News - Archive for November 2011
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Manchester and Liverpool Emerge as Buy to Let Goldmines
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...
Moving up the property ladder: North v South
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...
What's Happening to Rental Amounts in Your Area?
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...
Olympic Sprint For Buy to Let
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. ..
Potential Landlords Encouraged to Act Now in Buy To Let Market
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....
CBI Leads the Backing for Homebuyers
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...
Salway Skyscraper Optimism
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....
Debt To The Future - Should Pensions Fund First Time Buyers?
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".
Chinese Land Sales Moving West?
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.
Property Investment Opportunities Imminent Down Under
Property values in Australia have fallen for five consecutive quarters, data from Australian Property Monitors (APM) shows.
Property Investment - After the Riots
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....
Unused Buildings and Student Accommodation Funding
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.
The Buy To Let Baloney Challenge
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...
Bizarre Forces Increase House Prices
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....
How Can The Government Stimulate UK Construction?
At the end of October, David Cameron wrote in the Financial Times that the government intends to focus on infrastructure projects around the UK...
Will London Property Activity Heat Up This Winter?
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...
Who Is Investing In London's New-Build Hotspots?
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...
Bank Hesitation - A "Staggering" Opportunity For Alternative Lenders
Banks have cooled lending on student accommodation, because of fears that the increasing student tuition fees could have a hampering effect on the sector...
NEF 'On Track To Help North-East SMEs'
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...
Student Accommodation - The New Battle of York?
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...
Can North-West Benefit From Boost To Manchester Property Market?
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...
Chinese Investors Buoy London Property - Who Is Next?
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...
What Caused The Construction PMI Rise?
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?...
UK Landlords: A Look At Both Sides Of The Industry
As an increasing number of people turn to the private rented sector in search of accommodation, landlords are finding themselves under ever more scrutiny...
Is UK Construction Looking Up After Improved PMI Figures?
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....
Does London’s investment future lie in foreign hands?
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...
Should Landlords Enforce A Pet Ban?
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?
Buy to Let Market News – Continued Growth in BTL Market
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...
What Does Increased Chinese Investment Mean For UK Hotels?
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....
UK Rents at Record High
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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