Thursday, October 28, 2010Read more
Douglas & Gordon's Harrington Road - Street Gallery
When Douglas & Gordon acquired the estate agency Berkeley International in 2007 as well as the Kensington Church Street office, they also took over this Harrington Road site, near to South Kensington underground station. Because this site was close to both Douglas & Gordon’s existing South Kensington and Chelsea offices it was decided that instead of subletting it, we would turn it into a street gallery to allow graduate artists and designers to produce and show their own work in this key location. The most recent installation was by the LCC graduate, Shaz Madani, depicting her interpretation of the famous blue plaques of South Kensington depicted by falling pieces of stencilled white card. This piece achieved a huge amount of interest and became much loved by the local residents during its six month tenure.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010Read more
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Thursday, October 14, 2010Read more
Buyers need to see the opportunities, right now.As a reasonably typical example of a home owner with a mortgage I’m in the middle of playing the fix vs tracker game. No fun and as likely to keep me awake as worrying why the headmaster had summoned me to his study. Surely an almost unprecedented 5 year fix at 3.69% is too good to resist. But is the fact that rate’s there at all a sign that rates will stay low. Therefore the 2.19% trackers about are surely a better bet, but only for two years and then if rates are going up…….arrrggghh.
Friday, October 01, 2010Read more
The London Barometer September 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010Read more
Have D&G gone too far this time?
Douglas & Gordon have for the past three years given over their Harrington Road office in South Kensington to up and coming artists because of its prominent location. The two most recent installations have been a beautiful interpretation of the famous blue plaques in the surrounding area by Shaz Madani and most recently, a series of dinosaur themed windows by Jake Blanchard.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010Read more
Shuffling blindfolded towards the edgeI reckon the Estate Agency world might just be staring over the edge of a precipice. It’s got nothing to do with competition from the internet or private sellers, or anywhere else for that matter, but has everything to do with the long term trend downwards in sales volumes. Without wishing to be selfish it would easy to argue that my firm would suffer less than most as is evidenced whenever volumes fall and our market share goes up, but looking at the larger picture, and using anecdotal evidence from what’s going on around me at the moment there’s no doubt at all that many agents are fighting for their lives.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010Read more
The London Barometer August 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010Read more
What makes Kensington and Chelsea specialRBKC, only four letters but given they denote an area that contains some of the most expensive real estate on the planet it’s not surprising that people aspire to live here, and that the property market here polarises opinion. Firstly some facts; if you use May 1995 as a base of 100, as of May 2010 nationally the index had gone to 265, but in RBKC it’s gone to 458. So over the same period property in this sought after location has increased 216% more than the national average. The average property price is c. £870k. (Land Registry)
Wednesday, August 11, 2010Read more
July and August Market ReportResidential Sales At Douglas & Gordon we are not seeing the deluge of new property coming to the residential sales market in Central London that is being reported in northern England, (9 August 2010). Neither are we seeing any evidence of falling prices. July 2010 saw Douglas & Gordon take on almost exactly the same number of new properties as in July 2009. However, the level of stock available is continuing to grow, an increase of 15% more than the figures in June and, rather more worryingly, 68% more than this time last year. The reason for this continuing rise in stock, despite only average levels of new instructions coming on to the sales market is the slow down of actual sales.