Some market commentators and newspapers have called it the ‘Boris Bounce’ however, mindful that my market comment is non-political, I can report that there has been a substantial upturn in activity in the housing sector in January and it is my opinion that the uncertainty of Brexit and the cloud of stuck in the mud […]
Firstly, I would like to wish all of our customer’s past and present a very happy new year and I was delighted to read over the last 2 weeks and even at the end of December, some positive news amongst the property pundits and news in general. All seem to agree that now the political […]
November can best be described as a solid and stable month for the sales market across our group, from Coulsdon to Crystal Palace. The number of houses that we agreed sales on were marginally up on November 2018 and it was refreshing to see that just over 85% of the offers that were accepted were […]
As the Brexit deadline came and went and we face a general election in December, this appears to have had little impact in activity throughout our operation. Indeed for the first time turning to lettings first, October by far was our busiest month, up 13% on October 2018 and I have read a number of […]
September can only be described as an unusual and strange month both for sales and lettings and for me, who speaks to my team all day and every day, I confess it seemed like a long month. Let me explain when I say unusual, in that nothing seems predictable throughout the group from new sales […]
I trust everybody had a great Summer, if not unusually hot but great for BBQ’s and for prospective purchasers and tenants out viewing in the evening and weekend. Last year, when we experienced temperatures of 23 degrees, I was surprised that the viewing figures were up and not down and this year it came as […]
Looking at July, whilst I appreciate that there are many uncertainties and in particular Brexit, it will come as no surprise that out of the negative reporting, I have found it easy to find the rays of sunshine amongst this negativity. When you actually look at the housing market across the UK, certain commentators have […]
The recent spell of hot weather in June did not seem to deter prospective purchasers and their house hunting. As I reflect over June 2019 compared with June 2018, the number of prospective new house hunters looking to buy and not registered across our group was up 7% as a figure of 714. Also, the […]
May turned out to be a mixed bunch of results and reports when I look at the statistics and media reports for the housing market. The average price of a house rose to £236,800 in the first 3 months to February, up 2.8% compared to the same period last year according to Russell Galley, managing […]
April turned out to be a month two spikes in that we saw a dramatic increase in sales enquiries in the second week of April, with a significant decrease in the third week which as you can imagine did equal itself in the end and new registrations were exactly where we expected them to be […]
I have read some pretty gloomy reports about the housing market at the end of March and the word subdued seems to crop up time and time again. I have to say, it might be subdued for the reactive Estate Agents, but for the Proactive Estate Agent, it is my opinion that their market share […]
February ended up being a fairly stable month across our group, although it was a month of stop and start both in the lettings and sales market. I was interested to read that house prices according to the nationwide building society were up 0.4% compared with a year ago, however in February house prices dipped […]
Firstly, January proved and beat all of my expectations amongst the normal pessimistic predictions with some of the pundits. I read with interest in January, the top 10 property experts predictions for 2019 with between 70% and 80% with no capital growth movement, one saying a 5% increase and one saying a 5% fall, and […]
Firstly, I would like to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous new year and I trust everyone had a fantastic Christmas. I was away over Christmas and the new year, which gave me much time to read the experts view on the property both in sales and lettings going forward in 2019. After spending […]
November turned out to be a month of peaks and troths across our group. It would be fair to say we got off to a sluggish start in sales and lettings but particularly in our sales division, however, I am pleased to report that in the last ten days we did as much business by […]
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Croydon Council spends £53 million on retail park, just two months after buying the Croydon Park Hotel.
Octobers statistics for all of our offices and nationwide can best be described as stable and solid, and I note with interest that the BBC have reported today that house prices rose 1.6% in October 2018 compared with October 2017. In the same article, it goes on to say prices were flat after a 0.2% […]
Streets Ahead new homes launch Chipstead Valley Road.
Exciting times for Crystal Palace, as the Everyman Cinema prepares to open.
After 3 successful years as a senior negotiator and assistant manager, we are delighted to announce that Kai Seale, has been promoted to Branch Manager at our Coulsdon Office, 148 Brighton Road, Coulsdon.
It hardly seems possible that we are now in the last quarter of the year and I know many of you will be saying the same as me “where has 2018 gone?!” but that just means that we are all working hard and hopefully enjoying ourselves and that’s why time fly’s. September turned out a […]
M&S food hall submits an application to Croydon Council
I hope everyone enjoyed the hot weather and for those of us old enough, it reminded us of the summer of 1976. I did think to myself privately that temperatures of 33 degrees plus would somewhat subdued the viewing figures and by the time 6/7 o’clock came people would be rushing home to BBQs and […]
Streets Ahead thrilled as leading Estate Agent Danny Poulton-Midani joins the team to manage the sales team at 263 High Street, Croydon.
Streets Ahead New Homes launch development of 11 apartments and town houses in East Dulwich.
Planning permission Granted for 9 apartments at 94 Foxley Lane. Streets Ahead Land and New homes act of Vendor and Purchaser.
Monahan Avenue, after 5 failed attempts with alternative agents exchanges contracts with full planning permission for 8 apartments and 1 house.
Whilst July was very much what we expected and with no increase or decrease in activity with our sales market, anyone could be forgiven for thinking that the property market was going to collapse after reading some of the gloomy reports surrounding the London house market, the uncertainty of Brexit, the hottest August since 1976 […]
Final phase of Aspen Mews sells out.
Dickenson’s Lane is launched, a development of new 3 bedroom town houses and 100% are reserved on launch day and Lamberts Place East Croydon, a development of town houses is launched the following weekend with 100% reservations secured on launch day.
Firstly, Croydon gets the confirmation that we have all been waiting for for over 4 years now, that John Lewis and Waitrose will be the anchor store for Croydon’s Westfield development. It has long been rumoured that John Lewis have always been the number 1 target of the developers behind Croydon’s new Westfield shopping centre […]
Land and New homes secure full planning permission for 5 luxury detached five bedroom executive homes in Woodcote Grove Road.
April proved to be somewhat an unpredictable month. I predicted that it would be solid and steady, however we saw bursts of purchaser activity in the middle of the month and a real spike in new registrations for prospective tenants at the end of April. By and large, the figures and amount of properties that […]
Streets Ahead Land and New homes launch 4 beautiful 4,000 sq ft. double fronted detached executive houses, occupying an enviable plot overlooking Surrey downs. Prices from £2.3 million.
Completion of 63 Higher Drive for development as the purchaser and vendor were advised by Streets Ahead Land and New Homes. New Homes launch development of 5 flats which attracts 100% reservation on launch day.
Despite a number of reports throughout March describing the housing market as subdued, sluggish and slow across our group, I would describe March as being solid. I cannot argue with the statistics that house prices were down 0.2% from the previous month, but let’s put that in to perspective in that it is not enough […]
Streets Ahead Land and New Homes secure offer of £1,600,000 on Landmark property in Pollards Hill, Norbury, with planning permission for 5 detached houses.
Streets Ahead Land and New Homes instructed on 180 new apartments in Crystal Palace
Firstly, I would like to wish all out clients both past, present and future a very happy new year and whilst I have spent a month reading a lot of negative propaganda about the property market, I thought I would write to you on a more cheery note about the positive things in the housing […]
River View Mews, Wandle Mill launched and attracts 75% reservation.
Firstly I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our current, past and our new 2018 clients a very happy new year. Over the festive period I have been reading all of the reports as to the housing market in London, the South East and rest of UK and it was with interest I […]
As our thoughts turn to the end of the year, Christmas and 2018, we saw some important changes to the housing market this past November. On the 1st November the government published its “tenants fees bill” which if passed in to law will make it an offence for Landlords and Tenants to charge upfront fees. […]
Streets Ahead attend develop Croydon conference.
Streets Ahead launch 34 Luxury apartments at Jessop Lodge, Central Croydon, offered exclusively and are fully managed through Streets Ahead.
Another solid month. “UK house price growth edged up to a 3 month high in October” according to the Nationwide. Also, annual growth in house prices peaked up to 2.5% up from 2.3% in September, as a shortage of homes in the market and low mortgage rates propped up prices the Nationwide have commented. It […]
Andrew Hylton takes over in charge having been with Streets Ahead for many years and new positions are made available.
September was a month of mixed reports for the housing market both in London and nationwide. The Nationwide reported that house prices rose 2% from September 2016 to 2017, the weakest increase since 2013 but this was very regional with London house prices going up by 0.6% and the East Midlands values jumping 5.1% in […]
New flagship branch opens at 25 High Street, South Norwood.
Streets Ahead attend Estate Agency masters at InterContinental London, The O2 and win numerous awards.
As I write this, I am mindful that in a few days’ time the children will be back at school and for many of our clients the summer holidays will be coming to a close. The reason I mention this is, many people always say August is a quiet month for this very reason and […]
Streets Ahead are delighted to welcome Kunal Patel to head up the lettings department at 219-221 Lower Addiscombe Road. Kunal brings a wealth of experience as a Croydon Lettings agent.
July across the board can be best described as a steady month both for sales and lettings. There have been mixed reports about the housing market and July 2017 has been no stranger to the usual gloom mongers, so I thought it would be prudent to report to you with some actual figures across South […]
Mixed reactions with the general election outcome in that most people expected Theresa May to be our Prime Minister a month on from my last market comment, however she is Prime Minister without a majority in the house of commons and some of the pundits see this as a period of uncertainty. The good news […]
Diane has been a well-known Croydon Estate Agent for over 20 years heading up both one of the most successful lettings and sales teams in the borough of Croydon and we are thrilled that she decided to join the Streets Ahead family.
May turned out to be a month of mixed emotions, with all the political parties making promises as I had mentioned last month, as we go to the polls on Thursday the 8th, will it be Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn that head up our housing policy over the next 4 years. Many of the […]
Daniel Woods re-joins the Streets Ahead family as Head of Lettings after 3 years running a corporate operation with numerous lettings offices as an Area Director. Dan returns to Streets Ahead after starting his career as an apprentice 12 years ago.
Whilst all around seem to be talking and concentrating on the United Kingdom triggering article 50, giving us 2 years to leave the European union, at Streets Ahead we marched on and produced very solid and stable results throughout March. There have been conflicting projections and reports in the newspapers, with the footsie reaching record […]
Traditionally, February although the shortest month in the year, over our last 27 years has proven to be an extremely busy month and February 2017 was not to disappoint. I was very interested to read the government housing white paper which was published this month. The white paper recommends a number of measures to increase […]
Patrick Donnelly Land & New Homes Director Telephone: 020 8655 4783 Email: email@example.com Branch: Patrick has been an estate agent in Croydon and the surrounding area for over 30 years and what Patrick doesn’t know about property isn’t worth knowing. Patrick is a fountain of knowledge to all the Streets Ahead family as […]
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 […]
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 […]
Both house prices and activity in the areas we operate in defy predictions and also defy the gloom mongering pundits. There were mutterings at the end of 2016 that the sales market would slow in 2017 amongst other things due to European and global uncertainty and a question mark over an economic recession. I have […]
Ethical cosmetics firm, The Body Shop has built a £1 million “beauty innovation hub” in Croydon to help create more of its products in-house. Some of The Body Shop’s most popular products will now be developed in Croydon, including a large range of body butters which come with a variety of scents including, strawberry, pink […]
Croydon Council’s pioneering approach secures £1.4m to assist in tackling homelessness Croydon Council’s pioneering approach has secured £1.4million to help tackle rough sleeping in the borough and prevent homelessness among vulnerable families and individuals. Over the next four years, £400,000 will be dedicated to helping rough sleepers get off the borough’s streets and get their […]
Nick Durkin Senior Lettings Manager Telephone: 020 8683 8112 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Branch: Crystal Palace Nick marks over a decade with Streets Ahead this year. Having joined as a trainee lettings consultant he has worked his way through the ranks to become the senior lettings manager of the Crystal Palace branch. If it is happening in Crystal […]
Two new projects designed to let young people unleash their creativity are being launched this month by Croydon council’s youth team
A creative New Year for Croydon’s young people Two new projects designed to let young people unleash their creativity are being launched in the New Year by the council’s youth team. ‘Think it, film it’ and ‘creative art nights’ both take place at the Samuel Coleridge Taylor Centre, 192 Selhurst Road, South Norwood. The filming […]
Firstly, I trust everyone had a happy Christmas and I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2017. Finishing off 2016, there was no slow down across our offices in December and now it is nothing but a myth that December is the quietest month of the year. Those amongst us who have […]
Rightmove forecasts 2% house price increase in 2017, the seventh consecutive year of rising prices.
A synthetic rink is going to be created at Valley Retail and Leisure Park in the car park opposite Boots. The icy attraction off Purley Way is particularly aimed at children and will be open from Friday, December 16, to Friday, December 23, so it will be the perfect opportunity to keep the youngsters entertained […]
TV presenter Laura Hamilton and her husband have bought The Lord Roberts A television presenter and her husband have rescued a “much-loved” post office on an upmarket Purley estate from permanent closure and plan on reopening the branch as well as converting part of the historic village shop into a new deli and cafe. […]
Solid and steady best describes the housing market from Coulsdon to Crystal Palace in all the areas that we operate in during November. While we watched with interest the American elections with the president elect trump due to take office in January 2017, a few have asked has this had an effect on the Croydon […]
A selection of hand crafted and creatively beautiful items on offer from a selection of local talent. Follow Made in Croydon – facebook.com/MadeinCroydonOrg/?fref=ts SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER 2016, 10:00 – 16:00 GMT – FREE ADMISSION
Three of Croydon’s main parks are to become more cycle-friendly as the council changes byelaws and invests in better paths and signage. Lloyd Park, Park Hill Recreation Ground and Wandle Park are all to get cycle routes, making riding a bike to school or work and getting out on two wheels at the weekend as […]
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 […]
The average price of property in the borough of Croydon is now £424,554 in November 2016, up 7.4% from £395,467 in November 2015 according to Rightmove House Price Index figures released
Properties with 2 beds or fewer rise by 1.7% this month according to Rightmove House Price index, resulting in an annual jump of nearly £15,000 (+8.2%)
The directors and all the staff at Streets Ahead are deeply shocked and saddened by the Sandilands tram accident and all those affected and their families are in our thoughts at this sad time.
I am happy to report that the housing market in September officially bounced back according to the Bank of England figures. A total of 62,932 house purchases worth 11.1 billion pounds were approved in September as opposed to 60,984 in August. It is slightly down on the previous 6 months average 64,841 but this was […]
Croydon Charity Nightwatch Chairman Jad Adams presented with The Lifetime Service to Croydon Award at this years annual Mayor’s Civic Awards
The fifth annual Mayor’s Civic Awards celebration has recognised and honoured the efforts and achievements of local people and organisations who have strived to make Croydon a better place to live and work. The 14 finalists who attended the awards ceremony in the Braithwaite Hall were drawn from more than 150 nominations made earlier in […]
Free events to suit every taste in October In the lead-up to the launch festival for Boxpark Croydon on 29 and 30 October Croydon Council is helping support and promote a series of events around the town that will appeal to a wide range of tastes. On Friday 21 October St George’s Walk will come […]
‘’House prices will rise in the coming 3 months and over the next year as buyer demand continues to re bound’’ This is a quote that I thought sums up my sentiments for the housing market in the areas that we operate in for the remainder of 2016 and going into next year. Whilst the […]
East Croydon named top in London area for return on investment (13.8%) according to Rightmove
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. […]
A list of top ten tips on how to keep your home secure from burglars has been released by police as part of a new campaign where specialist manhunt teams will track down suspects and regular high visibility patrols will be carried out in hotspots. The seasonal initiative, which aims to prevent burglaries and crack […]
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New housing minister Gavin Barwell has suggested government policy could be shifted to give greater support for ‘generation rent’.
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Once again the old wives tale that the property market goes quiet in August proved nothing more than just that and I am pleased to read numerous articles underpinning that confidence returns to the post Brexit housing market. As I mentioned last month, we did experience a small price adjustment in some cases with a […]
“Croydon is a hub for tech, for culture, for development, and it is one of the hidden gems of our great city, and I’m looking forward to Croydon flourishing and thriving,” Says London Mayor Sadiq Khan
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Addiscombe’s original Olympic hero Paul Nihill honored with his own street name Nihill Place, minutes from where he grew up
Stunning pictures of Croydon’s skyline from the air.
Croydon boxer Joshua Buatsi has guaranteed himself a medal at Rio 2016 by earning a place in the semi-final.
Plans for a £17.5 million leisure centre in New Addington are finally set to be approved by Croydon Council.
Croydon Council invite applications for a place on their panel to help to shape architectural designs in the borough.
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July has proved a positive month because my staff and I have remained positive, sometimes battling against the gloomongers and experts who can only talk of nothing else but a slowdown. We remain extremely positive at Streets Ahead and I have spoken to other leading independent estate agents both in south east London and around […]
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Well what a month June was! I think I, like many others will remember the 23rd June for many years to come and as the news of our surprise Brexit from the European Union and what can only be described as political turbulence engulfs the news, it is important to remember that we have experienced […]
In one of the most historic days in decades, the UK has decided to leave the European Union after months and months of campaigning. Some of the campaigning has been criticised for being negative and scaremongering but people of the United Kingdom have ultimately decided. It is unlikely that there will be an immediate shift […]
Home buyers looking for a unique architect-designed home will want to view two beautiful new executive mews properties being launched onto the market by Streets Ahead. The Streets Ahead New Homes team are delighted to offer for sale The Mews on Addiscombe Road. Each property boasts high quality finishes throughout, with bespoke, fully integrated kitchens […]
Streets Ahead is sponsoring an important conference on homelessness to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Croydon charity Nightwatch. Marcus Jones MP, the Minister responsible for Government policy on homelessness, will lead experts in a discussion of the issues affecting homeless people at the conference in Croydon on September 21. They will look at what […]
Croydon continues to buck the London trend with prices going up from May to June in spite of the ‘EU Referendum Effect.’ National property portal Rightmove’s monthly house price index for June 2016 shows the average price of a London home dropped by 0.2% (£971) in one month from May. But the average house price […]
Thousands of foodies will descend on south Croydon this Sunday (26th June) to enjoy music, entertainment and fabulous cuisine at the Croydon Food Festival sponsored by Streets Ahead Estate Agents. South End – Croydon’s famous Restaurant Quarter – will close to make way for alfresco dining and over 70 stalls serving top class dishes from […]
Activity throughout our offices remained solid and steady in May with regard to the sales market with a small increase for the same month in 2015. New instructions to the market were up 3% and new registrations looking to buy were also up 3%. Interestingly, I have looked at the type of property that our […]
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 […]
Prospective home buyers often ask us about the amenities in the areas where they are looking to settle – and they regularly inquire about the restaurants nearby. The Croydon and Crystal Palace area have an excellent selection of restaurants to choose from. So we’ve compiled Fact Files on each of the areas where we have […]
Pupils at Cumnor House School are in the driving seat in a new competition to come up with an imaginative design for a Streets Ahead car. Throughout the month of June we will be inviting pupils at the school to enter the competition. The young artists who come up with the winning designs will receive […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
April has in some respects defied all the pundits and that has certainly been the case in the areas that we operate in. Some industry commentators had suggested from the 1st April that Buy to Let landlords and people buying second homes would have to pay 3% stamp duty and in the areas that we […]
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 […]
Our New Homes Sales Manager Michelle Whittle is one of Streets Ahead’s most knowledgeable and trusted experts. She joins us this spring after five years working as senior sales advisor for Berkeley Homes at their prestigious Saffron Square development in Croydon. Michelle’s position at Streets Ahead takes in everything from implementing fresh ideas and innovations […]
Streets Ahead Sales Consultant Kai Seale raised an amazing £2,399 for the Shooting Start Chase charity when he ran the London Marathon. Kai, who is based at the Croydon Central branch, ran the 26 mile course around the streets of London in 5 hours, 57 minutes and 59 seconds on Sunday, 24th April. He is […]
Streets Ahead’s bright new website will be even more focused on what our valued customers need and want from their estate agent. The new website, which went live this month, has a fresh new look, with easier to navigate sections, packed full of properties, news and information. The website was designed after extensive research and […]
March, what a month!. As investors rushed to complete by the March 31st, it would be no exaggeration to say that our team were working at a speed reminiscent of the property market at its absolute busiest. Speaking to solicitors and conveyancers, many had seconded extra staff to cover the deadline as any investment property […]
Streets Ahead’s new look Purley office is already attracting lots of spring home hunters who are full of praise for the branch makeover.
The average asking price of a property coming onto the market in England and Wales has passed the £300,000 mark for the first time according to Rightmove. The milestone comes just ten years after the average asking price passed the £200,000 mark – that’s a 50% increase in a decade.
Streets Ahead Director, Gary O’Hare, on why home buyers have taken a shine to the attractions of Crystal Palace
Streets Ahead is delighted to be marketing nine new luxury apartments at 20 Mint Walk in the heart of Croydon. Each spacious property in the prestigious development, close to London Borough of Croydon’s headquarters Bernard Weatherill House, will feature a high standard of specification and finish.
South Croydon – home to the famous Restaurant Quarter and the annual Croydon Food Festival – is flavour of the moment with house buyers. Streets Ahead, who’ve just completely refurbished their local Selsdon Road branch, say there’s been a real upsurge in inquiries from first time buyers to families hungry to move into the area. […]
Streets Ahead is planning another Investor Tour this spring following the huge success of the 2015 event.
February, what a month! Not only a leap year, but a leap in enquiries both for sales, investments and prospective new tenants. Following our unprecedented success which even surprised me on the 3rd February at our launch of Fifteen Lansdowne in our Croydon office at 219-221 Lower Addiscombe Road which was packed full of prospective […]
Gary O’Hare, Director of Streets Ahead on how to sell your home for more in the spring
Streets Ahead’s busy Crystal Palace branch has been given a makeover! The totally refurbished office has been given an ultra-modern new look, both inside and outside, to bring it into line with our other branches for 2016. We asked manager Jola Bamigbola about the new-look office and the Crystal Palace property market. 1. What did the Crystal Palace […]
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 […]
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 […]
Streets Ahead wins top honours at the UK estate agency ‘Oscars’ – The Sunday Times and The Times Estate Agency of the Year
Streets Ahead took three top honours in the UK property industry’s most prestigious awards programme, The Sunday Times and The Times Estate Agency of the Year. Gold Award: left to right, Matt Dawson MBE, Gemma Fenwick, and Gary O’Hare. At a glittering ceremony in the opulent setting of The Lancaster London Hotel opposite Hyde Park on December 4, […]
Land and New Homes Director Patrick Donnelly beat some of the best estate agents in the country to make the final six in The Sunday Times and The Times Estate Agency Manager of the Year competition. Patrick, who was formerly the Manager of our Croydon Branch, was ‘honoured’ to be shortlisted in the prestigious national awards programme. […]
The housing market in general across all of our areas in November remained steady and I noticed in a recent report that the average value of a property now stands at £196,305 across the Uk which is 3.7% higher than a year ago. Croydon continues to ‘’buck the trend’’ with quite a lot of negative […]
‘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 […]
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 […]
Streets Ahead celebrated a double success at The Negotiator Awards this month. The glittering event, compered by talented TV impressionist, comedian, and writer Alistair McGowan, was held at The London Hilton Park Lane on 3rd November. Our own talented team picked up Silver in the Community Champion of the Year Award and Silver in the […]
This month we profile Crystal Palace Sales Manager Jola Bamigbola. After 10 years with the company Jola says that Streets Ahead is “my second family.” The Dad of two said: “I love the buzz of helping people make their wishes come true with regard to finding their dream home. It’s a great feeling when a deal […]
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 […]
Croydon finally benefiting from the capital’s continuing property boom as London residential values rise 105% in a decade
The value of private residential property in London has increased by a staggering 105% in the past ten years according to a new report by the Halifax Building Society. Despite coming through a period of recession, new research by the society shows the UK’s private housing stock is now estimated at £5.1 trillion, growing faster […]
Traditionally October is a good solid month for the housing market and October 2015 was not to disappoint. Early indicators in the month showed a firm spike in prospective purchasers looking to buy and in the first half of October as a group we registered 4% more purchasers than October 2014. Firmly on the agenda […]
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. […]
Gary O’Hare, Director of Streets Ahead, weighs up the pros and cons of selling your current home before you buy a new one
First time buyers accounted for almost a third of property sales across the UK in September. The National Association of Estate Agents say first time buyer sales rose by 9% from August to 29% last month – equalling the previous high in May. The NAEA put the increase down to a combination of a wider […]
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 […]
Busy fundraising month puts Streets Ahead staff on schedule to hit £25,000 charity Foundation target for our 25th anniversary year
Streets Ahead staff are edging closer to their 2015 target to raise £25k for our charitable Foundation in our 25th year. They raised £195 from a pool tournament at the Whitehorse Pub in Selhurst last month. The tournament was won by Croydon Branch Lettings Manager, Daniel Thornton, who kindly gave his winnings to the Foundation. […]
Between them Nick Durkin and Marina Steel have almost 35 years of service with Streets Ahead. As valued members of the 80 strong Streets Ahead team they contribute greatly to the success of the company. We asked them about their work – and how they like to spend their time away from the office. NICK […]
September’s housing market can only be described as a month of confidence as we experienced as a group more prospective buyers registering than any other month in our 25 year history and this was fairly equal across our group from office to office from Crystal Palace to Coulsdon. Our stock coming to the market was […]
Mortgage approvals for house buyers hit the highest level for 18 months in September – an indicator of strengthening confidence in the UK property market according to analysts. A Mortgage Monitor report by chartered surveyors, e.surv revealed the number of approvals in the last 12 months alone rose by a fifth, with 72,930 house purchase […]
Gary O’Hare, Director of Streets Ahead Estate Agents, on why autumn is the best time to sell your home
Coulsdon office given new look as village seems set to become the next Croydon property market hotspot
New residential developments are set to make the village of Coulsdon the next commuter property hotspot. The Cane Hill and Trinity Square developments and the arrival of a Waitrose and a Pizza Express are breathing new life into the village, which already has a thriving community and a good stock of quality housing. It also […]
Streets Ahead team tackle tough ‘Nuts Challenge’ assault course and raise £1,600 for our Foundation charity.
A Streets Ahead team took on the gruelling ‘Nuts Challenge’ race and raised £1,600 for our Foundation which raises funds for local charities and good causes. This commendable effort pushes the Foundation closer to the £25,000 target set to mark Streets Ahead’s 25th Anniversary. The 15 strong team tackled 7km of mud and obstacles with names […]
Gary O’Hare, Director of Streets Ahead, shares tips on encouraging prospective buyers and achieving a good price for your home
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 […]
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 […]
Get the inside track on the buoyant buy-to-let market at Streets Ahead Investor Forum this autumn – contact us to register your interest now
Buy-to-let and portfolio investors are invited to attend the second Streets Ahead Estate Agents Property Investor Forum in Croydon this autumn. Over 100 attendees at the inaugural Investors Forum at Croydon College Conference Centre in June were given an exclusive insight to the potential of the fast growing, multi-billion pound Croydon property market by a panel of […]
Two summer charity sports tournaments raise £7,000 for Streets Ahead Foundation – Directors thanks sponsors and supporters
Friends, staff and client of Streets Ahead Estate Agents have raised £7,000 from two summer sports tournaments for the firm’s Foundation for local charities. The latest event – the Streets Ahead Foundation 5-a-side football tournament at Whyteleafe Sports Club – attracted 120 players and raised £2,000 in an afternoon last week. The earlier event – […]
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 […]
Streets Ahead has welcomed the wide ranging changes to the UK planning system to boost new home building announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s first budget following the general election. Central to Mr Osborne’s strategy – which still needs to be approved by MPs – is a radical plan to automatically grant planning permission to suitable […]
The first Streets Ahead Foundation charity 5-a-side football tournament at Whyteleafe Football Club got off to an amazing start raising £2,000 for local good causes. Despite early showers, the sun finally came out for the 120 players who turned out on Sunday morning (July 5th) for a great day of football. […]
Streets Ahead celebrate winning top titles in The Times and The Sunday Times Letting Agency of the Year Awards for fourth year in a row
Streets Ahead Estate Agents beat hundreds of other firms to win two of the most coveted titles in The Times and The Sunday Times Letting Agency of the Year 2015 awards. For the fourth year running, we retained the Best Small Lettings Agent in the South East title, and the Gold Award for Best Customer […]
Highly successful Streets Ahead Property Investor Forum gives delegates inside track on Croydon’s buy-to-let investment potential
Delegates at the first Streets Ahead Estate Agents Property Investor Forum learned that Croydon property prices outperformed central London by 3% with a 19% increase in the past calendar year. Over 100 portfolio investors and first time buy-to-let investors were being given an exclusive insight to the potential of the fast growing, multi-billion pound Croydon […]
Golf tournament raises £5,000 for Streets Ahead Estate Agents Foundation to help local charities and good causes.
Fourteen teams of keen golfers raised £5,000 for The Streets Agents Estate Agents Foundation at a fantastic charity golf day at Addington Golf Club. Streets Ahead Estate Agents’ Managing Director Bob Hay said he was “absolutely delighted” with the sum raised for The Foundation, which helps local charities and causes. “I want to thank everyone […]
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 […]
More than four out of five parents consider the quality of local schools before they move home according to a new survey.
A new survey on the importance of good local schools to home movers shows four out of five parents say this is a priority when deciding where to move to. Streets Ahead already list all the nearest schools to each property we advertise. And according to a new Rightmove survey, most parents will check out […]
Streets Ahead directors credit “hardworking and passionate staff” for the company’s 25 year success story in a new video to mark our anniversary year
Streets Ahead Estate Agents Managing Director Bob Hay and Director Gary O’Hare have praised the firm’s hard working and passionate staff in a new video to mark the 25th anniversary year of the firm. Both said they have been “blessed” with great staff over the years who were hard working and ambitious to succeed within […]
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 […]
Streets Ahead Estate Agents says eight tenants chase every private rental property in Croydon’s strong lettings market
There are eight tenants chasing every private rental property in the Croydon area with demand set to rise further and push up rents in 2015 according to Streets Ahead Estate Agents. The demand for letting property has already led to a “one to two percent” increase in private rents in the area over the last […]
Asking prices for homes in England and Wales hit an all-time high in March with the average property price now over £286,000. The property website Rightmove said prices rose by 1.6 percent last month – up 1.0 percent in the month to early March. However the annual pace of price growth slowed to 4.7 percent. […]
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), […]
Little Elena Buckingham is already Streets Ahead when it comes to choosing her future career. The seven year old from Norwood was inspired to become an estate agent after Dad Terry and Mum Tracy bought and sold several family homes through Streets Ahead Estate Agents in Croydon. Terry and Tracy Buckingham with their daughter Elena, […]
The Streets Ahead Croydon Half-Marathon was an outstanding success as crowds turned out on Sunday to cheer on a strong field of runners and raise over £5,000 for charity. Spectators enjoyed family entertainment and activities as well as a barbecue laid on by Streets Ahead Estate Agents, who were sponsoring the event for the fifth […]
The Mayor of Croydon congratulates Streets Ahead for a “quarter century of service” to the borough at sparkling 25th anniversary party
Streets Ahead Estate Agents was praised by the Mayor of Croydon for “a quarter of a century of service” at a special party to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. Mayor Manju Shahul-Hameed was guest of honour at the sparkling event in the Streets Ahead flagship office in Croydon High Street on Thursday night. In her speech […]
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 […]
Streets Ahead launched its 25th anniversary celebrations by surprising long serving member of staff Marina Steel with the gift of a Rolex watch. Marina, whose nephew is Croydon-based X Factor winner Ben Haenow, has been with the estate agency since it was founded 25 years ago by Managing Director Bob Hay and Director Gary O’Hare. […]
Staff at Streets Ahead have won warm praise for their ‘brilliant’ backing of the town’s homeless charity Croydon Nightwatch. Streets Ahead have been long standing supporters of the charity, which has helped thousands of homeless people since it was founded almost 40 years ago. Jad Adams of Nightwatch, the charity which helps homeless people in […]
Streets Ahead Estate Agents say Chancellor’s new Help-To-Buy ISA will help thousands achieve their first home dream.
The Chancellor’s new Help To Buy ISA could help thousands of first time buyers get on the property ladder sooner according to Streets Ahead Estate Agents’ Director Gary O’Hare.
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 […]