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Should you pay more for property in a top quality school catchment area?

May 25, 2014

While the UK education system is often in the press for various reasons, did you know that top quality school catchment areas are impacting the local property market? A recent report has confirmed that the value of properties in these particular areas averages around 20% more than those in the local vicinity, outside of a [...]

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Danish pension fund giant looking at real estate switch

May 23, 2014

Despite the fact that many governments around the world are growing ever more concerned about the rise in real estate prices, Denmark’s largest pension fund ATP seems content to switch more funds into the real estate sector. The pension fund has announced plans to switch part of the group’s $120 billion investment portfolio away from [...]

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Singapore real estate companies attracting interest from investors

May 23, 2014

Over the last few months we have seen the Singapore authorities looking to cool the real estate sector which has risen by an astonishing 59% since mid-2009. If you recall, the US mortgage crisis occurred in 2008 and led to a real estate correction which for many countries is still prevalent today. However, the situation [...]

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Does the flotation of Zoopla signal the top of the UK property market?

May 23, 2014

The Zoopla business model has been discussed time and time again, criticised, praised and dismissed in similar measures. The group has grown significantly over the last few years resulting in confirmation the company will be listing on the London stock market despite the fact that some companies have decided to pull their stock market flotations [...]

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Weston Homes agrees £100 million working capital extension

May 21, 2014

As the resurgence in UK house prices continues, leading London and Home Counties developer Weston Homes has today confirmed an extension to its current funding facilities through HSBC and Lloyds bank. The additional £100 million will be available up to 2018 and with the company expected to undertake developments totalling £1 billion (gross development value) [...]

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Will European investors now flock to the Bulgarian property market?

May 19, 2014

When Bulgaria joined the European Union, part of the arrangement was a five-year moratorium on land purchases which dictated that European investors could only acquire land through a legal entity, i.e. a company. This five-year arrangement is now up and since the beginning of 2012 we have seen renewed interest from European buyers. So, what [...]

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Political unrest dragging Thailand property market down

May 18, 2014

Despite the fact that Thailand is one of the more popular international property markets it seems that political unrest is starting to have a major impact upon new builds, property prices and the take up of existing and new developments. At this moment in time it is the condominium developers who are feeling the pinch [...]

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UK housing market in deep deep trouble!

May 18, 2014

Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, has today finally admitted that the UK housing market is in deep deep trouble. In a television interview this morning he was interrogated about the state of the UK housing market and the fact that property prices continue to go from strength to strength, with particular [...]

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Australian property prices and lending up

May 17, 2014

Only a few weeks ago there were serious concerns about the state of the Australian property market amid suggestions that the economy was facing a number of headwinds, the low interest rate environment would change in the short to medium term and demand was beginning to fall. However, lending data and real estate prices in [...]

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So this is why political parties manipulate the property market?

May 17, 2014

There was a quite startling revelation by the Office for National Statistics this which suggested that one in 10 adults in the UK are now millionaires. Indeed the same report also suggested that one in five university graduates have also gone on to achieve millionaire status. I for one am very sceptical about these UK [...]

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Gap between London property and rest of UK at historic high

May 16, 2014

Even though the UK property market as a whole has risen over the last few years, the gap between the London property market and the rest of the UK is now at an all-time high. Looking back over the 12 month period to the end of March 2014 London prices have increased by over 18% [...]

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