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Is a ‘Shoffice’ An Easy Way to Boost Your Investment Property’s Value?

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Extensions are a well-worn path towards creating often much needed extra space in a home, while simultaneously boosting its value. Attic and basement conversions are favourites that are relatively easy to arrange and usually don’t require planning permission. Garage conversions are also usually a relatively pain free extension option and, of course, conservatories were the forefather of the home extensions family. The latest trend in home extensions, however, is the once humble garden shed.

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How to Invest in the Cities That Will Rule the World

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We live in an increasingly urban world and the human migration towards towns and cities is set to continue to gather pace. A recent UN report estimates that the current 55% of us that live in an urban area will increase to almost 70% by 2050. An even stronger trend is the expansion of existing urban centres into ‘megacities’. In 1990 there were just 10 megacities in the world, a classification assigned to cities with a population of over 10 million inhabitants. There are now 33 and by 2030 that number is forecast to rise to 43.

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The Arguments for Manchester as an Investment Properties Destination

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It’s been well publicised that average UK property prices have slid marginally over 3 of the past 4 months. May saw a 0.2% drop with similar figures in March and February cancelling out April’s 0.1% gain. 2018 is expected to conclude with average nationwide price growth at a sluggish 2%, below inflation rates hovering around 3%. From the point of view of property investors, a slow market is not necessarily a bad thing. It means bargains can often be found and returns stronger over the long run when vigour returns to the market.

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As UK Property Prices Slide in May Is It Time to Buy?

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Mortgage lender Nationwide yesterday published figures that indicate May saw the third slide in UK-wide property prices in four months. After April managed to record marginal 0.1% growth, the pattern of modest price drops that now looks set to continue for a period was reconfirmed by selling prices over May coming in 0.2% lower. March and February also saw slight easing of prices.

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This Property Hot-Spot Has Seen the Highest Price Rises in the UK

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If you had to guess which spot in the UK had seen the biggest property price rises in the UK, the chances are you would guess somewhere in London. And you would be right. Despite a recent slowdown in the capital after almost a decade of runaway growth following a correction that followed a previous decade of the same, there are few to have bought property in London and not realised strong profits. That’s likely to prove to be the case again in the future as analysts predict growth to again be among the strongest in the country after a couple of years of pause.

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A Tech Storm is About to Rip Through the UK Property Market

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For reasons that are not always entirely obvious, the pervasion of tech-based change has happened at a very different rate in different industries and sectors. Sometimes it’s a case of practicality. Some industries have been inherently easier to automate or develop tech-based improvements for than others, or for legacy systems to be changed. Sometimes it’s a case of hard cash and certain industries necessitate newcomers to be awash with it to be able to practically compete with incumbents.

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Five London Boroughs You Hopefully Don’t Have Investment Properties In

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It’s been well publicised that the London property market is going through a bit of a rough patch after close to a decade of rampaging price growth. The most recent set of stats from the Hometrack House Price Index reveal that in the 12 months up to February 18th, 15 out of the 46 London local authorities, recorded drops in value.

The worst borough to have an investment property in over the past year is the City of London, which saw average values shed almost 8%. The good news is that the other 4 boroughs to see prices drop saw much more modest slides.

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How Might Potential New ‘Locals First’ Regulations Impact London Property Prices?

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The prospect of heightened government regulation of the housing market knocked another £500 million off the value of listed UK house builders yesterday, adding to similar losses over Monday and Tuesday. Housing secretary Sajid Javid came out earlier in the week to announce that house builders can expect a ‘muscular’ approach from the Government on what is considered a damaging trend of companies land banking sites with building permission, stating:

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Austrian Alps Proving a Hit with Those Looking for Investment Properties Abroad

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Taking the leap to invest in property abroad should always be very carefully considered. Will returns really be all that much better than what could be achieved in the UK if the right property is uncovered? And there will be additional expenses to consider. Buying a property abroad without investing in getting to know the country’s property market and making at least a visit or two to the location being considered to get a real feel for it is a high risk lottery.

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Study Shows UK Equities Better Investment than UK Property

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In the UK, we’re culturally ingrained to believe that the one investment everyone who has the opportunity to make should make is in a property. Home ownership is just financially sensible and provides security if it is a first property and a safe, profitable investment for those lucky enough to graduate to investment properties in addition to their own residence. Parents are ready to make significant sacrifices and dig deep into their own pockets to help their children on to the property ladder. Home ownership is something of a fixation in the UK.

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