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Buying on the river

Buying as an investment

Significant regeneration along the Thames combined with demand from buyers willing to pay a premium to enjoy a river view has led to a huge focus on riverside development. A riverside location can add as much as 5 to 10% to a property’s asking price, yet high demand among renters makes it is easy to see why they remain popular as buy-to-let purchases.

Outside space adds more

But it’s not just about the view. Buyers will pay a premium for outdoor space, which is why developers are building as many riverside properties with balconies as possible. Improvements in transport along the Thames, including the frequent river taxi services, are also adding to the appeal.

Boating for beginners

With riverside properties commanding high prices in an already buoyant market, some are seeking more budget ways to live on the water. Buying a houseboat is one option that offers not just lower costs but freedom of movement too. However, proceed with as much caution as you would any other property. Talk to a mortgage advisor, as specialist marine loans are available.

Avoid that sinking feeling

Make sure you inspect the boat thoroughly, ask how many hours the engine has clocked up and find out its service history. A surveyor with particular knowledge of boats should be able to check whether the vessel and its equipment are sound and seaworthy as maintenance costs can be substantial. Also be sure that all ownership and marina documents are in order.

More to come

The surge in riverside development that has taken place over the last two to three years is set to continue. There are still parts of the river such as Chambers Wharf and Convoys Wharf that remain undeveloped so expect more opportunities to purchase your very own view of the river to come. Keep your eyes open.

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Completely London is an award winning customer magazine produced by Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward three times a year. It is aimed at Londoners with an interest in property and is devoted to bringing everything that's special about living in the Capital to life. Completely London blog posts are written by a host of leading lifestyle and property focused journalists and run alongside the magazine.

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