Welcome to the Property Forum

by Nick Wallwork on February 2, 2015

Thank you for visiting our property investment community at The Property Forum. The Forum is popular among those looking to educate themselves about property investment and those who want to buy, sell & invest in property in the UK and overseas. You can now access an array of new property investment forums from here which complement the property investment section which has been the foundation of the website for many years. We hope that the ability to talk in general terms about buying properties, selling properties, property legal issues and an array of other everyday elements associated with the investment property industry will give you a wider picture of the overall property sector and help to educate you about all things related to property investment.

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Disappointing news about UK household income

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