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How much influence do Chinese investors have on real estate markets?

March 10, 2015

It does not take long to find yet more news of Chinese investors looking at overseas real estate markets from London to Canada, Australia to the US and everything else in between. The last decade has seen an enormous increase in Chinese investment in worldwide real estate and despite ongoing problems with the Chinese economy, [...]

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Is it time to revisit the Scottish property market?

March 9, 2015

Last year’s Scottish independence referendum was a watershed moment for many in the investment arena causing conflict, confusion and infighting up and down the country. Historically investors and investment markets as a whole have tended to discount what are seen as local issues although the Scottish independence referendum certainly made many people think again. As [...]

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What is actually supporting the worldwide property market?

March 7, 2015

As economies around the world still struggle to recover from the 2007/8 downturn prompted by the collapse of the US sub-prime market how is it that we are still seeing record property prices in some areas of the world? While areas such as London seem to grab the headlines there are many other examples around [...]

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Politicians and property bribes

March 6, 2015

News that the SNP is set to put aside £70 million to help families on low to moderate incomes climb aboard the property ladder has obviously made headlines as we move towards the general election. This is yet another example of politicians using taxpayer’s money to attract their attention and hopefully attract their votes as [...]

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Is London property really based on dirty money?

March 4, 2015

A report by anticorruption organisation Transparency International has cast a very dark shadow across the London property market amid accusations that billions of pounds of laundered money has found its way into the UK. This is not the first time that the London property market has been mentioned as a potential money-laundering magnet but some [...]

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Disappointing news about UK household income

March 3, 2015

Since the recession of 2007/8 there is no doubt that household incomes in the UK have been under significant pressure and this has played a role in the performance of the UK property market. A report today by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (I FS) casts a very interesting light on the subject of household [...]

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Is the UK property market slowing?

February 28, 2015

It really does depend what reports you read as to whether the indications for the UK property market are positive, neutral or negative. Just last week we had a report suggesting that 2015 could be a very good year for the UK property market while today a report by the National Association of Estate Agents [...]

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Australia to penalise foreign real estate investors

February 27, 2015

The Australian government seems to be playing to the crowds with under pressure Prime Minister Tony Abbott announcing plans for new charges for foreign investors looking at real estate and increased penalties. Just a few weeks after an Australian government report suggested that foreign investors are having little or no impact on the overall Australian [...]

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Is it easier to find value in foreign real estate markets?

February 26, 2015

In years gone by investors tended to stick to their own local real estate markets when looking for investment ideas. However, the introduction of the Internet has changed everything and it is now possible to not only find information on any real estate market in the world but also to speak to people operating in [...]

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Baby boomers lead the way in property downsizing cash bonanza

February 25, 2015

Reports released at the end of last month by Prudential and Lloyds Bank have revealed a useful insight into the effect downsizing has on the UK property market. We now know that almost half of UK property owners aged 55 and over are planning to sell their property; of them three quarters are looking to [...]

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The Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report 2015

February 24, 2015

The inaugural Wealth-X and Sotheby’s International Realty Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report has recently been published. The report looks at trends in the Ultra High Net Worth (“UHNW”) population’s ownership of the world’s luxury residential real estate. It also examines the attitudes, behaviours and locations that are important to the luxury property sector. What [...]

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