunday roast, it seems the LA lifestyle wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. With Robert currently having no fixed abode, we look at some suitable living quarters which are available to rent in London where he can marvel in all things glitz and glamour whilst at the same time having the home comforts which were so greatly missed.

The City of Westminster

Most likely, Robert is looking to carry on living the life of a singleton and what better place to do so than in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair. At £4,500 per week, Robert could rent a four bedroom apartment situated in a luxurious mansion block with original features restored to give the sense of authenticity, not forgetting though, the state of the art CCTV surveillance to keep any fans at bay. With 24 hour access to a porter included, Robert can always send the porter to run any short errands that may occur during the early hours.

The Family Life

If Robert is looking to settle with a fellow Londoner, maybe a more family orientated home would be more appropriate. Ealing Green boasts a number of Grade II Queen Anne Town Villa’s at a very luxurious price of £1,038 per week. For this Robert can expect all mods cons situated over three stories, including a large garden to host an after show parties for celebrity fans.

Bachelor Pad

With so much property in London to choose from Robert may find it difficult to choose the right home. For the short term Mr Pattinson may want to escape the limelight and all the other trinkets the celebrity lifestyle has to offer. For this the ideal location would be Marylebone, London. For £950 per week, Robert could live the bachelor lifestyle in peace. £950 per week will ensure his flat has three bedrooms (for any unexpected visitors) and ample storage space to store any awards that may have gathered over the years.