Friday property news round up 13/02/2015

How NOT to sell your house: Hilarious collection of world’s worst estate agent photos

The terrible estate agent photo is deserving of a Tumblr account at the very least, but inclusion in the Daily Mail cements it as a cultural phenomenon. This particular photo feature went viral and was even discussed on Loose Women, in case you were in any doubt as to its significance in the Zeitgeist.

New rules mean Londoners can earn thousands of pounds renting rooms on sites like Airbnb

Homeowners will soon be able to rent out their properties for three months per year, as the government pushes for an Airbnb-inspired sharing economy. However, Rentify CEO George Spencer warns that short-term tenancies could spell trouble for would-be landlords.

Move one tube station away and save £1million

Location is everything, especially in London. This feature in The Telegraph highlights the huge property value gaps in relatively small areas. For instance, a house on Bond Street can cost £1million more than in Green Park, just four minutes away on the Jubilee line.

The Home Front: Why housing will be a key general electoral battleground

Housing looks set to feature more heavily in the 2015 general elections than ever before. While many believe that immigration is becoming too much of a talking point, 82 per cent of the people polled by The New Statesman think that housing should be made more of a priority.

The rise of the pensioner landlord

More people facing retirement are planning to take out their pension in one cash lump sum and use it to buy a second rental property – could this drive up house prices in London?

Forget slowing UK house prices, Redrow just doubled its profits

The housing market in the UK is the subject of much speculation, with reduced rates of growth implying waning demand. While this is undoubtedly true in some areas, such as London, there remains a shortage of housing in the country which is not being met by the number of new builds. The demand for new properties reported by Redrow shows the group is confident demand will pick up.

Property website wars

Zoopla has been impacted by the launch of rival, a rival portal founded by a consortium of traditional high street estate agents Savills, Chestertons and Douglas & Gordon.

Suburban splendour: Newton Mearns flat sells for £1.3million

One of the most expensive apartments in Scotland has just sold – and it isn’t even finished yet!