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Do Slowing Property Prices Make 2018 the Moment to Invest?

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Property portal Rightmove yesterday released its 2018 forecast for the UK’s property market. The forward guidance wouldn’t have made particularly enjoyable reading for those who bought a property at some point during 2017.

Rightmove predicting that growth will be close to non-existent over most of the country and London and the commuter belt are expected to see average prices slide by up to 2%.

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New Property Investment Trend is to Focus on Children

Property Investment

Landlords with buy-to-let investment property portfolios might do well to pay attention to the increasing trend of building for children being adopted by property developers looking for an edge when attracting buyers. More and more of us are now living in the crowded urban environment of cities. The rise of sedentary electronic entertainment forms taking up much of children’s leisure time is often considered to be the prime culprit for the drop off in the amount of time today’s children spend playing outdoors.

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Is the Build-to-Rent Trend a Threat to Private Landlords?

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News today that Grainger, the FTSE-250 listed-company that is the UK’s largest listed residential landlord has reported a 2% rise in profits and 8% rise in rental income highlights a wider trend that private buy-to-let landlords would do well to take note of. Grainger’s positive performance has been put down to its steady transformation from a buy-to-let to build-to-let company.

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Is it Time to Pick Up Investment Properties as Sellers Cut Prices?

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Property website Rightmove last week published data that showed over a third of property sellers have recently reduced asking prices. Of those that did slash the price they want for their property, the average they did so was by £2400. Rightmove also commented that while the UK’s property market typically slows at this time of year as buyers decide to hold off until after Christmas, this year the slowdown has been considerably more significant.

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You Can Now Turn Your Bitcoin into Investment Properties

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Bitcoin futures contracts starting to be offered by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) last week propelled the cryptocurrency to new highs, a trend that has continued this week with a close north of $7000 yesterday. Over the past few years, cryptocurrency mania has burst to life from time to time before dropping off the news radar again for periods. However, despite heightened wider public interest coming in fits and starts, cryptocurrency markets, investment and infrastructure have been gradually maturing.

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What Does Yesterday’s Interest Rate Rise Mean for the UK’s Property Market?

UK Property Market

Yesterday’s anticipated decision by the Bank of England to raise the UK’s base interest rate from 0.25% to 0.5%, accompanied by a cautious tone, cooling expectations for further quick rises led to a mixed response. The pound recorded its sharpest drop against the euro in a year immediately after BoE Governor Mark Carney’s press conference, despite having risen on the initial announcement.

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Investment in New Build London Property Scaled Back to Lowest in 20 Years

London Property

Despite the fact that London is in the grip of what is considered to be its worse housing shortage in decades, data from the third quarter has shown that housebuilder activity has dropped to its lowest level in 20 years. The figures, released by The National House Building Council, show that between July and September the number of registrations for new homes to be built in the capital dropped to 2494. That represents a 35% drop on the registrations over the same quarter last year and is another indication that property investment in London has hit a lull.

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Saudi Arabia to Make the Ultimate Property Investment in New $5 Billion ‘Mega-City’

Saudi Arabia Property Investment

Saudi Arabia’s modernising Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday announced plans for the biggest property investment the world has ever seen. The spectacularly ambitious vision for ‘Neom’, a 26,500 square kilometre mega-city envisioned to straddle Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan along the Red Sea coastline, was yesterday unveiled at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh.

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Camden Bucking Downward Trend in London Property Investments

London Property Investment

The eventual cooling of the prime London property market after several years of gravity-defying boom has been well documented over the past few weeks. In August, London prices fell 1% from the July levels, while the rest of the UK, with the exceptions of Wales and Scotland, saw price rises. Changes to stamp duty, Brexit uncertainty and prices simply having moved out of reach of buyers have seen London prices cool to a crawl over recent months and a couple of years of modest declines are now predicted before the market returns to healthy growth, forecast for some point between 2019 and 2020.

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Where to Look for Investment Properties that Follow the London Exodus?

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A recent research report by estate agents Countrywide suggests that renters are abandoning London at the greatest rate since 2007. However, unlike the exodus of 10 years ago they are not moving outside of the capital to buy their own property. House price inflation across the South-East means that this time around most of those opting for the commuter lifestyle in a bid to reduce living expenses, London rents have risen more than anywhere else since 2012, will still be renting in their new locations. While 51% of renters leaving the capital in 2007 did so to move into their own home, that has dropped to only 21% ten years later.

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