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

Property Investors

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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High End London Investment Properties Snapped Up in Bulk by Corporate Landlords

Investment Properties

Research compiled by data and networking fixer Molior London shows that a whopping 4 in 10 new residential properties built in London were bought in bulk as investment properties by corporate landlords over the second quarter. The report specifically mentions properties in London’s ‘luxury’ segment, such as the £15 billion Nine Elms regeneration project between Battersea and Vauxhall, where flats are priced at between £750,000 and £1.5 million.

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Why Warren Buffet Enters Germany’s Residential Property Market

Property Investors

Warren Buffet, popularly referred to as ‘The Sage of Omaha’, has built a reputation over many years of seemingly uncanny appraisal of investment opportunities. While it’s obviously more an honorary title than one based on objective criteria, Buffet’s legend has reached the stage he is regularly dubbed ‘the greatest investor in the world’. Arbitrary titles aside, it’s safe to say that when Buffet backs an asset class or market it’s worth closer inspection. In that context, news that Buffet’s real estate agency, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, earlier this year inked a franchise partnership with a partner in Berlin, Rubina Real Estate, is a development worthy of further investigation.

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West Midlands Property Prices Up 7%

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Despite the drag that London and the South East has been having on average UK-wide property price growth, Halifax data just released demonstrates that it is very far from doom and gloom across the rest of the country. The UK’s biggest mortgage lender is uniquely placed to have strong insight into residential property prices and the house price index is produces with data company IHS Markit is a closely watched bellwether.

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Investment Properties Out of Vogue? Buy-to-Let Mortgage Deals Hit a Record High

Investment Properties

Slowing price growth in many parts of the country and landlord tax breaks being slashed has apparently put the brakes on the market for investment properties. The lenders obviously haven’t gotten the memo though with The Telegraph today reporting that the number of buy-to-let mortgage deals available has hit a record high. So if you are able to uncover investment properties the prospective returns on which look to stack up, there is plenty of competition between lenders to give you a mortgage.

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UK Prime Property Market Anything but Sluggish In One University Town

Property Investment

The recent slowdown in the UK’s property market has been well documented. It’s also common knowledge that it’s the upper end of the market, particularly that of London and the South East, that has most felt the impact of buyer restraint. To a large extent, a pause is healthy after soaring prices pushed property prices to the brink of, and often beyond, affordability.

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

Property Investment

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

Investors

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

Investment-Properties

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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