News - Archive for November 2011

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With rents in the UK rising and an increasing number of investors hoping to capitalise on the Buy to Let (BTL) market, where are some of the best locations for landlords to achieve a good return on their investment...
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We hear a lot about the first rung of the property ladder, or rather "how difficult next to nigh on impossible" it is for first time buyers to make that first step on the ladder - so much so that we forget that it is a first rung...
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The latest HomeLet Rental Index has revealed that average rents across the UK fell in October compared to the previous month, although this was not the case for every region...
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Fuelled by a convergence of ironies and unique circumstance the London property market is experiencing an unprecedented rental boom and a completely illogical performance across the other metrics. ..
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With the price of renting rising for tenants and a lack of mortgage finance keeping many first-time buyers off the property ladder, the buy to let (BTL) market in the UK has been going from strength to strength....
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The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) recently came out in support of introducing more measures to help first-time buyers (FTBs) get on the property ladder in the UK...
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Earlier this month, chief executive of Land Securities Francis Salway announced that the firm intends to go ahead with its Walkie Talkie office building development in London's financial district - despite the current economic climate and no letting deal with a major tenant....
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The Confederation of British Industry has come out and said that first time buyers should be given access to their pension pots to fund the deposit on a mortgage. In a new study published last week titled Unfreezing the Housing Market, states that UK housing sales have plummeted despite the fact that there are 5 million people "languishing on waiting lists".
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Land sales in China have plummeted as the governments curbing measures not only put the brakes on the market but sent it hurtling into reverse.
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Property values in Australia have fallen for five consecutive quarters, data from Australian Property Monitors (APM) shows.
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The London riots this summer certainly grabbed plenty of headlines, but has the civil unrest had a lasting impact on the city's property market? According to the director of Housenetwork Graham Lock, there hasn't been any lasting damage....
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Developers and investors who are keen to enter the student accommodation market may want to turn their attention towards renovating unused buildings for the purpose.
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The mortgage world has hit back at calls for regulation – basically claiming that no-one understands and the calls would damage the industry, citing that regulation would not protect investors and hinder lending. What the mortgage world failed to see...
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Although the average price of buying a home in the UK may have fallen, with figures published by the Land Registry in September recording an annual drop of 2.6 per cent, there are some towns and cities in the country that have bucked the trend....
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At the end of October, David Cameron wrote in the Financial Times that the government intends to focus on infrastructure projects around the UK...
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According to a consensus of data from larger agents including Knight Frank and Savills, foreign buyers currently make around 50% of property purchases in London...
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A recent Knight Frank report looking at the prospects for a range of districts in London singled out numerous areas that can expect to see property price growth of over 50 per cent by 2016...
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Banks have cooled lending on student accommodation, because of fears that the increasing student tuition fees could have a hampering effect on the sector...
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North East Finance (NEF) is an organisation that was established to provide support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the north-east of England...
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York council wants to override the UK legislation by imposing what is called an Article 4 Direction, which basically gives the council the right to order planning permission be sought to change occupational use...
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Investment volumes in commercial property in the north-west of England increased significantly during the third quarter (Q3) of 2011, compared to the previous three-month period...
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Foreign buyers have become a dominant force in the London property market, pushing up demand and pushing up prices. Over the last 12 months Chinese buyers have become known...
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In October, the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) compiled by Markit and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) hit its highest level for five months - but what was behind the unexpected rise?...
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As an increasing number of people turn to the private rented sector in search of accommodation, landlords are finding themselves under ever more scrutiny...
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When the latest figures from the Markit/Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the construction sector were released at the start of this month, an unexpected improvement in the sector was recorded....
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Ever since the UK housing market crashed and the value of the pound plummeted, wealthy buyers from around the world have been seizing the opportunity to buy up prime real estate assets in our prestigious capital...
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A ban on pets in rented properties is not uncommon, but with an increasing number of people entering the rental market, is it time for landlords to reconsider?
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The UK buy to let sector is continuing to present itself as one of the best areas of investment, as a set of circumstances align perfectly to create a near-perfect environment for investment - of course with the proper research and due diligence...
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An increasing number of Chinese investors have been targeting real estate markets overseas, with hotels among the sectors that this demographic is interested in. According to head of hotels at Christie + Co Jeremy Hill, this can only benefit the industry....
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The UK rental market has exploded into a ferocious boom. Whereas price growth has been limited to London in the last few months, the rental boom is happening countrywide...
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