The Fitzbourne, New Cavendish Street

The Challenge

We were engaged by a Canadian client who was relocating to London for work on short notice. She was looking to rent a three bedroom property within a 15 minute taxi journey of her new office in Kings Cross. It was critical that the apartment be in great condition, fully furnished, have air conditioning, a lift and have some outside space. A tough search, made no easier by the Covid-19 international travel restrictions and quarantine rules. The client would therefore have to rely heavily on our expertise and guidance to find the right option as she would be selecting the property remotely.

The Perfect Conclusion

We identified the perfect 3 bedroom apartment with a sensational roof terrace set in a boutique portered mansion block in the heart of Fitzrovia which matched all the criteria given to us. We provided a comprehensive video tour so the client could get a sense of the space and condition of the apartment which gave her the confidence to move forwards without seeing it in person. When securing the flat we were able to negotiate over a 32% discount from the asking price.

The Unfair Advantage

We were not only able to identify and secure the perfect apartment in trying circumstances but we did so at a sizeable discount.

Sloane Terrace Mansions

The Challenge

Our Swiss client was looking for a London apartment for personal use. With children at school in the UK, they wanted a family apartment to use when visiting the city. Our client was not in a rush to buy and needed advice on the market, timing their transaction, and access to the best opportunities in their favoured areas of Chelsea, Knightsbridge & Belgravia.

The Perfect Conclusion

We sourced a grand and spacious second floor lateral apartment situated in a quiet position, but only a few steps from Sloane Square. The building consists of only 12 large apartments and the flat itself comes with a share of freehold, a rarity for the area. Through our negotiation we then agreed a huge £500,000 discount from the asking price. Beyond the negotiation, we also introduced our clients to tried and tested third parties such as a specialist structural surveyor and design & build contractor.

The Unfair Advantage

We know the market intimately. The property was listed through a single-office boutique estate agent we have transacted with in the past. As a result we were the first to be made aware of it. We negotiated strongly, taking advantage of the current lack of overseas buyers in London and achieved an impressive 12% discount from the asking price for a rare asset. We made sure our client had all the necessary comparable sales data and advice, in order for them to make an informed decision prior to submitting the offer.

Long and Waterson

The Challenge

Our long term investment client was looking to invest a total of £20 million into the London property market for a combination of rental yield and long term capital appreciation. Our advice was to split the budget across multiple properties in order to give diversification to the portfolio and to purchase in bulk – 6 units or more in one single transaction to qualify for commercial rates of stamp duty. The properties had to meet a strict set of investment criteria – high quality new build, easy to let out or pre-let and able to achieve a gross yield of at least 4% or higher. Finding suitable opportunities that met with all the criteria was a challenge in Central London.

 

The Perfect Conclusion

We identified a boutique, high quality new build located in Shoreditch, consisting of just 119 units. Long and Waterson is the first and only to date premium new development in the immediate vicinity (1/2 mile radius). Fringe City locations have benefited hugely in recent years from the broad increase in urban living in London, from the rise in popularity of East London and also from the growing importance of technology, digital and start-up businesses-all of which have heightened appetite for living in this increasingly cosmopolitan London enclave. The development is superbly located, a 2 minute walk from Hoxton station, 7 minute walk from Shoreditch High Street station, 9 minute walk from Old Street station and 15 minutes from Liverpool Street station. The development also benefits from a 24-hour concierge, private gym, saunas and treatment room, extensive private gardens, a screening room and residents’ lounge.

We negotiated the purchase of 6 apartments in January 2020 for a combined purchase price of £4,750,000 achieving almost a 16% discount from the original asking price and an estimated average net return on equity of 6.6% over a projected 5 year hold period. However, right before we were due to exchange contracts, Covid-19 struck and the world changed. London went into lockdown and we sensibly decided to put the transaction on hold. Over the course of the following weeks and months we carefully monitored market conditions and as we approached the end of lockdown and the property industry was able to return to work, we successfully re-negotiated the purchase down to £4,075,000. We de-risked the purchase by removing one of the more expensive 3 bedroom units and replacing it with a one bedroom unit. We also managed to increase the overall discount to 20% from the original asking prices and we negotiated a one year rental guarantee for our client to take into account the higher risk rental environment due to the pandemic. At just over £1000 per square ft. this will be a very good long term investment for our client, in an exciting new growth area of London.

 

The Unfair Advantage

Challenging markets call for cool heads and lateral thinking. Despite unprecedented events in the form of a global pandemic, we successfully managed to turn this transaction around for our client, bettering the deal we originally had agreed, saving them almost 20% from the original asking price.

 

One Casson Square

The Challenge

Our Canadian client was looking for a London pied-a-terre. They had been looking at the market for two years and had come to the conclusion that a new build property along the Southbank would work well for their requirements. Due to the vast range of apartments being sold under differing circumstances, such as; off-plan units direct from developers, re-sales (or contract assignments) from off-plan investors, and then the newly completed units, this area of the market can be very hard to navigate. Not least understanding and gaining access to what is actually for sale and then identifying the most keen sellers and the most competitively priced units. In addition there is a large range in the quality of buildings and therefore values change considerably between building to building within a relatively small area.

 

The Perfect Conclusion

We identified a 31st floor 2 bed, 2 bath apartment in the One Casson Square building which is part of the new Southbank Place development. This is recognized as the highest quality development on the Southbank in terms of construction quality, interior design and facilities. This standard has historically only been found in more traditional prime central areas north of the river. The unit is just below the penthouse and provides expansive views over the river Thames and central London taking in many of the cities iconic landmarks. The unit was a contract assignment that had been reserved more than two years ago by the original purchaser. They were now very keen to exit their investment prior to completion to avoid paying the final 80% (of the purchase price) installment and the stamp duty bill. We were therefore able to step in with our client and purchase the apartment just prior to completion at a £165,000 discount on the original purchase price (equating to an 8.2% discount) for what is one of the best units in the development.

 

The Unfair Advantage

We understand the complexities of buying new build, and can identify good opportunities via contract assignments. We managed to not only identify one of the best units in the development, but also successfully saved our clients 8.2% from the original contract price.

 

One Casson Square

The Challenge

Our Canadian client was looking for a London pied-a-terre. They had been looking at the market for two years and had come to the conclusion that a new build property along the Southbank would work well for their requirements. Due to the vast range of apartments being sold under differing circumstances, such as; off-plan units direct from developers, re-sales (or contract assignments) from off-plan investors, and then the newly completed units, this area of the market can be very hard to navigate. Not least understanding and gaining access to what is actually for sale and then identifying the most keen sellers and the most competitively priced units. In addition there is a large range in the quality of buildings and therefore values change considerably between building to building within a relatively small area.

 

 

The Perfect Conclusion

We identified a 31st floor 2 bed, 2 bath apartment in the One Casson Square building which is part of the new Southbank Place development. This is recognized as the highest quality development on the Southbank in terms of construction quality, interior design and facilities. This standard has historically only been found in more traditional prime central areas north of the river. The unit is just below the penthouse and provides expansive views over the river Thames and central London taking in many of the cities iconic landmarks. The unit was a contract assignment that had been reserved more than two years ago by the original purchaser. They were now very keen to exit their investment prior to completion to avoid paying the final 80% (of the purchase price) installment and the stamp duty bill. We were therefore able to step in with our client and purchase the apartment just prior to completion at a £165,000 discount on the original purchase price (equating to an 8.2% discount) for what is one of the best units in the development.

 

 

The Unfair Advantage

We understand the complexities of buying new build, and can identify good opportunities via contract assignments. We managed to not only identify one of the best units in the development, but also successfully saved our clients 8.2% from the original contract price.