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Sydney seen as fourth most attractive real estate market

May 7, 2015

While the likes of London, Tokyo and San Francisco were a predictable top three in the CBRE’s Global Investor Intentions Survey 2015 some people may be surprised to see Sydney in fourth place. However, a quick look back at the recent history of the Australian real estate market will show that the popularity of areas [...]

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Breathe again, the election is nearly over!

May 6, 2015

Within 48 hours we will know the voting habits of the UK public although it may take a little longer before we know the make-up of the next coalition government. The property market has been headline news for some time now amid suggestions that investors are sitting on the sidelines ahead of the result. We [...]

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Commercial real estate investors renewed appetite for debt

May 5, 2015

Despite the fact that many investors seem concerned about the potential for a Labour government after Thursday’s election there is a growing appetite for debt amongst UK commercial real estate investors. According to a report out today, more than 50% of UK commercial property loans were made on a loan to value ratio of 65% [...]

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Social media plays a prominent role in real estate market

May 4, 2015

While it was probably unthinkable 20 or 30 years ago, it is becoming evident that social media is playing a larger and larger role in the real estate market. A report about the New York real estate sector confirms that more companies than ever before are using Instagram as well as the ever popular Twitter [...]

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How does the right to buy effect UK property prices?

May 3, 2015

Not since the 1980s, when Margaret Thatcher introduced the right to buy council housing, has this particular subject been such a hot political potato. In England we have the current coalition government firmly behind a new right to buy movement while the SNP in Scotland is actually looking to buy back previous council housing. So, [...]

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Could mansion tax push investors out of London?

May 2, 2015

It seems to be a “given” that luxury properties across the UK will be hit with a so-called mansion tax in the next Parliament. Even if the Conservatives, often seen as the party for business and investors, is able to cling on to number 10 Downing Street it will likely be as part of a [...]

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Luxury real estate investors target Toronto

May 1, 2015

While Canada may not be the country foremost on the lips of those looking at the worldwide real estate market there is no doubt that the country has performed very well since the 2008 U.S.-led mortgage crash. Indeed a report by Christies International Real Estate reveals that Toronto is the only one of the top [...]

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Diversify your property portfolio to reap long-term rewards

April 30, 2015

Whether you are looking at domestic property, office property, land or any other type of real estate investment, there are more than enough options out there. While many of us tend to stick with “what we know”, if you are looking at a long-term property portfolio it does pay to diversify. This is not as [...]

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Average UK house price hits record high

April 29, 2015

A report by Nationwide has confirmed what many property experts already believed, i.e. that the UK housing market is still relatively strong. The report confirms that the average house price in the UK now stands at £193,048 which is an increase of 5.2% over a 12 month period and 1% on the March figure. This [...]

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Politicians missing the point on UK property

April 27, 2015

Politicians across the UK have been promising potential first-time buyers significant discounts, more properties to choose from and a reduction in stamp duty. We have seen promises that the next government will build as many as 600,000 properties over the term of the next Parliament. Indeed today the Labour Party went one step further suggesting [...]

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Why governments will eventually stop milking the UK property market

April 26, 2015

The UK property market has become such an easy target for politicians to raise additional funds that many people automatically assume that the proposed “Mansion tax” is fair and just. They do not appreciate that those with relatively expensive properties already pay a higher rate of stamp duty, a higher rate of council tax and [...]

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