To buy or not to buy

London Property: To buy or not to buy?

Hi, I’m Gus Zogolovitch, and I’m the founder of Rare Space. There’s been a lot of talk about house prices going up and down, so what is the current state of the market?

What I’m telling people, and what I believe, is that house prices in London have come down quite a lot, actually. I think they’re nearing the bottom. So maybe the wider question is whether or not you would buy a place now if you had the resources to. Or should you wait?

What I say to people who ask me those questions – because I get those questions a lot – is that it depends.

Obviously.

The Houseboat house tour

The Houseboat

In today’s blog, we’re down in Poole, specifically Hamworthy, a little place just outside Poole, at the Houseboat. You may have seen this in magazines, it’s been captured by the press. It’s an amazing house, was built by my father Roger Zogolovitch and designed by Mole Architects and Rebecca Granger.

I’m getting my dad Roger to walk us around, so hopefully that will give you kind of an interesting idea.

Design led homes blog

Why are there so few design-led homes?

So the question I’ve been asked today is ‘Why are there not more design-led homes?’ Why is it so difficult to find them?

And I think the answer comes down fundamentally to an idea about incentives. Now hopefully I won’t get too elaborate and complicated here. But bear with me for a minute as I try and explain what I mean by that.

Landlord tax breaks blog

Tax rebate for ‘good landlords’

(thoughts on the Guardian article “Treasury weighs up tax break for landlords who sell to generation rent” 5 October 2018)

I like the fact that the Government is considering different proposals around housing. However, housing and population are inextricably linked, so in principle, converting a flat/house from being rented out to being owned doesn’t bring a new home into existence and therefore the fundamental supply demand imbalance remains and house prices become unaffordable for most. 

St Katharine Docks video house tour

St Katharine Docks

In this post we’re featuring a really cool flat and a fantastic opportunity, overlooking St Katharine Docks.

You can see over the Gherkin, the Walkie Talkie, the Shard, and Tower Bridge. This really is an amazing location! Looking over water, what more could you want?