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It's well recorded that London's prime property markets have experienced extreme inflation due to heightened interest from some of the world's richest investors....
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According to a new report, the UK has seen a huge increase in overseas investors seeking and purchasing properties under £70,000....
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Research undertaken by HSBC shows that rental yields in the coastal city of Southampton increased from 7.82% in 2013 to 8.73% this year and now offers the best returns to landlords in the country....
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Investing in UK Buy to Let (BTL) property has long been considered an efficient vehicle to minimise taxation. However, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have recently increased scrutiny on BTL investors to ensure that tax bills are not being underpaid...
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The latest Home Let Rental Index published in March 2014 paints a very appealing picture of the UK Buy to Let (BTL) investment market with projections of significant growth in the sector in 2014.
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The level of rental yields enjoyed by landlords across the UK showed strong growth in the past year to remain at a high point that shows how much of an investment option it remains for those with money to spend in the property sector...
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Buy-to-let investors across the UK have been told repeatedly since the start of last year that there's a chance their properties could come under pressure from the number of people buying their own homes, with demand in private lets likely to drop...
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The levels of optimism seen in the UK buy-to-let sector in recent times is set to continue into 2014, according to recent reports. It said that demand is now so high that as many as four in ten landlords across the nation are looking to increase what they charge their tenants in the coming year...
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Landlords across the nation are increasingly going the extra mile to help out their tenants as a way to make sure they are happy at a time when the rented sector remains particularly competitive for buy-to-let owners...
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Landlords across the UK witnessed impressive increases in what they were able to bring in through rental income throughout 2013, but growth levels were far slower than they were a year before...
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Landlords in the UK are increasingly having to make sure they keep track of the financial state of their tenants, as the number of people who are falling into severe arrears with their rental payments rose...
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A change in the attitude of foreign investors in the UK property market has meant that there are now far more overseas landlords than ever before, according to a new report published by UHY Hacker Young...
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Buy to let property investors are increasingly opting for bridging loans, it has been revealed, driving up demand for this type of lending in the UK. There was a substantial 25 per cent increase in loans...
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Rents in the UK may have fallen in October, but historically they are stable, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. Last month the average sum paid by tenants stood at GBP 815, down 4.6 per cent from September...
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Property investment opportunities for landlords in the UK remain plentiful and as average rents continue their upwards path, the sector will only become more attractive...
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Rental markets across the country have experienced something of a boom in recent years, but the tides are changing...
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Property investment is all about finding the segment that will give you the greatest returns and stability over the long term. However, in a sector that is always changing, this can be difficult: one year's hot asset can be next month's financial drain.
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Opportunities abound in the buy-to-let sector, as room-for-rent numbers continue to fall. According to research from easyroommate.co.uk, a lack of rooms and consistent demand from renters has been pushing up rents....
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It looks like there is a new breed of buy-to-let investor entering the market. Tim King, from London-based estate agency Felicity J. Lord, told the Daily Mail that the sector is no longer populated exclusively by the wealthy looking for high yield investments to boost their portfolio.
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In this post, inspired in part by my fanatical attention to pointing out the flaws in many suggestions made by politicians, bankers and the public over the past few years. I am going to attempt to detect the root cause of the problem – and propose not one, but two possible solutions which you can all argue about...
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Property investment is an ever changing industry and a new hot asset may soon be grabbing the attention of prospective buyers. For budding hoteliers, beach side rentals in prime locations are proving to be extremely lucrative - even in the UK...
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According to the latest figures from LSL Property Services, the proportion of households who own their home has dropped to its lowest level since 1987 at 65.3%. Unsurprisingly the firm also reports that the rental sector continues to grow from strength to strength...
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Letting agents have come under heavy fire this week following a research study by Which?, which found that bad practices were rife in the industry...
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In the past six months, 44% of landlords have seen a rise in tenant demand, while just 1% have seen a decrease in demand. Investors expect this growth to continue...
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The number of Cannabis farms in the UK more than doubled from the 3,032 farms discovered in 2007/08 to 7,865 farms discovered in 2011/12, according to an Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) report...
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The Swiss: Famed for chocolate, banking, gold, cuckoo clocks and hiding things – the Swiss have decided their banks need more capital to offset a possible bubble burst in the Swiss property market caused by excessive credit growth...
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Just when life couldn't get any rosier for buy to let landlords in the UK, the picture has gone and shifted. According to the latest LSL buy to let index, rental growth in many areas has slowed...
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As more and more would-be home buyers turn to renting, more and more landlords are turning to rental management companies as they grow their portfolios. This is according to a new report...
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The fact that many first time buyers have been forced to rent has helped fuel the recent rent rises, but as with all similar policies to get them back, the stamp duty concession brought a short term rush...
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More dark clouds on the horizon of the UK's unprecedented countrywide rental boom as a new report reveals a 17% growth in private tenancy evictions since 2007...
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Fewer employment vacancies in London's financial sector and tenants seeking lower living costs have combined to push rents down in January...
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It would seem no matter where you look at the moment – Buy to Let is hogging the news. Blooming, booming, flourishing and no end of adjectives adorn the headlines; all in a bid to flog the concept to the public that having someone else paying your mortgage is a good idea. On closer inspection of the bigger picture however...
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We have all heard recently about the unprecedented rental boom in the UK, but as a consequence of what created the boom, landlords now face a new threat...
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Can the UK property market cope with a double-dip recession? There are just so many variables. So many things affecting the answer to a massively different degree between their best and worst case scenarios, and all of them intertwined and affecting each other's outcomes...
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Last year's Housing Humbug Report covered a number of points, many of which will make an appearance again this year of course – but first, was I right?
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According to data just released by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, financial institutions invested £2.2 billion in UK houses and apartments in the year ending April 2011, a 189% increase over the previous year...
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The UK housing market crash has had one unpredicted and unmistakeable consequence in creating a massive and near-unprecedented rental and buy to let boom across the entire country. But will this become a permanent shift in the way Brits think about property ownership?
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Investors looking for alternative real estate markets in which they can enter the Buy to Let (BTL) sector and receive good returns on their money may want to consider the merits of Panama City...
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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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According to the latest figures published in the monthly HomeLet Rental Index, average rents across the UK increased during August, compared to July, to now stand at GBP 791 per month...
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Although average rents in the UK increased during July, there are some areas of the country that registered a decline in the amount tenants have to pay for their homes...
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The average rent for properties in the UK increased in July by 2.2 per cent over June to stand at GBP 767 per month, the HomeLet Rental Index has revealed...
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Apparently the number of Buy to Let mortgage products has risen by 35% over the last quarter...
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The UK Buy to Let market is likely to see a boost in the coming months as more people consider becoming a landlord for the first time...
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Average rental values across the UK have risen in June compared to May, as well as exhibiting a year-on-year increase, new data shows...
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The private rental property market is beginning to attract attention from more than just Buy to Let investors...
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Nearly one-third (29 per cent) of landlords in the UK stated that rental income increased during the second quarter of this year...
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While the Bank of England's decision to keep interest rates at a record low 0.5 per cent has not come as a surprise to many, it could lead to an unbalancing of the country's real estate market in the long-term...
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Investors in France are finding that the country's banks are becoming more reluctant to offer real estate loans to overseas buyers, it has been claimed...
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Holiday home investment is an area which has been growing in popularity over the past few years. The onset of the economic crisis and subsequent rise of the staycation meant that the UK's tourism sector enjoyed a welcome boost...
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Buy to Let has been haunting the UK press with much gusto in recent months for many reasons. Mortgage lenders have been citing a rise in lending and subsequently new mortgage products in a bid to "cope" with rising demand in the arena...
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Investors looking to take advantage of the burgeoning student accommodation sector have been told to look towards regional cities ahead of London in order to achieve the best returns...
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Regional student housing is the best property sector in the UK to invest in. This is according to the latest survey from Knight Frank, which revealed that the sector outperformed all other property asset classes in the year to December 2010....
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Investment in buy to let properties appears to be holding up in the UK, according to recent comments from one mortgage expert...
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Britain's buy-to-let sector has been experiencing a turnaround in fortunes of late, with landlords taking advantage of a drop in house values and low interest rates...
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This week, the next big thing in the UK property investment world would appear to be buy to let - again. Having obviously not learnt from the last hype and furor that Buy to Let caused, the pr gurus of the world seem hell-bent on making us believe it's "ripe for a comeback"
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Reforms to the tax treatment of rental properties in New Zealand are making landlords less enthusiastic about completing further investments. Since the changes were implemented, landlords can no longer claim depreciation on their buildings or use loss-attributing qualifying companies to balance their income with rental losses....
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The change in Stamp Duty, whilst positive for the larger investor and institutional buyer, is basically the death-knell for aspiring home owners under the age of 45...
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I will be approaching the subject of tax on property investments in a rather specifically vague way to highlight the impact of taxation on investment (and investment levels) and how taxation is itself limited in its own right by what it sets out to achieve....
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Buy to let investing in the UK rose by 22 per cent in 2010 compared to the previous year, new figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) have revealed. This increase in lending meant that the country's buy to let market expanded by seven per cent over the timeframe, with the total monetary value handed out by banks to investors standing at GBP 10....
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For quite some time now Monday mornings have usually meant catching up on the barrage of doom and glom of the weekend's press about property prices and mortgage rates. This week though, has presented a very different Monday - in both a strangely positive and yet a very "angry up the blood" type day....
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As we saw at the end of 2010, the consensus of opinion was mixed to say the least, although most were predicting further falls in the housing markets. Today however, Housing Minister Grant Shapps has called for "housing market stability"...
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The past few years have seen a great deal of change in the property investment world. 10 years ago the average home owner would not really have considered buying a house in a foreign land for a number of reasons - not least for the lack of information but also likely due to the complexity of it all and the general all out hassle one would have expected to encounter gaining enough information to make an informed decision.....
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The property market in London is buoyant, with a fast paced rental sector helping to drive recovery forward, it has been claimed. According to real estate consultant Cluttons, record demand and restricted supply have meant that the average time a rental property remains on the market has fallen dramatically....
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Prospective Buy to Let investors may be interested to hear that the real estate market in London offers the best potential for rental growth of any European market in the coming five years. According to real estate service provider Savills, the English capital will enjoy a significant increase in tenant demand over the period....
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The results themselves seem to show that investors are really looking towards property now as an income generation tool, rather than just hard asset acquisition. For example, wind the clock back 5 years...
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Buy to Let investors may be interested to learn that Turkey has been named as the favourite destination for travellers this year.

The prestigious accolade was presented to the country on behalf of the Conde Nast Traveller awards and represents the first time that Turkey has been recognised in such a way....
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Given the current economic climate, with the past 2 years or so having hit the investment property industry rather hard and the media not knowing whether the market is on the up, taking a dive, entering a double dip or stagnating....
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In the past couple of weeks or so some interesting statements and reports have appeared in the British press with respect to the future of UK house prices, the end result (depending how you read the various articles and opinion) is a little confusing to say the least....
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For anyone new to investing that may not have decided on which sector they should invest their money into....
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Spain has long been seen as a go-to destination for overseas property investors, with its combination of good weather, popularity as a tourist destination and stable economy attracting a great deal of interest....
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A French leaseback or "Crédit Bail" is a long term, secure, low-risk property investment vehicle in which the developer of a property sells the freehold of the property to investors; the investor then leases back the use of the property to the developer or more commonly, a management company...
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Every industry has its fair share of myths and misconceptions, the investment property business is no different...
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Investors are overcoming the traditional stereotype of students and looking to increase their potential rental yields, student lets are now proving themselves to be a profitable Buy to Let opportunity.....
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Hotel rooms as an investment are a relatively new concept, in the last twenty years or so opportunities have arisen for investors to add this investment type to their portfolios. The concept originated in the US and now hotel investment options are available around the world.
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Depending on what you read, there would seem to be a great debate as to whether your own home (your primary residence) is an asset or a liability. Initially the answer might seem obvious, but on closer inspection, is it actually that clear? We take a closer look at what's what, in an attempt to specifically define exactly where the answer lies...
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The secret to successfully buying overseas real estate sounds simple: find the right property in the best location and buy it for the lowest price possible. But this foolproof formula is harder to get right than it sounds....
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There is good news for the global property markets as we pass the midway stage of the year, with many on the way to recovery following the global economic crisis, but some countries will offer real estate investors a better return on investment than others....
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Italy has always been a popular destination for property investment speculators, with a high quality of life, competitive prices and favourable weather helping to ensure that it is able to boast a strong tourism market and reasonably safe economic background....
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Buy to Let property investors in the UK market may be interested to learn that the coalition government has decided not to press ahead with the uptake of a new national register for landlords within the country....
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The rise in Buy to Let property investment has been phenomenal in recent years, waning only lately due to the lack of available credit insofar as mortgages are concerned. A common question now though is, (particularly with the financial world being so turbulent), what is the best way to manage a Buy to Let portfolio, and the pros and cons attached?
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So far we remain blissfully unaware as to the coalition government's plans for changes to capital gains tax (CGT) ahead of the emergency Budget later this month (June 22nd), but fears over a proposed rise are ensuring that some property investors are putting their homes on the market....
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Property investment can be a profitable business.... if you get it right. Many have made mistakes and lost money instead of gaining from their ventures. We list the top 5 common mistakes made so hopefully you can be more assured of a profitable property investment.....
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May 22nd is the day that all UK-based property investors are likely to be waiting for with bated breath after new chancellor George Osborne announced that the first Lib Dem/Conservative emergency Budget will be held on that date....
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The Buy to Let market in the UK is continuing to post improvements and provide investors with a viable opportunity to make a profit, it has been claimed. According to Mortgages for Business, there are an increasing number of chances for individuals to gain access to finance and those with good credit and organisation can take advantage of the current market....
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As the UK financial markets, regulators and institutions have taken a fair old beating of late, the main topic floating to the top at the moment has been mortgage regulation.
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Over the past few years we have all heard about the rise and fall of the Buy to Let concept of property investment. Starting off very positively, the whole idea gained extensive momentum, spawning numerous privateers, followed by management companies, seminar providers, corporate and individual millionaires and a never ending selection of tv shows insisting that buy to let was the be all and end all of investment for the masses.
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