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Making the most of any outdoor space

Making the most of any outdoor space

19 May 2017

With next week marking the start of The Chelsea Flower Show, in our latest blog we take a look at how to make the most of any limited space when it comes to working some green-fingered magic.

Moving to Whitechapel

Moving to Whitechapel

15 May 2017

Back in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the area of Whitechapel was the centre of the Jewish community and has since become known for the Jack the Ripper murders in the late 1880s. Nowadays, the area is famed for its curries and pop-up bars and restaurants.

London's housing market: an inside view

London's housing market: an inside view

08 May 2017

“So…what’s the market like at the moment?” This is a question I get asked on 90% of the viewings I attend by interested applicants looking for an insight on whether or not now is a good time to buy a property.

Red Nose Day 2017

Red Nose Day 2017

27 Mar 2017

Last week, our West Hampstead office was filled with the delicious smells of baking as we cooked up daily treats for Red Nose Day 2017.

Brent Food Bank: Supplies Needed!

Brent Food Bank: Supplies Needed!

08 Mar 2017

This week we popped down to Brent Food Bank who do an amazing job helping out the local community not only in terms of food but also clothing and support for those in need.

An insight into the life of a Paramount Negotiator

An insight into the life of a Paramount Negotiator

23 Feb 2017

Exactly one month ago to the day, I sat at this desk for the first time as the newest member of Paramount's Lettings department. Despite over 8 years of experience in the industry and various other jobs, you never lose those first-day nerves, eager to impress and quickly rid yourself of the 'new boy' nickname.

The Big London Night Walk

The Big London Night Walk

21 Feb 2017

On Friday 3 March, we took part in The Big Issue's London Night Walk in order to raise money for the homeless vendors and help them on their journey out of homelessness.

Moving to... Little Venice

Moving to... Little Venice

15 Feb 2017

Whether it was named during the time Robert Browning lived in the area between 1862 to 1887, or whether it was named earlier by Lord Byron; Little Venice is a beautiful part of London surrounding three waterways; The Grand Union canal, Regent's canal and the Paddington Basin.

Perking up Paramount

Perking up Paramount

07 Feb 2017

This week, Mayuri Depala delves into the benefits of Paramount's staff perk-scheme, Perkbox... I think an ideal chilled night out with a friend or with family is when you can indulge in some warm sweet popcorn. Not

Blog Moving House with Children and Toys

Blog Moving House with Children and Toys

26 Jan 2017

Moving home can be quite unsettling for young children. Making their move go smoothly can have a great impact on how they settle into their new home. Children’s toys provide an element of comfort and company whilst the move gathers pace, but moving their toys can

Ready for a New Sales Challenge?

Ready for a New Sales Challenge?

24 Jan 2017

Paramount is an extremely well-established estate agency (28 years) based in West Hampstead, NW6 who invest heavily in our staff. We currently employ over 30 people from our office and have a completely different approach to any modern agency.

Moving to... Kilburn

Moving to... Kilburn

18 Jan 2017

Kilburn is an area of north-west London, England, which is divided between three London Boroughs and two postcodes: most of Kilburn is in NW6 Brent or Camden, but a small section is inside Westminster.

Lessons We Learnt in 2016

Lessons We Learnt in 2016

16 Jan 2017

Sitting in traffic in Elephant and Castle with two tepid Starbucks may not be the opportune time to write a blog, but for us, the start to this year has been so busy it's hard to find the time. We're on our way to visit two new blocks in South London which we will be taking

Moving House with Pets: The Dos and Don'ts

Moving House with Pets: The Dos and Don'ts

12 Jan 2017

So you're moving? Fantastic :) However, moving is incredibly stressful and is even more so when you have pets to relocate too. Our furry friends deserve to be well looked after during the move as the volume of things that are going on around them can be difficult for them to understand and will inevitably make them nervous.

Moving to...SE13

Moving to...SE13

10 Jan 2017

Just under 6 miles from central London lies the London Borough of Lewisham, which become part of London as late as 1965. The main centre was hit by a V-1 flying bomb in 1944 flooring most of the buildings which were rebuilt in the ‘50s. The main shopping centre now consists of Lewisham Shopping Centre and a daily market at the north end of the High Street.

Moving to... Camden

Moving to... Camden

04 Jan 2017

Then known as a dangerous route due to the frequency of highwaymen, Camden High Street (as it's now known), began to be developed in the late 1700s by Earl Camden (Charles Pratt) and other wealthy landowners. When the Grand Union canal arrived in 1820, (and Euston railway station in 1837), the area became rapidly transformed, especially around the locks with goods being loaded and unloaded by horse and cart for distribution into London.

Moving to... Islington

Moving to... Islington

28 Dec 2016

Originally named Gislandune by the Saxons, "Gisla's hill" from the Old English personal name Gisla and dun ("hill", "down"), the name later mutated to Isledon, which remained in use well into the 17th century when the modern form arose. In medieval times, Islington was one of many small districts, along with Bernersbury, Neweton Berewe or Hey-bury and Canonesbury (Barnsbury, Highbury and Canonbury's names first recorded in the 13th and 14th centuries).

Make a Move to Penge

Make a Move to Penge

15 Nov 2016

Once known as Penceat, meaning 'edge of wood', Penge lies on the borders of Bromley, Lewisham and Croydon and a mere 7 miles south-east of Charing Cross. With great transport links (mainline train to Victoria in 17 mins and Brixton in 8 mins, Overground to Shoreditch in 28 mins or the 176 bus to Tottenham Court Road), it's easy to see why this once forgotten suburb is now attracting a whole host of house hunters.

We're Swapping Our Beds For Sleeping Bags This November

We're Swapping Our Beds For Sleeping Bags This November

10 Nov 2016

80,000 young people experience homelessness every year, with this figure set to rise. Whilst we can't begin to imagine the difficulties and dangers that people in this situation face, especially at this time of year; we wanted to raise awareness and put ourselves in that position - if only for a very brief moment.

So What Have We Learnt From Summer 16?

So What Have We Learnt From Summer 16?

18 Oct 2016

The summer months have seen the usual frenetic activity in the local lettings market. The demand this year was as buoyant as ever assisted by the unusually higher stock levels not encountered in previous summer months.

SoS! (Save our Sofa)

SoS! (Save our Sofa)

12 Oct 2016

It is very rare that, as a negotiator, I find myself at 9pm on a Friday night running down isle 69 in Ikea seeking out a LUGNVIK or defending myself from a falling JOKKMOKK.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning

04 Oct 2016

Last week saw the return of Macmillan's Coffee Morning event, an annual fundraising event where local businesses and individuals are encouraged to hold an event to raise money for Macmillan Cancer support.

Check Your Home is Safe this Gas Safety Week

Check Your Home is Safe this Gas Safety Week

19 Sep 2016

Launched in 2011 and coordinated by Gas Safe Register, Gas Safety Week provides a platform for the gas industry and linked organisations to promote awareness about Gas Safety for homeowners, landlords and tenants alike.

Affordable Hampstead?

Affordable Hampstead?

30 Aug 2016

When you think of Hampstead, you may be forgiven for thinking 'I could never afford to live there', with its beautiful heath, Kenwood House and numerous famous residents (Sting, Jonathan Ross, George Michael, Emma Thompson etc).

6 Tips for a Stress-Free Move

6 Tips for a Stress-Free Move

17 Aug 2016

Read our quick tips on how to prepare for moving day so it goes without a hitch. Prepare early: As is often the case when undertaking a big project, early preparation and organisation can save you a lot of turmoil and stress down the line. Nowadays, the time between exchanging and completing when buying a property, can be minimal, so it's best to get your 'to-do' list done as soon as possible.

A Day in the Life... of a Contractor

A Day in the Life... of a Contractor

26 Jul 2016

At Tesco, it is company policy that head office staff spend days of their year working on the shop floor with the front facing staff. An idea which pushes people out of their comfort zone and creates a better understanding between the two equally important parts of the business.

Sales: Quarterly Review

Sales: Quarterly Review

18 Jul 2016

In Paramount’s last quarterly review we had a lot to comment on, including the additional stamp duty charges for second properties, and the then Prime Minister's announcement of the date for the EU Referendum.

Blog A Day in the Life... of a Lettings Negotiator

Blog A Day in the Life... of a Lettings Negotiator

15 Jul 2016

Monday morning. I rise from bed at approximately 6:00am. First things first - a vision. A checklist for completion, immediately cementing the foundations of my day ahead. I think to myself if nothing else arose, I could be well ahead by lunchtime. It never falls that way, but that’s the best bit. The excitement of the unexpected. I’ve created clarity and a pathway to follow, I carry out the mandatory tasks remaining before starting the daily commute.

Why Choose Management?

Why Choose Management?

14 Jul 2016

I was absolutely thrilled last month to be part of a team awarded The Sunday Times Best Property Management in the UK 2016. We collected our award from the brilliant Sir Clive Woodward, and made our way out for our winners interview. We were only asked two questions – the first one I can’t even remember, I was too busy grinning like an idiot. The second one though was ‘why should people use your managed service?’ – and it’s something I have thought a lot about since.

£2k raised for Agents Giving!

£2k raised for Agents Giving!

12 Jul 2016

Way, way back on June 23rd when England was still part of the EU and still had a chance of winning Euro 2016, here at Paramount Properties, we embarked on a challenge of our own - to raise as much money as possible for Agents Giving.

Sunset Snaps

Sunset Snaps

12 Jul 2016

Because the sun is finally showing its face (writing this quickly before the next torrential downpour!), and a brief respite from all the doom that Brexit is bringing to London, we thought we'd run a little competition here at Paramount Properties.

Brexit...

Brexit...

11 Jul 2016

The lettings sector is often a reliable barometer of general market sentiment due to the high turnover of property and applicants’ ability to react quickly to changing economic conditions. I truly believe the next few months could be a real opportunity for our sector. There may well be a real boom in immigration from Europe before any Brexit deal is made. This would in turn mean even more people needing rented property and for Landlords is likely to produce a further rise in rents. With an expected nervousness happening in the sales market, now could be a great time for landlords to be expanding their portfolio. People will still need to move and live somewhere and traditionally in times of uncertainty people now look to rent for longer. Whilst we do not know exactly what will happen, any shrinking in our economy has always seen the rental market grow even stronger. Whilst current economic and political turmoil has slowed the lettings market a fraction, it is certainly not all bad news.

Agents Giving Day 2016

Agents Giving Day 2016

22 Jun 2016

Agents Giving is the industry charity for the property industry. They work with estate and letting agents across the country, encouraging them to raise money for local and national charities.

My 6.6 mile Journey of Reflection

My 6.6 mile Journey of Reflection

08 Jun 2016

Spencer Lawrence, Lettings Director at Paramount, reflects on his career and those who have contributed to it ahead of the Lettings Agency of the Year awards ceremony on Friday.

Open Air Cinema in West Hampstead

Open Air Cinema in West Hampstead

02 Jun 2016

This weekend head to Fortune Green to watch Brooklyn on the big screen. Each summer the Friends of Fortune Green arrange a free open air cinema event on the Green. ‘Doors’ open at 6:30pm and the film will begin at 9pm. Attendees are encouraged to wear warm clothing and bring a picnic.

The best places for brunch in West Hampstead

The best places for brunch in West Hampstead

10 May 2016

It’s fair to say that us Londoners love a good weekend brunch. Between our seemingly insatiable appetite for avocado and a penchant for bottomless booze, we’re certainly doing our best to keep London’s restaurants in business.

13 Tips for Throwing a Great Barbecue

13 Tips for Throwing a Great Barbecue

06 May 2016

Make the most of the British sunshine this weekend by throwing an impromptu barbecue party. The best barbecues involve great friends and quality meat, and your local neighbourhood pal The Hampstead Butcher & Providore can certainly help you source the latter.

London Mayoral Candidates on Housing

London Mayoral Candidates on Housing

03 May 2016

The London mayoral election takes place on 5 May 2016 and Londoners are encouraged to vote for the Mayor of London and the 25 members of the London Assembly. With high demand for and low supply of property in the capital it’s no surprise that housing has been a key talking point this election. The candidates have covered it extensively in their manifestos and today we’re taking a closer look at what each of the key Mayoral contenders are promising.

Mortgage Lending on the Up

Mortgage Lending on the Up

27 Apr 2016

Mortgage lending spiralled upwards in March as landlords and second home buyers rushed to beat the stamp duty increase on second homes that came into play in April. Gross mortgage borrowing in March reached £17.1 billion – 64% higher than a year ago and the highest borrowing seen since April 2008.

Supporting Down's Syndrome Association

Supporting Down's Syndrome Association

21 Apr 2016

Paramount are supporting a different charity each month throughout 2016. April’s charity is Down’s Syndrome Association. Every month at Paramount we pick one charity that we want to raise money for, and as April is my month to pick a charity I wanted to select one that means a lot to me.

Five of the Best Armchairs

Five of the Best Armchairs

11 Apr 2016

A good armchair can make or break a living room. The best armchairs define a space whilst also providing the perfect place to settle down with a good book or the Sunday papers. Here are five armchairs that caught our eye because of their stylish aesthetics, comfort credentials and nap-inducing powers.

What Will the London Property Market Look Like in 25 years?

What Will the London Property Market Look Like in 25 years?

30 Mar 2016

Over the last 12 months house prices have increased, rents have risen and a wave of legislative changes have shaken up the lettings industry. More change is coming, with tax changes and stamp duty hikes for buy to let landlords coming into play – and a potential bank rate increase on the horizon.

Supporting Gesher Primary School

Supporting Gesher Primary School

22 Mar 2016

Paramount are supporting a different charity each month throughout 2016. March’s charity is Gesher, a special needs primary school. It was great to be able to get involved with the Paramount Collective and assist with some of the charity work the company has been involved with.

5 of the Best Bathrooms

5 of the Best Bathrooms

21 Mar 2016

It’s fair to say that the bathroom is often an underappreciated space. Kitchens and bedrooms take all the glory but considering you start and end the day in the bathroom it’s important that you spend as much time thinking about that space as you do about others.

Moving Day Checklist

Moving Day Checklist

21 Mar 2016

Ensure moving home is simple and stress free. Follow our moving day checklist and you'll be ready to move in no time! Change of address Although you will apply for your post to be redirected (see below) you still need to notify a host of different people and companies of your change of address, including your bank and DVLA.

Easter eggs for Brent Foodbank

Easter eggs for Brent Foodbank

10 Mar 2016

Every day individuals in Brent go hungry for a range of reasons, from benefit delays to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Thanks to donations, Brent Foodbank are able to still help people put food on the table. Since opening they’ve provided 1,542 three-day emergency food supplies to people in the community that would have gone hungry.

Women of West Hampstead

Women of West Hampstead

07 Mar 2016

In celebration of International Women's Day, we wanted to learn more about some of the numerous inspirational women with a connection to West Hampstead. Dame Margaret Postgate Cole From the late 1920s to the late 1930s, socialist and feminist Dame Margaret Postgate Cole lived at 7 Parsifal Road in West Hampstead.

Moving Home Utilities Guide

Moving Home Utilities Guide

02 Mar 2016

Moving into a new property can seem like a daunting task as there is so much to remember to do (take a look at our moving day checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything). However the one job that really seems to drive new tenants round the bend is setting up new utility suppliers, which is why we’ve started working with a company called Tenant Shop.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide

29 Feb 2016

We're huge advocates of shopping (and eating!) local. Thankfully we are spoilt in West Hampstead with a range of amazing independent shops that stock thoughtful and considerate gifts.

Tufnell Park

Tufnell Park

15 Feb 2016

Like much of North London Tufnell Park was a rural area until the railways came in the middle of the 19th century. Unlike neighbouring areas Tufnell Park was spared disruption as most lines passed through the area in tunnels, and it’s this element of planning that has helped keep Tufnell Park a relatively quiet area whilst also benefiting from its proximity to the hubbub of neighbouring Kentish Town, Archway and Holloway.

Valentine's Day 2016 in West Hampstead

Valentine's Day 2016 in West Hampstead

08 Feb 2016

Whether you want to do something a bit different this Valentine's or you just don't fancy traipsing into town for an overpriced meal, share the love with West Hampstead this weekend when you celebrate Valentine's Day with the best restaurants and shops in London town.

How to Make the Most of Your London Garden

How to Make the Most of Your London Garden

01 Feb 2016

Access to green spaces is a top priority for Londoners, with 54% saying that’s what they like most about where they live. In fact, Londoners prioritise outside space even more than shopping facilities, good schools and community spirit.

The Average London Property Costs £514,097

The Average London Property Costs £514,097

29 Jan 2016

The average London property now costs £514,097, compared to £188,270 for England and Wales overall. House prices in London have been increasing at a steady rate for many years and saw an increase of 12.4 per cent in the last year alone. This compares to an annual increase of 6.4 per cent for England and Wales.

Bank Rate Stays at Record Low

Bank Rate Stays at Record Low

14 Jan 2016

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) have voted to maintain Bank Rate at 0.5%. The MPC voted by a majority of 8-1 to maintain it at the same level.

At a Glance: London Property Market 2016

At a Glance: London Property Market 2016

04 Jan 2016

The average house price in London is £506,724, compared to the average for England and Wales of £186,325. Hillingdon is the borough with the highest annual price rise, with an annual movement of 14.4 per cent. The London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea saw the lowest annual change in London, with a movement of 0.3 per cent. This compares to an annual movement of 11.2 per cent for London as a whole.