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PHOTOBLOG - looking at things different

There is something beautiful about taking the camera off the tripod and photographing a flat free hand, you have the freedom to move around without any rules and find angles that you wouldn't normally reach.

The view you see is completely different, you get a more intimate insight into people's lifestyle. Your imagination opens up and you can see how they live their every day life, suddenly you are able to take every element of ...

SAVE THE CHILDREN - Christmas Jumper Day

It's the most magical time of year - fairy lights and baubles, snowman and Christmas trees. And on 15 December, we want it all - on a jumper.

On Sve the Children's Christmas Jumper Day, all over the country, thousands of people will be donning their daftest, most wonderful woollies - all for a great cause.

Together, we can make Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day the biggest, silliest day ever.

You'll be surprised at ...

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SALE BOARD DESIGN

Designing a sale board is not as easy as it sounds. Someone told me once "It requires a completely different approach than any other marketing material." I followed that advice.

Does it have to look the same as the rest of the company image? Not necessarily.

Why does it have to be different? It has to be memorable, recognisable and impactful in a relatively short space of time. Usually you have no more than ...

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STAGED HOMES

When you walk into a staged home you usually feel that immediately, they are normally dressed in a certain way to make the flat look more attractive, but you know that no one is actually living there.

That was not the case in this particular property, when I walked in to take photographs I had a feeling that someone is home, even though I was told no one will be. I had a quick whiz around and it took me several ...

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HOW TO CHOOSE PROPERTY THAT SUITS YOUR PERSONALITY?

To design your home according to the highest possible comfort, which is perfectly tailored to your needs, you need to know yourself really well. Every single habit of yours, daily routines have to be acknowledged and built into the space that surrounds you.

Let me help you with few questions:

To begin with, are you a morning person or an evening person?

If you are a ...

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HOW SMALL SAVINGS ON A REFURBISHMENT COULD END UP COSTING MORE

You have acquired your new investment property and laid out the major costs including the purchase, stamp duty, and legal fees. Your next priority is to refurbish the property to get it on the market as quickly as possible, so it can finally start showing a return.

You've dealt with the planning, all the necessary consents are in place, you are ready to refurbish, add ...

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LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION

Before choosing the right property for yourself you consider various factors, one of the most important being location, and transport connections near your area.

For that reason, I decided to travel on the tube/ overground / Thameslink and visited every single station in the North West London area, which we cover and photographed stations from inside and outside.

What I came to realise is that every ...

OUR BLOG_ PROPERTY MANAGEMENT_MID TERM INSPECTIONS

Mid-term inspections - Are they worth the fuss?

Since the introduction of the deposit protection legislation, most landlords have a check-in inspection done pre tenancy, and a check-out inspection done post tenancy to highlight changes to the property during the term of the tenancy.

Having the check-in and check-out reports in place one might wonder whether it's necessary to inspect the property during the tenancy. The mid-term ...

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KENSAL RISE MARKET REVIEW - INTERVIEW WITH SPENCER JACOBS SALES MANAGER

You have just recently joined Abacus Estates. How are you finding it so far?

- So far so good. They are a great team. Good work ethic. I have only been in the job for three weeks, but already I can see that this office is going places.

Would you talk a little bit about your previous work experience? Where did you work before? How do you find Abacus ...

OUR BLOG_INTERVIEW WITH CAESAR MATTHIAS SALES DIRECTOR

How did you find the Property market in June in terms of Sales?

Historically June is a busy month but activity was down this year by 28%, which the market is attributing to the election. When there is an election, the market does cool off whilst people are voting and then waiting to see the outcome. This does then have a ripple effect for a couple of weeks after the result before the market stables and activity increases ...

OUR BLOG_WHY UPDATING UTILITY PROVIDERS ON BEHALF OF YOUR TENANTS IS A GOOD IDEA

At the start of a new tenancy there are so many things that a landlord needs to take care of, carrying out reference checks to ensure the chosen tenants can meet their financial obligation, and then schedule a check in inventory to have an accurate record of the condition of the property.

You also need to navigate a multitude of legal obligations that must be in place including: right to rent checks, a current gas safety ...

OUR BLOG _ INTERVIEW WITH JAMES ALTMAN MANAGING DIRECTOR

How are you finding your new role? Could you talk a bit about the challenges you had to face?

I am enjoying it. It's a balancing act with the main criteria being keeping clients happy with informative discussions and solutions and empowering the team to be able to maximise their potential. That is ultimately is my biggest challenge.

It is an evolving business. We are trying to move away from the previous structure and image and become ...

ABACUS HALLOWEEN

Let's celebrate Halloween together.

Please come and join us for pumpkin carving at our offices. Venue: 303 West End Lane, West Hampstead, London NW6 1RD - 02074313777 103 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, London NW10 3NS - 02038155777 307A Neasden Lane, Neasden, London W10 1QR - 02082087919

Look forward to seeing You there. Abacus Estates Team

Macmillan Coffee Morning

This morning the UK participated in the worlds largest Coffee & Cake morning and here at Abacus we are proud to sponsor this amazing event. Our West Hampstead & Kensal Rise offices hosted the event this year and it was an excellent time had by all. Some lovely homemade cake, pastries and cookies along with some tasty donations by local business's such as Waitrose and most importantly very generous donations by the local community.

Thank ...

Budget 2017: What does the stamp duty change mean?

For properties costing up to £500,000, no stamp duty will be paid on the first £300,000.

Mr Hammond said this meant 95% of first-time buyers would see stamp duty cut, while 80% would pay none at all.

The change will apply in England and Northern Ireland, and in Wales up until the end of March, but not in Scotland.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said the main beneficiaries would be existing homeowners, rather than ...



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