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OK, so I’m being deliberately cryptic, just so I’ve got your attention. But there’s a serious point here.

I’m sure we’ve all seen that, amongst many commentators, Rightmove is maintaining that property prices in the UK are still continuing to rise. Just published today, the headline figure is that the property prices are up 1.1% on last month, and 2.2% annually.

Very importantly it’s worth noting that these stats are based upon asking prices and not sold prices, but that’s not my main point. At least this time.

Rightmove also provide regional data, and for owners of property in London those stats are far more telling. London prices are in fact DOWN 1.5% annually.

Formerly a pioneering 1960s urban estate, Blackwall Reach has been designed to create the same sense of community as its historic predecessor.

Located near the northern approach of the Blackwall Tunnel, Royal Captain Court and Perseus Court are at the heart of a 20-acre site where almost 1,600 new homes will be built over the next decade.

Developed by Swan Housing Association with Countryside Properties, the first residents will be able to move into their new homes in 2019. Blackwall Reach comprises one, two and three bedroom apartments plus penthouses. All apartments have contemporary open plan living spaces, engineered wood flooring, integrated kitchens, and bedrooms that have been designed with luxury in mind with fitted wardrobes, underfloor heating and pendant lighting.

Bow Quarter

Bow Quarter comprises 19 town houses and 714 apartments spread across seven separate buildings - many of them historically part of the famous Bryant & May match factory – and now one of East London's most desirable residential developments.

Residents of Bow Quarter are treated to a leisure Centre offering a range of fitness classes, steam room sauna, pool, Jacuzzi and weights room. This development is perfect for clearing the head after a long day at work or chilling on the weekend, set amongst large communal gardens Bow Quarter is the perfect location to relax.

You may have noticed that we’ve changed our logo (and of course you may not have), but we did think you’d like to know why.

We’re still very much the same proper local company, and we remain one of the very few companies left that haven’t been bought out by an uber-massive conglomerate.

So why the change?

When we created Proper Local we thought long and hard about our business model and how we could offer something new and refreshing, but one of the absolute fundamentals was only dealing with geographical areas which we actually, really, truly know about.

The owner, Christian, has lived in East London for 20 years, so he’s most certainly a proper local, but East London is a big place!

There’s a mighty difference between Chingford and Clerkenwell, and equally Canary Wharf and Leytonstone share more differences than similarities.

So, where is local, for Proper Local?

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