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20 Wednesday Sep 2017

Tedworth Property Group becomes latest Bien Media client Posted by:

Bien Media is delighted to be working with Tedworth Property Group, a new property consultancy focused on prime central London.

Tedworth has been set up by Christian Warman, formerly of Savills, and Simon Tollit, formerly of Knight Frank and Sotheby’s International Realty. Both feel that after years of working in big corporate agencies there is a gap in the market for a first class, personalised and bespoke service. With over 30 years’ combined experience, transacting in excess of £1 billion-worth of property in central London, the pair have also built a far-reaching global network.

Simon Tollit, director of Tedworth Property Group, says: ‘We know the prime central London market inside out and have always provided a best-in-class offering, with advice and expertise that ensures clients receive a personal, discreet service. For us, listening and providing bespoke customer service is key to our success.’

Tedworth is based close to Sloane Square and covers all of central London, including Mayfair, Marylebone, Chelsea, Kensington, Knightsbridge and Belgravia.

Christian Warman, director of Tedworth Property Group, says: ‘It may be a tough, uncertain housing market but that makes it a great time to launch, with off-market sales in particular as buoyant as ever.

‘As experienced agents with a network of buyers and sellers, this discreet, privately available market will better suit Tedworth clients – rather than a mass of openly-marketed properties.’

Tedworth website

27 Thursday Apr 2017

Front page coverage for Bien Media client in The Times Posted by:

With interest rates at all-time lows, lenders continue to cut mortgage rates. But what caught the imagination of journalists was Yorkshire Building Society’s decision to launch the cheapest mortgage rate ever – a two-year discounted rate at just 0.89 per cent. While mortgage rates are cheap, a rate this low was unheard of and The Times reported it as the lead story or ‘splash’ on its front page.

Bien Media client Mark Harris, chief executive of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, was subsequently quoted on the front page of The Times, providing insight as to why the lender was launching this rate at this particular time: ‘The debt market is oversupplied and when supply outstrips demand the simple economics is that mortgages become cheaper. If the [general] election means people put decisions to buy on hold then we could see even more competitive deals in an effort to attract borrowers,’ he said.

He added that this may not be the last we have seen of the cheapest rates: ‘The message is the same from all lenders – none of them are overly happy with the volume of business they are doing and want to do more. It’s great news for borrowers.’

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07 Tuesday Feb 2017

Jeremy Leaf, former RICS chairman, discusses the housing White Paper Posted by:

Bien Media client Jeremy Leaf, a former RICS residential chairman and a north London estate agent with 25-plus years experience in land and new homes, discusses the housing White Paper which was released today:

‘The proposals in the White Paper sound great but we have heard it all before. Talking is all well and good but what about action – what will it actually mean for the builders, the planners, the architects, the local authorities and of course the buyers in the near future?

‘The first issue when dealing with any problem is to recognise it – and we welcome the fact that the government has done that. But we now want to see a strict, verifiable timetable for delivery on all fronts. Whether it is the issues with lettings or supply or infrastructure, delivery or planning – we want to see what is going to make a difference.

‘What would be refreshing and of immense value would be to see a cross-party political agreement so we don’t see the booms and busts and stops and starts that have dogged housing policy in the past. A measure of agreement across the political divide would be welcome so that we can move forward not just in this parliament but in future parliaments. A coherent, respected, long-term policy which involves building more houses and keeping prices in check would go a long way to solving the broken housing market.’

03 Tuesday Jan 2017

Housing forecasts for 2017 Posted by:

There is much speculation flying about as to what 2017 has in store for the housing market. Zoopla asked Melanie for her opinion on the market as an independent commentator:

Melanie Bien, property expert and commentator
House prices: up 2%
Rents: up 2%

“The housing market is likely to be largely flat. All the indicators suggest that Brexit negotiations will drag on which will have an impact on people’s confidence. The shortage of properties for sale will support prices to an extent but we are a long way off the double-digit house price growth seen in the past.

“With people on the whole choosing not to move, rental property is likely to continue to be in strong demand. With changes to mortgage interest tax relief coming in from April, putting a squeeze on landlords’ profits, and letting agents forced at some point to stop charging tenants fees, it looks as though the only way for rents is upwards.”

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18 Thursday Aug 2016

Moving tips for university-bound students from Aussie Man & Van Posted by:

With A-level results published this week, it won’t be long before thousands of fresh-faced undergraduates move into halls of residence and student accommodation. With many leaving home for the first time, Bien Media client Aussie Man & Van, which offers a Student Removals service, has come up with top tips to make the move as stress-free as possible: 
  1. Make a list and be ruthless. Charles Rickards, director of Aussie Man & Van, says: ‘There is no point lugging every item you own up to your halls of residence. With many universities insisting you move out for the holidays, you’ll only have to take it home again in a few months’ time. Think about what you need to take and leave the clutter at home.’
  2. Pack carefully. Use packing boxes and label them so you know what’s in them. Mr Rickards cautions: ‘It may be tempting to chuck everything in the back of the car at the last minute rather than pack properly but this will be haphazard and you’re more likely to forget or break something. It will also take longer.’
  3. Leave plenty of time to do your packing. Leave it until the last minute and you will forget vital items, which will then need to be sent on to you, or if they’re bulky, you may have to do without them. If you are packing with an eye on the clock, the process will be far more stressful than it needs to be.
  4. Pay attention to valuables. Use bubble wrap to protect them although it’s worth considering how many valuables you really want to take with you.
  5. Back up your computer so you can access your data via someone else’s computer, if necessary.
  6. Wash clothes and clean all items. The last thing you want to be doing when you unpack is have to clean and launder items. Get it all done in advance before you do your packing.
  7. While you’re going through your items, check your insurance. Many students are covered on their parents’ household insurance but it’s worth checking and taking out some specialist student insurance if you’re not.
  8. Book a removals firm if you need one. Many students rely on parents to help them move but this may not be possible. Charles Rickards explains: ‘A good removals firm will be experienced at moving students, know where to drop your bags on campus and give advice on packing and moving. Give as much notice as possible as they can get booked up.’


Notes to editors:

Aussie Man & Van ( is a man and van removals business based in south London. It handles more than 200 moves a week, from individuals to large companies. It offers a Student Removals service, which includes:

  • Top quality packing boxes, labels and tape.
  • Checklists and plentiful advice to help with the move.
  • Complete service, including expert packing of your goods or door-to-door transport of your belongings if you prefer to do your own packing.
  • Full insurance to make sure all your belongings are safe in any event.
  • Delivery to the correct area on a particular campus – the last thing you want is to find that your bags are waiting at the wrong hall of residence.