The Magical Lantern Festival, with a celebration of lanterns and Chinese culture has returned to Chiswick House and Gardens starting last week on 19th Jan until 26th Feb. The theme this year being “Explore the Silk Road”. As well as life size and over size lanterns depicting the trade route from Europe to China there will also be a plethora of international cuisine, 30 metre ice rink, mini fun fair and virtual reality gaming experiences.
Should you wish to learn more about the Magical Lantern Festival please contact the event organisers directly via their website - www.magicallantern.uk
Clicktopurchase® is the first, and currently only platform, in the UK to enable clients to buy and sell commercial and residential properties securely over the internet.
The agent operated platform provides three unique facilities:
• Online exchange of a private treaty property contract
• Online exchange of a private treaty property contract by “best offers”
• Online real time auctioning with a live auctioneer interacting with the bidding audience.
Neil Singer CEO of clicktopurchase® says: “Our technology enables both agents and private individuals to go beyond merely listing properties online – allowing parties to submit legal offers to treat online which, if accepted, create an instant online legal exchange of contracts.”
“In a nutshell clicktopurchase® is revolutionising the property sales process – making buying a property fast and easy, whilst delivering certainty, transparency and accountability. It enables distant buyers to transact as easily as a local party and brings liquidity and flexibility to the market whilst putting an end to gazumping and chipping/gazundering.”
Earlier this year the total value of properties sold/purchased by an online clicktopurchase® exchange, by private treaty, best offers or real time auction, passed the £150m barrier.
Andrew Nunn strongly believes in putting their clients in the driving seat and this facility not only enhances that offering but will provide real benefits to those customers who choose to use it.
Andrew Nunn, says: “We are absolutely delighted to exclusively offer our clients this unique technology, it will bring new levels of speed and certainty to the sales process. We are the only West London estate agent to have this platform at present and it will really set us apart from other agencies.”
“Whilst it may not be appropriate for all transactions where there are “a chain of sales” (unless every transaction uses CTP) it will be perfect for sales of new build property, probate sales and unmodernised houses” comments Andrew. “Furthermore our clients will get the best of both worlds – interaction with highly experienced personable professionals plus transactional certainty.”
For further information please contact Andrew Nunn on 020 8995 1500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all who came on Wednesday evening for a glass of Champagne and Mince Pies!
It was lovely to catch up with so many people, we look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Starting on 19th November and running every Saturday for three weeks High Road Market in Chiswick, will showcase the burgeoning local craft beer scene with a series of Tap Takeovers and guided tastings
Featuring: Portobello Brewing Co (19th November), Long Arm Brewing Co. (26th Nov) and Wild Card Brewery (3rd Dec)
The tastings are completely free of charge and will be an excellent opportunity to learn all about craft beer from industry specialists through a series of talks about the art of brewing as well as an opportunity to meet the brewer. The idea being you will learn all about how beer is brewed from start to finish.
The visiting brewers will bring their expertise, their ingredients (malt, yeast, hops et al), their history and – most importantly – their fantastic beers for sampling. Championing West London’s local food and drinks scene is something that High Road Market wants to become known for: being a hub of food and drinks activity as well as a quality one-stop-shop.
These events, demos, talks and tastings, are just one facet of the market, which aims to bring a bit of excitement and innovation to West London.
Event will run at High Road Market, Belmont Primary School, 1 Belmont Rd, Chiswick, W4 5UL throughout market trading hours: Saturday from 10am to 3pm
19th Nov: Portobello Brewing Co: bringing Star, Pilsner, Westway Pale Ale and Stiff Lip IPA
26th Nov: Long Arm Brewing Co: bringing Lucky Penny Pale Ale, Birdie Flipper Red Ale, Shadow Wolf Smoked Stout and IPA Ok
25th Dec Wild Card Brewery: bringing Jack of Clubs, Queen of Diamonds, King of Hearts, Ace of Spades
Street Food Traders to be included:
The Hungry Piglets
The weekend night tube service on the Piccadilly line which will serve Turnham Green will be running on average every 10 minutes throughout the night on Fridays and Saturdays, however there will be no service on the Terminal 4 loop, or between Acton Town and Uxbridge.
Once the Night Tube is operational, London Underground say they will continue to work with residents to investigate any issues regarding noise. They have also promised to ensure that any station announcements do not cause excessive noise levels.
Sadiq Khan, said: “We’ve seen how enthusiastically Londoners have embraced the Night Tube, and I am delighted that we’ve exceeded expectations with more than one million journeys made already.
“The addition of the Piccadilly line will help even more thousands of Londoners every weekend, from those taking in the capital’s cultural landmarks to the many workers who keep London open around the clock.”
TfL claim the Night Tube will cut night-time journeys by an average of 20 minutes, with some cut by more than an hour. It will also play a vital role in opening up London's night-time economy, supporting almost 2,000 permanent jobs and boosting the economy by £360m.
Late night Tube use has increased at double the rate of day-time trips and Night bus usage has risen by 173% since 2000. There are already over half a million users of the Tube after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
However for those looking for alternatives this Halloween season there are many things going on in and around our lovely corner of West London.
Over at Chiswick House and Grounds they are having ‘Crafty Pumpkin Fun’. During half term on the 25th October you can join them in the Walled Kitchen Garden to carve a pumpkin, learn how to make a bug hotel or bird box, decorate a spooky mask and listen to story tellers.
Follow their scarecrow and garden detective trail and shadow a gardener.
Age range 4 – 11 years
Two craft workshop sessions in the morning and afternoon, 10.00 – 12.30 & 13.30 – 16.00.
Tickets £7.00 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult (free). Please see the website below.
This represents a clear increase from 2006-07, when properties in the same financial band brought in only 36% of the surcharge.
The number of residential and non-residential property transactions where the value of property was £250,000 or less has decreased from 81% to 65% between 2006-07 and 2015-16.
The proportion of total SDLT revenues from these properties has also fallen, from 19% to 8% – an expected outcome given high levels of house price growth in recent years.
Transactions valued over £5m generated 25% of SDLT receipts over the period. These largely represent non-residential sales.
A significant 46% of stamp duty receipts in 2015-16 came from London, where house prices have risen sharply.
One single London borough – Kensington and Chelsea – contributed 7% of revenues for the country, at £514m.
We hear this from buyers on a daily basis and with the fall in annual house price inflation movers cannot offset this cost other than making low offers or buying property where they can “add value.”
Paying tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds simply to move house is totally unrealistic and has killed of fluidity in the marketplace suggests Andrew Nunn. At this level there are simply too many tangible alternative investments for a buyer to consider and unless the rate is changed we will see more basements being built in every street. In turn transactional volumes are reduced which means London prices will remain artificially high and revenue for the tax office will fall……..neither scenario can be that palatable for the current government.
Starting on Friday 14th October at St Nicholas’ Church with Laurence Cummings directing Amici, The English Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble and the Monteverdi String Band in one of the greatest classical works of all time.
Sunday 16th October at St Michaels Church with Chris Glynn, piano, one of the festival vice presidents will be accompanied by some of the UK’s greatest artists who have permed at the festivals including Sally Burgess, Audrey Hyland, Joanne Lunn, Ian Partridge to name a few.
Saturday 22nd October at The Musical Museum with The Royal Academy of Music Big Band, directed by Keith Nichols, will play a selection of rare pieces from the Swing era, several of which have not been performed since the 1930s.
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We anticipated a steady remaining four months to 2016 with long term owner occupiers looking to buy and taking advantage of some of the cheapest mortgage deals seen in decades and investors looking to take advantage of plenty of supply.
Whilst the roller coaster of conflicting economic reports is likely to continue over the coming weeks we sense the fundamentals of the London property market remain strong with limited quality supply and steady demand.
“There is a tight correlation between those agents that are providing “best advice” and the good sales they are achieving versus those agents who still seem keen to maintain their registers through over promising and under delivering” suggests Andrew Nunn “I find it quite ridiculous that 8 months into 2016 certain competitors of ours still haven’t worked out the pricing mechanism in their market”
If you are considering selling in 2016, or would simply like to have a better understanding of the market than please contact Andrew Nunn on 020 8995 1500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The décor is fashioned in Lorraine’s signature fun and eclectic style creating a beautiful ambience in this quaint boutique restaurant.
Andrew Nunn & Associates staff have been keen to try the new venture after a review from our colleague Joanna. The cocktails were fantastic the food divine, even though the dining space is small the setting was perfect for a summer evening. However maybe more of a treat than a regular outing (£££)!
The kitchen is headed up by Michelle Lepherd who has previously worked at the River Café and also St. John under the guidance of the famous Fergus Henderson.
Michelle has created a menu with a different style of dining than that normally found in Lorraine's restaurants, a combination of grazing and sharing. Her ingredients will be
locally sourced and she will use local suppliers as much as possible. The menu will include Asian and European food.
The festival will be based in a giant marquee on Acton Green with a capacity of 1500, all seated. German oompah music from a live band will stop at 2200 and the DJ will stop at 2230.
Local residences opposed to the festival taking place believe it could lead to anti-social behaviour and they say such an event is not suitable for a Conservation Area.
This will be the 100th Oktoberfest that will be held, preparation for the event will start on Monday, 8 August.
Just 9 per cent of people buying “prime” central London houses and apartments in the first quarter of this year came from other EU countries, compared with 29 per cent a year earlier and a five-year average of 20 per cent.
This is despite a 10 per cent fall in sterling against the euro that has made UK homes significantly cheaper for European buyers.
Whilst Rightmove recorded its busiest ever Q1 for enquiries to estate agents, the intentions of buyers shifted in March, with the number of people saying they were planning to buy a property to rent out dropping by 27% compared to the same month last year. This contrasts with the increase in interest seen from investors between December and February as they tried to make last minute purchases before April’s additional 3% tax deadline.
This waning of interest definitely seems to predict a slowdown in the buy-to-let market, but what’s not yet clear is if this will only turn out to be a short-term pause. It could be that some investors are waiting until the tax changes have some time to bed in before they review their business and continue to make purchases. If this removes some of the competition for smaller properties then it could spell good news for many first-time buyers with a deposit ready as they may find now is the ideal time to make a move.
Andrew Nunn says:
“We have witnessed a general decline in enquiries from investors since the beginning of 2016 and those that have enquired have already made their purchases in-line with the incremental stamp duty deadline of 31st March 2016. As investors, domestic and overseas have been prolific in acquiring property over the last four years – their sudden absence in the current market almost certainly will lead to a softening of prices, particularly in the highly competitive flat market where we have also seen a dramatic increase in supply levels. This will then give first time buyers a greater opportunity to enter the market and purchase their first homes in a less competitive arena.
An upmarket house builder, which focuses on London and the south-east, said reservations for new homes were 4% lower between November and February, compared with the same period a year earlier. It sold 62 homes worth more than £2m each, a similar number to a year earlier, when the market slowed in the run-up to the general election.
Its been warned that Britain’s housing supply could be hit by what it called “one of the world’s highest property taxation regimes” along with planning issues, pointing to “sometimes conflicting policies”.
Transaction levels at the upper end of the housing market have been affected by the significant increase in transaction taxes over the past 18 months, which will have consequential effects on both social mobility and the supply of new homes.
Purchases of homes costing more than £937,500m became more expensive after an overhaul of the stamp duty regime in December 2014. For example, the effective tax rate on a £2.1m property went up to 7.9%, an increase of £18,750. And from April, buyers of second homes and buy-to-let properties face a further 3% stamp duty surcharge.
Investment bank Morgan Stanley and investment firm LCP are predicting that prices for luxury flats will fall amid a glut of new-built properties.
However, despite global macro uncertainty, including the impending UK European Referendum, underlying demand has remained strong.
In another sign that luxury housing schemes are struggling to attract buyers, more than 80 apartments on sale at Battersea Power Station in south-west London have had their asking prices slashed since the start of the year, according to the property firm Propcision.
Up to 200,000 workers could leave London if the UK exits the European Union, resulting in a huge correction in commercial property prices, research has found and this could have a knock-on effect for residential property, as highly paid members of staff who are employed by international companies move elsewhere to work, this could mean a surge of rental properties which have comfortably been housing corporate tenants for a number of years could flood the market.
The basic principle is that a landlord may not allow an adult to occupy a property under a residential tenancy agreement unless they satisfy one of three criteria:
The adult is a British Citizen; or
The adult is an EEA or Swiss National; or
The adult has a right to rent in the UK.
How to make a check:
1) Check which adults will live at your property as their only or main home
2) See the original documents that allow the tenant to live in the UK
3) Check that the documents are genuine and belong to the tenant, with the tenant present
4) Make and keep copies of the documents and record the date you made the check
If a tenant has a limited time remaining in the UK, you must check these documents again to ensure their right to rent has been extended. Follow up checks must be carried out just before the expiry of the date or 12 months after the original check, whichever is the later. If you find out your tenant no longer has the right to rent in the UK, you must report it to the Home Office.
For more information and an acceptable list of original documents please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/497242/Right_to_Rent_Document_Checks_-_a_User_Guide.pdf
As a professional letting agency, we will ensure these checks are carried out for all new tenancies on your behalf.
You can find out more at
From 1st April 2016 there will be higher rates of stamp duty applied of 3% above the current stamp duty rates. As this can be interpreted in different ways it is difficult to know the exact additional cost. The figures below provided by Capricorn Finical are the worst case scenario, where the 3% increase is applied to all the current stamp duty bandings.
The following image shows the potential changes to stamp duty.
These calculations will be subject to change, if the rules are implemented in a different way.
Perhaps for those considering purchasing an investment property or second home may want to do this in the new year to avoid the extra tax!
Originally published some 20 years ago by Lawrence the book catalogues people and places with the conservation area since its inception in 1875.
If you are a Bedford Park resident and would like a copy of this book then please pop into our office.
Legionella risk assessments are now a statutory legal requirement under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, in exactly the same way that annual gas safety certificates are a statutory legal requirement under the Gas Safety Regulations 1998. There seems to be a general misconception that gas safety checks are mandatory, but legionella risk assessments are just ‘best practice’, but this is not the case.
An assessment can be carried out by a ‘competent’ person. A ‘competent’ person does not need to be a contractor, and can be ‘someone with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience’ in understanding how legionella bacteria grows, how it becomes a risk, and what steps can be taken to reduce the risk. If you wish to carry this out yourself we suggest you follow the guidance of The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at http://www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires/faqs.htm. Alternatively if you wish to organise for a specialist water treatment company please contact Suzana in Property Management for more information on 0208 995 1600 or email@example.com.
Should the assessment show the risks are low and are being properly managed, no further action is needed. Should the assessment show the risks are high, immediate action should be taken. It is important to review the assessment regularly in case anything changes in the system.
"As the Rugby World Cup starts to gain momentum so does the activity in the lettings market. Interest from tenants in the Chiswick rental market has been excellent over the last month with a record number of move ins taking place during September" comments Andrew Nunn "our new welsh negotiator, George Jones, has had an exceptional month negotiating new lets whilst his team also had a result at Twickenham on Saturday night"
George comments "I’m very pleased with the success we’ve had in lettings over the last couple of months and intend to keep progressing throughout the Autumn and Winter months.
With a solid flow of properties letting, we need to focus on attracting and retaining new clients in order to continue our success. I believe we’re currently providing a seamless service to our landlords - often letting properties at asking-price and to reliable and thoroughly-referenced tenants. In circumstances where properties are not getting enough attention, we’re providing honest and straightforward advice as to any changes which need to be made to secure a great deal."
Should you have any rental requirements, available properties that you wish to let or properties coming to the market shortly then please contact Katherine on 020 8995 1600 or Katherine@andrewnunnassociates.co.uk
OnTheMarket.com is now firmly placed as a leading property portal and all our rental properties can be found here. The portal promotes quality rental property from some of London's leading estate agencies. It is easy to navigate and offers a no nonsense approach to sourcing your next home.
The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has been appointed by the Mayor as one of the accrediting bodies for London Rental Standard. As an organisation, we believe in maintaining the highest professional standards in the sector and have long called for more regulation of letting agents.
ARLA fully supports the aims of the London Rental Standard. It is crucial we eliminate the small minority of rogue landlords and agents who neglect their responsibilities and bring our industry into disrepute. We are therefore proud to be working with the Mayor on this first step towards a more regulated industry.
Andrew Nunn and Associates have been located in Bedford Park for 27 years and Andrew is once again sponsoring some key elements of this Year's Bedford Park Festival which starts next weekend on 12th June.
Andrew tells us what he loves about living and working in Chiswick and in particular why the Bedford Park Festival is so important to him as well as what else he is involved in around the area.
During May, OnTheMarket.com achieved
• 4.1 million visits
• 30 million page views
• 1.9 million unique visitors
The site is seeing strong engagement from consumers in terms of pages viewed per visit and time on site and a high percentage of repeat visitors. This reflects both the quality and range of agents and properties listed with us and the usability of the portal.
Our multi-million pound national TV, press and online advertising campaigns continue and we expect to see substantial further growth in traffic over the coming months.
Andrew Nunn Associates are delighted to sponsor the
Bedford Park Walk. Join this fascinating walking tour of the key architectural and literary features of Bedford Park, led by architect John Scott and lecturer Dr Pamela Bickley.
The walk is on Sunday 21 June at 3pm starting at St Michael and All Angels Church and then onto various locations around Bedford Park. Tickets £7.50
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The musical score is by the renowned West End musical director Michael Reed, who has collaborated with writer and lyricist John Theakston on this exciting new production.
The scheme, which includes up to 910 residential apartments and would be on a site between Kew Bridge railway station and the M4, was approved by Hounslow Council on Thursday night.
The Bees hope to move to the 7.6 acre site on Lionel Road from Griffin Park for the 2016-17 season.
It will now be subject to referral to the mayor of London and the government.
A Council planning committee meeting voted in favour of allowing a cinema facility with five screens, a bar and cafe. The refurbishment is expected to cost between £3m and £4m and the company says it will create twenty full-time jobs and fifty part time jobs.
Crisis at Christmas operate a number of centres throughout the capital and we encourage more people to help "bring some Christmas cheer" to those living on our streets. More than 3000 people are expected to attend the centres for much needed food and warmth.
The move, outlined by George Osborne in the Autumn Statement, goes some way towards bringing London into line with other global property investment locations – such as New York, Paris and Hong Kong – where foreign buyers face much stricter tax rules in order to shield local home buyers from the inflationary effects of international demand.From April 2015, homeowners who are non-resident in the UK for tax purposes will become liable for CGT on any increase in property values after that date.
Concerning UK domiciled landlords, at present, owner-occupiers who become landlords can claim private residence relief from CGT if they sell the property within 36 months. From April 2014, this exempt period will be halved to 18 months, “to reduce the incentive for those with multiple homes to exploit the rules”.
Andrew Nunn & Associates are delighted to be the main sponsor for this years groveSTOCK 2013. Chiswick’s premier music festival is back on September 14 with the best line-up ever and live music on the outdoor stage from 3pm to 10pm.
Enjoy the deft lyrics and catchy harmonies of Taxi Joe, sing along with Rogue 5 and then dance the night away with The Fat Chance Band. And throughout, be charmed and entertained by the wit of Star stand-up compare Patrick Monahan.
Held in the heart of Grove Park in the Vicarage Gardens at the corner of Hartington Road and Grove Park Road, groveSTOCK is about have a great time, listening to some live music and enjoying the atmosphere of a great little music festival.
"This is our 6th year as main sponsors of groveSTOCK and we throughly enjoy being a part of such a great local event which brings together a lot of local people and some fantastic and talented artists" comments Andrew Nunn
Average prices in the capital will smash through the £500,000 mark as the economic recovery gathers pace and mortgages become more freely available, said City forecasters the Centre for Economics and Business Research.
But the report insisted that the “prodigious” rise was nothing to worry about and merely reflected the capital’s success as a global metropolis. It said the surge “is being driven by the fundamental fact that people want to live in the capital with its employment and cultural opportunities”.
Daniel Solomon, author of the report, added: “The housing market recovery we are seeing rests on firm economic and demographic foundations — at least for now. Talk of a house price bubble is premature.”
London house prices have been rising steadily since the early summer of 2009 when the Bank of England slashed its interest rate to a record low of 0.5 per cent.
Prices broke through their pre-financial crisis highs in spring last year and are rising at a double-digit rate in many parts of London. The CEBR projections shows the average price standing at £566,000 by 2018.
The latest bullish forecast came as figures showed mortgage approvals standing at a new five-year high.
Banks and building societies gave the all clear to 62,226 home loans in August — normally a quiet month for the property market — the most since the early days of the credit crunch in February 2008.
A further rise in the volume of mortgages is expected in the autumn after David Cameron ordered the launch of the second phase of the Government’s £12 billion Help to Buy scheme to be next week instead of January.
It is aimed at assisting buyers by providing a state guarantee of home loans representing up to 15 per cent of the purchase price.
charity auctions, fundraising games and dancing to a live band. Tickets £75 per person in aid of St Michael & All Angels' Organ and Parish Rooms Appeal.
This will make browsing our properties so easy, giving access to all our sales and lettings data on your mobile phone.
New-home registrations in the UK rose by 28% in 2013 to 133,670, the highest number since 2007, the National House Building Council (NHBC) said.
In London, 26,230 new-build homes were registered, a 60% increase on 2012.
But the NHBC warned that a new-home shortage was pushing up prices.
NHBC chief executive Mike Quinton said: "Looking back at 2013 it is very clear that it has been the best in a number of years for the sector as a whole, across the entire country.
To enhance our ability to connect with you and provide excellent service, we are constantly on the lookout for innovative new approaches. So when we met the team at Source, a unique digital lifestyle service, we immediately agreed a partnership we think you will greatly benefit from.
Source promises to deliver "Lifestyle at your fingertips". It's a smart and intuitive mobile app that, whilst providing informative content about a range of lifestyle interests, allows you to effortlessly request and tailor bespoke products & services on the go using the in-built interactive chat.
Andrew Nunn is delighted to be working with Source to provide you with a new channel to engage with us. We appreciate that our customers increasingly find mobile technology useful and practical in getting things done in their busy day to day lives - and we think you will enjoy interacting with us in this new way
If this sounds exciting why don’t you give it a go for your next request from us?
Click here to download the Source app from the Apple App Store, and on this e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
to request an access code for the trial membership we have agreed for our customers.
The London Octopus is not just a wonderful landmark building which graces the entrance to one of the world’s greatest capital cities, it represents the ultimate world wide branding vehicle.
A 7,000 sqm office building with a 2,650 sqm LED shroud provides an infinite opportunity to express branding and CSR messages, in as bold or as subliminal a fashion as can be imagined.
Realised by MAKE Architects, and expressed through the themes of movement and interactivity, the result being a 50 metre tall asymmetrical and effervescent building that reaches out and responds to views in all directions
Andrew Nunn & Associates are delighted to be involved in this latest book "Wild About Chiswick" by photographer and publisher Andrew Wilson.
This 224 page coffee table style book contains some wonderful images of Chiswick, some of which are well known, some of which are less obvious. The diverse range of subjects and landscapes are truly wonderful and the book would be the ideal Christmas gift for many a Chiswickian. Andrew Nunn & Associates are selling 100 personalised editions from their office in South Parade with all proceeds going to the Tommy Hollis Childrens Fund.
The fund was started by Kate and Chris Hollis after their son Tommy was tragically crushed by a falling lamppost on Sutton Court Road. The fund primarily benefits underprivileged, sick or orphaned children.
"Our involvement in this book reinforces our passion for Chiswick" suggests Andrew Nunn "and I feel this book encapsulates all that the area has to offer". Please call 020 8995 1500 to reserve your copy as our edition is limited to 100 copies