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2nd February 2017

Vote of Confidence in Croydon Council’s Fairfield Scheme

Huge vote of confidence in council’s Fairfield scheme Plans for a stunning new cultural quarter in the heart of Croydon have been awarded a Government cash boost for their contribution to growth in the region. Croydon Council has successfully bid for £14.2million Coast to Capital Partnership Funding to enhance the regeneration of College Green and […]

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Free parking gives big boost to small businesses

Free parking gives big boost to small businesses  Croydon’s small businesses are set to get a big boost with council plans to make the first hour of parking FREE in district centres across the borough. Croydon Council is launching the policy to make it easier for customers to visit local shops and increase trade in Croydon’s […]

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5th December 2016

Parking your car in Croydon will be free over Christmas and the New Year

The council will relax parking charges on all council-run off-street car parks as well as on-street parking bays, on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Stuart King, the council’ cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “The council is once again giving a little back to residents and […]

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6th October 2016

Bidding open for old Ashburton library building

Croydon Council has opened bidding for businesses or social enterprises wanting to take on the running of the former library in Ashburton Park. The council is working on the restoration of the currently derelict building to make it ready for its new tenants and will be investing in the region of £1m on the project. […]

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3rd June 2016

Streets Ahead event experts draw 200 buy-to-let investors

  More than 200 people got an exclusive insight into Croydon’s booming buy-to-let market from leading property experts at the second Streets Ahead Investor Event (Thursday, 2nd June). Top industry commentator Kate Faulkner and Croydon’s Deputy Leader Alison Butler, Councillor for Homes, Regeneration and Planning, gave delegates the inside track on investing in the local market at […]

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17th May 2016

‘Croydon brand’ boom behind price surge says Streets Ahead director

First time buyers flocking to Croydon have pushed the average asking price of starter homes up faster in the borough than anywhere else in the country. Prices surged by 18.6% in Croydon over the past year to an average of £297,770, making it the nation’s top hotspot for first time buyer homes according to online […]

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13th May 2016

Get your FREE tickets now for our expert-led Investor Event on June 2

Tickets are going fast for the  Streets Ahead Investor Event in Croydon College Conference Centre next month. Delegates at the free-to-attend Streets Ahead Estate Agents’ sponsored event on Thursday, 2nd June will be offered an exclusive insight into the Croydon buy-to-let market from a panel of top experts. Property media commentator and author, Kate Faulkner […]

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RICS report shows short-term effect of June referendum

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors latest figures suggest the upcoming referendum on EU membership may be having a temporary effect on the property market. The latest data from RICS analysts shows the market is slowing down slightly ahead of the referendum on June 23. However they expect a more normal market to resume from […]

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3rd May 2016

TV property guru Kate Faulkner to address Investor Event

Get the inside track on investing in Croydon and the buy-to-let market from leading media property expert Kate Faulkner at the Streets Ahead Investor Event next month. Property expert Kate, who regularly features on national and local TV and radio, is the keynote speaker at the second Streets Ahead Investor Event in Croydon College Conference […]

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21st January 2016

Mortgage approvals up by 12.5% last year is a good sign for 2016

Mortgage approvals rose by 12.5% in the year to November 2015 with only a slight dip in December according to a new survey. There was also a huge 32 per cent increase in ‘small-deposit lending‘- loans to buyers with deposits of 15% or less of their properties’ value. Although this also fell slightly at the […]

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14th January 2016

First time buyer numbers stay high despite rising prices

Rising house prices over the past year have not stopped first time buyers taking the plunge into the property market as new figures for 2015 are almost the same as the previous year. The Halifax says 310,000 entered the market in 2015 – just 0.5% lower than 2014 – despite the average price of a […]

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8th December 2015

‘Twixmas’ house hunting up as more of us use the long festive break – and the tablets and smartphones we got for Christmas – to search for new homes

More house hunters are using the ‘Twixmas’ holidays – the period between Christmas and New Year – to start their online search for a new home. It seems our habit of taking longer festive breaks, and the trend for technology gifts like tablets and smartphones, are having a big influence on people’s home-buying habits. Analysts at […]

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Halifax predicts house prices will rise more slowly in 2016

House prices are expected to rise in 2016 – but at a slower rate than this year according to Britain’s biggest mortgage lender. The Halifax predicts price rises of between four and six per cent next year, which is significantly lower than the current 9.7 per cent national average rate of increase. The building society says the […]

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26th November 2015

‘Croydon is booming! says new manager of revamped South Croydon branch

The new manager of Streets Ahead’s freshly refurbished South Croydon branch says the area is a property hotspot thanks to the buzz around the borough’s multi-billion pound regeneration. Jon Claustres, who has worked with the firm for five years, commented: “Croydon is booming at the moment, with Westfield coming to the area, it has really […]

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3rd November 2015

Rise of fixed rate mortgages good news for many says building society financial chief

The Nationwide Building Society’s chief economist says the rise in popularity of fixed rate mortgages should insulate many homeowners from any rise in interest rates next year. Looking to 2016, Robert Gardner, said the proportion of outstanding mortgages on variable interest rates has declined steadily, from almost 70% in mid-2012 to around 50% in 2015. […]

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22nd October 2015

Westfield-Hammerson development boosts brand-Croydon and makes town the next London hotspot says Director Gary O’Hare

The arrival of the £1.5 billion Westfield-Hammerson retail, leisure and housing development in Croydon is set to transform the local property market according Streets Ahead Director Gary O’Hare. News that the Government has now greenlit the crucial compulsory purchase order (CPO) needed to buy up the old Whitgift Centre and surrounding land means work can […]

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25th August 2015

Number of Croydon first-time home buyers up by 13% since same quarter last year

Figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that lending to first time buyers bounced back in the second quarter of 2015 after a sluggish start to the year. The positive post election trend has also been reflected in Croydon according to Streets Ahead Director, Gary O’Hare. He commented: ‘In the last quarter, we have […]

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13th August 2015

Crystal Palace Win the Championship – Selhurst Park tops the Nationwide league table for property price growth near Premiership grounds.

Barely a ball has been played at the start of the new football season and Crystal Palace are already Premier League champions – when it comes to hot property! The Nationwide Building Society’s annual table comparing house price growth close to Premiership stadiums, puts Palace well ahead of the competition – including current football champions […]

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27th July 2015

All-time high demand for rented property – particularly in south London hotspots – leads to increase in rental values.

Demand for rental property is at an all-time high, nationally with a 52% increase in email enquiries according to Rightmove’s first quarterly Rental Trends Tracker. Within London the highest demand was in the more affordable areas of Bexleyheath, Sidcup and Carshalton, and in Battersea, where inquiries rose by 14% due to ongoing redevelopment of the […]

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2nd June 2015

House prices in England and Wales increased by 5.1% in the year to April.

House prices in England and Wales increased by 5.1 per cent in the year to April, according to the Land Registry, while London prices rose by 10.95% over the same period. The monthly increase from March was 0.9%, taking the average property value to £179,817 compared with the peak of £181,014 in November 2007. The […]

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6th May 2015

Take the politics out of housing

Take the politics out of housebuilding – that’s the plea from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors ahead of the General Election. RICS is calling for an independent housing observatory to be set up, acting as ‘an Institute of Fiscal Studies for housing’ to be strictly independent and kept at arm’s length from government. A […]

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14th April 2015

Croydon homes remain relatively affordable

Croydon is in mid-table when it comes to house prices in the capital according to figures released by the Land Registry. It found the average price of a home in Croydon is £319,604, maintaining its status as among the most affordable of the 33 London boroughs. The only cheaper boroughs are Barking & Dagenham (£271,701), […]

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30th March 2015

College Green development moves a stage closer

The redevelopment of College Green, a scheme with Fairfield Halls at its heart, has moved a stage closer. Croydon-based consultancy Mott MacDonald, of Sydenham Road, has been appointed as the lead consultant for the project, which promises to breathe new life into Croydon’s cultural offer. Meanwhile Rick Mather Architects, which has a strong track record […]

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11th March 2015

Morello leads an exciting new era

The third exciting phase of Croydon’s £168million showcase Morello new homes development has just been unveiled by Menta Redrow. Morello – a flagship project within the town’s multi-billion pound redevelopment – will turn a largely derelict site next to East Croydon station into a vibrant, sustainable new community. Investors have already bought up almost all […]

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