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John Bray interview in Life Magazine
Posted on 6 January 2015

John Bray, Director of Edward Taub & Co gives Life Magazines a view of his business now that they have moved in to their new offices in Buckhurst Hill and how 2015 is likely to be.

Since 1995, when they first opened their doors Edward Taub & Co have built an excellent reputation for quality, personal service and have established themselves as one of the most reputable and successful property agents in the area. 20 years on and they have just moved to new, larger 'state of the art' offices, still in Queens Road, where, with room to expand the business and services of providing professional letting and property management, together with bespoke sales service, they can keep up with the increased demand. Edward Taub cover all of the local areas one would expect an agent to deal with from Buckhurst Hill but do not allow themselves to be restricted by borders. They have rented properties in the last year out as far as Old Harlow, through East Ham as well as Maida Vale and Marylebone in London's West End. An area of London they are also keen to expand in 2015.

John says "Over the past few years supply has been outstripped by demand making a strong and attractive market for landlords. With the change in stamp duty we expect to see that the number of investment landlords will increase, as around the £250,000 region is where the best savings are to be had making smaller one and two bedroom flats in the local area a very attractive purchase".

John also points out that landlords should be aware that Waltham Forest Council, from this spring are the first Borough locally to introduce compulsory licensing. All landlords with a property in this borough must comply and pay a fee for a five year period. It will be an interesting experiment and an indication as to whether other local boroughs are likely to follow suit.

John's opinion about the the next two quarters of the year for buyers and tenants: "Don't drag your heels be decisive, there is a shortage of stock on the market for both sales and rent, purchasers and prospective tenants should be willing to consider a compromise. If the property you are viewing ticks most of the boxes move quickly. You might miss out and regret it if you don't!"

"It will be interesting to see what effect the stamp duty changes will have on the sales market in 2015. My view is that it will be positive for homeowners looking to move, as this will give them potential savings in the overall cost of buying their property."


"Don't commit to the first tenant that shows an interest. Take the best tenant. Ask relevant questions with regards to affordability, how long they will want to rent for etc and see that this suits your plans. This makes for a good start to the landlord and tenant relationship and is something we always ask when vetting a tenant for one of our landlords as well of course carrying out our normal reference checks."


"Listen to any advice given to you by your agent that may make your property stand out, maximise the price and its desirability. Just because we are in a fluid market doesn't mean it will automatically sell. They do say location, location, location however never forget presentation. Look at your property through the eyes of a prospective purchaser. De-clutter, tidy and make good where necessary. These things will increase your chance of selling quickly and for the right price.

"Happy Selling, Happy Letting and Happy New Year!"

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