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Happy 1st Birthday to our Kensington Office

This month, Harrods Estates Kensington Office celebrates the first anniversary since they opened to a dazzling reception last year on Kensington Church Street. The first year has seen a great number of highs, including several local partnership events and attendance at local business forums.  A close collaboration was...


Stamp Duty: Reviewing the Bigger Picture

Following on from our last news post – which explored the consultation questions for the upcoming changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) due to be announced in next month’s Budget, this time our team take the opportunity to share their thoughts on how the changes look within the bigger...


Stamp Duty Consultation Findings

We are only a few weeks away from the March Budget, in which homeowners, investors and Landlords will be eagerly awaiting clarity on the proposed three per cent rise in Stamp Duty for second homes and buy to lets on English properties.   During December, the Government held a...


Badges of Honour: The Blue Plaque

Last year, The Telegraph explored perceptions of whether the blue plaque markers to commemorate the residences of notable historical figures could influence house prices (and purchases).  At the time, Harrods Estates had a property for sale with one such plaque present to mark it as a former residence...


December: A review of the London property market

The year-end traditionally brings with it a reflection on the trends witnessed to date in the property market, and also predictions for the year ahead.  Here we take a look over some of the comments already shared with the press about the prime London housing market. The Mayfair...


New Increases to SDLT on Second Homes and Buy-to-Lets

Yesterday the Chancellor, George Osborne, revealed his Autumn Budget and spending plans. One of the new measures he announced was a surcharge on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for those buying second homes and Buy-to-Let properties in England and Wales. The surge is an additional 3% on top...