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Edinburgh property market is recovering from referendum fatigue

January 6, 2015

There is no doubt that the prolonged, and ultimately unsuccessful, bid for Scottish independence did have an impact upon not only Scottish businesses but also the Scottish property market. The general pattern for the UK property market is a lull in the summertime and a significant pickup from September onwards. However, the two-year referendum campaign [...]

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Cautious optimism for Indian real estate market in 2015

January 5, 2015

The Indian real estate market was one of the better performing real estate sectors towards the end of 2014, ending the year on a high in the eyes of many experts. The beginning of 2014 was impacted by the political situation although the introduction of a government with a clear majority has given investors food [...]

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Ed Miliband’s mansion tax in tatters

January 5, 2015

As the major political parties in the UK begin campaigning for the May election Ed Miliband is already under pressure from his own supporters. Time and time again he rolls out the potential of introducing a mansion tax to fund each and every area of public spending. We have seen the mansion tax suggested as [...]

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UK property prices forecast to rise by 4% in 2015

January 5, 2015

While some experts believe that UK property prices could rise by as much as 7.4% in 2015 the general consensus seems to be growth of 4% during the next 12 months. This is certainly a dramatic reduction from the 11% trend seen in June 2014 although there are a number of underlying factors which may [...]

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Overseas investors warming to Spanish property

January 4, 2015

Despite the fact that the Spanish economy is far from back on track it seems that overseas investors are warming to Spanish property with a 20% year-on-year increase in property transactions. Even though the performance of individual property prices in various areas of Spain is mixed it does seem as though the more prominent cities [...]

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Balanced budget in Dubai to support real estate sector

January 4, 2015

If we look back over the last 20 years the economy of Dubai, and indeed the real estate sector, has seen extreme highs and extreme lows. This is an area of the world which was relatively under researched prior to the turn-of-the-century and then suddenly became the property hotspot of the world. This happened just [...]

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UK mortgage approvals hit 18 month low

January 4, 2015

There is concern for the UK property market in the short to medium term after the Bank of England confirmed that mortgage approvals in November hit an 18 month low. The figure of 59,029 is down on the previous month or 59,511 and a whopping 23% down on the figures for January 2014 which came [...]

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UK supermarkets looking at massive property write-downs

January 4, 2015

While the news from Tesco of late has been terrible to say the least, there is speculation there is more bad news on the way for the UK supermarket sector. Prominent financial experts believe that Tesco is on the verge of writing-down the value its property portfolio by at least £1 billion with some suggesting [...]

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Should property investment be taught at school?

January 1, 2015

While this may seem like a bizarre question when you initially read it, the fact is that property plays a major part in all of our lives. Whether you’re looking for property to buy, rent or even business premises, there will come a point in your life, probably very soon after leaving education, when you [...]

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Are there any shortcuts to property wealth?

December 31, 2014

On paper, investing in property seems fairly simple, seems very lucrative and more people are investing in real estate than ever before. If you take a step back and look at property investment, the idea is fairly straightforward, choose a good value property, rent it out or live in it yourself and wait for the [...]

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Will 2015 be better than 2014 for real estate?

December 31, 2014

As we look towards the New Year the worldwide real estate market has performed fairly well over the last 12 months against a difficult economic backdrop. There have been many highlights including the London market and Dubai, to name but two, but what does 2015 hold for the worldwide real estate market? There are many [...]

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