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British Enthusiasm For Alpine Investment Properties Rekindled

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A healthy snowfall last year and prices continuing to ease back from their peak a few years ago have combined to see British interest in Alpine ski investment properties reignited despite a backdrop of Brexit uncertainty and pound sterling weakness compared to the euro and Swiss franc. A few years of poor snowfall and snowballing prices had seen interest wane but the Alps is back on the map for ski resort property investments.

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The New Rules Landlords With Investment Properties Must Be Aware Of

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With the new tax regulations putting the squeeze on landlords many have rebalanced portfolios of investment properties towards more profitable multiple occupancy (HMO) formats. Nominally, the classification criteria of whether or not an investment property with tenants is an HMO is that it houses five or more independent renters who are not from one family but share some facilities such as a bathroom or kitchen. However, beyond that, the property also needed to be on at least three floors before landlords were required to have an HMO license for the property.

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Are Investment Properties Still Worth It? Pros in Cons In a Changing Market

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Gravitation towards investment properties as a nest egg and income producing store of wealth are ingrained in the British psyche. While more than 8 million Brits own stocks and shares to around 5 million with properties other than their primary residence, the relative value of investment properties compared to equities investments mean that in terms of capital allocated, real estate is the UK’s favourite asset class by some distance.

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Housebuilders Flying High Despite Property Market Slowdown as Redrow Posts Record Profits

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The wider property market may be slowing and price rises pausing on sliding back slightly, at least in the London and South East, but judging by the record set of profits just posted by FTSE 250 housebuilder Redrow, the newbuild sector is robust. Over the year until the end of June, the company managed to record a 21% improvement in pre-tax profits, which came in at £380 million, on 9% growth in the number of new homes completed over the period. In total, construction was completed on 5913 properties.

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The Major UK Cities Where Property Prices Are Still Playing Pre-Crisis Catch Up

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Amid the months of articles covering the slowdown in the UK’s property market, it would be easy to overlook the nuances of what is becoming an increasingly divergent regional landscape. National figures, at least current national figures, belay the fact that regional and even neighbourhood correlation has been low at points over the past decade. The size and value of the property market of London and the South East skews national data in a way that anyone on the lookout for attractive investment properties will, or should be, aware of.

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Can’t Find Investment Properties That Stack Up? Try Scotland for a Rental Yield of 10%+

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Tax changes and sky high prices mean it’s becoming hard for landlords to get the sums to work when scouting for new investment properties, especially in and around London. Imminently no longer being able to deduct any mortgage interest from taxable income on investment properties is changing a business model already stretched by peak prices that are no longer a safe bet when it comes to capital returns.

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Should UK Follow New Zealand in Banning Foreigners from Buying Investment Properties?

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New Zealand’s parliament today passed a law that places tight restrictions on foreigners buying residential property in the country. Prime minister Jacinda Ardern has long campaigned for a change in legislation to halt the flow of foreign buyers of investment properties in the country, a trend she believes is responsible for driving house prices up to unprecedented levels. The move raises the question of whether there might not be a case for the UK to one day follow suite.

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IMF Report Suggests UK Property Prices Up to 12% Overvalued

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If you’ve been scouring for investment properties but struggling to get the business case to add up on current prices, the good news is a recent IMF report suggests prices could drop by up to 12% over the coming years. Despite the recent easing of property prices in London and the South East, particularly at the top end of the market, continued steady growth elsewhere in the UK took average sales prices to an all-time high of £230,280 last month. Those figures are based on the Halifax House Price Index and show prices are up 50% over the decade since the international financial crisis.

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Could Your Next Investment Property or Home Be on the Roof of a Mall?

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A novel solution to the UK’s housing shortage that would avoid building on the shrinking green belts around existing urban areas is being put forward by FTSE 250 real estate investment trust New River. A review into the company’s portfolio of investment properties, which includes shopping centres, retail parks, convenience stores and public houses has highlighted what is considered the realistic potential for ‘hundreds’ of new flats to be built in the under-utilised ‘airspace’ above and around commercial real estate.

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