Friday, March 20, 2015

Area Guide for West London

London is a diversified city where people from different cultures live and work along with tourists roaming the metropolis. West London offers so much to so many different people. Whether you wish to go live in Hammersmith, Brook Green, Acton, Askew Rd, or Brackenbury, West London keeps you close to amenities.

Brook Green and Brackenbury Village are two affluent neighbourhoods in the Hammersmith and Fulham borough. With fantastic transport links, schools, pubs and restaurants, it is no wonder that there areas attract an interesting cross section of families people looking to add to their quality of life through the area in which they live.

Transport Links

• Easy access to M3, M4, M40 and all routes heading West. Driving to Heathrow takes under 30 minutes.

• Piccadilly and district line from Hammersmith

• District line from Ravenscourt Park and Stamford Brook

• Central line from Shepherds Bush

• Hammersmith & City line from Goldhawk Road and Shepherds Bush Market

• Overland trains from both Shepherds Bush & Olympia to Gatwick & Brighton


Brook Green and Brackenbury Village thrives in the social side too. With pubs, restaurants, food shops, cafes and delis, you can find fresh produce and multi-cultural cuisine available. The neighbourhood is home to a number of London’s most academically acclaimed schools including international school. Shopping, entertainment, health and fitness places are present and easily accessible in the neighbourhood.

For more information and complete list of amenities in West London, you can refer to our area guide here:

Friday, March 13, 2015

Tips for Moving to London

Moving to London from another city or country is a big step to take. Whether you’re moving to London for a job or for school, there are many things to consider before making the big move. From looking for a house or flat, public transport, culture, important documents to bank accounts, here is your guide to moving to London.

While many of us have dreams about moving to a different country, the first thing you need is to qualify to move there. If you come from the European Union then there’s no issue with immigration and visas. If you’re from any other part of the world, then you’ll need to get the necessary visa.

The second thing you need to know about London is how big the city is and how the different areas are described (North, East, South, West; zones; boroughs; postcodes). Wherever you choose to live in London, the whole area is well served by the public transport system of buses and the underground train system, known us The Tube or The Underground.

Once you have decided to move to London, you’ll need to decide the type of housing you’re looking for. With the help of an estate agent or friends and family members, if you have any in London, you’ll eventually find sublet to lease. Be advised that finding a place in London can be challenging due to the fast market; one day you’re in for a bid then the next day it’s gone. Having a reliable estate agent like Finlay Brewer can get you the best results.

 What other tips can you share about moving to London?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Three P’s in Property Management

If you’re planning to hire property managers, one important tip is to be familiar with the golden rules in property management. These are the so-called rules that they must adhere to. As one who owns and values his investment, you should know what to watch out for.

• Personalize. Look for a property manager or a property management company that reaches out to people and knows how to handle connections well. The people you hire to take care of your properties should be trusted enough to deal with your concerns as the owner. They should also be professional but warm enough to talk to potential renters and current tenants.

 • Prioritize. This is all about time management. This addresses our primary goals as business owners and how we should also transcend that to the property managers that we hire. This also includes how they utilize technology and delegate tasks.

• Philosophize. Only hire property managers who can understand your own business philosophies. Talk to different property management companies before you officially sign up for their service. This will help you know if they can fully grasp your own business principles.

 Property management is not easy when you’re on your own, especially if you are a newbie. If you’re going to hire a company, you have to make sure that you are on the same page. For a reputable property management who stands by the 3 P’s, call Finlay Brewer and let’s get your property on the hot list.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Leasing Agreements 101: A Simple Guide for Tenants

A lease agreement is a formal document that contains all arrangements between the landlord and the tenant. Both the landlord and the tenant’s rights and responsibilities can be found on that agreement. Both parties should be knowledgeable about the lease as it makes the tenant legally responsible for all terms agreed upon.

Leasing Terms Included:

• Occupancy Limits - this term states how many individuals and children are allowed in each rental unit. There are some cases in which the tenant allows others to rent a bed space in the unit. This term gives the landlord the right to evict other people who moved in without permission.

• Security Deposits and Fees – The rent amount and the schedule of any advanced payments are all under the discretion of the landlord. Some prefer security deposits, while the others don’t. Before moving in, all details of the payments should be clear between the tenant and the landlord.

• Property Maintenance – Oftentimes, problems arise when the tenants neglect the integrity and the cleanliness of the unit. This portion of the agreement states the tenant’s responsibilities to keep the unit clean and sanitary. It also tells about the payments to the landlord should there be damages on the property.

Tenants are also covered under the Tenant Bill of Rights. Leasing Agreements and Tenant Rights allow both parties to be in a win-win situation. Finding a good landlord is tough when you planning to rent a house or a flat. Call Finlay Brewer’s estate agents for great deals on property lettings. A great landlord is truly a bonus.