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Why is China being blamed for a rise in Australian real estate prices?

October 13, 2014

The impact of Chinese investment on an array of different markets around the world has caught the headlines of late with many suggesting the “flood” of Chinese investment is pushing markets away from the general public. One area which has received significant focus over the last few years is the Australian real estate sector and [...]

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New survey predicts booming UK property market

October 11, 2014

Despite the fact that many experts believe UK house prices will fall in 2015, a new survey today by Rightmove in conjunction with experts at Oxford Economics predicts that UK house prices will rise by 30% over the next five years. This would seem to go against the short to medium term trend forecast by [...]

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Will the SNP ruin the Scottish property market?

October 11, 2014

Over the last few days there has been much discussion about the new land and building transaction tax brought in by the SNP government in Scotland. This replaces stamp duty on all property transactions across the country and the detail is very interesting and marks a distinct change in policy going forward. So, how will [...]

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Will you use the Internet to sell your next property?

October 8, 2014

The real estate sector is enormous, competition is intense and there has been downward pressure on charges for many years. Indeed a number of articles over the last few weeks have likened the sector to that of the taxi industry which has been, for want of a better word, decimated by the introduction of Uber. [...]

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UK house prices forecast to fall by 0.8% in 2015

October 7, 2014

Over the last few years we have certainly become accustomed to a raging UK property market with prices going higher and higher. Indeed despite governments and experts looking to talk down the market, investor demand continues to grow and until recently prices seemed on an upward spiral. However, if the Centre for Economics and Business [...]

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Are investors oblivious to risk in the Dubai real estate market?

October 6, 2014

As we headed towards an unexpected worldwide financial meltdown in 2007/8 it seemed that the Dubai real estate market was defying gravity. Traditional valuation methods were thrown out of the window, the government lost control of the market and the banking community was lending on crazy multiples. Despite the doom and gloom of the financial [...]

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Do you appreciate currency risk with international real estate investments?

October 5, 2014

For every successful real estate investor there are many behind-the-scenes have overextended themselves, gambled their savings and are often left with nothing. The vast majority of investors who struggle to make a return on their real estate investments have probably failed to research each and every area of the industry. There is so much to [...]

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Will Dubai avoid the dreaded real estate bubble?

October 5, 2014

If there is one real estate market around the world which continues to be in the news it has to be Dubai. If it is not good news then it is bad news and there seems to be nothing in between when looking at this enormous and ever more popular real estate hotspot. The massive [...]

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Should governments around the world control more housing stock?

October 5, 2014

When you look at the major real estate markets around the world we have seen some massive increases in the cost of property over the years. Indeed if you look at areas such as London, where the average property is now priced at over £400,000, it seems inconceivable that the average working public would ever [...]

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Should the Bank of England have more control over the UK property market?

October 4, 2014

After the 2007/08 financial crisis the UK government set up a committee to consider what if any additional tools the Bank of England could use if a similar event was to occur in the future. As the financial crisis was based upon the mortgage sector, initially in the US then spreading across the world, there [...]

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Why do we always fall into the trap of house price bubbles?

October 4, 2014

We can see them coming, we know the rise in prices is not healthy but why do we keep falling into the trap of house price bubbles? This is a question which each and every real estate investor in the world will have asked themselves, maybe they would have done things differently, maybe not but [...]

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