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Are you brave enough to play the real estate investment long game?

February 4, 2015

If you are looking for depressing news around the world you do not have to look very hard with concerns about the Eurozone, concerns about the US economy, issues regarding the price of oil and ongoing chatter that interest rates will increase sooner than we expect. Against this background it is very easy to become [...]

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Welcome to the Property Forum

February 2, 2015

Thank you for visiting our property investment community at The Property Forum. The Forum is popular among those looking to educate themselves about property investment and those who want to buy, sell & invest in property in the UK and overseas. You can now access an array of new property investment forums from here which [...]

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Will the rich and famous really shun Scottish property after tax changes?

February 1, 2015

While the SNP struggled to remain in total control of Scotland’s first independent tax change in 300 years, having been undercut by the UK government, the change has made many investors sit up and take notice. In simple terms the new property tax will effectively increase the burden for those at the higher end of [...]

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Can rUK and Scotland operate on separate stamp duty tax regimes?

January 28, 2015

When the Scottish government received the rights to change Scotland’s first independent tax laws for 300 years it did not take the SNP long to make an announcement. John Swinney, the finance minister, took his red pen to the stamp duty taxes of the UK introducing a new property tax across Scotland. The idea was [...]

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Foxtons calls the bottom of the London property market

January 27, 2015

Predominantly London-based estate agent Foxtons has today issued full-year results which showed turnover is down by 12% but perhaps more importantly, sales commissions from the London markets were down by 25% in the final quarter. Even though the company still received in excess of £70 million in sales commission during 2014 this is perhaps the [...]

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Is this the darkest hour for European property markets?

January 24, 2015

There is no escaping the fact that there is growing momentum for Greece to pull out of the European Union and ditch the euro. Ongoing elections have placed anti-European parties at the head of the table and it seems almost inevitable that the country will withdraw from the European Union in due course. When you [...]

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Should there be restrictions on rental charges?

January 24, 2015

The worldwide real estate market has on the whole performed relatively well since the economy collapsed back in 2008. There have been specific hotspots such as the London market, parts of the US and Australia for example. One thing is becoming clear, those looking to climb onto the property ladder for the first time are [...]

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Shocking statistics about UK property market!

January 24, 2015

While many investors look towards the UK property market as something of a “safe haven” it seems that investors are pricing first-time buyers out of the market. A report by the homeless charity Shelter has cast a very dark shadow across the UK property market and will concern many looking to climb onto the property [...]

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Could property investment replace pension-fund annuities?

January 23, 2015

There have been some major developments in the UK pension market with annuities now much of an irrelevance for many people. The UK government has introduced a variety of new options for pension fund money both prior to retirement and in retirement. UK-based rates and annuity rates are near all-time lows and many investors are [...]

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Is it possible to control property markets?

January 23, 2015

As the worldwide economy comes under yet more pressure with political and economic turmoil across Europe, concerns about the US economic recovery and a slowdown in Asia, property markets are not yet reacting to these growing concerns. In some places, such as the London property market, there is a growing impression that property markets are [...]

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Overseas investors WILL dictate the US real estate market in 2015

January 21, 2015

While many Americans believe that the US economy is in a league of its own, the real estate market will continue to move forward and America is still the major powerhouse of the world economy, this may not necessarily be the situation going forward. There are certainly mixed expectations for the US real estate market [...]

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