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Peter Andre, Kerry Katona and Katie Price have all used theirs. But Kim Kardashian and her family have not. This week, the latest couple in the Kardashian clan was accused of not using their real home in the high ratings reality television show.
Having already been accused of failing to use the real exterior of her own home, the star’s sister Kourtney and her partner Scott are the latest couple in the family to have allegedly used a fake house.
Kourtney and Scott’s Calabasas home is reportedly completely different to the home they recently sold.
Kim is understood to have defended her decision, saying the fake exterior was used for ‘security reasons’.
Using a home in a reality series can certainly prove big business, with the Kardashians said to earn a total of $10m per season of their Keeping Up With the Kardashians show.
Closer to home, using a property in filming has proved a popular formula for reality stars Peter Andre, Kerry Katona and Katie Price.
Properties for sale in Calabasas, Los Angeles:
Five bedroom property in Palmilla Drive for £1,199,062 ($1,995,000)
Four bedroom property in the Santa Monica mountains for £1,607,765 ($2,675,000)
Six bedroom home for sale in sought-after community of Westridge for £1,051,208 ($1,749,000)
After it was revealed last week that Britain’s smallest £1m property offered less space than a London Underground tube carriage, Zoopla looks at what other properties of a similar size are currently on the market to buy or rent.
A one bedroom property offering a living room and a bedroom – both measuring 2.8m by 2.6m each – is being offered for sale in South East London.
For £125,000, it also comes with a kitchen, shower room and sole use of a patio garden.
Similar ‘tube carriage sized’ properties are also available on the rental market.
An unfurnished studio flat in New Malden is available to rent for £650 a month. With only an electricity bill to pay, it is described by the agent as being in a ‘great location and priced to let quickly’.
A more luxurious rental is available in Roehampton at £1,200 a month. The property is brand new and includes a breakfast bar, high gloss kitchen and porcelain tiles in the bathroom.
It is described by Carringtons, the agent handling the sale, as being in a peaceful and quiet, affluent area with plenty of free parking and close to all amenities. It is 10 minutes by car to Putney town centre. Gas, water and council tax bills are included in the price.
Families are being forced out of the capital as figures show there are no houses for sale in Central London with a garden costing less than £500,000, it has been claimed.
It is the latest evidence of the struggle families in London face to find an affordable home.
Soaring property prices mean many families have been priced out of the capital and are forced to move further afield, spending hours commuting to work every week.
Zoopla shows less than 20 residential properties listed for sale in Central London in this price bracket with a garden. All of the properties are flats and a garden is defined as a balcony or patio rather than a lawn area.
It compares to an average increase of property values in England of almost £16,000 to £256,975.
Cheaper and more spacious property is available in outer London. But families’ options are still limited, with fewer than 900 homes for sale in all of London having a garden and costing less than £250,000.
Zoopla shows a total of 890 houses listed for sale in London that have a garden and are under the £250,000 Stamp Duty threshold – where buyers must pay 1 per cent of the price in tax. The thresholds jump significantly above £250,001, starting at 3 per cent and rising to 7 per cent for those properties costing more than £2m.
The majority of these homes are terraced properties, with just 10 being detached.
Mark Harris, chief executive of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, said: “While rising house prices are welcomed by homeowners, much of the increase in prices is due to the serious lack of housing stock on the market.
“This is particularly true towards the bottom rung of the ladder where there are precious few family homes with gardens coming up for sale costing less than £250,000.
“Families are being forced to buy further and further afield in order to get a reasonably-sized home with a garden at an affordable price.”
London properties for sale with a garden for £250,000:
The sharp rise in property prices in London during the past year means many buyers are seeking alternative ways of getting on – or moving up – the property ladder.
One option is to buy a property in need of updating, taking a property that is below market value and modernizing or extending as and when your budget allows.
Estate agents say it can be a workable option, but suggest starting with something small and manageable.
It comes as the average value of a home in the capital rises to more than £510,000, up more than £35,000 during the past year.
Far from being overlooked, renovation projects in Balham are attracting up to 50 prospective purchases per property, according to estate agents Hamptons International. And they certainly don’t need to be a wreak as they may be attractive due to their potential to be extended instead.
Sophie Norris, of the Balham branch of Hamptons International, said: “Properties in need of renovation in Balham are extremely popular and can often attract more attention than properties which are ready to move into.
“Previously, interest in properties in need of renovation would be predominantly from developers or amateur property developers, but with demand in the area outstripping supply more and more, buyers are choosing to take on a project in order to secure their dream home.
“However, premium prices are consistently being paid for renovation projects, which leave minimal room for short term profit and therefore push developers out of the equation,” she added.
Projects under the £1m mark are the most popular as buyers are keen to save on Stamp Duty.
In London, there are more than 9,250 properties valued at between £500,001 and £1m, the bracket where buyers are required to pay 4 per cent in Stamp Duty. It compares with Stamp Duty of 5 per cent for properties values at between £1m and £2m.
Properties for sale in London requiring updating:
1. Three bedroom semi-detached house in Merton Park, SW19, for £850,000
2. Three bedroom semi-detached house in Feltham, TW13, for £250,000
3. Three bedroom semi-detached house in Tooting, SW17, for £550,000
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