Welcome to the Property Forum

by Mark Benson on October 1, 2013

Thank you for visiting the Property Forum which is an enlargement of the old Property Community website which proved to be so popular among those looking to buy and sell property overseas. You can now access an array of new 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, legal issues and an array of other everyday elements associated with the property industry will give you a wider picture of the overall sector.

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George Osborne announces property stamp duty changes

December 3, 2014

Just a few days ago it seemed that George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, was being backed into a corner with little room for manoeuvre. There were suggestions that a lack of additional income would effectively scupper his Autumn Statement today although just yesterday evening stories started to emerge of a change in stamp [...]

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Cardiff property market on the up

November 29, 2014

While there is no doubt that the London real estate market has led the way in the UK it would now appear that the remainder of the U.K.’s 20 cities are now picking up the slack. The London market is now starting to cool down amid constant criticism that prices have moved too far too [...]

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News Corp invests $30 million in Indian property website

November 26, 2014

It has today been revealed that News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch’s multi-faceted media operation, has acquired a $30 million stake in Indian property start-up company PropTiger. This is the latest in a number of online investments by large media companies with many experts suggesting real estate websites could be something of a goldmine in the future. [...]

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Newcastle property market

November 23, 2014

The North of England has suffered in years gone by from reduced employment as well as ongoing economic challenges and these have been reflected in local property markets. While it would be unfair to say that all property markets in and around Newcastle are struggling, the general consensus seems to have been that North of [...]

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Is immigration impacting worldwide property prices?

November 23, 2014

Over the last few weeks we have seen the UK government complaining about immigration numbers, the Australian authorities introduce a $1500 fee per property for foreign investors and there are many other concerns around the world about immigration and property prices. The UK is perhaps one property market which has “suffered” from immigration numbers which [...]

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Do politicians use real estate markets as cash cows?

November 22, 2014

Even though the worldwide economy is still struggling to pull away from the 2008 downturn many property markets have performed admirably since the problems of 2008. Indeed area such as London have now topped their previous high of 2007 moving into uncharted territory with many domestic investors now priced out of the market in favour [...]

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Do new Australian real estate rules discriminate against foreign investors?

November 22, 2014

In a move which many believe is political as opposed to financial, the Australian government has this week announced plans to introduce an application fee for foreign investors buying Australian real estate. At a time when the Australian real estate market is going from strength to strength, pricing out local would-be homeowners, there is serious [...]

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Relaxation on pension rules offers new chance to invest in property development.

November 21, 2014

The Government’s new freedom on pensions (announced recently) will give over 55’s a new chance to invest in property – securing a far more attractive return during their retirement years than a pension. The Treasury insists that thousands of pensioners will benefit from a new freedom in rules, allowing savers to dip into their pension [...]

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Is property equity release a viable option?

November 20, 2014

As the UK real estate market continues to go from strength to strength, one of the strongest in the world, many people are sitting on a significant profit on their real estate investments. There are many properties throughout the UK which have grown significantly in value over the years yet many owners are perhaps not [...]

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Electronic signatures in pipeline for Ontario real estate transactions

November 20, 2014

In a sign of the times, the Ontario authorities in Canada have issued a statement today confirming speculation that they are looking at esignatures as a means of completing real estate transactions. While the idea of electronic signatures on official documentation is not new, it is not something which is widely advocated in the real [...]

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SNP property tax could set market back four years

November 17, 2014

The Scottish National Party (SNP) is coming under intense pressure to reduce the burden on middle market property transactions after the introduction of the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) which replaces the previous stamp duty arrangement. We covered this particular topic just a few weeks ago with many experts warning the jump in tax [...]

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